Nissan reveals Moving Object Detection (MOD) safety system

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

Nissan has a new system that's intended to sense and alert the driver of the presence of a moving object near the car. This function, which is dubbed Moving Object Detection (MOD), is included in the Around View Monitor system.

Already, the system has received various criticisms from advocates who think that this is one of those distracting high-end technologies that don't really serve a purpose. MOD with the Around View Monitor system has a screen display and an audio buzzer that will alert the driver of the presence of a moving object near the car -- whether front or rear.

Examples of likely threats to the car include pedestrians, pets, and insects. MOD will give a buzz when it detects movement at the rear of the car and will give an audible warning when the object is in front.

Nissan released a statement about this feature, saying that MOD provides supplemental information when starting the car or driving at low speeds. As a result, drivers will feel more secure while driving and parking. Nissan added that it is always the driver's responsibility to "make sure his or her surroundings are safe before proceeding."

Nissan's Moving Object Detection technology helps raise safety when a vehicle is pulling out of the parking garage. This technology works by sensing moving objects around the vehicle and alerting the driver to make them more aware of their surroundings.

It has the added benefit of offering them peace of mind as well. This technology employs cameras that could detect moving objects around the vehicle while it is in park or is slowly maneuvering. Once a moving object is detected, the system will alert the driver through both visual and audible warnings.

Two systems are available. One system employs only a single camera mounted in the rear of the vehicle, which means it can only detect moving objects behind the vehicle. The other system employs the Around View Monitor and four cameras to the front, back and sides of the vehicle.

This system can alert drivers in three situations: when parked or in neutral; when moving forward; and when backing up. When in park or neutral, the system can detect certain moving objects around the vehicle by employing a virtual bird’s-eye view image.

When moving forward or backing up, the system detects certain moving objects on the front or back respectively by employing the cameras. This technology works by processing video images from the cameras and then detecting certain moving objects.

The system with the Around View Monitor could analyze video signals in an image-processing unit from the four mounted cameras, thereby allowing it to detect certain moving objects around the car in real time. It can sense the three scenarios -- in park, moving forward or backing up – just from the shift position of the transmission.

Topics: nissan, technology

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