Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will demonstrate a prototype it calls an "All-Around Collision Free" vehicle with two new accident avoidance technologies Back-up Collision Prevention (BCP) and Side Collision Prevention (SCP) at the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in New York Nov. 16-20. The vehicle also includes two technologies already in production, Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP).
Nissan has not announced when BCP and SCP will be available in production vehicles, but has said its goal in Japan is to halve the number of traffic fatalities or serious injuries involving Nissan vehicles by 2015 compared with the level in 1995.
BCP uses rear- and side-mounted sensors to detect objects in the vehicle’s path while the vehicle is backing up. If an object is found, an alarm sounds and the brakes are activated.
As the vehicle changes lanes, SCP uses side-mounted sensors to warn the driver if another vehicle is present in the intended lane, and a mechanism controls the brakes on individual wheels to help move the vehicle back toward the original lane.
The ITS Congress is the first time the "All-Around Collision Free" prototype will be displayed in the United States and the world’s first demonstration of BCP.
The prototype vehicle extends Nissan’s "Safety Shield" concept meant to protect the vehicle from potential risks coming from multiple directions. Distance Control Assist and Lane Departure Prevention also use sensors, warning systems and brake control to prevent collisions. Nissan has said all systems require “minimal intervention” from the driver.