Nissan’s claim to fame is “Innovation that Excites” and after reading about these safety features, it’s not hard to understand why Nissan gets people excited. They have many safety features that make everyday life safer and easier.
Nissan Safety Shield Concept
The Nissan Safety Shield Concept works in three ways:
1. Monitor – These technologies monitor vehicle systems and the outside driving conditions
- Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC): If VDC detects sudden over or under steering, it reduces engine power and/or applies brake pressure to the necessary tires to keep the vehicle moving in the correct direction
- Traction Control System (TCS): TCS can sense drive-wheel spin and respond by reducing throttle or applying brake pressure to help maintain traction
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS): ABS rapidly pumps the brakes in panic-braking situations, helping prevent wheel lock-up and helping the driver keep the steering in control
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD): EBD sends extra force to the rear brakes when it senses extra weight in the back
2. Respond – These technologies help you respond to potentially harmful situations
- Around View Monitor: This feature creates a bird’s-eye view of the Nissan which is displayed on the LCD monitor, so parking and backing up are safer and easier
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS): An icon on the dashboard alerts the driver when the tires are not properly inflated
- Lane Departure Warning: If the driver unintentionally strays from their intended lane, this system audibly and visibly warns the driver
- Blind Spot Warning: Indicators on the sideview mirrors illuminate when the system detects a vehicle in your blind spot, and the system chimes a warning if the turn signal is activated
- RearView Monitor: When backing up, the RearView Monitor helps the driver see what is directly behind them
- Moving Object Detection: By detecting moving objects around the car and alerting the driver, this technology enhances safety when pulling out of a parking space
3. Protect – When a collision is unavoidable, Nissan’s Zone Body Construction, seat belt, and air bag systems help protect the driver and any passengers
- Nissan Advanced Airbag system: This system incorporates seat belt and seat occupant sensors to inflate the duel-stage supplemental front airbags according to crash severity and seat belt use
- Front Seat-Mounted Side-Impact Supplemental Air Bags: These air bags are built into the front seat backs, so they move with the passenger
- Roof-Mounted Curtain Side-Impact Supplemental Air Bags: These air bags help protect the outboard occupants’ heads in the event of a side impact
- Active Head Restraints: Front-seat Active Head Restraints help reduce the chances of whiplash injuries to front-seat passengers by moving up and forward during certain rear-end collisions
- LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children): The system lets you secure LATCH-compatible child restraints without having to use seat belts or a locking chip
Driver Attention Alert System (DAA)
Driving while drowsy is a serious danger on the roads for not only the driver, but also any driver in close proximity. Nissan decided to help combat this problem. Using steering angle sensors, DAA monitors steering input patterns to establish a baseline or a “snapshot” of how you were driving. Then, it continuously compares your following driving patterns to the most recent snapshot using a statistical analysis of steering corrections. If DAA detects behavior that is consistent with drowsy driving, the system alerts you in three different ways:
- Sounding an audible charm
- Displaying a coffee cup on the instrument panel
- Displaying the message “Take a break?” next to the coffee cup
The system also includes logic to help address false detections such as lane changes, braking events, and even poor road conditions. DAA resets itself when the engine is turned off, and the system may also be shut off completely if you wish to do so.
Nissan’s Smart Rearview Mirror
Nissan has developed the award-winning Smart Rearview Mirror, which helps the driver help see the surroundings in any situation. By using cameras that are installed at the rear of the vehicle, the driver can switch between the regular mirror view and the digital feed from the cameras. The Smart Rearview Mirror provides a wider frame than the regular rearview mirror and is especially effective in lowlight conditions.
For more information on any of the above safety features, visit http://www.nissanusa.com/blog or stop by Lupient Nissan of Rochester to check out all the features for yourself. You can also contact them at (507) 252-5577.