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New electronic nanny from Nissan

"Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication" saves you from your own mistake

Published: November 25, 2012, 12:45 PM

Nissan Emergeny Pedal Misapplication Technology

Nissan has developed "Emergency Assist For Pedal Misapplication (with Carpark Detection Function)" technology to help reduce accidents caused by the driver stepping on the wrong pedal.

This new technology will debut in Japan on the new Nissan Elgrand MPV by the end of the year. The company hasn't revealed if or when it will be available in North America.

The Elgrand has traditionally served as a launch-pad for Nissan's world-first advanced safety technologies, such as the Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection functions.

The Emergency Assist For Pedal Misapplication technology is aimed at reducing acceleration collisions in parking lots and other spaces where a car could collide with walls if a driver mistakenly depresses the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.

Using the four cameras of the Around View Monitor and ultrasonic sonar, the system detects if the car is currently in a parking space or not; and if there are obstacles such as walls in the direction the vehicle is traveling. The function automatically controls acceleration if necessary and applies the brakes before a collision can occur.

Subaru currently offers a similar function as part of its Eyesight system on the 2013 Legacy and Outback.