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Nissan to introduce Around View monitor

Nissan Motor Co. plans to introduce an Around View monitor that will give a driver a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings in real-time. The monitor will debut on the Elgrand, scheduled for introduction in Japan in late October. It will be available in the United States on the Infiniti EX35 in December.

The Around View Monitor system sythesizes a bird's-eye image of the vehicle and its surrounding from four ultrawide angle (180-degree) high-resolution cameras mounted on the front, sides and rear of the vehicle.

Camera-enabled sensors mounted on all four corners of the vehicle depict the distance to an obstacle in colored graphics, and help warn the driver via a "beeping" alert the closer the vehicle approaches a fixed obstacle.

The screen displays the view from above on the left, and a front or rear view on the right. The front and rear views alternate according to the gear shift, so the driver gets a comprehensive view of the vehicle and its surrounding environment from all angles. Nissan expects the monitor to be especially helpful during parking maneuvers.

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