Nissan Tests Slip-Hazard Alert And Road-Cam Service

Nissan announced that testings of two new safety technologies will start in November, 2008, but it was not yet confirmed if these two services could reach mass-production car models. Both the slip-hazard alert and the road-cam services rely on cars equipped with CARWINGS and are meant to help the drivers prevent car accidents.

The slip-hazard system collects information from ITS (Intelligent Transport System) and ABS and displays warnings to drivers using the in-car navigation systems. Basically, the service notifies the driver once he gets closer to a slippery area, using information provided by other CARWINGS navigation systems or incidents reported in the previous years.

“Nissan started testing of the slip-hazard alert in November 2007 with a limited 100 test-vehicles around Sapporo city in Hokkaido, Japan. These initial tests demonstrate that the alert is effective in helping drivers become more watchful of road conditions and to drive more cautiously at lower speeds. It also showed that drivers continued to consciously drive safely even in areas where no skid incidents were recorded,” Nissan said in a press release.

The real-time road-cam service on the other hand, is based on images received from Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region and transferred to your CARWINGS display every 15 minutes. This way, drivers will be informed about a potential risk of accident before reaching the area, allowing them to reduce the speed and drive more safely than usual.

Unfortunately for Nissan fans who hoped to benefit from the new two services, both slip-hazard alert and road-cam notifications will be installed on Japanese car models but only if the company decides to commercialize the two safety features and offer them through mass-production vehicles.
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