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Nissan Leaf Getting Innovative Crash-Avoidance & Autonomous-Driving Technologies

Image Credit: Nissan/Nismo

Image Credit: Nissan/Nismo

The new Nissan Leaf is set to have some innovative safety technologies, including laser scanners and cameras that monitor the area around the vehicle, a full 360 degrees, and keep an eye out for things like other vehicles, road signs, and hyperactive EV enthusiasts (okay, maybe not that last one). The creative name for this technology package is: Around View Monitor. (I know, the hottest name ever, right?)

Of course, what use is such technology if it doesn’t do something with the information it receives? The other part of the equation are technologies that react to said risks.

“According to Nissan, the pairing of these technologies enables the car to handle complex real-world road situations such as sensing when a lane is closed on the highway due to road work, turning to avoid oncoming traffic and detecting a parked car on the side of the road, and then helping the car to steer around the obstacle safely,” fender bender writes.

“The innovations being demonstrated at Nissan 360 come from Nissan’s research and development branch with the long term aim to create ‘collision-free cars’ and autonomous driving.”

Pretty cool. Some think Nissan will actually beat Google in the race (can we call it that yet?) to a mass-market “self-driving” vehicle. We’ll see….

 
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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

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