While today’s exciting and seemingly-endless selection of gizmos and gadgets are created, ultimately, to make things easier for the driver, they are sometimes more of a distraction than a convenience. There are, however, several state-of-the-art 21st century technologies offered by Infiniti that are specifically designed for driver safety – one of which is the Accident Avoidance System.
Accident Avoidance Systems encompass both active and passive technology. Active systems mean the technology thinks and acts on behalf of the driver, without any input from the driver required; this includes technologies like full braking and steering. Passive systems mean the technology warns the driver – through audio or visual signs – that a potential problem is up ahead; with this feature, the driver then makes the decision to act upon that warning or ignore it. This includes technologies like back-up cameras and blind spot warning systems. Infiniti’s list of both active and passive Accident Avoidance Systems is impressive.
Predictive Forward Collision Warning
Capable of detecting a potential risk two cars ahead, the passive PFCW technology makes driving safer than ever before. The system provides information to the driver regarding what is happening ahead. By providing the driver with critical information regarding (and prior to) a potentially-hazardous situation, the PFCW technology enables the driver to make driving decisions thoughtfully vs. being forced to suddenly react to an unexpected event.
Here’s how it works:
A sensor, installed in the front of the vehicle, analyzes both the velocity and the distance of not only the vehicle that is ahead of the driver, but also the vehicle that is two cars ahead. When a potential risk arises, the system alerts the driver – physically, audibly, and visually – to slow down. The driver feels his seatbelt tightening, hears the warning, and sees the warning on his dashboard display. By decelerating prior to an 18-wheeler losing a tire or a car braking as a deer leaps across the road, the driver can avoid being a part of a multi-vehicle pile-up.
Autonomous Emergency Steering System
This active technological program thinks and acts on behalf of the driver should a crash be looming up ahead. A motor, strategically installed in the steering system, can force the vehicle to steer clear of the present path without any thought or effort from the driver.
Here’s how it works:
Radar scanners, laser scanners, and cameras are installed around the car to constantly capture the car’s surroundings. The data is processed via an onboard computer that searches for both potential hazards as well as safe escape routes. If a collision is imminent and simply hitting the brakes won’t deter it, the electric-assist power steering system will guide the car off its accident-bound path.
Various other safety-focused features
In addition to the PFCW and the AESS, the Infiniti provides its drivers with several other unique accident avoidance systems. These include: Direct Adaptive Screening, Backup Collision Intervention, the Blind Spot Intervention System, Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Welcome Lighting, Hydraulic Body Motion Control System, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Brake Assistant, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, Lane Departure Prevention, and Distance Control Technology, among others.
From parking cars in tight spots and steering cars off hazardous paths to stopping cars, detecting problems two cars ahead, providing all sorts of information (the door is ajar, the gas is low, the indicator light is still on) and seemingly-everything in between, today’s automotive technology is both amazing and convenient. Nonetheless, there is no amount of technology that matches the sensibility of a safe driver – which is exactly why today’s technology is designed to assist the driver, not replace the driver.