COOL STUNT: Paul Swift, in this Nissan Juke, performed a 180-degree turn into a parking bay using only the external cameras in the crossover as a guide. Image: NewsPress
Sunderland, UK - The Nissan Juke established the world’s first ‘blind’ J-turn record with the driver using only the car’s intelligent around view monitor (AVM) on-board camera technology for guidance.
Stuntman Paul Swift spun the car 180-degrees with all the windows blacked out, using only the Juke’s four exterior cameras to position himself.
Amazingly, he equalled the existing ‘sighted’ record - turning the crossover from driving backwards to driving forwards in a space just 18cm longer than its bumper-to-bumper distance.
Four cameras, all-round view
Nissan’s intelligent AVM system provides the driver with a 360-degree birds’ eye view of the car and its surroundings. The four camera images are digitally stitched together and displayed on the NissanConnect dashboard screen, making parking simpler and safer, says Nissan.
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Commenting on the world-first stunt, Swift said: “I don’t recommend drivers try to park using AVM and a J-turn like I did, but I can really see how using the AVM technology in everyday driving situations would be a real benefit to Nissan customers."
Nissan Intelligent AVM also includes moving object detection, which alerts the driver if something - for example, an animal or pedestrian - is close to the vehicle.
Swift concluded: “Looking at the 360-degree view on the dashboard screen - rather than over my shoulder through the rear window - was strange at first, but I quickly adjusted. The AVM cameras gave me a clear view of the track so I was confident of staying within the lines.”
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The highly experienced stunt driver took on the challenge at the home of the Juke - Nissan Manufacturing UK in Sunderland - where more than 100 000 Jukes are produced every year.
Intelligent AVM is part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision for a safer and more sustainable driving future. It’s also one of the key building blocks of Nissan’s move towards ProPilot, the brand’s autonomous driving technology. The first Nissan car in Europe to feature ProPilot will be revealed in 2017.