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2013-12-10 13:18

WORLD'S SAFEST? The Infiniti Q50 has been rated as one of the safest cars on the road, according to a Swiss insurance company. Image: Thatcham

ROLLE, Switzerland – According to the latest tests carried out by Thatcham, the Motor Insurance Repair Research centre, the Infiniti Q50 has proved itself to have one of the most advanced standard-fit collision avoidance systems that the centre has yet tested.

Together with its recently announced five-star Euro NCAP rating the Infiniti Q50 is easily one of the safest cars in the world. The car has been released in the UK and will arrive in South Africa by March 2014.


Thatcham’s chief executive Peter Shaw explained: "Most road incidents are caused by driver distraction - often at junctions. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems can warn the driver of the danger and then automatically slow the vehicle or even bring it to a complete halt.

"Here at Thatcham we assess these systems in the insurance group rating “City” test on behalf of UK insurers to evaluate their performance in the most common type of crash: the front-to-rear shunt."

“In the test we drive the car under robot control at up to 50km/h towards a unique soft target representing another vehicle and we measure how well the car performs at avoiding a crash or reducing the impact speed.

"The Q50 not only avoided the crash at the maximum 50km/h test speed but Infiniti engineers were confident that it could do the same at 60km/h, and so it proved.

"This is a remarkable achievement and as such the Q50 is one of the best performers we’ve seen to date.”

Fintan Knight, VP Infiniti Europe, Middle East and Africa, added: “Today’s drivers need all the help they can get to stay relaxed, comfortable and safe behind the wheel which is why the Q50 is available with many innovative safety systems.”


By using a highly specified radar system along with several cameras located around the vehicle to constantly monitor the vehicles surrounding the area, many systems are able to combine together and reduce the risk of an incident. Emergency braking is only one of many other features included in the optional safety pack which include:

• Reversing (Back-up Collision Intervention). Detects moving vehicles and objects behind the car when reverse gear is selected, warning the driver with visual and audible alerts. If necessary the system can autonomously brake.

• Drifting out of lane (Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention). Industry-first system senses unintended lane drift and assists the driver to guide the vehicle back to the centre of its lane.

• Moving into the path of another vehicle (Blind Spot Intervention and Blind Spot Warning). World-first technology helps the driver to avoid vehicles concealed in the blind-spot area during lane changes.

• Motorway hold-ups (Predictive Forward Collision Warning). Another world-first for Infiniti, PFCW warns the driver of hazards which lie beyond the driver’s field of view – seeing past not just the car in front but two cars ahead.

• Low-speed manoeuvring in busy areas (Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection). Infiniti’s world-first real-time camera system provides a virtual 360 degree view of the car's environment with visual and audible warnings of hazards.

As well as the availability of the most advanced safety systems, every Infiniti Q50 includes safety-orientated features such as:

 • Seat belt reminder for all seats
 • Speed limiter
 • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian collision safety
 • Electronic stability control with active trace control
 • Diode fog lights front and rear
 • Tyre-pressure monitors
 • Hill-start assistance
 • Six air bags
 • Rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors

Fintan Knight added: “Infiniti leads the way in introducing new safety technologies and the Q50 is available with more of them than ever before.

"As our new-generation standard-bearer the Q50 shows just how committed we are to road safety and to keeping the brand in the forefront of safety.”

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