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2011-02-15 09:33

PARKING RELIEF: Nissan's useful camera device has been in use in Japan since 1997, the company said.

Nissan announced that it has licensed its camera image-processing technology, used in its Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection systems, to its joint-development partner Clarion.

Nissan introduced what it claims is the world’s first Around View Monitor in 2007 in the Japanese market. The system offers the driver a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle’s surroundings in real time, by using four camera images shown on the car's navigation system display.

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The Around View Monitor synthesises the image taken by cameras mounted on the front, sides and rear of the vehicle and displays the parking space and the position of the vehicle on the screen mounted in the instrumental panel.

Moving Object Detection (MOD) is a driving assistance technology designed to detect moving objects around the vehicle and alert the driver to their presence using the image taken by four cameras for Around View Monitor. The addition of the MOD function further enhances the characteristics of the Around View Monitor system.  

Through the licensing agreement, Clarion will be able to sell the Around View Monitor and MOD to other companies.

The profits generated by Nissan from this venture will  be used for investing in new technology development, Nissan said. The company added it would also promote the widespread applicaiton of these systems to increase adoption to a wide range of vehicles, including those of other automakers.
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