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today, from nissnannews.com.....




Advanced Lane Departure Warning System Set to Debut [Mar. 31, 04]

- System Helps Prevent Drivers From Drifting Out of Lanes -

GARDENA, CALIF. (March 31, 2004) – Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan North America, today announced the availability later this year of a new Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, which alerts drivers of an unintended movement of the vehicle out of a designated traffic lane. The new system, which utilizes a small camera, speed sensor, an indicator and an audible warning buzzer, will be offered this fall on 2005 models of Infiniti’s popular FX crossover sport utility vehicle – the first production application of LDW in North America. The LDW system will also be available on the next generation M45 performance luxury sedan, which is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2005 as a 2006 model.

“Studies show that 55% of fatal accidents in the U.S. are caused by lane departure*,” said Robert Yakushi, Director, Product Safety, Regulatory, Accessory Quality, Nissan North America, Inc. “These are caused by various factors, including driver distraction, inattention or drowsiness. The Lane Departure Warning system generates a warning to help alert the driver that the vehicle is about to move out of its lane.”

*Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 2001

The Infiniti LDW system is temporarily disabled by driver activation of the vehicle’s turn signals, which informs the system’s control unit of intended lane changes. The system also features a manual cancel switch, which allows the driver to turn the system off when desired. The system automatically resets when the vehicle is restarted.

System Architecture
The Infiniti Lane Departure System recognizes lane markings through the use of a small camera mounted behind the rearview mirror. The camera’s signal and the vehicle’s speed are sent to the system’s advanced microprocessing unit, which combines the information to calculate both the distance between the vehicle and the lane marking and the lateral velocity to the lane marking. A judgment is then made as to whether the vehicle is moving out of the lane (depending on the distance and lateral velocity to the lane).

If it is determined that the vehicle is leaving the lane, both visual (indicator light located on the instrument panel) and audible (buzzer) warning signals are generated, alerting the driver to take corrective action. The system will not operate if the camera can’t detect the lane markers or if vehicle’s speed is below 45 miles per hour.

“Some of the typical scenarios where the Lane Departure Warning system will warn the drivers when they are not giving 100% of their attention to driving and drift out of their lanes of travel are, for example, adjusting the audio system, looking at other occupants, searching for addresses or landmarks when driving on unfamiliar roads, or when concentrating on conversations rather than driving,” said Yakushi.

The Infiniti Lane Departure Warning system was developed in conjunction with Valeo SA and Iteris, Inc., the latter that has previously developed LDW systems for the commercial long-haul truck industry.

About the Infiniti FX and M45
The Infiniti FX premium crossover SUV is available in three models, the FX45 with a standard 315-horsepower 4.5-liter V8 engine and advanced ATESSA ET-S™ all-wheel drive system, the FX35 AWD with 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and the FX35 RWD with the 3.5-liter V6.

Currently available technology and safety features include an advanced DVD-based Infiniti Navigation System, Intelligent Key with keyless entry and engine start system, Tire Pressure Monitor System and RearView monitor. The RearView monitor projects a view of what’s behind the FX onto the navigation system monitor using a small camera mounted near the rear license plate (the system operates only when reverse gear is selected). Also available is Infiniti’s Intelligent Cruise Control system, which uses the brakes, throttle and laser sensors, to help maintain a set distance between the FX and a vehicle in front of it.

A preview of the new, second generation 2006 M45 will be available beginning April 8, 2004 when Infiniti debuts a show car version, the M45 Concept, at the New York International Auto Show. In addition to the new Lane Departure Warning system, the production Infiniti M45 will offer an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage front supplemental air bags and roof-mounted side-impact curtain air bags and Brake-Operated Pre-Crash Front Seat Belts.

“Infiniti has long been a leader in utilizing technology for the benefit of the driving experience – including our Intelligent Cruise Control, voice-recognition based navigation and RearView monitor systems.” Said Mark Igo, vice president and general manger, Infiniti. “The arrival of Lane Departure Warning is an important first for Infiniti.”

For more information on the complete line of Infiniti luxury vehicles and the Total Ownership Experience (TOE) philosophy, visit Infiniti online at http://www.infiniti.com or contact the corporate media line at 310-771-5631.
 

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that is the dumbest system I have ever heard of. Why don't they put something usefull into the 2005. I can see that getting very annoying. If you forget to signal while making a lane change an alarm will go off??? weird..
 

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that is the dumbest system I have ever heard of. Why don't they put something usefull into the 2005. I can see that getting very annoying. If you forget to signal while making a lane change an alarm will go off??? weird..
i was hoping for a 6 speed tranny myself....

or maybe more accessories that are NOT keychains and ink pens.....

sheesh!!
 

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Agreed. It sounds like a marketing initiative to entice new buyers with enhanced "safety features" and "unique gadgets".

We're the first to offer _______!! Who cares if no one wants it, we're first!! Woo-woo!
 

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Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. Not sure about 6AT, but Nissan does have pretty decent CVTs in its parts bin. Which boost both off-the-line pick-up and MPG.
 

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Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. Not sure about 6AT, but Nissan does have pretty decent CVTs in its parts bin. Which boost both off-the-line pick-up and MPG.
I don't think he was referring to an auto tranny. :wink:
 

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I thought this thread was a joke when I read the title. That would bug the sh!t out of me. It'd have to be pretty darn sophisticated to be able to discern intentional lane changes from unintentional ones. And how's it supposed to work on our crappy raods where they don't keep the lane lines in good repair (like 90% of the roads around here)? It's a novel concept and God knows there are enough inatentive idiots on the road to warrant such a system, but unless they get it functioning just right, I see it going off uneccessarily and pi$$ing people off more that anything. I'm not sure this is a case where it's a particularly good thing to be the first to get it. I just hope it can be disabled if you don't want it on.
 

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Guess it would help out for people driving drunk. Lol, what a waste of tech.
 

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I truly thought this was an April fools joke, but now I see it's only March 31st. :shock:

Although I can see some merit for this "feature", I'd take anything on our wish list thread over this (we did send Infiniti our wish list - right?). :cry:
 

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i agree that a lane departure system is worthless...BUT...its still not as gay as those stupid worthless headlight washers that they see on Lexus' :lol:
 

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I agree this is not useful at all for experience drivers. I guess infiniti is trying to pay more attention to SAFETY more than performance.

This does sounds like a joke... :lol: :lol:
 

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Lets get some freakikn seats that don't bubble and drivers seats that don't rock befire moving forward with producing some gadget that help you stay in the lanes.
 

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well...if you seat breaks off its frame, you might swerve into another lane, and this system will let you know that you need to swerve back :lol:
 

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LOL> Here's another thing Lexus is going to claim as their invention in half a year's time.

If this were to lower insurance costs then it might make it just that slight bit more useful.

I was hoping they'd offer better leather. I suppose the better leather that they are going to put in the G35 is going to be our FX leather... Which is better, but still not superb.

FX35ers should get the additional 20HP. Different style rims. Maybe some with a lip? Aero kits? Different interior color (like a mix of black and brick under the photoshopped FXs thread).
 

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Given a choice of possible FX enhancements for the '05 model year, I would choose the Magnetic Ride Control system that Cadillac has introduced in the SRX and that also exists in the Corvette. Fantastic concept that would suit the FX perfectly.
 

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Lets get some freakikn seats that don't bubble and drivers seats that don't rock befire moving forward with producing some gadget that help you stay in the lanes.
Yeah and how about a simple thing like scrolling titles for the audio system and..... :x

I could probably go on and on. I hope you can turn off that lane drift system. I hardly ever use signals ( I know...BAD) :? .
 

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did u see mb's new 7 spd tranny?? they always seem to be cutting edge on a lot of things...that would be great; it would help performance and fuel economy, but unlike cvt, you could still feel the shifts. also, where's the cooled seats????????????
 
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