No CGI Here, This Brave Nissan Engineer Lets The LEAF Take Over The Emergency Driving
When Nissan announced development of the "Autonomous Emergency Steering System," we did not get all the excited. But after learning it was installed on a LEAF and Nissan provided a real life video, complete with brand new vehicles for the car to crash into and test dummies, we perked up.
Watching the system in action (beginning at :38 and 1:51 in the video below) is a thing to behold. No hypothetical computer generated modelling here; and no low-speed real life action. This LEAF, complete with human driver risking his life, is booking it.
According to Nissan:
"This system offers a high level of collision avoidance capability by applying automatic braking and automatic steering in situations where a collision is imminent and evading obstacles by braking may not be effective. The system takes effect in situations where unpredictable risks arise, such as sudden intrusions onto the road in low speed zones, or when a collision at high speed is imminent due to the driver's delayed recognition of the tail end of a traffic jam."
The system's autonomous management of extreme conditions works on pedestrian avoidance up to 40 miles an hour, and on stationary vehicles up to 50 miles an hour.
Illustration Of Stationary Vehicle Avoidance
The Autonomous Emergency Steering System, using the information provided by the front-mounted radar and camera, the two left and right rear radars, and the five laser scanners attached around the vehicle, initially acts on a risk of collision that cannot be avoided by braking. Simultaneously, it checks if there is a forward zone free of obstacles and that there are no vehicles approaching from the rear, and then displays to the driver the direction that the vehicle should be steered. If the driver cannot immediately steer in that direction, the system takes over to automatically steer the vehicle to help avoid a collision.
This feature is expected to be available in production Nissan LEAFs sometime after the 2015 model year.
Source: ElectricCars.tv Video Below: Exciting bits at :38 and 1:51