The rearview camera now mounted on many vehicles — including many new Infiniti vehicles — can only work to prevent collisions if the driver is watching the screen. Additionally the camera generally only looks in one direction at once. In the new 2013 Infiniti JX35 (http://www.motorwerksinfiniti.com/
If there are obstacles to either side or behind the vehicle, the Backup Collision Intervention lets the driver know with audible alerts and flashing lights on the side view mirrors. If the driver doesn’t respond to the alerts, and a collision appears imminent, the system will push back on the accelerator. Finally, if the driver still continues to back up, the system will engage the brakes to stop the car.
This system is debuting on the JX35, as larger sport utility vehicles are generally more difficult to reverse, especially in tight spaces. It is expected that this system will eventually be placed in vehicles throughout the Infiniti lineup to make backing up safer for all Infiniti drivers.
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