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Nissan Motor unveils world's 1st 'around view monitor'.

TOKYO, Oct. 12 Kyodo

Nissan Motor Co. said Friday it has developed what it claims to be the world's first ''around view monitor,'' giving the driver ''a bird eye's view of the vehicle and its surroundings'' on a real-time basis to facilitate parking.

The system, using four ultrawide-angle 180-degree high-resolution cameras mounted on a vehicle's front, sides and rear, synthesizes a bird's-eye view of the vehicle and its surrounding environment, the automaker said.

Nissan will install the system on the newly restyled Elgrand minivan to be released in Japan later this month and on the new Infiniti EX35 to be introduced in the United States in December, it said.

The color-graphic monitor will be particularly useful when parallel parking or backing into a garage or parking space, it said.

The system displays the view from above on the left segment of the screen, while showing front or rear views according to the gear shift, offering the driver a comprehensive view of the vehicle and its surroundings.

In addition to the bird's-eye view, the monitor allows a driver to observe the left side and rear of the vehicle simultaneously when attempting to parallel park.
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Date:Oct 13, 2007
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