Nissan says it has developed what it refers to as an emergency assist for pedal misapplication – with a car park detection function – that will debut on the new Elgrand MPV sold in Japan and in certain Asian markets.

The emergency assist for pedal misapplication technology is aimed at reducing acceleration accidents in parking lots and other spaces where a car could collide with walls if a driver mistakenly depresses the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.

Using the four cameras of the Around View Monitor and ultrasonic sonar, the system detects if the car is currently in a parking space or not and if there are obstacles such as walls in the direction the vehicle is travelling.

The function automatically controls acceleration if necessary and applies the brakes before a collision can occur.