Nissan Motor will introduce the production version of the world's first 'Around View Monitor', which offers the driver a bird's eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings in real-time, later this month in Japan and at year's end in the US.

In Japan, the Around View Monitor will debut in the new Elgrand minivan, scheduled for introduction at the end of October, and then the US market on the redesigned Infiniti EX35 scheduled for launch in December.

The monitor system sythesises a bird's eye image of the vehicle and its surroundings from four ultrawide-angle (180-degree) high-resolution cameras mounted on the front, sides and rear of the vehicle.

Nissan said the monitor is particularly helpful when parking, enabling the driver to steer easily and precisely into a parking space.

The screen displays the view from above on the left, and a front or rear view on the right. The front and rear views alternate according to the gear shift position. This allows the driver a comprehensive view of the vehicle and its surrounding environment from all angles.

The left side-view is offered with the rear view, allowing the driver to more easily observe both the rear and left-front when attempting to parallel-park. The driver has the option to choose between the top view and the left side-view.

The camera-enabled sensors mounted on all four corners of the vehicle depict the distance to an obstacle in easy-to-understand coloured graphics, and help warn the driver via a beeping alert the closer the vehicle approaches a fixed obstacle.

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