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  • Nissan Devises Distance-Between-Vehicles Control System
  • December 1, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said it has developed an "automatic vehicle-spacing control system" that can ensure that cars maintain certain distances from each other.
    The new system can control cars by taking into account different types of traffic flows, the company said.

    Using the system, a driver can specify the car's upper speed limit (between 50kph and 100kph) as well as the distance to be maintained between other vehicles in front (three settings).

    When the car is in motion, the system uses data from a front-mounted milliwave radar to monitor both the distance between the car and any vehicle in the road ahead and the relative speeds of the two vehicles. It then automatically adjusts the throttle and brakes to ensure that the specified distance is maintained.

    According to Nissan, the new system will be one facet of the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) being planned for the nation's highway network.

    The company said that new models equipped with the technology could appear in dealerships as early as next summer.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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    Updated: Mon Nov 30 17:31:02 1998 PDT