Infiniti is turning 25, and it took the opportunity to look back on all it has accomplished in that time. What caught my eye was how many of those accomplishments – industry firsts – had to do with electrical/electronic systems:
Rear and Around View
Infiniti’s RearView Monitor, or backup camera, debuted on the 2002 Q45. The automaker first offered a 360-degree Around View® Monitor on the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and then enhanced the feature with Moving Object Detection.
Lane Departure Warning and Prevention; Blind Spot Intervention
Infiniti offered Lane Departure Warning on the 2005 Infiniti FX and Lane Departure Prevention on the 2008 Infiniti M. Prevention helps the driver bring the vehicle back into the proper lane. Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI) was introduced on the 2011 M.
Backup Collision Intervention™
Backup Collision Intervention™, introduced on the 2013 Infiniti JX, detects cross traffic and large stationary objects behind the vehicle and can warn the driver and momentarily engage the brakes if necessary to help avoid a collision.
Predictive Forward Collision Warning
Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) was introduced on the 2014 Infiniti Q50. It can sense the relative speed and distance of a car ahead and also of a car ahead of that, so it alerts the driver to traffic stopped up ahead.
Direct Adaptive Steering
Infiniti said that in 2013 it became the first automaker to introduce a “steer-by-wire” system in a production car. The 2014 Q50 offers Direct Adaptive Steering™, which transmits steering inputs electronically instead of mechanically for a faster and more precise response.
Active Lane Control
Besides Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Direct Adaptive Steering, the 2014 Q50 also offers Active Lane Control system, which senses unintended lane drift and can automatically make changes to tire angles and steering wheel torque.
Q80 Inspiration Concept
Infiniti says that many of these systems are now available on every Infiniti model (see http://www.infinitiusa.com/now/technology/ for a list).
The Q80 Inspiration Concept unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, leverages that active and passive safety technology experience. It includes a suite of cameras, lasers, sensors and artificial intelligence designed to provide an ongoing dialogue between the vehicle and driver via a Head-Up Display (HUD) projected on the windshield.
The concept car features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter hybrid electric V6 powering all four wheels. It’s able to produce as much as 560-hp and provide nearly 45 mpg.
Well worth watching.