The Autonomous Emergency Steering System could reduce the number of on-road accidents by controlling the vehicle when it sense imminent collision.

A few weeks ago Nissan introduced a car that parks itself. And most recently, Nissan announced that its latest Autonomous Emergency Steering System could further prevent vehicle accidents. The system is designed to work in circumstances where braking alone won’t be sufficient, such as “sudden intrusions onto the road in low speed zones, or when a collision at high speed is imminent due to the driver’s delayed recognition of the tail end of a traffic jam.”

The system’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) can identify these situations and automatically take over the steering wheel when the driver ignores warnings of impending danger. The Autonomous Emergency Steering System is part of Nissan’s Safety Shield program and should be available in the Elgrand vehicle as of early next year.

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