Nissan Note will be the first car to use Safety Shield technology

Nissan has announced a new small car that's packed with some interesting technology. The small car is called the Nissan Note and will be the first car model to launch using Nissan's new Safety Shield technology. Safety Shield technology uses Nissans Around View Monitor system to enhance the drivers field of vision.

Nissan promises that its new Note has technology and features that are useful in day-to-day driving allowing the driver to feel safer and more secure. The Note has technology that Nissan says is typically only found in premium luxury car models and the technology is coming to the small car sector for the first time. Safety Shield is comprised of three advanced safety systems.

Those advanced safety systems include Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Moving Object Detection. Nissan combines those technologies with its Around View Mirror giving not only additional protection for the occupants of the vehicle, but also for pedestrians around the vehicle. The vehicle will launch in the UK where Nissan hopes the safety technology will help reduce automotive/pedestrian accidents the claim about 34,000 lives each year.

The Around View Monitor uses four separate cameras arrayed around the car that show images on a 5.8-inch dashboard mounted screen. The car is powered by an efficient line of available engine and transmission options with CO2 outputs as low as 95 g/km. The base engine is a 1.2-liter unit producing 80 ps and 110 Nm of torque. Nissan also offers a more powerful 1.2-liter DIG-S engine producing 98 PS and 142 Nm of torque. The car will also be available with a turbo diesel engine in the European market. Nissan expects the Note to go on sale in Europe in the fall of 2013.

[via Nissan]