How often do drivers pass up a parking space because it looks a little too hard to get into? It isn’t only younger drivers that have a problem with parallel parking, either; sometimes we all just need a little help.
Nissan has a solution: the Around View Monitor now available in the 2012 Nissan Rogue compact crossover.
2012 Nissan RogueEnlarge Photo
Nissan says this is a class exclusive, with the five-passenger Rogue the only non-luxury vehicle to offer a system that utilizes four cameras to assist the driver in parallel parking. But doesn’t take over the car to do it.
In other words, the driver remains in complete control of the vehicle, unlike the Ford Active Park Assist hands-free system, available as an option on the Ford Focus, Explorer, Escape, and Flex, and Lincoln MKS and MKT.
How Around View works
Around View uses four small super-wide angle cameras mounted on the Rogue’s front, side mirrors and rear of the vehicle to provide the driver with a virtual 360-degree view of everything in close proximity to the vehicle. This makes navigating somewhat tight parking spots a lot less problematic.
The automaker says the Around View system was purposely designed to be easy-to-understand and easy-to-use, especially with two areas drivers generally have trouble with: the rear and front passenger side of the vehicle.
To see how the system works, check out the video below.
Around View available with SL Package
Nissan Rogue buyers can get the Around View Monitor with Rogue SV, optioned with the SL Package, at a starting price of $27,870. In addition to the new Around View Monitor, the package also includes leather-appointed seats, heated front seats and outside mirrors, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the Nissan Navigation System, eight-speaker digital Bose audio system, power sliding glass moonroof, and more.