Lane Change Nanny: Iteris's Award-Winning Lane Departure System

Forget to use your turn signal? Prepare to be pecked to death by tiny, fierce, flu-suffering hummingbirds. Ok, maybe not. Maybe your lane-change transgression will earn you a spot in the looney bin, after having been beeped and vibrated into a meltdown by Iteris's latest driver-assistance invention — the explicitly named Lane Departure System. The LDW system — which Nissan just today presented with its 2005 Global Innovation Award — was first offerred as an option on 2005 Infiniti FX SUVs, and is now an option on the new 2006 Infiniti M luxury sedans. According to the company, over 10,000 LDW units have been shipped to Infiniti to date. The system employs a mounted camera and proprietary software algorithms to monitor lane markings in front of a vehicle. If a driver drifts out of lane unintentionally (i.e., no signal) they system starts making with the beeps and vibrations. Insanity comes later.

The cars of the future will annoy the hell out of you if you dont use your turn signal [Transport Trends]

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