Nissan's Birdview satellite navigation system, which is an option on the QX in Germany, will become widely available across Europe next year.
France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland have been charted, and Birdview map CDs will be available in early 1999, said Andy Palmer, general manager, design and engineering at Nissan's European Technology Center. Mapping of Italy and UK will be complete in the spring.
Unlike conventional systems, Birdview displays a three-dimensional aerial image of the road layout ahead of the driver as if seen from a point 300 meters above and 400 meters behind the vehicle. Townscapes include recognisable landmarks, and the LCD screen display is backed up by directions from a voice synthesiser.
The Birdview option costs about $2,000 and has been taken up by 22 percent of QX buyers in Germany.