2015 Nissan Murano: On Demand Cam
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 8, 2015
The on-demand cam in our 2015 Nissan Murano is a personal favorite creature comfort. I'm surprised more automakers don't offer it. There's not much to it really, but it beats the standard rearview cam that only comes on when you engage reverse. That's because Nissan's Around View Monitor is more than a basic rearview cam.
Press the "camera" button on the infotainment center and the Murano displays a 360-degree birds-eye view of the Murano and its immediate surroundings on half of the screen, and your choice of front-, rear-, or front side-view (shows what's around the front passenger-side wheel) in the other half.
Four cameras — one front, one rear, one on each side — form the top-down composite image. I've found this plenty handy in our office garage, trying to nudge the Murano as close to the wall or lead car as possible in our tight tandem parking spaces. It's simply a handy feature to use with the mirrors when slotting alongside a curb or pulling into or out of a tight driveway.
Our Around View Monitor also has Moving Object Detection — basically a front-, rear- and side-cross-traffic alert system.
Unfortunately, the on-demand view is locked out at speeds above 6 mph, so you'll never see that possum disappear under the undercarriage and come out the other end. Just as well, really.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor