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All-round view from the Infiniti EX concept

Infiniti unveils the tech-heavy EX concept at the 2007 New York auto show

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Infiniti is one of our favorite automakers when it comes to in-cabin gadgetry, as evidenced in our recent reviews of the 2007 M35 Sport and 2007 FX45. And here at the 2007 New York International Auto Show, the Infiniti lab coats are strutting their stuff again with the unveiling of the Infiniti EX concept. Similar in design to the space-age FX crossover, the EX concept is the forerunner to a production version due out next year. The EX concept features an arsenal of tech features that we haven't seen anywhere before.

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Perhaps the most impressive is the Around View Monitor (AVM), which uses four-range video cameras situated around the car's body to provide a real-time 360-degree view of the area around the car, which is shown on an in-dash LCD screen. Infiniti designers told us that the AVM will be offered on the production version of the EX. Another unique technology that will make it to production is the EX's Lane Departure Prevention system. Like the Lane Departure Warning system that we saw in the FX, the LDP uses cameras to monitor when the car drifts out of its lane on the freeway. The LDP system goes one better by using the car's stability control system to apply braking to the opposite side wheels when drift is detected.

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The final innovative technology on the EX--that won't see production any time soon--is the car's electronically dimming roof. Using a secondary touch screen in the center console, drivers can adjust the level of transparency of the roof's liquid crystal glass panels. Now that's some blue-sky thinking.