How do you feel about Infiniti’s Blind Spot Intervention and Eco Pedal systems, which will be fitted to the new M model?

The Blind Spot Intervention system functions like a normal warning system by detecting cars within the driver’s blind spot and issuing a warning. But if the driver pulls out anyway, the M will take evasive action, and automatically turn the steering to bring car back into its lane.

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The Eco Pedal technology works first by offering gentle resistance if the driver pushes the accelerator hard down.

Put like that, it all sounds a bit Big Brother, doesn’t it? Enthusiastic drivers may even see it as the first step to the car driving them, rather than the other way round.

Well, 18 months ago I went to Nissan’s test centre near Yokohama and tried the prototype versions of both these technologies – and, sure enough, there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of.