Nissan Puts in Rear Seat Reminder in 2018 Pathfinder
Nissan has said that the company will be installing software that is aimed at notifying the parents about checking the Pathfinder’s rear seat before they walk away after parking their vehicle. This move is a part of growing efforts by the automakers in helping tackle the problems of children dying due to an extremely hot temperature in vehicles.
The technology allows Nissan’s system to detect if the rear door of the car was opened or closed before the car is put on ignition, but then if the door wasn’t re-opened again after the vehicle was put in park and turned off, the detection system notifies the driver with display notifications on the instrument panel of the car. If even after this, the driver fails to open the door, the car starts emitting subtle yet distinctive chirps of the car’s horn.
The brilliant idea came from two of Nissan engineers Elsa Foley and Marlene Mendoza, who wished to find a way for reminding drivers about checking the car’s backseat before leaving their Nissan vehicle.
Nissan is Not the First
General Motors holds the title of being the first automaker that put a technology like this to use when the company added the Rear Seat Reminder tech on their 2017 GMC Acadia last year.
The Rear Seat Reminder tech worked in the fashion that it gave out five audible chimes in the car and displays a visual cue on the car’s instrument panel in the condition that the rear door was opened around 10 minutes of the car starting or otherwise at any time during the ride but not reopened when the trip has been completed.
However, Nissan has taken it a step further with the RDA technology by the use of the honking cue for alerting drivers so that they check the backseat before walking away.
Nissan has said that the Rear Seat Reminder technology will be provided as the standard equipment on the 2018 Pathfinder and will be put on other Nissan models as per the plan in the coming years.