What is Nissan’s Rear Door Alert technology?
Nissan engineers designed a new, innovative technology to help drivers not forget anything in the back seats, from a container of food to the most precious cargo of all. But, what is Nissan’s Rear Door Alert technology and how does it work?
“The idea was inspired when I accidentally left a pan of lasagna in the back seat of my car overnight. The worst thing was the car smelled for days, but it made me ask myself, “What if I left something far more important back there?” – Marlene Mendoza, Nissan mechanical engineer and mother of three
Mendoza and her colleague Elsa Foley were simply chatting when they came up with the idea for the Nissan Rear Door Alert, but the idea quickly took off and moved into full development at Nissan. The system is already a standard feature on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, but the plan is for it to be added to more of the new Nissan lineup. This system is designed to use a series of distinctive honks while the driver is walking away from the vehicle in order to remind the driver to double check the backseat.
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Since temperatures inside vehicles can easily reach dangerous levels very quickly, this technology was developed to reduce potential heatstroke incidents. For instance, even if the outside temperature is in the mid-60s, the inside of a vehicle can heat up to more than 110°F according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Rear Door Alert system monitors when the rear doors are opened and closed before and after the vehicle is in motion, and if the system detects that the door was used before a drive and not reopened after the drive, it will display a notification and use subtle honks to alert the driver.
“If you open a rear door and put something in the rear seat, Rear Door Alert will help you remember when you get to your destination that you may have forgotten it.” – Marlene Mendoza