Forgetful drivers will be able to take advantage of a new technology in 2019 Nissan models. The Nissan Rear-Seat Alert system reminds drivers that they may have left something important, such as food or an electronic, in the back seat of their vehicle. The technology will come standard in the marque’s four-door cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs.
The Nissan Rear-Seat Alert system was designed by two new mothers living in Nashville, Tennessee. The technology tracks when drivers open and close the rear door. It then alerts drivers with a dashboard message when they arrive at their destination. If drivers ignore the message, the system chirps the horn.
“We would read reports of incidents in which parents accidentally left a kid in the car, and I always worried that would happen to me,” said Marlene Mendoza, new mother and Nissan engineer. “So we started brainstorming, and that’s when we came up with the idea.”
While Nissan isn’t the first automaker to introduce such a technology, it is the first to standardize the system across its lineup. All four-door models will come equipped with the Rear-Seat Alert system by the 2022 model year.
Drivers have the option to deactivate the system temporarily or permanently according to their needs. Dealerships will activate the system upon the purchase of a new Nissan.
Contact is at Nissan of Visalia to learn more about the system and the vehicles equipped with it.