If you have heard of parents forgetting to get the kids out of the car and walking off without them, it really something that happens. If you’re a parent yourself and worry about doing that very thing, Nissan feel your pain. That’s why they have developed Rear Door Alert and will be including it in the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder.
It isn’t just about forgetting the kids, we forget all sorts of stuff that we put on the back seat. Gym gear, groceries, work bags, laptop bags, the list goes on. None of which you either want to leave behind or leave in plain sight. Rear Door Alert seeks to stop that.
Nissan Rear Door Alert
The new system tracks when the rear doors have been opened and/or closed while you use the vehicle. If it detects you opened or closed the door and didn’t to the same at the other end of the journey it will alert you. The alert can be a visual alert in the instrument panel or combined with a sounding of the horn. You can also switch it off for when you don’t have the kids with you.
“The Rear Door Alert uses a similar honking cue that has been proven successful with Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert,” said Elsa Foley, one of the Nissan engineers behind the alert system. “By drawing your attention back to the vehicle, once you’ve walked away, you are more likely to recheck the back seat than with a visual alert alone.”
This is a reimagining of the GM Rear Seat Reminder and will first appear in the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. If successful it will likely find its way to other Nissan models quite quickly.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder will continue the success of the current model which is one of the Japanese automaker’s best-selling vehicles across the world. The three row SUV got a lot of reworking last year so upgrades for the 2018 model are expected to be mainly technological rather than design-based.
It will use a new 3.5-litre V6 that uses direct injection to achieve 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. It will use Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission to send power to the front or all wheels. Improvements in the engine and mechanicals means towing capacity has increased to 6,000 pounds without impacting gas mileage too much.
Due in September 2017, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder looks to be a steady improvement in the existing model. We shall review it more when we get hold of one.