Believe it or not, as summer comes there are numerous incidents of people leaving the kids in the backseat – forgetting them – even under the scorching sun. And this happens often enough for carmakers to try and come up with solutions.
They’re not the only ones offering a system that reminds you if someone is seated in the back and you’re about to leave – and Tesla even uses an automatic climate regulator to keep the temperature in check whether you have somebody or not there. Nissan’s version of the rear seat reminder is also looking to keep parents from leaving their kids in a hot back seat. The company’s Rear Door Alert will honk the horn if it thinks a child is in the back when mom and dad are leaving the car. The new technology will be standard on the 2018 Pathfinder, set to arrive at dealerships this September.
Rear Door Alert knows when the rear doors open and close – if the rear door was opened before a trip started and remained closed after it ended it will send a warning on the instrument panel once the ignition has been turned off. If nothing happens, the car will honk the horn – but of course owners can temporarily or permanently disable the Rear Door Alert. “The idea is if you open a rear door, whether to put a child or a package in the rear seat, the vehicle will help alert you when you get to your destination that you may want to check the rear seat,” said Marlene Mendoza, a mechanical engineer at Nissan.