What is Nissan Rear Door Alert?
We don’t have to tell you how frustrating it is to go out for some groceries, put some of them in your back seat, then completely forget about them until the next day, when the ice cream that was once light and fluffy has now melted into the bag, subsequently spilling out onto the cloth seats. While that is an everyday frustration, actual tragedies can occur when it is not items in the back seat that are forgotten, but rather, occupants. This is particularly important to remember during the hot summer months. Nissan has developed technology that can help combat this issue, called Rear Door Alert. What is Nissan Rear Door Alert? Let’s take a closer look.
Whose idea was it?
Rear Door Alert (RDA) was created by Elsa Foley and Marlene Mendoza, who understand how hectic life can be, as they are each parents. They are engineers with Nissan, and together they wanted to develop an idea that could help remind drivers to check the contents of their back seats before walking away from their vehicle.
“We pushed each other along and knew we were on the right track one morning when Marlene discovered she had left a pan of lasagna in the back seat of her car one night after coming home after a long day at the office. The worst thing was the car smelled for days, but it made me ask myself, ‘what if that had been something else back there?'” – Elsa Foley
Nissan liked the idea, and the plan went forward. Now, RDA will come standard inside the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, with more rollouts possible on other new Nissan models.
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This technology monitors the rear door switches to see if they have been opened and closed prior to and after a trip of any distance. If the system detects that a rear door was opened and closed before a trip, but then was not re-opened after the trip was finished and the vehicle is put into park and turned off, a display will show in the instrument panel, and it will then progress to a distinctive series of chirps from the horn. It’s that simple.