For 2018, the Nissan Pathfinder came standard with Rear Door Alert. For 2019, Nissan is rolling this feature out as standard equipment for eight additional models, including the Altima and the Rogue. By 2022, all four-door Nissan trucks, sedans, and SUVs will carry Rear Door Alert as a standard feature.
So what is Rear Door Alert (RDA)? RDA is a feature developed by two moms who also happen to be engineers. One of the moms had left a pan of lasagna in her backseat overnight and found it (and likely some unpleasant smells) the next day. It caused her, an expecting mother, to wonder what might have happened if she’d left something far more precious in the backseat, as other parents have done.
That was enough to prompt Marlene Mendoza and fellow engineer Elsa Foley to invent RDA, a technology that will alert you if you might have forgotten something in the backseat.
It’s a simple system. If you open the rear door before a trip but then do not open it again after the trip, the system will trigger. It starts with a display notification on the instrument panel after the car is put in park and turned off. If the driver exits and then does not open the rear door, the vehicle will make loud noises, including honking the horn, to get the driver’s attention.
“I’m proud to see Nissan lead the way by making Rear Door Alert standard on more models,” said Mendoza. “What started as a chat with my colleague, Elsa Foley, is now innovative technology being adopted in more Nissan models. It is a testament to Nissan’s culture.”
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