Adding to their reputation for safety and value, Nissan will make its Safety Shield 360, a collection of six active safety technologies, standard equipment on 10 models beginning in 2021.
This announcement comes during National Teen Driver Safety week, October 18-24, which is “an annual reminder for parents to have conversations with teens about rules to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens aged 16-19 than among any other age group; the risk is particularly high during the first months driving,” according to Nissan.
“Offering these safety technologies as standard equipment on 10 of our most popular models is an important step forward,” said Andy Christensen, senior manager and lead technology expert of Intelligent Transportation System Research, Nissan Technical Center North America. “This added layer of protection can help keep young drivers safe especially as they are getting used to being on busy roads.”
Nissan says its tech can help reduce crashes and cites a study to reinforce its point.
“According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, vehicles equipped with Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking experience a 56% reduction in crashes with injuries,” Nissan stated in a press release. “IIHS also reports that back-up crashes went down by 78% in vehicles equipped with Rear Automatic Braking and by 22% in vehicles with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.”
Currently, Nissan includes the Safety Shield 360 on Sentra, Leaf, Maxima, Kicks, Rogue Sport and Titan. The automaker plans on making it standard on the 2021 Rogue and three additional models it is releasing in the next few months. This likely includes the new Nissan Frontier.
The six advanced safety features included in Nissan Safety Shield 360 are:
- Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection – uses forward-facing radar and camera technology to track vehicles and crossing pedestrians, can give audible and visual warnings and apply braking to help avoid or reduce the severity of frontal collisions
- Lane Departure Warning – can alert driver of drifting from lane with a visual warning and audible or haptic signals
- High Beam Assist – automatically switches to low beam headlights when it detects a vehicle ahead and turns the high beams back on when appropriate
- Blind Spot Warning – helps spot vehicles in driver’s blind spot areas
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert – can warn the driver about detected approaching vehicles when reversing out of a parking spot
- Rear Automatic Braking – helps detect stationary objects when backing up and, if necessary, applies the brakes to help avoid a collision.
The bottom line on Safety Shield 360
More standard safety equipment is going to benefit both teens and everyone else, though it will mean making sure you keep your vehicle’s exterior cleaner. Turns out, (shocked face) sensors don’t work so well when they are covered in dirt, mud or dust. Overall, though, this is a great benefit to consumers.