Nissan is arming 10 of the models in their lineup with their Safety Shield 360 technology as standard equipment for the 2021 model year. The suite of safety technologies includes six active systems.
“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.”
The 2021 Nissan Rogue will have Safety Shield 360Photo courtesy of Nissan North America
The six systems include:
- 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
- Automatic high beams – 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.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, vehicles equipped with Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking experience a 56 percent reduction in crashes with injuries. IIHS also reports that back-up crashes went down by 78 percent in vehicles equipped with Rear Automatic Braking and by 22 percent in vehicles with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Safety Shield 360 is currently standard on the Nissan Sentra, Leaf, Maxima, Kicks, Rogue Sport, and Titan. It will be standard on the 2021 Rogue when it reaches dealerships and three additional models that are TBA. Those three models are likely to be the redesigned Pathfinder, Frontier, and Armada.
With the suite of technology, Sentra and Rogue have the most standard safety features in their respective classes.