Nissan Safety Shield 360 Explained

June 12th, 2020 by

Plenty of new vehicles offer buyers a diverse array of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). In fact, said driver-assistance features have recently become a selling point for many prospective car buyers. This is the type of technology that monitors not only the driver’s behavior, but also takes into account road conditions and vehicle behavior, often providing drivers with visual and audible alerts all in the name of preventing collisions. Some features even actively brake and take corrective measures to prevent accidental impact. Many automakers, such as Nissan,  have actually grouped these features and offer them under a brand name as a safety package

 Nissan actually offers the Nissan Safety Shield 360 package as a standard in the following 2020 models: Kicks, Leaf, Maxima, Rogue Sport, Sentra and Titan. Other Nissan models, such as the Altima, Armada, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue and Versa only offer some features of the Nissan Safety Shield 360 as a standard, with highly-coveted features left as optional or unavailable. So what is Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 package entail? Let’s find out:

There are six components of Safety Shield 360 – Automatic High-beam Headlights, Rear Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane-Departure Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Warning, and Blind-Spot Warning. 

  • Automatic High-beam Headlights automatically switch back and forth — without the driver’s input — between low- and high-beam lighting depending on the traffic conditions.
  • If a stationary object behind a vehicle is detected while a driver is backing up, Rear Automatic Braking instantly applies the brakes to avoid impact.
  • Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Emergency Braking relies on forward-facing cameras and radar to track other cars, people, and different potential objects ahead. Initially, the feature provides visual and audible warnings when there’s potential for a collision. If the driver does not take any corrective actions, the feature automatically engages and brakes the vehicle to prevent or diminish the severity of the impending collision.  
  • Lane Departure Warning alerts a driver when they’re drifting from the lane with a chime or a vibration via the steering wheel. This feature is also reliant on radar and cameras. 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning alerts a driver if a vehicle is approaching from the side when backing out of parking spaces and driveways. 
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring and Warning also works to warm the driver using both audible and visual alerts when it detects a vehicle in a driver’s blind spot.

Some drivers are wary of smart technology like the Nissan Safety Shield 360, but the automaker cites a report from the Insurance for Highway Safety (IIHS) that indicates plenty of benefits of ADAS.  The following statistics from the report solidify Nissan’s decision to include the advanced safety features:

  • The addition of Rear Automatic Braking reduces crashes while traveling in reverse by 78 percent.
  • Rearview cameras, when combined with sensors, reduce accidents by 42 percent.
  • Cross-Traffic warnings alone reduce crashes by 22 percent. 

Keep in mind that these statistics reflect a comparison to vehicles that do not offer advanced safety features.

The Nissan Safety Shield 360 package offers six different technologies and we here at Nissan Ellicott City are committed to answering any questions you might have before buying your next car. Visit us, check out our latest Nissan inventory and schedule your test drive today! Follow us on Nissan Ellicott City social media to stay up to date with the latest automotive news and offers.

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