We really are living in the future.
Sure we may not have flying cars yet or hover boards that defy gravity (no, not the one you got for Christmas two years ago), but we do have plenty of 'smart technologies' that make life that much easier. From mobile phones that connect us to the internet, to smart watches that can read our messages or update us with the weather, technology is always at the forefront of progress, and one does not simply halt 'progress'.
Aside from gadgets that can almost do everything for us, automobiles are also benefitting from the tech boom. Compared to cars from ten years ago, automobiles of today have a choc-full of safety features that make them safer not only for the occupants, but to other motorists and pedestrians as well.
Take for example the 2018 Nissan X-Trail. Having received its mid-cycle facelift a few months back, the refreshed C-segment crossover is now imbued with the company's suite of 'Intelligent Mobility' technologies. But how exactly do these new features make the 2018 X-Trail smarter than your average crossover?
To find out more, Nissan recently invited us over to a tech demo in La Union to demonstrate how these new types of features are keeping the X-Trail safe from danger.
1. Visibility All Around
As much as the reverse camera plays a pivotal role in safer parking, sometimes you just need an extra set of eyes. Good thing the 2018 X-Trail has four cameras that simulate a 360-degree, bird's eye-view all around it. While nifty to use when parking in tight spots, Nissan also demonstrated that it can be used as well in navigating through tight corners. In fact, the company decided to take it up a notch by having us test it out on a figure-8 course, with both the front windshield and front side windows fully covered.
Maneuvering the X-Trail around the tight course proved to be unnvering at first but the system does provide a clear view of the surroundings. It did take some getting used to since you're only looking at a display but overall, the 360-degree around view monitor does deliver on its promise of keeping an eye out for you.
Do note, however, that using the front camera and 360-degree around view monitor will only work at speeds below 10 km/h. Otherwise, the systems shuts itself off automatically.
2. Blind Spot Sensing
Never be caught off guard again when another car or motorcycle is on your blind spot as the 2018 X-Trail also comes with a Blind Spot Monitoring system. It uses the principles of radar which constantly monitors the presence of a vehicle in a driver's blind spot where even a properly adjusted mirror can't see.
When another vehicle is at your blind spot, a light turns on near the side mirrors which notifies the driver. Should the driver make an attempt to switch lanes while the car is still there, audible warnings sound off inside the X-Trail to remind them that their blind spot is not yet clear.
However, one should not rely on it all the time. Why? The system only works at speeds of 30 km/h and beyond. At slower speeds, you have to rely on your own senses to see if there are any cars on your blind spots.
3. Automatic Emergency Braking
This particular safety feature can mean the difference between crashing into the car in front of you or even avoiding it entirely. Like blind spot monitoring, the car is constantly checking what's in front of the car. Should it detect another vehicle or other large, inanimate objects while the car is traveling at a fast pace, the system will remind you to slow down. In the event the driver fails to step on the brakes or slow the car down, the system can automatically apply the full braking power available to effectively stop the car.
But again, one should not totally rely on this type of safety feature as the system does have its limitations and this does not give drivers an excuse to drive recklessly.
4. Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Backing up out of a parking slot can be tedious for some, especially if there are other cars or pedestrians that are coming and going. Fret not as the X-Trail comes with Rear Cross Traffic Alert that monitors, detects and warns drivers of oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. It works via a set of rear parking sensors, along with the reverse camera that can keep an eye out for the driver.
Technology is truly a wonderful thing. With the 2018 Nissan X-Trail's suite of safety and innovative goodies, the way technology can change daily driving is as clear as a bright and sunny La Union day.