How does Rear Seat Reminder technology work?

August 12th, 2020 by

Every couple of years a new safety technology comes out that quickly gets picked up and adopted by brands all over, sometimes even becoming required by the government to be offered as standard. The backup camera is a good example of this. At first, it was a luxury feature available on some vehicles, and in time almost every single new vehicle on the road comes with one as standard. It looks like Rear Seat Reminder technology might be next in line for this treatment, and we’re excited to go over how the system works in the upcoming 2021 Honda Odyssey.

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What does Rear Seat Reminder do?
In general, Rear Seat Reminder is a technology designed to help drivers remember that they have someone or something important in the rear seats. It was introduced to combat the startling statistic of how many children pass away due to heat-related illnesses as a result of being left in a hot vehicle. In the 2021 Honda Odyssey, the system alerts the driver as they switch the vehicle off. This is done via an audible chime as well as a visual message on the instrument cluster, telling the driver to check the rear seats before exiting.

Does Rear Seat Reminder mix with CabinWatch?
Although Honda was not the first manufacturer to build a vehicle with Rear Seat Reminder technology installed, the 2021 Honda Odyssey does introduce an industry-first for the fast-growing technology. Not only does it come standard with Rear Seat Reminder technology, but on the Touring and Elite trims the system is integrated right into the CabinWatch system. That way, in addition to the audio/visual cues mentioned earlier, the CabinWatch system will turn on to display a live feed of the rear seats.

If you have any questions about Rear Seat Reminder technology or the Honda Odyssey, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right here at Hilton Head Honda.

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