Author: Jack
POSTED ON 07 Aug 2019

Using Technology To Alert You If Someone Is Still In The Back Seats

With record breaking heat waves sending countless victims to the emergency room, automotive manufacturers are looking to technology to help reduce fatalities among children.

The advocacy group KidsAndCars.org says that 38 children die in hot cars, on average, in the United States each year. Through August 1, the group has tracked 25 child vehicular heat-stroke deaths in the U.S. in 2019 alone. According to the advocacy group, the main reason these deaths happen is that people fail to realize how quickly the car interior heats up. Another reason these fatalities happen more with children than adults is the fact that a child’s body can overheat three to five times faster. The combination of both spells disastrous for little ones.

Systems to help remind parents that they may be forgetting their children in the back seat have already been implemented by GM, Nissan, and Subaru on some of their vehicles. Hyundai is the latest manufacturer to announce a similar version called Rear Occupant Alert to be implemented on most of its new vehicles by 2022. The system works by tracking the opening and closing of the rear doors to determine if someone could still be sitting in the rear seats.

As of now, Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert, which is available on the Santa Fe and Palisade models, will honk the car horn, flash its lights, and even send a message to the driver if their phone is connected if the system detects movement in rear seats after the car has been parked with the doors locked.