This year alone, 17 children have been the tragic victims of hot car deaths, having been trapped inside the car for too long with no a/c. Since 1990, more than a thousand children have lost their lives. But a new technology on the market is aiming to prevent these tragedies.
The new technology involves an alarm system that is set to go off if the temperature reaches a certain level, and movement is detected within the vehicle. “The potentially life-saving innovation is an alarm in the 2022 Genesis GV70 that, according to the manufacturer, sounds as quickly as 10 seconds. Hidden inside the roof above the back seat is a radar that Genesis says can detect a child even if the only movement is a soft breath” (ABC News).
An automotive engineer who works for Consumer Reports, Emily Thomas, showed ABC News how the process works on her own 4-year-old son, Micah. “You want something that is more fine tuned and able to detect even those small motions that we’re making just by being a human, by breathing and our chest moving,” Thomas said.
The technology is so effective, her son was wearing a mask and remaining completely still, and the alarm still went off within 20 seconds.
ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: WASHINGTON POST
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