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New technology aims to stop child deaths from hot cars

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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Ethan Finn lives just outside of Sacramento in California. He was involved in Boy Scouts for most of his life and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January of 2019. A passion for politics prompted him and his friend to start an Instagram page all about politics during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—@conservative.outlet. Ethan finds it fascinating to be a part of the journalistic side of news as opposed to always being just a reader.

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