Not only is this good for families but for safety reasons tooSince the beginning of 2017, 38 children have died from heatstroke as a result of being left in a hot car. To help put an end to these tragic occurrences, automakers have begun installing rear-seat reminding systems in their vehicles. Hyundai is the latest to join the effort with the unveiling of its Rear Occupant Alert system, a safety feature designed to prevent drivers from forgetting the small passengers riding in their rear seat.
Both GM and Nissan have similar systems already on the market. However, while both automakers’ systems determine the presence of passengers by detecting the rear doors being opened, Hyundai has improved upon the idea by adding ultrasonic sensors in the vehicle’s headliner to monitor the back seats. Any movement detected by the sensors leads to an alert appearing on the driver’s instrument cluster, reminding them to check the rear cabin after exiting the vehicle.
If this isn’t enough to get the driver’s attention as they exit the vehicle, the horn will honk, the lights will flash, and the driver will receive an alert on their smartphone.
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