Examples of Available Technology to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Technology should be installed during the manufacturing stage of ALL vehicles (see HOT CARS Act) and be able to detect the presence of an occupant (child, pet, etc.). The ‘detection’ feature is necessary to address children who get into vehicles on their own, which accounts for nearly 30% of hot car deaths. Systems utilize a wide range of detection features including sensors that detect motion, carbon dioxide, weight, vital signs, temperature, door sequencing, etc.

A simple reminder to look in the back seat, as required by the auto industry’s recent voluntary agreement, is outdated technology that would fail in a number of common scenarios and provide a false sense of protection for families.

Systems that can detect a child available in vehicles today:

Hyundai Rear Occupant Alert

The rear-occupant alert system will remind the driver to check the back seat when the engine is shut off if the back door was opened prior to driving somewhere with an audio and visual alert. The second alert is triggered by a motion sensor that sounds the horn, flashes the lights and sends a notification to the vehicle owner’s smart phone if an occupant is detected inside the back seat for up to 24 hours after the car is turned off. This system is available in the Sante Fe and Palisade models.



www.hyundainews.com/gallery/videos/33972 (ROA featured starting at 1:10)


Kia Rear Occupant Alert

Same system that is used in the Hyundai vehicles (described above) and is available in the Telluride SUV.




Systems available to install during manufacturing or aftermarket that can ‘detect’ the presence of a child:

Caaresys BabyCaare® – Child/human/pet presence detection. 

Uses contactless low emission radio frequency radar to detect vehicle occupants and monitors vital signs. It can tell the difference between an adult, child and pet as well as their position in the vehicle. The sensors operate under any light or weather conditions and can see through objects such as vehicle seats, clothing, car seats, etc. The system can use audio/visual alerts inside the car, honk the horn, flash vehicle lights, send push notifications to smart phones and even contact emergency services to alert that a passenger may be in danger.



Vayyar Next Gen Automotive Sensor

Vayyar’s 3D imaging sensor technology quickly and easily looks into objects or any defined volume (inside of a vehicle) and detects even the slightest anomalies and movements to bring highly sophisticated imaging capabilities to your fingertips. The system can detect the number of passengers, where they are and even if they are an adult vs. a child.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl2mFAlse94 or  https://vayyar.com/automotive


VitaSense – IEE

Uses low power radio frequency (RF) technology to detect occupants, including newborns, based on their movements or breathing – even when they are sleeping. Provides this information to the vehicle’s warning systems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qJRDcaDb-U



OleaVision Sensor Networks

Senses the presence of living beings using vital sign detection and is integrated into the vehicle. If a living being is detected the system can communicate to a smart phone device to provide an alert. The system can detect humans or animals that are left in a vehicle as well as those that gain access to a vehicle and become trapped inside. It can be installed during manufacturing or aftermarket.




Guardian Optical Technologies

One sensor combined with advanced 2D, 3D, and motion analysis protects drivers and passengers by constantly scanning and tracking occupants and objects anywhere in the vehicle. Designed to work in tandem with seatbelts, airbags and other built-in safety systems, it can distinguish between people and objects, and can identify the location and physical dimensions of each person and object inside of the car. The technology is so powerful, in fact, that it can detect even the smallest of heartbeats.



Child Presence Detection solution (CPD​)​ – Origin Wireless

The aftermarket solution consists of a pair of Wi-Fi transmitter and receiver devices, one plugged into the OBD (On-Board Diagnostic) port and the other into the standard 12V cigarette lighter socket. With wireless AI™ engines running locally on a system built on the Qualcomm® connectivity platform, the TRM-enabled CPD system can quickly notify the parent’s smartphone if a left-behind child is detected. The system uses motion sensing technology.



Payton’s Charm

An aftermarket life-detection device that monitors the carbon dioxide level and temperature in a car to detect life and environmental conditions. Once it crosses a threshold for life-threatening conditions, the internal cellular modem sends a text message to the owner, and then to a secondary number. If those two fail to respond, Payton’s Charm contacts emergency services to save the life inside the car.


mmWave sensors – Texas Instruments

Millimeter wave (mmWave) sensing technology can be used to detect a person’s presence under even challenging environmental conditions like bright light and darkness.



Reminder Alert Only / Door Sequencing (not comprehensive)

GM, Nissan, Subaru: 

GM, Nissan and Subaru all offer systems that operate using door sequencing technology that provides an audio and visual alert if the driver opens the back door prior to driving. This type of system would not provide a reminder alert in a number of common scenarios. For example, if you stopped to get gas and did not open the back door while stopped, you would not get a reminder when you get to your final destination. Additionally, a system like this does not have the ability to detect the presence of a child alone inside a vehicle and would not protect children who got into a vehicle and became trapped inside.

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 3:15 pm in category Uncategorized