Petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-child-deaths-hot-vehicles/DWBynlrh (sign your name where it says "Add Your Name" on the right side of the page)
...So with all of this advanced safety and entertainment technology, why haven't any of the automakers developed a "smart" occupant detection system? One which senses that a vehicle occupant was possibly accidentally left behind in a parked car, and oh, wow, the cabin temp is already nearing triple digits? With all the "smarts" cars possess these days, it seems like the vehicle could do any number of things to improve the stranded occupant's chances for survival. Here's just a few things I'm thinking:
- Start the car, activate the climate control system in order to maintain a habitable environment - let's say 75F (of course, this would require some form of CO detection, but we'll let the engineers sort that out).
- Honk the horn at specific intervals to gain the attention of any nearby people.
- Send a text message or even telephone call to the person who owns the car
- If 3) fails after a prescribed number of attempts, alert OnStar/AcuraLink/911
- Failing all of the above, unlock the doors and roll down the windows