How Does Hyundai Rear Occupant Alert Work?
It’s a tragedy that many can hardly imagine ever actually happening, but the fact is, it does. So far this year, 38 children have died from heatstroke in hot cars, while that count rises to 800 dating back to 1994. In over half of these cases, the parents were unaware that the child was even in the vehicle. It’s time auto manufacturers do something to combat this, and Hyundai is doing just that.
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That’s why Hyundai Motor developed the Rear Occupant Alert system, which works to monitor the rear seats to detect whether or not a passenger is moving back there. It does this using ultrasonic sensors to detect these movement, and if movement is detected, the driver will be alerted and reminded to check the rear seats when leaving the vehicle through a message on the instrument cluster display.
If the driver actually leaves the vehicle and movement in the rear seats is still detected, the vehicle will honk the horn, flash the lights and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone. That way, the system addresses both a situation where a parent forgets the child in the rear seat and a situation where a child accidently locks himself or herself in the vehicle.
What Hyundai Models Have the Rear Occupant Alert?
Because this is such a serious problem, Hyundai will be looking to roll out this technology rather quickly. And, we’re guessing you’d like to see the technology pop up soon as well.
Well, the wait won’t be too long. Hyundai has decided to equip this technology in future 2019 model year Hyundai vehicles, so we’re only a model year away.
Know that you’ve seen just how important a technology like Hyundai Rear Occupant Alert is, and how it works, be sure to check back to the Coastal Hyundai blog to learn more about all the latest innovations coming from Hyundai Motor.