How can one prevent the horrific scenario of forgetting a child in your car, who could potentially die from heat stroke?
A Luxembourgish company specialising in car sensors has developed a system that could help prevent drivers from accidentally leaving children behind in their cars. It is the first system worldwide to do so.
The system recognises the presence of a child in the form of radio waves, detecting even the slightest body movements caused by breathing. The challenge, however, is to also capture a child when it's sleeping. The morea child moves, the better. Tests are currently underway to improve the invention - of course not with a real child.
The real-life scenario is something along these lines: the car is locked, the child is forgotten. Within seconds, the system recognises the child's movements and sends out an alarm, which can be heard from far away outside, drawing the attention of the driver or other people in the surroundings. The programme also sends a text message to the driver.
But the system does not legitimise parents deciding to leave children in their car; in fact it is forbidden. In the United States alone an average of 39 children die each year because they were left behind in the car, not to mention the number of pets. It is simply a safety measure, the founder explains. The aim is to have this system integrated in all cars in the future, and for it to become obligatory.