In the wake of record hot temperatures in many parts of the continent, and the resulting deaths of two infants accidentally left in child seats in a parked car, Hyundai is promising to make the potentially-life-saving occupant detection technology standard on more vehicles.
The move comes in light of cooperation between the US Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Consumer Reports and auto manufacturers to work toward making rear-seat reminder systems standard equipment on all vehicles.
Hyundai already offers standard Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) door-logic system in the 2020 Santa Fe and Palisade sport utilities, and will offer it standard in the upcoming 2020 Sonata. The company also offers Ultrasonic ROA as options in the 2020 Santa Fe and Palisade, as well as the 2019 Santa Fe.
The company has said it will make the ROA door-logic standard on most of its new vehicles by 2022, and will make the Ultrasonic ROA, or the next generation similar technology, available on more of its models.
“Heatstroke in vehicles is preventable and we are doing our part to prevent this,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We have great systems that use both door logic memory and motion sensors to help prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.”
The ROA door-logic system detects if a rear door was opened or closed before the car was started up and reminds the driver with an instrument-cluster message to check the rear seat when the engine is shut down.
Ultrasonic ROA enhances the door-logic technology with an ultrasonic sensor that helps detect movement in the second-row seats, setting off the panic alarm (horn honking and flashing lights) if movement is detected after the car is locked. It will also send an alert to the driver’s smartphone through Hyundai’s Blue Link mobile app, if it’s installed.