Lawmakers Look to Mandate Child Safety Technology
Aug. 19, 2019—European safety regulators and US lawmakers are considering the possibility of mandating “child presence detection" systems in order to avoid hot-car deaths of unattended children, reported ET Auto.
The European New Car Assessment Programme ( Euro NCAP), has announced that 2022 onward, it will provide ratings for child presence detection. The car must have a feature that can detect a child left in a car and notify the owner or emergency services.
Automakers have also started demands for solutions to the hot-car problem. Some carmakers have already introduced similar features. For example, General Motors came up with Rear Seat Reminder in 2016 with the 2017 model-year GMC Acadia. Hyundai Motor America offers Rear Occupant Alert as an optional feature on its 2019 model year Santa Fe and 2020 Palisade.