Hot cars kill; technology exists to prevent this

This year, 29 children have died of heatstroke after being left in a hot car.  Five of those children have died in August alone…

While automakers like General Motors and Nissan have employed rear-seat reminders that put messages on behind-the-wheel gauges, these messages can be tuned out.

A simple beep or in-car text message may not be enough to save a life. And this won’t protect a child who might climb into a car without your knowledge.

Thus, Hyundai has upped the ante, and with the introduction of the all-new 2019 Santa Fe, the automaker also introduced the Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert (ROA).

This system adds motion sensors to the interior of the vehicle, and if it detects movement in the back seat, the horn will start honking. If this is ignored, the vehicle will proceed to send a text message and email to the owner.