Tesla is working on a sensor that can detect a child left behind in a hot car


Tesla is working on a new motion-detection that can detect a child that was left alone in a hot car. Following a report from Reuters. The company is asking for approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to market the technology. And this would require unlicensed millimeter-wave radar sensors created to work at higher power levels than allowed below existing rules.


Tesla’s Comment

In the company’s application, Tesla mentioned that the device could be used to “reduce the risk of pediatric vehicular heatstroke. Protect vehicle occupants from injury through advanced airbag deployment and seatbelt reminders, and enhance theft prevention systems”.

Tesla visualizes making use of radar imaging to measure the size of the body. So as to know the difference between children and adults. This can make the car “optimize airbag deployment in a crash. More effectively than existing weight-based, in-seat sensor systems,” Tesla explains.

Tesla commends National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data that found out that “more than 50” children died of heatstroke in a hot car. In the year 2018 and 2019. Most of the reasons why those children died in the car were because someone actually forgot or left them behind inside the car. The FCC is looking forward to public opinions on Tesla’s appeal through September 21st.

It is uncertain how and when those sensors could finally arrive in Tesla’s vehicle. The company’s spokesperson did not reply to a request for comment.


Tesla already utilizes the sensors on its vehicles

Tesla already makes use of both the interior and exterior sensors on its vehicles. For a whole lot of safety precautions. Dog Mode puts the car at a cooling temperature. For car owners who want to absent themselves from their pets for some minutes. And it will make use of the jumbo display in the middle. To display a message for those passing by that you will soon be returning. On the other hand, is the Sentry Mode. Sentry Mode allows the car to look after itself. By making use of its exterior camera to watch closeby movements and point out potential threats.

Several Automakers introduced Technological Upgrades

So many other automobile manufacturers have launched technological upgrades throughout the previous years. So as to assist in limiting the number of children being left behind in hot cars. In the year 2018, Nissan added sensors in its Pathfinder SUVs. In order to ascertain when the rear door is opened before embarking on a journey. If the driver fails to open the rear door again after parking the car. Then the horn will blow severely as a reminder.

Also, GM has launched a feature known as “Rear Seat Reminder” in most of its models that sounds like a bell. And shows a message on the instrument panel to recall the attention of drivers to watch their back.

The addition of an in-car sensor by Tesla is very outstanding and interesting. Because Tesla has opposed several calls to include an active driver-monitoring system to supplement Autopilot. Autopilot is the company’s advanced driver assistance system.


The Engineers at Tesla wanted to include a robust driver monitoring system, however the executives of the company. Not excluding CEO Elon Musk, apparently denied the idea out of concern the options might not function so well, might be high-priced. And also because drivers might get offended by an excessively nagging system