Tesla's Innovative Radar-Based Sensor
Detects Children Left Behind in Hot Cars
|Source: Tesla |
Boosts Theft-Prevention Systems
Tesla is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)) to market and sell a short-range, interactive motion sensing device. The company says the sensor can detect a child left behind in a hot car. Tesla also says it enhances anti-theft systems in cars. Tesla needs FCC clearance to use these unlicensed millimeter-wave sensors that operate at higher power levels than are currently allowed. Tesla, founded by Elon Musk, is the top global electric car automaker.
Unlike camera based and in-seat occupant systems, the Tesla device is radar-based. Tesla says it has depth perception and can see through soft materials like a blanket covering a baby in a car seat. The device is so sensitive it can detect breathing, heart beats and can differentiate between a child and an object left on a seat. The FCC is seeking public comment on the sensor through September 21. In the US, 50 children left behind in hot cars died in both 2018 and 2019.