Rear Occupant Alert is a great new safety technology that was available on the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, but does it come standard on any Hyundai models yet? For the 2020 model year, it is a standard feature on the 2020 Santa Fe and 2020 Palisade and will be on the 2020 Sonata when it becomes available. That appears to be it for the upcoming model year, but what about the future?
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“Heatstroke in vehicles is preventable and we are doing our part to prevent this. 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.”
– Mike O’Brien, Vice President of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America
Are rear seat reminder systems required?
While the technology isn’t necessarily required as of yet, things are beginning to look like they might turn that way down the road. Consumer Reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress have joined forces to pull for the standardizations of these systems in all new vehicles in the future. It’s not required yet, but a plea such as this means it is likely to become required in the somewhat-near future, much like the way standard daytime running lights became required.
Does Hyundai plan to standardize?
Hyundai has committed to making Rear Occupant Alert standard on most of its new vehicles by 2022, a fact that we’re quite excited about. We imagine the technology will spread in 2021 before encompassing almost the entire lineup by 2022.
Be sure to check back on our blog often for further information about this technology and others like it!