Saving lives of those left in hot vehicles is aim of car tech at CES

By Mick Akers Las Vegas Review-Journal, January 12, 2020—

CES 2020 was full of buzzworthy items that drew attention largely on their entertainment value, but there were some that can be used to help save lives.

After spending the entire week racking up the miles walking between the three main expo halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center — and seeing Hyundai’s jump into the air taxi realm, Mercedes’ futuristic car prototype, the AVTR and a bevy of autonomous vehicle technology — I came across a vehicle advancement that could be very useful in areas like Las Vegas.

Voxx International’s SOLO (Save Our Loved Ones) life sensing radar technology can be used to alert a driver that they’ve left a child or pet behind in a vehicle.

Heat stroke is the second-leading cause of noncrash deaths in children under 15, with 829 children (as of Aug. 12) dying worldwide due to being left in hot cars, according to Voxx. Temperatures inside vehicles can easily eclipse 135 degrees, especially in Las Vegas in the summer.

If the system detects a child or animal is in a car with a dangerous temperature within seconds of the driver leaving, the technology can:

  • Flash lights and honk a vehicle’s horn to get the driver’s and others’ attention.
  • Vent the windows to help lower the temperature.
  • Remotely start a vehicle after a short time limit.
  • Send text messages to registered contacts.
  • Send the GPS location of the vehicle to first responders.

The system can do so by detecting breathing as movements, classifying different movements and respiration rates.

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A Jeep Wrangler outfitted with Voxx International’s SOLO life sensing technology on display at CES 2020 on Jan. 9, 2020. 

The radar technology can be installed and be nearly undetectable to the human eye, according to Voxx. It can be installed in the headliner, headsets, seatbacks, or overhead, among other locations. It does not include a camera and is non-invasive in motorists’ daily lives.

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CMS WorldGroup developed the technology behind the SOLO system

Voxx showcased various other gadgets, including one that turns any backseat into a traveling smart TV, allowing users to control content through a smart phone app. It also announced it was joining forces with Amazon to bring Amazon’s Fire TV into the automotive market. While those are great advancements and entertaining, especially for long drives with families, none have the value of the SOLO system.

With the thousands of gadgets and technological advancements displayed at CES each year, if you look past the attention-grabbing products such as flying taxis and near-human looking robots, you’ll find there are some practical, everyday uses available.

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The SaveOurLovedOnes Consumer Electronics Show 2018 Recap

With the development of Save Our Loved Ones, a car alarm to prevent children, seniors and the disabled from being left too long in hot cars, well under way, the team for SaveOurLovedOnes decided to showcase their idea at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) in Las Vegas.

A great product and an incredible story provided the backdrop for excellent exposure and success during the event. The inventor, Carol Staninger, has now committed her time to solving the problem of saving lives and her passion turned out to be a big hit in the Eureka Park section of CES 2018.

Here are some visual highlights of the trip.

The SaveOurLovedOnes team at CES 2018. From left: Charles Ferrer, Ali Ferrer, John King and Carol Staninger
Carol Staninger’s SaveOurLovedOnes life saving device was featured in the Corporate report from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.
Carol Staninger and the SaveOurLovedOnes life saving device was highlighted on the main stage at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Where Others Failed, 82-year-old Retiree Carol Staninger Creates Device To End Hot Car Tragedies

Where others failed, 82-year-old retiree Carol Staninger creates device ‘to end hot car tragedies’ of children; featured at CES 2018

CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 4, 2018 – Since her husband died five years ago, Florida retiree Carol Staninger has had some extra time on her hands. But she’s not the type to drift off aimlessly.

Carol was troubled to see continuous news stories about children who were being left behind in the overheated passenger cabins of cars and trucks, and after reading about one tragedy too many, she decided to do something about it.

She spent the better part of 2017 taking her concept to the folks at CMSWorldGroup, a Clearwater-based firm with expertise in the design and manufacturing of pretty much anything within reason. Now they have a final product – which Staninger has dubbed SaveOurLovedOnes™, that can detect any human or animal breathing inside a vehicle.

The sensor technology her device employs is different, better and more accurate from the temperature-triggered and pressure-plate sensors that have dogged other devices with a similar goal, proving unreliable. The system will check for the breathing cycle of individuals and pets when the driver leaves the proximity of the car. If there is any indication of life, the device will emit a loud sound and flashing light in a S.O.S. cadence of Morse Code.

The timing couldn’t be better, with the U.S. Congress and states like Florida already proposing legislation to tackle the problem head on, with specific requests in the bills for a device exactly like SaveOurLovedOnes™. And Carol’s been getting noticed by CES and the media.

Want to see SaveOurLovedOnes™ in action and meet Carol in person? Check both out at Booth #51881 in the Eureka Park section of the Consumer Electronics Show coming up – CES 2018, in Las Vegas, Jan. 9-12.