When I first saw Hyundai demonstrate their rear occupant alert system I knew this was a game changer! Finally someone was approaching the child left in the rear seat problem with a fresh look. Hyundai uses sonar to detect movement inside the car for up to 24 hours and their system will honk the horn, text you and email you!
The video showcases both Safe Exit Assist technology which is designed to keep your child from opening their car door while a car is driving by and Rear Occupant Alert which is designed to notify you if you accidentally forgot about precious cargo in the back seat.
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Safe Exit Assist
The 2019 Santa Fe also features Hyundai’s first standard Safe Exit Assist system. To enhance the safety of Hyundai’s passengers, Safe Exit Assist uses radar to detect cars approaching from the rear and cautions passengers looking to exit the vehicle. If a passenger attempts to open the door when a car is approaching from behind, a visual and acoustic warning on the center cluster will alert the driver. In addition, if the driver attempts to deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock feature, Safe Exit Assist will override the driver and ensure the rear doors remain locked until the approaching vehicle has passed. Once the road is clear, the driver can then deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock and successfully unlock the rear passenger doors.
Rear Occupant Alert
Additional safety features include the optional Rear Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors it will honk the horn and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. The system is designed to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.