General Motors’ Rear Seat Reminder technology debuted in Acadia; now to become standard across more than 20 models in the lineup
General Motors is introducing the ‘Rear Seat Reminder’ technology to more than 20 cars as standard in US market. The 2017 and 2018 editions of these particular cars in the country will get this technology. This is an unique feature, which reminds the owners to check an occupied back seat before leaving the car.
The ‘Rear Seat Reminder’ technology was first introduced in the new GMC Acadia. Now it will be expanded to more models, which include cars like 2017 Buick Lacrosse, 2017 Cadillac CT6, 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, 2018 Cadillac XT5 and the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. General Motors informs, it will announce more 2018 models at a later date, which will get the technology.
The ‘Rear Seat Reminder’ technology works in a manner, in which the owners get notification before leaving any occupant or object behind. This technology works by checking the rear door usage. If the back doors were opened and closed before a journey, the system will alert the driver before leaving the car after the journey. It will produce five chimes and display a reminder on the instrument panel saying, ‘Rear Seat Reminder/Look in Rear Seat’ once the engine is turned off.
So far, this system is a measure to prevent loss of life. In between 1998 and 2012, 527 children died due to vehicle-related heatstroke in US. Among those children, around 51% were left behind in the car unintentionally. The automaker says, in 2016 39 children were died from heatstroke after being left in cars. The number is 60% higher than the previous year.
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The American automaker believes, with this technology incorporated, the number of deaths can be brought down to zero. Such a technology like the ‘Rear Seat Reminder’ will certainly help in preventing tragedies. We hope the cars present in Indian market will also receive similar technologies in the future.