Californian automaker, Tesla Inc., has reportedly asked for the Federal Communications Commission’s approval to launch its short-range interactive motion sensing device meant for boosting theft-prevention systems and helping to prevent children from being left behind in hot cars.
According to Tesla, the device has been designed for differentiating between a child and an object left on the seat, decreasing the likelihood of false alarms by detecting micromovements like heart rates and breathing patterns, neither of which could be captured via in-seat sensors or cameras alone. The company has also added that radar imaging is equipped to assess body size for efficient optimization of airbag deployment in the occurrence of a crash, depending on whether the child or adult is seated. The device would also precisely regulate when to engage seat belt reminders, added Tesla.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that over 50 children have been recorded to have died when left behind in hot cars in both 2018 and 2019. Of those, nearly 54 per cent of the incidents occurred because someone forgot a child in the vehicle.
As per sources, Tesla’s device has been reported to deploy four transmission and three reception antennas operated via a radar unit installed at the front-end. Presently, the company wants authorization for utilizing unlicensed millimeter-wave sensors that would function at higher power levels than permitted under the existing directives. The millimeter wave radar technology has several advantages over other sensing systems such as in-seat occupant or camera-based detection systems and efficaciously offers depth perception, penetrating soft materials, for instance a blanket covering a child in a child restraint.
The Federal Communications Commission has stated that it would seek public comment on the automaker’s request through Sept 21. Meanwhile, Tesla recalls FCC’s approval for a similar request for Alphabet Inc’s Google’s device, functioning under identical operating parameters. Further, FCC also received the request of Valeo in March seeking approval to roll out its in-vehicle safety monitoring device, that was also meant for detecting children left behind in cars.