Hyundai announced it would make its Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) standard on most of its new vehicles by 2022.
The Korean carmaker will not wait for Congress, in the United States, to make rear seat child alerts mandatory. It took the matter in its own hands and announced that by 2020 most of its new vehicle will come standard with their own system called Rear Occupant Alert (ROA).
This system can be found right now in two models in Hyundai’s lineup, the 2020 Santa Fe and the Palisade. Another model, the 2020 Sonata, arriving later this year, will also get the feature. The 2019 Santa Fe also offers it as an option.
At Hyundai, there’s two types of ROA systems, the door-logic ROA and Ultrasonic ROA. The former “detects if a rear door was opened or closed before the car was started, then reminds the driver to check the rear seat with a message on the center cluster when exiting the vehicle.”
On the other hand, the Ultrasonic ROA “has the door-logic technology and an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets in the second-row seats.” The system adds even more protection if the driver leaves and try to lock the car while the back-seat sensors detects movement. Indeed, the Ultrasonic ROA system will honk the horn and send an alert to the driver’s smartphone.
“Heatstroke in vehicles is preventable and we are doing our part to prevent this,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “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.”