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Waze's New Safety Feature Reminds Drivers Not To Forget Their Child In the Car (go.com) 76

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The navigation app Waze has released a new safety feature that reminds users not to forget their child, pet or other loved ones in the car before getting out. The feature, called "Child reminder," was made available to the public on Thursday, when Waze released its latest update on app stores for Android and iOS. The new feature comes amid concerns over recent child hot car deaths. Since 1998, there have been 37 child heatstroke fatalities on average per year in the U.S., according to the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University in California. Waze's Head of Brand, Julie Mossler said in a statement: "Just as drivers sometimes forget to turn off their headlights, they sometimes forget things in the car too. This new feature helps keep people present in the vehicle and gives them an important, possibly life-saving reminder, that drivers sometimes need." The "Child reminder" feature is opt-in and can be turned on and off in the app's "general settings." Mossler also said that drivers can customize the alert "to include their child's name or pet's name -- anything that will get their attention at the end of a drive." It will only disappear if a driver has entered a destination in Waze and has arrived at that destination.
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Waze's New Safety Feature Reminds Drivers Not To Forget Their Child In the Car

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 05, 2016 @08:56PM (#52653999)

    I dont want to live in this world anymore...

  • by Anonymous Coward
    If you need reminded to get your child or pet out of the car, then you need your life license revoked...
    • Re:Really??? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by quenda ( 644621 ) on Friday August 05, 2016 @09:34PM (#52654087)

      Yes really. Ignore the ignorant judgemental AC.

      Plenty of good articles have been written on this awful subject. I doubt any of us here can do better.
      But start with Gene Weingarten's Pulitzer-Winning Feature, 'Fatal Distraction' from 2009:

      https://www.washingtonpost.com... [washingtonpost.com]

      Two decades ago, this was relatively rare. But in the early 1990s, car-safety experts declared that passenger-side front airbags could kill children, and they recommended that child seats be moved to the back of the car; then, for even more safety for the very young, that the baby seats be pivoted to face the rear. If few foresaw the tragic consequence of the lessened visibility of the child . . . well, who can blame them? What kind of person forgets a baby?

      The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist....

      • by gweihir ( 88907 )

        That is a very interesting reference!

      • But start with Gene Weingarten's Pulitzer-Winning Feature, 'Fatal Distraction' from 2009:

        I absolutely second this -- one of the most important articles I've ever read. I still remember when I happened upon it a few years back after reading a bunch of judgmental articles about such deaths.

        For people who think, "Who the heck could ever leave their kid in a hot car... what kind of parent could they possibly be???" You NEED to read this article. This could happen to many more caring parents than we might realize, given the right set of unusual circumstances. If you have kids or ever plan to h

        • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

          For people who think, "Who the heck could ever leave their kid in a hot car... what kind of parent could they possibly be???" You NEED to read this article. This could happen to many more caring parents than we might realize, given the right set of unusual circumstances. If you have kids or ever plan to have kids and don't think this could ever happen to you, read this and realize how such things do happen, and not just to drug-addled neglectful idiots.

          Hell, think about less dangerous episodes of forgetfuln

        • For people who think, "Who the heck could ever leave their kid in a hot car... what kind of parent could they possibly be???" You NEED to read this article. This could happen to many more caring parents than we might realize, given the right set of unusual circumstances.

          I did it once. My son didn't die because I remembered quickly. I had also locked my keys inside, so there ensued a few frantic minutes while I broke into my car (with the help of a nearby police officer). It's terrifyingly easy to do when something breaks your routine.

      • by skam240 ( 789197 )

        So what? Pretty much every stupid way to die has be done by people in all sorts of catagories. Do we need a voice message on the cubard telling us not to eat that donut because it contributes to heart disease? Waaay more people die due to that then the 15 - 25 (according to your linked to article) kids who die due to being left in the car. In fact, there are thousands of things in this country that kill people of even just children at higher rates than this. Maybe we just need to mount speakers everywhere t

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Yes really. Ignore the ignorant judgemental AC.

        Plenty of good articles have been written on this awful subject. I doubt any of us here can do better.
        But start with Gene Weingarten's Pulitzer-Winning Feature, 'Fatal Distraction' from 2009:

        https://www.washingtonpost.com... [washingtonpost.com]

        Two decades ago, this was relatively rare. But in the early 1990s, car-safety experts declared that passenger-side front airbags could kill children, and they recommended that child seats be moved to the back of the car; then, for even more safety for the very young, that the baby seats be pivoted to face the rear. If few foresaw the tragic consequence of the lessened visibility of the child . . . well, who can blame them? What kind of person forgets a baby?

        The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist....

        So bad parents come from all walks of life. We already knew this.

    • by gweihir ( 88907 )

      If you advocate for people being killed just because they have trouble dealing with a complex world, well, I do not believe in the death-penalty (does not work), but a permanent stay at a mental institution seems to be about right for you.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I think society will eventually have to relearn the value of darwin-cullings.

  • Just like it's a Good Idea to check the back seat before you get into your car, it's a good idea to check the back before before you get out.

    Oh, and maybe turn off the goddamned phone once in a while so you're less distracted.

    • Turn off the phone that is running Waze and getting me to my destination?

      • by quenda ( 644621 )

        Actually, if you are actually running Waze or other navigation, the phone will already be alerting you that you missed the turn-off to day-care and are on auto-pilot to the office. That seems to be the most common way for babies to be forgotten. Stressing over work, your wife/husband asks you to drop the baby off at the last minute - its not part of your normal routine.
        I can understand it. It happened near here 3 years ago: the dad went to pickup baby from daycare after work, was t

    • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Friday August 05, 2016 @09:38PM (#52654105)

      turn off the goddamned phone once in a while

      Might miss a Pokemon.

      That's odd. It says that there's on in the back seat of my car.

  • Thanks in large part to idiots trying to prevent other idiots from removing themselves from the genepool.
  • Only it is meant metaphorically now. So this at least gave me a laugh.

    Of course it is completely useless, as somebody distracted enough to to leave a small child in a car in hot weather will also ignore such a warning. Accidents do happen, and for some people attention to critical detail is something that has to be drilled into them as they are always distracted. Of course, such drills cannot be enforced without going full-authoritarian. Punishment after the fact is not going to help one bit either (but wil

  • I'd like to see a high-heat alarm that's armed when the car sit buckles are fastened. Bonus if it can connect to the car's alarm.

    Yes, yes it shouldn't be needed. It it may be help save a few lives if parents care to use it.

    • by Rolgar ( 556636 )

      Won't work. Newer cars have the LATCH system, in which case the seat belt isn't used when a child is secured in a car seat (not a booster). If the regular car seat is buckled in order to secure the infant seat, it's always buckled except on a rare day when you need to remove the seat (I only do this about 2 times a year) and would always trigger the alarm above the trigger temperature.

  • Step 1, remove left shoe. You won't be using it because bimbo boxes are automatic

    Step 2, put left shoe in back seat next to child

    Done and done

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