Every summer, an average of 20 children in Europe die after being forgotten in a hot car. At least 43 kids died from vehicular heat stroke in the U.S last year. It's a ruinous tragedy that parents think will never happen to them.
When European automaker Opel put out a call for ideas, father of two Kenny de Vlieger submitted a concept that could essentially eliminate the possibility of leaving a child in a hot car.
It works like this: The keychain is wirelessly connected to a pressure-sensitive mat that goes in a car seat. If the driver walks more than 16 feet away from the car with the child still in it, a warning signal sounds from the keychain. The mat also measures temperature, and if the in-car temperature rises above 82.4ºF, an alarm rings out, alerting the driver to return to the car.
Because his invention watches over children like a guardian angel, Devlieger named it Gabriel.
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