It occurs to me that if you actually need this feature, you might be too stupid to be allowed on the road:
General Motors is introducing an industry-first rear seat reminder that warns drivers that they may have left someone behind.
The feature is standard on the 2017 GMC Acadia SUV.
The system monitors the rear doors. If either door is opened and closed within 10 minutes of the vehicle starting, or if they’re opened while it’s running, the Acadia will sound a chime when it’s turned off. It will also display a message reminding the driver to check the rear seats.
This is the situation the system is supposed to alleviate:
Janette Fennell, president of the advocacy group Kids and Cars, praised the system and said she hopes others adopt it. Fennell says at least 12 children have died so far this year after they were left in hot cars.
And it’s only mid-June.
Still, this seems inarguable to me:
HOT TAKE: if you need a sensor to tell you whether or not someone is in your backseat, you probably shouldn't be driving a car.
— E.W. Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer) June 14, 2016
I mean, this goes beyond “distracted.” Way beyond.