Navigational app Waze might help give you directions on the road, but it’s now poised to help with a real problem: children left in hot cars. The company has introduced a new feature designed to remind drivers not to forget a child.
Since 1990, an average of 29 children die a year from heatstroke in a vehicle
Waze has introduced a new feature: Child Reminder, which will appear once the vehicle reaches its destination by displaying a reminder not to forget a child in the car.
According to advocacy site KidsandCars.com, an average of 29 children passed away from heatstroke in vehicles since 1990. While municipalities, businesses and hospitals issue warnings to parents and drivers, children still perish.
The customizable notification means that the user can set a reminder for more than just children once they reach their destination: a reminder for a pet, groceries, or simply something that they need to remember to do after a long car trip. The feature is currently in beta and isn’t widely available just yet.