Climate Control for Child/Pet

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Description

Detect if a child or pet is in the car and keep the climate control active. The front seat detectors could be used for a partial software only solution. For a more comprehensive solution would require interior IR sensors or perhaps a CO2 detector.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Even though it is illegal in many places to leave a child unattended, this could save a child or pet’s life.

Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2016: 6
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2015: 24

Moderator: There may be conditions where the car does not detect a pet or child which might open the car manufacture to major liability. For example, there is currently no way to detect a child or pet in the rear seat or trunk area. Another issue is it might activate if someone left a bag on the front seat. If left on for a long period it would drain the battery such that the car cannot be driven. Other ways around it is to limit the time and/or send a notification to the phone that climate has automatically activated. Still, a software only partial solution may be worthwhile even if it can’t cover every situation.

Status

Unknown.

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Category: Tags: entered 17-May-2016

6 Comments

I looked at the TM delivery of car and the employee said there was a mode where you can leave the climate controls and internet on but the driving is shut off.
duplicate of this one

https://teslatap.com/questions/option-to-leave-climate-ac-one-while-passenger-pressend/
There is a 'Work Around', already:

https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/how-do-i-lock-the-car-walk-away-but-leave-internal-systems-i-e-hvac-running.31419/

Personally, I'd like to be able to select a: "Run Time before Shutting Down Climate Control".
Since you will be able to designate a time period, the passenger (s), can be in control of their comfort and easily reset the time period while the driver runs an errand.
The car can be remotely controlled, or the passenger can simply tap on the 17" display to reengage the interior display and A/C.
This feature has been scheduled for version 8.1.
If I leave delicate groceries in the car, I would like to keep them cool. Keeping the A/C on while I'm at work would be great.

The iPhone app turns climate on for 30 minutes, it then stops and I have to re-activate it. Maybe we could be able to control this timeout?

An electric cooler won't work well when the temperature in the car is very high, it's not a solution.