Vesta is the latest in technology that is geared towards protecting the passengers that you transport in your vehicle from becoming trapped inside in undesirable or unsafe conditions. It is a safety alert system that was developed to monitor the internal temperature of a vehicle, as well as the CO2 level within the vehicle compartment. It used this information to determine whether or not there is a passenger in danger of heat stroke. The data provided could also be used to indicate a danger of suffocation within a hot vehicle.
What is Vehicle Trapping?
Vehicle trapping; or getting stuck in an unattended vehicle; is a more common occurrence than you might think. On average, there is a child fatality relating to vehicle trapping once every 9 days in the US alone. This tragedy has destroyed families and communities in addition to taking the lives of innocents.
What are the Associated Risks of Being Trapped in a Car?
Passengers may include babies, young children, elderly, differently-abled, or pets. All of these groupings have the potential to be at high risk of injury or fatality if trapped within the confines of a vehicle. The most common manner in which those trapped in a vehicle perish is by heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s internal temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
The other two common risks associated with being trapped in a vehicle are suffocation and accidental rolling away. Suffocation can occur rapidly within the confined space of a small vehicle cab or trunk. Passengers who are unaware of the repercussions of their actions could also accidentally put the car in gear, causing the car to roll into traffic, pedestrians, or other vehicles.
Who is at Increased Risk?
Young children, elderly people, and pets are at significantly increased risk of succumbing to heat stroke quickly. Each for a different reason. Young children are at an increased risk because they have not fully developed their sweat gland systems yet, and thus cannot sufficiently self-regulate their body temperature. The elderly are more susceptible to heat stroke as well, due to their susceptibility to dehydration. Pets reach heat stroke at 103 degrees Fahrenheit, as opposed to humans that reach heat stroke at 104.