Imagine a phone that could send you alerts about your vehicle. These alerts can remind you where you parked or your next vehicle maintenance. Imagine a pet or loved one locked inside your vehicle on a hot day. Your phone will remind you of this.
Innovators at the AT&T Foundry in Plano, TX, are building a project that uses sensors in cars. Car Seat is able to take information from sensors in cars and upload it in AT&T’s secure cloud. Car Seat will send a text message or email to your phone when you can’t find your car or need a maintenance check. Your phone will also alert you if someone inside your car is experiencing dangerous conditions like heat.
The idea for the Car Seat project stemmed from Nancy Dominguez, a former AT&T Foundry intern. Dominguez was inspired to build Car Seat after seeing news reports of children locked in cars on hot summer days. She knew that heat, motion and CO2 sensor technology could solve this problem. So she built the prototype.
Car Seat has continued development at the AT&T Foundry, led by Michael Albrecht. This project is a classic example of innovating quickly to meet the needs of people. Potential plans for Car Seat’s development include adding sensors for more car entertainment options. Car Seat also has the potential to connect with AT&T’s broader Digital Life ecosystem.