Anti-abandonment baby alarm now compulsory in Italian cars

  • Sunday 05, January 2020 08:44 AM
Sharjah24 – AFP: A device to avoid forgetting children in cars has been compulsory in Italy for those transporting children since November, punishable by a heavy fine and the loss of points on the driving licence.
Two Italian fathers, Michele Servalli and Carlo Donati, invented the device that signals when a child is left in a car seat when the engine is switched off.

They came up with the idea in 2008 after hearing on the radio that a baby had died after being left in a car. The concept is simple: when the car's engine is switched off, a sensor installed under the car seat emits an audible signal to alert the driver.

Michele Servalli, entrepreneur and creator of the anti-abandonment device "Remmy Car Baby Alert" said, "When you arrive at your destination, thanks to the cigarette lighter, we understand if the car is on or off, thanks to a pressure sensor, we understand if the child is on board or not. So as soon as the user arrives at the destination and turns off the car, if the baby is present, the device rings, thus warning us before abandonment happens. It is also possible that it is not necessary and that I am, for example, playing or singing with my child, so I am very aware (that they are there). But in the unfortunate case that someone forgets their child, the device warns them."

"We're both dads. My partner Carlo had a 2-year-old baby at that time, in 2013 [when the project was launched]. When you have a baby you are normally much more sensitive to it. Personally I had the idea in May 2008 when I first discovered this phenomenon. I was listening to the radio that reported the news that a little girl from Lecco had not survived [after abandonment], and at that moment I was just in the car with my little girl," Michele Servalli added.

Michele Servalli continued,"This phenomenon is not due to any specific disease or problems. The whole scientific world explains that this phenomenon can happen to anyone, even to the most loving parents. Because it's not about paying attention, but about how our brain works."