By Matt Wotus
A 10-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, has begun work on a device that he hopes will help prevent hot car deaths.
After a baby died in a hot minivan last summer outside a house in a nearby town, one of 39 children in the U.S. to die of heat stroke last year in incidents involving hot cars, Bishop Curry V was motivated to create the device, which he calls “Oasis.” Curry’s father said they drive by the house on their way to school every day, and the family has a 1-year-old daughter of their own.
The device, which would attach to a car seat, would alert parents if a child is left inside the car and blow cool air until they arrive.
“It would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives,” Curry told NBC 5 Dallas-Forth Worth.
Curry already has a provisional patent for the device, which is currently in the design stage, and it has already garnered the attention of Toyota, as the family presented the idea at an auto safety conference in Michigan. A GoFundMe page set up to cover the costs of developing the product has raised over $28,000.