Waze beta adds reminder not to leave your child in the car

Waze beta adds reminder not to leave your child in the car
At a certain point, it can be somewhat difficult for an app to figure out what new features would be useful additions for users. Or, when you're working towards bigger goals, you may want to find some small changes to show users you're still working until that update gets pushed. It seems like Waze might be in that spot right now.

Waze is likely working on some more major changes for its popular navigation service, but the new feature in its latest beta is one of those smaller additions: a child reminder. Now, we're not saying that this isn't an important feature. No parent wants to accidentally leave their kid in a car, because there are serious and potentially fatal incidents that start that way. However, as far as technological updates go, this one is pretty basic. Waze has a new option where it will show you a custom reminder when you arrive at your destination, in order to help you remember to keep safe. 

The new feature is optional (because obviously not everyone has children) and at the end of your first drive with the new update, you'll see an option to opt-in to the feature and set up your message. And, if you find it annoying or don't need it, you can always turn it off in the settings. 

As of right now, this new feature is only available to beta testers and the general public won't be seeing it just yet. 


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11 Comments

1. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Are you kidding me?

4. TerryTerius unregistered

If it helps save lives, then I'm all for it.

9. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Sure, if, they must prove it first, not implement it and hope for the best. We all want the same thing but there are proper ways to go about it. When you can get away with watching a movie instead of driving your Tesla you might end up decapitated. But if it's statistically safer then I'm for it. Smart people will still do themselves a favor and watch the road.

2. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

If humanity is so delusional that they use an app to remember their child, this will only serve to worsen the problem. They will adjust to being reminded about everything and not think of their children at all. Which just means they will leave them in the house, or in the store, or forget their phone and as a result forget their child in the car at an even higher rate than they already do. And if the app breaks they'll have a reason to sue, which will most certain happen at some point, even if they have to find a way to break it themselves.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

People leave their kids or animals in the car all the time, and more often than not it is completely unintentional. It has nothing to do with being delusional, and everything to do with having your mind elsewhere. Our ability to pay attention is a LOT more limited than the overwhelming majority of people realize. I'm not saying that excuses it, but it is understandable why it happens. And no, I disagree with literally everything you just said. Having additional support is not the same as relying on something. You wouldn't need to fix something if there wasn't an issue to begin with. That is the point of invention. We wouldn't have needed to create smart bottles if people always remembered to take their medicine. We wouldn't need schedules if people could remember what they were supposed to do throughout the day. Hell, it is easy to forget what you are doing walking from one room to another. All I'm saying is, if you can help save the lives of children or animals I see no problem with that.

8. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I want to agree with you. I'm all for doing things better. And by delusional I mean distracted, exactly like you said. But if people start to rely on a system that isn't foolproof for safety critical process then the death rate could actually rise. I work on nuclear medicine, I'm not oblivious to the requirements placed on hardware and drugs that provide safety critical rolls, and I'm saying I hope they have proof that this will help or it WILL result in lawsuits. When we've lost our humanity because we outsourced it to AI and can only think about Pokémon 24/7, we'll only have ourselves to blame. That phone that is supposed to remind you that you have a child is probably the reason you forgot in the first place. I'm not attacking new ideas, I love them, but let's not be lemmings either.

5. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

They should also add reminder to use protection next time, while they're at it.

6. iWinAndroBerry unregistered

A hundred thumbs up!

7. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Seriously app for this??? What next? App to remind you to love ur kids?!?

10. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Omfg.....if you forget your kid in the car then you shouldn't have kids.......or at least rethink your priorities in live seriously.....

13. schultzter

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2015

I tried Waze for the first time on our family vacation road trip. Total FAIL!!! I liked the social aspect and the crowd sourcing of information. But the interface just didn't seem as smooth as Google Maps. I especially prefer the route preview in GMaps. And the search feature was no where near as powerful as Google. But if I used Google to search then I didn't even get the choice to use Waze, I was taken straight to Google Maps. The most frustrating thing was clicking an imported calendar event and being asked to set an exact address when there clearly was one in the event!!!

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