11-year-old invents device to stop kids dying in hot cars

An 11-year-old in the United States has invented a device that he hopes will save children from dying in hot cars.

Bishop Curry from Texas was upset after watching the news and seeing a baby in his neighbourhood had died in after being left in a hot car. 

He wanted to find a way to prevent the tragic deaths, and after brainstorming he came up with his invention called 'Oasis'.

It's a heat-activated GPS device with a fan which comes on once the car reaches above a certain temperature, alerting the owner of the car. If they don't respond, the device can then send an alert to local authorities.

"I was so proud of him for thinking of a solution. We always just complain about things and rarely offer solutions," his father Bishop Curry IV told CBS News.

Mr Curry explained how the device works: "The device detects if vehicle comes to stop, using GPS technology. It then detects if a child is in that car seat, and if the car is heating up. If all of those things are taking place it blows cold air on the child through an internal cooling system."

Bishop has now patented his device after a successful GoFundMe campaign and has built a 3D model.

Several car manufacturers have expressed interest in the device, Mr Curry said, however no distributing decisions have yet been made.

Around 37 children die after being left in hot cars in the US each year, according to safety group Kids and Cars, and there's been 804 deaths since 1994.