This middle-school student has invented a simple yet innovative way to eliminate blind spots in cars.
Many car accidents are caused by drivers not being able to see hazards due to blind spots, but 14-year-old Alaina Gassler’s project tries to solve the problem. Her prototype is designed to get rid of blind spots by displaying a bright and clear image of the area behind them onto the A-pillar of the car to the driver only.
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Alaina used a small projector as the displaying device and a webcam as the recording device. The webcam is mounted onto the outside of the car on the sunroof. The idea earned Alaina, the top place in the nationwide competition with the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize in honor of overall STEM excellence.
This prototype has the potential to greatly reduce blind spot related car accidents.