Every driver is familiar with one problem that exists with every possible vehicle: blind spots.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 840k car accidents take place because of the blind spot. Those zones cannot be directly observed by the driver, so it often causes incidents with serious consequences.
And while drivers can adjust the driver’s seat and the mirrors, there is always some invisible spot that cannot be completely covered.
Luckily, there is a solution to that problem now, and it comes from a 14-year-old girl.
Alaina Gassler doesn’t even have a driver’s license yet, but that didn’t stop her from understanding the importance of the issue caused by blind spots.
Alaina Gassler from West Grove, Pennsylvania presented her invention earlier this week at the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition for middle schoolers from the Society for Science and the Public.
The project is called “Improving Automobile Safety by Removing Blind Spots” and it works in a relatively simple way. She explained that she did it by having a camera behind the a-pillar of a car, and the camera sent the vide to a projector that projected the image onto the pillar, essentially making it invisible and making the driver see behind it.
Gassler used easily attainable materials, such as a webcam, projector, and 3D-printer materials that project the view from outside the vehicle to complete her invention.
The 14-year-old was awarded the top place in a nationwide competition for her invention, and she won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize in honor of overall STEM excellence. Watch the video of her demonstration and how the system works below: