The Times of India | Arya UR | Nov 29, 2016 | Brainy Students invent device to prevent accidents |
In the wake of increasing deaths of two-wheeler riders in the state due to accidents, four budding engineers from Government Model Engineering College, Thrikkakkara, have come up with an innovative idea to reduce the incidence of road accidents. Termed ‘Accident Prevention and Detection for Two-wheeler’, youngsters G Rahul, Abinav K Subramanian, Paulson Paul and Aban Varghese, third year Electronics and Biomedical Engineering students, bagged the first place for their invention in the Hackathon organised by Bosch, in Bengaluru recently. The prototype of the device was built by the team using an ultrasonic sensor which can alert a rider about over-speeding vehicles nearby. “The ultrasonic device is attached on the back of the two-wheeler which will detect the high speed of vehicles four metres away from the rider. The rider will be alerted about the approaching vehicle through the LED lights attached on the both sides of his or her helmet. If the zooming vehicle is on their left side, the left LED will blink and vice versa. Thus it will notify the rider to be cautious,” says Abinav.
The youngsters got shortlisted from the 500 plus entries registered at the event and made the prototype within the stipulated duration of 36 hours at the competition. They worked on the theme, ‘safety’ taking into account the two-wheeler accidents happening around. The prototype also facilitates the application to inform a nearby ambulance driver if a rider has had an accident. Explaining the project module, Abhinav’s friend G Rahul says, “In the case of an accident, the normal orientation in the accelerometer will change. The high velocity of the vehicle will be sent through the GPS system in a software application to the android phone of the nearby ambulance driver. Or else the GPS message can be connected to a server system or control room that could coordinate with the ambulance service near the accident prone area.” The aspiring engineers assure that if the system is applied in vehicles it will eliminate the number of accidents involving two-wheelers. “Prevention is better than cure and our aim is to safeguard people from preventable accidents,” Rahul adds. – Courtesy