14-Year-Old Girl Finds Way To Solve Blind Spots In Cars
November 4, 2019
A 14-year-old in Pennsylvania has won $25,000 for her innovative car design that would make blind spots nonexistent.
Alaina Gassler, from West Grove, presented her project called "Improving Automobile Safety by Removing Blind Spots" to Society for Science and Public's Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars).
Although she's too young to drive, Gassler explained that the inspiration for her project came after watching her mother struggling with blind spots on the road.
Her goal was to "get rid of blind spots without getting rid of it."
"I did that by having a camera behind the a pillar of the car and the camera sent video to a projector that projected the image onto the pillar," Gassler explained. "Making it invisible and making the driver be able to see behind it."
"There are so many car accidents and injuries and deaths that could have been prevented from a pillar not being there," Gassler added.
Gassler was awarded for her life-saving invention. It earned her the top place in a nationwide competition with the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize in honor of overall STEM excellence.
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