Poster Title

The Effect of Automotive Stimulus on Seated Human Drowsiness

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Secondary School

Institution

Project Lead The Way - Kentucky

KY House District #

61

KY Senate District #

17

Abstract

Currently accounting for 21% of all traffic accidents, drowsy driving is a global problem that is worsening in severity as more and more sleepless drivers are on the road. The purpose of this innovation is to reduce the frequency of drowsy driving, presented in the form of a steering wheel redesigned to detect and stop drowsy driving. On the steering wheel cover is a microphone to detect the sound of the car going over a rumble strip, a microcontroller to process the noise, and a combination of stimulating components such as light, vibration, and sound – all shown to increase human alertness. The proposed result is a decrease in accidents caused by drowsy driving, and an increase in the safety of late night roads.

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The Effect of Automotive Stimulus on Seated Human Drowsiness

Currently accounting for 21% of all traffic accidents, drowsy driving is a global problem that is worsening in severity as more and more sleepless drivers are on the road. The purpose of this innovation is to reduce the frequency of drowsy driving, presented in the form of a steering wheel redesigned to detect and stop drowsy driving. On the steering wheel cover is a microphone to detect the sound of the car going over a rumble strip, a microcontroller to process the noise, and a combination of stimulating components such as light, vibration, and sound – all shown to increase human alertness. The proposed result is a decrease in accidents caused by drowsy driving, and an increase in the safety of late night roads.