Runya Sun, an industrial design major at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) at the University of Bridgeport, won the Grand Prize at the 2015 New York International Auto Show today and two other SASD students took home fourth and fifth-place prizes.
The competition was held at the World Traffic Safety Symposium, one of the featured industry events at the auto show, which is being held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan from April 3-12. The show is one of the biggest in the world, attracting an estimated 1 million visitors, including media, automotive executives, designers, and other professionals.
Winning the safety competition is habitual at SASD — each year they enter, students take home prizes for their innovations in auto safety that address driving, vision, fatigue, visibility, signaling, and other tasks on the road.
Sun took home the $4,000 award for his entry, “Distance Sensor.” It was designed for often-overlooked accidents that occur when car doors are opened while a car is parked. “These are hard to avoid as drivers and passengers can’t easily see what’s behind them,” said Sun. “Though the side view mirror can help, there is still the issue of blind spots.”
Xinyu Yuan’s “Blind Spot” system took fourth place. It aims to better protect some 3 million Americans who suffer from whiplash annually due to rear-end vehicle collisions. The two-part system works by employing an air bag that holds drivers’ and passengers’ necks in place during a crash. It also uses a rail system that allows seats to slide back approximately three inches during a crash, thereby absorbing impact.
Da Zhang came in fifth place with his device called “Quick Grip,” a product which enables drivers to quickly attach snow chains during snowy and hazardous driving conditions.
“As we know, installing snow chains can take people a very long time,” said Da. “Quick Grip allows people to put the device on the wheel, push and rotate the button, and you’re finished. It will only take a minute for each tire.”
The Quick Grip system is designed to be easily stored and versatile. Its tread plate is changeable, using a variety of materials and designs for different driving conditions and environments.
Da and Xinyu each took home $1250 and all three got the Big Check!