ID Students Win Again at NY International Auto Show Safety Competition

Sat 13 Apr 2017 — SASD Junior Industrial Design Students win three out five prizes at NY International Auto Show on April 13, 2017 World Traffic Safety Symposium Designs for Safety Competition.
Prizes went to Kristopher Fujii $2500 2nd Place, Dina Inga $1250 3rd Place, and David Jurado $1250 4th Place.

The three winning designs are as follows:

Kristopher Fujii 2nd Place
Bus Buddy Crossing Guard Drone


Often times when a school bus is preparing to or already stopped, a car will run the bus stop sign. Usually when a car passes these stopped buses either the person is in a rush or just did not even see the bus stop sign swing out. Not only is it illegal to pass when a school bus has its stop sign out but it also puts potential crossing children in danger.
The Bus Buddy crossing drone will give children the opportunity to cross the street safely and decrease chances of being struck by a car.
The Bus Buddy’s motion senor allows the drone to sense oncoming traffic. The LCD screen facing the children will change from a red distressed face to a green smiley face when the motion sensor identifies traffic has stopped.
With a pre-programmed pattern, the Bus Buddy can fly out from its dock on top of the school bus, fly down into traffic’s view and work like a stop light to stop traffic and signal the children for a safe cross.
2016 Survey on Illegal passing of School Buses. 74,412 illegal passing of school buses were recorded in 2016. On average 8 children are killed a year by drivers who ignore school bus stop signs.
After the Bus Buddy assists the children across the street it can return to its charging dock on top of the school bus where inductive charging can be utilized to keep the drone charged without any wires.

Diana Inga 3rd Place


More than 800 people die each year in the U.S in vehicle crashes caused by snow, sleet, and freezing rain. In the case of snow, it can be predicted and seen on the roads, but that’s not the case for black ice. Every year it causes hundreds of accidents for unsuspecting drivers.
It’s safe to say that drones are revolutionizing our lives. We see drones being used in the military and even for package delivery systems. So why not use them to make highways safer? My proposal to solve the problem of black ice is an autonomous drone that detects it and sprays salt solution directly on the hazardous area.
How It Works:
Black Ice Drone uses the same technology found in autonomous vehicles. Using GPS signals, it will be programed to oversee any given route within 3-mile distance.
Once black ice is detected, it sprays a green eco-friendly salt-water solution on the targeted area to not only melt the ice but also alert drivers that the area has been treated and to proceed with caution.
It will target areas more prone to black ice such as bridges, and do so hourly using an infrared temperature senor that detects if there is even a 1 degree change in the road temperature in less than 0.1 seconds.
After Black Ice Drone has monitored its designated route, it returns to a solar powered recharge station to charge its battery and refill on salt solution. The recharge station would be placed on the back of freeway signs and the height makes it convenient for drones to reach as well as intimidate thieves. A control box at the base of the post allows for storage and refill of salt solution.

David Jurado 4th Place


Speeding is the major contributing factor to collisions and fatal crashes. Even with drunk driving, tailgating and distracted driving, the number one cause of crashes is speed. Speeding endangers everyone on the road. Although there are speed-tracking systems in place, these types of technologies do not change drivers’ speeding habits.
Radar is passive and confusing. To help slow, drivers down “Pneumatic Rumble” offers a more interactive approach, without affecting other drivers. This solution merges current technologies that will bring a driver’s attention to follow the speed limit and reduce aggressive driving behaviors.
How it work:
-Warning signs about speed limit and “Pneumatic Rumble” are placed at the beginning of the system. They monitor speed multi-lane and by vehicle type.
-Once an infractor is identified, camera will send specifications about location and speed.
-Using that data the ignitor will retract nitrogen from specific pneumatic pads creating momentarily a rumble to catch the driver’s attention about his speeding infraction.
-Once the infractor reduces speed the ignitor will inflate back the “Pneumatic pads,” leveling it with the road in a matter of milliseconds (like an airbag system).
Located in strategic points of a highway where drivers tend to speed and in high-risk collision zones.

Written by sasd