Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

When It's Not Just the Car That's a Classic

PostedApril 3, 2004

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They're just starting to drive themselves, but, last weekend, high school finalists in the National Engineering Design Challenge came to D.C. with practical ideas for determining when it's time to quit.  Contest coordinator Bill Salmon says there's no widely available tool for helping the elderly recognize and appreciate their own safe driving ability.  So the students were given less than a year to meet that challenge by creating a reliable and saleable product.  The winners, from Pennsylvania, built an easily portable simulation device that combines two foot pedals with a laptop-size visual display.  A series of tests check reaction time, coordination, and vision.  The students say their product would retail for about 50-bucks, and provide you with a personal tool for determining whether you're safe on the streets.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.