Eleanor Roosevelt High School InvenTeam
Dozing-driver Waking Device
According to an InvenTeam student presenter, "Thirty-one percent of all drivers fall asleep at the wheel at least once in their lifetime, which causes 100,000 accidents annually." Many have developed alarms to wake drivers as their heads tip, but this method is often too late. Honda created the Video Lane Drift Monitor, which monitors lane markings with a camera and senses when a driver begins to drift out of a lane; however, it doesn't wake the driver. The InvenTeam's device is an earpiece with an eye-sensor that sounds an alarm when the driver closes his/her eyes for an extended period of time. Lockhead Martin provided a supplementary grant of $9000, so the InvenTeam can continue developing its invention and apply for a patent. The InvenTeam received a 2009 Continuation Grant.