Students from MMUST haveÂ developedÂ a Collision DetentionÂ SystemÂ that detects the possible crash of two vehicles at a distance of 100 metres
ThisÂ systemÂ is of great benefit especially in case of brake failure, if a reckless driver is on the steering wheel, or even when a driver dozes off while driving
John Githae and Alex Maise, both 22, from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology haveÂ developedÂ a Collision DetentionÂ SystemÂ that detects the possible crash of two vehicles at a distance of 100 metres.
â€œTheÂ systemÂ is currently set with a limit to detect an obstacle or a forthcoming vehicle in a range of 100 metres and the relative speed is 50km/hour. TheÂ systemÂ will detect the possibility of collision and automatically apply brakes to stop the vehicle. This is done through a distance sensor that is connected to a micro controller, which computes the relative speed between a vehicle and an obstacle. The sensor is placed in front of the car,â€ Mr Githae tells Hashtag.
TheÂ systemÂ also aids in speed governing and ensuring that the driver does not go past the regulated speed that can be set according to the prevailingÂ roadÂ laws or the driverâ€™s preference.
â€œIf the relative speed exceeds a certain limit, then the micro controller sends a command that automatically chokes the engine to reduce the speed of the vehicle, minimising the impact of collision if any might occur,â€ says Mr Maise.
ThisÂ systemÂ is of great benefit especially in case of brake failure, if a reckless driver is on the steering wheel, or even when a driver dozes off while driving.
TheÂ systemÂ also automatically dims the headlights to control the glaring effect that may affect a driver in an oncoming vehicle and cause anÂ accident. When vehicles are approaching each other, the sensors will detect the full lights from the oncoming vehicle and automatically dim. Once the car goes past, the full light mode is also automatically activated.
â€œAuto dimming is equally important in cars because mostÂ roadÂ accidentsÂ can be attributed to blinding from the dazzle of oncoming vehicles. ThisÂ systemÂ is a fitting solution that will tame inconsiderate headlights,â€ Mr Githae says.
DevelopmentÂ of new technologyÂ around automobiles and vehicle safety has allowed the two innovators to move beyond passive safety and focus more on active safety.
According to National Transport and Safety AuthorityÂ RoadÂ Safety Status Report 2015 dated January 14, 2016 an estimated 3,000 deaths from crashes occur annually in Kenya.
â€œOur wish is to ensure that the numbers of deaths fromÂ roadÂ accidentsÂ is reduced. We trust that NTSA can incorporate thisÂ systemÂ into every car in the country to mitigate theseÂ accidents,â€ Mr Maise says.
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