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Teenager Wins $25,000 for Science Project That Solves Blind Spots in Cars

[2019.11.07, Thu 15:03] The Broadcom MASTERS, or Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars, is an annual competition from the nonprofit Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science & the Public. "You could lose a person or a car in your line of sight." Ms. Gassler, now a freshman at Avon Grove Charter School in West Grove, Pa., said she wanted to improve automobile safety by removing blind spots created by vehicles' A-pillars, which support the car's frame and hold windshields in place. "There are so many car accidents and injuries and deaths that could have been prevented from a pillar not being there, and since we can't take it out of cars, I decided to get rid of it without getting rid of it," she said in her award video. After attaching a webcam on the outside of a car's A-pillar on the passenger side, a projector was mounted underneath the car's roof "To project the image onto the pillar or the blind spot," she said. Ms. Gassler hopes that her prototype will be used by car and tech companies someday. "I would love to show my project to Tesla, because they are always looking for ways to make their cars safer and they are always looking for more futuristic features to put in their cars," she said.
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