Here’s what’s always bothered me: pretty much every means we have of preventing distracted driving relies on the distracted driver to do their part. Crash avoidance systems require the distracted driver to buy them. PSAs require the distracted driver to understand the consequences and care. Police tickets require the distracted driver to get caught and fear the penalty…This all sounds unreliable, and based on the accident statistics, is very unreliable.
As an engineer who loves to drive, I looked into what else manufacturers were doing to solve this problem and realized there’s a technology literally designed to get distracted drivers’ attentions. It’s called an Adaptive Brake Light (Emergency Stop Signal in other countries) and it flashes/gets very bright upon forceful braking.
Yes, a solution! But there’s one problem…You need a new car to have the technology. I tried having one installed aftermarket on my Volvo but it was $500 and that was steep. So, using my engineering degree, I built an aftermarket brake light that you can literally stick to your rear window. It’s that simple.
I wanted to share this project here because it seems like the only forum dedicated to exactly the problem I’m dedicated to fixing.