Innovation Week 2013 Winners
Car connect has great potential for drivers, citizens
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 17:09
There may finally be a way to catch perpetrators who dent cars in parking lots or help protect someone’s innocence in a car crash. The winning team of Innovation Week 2013 invented a program that does just that.
The team, or Midwest Best as they call it, consists of Anna Haugen, Bryce Heustis and Drew Spooner. As the winners of the Innovation Challenge 2013, these students developed a system of cameras that are placed around a vehicle. The program associated with the cameras records each possible angle for use in trials after an accident. Video footage will prove fault or innocence, or even catch a license number of a hit and run.
The potential of this invention is remarkable, and the origin is as interesting. According to Bryce Heustis, the winning team’s media relations spokesperson, the idea evolved from the Facebook group Overheard at NDSU. Someone created a post explaining they had been in a car accident and were looking for the perpetrator. The team wanted to invent something to help those out in accidents not just on campus, but anywhere at all.
Their invention, which they named Car Connect, consists of four cameras placed around a vehicle. Each camera constantly records footage to be stored and used later when and if needed.
During the process of developing a working model, they took an afternoon to test it out. The team members strapped a camera to one of their cars and drove it around town to record footage.
As for future endeavors, Bryce Heustis said it was “tough to say.” Everyone in the team is mostly busy with school and various activities, and he said he did not know when or if they would move the project forward. However, he did say they are holding onto ideas about the future and that there are options.
This school year’s Innovation Week will be March 3-7.