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AutoWake [sleep prevention device for drivers]

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Author: Keyvani, Ali
Recent studies show that up to one quarter of single car accidents are caused by drowsy drivers falling asleep behind the wheel. As an example, the Ontario Road Safety Annual Report for 1999 states that of 401,572 collisions listed 1,744 were caused by fatigue. Also, a recent Manitoba Public Insurance study considers drowsy driving among the three major causes of car accidents (the other two being alcohol and speeding.)SecuriTeam's AutoWakeTM is a device aimed at greatly reducing the number of such accidents. The device takes advantage of cutting edge optical technology to monitor the state of the driver's eyes and, using the latest microprocessor components, manages to make a highly accurate assessment of the driver's condition. If the device detects that the driver has fallen asleep it will promptly activate a vibrating mechanism strapped to the driver's body waking him or her up. 
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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