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Highway Safety Warning System Printer Friendly Version
The idea is to put a warning system onto cars to warn others behind of a potential accident or bad road conditions ahead.
The basic idea is to have a set of high intensity flashers integrated on the roofs of cars which are connected to the cars ABS (Antilock Braking System). These lights flash repeatedly when ABS comes into play, warning cars up to a few miles behind.
The idea can be further developed by the ABS sending an FM warning or a Mobile alert to cars within a 2-3 mile radius of a possible accident or icey/slippery conditions in the direction concerned (lets say the car sending out the warning is travelling North).
The ABS can determine the type of braking (normal but heavy braking, braking due to ice, snow, sand, oil etc) and send the appropriate warning.
Cars moving in the opposite direction would also recieve the warning but the direction would help them figure out if its applicable to them or not. This signal could also alert the emergency services and end up saving a lot of lives.
Reward: A car with this feature would be fantastic. 

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Closed Auto Outer Sound Device Printer Friendly Version
People can easily drive more safely with the windows down and many do mainly due to the fact that there is no barrier between their senses and the outside world. Most people keep their windows up and most have a good reason - like road debris, weather, or air and exaust quality being too bad to let in. Also bugs (imagine bees on the freeway) and other things we want to keep out.
But if we can keep our windows up and still have all of the sounds of the outside world (wind, road noise, people, emergency sirens, your tires, the engine, other vehicles, etc.) then we have an extra advantage to our driving ability. I propose we strategically place microphones in key areas outside the vehicle and we can turn the outside world of sound on and off at the flick of a simple switch. With the added sense of sound from all the important areas outside the auto we can use our eyes and ears to determine all things even without the use of our other senses. We could hear the engine knock before it breaks down and save the car engine by pulling over, or hear the tire going flat and avoid a car wreck.
Reward: Just to see safer driving and people respecting others while they drive. 

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Clean Car Door Runners Printer Friendly Version
When you get in and out of your car every day and if you look at the back of your lower leg clothing, you will notice a dirt line and water line that will go unnoticed by you but be visible to every one else. Most people don't realize this but when you get in and out of the car there is a moment when both your legs come in contact with the bottom of the inside of the car where the doors base is when closed, called the "Runner". It collects water and grime all throughout your driving daily. When your legs hit the runner it stains your clothes with dirt for the day.
We need to insulate this runner from any outside grime and water by including more strips of rubber insulators to the outer door and the inside so they fit comfortably together (one insulator inside the other) eliminating any possible chance that the runner would ever be affected by car travel or run off from around the door by channeling the water around the rest of the car door to the outside and edges that would not contact the runner.
Reward: Saving me the embarassment of dirty pants. 

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