During the 2017/2018 academic year at NAU, a group of civil and electric engineering students are working together to address a common and scary problem that we face when driving: wrong way drivers. The team, composed by 2 civil and 2 electrical engineering students, will be working to develop a device capable of detecting and alert wrong way drivers and alert right way drivers and the authorities about the event. Given that similar efforts are being made in Phoenix, the team decided to focus in rural areas.
The device will be composed by 3 main parts. The first one, will be located on the exit ramps of interstates. Its job will be to detect when a driver goes in the wrong way of the ramp and alert the driver of its mistake. The second part will be placed along the roadway, its function is to alert the right way drivers of the threat and track the wrong way driver movements. Finally, the third part, it’s a communication module so all the information collected by part 1 and part 2 can be send to ADOT and DPS so they can send troops to stop the wrong way driver.
This is a challenging project especially for being located in rural areas that often don’t have access to the power grid. With the support of Dr. Edward Smaglik and Dr. Brendan Russo, the capstone team composed by Ian Rodrigues, Zak Jenkins, Hashem Albhrani and Timothy Fisher will be delivering a viable prototype by May of 2018.