The American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that tired drivers contribute to one in five serious motor vehicle accidents, and in a recent survey of police officers conducted by the group, nine of 10 reported stopping a driver who they believed was drunk but who turned out simply to be fatigued instead.
NYU’s new DFA studio — comprised of members of what was formerly known as the Design Tinkering Club and advised by Professor Anne-Laure Fayard, their faculty mentor—eagerly stepped up for the challenge, whose overall theme is “Improving Driver Safety through Monitoring and Automation.”
In September, Krishna Namita Simha and the rest of her teammates (a mixture of students from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and psychology majors from the College of Arts and Sciences) began interviewing shift workers, whom they found by approaching the staff at 24-hour bodegas and other establishments and with the help of their professional mentor, Jay Grider, of Cummins, a manufacturing company based in the Midwest. (Namita had met the executive while interning at the company this summer, and he was happy to sign on to the project, calling in regularly to give the team advice and guidance.)
At the FCA headquarters, the team was able to share their innovative idea with top executives of FCA during the expo, with ideas ranging from aromatherapy to cellphone charging plates! Check out the photos of all the teams below and on the Design for America facebook album.