Teens Hope SmartWheel Can Reduce Distracted Driving

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A group of teenagers from Londonderry, New Hampshire has come up with a device that seeks to curtail distracted driving.  Known as the SmartWheel, the technology utilizes a series of sensors placed along the average steering wheel.  These sensors can actually determine if a person has only one hand on the wheel or in a position that suggests texting is taking place.  If just one hand is placed on the wheel for upwards of three seconds, the wheel will make a noise and light up, essentially telling drivers to get their hand back on the wheel and their eyes on the road.  The system has gained the approval of the President of the United States and the entrepreneurs from the TV show “Shark Tank.”  The hope is that working with the featured parties on that show will allow the device to make it to the market by the end of 2013.

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