Monday, April 23, 2018
facebook

google plus


Experts come up with device to prevent drunk driving

23 Apr 2018 | 12:46 AM

DEHRADUN:If you are drunk and trying to drive, your vehicle will not start.

[ + read story ]

Dehradun, April 22

If you are drunk and trying to drive, your vehicle will not start. Uttarakhand researchers have developed a new technology from waste that will prevent vehicles from operating if the driver is drunk.

The Uttarakhand Residential University in Almora and Haldwani-based RI Instruments and Innovation India have jointly produced a device that will make driving difficult if the driver is in an inebriated condition or feeling drowsy or is speaking on the mobile phone.

A team comprising RP Joshi, Akash Pandey and Kuldeep Patel developed a prototype that will be based on graphene generated from waste products and wild grasses as one of the components.

Graphene has an important role in the device as graphene-coated electrodes can catalyse the process of oxidation of ethyl alcohol into acetic acid. The concentration of alcohol will automatically disconnect the device, Joshi said.

The driver, while at the driving seat, has to blow the graphene sensor on the device to start the vehicle. This will immediately activate the sensor that will analyse and estimate the liquor content present in the blood of the driver.

The engine of the vehicle will not start in case the presence of liquor is more than the prescribed limit under the Motor Vehicle Act, Joshi said.

If the driver gets someone else to blow the graphene-coated sensor, the infrared feature of the sensor will analyse it and the vehicle will not start.

In case, the driver feels sleepy while driving, the object and imaging module of the sensor will analyse his eye movements and will alert passengers.

The imaging technique will also send an alert in case the driver is talking on his mobile phone.

The device will be equipped with the GPRS-GSM and biometric technologies and will help to know the location of the vehicle. In case of an accident, the device will automatically, within five to 10 minutes, dial phone number 100 to send an SOS to the police.

The team, on the advice of Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, has sent the device to the patent cell of the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology, Dehradun, for patent.

The Governor has also advised the team to modify the device for use in commercial vehicles in the state that witnesses frequent fatal accidents. The device will be tested extensively at International Centre for Automotive Technology in Manesar, SGS Lab in Gurugram and the Automotive Research Association of India in Pune before it is used in vehicles.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways says 16 persons die every hour across India in road accidents. But it makes no mention of the numbers who died due to drunk driving. —IANS

PM Modi likely to visit Kedarnath on April 29

22 Apr 2018 | 2:38 AM

DEHRADUN:Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Kedarnath on April 29, the day when the portals of the Himalayan shrine will be thrown open for devotees.

ATM break mastermind held

21 Apr 2018 | 12:45 AM

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand Police on Friday arrested Sukhvinder, alias Moni, gangster from Ludhiana who was allegedly involved in an ATM loot incident at Roorkie in Haridwar district.

disaster management

DMs to get Rs 5 crore each

21 Apr 2018 | 12:45 AM

DEHRADUN:The Uttarakhand government will grant Rs five crore each to the District Magistrates before rains to deal with any emergency during a disaster, an official said.

State gets Film Friendly award

21 Apr 2018 | 12:45 AM

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand has been conferred with the “Most Film Friendly State” award by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

  • SpectrumAre we ready for a social break-up?

    Are we ready for a social break-up?

    Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to the US Congress has brought a new wave of uncomfortable revelations about the social network. Like how it spies even on people off the platform and how even the Facebook founder’s data, too, has not been safe.

  • Giving back — a diaspora success story

    A Canadian immigrant of Indian origin donated $10 million to the University of Lethbridge, the largest gift that the university had ever received.

  • Putting agri-waste to agri-use

    A biomass power plant is similar to a thermal power plant, but instead of coal, it uses green fuel. Agriculture waste — such as paddy and wheat straw, cotton stalks and leaves, which are left over after harvesting of the crop — comprise the natural fuel.

more Spectrum...
Move on a fast track

Move on a fast track

18 Apr 2018 | 12:43 AM
Fashioning a dream vocationIn Conversation

Fashioning a dream vocation

18 Apr 2018 | 12:43 AM
Skills to chisel your career

Skills to chisel your career

18 Apr 2018 | 12:43 AM
Communication goes onlineCareer Compass: New-Age Media

Communication goes online

18 Apr 2018 | 12:43 AM
more Jobs & Careers...