October 2008 Archives

October 31, 2008

A Third Eye Watching Over Albuquerque?

According to a foreign research company, it may not be long before New Mexicans have a third eye watching their every move. The company has found a way to install a small camera in the front windshield of most vehicles for under $1000.

Accident%20Lawyer.jpgThe camera, or "eye" constantly monitors obstacles approaching the vehicle and notifies the driver regarding any potential danger. The goal of the device is clearly to prevent car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. It is currently being tested by the Dutch government and pending its trial phase may be seen in all vehicles before long.

Its features include the ability to warn drivers when they are tailgating, drifting out of their lane, or approaching a stopped or rapidly slowing vehicle. Although it is nice to contemplate the technology working in making the roads safer, it is hard to reason that tailgaters drive the way they do not because they choose to, but rather they are unaware they are doing it.

Even if the technology lives up to half its billing, it has the potential to be one of the most revolutionary vehicle safety advances in recent history.

October 31, 2008

Traumatic brain injury in Albuquerque

In an effort to help prevent traumatic brain injury, Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico has devoted some of its top resources to studying them. Using CT scans and complicated models, researchers have concluded that typically a traumatic brain injury occurs within 1 ms of a head hitting a car windshield.Albuquerque%20Traumatic%20Brain%20Injury.jpg

The increased attention at dramatic brain injury is receiving from research institutions is attributed in part to the growing number of US soldiers returning home with such injuries resulting from shock waves sent by explosive devices.

Contrary to popular belief, the research concluded that a substantial impact is not necessary to trigger a traumatic brain injury. Rather the model used for the research at the labs in Albuquerque was based on a head-on car accident impact at a speed of 34 mph.

Although the scientists conceded that the research needs to be modified and improved, they are hopeful that their data will assist in designing safer, more protective windshields and vehicles.