Car crash warning system developed by Dorset company after director’s wife witnesses fatal collision

Car crash warning system developed by Dorset company after director’s wife witnesses fatal collision

Car crash warning system developed by Dorset company after director’s wife witnesses fatal collision

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A CAR collision warning system that can be mounted on the dashboard has been developed by a Dorset company.

Innovative Vehicle Solutions (IVS) Ltd is looking to raise £100,000 investment to enable the prototype device, called the Distanc>>>er, to be taken to the next stage. The company is also working on a smartphone app.

Managing director George Ferrie, from Bere Regis, explained how the idea for his safety device, to reduce the chances of rear-end bumps, came after his wife witnessed the aftermath of a fatal car accident.

He said: “We wanted to come up with an effective, affordable and reliable system that could be fitted by any driver, in the same way they might fit a satnav system.”

The prototype, produced in conjunction with Dr John Haddon of Panther Vision Ltd, is powered by the vehicle’s cigarette lighter.

Mr Ferrie says it has been successfully trialled in conditions, including sunshine, cloud, heavy rain and spray, and at night.

The Distance>>>er features a small camera which tracks and locks on to number plates of vehicles ahead. Mr Ferrie says that since the number plate, its numbers and letters are defined sizes, measuring their height allows the system to calculate how far away the vehicle is.

Using the speed, the device can give the driver real-time warnings if the distance between vehicles suddenly starts to close.

Dr Haddon explained: “We have made use of camera technology that has been used extensively in industrial applications and adapted it for commercial use.”

The company is looking to raise the £100,000 via CrowdCube, an online funding platform allowing the sum to be built from multiple investors, both large and small in return for equity.

“In this way,” said Mr Ferrie “Everyday investors can pledge from as little as £10 towards helping businesses to raise the finance they need to grow.”

However, in order to benefit from the scheme IVS Ltd needs to reach its target by May 15, so Mr Ferrie is urging people to check out the proposals now.

Visit crowdcube.com/ investment/innovative-vehicle-systems-14167 for information.

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5:30pm Thu 13 Mar 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Should we really need gadgets to replace natural awareness, I don't think this automated culture we are in exercises the mind at all and makes us worse decision makers
Should we really need gadgets to replace natural awareness, I don't think this automated culture we are in exercises the mind at all and makes us worse decision makers cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 9

6:07pm Thu 13 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front.
So on this occasion George I am out !
What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front. So on this occasion George I am out ! MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 4

6:52pm Thu 13 Mar 14

tbpoole says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front.
So on this occasion George I am out !
You may be a perfect driver, but there are evidently many who are not, judging by the number of crashes reported every day on these pages. As with many previous safety features like this they will become standard on all new cars in due course.
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front. So on this occasion George I am out ![/p][/quote]You may be a perfect driver, but there are evidently many who are not, judging by the number of crashes reported every day on these pages. As with many previous safety features like this they will become standard on all new cars in due course. tbpoole
  • Score: -1

7:12pm Thu 13 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

tbpoole wrote:
MotorbikeSam wrote:
What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front.
So on this occasion George I am out !
You may be a perfect driver, but there are evidently many who are not, judging by the number of crashes reported every day on these pages. As with many previous safety features like this they will become standard on all new cars in due course.
no, i am not a perfect driver but by the standard you read about on these pages i can forgive you thinking that i am .. if a driver is to stupid to understand the rules of the road and the distance they should be from the car in front them then alas they do not deserve the privilage of a driving licence.
So you think a device that tells you something you already know will sell.. then buy one.... but for me and most other safe drivers we wont need one any more than we would need a indicator to tell us its raining when we can see rain on the windscreen...
I am still out George !
[quote][p][bold]tbpoole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front. So on this occasion George I am out ![/p][/quote]You may be a perfect driver, but there are evidently many who are not, judging by the number of crashes reported every day on these pages. As with many previous safety features like this they will become standard on all new cars in due course.[/p][/quote]no, i am not a perfect driver but by the standard you read about on these pages i can forgive you thinking that i am .. if a driver is to stupid to understand the rules of the road and the distance they should be from the car in front them then alas they do not deserve the privilage of a driving licence. So you think a device that tells you something you already know will sell.. then buy one.... but for me and most other safe drivers we wont need one any more than we would need a indicator to tell us its raining when we can see rain on the windscreen... I am still out George ! MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 4

7:36pm Thu 13 Mar 14

High Treason says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front.
So on this occasion George I am out !
I thought it was 3 seconds. But if it sells for a reasonable price its worth it. How many times do we see drivers coming up to the flashing slow down signs so it is a good idea.
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front. So on this occasion George I am out ![/p][/quote]I thought it was 3 seconds. But if it sells for a reasonable price its worth it. How many times do we see drivers coming up to the flashing slow down signs so it is a good idea. High Treason
  • Score: 0

8:05pm Thu 13 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

High Treason wrote:
MotorbikeSam wrote:
What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front.
So on this occasion George I am out !
I thought it was 3 seconds. But if it sells for a reasonable price its worth it. How many times do we see drivers coming up to the flashing slow down signs so it is a good idea.
so they are breaking the law if they have to slow down to a sign in a 30mph limit and as such should be prosecuted .... but if you are that sort of driver Georges gadget will be flashing all the time there is a car in front... it may work who knows but the only ones who would buy it wont need it.. why would bad drivers with little or no consideration for other road users drivers and riders who want to flout the law by exsessive speed bother to buy one..
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: What a waste of 100 grand !! do you really think a red sign that says you are too close will make an idiot "tailgating" driver change their ways ? I think not, us good drivers don't need one because we keep our distance (only a fool breaks the 2 second rule) and those who driver so close they can read who made your number plate either don't know the highway code, in which case they need a retest but most likely they do'nt care how close they are to the car in front. So on this occasion George I am out ![/p][/quote]I thought it was 3 seconds. But if it sells for a reasonable price its worth it. How many times do we see drivers coming up to the flashing slow down signs so it is a good idea.[/p][/quote]so they are breaking the law if they have to slow down to a sign in a 30mph limit and as such should be prosecuted .... but if you are that sort of driver Georges gadget will be flashing all the time there is a car in front... it may work who knows but the only ones who would buy it wont need it.. why would bad drivers with little or no consideration for other road users drivers and riders who want to flout the law by exsessive speed bother to buy one.. MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 3

8:14pm Thu 13 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

I fail to see a market for this, because those who should use it won't and those of us who drive sensibly shouldn't need it.

Having been a passenger in a car when the driver in front deliberately slammed his brakes on, hoping we would rear-end him so he could claim compo, I think that might be the only situation where one may come in useful - but as the driver of the car I was in was alert, we didn't crash and in reality, nor should anyone else in that situation. It's all about driving too close to the car in front - don't do that and you won't need this gadget ......... :o/
I fail to see a market for this, because those who should use it won't and those of us who drive sensibly shouldn't need it. Having been a passenger in a car when the driver in front deliberately slammed his brakes on, hoping we would rear-end him so he could claim compo, I think that might be the only situation where one may come in useful - but as the driver of the car I was in was alert, we didn't crash and in reality, nor should anyone else in that situation. It's all about driving too close to the car in front - don't do that and you won't need this gadget ......... :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 2

1:15am Fri 14 Mar 14

tbpoole says...

we-shall-see wrote:
I fail to see a market for this, because those who should use it won't and those of us who drive sensibly shouldn't need it.

Having been a passenger in a car when the driver in front deliberately slammed his brakes on, hoping we would rear-end him so he could claim compo, I think that might be the only situation where one may come in useful - but as the driver of the car I was in was alert, we didn't crash and in reality, nor should anyone else in that situation. It's all about driving too close to the car in front - don't do that and you won't need this gadget ......... :o/
So, I repeat, why are collision avoidance systems starting to be fitted as standard in some new cars then?
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: I fail to see a market for this, because those who should use it won't and those of us who drive sensibly shouldn't need it. Having been a passenger in a car when the driver in front deliberately slammed his brakes on, hoping we would rear-end him so he could claim compo, I think that might be the only situation where one may come in useful - but as the driver of the car I was in was alert, we didn't crash and in reality, nor should anyone else in that situation. It's all about driving too close to the car in front - don't do that and you won't need this gadget ......... :o/[/p][/quote]So, I repeat, why are collision avoidance systems starting to be fitted as standard in some new cars then? tbpoole
  • Score: 1

8:28am Fri 14 Mar 14

Stereotyped says...

tbpoole wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
I fail to see a market for this, because those who should use it won't and those of us who drive sensibly shouldn't need it.

Having been a passenger in a car when the driver in front deliberately slammed his brakes on, hoping we would rear-end him so he could claim compo, I think that might be the only situation where one may come in useful - but as the driver of the car I was in was alert, we didn't crash and in reality, nor should anyone else in that situation. It's all about driving too close to the car in front - don't do that and you won't need this gadget ......... :o/
So, I repeat, why are collision avoidance systems starting to be fitted as standard in some new cars then?
For the same reason Traction Control...ABS...ESP.
..Automatic Wipers...Automatic headlights...automat
ic handbrakes (no longer a 'hand' brake are they really)...etc are all now standard.

Because drivers these days are so crap! The problem is, adding in all these gadgets, just makes the driver need to do less, so are actually getting worse still...because they rely on all this tech.

Take it back to basics, have cars which could kill you in a crash, and people might perk up their standards in order to stay alive behind the wheel.

I have nothing against saving lives...but, to me, having everything automated is not the answer.
[quote][p][bold]tbpoole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: I fail to see a market for this, because those who should use it won't and those of us who drive sensibly shouldn't need it. Having been a passenger in a car when the driver in front deliberately slammed his brakes on, hoping we would rear-end him so he could claim compo, I think that might be the only situation where one may come in useful - but as the driver of the car I was in was alert, we didn't crash and in reality, nor should anyone else in that situation. It's all about driving too close to the car in front - don't do that and you won't need this gadget ......... :o/[/p][/quote]So, I repeat, why are collision avoidance systems starting to be fitted as standard in some new cars then?[/p][/quote]For the same reason Traction Control...ABS...ESP. ..Automatic Wipers...Automatic headlights...automat ic handbrakes (no longer a 'hand' brake are they really)...etc are all now standard. Because drivers these days are so crap! The problem is, adding in all these gadgets, just makes the driver need to do less, so are actually getting worse still...because they rely on all this tech. Take it back to basics, have cars which could kill you in a crash, and people might perk up their standards in order to stay alive behind the wheel. I have nothing against saving lives...but, to me, having everything automated is not the answer. Stereotyped
  • Score: 2

11:57am Fri 14 Mar 14

Branksome snail says...

Oh my goodness. Ding Ding, Round 1. Off you all go !
Oh my goodness. Ding Ding, Round 1. Off you all go ! Branksome snail
  • Score: 0

12:22pm Fri 14 Mar 14

the_voice_of_reason says...

Developing this for a reducing market... hmmm... better make your money quick. Many new cars have collision warning systems built in.
Developing this for a reducing market... hmmm... better make your money quick. Many new cars have collision warning systems built in. the_voice_of_reason
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Fri 14 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

I have a CAS (collision avoidance systems) in my car but it only works while I am driving its called a brain... now if you can come up with a gadget that lets me know when the Spur road is blocked 30 mins before it happens then I would be interested . .
I have a CAS (collision avoidance systems) in my car but it only works while I am driving its called a brain... now if you can come up with a gadget that lets me know when the Spur road is blocked 30 mins before it happens then I would be interested . . MotorbikeSam
  • Score: -1

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