Design story

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Empathies - STEAM Challange

When looking at the issue of roadside accidents as a wellness problem. The empathy traditionally goes one way. While its heavily justifiable and the driver that caused the accident is at fault,viewing them as a problem that needs to be handled with enforcement and violence is not justifiable and does not fix the problem in the long run. 
Viewing both them and the drivers either struck or dealing with repercussions of the roadside accident as people the product can help is where the idea of the map came from.

Define - Use Case

The product itself is mean to not be disruptive and take up a large amount of space on the road like a traditional speed camera would. With a simple speed sensor and smaller camera it can be placed in non obstructive places that still gain a good perspective on the speed of that specific road or area. 
The use for this product combined with accompanying map on the website is to give its users the ability to know which roads have more speeding cars and road accidents than others or which ones wont have a large traffic buildup.  This is especially necessary for the vulnerable whether that is parents with their children,the disabled and the elderly. Whether they are drivers or pedestrians. 

Ideate - Solutions

The main problems we had to deal when finalising the concept for this prototype was how it could be misused and scrapping connectivity with the camera and the website.
It could potentially have been misused the same way that many projects focused on safety in cities and towns can go. Products and apps that let users report issues in their neighbourhood and town are often misused by people who have petty issues they want to resolve or will mislabel something completely fine as an issue due to their own issues. As well as it being the springboard for completely unwarranted vigilantism. This was avoided by just having the website be something the users can view and use in their day to day lives. 
The connectivity issue became a problem early. At first due to issues with the hardware. As the Arduino based product required specific hardware that would’ve ruined the lightweight approach and made both the website and the hardware a much clunkier product and process. When trying to connect with the code side of the website it became apparent that automation was prone to errors or mislabelling the result. Since the data could switch in a second it became more apparent to collect and categorise which streets have more speeding issues in bulk amounts instead of case by case. 


The two prototypes(shown below) show the products at their most basic and the speed camera without its final design that will be available at innovation fest. However its main functions are all seen. Featuring several different wire types and a working proximity sensor. Along with a full Arduino board attached to run the code that will have the camera and sensor running fully.

The website prototype is an edited google maps image. The final version shown at innovation fest will be an original map of a Birmingham area with the same red and green indicators shown.