A Tiny Tracking Device Could Make Driving Easier, Study Says

In the United States, more than one million people are killed every year in crashes involving vehicles that are equipped with tiny, motion-sensing devices.

A small, low-cost device, called a “dumb-phone,” could potentially save lives and prevent injuries by allowing police to remotely monitor and alert them when an individual is driving at excessive speed, according to a study from the University of Michigan. 

The device is essentially a small, battery-powered camera that captures a moving image and sends it to the police, who then can determine if a suspect has committed a crime. 

In the study, the researchers found that the device was a safe way to track vehicles when they are on the road and the researchers say they have been working with the manufacturer to develop a version that would be compatible with cars. 

“The device we’re looking at is based on a microchip,” said Michael J. Ruppel, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University and a lead author on the study.

“It’s based on an Arduino chip that has a sensor and camera.”

The tiny device is about the size of a credit card.

It can be attached to a car’s windshield, or on the windshield of an SUV, or even on a truck, said Ruppl.

It only has to be in one place on the car, so it doesn’t have to be on the dashboard or inside the vehicle. 

It could be mounted on a dashboard or on a window or on top of a window. 

While it has the ability to capture images of a moving vehicle, the device doesn’t record or record audio, said David L. Zabriskie, a senior researcher at the American Association of University Computing (AAUAC) who was not involved in the study and was not affiliated with the University. 

 “It can’t record anything that’s going on in the car,” he said. 

That means that the car could be left in a parking lot or in a garage or it could be parked on a sidewalk and the driver could be driving erratically and not notice the device. 

If the driver is distracted, the car might not see the device and the device may not be able to determine if the driver has committed the crime.

The researchers say that the technology could be particularly useful in certain situations, such as when a person is on their phone or playing games, but it could also be useful in situations where someone is driving too fast and they’re not wearing a seat belt. 

Because the device only has a small amount of power, the amount of information that the driver can receive when they drive at high speeds is limited, said Landon J. Stoner, a research associate professor of automotive engineering at Purdue University who was a co-author of the study with Ruppels. 

This small, inexpensive device could be very useful for people who are in traffic accidents, he said, adding that it could even be useful for a person who is driving in an accident or is distracted. 

But the researchers said the device could also help law enforcement by letting them track a suspect that is not wearing seat belts, if the suspect has broken the law and the police are trying to track them down.

“If they’re going to have to do a high-speed chase and they need to know whether or not they have a seatbelt on, they could use this device to get that information,” said Stoner.

“This is going to be a game changer, and this is going a long way toward solving a lot of the safety issues associated with this,” said Raddysh Tamborello, a member of the research team and a professor at Michigan Tech.

The study is published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.