According to the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis, cell phone use contributes to an estimated six percent of all crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths each year.
The dangers of cell phone use while driving is what spurred Ayuba Audu and Abdulla Al-Salem to take on a culminating project in support of Hang Up ‘N Drive, a Space Coast non-profit organization established to prevent cell phone-related road accidents.
Software engineering student Audu and computer science major Al-Salem, who plan to earn their degrees this May, are creating a Hang Up ‘N Drive software platform/memorial wall. Head of the Department of Computer Science Bill Shoaff is the team’s adviser.
The project is intended to raise awareness and provide education. The platform is also meant to support charitable initiatives and channel funds to individuals and families who have been affected by vehicle crashes associated with cell phone use.
The Florida Tech team will display and demonstrate its project at the university’s annual Northrop Grumman Design Showcase, which will be held April 20 in the Clemente Center for Sports and Recreation.