Three students from Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) at the University of Bridgeport won prizes at the 2013 New York International Auto Show for vehicular devices they invented to improve safety.

The prizes were awarded at the World Traffic Safety Symposium, which is held each year at the Javits Center in Manhattan during the International Auto Show. The Symposium is attended by auto-industry leaders, designers, and thousands of other guests.

Kelsey Daywon the $1,000 Third Place award for Latch Alert, a secure and monitored system used to install child seats in a car.

Mackenzie Day won Fourth Place and $1,000 for Variable Speed Crosswalk. The system provides existing crosswalks with timed walk lights for different age groups and the handicapped.

Namhoon Kim won Fifth Place and $1,000 for Smart Band, a wearable vibrating wrist band system for deaf drivers that provides GPS direction guidance.

The three students are juniors majoring in Industrial Design. They were advised by professors Richard Yelle, Luke Johnson, and Craig DuBois.

The prizes were sponsored by Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association and Volvo.
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