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14-Year-old Awarded $25,000 For Her Invention That Totally Eliminates Blind Spots...

•, By McKinley Corbl

If you've ever struggled to see vehicles approaching in the blind spots of your car, this young brainiac has come up the most ingenious solution—and she hasn't even gotten her driver's license yet.

14-year-old Alaina Gassler designed a system that eliminates the blind spot by installing a webcam into the interior of the car so that it records a live feed of the objects on the other side. She then installed a small light projector inside of the car so the webcam's feed would be projected onto the part of your car that blocks the needed view.

Once the system is online, the parts of the car's structure that prevent the driver from fully seeing their surroundings are rendered seemingly invisible by the projector.

Alaina first got the idea for the system after she witnessed her mother struggling to see beyond those blind spots in her own car—and she now hopes that her invention will prevent traffic collisions in the future.

"There are so many car accidents and injuries and deaths that could have been prevented from a pillar not being there," said Alaina. "And since we can't take it out of cars, I decided to get rid of it without getting rid of it."