Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth


INDIA / India Projects Program


The goal of our project was to develop and improve strategies to mitigate the risks associated with drowsy driving in Himachal Pradesh, India. Government data and anecdotal evidence suggest drowsy driving is a significant problem. To achieve our goal, we interviewed local bus and taxi drivers to identify drowsiness prevention strategies and understand ways to improve those strategies. Based on the data, we created four distinct prototypes to address drowsy driving: 1. A facial recognition device to detect drowsiness, 2. A blue-light system to reduce melatonin production in drivers, 3. Flavored taffies to keep drivers awake, 4. A portable and comfortable seat cover. We recommend further improvement to these prototypes, as well as policies to allow drivers to get more rest off duty.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs