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UPES Student, Archit Agarwal has come up with a new vehicle diagnostic system named 'OBDAS — On-Board Diagnostic Data Analysis System'. The technology is aimed to reduce road casualties by a good margin. Archit has also won the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award 2018 in the 'Most Innovative Product' category.
The award was handed over to him at the Festival of Innovations (FOIN) at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. "The competition was extremely challenging with close to 13,000 projects from over 500 colleges across India. OBDAS is a low-cost universal solution for vehicles and its many benefits include sending the location of the vehicle in case of an accident to emergency services that may prevent deaths due to vehicular accidents." — shared Archit about his achievement.
OBDAS collects real-time data and information from the vehicle's on-board diagnostic system. The system also tracks variables such as speed, odometer reading and even stores the personal information of the vehicle's owner. In short, it acts a ‘blackbox' for cars.
In the event of an accident, the system contacts emergency helpline numbers and shares the vehicle location along with the owner's details. The SMS is triggered upon deploying the airbags.
Archit claims that most of the road accidents end in fatality mainly due to the delay in the arrival of help services. Using over 200 factory-fitted sensors in the vehicle and a cloud server platform, OBDAS allows to collect and retain vital information post an emergency situation.
In addition to this, OBDAS will help insurance agencies to assess the level of damage. This would help in getting the owner, the deserved amount of insurance claim. The system also has an in-built anti-theft system.
Thoughts On Archit Agarwal's OBDAS Diagnostic System
OBDAS, if widely implemented, will surely cut down the number of road casualties in India. Since the system is more of a ‘cure' rather than ‘prevention', the latter should be carried out by us through safe driving.
Archit Agarwal, currently pursuing B-Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering, has already got four patents published. We hope that more such innovations arise from young minds.