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Teen's innovation eliminates car blindspots

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 (CNN) – A 14-year-old from Pennsylvania has come up with an idea to eliminate a car’s blind spots.

Alaina Gassler said she was motivated after finding out her mom didn’t like driving their family’s Jeep Grand Cherokee because it’s A-pillars caused blind spots.

A-pillars support a vehicle’s windshield and provides protection in case of a crash, but their size and angle also create blind spots.

Gassler’s prototype uses a webcam, projector, 3D printed adapter, and retro-reflective fabric to make a car’s A-pillars essentially invisible.

She won $25,000 in a nationwide science competition for her invention.

Gassler said she hopes to make her prototype more unique, patent the design, and submit the idea to automotive companies.

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