Elk alert: sensor that flashes to warn motorist wins award

Swedish boffin Benjamin Eliasson has won a 'Golden Elk' award for designing a sensor designed to prevent road accidents in remote areas caused by wild animals such as elk.

Elk in Sweden.

Elk in Sweden. Image by Tobias / CC BY 2.0

The sensors detect large animals near roads, and send signals to pole which flash to alert motorists to the potential hazard. The idea caught the attention of the non-profit organisation Älgskadefondsföreningen, which aims to reduce road accidents in Sweden, and they presented Eliasson with the award on Wednesday. Read more: thelocal.se

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