In the United States, over 37,000 people die every year as a result of car accidents. There is also an additional 2.35 million others who are left injured or disabled as a result of automobile accidents. It breaks my heart to say this, but nearly 10,000 of the people killed in these crashes are individuals under the age of 20.
What can we do to decrease this staggering number? Well, a South Korean company, Eti Co LTD, is tackling the problem by creating an innovative shock-absorbing fence.
The idea behind the fence is to lessen the force of impact when a collision takes place and to reduce the number of fatal accidents.
All of this is possible by these yellow barrels.
If you take a look at the image shown above, the innovative railing system is simply composed of a sturdy steel tube and plastic barrels. The steel tubes are placed into the ground (just like any other railing system), but what changes is the fact that this new railing has little yellow barrels.
The yellow barrels act as shock barrier, taking the majority of the impact force and causing less damage to the vehicle.
This new railing system can be really effective because when a car hits the railing, it converts the car’s impact energy into rotational energy (transfers the energy into the spinning yellow barrels).
Another benefit is that it allows the person in the accident to come to a controlled stop. There is no more going past the rail and rolling over.
This innovative system allows for less damage and more control — key elements required for less automobile related deaths.
Another plus is the fact that this new type of railing is very easy to maintain and is environmentally friendly (all materials used can be recycled and reused).
What a beautiful invention aimed at preventing deaths. If you want to learn more about this invention, you can watch the video below.
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