A team of researchers from the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Invents a speed limiter with the aim of reducing the rate of automobile accidents.
The UNILORIN Vice-Chancellor, Prof AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), said the device was produced in response to a challenge thrown at universities to come up with research that can reduce road accidents.
He said:”This is an assignment that we considered very important and germane because lives are being lost daily on our roads due to over speeding. The efforts of the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) in this regard are noteworthy and should attract the attention of serious minded researchers and institutions.
“It has been tested. I had first-hand experience of it when it was fixed to a vehicle that I used. I can attest to its functionality.” Prof. Ambali pledged the university’s support to any researcher whose work can facilitate the production of prototypes.
Prof Sulyman AbdulKareem, Director of Laboratory to Product (LABTOP) Centre, which links university researchers and the industry, said a team of about eight researchers produced the speed limiter.
“We assembled a team including an instrumentation technologist from Mechanical Engineering Department, Mr Ganiyu Adeyemi Adedokun; an automobile expert also from that department, Mr. Oluwasanmi Adekunle Adewuyi; an embedded system programmer from Computer Engineering Department, Mr. Abdulrahman Olalekan Yusuf; a computer control specialist, Mr. Hafeez Owolabi Mahmud; Dr. J.O. Aweda from Mechanical Engineering; my deputies and my humble self. Dr. Aye Taiwo Ajiboye, who is the head of Department of Computer Engineering, was also chosen to be the team leader,” he said.
This design, Prof AbdulKareem further disclosed, has universal application. It can be used on any vehicle, be it jeep, car, bus, truck, etc. We have modeled it and we have a tested working prototype, thus becoming the first university in Nigeria to respond to this challenge. Our hope is now to mass produce it”, he added.
“Our approach is to find a local or foreign company that will produce a unit to establish the unit cost price and from there we can work on mass production,” Prof AbdulKareem said, pointing out that “the FRSC is currently emphasising the use of speed limiter on all vehicles plying our roads and at the appropriate time, we shall approach them”.
Dr Ajiboye said the product would be durable.
“It is a micro-controller based device. It works using computer programming. So failure rate, to be modest, is extremely low if not completely impossible and reliability rate is very high,” he said.