Ramesh Susarla

A mechanic at Sundipenta has developed it

GUNTUR: When a vehicle attains dangerous speeds for any reason either due to brake failure or due to rash/negligent driving, now there is a native device being developed not by any automobile engineer, but a mechanic at Sundipenta near Srisailam Dam in Kurnool district.

This device will be the first field level research promotion activity to be taken up by Technopreneur Promotion Programme (TePP) Outreach Centre at Acharya Nagarjuna University.

A mechanic by profession, who does not have any formal degree in engineering or automobile technology, M. Bangaru Raju had submitted a proposal to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research running under Ministry of Science and Technology to forewarn people on the road about a dangerously moving vehicle.

Speed Warning and Limiting Device connects speedometer to the engine and measures the speed at which it moves, an electronic device gets activated at the right time to give a pre-recorded voice/sound warning that alerts the people on the road against the movement of the vehicle.

‘Digital Talk Friend’

The device named ‘Digital Talk Friend’ connects a sensor to the fuel flow tube/system and in case of emergency braking required, reduces the supply of fuel to the engine to automatically limit its speed. This composite device was likely to complete its field trials by 2009 April.

Out of a total project cost of Rs.6.25 lakhs the DSIR has released Rs.4 lakhs for the raw material, design, fabrication (Rs.1.5 lakh) and testing and trial charges (Rs.2.5 lakhs) over a period of two years. Beginning current financial year, it released Rs.2 lakh to Bangaru Raju and Rs.20,000 to TePP Outreach Centre at the ANU.

The second installment of money would be released once Utilisation Certificate along with Statement of Expenditure attached to the progress of the project implementation was sent through the ANU TePP Centre.

This innovative technology once incorporated in the device would be patented, according to University Principal MK Durgaprasad.