is too young to drive, but he's already racing ahead in the world
The bright spark has invented a laser speed trap
which will help stop cars speeding - with the intention of making
our roads safer.
Charlie looks at the highway code
The 10-year-old from Attleborough had an idea that
every car would be fitted with a speed limiter that could be triggered
by a laser if the car was driving over the speed limit.
The invention, called Laser Speed, was plucked
from more than 3000 entries to a competition on the CBBC programme
That's Genius! to make the final five.
The invention uses the satellite navigation system
called GPS (Global Positioning System), which can tell when a car
is breaking the speed limit and automatically slow it down.
Charlie is racing ahead in the world of science
Viewers to CBBC's That's Genius! will have seen
Charlie's invention in action. As it raced round a track at around
50 mph it suddenly entered a 30 mph speed limit.
A computerised voice (Charlie's) calls on the motorist
to slow down. When they don't, the car does it itself.
Charlie's idea has already been taken up by one
of the leading car manufacturers.
Although Charlie will have to wait seven years
before he can drive, by then his invention
could be controlling many of our cars.
By Sheila McKeown, a librarian at the Millennium Library in
Inventors and Their Bright Ideas, by Mike
Goldsmith. Hippo 2002. ISBN 0439981093.
Inventions, by Wendy Madgwick. Kingfisher 2000,
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