#2569: Steereflex

Formula 1 drivers are accustomed to having their reaction times measured and honed. One machine for this purpose is the BATAK device.

Today’s invention is to equip road vehicle steering wheels with a scaled down version of this test. There would be touch pads positioned around the wheel which light up randomly.

Although the required movements and peripheral vision demands would be less stringent than in the racing version, such a test could perform many functions.

Failure to achieve a high enough score might be indicative of drunkenness and thus disable the ignition. One’s reaction times before driving might be used to reduce or increase the performance of the vehicle (or the insurance paid). Finally, such a test could help people improve their vision and responsiveness when driving.

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