As close as it gets

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

Tech­nol­ogy en­tre­pre­neur Steven D. Domenikos is rais­ing funds on Indiegogo for his Smar­trim, a sen­sor that mag­net­i­cally fits in­side a car’s wheel arch to warn if the pave­ment is get­ting too close to the rim. Domenikos states his de­vice uses an in­ter­nal tem­per­a­ture sen­sor to com­pen­sate for the speed of sound in air of dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­ture and cal­i­bra­tion pa­ram­e­ters, to gauge the dis­tance be­tween the car and the kerb. An AA bat­tery will power his sen­sor for 1 000 park­ing cy­cles and he wants $345 (R4 161) for the sen­sors and app. PHOTO: SMAR­TRIM

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