Ideas Happen 2004

Ideas Happen 2004

Inspiring new beginnings

Visa is proud to support the creative spirit and boundless energy of our Ideas Happen winners. We believe that building a better community starts by helping people build their dreams. Our twelve outstanding innovators each received $25,000 from Visa to help them launch their ideas. We can hardly wait to see what they’ll do next.


Sean M., MA
No More Blind Spots/Entreprenuer

My idea is to make use of technology already found in most cars to electronically aim the mirrors to a desired position. Geared primarily towards eliminating the blind spots at high speeds, the onboard system will become active at a predetermined speed. At this point, whenever the driver wants to change lanes he simply puts on his blinker and the rear-view mirror automatically aims itself at a preset customizable angle to the left or to the right, virtually eliminating the blind spot and making the driver aware of any vehicles he may not have previously seen. Once the blinker goes off, the mirror returns to its original position. I have tested this technique by manually adjusting the mirror and it works great.

The concept is hands free. It eliminates sharply looking over your shoulder which is not only uncomfortable but makes you lose sight of the road ahead. It will save thousands of lives. It makes use of your normal rear view mirror so there is no need for distorting, obtrusive, and confusing add-ons. It is simpler and less expensive than installing camera based systems. It will promote blinker usage. And it is just flat out cool.