It’s not every day that you think about the pioneers in road safety. While technologies like the traffic light and the brake signal are critical to keeping us safe, drivers take them for granted. We’re so used to having airbags, windshield wipers, and seatbelts, that we overlook the innovators behind these human-centered designs.
Here at TrueMotion, these pioneers are always on our minds. They inspire us every day as we work towards our mission of making the roads safer. That’s why we decided to name our conference rooms at our Boston HQ after them.
Let’s get to know the innovators behind our conference rooms:
Anderson is one of our favorite conference rooms. It has a conference table that doubles as a ping pong table and an amazing view of Boston’s Seaport. It’s also named after Mary Anderson, the inventor of the Windshield Wiper.
Mary Anderson was a real-estate developer in the early 1900s. She regularly drove from New York City for business. In 1902, she watched her driver struggle to see the road during a snowstorm. She wanted to solve the problem. Soon after, she sketched the windshield wiper, which she patented in 1903.
Breed is one of our staple conference rooms. It’s named after Allen Breed, a key player in the commercialization of the airbag.
In 1967, he invented an electromechanical sensor that could activate an airbag in under 30 milliseconds upon impact. This “ball in tube” invention was instrumental to the start of the airbag industry. Surprisingly, it took almost two decades for automakers to buy into this crucial life-saving device.
Our Bohlin conference room is named after Nils Bohlin, an engineer for Volvo. Bohlin paved the way for car seatbelts. In 1959, he invented the three-point seatbelt. Volvo handed out this design to all OEMs. In 1967, the U.S. National Highway Safety Bureau required all cars to have three-point seatbelts because of Bohlin’s impactful seatbelt and crash analysis.
The Potts conference room is named after a police officer, William Potts. His 1920 invention, the three color traffic light, brought order to our roadways. The traffic light eliminated the need for police officers to direct traffic at dangerous intersections.
You might be shocked if we told you one of our conference rooms is named after a silent film star. Florence Lawrence was a popular movie star in the 1900s. Not only was she the first ever film star to use her name to promote her work, but she was also a car enthusiast. In 1914, she invented the turn signal and the stop signal. Unfortunately for Lawrence, she didn’t patent any of her inventions.
Our Garner conference room is a unique meeting space. It’s furnished with couches and comfortable chairs with a state-of-the-art conference setup. The room is named after Samuel R. Garner, the man behind the highway guardrail. Garner patented the highway guardrail in 1933. His patent called for durable, reliable, and low-cost rails.
Most of our conference rooms represent safety features found in cars or on the streets, but road safety education is equally as important. Our Lighter conference room’s named after Candy Lightner, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.). This organization works to combat drunk driving in the U.S. and Canada. The Lightner room is a constant reminder of the activists fighting for safer roads every day.
Last but not least, we named the biggest conference room after our company — TrueMotion. It’s a constant reminder that we’re here to make roads safer for all. It’s simultaneously an awesome and humbling mission, represented by the size of the room itself. And, like the safety advocates and inventors who grace our conference rooms, it’s a mission we fight for every day.
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August 5, 2019