A new device could stop over one million automobile accidents each year, its inventor claims.
Deer Deter is an automated electronic system designed to keep wild deer and other large animals from running into oncoming traffic in the dark of night. Using a combination of light and sound, it literally stops the animals in their tracks as cars pass by.
Developed by an Austrian company, IPTE – Schalk & Schalk OG,
the system is based around a series of small units that are placed on short posts along the roadside about 150 feet apart, facing away from the road. Triggered by the headlights of oncoming cars, they emit a high pitched sound and strobe light. According to the company’s U.S. representative, Edward A Mulka, the alert doesn’t scare the deer away, but simply catches their attention, causing them to freeze as if they’ve sensed a predator nearby.