Leo Gendernalik, a Turlock resident, is the creator of Emergency Vehicle Alert (EVA) and is also a developer and marketer for the Emergency Vehicle Alert System. More than 30,000 people died and 70,000 more were injured in 2009 collisions with Emergency Vehicles. EVA can help to drastically reduce those numbers.
As a 100% passive Emergency Vehicle Alarm System, EVA is designed to alert the driver of an approaching emergency vehicle using an audio as well as visual alarm. An on-board GPS, iPhone or other “smart phone” device in common usage will automatically and without any participation by the device user, receive a signal that produces an audio as well as a visual alert, thus making the operator of the vehicle aware there is an emergency vehicle approaching.
“In order to bring this to market I need to finance completion of the software development and equip some prototypes for field demonstration,” said Gendernalik. “My attempt to raise that financing is to win a Grant in the Pepsi Refresh competition.”
The Pepsi Refresh Project awards up to $1.3 million in grants from $5,000 to $250,000 to bring great ideas to life in communities across the country.
Gendernalik’s idea is under the Health category and up for being voted to receive a $50,000 grant.
Leo Gendernalik reached out to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors for help in receiving the most votes and his District Supervisor Vito Chiesa asked for some publicity in something that could ultimately give the community something to be proud of.
“Let’s do what we can to assist this man in his endeavor and get the community involved,” said Supervisor Chiesa. “His success is success for our entire community! Let’s cheer him on!”
There’s still time for people to vote each day through December 31, 2010 on Pepsi’s contest website:
All ideas have been pre-screened so now it’s all about who receives the most votes that decides who wins a $50,000 grant.