An Irish team has won the Microsoft Imagine Cup in the software design category, beating teams from China, Jordan, New Zealand, Romania and the United States in the final.

The competition has been taking place this week in New York. Its theme this year was to imagine technology that could solve the world's toughest problems.

Ireland's 'Team Hermes' developed software to stop cars crashing. The team is made up of students from IT Sligo's schools of engineering, business and arts.

Hermes looked at road safety statistics, and found that the information on accidents never includes any real-time analysis. So they developed an in-car system that communicates with a mobile phone. The information is sent to the cloud and can act as an early warning system for erratic driving behaviour.

This way it can identify the most at-risk drivers, increasing road safety to tackle what the World Health Organisation says will be the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.