Dayton, OH (PRWEB) January 22, 2005
Intelliturn(TM), the worldÂs first and only smart vehicle turn signal control system has recently been granted a Patent Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is available for U.S. and international license from RLP Engineering.
This breakthrough technology eliminates the familiar turn signal trip-off mechanism embedded in the steering column that is used in virtually all vehicles worldwide. Starting with the driverÂs turn signal lever input, Intelliturn(TM) uses the Antilock Brake System computer to ÂmapÂ the road surface using data from the wheel speed sensors. The result is a highly accurate, smart control system that responds to vehicle dynamics and shuts off turn signals appropriately for each driving situation. This resolves nearly all of the performance shortcomings of todayÂs fixed mechanical turn signal method.
ÂThe patent allowance represents the first major innovation in turn signal control since General Motors engineered the original steering column mounted trip-off mechanism in the 1940 Buick,Â says Richard Ponziani, President of RLP Engineering. ÂFrom now on, turn signal shut-off can be sensor driven and computer controlled with a level of precision and intelligence that all drivers will immediately appreciate.Â
ÂErroneous turn signal functions are common occurrences in daily driving and unwittingly contribute to countless accidents each year because the turn signal trips off too soon or fails to automatically shut off,Â Ponziani says. ÂBy introducing intelligence into turn signals, Intelliturn(TM) will not only contribute to accident rate reduction, but will also enhance the driving experience and reduce the level of driver distractionsÂ he added.
The simplified wiring and component elimination can add up to a cost savings for vehicle manufacturers. The all-digital Intelliturn(TM) system, having no moving parts, is also expected to improve performance, safety, durability, ergonomics, noise, robustness and quality. Additionally, due to their direct dependence on turn signals, Lane Departure Warning Systems and Blind Spot Detection Systems are greatly enhanced when coupled with this intelligent turn signal system.
RLP Engineering is an automotive design consulting firm located in Dayton, Ohio. Go to http://www.rlpengineering.com for complete Intelliturn(TM) system description, licensing and contact information.
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