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Title:
VEHICLE PROTECTION SHADE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/065848
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A vehicle protection shade, comprising a front panel coupled to the roof of the vehicle and is configured to extend outward towards the front side of the vehicle for covering a front portion of the vehicle, a rear panel coupled to the roof and is configured to extend outward towards the rear side of the vehicle for covering a rear portion of the vehicle, a covering sheath having one end attached to a rear end of the front panel and another end attached to a front end of the rear panel, and is configured to cover the roof entirely, a left side panel coupled to the roof and is configured to bend towards left side windows for covering left side windows, and a right side panel coupled to the roof and configured to bend towards right side windows for covering right side windows.

Inventors:
MADHAVAN (VETERAN), Wg Cdr Deepak (N-25, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi 7, 110017, IN)
Application Number:
IB2017/055828
Publication Date:
April 12, 2018
Filing Date:
September 26, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MADHAVAN (VETERAN), Wg Cdr Deepak (N-25, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi 7, 110017, IN)
International Classes:
B60J11/04
Foreign References:
IN633DE2009A2011-01-14
CN105172553A2015-12-23
US20160288635A12016-10-06
CN204184181U2015-03-04
Other References:
FULL VIDEO, 10 January 2016 (2016-01-10), Retrieved from the Internet
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BURDE, Swati (Selvam and Selvam, Old no 9 Valliammal StreetKilpauk, Chennai 0, 600010, IN)
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Claims:
C LAIMS

A vehicle protection shade, comprising:

a front panel coupl ed to the roof of the vehi cl e through one or more front supporti ng arms, wherein the one or more front supporting arms enables the front panel to extend outwards towards the front side of the vehicle for covering a front portion of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position of the vehicle protection shade;

a rear panel coupl ed to the roof through one or more rear supporti ng arms, wherei n the one or more rear supporting arms enables the rear panel to extend outwards towards the rear side of the vehicle for covering a rear portion of the vehicle, in the fully deployed position; and

a covering sheath having one end attached to a rear end of the front panel and another end attached to a front end of the rear panel, wherein the covering sheath is kept folded on the roof in a closed position, and is opened upto cover the roof entirely, in the fully deployed position.

2. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein the front portion includes a front wi ndshi el d and the rear porti on i ncl udes a rear wi ndshi el d. 3. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein each of the front and rear panels is designed as a curved secti on, and the front and rear panels form a smooth contour si mi lar to the roof of the vehicle, in a closed position of the vehicle protection shade.

4. T he vehi cl e protecti on shade as clai med i n cl ai m 1 further compri si ng a base frame attached on the roof, wherein the one or more front and rear supporting arms are fixedly attached near to the four corners of the base frame, and wherein the covering sheath is supported by a plurality of verti cal ri bs extendi ng from the base frame upto the coveri ng sheath.

5. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein each of the front and rear supporting arms are designed like scissor arms and are parallel to the roof in a closed position of the vehicle protection shade, and wherein the front and rear supporting arms form an obtuse angle with the roof in the fully deployed position.

6. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein the covering sheath includes a plurality of thin metallic plates, that are folded beneath the front and rear panels in a closed posi ti on, and opened out to prov i de a cover over the roof i n the f ul I y depl oy ed posi ti on.

7. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein the covering sheath is supported by a plurality of vertical ribs running through the material of the covering sheath, and wherein the front and rear panels open up in opposite directions stretching the covering sheath, supported by ribs.

8. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein each of the front and rear panels is configured to bend over respective front and rear windshields through respective electro- mechanical means at one or more angles and positions.

9. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1 further comprising one or more solar panels installed on at least one of: the front panel, the rear panel and the covering sheath.

10. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1 further comprising a window cover fixedly attached on an exterior wall below a vehicle window, through a pair of supporting arms, wherein the pair of supporting arms enables the window cover to raise upward for covering corresponding vehicle window in the fully deployed position.

11. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1 further comprising an additional window provided parallel to a vehicle window, wherein the additional window is raised and I owered i n a way si mi I ar to that of the vehi cl e wi ndow. 12. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein the vehicle protection shade is designed to intermittently vibrate the roof to cause leaves, debris, rain water and snow to slide off from the vehi cl e protecti on shade.

13. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein the vehicle protection shade is designed to close and open periodically for removing accumulated water and debris.

14. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein the vehicle start- up is inhibited unl ess the vehi cl e protecti on shade i s f ol ded and I ocked i n a retracted positi on.

15. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein the vehicle protection shade is configured to be operated in the fully deployed position when the vehicle moves, and to be automatically retracted back to the closed position, when the speed of the vehicle exceeds a predetermi ned speed threshol d.

16. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1 further comprising a speed control mechanism to limit the speed of the vehicle to a predefined authorized speed, when the vehicle protection shade is in the fully deployed position.

17. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein each of the front and rear panels is made from at least one of: a waterproof fabric and a netted fabric stretched over a wire frame of adequate stiffness. 18. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1, wherein the vehicle protection shade extends from a front end to a rear end of the vehi cl e to form a portabl e garage.

19. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 1 further comprising a set of cross- supporting structural members extending between the lateral opposite sides of the vehicle protecti on shade to the base of the opposite I ateral side so as to provide lateral stiffness and support thereof.

20. A vehi cl e protecti on shade, compri si ng:

a front panel coupled to a roof of the vehicle, through one or more front supporting arms, wherein the one or more front supporting arms enable the front panel to extend outward towards a front side of the vehicle for covering a front portion of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position of the vehicle protection shade; a rear panel coupled to the roof through one or more rear supporting arms, wherein the one or more rear supporting arms enables the rear panel to extend outward towards a rear si de of the vehi cl e for coveri ng a rear porti on of the vehi cl e, in the fully deployed position;

a covering sheath having one end attached to a rear end of the front panel and another end attached to a front end of the rear panel, wherein the covering sheath is kept folded on the roof in a closed position, and is opened up to cover the roof entirely, in the fully deployed position;

a left side panel coupled to the roof through one or more left side supporti ng arms, wherei n the one or more I eft si de supporti ng arms enabl es the I eft side panel to be positioned parallel to the roof in a closed position, and to bend towards I eft side windows, in the fully deployed position; and

aright side panel coupled to the roof through one or more right side supporting arms, wherein the one or more right side supporting arms enable the ri ght si de panel to be posi ti oned paral I el to the roof i n a cl osed posi ti on, and to bend towards right side windows, in the fully deployed position.

21. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 20, wherein the left and right side supporti ng arms are designed I i ke scissor arms.

22. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 20, wherein fabric sheath is hung towards left and right side windows, from ends of each of the left and right side panels for preventing sun rays from enteri ng the car through vehi cl e wi ndows i n the f ul ly depl oyed positi on.

23. A vehi cl e protecti on shade, compri si ng:

a planar roof cover removably attached to a roof of thevehicle, through one or more supporting arms for covering the roof entirely;

a front panel attached to a front end of the roof cover and is configured to extend beyond the roof and towards a front side of thevehicle for covering a front portion of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position of thevehicle protection shade; and a rear panel attached to a rear end of the roof cover, and folded beneath the front panel in a closed position of the vehicle protection shade, and is configured to extend beyond the roof and towards a rear portion of the vehicle for covering a rear windshield of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position.

24. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 23, wherein the front panel is slidably attached to a front end of the planar roof cover, and is configured to slide below the planar roof cover in the closed position, and further configured to slide out to cover the front windshield in the fully deployed position, and wherein the rear panel is slidably attached to a rear end of the planar roof cover, and is configuredto slide belowthe planar roof cover in theclosed position, andfurther configured to slide out to cover the rear windshield in the fully deployed position.

25. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 23, wherein the one or more supporting arms operate in a scissor I ike arrangement to elevate the planar roof cover vertically above the roof, in the fully deployed position.

26. The vehicle protection shade as claimed in claim 23 further comprising:

a front arm attached to a first pillar of the vehi cl e, wherei n the front arm has a free end attached to a front water proof fabric and another end attached to a front end of a vehi cl e roof, and wherei n the front arm i s pul I ed out such that the front water proof fabri c forms a si de shade for a front wi ndshi el d i n the f ul ly depl oyed positi on; and

a rear arm attached to a second pi 11 ar of the vehi cl e, wherei n the rear arm has a free end attached to a rear water proof fabric, and another end attached to a rear end of the roof, and wherein the rear arm is pulled out such that the rear water proof fabric forms a side shade for a rear windshield in the fully deployed position.

T he vehi cl e protecti on shade as cl ai med i n cl ai m 26, wherei n the front and rear water proof fabri c opens up I i ke a fan to shi el d the front and rear wi ndshi el ds by means of correspond! ng pulleys mounted on the roof.

A vehicle protection shade, compri a plurality of planar roof covers for covering the roof entirely, each removably attached to a vehicle roof through a corresponding pair of supporting arms;

a front panel fixedly attached to a front end of front most roof cover and is configured to extend beyond the roof and towards a front si de of the vehi cl e for coveri ng a front portion of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position of the vehicle protection shade; and

a rear panel fixedly attached to a rear end of the rearmost roof cover, and folded beneath the front panel in a closed position of the vehicle protection shade, and is configured to extend beyond the roof and towards a rear side of the vehicle for covering a rear portion of the vehicle, in the fully deployed position.

29. A vehicle protection shade, comprising: a plurality of roof plates, each attached to a vehicle roof through a corresponding supporting arm, wherein each supporting arm enable corresponding roof plate to fold and lie parallel to the roof in a closed position, and further enable the corresponding roof plate to raise in a vertical plane with respect to the roof for covering the roof entirely, in a fully deployed position of the vehicle protection shade.

Description:
V E HIC L E PROT E CTION SHA DE

BAC K G ROUND Field of the invention

[001 ] T he present i nventi on relates general ly to the automobi I e i ndustry. M ore specif i cal ly, the present specification relates to a vehicle shade for protecting the vehicle from environmental elements including elements of weather like sunshine, rain, hail and snow as well as from dust, bird droppings, leaves and plant matter, and projectiles like balls, small stones, debris and the like.

Description of the related art

[002] Often vehicles are parked in open spaces as there is a dearth of covered parking spaces in most cities and localities. During summer months, if a vehicle is parked in an unshaded area, the direct as well as reflected sun " s rays entering the vehicle via the glass windows causes substantial heating of the interiors due to Greenhouse effect, which is further exacerbated by the direct rays heating up the roof and body of the vehicle, resulting in cabin temperatures much higher than the ambient outside temperature.

[003] E nteri ng such a heated up vehi cl e can cause severe i nconveni ence to the driver as wel I as passengers. This also can lead to damage to items left behind in the vehicle and in extreme cases lead to death, especially of pets and babies/children left in the parked vehicle. It also has a detrimental effect on fuel consumption as the air conditioning has to be run at higher setting to combat and reduce the excess heat Also, there is no provision in the vehicle to utilize the solar energy received therein.

[004] Further, in open parking spaces, snow/ice may be built up on the vehicle especially wind shields during snowfall. Also, in open parking spaces, the vehicle may be damaged from storms, and other natural phenomenon such as hail stones, as well as from falling leaves, dust and bird droppings, and any debris that might fall on the vehicle. It may be very inconvenient and time- consuming for the user to clean up the vehicle before use.

OBJ E CTS O F T H E INV E NTION

[005] It is an object of the present invention to protect the vehicle from direct sunlight when parked outside, without shade/shed or cover.

[006] It i s another obj ect of the present i nventi on to protect the vehi cl e i n snowy/i cy condi ti ons by preventing snow/ice build-up on the vehicle and wind shields.

[007] It i s yet another obj ect of the present i nventi on to protect the vehi cl e parked i n open areas from storms, rai n and other natural phenomenon such as hai I stones, as wel I as from fal I i ng I eaves and plant matter, dust, bird droppings and any debris that might fal I on the vehicle, as well as from proj ecti les like balls etc.

[008] It is yet another object of the present invention to utilize the solar energy received by the vehicle in a constructive manner, especially in electric vehicles.

[009] It is yet another object of the present invention to increase the mileage of the vehicle by reducing the excess heat in the vehicle, and thus reducing usage of air conditioner at a higher setting.

SUM MARY OF T H E INV E NTION

[0010] Various embodiments of the present invention provide a vehicle protection shade for depl oy i ng on the roof of a vehi cl e.

[0011] In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a vehicle protecti on shade, that i ncl udes a front panel coupl ed to the roof of the vehi cl e through one or more front supporting arms, wherein the one or more front supporting arms enables the front panel to extend outwards towards the front side of the vehicle for covering a front portion of the vehicle, i n a f ul ly depl oy ed posi ti on of the vehi cl e protecti on shade; a rear panel coupl ed to the roof through one or more rear supporting arms, wherein the one or more rear supporting arms enables the rear panel to extend outwards towards the rear side of the vehicle for covering a rear portion of the vehicle, in the fully deployed position; and a covering sheath having one end attached to a rear end of the front panel and another end attached to a front end of the rear panel, wherein the covering sheath is kept folded on the roof in a closed position, and is opened upto cover the roof entirely, in the fully deployed position.

[0012] In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a vehi cl e protecti on shade, that i ncl udes a front panel coupl ed to the roof of the vehi cl e, through one or more front supporting arms, wherein the one or more front supporting arms enable the front panel to extend outward towards a front side of the vehicle for covering a front portion of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position of the vehicle protection shade; a rear panel coupled to the roof through one or more rear supporting arms, wherein the one or more rear supporting arms enables the rear panel to extend outwards towards a rear side of the vehicle for covering a rear portion, in the fully deployed position; a covering sheath having one end attached to a rear end of the front panel and another end attached to a front end of the rear panel, wherein the covering sheath is kept folded on the roof in a closed position, and is opened up to cover the roof entirely, in the fully deployed position; a left side panel coupled to the roof through one or more left side supporti ng arms, wherei n the one or more I eft si de supporti ng arms enabl es the I eft si de panel to be positioned parallel to the roof in a closed position, and to bend towards left side windows, in the fully deployed position; and a right side panel coupled to the roof through one or more right side supporting arms, wherein the one or more right side supporting arms enable the right side panel to be positioned parallel to the roof in a closed position, and to bend towards right side wi ndows, i n the f ul ly depl oyed positi on.

[0013] In accordance with yet another embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a vehicle protection shade, that includes a planar roof cover removably attached to a roof of the vehicle, through one or more supporti ng arms for coveri ng the roof enti rely; a front panel attached to a front end of the roof cover and is configured to extend beyond the roof and towards a front side of the vehicle for covering a front portion of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position of the vehicle protection shade; and a rear panel attached to a rear end of the roof cover, and folded beneath the front panel in a closed position of the vehicle protection shade, and is configured to extend beyond the roof and towards a rear side of the vehicle for covering a rear portion of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position. [0014] In accordance with yet another embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a vehicle protection shade that includes a plurality of planar roof covers for covering the roof entirely, each removably attached to a vehicle roof through a corresponding pair of supporting arms; a front panel fixedly attached to a front end of frontmost roof cover and is configured to extend beyond the roof and towards a front si de of the vehi cl e for coveri ng a front porti on of the vehicle, in a fully deployed position of the vehicle protection shade; and a rear panel fixedly attached to a rear end of the rearmost roof cover, and folded beneath the front panel in a closed position of the vehicle protection shade, and is configured to extend beyond the roof and towards a rear side of the vehicle for covering a rear portion of the vehicle, in the fully deployed position.

[0015] In accordance with yet another embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a vehicle protection shade that includes a plurality of roof plates, each attached to a vehicle roof through a corresponding supporting arm, wherein each supporting arm enable corresponding roof plate to fold and lie parallel to the roof in a closed position, and further enable the corresponding roof plate to raise in a vertical plane with respect to the roof for covering the roof entirely, in a fully deployed position of the vehicle protection shade.

[0016] T he present specif i cati on addresses the probl em of protecti on of a vehi cl e such as a car, its interiors, and the occupants of the vehicle from climatic, environmental and other detrimental phenomena. In various embodiments, the present specification provides a vehicle protection shade for preventi ng di rect and i ndi rect sun rays from heati ng up the vehi cl e, as wel I as protecti ng it from rain, hail, snow/ice accumulation as well as debris including but not restricted to dust, bird droppings etc. The vehicle protection shade may either be employed during the vehicle manufacturing phase or may be provided as an add-on accessory for existing vehicles. In various embodiments, the vehicle protection shade of the present specification comprises at least a roof cover. In some embodiments, the vehicle protection shade also comprises windshield covers and covers for one or more of the vehicle windows. In various embodiments, the vehicle protection shade may be deployed as well be removed/folded easily. An air gap is maintained between said covers and exterior surfaces of the vehicle (when the cover is deployed). Air is a good insulator as also the gap allows air circulation, assisting the cooling process substantially. The same embodi ment can be uti I i zed i n rai n to al I ow occupants to i ngress/egress comfortably, i ncl udi ng but not limited to deploying umbrellas, removing or placing articles and/or baggage in the cabin or locking the vehicle. The same embodiment can also be utilized while the vehicle is in motion to provide added cooling thus reducing air conditioning loads and costs (especially at low speeds as when stuck in traffic due to traffic jams etc), and in rain to enhance safety by increasing drivers " visibility. The ability of the device in its various embodiments to increase in surface area when deployed, can be utilized to increase generation of electricity when combined with use of photovoltaic/solar panels.

BRIE F DE SC RIPTION O F T H E DRAWINGS

[0017] These and other features and advantages of the present invention will be appreciated, as they become better understood by reference to the f ol I owi ng detai I ed descri pti on when consi dered in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

[0018] FIG . 1 A i 11 ustrates a si de vi ew of a car havi ng a car shade depl oyed on its roof i n a cl osed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;

[0019] FIG. 1 B illustrates the car shade of FIG. 1A in a partially deployed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0020] FIG. 1C illustrates the car shade of FIG. 1A in a fully deployed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0021] FIG. 1 D illustrates the car shade of FIG. 1C in another deployed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0022] FIG. 1 E ill ustrates the car shade shown in FIG. 1C covered with solar panels, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0023] FIG . 1 F i 11 ustrates front and rear panels of a car shade openi ng up i n the I i keness of a carton box, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0024] FIG. 1G illustrates the car shade of FIG. 1 F in a fully deployed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0025] FIG .1 H i 11 ustrates front and rear panels of a car shade openi ng up i n the I i keness of a cobra hood, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0026] FIG.11 illustrates the car shade of FIG. 1 H in a partially deployed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification; [0027] FIG.1J ill ustrates the car shade of F IG . 1 A i ncl udi ng a set of cross-supporti ng members, i n accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0028] FIG . 2A i 11 ustrates a car havi ng a car shade with both front back and si de panels i n a cl osed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0029] FIG. 2B illustrates a pair of side panels of the car of FIG. 2A in a partially open state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0030] FIG. 2C illustrates front and rear panels of the car shown in FIG.2A in a partially open state, and the side panels in a fully open state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0031] FIG. 2D illustrates the side panels as well as the rear panels in a fully extended state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0032] FIG. 2E illustrates the front and side panels bent over to cover the windshields and windows of the car, i n accordance with an embodi ment of the present specif i cati on;

[0033] FIG. 2F is a top view of the side panels of the car shown in FIG. 2A-2E in a closed state, in accordance with an embodi ment of the present specif i cati on;

[0034] FIG. 2G is another top view of the side panels of thecar shown in FIG. 2A-2E in a partially open state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0035] FIG. 3A illustrates a window cover provided to keep a car cool, in a partially raised position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0036] FIG. 3B illustrates the window cover of FIG. 3A, in a fully raised position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0037] FIG. 4A illustrates additional windows provided to keep a car cool, in a partially raised position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0038] FIG. 4B illustrates additional windows provided to keep a car cool, in a fully raised position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0039] FIG. 5A illustrates a car shade add-on accessory, in a closed position in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0040] FIG. 5B illustrates the car shade add-on accessory of FIG. 5A, in a partially open position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0041] FIG. 5C illustrates a car shade add-on accessory of FIG. 5A, in a fully open position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification; [0042] FIG. 6A illustrates a car shade add-on accessory, in a closed position in accordance with another embodiment of the present specification;

[0043] FIG. 6B illustrates the car shade add-on accessory of FIG. 6A, in a partially open position in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0044] FIG. 6C illustrates the car shade add-on accessory of FIG. 6A, in a fully open position in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0045] FIG. 7A illustrates a car shade comprising a plurality of roof plates in a closed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0046] FIG. 7B illustrates a car shade comprising a plurality of roof plates in an open position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0047] FIG. 8 illustrates another embodiment of a car shade, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0048] FIG . 9A i 11 ustrates another embodi ment of a car shade, i n accordance with an embodi ment of the present specification;

[0049] FIG. 9B illustrates the car shade of FIG. 9A having a front and a rear panel, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0050] FIG. 10A illustrates a car shadeforfront and rearwind shields of a car in a closed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification;

[0051] FIG. 10B illustrates the car shade of FIG. 10A in an open position, in accordance with an embodi ment of the present specif i cati on;

[0052] FIG. 10C illustrates a roof plate such as shown in FIGs. 9A and 9B along with the side shades shown in FIGs. 10A and 10B in a closed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification; and

[0053] FIG. 10D illustrates a roof plate such as shown in FIGs. 9A and 9B along with the side shades shown in FIGs. 10A and 10B in an open position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification.

[0054] The following detailed description of illustrative embodiments is better understood when read in conjunction with the appended drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the present invention, exemplary constructions of the invention are shown in the drawings. However, the invention is not limited to specific methods and instrumentalities disclosed herein. Moreover, those skilled in the art will understand that the drawings are not to scale. Wherever possible, like elements have been indicated by identical numbers.

DETAIL E D DE SC RIPTION OF T H E E M BODIM E NTS

[0055] The invention is described in detail below with reference to several embodiments and numerous examples. Such discussion is for purposes of illustration only. Modifications to examples withi n the spi rit and scope of the present i nventi on, set forth i n the appended clai ms, wi 11 be readily apparent to one of skill in the art. Terminology used throughout the specification and claims herein is given its ordinary meaning as supplemented by the discussion immediately below. As used in the specification and claims, the singular forms , ' an_ and ' the . include plural references unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. Those with ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the elements in the Figures are illustrated for simplicity and clarity and are not necessarily drawn to scale.

[0056] The present specification is directed towards multiple embodiments. The following disclosure is provided in order to enable a person having ordinary skill in the art to practice the invention. Language used in this specification should not be interpreted as a general disavowal of any one specific embodiment or used to limit the claims beyond the meaning of the terms used therein. The general principles defined herein may be applied to other embodiments and applications without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Also, the terminology and phraseology used is for the purpose of describing exemplary embodiments and should not be considered limiting. Thus, the present invention is to be accorded the widest scope encompassing numerous alternatives, modifications and equivalents consistent with the principles and features disclosed. For purpose of clarity, details relating to technical material that is known in the technical fields related to the invention have not been described in detail so as not to unnecessarily obscure the present invention.

[0057] FIG. 1A illustrates a side view of a car 100 having a car shade 102 deployed on its roof 104 in a closed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. As shown in the figure, the car 100 comprises the car shade 102 coupled with an exterior portion of a roof 104. In the cl osed posi ti on, the car shade 102 settl es on an exteri or top porti on of the roof 104 and is barely visible atop the side profile of the car 100.

[0058] While said embodiments are described with respect to a car, it would be apparent to one of ordi nary ski 11 i n the art, that the car shade 100 may be empl oyed with any ki nd of automobi I e that may be electrical, manpowered or powered, or even static installations including but not limited to bus stops etc.

[0059] In one embodi ment of the present i nventi on, the car shade 102 i s bui 11 i nto the roof 104 of the car 100 duri ng manuf acturi ng of the carl 00. In another embodi ment, the car shade 102 may be built as an add-on accessory that can be bolted upon the car roof 104. The function and operation of the car shade 102 remains the same as explained with reference to the subsequent figures, whether the car shade 102 is bui It i nto the car roof 104 or fixed atop the car 100 after manufacture. [0060] FIGs. 1 B and 1C illustrate the car shades 100 in partially and fully deployed positions respectively, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. The car shade 102 comprises a front panel 106 coupled with a pair of front supporting arms 108, a rear panel 110 coupl ed with a pai r of rear supporti ng arms 112, and a coveri ng sheath 114 supported by a pi ural ity of ribs 116.

[0061] In an embodiment, the front and rear panels 106 and 110 may be designed as curved metallic sections which when placed together side by side form a smooth contour similar to the roof 104 of car 100. In the closed position such as shown in FIG. 1A, the front and rear panels 106, 110 are placed adjoining each other on top of the roof 104 with the covering sheath 114 and supporting arms 108 and 112 folded beneath. In the closed position, the front and rear panels 106 and 110 cover the car roof 104 1 i ke a second roof, and if pai nted i n the same col or as the car 100, the car shade 102 is barely visible as a separate component on the car 100.

[0062] In one embodiment, the car shade 102 may be deployed manually by opening the folded portionswhen required. In another embodiment, the car shade 102 may be deployed automatically, by using a switch provided in the car 100. In yet another embodiment, the car shade 102 may also be opened up and folded back electronically by using a remote control device. Mechanical devices being controlled by a remote control and other electronic means are well known in the art and would not be described herein as to not unnecessarily obscure the present invention. [0063] In an embodiment, the car shade 100 comprises a base frame (not shown in the figure) which is designed to fit on top of the roof 104 and covers the entire roof area. In an embodiment, the front and rear supporting arms 108 are coupled with the four corners of the base frame. In another embodiment, each front supporting arm 108 is fitted on the roof 104 independently and is positioned at an upper corner of a front windshield 120 as shown in FIG. 1 B. Also, in an embodi ment, each rear supporti ng arm 112 i s f i tted on the roof 104 i ndependentl y and i s posi ti oned at an upper corner of a rear wi ndshi el d 122 as shown i n FIG . 1 B . In an embodi ment, the front and rear supporting arms 108 and 112 are designed like scissor arms that can be folded upon the roof 104 wherein said arms are parallel to the roof 104. When said arms 108 and 112 are unfolded, the arms 108 and 110 are I ifted formi ng an acute angl e with the roof 104 as shown in FIG. 1 B; and i n a fully deployed position the arms 108 and 112 are positioned at an obtuse angle with respect to the roof 104, as shown in Fig. 1C.

[0064] One end of the coveri ng sheath 114 is attached to a rear end 124 of the front panel 106 and the other end to a front end 125 of the rear panel 110, such that when the front and rear panels 106 and 110 are in a fully deployed state as shown in Fig. 1C, the covering sheath 114 is stretched out to its f ul 1 1 ength and covers the enti re roof area 104. In vari ous embodi ments, the coveri ng sheath 114 is flexible, water proof and has a reflective surface. In an embodiment, the covering sheath 114 is made of a stretchable, rot proof or mildew/algae resistant fabric. In an embodiment, polypropylene or any stretchable material having Lycra may be used to make the covering sheath 114. In another embodi ment, the coveri ng sheath 114 may be made of thi n metal I i c pi ates whi ch may be folded beneath the front and rear panels 106, 110 and opened out to provide a cover over the reof 104.

[0065] In an embodiment, in the stretched out (fully deployed) position the covering sheath 114 is supported by a pi ural ity of verti cal ri bs 116 extendi ng from either the base frame or roof 104 of the car 100 up to the sheath 114. The ribs 116 may be made of any flexible/semi-rigid material such as aluminum or other suitable metal or plastic.

[0066] Further, as shown in FIG. 1 C, in a fully deployed state, the front panel 106 extends outwards i n the front beyond the roof 104 substanti al ly paral I el to a front bumper of the car 100, shi el di ng the front wi ndshi el d 120 from above. S i mi I arly, the rear panel 110 extends outwards i n a backward direction beyond the roof 104 substantially parallel to a back bumper of the car, shi el di ng the rear wi ndshi el d 122 from above. [0067] FIG. 1 D illustrates the car shade of FIG. 1C in another deployed position in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. Once the front panel 106 is in a fully extended position as shown in FIG. 1 C, the panel 106 may be bent/rotated by electro-mechanical means over the front windshield 120 such that the front panel 106 shields the front windshield 120 as shown in FIG. 1 D. Similarly, once the rear panel 110 is in a fully extended position as shown in FIG. 1 C, the panel 110 may be bent rotated by electro- mechanical means over the rear windshield 122 such that the rear panel 110 shields the rear windshield 122 as shown in FIG. 1 D. In various embodi ments, the car shade 102 may be depl oyed i n any i ntermedi ary positi on between the cl osed position shown in FIG. 1A and the fully deployed positions showed in FIGs. 1C and 1 D. [0068] In an embodi ment, a porti on of the extreme front end of the front panel 106 and that of the extreme rear end of the rear panel 110 is made of a semi-rigid flexible material such as, but not I i mi ted to, plastic or rubber that is rounded off at the edges of the panels, so as to not hurt a person moving around the car 100 or cause damage to living beings/objects in its path of movement while deploying the same.

[0069] As is shown in FIGs. 1 C andI D, a gap 130 is maintained between the covering sheath 114 and the roof 104 as wel I as between the front and rear panels 106 and 110 and the front and rear wind shields 120 and 122 respectively, when the car shade 102 is in a fully deployed position. The gap 130 ensures circulation of air, thereby cooling the car further. [0070] In an embodiment a solar panel 140 may be provided over the front and rear panels 106, 110 as well as on the covering sheath 114. Fig. 1 E illustrates the car shade shown in Fig. 1 C covered with solar panels140, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. In an embodiment, the covering sheath 114 is covered with one or more solar panels 140. The energy produced by the solar panels 140 may be used for powering the car 100 or one or more devices/appliances therein or the energy generated may be stored in a suitable device like (but not I i mited to) a battery or such si mi I ar devi ce used to store energy. In an embodi ment, the sol ar panels 140 are provided only over the front and rear panels 106 and 110 and in another embodiment, the enti re car shade 102 i ncl udi ng the front and rear panels 106 and 110 al ong with the coveri ng sheath 114 i s covered wi th the sol ar panel s 140.

[0071] In an embodiment, the front and rear panels 106 and 110 may be laid flat over each other i n a f ol ded positi on and open up one after the other i n opposi ng di recti ons stretchi ng the coveri ng sheath 114 between the panel s upon openi ng. F IG . 1 F i 11 ustrates the front and rear panel s 106 and 110 of a car shade opening up in the likeness of a carton box, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specif i cati on. A s shown, the front panel 106 i s rai sed f i rst and opened i n the di recti on of the front of car 100. Next, the rear panel 110 folded beneath the front panel 106 is raised and folded towards the back side of the car 100. FIG. 1G illustrates the car shade of FIG. 1 F in a fully deployed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. In the fully open/depl oyed posi ti on, the front and rear panel s 106 and 110 open up i n opposi te di recti ons ( I i ke flaps of a carton) stretching the covering sheath 114 supported by a plurality of flexible ribs 107 running through the material of the covering sheath 114. The car shade 102 in a fully deployed position covers the car roof 104 like an umbrella having a gap between the roof 104 and the covering sheath 114 to allow air circulation there through, keeping the roof 104 cool as well as protecti ng i t from di rect sun rays.

[0072] FIG. 1 H illustrates front and rear panels 106 and 110 of the car shade 100 opening up in the likeness of a cobra hood, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. As shown, the front panel 106 is raised first and opened in the direction of the front of car 100 by means of supporti ng arms 152 whi ch cause the front panel 106 to open i n a cobra hood sty I e. A n end of the coveri ng sheath 114 i s attached to a rear end of the front panel 106 as expl ai ned above. Next, the rear panel 110 folded beneath the front panel 106 is raised and folded towards the back side of the car 100 by means of supporti ng armsl 54 which cause the rear panel 110 to open i n a cobra hood style. FIG. 11 illustrates the car shade of FIG. 1 H in a partially deployed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. As shown, the front and rear panels 106 and 110 open up in opposite directions stretching the covering sheath 114 between them to form a cover over the roof 104 of the car 100. A gap between the roof 104 and the coveri ng sheath 114 allow air circulation there through, keeping the roof 104 cool as well as protecting it from direct sun rays. [0073] In an embodiment one or more of the car shade shown in FIGs I F, 1G, 1 H and 11 is fixedly attached to a pair of side rails fitted on the car roof 104. In an embodiment, the front and rear panels 106 and 110 are cl amped or bolted to si de rai I s runni ng paral I el to each other and positi oned on two ends of the roof 104 above the side wi ndows of the car 100. In other embodi ments, the car shade 102 may be fixedly attached to the car roof in various other ways without departing from the scope of thi s specif i cati on.

[0074] FIG.1J ill ustrates the car shade 102 i ncl udi ng a set of cross-supporti ng members 180a and 180b, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. Examples of the members 180a and 180b include, but are not limited to arms, ribs, structural members and cables. The set of cross-supporti ng members 180a and 180b is designed to provide lateral stiffness and support to the extended car shade 102 in its various embodiments so as to give additional strength to the structure to withstand crosswinds and prevent structural failure.

[0075] FIG. 2A illustrates a car 200 having a car shade 202 coupled with an exterior portion of a roof 204, in accordance with another embodiment of the present specification. The car shade 202includes a front panel for shielding the front windshield, a back panel for shielding the back windshield, and left and right side panels for shielding the left and right side windows of the car 200. In a closed position, the car shade 202 is settled on the exterior top portion of the roof 204 and is barely visible atop the side profile of the car 200. [0076] FIG. 2B illustrates left and right side panels of the car of Fig. 2A in a partially open state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. As shown, a right side panel 206 i s supported by a pai r of ri ght si de supporti ng arms 208 and a I eft si de panel 210 i s supported by a pair of left side supporting arms 212 (not shown in the Figure). In an embodiment, the front and rear panels 214 and 216 respectively are similar to those shown in Fig. 1A-1 D and the right and left side panels 206 and 210 are made of a rigid or semi-rigid material such as any suitable metal or plastic or waterproof reflective fabric with flexible ribs. They may be painted with a reflective paint to increase effectiveness of cooling by warding off the sun " s rays. [0077] FIG. 2C illustratesfrontand rear panels of the carshown in Fig.2A in a partially open state, and the side panels in a fully open state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specif i cati on. T he design, f uncti on and operati on of the front and rear panel s 214 and 216 has been described with reference to Fig. 1A-1 D above. In a fully open state, the right and left side supporting arms 208 and 212 of the right and left side panels 206 and 210 are stretched out verti cal ly with respect to the roof 204 as shown i n the figure. In an embodi ment, the right and I eft side supporting arms 208 and 212 are designed like scissor arms that can be folded upon roof 204 wherein said arms are parallel to the roof 204.

[0078] FIG .2D i 11 ustrates the I eft and right si de panels as wel I as the rear panels i n a f ul ly extended state, i n accordance wi th an embodi ment of the present speci f i cati on. A s ex pi ai ned wi th reference to FIGs. 1 A-1 D, in a fully extended state, a covering sheath (not shown herein) attached to a rear end of the front panel 214 and a front end of the rear panel 216 is stretched over the car roof 204. In the f ul ly open state, the front and rear panels 214 and 216 are bent over to cover the front and rear windshields of the car. As shown in the figure, the right side panel 206 is bent over right side windows of the car 200 such that a gap is maintained between the windows and the panel 206. Similarly, a left side panel is bent over left side windows of the car 200 such that a gap is maintained between the windows and the panel 206. In an embodiment, a piece of fabric 220 such as that used for the coveri ng sheath descri bed above may be hung from an extreme end of the bent side panels so as to prevent sun rays from entering the car 200 via the side windows. The fabric sheath 220 hangs parallel to the surface of the windows while maintaining a gap between the windows and the fabric 220 allowing air to circulate through the gap keeping the interior of the car 200 cool. In a folded state, fabric sheath 220 is folded/rolled and rests beneath the side panels paral I el to and on top of the roof 204.

[0079] FIG. 2E is a top view of the side panels of the car shown in Fig. 2A-2D in a closed state of the car shade 200, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. As shown, in a closed and folded state, the I eft side panel 206 is placed over the right side panel 210. FIG. 2F is a top view of the side panels of the car shown in Fig. 2A-2E in a partially open state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. As shown, the covering sheath 230 between the left and right side panels 206 and 208 opens up like a fan to cover the roof 204. FIG. 2G is another top view of the side panels of the car shown in Fig. 2A-2E in a partially open state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. The car shade 202 described above protects the car 200 from incoming solar radiation which carries energy in the visible and Infra-red (IR) part of the spectrum and heats the surfaces it i impacts. [0080] FIG. 3A illustrates a window cover 302 provided to keep a car cool, in a partially raised position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. As shown, the window cover 302is provided to shade a window 304. In a closed position, the window cover 302 is flush with an exterior wall of the car 300 right below the window 304. The window cover 302 may be fitted on the exterior wall of the car 300 by means of any suitable fixating mechanism such as but not I i mited to bolts or clamps.

[0081] FIG. 3B illustrates the window cover 302, in a fully raised position to cover respective window, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. The window cover 302 is supported by a pair of supporting arms 306 which lie flush and parallel to the cans exterior surface when the window cover 302 is in a folded position as shown in FIG. 3A. The supporting arms 306 extend outwards and upwards towards the wi ndow 304 i n order to raise the cover 302 to shield the window 304, as shown in FIG. 3B. As would be apparent, similar window covers may be prov i ded f or al I the wi ndows of the car whi ch coul d be rai sed to prevent sun rays from enteri ng the car. Since, a gap is maintained between the cover 302 and the window 304, air circulation in the gap prevents the i nteri ors of the car from heati ng up. [0082] FIG. 4A illustrates additional windows 402 provided to keep a car 400 cool, in a partially raised position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. The additional windows 402 made of an opaque or reflective material such as, but not limited to, metal, toughened glass, plastic or fiber may be provided in addition to original glass windows 404 of the car 400. In an embodiment, an air gap is maintained between the additional windows 402 and the original windows 404 to enable air circulation for keeping the interior of the car cool.

[0083] FIG. 4B illustrates additional windows provided to keep a car cool, in a fully raised position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. In an embodiment, the additional windows 402 are made of metal wire mesh or metal sheets with slots to enable air to circulate therethrough resulting in cooler interiors of the car 400.The same embodiment would also serve the added function of a safety and security device, protecti ng the car from vandal ism or from thieves, who break the car glass windows to gain access to the car interiors. This protection would extend to the personal safety of occupants of the car, if attackedJhe additional windows 402may be raised and lowered like the car ' s glass windows, and are opaque or reflective.

[0084] FIGs. 5A, 5B and 5C illustrate a car shade add-on accessory 502 for a car 500, in closed, partially open and fully open positions respectively, in accordance with various embodiments of the present specification. The car shade add-on accessory 502 comprises an additional roof cover 504 which is a planar structure covering substantially the entire roof 506 of the car 500. The roof cover 504 may be fixedly or removable attached to the roof 506 by means of preferably four supporting legs 508, which in turn may be bolted, clamped or in any other way be attached to the roof 506. T he car shade 502 further comprises a front panel 510 attached to a front end of the cover 504 and a rear panel 512 attached to a rear end of cover 504 as shown in FIG. 5B. In a folded position shown in FIG. 5A, the rear panel 512 is folded beneath the front panel 510. The front and rear panels 510 and 512 open up in opposite directions as shown in FIG. 5B. In an open position, the front panel 510 extends beyond the roof 506 over a front wind shield of the car 500; and the rear panel 512 extends beyond the roof 506 over a back wind shield of the car 500 as shown in FIG. 5C. Once the front panel 510 is in a fully extended position, it may be bent over the front windshield for shielding it from sun " s direct rays as shown in FIG. 5C. Similarly, once the rear panel 512 is in a fully extended position, it may be bent over the rear windshield for shielding it from sun " s direct rays as shown in FIG. 5C. In various embodiments, the car shade 502 may be deployed in any intermediary position between the open and closed positions shown in FIGs. 5A and 5C.

[0085] FIGs. 6A, 6B and 6C illustrates another car shade add-on accessory602 for a car 600, in closed, partially open and fully open positions respectively, in accordance with another embodi ment of the present specif i cati on. T he car shade 602compri ses a plurality of addi ti onal roof covers 604 which are planar structures, together covering substantially the entire roof 606 area of the car 600. In an embodiments, multiple small planar covers 604, each supported by at least one supporti ng arm 608 may be empl oy ed i nstead of a si ngl e roof cover as descri bed wi th reference to FIG. 5A.The supporting arms 608 may be bolted, clamped or in any other way be attached to the roof 606. The car shade 602 further comprises a front panel 610 supported by a supporting arm 608a which is attached to a front end of the roof 606 right above the front wind shield 601 ; and a rear panel 612 supported by a supporting arm 608b which is attached to a rear end of the roof 606 right above the back wi nd shield 603 of the car 600 as shown i n FIG . 6B.

[0086] In a folded position shown in FIG. 6A, the rear panel 612 is folded beneath the front panel 610 and all the covers 604 are folded such that they lie between the front and rear panels 610 and 612 with the supporting legs 608 lying parallel to the roof surface. The front and rear panels 610 and 612 open up in opposite directions as shown in FIG. 6B. In an open position, the front panel 610 extends beyond the roof 606 over a front wind shield 601, and the rear panel 612 extends beyond the roof 606 over the back wind shield 603, as shown in FIG. 6B. Once the front panel 610 is in a fully extended position, it may be bent over the front windshield for shielding it from sun " s direct rays as shown in FIG. 6C. Similarly, once the rear panel 612 is in a fully extended position, it may be bent over the rear windshield for shielding it from sun " s direct rays as shown in FIG. 6C. In various embodiments, the car shade 602 may be deployed in any intermediary position between the closed position shown in FIG. 6A and the fully deployed positions showed in FIGs. 6B and 6C. [0087] FIGs. 7Aand 7B illustrate a car shade comprising a plurality of roof plates 702in closed and open positions respectively, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. As shown in FIGs. 7A and 7B, the plurality of plates 702is designed to cover a roof 704 of the car 700. E ach of the plates 702 is supported by a supporti ng arm 706 whi ch may be fitted over the roof 704 using any suitable mechanism such as but not limited to bolting or clamping or using a strong adhesive material. In a closed position, the arms 706 are folded under the plates 702 and lie parallel to the roof 704, causi ng the pi ates 702 to I i e paral I el to and f I ush with the roof 704 i n an overlappi ng position as shown in FIG. 7A. [0088] In an open position, the roof plates 702 are raised above the roof 704 by means of the supporting arms 706, which in turn are raised in a vertical plane with respect to the roof 704. In the open position shown in FIG. 7B, the plates 702 form a shade over the roof 704, thereby protecting it from direct rays of the sun. Also, since a gap 710 is maintained between the plates 702 and the roof 704 by means of the supporting arms 706, air circulates over the roof 704 and keeps the car interiors cool. In various embodiments, the plates 702 may be made out of any suitable opaque and reflective material such as described in conjunction with the other embodi ments of the car shade provi ded i n these specif i cati ons.

[0089] FIG. 8 illustrates another embodiment of a car shade, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. The car shade comprises a roof plate 802 elevated above a roof 804 of car 800 by means of supporting arms 806 which may befitted over the roof 804 using any suitable mechanism such as but not limited to bolting or clamping or using a strong adhesive material. A front panel 808 is slidably attached to a front end of the plate 802. The front panel 808 is adapted to slide below the roof plate 802 in a closed position and slide out to shield the front windshield 807 in an open position as shown in FIG. 8. Similarly, a back panel 810 is slidably attached to a rear end of the plate 802. The back panel 810 is adapted to slide below the roof plate 802 in a closed position, and slide out to shield the back windshield 811 in an open position as shown in FIG. 8. The roof plate 802, and front and rear panels 808 and810 protect the car roof 804 from di rect rays of the sun. A I so, si nee a gap 815 i s mai ntai ned between the pi ates 802 and the roof 804 by means of the supporting arms 806, air circulates over the roof 804 and keeps the car interiors cool. In various embodiments, the plates 802 may be made out of any suitable opaque and reflective material such as described in conjunction with the other embodiments of the car shade prov i ded i n these speci f i cati ons.

[0090] FIG . 9A i 11 ustrates another embodi ment of a car shade, i n accordance with an embodi ment of the present specification. The car shade comprises a roof plate 902 elevated above a roof 904 of car 900 by means of one or more supporti ng arms 906 whi ch may be fitted over the roof 904 usi ng any suitable mechanism such as but not limited to bolting or clamping or using a strong adhesive material. The supporting arms 906 are arranged to operate in a scissor like fashion, lying parallel to and flush with the exterior surface of the roof 904; and rising up in a position vertical to the roof base i n an open positi on, thereby el evati ng the roof plate 902 above the exteri or surface of the roof 904.

[0091] FIG. 9B illustrates the car shade of Fig. 9A having a front and a rear panel, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. As shown, a front panel 908, in an embodiment, may be attached to a front end of the plate 902. The front panel 908 is adapted to lie below the roof plate 902 on the roof 904, in a folded position of the car shade; and may be extended outwards to shield a front windshield 910 in an open position as shown in FIG. 9B. In an embodiment, a rear panel 912 may be provided on a rear end of the roof 904, supported by one or more supporting arms 914, which in an open position shield a rear windshield 916 as shown in FIG. 9B. In another embodiment the rear panel 912 may be attached to a rear end of the roof plate 902 to function in a manner si mi lar to the front panel 908 shown i n the figure. T he roof plate 902, and front and rear panels 908 and912 protect the car roof 904 from direct rays of the sun. Also, since a gap 915 is maintained between the plates 902 and the roof 904 by means of the supporting arms 906, air circulates over the roof 904 and keeps the car interiors cool. In various embodiments, the plates 902 and front and rear panels 908 and 912 may be made out of any suitabl e opaque and ref I ective material such as described in conjunction with the other embodiments of the car shade provided in these specifications.

[0092] FIGs. 10A and10B illustrate a car shade for front and rear wind shields of a car in closed and open positions respectively, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. A front arm 1002 is attached to a pillar of the car 1000, wherein the free end of the arm 1002 is attached to a water proof fabric 1004, the other end of which is attached to a front end of a roof 1006 of the car 1000. S i mi larly a rear arm 1008 is attached to another pi I lar of the car 1000, wherei n the free end of the arm 1008 is attached to a water proof fabric 1010, the other end of which is attached to a rear end of the roof 1006 of the car 1000. In a closed position, the arms 1002 and 1008 are i ncl i ned towards respective wi ndshi el ds. In an open positi on, the front arm 1002 i s pul I ed out such that the fabric 1004 forms a side shade for the front windshield. Similarly in a closed posi ti on, the rear arm 1008 i s pul I ed out, such that the f abri c 1010 forms a si de shade for the back wi ndshi el d. T he front and rear arms may be attached to both I eft and ri ght si de of the car 1000. [0093] FIG. 10C illustrates a roof plate 1012 such as shown in FIGs. 9A and 9B along with the side shades shown in FIGs. 10A and 10B in a closed position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification. FIG. 10D illustrates a roof plate 1012 such as shown in FIGs. 9A and 9B along with the side shades shown in FIGs. 10A and 10B in an open position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present specification.

[0094] A s shown i n the figures, the water proof fabri c 1004and1010 opens up I i ke a fan to shi el d the front and rear windshields. Also, in an embodiment, the fabric 1004 and 1010 may be opened and closed by means of pulleys 1014 mounted on the roof 1006 of the car 1000. In various embodi ments, the car shade can be used to cover the car compl etely from front end to the rear end.

[0095] In an embodiment, a mechanism I ike window blinds is built into the roof structure by which the front and the rear wi ndscreens can be covered when the car shade is depl oyed. T he mechanism is deployed on the outside of the windscreen glass and moves along channels built into the side pillars of the car, thus providing shade as well as a degree of protection to the car.

[0096] In an embodiment, the car shade of the present specification may be designed to intermittently vibrate the roof to cause leaves, debris in dry season and rain water and snow in wet and cold weather to slide off and not accumulate on the roof /car shade. In an embodiment, the front and rear panels may also be designed to shred any snow falling thereon. Further, in an embodi ment, a coati ng of a si i ppery material such as T efl on or other such material may be appl i ed on the exterior portions of the car shade to cause any accumulated water and/or debris to slide off easily. In another embodiment, the car shade may be designed to close and open periodically for getting rid of any accumulated water and/or debris.

[0097] In most embodi ments, as a safety feature, the car starti ng up i s i nhi bited by ( but not I i mited to) electrical/electronic means unless the car shade is folded and locked in a retracted position, unless it is certified fit for use while driving. Those with ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the I ocki ng mechanism woul d usual ly be ( but not I i mited to) el ctro- mechani cal i n constructi on and is common in automobile industry. If it is certified fit for use while driving, in that case restriction on speed by means of onboard car computer/EC U or by audio warning etc. or by safety placard etc., is provided, so that car does not exceed the certified speed for deployed shade. The device may also have the provision to automatically close, if the car is exceeding the limit speed.

[0098] While only certain specific exemplary embodiments have been described in the present specif i cati on, it woul d be apparent to person of ski 11 i n the art, that the car shade compri si ng a roof cover and/or wi ndshi el d and wi ndow covers may be empl oyed for use with any vehi cl e i n many different ways, which would still lie within the scope of the present specification. In various embodiments, if the car shade is deployed while the car is moving, it would protect the car against rain or snow conditions as well as the sun " s rays. [0099] The above examples are merely illustrative of the many applications of the system of present invention. Although only a few embodiments of the present invention have been described herein, itshould be understood that the present invention might be embodied in many other specific forms without departi ng from the spi rit or scope of the i nventi on. T herefore, the present exampl es and embodi ments are to be consi dered as i 11 ustrative and not restri ctive, and the i nventi on may be modified within the scope of the appended claims. In the description of the application, each of the words "comprise" "include" and "have", and forms thereof, are not necessarily limited to members in a list with which the words may be associated.