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Title:
VEHICLE EMERGENCY SIGNAL FLASHER SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2014/091064
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The subject of this invention is a vehicle's emergency signal flasher system, which is comprised of the emergency signal flasher switch which is in reach of the driver which is used to turn on the emergency signal flashers and which includes in the emergency signal flasher system an electronic circuit, which enables the driver to select a distress signal such as SOS (...—...). The electric circuit is a blinker relay, which is controllable from the emergency flasher relay in a way that pressing it once, the emergency signal flashers work normally; the four-way flashers blink at an even interval, and pressing the emergency signal flasher switch quickly twice in a row or with one long press, the relay is switched to flash three quick, three slow and then three quick flashes, in other words SOS (...—...).

Inventors:
TANNINEN MARKO (FI)
Application Number:
PCT/FI2013/000011
Publication Date:
June 19, 2014
Filing Date:
March 06, 2013
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Assignee:
TANNINEN MARKO (FI)
International Classes:
B60Q1/52; B60Q1/46
Foreign References:
GB2185305A1987-07-15
DE20018870U12001-06-07
DE3307476A11984-09-06
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
IPR Pelin (Jorvas, FI)
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Claims:
Patent Claims

1. A vehicle's emergency signal flasher system, which is comprised of the emergency signal flasher switch which is in reach of the driver which is used to turn on the emergency signal flashers and which includes in the emergency signal flasher system an electronic circuit, which enables the driver to select a distress signal such as SOS (...— ...)., characterized by the fact that the electric circuit is a blinker relay, which is controllable from the emergency flasher relay in a way that pressing it once, the emergency signal flashers work normally; the four-way flashers blink at an even interval, and pressing the emergency signal flasher switch quickly twice in a row or with one long press, the relay is switched to flash three quick , three slow and then three quick flashes, in other words SOS (...— ...).

2. The emergency signal flasher system in patent claim 1 is characterized by this that the blinker relay functions as a distress signal so that after the SOS signal, there is a small pause, after which comes a new SOS distress signal until outside help has been obtained.

3. The emergency signal flasher system in patent claim 1 is characterized by this that the emergency signal flasher system has been connected to the vehicle brake lights.

4. The emergency signal flasher system in patent claim 1 is characterized by this that the emergency signal flasher system has been connected to the vehicle driving lights.

5. The emergency signal flasher system in patent claim 1 is characterized by this that the emergency signal flasher system has been connected to the vehicle high beam lights. 6. The emergency signal flasher system in patent claim 1 is characterized by this that the emergency signal flasher system has been connected to the vehicle horn/audible signal.

7. The emergency signal flasher system in patent claim 1 is characterized by this that the emergency signal flasher system has been connected to the vehicle's own signal lights which are for example a different color than those already in use on the vehicle, for example bright blue.

Description:
Vehicle Emergency Signal Flasher System

The subject of this invention is a vehicle's emergency signal flasher system, which is comprised of the emergency signal flasher switch which is in reach of the driver which is used to turn on the emergency signal flashers and which includes in the emergency signal flasher system an electronic circuit, which enables the driver to select a distress signal such as SOS (...— ...)·

People often use their emergency signal flashers just to be seen when they stop for example to read a map. This causes confusion when people stop to ask whether they actually need help because their emergency signal flashers are on. When and if someone in a real emergency situation uses their emergency signal flashers, passers- by no longer react to the message.

Earlier solutions:

Waving a first-aid kit at passers-by, flags, different kinds of "emergency dances". If someone has for example a heart attack, they will most likely not be able to dig up the first-aid kit or other flag.

In publication GB 2185305 an old electric circuit is described which can be used to flash the emergency signal flashers in the distress signal SOS. This is however its own separate electrical circuit, which is not controllable by the emergency flasher switch and is old, previously known technology that had never been used anywhere.

The emergency signal flasher system in this invention is characterized by the fact that the electric circuit is a blinker relay, which is controllable from the emergency flasher relay in a way that pressing it once, the emergency signal flashers work normally; the four-way flashers blink at an even interval, and pressing the emergency signal flasher switch quickly twice in a row or with one long press, the relay is switched to flash three quick , three slow and then three quick flashes, in other words SOS (...— ...). Different implementations of this invention have been introduced in the section of unindependent claims.

People driving by react immediately to the distress signal SOS and the person in need of assitance is helped immediately providing that a driver happens to be passing by. The chances of finding the emergency signal flasher switch and pressing it twice quickly or once long surely works easier than flagging with a first-aid kit or flag from the car. The addition to the flasher relay could be carried out in many different ways.(digital logic, RC-circuit, etc.). This invention would not require any other changes to the car other than the modification of the relay, and can also be installed into many currently existing vehicles via a simple relay swap.

This invention would end the confusion caused by tourists using their emergency signal flashers when they just want to stop. This helps a person who is in real distress to let traffic that is passing by know that they really need help.

The emergency signal flasher system in this invention is mainly meant for passenger vehicles, but it is naturally also usable on larger vehicles, such as cube vans, lor- ries, transports, buses and so on.

Even though in patent claim 2, it has been stated that there is a pause between the SOS distress signal, it can also be replaced with the Morse-code character O, which is three long blinks. This would make a constant SOSOSO..., and when this is im- plemented and becomes commonplace, other drivers and people will instantly understand that there is a real distress situation at hand.