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Method and apparatus to alert car drivers and/or passengers when objects are extended out the car window for extended periods

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238480D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 128K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that alerts a vehicle driver and/or passenger when an object is extended from a vehicle window for an extended period.

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Method and apparatus to alert car drivers and/or passengers when objects are extended out the car window for extended periods

A system or method is needed to prevent injuries while a car is in motion (e.g., a passenger extends an arm out of a window and sustains an injury) and improve vehicle safety. A tool is needed to provide both drivers and passengers with another form control to prevent accidents.

Current methods exist to determine an obstruction in the path of a traveling vehicle's window by determining an interruption in a beam of light that goes from one or more transmitters to a respective receptor (s); both devices (sensors) are located in the frame of the window.

The proposed solution uses a similar technique, but keeps a timer for the obstruction. The system sends an alert to the driver

when a certain period of obstruction has elapsed. While the previous solutions mostly prevent the window from closing, the new approach addresses the problem and danger of passengers extending body parts (e.g., arm, leg, head) out of a moving vehicle.

The novel contribution is a system that alerts the vehicle driver when an object is extended from a vehicle window for an extended period.

The system includes sensors for each window. When the window is open, and the vehicle is on, the sensors continually monitor for objects blocking the area. The system begins tracking time from the moment an object blocks the sensor . The vehicle owner configures the timer to limit the...