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Method of Connecting Vehicle Turn Signal Frequency to GPS Navigation System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244038D
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method for connecting an active Global Positioning System (GPS) in a vehicle with the vehicle’s turn signal system, such that as the vehicle nears a designated turn, the signal speed accelerates. This gives the driver a cue as to when the vehicle is approaching the designated turn, and allows other drivers and pedestrians to better understand where and when a vehicle is going to turn.

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Method of Connecting Vehicle Turn Signal Frequency to GPS Navigation System

Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation instructions are not always precise and clear to a driver, leading to confusion and distraction. In addition, other drivers and pedestrians might be unaware of exactly where a driver is turning; only aware that a driver is expected to turn based on the vehicle turn signal.

There is prior art in that most GPS units count down the distance visually and give some form of audio indication of when to turn. One drawback of that approach is that, to get an accurate indication of where to turn, the driver must look at the GPS screen,

which takes eyes off the road. This also does not give other drivers and pedestrians a clear indication of where a car is turning. Consider an example where a parking lot entrance is shortly before a crossroad. If a driver has the turn signal on, there is no good indication of which turn the driver is taking.

A solution is needed that provides a driver with more precise, non-visual indications of

where to turn and lets other drivers and pedestrians know that the vehicle is turning.

The novel idea is to connect the turn signal frequency to the distance before a turn. As

a driver approaches a turn, the turn signal gradually blinks faster. This gives the driver a non-distracting, non-visual method to increase turn accuracy. It also gives other drivers and pedestrians a better indication of the driver's intended actions.

The sy...