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After market sequential turn signal


Классы МПК:B60Q1/34 для указания изменения направления движения
Автор(ы): Beach, Donald J. (Seminole, FL, US)
Wiggins, Edmund C. (St. Petersburg, FL, US)
Патентообладатель(и): BEACH DONALD J.
WIGGINS EDMUND C.
Приоритеты:
подача заявки
27.07.2010
публикация патента
13.11.2012

РЕФЕРАТ (Abstract)

A signal lamp control system for one rear side of a vehicle receives a signal or voltage from the vehicle (near side signal) originally intended to turn on all signal lamps on that side. Responsive to that signal, the signal lamp control system either turns on all signal lamps on that side or sequentially turns on the signal lamps on that side, depending on a status of a signal or voltage from the vehicle (far side signal) originally intended to control the signal lamps on the opposite rear side of the vehicle. In some embodiments, the signal lamp control system has knowledge of the state of the other side before the near side signal transitions on. This distinguishes between near-side signal activation (alone), brake activation, brake activation with near-side signal activation and hazard warning activation.
Полный текст Патента US 8310357 + PDF


ФОРМУЛА ИЗОБРЕТЕНИЯ (CLAIMS)

What is claimed is:

1. An after market turn signal system for controlling signal lamps on a near side of a vehicle, at least two of the signal lamps are on the near side of the vehicle, the turn signal system comprising: means for detecting a near side signal, the near side signal generated by the vehicle to control the signal lamps on the near side of the vehicle; means for detecting a far side signal, the far side signal generated by the vehicle to control signal lamps on a far side of the vehicle; and means for controlling the signal lamps on the near side, the means for controlling illuminates all of the signal lamps on the near side responsive to the near side signal going on within a skew time interval of the far side signal going on and the means for controlling sequentially illuminates the signal lamps on the near side responsive to the near side signal going on and the far side signal not going on within the skew time interval.

2. The after market turn signal system of claim 1, wherein the skew time interval is 20 milliseconds.

3. The after market turn signal system of claim 1, wherein the means for controlling includes a processor.

4. The after market turn signal system of claim 1, wherein the means for detecting the far side signal is a communications signal from a mirror after market turn signal system, the mirror after market turn signal system connected to and controls the signal lamps on the far side of the vehicle.

5. The after market turn signal system of claim 1, wherein there are three signal lamps on each side of the vehicle.

6. The after market turn signal system of claim 1, wherein a combined circuit controls both the near side signal lamps and far side signal lamps.

7. A method of controlling signal lamps, the vehicle emitting a near side signal to turn on near side signal lamps and the vehicle emitting a far side signal to turn on far side signal lamps, the method comprising: (a) clearing a far-side-last register; (b) shutting off all of the near side signal lamps; (c) if the far side signal is off, clearing the far-side-last register; (d) if the near side signal is off, repeating steps (b)-(d); (e) illuminating all of the near side signal lamps; (f) delaying for a skew time interval; (g) if the far side signal is off or if the far-side-last register is set, performing steps (h) to (j): (h) shutting off all near side signal lamps except for a first signal lamp of the near side signal lamps; (i) delaying for a sequence delay interval; (j) illuminating a second signal lamp of the near side signal lamps; (k) if the near side signal is on, repeat step (k); (l) delaying for another skew time interval; (m) setting the far-side-last register to the current value of the far side signal; and (n) repeating steps (b) to (n).

8. The method of claim 7, further comprising after step (j), the steps of: (j′) delaying for the sequence delay interval; and (j″) illuminating a third signal lamp of the near side signal lamps.

9. The method of claim 7, wherein the sequence delay interval is approximately one half of a turn signal on-time interval of the vehicle.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein the sequence delay interval is approximately one third of a turn signal on-time interval of the vehicle.

11. The method of claim 7, wherein the skew time interval is 20 milliseconds.

12. The method of claim 8, wherein the sequence delay interval is approximately ⅙ of a second.

13. A method of controlling signal lamps, the vehicle signaling a near side signal to turn on near side signal lamps and the vehicle emitting a far side signal to turn on far side signal lamps, the method comprising: (a) responsive to the near side signal from the vehicle transitioning to on within a skew time interval of the far side signal transition to on, illuminating all signal lamps of the near side signal lamps; (b) responsive to the near side signal from the vehicle transitioning to on when the far side signal has not transitioned to on within the skew time interval: (c) illuminating a first signal lamp of the near side signal lamps; (d) delaying for a sequence delay interval; and (e) illuminating a second signal lamp of the near side signal lamps.

14. The method of claim 13, further comprising the steps of: (f) delaying for the sequence delay interval; and (g) illuminating a third signal lamp of the near side signal lamps.

15. The method of claim 13, wherein the sequence delay interval is approximately one half of a turn signal on-time interval of the vehicle.

16. The method of claim 14, wherein the sequence delay interval is approximately one third of a turn signal on-time interval of the vehicle.

17. The method of claim 13, wherein the skew time interval is 20 milliseconds.

18. The method of claim 13, wherein the sequence delay interval is approximately ¼ of a second.

19. The method of claim 14, wherein the sequence delay interval is approximately ⅙ of a second.


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