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Competitive Technologies Expects to Reduce 10,000 Fatalities From Vehicle Rollover Crashes

April 7, 2003

CompetitiveTechnologies, Inc. announced Apr. 7 that it is licensing anew vehicle rollover warning technology to warn drivers when drivingbehavior or conditions place their vehicles at high risk of a rolloveraccident. CTT says it will be issuing licenses for the original equipmentvehicle market and for vehicle rear-view mirror upgrades in thereplacement market."Rollovers accounted for about 10,000 deaths, or 32 percent, ofpassenger-vehicle occupant fatalities in 2001 but rollover accidentswere only 3 percent of 10.7 million passenger-vehicle crashes National HighwayTraffic Safety 2001 figures show. Meanwhile, auto industry executives,federal regulators, and drivers worldwide are seeking ways to minimizerollover accidents and deaths," J. Scott Bechtel, VP TechnologyCommercialization of CTT, said. "We believe our technology, designed byCraig Carlson, will help reduce this staggering number of 10,000fatalities annually."According to the company, the micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) vehicle rollover technologysenses dangerous vehicle driving conditions in order to warn the driverof imminent rollover danger. In a true off-road driving environment,the system will also detect dangerous tilt and inclination levels tohelp drivers avoid crossing unsafe terrain. The sensor and electronics fit inside the vehicle'srear-view mirror. The new technology works in all vehicles, includingSUVs, motor homes, heavy trucks and off-road vehicles, says the company."This life-saving technology is another example of CTT's ability tofind answers to the needs of the market. We access technologies fromhundreds of universities, corporations, and independent researchers tofind high-demand technology-driven solutions for industry andconsumers. We know that vehicle rollover continues to be a majorconcern of the automotive industry, insurance industry, governmentsafety regulators and Senate Bill 717. We selected Carlson's rolloverwarning technology because it was the most reliable, safest, and mostcost effective solution available," said John B. Nano, president andCEO of CTT.Additionally, CTT says it is commercializing Carlson's emergency-stop warningsystem that is built into the vehicle's rear center high mounted stoplamp (CHMSL). The emergency CHMSL system automatically senses rapidvehicle deceleration and signals the emergency braking condition todrivers following the stopping vehicle. Competitive Technologies ishoping the inexpensive new "ECHMSL" or "emergency CHMSL" will berequired on all vehicles to dramatically reduce the number ofrear-impact collisions.About Competitive Technologies, Inc.Competitive Technologies, established in 1968, says it is focused on thetechnology needs of its customers and transforming those requirementsinto commercially viable solutions. CTT is a specialist inidentifying, developing and commercializing innovative technologies inlife, digital, nano, and physical sciences developed by universities,companies and inventors. Visit CTT's
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