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Competitive Technologies Seeks to Reduce 2.4 Million Rear-Impact Collisions

April 24, 2003

CompetitiveTechnologies, Inc. announced a commercializationprogram designed to license its patented new brake light emergency-stopwarning system. CTT says it is issuing licenses to original equipmentmanufacturers and to aftermarket firms for the new electronic vehiclesafety device.J. Scott Bechtel, CTT's VP Technology Commercialization, said, "In2001, 2.4 million rear-impact crashes, 22 percent of 10.7 millionpassenger-vehicle crashes, accounted for about 1,300 passenger-vehicleoccupant fatalities. Additionally, the 2.4 million rear-impact crashescaused billions of dollars in property damage and personal injurylosses."According to the company, the emergency-stop warning system is completely self-contained withinthe existing center high mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) currently requiredon all cars. This new system senses an emergency stop vs. normalbraking by measuring the g-forces on the vehicle during braking. Whenthese forces exceed an emergency threshold, the system signals theemergency braking condition using alternating left-right flashinglights located at the outer ends of the CHMSL. As required by USDepartment of Transportation regulations, the center portion of theCHMSL remains illuminated during the entire braking cycle as it doesfor normal braking."Life-saving technologies are another example of CTT finding answers tothe needs of the market," according to John B. Nano, CTT's presidentand CEO. "Clearly, rear-impact collision reduction is an example of thetype of problem that can be mitigated using simple inexpensivetechnology. There is an urgent need for these kinds of technologies andthey serve very large markets. CTT selects the best solutions forcommercialization from hundreds of technology sources including leadinguniversities, corporations, and independent researchers."CTT says it also offers licenses for a vehicle rollover technology that sensesdangerous driving conditions or excessive vehicle incline and warns thedriver of imminent danger. The low cost sensor andelectronics technology fits inside the vehicle's rear-view mirror. Thenew technology is applicable to all vehicles, including SUVs, motorhomes, heavy trucks and off-road vehicles.About Competitive Technologies, Inc.Competitive Technologies, established in 1968, is focused on thetechnology needs of its customers and transforming those requirementsinto commercially viable solutions. Visit CTT's website atwww.competitivetech.net.
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