Technologies, Inc. announced a commercialization
program designed to license its patented new brake light emergency-stop
warning system. CTT says it is issuing licenses to original equipment
manufacturers and to aftermarket firms for the new electronic vehicle
J. Scott Bechtel, CTT's VP Technology Commercialization, said, "In
2001, 2.4 million rear-impact crashes, 22 percent of 10.7 million
passenger-vehicle crashes, accounted for about 1,300 passenger-vehicle
occupant fatalities. Additionally, the 2.4 million rear-impact crashes
caused billions of dollars in property damage and personal injury
According to the company, the emergency-stop warning system is completely self-contained within
the existing center high mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) currently required
on all cars. This new system senses an emergency stop vs. normal
braking by measuring the g-forces on the vehicle during braking. When
these forces exceed an emergency threshold, the system signals the
emergency braking condition using alternating left-right flashing
lights located at the outer ends of the CHMSL. As required by US
Department of Transportation regulations, the center portion of the
CHMSL remains illuminated during the entire braking cycle as it does
for normal braking.
"Life-saving technologies are another example of CTT finding answers to
the needs of the market," according to John B. Nano, CTT's president
and CEO. "Clearly, rear-impact collision reduction is an example of the
type of problem that can be mitigated using simple inexpensive
technology. There is an urgent need for these kinds of technologies and
they serve very large markets. CTT selects the best solutions for
commercialization from hundreds of technology sources including leading
universities, corporations, and independent researchers."
CTT says it also offers licenses for a vehicle rollover technology that senses
dangerous driving conditions or excessive vehicle incline and warns the
driver of imminent danger. The low cost sensor and
electronics technology fits inside the vehicle's rear-view mirror. The
new technology is applicable to all vehicles, including SUVs, motor
homes, heavy trucks and off-road vehicles.
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