INEFFECTIVE TAILLIGHTS AND REAR END COLLIONS
Present day taillights offer very little information to the following traffic. There are two taillights that are either on low intensity or high intensity and also function as turn indicators. Then there’s the third brake light and reverse lights.
The only information displayed is that the lights, brakes or turn indicators are on or if the vehicle is in reverse. Are they parked, stopped, standing, accelerating, decelerating, in a panic stop, riding the brake, involved in an accident? How about when they are going 10 mph on the freeway as you bear down on them doing 70 mph? That’s what happened to me in heavy traffic with my wife and two young daughters in the car. It resulted in a five car accident with two cars totaled and numerous people injured. There’s no system in place to keep drivers aware of what’s happening or about to happen right in front of them. That’s exactly why rear end collisions are the most common type of auto accident in the world!
In the United States over 43,000 people die every year in auto accidents and nearly one third of those accidents are rear end collisions. That’s about two and a half million rear end collisions each year. Additionally approximately 120,000 people suffer whiplash injuries as a result of these accidents. Auto accidents rank as the 7th leading cause of death. And despite all the advancements in the automotive industry the rate of fatal car collisions has remained essentially unchanged in over a decade. It’s time for a new way of thinking, a new strategy, a change, and the name of that change, is the Speedlight.
THE NEW STRATEGY
Many creative minds have tried to develop taillight systems to exhibit the rate of deceleration. Throughout the research and development of the Speedlight there has been four patent searches including three by the United States Patent Office. It has revealed a stack of patents two inches thick with alternate taillight systems that range from useless to the absurd. They have flashing strobe lights, sirens and light patterns that resemble hieroglyphics. Both I and the United States Patent Office have reviewed all of them several times and none of them offers as much information or is as easy to read and learn as the Speedlight.
The Speedlight is an entirely new and unique concept that will literally revolutionize taillight systems for the automotive industry. The research began with a rear mounted deceleration gauge that would allow for faster reaction times and less accidents. However while refining the design it evolved into a speedometer lighting system that displays infinite levels of deceleration and much, much more.
Currently when driving behind a vehicle we have no indication of their speed. Are they accelerating, decelerating, coasting, “riding the brake” or even in a panic stop? How does their speed compare to your speed and all the other vehicles in front of you? When we see a vehicle that “appears” to be stopped is it really stopped? Or is it rolling forward with the foot on the brake? And when is that vehicle with the turn indictor on for three blocks really going to turn? We are constantly relying on depth perception and driving experience for visual cues to simultaneously keep track of several vehicles that are essentially moving targets.
With the Speedlight all this information is not only available, it’s obvious. This simple easy to read light system allows you to instantly know all of this information for all the vehicles in front of you, and your vehicle, at a glance. You not only know if a vehicle is accelerating or decelerating but you know if it is going faster or slower than the surrounding vehicles. You see panic stops instantly and are able to tell when a vehicle is at a complete stop. Someone riding the brake is easily recognizable and you know when they’re stopping despite the ineffective brake lights. You know when a vehicle with the turn indicator on is likely to turn. All of this is as easy as playing a child’s video game and will become second nature to every driver on the road. Instead of depending on visual cues we get visual answers.