US Patent No: 5,235,316

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Vehicle collision avoidance system

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The collision avoidance system includes structure mountable at the side mirror position of a vehicle. The system includes a rotatable mirror and an ultrasonic transmitting and receiving unit which is adaptable to scan a predetermined area about the vehicle to detect the presence of an object and to calculate its distance from the vehicle. If the distance and speed are determined to pose a threat, the distance is placed on a display and an alarm is sounded. Two displays are provided, one for the forward end of the vehicle and another for the rear end of the vehicle. The system operates when the vehicle is moving forwardly and rearwardly. Also, when the vehicle is not moving, the presence of a potential intruder is also monitored and the system can actuate an anti-theft alarm of the vehicle. Further, the system can be programmed by a plurality of operators to particular distances, with the system discerning which operator is driving and automatically using that operator's input.

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Qualizza, Gregory K Orland Park, IL 4 160

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* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC. (2)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (15)
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* 5,583,495 Vehicle alarm system 38 1995
5,983,161 GPS vehicle collision avoidance warning and control system and method 378 1996
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6,275,773 GPS vehicle collision avoidance warning and control system and method 193 1999
6,707,391 Supplemental automotive traffic safety apparatus and method 29 2000
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7,057,501 Tailgate warning and reporting system 8 2004
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* 7,607,857 Assured safe following distance highway markings 0 2007
* Cited By Examiner