To enhance the visibility of important vehicle messages such as “baby on board” and “learner driver” a UK SME has exclusive rights over a unique, side window mounted display system for road vehicles. Partners currently selling to the auto accessories retail trade are invited to help grow European sales. Distribution services agreements are offered.
Currently, basic warning and emergency messages for vehicles such as “doctor on call”, “baby on-board” or “learner driver” are limited to being displayed either in the front and rear screens or attached to the front and rear body work. This means that while they may be visible to other road users immediately behind or, through mirrors, in front of the vehicle displaying such a message they cannot be seen from vehicles further away in a stream or queue of traffic. An East of England SME has exclusive rights to an innovative system that allows signs displaying such messages to be mounted on the side windows ensuring that they project out from the side of the vehicle (though keeping within the limits of the side mirrors). The advantage of this arrangement is that the messages displayed can be far more clearly seen by other road users not so close but who need to be aware. For example, in the unfortunate incidence of a multi-vehicle road traffic accident, it helps emergency services quickly identify any vehicle that may be carrying vulnerable infants and so give them appropriate priority. In another example, if a car being driven by a learner driver is leading a queue of traffic, then drivers further back in the queue can see the “learner driver” sign and help them understand the reason for the queue and show some patience. The SME has gained the interest of a major UK retailer of motor accessory products and now seeks companies who are supplying motor accessory products to the retail market to help build sales of the products across Europe. Distribution services agreements are offered.
Innovations and advantages
• Side window mounting ensures displayed messages can be seen by other road users several vehicles behind or in front. This ensures far quicker recognition.
Current stage of development
Limited distribution achieved in the UK, the SME is looking to grow business across Europe.
Market application codes
01006005 Other communications (not elsewhere classified)
07002005 Other retailing
07006 Other Consumer Related (not elsewhere classified)
Comments, number and date of patent
Registered designs and trademarks. Exclusive rights have been agreed with the original inventor.
Area of partner's activity
Companies selling motor accessories to the retail market are invited to help develop sales of these products in European markets through distribution services agreements.