Patented Vehicle Steering Offset Monitor available for license: U.S. Patent # 5,795,997
The patented Vehicle Steering Offset Monitor automatically alerts the driver when a moving vehicle's wheels are out of alignment. It is a patented after market automotive accessory that is available for license.
Product Description: The patented Vehicle Steering Offset Monitor automatically alerts the driver when a moving vehicle's wheels are out of alignment. It consists of: A steering wheel sensor that provides data relative to the steering wheel position with respect to center. A main module that evaluates steering wheel position data and alerts the driver if a fail condition exists at the end of a given test cycle. A test cycle lasts for approximately three hours of driving time.
Operation is automatic and requires no manual intervention except to reset after a failure or to perform the three-second Self Test.
Advantages and Benefits:
Testing and Results: Five vehicles were used for City and Freeway driving: A combination of front-wheel, rear-wheel and four-wheel drive types were used, including sedans, a pickup and a van. The Vehicle Steering Offset Monitor was tested for repeatability and effectiveness. Each vehicle traveled different routes and each trip lasted approximately 3 hours and was repeated. Each vehicle was tested while in alignment, then randomly toed in or out by an amount unnoticeable to the driver and then re-tested.
Test results averages (the numbers relate to a 20% Pass / Fail threshold; below 20% = Pass).
PASS TESTS (In Alignment, 0% is Ideal) = 6.4% for City and 3.7% for Freeway.
FAIL TESTS (Out of Alignment, 20% & above is Ideal) = 41.2% for City and 49.8% for Freeway.
(Testing documentation is on file.)
Development: The inventors conceived of the "Vehicle Steering Offset Monitor" as a result of personal experience and many years of experience in the Automotive industry. THE NEED FOR A WHEEL ALIGNMENT MONITOR BECAME APPARENT AFTER SEEING FIRST-HAND THE MONEY WASTED ON TIRES AND GASOLINE. This invention meets that need.
To license this new automotive accessory, or for more information, please contact:
Inventor: Adamson, Gittins & Warmer Inc.,
c/o: Richard H. Adamson, 44 West, 700 North, Bountiful, Utah 84010
Phone: (801) 298-1059
E-mail: [email protected]
since August 1, 1999
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