The product promotes tranquility to the driver who wants to save its wheels, tires and hubcaps from damage during maneuvers with and without reverse use
Nothing is worse than you install your alloy wheel brand new or buy a 0 miles car in dealership and hanging out, shocking the front or rear wheels on the sidewalk right? As unpleasant as it is you endure the mockery of others who are with you in the car and hear that roar when the wheel bumps on the sidewalk. Hence the cold in the belly and all the attention of the staff passing by a turn to you …
Or you’re the one good person maneuvers, then falls the night with heavy rain. Your glasses and mirrors fog up and water quickly, making it difficult for your side you parking – no one deserves!
You can even have invested in a rear named “tilt down”, the price of which today ranges from $ 300 to $ 1,000, according to the model. But it does not solve when you hit the front wheels on the sidewalk in time to pull your vehicle. And maybe you do not want to make a tremendous investment, or is able to acquire “cars-robots”, rather, those who come with complex sensing systems such as “Park Assist” and “Intellisafe” wich you use 2 times, once to try, another to show for your brother in law, and in which the process of reading of the sensors and drive movement is too slow and annoying. Hence driver “glue” on your back starts to honk angry at because the delay to park in a single vacancy.
And the worst : when faced with the most difficult places , these complex systems do not work! You pay a fortune for something inefficiently ! See it:
Thinking help in these situations, the inventor Paulo Gannam developed a “Car Side Sensor to Protect Tires, Wheels and Hubcaps along the curb.” For the inventor, who already has the product proof of concept done in PIC and in Arduino, the main benefit of the product is the fact that it is more accessible and reach a wider audience, like people with less purchasing power, whether those higher purchasing power that has no interest in spending horrors with relief supplies crowded by sensors and / or cameras and their software’s: the so-called ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).
The invention enables early and accurate understanding of a safe distance between tire / wheel and the curb, providing added peace of mind to the driver, with a margin of safety when parking the car by removing that wear on the tires and wheels through scratches , breaks, stains , etc.
“This project brings several advantages, including : convenience , ease , peace and greater security to those people who like to protect their cars as much as possible , keeping its vehicle always valued and beautiful. He is a savior wheels and a parking attendant, only much cheaper! “compares Gannam . Here you will find really cool videos in which the inventor speaks about his product and demonstrates the MVP’s functioning :
Partnership – The product has already patent deposited in INPI and the inventor seeks to obtain partnership with manufacturers, automakers and systems suppliers to carry out tests, industrialize and launch the product on the market .
“This product will not be deployed and neither is aimed at companies that are focused exclusively on R & D of advanced technologies . It is intended for companies that are able to see commercially viable precisely because it is not an advanced technology, low cost and usable for the next years free of competition until other technologies will, it it will, be popularized”.
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This is a savior wheels and a parking attendant on a 2 and a lot cheaper (to be provided with only 4 sensors). You can work with a broad spectrum of consumers.
1- People who maintain some difficulty in parking its car outside the guide, or even those well prepared for this task, occasionally end up through this constraint and damaging its car and getting mockery of passengers.
2- People who care about the appearance of its car and do not want their wheels scratched, broken, and their axes and worn tires.
3- People with luxury and sporting cars, an important target audience. High-performance companies in luxury cars, those that give a different case in customizing , tunning , powering , painting , improving painting , etc. Most of these companies are in the US West axis, some in Japan, Europe and several in the Middle East in which works with cars over 500 thousand Euros.
4- Car lovers, who love to install alloy wheels, among other accessories, and do not like the idea of possibly having their precious wheels crushed, scratched and opaque and having to reform or change them (these may be the early adopters contaminants along with a good portion of the female audience!)
5- Older People, which, over time, reduced their sense / perception away from the wheels / tires relative to the guide (it is very common to see some old people doing antics with the vehicle in time to pull over or park the car, reaching almost up on the sidewalk).
6-Visually impaired to the degree of visual deficit which is still allowed to drive (in some cases, glasses / lenses are not able to fully correct particular disability, leaving an analysis sometimes subjective, the evaluator for granting / maintenance of CNH (National Driving License). These people could benefit in cases of lateral maneuvers at the curb by audible warning that will have the sensor.
7- Urban bus line and trucks. Example: in urban bus terminals drivers often scrape the wheels on the platform. What some companies do is paint them and if there is recurrence of the driver, he ends up having to bear the loss.
8- Insurance. There are people who hire safe for its wheels. Offer this product to vehicle insurance may be a new market. 9-People who have money to pay for a more expensive parking attendant, but just do not pay because they think it’s not worth the investment size (could be made premium versions of this product which, still, would be much cheaper than complex sensing projects).
To be adaptable for most vehicles and for the majority of our country curbs, the design requires a development of the mechanical part and / or designer to have a sensor position of adjustment, both in height and in lateral distance. I believe that the fixing system should be resistant to different types of bumps. I am told, the reverse sensor, in Brazil, started as an accessory sold in stores, only to gain scale in automakers.
In 2010, only in Brazil, according to data Director at the time of DSW Automotive, had 200,000 backup sensors being sold per month. Please note: to fix a single wheel today (painting, polishing, etc.) is spent on average $400.00, and this can serve as an argument to the consumer when the sale of this product. And alloy wheels are being incorporated more and more factory coming with vehicles. This data can prove it.
A recent global survey conducted by GfK in 17 countries reveals that the Brazilian consumer is the one that values the presence of driver assistance technologies, such as parking sensors, in automobiles. The list of countries in which these technologies are most valued brings China (37%) in the first place, Brazil (48%) in second place, and Mexico (30%) in third place”
If the “fashion” gets to the protection of the wheels, and it will get, the results for the company will be quite interesting.
*Estimated cost of production on a small scale: $ 20 per point. Large-scale $ 12 per point (4 sensors + display on the dashboard or 4 sensors + app, or 4 sensors + app designed the multimedia center).
Legal and commercial issues
But Paulo, what about the “Around View Monitor” technology , recently launched in the brazilian market by a Japanese automaker , which facilitates parking using 4 cameras ?
I answer: You should buy a good “Money Around View Monitor” to evaluate the purchasing power of most car consumers in Brazil, because the cost of cameras paraphernalia is larger than the sensors. And more: cameras do not exclude sensors, they are complementary . So much so that there is reverse camera and reverse sensor. It depends on the customer’s taste!
But Paulo, the patents filed by automakers and systems suppliers no longer cover any kind of collision of the vehicle? And the ADAS? And the fender sensor? What are the chances and date for the patent to be accepted? This could eliminate the power of exclusive product ….
I say: This can only be answered with better precision when the PTO to issue the technical report related to the patent application is being processed and deposited in INPI. It is difficult to give a degree of certainty, in percentage terms, on whether the patent will be granted or not, but there are alternatives / business strategies in the event of not granting the letter-patent. This application was filed as “Utility Model”. Definition
According to previous research we made, there is no product / sensing patent application whose function / configuration / programming foresees / specifically mention the wheels, tires and hubcaps protection for parking or your side you along the curb (with and without use of rear).
The simple fact that there are several patents for crash sensors, each with a given function / application mentioned already indicates a good possibility of granting the letter-patent. The inventive load is reasonably high because just invent a much cheaper product that meets the parking assistance function and protection to tires, wheels and hubcaps of infinitely more objectively and cheaper way than the currently available products on the market. One of the proposed concepts is:
It’s not the car that will make the parking maneuver for you for a scorching price and without protecting its front wheels. Or you will not necessarily need those paraphernalia cameras with soft that calculates the distance.
We really dont’t need traditional Park Assist paraphernalia! Take a look at what i’m talking about:
It’s you, with the help of four sensors, which will operate the maneuver without “losing your pants”, because you will be paying for a lot more accessible and affordable product.
That is, many sensing technologies / reading distance have been developed, but this does not prevent new patents / products / processes with new applications from these technologies can be created. Thus in a much more nebulous in which case the patent-license is not granted, your company would have gone in front in relation to the other and has developed market before other companies resolve (if them resolve) manufacture the product and market it…