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Start-up develops brake lights with enhanced visibility

23 May 2013

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 Vectolabs Vololights

Vectolabs LLC. has begun raising funds to introduce its patent pending brake light system that the company said will transform brake lights. Touted as the Adaptive Perceptible Deceleration Indicator (APDI) by engineers at the company, the product is geared to reduce the risk of rear end collisions by enhancing visibility, the start-up said.

An onboard accelerometer and microprocessor coupled with automotive grade LEDs alleviates three major deficiencies of current brake light systems, continued Vectolabs. These include 1) Today's brake lights only appear when depressing the brakes. Down shifting and engine braking slow your vehicle considerably although brake lights never illuminate; 2) Brake lights only indicate a driver is applying brakes without any indication of the level of urgency; and 3) Driving distractions are on the rise and inattentive drivers might lose precious time by failing to notice brake lights in front of them.

Vectolabs' proprietary algorithm alerts following drivers to deceleration by any means; whether engine braking, downshifting or conventional braking. In addition, two levels of flashing distinguish between normal deceleration and emergency braking.

Vololights will be the branded product using this technology in a motorcycle license plate frame.

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