The Need for an Automatic Escape Route
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The smart Automatic Window Opening System
With such a high fatality rate and so much at stake in a submersion, we need an automatic solution that removes human error by sensing that a vehicle is in water and automatically opening the side windows, ensuring that passengers have a safe way out.
That solution is AWOS.
The Benefits of AWOS
Why It's Good For Drivers
Ultra-rapid water detection and lowering of side windows
Every second counts. AWOS is installed where water reaches first: the heavy engine compartment.
It lowers your windows within 3 to 5 seconds after impact. If one or more windows are inoperative, AWOS will still lower the remaining windows.
With an integrated position sensor, AWOS knows if the car is upside down and only activates after the vehicle rolls into an upright position.
Because AWOS lowers windows rather than breaking them, shatter resistant glass types and injury from broken glass are not a problem for AWOS.
Because of its custom-designed casing, AWOS only operates when the sensor is fully submersed, giving you peace of mind on the road.
Automatic Emergency Calling
AWOS can communicate with emergency call systems, such as eCall and OnStar, so that help is already on the way.
AWOS only operates when the vehicle is running so that thieves can’t count on AWOS to get into your vehicle.
Periodic testing of AWOS is easy and inexpensive.
AWOS uses heavy gauge, waterproofed wiring and robust 40-amp relays to ensure that the windows have all the power they need in order to lower.
Not looking to get a new car anytime soon? Not a problem. While AWOS was designed for installation on the production line, it is easily installed on existing vehicles, so that you can link to safety.
AWOS handles fossil fuel, hybrid and electric vehicles.
Why It's Good For Industry Partners
New Passive Safety Technology
The sensors and ADAS market segments are set for explosive growth and AWOS is the newest passive safety sensor technology.
No Direct Competitors
AWOS is a patented, one-of-a-kind technology with no equivalent on the market.
AWOS is designed for installation during vehicle production and can be retrofitted, providing industry partners with two markets.
Combining AWOS with solutions such as eCall and OnStar provides a complete safety solution:
AWOS automatically creates an exit strategy for passengers to safely escape a vehicle while eCall or OnStar provides exit instructions and ensures that help is on the way.
Patent protected in the USA, Canada, Japan, Europe (pending), South Korea (pending).
A Solution Designed by Understanding the Dynamics of a Sinking Vehicle
Having developed an initial prototype for a system that senses vehicle submersion and automatically lowers windows, we teamed up with Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht.
Our objective: use sinking vehicle dynamics to your advantage in order to provide the earliest and safest opportunity for escape.
The Floating Phase
Vehicle submersion commonly occurs in an upright position. An upright vehicle can take 2 to 4 minutes to completely submerge below the surface.
The floating phase begins upon impact with water and lasts about one minute. During this time, water rises against the doors, applying inward pressure and preventing them from being opened. The side windows can still be lowered, providing the only opportunity for escape. Once water reaches the side windows and continues to rise, it presses against them, essentially locking them in place. The sinking phase has begun.
AWOS immediately recognizes that the vehicle is in water and lowers the windows at full velocity, within 3 to 5 seconds.
Inverted Vehicle Submission
Inverted submersion occurs when a vehicle lands upside down. Cars are stable in the upright position due to the mass and low position of the motor.
If a car lands upside down in water and its windows are closed and remain intact, it will right itself by rolling to an upright position. Lowering the windows while inverted causes the vehicle to rapidly sink upside down and is not safe for passengers. Even if the vehicle enters the water at a steep pitch, it will bob back up and settle in the upright position, before the windows open.
With a built-in multi-axis inclinometer, AWOS recognizes inversion and delays the opening of the windows until the vehicle rights itself and then lowers the windows.
The Sinking Phase
Once water presses against the side windows, approximately one minute after impact, the sinking phase has begun.
The passenger compartment will still have air, but the doors and windows can no longer be opened.
Anyone still trapped in the vehicle will likely drown.
Designed by studying how vehicles sink, AWOS automatically creates an escape route at the beginning of the floating phase.
It removes human error by taking the correct actions as early as possible so that drivers and their loved ones have a way out of the vehicle, and only when in a safe, upright position.
Even if one or more windows are inoperative, AWOS will lower the remaining windows.
Because getting out and getting to shore is all that matters, AWOS is capable of communicating with emergency call systems, such as eCall or OnStar, so that help is already on the way and proper exit instructions can be given.