ABOUT AWOS

AWOS is a Lifeline in Emergencies

The Automatic Window Opening System, or AWOS, is a sensor technology that facilitates quick and safe vehicle exit in emergencies like flash floods, submersions, and vehicle fires. AWOS is a lifeline that prevents people from becoming trapped in their vehicle. It enables swift and safe exit for all occupants and expedites emergency dispatching to significantly enhance vehicle safety.

AWOS is currently in development. We’re actively collaborating with auto manufacturers to bring this essential safety feature to market.

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Lowers All Window Types

AWOS can lower all window types, including shatterproof ones like laminate and polycarbonate that can’t be broken with manual window breaking tools (AAA).

By lowering windows instead of breaking them, AWOS reduces the risk of injury from shattered glass, enabling a safe exit for everyone.

Instant Notifications to Emergency Services

AWOS interfaces with a vehicle’s onboard emergency response systems to expedite assistance in time-critical situations.

For advanced emergency protection, AWOS integrates with ROADMEDIC® ’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems to enable instantaneous sensor driven next-gen 9-1-1 response for vehicle submersion and fire.

Protects Our Most Vulnerable

In an emergency, children, elderly individuals and those with reduced mobility are especially at risk. 

AWOS facilitates rapid exit by providing audible instructions and automatically lowering all windows.

Scalable Design & Integration

Minimally invasive integration

Uses existing regulators and control units

Compact design, efficient for mass production

Easily integrates across vehicle platforms

WHY AWOS

AWOS CASE STUDY: DYNAMIC TESTING

AWOS CASE STUDY: INVERTED SUBMERSION

Upside Down: Inverted Vehicle Submersion

When a car enters deep water upside down, it will right itself prior to sinking by rolling to an upright position. if the windows are closed. However, opening the windows while upside down will cause the car to sink quickly, which is unsafe. Even if the car enters the water at an angle, it typically rights itself before the windows open.

AWOS detects the car’s position and delays window opening until the car is upright again.

We teamed up with Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, founder of Operation ALIVE.
Our goal: study sinking vehicle dynamics to provide a reliable Smart Exit Assistance system.

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 and lasts about one minute.  During this time, water rises against the doors, applying pressure and preventing them from opening.  The side windows can still be lowered, providing the only opportunity for escape. However, once water reaches the side windows and continues to rise, it applies pressure, 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 enters water upside down  and its windows are closed and intact, it will right itself by rolling to an upright position. Lowering windows while inverted causes the vehicle to rapidly sink upside down. If the vehicle enters the water at a steep pitch, it will bob and settle in the upright position, before the windows open

AWOS recognizes inversion and delays the opening of the windows until the vehicle rights itself .

The Sinking Phase

Approximately one minute after impact, water presses against the windows and 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. Exiting before this happens is essential for survival.