You may have already been frustrated when trying to park your car on a road — a situation in which another driver could advance and not make room to complete your maneuver. To avoid this, Brazilian Vagner Bento de Souza invented a technology that can avoid this type of “tightening”.
Called Set-Stop, the system signals the intention to maneuver in a relatively simple way: activating the turn signal and the brake light intermittently and, in theory, preventing other drivers from advancing into the space necessary to fit their car into the space. .
It is a way of dismissing warnings with a hand or an arrow, a type of signaling that is widely used and, however, not always effective. The mechanism would also avoid a very common side effect: having to give up the spot, take a walk around the block and, after that, hope that it is still there. An act of faith that is not always rewarded.
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“I believe that all of us, at one time or another, have experienced a situation like this and we know how stressful this moment can be”, says Vagner. It is true that some standardization effort would be necessary for other drivers to understand the system’s message, but it is still a less stressful option. A good way to increase the degree of understanding and kindness in traffic.
“We are aware that the success of Set-Stop depends on the population understanding, accepting and adopting the new mechanism. It will be necessary to educate the millions of drivers throughout Brazil. But, just as Brazilians naturally and permanently adopted the use of seat belts, for example, we believe that there will be great acceptance of the new signage, which aims solely and exclusively to make life easier for everyone in traffic”, explains Ricardo Giovanelli, from company marketing.
The businessman patented the invention and the ways to activate the device. The prototype is already ready and will be presented to automakers at the beginning of next year. If the device was purchased by a manufacturer, there is no estimate of the cost, nor whether the brands will pass on the value to the end consumer. If this happens, Souza will be paid with royalties.