Competitive Technologies licenses automotive MEMS

Nov. 20, 2002 — Competitive Technologies Inc. said it has licensed MEMS-based technology for vehicle safety.

The Fairfield, Conn.-based firm signed a nonexclusive license with inventor Craig Carlson to commercialize two applications involving two-axis accelerometers: a rollover detection device and brake-light emergency stop warning system. Terms were not disclosed.

The rollover technology senses a dangerous inclination of the vehicle and warns the driver of imminent danger. The sensor and electronics are designed to fit inside a vehicle’s rear-view mirror. The brake warning system, designed to plug into the existing wiring of a vehicle, signals sudden stops or emergency braking with an alternate left-right flashing light in addition to the normal brake lights.

Carlson, who received two U.S. patents this year, is chief executive of Strategic Innovation Corp., a technology development company. He previously served as director of enterprises and intellectual property development for Arthur D. Little, a management-consulting firm.


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