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Stoptix automatic brake light warns against rear-end collisions .... before you touch the brakes

Stoptix automatic brake light ...
Stoptix is designed to detect deceleration and light up regardless whether the brakes are applied or not
Stoptix is designed to detect deceleration and light up regardless whether the brakes are applied or not
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Stoptix is designed to detect deceleration and light up regardless whether the brakes are applied or not
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Stoptix is designed to detect deceleration and light up regardless whether the brakes are applied or not
Stoptix is weatherproof and shines brighter than the typical incandescent bulb
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Stoptix is weatherproof and shines brighter than the typical incandescent bulb
A Harley-Davidson Street Glide with Stoptix installed on the showroom floor of Mech Optix
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A Harley-Davidson Street Glide with Stoptix installed on the showroom floor of Mech Optix
Stoptix requires no modification to the vehicle, as it simply plugs in place of a standard motorcycle tail/brake bulb
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Stoptix requires no modification to the vehicle, as it simply plugs in place of a standard motorcycle tail/brake bulb
Stoptix carries its own power source
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Stoptix carries its own power source
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Brake lights are there to inform following traffic that the vehicle is slowing down, but what happens if the deceleration is not the result of braking? The Stoptix automatic brake light is designed to alert other road users that deceleration is taking place in front of them even when the brakes have not been applied.

There are many circumstances that may lead to a vehicle rapidly slowing down; braking is just one of them. Sudden mechanical failure, running out of fuel, collision, downshifting or simply rolling off the throttle can catch the following traffic unaware – even more so if those coming from behind fail to keep a safe distance or are distracted.

Mech Optix from Huntsville, Alabama, developed the Stoptix device specifically for these situations where deceleration occurs prior to braking. The time between the moment when a vehicle starts to slow down and the activation of its brake lights may well be the decisive factor that separates a rear-end collision from safe evasive action. For instance, a vehicle travelling at 55 mph (88.5 km/h) covers 80 feet (24.4 m) in one second. In other words, for every second that this driver is unaware of the traffic ahead stopping, he is losing 80 good feet for braking.

Stoptix is designed to detect deceleration and light up regardless whether the brakes are applied or not. An electronic circuit contained within the light bulb includes the deceleration sensor, an LED light and its own power source. The battery can hold its charge for a maximum of three hours, translating to 20 seconds of continuous lighting and quickly recharges when you hit the brakes. In practice this means that once the brake is applied for two or more seconds, Stoptix will be charged and ready to intervene when needed. Needless to say that it will also perform all the typical tasks of a tail/brake light.

A Harley-Davidson Street Glide with Stoptix installed on the showroom floor of Mech Optix
A Harley-Davidson Street Glide with Stoptix installed on the showroom floor of Mech Optix

Unlike more elaborate systems – such as BMW’s dynamic brake light that offers enhanced warning during braking – Stoptix requires no modification to the vehicle, as it simply plugs in place of any typical 1154 (US), 1157 (US) or P21/5W bulb. This means that it’s compatible with most motorcycles, cars or other vehicles that use these standard sockets – with the exception of rear-loading bulbs. Mech Optix designed Stoptix specifically for motorcycles, but plans to offer similar safety products for the whole automotive field and is also working on a bicycle brake light which will soon launch on Kickstarter.

Stoptix is also weatherproof, shines brighter than the typical incandescent bulb and promises a lifespan of five years or 500,000 working cycles. It is compatible with both 6 and 12 V vehicles and it has even been successfully tested on motorcycles with CAN bus systems. Its operating temperatures range from -22 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 to 65 degrees Celsius), meaning that there are very few places on Earth where it would fail to operate.

The suggested retail price is US$79.95 (€72) for one bulb or $139.95 (€125) for a pair, although a limited pre-order offer is currently running at $59.95 (€54) per bulb or $99.95 (€89) per pair.

Watch the Stoptix bulb in action in the following video.

Source: Mech Optix

Stoptix Automatic Brake Lamp - Introduction

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5 comments
Kie
I know when the vehicle in front is decelerating because it gets closer.
Dirk Scott
The information provided to other road users from each vehicle has stalled at about 1960 while the information flow in the rest of the world has moved on. We need some innovation in this field, but it has to be universally adopted. This product looks great. I don't care if the guy in front is slowing because he hit a moose or because his transmission locked up. I just want to know he is slowing. Many years ago I drove one of those British double decker buses through a busy city for a year. We drivers preferred the old models because they had squeaky brakes, the noise of which would frighten pedestrians off the road. How about some FRONT brake lamps with a noise, especially on electric vehicles. It would be so good to know if the approaching car had seen you and was slowing.
Slowburn
Useful just the time difference in the lighting of a LED and filament light can give several feet of difference in where the following car stops.
Runklmstiltzskin
It looked good except that part of it coming on when you down shift,I generally ''downshift just before I pick up speed,just twisting the throttle,doesn't give me the instant power needed to raise the front wheel off the pavement,...You save money on front tires if you ride with the front end off the ground most of the time,riding on just the rear wheel makes people around you give you plenty of room....Of course what I save in tires, I spend on new chains....
dougspair
...3 hours 'battery' life, recharges in 2-3 seconds...sounds like the battery is actually a 'supercap'....? Seems overall a decent 'stop-light' for the price.