Automotive Horn Switch
Flexpoint holds two patents with respect to the horn switch application of its Bend Sensor technology. Current airbag configurations have limited the design flexibility of horn switches, which are generally placed on the sides of the center steering column to avoid interference with the driver’s side air bag.
The Flexpoint sensor is a thin sheet of screen-printed plastic that can be laminated between the air bag assembly and a flexible cover on the steering wheel. The device can be placed over the air bag assembly on the steering wheel in place of the traditional switch that has been placed on the side of the air bag assembly, thus eliminating the frustration and design waste associated with the need for button switches.
There are many additional applications for Bend Sensor technology in new and existing automotive systems. For example, automotive transmission equipment, function controls, accelerator and braking controls, fuel control, level detection, and crash sensors could all be areas where the Bend Sensor would effectively improve existing technology.