Duo gets patent for vehicle indicator

Neha Basudkar
Thursday, 29 November 2018

The innovative indicator will help prevent mishaps

Pune: An MBA student and a housewife have jointly developed an innovative indicator, which can be mounted on the roof of a four-wheeler for better visibility while turning right or left. The main purpose behind improvising this device is to avoid accidents.

Ankita Nagarkar, an MBA student, and Ratna Patil, residents of Chinchwad and Nigdi, respectively, have developed this ‘innovative indicator’. The duo have registered a patent this month for their innovation. They will soon submit a proposal to the Ministry of Transport to approve its use for four-wheelers.
Nagarkar said, “I have seen that many accidents happen because the car indicators are not clearly visible. Therefore, cars following such vehicles ram into them. Normally, the indicators are placed in the tail light of the car while some cars (new models) have it on the side mirrors as well. Besides having two indicators on each side, accidents take place. Hence, these LED indicators, which can be mounted on the roof of the car, will provide a better indication of a car turning left or right.”

“This innovative indicator will prove useful for heavy vehicles, including luxury buses and trucks,” Nagarkar added.

Patil said, “Ankita came up with the idea of the ‘innovative indicator’ to be mounted on the roof of a car. Then, we approached a local mechanic and he attached the wires of the LED lights to the car system. We then thought of filing a patent for the same.” 

Nagarkar said, “When a car driver would turn on the left or right indicator, the LED lights mounted on the top of the car would also turn on along with the inbuilt indicators in the car. They are also waterproof. As per the RTO regulation, it will be yellow in colour.

Ten successful patents
Nagarkar, till date, has nine patents registered in her name. She got her first patent registered at the age of 16 in 2011. For that, she got a national award, which was presented by former president APJ Abdul Kalam.
The patents are:

  • Patent 1: Improved stapler. It indicates that the pins are finishing. Patent received in 2011 at age of 16.
  • Patent 2: Innovative petrol pump, to increase the visibility of quality and quantity of petrol/diesel. Patent received in 2014 at the age of 19.
  • Patent 3: Eye irritation-free onion cutting device. It avoids irritation of eyes while cutting onions. Patent received in 2015 at the age of 20.
  • Patent 4: Sliding vehicle based upon gravitational force. It is used for coming down from a higher level. Patent received in 2016 at the age of 21.
  • Patent 5: Wind-operated mobile phone charge. The charger uses wind energy. Patent registered in 2016 at the age of 22.
  • Patent 6: Copper-coated aluminium vessels to avoid disadvantages of cooking in aluminium vessels, as it is hazardous for health. Patent received in 2017 at the age of 23.
  • Patent 7: Herbal liquid used for washing utensils. It is chemical free. Patent received in 2017 at the age of 23.
  • Patent 8: Innovative dish antenna. It makes TV channels clearly visible even in rural areas. Patent received in 2017 at the age of 23.
  • Patent 9: Multidimensional exerciser. It is used for physical as well as mental exercise using innovative cycle. Patent received in 2018 at the age of 23.
  • Patent 10: Improved indicator. It is used to increase the visibility of the indicator to avoid accidents. Patent received in 2018 at the age of 23.
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