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Objects of the Present Invention

A primary object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system that overcomes the shortcomings of the prior art. Another object of the present invention is to save the user the burden of manual labor by providing an ice and snow elimination system. Still another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system including gas tubes positioned on The periphery of the exterior vehicle surfaces for emitting infrared rays to warm the surfaces. Still another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein the exterior surface of the vehicle is at least one of a hood, roof, trunk, front windshield, rear windshield, passenger side windows, driver side windows and outside mirrors. Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein a personal communication device provides the user with a wireless interface to start the system.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein the personal communication device is at least one of a computer, a cellular phone, a car remote and/or a personal digital assistant. An even further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system including a first and second sentry mode of operation hereinafter referred to as Standard Sentry Mode and Automatic Sentry Mode respectively. Still a further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein Standard Sentry Mode and Automatic Sentry Mode include a temperature sensor for sensing the outside temperature. Still yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system including a precipitation sensor for determining when precipitation begins and ends. An even further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein when the temperature sensor senses that the outside temperature is below a predetermined temperature value of 33° F and the precipitation sensor detects snowfall and the engine is off, the heating system will be activated and infrared rays will melt any snow that falls on the exterior surfaces of the vehicle preventing any accumulation of snow and ice on said surfaces.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein in a first sentry mode (Standard Sentry Mode) the precipitation sensor, upon determining that snowfall has stopped for a set interval, selectively activates an evaporation mode to evaporate accumulated water from the glass and metal surfaces. Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein an Ice Buster button on a remote communication device provides a manual activation of the heating system to melt a heavy accumulation of ice and snow when Standard Sentry Mode was not activated. Still a further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein an Ice Buster feature heats up the glass and metal surfaces instantly to remove ice and snow after it has settled on the glass and metal surfaces of a motor vehicle. An even further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein after the ice buster mode melts all the snow and ice from the glass and metal surfaces, the evaporation mode evaporates accumulated water from all the glass and metal surfaces. Still another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein when the driver presses the ice buster button on a remote communication device and the temperature sensor senses that the outside temperature is above a predetermined temperature value of 44° F, the ice buster mode is not operational.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein in a second sentry mode, Automatic Sentry Mode, the temperature sensor causes the system to be inactivated if an outside temperature value is greater than or equal to the predetermined temperature value of 33° F.Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein in a second sentry mode, Automatic Sentry Mode, when the temperature sensor indicates that the exterior temperature returns below 33° F, the Automatic Sentry Mode shall be reactivated. Still yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein a first sentry mode, Standard Sentry Mode, includes an automatic shutoff feature after 72 hours. Another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system having a power source incorporating all future means of power generation, such as proton exchange membrane fuel cell. The invention is not limited to any one type of power source and the use of lithium ion batteries is one possible means of providing a power source. Therefore, the type of power source used is a design decision that forms no part of the present invention.

 

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide various gas tube configurations including placement across the top and/or bottom of the front and rear windshields. Still another object of the present invention is to provide for infrared wave generation having a degree of incidence with the glass and metal surfaces calculated to prevent adverse effects to the glass and/or metal surfaces. Still yet another object of the present invention is to provide a system wherein "Automatic Sentry Mode" is activated as long as the engine is off and the outside temperature is below 33° F and would be deactivated when the engine is started or the outside temperature rises above 32° F. Additionally, "Automatic Sentry Mode" would be deactivated when the driver uses an "automatic garage door opener" to park the car in a garage. Another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein when the engine is off, the driver presses the snowflake icon on a remote communication device, and the temperature sensor senses that the outside temperature is above a predetermined temperature value of 32° F, Temperature Monitor Mode shall be activated. The temperature sensor shall monitor the outside temperature continuously (at outside temperature values between 33° F and 38° F) or at set intervals (at outside temperature values between 39° F and 44° F). When the temperature sensor senses that the outside temperature falls below a predetermined temperature value of 33° F, Standard Sentry Mode shall be activated.

An even further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein Temperature Monitor Mode is also functional with Automatic Sentry Mode. Please note, however, that no remote communication device is needed with Automatic Sentry Mode. Still another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein when the driver presses the snowflake icon on a remote communication device and the temperature sensor senses that the outside temperature is above a predetermined temperature value of 44° F, Temperature Monitor Mode shall not be operational.Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein Temperature Monitor Mode is deactivated when the engine is started. An even further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein Standard Sentry Mode is deactivated when the engine is started. Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein Automatic Sentry Mode is deactivated when the engine is started. Still another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein in a second sentry mode, Automatic Sentry Mode, the precipitation sensor, upon determining that frozen precipitation has stopped for a set interval, selectively activates an evaporation mode to evaporate accumulated water from the glass and metal surfaces. An even further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein in a first sentry mode, Standard Sentry Mode, the temperature sensor causes the system to be inactivated if a temperature value is greater than or equal to a predetermined temperature value of 33 degrees Fahrenheit.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein in a first sentry mode, Standard Sentry Mode, when the temperature sensor indicates that the exterior temperature returns below 33° F, the Standard Sentry Mode shall be reactivated. An even further object of the present invention is to provide an ice and snow elimination system wherein after the evaporation mode has evaporated all the water from the glass and metal surfaces, either Standard Sentry Mode or Automatic Sentry Mode is reactivated and, if snowfall resumes, snow will be prevented from accumulating on the exterior vehicle surfaces.The present invention overcomes the shortcomings of the prior art by providing an ice and snow elimination system for motor vehicles when the engine is off. The present invention is unique in that its counterintuitive features are activated when the engine is off. The system allows consumers to remotely activate the ice and snow elimination system in Standard Sentry Mode to keep the exterior car surfaces free of ice and snow. Upon the availability of better conditions such as the onset of warmer weather, the ice and snow elimination system will shut down temporarily to optimize the system. Preferably, the system has three models available, one for luxury vehicles (Automatic Sentry Mode), another for mid-priced vehicles (Standard Sentry Mode), and another for economy vehicles (Ice Buster Feature).The foregoing and other objects and advantages will appear from the description to follow. In the description, reference is made to the accompanying drawings which form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. These embodiments will be described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention, and it is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and that structural changes may be made without departing from the scope of the invention. In the accompanying drawings, like reference characters designate the same or similar parts throughout the several views. The following detailed description is, therefore, not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the present invention is best defined by the appended claims.