Ice-buster 

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Description of the Prior Art

Numerous other snow removal systems exist in the prior art. Typical of these are U.S. Patent Nos. 2,717,957; 4,728,775, 5,029,662; 5,115,116; 5,408,071; 5,591,365; 6,100,500; 6,163,013; 6,710,302; and International Patent Applications EP 0 558 845; ES 2072216 and DE 10024765.

While these ice and snow removal systems may be suitable for the purposes for which they were designed, they would not be as suitable for the purposes of the present invention, as hereinafter described.

Summary of the Invention

The present invention is an ice and snow elimination system for motor vehicles, hereinafter referred to as "Smart Car Ice and Snow Eliminator." Snow and ice are melted by infrared rays which are emitted by gas tubes or infrared radiant ceramic or quartz heating emitters or any device or process that emits infrared rays. The gas tubes are positioned around the periphery of the exterior vehicle surfaces. The heat from the infrared rays melts around the periphery of the exterior vehicle surfaces. The heat from the infrared rays melts snow preventing it from accumulating on the glass and metal surfaces of a motor vehicle.

The "Smart Car Ice and Snow Eliminator" is activated by pressing the snowflake icon on a remote communication device when the engine is off and the temperature sensor senses that the outside temperature is below a predetermined temperature value of 33°F. A white activation light on the dashboard blinks on and off indicating that the car is now in Standard Sentry Mode. When snow is detected by the precipitation sensor, the heating system is turned on and snow is melted and prevented from accumulating on the exterior vehicle surfaces. The "Smart Car Ice and Snow Eliminator" also uses a precipitation sensor for determining when precipitation begins and ends. The precipitation sensor, upon sensing that snowfall has stopped for a set duration, selectively activates an Evaporation Mode.

Infrared rays are produced at a high temperature and evaporate all the water from the glass and metal surfaces. This prevents the formation of ice. When all the glass and metal surfaces are completely dry, Standard Sentry Mode is reactivated, and, if snowfall resumes, the heating system will automatically go on and snow will be melted and prevented from accumulating on the exterior vehicle surfaces. Automatic Sentry Mode (for luxury cars) functions in the same way. Please note, however, that no remote communication device is needed with Automatic Sentry Mode. An Ice Buster Feature is used to quickly eliminate a large buildup of ice and snow (for economy cars) or, in mid-priced cars, when the driver forgets to activate the anticipatory technology (Standard Sentry Mode).