Patent Number: 7,132,935

Title: Single person vehicle light test

Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided whereby a single person can test exterior lights of a vehicle. The apparatus comprises a controller coupled to the lights for turning light groups ON and OFF in a predetermined sequence in response to a START TEST signal and vehicle safe-status. Vehicle status sensors are provided for reporting to the controller the status of predetermined vehicle elements whose safe status is a prerequisite for testing the lights. A user actuated switch coupled to the controller provides the START TEST signal. Vehicle safe-status desirably includes transmission in PARK and motor OFF. An internal memory coupled to the controller stores data on prior tests and prompts the user that another test is needed. Prompts are also desirably provided to tell the user what changes need to be made to achieve safe-status for the test. Post test, the vehicle desirably returns to its prior state.

Inventors: Bolander; Thomas E. (Flint, MI), Roberts; Alexander J. (Commerce Township, MI)

Assignee: General Motors Corporation

International Classification: B60Q 1/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00