September 9, 2021

TrailersTen years ago, St. Margaret’s Bay (Halifax), Nova Scotia-based SailTimer Inc. made the first sailboat wind sensor that could transmit to smartphones/apps. Now the company is moving some of the same wireless and sensing technology into DOT-approved LED trailer lights.

Trailer lights have hardly changed in 100 years; the wiring is time-consuming to install and not very reliable. A perfect target for wireless innovation, Speedy Trailer Lights solves those problems (patent pending). Just attach the left and right lights to the back of the trailer, and they’ll flash all turn signals, brake lights and tail lights while you are right there; no going back and forth to turn on different switches.

red lens 400No need to dismantle your vehicle taillights and wiring. No adapter to buy. No more deciphering large numbers of wires in your vehicle tail lights to connect to 4 wires on a trailer connector or transmitter. As we enter the era of electric cars and autonomous navigation, you do not need to connect any wires at all with these smart trailer lights.

There is a carbon-fibre battery pack inside the left and right lights, with the same type of rechargeable lithium battery cells as in many laptops and electric cars. The replaceable battery pack provides an estimated 30 hours of typical use between charges. Full details at the official launch.


OnSwitch 400top view of unit shows submersible (IP68) on-switch and micro-USB charging socket

 

 

 

 

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