GB2525045A - Indicator control system - Google Patents

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GB2525045A
GB2525045A GB201406573A GB201406573A GB2525045A GB 2525045 A GB2525045 A GB 2525045A GB 201406573 A GB201406573 A GB 201406573A GB 201406573 A GB201406573 A GB 201406573A GB 2525045 A GB2525045 A GB 2525045A
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Urmila Mistry
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60Q1/00Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices
    • B60Q1/26Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
    • B60Q1/34Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic for indicating change of drive direction
    • B60Q1/343Manually actuated switching arrangements therefor
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60KARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS, IN VEHICLES
    • B60K37/00Dashboards
    • B60K37/04Arrangement of fittings on dashboard
    • B60K37/06Arrangement of fittings on dashboard of controls, e.g. controls knobs
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60Q1/00Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices
    • B60Q1/26Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
    • B60Q1/34Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic for indicating change of drive direction
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60KARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS, IN VEHICLES
    • B60K2350/00Arrangements or adaptations of instruments; Dashboards
    • B60K2350/10Input/output devices or features thereof
    • B60K2350/1008Input devices or features thereof
    • B60K2350/1052Input by gesture

Abstract

The invention relates to an indicator control system for a vehicle, the indicator control system comprising: a gesture sensor having an activated and a deactivated state, the gesture sensor being arranged, when in its activated state, to detect a gesture performed by a driver of the vehicle; a gesture sensor activator arranged to activate the gesture sensor when an activation criterion is met and to deactivate the gesture sensor when a deactivation criterion is met; and a controller arranged to control a vehicle indicator in dependence on the gesture detected by the gesture sensor. The gesture may be a hand gesture.

Description

INDICATOR CONTROL SYSTEM

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present disclosure relates to an indicator control system and particularly, but not exclusively, to an indicator control system for a vehicle. Aspects of the invention relate to a system, to a vehicle and to a method of controlling indicators of a vehicle.

BACKGROUND

Indicator buttons on vehicle steering wheels have been used to replace conventional indicator stalks. While the removal of these indicator stalks is advantageous for packaging reasons, it can be difficult to use steering wheel indicator switches when the steering wheel has been rotated out of its default position. This can occur in many driving scenarios such as when a driver wishes to use the indicators to indicate to other road users that the driver wishes to exit a roundabout. Is

It is an aim of embodiments of the invention to address this issue. Other aims and advantages will be inferred from the following description, claims and drawings.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Aspects of the invention are defined in the appended claims.

In an aspect of the invention there is provided an indicator control system for a vehicle, the indicator control system comprising: a gesture sensor having an activated and a deactivated state, the gesture sensor being arranged, when in its activated state, to detect a gesture performed by a driver of the vehicle; a gesture sensor activator arranged to activate the gesture sensor when an activation criterion is met; and a controller arranged to control a vehicle indicator in dependence on the gesture detected by the gesture sensor.

In an embodiment the gesture sensor activator is arranged to deactivate the gesture sensor when a deactivation criterion is met.

In an aspect of the invention there is provided an indicator control system for a vehicle, the indicator control system comprising: a gesture sensor having an activated and a deactivated state, the gesture sensor being arranged, when in its activated state, to detect a gesture performed by a driver of the vehicle; a gesture sensor activator arranged to activate the gesture sensor when an activation criterion is met and to deactivate the gesture sensor when a deactivation criterion is met; and a controller arranged to control a vehicle indicator in dependence on the gesture detected by the gesture sensor.

In an embodment, the gesture sensor activator comprises a GPS sensor arranged to detect the distance of the vehicle from a junction, and wherein the activation criterion is a first threshold distance, and the deactivation criterion is a second threshold distance greater than the first distance.

Is In an embodment, using a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and e-field gesture sensing, a driver of the vehicle is able to do a pre-defined in-air gesture near the steering wheel which would turn the indicators on! cancel them if already on! or change direction shown by the indicators. The use of the pre-selection switch and GPS positioning facilitates elimination of false triggers by the driver inadvertently doing gestures near the steering wheel. In embodiments, the use of GPS and the pre-selection switch also restricts the gesture sensors to only activate if a junction was being approached.

In an embodiment, the gesture sensor activator comprises: an indicator switch switchable between an off state and an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on slate, and the deactivation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the off state.

This embodiment provides a system for switching the indicators on or off for vehicles in which the indicator stalks/columns have been removed and replaced with steering wheel switches.

In an embodiment, the gesture sensor activator comprises: a steering wheel position sensor for detecting a change of steering wheel position, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state and the steering wheel position sensor detects a change of steering wheel position, and the deactivation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the off state.

In an embodiment, the change in the steering wheel position is an absolute position and wherein the activation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches an activation position and the deactivation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches a deactivation position.

An example use case for this embodiment is realised when the steering wheel is out of its default position and the indicator switches on it are out of position and difficult for the user to operate.

In an embodiment, the change in the steering wheel position is rate of change of position of the steering wheel and wherein the activation criterion is met when the rate of change of position reaches an activation threshold rate and the deactivation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches a deactivation threshold rate.

is In an embodiment, the gesture sensor activator comprises: a timer for measuring the time elapsed following the indicator switch moving from an off to an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state and the time elapsed is below a first threshold, and the deactivation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the off state.

The gesture sensor may be a hand gesture sensor. The gesture sensor may have a range of less than O.2m.

In an aspect of the invention there is provided a method of controlling indicators of a vehicle, the method comprising: activating a gesture sensor using a gesture sensor activator when a predefined activation criterion is met; sensing a gesture using the gesture sensor; and controlling the indicators in dependence on the gesture sensed.

In an embodiment, the gesture sensor activator comprises a OPS sensor and the activation criterion is met when the OPS sensor determines that the vehicle is within a predefined distance of a junction.

In an embodiment, the gesture sensor activator comprises an indicator switch switchable between an off state and an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state.

In an embodiment, the gesture sensor activator comprises: a steering wheel position sensor for detecting a change of steering wheel position, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state and the steering wheel position sensor detects a predefined change of steering wheel position.

In an embodiment, the change in the steering wheel position is an absolute position and wherein the activation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches an activation position.

In an embodiment, the change in the steering wheel position is rate of change of position of the steering wheel and wherein the activation criterion is met when the rate of change of position reaches an activation threshold rate. Is

In an embodiment, the gesture sensor activator comprises: a timer for measuring the time elapsed following the indicator switch moving from an off to an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state and the time elapsed is below a first threshold.

Within the scope of this application it is expressly intended that the various aspects, embodiments, examples and alternatives set out in the preceding paragraphs, in the claims and/or in the following description and drawings, and in particular the individual features thereof, may be taken independently or in any combination. That is, all embodiments and/or features of any embodiment can be combined in any way and/or combination, unless such features are incompatible. The applicant reserves the right to change any originally filed claim or file any new claim accordingly, including the right to amend any originally filed claim to depend from and/or incorporate any feature of any other claim although not originally claimed in that manner.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

One or more embodiments of the invention wll now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 shows a schematic interior of a vehicle comprising an indicator control system according to an embodiment of the invention; Figure 2 shows a flow chart of a method of controlling vehicle indicators according to an embodiment of the invention; and Figure 3 shows a flow chart of a method of controlling vehicle indicators according to another embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Figure 1 schematically shows an interior 10 of a vehicle 12 comprising an indcator control system according to an embodiment of the invention. The indicator control system comprises a gesture sensor 14 arranged to detect gestures made by a driver using their hand. Gestures may include single hand movements or combination of hand movements.

For example a gesture may be made by a driver moving their hand to the left and to the right. Gestures may also be made using fingers such that a driver might make a gesture by extending and flexing one or more fingers. Is

The gesture sensor 14 is preferably a hand gesture sensor and preferably comprises an electric field (e-field) sensor. The gesture sensor has a range for detecting gestures of up to 0.2m. In an embodiment the gesture sensor has a range of 0.lm. The range of the gesture sensor may be tuned to balance the interests of having a wide range in which to perform a hand gesture and a small range to reduce noise as a result of non-gesture hand movements. In an embodiment, the gesture sensor is positioned on the side of a steering wheel column 16 of the vehicle 12. In an embodiment there may be more than one gesture sensor. For example one gesture sensor could be positioned on the left hand side of the steering column and another gesture sensor could be positioned on the ride hand side of the steering column. Sensors on the left hand side can be used to detect control gestures for controlling left hand indicators on the vehicle and sensors on the right hand side can be used to detect control gestures for controlling right hand indicators on the vehicle. In this embodiment the sensors are paired.

The indicator control system comprises a gesture sensor activator 18. In an embodiment, the gesture sensor activator comprises an indicator switch 20 as used to switch vehicle indicators between an on and an off state, where indicator switches have replaced indicator stalks. The term indicator switch should be understood to include more than one switch 20.

In an example embodiment two switches 20 are positioned on the steering wheel, one on the left hand side and one on the right hand side to operate the left and right indicators respectively. The term indicator switch should also be understood to include a push button having no physical switchable position. For example the push button may be pressed to switch the indicators on, and thus switched into an on position or state, and pressed again to switch the indicators off, and thus switched into an off position or state. The gesture sensor activator is arranged to activate the gesture sensor when an activation criterion is met and to deactivate the gesture sensor when a deactivation criterion is met. It should be understood that activate and deactivate do not exclude the case where the gesture sensor is always activated and in the deactivated state, the output of the gesture sensor is disregarded by the indicator control system.

In an example embodiment, the gesture sensor may be activated when the indicator switches are switched to an on state and may be deactivated when the indicator switches are switched to an off state.

In an embodiment the gesture sensor activator comprises a steering wheel position sensor 22 as used to determine the position of a steering wheel 24 of the vehicle 12. In an is embodiment the steering wheel position sensor 22 detects the rotational position of the steering wheel 24. In an embodiment, the activation criterion is met when the steering wheel is rotated from its normal position. For example the activation criterion may be met when the steering wheel is rotated beyond 90 degrees from its resting position. The deactivation criterion may be met when the steering wheel is rotated towards the resting position so that it is less than 90 degrees rotated from its rest position. In an embodiment the steering wheel position sensor 22 detects the rotation rate of the steering wheel. In an embodiment, the activation criterion is met when the steering wheel is rotated at a rate above an activation threshold rate. The deactivation criterion may be met when the steering wheel is rotated at a rate above a deactivation threshold rate.

In an embodiment the gesture sensor activator comprises a timer (not shown) for timing the time elapsed after the indicator switches are switched to an on state. The activation criterion may be met when the time recorded by the timer is below a predetermined threshold. Above the threshold the deactivation criteria is met.

In an embodiment the gesture sensor activator comprises a OPS sensor (not shown). The GPS sensor may be that which is used to provide position data to a navigation system 26 or may be a separate GPS sensor. The GPS sensor is used to determine the position of the vehicle in relation to known junctions. In an embodiment the distance of the vehicle from a junction is be used to activate or deactivate the gesture sensor 14. For example, when the vehicle is above a threshold distance from a junction, the deactivation criterion is met. When the vehicle is below a threshold distance from a junction, the activation criteria is met.

The indicator control system comprises a controller (not shown) coupled to the gesture sensor 14 and the gesture sensor activator 18. The controller is arranged to control a vehicle indicator (not shown) in dependence on the gesture detected by the gesture sensor 14. The controller may also be configured to control the vehicle indicator in the absence of a gesture being detected, or when the gesture sensor is in the deactivated state. In this case, the controller controls the vehicle indicator to modfy its status when a gesture is de[ected by the gesture sensor. For example, the controller may control the indicator to turn off when an off' gesture is performed by the driver. The gesture sensor and/or controller may be arranged to interpret various gestures for each action. As such gestures are not described further herein.

Figure 2 shows a method 200 as performed by an indicator control system according to an embodiment of the invention comprising a GPS sensor. The method illustrated begins as the vehicle approaches a junction at 210. The OPS sensor detects the approaching junction at is 212. When the OPS sensor detects the approaching junction is below a predefined threshold distance, the gesture sensor is activated at 214. The driver of the vehicle then performs a gesture at 216 which is sensed by the sensor. If the gesture is indicative of the driver wishing to switch the indicator on, the controller of the indicator control system proceeds to switch the indicator on at 218.

Figure 3 shows a method 300 as performed by an indicator control system according to an embodiment of the invention comprising indicator switches and optionally a steering wheel position sensor and/or a timer. The method illustrated begins as the vehicle approaches a junction at 310. It should be understood that the method of Figure 3 may also begin as the vehicle is not approaching a junction or is stationary. At 312 the driver of the vehicle presses the indicator switch, on the steering wheel or otherwise, to turn on the indicators at 314. In an embodiment, the action of turning on the indicators causes the gesture sensor to be activated at 316.

In another embodiment, the action of turning on the indicators causes a steering wheel position sensor to become active. It the position of the steering wheel is greater than a threshold angle at 318, the method proceeds to 316. If the rate of change of position ot the steering wheel is greater than a threshold at 320, the method proceeds to 316. In another embodiment, the action of turning on the indicators causes a timer to begin timing. While the time elapsed is below a predetermined threshold the method proceeds to step 316.

At step 324 a gesture is performed. The gesture is sensed and compared to a library of known gestures to be classified. If the gesture is classified as a gesture indicative that the driver wants to turn the indicator off, the indicator is cancelled at 326. If the gesture is classified as a gesture indicative that the driver wishes to change the direction of indication, the indicator is switched on for the opposite direction at 328.

Aspects and embodiments of the present invention are set out in the following numbered paragraphs.

1. An indicator control system for a vehicle, the indicator control system comprising: a gesture sensor having an activated and a deactivated state, the gesture sensor being arranged, when in its activated state, to detect a gesture performed by a driver of the vehicle; a gesture sensor activator arranged to activate the gesture sensor when an activation IS criterion is met and to deactivate the gesture sensor when a deactivation criterion is met; and a controller arranged to control a vehicle indicator in dependence on the gesture detected by the gesture sensor.

2. An indicator control system for a vehicle as defined in paragraph 1, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises a GPS sensor arranged to detect the distance of the vehicle from a junction, and wherein the activation criterion is a first threshold distance, and the deactivation criterion is a second threshold distance greater than the first distance.

3. An indicator control system for a vehicle as defined in paragraph 1, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: an indicator switch switchable between an off state and an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the on state, and the deactivation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the off state.

4. An indicator control system for a vehicle as defined in paragraph 3, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: a steering wheel position sensor for detecting a change of steering wheel position, wherein the activation criterion is met when the steering wheel position sensor detects a change of steering wheel position.

5. An indicator control system for a vehicle as defined in paragraph 4, wherein the change in the steering wheel position is an absolute position and wherein the activation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches an activation position and the deactivation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches a deactivation position.

6. An indicator control system for a vehicle as defined in paragraph 4, wherein the change in the steering wheel position is rate of change of position of the steering wheel and wherein the activation criterion is met when the rate of change of position reaches an activation threshold rate and the deactivation criterion is met when the rate of change of position of the steering wheel reaches a deactivation threshold rate.

7. An indicator control system for a vehicle as defined in paragraph 3, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: IS a timer for measuring the time elapsed following the indicator switch moving from an off to an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state and the time elapsed is below a first threshold, and the deactivation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the off state.

8. An indicator control system for a vehicle as defined in paragraph 1 wherein the gesture sensor is a hand gesture sensor.

9. An indicator control system for a vehicle as defined in paragraph 1 wherein the gesture sensor has a range of less than 0.2m.

10. A vehicle comprising indicators and an indicator control system as defined in paragraph 1, wherein the indicator control system is arranged to control the indicators.

11. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle, the method comprising: activating a gesture sensor using a gesture sensor activator when a predefined activation criterion is met; sensing a gesture using the gesture sensor; and controlling the indicators in dependence on the gesture sensed.

12. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as defined in paragraph 11, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises a OPS sensor and the activation criterion is met when the OPS sensor determines that the vehicle is within a predefined distance of a junction.

13. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as defined in paragraph 11, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises an indicator switch switchable between an off state and an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state.

14. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as defined in paragraph 13, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: a steering wheel position sensor for detecting a change of steering wheel position, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state and the steering wheel position sensor detects a predefined change of steering wheel position.

Is 15. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as defined in paragraph 14, wherein the change in the steering wheel position is an absolute position and wherein the activation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches an activation position.

16. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as defined in paragraph 14, wherein the change in the steering wheel position is rate of change of position of the steering wheel and wherein the activation criterion is met when the rate of change of position reaches an activation threshold rate.

17. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as defined in paragraph 13, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: a timer for measuring the time elapsed following the indicator switch moving from an off to an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is in the on state and the time elapsed is below a first threshold.

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  1. CLAIMS1. An indicator control system for a vehicle, the indicator control system comprising: a gesture sensor having an activated and a deactivated state, the gesture sensor being arranged, when in its activated state, to detect a gesture performed by a driver of the vehicle; a gesture sensor activator arranged to activate the gesture sensor when an activation criterion is met and to deactivate the gesture sensor when a deactivation criterion is met; and a controller arranged to control a vehicle indicator in dependence on the gesture detected by the gesture sensor.
  2. 2. An indicator control system for a vehicle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the gesture is sensor activator comprises a OPS sensor arranged to detect the distance of the vehicle from a junction, and wherein the activation criterion is a first threshold distance, and the deactivation criterion is a second threshold distance greater than the first distance.
  3. 3. An indicator control system for a vehicle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: an indicator switch switchable to an off state and an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the on state, and the deactivation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the off state.
  4. 4. An indicator control system for a vehicle as claimed in claim 3, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: a steering wheel position sensor for detecting a change of steering wheel position, wherein the activation criterion is met when the steering wheel position sensor detects a change of steering wheel position.
  5. 5. An indicator control system for a vehicle as claimed in claim 4, wherein the change in the steering wheel position is an absolute position and wherein the activation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches an activation position and the deactivation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches a deactivation position.
  6. 6. An indicator control system for a vehicle as claimed in claim 4, wherein the change in the steering wheel position is rate of change of position of the steering wheel and wherein the activation criterion is met when the rate of change of position reaches an activation threshold rate and the deactivation criterion is met when the rate of change of position of the steering wheel reaches a deactivation threshold rate.
  7. 7. An indicator control system for a vehicle as claimed in claim 3, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: a timer for measuring the time elapsed following the indicator switch moving from an off to an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the on state and the time elapsed is below a first threshold, and the deactivation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the off state.
  8. 8. An indicator control system for a vehicle as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the gesture sensor is a hand gesture sensor. Is
  9. 9. An indicator control system for a vehicle as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the gesture sensor has a range of less than 0.2m.
  10. 10. A vehicle comprising one or more indicators and an indicator control system as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the indicator control system is arranged to control the one or more indicators.
  11. 11. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle, the method comprising: activating a gesture sensor using a gesture sensor activator when a predefined activation criterion is met; sensing a gesture using the gesture sensor; and controlling the indicators in dependence on the gesture sensed.
  12. 12. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as claimed in claim 11, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises a GPS sensor and the activation criterion is met when the OPS sensor determines that the vehicle is within a predefined distance of a junction.
  13. 13. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as claimed in claim 11, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises an indicator switch switchable to an off stale and an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the on state.
  14. 14. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as claimed in claim 13, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: a steering wheel position sensor for detecting a change of steering wheel position, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the on state and the steering wheel position sensor detects a predefined change of steering wheel position.
  15. 15. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as claimed in claim 14, wherein the change in the steering wheel position is an absolute position and wherein the activation criterion is met when the position of the steering wheel reaches an activation position.
  16. 16. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as claimed in claim 14, wherein the change in the steering wheel position is rate of change of position of the steering wheel and wherein the activation criterion is met when the rate of change of position reaches an IS activation threshold rate.
  17. 17. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as claimed in claim 13, wherein the gesture sensor activator comprises: a timer for measuring the time elapsed following the indicator switch moving from an off to an on state, wherein the activation criterion is met when the indicator switch is switched to the on state and the time elapsed is below a first threshold.
  18. 18. An indicator control system for a vehicle as hereinbefore described with reference to the Figures.
  19. 19. A method of controlling indicators of a vehicle as hereinbefore described with reference to the Figures.
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