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Zulfikar Celik has opened the door of his VW Golf when a cyclist rolls up and …

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… has to evade so that he doesn’t …

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… drives into the door. The situation is posed for the photo and, according to Celik’s invention, could be considerably defused if every car opened a door …

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… would flash automatically. According to Celik, other road users would see the flashing light much sooner than the small red warning light in the door, which is located very low. But cyclists …

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… sit much higher than drivers; the door light, unlike the indicator, is barely in their field of vision.

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Zulfikar Celik from Wesel knows exactly how to avoid accidents between cars and cyclists. Although his idea is impressively simple and inexpensive, no car manufacturer wants to implement it.

E.s are two words that Zulfikar Celik no longer likes to hear. They are always spoken together and read: “Very interesting.” This is exactly what everyone says to him who hear about his invention, and he has already told many about it, and he has already applied for and received a patent for it. It’s just that nothing happens, and that makes Celik desperate.

He shares this fate with many free inventors whose ideas are ignored. What sets Celik apart from many others: His idea is sensible, easy to implement and not even expensive to implement.

The 45-year-old taxi driver from Wesel in North Rhine-Westphalia has not invented a miracle machine. No motor that runs on water, no car that generates energy for further movement from its own movement.

The bicycle helmet judgment would not have been necessary

Zulfikar Celik has found a solution to the problem that some people simply open a car door without looking back. And then a cyclist rolls up, crashes into the door and is seriously injured – as in the case of the compensation dispute just decided by the Federal Court of Justice.

It was about whether the injured cyclist would have had to wear a helmet in order to receive the full payment of the opposing liability insurance. If it didn’t, the BGH ruled, and Celik has printed out all the news he has read about this case. "You see," he says, pointing to the stack of paper, "this accident shouldn’t have happened."

When a car driver or a passenger in the back seat opens the door, it is often unexpected for approaching other road users. Especially when the rear car door is opened, as those sitting there have no rear-view mirror to look into.

Many new cars are equipped with red lights in the doors, but they are usually far below and therefore not in the direct field of vision of other drivers.

"The problem is, you need a study"

For the high-seated cyclists, these lights are even more difficult to see, according to Celik. “That’s why I want the indicators to go on as soon as someone opens the door. You don’t even need new technology in the car, everything is already there. "

Only the electronics have to be reprogrammed, but it is neither difficult nor expensive. The turn signal, or direction indicator in official German, is already not only linked to the turn signal lever or the hazard warning button. The car also produces a confirmation flash when it is opened or closed with the remote control.

One of those who would like to support Celik’s idea is Cornelius Neumann, professor at the Light Technology Institute in Karlsruhe. "The problem is, and we have also told Mr. Celik that you need a study to assess the effectiveness of your idea," says Neumann.

You need two to four cars for this, one half without any warning function or with the red light that is common today, the other half with reprogrammed indicators. And then you have to simulate different traffic situations with a few test persons for a few months. “Of course, without really endangering cyclists,” says Neumann.

It fails at 100,000 euros

Together with the evaluation, a time expenditure of around twelve months should be estimated. And there would be costs, around 100,000 euros, that’s the problem. “I don’t have any free money to check something like this on my own,” says Neumann, who usually has to apply for funds from the state or the federal government in order to do a study.

Or receives orders from industry. The auto companies are "very interested" in Celik’s idea, says Neumann. "When it came to spending money, however, there was less interest again."

Zulfikar Celik feels like someone who doesn’t get a job because he doesn’t have a permanent place of residence, but he can’t rent an apartment either, as long as he doesn’t have an income. The taxi driver, who has had his idea since 2008 when he witnessed a serious door accident, wrote to German car manufacturers, including politicians.

He would like the German manufacturers to offer this technology first, he paid around 3,000 euros for his patent, is an active public relations worker on his own behalf and hears from everywhere: "very interesting", the magic two words. “But the manufacturers say that politicians have to regulate that. And the politicians want the auto industry to make proposals. "

Audi’s lighting boss reacts cautiously

Wolfgang Huhn is the top lighting developer at Audi. Most recently, he was busy putting laser high beams into series production, which is a far greater challenge than implementing Celik’s idea. Chicken says: "I know Mr. Celik." But he doesn’t say much more. Rather, it refers to the ECE 48, a European directive for vehicle lighting, which makes very precise specifications as to what is allowed and what is not.

Celik should turn to the associations, such as the taxi and rental car association, so that they can put more public pressure on them. From Audi’s point of view, it becomes clear that the red warning lights in the doors are sufficient.

The ECE 48 is “not as solid as a granite rock,” says light professor Neumann. “The ECE changes over time, new warning functions can be incorporated. But to convince the committees, you need something valid. ”The expensive study. "Yes," says Neumann, "Experiment makes you smart."

And then Neumann says what everyone says: "The idea is very good."

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