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1. (WO2019046747) AUXILIARY APPARATUS FOR USE WITH A VEHICLE ELECTRIC PLUG, AUXILIARY LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR USE IN SUCH AN APPARATUS
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WHAT IS CLAIMED:

1. An auxiliary apparatus for use with an associated vehicle having: a vehicle light that is designed to illuminate a ground surface in front of the vehicle; and, an electric plug, the auxiliary apparatus comprising:

an auxiliary snow and/or ice removal implement that: is removably mountable to the vehicle; and, obscures light from the vehicle light when mounted to the vehicle;

an auxiliary lighting system that: is for use with the auxiliary snow and/or ice removal implement; and, comprises at least one auxiliary headlight designed to illuminate the ground surface in front of the vehicle; and,

a controller that: is electrically connectable to the electric plug and the auxiliary lighting system; and, comprises a microprocessor that is programmed to perform at least one of the following function sets:

function set A:

(1) operate a front facing auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(2) operate the front facing auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's turn signal is in an OFF condition; and,

(3) operate to prevent the front facing auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated;

function set B:

(1) operate a first auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a first turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(2) operate the first auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's first turn signal is in an OFF condition;

(3) operate a second auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a second turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(4) operate the second auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's second turn signal is in an OFF condition;

(5) operate to prevent the first auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's first turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated;

(6) operate to prevent the second auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's second turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated;

(7) operate the first and second auxiliary turn signal lights into ON and OFF conditions that match the ON and OFF conditions of the vehicle's first and second turn signals when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's first and second turn signals are simultaneously alternating between ON and OFF conditions; and,

function set C:

(1) operate at least one auxiliary light of the auxiliary lighting system based on an indication from the electric plug; and,

(2) operate to prevent an electronic control unit on the vehicle from detecting that the controller is electrically connected to the electric plug.

2. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 1 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets A and B.

3. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 1 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets B and C.

4. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 1 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets A, B and C.

5. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 1 further comprising:

auxiliary wiring that is: (1) electrically hardwire connectable to the electric plug; and, (2) electrically hardwire connectable to at least one of the auxiliary lighting system and the controller.

6. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 1 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function set C; and,

the microprocessor is programmed to prevent the electronic control unit on the vehicle from detecting any amperage draw from the electric plug.

7. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 1 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function set C; and,

the at least one auxiliary light of the auxiliary lighting system is powered from a source other than the electric plug.

8. An auxiliary apparatus for use with an associated vehicle having an electric plug, the auxiliary apparatus comprising:

an auxiliary implement that: is removably mountable to the vehicle; and, obscures light from at least one vehicle light designed to illuminate a ground surface in front of the vehicle when mounted to the vehicle;

an auxiliary lighting system for use with the auxiliary implement; and,

a controller that: is electrically connectable to the electric plug and, the auxiliary lighting system; and, comprises a microprocessor that is programmed to perform at least one of the following function sets:

function set A:

(1) operate a front facing auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(2) operate the front facing auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's turn signal is in an OFF condition; and,

(3) operate to prevent the front facing auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated;

function set B:

(1) operate a first auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a first turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(2) operate the first auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's first turn signal is in an OFF condition;

(3) operate a second auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a second turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(4) operate the second auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's second turn signal is in an OFF condition;

(5) operate to prevent the first auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's first turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated;

(6) operate to prevent the second auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's second turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated; and,

(7) operate the first and second auxiliary turn signal lights into ON and OFF conditions that match the ON and OFF conditions of the vehicle's first and second turn signals when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's first and second turn signals are simultaneously alternating between ON and OFF conditions; and,

function set C:

(1) operate at least one auxiliary light of the auxiliary lighting system based on an indication from the electric plug; and,

(2) operate to prevent an electronic control unit on the vehicle from detecting that the controller is electrically connected to the electric plug.

9. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 8 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets A and B.

10. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 8 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets B and C.

11. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 8 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets A, B and C.

12. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 8 further comprising:

auxiliary wiring that is: (1) electrically hardwire connectable to the electric plug; and, (2) electrically hardwire connectable to at least one of the auxiliary lighting system and the controller.

13. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 8 wherein:

the auxiliary implement is a snowplow assembly.

14. The auxiliary apparatus of claim 8 wherein:

the auxiliary lighting system comprises at least one auxiliary headlight designed to illuminate the ground surface in front of the vehicle.

15. An auxiliary lighting system and controller for use with: (A) an associated vehicle having: a vehicle light that is designed to illuminate a ground surface in front of the vehicle; and, an electric plug; and, (B) an associated implement that obscures light from the vehicle light; the auxiliary lighting system and controller comprising:

an auxiliary lighting system that; is removably mountable to at least one of the vehicle and the implement; and, comprises at least one auxiliary headlight designed to illuminate the ground surface in front of the vehicle; and,

a controller that: is electrically connectable to the electric plug and the auxiliary lighting system; and, comprises a microprocessor that is programmed to perform at least one of the following function sets:

function set A:

(1) operate a front facing auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(2) operate the front facing auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's turn signal is in an OFF condition; and,

(3) operate to prevent the front facing auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated;

function set B:

(1) operate a first auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a first turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(2) operate the first auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's first turn signal is in an OFF condition;

(3) operate a second auxiliary turn signal light of the auxiliary lighting system into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle has a second turn signal that is in an ON condition;

(4) operate the second auxiliary turn signal light into an OFF condition when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's second turn signal is in an OFF condition;

(5) operate to prevent the first auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's first turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated;

(6) operate to prevent the second auxiliary turn signal light from going into an ON condition when the electric plug indicates that: (a) the vehicle's second turn signal is in an OFF condition; and, (b) a brake on the vehicle has been activated; and,

(7) operate the first and second auxiliary turn signal lights into ON and OFF conditions that match the ON and OFF conditions of the vehicle's first and second turn signals when the electric plug indicates that the vehicle's first and second turn signals are simultaneously alternating between ON and OFF conditions; and,

function set C:

(1) operate at least one auxiliary light of the auxiliary lighting system based on an indication from the electric plug; and,

(2) operate to prevent an electronic control unit on the vehicle from detecting that the controller is electrically connected to the electric plug.

16. The auxiliary lighting system and controller of claim 15 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets A and B.

17. The auxiliary lighting system and controller of claim 15 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets B and C.

18. The auxiliary lighting system and controller of claim 15 wherein:

the microprocessor is programmed to perform function sets A, B and C.

19. The auxiliary lighting system and controller of claim 15 further comprising:

auxiliary wiring that is: (1) electrically hardwire connectable to the electric plug; and, (2) electrically hardwire connectable to at least one of the auxiliary lighting system and the controller.

20. The auxiliary lighting system and controller of claim 15 wherein:

the auxiliary lighting system comprises at least one auxiliary headlight designed to illuminate ground surface in front of the vehicle.