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Control of vehicle safety devices (e.g., airbag, seat-belt, etc.)

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701 - Data processing: vehicles, navigation, and relative location

701001000 - VEHICLE CONTROL, GUIDANCE, OPERATION, OR INDICATION

701036000 - Vehicle subsystem or accessory control

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
701046000 By integrating the amplitude of the input signal 71
701047000 By frequency or waveform analysis 13
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20090216408Occupant protection device for vehicle - An occupant protection device includes: a controller; first and second bus lines; a first collision sensor arranged on a side of the vehicle, and transmitting a first signal to the controller via the first bus line; a second collision sensor arranged on a center of the vehicle, and transmitting a second signal to the controller via the second bus line; and a third collision sensor arranged on a front side from the first collision sensor, and transmitting a third signal to the controller via the second bus line. The controller determines the collision on the side of the vehicle based on the first and second signals. The controller determines the collision on a part of the vehicle based on the third signal, the part disposed on the front side from the first collision sensor. The controller activates an occupant protection element.08-27-2009
20120173083VEHICLE ROLL OVER PREVENTION SAFETY DRIVING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A vehicle rollover prevention safety driving system, comprising: at least an image sensor, used to fetch road images in front of said vehicle; an image processor, connected to said image sensor, and is used to identify a drive lane in road images, and calculate a drive lane curvature, an inclination angle of said road, and relative positions of said vehicle and a lane marking; a vehicle conditions sensing module, used to sense dynamic information of a vehicle turning angle, a vehicle inclination angle, and a vehicle speed; a microprocessor, connected to said image processor and said vehicle conditions sensing module, and it calculates a rollover prediction point and a rollover threshold speed, and it issues a corresponding warning signal or a control signal; and an accelerator and brake controller, connected to said microprocessor, and it controls deceleration of said vehicle according to said control signal.07-05-2012
20090150030Vehicular passenger detection system - A vehicular passenger detection system includes a load detection device configured to detect a load that acts upon a seat that is installed upon a vehicle, a passenger seating detection device configured to determine whether or not a passenger is seated upon the seat, in accordance with a result of a detection of the load detection device, and a fault recording device configured to record an information of a fault that has occurred upon either the load detection device or the passenger seating detection device. The fault recording device includes a fault determination device configured to determine whether or not the information of the fault is information of a fault whereupon a repair is required.06-11-2009
20090192681Vehicle Controller and Controlling Method - An ECU executes a program including the steps of: detecting a distance to an object; changing over a changeover damper from an inside air circulation to an outside air circulation when a collision is predicted; controlling a power window device to move down a door glass; turning an SMR off when the collision is detected; and controlling the power window device to fully open the door glass.07-30-2009
20110196577Converter for Signals between a safety Device and a Safety Control Device for a Vehicle - Disclosed is a converter (08-11-2011
20090082926Safety system for seat belt securement - A automotive vehicle safety system for seat belt securement that prevents the transmission from being engaged until all seated occupants have buckled their seat belts includes a weight sensing pad for each seat cushion interconnected in circuit to a buckle switch in each seat belt buckle with the buckle switches electrically interconnected to a solenoid that allows or disallows transmission engagement such that if each weight sensing pad detects no weight upon the seat the corresponding buckle switch stays open but when any weight sensing pad detects a predetermined weight (the weight of the occupant upon the seat) that weight sensing pad opens the circuit thereby causing the corresponding buckle switch to close only after that seat belt is buckled thus causing the solenoid interconnected to the transmission to close and enabling access to the transmission so that the vehicle can be shifted out of the parking gear.03-26-2009
20100049405AUXILIARY VIDEO WARNING DEVICE FOR VEHICLES - An auxiliary video warning device for vehicles has multiple video extracting elements for extracting video images around a vehicle. Using a video switch unit, selected video signals are sent to a vehicle display to enlarge the driver's view. A video identifying unit analyzes images outside the vehicle from a certain perspective, determining whether there is any moving object and whether its distance is changing. The result is used to automatically set off an alarm to notify the driver. During the motion of the vehicle, if any vehicle in a neighboring lane changes lanes or crosses lines illegally, an alarm is sent to the driver for better safety.02-25-2010
20090299577External Seatbelt Usage Indication System and Method - An external seatbelt usage indication system and method indicates whether or not the driver and passengers of a motor vehicle are wearing a seatbelt. It provides an indication of non-usage on the exterior of the motor vehicle using existing external lights on the vehicle so that it cannot be defeated by removal of the external indicator or bulbs associated with it. Upon activation of the vehicle ignition, occupant sensors and seatbelt usage sensors are used to determine a non-usage condition, upon which external lights of the vehicle are intermittently activated until the non-usage condition ceases.12-03-2009
20100114435TILT SENSOR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD - A tilt sensor arrangement and method that allows a tilt angle sensor of a vehicle to be tested without tilting the vehicle. In one embodiment, a tilt angle sensor of a vehicle is tested when the vehicle is positioned in a generally horizontal position. The tilt angle sensor is rotated from an operating position to a test position while the vehicle remains in the generally horizontal position and the tilt angle sensor is tested.05-06-2010
20130079995DUAL-CHAMBER IMPACT DETECTOR - An impact detection system has two chambers disposed adjacent to one another. The two chambers have opposing tapered shapes, so that an impact anywhere along them will create a different pressure wave or pulse in each chamber. A pressure sensor module incorporating two pressure sensors is disposed at one end of the dual-channel unit, and comparison of the signals from the sensors can be used to discriminate both the location and severity of a pedestrian impact.03-28-2013
20130079994ACTUATION OF AN ACTIVE DEVICE OF A VEHICLE UNDER BRAKING - Early actuation of an active device of a vehicle (e.g., a seat belt tensioner) is provided by applying rate of change of brake pressure to monitored brake pressure, so as to produce a modified brake pressure characteristic which is advanced in time. The active device is actuated at a brake pressure threshold.03-28-2013
20130035827TECHNIQUE FOR ENSURING SAFE TRAVEL OF A VEHICLE OR SAFETY OF AN OCCUPANT THEREIN - Vehicle with an occupant safety system includes an occupant safety system designed to reduce injury to an occupant during an accident involving the vehicle and a processor coupled to the safety system and that receives at least one inertial property of the vehicle and information about a portion of a road ahead of the vehicle in its travel direction. If the processor determines, based on the at least one inertial property and the information, that the vehicle is unlikely to safely travel that portion of the road, the processor initiates action to ensure safe travel of the vehicle or safety of the occupant. The inertial property of the vehicle may be provided by an inertial measurement unit (IMU) that measures acceleration in three orthogonal directions and angular velocity about three orthogonal axes, all at a substantially common location. The occupant safety system may include one or more inflatable airbags.02-07-2013
20120265407Method and Device for Lessening the Consequences of an Accident on a Vehicle Occupant - A method and device are provided for lessening the consequences of an accident affecting a vehicle occupant in the event of a collision of the vehicle with an obstruction. Before the collision, the absolute speed of the vehicle occupant relative to the obstruction is reduced independently of the traveling speed of the vehicle by way of a reduction of the vehicle occupant's speed relative to the vehicle, without the vehicle occupant experiencing a first displacement movement against the vehicle movement direction beyond his initial destination-related traveling position.10-18-2012
20120265406METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR DETECTING A SAFETY-CRITICAL IMPACT OF AN OBJECT ON A VEHICLE - A method for detecting a safety-critical impact of an object on a vehicle is described. The method has a first step of obtaining a starting signal for starting a time measurement, to establish the start of a subsequent predetermined time span. In addition, the method has a step of receiving a signal representing a yaw acceleration of the vehicle, the signal being received during the predetermined time span. Finally, the method has a step of detecting the safety-critical impact of the object on the vehicle detecting the safety-critical impact of an object on the vehicle when the signal within the predetermined time span has a value that is outside a threshold value range or when the signal after the predetermined time span has a value derived from the signal that is outside of a threshold value range.10-18-2012
20120265405VEHICULAR ELECTRONIC CONTROL APPARATUS - A vehicular electronic control apparatus includes a mother unit having a microcomputer, a plurality of ECU modules connected to the mother unit detachably and configured to execute respective vehicle controls, an operation data communication section for communicating with the microcomputer operation data used by the plurality of ECU modules in executing respective control operation processing, and alternative operation execution section for causing at least one of the other ECU modules and the microcomputer to execute, as an alternative operation, at least a part of the arithmetic operation processing, which is to be executed by at least one of the plurality of the ECU modules.10-18-2012
20130041559SEATBELT DEVICE - In this seatbelt device, when a lock release determining device determines that a lock has been released, and a command for driving a motor is output while a wind-up operation is performed by the motor to release the lock, and a priority of the command is equal to or higher than a predetermined level, a control device controls the motor so as to apply tension to a webbing.02-14-2013
20130041558Method and Apparatus for Vehicle Hardware Theft Prevention - A computer-implemented method includes determining that an infotainment system has been activated. The method further includes accessing a vehicle network containing at least a unique vehicle identifier. The method additionally includes comparing the unique vehicle identifier to a stored vehicle identifier. The method further includes permitting access to the infotainment system only if the unique vehicle identifier matches the stored vehicle identifier.02-14-2013
20100100285VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION APPARATUS AND STARTUP METHOD OF SAME - An apparatus for protecting occupants when a vehicle having an openable and closeable roof overturns, which apparatus includes an occupant rollover protection member that supports a vehicle frame when the vehicle overturns, and first buffering members that buffer the occupants. A first buffering member control unit controls the deployment of the first buffering members on the basis of information from a vehicle state detection mechanism that detects the behavior of the vehicle.04-22-2010
20090157264SECURITY SYSTEM AND A METHOD TO DERIVE A SECURITY SIGNAL - This invention relates to a security system for vehicles that have a side-looking pre-crash sensor for anticipating impact by a closing object, such as another motor vehicle, from a direction that is non-parallel to the direction of travel of the host vehicle. Such a system employs optical recognition for acquiring closing objects and for easing classification of the objects. The invention relates further to a method to derive a signal used for example to activate a side air back or to be used and further security systems of a vehicle.06-18-2009
20100106376SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY DETERMINING VEHICLE LOADING AND VERTICAL LOADING DISTANCE FOR USE IN A VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM - A control system (04-29-2010
20100106377SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY DETERMINING VEHICLE LOADING AND VERTICAL LOADING DISTANCE FOR USE IN A VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM - A control system (04-29-2010
20100332084AUXILIARY CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD TO A MOTOR VEHICLE'S BUILT-IN ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM - The auxiliary control system contains at least a first interaction device and a second interaction device that are capable of mutually detecting the presence of each other by a wireless means. The first interaction device is carried by a driver of a motor vehicle having a built-in anti-theft system, and the second interaction device is tapped into a Main Body ECU in parallel with the original control interface of the built-in anti-theft system. As such, when the driver carrying the first interaction device enters into or moves out of an effective sensing range from the motor vehicle, the second interaction device would detect the presence or absence of the first interaction device. The second interaction device then issues appropriate deactivating or activating signals to the Main Body ECU which in turn disarms or arms the various anti-theft means of the motor vehicle.12-30-2010
20090043454METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING MIXING OF MATERIALS IN TWO-SHOT MOLDING FOR PRODUCTION OF CRASH PAD - Disclosed is a method and system for preventing mixing of materials upon two-shot molding for the production of a crash pad, in which, in the course of the production of a crash pad through the simultaneous injection of two types of resins, the penetration of one type of resin into the region of the crash pad, which is filled with another type of resin, is effectively prevented.02-12-2009
20120185134VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM - A vehicle safety system made up of multiple processors connected together into a multiprocessor system where the system is configured to operate the vehicle. Multiple sensors are connected to the processors and configured to gather information from vehicle and a lidar sensor attached to the windshield and oriented to gather data from the road in front of the vehicle. A processor is connected and collocated with the lidar sensor for controlling the lidar and a second processor is configured to operate an application configured to receive data from the multiprocessor system, merge the data from multiprocessor system into a message, prioritize the message against other messages, add a priority label to the message, send and process the message according to the priority label attached.07-19-2012
20090125192METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AN ACTIVATION DECISION FOR AN ACTUATOR SYSTEM FROM A FIRST TO AT LEAST ONE SECOND CONTROL UNIT; FIRST CONTROL UNIT FOR A VEHICLE; SECOND CONTROL UNIT FOR A VEHICLE; DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING AN ACTIVATION DECISION FOR AN ACTUATOR SYSTEM FROM A FIRST TO A SECOND CONTROL UNIT - A device and a method for transmitting an activation decision for an actuator system from a first to at least one second control unit is provided, the second control unit activating the actuator system as a function of at least two messages from the first control unit.05-14-2009
20100094508SENSOR SYSTEM INCLUDING A CONFIRMATION SENSOR FOR DETECTING AN IMPENDING COLLISION - In at least one embodiment of the present invention, a sensor system for detecting an impending collision of a vehicle is provided. The sensor system comprises a primary radar arrangement providing the assessment of the severity of an impending impact and the time left before the impact. A separate confirmation detection arrangement including a confirmation sensor is for detecting within a proximity space adjacent to the vehicle to provide a confirmation output. In communication with the primary radar and confirmation detection arrangements is an electronic control module. The module is configured to produce a deployment signal for a safety device which is dependent upon evaluation of the primary radar and confirmation detection outputs.04-15-2010
20090043455Vehicle seatbelt usage technology - An apparatus for indicating or signaling persons or entities outside of a vehicle, for example law enforcement personnel, that one or more occupants of the vehicle are not utilizing their seatbelts. A method of indicating or signaling persons or entities outside of a vehicle that one or more occupants of the vehicle are not utilizing their seatbelts is also disclosed. Methods of use of the apparatus and making the apparatus are also disclosed.02-12-2009
20110010056SEAT LOAD DETERMINING APPARATUS - A seat load determining apparatus, which includes a load sensor provided at least one rear support portion which support a seat and detecting a load applied to the rear support portion, a load detection portion detecting a part of a weight of a load applying body provided at the seat and outputting a detected load value, a vehicle start detection sensor detecting that a vehicle starts moving, and a determining portion determining that the load applying body corresponds to an adult when the load detection portion detects the detected load value to be greater than a first determination value within a predetermined time, the determining portion determining that the load applying body corresponds to a child when the load detection portion detects the detected load value that is smaller than the first determination value and greater than a second determination value which is smaller than the first determination value.01-13-2011
20100138113CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING INFANT AND CHILD OCCUPANTS IN VEHICLE - Provided are a control system and method for protecting a child occupant of a vehicle. The control system includes a detecting unit, a monitoring unit, and a control unit. The detecting unit detects occupant data including weights of occupants and deployed lengths of seat belts. The monitoring unit determines whether the occupant is a child, whether the occupant has a seat belt on, and an occupant position based on the detected occupant data to generate occupant status data according to the determined results. The control unit controls a vehicle peripheral device according to the occupant status data when the occupant status data is received.06-03-2010
20090306858Method and Device for Activating Personal Protection Means - A device and a method for activating a personal protection device are provided, in which a feature vector with at least two features is formed by an evaluation circuit from at least one signal of an accident sensor system. The evaluation circuit classifies the feature vector in the corresponding dimension using at least one class boundary. The activation circuit generates an activation signal which activates the personal protection device.12-10-2009
20090306857AUTOMOTIVE IMPACT SENSING SYSTEM - A motor vehicle impact sensing system for a vehicle that includes a controller that is connected to a pressure sensor that cooperates with a discrete deformable vessel. The pressure sensor is operatively positioned relative to the deformable vessel such that changes in the vessel generate a signal indicative of a pressure change. The signal associated with the pressure change is communicated from the pressure sensor to the controller. If the signal exceeds a threshold, such as where there is a rapid pressure increase in the vessel, the controller initiates one or more safety measures, such as deploying airbags or the like, to reduce the effects of an undesired impact. The deformable vessel and pressure sensor form a sensor assembly that can be located in one or more of various locations throughout the vehicle including its front end, its doors, quarter panels, side panels, and/or its rear end.12-10-2009
20130073149Methods and Devices for Controlling a Precrash Safety System in a Motor Vehicle - In a method for controlling at least one reversible occupant protection measure of a precrash safety system, in particular a reversible belt tensioner, a plurality of input signals are received, wherein the input signals indicate a potential risk of an accident. The input signals are mapped onto a plurality of different precrash severity indicators. Each precrash severity indicator indicates an expected probability and/or severity of the accident. The precrash severity indicators are additionally filtered such that upon occurrence of a precrash severity indicator, a subsequent precrash severity indicator is suppressed for a period of time. Then, the at least one reversible occupant protection measure, for example, the belt tensioning, is triggered as a function of the filtered precrash severity indicators.03-21-2013
20130073148METHOD OF OPTIMIZING THRESHOLD FOR AN AIRBAG SUPPRESSION SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE - A method is presented of optimizing an airbag suppression threshold for an airbag suppression system in a vehicle. The method includes defining a first value as the airbag suppression threshold such that deployment of an airbag is suppressed above the first value. Next, one or more factors indicative of a presence of a child restraint seat in the vehicle seat are determined. The airbag suppression threshold is set to a predefined second value when each of the factors are met. The factors include determining whether a locking feature in a set belt webbing retractor is in a first state configured to prevent withdrawal of the seat belt webbing. Other factors may include determining whether a speed of the vehicle is within a predetermined speed range and whether a load applied to the vehicle seat is within a predetermined seatload range.03-21-2013
20090093932Vehicular Seatbelt Monitoring System and Process - A seatbelt monitoring system is provided for use onboard a vehicle having a seat assembly including at least one seat and corresponding seatbelt. The seatbelt monitoring system includes a wireless seatbelt status detector and a vehicle seatbelt status indicator. The wireless seatbelt status detector includes a seatbelt latch sensor, a first wireless transceiver, and a controller coupled to the seatbelt latch sensor and to the wireless sensor. The controller is configured to send a seatbelt latch signal via the first wireless transceiver when the seatbelt latch sensor indicates a change in seatbelt latch status. The vehicle seatbelt status indicator includes a second wireless transceiver and a processor coupled to the second wireless transceiver. The processor is configured to send a receipt signal to the wireless seatbelt status detector after receiving the seatbelt status signal via the second wireless transceiver.04-09-2009
20130060428CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL METHOD FOR AN ENERGY ABSORBER - Closed-loop control of an energy absorber acting as a damper between two parts that are movable relative to one another. A damping force of the energy absorber, or damper, can be adjusted by way of the change in the viscosity of a magnetorheological fluid (MRF), which change can be influenced by a magnetic field of a coil. According to the method it is possible to decelerate an impact or a movement with the lowest possible forces in order to minimize possible consequential damage/loading by way of setting as constant a deceleration as possible, as small a deceleration as possible, by way of using the entire available deceleration travel, and low or zero residual speed at the end of the deceleration travel independently of the moving mass or speed.03-07-2013
20090271076Occupant Detection System with Environmental Compensation - An occupant detection system includes an electrode in communication with a detector circuit that detects the impedance of the electrode and compensates for environmental conditions, such as humidity or moisture, based on the impedance measurement. Such environmental conditions may interfere with the occupant detection system's ability to detect the presence and/or size of an occupant. Typically, environmental conditions change the impedance of the electrode. The impedance is determined by measuring a frequency response of the electrode. The measured frequency response is compared to predetermined frequency response values that correspond to known environmental conditions. The environmental condition may be detected by matching the peak frequency response or average frequency response to in a lookup table.10-29-2009
20090069983OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEMS FOR USE IN MILITARY LAND VEHICLES AND OTHER VEHICLES - Occupant restraint systems for use in land vehicles and other vehicles are disclosed herein. A restraint system configured in accordance with an embodiment of the invention includes an elongate belt or web configured to extend across an occupant seated in a vehicle, such as a military land vehicle. A proximal end portion of the elongate web is operably coupled to a web retractor. The web retractor carries an electrically actuated web locking device operably coupled to an acceleration sensor. The acceleration sensor sends an electrical signal to the web locking device in response to vehicle acceleration in, for example, a vertical direction above a preset magnitude. The web locking device responds to the electrical signal by at least temporarily preventing the retractor from paying out web.03-12-2009
20090062988Safety Device for a Motor Vehicle Having at Least One Closable Opening to the Interior - A safety device is provided for a motor vehicle having at least one closable opening to the interior, with a closing element that is driven by an electric adjusting drive. A control unit evaluates data which are relevant for driving safety for an imminent accident and actuates the electric adjusting drive to initiate a rapid closing process for the closing element in an overcurrent mode thereof, before the accident actually occurs.03-05-2009
20090030576METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE POSITION OF AN OCCUPANT OF A VEHICLE SEAT - The method includes the following steps: 01-29-2009
20130066525VEHICLE SHUT-DOWN FUNCTIONALITY FOR PEPS-EQUIPPED VEHICLES - A vehicle comprises a plurality of control module structures. A first control module structure is configured for determining a current motive mode of the vehicle. A second control module structure is configured for determining information indicating that a driver of the vehicle has left the vehicle unattended while the vehicle is in a motive-enabled mode. A third control module structure is configured for causing a secure idle mode to be implemented as a function of determining the information indicating that the driver of the vehicle has left the vehicle unattended while the vehicle is in the motive-enabled mode. Implementing the secure idle mode can include inhibiting the vehicle from being driveable until a driver access code is successfully received and authenticated by the vehicle.03-14-2013
20110022275OCCUPANT PROTECTION CONTROL DEVICE, OCCUPANT PROTECTION SYSTEM, AND OCCUPANT PROTECTION CONTROL METHOD - An occupant protection control device that performs operation control of a plurality of occupant protection devices provided in a vehicle, the occupant protection control device including a determination section that determines whether or not said vehicle has had a collision, based on acceleration data acquired from a plurality of acceleration sensors installed in predetermined locations of said vehicle, wherein when a side impact collision of said vehicle occurs, a seat belt pretensioner among said plurality of occupant protection devices is inhibited to be operated, and when a frontal oblique impact collision of said vehicle occurs, said seat belt pretensioner is operated after a curtain airbag, among said plurality of occupant protection devices, is operated.01-27-2011
20130166153VEHICLE TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE - To more reliably realize both improvement in fuel economy at the time of travelling of a vehicle and maintenance operation, a vehicle travel control for performing control at the time of travelling of the vehicle starts an engine when activation of an actuator of a pre-crash safety system is predicted when an engine is stopped causing a vehicle, which travels by power generated by the engine, to travel through inertia in an aim of reducing fuel consumption amount. Power is thus generated in an alternator arranged in the engine, so that supply amount of electricity can be increased.06-27-2013
20130166152Geographic Reference Detection and Performance Modification - Location information may be received and a location of a machine may be determined based on the location information. Once the location of the machine is determined, a performance characteristic of the machine may be modified based on the location of the machine.06-27-2013
20090012678SYSTEM FOR CLASSIFYING VEHICLE OCCUPANTS - The present invention relates to a system for classifying vehicle occupants, which enables an airbag to be deployed only for an occupant corresponding to a specific type or a specific condition. The system includes a detector installed in a vehicle seal and adapted to sense variation in current occurring when an occupant is seated in the seat and a controller for determining whether the occupant is seated and which type of occupant is sitting, using a current value measured by the detector, and transmitting a result of determination to an airbag control unit. The system reduces the likelihood of erroneous occupant classifications.01-08-2009
20110035118METHOD OF DETERMINING IMPACT SEVERITY AND ADAPTIVE IMPACT ATTENUATION - An adaptive energy absorption system for a vehicle seat is disclosed, utilizing an adaptive energy absorber or variable profile energy absorber (VPEA) for mitigating occupant injury due to extreme vehicle movement (e.g., during a vehicle shock event), and/or for mitigating vibration experienced by an occupant of the vehicle seat during normal vehicle operating conditions. The adaptive energy absorption system achieves the aforementioned objectives for a wide range of occupant weights and load levels. An alternate configuration of a dual-goal energy absorption system is also disclosed that enables both shock mitigation and vibration isolation.02-10-2011
20120101690SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE SECURITY, PERSONALIZATION AND CARDIAC ACTIVITY MONITORING OF A DRIVER - The present invention provides a system for vehicle security, personalization, and cardiac activity monitoring of a driver wherein electrocardiography of a driver is monitored and registered which is used for identification of a person entering in the vehicle and personalization of vehicle based on user preferences thereby act as intruder detection towards vehicle security. In addition to registration the present invention also monitors cardiac activity of driver in a continuous and real time fashion without any intrusion to driver with the facility of generation of alert and making emergency call.04-26-2012
20120101689METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE - A method is provided for operating a motor vehicle. The method includes, but is not limited to determining whether at least one control is activated by a driver of the motor vehicle while driving the motor vehicle. The at least one control is here part of an onboard system, selected from the group comprised of an information and entertainment system, an air conditioner, a mirror adjuster, a seat adjuster, a navigation system, a first driver assistance system and/or a telephone system. In addition, at least one parameter of a second driver assistance system of the motor vehicle is adjusted if the at least one control is activated by the driver of the motor vehicle while driving the motor vehicle.04-26-2012
20110035115CONTROL UNIT AND METHOD FOR ACTIVATING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS AND SENSOR FOR OUTPUTTING A CRASH-RELEVANT SIGNAL - A control unit and a method for activating passenger protection arrangement, as well as a sensor for outputting a crash-relevant signal, are proposed. A digital signal, which is relevant for activating the passenger protection arrangement, is output with the aid of an interface. The interface has a plurality of power sources for influencing the signal edges of the digital signal.02-10-2011
20100036565Method and Device for Actuating a Passenger Protection Means - In a method for actuating a vehicle occupant protection means a sensor system senses driving state data, and a reversible vehicle occupant protection means can be triggered before the collision time and as a result moved into an effective position. A setpoint braking deceleration, which triggers the vehicle occupant protection means when a threshold value is exceeded, is determined by a predictive surroundings sensing unit in advance of an imminent collision. Checking is carried out to determine whether the requested setpoint braking deceleration exceeds a threshold value by referring to a deceleration characteristic curve that is dependent on the vehicle speed.02-11-2010
20100268423Occupant Protection Systems Control Techniques - Control system for controlling at least one occupant protection system of a vehicle includes a plurality of preferably electronic sensor systems mounted at different locations on the vehicle, each sensor system providing a measurement related to a state thereof system or a measurement related to a state of the mounting location. A processor is coupled to the sensor systems and diagnoses the state of the vehicle based on the measurements of the sensor systems. The processor controls each occupant protection system based at least in part on the diagnosed state of the vehicle. The occupant protection system may be a deployable airbag whose deployment is controlled by the processor based on the diagnosed state of the vehicle. The diagnosis of the state of the vehicle may be a diagnosis of the overall condition of the vehicle with respect to its stability or a diagnosis of the vehicle itself.10-21-2010
20110301816METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING CURTAIN AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT USING AN ACTUATOR ATTACHED TO A HEADLINER - The present invention is a method and system for improving curtain air bag deployment using an actuator attached to a headliner. The present invention can include an automobile having a roof, a headliner, an actuator, a curtain air bag, a door, a sensor, and/or a processor. The roof can also include a roof rail. The roof rail and the headliner enclose the curtain air bag. The actuator is attached to the headliner. The sensor is located within the door and detects collision data. The processor analyzes the collision data to determine when to deploy the curtain airbag. In deploying the curtain airbag, the processor activates the actuator, which reduces the overlap between the headliner and the roof rail. The curtain airbags deploys by either pushing through the reduced overlap between the headliner and the roof rail or by easily forming through a gap between the headliner and the roof rail.12-08-2011
20110295466Seating Status Detection Apparatus and Occupant Monitoring System for a Moving Body - There is provided a seating status detection apparatus that includes: an antenna element that receives thermal noise radiated from an occupant seated on a seat in a moving body; and a recognition device that recognizes the occupant seated on the seat based on a reception level of the thermal noise received by the antenna element.12-01-2011
20090099732Automatic Crash Notification Using WiMAX - An automatic crash notification system may include a crash detection system configured to detect a crash of a vehicle, a wireless communication system configured to wirelessly transmit a message to and wirelessly receive a message from a remote location in conformance with the IEEE 802.16 standard, and a processing system configured to transmit notice of a crash over the wireless communication system to the remote location in conformance with the IEEE 802.16 standard in response to detection of the crash by the crash detection system. The wireless communication may be configured to wirelessly transmit a message to and wireless receive a message from the remote location using WiMAX. The automatic crash notification system may include a memory system containing a first prerecorded message that includes one or more words that mean that the remote location has received notice of a crash and a user communication system configured to deliver words to an occupant of the vehicle. The processing system may be configured to cause the first prerecorded message to be communicated over the user communication system in response to receipt by the wireless communication system of an acknowledgement from the remote location that the remote location has received notice of the crash, but which does not include the first prerecorded message.04-16-2009
20090204296DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DEACTIVATING SAFETY FUNCTION - In a method for deactivating a safety function in a motor vehicle after being activated, the safety function may be deactivated by the driver only after a dead time has elapsed.08-13-2009
20100114436Operator restraint system - An operator restraint system is provided. The operator restraint system includes a seatbelt payout sensor and a seatbelt buckle assembly. The seatbelt buckle assembly includes a housing and an alarm assembly. The alarm assembly includes at least one of a light source configured to generate a visible signal and an annunciator configured to generate an audible signal. A controller is associated with at least one of the seatbelt payout sensor and the alarm assembly. The controller is configured to receive from the seatbelt payout sensor a signal indicative of a length of a seatbelt that has been withdrawn, determine whether the length of the seatbelt that has been withdrawn is within a predetermined range, and control the alarm assembly to selectively generate at least one of the visible signal and the audible signal to remind an operator regarding employment of the seatbelt based on the determination.05-06-2010
20080319617VEHICLE SEAT BELT APPARATUS - Vehicle seat belt apparatus includes: a motor for driving a belt reel having a belt wound thereon; a trigger section for detecting a change in a traveling state of a vehicle to output an activation signal that instructs or triggers activation of the motor; a lateral acceleration detection section for detecting lateral acceleration acting on the vehicle; a slip state detection section for detecting a slip state quantity of the vehicle; and a control section for, in response to receipt of the activation signal from the trigger section, controlling the amount of current supply for activating the motor on the basis of a signal of the lateral acceleration output by the lateral acceleration detection section and/or a signal of the slip state quantity output by the slip state detection section.12-25-2008
20100030433Collision protection system for vehicle - A collision protection system for a vehicle includes an occupant protection system and a pedestrian protection system. The occupant protection system includes a first front sensor and a second front sensor for detecting a collision of the vehicle and an occupant protection device activated based on detected results of the first front sensor and the second front sensor. The pedestrian protection system includes a main sensor, a first safing sensor, and a second safing sensor for detecting a collision of the vehicle with a pedestrian and a pedestrian protection device (activated based on detected results of the main sensor, the first safing sensor, and the second safing sensor. The first front sensor and the first safing sensor are provided by a first shared acceleration sensor, and the second front sensor and the second safing sensor are provided by a second shared acceleration sensor.02-04-2010
20120239256System and Method for Bit Error Rate Monitoring - In an embodiment, a method of determining whether to trigger an event based on data blocks having status data includes electronically receiving the data blocks over a channel, performing a data integrity check on the data blocks to determine whether a particular data block has a transmission fault, calculating a received error metric based on performing the data integrity check, and disabling an event trigger if the received error metric crosses a first error threshold.09-20-2012
20100324786CONTROL UNIT AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING A PASSENGER PROTECTION SYSTEM - A control unit and a method for triggering a passenger protection system. A sensor signal is supplied, the passenger protection system is triggered as a function of the sensor signal. The sensor signal is processed by a first and a second signal processor for generating a first and a second comparison signal. The first and the second comparison signals are compared with one another to generate an input signal for a decoder, and the decoder supplies the decoded input signal for triggering the passenger protection system.12-23-2010
20090204294Method for Generating a Triggering Signal for a Passenger Protection Device - A method for generating a triggering signal for a passenger protection device in which sensor data are detected and analyzed for accident classification, and to a corresponding device. To determine a relative accident velocity, signals of at least two measuring points offset by a predefined distance in the x direction are analyzed, and the time interval between a crash signal detected by a first sensor at a first measuring point and a crash signal detected by another sensor at another measuring point is determined.08-13-2009
20090088928OCCUPANT BASED NAVIGATION AID LOCK-OUT FUNCTION - A vehicle navigation aid (nav-aid) system and method are provided to un-lock nav-aid functions in a moving vehicle. Sensors within the vehicle provide vehicle speed S and whether a person other the driver is present. For S greater than predetermined threshold speed S04-02-2009
20100280718OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE - An occupant protection device which causes less discomfort to an occupant after danger is avoided. When danger is detected (estimated collision time t is less than t11-04-2010
20110270493SEAT-BELT-RETRACTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND SEAT BELT DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - To produce a compact torque limiter mechanism at low cost while improving the durability of the torque limiter mechanism. An ECU 11-03-2011
20090150028Motor vehicle with a safety system with a preventive action - In a motor vehicle, such as a passenger car, a preventive-action protection system is provided which includes safety devices that are actuated as a function of information detected by a driving-state sensor system and evaluated in a data evaluation and control device, which compares the detected information with at least one threshold value. When a critical condition of the driving state is detected, the data evaluation and control device actuates at least one safety device assigned to this driving state. Here, a theoretical, lateral-dynamics critical condition is detected and triggering of at least one assigned safety device occurs if a threshold value is exceeded when a current steering angle speed is logically combined with a parameter which represents the current driving-dynamics situation.06-11-2009
20090299576Motor vehicle having a preventive protection system - A motor vehicle preventive protection system comprises a plurality of safety devices which are actuated as a function of information from at least one vehicle surroundings detection device. The time remaining prior to a collision is determined when the information from the vehicle surroundings detection device represents an anticipated collision with a collision object. Associated activation times for at least two of the actuators assigned to the safety devices are stored and the time remaining prior to the collision is compared with the activation times. At least one safety device is activated if the time remaining prior to the collision is shorter than or equal to at least one of the activation times of the actuators.12-03-2009
20100286873METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONICALLY OPERATING A VEHICLE OCCUPANT SEAT SAFETY RESTRAINT SYSTEM - An electrically activated, electronically controlled web grabber in conjunction with a pre-impact braking system that holds the vehicle safety belt from the moment of activation, restricting forward movement of the occupant and can be activated prior to the impact to ensure occupant containment and deactivated upon command in order to release after an accident is avoided, or once the impact has started to allow other safety devices to take over control of the belts, for example, by load limiters.11-11-2010
20090055053SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING A MOTORCYCLE RIDER - A system and method for deploying an airbag in an airbag equipped garment worn by a rider of a vehicle. The system and method comprise a controller for determining when to inflate the airbag within the garment. A first sensor provides a signal to the controller representing the riding angle of the vehicle relative to a vertical orientation. A second sensor provides a signal to the controller representing a current condition of the vehicle. The controller compares the riding angle to a first predetermined threshold indicative of the maximum desired riding angle associated with the current condition of the vehicle and transmits a signal to inflate the airbag when the riding angle exceeds the first predetermined threshold.02-26-2009
20080249687Vehicle side impact crash detection for deployment of curtain and side airbags - A restraint control system (10-09-2008
20110270491Noise Reduction for Occupant Detection System and Method - An occupant detection system with noise reduction, a controller having noise reduction for an occupant detection system and a method for reducing noise in an occupant detection system. A high order digital filter is used to filter harmonics of a noise signal from an electrode signal used to determine an occupant presence or absence of the occupant. A way of sampling the electrode signal and the implementation of the high order digital filter cooperate such that the signal processing can be performed by a lower cost general purpose microprocessor as opposed to using a higher cost digital signal processor.11-03-2011
20080281493VEHICLE OCCUPANT WEIGHT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - A vehicle occupant classification system categorizes vehicle occupants into various classes such as adult, child, infant, etc. to provide variable control for a vehicle restraint system such as an airbag. The classification system utilizes sensors that are installed in various locations in the vehicle. The sensors are used to generate a three-dimensional profile for the vehicle occupant. Various factors can affect the accuracy of this three-dimensional profile. Fuzzy logic is used to reduce some of the inaccuracies by providing multiple decision levels for various stages of the classification. Inaccuracies are also caused by sensors shifting within the system from their original position. This condition creates offset and the system evaluates this offset and generates a correction factor to provide a more accurate three-dimensional profile. Electrically erasable programmable read-only memory is used to reduce complications and inaccuracies associated with seat occupant weight sensors that have mounting configurations that vary depending upon the vehicle.11-13-2008
20080281492Method and Device For Estimating at Least One Characteristic - A method and device for estimating at least one characteristic which is derived from at least one base characteristic and which is evaluated for the generation of a triggering signal for a passenger protection device, a contact time is calculated at a first time after an impact has occurred, the curve of the at least one derived characteristic being ascertained in retrospect in a time span between the calculated contact time and the first time.11-13-2008
20080288141Active Anti-Bunching D-Ring Seat Belt System - A motor vehicle seat belt system having an active system for avoiding bunching of webbing in a D-ring during a rapid deceleration event. The system includes a controlled locking mechanism engageable with a rotatably mounted D-ring to restrict backward rotation of the D-ring.11-20-2008
20100004826CONNECTING DEVICE ARRANGED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a connecting device (01-07-2010
20080312795SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING VEHICLE OCCUPANT - A system and method for classifying a vehicle occupant is disclosed. A base is installed in each of leg frames of a seat of a vehicle. A cover is installed above the base to be spaced apart from the base. Two weight sensors are installed between the base and the cover to support the cover, and configured to measure a load transmitted to the cover by the weight of a vehicle occupant sitting in the seat. A control unit receives load values measured by the weight sensors, and determines whether the vehicle occupant sitting in the seat is an adult or a child based on the received load values. A shock absorption member is interposed between the weight sensors and the base. A stopper is interposed between the base and the cover in order to limit a downward movement range of the cover in a case of overload.12-18-2008
20080228355VEHICLE GOVERNANCE SYSTEM - Disclosed are a method and system for preventing the unauthorized use of a vehicle. A set of vehicle operating parameters is entered onto a person's driver's license, and that person registers as an authorized user of a specified vehicle. When that person enters the vehicle, the person inserts the driver's license into a card reader, and the card reader reads the operating parameters and enters those parameters onto a computing platform. The computing platform receives these operating parameters and checks to determine if the person is an authorized user of the vehicle. If the computing platform determines that the person is an authorized user, the computing platform sends the operating parameters to a control module within the vehicle. If the person then operates the vehicle, the control module controls the vehicle to maintain that operation within the operating parameters.09-18-2008
20080228356SAFETY DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A safety device for a motor vehicle includes a deformation element which is arranged between a bumper beam and a side rail and moves into the side rail in the event of an impact. The deformation element is configured in the form of an evertable tubular member having a side-rail-proximal rear end provided with an abutment ring. Operatively connected to the deformation element is an actuator which is provided to release a displacement of the deformation element into the side rail in a predefined speed range by liberating the abutment ring in relation to the side rail in a release position, and to block the displacement of the deformation element into the side rail, when the speed range is exceeded or a vehicle speed is below the speed range, by locking the abutment ring in relation to the side rail in an engagement position.09-18-2008
20080269992Collision prediction apparatus - A collision prediction ECU of a collision prediction apparatus estimates a state of presence of a detected front obstacle. At this time, the collision prediction ECU estimates the state of presence on the basis of road shape data supplied from a navigation ECU of a navigation apparatus. Further, the collision prediction ECU checks and corrects the calculated road gradient value. At this time, the collision prediction ECU corrects the gradient value on the basis of road gradient data supplied from the navigation ECU. Further, the collision prediction ECU changes a collision avoidance time on the basis of travel environment data supplied from the navigation ECU. Moreover, the collision prediction ECU obtains an ETC gate pass-through signal from the navigation ECU and determines whether the vehicle is passing through the gate. The collision prediction apparatus performs collation prediction on the basis of the corrected values.10-30-2008
20080269993Vehicular collision sensing system - A crash sensing system for determining a vehicle impact includes an electronic controller for activating impact mitigation equipment during both a first stage event and a second stage event. One or more sensors are used for determining the magnitude of both frontal and side impact forces during the vehicle impact. The controller operates to adjust the sensitivity of the sensors based upon vehicle speed measurements.10-30-2008
20080269990Electro-mechanical protector for vehicle latches during crash conditions and method for operating the same - The present invention relates to an electronic mechanical protector system for vehicle door latches during crash conditions, vehicle door equipped with such a system, and methods for operating the system.10-30-2008
20080269991Activation-Control Device for Occupant Crash-Protection Apparatus - A colliding-initial detecting section detects colliding-initial timing at which an impact level detected by an acceleration sensor in the inside of a vehicle reaches a predetermined threshold, and when the colliding-initial timing is detected, a one-shot timer is set. Meanwhile, an impact-judging section detects strong-impact occurrence timing at which the impact level detected by an acceleration sensor on the front reaches a predetermined threshold. When the strong-impact occurrence timing is within a time set by the one-shot timer from the colliding-initial timing, an And circuit outputs an activating signal activating an air bag to a driving section.10-30-2008
20110270492VEHICLE AND METHOD OF IDENTIFYING PASSENGER OF THE SAME - A vehicle according to the present invention includes: a weight sensor disposed in a seat to sense the weight of a passenger sitting in the seat; a weight-keeping-exerted time measurer measuring how long the weight of the passenger sensed by the weight sensor is exerted; a vehicle speed sensor sensing the traveling speed; and a passenger identification unit setting the class of the seat by using the passenger's weight sensed by the weight sensor and the weight-keeping-exerted time measured by the weight-keeping-exerted time measurer and finally fixing the set class, when the traveling speed sensed by the vehicle speed sensor is a fixed reference speed or more.11-03-2011
20090076686VEHICLE INTERFACE TO COMMUNICATE A SAFETY ALERT MODE COMMAND - One of the embodiments of the invention includes an interface for communicating a vehicle command from a user to a vehicle. The interface preferably includes an engagement system to engage the torso and an appendage of a user, a sensor system to sense forces imparted by the user, a processor to interpret the vehicle “safety alert mode” command based on a forceful shift of the user, to confirm that the user wishes to invoke the vehicle “safety alert mode” command, and to communicate the vehicle “safety alert mode” command to the vehicle. The vehicle, armed with this vehicle “safety alert mode” command, may initiate a defensive action, such as tightening the suspension.03-19-2009
20100004827VEHICLE AIRBAG DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A vehicle airbag device provided in a steering apparatus, wherein the steering apparatus is configured with grips positioned on the right and left sides but are not positioned on an upper side. An airbag, installed at the center of the steering apparatus, is configured to deploy toward the driver when a vehicle collision occurs. An electronic control unit controls an inflation pressure of the airbag to be increased when the steering angle detected by a steering angle sensor is less than or equal to a predetermined reference angle, as compared to when the steering angle detected by the steering angle sensor exceeds the predetermined reference angle.01-07-2010
20090177358Method and Device for Generating at Least One Feature for an Occupant Protection System - A method is described for generating at least one feature for an occupant protection system, which is determined from at least one basic feature and analyzed for generating a triggering signal for an occupant protection device, and a corresponding device. During normal operation, at least one short-term window integral is calculated from the at least one basic feature and used as a starting value for calculating a corresponding long-term integral when a starting condition for a crash operation obtains, the at least one long-term integral being made available to a following method as a feature for generating the triggering signal for the occupant protection system.07-09-2009
20090187314ELECTRONIC CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ON-VEHICLE DEVICES WHEN VEHICLE IS ABOUT TO BE SUBMERGED IN FLOODED AREA - An electric control apparatus, mounted on a vehicle, has a height direction and comprises an electronic circuit board, a submersion sensor, and a controller. The electric circuit board has a mounting surface and is mounted in the vehicle so that the mounting surface is along the height direction of the vehicle. The submersion sensor, which is mounted on the mounting surface of the circuit board, senses a condition that the vehicle is about to be submerged in a flooded area and outputs an electric signal showing the condition The controller, which is mounted on the mounting surface of the circuit board, performs control for securing safety of an occupant of the vehicle when the controller receives the electric signal from the submersion sensor. The submersion sensor is lower in a mounted position on the mounting surface of the circuit board than the controller along the height direction .07-23-2009
20090187313VEHICLE DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS - In a vehicle driving assistance apparatus having an electric motor to impart steering torque to the driver and a driving control unit that conducts collision avoidance assistance control and other steering control including lane departure prevention control, power steering control and parking assistance control for providing assistance during parking of the vehicle, when a warning for alerting the driver is made by imparting torque to the steering wheel via the motor, the control input of the other steering control is suppressed, i.e. is reduced during either the first predetermined time before warning or the second predetermined time after warning. Owing to this configuration, the driver can be enabled to perceive the warning without fail even when another steering control is performed in parallel.07-23-2009
20090138159Safety System for a Vehicle - A safety system for a vehicle having at least one safety device, which records and/or ascertains and evaluates one or a plurality of variable(s) regarding driving dynamics to activate at least one protection device. In response to user-dependent inputs, a parameterization device specifies settings and/or applications and/or parameters for the safety device in order to influence the trigger behavior of the at least one protection device.05-28-2009
20090138160PASSENGER PROTECTION DEVICE - In a passenger protection device, an object detection unit detects a relative position of an object in a circumference of a vehicle to the vehicle. A side collision prediction unit predicts that the object is about to collide with a side face of the vehicle, based on the relative position detected by the object detection unit. An impact detection unit detects an impact of the object on the vehicle side face. A side collision judgment unit determines whether the object has collided with the vehicle side face, based on the impact detected by the impact detection unit. A passenger protection unit protects a passenger in the vehicle. When the side collision prediction unit predicts that the object is about to collide with the vehicle side face and the side collision judgment unit determines that the object has collided with the vehicle side face, the passenger protection unit is initiated.05-28-2009
20130218419METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING VEHICLE SAFETY EQUIPMENT - A method is disclosed for determining whether it is necessary to utilize safety equipment of a vehicle. The method includes detecting an impending impact of an object with a vehicle's windscreen by obtaining data concerning the object from a vehicle-mounted vision sensor, analysing the data to determine whether the object will impact the windscreen, and activating the safety equipment only if the windscreen impact is imminent.08-22-2013
20090005936Systems for Detecting Animate Objects in a Vehicle Compartment - A sensor assembly includes a sensor configured to detect a predetermined condition, a transmitter operatively connected to the sensor and configured to selectively transmit a wireless signal when the sensor detects the predetermined condition, and at least one energy harvester configured to capture energy from the environment. The sensor assembly is configured to transmit energy captured by the energy harvester to the transmitter.01-01-2009
20090177360METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE - A method for operating a vehicle, in which the method allows feedback about imminent risks. In this context, the vehicle moves on a predefined route at a current traveling velocity. A value characteristic of the vehicle movement along the predefined route is precalculated as a function of the current traveling velocity and the predefined route. A vehicle function is activated as a function of this value.07-09-2009
20090177357FEEDBACK LOOP SYSTEM FOR PASSENGER SAFETY - Methods, systems and apparatus for automatically ensuring passenger safety by identifying article(s) in need of securing in a vehicle and attaching at least one wireless signaling component to each article. Each wireless signaling component includes a wireless signaling device and a mechanical blocking device that controls a wireless signal emitted from the wireless signaling device. The emitted wireless signaling indicates a state of the article. State information relating to a state of each article is generated and received at a data network device, which generates state results based on this state information. The state results are output to an end user, whereby the state results identify those articles that are secured, unsecured, and/or improperly secured, for automatically ensuring passenger safety.07-09-2009
20090177356METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VITAL BUS ARCHITECTURE - Methods and systems for a vital bus system for communicating data in a control system are provided. The system includes a plurality of data communication buses configured in a multiple redundant orientation and at least one safety supervisor module including a database including a plurality of logic rules. The logic rules are programmed to receive data from the plurality of data communication buses and to determine the validity of the received data from each bus using one or more of the plurality of the logic rules. If the received data is invalid, the logic rules are programmed to restore the validity of the data using one or more of the plurality of the logic rules. If the data can not be restored the logic rules are programmed to transmit an alert to the control system. Otherwise, the logic rules are programmed to transmit the validated data to an intended destination.07-09-2009
20090177359Collision damage reduction apparatus - A collision damage reducing apparatus for lessening vehicle collision damage, includes: designated obstacle detecting means detecting an object having a collision possibility to be a obstacle; calculating means obtaining a continuous detecting period, for which the object is detected as the obstacle; monitoring target acknowledging means, according to the continuous detecting period, deciding whether or not the obstacle is regarded as a monitoring target, and deciding whether or not the obstacle is regarded as an activation cause; reliability determining means judging a collision possibility if the continuous detecting period is longer than a threshold value, and defining a reliability level coefficient indicating obstacle's reliability if a result of the judging of the collision possibility is positive; attentiveness determining means defining attentiveness coefficient decreased according to attentiveness deterioration; and detecting period threshold value adjusting means decreasing the threshold value according to decrease in the attentiveness coefficient.07-09-2009
20090143943VEHICLE OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - A vehicle seat pressure sensor includes a light source, a non-fiber optical polymer sheet, a boundary layer and a detection unit. The non-fiber optical polymer sheet is composed of non-woven flexible optical polymer material and has a first surface with a peripheral edge surrounding the first surface. The peripheral edge of the optical polymer sheet is aligned with the light source such that light emitted from the light source projects into the optical polymer sheet through the peripheral edge. The boundary layer is disposed along the first surface of the optical polymer sheet. The detection unit is disposed relative to the optical polymer sheet to detect changes in attenuation of light emitted from the peripheral edge of the optical polymer sheet in response to elastic deformation of the boundary layer and the optical polymer sheet.06-04-2009
20100268424METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DOOR SELECTABLE AUTOMATIC UNLOCKING SENSOR - A vehicle door lock system may include a control unit for selectively unlocking a door, the control unit having an input for receiving a signal from an occupant detection system, a logic unit for determining whether to send an unlock signal to the door based upon the input, and an output for selectively sending the unlock signal to the door when the automatic door unlock conditions are met.10-21-2010
20080319615Motor Vehicle Having a Preventatively Acting Safety System - The invention relates to a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger car, having a preventatively acting safety system which comprises safety devices which are actuated as a function of information which is recorded by a driving situation detection device by means of a driving state sensor system and is evaluated in a data evaluation device, with the recorded information being compared with at least one triggering threshold value and the safety devices being actuated when the triggering threshold value is exceeded. According to the invention, the triggering threshold value is adapted as a function of a total vehicle acceleration and a vehicle speed.12-25-2008
20080306656Process for Adjusting an Occupant Protection and/or Comfort Enhancing System, and Occupant Protection and/or Comfort Enhancing System. - The invention relates to a vehicle occupant protection and/or comfort system (12-11-2008
20090024283SEATBELT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A seatbelt device for a vehicle including: a belt reel having webbing wound thereon; a position detection device that detects a winding position of the belt reel; a motor that drives the belt reel to rotate to thereby perform winding of the webbing; and a control section that performs control of electric current conduction to the motor, wherein: the control section performs electric current conduction to the motor at a predetermined amount at the time of a rear vehicular collision or when a rear vehicular collision is predicted; and the electric current conduction amount is controlled, so that during electric current conduction at the predetermined electric current conduction amount, when a winding position detected by the position detection device reaches a predetermined position, variation in the winding position is suppressed.01-22-2009
20090024282Method for a Preventive-Action Protection System In a Motor Vehicle Having an Inter-Vehicle Distance Sensor System - A method is provided for a preventive-action protection system in a motor vehicle having an inter-vehicle distance sensor system and having safety devices for lessening the consequences of accidents, wherein driving state data is acquired by means of a driving state sensor system and is monitored, in evaluation stages, with respect to critical states of vehicle movement dynamics (emergency braking, understeering, oversteering, rolling over). As a further triggering condition, a speed threshold has to be exceeded by the vehicle's own speed or preferably by the relative speed measured by the inter-vehicle distance sensor system.01-22-2009
20090024284ACCELERATION SENSOR ARRANGEMENT, SAFING ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ACTIVATION SYSTEM, ACTIVATION SYSTEM - An acceleration sensor arrangement comprises, in one package, an acceleration threshold detector for detecting acceleration and for providing an output signal and a processor circuit for receiving the output signal. The acceleration threshold detector provides an output signal having a first value when the acceleration is less than a predetermined threshold and is arranged to switch the output signal from the first value to a second value when the acceleration reaches the predetermined threshold. The processor circuit generates an event signal to trigger an event, such as the closing of a safing transistor switch in an airbag system, in response to the output signal from the acceleration threshold detector switching to the second value.01-22-2009
20110144866CONTROL UNIT AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - In a control unit and a method for triggering passenger protection arrangement for a vehicle, both a test signal from outside an evaluation circuit and a sensor signal from inside the evaluation circuit are made available. The first trigger decision is formed on the basis of the sensor signal. Furthermore, a linking module links the test signal with the sensor signal to form a check signal. The second trigger decision is formed as a function of the check signal. The triggering of the passenger protection arrangement then takes place as a function of the first and the second trigger decisions.06-16-2011
20090055052CALIBRATION APPARATUS FOR AIRBAG INFLATOR RESISTANCE - Disclosed is a calibration apparatus for an airbag inflator resistance. The calibration apparatus for an airbag inflator resistance includes: an airbag inflator unit for applying a deployment signal for deployment of an airbag; a resistance detection unit for detecting a change in the resistance of the airbag inflator connector; and a control unit for self-cleaning the airbag inflator connector in accordance with the resultant resistance detected by the resistance detection unit. The calibration apparatus is effective in preventing malfunction of an airbag warning light and ensuring reliability by preventing an increase in resistance due to the contamination of the airbag inflator by the self-diagnosing and self-cleaning effect using an electric current.02-26-2009
20090055051METHOD OF DETERMINING WHETHER TO DEPLOY AIRBAGS - A method of determining whether to deploy airbags includes measuring the distance between a vehicle and a forward obstacle; selecting a deceleration threshold value depending on the distance; and if the deceleration of the vehicle is greater than the deceleration threshold value, determining that the airbags should be deployed. The distance may be measured using a radar sensor of an adaptive cruise control system. The deceleration threshold value may be a small value if the distance is small, and a larger value if the distance is larger. Selecting the deceleration threshold value may include comparing the distance with at least one preset distance, selecting a small deceleration threshold value if the distance is smaller than the preset distance, and selecting a large deceleration threshold value if the distance is greater than or equal to the preset distance.02-26-2009
20090210115Method for the Controlled Paying-Out of a Seatbelt of a Seatbelt System and Corresponding Restraint System - In a method and a restraint system for the controlled paying-out of a seatbelt (08-20-2009
20120078472Individualizable Post-Crash Assist System - A method for predicting potential injury assessment for at least one occupant of a vehicle involved in a crash event and for broadcasting assessment of the occupant to a medical response unit. An occupant seated in each seat of a vehicle is detected. Occupant data is obtained relating to physical characteristics of each occupant seated in the vehicle. A crash event involving the vehicle is detected. Vehicle dynamic data and safety restraint data during the crash event is recorded. The potential injury assessment of each occupant is predicted by an injury assessment processing module based on the vehicle dynamic data and safety restraint data obtained during the crash event and the occupant data of each occupant in the vehicle. The corresponding injury assessment of each occupant of the vehicle is broadcast to a medical response unit.03-29-2012
20080262680Apparatus and method for detecting vehicle rollover using an enhanced algorithm having lane departure sensor inputs - A method is provided including the steps of monitoring a lane departure event, monitoring a rollover event, and controlling actuation of an occupant restraining device in response to the monitored lane departure event and the monitored rollover even.10-23-2008
20080262679Safety Device for a Motor Vehicle - A safety device for a motor vehicle, includes an active headrest which is provided on a backrest of a vehicle seat and a control unit which actuates a headrest-deployment device as a function of the evaluation of the signals from a crash sensor when an accident event occurs such that the active headrest is deployed into a headrest position which is optimum in terms of occupant safety. The control unit actuates at least one component of the vehicle seat as a function of the evaluation of data which is relevant in terms of driving safety before the expected accident event occurs such that the vehicle seat is moved to an optimum starting position for deploying the active headrest when the accident event occurs.10-23-2008
20090150029CAPACITIVE INTEGRATED MEMS MULTI-SENSOR - Apparatus, methods, and systems for incorporating and reading a plurality of bridge sensors is disclosed. The bridge sensors may be capacitive bridge sensors located on the same substrate with a digital processor and signal processing circuits to read the outputs of the sensors. The bridge sensors are accessed by a switch network coupled to the plurality of bridge sensors to selectively provide an output from at least one of the plurality of bridge sensors. The switch network may be a multiplexer, which provides a periodically oscillating voltage to the sensors, to energize the sensors. The multiplexer may also provide output from the energized sensor to the digital processor.06-11-2009
20090210114Method for a Safety System in a Vehicle - A method for a safety system in a vehicle continuously evaluates data relating to the surroundings from a surroundings sensor system in terms of an imminent collision with an obstacle, and autonomous emergency braking is initiated in the event of an unavoidable collision. The emergency braking is maintained until a predefined event occurs. The predefined event can be the expiration of a time calculated in advance up to the collision or the impact which is actually detected by a sensor.08-20-2009
20090248253SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTEGRATION OF CRASH SIGNATURE SENSOR IN VEHICLE SIDE IMPACT SENSING - A system and method for performing side impact sensing in a vehicle including at least one side impact zone is provided. The system comprises a controller and at least one crash signature sensor. The controller is configured to deploy one or more safety restraints in response to at least one crash signature signal. The one crash signature sensor is positioned in the side impact zone. The crash signature sensor is configured to detect an impact with an object at the side impact zone. The crash signature sensor is further configured to generate the crash signature signal which corresponds to measured structural impact energy of the vehicle in the side impact zone deformed by the impact at frequencies above 2 kHz.10-01-2009
20090248254DOOR-LOCK CONTROL SYSTEM, DOOR-LOCK CONTROL METHOD - A door-lock control system includes: a door lock device; a current position detection unit; a data recording unit; a public security situation determination processing unit; and a function setting processing unit configured to set, according to the public security situation at the vehicle position, a function limit state that limits unlocking when a door-unlock operation has been performed by an operation unit.10-01-2009
20090222172SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING A TARGET VEHICLE - A system and method for classifying a target vehicle using a sensor system, including a plurality of target vehicle sensors. The sensor system acquiring target vehicle data points that define at least an upper and lower portion of the target vehicle. The sensor system reconstructing a target vehicle shape using the target vehicle data points to provide a first and second target vehicle classification value. The sensor system determining an overall target vehicle classification based in part upon the first and second target vehicle classification values.09-03-2009
20090222171Force Limiting Unit for a Motor Vehicle - In at least one embodiment of the present invention a force limiting device for a motor vehicle is provided. The force limiting device is adopted for adjusting the absorption of a force between two parts moving relative to one another during a dangerous situation in the motor vehicle. The force limiting device comprises a kinematic energy absorption device configured such that for a predefined profile of a speed difference between the two parts moving relative to one another different force limiting levels are produced as a function of mass and momentum of the two moving parts.09-03-2009
20080319614Motor Vehicle Having an Occupant Protection System - A motor vehicle includes at least one first crash sensor for measuring a motion variable of the motor vehicle, arranged in a safety zone of the motor vehicle, and at least one second crash sensor for measuring a motion variable, arranged in a crash zone of the motor vehicle, the motor vehicle including an ignition protection device controllable via an ignition signal and a control unit for ascertaining the ignition signal as a function of the measured motion variables or, in each instance, as a function of a time average of the measured motion variables over at least one first time interval.12-25-2008
20090259368VISION SYSTEM FOR DEPLOYING SAFETY SYSTEMS - A control system for safety deployment. The control system includes a processor, a first imaging sensor, and a second imaging sensor. The first and second imaging sensor are in electrical communication with the processor. The processor generates a safety system activation decision based on two-dimensional information received from the first imaging sensor and three-dimensional information based on the first and second imaging sensor.10-15-2009
20100152975Occupant detection system and method of controlling the system - A capacitance sensor outputs a signal indicating one of an occupant-seated state, a CRS-mounted state and a vacancy state. A load sensor is ON when a predetermined load applied to the load sensor through the seat, and is OFF when the predetermined load is not applied. A controller turns off both of an on-light indicating airbag inflation allowance and an off-light indicating airbag inflation prohibition, when the signal indicates the vacancy state, and when the load sensor is OFF. The controller turns on the off-light, when the signal indicates the vacancy state, and when the load sensor is ON.06-17-2010
20100185365Method And Device For Regulation Or Control Of A Retraint System In A Vehicle - The invention relates to a method and a device for control or regulation of a restraint system (07-22-2010
20100262340CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING PERSONAL PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - A control device and a method for triggering personal protection arrangement for a vehicle are provided, an energy reserve supplying electrical energy for the triggering. A control circuit is provided, which, as a function of the personal protection arrangement to be triggered, forms from the electrical energy at least one individual firing pulse for triggering the individual personal protection arrangement, with respect to a first firing pulse amplitude and a first firing pulse duration.10-14-2010
20100262339Automatic time adjusting device for GPS of car safety control system - An automatic time adjusting device of a GPS of car safety control systems is disclosed. The car safety control system includes at least a car DVR, a GPS receiver and some other components such as a plurality of image sensors, a speaker and a car display monitor so as to achieve monitoring for vehicular safety. The GPS receiver receives the location information, clock signals of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and standard second signal from a GPS satellite. By means of a time zone setting unit, the value of the time difference between the GMT and each of 24 the time zones on earth is provided according to the GPS location information. Then a microprocessor calculates the value of the time difference and determines the current time data such as the values of year/month/day/hour/minute/second in accordance with the car location. Due to connections between the car DVR, the GPS receiver, the time zone setting unit and the microprocessor, the current time data and/or location information such as the latitude and longitude of vehicles are/is recorded and displayed synchronously in the digital image data of the car DVR or displayed on a display unit of the car DVR. Therefore, performance of the car safety control system is improved.10-14-2010
20100191425MOBILE BODY - This invention is related to a mobile body (07-29-2010
20100191424DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS - A device and a method for triggering passenger protection means as a function of signals of a sensor module is provided. For example, the sensor module includes at least two sensors which are accommodated in one housing. The signal conditioning for the at least two sensors takes place on separate hardware paths.07-29-2010
20100274449OCCUPANT DETECTION AND IMAGING SYSTEM - An active safety system for a machine and a process for operating the active safety system are disclosed. The active safety system an active ultrasonic array having a plurality of ultrasonic transducers. The plurality of ultrasonic transducers can propagate a plurality of sound waves, receive a plurality of echo waves and transform the plurality of echo waves into a plurality of electrical pulses. The plurality of electrical pulses can be transmitted to and received by a three-dimensional imaging circuit. The three-dimensional imaging circuit can generate a 3D image from the plurality of electrical pulses and an electrical control unit can determine a location, size and geometric orientation of the 3D image. The electronic control unit can also provide an occupant safety parameter as a function of the location, size and geometric orientation of the 3D image and transmit the occupant safety parameter or an instruction related to the occupant safety parameter to an occupant safety system and/or an occupant warning system.10-28-2010
20100228445Activation device for occupant protection apparatus and method for activating the occupant protection apparatus - An activation device is configured to activate a protection apparatus for protecting an occupant. The activation device includes a front collision detection unit and a rear collision detection unit. The front collision detection unit outputs a front-collision-state activation signal to a front-collision protection apparatus so as to activate the front-collision protection apparatus when detecting front collision of the vehicle. The rear collision detection unit outputs a rear-collision-state activation signal to a rear-collision protection apparatus so as to activate the rear-collision protection apparatus when detecting rear collision of the vehicle. The rear collision detection unit prohibits output of the rear-collision-state activation signal to the rear-collision protection apparatus for a first period when the front collision detection unit detects front collision of the vehicle.09-09-2010
20090076685Restraining Device for an Occupant of a Vehicle - In a restraining device for an occupant of a vehicle, having a belt that can be drawn out or retracted by a lockable retractor, and a reversible seat-belt tightener, in the case of an impending but still avoidable first event the reversible seat-belt tightener automatically exerts and maintains a first tightening force on the belt and/or reduces the first tightening force if the first event is no longer impending. In the case of an impending, no longer avoidable second event, automatically exerts a second tightening force on the belt which is greater than the first tightening force. The first tightening force and the second tightening force acting constantly in the retracting direction.03-19-2009
20100235056CONTROL UNIT AND METHOD FOR ACTIVATING OCCUPANT PROTECTION MEANS - A control unit for activating an occupant protection unit includes, at least one analyzer circuit and at least one other component causing the activation. The at least one analyzer circuit transmits a signal to the at least one component as a function of an error event. The at least one other component performs a setting and at least one reset as a function of the signal.09-16-2010
20100145580CAPACITIVE OBJECT RECOGNITION USING ADJUSTABLE ELECTRODE - A system for capacitive object recognition including a pair of electrodes, one of the electrodes having an adjustable parameter, and a controller modeling current pathways formed by interaction of an object with an electric field between the pair electrodes as a network of capacitors. The controller is configured to set the adjustable parameter to a first setting and to apply a set of alternating current voltages to the pair electrodes and measure a resulting first set of current values at each of the electrodes, configured to set the adjustable parameter to a second setting and apply the set of alternating current voltages to the pair of electrodes and measure a resulting second set of current values at each of the electrodes, and configured to determine values for up to all capacitors of the network of capacitors based on the first and second sets of current values.06-10-2010
20100250070Time-Controlled Opening Device for Vehicle Seat Belt Buckles - The invention relates to a time-controlled opening device for vehicle seat belt buckles. In the event of an accident and once the airbags (09-30-2010
20120143444PASSENGER DETECTION SYSTEM - A passenger detection system includes a passenger detecting part including a load detecting section that detects a load caused by a passenger seated on a seat of a vehicle, and a passenger detection controller including a passenger recognizing section, a movement detecting section and an activation determining section. The passenger recognizing section executes a passenger recognition based on a load detection signal outputted from the load detecting section. The movement detecting section detects whether the vehicle is moving based on the load detection signal. The activation determining section determines whether or not to activate an airbag apparatus based on a passenger recognition signal when a movement detection signal outputted from the movement detecting section indicates that the vehicle is stopped, and forgoes executing the determination and holds a determination result from a previous control cycle when the movement detection signal indicates that the vehicle is moving.06-07-2012
20100198464DIAGNOSABLE MAGNETIC SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A diagnosable magnetic switch assembly and method for determining a seat occupant. A network in the assembly includes a resistor in series with a magnetic switch, and a resistor in parallel with the series combination. Such an arrangement provides distinct assembly resistance values when the magnetic switch is open or closed, and thereby provides a means for diagnosing the operational state of the diagnosable magnetic switch assembly. The diagnosable magnetic switch assembly may be included in a seat occupant indicator system that embeds the seat occupant indicator system and a magnet in a cushion of a seat assembly. When the seat assembly is occupied, the magnet is separated from the seat occupant indicator system by a sufficient distance so the seat occupant indicator system is in an open state. When an occupant sits in the seat assembly, the magnet and the seat occupant indicator system are brought closer together so that the magnetic field operate the seat occupant indicator system to a closed state. A controller measures the assembly resistance values to determine if the seat assembly is empty, occupied, or if an assembly fault state is occurring.08-05-2010
20090326765Adaptive seat belt load limiter and method - Method and apparatus for limiting the load on a seat belt buckle, includes providing an adjustable energy absorbing device mounting the seat belt buckle on the vehicle, sensing vehicle and occupant conditions to determine the optimal adjustment of the adjustable energy absorbing device for restraint of the occupant under the sensed conditions, and adjusting the adjustable energy absorbing device in response to the sensed conditions to thereby adapt the restraint of the occupant to the sensed conditions. The adjustable energy absorbing device is an extendable strut having an end connected to the buckle and an end connected to the vehicle, said strut having metal deforming elements therein being deformed upon the load reaching a certain magnitude, and said strut having an adjusting mechanism adjusting the metal deforming elements to adjust the degree of metal deformation and thereby adjust the energy absorbing capacity of the strut.12-31-2009
20090112407System and Method for Communication by Architecture - A system for communicating with passengers onboard a mobile platform (such as a train, marine vessel, aircraft or automobile) using at least one structure onboard the mobile platform is provided. The system includes at least one seat for receipt of the at least one passenger. The seat includes a seatbelt that is operable to be fastened to retain the at least one passenger in the seat. The system also includes at least one source of data regarding a status of the mobile platform, and a structure control module that generates communication data for at least the seatbelt based on the status of the mobile platform. The communication data may be operable to communicate to the at least one passenger by the seatbelt that the seatbelt is to be fastened.04-30-2009
20100305816OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE - An automotive vehicle includes an occupant detection system (12-02-2010
20110251760VEHICULAR COLLISION DETECTION APPARATUS, OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE - A vehicular collision detection apparatus mounted to a vehicle comprises: a door beam that is arranged in a partitioned region partitioned between a door outer panel of a vehicle door, and a door inner panel of the vehicle door, and is displaced in accordance with a deformation of the door outer panel at the time of a vehicular collision; a cylindrical member that is arranged in the partitioned region and is compressed by the door beam at the time of the displacement of the door beam; a sealed cavity provided to the cylindrical member; a pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure fluctuation of the cavity; a deriving portion configured to derive a displacement amount and displacement velocity of the door beam, based on the pressure fluctuation detected by the pressure sensor; and a determining portion configured to determine collision particulars of the vehicle based on the displacement amount and displacement velocity of the door beam derived by the deriving portion.10-13-2011
20090037055Method and Apparatus for Avoiding or Mitigating Vehicle Collisions - In a method and apparatus for collision avoidance or collision mitigation for a vehicle, an existing driving space between the vehicle and a potential collision object is detected. A first warning function and/or an information function is activated when a first threshold value is reached. A system intervention with autonomous partial braking combined with at least one further safety measure is activated when a second threshold value is reached.02-05-2009
20110004377ACTIVATION APPARATUS FOR OCCUPANT PROTECTION SYSTEM - An activation apparatus for an occupant protection system includes acceleration sensors which are disposed on the respective right and left sides of a vehicle with respect to the center of the vehicle on the vehicle and each of which is provided for detecting the acceleration from the side opposite to the side where the sensor is disposed, and includes a determiner that determines whether or not an occupant protection system is to be activated by comparing the physical quantity computed based on the value detected and outputted by the acceleration sensor with a threshold for activating the occupant protection system.01-06-2011
20110246028STEERING WHEEL WITH HAND PRESSURE SENSING - The invention relates to a vehicle safety system includes a steering wheel, a plurality of pressure sensitive sensors located in the steering wheel, and a control unit. The pressure sensitive sensors can be located in different regions of the steering wheel. The pressure sensitive sensors can determine if a driver's hand is pressing upon a respective region of the steering wheel associated with one or more of the plurality of pressure sensitive sensors. The control unit can be configured or programmed to determine if at least one of the driver's hands is pressing upon a region of the steering wheel for a predetermined amount of time.10-06-2011
20100179729DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING PASSENGER PROTECTION DEVICES - A device for controlling passenger protection devices in which two hardware paths independent from one another are provided for activation. One interface IC is provided for each hardware path which has at least one circuit breaker and one power supply.07-15-2010
20110035117SEATBELT CONTROL DEVICE - In the case of a severe collision, the severity of the collision exceeds a first threshold value at which a pretensioner mechanism starts to activate, and then exceeds a second threshold value within a collision-discriminating time range T following the start of the activation; therefore, the force limiter mechanism unit is set at a high load. In the case of a gentle collision, the severity of the collision exceeds the first threshold value, at which the pretensioner mechanism starts to activate, but does not exceed the second threshold value within the collision-discriminating time range T following the start of the activation; therefore the force limiter mechanism unit is set at a low load. Therefore, without a determination delay, the switching of the force limiter mechanism can be appropriately selected.02-10-2011
20110035116OCCUPANT PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - An occupant protection system for vehicle, includes an own-vehicle information acquisition unit acquiring an own-vehicle information including a route information on a course of an own vehicle to a destination, an other-vehicle information acquisition unit acquiring other-vehicle information that is received through vehicle-to-vehicle communication and that includes position information of another vehicle, a crash condition calculation unit calculating a crash condition between the own vehicle and said another vehicle on the basis of the own-vehicle information and other-vehicle information, and an operation preparation unit preparing a system which corresponds to a crash damage decreasing system decreasing a level of a crash damage of an occupant of the own vehicle, and which is adapted to decrease the level of the crash damage that corresponds to the crash condition calculated by the crash condition calculation unit to operate.02-10-2011
20110040452VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION APPARATUS - A vehicle occupant protection apparatus includes a first collision detection mechanism provided for a vehicle and that detects a collision of the vehicle; a second collision detection mechanism provided closer to a middle of the vehicle than the first collision detection mechanism and that detects a collision of the vehicle; a first protection mechanism that protects an occupant from a collision of the vehicle; a controller that activates the first protection mechanism at the time when the first and second collision detection mechanisms detect a collision of the vehicle; and a collision prediction mechanism that predicts a collision of the vehicle. Every time the collision prediction mechanism predicts a collision of the vehicle in a direction from the first collision detection mechanism toward the middle of the vehicle, the controller activates the first protection mechanism at the time when the first collision detection mechanism detects the collision of the vehicle.02-17-2011
20110040451SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING A VEHICLE OCCUPANT - A system for classifying an occupant using a reduced quantity of force sensors. The system includes one or more force sensors, an electronic control unit (“ECU”), and a vehicle safety system. The force sensors are, for example, i-Bolt™ sensors, or other suitable force sensors or force sensing systems. The ECU includes, among other things, an occupant classification module and a safety monitoring module. The occupant classification module receives signals from the force sensors, determines one or more moments about a fixed point of a vehicle occupant control volume, and determines an occupant classification metric based on a mass of the control volume and a center of gravity of the control volume. The occupant classification module uses the occupant classification metric to classify an occupant into one of a plurality of occupant classifications. Based on the occupant classification, the safety monitoring module controls one or more vehicle safety systems.02-17-2011
20110040453METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - A method and a control device for triggering passenger protection devices for a vehicle are provided, a rollover event causing the triggering of the passenger protection devices. The rollover event is detected as a function of kinematic and rotation variables, an adhesion, and a static stability factor. A state of rotation is ascertained via a rotation rate and a rotation angle. A state of adhesion is ascertained from a vehicle transverse acceleration and a vehicle vertical acceleration. The rollover event is detected via the state of adhesion and the state of rotation, the adhesion being much greater than the static stability factor.02-17-2011
20110112725METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - A control device and a method for triggering passenger protection means for a vehicle are provided, the passenger protection means being triggered as a function of at least one signal from an impact sensor system and at least one precrash signal. The at least one precrash signal is evaluated as a function of a classification of at least one functionality, the functionality being influenced as a function of the least one precrash signal.05-12-2011
20090062989Seat device for vehicle - A headrest 03-05-2009
20080300753Method for Controlling a Belt Pretensioner and Safety Arrangement Comprising a Belt Pretensioner - The present invention relates to a method for controlling a reversible seat belt pretensioner in a motor vehicle, comprising the steps of detecting the speed and the steering angle of the vehicle, calculating an expected turning rate of the vehicle about its vertical axis from the speed and the steering angle and calculating an upper and a lower turning rate limiting value using the expected turning rate, detecting the actual turning rate of the vehicle about its vertical axis and activating the seat belt pretensioner of the vehicle if the actual turning rate of the vehicle is greater than the upper turning rate limiting value or is less than the lower turning rate limiting value. The present invention also relates to a safety arrangement for implementing the method according to the invention.12-04-2008
20090312915ELECTRONIC SYSTEM TO INDUCE THE OCCUPANTS OF A VEHICLE TO FASTEN SEAT BELTS - An electronic system to induce the occupants of a vehicle to fasten seat belts is described. The electronic system is configured to determine an alert condition indicating that a seat belt of at least one occupant of the vehicle is not fastened or is not properly fastened. The electronic system is also configured to allow the car radio to operate even when said alert condition is present, and to control the volume of the car radio for as long as said alert condition persists, preventing it from exceeding a low volume level.12-17-2009
20090326764ULTRASONIC SENSOR-BASED SIDE IMPACT SENSING SYSTEM - A side-impact threat assessment system that uses at least one ultrasonic sensor is provided. A method of detecting a potential side-impact collision on a host vehicle is also provided. The method calls for using at least one ultrasonic sensor for presence detection and for providing sensed data used in estimating closing velocity.12-31-2009
20100017065CONTROL UNIT FOR PASSENGER PROTECTION AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS - In a control unit for passenger protection and a method for triggering passenger protection devices, a Manchester-coded signal is supplied by an interface and the Manchester-coded signal is decoded by a coding unit, so that an analyzer unit performs the triggering of passenger protection devices as a function of the decoded signal. The decoding unit uses a shift register structure for decoding and oversampling for the Manchester-coded signal.01-21-2010
20090210116Collision safety control device - For achieving a collision safety control device having improved a reliability of airbag deployment at an offset collision or the like without providing a contact part with a cab, a ground wire is connected to a plurality of portions of a vehicle body frame, in which two of the plurality of portions may be mutually separated by more than a width of the frame and the ground wire may comprise a first portion connecting from the collision safety control device to the cab and a second portion connecting from the cab to the frame.08-20-2009
20090048740Vehicle safety system including accelerometers - A system is provided for determining the motion of a vehicle. The system includes a rigid vehicle body having a plurality of accelerometers positioned throughout the vehicle body. The accelerometers are operably connected to a controller for obtaining the accelerometer measurements and estimating the angular velocity, acceleration and angular acceleration at positions throughout the vehicle. Based on theses estimations, the controller determines whether a safety device is activated.02-19-2009
20090048741Safety System - The invention relates to a safety system for motor vehicles having sensor devices for detecting an accident and an apparatus for reinforcing a carrying construction (02-19-2009
20100131155METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN OBSTACLE IN A REGION SURROUNDING A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE - An apparatus for sensing an obstacle in a region surrounding a motor vehicle analyzes an image of the surrounding region, which region is divided into a plurality of fields. For each of the fields, the apparatus compares the relevant probability of the presence of an obstacle with a first threshold value and with a second threshold value that is greater than the first threshold value; determines a first classification of the fields as containing the obstacle if the probability of the relevant field is greater than the first threshold value, and determines a second classification of the fields as containing the obstacle if the probability of the relevant field is greater than the second threshold value.05-27-2010
20100057303SEATBELT DEVICE OF VEHICLE AND METHOD CONTROLLING THE SEATBELT DEVICE OF VEHICLE - A seatbelt device of a vehicle, the seatbelt device comprising: a belt reel around which a webbing, used to tie down a passenger seated in the vehicle, is wrapped up; a motor transmitting a driving force to the belt reel; an electric current detection unit detecting an electric current flowing through the motor; a vehicle-condition detection unit detecting a condition of the vehicle; a rotation detection unit detecting a rotational position of the belt reel; and a control unit that sets a target electric current corresponding to a predetermined vehicle condition detected by the vehicle-condition detection unit and controls the motor so that the electric current detected by the electric current detection unit equals the target electric current.03-04-2010
20100063686Safety System - A safety system for vehicle occupants having a device for determining the position of the vehicle occupant. A status monitor to which the output signals of sensors are conveyed is provided for determining the position of the vehicle occupant, the sensors detecting the acceleration of the vehicle and the weight of the vehicle occupant. A method for controlling a safety system.03-11-2010
20110178683METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR DETECTING A LATERAL AND/OR A ROOF POSITION OF A VEHICLE - A method for detecting a lateral position and/or a roof position of a vehicle, the method including a first step of receiving a lateral value and/or a vertical value via an interface, the lateral value representing a lateral acceleration and/or the vertical value representing a vertical acceleration. Furthermore, the method has a second step of detecting the roof position of the vehicle when a position value derived from the vertical value is greater in absolute terms, at least in one component, than a predefined vertical threshold value, and/or the method has a step of detecting the lateral position of the vehicle when a position value derived from the vertical value and the lateral value is located in a lateral position region of a state space, the state space being plotted by axes with regard to a lateral and a vertical acceleration.07-21-2011
20110178682METHOD FOR SELECTING SAFETY MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO INCREASE THE SAFETY OF VEHICLE OCCUPANTS - In a method for selecting safety measures to be taken to increase the safety of occupants of a vehicle, which safety measures relate to a hazard due to environmental influences, a relevance of the hazard is inferred from received position data and warning message data, and at least one safety measure, which includes activation of an actuator in a vehicle, is selected and taken as a function of the relevance.07-21-2011
20100070140VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH AUTOMATIC ACCIDENT REPORTING - A vehicle safety system includes a motion detecting device, a control module, a positioning module, and a wireless transmitting module. The motion detecting device is configured for sensing the motion of a vehicle and recording corresponding motion data. The control module is configured for analyzing the motion data and judging whether an accident has occurred to the vehicle based upon the analysis. The positioning module is configured for obtaining position coordinates of the vehicle. The wireless transmitting module is configured for automatically making contact with and reporting the position coordinates of the vehicle to a remote service station when an accident has occurred to the vehicle.03-18-2010
20100063685Motor vechicle having a preventive action protection system - The invention relates to a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger car, having a preventive action protection system which comprises safety devices (03-11-2010
20100057302METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN ACTUATABLE SAFETY DEVICE - A method for determining a crash condition of a vehicle comprises the step of sensing crash acceleration in a first direction substantially parallel to a front-to-rear axis of the vehicle and providing a first crash acceleration signal indicative thereof. The method also comprises the step of sensing crash acceleration in a second direction substantially parallel to a side-to-side axis of the vehicle and providing a second crash acceleration signal indicative thereof. The method further comprises the steps of determining a crash metric value functionally related to the sensed crash acceleration based on the second acceleration signal and comparing the determined crash metric value as a function of the sensed first crash acceleration signal against an associated threshold. The method still further comprises the step of determining a crash condition of the vehicle in response to (a) the comparison and (b) the first acceleration signal.03-04-2010
20110082625SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ONE OR MORE VEHICLE FEATURES BASED ON DRIVER STATUS - In at least one embodiment, a device for controlling one or more vehicle features for a primary driver and a secondary driver is provided. The device comprises at least one controller that is configured to receive at least one driver status signal indicative of the driver being one of the primary driver and the secondary driver and to determine whether the driver of the vehicle is the one of the primary driver and the secondary driver based on the at least one driver status signal. The controller is further configured to control one or more vehicle features and to prevent the one or more vehicle features from being disabled in response to determining that the at least one driver status signal indicates that the driver of the vehicle is the secondary driver.04-07-2011
20110098892METHOD OF DETECTING OBJECT IN THE VICINITY OF A VEHICLE - A system for detecting objects in the vicinity of a vehicle, comprising: a sensor for gathering data relating to objects in the vicinity of the vehicle; and a processor operable to: detect objects, from the sensor data, based on one or more detection criteria, the detection being regulated by one or more detection parameters; analyse the detected objects; and in response to the number of detected objects, vary one or more of the detection parameters.04-28-2011
20110098891APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING SEAT OCCUPANCY - An apparatus for determining seat occupancy includes a seat for a vehicle, which has a seating portion, right and left load detecting portions arranged between a vehicle floor and either one of a front portion and a rear portion of the seating portion, the right load detecting portion detecting a load applied to a right side of the seating portion, the left load detecting portion detecting a load applied to a left side of the seating portion, and a seat occupancy determining portion calculating a seating load of the seat on the basis of the detected loads and determining the seat occupancy of the seat by comparing the seating load with a predetermined threshold value, wherein the seat occupancy determining portion varies the predetermined threshold value depending on of a difference value between the loads applied to the right and left sides, respectively, of the seating portion.04-28-2011
20100241316Passenger protection system - A passenger protection system includes: a sensor outputting a detection digital data corresponding to collision; a passenger protection device; and an ECU. The sensor outputs a bit sequence providing an important bit group. A memory stores the data and the sequence doubly for storing first and second detection digital data and first and second bit sequences. The ECU determines based on the first or second data whether it is necessary to protect the passenger when the first data is equal to the second data. When the first data is different from the second data, and the first sequence is equal to the second sequence, the ECU replaces the important bit group in the first or second data with the first or second sequence, and determines based on the first or second data after replacement.09-23-2010
20120303221VEHICLE SENSOR NODE - The invention relates to a sensor system including a plurality of sensor elements which are designed so that the elements detect at least partially different primary measured values and utilize at least partially different measurement principles, further including a signal processing apparatus, an interface apparatus and a plurality of functional apparatuses. The sensor elements are connected to the signal processing apparatus, which is designed so that it includes at least one of the following signal processing functions each for at least one of the sensor elements and/or the output signals thereof, an error handling, a filtering, a calculation and/or provision of a derived measured value. At least one measured value is derived from at least one primary measured value of one or more sensor elements, and all functional apparatuses are connected to the signal processing apparatus via the interface apparatus and the signal processing apparatus provides the signal processing functions.11-29-2012
20120303219SEAT BELT RETRACTOR AND SEAT BELT DEVICE USING THE SAME - A seat belt retractor that functions to cancel both a function of a vehicle sensor and a function of a webbing sensor on a predetermined condition with a simple structure and a small number of components. When a seat belt is fully retracted, a cam follower of a first lever comes into contact with a second cam portion of a cam plate. An actuator pressing portion of the first lever presses an actuator of a vehicle sensor to a non-operation position. The function of the vehicle sensor is thereby cancelled. Further, when an engaging claw of a second lever separates from a ratchet tooth of a ring gear, the ring gear is allowed to rotate in a seat belt withdrawing direction. Therefore, the function of the webbing sensor is cancelled.11-29-2012
20110029204VEHICLE OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - A vehicle seat pressure sensor includes a light source, a non-fiber optical polymer sheet, a boundary layer and a detection unit. The non-fiber optical polymer sheet is composed of non-woven flexible optical polymer material and has a first surface with a peripheral edge surrounding the first surface. The peripheral edge of the optical polymer sheet is aligned with the light source such that light emitted from the light source projects into the optical polymer sheet through the peripheral edge. The boundary layer is disposed along the first surface of the optical polymer sheet. The detection unit is disposed relative to the optical polymer sheet to detect changes in attenuation of light emitted from the peripheral edge of the optical polymer sheet in response to elastic deformation of the boundary layer and the optical polymer sheet.02-03-2011
20110029203Occupant classification system - A system for classifying an occupant located on a seating surface of a vehicle seat. The system includes a movable element and an electrode located in the vehicle seat. A sensing circuit is provided to supply a signal to the conductor. The sensing circuit also includes measurement electronics configured to measure the signal to the conductor and the vibration of the moveable element. A controller is configured to discriminate between different types of objects located on the seating surface based on changes in the signal being supplied to the conductor and the vibration of the moveable element.02-03-2011
20110257846WHEEL WATCHER - A vehicle driver safety device that encourages drivers to drive attentively and with both hands on the steering wheel is disclosed.10-20-2011
20100305817Occupant detection apparatus - An occupant detection apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The occupant detection apparatus includes a buckle switch, a seat position sensor and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit includes a first active element and a second active element that respectively control energization of the buckle switch and the seat position sensor. The electric control unit performs on-off control on the first active element in such manner that: the first active element is held on for a predetermined period; and at a time of an end of the predetermined period, the first active element is switched off and the second active element is switched on. The occupant detection apparatus can reduce radio noise generated due to the energization of the buckle switch and the seat position sensor, and can minimize an influence of the radio noise on another electronic apparatus mounted in the vehicle.12-02-2010
20100121536PERFORMANCE-BASED CLASSIFICATION METHOD AND ALGORITHM FOR PASSENGERS - A system and method for classifying the optimization of safety features on a vehicle for a vehicle passenger based on the passenger seating position and passenger body mass index. The method includes determining a number of basic passenger sizes based on the passenger height and mass and determining a number of passenger seating positions. The method further includes identifying a set of tunable design variables that are used to adjust the vehicle safety features, and performing design optimization analysis for identifying optimal designs, called basic optimal designs, for the vehicle safety features for each of the basic passenger sizes and the predetermined seating positions. The method identifies the design from the basic optimal designs that provides the best performance for randomly selected reference passengers in randomly selected seating positions, and classifies all passengers in their actual seating positions into one of the predetermined number of classifications where each classification represents a particular basic optimal design.05-13-2010
20100121535PERFORMANCE-BASED CLASSIFICATION METHOD AND ALGORITHM FOR DRIVERS - A system and method for classifying the optimization of safety features on a vehicle for a driver of the vehicle based on the height and mass of the driver. The method includes determining a number of basic driver sizes based on driver height and mass and determining a driver's seat position for each basic driver height. The method also identifies a set of tunable design variables that are used to adjust the safety features of the vehicle and performs design optimization analysis to identify an optimal design for the vehicle safety features for each of the basic driver sizes. The method then identifies the design from the optimal designs that provides the best performance for randomly selected reference drivers and classifies all drivers into a predetermined number of classifications where each classification represents a particular optimal design.05-13-2010
20100121534Communications network of passenger protection system - A communications network for a passenger protection system of a vehicle has an electronic control unit and a plurality of sensors, which is bus-connected to the electronic control unit. Each of the sensors includes a current detection circuit for detecting a current of the sensor, and a control circuit including a memory. The control circuit sets a specific address for the sensor in the memory when the detected current attains a predetermined relation to a predetermined threshold current. The control circuit transmits a notification of completion of setting the specific address to the electronic control unit, and controls a mode of the sensor to a specific mode, which consumes current less than the predetermined threshold current.05-13-2010
20110153164Method and control unit for activating at least one safety device - A method for activating at least one safety device that has a first step of acquiring at least two features from at least one signal of a crash sensor system in order to form a feature vector from the features acquired. In a second method step, the formed feature vector is subsequently classified with the aid of a classifier based on the statistical learning theory in order to classify the feature vector in one of at least three possible feature classes. As a third method step, the safety devices are activated in accordance with an activation instruction for the feature class in which the feature vector was classified.06-23-2011
20110160967VELOCITY DETERMINATION APPARATUS - The invention relates to a velocity determination apparatus for determining a relative velocity between a first object (06-30-2011
20110153166Method of Intersection Estimation for a Vehicle Safety System - A method of estimating an intersection location for a vehicle safety system is disclosed. The method includes steps of calculating a stopping distance according to operating parameters of the motor vehicle. The method also includes a step of determining a location for an intersection using the stopping distance and the location of the vehicle. The method further includes steps of determining a distance between a remote vehicle and the intersection. A vehicle safety system is controlled according to the distance between the motor vehicle and the intersection and the distance between the remote vehicle and the intersection.06-23-2011
20090240400Vehicle Security Control System - A vehicle security system for controlling the operation of a vehicle. The security system includes a controller and a concealed proximity sensor that provides an input to the controller. The proximity sensor is activated by the presence of a body within a defined detection zone in the interior of the vehicle. The controller receives additional inputs from additional devices and toggles through a plurality of security states in which different levels of activation and immobilization are triggered depending upon user input and upon the specific inputs received.09-24-2009
20090204295Electronic airbag control unit having an autonomous event data recorder - Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to an electronic control unit for an airbag, said control unit having a data recorder unit that has a volatile memory, a nonvolatile memory and a copy circuit. The copy circuit is designed to copy data from the volatile memory to the nonvolatile memory during a second operating phase of the control unit. A protocol unit designed to record vehicle and/or accident data in the volatile memory is arranged in the data recorder unit during a first operating phase of the control unit. A first power supply unit is connected to the control unit and supplies the protocol unit and further components of the control unit with power and a second power supply unit is connected to the data recorder unit and supplies the latter with power.08-13-2009
20080255731Occupant detection apparatus - An occupant detection apparatus including a photographing section that is disposed to face to a vehicle rear seat for taking three-dimensional images of the vehicle rear seat area. The apparatus includes an information extraction processing section that extracts only first image information about an upper area of a seat back of the vehicle rear seat area from the three-dimensional images including the first image information and second image information about areas other than the upper area of the seat back. The apparatus also includes a segmentation processing section that segments the first image information extracted by the information extraction processing section into areas relating to respective sitting areas of a plurality of rear-seat occupants. The apparatus further includes a derivation processing section that derives, with regard to each image information segmented by the segmentation processing section, information about the rear-seat occupant sitting in the vehicle rear seat.10-16-2008
20110022274VEHICLE SEAT POWER TRACK ENHANCEMENTS - A vehicle seat power track for an automobile vehicle seat which includes a sensor arrangement to detect the seat position along the track relative to a front airbag apparatus and generate a signal to control the apparatus of the airbag. The vehicle seat power track also includes brackets configured to reduce horizontal movement of the track components.01-27-2011
20110046853METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - A method and a control device for triggering passenger protection means for a vehicle, wherein the triggering takes place as a function of an analysis of at least one accident signal via a constant fraction discrimination method.02-24-2011
20110137528Side Impact Safety System with Blind-Spot Detection Radar Data Fusion - A motor vehicle blind-spot detection system has a remote sensor covering a rear-quadrant blind spot sensing zone and a forward-quadrant side impact sensing zone. A control module receives signals from a side impact sensor and the blind-spot detection sensor, calculates an approach vector of an object in the side impact sensing zone and/or the blind spot sensing zone, determines that the object will impact the vehicle, initializes a side impact algorithm controlling activation of an occupant safety device, detects an impact on the side of the vehicle and determines a magnitude of the impact, compares the magnitude of the impact with a threshold value established at least in part based upon the magnitude of the approach vector, and activates the occupant safety device if the magnitude of the impact exceeds the threshold value.06-09-2011
20110137527Device for classifying at least one object in the surrounding field of a vehicle - A device for classifying at least one object in the surrounding field of a vehicle with the aid of an environmental sensor system, the device classifying the at least one object on the basis of its shape and its dimensions, and the environmental sensor system ascertaining the dimensions.06-09-2011
20100324787METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - A method and a control unit for triggering a passenger protection arrangement for a vehicle are described. A crash type is determined as a function of a first signal of a centrally disposed first acceleration sensor system and of a second signal of a second acceleration sensor system disposed in the side region of the vehicle. The triggering of the passenger protection arrangement takes place as a function of the crash type.12-23-2010
20100179730Adaptive energy absorption system for a vehicle seat - An adaptive energy absorption system for a vehicle seat that functions in dual-modes, including a primary mode during severe (shock event) operation and a secondary mode during normal (non-shock event) operation. When operating in primary mode, the present system automatically adjusts a VPEA in real-time to keep loads transmitted to the occupant's body below acceptable injury threshold levels, and can recover to perform said function for multiple shock events. When operating in secondary mode the system reduces vehicle vibration transmitted to the occupant, thereby reducing fatigue and increasing situational awareness.07-15-2010
20100179728FOLDING HEAD RESTRAINT ASSEMBLY FOR CONVERTIBLE VEHICLE - A vehicle head restraint assembly is provided with a folding head restraint mechanism for pivoting a head restraint between use and folded positions. A head restraint is mounted to the folding head restraint mechanism. A controller for a convertible roof may be provided in electrical communication with the folding head restraint mechanism and configured for electrical communication with the convertible roof. The controller has computer executable instructions for producing a first output to actuate the convertible roof and for producing a second output to actuate the folding head restraint mechanism. An actuator may be provided and connected to the folding head restraint mechanism and to the convertible roof. The actuator has a first output to actuate the folding head restraint mechanism and a second output to actuate the convertible roof of the vehicle. A method for actuating a convertible roof and a folding head restraint assembly is provided.07-15-2010
20090171535Method and Device for Activating A Personal Protection Means in the Event of a Rollover - A method and a device for activating a personal protection arrangement in the event of a rollover are provided, according to which, initially, at least one first driving dynamic variable is ascertained and then, based on this first driving dynamic variable, a second driving dynamic variable is determined, in order to activate the personal protection arrangement as a function of these two driving dynamic variables.07-02-2009
20120310483BELT LOCK WITH A STATE SENSOR FOR DETECTION OF THE LOCKING STATE OF A SAFETY BELT SYSTEM - A belt lock is provided with a state sensor for detection of the locking state of a safety belt system, for example in an motor vehicle. The belt lock includes a locking mechanism which is located in a belt lock housing, which is formed from an upper shell and a lower shell, for an inserted belt tongue which has a component which changes its location from a first end position into a second end position when the locking mechanism is actuated. By means of the state sensor, actuation of the locking mechanism can be monitored. The state sensor is made as an electronic sensor element which is located in the lower shell.12-06-2012
20110077826Method of protecting vehicle occupants in a vehicle seat of a vehicle - In a method of protecting the occupant in a vehicle seat, particularly in a passenger car (the vehicle seat comprising at least a seat surface, a backrest and a headrest), upon detection of a present or imminent rear impact, by means of an active movement of the backrest and/or of the headrest, a force is applied to the vehicle occupant in the direction of the effect of the impact force occurring as a result of the rear impact.03-31-2011
20100125392Seatbelt control apparatus - A seatbelt control apparatus including seatbelt control means that controls a motor for retracting a seatbelt; and motor current detecting means that detects a current of the motor. The seatbelt control apparatus further includes jamming determination means, indicator detecting means, and threshold value setting means. The jamming determination means determines whether or not the seatbelt is jammed during take-up operation on the basis of whether or not the motor current detected by the motor current detecting means exceeds a threshold value for jamming determination. The indicator detecting means detects an indicator of a current versus load characteristic of the motor. The threshold value setting means sets the threshold value for jamming determination on the basis of the indicator detected by the indicator detecting means.05-20-2010
20090292423VEHICLE OCCUPANT PRESENCE AND POSITION SENSING SYSTEM - Sensors in a vehicle seat provide data for classifying occupants. Information from the sensors may be used to determine the position of an occupant relative to the seat and relative to the vehicle, the weight of the occupant, whether the seat belt is latched, and the position of the occupant relative to an airbag before and during a crash. Situations wherein airbag deployment is not desired are identified. A particularly inexpensive system meets the occupant classification needs of a system comprising a low risk deployment passenger airbag.11-26-2009
20090292422Fail-safe apparatus and method for disposal of automobile pyrotechnic safety devices - A method for disposing of a pyrotechnic safety device includes providing an electronic control unit having a primary control unit and an auxiliary control unit. The auxiliary control unit includes a safing mode and a scrap mode, and operates in the safing mode in an initial state. The auxiliary control unit is switched from the safing mode to the scrap mode when the primary control unit sends a first predetermined signal. The auxiliary control unit is armed only if it receives a second predetermined signal from the primary control unit while the auxiliary control unit is operating in the scrap mode. The primary control unit sends the first and second predetermined signals to the auxiliary control unit based on signals the primary control unit receives from an external source. The primary control unit then disposes of a pyrotechnic safety device (PSD) by sending a deployment signal to the PSD based on another signal received from the external source.11-26-2009
20110190987OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An occupant detection system, a controller for an occupant detection system and a method of detecting an occupant. The presence or absence of the occupant varies the dielectric properties of an area proximate to influence the electrical impedance of the electrode. The electrode impedance is determined based on based on the excitation signal frequency, the excitation signal magnitude, and the electrode signal magnitude, and thereby determine an occupant presence based on the electrode impedance. The excitation signal magnitude is adjusted to optimize the electrode signal magnitude. The electrode signal magnitude is optimized to be large enough to be accurately measured, but not so large as to cause excessive radiated emissions. The excitation signal magnitude may be adjusted for each excitation signal frequency so the electrode signal magnitude is optimized regardless of frequency.08-04-2011
20100030432ACTIVE LOWER EXTREMITY CRASH PROTECTION SYSTEM - Some embodiments of the present invention relate to motor vehicle crash safety systems and related methods. More particularly, according to some embodiments, the lower extremities of a motor vehicle occupant can be positioned in preparation for a crash event. Some embodiments include means for sensing a crash event, and means for positioning the lower extremities of the occupant.02-04-2010
20100030431METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING BATTERY POWER IN EMERGENCY VEHICLES - A method and apparatus for battery power management in an emergency vehicle having its engine off and warning lights on is disclosed. The method may include monitoring a voltage level of a battery of the emergency vehicle, determining if the battery voltage level is below a predetermined threshold, wherein if it is determined that the battery voltage level is below the predetermined threshold, automatically starting the emergency vehicle's engine to charge the battery, determining if the emergency vehicle's battery is charged, wherein if it is determined that the emergency vehicle's battery is charged, automatically turning off the emergency vehicle's engine, wherein the monitoring of the battery voltage level is resumed.02-04-2010
20100023225STARTING DEVICE OF OCCUPANT PROTECTIVE SYSTEM - A starting device of an occupant protective system includes an angular velocity or acceleration sensor 01-28-2010
20100023224METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ACTUATING AN ACTIVE AND/OR PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method and device for actuating an active and/or passive motor vehicle safety system in a driving situation in which the vehicle executes a rotary movement about the vertical axis of the vehicle. A variable describing the rotary motion is measured, and this variable is processed by a mathematical model, which determines information therefrom about the future rotary motion of the vehicle. This information in turn may be used to control the vehicle safety systems as a function of the situation and prepare them for a possibly imminent collision.01-28-2010
20110218709METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DOOR OF A VEHICLE - In a method for controlling at least one door of a vehicle, a movement of a mobile identification signal generator, assigned to the vehicle, relative to the vehicle is sensed as a function of time. A future position of the mobile identification signal generator is estimated at a future time based on the position, the speed of movement and the direction of movement of the mobile identification signal generator at the current time, and furthermore an unlocking condition is detected if the future position of the mobile identification signal generator is within a predetermined range. Finally, the at least one door is unlocked and/or opened based on the unlocking condition. As a result of the estimation of the position of an identification signal generator with respect to a next position measuring point, the reaction time and the susceptibility to faults of an access arrangement can be improved.09-08-2011
20100017066INTEGRATED VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM USING DYNAMICALLY DETERMINED VEHICLE CONDITIONS - A vehicle includes a control system that is used to control a vehicle system. The control system determines a roll condition in response to a yaw rate sensor and a pitch rate sensor without having to use a roll rate sensor. A relative roll angle, relative pitch angle, global roll angle, and global pitch angle may also be determined. A safety system may be controlled in response to the roll condition, roll angle, or the pitch angles individually or in combination.01-21-2010
20090112408INTELLIGENT ARRANGEMENT BUCKLE SWITCH FOR SEAT BELTS - A buckle switch arrangement for a multi-point seat belt system. A restraints control module is provided to receive signals from sensors operatively associated with the vehicle seat which determine and identify seat occupancy and also to receive signals from other sensors operatively associated with the vehicle seat which sense seat belt webbing payout. The signals obtained by the restraints control module are interpreted and, based on the interpretation, a telltale device may be activated to warn the vehicle operator that a seat occupant is not in compliance with seat belt usage.04-30-2009
20080208413Safety System For Vehicle Occupants - The present invention relates to a safety system for occupants of a vehicle 08-28-2008
20110118942THEFT SECURITY DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE COUPLING - An anti-theft security device for a vehicle coupling, in particular a fifth wheel coupling (05-19-2011
20120041646DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A CONTROL SIGNAL - A device is described for generating a control signal for controlling a passenger protection arrangement of a motor vehicle, having a first acceleration sensor for generating a first acceleration signal, having a second acceleration sensor for generating a second acceleration signal, having a first structure-borne noise sensor for generating a first structure-borne noise signal, having a second structure-borne noise sensor for generating a second structure-borne noise signal, and having an evaluation circuit, the evaluation circuit (being configured for generating a combination signal from the first structure-borne noise signal and the second structure-borne noise signal, the evaluation circuit being configured for generating the control signal as a function of the first acceleration signal, the second acceleration signal and the combination signal.02-16-2012
20100121533Seatbelt control apparatus - A seatbelt apparatus including a seatbelt, a spool for retracting the seatbelt, a motor for rotatably driving the spool, and urging mechanism for urging the seatbelt toward a retracting direction. The seat belt apparatus further includes belt attaching/detaching mechanism, a belt releasing detecting mechanism and, and a motor controller. The belt attaching/detaching mechanism fastens or releases the seatbelt. The belt releasing detecting mechanism detects that the seatbelt is released from the belt attaching/detaching mechanism. The motor controller causes the motor to start to take up the seatbelt on the condition that a predetermined amount of time passes since the belt releasing detecting mechanism detects that the seatbelt is released.05-13-2010
20090005935 FORCE LIMITER - An energy-absorbing force limiter for a safety device comprises a first component (01-01-2009
20110153165SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEAT BELT CONTROL - A system is provided for utilizing belt movement information in a motorized seat belt (MSB) control system algorithm to achieve better levels of comfort and safety. The MSB control system algorithm controls execution of multiple modes including a no friction mode, a stowage mode, a slack reduction mode, an out of position warning mode, a medium pull-back mode, and a high pull-back mode. The MSB control system algorithm also controls execution of a low power mode initiated after the other vehicle modules are put to sleep to provide the ability to stow the seat belt after the vehicle has been turned off for some period of time. The MSB control system algorithm also controls belt monitoring functions defined based on a buckle switch state that indicates the buckled or unbuckled state of the seat belt. Belt monitoring consists of belt movement being converted to counts based on a resolution provided by a belt movement sensor.06-23-2011
20110066333Sensor Arrangement, Particularly for a Passenger Protection System of a Motor Vehicle - A sensor arrangement, particularly for a passenger protection system of a motor vehicle, comprising a first group of sensors (03-17-2011
20110307148OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD HAVING HEATER ELEMENT ELECTRICAL ISOLATION - A system for determining an occupant proximate to a vehicle seat, a controller for use in the system, and a method for electrically isolating a heater element from an occupant detection electrode. When a heater element in a seat is coupled to a heater voltage source to generate heat, the heater element may influence an electric field generated by an occupant detection electrode in such a way as to interfere with determining an occupant proximate to the seat. Depending on the arrangement of the electrode and the heater element, such interference may be present at all times when the electrode is connected to the heater voltage source, or may only be problematic when the seat is wet with liquid moisture. By electrically isolating the heater element, the influence on the electric field may be reduced so the process of determining if an occupant is present in the seat is not interfered with.12-15-2011
20090259369Intelligent child safety seat - An intelligent child safety seat, or ICSS, having an electronic unit loaded with manufacturer's specifications particular to the ICSS, or ICSS-data, configured for communication of at least one item of datum to vehicle systems via a joint interface. The ICSS-data support provision of seat installation instructions, detection of possible incompatibilities, detection of the presence of a child and disposition of the ICSS in the vehicle seat, detection of misuse and of inappropriate reuse after a crash or after the expiration date, a check to detect if the ICSS is included in product recall announcements, and multiple safety applications carried out by vehicle systems. The electronic unit further includes at least one module consisting of an I/O module, a sensors module, and a devices module. A communication interface of the ICSS and of the vehicle may be implemented in top tether arrangements.10-15-2009
20090312914SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BLIND SPOT MONITORING AND CROSS TRAFFIC ALERT BASED ON DRIVER STATUS - A system for controlling the operation of performing at least one of blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert in a vehicle based on driver status is provided. The system comprises a controller configured to receive at least one driver status signal indicative of whether the driver of the vehicle is one of the primary driver and the secondary driver. The controller is configured to determine whether the driver of the vehicle is the primary or the secondary driver based on the at least one driver status signal. The controller is configured selectively control the operation of performing the at least one of blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert based on whether the driver of the vehicle is the primary driver or the secondary driver.12-17-2009
20120065843AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT - A method of deploying a side impact airbag is provided. The method includes selectively determining a delay time based on an impact type, where the delay time associated with an impact on a first side is different than the delay time associated with an impact on a second side; and selectively generating a control signal to at least one of deploy and not deploy the side impact airbag based on the delay time.03-15-2012
20120004810Vehicle-use safety control apparatus - The vehicle-use safety control apparatus is configured to operate on electric power supplied from a vehicle battery mounted on a vehicle through at least one of a first electric power supply path interposed with an ignition switch of the vehicle, and a second electric power supply path interposed with a changeover switch. The vehicle-use safety control apparatus includes a running state information acquiring means to acquire running state information on whether the vehicle is running or stopped, and a switch control means to change an on/off state of the changeover switch in accordance with the running state information received from the running state acquiring means.01-05-2012
20120004811METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - A method and a control device for triggering passenger protection means for a vehicle are provided, at least one sensor signal from an accident sensor system being provided by an interface. Furthermore, at least two characteristics are generated from the sensor signal, which are mapped onto one single value range. The triggering of the passenger protection means occurs as a function of the at least two mapped characteristics.01-05-2012
20090204293Seat control structure for occupant classification systems - An occupant classification system is provided based upon the use of an array of electrical switches arranged between a seat trim and a reactive surface. The switches produce selective outputs signals as an engaging surface makes contact with one or more of the switches when an occupant occupies the seat. The output signals are interpreted into a control signal to distinguish between occupants for controlling an inflatable restraint system. The occupant classification system also includes a control structure which defines a distance between the array of switches and the engaging surface that is greater than zero when the seat is unoccupied so that the switches are insensitive to the initial forces applied to the seat through the seat trim. The distance between one or more of the switches and the engaging surface decreases to zero when the occupant occupies the seat to produce the selective output signals.08-13-2009
20120010784OCCUPANT RESTRAINT DEVICE CONTROL DEVICE - An occupant restraint device controller, including an electronic circuit substrate incorporating therein a control circuit that determines whether or not a vehicle has collided based on a detection output of a sensor detecting acceleration/deceleration of the vehicle and outputs a control signal for activating an occupant restraint tool. The electronic circuit substrate is accommodated inside a resin case provided with a structure for leading out a ground electrode from the inside to the outside of the resin case. The structure for leading out a ground electrode is configured such that a fixing leg, for fixing the electronic circuit substrate, is provided inside the case. This fixing leg is connected to a mounting portion, to be mounted to the vehicle, via a ground lead-out member that includes a first spring structure held between the fixing leg and the electronic circuit substrate, a ground terminal held between the case and part of the vehicle, and a second spring structure connecting the first spring structure to the ground terminal01-12-2012
20120158251ENHANCED SEAT BELT/ACCELERATOR BEHAVIORAL SYSTEM - A method of controlling the behavior of an occupant of a vehicle (06-21-2012
20120209476METHOD OF DETERMINING THE LATERAL VELOCITY OF A VEHICLE DURING ABNORMAL DRIVING SITUATIONS - Disclosed is a method to determine a vehicle's lateral velocity during abnormal driving situations of a vehicle during controlled side-impact or rollover crash tests that involve the pulling of a vehicle sideways into an object. A high-resolution, low-range, lateral accelerometer is integrated to determine the lateral velocity. Furthermore, is a method to initiate the integration of the acceleration signal and a method to stop and reset the integration. The method recognizes special conditions associated with abnormal driving situations like controlled crash tests, and therefore will not be active during normal operating conditions. The method also includes a means to handle offset tolerances associated with accelerometers by finding the sensor's zero-g point while the vehicle is at rest.08-16-2012
20120065844Intelligent Arming Module for a Vehicle Security System and Vehicle Security System Incorporating Intelligent Arming - An operational status module 03-15-2012
20080319616Seat Sensor System - A seat sensor system comprises at least one seat sensor associated to a seat for sensing a status related to a seat occupancy and for generating an output signal indicative of said status and a control unit for communicating with said at least one seat sensor. According to the invention at least one transmitter is associated with said seat, said transmitter being coupled to said at least one seat sensor, said transmitter for transmitting a data signal indicative of said output signal; and at least one receiver is coupled to said control unit, said receiver for wirelessly receiving said data signal) from said transmitter.12-25-2008
20120158248VEHICLE SAFETY SENSOR CONTROL DEVICE - A vehicle safety sensor control device is provided. The vehicle safety sensor control device may include a slope sensor portion sensing a slope of vehicle; a safety sensor portion sensing running safety information for a vehicle safety running; a sensing control angle generation portion sensing a sensing control angle from the sensed slope; and a safety sensor control portion controlling up and down direction angles of the safety sensor on the basis of a horizontal plane of vehicle depending on the sensing control angle.06-21-2012
20120158249VEHICLE SAFETY ENHANCEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A system for vehicle safety enhancement is disclosed. The system comprises a sudden slowdown detection subsystem, a slight bump detection subsystem, an airbag activation and brake malfunction detection subsystem, and a rollover detection subsystem. A controlling unit is connected to each subsystem for determining a severity level of a collision involving a vehicle, and the controlling unit is in turn connected to a communication unit for sending an alert signal based on the severity level. A method for vehicle safety enhancement is also disclosed.06-21-2012
20120109468Method for Protecting a Vehicle Occupant in a Vehicle Seat of a Vehicle - A method for protecting a vehicle occupant in a vehicle seat of a vehicle is provided. At least one protection element mounted on the vehicle seat and capable of being triggered to protect the vehicle occupant sitting on the vehicle seat is triggered when a collision is imminent or occurs. A reversible belt tensioner assigned to the vehicle seat is triggered at a time before a triggering of the protection element, and while or as the protection element is triggered, a resulting belt tensioning is released again.05-03-2012
20120109467CONTROL UNIT AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - A control unit and a method for triggering passenger protection device for a vehicle are described, a computer having an integrated circuit transmitting a signal and, as a function of this signal, a current source in the integrated circuit outputting a current for charging the capacitors connected to the integrated circuit and situated in the ignition circuit. The charge of these capacitors is output via a third interface using a characterizing measuring signal.05-03-2012
20120158250METHOD FOR IMAGING THE SURROUNDING OF A VEHICLE - A method for imaging the surrounding of a vehicle is provided. The method includes the steps of (i) taking a series of two dimensional images of the vehicle surrounding, (ii) taking a series of three dimensional images of the vehicle surrounding that including depth information, (iii) determining at least one object in an area of interest in one of the series of images and tracking the object in the area of interest, (iv) processing the others of the series of images to retrieve object information from said other series of images, (v) adjusting the objects to be tracked in the one series of images in accordance with the object information received from processing the other series of images.06-21-2012
20090143944FAST SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOIL- AND CURB-TRIPPED VEHICLE ROLLOVERS - A method and a system of controlling a restraint device in a vehicle during a crash. The method includes sensing a lateral acceleration without using other vehicle dynamic information. The method also includes integrating the sensed lateral acceleration to determine a change in (or delta of) lateral velocity, low-pass filtering the sensed lateral acceleration, and extrapolating the delta lateral velocity and the filtered acceleration to estimate a vehicle lateral velocity. The method also includes sensing a vertical acceleration, integrating the sensed vertical acceleration, combining the integrated vertical acceleration and the predicted vehicle lateral velocity to give an indication of how severely the vehicle laterally hits an obstacle, and generating a deployment signal to activate the restraint device.06-04-2009
20110106383Vehicle Collision Sensing System, and A Method of Operating Same - A vehicle collision sensing system having sensor modules distributed about the vehicle configured to receive initialization signals for coordinating communication with a control module over a time multiplexed communication network that is part of the control module. The control module has a switch that is open when a first sensor module is initialized and closed when a second sensor module is initialized so that each sensor module can be individually initialized or programmed after installation in the vehicle. By individually initializing each sensor module after the sensor modules are installed in the vehicle, identical sensor modules can be installed at various locations about the vehicle and thereafter initialized to make each sensor module unique.05-05-2011
20100094509System for Reducing The Braking Distance of a Vehicle - Method for reducing the stopping distance of a vehicle, wherein data which are received via a vehicle-to-vehicle communication are analysed, and a surroundings analysis for the driver's own vehicle is carried out, and vehicle-specific data are transmitted and integrated into an existing safety concept.04-15-2010
20100094510SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY DETERMINING VEHICLE REAR/TRUNK LOADING FOR USE IN A VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - A control system (04-15-2010
20120123644Driver Assistance System in a Motor Vehicle - A driver assistance system in a motor vehicle includes an electronically controllable braking system and a control unit assigned to this braking system and connected with an operating element also assigned to the braking system. The operating element, when correspondingly actuated, can initiate an automatic braking function in the form of a normal braking by use of the electronically controllable braking system independently of the actuation of the brake pedal. The control unit is operatively configured such that, when the operating element is continuously actuated beyond a predefined minimum duration, an emergency braking function can be initiated.05-17-2012
20090132128Occupant monitoring and restraint status system - An occupant monitoring and restraint status system is provided. The system includes an occupant boarding and de-boarding system. The occupant boarding and de-boarding system detects boarding and de-boarding of occupants. The system also includes a bench type seat that has a plurality of seat locations. Each of these seat locations includes a seat belt system which has a status sensor to detect a state of the seat belt system. Each seat location also includes an occupant sensing system. The occupant sensing system detects the presence and identity of an occupant at the seat location. The system further includes a display which includes a seat status indicator for each of the plurality of seat locations. The seat status indicators include information regarding a presence of an occupant, an occupant identity, and a state of a seat belt system.05-21-2009
20090132129Side Impact Sensor Systems - Vehicle including an occupant protection apparatus for protecting an occupant in the event of an impact into a side of the vehicle and an electronic side impact crash sensor for detecting the side impact and which includes a sensor housing positioned to cause lateral movement of the sensor housing responsive to the side impact, a movable sensing mass within the sensor housing and move laterally relative to the sensor housing in response to the side impact, and a control unit connected to the crash sensor for activating the occupant protection apparatus. The crash sensor generates a signal representative of the movement of the sensing mass. The control unit includes a micro-processor and an algorithm processed by the micro-processor and configured to analyze the signal representative of the movement of the sensing mass and generate a deployment signal based thereon to initiate deployment of the occupant protection apparatus.05-21-2009
20090132127CONTROL MODULE FOR SEAT BELT RETRACTOR AND SEAT BELT RETRACTOR - A control module for seat belt retractor capable of controlling a winding torque of a seat belt within a predetermined range, and such a seat belt retractor are provided. The seat belt retractor includes a spool 05-21-2009
20120083974METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMBINING SENSOR DATA - A method is provided for combining sensor data collected by at least two sensors coupled to at least one application, wherein at least one of the sensors provides driver-related sensor data of a driver-related behaviour and at least one external sensor provides sensor date not related to driver-related behaviour. The sensor data of the at least two sensors are combined as the respective measurement errors of the data are uncorrelated in time with respect to the at least one application.04-05-2012
20120221210METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEAT BELT RETRACTION SPEED CONTROL - A seat belt is wound around a spool and a spring biases the spool to rotate in a belt retraction direction. A sensor detects a retraction speed of the belt when the spool rotates in the belt retraction direction and generating a belt speed signal. An electrical drive unit receives the belt speed signal and applies a torque to the spool in a belt extension direction (opposite to the belt retraction direction) if the retraction speed exceeds a threshold value. The torque is of a magnitude sufficient to maintain the retraction speed below the threshold value. The electric motor and/or electrical control unit may be part of or otherwise integrated with a safety belt pre-tensioning system.08-30-2012
20120130596FUEL VAPOR TREATMENT APPARATUS - A fuel vapor treatment apparatus includes a fuel tank, a canister, a passage forming member, a pressure-regulating valve, an acceleration detector, and a controller. The fuel tank is for a storage of fuel to be supplied to an internal combustion engine for a vehicle. The canister recovers fuel evaporated from the fuel tank. The passage forming member defines a passage through which the fuel tank and the canister communicate with each other. The pressure-regulating valve is provided in the passage forming member to connect or disconnect the fuel tank and the canister. The acceleration detector detects an acceleration value of the vehicle, and the controller controls the pressure-regulating valve based on the acceleration value detected by the acceleration detector.05-24-2012
20120166046SENSOR PAD FOR CONTROLLING AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT AND ASSOCIATED SUPPORT - A weight sensing pad for controlling activation of an automobile airbag, the weight sensing pad comprising a bladder member having an interior volume defined by first and second sheets perimetrically bonded together, wherein the interior volume of the bladder member is subdivided into a plurality of cells by a plurality of small, substantially circular welds between the first and second sheets, the plurality of cells being in fluid communication with each other; and a fluid contained within the interior volume of the bladder member, whereby the automobile airbag is activated upon a change in pressure caused by displacement of a volume of the fluid in the interior volume of the bladder.06-28-2012
20120166045COMBINED ABS/AIRBAG CONTROL UNIT - A control unit has an ABS control algorithm. For use on motorcycles, it is advantageous if the control unit also includes an airbag algorithm for actuating an airbag, a maximum of two but preferably only a single acceleration sensor for detecting a collision, and a maximum of two but preferably only a single ignition stage which generates a signal for igniting an airbag when a collision is detected.06-28-2012
20120316734ALERT SOUND OUTPUT CONTROL APPARATUS, ALERT SOUND OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PRODUCT - An alert sound output control apparatus provides audio data to a speaker unit that outputs an alert sound directed outside a vehicle. The alert sound output control apparatus includes a road information acquiring unit that acquires lane count information for a road being traveled by the vehicle; a position information acquiring unit that acquires traveling position information for the vehicle; and an output unit that based on the lane count information and the traveling position information, controls output of the alert sound directed outside the vehicle.12-13-2012
20100070141Electronic apparatus - An electronic apparatus includes an integrated circuit, a capacitor, and first and second wires. The integrated circuit has a terminal connected to a power supply line or a signal line. The capacitor eliminates noise on the power supply line or the signal line. The first wire connects a first end of the capacitor to the terminal of the integrated circuit. The second wire connects a second end of the capacitor to a reference potential. A length of the first wire is substantially equal to a length of the second wire.03-18-2010
20120136541COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR A PASSENGER PROTECTION SYSTEM - In each sensor unit, when a sensor control unit cannot detect current flowing to an output side, its address is set to the same address as a sensor unit of the last stage. In an ECU, if the set address and characteristic information of each sensor unit are not stored in a memory unit when the set addresses and the characteristic information of all the sensor units are received by an ECU control unit, the received set addresses and the characteristic information are stored. A failure check unit checks received characteristic information received by the ECU control unit with characteristic information stored in the memory unit. If one characteristic information is in disagreement, a sensor unit having such characteristic information is determined to be failing. If plural characteristic information are in disagreement, a sensor unit having characteristic information and closest to the ECU is determined to be failing.05-31-2012
20100049404Driver's Cab of a Commercial Vehicle Having Cab Components Which are Integrated into the Loadbearing Structure - A driver's cab of a commercial vehicle includes a steering column which has a steering spindle mounted rotatably in a steering column tube, and at least one pedal carrier, on which at least one driving pedal is mounted. At least the steering column tube of the steering column and the pedal carrier form parts of the load-bearing structure of the driver's cab.02-25-2010
20120173084METHOD FOR ROLLOVER DETECTION - A method is presented for rollover detection, taking into account the transverse vehicle acceleration and transverse vehicle velocity and at least one rotational state quantity about the driving direction axis, wherein a correction parameter for the transverse vehicle velocity and/or transverse vehicle acceleration is determined by determining a translational energy value from the transverse vehicle velocity and a rotational energy value from the rotational state quantity and the correction parameter from the energy values.07-05-2012
20100280717SENSING SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A PREDETERMINED SPACE - A sensing system (11-04-2010
20120179335OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - An occupant protection device includes: a controller; first and second bus lines; a first collision sensor arranged on a side of the vehicle, and transmitting a first signal to the controller via the first bus line; a second collision sensor arranged on a center of the vehicle, and transmitting a second signal to the controller via the second bus line; and a third collision sensor arranged on a front side from the first collision sensor, and transmitting a third signal to the controller via the second bus line. The controller determines the collision on the side of the vehicle based on the first and second signals. The controller determines the collision on a part of the vehicle based on the third signal, the part disposed on the front side from the first collision sensor. The controller activates an occupant protection element.07-12-2012
20100274450METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREDICTING VEHICLE ROLLOVER DURING A TRIP-OVER EVENT - A vehicle includes wheels, force sensors adapted for a vertical force and lateral force of each wheel, an onboard device, and a controller. The controller calculates vehicle values using the vertical force and lateral force, compares the values to a corresponding threshold, and automatically deploys the device when each element value does not exceed a corresponding threshold. A method for determining when to deploy an airbag includes measuring a vertical and lateral force at each wheel, and measuring a yaw rate and roll angle. A lateral velocity is calculated using the lateral force, and a lift of each wheel is calculated using the vertical force. The roll angle, roll rate, and stopping time are processed to generate a point on a 3D rollover plane. A rollover energy rate is calculated, and the airbag deploys when the point, rollover energy rate, and lift do not exceed a threshold.10-28-2010
20120253605Data mining in a digital map database to identify intersections located at hill bottoms and enabling precautionary actions in a vehicle - Disclosed is a feature for a vehicle that enables taking precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network around or ahead of the vehicle, in particular, an intersection located at the bottom of a hill. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where an intersection of roads is located at the bottom of a hill and then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate such locations. A precautionary action system installed in a vehicle uses this database, or a database derived therefrom, in combination with a positioning system to take a precautionary action as the vehicle approaches such a location.10-04-2012
20100268425PREVENTIVE AND PERSUASIVE ACTIONS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING - A vehicle safety system is provided that includes an alcohol concentration determining arrangement. A control unit is adapted to receive and analyze data from the alcohol concentration determining arrangement and output a blocking signal or a dissuasion signal under certain conditions. A blocking arrangement is adapted to prevent driving of the vehicle by the vehicle occupant upon receipt of a blocking signal. A output device is adapted to receive the dissuasion signal and to present a warning to the vehicle occupant to dissuade the occupant from driving the vehicle. The control unit is operable to categorize the concentration of alcohol in the occupant's blood into one of three categories: a low concentration category, in which the blocking signal will not be generated, a high concentration category, in which the blocking signal will be generated, and an intermediate category, in which the dissuasion signal will be generated.10-21-2010
20090048739Seat belt device - A seat belt device includes a detecting unit and a controller which controls a motor to rotate in a winding direction of a webbing when the detecting unit detects that an adjust-through which adjusts a position of a D-ring through which the webbing is inserted is moved down.02-19-2009
20110125372Method and apparatus for reducing collision injury/damage of vehicles - An on-vehicle apparatus is provided to reduce damage from collisions. In the apparatus, an object located in a field in a travel direction of a vehicle is detected and a time to collision (TTC) is detected. A controller performs automatic intervention braking in the vehicle when it determined that the time to collision is equal to or shorter than a first threshold time. Further, when it determined that the time to collision is equal to or shorter than a second threshold time shorter than the first threshold time and meets a preset actuation condition, a protection controller makes a protection device active for vehicle protection. A collision speed is also estimated based on an deceleration of the vehicle caused by the automatic intervention braking. The preset actuation condition is a condition that the estimated collision speed is equal to or higher than a preset threshold speeds.05-26-2011
20120330512METHOD FOR TRIGGERING AT LEAST ONE IRREVERSIBLE RETAINING DEVICE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method for triggering at least one irreversible retaining device of a motor vehicle before the beginning of an actual collision includes acquiring items of information regarding an object which is present in the vicinity of the motor vehicle by means of at least two acquisition devices of a motor vehicle which operate independent of one another and which continuously measure the vicinity of the vehicle, and separately analyzing the items of information with regard to whether triggering conditions for triggering the at least one irreversible retaining device are established, wherein the triggering only occurs when both analysis results indicate that the triggering conditions are established.12-27-2012
20120323447BUMPER ARRANGEMENT FOR AN AUTOMOBILE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A BUMPER ARRANGEMENT IN A CRASH - A bumper arrangement for an automobile includes a crossbeam with crash boxes and a pedestrian protection element arranged on the crossbeam. The material of the pedestrian protection element has a lower firmness compared to the material of the crossbeam. A deformation element is arranged in the pedestrian protection element. The deformation element can be retracted into the crossbeam in an impact with a pedestrian, so that only the pedestrian protection element produces a damping effect. In a high-intensity crash, the deformation element can be rigidly connected with the crossbeam and thus lengthen the available deformation path of the crash box along the deformation element.12-20-2012
20110246029METHOD OF TUNING ACTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES, SYSTEM OBTAINED BY SAID METHOD AND VEHICLE COMPRISING A SYSTEM OBTAINED BY SAID METHOD - The present invention relates to a method of tuning an active safety system of a motor vehicle, notably an antilock braking system (ABS), an anti-skid system (ARS or TSC), a path control device (ESP), an overall motor vehicle chassis control system (VDM) or similar, and an active safety system obtained by said method and/or the motor vehicles equipped with such an active safety system.10-06-2011
20120089303Holding device and method for holding a vehicle occupant in a vehicle seat - A holding device (04-12-2012
20120089302ILLUMINATED SEAT BELT RECEPTACLE - A seat belt system for a vehicle may include a plurality of seat belt assemblies each including a seat belt receptacle, a light source for selectively illuminating the receptacle, and a latch mechanism for releasably latching a seat belt buckle to the receptacle. A controller may be operatively associated with the light source, the latch mechanism sensor, a transmission gear position sensor, and at least one of a door position sensor, engine sensor and air bag sensor. The controller may operably process signals received from the sensors and direct the light source to selectively illuminate the seat belt receptacle in various operational conditions of the vehicle.04-12-2012
20110276232METHOD OF CONTROLLING A BUOYANCY SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT, AND A CONTROL SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD - The present invention relates to a method of controlling a buoyancy system for an aircraft, wherein the buoyancy system including automatic trigger means and the method consists in: 11-10-2011
20120101688OCCUPANT PROTECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A vehicular occupant protection apparatus (04-26-2012
20100198463DRIVER OBSERVATION AND SECURITY SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR - A driver observation and security system has a plurality of sensors located on a vehicle. Te sensors will indicate unauthorized entry into the vehicle. A plurality of interior camera modules is mounted in an interior of a vehicle. The interior camera modules provide real time images of the interior of the vehicle when at least one of the plurality of sensors indicates unauthorized entry into the vehicle. A control mechanism is coupled to the plurality of interior camera modules to control operation of each of the plurality of interior camera modules. A recording device is coupled to the control mechanism for storing the real time video images. A transmitter is coupled to the control mechanism for transmitting the real time video images for viewing at a remote location.08-05-2010
20100168965METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS - In a method for triggering a passenger protection arrangement for a vehicle, a feature vector including at least two features is determined, the two features being derived from at least one signal of an accident sensor system. The feature vector is classified as a function of a comparison with at least one class boundary. The passenger protection arrangement is triggered as a function of the classification. A confidence measure is determined as a function of a position of the at least one feature vector in relation to the at least one class boundary. The triggering of passenger protection arrangement takes place as a function of this confidence measure.07-01-2010
20130013156VEHICLE INTERIOR-EXTERIOR STRUCTURE - A vehicle interior-exterior structure of the present invention is equipped with a main body formed from a resin foam material, a covering formed from a resilient material to cover the main body, and a void formed between the main body and the covering. The vehicle interior-exterior structure is also equipped with a front bumper cover supported by a vehicle body and a pressure sensor that outputs a signal corresponding to the internal pressure of the void. A reaction force is obtained from the main body when a colliding body collides with the location where the void is positioned in the front bumper and the void undergoes compression deformation. The degrees of freedom for the placement position of the void, namely for the placement position of an impact detection region, can accordingly be raised.01-10-2013
20120150393 VEHICLE BATTERY SAFETY SYSTEM - A safety arrangement (06-14-2012
20120150392VEHICLE UNIT - The invention relates to a vehicle unit in a vehicle, including at least one multimedia control unit and at least one safety control unit for controlling multimedia and safety functions, wherein the vehicle unit is provided as a switching unit between the multimedia control unit and the safety control unit, and wherein the switching unit processes the data received from the multimedia control unit and makes the data available to the safety control unit. The switching unit also transmits data received from the safety control unit to the multimedia control unit. Furthermore, the switching unit has a safety level which is higher than that of the multimedia control unit and lower than that the safety control unit.06-14-2012
20120150391IN-VEHICLE PROTECTION SYSTEM USING MULTIPLE PROCESSING UNITS AND/OR USING MOBILE PHONE MODULE TO SEND POSITIONING INFORMATION - An in-vehicle protection system includes a signal input interface and a vehicle protection circuit. The signal input interface is arranged to receive at least an indication signal indicative of a status of a vehicle. The vehicle protection circuit includes a first processing unit, a second processing unit, and a controller. Each of the first processing unit and the second processing unit is capable of performing vehicle protection upon the vehicle, where computing power of the first processing unit is different from computing power of the second processing unit. The controller is used for receiving the indication signal, outputting the received indication signal to the first processing unit for further processing when the in-vehicle protection system operates under a first operational state, and outputting the received indication signal to the second processing unit for further processing when the in-vehicle protection system operates under a second operational state.06-14-2012
20110160966SECURITY SYSTEM - The invention relates to a security system (06-30-2011
20130024074VEHICLE HAVING A SEAT BELT SYSTEM - A vehicle is provided that includes at least one vehicle seat, which has a backrest, the inclination of which can be adjusted, and a control device, by means of which the backrest can be controlled to a lying position having a greater angle of inclination at the request of a seat user. The control device has a signal connection to a monitoring device, which detects at least one belt parameter, by means of which it can be determined whether a flawless belt course of a safety belt being worn by a seat user is ensured in the lying position.01-24-2013
20130024073COLLISION DAMAGE MITIGATION SYSTEM OF VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are a collision damage mitigation system of a vehicle and a control method thereof. The collision damage mitigation system includes a forward sensor to detect a distance and relative speed between an owner's vehicle and a vehicle in front thereof, an electronic control unit to judge a degree of collision risk based on a Time-To-Collision (TTC) value upon receiving sensor information transmitted from the forward sensor, the TTC value being obtained by dividing the distance between the owner's vehicle and the vehicle in front thereof by the relative speed therebetewen, and to control implementation of at least one of collision warning, vehicle control, and inflation of an air bag based on the judged degree of collision risk, and an air bag drive unit to inflate the air bag, immediately before vehicle collision, in response to an air bag inflation signal from the electronic control unit.01-24-2013
20080255730Safety arrangement for a discharging signalling system - A method and system for allowing unsafe action signals in a dispensing system of a vehicle. A discharging signalling system of at least one dispenser of a vehicle includes an activation circuit arranged to discharge the dispenser. An indicator is arranged to indicate that dispensing is allowed. The activation circuit includes a first safety arrangement arranged to be activated when an indication from the indicator indicates that dispensing is allowed. The activation circuit also includes a second safety arrangement arranged to be activated when a discharge of the dispenser is indicated.10-16-2008
20080243342Side Curtain Airbag With Inflator At End - Airbag inflator system includes an inflatable airbag, e.g., a side curtain airbag, a housing, a gas generating system arranged apart from the housing for generating gas, and a conduit leading from the gas generating system to the housing to provide gas to the housing, e.g., to a lateral end of the housing. A filter may be arranged between the gas generating system and the housing, possibly in the conduit. A nozzle may be arranged between the gas generating system and an interior of the airbag, which nozzle is varied as a function of temperature. The housing may be movably arranged relative to a fixed base and mounted to vary its relation to the base as a function of temperature, e.g., via elastic or deformable supports which support the housing on the base.10-02-2008
20100087990Image Based Occupant Classification Systems For Determining Occupant Classification And Seat Belt Status And Vehicles Having Same - An image based occupant classification system includes an image sensor and an image processor. The image sensor is configured to capture vehicular occupant information. The image processor is in communication with the image sensor. The image processor is configured to perform first sampling operations upon the vehicular occupant information to determine occupant classification. The image processor is further configured to perform second sampling operations upon the vehicular occupant information to determine a seat belt status. Each of the first sampling operations is conducted at a separate time from each of the second sampling operations. Vehicles are also provided.04-08-2010
20080234898System and method for sensing loads - An optical sensing system detects pressure through attenuation of light in an optical fiber. This is particularly useful for measuring the weight and position of a load on a mat including multiple such optical fibers, which may be positioned in an automobile seat to determine theses parameters for a passenger in that seat. This information can be presented to an airbag deployment system in a form that will easily enable the airbag to be deployed (when needed) in a manner sensitive to the weight and position of the occupant. It provides based on this detection system a technique to suppress airbag deployment based on passenger profile. Further, the system and method use an optical fabric methodology such that loads, load movement, load position can be detected in vehicles. In applications for vehicles such as aircraft or boats, sensing weight, position and movement of cargo can warn an operator or pilot in sufficient time to correct dangerous shifts in weight within the cargo portion of the vehicle or to modify the operation of the vehicle to compensate for such shifts.09-25-2008
20080221759 DRIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR ACTIVATING A CAR SAFETY DEVICE ACTIVATION ELEMENT - A drive arrangement for activating a car safety device activation element, such as an air bag, comprises a drive circuit, which is coupled to the car safety device activation element. The drive circuit generates an activation signal which activates the car safety device. The arrangement includes a power supply transistor which is coupled in series with a power supply input of the drive circuit and an energy reservoir such as a capacitor. The arrangement further comprises control means which controls the supply voltage to the drive circuit by controlling the power supply transistor to operate in an active region to provide a voltage drop during activation of the car safety device activation element. Hence, a significant voltage drop and thus energy dissipation may be moved from the drive circuit to the power supply transistor. The drive circuit may therefore be reduced in size and the power supply transistor may be implemented in a cheap technology suitable for energy dissipation.09-11-2008
20080221758Method and Device for Actuating a Vehicle Occupant Protection Means - A method and apparatus for preventatively actuating a vehicle occupant protection system in a vehicle having a sensor system which acquires driving state data, and a reversible vehicle occupant protection means which can be triggered before the collision time and thus moved into an operative position. A control signal for triggering the vehicle occupant protection means is activated if at least one critical driving state is present, and is deactivated if the respective critical driving state ends and as a function of at least one further condition which represents at least one sensed controllable driving behavior. As a result, the vehicle occupant protection system is reset to its initial state.09-11-2008
20080215211Arrangement For Triggering a Vehicle Safety Device - An arrangement is provided for triggering a vehicle safety device. A proximity sensor (09-04-2008
20130096779MOTOR VEHICLE WITH DRIVING SAFETY FEATURE - A motor vehicle including at least one driving safety system which provides a safety feature during travel, and a control device, wherein the control device is configured to determine a first information commensurate with the proper functioning of the at least one driving safety system and to actuate at least a driver side device for adjusting the seat position and/or at least a driver side belt tensioner when the at least one driving safety system malfunctions.04-18-2013
20130096780METHOD OF ACTUATING EXTERNAL ACTIVE SAFETY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - A method of actuating an external active safety system for a vehicle is used for cushioning the impact on the vehicle generated in an accident to effectively reduce injury and death as well as vehicle damage rates after an accident. The present invention mainly installs multiple sets of shock absorption devices (for example, airbags) outside the vehicle, for example, on front and rear bumpers, respectively, and the sets of shock absorption devices is able to function in advance in a segmental manner, so that the shock absorption devices installed outside the vehicle function before and during a collision in a segmental manner, so as to cushion an impact on the vehicle body when impacting or being impacted, and the shock absorption devices have an automatic release function, which, when activated, automatically releases an inflated condition of airbags in a very short time.04-18-2013
20130179041CRASH STRUCTURE FOR THE ABSORPTION OF CRASH ENERGY AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE RIGIDITY OF A CRASH STRUCTURE - A crash structure for absorbing crash energy is provided for installation in a vehicle front, in which an actuating system is provided which sets a rigidity of the crash structure as a function of a signal characterizing a crash. Furthermore, the crash structure has a sensor system which outputs this signal. Moreover, the crash structure has two modules that are connected to each other, the connection breaking as of a predetermined force, so that then the at least two modules move with respect to each other, until at least one stop has been reached. The signal indicates the breaking and the reaching of the stop.07-11-2013
20130124051CONTROL UNIT FOR OPERATING A SAFETY SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A SAFETY SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE - A control unit and a method for operating a safety system for a vehicle are proposed. A step-up converter configured as a switching converter is provided. The step-up converter converts an input voltage, which is derived from a vehicle battery voltage, into a higher charging voltage at its output. In addition, at least one energy reserve storage is provided which is charged via the charging voltage for operating the safety system in the case of autonomous operation. At least one step-down converter is operated inversely with respect to the step-up converter, the at least one step-down converter converting down the charging voltage or a voltage which is output by the at least one energy reserve storage.05-16-2013
20130124050APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING PRE-CRASH DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A pre-crash operating device for a vehicle includes a scanning sensor unit for scanning objects around the vehicle by using laser, a sensor unit of the vehicle for sensing driving information including a velocity, an acceleration, an steering angle, yaw rate and a brake pressure, a safety device unit to be actuated prior to a collision and to protect occupant, and a control unit for computing an offset value and a relative velocity between the vehicle and the object by using the driving information from the scanning unit and the sensor unit of the vehicle, thereby selecting an object as an imminent collision object and actuating the safety device when a predicted collision time induced from the relative velocity of the imminent collision object is within a predetermined time.05-16-2013
20130131930STROLLERS FOR PREVENTING HARM TO AN INFANT WHEN AN ACCIDENTAL EVENT OCCURS TO THE STROLLER - Strollers are provided for preventing harm to an infant when an accidental event occurs to the strollers. In one embodiment, a stroller is provided to include a wheelbase containing a set of wheels; a detachable seat attached onto the wheelbase, wherein an infant sits on the seat; an accelerometer attached to the wheelbase, wherein the accelerometer detects any flip over of the stroller; a bag filled with helium that is being attached to the seat; a GPS associated with the seat, and an antenna configured to transmit communication signals.05-23-2013
20130131929SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHEN TO DEPLOY A VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM - A system and method for determining when to deploy a vehicle safety system includes a processor and inertial sensor. The inertial sensor has a filtered output and an unfiltered or lightly filtered output. The unfiltered or lightly filtered output is in communication with the processor and provides inertial information relating to the vehicle. The filtered output of the inertial sensor is in communication with a vehicle stability control system. The processor is further configured to monitor the unfiltered or lightly filtered output of the inertial sensor and determine if the inertial information indicates that the vehicle has been involved in a collision. If the vehicle has been involved in a collision, the processor is configured to deploy a vehicle safety system.05-23-2013
20130131928Rear End Advanced Collision Technology - A method of controlling stability of a vehicle comprises monitoring vehicle information with an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit determines if a rear collision from a second vehicle approaching from a rear direction is likely. A first response signal is sent to at least one vehicle system from the electronic control unit prior to the rear collision. The at least one vehicle system changes state based upon the first response signal to prepare the vehicle for the rear collision.05-23-2013
20080201042SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRE-DEPLOYING RESTRAINTS COUNTERMEASURES USING PRE-CRASH SENSING AND POST-CRASH SENSING - A system and method for deploying a restraint system in a vehicle that is in a pre-collision state with an object is provided. The system includes a pre-crash sensing system and a controller. The pre-crash sensing system is adapted to transmit pre-crash signals. The controller is configured to determine a closing velocity between the vehicle and the object. The controller is further configured to determine a predicted collision time based on the closing velocity and deploy the restraint system at a predetermined deployment time prior to the predicted collision time in response to the pre-crash signals.08-21-2008
20100286874COLLISION WARNING DEVICE HAVING GUARDRAIL DETECTION - A collision warning device for motor vehicles includes: a locating system for locating objects in the area in front of the vehicle; a control device for evaluating the data of the locating system and for outputting a warning signal in the event of an imminent risk of a collision; and a detection module for detecting the course of guardrails with the aid of the data of the locating system. In the control device an additional warning function is implemented, which calculates, with the aid of the dynamic state of the vehicle and with the aid of the detected guardrail course, a parameter for the transverse dynamics of the vehicle, which is required to avert a collision with the guardrail, and which outputs a warning signal when this parameter is larger than a predefined value.11-11-2010
20090118908Vehicle Safety Zone System - A remote tire measurement system (05-07-2009
20130151082Method and Apparatus for a Priority Based Processing System - A method for processing messages sent between multiple software applications in a vehicle comprises generating an outgoing message based on a received message. The received message includes an application generated message, a user generated message, or a sensor generated message in the vehicle. The method associates communication managers with software applications in the vehicle, and the communication managers include priority managers that assign a high priority value to messages that relate to vehicle safety, crash mitigation, collision threat, collision avoidance, or crash indication. The priority managers compare priority values of the outgoing messages and rank the importance of the outgoing messages. The method uses the communication managers to attach a message label to high priority messages labeling them as “new”. The new messages are immediately transmitted before the lower priority messages through the communication managers.06-13-2013
20130151083WASTE COLLECTION VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING SAFETY OF VEHICLE - A method for monitoring safety of a waste collection vehicle, a digital image is captured by an image capturing device positioned on the waste collection vehicle. The method detects a person in the digital image, and controls a safety device to cut of power being supplied to the waste collection vehicle if the person has been detected. The method further outputs alarm messages by lighting one or more signal lamps of the waste collection vehicle.06-13-2013
20100318265OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE - The occupant protection device (air bag ECU 12-16-2010
20120283916OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM - An occupant restraint system including a harness coupled to the occupant by surrounding a portion of the occupant, a winding mechanism fixed to the vehicle and configured to operate in a first mode and a second mode, and a flexible linking member having a first end coupled to the harness and a second end coupled to the winding mechanism. The linking member is configured to selectively wind and unwind from the winding mechanism. When the winding mechanism is in the first mode of operation, the linking member may be unwound from the winding mechanism to allow the occupant to move freely about the vehicle. When the winding mechanism is in the second mode of operation, the winding mechanism winds the linking member to pull the harness toward the winding mechanism.11-08-2012
20130158809METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ESTIMATING REAL-TIME VEHICLE CRASH PARAMETERS - The disclosure relates to vehicle safety systems, more particularly relates to method to determined real-time crash parameters of the vehicle. A method of estimating real-time vehicle crash parameters, the method determining internal vehicle crash parameters, including determining vehicle-related inputs related to crash parameters; calculating real-time vehicle-related crash parameters by comparing the vehicle-related inputs to predetermined crash parameters; and determining occupant-related crash parameters; determining external crash parameters, including obtaining information related to nearby vehicles; obtaining information related to nearby infrastructure; and calculating likelihood of collision with the nearby vehicles or the infrastructure; and identifying appropriate measures for mitigating occupant injury and vehicle damage, based on feasibility of crash countermeasures application.06-20-2013
20130184939COLLISION SAFETY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE - A vehicular collision safety control apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes an image acquirer for acquiring an image of a face of an occupant of the vehicle, a face position acquirer for acquiring a position of the face in a three-dimensional space based on the image, a distance calculator for calculating a distance between the acquired position of the face and a reference position located in front of the face, an airbag activator for increasing airbag pressure to a predetermined pressure in response to impact detection, and a setting device for setting a waiting time from the impact detection to start of airbag inflation, so that as the calculated distance is smaller, a pressure-reach time for the airbag pressure to reach the predetermined pressure is smaller.07-18-2013
20130184940METHOD FOR OPERATING A PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION SYSTEM AND A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method for operating a pedestrian protection system in a motor vehicle for reducing the severity of an accident in a frontal collision with pedestrians includes evaluating the measurement data from at least one detection device depending on at least one trigger condition, wherein the trigger condition includes a height criterion evaluating whether a height of a collision object determined from measurement data from an optical detection device exceeds a height threshold value.07-18-2013
20130184941METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROTECTING A VEHICLE OCCUPANT IN THE EVENT OF AN IMPACT - A method and a device for protecting a vehicle occupant. In the event of an impact in which the vehicle occupant is moved in an impact direction prior to the impact. During a first phase, the vehicle occupant is stabilized by a first actuator as a function of a pre-crash signal. During a second phase, which follows the first phase, the vehicle occupant is moved by a second actuator in the impact direction as a function of a signal characterizing a starting or an inevitable crash.07-18-2013
20110313622OCCUPANT POSTURE SENSING APPARATUS AND OCCUPANT POSTURE SENSING METHOD - To be configured inexpensively to enable cost reduction and sense sitting posture of an occupant highly accurately, occupant posture sensing apparatus 12-22-2011
20130190990SAFETY INTEGRATED SEATING SYSTEMS - A safety integrated seating system (SISS) is disclosed and includes a lap belt pretensioner component that simultaneously cinches two portions of a lap belt upon detection of an event and a shoulder belt pretensioner component that simultaneously cinches two shoulder belts upon detection of the event.07-25-2013
20130197764METHOD FOR CONTROL OF SEAT MOUNTED AIRBAG IN A SEAT WITH ARMREST - An airbag is mounted in a vehicle seating system having both the airbag and a pivoting armrest on the same side of the occupant seating position. The armrest pivots between a vertical stored position and a horizontal armrest position. The deployment of the airbag is controlled by deployment logic including: sensing the position of the pivoting armrest to determine the vertical position or the horizontal position; sensing vehicle conditions indicative of a need to deploy the airbag mounted on the seat back; and not deploying the airbag mounted on the seat back if the armrest is in the vertical stored position.08-01-2013
20120296526CONTROL UNIT FOR SETTING A DEVICE FOR THE ADAPTIVE REDUCTION OF CRASH ENERGY FOR A VEHICLE, DEVICE FOR THE ADAPTIVE REDUCTION OF CRASH ENERGY FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR SETTING A DEVICE FOR THE ADAPTIVE REDUCTION OF CRASH ENERGY FOR A VEHICLE - A control unit for setting a device for the adaptive reduction of crash energy for a vehicle includes a first interface which provides a first signal characterizing an imminent or a beginning crash process, a computing element which, as a function of the first signal, generates a first control signal for setting the deformation behavior of at least one deformation element of the device for the adaptive reduction in the crash energy, and a second interface which provides a second signal characterizing at least one passenger parameter that changes as a function of the crash process. The computing element generates at least one second control signal as a function of the second signal for setting the deformation behavior during the crash process.11-22-2012
20130204495SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND REGULATING A VEHICLE - A system and method for monitoring and regulating a vehicle includes a communications device to provide remote communication with the vehicle, and a vehicle restriction control module for monitoring and regulating at least one vehicle operation parameter. The vehicle restriction control module is in communication with the communications device and is programmable by an authorized user when accessed by an embedded security code to receive restriction instructions in accordance with a driving restriction imposed on a driver by the authorized user. The system provides information about the at least one vehicle operation parameter to the authorized user.08-08-2013
20130204496VEHICLE STABILIZATION IN THE EVENT OF LARGE DETONATION - A vehicle, apparatus, method and computer program are provided. The vehicle comprises: vehicle stabilizing means for ejecting at least one non-gaseous mass; means for detecting an explosion local to the vehicle; and control means for controlling, in response to detection of an explosion local to the vehicle, the vehicle stabilizing means to eject at least one non-gaseous mass in order to apply a force to the vehicle and stabilize the vehicle in response to the explosion.08-08-2013
20120078473Apparatus and Method for Controlling Operation of Vehicles or Machinery by Intoxicated or Impaired Individuals - The present invention discloses apparatuses and methods for non-invasive determination of attributes of human tissue by quantitative infrared spectroscopy. The embodiments of the present invention include subsystems optimized to contend with the complexities of the tissue measurements. The subsystems can include an illumination/modulation subsystem, a tissue sampling subsystem, a calibration maintenance subsystem, a data acquisition subsystem, and a computing subsystem. Embodiments of the present invention provide analyte property determination and identity determination or verification from the same spectroscopic information, making unauthorized use or misleading results less likely that in systems that include separate analyte and identity determinations. The invention can be used to prevent operation of automobiles or other equipment unless the operator has an acceptable alcohol concentration, and to limit operation of automobiles or other equipment to authorized individuals who are not intoxicated or drug-impaired.03-29-2012
20120303220Electronic Control System for a Safety Device of a Motor Vehicle - An electronic control system for a safety device of a motor vehicle includes a first sensor for a motion quantity, a computer for converting the motion quantity to a triggering signal for the safety device, and a second sensor for checking the plausibility of the sensor signal supplied by the first sensor. The two sensors are arranged with an identical construction and/or effect and at an at least approximately identical location on a printed circuit board such that, in a proper operating mode, their output signals have different preceding signs and are identical with respect to their amount over their entire operating range.11-29-2012

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