Responsive To Vehicle Condition Patents (Class 280/734)
  • Patent number: 10272839
    Abstract: A rear seat occupant monitoring system for a vehicle includes a video display screen disposed in the vehicle cabin so as to be viewable by a driver of the vehicle. A camera is disposed a dome light or an overhead console. The dome light or overhead console includes first and second illumination sources that, when operated, illuminate a rear seat area within the field of view of the camera. The first illumination source principally emits visible light when electrically powered, and the second illumination source principally emits non-visible light when electrically powered. The camera captures image data representative of the rear seat area when the rear seat area is illuminated by at least one of the first and second illumination sources. Image data captured by the camera is provided to the video display screen for displaying video images for viewing by the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Niall R. Lynam, John O. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 10124788
    Abstract: A transmission controller determines hydraulic pressures supplied to a primary pulley and a secondary pulley on the basis of a torque calculation value in a case where an integrated controller does not detect a torque detection error, determines the hydraulic pressures supplied to the primary pulley and the secondary pulley on the basis of the torque calculation value in a case where the integrated controller detects the torque detection error and the torque calculation value is equal to or more than a predetermined value, and determines the hydraulic pressures supplied to the primary pulley and the secondary pulley on the basis of a torque value higher than the torque calculation value in a case where the integrated controller detects the torque detection error and the torque calculation value is less than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: JATCO LTD
    Inventors: Haruka Ozono, Yoshinobu Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10102419
    Abstract: System and techniques for progressive radar assisted facial recognition are described herein. An image may be obtained from a camera of the security device. A facial target in the image may be identified. The facial target may include a non-empty set of positive facial indicators and also be missing a non-empty set of facial indicators used for identification. In response to identifying the facial target, a power level of a millimeter wave radar may be increased at least until a threshold number of members of the set of facial indicators are observed. Then, the members of the set of facial indicators that are observed may be combined with the set of positive indicators of the face to create a composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Mark A Allyn
  • Patent number: 10068171
    Abstract: A method and system for domain adaptation based on multi-layer fusion in a convolutional neural network architecture for feature extraction and a two-step training and fine-tuning scheme. The architecture concatenates features extracted at different depths of the network to form a fully connected layer before the classification step. First, the network is trained with a large set of images from a source domain as a feature extractor. Second, for each new domain (including the source domain), the classification step is fine-tuned with images collected from the corresponding site. The features from different depths are concatenated with and fine-tuned with weights adjusted for a specific task. The architecture is used for classifying high occupancy vehicle images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Safwan Wshah, Beilei Xu, Orhan Bulan, Jayant Kumar, Peter Paul
  • Patent number: 9975452
    Abstract: A seat configured so that the accuracy of detection of each sensor provided in the seat to detect the body potential of a seated occupant can be improved without degrading the sense and comfort of the seat. A seat includes a trim cover having a contact surface for a seated occupant, and sensors arranged opposite to the contact surface and configured to detect the body potential of the seated occupant. Each sensor is a capacitive coupling sensor configured to detect the body potential through the trim cover. Moreover, a portion of the seat facing each sensor includes a dielectric configured to increase the dielectric constant of such a portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9884588
    Abstract: Disclosed is a driver supporting device including: a warning timing control unit for setting a timing at which to output warning data in accordance with the existence or non-existence of a passenger when it is determined that a warning target which possibly collides with a driver's vehicle exists ahead of the driver's vehicle, and a warning data outputting unit for outputting the warning data in accordance with the timing set by the warning timing control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinyoung Park, Shu Murayama
  • Patent number: 9827941
    Abstract: An airbag module including a first casing enclosing a first gas space, a first inflator and a control device for controlling ventilation of the first gas space or the shape of the first casing. The control device includes a second casing (42) enclosing a second gas space and a gas source. The second gas space is bordered by a permanent edge connection, and further includes a control element such as a strap (60), whose first end is connected to the first casing and whose second end is sewn to the second casing (42) by a tear seam (49), and is decoupled from the second casing (42) upon filling of the second gas space. The tear seam (49) touches or intersects the edge connection at two points so that the tear seam divides the second gas space into two regions (43a, 43b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Martin Haas, Klaus Massanetz, Thomas Reiter, Andreas Guggengerger
  • Patent number: 9815394
    Abstract: A seat heater (10) with a heating element (12) connected between a first (14) and a second (16) nodes comprises a third (18) and a fourth (20) node operatively connectable to a first and a second terminal, respectively, of a power supply. A first electric component (22) providing a controllable first conductance is connected between the first and the third nodes. A second electric component (24) providing a controllable second conductance is connected between the second and the fourth nodes. A control network (26) is connected to the electric components to control the respective conductances and has a mode of operation in which it applies an oscillating signal to the heating element by modulating the first and second conductances in such a way that a voltage drop variation between the third and first nodes is opposite to a voltage drop variation between the second and fourth nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventor: Martin Thinnes
  • Patent number: 9676366
    Abstract: A gas generator contains an anti-vibration, auto-igniting pad. The pad is formed from a mixture of a known auto-igniting composition mixed with an elastomeric polymer, and then cured, thereby forming a polymer-auto-igniting composition matrix. The pad is placed in thermodynamic communication with a housing on the gas generator, thereby enhancing the safety of the gas generator while yet providing a multi-functional pad. The pad is formulated to reduce vibrations when biased against an associated gas generant, while augmenting the amount of gas produced upon gas generator activation, while yet providing an auto-igniting material that is ignited during a high heat event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Deborah L. Hordos
  • Patent number: 9499115
    Abstract: The present invention discloses embodiments of an apparatus, system and related method for diagnosing initiators in air bag systems. An embodiment of the system comprises a diagnostic circuit electrically connected between acceleration switches and one or more squib, that is user-activated via a momentary switch, and with user-feedback, wherein a user can diagnose the health of the one or more squib with no power drain while inactive. An embodiment of a method related to the system comprises activating a momentary switch, completing a circuit whereby a diagnostic circuit may function, indicating to the user that the diagnostic circuit is functioning, regulating the current into the diagnostic circuit so that the squib does not fire, boosting the signal to a window comparator, detecting the desired voltage by the window comparator, giving feedback to the user that the voltage is good, too high, or too low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: TAKATA PROTECTION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mario Schnetger, Ray Garcia, Craig William White, Ahad M. Zadeh, Stefan Meier-Arndt
  • Patent number: 9272713
    Abstract: A device, system and method for establishing, determining compliance and ongoing monitoring of a user in the operation of a machine based on predetermined restrictions. The system is useful for a motor vehicle and, more particularly, to comply with user restrictions in teen driving, the presence of passengers, time of day, curfew, range and location, speed, sobriety and the like, An ignition interlock is engaged if one or more sensors that monitor the presence of the vehicle operator, passengers inside the vehicle compartment, and other operational compliance parameters established for the vehicle is out of compliance, and disengaged if compliance is verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Imperium Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Dvoskin
  • Patent number: 9174604
    Abstract: An activation system for actuators of a vehicle seat device, including a first control device; a gas pressure accumulator having a gas pressure accumulator valve situated on it; a pressure distribution device functionally connected to the gas pressure accumulator; and a connecting device situated between the first control device and the pressure distribution device, the actuators being activatable as a function of an accident characteristic which is ascertainable with the aid of the first control device and which is transmittable to the pressure distribution device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Marcus Wellhoefer, Werner Nitschke, Monika Nitschke
  • Publication number: 20150137564
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a passenger compartment and a bench seat located in the passenger compartment. The bench seat has a bottom portion and a back portion and is configured to move from a front-facing position to a rear-facing position by moving the back portion toward a front of the passenger compartment for when the vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Publication number: 20150142245
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a passenger compartment and at least one seat located in the passenger compartment. The seat can be moved from a front-facing position to a rear-facing position for when the vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode. The vehicle may further include autonomous driving sensors and an autonomous controller that receives signals generated by the autonomous driving sensors and controls at least one vehicle subsystems according to the signals received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Jialiang Le
  • Patent number: 9033367
    Abstract: A vehicle collision damage mitigation system includes: a vehicle having a crashable zone on a front side of a dash panel in a vehicle longitudinal direction; a body airbag device that inflates a body airbag that is provided on a front surface of the dash panel by a pressure of gas generated by a gas generating device; a detector that detects whether a mode of a frontal collision of the vehicle is a full-overlap collision or another collision; and a control unit that operates the gas generating device when detecting a collision other than the full-overlap collision on the basis of a detection result of the detector and that does not operate the gas generating device when detecting the full-overlap collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Fukawatase
  • Publication number: 20150108744
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback having a forward cushion surface and a back panel. An airbag deployment system is operably coupled to a crash pulse module. A side airbag is disposed between the forward cushion surface and the back panel proximate a side portion of the seatback. A bolster airbag is disposed between the forward cushion surface and the back panel proximate a lower portion of the back panel. A single inflator is in communication with both the side airbag and the bolster airbag. A valve assembly is operably coupled with the single inflator and is in communication with the crash pulse module. The valve assembly is configured to activate at least one of the side airbag and the bolster airbag during a collision event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies,LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Sean West
  • Patent number: 8997913
    Abstract: A vehicle control device and a vehicle control method automatically bring a vehicle to a halt by operating a brake. Thereafter, when the vehicle stops, a shift position is switched to a parking position by the control of a shift position actuator. This makes it possible to keep the vehicle stopping without any difficulty, and to prevent the vehicle from moving again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rumi Enzaki
  • Patent number: 8894095
    Abstract: A leg restraint for side-seated vehicle occupants that includes a leg-restraining member for being mounted in proximity to a side-facing vehicle seat and selectively moveable between a deployed, laterally-extending leg-protecting position and a retracted, non-leg interfering position, and a sensor for detecting abrupt movement in the direction of forward travel of the vehicle incident to an abrupt deceleration of the vehicle and outputting a signal. A gas-inflatable bag is positioned operatively proximate the leg-restraining member and is responsive to the signal output by the sensor for inflating and deploying the leg-restraining member upon the occurrence of the abrupt deceleration of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Pete C. Meister, Michael J. Farvet
  • Patent number: 8882141
    Abstract: A safety restraint system having a seat belt (51) and an inflatable air bag (200), the air bag including first (220) and second (222) opposing panels, the first panel including one or more loops (234) and slots (232) to receive a seat belt (51), the air bag and/or seat belt configured to slide relatively to each other along the length of the seat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Arnold, Lawrence M. Refior, Steven Richards
  • Patent number: 8814208
    Abstract: An advanced weight responsive supplemental restraint computer system that minimizes both actual and perceived dangers related to the deployment of vehicle air bag systems by distinguishing between the varying size and weight of a passenger and also sensing the imminence of a collision in order to cater the air bag deployment to the unique physical attributes of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Tabe
  • Patent number: 8798889
    Abstract: A method for an automatic transmission includes measuring torque of a component of the transmission using a torque sensor in communication with the component. The torque of the component is estimated from information other than the measured torque. The measured torque is rejected from being used in a control operation of the transmission if the difference between the measured torque and the estimated torque is greater than a selected threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yuji Fujii, Bradley Dean Riedle, Gregory Michael Pietron, Joseph F. Kucharski, Diana Yanakiev, Richard Reynolds Hathaway
  • Patent number: 8788151
    Abstract: A vehicle according to the present invention includes: a weight sensor disposed in a seat to sense the weight of a passenger sitting on 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jae Ho Hwang, Byung Hyuk Park, Byung Yeol Kim, Young Soo Hwang
  • Patent number: 8773150
    Abstract: A metal plate (14) is buried in a gasket (12) of a case (10) for accommodating an electric device such as an inverter. The metal plate (14) is connected to a control board (400) in the case (10), and the voltage of the metal plate (14) is determined. A reference voltage is applied to the metal plate (14), and the case (10) is grounded. When the metal plate (14) is brought into contact with the case (10) or disconnected due to a crash, the voltage of the metal plate (14) is thereby changed, and the control board (400) detects a crash, based on the change in the voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryouji Hironaka
  • Patent number: 8762009
    Abstract: An impact sensor calibration tool, wherein an impact sensor is installed on a vehicle and in wireless communication with a processor, which analyzes data reported by the impact sensor. Specifically, the impact sensor of the present invention continuously measures two dimensional acceleration of a vehicle. Changes in vehicle acceleration create impulse data and the impact sensor reports this data to a processor. The processor performs statistical calculations on the data to identify the vehicle's normal use operation and from this, develops an impact threshold wherein impulses exceeding this threshold are identified as impacts. The impacts may be further characterized as real impacts and stored in memory for subsequent analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: I.D. Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Ehrman, Michael L. Ehrman, Scott Smail, Michael Charitonos
  • Publication number: 20140117651
    Abstract: A vehicle control device and a vehicle control method of an embodiment of the present invention automatically bring a vehicle to a halt by operating a brake (16). Thereafter, when the vehicle stops, a shift potion is switched to a parking position by the control of a shift position actuator (17). This makes it possible to keep the vehicle stopping without any difficulty, and to prevent the vehicle from moving again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Rumi Enzaki
  • Patent number: 8628114
    Abstract: A releasable tether retention system includes a housing having a slot extending therealong and a projection extending into the slot. The projection is coupled to the housing so as to be movable along the housing between a first position along the slot and a second position along the slot. Rotation of the projection is prevented when the projection is in the first position, and rotation of the projection is enabled when the projection is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: TK Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Eduardo L. Quioc
  • Patent number: 8596676
    Abstract: There is provided a steering device. The steering device has an airbag module that is disposed inside a steering wheel for steering a vehicle and that protects a vehicle occupant during a collision of the vehicle with another object by deploying an airbag body toward the vehicle occupant. The steering device includes a detecting unit that detects the collision of the vehicle with another object in advance; and an adjusting unit that positionally adjusts the steering wheel to a neutral position when the collision of the vehicle with another object is detected by the detecting unit, the neutral position of the steering wheel being a position of the steering wheel when the vehicle is traveling straight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Noriyoshi Baba, Tetsuya Nakase
  • Patent number: 8548688
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alfons Doerr, Holger Denz, Marcel Maur
  • Patent number: 8527149
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Motomi Iyoda
  • Patent number: 8527151
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jialiang Le, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Todd Clark, Matt A. Niesluchowski
  • Patent number: 8509997
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventor: Mutsumi Sorimachi
  • Patent number: 8493082
    Abstract: A seating sensing device embedded in a seat includes: a variable resistance unit generating resistance values corresponding to the circumference of the seat through a plurality of conductive threads installed in the seat; and a signal analysis unit analyzing variable quantities of the resistance values to acquire activity information on one or more of whether a user is seated or not, a seating posture, and a seating posture change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Ji Wook Jeong
  • Patent number: 8491007
    Abstract: An airbag assembly has an airbag, a gas emitting inflator, and an airbag thickness limiting structure. The airbag thickness limiting structure limits a first body region engaging portion to having a lateral thickness within a first lateral thickness range when the gas emitting inflator delivers a first amount of inflation gas into the interior space of the airbag and allows the first body region engaging portion of the airbag to have a lateral thickness within a second lateral thickness range when the gas emitting inflator delivers a second amount of inflation gas greater than the first amount into the interior space of the airbag. A second body region engaging portion has a substantially fixed maximum attainable lateral thickness. Maximum attainable lateral thickness of the first body region engaging portion of the airbag can be dependent upon whether or not inflation of the airbag is implemented using pre-crash sensing technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Jialiang Le, Manoharprasad K. Rao, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 8478488
    Abstract: An impact event countermeasure control method and system for an automotive vehicle includes management of impact countermeasures using not only variable timing responsive to impact severity, but also event control as a function of the displacement of a vehicle's occupant with respect to the passenger cabin environment, including various countermeasure devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Rachelle Tustanowski, Todd Clark, Jeff Vinton, William Sherwood
  • Patent number: 8447474
    Abstract: Externally deployed airbag system for a vehicle including one or more inflatable airbags deployable outside of the vehicle, an anticipatory sensor system for assessing the probable severity of an impact involving the vehicle based on data obtained prior to the impact and initiating inflation of the airbag(s) in the event an impact above a threshold severity is assessed, and an inflator coupled to the anticipatory sensor system and the airbag for inflating the airbag when initiated by the anticipatory sensor system. The airbag may be housed in a module mounted along a side of the vehicle, in a side door of the vehicle (both for side impact protection), at a front of the vehicle (for frontal impact protection) or at a rear of the vehicle (for rear impact protection). Also, the externally deployed airbag can be deployed to cushion a pedestrian's impact against the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8442726
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markus Zimmermann, Christian Gruber
  • Publication number: 20130062867
    Abstract: An interior trim part for a bodywork component has a lighting system with a first component that generates a light signal and a second component that outputs the light signal toward the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle. The bodywork component has a moveable region (200) that can be moved with respect to a non-moveable region (300), from a stationary normal position into an open position displaced with respect to the non-moveable region (300). The first component of the light system generates, in the normal position of the moveable region (200), a light signal that is input into the second component which passes on the light signal in the manner of a lightguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Stefan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8396625
    Abstract: A head restraint actuation system is provided having a receiver configured for receiving an image signal, a transmission status signal, a head restraint request signal and a seat information signal. A mirror controller is configured for communicating with the receiver for analyzing the received signals and selecting a rearview mirror mode. A user interface is configured for communicating with the mirror controller for displaying the image signal based on the selection of a first mode, and for enabling transmission of a head restraint request to the mirror controller based on the selection of a second mode. A transmitter is configured for communicating with the mirror controller for transmitting the head restraint request to a seat controller based on the selection of the second mode. A head restraint actuator receives the head restraint request and actuates a corresponding head restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald S. Locke, Arjun V. Yetukuri, David A. Hein
  • Patent number: 8378819
    Abstract: A main electrode is located in a vehicle seat. A guard electrode is located between a grounded vehicle body and the main electrode. A detection unit selectively applies an alternating voltage signal to the main electrode and the guard electrode, sets the main electrode and the guard electrode to be in an open state or a grounded state, detects an electric current of one of the main electrode and the guard electrode, converts the selected electric current into a voltage value, and detects an overcurrent in the main electrode and the guard electrode. A control unit determines the main electrode and the guard electrode to be an open failure, a power supply short failure, a grounded failure, or a short failure with the guard electrode, according to one or a combination of the voltage value and detection or non-detection of an overcurrent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Kouji Ootaka
  • Patent number: 8374752
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Breuninger, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 8350685
    Abstract: A collision detecting device includes a chamber member providing a chamber, a pressure sensor connected to the chamber member, and a bumper absorber absorbing an impact generated by collision of an object with the vehicle. The bumper absorber has a region, which has a thickness in a front-rear direction of the vehicle. The thickness of the region is equal to or smaller than a predetermined thickness. The region is in contact with at least a portion of the chamber member. The collision is detected based on the pressure of the chamber detected by the pressure sensor. Hereby, a collision detecting device in which the bumper absorber has sufficient rigidity, and the chamber has sufficient deformability in case of collision can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takatoshi Tanabe
  • Publication number: 20120326422
    Abstract: Sensors for detecting rapid deceleration/acceleration events are disclosed herein. A sensor configured in accordance with one embodiment of the disclosure includes a magnetically operable device proximate to a magnet. The sensor also includes a biasing member operably coupled to a magnetic shield. The biasing member controls the movement of the magnetic shield between a first position that shields the magnetically operable device from the magnet, and a second position that exposes the magnetically operable device to the magnet. In a deceleration/acceleration event, the magnetic shield overcomes the biasing member and moves from the first position to the second position, thereby causing the magnetically operable device to be exposed to the magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: AmSafe,Inc.
    Inventor: Andre Baca
  • Patent number: 8335616
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventors: Mark O. Neal, Nataraju Vusirikala, Jenne-Tai Wang, Abir Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 8326498
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided which includes a closure member such as a powered window or a moon roof or sunroof that may be controlled in an auto close mode. The closure member may be controlled with anti-pinch control to provide a plurality of thresholds that are selected based on the presence of an occupant in close proximity to the vehicle, such as in the vehicle, so that an unsupervised control of the closure member provides a lower anti-pinch threshold than a supervised control of the closure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph S. Witek
  • Patent number: 8239102
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ga-Lane Chen
  • Patent number: 8186711
    Abstract: A method of controlling a restraint device in a vehicle. The method comprises sensing an acceleration of the vehicle, analyzing the acceleration with at least two independent thresholds, and activating the restraint device when the analyzed acceleration exceeds the at least two independent thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Haering, Frank-Juergen Stuetzler
  • Patent number: 8184013
    Abstract: The invention is related to capacitive detection systems and methods. In one embodiment, a capacitive detection system comprises a first transmitter electrode and a first receiver electrode disposed in a first seat and configured to form a first capacitor, and a second transmitter electrode disposed in a second seat and configured with the first receiver electrode to form a second capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies, AG
    Inventor: Dirk Hammerschmidt
  • Patent number: 8185272
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schmid, Marc Andre Tichy, Holger Denz
  • Publication number: 20120086190
    Abstract: The present invention can include an automobile having a multi-stage inflation system. The multi-stage inflation system can include an engine control unit, a multi-stage inflation unit, a curtain airbag, a curtain airbag pressure indicator, and/or a rollover side impact detection unit. The rollover side impact detection unit can detect when a side impact or a rollover occurs to the automobile. When the rollover or the side impact is detected, the engine control unit can instruct the multi-stage inflation unit to deploy and inflate the curtain airbag in multiple stages. The multi-stage inflation unit can include a pyrotechnic inflation unit with multiple compartments. At each of the stages, a different one of the multiple compartments can be activated to substantially inflate the curtain airbag. The multi-stage inflation unit can also optionally include a cold gas inflation unit to supplement the pyrotechnic inflation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Paul M. Slaats
  • Patent number: 8135510
    Abstract: An on-board emergency reporting apparatus includes a collision detection sensor, an airbag inflator for inflating an airbag in the event of collision detection, an airbag deflator for deflating the inflated airbag, a camera for capturing an image of an occupant seated on a seat provided with the airbag, a controller for transmitting the captured image to an emergency reporting center through a communication device, and a deflation sensor for detecting whether the volume of the inflated airbag is reduced to a predetermined threshold value. The controller causes the camera to start capturing upon detection of a reduction in the volume of the inflated airbag to the predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Nakamura