Customer coaching method for location of E-latch backup handles

  • US 10,273,725 B2
  • Filed: 05/13/2014
  • Issued: 04/30/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle comprising:

  • a body;

    a door movably mounted to the body;

    a controller configured to receive data concerning vehicle operating conditions;

    an interior handle on the door;

    an electrical unlatch switch on the interior handle;

    at least one electrically powered door latch having a powered actuator that can be actuated by the controller to unlatch the electrically powered latch, wherein the electrically powered latch can also be unlatched mechanically without actuation of the powered actuator;

    an emergency release that is movably mounted to an inside of the vehicle door at a location that is spaced apart from the interior handle, wherein the emergency release is mechanically connected to the electrically powered latch such that movement of the emergency release mechanically releases the latch without actuation of the powered actuator; and

    a user communication device that is operably connected to the controller, wherein the user communication device comprises a display screen that provides text explaining the location of the emergency release; and


    the controller is configured to cause the powered actuator to unlatch the electrically powered latch when the electrical unlatch switch is actuated, and wherein the controller causes the user communication device to provide a user with information concerning the location of the emergency release if the controller determines that a predefined operating condition has occurred.

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