Active adaptation of vehicle restraints for enhanced performance robustness

  • US 20060052924A1
  • Filed: 09/08/2004
  • Published: 03/09/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/08/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle crash safety system for an automotive vehicle comprising:

  • a pre-crash sensing system generating an object threat assessment and vehicle dynamics data;

    an occupant sensing system generating occupant characteristic data;

    an occupant safety reference model (OSRM) controller in electronic communication with said pre-crash sensing system and said occupant sensing system, said OSRM controller generating a reference safety restraint deployment profile as a function of said object threat assessment, vehicle dynamics data and occupant characteristic data;

    an active restraint adaptation (ARA) controller in operative communication with said OSRM controller and a decentralized restraint controller, said ARA controller programmed to send restraint deployment targets, and said reference safety restraint deployment profile to the decentralized restraint controller, and modify input signals to the decentralized controller as a function of real-time occupant-safety system interaction;

    a restraint system under the control of the decentralized restraint controller, said restraint controller in operative communication with said ARA controller, said restraint controller programmed to operate said restraint system based on the targets from the ARA controller and the reference safety restraint deployment profile as a function of real-time occupant-safety system interaction.

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