Method and arrangement for avoiding and/or minimizing vehicle collisions in road traffic

  • US 6,037,860 A
  • Filed: 09/18/1998
  • Issued: 03/14/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/20/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An arrangement for avoiding and/or minimizing motor vehicle collision situations in road traffic, comprising a plurality of sensors for sensing a representation of surroundings of a motor vehicle, another plurality of sensors for sensing vehicle operating characteristics, an evaluation unit to which data relating to the surroundings of the motor vehicle and the vehicle operating characteristics data are supplied for determining a collision strategy if collision avoidance is not possible, a plurality of actuators for controlling operating characteristics and determining the movement of the vehicle, and a seat occupancy detector for detecting seat occupancy and supplying corresponding signals to the evaluation unit, whereby the evaluation unit generates seat-occupancy-dependent control signals for the actuators for controlling operating characteristics of the vehicle in accordance with a collision strategy which is dependent upon seat occupancy information supplied by the seat occupancy detector.

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