Automotive electronic safety network

  • US 6,733,036 B2
  • Filed: 08/08/2001
  • Issued: 05/11/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/07/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An electrical system in a vehicle, comprising:

  • a plurality of devices used in the operation of the vehicle including at least one crash sensor and at least one airbag module; and

    at least one electrical bus each coupling at least a portion of said devices and conveying at least one of power and information to or from said devices coupled to said bus, a first one of said at least one bus coupling said at least one crash sensor and said at least one airbag module, each of said at least one crash sensor generating signals relating to an impact of the vehicle and each of said at least one airbag module comprising a module housing, an airbag associated with said housing, an inflator assembly arranged in said housing for inflating said airbag and an electronic controller arranged in said housing and coupled to said first one of said at least one bus, said controller controlling inflation of said airbag by said inflator assembly in consideration of the signals generated by said at least one crash sensor, said at least one crash sensor each being arranged separate and at a location apart from said housing of each of said at least one airbag module.

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