System and method for qualitatively determining vehicle loading conditions

  • US 7,715,965 B2
  • Filed: 10/25/2004
  • Issued: 05/11/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/15/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of controlling a safety system for a vehicle, said method comprising the steps of:

  • (a) operating a load change detector to indirectly determine a potential load change onboard said vehicle according to signals received from at least one device selected from the group consisting of a door sensor, a tailgate sensor, a longitudinal acceleration sensor, a transmission sensor, a transmission controller, an accelerator pedal sensor, a throttle position sensor, a throttle signal generator, a brake pedal sensor, and a brake signal generator;

    (b) adjusting a control system to determine a revised adaptive roll condition parameter in response to said potential load change; and

    (c) adjusting the control system to control said safety system in response to said revised adaptive roll condition parameter.

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