System and method for dynamically determining vehicle loading and vertical loading distance for use in a vehicle dynamic control system

  • US 7,877,178 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2010
  • Issued: 01/25/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/15/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A control system for an automotive vehicle comprising:

  • a roll rate sensor generating a roll rate signal;

    a lateral acceleration sensor generating a lateral acceleration signal;

    a longitudinal acceleration sensor generating a longitudinal acceleration signal;

    a yaw rate sensor generating a yaw rate signal;

    a safety system; and

    a controller coupled to the roll rate sensor, the longitudinal acceleration sensor, the lateral acceleration sensor, the yaw rate sensor and the safety system, said controller determining a change in mass onboard said vehicle that occurs over time and a height of each added mass that occurs over time, the change in mass and height being determined as a function of the roll rate, the lateral acceleration, the longitudinal acceleration, and the yaw rate, the controller adaptively controlling the safety system in according to each change in mass and height.

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