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1. CA2194982 - SAFETY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

Office Canada
Application Number 2194982
Application Date 14.07.1995
Publication Number 2194982
Publication Date 01.02.1996
Publication Kind A1
IPC
G01S 13/93
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
13Systems using the reflection or reradiation of radio waves, e.g. radar systems; Analogous systems using reflection or reradiation of waves whose nature or wavelength is irrelevant or unspecified
88Radar or analogous systems, specially adapted for specific applications
93for anti-collision purposes
A62C 3/07
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
62LIFE-SAVING; FIRE-FIGHTING
CFIRE-FIGHTING
3Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
07in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
B60Q 1/44
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangement of optical signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor
26the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
44for indicating braking action
B60Q 1/52
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangement of optical signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor
26the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
50for indicating other intentions or conditions, e.g. request for waiting or overtaking
52for indicating emergencies
B60R 19/20
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
19Wheel guards; Radiator guards; Obstruction removers; Fittings damping bouncing force in collisions
02Bumpers, i.e. impact receiving or absorbing members for protecting vehicles or fending off blows from other vehicles or objects
18Means within the bumper to absorb impact
20containing gas or liquid, e.g. inflatable
B60R 21/01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
01Electrical circuits for triggering safety arrangements in case of vehicle accidents or impending vehicle accidents
CPC
B60Q 1/444
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices
26the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
44for indicating braking action or preparation for braking, ; e.g. by detection of the foot approaching the brake pedal
444with indication of the braking strength or speed changes, e.g. by changing shape or intensity of the indication
B60Q 1/525
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices
26the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
50for indicating other intentions or conditions, e.g. request for waiting or overtaking
52for indicating emergencies
525indicating risk of collision between vehicles or with pedestrians
B60Q 5/006
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
5Arrangements or adaptations of acoustic signal devices
005automatically actuated
006indicating risk of collision between vehicles or with pedestrians
B60R 19/205
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
19Wheel guards; Radiator guards, ; e.g. grilles; Obstruction removers; Fittings damping bouncing force in collisions
02Bumpers, i.e. impact receiving or absorbing members for protecting vehicles or fending off blows from other vehicles or objects
18characterised by the cross-section;; Means within the bumper to absorb impact
20containing ; mainly; gas or liquid, e.g. inflatable
205inflatable in the direction of an obstacle upon impending impact, e.g. using air bags
B60R 19/40
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
19Wheel guards; Radiator guards, ; e.g. grilles; Obstruction removers; Fittings damping bouncing force in collisions
02Bumpers, i.e. impact receiving or absorbing members for protecting vehicles or fending off blows from other vehicles or objects
24Arrangements for mounting bumpers on vehicles
38adjustably or movably mounted, e.g. horizontally displaceable for securing a space between parked vehicles
40in the direction of an obstacle before a collision ; , or extending during driving of the vehicle, i.e. to increase the energy absorption capacity of the bumper
B60R 19/42
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
19Wheel guards; Radiator guards, ; e.g. grilles; Obstruction removers; Fittings damping bouncing force in collisions
02Bumpers, i.e. impact receiving or absorbing members for protecting vehicles or fending off blows from other vehicles or objects
42extending primarily along the sides of, or completely encircling, a vehicle
Applicants DESIGN TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION LIMITED
Inventors TONKIN, MARK
Priority Data 9414393.0 15.07.1994 GB
Title
(EN) SAFETY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES
(FR) SYSTEME DE SECURITE POUR VEHICULES
Abstract
(EN)
The system comprising a controller fitted to a subject vehicle (16) and sensor means (20) operable to sense a distance of separation and relative velocity of a trailing vehicle (18). Also input to the controller is a velocity signal derived from a velocity sensing means (97) determining the ground speed of the subject vehicle using a doppler radar system. The controller calculates a safety envelope and activates a visible warning device attached to the rear of the subject vehicle if the trailing vehicle penetrates the safety envelope. An enhanced safety envelope determined by adverse road conditions is also established, any incursion into the enhanced envelope resulting generally in the visible warning being at a less prominent level. If however the closing speed of the trailing vehicle exceeds a predetermined threshold, penetration of the enhanced envelope results immediately in the full warning being displayed with full prominence to the driver of the trailing vehicle. The system has application to improving the safety of road vehicles.