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1. GB2291244 - Vehicle safety systems

Office United Kingdom
Application Number 9414393
Application Date 15.07.1994
Publication Number 2291244
Publication Date 07.09.1994
Publication Kind B
IPC
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 19/40
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
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
B60R 19/42
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
42extending primarily along the sides of, or completely encircling, a vehicle
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 & INNOVATION
Inventors TONKIN MARK CHRISTOPHER
Priority Data 9414393 15.07.1994 GB
Title
(EN) Vehicle safety systems
Abstract
(EN)
A safety system for a vehicle comprises a controller which operably determines the safe stopping distance of the vehicle at a given velocity if its brakes were applied, means (e.g. radar) for generating a signal representative of true velocity of the vehicle which is operably communicated to the controller, a proximity sensor which operably produces a signal representative of the distance of separation of a trailing vehicle which signal is operably communicated to the controller, the controller being operable to determine if the trailing vehicle is within the safe stopping distance in which case the controller actuates an output device to provide a warning to the driver of the trailing vehicle. Selectively inflatable groups of airbags are deployed around the exterior of the vehicle. Different bags in a given group will rupture at different pressures. The anti-lock feature of the vehicle braking system may be automatically disabled at low speeds. Foam may be automatically sprayed when an accident is likely. Transmitter-receiver radar antennas disclosed use two wedges or horns which taper in only one transverse dimension.