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1. US20030030552 - Safety system for vehicles

Office United States of America
Application Number 10190597
Application Date 09.07.2002
Publication Number 20030030552
Publication Date 13.02.2003
Publication Kind A1
IPC
B60Q 1/00
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
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 1/50
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
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 19/02
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
B60R 19/18
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
Inventors Tonkin Mark Christopher
Agents BAKER BOTTS LLP C/O INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT
Title
(EN) Safety system for vehicles
Abstract
(EN)

The system comprising a controller fitted to a subject vehicle and sensor means operable to sense a distance of separation and relative velocity of a trailing vehicle. Also input to the controller is a velocity signal derived from a velocity sensing means 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 inclusion 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.