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1. WO2000038949 - METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE IDENTIFICATION AND POSITION OF AND MONITORING OBJECTS IN A VEHICLE

Publication Number WO/2000/038949
Publication Date 06.07.2000
International Application No. PCT/US1999/031184
International Filing Date 31.12.1999
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 31.07.2000
IPC
B60N 2/02 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
02the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable
B60N 2/28 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
24for particular purposes or particular vehicles
26for children
28Seats readily mountable on, and dismountable from, existing seats of the vehicle
B60R 21/01 2006.01
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
G06K 9/00 2006.01
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
9Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
CPC
B60N 2/0232
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
02the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable
0224Non-manual adjustment, e.g. with electrical operation
0232electric motors
B60N 2/0244
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
02the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable
0224Non-manual adjustment, e.g. with electrical operation
0244with logic circuits
B60N 2/0276
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
02the seat or part thereof being movable, e.g. adjustable
0224Non-manual adjustment, e.g. with electrical operation
0244with logic circuits
0276reaction to emergency situations, e.g. crash
B60N 2/2806
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
24for particular purposes or particular vehicles
26for children
28Seats readily mountable on, and dismountable from, existing seats ; or other parts; of the vehicle
2803Adaptations for seat belts
2806securing the child seat to the vehicle
B60N 2/2863
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
24for particular purposes or particular vehicles
26for children
28Seats readily mountable on, and dismountable from, existing seats ; or other parts; of the vehicle
2857characterised by the peculiar orientation of the child
2863backward facing
B60R 21/0152
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 ; passive; safety arrangements, ; e.g. airbags, safety belt tighteners,; in case of vehicle accidents or impending vehicle accidents
015including means for detecting the presence or position of passengers, passenger seats or child seats ; , and the related safety parameters therefor, e.g. speed or timing of airbag inflation in relation to occupant position or seat belt use
01512Passenger detection systems
01516using force or pressure sensing means
0152using strain gauges
Applicants
  • AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, INC. [US/US]; P.O. Box 8 Denville, NJ 07834, US
Inventors
  • BREED, David, S.; US
  • DUVALL, Wilbur, E.; US
  • JOHNSON, Wendell, C.; US
Agents
  • ROFFE, Brian; 366 Longacre Avenue Woodmere, NY 11598-2417, US
Priority Data
09/476,25530.12.1999US
60/114,50731.12.1998US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE IDENTIFICATION AND POSITION OF AND MONITORING OBJECTS IN A VEHICLE
(FR) TECHNIQUES D'IDENTIFICATION ET DE POSITION D'OBJETS DANS UN VEHICULE ET DE SURVEILLANCE DE CES OBJETS
Abstract
(EN)
A vehicle interior monitoring system to identify, locate and monitor occupants, including their parts, and other objects in the passenger compartment (100) and objects outside of a motor vehicle, such as an automobile or truck, by illuminating the contents of the vehicle and objects outside of the vehicle with electromagnetic, and specifically infrared, radiation and using one or more lenses to focus images of the contents onto one or more arrays of charge coupled devices (CCD arrays) (110, 111, 112, 113, 114). Outputs from the CCD arrays (110, 111, 112, 113, 114) are analyzed by appropriate computational means (120) employing trained pattern recognition technologies, to classify, identify or locate the contents (101) or external objects. In general, the information obtained by the identification and monitoring system is used to affect the operation of some other system in the vehicle. When system is installed in the passenger compartment of an automotive vehicle equipped with an airbag, the system determines the position of the vehicle occupant relative to the airbag and disables deployment of the airbag if the occupant is positioned so that he/she is likely to be injured by the deployment of the airbag.
(FR)
Ce système de surveillance de l'intérieur d'un véhicule permet d'identifier, de localiser et de surveiller les occupants de celui-ci, y compris les différentes parties de leur corps, ainsi que d'autres objets se trouvant dans le compartiment passager (100) et des objets se trouvant à l'extérieur de ce véhicule, une automobile ou un camion. Cette surveillance est réalisée grâce à l'éclairage du contenu du véhicule et des objets se trouvant à l'extérieur au moyen d'un rayonnement électromagnétique, infrarouge plus précisément, et par l'utilisation d'un ou de plusieurs objectifs focalisant des images du contenu susmentionné sur un ou plusieurs réseaux de dispositifs à transfert de charge (réseaux DTC) (110, 111, 112, 113, 114). Les données de sortie de ces réseaux DTC (110, 111, 112, 113, 114) sont analysées par des moyens appropriés de calcul (120) utilisant des techniques éprouvées de reconnaissance des formes, pour classer, identifier ou localiser le contenu (101) du véhicule ou des objets extérieurs. En règle générale, on utilise l'information obtenue grâce à ce système d'identification et de surveillance pour agir sur le fonctionnement d'un autre dispositif se trouvant dans le véhicule. Lorsque ce système est installé dans le compartiment passager d'un véhicule automobile équipé d'un coussin pneumatique de sécurité, il détermine la position de l'occupant du véhicule par rapport à ce coussin pneumatique de sécurité et en empêche le déploiement si l'occupant est placé de manière telle qu'il pourrait être blessé par le déploiement du coussin.
Also published as
GBGB0116062.1
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