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ADAPTIVE COLLISION PROTECTION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234860D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

The present invention relates to an adaptive collision protection for a vehicle which is mounted in such a way that the collision protection automatically can be moved between an activated state and an inactivated state in case of a collision. The adaptive collision protection is automatically activated when an accident detection sensor system indicates a possible collision with an obstacle.

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ADAPTIVE COLLISION PROTECTION

The present invention relates to an adaptive collision protection for a vehicle which is mounted in such a way that the collision protection automatically can be moved between an activated state and an inactivated state in case of a collision.

To enhance traffic safety, certain vehicles are provided with an Automatic Emergency Brake system (AEB system) to prevent collisions.  The AEB system is adapted to monitoring objects such as unprotected road-users and to automatically braking the vehicle on the basis of its monitoring.

However, situations may occur where despite activation of such an Automatic Emergency  Brake system it is not possible to avoid a collision, e.g. in weather conditions with low friction coefficients between carriageway and vehicle.  In such situations, heavy vehicles represent a traffic hazard to cars and unprotected road-users.

Heavy vehicles have a large ground clearance which increases the risk of cars and unprotected road-users ending up under such a vehicle.  To prevent underruns, such vehicles are provided where appropriate with underrun protection.  Heavy vehicles with large ground clearances often require large clearance angles to enable them to negotiate carriageway slopes and depressions.  This clearance angle does however entail for example risk of cars and unprotected road-users ending up under such a vehicle.

It is therefore a need for an adaptive collision protection which is mounted in such a way that the collision protection automatically can be moved between an activated state and an inactivated state in case of a collision.  With inactivated state refers to when the collision protection is positioned in a rest position under the vehicle front and with activated states refers to when the collision protection is  flipped down in case of a collision.

The adaptive collision protection is automatically activated when an accident detection sensor system indicates a possible collision with an obstacle....