Patent Number: 6,167,981

Title: Operating element arrangement for controlling motor vehicle longitudinal and transverse movements

Abstract: An operating element arrangement and method controls the longitudinal and transverse movements of a motor vehicle by using a manually actuatable regulating element which is stationary in the vehicle longitudinal direction and controls the longitudinal movement of the vehicle as a function of the actuating force exerted on the regulating element in the vehicle longitudinal direction. The regulating element also serves to control the vehicle transverse movement of the vehicle. For this purpose, the regulating element is arranged movably in the vehicle transverse direction of the vehicle. The transverse movement of the vehicle is controlled as a function of the transverse deflection of the regulating element or as a function of the actuating force exerted in the transverse direction of the vehicle.

Inventors: Boehringer; Michael (Waiblingen, DE), Eckstein; Lutz (Stuttgart, DE)

Assignee: DiamlerChrysler AG

International Classification: B60K 26/02 (20060101); B60K 26/00 (20060101); B62D 1/12 (20060101); B62D 1/02 (20060101); B60K 026/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018