Patent Number: 6,253,134

Title: Apparatus and methods for ascertaining the identity of objects in a vehicle and adjusting a vehicle component based thereon

Abstract: Apparatus and method for ascertaining the identity of an object in a seat in a passenger compartment of a vehicle in which a wave-receiving sensor receives waves from a space above the seat and generates an output representative thereof, the weight applied onto the seat is measured and an output representative thereof is generated and the outputs representative of the received waves and measured weight are processed in order to evaluate the seated-state of the seat based and determine whether the seat is occupied by an object and when the seat is occupied by an object, to ascertain the identity of the object in the seat. In apparatus and method for adjusting a component, the identity of the object is first ascertained and then the component is adjusted based thereon.

Inventors: Breed; David S. (Boonton Township, Morris County, NJ), Duvall; Wilbur E. (Kimberling City, MO), Morin; Jeffrey L. (Lincoln Park, MI)

Assignee: Automotive Technologies International Inc.

International Classification: B60N 2/00 (20060101); B60N 2/02 (20060101); B60N 2/48 (20060101); B60R 21/01 (20060101); B60N 2/28 (20060101); B60N 2/06 (20060101); B60N 2/26 (20060101); G01G 19/414 (20060101); G01G 19/40 (20060101); G01S 15/88 (20060101); G01S 15/00 (20060101); G01S 15/87 (20060101); B60R 22/18 (20060101); B60R 21/26 (20060101); B60R 22/20 (20060101); B60R 22/28 (20060101); B60R 21/20 (20060101); B60R 22/46 (20060101); G01S 15/06 (20060101); B60R 021/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018