Patent Number: 6,296,326

Title: Method for determining a triggering threshold value for an automatic braking operation

Abstract: An automatic braking operation is triggered before the operation of the brake pedal if, as the required criterion, the operating speed exceeds a triggering threshold value when the gas pedal is released. The triggering threshold value is adapted to the driver's actions to achieve a more reliable separation between necessary and unnecessary triggerings of the automatic braking operation. At least one magnitude is detected which represents the driver's actions and, on the basis of this magnitude, the triggering threshold value for the automatic braking operation is determined. It is thus unimportant whether the required criterion for the triggering of the automatic braking operation is sufficient or whether additional criteria are required for this purpose, such as the determination of a transfer of the driver's foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal.

Inventors: Steiner; Manfred (Winnenden, DE), Knoff; Bernd (Esslingen, DE)

Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG

International Classification: B60T 7/04 (20060101); B60T 7/12 (20060101); B60T 8/32 (20060101); B60K 041/20 (); B60T 007/04 (); B60T 007/12 (); B60T 013/66 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018