Patent Number: 6,637,536

Title: Front hood assembly

Abstract: A front hood assembly has a front hood of a motor vehicle that is hinged tothe chassis of the motor vehicle via at least one hinge, said front hoodbeing lockable via at least one hood lock. The hinge comprises means fordisplacing a joint depending on the vehicle speed to an upper or a lowerposition, independent of whether a collision with a pedestrian has takenplace or not. The assembly provides a protection for pedestrians that istechnically feasible and can be implemented at low cost. In a method foractuating the front hood of a motor vehicle depending on the vehiclespeed, the front hood is displaced into a lifted position at least in thearea of its hinges if a lower threshold value of the vehicle speed isexceeded or if the vehicle speed falls below an upper threshold value.

Inventors: Polz; Andreas (Gelsenkirchen, DE), Schlegel; Peter (Wuppertal, DE), Schneppenheim; Jorg (Germering, DE)

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International Classification: B60R 21/34 (20060101); B62D 25/12 (20060101); B62D 25/10 (20060101); B60D 001/28 ()

Expiration Date: 10/22015