Patent Number: 6,966,577

Title: Occupant detecting apparatus capable of improving detection accuracy

Abstract: In an occupant detecting apparatus for detecting an occupant seated on a passenger seat of a vehicle with an airbag for the occupant, a load sensor is provided in a bottom part of the seat. A plurality of first electric field sensors are provided in the bottom part of the seat, and a plurality of second electric field sensors are provided in a rear part of the seat. An airbag inflating permission control unit permits inflation of the airbag in accordance with output signals of the load sensor and the first and second electric field sensors.

Inventors: Baba; Satoshi (Tokyo, JP), Jinno; Kazunori (Tokyo, JP), Oikawa; Hiroshi (Tokyo, JP), Saito; Takashi (Tokyo, JP), Saito; Naoki (Tokyo, JP), Nagai; Shingo (Tokyo, JP), Masuda; Yoshinori (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.

International Classification: B60R 21/01 (20060101); B60R 021/32 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018