Patent Number: 7,102,527

Title: Multiple sensor vehicle occupant detection for air bag deployment control

Abstract: A passenger detection system is provided. The passenger detection system utilized an oscillation circuit that causes an antenna electrode to emit an electric field that is disrupted by the electrical characteristics of n object placed on the seat. This disruption alters the current and phase of the signal in the antenna electrode. By comparing the current flowing in the antenna electrode and/or the difference between the phases of the signal is the antenna electrode and the oscillation circuit output signal with predetermined threshold values, it is possible to detect the presence of a passenger in a reliable and inexpensive manner. Environmental sensors are used to make the determination more accurate. Humidity, moisture and/or grounding condition are detected and used to alter processing, values or calculations.

Inventors: Shieh; Shiuh-An (Alpharetta, GA), Thompson; Gregory T. (Johnsborough, GA)

Assignee: Elesys North America Inc.

International Classification: G08B 21/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018