Patent Number: 7,784,576

Title: Selective closing of at least one vehicle opening at a front portion of a vehicle

Abstract: Mechanisms are described for selectively closing grille and/or bumper openings. These mechanisms may be operated in response to one or more vehicle parameters. Closure mechanism control signals may be delivered to such mechanisms along a vehicle databus. In addition, vehicle parameters used in determining the control of such mechanisms may be sensed and provided along the databus to a controller which then processes the parameter information for determining whether to open or close the vehicle grille closing mechanism and/or the vehicle bumper opening closing mechanism.

Inventors: Guilfoyle; Matthew (Portland, OR), Trabant; Carl (Lake Oswego, OR), Shin; Changhyun (Atlanta, GA), von Mayenburg; Michael (Lake Oswego, OR)

Assignee: Daimler Trucks North America LLC

International Classification: B60K 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018