Patent Number: 7,826,948

Title: Vehicle loading based vehicle dynamic and safety related characteristic adjusting system

Abstract: A method of controlling a controllable chassis system or a safety system (44) for a vehicle (10) includes determining an added mass placed on the vehicle and relative to a known vehicle mass. A vehicle characteristic is adjusted in response to the added mass. A control system (18) for an automotive vehicle (10) includes a sensor (20, 28-42) that generates a signal. A controller (26) determines added mass on the vehicle (10) in response to the signal and adjusts a vehicle characteristic in response to the added mass.

Inventors: Messih; David (Farmington Hills, MI), Lu; Jianbo (Livonia, MI)

Assignee: Ford Global Technologies

International Classification: B60R 21/13 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00