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They Invented What? (No. 159)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 12, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,784,792: Method and device for recognition of a collision with a pedestrian.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A method of detecting a pedestrian impact with a vehicle, the method comprising:

          providing at least one first sensor on a bumper and at least one second sensor in an area of a front edge of an engine hood;
         measuring one of a first pressure and a first deformation caused by the pedestrian impact;
         forming a first criterion for deciding whether the pedestrian impact has occurred by comparing at least one first sensor output signal with at least one first reference quantity and by comparing at least one second sensor output signal with at least one second reference quantity;
         determining at least one of a change in velocity of the vehicle and a change in acceleration of the vehicle caused by the pedestrian impact;
         forming a second…

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