Method and apparatus for an amusement ride having an interactive guided vehicle

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5629595
SERIAL NO

08492196

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An apparatus and method in which a vehicle is guided along a path defined by a centerline and left and right boundaries parallel to and spaced laterally on opposite sides thereof and in which a passenger in the vehicle can steer it for lateral movement between the boundaries. The method and apparatus utilize an electrical conductor to define the center of the pathway and a sensor for sensing the position of the vehicle relative to the electrical conductor. Based on a comparison of the position of the vehicle and the steering command received from the passenger, as well as the steer angle position of the vehicle, the vehicle is confined to a predetermined envelope, while permitting the passenger to steer the vehicle within the envelope.

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DISNEY ENTERPRISES INC500 SOUTH BUENA VISTA STREET BURBANK CA 91521

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Armstrong, Daniel A Simi Valley, CA 9 116
Bollinger, Robert S Thomasville, PA 4 73
Charlesworth, John D Anaheim, CA 1 9
Salter, Kenneth D Glendale, CA 14 419

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