US Patent No: 6,533,316

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Automotive electronic safety network

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An occupant protection device deployment system and safety network including at least one module housing, at least one deployable component such as an airbag associated with each housing, a deployment initiator associated with each housing for initiating deployment of the component, a determination unit for determining that deployment of one or more of the components is desired, and respective electronic control units arranged within, adjacent or proximate each housing and coupled to a respective deployment initiator and the determination unit via an electrical bus for causing the deployment initiator to deploy the component in the respective housing upon receiving a signal from the determination unit. The control units include a power supply for enabling operation of the initiator.

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AMERICAN VEHICULAR SCIENCES LLCFRISCO, TX145

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Breed, David S Boonton Township Morris County, NJ 441 19701
DuVall, Wilbur E Kimberling City, MO 175 10317
Johnson, Wendell C Signal Hill, CA 158 9409
Sanders, William Thomas Rockaway Township Morris County, NJ 47 542

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
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* 2011/0208,454 SCAN TOOL FOR ELECTRONIC BATTERY TESTER 0 2011
 
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SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (3)
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ARGO-TECH CORPORATION (2)
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PRECISION MECHATRONICS PTY LTD (70)
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7,260,993 Pressure sensor with low sensitivity to acceleration forces 0 2006
7,222,538 Fluid permeable membrane sensor 4 2006
* 2006/0278,008 Fluid permeable membrane sensor 0 2006
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* 2006/0288,792 Pressure sensor for high acceleration environments 0 2006
7,549,342 Capacitative pressure sensor for oxidative environments 0 2006
* 2007/0039,392 Capacitative pressure sensor for oxidative environments 1 2006
7,258,020 Pressure sensor with conductive ceramic membrane 2 2006
7,367,235 Thermal expansion compensated pressure sensor 0 2006
7,334,480 Dual membrane sensor for temperature compensated pressure sensing 8 2006
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* 2007/0266,794 Pressure Sensor With Dual Chambers 0 2007
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7,878,067 Temperature compensating pressure sensor 1 2008
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Takata Corporation (1)
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8,872,516 Electronic battery tester mounted in a vehicle 0 2011
9,425,487 Monitor for front terminal batteries 0 2011
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9,229,062 Electronic storage battery diagnostic system 0 2011
9,201,120 Electronic battery tester for testing storage battery 0 2011
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7,481,453 Inflator system 34 2005
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7,523,803 Weight determining systems and methods for vehicular seats 19 2006
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TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (1)
7,874,576 Adjustable airbag systems for vehicles 0 2009
 
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH (5)
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* 7,437,218 Method and device for controlling the functional unit of a motor vehicle 4 2002
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HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. (2)
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SHEM, LLC (2)
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