06420996 is referenced by 45 patents.

A method and apparatus for permitting a host automotive vehicle to avoid or mitigate the consequences of a collision between the host vehicle and a target automotive vehicle by using a combination of radar derived target information and transponder information. The host vehicle is equipped with a radar system operative detect the target vehicle and generate target data, and a computer which determines a likelihood of collision with target vehicle. If the likelihood of collision is above a certain level, the computer directs the radar system to transmit a directional interrogation system toward the target vehicle. The target vehicle is equipped with one or more transponders that receive the interrogation signal and respond by transmitting a response signal containing information indicating various dynamic and/or static characteristics of the target vehicle. The response signal is received by the host vehicle and is decoded to extract the target vehicle information. The computer then uses the transponder-derived target information along with the radar-derived target information to accurately determine the nature of the impending collision and direct appropriate changes in performance of one or more systems of the host vehicle in order to avoid or mitigate the consequences of the collision.

Title
Integrated radar and active transponder collision prediction system
Application Number
9/682224
Publication Number
6420996 (B1)
Application Date
August 8, 2001
Publication Date
July 16, 2002
Inventor
J B Drummond Jr
Southfield
MI, US
Scott Howard Gaboury
Ann Arbor
MI, US
Steven Yellin Schondorf
Dearborn
MI, US
Lawrence Gerard Stopczynski
Milford
MI, US
Agent
Gary A Smith
US
Assignee
Ford Global Technologies
MI, US
IPC
G01S 13/93
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