US Patent No. 10,988,188

OVERTURN CONTROL BY SIDE SUPPORT


Patent No. 10,988,188
Issue Date April 27, 2021
Title Overturn Control By Side Support
Inventorship Daniel Villarreal Rodriguez, Zapopan (MX)
Assignee Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,988,188

1. A tractor comprising:an accelerometer, which is configured to generate an output signal that represents a sideways inclination angle of the tractor relative to horizontal;
a processor coupled to the accelerometer and coupled to a non-transitory memory device that stores executable program instructions for the processor, said executable program instructions causing the processor to output a control signal when the sideways tractor's inclination angle is greater than a first predetrmined threshold and less than a second predetermined threshold value below which the tractor will tip over;
a linear actuator coupled to the processor and receiving the control signal from the processor; and
a lateral stabilizer coupled to the linear actuator wherein the linear actuator actuates the lateral stabilizer to extend outward and away from the tractor either rightward or leftward, responsive to the control signal provided to the linear actuator by the processor.