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Video occupant detection and classification

United States Patent

November 9, 1999
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A system for determining when it is not safe to arm a vehicle airbag by storing representations of known situations as observed by a camera at a passenger seat; and comparing a representation of a camera output of the current situation to the stored representations to determine the known situation most closely represented by the current situation. In the preferred embodiment, the stored representations include the presence or absence of a person or infant seat in the front passenger seat of an automobile.
Krumm; John C. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 796,250
February 6, 1997
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.