Thermal Detection Device for a Reversing Vehicle

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Jun 22, 2011 ... ing vehicle Warns driver of any Warm bodied obstruction such as a person or an ... pryoelectric sensors as means to detect a Warm bodied.

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(19) United States (12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2011/0309923 A1 (43) Pub. Date:

Kennerly et al. (54)

THERMAL DETECTION DEVICE FOR A REVERSING VEHICLE

Publication Classi?cation

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Int. Cl.

B60Q 1/00

(76) Inventors:

Matthew James Kennerly, Albany, OR (US); Brian Daniel Kennerly,

Albany, OR (US); Gary Lee Jones, OnekaWa (NZ)

(21) Appl. No.:

13/166,532

Dec. 22, 2011

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ABSTRACT

The present invention is a thermal detection device for a reversing vehicle. The thermal detection device for a revers ing vehicle Warns driver of any Warm bodied obstruction such as a person or an animal. The present invention utiliZes digital pryoelectric sensors as means to detect a Warm bodied

obstruction. The digital pryoelectric sensors are compact and

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Filed:

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accurate and are sensitive to a Warm bodied object at a rela

tively far distance. The present invention geometrically posi tions the digital pryoelectric sensors so that the present inven

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tion can detect a Warm bodied obstruction With almost a 1800

?eld of vision behind the vehicle. The present invention noti

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Provisional application No. 61/357,149, ?led on Jun.

22, 2010.

?es the driver of a Warm bodied obstruction entering the vehicle’s reverse path With both a visual and an aural Warning.

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