US 9,809,077 B2
Method and apparatus for operating a cushioning system for a motor vehicle
Denis Stoof, Peine-Stederdorf (DE); Eckhard Babbel, Braunschweig (DE); Ulrich Sonnak, Braunschweig (DE); and Matthias Klöpping, Braunschweig (DE)
Assigned to Volkswagen AG, (DE)
Filed by VOLKSWAGEN AG, Wolfsburg (DE)
Filed on Aug. 28, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/471,990.
Claims priority of application No. 10 2013 217 870 (DE), filed on Sep. 6, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2015/0073658 A1, Mar. 12, 2015
Int. Cl. B60G 17/016 (2006.01); B60G 17/00 (2006.01); B60G 17/06 (2006.01)
CPC B60G 17/016 (2013.01) [B60G 17/00 (2013.01); B60G 17/06 (2013.01); B60G 2400/96 (2013.01); B60G 2500/10 (2013.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for operating a shock-absorber system with switching shock-absorber devices, wherein discretely selectable shock-absorber characteristic curves are provided, the method comprising:
determining a driving behavior of the driver and/or of the motor vehicle based on one or more driving state data items and/or one or more operating variables;
in automatic mode, automatically setting a shock-absorbing behavior of the shock-absorber system by selecting one of the selectable shock-absorber characteristic curves of the shock-absorber devices as a function of the determined driving behavior;
wherein the driving behavior of the driver and/or of the motor vehicle is determined based on at least one of the following data items of a driver assistance system: a requested deceleration which is set for an automatic cruise controller, a blind spot detection, a seat occupation state, an engaged state of the trailer coupling, a characterizing data item relating to music selected by the driver and data items relating to a distance lying ahead, and
wherein in response to a decision being made to change the shock-absorbing behavior in the automatic mode as a function of the driving behavior of the driver and/or of the motor vehicle, the change in the shock-absorbing behavior is carried out only in a chronologically limited fashion, and the original shock-absorbing behavior is assumed again after expiry of a predetermined time period.