US 9,809,230 B2
Unexpected thermal event assist
Cynthia M. Neubecker, Westland, MI (US); Laura Viviana Hazebrouck, Birmingham, MI (US); Brad Alan Ignaczak, Canton, MI (US); Brian Bennie, Sterling Heights, MI (US); and John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Novi, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on Dec. 23, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/389,790.
Application 15/389,790 is a continuation of application No. 14/500,137, filed on Sep. 29, 2014, granted, now 9,555,814.
Prior Publication US 2017/0106874 A1, Apr. 20, 2017
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B60W 50/00 (2006.01); B60W 40/02 (2006.01); A62C 3/07 (2006.01); B60W 50/14 (2012.01); G08B 17/06 (2006.01); G08B 17/00 (2006.01); B60Q 5/00 (2006.01); B60Q 1/52 (2006.01); G08B 25/10 (2006.01); G08B 25/00 (2006.01); G08B 25/08 (2006.01)
CPC B60W 50/0098 (2013.01) [A62C 3/07 (2013.01); B60W 40/02 (2013.01); B60W 50/14 (2013.01); G08B 17/06 (2013.01); B60Q 1/52 (2013.01); B60Q 5/005 (2013.01); B60W 2050/143 (2013.01); G08B 17/00 (2013.01); G08B 25/009 (2013.01); G08B 25/08 (2013.01); G08B 25/10 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system comprising:
a thermal sensor; and
a connectivity device of a vehicle, in communication with the thermal sensor, configured to
receive an indication from the thermal sensor indicative of detection of a thermal event within a structure housing the vehicle,
responsive to the detection, autonomously move the vehicle out of the structure away from the thermal event, and
operate as an information relay that provides status of the thermal event.