US 9,811,995 B2
Baby on board reminder
Ermal Gjoni, Sterling Heights, MI (US); and Marjan Deljosevic, Shelby Township, MI (US)
Assigned to Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI (US)
Filed by Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI (US)
Filed on Dec. 31, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/985,651.
Prior Publication US 2017/0190287 A1, Jul. 6, 2017
Int. Cl. B60Q 1/00 (2006.01); G08B 21/22 (2006.01); B60N 2/00 (2006.01)
CPC G08B 21/22 (2013.01) [B60N 2/002 (2013.01)] 4 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A child-on-board alerting system for an automotive vehicle, the child-on-board alerting system comprising:
an alerting device configured to produce an alert;
a controller controllably coupled to the alerting device, the controller being operable to activate the alerting device to produce the alert; and
an inquiring device communicatively coupled to the controller, the inquiring device being configured to ask the driver whether a child is present;
wherein the controller is configured to activate the alerting device to produce the alert when a predetermined condition is met and the controller has received an affirmative response to the inquiring device;
the system further comprising a rear door sensor configured to detect whether a rear door is open;
wherein the predetermined condition includes at least one of the following: a) the vehicle being turned off for a shut-off predetermined time frame without a rear door being opened as detected by the rear door sensor; and b) the vehicle being parked and locked without first opening the rear door as detected by the rear door sensor;
the inquiring device being reconfigurable between the following modes:
an always ask mode wherein the inquiring device is configured to ask whether a child is present upon turning on the vehicle;
a sensor ask mode wherein the inquiring device is configured to ask whether a child is present when at least one of the following occurs in a start-up predetermined time frame:
a) the rear door is opened prior to opening a front door, b) the rear door is opened prior to starting the vehicle, and c) the rear door is opened prior to engaging a drive gear of the vehicle; and
a never ask mode wherein the inquiring device is configured to refrain from asking whether a child is present.