US 11,654,951 B2
Vehicle steering wheel
Jonathan Boittiaux, Poitiers (FR); and Fabrice Moinard, Vouzailles (FR)
Assigned to Autoliv Development AB, Vargarda (SE)
Filed by Autoliv Development AB, Vargarda (SE)
Filed on Sep. 3, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/465,922.
Application 17/465,922 is a continuation of application No. 15/774,473, granted, now 11,136,057, previously published as PCT/EP2016/077447, filed on Nov. 11, 2016.
Claims priority of application No. 1560778 (FR), filed on Nov. 11, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2021/0394811 A1, Dec. 23, 2021
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B62D 1/04 (2006.01); B60R 16/027 (2006.01); G01D 5/16 (2006.01); B62D 1/06 (2006.01); B60R 21/015 (2006.01); B62D 1/10 (2006.01)
CPC B62D 1/046 (2013.01) [B60R 16/027 (2013.01); B60R 21/01552 (2014.10); B62D 1/06 (2013.01); B62D 1/10 (2013.01); G01D 5/16 (2013.01); B60Y 2400/308 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vehicle steering wheel comprising:
a rim;
a plurality of presence sensors, each presence sensor arranged on the rim to define a corresponding detection zone among a plurality of discrete detection zones, and to detect proximity and/or contact between a user and the detection zone, and
an outer sheath covering the plurality of presence sensors,
wherein the plurality of presence sensors is mounted on a common support, the common support and the presence sensors forming a detection layer comprising the common support, formed by an electric insulator, and supporting, on a first surface, the presence sensors, and supporting on a second surface a common electrical conductor for the plurality of presence sensors, the common electrical conductor being a common grounding electrical conductor film or fabric, and
wherein the plurality of presence sensors includes:
a first presence sensor arranged on the rim to detect at least one of user proximity and user contact at a first detection zone of the rim; and
a second presence sensor arranged on the rim to detect at least one of user proximity and user contact at a second detection zone of the rim.