Isuzu Motors. has filed a patent for a power steering controller that can switch between automatic, manual, and semi-automatic steering modes based on the vehicle’s state and the driver’s state. This innovation aims to enhance driving safety and convenience. GlobalData’s report on Isuzu Motors gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Isuzu Motors, Collision avoidance system was a key innovation area identified from patents. Isuzu Motors's grant share as of January 2024 was 29%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Power steering controller for automatic, manual, and semi-automatic steering

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Isuzu Motors Ltd

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240034408A1) describes a power steering controller for vehicles that includes various components to determine the feasibility of automatic or manual steering based on the vehicle's state and the driver's condition. The controller features a driving mode switching part that can transition between automatic steering, manual steering, and semi-automatic steering modes depending on the results of override determinations made by different parts of the system. For instance, the controller can switch to manual steering mode if automatic steering is not possible due to high torque detected in the steering wheel and the driver is touching the wheel.

Additionally, the power steering controller includes components such as torque detection parts, contact detection parts, and steering angle detection parts to accurately assess the driving conditions and driver input. The system can determine the appropriate steering mode based on factors like torque levels, driver interaction with the steering wheel, and the vehicle's steering angle. By integrating these features, the power steering controller aims to enhance the overall steering experience by seamlessly transitioning between different steering modes to ensure optimal control and safety for the driver and the vehicle.

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