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Title: US5629595: Method and apparatus for an amusement ride having an interactive guided vehicle
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Salter, Kenneth D.; Glendale, CA
Armstrong, Daniel A.; Simi Valley, CA
Charlesworth, John D.; Anaheim, CA
Bollinger, Robert S.; Thomasville, PA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1997-05-13 / 1995-06-19

Application Number: US1995000492196

IPC Code: Advanced: A63G 25/00; B62D 1/28; G05D 1/02;
IPC-7: A63G 25/00; B62D 1/00; G05D 1/03;

ECLA Code: A63G25/00; B62D1/28; G05D1/02E12W; L60L200/20; S05D201/0214;

U.S. Class: Current: 318/587; 104/053; 180/168; 318/588;
Original: 318/587; 318/588; 180/168; 104/053;

Field of Search: 318/139,488,489,580,587,588,608 180/6.2,6.24,167,168,79 104/053,60,77,78,287,288,292 191/22 R 364/424.01,424.02

Priority Number:
1995-06-19  US1995000492196

Abstract:     An apparatus and method in which a vehicle is guided along a path defined by a centerline and left and right boundaries parallel to and spaced laterally on opposite sides thereof and in which a passenger in the vehicle can steer it for lateral movement between the boundaries. The method and apparatus utilize an electrical conductor to define the center of the pathway and a sensor for sensing the position of the vehicle relative to the electrical conductor. Based on a comparison of the position of the vehicle and the steering command received from the passenger, as well as the steer angle position of the vehicle, the vehicle is confined to a predetermined envelope, while permitting the passenger to steer the vehicle within the envelope.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Ro, Bentsu;

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Family: None

First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. An amusement ride of the type in which a vehicle is guided along a path defined by a centerline and left and right boundaries parallel to and spaced laterally on opposite sides thereof and in which a passenger in the vehicle can steer it for lateral movement between the boundaries, the ride comprising:
  • (a) an electrical conductor carrying an electrical current creating a magnetic field, said conductor extending along the centerline of the path;
  • (b) motion means supporting the vehicle and for propelling it along the path, said motion means being steerable for movement of the vehicle laterally of the path;
  • (c) an electromagnetic sensor mounted on said vehicle for generating an output signal proportional to the lateral spacing of a reference point on said vehicle from said conductor;
  • (d) steering control means connected to said sensor and to said motion means responsive to said signal for guiding the vehicle along the path and for preventing the vehicle from moving laterally outside the boundaries of the path; and
  • (e) a passenger operated steering control connected to said steering control means for enabling the passenger of the vehicle to steer it laterally of the path only up to the boundaries.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 4pp US3033305  1962-05 Harned et al.   Vehicle guidance system
Get PDF - 7pp US3045221  1962-07 Roop   Monitoring device
Get PDF - 4pp US3556244  1971-01 Gray  RCA Corporation VEHICLE ROAD GUIDANCE SYSTEM
Get PDF - 7pp US3669205  1972-06 Brooke  International Harvester Company of Great Britain Limited VEHICLE GUIDANCE SYSTEMS
Get PDF - 7pp US4176728  1979-12 Otteblad et al.  AB Volvo Combined automatic and manual guidance system
Get PDF - 25pp US4920890  1990-05 Barber   Amusement ride
Get PDF - 31pp US5079706  1992-01 Yamaguchi et al.  Kubota Ltd. Control system for self-propelled working vehicle including vehicle course correction means
Get PDF - 19pp US5175480  1992-12 McKeefery et al.   Vehicle guidance and control systems and methods for controllably guiding a vehicle along a predetermined pathway
Get PDF - 13pp US5234070  1993-08 Noah et al.  TRW Inc. Automatic vehicle steering apparatus
Get PDF - 11pp US5361705  1994-11 Powell   Interactive drag strip amusement ride
Get PDF - 53pp US5481460  1996-01 Masaki et al.  Hitachi, Ltd. Controller for electric vehicle
Get PDF - 15pp US5519296  1996-05 Day  The Raymond Corporation Method and apparatus for sensing guidewire signals
Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G97-280376 DERG97-280376

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