Safety and Security Considerations of New Closure Systems 2000-01-1304
A closure system for automotive security and driver comfort has been developed. The system combines a passive entry system and an electronic door latch system.
The passive entry system utilises a single chip transponder for vehicle immobilisation, passive entry and remote control functionality. The form factor free transponder enables the integration into a key fob or a smart card. The system can be activated by either pulling the door handle or by using a push button transponder. Due to the inductive coupling between the transponder and the vehicle mounted antennas, the vehicle door or trunk opens on successful verification as if there were no locks. Additionally, inside the vehicle, the transponder can be used as a far range immobiliser.
The electronic door latch system utilises electronically controlled latches. Symmetrical housing of the electronic latch (E-latch) and the absence of a mechanical connection to the actuators enable the latch to be used not only for the left and right side doors but also for trunk applications. The locking pawl of the E-latch is controlled by an electric motor and the functionality is entirely software dependent.