Vehicle Protection Mechanisms

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Wolfgang Fink
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
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John Geikler
Asst. Director, Physical Science Licensing (520) 626-4605

Title: Vehicle Protection Mechanisms


Invention: This invention implements mechanisms to manage risks of vehicles overturning including means of outright avoiding obstacles, correcting for tilts, and mitigating consequences from rolls. Engineered guards passively protect from a wide variety of hazards. If the vehicle tilts, angled guards provide stabilization. If the vehicle does roll, certain guard parameters minimize impact and encourage resulting right-side up orientation. Vehicles are made inherently safer in a fundamental way.


Background: Overturning is an inherent risk of vehicles, especially in difficult terrain. Strict control for personal and industry vehicles still result in numerous catastrophic accidents. Operationally, this is all-the-more concerning for remotely-operated or automated vehicles far from easy correction, such as in exploratory space missions or reconnaissance in remote areas.


  • Space exploration rovers
  • Military reconnaissance
  • Explosive ordinance disposal
  • Robots and automated processes
  • Mining
  • Automobiles



  • Failsafe passive engineering, requiring less need for monitoring or maintenance
  • Self-correcting mechanisms that are independent from type of hazard encountered
  • Simple and easily adaptable design
  • Passive simplicity reduces system complexity and sensitivity to malfunction


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