The Corvette team at Chevrolet is known for its close-knit relationship with its customers and over the years they have implemented many of suggestions from owners into production. So when I heard about this new patent from GM that demonstrates the technology with a C7 Corvette, I immediately asked myself, “Ok, who requested the power doors option?”
Here’s a new patent application unearthed by our friends over at the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com that shows GM’s Technology Group has been working on a system they call “Vehicle with power swinging door and position-based torque compensation method.”
Translation: Power swinging doors!
Like a lot of these patent applications we’ve seen over the last few months, what they are showing us here with the C7 is new technology that MAY make its way onto the C8 platform.
Reading the opening paragraph, GM describes the components which make up a swinging door on a vehicle and because those components add weight to the door, the process of opening and closing the swinging doors can be assisted with electric motors:
“…Each of the housed components contributes additional mass to the door. Therefore, in order to facilitate opening and closing of a swinging side door, the doors may be equipped with a rotary actuator such as an electric door motor that powers the opening and closing functions. “
The patent application’s description goes on to detail how the actuator can determine if its windy out, or if the car is parked on a grade, or even if there are obstacles in the swing path of the door. The system can analyze and compensate for those additional forces on the door or obstacles in its path.
You can view or download the patent application for Vehicle with power swinging door and position-based torque compensation method.
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