Patents Assigned to Volvo Car Corporation
  • Patent number: 10444826
    Abstract: An interaction test system provides a first virtual reality layer associated with a first test environment to a first test object and a second virtual reality layer associated with a second test environment to a second test object, such that a mixed reality perceived by the first and second test objects correspond. The system derives first object data including status information and/or actions of the first test object, provides first object behavior data to the second virtual reality layer such that status information and/or actions of the first object are included in the mixed reality perceived by the second object, derives second object data including status information and/or actions of the second test object, and provides second object behavior data to the first virtual reality layer such that status information and/or actions of the second object are included in the mixed reality perceived by the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Patrik Andersson
  • Patent number: 10435022
    Abstract: A vehicle and an adaptive cruise control system (ACC) is provided. The ACC comprises a steering wheel system with a steering wheel arranged to allow the provision of manual steering input to the steering system of the vehicle and a steering angle sensor, wherein the steering system is configured to identify a specific momentary manual steering wheel actuation by comparing data from the steering angle sensor with predetermined thresholds, and to select a next one of the moving or stationary objects in the surroundings in front of said vehicle to control the speed of said vehicle in relation to, based on the direction of the specific momentary manual steering wheel actuation indicated by the steering angle sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Magnus Brandin
  • Patent number: 10435017
    Abstract: A method is for providing an object prediction representation. In an embodiment, the method includes simulating movement of a host vehicle and an object in a longitudinal-lateral coordinate system based on their initial positions at the starting time and a movement of the host vehicle and determined movement of the object. Points in time when at least one reference point of the host vehicle and an object reference point of a plurality of object reference points have the same longitudinal position are detected. Further, for each detected point in time, an associated lateral position of the object reference point at the detected point in time is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION, VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Madas, Jonatan Silvlin, Andreas Eidehall, Peter Sundstrom
  • Patent number: 10437881
    Abstract: An information retrieval arrangement for a host vehicle is configured to retrieve information of at least one surrounding vehicle, surrounding the host vehicle. The arrangement includes a registration plate reading arrangement configured to read registration plate information of a surrounding vehicle and an information retrieving unit configured to retrieve from a database at least one dimension of the surrounding vehicle, based on the read registration plate information. A method of retrieving information of at least one surrounding vehicle using an information retrieval arrangement is also disclosed, as well as a lane change assist arrangement including an information retrieval arrangement, and a vehicle including an information retrieval arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10436599
    Abstract: A method for generating navigation data for a vehicle using a vehicle and a navigation device, said vehicle comprising a set of sensors, said method comprising the steps of: travelling along a road, detecting at least one landmark, determining if said at least one landmark has a shape correlating to the main direction of said road. Approving the at least one landmark as a landmark for landmark navigation or approving an associated section of the road for landmark navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Joakim Lin Sorstedt, Alexander Schafer
  • Patent number: 10421406
    Abstract: A luggage box for storage in a luggage space of a motor vehicle comprises a container open at a top and adapted to be held slideably by a respective pair of guide elements between a pair of parallel guide rails secured one each to a respective side wall of the luggage space. The container is coupled to a lid via a hinge portion. The lid has a size and shape complementary to the open top of the container, which size and shape corresponds to an area behind one or more backrests of a row of vehicle seats between second guide rail sections, which extend along the backrests towards a floor of the luggage space. The luggage box is translatable in the guide rails, to a position adjacent the backrests of the vehicle seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Magnus Bergdahl
  • Patent number: 10422874
    Abstract: A method is described for spatial modelling of an interior of a vehicle. The method includes transmitting a wireless signal, from each of multiple transmitters, each transmitter having a known location in the vehicle, receiving, by multiple receivers, multiple reflection signals having been reflected in the interior of the vehicle, each receiver having a known location in the vehicle. The method also includes, for the received reflection signals, determining a source data set by determining multipath propagation components, Doppler shifts, phase shifts and time differences of the received reflection signals, and determining a spatial model of at least a portion of the vehicle interior by applying a computer vision algorithm on the source data set. A system is also described for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Fekete
  • Patent number: 10408665
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a level indicator for determining the level of liquid in a container, the level indicator comprising: a floating device comprising a metal; a transmitter arranged to transmit an electromagnetic signal towards the floating device; and a receiver arranged to receive a response signal from the floating device. The floating device is moveable relative to the receiver so that a distance from the floating device to the receiver is altered in response to an altered level of liquid in the container, and wherein the electrical signal is a function of at least said distance. The receiver is electrically connectable to a control unit configurable to determine a position of the floating device relative to the receiver based on the electrical signal. The invention also relates to a system and a tank comprising the level indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Hayder Al-Kattan
  • Patent number: 10410521
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining an evasive path for a host vehicle (10), the method i.a. comprising: establishing (S1) a predicted traffic environment (12) of the host vehicle in a time-lateral position domain, the predicted traffic environment comprising an object prediction representation (16) of a traffic object; determining (S2) a start node (24) for the host vehicle; defining (S3) an end node (26) for the host vehicle; placing (S4) several boundary nodes (28) relative to the object prediction representation; setting (S5) node connections (30, 32, 34a-b, 36a-b, 38, 40, 42) between the start node, the boundary nodes, and the end node; and traversing (S6) the nodes using a graph-search algorithm in order to find a path from the start node to the end time with a lowest cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Volvo Car Corporation, Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: David Madas, Jonatan Silvlin, Andreas Eidehall, Peter Sundstrom
  • Patent number: 10393880
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for managing rules or policies in a vehicle having a controllable unit. The method may include determining, at the start of a driving, an active route of the vehicle, selecting a set of control values from multiple stored sets of control values, where one control value of the set of control values corresponds to one predetermined interval of the determined active route, and controlling the at least one controllable unit based on the selected set of control values. The method may also include recording, during the current driving of the vehicle, a set of control result values, where one control result value corresponds to a predetermined interval of the determined active route which the vehicle has driven and, at the end of the driving based on the set of control result values, determining and storing an updated set of control values for the actually driven route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Rickard Arvidsson, Niklas Akerblom
  • Patent number: 10391852
    Abstract: A powertrain is provided with a combustion engine, a front drive axle, a longitudinal drive shaft, and a rear drive axle, whereby the combustion engine is connected to a front drive axle, the longitudinal drive shaft, and the rear drive axle, such that the combustion engine can be in drive connection with the front drive axle, the longitudinal drive shaft, and the rear drive axle. The rear drive axle is provided with a hybrid drive module that comprises at least one drive unit and a transfer gear set. The transfer gear set comprises an input, an output, and a first connection clutch provided operatively in between the input and the output, whereby the output of the transfer gear set is adapted to be in drive connection with the rear drive axle. The longitudinal drive shaft is provided with a second connection clutch and, the first connection clutch and the second connection clutch are hydraulically controlled and are connected to a same hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Mathias Jorgensson
  • Patent number: 10377302
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising an optically transmissive roof window, an overhead console arranged in an overhead position with respect to a driver position in the vehicle, an optical element attached to a rear portion of the overhead console, the optical element facing the roof window, a light source for emitting light receivable by the optical element, the light source is configure to emit the light when an electric system of the vehicle is powered on. The optical element is arranged to receive at least a portion of the light emitted by the light source such that an image representative of the optical signal and the shape of the optical element is visible through the roof window from the interior of the vehicle. The invention further relates to a method for providing an image indicative of a state of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Niklas Palm, Thomas Lienhart, Per Ekeroth
  • Patent number: 10362068
    Abstract: A system, a multi-user scheduling unit comprised in the system, and corresponding methods are described for scheduling a video conference call for at least one autonomous vehicle. The system provides a means of scheduling such a call for various participants while minimizing driver interaction or need for attention while a vehicle is in a manual driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Sugioka, Matthew Lawler, Kari Kauppi, Aric Dromi, Nick Sakellariou
  • Patent number: 10356373
    Abstract: A vehicle image capture system may include a vehicle mounted image capture device adapted to capture one or more images external of a vehicle, a navigation system adapted to determine an instantaneous position of the vehicle, and a user interface arranged to allow a user to input a first position. The system is adapted to compare an instantaneous position of the vehicle with the first position, and to capture one or more images if the instantaneous position of the vehicle and the first position are within a predetermined proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Joakim Christoffersson, Claus Allan Christensen, Anna Olesen
  • Patent number: 10351139
    Abstract: A system and method for planning activities for a driver of a vehicle, where a scheduled route is planned for the vehicle, include an assignment unit configured for assigning a pilot assisted driving mode to a first part of the scheduled route and assigning an autonomous driving mode a second part of the scheduled route, the assignment of the driving mode determined based on a first parameter. An interface is configured for indicating the first and second parts of the scheduled route to the driver, and a proposal unit is configured for, upon execution of the assigned driving mode in the vehicle, proposing a first activity to the driver for the first part of the scheduled route and a second activity for the second part of the scheduled route, the proposal of an activity determined based a second parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Claus Christensen, Christian Hedegaard, Thomas Bove
  • Patent number: D861567
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Ole-Kristian Bjerke
  • Patent number: D861570
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Ole-Kristian Bjerke
  • Patent number: D862351
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Ole-Kristian Bjerke
  • Patent number: D862352
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Ole-Kristian Bjerke
  • Patent number: D862353
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Ole-Kristian Bjerke