Patents Examined by Edwin C. Holloway, III
  • Patent number: 11186258
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to vehicle technologies, and disclose a method and system for controlling a vehicle, and a fingerprint chip. The method comprises: collecting a fingerprint image of a user; authenticating the user according to the fingerprint image and acquiring identity information of the user after the authentication succeeds; acquiring a vehicle personalization parameter of the user according to the identity information of the user and setting up the vehicle according to the vehicle personalization parameter. The embodiments further provide a vehicle control system and a fingerprint chip. The technical solutions provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure can allow simple and quick personalized settings of a vehicle based on identity recognition, which can facilitate sharing a vehicle among family members in most cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo Wang, Bing Wang, Wenbin Sun
  • Patent number: 11144736
    Abstract: A method of redeploying waste containers in a waste collection system with an active or passive signal means requires a user to aim an optical character recognition reader at a waste container comprising a unique optical waste container identifier. The optical character recognition reader reads unique waste container optical identifier. The unique waste container optical identifier is converted to a unique electronically formatted waste container identifier. A unique radio frequency signal identifier is stored on a radio frequency emitting tag and associated with the unique electronically formatted waste container identifier. The radio frequency emitting tag is attached to the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Custom Engineered Systems & Equipment Co.
    Inventor: Christopher Flood
  • Patent number: 11145150
    Abstract: A smart storage locker can be used to store an individual's mobile device while the individual is at work, school or another location where mobile devices should be restricted. The smart storage locker will therefore prevent the individual from carrying his or her mobile device while in such restricted environments. In addition to storing mobile devices, the smart storage locker can also be configured to automatically detect an individual's identity when the individual's mobile device is secured within the smart storage locker. This detection can then be employed to track when the individual is present at a particular location while not having access to, and therefore not using, his or her mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Hans Kirchhausen
  • Patent number: 11127233
    Abstract: Locking systems and devices and methods for using the systems and devices are provided. A locking system may include a receptacle having a lock and an electronic credential. If the electronic credential is brought into proximity of the receptacle, then a key can be used to open the lock. The electronic credential can be incorporated into a vehicle or into a handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: William Albert Tartal, Gabriel Michael Yessin, Robert E. Dalton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11122430
    Abstract: Electronic systems are provided for secure actuation of a remote device such as a moveable barrier operator. The systems address the “man in the middle” problem of persons intercepting and duplicating radio frequency signals from a control device by introducing timing parameters into a bidirectional communication sequence between at least two devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 11110890
    Abstract: A method for locking and/or unlocking a vehicle having an input device for a code on the vehicle, via which the vehicle can be locked and/or unlocked, involves requesting the code via a mobile device having a mobile number registered to the respective vehicle with a data server. After the request, the data server generates a current code and send this to the mobile device and to the vehicle. The code can then be input via the input device and compared to the code sent to the vehicle and, should they match, locking and/or unlocking of the vehicle is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Verena Lutterbeck, Benjamin Burger
  • Patent number: 11113907
    Abstract: A device receives, from a short-range wireless communication device associated with a safe deposit box, first data identifying a first transaction card, and identifies a bank employee associated with the first data. The device determines whether the bank employee is authorized to access the safe deposit box, and starts a timer when the bank employee is authorized to access the safe deposit box. The device receives, from the short-range wireless communication device, second data identifying a second transaction card, and determines whether the second data is received prior to an expiration of the timer. The device identifies a customer associated with the second data when the second data is received prior to the expiration of the timer, and determines whether the customer is authorized to access the safe deposit box. The device causes the safe deposit box to be unlocked when the customer is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Edwards, Abdelkadar M'Hamed Benkreira, Michael Mossoba
  • Patent number: 11110894
    Abstract: A car sharing system includes a car sharing device that actuates an onboard device by performing communication with an electronic key system through ID verification when a user operates the onboard device in an authentication completion state in which key information has been authenticated through wireless communication with the portable terminal, a radio wave checker that checks radio waves transmitted from the electronic key system in accordance with a state of a vehicle power supply when the onboard device is operated with the portable terminal and a key control request corresponding to the operation with the portable terminal is transmitted from the portable terminal to the car sharing device so that the car sharing device actuates the electronic key system, and a warning controller that issues a warning indicating that one has forgotten to stop the vehicle power supply in accordance with a checking result of the radio wave checker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Arakawa, Masahiko Oya, Masaki Oshima, Yuichiro Haruna
  • Patent number: 11104301
    Abstract: When an autonomous driving vehicle picks a user up, a control device performs departure condition confirmation processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11095752
    Abstract: Multiple sensors are used to determine proximity of a user with respect to one or more media devices. Different types of sensors may determine different types of information regarding user proximity, such as presence or absence, proximity, distance, orientation, movement, identity, or a number of users that are detected. The information, sensor types, and times at which the information is acquired are used to generate data that associates specific devices, sensor types, information regarding user proximity, and the times at which the information is acquired. Instructions may be provided to various devices to cause performance of actions based on the generated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Christopher Mason, Richard William Mincher
  • Patent number: 11087573
    Abstract: A portable electronic device to be used as a keyless device of a vehicle includes a controlling circuit which includes a physiological feature detection module and a processing circuit. The physiological feature detection module is used for detecting a physiological feature of a person. The processing circuit is coupled to the physiological feature detection module and used for determining whether the person is an authorized user of the vehicle according to the detected physiological feature of the person, and for opening a car door of the vehicle or starting the vehicle when the person is identified by the processing circuit as the authorized user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Yen-Min Chang, Yi-Hsien Ko, Nien-Tse Chen
  • Patent number: 11074773
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a system and method for enabling on-demand, temporary storage of an autonomous vehicle in vehicle storage areas of existing infrastructures. The vehicle storage areas include one or more movable barrier operators configured to control access to the vehicle storage areas via movable barriers. An autonomous vehicle access control platform is configured to enable access to individual ones of the vehicle storage areas by a single-use access credential sent to at least one of the autonomous vehicle and one of the movable barrier operators. The autonomous vehicle access control platform communicates with a transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) platform that pairs an autonomous vehicle with a vehicle storage area for storage based at least on a factor or parameter including the location of the vehicle storage area relative to the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Morris
  • Patent number: 11072310
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to receive a virtual key at a vehicle, the system includes a memory configured to include a plurality of executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to establish a dummy short-range wireless communications (SRWC) connection with a mobile computing device; establish a standard SRWC connection with the mobile computing device; receive the virtual key from the mobile computing device through the standard SRWC connection; and where the dummy SRWC connection is configured to cause the mobile computing device to cease attempting to establish one or more additional SRWC connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Marcelo Lazarini
  • Patent number: 11069169
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for remotely controlling locks on depositories, primarily locks used for the purpose of securing things using a scanning device and at least one identification token. Each lock (215) is provided with a token (112) that contains identification information related to its depository system (221). A scanning device (111) is needed to decode (211) the token (112) and communicate its information to an online database (212) for authorization to access the depository (221). If the scanner (111) is authorized to access the depository (221), the online database (212) will communicate a command (213) to the lock (215) to open. This operation will need to be repeated each time the depository needs to be opened. In some embodiments, the scanning device (111) may be operatively connected to a power source that can transfer power as a means of powering depository (221).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Alex Jen Huang
  • Patent number: 11062545
    Abstract: Entrance and exit of a person is efficiently managed by simple authentication and registration of entrance and exit using a communication terminal carried by the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoaki Nakao, Yukie Hasegawa, Kenji Harada, Kenichi Urasawa
  • Patent number: 11052967
    Abstract: A bicycle electric component comprises a wireless communicator, a power source, and a switcher. The wireless communicator is configured to receive a wireless signal. The power source is configured to supply a first electric power to the wireless communicator. The switcher is configured to change an electric connection state between the wireless communicator and the power source. The switcher includes an electric generator configured to generate a second electric power by an external input to a bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takafumi Suzuki, Takaya Masuda, Toshihiko Takahashi, Masafumi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11050754
    Abstract: An electrical device can include at least one electrical device component and at least one sensor that measures at least one parameter. The electrical device can also include an integrated control interface disposed on a housing of the electrical device and coupled to the at least one electrical device component, where the integrated control interface allows for manual control of the at least one electrical device component. The electrical device can further include an access controller communicably coupled to the at least one electrical device component and the at least one sensor. The access controller can receive, from the at least one sensor, a communication sent by a user. The access controller can also control, based on determining that the user has the authority to control the at least one electrical device component, the at least one electrical device component based on instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Paul Boudreau, Russell Leake, James Richard Christ
  • Patent number: 11043050
    Abstract: A method and system that allows authorized individuals access into controlled access locations and the ability to grant temporary and limited access to guests into these locations. The method and system allows for navigational services to be provided to members and guests, and real-time tracking and confirmation to members and administrators that guests have arrived at their destination and did not enter any unauthorized areas. The method preferably can work through a system of wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons communicating with member and guest's electronic devices. Members and administrators can send one or more temporary electronic access keys to a guest's smartphone or other electronic device. Wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons provide an access control and location tracking system with real-time data about the member and guest whereabouts, allowing for the confirmation and tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: COLLATERAL OPPORTUNITIES, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Howard Kusens, Michael Kusens
  • Patent number: 11043051
    Abstract: The present invention concerns method for enabling provision of temporary access to an area controlled by a network-connected endpoint device, the method including the steps of: enrolling an access partner in an account for the endpoint device maintained at an access server; receiving from the access partner at the access server, requests for temporary access to the endpoint device; and activating the requests with the endpoint device such that the access partner is provided with temporary access to the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Raymond Hawkins, Geoffrey Baker, Simon Ray Kelly, Zachary Colin Duthie
  • Patent number: 11037388
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments described in this disclosure are generally directed to systems and methods for securely creating passwords for performing various keyless operations upon a vehicle. In an exemplary method, a computer receives a request for creating a password for a phone-as-a-key (PaaK) device. The computer determines that the PaaK device is present inside the vehicle and that the vehicle engine has been placed in an accessory state or a run state by an authorized PaaK device located in the vehicle. The computer further determines that a passive entry passive start (PEPS) key fob is present inside the vehicle. A prompt is provided for entry of a password. The computer checks to determine if an entered password has been already assigned to another PaaK device. If unassigned, the computer links the password to the PaaK device and authorizes the entered password as a valid keyless starting password for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Matthew DeLong, Eugene Karpinsky, Cameron Smyth, Timothy Thivierge, Jr., Daniel M. King, Kevin Thomas Hille, Farhan Ehsan, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Santosh Kumar Lalwani