Remote Control Patents (Class 123/179.2)
  • Patent number: 10267642
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a fleet management computer system for assessing vehicle efficiency. According to various embodiments, the fleet management computer system is configured for receiving and assessing vehicle telematics data in order to determine an idle percentage of engine run time value representing the percentage of the vehicle's engine run time during which the vehicle's engine was idling during the one or more time periods. In addition, the fleet management computer system may be configured for assessing vehicle telematics data in order to identify segment of engine idle time and generate a graphical display indicating various attributes of the identified idle time segments. The idle time percentage and idle time segments generated by the system can be used to assess the efficiency of vehicles and/or vehicle operators in an associated fleet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10239492
    Abstract: A wireless authentication device for a saddle-type vehicle performs authentication through wireless communication with a mobile terminal carried by a user. The wireless authentication device for a saddle-type vehicle includes a first operating input device, a light-emitting and notification part, and a controller. The first operating input device receives an operation of switching to a state in which a power engine is capable of being started. The light-emitting and notification part is provided in the first operating input device or in a portion surrounding the first operating input device, and performs a light-emitting and notification operation in which light is emitted to notify a user that authentication has succeeded. The controller determines whether authentication has succeeded through wireless communication with a mobile terminal, and if the authentication has been determined to have succeeded, causes the light-emitting and notification part to perform the light-emitting and notification operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomo Yamamoto, Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10202957
    Abstract: A self-contained starting module for outdoor power equipment that has control circuit and a start button. The starting module includes internal control circuit that can be either microprocessor based or analog. The control circuit receives a start signal from a start button of the starting module. The control circuit monitors for the presence of an enable device and, upon activation of the start button and the presence of the enable device, provides electric power to the electric load of the power equipment. When the start button is depressed for longer than a minimum engagement period, the control circuit initiates operation of the engine. If the start button is pressed for less than the minimum engagement period, the control circuit activates the electric load for an auxiliary period without starting the engine. During engine operation, if the start button is depressed, the operation of the engine is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert John Koenen, Jason Hansen, Andrew Paskov, Daniel Brueck, Steven J. Weber
  • Patent number: 10200371
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for controlling access to vehicles in rental, loaner, shared-use, and other vehicle fleets. Some of the present systems, devices, and methods use encrypted virtual keys that can be relayed to a vehicle computing device via a user's mobile device. Such virtual keys can be command-specific such that successful use of a virtual key results execution of a predetermined command or group of commands, and further commands require one or more additional virtual keys with the additional commands. Others of the present systems, devices, and methods provide tools: for provisioning or initial pairing of vehicle computing devices with corresponding vehicles, identifying and permitting a user to select locally available vehicles, prompting vehicle computing devices to retrieve pending commands from a server, and/or various other functions described in this disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SILVERCAR, INC.
    Inventors: Allen Darnell, Matt McMillan, Bill Sarra
  • Patent number: 10189442
    Abstract: The present invention is a remote vehicle starter and appliance activation system including a base unit, and a remote unit capable of communicating with a remote vehicle starting unit. The base unit can transmit a signal to the remote unit and provide power to a power outlet at a predetermined time. This allows a vehicle's engine to start and an appliance plugged into the power outlet to turn both a predetermined time. The remote unit can be recharged by a charging port connection with the base unit. The base unit can include a support bracket that is engageable with a clip of the remote unit, with the charging port connection being associated with the support bracket and the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Wilford Ford, Breanna Bennett
  • Patent number: 10183648
    Abstract: A wireless authentication device includes a first operating input device, a locking mechanism, and a controller. The first operating input device receives an operation of a power engine to a startable state by being shifted from a first position to a second position. The locking mechanism switches between locked and unlocked states, the locked state being a state that restricts the shift of the first operating input device from the first position to the second position, and the unlocked state being a state that allows the first operating input device to shift from the first position to the second position. The controller determines whether the mobile terminal is lost through wireless communication with the mobile terminal, and if the power engine has stopped while the mobile terminal has been determined to have been lost, performs processing for keeping the locking mechanism in the unlocked state during a restartable period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomo Yamamoto, Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10124794
    Abstract: A first electric power generation device configured to produce an accessory voltage according to a first instruction voltage. A second electric power generation device configured to produce the accessory voltage according to a second instruction. An electric control unit is configured to execute crank position stop control for stopping a crank of the engine at a target position when the engine is stopped by controlling the first electric power generation device such that a current is circulated in the first electric power generation device and the rotating electric machine generates braking torque. The electric control unit is configured to execute the crank position stop control in a state in which the second instruction voltage is equal to or higher than the first instruction voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Akuzawa
  • Patent number: 10077753
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine provides mechanical torque and electrical energy for the operation of remote-controlled standstill air conditioning (remote start) in conventional vehicles. A new terminal is introduced for the remote start. A retrofit solution is offered for this terminal concept. A retrofit relay is provided which is plugged into a free relay receptacle of the motor vehicle. The retrofit relay has a contact which is connected to an output of a body control module which signals the receipt of a remote control command for initiating the “standstill air conditioning” operating state. The retrofit relay also has a contact which is connected to an output of a body control module which signals the receipt of an “ignition on” command for initiating the “driving mode” operating state. The retrofit relay includes a logic circuit which carries out a combination of the signals of the fourth and the fifth relay contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Juri Remele, Jörg Speh, Sven Strempel, Uwe Neugebauer
  • Patent number: 10060985
    Abstract: A system includes an ultra-capacitor and battery system comprising a battery, an ultra-capacitor, a DC-DC converter, a first temperature sensor to sense a battery temperature, a second temperature sensor to sense an ultra-capacitor temperature and a third temperature sensor to sense a DC-DC converter temperature. An auto stop/start module is configured to selectively stop and restart an engine of a vehicle while an ignition system is ON based on operating parameters. A temperature sensing module communicates with the auto stop/start module and is configured to determine differences between temperatures sensed by the first sensor, the second sensor and the third sensor and to selectively disable the auto stop/start module based on the differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: John W. Siekkinen, Daniel W. Jecks, Junhong Dai
  • Patent number: 10023024
    Abstract: In an example of a method for heating or cooling a vehicle, an application resident on an electronic memory of a mobile communications device is launched. The electronic memory is coupled to a microprocessor. The microprocessor is operatively connected to a mobile device communications platform (MDCP). Preset climate control modes are displayed on a display. A user input identifying a selected preset climate control mode is received at a user interface. In response to receiving the user input, the selected preset climate control mode is transmitted to a vehicle communications platform (VCP). In response to receiving the selected preset climate control mode, a climate control instruction is transmitted by the VCP to a climate control system. In response to receiving the climate control instruction at the control module of the climate control system, the selected preset climate control mode is caused to be implemented in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Daniel P. Carlesimo, Marcelo V. Lazarini, Rafael Navarenho de Souza
  • Patent number: 9979337
    Abstract: A method of controlling operation of a variable speed, constant frequency generator system is disclosed. During operation, loads may be added to or removed from the output of the generator system. A controller monitors the power output by the generator system and detects a change in the output power exceeding a predefined threshold. The change indicates the addition of a large electrical load. The controller quickly detects the change in power output and activates a relay to disconnect the load from the generator system. The controller then accelerates the engine of the generator system to maximum speed and reconnects the load to the output of the generator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Generac Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Iles
  • Patent number: 9878769
    Abstract: A watercraft includes a plurality of devices, a central controller, and a display device. The central controller is programmed to execute centralized control of the devices. The display device includes a touch panel function. The display device is configured to communicate with the central controller, and to display information regarding watercraft in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Kinoshita, Shu Akuzawa
  • Patent number: 9868359
    Abstract: A system for facilitating communication between a vehicle and a user includes a vehicle having a rechargeable battery and a communication and control subsystem. The communication and control subsystem is communicatively coupled to the battery to gather and transmit vehicle information, which may include battery information and a vehicle identifier. The system also includes a charging station having a charging station identifier and an electrical coupling between the charging station, a power source, and the vehicle. The electrical coupling is operable to charge the battery and includes a communicative coupling. The control subsystem is operable to receive communications from the user via the communicative coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KLD Energy Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Martyn T. Hunt
  • Patent number: 9858732
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a fleet management computer system for assessing vehicle efficiency. According to various embodiments, the fleet management computer system is configured for receiving and assessing vehicle telematics data in order to determine an idle percentage of engine run time value representing the percentage of the vehicle's engine run time during which the vehicle's engine was idling during the one or more time periods. In addition, the fleet management computer system may be configured for assessing vehicle telematics data in order to identify segment of engine idle time and generate a graphical display indicating various attributes of the identified idle time segments. The idle time percentage and idle time segments generated by the system can be used to assess the efficiency of vehicles and/or vehicle operators in an associated fleet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9811956
    Abstract: A method includes transmitting polling signals from antennas at respective positions about a vehicle. Each polling signal includes identifying information. The method further includes receiving an acknowledgement signal from a remote unit. The acknowledgement signal includes information indicative of each polling signal received by the remote unit. The method further includes determining a position of the remote unit relative to the vehicle based upon the information of the acknowledgement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Riad Ghabra
  • Patent number: 9777691
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes an engine configured to drive a vehicle; a starter configured to start the engine; a headlamp configured to radiate light in front of the vehicle; a battery configured to supply driving electric power to the starter and the headlamp; a brightness detection unit configured to detect a physical quantity corresponding to brightness around the vehicle; and a control unit configured to have the engine stop automatically when a predetermined stopping condition is satisfied, and to have the engine start automatically when a predetermined starting condition is satisfied. The control unit inhibits the engine from stopping automatically when the headlamp is lighted, and the physical quantity detected by the brightness detection unit is less than or equal to a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Mikami
  • Patent number: 9759195
    Abstract: The wind generator includes a support part, a housing connected to an upper portion of the support part, the housing having an inner space, a blade part connected to one side of the housing, the blade part, an electricity generating part seated in the inner space of the housing, a flywheel, and a tail part. The flywheel includes a shaft rotating together with the blade part, a rotor coupled to the shaft, the rotor including at least one permanent magnet along an outer circumferential surface thereof, at least one coil part disposed outside in a radial direction of the rotor and around which a trigger coil is wound, the at least one coil generating magnetic fields when current is supplied to the trigger coil, and a circuit part supplying pulse-type current to trigger coil when the permanent magnet passes through a center of the trigger coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NURIELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Bok Park, Jong Bae Lee, In Duk Kim
  • Patent number: 9670843
    Abstract: A system includes a catalyst system having at least one catalyst to treat an exhaust gas from a gas turbine system, and a thermal storage system having at least one storage tank to store thermal energy in a medium, wherein the system is configured to transfer heat from the medium to the at least one catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Raymond Pang, Parag Prakash Kulkarni, Huijuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9669682
    Abstract: Air-conditioning of an engine-driven motor vehicle is started by way of an activation signal when the motor vehicle is deactivated. With the activation signal, the engine and an air-conditioning device are activated. The engine is switched on for a maximum engine operating duration which is selected in accordance with a temperature of the engine and/or an ambient temperature of the motor vehicle and/or a temperature of an exhaust gas system of the motor vehicle, in particular a catalytic converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Martin Geissenhoener
  • Patent number: 9624890
    Abstract: A self-contained starting module for outdoor power equipment that has control circuit and a start button. The starting module includes internal control circuit that can be either microprocessor based or analog. The control circuit receives a start signal from a start button of the starting module. The control circuit monitors for the presence of an enable device and, upon activation of the start button and the presence of the enable device, provides electric power to the electric load of the power equipment. When the start button is depressed for longer than a minimum engagement period, the control circuit initiates operation of the engine. If the start button is pressed for less than the minimum engagement period, the control circuit activates the electric load for an auxiliary period without starting the engine. During engine operation, if the start button is depressed, the operation of the engine is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert John Koenen, Jason Hansen, Andrew Paskov, Daniel Brueck, Steven J. Weber
  • Patent number: 9616849
    Abstract: A system for providing driving insurance for an individual driver may comprise at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically calculating a risk of insuring a driver for liability arising from a vehicle accident regardless of any specific vehicle driven by the driver during the accident, at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically and automatically calculating an insurance premium rate based on the previously calculated risk, and at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically preparing an insurance policy according to the calculated premium rate wherein the insurance policy provides liability vehicle insurance covering the driver regardless of any specific vehicle driven by the driver during an accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Robert Lance Tucker, Bradly Jay Billman
  • Patent number: 9546635
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling a remote start feature of an engine of a vehicle. A receiver is configured to receive a signal to initiate a remote start of the engine. A processor is coupled to the receiver, and is configured to initiate the remote start after receiving the signal; set a timer that measures an amount of time after which the remote start has been initiated, for a duration of the remote start; extend the remote start upon detection of an action by an individual proximate the vehicle before the amount of time exceeds a first predetermined threshold; and terminate the remote start after the amount of time exceeds the first predetermined threshold if no action has been detected during the duration of the remote start.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Paul A. Bauerle
  • Patent number: 9480358
    Abstract: A gas barbecue having a cut-off valve situated between a gas inlet and a gas burner. According to some implementations the cut-off valve has a control knob moveable to a first position and a second position, in the first position of the control knob the cut-off valve is maintained in an open position, in the second position of the control knob the cut-off valve is placed under the control of an electrical control unit that acts upon an electromagnet assembly of the cut-off valve to control the open and close position of the cut-off valve. When the control knob is in the second position the electrical control unit is able to wirelessly exchange information and/or instructions with a remote control unit, whereas when the control knob is in the first position the electrical control unit is unable to wirelessly exchange information and/or instructions with the remote control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Coprecitec, S.L.
    Inventors: Iñigo Albizuri Landazabal, Jose Ignacio Mugica Odriozola
  • Patent number: 9476232
    Abstract: A wireless remote control system and method for activating a switch including a transmitter assembly and a receiver assembly. The receiver assembly attaches to and is stabilized by connecting a flex rod to an object near the switch. The receiver assembly includes a servo that connects to an object, such as a key or switch. The transmitter assembly can send differing signals to cause the servo to take alternate actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Roberto Verdecia, Allexy Verdecia
  • Patent number: 9440602
    Abstract: A method for operating an in-vehicle charger and an in-vehicle charger mounted to a vehicle. The in-vehicle charger includes a charging coil for performing non-contact charging to a mobile device placed in the vehicle; and a control unit connected to the charging coil. The control unit instructs start or stop of supplying power to the charging coil in response to detecting a first signal indicating the engine is driven and a second signal indicating a state of a vehicle component of the vehicle other than the engine. The method includes a step of detecting the first signal; a step of detecting the second signal; and a step of instructing a start or stop of supplying power to the charging coil in response to detecting both of the first and second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Izumi Iwanaga, Kenichi Koike, Taro Katayama
  • Patent number: 9428150
    Abstract: A portable device includes: a reception unit which receives state information of a vehicle from the vehicle; a transmission unit which transmits a signal to the vehicle; a control unit which controls communication with the vehicle; and a storage unit which stores at least two signal transmission intensities including a signal transmission intensity during engine stop and a signal transmission intensity during engine operation higher than the signal transmission intensity during engine stop, the signal transmission intensities being able to be set by the control unit. The control unit sets a signal transmission intensity of the signal transmitted from the transmission unit based on the state information received by the reception unit and the signal transmission intensities stored in the storage unit. The transmission unit transmits the signal based on the signal transmission intensity set by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Tomita, Takahiro Inaguma
  • Patent number: 9421864
    Abstract: A method of encouraging safe driving of a vehicle using a remote starter device installed at a vehicle is provided. The remote starter device determines whether it is in signal communication with a remote starter application operating at a mobile computing device separate from the remote starter device. When the remote starter device is in signal communication with the remote starter application, the remote starter device permits ignition of the vehicle. When the remote starter device is not in signal communication with the remote starter application, the remote starter device prevents ignition of the vehicle. During operation of the vehicle, one or more communication features at the remote starter device may be restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Rothana Srey, Matthew James Manzella
  • Patent number: 9416742
    Abstract: A method for improving starting of an engine that may be repeatedly stopped and started is presented. In one embodiment, the method controls a transition from split fuel injection timing during an engine start to single event fuel injection during idle speed or engine torque control modes. The method better manages vehicle launch performance when the engine is restarted while coupled to an automatic transmission that is in gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alex O'Connor Gibson, Joseph Norman Ulrey, John Eric Rollinger, Jeffrey Allen Doering
  • Patent number: 9409560
    Abstract: A diesel fuel control system is provided for a hybrid electric vehicle. The system may include a control unit and an ambient air temperature sensor connected to the control unit. The control unit may be arranged to store information about a cold filter plugging point temperature of fuel. The system may include a connection from a velocity sensor of the vehicle to the control unit and a connection from a diesel temperature sensor. The control unit may be arranged to calculate the temperature of fuel in a fuel filter based on information from the temperature sensors and the velocity sensor, and may be arranged in connection with an engine control unit such that an internal combustion engine is arranged to start if the calculated temperature of the fuel is below the cold filter plugging point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Larsson, Victor Hofmeijer
  • Patent number: 9410524
    Abstract: A method is provided for automatically shutting off an internal combustion engine in a motor vehicle by way of a start-stop device, which automatically shuts off the internal combustion engine as soon as the predefined operating conditions are met. An automatic shut-off of the internal combustion engine is prevented when an actuation of a garage door opener for the electric displacement of the garage door is detected. A correspondingly designed start-stop device is provided for automatically shutting off the internal combustion engine, wherein a control unit is designed such that signals of the garage door opener and/or of a detection unit, which detects an electric opening of the garage door, can be received and the automatic shut-off of the internal combustion engine is permitted or prevented depending on the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Benno Schweiger, Isabella Eckel, Lorenz Makeschin
  • Patent number: 9403417
    Abstract: A method for preconditioning a vehicle includes the steps of obtaining a temperature inside the vehicle and remotely starting an engine of the vehicle, an environmental control system of the vehicle, or both, if the temperature inside the vehicle is within a predetermined range of temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David T. Proefke, Clark E. McCall, William A. Biondo
  • Patent number: 9381877
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle having one or more electrical systems/devices, wherein the systems/devices are operable in at least two different modes. In a normal mode, a vehicle key is required for activation of at least one of the electrical devices. After enabling of a presentation mode, activation of the at least one device is possible without use of the vehicle key. The presentation mode is optimized for use in a dealership, where certain electrical/electronic functions of the vehicle should be available for use by a potential buyer without the requirements of a dealership employee being present with the vehicle key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lukas Preusser, Nils David Schloesser
  • Patent number: 9227483
    Abstract: A method of remotely starting a vehicle using a remote device is provided. The method includes: receiving a first temperature associated with the vehicle; evaluating the first temperature at the remote device; and initiating the starting of the vehicle by generating a signal to the vehicle based on the start request and the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Amanda J. Kalhous, Norman J. Weigert, Jarvis Chau, Michael J. Chappell, Gilles M. Delorme
  • Patent number: 9205826
    Abstract: A wiper system and a control method thereof are provided. The wiper system includes a first camera provided inside a vehicle to photograph outside of the vehicle beyond a windshield glass. A wiper apparatus removes foreign materials from the windshield glass, and a body control module operates the wiper apparatus. The telematics module communicates with a driver terminal and controls the body control module. The telematics module determines whether an external view is extractable from an image acquired by the first camera during an engine stop, and applies a wiper operation signal to the body control module based on the communication result according to a communication with the driver terminal if the external view is not extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Kyung Ro Lee, Jae Han Jung
  • Patent number: 8972152
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling the automatic shutdown of an idling vehicle engine. When the vehicle is parked in an enclosed space, the idling engine may be automatically shutdown, while when the vehicle is parked in an open space, the automatic shutdown may be delayed based on an ambient temperature. In this way, the vehicle cabin may be maintained at a temperature that provides enhanced driver comfort while allowing wasteful engine idling to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew Alan Boesch
  • Patent number: 8884740
    Abstract: A method for activating a function of a vehicle, which is associated with a key which wirelessly interchanges data with the vehicle, is carried out with the aid of a telecommunications device which is different from the key. However, the telecommunications device attempts to communicate with the key in order to make the method safe. During communication with the key, an item of information is obtained and is compared with an item of comparative information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Heiko Kuebler, Eckart Donner
  • Patent number: 8798808
    Abstract: A method of controlling an Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV) or a hybrid vehicle that includes an internal combustion engine (ICE) that is capable of automatically starting in response to a pre-defined event includes determining if the vehicle is within a pre-defined distance of a service station, determining if the ICE is running, determining if the vehicle is in an ignition on mode or in an ignition off mode, and automatically starting the ICE when the vehicle is within the pre-defined distance of the service station, the engine is not running and the ignition is in the ignition on mode to notify a service technician that the ICE is in the ignition on mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Marco J. Gatti, Paul A. Bauerle
  • Patent number: 8653390
    Abstract: An engine start/stop switch for a vehicle is provided, including a housing having one end portion exposed outwardly from a dashboard and the other end portion embedded in the dashboard; a button disposed in the housing and having one end portion exposed outwardly to be pressed to start or stop an engine; a slider disposed at the front end of the button to be slid along the inner peripheral surface of the housing; a circuit unit disposed to closely contact the front end of the slider to be electrified when pressed by the slider and to generate an engine start or stop signal; and a coil antenna interposed between the button and the slider to transmit driving waves to the transponder of a portable device carried by a driver. Further, the housing includes first and second housings detachably coupled to each other to encompass the button, slider and circuit unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: ALPS Electric Korea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo Young Shim, Dong Ju Yang
  • Patent number: 8626356
    Abstract: Enabling the remote engine starter user to address accidental start obstacles resulting from specific vehicle enclosure structures. Remotely starting an internal combustion engine with onboard computer control of a vehicle enclosed within a confined enclosure that comprises determining a set of safe distances for each of the front, rear and top of the vehicle, respectively, from the front, rear and top of the enclosure. Then, it is sensed whether all of the distances of the front, rear and top of the vehicle from the enclosure are respectively further than each of the set of safe distances. The remote starting of the engine of the vehicle is enabled only if at least one of the distances is further than it's safe distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michelle Davis, Mark E Maresh, Eric A Stegner, Robert W Stegner
  • Patent number: 8584642
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting a tow start operation of an internal combustion engine in a motor vehicle. In this case, a signal representing the activity and/or inactivity of a starter unit of the internal combustion engine is detected. A tow start operation of the internal combustion engine is determined when, following detection of a successful start-up process of the internal combustion engine, the signal representing the activity and/or inactivity of the starter unit has not displayed any activity of the starter unit since the beginning of the start-up process of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dirk Abendroth, Werner Weigl, Peter Straehle
  • Patent number: 8534253
    Abstract: A remote starting device starts up an engine when receiving an RF signal instructing to start up the engine from a remote control terminal. A first switch is provided in parallel to an accessory switch which is disposed in a first power supply line connecting a battery to an electrical device for controlling accessories. A second switch is provided in parallel to an ignition switch which is disposed in a second power supply line connecting the battery to an electrical device for controlling non-accessories. A first controller controls the second switch to be turned on when starting up the engine. A first detector detects an insertion state of a key into a key cylinder by a user. A second detector detects an electrical connection state in the first power supply line. A second controller controls the first switch to be turned off when the first detector detects that the key is inserted in a state where the engine is started up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Manabu Matsubara
  • Patent number: 8494711
    Abstract: An automated start/stop system for a vehicle comprises an auto-stop module, a diagnostic module, and an auto-start module. The auto-stop module selectively initiates an auto-stop event and shuts down an engine while the vehicle is running. The diagnostic module selectively diagnoses a fault in a clutch pedal position sensor of the vehicle. The auto-start module, while the vehicle is running and the engine is shut down, selectively initiates an auto-start event after the fault has been diagnosed when current drawn by a starter motor is less than a predetermined maximum starting current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Awadesh Tiwari, Vijay Shettigar, Amit Kumar, Srinivas B. Chande
  • Patent number: 8479706
    Abstract: A system for regulating the operation of an idling motor vehicle monitors one or more selected engine operational parameters such as coolant temperature, exhaust gas temperature, and catalytic converter temperature, and compares the measured parameters against selected benchmark criteria stored in the memory of a microprocessor. The microprocessor controls the vehicle's ignition system to shut down the engine when the measured parameters come within the corresponding benchmark criteria. The system preferably but not necessarily operates in conjunction with a remote vehicle starter system. The system may also or alternatively be adapted to shut down an idling motor vehicle engine when total idling time reaches a specified maximum value, which may be selected based on idling time restriction bylaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: James P. Speers, Byung Woo Min
  • Publication number: 20130160732
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely starting a vehicle. The system comprises a receiver associated with the vehicle adapted to receive input representing a vehicle start condition and to output start data representing the input. The system further comprising a timer adapted to output a time signal and a vehicle starter processor circuit adapted to receive the start data from the receive and the time signal from the timing circuit. The vehicle starter processor circuit is adapted to start the vehicle in response to the time signal and the input. The method comprises transmitting from a handheld device start data representing at least a start time, receiving the start data at a receiver associated with the vehicle and configuring a vehicle starter processor circuit to start the vehicle according to the start data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Jamie Colin Tucker
  • Publication number: 20130096733
    Abstract: An electronic ignition control system includes a keyfob having a biometric sensor that senses an identifying biological characteristic of the user. The keyfob also has a transmitter that transmits an air-borne signal dependent upon the identifying biological characteristic. A vehicle includes a motor and an ignition that starts the motor. The ignition has an unlocked state in which the user can cause the ignition to start the motor by actuating a start mechanism. The ignition also has a locked state in which actuation of the start mechanism by the user does not cause the ignition to start the motor. The vehicle also has a receiver that receives the air-borne signal from the transmitter. The vehicle further has a controller in communication with each of the ignition and the receiver. The controller switches the ignition from the locked state to the unlocked state dependent upon the air-borne signal received by the receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Jesus Manotas, JR.
  • Patent number: 8378800
    Abstract: A security system is disclosed with a digital processor-based wireless remote controller that sends command to perform system operations and receive confirmation of various aspects of the system. The security system monitors environmental and vehicle system parameters and automatically provides commands or prohibits issuance of commands to operate vehicles systems based on preset environmental and vehicle system conditions. The system reports command and response status to users through the remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: DEI Headquarters, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson James Mackjust, Joseph Kunkel
  • Patent number: 8375913
    Abstract: The subject of the present invention is a method for remote starting an internal combustion engine of a vehicle that may include: detecting a wireless remote start signal; after detecting the wireless remote start signal, activating a carbon monoxide detector to detect a level of carbon monoxide adjacent to the vehicle; remote starting the internal combustion engine if the detected level of carbon monoxide is less than a predetermined first CO limit; disabling remote start of the internal combustion engine if the level of carbon monoxide is not less than the predetermined first CO limit; and automatically transmitting an emergency aid signal if the level of carbon monoxide is not less than the predetermined first CO limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kwiecinski, Brian Bennie, Thomas M. McQuade, Daniel J. Bartz
  • Patent number: 8354919
    Abstract: A system for activating and deactivating a remotely controlled vehicle starter includes a handheld mobile communication device having at least a speaker mounted therein and a wireless transmitter having at least a start switch mounted therein. A first wire connects a negative voltage supply path to the speaker circuit with a negative voltage supply path to the start switch circuit. A variable resistor is provided and has a pair of end terminals. There is a second wire having each of a first end thereof electrically connected to a positive voltage supply path to the speaker circuit and an opposed second end thereof electrically connected to one terminal end of the variable resistor. A third wire is also provided to connect an opposed end terminal of the variable resistor to a positive voltage supply path to the start switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Jose L. Gallarzo
  • Patent number: 8280616
    Abstract: Disclosed is a remote starter system for remotely starting an engine of a vehicle. The remote starter system may comprise an integrated universal bypass module that allows the remote starter system to be utilized with vehicles equipped with a passive anti-theft system such as a transponder-based vehicle security system or a resistance-based vehicle security system. Alternatively, the remote starter system may comprise a kit comprising a remote starter system for remotely starting an engine of a vehicle and a universal bypass module that allows the remote starter system to be utilized with vehicles equipped with an anti-theft system such as a transponder-based vehicle security system or a resistance-based vehicle security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Access 2 Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Barta
  • Publication number: 20120234930
    Abstract: A system and method for preconditioning a vehicle interior via a remote start device based on then-current weather conditions independent of the previous climate control head settings in place at the termination of the vehicle's last use are disclosed. The preconditioning system and method may be used in either electronic automatic temperature control (EATC) systems or in manual temperature control (MTC) systems. When used in conjunction with an EATC system, variables including sunload, Tset point (that is, the temperature door position), Tambient, and Tcabin are used to calculate the climate load demand. When used in conjunction with an MTC system, Tambient, Tset point, and Tcabin are used to calculate the climate load demand. In the event that the MTC system does not have a Tcabin sensor then Tevaporator thermister is used to calculate the climate load demand in the beginning of the remote start. The disclosed system and method also has windshield defrosting/defog and rear glass defrost capabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Halim Wijaya