With Means For Promoting Safety Of Vehicle, Its Occupant Or Load, Or An External Object Patents (Class 180/271)
  • Patent number: 10329829
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides an opening/closing detection device, including: a plurality of sensors configured to be arranged along a predetermined portion of a mark attached to a vehicle; and a control unit configured to output an action trigger signal for instructing an opening action of an opening/closing body of the vehicle when detection signals representing a trace order of the predetermined portion are input from the plurality of sensors that detect an order of a motion of tracing the predetermined portion of the mark by a user of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seika Matsui, Takeshi Katsuda, Satoru Ishizaki, Yuji Nishi
  • Patent number: 10328918
    Abstract: A valve module is provided for enabling a vehicle to control an autonomous event of the vehicle. The valve module comprises a relay valve, a first solenoid valve, and a second solenoid valve. A first control pressure can be delivered through the first solenoid valve and applied to a control port of the relay valve. In one embodiment, a second control pressure can be delivered through the second solenoid valve and combined with the first control pressure. The combined first and second control pressures are applied to the control port of the relay valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: David W. Howell
  • Patent number: 10323600
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for diagnosing a failure of a power stage of an electronic waste gate actuator (EWGA). According to the present invention, whether the failure of the power stage of the EWGA occurs is determined by confirming, by an engine control unit (ECU), information on the failure of the power stage transferred from an EWGA driver IC at the time of EWGA position learning, after an engine is turned off. By doing so, even when a turbo-charger is not used for a long time, whether the failure of the power stage of the EWGA occurs may be diagnosed for every driving cycle, such that a failure of the ECU may be prevented in advance and unnecessary replacement of components may be prevented, thereby decreasing maintenance costs for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Min-Kyu Won
  • Patent number: 10315600
    Abstract: A method for the operation of a safety system of a motor vehicle in the event of a collision with a collision object, the acceleration of the motor vehicle being recorded by a plurality of collision sensors of the motor vehicle in various sensor data describing directions within the horizontal plane and being evaluated with regard to the triggering and/or an adaptation of an operating parameter as actions of restraint systems for occupants of the motor vehicle, wherein, of the sensor data, two motion values are determined which describe the motion of at least one occupant, especially all occupants, of the motor vehicle along at least one longitudinal direction and at least one transverse direction of the motor vehicle and which span a two-dimensional decision space, the ranges of action assigned to the actions being defined in the decision space and an action being carried out if the point in the decision space described by the motion values is within the range of action assigned to the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Raul Garcia Gomez, Markus Geiss
  • Patent number: 10295382
    Abstract: A vehicle sensor system includes a first sensor pod mounted to a pillar structure of the vehicle and a second sensor pod mounted to the pillar structure. A sensor pod deployment mechanism is operatively coupled to the first sensor pod and to the second sensor pod for deploying the first and second sensor pods from the pillar structure. The deployment mechanism is operable to move the first sensor pod between a stowed position and a deployed position of the first pod, and operable to move the second sensor pod between a stowed position and a deployed position of the second pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 10295666
    Abstract: An object detection device of the present disclosure includes three reception units for receiving reflected waves resulting from reflection of a transmission wave by an object within a detection range, and a determination unit for determining presence or absence of an object to be avoided based on outputs of the three reception units. The determination unit calculates first coordinates and second coordinates at which an object is estimated to be present, based on reception times from when a transmission wave is transmitted until reflected waves are received by the three reception units, and determines whether or not the object needs to be avoided, based on a distance between the first coordinates and the second coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takuma Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10293780
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operating a pedestrian-protection device of a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, which has a surroundings sensor system and a contact sensor system, and is configured to trigger at least one pedestrian-protection measure. The method comprises monitoring the surroundings of the vehicle to detect a collision object using the surroundings sensor system, and determining the type of detected collision object before an impact with the vehicle. The method further comprises using the contact sensor system to determine an impact feature on the vehicle of the detected collision object, which has impacted with the vehicle, and to compare the impact feature with at least one predefineable limiting value, in order to make a decision about the triggering of the pedestrian-protection measure. In this context there is provision that the limiting value is changed as a function of the determined type of detected collision object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marlon Ramon Ewert, Bastian Reckziegel
  • Patent number: 10272890
    Abstract: When a brake system on a commercial vehicle, lateral acceleration and/or yaw of the vehicle are monitored and compared to a first predetermined threshold. If the first predetermined threshold is exceeded, a precharge command is sent to the brake system to precharge one or more air chambers by temporarily deactivating a modulator valve and activating an antilock traction relay valve in order to charge the air chambers up to a level permitted by the modulator valve. Upon detecting a panic braking event, a command signal is sent to the brake system to release the precharged air to facilitate braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Carritte, Mark A. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10260213
    Abstract: A working machine includes a travel device, a motive power transmission device configured to transmit a motive power to the travel device, a transmission case configured to house the motive power transmission device, and a hydraulic operation fluid tank disposed on an upper surface of the transmission case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Sumiyoshi, Hideo Imai, Noriyoshi Kubo, Hiroyuki Anami, Hiroyuki Hata, Toyoaki Yasuda, Masahiro Kuroda, Kohei Higashiyama, Yuji Yamashita, Satoshi Tajima, Shunichiro Mori, Hayato Ido, Toshihiko Takemura, Shinsuke Hisatake, Hajime Tamaki, Hiroshi Koyamatsu
  • Patent number: 10252696
    Abstract: In embodiments, apparatuses, methods and storage media (transitory and non-transitory) are described that are associated with providing alerts to a caregiver in a vehicle. In various embodiments, an apparatus may include a first sensor coupled with a restraint to provide a restraint indicator, a second sensor coupled with a securing component to provide an attachment indicator, and an alert module operated by one or more processors to cause a wireless transmitter to transmit an alert signal based at least in part on the restraint indicator and the attachment indicator. In various embodiments, a warning apparatus may include an output device and a warning module operated by one or more processors to activate the output device based at least in part on a wireless alert signal from a car seat in a vehicle that indicates the car seat is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kshitij A. Doshi, George J. Chaltas
  • Patent number: 10252705
    Abstract: A system is provided having a normal operational mode and a modulated operational mode. The system includes an input device configured to generate a command signal. The system further includes a brake controller configured to generate a brake actuation signal in response to the command signal. The system further includes a fluid source configured to provide fluid in response to the brake actuation signal. The fluid has a first portion and a second portion. The system further includes a return valve in fluid communication with the fluid source, and configured to return the first portion of the fluid to the fluid source when the system is in the modulated operational mode. The system further includes a wheel brake in fluid communication with the fluid source and configured to engage a wheel of the aircraft in response to at least the second portion of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Knight, Timothy Burns
  • Patent number: 10240542
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting a fuel dispensing nozzle coupled to a fuel tank of a vehicle and providing a visual indication of the presence of the fuel dispensing nozzle to a vehicle operator. In one example, a method may include detecting the fuel dispensing nozzle within the fuel tank and illuminating a portion of a fuel tank access region. Further, vehicle operation may be adjusted based on the detection, and one or more alerts may be communicated to the vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10239450
    Abstract: A collision avoidance and/or pedestrian detection system for a large passenger vehicle such as commuter bus, which includes one or more exterior and/or interior sensing devices positioned strategically around the exterior and interior of the vehicle for recording data, method for avoiding collisions and/or detecting pedestrians, and features/articles of manufacture for improving same, is described herein in various embodiments. The sensing devices may be responsive to one or more situational sensors, and may be connected to one or more interior and/or exterior warning systems configured to alert a driver inside the vehicle and/or a pedestrian outside the vehicle that a collision may be possible and/or imminent based on a path of the vehicle and/or a position of the pedestrian as detected by one or more sensing devices and/or situational sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer
  • Patent number: 10239539
    Abstract: A pedestrian crosswalk through which a subject vehicle is expected to pass is specified as a first pedestrian crosswalk and another pedestrian crosswalk located within a predetermined distance from the first pedestrian crosswalk is specified as a second pedestrian crosswalk. An extension process of extending an area of at least one of the first pedestrian crosswalk and the second pedestrian crosswalk is performed. When a determination is made that at least a part of the first pedestrian crosswalk and the second pedestrian crosswalk overlap each other, an area including the first pedestrian crosswalk and the second pedestrian crosswalk is set as a detection area of a detector detecting an object around the subject vehicle. A moving object is detected in the detection area using the detector. Travel of the subject vehicle is controlled on the basis of a detection result of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Aoki, Susumu Fujita, Yohei Mishina
  • Patent number: 10227091
    Abstract: A method is provided for accident prevention with the following traffic during an automated parking procedure of a motor vehicle having a parking assistance system with at least one automated transverse guide. In order to park, a first parking movement into the transverse parking space is provided in the backwards or forwards direction, and, if necessary, at least one subsequent correction movement in the forwards or backwards direction. A need for a correction movement in the forward or backward direction is determined according to the method. In response to the fact that a need for a correction movement is determined, the method prevents the vehicle from pulling so far into the transverse parking space during the parking movement so that afterwards, when beginning the correction movement in the forward or backward direction, the driver does not have an obstructed view of the following traffic due to the visual blocking by a vehicle adjacent to the transverse parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Constantin Coester, Izden Sarihan, Thomas Goldmann
  • Patent number: 10220687
    Abstract: A vehicle electrical system includes a wire harness routed between a sliding door opening/closing an opening of a vehicle and the vehicle, and including at least a power supply line for supplying power; and a transmission/reception unit that transmits/receives at least a portion of control signals between the vehicle and the sliding door. The transmission/reception unit includes a first transmission/reception unit mounted to the vehicle and a second transmission/reception unit mounted to the sliding door. The first transmission/reception unit and the second transmission/reception unit wirelessly communicates with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Tsubaki, Masataka Nishijima
  • Patent number: 10213147
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle includes using sensors in a vehicle seat to detect biometrics of a person sitting in the seat and a vehicle controller determining from the biometrics of the person whether the person requires medical attention. In response to the person requiring medical attention, a request for assistance for the person is broadcasted via a V2X transceiver of the vehicle to medical practitioners of a medical practitioner network who are near a location of vehicle during the broadcasting. The medical practitioner network includes the person as a subscriber and medical practitioners as providers. Alternately, in response to the person requiring medical attention, the vehicle controller uses an autonomous vehicle control system of the vehicle to drive the vehicle to a medical facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: David Gallagher, Francesco Migneco, Arjun Yetukuri, Karl Henn, Gerald Patrick
  • Patent number: 10211014
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a lower body with terminal holes, an inflator between the terminal holes in the lower body, an upper body, and a cover, The upper body is on the lower body and includes an opening corresponding to at least one of the terminal holes and a pair of metal holders electrically connected to each other. The cover covers the upper body and includes an end portion coupled to the lower body. An inner surface of the cover faces a top surface of the upper body and includes a space that is separated from the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Duk-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 10202788
    Abstract: A door outer handle which can be easily attached to an outer panel from the outside and in which the size of a counter weight is sufficiently ensured is provided. A door outer handle has an elongated shape. A hinge portion provided at one end of the door outer handle is inserted into a first attachment hole, and a counter weight provided at the other end of the door outer handle is inserted into a second attachment hole. An outer circumferential surface of the counter weight, which is located farthest from a contact point, is formed in an arc shape with a first radius, centered at the contact point. Furthermore, an inner circumferential surface of the counter weight, which is located closer to the contact point than the outer circumferential surface, is also formed in an arc shape with a second radius, centered at the contact point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yohei Inai, Jun Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10202095
    Abstract: An occupant protection system including: a first airbag; and a second airbag, wherein the second airbag has a pair of lateral inflating portions which cover the entire head of the occupant from both sides in the vehicle width direction and an upper deploying portion which covers the head of the occupant from the upper side in the vehicle vertical direction, the pair of lateral inflating portions and the upper deploying portion are each supported in back in the vehicle forward and rearward direction by the vehicle seat, and in the inflated and deployed state of the second airbag, vehicle vertical direction upper edge portions of the pair of lateral inflating portions and vehicle width direction side edge portions of the upper deploying portion are connected to each other from their rear end side to their front end side in the vehicle forward and rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 10196031
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an onboard camera, an image recognition processor, an object recognition processor and an image-mode switching unit. The onboard camera captures an image ahead of a vehicle. The image recognition processor generates a distance image within an image recognition area on the basis of the captured image. The object recognition processor recognizes an object within the image recognition area and a distance to the object on the basis of the two kinds of images. The image-mode switching unit switches the image recognition area to be recognized by the object recognition processor. The image-mode switching unit checks whether a collision with a pedestrian is detected and an activation command signal is output to a pedestrian protection mechanism. When an output of the activation command signal is detected, the image-mode switching unit switches to a mode where an image area having no pedestrian protection mechanism is set as the image recognition area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoari Aiba, Shinya Motomura
  • Patent number: 10189374
    Abstract: A system for changing rear seat positions in a vehicle between deployed and folded configurations. The system comprises means to effect the steps of initiating a movement of the rear seating and, after initiation, moving the front seat so that collision between the seating is avoided. The front seat is returned to its previous position, or as near as possible thereto, afterwards. The system includes means to detect the position of the seating and to calculate whether a collision will occur, and automatically to effect the requisite movements of the front seating to avoid the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Jose Lopez Pinana
  • Patent number: 10173696
    Abstract: A stimulus imparting device is provided with at least one of a first vibration device and a second vibration device, the first vibration device being provided to a vehicle seat (chair) where a driver (user) sits on and imparting a stimulus to a tendon part of the latissimus dorsi muscle of the driver, the second vibration device being provided to the vehicle seat and imparting a stimulus to a tendon part of the gluteus medius of the driver and a control device provided with a drive control unit for imparting a stimulus to the driver by performing drive control for at least one of the first vibration device and the second vibration device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideaki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10168785
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for gesture detection and recognition. The apparatus includes a processing element, a radar sensor, a depth sensor, and an optical sensor. The radar sensor, the depth sensor, and the optical sensor are coupled to the processing element, and the radar sensor, the depth sensor, and the optical sensor are configured for short range gesture detection and recognition. The processing element is further configured to detect and recognize a hand gesture based on data acquired with the radar sensor, the depth sensor, and the optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Pavlo Molchanov, Shalini Gupta, Kihwan Kim, Kari Pulli
  • Patent number: 10152641
    Abstract: A portable computing device equipped with an image capture device captures an image of a vehicle dashboard of a vehicle. Then, the portable computing device identifies the location of one or more components of the vehicle dashboard in the captured image. Based on the location of the one or more components, the portable computing device segments the captured image to obtain an image of each of the one or more components. Further, the portable computing device processes the images of the one or more components using one or more machine learning models to determine a reading associated with each of the one or more components. An accuracy of the readings is verified and responsively, the portable computing device inputs the readings in respective data fields of an electronic form. The readings associated with the one or more components of the vehicle dashboard represent data associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Jack Cooper Logistics, LLC
    Inventors: Andrea Amico, Mohit Prabhushankar
  • Patent number: 10143841
    Abstract: A transcranial neurostimulation system for a vehicle, the transcranial neurostimulation system comprising at least one electrode formed into an article of vehicle furniture such as a headrest of a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Medford, Eunhee Jo, Liberty Fearns, Ben Carroll, Marcus Hoggarth
  • Patent number: 10145831
    Abstract: Method and system for detecting and/or quantifying recent human presence in an environment using a calculated rate of decay of carbon dioxide concentration levels within that environment. A sensor measures the change in carbon dioxide levels over time to calculate the rate of decay to equilibrium and extrapolate recent human presence. Also provided is a method and system for quantifying recent human activity in an environment using the calculated rate of decay to equilibrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SRC, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Angeli, John Durst, Garrett Liddil, Marcello M. DiStasio
  • Patent number: 10144349
    Abstract: A driver state detection unit is configured to detect a state of a driver of a host vehicle. An environment detection unit is configured to detect an environment in which the host vehicle is traveling. A time setting unit is configured to set a predetermined time period on the basis of the detected environment. An external warning device is configured to perform an external warning operation that warns another vehicle traveling in the vicinity of the host vehicle. When a time determination unit determines that the predetermined time period has elapsed, an internal warning device is configured to perform an internal warning operation that warns the driver of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kodama, Koji Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10146247
    Abstract: A reaction force output device is provided with: a drive unit that drives a drive member to output a force in a direction opposite to an operating direction to an operated element operated by an operator; and a control unit that determines whether or not a space is formed between the operated element and the drive member, and if it is determined that the space is formed, controls the drive unit to output a greater driving force than when it is determined that the space is not formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Lock Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ooba, Hiroyuki Kouzuma
  • Patent number: 10134258
    Abstract: Improvements in an abandoned baby, infant, child or animal alter system is disclosed. When a child or animal is being transported with a driver in the vehicle, the driver will generally maintain a comfortable temperature in the interior of the vehicle. The temperature and temperature changes are monitored to determine that a child or animal is unattended. The monitor is coupled with a connection in the car, a seat belt of a baby seat or integrated into the baby seat. Integrating the sensor with a seat belt or buckle provides a switch for operation of the sensor. The signaling system can be integrated with the light, horn or alarm or can be connected to a cellular network, Wi-Fi or other radio communications system to send a notification that a baby, infant, child or animal has been left and secured in a vehicle and needs attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel V. Chacon, Jr., Stefanie Chacon
  • Patent number: 10131323
    Abstract: A notification system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises at least one object detection sensor configured to detect an object proximate to the vehicle and communicate a distance signal indicating a distance of the object from the vehicle. The system further comprises a first notification device configured to output a vibrating notification and a controller in communication with the at least one object detection sensor and the first notification device. The controller is configured to identify a first object detection of the approaching object in response to the distance signal indicating that the distance of the object is less than a first predetermined distance. The controller is further configured to activate the first device to output the vibrating notification in response to the first object detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jacob C. Sterling
  • Patent number: 10130532
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a wheelchair configured to reposition an occupant between a lowered and a raised position. The wheelchair can include a frame, a seat moveable relative to the frame, a drive wheel, and one or more pairs of arm assemblies. The arm assembly includes a wheel configured to move from a first spatial location when the wheel chair is operating on flat, level ground to a second spatial location that is different than the first spatial location. Arm limiters that can selectively engage the arm assembly dependent on the position of the arm assembly and surface conditions of ground and can limit the range of motion of the arm assembly and sometimes other operational aspects of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Mulhern, Stephen J. Antonishak
  • Patent number: 10131309
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling an airbag are provided. The apparatus includes an imaging device that includes cameras and lights and an image processor that performs an image processing for an image obtained by the imaging device. A collision sensor senses a collision of a vehicle and an airbag driver operates the airbag. A controller extracts face information of a passenger from the image of which the image processing is performed by the image processor, determines airbag control information based on the extracted face information, and then operates the airbag driver based on the determined airbag control information when the collision of the vehicle is predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seon A Kim
  • Patent number: 10124674
    Abstract: A vehicle safety detecting ring includes a ring body, at lease one detector, a touching area and an alarm device. The ring body is configured to mounted on a steering wheel. The at least one detector is located inside the ring body and configured to detect information of driver. The touching area is connected with the at least one detector in the ring body to transmit the information of driver to the at least one detector. The alarm connects with the at least one detector and is configured to issue an alarm when the at least one detector detects an abnormal signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ping-Han Ku
  • Patent number: 10126782
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic device. The electronic device includes a display unit and a data acquisition unit, wherein the electronic device can be attached to an object and can be maintained in a relative position relationship with the object, and at least a part of the electronic device and an external surface of the object meet a predefined condition; and the data acquisition unit is connected to the display unit, and is configured to acquire data related to the object when the electronic device is attached to the object; and the display unit is further configured to display the data. The electronic device in the present disclosure can be attached to a variety of objects, and can acquire data related to the objects and then display the data on the display unit, to achieve the technical effect of enabling an object which is a non-electronic device and an electronic device without a display unit to have a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Fei Gao, Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10124842
    Abstract: A tracked drive assembly for a work machine comprises a crawler frame, a crawler track, a drive wheel and a guide wheel, and an arrangement of running wheels coupled to the crawler frame, wherein the tracked drive assembly has a sensor system comprising a sensor for each of the outer running wheels of the running wheel arrangement, which are positioned or located adjacent to the drive wheel and the guide wheel, and at least one other running wheel which is arranged between the outer running wheels, wherein the force introduced into the crawler track via the respective running wheel can be determined by way of the sensor. A method for determining the ground pressure distribution below a work machine includes exposing the sensor to a compressive load at a running wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Group France SAS
    Inventor: Bernd Backes
  • Patent number: 10120378
    Abstract: An automated driving system 100 of a vehicle comprising: a surrounding environment information acquiring device 10; a vehicle information acquiring device 20; a driver information acquiring device 30; an automated driving executing part 90; a package determining part 91, a package proposing part 92; and an emergency condition judging part 93. The automated driving executing part performs automated driving of the vehicle based on an emergency driving assistance package packaging permissions of the plurality of driving assistance operations when the driver is in an emergency condition, if the emergency condition judging part judges that the driver is in an emergency condition, and performs automated driving of the vehicle based on the driving assistance package proposed by the packaging proposing part and approved by the driver, if the emergency condition judging part judges that the driver is not in an emergency condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Matsushita, Yuichi Kumai, Masaki Matsunaga, Masahiro Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10119807
    Abstract: Devices and methods for determining the position of a device relative to a person using the device, or the position of a part of a user's body relative to the user. One or more thermal sensor may be used to determine the relative position of the device or part of the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Child Mind Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis P. White
  • Patent number: 10122159
    Abstract: An electric connection box includes: a main body case; and an upper cover which engages with the main body case. The main body case includes a base wall which has an electric component mounting portion; a peripheral wall which is disposed on the base wall and partitions an inside and an outside of the main body case; a main body interior drainage port which is disposed at a place with possibility of water infiltration into an inside of the peripheral wall along a gap portion between the upper cover and the peripheral wall and passes through the base wall; and at least one main body interior drainage wall which is erected on the base wall and extends toward an opening edge of the main body interior drainage port on a surface of the base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Okada, Tomoyasu Murakami
  • Patent number: 10118597
    Abstract: A controller for a parking brake system for a commercial vehicle is disclosed. The controller receives a signal indicative of a request to park a tractor, a signal indicative of a request to supply air to a trailer and a signal indicative of a vehicle operating condition. The controller transmits a control signal to a tractor parking brake device and a trailer air supply device in order to park the tractor and maintain the air supply to the trailer to suspend the parking of the trailer in response to the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: David J Taneyhill, Thomas S Miller, Jr., Timothy Carritte
  • Patent number: 10113351
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus pertaining to an intelligent vehicle access point opening system are provided. A method may involve detecting a presence of an object in a vicinity of a cover of an access point of a vehicle. The method may also involve receiving a command to open the cover and activating a mechanism to open the cover responsive to receiving the command. The method may further involve determining whether the object is likely to fall as the cover is being opened. The method may additionally involve pausing opening of the cover responsive to a determination that the object is likely to fall as the cover is being opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J Jain
  • Patent number: 10106212
    Abstract: The disclosure of the present invention relates to a safety automobile having a releasable passenger pod connected to the vehicle chassis with a counter-impact retention system that is configured to reduce perceived impact and to move the passenger pod away from the impact zone of a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: David C. Andersen
  • Patent number: 10106124
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to airbag systems for vehicles. The airbag systems may reduce the secondary impact forces felt by an object upon rebounding from an initial impact with an external airbag by encasing or substantially surrounding the pedestrian with the external airbag. The airbag system may include an external airbag configured to deploy in a vehicle's external environment in order to reduce the likelihood of an object colliding directly with the vehicle and at least one adhesive layer arranged on the external airbag, wherein the adhesive layer is configured to reduce injury caused by a secondary impact of an object upon after an initial impact of the object with the external airbag by causing the object to stick to the external airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lynn Larner, Courtney McCool, Peter Craig Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 10099649
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection airbag device has an airbag case that is provided on a bottom surface side of a rear end portion of a vehicle hood, an airbag that includes a hood underside bag portion that is housed inside the airbag case and is inflated and deployed towards the vehicle rear side by pressure from gas which is generated by an inflator, and that is laid out on a bottom surface side of the hood, and that also includes a bag main body portion that is connected to the hood underside bag portion and that is inflated and deployed towards the vehicle top surface side from between a rear end portion of the hood and a glass windshield, and vertical joining portions that join the airbag vertically and reduce the thickness in the vehicle up-down direction of the hood underside bag portion in the inflated and deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro Osanai, Yuta Iwai, Ken Takahara, Takehito Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10099579
    Abstract: A golf cart is provided. The golf cart includes a first seat and a second seat that is connected to the first seat and the golf cart. The second seat is movable relative to the first seat and the golf cart from a first configuration to a second configuration for moving a user of the second seat outwardly and upwardly from the golf cart from a driving position to a golfing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaitlin Kates, TreVorski Garrett, Jeffrey Pettyjohn, Douglas Wisser, Brian Leach, Joshua Newton
  • Patent number: 10099555
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for performing vehicle control. Multiple target rotation rates for a vehicle shaft may be identified. A first actual rotation rate may be determined to exceed a first target rotation rate. In response, a computing system may send a first signal in order to cause a first component of a vehicle to limit the rate of rotation of the vehicle shaft. A second actual rotation rate may be determined to be below a second target rotation rate. In response, the computing system may send a second signal in order to cause the first component of the vehicle or a second component of the vehicle to increase the rate of rotation of the vehicle shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Davis Intellectual Properties LLC
    Inventor: Shannon R. Davis
  • Patent number: 10086834
    Abstract: A lane keeping assist/support (LKAS) system for preventing lane departure of a vehicle includes: an LKAS controller determining whether an adjacent vehicle is present by analyzing around-view images of the vehicle acquired by an around-view monitoring (AVM) system; a vehicle position calculator calculating a position of the vehicle; an adjacent vehicle position calculator calculating a position of the adjacent vehicle; a torque controller determining whether a proximity index generated according to the calculated position of the vehicle and the calculated position of the adjacent vehicle is less than a threshold value and correcting an initial torque timing and an initial torque based on the calculated position of the vehicle when the proximity index is less than the threshold value; and a steering apparatus controlling steering of the vehicle according to the corrected initial torque timing and the corrected initial torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seong Woong Lim
  • Patent number: 10072446
    Abstract: The invention relates a door handle unit (10) for actuating a lock (101) of a movable part (100) of a motor vehicle, particularly a door, a flap or the like, with a door handle (11), which is movably mounted at the support element (12) for mechanically opening the movable part (100) by a user, wherein the door handle (11) comprises at least a rest position and a operative position, a mechanical coupling element (13), which is movably mounted at the support element (12) and by which a movement of the door handle (11) is transmitted to the lock (101) from the rest position to the operating position, wherein the door handle (11) and the coupling element (13) are mechanically cooperating and form a movable actuating mechanism (15), and at least a locking unit (16), which in a normal case enables a movement of the actuating mechanism (15) for actuating the lock (101) and only in a case of locking blocks a movement of the actuating mechanism (15) for actuating the lock (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Müller, Markus Bartels, Reinhold Mathofer, Ralf Lennhoff, Timo Hoppe, Mario Christensen, Andreas Beck
  • Patent number: 10065707
    Abstract: A gear shift lever assembly includes a gear shift lever arm which includes a distal foot-peg end and a bifurcated proximal end and first passageway for facilitating securement of the gear shift lever arm to a gear selector spindle shaft of a motorcycle. The assembly also includes a spindle shaft mount insert sized to fit within the bifurcated ends of the gear shift lever arm. The insert has a splined aperture that matches the splines of the splines of the gear selector spindle shaft, and a second passageway having a longitudinal axis transverse to the longitudinal axis of the splined aperture. The gear shift lever assembly is mountable to the gear selector spindle shaft of the motorcycle with the spindle shaft mount insert interposed between the bifurcated proximal end of the gear shift lever arm with a mounting bolt passed through the aligned first and second passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hammerhead Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Rocco Furia, John Clark
  • Patent number: 10060170
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a frame, a rotatable door; an inhibitor comprising: an arm extending through a selective gate including: upper and lower springs respectively biasing upper and lower rollers against the arm; upper and lower stoppers configured to, upon activation, compress the upper and lower rollers against the arm, thus stopping rotation of the door; sensors, processor(s) configured to: activate and deactivate the stoppers based on sensed events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Gómez Melchor, Jesús Marini Parissi, Oscar Saavedra