Responsive To Absence Or Inattention Of Operator, Or Negatively Reactive To Attempt To Operate Vehicle By Person Not Qualified Mentally Or Physically To Do So Patents (Class 180/272)
  • Patent number: 10289113
    Abstract: Signals are received from a plurality of sources, representing aspects of the vehicle, a vehicle operator, and an environment surrounding the vehicle. An alertness factor and a readiness factor are developed based at least in part on the signals. Control of the vehicle is transitioned between levels of autonomous control based at least in part on the alertness factor and the readiness factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William Paul Perkins, David B. Kelley, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 10289831
    Abstract: A display driver integrated circuit includes a seed generation block configured to generate a seed, an encryption block configured to encrypt the seed and generate a first encryption text, and a comparison block configured to receive a second encryption text, in which the seed is encrypted, from an application processor, compare the first encryption text with the second encryption text, and output a control signal based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-Chul Lee, Hyojin Kim, Jae-Wook Lee, Sooyoung Woo, Kyu-Sam Lee
  • Patent number: 10279866
    Abstract: A bicycle transmission device is basically configured to improve the detection accuracy of the tilt angle of the road surface. The bicycle transmission device has a transmission for changing the gear ratio of the bicycle, and a tilt sensor disposed on the transmission and that outputs a signal that reflects the inclination of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Akinori Hashimoto, Masako Itsukashi
  • Patent number: 10282959
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining an actual fatigue time (AFT) for an activity are provided. The method comprises receiving a standard fatigue time (SFT) representing a time duration. The SFT is indicative of an onset of fatigue in individuals upon continuously performing the activity. The method further comprises receiving at least one external parameter and a fatigue index corresponding to the at least one external parameter. The at least one external parameter and the fatigue index are associated with the activity. The method further comprises determining the AFT for the activity based upon the SFT and the fatigue index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Srinivasan Jayaraman, Balamuralidhar Purushothaman
  • Patent number: 10276016
    Abstract: A child car seat is provided, comprising a base; a seat coupled to the base; and a sensor device mounted to the base or the seat, the sensor device including a sensor that outputs a measurement signal indicating whether a child is present in the seat, a processor that receives the measurement signal and determines whether a child is present, and a communication circuit that transmits a proximity signal configured for reception by a first mobile device. The proximity signal causes a first alert to be communicated to the first mobile device in response to the first mobile device exceeding a range from the sensor device, and a second alert to be communicated to a second mobile device if, after a threshold amount of time, the measurement signal continues to indicate that a child is present and no response is received in response to the first alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Baby Trend, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley James Mattarocci
  • Patent number: 10272932
    Abstract: An anti-collision system for railcars and locomotives a distance ranging and worker coupling protection system utilizing remote-sensing radar techniques for use with a locomotive and railcar. The anti-collision system may include an object detector device attached to a railcar or a locomotive that detects objects in a path of the railcar and the locomotive and a train display device electrically connected to the object detector device. The anti-collision system may also include an emergency action device which enables a crew member to stop the railcar or locomotive without communication to a locomotive operator when a hazard is recognized. The object detector device may include a remote sensor, a radio, and a microprocessor programmed to include data-logging to record and log all data from the anti-collision system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Railserve, Inc.
    Inventors: John Roberts, Timothy J. Benjamin, Peter M. Bartek
  • Patent number: 10269226
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for monitoring a vehicle operator and for monitoring the environment of a vehicle operator. In particularly, the present disclosure relates to systems and methods for determining a physical position of an operator within a vehicle and for determining environmental conditions surrounding the vehicle operator. The systems may include at least one of: an image sensor, an infrared sensor, an ultrasonic sensor, a microphone or a combination or sub-combination thereof. The methods may determine a position and/or an orientation of a vehicle operator's head, arms, hands, legs, feet, etc., a combination thereof or a sub-combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason Freeck, Alex E. Ford, Paul Sloan, Ryan T. Schmidt, Mihir D. Angal, Neel Kothari
  • Patent number: 10269075
    Abstract: A system for determining a subjective risk score may include a vehicle and/or a computing device associated with a user travelling within the vehicle. The computing device may receive input from the user when the user feels a sense of unease regarding a particular road segment upon which the vehicle is traveling. The system may further include a subjective risk analysis computing system that may be communicatively coupled to the computing device. The subjective risk analysis computing system may receive subjective risk information corresponding to the user's sense of unease regarding particular road segments and may process the subjective risk information to determine a subjective risk score for each of a plurality of road segments along a route. An insurance company may use this information to determine whether to adjust a quote or premium of an insurance policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Chienlan Hsu-Hoffman, Regina Madigan, Thomas McKenna
  • Patent number: 10268903
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatic calibration of a monitor of a driver include receiving an indication that the driver is driving a car and determining a typical orientation of the driver in a first set of images, the first set captured after receiving the indication. An orientation of the driver in a second set of images, which is captured after the first set, is compared to the typical orientation and a command is generated based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: JUNGO CONNECTIVITY LTD.
    Inventor: Ophir Herbst
  • Patent number: 10246014
    Abstract: A method for determining distraction of a driver of a vehicle, including sampling sensor measurements at an onboard system of the vehicle; generating an output indicative of a distracted state; determining that the driver of the vehicle is characterized by the distracted state, based on the output; generating, at a second distraction detection module of a remote computing system, a second output indicative that the driver is characterized by the distracted state, based on the sensor measurements; computing a distraction score, at a scoring module of the remote computing system, in response to generating the second output and based on the sensor measurements and the distracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nauto, Inc.
    Inventors: Ludmila Levkova, Stefan Heck, Benjamin O. Alpert, Ravi Kumar Satzoda, Suchitra Sathyanarayana, Vivek Sekar
  • Patent number: 10242274
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining vehicle operator risk. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining degrees of vehicle operator risk. A degree of vehicle operator risk may be based on digital image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10239448
    Abstract: An unattended occupant alert system includes a car seat that may be positioned in a vehicle. A child is selectively seated in the car seat and the car seat has a pair of shoulder straps. An electronic device is included and the electronic device is carried by a caregiver. An alarm unit is coupled between the shoulder straps to selectively and removably attach the shoulder straps together. In this way the alarm unit retains the child in the car seat and the alarm unit is turned on when the shoulder straps are attached together. The alarm unit is in thermal communication with an interior of the vehicle to detect a temperature in the vehicle. Additionally, the alarm unit is in electrical communication with the electronic device. The electronic device emits an alert when the alarm unit is turned on and the alarm unit detects a temperature that exceeds a trigger temperature. In this way the alarm unit alerts the caregiver to a potential environmental danger for the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Carl Samuel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10229549
    Abstract: A system for authorization control and breath testing, comprising a management system unit and an authorization control and breath testing unit, wherein the authorization control and breath testing unit is configured to grant authorization to an individual seeking authorization without having access to any personal identification information about that individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SENSAIR ALCOHOL SENSING AB
    Inventors: Raimo Gester, Bertil Hök, Lars Tenerz
  • Patent number: 10227063
    Abstract: A medical device for monitoring biological parameters through an Abreu Brain Thermal Tunnel (ABTT) is provided. By monitoring and analyzing the temperature of the ABTT, it is possible to diagnosis changes in a patient or subject under a variety of conditions, including predicting the course of medical conditions. Furthermore, since the ABTT is predictive, analysis of the ABTT may be used to control mechanisms for safety when an impending medical condition makes such operation hazardous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Geelux Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 10226702
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computerized apparatus and computer program product. The method comprises capturing one or more images of a scene in which a driver is driving a vehicle; analyzing the images to retrieve an event or detail; conveying to the driver the a question or a challenge related to the event or detail; receiving a response from the driver; analyzing the response; and determining a score related to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ron Hoory, Mattias Marder, Slava Shechtman
  • Patent number: 10202121
    Abstract: An automatic stop controller (including a deceleration setting unit and a deceleration instruction unit) performs automatic stop control of a vehicle by using a first deceleration in response to (i) the detection or estimation of a stop intention by a stop intention detector or (ii) the detection or estimation of an unable-to-drive state of the driver of the vehicle by an unable-to-drive state detector while the vehicle is traveling. The automatic stop controller performs automatic stop control of the vehicle by using a second deceleration larger than the first deceleration in response to (i) the detection or estimation of the stop intention by the stop intention detector and (ii) the detection or estimation of the unable-to-drive state of the driver by the unable-to-drive state detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Nakatsuka, Kei Oshida, Yukinori Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 10204302
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for applying neural networks in resource-constrained environments. A system may include a sensor located in a resource-constrained environment configured to generate sensor data of the resource-constrained environment. The system may also include a first computing device not located in the resource-constrained environment configured to produce a neural network structure based on the sensor data. The system may further include a second computing device located in the resource-constrained environment configured to provide the sensor data as input to the neural network structure. The second computing device may be further configured to determine a state of the resource-constrained environment based on the input of the sensor data to the neural network structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics of Silicon Valley, Inc.
    Inventors: Rocky Chau-Hsiung Lin, Thomas Yamasaki, Koichiro Kanda, Diego Rodriguez Risco, Alexander Joseph Ryan
  • Patent number: 10195901
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions using the sensing capabilities of wearable mobile technology. In one aspect, a method for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions includes the steps of: collecting real-time data from a driver of a vehicle, wherein the data is collected via a mobile device worn by the driver; determining whether the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists; providing feedback to the driver if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists, and continuing to collect data from the driver in real-time if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition does not exist. The real-time data may also be collected and used to learn characteristics of the driver. These characteristics can be compared with the data being collected to help determine, in real-time, whether the driving behavior is normal and whether a hazardous driving condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Briggs, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Leigh Anne H. Clevenger, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Nalini K. Ratha, Michael Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 10189352
    Abstract: A safety and emergency-assistance system (1) for vehicles, constituted by at least one bracelet (E), a means for radio/telecommunication of the alarm signal (R1), a black box (BB), a plurality of sensors (S1, S2, S3, S4), and means (X) for remote automatic driving and management of the vehicle (A). In the case of emergency, with the driver/passenger present (A) and unwell while the vehicle is stationary with the engine off and without the key inserted into the ignition, or with the key inserted and the instrument panel off. The system (1) also enables automatic and autonomous activation of the devices present on board the vehicle, e.g. airbags, power window, and air-conditioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Savino Virgilio
  • Patent number: 10166837
    Abstract: An idle reduction system for use with an engine can include a main unit including a controller, and a relay controlled by the controller. The relay can be electrically connected between an ignition switch and an electrical power source for starting the engine. A method of reducing idling of an engine can include connecting an idle reduction system, thereby permitting the system to shut down the engine in response to one or more predetermined conditions, the idle reduction system starting the engine in response to at least one of: a) battery voltage being less than a predetermined level, and b) engine temperature being less than a predetermined level, and the idle reduction system controlling operation of at least one of: an auxiliary air conditioner and an auxiliary heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: IDLESAVER LLC
    Inventors: Gary F. Krofchalk, Robert Renner, Ann Renner
  • Patent number: 10160456
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a vehicle based on a degree of fatigue of a driver is provided. The apparatus includes: a fatigue degree learning device configured to learn a degree of initial fatigue of the driver based on biometric information of the driver received from a sensor; a fatigue degree monitoring device configured to, when learning the degree of initial fatigue of the driver is completed and driving of a vehicle is started, monitor the degree of fatigue of the driver by receiving the biometric information of the driver from the sensor, and output a control signal corresponding to the degree of fatigue of the driver, and a driving controller configured to control the driving of the vehicle based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Company
    Inventor: Sung Hwan Jun
  • Patent number: 10137901
    Abstract: A sobriety ignition interlock system including an engine control device and a method for managing available vehicle engine power using the sobriety ignition interlock system. The engine control device includes an engine control processor (ECP) that is electronically connected in between an engine control unit (ECU), an engine sensor assembly, and a sobriety processor. The sobriety processor determines a sobriety level of a vehicle driver and sends a corresponding sobriety signal to the ECP. The ECP intercepts an engine signal transmitted from the engine sensor assembly to the ECU and manipulates the engine signal according to the sobriety signal, in order to manage the available power of the vehicle engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Jones
  • Patent number: 10139828
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle is operable to follow a primary trajectory that forms a portion of a route. While controlling the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle calculates a failsafe trajectory to follow as a response to a predetermined type of event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Ho, Noah Zych
  • Patent number: 10140785
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for determining or providing fuel information of a vehicle, such as predicting fuel intake and usage for the vehicle. A method for predicting a fueling event of a vehicle comprises using a mobile computing device carried in the vehicle to track the vehicle along a route. Multiple stop events may be detected when tracking the vehicle, and for each of the multiple stop events, each of duration and a geographic location may be determined. Next, a given stop event of the multiple stop events may be determined to be a fueling event based at least in part on a duration and geographic location of the given stop event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: METROMILE, INC.
    Inventors: Evan Gabriel Turitz Cox, Muhammad Waliji, Dan Richard Preston, Jr., Jose Mercado, Daniel Eric Goodman
  • Patent number: 10118551
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an anti-fatigue adjusting device, which includes a wearing housing, a head deflection detecting component, a conductive patch and a controller, the wearing housing is used for wearing on a user's head; the head deflection detecting component includes a gyroscope and an accelerometer, the head deviation detecting component is mounted on the wearing housing, and is using for detecting user's head deflection motion parameter; the conductive patch is used for contacting with user's skin and outputting low frequency pulse current to user, the controller is mounted on the wearing housing, and is electrically connected with the head deflection detecting component and the conductive patch, and is used for acquiring user's head deflection angle, the controller controls the conductive patch to work when the head deflection angle is larger than a preset head deflection angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Kuo Tsai Lee
  • Patent number: 10118488
    Abstract: The method, system, and computer-readable medium facilitates monitoring a vehicle operator during the course of vehicle operation to determine whether the vehicle operator is impaired (e.g., distracted, drowsy, intoxicated) and alerting the vehicle operator using a haptic alert delivered by a wearable computing device worn by the vehicle operator when impairment is detected. The method, system, and computer-readable medium may monitor the vehicle operator, the environment surrounding the vehicle, and/or forces acting on the vehicle using a variety of sensors, including optical sensors or accelerometers. In particular, optical sensors may monitor the vehicle operator to detect eye blinks, head nods, head rotations, and/or gaze fixation. Optical sensors may also monitor the road ahead of the vehicle to detect lane deviation, lane centering, and time to collision. Accelerometers may detect acceleration in the direction of vehicle travel and/or lateral acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Riley, Sr., Gregory Dwayne Carter, James M. Freeman, Vaidya Balasubramanian Pillai, Jason Chang, David W. Thurber
  • Patent number: 10112621
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a communicator for performing a communication with a vehicle, a detector for detecting a user's biological information, and a controller for performing a power save mode when vehicle speed information is received via the communicator, for converting the power save mode into a normal mode when first determination information of drowsy driving is received via the communicator during the power save mode, and for secondly determining whether current driving is a drowsy driving based on the detected biological information during the normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Junsik Hwang
  • Patent number: 10113913
    Abstract: This disclosure describes various systems for collecting thermal measurements of regions of a user's face. Each of the systems includes a frame configured to be worn on the user's head, and one or more lightweight thermal cameras that are coupled to the frame and configured to take thermal measurements of a region of interest on the user's face. Due to their coupling to the frame, the thermal cameras remain pointed at their respective regions of interest even when the user's head performs angular movements. The thermal measurements collected by some embodiments of the systems described herein may be utilized for a variety of applications that involve detecting different types of physiological responses or medical disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Ari M Frank, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 10112558
    Abstract: System, method and apparatus for one-pair power over Ethernet in an automotive application. In one embodiment, a power sourcing equipment transmits a forward path current to a powered device via a single conductor pair and receives a return path current from the powered device via a chassis of an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Sesha Thalpasai Panguluri, Minh Tran, James Yu, Wael William Diab
  • Patent number: 10114374
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for providing an autonomous driving control mechanism in response to an emergency handling event using an emergency (or backup) control system. For example, in certain conditions such as a hardware or software failure, proper functioning of an autonomous driving control system may become compromised. Accordingly, the system may switch to an emergency decision system to continue to provide autonomous driving control functionality. In addition, the emergency decision system may switch to rules and/or a decision algorithm that prioritizes collision avoidance or safety concerns such as injury or fatality prevention in response to the emergency handling event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Baidu USA LLC
    Inventors: Jiaming Tao, Yifei Jiang, Dong Li, Jiangtao Hu, Liyun Li, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10105104
    Abstract: A method for determining a duration of a critical state of a driver of a vehicle. In this method, a state signal is read in, which represents a state of the driver detected using a sensor unit of the vehicle. It is subsequently checked whether the state signal represents the critical state or a non-critical state of the driver. If the state signal represents the critical state, a counter value of a counter representing the duration of the critical state is incremented. If the state signal represents the non-critical state, the counter value is held constant. If after the expiration of a reference hold time the state signal represents the non-critical state, the critical value is decremented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Felix Wulf
  • Patent number: 10102343
    Abstract: A method of extracting heart information from a body micro-movement is provided. The method includes a face tracking step, a frame difference averaging step, smoothing filtering step, and a sliding peak detection step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SANGMYUNG UNIVERSITY SEOUL INDUSTRY-ACADEMY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Sung Teac Hwang, Min Cheol Whang, Sang In Park, Dong Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10080518
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method is provided for determining a level of wakefulness of a driver of a vehicle using a mobile telephone. The method includes (a) employing a wearable monitor to detect a biometric parameter of a user while the user is driving a vehicle; (b) communicating biometric parameter information from the wearable monitor to a mobile telephone of the user while the user is driving the vehicle; (c) employing the mobile telephone to obtain a level of wakefulness of the user while the user is driving the vehicle, the level of wakefulness of the user being determined based on biometric parameter information received from the wearable monitor; and (d) if the level of wakefulness determined for the user is below a predetermined level of wakefulness, employing the mobile telephone to attempt to increase the level of wakefulness of the user. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Brian M. Dugan, Valerie G. Dugan
  • Patent number: 10076287
    Abstract: A method for monitoring physiological status of a vehicle driver is performed by a monitoring device connected to a physiological sensor and comprises steps of: (a) establishing a personal physiological database comprising steps of: periodically sensing the vehicle driver via the physiological sensor to obtain the physiological signals within an initial duration; obtaining a mean value and a standard deviation based on the physiological signals; and obtaining a tolerance range based on the mean value and the standard deviation, such that the personal physiological database stores the tolerance range; (b) sensing the vehicle driver via the physiological sensor to obtain at least one instant physiological signal after the initial duration; and (c) determining whether the at least one instant physiological signal is out of the tolerance range, such that an alarm is outputted when the at least one instant physiological signal is out of the tolerance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH & TESTING CENTER
    Inventors: Yen-Cheng Feng, Jih-Tao Hsu, Hsuan-Yu Huang, Chun-Yao Shih
  • Patent number: 10074263
    Abstract: A method to notify a third party if a child is left behind in a vehicle includes securing a motion detector system within a vehicle, the motion detector being secured to a roof of an inner cabin of the vehicle and directed to a rear seat; detecting via the motion detector if a child is left behind in the rear seat after the vehicle is locked and after a driver exits; if the child is left behind, activating an air conditioner via a computer system operably associated with the motion detector; after activating the air conditioner, detecting if the driver has returned to the vehicle; if the driver has not returned, activating a car alarm via the computer system; after activating the car alarm for a predetermined time, determining if the driver has returned; and if the driver has not returned, notifying a third party via a transceiver operably associated with computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Garcia, Jorge Ayala H.
  • Patent number: 10065562
    Abstract: A monitoring area may be defined for a monitoring device attached to a first object, wherein the monitoring area moves with the monitoring device. The monitoring device may detect a second object in the monitoring area. A collision awareness factor may be determined in relation to the monitoring area, and a warning zone may be defined in relation to the monitoring area based on the collision awareness factor. A warning may be generated based on detecting the second object within the warning zone and based on the collision awareness factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Mahcines Corporation
    Inventors: Yaniv Bernstein, Timothy M. Lynar
  • Patent number: 10058277
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a pilot's health is provided herein. The system may include: a head mounted device mountable to a head of a pilot; at least one vital signs sensor couplable to a body portion of said pilot and configured to obtain vital signs data associated with said pilot; at least one head sensor configured to obtain head-related data associated with the head of said pilot; and a computer processor configured to receive the vital signs data and the head-related data as an input and generate as an output, an indication of pilot incompetence, based on predefined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Elbit Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Kranz, Zvi Oron, Yoav Ophir
  • Patent number: 10053107
    Abstract: A vehicular awakening detection device 10 includes pressure sensors 48 provided in a + side paddle shift 46R and/or a ? side paddle shift 46L which is able to be operated by a driver in a vehicle. The pressure sensor 48 is used for determining the degrees of awakening of a driver by making the driver to operate the + side paddle shift 46R and/or the ? side paddle shift 46L.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naotoshi Fujimoto, Wataru Kimatsuka
  • Patent number: 10046601
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions using the sensing capabilities of wearable mobile technology. In one aspect, a method for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions includes the steps of: collecting real-time data from a driver of a vehicle, wherein the data is collected via a mobile device worn by the driver; determining whether the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists; providing feedback to the driver if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists, and continuing to collect data from the driver in real-time if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition does not exist. The real-time data may also be collected and used to learn characteristics of the driver. These characteristics can be compared with the data being collected to help determine, in real-time, whether the driving behavior is normal and whether a hazardous driving condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Briggs, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Leigh Anne H. Clevenger, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Nalini K. Ratha, Michael Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 10040349
    Abstract: A vehicle immobilization system includes a detection element operable to detect a level of an intoxicant in a user's breath. A control module is operable to receive a signal from the detection element indicating the level of intoxicant in the user's breath, and to selectively restrict operation of a vehicle based on the level of intoxicant in the user's breath exceeding a threshold. A wireless relay is operable to replace a standard relay in the vehicle, and to wirelessly communicate with the control module such that the control module is operable to control the wireless relay to selectively restrict operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Edward DeVries, Timothy J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 10037662
    Abstract: Fitting room management and occupancy monitoring system for retail operations having fitting rooms wherein the system if capable of notifying staff of fitting room occupancy, the need for cleaning, and/or the need for customer help in real time as well as collecting and tracking data of fitting room activity according to preset business rules. The system further assists retail operations with reduction of theft incidents, improvement of conversion rates and employee compliance rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Indyme Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg King, Derek Morikawa, Barry Baldwin, Bill Kepner, Joe Budano, Steve Deal
  • Patent number: 10031513
    Abstract: A wireless teaching pendant for operating a control apparatus of a robot or a machine tool by wireless communication includes a wireless communication unit for performing wireless communication with the control apparatus and a transmission interval change unit for changing a transmission interval of periodic data transmitted by the wireless communication unit to the control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuntaro Toda, Ryoutarou Inaba, Yoshiki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10029568
    Abstract: The present embodiment provides a driver's drowsiness warning system. The driver's drowsiness warning system according to the present embodiments of the present disclosure may include: a steering angle sensor that measures a steering signal; a lane recognizing sensor that recognizes a lane; a lane keeping assist unit that determines whether a vehicle is out of a lane that the vehicle drives along; and a controller that determines whether a driver is drowsy based on at least one out of a frequency of a change in the steering signal during a predetermined period of time and how frequently the vehicle is out of the lane during a predetermined period of time, and generates a warning to the driver when it is determined that the driver is drowsy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: HyunSeop Jang
  • Patent number: 10023161
    Abstract: An automatic emergency braking system for a vehicle includes a forward viewing camera and a control. At least in part responsive to processing of captured image data, the presence of another vehicle closing on the subject vehicle is determined, and a relative speed of the subject vehicle relative to the other vehicle is also determined. Responsive at least in part to a speed of the subject vehicle and the determined relative speed, the control controls the subject vehicle's brake system. Responsive to determination that the driver of the subject vehicle is impaired, the automatic emergency braking system does not allow the driver to override the control's control of the subject vehicle's brake system. Responsive to a determination that the driver of the subject vehicle is not impaired, the automatic emergency braking system allows the driver to override the control's control of the subject vehicle' brake system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nathaniel S. Johnson, William J. Chundrlik, Jr., Paul A. VanOphem, Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen
  • Patent number: 10012154
    Abstract: An engine control system operates to communicate via a sensor link with one or more sensors in a vehicle based on different communication protocols. The sensors alter communication protocols for communicating via the sensor link to an engine control unit to reduce or increase a current consumption according to one or more predetermined criteria. In response to a predetermine threshold of one or more of the predetermined criteria being satisfied, a sensor communicates in a first communication protocol as opposed to a second communication protocol while operating to communicate a current signal or a modulated current signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: David Levy, Derek Bernardon
  • Patent number: 9995229
    Abstract: A method of stopping and starting an engine of a vehicle having a manually operated clutch system including a clutch for driveably connecting the engine to a transmission includes controlling stopping and starting of the engine based on first and second clutch engagement thresholds selected based on whether the clutch is being engaged or disengaged. The first threshold corresponds to a more disengaged state of the clutch than the second threshold. The first threshold is used when the clutch is being disengaged to decide whether the engine can be shut down while the transmission remains in-gear. The second threshold is used when the clutch is being engaged to decide whether the engine can be started while the transmission remains in-gear. By using a less conservative threshold for starting the engine than stopping the engine, the number of inhibited restarts is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anthemios Philemon Petridis, Donatus Andreas Josephine Kees, Urs Christen
  • Patent number: 9990553
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining vehicle operator risk. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining degrees of vehicle operator risk. A degree of vehicle operator risk may be based on digital image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9990043
    Abstract: Gesture recognition systems for detecting gesture commands in light conditions and in dark conditions including a computing system having a processor and a thermographic camera configured to detect infrared radiation from a gesture made by a user and communicate gesture image information to the processor for carrying out a computer-readable gesture command are shown and described. In some examples, the computing system and the thermographic camera are supported on an eyewear article frame. In some other examples, the computing system and the thermographic camera are components of a mobile device. In even other examples, the computing system and the thermographic camera are components of a desk top computer or a laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Atheer Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Fink, Ryan Phelps, Gary Peck
  • Patent number: 9983565
    Abstract: Technologies for bio-chemically controlling operation of a machine include applying a bio-chemical agent to an operator of the machine and controlling an operational characteristic of the machine based on the presence of the bio-chemical agent on the operator. The operational characteristic of the machine may be controlled based on the presence or lack of the biochemical agent on the operator. In some embodiments, the bio-chemical agent may be configured to generate a bio-chemical trigger in response to exposure to a biochemical or biological characteristic of the operator. The operation of the machine may be controlled based on such bio-chemical trigger or reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Weast, Brian D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9980680
    Abstract: A respiratory detection device detects a behavior of breathing of an occupant on a seat of a vehicle. A seatbelt is equipped by the occupant to retain the occupant at the seat. A detection belt is mounted to the vehicle or the seat at one-end side. The detection belt is further connected to the seatbelt at the other-end side. The detection belt is equipped by the occupant together with the seatbelt when the occupant equips the seatbelt. A sensor is connected to the detection belt to detect the behavior of breathing. The detection belt retains the sensor at a position of an abdomen of the occupant when the occupant equips the seatbelt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Arihiro Matsumoto