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: 11338645
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for active vehicle cabin occupant detection system. The method includes predicting the presence of a vehicle occupant during operation of a vehicle in response to a door sensor indicative of a door opening, a carbon dioxide level and a pressure sensor in a passenger seat indicative of the vehicle occupant in the passenger seat, detecting the presence of the vehicle occupant using a vehicle cabin motion detector in response to the vehicle being shutdown, confirming the presence of the vehicle occupant using an infrared camera to detect a thermal signature of the vehicle occupant in response to the predicted presence of the vehicle occupant, and transmitting an alert via a wireless transmitter indicative of the presence of the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Insu Chang, Edward R. Masters, Zhe Li, Dooil Hwang, Donald K. Grimm, Jeremie Dernotte
  • Patent number: 11332122
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a sensor system of a bumper or a skid plate. The sensor system includes a plurality of first sensors and at least one second sensor. The sensor system emits a first electrical field from each of the first sensors when the plurality of first sensors are active and the at least one second sensor is inactive. The sensor system emits a second electrical field when the plurality of first sensors are active and the at least one second sensor is active. The first electrical field projects a first distance from the skid plate. The second electrical field projects a longer, second distance from the skid plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 11316977
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring behavior of voice agents in a simulated environment of voice-based call center to route a call. It includes a set of models and wearable devices to estimate and analyze cognitive load and emotional state of a voice agent which are obtained using wearable devices in the real time. It collects physiological signals from the voice agents and analyze them along with skill-set profiles of the voice agent to identify best suited voice agent based on agent-customer matching score obtained using skill-set profile analysis, cognitive load and a predicted emotive state of the voice agent. It may assist the voice agent in call if the cognitive load of the voice agent raises beyond predefined threshold using brain computer interfacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Sri Harsha Dumpala, Sunil Kumar Kopparapu
  • Patent number: 11305649
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling alcohol interlock includes a sensor that senses an environment of a driver's seat and a camera that obtains a face image of a passenger and an image of exhalation of the passenger. A controller activates a start lock mode of a vehicle and determines whether a condition for detecting components of the exhalation of the passenger is satisfied based on the environment of the driver's seat. The controller determines whether the exhalation of the passenger is exhalation of a driver based on the face image of the passenger and the image of the exhalation of the passenger, and determines whether to detect alcohol concentration in the exhalation of the passenger based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Kyung Seo, Eung Hwan Kim, Gyun Ha Kim, Dae Yun An
  • Patent number: 11299127
    Abstract: A system for starting a vehicle has a first apparatus having a microprocessor, a first data repository, a normally open electrical imposed between positive vehicle battery voltage and a keyed ignition switch, and a second electronic apparatus comprising a second microprocessor executing second coded instructions from a non-transitory medium, the second microprocessor coupled with the first microprocessor, a second data repository coupled to the second microprocessor and storing a list of identities of drivers authorized to operate the vehicle, and an input mechanism enabling a candidate driver to identify to the second microprocessor. The candidate driver identifies to the second microprocessor by the input mechanism, the second microprocessor, executing the second coded instructions, determines if the driver identity matches an identity on the list drivers authorized to operate the vehicle, and if so, causes the first microprocessor to close the normally open contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Jackie Tucker, Andrew Lee Van Valer
  • Patent number: 11292477
    Abstract: Vehicle manipulation uses cognitive state engineering. Images of a vehicle occupant are obtained using imaging devices within a vehicle. The one or more images include facial data of the vehicle occupant. A computing device is used to analyze the images to determine a cognitive state. Audio information from the occupant is obtained and the analyzing is augmented based on the audio information. The cognitive state is mapped to a loading curve, where the loading curve represents a continuous spectrum of cognitive state loading variation. The vehicle is manipulated, based on the mapping to the loading curve, where the manipulating uses cognitive state alteration engineering. The manipulating includes changing vehicle occupant sensory stimulation. Additional images of additional occupants of the vehicle are obtained and analyzed to determine additional cognitive states. Additional cognitive states are used to adjust the mapping. A cognitive load is estimated based on eye gaze tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana el Kaliouby, Abdelrahman N. Mahmoud, Panu James Turcot, Andrew Todd Zeilman, Taniya Mishra
  • Patent number: 11254289
    Abstract: A program and a control device capable of calibrating a detection value of a sensor that detects contact with a steering wheel are provided. The program in accordance with the present invention is characterized by causing a computer to execute processing of distinguishing whether or not a user is on a driver's seat of a vehicle; acquiring, from a sensor (21) that converts contact with a steering wheel (2) into an electric signal for detection, a detection value of the detected electric signal; determining whether or not a difference between the detection value acquired when it has been distinguished that the user is not on the driver's seat, and a reference value is equal to or larger than a threshold value; and setting the detection value as the reference value when it has been determined that the difference is not equal to or larger than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Yuki Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11247698
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes one or more processors, one or more memory modules, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules. The machine readable instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the system to: receive one or more images from one or more imaging sensors in the vehicle; identify a first object in a rear seat of the vehicle based on the one or more images; identify a second object attached to the first object based on the one or more images; determine whether the second object is in a set of objects; and output an alert in response to determining that the second object is in the set of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Shravanthi Denthumdas, Mathew D. Gardner
  • Patent number: 11242070
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for determining an attention requirement level of a driver of a vehicle is provided, which comprises a first signal processing unit (101), a second signal processing unit (104), a third signal processing unit (107), a fourth signal processing unit (110), and an attention requirement determination unit (113), connected to the first, second, third and fourth signal processing unit (101, 104, 107, 110) and configured to determine an attention requirement level (114) as a function of current values of the first, second, third and fourth attention requirement parameters (103, 106, 109, 112). In addition, a vehicle (200) having such an apparatus (100) and an operating method (300) for the apparatus (100) are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 11205518
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to provide indications of a subject's fitness based on values of a fitness metric for the subject are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may: obtain fitness information related to the subject; present, based on a change in the first value indicating a decline in the real-time state of health, a first notification of the first value via a watch wearable by the subject; present, based on the change in the first value indicating the decline in the real-time state of health, a second notification related to the subject via a second watch wearable by a second subject and/or a client computing platform associated with an administrator; and present, based on a change in the second value indicating a decline in the future state of health, a third notification via the watch, one or more other watches, and/or the client computing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: GoX Studio, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Karl Hitt, Robert Bruce Floersheim
  • Patent number: 11198388
    Abstract: A vehicle alarm system includes a vehicle having a frame; a driver seat secured to the frame; a back seat secured to the frame; and a computer configured to determine if the vehicle is in motion. The system further includes a pressure sensor secured to a driver seat and in data communication with the computer, the pressure sensor is configured to sense the pressure of a driver sitting on the driver seat; a thermometer sensor in data communication with the computer, the thermometer is configured to measure the outside and inside air temperature within the vehicle; a motion detector in data communication with the computer, the motion detector is configured to detect motion of an infant within a car seat secured to the back seat of the vehicle; a camera in data communication with the computer, the camera is configured to capture images of the infant; a transmitter in data communication with the computer; and a mobile device in wireless communication with the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Sidney L. Crose
  • Patent number: 11191467
    Abstract: A monitoring device comprising at least one measurement module for measuring at least one physiological parameter of the crew member, at least one consolidation module for consolidating the measured physiological parameter or parameters, a fusion module for fusing the consolidated physiological parameter or parameters in order to detect at least one physiological status of the crew member, a filtering module for filtering the physiological status or statuses, a determination module for determining a level of incapacity of the crew member, a transmission module for transmitting a signal indicative of the level of incapacity of the crew member to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Cecile Vollard-Derme, Laurent Barrou, Jean Monfraix, Benoît Papaïx, Estelle Delpech, Hafeda Remch, Guillaume Chanel, Daniel Lewkowicz, Stanislas Boyer
  • Patent number: 11180082
    Abstract: An object is to provide a warning output device, a warning output method, and a warning output system that make it possible to appropriately output warning. A warning output device includes: a driver's state acquisition unit configured to acquire inattentive driving information indicating that a driver performs inattentive driving; a vehicle state acquisition unit configured to acquire a vehicle state; a vehicle warning reception unit configured to receive vehicle warning, which is warning corresponding to the vehicle state; an adaptive rule acquisition unit configured to acquire adaptive rule information generated when the driver performs inattentive driving and the warning is received; and an output unit configured to output inattentive driving warning, which is warning related to inattentive driving when the driver's state acquisition unit acquires the inattentive driving information and the vehicle state satisfies a predetermined condition specified in the adaptive rule information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Akachi, Masashi Koga, Hiroshige Furugori, Hiroki Abe, Hiroshi Sugihara, Makoto Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11169797
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a processor, programmed to responsive to detecting a configuration modification to a controller of the vehicle, generate a snapshot to record a current configuration of the controller as modified; and responsive to detecting an authorized digital entity wirelessly connected to the vehicle, send the snapshot to the digital entity to back up the snapshot, wherein the snapshot includes configurations of multiple controllers of the vehicle including the current configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Abraham Mezaael
  • Patent number: 11161409
    Abstract: Systems and methods for securing limited drivability of a vehicle by impaired drivers using blockchain are provided. The vehicle system uses blockchain to protect and disclose such vehicle deactivation, prevent false enabling/disabling of a vehicle, and saves this information to a shared ledger. A sensor system located on the vehicle, e.g., alcohol interlock sensors, interior sensors, and exterior sensors, may have access to this information along with fleet managers, OEM, and/or users. For example, when the alcohol interlock sensor is activated, it transmits a test request. Subsequently, the other sensors may identify the request and look for a known person inside or in the proximity of the vehicle. In a similar manner, whether the test has been conducted, as well as the results of the test may be verified by the other nodes, e.g., sensors/modules in the vehicle. Upon confirmation that the driver is impaired, the vehicle may be deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Ghannam, Mark Cuddihy, Brian Bennie, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Doug Thornburg
  • Patent number: 11154241
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring a user's intoxication including receiving a set of signals, derived from a set of samples collected from the user at a set of time points; providing a sobriety task to the user proximal to a time point of the set of time points; generating a performance dataset characterizing performance of the sobriety task by the user; receiving a supplementary dataset characterizing a demographic profile of the user and/or a physiological state of the user; determining a set of values of an intoxication metric, derived from the set of signals; generating a predicted temporal profile of the intoxication metric for the user based upon the set of values, the set of time points, and the supplementary dataset; generating an analysis of the user's sobriety based upon the performance dataset and the predicted temporal profile; and providing a notification to the user based upon the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: KHN Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Harry Nothacker, Pauline Anne Basaran, Stacey Ilene Rettus, Michael Jurgen Strasser, Imraan Aziz, John Paul Walton, Zachary Michael Saul, Christopher Thomas Faykus
  • Patent number: 11135950
    Abstract: A system having a controller includes one or more thermal generation element assemblies, or a plurality of air bladder assemblies, or a plurality of electromagnetic coil assemblies, or a combination thereof, that are in communication with the controller and are configured for activation by the controller. The one or more thermal generation element assemblies, or the plurality of air bladder assemblies, or the plurality of electromagnetic coil assemblies, or a combination thereof are configured to provide a holistic mitigating effect on a vehicle occupant confined within the interior space of a vehicle for long periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Migneco, David Gallagher
  • Patent number: 11133800
    Abstract: A vehicle floor assembly includes a floor structure and a capacitive proximity sensor assembly configured to detect a user touch command and a user pressure command. The floor assembly further includes a controller for receiving the user touch command and pressure command and controlling a vehicle related operation based on the detected user input commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Vivien J. Martinage, Christian Lange, Michael Contino, Nir Siegel
  • Patent number: 11120647
    Abstract: One or more driving analysis computing devices in a driving analysis system may be configured to analyze driving data, determine driving behaviors, and determine whether a collision is imminent or has occurred using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. Determination of whether a collision has occurred may be based on X-axis, Y-axis, and Z-axis positional data from two vehicles. Driving data from multiple vehicles may be collected by vehicle sensors or other vehicle-based systems, transmitted using V2V communications, and then analyzed and compared to determine various driving behaviors by the drivers of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Brandmaier, Martin Higgins, William Loo, Christopher G. Plachta, Philip Peter Ramirez
  • Patent number: 11109803
    Abstract: Methods of coaching a user of a breathalyzer to make use of correct blowing technique when blowing into the breathalyzer are provided. Methods of setting up a breathalyzer such that it adjusts a breathalyzer's parameters to account for jurisdictional variations in blood and/or breath alcohol limits and other standards are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: NOW GROUP UK LTD
    Inventor: Hunter David Abbott
  • Patent number: 11092236
    Abstract: A vehicle control device controls a vehicle control system, which includes a shift range switching system configured to switch a shift range by controlling a drive of a shift actuator, and an electric brake system configured to brake a vehicle by controlling a drive of a brake actuator. The vehicle control device includes a drive control unit, an abnormality monitoring unit, and a presence determination unit. The drive control unit controls a drive of a shift actuator. The abnormality monitoring unit monitors an abnormality of the shift range switching system. The presence determination unit determines whether the driver is in the driver's seat. When the abnormality of the range mismatch, which the actual shift range does not match the target shift range in a state where the driver is absent, the vehicle control device executes the fail safe process different from the fail safe process when the driver is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeru Kamio
  • Patent number: 11085915
    Abstract: A method for detecting a gaseous substance in a gas-mixture, a first measuring-variable which represents a first chemical and/or physical parameter of the gas-mixture being acquired, at least one second measuring-variable which represents a second chemical and/or physical parameter of the gas-mixture that differs from the first parameter being acquired, and a starting-measuring-instant, corresponding to the starting-instant, of the first parameter is specified when an amount of a time-derivative of the first measuring-variable exceeds a first predefined threshold-value and an amount of a time-derivative of the second measuring-variable exceeds a second predefined threshold-value, and at least one further first measuring-variable is acquired, an end instant is specified when the at least one further first measuring-variable corresponds to the starting measuring-variable, and an output signal is generated when the amount of a difference between the end instant and the starting instant is greater than a predefin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rajeev H. Venkatesh, Mary Thomas, Ye Lu
  • Patent number: 11067405
    Abstract: Image-based analysis techniques are used for cognitive state vehicle navigation, including an autonomous or a semi-autonomous vehicle. Images including facial data of a vehicle occupant are obtained using an in-vehicle imaging device. The vehicle occupant can be an operator of or a passenger within the vehicle. A first computing device is used to analyze the images to determine occupant cognitive state data. The analysis can occur at various times along a vehicle travel route. The cognitive state data is mapped to location data along the vehicle travel route. Information about the vehicle travel route is updated based on the cognitive state data. The updated information is provided for vehicle control. The updated information is rendered on a second computing device. The updated information includes road ratings for segments of the vehicle travel route. The updated information includes an emotion metric for vehicle travel route segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Maha Amr Mohamed Fouad, Chilton Lyons Cabot, Rana el Kaliouby, Forest Jay Handford
  • Patent number: 11068831
    Abstract: A motion pattern of a worker is evaluated in consideration of a proficiency level of the worker with respect to a work. A pattern acquisition unit (12) that acquires a motion pattern when a worker executes a work, an evaluation standard setting unit (15) that sets an evaluation standard for the motion pattern, and a pattern evaluation unit (18) that evaluates the motion pattern on the basis of the evaluation standard are provided, and the evaluation standard setting unit (18) sets the evaluation standard for the motion pattern when a certain worker executes certain work according to the number of times of execution of the certain work executed by the certain worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Broadleaf Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahide Arao, Akira Ooka
  • Patent number: 11052915
    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: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Jones
  • Patent number: 11047840
    Abstract: A breath alcohol device calibration system includes a computerized calibration module operable to calibrate a candidate breath alcohol device using a reference gas of known alcohol concentration, and a reference gas tank identification module operable to identify a reference gas tank that is coupled to the breath alcohol device calibration system. Identification is performed using at least one distinguishing characteristic of the coupled tank, the distinguishing characteristic providing reference gas tank information including at least the known alcohol concentration of gas in the reference gas tank. The reference gas tank identification module is further operable to read a temperature history of the tank from an electronic device coupled to the tank, and to indicate an error condition if the temperature history of the tank indicates temperatures below a first temperature threshold over the tank's recent temperature history to potentially result in incomplete mixing of the reference gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Edward DeVries, Scott Ruland
  • Patent number: 11024156
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a precise predictive maintenance method for a driving unit and a configuration thereof includes a first base information collecting step S10 of dividing change information of an energy size, a second base information collecting step S20 of connecting a peak interval between a highest point and a lowest point of a driving period in a driving state of the driving unit; a setting step S30 of setting an alarm gradient value, and a detecting step S40 of detecting the driving unit as an abnormal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ITS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 11006895
    Abstract: A method for monitoring intoxication of a user, the method including: receiving a set of samples from a body region of a user; generating an intoxication metric based on the set of samples; and providing a notification to the user based on the intoxication metric. The method can additionally or alternatively include: modifying operation of the transdermal alcohol sensing device based on the intoxication metric; determining contextual data; maintaining a hydration level of the transdermal alcohol sensing device; and any other suitable processes. A system for monitoring intoxication of a user including a sensor and a housing. The system can additionally or alternatively include any or all of: an inlet, a fastener, an electronics subsystem, a user device, and/or any other suitable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: KHN Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Harry Nothacker, William Tammen, Raymond Kampmeier
  • Patent number: 11003274
    Abstract: The present invention relates to automotive interface systems and methods. In one embodiment, an automotive interface system includes a steering wheel and an integrated interpolated variable impedance array that comprises a grid of sensing elements. The sensing elements are configured to power on simultaneously and to simultaneously generate multiple currents along multiple current paths in response to sensing a touch wherein the amount of current generated by a sensing element of the grid is directly proportional to the force applied by the touch. The automotive interface system also includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and a processor communicatively coupled to the interpolated variable impedance array that are configured to receive the multiple currents along multiple current paths and determine a location, a duration, an area, and a force of the touch from the multiple currents along multiple current paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SENSEL, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Meagher Grau, Bethany Noel Haniger, Mark Joshua Rosenberg, Reuben Eric Martinez, Scott Gregory Isaacson, Stephanie Jeanne Oberg, Timothy James Miller, Tomer Moscovich
  • Patent number: 10996119
    Abstract: A film pressure sensing device and a pressure sensing system for an exercise equipment are provided. The pressure sensing system includes an electronic device and at least one film pressure sensing device. Each film pressure sensing device includes a film sensing module and a processing module. The film sensing module includes a plurality of film pressure sensing elements, each of which senses pressure on a specific position of the exercise equipment to generate a pressure sensing signal. The processing module connects to the film pressure sensing elements via a plurality of conducting wires to receive the pressure sensing signals. The processing module generates a sensing data according to the pressure sensing signals, and transmits the sensing data to the electronic device. The film sensing module is flexible to be tightly disposed on a component of the exercise equipment, where the component corresponds to a part of a user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Institute For Information Industry
    Inventors: Tse-Yu Lin, An-Chun Chen, Yu-Chen Cheng, Heng-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 10996767
    Abstract: An IHS (Information Handling System) may support a variety of types of peripheral devices that may each be customized for operation by a specific user. Embodiments provide management of peripherals devices based on the context of the use of the IHS by the specific user. Upon detecting a login by a user, a plurality of peripheral device settings associated with that user are retrieved from a remote management service. A context of use of the IHS is determined based in part on the physical configuration of the IHS, applications that are currently in use, and other indicators of a mode of operation of the IHS. Based on the context of use and the peripherals coupled to the IHS, settings are selected from the user's retrieved peripheral device settings. The peripheral devices are configured based on the selected settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Vivek Viswanathan Iyer, Karthikeyan Krishnakumar
  • Patent number: 10983016
    Abstract: A monitoring system for motor vehicles has a number of sensors, which are arranged on control and/or actuation devices of the motor vehicle, which have a core and an outer envelope covering the same to some extent. The sensors are embedded between the core and the outer envelope thereof and deliver an output signal when a force is exerted onto the outer envelope. The sensors are formed by a sensor unit, which can be stretched or clamped onto the core, with a first foil with a first conducting trace pattern and with a second foil, arranged thereabove, with a second conducting trace pattern. The conducting trace patterns are arranged on mutually facing surfaces of the two foils and the mutually facing surfaces of the foil are connected to one another via spacer elements in such a manner that the foils are elastically biased away from one another and a contact between the first and second conducting trace patterns can be produced by exerting a force onto at least one of the foils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Denis Guezelocak
  • Patent number: 10966633
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a body-worn alcohol detection device. The device includes a housing comprising an electronics module and an alcohol detection module. The device further comprises a strap for securing the housing to a limb of the user. The electronics module includes a processor and a communication module, and the alcohol detection module includes an alcohol detection sensor, a sample collection device and a biometric camera for capturing an image of the inside of the user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: 3M ELECTRONICS MONITORING LTD.
    Inventors: John C. Defant, Michael E. Hamerly, David S. Segal, Sharon Cohen
  • Patent number: 10956177
    Abstract: An automatic hold switch is disclosed. The automatic hold switch provides a means for automatically switching a hold feature on and off. When the hold feature is on, one or more input devices of a portable electronic device are disabled or prevented from providing input signals. When the hold feature is off, one or more input devices of a portable electronic device are enabled or allowed to provide input signals. Because the user no longer has to manually control the hold feature, the number of actions that need to be taken by the user is reduced. In one example, the automatic hold switch is embodied with light sensors that detect when the device is in a dark environment and when the device is in a light environment. A dark environment indicates to the portable electronic device that the user wishes not to input and therefore the hold feature is turned on. A lighted environment indicates to the portable electronic device that the user wishes to input and therefore the hold feature is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Fletcher R. Rothkopf
  • Patent number: 10945651
    Abstract: An arousal level determination device, which determines an arousal level of a driver driving a vehicle, includes a detection part and a determination part. The detection part is configured to detect an amount of body movement indicating a magnitude of movement of a body of the driver. The determination part is configured to determine the arousal level of the driver. The determination part determines that the driver is in an initial stage of decline in the arousal level when the amount of body movement has a decreasing trend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Sawai
  • Patent number: 10949659
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting an occupant within a seat of a vehicle. The method includes: obtaining onboard sensor data from at least one occupant detection sensor, wherein the at least one occupant detection sensor is a biometric sensor, and wherein the onboard sensor data includes data extracted from a sensor response of the biometric sensor; determining an occupant presence classification selected from a plurality of occupant presence classifications based on an evaluation of the onboard sensor data, wherein the evaluation is carried out using occupant detection sensor parameters in combination with the onboard sensor data, and wherein the plurality of occupant presence classifications include an occupant not present classification, an occupant spaced away from seat classification, and an occupant directly on seat classification; and carrying out a vehicle action in response to the determined occupant presence classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Thomas, Chad M. O'Brien, Dorel M. Sala, Tricia E. Morrow
  • Patent number: 10942169
    Abstract: There is provided a moisture detection element including: an insulating portion composed of an insulating material; a voltage-applied electrode to which a voltage is applied; a detection electrode configured to output a voltage signal corresponding to a current flowing through an electric path including water molecules adhering to the surface of the insulating portion in accordance with the voltage applied to the voltage-applied electrode; and a conductive film that is conductive and electrically insulated from the voltage-applied electrode and the detection electrode, in which the voltage-applied electrode, the detection electrode, and the conductive film are disposed on the insulating portion. When dew condensation is detected, a DC voltage is applied to the voltage-applied electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hironori Wakana, Masuyoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10933841
    Abstract: A detection system for vehicle includes a reader and a first detector. The reader is provided in a vehicle, transmits and receives radio signals, and transmits transmission signals including at least radio signals for supplying electric power. The first detector is driven by the radio signals for supplying electric power included in the transmission signals when receiving the transmission signals and can transmit first response signals output in response to the transmission signals to the reader. The first detector is disposed in a sitting area on a seat where the first response signals transmitted to the reader are blocked. The reader determines a sitting state of a passenger based on whether the first response signals are received in response to the transmission signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kominato, Goro Nakamura, Tadahide Kunitachi, Kenji Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10922566
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide cognitive state evaluation for vehicle navigation. The cognitive state evaluation is accomplished using a computer, where the computer can perform learning using a neural network such as a deep neural network (DNN) or a convolutional neural network (CNN). Images including facial data are obtained of a first occupant of a first vehicle. The images are analyzed to determine cognitive state data. Layers and weights are learned for the deep neural network. Images of a second occupant of a second vehicle are collected and analyzed to determine additional cognitive state data. The additional cognitive state data is analyzed, and the second vehicle is manipulated. A second imaging device is used to collect images of a person outside the second vehicle to determine cognitive state data. The second vehicle can be manipulated based on the cognitive state data of the person outside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana el Kaliouby, Abdelrahman N. Mahmoud, Seyedmohammad Mavadati, Panu James Turcot
  • Patent number: 10897650
    Abstract: Content manipulation uses cognitive states for vehicle content recommendation. Images are obtained of a vehicle occupant using imaging devices within a vehicle. The one or more images include facial data of the vehicle occupant. A content ingestion history of the vehicle occupant is obtained, where the content ingestion history includes one or more audio or video selections. A first computing device is used to analyze the one or more images to determine a cognitive state of the vehicle occupant. The cognitive state is correlated to the content ingestion history using a second computing device. One or more further audio or video selections are recommended to the vehicle occupant, based on the cognitive state, the content ingestion history, and the correlating. The analyzing can be compared with additional analyzing performed on additional vehicle occupants. The additional vehicle occupants can be in the same vehicle as the first occupant or different vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana el Kaliouby, Abdelrahman N. Mahmoud, Panu James Turcot, Andrew Todd Zeilman, Gabriele Zijderveld
  • Patent number: 10895568
    Abstract: A method and system for remotely monitoring intoxication of a user, comprising: prompting the user to provide a breath sample at a time point; at a breath sample acquisition device, generating a breath sample signal upon reception of the breath sample from the user, and broadcasting a unique signature proximal in time to the time point; using a sensor of a mobile computing device, generating an authentication signal derived from detection of the unique signature; at a processing system in communication with the mobile computing device and the sample acquisition device, receiving the breath sample signal and the authentication signal; generating a verification assessment that validates provision of the breath sample by the user; determining a value of an intoxication metric for the user based upon the breath sample signal; and transforming the verification assessment and the value of the intoxication metric into an analysis of intoxication of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: KHN Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Harry Nothacker, Pauline Anne Basaran, Stacey Ilene Rettus, Zachary Michael Saul
  • Patent number: 10883949
    Abstract: In order to provide a moisture detection element, a gas detection device, and a breath inspection system that are compact and have high response performance, the moisture detection element includes an insulating section made of an insulating material, an application electrode to which an voltage is applied, and a detection electrode that detects a voltage signal corresponding to a current flowing through an electrical path via water molecules adsorbed on the insulating section by the voltage applied to the application electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironori Wakana, Masuyoshi Yamada, Minoru Sakairi
  • Patent number: 10877023
    Abstract: Embodiments include breath intoxicant monitoring systems and methods of operating a breath intoxicant monitoring system. In an embodiment, a breath intoxicant monitoring system, includes a first detection element, a second detection element, and a control module. The first detection element can be operable to detect a level of an intoxicant in a user's breath and to provide a continuous signal indicating the level of intoxicant. The second detection element can be operable to detect a level of the intoxicant. The second detection element includes a different type of element than the first detection element. The second detection element can have greater accuracy than the first detection element. The control module to selectively operate the second detection element based on the signal received from the first detection element, and to indicate whether the level of intoxicant in the user's breath exceeds a threshold. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Ruland, Douglas Edward DeVries
  • Patent number: 10850614
    Abstract: A blood alcohol level sensing system for a vehicle is steering wheel with infrared sensors that are able to detect variations in body chemistry from contact with the palms of the hands to determine if a driver is either alcohol impaired or impaired from certain medical conditions that might affect driving. The system has a digital readout that may be located on the dashboard of the vehicle, and the readout may also be transmitted to a cell phone. In the event of an exceedance of a predetermined set point, an interlock will interrupt the start circuit of the vehicle to prevent it from starting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Sadeq Albakri
  • Patent number: 10843659
    Abstract: A remote vehicle immobilizer is described. A network gateway device receives a command from a remote computing device to modify a configuration of an electronic switch from a first configuration to a second configuration. The electronic switch is positioned in a conducting path between a starter motor of the vehicle and a battery of the vehicle. In response to receiving the command, the network gateway device transmits a signal to the electronic switch via a two-way communication channel connecting the network gateway device to the electronic switch. The signal causes the electronic switch to modify the configuration of the electronic switch from the first configuration to the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Samsara Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Luis Innocenzi, Elias Ray Dykaar, Maxwell Anton Dergosits, Ingo Gerhard Wiegand
  • Patent number: 10839015
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to systems and methods for using a blockchain or shared ledger to record information regarding a vehicle identified by a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or other vehicle identifier. The blockchain may be used to handle vehicles after vehicle collisions based upon sensor data regarding the collision and the vehicle stored on-chain. An indication that a vehicle has been involved in a collision is received including sensor data collected at substantially the time of the vehicle collision. A transaction is broadcast to the blockchain to reflect the sensor data of the vehicle. Since the chain is searchable by VIN, any future searches for the vehicle by VIN include the sensor data collected substantially at the time of the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Leise, Douglas A. Graff, Stacie A. McCullough, Shawn M. Call, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Jacob J. Alt, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King
  • Patent number: 10829088
    Abstract: Described are techniques for monitoring use of a shared resource, such as physical resource, for example, a motor vehicle. The techniques include receiving an electronic representation of a user's identity, by a vehicle access application executable in a computing system in the vehicle, sending by the computing system to an identity and access management system the received electronic representation of the user's identity, receiving by the computing system from the identity and access management system credentials that validate the electronic representation of the user's identity, and enabling by the computing system starting of the vehicle when the computing system receives the credentials that validated the user's identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Graeme Jarvis, Terezinha Rumble, George C. Grammer, Michael Lamarca
  • Patent number: 10828985
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving vehicular safety are provided. According to certain aspects, an electronic device may receive and analyze image data depicting an individual located within a vehicle. The electronic device may also access certain data related to a condition of the individual, and may accordingly determine whether the individual is fit to operate the vehicle. If the individual is unfit to operate the vehicle, the electronic device may generate and display a notification that warns of the dangers of operating the vehicle and encourages the individual to not operate the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Sanchez, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 10825339
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a drowsiness alert to a driver of a vehicle are described. A drowsiness estimate data set is compared to historical drowsiness data from multiple vehicles. The drowsiness estimate data set includes current drive context data, and traffic situation data indicative of a present traffic situation for the vehicle and the position of the vehicle. The previously collected drowsiness estimate data sets of the historical drowsiness data are each associated with a determined degree of drowsiness of the respective driver when the previous drowsiness estimate data sets were collected. The degree of drowsiness is determined by a drowsiness detection system in the respective vehicle. A drowsiness risk measure is subsequently determined and, based on the drowsiness risk measure and based on a current drive context for the vehicle, a drowsiness alert may be provided to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henrik Bjersing, Andre Soderlind
  • Patent number: 10810719
    Abstract: A face image processing system includes: a component extracting means which receives an input of face image information indicating a face image, and extracts a wrinkle component, a fleck component and a pore component of the face image from the face image information; a removal rate adjusting means which adjusts a removal rate of each of the wrinkle component, the fleck component and the pore component extracted by the component extracting means; a storage means which stores the removal rate; a synthesizing means which synthesizes the wrinkle component, the fleck component and the pore component which are amplified or attenuated at the removal rate adjusted by the removal rate adjusting means, and generates a face image; and an output means which outputs the face image information synthesized by the synthesizing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: MEIJI UNIVERSITY, KOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaoru Arakawa, Fumihiko Tsukiyama