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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10800640
    Abstract: A materials handling vehicle comprises an operator compartment, a compartment tower, a multi-field scanning tool, and mechanisms that facilitate movement along a travel plane in a warehouse. The tool establishes a scan field, and, within scan field bounds, an occupancy detection field and an obstacle detection field. Tool scanning hardware is configured to generate the scan field from a point of origin that is elevated relative to the operator compartment and to expand the scan field such that it intersects the operator compartment and extends laterally beyond lateral edges of the operator compartment such that the occupancy detection field falls within the operator compartment, the obstacle detection field falls outside of the operator compartment, and the multi-field scanning tool is configured to indicate the presence of an occupant in the occupancy detection field and obstacles in the obstacle detection field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Franz Pöschl, Timothy A. Wellman, Stefan Hanneman, Martin Okroy, Stefan Sauer, Jess Donnely
  • Patent number: 10800425
    Abstract: Parameters that characterize a current driving situation of the motor vehicle are acquired. On the basis of the acquired parameters a current level of monotony is determined as a characterization of a monotony of the current driving situation. Whether the calculated current level of monotony exceeds a predetermined threshold is checked, and an exercise for the driver to increase concentration on driving the motor vehicle is performed when the threshold is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt
  • Patent number: 10780890
    Abstract: Vehicle systems and methods for controlling a vehicle to mitigate the effects of an incapacitated driver are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes one or more sensors, one or more processors, and one or more non-transitory memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. The memory modules store machine-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to receive one or more signals output by the one or more sensors and determine a driver of the vehicle is incapacitated based on the one or more signals output by the one or sensors. In response to determining the driver is incapacitated, the processors are caused to determine a specific type of incapacitation of the driver based on the one or more signals output by the one or more sensors. The processors may select an individual vehicle control profile based on the specific type of incapacitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen G. McGill
  • Patent number: 10780915
    Abstract: A steer by wire steering system includes a steering wheel selectively coupled to a steering shaft, the steering wheel and steering shaft axially movable between a deployed position and a retracted position; an advanced driver assist system configured to steer the steerable wheels of a vehicle that is in communication with the steering wheel and steering shaft, the ADAS configured to selectively control the steering of the steerable wheels in an autonomous driving mode and a manual driving mode; and a steering system controller in communication with the ADAS, the steering system controller programmed to, while the steering wheel is in the retracted position, move the steering wheel to the deployed position and operatively couple the steering wheel to the steering shaft, in response to a vehicle operator request to deactivate a portion of the ADAS and transition from the autonomous driving mode to the manual driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Heritianarisoa Rakouth, Joachim J. Klesing, Pierre C. Longuemare, Qi Peng, Steve J. Collier-Hallman, Farhad Bolourchi, John F. Schulz
  • Patent number: 10783856
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a position-adjustable steering wheel, a position-adjustable driver's seat, a display extending on the dashboard from one side facing the driver's seat to another side in which a center fascia is disposed, at least one image sensor configured to capture a vehicle interior image to obtain the vehicle interior image, a storage configured to store driver's seat positioning information of the driver's seat and steering wheel positioning information of the steering wheel, and a controller configured to obtain eye position information indicating a position of each of eyes of the driver with respect to the steering wheel based on at least one of the driver's seat positioning information or the vehicle interior image, determine a covered area on the display, covered by the steering wheel, based on the eye position information and the steering wheel positioning information, and adjust an output position of an image output on the display based on the covered area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: MuKyung Jung
  • Patent number: 10768002
    Abstract: A system and method for learning and predicting personalized risk associated with a journey for a user are presented. Contextual data may be gathered and analyzed from a plurality of data sources relating to a journey of a user. A risk associated with the journey may be learned for the user according to the contextual data. One or more risk models may be generated according to the learned risks. One or more potential risks associated with a subsequent journey may be predicted using the one or more risk models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan Epperlein, Yassine Lassoued, Martin Mevissen, Julien Monteil, Giovanni Russo, Robert Shorten
  • Patent number: 10761528
    Abstract: An automated operation vehicle control unit is configured to perform a detection process in which an abnormal condition of a passenger of a vehicle is detected and a notification process in which pedestrians are notified of the abnormal condition detected in the detection process in a case where the abnormal condition of the passenger is detected in the detection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshinori Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10725068
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical (MEMS) accelerometer has a proof mass, a sense electrode, and an auxiliary electrode. The sense electrode is located relative to the proof mass such that a capacitance formed by the sense electrode and the proof mass changes in response to a linear acceleration along a sense axis of the accelerometer. The auxiliary electrode is located relative to the proof mass such that a capacitance formed by the auxiliary electrode and proof mass is static in response to the linear acceleration. A sense drive signal is applied at the sense electrode and an auxiliary drive signal is applied at the auxiliary electrode. The sense drive signal and the auxiliary drive signal have different frequencies. An error is identified based on a portion of a signal that is received from the accelerometer and that is responsive to the auxiliary drive signal. Compensation is performed at the accelerometer based on the identified error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Giacomo Gafforelli, Luca Coronato, Adolfo Giambastiani, Federico Mazzarella, Massimiliano Musazzi, Michele Folz
  • Patent number: 10723365
    Abstract: A driving assistance device that performs a notification process for notifying a driver of a risk of a collision with a preceding vehicle in cooperation with a notification device includes: an inter-vehicular distance acquisition section that successively acquires an inter-vehicular distance; a first index calculator that calculates a first risk index indicating a degree of the risk of the collision based on a traveling speed and the inter-vehicular distance; a second index calculator that successively calculates a second risk index based on a relative speed between the own vehicle and the preceding vehicle; a notification level determination section that successively determines a notification level indicating a strength of notification for notifying the risk of the collision, based on the first risk index and the second risk index; and a notification processor that performs the notification process in a notification mode corresponding to the notification level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Kume, Akihiro Hayashi, Takahiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10709386
    Abstract: An electroencephalography (EEG) sensor is installed on a seat and configured to monitor brain activity of a user to generate a EEG signal. An electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor is installed on the seat and configured to monitor heart activity of the user to generate a ECG signal. A processor of the seat is in communication with the EEG sensor and the ECG sensor, and is configured to process the EEG signal and the ECG signal to determine a stress level of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: David Gallagher, Francesco Migneco
  • Patent number: 10705047
    Abstract: Functionalized nanotube arrays, sensors, and related methods of detecting target compounds are presented. A functionalized nanotube array can include a plurality of metal oxide nanotubes. The metal oxide nanotubes can be formed of a metal oxide and can have an interior or exterior surface that is optionally functionalized with at least one metal ion. These metal nanotubes can be used in a sensor for detecting target compounds such as volatile organic compounds, and biomarkers in a fluid environment. The sensor can further include a power source configured to apply a voltage to the nanotube array and a current sensor configured to monitor and detect changes in a response current which varies upon binding with the target compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Swomitra Kumar Mohanty, Manoranjan Misra, Younghwan Kim, Jules Magda
  • Patent number: 10703371
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to determine an occupancy status of a vehicle based on received sensor data; and adjust a parameter of a powertrain of the vehicle in response to data indicating a critical condition of the powertrain based on the occupancy status. The parameter may be one of engine speed, cylinder deactivation, transmission-shift time, and shift schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone, Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10696325
    Abstract: A drive force control system to increase a yaw rate greater than the yaw rate achieved by rotating a steering wheel to a maximum angle. A target yaw rate is calculated based on a steering angle of the steering wheel. A first predetermined torque and a second predetermined torque are calculated based on a difference between the target yaw rate and an actual yaw rate. When the steering angle of the steering wheel exceeds a first predetermined angle, a first correction torque to correct the first predetermined torque and a second correction torque to correct the second predetermined torque are calculated in accordance with the steering torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takanobu Nasu, Hiroshi Isono, Hidekazu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10701210
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method configured for matching subjects that call into a call center where calls are answered by care consultants that provide health care or consult on health care remotely via the call center, wherein the matching is based on holistic information related to both the individual subjects and the individual care consultants. The method being performed by one or more hardware processors configured by machine-readable instructions, the method comprising responsive to receiving a call from a first subject, obtaining first subject information associated with the first subject, obtaining care consultant information associated with a plurality of care consultants associated with the call center including first care consultant information associated with a first care consultant, and analyzing the first subject information and the first care consultant information to determine whether a match exists between the first subject and the first care consultant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Murtaza Bulut, Paul Anthony Shrubsole
  • Patent number: 10698400
    Abstract: A method for activating loading and/or unloading equipment of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle via a home automation device includes reading in a whereabouts signal representing a whereabouts of the vehicle in a predetermined stopping area via a communication interface to the vehicle, and subsequently, based on the whereabouts signal, providing an activation signal to the communication interface to activate the loading and/or unloading equipment to load and/or unload the vehicle in the stopping area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Marlon Ramon Ewert
  • Patent number: 10696186
    Abstract: A system for detecting the presence of an occupant of a seat. The system includes a sensing mat that includes an upper conducting layer and a lower conducting layer. At least one of the conducting layers comprises a printed electronic circuit separated into conductive zones by at least one resistive zone. The mat also includes a plurality of sensing zones and each of the sensing zones include a conductive zone from the upper conducting layer and a conductive zone from the lower conducting layer. Each of the conducting layers are connected to a controller configured to detect a change in capacitance of each of the sensing zones resulting from a change in distance between the upper conducting layer and the lower conducting layer. The controller is connected to a vehicle network and is configured to provide data to the network that indicates the absence or presence of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: David Wilson, Phillip Maguire
  • Patent number: 10684728
    Abstract: Capacitive sensing can be used to measure electrostatic features of a space. Rudimentary capacitive sensing can be blurry. For instance, the resolution of a capacitive sensor generating a simple electric field is not very high, and the response to the simple electric field is also not very high. Using many capacitive sensors and special sets of excitation signals exciting the capacitive sensors, the capacitive sensors can generate specialized electrostatic fields. Because the specialized electrostatic fields provide different views of the space, enhanced inferences can be made from measurements of responses to those specialized electrostatic fields. Selecting certain specialized electrostatic fields can allow capacitive sensors to sense a focused region of the space. Repeating the steps with varied electrostatic fields can allow capacitive sensors to make enhanced inferences for many focused regions of the space, thereby increasing the resolution of capacitive sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
    Inventor: David Wingate
  • Patent number: 10650659
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method to deliver a reminder message. The method includes a step of triggering a delivery of the reminder message upon detecting or sensing a reminder message required event-or-activity to prevent a person from forgetting or losing a person item. In an exemplary embodiment, the step of sensing the reminder message required event-or-activity includes a step of detecting or sensing an activity when the person preparing to leave a place for a next destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Bo-In Lin
  • Patent number: 10640098
    Abstract: A braking device for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, including an actuatable brake pedal, a piston of a master brake cylinder mechanically coupled to the brake pedal, the piston being supported in the master brake cylinder so as to be axially displaceable in an actuation direction and in a release direction, and including at least one radial seal that acts between the piston and the master brake cylinder. At least one elastically deformable and/or displaceable damping element opposes the displacement of the piston in the release direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Foerch, Matthias Kistner, Simon Hansmann
  • Patent number: 10635101
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing an autonomous vehicle from transitioning from an autonomous driving mode to a manual driving mode based on a risk model. The system includes a memory that stores instructions for executing processes for preventing the autonomous vehicle from transitioning the autonomous driving mode to the manual driving mode from based on a risk model. The system also includes a processor configured to execute the instructions. The instructions cause the processor to receive physiological data from a sensor, generate a risk assessment profile based on the physiological data, control an operating mode of the autonomous vehicle based on the risk assessment profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shaun Westbrook
  • Patent number: 10604011
    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: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Edward DeVries, Timothy J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 10580229
    Abstract: A method for determining operating conditions of a working machine (2) having a vehicle drive-train (1) while the working machine (2) is operating. The operating conditions are determined by a classifier generated by a machine learning process. By way of the classifier, the values of at least one operating variable of the vehicle drive-train (1), determined while the working machine (2) is operating, can be assigned to respective predefined categories which, in each case, represent at least one operating condition of the working machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Marcus Hiemer, Robin Cramer
  • Patent number: 10571423
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a stud sensor configured to locate a stud. The stud sensor includes a housing and a sensor carried by the housing. The sensor includes two or more electrodes. The two or more electrodes are configured to form a substantially circular configuration. The stud sensor further comprises one or more processors carried by the housing. The one or more processors are communicatively coupled with the sensor. The one or more processors are configured by machine-readable instructions to calculate a stud location by measuring a change in capacitance from a fixed capacitance of a wall structure as the stud sensor is moved along a surface of the wall structure; and generate one or more signals to report a result relating to a location of a stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Eidinger, Yong Cushing, Michael Murray, Bianca Linay
  • Patent number: 10558874
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating and transmitting data representative of a vehicle operation mode. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of a vehicle operation mode based on vehicle interior image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10557844
    Abstract: A system for communicating the sobriety of a user that includes a testing device that generates a substance content signal comprising a mouthpiece and a user identification device, wherein the substance content signal comprises at least one substance information, wherein the user identification device generates user identification data in response to a user's breath and transmits it from the testing device to a monitoring station, and wherein the testing device further comprises at least one of a LCD screen or a LED; a transceiver unit; a receiving station; and a supervisory monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SOBERLINK HEALTHCARE, LLC
    Inventor: Brad Keays
  • Patent number: 10543871
    Abstract: A drive assist device includes a determiner and a display controller. The determiner determines a parameter related to a current driving state of a vehicle. The display controller controls display of a display object that moves in response to operation of a steering wheel, and controls a movement of the display object with respect to a movement of the steering wheel, in accordance with a magnitude of the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Torii, Noeru Sato, Hiroyuki Morikawa
  • Patent number: 10527437
    Abstract: A system and method for cognitive risk mitigation are presented. Embodiments comprise journey prediction, parsing of data sources, risk assessment and mitigation, and natural-language user interaction by a cognitive processor. Data is gathered from a plurality of data sources and analyzed in the context of one or more of the user's intention(s). A dialogue with the user, in natural language, aims to provide and select one or more suggestions relating to the one or more user intention(s) such that the risk(s) relating to the one or more user's intention(s) is reduced. During the dialogue, cognitive reasoning may be performed, wherein the cognitive reasoning includes the ability to justify each suggestion and the ability to infer information from the interaction such as, for example, data obtained in a dialogue may inform subsequent inferences. The embodiments may use speech synthesis and speech recognition in an interactive spoken dialogue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan Epperlein, Claudio Gambella, Wynita M. Griggs, Yassine Lassoued, Jakub Marecek, Martin Mevissen, Julien Monteil, Rodrigo H. Ordonez-Hurtado, Giovanni Russo, Robert Shorten
  • Patent number: 10520439
    Abstract: A portable system (10) is disclosed for collecting a sample from exhaled breath of a subject. Drug substance in the exhaled breath are detected or determined. The sample is collected for further analysis using mass-spectroscopy. The system comprises a sampling unit (14) and a housing (12) arranged to hold the sampling unit (14), the sampling unit (14) is adapted to collect non-volatile and volatile compounds of the at least one drug substance from the exhaled breath from the subject. The housing (12) has at least one inlet (15) for the subject to exhale into the housing (12) to the sampling unit (14) and at least one outlet (16) for the exhaled breath to exit through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Sensa Bues AB
    Inventors: Göran Palmskog, Olof Beck
  • Patent number: 10506964
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a device and method for detecting fatigue driving. The device for detecting fatigue driving comprises: a first detection unit, which is disposed on a steering wheel of a vehicle, and configured to detect a grip of a driver on the steering wheel and transmit the detected grip value; and a controller, which is configured to receive the detected grip value, and determine whether the driver is in a suspected fatigue driving state according to the detected grip value and a grip standard sample value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yingyi Li
  • Patent number: 10507798
    Abstract: The automobile security system prevents the unauthorized operation of a vehicle. The automobile security system comprises an imaging device, an override device, and a management device. The imaging device captures an image of a person that is attempting to initiate the operation of the vehicle. The management device compares the captured image to images of people authorized to operate the vehicle. If a match if found, the automobile security system enables the operation of the vehicle. Further opportunities are then given to: 1) review a display of images of people who operated or attempted to operate the vehicle; and, 2) authorize an additional person to operate the vehicle. The override device is provided to enable temporary operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Nick Sebastian
  • Patent number: 10486714
    Abstract: A vehicle operation management system for managing an operation of a vehicle includes: an on-vehicle device mounted on the vehicle, the on-vehicle device being configured to collect driving data of the vehicle and enable a driver to perform an operation for setting an activity state of the vehicle; a server installed outside the vehicle, the server being configured to communicate with the on-vehicle device and store the driving data of the vehicle; and a terminal device configured to communicate with the server, the terminal device being capable of bringing outside the vehicle. An operation signal output from the terminal device in response to an operation by the driver is transmitted to the server. The on-vehicle device is configured to set the activity state on the basis of the operation signal the server has received from the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: VOLVO Truck Corporation
    Inventor: Yukio Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 10479375
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for autonomously performing default operations. A vehicle comprising a processor and a memory may be configured to perform the techniques. The processor may determine, while currently operating autonomously, a current context in which the vehicle is operating autonomously. The memory may store the current context. The processor may further determine, while currently operating autonomously and based on the current context, one of a plurality of operations to perform when the vehicle is unable to continue to operate autonomously, and unable to transfer control of the vehicle to an occupant, and perform the determined one of the plurality of operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Regan Towal
  • Patent number: 10477119
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an image sensing unit having a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arranged. The plurality of pixels include a first pixel and a second pixel. Light sensitivity of the first pixel has a local maximum value near a first wavelength and a local maximum value near a second wavelength. The first wavelength and the second wavelength are in a near-infrared wavelength band. Light sensitivity of the second pixel has a local maximum value near the second wavelength. The light sensitivity of the second pixel at the first wavelength is not higher than 10% of the light sensitivity of the first pixel at the first wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10449929
    Abstract: A system for automatic control of entry and/or motor starting authorization of a user for a vehicle. A control device or a computation device associated with the control device uses at least one statistical computation method to compute a probability of misuse for obtaining an entry and/or motor starting authorization for the vehicle. If the computed probability of misuse reaches or exceeds a prescribable threshold value, a control signal at least for unlocking the vehicle doors and/or for enabling of the motor control device is/are stopped or produced by the control device only if at least one additional authentication criterion has been satisfied; and/or the system for control of entry and/or motor starting authorization is deactivated if it is established that the vehicle is parking in an environment where the probability of future misuse of the electronic key reaches or exceeds a prescribable threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Florian Pflug, Hendrik Decke
  • Patent number: 10449883
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and a method for evaluating a seat by using body pressure distribution. The apparatus includes: a body grid generator to generate body grids corresponding to body pressure data, which is measured while a driver is seated on a seat of a vehicle, based on the body pressure data and body information of the driver; a pressure analyzer to divide the body grids to a plurality of body grid areas based on body areas of the body pressure data and analyze the body pressure data included in the body grid areas; and a pressure evaluator to evaluate a body pressure for the seat based on the analyzed body pressure data of the body grid areas, and evaluate a hugging feeling of the driver for the seat based on the evaluated body pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Baek Hee Lee, Yeong Sik Kim, Min Hyuk Kwak
  • Patent number: 10442354
    Abstract: An awareness support device includes: an awareness level reduction detection unit configured to detect a reduction in a driver's awareness level based on vehicle information on a vehicle driven by the driver; an awareness level recovery detection unit configured to detect a recovery from the reduction in the driver's awareness level based on the vehicle information; and an interaction processing unit configured to: start an output of an interactive voice used for interaction with the driver when the awareness level reduction detection unit detects the reduction in the driver's awareness level; and terminate the output of the interactive voice when the awareness level recovery detection unit detects the recovery from the reduction in the driver's awareness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10442433
    Abstract: An override system of a vehicle includes a command module configured to: receive a concentration of a chemical in a driver's body measured using a chemical measurement device of the vehicle; and when the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, prevent movement of the vehicle. An override module is configured to, in response to receipt of user input indicative of an override request while the concentration of the chemical is greater than the predetermined concentration of the chemical, selectively generate a command to override the prevention of movement of the vehicle. The command module is further configured to, in response to the command, selectively allow movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10436770
    Abstract: An interlock data collection and calibration system has a device computer, and a gas sample delivery system for delivering a first gas sample and a second gas sample to the ignition interlock device, the first and second gas samples having different predetermined concentrations of alcohol. The device computer includes a calibration program for calibrating the ignition interlock device using the first gas sample, and then delivering the second gas sample to the ignition interlock device to verify that the ignition interlock device correctly determines the second alcohol concentration of the second sample gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: 1A Smart Start, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Lyon
  • Patent number: 10427522
    Abstract: The present application discloses a vehicle control wearable apparatus. The vehicle control wearable apparatus includes a detector configured to detect an intoxicating substance intake level of a potential driver of a vehicle; a vehicle operation state controller coupled to the detector and configured to receive the intoxicating substance intake level from the detector; and a first data transceiver coupled to the vehicle operation state controller. The vehicle operation state controller is configured to conduct a comparison between the intoxicating substance intake level and a first threshold level, and control the first data transceiver to send a blocking signal based on a first result of the comparison at a first time point. The blocking signal controlling the vehicle in a blocked state thereby prevents the potential driver from driving the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., K-tronics (Su Zhou) Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Rong Shen
  • Patent number: 10430746
    Abstract: An area access control system includes a client electronic device configured to administer an alertness test to a user; and an area access controller, coupled to and configured to be actuated by the client electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Predictive Safety SRP, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry M. Bowles, Marcus T. Wichmann, Darren B. Chamberlin
  • Patent number: 10415268
    Abstract: Cargo locks are general massive, virtually armor plate grade materials, cables, tags, etc. hung on the outside of any configuration of cargo containers, enclosed cargo trucks, vans, semi-trailers, boxcars, etc. A few internal cargo area lock systems have been offered but are cost prohibitive, massive and not practical for other than a stationary installation. This makes them impractical for cargo containers, boxcars, and most semi-trailers because they are rarely re-used by the same party who invested in an elaborate “stationary” lock system. In a further development of U.S. Pat. No. 9,683,394, virtually anyone can install this flexible Lock Mechanism and Electronic Control (LM&EC) and achieve a secured cargo area by making all locks inaccessible from the outside. Similarly, the LM&EC system can be readily removed for reuse elsewhere or its access and control components modified to adapt to the reuse application or improve security for the present application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: C. Joseph Rickrode
  • Patent number: 10408625
    Abstract: Vision-assist systems that inform visually impaired users regarding the current state of a room are disclosed. In some embodiments, a system includes an image sensor for obtaining a baseline image of the room including one or more items in the room positioned in an in-order state, and memory to store the baseline image. The system may include a motion sensor to detect when the user is approaching the room to activate the image sensor to obtain a real-time image of the room. A detection module determines whether the room and items in the room are in an in-order state or an out-of-order state when compared with the baseline image, and an output module notifies the user of the current state of room. In this manner, a visually impaired user can be informed of the state of a room which thereby aids the user in navigating or moving within the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Lee
  • Patent number: 10401860
    Abstract: Image analysis is performed for a two-sided data hub. Data reception on a first computing device is enabled by an individual and a content provider. Cognitive state data including facial data on the individual is collected on a second computing device. The cognitive state data is analyzed on a third computing device and the analysis is provided to the individual. The cognitive state data is evaluated and the evaluation is provided to the content provider. A mood dashboard is displayed to the individual based on the analyzing. The individual opts in to enable data reception for the individual. The content provider provides content via a website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Krupat, Rana el Kaliouby, Jason Radice, Gabriele Zijderveld, Chilton Lyons Cabot
  • Patent number: 10384602
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, with one or more processors, biometric information of a first user. The method also includes determining, with the one or more processors, whether there is an indication that the first user is distracted based on the biometric information. The method further includes receiving, with the one or more processors, vehicle speed information. The method also includes determining, with the one or more processors, whether there is an indication that the first user is driving based on the vehicle speed information. The method further includes in response to determining that the first user is distracted and that the first user is driving, instructing, with the one or more processors, a mobile device associated with the first user to contact a second user or a call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Rachel Csabi, Matthew T. Flachsbart, Pooja Krishnaswamy, Nils Griswold-Steiner, Luis Eduardo Santana, Bradly Jay Billman