And Causing Interruption Of An Electrical System Of The Vehicle Or Its Motor Patents (Class 180/279)
  • Patent number: 11061402
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods that apply neural networks such as, for example, convolutional neural networks, to sparse imagery in an improved manner. For example, the systems and methods of the present disclosure can be included in or otherwise leveraged by an autonomous vehicle. In one example, a computing system can extract one or more relevant portions from imagery, where the relevant portions are less than an entirety of the imagery. The computing system can provide the relevant portions of the imagery to a machine-learned convolutional neural network and receive at least one prediction from the machine-learned convolutional neural network based at least in part on the one or more relevant portions of the imagery. Thus, the computing system can skip performing convolutions over regions of the imagery where the imagery is sparse and/or regions of the imagery that are not relevant to the prediction being sought.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Raquel Urtasun, Mengye Ren, Andrei Pokrovsky, Bin Yang
  • Patent number: 10832882
    Abstract: To provide an electric circuit breaker device that can be downsized while maintaining strength. An igniter 20, a bar-shaped projectile 40, a conductor piece 50, and an insulating space 61 are provided inside a resin housing 10. A cylinder 30 is disposed between the bar-shaped projectile 40 and an inner wall surface of the housing 10, and a reinforcing frame 70 is disposed in the housing 10 on the outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DAICEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Yamada, Tomohide Fujiwara, Toshiyuki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10527018
    Abstract: A vehicle engine start/stop control method includes shifting an automatic transmission to a park or neutral position and auto-stopping the engine in response the automatic transmission being in the park or neutral position for a predetermined period of time that begins with a shift of the automatic transmission to the park or neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Eric Michael Rademacher, Hank L. Kwong, Siraj Siddiqui, Giuseppe Domenico Suffredini
  • Patent number: 10291110
    Abstract: In a drive circuit, a rate adjuster adjusts a charging speed of a MOSFET to be faster than the charging speed of an IGBT when a drive state changer changes the first switching element from the off state to the on state first, and changes the second switching element from the off state to the on state next. The rate adjuster also adjusts a discharging speed of the MOSFET to be faster than the discharging speed of the IGBT when the drive state changer changes the MOSFET from the on state to the off state first, and changes the IGBT from the on state to the off state next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Watanabe, Tomotaka Suzuki, Tomoyuki Muraho, Yoshinori Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10271705
    Abstract: Once it is determined in Step S2 that a corner has been detected, a control unit causes a body to perform a reciprocating motion and initiate corner cleaning in Step S3. Then, once it is determined in Step S4 that a rubbish detection sensor detects no rubbish, the corner cleaning is terminated in Step S6. Once it is determined in Step S4 that the rubbish detection sensor detects rubbish, the corner cleaning continues to be executed by the body being caused to perform the reciprocating motion in Step S5. In other words, an autonomous travel-type cleaner is realized that can remove a large amount of the rubbish accumulating at the corner by causing the body to perform the reciprocating motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Shigeto, Kenji Watanabe, Hideharu Ogahara, Shinichi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10157715
    Abstract: A switch apparatus has a wireless function and is provided with a body, a knob, which is assembled to the body and can be switch-operated, an antenna coil for communication operations, which is wound on the body, and a connecter terminal. The connecter terminal includes at least one terminal, which is provided to the body by insert molding and is bonded to the antenna coil, and at least one pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI TIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Ryosuke Okuda, Shuichi Iwata, Satoshi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9977083
    Abstract: A sampling circuit monitors a high voltage level in an electric vehicle drive. A resistor ladder receives a drive voltage to be sampled and provides sufficient isolation to allow use of low cost switching devices. An N-channel MOSFET is connected between the ladder and a reference resistance. A junction between the source terminal of the MOSFET and the reference resistance provides a sampled voltage output adapted to be input to an analog-to-digital converter. A discrete optocoupler has an output side with a collector and an emitter. The collector is coupled to the resistor ladder, and the emitter is connected to a gate terminal of the MOSFET and coupled to the ground reference by a load resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Wand
  • Patent number: 9969343
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing an electrical connection between a power regulating device included in a vehicle and an energy storage device included in the vehicle. One system includes an electronic processor configured to compare a first acceleration of the vehicle to a first threshold and generate a first output representing whether the first acceleration exceeds the first threshold. The electronic processor is also configured to compare a second acceleration of the vehicle to a second threshold and generate a second output representing whether the second acceleration exceeds the second threshold. The electronic processor is further configured to output a signal to disconnect the power regulating device from at least one energy storage device include in the vehicle when the first output represents that the first acceleration exceeds the first threshold and the second output represents that the second acceleration exceeds the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Spencer Trapp, Gunther Lang, Krishnadev Kumar
  • Patent number: 9902269
    Abstract: A method of communication between a power supply station and an electric vehicle is provided. In the method, the electric vehicle prepares a first information represented by a numerical value to be transmitted to the power supply station and transmits the first information by causing an AC power, which the electric vehicle draws from the power supply station, to have a current value corresponding to the first information based on a predetermined correspondence relationship. The power supply station receives the first information based on a magnitude of the current drawn by the electric vehicle and the first predetermined correspondence relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taiji Abe
  • Patent number: 9905981
    Abstract: A power extraction device is an extraction device configured to extract electric power from a vehicle by being connected to a first connecting portion of the vehicle, the vehicle including a storage battery and the first connecting portion to which a plug is connected so that the first connecting portion is able to perform at least one of supplying of electric power to the storage battery and discharging of electric power accumulated in the storage battery to its outside. The extraction device includes: a second connecting portion to be connected to the first connecting portion provided on an outer peripheral surface of the vehicle; and a third connecting portion to which an external connection plug configured to connect an external device to the extraction device is connectable. The third connecting portion includes a connection surface to which the external connection plug is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeki Kinomura, Tomoya Ono
  • Patent number: 9873338
    Abstract: An electric vehicle disclosed in the specification includes a main battery, a main electric power supply wire connected with the main battery, an electric power control unit including a smoothing capacitor that smooths a voltage of the main electric power supply wire, a switch that switches the main electric power supply wire between conduction and non-conduction, a sub battery having a lower voltage than the main battery, a sub electric power supply wire connected with the sub battery, a first DC-DC converter that can perform a boost operation from the sub electric power supply wire to the main electric power supply wire on the electric power control unit side relative to the switch, and a second DC-DC converter that can perform a buck operation from the main electric power supply wire on the main battery side to the sub electric power supply wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Nozawa
  • Patent number: 9840217
    Abstract: An impact detecting sensor assembly for an active hood system is disclosed. An impact detecting sensor assembly for an active hood system that is disposed at a front bumper of a vehicle, detects an impact force when a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, and controls the active hood system depending on the detection signal according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include i) a flexible holder of a tube shape that is fixed on a front surface of a bumper beam of the front bumper in a vehicle width direction, and ii) a pair of electrode plates that are disposed in the flexible holder at a predetermined interval to face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youngho Kwag, Mun Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 9673642
    Abstract: A discharge control device for controlling discharge in an energy storage device disposed in an electric apparatus, wherein the discharge control device includes a first determination unit adapted to determine whether or not an electric apparatus's status is being outside a predetermined first range and a discharge controller adapted to start discharge in the energy storage device, when the first determination unit determines that the status of the electric apparatus is being outside the first range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: GS Yuasa International Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaro Katsumata
  • Patent number: 9637009
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes: a main battery; an electric power converter configured to convert power to driving power of a drive motor; an auxiliary battery configured to supply power to auxiliaries; a power supply harness connecting the auxiliary battery to the auxiliaries; a step-down converter having an output end connected to the power supply harness, the step-down converter being configured to step down an output voltage of the main battery to the driving voltage of the auxiliaries; an interrupter configured to isolate the step-down converter from the power supply harness at the time when a predetermined specific abnormality has been detected; and a discharger configured to discharge a capacitor incorporated in the electric power converter, the discharger being configured to operate by receiving electric power supplied from a first power supply path which connects the output end of the step-down converter to the interrupter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masanori Sugiura
  • Patent number: 9539889
    Abstract: A safety apparatus for a vehicle battery and a method for operating the same capable of preventing accidents such as fire and battery explosion are provided. The safety apparatus includes a fixed housing that is fixed to a vehicle body and a movable housing that is movably disposed in the fixed housing to move due to external impact. An impact sensor is disposed within the fixed housing configured to be fractured due to the movement of the movable housing and an elastic member is configured to provide a restoring force to the movable housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hae Kyu Lim
  • Patent number: 9472800
    Abstract: A contact arrangement is described for connecting a power supply to electrical components in a vehicle. The contact arrangement may include a first mechanical contact for connecting a first lead of the power supply to an electrical component, and a second mechanical contact for connecting a second lead of a power supply to the electrical component. The first and second mechanical contacts are configured to disconnect the power supply in the event of a collision. The first mechanical contact is configured to be arranged substantially perpendicular to the second mechanical contact in relation to a transverse plane of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Orjan Spjuth, Patrik Larsson
  • Patent number: 9421879
    Abstract: A vehicle system with a charging station and an autonomously movable, electrically powered vehicle dockable therewith, the vehicle system being mutually engageable at an inlet-side on the vehicle and an outlet-side on the charging station arranged to transport energy between the charging station and vehicle when engaged and further being provided with an inlet-side guiding member, an outlet-side guiding member, respectively, arranged to guide the inlet-side and outlet-side engagements from a non-charging position into a charging position upon engaging of the inlet- and outlet-sides when docking the vehicle to the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Jan Lambertus Pastoor, Howard Sie, Karel Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 9363860
    Abstract: Intelligent light source and methods to make various types of an intelligent light source for the benefit of a user. One embodiment is a method of making an intelligent light source. A second embodiment is an intelligent light source that has a data processor. A third embodiment is an intelligent light source that has a display. Various embodiments having a display can display one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Phahol Lowchareonkul
  • Patent number: 9283855
    Abstract: The power management apparatus provided in a vehicle includes: a switch 6 for bringing a state between the first and second electric power storage devices 1 and 2 into a non-conduction state during a normal operation and switching the state therebetween to a conduction state when a failure of the power converter 4 is detected; and a power management section 7 for controlling the motor-generator 3 so that a difference between voltages of the first and second electric power storage devices 1 and 2 is equal to or smaller than a predetermined voltage difference before the switch 6 is operated to perform switching from the non-conduction state to the conduction state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Nozomu Kamioka, Satoshi Wachi, Yasukazu Murata
  • Patent number: 9260019
    Abstract: A drive system includes a first switching unit, a first capacitor, a step-down circuit, a second capacitor, and a discharging unit. The first switching unit is configured to convert energy, stored in an electrical storage device, to electric power that is supplied to a motor. The first capacitor is connected to the first switching unit and configured to smooth voltage that is supplied from the electrical storage device to the first switching unit. The step-down circuit is connected to the first capacitor and configured to step down voltage of the first capacitor. The second capacitor is connected to the step-down circuit and configured to draw electric charge stored in the first capacitor. The discharging unit is configured to discharge electric charge stored in the second capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Sakata
  • Patent number: 9139097
    Abstract: An electric power source supplies electrical power to an electric machine of a vehicle via a plurality of high voltage lines. A plurality of connections are disposed within a housing for connecting the high voltage lines. A cover member encloses a hidden magnet and is removably secured to the housing so that removal is necessary to obtain access to the high voltage lines. A reed switch is mounted proximate the cover member, when secured, within a magnetic field of the magnet, whereby the reed switch is closed when the cover member is secured and is open when the cover member is removed. A controller is controllably coupled to the power source via a control connector and circuit of the electric machine. Such circuit extends from the reed switch to the controller, where the controller causes the electric power source to stop supplying electrical power when the cover member is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Remy Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley D. Chamberlin, Colin Hamer
  • Publication number: 20150034406
    Abstract: An electric vehicle is provided, which includes a circuit for discharging a capacitor which smoothes electric current of a power converter. A hybrid vehicle includes a capacitor for smoothing electric current, a discharge circuit, and a discharge controller. The discharge circuit is connected to the capacitor in parallel. The discharge circuit includes a series circuit configured by a first resistor, a PTC thermistor, and a switch. When the discharge controller closes the switch, electric current starts to flow through the first resistor and the PTC thermistor. The capacitor is discharged rapidly. When continuing inflow of electric current to the discharge circuit is more than envisaged, the temperature rises due to heat generation by the PTC thermistor itself, and resistance increases. Thereupon, the electric current flowing into the first resistor is suppressed, suppressing heat generation of the first resistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kentaro Hirose
  • Publication number: 20150021114
    Abstract: A technology for mitigating a collision impact applied to a power controller positioned in a front compartment is provided. An automobile has a power controller and device in the front compartment. The power controller and the device are positioned side by side in an automobile lateral direction. A corner or protrusion of the power controller faces a lateral surface of the device. When the automobile collides with an obstacle, the lateral surface of the device comes into contact with the corner of the power controller. Because the lateral surface of the device is weaker than the corner of the power controller, the device breaks first. The device functions as a cushioning material to mitigate damage suffered by the power controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Hotta, Kenshi Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 8892312
    Abstract: A side collision determination apparatus for a vehicle includes: a first acceleration sensor and a second acceleration sensor mounted on each side surface of the vehicle; and a determination unit configured to perform determination whether a level of collision, which has occurred at apart of the side surface, is equal to or higher than a prescribed level. The determination unit performs the determination based on the acceleration detected by a non-collision side one of the first and second acceleration sensors when the part of the side surface at which the collision has been occurred is adjacent to the sensor-mounted position. The determination unit performs the determination based on the acceleration detected by a collision side one of the first and second acceleration sensors when the part of the side surface at which the collision has been occurred is apart from the sensor-mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8881860
    Abstract: Disclosed are a motor control apparatus and a method of controlling driving of a motor by the motor control apparatus, in which the motor control apparatus, which controls an electrically-driven motor, autonomously detects vehicle collision to autonomously control the operating state of the motor. The method includes determining a collision state of a vehicle, and stopping the driving of the motor according to the collision state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: LSIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Duk Yun Cho
  • Patent number: 8848408
    Abstract: In an electric power conversion system having a discharge control device capable of discharging a voltage charged in a capacitor to a voltage of not more than a predetermined voltage, a linear regulator decreases a voltage of the capacitor and outputs the decreased voltage to a drive unit at a bottom arm in a U phase. A flyback converter for discharging use inputs an output of the linear regulator, and outputs electric power to a drive unit at an upper arm in the U phase. When detecting that own vehicle collides with an obstacle, the discharge control device starts to execute discharge control of the capacitor by turning off a photo coupler and turning on the linear regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Shindo, Tsuneo Maebara, Koichi Sakata
  • Patent number: 8810363
    Abstract: An engine starting/stopping switch device is provided that includes a switch unit that switches over switching modes in response to linear movement of a movable member, a push button that is linked to the movable member so as to drive the movable member in response to a pushing operation, and a coil antenna that outputs transponder drive radio waves for generating an electromotive force in a transponder built into a portable device, wherein the coil antenna (15) is disposed coaxially with the push button (14) so that at least part of the coil antenna (15) is inserted into the interior of the push button (14). This enables the operability of a push button to be improved and enables the size in the radial direction of the push button to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sakamoto, Makoto Honkawa, Keisuke Hidaka, Koji Masubuchi, Kazuto Kaneshige
  • Patent number: 8725596
    Abstract: A computerized vehicle control system and device for limiting the functionality of a mobile asset (e.g., vehicle) capable of performing a plurality of mobile asset functions. The device includes an asset monitor, a mobile wireless transceiver, and a mobile asset processor. The asset monitor is in communication with a first mobile asset for collecting monitored data associated with the first mobile asset. The mobile wireless transceiver is adapted to interface with a management computer. The mobile asset processor is adapted to receive the monitored data from the asset monitor; determine that a first mobile asset function of the plurality of mobile asset functions should be limited; and limit operation of the first mobile asset function. The mobile asset control device can be adapted to override the functionality of the mobile asset, based on the navigation, relative location of the mobile asset, or business rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: I.D. Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Ehrman, Michael L. Ehrman, Jeffrey M. Jagid, Joseph M. Pinzon, Yaron Hecker, Leonard Pimentel
  • Patent number: 8675334
    Abstract: In a method for operating a tank device of a motor vehicle having a tank and a valve which is adjustable by a driver stage connected to an energy supply, the valve is closed in response to an ascertained fault. Based on the fault, two output signals are formed for closing the valve: one of the output signals represents a relay signal and interrupts the energy supply to the driver stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Chengxuan Fu, Isabelle Gentil-Kreienkamp
  • Publication number: 20130299267
    Abstract: Disclosed are a motor control apparatus and a method of controlling driving of a motor by the motor control apparatus, in which the motor control apparatus, which controls an electrically-driven motor, autonomously detects vehicle collision to autonomously control the operating state of the motor. The method includes determining a collision state of a vehicle, and stopping the driving of the motor according to the collision state of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Duk Yun CHO
  • Patent number: 8560199
    Abstract: A control system in a vehicle including a front wheel which is a driven wheel and a rear wheel which is a drive wheel, the control system including: a control unit configured to control a driving power generated in a driving source according to a driving state of the vehicle; and a front wheel speed sensor configured to detect a rotational speed of the front wheel; the control unit including: a wheelie determiner configured to determine whether or not a predetermined wheelie starting condition is met, based on a value detected by the front wheel speed sensor; and a driving power controller configured to suppress the driving power if the wheelie determiner determines that the predetermined wheelie starting condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8489287
    Abstract: A vehicle rollover prevention safety driving system, comprising: at least an image sensor, used to fetch road images in front of said vehicle; an image processor, connected to said image sensor, and is used to identify a drive lane in road images, and calculate a drive lane curvature, an inclination angle of said road, and relative positions of said vehicle and a lane marking; a vehicle conditions sensing module, used to sense dynamic information of a vehicle turning angle, a vehicle inclination angle, and a vehicle speed; a microprocessor, connected to said image processor and said vehicle conditions sensing module, and it calculates a rollover prediction point and a rollover threshold speed, and it issues a corresponding warning signal or a control signal; and an accelerator and brake controller, connected to said microprocessor, and it controls deceleration of said vehicle according to said control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Test Center
    Inventors: Tsung-Hua Hsu, Chun-Hsiung Chen, Tzu-Chien Hsu, Yi-Feng Su, Hsueh-Lung Liao
  • Patent number: 8307934
    Abstract: This invention provides fire prevention and detection for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial and military vehicles by ensuring the engine is automatically and immediately shut down upon the occurrence of a catastrophic event that may lead to a fire. The shutdown is achieved through the isolation of the vehicle batteries and alternator and the disconnecting of those devices from all electrical circuits. Anomalies that cause the shutdown and disconnect include battery and vehicle load currents that are outside a preset range, excessive temperatures, detection of smoke in the drive compartment or sleeper, or detection of a frontal impact accident or vehicle rollover. Once disconnected, the battery contactor must be manually reset in order to restore electrical power to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: GTR Development LLC
    Inventors: Guy T. Rini, Charles J. Groeller
  • Patent number: 8242886
    Abstract: A door lock control device that performs locking and/or unlocking of a door of a vehicle subject to a condition that a result of communication with a portable device has authenticated the portable device. The door lock control device has: an operation reception unit that is provided in the vehicle and receives an input for instructing the locking and/or unlocking of the door; a vehicle power source determination unit that determines whether a power source of the vehicle is ON; an occupant determination unit that determines whether an occupant is present in a cabin of the vehicle; and a power supply control unit that stops power supply to the operation reception unit when determination is made that the power source of the vehicle is ON and an occupant is present inside the vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroko Murakami
  • Patent number: 8229643
    Abstract: An acceleration control system stores a target acceleration calculation equation acquired by transforming an equation that expresses that a product of the differentiation of the square power of the speed and the environmental factor ?env represents a sensed value ? of acceleration. A surrounding environment monitor device detects surrounding bodies present in the forward periphery of the vehicle, and an environmental factor calculation unit calculates the environmental factor ?env by using the detected positions of the surrounding bodies. A target acceleration setting unit successively sets target accelerations aref in compliance with the target acceleration calculation equation by using the environmental factor ?env. The acceleration is executed to match the driver's feeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Inou, Minoru Okada, Takehito Fujii, Seiji Totsuka
  • Patent number: 8222848
    Abstract: A starter for an auxiliary power unit includes a direct current motor operably connectable to an auxiliary power unit. A clutch is arranged in an electrically parallel relationship and configured to operably connect the motor to the auxiliary power unit when engaged, the motor and the clutch powered by a common input line. A time delay switching element is located and configured to delay power delivery to the direct current motor thus providing for full engagement of the clutch prior to initiation of rotation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Poisson
  • Patent number: 8209053
    Abstract: An improved cleaning robot that uses a simple structure to sense an obstacle is provided. The cleaning robot includes a robot main body comprising a driving unit to drive the cleaning robot, and a cleaning unit to remove dust, a bumper unit which is movably mounted in the robot main body to protect the robot main body from collision with an obstacle, a sensor unit which supports the bumper unit movably in a plurality of directions to sense the collision of the bumper unit and the obstacle, and a control unit which controls the driving unit on the basis of a signal sensed by the sensor to avoid the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoung-woung Kim, Sam-jong Jeung, Jeong-gon Song, Myeong-ho Kim, Tae-young Ryu, Ju-sang Lee, Heung-yi Kim, Sam-hyun Choi, Jang-youn Ko, Dae-hyung Kim, Hak-bong Lee, Yoon-kyunh Cho
  • Patent number: 8186471
    Abstract: A control apparatus comprises an SMR for switching supply of power on and off from a high voltage battery to an inverter, a switching command section for commanding the SMR to switch supply of power from the high voltage battery, a collision detection section for detecting a collision from outside the inverter, and a collision determination section for determining a collision with the inverter on the basis of at least detection by the collision detection section. The collision detection section includes a load detection sensor for detecting a load from outside the inverter and the switching command section commands the SMR to stop supply of power from the high voltage battery on the basis of collision determination by the collision determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Ohno
  • Publication number: 20120055727
    Abstract: In the event of collision of a vehicle, a control device for a power converting apparatus in the vehicle is supplied with a power source voltage for operations thereof, using electric power resulting from residual charges accumulated in smoothing capacitors provided in the power converting apparatus. With such a configuration, even if a power source voltage for the control device is not supplied from outside the power converting apparatus due to disconnection of a line, the residual charges accumulated in the smoothing capacitor provided in the power converting apparatus can be discharged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Omiya, Hiromichi Kuno
  • Patent number: 7853390
    Abstract: An acceleration control system stores a target acceleration calculation equation acquired by transforming an equation that expresses that a product of the differentiation of the square power of the speed and the environmental factor ?env represents a sensed value ? of acceleration. A surrounding environment monitor device detects surrounding bodies present in the forward periphery of the vehicle, and an environmental factor calculation unit calculates the environmental factor ?env by using the detected positions of the surrounding bodies. A target acceleration setting unit successively sets target accelerations aref in compliance with the target acceleration calculation equation by using the environmental factor ?env. The acceleration is executed to match the driver's feeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Inou, Minoru Okada, Takehito Fujii, Seiji Totsuka
  • Patent number: 7702441
    Abstract: A safety logic for vehicle rollover detection systems comprising a main rollover detection logic and at least one protection device for the occupant or occupants of the vehicle, including a vehicle lateral acceleration sensor (11), which generates an output signal indicating a near rollover event, when a lateral acceleration of a vehicle exceeds the first predefined threshold value (15) or, when a lateral acceleration of vehicle exceeds the second predefined threshold value (16) that is lower than the first predefined threshold value (15) and simultaneously at least one additional safety logic activation signal is present (1, 1?, 1?, 1??).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mariusz Geborek, Aleksandra Urbanek, Daniel Sygnarowicz
  • Patent number: 7699133
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for degrading and disabling a vehicle's engine throttle. The vehicle disable system includes a throttle position sensor that generates a throttle position signal, an electronic control module (“ECM”) input connected to the ECM on which the throttle position sensor provides the throttle position signal to the ECM, and an override input that enables an idling signal to be transmitted to the ECM instead of the throttle position signal. The method of the present invention includes the steps of receiving an input signal related to the state of the driver input mechanism, interpreting the input signal, and at least one of degrading and disabling the throttle based on the interpretation of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy D. Bolduc, Christopher A. Hedges, Luis A. Prieto, R. Clarkson Griffin, Gerald P. Hunt
  • Publication number: 20080314673
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for degrading and disabling a vehicle's engine throttle. The vehicle disable system includes a throttle position sensor that generates a throttle position signal, an electronic control module (“ECM”) input connected to the ECM on which the throttle position sensor provides the throttle position signal to the ECM, and an override input that enables an idling signal to be transmitted to the ECM instead of the throttle position signal. The method of the present invention includes the steps of receiving an input signal related to the state of the driver input mechanism, interpreting the input signal, and at least one of degrading and disabling the throttle based on the interpretation of the input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Timothy D. Bolduc, Christopher A. Hedges, Luis A. Prieto, R. Clarkson Griffin, Gerald P. Hunt
  • Patent number: 7463948
    Abstract: A robot control apparatus allows a plurality of mobile robots to carry out tasks at a reduced or minimized cost as a whole with consideration given to costs derived from an encounter with an obstacle is provided. An action optimization controller provided in the robot control apparatus generates an instruction for optimizing actions of the plurality of mobile robots so that the plurality of mobile robots carry out the tasks at a minimized cost, based upon locomotion plan information indicative of locomotion plans of the plurality of mobile robots. A possibility that any robots have an encounter with an obstacle is determined by comparing distances from the robots to the obstacles. A locomotion plan implementation cost is calculated with consideration given to the possibility of encounter, and thus an optimum route is selected based upon the locomotion plan implementation cost with the encounter-derived cost. In accordance with the optimum route, the locomotion plan for the robot is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Orita
  • Patent number: 7445066
    Abstract: When a computed torque command value Tr* of a ring gear shaft as a drive shaft exceeds a maximum torque Tmax, skid occurring state control (step S118) triggered by detection of the occurrence of a skid calculates a torque restriction rate KT (=Tmax/Tr*) and restricts the torque output to the ring gear shaft to a maximum torque Tmax. In a next cycle of a drive control routine, a power demand Pr, which is calculated from inputs of accelerator pedal position AP and vehicle speed V at step S105, is limited to the product of the power demand Pr and a power restriction rate KP (=KT) at step S107. The control with the limited power demand Pr desirably prevents a large engine noise beyond the driver's expectation based on the vehicle driving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Hommi, Kiyotaka Hamajima, Mitsuhiro Nada
  • Publication number: 20080257631
    Abstract: Control circuits for a riding lawn mower providing an override condition for selectively allowing the cutting blades of the lawn mower to operate when the vehicle is traveling in reverse. The circuits incorporate a multi-position ignition switch, an override switch, a vehicle reverse switch, a PTO switch and a park brake switch. In one aspect of the invention, the control circuits disable the engine when the vehicle is placed in reverse with the PTO engaged and without the override condition having been established. In another aspect of the invention, an electric PTO clutch is disabled when the vehicle is placed in reverse with the PTO engaged and without the override condition having been established. The override condition is terminated when the ignition switch is moved away from the override position, or when the operator activates the park brake switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicants: MTD Products Inc, Delta Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Onderko, Michael W. Miller, Scott C. Bly, Theodore G. Wetzel
  • Patent number: 7434649
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for degrading and disabling a vehicle's engine throttle. The vehicle disable system includes a throttle position sensor that generates a throttle position signal, an electronic control module (“ECM”) input connected to the ECM on which the throttle position sensor provides the throttle position signal to the ECM, and an override input that enables an idling signal to be transmitted to the ECM instead of the throttle position signal. The method of the present invention includes the steps of receiving an input signal related to the state of the driver input mechanism, interpreting the input signal, and at least one of degrading and disabling the throttle based on the interpretation of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy D. Bolduc, Christopher A. Hedges, Luis A. Prieto, R. Clarkson Griffin, Gerald P. Hunt
  • Patent number: 7352081
    Abstract: A control device is provided for activating and deactivating a child safety lock function of rear doors of a motor vehicle. The control device includes a safety lock device connected to rear inside door handles of the rear doors. The control device also includes a central control unit for controlling the safety lock device between a first operating position that defines a normal operating mode, in which the safety lock device allows the rear doors to be opened using both the rear inside door handles and the rear outside door handles, and a second operating position that defines a safety lock mode, in which the safety lock device does not allow the rear doors to be opened using the rear inside door handles. A selector device is included for manually selecting between the normal operating mode and the safety lock mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Taurasi
  • Patent number: 7287617
    Abstract: A vehicle ignition interlock system includes a breath analyzer and a controller operably connected to the breath analyzer and to an ignition system of the vehicle. The breath analyzer detects breath alcohol level of a vehicle operator and prevents vehicle ignition if a breath alcohol level is greater than or equal to a threshold value. The controller requires the vehicle operator to periodically take breath analyzer “retests” after vehicle ignition in order to allow vehicle operation to continue. The breath analyzer includes first and second alcohol sensors. The second alcohol sensor is a backup for the first alcohol sensor and becomes operational if the first alcohol sensor malfunctions. The first or second alcohol sensors may be a mouth contamination sensor that distinguishes between mouth contaminants and alcohol contained within a deep lung breath sample. The system also includes sensors configured to detect impact (abuse) and vehicle motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Monitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Mobley, Brian McMillin, Jimmy H. Edwards, James R. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7191863
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing an erroneous operation of an electro-motion pedal device in an automobile and methods of use thereof, wherein an engine starting condition, positions of a shift lever and a parking brake activated condition are detected. When a safe condition of a non-moving automobile is detected, power is transmitted to an electro-motion pedal device to allow the pedal to be electronically adjusted, such that an erroneous operation of an electro-motion pedal device that might occur during an automobile in operation can be prevented to thereby avoid an accident in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Kil-Jae Ahn