By Preventing Unauthorized Or Unintended Access Or Use Patents (Class 180/287)
  • Patent number: 11183741
    Abstract: A battery pack assembly includes a battery pack having a plurality of battery cells and an elongated terminal connector. Each battery cell having at least one terminal. The elongated terminal connector having at least one keyed slot corresponding to each of the at least one terminal. Each keyed slot having a first opening and a second opening. A first width of the first opening is greater than a second width of the second opening. The elongated terminal connector is configured to move between an engaged position and a disengaged position. In the engaged position each terminal of the at least one terminal is positioned within the second opening to engage each terminal with the elongated terminal connector. In the disengaged position each terminal of the at least one terminal is positioned within the first opening to disengaged each terminal from the elongated terminal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey D. Gaither
  • Patent number: 11148637
    Abstract: An engine starting device includes: a portable unit including a transmitting unit capable of transmitting an ID code inherent to a vehicle; a control unit having a substrate on which a receiving unit receiving the ID code, and a determination unit configured to determine whether the received ID code is a pre-registered legitimate ID are formed; a main body part including an operation knob rotationally operated between an off position and an on position, and fixed between a bar-shaped handle and a speed meter of the vehicle; and a regulation unit configured to regulate a rotational operation of the operation knob, and to release a rotation-regulated state of the operation knob on condition that the received ID code is determined as a legitimate ID. The main body part, the control unit and the regulation unit are integrally formed to configure an integral unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: ASAHI DENSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 11146759
    Abstract: A vehicle camera system for integration into a vehicle may include a PCB or other controller. At least one camera may interface with the controller. The at least one camera may be integrated into the vehicle in at least one selected location or position on the vehicle. A motion sensor may interface with the controller. The motion sensor may be configured to detect motion of an object and/or a person approaching the vehicle and responsively activate the at least one camera to capture at least one image of an offending person and/or vehicle in the case of a collision or damage to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Janet Brune
  • Patent number: 11130470
    Abstract: The weight sensor vehicle security device comprises a vehicle and a security circuit. The security circuit measures the weight of the operator. The operator enters a security code into the security circuit. The operator then enters a security code. The security circuit compares the measured weight of the operator to a weight of the operator that is associated and stored with the security code. If the measured and stored weights match, the security system enables the operation of the vehicle. After the vehicle travels a previously determined distance, the security circuit repeats the procedure. If the measured and stored weights do not match, the security system disables the operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Ronald Corley
  • Patent number: 11072295
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a bicycle lock and a processor. The processor is programmed to receive a bicycle slot reservation message, assign the bicycle slot reservation message to a bicycle slot of an autonomous bus, command the bicycle lock associated with the bicycle slot to an unlocked position, detect a bicycle placed in the bicycle slot, and command the bicycle lock to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Oswaldo Perez Barrera, Alvaro Jimenez Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11070278
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus can include: a first antenna configured to receive a first plurality of signals including a signal in one frequency band as a signal in a fundamental frequency band and a signal in another frequency band as a signal in a harmonic frequency band; a second antenna configured to receive a second plurality of signals including a signal in the other frequency band as a signal in the fundamental frequency band and a signal in the one frequency band as a signal in the harmonic frequency band; and a controller configured to combine a signal from the first plurality of signals in a frequency band that is selected by a user with a signal from the second plurality of signals in the frequency band that is selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jungnam Bae
  • Patent number: 11059492
    Abstract: Managing vehicle operations according to driver behavior by: defining a multi-dimensional preemptive driver daily behavior (PDDB) data structure; defining a PDDB abnormal behavior criteria; and defining a PDDB abnormal behavior algorithm. Further, by: collecting PDDB data; acquiring a PDDB assessment according to the PDDB analysis; and preemptively communicating driver vehicle-access instructions according to the PDDB assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anita Govindjee, Cheng Xu, Su Liu, Xue Yong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11026316
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling illumination of a monitored area, by detecting sound (202) originating from an area to be monitored, and analysing the sound to recognise one or more target sounds (222) corresponding to unwanted behaviours such as offensive shouting, chanting or singing. The location of target sounds is determined (224) based on the received sound, and the determined location is exposed to adverse lighting (212), such as over or under exposure, or flickering or flashing effects, which are irritating or uncomfortable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Edith Danielle Den Hartog, Martijn Marius Hultermans
  • Patent number: 11012668
    Abstract: A vehicular security system includes an alert device disposed in a vehicle equipped with the vehicular security system. Responsive to detection of a vehicle security threat, the alert device transmits a signal to a receiver remote from the vehicle. A jammer detector is disposed at the vehicle and operable to determine jamming of the signal transmitted by the alert device. Responsive to determination by the jammer detector of jamming of transmission of the signal transmitted by the alert device, the vehicular security system at least temporarily disables at least one vehicle access function to reduce likelihood of a break in of the vehicle while the signal transmitted by the alert device is being jammed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hossam Mahmoud, Christian Traub, Arno Krapf
  • Patent number: 10934987
    Abstract: Implementations provide techniques for remote starter adapter for use with a communication device. In one implementation, a system comprising a memory and an adapter coupled, operatively coupled to the memory, having an interface to connect to a remote starter. The adapter is to receive, via a wireless connection, a probe request from a communication device, the probe request comprising a command data structure. It is determined whether to change a status of an indicator based on the command data structure. Responsive to changing the statue of the indicator, a signal associated with the adapter is generated. Thereupon, the signal is transmitted, via the interface, to an input circuit to activate the remote starter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Bezalel Hirsch
  • Patent number: 10889264
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seat movable from an upright position to a folded position. The vehicle includes a steering wheel in front of the seat. The vehicle includes a lockout box supported by the seat and positioned to restrict access to the steering wheel when the seat is in the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Schmidt, Martin Delonis, Uday Kiran Patil, John Amann
  • Patent number: 10885930
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting and classifying sounds around a vehicle via neural network machine learning are described. The method involves an audio recognition system that may determine the origin of the sounds being inside or outside of a vehicle and classify the sounds into different categories such as adult, child, or animal sounds. The audio recognition system may communicate with a plurality of sensors in and around the vehicle to obtain information of conditions of the vehicle. Based on information of the sounds and conditions of the vehicles, the audio recognition system may determine whether an occupant or the vehicle is at risk and send alert messages or issue warning signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Ethan Gross
  • Patent number: 10878490
    Abstract: Secure and automated vehicular control using automatic authentication is disclosed herein. An example system includes a processor; and memory, the processor being configured to execute instructions stored in memory to automatically track a signal associated with a vehicle in motion, automatically track a signal associated with a mobile device in motion, determine that the vehicle and the mobile device are moving in sync, and automatically authenticate a user associated with the mobile device to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: 2162256 ALBERTA LTD.
    Inventors: Ayman Ammoura, David Mulcair
  • Patent number: 10870411
    Abstract: A controller is integrated into a vehicle with the controller coupled to a fob detector and also coupled to a vehicle disabler and/or other vehicle subsystems. Examples of vehicle disablers include a brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI), a transmission shift interlock (TSI) and an air brake or electric parking brake of the vehicle. The fob detector can be provided along with the controller and separate from a mechanical key ignition of the vehicle, or can be a fob detector associated with a keyless ignition of the vehicle. A mobile fob is used as part of the system, carried on the person of an authorized driver of the vehicle. This fob can be provided separately along with the controller, or can be a fob associated with a keyless entry of the vehicle. The controller causes the vehicle disabler or other vehicle subsystems to adjust performance based on fob presence or absence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: InterMotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Schafer, Dan C. Mower, Ryan B. Ebuen
  • Patent number: 10867459
    Abstract: An electronic system including a mobile device that communicates with a reader device. In one embodiment, the mobile device may be configured as a mobile phone and the reader device may be configured as an electronic reader associated with an electronic lock. One or more devices in the system may determine the position of the mobile device in relation to the reader device, and cause an electronic lock or another type of access control device to perform a selected function based at least in part on the position of the mobile device in relation to the reader device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John R. Ahearn, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Gabriel D. Focke, Michael S. Henney
  • Patent number: 10850707
    Abstract: A locking system for use with a vehicle that has cabin doors and a tailgate. The locking system includes a first locking mechanism associated with the cabin doors, and a second locking mechanism associated with the tailgate, wherein the first locking mechanism and the second locking mechanism are selectively lockable and unlockable. A lock controller is in communication with the first locking mechanism and the second locking mechanism. The lock controller is operable in a first operating mode and a second operating mode. When in the first operating mode, the lock controller is configured to selectively lock and unlock the first locking mechanism and the second locking mechanism synchronously. When in the second operating mode, the lock controller is configured to lock and unlock the first locking mechanism independently of the second locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shalette M. Farmer, William J. Tobin, Thanh C. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10840740
    Abstract: What is presented is a power-transfer system that provides resonant inductive power from a first object to a second object, which is adjacent to the first object. The system includes a first transformer portion that is positioned on the first object and having a first core portion. The first core portion includes a transmit unit configured to transfer an electromagnetic field to the second transformer portion. The first core portion also includes first circuitry that allows the transmit unit to transfer the electromagnetic field. The second transformer portion is positioned on the second object and has a second core portion. The second core portion includes a receiver unit configured to receive the electromagnetic field. The second core portion also includes second circuitry that allows the transmit unit to transfer the electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Lewis, Leland J. Hanchett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10822215
    Abstract: Disclosed is an elevator machine including: a plurality of stationary structures, including a proximate stationary structure and a distal stationary structure, a brake support that comprises the proximate stationary structure, a brake disc rotably supported in the brake support intermediate the plurality of stationary structures, the plurality of stationary structures and the brake disc each including a respective one of a plurality of orifices, and the plurality of orifices being mutually aligned and offset from a rotational axis of the brake disc to removably receive an elongated bar, wherein when the bar is positioned in the plurality of orifices, the brake disc is prevented from rotating, thereby preventing vertical movement of an elevator car in an elevator hoistway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventor: Camilo Cardona
  • Patent number: 10827326
    Abstract: A system and method of executing a user-defined notification task, and wherein the method includes: receiving a user-defined notification task at the vehicle via one or more user interfaces, wherein the user-defined notification task specifies a trigger event and a notification action, the trigger event being selectable from the plurality of predefined trigger events via the one or more user interfaces, and the notification action being configurable via selection of one or more notification settings via the plurality of notification settings; in response to receiving the user-defined notification task at the vehicle, configuring one or more vehicle system modules to monitor for an occurrence of the trigger condition of the user-defined notification event; and in response to detecting the occurrence of the trigger event of the user-defined notification task, executing the notification action so that a vehicle user is notified of the occurrence of the trigger event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Stevens, Jahid M. Hussain, Luke J. Popiel, Anthony J. Sumcad
  • Patent number: 10805276
    Abstract: There are disclosed methods and a system for safe management of various devices of a vehicle. These are car alarm system, immobilizer, central lock, etc. The method can be used in on-board computer of car and in various separate devices managing other devices in car. The method is applicable as a safety measure for all situations where safe management of devices is required, for example, managing the premises security. A central unit and folding key exchanges data via an encrypted channel. Each time the folding key and central unit interchange data, there is formed unique data set so even if the malicious third party intercepts data they will not be able to use it for future interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Evgeny Zarubin
  • Patent number: 10793112
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes a wheel frame, and a cover layer covering the wheel frame. The cover layer includes a touch sensor which generates touch information based on a touch of a user, and the touch sensor includes a plurality of sensor pixels which senses a capacitance change corresponding to the touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Won Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 10793110
    Abstract: A vehicle authentication apparatus including an acquisition unit (65D) configured to acquire information indicating a content of a manipulation on a vehicle from a detection unit mounted on the vehicle; a manipulation determination unit (65E) configured to determine whether a predetermined collaborative manipulation executable by two or more manipulators is performed on the basis of information acquired by the acquisition unit; and an execution unit (65F, 65H) configured to execute a registration process of registering an electronic key of the vehicle in the on-vehicle authentication apparatus or an invalidation process of invalidating the electronic key registered in the on-vehicle authentication apparatus, in a case that it is determined by the manipulation determination unit that the collaborative manipulation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Suda, Masashi Sato, Shinichi Ueda
  • Patent number: 10777792
    Abstract: A battery system has a cell including a container, a substrate mounted to the container, and circuitry on the substrate. The substrate defines antennas, a microprocessor, switches, and a transceiver. The microprocessor sequentially activates the switches to respectively connect the transceiver to the antennas to establish a location relative to a transmitter, and prevents communications with the transmitter responsive to the location falling outside a predefined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Tabatowski-Bush, William Rusnack
  • Patent number: 10766453
    Abstract: An apparatus, a key partner, methods and computer programs for a key module of a vehicle and a vehicle. The apparatus for the key module includes a communication interface for radio communication with a key partner of the vehicle, a motion sensor, and a control module for controlling an operating state from operating states of the key module based on the information about the motion of the key module. The operating states include at least a first operating state, a pre-shutdown operating state and a shutdown state. The control module activates the first operating state if the motion of the key module is above a motion limit value and activates the pre-shutdown operating state if the motion of the key module is below the motion limit value over a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Karsten Beyer, Christoph Fricke, Peter Lohmann, Dominique Nemetschek, Andreas Thiele, Julian Verkin
  • Patent number: 10759474
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory storing program instructions executable by the processor to determine that a steering wheel is one of engaged and disengaged with a steering based on a detected deflection of a steering torsion bar. The memory stores instructions to actuate the steering based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jens Christiansen
  • Patent number: 10762734
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically generating a commercial driver logbook based on vehicular data is disclosed herein. An example system includes a processor; and memory, the processor being configured to execute instructions stored in memory to perform a first type of authentication of a user based on an identifier received from a mobile device, unlock a door of a vehicle when the first type of authentication is complete, perform a second type of authentication of the user that is based on verification of a code transmitted to the user in response to completion of the first type of authentication, allow a key on event for the vehicle when both the first type of authentication and the second type of authentication are complete, and automatically generating a commercial driver logbook based on real-time drive time data collected from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: 2162256 ALBERTA LTD.
    Inventors: Ayman Ammoura, David Mulcair
  • Patent number: 10752251
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine, a hybrid system, a parking brake, a gear box and an electronic control system is provided. A method for controlling the method comprises charging the hybrid vehicle by receiving and storing electric energy, which enables a safe way of starting the internal combustion engine during the charging. An electronic control system is configured to: detect a starting attempt of the internal combustion engine during the receiving and storing of electrical energy; ensure that the hybrid vehicle is ready for a start of the internal combustion engine, which includes ensuring that the gear box is in a neutral gear and that the parking brake is applied; and thereafter start the internal combustion engine during the receiving and storing of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventor: Robert Sjödin
  • Patent number: 10752207
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that performs multi-factor authentication with respect to a hardware assembly. In one example, a method includes: storing a cryptographic identifier of a vehicle hardware assembly; transmitting, to the assembly, a validation message; receiving a response message; decrypting the response message using the identifier; and determining whether the assembly is authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amanuel Zeryihun, Pramita Mitra
  • Patent number: 10727737
    Abstract: A solenoid system includes a solenoid, a primary power source, solenoid control circuitry, flyback charging circuitry, and voltage regulator circuitry. The primary power source is configured to provide a primary voltage to at least the solenoid. The solenoid control circuitry is configured to control current provided to the solenoid. The solenoid generates a flyback voltage spike each instance the current provided to the solenoid is interrupted as controlled by the solenoid control circuitry. The flyback charging circuitry is configured to charge in response to each instance of the flyback voltage spike. The voltage regulator circuitry is configured to provide a regulated supply voltage from the flyback charging circuitry to the solenoid control circuitry if the flyback charging circuitry is charged to a secondary voltage that is greater than the primary voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWARD, INC.
    Inventor: Dale A. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10713607
    Abstract: The invention relates to an automated construction site management and support system for a preparation of a construction site during a construction rest period, and for determining a current state of a construction site during the rest period. The system comprises at least one server means, storing a general construction database with digital construction plan information, and a mobile support system being adapted for automatic movement and positioning on the construction site, and for executing auxiliary preparatory tasks for a construction work package such as tagging construction markings and information to the construction site, and for executing controlling tasks on the construction site for determining a current state of an object entity of a physical construction component. Sequences of auxiliary preparatory tasks or a set of controlling tasks are automatically defined based on the current state of the construction database, and, if applicable, a defined outcome for a work package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Bo Pettersson, Håkan Andersson, Jonas Wedin
  • Patent number: 10654511
    Abstract: An exemplary method for controlling a vehicle includes providing a vehicle steering system including a moveable steering column assembly and a moveable steering wheel assembly, a first actuator and a second actuator, the first and second actuators configured to move vehicle steering system from a first position to a second position, providing a plurality of sensors, the sensors configured to measure a force characteristic, providing a controller electronically connected to the sensors and the vehicle steering system, monitoring first sensor data received from the first sensor and second sensor data received from the second sensor, generating a reference model based on a desired output displacement and the first and second sensor data, calculating, a revised output displacement based on the reference model, and automatically generating a first control signal to control the first actuator and a second control signal to control the second actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yu Cao, Bo Yu, Raed N. Abuaita
  • Patent number: 10628643
    Abstract: A vehicle security system includes a main printed circuit board (PCB) assembly, a radio frequency identification (RFID) assembly, a starter assembly, and an RFID tag. The main PCB assembly may be configured to determine whether an activation sequence of a motor vehicle is correct, whether an RFID tag is in close physical proximity to the RFID reader, and whether the RFID tag is a valid RFID tag. The main PCB assembly may transition the vehicle security system into a disarmed state to allow the starter assembly to start the motor vehicle in response to determining that the RFID tag is valid. The main PCB assembly may deactivate a critical component of the motor vehicle in response to determining that the activation sequence is not correct, that that the RFID tag is not in close physical proximity, or that that the RFID tag is not valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Griffen Security LLC
    Inventor: Gavin Wilding
  • Patent number: 10607132
    Abstract: Techniques for managing device interaction between components of an inventory management system are described herein. User input associated with an operational state of the user device may be received at the user device and the user device may begin operating in a particular operational state. While operating in this state, the user device may transmit a wireless signal having a predetermined frequency. A mobile drive unit of the system, upon receipt of the wireless signal, may slow or stop. Operational state information may be transmitted to other components of the inventory management system indicating that the wireless signal is being transmitted and/or that the user device is operating in a particular operational state and a fault detection process may commence. The user device may provide an indication (e.g., via visual, audible, and/or haptic feedback devices) that the user device is operating in the particular operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy G. Dietz, Ashish Shah, Gregory Tierney, Seth R. Kaufman, Matthew Anthony Brady
  • Patent number: 10596996
    Abstract: A vehicle brake pedal lock that is fixedly installed under a brake pedal. The brake pedal lock prevents the arm of a brake pedal from being depressed. The brake pedal lock uses a linear servomotor to position a bolt under the brake pedal arm. The linear servomotor is activated using a wired safety switch and a radio frequency remote to minimize inadvertent activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Ramon Ruben Lopez
  • Patent number: 10589718
    Abstract: A method for controlling access of a user to a physical device which is provided with an access control unit that can block and release access to functions of the physical device includes the provision of a central control platform and a mobile access device. An identification check of the user is carried out, the user being identified by the mobile access device. Following a successful identification check, a wireless communication link is established between the mobile access device and the access control unit of the physical device. Identification information and unique access data are transmitted from the mobile access device to the access control unit. The access control unit ascertains the access rights of the user to the physical device using the received information and additional information from the central control platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sven Gennermann, Daniel Bambeck, Uwe Kaeufer
  • Patent number: 10591883
    Abstract: The method for configuring a home-automation apparatus (1) includes: at least one control point of a first type (3A, 4A) intended to communicate according to a first mode; and at least one actuator (5A, 6A) intended to communicate, after performing the configuration method, according to the first mode with at least one control point of the first type (3A, 4A) during usage mode, and which can communicate according to a second mode, secured by an encryption key, with a configuration device (2) during configuration mode. The configuration device implements the method which includes determining at least one actuator (5A, 6A) that can be configured, obtaining a temporary encryption key having a limited period of validity, sending a message containing the temporary encryption key to the at least one actuator, communicating according to the second mode, secured by the temporary encryption key, with the at least one actuator in configuration mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Mickaël Mugnier, Stéphane Marmey, Arnaud Desbiolles, Florent Grosset, Philippe Partakelidis, Guillaume Bruneau
  • Patent number: 10583805
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, an input device for controlling a speed of the engine, a seat for an occupant of the vehicle, a seat belt for securing the occupant in the seat, and a seat belt sensor for detecting when the seat belt is buckled. A controller may be operatively connected to the seat belt sensor and the engine for controlling the vehicle in a first mode when the seat belt is buckled and a second mode when the seat belt is unbuckled. The controller may perform various different functions, such as cutting fuel to the engine when the vehicle speed is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold while operating in the second mode, or receiving input indicating that the input device is released before switching the vehicle to the first mode when the seat belt is buckled while the vehicle is operating in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takumi Makabe, Dustin Lee Williams
  • Patent number: 10576928
    Abstract: An engine starting device includes: a portable unit including a transmitting unit capable of transmitting an ID code; a control unit including a receiving unit receiving the ID code, and a determination unit determining whether the received ID code is a pre-registered legitimate ID; a main body part including an operation knob rotationally operated between an off position and an on position; and a regulation unit configured to regulate a rotational operation of the operation knob, and to release a rotation-regulated state of the operation knob on condition that the received ID code is determined as a legitimate ID. The regulation unit is attached to a left side part of the main body part and the control unit is attached to a right side part of the main body part, as seen from a driver seat-side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ASAHI DENSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10580241
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method including the steps of: detection of a presence of an access authorization verification apparatus in surroundings of an access control apparatus by first communication means of the access control apparatus, and prompting, when the presence of the access authorisation verification apparatus in the surroundings of the access control apparatus is detected, of a change of operating mode for second communication means of the access control apparatus. In addition, the disclosure relates to an access control apparatus, a computer program, a recording apparatus, a system and a use for an access authorisation verification apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Christian Carstens, Christoph Dautz, Jochen Jansen, Ramin Benz, Christian Eisenhart
  • Patent number: 10573103
    Abstract: A network of collection, charging and distribution machines collect, charge and distribute portable electrical energy storage devices (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors or ultracapacitors). To avoid theft and tampering of the portable electrical energy storage devices, by default, each portable electrical energy storage device is locked in and operably connected to the vehicle to which it provides power unless the vehicle comes within the vicinity of a collection, charging and distribution machine or other authorized external device such as that in a service center. Once within the vicinity of a collection, charging and distribution machine or other authorized external device a locking mechanism in the vehicle or within the portable electrical energy storage device unlocks and allows the portable electrical energy storage device to be exchanged or serviced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Whiting Taylor, Yi-Tsung Wu, Hok-Sum Horace Luke, Huang-Cheng Hung
  • Patent number: 10562492
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a receiver which receives information regarding a limitation or restriction for allowing or prohibiting a control operation or monitoring operation regarding a vehicle or premises, a memory which stores the information, and a first controller programmed to perform a control or monitoring operation regarding the vehicle or premises. The receiver receives a first signal transmitted from a second controller, containing information regarding the control operation or monitoring operation. The first controller determines, using the information, if the control operation or monitoring operation is allowed or disallowed. If allowed, the first controller transmits a second signal to a third controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GTJ VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 10560285
    Abstract: A method for evaluating signal data includes a bus signal channel supplying the signal data, a reference channel supplying reference signal values, which form the basis of the signal data, and a computer performing a signal interpretation based on an interpretable portion of the signal data and on the reference signal values, and reconstructing a signal based on the interpretation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Antonio La Marca, Benjamin Herrmann, Claus Ritter, Marko Kochendoerfer, Matthias Hasert, Michael Beuten
  • Patent number: 10549722
    Abstract: A method and system perform perimeter security and control of a vehicle. The system includes a radar system arranged in the vehicle, a maximum range of the radar system being less than 100 meters, and a communication unit to communicate with the radar system. The system also includes a control system of the vehicle to control the platform based on the radar system. The control system dynamically controls each door of the vehicle according to a location of the communication unit relative to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Igal Bilik, Shahar Villeval, Eli Tzirkel-Hancock
  • Patent number: 10543808
    Abstract: Method for preventing security breaches via the two-thief method of attack of passive remote keyless entry systems for vehicles. The method involves the transmission of a signal between a fob and the vehicle, where the level of the signal changes in a particular pattern. At the receiving side, anomalies in the pattern of the received signal (e.g., levels, timing) are detected and used to detect attempts to mimic the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Xing Ping Lin
  • Patent number: 10525933
    Abstract: A sharable vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a storage that to stores registered user information and a communicator that communicates with a terminal device. A controller receives identification information of the terminal device from the terminal device when startup is performed. The controller unlocks a P stage of a transmission when it determined that the received identification information of the terminal device is the same as an identification number of the terminal device in the stored user information and locks a P stage of when it is determined that the received identification information of the terminal device is different from the identification number of the terminal device in the stored user information Additionally, the controller outputs authentication failure information of the terminal device and a display is configured to output the authentication failure information of the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Eon Du Hwang
  • Patent number: 10510201
    Abstract: An electromechanical locking system includes one or more moveable locking elements and one or more actuators configured to move each of the one or more moveable locking elements between positions. The system includes a receptacle configured to receive a key, a sensor, a processor; and a computer-readable storage medium. The processor causes the sensor to scan the key and detect one or more features of the key, identify a first code that corresponds to the detected features of the key, and apply one or more functions to the first code to yield a second code. The second code includes one or more characters that each character corresponds to one of the plurality of positions. The processor causes the one or more actuators to move the one or more movable locking elements to the positions that correspond to the one or more characters of the second code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Fowler
  • Patent number: 10493938
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for recognizing environment of a vehicle and identifying collisions in real-time. The system is typically configured for continuously monitoring environment of an automobile via one or more components of the automobile, identifying at least one collision associated with the automobile based on monitoring the environment of the automobile, determining one or more users associated with the at least one collision, determining one or more third parties associated with the one or more users and the at least one collision, automatically establish a communication link with the one or more third party entities, and automatically transmitting a notification associated with the at least one collision to the one or more third party entities and the one or more users in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Allan Nelson, Ashish B. Tajpuria, Karen Lea MacQueen, Stephen Philip Selfridge, Steven Michael Twombly
  • Patent number: 10449927
    Abstract: A steering system for an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle is provided. The steering system includes a controller that is in communication with an electric power steering system and a transmission control system. The controller is programmed to, in response to a first signal indicative of a non-verified operator and a request to operate, place the electric power steering system in a standby mode and inhibit the transmission control system from changing at least one of a transmission operational state and a transmission operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Simon, Bruce M. Collier
  • Patent number: 10451019
    Abstract: A starter device for a work machine may include a ring switch surrounding a housing. The ring switch may be rotatable between a first ring position and a second ring position. A push button may be surrounded by the housing and may be operatively engageable between a first button position and a second button position within the housing. A controller may be in communication with the ring switch and the push button. The controller may be configured to start a prime mover of the work machine when the ring switch is in the second ring position and the push button is operatively engaged from the first button position to the second button position. The controller may be configured to stop the prime mover using delayed shutdown when the ring switch is rotated from the second ring position to the first ring position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Terril James Johnson, Gregory Hubbel Gipp
  • Patent number: 10434988
    Abstract: A method for controlling access of a user to a physical device which is provided with an access control unit that can block and release access to functions of the physical device includes the provision of a central control platform and a mobile access device. An identification check of the user is carried out, the user being identified by the mobile access device. Following a successful identification check, a wireless communication link is established between the mobile access device and the access control unit of the physical device. Identification information and unique access data are transmitted from the mobile access device to the access control unit. The access control unit ascertains the access rights of the user to the physical device using the received information and additional information from the central control platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sven Gennermann, Daniel Bambeck, Uwe Kaeufer