By Preventing Unauthorized Or Unintended Access Or Use Patents (Class 180/287)
  • Patent number: 10282536
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is directed to devices with multiple chips for facilitating small purchase transactions through a stored value account while also permitting other transactions through a network as directed by the user. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method and system for performing at least one transaction may involve identifying a token used to perform a transaction wherein the token is read at a reader associated with a service provider, the token comprising at least two chips, a first chip associated with a first protocol accessing a local system and a second chip associated with a second protocol accessing a central controller via a network; identifying an appropriate protocol for the transaction; routing the transaction to the appropriate protocol; identifying at least one account for funding the transaction; authenticating the transaction; and funding the transaction through the at least one account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Peter C. Freund
  • Patent number: 10252708
    Abstract: A remote startup control device and method in consideration of an operational state of a parking brake is disclosed. The remote startup control device includes an air processing device for supplying compressed air to a parking brake chamber, a relay valve for controlling an air line connecting the air processing device to the parking brake chamber, and a control unit for determining whether to permit remote startup based on whether an input switch and an output switch of the relay valve are in an activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jin Gi Kim
  • Patent number: 10249115
    Abstract: An envoy device configured to perform a transaction with a further device. The envoy device comprises: a data store; a processor; communication circuitry for communicating with the further device; and a display. The envoy device is configured to respond to detection of the further device being within a predetermined physical proximity to trigger initiation of a transaction between the devices; and to respond to the transaction completing to display an object related to the transaction that it is determined the user may wish to select to initiate a subsequent action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ARM IP Limited
    Inventors: Hugo John Martin Vincent, Krisztian Flautner
  • Patent number: 10229388
    Abstract: A novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for controlling movement of assets is provided. A method for controlling movement of assets can include reading a first information from a first electronic marker coupled to an asset and reading a second information from a second electronic marker of a transport mechanism in possession of the asset. The method can further include storing in a record the first and second information and a third information comprising a location of the asset. The method can further include retrieving at least one rule comprising at least one value and an action. The method can further include executing a statistical test on the information in the record and executing the action of the at least one rule if a result of the statistical test is outside a predefined confidence level. Information from the record is then added to the empirical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George M. Hurtis, Brian T. Kreifels, Manivannan Thavasi
  • Patent number: 10222239
    Abstract: A system for detecting a position of a dual solenoid device includes device configured to move between first and second positions, and a controller. The controller has first and second monitoring circuits in operable communication with first and second channels, respectively. The first and second channels are in operable communication with first and second solenoids, respectively. Each solenoid is configured to selectively operate as an active solenoid to move the device when the solenoid and its respective channel are in an active mode, and as a passive solenoid when the solenoid and its respective channel are in a passive mode to passively move with the active solenoid. Each of the monitoring circuits is configured to determine a position of the device when the channel the monitoring circuit is associated with is operating in the passive mode by monitoring an electrical parameter of the passive solenoid associated with that channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Kirk A. Lillestolen, Gary L. Hess
  • Patent number: 10214944
    Abstract: An opening-and-closing device for vehicle door includes: a close-latch mechanism which holds a door at a closed position; an open-latch mechanism which holds the door at an opened position; an electric-powered releasing mechanism which operates the close-latch mechanism; an open-latch interlocking mechanism which operates from an initial position toward a canceling direction in conjunction with an operation of the open-latch mechanism from an unlatched position to a latched position; and a relay mechanism which changes a state of a transmission path of releasing operation from a connected state to a disconnected state to allow returning of a first ratchet which has stopped in a releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Hanaki, Kohei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10181104
    Abstract: A system and method for allocating drivers to procure targets, such as automobiles. These targets are then transported to a desired drop-off destination. The entire system is automated, such that a requestor may hire drivers that are certified by the system and would satisfy requirements associated with the target, such as proper driver's license and location of the driver relative to the target. The system is powered by an internet based mobile application that is designed to match individual drivers to auto dealers, auction houses, driving transport companies and other businesses and individuals (“requestors”) seeking to move automobiles, goods, services, tasks, etc. from one location to another. The system has been designed to find, organize, and manage drivers and all aspects of the trip on a real time basis and reduce the cost of the existing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DriverDo LLC
    Inventor: Mashhur Zarif Haque
  • Patent number: 10173486
    Abstract: A method and a management server for automatically deducing a trailer is physically coupled with a vehicle are described. First location data including locations for the vehicle is received, from a first gateway device located on the vehicle. Second location data are received from second gateway devices, where each one of the second gateway devices is on a respective trailer from a set of trailers and each second location data includes locations for the respective trailer. For each trailer that meet a set of criteria, a score is calculated based at least in part on the first location data and the second location data of the trailer, where the score estimates a measure of association of the trailer with the vehicle. A first trailer is selected, based on the scores of the trailers, to be associated with the vehicle indicating that the first trailer is physically coupled with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Samsara Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Kai Tai Lee, James Michael Rowson, John Bicket
  • Patent number: 10160420
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes: a vehicle-mounted transmitter which transmits a first response request signal; a vehicle-mounted receiver which receives, from a portable device, a response signal to the first response request signal; and a controller which allows an operation for welcoming a user carrying the portable device to a vehicle according to a reception state of the response signal. When intermittently transmitting the first response request signal at predetermined intervals via the vehicle-mounted transmitter, the controller determines whether condition set in advance is established. When the condition is established, the controller transmits a second response request signal different from the first response request signal. When the vehicle-mounted receiver receives a response signal which is transmitted from the portable device as a response to the second response request signal, the controller continues to transmit the second response request signal via the vehicle-mounted transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Tomita, Naoyuki Ishihara, Tetsuo Nishidai, Takahiro Inaguma, Kazuya Hamada
  • Patent number: 10155498
    Abstract: A remote vehicle disabling system and method. The remote vehicle disabling system includes a master unit in communication with a slave unit. The slave unit is operably connected to a vehicle and one or more operational components of the vehicle. The slave unit can activate or deactivate the operational component and immobilize the vehicle. If the slave unit needs to be overridden, an override switch may be actuated to provide electrical power to the operational components, which form an operational group. The slave unit and master unit are in periodic communication with each other. If the time between communication between the units exceeds a certain amount of time, then the operational component disables the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Frederick Howroyd, Elsie Howroyd
  • Patent number: 10155499
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to facilitate vehicle locking. An example vehicle comprises an engine, wheels, a door, a door lock, a torque lock, and a processor and memory. The torque lock is to disable torque transfer from the engine to the wheels. The door lock is to secure the door. The processor and memory are in communication with the torque lock and the door lock and configured to: engage the torque and door locks based on receipt of at least one lockout code and, if received authentication information matches the at least one lockout code, disengage the torque and door locks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Mazaira, Brandon Evans Armstrong, Michael David Beeney, George Hart Vrampas
  • Patent number: 10132259
    Abstract: An auto-start system for a work vehicle includes a data store containing first start and stop initiation conditions; sensors configured to detect information indicative of at least a first parameter; and a controller including at least a start module and a monitoring module and operating in at least a monitoring mode or a cycling mode. In the monitoring mode, the monitoring module evaluates the first start initiation condition in view of the first parameter. In the monitoring mode, the start module generates a start command when the first parameter satisfies the first start initiation condition. Upon generating the start command, the controller operates in the cycling mode. In the cycling mode, the monitoring module evaluates the first stop initiation condition. In the cycling mode, the start module generates a stop command when the first stop initiation condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel D. Watson, Nathan J. Horstman
  • Patent number: 10124767
    Abstract: An input keypad assembly on a vehicle is provided and includes a keypad located on a vehicle body member and configured to receive a user input on an exterior of the vehicle, and a lamp configured to illuminate light in an interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Aaron Bradley Johnson
  • Patent number: 10089800
    Abstract: A keyless entry system for remotely controlling a door and a window of a vehicle includes: a remote control key that stores a plurality of function codes, selects a function code corresponding to an on-duration time of a lock switch or an on-duration time of an unlock switch, modulates the selected function code to a wireless signal, and transmits the wireless signal; and a receiving device that receives the wireless signal, demodulates the wireless signal into the function code, and outputs a door control signal or a window control signal according to the modulated function code, where the function code is divided into a basic function code field and a window function code field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kyong Ho Shon, Gi Hoon Yoon
  • Patent number: 10081333
    Abstract: A method for controlling a charging connector anti-theft apparatus includes: verifying a connection between a socket of a vehicle and a charging plug included in a charging connector outside of the vehicle; locking the socket and the charging plug upon initiation of charging the vehicle; determining unlock conditions of the charging plug through communication with a smart-key; and outputting a warning sound or warning light upon reception of a separation signal indicating that the socket and the charging plug have been separated when the determined unlock conditions are not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seong Un Kim
  • Patent number: 10060404
    Abstract: A system for detecting operation of a motor includes a ripple voltage detector module including a ripple voltage detector unit, an input operatively connected to the ripple voltage detector unit and connectable to an alternator, and an output operatively connected to the ripple voltage detector unit and connectable to a starter motor control system. The ripple voltage detector module provides a motor operation signal to the starter motor control system upon detection of a ripple voltage produced by the alternator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventors: Mingshe Zhou, Michael E. Kirk, Kurt Wachowski
  • Patent number: 10062225
    Abstract: It is presented a portable access control communication device comprising: a housing for protecting a key device, the access control communication device; a socket arranged to hold a blade of a key device, the socket comprising a connector for communication with the key device; a cellular radio communication module; and a controller. The controller is arranged to communicate, using the cellular radio communication module, with an access control device over a cellular communication network when a key device is provided in the socket such that there is electric contact between the key device and the socket. A corresponding method, computer program and computer program product area also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Anders Borg, Mats Cederblad, Daniel Garmen, Tomas Jonsson, Peter Siklosi
  • Patent number: 10049408
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving from a telemetric apparatus carried by a first vehicle an identity of an operator of the first vehicle and kinematic data characterizing movement and first location of the first vehicle. At least one weather condition associated with the first location is received from a source of environmental data. At least one of terrain geometry of the first location, road speed limit at the first location, vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) data generated by an instrument proximate the first location, and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) data generated by an instrument proximate the first location is received from a source of location-specific data. The data received by the first communication device is stored in a database. Data from the database is provided to at least one entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SPEEDGAUGE, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Carver, Kevin Wolsey
  • Patent number: 10046736
    Abstract: An anti-theft device of an operational vehicle, in which an operation of cancelling an anti-theft mode is simply and easily performed, is provided. The anti-theft device includes: a travel regulation unit (70) which maintains, when the anti-theft mode is set, the operational vehicle (1) in a state where the operational vehicle (1) cannot travel; and a wireless operation terminal (80) which wirelessly operates an operational device (20). When the wireless operation terminal (80) communicates with a controller (70), the wireless operation terminal (80) performs identification authentication, and when the identification authentication between the wireless operation terminal (80) and the controller (70) is successfully performed, the travel regulation unit (70) cancels the anti-theft mode. Since the wireless operation terminal (80) is only made to communicate with the controller (70), and thus the anti-theft mode is cancelled, the operation of cancelling the anti-theft mode is simply and easily performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TADANO LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Mori, Masashi Atsumi, Taichi Nomura
  • Patent number: 10023158
    Abstract: An anti-theft vehicle brake including a lockable restraining hub coupled to a wheel. The lock's default state being engaged and preventing rotation of the wheel. The lock including a solenoid bolt controlled through the communication of authenticating information sent from a transmitter and recognized by a receiver, triggering the disengagement of the bolt from the restraining hub allowing rotation of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Coffey
  • Patent number: 10020486
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery pack which can be adaptively used even in various approaching and extending directions of a connection wire even while ensuring the safety by minimizing exposure of an electrode terminal. The battery pack according to the present invention comprises: a cell assembly having a plurality of secondary batteries; a pack housing having an internal space to receive the cell assembly; an electrode terminal which is connected to the cell assembly and is formed to protrude to the outside of the pack housing; and a terminal cover which covers the top portion and a part of the sides of the electrode terminal and is configured to be attached/detached to/from different portions of the pack housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Sop Eom, Jun-Yeob Seong, Ki-Youn Kim, Sung-Chun Yu, Dal-Mo Kang
  • Patent number: 10002535
    Abstract: A vehicle location system includes a vehicle-based communication unit having a processor. The processor is configured to analyze request signals from a portable communication device. A first audible output device is configured to generate a first audible sound. A second audible output device is configured to generate a second audible sound. The sound generated by the second audible output device is a greater sound pressure than the first audible output device. The processor selectively enables one of the first audible output device and second audible output device based on the processor comparing a proximity characteristic of the request signals to a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Hille, John R. Van Wiemeersch, Scott H. Gaboury
  • Patent number: 10002520
    Abstract: Dispatch-aiding communications between computing devices of a responder and a dispatch unit include a computing device of the responder determining that an event occurred, automatically sending an indication of the event to a computing device of the dispatch unit, receiving a request for information from the computing device of the dispatch unit, obtaining the information requested by the computing device of the dispatch unit, and sending the information requested by the computing device of the dispatch unit to the computing device of the dispatch unit. The computing device of the dispatch unit sends the request for information to the computing device of the responder in response to receiving the indication of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Bohlander, Raymond T. Fortna, Anthony G. Huang, Jeffrey P. Jolma, Julianne C. Weiss, Aerianna K. Deluca
  • Patent number: 9969356
    Abstract: A communication system comprises a base station (104) positioned in the vehicle (102) and a mobile communication unit (122). The base station (104) is configured to determine a first location and a second location of the mobile communication unit (122) relative to the vehicle (102), and to determine a baseline pattern of movement of the mobile communication unit (122) based at least in part on the first location and the second location. The base station (104) is also configured to determine whether a user-initiated interaction with the vehicle (102) occurs in connection with the baseline pattern of movement, and if no user-initiated interaction with the vehicle (102) occurs in connection with the baseline pattern of movement, to classify the baseline pattern of movement as an incidental pattern of movement and apply a zone adjustment to the authorization zone (138) so as to exclude to the incidental pattern of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Howard Siswick, Mohammed Khan
  • Patent number: 9965637
    Abstract: A method for activating at least one function of a control device of a motor vehicle, which includes the steps: a) generating a random value in the control device; b) calculating a reference value from the random value by the control device; c) transmitting the random value to a remote control unit and from the remote control unit to a server; d) verifying the authorization of the remote control unit transmitting the random value by the server and if an authorization of the remote control unit is provided: e) generating a response value from the random value by the server; f) transmitting the response value to the remote control unit and from the remote control unit to the control device; and g) comparing the response value with the reference value and, if the response value matches the reference value, activating the at least one function of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Heiko Baur, Debojyoti Bhattacharya, Sriram Subramanian Neelakantan
  • Patent number: 9965816
    Abstract: The product unit disclosed herein has identification data that are stored internally in memory. This stored identification data can be viewed as the product unit's “digital nameplate,” in that the data can represent the product unit's identifier, brand, and so on. Each data set is digitally signed while on the production line by using an encryption technique. The digitally signed data set is then written into the product unit's memory where it can be used for verification. A first digitally-signed data set can be used to control the use of one or more software modules that are provided by a software owner. The data that are undergoing signature contain at least one globally-unique identifier, which can be used to identify cloning attempts. Additionally, more than one digital signature can be used, in order to protect and control the use of features other than the software, such as the product brand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Silvair Sp. z o.o.
    Inventors: Maciej Langman, Szymon Slupik, Adam Gembala
  • Patent number: 9956983
    Abstract: A steering wheel position adjustment device includes a displacement bracket fixed to a steering column, a pair of support plate parts for interposing the displacement bracket, an adjustment rod inserted in a through hole in the displacement bracket and in through holes in the support plate parts, a pair of pressing parts provided at both ends of the adjustment rod, an adjustment lever provided to one end of the adjustment rod and configured to expand and contract an interval between the pressing parts, and a rotating friction plate. The rotating friction plate is interposed between the displacement bracket and the support plate parts and/or between the support plate parts and the pressing parts. The rotating friction plate has a base end portion rotatably supported by a rotation support shaft, and a tip half portion formed with a long guide hole with which the adjustment rod is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Seiichi Moriyama
  • Patent number: 9950704
    Abstract: Provided is a charging control device that allows the actual state of charge of a secondary battery to converge quickly to an upper limit value given as a control center value when the actual state of charge is higher than the upper limit value so that charging may be performed in an efficient manner and fuel economy may be improved. The charging control device (10) includes a charge/discharge integration unit (23) for computing an integrated charge/discharge value (IW) of the secondary battery, a charge control unit (26) for controlling the charging of the secondary battery such that the recognized state of charge is maintained at a prescribed upper limit value (80%) lower than a fully charged state (100%) by switching a generation voltage of a generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuko Komatsu, Yuji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9933068
    Abstract: A multifunctional electronic gear shift lever for simultaneous manipulation includes a cylindrical lever rotatably inserted into a support which is disposed in a center fascia surface or a console surface of a vehicle and having an entrance opening that penetrates the cylindrical lever in a longitudinal direction. A start button is disposed at a lower side of the entrance opening, connected with a controller via a spring, and moving in a vertical direction. A display is disposed on the center fascia surface or the console surface, and displays a gear shift stage of the vehicle and a state of the vehicle. The gear shift stage is changeable by rotating the cylindrical lever while simultaneously starting an engine of the vehicle by operating the start button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Eun-Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 9932761
    Abstract: A vehicular door device in which an inner handle is connected to a latch mechanism with a wire so as to be capable of being linked, and in which a latch release restriction device that disables and restricts a link between the inner handle and the latch is provided in an operation transmission path ranging from the inner handle to the latch with the wire in between. A release motor that actuates the latch in an engagement releasing direction is provided, the release motor being linked to the latch without having the wire between itself and the latch. When a switch operation of the door opening switch is performed, restriction to the link performed by the latch release restriction device is cancelled and the release motor is actuated in the engagement releasing direction without waiting for the cancellation of the restriction to be completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hamada
  • Patent number: 9919728
    Abstract: A shaft comprises two parts. One of these two parts is tube-shaped, and the other is pushed into the tube-shaped part along a main axis. The two parts are fixed to each other for rotation about the main axis and connected to each other in a gliding way along the main axis, by a spline provided between the two parts. One of the two parts comprises a plurality of elongated teeth which are parallel to the main axis and whose cross-sections decrease from the first part towards the second part. Intermediate spaces between neighboring teeth are at least as broad as the teeth. The other of the two parts, at its circumference facing the first part, is made of plastically deformable plastic material, and a counter-profile into which the teeth engage is pressed in the plastic material by intrusion of the teeth during assembly of the two parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD-WERKE GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Braun, Joachim Heidel
  • Patent number: 9914431
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly comprising a seat bottom, a seat bottom release, a seat back, a seat back release, and a locking assembly. Upon activation of the seat bottom release, the seat bottom can move along a seat bottom travel path in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle to a forward position close to an instrument panel of the vehicle. Upon activation of the seat back release, the seat back can pivot to a forward position close to the seat bottom. The locking assembly can operate to lock the seat bottom, the seat back, or both, in their respective forward positions such that the seat bottom, the seat back, or both, obstruct operational access to a user operational component, such as the steering wheel or glove box door, on the instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 9916707
    Abstract: An envoy device configured to perform a transaction with a further device. The envoy device comprises: a data store; a processor; communication circuitry for communicating with the further device; and a display. The envoy device is configured to respond to detection of the further device being within a predetermined physical proximity to trigger initiation of a transaction between the devices; and to respond to the transaction completing to display an object related to the transaction that it is determined the user may wish to select to initiate a subsequent action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARM IP Limited
    Inventors: Hugo John Martin Vincent, Krisztian Flautner
  • Patent number: 9916754
    Abstract: Arrangements related to proximity-based vehicle location alerts are described. A vehicle can include a location signaling mode. In the location signaling mode, an alert is automatically provided by the vehicle responsive to detecting an authorized portable communication device being located within a predetermined alert distance from the vehicle. In the way, an indication of the location of the vehicle is provided to a user of the portable communication device. However, responsive to determining that the vehicle is located in a predetermined special location, the location signaling mode can be altered in one or more respects. In one or more arrangements, altering the location signaling mode can include disabling the location signaling mode. Thus, an indication of the location of the vehicle is not provided responsive to detecting that the portable device is located within the predetermined alert distance from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Yuichi Ochiai, Hiroaki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9902418
    Abstract: A steering column mechanism a movable subassembly including a tube body and a steering shaft rotating around an rotation axis in the tube body, and a connecting articulation between the movable subassembly and a fixed support to guide pivoting of the movable subassembly relative to the fixed support around a pivot axis perpendicular to the rotation axis. An antitheft locking mechanism includes a locking body that is movable relative to the fixed support between a retracted position and at least one locking position and a matching member mounted on the shaft. In the locking position, the locking member ensures with the matching member positive locking to lock the rotation of the steering shaft. The locking member and the matching member have, in the locking position, a mutual contact zone which, in reference to a direction parallel to the rotation axis, extends on either side of the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Vendome
    Inventors: Eric Bouvier, Patrick Campos, Loïc Villaume
  • Patent number: 9884596
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a motor vehicle to simulate fuel loss to encourage early refueling to prevent stranding. The apparatus may cause stumbling and hesitation by interrupting various engine management systems to simulate low fuel in the tank by cutting either spark or fuel momentarily or applying the brakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: FIRST PRINCIPLES, INC.
    Inventor: Keith A. Raniere
  • Patent number: 9862403
    Abstract: A manually retractable steering column assembly includes a retractable portion translatable upon exertion of a manual force applied by a driver, the retractable portion restricted to a first translation range during a standard driving mode and translatable within a second translation range during an autonomous driving mode, the second translation range greater than the first translation range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Rouleau, Todd M. King
  • Patent number: 9865108
    Abstract: A vehicle security system comprising a first interface, an immobilizer electronic control unit and an immobilizing electronic control unit, each of which is connected to a CAN bus. The security functions are installed on the immobilizer electronic control unit which can be accessed by a user using a vehicle access code. The information is communicated over the CAN bus in an encrypted format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Riccardo Morselli
  • Patent number: 9862353
    Abstract: The present teachings provide for a keyless authentication system for a vehicle including a sensor, a control module, and a portable transceiver and a method of authenticating the portable transceiver. The sensor can be configured to transmit a first sensor signal when a brake or clutch pedal of the vehicle is pressed. The control module can be configured to receive the first sensor signal and to wirelessly transmit a first inquiry signal if a power plant of the vehicle is on and the control module receives the first sensor signal. The portable transceiver can be configured to receive the first inquiry signal and to wirelessly transmit a first response signal in response to receiving the first inquiry signal. The control module can be configured to receive the first response signal and to shut off the power plant of the vehicle if the first response signal is not an authorized signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Julianne Krawciw
  • Patent number: 9847653
    Abstract: A battery includes a plurality of battery cells configured to make available an electrical output voltage and a plurality of battery electronics which is coupled to the plurality of battery cells and includes a current measuring device configured to determine a present battery current, a detection device configured to determine further operating parameters of the plurality of battery cells, and a setting device configured to set an excess current threshold for the battery current based on an actuation variable. The setting device is configured to determine the actuation variable based on a present load bearing capacity of the plurality of battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sven Bergmann
  • Patent number: 9830819
    Abstract: A mobile communications device includes a locator unit to receive and process information regarding a current location for the mobile communications device, a parking status determination unit to determine a parking status for the device based on at least changes in the current location, and a communication unit to forward the parking status to a parking community processor. A method includes determining a parking status of a vehicle associated with a person as a function of movement of a personal mobile communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ANAGOG LTD.
    Inventors: Gil Levy, Yaron Aizenbud
  • Patent number: 9821769
    Abstract: A vehicle entry system includes a lock mechanism, an interface, and a control. The control receives a plurality of code digits by presenting a displayed number on the interface that is initially a random number and at least one of changing or receiving an entry of the displayed number based on a signal from the input. When the plurality of code digits corresponds to a stored entry code, the control causes the lock mechanism to unlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 9807172
    Abstract: A mobile device intermediary for vehicle adaptation is disclosed. A mobile device intermediary can access driver profile information and vehicle profile information from a remotely located device, determine vehicle adaptation information based on the driver profile information and vehicle profile information, and facilitate access to the vehicle adaptation information to facilitate adapting an aspect of a first vehicle. The mobile device intermediary can further receive other vehicle profile information related to a second vehicle associated with a driver profile and include the other vehicle profile information in determining the vehicle adaptation information. The vehicle adaptation information can be related to adapting a performance aspect of the first vehicle. The vehicle adaptation information can also be related to adapting an amenity aspect of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Fan, Jennifer K. Lam
  • Patent number: 9797172
    Abstract: An exterior door handle arrangement for a motor vehicle door of a motor vehicle includes a door handle a bearing bracket, and a hinge assembly having a pivot pin and a guide groove receiving the pivot pin for the pivotable connection of the door handle to the bearing bracket, wherein for pivoting the door handle from a resting position into a swivel-out position the pivot pin located in the guide groove forms a pivot axis of the door handle. The contour surfaces of the pivot pin and the guide groove which are in operative connection and which determine the pivot movement of the door handle are designed with a fit, such that the door handle has in the swivel-out position a clearance fit which transitions via a transitional fit into a positive fit when a pivoting movement into to a resting position is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Willi Kammerbauer
  • Patent number: 9789850
    Abstract: A disconnection detection device for an in-vehicle device having a load circuit, is provided with a second wire harness which is arranged along at least a part of the first wire harness, a current circuit which supplies a current for disconnection detection to the second wire harness, and a disconnection determination circuit which monitors an output voltage of the current circuit so as to determine presence or absence of disconnection of the second wire harness. Disconnection of the second wire harness is detected as the disconnection of the first wire harness based on disconnection determination of the disconnection determination circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Morimoto, Gosei Sato
  • Patent number: 9789851
    Abstract: A disconnection detection device is provided with a disconnection detection unit including a constant current circuit configured to supply a constant current for disconnection detection to at least two horns through wire harnesses, and a disconnection detection circuit configured to determine the presence or absence of disconnection of the wire harnesses by monitoring an output voltage of the constant current circuit and configured to supply drive power through the wire harnesses by turning on the contact circuit independently of the horn switch in a case where disconnection of the wire harnesses has been detected. The disconnection detection unit is disposed in the relay box along with the plug-in relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Morimoto, Gosei Sato
  • Patent number: 9789853
    Abstract: Cargo anti-theft systems, apparatus, and related methods. Anti-theft controllers of embodiments are configured to sense the openings of cargo switches and to electronically operate locks responsive thereto. Moreover, the switches are mechanically coupled to the access points in manners such that the access points cannot be opened without opening the switches. Some controllers are configured to output signals indicative of openings of the switches while some are configured to unlock the locks only in pre-selected geo-zones. The pre-selected voltages, moreover, can differ from 12 VDC and can be user-selected. Furthermore, controllers can be configured to sense (modifiable) PINs associated with openings of the cargo switches. The controllers can include a coupler which securely couples it to the vehicle. It can also be configured to sense a position of the lock. Such controllers, furthermore, can be configured to lock the lock responsive to the lock position and/or can comprise a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Antonio Arocha, Elom Tsogbe, Michael Greig
  • Patent number: 9792791
    Abstract: A security device for an item of merchandise is provided. The security device includes a non-programmable locking mechanism comprising a mechanical lock and a programmable locking mechanism comprising a monitoring circuit operatively coupled to an alarm. The security device is configured to secure an item of merchandise from theft or removal when the mechanical lock is locked and to be separated from the item of merchandise when the mechanical lock is unlocked. The alarm is configured to provide an alarm signal if the security device is separated from the item of merchandise while the monitoring circuit is armed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventor: James K. Sankey
  • Patent number: 9725070
    Abstract: A vehicle security system includes a vehicle ignition switch, a door lock actuator, a primary vehicle entry and ignition control circuit, a backup vehicle access control circuit and a key including a principal vehicle control subsystem and a backup vehicle entry circuit. Advantageously, the system is devoid of any ignition lock cylinder, any door lock cylinder and any key blade thereby reducing vehicle manufacturing costs. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Patent number: 9721403
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety system for a door in a motor vehicle, comprising an electronic unit that includes at least one first and a second sensor. Each sensor has its own monitoring zone on the motor vehicle door. The safety system further comprises a lock which is arranged on the motor vehicle door and can be switched between a locked position and an unlocked position, as well as a user-held identifier which can be brought into data communication with a transceiver unit in the motor vehicle for authentication purposes. The electronic unit is designed in such a way as to be able to generate a trigger signal by having the user execute at least one defined movement pattern within the monitoring zones, thus allowing the position of the lock to be switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Müller