By Preventing Unauthorized Or Unintended Access Or Use Patents (Class 180/287)
  • Patent number: 8978811
    Abstract: An antitheft device for the steering column of a motor vehicle, in which a movable indexer includes a return spring for returning the movable indexer such that the indexer engages with at least one profile of a cam of the antitheft device, and in which the return spring of the indexer and a return spring of a bolt of the antitheft device are separate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Valeo Sicherheitssysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Anthony Laval, Lukas Kaliebe
  • Patent number: 8918231
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for adjusting a position of at least one component of a vehicle for a user of the vehicle. A user is identified with a user key associated with the user. The user key and a vehicle identifier associated with the vehicle are transmitted to a server remote from the vehicle. At least one user setting for the vehicle is received from the remote server, with the at least one user setting relating to the user key, the vehicle identifier, and the position of the at least one component. A vehicle system setting is updated with the at least one user setting so as to adjust the position of the at least one component based on the at least one user setting when the vehicle system setting does not correspond with the at least one user setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Lee Rovik
  • Patent number: 8845037
    Abstract: A device with an electronic brake system (EBS) and a brake assembly is provided for protecting against unauthorized removal of a trailer where a control device can activate and deactivate a protection state of the electronic brake system. When the electronic brake system is activated, protection can be provided by the brake assembly, which can brake the trailer if unauthorized removal is attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Risse, Axel Stender
  • Patent number: 8836477
    Abstract: A portable communication machine includes RF data generating means, RF wireless transmitting means for transmitting transmission data as an RF signal, RF wireless receiving means for receiving an RF signal transmitted from a vehicle-mounted machine, RF data analyzing means for analyzing received data, key operating means for instructing to control a vehicle by a user, storing means for storing control data of a vehicle-mounted information apparatus, attachable/detachable external apparatus communicating means, and controlling means for controlling the RF data generating means, the RF data analyzing means, the key operating means and the external apparatus communicating means, and is used along with an external apparatus and the vehicle-mounted information apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Masanobu Hiramine
  • Patent number: 8789643
    Abstract: A motor control apparatus includes an electric motor, a homing control section, a distance determination section, and a forbiddance section. The electric motor moves a control object equipped to a vehicle at least between two positions. The homing control section executes a homing control for controlling the electric motor to move the control object so that the control object press-contacts a stopper wall when an initialization condition is satisfied. The distance determination section determines whether a user of the vehicle is apart from the vehicle at a distance greater than a predetermined distance. The forbiddance section forbids the homing control during a period, which starts at a time of the homing control execution and ends at a time when the user of the vehicle is apart from the vehicle farther than the predetermined distance, even when the initialization condition is satisfied during the period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Iwami, Katsuki Ishigaki, Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8789642
    Abstract: A security system with a steering wheel adjacent to a seat with a seat back which can swing forward to a predetermined position. The seat can also slide longitudinally between a rearward and forward position. The system includes a headrest mounted on the seat back to reiprocate between a retracted position and a locking position. With the seat back in the predetermined position and the seat in the forward position, the headrest is movable from said retracted position forward and down to the locking position to capture the steering wheel between the headrest and the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Arthur Rice, Michael Wakefield
  • Patent number: 8751105
    Abstract: Restricted operating modes are provided for a motor vehicle when driven by a secondary driver (such as a less experienced driver). A seat occupancy sensor detects the presence of at least one rear seat passenger. A controller includes a memory storing rules defining a restricted operating mode containing a plurality of limitations to be applied to operation of various vehicle accessories in conjunction with the secondary driver. The controller selectively controls the operation of at least one of the accessories according to one of the rules in response to simultaneously detecting the secondary driver and the presence of at least one rear seat passenger. Use of the rules may also depend on whether the rear seat passenger has an unbuckled seat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rene A. Whelan, Richard W. Smith, Abraham Phillip, Thomas L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140144720
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-theft device (60) contains: a case body (132); a lid member (156) for closing the opening (167) of the case body; a substrate (67) which is inserted in a removable manner into the case body (132) from the opening thereof and on which electronic components are mounted; a sub-battery (88) for supplying power to the substrate (67); and a sealing member (157) which is fitted into the opening (187) of the case body and has a substrate pressing part (203) for preventing the substrate from being extracted and a sub-battery pressing part (204) for preventing the sub-battery (88) from being extracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Konno, Naoyuki Yamate, Yoshiaki Hirakata, Hitoshi Tsusaka, Takeshi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8725596
    Abstract: A computerized vehicle control system and device for limiting the functionality of a mobile asset (e.g., vehicle) capable of performing a plurality of mobile asset functions. The device includes an asset monitor, a mobile wireless transceiver, and a mobile asset processor. The asset monitor is in communication with a first mobile asset for collecting monitored data associated with the first mobile asset. The mobile wireless transceiver is adapted to interface with a management computer. The mobile asset processor is adapted to receive the monitored data from the asset monitor; determine that a first mobile asset function of the plurality of mobile asset functions should be limited; and limit operation of the first mobile asset function. The mobile asset control device can be adapted to override the functionality of the mobile asset, based on the navigation, relative location of the mobile asset, or business rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: I.D. Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Ehrman, Michael L. Ehrman, Jeffrey M. Jagid, Joseph M. Pinzon, Yaron Hecker, Leonard Pimentel
  • Publication number: 20140124282
    Abstract: The invention relates to an antitheft device for the steering column of a motor vehicle, in which a movable indexer (60) includes a return spring (62) for returning the movable indexer (60) such that said indexer engages with at least one profile (23) of a cam of the antitheft device, and in which the return spring (62) of the indexer (60) and a return spring (40) of a bolt (30) of the antitheft device arc separate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: VALEO SICHERHEITSSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventors: Anthony Laval, Lukas Kaliebe
  • Patent number: 8672079
    Abstract: An anti-theft guard for a vehicle component includes a housing adapted to substantially enclose a vehicle component which is to be protected from theft and an attachment mechanism carried by the housing and adapted for attachment to a structural element of the vehicle. The anti-theft guard is forming including a cavity for covering/receiving the vehicle component. The guard includes a plurality of mounting wings extending outward from an edge formed about a periphery of the cavity, wherein the mounting wings are provided to secure the anti-theft guard to the structural element of the vehicle. A suggested application of the anti-theft guard is a cover placed over an electronic control module of a diesel engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Rafael Navarro
  • Patent number: 8576047
    Abstract: A motor vehicle outside door handle with a wall surrounding an interior space, a first sensor electrode of a first capacitive sensor for triggering a final locking operation, a second sensor electrode of a second capacitive sensor for triggering a locking operation, and an evaluation circuit, which is connected to the first sensor electrode. The second sensor electrode is arranged in the interior space. The first sensor electrode, the second sensor electrode and the evaluation circuit are accommodated in a single sensor module which can be inserted into the interior space. The sensor module has a flat plastic trough which has a bottom wall and is open on one side. A printed circuit board provided with connecting cables is placed into the plastic trough filled with a plastics compound. The sensor electrodes are formed by metal-coated layers of the printed circuit board or by metal bodies mounted on the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Peschl, Stefan Neuhoff, Marion Kilian
  • Publication number: 20130285410
    Abstract: Motor vehicles assembled using a cutaway truck chassis may contain one or more batteries. These batteries may be accessible presenting potential for harm. The tamper resistant compartment for a battery in a passenger vehicle reduces access and visual interest that some may have in the batteries, while simultaneously providing easy access to mechanics. The tamper resistant compartment encompasses a box that is securely mounted to the chassis. The batteries inside the box may be connected to a remote battery stud and a battery shut-off switch. A movable panel integrated to the vehicle body serves as a covering and a door integrated to the movable panel provides access to the remote battery stud and battery shut-off switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC.
    Inventors: Mitchell Edward Auerbach, Robert B. Riggs, Scott Suumeyer, Matthew Joseph Flaherty, Steven W. Imel
  • Patent number: 8571476
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and an apparatus for electronic communication between at least two communication devices. To allow reliable connection setup between the devices which are to be provided for communication at the same time as simple handling, a method according to the invention has the following steps: two communication devices intended for communication are associated with one another by means of a first coupling mechanism, and the communication between the mutually associated communication devices is performed by means of a second coupling mechanism, wherein the first coupling mechanism has a shorter range than the second coupling mechanism or is effected by means of physical contact between the communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt, Detlef Kuck
  • Patent number: 8527146
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling one or more settings of a vehicle using a device comprising an electronic circuit is disclosed. The electronic circuit is configured to obtain a position of a passenger within the vehicle, identify said passenger, obtain information comprising one or more setting preferences for said passenger use the position and at least one of the information to determine whether one or more settings need to be changed, and change the one or more settings based on the position and identity of the passenger. The electronic circuit is also configured to identifying a driver, compare the identity of the driver with a predetermined list of drivers of the vehicle, and change a plurality of operational parameters based on the identity of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Kenneth Jackson, Daniel Victor Klein
  • Patent number: 8515603
    Abstract: In an apparatus for preventing theft of equipment such as outboard motor having a prime mover (engine), a prime mover controller and an authenticator (26) that acquires ID information from an electronic key when the key is brought close thereto by an operator and gives a permission to the prime mover controller to start the prime mover when acquired ID information is determined to correspond with authentication ID information, the permission was given is stored, and the authenticator determines whether the information is stored each time when activated (S12), and gives the permission to the prime mover controller immediately when it is determined that it is stored (S32), thereby enabling to easily restart the prime mover without authentication operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Shinogi, Masato Takeda, Kosei Yamashita, Makoto Yamamura, Masashi Manita, Yoshinori Maekawa
  • Patent number: 8474569
    Abstract: A system and method for self-detecting vehicle theft is provided that includes a first antenna and a second antenna, both located on a vehicle. The first antenna transmits the signal and the second antenna receives the signal. A monitoring module in communication with the second antenna is configured to determine whether the signal has changed. A vehicle security system is configured to activate based on a change in the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Shafer Seymour, Peter Saladin
  • Patent number: 8469134
    Abstract: When a driver of a vehicle brings his/her detection part close to a case, a sensor detects a pulse of the driver at the detection part with an optical method, and takes an image of the detection part. An individual certification means determines whether the driver of the vehicle is an authorized person or not based on the image of the detection part taken by the sensor. An alcohol concentration determiner calculates an index value of a blood alcohol concentration of the driver based on the pulse detected at the detection part by the sensor, and determines whether the index value exceeds a criterial value of a drinking assessment. When it is determined that the driver of the vehicle is an authorized person and the index value does not exceed the criterial value of the drinking assessment, a permission means permits the driver to start an engine of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, Nippon Soken, Inc.
    Inventors: Rie Osaki, Shouji Osaki, Takashi Komura, Katsuyoshi Nishii, Hirohiko Tatsumoto
  • Patent number: 8453784
    Abstract: An exhaust system protection device is described that can be installed on the exhaust pipe of a vehicle. The device is designed to protect valuable components of the exhaust system from unauthorized removal. The device has a first locking collar that is configured to be removably positioned around the exhaust system of the vehicle. The first locking collar is positioned adjacent to the first end of the component that is to be protected. A second locking collar is removably positioned around the exhaust system adjacent the second end of the component that is to be protected. An elongated member extends from the first locking collar to the second locking collar. The elongated member is positioned around the component in a manner whereby the component cannot be removed from the exhaust system between the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: James R. Dusa, II
  • Patent number: 8457821
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided in one example embodiment and includes a power management module configured to receive data associated with travel being proposed by an end user of an electric vehicle. The power management module is configured to suggest a starting time for the travel based on time of use (ToU) rates for electricity consumption and a current level of power in the electric vehicle. In more specific embodiments, the data associated with the travel includes a starting location, an ending location, and a proposed drive time. In other embodiments, the power management module is further configured to interface with a mapping tool in suggesting the starting time for the end user. The power management module can be configured to obtain the ToU rates from a utility, and the ToU rates are provided as a function of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Shmuel Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8436721
    Abstract: A motor vehicle theft protection and disablement system that is safe, not easy to circumvent, and offers benefits to vehicle owners as an incentive for their participation. The system is for preventing vehicle theft and carjacking. The system comprises five elements, a motor vehicle, a programmable safety switch, a keypad transmitter, an automatic security switch, and at least one remote activation transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Shongkawh LLC
    Inventors: Kao Lee, Thao Lee
  • Patent number: 8428792
    Abstract: In an in-vehicle device control system, a vehicle-side unit mounted in a vehicle controls an in-vehicle device in accordance with a result of checkup about a portable device performed by mutual communications, in which the portable device returns a response signal in response to a request signal transmitted from the vehicle-side unit. An ECU of the vehicle-side unit checks whether it is a regular checkup timing, and performs an exterior checkup if it is determined to be the regular checkup timing. The ECU sets in this case a communication frequency, which is higher in priority order, as a communication frequency to be designated to the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nakashima, Arinobu Kimura, Hiroki Okada, Hiroko Murakami
  • Patent number: 8417415
    Abstract: A driver authentication and safety system and method for monitoring and controlling vehicle usage by high-risk drivers. A centralized database comprising a software application can be accessed by an authorized user via a data communications network utilizing a remote computer in order to configure a desired operating profile that matches requirements of the high-risk driver. The operating profile can be loaded to a driver identification and data logging device in conjunction with the remote computer. A master control unit receives a unique identification code from the data logging device to authenticate the high-risk driver and to operate the vehicle within the desired operating profile. A slave control unit receives commands from the master control unit and generates a real time alarm signal if the driver violates the preprogrammed operating profile unique to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Phelan
  • Patent number: 8376472
    Abstract: A housing has upper and lower faces, front and rear faces and side faces. A vertical bore extends through the housing between the upper and lower faces. A horizontal bore extends into the housing from the front face. The horizontal bore further extends to the vertical bore. A ball valve is positioned within the vertical bore laterally spaced from the horizontal bore. The ball valve is rotatable between open and closed orientations. A lock cylinder is located within the vertical bore. The lock cylinder has an exposed end with a keyway. The lock cylinder has an unexposed end with a connector clip. The connector clip couples the lock cylinder and the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Erik H. Hoffer
  • Publication number: 20130032428
    Abstract: An electric motorcycle is provided with a battery; an electric motor; a speed regulation control electrically interconnecting the electric motor and the battery; a padded seat including a bracket and a space defined under the seat; and a safety switch including a housing threadedly secured to the bracket from below, a support tube disposed on a central portion of the housing and partially disposed in the bracket, a cup-shaped spring-activated member slidably put on the support tube and engaging the seat, two laterally extending contacts formed on the spring-activated member, a first contact member disposed under one laterally extending contact and having one end electrically connected to the electric motor, a second contact member disposed under the other laterally extending contact and having one end electrically connected to the speed regulation control, and two receptacles disposed in the housing for anchoring the first and second contact members therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jin Tzeng Woo, Jung Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 8370030
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for automatically adjusting a vehicle feature of a vehicle, where the system includes a first sensor, an onboard computer, a camera, a mirror, a controller; an actuator; and an algorithm. The algorithm instructs the onboard computer in steps for adjusting one or more vehicle features. The first sensor and the controller are in electronic communication with the onboard computer and the controller is in electronic communication with one or more actuators that connect to and adjust the various vehicle features. The onboard computer includes or accesses a database that correlates users, features, and vehicle feature settings. Such vehicle features include seat position and camera viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Michael H Gurin
  • Patent number: 8370027
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system is provided that includes an alcohol concentration determining arrangement. A control unit is adapted to receive and analyze data from the alcohol concentration determining arrangement and output a blocking signal or a dissuasion signal under certain conditions. A blocking arrangement is adapted to prevent driving of the vehicle by the vehicle occupant upon receipt of a blocking signal. An output device is adapted to receive the dissuasion signal and to present a warning to the vehicle occupant to dissuade the occupant from driving the vehicle. The control unit is operable to categorize the concentration of alcohol in the occupant's blood into one of three categories: a low concentration category, in which the blocking signal will not be generated, a high concentration category, in which the blocking signal will be generated, and an intermediate category, in which the dissuasion signal will be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Hakan Pettersson, Bertil Hok
  • Patent number: 8364344
    Abstract: Operation of a vehicle is controlled based on the presence of or absence of one or more identified foreign objects within one or more monitored zones about the vehicle. One or more transceivers receive information about the one or more foreign objects. Based on the received information and the one or more corresponding zones, one or more controllers identify a response, which may include notifying the user about the foreign object and/or generating a signal that inhibits the ignition from turning on. Controllers identify a response, which may include notifying a user about a present or absent object or generating a signal that inhibits the ignition from turning on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, James W. Seaman, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 8359136
    Abstract: An electromechanical parking brake for a motor vehicle is provided. The electromechanical parking brake includes an operating element that operates a wheel brake, a central control unit that provides an electric supply to the operating element via at least one supply line, an electric actuating unit for interrupting the supply to the operating element, and a control line that connects the central control unit with the electric actuating unit. The operating element and the electric actuating unit are arranged at the motor vehicle in a manner protected against external manual access. The central control unit controls the electric actuating unit via the control line in order to interrupt the supply to the operating element or to reestablish the supply to the operating element. The central control unit also monitors the control line to detect a manipulation of the control line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Demmer
  • Patent number: 8336667
    Abstract: Apparatus deflates a tire following unauthorized access to a motor vehicle. In one embodiment, a self-damaging tire valve assembly is capable of being damaged to such a degree by damage inflicting apparatus in close proximity to the valve assembly that air escapes from the corresponding tire. An activation device housed within the damage inflicting apparatus, when activated, following unauthorized access of a motor vehicle is able to damage the body and grommet of the valve assembly without damaging the tire rim. In one embodiment, a processor transmits an activation signal to a wireless switch following reception of an unauthorized access signal when the motor vehicle is in an armed state. In one embodiment, a housing containing the tire deflating apparatus is in contact with the valve assembly, and the tire deflating apparatus is activated to cause the tire to be deflated following unauthorized access of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Dror Tzarum, Asher Tzarum
  • Patent number: 8302725
    Abstract: In an apparatus for preventing theft of equipment (electric wheelchair) having a prime mover (electric motor), a prime mover controller, and an authenticator that acquires ID information from an electronic key when the key is brought close thereto by an operator, determines whether the acquired ID information corresponds with authentication ID information, and permits the controller to start the prime mover when the acquired ID information is determined to correspond with authentication ID information, the controller stores operating history of the equipment, and the authenticator acquires the history from the controller when the key is brought close thereto and transmits the acquired history to the key when the key is brought close thereto, thereby making it easy to acquire the operating history of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamura, Kosei Yamashita, Yoshihisa Shinogi, Yoshinori Maekawa, Masato Takeda, Masashi Manita
  • Publication number: 20120273289
    Abstract: A system and method for self-detecting vehicle theft is provided that includes a first antenna and a second antenna, both located on a vehicle. The first antenna transmits the signal and the second antenna receives the signal. A monitoring module in communication with the second antenna is configured to determine whether the signal has changed. A vehicle security system is configured to activate based on a change in the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Shafer Seymour, Peter Saladin
  • Patent number: 8296004
    Abstract: In an electrically driven vehicle equipped with a battery usable for running, a power generation unit of engine driven type that charges the battery is detachably mounted on the vehicle including a case where at least an engine of the power generation unit is detachably mounted, and the vehicle includes first stop means for bringing the power generation unit in a stopped state when the power generation unit is installed in or removed from the vehicle, and a generation stop switch for making an operation request to the power generation unit. More specifically, the first stop means stops an operation request signal to the power generation unit through low-voltage system wires when the generation stop switch is ON (no operation request is made).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Utsumi, Satoko Tofukuji, Atsunori Kumagai, Nobuhisa Jingu, Hirotsugu Ojima, Kazuhito Sakai, Hiroki Murata, Takanobu Arai
  • Patent number: 8285453
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation aid (nav-aid) system and method are provided to un-lock nav-aid functions in a moving vehicle. Sensors within the vehicle provide vehicle speed S and whether a person other the driver is present. For S greater than predetermined threshold speed Sth?0, the nav-aid system remains in a locked-out state if a passenger is not present. When a passenger is present, then the system may accept some otherwise locked-out nav-aid requests. A warning and disclaimer message requiring positive acknowledgement thereof is desirable. In a preferred embodiment, the passenger should occupy a front seat and have a weight or size or both exceeding a predetermined (e.g., “adult”) threshold. Desirably, navigation aid access is precluded for S>Sth unless the occupied seat belts are latched. In a further embodiment, a user access status display indicates which nav-aid functions can be accessed depending on the vehicle status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jamison C. Schroeder, Trevor E. Browne, Jennifer A. Senish, Scott J. Failla
  • Patent number: 8249772
    Abstract: An electric wiring system of a motor vehicle with several control devices that communicate with each other via a data bus, and with an immobilizer is provided. In order to create an electric wiring system of a motor vehicle that includes an immobilizer with high reliability the immobilizer includes at least a first and a second control device from the plurality of control devices and an authentication apparatus, in particular an authentication control device. The authentication information of the plurality of control devices is supplied via the data bus to the authentication apparatus. The authentication cancels the immobilizer of the vehicle when the authentication information transmitted from the first and the second control device corresponds to the authentication information expected for the particular control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Wagenhuber, Burkhard Kuhls, Marc Lindlbauer, Harry Knechtel
  • Patent number: 8249759
    Abstract: In one embodiment there is a remote starter system for a vehicle having an ignition connected to vehicle controllers by a serial data interface. The remote starter system includes a T-Harness connector having at least a first, second, and third serial data connectors and a remote starter module. The remote starter module having at least a remote starter connector, wherein the first serial data connector of the T-Harness connector is coupled to the remote starter connector, and the second and third serial data connectors are separately coupled between the pair of interconnected vehicle serial data connectors. Data from the remote starter module is thereby communicated to the vehicle controller modules and the ignition module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: PSI Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Robert K. Lazzara
  • Patent number: 8249760
    Abstract: A remote starter system for a vehicle having an electronic ignition module connected to vehicle controller modules by a serial data interface. The electronic ignition module is capable of receiving at least one keycode from a cryptographic controller vehicle key for verification before changing the state of at least one vehicle controller module. The remote starter system is defined in one embodiment to include a remote starter module having at least a memory for storing at least one keycode and having the ability to send the at least one keycode for verification and the ability to request modification of a state of at least one vehicle controller module. Wherein when the at least one keycode is verified, the state of at least one vehicle controller module is modified as requested by the remote starter module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: PSI Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Robert K. Lazzara
  • Patent number: 8242886
    Abstract: A door lock control device that performs locking and/or unlocking of a door of a vehicle subject to a condition that a result of communication with a portable device has authenticated the portable device. The door lock control device has: an operation reception unit that is provided in the vehicle and receives an input for instructing the locking and/or unlocking of the door; a vehicle power source determination unit that determines whether a power source of the vehicle is ON; an occupant determination unit that determines whether an occupant is present in a cabin of the vehicle; and a power supply control unit that stops power supply to the operation reception unit when determination is made that the power source of the vehicle is ON and an occupant is present inside the vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroko Murakami
  • Patent number: 8234894
    Abstract: An electric steering lock device is provided that includes a column pipe, a steering shaft pivotably passed through the interior of the column pipe, and an electric lock unit that has an electric motor and that can switch in response to operation of the electric motor between a locked state, in which pivoting of the steering shaft is prevented, and an unlocked state in which pivoting of the steering shaft is permitted, wherein the electric lock unit is disposed within the column pipe. This arrangement can advantageously make breakage or unauthorized unlocking of the electric lock unit difficult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Takeshi Taniguchi, Takushi Matsuto
  • Patent number: 8223002
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic control apparatus for a vehicle which includes: 1) first storage means for storing vehicle identification information unique to the vehicle; 2) second storage means for storing immobilizer identification information unique to the vehicle; 3) command receiving means for receiving, from an external control apparatus, an update command that commands the electronic control apparatus to update the vehicle identification information stored in the first storage means; and 4) information handling means for handling all the information stored in the first and second storage means. Moreover, in the electronic control apparatus, upon receipt of the update command by the command receiving means, the information handling means updates the immobilizer identification information stored in the second storage means as well as the vehicle identification information stored in the first storage means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Mikio Teramura, Takeo Umesaka
  • Patent number: 8219281
    Abstract: A system, method, and program product controls an operation of a vehicle based on the presence of one or more foreign objects within one or more monitored zones about the vehicle. One or more transceivers receive information about the one or more foreign objects. Based on the received information and the one or more corresponding zones, one or more controllers identify a response, which may include notifying the user about the foreign object and/or generating a signal that inhibits the ignition from turning on. The system, method, and program product also control an operation of a vehicle based on the absence of an object of the vehicle. Likewise, the one or more controllers identify a response, which may include notifying the user about the missing object and/or generating a signal that inhibits the ignition from turning on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, James W. Seaman, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 8201655
    Abstract: A gas pedal locking assembly for immobilizing the gas pedal of a vehicle to prevent theft includes a pedal arm having a first portion and a second portion. A pedal is coupled to the first portion. A protrusion extends from the pedal arm and has a pivot aperture extending therethrough. A fixed pivot pin extends through the pivot aperture. A locking mechanism is provided for holding the second portion of the pedal arm in a static position to prevent pivoting of the pedal arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Herbert J. Haag, James Delrosario
  • Patent number: 8169308
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for checking the switching region of a touch-free switching system with at least one sensor and at least one signal emitter, wherein the signal emitter sends data to the sensor. An extremely flexible and practical switching region check is achieved in at least one embodiment by the fact that a change in at least one system parameter of the switching system derives at least one first piece of information on the position of the signal emitter. The method represents an inexpensive possibility for checking a switching region, which has options for the definition and allocation of the switch-on, switch-off, and hysteresis regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Hammer, Gerhard Metz, Richard Roskosch
  • Patent number: 8132980
    Abstract: A system whereby a disabling spike strip is deployed from the rear undercarriage of a vehicle is enabled by a dashboard-mounted switch powered by the vehicle electrical system. The spike strip comprises a main body and two (2) extensions which are deployed outwardly from each side of the main body by the action of internal compression springs. The undersides of the main body and each extension are provided with a plurality of skid pads. The spike strip further comprises front and rear stabilizer bars. The purpose of the pads and the stabilizers are to retain the location of the spike strip against the pavement and against the action of a trailing vehicle's wheels. The top portion of the spike strip comprises a plurality of fixed and spring-loaded spikes being designed to shred the tires of the trailing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Justin D. Lee
  • Patent number: 8127883
    Abstract: A safety interlock system for hand operated vehicle accelerator control systems is disclosed which permits a hand operated accelerator control system to be immobilized so that it cannot be activated unintentionally or accidentally by an individual operator who is not familiar with a vehicle so equipped. The safety interlock system may be selectively activated by the vehicle operator manually directly by mechanical means or remotely by means of a switch-controlled hydraulic, pneumatic or electrical activator. An indicator system is provided which indicates the status of the safety interlock system to the vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: John Livingston Kazanchy
  • Patent number: 8127882
    Abstract: A security device for a means of transport comprising a radiation source to direct radiation into the eye of a person intending to take control of the means of transport, so that the radiation is internally reflected within the eye and emerges from the eye with a substantial spectral content corresponding to the spectral content of food flowing through the retina of the eye, and a receiver arrangement to receive the radiation emanating from the eye of the person and to perform a spectral analysis of the reflected radiation to determine the concentration of at least one chemical within the blood of the person, the device further comprising an alarm unit to generate an alarm and/or an immobilizer unit to immobilize the means of transport, the or each unit being responsive to the said determination of concentration when the concentration of the said chemical is outside a permitted threshold range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: William Neville Heaton Johnson, Christopher J. A. Glynn
  • Patent number: 8122994
    Abstract: A steering system arranged in a vehicle having a steering wheel, a steering system control unit and a steering assistance unit with an electric motor. The steering system is designed to assist, by the motor of the steering assistance unit, a predefined steering movement of a driver at the steering wheel for steering steerable wheels of the vehicle and to steer the steerable wheels in accordance with the predefined steering movement. In this context, the steering wheel is mechanically coupled to the steering assistance unit. The steering system is also designed to block a predefined steering movement at the steering wheel, and therefore to block steering of the steerable wheels by the steering assistance unit, in a predefined state of rest of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus-Juergen Bluhm
  • Patent number: 8104564
    Abstract: An antitheft system and method for construction equipment is disclosed. The antitheft system and method can prevent the construction equipment from driving if a driver gets out of a cabin in the state in which an ignition is turned on so as to preheat a heater or engine or in a case where a driving unit is not manipulated during a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment Holding Sweden AB
    Inventor: Chun Han Lee
  • Patent number: 8065896
    Abstract: A key ring according to embodiments is press-fitted onto a steering shaft (column shaft) at a position that is radially outer side of a fit portion at which multiple shaft members that constitute the steering shaft (column shaft) are fitted to each other, and that is substantially the same as the position of the key ring in the axial direction. When a lock bar is inserted into a lock bar insertion portion formed in an outer periphery of the key ring, the key ring restricts rotation of the steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Toshinobu Maeda, Atsushi Tano
  • Patent number: RE44785
    Abstract: A vehicle immobilization system has an electronically controlled locking mechanism which requires interconnection with an electrical supply for it to be switched between a locked state and an unlocked state. The locking mechanism remains in the state to which it is switched when disconnected from the electrical supply. The immobilization system includes control means which operates to connect the locking mechanism to the electrical supply to switch it from one state to the other, and to disconnect the locking mechanism from the electrical supply when the vehicle engine is running or the vehicle is moving. The immobilization system also includes means to prevent cranking of the engine when the locking mechanism is in it's locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Steven Christopher Howell, Nigel Clark