By Preventing Unauthorized Or Unintended Access Or Use Patents (Class 180/287)
  • Patent number: 8047863
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is provided for locking a removable data carrier in a support structure of an electronic device. The locking mechanism includes a movable locking element, indicating unit and a locking element control unit. The movable locking element is movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, where the locking element, in its locked position, prevents the removal of the data carrier from the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Harald Klarner
  • Publication number: 20110253471
    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: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: James R. Dusa, II
  • Publication number: 20110209936
    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: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: John Livingston Kazanchy
  • Patent number: 7999662
    Abstract: A vehicle security system for securing a vehicle against theft, the system comprising, a driving function disablement component configured to bias against a moveable vehicle component, thereby to disable a driving function when biased, a remotely operable transducer configured to maintain or release biasing in the driving function disablement component, and a wireless handheld transceiver configured to transmit a wireless drive-activating signal to operate the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Salomon S. Ohayon, Amihai Ohayon
  • Patent number: 7971676
    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 pipe 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 pipe adjacent the second end of the component that is to be protected. A plurality of elongated members extends from the first locking collar to the second locking collar. The plurality of elongated members is positioned around the component in a manner whereby the component cannot be removed from the exhaust system between the plurality of elongated members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: James R. Dusa, II
  • Publication number: 20110132680
    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: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto YAMAMURA, Kosei Yamashita, Yoshihisa Shinogi, Yoshinori Maekawa, Masato Takeda, Masashi Manita
  • Patent number: 7954591
    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: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: John Livingston Kazanchy
  • Patent number: 7956730
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a vehicle given to a third party. The system includes a system controller; a mode-indicating device coupled to the system controller; and an authenticator coupled to the system controller. Here, the system controller is adapted to communicate a driving restriction to the vehicle upon an activation of the mode-indicating device by an authorized driver and until a deactivation of the mode-indicating device by the authorized driver, the system controller is adapted to restrict the activation and the deactivation of the mode-indicating device unless the authorized driver has been authenticated by the authenticator, and the driving restriction includes a limit selected from the group consisting of a limit in number of starts, a limit in speed, a limit in acceleration, a limit in number of minutes, a limit in distance, a limit in gears, a limit in locations, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: All Protect, LLC
    Inventors: Steve White, Michael Dorin, John Noto
  • Patent number: 7950489
    Abstract: A safety interlock system for left foot operated vehicle accelerator control systems is disclosed which permits a left foot 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: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: John Livingston Kazanchy
  • Patent number: 7900733
    Abstract: A motorcycle with reduced fuel consumption. A centrifugal clutch intermittently transfers torque from an engine to a drive wheel in accordance with engine speed. A brake lock switch regulates the engine speed. When the brake lock switch is off, engine start inhibition control is executed. When the brake lock switch is on, engine speed regulation control is executed to prevent engagement of the centrifugal clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshimasa Miyabe
  • Patent number: 7891457
    Abstract: A material handling vehicle includes an operator compartment having a floor. A step is disposed in the operator compartment and spaced above the floor. A first deadman switch is disposed in the floor for actuation by an operator standing on the floor in the operator compartment. A second deadman switch is disposed in the step for actuation by an operator sitting in the operator compartment, wherein simultaneous actuation of the first deadman switch and the second deadman switch disables operation of both deadman switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Holland, David Howe
  • Patent number: 7874393
    Abstract: A theft deterrent system for an electronic device associated with a motor vehicle is disclosed. The theft deterrent system includes a shield portion, a bracket portion and a fastener. The shield portion and the bracket portion are attached to an electronic device with the fastener. The shield portion prevents substantially immediate removal of a connector from a connecting port of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Golam Ahmed, Jack Alan Strahm, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7868736
    Abstract: Apart from authentication of an electronic key, authentication of an ID card and authentication of user authentication information are executed. When all the authentications have been successfully made, engine startup information is produced. In this manner, even if electronic key data or an electronic key device has been copied, vehicle theft can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Fukushima, Koji Okada
  • Patent number: 7859413
    Abstract: An RFID equipped vehicle includes a computer system for controlling operating functions of the vehicle, an RFID fob for use by an operator of the vehicle, an RFID emitter for use by a passenger of the vehicle, and logic means associated with the computer system for determining when the RFID fob of the operator is out of range of the vehicle and the passenger RFID emitter is within range of the vehicle so that the computer system may notify the operator that the passenger has remained in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: RFID Options, LLC
    Inventor: Hap Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7845456
    Abstract: An apparatus for arresting the advancement of an unauthorized vehicle comprises at least one discharge port, at least one storage vessel, at least one valve and a means for actuation, said storage vessel containing a volume of gas that does not support combustion, said discharge port directed toward a point in a path of said unauthorized vehicle wherein said means for actuation actuates said valve to deliver a quantity of said gas from said discharge port into said path of said unauthorized vehicle to stall an engine powering said unauthorized vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas F. O'Doan
  • Patent number: 7819427
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a steering column of a vehicle includes a steering column starting lock module, a functional module, and a support plate. The starting lock module has a lock element for fixedly connecting the steering column starting lock module to a steering column extending in an axial direction. The functional module has a guide groove extending in the axial direction. The starting lock module is connected to the support plate. The support plate is insertable along the axial direction into the guide groove of the functional module to connect with the functional module and thereby connect the functional module with the starting lock module such that the functional module is connected to the steering column via the starting lock module when the starting lock module is connected to the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Hirschfeld, Michael Langs, Lukas Fiala, Benno Wessendorf
  • Patent number: 7817018
    Abstract: A car antitheft system includes a main controller invisibly mounted on a car, and an antitheft state indicator embedded in an engine start button of the car and electrically connected to the main controller for indicating a current antitheft state of the car. With these arrangements, the engine start button serves to start the car when the car antitheft system is released, and to indicate the current antitheft state of the car when the car antitheft system is enabled and the antitheft state indicator embedded in the engine start button is lighted, so as to warn and stop a thief from invading the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Tse Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 7818109
    Abstract: A method for operating an active vehicle seat in a vehicle includes detecting a triggering event related to a security threat to the active vehicle seat. An operation of the active vehicle seat is disabled in response to the detected triggering event. The operation of the active vehicle seat is enabled by providing authentication of an authorized user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Linda T. Scully
  • Patent number: 7812712
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a vehicle given to a third party. The system includes a system controller; a mode-indicating device coupled to the system controller; and an authenticator coupled to the system controller. Here, the system controller is adapted to communicate a driving restriction to the vehicle upon an activation of the mode-indicating device by an authorized driver and until a deactivation of the mode-indicating device by the authorized driver, the system controller is adapted to restrict the activation and the deactivation of the mode-indicating device unless the authorized driver has been authenticated by the authenticator, and the driving restriction includes a limit selected from the group consisting of a limit in number of starts, a limit in speed, a limit in acceleration, a limit in number of minutes, a limit in distance, a limit in gears, a limit in locations, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: All Protect, LLC
    Inventors: Steve White, Michael Dorin, John Noto
  • Patent number: 7802649
    Abstract: A steering lock device has a steering catch mechanism including a handlebar attached to a steering stem, and a locking arm attached to this handlebar and being equipped with a lock pin for engagement on the tip end portion thereof. The steering catch mechanism also includes a locking claw as an engaging portion that is engagable with the lock pin. The locking claw is usually biased in the unlocking direction. In this catch mechanism, the locking claw is disposed on a rotation track of the lock pin. Accordingly, when an external force is applied to the lock pin such that the lock pin is in contact with the locking claw of the catch mechanism, the locking claw is moved in the locking direction so that the locking claw can be engaged with the lock pin. Therefore, a steering-lock stand-by state is accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Konno, Tadashi Onozuka, Yoshiaki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7779954
    Abstract: A readily transportable and rapidly deployable vehicle immobilization device is provided. The exhaust of an internal combustion engine is obstructed, resulting in choking off and stopping of the engine. In an aspect, a plug is provided having an extension fixed to the plug for human grasping, and facilitating insertion into an end of a vehicle exhaust pipe. In an aspect the plug expands upon being heated and is adhesive to the exhaust pipe for at least partially sealing the exhaust pipe. In another aspect, a length of adhesive material is attached to the front of a pursuing vehicle and engages an end of an exhaust pipe of a fleeing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wax
  • Patent number: 7751946
    Abstract: In a remote control system, the remote control of a vehicle function is executed. The remote control system includes a control terminal and a cancellation device. The control terminal transmits a request for the remote control of the vehicle function to a vehicle. The cancellation device cancels the remote control of the vehicle function if the local control of the vehicle function is requested before the remote control of the vehicle function is executed according to the request for the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Taki, Atsushi Niwa
  • Patent number: 7730991
    Abstract: A locking assembly is provided for installation on a saddle-type vehicle such as an ATV. The locking assembly has a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration and comprises a removable portion and a receptacle. The receptacle is configured to engage the removable portion. The locking assembly is configured to unlock and allow powering of the vehicle when the removable portion is engaged in the receptacle and to lock and prevent powering the vehicle when the removable portion is not engaged in the receptacle. The removable portion includes an actuator configured to select from a first operable engine condition and a second inoperable engine condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jason William Grundey
  • Patent number: 7714696
    Abstract: An apparatus is arranged for providing drive-off security in a motor vehicle environment through blocking one or more vehicle engine system sub-functions, such blocking is triggered by detecting an unauthorized system activation. A particular such sub-function facility comprises an on-off control circuit is used to control the functionality of a fuel pump arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernd Rumpf
  • Patent number: 7702441
    Abstract: A safety logic for vehicle rollover detection systems comprising a main rollover detection logic and at least one protection device for the occupant or occupants of the vehicle, including a vehicle lateral acceleration sensor (11), which generates an output signal indicating a near rollover event, when a lateral acceleration of a vehicle exceeds the first predefined threshold value (15) or, when a lateral acceleration of vehicle exceeds the second predefined threshold value (16) that is lower than the first predefined threshold value (15) and simultaneously at least one additional safety logic activation signal is present (1, 1?, 1?, 1??).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mariusz Geborek, Aleksandra Urbanek, Daniel Sygnarowicz
  • Publication number: 20100059303
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a self moving transport mean for partially disabled people and a method for using said transport mean in shopping centres or other specific public areas. The transport mean houses seats or wheel-chairs and gives the user the chance to access all the services of said areas thanks to proper drive systems, safety devices, and a simple and safe lifting device of a flat surface supporting the wheel-chair or the seat. The method of the invention provides a box for housing and recharging the transport means and the exchange of data between them and a central processing unit of the area apt to let the completely enjoying the services of the area and the mobility features of the transport means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: MP S.r.L.
    Inventor: Marco Paolacci
  • Patent number: 7673717
    Abstract: An anti-theft device includes a first steering column, a second steering column, a clutch and an actuating unit. The first steering column is connected to a steering wheel. The second steering column is connected to a universal joint. The actuating unit moves the clutch between a first position for connecting the first steering column to the second steering column and a second position for disconnecting the first steering column from the second steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventor: Jian-Jhong Fong
  • Publication number: 20090322146
    Abstract: A lockable hydraulic power-assisted steering system for steering one or more wheels of a vehicle, the system comprising: a hydraulic pump (1) having an inlet (2) and an outlet (3); a hydraulic reservoir (4) having an inlet (5) and an outlet (6); said pump inlet (2) being connected to the reservoir outlet (6); a hydraulic power steering housing (7a), the steering housing being operable by means of a steering wheel and the steering housing having an inlet port (8) and an outlet port (9); a hydraulic circuit, including: a pressure conduit connecting the pump outlet (3) to the steering housing inlet port (8), a return conduit connecting the steering housing outlet port to the reservoir inlet (5), a user operable lock valve (10) which selectively allows to connect and disconnect the steering housing inlet port (8) from the pump outlet (3) and/or to connect and disconnect the steering housing outlet port (9) from the reservoir inlet (5), characterized in that at the inlet port (8) of the hydraulic power steering ho
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: LOCK-VISION LTD.
    Inventor: David Raban
  • Patent number: 7635044
    Abstract: A safety device for a motorcycle gear lever includes a gear lever and a mounting member. The gear lever has a base member, a pivoting member mounted pivotally on the base member and a foot post. The foot post is mounted on the pivoting member and has an annular groove. The mounting member is disposed adjacent to the gear lever and has a mounting hole and a key lock having a locking member. When the pivoting member pivots, the foot post is mounted in the mounting hole and the locking member of the lock selectively engages the annular groove of the foot post to lock the foot post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventor: Chun-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 7631950
    Abstract: An apparatus for externally controlling one or more brakes on a vehicle having a pressurized fluid braking system. The apparatus can include a pressurizable vessel that is adapted for fluid-tight coupling to the braking system. Impact to the rear of the vehicle by a pursuit vehicle, shooting a target mounted on the vehicle or sending a signal from a remote control can all result in the fluid pressures in the braking system of the vehicle being modified so that the vehicle is stopped and rendered temporarily inoperable. A control device can also be provided in the driver's compartment of the vehicle for similarly rendering the vehicle inoperable. A driver or hijacker of the vehicle preferably cannot overcome the stopping action from the driver's compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Willard H. Wattenburg, David B. McCallen
  • Publication number: 20090293960
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Dror Tzarum, Asher Tzarum
  • Publication number: 20090294198
    Abstract: A theft deterrent system for an electronic device associated with a motor vehicle is disclosed. The theft deterrent system includes a shield portion, a bracket portion and a fastener. The shield portion and the bracket portion are attached to an electronic device with the fastener. The shield portion prevents substantially immediate removal of a connector from a connecting port of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Golam Ahmed, Jack Alan Strahm, JR.
  • Patent number: 7592714
    Abstract: A system and method for bypassing the ignition switch and controlling operation of an engine and an accessory drive of a vehicle, the system comprising an ignition switch, a user-activated secondary switch, a control logic circuit, and a third switch. The ignition switch controls operation of the engine that enables the engine to operate when the ignition switch is in an ON state. The user-activated secondary switch makes a connection in a parallel electrical power supply circuit to the engine and vehicle accessory drive, when the secondary switch is in the CLOSED state. The control logic circuit is responsive to the ignition switch, the secondary switch, and a user-activated vehicle control device. The third switch is associated with a user-activated vehicle control device wherein the third switch causes the logic circuit to interrupt the parallel electrical power supply circuit, when the user-activated vehicle control device is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Safe Stop International, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Barroy Brown, Jr., Michael Joseph Trebilcott, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7584979
    Abstract: A powered retractable motorcycle stand is disclosed having a stationary upper assembly mounted to a motorcycle and a moving lower assembly for ground contact. The stationary assembly includes a horizontal driven shaft coupled to an electric motor coupled. Gear reduction means transfers torque from the horizontal shaft to a vertical screw shaft that extends to a ground contact position and retracts into a protective housing. The vertical screw shaft is pinned so that it does not rotate and is restricted to linear movement. A safety device to prevent operation of the motorcycle while the stand is engaged is included. Motorcycle anti-theft means are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventors: Daniel Labonte, Jeanne Labonte
  • Patent number: 7579791
    Abstract: A vehicle-side device receives a response signal transmitted from an electronic key carried by a user and executes a matching process to check whether the key is an authorized one. When the matching is confirmed and the operation of a sensor/switch disposed on a door is detected, a given door is unlocked. The device determines a door which is to be opened by the user, and the seat state is controlled on the basis the door to be opened. If the door to be opened is for rearmost seats, the rearmost seats are automatically controlled to a seating state or a loading state based on detection of absence or presence of an object on the rearmost seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nakashima, Kentarou Teshima, Kenichi Ogino
  • Patent number: 7574940
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a motor vehicle includes a steering shaft, a support bracket rotatably receiving the steering shaft for rotatably supporting the steering shaft on the motor vehicle, and an anti-rotation device. The anti-rotation device is supported by the support bracket and is moveable between an engaged position and a disengaged position. In the engaged position, the anti-rotation device prevents rotation of the steering shaft relative to the support bracket. The anti-rotation device may be moved from the engaged position to the disengaged position to allow rotation of the steering shaft relative to the support bracket. Prior to assembly of the steering column assembly to the motor vehicle, the anti-rotation device may be moved to the engaged position to lock the steering column in a common rotational position. After assembly, the anti-rotation device may be moved to the disengaged position to allow rotation of the steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason R. Ridgway, Marvin V. Manwaring, William D. Cymbal
  • Patent number: 7571036
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a data collection and evaluation system that includes a telematics device for collecting, time-stamping, and storing vehicle sensor data. Examples of the type of data collected include door data, ignition data, speed data, global positioning data, and diagnostic and trouble code data. The system further includes an external data acquisition device, such as a mainframe computer system or a hand-held computing device like an iPAQ. The external data acquisition device is configured to communicate with the telematics device over a wireless network, which enables the telematics device to transmit the time-stamped data to the external data acquisition device and receive information and instructions from the external data acquisition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Olsen, David Bradley, Rhesa Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7540350
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-theft mechanism moves the driver's unit into a location which prevents operation of the vehicle. The mechanism includes a bracket mechanism that fits onto the driver's seat unit and has two screws that movably connect a first bracket cross arm to a second bracket cross arm. A motor operates the screws to move the cross arms toward and away from each other when activated by a programmable remote control. The first cross arm is connected to the seat unit and the second cross arm is connected to the vehicle frame adjacent to the steering wheel of the vehicle to be stationary with respect to the first cross arm so that operation of the motor will move the first cross arm toward or away from the second cross arm, thereby moving the seat unit connected to the first cross arm toward and away from the second cross arm. The second cross arm thus moves the seat unit toward and away from the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Gregory L. Vickers
  • Patent number: 7529602
    Abstract: The vehicle-installed remote control unit includes a receiver receiving a command signal transmitted from a transmitter dedicated to a vehicle, and a controller controlling a part of the vehicle in accordance with the command signal received by the receiver. The controller has a noise-decision function of deciding whether or not a signal received by the receiver is a noise, a record function of recording noise information including at least information specifying a time at which the signal received by the receiver is decided to be the noise by the noise-decision function in a memory included in the controller, and an output function of outputting the noise information recorded in the memory to an external device in response to a command received from the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitomi Nagata, Yoshinori Katsuta, Kenichi Ogino
  • Publication number: 20090107752
    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 pipe 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 pipe adjacent the second end of the component that is to be protected. A plurality of elongated members extends from the first locking collar to the second locking collar. The plurality of elongated members is positioned around the component in a manner whereby the component cannot be removed from the exhaust system between the plurality of elongated members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: James R. Dusa, II
  • Patent number: 7526371
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for the position-dependent control of a mobile element in a motor vehicle, wherein the element is movable in a drive movement by an electrically powered positioning device, wherein the positioning device has several different operational modes, and characteristics of a drive signal of the positing device, in particular a waviness of a drive current, are used for the determination of the position of the element. According to the invention, a characteristic variable, which influences the drive movement of the positioning device, and/or a specific value, which characterizes the positioning device, are evaluated for the determination of an error value of the determined position of the mobile element, and that the operating modes of the positioning device are controlled in dependence of the determined error value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignees: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co., Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Jürgen Seeberger, Carsten Abert
  • Patent number: 7521817
    Abstract: A system 10 and method for reducing the possibility of fires and/or explosions when a vehicle impacts an object includes a cable connector 12 having a first portion 14 connected to an ungrounded terminal 20 of a battery 22 in the vehicle and a second portion 16 connected to all vehicle electrical components requiring power from battery 22, an inert gas canister 18 having an internal pressure that facilitates the separation of the first and second portions 14 and 16 of the cable connector 12 when predetermined conditions are satisfied, electric squib means 24 for initiating pressurized inert gas flow from the canister 18 to the first portion 14 of the cable connector 12, an accelerometer 28 for sensing impact between the vehicle and the object, and a microprocessor 30 for signaling the accelerometer 28 to “fire” the squib means 24 when the magnitude of impact requires an inert gas flow to the first portion 14 whereby the second portion 16 is forcibly ejected from the first portion 14 and the area adjacent to t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventor: Donald Gors
  • Patent number: 7503195
    Abstract: A wheel lock apparatus for a wheeled vehicle, said vehicle having a tire, the wheel lock apparatus comprising at least one tooth, wherein the at least one tooth is moveable between a first position, against the tire, and a second position, remote therefrom, such that, in the first position, the at least one tooth is oriented to substantially prevent forward rotation of the tire by engaging the tire, whilst in the second position, the tire is free to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: Alfred Michael Vegvary
  • Patent number: 7502687
    Abstract: A tracking unit for a vehicle may include a vehicle position determining device, a wireless communications device, and a controller cooperating with the wireless communications device and the vehicle position determining device to determine and send vehicle position information to a user. The controller may store a user selected reference location, and send the vehicle position information based upon the vehicle moving beyond a radial threshold distance from the user selected reference location. More particularly, the vehicle position information may be sent a threshold time after the vehicle moves beyond the radial threshold distance from the user selected reference location if the vehicle has not moved back within the radial threshold distance. Additionally, the vehicle tracking unit may further include at least one input device to be positioned within the vehicle for setting the user selected reference location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Omega Patents, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 7496441
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a computer based control system for controlling hydraulic and electromechanical actuators on a power machine, such as a skid steer loader. The computer based control system is configured to implement a number of features to enhance certain operational aspects of the power machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Brandt, Scott R. Rossow
  • Publication number: 20090038874
    Abstract: A locking assembly is provided for installation on a saddle-type vehicle such as an ATV. The locking assembly has a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration and comprises a removable portion and a receptacle. The receptacle is configured to engage the removable portion. The locking assembly is configured to unlock and allow powering of the vehicle when the removable portion is engaged in the receptacle and to lock and prevent powering the vehicle when the removable portion is not engaged in the receptacle. The removable portion includes an actuator configured to select from a first operable engine condition and a second inoperable engine condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Jason William Grundey
  • Publication number: 20090025999
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock device includes a latching mechanism, a locking mechanism, and a child-lock mechanism. The child-lock mechanism is arranged between the latching mechanism and an inside door handle, and switches between a transmitting state and a non-transmitting state. The child-lock mechanism in the transmitting state transmits to the latching mechanism a force regarding an attempt to open a door by using the inside door handle, while the child-lock mechanism in the non-transmitting state does not transmit the force to the latching mechanism. When the latching mechanism receives the force, an inside-door handle lever causes the locking mechanism to switch to an unlocked state from a locked state. When the child-lock mechanism is in the transmitting state and the locking mechanism is in the locked state, a link lever and a panic lever operate the inside-door handle lever without transmitting the force to the latching mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Katsuyuki ISHIGURO
  • Patent number: 7469767
    Abstract: A method for regulating the speed of a motor vehicle includes the steps of sensing an open door, verifying the authorization of a driver, and preventing the flow of fuel to the engine until an authorized driver has securely closed the vehicle doors. The method also includes the steps of sensing that the driver's seat belt is securely fastened and limiting the flow of fuel to thereby provide a relatively slow speed until the seat belt is fastened and thereafter limiting the flow of fuel to provide a second pre-selected speed. Further, the method includes the steps of overriding the second pre-selected speed and activating a vehicle's flashers when the second pre-selected speed is exceeded. Apparatus for accomplishing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Jasem Al Jasem
  • Patent number: 7466217
    Abstract: A system for signaling that a person is in an vehicle is provided and includes a power source, a processing unit including a counter, a state monitoring unit configured to monitor an internal temperature of the vehicle and to monitor whether the vehicle is in an off state and a door monitoring unit configured to monitor whether any of the vehicle doors are open or closed, a first buckle receiver, including a first signal issuing unit, a first buckle to be removably inserted into the buckle receiver and to thereby cause the first signal issuing unit to issue an installation signal to the processing unit, a second buckle receiver, including a second signal issuing unit, a second buckle to be removably inserted into the second buckle receiver and to thereby cause the second signal issuing unit to issue an occupation signal to the processing unit, and an alarm unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander C. Johnson, Scott W. Nelson, Hal A. Porter, Joshua R. Paulson
  • Patent number: 7463135
    Abstract: A multi-mode vehicle security system is provided. The system comprises: a control module wirelessly selectable to operate in one of a plurality of modes; and a function module for receiving a command from the control module and instructing a vehicle device to perform a function associated with the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Audiovox Corporation
    Inventor: John DiCroce