By Preventing Unauthorized Or Unintended Access Or Use Patents (Class 180/287)
  • Patent number: 7457693
    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: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Olsen, David Bradley, Rhesa Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7451851
    Abstract: A readily transportable and rapidly deployed 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: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wax
  • Publication number: 20080245598
    Abstract: A system and method for motor vehicle restriction control enables an owner of a motor vehicle to restrict another person's use and operation of the owner's motor vehicle. The system includes a driver identification module identifying a driver operating the motor vehicle and a storage device for storing at least one restriction profile defining for the driver at least one restriction of the operation the motor vehicle. The system farther includes a motor vehicle controlling device for restricting the operation of the motor vehicle according to the at least one restriction in response to the driver identification module identifying the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rosemarie M. Gratz, Dimitri Kanevsky, Alexander Zlatsin
  • Publication number: 20080223646
    Abstract: A method and system for inhibiting power of a vehicle given to a third party. The system includes a mode-indicating, an authenticator coupled to the mode-indicating device, and a power inhibiting device coupled to the mode-indicating device and adapted to selectively inhibit the power of the vehicle. Here, the mode-indicating device is adapted to communicate a power restriction signal to the power inhibiting device to inhibit the power of the vehicle upon an activation of the mode-indicating device by an authenticated driver and until a deactivation of the mode-indicating device by the authenticated driver, and the authenticator is adapted to restrict the activation and the deactivation of the mode-indicating device unless the driver has been authenticated by the authenticator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Steven C. White, Roger F. Wells
  • Patent number: 7408446
    Abstract: There is provided in back of the instrument panel the motion sensor that transmits the radio wave continuously or periodically and receive the radio wave reflected in the vehicle compartment. Also, there is provided the burglar horn that executes specified alarming when a specified change in the reflected radio wave received by the motion sensor occurs. Herein, the motion sensor transmits the radio wave toward the instrument panel. Thereby, the stable burglar alarm operation can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Umeo, Akihiro Furuzawa, Yasushi Hamada
  • Patent number: 7408445
    Abstract: A system for generating a reminder signal to one or more individuals exiting a vehicle for purposes of preventing the inadvertent leaving of a child, pet or other object therein. A sensor assembly monitors the presence of an individual within a predetermined proximity area and actuates an alarm assembly so as to generate a demonstrable reminder signal of significant intensity. A control assembly operatively connected to the sensor assembly comprises both arming and shut-off capabilities which are automatically and/or manually operable, respectively, to activate and deactivate the sensor assembly. In operation, the sensor assembly will cause the alarm assembly to generate the reminder signal upon the passage of one or more individuals out of the predetermined proximity area thereby forcing a return to the vehicle to deactivate the system, wherein the interior of the vehicle is readily observable to determine the existence of an inadvertently left object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Bill Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7394352
    Abstract: Vehicle theft deterrence is affected by requiring the entry of an enabling code to prevent disablement of vehicle operation. System operational variables may be programmed by operators. The system is substantially integrated with existing vehicle control systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Bell, Robert D. Dannenberg
  • Patent number: 7388473
    Abstract: An entry control system includes a portable device carried by a vehicle user and a biometric sensor attached to a vehicle door. The biometric sensor includes a CCD camera and a shutter. The shutter is moved to uncover the CCD camera only when the portable device is validated. After the biometric sensor detects the biometric information based on a finger print image of the user, the shutter is moved again to cover the CCD camera. Each time the shutter moves, a brush cleans the CCD camera. The vehicle door is enabled to be opened only when the user is validated based on the biometric information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kentaro Teshima, Kazuhiro Nakashima, Takeshi Kumazaki
  • Patent number: 7388471
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, an anti-theft system includes an input device and a processor having an associated memory, the memory including instructions executable by the processor to activate the anti-theft system in response to receiving an authorization code from the input device and, when the anti-theft system is activated, to lock the engine in response to receiving one of a user code and a master code from the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Glenn O. Scheer, Dennis P. Reiter, Kenneth Franck
  • Patent number: 7383928
    Abstract: A parking brake for a vehicle, including a parking brake unit, an actuating device situated inside the vehicle and operable to transmit an actuation signal to a control unit, a hydraulic circuit of a service brake of the vehicle connected to the parking brake unit, and an actuator and locking device for locking the parking brake in a braking position; the parking brake is actuatable by means of the hydraulic circuit and the actuator is a brake booster of the service brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Cedric Leboisne
  • Patent number: 7354218
    Abstract: A system for repositioning an elongated traffic barrier utilizes a tow vehicle connected to one end of the elongated traffic barrier to exert a pulling force on the elongated traffic barrier and a drag connected at the other end of the elongated traffic barrier to exert a drag force opposed to the pulling force exerted by the tow vehicle to resist wandering of the elongated traffic barrier during repositioning thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Barrier Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit Dyke, Alvaro E. Morales Flores
  • Patent number: 7350615
    Abstract: A theft-deterrent system for a vehicle includes at least one detecting unit that detects information on damage of the vehicle including vehicle theft or vandalizing of the vehicle, at least one prevention unit that executes a preventive measure against the damage, a situation identifying unit that identifies a situation of the damage based on order of detection of the information, a degree-of-danger judging unit that judges a degree of danger based on the situation, and a theft-deterrent control unit that selects and controls the at least one prevention unit corresponding to the degree of danger to execute the preventive measure against the damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Maeno, Hiroshi Takeuchi, Toshitaka Yamato, Satoshi Harumoto, Naotoshi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 7352081
    Abstract: A control device is provided for activating and deactivating a child safety lock function of rear doors of a motor vehicle. The control device includes a safety lock device connected to rear inside door handles of the rear doors. The control device also includes a central control unit for controlling the safety lock device between a first operating position that defines a normal operating mode, in which the safety lock device allows the rear doors to be opened using both the rear inside door handles and the rear outside door handles, and a second operating position that defines a safety lock mode, in which the safety lock device does not allow the rear doors to be opened using the rear inside door handles. A selector device is included for manually selecting between the normal operating mode and the safety lock mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Taurasi
  • Patent number: 7339459
    Abstract: Various systems, methods, and computer programs are used to operate a vehicle having a power door. The power door may be opened in response to a user instruction when a vehicle speed value is below a predetermined vehicle speed value. When an alarm system for the vehicle is in an armed state, a signal representative of a synthetic vehicle speed value that is above the predetermined vehicle speed value is generated to prevent the power door from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Jordan, Ronald Shpakoff
  • Patent number: 7327230
    Abstract: A security system having security devices with hierarchical levels of access provided to coded keys which may be hand held transmitter units, is disclosed. The levels of access are master which is restricted to the manufacturer, seller and installer, supervisor which can be allocated to a site, and user which is usually specific to one security device only. The security devices can be programmed to be responsive to all of the supervisor coded keys and/or user coded keys, or a user coded key only. The security system can be used in a method of securing all vehicles at a car sales, where all of the vehicles can have their security devices programmed to be responsive to supervisor coded keys specific to the car sales site. When a vehicle is sold, its security device can be reprogrammed to be responsive to specific user coded keys only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Dynamco Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Ivor Metlitzky, Richard Thomas Frizell
  • Patent number: 7320379
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for occupant protection in a motor vehicle and for anti-theft protection of the motor vehicle, comprising an airbag (3), which may be inflated with gas by means of a filling device, a transceiver (5), for electromagnetic waves (6) and an occupant protection analytical unit (81) connected thereto. An occupant protection interrogation unit (41) is arranged on the inflatable airbag (3), which is wirelessly interrogated by the transceiver (5). Information on the degree and/or speed of unfolding of the airbag is thus provided to the occupant protection analytical unit (81). The transceiver (5) may furthermore wirelessly interrogate a portable anti-theft interrogation unit (42), for example, a chipcard and hence provide an anti-theft analytical unit (82) with information about the authorisation of the anti-theft interrogation unit (42) and/or the separation of the anti-theft interrogation unit (42) from the transceiver (5) based on the returned signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Janos Gila, Jürgen Herold, Klaus Hofbeck, Wolfgang Konrad, Birgit Rösel, Stephan Zecha
  • Publication number: 20080006466
    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: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventor: Gregory L. Vickers
  • Patent number: 7298241
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus for a saddle-type vehicle includes a handlebar lock module having a knob enabling at least a starting operation of an engine, and a handlebar lock cancellation operation in response to reception of a signal from a portable transmitter. The knob is disposed on a leg shield covering the front of the legs of a rider. An accommodation recess includes a lid member and is formed on the leg shield on one side of the handlebar lock module. An emergency unlocking key cylinder lock for enabling at least starting of an engine and handlebar lock cancellation without the necessity for a portable transmitter is disposed in the leg shield such that a keyhole thereof faces an inner side face of the accommodation recess. The invention allows operation of the vehicle using an emergency unlocking mechanical key even if a portable transmitter is not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Konno, Fuminori Kamemizu
  • Patent number: 7285872
    Abstract: A method to prevent unauthorized use and/or access to a vehicle is disclosed. The method includes apparatus which is positioned within a known motor housing and actuable only within the motor housing. In one embodiment, an ignition generator coil interrupt circuit is provided and mounted directly within the housing of the motor. A switch is connected to the circuit which allows power interruption to the ignition generator coil. When the switch is activated, power interruption of said ignition generator coil is achieved to disable the engine from normal operation. Conveniently, the interrupt circuit is positioned entirely within the housing and therefore inaccessible for tampering. In another embodiment a switch circuit is positioned between an ECM motherboard and sensors typically associate with an automobile engine. This circuit is useful for arrangements which do not include a magneto/stator arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: 2TIS Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Ellingsworth, Jay Ripley
  • Patent number: 7272469
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved immobilizer system for automotive vehicles that enables a running vehicle to be effectively immobilized while an authorized driver is absent from the vehicle. The immobilizer may be operated in a number of modes that provide effective protection to a vehicle from theft in a variety of operative situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Magtec Products Inc.
    Inventors: Ed E. Kalau, Herbert Peyerl
  • Patent number: 7263635
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a bus system having at least three users in a vehicle having a drive unit and a lockable vehicle interior; of the at least three users of the bus system, precisely one first user being formed as the superordinate user and initiating each data transmission on the bus system; at least one second user being formed as an element of a locking system in a vehicle, and at least one third user being arranged outside of the lockable vehicle interior, wherein the first user monitors the data transmission such that in at least one specific operating state of the vehicle and/or the bus system, the first user, for each data transmission on the bus system that was not initiated by it, introduces measures to prevent transmission of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Ingmar Hentsch
  • Patent number: 7220076
    Abstract: A vehicle stopping apparatus for stopping a target vehicle has a capture loop large enough to loop over a vehicle tire, attachment means provided over a portion of the capture loop to attach the portion of the capture loop to the vehicle tire, and a tether coupled to the capture loop. The vehicle stopping apparatus may have an anchoring device coupled to the tether, the anchoring device adapted to apply a resistive force on the tether. Furthermore, the vehicle stopping apparatus may have a deployment mechanism adapted to transfer the capture loop from a set position wherein said capture loop is folded in a bundle, to a deployed position wherein said capture loop is extended across the path of said vehicle tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Boltek Corporation
    Inventor: William Robert Boll
  • Patent number: 7213862
    Abstract: A locking assembly includes a first housing including legs at opposed corners and including a flange extending from a bottom thereof that includes an aperture for receiving a fastener therethrough. The first housing has a pair of slots formed along the top thereof, a third slot medially formed of the pair of slots, defines a cavity therein and has a notch in a rear thereof. A second housing is positional within the first housing and includes a conduit that has a threaded inner surface and guide tracks conjoined to the sidewalls thereof. A mechanism is included for adapting the second housing between retracted and extended positions. A mechanism is included for prohibiting the seat from unintentionally biasing between retracted and extended positions. An actuating arm having is disposed within the third slot, is pivotally connected to the first housing and includes a spring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: Robert J. Martin
  • Patent number: 7209808
    Abstract: A License Sanction Enforcement System™ technology that includes at least one sensor worn by an individual to be monitored and a data storage unit. The sensor can detect directional angle and acceleration motion. The data storage unit is coupled with the sensor and stores the angle kinematic data detected by the sensor. The device determines whether the individual is operating or has operated a motor vehicle based upon analysis of the angle and acceleration data, and creates a record in the data storage unit of each occurrence that operation of a motor vehicle is detected. Alternatively, the data storage unit may be used to store the raw detection data, which can be transferred to an external data processing device for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: The Titan Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Chase, Richard P. Dexter, Nancy F. Wolejsza, Michael C. Wolejsza, Douglas S. Cameron, Hanson C. Gaugler, Debra A. Gross, Judith A. Pine, Wayne K. Murphy, David S. Powell, Edward J. Ohlert, Darren S. McKnight, Stephen P. Chase
  • Patent number: 7209033
    Abstract: The device has a transceiver which transmits high-frequency signals, which are reflected back by reflectors in the seats. Occupied seats are detected on the basis of signal propagation delays and/or reflector detections and/or receiving intensities. In addition, it is possible to detect with the aid of a belt sensor whether or not a safety belt is fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Hofbeck, Lorenz Pfau, Birgit Rösel
  • Patent number: 7195093
    Abstract: A fuel door actuated ignition cut off includes a switch that is electrically coupled to the circuit for selectively opening or closing the circuit. An actuator is mechanically coupled to the switch for selectively actuating the switch. The circuit is open when the actuator is in an open position and the circuit is closed when the actuator is in a closed position. The switch is mounted on an inner surface of a vehicle wall. The switch is positioned generally adjacent to a fuel door of the vehicle. An arm is attached to an inner surface of the door and is adapted for engaging the actuator such that the actuator is moved to the open position when the door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Faryab Ahmadi
  • Patent number: 7190089
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for detecting the presence of a user to allow and/or prevent access inside a motor vehicle, the vehicle comprising at least a decorative element fixed to the body (2) proximate to an opening (O), the device comprising at least an electrode detecting (1) the presence of a user and a processing circuit (5) connected to the detecting electrode. The invention is characterised in that the decorative element (ED) has at least an electrically conductive part (12) coupled at least partly with the detecting electrode (1) so as to form an active detecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Valeo Electronique
    Inventors: Jean Eidesheim, Pascal Bonduel
  • Patent number: 7176783
    Abstract: A device for identifying authorization and triggering/enabling an action. The device comprises a base unit that detects identity information of a key unit, compares it with predetermined identity information and, if there is a match, triggers or enables the action. The base unit and the key unit each include synchronous generators outputting digital information that changes at predetermined time intervals. The key unit combines information of the digital generator with stored identification code to form a coded information item. The base unit codes the predetermined identity information with information from its own generator and compares this coded information with the coded information from the key unit. If the base unit detects the coded information, the action is triggered. The base unit outputs a signal, the key unit switches an antenna between matched and mismatched states, the antenna reflects the received signal, and base unit evaluates the reflected signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johannes Ilg
  • Patent number: 7165472
    Abstract: A control lever safety apparatus for a heavy equipment which is capable of preventing an operation of a work apparatus when a control lever is operated or touched in a state that an equipment is started, in such a manner that a safety lever is tilted in a lower direction in the case that a consol box installed in a side surface of a driver's seat is tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment Holding Sweden AB
    Inventors: Chun Ho Jo, Chun Jin Yoon
  • Patent number: 7161262
    Abstract: A start control apparatus has a steering lock mechanism, which includes a lock pin and a lock control unit. The lock pin is selectively engaged and disengaged from the steering shaft. The lock control unit controls the lock pin. The start control apparatus further includes a portable communication device, a verification control unit, which communicates with the portable communication device, a power source control unit, which control power supply, an engine control unit, which controls the engine, a lock state detecting switch, which detects an engaged state and a disengaged state of the lock pin. The lock control unit and the power source control unit monitor detection signals from the lock state detecting switch. The engine is permitted to be started on condition that the control units acknowledge that the lock bar is in the disengaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Toshihiro Nagae, Masaki Yoshino, Hisashi Kato, Toru Maeda, Masaki Hayashi, Tomoyuki Funayama, Toshio Asahi, Tomoo Kakegawa, Toshinori Aoki
  • Patent number: 7148790
    Abstract: A remote control device for controlling a reduced operational mode of a vehicle includes a portable communication device operable to communicate with the vehicle. A detachable component is selectively coupled to the communication device. The communication device is operable to initiate a reduced operational mode for the vehicle upon detachment of the detachable component from the communication device. The portable communication device detects the input in the attached position and initiates a normal operational mode upon the detection. Detachment of the detachable component cause an input voltage to change on the portable device. The reduced operational mode includes inhibiting access to predetermined storage compartments in the vehicle such as a vehicle trunk or glove box. Vehicle speed and RPM are limited in the reduced operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Denso International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keiichi Aoyama, Thomas Keeling, Justin McBride, Akio Nakano, Michael Wiegand
  • Patent number: 7141889
    Abstract: Highly convenient automobile engine starting uses an individual authentication device which utilizes biological information and provides a security function required when starting the engine, while protecting a sensor for receiving the biological information. An engine starting system can comprise an ignition switch for controlling a state of an automobile; a key for changing a state of the ignition switch; a registration key for registering biological information; a switch for starting an engine; a sensor for inputting biological information; a device for storing biological information; a collating unit for collating the inputted biological information with the stored biological information; and a lid for covering the sensor of an authentication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiro Takezaki, Naoto Miura, Takafumi Miyatake, Akio Nagasaka, Satoru Kuragaki
  • Patent number: 7141890
    Abstract: An automobile anti-theft device disrupting normal operation of an automobile. To attain this, incorporated into an automobile is a module configured to disrupt the normal firing of the automobile's spark plugs upon actuation of a user-controlled controller. In an embodiment, the module electrically couples the automobile's coil to the automobile's distributor cap through a controller-controlled switch. In an embodiment, the module relays instruction sets to an engine control unit, upon execution of the instruction set the engine control unit disrupts spark plug firing. A method for preventing automobile theft, which incorporates into an ignition system a user-controlled module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventors: Jose A. Gallardo, Graciela A. Gallardo
  • Patent number: 7132924
    Abstract: A construction machine which is less vulnerable to theft compared with conventional machines is provided. The system includes an antenna (6) for detecting removal of an engine key (8) after the engine has stopped, an angle detector (35) for detecting a posture of the upper structure, and an anti-theft unit (31) for forcing the engine to stop and outputting an alarm signal in cases the upper structure is not in a given posture when parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeo Kajita, Yukihiro Uto, Nobuaki Matoba
  • Patent number: 7126240
    Abstract: A method for enabling an apparatus (15) to operate only after detecting with receiver elements (11) located proximate to the apparatus, a signal transmitted by portable transmitted elements (1), which consists in no longer taking into account detection by the receiver means (11) of the signal transmitted by the transmitting elements (1), after activating presence sensing elements (22) provided proximate to the apparatus, or integrated in the apparatus. Once activated, the presence sensing elements (22) neutralize the transmitter/receiver device (1, 11) and the apparatus can operate normally without being perturbed by possible statics or accidental losses of signal. The inventive method and device are applicable to an antitheft safety device for a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Sevic System AG
    Inventor: Pascal Albert
  • Patent number: 7091824
    Abstract: A remote starting control apparatus is installed in a vehicle incorporating an immobilizer section for inputting a key code output based on insertion of an ignition key into a key cylinder, and when determining that the input key code is a predetermined key code, enabling an engine to be started. The remote starting control apparatus performs starting control of the engine in response to an instruction from a portable transmitter. It includes comparing two or more key codes output from an immobi amplifier in response to two or more key code output requests, thereby determining the key code to be stored in EEPROM from among the key codes, storing the determined key code in the EEPROM, and supplying the key code stored in the EEPROM to the immobilizer section upon reception or a start command of the engine by remote operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Manabu Matsubara, Minoru Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 7091834
    Abstract: An antitheft device is provided, whereby a person who attempts to commit a theft of a vehicle can be captured, having an improved crime prevention performance to thefts of vehicles, electrical equipment mounted on vehicles, money and articles left inside vehicles and the like. The antitheft device includes an expansible body system to expand an expansible body for blocking the motion of an intruder in a prescribed space inside a vehicle, which emits a substance to be a base of foaming polystyrene inside the vehicle and applies steam to the substance so that the foaming polystyrene blocks the motion of an intruder, when the presence of the intruder inside the vehicle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Shinichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7083020
    Abstract: An automatic stop/start controller for an engine which automatically stops and starts the engine without operation of an ignition key. In automatically stopping the engine without operation of the ignition key, a control means prevents an automatic stop of the engine if a direction indicator of the vehicle is activated. If the direction indicator is activated after the engine is automatically stopped, the control means immediately automatically starts the engine without operation of the ignition key. The control means also prevents an automatic stop of the engine unless the distance traveled by a vehicle, after the engine has automatically started, is greater than a predetermined automatic stop prohibit distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Morimoto, Tatsuji Mori, Norihiro Noda, Yoshiki Itoh
  • Patent number: 7078828
    Abstract: A keyless engine controlling unit has a set switch for setting an engine in a running state, a selected state detecting mechanism for detecting the position of a select lever of an automatic transmission, and an engine drive controlling mechanism for bypassing a contact point of an ignition switch. During engine operation, the selected state detecting mechanism detects that the select lever is in park, the set switch is set, and the contact point of the ignition switch is bypassed. Thus, the engine is maintained in the running state even if the key is extracted from the ignition switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Chizuko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7070018
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door with a door lock unit located on the edge side with mechanical latching elements such as a latch and ratchet, with a preferably electrical opening drive for triggering the latching elements which is preferably integrated into the door lock unit, with a mechanical inside actuating element for emergency mechanical triggering of the latching elements, which is mechanically connected to the door lock unit, and with an the electrical inside actuating element for normal operational triggering of the opening drive for actuating the latching elements, which is connected by electrical-control technology to the opening drive. It is structurally optimized in that the mechanical inside actuating element is located on the inside of the motor vehicle door in the immediate vicinity of the door lock unit, its preferably being connected directly or only with a minimum intermediate mechanism to the inside actuating lever of the door lock unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Brose Schliessysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Checrallah Kachouh
  • Patent number: 7069119
    Abstract: A request signal transmitted from LF antennas of a vehicle-mounted unit is received by a radio terminal through an LF antenna. In response to the request signal, the radio terminal transmits a response signal from an antenna. The response signal is received by an RF unit of the vehicle-mounted unit. The vehicular remote control device controls an operating state of a vehicle-mounted device depending on the judgment of a match between the response signal and identification information inherent in the vehicle. The radio terminal has a light-emitting diode. When the radio terminal receives a failure diagnosis signal that is transmitted instead of the request signal, the radio terminal does not transmit a response signal, but energizes the light-emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichi Ueda, Shinichi Arie, Kentaro Yoshimura, Suguru Asakura, Akira Kamikura, Kenichi Sawada
  • Patent number: 7053499
    Abstract: An antitheft device for a motor vehicle has a first receiver (2) in the motor vehicle, which is designed to receive signals in narrowband. The signals received by this receiver are evaluated in accordance with the code information contained in them. Furthermore, the antitheft device has a second broadband receiver (7) which receives signals outside the useful frequency band (3). If signals are received whose signal strength is above a threshold value (S), whose signal duration is shorter than a predefined time period (t2–t1) or whose code information corresponds largely to anticipated code information, the access to the motor vehicle, and its use, are not enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Robert Fischer, Claus Peter
  • Patent number: 7042343
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for a motorcycle includes an anti-theft locking mechanism, a remote control, a receiver that receives a locking release signal transmitted from the remote control, a controller that releases locking by the locking mechanism according to the locking release signal, and a locking release mechanism that unlocks the locking mechanism by manual operation of a dedicated key. The locking release mechanism is normally covered with a cover member of the motorcycle such that it is not easily detected by unauthorized persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Konno, Tadashi Onozuka
  • Patent number: 7037148
    Abstract: A theft prevention apparatus of a personal watercraft equipped with a main switch for opening/closing a main power-supply circuit including a starting circuit of an engine is provided. The apparatus inhibits the engine from starting when it detects the main switch being in an ON-state, no existence of a connection between an operating device of the main switch and the main switch, and a stopping of the engine. The apparatus prevents the engine from starting by inhibiting at least one of the starting circuits of the engine, an ignition circuit of the engine, and a fuel injection circuit of the engine from closing the circuit(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Kenichi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7026920
    Abstract: An alarm system module for an automobile includes: a logic circuit; an actual vehicle speed value input configured to receive an actual vehicle speed value from the automobile; a state selection input configured to receive a state selection instruction from a user; and a synthetic vehicle speed value output configured to output a synthetic vehicle speed value to the automobile. The logic circuit is configured so that, when the alarm system module is in the disarmed state, the synthetic vehicle speed value is approximately equal to the actual vehicle speed value, and when the alarm system module is in the armed state, the synthetic vehicle speed value is greater than a threshold value of approximately 2.5 km/hr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Jordan, Ronald Shpakoff
  • Patent number: 7026918
    Abstract: A motor vehicle verification and control system providing a remote activator enabling locating, monitoring and disabling of an equipped vehicle, a receiver for analog, digital, broadband, satellite (i.e. GPS), green light and/or infrared signal technologies, a remote infrared target for disabling an equipped vehicle, an interactive license plate coupled with the remote infrared target for disabling means, and a license scanner that enables law enforcement to regulate the speed, operation and traveling distance of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: David Douglas Briick
  • Patent number: 7023321
    Abstract: In a transmitting and receiving method, a request signal is transmitted between a first and an additional transmitting and receiving device by means of a bi-directional first communications path. According to the request signal, a second communications path is established for a predetermined time interval and the receiving power in the additional transmitting and receiving device is measured by means of a measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alain Marc Bernard Brillon, Klaus Hofbeck, Johannes Ilg, Wolfgang Piesch
  • Patent number: 7019668
    Abstract: To enable positive management of construction machines in a management center. There comprises an construction machine 1, and a management apparatus 20 for carrying out the transmission and reception of information with the construction machine 1 through a communication satellite 30 and a base station 32. The construction machine 1 comprises a memory 124 for storing operating information, information amount discrimination means 127 to discriminate if the operating information stored in the memory 124 reaches a fixed amount, information readout means 128 for reading out the operating information when the operating information stored in the memory 12 reaches the fixed amount, and a transmission section 184 for transmitting the operating information read out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho
    Inventor: Hideki Kinugawa
  • Patent number: 7011164
    Abstract: An engine disabler spray system allows a first chase vehicle to disable a second fleeing vehicle by spraying a fire suppressant agent from the first vehicle at the second vehicle wherein the fire suppressant agent is sucked through the air intake of the second vehicle's engine and once the fire suppressant agent enters the engine, the engine is robbed of oxygen and ceases thereby. The fire suppressant agent is stored within a tank located within the trunk of the first vehicle and is discharged through nozzles located on the back of the first vehicle. The nozzles may be directionally controlled for optimum targeted spraying at the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: O. Alan Breazeale
  • Patent number: 6997279
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seat adjustable fore and aft and a lock-out feature configured to render the vehicle inoperable when the seat is rearward of a predetermined point in the vehicle. The lock-out feature is preferably configured to prevent movement of the seat rearward of the predetermined point when at least one predetermined vehicle condition exists. A corresponding method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin G. Kolpasky, Tracey A. Wilt, Albert H. Butlin, Michael C. Gill, David Furness, Alfred Smith