Electric Control And/or Sensor Means Patents (Class 280/735)
  • Patent number: 11310466
    Abstract: A device for monitoring occupants of seats in a passenger compartment of a vehicle comprises a heat sink divided into a plurality of sections. Each of the sections comprises a base and cooling fins. The bases extend along a common axis and define a central niche therebetween. Structured light sources are attached to the sections. The structured light sources have an optical element for forming a structured light pattern. The structured light sources are oriented along the common axis and at oblique angles to the central niche, such that the structured light patterns, in combination, are directed such that they would cover occupants of seats of the vehicle. A camera is attached to the niche and configured to capture image patterns resulting from distortion of the plurality of structured light patterns by the occupants of the seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: GUARDIAN OPTICAL TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yotam Amiram, Yoav Zuta, Guy Raz
  • Patent number: 11292429
    Abstract: An in-vehicle communication system includes a master control unit mounted on a vehicle, a plurality of slave devices mounted on the vehicle, a plurality of buckles provided in association with each of a plurality of seats mounted on the vehicle, and at least one switch unit configured to generate a signal in accordance with an attachment and detachment state of at least one of the plurality of buckles. The master control unit is communicably connected to each of the slave devices. The master control unit controls the plurality of slave devices based on the signal generated by the at least one switch unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Goto
  • Patent number: 11288529
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein for methods, devices and systems that can be used to determine an occupancy count for a vehicle. In at least one embodiment, the method includes receiving a plurality of data signals from a corresponding one or more occupancy data sources, storing a plurality of occupancy data source records corresponding to each received data signal analyzing the plurality of occupancy data signals to identify a state of each occupancy data source for a duration of time marked by a starting time and a stopping time of the vehicle, processing the plurality of occupancy data signals based on the identified state of the corresponding occupancy data source; generating an estimated occupancy count; providing a signal corresponding to the estimate occupancy count to a display system for verification by at least one occupant of the vehicle and receiving a verification input from the at least one occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Fortran Traffic Systems Limited
    Inventor: Farid Mobasser
  • Patent number: 11273781
    Abstract: A method and a control unit for triggering a plurality of actuators of a safety system of a motor vehicle from an energy source are provided. The triggering and a respectively desired trigger time window for the respective actuator are determined based on sensor signals. An on-board electrical system and, in addition, at least one autarky capacitor are provided as the energy source, where the autarky capacitor/s is/are charged from the on-board electrical system. In the event of a destruction of the on-board electrical system, the triggering is adjusted such that at least a part of the actuators provided for triggering are still triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Melzl, Ludwig Ertl, Ernst Futterlieb
  • Patent number: 11254238
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly comprises a seat including a back having an array of at least two electrodes arranged in the back such that a master electrode has an electric field being greater than an electric field of each of the other electrodes within the array to detect a total change in capacitance from the array. A controller is responsive to a change in capacitance calculated from the master electrode being greater than a first threshold and each of the other electrodes in the array being greater than a second threshold and outputs occupant movement data indicative of a first status of the seat to a vehicle control sub-system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jun Lin, Jialiang Le, Hubert Szawarski
  • Patent number: 11230253
    Abstract: A frontal airbag unit adapted for being mounted above the person to be protected is described. It comprises an inflator (24) and an airbag consisting of a first outer skin (10) enclosing a filling and support chamber (20) and a second outer skin (30) enclosing a protection chamber (40). In order simplify the production process and in order to provide a good support for the deployed second outer skin (30) the first outer skin (10) is comprised of a first layer (11) and a second layer (12) being connected to one another by means of a first peripheral connection such that the filling and support chamber (20) is relatively flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Laurent Hellot
  • Patent number: 11225191
    Abstract: A functional vehicle component and related methods include a functional leather assembly fixed over a vehicle component. The functional leather assembly includes a leather sheet, a flexible electronic circuit arranged on a first surface of the leather sheet that faces away from the vehicle component to thereby define an outermost surface of the leather sheet, and including a receiver coil inductively coupled to a transmitter coil on the vehicle component for wirelessly transferring power to the functional leather assembly. Power from a vehicle power source can be wirelessly transferred between the transmitter coil and the receiver coil to power electronic elements of the electronic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zainab I. Ali, Alex W. Baker, Patricia A. Scott
  • Patent number: 11193439
    Abstract: A vehicle safety device for detecting vehicle tilt automatically shuts-off power to an ignition system and fuel pump and summons emergency assistance using a bistable switch circuit that toggles between a first bistable switch position in response to a reset signal and a second bistable switch position in response to an alert signal. The safety device can remain in the bistable switch positions without a power source and employ an encrypted bi-directional protocol to summon emergency assistance and generate the reset signal without vehicle operator intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Carl M. Clark, Randall S. Lynn
  • Patent number: 11173858
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply system configured to be installed in a vehicle. The vehicle power supply system includes a battery having a rated voltage lower than a first voltage; a capacitor having a rated voltage higher than the first voltage; circuitry configured to discharge electric charge stored in the capacitor; and a controller configured to control the circuitry to charge the battery by discharging the electric charge stored in the capacitor in response to detection of a collision of the vehicle or detection of a process to replace the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Furukawa, Seiyo Hirano, Hideki Sanai
  • Patent number: 11173873
    Abstract: An electronic tag programmed with an identification in a seat belt assembly is identified by reading the programmed identification via an electronic device embedded in a seat. In response to identifying the electronic tag, a determination is made that an occupant has not fastened a seat belt of the seat belt assembly to secure the occupant in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniele Morgantini, Stefano Bevini, Giulia Galli, Domenico Biondi
  • Patent number: 11167710
    Abstract: An airbag driving apparatus for a vehicle may include: a first acceleration sensor configured to sense acceleration of a vehicle; a collision sensor configured to sense an impact applied to the vehicle; an airbag controller configured to receive a first acceleration value and an impact value from the first acceleration sensor and the collision sensor, determine a collision state of the vehicle, and transmit an ignition command for driving an airbag; and a driving controller comprising a second acceleration sensor installed therein to sense the acceleration of the vehicle, and configured to determine a deployment possibility of the airbag based on a second acceleration value of the second acceleration sensor, receive the ignition command from the airbag controller, and output an airbag deployment signal to the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Heung Soon Woo
  • Patent number: 11148628
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system of restraint deployment regulation, the system includes: a memory configured to include a plurality of executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to: (a) determine, based on a seat occupation sensor output, whether a non-adult occupant is occupying a vehicle seat; (b) determine, based on an in-cabin sensor output, whether a child restraint seat is mounted on the vehicle seat; and (c) based on steps (a) and (b), enable or suppress a deployment of an airbag module that corresponds with the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Scott D. Thomas
  • Patent number: 11146929
    Abstract: A system for accident detection or detecting an unsafe driving condition in a vehicle including a device that measures and transmits at least one output signal; at least one remote device configured to receive, record, and/or display the at least one output signal from the device; a computing device configured to receive the at least one output signal from the device and display the at least one output signal in real-time; and a graphical user interface on the computing device that allows an emergency response professional to view and customize options for monitoring the at least one output signal, wherein the device, the at least one remote device, and the computing device are communicatively connected to each other via a communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: CYBER PHYSICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Melanie Taylor, Kyle Ducharme, Edmund J. Song
  • Patent number: 11135993
    Abstract: An airbag arrangement (3) for a vehicle (1). The airbag arrangement comprises an inflatable airbag (5) and an external extension control member (7) being operatively associated with said airbag. The airbag is adapted to be inflated in a longitudinal direction (x) of the vehicle to a position between an interior portion (13) of the vehicle in front of a seated vehicle occupant (17) and an upper body region (19) of the seated vehicle occupant. The external extension control member has a selectable operative length (lo). The external extension control member controls deployment of the airbag by means of the selectable operative length. The present disclosure also relates to a vehicle comprising the airbag arrangement and a method for deploying an airbag of the airbag arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian Rutelin, Johan Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 11130446
    Abstract: A method for detecting objects ejected from a cabin of a vehicle includes generating window image data of a vehicle window opening of the vehicle with a camera mounted on the vehicle; and processing the window image data with a controller operably connected to the camera to generate ejected object data corresponding to at least one object ejected from the cabin through the vehicle window opening. The method further includes associating the ejected object data with occupant data of an occupant of the vehicle with the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Sören Wildemann
  • Patent number: 11132562
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a detection system. The detection system includes a memory configured to store image data and a first camera configured to capture first image data including a first set of objects in the environment when the vehicle is moving. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain, from the first camera, the first image data including the first set of objects, determine a motion of an object of the first set of objects based on the first image data, and determine that the motion of the object will be different than a baseline motion for the object. The electronic control unit is configured to record and capture, in the memory and using the camera, the first image data for a time period before and after the determination that the motion of the object will be different than the baseline motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Shojiro Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11125834
    Abstract: A method and system for diagnosing the squib leakage resistance through a restraint control module is disclosed in the present application. The newly proposed system and method provides a highly accurate measurement by minimizing/eliminating the effect of the unknown source voltage effects. The concept utilizes the squib leakage resistance diagnostic resources with a multi-step measurement approach, for example utilizing measurements of two currents and/or two voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: Vincent Colarossi, Stuart Koch
  • Patent number: 11104367
    Abstract: A steering wheel unit is equipped with an electrode which is provided on a steering wheel and constitutes an electrostatic capacitance sensor, a sensor circuit that passes an alternating current to the electrode, a comprehensive control unit adapted to energize the sensor circuit at a time of failure diagnosis, and a failure diagnosis unit that performs a short circuit failure diagnosis continuously or periodically when a power source of a vehicle is on, and performs an open circuit failure diagnosis when the power source of the vehicle is switched from off to on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shotaro Odate
  • Patent number: 11101636
    Abstract: A squib driver circuit for deployment of a deployable restraint in a vehicle. The safety restraint may have a minimum firing voltage. The voltage regulator may regulate the input voltage to be the minimum firing voltage at the input terminal. The squib driver circuit may be formed on a single chip. The squib driver circuit may include a high side driver and a low side driver. An input terminal for receiving an input voltage used to fire the deployable restraint. The high side driver may supply current from the input terminal to the deployable restraint. The low side driver may supply current from deployable restraint to the electrical ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: Vincent Colarossi, Bankim Patel
  • Patent number: 11084441
    Abstract: An airbag firing control system may include an inertial measurement unit (IMU) including a low gravity (G) sensor configured to detect a longitudinal acceleration (ax), a filter configured to convert a first signal detection range of the low G sensor into a second signal detection range and to filter converted output of the low G sensor to generate a first output signal, and an adjuster configured to perform zero-point adjustment on the first output signal transmitted through the filter, and a microcomputer configured to use the first output signal for firing safing when the first output signal satisfies a safing condition as a performing result of the adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Sung Don Wee
  • Patent number: 11077792
    Abstract: A driver focus analyzer including one or more sensors configured to measure a distance of a driver or computing device from the one or more sensors, processing circuitry configured to compare the distance to a predetermined distance threshold, determine if the distance exceeds the predetermined distance threshold, and cause an alert in response to at least determining that the distance exceeds the predetermined threshold, and an alert output device configured to generate an audio or visual output in response to the alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Arjun Kundan Dhawan
  • Patent number: 11077818
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag, an airbag cover which covers the airbag, and a holder which holds the airbag and the airbag cover. The airbag cover includes a door portion which is pushed by the inflating airbag and opened with a hinge portion around a rotation center. A functional component is provided on the door portion and connected to and held by a deformable holding member. The holding member includes a distal side connecting portion connected to the functional component, a proximal side connecting portion connected to a part which can ensure an attachment strength, and a deformation portion which is provided between the distal and proximal side connecting portions and deformed to maintain a connection and holding state of the distal side connecting portion with the functional component and reduce a centrifugal force of the functional component acting on the hinge portion when the airbag is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamitsu Murai, Shunsuke Kamei, Hisanori Kihara
  • Patent number: 11067673
    Abstract: Techniques of designing an image sensor particularly useful in lidar applications are described. According to one aspect of the present invention, an image sensor is designed to take advantage of the architecture of CMOS sensor with correlated double sampling, or CDS, to avoid the sensing speed being halved in order to cancel background light interference. It is commonly known that a photosensor is read twice (i.e., first and second readouts) in CDS for removing the inherent noises from the photosensor itself. Instead of subtracting a pixel's dark or reference output level from an actual light-induced signal, a background image is managed to be captured before the second readout of the sensor and subtracted from an actual image, where the actual image is defined to include an target. As a result, the readout speed of an image sensor is maintained while the background light interference is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: CMOS Sensor, Inc.
    Inventor: Hui Wei
  • Patent number: 11062582
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a vehicle cargo bed capacitive sensor system programmed to determine when items in the cargo bed (e.g., the bed of a pickup truck) are being manipulated. The system may include one or more capacitive sensors disposed on one or more cargo bed walls. The system detects items exiting the cargo bed (e.g., by falling out of the cargo bed), and detects shifting cargo. The system may also detect a person reaching into the cargo bed, and can provide information such as the location where the cargo was taken or lost from the cargo bed, and live feed images of the intruding party. The system may automatically extend and contract the capacitive field to control sensor sensitivity, and adjust the sample rate of the sensor data based on characteristics of vehicle operation, such as drive mode, speed, GPS direction, and other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 11046273
    Abstract: A seat belt status determining system and method for a vehicle that evaluate a seat belt and determine if it is buckled and if it is properly routed on a passenger. In order to evaluate the seat belt status, the system and method use seat belt sensors and cameras inside the vehicle cabin to generate data that is then analyzed in conjunction with machine learning techniques (e.g., supervised machine learning techniques implemented through the use of neural networks) to classify the seat belt status into one or more categories, such as: passenger not present, passenger present/seat belt not being worn, passenger present/seat belt being worn improperly, passenger present/seat belt being worn properly, and blocked view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Baltaxe, Ruben Mergui, Kobi Nistel, Gila Kamhi
  • Patent number: 11047729
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to detect and/or classify a vehicle occupant, such as a passenger seated within the cockpit of a vehicle. An occupant classification system includes an occupant weight sensor, an occupant presence sensor, and a logic device configured to communicate with the occupant weight sensor and the occupant presence sensor. The logic device is configured to receive occupant weight sensor signals from the occupant weight sensor and occupant presence sensor signals from the occupant presence sensor, determine an estimated occupant weight and an occupant presence response based, at least in part, on the occupant weight sensor signals and the occupant presence sensor signals, and determine an occupant classification status corresponding to the passenger seat based, at least in part, on the estimated occupant weight and/or the occupant presence response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Akin Aina, Markell Baldwin, Bronson Aden, Zach Stuart
  • Patent number: 11034318
    Abstract: In a triggering system for activating a safety device, an acceleration sensor outputs a signal for a time duration in which an acceleration impulse exceeds an acceleration magnitude threshold. A first switching device receives the signal output by the acceleration sensor, and electrically connects a power supply to at least one safety response device for the time duration. A time delay device, upon completion of a delay time after receiving the signal output by the acceleration sensor, outputs a signal for the time duration. A second switching device receives the signal output by the time delay device, and electrically connects the power supply to the at least one safety response device for the time duration. When the time duration exceeds the delay time, the first switching device and the second switching device concurrently electrically connect the safety response device to the power supply, activating the safety response device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam M. Doyle, Russell C. Proctor
  • Patent number: 11026026
    Abstract: A sensing device comprises a charge pump, a MEMS sensor, a source follower and a PGA. The charge pump is configured to provide a pump voltage. The MEMS sensor is electrically connected to the charge pump and configured to generate an input voltage according to environment variations. The source follower is electrically connected to the MEMS sensor and configured to generate a followed reference voltage according to the pump voltage and to generate a followed input voltage according to the input voltage. The PGA has an input end of the PGA electrically connected to the source follower and is configured to generate two-ended differential output voltages outputted through a first output end and a second output end according to a difference between the followed reference voltage and the followed input voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SILICON INTEGRATED SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Ssu-Che Yang, Wen-Chi Lin, Keng-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 11026318
    Abstract: A method for identifying sensor units (3) at fault in a lighting system (1) performed using three or more sensor units (3), each respective one of the sensor units (3) comprising a respective sensor (116) configured to generate sensor data, the method comprising at an external processing apparatus (20) external to the sensor units (3): receiving from each of the sensor units (3) the sensor data; generating correlation parameters from the sensor data for selected pairs of neighbouring sensor units (3); and monitoring the correlation parameters to determine a sensor unit (3) at fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Ashish Vijay Pandharipande, David Ricardo Caicedo Fernandez
  • Patent number: 11021132
    Abstract: Disclosed are a rear occupant protection apparatus and a control method thereof for controlling a seat belt, or an airbag, based on the state of a rear occupant and a vehicle driving environment to safely protect the rear occupant. The rear occupant protection apparatus includes a first monitoring unit configured to monitor a state of a rear occupant, a second monitoring unit configured to monitor a surrounding situation of a subject vehicle, and a controller configured to control the first and second monitoring units, wherein the controller controls the first and second monitors units to monitor the state of the rear occupant and the surrounding situation of the subject vehicle when the rear occupant wears a seat belt, and controls the seat belt seat belt worn by the rear occupant based on at least one of the state of the rear occupant or the surrounding situation of the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yu Kyoung Sung
  • Patent number: 11007965
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag. A passenger protection portion of the airbag has a frontal collision restraint surface, an oblique collision restraint surface, and a restraint recess portion. The airbag has a recess portion tether that couples a tip side of a recess of the restraint recess portion and a front end side of the airbag to each other, and at least one longitudinal tether that couples the front end side of the airbag and a recess portion-side region that is located on the restraint recess portion side with respect to a center of the frontal collision restraint surface in a lateral direction to each other, inside the airbag. The frontal collision restraint surface has at least two protruding surfaces that are configured to protrude backward, due to the longitudinal tether. The at least two protruding surfaces are arranged in alignment in the lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ikuo Yamada, Motoyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11001168
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seat (20), in particular for a vehicle, comprising a first sensor (32) arranged in order to generate a first electrical signal upon a user seating themselves on a seat (20) and upon the vacating of the seat (20) by the user. The seat (20) also comprises a second sensor (34) that is capable of generating a second electrical signal in a substantially continuous or repeated manner when the user is seated on the seat (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Bastian Simoni, Selim Dagdag
  • Patent number: 10997607
    Abstract: To detect a risk of insurance fraud in a vehicle insurance claim for physical injuries, injury data may be retrieved from previous crashes involving similar type vehicles as the damaged vehicle, and having similar crash characteristics. One or several likelihoods that the claimant suffered physical injuries from the crash may be determined based on the percentage of people who suffered similar types of injuries or similar severity according to the injury data. If the one or several likelihoods are very small, the claim for physical injuries may be flagged as a risk of fraud and a suspicious loss indicator may be transmitted to a mobile computing device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: William J. Leise
  • Patent number: 10994692
    Abstract: A frontal airbag for vehicle occupants comprises a contact panel (26) facing the vehicle occupant in the inflated state and including upper and lower edges (146, 148) as well as two lateral edges (150). In the interior of the airbag, tension means (30) that withhold portions of the contact panel (26) in the inflated state are arranged at the contact panel (26) so that the contact panel has plural indentations. The contact panel (26) is composed of plural interconnected cut parts (42, 44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Daniele Aranzulla, Martin Burkhardtsmaier
  • Patent number: 10997440
    Abstract: According to one embodiments, a wearing detection apparatus includes a restraint device, an imaging device, a control unit, and an output device. The restraint device is to restrain a passenger seated in a seat, and includes a strap an exposed area of which changes when the strap is being worn and not worn. The imaging device captures an image of the restraint device including the strap. The control unit detects from the image captured by the imaging device, a recognition image corresponding to a recognition member provided in an area that is exposed when the strap is worn. The output device outputs a result of detection of the recognition image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Akifumi Ohno, Tatsuei Hoshino, Tamotsu Masuda, Satoshi Maesugi, Kousuke Imai, Naoto Shinkawa
  • Patent number: 10988095
    Abstract: An on-board vehicle system including: an electronic computing and control unit connected to vehicle internal sensors and to a vehicle main computer, which in turn is connected to crash sensing related sensors and vehicle driving sensors, and the electronic computing and control unit is also operatively connected to an occupant weighing devices of the on-board vehicle system connected to seats of passengers which are operatively connected to inflators through controllers which are connected to electronic computing and control unit by using a method of occupant weighing, and wherein a restraint power line of an air bag of a child seat is connected to a low pressure air bag source which is connected to and controlled by the electronic computing and control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Yefim G. Kriger
  • Patent number: 10988107
    Abstract: A vehicle system equipped with an apparatus for detecting a vehicle buckle may include: a buckle switch device which is turned on or off depending on whether a vehicle seat belt buckle is fastened; and a buckle detection apparatus that determines whether the vehicle seat belt buckle is fastened based on an on or off operation of the buckle switch device and diagnoses a failure of the buckle detection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sang Uk Chu, Ga Ram Hwang
  • Patent number: 10974675
    Abstract: A method for operating an automobile vehicle pedestrian sensing system includes: embedding multiple piezoelectric sensors in a vehicle bumper fascia, each generating a voltage in response to an impact of an object with the fascia; retrieving multiple threshold values from a memory, each assigned to one of the sensors; reading the voltage from each of the sensors; grouping individual sensors into multiple different logic circuits, each including at least two of the sensors; determining for each sensor in each of the logic circuits if the voltage is greater than the assigned threshold value; creating a positive signal following any one of the logic circuits when the voltage is determined to be greater than the assigned threshold value for the sensors grouped into the one of the logic circuits; and generating a hood deployment system deployment signal when the positive signal is output from all of the logic circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Hanif Muhammad, Dorel M. Sala, Richard J. Skurkis
  • Patent number: 10970746
    Abstract: Embodiments herein can determine an optimal route for an autonomous electric vehicle. The system may score viable routes between the start and end locations of a trip using a numeric or other scale that denotes how viable the route is for autonomy. The score is adjusted using a variety of factors where a learning process leverages both offline and online data. The scored routes are not based simply on the shortest distance between the start and end points but determine the best route based on the driving context for the vehicle and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Singhal, Gautam Muralidhar, Christopher F. Pouliot, Edward H. Baik, Jonathan A. Cox
  • Patent number: 10946724
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a compressor includes: an operation information detector which detects operation information from various sensors according to an operation of a vehicle; a compressor which compresses a refrigerant for operating an air conditioner; and a controller which performs starting acceleration control of momentarily decreasing an operation rate of the compressor, which uses engine power in an acceleration situation of the vehicle, in which the controller stores a first map, in which a starting acceleration entry condition according to a driving pattern and a heat load of the vehicle is defined in a plurality of levels, sets a starting acceleration entry condition having a final level corresponding to the driving pattern according to a starting acceleration entry frequency of a driver for a predetermined unit time within a limited level range of the first map, and adjusts a starting acceleration control frequency of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Tae Hun Jung, Jeong Sik Seo, Jaeyeon Moon
  • Patent number: 10940826
    Abstract: A passenger airbag inflator for a vehicle includes: a housing having a first gunpowder therein, including a vent hole, and communicating with an airbag cushion; a first chamber located in a first side inner space of the housing, having a first booster and a first igniter, and configured to be triggered forwardly when the first igniter is ignited; and a second chamber located in a second side inner space of the housing, having a second booster and a second gunpowder, including a second igniter, and configured to be triggered forwardly when the second igniter is ignited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Yeol Choi
  • Patent number: 10906495
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus for vehicle includes an airbag, a tether, a tension member, and a controller. The airbag is configured to deploy via a seat on which a passenger sits or a periphery member of the seat. The tether has a first end coupled to a front portion of the airbag in a deployment direction of the airbag. The tension member is coupled to a second end of the tether and configured to pull the first end to the seat side. The controller is configured to activate the tension member to pull the tether at the same time as the airbag deploys, when the airbag is deploying, or after the airbag has deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10896679
    Abstract: Devices and techniques are generally described for sending a first instruction for a device to output first content while the speech-processing device is in an ambient state during a first time period. First feedback data is received indicating that a first action associated with the first content was requested at a first time. A determination is made that the first time is during the first time period. Timing data related to a current time of the device is determined. Second content is determined based at least in part on the first action being requested during the first time period and the timing data. A second instruction is sent effective to cause the device to output second content while in the ambient state during a second time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Guoning Hu, Michael Hart, Seth Brickman, Ashok Gupta, David Jason Jones, Sandy Huang Cook
  • Patent number: 10894524
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an alarm apparatus and a vehicle safety system for preventing leaving child in a vehicle. The alarm apparatus includes: a power supply circuit configure to supply power to the alarm apparatus; a central processing unit; a communication module configured to transmit alarm information to an external communication terminal; a vehicle condition monitoring device; at least an infrared monitor configured to monitor whether there is a human in the vehicle and transmit a human monitoring result to the central processing unit; and a temperature sensor configured to monitor a temperature inside the vehicle and transmit a temperature detection result to the central processing unit such that the central processing unit control the communication module to transmit the alarm information to the external communication terminal based on the temperature detection result. In this manner, leaving children in vehicles can be effectively prevented to avoid accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Zhengzheng Luo
  • Patent number: 10894546
    Abstract: A method for enabling driver operation of a motor vehicle includes receiving an electrical signal representing a property sensed by touching a region of skin of an occupant in the motor vehicle, and determining whether the occupant's ability to drive the motor vehicle is impaired based on the electrical signal. The method further includes performing an image based verification to determine whether the occupant from whom the property was sensed is in a driving position of the motor vehicle, and providing a control signal to enable operation of the motor vehicle based on a result of the determining and a result of the image based verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Comfort and Driving Assistance
    Inventors: Stephane Vanhelle, Mithran Menon
  • Patent number: 10885314
    Abstract: A face identification system includes a transmitter, a receiver, a database, an artificial intelligence chip, and a main processor. The transmitter is used for emitting at least one first light signal to an object. The receiver is used for receiving at least one second light signal reflected by the object. The database is used for saving training data. The artificial intelligence chip is coupled to the transmitter, the receiver, and the database for identifying a face image from the object according to the at least one second light signal and the training data. The main processor is coupled to the artificial intelligence chip for receiving a face identification signal generated from the artificial intelligence chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Kneron Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 10882418
    Abstract: A method for classifying an occupant and providing the occupant classification for a safety device in a motor vehicle. The method includes reading in a first piece of information that indirectly describes the occupant; reading in a second piece of information that directly describes the occupant; classifying the occupant, taking the indirect and direct information into account; and providing the occupant classification to an interface to the safety device for the vehicle. A corresponding device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Marlon Ramon Ewert
  • Patent number: 10875487
    Abstract: A side airbag device stored in a side support of a vehicle seat includes an airbag module having an airbag with first and second chambers and an inflator and a webbing partially covering the airbag module. The first chamber is deployed toward a front side of the side support and the second chamber accommodates the inflator therein and is deployed at an inner side with respect to the first chamber. The webbing extends from a rear side of the airbag module along an inner side surface of the airbag module, passes through a pad of the side support along a first path so as to reach an outside of the side support, and further extend along an outer surface of the side support and reach proximately a front edge of the side support when viewed in horizontal cross section of the airbag module from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Mitsuo Nogami
  • Patent number: 10864876
    Abstract: An assembly includes a vehicle interior component. The assembly includes an airbag mounted to the vehicle interior component. The assembly includes a deployable panel supported by the vehicle interior component adjacent the airbag, the deployable panel being movable relative to the vehicle interior component between a retracted position and an extended position. The assembly includes a spring between the vehicle interior component and the deployable panel. The spring biases the deployable panel toward the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivas Reddy Malapati, Mangesh Kadam
  • Patent number: 10864877
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus includes a seat, an activation member, a first detector, a second detector, and a controller. The seat has a seat cushion on which a passenger can sit. The activation member is configured to be activated upward in the seat cushion. The first detector is configured to detect or predict a collision of a vehicle. The second detector is configured to detect a sitting state of the passenger sitting on the seat cushion. The controller is configured to control activation of the activation member. The activation member can change an activation point at which the activation member is activated upward. When the first detector detects or predicts a collision of the vehicle, the controller sets the activation point on a basis of the sitting position detected by the second detector, and activates the activation member upward in the seat cushion at the determined activation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa