With Yaw Control Patents (Class 303/140)
  • Patent number: 10766472
    Abstract: A method of managing the braking force applied on the wheels of a vehicle including hybrid brake actuators is provided. In particular, safety functions, such as ABS and ESP are performed using hybrid actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lionel Farres, Christophe Long
  • Patent number: 10737672
    Abstract: A method of changing an anti-lock brake system (ABS) control mode includes: determining, by a controller, whether a first stage of an electronic stability control (ESC) of the vehicle is in an off state and a launch control of the vehicle is in an on state, and determining, by the controller, whether a driver intends to slow down an operation of the ABS installed in the vehicle; and when it is determined that the driver intends to slow down the operation of the ABS, comparing, by the controller, revolutions per minute (RPM) of an engine of the vehicle, a vehicle acceleration speed, a vehicle speed, and a steering angle with predetermined threshold values, respectively, and when each of the comparison results is satisfied, changing, by the controller, an ABS general control mode to an ABS sport control mode which slows down the operation of the ABS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jong-Kyu Jeong
  • Patent number: 10699582
    Abstract: Various methods for regulating and/or for integrating avionic systems with non-avionic systems are described. An avionic system is generally associated with a physical fault rate that is lower and a logic verification that is higher than those of a non-avionic system. Developments describe notably the use: of remote computing resources; of comparison, test, verification and authorization steps before injection of data of non-avionic origin into the avionics; of human-machine interaction methods; of various parameters (weather, air traffic, etc.) for the purpose of combinatorial optimization; and of electronic flight bags EFB and of flight management systems FMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Benoît Dacre-Wright, Olivier Pineau, François Nefflier
  • Patent number: 10457264
    Abstract: An abnormality detection device includes a control target hydraulic pressure calculating portion that calculates a control target hydraulic pressure according to an operation state of a brake pedal, the hydraulic pressure obtaining portion that obtains the hydraulic pressure of the operating fluid controlled to become the control target hydraulic pressure calculated by the control target hydraulic pressure calculating portion from the pressure sensor; a second determination threshold value changing portion that changes a threshold value to be closer to the control target hydraulic pressure calculated by the control target hydraulic pressure calculating portion in a stepwise manner when a state determining portion determines that the control target hydraulic pressure is in a maintaining state, and the abnormality determining portion that determines the hydraulic pressure braking force generating device is abnormal when the hydraulic pressure obtained by the hydraulic pressure obtaining portion deviates from th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: ADVICS CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsushi Kobayashi, Takahiro Okano
  • Patent number: 10369908
    Abstract: A system and method that establishes a confidence in a vehicle position determined by a vehicle position determination system and uses the established confidence to change a behavior of an active suspension system of a plant in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ClearMotion Acquisition I LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence D. Knox, Antonio Sangermano, II
  • Patent number: 10336366
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus for a vehicle comprising a steering device that steers steerable wheels, and a control unit configured to execute a running control in which a steered angle of the steerable wheels is changed by controlling the steering device, the control unit being configured to calculate a deviation between an index value of a target running state of the vehicle and an index value of an actual running state, to calculate a target change amount of the steered angle based on the index value deviation, to control the steering device so that a change amount of the steered angle conforms to the target change amount, and to limit a magnitude of a time change rate of the steered angle changed by the running control when one of a magnitude of the index value deviation and a magnitude of the target change amount exceeds a reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoji Kunihiro, Yoshio Kudo, Takahiro Kojo, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Masao Ueyama, Takeshi Goto, Yukihide Kimura, Masateru Amano
  • Patent number: 10220821
    Abstract: A vehicle braking force controlling apparatus includes a steered start detector and a controller. The steered start detector detects steered start of a vehicle on a basis of a driving state of the vehicle. The vehicle has a plurality of wheels. The steered start is start of the vehicle in which steering is performed. The controller applies braking force to a turning inner front wheel and braking force to a turning outer rear wheel when the steered start of the vehicle is detected by the steered start detector. The turning inner front wheel is a front wheel of the plurality of wheels which is located on inner side upon turning of the vehicle. The turning outer rear wheel is a rear wheel of the plurality of wheels which is located on outer side upon the turning of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Matsuno
  • Patent number: 10144293
    Abstract: Provided is a driving force control device capable of stabilizing a vehicle behavior when a driving torque of a drive wheel is controlled. When slip suppression control is carried out to decrease a driving torque of a drive source that is connected to the drive wheel of a vehicle via a speed reduction mechanism and a drive shaft, and is configured to generate a torque for braking or driving the drive wheel, to thereby suppress a slip state of the drive wheel, the driving torque of the drive source is controlled so that a slip ratio of the drive wheel is in an area of the slip ratio smaller than a slip ratio corresponding to a peak value of a road surface friction coefficient in a characteristic of the road surface friction coefficient with respect to the slip ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Suzuki, Hitoshi Kobayashi, Tatsuyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10029729
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling a component of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving, by a processor, data associated with a center of gravity of the vehicle; determining, by a processor, a wheel moment adjustment command for each wheel of the vehicle based on the received data; determining, by a processor, at least one control output based on driver commands and the wheel moment adjustment command for each wheel; and selectively controlling, by a processor, at least one component associated with at least one of an active safety system and a chassis system of the vehicle based on the at least one control output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Seyed Alireza Kasaiezadeh Mahabadi, Bakhtiar B. Litkouhi
  • Patent number: 9994203
    Abstract: A method for the temperature-dependent control of a pressure control valve of a vehicle comprising an inlet valve and an outlet valve includes detecting a predefined pressure difference to be controlled by the pressure control valve, determining a present valve body temperature, wherein, for this purpose, a temperature change proceeding from a starting temperature is considered depending on at least one detected valve body influencing variable, determining, depending on the pressure difference to be controlled and on the determined present valve body temperature, at least one of a temperature-adjusted pulse duration for the inlet valve and a temperature-adjusted pulse duration for the outlet valve, and controlling at least one of the inlet valve and the outlet valve of the pressure control valve via the particular temperature-adjusted pulse duration in order to effectuate the detected pressure difference at the determined valve body temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Horst Eckert, Florian Schwagmeyer
  • Patent number: 9884632
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques and/or systems are provided for personalized vehicle management. A current location of a vehicle may be received. A route of the vehicle may be determined based upon a trip library and/or the current location. The trip library may correspond to routes traveled by the user above a travel frequency threshold. A route segment (e.g., a portion of the route that the vehicle will travel within a threshold duration) may be identified. A route segment characteristic (e.g., a weather characteristic, a physical characteristic, a traffic characteristic, etc.) of the route segment may be determined. The route segment characteristic may be provided to a driver assistance component of the vehicle. The driver assistance component may be instructed to alter functionality of the vehicle using a vehicle operational parameter derived from the route segment characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: INRIX INC.
    Inventor: Christian Andreas Hecht
  • Patent number: 9797316
    Abstract: An operating method and device for a permanent brake system of a motor vehicle. The brake system includes a primary and a secondary permanent brake. Each brake generates respective adjustable braking torque components. The first primary brake has a response than the second primary brake. A third braking torque component is adjusted by the secondary brake. The permanent-brake braking request is applied by the first primary brake until the braking request exceeds a first threshold. The first threshold corresponds to a value less than or equal to a maximum braking torque generated by the first primary brake. After exceeding the first threshold, a component of the request is applied by the secondary permanent brake. A second threshold value corresponds to a value less than or equal to a braking torque that can be generated when the first primary permanent brake device interacts with the secondary permanent brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: MAN Truck & Bus AG
    Inventor: Rüdiger Palm
  • Patent number: 9771100
    Abstract: Provided is a control device for a steer-by-wire steering mechanism, the control device including: a tire lateral force detection unit configured to detect tire lateral forces acting on left and right wheels; and a toe angle control unit configured to control toe angles of left and right wheels independently of each other such that the detected tire lateral forces become target lateral forces. Not during deceleration, the toe angle control unit sets target lateral forces FLt and FRt such that the total sum of the left and right target lateral forces is not changed and the total sum of absolute values thereof is decreased, and during deceleration, the toe angle control unit sets the target lateral forces FLt and FRt such that straight traveling stability can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sugai
  • Patent number: 9744862
    Abstract: A braking system for a motor vehicle, including friction brakes on the wheels of at least one axle, the brakes controlled by a friction brake control device; at least one electric machine connected to at least one wheel and controlled by an electric drive control device; a brake pedal for detecting a deceleration request; a wheel-slip controlling device; and a torque distributing device. The devices for detecting a deceleration request are connected to the wheel-slip controlling device, the wheel-slip controlling device specifying target braking torques for each wheel according to the parameters of the deceleration request. The wheel-slip controlling device connected to a torque distributing device which is connected to the friction brake control device and the electric drive control device and which specifies friction brake requests to the friction brake control device and generator brake requests to the electric drive control device according to the target braking torques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Maxim Arbitmann, Zhenfu Chen, Thomas Raste, Peter Lauer, Matthias Muntu, Daniel Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9618627
    Abstract: A method for determining a side slip angle in a vehicle, includes determining with a first sensor an orientation of an effective vehicle speed vector of the Vehicle in relation to a geographic coordinate system of the earth; determining with a second sensor an orientation of the vehicle in relation to a magnetic coordinate system of the earth magnetic field; determining a differential angle of the magnetic north direction of the earth relative to the geographic north direction of the earth by using a vehicle speed; and determining the side slip angle as a function of the orientation of the effective vehicle speed vector and the differential angle according to the relationship ?=?course+?mag,???mag, wherein ? designates the side slip angle, ?mag,? the differential angle, ?mag the orientation of the vehicle in relation to the magnetic north direction and ?course the orientation of the vehicle speed vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Andreas Unger
  • Patent number: 9613466
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for driver performance assessment and improvement. The systems and methods may be: active for warning purposes only; passive for monitoring purposes only; and active and passive. Any of the foregoing system and methods may be cooperative as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Brian Lee Bullock
  • Patent number: 9610925
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a vehicle behavior control system. The vehicle behavior control system includes a behavior stabilization control module that is configured to execute a behavior stabilization control so as to stabilize a behavior of a vehicle by giving a braking force to a turning outer wheel of the vehicle based on a target braking force. The behavior stabilization control module has a target braking force setting section that sets the target braking force. The target braking force is set so as to be smaller for a second turn than for a first turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOLIV NISSIN BRAKE SYSTEMS JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Nomura, Takahiro Nishigaki, Shinji Murashita, Natsuko Hamamoto, Kenta Wada
  • Patent number: 9527488
    Abstract: A method for braking a vehicle, a braking intervention being performed on at least one wheel of the vehicle, a total brake force for the braking intervention being generated by a hydraulic unit in the vehicle on the one hand, and, on the other hand, by at least one electric motor assigned to the one wheel, which at all times supports the brake force generated by the hydraulic unit, the total brake force being generated by modulating a brake force generated by the hydraulic unit and by modulation of the brake force generated by the electric motor on the at least one wheel, the brake force of the hydraulic unit and the brake force of the electric motor being added to yield the total brake force, and an amount of the particular brake force being controlled by a controller as a function of a driving situation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Georgi, Armin Verhagen, Markus Henzler, Remco ten Zweege
  • Patent number: 9056600
    Abstract: A motion control device for a vehicle having a braking means for applying a brake toque to a wheel of the vehicle and maintaining a traveling stability of the vehicle by controlling the braking means, the motion control for the vehicle, includes a steering angular velocity obtaining means for obtaining a steering angular velocity of the vehicle, a maximum steering angular velocity calculating means for calculating a maximum steering angular velocity on the basis of the steering angular velocity, a determining means for determining a reference turning state quantity on the basis of the maximum steering angular velocity, an actual turning state quantity obtaining means for obtaining an actual turning state quantity of the vehicle, and a control means for controlling the brake toque on the basis of the reference turning state quantity and the actual turning state quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Toshihisa Kato, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Junya Nagaya
  • Patent number: 8825334
    Abstract: A vehicle behavior control apparatus is equipped with a slip angle detector that detects a slip angle of a vehicle, a control amount calculation portion that calculates a control amount from the slip angle detected by the slip angle detector, a derivative of the slip angle, and a second order derivative of the slip angle, and a control portion that executes a behavior control for the vehicle based on the calculated control amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryochi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140145498
    Abstract: Vehicular motion control system comprising controller that independently controls driving force and/or braking force of each of four wheels and a turning direction sensor that senses a turning direction, and with an acceleration/deceleration command generator that generates an acceleration/deceleration command based upon a sensed steering angle and sensed vehicle speed and a driving force/braking force distributor that determines the distribution of driving force or driving torque and/or braking force or braking torque of each wheel, and driving force/braking force distributor determines based upon the acceleration/deceleration command and the turning direction so that more driving force or more driving torque and/or more braking force or more braking torque are/is distributed to the inside front wheel in turning than the outside front wheel in turning and more driving force or more driving torque and/or more braking force or more braking torque are/is distributed to the outside rear wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Makoto Yamakado, Junya Takahashi, Shinjiro Saito, Toshiya Oosawa
  • Patent number: 8706376
    Abstract: To provide an ABS control system and software with an automatic parameter calibration function. An ABS control system according to the present invention includes an electronic control unit (ECU), a wheel speed sensor, and a brake pressure sensor. The wheel speed sensor and the brake pressure sensor measure wheel speed and brake pressure during ABS braking, and the ABS control system automatically calibrates an internal parameter used in ABS control in response to the wheel speed and brake pressure measurement results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsaku Ono, Shuichi Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 8702179
    Abstract: A brake system for a vehicle includes brake cylinders operated by pressurized fluid for actuation of brakes by means of pressurized fluid on at least one first axle of the vehicle. The brakes on at least one other, second, axle can be actuated exclusively electromechanically in response to an electrical braking request signal. The pressure of the pressurized fluid can be modulated indirectly or directly and the electrical braking request signal can be generated indirectly or directly in response to actuation of a brake pedal of a brake pedal device. A service brake function is provided by means of hybrid use of the brakes on the first axle(s) together with the brakes on the second axle(s). The brake cylinders operated by pressurized fluid are pneumatically operated brake cylinders. The pressure modulated by the brake pedal device is a pneumatic pressure, and the pressurized fluid is compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Beier, Henning Förster, Hartmut Rosendahl, Gerhard Bruns, Olaf Jantz, Wolfgang Strache
  • Patent number: 8700282
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a vehicle involves determining if the vehicle is swaying and if the vehicle is swaying, reducing a torque of an engine of the vehicle and/or applying independent braking forces to each wheel of the vehicle. A vehicle for controlling vehicle sway includes an engine, a plurality of wheels, a braking system configured to apply independent braking forces to each wheel, and a controller configured to control the engine and the braking system. The controller is configured to determine a correlation coefficient in accordance with any phase shift occurring between a yaw acceleration signal and a lateral acceleration signal. The correlation coefficient is compared to a threshold value to determine whether the vehicle is swaying. If the vehicle is swaying, the controller causes a torque of the engine to be reduced and/or braking forces to be applied independently to each wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akitaka Nishio, Kenji Asano, Hisashi Kajita
  • Patent number: 8657389
    Abstract: A cooperative traction control system wherein individualized control over each wheel's longitudinal slip and/or lateral skidding is provided. The system uses a combination of an existing traction and stability module linked with a drive torque actuator capable of modulating the amount of drive torque at a given wheel on a specified axle. The system permits drive torque at the slipping and/or laterally skidding wheel to be controlled, either alone or in combination with brake actuation and throttle angle control, to reduce or control wheel slip and/or lateral skid and/or vehicle motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Post, II, Theodore Klaus
  • Patent number: 8548712
    Abstract: An acceleration-based method and device for the safety monitoring of a drive is provided. In the method a setpoint torque is calculated in a safety function as a function of the position of the accelerator pedal. An expected vehicle acceleration is determined, as a function of the setpoint torque, in the safety function. An actual vehicle acceleration is determined, preferably by an acceleration sensor. A fault situation may be detected by comparing the actual vehicle acceleration and the expected vehicle acceleration. A device, preferably included in the vehicle electronics, is configured to implement the acceleration-based method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Florian Oesterreicher, Juergen Binder
  • Patent number: 8538653
    Abstract: Disclosed is a brake control apparatus which includes a brake booster for augmenting deceleration, and which addresses the problem in conventional brake control apparatuses that deceleration and pedal reaction force depend on driver brake pedal input, and thus the pedal response and the ride comfort from the feeling of deceleration are affected by the manner in which the brake pedal is actuated by the driver. The brake control apparatus comprises a pedal reaction force generation unit for generating a pedal reaction force on the brake pedal, and a brake control unit for controlling the brake force in such a way as to suppress driver brake input fluctuations, wherein the pedal reaction force generation unit suppresses pedal reaction force fluctuations in accordance with specific deceleration and pedal reaction force characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ayumu Miyajima, Masatsugu Arai, Toshiyuki Innami, Kimio Nishino, Norikazu Matsuzaki, Masayuki Kikawa, Makoto Yamakado
  • Patent number: 8527148
    Abstract: A control system for controlling a motor arrangement for differentially driving left and right wheels of a motorized vehicle, the control system comprising: a comparator for receiving yaw rate sensor signals from a yaw rate sensor attached to the vehicle, the yaw rate sensor signals being indicative of actual yaw rates of the vehicle and for receiving yaw rate reference signals generated by a user input device, the yaw rate reference signals being indicative of user demanded yaw rates for the vehicle, the comparator arranged to output yaw rate error signals based on the difference between the yaw rate sensor signals and the yaw rate reference signals; a control loop for processing the yaw rate error signals to generate yaw rate correction signals for controlling the motor arrangement to reduce the yaw rate error signals, wherein the control loop comprises a variable limiter for limiting the yaw rate correction signals to values within a variable limit, the variable limit varying in dependence upon the yaw rat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: P G Drives Technology Limited
    Inventor: Jason David Lewis
  • Patent number: 8521385
    Abstract: A method of controlling a torque vectoring mechanism and an associated torque vectoring system are disclosed. The method can distribute torque between a left non-driven wheel and a right non-driven wheel of a vehicle based on a torque control value. The torque control value can be based on a change in yaw moment about a center of gravity of the vehicle. The change in yaw moment can be determined based on a reduction of lateral force on a driven axle due to both longitudinal and lateral slip on the driven wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: e-AAM Driveline Systems AB
    Inventors: Gabriel Per Erik Ivar Trönnberg, Simon Ola André Yngve
  • Patent number: 8494714
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are stability display apparatus and methods. One apparatus comprises a driving state detection unit configured to detect a driving state of a vehicle in operation; a controller comprising an instability estimation unit configured to estimate an instability index indicating driving instability of the vehicle based on the driving state of the vehicle detected by the driving state detection unit and configured to determine changes in the instability index; and a display unit configured to display the instability index estimated by the instability estimation unit in a display region within a range less than or equal to an upper limit that is a limit of display and configured to display in the display region a representation of the changes of the instability index when the instability index is beyond the upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kuge, Takayuki Kondoh, Yoshiki Yasuno
  • Patent number: 8444230
    Abstract: A vehicle motion control apparatus includes hydraulic pressure applying means for applying hydraulic pressure to a wheel cylinder side of any of plural solenoid valves, respectively arranged between a master cylinder and plural wheel cylinders, for the corresponding wheel cylinders even when an operator of the vehicle does not operate a brake operation member, motor controlling means for controlling an output of the electric motor to be reduced in accordance with a condition of a road surface when the hydraulic pressure is applied to the wheel cylinder, and valve controlling means for controlling the operation of the solenoid valve to increase an amount of the brake fluid flown by the operation of the solenoid valve before the output of the electric motor is reduced when the output of the electric motor is controlled to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Ikematsu, Toshihisa Kato
  • Patent number: 8442736
    Abstract: A system for controlling a vehicle having a brake assembly for exerting braking force on at least one wheel on the basis of a number of control parameters is provided. The system has a safety system configured to generate the control parameters as a function of a control quantity associated with the braking force to be exerted on the at least one wheel; and a vehicle handling enhancement system configured to: calculate a reference vehicle yaw acceleration on the basis of at least the longitudinal speed of the vehicle and the steer angle of the vehicle; and adjust the control quantity to zero the difference between the actual yaw acceleration and the reference vehicle yaw acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
    Inventors: Salvatore Casella, Francesco Canuto, Nicola Natali, Andrea Fortina
  • Patent number: 8412435
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product is provided for detecting if a vehicle has spun. A normal force and a lateral force of each of a front and rear axle of a vehicle is estimated. A coefficient of friction representative of a surface is estimated. Lateral momenta of the front and rear axles based on the coefficient of friction and the normal and lateral forces is calculated. Whether a surplus momentum is present, is determined. If the surplus momentum is present, a yaw rate of the vehicle is integrated respect to time to obtain a vehicle rotation estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel S. Maitlen
  • Patent number: 8370025
    Abstract: A target value for yaw angle velocity gain is computed according to a map expressing a relationship between steering wheel angle and yaw angle velocity gain predetermined such that a direction as seen from a driver of a target destination point for vehicle travel at a predetermined time after a forward gaze and a direction as seen from the driver are caused to match each other, and a steering gear ratio is controlled accordingly. A target value for a steering wheel torque corresponding to the detected steering wheel angle and the acquired yaw angular velocity is set, based on a relationship between yaw angular velocity and resistance-feel level predetermined such that the resistance feel level for a driver monotonically increases with increasing yaw angular velocity. Control is then preformed so as to realize the steering wheel torque target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Chuo Kenkyusho
    Inventors: Eiichi Ono, Yuji Muragishi, Daisuke Yamada, Shinsuke Sato
  • Patent number: 8364365
    Abstract: The method for controlling a safety system (102-108) of a vehicle (10) determines a reference velocity from a first front wheel sensor (20A) and a second front wheel speed signal from a second front wheel sensor (20B). An axle speed sensor (20C) may be used to determine an axle speed signal. A first rear speed signal and a second rear speed signal are determined from the reference velocity, a slip effect and a yaw signal. The yaw signal may be determined from a yaw rate sensor (28). Safety system (102-108) may be controlled in response to the first rear wheel speed signal and the second rear wheel speed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Brewer, Todd Brown, Thomas Salmon
  • Patent number: 8326504
    Abstract: A trailer sway intervention system. The trailer sway intervention system includes a trailer having a plurality of wheels, each wheel having a brake, and a vehicle towing the trailer. The vehicle includes a plurality of sensors configured to sense operating characteristics of the vehicle, and a controller. The controller receives the sensed operating characteristics from the sensors, determines an error based on a difference between an expected yaw rate and a sensed yaw rate, asymmetrically applies braking forces to one or more trailer wheels based on the difference, and symmetrically applies braking forces to the trailer wheels when the absolute value of the difference between the expected yaw rate and the sensed yaw rate is declining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hsien-cheng Wu, Jin-jae Chen, Nathan Drummond
  • Patent number: 8311693
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stabilizing a hybrid electric vehicle (“HEV”) towing a trailer. One system includes a regenerative braking system, a non-regenerative braking system, and a stabilization system. The stabilization system determines a direction of rotation and a speed of the HEV and compares the HEV's speed to a predetermined low speed threshold value and a predetermined high speed threshold value. The stabilization system instructs the regenerative braking system to brake at least one wheel when the speed is less than or equal to the predetermined low speed threshold value and instructs the regenerative braking system to brake at least one wheel opposite the direction of rotation and at least one of the regenerative braking system and the non-regenerative braking system to provide an extra stabilizing braking torque to at least one wheel opposite the direction of rotation when the speed is greater than the predetermined high speed threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hsien-Cheng (Kevin) Wu, Bo Xu
  • Patent number: 8285449
    Abstract: A suspension ECU computes an actual roll angle and an actual pitch angle of a vehicle, and computes a difference between a target pitch angle and the actual pitch angle. The ECU then computes a total demanded damping force which must be cooperatively generated by shock absorbers so as to decrease the computed difference to zero, and distributes the total demanded damping force in proportion to the magnitude of a lateral acceleration such that a demanded damping force on the turn-locus inner side becomes greater than a demanded damping force on the turn-locus outer side. Further, the ECU determines whether or not the vehicle body is vibrating in the vertical direction as a result of input of a road surface disturbance, calculates a vibration-suppressing damping force needed for damping the vibration, and determines the demanded damping forces by use of the vibration-suppressing damping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ikuhide Iyoda, Motohiko Honma
  • Patent number: 8229642
    Abstract: Improved methods of controlling the stability of a vehicle are provided via the cooperative operation of vehicle stability control systems such as an Active Yaw Control system, Antilock Braking System, and Traction Control System. These methods use recognition of road surface information including the road friction coefficient (mu), wheel slippage, and yaw deviations. The methods then modify the settings of the active damping system and/or the distribution of drive torque, as necessary, to increase/reduce damping in the suspension and shift torque application at the wheels, thus preventing a significant shift of load in the vehicle and/or improving vehicle drivability and comfort. The adjustments of the active damping system or torque distribution temporarily override any characteristics that were pre-selected by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Post, II, Xiaodi Kang, William Monsma
  • Patent number: 8126626
    Abstract: A motor vehicle travel path control which monitors, during an autonomous braking event initiated by a collision preparation system the actual motor vehicle travel path in relation to the driver intended motor vehicle travel path, and in the event a departure from the driver intended motor vehicle path occurs, the motor vehicle travel path control adjusts braking so as to return the motor vehicle travel path to that intended by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Chad T. Zagorski
  • Patent number: 8116942
    Abstract: A steering angle control apparatus for a vehicle includes a first calculating means calculating a longitudinal force, a second calculating device calculating a longitudinal force difference between at least one of right side wheels and at least one of left side wheels based on the longitudinal force, a third calculating device calculating a contribution rate of front wheels at a steering angle control and a contribution rate of rear wheels at the steering angle control, a fourth calculating device calculating a front wheel correction steering angle and a rear wheel correction steering angle based on the contribution rate of the front wheel, the contribution rate of the rear wheel, and a state quantity including the longitudinal force difference, and a driving device outputting a control command value based on the front wheel correction steering angle and the rear wheel correction steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 8086383
    Abstract: A control input for operating an actual vehicle actuator and a control input for operating a vehicle model are determined by an FB distribution law based on a difference between a reference state amount determined by a vehicle model and an actual state amount of an actual vehicle such that the state amount error is approximated to zero, and then an actuator device of the actual vehicle and the model vehicle are operated based on the control inputs. The FB distribution law determines a control input for operating the model such that a state amount error is approximated to zero while restraining a predetermined restriction object amount from deviating from a permissible range. A vehicle control device capable of enhancing robustness against disturbance factors or their changes while performing operation control of actuators that is as suited to behaviors of an actual vehicle as possible is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Hiroshi Kono, Takayuki Toyoshima, Hiroyuki Urabe, Shuji Shiraishi, Yukihiro Orimoto
  • Patent number: 8024099
    Abstract: A deceleration control apparatus and method for controlling deceleration of a vehicle where a controller is operable to set a target vehicular speed calculated based on a turning condition of the vehicle and a lateral acceleration limitation value. The controller is also operable to apply deceleration to the vehicle based on the actual vehicular speed and the target vehicular speed and to correct the deceleration used when the vehicle is traveling along a detected curve. Correcting the deceleration can be done by, for example, correcting the lateral acceleration limitation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Suzuki, Shinji Matsumoto, Masahide Nakamura, Tomohiro Jimbo
  • Patent number: 8024091
    Abstract: An FB distribution rule 20 determines an actual vehicle actuator operation control input and a vehicle model operation control input such that a difference between a reference state amount determined by a vehicle model 16 and an actual state amount of an actual vehicle 1 (a state amount error) approximates to zero, and the control inputs are used to operate an actuator device 3 of the actual vehicle 1 and the vehicle model 16. In the FB distribution law 20, when an actual vehicle feedback required amount based on the state amount error exists in a dead zone, then an actual vehicle actuator operation control input is determined by using the required amount as a predetermined value. A vehicle model manipulated variable control input is determined such that a state amount error is brought close to zero, independently of whether an actual vehicle feedback required amount exists in a dead zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Takayuki Toyoshima, Hiroyuki Urabe, Hiroshi Kono
  • Patent number: 8020947
    Abstract: A vehicle turning motion control apparatus includes a turning condition sensing section to sense a turning condition of the vehicle; and a vehicle deceleration control section to initiate a deceleration control to decelerate the vehicle when the turning condition exceeds a deceleration start threshold. The control apparatus further includes a running state sensing section configured to sense a running state of the vehicle, and a threshold setting section configured to set the deceleration start threshold in accordance with the running condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 8019498
    Abstract: An instruction value conversion section (31) of an operation target calculation section (30) converts an instruction signal from a joystick (25). In order to obtain a movement mode of a ship intended by an operator, a target propeller speed calculation section (32) calculates, using each converted value, target rotation speed of right and left propellers (13) and the propeller (14b) of a thruster (14). At a main engine operation control section (40), a slip rate determination section (41) calculates the slip rate U of a clutch mechanism (120) of a marine gear (12) in order to rotate the propellers (13) at the target rotation speed. A drive control section (42) controls operation of the main engine (11) and the clutch mechanism (120). Further, in a thruster operation control section (50), a drive control section (52) controls drive of the propeller (14b) in the rotational direction determined by an operation determining section (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yamazaki, Atsuyuki Tsuzuki, Kouichi Iguchi
  • Patent number: 7974761
    Abstract: According to the present invention, when a target braking/driving force and a vehicle target yaw moment required to a vehicle cannot be achieved through a control of a braking/driving forces of wheels, in a rectangular coordinate of the braking/driving force and the yaw moment, a polygon indicating the maximum range of the braking/driving force and the yaw moment attainable by the braking/driving forces of the wheels, and an ellipse that crosses each side of the polygon and has a major axis and a minor axis aligning with the coordinate axis of the rectangular coordinate are set, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Maeda, Kazuya Okumura, Michitaka Tsuchida, Yoshio Uragami, Kensuke Yoshizue, Satoshi Ando, Koji Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 7949456
    Abstract: A turning control apparatus for a vehicle that improves turning ability while avoiding degradation of acceleration ability is provided. The turning control apparatus comprises: a driving torque controller (31) for adjusting driving torque between a left and right wheels (14L and 14R); a unit (62) for calculating a necessary yaw momentum value indicating degree of necessary yaw momentum for the turning of the vehicle; and a clipping unit (63) for clipping the necessary yaw momentum value as a target yaw momentum at a maximum yaw momentum value, which is defined according to difference between rotation speeds of inside and outside wheels, if the necessary yaw momentum value is over the maximum yaw momentum value. The controller adjusts driving torque of the left and right wheels to generate target yaw momentum at the vehicle corresponding to the target yaw momentum value obtained by the clipping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takami Miura
  • Publication number: 20110108375
    Abstract: A brake device for motor vehicles has at least two hydraulic brake circuits which are directly connected to a master brake cylinder, as well as an additional brake circuit, which is able to be actuated via a control device, independently of the master brake cylinder. Because of the separate hydraulic brake circuits in the region of the front axle, redundancy is provided, while the third brake circuit, that is able to be actuated independently of the master brake cylinder and typically acts on the rear wheels, during automatic actuation, permits taking into account a braking effect by additional active assemblies, such as a driven generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Gebhard Wuerth, Volker Mehl, Michael Kunz, Matthias Leiblein, Werner Quirant
  • Patent number: 7917270
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle electronic stability control (“ESC”) system utilizing values for a variable obtained from a primary source and a redundant source includes the steps of receiving a first value for the variable from the primary source, receiving a second value for the variable from the redundant source, generating a normalized value as a function of the first value and the second value, determining whether the primary source is operating correctly, utilizing the first value for operation of the vehicle ESC system if the primary source is operating correctly, and utilizing the second value for operation of the vehicle ESC system if the primary source is not operating correctly and the second value is not greater in absolute value than the normalized value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kerfegar K. Katrak, Hualin Tan, David M. Sidlosky, Theresa M. Kondel