Automobile Patents (Class 307/10.1)
  • Patent number: 10348080
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring fuses in a vehicle are provided. The method includes receiving data from a fuse monitor coupled to one or more fuses. Each fuse associated with one or more electronic devices of the vehicle. The method also includes analyzing the data to determine whether a faulty fuse is detected and outputting an alert to a display of the vehicle in response to detecting a faulty fuse. The alert includes at least one of a fuse location, a fuse type, or fuse replacement information and activates a fuse application of the display of the vehicle to cause the alert to output on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Ming Michael Meng
  • Patent number: 10343483
    Abstract: A heat pump system for vehicle includes a cooling device including a radiator and a first water pump by a cooling line and circulating a coolant along the cooling line to cool an electric component; a battery module provided on a battery cooling line selectively connected to the cooling line through a first valve; a HVAC module including an internal heater connected to the cooling line through a first connection line, a cooler connected to the battery cooling line through a second connection line, and an opening or closing door provided between the internal heater and the cooler and controlling external air passing through the cooler to be selectively introduced into the internal heater depending on cooling, heating, and heating and dehumidifying modes of the vehicle; and a centralized energy (CE) module connected to each of the battery cooling line and the cooling line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jae Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10343649
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for securing a vehicle or location. One embodiment of a method comprises: periodically transmitting a ping packet from a vehicle or location in a locked or inactive state; resetting a timer or recording a time at which the ping packet was transmitted; receiving a response packet to the ping packet; determining a time between transmitting the ping packet and receiving the response packet based on a current value in the timer when the response packet is received or based on a difference between the time at which the ping packet was transmitted and the time at which the response packet was received; determining whether the time is above a specified threshold; unlocking and/or activating the vehicle or location if the time is below the specified threshold; and maintaining the locked or inactive state if the time is above the specified threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Britt, Scott Bartlett, Doug Kough
  • Patent number: 10333338
    Abstract: An exemplary charging method includes charging a storage battery of a mule vehicle as a tow vehicle tows the mule vehicle to a stranded vehicle. The storage battery configured to be electrically coupled to a traction battery of an electrified vehicle to charge the traction battery. An exemplary charging assembly includes a mule vehicle. A storage battery of the mule vehicle charges as the mule vehicle is towed to a stranded vehicle. The storage battery is configured to be electrically coupled to a traction battery of the electrified vehicle to charge the traction battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Mazen Hammoud, Kevin Layden
  • Patent number: 10328823
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a translatable seat cushion, a pivotal seat back, and a head restraint adapted to be mounted for translation adjacent the seat back. An actuator is operably connected to at least one of the seat cushion and the seat back for adjustment of a plurality of settings of the seat assembly. A controller is in electrical communication with the actuator and is configured to receive input indicative of occupant anthropometry data, current physical condition and/or activity level, compare the input with predetermined data ranges, and adjust at least one of the plurality of settings of the actuator to a predetermined setting based on the predetermined range. A computer-program product is programmed for automatically adjusting a seat assembly. A method for adjusting a seat assembly receives anthropometry data for an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Terry O'Bannon, Michelle A. Pereny, Samuel R. Hanlon, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Gerald Patrick, Karl Henn
  • Patent number: 10328804
    Abstract: An ECU executes a program including: a step of setting a threshold ? as a shutdown threshold when, during a power supply operation, a duration of a power supply stoppage exceeds a first time; a step of stopping an operation of an engine or prohibiting the engine from operating; and a step of executing system shutdown processing when an SOC of a storage apparatus falls to or below the shutdown threshold or the duration of the power supply stoppage exceeds a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noritake Mitsutani
  • Patent number: 10328940
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for secure idle for a vehicle generator. An example vehicle includes an outlet external to the vehicle, a power inverter dedicated to supplying AC power to the outlet, and a powertrain control module. The powertrain control module controls the power inverter to supply first power level when a switch is in a first position and a second power level when the switch is in a second position. Additionally, the powertrain control module, after entering a secure mode, controls an engine to remain idling when an ignition switch is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Theodore Cikalo, Daniel M. King, Thomas Lee Miller, Kevin Thomas Hille, Micheal Nikiforuk, Scott Alan Watkins
  • Patent number: 10325519
    Abstract: A vehicle tutorial system includes a data storage device having at least one vehicle tutorial, an on-board identification sensor, an on-board vehicle communication device, a tutorial manager device located in a cloud computer and/or the remote device, and an on-board vehicle controller. The on-board vehicle controller is programmed to identify the user of the vehicle based on information from the on-board identification sensor, select the vehicle tutorial, select the remote device associated with the user of the vehicle, offer the vehicle tutorial to the user at a first time, and upon the user declining the offer at the first time, send the vehicle tutorial to the tutorial manager device. The tutorial manager device includes a processor programmed to offer the vehicle tutorial to the user at a time later than the first time on the on-board vehicle display or on the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Tan, Ching Pin Chang, Toshiro Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10318930
    Abstract: Systems and methods to utilize smart components are described. The system receives a maintenance message from a mobile device at a network-based marketplace. The maintenance message includes part log information including a timestamp and characterization information. The characterization information is received by the mobile device from a component in a vehicle that includes a sensor that senses a first part that is assembled into the vehicle and generates the characterization information based on the sense of the sensor. The component communicates the characterization information to the mobile device that, in turn, communicates the maintenance message to network-based marketplace. The system identifies user profile information based on the maintenance message and stores the part log information in the user profile information at the network-based marketplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Leigh Cattone
  • Patent number: 10312642
    Abstract: A protector includes a main unit having an inside in which wires W are wired and a connector holder. The connector holder removably holds a female connector that is exposed to the outside of the main unit from a wiring opening formed in the main unit. The connector holder includes an insertion opening in which the connector is inserted and a housing space that houses and holds the connector inserted from the insertion opening. The insertion opening is formed to be exposed to the outside of the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shintaro Namiki, Satoshi Uematsu
  • Patent number: 10311735
    Abstract: A vehicle display system includes a display device, a determiner, and a display controller. The display device is mounted on a vehicle. The determiner is configured to determine whether a person present outside the vehicle enters a blind spot of a driver of the vehicle. The display controller is configured to control, when the person enters the blind spot, the display device to display a warning to the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noeru Sato, Takeshi Torii, Ryuichi Sumikawa
  • Patent number: 10308119
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply control apparatus controls (i) storage of electricity generated by an alternator powered by an internal combustion engine of a vehicle and (ii) main and auxiliary power supplies that supply stored electricity to a load. The apparatus includes a first switch, a second switch, a controller and a switching circuit. The first switch is provided between the main power supply and the alternator. The second switch is provided between the auxiliary power supply and the alternator. The controller controls a connection state of the first switch and a connection state of the second switch based on a state of the vehicle. The switching circuit turns on the first switch and/or the second switch in a case where a first voltage of the main power supply is smaller than a second voltage of the auxiliary power supply by a threshold value or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventor: Yoshinori Shibachi
  • Patent number: 10300871
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a chassis, an engine coupled to the chassis, a primary electrical system, and an auxiliary electrical system. The primary electrical system is configured to power one or more electrical loads associated with operation of the vehicle when the engine is running. The primary electrical system includes a primary alternator and a primary battery. The auxiliary electrical system includes an auxiliary alternator configured to generate electrical power, a battery system electrically coupled to the auxiliary alternator and configured to store at least a portion of the electrical power generated by the auxiliary alternator, and an inverter coupled to the battery system. The inverter is configured to at least one of (a) charge the battery system, (b) power a direct current load, and (c) power an alternating current load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Dixon, Martin Skurka
  • Patent number: 10305128
    Abstract: A cell system includes a laminated battery, a plurality of battery cells being laminated in the laminated battery, a first switch connected to a positive electrode of the laminated battery and configured to switch connection to the positive electrode to a shut-off state, and a second switch connected to a negative electrode of the laminated battery and configured to switch connection to the negative electrode to a shut-off state. Furthermore, the cell system includes a circuit to be connected at least either between the positive electrode and the first switch or between the negative electrode and the second switch; and a controller configured to shift control timings of the first switch and the second switch from the shut-off state to a connected state according to an electrical capacitance generated between the positive electrode and the negative electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Sato, Kotaro Akashi, Masanobu Sakai, Hidetaka Nishimura, Kenji Kobayashi, Keita Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10305410
    Abstract: In a control method for a fuel cell system, a fuel cell side converter that is provided between a fuel cell and an inverter is controlled to step up a fuel cell voltage to an inverter terminal voltage supplied to the inverter. A margin voltage is set to guarantee step-up operation or interruption of operation of the fuel cell side converter. A directly connected state or a voltage transforming state regarding an operation state of an energy storage device side converter is selected such that the inverter terminal voltage is higher than a sum of the margin voltage and the fuel cell voltage. The energy storage device side converter does not transform the energy storage device voltage in the directly connected state. The energy storage device side converter transforms the energy storage device voltage to the inverter terminal voltage in the voltage transforming state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi Kazuno, Yasushi Kojima, Jiro Fujimoto, Kosuke Higashitani
  • Patent number: 10293767
    Abstract: There are provided an apparatus and a method for controlling power of a vehicle. The apparatus for controlling power of a vehicle includes: a first load and a second load; a first power supply supplying power to at least one of the first load and the second load from a main battery; a second power supply supplying power to at least one of the first load and the second load from an auxiliary battery supplied with and charged by the power from the main battery; a switch set including a plurality of switches intermitting lines between the first load, the second load, the first power supply, and the second power supply; and a power controller checking a state of the vehicle and controlling a turn-on or off for the plurality of switches in response to the checked state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Young Il Lee, Jung Hyeon Bae, Tae Hoon Kim, Eun Cheon, Guy Championnet
  • Patent number: 10293702
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein relate to a reconfigurable energy storage system. In one embodiment, the reconfigurable energy storage system comprises a first energy storage system, a second energy storage system and a power converter. The power converter determines a first power level, a second power level and a load coupled to the power converter and manipulates the power transfer between the energy storage systems based on the first power level, the second power level and the load. In another embodiment, the reconfigurable energy storage system also comprises a third energy storage system. In this embodiment, the power converter determines a third power level corresponding to the third energy storage system and manipulates the power transfer between the energy storage systems based also on the third power level. The third power level may correspond to a state of charge of the third energy storage element or amount of power generated by the third energy storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: McMaster University
    Inventors: Chia-Hao Tu, Ali Emadi
  • Patent number: 10297808
    Abstract: A battery wiring module includes bus bars and a flexible wiring board having wires connected to the respective bus bars. The flexible wiring board has a body portion and extensions extending from the body portion toward the respective bus bars. Each of the extensions supports one of the wires and has an end section where a pad is arranged, that is part of each of the wires. Each of the bus bars has at least one cutout portion, and the pad is arranged on each of the bus bars such that the pad overlaps at least part of at least one cutout portion. The pad and the at least part of the at least one cutout portion are connected to each other with solder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Printed Circuits, Inc., AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Saito, Yoshifumi Uchita, Shinichi Takase
  • Patent number: 10297406
    Abstract: There are provided a system and a method for controlling power of a high speed vehicle. The system for controlling power of a vehicle includes: a latch relay configured to supply power to a vehicle load or to block power to the vehicle; a communication part configured to output a driving signal when a wakeup signal is received; a pulse generator configured to output a one shot pulse that turns on the latch relay when the driving signal is applied; and a processor configured to control a driving of the latch relay turned on by the one shot pulse when being initialized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Yura Corporation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Wook Kim, Young Jong Lee, Hae Yun Kwon, Jin Kim, Sang Jae Han, Chan Young Jung
  • Patent number: 10279801
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle comprises an engine configured to be driven with a fuel supplied from a fuel tank; a motor configured to input and output a power for driving; and a control device configured to drive the engine and the motor. When a remaining amount of fuel in the fuel tank is lower than a predetermined level, the control device provides a smaller absolute value of a torque lower limit value of the motor during deceleration at a vehicle speed of lower than a predetermined vehicle speed, compared with an absolute value during deceleration at the vehicle speed of not lower than the predetermined vehicle speed. This configuration suppresses a deceleration torque of a large absolute value from being output from the motor during deceleration at the low vehicle speed and accordingly suppresses a loss of the motor or the like from becoming greater than the regenerative energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noritsugu Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 10284193
    Abstract: A semiconductor switch control device includes a bidirectional shutoff circuit that transmits or shuts off a current flowing bidirectionally between a high-voltage battery and a high-voltage load, a resistor that detects a voltage of the bidirectional shutoff circuit, a first voltage detector that detects a voltage applied to the resistor, and a controller configured to determine malfunction of the bidirectional shutoff circuit, based on a first detected voltage detected by the first voltage detector. The bidirectional shutoff circuit includes a first FET and a second FET including respective source terminals connected in series, and a third FET and a fourth FET including respective source terminals connected in series. The resistor includes one end connected between the source terminals of the first FET and the second FET, and the other end connected between the source terminals of the third FET and the fourth FET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuaki Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10277675
    Abstract: A communication apparatus configured to transmit data to an apparatus, the communication apparatus including: a storage medium configured to store management information of data to be transferred to the apparatus; a communicator configured to communicate data with the apparatus; a detector configured to detect whether the communication apparatus and the apparatus are connected; an editor configured to select certain data to be transferred and to edit the management information based on the selection without regard to the connection of the communication apparatus and the apparatus; and a controller configured to control transfer of the selected data stored in the communication apparatus to the apparatus via the communicator based on the management information edited by the editor when the detector detects that the communication apparatus and the apparatus are connected, wherein the controller is configured to compare the management information edited by the editor with management information of data stored in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DATA SCAPE, LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Morohashi
  • Patent number: 10276897
    Abstract: An apparatus for managing power of a vehicle and a method of controlling the same, for effectively shutting off dark current are disclosed. The method includes determining a first battery state when a preset first condition is satisfied; cutting off a first portion load or all loads based on the determination of the first battery state; determining a second battery state when a preset second condition is satisfied; and releasing load interruption or cutting off a second portion load except for the first portion load from the all loads based on the determination of the second battery state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Min Kwon
  • Patent number: 10268285
    Abstract: An active stylus pen generates a pen driving signal synchronized with a touchscreen driving signal received from a touchscreen and outputs the pen driving signal to the touchscreen. The active stylus pen includes a pressure sensing unit for sensing pressure when touching the touchscreen to generate writing pressure information and a signal processor for modulating the pen driving signal in response to the signal level of the writing pressure information and outputs the modulated signal as a pen driving signal in which the writing pressure information has been reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Doyoung Jung, Hyunguk Jang, Sungchul Kim, Sanghyuck Bae, Sungsu Han, Suyun Ju
  • Patent number: 10267068
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a powered latch mechanism and an interior door handle having first and second sensors disposed on opposite sides of the interior door handle. The first and second sensors are configured to detect the presence of a user's hand to control operation of the powered latch mechanism. The powered latch may be unlatched if an unlatch switch is actuated and the first and second sensors detect the presence of a user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Robert Bruce Kleve, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10270560
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to increase speed of retransmission. A communication device has a transmission unit, a reception unit, a comparison unit, and a retransmission control unit. The transmission unit transmits first data toward a communication party. The reception unit receives second data as the first data received and returned by the communication party. The comparison unit is a process unit in a data link layer and compares the transmitted first data with the received second data. The retransmission control unit is a process unit in the data link layer and, when the transmission first data and the received second data do not match as a result of the comparison by the comparison unit, controls retransmission of the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Tomokuni Ueno
  • Patent number: 10263611
    Abstract: A DC switching device has at least one switching unit which is arranged between two terminals. Further, the DC switching device has a control unit for controlling the at least one switching unit. The switching unit has a first and a second semiconductor switching element, which are arranged in parallel with one another, the first switching element being a high-voltage switching element and the second switching element being a low-power-loss switching element. The switching unit is controllable by the control unit in such a way that, when the switching unit is switched off, initially the second switching element is switched to be non-conductive, and subsequently the first switching unit is switched to be non-conductive, and when the switching unit is switched on, initially the first switching element is switched to be conductive and subsequently the second switching element is switched to be conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Steiner, Alexander Kaiser, Peter Jaenker
  • Patent number: 10245969
    Abstract: A power source control device includes a charging state detector configured to detect a charging state of a drive battery mounted on an electric vehicle and a power source mode switch configured to switch a power source mode of the electric vehicle, wherein the power source mode switch configured to switch the power source mode to an OFF mode in a case that charging of the drive battery is stopped while the power source mode is set at an ON mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Kamachi, Takayoshi Kawamoto, Naoki Imakita, Jun Soeda, Hirofumi Yagura, Hirotaka Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10250044
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus for an onboard electrical system of a motor vehicle has a first electrical energy store characterized by a first voltage characteristic curve defining the quiescent voltage of the first store depending on the relative state of charge of the first store, and a second electrical energy store which can be connected in parallel with the first electrical energy store by a controllable switching element and which is characterized by a second voltage characteristic curve defining the quiescent voltage of the second electrical energy store depending on the relative state of charge of the second store. A first voltage value range covered by the first voltage characteristic curve and a second voltage value range which is covered by the second voltage characteristic curve partially overlap. The energy storage apparatus further has a device for determining the state of charge of the first energy store and/or of the second energy store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Moritz Schindler, Markus Mauerer
  • Patent number: 10247895
    Abstract: A system includes a first blade including a first side of the first blade, a second side of the first blade, a front of the first blade, and a back of the first blade. The system further includes a second blade including a first side of the second blade, a second side of the second blade, a front of the second blade, and a back of the second blade. The system further includes a first side plane including a first physical communication channel configured to communicatively connect the first blade to the second blade via the first side of the first blade and the first side of the second blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Rivaud, Kevin Estabrooks, Adrianus Van Gaal
  • Patent number: 10248773
    Abstract: An accessory configured to authenticate a transaction is disclosed. The accessory comprises a communication circuit configured to communicate with a transaction system. The accessory further comprises at least one data collection device and a processor. The processor is in communication with the communication circuit and the data collection device. The processor is configured to compare captured data captured by the data collection device with stored data to generate an authentication of a previously identified operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wright, Steven L. Geerlings, Marc A. Smeyers
  • Patent number: 10243490
    Abstract: A system, in some embodiments, comprises: a motor; and control logic, coupled to the motor, to determine a duty keep status and a duty cycle threshold based on a received voltage, wherein the duty keep status indicates whether the system is to operate in a duty keep mode or a stop mode, wherein the duty cycle threshold indicates a minimum duty cycle for the motor if the system operates in said duty keep mode and indicates an input duty cycle threshold below which the control logic shuts off the motor if the system operates in the stop mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Takashi Ogawa, Fumio Kumazawa
  • Patent number: 10242275
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assessing vehicle operation are provided. According to certain aspects, an electronic device may receive and analyze image data depicting an individual located within a vehicle. The electronic device may also access and compile vehicle operation data and operator data corresponding to a state or condition of the vehicle operator. The electronic device may identify, from the vehicle operator data, a set of close misses experienced by the vehicle, correlate the set of close misses with a state or condition of the vehicle operator, and attribute at least some of the close misses to the vehicle operator. A remote server may aggregate and compile corresponding data from a plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10239456
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an interface to a sensor and a processor. The sensor may be configured to generate a video signal having a first field of view based on a targeted view from a vehicle. The processor may be configured to (A) receive the video signal from the interface, (B) generate a second field of view from the video signal based on (i) the first field of view, (ii) a shape of a display and (iii) an input and (C) present the second field of view from the video signal to the display. The second field of view is a cropped version of the first field of view. The second field of view is generated by adjusting video data in the first field of view. Portions of the first field of view not in the second field of view are hidden portions of the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Hsuan Tao, Leslie D. Kohn, Jeffery Campbell
  • Patent number: 10241153
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for measuring an electric current between a vehicle battery and an electrical consumer connected to the vehicle battery. The claimed device includes a bus bar which picks up the electric current in the vehicle battery and guides it further to the electrical consumer, on which a first current sensor and a second current sensor which is different from the first current sensor are arranged, the current sensors being designed to measure, independently from each other, the electric current circulating in the bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Klaus Rink, Wolfgang Jöckel
  • Patent number: 10232820
    Abstract: A steering lock device includes a position detector that detects a position of a lock member. The position detector includes a first unlock detecting portion of a digital output type that detects that the lock member is located in an unlock position and a second unlock detecting portion of an analog output type that detects that the lock member is located in an intermediate position, which is between a lock position and the unlock position. A position determination portion determines whether or not the lock member is located in the unlock position based on a detection signal of the first unlock detecting portion and a detection signal of the second unlock detecting portion, which has a parabolic output waveform that changes in accordance with movement of the lock member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Koji Okuda, Masakazu Matsumoto, Takuma Morishita, Takanori Matsuyama, Naoki Sekine, Mineo Maekawa
  • Patent number: 10235820
    Abstract: A method for securely wirelessly unlocking and/or locking a vehicle using a mobile radio including detecting a motion interaction or audio interaction of a user on or with the mobile radio and accessing, in a memory device of the mobile radio, a characteristic user interaction that corresponds to a vehicle opening command. The method further includes establishing whether the user interaction matches the characteristic user interaction and, if there is a match, responding to an authentication request from the vehicle that has been obtained by the mobile radio with an encrypted response message that is sufficient to unlock the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Bastian Bartels
  • Patent number: 10237155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an electric circuit arrangement (1) which has a low-voltage sub-network (2) and a high-voltage sub-network (3). A test signal is transmitted from one of the sub-networks (2, 3) to the other sub-network (3, 2) in order to detect a fault depending on the reception of the signal in the other sub-network (3, 2) and to switch the circuit arrangement (1) to a safe state. A data bus (5), which connects a low-voltage control unit (6) of the low-voltage sub-network (2) to a high-voltage control unit (7) of the high-voltage sub-network (3), is operated with a maximum bus load at least temporarily as a test signal so that data packets are transmitted at fixed time intervals, and a fault is detected depending on a delay of the last received data packet, said delay being detected by the control unit (7, 6) receiving the data packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Richter, Stefan Butzmann, Stefan Aldinger
  • Patent number: 10227067
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle includes an internal-combustion engine (ICE) and an electric machine coupled to a battery, an off-board power (OBP) system, and a controller, which are configured to power internal vehicle and battery charge electrical loads, and external electrical loads. The controller monitors the electrical loads, and responds to an OBP signal identifying an external electrical load, and commands the ICE and electric machine to generate a combined-power greater than or equal to the loads. This ensures that a battery state-of-charge is sustained and not depleted by power delivery to the external loads. The controller also generates a power-difference signal that identifies a difference between power generated by the electric machine and power consumed by the internal and external OFB electrical loads, such that the controller can adjusted the generated combined-power to minimize the power-difference signal and battery charge-discharge-cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher W. Bell, Tianbo Xu, Mark J. Ferrel
  • Patent number: 10220721
    Abstract: A method for controlling a relay of an auxiliary battery by a controller includes deciding whether or not a low direct current (DC) to DC converter (LDC) supplies power required in an electronic load in a state of charge (SOC) maintaining mode of the auxiliary battery. As a result of the decision, a turn-on state of the relay in which power of the auxiliary battery is supplied to the electronic load is maintained when the LDC does not supply the power required in the electronic load. As a result of the decision, the relay is turned off so that power of the auxiliary battery is not supplied to the electronic load when the LDC supplies the power required in the electronic load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Ho Joong Lee, Dong Jun Lee, Na Lae Kwon, Jee Heon Kim, Won Kyoung Choi
  • Patent number: 10218199
    Abstract: A system of electric batteries includes a plurality of batteries (HVB1, HVB2, HVB3) connected to each other by two polarities. Each battery has at least two relays (RN, RP, RA) for the connecting of poles of the battery to the two polarities. The system includes a secondary power supply to provide an activation energy to the relays. The system includes means of supervision to control the relays (RN, RP, RA) in a staggered manner so that each activation of a relay follows a previous activation by at least a predetermined time period (DT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: RENAULT S.A.S., BOUYGUES ENERGIES ET SERVICES
    Inventors: Yann Chazal, Cedric Chantrel, Brice Fourney, Fabrice Clin, Do-Hieu Trinh
  • Patent number: 10203736
    Abstract: A computing system may include a base portion to receive one or more first batteries, and a tablet portion having one or more electronic components and the tablet portion to receive one or more second batteries. The tablet portion may be configured to be coupled to and detached from the base portion. The computing system may also include circuitry to control a supply of voltage to one or more electronic components of the tablet portion from one or more first batteries at the base portion and from one or more second batteries at the tablet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hue Lam, Alexander Uan-Zo-Li, Patrick Leung
  • Patent number: 10206254
    Abstract: A stabilizing circuit is disclosed, which may be employed with lighting systems, such as with lighting system power supply operations. The circuit comprises a monitoring circuit configured to detect a characteristic of a power supply, and a switching controller configured to disconnect a primary load from the power supply and connect an auxiliary load to the power supply when the detected characteristic fails to meet a specified parameter. This is done to ensure compatibility and stability of both the power supply and the primary load. For example, when an AC mains voltage providing power to the power supply becomes unstable, the stabilizing circuit may be configured to prevent the power supply from remaining in a self-protection mode that may cause the primary load to become unstable. A method for stabilizing a circuit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Truong-Khoa Nguyen, Christian Poirier, Tung Ngoc Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10202043
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide system for optimizing electricity generation in a vehicle by managing temperature in vehicle engine and various components to increase efficiency of the engine and various components. In one embodiment, the electricity management system includes a generator connected to a high-power storage device, such as a battery or a capacitor, and a DC-DC converter which includes multiple voltage set-points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Charles Kurple
  • Patent number: 10205404
    Abstract: A power converter control system includes a first power converter, at least one additional power converter, a first control module, and an additional control module. The first power converter receives direct current and outputs alternating current as a first power output. The additional power converter receives direct current and outputs alternating current as an additional power output. The first control module controls timing of events of the first power converter. The additional control module is associated with the additional power converter and controls timing of events of the additional power converter. The first control module communicates first information regarding the timing of the first power converter to the additional control module. The additional control module is configured to adjust the timing of the additional power converter to correspond with the timing of the first power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Bachmaier, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Kevin Michael Jones
  • Patent number: 10200074
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable storage media are provided to sense and protect against liquid in contact with a mobile electronic device. An example method includes determining, with one or more of a plurality of liquid sensors, that liquid has come into contact with at least one of an internal surface of a mobile electronic device and an external surface of a mobile electronic device. In response to the determining that liquid has come into contact with the at least one of an internal surface of a mobile electronic device and an external surface of a mobile electronic device, the method includes informing a user of the mobile electronic device that the mobile electronic device has come into contact with the liquid, and sealing a port of the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Ryan Schaub, Randall S. Spell
  • Patent number: 10199957
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments herein provide a bidirectional converter comprising a first interface, an input bridge coupled to the first interface, an inverter portion coupled to the input bridge and comprising a first bidirectional converter, a second bidirectional converter, and an output filter coupled to the first bidirectional converter and the second bidirectional converter, a second interface coupled to the output filter, and a controller configured to operate the input bridge to draw DC power from a DC source and provide power to the inverter portion, to operate, in a first mode, the first bidirectional converter, in conjunction with the output filter, to generate a positive half cycle of an output voltage waveform at the second interface, and to operate, in a second mode, the second bidirectional converter, in conjunction with the output filter, to generate a negative half cycle of the output voltage waveform at the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Indra Prakash, Damir Klikic, Hariom Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10193355
    Abstract: An electric power supply system includes a first power storage, a second power, an input, and a processor. Information including priority information is to be input through the input. The processor is configured to determine whether the first power storage is charged up to a first target residual capacity and the second power storage is charged up to a second target residual capacity by a timing at which at least one of the first power storage and the second power storage starts discharging. The processor is configured to charge either one of or both of the first power storage and the second power storage according to the priority information when it is determined that the first power storage is not charged up to the first target residual capacity and/or the second power storage is not charged up to the second target residual capacity by the timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ito, Akira Yanagimoto
  • Patent number: 10194551
    Abstract: A shock resistant fuselage system includes first and second fuselage side walls, each of the first and second fuselage side walls having a plurality of guide posts, and a printed circuit board (PCB) rigidly attached to at least one of the first and second fuselage side walls, the PCB having a plurality of guide slots, each of the plurality of guide posts slideably seated in a respective one of the plurality of guide slots so that elastic deformation of the PCB is guided by the guide slots between the first and second fuselage side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
    Inventor: William John Nicoloff
  • Patent number: 10193274
    Abstract: An assembly for attaching and detaching an electronics module from a base includes a feedback assembly that provides an operator with tactile feedback on the relative positioning of the module with the base during attachment or detachment of the module to or from the base. The feedback assembly includes cams on the electronics module and a follower attached to an end of a spring arm on the base. The spring arm forms a portion of a wall that guides movement of the module along the base during attachment or detachment of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Correll, Scott Michael Frye, Talon Coe Kephart, Davis Mathews