Antitheft Patents (Class 307/10.2)
  • Patent number: 11084500
    Abstract: A system includes one or more processors configured to track working hours of one or more members of a crew that operates a vehicle system. The working hours accumulate as the vehicle system travels on a route. The one or more processors are configured to direct a display device to present a notification message that indicates an amount of time remaining until the working hours reach a prescribed service limit for a designated time interval. The one or more processors are configured to automatically control the vehicle system to one or more of stop movement of the vehicle system, slow movement of the vehicle system, or prevent movement of the vehicle system from a stationary position responsive to determining that the working hours of the one or more members of the crew exceed the prescribed service limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Irwin C. Morris
  • Patent number: 11082081
    Abstract: The application relates to methods and a driver for communication with a transponder, in particular a driver for installation in a motor vehicle and for communication with a mobile transponder for a vehicle access and/or start system of a motor vehicle, wherein the driver is designed so that, after a first transmission at a first transmission frequency and after driver-side reception of a response of a transponder at the transponder resonance frequency thereof, and after driver-side determination of the response frequency of the response using a frequency detection apparatus, said response frequency is set, in particular by changing transmission pauses, at the driver as the second transmission frequency, corresponding to the measured transponder resonance frequency, at which the driver is then intended to transmit, wherein the driver has a resonant circuit (2, 3, 4), which has a higher driver resonant frequency than the mentioned first transmission frequency and than the mentioned second transmission frequen
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Herbert Froitzheim
  • Patent number: 11074766
    Abstract: A system and computer implemented method for managing a vehicle incident is disclosed. The method may include monitoring, in response to a triggering event, a first vehicle having a first vehicle state including a set of physical condition characteristics. The method may also include detecting, for the first vehicle, a vehicle incident including a change of one or more physical condition characteristics of the set of physical condition characteristics. The method may also include collecting, in response to detecting the vehicle incident for the first vehicle, incident circumstance information including a set of potential causes of the vehicle incident. In certain embodiments, the method may include providing incident data based on at least a portion of the incident circumstance information and at least a portion of the change of one or more physical condition characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Dietz, William R. Holtzhauser, III, Ajit Jariwala, Francesco C. Schembari
  • Patent number: 11072309
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device is operated by a battery, performs wireless communication with a predetermined associated vehicle, and is available as an electronic key for the vehicle. The mobile terminal device includes a display unit including an electronic paper, and a terminal controller configured to display a predetermined code for unlocking the vehicle on the electronic paper when a remaining amount of the battery is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Hiroki, Hiroki Okada
  • Patent number: 11063796
    Abstract: Automobile receiving, demodulating and processing signal for location finding. Processing a sensor and touchscreen generated signal for control of communication, location finding or operation of the automobile. Processing the processed digital communication signal into a further processed baseband signal and modulating and transmitting the processed baseband signal. Processing a camera generated signal into a processed camera signal and providing processed camera signal to an interface unit. Processing and modulating in an automobile a signal into a processed cross-correlated Time Constrained Signal (TCS) wave form and Long Response (LR) filtered signal. Receiving in an automobile a wireless modulated remote control (RC) signal, demodulating and processing modulated RC signal into a demodulated processed RC signal. Transmitting a signal to an emergency 911 (emergency 911 or enhanced emergency E-911) wireless service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Kamilo Feher
  • Patent number: 11037388
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments described in this disclosure are generally directed to systems and methods for securely creating passwords for performing various keyless operations upon a vehicle. In an exemplary method, a computer receives a request for creating a password for a phone-as-a-key (PaaK) device. The computer determines that the PaaK device is present inside the vehicle and that the vehicle engine has been placed in an accessory state or a run state by an authorized PaaK device located in the vehicle. The computer further determines that a passive entry passive start (PEPS) key fob is present inside the vehicle. A prompt is provided for entry of a password. The computer checks to determine if an entered password has been already assigned to another PaaK device. If unassigned, the computer links the password to the PaaK device and authorizes the entered password as a valid keyless starting password for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Matthew DeLong, Eugene Karpinsky, Cameron Smyth, Timothy Thivierge, Jr., Daniel M. King, Kevin Thomas Hille, Farhan Ehsan, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Santosh Kumar Lalwani
  • Patent number: 11036846
    Abstract: A control device in a vehicle: determines whether the control device is detached from the vehicle; communicates with other control devices mounted in the vehicle; stores an encryption key; performs a calculation process necessary for communication; and prohibits execution of the calculation process using the encryption key when determining that the control device is detached from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuharu Sugano
  • Patent number: 11017360
    Abstract: A method and system for diagnosing and providing access to a vehicle for servicing the vehicle are provided. One method is provided for accessing the vehicle for servicing the vehicle. The method includes receiving, by a server, vehicle data that is used for diagnostics of the vehicle. Recommending, via the server, a service job needed for the vehicle based on the diagnostics. Receiving, by the server, approval from a user account associated with the vehicle to process the service job on the vehicle. The approval includes approval of a service provider to perform the service job on the vehicle. Generating an electronic key by the server for the vehicle for performing the service job on the vehicle by the service provider. The electronic key has a set of restrictions that limit types of access and use of the vehicle for when the service provider performs the service job on the vehicle. The method then includes sending the electronic key to the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 11010993
    Abstract: A device that includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the device is programmed to identify a wearable device and a set of vehicle data from a vehicle. The user device sends a human machine interface (HMI) message to the wearable device. The HMI message is based at least in part on the set of vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yifan Chen, Padma Aiswarya Kolisetty, Basavaraj Tonshal, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Hsin-Hsiang Yang, David Anthony Hatton, Johannes Geir Kristinsson, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad, Hussein F. Nasrallah, Tom Nelson
  • Patent number: 10997798
    Abstract: A depleted EV transmits first information including a current location of the depleted EV to a server. Each of the other vehicles transmits second information including a current location of the vehicle to the server. When the server receives from the depleted EV a help signal requesting power supply from another vehicle to the depleted EV, the server selects, from among the other vehicles, a rescue EV to supply electric power to the depleted EV, using the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki Niwa, Naomi Kataoka, Yasuhiro Baba, Katsuhiko Yourou, Kazuyuki Kagawa
  • Patent number: 10984615
    Abstract: A system for accessing or providing operational control of a vehicle includes initiator and sniffer devices. The initiator device includes: polarized antennas; a transmitter transmitting a first tone signal via the polarized antennas from the vehicle to a responder/portable access device; and receiver receiving a second tone signal from the responder device in response to the first tone signal. The sniffer device includes: second polarized antennas; and a second receiver receiving, via the second polarized antennas, the first tone signal from the transmitter and the second tone signal from the responder device. The sniffer device determines states of the first and second tone signals including respective phase delays. The initiator or sniffer device estimates a first distance from the vehicle to the responder device or a second distance from the responder device to the sniffer device based on the states including respective phase delays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Raymond Michael Stitt, Yuki Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10981557
    Abstract: Presented are traction battery pack balancing systems, methods for making/operating such systems, and multi-pack, electric-drive motor vehicles with battery pack balancing capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shaochun Ye, Daniel P. Grenn, Shifang Li, Russell K. Steele, Garrett M. Seeman
  • Patent number: 10960848
    Abstract: A vehicle security system may be automatically activated when a vehicle (e.g., car or truck) is temporarily stopped. Specifically, if a car is stopped at a gas station or other type of temporary stop (e.g., where a car would not be fully closed and locked) the vehicle security system may engage (e.g., based on opening of a gas cap cover). The vehicle security system monitors for theft of contents from inside a vehicle in a temporary stopped state. Sensors monitor if a passerby reaches into an open (or partially open) window to grab a parcel, handbag, phone, etc. from inside the vehicle. In a temporary stop condition, a vehicle may not be fully locked to engage a standard anti-theft security system. If a driver's attention is diverted away from the vehicle during the temporary stopped condition a quick and quiet theft scenario (e.g., a reach and grab) may be attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: WEBRAM LLC
    Inventor: Randall Keith Weber, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10870360
    Abstract: A battery monitoring network is provided that includes a battery. The battery monitoring network also includes a battery monitoring system integrated within the battery. The battery monitoring system includes a diagnostic system configured to monitor or to store one or more battery parameters of the battery. Additionally, the battery monitoring system includes a transmitter configured to transmit data indicative of the one or more battery parameters of the battery. Furthermore, battery monitoring network includes a cloud-based computing network having a remote server configured to receive the data indicative of the one or more battery parameters of the battery. Moreover, the cloud-based computing network is configured to interface with a plurality of battery monitoring systems, and includes an internet connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: CPS TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Douglas C. Campbell, Michael J. Sims, Rodger W. Eich, Thomas H. Morell, Dale A. Gospodarek, James S. Symanski
  • Patent number: 10857977
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a vehicle control system (VCS) coupled to a computer of a vehicle via a CAN bus and configured to present selectively appearance of a presence in the vehicle of a smartkey, e.g., by energizing and de-energizing an actual smartkey of the vehicle. The VCS includes a VCS and a Bluetooth® VCS transceiver. The VCS stores VCS software. The apparatus also includes a smartphone with a Bluetooth® transceiver, and storing an app. The mobile device is paired with the VCS to communicate with the VCS via a Bluetooth® link. The app configures the smartphone to receive menu selections from a user, to generate communications that identify smartkey-enabled features of the VCS that correspond to the selections, and to send to the VCS the communications through the link. The VCS software configures the VCS to receive the communications and cause the vehicle to perform actions corresponding to the communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Andre Lacroix, Geoff Weathersby, Elie Issa
  • Patent number: 10836350
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for controlling unlocking a door of an automobile includes a fob key having a door unlock input unit manipulated by a user and transmitting a door unlock signal, and a controller provided in an automobile and configured to unlock the door of the automobile when a first door unlock signal is received before the preset period of time elapses or when a second door unlock signal is received after the preset period of time elapses, whereby a door of the automobile is not allowed to be unlocked in the case where a hacking tool intercepts the door unlock signal from the fob key and transmits the same to the controller of the automobile after the preset period of time elapses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SEOYON ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho Nam Kim
  • Patent number: 10824500
    Abstract: A VIN verification system allow an accurate detection of incorrectly entered VIN in an electronic file followed by correction of the incorrectly entered VIN. A server of the VIN verification system verify characters and letters of the VIN in the electronic file to detect data entry and/or transmission errors. The server upon determining that the characters and entered in the VIN are incorrect will then replace the characters and letters with alternate or substitute characters and letters and generate a new VIN in the electronic file. The server will reexamine the new VIN to validate the new VIN, and then transmit the electronic file to another web application for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Michael Shoemaker, Scott Weber
  • Patent number: 10800377
    Abstract: A vehicle security system may be automatically activated when a vehicle (e.g., car or truck) is temporarily stopped. Specifically, if a car is stopped at a gas station or other type of temporary stop (e.g., where a car would not be fully closed and locked) the vehicle security system may engage (e.g., based on opening of a gas cap cover). The vehicle security system monitors for theft of contents from inside a vehicle in a temporary stopped state. Sensors monitor if a passerby reaches into an open (or partially open) window to grab a parcel, handbag, phone, etc. from inside the vehicle. In a temporary stop condition, a vehicle may not be fully locked to engage a standard anti-theft security system. If a driver's attention is diverted away from the vehicle during the temporary stopped condition a quick and quiet theft scenario (e.g., a reach and grab) may be attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: WEBRAM LLC.
    Inventor: Randall Keith Weber, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10787094
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and a method of remotely managing a battery for a vehicle, in which electromagnetic waves emitted from a vehicle adjacent to a vehicle for management are rectified and are usable as operation power for monitoring a state of the battery of the vehicle for management, and a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) reader module installed in the vehicle adjacent to the vehicle for management obtains the state of the battery of the vehicle for management and then provides a terminal of an owner of the vehicle for management with the obtained state of the battery, thereby enabling the owner of the vehicle for management located at a remote place to recognize a charging/discharging state of the battery of his/her vehicle and the like in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hujun Lee, Sang Hoon Lee, Chang Hyun Sung
  • Patent number: 10783242
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for protecting an operating system of a security system, which is stored in a working memory of a control device of a vehicle, against irregular modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Markus Klein, Kamil Zawadzki, Changsup Ahn, Hans-Georg Gruber
  • Patent number: 10768280
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a range-classifying-module for a radio receiver, the range-classifying-module configured to: receive a signal representative of a chirp from a transmitter, determine the presence of one or more pulses in the received signal; and classify the receiver as either proximal to or distal from the transmitter based on: one or more characteristics of the one or more pulses; in addition to a time-of-arrival of the one or more pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Eber, Bernhard Spiess, Filippo Casamassima
  • Patent number: 10755501
    Abstract: The solution is directed to access control systems and verifying proximity of a user to an access point that the user is wirelessly requesting access to. The proximity verification is based on placing proximity hubs adjacent to the different access points. Each proximity hub advertises a different unique identifier that changes periodically over a short-range wireless network and can be detected with a mobile device if the mobile device is physically within a short distance from the proximity hub. The unique identifier changes based on a rolling code. A user is permitted access to a restricted access point in response to the mobile device sending over a different long-range wireless network, the unique identifier advertised from a proximity hub adjacent to a desired access point and user access credentials authenticating access privileges of the user to the desired access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: OpenPath Security Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Kaye, Samy Kamkar, Robert J. Peters, Alexander A. Kazerani
  • Patent number: 10703334
    Abstract: A method for authorizing the use of a motor vehicle, in particular a two-wheeled or four-wheeled motor vehicle, which has a first and a second antenna where the first antenna and the second antenna are spaced apart from each other, by a portable identification device which has an identification transmitter antenna. In order to increase the manipulation security of a known method, it is determined whether the identification device is moving toward the motor vehicle. This can on the one hand be determined in that the identification device repeatedly identifies the field strength of the signals emitted by the motor vehicle and identifies whether the field strength or field strengths is or are increasing. This can on the other hand be determined in that the identification device repeatedly determines the angle between the signals emitted by the motor vehicle and examines whether the repeatedly determined angles are increasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Wagatha, Stefan Heinbockel, Ralf Wistorf, Fredrik Hocke
  • Patent number: 10706711
    Abstract: A vehicle control device (100) includes a recognizer (130) that recognizes a surrounding situation of an automatically driven vehicle, and a driving controller (120, 160) that automatically controls acceleration/deceleration and steering of the automatically driven vehicle on the basis of a result of the surrounding situation recognized by the recognizer and also includes a situation information acquirer that acquires situation information indicating an in-vehicle situation of an automatically driven vehicle, a detector that detects a forgotten item that is left in the automatically driven vehicle on the basis of the situation information acquired by the situation information acquirer, and a controller that controls the automatically driven vehicle on the basis of a result of the detection of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takafumi Hirose, Naoto Yasuda, Yuki Oshitani, Susumu Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10696272
    Abstract: A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein and includes an external lighting device, one or more sensors configured to detect an object approaching the vehicle, and a controller configured to identify the object and assess a threat level thereof based on input from the one or more sensors. If the controller determines that the object is high threat, the controller operates the external lighting device to produce an illumination sequence in the direction of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Christopher Charles Hunt, Chad Hoover, Doug H. Randlett
  • Patent number: 10654537
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a bicycle security system (130). The system comprises an alarm circuit having an alarm mechanism; and a sensor for sensing the displacement of a bicycle. The sensor is in communication with the alarm mechanism for activating the alarm mechanism if the displacement of the bicycle is greater than a predetermined threshold. A power source for powering the alarm circuit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Patrick Johnson
  • Patent number: 10659036
    Abstract: A gate driver for power semiconductors is disclosed. The gate driver includes modulation to modulate signals from a controller to a radio frequency (RF) range that is much higher than frequencies associated with conducted EMI. The gate driver also includes RF transformer and tank circuit to that couples the modulated signals, filters EMI, and provides galvanic isolation. The gate driver further includes a RF demodulator and unfolder circuit for converting the RF signal into a signal appropriate for controlling the gate of a power semiconductor for switching. Additionally, the disclosed gate driver provides active gate control using programmable waveforms with values that can range over a continuous range of voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Hui Li, Yanjun Shi
  • Patent number: 10640085
    Abstract: A method for authorizing the use of a motor vehicle by a portable identification transmitter is provided. According to the method, a first vehicle antenna emits a first signal and a second vehicle antenna emits a second signal. An identification transmitter determines at least one of the spatial components of first and second electromagnetic fields, respectively, of the first and second signals. The identification transmitter transmits a measure or a value for the at least one spatial component of the first electromagnetic field, and a measure or a value for the at least one spatial component of the second electromagnetic field to the motor vehicle. A computer determines an angle between the spatial components of the first and second electromagnetic fields. The motor vehicle transmits an authorization signal for authorizing use of the motor vehicle only if the angle exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Wekre Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fredrik Hocke, Helmut Wagatha, Stefan Heinbockel, Ralf Wistorf
  • Patent number: 10609473
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to speakers and more specifically to an array speaker for distributing music uniformly across a room. A number of audio drivers can be radially distributed within a speaker housing so that an output of the drivers is distributed evenly throughout the room. In some embodiments, the exit geometry of the audio drivers can be configured to bounce off a surface supporting the array speaker to improve the distribution of music throughout the room. The array speaker can include a number of vibration isolation elements distributed within a housing of the array speaker. The vibration isolation elements can be configured to reduce the strength of forces generated by a subwoofer of the array speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Stanley, Simon K. Porter, John H. Sheerin, Glenn K. Trainer, Jason C. Della Rosa, Ethan L. Huwe, Sean T. McIntosh, Erik L. Wang, Christopher J. Stringer, Molly J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10599329
    Abstract: A terminal device and a locking or unlocking method for the terminal device are provided. The locking or unlocking method is used for locking or unlocking a virtual key area of a terminal device when a touch panel of the terminal device is in an unlocked state, and the method includes: receiving multiple reported virtual key press events; and determining that the received virtual key press events meet a preset locking or unlocking condition, and setting a state of the virtual key area of the terminal device to a locked state or the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hai Peng
  • Patent number: 10577818
    Abstract: A parking system includes a parking lot having a parking space for parking a motor vehicle; sensors for scanning the parking lot; and a processing unit for assisting in a parking or pickup operation of the motor vehicle independently of a driver, the processing unit being designed to determine that a motor vehicle which is detected inside the parking lot with the aid of the sensors is driving outside a parking or pickup operation controlled independently of a driver, and to trigger an action in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10578731
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for evaluating the distance (d) between an identifier (20) fitted with a first wireless communication module (24) and a vehicle (10) fitted with a second wireless communication module (14), including the following steps: establishing a wireless connection (L) between the first wireless communication module (24) and the second wireless communication module (14); estimating said distance (d) on the basis of a propagation time of the electromagnetic signals involved in the wireless connection established (L); when the identifier (20) comes within the range of a signal (S) transmitted by the vehicle (10), evaluating said distance (d) by means of a measurement, by the identifier (20), of the strength of said transmitted signal (S). An associated electronic unit and identifier are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: VALEO COMFORT AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE
    Inventors: Joel Pature, Eric Leconte, Laurent Petel
  • Patent number: 10565409
    Abstract: A key locker sized to store a key provides selective access. A radio signal is selectively allowed to reach a radio device of the key based on an access signal and/or access data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Firstech, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Lee, Jason Henry Kaminski
  • Patent number: 10562494
    Abstract: A method for authorizing the use of a motor vehicle, including a first antenna and a second antenna, wherein the first antenna and the second antenna are spaced apart from each other in space, by a portable identification device that has an identification device antenna. According to the method, it is determined whether the identification device is moving toward the motor vehicle, which can be determined by the identification device repeatedly identifying the field strength of the signals emitted by the motor vehicle and examining whether the field strength is increasing. Alternatively, the identification device can repeatedly identify the angle between the signals emitted by the motor vehicle and examine whether the repeatedly identified angles are increasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Wagatha, Stefan Heinbockel, Ralf Wistorf, Fredrik Hocke
  • Patent number: 10556567
    Abstract: A watch type mobile terminal including a wrist band; a main system including a circuit board for operating the watch type mobile terminal; a main frame connected to the wrist band and encasing the main system; a fob detachably connected to the main system; and a display detachably connected to the fob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hongjo Shim, Hyunok Lee, Hyunwoo Kim, Youngho Sohn
  • Patent number: 10552646
    Abstract: Certain aspects direct to systems and methods for preventing a thin client or a zero client from unauthorized physical access. A microcontroller is provided and connected to the chassis of the thin client or zero client computing device via a first interface, such as a general-purpose input/output (GPIO) line. Whenever the chassis is physically opened, the chassis generates a signal, and sends the signal to the microcontroller via the GPIO line. Upon receiving the signal, the microcontroller determines that a physical access event occurs to the computing device. Unless the physical access event is authorized, the microcontroller may generate a log to record events for the computing device, and store the log in the storage device; and perform a self-protect action to the computing device. If network connectivity is available, the microcontroller may send the log to a server via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AMZETTA TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yugender P. Subramanian, Varadachari Sudan Ayanam, Samvinesh Christopher, Rajamanickem Sureshkumar
  • Patent number: 10543809
    Abstract: Various arrangements for monitoring the unauthorized use of a vehicle are presented. An in-space parking sensor may be used to detect whether a vehicle is present. An indication of a time period during which the vehicle is expected to be within the parking space may be received. Using the sensor data obtained from the parking sensor, a vehicle departure from the parking space may be detected. A determination may be made that the vehicle departure is unauthorized due to the vehicle departure occurring during the time period. An alarm indication may be output based on determining that the vehicle departure is unauthorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kate Megan Carney Landow
  • Patent number: 10477346
    Abstract: A method for passive access control including a mobile device serving as key and an interaction unit, the mobile device and the interaction unit having in each case at least one data communication facility for exchanging authorization information. Operations are provided for carrying out an electronic distance measurement between the mobile device and the interaction unit and for permitting an access and/or an interaction only if the distance of the mobile device from the interaction unit is within a permitted distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Claus-Peter Brückner
  • Patent number: 10453319
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for configuring an intrusion detection system, by receiving from a user device, a set of identity credentials, sending the set of identity credentials to an identity service to verify a user's identity that is associated with the set of credentials, receiving a result of the verification of the identity; and when verified, configuring the intrusion detection system to operate in a mode pre-selected based on the verified identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Graeme Jarvis, Terezinha Rumble, George C. Grammer, Michael Lamarca
  • Patent number: 10429832
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the remote control of a function of a motor vehicle by means of a vehicle-external electronic unit, in which the vehicle-external electronic unit (7) is checked during the driving event of the motor vehicle (1) in that the vehicle-external electronic unit (7) triggers an operation, the result of which is checked for correctness by a control device (3) of the motor vehicle (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Manuel Beck, Frederic Gehin, Marc Scheerle, Ullrich Pressel, Martin Anderschitz, Viktor Friesen, Andreas Hiller
  • Patent number: 10421437
    Abstract: A process for dynamic vehicular perimeter threat detection includes first identifying a vehicle destination location. Vehicular perimeter contextual parameters including an incident type, a historical crime rate, or a real-time crime rate associated with the vehicle destination location are retrieved. A perimeter distance of a sized vehicular geofence surrounding the vehicle is modified as a function of the vehicular perimeter contextual parameters. A 360 degree vehicular light imaging or radio wave distancing system physically coupled to the vehicle detects a breach of the sized vehicular geofence. One or more target electronic devices to notify of the detected breach are identified. And a notice of breach message provided to the identified one or more target electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick D. Koskan
  • Patent number: 10421432
    Abstract: A user-customizable locking assembly includes a user-customizable key, a user-customizable key receiver, and a key receiver receptacle. Each of the user-customizable key, a user-customizable key receiver, and a key receiver receptacle includes a physical unclonable function (PUF) circuit configured to provide a PUF response in response to receiving a challenge signal. The PUF circuits of the user-customizable key and a user-customizable key receiver include personalization fuses that allow a user to further personalize or change the PUF response produced by the corresponding PUF circuits. The key receiver receptacle also includes anti-theft fuses, which are activated if the user-customizable key receiver is removed from the key receiver receptacle. In use, a protected system may utilize the PUF responses from the each of the PUF circuits to authenticate the user-customizable locking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Victoria C. Moore, Ned M. Smith, Digvijay A. Raorane
  • Patent number: 10421435
    Abstract: A vehicle authentication system may include a controller configured to detect a trigger event, activate at least one camera, transmit a unique identifier to a mobile device, receive an image from the at least one camera, and grant access to the vehicle in response to the image including the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Sachin Pophale, Gaddam Sachin Kranthi Kumar
  • Patent number: 10356869
    Abstract: External programming of at least one processor (30) of a LED driver (10). In a normal operation mode a first control input (22B/22C) of the LED driver (10) may be provided to a first processor input of the processor and a second control input (22B/22C) of the LED driver may be provided to a second processor input of the processor (30). In a programming mode the first and second control inputs (22B, 22C) may be provided to programming inputs of the processor (30) to thereby enable programming of the processor (30) via the first and second control inputs (22B, 22C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Raman Nair Harish Gopala Pillai, Kaustuva Acharya
  • Patent number: 10315574
    Abstract: A system for controlling movement of an outside rear view mirror of a vehicle having a plurality of outside rear view mirrors, each mirror including a housing and at least one motor configured to control mirror tilt, and one motor to control an inward/outward fold of the housing. An electronic control unit processes movement commands in response to one or more switches. Each motor is connected to a shared driveline, and each motor is further connected to an associated driveline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KELSEY-HAYES COMPANY
    Inventor: Allen Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10311663
    Abstract: A vehicle door control device controls opening/closing of door members provided in entrances of a vehicle. The vehicle door control device includes a selective instruction portion that is provided on a vehicle exterior side of each of the door members and that is configured to selectively issue a closing instruction to close the door members and a closing and locking instruction to close and lock the door members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Yamagishi, Naoki Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10306046
    Abstract: A method for external use of a device having a wireless communication interface by a program of a mobile device. External use is possible only when a key device serving as an authentication token communicates with the program. This increases the security of an entry method for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Marek Musial
  • Patent number: 10286919
    Abstract: A vehicle having logic for processing a valet mode of the vehicle. An example of the vehicle includes a display screen of the vehicle. The display screen is configured to render information regarding operational modes of the vehicle, where one of the operational modes includes a valet mode. The vehicle includes an on-board computer including a processor for enabling the valet mode in response to input instructions received during a privileged access for a user account to enable the valet mode. The valet mode is configured to set restrictions upon systems and operation of the vehicle. The systems of the vehicle including functional inputs of the vehicle and the operation of the vehicle including at least a speed restriction. The processor is further configured to cause a notification to be rendered on the display screen to indicate that a recording of use of the vehicle will be made while the vehicle is in the valet mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10269199
    Abstract: A method and system for providing energy efficient hands free vehicle door operation that includes receiving a first LF polling signal of a pair of LF polling signals and creating a first RF polling response message packet in response to the first LF polling signal. The method and system also include receiving a second LF polling signal of the pair of LF polling signals and creating a second RF polling response message packet in response to the second LF polling signal. The method and system further include aggregating the first RF polling response message packet and the second RF polling response message packet into an aggregated RF polling response message packet that is contained within an aggregated RF polling response signal that is transmitted from a portable device to a vehicle in response to the pair of LF polling signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Patent number: 10269350
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system for responsive activation of a vehicle feature for a vehicle, the system includes: an audio system configured to announce information and the vehicle feature; a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions; a controller configured to execute the executable instructions, and where the executable instructions enable the controller to: receive speech inputs from a vehicle occupant located in the vehicle, the speech inputs regarding the vehicle feature; retrieve vehicle feature information from vehicle feature information databases, in response to the received speech inputs; provide audio description information for the vehicle feature information; determine whether at least one received speech input includes a feature activation request; provide vehicle feature activation information to the vehicle feature, in response to a positive determination that the at least one received speech input includes the feature activation request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Cody R. Hansen, Dustin H. Smith, Xu Fang Zhao, Gaurav Talwar