Ignition Or Starting Circuit Lock Patents (Class 307/10.3)
  • Patent number: 10377329
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a communication unit performing communication with a remote control device and receiving an instruction signal for remotely controlling a driving operation of the vehicle from the remote control device; a position acquiring unit detecting a position of the remote control device when the communication unit receives the instruction signal from the remote control device; and a controller restricting the remote control of the driving operation of the vehicle based on the detected position of the remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Min Hwan Nam
  • Patent number: 10279263
    Abstract: A game delivery device and so on are implemented which enable an operable object to be operated with increased ease, in the case where game images designed to be executed in a dedicated game device are delivered to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiya Ikenaga, Toshiharu Sayano, Yasuhiro Watari, Shinkichi Hasama
  • Patent number: 10214179
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a jacket assembly and a bracket. The bracket has a first end portion defining a first opening and a second end portion defining a second opening. The second end portion overlaps the first end portion such that the second opening and the first opening are proximately aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Messing, Robert D. Maida, Scott A. Stinebring, Robert W. Dubay
  • Patent number: 10163592
    Abstract: An equipment isolation switch assembly (200) for use in a remote isolation system (10) for isolating an equipment item (20,21) comprising an equipment isolation switch (400) movable between a first position (NORMAL) in which said equipment item (20,21) is energized by an energy source (30) and a second isolated position (ISOLATE) in which said equipment item (20,21) is isolated from said energy source (30) and an actuating device (500) co-operable with the equipment isolation switch (400) to move it between said first and second positions wherein said isolation switch assembly (200) includes at least one securing means (291,405) for securing said actuating device (500) in co-operation with said equipment isolation switch (400) whenever in operative state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: REMSAFE PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Lane, Jack Mross, Kazimierz Kacperek
  • Patent number: 10100553
    Abstract: Pin tumbler locks are provided that include features for detecting tampering. Tampering may be detected in a number of different ways. As an example, abnormal movement of one or more of the driver pins in a pin tumbler lock can be an indication of tampering. In addition, one or more sensors can be included at the end of a keyway that detect picking or bumping beyond the length of normal key insertion. A mechanical actuator can be used for detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Branchek Roth, Alexander Zissis Ginos
  • Patent number: 10025954
    Abstract: A method for operating a control unit, such a control unit, and an electronic hardware security module are provided. A manipulation of a main computer unit is detected by the electronic hardware security module, and a check takes place whether reprogramming is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Emele, Thomas Keller, Andreas Soenkens, Stefan Schneider
  • Patent number: 10000169
    Abstract: A power control apparatus, a vehicle having the same, and a method of controlling the vehicle are provided. The power control apparatus includes a communication unit that is configured to receive a request message related to a power setting via a communication network in a vehicle and a determination unit that is configured to determine a power condition based on the request message related to the power setting. Additionally, an application controller is configured to execute an application of power supplied from at least one among a battery and an alternator power supply based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kee Hoon Choi
  • Patent number: 9797183
    Abstract: A remote control system may be for a vehicle including a data communications bus and connecting vehicle devices. The vehicle devices may be operable with a set of vehicle device codes from among different sets thereof for different vehicles. A vehicle controller may be responsive to the remote transmitter and may include a controller data link interface. A data bus adaptor may store the set of vehicle device codes and include an adaptor data link interface cooperating with the controller data link interface to provide a communication link for adapting the vehicle controller to communicate with a vehicle device via the data communications bus. The data bus adaptor may be operable based upon a set of adaptor codes from among different sets thereof. The vehicle controller may include an adaptor code determining circuit for determining the set of adaptor codes based upon communication with the data bus adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: OMEGA PATENTS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 9783163
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-theft device, including a processor, a current control unit, a first bluetooth transmitter, and an operator, wherein the processor, the current control unit and a signal transmitter are linked to a vehicle starter battery. The processor is electrically connected to the current control unit, the first bluetooth transmitter, a vehicle electric generator, and battery cells of the starter battery. The processor is used to control operation of the current control unit, and the current control unit is used to control the starter battery to output current to the vehicle circuitry system. The current control unit includes a large current circuit and a small current circuit. The large current circuit is provided with a single-pole relay. The small current circuit comprises a self-resetting fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Fu-Chieh Chen
  • Patent number: 9776521
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a charging port configured to couple to a connector of an external power source in order to recharge a battery, a lock to secure the connector to the charging port, an electrical actuator configured to transition the lock between a locked condition and an unlocked condition when energized and maintain the locked or unlocked condition when de-energized, and a mechanical lock override configured to transition the lock to the unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Lopez, John Paul Gibeau, Nondo G. Basoukeas, Susan Curry
  • Patent number: 9647482
    Abstract: A wireless charging system is disclosed. The wireless charging system includes a coil to create electromagnetic field and a sniffer system to detect a presence of a low frequency (LF) signal. The sniffer system is configured to deactivate the coil for a predetermined duration and perform an operation to detect the presence of the LF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Thomas Klaus Rudolph
  • Patent number: 9628177
    Abstract: Light-based communication (LCom) techniques are disclosed for adaptively adjusting the baud rate of a luminaire to optimize the LCom signal transmitted for an intended receiver device. The adaptive baud rate can be adjusted by a process that includes, for example: determining decoding parameters of the receiver device, the device including a camera for receiving LCom signals, and a display. The process further includes calculating a baud rate suitable for the receiver device based on the decoding parameters, and causing the baud rate to be set at the luminaire. The process may further include at least one of: verifying the baud rate at the receiver device; adjusting the decoding parameters of the receiver device if baud rate cannot be adjusted to meet a current configuration of decoding parameters; and prompting a user to rotate receiver device to improve orientation of the luminaire with respect to a raster direction of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Breuer, Anant Aggarwal, Barry Stout
  • Patent number: 9430889
    Abstract: Method for improving the security of communication between the electronic key and vehicle to prevent interception by a third-party item of electronic equipment by highlighting in such event, a time delay in acknowledgement of this signal by the key. This method includes, before authorizing the access to and/or starting of the vehicle, additional steps of adapting the amplitude of a coded identification request signal received by the key to reach the detection threshold of the key as soon as possible; measuring the sum of the duration of the emission of the coded interrogation signal and of the duration of the response signal of the electronic key; comparing the sum of the measured durations to a reference duration, and triggering an alarm relating to the conditions of access to and/or starting of the vehicle when the separation between this sum of durations and the reference duration is above a preset threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Alain Brillon, Isabelle Verdon
  • Patent number: 9324108
    Abstract: A computer-implemented control method for a rented device, comprises providing identification data to identify the device at a server, receiving a permission data file for the device from the server on the basis of the identification data, and including data representing a set of operating permissions associated with the device, executing a device specific operation on the basis of the permission data file to restrict or enable a function of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Dunraven Finance Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Deeley
  • Patent number: 9218060
    Abstract: A virtual mouse simulation method used in a virtual mouse driving apparatus is provided. The method has the following steps of: capturing a plurality of input images continuously; detecting a finger area from the plurality of input images; detecting a specific event of the finger area; and generating a corresponding virtual mouse control command according to the specific event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Cheng-Yuan Ho, I-Heng Meng, Chen-Chiung Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9214800
    Abstract: A surge protection circuit includes a surge protection unit and an interface electrically connected to each other. The surge protection unit includes an internal connection terminal block, three varistors and one discharge tube. The three varistors are electrically connected to the internal connection terminal block, where two varistors are electrically connected to the discharge tube. The discharge tube is also electrically connected to the internal connection terminal block and is grounded. The surge protection circuit can avoid connecting a varistor to the discharge tube in series and reduce a residual voltage of the surge protection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhanli Tang, Xinglin Bai, Xinglei Yang, Chengwei Wen
  • Patent number: 9129512
    Abstract: A remote control having a button for actuating an electric equipment unit, a dongle controlled by the remote control for transmitting control orders to the equipment unit, and a housing having a designated location for the dongle, the housing having a two-part case which is convertible from open to closed positions but not closable if the dongle is not in its designated location, the two parts of the case being slidable between two positions, with a latch between the two positions, and which is movable by removal or insertion of the dongle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Didier Vigouroux
  • Patent number: 9083077
    Abstract: An antenna device includes an antenna that performs wireless communication with an electronic key. A substrate is connected to the antenna. A housing includes the antenna and the substrate. A cover is coupled to the housing to cover the substrate, which is exposed from the housing. The cover includes a part formed from a transparent material and facing at least part of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Makoto Yagyu, Masahiro Egashira
  • Patent number: 9013057
    Abstract: A starter circuit includes a battery, a starter electrically coupled with the battery, a relay disposed between the battery and the starter, and a starter switch mounted remotely from the starter. The starter includes a switch assembly and a starter motor. The switch assembly includes an actuator and a start signal switch. The relay is configured to operate to provide current to the switch assembly to close the start signal switch in response to a received signal. The starter switch closes in response to the start signal switch being closed, whereby the battery delivers current to the starter motor when the starter switch is closed. A starter unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joaquin A. Pelaez, Brian Reynolds, Kevin Ireland, Hiromichi Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20150042160
    Abstract: An electric vehicle comprises a cylinder lock including an operation key which is movable by a user's operation between a driving position and a charging position provided at a position different from the driving position and an output unit for outputting information indicative of a position of the operation key; and a main controller permits driving control and inhibits charging control when the operation key is moved to the driving position; and the main controller permits the charging control and inhibits the driving control when the operation key is moved to the charging position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8946926
    Abstract: An electrical supply and starting system for a motor vehicle has a variable-voltage on-board electrical system that can be operated by two different DC voltages for supplying the motor vehicle, and having a motor/generator system that operates as a generator to deliver electrical energy to the on-board electrical system of the motor vehicle, and operates for starting an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. ING. H.C.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ulrich Eger
  • Patent number: 8937401
    Abstract: In accordance with exemplary embodiments, a drive system is provided for an electric or hybrid electric vehicle that provides reduces electromagnetic emissions. The system includes, but is not limited to, an electric motor and a transmission having a collar for receiving a portion of a drive shaft. The collar has an inside diameter proportioned to an outside diameter of the drive shaft to cause capacitive coupling between the transmission and the drive shaft thereby reducing electromagnetic emissions along the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Campbell, Mark Andrew Steffka, Nicholas Hayden Herron
  • Patent number: 8816228
    Abstract: A wireless switching device with an actuating member that can move along a main axis between an idle position and a working position, a spring stressed by force by the actuating member in a direction substantially parallel to the main axis, a switching assembly that can include a plunger arranged to be actuated by the actuating member and a wireless transmitter module provided with an antenna for sending a message to a receiver module in the event of an action on the plunger. The antenna can be arranged prominently on the switching assembly in a direction substantially parallel to the main axis and the spring of helical type being arranged coaxially to the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Alain Guillot, Dominique Benni, Francis Chauvet, Patrice Thizon
  • Patent number: 8810363
    Abstract: An engine starting/stopping switch device is provided that includes a switch unit that switches over switching modes in response to linear movement of a movable member, a push button that is linked to the movable member so as to drive the movable member in response to a pushing operation, and a coil antenna that outputs transponder drive radio waves for generating an electromotive force in a transponder built into a portable device, wherein the coil antenna (15) is disposed coaxially with the push button (14) so that at least part of the coil antenna (15) is inserted into the interior of the push button (14). This enables the operability of a push button to be improved and enables the size in the radial direction of the push button to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sakamoto, Makoto Honkawa, Keisuke Hidaka, Koji Masubuchi, Kazuto Kaneshige
  • Patent number: 8799657
    Abstract: A method is provided for constructing a secret code in a processing unit when in communication with a portable security unit. Mutual authentication messages are exchanged between a linked portable security unit and processing unit. A first portion of the secret code is communicated to the processing unit. The processing unit combines the first portion and a second portion of the secret code stored in the non-volatile memory of the processing unit. The secret code is stored in a volatile memory of the processing unit. A secure operation is performed using the secret code. The portable security unit is de-linked from the processing unit. At least a portion of the secret code is deleted from the volatile memory of the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Debojyoti Bhattacharya, Sugato Chakrabarty, Bhargav Ramchandra Bellur
  • Patent number: 8712601
    Abstract: A starting apparatus starts an engine of a vehicle in response to a wireless signal transmitted from a remote control and keeps the engine running when a door of the vehicle is opened after the engine of the vehicle has been started. Moreover, a function controller included in the starting apparatus disables a function of a powered window apparatus and a sunroof apparatus of the vehicle in response to start of the engine of the vehicle and enables the functions of the powered window apparatus and the sunroof apparatus when a door of the vehicle is opened after the engine of the vehicle has been started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Manabu Matsubara
  • Patent number: 8706345
    Abstract: A starter relay structure for a vehicle, where an electronic control unit of the vehicle controls the starter relay structure. The starter relay structure comprises a first relay and a second relay activated by an ignition signal from the electronic control unit. The starter relay structure further include a third relay activated by an output of the second relay, where an output of the first relay is provided as an input to the third relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bucci, Toshio Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8704402
    Abstract: In an apparatus for preventing theft of equipment (electric motor) having a prime mover (motor), a prime mover controller, a starter switch that allows the operator to connect/disconnect power from a power source to the prime mover; and an authenticator that acquires ID information from an electronic key through a receiver when the key is brought close thereto by the operator, and permits the controller to start the prime mover when acquired ID information is determined to correspond with authentication ID information, the starter switch is made of electrode pair that is sensitive to electrostatic capacitance, and the starter switch and the receiver are installed together on an electronic circuit board, thereby achieving the smaller structure of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Manita, Makoto Yamamura, Masato Takeda, Kosei Yamashita, Yoshihisa Shinogi, Yoshinori Maekawa
  • Patent number: 8653693
    Abstract: An integrated exciter-igniter architecture is disclosed that integrates compact, direct-mounted exciter electronics with an aerospace designed igniter to reduce overall ignition system complexity. The integrated exciter-igniter unit hermetically seals exciter electronics within a stainless steel enclosure or housing. The stainless enclosure enables the exciter electronics to remain near atmospheric pressure while the unit is exposed to vacuum conditions. The exciter electronics include a DC-DC converter, timing circuitry, custom-designed PCBs, a custom-designed main power transformer, and a high voltage ignition coil. All of which are packaged together in the stainless steel enclosure. The integrated exciter-igniter unit allows for efficient energy delivery to the spark gap and eliminates the need for a high voltage cable to distribute the high voltage, high energy pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Alphaport, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Vincent Aulisio, Greg Scott Tollis, Elmer L. Griebeler, Neil D. Rowe
  • Patent number: 8638202
    Abstract: A method of providing a notification following a passive, keyless start of a vehicle when a keyfob for the vehicle is not within a passenger compartment of the vehicle. Where a motor is started using a passive keyless start (PKS) system having a keyfob transceiver within the keyfob and a vehicle transceiver (VT) within the vehicle, the absence of the keyfob may be determined by the failure to receive an accurate response signal from the keyfob transceiver following the transmission of a vehicle challenge signal from the vehicle transceiver. Upon this determination, a notification may be provided directly or indirectly to the vehicle user via a wireless carrier system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Christopher L. Oesterling
  • Patent number: 8593011
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a switch that is movable between first and second positions in a linear direction and moveable between third and fourth positions in a rotational direction. The system also comprises a control module that responds to the switch when the switch is in both the second position and the fourth position. The control module does not respond to the switch being moved from the third position to the fourth position unless the switch is also moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Joshua G. Windeler
  • Patent number: 8569908
    Abstract: In a hybrid vehicle which has a plurality of drives, of which in particular one drive is a combustion engine and the other is an electric drive, all the drive control units, if appropriate even a transmission control unit, require enabling by an immobilizer control unit before the first control unit outputs control commands to communicate a torque request, input by a vehicle driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Johann Graf, Martin Steinbrueck
  • Patent number: 8482382
    Abstract: A smart communication system and method for a vehicle includes a master switch for toggling smart functionality on and off. An actuation signal is received by a control unit corresponding to a particular vehicle function. The actuation signal indicates that a corresponding actuating operation is occurring. The control unit determines whether the master switch is in an ON position. A key fob of the vehicle is confirmed to be within a search field of the vehicle when the master switch is determined to be in the ON position. The particular vehicle function is actuated when the key fob is confirmed to be within the search field; otherwise, manual actuation of the particular vehicle function is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Dave G. Peterson, Hideaki Arai
  • Patent number: 8478453
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 8433456
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling power windows of a vehicle includes a receiver mounted on the vehicle for receiving an open window request signal wirelessly from a portable device, at least one exterior condition sensor mounted on the vehicle for detecting an adverse exterior condition relative to the vehicle, and a controller mounted on the vehicle for communicating with the receiver and the at least one exterior condition sensor. The controller commands opening of the one or more power windows when the receiver receives the open window request signal provided the at least one exterior condition sensor does not detect an adverse exterior condition relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David G. Peterson, Brian K. Lickfelt, John Sgueglia, Trevor Scott Whitten
  • Patent number: 8421590
    Abstract: A remote control method for remotely controlling the operation of equipment furnished in a vehicle in response to a remote control request generated by a remote controller is provided. The method comprises the steps of (a) acquiring vehicle status information from the vehicle; (b) determining whether to operate particular vehicle equipment designated by the remote control request based on the vehicle status information; and (c) regulating the remote control request based on the determination result representing acceptability of remote-control operation of the requested vehicle equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Taki, Atsushi Watanabe, Mayumi Otsuka
  • Patent number: 8395278
    Abstract: A starting system for an internal combustion engine includes a starter motor configured to transfer torque to the engine during an engine starting event, a low-voltage power bus including a first bus segment and a second bus segment, a controllable isolation circuit including a first state wherein the first and second bus segments are electrically coupled and a second state wherein the first and second bus segments are electrically isolated, a low-voltage battery and the starter motor electrically coupled to the first bus segment, an accessory power module and a power supply for a control module electrically coupled to the second bus segment; and the control module configured to control the isolation circuit to the second state to electrically isolate the first bus segment from the second bus segment during the engine starting event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: William R. Cawthorne, Jy-Jen F. Sah
  • Patent number: 8359136
    Abstract: An electromechanical parking brake for a motor vehicle is provided. The electromechanical parking brake includes an operating element that operates a wheel brake, a central control unit that provides an electric supply to the operating element via at least one supply line, an electric actuating unit for interrupting the supply to the operating element, and a control line that connects the central control unit with the electric actuating unit. The operating element and the electric actuating unit are arranged at the motor vehicle in a manner protected against external manual access. The central control unit controls the electric actuating unit via the control line in order to interrupt the supply to the operating element or to reestablish the supply to the operating element. The central control unit also monitors the control line to detect a manipulation of the control line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Demmer
  • Patent number: 8305202
    Abstract: In an apparatus for preventing theft of equipment having a prime mover, an prime mover controller, and an authenticator that acquires ID information from an electronic key when the key is brought close thereto by an operator, and permits the prime mover controller to start the prime mover when the acquired ID information is determined to correspond with authentication ID information, data indicating a number of times the key is updated is included in the ID information, and the authenticator determines whether the number of times indicated in the data is greater than that in the authentication ID information, and when the number of times indicated in the data is greater than that in the authentication ID information, updates the authentication ID information such that it is equal to the number of times indicated in the data, thereby enabling to easily update authentication ID information of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kosei Yamashita, Masato Takeda, Makoto Yamamura, Yoshihisa Shinogi, Masashi Manita, Yoshinori Maekawa
  • Patent number: 8294558
    Abstract: A remote starting ECU includes a command recognizing unit and a tuner connecting unit. The remote starting ECU starts an engine of a vehicle when the command recognizing unit receives an engine start command from a remote key or when the tuner connecting unit receives an engine start request from a remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Norio Tsuruta, Akira Takee
  • Patent number: 8258948
    Abstract: A remote starting system for an engine of a vehicle includes a remote start handheld unit. A remote start controller may be positioned at the vehicle for starting the engine based upon the remote start handheld unit and causing the engine to run for a run time period before shutting off the vehicle engine. The remote start controller is resettable based upon the remote start handheld unit to cause the engine to run for an additional run time period while the engine is still running and before shutting off the engine. The remote start handheld unit includes a tactile indicator for providing a tactile indication to a user prior to expiration of the run time period to permit a user to use the remote start handheld unit to reset the run time period while the engine is still running and before shutting off the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Omega Patents, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Flick, Michael Stephen Thompson
  • Patent number: 8249772
    Abstract: An electric wiring system of a motor vehicle with several control devices that communicate with each other via a data bus, and with an immobilizer is provided. In order to create an electric wiring system of a motor vehicle that includes an immobilizer with high reliability the immobilizer includes at least a first and a second control device from the plurality of control devices and an authentication apparatus, in particular an authentication control device. The authentication information of the plurality of control devices is supplied via the data bus to the authentication apparatus. The authentication cancels the immobilizer of the vehicle when the authentication information transmitted from the first and the second control device corresponds to the authentication information expected for the particular control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Wagenhuber, Burkhard Kuhls, Marc Lindlbauer, Harry Knechtel
  • Patent number: 8237542
    Abstract: A key system includes a first authentication part configured to perform first authentication for determining whether or not a unique key code of a key is registered in the operation subject and to permit an operation subject to operate in a state in which a first group of functions is operative when the first authentication generates an affirmative result. A wireless signal receiver is configured to receive a medium code unique to a portable communicable data medium through wireless communication. A second authentication part is configured to perform second authentication for determining whether or not the medium code received by the wireless signal receiver is registered in the operation subject. A condition-imposing part is configured to limit operative functions of the operation subject to a second group of functions that is more limited than the first group of functions when at least either one of the first authentication and the second authentication generates a negative result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Denki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Toshiharu Katagiri
  • Patent number: 8223002
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic control apparatus for a vehicle which includes: 1) first storage means for storing vehicle identification information unique to the vehicle; 2) second storage means for storing immobilizer identification information unique to the vehicle; 3) command receiving means for receiving, from an external control apparatus, an update command that commands the electronic control apparatus to update the vehicle identification information stored in the first storage means; and 4) information handling means for handling all the information stored in the first and second storage means. Moreover, in the electronic control apparatus, upon receipt of the update command by the command receiving means, the information handling means updates the immobilizer identification information stored in the second storage means as well as the vehicle identification information stored in the first storage means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Mikio Teramura, Takeo Umesaka
  • Patent number: 8169308
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for checking the switching region of a touch-free switching system with at least one sensor and at least one signal emitter, wherein the signal emitter sends data to the sensor. An extremely flexible and practical switching region check is achieved in at least one embodiment by the fact that a change in at least one system parameter of the switching system derives at least one first piece of information on the position of the signal emitter. The method represents an inexpensive possibility for checking a switching region, which has options for the definition and allocation of the switch-on, switch-off, and hysteresis regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Hammer, Gerhard Metz, Richard Roskosch
  • Publication number: 20120038211
    Abstract: A drive authorization system for an electric drive includes a predefined number of field coils and a rotationally movable element. An evaluation and control unit for operation of the electric drive determines the current position of the movable element from several items of positional information, which can be made available by a predefined number of angle of rotation sensors. To implement an electronic immobilization function, positions, the number of the active rotation angle sensors, or both those positions and that number are made encodable. The evaluation and control unit decodes the encoded positional information of the active rotation angle sensors in order to determine the current position of the movable element. Operation of the electric drive is possible only after successful decoding of the positional information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Andreas Krueger, Sylvain Subileau, Hermann Von Hasseln
  • Patent number: 8103407
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle having at least one data communications bus; at least one firewall in communication with the at least one data communications bus, wherein the at least one firewall creates at least two data communications buses from the at least one data communications bus; at least one vehicle device in communication with at least one of the at least two data communications buses; wherein the at least one vehicle device is in communication with at least one firewall; and at least one firewalled controller in communication with at least one firewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Emanuel Melman
  • Patent number: 8063505
    Abstract: An engine start system for use with a ground engaging vehicle, the system including an input device, a processing circuit, a display and an engine controller unit. The input device produces a signal when depressed, the signal initiates the application of electrical power to the engine start system. The processing circuit is activated by the application of electrical power thereto. The display is communicatively coupled with the processing circuit. The input device produces another signal when depressed. The other signal is detected by the processing circuit and the processing circuit, in response to the other signal, sends either a PIN request notice to the display or a start signal to the engine controller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Kevin Lee Pfohl, Gary Honey, Travis Blackbourn, Scott Breiner, Alvaro Forero, Dan Pflieger
  • Patent number: 8035494
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motor vehicle control device data transfer system and process. In particular, it relates to such a system and process for the transfer of data, subject to the risk of tampering, from a central data-processing device (12) at the motor vehicle manufacturer's to a motor vehicle data-processing device (5), such as an electronic drive engine control device, in which tamper-free data transfer is guaranteed. In this connection, an authentication enquiry value is generated by the vehicle data-processing device (5) and transferred to the central data-processing device (12) by means of a mobile data-processing device (9). This generates an authentication response value, which is transferred back by the same route with release data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Alfred Waldmann, Hans-Peter Spiess
  • Patent number: RE42915
    Abstract: A vehicle security control apparatus has a connecting portion within a vehicle for receiving a switch device and a determination backup device. The determination backup device determines whether to permit or prohibit use of the vehicle by performing a code comparison with the switch device connected to the connecting portion if a determiner is unable to determine whether to permit or prohibit the use of the vehicle. Therefore, the apparatus is able to permit use of the vehicle even if the battery of a portable device is depleted or radio interference occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Okada