Land Vehicle Alarms Or Indicators Patents (Class 340/425.5)
  • Patent number: 11450116
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for sharing a video feed of a camera among multiple image processing components in a vehicle. A first priority may be applied to a first image processing component that performs a first image processing function. A second priority that is lower than the first priority, is applied to a second image processing component that performs a second image processing function. The first function may be deemed more important than the second function due to various reasons. Consequently, the first image processing component is offered priority to apply a first set of camera settings on the camera. The second image processing component may prefer to apply a different set of camera settings for executing the second image processing function. An access arbitrator allows the second image processing component to do so when the first image processing component relinquishes control of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Akshay Vaidya, David Michael Herman, Yashanshu Jain, Brian Quinn Kettlewell, Kyle Sorensen, Ali Husain
  • Patent number: 11449062
    Abstract: A data processing and relocation alerts system for processing data and provided relocation alerts is provided. The data processing and relocation alerts system includes at least one processor in communication with at least one database. The at least one processor is programmed to: (i) store profile data for registered users including at least a user identifier, contact data, at least one asset identifier, and an asset location; (ii) receive geographical location data for an impact area; (iii) store the impact area location data in the database; (iv) compare the impact area location data to the registered user profile data to identify the at least one registered asset located within the impact area; (v) retrieve contact information of impacted registered users based on the comparison; (vi) identify at least one safe area for relocation of the at least one registered asset; (vii) transmit a relocation alert using the contact information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathan Wilhelm Baumann, Megan Baumann
  • Patent number: 11440557
    Abstract: An electronic control device includes: an acquisition unit that acquires state information indicating at least one of a state of a movable body and a state of an external environment in which the movable body is moving, and a control instruction indicating at least one of a steering control instruction for steering the movable body and an acceleration control instruction for adjusting acceleration of the movable body; and a determining unit that determines whether the control instruction is a false control instruction based on the at least one state indicated by the state information acquired and control indicated by the control instruction acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Tohru Wakabayashi, Yusuke Nemoto, Takayuki Fujii, Takashi Muroyama, Kaoru Yokota
  • Patent number: 11440541
    Abstract: An apparatus for predicting a concurrent lane change of multiple vehicles to prevent or minimize collision, and a vehicle using the same. The apparatus includes a subject vehicle state estimator for estimating a state of a subject vehicle based on subject vehicle information and surrounding lane state information, a surrounding vehicle state estimator for estimating a state of a surrounding vehicle based on the subject vehicle state information and surrounding vehicle information, a lane state estimator for estimating a state of a surrounding lane based on the estimated subject vehicle state information and surrounding lane information, and a lane change predictor for predicting concurrent lane change of the subject vehicle and the surrounding vehicle based on the estimated subject vehicle state information, the estimated surrounding vehicle state information and the estimated surrounding lane state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Ajou University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Seul Ki Han, Su Min Jo, Hoon Lee, Sang Won Lee, Sung Woo Lee, Jong Gwan Lee, Bong Sob Song
  • Patent number: 11436652
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for automatically identifying a vehicle and facilitating a transaction related to the vehicle. The system includes a first computing apparatus having an image sensor that captures optical images of a vehicle and an interface that transmits the captured optical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Blinker Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Russell Wilbert, David Ching-Chien Chung, Hans Brandon Wach, Goran Matko Rauker, Solomon John White
  • Patent number: 11436909
    Abstract: A monitoring system for determining whether the child or pet has been left unattended within the vehicle. The system may include a vehicle device having a monitoring platform, an alarm switch, and an alert device, which may emit an alarm if a first sensor detects the presence of the child or pet and a second sensor detects that the vehicle is in an off state. The system further may include a portable alert device that detects its location relative to the vehicle device, and emits an alarm if it is located outside a predetermined zone surrounding the monitoring platform. In another embodiment, the system may include a vehicle device having a sensor that detects whether the vehicle transitions from an on state to an off state and an alert device that emits an alarm if the sensor detects that the vehicle transitions to the off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Barbara A. Clemmons-Trigueros
  • Patent number: 11429185
    Abstract: A method of assessing a gaze of an occupant is provided. The method includes: determining a direction of a gaze of an occupant based on gaze information detected by a first sensor; determining a position of a feature of road based on one or more from among mapping information or vehicle environment information provided by a second sensor; comparing the direction of the gaze to the position of the feature of the road; and performing a corrective action in response to determining that the direction of the gaze does not correspond to the position of the feature of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Donald K. Grimm, Beñat Irastorza-Ugalde, Guillaume Trehard
  • Patent number: 11410516
    Abstract: A detection device includes a detection unit configured to detect a moving object by using a ranging sensor able to detect the presence of a moving object movable in the target area, a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the detected moving object is a human being by using a human detection sensor able to detect a human being, and an authentication unit configured to perform authentication of the detected moving object in a case that the detected moving object is determined to be a human being. The authentication unit includes an authentication information request unit configured to request the moving object to transmit authentication information by wireless communication, and an authentication determination unit configured to determine whether or not the moving object has the right of access based on a result of the wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Hashimoto, Masaki Honda, Shigeru Yoshida, Gen Sakashita
  • Patent number: 11400887
    Abstract: A front trunk (frunk) delivery system is disclosure for a vehicle. For one embodiment, the delivery system includes a vehicle trunk at a front portion of the vehicle. The system includes a vehicle trunk lid covering the vehicle trunk. The system includes a bar code at the vehicle. The bar code is to be captured by a mobile device of a first user to remotely operate the vehicle trunk lid for the vehicle trunk to deliver or retrieve (for returns) a delivery parcel/package. The first user can be a third party delivery operator such as a USPS or an Amazon delivery operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Byton North America Corporation
    Inventor: Wolfram Luchner
  • Patent number: 11398923
    Abstract: A method for data communication with a domestic appliance by a mobile computer device. The domestic appliance and the mobile computer device are interconnected or interconnectable via a wireless data connection. The wireless data connection is adapted for transferring signals between the domestic appliance and the mobile computer device. Further, the present invention relates to application software for the mobile computer device. Moreover, the present invention relates to a domestic appliance. Additionally, the present invention relates to a mobile computer device including a display or touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Christoph Luckhardt, Fabienne Reinhard-Herrscher, Kersten Kaiser, Christoph Walther, Daniel Arler, Sandro Comuzzi
  • Patent number: 11390392
    Abstract: A lighting system for use with evacuation systems for aircraft during emergency situations. The lighting system has a chasing or running light rhythm that provides the image of lights moving down the system to help provide clarity to the evacuees about the direction of descent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: AIR CRUISERS COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Jurlina, Kelly Svihla, Robert W. Hentges
  • Patent number: 11394952
    Abstract: An imaging device is provided in a vehicular display device mounted in a vehicle to display information and photographs a passenger of the vehicle. The imaging device includes an imaging unit having a plurality of viewpoint positions provided at vertically different locations in the vehicular display device. The imaging unit is configured to photograph the passenger from a plurality of viewpoints at the plurality of viewpoint positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinsuke Hisatsugu, Yoshio Oofuka, Mitsutoshi Nagata, Masahide Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 11390245
    Abstract: A tire anti-theft system includes a transmitter attached to a tire and configured to transmit tire ID information; a first database configured to store vehicle ID information and tire ID information of a tire mounted on the vehicle; a second database configured to store the tire ID information and tire status information indicating whether or not the tire identified with the tire ID information is stolen tire; and a vehicle control apparatus, in which the vehicle control apparatus includes a reader configured to perform near field communication with the transmitter attached to the tire mounted on a vehicle to be controlled and acquire the tire ID information, and a controller configured to, in a case where the reader acquires the tire ID information, restrict operation of the vehicle to be controlled if information indicating that the tire is stolen tire is stored in association with the tire ID information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Watanabe, Shin Sukegawa, Takayuki Ohara, Kenji Matsuo, Kotaro Yamada, Satoshi Hirajima, Suguru Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11381780
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an item-identifying cart that may be utilized by a user in a materials handling facility to automatically identify items that the user places in their cart, and update a virtual shopping cart to include items taken by the user. The mobile cart may include four capture assemblies that are disposed proximate to each of the four corners of a basket of the cart, and oriented such that their respective optical axes are directed towards an interior of a perimeter of the top of the basket, and above the top of the basket. The capture assemblies may include proximity sensors that are used to detect movement above the top of the basket, LEDs that illuminate items, and cameras that generate image data representing the items as they are placed in, or removed from, the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Samuel De Bonet, Nicholas McMahon, Oded Maron, Jonathan Cohn
  • Patent number: 11377056
    Abstract: An in-vehicle system for a vehicle includes: a plurality of information processors that install an application; an application acquisition unit that acquires the application; a request specifying unit that specifies a request resource required by the application acquired by the application acquisition unit; a resource specifying unit that specifies a provision resource that is provided by each of the information processors; and a selection unit that selects one of the information processors which provides the provision resource satisfying the request resource as an installation destination of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuya Negishi
  • Patent number: 11372033
    Abstract: A monitoring system that is configured to monitor a property is disclosed. The monitoring system includes a sensor that is configured to generate sensor data that reflects an attribute of the property. The monitoring system further include an electrical circuit that is located electrically between a power source and an electrical device and that is configured to pass electrical power from the power source to the electrical device or prevent electrical power from passing from the power source to the electrical device. The monitoring system further includes a monitor control unit that is configured to receive the sensor data, analyze the sensor data, and based on analyzing the sensor data, switch the electrical circuit to passing electrical power or to preventing electrical power from passing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Kameron Kincade, Paul McNamee
  • Patent number: 11373531
    Abstract: An attention attracting device that effectively attracts attention and has improved versatility over a conventional technology, a mobile body including this attention attracting device, and a method for controlling the attention attracting device are provided. A predetermined area including a gazing point of a viewer is set as a central visual field at a time of the viewer directing a visual line, and an area other than the central visual field is set as a peripheral visual field. The attention attracting device includes a light source set to such a frequency F [Hz] that the light source is seen to be turned on in a case in which the light source is present in the central visual field and is seen to be blinking in a case in which the light source is present in the peripheral visual field. The mobile body includes the attention attracting device as a lamp body of a vehicle and emits light from the light source to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiro Tanaka, Keiichiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 11368429
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and devices for management of a premises. The premises may comprise one or more devices, such as a gateway device, a control device, or a premises device. The gateway device may receive data and send the data to the control device. The data may comprise a command, an update, a configuration, or other information. Communication between the control device and any of the other devices at the premises may be configurable by a server device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Baum, Paul J. Dawes
  • Patent number: 11367340
    Abstract: A premises management system may comprise a gateway device. The gateway device may configured to determine one or more premises devices of a premises management system. The gateway device may be configured to receive an indication of a communication protocol associated with the premises devices. The gateway device may be configured to communicate with the premises devices using the communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Baum, Paul J. Dawes
  • Patent number: 11364845
    Abstract: A computing device comprises at least one output device, one or more processors, and a memory storing a software application that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the computing device to wirelessly connect with a computing system of a vehicle when a driver is within the vehicle, the vehicle including an external monitoring system comprising one or more sensors. The computing device can receive, from the computing system of the vehicle, an alert indicating a change in at least one condition external to the vehicle, and output, via the at least one output device, a corresponding alert indicating the change in the at least one condition external to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brennan T. Lopez-Hinojosa, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 11363427
    Abstract: A sensing system includes a first wireless sensor device configured to generate sensor data on an object of interest and communicate with a first wireless node, the first wireless node configured to communicate with the first wireless sensor device and a section node, and the section node configured to communicate with the first wireless node and a server, and the server. The first wireless node is located within a communication range of the first communication interface of the first wireless sensor device and is configured to receive the generated sensor data. The first wireless node analyzes the received sensor data to determine whether events relevant to the object of interest have occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Hendrik J Volkerink, Ajay Khoche
  • Patent number: 11354210
    Abstract: A system includes a host and a display. The host includes a programmable logic device (PIP), a baseboard management controller (BMC) and a switch. The PLD performs a power-on procedure based on a power-on sequence code, generates variable character information in the power-on procedure, and fills the variable character information into a variable field in a preset log text file to result in an updated log text file. When it is determined that the power-on procedure is not normally completed, the PLD controls the switch to switch to a debug mode, and transmits a video signal containing debug information corresponding to the updated log text file to the switch so that the video signal is outputted to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Mitac Computing Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Hui Chang, Hui-Ling Chen
  • Patent number: 11356632
    Abstract: A display-information generating apparatus includes a shooting-area acquisition unit, an arrangement deriving unit, and a generating unit. For each of multiple imaging apparatuses, the shooting-area acquisition unit acquires information about a shooting area of the imaging apparatus. The arrangement deriving unit obtains a three-dimensional arrangement of the shooting area on the basis of the information about the shooting area. The three-dimensional arrangement is obtained when the shooting area is viewed in a three-dimensional space. The generating unit generates display information for a display apparatus displaying the three-dimensional arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Suresh Murali, Shingo Uchihashi
  • Patent number: 11356970
    Abstract: A device and method for vehicle-to-vehicle communication. The method includes: a source device sends a request message to a base station, the request message being used for requesting the base station to allocating a resource; a node device that is synchronous with the source device sends synchronous information to at least one target device, so that the at least one target device establishes time synchronization with the source device according to the synchronous information, wherein the node device is a road-side device or an in-car device capable of communicating; the source device informs the at least one target device of a resource allocated by the base station; and the source device sends service information to the at least one target device by utilizing the resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yanzhao Hou, Qimei Cui, Shiyu Zhang, Shiwei Cao, Hui Liang, Qinyan Jiang, Xin Guo, Chen Sun
  • Patent number: 11337474
    Abstract: A panel of a vehicle may be provided with or configured to provide interactive skin. The interactive skin may be configured for accepting touch input from a user. The interactive skin may include one or more flexible layers and may include or be mounted under a transparent display cover layer such as a layer of clear glass or plastic. Interactive skin may include a touch-sensitive layer that allows a user to provide touch input to the panel of the vehicle. Display pixels on interactive skin may be used to display visual information to the user. The interactive skin may be configured for detecting a condition of at least one panel and generating an output function in response to the detected condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: INTERACTIVE SKIN, INC.
    Inventor: Paul R. Juhasz
  • Patent number: 11338681
    Abstract: An information output method includes determining, when a first condition is satisfied, whether a second or a third condition related to a pop-up in a first form from a time point of ignition off is satisfied, and setting at least one first pop-up request corresponding to the pop-up in the first form to a second pop-up request corresponding to a pop-up in a second form output during ignition on when the second condition or the third condition is satisfied, wherein whether the second condition is satisfied is determined in consideration of a number of first pop-up requests expected at the time point of ignition off, and whether the third condition is satisfied is determined in consideration of the number of first pop-up requests which are not displayed as pop-ups in the first form after ignition off from previously generated first pop-up requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Sik Hwang
  • Patent number: 11332066
    Abstract: A vehicle body component comprising a lighting means arrangement, which is configured as a LED strip being at least bendable in the longitudinal direction thereof and comprises a plurality of LEDs arranged one after the other and electrically interconnected; and a base body configured to receive the lighting means arrangement at a light exit side. Further disclosed is a method for manufacturing a body component and a method for controlling a lighting means arrangement on a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: vosla GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Pecher, Lutz Pötzschner, Matthias Böttcher, Markus Winkler
  • Patent number: 11332071
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle comprises a mechanism for sensing a motion status of a vehicle, a control device, plurality of data acquisition sensors, and one or more alerting device activation circuits. The communication system is customizable with the plurality of data acquisition sensors and one or more alerting device activation circuits based upon the needs of the vehicle. In some embodiments, the communication system is customized before it is installed within the vehicle. Alternatively, in some embodiments, the communication system is customizable after it is installed within the vehicle by turning on and/or turning off one or more of the data acquisition sensors and one or more alerting device activation circuits. The communication system is able to be implemented on a bus or other such fleet vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventors: Fritz Braunberger, Beau M. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 11336955
    Abstract: Methods and systems can identify and request video data and information associated with an event. An event location and time associated with the event can be determined. The event can comprise damage to property or injury to a person. A geographic range of interest associated with the event location and a time duration of interest associated with the event time can be determined. One or more users who are determined to have been at or near the event location at the event time can be automatically identified. A request for at least one of information or video data from the geographic range and time duration of interest can be transmitted to the one or more identified users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Angelica N. White, Matthew C. Dahlman, Brian Tougas, Gideon B. Luck
  • Patent number: 11318879
    Abstract: When information regarding a situation inside and outside a vehicle is determined to match a display change condition, a control unit (32) changes a display mode of information displayed outside the vehicle by controlling a projector device (4a) or a body light device (4b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinsaku Fukutaka, Akiko Imaishi, Munetaka Nishihira, Tsutomu Matsubara, Kei Kasuga, Reiko Sakata
  • Patent number: 11320276
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle control system including a plurality of vehicles, a storage that stores information relating to a user who is on a vehicle for each of the plurality of vehicles, at least one processor configured to receive a matching request for requesting meeting with a user who is on one of the plurality of vehicles, specify a first vehicle which a first user matching the matching request is on, on the basis of the information stored in the storage and perform control on the first vehicle so as to let the first vehicle and a requesting source of the matching request meet each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Muta, Eisuke Ando, Takao Hishikawa
  • Patent number: 11312299
    Abstract: A wearable device is provided that includes a receiver, a processor, and a transducer. The receiver is configured to receive speed limit data indicative of a posted speed limit corresponding to a route or road upon which the wearable device is traveling. The processor is configured to compare the speed limit to a current speed of the wearable device and/or a vehicle in which the user wearing the wearable device is driving. The transducer is configured to deliver a haptic or other notification to a user upon which the wearable device is worn when the current speed exceeds the speed limit or exceeds the speed limit by a predetermined amount. As a result, safer driving and vehicle collision avoidance may be facilitated. Safe driving auto insurance discounts may be provided to drivers that use the safe driving or speed limit warning functionality discussed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Lee Assam
  • Patent number: 11306667
    Abstract: A fuel selector for use with a dual fuel generator includes a selector plate, a first fuel valve assembly positioned adjacent the selector plate and actuatable between an ON position and an OFF position to selectively control a first fuel flow to an engine of the dual fuel generator, and a second fuel valve assembly positioned adjacent the selector plate and actuatable between an ON position and an OFF position to selectively control a second fuel flow to the engine of the dual fuel generator. A selector switch coupled to the selector plate is linearly translatable from a first position to a second position, so as to enable positioning of only one of the first fuel valve assembly and the second fuel valve assembly in the ON position at a given time, such that the first and second fuel valve assemblies cannot be in the ON position concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Champion Power Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Sarder, Leigh Jenison, Ian Schmit
  • Patent number: 11310199
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and devices for management of a premises. The premises may comprise one or more devices, such as a gateway device, a control device, or a premises device. A computing device, such as a server external to the premises, may receive data indicative of the premises device. The computing device may determine to update a configuration of one or more devices at the premises, such as the gateway device or the control device. Configuration data may be sent to the gateway device to update the configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Baum, Paul J. Dawes
  • Patent number: 11304057
    Abstract: Disclosed in some examples are methods, systems, and machine readable mediums which provide for controlled access of vehicle information by trusted authority systems. These systems may allow for police and other authority figures to utilize the onboard systems of the vehicle or obtain other information about the vehicle and occupants while safely in their own vehicles prior to an initial encounter with the vehicle and occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kay-Ulrich Scholl, Fabio Cesari
  • Patent number: 11295598
    Abstract: The techniques of this disclosure relate to a vehicle-occupancy alert system. The system includes a controller circuit configured to receive occupant data from an occupancy-monitoring sensor configured to detect a presence of one or more objects inside a vehicle. The controller circuit is also configured to determine whether an operator of the vehicle has exited the vehicle based on the occupant data. The controller circuit is also configured to determine based on the occupant data that the one or more objects remain inside the vehicle for a time exceeding a first threshold after the operator has exited. The controller circuit is also configured to output an alert indicating the one or more objects remain inside the vehicle when the time exceeds the first threshold. The system can improve passenger safety by alerting the vehicle operator that a child remains in the vehicle unattended before the operator moves away from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Christopher A. Hedges, Douglas L. Welk
  • Patent number: 11297014
    Abstract: Software and computer processor implemented system useful for preventing distracted driving. Here the invention's software runs on a smartphone or other computerized device configured to automatically connect to various devices, such as automobile associated Bluetooth peripherals. When operating, the invention determines what peripheral connections are active, and uses these to automatically select responses to various incoming messages and often automatically send these responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Loralee Hajdu, Oliver Hajdu
  • Patent number: 11285916
    Abstract: A vehicle remote control system includes a communication module configured to communicate with an ECU of a vehicle and acquire vehicle information, and a server configured to compute a starting state control command for switching between a starting-disabled state and a starting-enabled state of the vehicle based on the vehicle information received from the communication module. The server computes the starting state control command and outputs the starting state control command to the communication module. The condition for switching between the starting-disabled state and the starting-enabled state of the vehicle by the communication module is that, in addition to that power of the vehicle being off, at least one of the followings is satisfied: (1) the vehicle is stopped; (2) the vehicle is not stopped on a public road; and (3) the vehicle is stopped at a predetermined parking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: GLOBAL MOBILITY SERVICE INC.
    Inventors: Tokushi Nakashima, Katsuyoshi Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 11288888
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a central control module vehicle, a plurality of image capture sensors, at least one radar sensor and at least one lidar sensor disposed at an equipped. The central control module receives vehicle data relating to operation of the vehicle. During a driving maneuver of the vehicle, and responsive at least in part to fusion at the central control module of (i) captured image data, (ii) captured radar data and (iii) captured lidar data, a pedestrian or other vehicle may be detected or the speed of the equipped vehicle may be controlled. Responsive to the central control module determining that the detected pedestrian constitutes a potentially hazardous driving condition for the equipped vehicle, the central control module may control at least one selected from the group consisting of (i) braking of the equipped vehicle and (ii) steering of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Niall R. Lynam, Axel Nix
  • Patent number: 11281224
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes an external situation recognition unit configured to recognize an external situation around a vehicle to recognize a traffic participant, an action schedule acquisition unit configured to acquire a first action schedule of the vehicle, an action schedule notification unit configured to notify a terminal possessed by the traffic participant of the first action schedule of the vehicle to request an approval of the first action schedule, a receiver configured to receive the approval of the first action schedule from the terminal; and an execution controller configured to execute an operation of the vehicle in accordance with the first action schedule when the receiver receives the approval of the first action schedule from the terminal and to suppress the operation of the vehicle in accordance with the first action schedule when the receiver does not receive the approval of the first action schedule from the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Morimura, Junya Watanabe, Seiji Arakawa
  • Patent number: 11270529
    Abstract: A system for providing vehicle information to a user via audible signals. The system includes a data acquisition and transfer device disposable in communication with a vehicle computer on a vehicle to receive diagnostic data therefrom. A remote diagnostic server is disposable in communication with the data acquisition and transfer device to receive the diagnostic data. The remote diagnostic server includes a plurality of preset vehicle conditions stored thereon, and is operative to analyze the diagnostic data and generate an alert signal when the diagnostic data represents at least one of the preset vehicle conditions. The alert signal is receivable by a mobile communication device and is configured to allow the mobile communication device to generate an audible signal based on the alert signal. The audible signal includes diagnostic information associated with the diagnostic data received from the vehicle computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Innova Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Ieon C. Chen, Hoa Khanh Chau
  • Patent number: 11270233
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for detecting a working condition of one or more vehicle components includes communicating with a cellular communication module in a vehicle over a telecommunications network. A vehicle component characteristic or identifier for the vehicle components is received over the telecommunication network. One or more operation status identifiers for the one or more vehicle components based on data from the vehicle is also received. A location for servicing or purchasing the one or more vehicle components based on the vehicle component characteristic or identifier is determined. A service status of the one or more vehicle components based on the one or more operation status identifiers is also determined. Based on the service status, a message including an identification of the vehicle components and a service or purchase location for the vehicle components is generated. The message is transmitted to a terminal for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Yellin Schondorf, Robert Bruce Kleve, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Dilip B. Patel, Brian Bennie, Gregory Swadling
  • Patent number: 11272163
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method for executing generation of a disparity map and an object detection process with high accuracy and efficiency. The apparatus includes a disparity calculation unit that receives two images captured from different viewpoints, calculates a disparity, and generates a disparity map and a classification unit that performs the object detection process using the disparity map. The disparity calculation unit performs a stereo matching process using an original-resolution image, generates cost volumes corresponding to a plurality of resolutions from the processing result, generates disparity maps and object candidate region maps corresponding to a plurality of different resolutions, using the cost volumes corresponding to each resolution, and outputs the disparity maps and the object candidate region maps to the classification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Uemori
  • Patent number: 11267395
    Abstract: The information display system includes an antenna, a display unit, a processing unit, and a housing. The antenna receives outside information from an outside of a vehicle. The display unit performs display to the outside of the vehicle. The processing unit is capable of executing outside-targeted display processing by which to cause the display unit to perform display associated with the outside information by controlling the display unit based on the outside information received by the antenna. The housing is installed on the vehicle after having the antenna, the display unit, and the processing unit assembled thereto and thus unitized. As a result, the information display system produces the effect of enabling beneficial information to be provided to the outside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Iwaki, Naoshi Serizawa, Tatsuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11267397
    Abstract: In an autonomous driving vehicle information presentation apparatus, based on outside information, an identification unit searches for a person present around a host vehicle and identifies whether the person extracted by the search matches a user of the host vehicle. When a result of the identification by the identification unit indicates that the person extracted by the search matches the user of the host vehicle, the information presentation unit presents information by using a preset presenting state to a specific person, as a presentation target, identified to match the user of the host vehicle by the identification unit with an exterior display apparatus provided at a front portion of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Mimura, Takashi Oshima, Yuji Tsuchiya, Yuki Kizumi
  • Patent number: 11262233
    Abstract: A system for detecting vibrations from a surface is provided. The system includes a coherent light source for projecting a multi-beam pattern onto the surface and an imaging device for mapping a speckle field generated by each spot formed on the surface by the multi-beam pattern to a unique region of an imaging sensor. The system further includes a processor for processing speckle field information received by the imaging sensor and deriving surface vibration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: GUARDIAN OPTICAL TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Carmon
  • Patent number: 11257340
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for alerting workers in a work zone of a potential intrusion by a vehicle. The example system can comprise a detection unit operable to mount to a work zone boundary marker. The detection unit monitors the work zone for intrusion by moving objects using the Doppler Effect. The detection unit can transmit an alarm signal to one or more personnel alerters, such as worn by workers. The personnel alerters can receive the alarm signal and activate an alert, such as an audible, visual, or other sensory alert. In this way, an alert is provided to personnel working in an established work zone that a moving object, such as a vehicle, has penetrated the work zone perimeter. This type of alert may provide the personnel the vital seconds needed to move to safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: FirstEnergy Corp.
    Inventors: William Fairweather, Nicholas E. Stanca, Robert Soreo, Jason Grant Tilk, David J. Boll, Roy Stevens, Kyle Sams
  • Patent number: 11257193
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus included in a vehicle comprises: a division section that is configured to divide into a plurality of areas, a captured image sequentially captured by an imaging device that captures images around the vehicle; an importance set section that is configured to set an importance level for each of the areas; and a compression section that is configured to compress the captured image for each of the areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haruhiko Sogabe
  • Patent number: 11252039
    Abstract: An example system includes a vehicle having at least one network zone; a policy manager circuit structured to interpret a policy including a local domain name server (DNS), an authorization description, and a firewall configuration description; a configuration circuit structured to configure a gatekeeper interface circuit in response to the policy; and a gatekeeper interface circuit interposed between the at least one network zone and an external communication portal selectively couplable to an external device, and further structured to regulate communications between end points of the at least one network zone and the external communication portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sonatus, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Fang, Yixiang Chen, Xuanran Zong, Robin Reed, Andrew Ling, Troy Michael Trenchard, Jan Cardenas
  • Patent number: 11247669
    Abstract: A method and a system for collision avoidance in a hazardous area (4) of a logistics facility (2) that includes determining a first distance (14) between a stationary hazardous area monitoring apparatus (30) disposed inside the hazardous area, and a first sending and receiving apparatus (13) that disposed on an industrial truck (10, 11, 12) and connected to a control system of the industrial truck, and determining a second distance (24) between the stationary hazardous area monitoring apparatus and a second sending and receiving apparatus disposed on a movable object. A determination is made as to whether the first distance and the second distance are less than or equal to a predeterminable intervention area distance (6), and a collision avoidance action is carried out if both the first distance and the second distance are less than or equal to the predeterminable intervention area distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Jungheinrich AG
    Inventors: Florian Grabbe, Stefan Ahrens, Sven-Ole Heise, Jan Kopelke, Tony Altmann, Felix Riesenhuber