Land Vehicle Alarms Or Indicators Patents (Class 340/425.5)
  • Patent number: 10782698
    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: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathan Wilhelm Baumann, Megan Baumann
  • Patent number: 10776636
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system includes one or more processors, and a memory including instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY&FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Max Jeromin, Paul Alan Theodosis
  • Patent number: 10776944
    Abstract: A face position detecting device includes: an image analyzer configured to analyze an image of a face imaged by an imaging unit and to extract a positional relationship between at least two characteristic points in the face; and a face position calculator configured to calculate a position of the face. The face position calculator calculates a position of the face in a space, upon operation of an operation screen, according to positional relationships among the face imaged, the imaging unit, and an operation unit, and except upon the operation, according to the positional relationship between the at least two characteristic points that the image analyzer extracts from the face imaged and positional relationships between a plurality of positions of the face and a plurality of the at least two characteristic points corresponding to the plurality of positions of the face obtained in respective operations, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshio Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10777076
    Abstract: A license plate recognition system and a license plate recognition method are provided. The license plate recognition system includes an image capturing module, a determination module and an output module. The image capturing module is utilized for capturing an image of a target object. The determination module is utilized for dividing the image of the target object into a plurality of image blocks. The determination module utilizes the plurality of image blocks to generate feature data and perform a data sorting process on the feature data to generate a first sorting result. The output module outputs the sorting result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Shu-Heng Chen, Chih-Lun Liao, Cheng-Feng Shen, Li-Yen Kuo, Yu-Shuo Liu, Shyh-Jian Tang, Chia-Lung Yeh
  • Patent number: 10755117
    Abstract: A method of determining obstacles determines if a detected object detected outside a subject vehicle is an obstacle for the subject vehicle on the basis of a predetermined determination criterion. In this method, a determination is made whether or not the detected object detected outside the subject vehicle is a driver or passenger of the subject vehicle. When the detected object is not the driver or passenger, a determination is made whether or not the detected object is an obstacle for the subject vehicle on the basis of a first determination criterion. When the detected object is the driver or passenger, a determination is made whether or not the detected object is an obstacle for the subject vehicle on the basis of a second determination criterion with which the detected object is less likely to be determined as an obstacle for the subject vehicle than with the first determination criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Yohei Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10754032
    Abstract: A perception device including a receiver configured to receive sensor information including information about a location of one or more objects detected by a sensor; a memory configured to store an occupancy grid of a predetermined region, wherein the occupancy grid includes a plurality of grid cells, wherein each grid cell represents an area in the predetermined region, wherein at least one grid cell of the plurality of grid cells is associated with a respective single occupancy hypothesis; a single occupancy hypothesis determiner configured to determine a single occupancy hypothesis; wherein the single occupancy hypothesis includes degree of belief of occupancy of the grid cell depending on the sensor information; wherein a contribution of a sensor information value to the degree of belief of occupancy substantially decreases with an increase of a distance of the location of the object detected by the sensor from a center of the grid cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Koba Natroshvili, Klaus Uhl
  • Patent number: 10752214
    Abstract: A vehicle (1) security system and method that comprises at least one controlled magnetic field sensor (10) connected to at least one antenna (11); where this antenna (11) is configured like a single electrode, in such a way that the controlled field sensor (10) measures the disturbances of the electrostatic field around the antenna (11); and where the controlled electrostatic fields (10) is configured to detect a disturbance in the electrostatic field (3), created by its own antenna (11); and where at least one antenna (11) is in a position between an area external to the vehicle (1); an area internal to the vehicle (1); and a parking area and where each sensor (10) is connected to a control device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ONTECH SECURITY, SL
    Inventor: Juan Aponte Luis
  • Patent number: 10752257
    Abstract: Our car operating system allows a car's driver to control—using abstract direction and speed commands—the car's devices that make the car move. The car operating system uses information like the current state of the car's devices to process those high-level abstract commands and generate device-specific commands at a lower level of abstraction to send to the car devices that will implement the driver's commands. The car operating system sits between the driver of the car (which may be a human or an automated driving program) and the car's devices, much like a computer operating system sits between the user of a computer (which may be a human or an application program) and the computer's devices. The car operating system performs two functions: (1) Provides an abstract machine that allows the car's driver to use more powerful abstract commands rather than more primitive device-level commands. (2) Manages the car's resources so that the car's driver does not have to control each device directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Edward Gordon Durney, Brian Durney
  • Patent number: 10752249
    Abstract: Vehicle systems and methods for assisting a driver making a turn at an intersection are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes a plurality of sensors configured to output a plurality of operational signals, one or more processors, and one or more non-transitory memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. The processors store machine-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to receive a signal indicating a driver of the vehicle is attempting to make a turn at an intersection. The processors are further caused to access a behavioral profile that is representative of the intersection. The processors are also caused to develop a perception as well as a risk associated with the intersection based on the plurality of operational signals from the plurality of sensors and the behavioral profile of the intersection. The processors are further caused to calculate at least one maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: John J. Leonard, Stephen G. McGill, Luke S. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10754153
    Abstract: A vehicle display apparatus includes an HUD that projects a display image formed at a first conjugate position to a projection member so as to place the display image as a virtual image at a second conjugate position. The first conjugate position is conjugate to a viewing region inside a vehicle through the projection member, and the second conjugate position is conjugate with an external sensor through the projection member. An HCU increases display luminance of a selected image selected from the display image to a fail-safe luminance by controlling a virtual image display state of the display image when a fail condition is met. The fail condition is that the current brightness detected by the external sensor exceeds an upper limit of an allowable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kimihiro Toki
  • Patent number: 10752258
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to a method and apparatus for autonomous vehicle driver confirmation in a motor vehicle. In particular, the system is operative to determine a situation wherein driver confirmation is desired, acoustically request driver confirmation via vehicle speakers, and receive verbal driver confirmation via vehicle microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Gohl, Kevin A. O'Dea, Michael Silvestri
  • Patent number: 10744060
    Abstract: A communication system and method are provided for remotely reproducing a touch pattern or gesture as a vibrotactile output. At a touch screen, a first user device receives a touch pattern by a first user, characterizes the touch pattern as a touch pattern data based upon time and intensity of touch at a plurality of array points of the touch screen, and communicates the touch pattern data to a network. A tactile array patch of micro-vibratory devices is attachable to a garment and worn by a second user. The touch pattern data is wirelessly received from the first user device via the network. Vibration of selected micro-vibratory devices of the tactile array is modulated in timing and intensity in response to the touch pattern data to reproduce the touch pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Sambhu Choudhury, Monika Lalani Rathnayake
  • Patent number: 10744943
    Abstract: A vehicle maneuvering system comprises at least one image device configured to capture image data and a controller. The controller is configured to identify a coupler position of a trailer in the image data and control motion of the vehicle navigating a hitch ball of the vehicle toward the coupler position. The controller is further configured to monitor a coupler distance extending from the coupler position and the hitch ball. In response to the coupler distance being less than or equal to the distance threshold, the controller is configured to classify a plurality of portions of the image data as trailer portions and non-trailer portions and identify the coupler position by processing the image via a feature extraction operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruno Sielly Jales Costa, Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Luke Niewiadomski
  • Patent number: 10737787
    Abstract: There is described herein a method and system for the configuration of vehicle management components using in-vehicle position detection. The in-vehicle position detection may also be used for providing a floor plan of the vehicle. In some embodiments, in-vehicle position detection may be used concurrently for configuring vehicle management components and for providing floor plans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBADIER INC.
    Inventors: Alexis Morin, Marc Kirmoyan, Brad Nolen
  • Patent number: 10740796
    Abstract: Methods and systems relating to a vehicle display are provided. One or more exterior vehicle body panels having an integral visual display portion are configured to show digital content and conform to the contours of the one or more exterior body panels. The visual display portion includes a light emitting portion and a covering portion. Additionally, one or more processors are configured to generate a signal received by the visual display portion and affect the digital content displayed by the visual display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BCAT, LLC
    Inventor: Curtis M. Brubaker
  • Patent number: 10742786
    Abstract: A mobile device with a side-looking biometric sensor, a sensor and a method for sensing a biometric function of a user holding a mobile device a disclosed. In an embodiment, a mobile device has a generally flat rectangular shape with a relatively large front and rear surfaces and relatively small upper side, lower side, left side and right side surfaces, wherein the mobile device includes a sensor configured for capturing biometric data of a user holding the mobile device. The sensor includes a light source configured for emitting light towards a hand of the user and a photodetector configured for receiving light emitted from the light source and reflected back from the hand, wherein the sensor is a side-looking sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Goeltner
  • Patent number: 10722199
    Abstract: A radiographic apparatus includes a plurality of notifying units, each including a different way to provide notification, and a switching unit that switches at least one of the notifying units to be used to provide notification based on an arrangement of or imaging mode of the radiographic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taro Hiroike
  • Patent number: 10723240
    Abstract: A passenger detection device includes: an input unit that receives a captured image of an interior space of a vehicle imaged by an imaging device and a load measured by a load sensor provided on a seat provided in the interior space of the vehicle; a determination unit that determines that a passenger is seated on the seat, in a case where the load is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold value; a detection unit that obtains a face determination degree indicating a certainty of a face of the passenger in the captured image from the captured image; and a threshold value changing unit that changes the threshold value according to the face determination degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Fujii, Shin Osuga
  • Patent number: 10723264
    Abstract: An information presentation apparatus is provided. A light emission device and a HCU are mounted on a vehicle as the information presentation apparatus. The light emission device is arranged on an instrument panel, and displays at least one light emission spot in a linear light emission area arranged to extend in a width direction of the vehicle. The HCU acquires monitoring information including at least position information of the risk target detected by the peripheral monitoring device, and calculates a risk level of the risk target, detected in a traveling direction of the vehicle, based on the monitoring information. When detecting a plurality of the risk targets, the HCU selects one of the risk targets having a highest risk level as a highest risk target, and displays the light emission spot, indicative of a direction of the highest risk target, in the linear light emission area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Fujisawa, Hiroaki Tanaka, Ifushi Shimonomoto, Mitsuo Tamagaki, Takuya Mori, Akira Kamiya, Takeshi Kawashima, Akihiro Hayashi, Takuya Kume
  • Patent number: 10719949
    Abstract: In a monitoring apparatus, a disparity calculator obtains, for each point of a target object, a pair of matched pixel regions in respective base image and reference image corresponding to the point of the target object. The disparity calculator calculates a disparity of each of the matched pixel regions of the base image relative to the corresponding matched pixel region of the reference image. A distance calculator corrects the calculated disparity of each of the matched pixel regions of the base image in accordance with a tolerable disparity range for the disparity to thereby increase the calculated disparity of the corresponding one of the matched pixel regions of the base image. The distance calculator calculates the depth distance of each point of the target object relative to the vehicle as a function of the corrected disparity of the corresponding one of the matched pixel regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ken Tanabe, Hiroaki Ito, Naohide Uchida
  • Patent number: 10715710
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens unit, a holding member, and a fixing member. The lens unit includes a lens for causing light to enter an internal space. The holding member holds an image sensor for capturing an image formed by the light. The fixing member fixes the lens unit and the holding member. The fixing member is cured resin. The lens unit further includes a groove at least partially housing the fixing member, and having an opening which faces the holding member. In a state such that the lens unit and the holding member are fixed to the fixing member, more of the fixing member is exposed to the outside of the lens unit than to the internal space surrounded by the lens unit and the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10713817
    Abstract: A device that uses color recognition systems designed to alert distracted drivers/operators in non-moving vehicles, to reduce their time of response to unnoticed external environment color changes. The device provides a method to image a vehicle's external environment color change by detecting and analyzing color variations of the traffic light signals or proceeding vehicle's brake lights. The device can emit a sound and/or vibration when the device recognizes a color change and the operator of the vehicle does not react, as in the case of a distracted operator. The device employs a camera, an accelerometer, a buzzer, an algorithm, a CPU and a power source. The device can be installed on the windshield of a vehicle, fully integrated into a vehicle, or partially integrated, wherein a mobile device App may be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Oriol Oliva-Perez, Mohammad Salaheldin Sallam
  • Patent number: 10703274
    Abstract: A multi-camera vision system for a vehicle includes a rear backup camera, a forward viewing camera that views through the vehicle windshield, and a central data processor disposed in the vehicle. Captured image data provided to the central data processor is processed to detect objects that are within the field of view of the forward viewing camera and/or the field of view of the rear backup camera. Captured radar data is also provided to the central data processor and, via processing of captured image data and captured radar data, a potential hazard is determined to exist. A display device includes a video screen that displays video images captured by the rear backup camera for viewing by a driver of the vehicle during the rearward maneuver of the vehicle, and an overlay overlays the displayed video images captured by the rear backup camera during the rearward maneuver of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Lee Karner, Kenneth Schofield, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10703276
    Abstract: A vehicular display system is provided that is capable of achieving both display performance of images or videos and viewability as a window in a non-display mode. The vehicular display system includes: a window that is a transparent plate mounted on a vehicle; a liquid crystal unit that is arranged on the inner surface, in the inside/outside direction of the vehicle, of the window and has changeable levels of transparency; a projector that projects images or videos onto the liquid crystal unit; and a control unit that controls the liquid crystal unit and the projector, wherein the control unit controls the projector in a state of the liquid crystal unit being translucent, to cause the projector to project images or videos onto the liquid crystal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yutaka Kanaguchi
  • Patent number: 10703384
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided with a controller comprising at least one processor. The controller is configured to execute: displaying presentation information to be presented to a user of a vehicle at an inside or an outside of a window formed in a vehicle; switching over between displaying and non-displaying of the presentation information displayed at the inside of the window according to an instruction received from the user; and displaying the presentation information at the outside of the window in cases where the vehicle is located in a specific place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Hadano, Yusuke Kaneko, Jun Goto, Hiroko Tsujimura, Miho Otsuka, Hideo Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10706648
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle recorder system that is configured with a video camera, a light weight memory system, and a radio communications facility suitable for use in conjunction with an moving vehicle. An automobile equipped with such video recorder system that is used throughout a day of service provides a video record of unusual events which may occur from time-to-time. For example, events such as accidents, near-misses, and excessive speed, among others, trigger a system to preserve video images collected before and after the moment of the event. Replaying these images provides information regarding the cause and true nature of the event. These systems are particularly suitable for vehicle fleets, or other groups of vehicles that can communicate with a common system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James Plante
  • Patent number: 10699577
    Abstract: A method and an alert discriminator for converting alerts in a video monitoring operation. The method comprises: triggering a candidate alert, in response to detecting, in a stream of thermal images of a scene, a stationary foreground object in the scene; evaluating an intensity of the detected stationary foreground object in relation to a background intensity; and in response to the intensity of the detected stationary foreground object being above the background intensity, converting the candidate alert to an actual alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Thomas Winzell, Anthony Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10692310
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining stress profiles of motor vehicles, in particular of motor vehicles of a vehicle fleet, including at least one driving state determination apparatus disposed in a motor vehicle, the driving state determination apparatus being configured to repeatedly determine at least one driving state parameter of the motor vehicle and transfer it to at least one driving state evaluation apparatus; at least one driving state evaluation apparatus that is configured to assign a numerical stress parameter to each driving state parameter determined by the driving state determination apparatus; and an addition apparatus that is configured to add up the numerical stress parameters of a motor vehicle to yield a numerical total stress parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Westendorf, Fabian Zwissler, Robert Exler
  • Patent number: 10690510
    Abstract: A monitoring system for anticipating dangerous conditions during the transportation of a cargo over land detects and reports instability and the risk of tipping of a cargo. This is accomplished by measuring, registering and analyzing the physical dynamics of a cargo transported over land, by a vehicle, and by generating and displaying in the driver's cabin of the vehicle anticipatory alarms specific to conditions of risk of instability and of tipping associated with the route via which the vehicle is travelling. These alarms are displayed in the cabin of the vehicle itself so that the driver can perform actions to reduce the condition of risk. The system has a modular configuration so that it can be installed in any vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Pedro Renato Gonzalez Mendez
  • Patent number: 10694349
    Abstract: The present invention may provide a method of monitoring, by a vehicle, a driver. Herein, a method of monitoring, by a vehicle, a driver include: receiving a test message from a management center under a first situation (first state); and reporting to the driver of the vehicle the received test message under the first situation. Herein, when the vehicle is under a predetermined second situation, reporting the test message may be suspended, and a message informing of the second situation may be automatically transmitted to the management center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Young Jin Na, Joon Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10694090
    Abstract: A method of forming a vehicular camera module includes providing an imager circuit board, a connector circuit board and a lens holder for holding a lens assembly. A lens holder and imager circuit board and connector circuit board construction is placed in a first mold and datumed in the first mold by a portion of the lens holder. An inner molded construction is formed by molding an inner molding over the circuit boards and a portion of the lens holder. The inner molded construction is placed in a second mold and datumed in the second mold by the portion of the lens holder. An outer molded construction is formed by molding an outer molding over the inner molding and over another portion of the lens holder. The outer molded construction may include a connector portion that is configured to connect to a connector end of a vehicular wire harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jamie A. Mleczko
  • Patent number: 10682967
    Abstract: A digital license plate supporting both access and analysis of vehicle relevant information is disclosed. The digital license plate includes sensors that provide status data to a processor in the digital license plate. A power path control module can initiate power state changes and adjust power depending on system state as determined by at least one the multiple sensors. In some embodiments a temperature control module is connected to a temperature sensor and configured to modify heat relevant display parameters as critical temperatures are approached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: REVIVERMX, INC.
    Inventors: Dean Batten, Prashant Dubal, Avi Kopelman, Neville Truman Boston
  • Patent number: 10685623
    Abstract: A rearview device for a vehicle having an electro-optic element. A first substrate includes first and second surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. The second surface includes a first electrically conductive layer. A second substrate includes third and fourth surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. The third surface includes a second electrically conductive layer. An electro-optic medium is disposed in a cavity. The electro-optic medium is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic medium is operable between generally clear and darkened states. A first electrical connection and a second electrical connection are positioned on the same side of the electro-optic element. A display device is disposed proximate the fourth surface of the second substrate. A toggle paddle is disposed behind the electro-optic element. The toggle paddle includes a plurality of distinct buttons. Each distinct button includes a distinct tactile indicia on a rear surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark R. Roth
  • Patent number: 10681132
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recording and communicating engine data are provided. One example embodiment is directed to a method for communicating engine data to a ground system. The method includes receiving a request to store first data in a first memory location in one or more memory devices. The method includes receiving the first data, wherein the first data is associated with identification of an engine, and wherein the first data includes parameterized data. The method includes storing the first data in the first memory location. The method includes receiving a request to store second data in a second memory location in the one or more memory devices, wherein the second memory location is reserved for data to be transmitted to the ground system. The method includes receiving the second data. The method includes storing the second data in the second memory location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael Clay Scholten, Richard John Reiffer, Jr., Matthew William Wiseman, Kevin Michael James Furlong-Petsch
  • Patent number: 10676065
    Abstract: A detector, system and method for detecting vehicle lock status are provided. The detector comprises a motion sensor configured to sense vehicle door open and close movement; a microphone configured to record sound patterns generated with targeted events; a wireless communication module; a memory for storage; a battery for supplying power; and a controller connected to the motion sensor, microphone, wireless communication module, memory and battery respectively and configured to switch on or off the microphone and the wireless communication module according to signals provided by the motion sensor, and control the wireless communication module to transmit sound files wirelessly. The detector is designed and sized to be attached to the vehicle door. The detector is easy to use, easy to install, yet affordable for detecting the lock status of the vehicle and show the lock status on the driver's smart phone even if he/she has walked away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: King Bong Wong
  • Patent number: 10677847
    Abstract: A current sensor device for measuring a current, in particular for measuring a battery current in motor vehicles. The device includes a clamping device for fixing the current sensor device to a maintaining body, an electric resistance element on which the current can be measured by means of a voltage, and an electric mass element by means of which the current sensor device can be electrically coupled to a zero potential. The clamping device, the resistance element and the mass element are integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Henryk Frenzel, Vinzenz Sauerer, Michael Weinacht, Christine Spörl, Manfred Frimberger, Wolfgang Weigert
  • Patent number: 10668967
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking device, which is capable of directly locking the body of a means of transportation, such as a bicycle or a light electric vehicle (LEV), regardless of the shape or size thereof, and to a locking device for a means of transportation, which is provided with a mount simply and securely mounted on a tubular frame of the means of transportation, wherein a rack is provided with brackets coupled to the mount and provided at one end of articulated cables, which are fixed to a fixture, so that not only is the locking device securely locked simply by coupling the brackets provided on the rack to the mount mounted on a user's means of transportation, even if the user does not carry a separate lock, but a coupling means, which is capable of disassembling the mount, is covered by the coupling with the brackets when the locking device is locked, thereby significantly reducing the risk of theft during parking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HAPPY & GOOD, CORP.
    Inventor: Jong Sub Byun
  • Patent number: 10668940
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle provided with drive wheels, an automatic transmission, and a manual shifting device for shifting the automatic transmission, the control apparatus includes an automatic parking control portion configured to implement an automatic parking control for automatically parking the vehicle in a predetermined parking space, and controls the automatic transmission to be shifted according to a shifting control signal corresponding to an operation of the manual shifting device, the automatic parking control portion comprising a shifting control portion configured to place the automatic transmission in a power-cutoff state in which a vehicle drive force is not transmitted to the drive wheels, when the manual shifting device is operated to a position a running direction in which is different from a running direction of the vehicle when the automatic parking control is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakade
  • Patent number: 10674361
    Abstract: A method for authorization in a wireless vehicle network is disclosed. In particular, the method is for authorizing communication between a mobile communications unit and a vehicle-based communications unit assigned to a control unit in a vehicle, wherein there is an unauthorized connection between the mobile communications unit and the vehicle-based communications unit. In the method, the mobile unit sends to the vehicle-based unit a request to authorize communication. Thereupon, the vehicle-based unit sends to the mobile unit from which the request came, an instruction to perform an action on the vehicle. An operator who has access to the mobile unit and to the vehicle performs the action. The control unit detects the performed action. The vehicle-based unit authorizes communication with the mobile unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Dieckmann, Andelko Glavinic, Ulf Laude, Thomas Wolf
  • Patent number: 10668971
    Abstract: The bicycle safety device preferably measures both the traverse proximity to the bike frame and speed of an overtaking vehicle and calculates a driving safety assessment based on a predetermined safety threshold. This assessment, along with the video evidence, is uploaded to a remote server. The device may have a very distinctive light display/effect (which may double as a rear bike light) so that drivers will recognize the device and respond by only overtaking when they are able to do so safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Denholm
  • Patent number: 10664711
    Abstract: A vehicle prompt apparatus and a corresponding method are provided. The method includes: acquiring an image recorded in real time by a designated terminal during driving; analyzing brightness distribution of the image and obtaining an analysis result; and when the analysis result is a first analysis result, communicating a warning message in accordance with a first prompting procedure, where the first analysis result indicates a vehicle light in the image. When other vehicles are present around the driving vehicle where the vehicle prompt apparatus is located, the acquired image may catch other vehicles' lights. By analyzing the brightness distribution in the image, when the analysis result indicates the presence of the vehicle lights, the driver can be prompted with the coming vehicle to improve the driving safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yan Xie, Yueyue Chu, Yue Cheng
  • Patent number: 10661727
    Abstract: Vehicle mounted exterior displays and digital license plates able to operate over a wide temperature range are disclosed. In one embodiment, heat relevant display parameters can be modified as critical low temperatures are approached. If decreasing temperature is determined to be likely to interfere with display switching operation, legally required information is displayed and potentially interfering content is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: REVIVERMX, INC.
    Inventors: Dean Batten, Zachary Odenheimer, Avi Kopelman
  • Patent number: 10665042
    Abstract: A vehicle management system includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a manipulation list including one or a plurality of vehicle manipulations set when electronic key data of a vehicle is issued to a user device, a detection unit configured to detect that the vehicle manipulation included in the manipulation list has been performed when the vehicle is being used using the electronic key data of the user device, and a notification unit configured to notify an owner terminal related to an owner of the vehicle that the vehicle manipulation included in the manipulation list has been performed, after the detection of the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jun Hioki, Hiroshi Igata, Megumi Amano, Masaki Ito, Tomoaki Miyazawa, Yuichiro Haruna
  • Patent number: 10657677
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, systems, and computer program products for remediating a color vision deficiency. Aspects include receiving a time dependent location information for a user. Aspects also include receiving images of a plurality of objects, wherein each of the plurality of objects corresponds to the time dependent location information and, for each of the plurality of objects, identifying an object type and an object color. Aspects also include determining a number of distinguishable colors required to remediate a color vision deficiency and a number of available colors and overlaying one of the plurality of objects with an available color responsive to a determination that the number of distinguishable colors does not exceed the number of available colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuk L. Chan, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Alain Loiseau, Deepti M. Naphade
  • Patent number: 10647248
    Abstract: Information related to a vehicle can be displayed by projecting an image based on the information on a road surface or the like. An image projection apparatus that projects an image includes: an acquisition unit that acquires information to be displayed; and an image projection unit that projects the image based on the information to be displayed acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kunii, Nobuyuki Kaku, Toshinori Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Hiroshi Chiba, Masahiro Kishigami, Hiroyuki Kajikawa, Chohei Ono, Megumi Kurachi, Noriaki Harada
  • Patent number: 10640089
    Abstract: A remote control device for a vehicle includes a vibration sensor sensing vibration of the remote control device; a communication unit performing communication with the vehicle; and a controller changing an operation mode of the remote control device based on a first signal received from the vehicle via the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Continental Automotive Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Dong June Song, Sunghoon Lee, Hyoung Lack Jung, Seungmin Jeong, SeungJun Lee, Yongwook Lee
  • Patent number: 10632950
    Abstract: A vehicular safety system includes a rearward-viewing camera disposed at a vehicle so as to have an exterior field of view at least rearward of the equipped vehicle. A control includes an image processor for processing image data captured by the camera to detect a vehicle exterior and rearward of the equipped vehicle and to determine if a collision between the detected vehicle and the equipped vehicle is pending. When reverse gear is engaged, and responsive to determination of the pending collision, a safety feature of the equipped vehicle, such as a reversible feature of a driver seat of the equipped vehicle, is triggered before impact occurs. If actual impact does not occur, the triggered safety feature returns to its condition that existed prior to the determination of the pending collision between the detected vehicle and the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Ove J. Salomonsson
  • Patent number: 10632910
    Abstract: A direction in which a driver is looking can be evaluated even when the direction in which the driver should look has changed depending on the driving situation. A driving support device includes a face direction determinator that determines the direction of the face of a driver of a movable body, a line-of-sight direction determinator that determines the direction of the line of sight of the driver, and an alert processing unit that determines at least one of the necessity and an extent of alerting the driver on the basis of an extent of the difference between the direction of the face and the direction of the line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuta Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10633891
    Abstract: A portable electronic lock for luggage, comprising: a housing and a securement member in cooperation with the housing to secure an item to the lock; a locking mechanism in the housing in communication with the securement member to releasably secure the securement member to the housing; a communications module in the housing for operating the locking mechanism to release and secure the securement member in response to a wireless signal; and a secondary release system for releasing the locking mechanism, wherein the secondary release system is selectively operable by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBOLT PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Kabir Singh Sidhu, Lee Andrew Baker, Mark Simon Bayly, Andrew Robert Fox, Michelle Lisa Rosevear
  • Patent number: 10625782
    Abstract: A surroundings monitoring apparatus according to embodiments, as an example, includes a control unit causing a display device to display a display image where an indicator which indicates a towed vehicle coupled to a towing vehicle is superimposed on a vehicle surrounding image including the towing vehicle and surroundings of the towing vehicle based on a captured image obtained by being imaged by an imaging unit which images the surroundings of the towing vehicle, the control unit acquiring towed vehicle information related to the towed vehicle and changing a display mode of the indicator based on the towed vehicle information. Thus, according to the surroundings monitoring apparatus of the embodiments, the towed vehicle may be easily imagined from the display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Itsuko Fukushima, Kazuya Watanabe, Kinji Yamamoto, Tetsuya Maruoka, Takayuki Nakasho