Of Burglary Or Unauthorized Use Patents (Class 340/426.1)
  • Patent number: 10759354
    Abstract: An active optical device for a vehicle, which is also used as a visual reference for the driver, is provided to manage the external dimensions of the vehicle. Such an active optical device can take several positions, such as a driving position, in which it is visible from the driver, and folded positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nicolas Berne
  • Patent number: 10755374
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle management method, system and server, and a vehicle. The vehicle management method comprises: acquiring by a client device a vehicle identification; receiving by a vehicle management server an authentication request from the client device, the authentication request including the vehicle identification and a user identification of the client device; authenticating by the vehicle management server the vehicle identification and the user identification to permit a continuously available state of the vehicle; sending by the vehicle management server a use permission of the continuously available state to a vehicle; and receiving by the vehicle the use permission to continue its available state. According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, the user experience can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING MOBIKE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weiwei Hu, Hongdu Jin, Jia Zou
  • Patent number: 10755502
    Abstract: A trunk-sharing system that controls an user's authority to use a predetermined area of a vehicle by issuing a predetermined authentication information to a user terminal, the trunk-sharing system including a server configured to: acquire a first information on a permission of using the predetermined area of the vehicle from a first user who owns the vehicle; provide the first information such that the first information acquired from the first user of each of a plurality of vehicles is able to be detected by a second user other than the first user; acquire a second information on a request for a use of the predetermined area which is an information from the second user who has accessed the provided first information; and issue an authentication information for locking and unlocking the predetermined area to a terminal of the second user based on the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Sakurada, Koichi Ando, Mutsumi Matsuura, Masato Endo, Koki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10748109
    Abstract: Systems and methods relating to monitoring cargo are provided. Various embodiments provide features relating to: (1) monitoring characteristics of cargo using a single device that may be disposable; (2) generating alerts based on a variety of temperature conditions, such as multiple temperature thresholds; (3) providing multiple levels of alerts and escalating alerts to different users; (4) providing an indication of an end of trip based on location data and data from sensor(s); (5) reducing power of transmissions between devices; (6) using frequency diversity features to communicate between devices; (7) providing configurable reporting and/or sensor monitoring parameters, and changing reporting and/or sensor measurement periods; (8) allowing for communication with devices across multiple frequency bands; (9) utilizing secondary communication circuits to communicate with different devices, such as across different frequency channels and/or bands; and (10) using a movement detection device (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LOCUS SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: David Benjamin, Blair Nygren, Rodney Parsons, Chris Lafferty
  • Patent number: 10694351
    Abstract: A method for resolving a Bluetooth compatibility problem is disclosed includes: Bluetooth-connecting with a user device during power supply; generating a packet including vehicle error information for identification of a type of error detected during Bluetooth communication with the user device and vehicle device information for identification of the vehicle Bluetooth device, upon detecting the error during the Bluetooth communication with the user device; transmitting the packet to a compatibility management server or the user device; receiving a software or firmware version to be updated based on the vehicle error information and the vehicle device information from the compatibility management server; and installing the software or firmware version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seong Soo Yae
  • Patent number: 10632965
    Abstract: A vehicle may offer a mobile device connection with the vehicle, the connection being to at least one of a simulated network connection or a simulated application connection, responsive to a stolen-vehicle trigger that is received by or detected by the vehicle. The vehicle may further gather predefined data from the mobile device, responsive to the mobile device accepting the offer and connecting to at least one of the simulated network connection or simulated application connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey William Wirtanen, Muhammad Khaledul Islam, Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 10624056
    Abstract: An asset tracking system that optimizes the value per ping by tying the ping to a pattern of movements of the asset. The asset tracking device will send a ping to a remote host (i.e., receiver) when pre-determined condition(s) regarding the movement are met, conditions such as the pattern of movement, and number of movements within a time period. In such a manner, the value per ping is optimized, leading to increased battery life and decreased operational cost. To satisfy these conditions, the asset tracking device is equipped with appropriate sensors, actuators, and trigger mechanism(s). The sensors and actuators detect movements and/or confirm or recognize a sequence of movements. When the detected movements and/or sequence of movements match a predetermined, recognized pattern or condition, the trigger mechanism is activated, after which a data ping is sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Senaya, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lee, Mrinmoy Chakraborty, Jamshed Dubash, Jahangir Nakra, Gonzalo Carrillo, Ryan Daigle, Chad Connors, Visva Visvanathan
  • Patent number: 10607429
    Abstract: An onboard device includes a storage unit configured to store a control program for controlling the onboard device and a communication unit configured to perform data communication with a mobile terminal. The communication unit performs data communication of a rewriting program with the mobile terminal when the communication unit has received a rewriting notification signal indicating rewriting of the control program stored from the mobile terminal and the vehicle is in a chargeable state in which the battery is able to be charged by the power generator. The communication unit does not perform data communication of the rewriting program with the mobile terminal when the vehicle is not in the chargeable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd., Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Tamane, Tsukasa Takahashi, Masaki Oshima
  • Patent number: 10580281
    Abstract: In a tracking device 10, a crescent-shaped PCB 12 partially encircles a battery 15 to minimize thickness of the device 10. A speaker 23 and an LED 24 emit alerts upon command of a control apparatus 37 or in response to motion or temperature sensed by sensor 25. A local network 40 has one hub 41 to tracking devices 33 and a wider area network 45 has multiple hubs for more detailed tracking of devices 33. A wide area network 50 tracks devices anywhere and stores data of each tracking device including its last known position and its sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: PB, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Daoura, Nicholas Pearson-Franks
  • Patent number: 10579867
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining by an image-recording device of a vehicle first and second images that respectively represent first and second shadings on an object in the vehicle generated by illumination of the object by an illumination device of the vehicle at first and second illumination settings, respectively; processing the images, thereby identifying the first shading and the second shading; based on the identified first shading and second shading, detecting at least one of a surface structure and a position of the object; and based on the detected at least one of the surface structure and position, a least one of controlling a restraint and outputting a warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Patent number: 10556599
    Abstract: Systems of an electric vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. Methods are provided that determine whether a vehicle power source is authorized to power a vehicle at a specific level, and if the power source is not authorized to power the vehicle, alter an ability of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10546163
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are described for detecting an operational safety condition within a container using a scanning sensor node deployed within the container and above a storage space within the container. For example, the method uses the scanning sensor node to sense if the container is in a closed state and monitors the storage space from above the storage space while the container is in the closed state. The method then has the scanning sensor node detecting a movement within the container based upon the monitoring of the storage space while in the closed state. Such a detected movement is indicative of the operational safety condition. The method then has the scanning sensor node transmitting an alert to a managing node over a wireless communication interface of the scanning sensor node, where the alert is associated with the operational safety condition within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, William Cawein
  • Patent number: 10495745
    Abstract: A localization system includes a plurality of radio frequency readers having transceivers and antennas. Adjustable configuration settings allow for configuration adjustments including signal strength, antenna gain, antenna polarization, and antenna orientation. A computer system is coupled with the radio frequency readers and is configured to determine a first location of an object based on data from the readers and compare it with a second location of the object based on data from a global positioning system device. The computer system is configured to perform an action based upon the determination that the first location and the second location are within a range, including that they are at the same location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: LUCOMM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Lucian Cristache
  • Patent number: 10488464
    Abstract: A sensor circuit for sensing a circuit change, e.g. circuit break, is described. It comprises a permanent or electro magnet for generating a magnetic field, a sensing system comprising one or more magnetic sensors configured for sensing an at least one dimensional magnetic field from the permanent magnet and for providing an output signal representative of said at least one dimensional magnetic field. The circuit also comprises a controller for detecting an event by comparing said output signal with reference data, said reference data comprising for at least one direction of said magnetic field a reference range having an upper boundary and a lower boundary wherein the upper boundary and lower boundary are magnetically unipolar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES NV
    Inventor: Bruno Boury
  • Patent number: 10384643
    Abstract: A system and method of managing virtual vehicle keys includes: receiving at a central facility a request to use a vehicle; receiving an identifier of a handheld wireless device at the central facility; generating at the central facility a virtual vehicle key that permits vehicle access using the handheld wireless device; and wirelessly transmitting the virtual vehicle key to the handheld wireless device and a vehicle the handheld wireless device has authorization to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nikola J. Pudar, Robert A. Hrabak, Amanda J. Kalhous
  • Patent number: 10384644
    Abstract: A system and method of managing virtual vehicle keys includes: receiving at a central facility a request to use a vehicle; receiving an identifier of a handheld wireless device at the central facility; generating at the central facility a virtual vehicle key that permits vehicle access using the handheld wireless device; and wirelessly transmitting the virtual vehicle key to the handheld wireless device and a vehicle the handheld wireless device has authorization to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nikola J. Pudar, Robert A. Hrabak, Amanda J. Kalhous
  • Patent number: 10354127
    Abstract: One or more audio feedback output devices receive warning signals for controlling types of audio output by the audio output devices, the warning signals representing that a predicted behavior of a monitored user represents a particular behavior that is potentially adverse and a percentage probability that the predicted behavior is adverse, the monitored user detected within a particular environment monitored by a supervising user, audio feedback output devices worn by the supervising user. The audio feedback output devices operative to control the types of audio outputs of the audio output devices that are detectable by the supervising user wearing the audio feedback output devices according to the warning signals to specifically alert the supervising user that the predicted behavior of the monitored user represents the particular behavior that is potentially adverse and the percentage probability that the predicted behavior is adverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SINOEAST CONCEPT LIMITED
    Inventors: Jacob C. Albertson, Kenneth C. Arnold, Steven D. Goldman, Michael A. Paolini, Anthony J. Sessa
  • Patent number: 10349239
    Abstract: System and method for generating notifications when a person is in a driving state, in a non-driving state, and optionally a destination arrival notification so that interested parties, such as family members, friends and/or co-workers, can make informed and proactive decisions to not call or text the person while driving is described. With push notifications, interested parties can thus make informed decisions and purposely delay making a phone call or texting a driver until after they have arrived at their destination and are no longer driving. As a result, drivers are not needlessly distracted, significantly improving road safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Michael P. Demele, Theodore C. Chen
  • Patent number: 10315621
    Abstract: A vehicle locking and unlocking control system, comprising: a lock trigger that is provided outside a vehicle and outputs an output signal when operated by a person; a vehicle side transmitter is configured to transmit a transmission request signal according to reception of the output signal output by the lock trigger; a mobile wireless terminal is configured to transmit a response signal according to reception of the transmission request signal transmitted by the vehicle side transmitter; a vehicle side receiver configured to receive the response signal transmitted by the mobile wireless terminal; a locking controller configured to determine whether or not the response signal received by the vehicle side receiver is suitable for a unique identification signal of the vehicle and output a lock signal on the basis of a result of the determination and the reception of the output signal output from the lock trigger; a door lock mechanism configured to lock a door according to the lock signal output by the locking
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomonori Watanabe, Katsuyasu Yamane, Masashi Sugita, Daisuke Matsui
  • Patent number: 10315648
    Abstract: An assembly for changing at least one safety feature predefined setting associated with at least one vehicular active safety system includes a computer and a human-machine interface. The computer is configured to change the at least one safety feature predefined setting based on a driver choice. The at least one safety feature predefined setting is selected from the group consisting of a response type and a response timing. The human-machine interface includes an output and an input. The output is configured to provide a driver with a range of customizable settings for the at least one safety feature predefined setting. The input is configured to accept at least one customizable setting chosen by the driver such that the at least one safety feature predefined setting is changed to the at least one customizable setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Rini Sherony
  • Patent number: 10315665
    Abstract: Examples of the present invention are directed to a method and system of recognizing a driving pattern of a vehicle. Driver input controlling the vehicle can be received and stored in association with various sensor information (e.g., GPS location, camera data, radar data, etc.) and a timestamp. Then, driving patterns can be recognized from the stored information. For example, preferred routes, destinations, driving speeds, driving styles, etc. can be recognized. The driving patterns can be used by automated driving or driving assistance systems to automatically drive on preferred routes or to preferred destinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Bibhrajit Halder
  • Patent number: 10311692
    Abstract: The method and information system provides for receiving, verifying, analyzing, and monitoring data streams from various news feeds, web services and social media posts to alert and coordinate security services of possible terrorist events, major crimes, active shooters, public protests and other developing incidents. The method and information system provides for the transmission of real-time actionable intelligence instantaneously directly to security service personnel through SMS messaging using smart phone and similar mobile devices. Based on the relevant intelligence transmitted through SMS messages on smart phones and devices, individual security personnel can be coordinated and instructed to revise post orders, lock down doors or call for backup to provide timely responses to help ensure the safety and security of the assets and personnel they are contracted to protect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Patrick J. Brosnan
  • Patent number: 10311650
    Abstract: Applications, devices and systems for toll collection are disclosed herein. An example system includes a mobile computing device that generates location based information of the mobile computing device, queries a database of toll booths defined by toll booth location, determines that the location based information of the mobile computing device matches at least one of the toll booth locations, and transmits to a gateway server location based information and identifying information that identifies a vehicle. The toll is processed using the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Anthony Nelson
  • Patent number: 10304138
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for determining a primary movement window from a vehicle trip is presented. A data server may receive a plurality of telematics data originating from a client computing device and summarize the plurality of telematics data at a specified sample rate. The data server may also select one or more data points from the plurality of telematics data and determine that the selected data points meets a threshold value. The data server may further identify a first primary movement and constant speed windows including the data points and associate the first primary movement and constant speed windows with a customer account and auto insurance risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Sunish Shreenarayan Menon, David James Dosher, Scott Thomas Christensen
  • Patent number: 10292035
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein provide an apparatus adapted to be coupled to the body of a user. The apparatus includes a transceiver and a processor configured to determine the user's location. The processor may make this determination based, at least in part, on a plurality of signals received via the transceiver. The processor may then determine that the user is lost and transmit, via the transceiver, a distress signal including the location of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Gail Yvette Jones
  • Patent number: 10279775
    Abstract: A private controller area network (CAN) is provided in a vehicle to notify non-targeted electronic control units (ECUs) of unauthorized attempts to access a target ECU. Each ECU on the private CAN stores a common encrypted hacking notification key (HNK) and a unique identification code. When a first vehicle system ECU detects an unauthorized access attempt via the public CAN, it sends a warning message to the other ECUs via the closed, private CAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ankit Shah, Anthony Farrell, Karl Dresen
  • Patent number: 10223901
    Abstract: A system and method provide for the immediate transmission of a potential alarm to a remote alarm signal escrow site and from the escrow site to a host station in the event where a control panel or an alarm signaling device is tampered with or destroyed by a disablement tactic, e.g., a “crash and smash intrusion.” A system and method may also send an alarm signal during such an attack by using predictive analysis of real-time events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 10211549
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulating body. Multiple terminals are accommodated in the insulating body. A base is located at a periphery of the insulating body and provided with a first pivoting portion and a second pivoting portion, both located behind the insulating body. A guide frame is pivotally connected to the first pivoting portion, so that the guide frame rotates between a closed position and an open position relative to the base. The guide frame is provided with a limiting section, and two sliding rails are arranged at left and right sides thereof correspondingly. A carrier is supported on upper surfaces of the slide rails, slides in the sliding rails and rotates along with the guide frame. When the guide frame rotates from the closed position to the open position, an engaging portion abuts the limiting section to limit the guide frame from continuing rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yin Liang He
  • Patent number: 10192370
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a fleet management system is provided for capturing, storing, and analyzing telematics data to improve fleet management operations. The fleet management system may be used, for example, by a shipping entity (e.g., a common carrier) to capture telematics data from a plurality of vehicle sensors located on various delivery vehicles and to analyze the captured telematics data. In particular, various embodiments of the fleet management system are configured to analyze engine idle data in relation to other telematics data in order to identify inefficiencies, safety hazards, and theft hazards in a driver's delivery process. The fleet management system may also be configured to assess various aspects of vehicle performance, such as vehicle travel delays and vehicle speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service Of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Davidson, John A. Olsen, III
  • Patent number: 10181253
    Abstract: Embodiments for a system and method for emergency situation broadcasting and location detection are provided. The system includes a computing environment, a network, a user computing device with a user interface, a rescue program, an emergency services server and database, an emergency service computing device, and a transponder. A process for emergency situation broadcasting and location detection is also provided that includes activating a rescue program, determining whether an alert state or rescue is requested, activating an alarm state, alerting emergency services, relaying relevant important information, determining if the rescue program is to be deactivated, alerting emergency services, and closing the rescue program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Joel Anaya
  • Patent number: 10170916
    Abstract: An energy storage device including at least one battery pack; a communication module configured to transmit power-on information or energy storage amount information to a power management device and to receive a charge command or discharge command from the power management device; a connector configured to receive alternating current (AC) power, supplied to an internal power network through a photovoltaic module, from the internal power network based on the charge command or to output AC power to the internal power network based on the discharge command; and a power converter configured to, when the charge command is received from the power management device, convert the AC power from the internal power network into direct current (DC) power based on the charge command, or, when the discharge command is received from the power management device, convert DC power stored in the at least one battery pack into AC power based on the discharge command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungyong Lee, Jaehyuk Park, Heesoo Moon
  • Patent number: 10171973
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for management of Machine Type Communication (MTC) events. The system and method enables the detection of a state of the MTC event, correlating the state of MTC event with a Virtual Network Function (VNF) state of a VNF configured to mitigate the MTC event and transitioning the VNF to the VNF state which correlates with the MTC state. In this manner, the VNF can be in a configured and active state in advance of the MTC event reaching a critical state, thereby enabling mitigation of the MTC event prior to reaching the critical state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jaya Rao, Sophie Vrzic, Xu Li
  • Patent number: 10166992
    Abstract: A system configured to administer an impairment evaluation when a driver has been identified as attending an impairment event is provided. The system includes a driver profile unit configured to determine a sober driver profile. A sensor unit detects the location and operation of the motor vehicle after a motor vehicle stop. An impairment event unit receives the information regarding the operation of the vehicle from the sensor unit and compares the operation of the vehicle with the sober driver profile after the motor vehicle stop. The drinking unit identifying the motor vehicle stop as an impairment event when the operation of the vehicle deviates from the sober driver profile a predetermined amount. A challenge is administered to the driver after the impairment event so as to determine if the driver is impaired. The vehicle is rendered inoperable when the driver fails the challenge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Randell Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10166950
    Abstract: An electronic key system includes an onboard apparatus and a portable apparatus. The electronic key system establishes wireless communication with a secret key common between the onboard apparatus and the portable apparatus, and authenticates the portable apparatus registered as the portable apparatus of an authorized user. The portable apparatus includes a portable apparatus code transmitter that transmits a portable apparatus code. The onboard apparatus includes an onboard code transmitter that transmits an onboard code. The onboard apparatus further includes a portable apparatus code receiver, and an onboard-side key generation portion. The portable apparatus further includes an onboard code receiver, and a portable-apparatus-side key generation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Katou, Yuuki Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10167082
    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 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Alexis Morin, Marc Kirmoyan, Brad Nolen
  • Patent number: 10155500
    Abstract: A local area security system interfaces with one or more vehicles to provide enhanced security. The vehicles have vehicle sensors which may further help determine a presence of potential threat within a vicinity of the local area security system. The multiple vehicle network may communicate with each other to expand the vicinity of the local area security system, share equipment, computing resources, and information in the determination of the presence of the potential threat. The battery powered vehicle may employ various methods to conserve battery power while coupled to the local area security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Randall Lee Cogill, Olivier Gallay, Chungmok Lee, Zubair Nabi, Martin M. Rufli, Robert Shorten, Tigran T. Tchrakian, Rudi Verago, Fabian Roger Wirth, Sergiy Zhuk
  • Patent number: 10147257
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely providing access to a secured vehicle are disclosed. The methods can include receiving a permission parameter from a primary user authorizing a secondary user to enter, receiving an access permission request from a secondary user, evaluating the access permission request for compliance with the permission parameter, and unlocking a door of the vehicle to allow the secondary user to access the vehicle. The permission parameter can include time, user, and proximity criteria for secondary user entry. Systems for remotely providing access to a secured vehicle or location can include a central telematics unit in communication with portable electronic user devices such as smartphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FARADAY&FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Hong S. Bae
  • Patent number: 10137862
    Abstract: An anti-fraud method for use in an in-vehicle network system including a plurality of electronic control units that exchange, in an in-vehicle network, data frames, each having added thereto a message authentication code (MAC). The method includes generating a first MAC by using a MAC key and a value of a counter that counts a number of times a data frame having added thereto a MAC is transmitted to the in-vehicle network. The method also includes performing verification that the data frame received has added thereto the generated first MAC and incrementing a number of error occurrences when the verification has failed for the data frame, the data frame including a predetermined ID. When the number of error occurrences exceeds a predetermined threshold, a process associated in advance with the predetermined ID is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Haga, Hideki Matsushima, Manabu Maeda, Yuji Unagami, Yoshihiro Ujiie, Takeshi Kishikawa
  • Patent number: 10134208
    Abstract: A method of initializing an electronic lock in the field includes the steps of providing a unique lock identifier for a lock, providing a unique organization identifier for an organization, generating master encryption keys for the organization derived from the unique organization identifier for that organization, communicating the unique organization identifier and master encryption keys for the organization to a remote mobile device, using the mobile device to remotely generate individual encryption keys for the lock utilizing one of the master encryption keys, the unique organization identifier and the unique lock identifier for the one of the plurality of locks, and using the mobile device to remotely program a manager key to communicate the individual encryption keys to the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sargent & Greenleaf, Inc.
    Inventor: James Travis Ferry
  • Patent number: 10088844
    Abstract: A wearable computing device in a vehicle is identified by a computer in a vehicle. Collected data is received relating to autonomous operation of the vehicle. A message is sent to the wearable computing device based at least in part on the collected data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Attard, Shane Elwart, Jeff Allen Greenberg, Rajit Johri, John P. Joyce, Devinder Singh Kochhar, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Douglas Scott Rhode, Matt Y. Rupp, John Shutko, Roger Arnold Trombley, Hongtei Eric Tseng, Andrew Waldis
  • Patent number: 10066827
    Abstract: A light includes a housing and a heat sink extending upward from a lower portion of the housing. The heat sink includes a central body that defines a central aperture, a plurality of interior fins extending into the central aperture, and a plurality of light support surfaces arranged around a perimeter of the central body. The light also includes a first plurality of LEDs coupled to the light support surfaces and arranged to emit light in a 360 degree pattern, a second plurality of LEDs are supported on top of the heat sink and arranged to emit light upward, a power input supported on the lower portion of the housing, a battery pack received in a battery port defined in the lower portion of the housing, and a control panel is supported on the lower portion of the housing to control operation of the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle Harvey, Ross McIntyre, David Proeber, Jason Isaacs, Joshua Schermerhorn, Brian Cornell
  • Patent number: 10040424
    Abstract: A local area security system interfaces with one or more vehicles to provide enhanced security. The vehicles have vehicle sensors which may further help determine a presence of potential threat within a vicinity of the local area security system. The multiple vehicle network may communicate with each other to expand the vicinity of the local area security system, share equipment, computing resources, and information in the determination of the presence of the potential threat. The battery powered vehicle may employ various methods to conserve battery power while coupled to the local area security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Randall Lee Cogill, Olivier Gallay, Chungmok Lee, Zubair Nabi, Martin M. Rufli, Robert Shorten, Tigran T. Tchrakian, Rudi Verago, Fabian Roger Wirth, Sergiy Zhuk
  • Patent number: 10029640
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting airbag deployment are provided. The method includes: detecting air pressure information corresponding to air pressure inside a vehicle cabin; determining whether a value corresponding to the air pressure information is greater than a predetermined value; and performing a function in response to determining that the value is greater than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Orhan Demirovic, Thomas P Deming
  • Patent number: 10033381
    Abstract: Arrangement for controlling a component having multiple states includes a device that generates a signal at a frequency that enables it to be conducted through a human body, and a conductive surface coupled to the device, situated in a position accessible by a part of the human, and which enables proximity or contact of the part of the human to the conductive surface to develop a reactive coupling between the human and the conductive surface. The component has multiple, different states and is controlled by the human to change from a first state to a second state upon completion of an electrical circuit including the component, the conductive surface and the device upon developing reactive coupling between the human and the conductive surface when the device is generating the signal conducted through the human. The component may be a vehicular component such as a door or window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S Breed, Wendell C Johnson, Wilbur E DuVall
  • Patent number: 10026091
    Abstract: A method for assisting a vehicle which is determined to be undrivable, which includes requesting an assistance vehicle by position information of the vehicle and navigating the assistance vehicle to the vehicle by the position information. The method determines, using a cause of why the vehicle is undrivable further, whether restoring the driving capability of the vehicle requires human assistance and navigates the vehicle with the assistance vehicle in a driverless state to a location of the vehicle at least if the restoring process does not require human assistance or merely requires remote human assistance. Also disclosed is a method for assisting a vehicle which requires repair and/or maintenance, wherein the vehicle is taken in a driverless state to a repair location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Stefan Lux
  • Patent number: 10019762
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for determining one or more idling time windows from a vehicle trip is presented. A data server may receive, via a computer network, a plurality of telematics data originating from a client computing device and identify primary movement data from the plurality of telematics data. The data server may also measure a total variance from the plurality of telematics data at one or more time stamps and determine an average total variance for an entire trip from the plurality of telematics data. The data server may further normalize total variance at the one or more time stamps using the generated average and determine one or more idling time windows from the normalized total variance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Sunish Shreenarayan Menon, David James Dosher, Scott Thomas Christensen
  • Patent number: 10013879
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method performed by a vehicle identification system (2) for addressing and identifying vehicles adapted for receipt of a delivered service while being unattended. The vehicle identification system determines (301), by means of a determining unit (21), a position (11) of one or more vehicles of a group of vehicles (1) awaiting the delivered service. The vehicle identification system furthermore determines (302), by means of the determining unit, a position (31) of a service provider (3) adapted to carry out the delivered service. Additionally, the vehicle identification system receives (303), by means of a receiving unit (22), an input (5) from the service provider indicating an interest in nearby vehicles, out of the group of vehicles, which are in vicinity of the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Staffan Davidsson, Johan Maresch
  • Patent number: 9956911
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a vehicle warning system. The warning system includes a sensor configured to detect a presence of a foreign object and a controller in communication with the sensor. The controller is operable to periodically communicate with the sensor to identify the presence of the foreign object while the vehicle is parked. The controller is further operable to output a warning signal in response to the presence of the foreign object. The warning signal is configured to communicate a detection of the foreign object having entered a path of the vehicle during a period while the vehicle is parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas S. Wright
  • Patent number: 9953511
    Abstract: A security system may include a home security system that is connected to a remote monitoring service as well as a portable security device that can travel with an individual when they are away from home. The portable security device may communicate with the same monitoring service as the home security system, and may in fact be linked to the same user account as that used for their home security system. The home security system may thus be extended to cover a remote location. In some cases, occupants of an individual's home may be notified via the home security system of alert conditions detected by the portable security device at the remote location. Likewise, occupants of the remote location may be notified via the portable security device of alert conditions detected in the home by the home security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Eskildsen, Mark Okeefe, Kevin G. Piel
  • Patent number: 9937082
    Abstract: A wetness notification system includes a detecting unit (2), a clip unit (3), a receiver unit (4), and a sampling unit (5). The detecting unit (2) includes a sleeve body (21), amounting seat (29), a moisture detector (22), a casing (23), a processor (24), a wireless transmitter (25), and a battery (26). The sampling unit (5) includes a substrate (51) and at least one sampling element (52). The substrate (51) is made of flexible material and removably attached to the mounting seat (29). The sampling element (52) is disposed on the substrate (51) for contacting and sampling the urine within the clothing article (7) for urinalysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Hung Chi Chen