Using Gps (i.e., Location) Patents (Class 340/426.19)
  • Patent number: 11794760
    Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure identify a driver of a vehicle. The driver may have a profile indicating vehicle settings, and at least one of the vehicle settings may not be overridden by the driver. The vehicle may be configured according to the vehicle settings in the profile, such that the vehicle may not operate outside of at least one of the vehicle settings that cannot be overridden. An insurance rate for insuring the vehicle may be generated based at least in part on the vehicle settings associated with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Florian Braun, Andre Rene Buentello
  • Patent number: 11496617
    Abstract: A safety system particularly for a transport service software application. The system integrates into an existing transport service software application communicates with a cellular network mobile device of a transport service driver or at least one passenger located in a vehicle offering rideshare services. In an emergency, a user of the system may press a panic button on the application. The mobile device activates its camera and microphone turns on to livestreams audio and video to emergency personnel, and transmits GPS data to said emergency personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Jeremy Davis
  • Patent number: 11456067
    Abstract: A portable therapeutic platform for use in a therapeutic procedure including: (a) at least one compartment for holding at least one therapeutically effective item required to conduct the therapeutic procedure; and (b) at least one electronic communications device for receiving and transmitting information about an environment surrounding and including the platform. The use of the platform is conveniently managed by a system which transfers information about the environment surrounding and including the platform between the electronic communications device and a computer system including a processor which processes the information; and initiates a control response to the processed information. The platform and system are suitable for use to address a range of public health issues and as a countermeasure to biosecurity threats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: CARETECH SERVICES PTY LTD
    Inventor: David Wearne
  • Patent number: 11151506
    Abstract: Embodiments provide for using a set of sensors installing within a cargo container and on a vehicle to measure, monitor, and manage the cargo and available cargo capacity within the container. According to one embodiment, a method for measuring cargo capacity and monitoring cargo within a cargo container can comprise reading, by a monitoring system of the cargo container, a plurality of spatial sensors installed within the cargo container. The plurality of spatial sensors can comprise, for example, one or more light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors. An interior of the cargo container can be mapped based on reading the plurality of spatial sensors and available cargo capacity within the cargo container can be determined based on the mapping of the interior of the cargo container. The determined available cargo capacity within the cargo container can be transmitted from the monitoring system to a cloud-based cargo management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Flex Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Bjorn Kilburn, Armando J. Lucrecio
  • Patent number: 11138844
    Abstract: An artificial intelligence apparatus is provided. The artificial intelligence apparatus includes: a communication interface configured to receive status information from an IoT device; and a processor configured to detect whether the IoT device is stolen based on the received state information, acquire position information of the IoT device when theft of the IoT device is detected, control the communication interface to transmit the acquired position information to a mobile terminal, receive a theft process execution command request of the IoT device from the mobile terminal, and transmit a theft process execution command corresponding to the received theft process execution request to the IoT device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yoonkyum Kim, Jongjin Park, Hanho Lee, Yoonseok Choi
  • Patent number: 11105650
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus of the present disclosure in a mode in which a plurality of users share the same vehicle sets, when determining a combination of a driving user and fellow users, a scheduled traveling route which is a scheduled route along which the vehicle travels from a getting-in spot to a getting-off spot of each of the fellow users. Upon detecting that the vehicle is traveling off a scheduled traveling route while the fellow users are in the vehicle, the information processing apparatus transmits warning information which is information warning a first user terminal of the driving user and a second user terminal of the fellow user that the vehicle is traveling off the scheduled traveling route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiko Nakanishi, Daigo Fujii, Makoto Tanaka, Kazuki Takeuchi, Chie Koike, Daiki Kaneichi, Tsuyoshi Okada
  • Patent number: 11107011
    Abstract: A system for management of admission to venues that charge by time with a handheld scanner, wristband, module, magnetic key, and lock. The wristband is made of a flexible, thermoplastic elastomer material, and the module fits into a pod in the center of the wristband. The top polycarbonate plate of the module has a plurality of nodes that extend upward into and through holes in the center portion of the wristband to create an impression of multiple LED lights. A time command signal is communicated from the handheld scanner to the module depending on which timer button on the scanner is activated. The magnetic lock and key are configured to lock and unlock the wristband. The optional docking station is configured to charge the wristband batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Cody James Schueler, Luke Maleroy Schueler, Chia (Carl) Yang (Foo)
  • Patent number: 11056007
    Abstract: A vehicle movement notification device includes a receiver configured to receive a notification of movement of a vehicle, when the vehicle is moved in a state where a user of the vehicle is absent; and a controller configured to acquire location information of the vehicle after the movement, and transmit the location information of the vehicle to a terminal owned by the user. The vehicle is a vehicle adopting a key system according to which locking/unlocking is performed based on reception of key information transmitted from the terminal. The movement of the vehicle is performed by unlocking of the vehicle and starting of a drive source performed by using the key information of the vehicle, by a first user who is different from the user of the vehicle and who owns a first terminal where the key information of the vehicle is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasumasa Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11012164
    Abstract: An electronic device has multiple transmitters to transmit multiple signals. The electronic device also has a receiver to receive a signal. Moreover, the electronic device has a memory to store instructions and a processor to execute the instructions. The instructions cause the processor to send a test transmission signal from a transmitter of the multiple of transmitters, receive the test transmission signal at the receiver, and determine a gain of the test transmission signal. In response to determining that the gain is within a threshold range of an initial gain, the instructions cause the processor to send an indication that the receiver is operating as expected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wassim El-Hassan, Bassel Husam Alesh, Srinivasa Yasasvy Sateesh Bhamidipati, Daphne Irene Gorman, Vineet Nayak, Xuefeng Zhao, Xiaohui Gong
  • Patent number: 10991188
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments described in this disclosure are generally directed to using a vehicle to provide building security. In one exemplary embodiment, a computer that is provided in a vehicle is communicatively coupled to various sensors included in an anti-theft security system of the vehicle. The computer automatically activates a building security procedure upon determining that the vehicle has entered, or is located inside, a geofence of a residence. The sensors are configured to detect a security event that may take place near the residence. For example, a motion sensor may be used to detect a burglar approaching the residence or a sound detector may be used to detect shattering of a glass window of the residence. Upon detecting such a security event, the anti-theft security system of the vehicle may transmit a security alert to an individual and/or a monitoring service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Woo
  • Patent number: 10923227
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods are provided for tracking a user. Data for a first user, including a first identifier associated with the first user, is received. A first tracking program for the first user that includes a first identifier associated with the first user, a first indicated area for a first user device, associated with the first user and a first time period when the first user is scheduled to be located within the first indicated area is generated and stored. At a first time that corresponds to the first time period, a position detection system determines a first determined position of the first user device. The first determined position of the first user device is compared with the first indicated area. In accordance with a determination that the first determined position of the first user device does not correspond to the first indicated area a first tracking alert is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Episode Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Gallagher, Kathryn Douglas
  • Patent number: 10896557
    Abstract: Systems and methods for live utilization and tracking of vehicular movement producing a fluid representation of the movement of vehicles and means to evaluate vehicle movement/activities relative to response requirements may be provided. Accordingly, real-time evaluations and/or corrections may be made based on this improved tracking of movement/activities. Replay analysis of movement/activities that have already occurred may be provided to evaluate and make adjustments for future responses and activities. Colors and other unique display items may be used to highlight different activities, movements and/or timing for completion within an online mapping application. Layering of different mapping displays also may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: GENCORE CANDEO LTD.
    Inventors: Joshua Brandt, Randal Matthew
  • Patent number: 10733891
    Abstract: A system for assisting parking of a vehicle includes a main body to support at least one driver or passenger, and a sensor to detect adjacent structure data corresponding to an adjacent vehicle or structure adjacent to the main body. The system further includes a network access device to transmit and receive data including receiving a parking assist request from a remote device corresponding to a request to locate the main body, and an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the sensor and the network access device. The ECU is designed to receive the parking assist request from the network access device. The ECU is further designed to control the network access device to transmit parking location information to the remote device in response to receiving the parking assist request, the parking location information corresponding to the adjacent vehicle or structure adjacent to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Justin J. Chow
  • Patent number: 10728698
    Abstract: A method for providing incentives based on geolocation of mobile devices is discussed. The method includes determining a first location of a mobile device based on IP address, GPS signals, Wi-Fi signals, and/or cellular signals. The method includes communicating with a server to obtain first merchant data, for a first geofence for the first location, which is accessed to obtain a first merchant subset. The method includes displaying an interactive map interface, on the mobile device, indicating icons for the first merchant subset. The method includes determining an area of interest, based on a user input, which is used by communicating with a server to obtain second merchant data for a second geofence. The second merchant data is accessed to obtain a second subset of merchants for the second geofence. The method includes displaying, on user interface, icons associated with the second subset of merchants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Patent number: 10721587
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for delivering location-based services. Data defining a plurality of geofences and categories relating to points of interest is stored. A current location of a user device is monitored, and is compared with each of the plurality of geofences. Based on the comparison, the user device is determined to be within a geofence associated with one or more points of interest. One or more particular points of interest are identified from among those associated with the geofence based on a user-selected category. Links associated with the particular points of interest are output at an interface of the user device, wherein a selection of a particular link directs a web browser of the user device to a web resource associated with at least one of the particular points of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Patent number: 10647294
    Abstract: A system for remotely granting vehicle permissions over a cloud network may be performed by one or more processors connected to the cloud network. The one or more processors may generate an electronic key for permitting one or more registered users to access and operate a vehicle, and the electronic key may include a plurality of permission settings. The one or more processors may provide the electronic key to the one or more registered users through the cloud network, receive at least one update from the vehicle or the one or more registered users through the cloud network, modify at least one permission setting associated with the electronic key based on the received update, and provide the modified permission setting to the one or more registered users through the cloud network. The system may further include a storage device configured to store the electronic key and the permission settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Julie Ann Santiano, Chris Wang, Misia K. Clive Groszek, Ji Yong Park
  • Patent number: 10569785
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a memory and a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory. The instructions include receiving a first tire pressure measurement at a first time, receiving a second tire pressure measurement at a second time, comparing the first tire pressure measurement to the second tire pressure measurement, and determining that a road is flooded based on a difference of the first tire pressure measurement and the second tire pressure measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10507799
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking a location of a vehicle while the vehicle is in a primary propulsion off state. The method includes: obtaining an initial vehicle location of the vehicle; detecting a vehicle trigger condition while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state; determining whether the vehicle has moved more than a first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state; determining a vehicle activity factor and a vehicle location classification factor; and when it is determined that the vehicle has moved more than the first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location, carrying out a vehicle location tracking process while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state based on the vehicle activity factor and the vehicle location classification factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Gilbert-Eyres, Russell A. Patenaude, Eric T. Hosey
  • Patent number: 10436625
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems for wave and water level measurement using a single DC (direct current)-coupled CW (continuous wave) Doppler radar for detecting water elevation changes in time when installed up to several meters from the water surface. The radar is wireless and can stream continuous data to a local PC (personal computer) or base station in range of its radio. The radar can sample up to 40 Hz and can run on batteries for continuous sampling. The radars can include multiple radar configurations of 1, 2 and 4 radar configurations. Applications for this radar can include the measurement of beach run-up, free surface elevation in tidal zones, and storm surge elevations near bridges and critical infrastructure during storm events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC., TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jennifer Anne Bridge, Changzhi Li, Changzhan Gu, Justin R. Davis
  • Patent number: 10401471
    Abstract: A system for tracking at least one object configured to be transported by at least one vehicle may include at least one computer system. The at least one computer system may be configured to determine at least one location of the at least one vehicle and determine at least one location of the at least one object. The at least one computer system may be further configured to determine at least one location of at least one geofence adjacent the at least one vehicle based on the at least one location of the at least one vehicle. Also, the at least one computer system may be configured to determine whether the at least one object is located within the at least one geofence to determine whether a load of the at least one vehicle includes the at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Hyatt, Stephen Witty, Kevin Henry
  • Patent number: 10388163
    Abstract: A motor vehicle, which includes a redundantly designed communications system which has a first communications device for the communication via a first wireless communications network, a second communications device for the communication via a second wireless communications network, and a control unit for the redundant operation of the first communications device and the second communications device. A parking lot for motor vehicles and a communication system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10334401
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a beacon identifier and a location of a beacon associated with the beacon identifier from an individual location monitoring system operated by a first entity. The method further includes, with a data hosting system operated by a second entity, determining an identity of a monitored individual associated with the beacon identifier, associating the location of the beacon with the identity of the monitored individual, and receiving a request for the location of the monitored individual including authentication credentials. The method further includes, with the data hosting system, determining if the requesting individual is authorized to access data about the monitored individual and, if the requesting individual is authorized to access the data, providing the location of the monitored individual to the device, wherein the identity of the monitored individual is stored on the data hosting system and is inaccessible to the individual location monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Pigeon Networks, Co.
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Marson
  • Patent number: 10304029
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information gathering method. The information gathering method includes identifying a location of a package, the location associated with one or more location-based restrictions on collecting data. The information gathering method also includes restricting access to sensor-collectable data associated with the package in accordance with the one or more location-based restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud, Miley Ainsworth
  • Patent number: 10252727
    Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure identify a driver of a vehicle. The driver may have a profile indicating vehicle settings, and at least one of the vehicle settings may not be overridden by the driver. The vehicle may be configured according to the vehicle settings in the profile, such that the vehicle may not operate outside of at least one of the vehicle settings that cannot be overridden. An insurance rate for insuring the vehicle may be generated based at least in part on the vehicle settings associated with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Florian Braun, Andre Rene Buentello
  • Patent number: 10244307
    Abstract: Embodiments of wireless audio systems and methods for wirelessly communicating audio information are disclosed herein. In one example, a wireless audio system includes a primary wireless headphone and a secondary wireless headphone. The primary wireless headphone is configured to receive, from an audio source, audio information using a short-range wireless communication protocol; transmit, to the audio source, a first message indicative of whether the audio information is successfully received; and transmit a communication parameter associated with the short-range wireless communication protocol used between the audio source and the primary wireless headphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bestechnic (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weifeng Tong, Liang Zhang, Dongsheng Cui, Lei Yang
  • Patent number: 10192188
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for monitoring dangerous goods based on networked devices including actions of registering a dangerous good with a monitoring system, the dangerous good being associated with a networked device, the networked device including one or more components that provide data associated with the dangerous good, determining at least one rule that is to be applied to handling of the dangerous good, receiving the data associated with the dangerous good, determining that a violation has occurred by comparing the data associated with the dangerous good to the at least one rule, and transmitting a notification to at least one application of a plurality of applications, the notification indicating that the violation has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Markus Puchta
  • Patent number: 10181106
    Abstract: System and methods are disclosed associated with processing information and/or initiating workflow in a CRM, Sales Force Automation, time and expense reporting system or professional services provider management system, including aggregating, analyzing and/or otherwise processing data related to real world events. According to some embodiments, event data is classified and event data requiring user input is determined, notifications to provide user input for the event data may be transmitted, and/or various features of follow-on workflow or launching follow-on workflow may be initiated, facilitated or provided. Various implementations also relate to classification, splitting events, merging events, time extensions/exceptions for processing events, processing of corollary events and the provision of chronologically organized historical records of interactions between groups of users and individuals or companies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Eli Borodow, Imed Yahmadi, Ali Aljane, Eric Baranes, Andrew Borodow
  • Patent number: 10154401
    Abstract: A system for enhancing the safety of one or more persons includes a Personal Safety Beacon (PSB) device that is coupled with a person being monitored. The PSB device is configured to perform a plurality of measurements indicative of environmental conditions encountered by the person being monitored. The PSB device is also configured to transmit a unique identifier associated with the PSB device. The system further includes one or more portable electronic devices that are in continuous communication with the PSB device. The one or more portable electronic device hosts a monitoring application that monitors the person. The monitoring application is configured to notify a user upon detecting one or more hazardous or unsafe conditions based on the information provided by the PSB device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: BEACONWATCH, LLC
    Inventors: Henning L. Olesen, William F. Wilkes
  • Patent number: 10152832
    Abstract: Systems and methods for live utilization and tracking of vehicular movement producing a fluid representation of the movement of vehicles and means to evaluate vehicle movement/activities relative to response requirements may be provided. Accordingly, real-time evaluations and/or corrections may be made based on this improved tracking of movement/activities. Replay analysis of movement/activities that have already occurred may be provided to evaluate and make adjustments for future responses and activities. Colors and other unique display items may be used to highlight different activities, movements and/or timing for completion within an online mapping application. Layering of different mapping displays also may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GenCore Candeo Ltd.
    Inventors: Joshua Brandt, Randal Matthew
  • Patent number: 10124768
    Abstract: A Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) passive vehicle access control system integrated into a vehicle and an external device to defend the system against relay attacks is provided. The system includes a location received configured to determine a current location of the system. The location of the system may be in the form of latitude and longitude, altitude, or combination thereof. The system further includes a vehicle and an external device. The location receiver may be integrated into the vehicle, the external device, or both. A processor is communicatively coupled the location receiver to any number of wireless transceivers. A comparator configured to compare the current location of both the vehicle and the external device may be optionally coupled to the location receiver and the processor. Any number of electromagnets for generating a magnetic field may be installed in the vehicle and located adjacent to the transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Maurizio Bocca, Vivek Jain, Christoph Lang, Huang Lee
  • Patent number: 10089846
    Abstract: A wireless monitoring device, comprising: a housing (10) in which is contained a wireless communication circuit for sending and receiving wireless signals; first and second flexible band portions (12, 14) connected at respective first ends to opposing edges of said housing; at least one antenna coupled to said wireless communication circuit; a connection device (16) for connecting second ends of said first and second band portions (12, 14) together to form a flexible band configured to attach the device to a user; at least one magnet (22) positioned in said first band portion (12); and a magnetic field sensor positioned in said second band portion, wherein said magnetic field sensor (20) is arranged to detect said at least one magnet (22) when said band portions (12, 14) are connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CHILD ANDGEL LTD
    Inventor: Andrew Purcell
  • Patent number: 10080099
    Abstract: A restricted zone monitoring system and associated methods are disclosed. The restricted zone monitoring system can include a connection to a network that includes cellular device location information. The restricted zone monitoring system can also include a restricted zone database including information defining one or more restricted zones. In addition, the restricted zone monitoring system can include a processor that compares the cellular device location information to the restricted zone database to determine whether a cellular device is located in a restricted zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Warren W. Kusumoto, Uma Jha
  • Patent number: 10068391
    Abstract: An onboard device comprising a processor, a memory coupled to the processor, and an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter. The onboard device also comprises a transceiver and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. In some embodiments, the memory of the onboard device stores a program that, when executed causes the processor to monitor voltage levels of a main battery of a vehicle for presence of a start sequence of a vehicle, detect movement of the vehicle, and send a message to an operations center indicating movement of the vehicle without occurrence of the start sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Gordon*Howard Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Morgan, Christopher M. Macheca, Franco Chirico
  • Patent number: 10057110
    Abstract: A site management system may include a user interface with a display device, a network interface, and a controller coupled to the user interface and the network interface. In some examples, the controller may be configured to determine the location of a first machine and compare the location of the first machine to one or more second machines. After determining the first machine crosses a predetermined geo-boundary of a second machine, the controller may be configured to elevate a threat level associated with the second machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rajeshkumar Thappali Ramaswamy Sethuraman, MuthuRamji Vadamalayan, Viswanathan Krishnan
  • Patent number: 9998892
    Abstract: A system for identifying a location of a vehicle user following a collision event and a method of using the system that includes the steps of: receiving an indication of the vehicle collision event at a backend system, wherein the indication is displayed as a graphical user interface; receiving a command at the backend system using the graphical user interface, wherein the command is associated with identifying the location of the vehicle user at a vehicle; and transmitting the command to the vehicle for the vehicle to carry out the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eli Tzirkel-Hancock, Omer Tsimhoni, Scott M. Reilly, Ilan Malka
  • Patent number: 9934628
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for recording video data of an event. The apparatuses include a processor communicating with memory. The memory stores video data of the event captured by a camera, and the video data includes a series of picture frames of the event. A loop buffer also stores video data of the event captured by the camera. A rule-based engine stored in the memory uses a set of rules to store the contents of the loop buffer in the memory. The apparatus utilizes the loop buffer to provide video data prior to occurrence of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Chanyu Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Barrett Morris Kreiner, Joseph E. Page, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9928744
    Abstract: The invention disclosed comprises a system for managing first response to an accident, incident or event. The system uses GPS, inter-vehicle wireless communications, and cellular radio communications to direct response team vehicles to the location of an accident, incident or event; and to convey response vehicle avoidance and detouring messages to non-response vehicles and pedestrians within a geo-fence area established by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Adam Benjamin Tannenbaum
  • Patent number: 9834196
    Abstract: In the first mode, a controller circuitry restrains or prohibits operation of an internal combustion engine. In the second mode, the controller circuitry activates maintains the charge amount of the battery. A controller circuitry generates a travel plan assigns one of the first mode and the second mode to each of sections, which are included in the travel route. An assessing circuitry assesses a tendency of assignment of the first mode in the travel route. A notifying device notifies information corresponding to the tendency assessed by the assessing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keisuke Morisaki
  • Patent number: 9828174
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the integrity of a freight container along a transport route, the container having a sensor monitoring the container integrity, wherein the sensing of an event violating the container integrity is followed by event data representing the integrity violation being transmitted to an analysis center, wherein the event data is rated using predetermined criteria in respect of either a sanctioned or an unsanctioned integrity violation, and wherein opening or closing of the container is rated as a sanctioned integrity violation if an electronic authorization code representing the sanction is sent to the analysis center for the event data representing this integrity violation. Different types of opening and/or closing operations are distinguished by using authorization codes from different function groups, and the analysis center uses the type of function code to determine what type of opening operation and/or closing operation has taken, or is meant to take, place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Busch, Klaus Hornbostel
  • Patent number: 9824326
    Abstract: A system of tracking an airbag, comprising a server, a parts database communicatively coupled to the server, and a number of user devices communicatively coupled to the server in which the server collects data associated with the airbag and in which the system receives and updates status data associated with the airbag. A method of tracking an airbag, comprising collecting data associated with a specific airbag, storing the collected data on a parts database, receiving updated airbag status data, and providing the collected data and status data to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: David T. Morby
  • Patent number: 9815369
    Abstract: A wading vehicle (100) having a water level sensor (114) comprising a hydrostatic pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Thuy-Yung Tran, Edward Hoare, Nigel Clarke
  • Patent number: 9813860
    Abstract: Disclosed are a geo-fencing based location detection method and electronic device, and the method includes: obtaining present geographic coordinates of a terminal, when an update of location of the terminal is detected; and checking whether or not the obtained geographic coordinates are within a rectangular coverage area denoted by any leaf node in a pre-built tree data structure, and if they are, obtaining an actual coverage area of a polygonal geo-fence within the rectangular coverage area; checking whether or not the geographic coordinates are in the actual coverage area of the polygonal geo-fence, and outputting a checking result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: HISENSE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Linhu Zhao, Tao Song
  • Patent number: 9800705
    Abstract: A user interface on a device allows a user to set their remote user status for viewing by other individuals on their devices. The user or an application can select from a number of predefined remote user status indicators representing remote user status, and the user can optionally include a text message to be displayed with the remote user status indicator. The selected remote user status indicator and optional text message can be stored on a network and made available to other devices that have a contact database that includes the user as a contact. In some implementations, the remote user status indicator can be displayed proximate the user's name in a user interface, such as a favorites list, e-mail interface, text messaging interface, chat room, or any other user interface associated with an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Geoff Stahl, Michael Dale Lampell, Laurent Baumann, Thomas Goossens
  • Patent number: 9786135
    Abstract: A radio apparatus includes a control unit, a power unit, a distress key and a transmission unit. When the distress key is manipulated, a distress key manipulation signal is output to the control unit and the power unit. When the power unit receives the distress key manipulation signal during a power supply is stopped, the power unit supplies power to the control unit and the transmission unit. When the control unit receives power from the power unit, the control unit starts setting up the radio apparatus and counts a time that the control unit continuously receives the distress key manipulation signal. When the control unit continuously receives the distress key manipulation signal for a preset time or longer, the control unit outputs a power supply maintenance signal to the power unit, generates the distress signal, and causes the transmission unit to send the distress signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ICOM INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Yoshio Sekiyama
  • Patent number: 9773406
    Abstract: Methods and systems for contingency communication are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for providing emergency services may be performed by a base station operating in a communication system. In an embodiment, the method for providing emergency services includes transmitting a beacon signal to indicate an emergency status to enable portable devices to operate in a stress mode. A distress signal may be transmitted by a mobile device in response to the beacon signal to the base station, wherein the distress signal carries information at least comprising user identity associated with the mobile device, geolocation of the mobile device, or biometrics of a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Neocific, Inc.
    Inventors: Titus Lo, Xiaodong Li
  • Patent number: 9758120
    Abstract: The proposed method and system is a client-server system where client is an application monitoring and processing the readings of the sensors of a personal mobile device in a moving vehicle and when the possibility of a crush is predicted, transmit to the remote server a provisional alarm. If after a predefined time period a FALSE ALARM signal not received by the remote server from the client then an accident alarm ticket will be forwarded from the remote server to an emergency service center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Andreas Alamanos
  • Patent number: 9743375
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of techniques or systems for location tracking are provided herein. A system for location tracking may be utilized to track or determine one or more locations for one or more devices of one or more users. A tracking system or control component may be utilized to access or initiate requests for location tracking, such as for legitimate purposes or business reasons. For example, a system for location tracking may be implemented as an application or tracking application installed on a mobile device or a device or a user. A device may transmit a key to a third party and encrypted location data to a tracking entity. The application may have a front-end interface (e.g., for users being tracked) and a back-end interface (e.g., for users initiating tracking). In this manner, location tracking is provided while promoting privacy and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Charles C. Anesi, Wayne Mekjian, Eric H. Castain, Brian J. Hanafee
  • Patent number: 9731682
    Abstract: Remote tamper detection. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including: receiving signals indicative of a location, the receiving by a first device coupled to an asset; sending, at predetermined time intervals, a signal of operability between the first device and a second device, the second device coupled to the asset, and the second device configured to selectively disable the asset; determining that receipt of the signal of operability has ceased; and issuing an indication of the location of the first device responsive to the determining that receipt of the signal of operability has ceased, the issuing from the first device by a wireless transmission to a remote operations center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Gordon*Howard Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Morgan, Stanley G. Schwarz, Christopher M. Macheca
  • Patent number: 9665755
    Abstract: Systems and devices for determining the presence of and managing objects contained within a container. The container includes at least one compartment that can house at least one object. In response to receiving a signal, the container is configured to transmit a signal regarding a determination of the presence of an object within a compartment. A first and second proximity sensor are used to cause a status check of the presence of an object within a compartment, such that the status check is initiated when the first and second proximity sensors are within a predetermined distance of each other. The determination of the presence of an object within a container may be transmitted to a connected wireless device. The connected wireless device may also remotely cause a status check of a compartment within a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Cory Myers, Tonika Myers
  • Patent number: RE48359
    Abstract: A computer readable storage medium includes executable instructions to receive from a mobile device a request regarding a stranded vehicle. The request is processed to determine the location of the stranded vehicle. Additional information regarding the stranded vehicle may be retrieved. The location of the stranded vehicle and the additional information may be communicated as a dispatch request. The location of the stranded vehicle relative to a dispatched vehicle is delivered to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Esurance Insurance Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Miles Harris, Deepak Kumar Srinivasan, Philip James Swift, Paul David Sykes