Steering Wheel Patents (Class 340/426.31)
  • Patent number: 8886406
    Abstract: A corner unit guidance control system for use with a corner unit that is part of a center pivot irrigation system includes an antenna, a receiver, and a controller. The antenna may be located along a vertical axis through the center of a wheel of the corner unit and may be operable to receive signals from at least one external positional information source. The receiver may be in communication with the antenna and operable to process the signals to produce position data corresponding to a current position of the wheel. The controller may be in communication with the receiver and may be programmed to steer the wheel to a heading corresponding to a difference between the current position of the wheel and a point along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: John Grabow
  • Patent number: 8810412
    Abstract: An arrangement to awaken a sleeping driver or operator of a vehicle, a vessel, an aeroplane or any other system that is controlled by a person, includes a detection part that is arranged to measure movements of a control element that belongs to the vehicle with which control element the driver has hand contact, a calculation circuit arranged to compare movements of the control element over time, and an alarm part arranged to produce vibrations in the control element. The calculation circuit is arranged to activate the alarm part when no movement of the control element has occurred during a pre-determined period, which pre-determined period indicates that the driver has fallen asleep, and in that all the parts are mounted on or are integrated with the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Svenska Utvecklings Entreprenoren Susen AB
    Inventor: Klas Küntzel
  • Patent number: 8791835
    Abstract: Methods for road safety enhancement use mobile communication device (MCD) onboard vehicle to share traveling data through inter-vehicle communication broadcasting, perform road hazard warning, enhance road navigation, and provide autonomous road assistance. The methods have a variety of vehicle status data, such as moving data, steering data, or indicator data, obtained through GPS or image capturing and recognition of instrument cluster of vehicle. The image capturing and recognition allows to get speed data from indication of speedometer, indication of left or right turn signal, steering action data corresponding to steering wheel rotation, and light-on indication of system status indicators. To facilitate that, the MCD may be placed in front of steering wheel, and, if applicable, also in coupling with movement of steering wheel. The MCD may perform relative positioning map-matching lane correlation and GPS-update-interval speed positioning to improve data quality regarding vehicle moving status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 8736208
    Abstract: When one of six FETs has short-circuit faulted, a controllable region identification unit stops driving of an electric motor, and then performs processes for determining whether a short-circuit fault has occurred, and when a short-circuit fault has occurred, for identifying the position of the FET that has short-circuit faulted based on phase voltages (induced voltages) VU, VV, and VW of phases. When the position of the FET that has short-circuit faulted is identified, the controllable region identification unit performs a controllable region identification process. In detail, the controllable region identification unit identifies a “possible region,” an “indeterminate region,” and a “impossible region” based on phase voltages VU, VV, and VW of the phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Jtekt Corporation
    Inventors: Shigekazu Okumura, Fumihiko Satou, Hiroshi Sumasu
  • Patent number: 8471722
    Abstract: A direction indicator system includes: an electromagnetic drive actuator that has a moving part that can slide back and forth, side to side, and diagonally; and a drive controlling unit that controls the sliding direction of the moving part, based on direction indicating information that is supplied from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventors: Masahiro Kaneko, Satoshi Sakurai, Nobuo Yatsu, Takuya Uchiyama, Yuriko Segawa
  • Patent number: 8296033
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes one or more driver intent detection devices to detect at least a curve-negotiating intention of a driver. The system also includes one or more curvature detection devices, to detect or otherwise determine a road curvature. The system further includes one or more overspeed control devices, to, based at least in part on data received from the one or more curvature detection devices and data received from the one or more driver intent detection devices, cause braking to one or more vehicle tires and/or reducing engine torque to keep a vehicle accurately negotiating the curved road for the current driving condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Daniel Domek Eisele, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Christopher Nave, Levasseur Tellis, Jeffrey Daniel Rupp
  • Patent number: 8063752
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for driving corridor markers display are disclosed in the invention. The steering angle is obtained and the parameters of driving corridor image are selected correspondingly from the non-volatile memory. The parameters are used to calculate the locus of the nodes, using the equation of quadratic or cubic Bezier curves. The nodes are connected with the segments, thus forming the driving corridor image. The driving corridor image is superimposed on the image acquired from the sensor, and the resulting image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Konevsky Oleg
  • Patent number: 7804858
    Abstract: A transmission ECU on a transmission side and reception ECUs on a reception side are connected through communication lines and junction connectors. A delay circuit is provided in each of the junction connectors on the side of the reception ECUs. One end of the delay circuit is connected to the communication line on the side of the transmission ECU and the other end of the same is connected to the communication line on the side of the reception ECU. The communication lines on the both ends of the delay circuit are grounded through termination resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Tamai
  • Patent number: 7734382
    Abstract: A vehicle remote control system is for a vehicle including a data communications bus extending throughout the vehicle, and at least one vehicle device connected to the data communications bus. The vehicle remote control system includes a remote transmitter, and a true controller at the vehicle for controlling the vehicle device via a true command on the data communications bus, and based upon the remote transmitter. The true controller also controls the vehicle device via a respective counteracting command on the data communications bus based upon detecting a rogue controller attempt to control the at least one vehicle device via a rogue command on the data communications bus. The true controller may thus counteract a rogue controller attempt to start the engine, unlock vehicle doors, roll down windows, and/or disarm the vehicle security system, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Omega Patents, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 7729814
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is for a vehicle including a data communications bus extending throughout the vehicle, and at least one vehicle device connected to the data communications bus. The vehicle control system includes a a true controller at the vehicle for controlling the vehicle device via a true command on the data communications bus. The true controller also controls the vehicle device via a respective counteracting command on the data communications bus based upon detecting a rogue controller attempt to control the at least one vehicle device via a rogue command on the data communications bus. The true controller may thus counteract a rogue controller attempt to start the engine, unlock vehicle doors, roll down windows, and/or disarm the vehicle security system, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Omega Patents, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 7683765
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for a motor vehicle having a monitoring unit which monitors a fault-free functionality of at least one operator control unit of the motor vehicle and generates warning signals in the case of limit-value functions of the at least one operator control unit. The monitoring unit generates tactile signals as warning signals so that degradation of performance of the at least one operator control unit can be communicated haptically to a driver of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Julian Requejo, Achim Seibertz, Markus Kees, Jan Pieter Maurice
  • Patent number: 7576638
    Abstract: An automobile steering wheel lock with an alarm includes a lock having a lock core with a chamber containing an alarm and at least one light hole. The alarm consists of a circuit board, a battery, a buzzer and a touch switch. The circuit board capable of sending signals has a warning light and a high-density LED light. Also, a help-signaling device is installed at a conspicuous location of a car and provided with at least one lamp panel. Each lamp panel is provided with a wireless receiver for receiving signals from the alarm and formed of luminescent lamps or LED lamps to show help signals. So, should the buzzer be moved by a burglar, it would sound immediately, spontaneously activating the high-density LED light to radiate toward the driver's seat and the lamp panel lit, achieving multiple anti-theft effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Yung Chan Electrical Instrument Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pin-Han Yu
  • Publication number: 20090069967
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclose for auto-steering of an auto-guided vehicle. A sensor coupled to a steering shaft detects when an operator requests control of the vehicle. The sensor then transmits information indicative of the request to one or more controllers of an auto-guidance system, which initiates a shutdown of auto-steering functions. In this way, the system quickly reverts to manual steering in an automatically guided and steered vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Keith Reed, Michael John Gomes
  • Patent number: 7446652
    Abstract: A system for detecting proper usage of a seatbelt in a vehicle by an operator of the vehicle is provided. The seatbelt usage detection system includes a first communication device arranged on the seatbelt and a second communication device. One of the first and second communication devices is a transmitter and the other of the first and second communication devices is a receiver. The receiver and transmitter are capable of establishing a communication link with each other. The second communication device is arranged in the vehicle so as to be able to establish a communication link with the first communication device of a predetermined signal strength upon proper fastening of the seatbelt around the body of an operator. The system also includes a processing unit for monitoring the signal strength of the communication link between the first and second communication devices and for providing a signal that the seatbelt is unfastened when the signal strength is less than the predetermined signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: LeRoy G. Hagenbuch
  • Patent number: 7418327
    Abstract: A method for determining a control standard of an active steering device (10) of a vehicle (1) controllable by a control device (11). A driving dynamic of the vehicle (1) is influenced according to the control standard. The control standard is determined according to a nominal yawing rate calculated at least with reference to different actual operating parameters of the vehicle and one dynamic vehicle state determined according to the nominal yawing rate and actual operating state parameters. The control standard is superimposed on a steering transit angle preset by a driver so that an existing actual yawing rate is changed in direction of the nominal yawing rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Christoph Pelchen, Andreas Thies, Thomas Rosemeier
  • Patent number: 7414519
    Abstract: A theft prevention apparatus of a leisure vehicle including a portable device configured to transmit a user identification code by radio, a communication device that is equipped in the leisure vehicle and is configured to receive the user identification code, an electric power supply loaded in the leisure vehicle, a hand-operated switch that is disposed on a power line coupling the electric power supply to the communication device and is configured to turn to an on-state or an off-state to or not to permit the electric power to be supplied from the electric power supply to the communication device; and a controller configured to determine whether or not the user identification code received from the communication device matches the correct user identification code and to enable the leisure vehicle to be steered when it is determined that the received user identification code matches the correct user identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoji Onishi, Kenichi Furuhashi, Tomoyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7414520
    Abstract: A steering wheel for motor vehicles is disclosed. The aim of the steering wheel is to supply information from a driver guidance system or a driver assistance system to a driver in such a way that said information is easily received and that the driver can also input information for said systems or for a telephone, without having to divert his or her attention from the traffic. To achieve this, the steering wheel is configured as a communication interface for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Takata-Petri AG
    Inventor: Dirk Meiβner
  • Patent number: 7411484
    Abstract: A steering wheel lock having an ultrasonic-wave alarm system includes a lock main body to be mounted on a steering wheel so that the rotation of the steering wheel is constrained and an anti-theft alarm circuit located within an outer shell of the lock main body, which is activated upon the engagement of the lock main body and the steering wheel. The anti-theft alarm circuit further includes at least a set of detecting unit and a central processing unit (CPU) for detecting a moving body in the automobile. The detecting unit consists of an ultrasonic wave emitter for sending ultrasonic waves toward the inner space of the automobile and an ultrasonic wave receiver for receiving and treating the reflected waves. The treated signals are sent to the CPU for recognition. If the signals are anomalous, the anti-theft alarm circuit will start a predetermined alarming process to scare away suspicious people and to notify the automobile owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventor: Chen-Kuei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7301443
    Abstract: An anti-theft automobile steering wheel lock with an alarm unit includes a stationary base, an insert pin, a helical spring, a locking core, a movable constrict base, an alarm unit and a cover. The locking core can be rotated with a key to let a projecting member move downwards to separate from a fitting hole so that the helical spring extends to push up both the insert pin and the locking core outwards. Meanwhile, the separation of the insert pin away from an insert hole of the telescoping rod enables the movable constrict base moved farther away from the stationary base, unlocking the lock. Reversely, pushing the locking core inwards into the stationary base can lock the lock on the steering wheel, and simultaneously the alarm unit started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Jin Shan Die Casting Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Ho Yu
  • Patent number: 7289022
    Abstract: A communication system for communicating between a tire/wheel assembly and a body of a vehicle of a construction in which the tire/wheel assembly is supported by the vehicle body, has a i) wheel-side communication device that is mounted to the tire/wheel assembly and rotates together with the tire/wheel assembly, and ii) a body-side communication device that is mounted in a fixed position to the vehicle body. The communication system performs communication between the wheel-side communication device and the body-side communication device according to a predetermined rotational position of the tire/wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Ogawa, Shinichi Tomioka
  • Patent number: 7259659
    Abstract: A motorcar burglar proof system comprised of a mechanism to lock up the steering wheel, an image retrieve device, and a built in control circuit; an IC chip integrated by the control circuit recording physical features of the genuine driver to compare with the image retrieved so to release the steering wheel if fits; if not, the steering wheel remaining to be locked up, the image being saved, and the alarm being activated to alert the parties concerned to respond in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: Fu-Jen Liu
  • Patent number: 7242283
    Abstract: An anti-theft automobile steering wheel lock with an alarm includes an alarm and a lock body. The alarm set fixed on the lock body consists of a circuit board, a buzzer and a battery base. The circuit board possesses a microphone sensor, a vibrating sensor and a warning light. The warning light and the battery base are connected with the circuit board. In using, wrap a fitting member of the lock body around a part of the steering wheel of an automobile and power the alarm set in a detecting state. If a door of an automobile is opened by a thief, air current outside the automobile will flow into the interior of the automobile, inducing the microphone sensor to make the buzzer sound out for warning. If the body of an automobile is struck by a thief, the vibrating sensor will be induced to make the buzzer sound out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Hui-Hua Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7233231
    Abstract: A vehicle steering wheel lock with a burglar-proof alarm device comprises a burglar-proof alarm circuit, A wireless signal detecting unit, an air pressure detecting unit; supersonic detecting unit for detecting movements of objects; an infrared receiver for receiving infrared signals from the portable alarm device. The wireless wave emitting unit includes a receiving antennal circuit, a high frequency amplifier, a band pass filter, a local oscillating circuit, a mixing circuit, a middle frequency circuit, and a second middle frequency IC; the receiving antenna circuit being for adjusting the harmonic receiving frequency for receiving high frequency signal, which is then passed through the high frequency amplifier, band pass filter, local oscillating circuit, and the mixing circuit; the local oscillator circuit having a baseband oscillating circuit, a nine-time amplifier circuit, a nine-time frequency modulating circuit for generating an oscillating frequency signal to the mixing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Chen-Kuei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7119667
    Abstract: A column shroud for covering a steering column including a shroud body. The shroud body has first and second portions connectable to one another about a steering column. The shroud body defines an opening in the first portion. An ignition receptor is accessible through the opening for receiving a pass key. The column shroud also includes a coil bobbin fixed to the shroud body adjacent to the opening. In the event of an attempted theft of the vehicle, the coil bobbin would be removed from the column in the event the shroud body is removed and the vehicle would be disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M King, Ray G. Armstrong, Richard K. Riefe, Scott A. Scherzer, Josh S. McDonald
  • Patent number: 7116214
    Abstract: A circuit board assembly for use in a vehicle immobilizer system in accordance with the present invention includes a printed circuit board for mounting in an interior portion of the vehicle and having an aperture formed therethrough. The aperture is defined by an interior wall of the printed circuit board. An antenna trace is printed on the circuit board proximate to the interior wall defining the aperture. An ignition switch assembly extends through the aperture of the circuit board. The ignition switch is operable to receive a key having a transponder disposed thereon, and the antenna trace is operable to alternately transmit a signal to and receive a signal from the transponder when the key is positioned in the ignition switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Riad Ghabra, David A. Michalski, Helena Thornton
  • Patent number: 7049931
    Abstract: A steering wheel locking apparatus having high reliability. A steering lock apparatus (1) includes a lock pin (21) engaged with a steering wheel (5), a motor (23) for moving the lock pin, and an ECU (31) for controlling the motor. A switch (61) is arranged in a first power supply line (81) for supplying the motor with current. When supplying an electrical component with current, the switch breaks the first power supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Masaki Hayashi, Hirokazu Shamoto, Masaki Yoshino, Toshihiro Nagae
  • Patent number: 7030740
    Abstract: A multifunction car theft alarm lock with tire pressure sensing device, includes a lock unit adapted to lock the steering wheel of a car, a sensor module providing multiple sensing modes to enhance the anti-theft function, and tire pressure sensors adapted to detect tire pressure of the car and adapted to enable an audio visual alarm if tire pressure drops below a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Tien-Tsai Huang
  • Patent number: 7005976
    Abstract: A system for detecting proper usage of a seatbelt in a vehicle by an operator of the vehicle is provided. The seatbelt usage detection system includes a first communication device arranged on the seatbelt and a second communication device. One of the first and second communication devices is a transmitter and the other of the first and second communication devices is a receiver. The receiver and transmitter are capable of establishing a communication link with each other. The second communication device is arranged in the vehicle so as to be able to establish a communication link with the first communication device of a predetermined signal strength upon proper fastening of the seatbelt around the body of an operator. The system also includes a processing unit for monitoring the signal strength of the communication link between the first and second communication devices and for providing a signal that the seatbelt is unfastened when the signal strength is less than the predetermined signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: LeRoy G. Hagenbuch
  • Publication number: 20040155758
    Abstract: A burglar alarm lock for steering wheel of cars and particularly to a burglar alarm lock aiming at improving U.S. patent application Ser. Nos. 08/616,338 and 824,781 previously submitted by Applicant to enhance theft-deterrent effect and utilization effectiveness. It has a receiving antenna installed on a lock block adjacent to the window of the driver seat at an elevation slightly higher than the lock body. The antenna is connected to an alarm circuit located in the lock set. Through a remote controller and the antenna, the alarm lock may be activated and the alarm may be released at a long distance. The antenna can attenuate the shield effect and improve signal transmission to enhance control effect at a long distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventor: Chien-Ho Yu
  • Publication number: 20040113762
    Abstract: A multi-functional car-burglar-proof annunciator is disclosed. A lock body has a long rod. The long rod has a lock head and a lock kernel portion. A front end of the lock body has a protruded locking seat for fixing the circuit elements of the burglar-proof annuniator. The burglar-proof annuniator in the lock body includes at least one independent battery unit as a power supply of the burglar-proof annuniator; a burglar-proof detecting unit for detecting the intrusion condition and to trigger the main control unit of the burglar-proof annuniator; an alarm unit for trigger a strong voice or flash; and a wireless signal transmission unit. A far-reaching alerting device capable includes at least one wireless signal receiving unit for receiving the signals from the burglar-proof annuniator; a control unit for decoding the signal; a mobile phone dialing control unit; and a mobile phone communication unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Chen-Kuei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6734788
    Abstract: An electrical anti-theft device for a motor vehicle issues an audible alarm signal for a predetermined period of time in response to tampering with the vehicle which is sensed by the anti-theft device. At the end of the predetermined period of time, a strobe light is activated and operates continuously thereafter to indicate that the vehicle has been tampered with. At the same time, the electrical anti-theft device is reset so as to issue the alarm signal in response to further tampering with the vehicle. The electrical anti-theft device is incorporated in a mechanical anti-theft device mountable on a vehicle steering wheel to limit rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty LLC
    Inventor: Kevin D. Winner
  • Patent number: 6703929
    Abstract: An automobile vehicle equipped with a “hands-free” access and/or engine starting system controlled by a management logic subassembly and equipped with a radio receiver subassembly, which includes at the top of the vehicle's steering column a radio antenna and which converts radio signals received by said antenna into signals exploitable by said management logic subassembly to enable it, when it recognizes said signals as coming from an identification device of a predetermined user, to authorize or trigger an operation in the vehicle, said management logic subassembly, said radio receiver subassembly and said antenna being integrated in and interconnected by an electronic board, wherein this electronic board also includes a subassembly providing interfaces with “on-the-column” control and/or signaling parts mounted on the vehicle's steering column or steering wheel and/or on one or more satellite modules mounted on this steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Valeo Electronique
    Inventor: Xavier Baudard
  • Publication number: 20040027239
    Abstract: A steering wheel locking apparatus having high reliability. A steering lock apparatus (1) includes a lock pin (21) engaged with a steering wheel (5), a motor (23) for moving the lock pin, and an ECU (31) for controlling the motor. A switch (61) is arranged in a first power supply line (81) for supplying the motor with current. When supplying an electrical component with current, the switch breaks the first power supply line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventors: Masaki Hayashi, Hirokazu Shamoto, Masaki Yoshino, Toshihiro Nagae