Responsive To Changes In Voltage Or Current In A Vehicle Electrical System Patents (Class 340/428)
  • Patent number: 9368009
    Abstract: A system is provided, where the system includes at least one security system sensor, at least one home automation device and a security system processor that monitors the security system sensor and generates an alarm upon activation of the at least one security system sensor. The security system processor also monitors the at least one home automation device and generates an alarm upon detecting the manual activation of the at least one home automation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Albert Lee, Dan Tyroler, Hong-Jyh Chen, Howard Yuk
  • Patent number: 9030310
    Abstract: A proximity-based catalytic converter protection system for a vehicle that includes a controller, and a catalytic converter, both located in the vehicle. The protection system further includes a pair of electrodes that are electrically coupled to the controller and located in proximity to the converter. The controller monitors capacitance between the electrodes to detect movement external to the vehicle near the converter. The controller may activate an alarm element upon detecting a change in capacitance between the electrodes that exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Van Wiemeersch, Don D. Price, Eric L. Reed
  • Patent number: 8972079
    Abstract: When vehicle position information at a time of parking start is available, a remote starter transmits the vehicle position information at the time of parking start to an information processor. When the vehicle position information at the time of parking start is unavailable, the remote starter transmits the vehicle position information obtained just before the vehicle position information becomes unavailable, as the vehicle position information at the time of parking start to the information processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Satoshi Harumoto, Mitsuru Ohta, Junko Haruna
  • Patent number: 8953041
    Abstract: An Engineer's View (EV) wireless video system for powered and unpowered model railroad engines is disclosed. The invention uses commercially available wireless spy cameras, powered by a custom power supply circuit which is compatible with either DC or DCC track systems. The present invention is compatible with all commercial model railroad gauge diesel engines including HO and N Gauge or may be factory installed. The EV system demonstrates a remarkably stable and realistic image of a model railroad layout. Moreover, the present invention may also provide a stable source of power to the engine where stalling could occur at points of track defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Johnson Bartlett, Sr., William Travis Bartlett
  • Patent number: 8928225
    Abstract: Provided is a display device in which design properties have been improved by eliminating the flickering when the display level changes. A microcomputer (5) causes light emission of first LEDs (23 and 24) which are the first and second ones counting from the right end among the emitting first LEDs (21 to 24), with decreasing brightness towards the right end. Furthermore, the microcomputer (5) causes light emission of second LEDs from a second LED (77) which is disposed at the right end of the second LEDs (71 to 77), to a second LED (73) which is disposed at a position overlapped with the first LEDs (23 and 24) that emit light with decreasing brightness towards the right end, and also causes light emission of second LEDs (73 and 74), which are the first and second ones counting from the left end among the emitting second LEDs (73 to 77), with decreasing brightness towards the left end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Masuda, Yoshiyuki Furuya, Hideaki Kageyama
  • Patent number: 8860565
    Abstract: An efficiency gauge from a vehicle information display may incorporate vehicle range information in addition to an efficiency indicator. The range information may be displayed as an area on the efficiency gauge indicating a safe operating region for average driving in order for the vehicle to reach a target destination entered by a driver before an on-board energy source is depleted. By maintaining a vehicle's average trip efficiency within the safe operating region through driving behavior, the display may convey that the vehicle will be able to make it to the target destination. Over the course of a trip, the safe operating region may be constantly updated to reflect the current state of the battery and the remaining distance to the target destination. If no target information is received, a default target distance value based on an initial distance to empty estimation may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technlogies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Skaff, Dale Gilman, Paul Aldighieri
  • Patent number: 8841996
    Abstract: A driving assistance device includes a display unit which displays an energy consumption rate map which shows a distribution of an energy consumption rate during travel of a vehicle, an icon which indicates a current energy consumption rate of the vehicle on the energy consumption rate map, the energy consumption rate being defined by a speed of the vehicle and an acceleration/deceleration of the vehicle, and a direction defining display portion which defines a moving direction of the icon, wherein the energy consumption rate map displays an eco region, which is a region in which the energy consumption rate is lower than a predetermined value, with a color different from those of the other regions of the energy consumption rate map in the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Nakamichi
  • Patent number: 8798855
    Abstract: A system and method for self-detecting vehicle theft is provided that includes a first antenna and a second antenna, both located on a vehicle. The first antenna transmits the signal and the second antenna receives the signal. A monitoring module in communication with the second antenna is configured to determine whether the signal has changed. A vehicle security system is configured to activate based on a change in the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Shafer Seymour, Peter Saladin
  • Patent number: 8718719
    Abstract: A system and method for managing battery slump in a battery-powered communications device including: an input configured for receiving battery voltage level information; an output configured for sending a signal for terminating a transmission; and a controller connected to the input and the output and configured to receive the battery voltage level information from the input; monitor the battery voltage level information; and send a signal via the output to terminate a transmission if the battery voltage level information crosses a predetermined threshold during the transmission. In particular, the system and method may further include an input connected to the controller and configured for receiving a signal indicating when a transmission is beginning or occurring and the controller is further configured to receive and monitor the battery voltage level information only when the transmission is occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Martin George Albert Guthrie, Richard C. Madter, Dusan Veselic, Christopher Simon Book, Kent Arnold Nickerson
  • Patent number: 8704650
    Abstract: To test whether a trailer is coupled to a tractor when the tractor ignition switch is off, a test switch in the trailer connects a high-impedance power source in a trailer to a line carrying energy from the tractor ignition switch to the trailer's electrical load, and measures the voltage at the line. A high voltage indicates a connection only to the electrical load in the trailer and thus a decouple. A low voltage indicates a measurement of the electrical loads in both trailer and tractor and hence a coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Startrak Information Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Perten, Robert Schicke
  • Patent number: 8653954
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting an error in the installation of an electrical component in a vehicle having a vehicle bus is disclosed herein. The system includes, but is not limited to a vehicle communication interface that is configured to be communicatively coupled with the vehicle bus and to detect a first power state of the vehicle. The system further includes an aftermarket telematics unit that is configured to be electrically connected to the vehicle and to wirelessly communicate with the vehicle communication interface. The vehicle communication interface is further configured to detect a second power state of the aftermarket telematics unit, to compare the first power state with the second power state, and to alert a third party when the first power state and the second power state do not correspond with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Nicholas J. Peariso
  • Patent number: 8593270
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tester, its use and a method for testing signal lines of a flight control system for a trimmable horizontal stabilizer (THS) motor of an aircraft. The tester comprises at least one test-relay (52, 54) to be connected with a relay socket of the flight control system, when the signal lines of the flight control system are to be tested, and at least one indicator (60, 70, 80, 90) being electrically connected with the at least one test-relay (52, 54) for indicating whether a voltage being applied to the test-relay (52, 54) is equal to or larger than a predetermined voltage. The method according to the invention comprises the steps of connecting at least one test-relay (52, 54) of a tester (1), in place of the original relay, with the relay socket of the flight control system, applying a voltage to the at least one test-relay (52, 54) and determining whether a voltage being applied to the at least one test-relay (52, 54) is equal to or larger than a predetermined voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Knoop
  • Patent number: 8571476
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and an apparatus for electronic communication between at least two communication devices. To allow reliable connection setup between the devices which are to be provided for communication at the same time as simple handling, a method according to the invention has the following steps: two communication devices intended for communication are associated with one another by means of a first coupling mechanism, and the communication between the mutually associated communication devices is performed by means of a second coupling mechanism, wherein the first coupling mechanism has a shorter range than the second coupling mechanism or is effected by means of physical contact between the communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Arndt, Detlef Kuck
  • Publication number: 20130176119
    Abstract: A vehicle alarm system with protection against power source and wiring tampering is provided. For some embodiments, the system may have a dual power source. As such, the alarm system is not easily defeated by simply disconnecting the alarm unit from a siren (or the power source from an alarm unit).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: THOMAS WILLIAM ENGEL
  • Patent number: 8478475
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted electronic appliance has a vehicle state detection portion which detects a vehicle being parked, a sound indication portion, and a sound indication control portion. When the vehicle state detection portion detects that the vehicle is parked, the sound indication control portion makes the sound indication portion indicate a warning to watch out for theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hongying Wang
  • Patent number: 8386176
    Abstract: A system and the like capable of reporting a position of a vehicle to outside at an appropriate frequency, while saving communication cost is provided. According to a vehicle position transmission system 10 of the present invention, after an IGN switch 101 of a vehicle 1 is switched from ON to OFF, the vehicle position transmission system 10 is transited from an operating state to a stand-by state. Then, in the case where a transition requirement of the vehicle position transmission system 10 to a sleeping state is satisfied, a wireless communication equipment 14 transmits a position signal to a vehicle management center 2, and thereafter a vehicle position transmission system 10 is transited to the sleeping state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuaki Asahara
  • Patent number: 8376399
    Abstract: A control unit and a method for triggering an occupant protection arrangement for a vehicle are described, at least two semiconductor modules being provided for actuating the triggering of the occupant protection arrangement. The at least two semiconductor modules are provided for actuating the control of the personal protective arrangement. The at least two semiconductor modules provide the power supply voltage for the control unit. The at least two semiconductor modules also monitor these power supply voltages and monitor each other in at least one direction relative to these power supply voltages. The at least two semiconductor modules jointly execute a reset for the control unit, depending on the monitoring of the power supply voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ruediger Karner, Hartmut Schumacher, Carsten List
  • Patent number: 8352170
    Abstract: A traveling apparatus is provided. The traveling apparatus includes: a driver configured to independently drive two wheels disposed in parallel; a chassis configured to connect the two wheels; a detector provided in the chassis configured to detect a posture angle of the chassis, rotating speed of the two wheels being set respectively based on information on the detected posture angle; and an empty vehicle controller configured to control a posture of a vehicle to stand the vehicle independently in a state of no rider on board. The empty vehicle controller limits or controls the posture angle at the start of the posture control of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Gousuke Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8334760
    Abstract: An antitheft device that activates in connection with tampering with a vehicle, includes an air-conditioning unit operation determining portion that determines whether an air-conditioning unit is about to be operated or is operating, and a restricting portion that performs control to prohibit or restrict activation of the antitheft device when it is determined by the air-conditioning unit operation determining portion that the air-conditioning unit is about to be operated or is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Tanaka, Takeo Endo
  • Patent number: 8311690
    Abstract: A charging system provided for vehicles prevents theft of a charging cable, insertion of foreign matter into a vehicle-side receptacle, or tampering when an onboard battery usable for running power is charged from a household power supply. A cable connector of the charging cable is opposed to the vehicle-side receptacle in a connecting part to prepare for charging. When a PHV is exited, a switching command switching from an unlocked state of a door locking mechanism to a locked state is inputted to a PHV ECU responsive to an inputting manipulation performed on a key or door key sensor. The PHV ECU allows the door locking mechanism to switch from the unlocked state to the locked state. The PHV ECU allows locking mechanisms to switch from the unlocked states to the locked states in the manner interlocked with the switching action of the door locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8305201
    Abstract: An antitheft device for a vehicle includes a main ignition switch, an auxiliary ignition switch disposed at a location which is predetermined so that a driver, when seated on a driver's seat, can operate the auxiliary ignition switch and the auxiliary ignition switch is invisible in a vehicle interior, and an engine start unit including an engine start signal cutoff unit which is connected to the auxiliary ignition switch. When the main and auxiliary ignition switches are turned on, the engine start signal cutoff unit is turned on so that the engine start unit delivers an engine start signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Beat-Sonic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Totani, Atsushi Shinoda
  • Patent number: 8271162
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 8095070
    Abstract: A wireless transceiver includes: (a) a low power radio frequency (LPRF) communications component capable of powering down to conserve energy and capable of powering up in response to an electronic signal, the LPRF communications component including a transmitter and a first receiver; and (b) a second receiver that is configured to screen a radio frequency broadcast and provide, on the basis of specific data identified therein, the electronic signal to the LPRF communications component in order to power up the LPRF communications component. The second receiver is adapted to draw less current than the LPRF communications component while awaiting receipt of and listening for a radio frequency broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Terahop Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Twitchell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8050625
    Abstract: A wireless transceiver includes: (a) a low power radio frequency (LPRF) communications component capable of powering down to conserve energy and capable of powering up in response to an electronic signal, the LPRF communications component including a transmitter and a first receiver; and (b) a second receiver that is configured to screen a radio frequency broadcast and provide, on the basis of specific data identified therein, the electronic signal to the LPRF communications component in order to power up the LPRF communications component. The second receiver is adapted to draw less current than the LPRF communications component while awaiting receipt of and listening for a radio frequency broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Terahop Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Twitchell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8026797
    Abstract: An emergency reporting apparatus includes a power supply circuit, a control circuit, and a timer. The power supply circuit generates operating power of the emergency reporting apparatus from a vehicle battery in a vehicle battery mode and from an auxiliary battery in an auxiliary battery mode. The control circuit causes the power supply circuit to switch from the vehicle battery mode to the auxiliary battery mode in response to a trigger event and starts an emergency reporting procedure using the auxiliary battery. The timer measures time elapsed since the power supply circuit switches to the auxiliary battery mode. The control circuit causes the power supply circuit to switch back to the vehicle battery mode, when the elapsed time exceeds a predetermined threshold time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8026798
    Abstract: An apparatus for presenting a time-variant information element in a vehicle, which has a steering wheel (1602), comprises one or more remotely and individually controllable tactile pads (1620), which produce a tactile sensation in response to a respective pad output signal, which is produced by a controller (CTRL). The tactile pads are positioned or adapted to be positioned on the steering wheel (1602) or proximate to it, such that they can be touched by at least one hand (1610,1612) of the vehicle driver while driving the vehicle. The apparatus further comprises means for determining the time-variant information element to be presented and for applying the determined time-variant information element to the controller and means for encoding the determined time-variant information element by the controller into temporal variations of the one or more pad output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Senseg Ltd.
    Inventors: Ville Makinen, Jukka Linjama, Moaffak Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8010251
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectutal Property I, LP
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 7961083
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a satellite receiver controller having a digital to analog circuit with an output having a dynamic range offset voltage, which is adjusted in synchronization with a signal pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Derek Bernardon
  • Patent number: 7956729
    Abstract: An electronic device, which for example includes a sensor element such as a rotational speed sensor, comprises a first network (4) having a first microcontroller (8) and a first supply voltage source (10). It also comprises a second network (4) having a second microcontroller (8) and a second supply voltage source (30). The electronic device is also provided with decoupling elements (42-50) which are adapted to decouple the networks (4, 6) form interferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Schmid
  • Patent number: 7911330
    Abstract: To test whether a trailer is coupled to a tractor when the tractor ignition switch is off, a test switch in the trailer connects a high-impedance power source in a trailer to a line carrying energy from the tractor ignition switch to the trailer's electrical load, and measures the voltage at the line. A high voltage indicates a connection only to the electrical load in the trailer and thus a decouple. A low voltage indicates a measurement of the electrical loads in both trailer and tractor and hence a coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: Herbert Perten, Robert Schicke
  • Patent number: 7868742
    Abstract: An emergency reporting apparatus includes a power supply circuit, a control circuit, and a timer. The power supply circuit generates operating power of the emergency reporting apparatus from a vehicle battery in a vehicle battery mode and from an auxiliary battery in an auxiliary battery mode. The control circuit causes the power supply circuit to switch from the vehicle battery mode to the auxiliary battery mode in response to a trigger event and starts an emergency reporting procedure using the auxiliary battery. The timer measures time elapsed since the power supply circuit switches to the auxiliary battery mode. The control circuit causes the power supply circuit to switch back to the vehicle battery mode, when the elapsed time exceeds a predetermined threshold time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7831361
    Abstract: A control unit for personal protection having a polarity reversal protection between an external battery voltage and an internal voltage, to prevent an energy discharge from the control unit. The control unit also has a bidirectional DC/DC converter between an energy reserve and the internal voltage, the DC/DC converter determining its direction of conversion as a function of the internal voltage. The control unit is configured so that the control unit, after a switching-off process, records at least one measured value and generates a signal as a function of this measured value which characterizes an autarchy behavior of the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hartmut Schumacher, Gernod Heilmann
  • Patent number: 7812715
    Abstract: An apparatus controller for prompting a rider to be positioned on a vehicle in such a manner as to reduce lateral instability due to lateral acceleration of the vehicle. The apparatus has an input for receiving specification from the rider of a desired direction of travel, and indicating means for reflecting to the rider a propitious instantaneous body orientation to enhance stability in the face of lateral acceleration. The indicating may include a handlebar that is pivotable with respect to the vehicle and that is driven in response to vehicle turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Robert R. Ambrogi, James J. Dattolo, Robert J. Duggan, J. Douglas Field, Richard Kurt Heinzmann, Matthew M. McCambridge, John B. Morrell, Michael D. Piedmonte, Richard J. Rosasco
  • 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: 7778743
    Abstract: A counter increases a counted value at regular time intervals during a transmission time of a request signal Sr transmitted based on trigger signals input from a door unlocking sensor or the like. On the other hand, the counter decreases the counted value at regular time intervals during a non-transmission time of the request signal Sr. A determination unit either prohibits or permits transmission of the request signal Sr to a portable unit, based on comparison results of the counted value with a prohibition value and a lifting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Arie, Masahiko Asakura, Suguru Asakura
  • Patent number: 7688189
    Abstract: An emergency reporting system for a vehicle includes a reporting signal verifying device and a power supply switching device. The reporting signal verifying device verifies a reporting signal, and the reporting signal verifying device is adapted to cause the emergency reporting to an outside emergency agency when the reporting signal verifying device has completed the verification. The power supply switching device switches power supply for the emergency reporting from a main power supply of the vehicle to an auxiliary power supply in a case, where the main power supply is disabled to supply power. The power supply switching device is adapted to switch the power supply from the main power supply to the auxiliary power supply in a period between (a) a point when the reporting signal verifying device starts the verification and (b) a point when the reporting signal verifying device completes the verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kuwabara, Hiroshi Sakai
  • Patent number: 7656110
    Abstract: A control and motor arrangement in accordance with the present invention includes a motor configured to generate a locomotive force for propelling the model train. The control and motor arrangement further includes a command control interface configured to receive commands from a command control unit wherein the commands correspond to a desired speed. The control and motor arrangement still further includes a plurality of detectors configured to detect speed information of the motor, and a process control arrangement configured to receive the speed information from the sensors. The process control arrangement is further configured and arranged to generate a plurality of motor control signals based on the speed information for controlling the speed of said motor. The control and motor arrangement yet still further includes a motor control arrangement configured to cause power to be applied to the motor at different times in response to the motor control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Lionel L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Denen, Neil P. Young, Gary L. Moreau, Martin Pierson, Robert Grubba
  • Patent number: 7642902
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle abnormality detecting device including an abnormality detecting unit 70A for detecting abnormality on the basis of a state of current supply to a state detecting unit 30, and a power supply control unit 11 for switching a state of power supply to the state detecting unit 30 when the abnormality was detected by the abnormality detecting unit 70A, so that power consumption at the time of detecting the abnormality is suppressed to avoid the battery consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Norimitsu Yukumatsu, Akio Okahara, Tomohiko Tamaki, Takayuki Seto
  • Patent number: 7642900
    Abstract: An alarm device for a vehicle includes state information obtaining unit, alarm information obtaining unit, alarming unit, and controlling unit. The state information obtaining obtains as state information at least one of information of an occupant, information of the vehicle, and information of a surrounding of the vehicle. The alarm information obtaining unit obtains alarm information. The alarming unit informs the occupant of the alarm information. The controlling unit determines an expiration time of the alarm information based on the state information obtained by the state information obtaining unit when the controlling unit receives the alarm information from the alarm information obtaining unit, wherein the control unit causes the alarming unit to inform the occupant of the alarm information while the expiration time is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Natsume, Tetsuya Hara
  • Patent number: 7592900
    Abstract: An audio alarm for a transporter having an electric motor. The alarm has a signal generator for generating a signal within the audible frequency range and a modulator for modulating a current that is applied to the electric motor in accordance with the signal generated by the signal generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Burl Amsbury, Richard W. Arling, J. Douglas Field, Jeffrey Finkelstein, John David Heinzmann, Christopher Langenfeld, Philip LeMay, John B. Morrell, Jason M. Sachs
  • Patent number: 7551066
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data for a security device, in particular for access authorization systems and/or driving authorization systems of a motor vehicle, in which data are transmitted over the air from a transmitter unit to a receiver unit. In a method in which, despite contactless interrogation of the identification signal transmitter, an authorizing access information item cannot be obtained by a third party, the data are transmitted, after capacitive coupling of the transmitter unit and receiver unit, from the transmitter to the receiver using a signal which is generated by a capacitive alternating field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventor: Thorsten B├╝rger
  • Patent number: 7526370
    Abstract: An electronic control unit determines whether a level of a battery supply voltage is low, and whether a feedback system of a door lock control device is in an abnormal state. If the level of the battery supply voltage is determined to be low, or if the feedback system of the door lock control device is determined to be in the abnormal state, the electronic control unit performs alternative input processing. Internal control information, which is used by the electronic control unit for controlling a controlled object, is used for obtaining an alternative input value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventor: Yuri Yoshida
  • Patent number: 7511606
    Abstract: A vehicle locating unit with a receiver for receiving a signal from a network of communication sources, a transponder activated when a communication source sends a message to the receiver, and a power supply regulating circuit for regulating a nominal input voltage and powering the receiver and the transponder. A protection circuit is responsive to an injected input voltage and configured to clamp the injected (high level) input voltage at a predetermined maximum voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: LoJack Operating Company LP
    Inventors: Frank Romano, Sampath Krishna, Son Nguyen, Jesse Rhodes, Philip Grahame Crewe, Daniel Jonathan Finchley Cletheroe, Mark Marsden, Steven Walter Greendale, Nigel James Watson, Ian Christopher Stroud, Timothy David Howe, Gerard Edward Smith, Colin Richard Smithers
  • Patent number: 7479872
    Abstract: A vehicle capable of an extraordinary mode of motorized motion programmed to draw the attention of an operator. When one or more sensors sense a condition requiring attention of the operator, a periodic acceleration is superposed upon the motion of the ground-contacting members. The extraordinary mode of locomotion may include a mode where the vehicle alternates between braking and speeding up and braking over each period of the modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Deka Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Robert R. Ambrogi, J. Douglas Field, Burl Amsbury
  • Patent number: 7471190
    Abstract: An anti-theft vehicle alarm system includes an acceleration sensor acting as a tilt sensor, a microcomputer, a first power source for supplying a first voltage to the microcomputer, and a second power source for supplying a second voltage to the acceleration sensor. The microcomputer calculates a tilt angle of a vehicle from output of the acceleration sensor and activates an alarm in accordance with the tilt angle. If the second voltage is outside a predetermined voltage range, for example, due to a reduction in battery voltage, the microcomputer temporarily stops to activate the alarm to prevent a false alarm. The microcomputer monitors the second voltage not the battery voltage. Thus, even when the second voltage is outside the threshold range, for example, due to a breakdown in the second power source, the false alarm can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Kato
  • Patent number: 7432798
    Abstract: A method includes detecting the parking light system of a car to achieve the theft-proof function. It can detect and learn the how many flashes, the turn on/off time in each period and the voltage value of the parking light, which is produced when using a keyless transmitter module to lock/unlock the car door. And the system can be easily installed by setting up just one line collaborating with a smart learning module with a CPU inside and without corrupting the original structure of a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Advance Security Inc.
    Inventor: Chu-Ping Shen
  • Patent number: 7397363
    Abstract: An apparatus including a first device which generates and/or transmits a first signal and which is associated with a web site and located remote from a premises or vehicle. The first signal is transmitted in response to a second signal transmitted from a second device located remote from the first device and remote from the premises or vehicle. The first device determines whether an action or an operation associated with the second signal is authorized or allowed and, if so, transmits the first signal to a third device located at the premises. The second signal is transmitted via the Internet and/or the World Wide Web. The third device generates and/or transmits a third signal for activating, de-activating, disabling, re-enabling, and/or controlling an operation of, a system, device, equipment, equipment system, component, and appliance, of the premises or vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 7391301
    Abstract: The present invention teaches an antitheft device whereby the detection accuracy of an unauthorized intruder into a vehicle can be improved, comprising a section for judging whether or not there is an approaching object T toward a vehicle M based on information obtained from a surround monitoring sensor for monitoring the surround of the vehicle M, a section for judging whether or not the approaching object T toward the vehicle M is a suspicious person based on information obtained from a motion sensor for monitoring the periphery and/or the inside of the vehicle M when it is judged that there is an approaching object T toward the vehicle M, and a section for conducting processing such as lighting-on of an indicator when the approaching object T toward the vehicle M is judged to be a suspicious person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Yasushi Seike, Naoki Sakai, Yoshihiko Maeno, Satoru Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 7336001
    Abstract: A door lock control device prevents deterioration in anti-theft property of a vehicle by restricting unjust cancellation of a locked state of a door of the vehicle. In-vehicle operation detecting means detects a predetermined operation performed in a compartment of the vehicle. Locked state canceling means cancels the locked state of the door when the predetermined operation is detected by the in-vehicle operation detecting means. Unjust act detecting means detects an unjust act applied to the vehicle. Locked state cancellation prohibiting means prohibits cancellation of the locked state by the locked state canceling means after the unjust act is detected by the unjust act detecting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takao Ozawa, Kouichi Masamura, Yoshihide Nakane
  • Patent number: 7317382
    Abstract: Remote communications devices, wireless communications systems, and wireless communications methods are described. In one aspect, a remote communications device includes communication circuitry configured to communicate wireless communication signals externally of the remote communications device, sensor circuitry configured to sense at least one condition with respect to the remote communications device, and wherein the communication circuitry is coupled with the sensor circuitry and is configured to determine a plurality of different moments in time responsive to criteria originating within the remote communications device and to communicate data indicative of the at least one sensed condition externally of the remote communications device to a reader using the wireless communication signals at the different moments in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Richard M. Pratt, Jeffrey Wayne Scott, Michael A. Hughes, Michael A. Lind, Gary B. Morgan