With Entrance/exit Time Delay Patents (Class 340/430)
  • Patent number: 10354501
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting access to a monitored space including one or more controllers, one or more data collectors, and one or more sensors. The sensors are self-powered, wireless components having two states. Each time a sensor detects a physical change within the space, the sensor switches from one state to another. Each incidence of a sensor changing states is recorded within the sensor. The sensors do not continuously transmit the changed state information and rather report data only when queried by a controller. A data collector may be used to process the data from the sensors before transmitting it to the controller. The wireless, self-powered, limited data storing sensors enable the system to function independently of the environment's network infrastructure and power source. Once a human operator receives notice of an access event via the controller, the operator can escalate the level of inspection of the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Wade T. Price, Raymond Roeder, Bruce R. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10071707
    Abstract: A method to activate a function of a vehicle including transmitting a wireless command from a portable apparatus to the vehicle and activating the function if a wireless activation facility of the function is not switched off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventor: Peter Lohmann
  • Patent number: 10026302
    Abstract: A method of responding to alarm includes receiving an alarm message from an alarm system at a site. The alarm message may indicate that an alarm has been triggered at the site. In response to receiving the alarm message, a responder may be identified to respond to the alarm. A call message may be automatically sent over a network to a mobile alarm device in the possession of the responder. A message may be received back from the mobile alarm device accepting the call message for the alarm. In some embodiments, the responder's response to the alarm (for example, time to arrive at the alarm, time to clear the alarm) is automatically timed and monitored based on messages received from the responder over the mobile alarm device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward M. Bacco, Katrin Korten
  • Patent number: 9950685
    Abstract: Embodiments for use of an apparatus and method for alerting an occupant within a vehicle are provided. An apparatus may include a lidar unit configured to detect an oncoming intruder approaching a stationary vehicle. The lidar unit is mounted to an external surface of the stationary vehicle or coupled to an emergency vehicle warning device. An alarm is sounded or warning lights are triggered when the oncoming intruder approaches within a zone surrounding the vehicle. A method may include providing a controller unit and a lidar unit configured to detect the motion of any oncoming person, animal, or object approaching a stationary vehicle. The lidar unit rotates to scan the region surrounding the stationary vehicle and provides detection data. Upon detecting an oncoming intruder, the detection data is transmitted to the controller unit within the vehicle, and an alarm may be sounded to warn an occupant located within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Feniex Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamza Deyaf, Nicholas Mazzanti, Kyle Hale
  • Patent number: 9765562
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for generating weather related notices using features of a home automation system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for generating weather related notices with a home automation system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. The instructions are executable by the processor to receive weather data about current weather conditions, receive status information about at least one barrier of a property monitored by the home automation system, and generate at least one notice based at least in part on the weather data and the status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Gordon Hatch
  • Patent number: 9685016
    Abstract: A method provides a guest access to a defined space selectively accessible through an automated gate. The method includes the steps of causing a resident interface to be displayed to a resident via a resident data device. Guest data is received from the resident about the guest using the resident data device. The guest data is transmitted to a central station. The guest identifies when the guest arrives at the automated gate. The method also opens the automated gate to allow the guest to travel into the defined space after the automated gate is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Virtual Guest Services, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Randolph, Douglas Weldon, Tony Randolph
  • Patent number: 9495845
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed towards alarm systems, apparatus, and methods of using the systems and apparatus. In one embodiment, an alarm system includes intrusion sensor(s) and a central control panel that allows limited access to changes to a system configuration based upon the use of an installer code and the system configuration includes adding or changing interface modules. Additionally, the system includes an authorization circuit that requests the installer code from the remote location over a communications link and in response thereto, provides the installer code to the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: RSI Video Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Jentoft
  • Patent number: 9225232
    Abstract: A capacitor discharge circuit and a power converter are provided. The capacitor discharge circuit includes a detection circuit and a discharge loop; the detection circuit has input ends electrically connected with input ends of an AC power supply, and an output end outputting a discharge detection signal to an input end of the discharge loop; the discharge loop is electrically connected with both ends of the capacitor that needs to be discharged and includes a switch unit and an energy consumption unit. When the AC power supply is disconnected, the discharge detection signal switches on the switch unit to conduct the discharge loop, such that the energy consumption unit discharges the capacitor that needs to be discharged. The power converter includes the capacitor discharge circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Huan Liu, Daofei Xu
  • 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: 8941478
    Abstract: A vehicle system for determining that at least one mobile electronic device is generally stationary and is potentially forgotten is provided. The system includes a vehicle data bus and a control module. The vehicle data bus transmits a signal indicating at least one trigger event. The trigger event indicates a vehicle exit condition. The control module is in communication with the mobile electronic device and the vehicle bus. The control module is in communication with the mobile device through a data connection to receive information. The control module includes control logic for receiving the trigger signal from the vehicle data bus. The control module includes control logic for determining if the mobile electronic device has moved based on information received from the data connection. The control module includes control logic for determining if the mobile electronic device is generally stationary if the trigger signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Sanjeev C. Mirle, Eric S. Kaufman
  • 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: 8217755
    Abstract: Doors of a vehicle, such as a delivery vehicle, are controlled based on user inputs. A user may input a vehicle exit mode and stop the vehicle. When an exit mode has been input and the stopping of the vehicle has been sensed, an exit door of the vehicle is opened, with the door being selected based upon said exit mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Unicell Limited
    Inventors: Roger J. Martin, Mark S. Mull, Richard J. Hellinga, Chris K. Derbecker, Mike A. G. Johnson, Ray J. Minato, Markus A. Hetzler, Scott J. Vader
  • 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: 8013726
    Abstract: A disclosed example receiver for receiving transmissions and data for both a remote keyless entry (RKE) system and a tire pressure monitoring (TPM) system tailors the data slice level to the characteristics unique to each of the RKE transmissions and the TPM transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Tejas B. Desai, Patricia Kachouh, Gerald Ostrander, Scott Lucy
  • Patent number: 7990253
    Abstract: Vehicular theft preventing device includes: an operation switch for switching between different displays on a display section, the operation switch being constructed to function also as a setting switch operable to set the preventing device in an alert mode; a main switch for turning on/off a power supply; and a control section for controlling the display section and an alarm unit, the controlling section setting the preventing device in the alert mode upon fulfillment of a condition that the operation switch has been operated while the main switch is in an OFF state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Visteon Japan Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Fujiwara, Hideteru Umahashi, Takeshi Konno, Masayuki Mitsuyoshi, Satoru Futami, Ken Kubota
  • Patent number: 7940160
    Abstract: The convenience of use of a method for locking a working machine without locking actuation by a human being is improved. A lock control device (80) of a working machine (1) includes: a stop operation detection means (186) which detects that a predetermined stop operation has been performed by the working machine (1); a time period length measurement means (187) which measures the time period length from when it has been detected that the predetermined stop operation has been performed, to the present; and a lock setting means (188) which: if the time period length which has been measured is within a predetermined time period length, without locking the working machine, makes it possible to restart it without a password; and, if the time period length which has been measured is greater than the predetermined time period length, locks the working machine (1), and makes restarting possible upon password input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuji Arakawa
  • 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: 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: 7649443
    Abstract: An antitheft apparatus includes a control section. When a status change from a closed state to an open state of a luggage door caused by regular means is detected in an arming state being ready to output an alarm, the control section shifts a status from the arming state to a disarmed state being not ready to output an alarm; when a status change from the open state to the closed state of the luggage door is detected in the disarmed state, the control section shifts the status from the disarmed state to the arming state after a predetermined length of preparatory period; and when an arming command to shift the status from the disarmed state to the arming state is given within the length of preparatory period, the control section shifts the status from the disarmed state to the arming state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Manabu Matsubara, Minoru Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 7646288
    Abstract: The present invention is a warning system for alerting a driver and others to ensure an examination is made of a school or day care bus or van is thoroughly examined for remaining occupants following a transportation run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Alex T. Wiley
  • Patent number: 7495549
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic system for use on vehicles. Some embodiments of the system use an integrated power supply to power all of the electronic components of the electronic system. The electronic system may include various microprocessors, sensors, communication systems, displays, lights, speakers, switches, power control systems, and expansion ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 7463166
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for controlling the operation of presence-detection devices and to the implementation method thereof. The inventive system comprises: external presence detection means which are used to detect objects entering a determined surveillance area outside a motor vehicle and which are powered by a power source, an electronic system, and means which are used to detect the state of a closure device belonging to a door of said vehicle and which are associated with and co-operate with the electronic system in order to control the power source. Optionally, internal presence detection means and inclination detection means, which are included in the system, can be taken into account when said control operation is being performed. The inventive system also varies the surveillance area and adapts same as a function of the inclination of the vehicle in relation to the ground plane. The invention also relates to a method which uses the inventive control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Fico Mirrors, S.A.
    Inventors: Carlos Segura Gordillo, Francesc Daura Luna, Eduard Mundet Tarrago
  • Publication number: 20080197986
    Abstract: In a method of securing car against theft, a status LED light set is incorporated in a remote controller for an antitheft main unit mounted on the car. The method includes the step of providing the remote controller with a CPU circuit; a transmission circuit for transmitting codes to remotely actuate or release an actuated status of the antitheft main unit; a button set for setting a security code for actuating the antitheft status and inputting a PIN (personal identification number) code for releasing the antitheft status; a status LED light set for indicating an actual status of the antitheft main unit; and a power supply circuit; so that the remote controller not only remotely controls the antitheft main unit, but also indicates the actual status of the antitheft main unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Tse Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 7388472
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-theft method for use in a vehicle having an internal combustion engine, an ignition, a starter, fuel injectors, a memory, engine controller, and a real clock time function in the engine controller, said engine controller being configured to operate the engine in a plurality of different modes including a theft protection mode, comprises; a) comparing a lock window definition time with an engine controller real clock time; b) operating the engine in a theft protection mode when the real clock time matches the lock window definition time; c) determining whether the engine is running, and; d) controlling the operation of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Detroit Diesel Corporation
    Inventor: Richard John Mandle
  • Patent number: 7378946
    Abstract: A system and method for alerting responsible personnel to perform a post-trip inspection check for passengers remaining on a bus at the end of a trip by issuing audible and/or visual alerts when the bus is parked and the motor shut off at the end of the trip. The ignition switch (47) must be placed in ACCESSORY position and a park brake applied for the system to be rendered capable of being disarmed by operation of a disarming device (45S) at the rear of the bus. Operation of the disarming device is indicated by a correct sequence of operating conditions of the device, namely first non-actuated, then actuated, and then non-actuated. The system includes a SNOOZE state that allows the ignition switch to be temporarily turned off during a trip and the alert to be stopped by pressing a snooze switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Lahr, Allyson K. Kreft, Marilyn R. Miars, Douglas R. Taylor, Clark L. Backlund
  • Patent number: 7327224
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vehicle security system. The invention provides a vehicle security system which can be armed and disarmed via a remote control device, e.g. an RF device. The system includes also sensing means which can sense a predetermined event indicative of the presence of a person at the vehicle, such as knocking on the vehicle. For disarming the system, it requires a disarm signal from a compatible remote control device as well as the predetermined event to occur within a predetermined short time period. Where a number of such systems are installed on a number of vehicles on the same lot, e.g. a dealership showroom, and are armed, one of them may be selectively disarmed via a remote control device common to all of the systems. Only the system which senses the predetermined event in addition to a disarm signal will be disarmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: PFK Electronics (Pty) Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Boyden Parnaby
  • Patent number: 7270486
    Abstract: Described are an optical signal coupling for two vehicles coupled with one another and a conductive coupling which contains such a signal coupling. The signal coupling has a first and a second coupling part each of which is carried by a respective one of the vehicles and between which the optical signals are transmitted. The first coupling part contains a sending device which creates the optical signals to be transmitted, and the second coupling part contains a receiving device which detects the transmitted optical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: era-contact GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Wolfgang Meyer
  • Patent number: 7167084
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for rendering electronic keys left behind in a vehicle temporarily inactive. The apparatus comprises a vehicle security control module in wireless communication with the electronic keys, and having operatively coupled together a receiver, a processor, non-volatile memory and a short-range transmitter. When the module receives a valid lock command from any source it sends a short-range interrogation signal to keys within the vehicle. Left-behind keys respond and send their unique ID(s) to the module's receiver. The processor obtains the unique ID(s) from the receiver and sets one or more inhibit flags in memory or equivalent to identify those keys as left-behind keys. The processor thereafter ignores commands from such left-behind keys, thereby rendering them temporarily inoperative until a valid unlock command is received form another source, whereupon the processor clears the inhibit flags from memory and restores the left-behind keys to active status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Proefke, Thomas E. Utter
  • Patent number: 7091834
    Abstract: An antitheft device is provided, whereby a person who attempts to commit a theft of a vehicle can be captured, having an improved crime prevention performance to thefts of vehicles, electrical equipment mounted on vehicles, money and articles left inside vehicles and the like. The antitheft device includes an expansible body system to expand an expansible body for blocking the motion of an intruder in a prescribed space inside a vehicle, which emits a substance to be a base of foaming polystyrene inside the vehicle and applies steam to the substance so that the foaming polystyrene blocks the motion of an intruder, when the presence of the intruder inside the vehicle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Shinichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7049943
    Abstract: A vehicle trunk safety device indicates the presence of an individual within the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Wyatt Barton Pratt
  • Patent number: 7049940
    Abstract: A door opening/closing device for a vehicle includes a control mechanism recognizing an opening/closing operation of a vehicle door based upon an operation of a door handle, operating a door lock mechanism so as to unlock the vehicle door when the opening operation of the vehicle door is recognized, operating the door lock mechanism so as to lock the vehicle door when the closing operation of the vehicle door is recognized, and controlling a light-emitting means included in the door handle to light-emit In response to the operation of the door lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Ieda, Yuichi Murakami, Eiji Mushiake, Hisashi Inaba, Masahiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 7030739
    Abstract: A method for programming a vehicle security system comprises initiating a timed delay feature, determining a timed delay of the timed delay feature, and incorporating the timed delay into a security system event delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Audiovox Corporation
    Inventor: John DiCroce
  • Patent number: 6980105
    Abstract: In an integrated system of alarm components used in the real estate industry, the product family consists of three primary components: a portable transmitter unit, a vehicle-mounted transceiver unit, and a house-installed receiver unit. The system is intended to enhance the personal safety of real estate professionals who venture into the field, e.g., to show vacant houses to potential buyers. The transmitter is sized to be handheld, attached with a belt clip, or carried in pocket. When a panic button on the transmitter is depressed, the transmitter sends coded radio frequency signals which will activate either or both of the vehicle-mounted transceiver and the house-installed receiver as well as other system devices within range. When the transceiver is activated, the unit's horn will sound, and the transceiver will in turn transmit a coded radio frequency signal to any one or more identified receiver units sharing the same signal code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventor: Todd Robert Hodgen
  • Patent number: 6971468
    Abstract: An antitheft apparatus, which is installed in a vehicle having an expandable body system to expand expandable body that confine a motion of a burglar in predetermined space portions in a compartment, ejects material as a source of foam polystyrene into the compartment and then injects a steam to the material to confine the motion of the intruder by the foam polystyrene when a presence of the intruder in the compartment is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Shinichi Tanaka, Mitsuhiko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6940400
    Abstract: A machine to turn on the occupancy sensor(s) of a motor vehicle using a temperature sensing element. The temperature element senses a dangerously high temperature in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle and energizes the occupancy sensors. The occupancy sensors energize for a time period sufficient to determine the presence or absence of an occupant. If no occupant is detected, the occupancy sensors de-energize after a set period of time. If an occupant is detected, an audible alarm is enabled to draw attention to the motor vehicle. Once the alarm is active, a key must be used to reset it. If no occupant is detected each operation of a door switch will cause an additional sensing provided the temperature remains dangerously high. This logic is only energized or enabled when a passenger compartment is dangerously high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Mark S. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 6847289
    Abstract: A device for initiating an opening and locking procedure of a motor vehicle. The device includes a first proximity sensor which generates an unlocking intent signal for initiating an opening procedure of a closing system of a vehicle when a user approaches the first proximity sensor. A second proximity sensor is also provided, generating a locking intent signal for initiating a locking procedure of the closing system of the vehicle when a user approaches the second proximity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Pang, Daniel Schaeffner, Elmar Giehler, Ulrich Goetz
  • Patent number: 6825755
    Abstract: A vehicle trunk release mechanism for releasing a trunk lid of a vehicle from within the interior of the trunk has a contact mat and an actuator, which is responsive to repeated contact with the contact mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Wyatt Barton Pratt
  • Patent number: 6737975
    Abstract: A machine to turn on the occupancy sensor(s) of a motor vehicle using a temperature sensing element. The temperature element senses a dangerously high temperature in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle and energizes the occupancy sensors. The occupancy sensors energize for a time period sufficient to determine the presence or absence of an occupant. If no occupant is detected, the occupancy sensors de-energize after a set period of time. If an occupant is detected, an audible alarm is enabled to draw attention to the motor vehicle. Once the alarm is active, a key must be used to reset it. If no occupant is detected each operation of a door switch will cause an additional sensing provided the temperature remains dangerously high. This logic is only energized or enabled when a passenger compartment is dangerously high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Mark S. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 6711481
    Abstract: A system 10 for controlling automatic headlamps within a vehicle which allows an operator of a vehicle to selectively program the amount of time that the exterior headlamps of the vehicle remain illuminated after the vehicle's ignition switch 18 is turned to the “OFF” position or the “exit delay” of the system 10. System 10 utilizes a controller 22 to monitor the positions of ignition switch 18 and headlamp switch 16. If the positions of switches 16 and 18 match a certain sequence within a predetermined period of time, system 10 initiates an “exit delay” programming period which is selectively terminated by a user. Controller 22 uses the programming period as the new “exit delay” for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. King, Ronald P. Brombach
  • Patent number: 6621411
    Abstract: A system for sensing ambient conditions in a compartment, such as the trunk of an automobile, generates a control signal in response to the sensed conditions. This control signal actuates indicators to notify operators of the vehicle that there is a person trapped in the trunk. The control signal is also used to actuate a lamp inside the trunk to provide light for the trapped person. A trunk release is also actuated, by a control module, to free the trapped person. The trunk release of the automobile can be prevented from being actuated if the automobile is moving, which prevents the trunk lid from unexpectedly opening while the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin C. McCarthy, Eugenie V. Uhlmann, Brent J. Bos, Eric J. Hoekstra, Roger Koops, Gimtong Teowee, Kenneth Schofield, David W. Taylor, Niall R. Lynam, Robert L. Bingle
  • Patent number: 6504479
    Abstract: An integrated security system (10) for monitoring a premises (12) to detect an intrusion onto the premises comprises a video system for providing video representations of the premises, an alarm system for providing an indication of an intrusion onto the premises, an access control system for allowing authorized entrance onto the premises, a processing device connected to the video security system, the alarm system, and the access control system for producing a signal indicative of an intrusion onto the premises, and a monitoring center connected to the processing device for receiving the signal indicative of an intrusion onto the premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignees: Comtrak Technologies LLC, ADT Services AG
    Inventors: Brian Timothy Lemons, Jan Ray Holliday, James Carrol Myers, Joseph Tedesco
  • Patent number: 6483428
    Abstract: An entertainment device is provided. The entertainment device includes a main processing station which provides an output signal. The main processing station includes a control interface. A front panel is removably connected to the control interface. The front panel includes a memory for storing multimedia content. The front panel provides control parameters to the main processing station. The content of the memory is provided to the main audio processing station for output. In addition, the front panel processes and presents the stored multimedia content as a portable device. Both control parameters and multimedia (e.g. audio or video) information may be exchanged between the front panel and the main processing station. The front panel also includes a telecommunications device and an alarm transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Fish, Dennis Bushmitch, David Braun, Chieh-Chung Chang, Stephen Johnson, Mahfuz Rahman, Luyang Li
  • Patent number: 6373381
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle security system, in which the vehicle security system comprises a control unit having a central processor or microprocessor, a receiver connected to the microprocessor for receiving signals from a remote transmitter. The control unit has an input interface and an output interface. The input interface is connected to various sensors, and the output interface is connected to the vehicle security devices. A PWM interior light delay is disposed between the door sensors and the input interface to provide a voltage pulse signal with width modulation for a vehicle interior lights such that the interior lights are extinguished gradually for a predetermined time. The user can selectively set the vehicle security system whether the vehicle is provided with the PWM interior light delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Lite-On Automotive Corporation
    Inventor: Winson Wu
  • Patent number: 6353383
    Abstract: An alarm apparatus for monitoring activity in a vehicle for alerting the user know of any possible emergencies in one's vehicle. The alarm apparatus for monitoring activity in a vehicle includes a microphone being adapted to be disposed in a passenger compartment of a vehicle; and also includes a transmitter being connected to the microphone and being adapted to be disposed in the vehicle for transmitting signals; and further includes a remote receiver/transmitter being adapted to be carried by a user for receiving signals from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Inventors: Hubert L. Gross, Robert A. Jastern
  • Patent number: 6323760
    Abstract: The invention is intended to extend the receiving distance in a remote keyless entry system for automobile, and minimize the direction limitations. To achieve the object, the invention comprises a column combination switch main body (1) having a light control switch unit (2) and a wiper control switch unit (3), and also includes receiving means for receiving signals from a transmitter main body (12) of a remote keyless entry system, thereby constituting a column combination switch for automobile incorporating a remote key less entry system wide in the receiving range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Sasanouchi, Susumu Nishimoto, Kouji Oike, Makoto Inoue
  • Patent number: 6278921
    Abstract: The transferring of accumulated data from a plurality of vehicles to a data processing station involves transmitting a first packet type request from each vehicle via an open radio channel in response to a predetermined operation. The predeterminedn operation may include the vehicle's ignition being turned off. The first packet type is detected at a receiving station if a transmitting vehicle is within the vicinity of the receiving station. The receiving station transmits an instruction for data in the form of a second packet type upon detecting a first packet type. Thereafter, a portion of the accumulated data is transmitted from a detected vehicle in response to instructions generated by the receiving station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Minorplanet Limited
    Inventors: Christopher G. Harrison, Jeffrey C. Morris
  • Patent number: 6232873
    Abstract: In a failsafe method and apparatus for signalling theft for a motor vehicle, an item of theft-signalling information is produced as a function of the signal state of at least one of a plurality of monitoring signals, which are indicative of vehicle states. According to the invention, the theft-signalling information is produced only if the signal states of a plurality of monitoring signals are present in one of one or more prescribed theft-signalling combinations. Each theft-signalling combination comprises one or more signalling conditions, which succeed one another in a specific time sequence and which signalling conditions themselves comprise one or more theft indicative combinations of jointly interrogated signal states of associated monitoring signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Bernhardt Dilz, Dietbert Kollbach, Peter Robitschko
  • Patent number: 6218933
    Abstract: The invention proposes a security system for a motor vehicle opening leaf, a handle of which comprises an external lever articulated to a handle support arranged on the inside of a bodywork panel, of the type in which the security system includes means for remotely detecting, by means of an electromagnetic signal, the presence of a user's hand near the handle, the detection means being arranged in a casing which is fixed by elastic snap-fastening on the outside of the handle support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Valeo Securite Habitacle
    Inventors: Luc Josserand, Thierry Benard
  • Patent number: 6211776
    Abstract: An interrogation signal is emitted via one or more passenger compartment antennas of a motor vehicle. The transmit power of the emitted interrogation signal is changed until a portable transponder just still receives the interrogation signal if the transponder is located at a previously defined, fixed position. The transmit power which is set in this way is stored for the operation of the anti-theft system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Röhrl, Manfred Glehr