For School Bus Patents (Class 340/433)
  • Patent number: 11407349
    Abstract: A bus occupancy check safety apparatus kit for confirming seats are not occupied includes a seat occupancy cover belt system comprising a rear mount configured to be coupled to a rear of a bus. A belt has a back end coupled to the rear mount and a front end coupled to a male buckle. A front mount is coupled to a front of the bus and to a female buckle that is selectively engageable with the male buckle. The belt is drawn across a plurality of seats within the bus to engage the male buckle with the female buckle. A seat occupancy window indicator comprises a suction cup, a pull nub, and a sign having a lettered side displaying a message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Gregory Charles Parker
  • Patent number: 11390217
    Abstract: A rear-view mirror and modular monitor system and method include an interior mirror that embeds a modular monitor behind see-through mirror glass. In some embodiments, the system includes multiple cameras, some in the vehicle, bus and/or truck, as well as some cameras outside the vehicle, bus and/or truck, advantageously providing the driver an opportunity to view what is happening, for example, in the back rows of the bus and/or cabin, while also using the mirror to look at objects in the bus and/or cabin that are visible using the mirror. The rear-view mirror and modular monitor system is configured to be easily assembled and/or disassembled when necessary for maintenance and/or to replace parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer, Peter Plate, Gary Balsam
  • Patent number: 11292342
    Abstract: The disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for detecting an occupancy of a back seat in a vehicle before a driver exits the vehicle. In one example method, a backseat occupancy alert system detects an activity that precedes the driver exiting the vehicle. For example, the system may detect that the driver has performed, or is performing, actions such as turning off the engine of the vehicle, placing the vehicle in a parked condition, and/or opening a door of the vehicle. The detection may be carried out, for example, by evaluating an image captured by one or more cameras in the vehicle. The system may then detect a failure by the driver to look towards a back seat of the vehicle, where, for example, a child may be seated in a car seat. The system may then produce an alert to prompt the driver to check the back seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brad Ignaczak, Jonathan Diedrich, Cynthia Neubecker, Brian Bennie
  • Patent number: 11104270
    Abstract: A signal light system including a measuring device, control unit, signal light, and flasher module. The measuring device determines the velocity of a vehicle and generates a first signal indicative of the velocity of the vehicle. The control unit receives, the first signal, processes the first signal from the velocity measuring device and generates a second signal when the velocity of the vehicle is below the threshold velocity. The flasher module receives the second signal from the control unit and enables the signal light to provide a warning. The signal light remains activated to provide the warning while the vehicle travels at any velocity below the threshold velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Rodney Timms
  • Patent number: 11030899
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing vehicular environment information, which includes acquiring with at least one sensor vehicular environment data that is external to a vehicle. The vehicular environment data is provided to a processing unit. The processing unit determines vehicular environment information, wherein the determination of the vehicular environment information includes using the vehicular environment data. The processing unit is also configured to provide at least a portion of a frame around an environment display monitor that is configured to provide information to a driver of the vehicle, on the basis of the vehicular environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER NUTZFAHRZEUGE GMBH
    Inventors: Huba Nemeth, Viktor Tihanyi
  • Patent number: 10878206
    Abstract: An attendance monitoring system for monitoring presence of children in a vehicle is disclosed herein. The attendance monitoring system comprises a processor and a memory mounted to the processor. Furthermore, the attendance monitoring system comprises a card reader mounted at an entrance of the vehicle. The card reader comprises a first actuator and a second actuator. The attendance monitoring system further comprises a plurality of identity cards, each configured to uniquely identify a child. The first actuator is actuated by the child when entering the vehicle, and the second actuator is actuated by the child when exiting the vehicle. Additionally, the card reader transmits signals to the processor upon detecting the identity card associated with the child and activation of the first actuator and the second actuator. The processor is used to monitor presence of the children in a vehicle based on the number of identity cards detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Cynthia Jackson
  • Patent number: 10832549
    Abstract: A vehicle-mountable child protective system including a vehicle door mountable device including a flag portion which is raisable to a raised position above a roof of a vehicle and a flag positioning assembly operative to selectably lock the flag portion in the raised position when the vehicle door mountable device is mounted onto a vehicle door and the vehicle door is closed, a remote controller and electronic circuitry responsive to exceedance of a separation distance between the vehicle door mountable device and the remote controller for producing a warning alert at least at the remote controller and retaining the flag portion in the raised position until the vehicle door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BABY FLAG LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Copperman
  • Patent number: 10745026
    Abstract: A control device and an operating method for a driver assistance system of a vehicle are configured to selectively process image data from only a first vehicle camera or from only a second vehicle camera at any given time, depending on a current operating state of the vehicle, in order for driver assistance functions to be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Fey, Lutz Kuehnke
  • Patent number: 10707567
    Abstract: The invention relates to an antenna module (3) for a motor vehicle (1) comprising at least one antenna (5, 5a, 5b, 5c) for an infotainment system of the motor vehicle (1), an antenna housing (6) for attaching to an exterior trim part (4) of the motor vehicle (1) and a camera (7) with a camera objective (10) for capturing an environmental region (8) of the motor vehicle (1), wherein the at least one antenna (5, 5a, 5b, 5c) is disposed in an interior of the antenna housing (6), wherein the camera (7) is disposed in the interior of the antenna housing (6) in certain areas, wherein the camera objective (10) is disposed in a passage opening (25) of a housing wall (26) of the antenna housing (6) corresponding to the camera objective (10) at least in certain areas, and the antenna module (3) comprises a sealing element (27) for sealing a gap between the housing wall (26) adjoining to the passage opening (25) and the camera objective (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Connaught Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Carol Grimes, Colin Patrick Hehir
  • Patent number: 10580294
    Abstract: A photographic system for use on school buses allowing traffic authorities to issue citations for violations of school bus traffic laws which require drivers to stop when a school bus turns on its flashers. Doppler devices are activated when the flashers are turned on. The Doppler devices detect for vehicle motion and speed facilitating a camera to take a series of snapshots. The snapshots along with locational and time data are sent to the authorities. The photographic system is designed to improve awareness and safety around school buses when loading and unloading school children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Jacques Bedard
  • Patent number: 10571555
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting a blocked state of an ultrasonic sensor (3) of a motor vehicle (1), in which at least one oscillation parameter of the ultrasonic sensor (3) is recorded and an evaluation device (4) of the motor vehicle (1) carries out a detection algorithm which is used to evaluate the at least one oscillation parameter for the purpose of detecting the blocked state. An object (9) in an area surrounding the motor vehicle (1) is detected by the evaluation device (4) on the basis of sensor data from at least one sensor (3, 8) of the motor vehicle (1), in which case, when a distance (D) between the object (9) and the ultrasonic sensor (3) falls below a predefined threshold value (G), the detection algorithm is not carried out by the evaluation device (4) or a blocked state of the ultrasonic sensor (3), as detected using the detection algorithm, is ignored by the evaluation device (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Thorben Günzel, Mario Schwarze, Paul-David Rostocki, Michael Hallek, Ulrich Bressler
  • Patent number: 10501018
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a left side view camera attached to the left lateral side of the body and having a field of view in a rearward direction. A right side view camera is attached to the right lateral side of the body and has a field of view in a rearward direction. There is a right back up camera and a left back up camera. An optics module receives resulting video signals and produces light fields such that the light fields are reflected off of windows of the motor vehicle and are then visible to a driver of the motor vehicle as virtual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Benjamin David Sweet
  • Patent number: 10370877
    Abstract: For controlling vehicle egress, an apparatus is disclosed. A system, method, and program product also perform the functions of the apparatus. The apparatus includes a vehicle, a processor, a memory that stores code executable by the processor. The processor determines whether a supervised passenger is in the vehicle, locks a vehicle door in response to a supervised passenger being in the vehicle, and unlocks the vehicle door in response to the vehicle satisfying one or more predetermined destination criteria. The one or more predetermined destination criteria may include reaching a predetermined location and/or detecting a guardian of the supervised passenger in proximity to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Amy Leigh Rose, John Scott Crowe, Gary David Cudak, Jennifer Lee-Baron, Nathan J. Peterson, Bryan Lloyd Young
  • Patent number: 10351050
    Abstract: A light bar has a circuit board positioned within a housing and having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) configured to transmit light from an outward facing surface of the circuit board. The housing has wiring electrically connected to a controller. The controller is configured to receive signals from the electrical system of the vehicle, interpret the signals received from the electrical system of the vehicle, and in response automatically control illumination of independently controllable segments of the vehicle light bar. An override mechanism within the controller allows an operator to manually override the automatic response to control illumination of the independently controllable segments with a selected strobing pattern. The override mechanism may be tied into the electrical system of the vehicle such that both the LEDs on the vehicle light bar and the external lights of the vehicle are synced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Putco, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Elwell
  • Patent number: 10171934
    Abstract: A system and method for using time to reach determinations to improve the usability of geo-fences is disclosed. A computer system accesses a current location of a client system and identifies one or more nearby geo-fences. The computer system then calculates the time to reach each of these geo-fences. If the calculated time to reach value for a particular geo-fence is within the notification range associated with that geo-fence, then the computer system generates a notification to display to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Chintan Jain, Rui Kong
  • Patent number: 10127464
    Abstract: A system mountable in a vehicle to provide object detection in the vicinity of the vehicle. The system includes a camera operatively attached to a processor. The camera is mounted externally at the rear of the vehicle. The field of view of the camera is substantially in the forward direction of travel of the vehicle along the side of the vehicle. Multiple image frames are captured from the camera. Yaw of the vehicle may be input or the yaw may be computed from the image frames. Respective portions of the image frames are selected responsive to the yaw of the vehicle. The image frames are processed to detect thereby an object in the selected portions of the image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaniv Elimalech, Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 9965819
    Abstract: School District Administrators have the real-time monitoring of students and school buses during daily school transportation. The IRITRANS® system will provide school districts with real-time bus locations and more importantly the “specific identity of all students on-board”. The system prevents students from becoming lost by boarding or exiting at the wrong assigned bus stop. The iris scanning process is completely mobile from all points of the bus for loading and unloading students with special needs requirements. If a student has a medical emergency the medical history is available to responders for correct treatment. In a hijacking event authorities have access to the real-time GPS location of the bus and the specific identity of students onboard. In the event of a school evacuation, administrators know where the students have been taken and the identity of the students on a specific bus to provide parents. On field trips students are accounted for and not left behind on the return trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: John DeVries
  • Patent number: 9896028
    Abstract: A light assembly for attachment to a vehicle such as a truck wherein the light assembly includes a rigid support member having a first end, a second end, a first side edge, a second side edge, a first side and a second side. In a first embodiment, a plurality of spaced-apart light members are secured to the support member. In a second embodiment, an elongated light bar is secured to the support member. In both embodiments, an L-shaped channel member is provided at one of the side edges of the support member thereof to not only strengthen the support member but to provide a channel for partially receiving the electrical wires of the light members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Adam J. Wurzer, Terry D. Wurzer, David T. Wurzer
  • Patent number: 9754484
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the present invention provide methods, apparatus, systems, computing devices, computing entities, and/or the like for detecting possible traffic violations of vehicles. For example, in one embodiment, this may include receiving an indication that a school bus has entered or is entering a stopped position. After receiving an indication that the school bus has entered or is entering the stopped position, an area proximate the school bus can be monitored to detect possible traffic violations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Schenken, Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9744907
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle is provided including a camera for capturing images within a field of view; a display device movably mounted relative to the vehicle for displaying a portion of the field of view of the camera; a movement sensor for sensing movement of the display device; and a processing circuit in communication with the movement sensor, the display device, and the camera for selecting the portion of the field of view to be displayed on the display device in response to movement of the display device as sensed by the movement sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Neil J. Boehm
  • Patent number: 9656600
    Abstract: A vehicular side view minor includes a minor seat having an engagement portion. A light-impermeable first annular wall protrudes rearwards from an inner periphery of a through-hole in the engagement portion. A minor is mounted in front of the minor seat and includes a reflective layer. A light-permeable housing is mounted to the engagement portion and has a second annular wall extending through the first annular wall. A front wall of the second annular wall includes an optical lens portion. A circuit board is received in the housing and has a lighting element. The circuit board includes a periphery abutting an abutment portion of the second annular wall. A gluing material is filled in a gluing space behind the circuit board and sealingly covers a rear surface of the circuit board, front sections of two wires, and a portion of the second annular wall to form a sealing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Cheng-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 9637235
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for monitoring and locking aircraft compartment doors (1, 2, 3, 4), characterized in that said system includes a centralized device (12) for controlling the locking/unlocking in the form of a central processing unit (12) for controlling remote bolt devices having a radio transceiver device and a plurality of remote bolt devices (6) for locking/unlocking said doors provided with a radio control device connected to the transceiver device of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS
    Inventor: Olivier Pujol
  • Patent number: 9623802
    Abstract: A rear-view mirror and modular monitor system and method include an interior mirror that embeds a modular monitor behind see-through mirror glass. In some embodiments, the system includes multiple cameras, some in the vehicle, bus and/or truck, as well as some cameras outside the vehicle, bus and/or truck, advantageously providing the driver an opportunity to view what is happening, for example, in the back rows of the bus and/or cabin, while also using the mirror to look at objects in the bus and/or cabin that are visible using the mirror. The rear-view mirror and modular monitor system is configured to be easily assembled and/or disassembled when necessary for maintenance and/or to replace parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer, Peter Plate, Gary Balsam
  • Patent number: 9487159
    Abstract: A vehicle vision system includes a bracket having an attachment portion configured to attach at an in-cabin surface of a vehicle windshield. The bracket includes a camera module attachment portion and at least one of (i) a rain sensor attachment portion and (ii) an interior rearview mirror assembly attachment portion. With the bracket attached at the windshield, a camera module is mountable to the bracket. When the camera module is mounted at the bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the windshield, a stray light shield shields the image sensor array of the camera module from light emanating from within the vehicle cabin. At least when the camera module is mounted at the bracket attached at the windshield, the stray light shield is disposed at the camera module and a lens of the camera module views via the pocket through the windshield of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Garret Achenbach
  • Patent number: 9321401
    Abstract: A stop-arm with camera system for a vehicle is provided. The stop-arm with camera system may include a shield, a stop-arm, and a camera assembly. The stop-arm includes a first side and a second side. The stop-arm may be deployable between a first position where the first side of the stop-arm is disposed at least partially inside the shield, and a second position where the stop-arm is substantially perpendicular to the shield. The camera assembly is coupled to the first side of the stop-arm. The stop-arm with camera system may be mounted on a rear passenger side of the vehicle, which may be a bus. The camera assembly may provide a view including an area that is under the vehicle and between a rear wheel of the vehicle and a front wheel of the vehicle when the stop-arm is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: WOODSTOCK TRANSPORTATION COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Gloria M. Buley, Wesley A. Buley, Wesley S. Buley, Travis C. Buley
  • Patent number: 9170326
    Abstract: A method and system (10) are provided for monitoring a restricted area (12) below a temporarily elevated worker (14) working on an elevated power transmission line (16). The method and system (10) utilize a Doppler radar module (40) that is temporarily elevated to a location (32) adjacent the worker (14) and that is configured to detect the presence of personnel (34) who enter the restricted area (12). The system (10) is configured to automatically alert personnel (34) at the worksite (17) who enter the restricted area (12) in response to detection of the personnel (34) by the Doppler radar module (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Adishesha Cs, Antonio Vitucci
  • Patent number: 9020730
    Abstract: A safety interlock system for a motor vehicle has a plurality of object sensors capable of detecting the presence of an object such as a pedestrian in the danger zone at the front of the vehicle, rear the vehicle or proximate to the wheels. A door sensor is capable of detecting the open or closed state of the vehicle doors. An interlock override switch and a control circuit are also connected to the safety interlock system. The control circuit is capable of activating the safety interlock system when a door open signal is received. When the safety interlock system is activated the control circuit may engage the brakes to prevent motion of the vehicle if an object signal is received from the object sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Agnew
  • Patent number: 9013288
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly for an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element and a mirror back plate. The mirror back plate includes an indicator unit mounting portion and a mirror actuator attaching portion established at a first side by a plastic injection molding operation. A heater pad is disposed between the mirror reflective element and a second side of the mirror back plate. An indicator unit has a light source that is activatable to emit light and is mounted at the indicator unit mounting portion. Light emitted by the light source, when activated, transmits through an aperture of the mirror back plate and through a light transmitting portion of the heater pad and through a light-transmitting window of the mirror reflector and exits the mirror reflective element to be viewable by a driver of the vehicle equipped with the mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8935030
    Abstract: A vehicle control device is disclosed which calculates a drive torque requirement Treq as a target running force output value for a vehicle on the basis of the amount of driving operation by a driver; calculates a correction torque ?Treq for suppressing vehicle sprung body vibration; controls an engine and an electric motor on the basis of a post-correction drive torque requirement Tareq which is derived by correcting the drive torque requirement Treq with the correction torque ?Treq, and controls the indication of the operation state of the electric motor. The correction torque ?Treq includes at least a feed-back control amount ?Tfb as a disturbance-based correction amount. The indication of the operation state of the electric motor is conducted on the basis of a target running force output value for display in which the influence of the feed-back control amount ?Tfb is reduced as compared with the value Tareq.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Oikawa
  • Publication number: 20140375444
    Abstract: A bus stop signal for alerting the driver of a bus and surrounding vehicles that one or more of the passengers has requested that the bus stop at the next bus stop location. The bus stop signal includes a stop indicator signal, and a device in electrical communication with the stop indicator signal. The device includes a housing, and a switch at least partially mounted within the housing. A handle bar is located in the passenger area of the bus, and the device is mounted to the handle bar such that the switch is pressed by at least one passenger in the vehicle, to activate the stop indicator signal. The bus also includes a rear panel, and the stop indicator signal is mounted to the rear panel. Multiple stop indicator signals may be used on other panels of the bus to provide an indication that a stop has been requested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Saul Alejandro Madrigal Medina, Jonathan Efren Limon Sepulveda
  • Patent number: 8816841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a warning system mounted on a vehicle comprising detection means for detecting an object, and signalling means connected to said detection means, wherein said detection means are arranged to remotely detect an object in the vicinity of the vehicle and that said detection means is connected to said signalling means to automatically emit a signal that is detectable from at least one other side of the vehicle than the one where said object is present, and wherein said detection means (4) are arranged to avoid detecting objects lower than 0.5 m, preferably lower than 0.25 m from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Binar Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Leif Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 8779937
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly includes a mirror reflective element and a mirror back plate. The back plate has an indicator mounting portion. An aperture is established through the back plate generally at the indicator mounting portion. A heater pad is disposed between the mirror reflective element and the back plate. The heater pad has a light transmitting portion generally aligned with the aperture of the back plate. A self-contained substantially sealed indicator is mounted at the indicator mounting portion and has a light source that is activatable to emit light. When an equipped exterior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at a side of a vehicle and with the light source activated, light emitted by the light source transmits through the aperture of the back plate and the light transmitting portion of the heater pad and exits the mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8763484
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a breakaway drive system that includes an actuator, an actuator breakaway, a shaft breakaway and a drive shaft. The actuator breakaway is operably connected to the actuator and is configured to rotate when the actuator is displaced. The shaft breakaway includes a breakaway mechanism for disengagingly connecting the actuator breakaway to the shaft breakaway. The shaft breakaway rotates in unison with the actuator breakaway when the shafts are operably engaged and does not rotate in unison with the actuator breakaway when the shafts are disengaged. The drive shaft is operably connected to the shaft breakaway such that rotation of the shaft breakaway causes rotation of the drive shaft. An external force on the drive shaft that exceeds a threshold causes rotation of the shaft breakaway such that the breakaway mechanism disengages the shaft breakaway and the actuator breakaway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Woodstock Safety Mirror Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Yinko, Jr., Robert G. Girard
  • Patent number: 8761443
    Abstract: An automatic record detection device and method for stop arm violation event, comprising: a plurality of image fetching units, to fetch external video signals; at least an analog-to-digital converter, to process said external video signal into digital data; a processor unit, to detect dynamic images of said digital data based on a set sensitivity value, when said set sensitivity value of said dynamic image of a violating vehicle fulfills an image block number, it determines said dynamic image to trigger a violation event, then generates said digital data based on said external video signal. As such, a user can search said dynamic images of said digital data by examining said triggered violation event, to find out license plate number of a violating vehicle, and sends it to an agency concerned for prosecution, thus saving enormous time and manpower in viewing and searching through said digital data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: IVS, Inc., Digiwell Technology Inc., George Tang Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Richie Howard, Anthony Hsieh, George Tang
  • Publication number: 20140159884
    Abstract: An improved vehicle safety system for transport operators designed to require the driver of a passenger vehicle to fully check the entire vehicle before exiting, thereby ensuring that no passenger is left behind. The driver is required to turn a key in the switch located at the back of the vehicle to disable the alarm. This keyed switch absolutely ensures driver compliance, much more so than conventional timers with a disable button. The system is implemented with simple and reliable relays and other components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: April Braun, Jerry P. Braun
  • Patent number: 8698610
    Abstract: An elevated stop indicator light system for vehicles such as school buses comprises a translucent or transparent tubular housing having a strip of light emitting diodes extending therethrough, the housing being secured to a drip rail extending along and above side and/or rear windows of the vehicle by clips fastened to the vehicle. Operation of the elevated light system is coordinated with conventional warning devices, such as a fold-out stop sign and flashing red lights of the bus. The elevation of the stop indicator light system provides a highly visible warning system for surrounding traffic when the view of the conventional warning sign on the side of the bus is obscured by traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: John Adam Krugh, IV
  • Patent number: 8669853
    Abstract: A light affixed to the front of a school bus directs a beam of light across a road to enhance a safe crossing of the road by children boarding the bus. At least two red warning lights are mounted upon a front surface of the bus. A controller is operatively connected to the crossing light and warning lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8669855
    Abstract: An indicator portion (55) includes a first indicator portion (110) and a second indicator portion (112). The first indicator portion (110) indicates an accelerator pedal opening degree that changes in accordance with an operated amount of the accelerator pedal by the driver. The second indicator portion (112) includes a division line (114) and regions (116, 118) divided by the division line (114). The division line (114) shows an accelerator pedal opening degree where traveling modes (EV mode and HV mode) are switched. The regions (116, 118) show the ranges of accelerator pedal opening degrees where traveling is performed in EV mode and HV mode, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoto Suzuki, Motohiro Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8649362
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods for user equipments to implicitly determine the location of the transmission of uplink control signaling information, that is in response to downlink data packet transmissions, using information that is already available through the downlink control signaling for the respective downlink scheduling assignments. No additional explicit downlink control signaling is required for the transmission of the above uplink control signaling from each user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Aris Papasakellariou
  • Patent number: 8624716
    Abstract: A vehicle-borne camera-based observation system for monitoring areas adjacent a vehicle or passenger vehicle, such as a bus or school bus, is disclosed, to provide safer operation for passersby, including for children, and driver convenience. The system includes several cameras, and several monitors in a driver's area displaying all of the fields of view from the cameras, such that each monitor may be controllable to show either the field of view of a first camera or a the field of view of a second camera, according to a driver selection or according to an automatic selection. Night vision, automatic tracking, and illumination systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Rosco Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Patent number: 8525697
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly includes a mirror reflective element, a mirror back plate and a blind spot indicator. The mirror back plate has a generally planar portion and an indicator mounting portion. The indicator mounting portion of the mirror back plate is angled relative to the generally planar portion, and an aperture is established through the mirror back plate generally at the indicator mounting portion. A heater pad is disposed at the rear of the mirror reflective element, and a light transmitting portion of the heater pad is generally aligned with the aperture of the mirror back plate. With the light source of the blind spot indicator activated, light emitted by the light source transmits through an indicia element, the aperture and the light transmitting portion and exits the mirror reflective element at an angle relative to the generally planar portion of the mirror back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8494439
    Abstract: A method of operating a personal electronic device and an in-vehicle infotainment system includes running an application on one of the personal electronic device and the in-vehicle infotainment system. It is sensed that the personal electronic device has been, or soon will be, moved into or out of a proximity of the in-vehicle infotainment system. Information regarding a state of the one of the personal electronic device and the in-vehicle infotainment system is transferred to the other of the personal electronic device and the in-vehicle infotainment system. An application is selected for the other of the personal electronic device and the in-vehicle infotainment system. The selected application is used to replicate the state of the one of the personal electronic device and the in-vehicle infotainment system on the other of the personal electronic device and the in-vehicle infotainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Jens Faenger
  • Publication number: 20120307064
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the present invention provide methods, apparatus, systems, computing devices, computing entities, and/or the like for detecting possible traffic violations of vehicles. For example, in one embodiment, this may include receiving an indication that a school bus has entered or is entering a stopped position. After receiving an indication that the school bus has entered or is entering the stopped position, an area proximate the school bus can be monitored to detect possible traffic violations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Schenken, Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 8305235
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly includes a mirror reflective element, a mirror back plate and a signal indicator. The mirror back plate includes (i) a generally planar portion and (ii) an indicator receiving portion. The indicator receiving portion has a wall structure extending at an angle from the generally planar portion adjacent to an aperture established through the mirror back plate. The signal indicator has a light source disposed at a circuit element and a housing substantially encases the circuit element therein. An electrical connector protrudes from the circuit element and is accessible at a connector portion of the housing for connecting to electrical wiring of the vehicle. The signal indicator includes an indicia element at a forward end thereof. When the light source is activated, light emitted by the light source emanates through the aperture and through the mirror reflective element and is transmitted through the indicia element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8170745
    Abstract: A system and methodology utilizing seat sensors and an electronic card system that monitors the location of children on a bus as well as preventing children from being left behind, is herein disclosed. As the child enters the bus, the child would insert a personalized identification card, thereby recording the child's seat location and presence. Upon exiting, the child again inserts the identification card and following a prescribed time interval, a warning light and alarm would be activated if the seat remains occupied, thus alerting the bus driver to check the seat location. Every bus seat would have an integral weight sensor electrically connected to a main control panel. The system provides the bus driver, or assigned chaperone, a pushbutton selection array corresponding to each seat assignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Lors
  • Patent number: 8102279
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly suitable for use for an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element and a mirror back plate having a generally planar portion and an indicator receiving portion established via a plastic injection molding operation. The indicator receiving portion includes a wall structure extending at an angle from the generally planar portion adjacent to an aperture established through the mirror back plate. A signal indication module has a light source and a housing that is at least partially received at the wall structure of the indicator receiving portion of the mirror back plate. When the light source is activated, light emitted by the light source emanates through the aperture of the mirror back plate and through the mirror reflective element at an angle relative to the generally planar portion of the mirror back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Publication number: 20120013454
    Abstract: An elevated stop indicator light system for vehicles such as school buses comprises a translucent or transparent tubular housing having a strip of light emitting diodes extending therethrough, the housing being secured to a drip rail extending along and above side and/or rear windows of the vehicle by clips fastened to the vehicle. Operation of the elevated light system is coordinated with conventional warning devices, such as a fold-out stop sign and flashing red lights of the bus. The elevation of the stop indicator light system provides a highly visible warning system for surrounding traffic when the view of the conventional warning sign on the side of the bus is obscured by traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: John Adam Krugh, IV
  • Patent number: 8081067
    Abstract: A retainer arrangement that includes a retainer for retaining a hinged arm on a vehicle in a stored position positively so that the hinged arm does not move away from the vehicle unintentionally. The arrangements may be used in connection with a hinged stop arm that is attached to the side of a school bus that is deployed when the school bus stops to pick-up or drop off passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Specialty Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul I. Vidri, Kevin L. Wolf, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8005595
    Abstract: An occupant monitoring and restraint status system is provided. The system includes an occupant boarding and de-boarding system. The occupant boarding and de-boarding system detects boarding and de-boarding of occupants. The system also includes a bench type seat that has a plurality of seat locations. Each of these seat locations includes a seat belt system which has a status sensor to detect a state of the seat belt system. Each seat location also includes an occupant sensing system. The occupant sensing system detects the presence and identity of an occupant at the seat location. The system further includes a display which includes a seat status indicator for each of the plurality of seat locations. The seat status indicators include information regarding a presence of an occupant, an occupant identity, and a state of a seat belt system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Scott Marriott, Gary Stroik, Russ Carlton, Thomas Wayne Messner
  • Patent number: RE44787
    Abstract: An adjustable, elevated and externally mounted lighting device (21) for vehicles such as school busses (22) and other types of vehicles, that provides a pool of light (23) to passenger loading and unloading areas for better visibility of passengers, vehicle drivers, and other vehicle operators in the vicinity during hours of darkness. The light's adjustability, combined with a diffused lens (29), provides a broad and bright pool of light (23) without obstructing passenger visibility or driver use of side mirrors (30). The light (21) is connected to the vehicle's on-board electrical power system and is activated automatically without distracting driver attentiveness, but with provisions for manual over-ride activation if needed in special circumstances such as emergencies or wheelchair loading/unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Bus Safety Lights, LLC
    Inventor: Lynn Emerson Burgess