Internal Alarm Or Indicator Responsive To A Condition Of The Vehicle Patents (Class 340/438)
  • Patent number: 11402844
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus of an embodiment includes a recognizer which recognizes a surrounding environment of a host vehicle, and a driving controller which controls one or both of a speed and steering of the host vehicle on the basis of a recognition result of the recognizer to perform driving control, wherein the driving controller performs the driving control in at least any of a first driving state and a second driving state having a higher rate of automation or fewer tasks requested for an occupant of the host vehicle than the first driving state, and an operation environment in which route change of the host vehicle in the second driving state is executed is limited as compared to a case of the first driving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chihiro Oguro, Katsuya Yashiro, Ayumu Horiba, Tadahiko Kanoh, Yuta Takada
  • Patent number: 11403948
    Abstract: A warning device of a vehicle and a warning method thereof are provided. Determine an attribute and behavior of a target object based on sensing data of a sensor. Provide a first warning signal according to the attribute and the behavior of the target object. Provide a second warning signal based on dynamic information of the vehicle, the attributes and the behavior of the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Po-Kai Tseng
  • Patent number: 11393066
    Abstract: A display system (100) includes a rendering image generation unit (120), a parameter computation unit (140), and a warp processing unit (130). The parameter computation unit (140) computes a latency compensation parameter for compensating a latency including a rendering processing latency of a rendering image based on tracking information. The warp processing unit (130) performs latency compensation processing for compensating the position of a virtual object in a display region based on the latency compensation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey Eric, Tetsuo Kawamoto, Wittmeir Manfred, Yosuke Tanikawa, Kumar anandabairavasamy Anand
  • Patent number: 11383713
    Abstract: An assist apparatus includes a second detection section, a first calculation section, and a notification section. The second detection section detects, as a region candidate which is a candidate for a region to which the own vehicle makes a lane change, one of one or more inter-vehicle regions sandwiched between two approaching vehicles one of which is located ahead of the other. The first calculation section calculates an acceptable distance, a vehicle A being one of the two approaching vehicles and having a relatively small relative distance to the own vehicle and a vehicle B being the other of the two approaching vehicles and having a relatively large relative distance to the own vehicle. The notification section notifies each approaching vehicle of a lane change intention, when the relative distance between the own vehicle and the vehicle A is less than the acceptable distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shotaro Fukuda, Koji Fujiki
  • Patent number: 11378413
    Abstract: An augmented navigational system is provided for autonomous vehicles. The augmented navigational system may further be coupled to an artificial intelligence system that provides object recognition and image recognition. A machine learning system may provide further feedback as to whether the pickup and drop off location was appropriate, and whether the recognition of one or more objects was appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Accelerate Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Sanjay K Rao
  • Patent number: 11373254
    Abstract: A method and system of managing a utility system having a plurality of subsystems. A utility management server receives performance measurement data of a subsystem of a first utility system is received, from a first utility monitoring device (UMD). A type of the subsystem and a type of the first UMD is determined. Static rules are applied based on the type of subsystem and the type of UMD. Upon determining that the predetermined condition based on the static rules is not met, identifying a subsystem and its corresponding UMD responsible for a malfunction by retrieving contextual information from the measurements megastore server, analyzing the data from the first UMD and the contextual information, and sending a notification to the UMD having the subsystem that has been identified as being the source of the malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TUPL, Inc.
    Inventors: Pablo Tapia, Rafael Sanchez Mejias, Juan Jose Escobar
  • Patent number: 11375163
    Abstract: A vehicle inspection device includes a camera mounted to a power folding side-view mirror provided to a vehicle, the camera being configured to switch between an exterior image capture state in which an exterior of the vehicle is within an image capture range and an interior image capture state in which an interior of the vehicle is within the image capture range, while the side-view mirror performs an opening/closing operation between a completely open state and a closed state, and a vehicle processor that executes a vehicle image capture process of capturing an image of the exterior of the vehicle by the camera when the camera has entered the exterior image capture state due to an operation of the side-view mirror, and capturing an image of the interior of the vehicle by the camera when the camera has entered the interior image capture state due to an operation of the side-view mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Terauchi, Naoki Kato, Kayoko Fukasawa, Hiroyuki Tomosugi, Takahiro Iijima
  • Patent number: 11367329
    Abstract: The present application relates to the field of logistics. Disclosed are a monitoring method for a shared recyclable logistics container and a system thereof, capable of timely and accurately finding a recyclable logistics container which may be stolen. In the invention, a recyclable logistics container may be time-shared by a plurality of users; a server stores valid area sets corresponding to each user, each valid area set comprising one or more geographic areas; the server continuously obtains a container identifier and positioning information of the recyclable logistics container; a valid area set corresponding to the current user of the recyclable logistics container is queried according to the container identifier; and if it is determined, according to the positioning information, that the recyclable logistics container camps outside the geographic areas in the found valid area set and the camping duration exceeds a predetermined threshold, an alarm is given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI HONGYAN RETURNABLE TRANSIT PACKAGINGS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Qingxin Liao
  • Patent number: 11347206
    Abstract: Methods and systems for data collection in a chemical or pharmaceutical production process with haptic feedback and control of data communication are disclosed. A system can include a data collector to collect data from plurality of input channels based on a selected data collection routine, a data storage to store a plurality of collector routes and collected data, wherein the plurality of collector routes each includes a different data collection routine, a data acquisition circuit to interpret the collected data and determine an occurrence of an anomalous condition, a data analysis circuit to analyze the collected data by evaluating a data communication constraint of the monitoring system and adjusting a volume of collected data communicated between the input channels and the data storage, and a haptic user device for generating a haptic stimulation in response to an occurrence of a specified anomalous condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Mehul Desai
  • Patent number: 11332072
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus includes a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to detect a state of surroundings of a mobile body, and reduce, when an object is detected during when a stationary sound is continuously output to a subject by using a plurality of sound sources that are arranged around the subject aboard the mobile body, output of the stationary sound toward the subject from a direction in which the object is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masuhito Tanaka, Kazuki Takano, Hidehiro Takeda, Ryo Washizuka, Taro Odagiri, Toshihiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11325535
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly configured for mounting at an exterior side portion of a vehicle includes a mounting portion, a mirror head and an electrically-operated actuator. The mounting portion is configured for attachment at an exterior side portion of a vehicle. The mirror head includes a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element. The mirror head is attached at the electrically-operated actuator. With the mounting portion of the exterior rearview mirror assembly attached at the exterior side portion of the vehicle, the electrically-operated actuator is electrically operable to move the mirror reflective element and the mirror casing together in tandem to vertically and horizontally adjust a field of view of a driver of the vehicle who is viewing the mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Darryl P. De Wind
  • Patent number: 11325617
    Abstract: An automatic driving system includes a driver monitor, a driver state determining unit, a first automatic driving controller, and a second automatic driving controller. The first automatic driving controller controls a first automatic driving mode for causing a vehicle to travel by automatic driving under a preset first traveling environment regardless of whether a driver is in a forward monitoring state. The second automatic driving controller controls a second automatic driving mode for causing the vehicle to travel by the automatic driving in a situation where the driver state determining unit determines, based on a driver state detected by the driver monitor, that the driver is in the forward monitoring state, and the vehicle is under a second traveling environment which is more complicated than the first traveling environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hajime Oyama
  • Patent number: 11328464
    Abstract: A vehicular display apparatus is provided. The apparatus acquires image data of a display target object. The apparatus arranges the display target object in a virtual space based on the image data, arranges a virtual light source and a virtual viewpoint in the virtual space, and generates, as the display image, an image of the display target object viewed from the virtual viewpoint, and displays the display image with a display unit. The display target object includes an instrument with a needle and a shiny dial. The apparatus generates the display image through setting an area on the display target object as a reflection area and setting reflectance of a reflection suppression area smaller than reflectance set for the dial, where the reflection suppression area is a partial area of the dial and is set to cover places overlapping with the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi Nohara, Yoshio Oofuka
  • Patent number: 11325472
    Abstract: A line-of-sight guidance device includes a vehicle peripheral state acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a peripheral state of a vehicle; a line-of-sight acquisition unit configured to acquire information on line of sight of the driver driving the vehicle; and a display control unit configured to control two or more display units included in a predetermined visual field in association with the line of sight among a plurality of display units mounted on the vehicle, to display a line-of-sight guidance display that is a display for guiding the line of sight of the driver from a first attention target indicated by the line of sight to a second attention target associated with the peripheral state of the vehicle. The first target is an attention target actually watched by the driver. The second attention target is an attention target to be watched by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Rena Nishiyori, Toshiyasu Shimbo, Satoshi Iwabuchi
  • Patent number: 11312396
    Abstract: In a vehicle control system (1) configured for autonomous driving, and having a control unit (15) configured to execute a stop process by which the vehicle is parked in a prescribed stop area when it is detected that the control unit or the driver has become incapable of properly maintaining a traveling state of the vehicle, the control unit determines if a person is present within a predetermined range from the vehicle according to information obtained by a surrounding condition acquiring unit (61), the control unit causing the external notification device (14) to generate the acoustic notification at a first notification volume when a person is present within the predetermined range, and at a second notification volume higher than the first notification volume when a person is not present within the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kanta Tsuji, Tadashi Naruse, Atsushi Ishioka
  • Patent number: 11312334
    Abstract: Described are devices, systems and methods for real-time remote control of vehicles with high redundancy. In some embodiments, two copies of at least one control command are received using two different wireless communication protocols, and are compared. The at least one control command is executed when the two copies are in agreement, but is rejected when the two copies differ. In other embodiments, additional wireless communication protocols may exist to provide a redundant mode of communication when one of the two different wireless communication protocols are unavailable. In yet other embodiments, redundant GPS units may be used to determine availability of any of the communication protocols, and relevant control commands may be downloaded in advance to circumvent the lack of coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoling Han, Charles A. Price, Lindong Sun, Liu Liu, Yi Wang, Ruiliang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11305595
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for managing the life cycle of a tyre. The apparatus includes a tyre state detector (100) and a data processor (200), wherein the tyre state detector (100) is configured to detect and send a first identity identifier of the tyre state detector (100) and state detection parameters to the data processor (200); and the data processor (200) is configured to obtain a second identity identifier and usage scenario information of the tyre, generate and send tyre life cycle management information corresponding to the tyre. By obtaining the second identity identifier and the usage scenario information of the tyre, and establishing a correspondence relation so as to generate and send the tyre life cycle management information corresponding to the tyre, the life cycle management of the tyre can be achieved, and thus the intelligent management of the tyre is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Jianer Zhang, Zhiyong Jie
  • Patent number: 11300962
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and apparatus for controlling autonomous vehicles utilizing maps that include visibility information. A map is stored at a computing device associated with a vehicle. The vehicle is configured to operate in an autonomous mode that supports a plurality of driving behaviors. The map includes information about a plurality of roads, a plurality of features, and visibility information for at least a first feature in the plurality of features. The computing device queries the map for visibility information for the first feature at a first position. The computing device, in response to querying the map, receives the visibility information for the first feature at the first position. The computing device selects a driving behavior for the vehicle based on the visibility information. The computing device controls the vehicle in accordance with the selected driving behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Ian Franklin Ferguson, Nathaniel Fairfield, Bradley Templeton
  • Patent number: 11287181
    Abstract: A system for managing transport refrigeration units (28) is provided. The system includes a storage device (80) to store transport parameters (82) associated with a transport refrigeration unit (28). The storage device storing historical transport parameters (84) for other transport refrigeration units (28). Also included is an equipment management system (90) coupled to the storage device, the equipment management system (90) including: a diagnostic module (92) to determine a condition of the transport refrigeration unit (28) in response to the transport parameters (82); a predictive maintenance module (94) to determine a need for upcoming maintenance of the transport refrigeration unit (28) in response to the transport parameters (82); and a remaining life module (96) to determine a remaining life of at least one component of the transport refrigeration unit (28) in response to the transport parameters (82).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Murat Yasar, Marc Beasley, Mark E. Cywilko, Jeffrey Allen Leshuk
  • Patent number: 11290629
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a terminal device and a method for controlling an image acquirer. The terminal device includes: a shell; an image acquirer positioned in the shell; and a driver positioned in the shell and connected with the image acquirer. The driver includes a memory metal, and the memory metal has different lengths in an energized state and a deenergized state, and is configured to control the image acquirer to get into and out of the shell by length extension and contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tongxun Qu
  • Patent number: 11279279
    Abstract: An evaluation engine has two or more modules to assist a driver of a vehicle. A driver drowsiness module analyzes monitored features of the driver to recognize two or more levels of drowsiness of the driver of the vehicle. The driver drowsiness module evaluates drowsiness of the driver based on observed body language and facial analysis of the driver. The driver drowsiness module is configured to analyze live multi-modal sensor inputs from sensors against at least one of i) a trained artificial intelligence model and ii) a rules based model while the driver is driving the vehicle to produce an output comprising a driver drowsiness-level estimation. A driver assistance module provides one or more positive assistance mechanisms to the driver to return the driver to be at or above the designated level of drowsiness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: SRI International, Toyota Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Tamrakar, Girish Acharya, Makoto Okabe, John James Byrnes
  • Patent number: 11267340
    Abstract: A windshield (window glass for a vehicle) 10 is a window glass for a vehicle emitting visible light through incident radiation of excitation light that is irradiated from a light source, and an end part 10E of the window glass for a vehicle is capable of emitting light through irradiation with the excitation light. The present invention can provide window glass for a vehicle such as a car that enables a driver to easily check warning display without narrowing the interior space or obstructing the field of view in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakajima, Yuusuke Oota, Atsushi Nohara, Masashi Yanai
  • Patent number: 11268315
    Abstract: This apparatus, system, and method for preventing vehicle door related accidents will help to detect oncoming traffic and/or nearby external objects when an occupant of the vehicle or the vehicle processor demonstrates an intent to open the vehicle door, and it would generate an alert for the vehicle users, or generate an external alert for the outside users, or automatically stop the vehicle door from opening further if there was a possibility of an accident involving the vehicle doors or its users. This invention comprises of an internal alert mechanism to alert vehicle users about the oncoming traffic and/or nearby external objects. This invention also comprises of an external alert mechanism, which would generate alert externally that vehicle door is about to be opened. This invention also comprises of a feature to restrict the vehicle doors from opening further when there is a potential for door related accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Ankit Dilip Kothari
  • Patent number: 11269849
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to systems and methods for using a blockchain to record information related to processes and services in the vehicle industry. The systems and methods may include (1) receiving an indication of vehicle being involved a vehicle collision and a vehicle VIN; (2) accessing, at a memory, a loss history blockchain associated with the vehicle using the VIN as a key; (3) receiving vehicle sensor data generated or collected prior to, during, and/or after the vehicle collision; (4) creating a block to add to the loss history blockchain that includes the vehicle sensor data, or otherwise updating the loss history blockchain with the vehicle sensor data associated with the vehicle collision; (5) analyzing the vehicle sensor data to reconstruct the vehicle collision; and/or (6) updating the loss history blockchain to include and/or indicate the reconstructed vehicle collision by including the created block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Leise, Jacob J. Alt, Jaime Skaggs, Eric Bellas, Shawn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Vicki King
  • Patent number: 11270689
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes a microphone sensing sounds in the interior of the vehicle. The output of the interior microphone is processed according to an unsupervised machine learning model such that anomalies are indicated by the model. In response to detection of an anomaly, a remote dispatcher is notified, who may then dismiss the anomaly or transmit an instruction to the vehicle to alter its trajectory. The output of an exterior microphone and infotainment system may be removed from the output of the interior microphone prior to processing. An anomaly may be found to occur in response to detecting speaking of a keyword in the output of the interior microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruno Sielly Jales Costa, Hanieh Deilamsalehy, Marcos Pau Gerardo Castro, Smita Vinayak Bailur, Jinesh J. Jain
  • Patent number: 11267489
    Abstract: Provided is an automatic operation assistance system comprising: a telematics center (1) that gives notification to a connected car (2) in accordance with a request that originated from the connected car (2), the notification pertaining to the traveling environment of the connected car (2) from which the request originated and a sensor evaluation value matching an external field sensor (22a); and the connected car (2) that changes, on the basis of the sensor evaluation value notified from the telematics center (1), a process for reflecting recognition data of each external field sensor (22a) of the connected car on an automatic operation control of the connected car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takehisa Nishida, Mariko Okude
  • Patent number: 11250470
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying content relevant to a vehicle occupant using a rotatably-mounted sensor in a field of view of the vehicle occupant. The rotatably-mounted sensor collects information and data from its surroundings. The information and data is processes to identify relevant content to be presented to the vehicle occupant. The rotatably-mounted sensor is configured to rotate in a manner that directs the occupants gaze in a direction of the relevant content being presented. The relevant content may be selected based on information that is known about the vehicle occupant, the vehicle location, the vehicle destination, the vehicle surroundings associated with the location and/or destination, and vendor relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Juan Garcia, Aleks Rozman
  • Patent number: 11244568
    Abstract: We generally describe a collision prevention system (100) comprising: a localization system (402) for determining positions of an autonomous vehicle (104) and a human (106); and a collision determination unit (404) coupled to or in communication with the localization system (402), wherein the collision determination unit (404) is configured to determine, based on the determined positions of the autonomous vehicle (104) and the human (106), whether a predefined condition for an anticipated collision of the autonomous vehicle (104) with the human (106) is met; wherein the collision prevention system (100) is configured to: lock the autonomous vehicle (104) if the predefined condition is met; alert the human (106) for whom the predefined condition for colliding with the autonomous vehicle (104) is met; and allow unlocking of the autonomous vehicle (104) to be performed or initialized by the alerted human (106) only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Tamas Borsos, Péter Hága, Zsófia Kallus, Zsolt Kenesi, Mate Szebenyei, Peter Vaderna, András Veres
  • Patent number: 11243521
    Abstract: Methods and systems for data collection in an industrial environment with haptic feedback and data communication and bandwidth control are disclosed. A system can include a data collector to collect data based on a selected data collection routine, a data storage to store a plurality of collector routes and data, a data acquisition circuit to interpret the data and determine an occurrence of an anomalous condition, a data analysis circuit to evaluate a data communication constraint and adjust a volume of data communicated between the input channels and the data storage, wherein the data analysis circuit determines an aggregate rate of data being collected, and, if the aggregate rate exceeds a current bandwidth allocation rate, request an increase to the current bandwidth allocation rate, and a haptic user device for generating a haptic stimulation in response an occurrence of a specified anomalous condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Mehul Desai
  • Patent number: 11235703
    Abstract: A vehicle gas-detecting device includes a control unit, a gas-detecting unit, a warning unit, and a power-connecting unit. The gas-detecting unit is electrically connected to the control unit. The gas-detecting unit detects the concentration of a gas in a vehicle. The warning unit is electrically connected to the control unit. The power-connecting unit is electrically connected to the control unit and a power source of the vehicle. Thereby, when the concentration of the gas within the vehicle is greater than a predetermined threshold, the control unit activates the warning unit to give a warning to draw users' attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: VEHICLE-PLUS INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Cheng Yang
  • Patent number: 11236686
    Abstract: A conventional gasoline engine is retrofitted and calibrated to operate as a bi-fuel engine using Hydrogen as the second fuel. When operated with Hydrogen, which typically leads to a reduction of engine output power, the engine is preferably operated in a charged mode and in a lean mode with the engine throttle kept in a wide open position during charged and lean mode operation resulting in a more efficient engine with a reduction of engine output power loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: H2 IP INVESTMENTS LTD.
    Inventors: Jose Ignacio Galindo, Klaus M. Schaffer, Daniel Leitner, Christof Hepp
  • Patent number: 11235778
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring a fleet of self-driving vehicles are disclosed. The system comprises one or more self-driving vehicles having at least one sensor for collecting current state information, a fleet-management system, and computer-readable media for storing reference data. The method comprises autonomously navigating a self-driving vehicle in an environment, collecting current state information using the vehicle's sensor, comparing the current state information with the reference data, identifying outlier data in the current state information, and generating an alert based on the outlier data. A notification based on the alert may be sent to one or more monitoring devices according to the type and severity of the outlier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: CLEARPATH ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Anthony William Tod, David Andrew Brown, Guillaume Autran, Ryan Christopher Gariepy, Bryan Webb, Matthew Allen Rendall
  • Patent number: 11230146
    Abstract: A method for determining a tread depth of a tread of a tire during operation of a vehicle comprising the tire, a controller for a vehicle for determining a tread depth of a tread of a tire of the vehicle, and a system for a vehicle, comprising such a controller and at least one electronic wheel unit, wherein there is provision to determine the tread depth based on a determined instantaneous dynamic wheel radius of a wheel, comprising the tire, of the vehicle and a determined instantaneous dynamic inside radius of the tire are disclosed. To improve the accuracy of determination of the tread depth a correction variable predetermined for the type of tire is taken into consideration, which correction variable characterizes the relationship between a change in the tread depth, and a change resulting therefrom in the difference between the dynamic wheel radius and the dynamic inside radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Alexander Kuerzl, Matthias Kretschmann, Michael Löffler
  • Patent number: 11227451
    Abstract: The invention is a monitoring system for determining a vehicle maintenance condition based on weight. The system includes a monitoring station, a weight determination system, a data input device configured to receive input data, and a processing device. The processing device includes a processor and non-volatile memory. The processor is configured to receive load ratings for a tow vehicle and tow equipment, receive maintenance requirements for the tow vehicle and the tow equipment, receive vehicle use requirements for the tow vehicle and the tow equipment, receive weight data from the weight determination system, and receive the input data from the data input device. Additionally, the processor is configured to determine at least one maintenance condition based on the load ratings, the weight data, and the input data. The processor is also configured to send the maintenance condition data to the monitoring system and communicate the maintenance condition to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Michael Hall, Seth Myer
  • Patent number: 11222488
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic module including: a first memory; a second memory; a communication unit configured to communicate with a plurality of electronic modules and a server; and a controller configured to store, in the first memory, vehicle information obtained from at least one sensor provided in a vehicle, store, in the second memory, the vehicle information stored in the first memory, determine an electronic module of the plurality of electronic modules based on a location that the at least one situation occurred, and transmit, to the electronic module, at least a part of the vehicle information when the at least one predetermined situation occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Autoever Corp.
    Inventors: Byung-Jik Keum, Bong Ju Kim, Jong-Yoon Yee, Hochoul Jung
  • Patent number: 11221621
    Abstract: A safety system can include a self-driving vehicle, a temperature detection system attached to the self-driving vehicle, and a vehicle management system configured to autonomously drive the self-driving vehicle. The self-driving vehicle can include cameras, lidar, and radar to detect objects on the road. The vehicle management system can be configured to respond to the temperature detection system detecting elevated temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Drivent LLC
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 11223715
    Abstract: Short range wireless location and motion sensing devices and reporting methods are provided herein. An example device includes a housing configured to couple with a power port of a vehicle. The housing includes a wireless interface, a motion sensor that senses at least one of velocity, acceleration, and orientation of the vehicle, a processor and a memory that stores logic that is executed by the processor to receive motion signals from the motion sensor and transmit the motion signals on the wireless interface to a mobile device that is communicatively coupled with the wireless adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: WEARSAFE LABS LLC
    Inventors: David B. Benoit, Phillip A. Giancarlo
  • Patent number: 11220266
    Abstract: A method for at least partially unblocking a field of view of a motor vehicle. The method includes: locating, by a sensor system of the motor vehicle, other vehicles on a present lane of the motor vehicle in at least one of a front space of the motor vehicle and a rear space of the motor vehicle; determining, by a determination unit of the motor vehicle, if at least one of the other vehicles at least partially blocks the field of view of the motor vehicle on the present lane; deciding, by a decision unit of the motor vehicle, if a driving situation requires reducing a blocking of the field of view; and communicating, by a communication device of the motor vehicle, when the blocking of the field of view is to be reduced, a request to the other vehicles at least partially blocking the field of view of the motor vehicle to maneuver within the present lane to reduce the blocking of the field of view of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Schreiber, Ingmar Langer, Dominik Matheis, Mario Liebeck
  • Patent number: 11221622
    Abstract: A safety system can include a self-driving vehicle, a temperature detection system attached to the self-driving vehicle, and a vehicle management system configured to autonomously drive the self-driving vehicle. The self-driving vehicle can include cameras, lidar, and radar to detect objects on the road. The vehicle management system can be configured to respond to the temperature detection system detecting elevated temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Drivent LLC
    Inventors: Wesley Edward Schwie, Eric John Wengreen
  • Patent number: 11214193
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to: determine a type of a detection object approaching the vehicle; determine whether or not the detection object enters a predetermined range around the vehicle; and control an output of a sound corresponding to the type of the detection object when the detection object enters the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11212491
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method, apparatus, and system for collecting video data relating to a security event at a security operations center (SOC), the operations comprising: receiving video data captured through one or more cameras installed at one or more vehicles within a predetermined range of the security event at the SOC from the one or more vehicles; and compiling the video data into viewable format usable in an investigation of the security event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Yossef Saad, Assaf Natanzon
  • Patent number: 11210854
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media can determine a placement in a camera view for displaying an augmented reality (AR) advertisement, where the camera view is associated with a computing device. An AR advertisement for a user associated with the computing device can be determined based on attributes associated with the user. Display of the AR advertisement can be caused at the determined placement in the camera view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: John Samuel Barnett, Dantley Davis, Congxi Lu, Jonathan Morton, Peter Vajda, Joshua Charles Harris
  • Patent number: 11199856
    Abstract: The safe operation assistance device 200 includes: a connecting destination detecting section 259 that detects and manages a connection state between the safe operation assistance device 200 and a connecting destination device; a unique information setting section 251 that sets unique information identifying a vehicle type of an own vehicle according to the connecting destination device; a positional information acquisition section 257 that acquires positional information of the own vehicle; an own vehicle information management section 252 that manages the positional information and the unique information of the own vehicle; an inter-vehicle communication section 255 that transmits the own vehicle information to other vehicle and acquires other vehicle information; and a risk determination section 254 that determines presence or absence of a collision risk between the own vehicle and the other vehicle using the own vehicle information and the other vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiya Katou, Takeshi Ito, Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11200758
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method, system and related device of implementing vehicle automatic inspection and repair. The method includes: obtaining, by a vehicle controller, vehicle self-inspection data, and controlling a vehicle to drive and stop at an inspection and repair position when determining the vehicle malfunctions according to the vehicle self-inspection data; sending, by the vehicle controller, vehicle diagnostic information to an inspection and repair apparatus; and determining, by the inspection and repair apparatus, a corresponding repair advice according to the vehicle diagnostic information, and sending the repair advice to the vehicle controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING TUSEN ZHITU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 11198446
    Abstract: Generally described, the present disclosure relates to the efficient management and compact presentation of data or content with respect to a vehicle. For example, an operator of a vehicle may desire content related to vehicle operation, including, among many other forms of data, user manual information, warranty information, parts data, maintenance logs, etc. The disclosed techniques can use query inputs to optimize data presentation and provide augmented data to a user via an interactive user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Faraday & Future Inc.
    Inventors: Mario R. Garcia, Eric M. Turano, Jungseop Kim
  • Patent number: 11194326
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a first detection unit configured to detect an operation of a driving operation element by an occupant, a second detection unit configured to detect a direction of a face or a line of sight of the occupant, and a switching control unit configured to switch an automatic driving mode executed by an automatic driving control unit to one of a plurality of automatic driving modes including a first automatic driving mode and a second automatic driving mode. The switching control unit sets a condition for executing the first automatic driving mode, and sets a condition for executing the second automatic driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Nakamura, Toshiyuki Kaji
  • Patent number: 11190075
    Abstract: A drive system to be applied to a vehicle is provided which includes a chargeable and dischargeable electric storage device, and in which the electric storage device is capable of being charged by power supply from an external power supply outside the vehicle. The drive system includes a rotating electrical machine, an inverter connected to the rotating electrical machine, a converter configured to transform a power supply voltage of the electric storage device and output the transformed power supply voltage to the inverter, and charging wirings which are capable of being electrically connected to the external power supply. The charging wirings are connected to connection points between the inverter and the converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryotaro Okamoto, Tsubasa Sakuishi
  • Patent number: 11189878
    Abstract: A battery pack according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes: multiple unit batteries which are positioned in parallel in a first direction; and a pair of connecting members which is attached to both sides of the multiple unit batteries and electrically and physically connects the multiple unit batteries in the first direction. Each of the pair of connecting members includes: multiple battery fixing portions which are attached to the multiple unit batteries, respectively; and at least one deformable portion which is positioned between the multiple battery fixing portions such that at least a part of the deformable portion is in a non-contact state with the multiple unit batteries and the deformable portion is bent by external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seok Koh
  • Patent number: 11189176
    Abstract: A method, devices and computer program for initiating and/or carrying out a cooperative driving maneuver. The method includes a driving intention message for transportation vehicles in an environment of a transportation vehicle which includes information relating to an intention of a driver or an at least partially automatic transportation vehicle control system of the transportation vehicle to carry out a driving maneuver. The method includes obtaining information relating to a driving intention based on the intention to carry out the driving maneuver, determining a position of the transportation vehicle, determining the driving intention message based on the information relating to the driving intention, and calculating transmission parameters for the driving intention message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Bernd Rech, Stefan Gläser, Monique Engel, Bernd Lehmann, Sandra Kleinau, Hendrik-Jörn Günther, Teodor Buburuzan, Axel Köhnke
  • Patent number: 11181900
    Abstract: An agricultural work vehicle according to an aspect of the invention that can monitor a state of the agricultural work vehicle when the agricultural work vehicle performs agricultural work using a working machine which is attached thereto includes: a vehicle body; a working machine that is attached to the front or rear of the vehicle body and performs agricultural work; an engine that generates a driving force for movement of the vehicle body and work of the working machine; and a monitoring device that determines at least one of whether there is an abnormality in a temperature of a coolant for cooling the engine, whether there is an abnormality in a pressure of an engine oil supplied to the engine, and whether there is an abnormality in the engine when the working machine performs work using the driving force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: LS MTRON LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Yeong Park, Kyung Nyung Woo