Operation Efficiency (e.g., Engine Performance, Driver Habits) Patents (Class 340/439)
  • Patent number: 10816976
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to control of a drone. In one example, aerial movement of the drone is controlled. In the example, it is determined, based on a plurality of devices, whether the drone is within a line-of-sight with at least a respective one of a plurality of humans within a physical proximity to a respective one of a the devices. In the example, the devices are used by the drone to track the humans. In the example, when the drone is determined to lack the line-of-sight, aerial movement of the drone is controlled to move the drone to become within the line-of-sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ENT. SERVICES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LP
    Inventors: Chandra H. Kamalakantha, Parag Doshi
  • Patent number: 10782144
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle and method of providing driving information of an autonomous vehicle, the method includes acquiring outside situation data via a sensor in the autonomous vehicle, generating, based on the acquired outside situation data, a local map comprising the autonomous vehicle, one or more external vehicles within a threshold distance from the autonomous vehicle, and a road on which the autonomous vehicle is travelling, and displaying the generated local map on a display of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee Min Choi, Jaewoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10776877
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, systems and apparatuses for determining and implementing risk unit based insurance policies are presented. A user may receive a plurality of risk units associated with an insurance policy. The risk units may be stored in a risk unit account associated with the user, the vehicle, etc. During operation of the vehicle, sensor data may be received. The sensor data may provide information associated with driving behaviors of the user, environmental conditions in which the vehicle is being operated, and the like. A consumption rate of the risk units may be determined based, at least in part, on the received sensor data. If a number of risk units in a risk unit account is below a predetermined threshold, a notification may be transmitted to the user and/or a predetermined number of risk units may be automatically added to the risk unit account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Arity International Limited
    Inventors: Edward A. Biemer, Grady Irey, Caryl M. Styrsky
  • Patent number: 10752261
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a driver distraction warning control apparatus and a driver distraction warning control method. The driver distraction warning control apparatus includes a sensor device that detects gaze of a driver, a setting device configured to divide a virtual area on front of the driver into a plurality of gaze areas, and sets a threshold for each of the gaze areas, a determining device that determines a viewing area corresponding to the driver's gaze direction from among the gaze areas, and a controller that performs driver distraction warning control based on the threshold set for the determined viewing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sam Yong Kim, Jin Kwon Kim, Byoung Joon Lee
  • Patent number: 10755284
    Abstract: A vehicle-centric cloud-based records management platform remains accessible through a web-based management portal and a mobile application, which can be integrated with vehicle devices for in-vehicle use. Regardless of the method of collection, the computerized method and system of the present invention are able to summarize the data into actionable documents for vehicle registration, fuel tax calculation/filing, and federal forms completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: LEGATUS SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Julian Simpson, Joanna Masny, Michael L Holloman, Scott R Grzybowski, William Joseph Curry
  • Patent number: 10752253
    Abstract: A determination that a driver of a vehicle is directed to a non on-road zone based on at least one of a head pose or an eye gaze of a driver. Based on the non on-road zone, a probability is determined that the driver does not transition from the non on-road zone to an on-road zone based on the non on-road zone. The probability is adjusted when the driver is directed to the non on-road zone for a time period that exceeds a predetermined time threshold. A warning is generated within the vehicle based on the adjusted probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nitendra Nath, Kevin Wegienka, Justin Teems, Ryan Sorsby
  • Patent number: 10737616
    Abstract: The present invention is a safety and alert system installed in a child seat of a vehicle. The system has at least one weight detector to detect the presence of a child on a child seat. Temperature sensors and a heart monitor will be activated when the presence of a child is detected. A processing unit processes signals received from one of the sensors or a GPS tracker unit, when the body temperature of a child and the inside temperature of a vehicle are not within a preset safe range and/or when the child is unattended for a period of time more than the preset time limit. These signals are then sent to the alerting unit to allow proper action to be taken. A GPS tracker unit tracks the current location of the vehicle and sends location information to the proper authorities. The alerting unit sends sound messages, text messages or electronic emails to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Daryl Kreager
  • Patent number: 10733464
    Abstract: A method for obtaining 3D information of objects shown in at least two images obtained by at least two on-vehicle sensors, a device for carrying out the respective steps of the method, a system including such a device, and a vehicle including such a device or such a system are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Motherson Innovations Company Limited
    Inventors: Maximilian Kauffmann, Kai Uwe Hagenburg
  • Patent number: 10716371
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for providing directions haptically such that sight and hearing can continue unimpeded. In one exemplary embodiment, a wearable device (such as earphones, ear rings, gloves, glasses, or other wearable objects) configured as disclosed herein receives directions to an intended destination for a user, the directions comprising a movement action and a distance to the movement action. The wearable device has multiple haptic output units and generates, through one of those units, a haptic output based on the directions. This allows the user to receive the directions through touch rather than looking at their mobile device or from audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Ryan Thomas Ward
  • Patent number: 10719879
    Abstract: Methods and systems for offering and providing trip-based vehicle insurance are provided. Information is received regarding a vehicle operator and a vehicle, and trip-based insurance policies including quantities of vehicle use units are offered to the customer. Based on selected coverage types, the insurance provider may generate an insurance quote for a policy having an amount of the vehicle use units and may facilitate a purchase transaction with the customer for the insurance policy. Once a policy is selected and purchased, the system and method monitor vehicle use to determine each use of a vehicle use unit. Each vehicle use unit generally corresponds to one vehicle trip, but additional vehicle trip limitations may be added that may result in additional charges when exceeded during the course of a vehicle trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher E. Gay, Scott Thomas Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Steve Cielocha, Todd Binion
  • Patent number: 10710588
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a lane assist system that prepares the vehicle to move from a current lane to an adjacent lane. The lane assist system includes a sensor for detecting one or more surrounding vehicles in an adjacent lane and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is connected to the sensor. The electronic control unit is configured to predict or determine predict or determine that the vehicle intends to or is moving from a current lane to an adjacent lane. The electronic control unit is configured to determine one or more locations of the one or more surrounding vehicles in the adjacent lane, and control operations of the vehicle to prepare the vehicle for a lane change to a first open space or area in the adjacent lane based on the one or more locations of the one or more surrounding vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin M. Geller
  • Patent number: 10710603
    Abstract: Embodiments include apparatus and methods for matching activities with one or more segments. A series of road segments, which may form a route to at least one destination, are identified. A road property for at least one of the segments is accessed. An activity or activity sequence is selected based on the road property for the at least one of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Huib Kalb, Sjoerd Spaargaren, Sigrid Van Veen, Kiranmayee Mhetre
  • Patent number: 10710608
    Abstract: A safety system that provides specific warnings to an occupant of a vehicle engaged in a certain activity that can cause an adverse outcome in an event of a Sudden Decrease in Ride Smoothness (an SDRS event). The safety system includes a sensor that takes measurements of the vehicle compartment, and a computer that estimates, based on the measurements, whether the occupant of the vehicle is engaged in a certain activity that can lead to an adverse outcome in case of an SDRS event. Responsive to receiving an indication indicative of an imminent SDRS event and estimating that the occupant is engaged in the certain activity, the computer provides a specific warning to the occupant. The specific warning describes a specific action related to the certain activity, which the occupant should take.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Shmuel Jacob Hershkovitz, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank, Tal Thieberger-Navon
  • Patent number: 10713867
    Abstract: A method and system for predicting, detecting, and storing vehicle dynamics information. The method comprises receiving a series of consecutive signals indicating speed of a vehicle and additional data associated with the signals over a vehicle bus for a configurable period of time, comparing the consecutive speed signal with the previous speed signal to identify deceleration and acceleration of the vehicle, calculating a deceleration rate based on the sum of decelerations and accelerations, and storing the signals and additional data associated with the signals in a vehicle memory when the calculated deceleration rate is greater than or equal to a configurable event detection threshold deceleration rate. This configuration does not require the use of vehicle sensors, but instead utilizes pre-existing vehicle infrastructure, which allows for more precise analysis of vehicle dynamics information during an event like a collision, for all vehicles, in a cost-effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Flex, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sandor Zsombory, Behnam Rezvannia
  • Patent number: 10703359
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to predict, based at least in part on a stored road topology for a predetermined vehicle route, a vehicle body orientation based on lateral, longitudinal, and vertical accelerations predicted for the route. The computer is programmed to, based on the predicted vehicle body orientation, adjust at least one of an orientation of the vehicle body and an orientation of an object in the vehicle as the vehicle traverses the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Varnhagen, Schuyler Cohen, Johannes Strom, Ghassan Atmeh, Alice Kassar
  • Patent number: 10678211
    Abstract: A controller can switch a control system of a motor to a diagnostic operation mode in addition to a normal operation mode. Abnormality of the motor can be detected by taking advantage of the appearance of a clear difference between a feedback value detected when the motor is normal and a feedback value detected when the motor is abnormal if the control system is switched to the diagnostic mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Satou, Kazunori Iijima
  • Patent number: 10679079
    Abstract: A driver state monitoring method and apparatus may accurately and effectively determine a driver carelessness state and warn a driver of the carelessness state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO-HELLA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Beom-Kyu Kim, Ha-Bit Park, Ki-Man Kim, Shinwook Kim
  • Patent number: 10679499
    Abstract: A traffic guidance system includes: a vehicle terminal located in each vehicle and configured to obtain brake information; a collection server configured to collect the brake information; and a control server configured to search for a driving route to a destination point based on a request of the vehicle terminal and provide the found driving route. The control server is configured to: analyze the brake information collected by the collection server; generate brake pattern information for each traffic situation; and search for the driving route using the generated brake pattern information for each traffic situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Su Jin Kwon
  • Patent number: 10656280
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a lot management system. The lot management system includes a transmitter comprising a location determination module having a GPS data pathway to an RF transmission module and a receiver including an RF antenna and a receiver processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KEY CONTROL HOLDING, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Cooper, Carlan Cooper, Robert T. Brockman
  • Patent number: 10657737
    Abstract: A system includes an input device that receives desirable performance characteristics of a vehicle a diagnostic processor that receives vehicle test data, and determines undesirable vehicle performance data points by comparing the desirable vehicle performance characteristics to the test data. The diagnostic processor also determines undesirable system data points that correspond to likely causes of the undesirable vehicle performance data points by comparing the desirable system performance characteristics to the test data, and determines undesirable component data points that correspond to likely causes of the undesirable system data points by comparing the desirable component performance characteristics to the test data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew G. Sata, Daniel Folick, Jared Farnsworth, Tomoo Yoshizumi
  • Patent number: 10654413
    Abstract: A system for monitoring vehicle dynamics and detecting adverse events during operation is presented. Position sensors attached to a vehicle are configured to identify a vehicle orientation (heading) as well as the vehicle's direction of travel (trajectory). A system controller connected to these position sensors can detect the difference between these two measurements. When the difference between these two measurements exceeds a safety threshold, it can be an indication of a slip event. A slip event can be caused by compromised traction or stability and may lead to a loss of vehicle control. The system controller can be configured to monitor various vehicle dynamics to detect these slip events. The system controller may be configured to track geolocations of slip events to create a database of historical slip events for determining location-based risk factors and prevention of future events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MODULAR MINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Utter, William M. Casson, Edward A. Branscombe
  • Patent number: 10652708
    Abstract: An event/object reporting system is provided using data from sensors of a smart vehicle, which events/objects are observed by the smart vehicle but do not involve the smart vehicle. For this purpose, a computer-implemented method includes collecting, by the computer device, sensor data from at least one sensor on the smart vehicle regarding events/objects external to the smart vehicle, analyzing, by the computer device, the sensor data to detect whether a predetermined event and/or object external to the smart vehicle is found in the sensor data, and transmitting, by the computer device, portions of the sensor data pertaining to the predetermined event and/or object to an external server based on the detecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michal Broz, Steven D. Clay, Shunguo Yan, Paul W. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10627813
    Abstract: An information processing system capable of estimating a driving conduct suited to a driver includes: a history obtainer that obtains a personal driving environment history of each of a plurality of drivers, each of the personal driving environment histories indicating one or more vehicle behaviors selected by the driver, and a driving environment associated with each of the one or more behaviors, the driving environment being a driving environment of the vehicle at a point in time of selection of the behavior it is associated with; and a modeler that models, from a driving environment history including the personal driving environment histories of the plurality of drivers, the personal driving environment history of at least one of the plurality of drivers, to build a driver model indicating a relationship between a behavior and a driving environment for the vehicle of the at least one of the plurality of drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanaga Tsuji, Toshiya Mori, Koichi Emura
  • Patent number: 10622101
    Abstract: In one embodiment, one or more non-transitory, computer-readable mediums store computer instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to receive inputs from one or more request sources. The inputs include user credentials to an electronic medical record (EMR) source provider system. The computer instructions, when executed by the processor, also cause the processor to validate the credentials via communication with the EMR source provider system without an external authorization process, retrieve one or more EMRs from the EMR source provider system after the credentials are validated by the EMR source provider system, and store the one or more EMRs in a single data repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Steven K. Dunlap, Michael Belko, Sharon Kay Haverlah, Wesley Allen Arnold
  • Patent number: 10602972
    Abstract: In a first aspect, the present invention provides a method of measuring attention of a person comprising presenting one or more stimulus aimed at attracting attention of the person; and obtaining positions of the eyes of the person. The method further comprises detecting one or more eye fixations from the obtained positions of the eyes; and measuring the angle of convergence of the eyes over time from the obtained positions of the eyes during one or more of the detected eye fixations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA, INSTITUCIÓ CATALANA DE RECERCA I ESTUDIS AVANÇATS
    Inventor: Hans Super
  • Patent number: 10600250
    Abstract: A display system for use in a mobile body includes an acquisition unit that acquires detection information of at least one detection object that exists in a target space, a display unit that displays a virtual image in the target space, and a controller that controls display of the display unit. In the target space, at least one detection area is provided. The at least one detection object includes a first detection object that exists closest to the mobile body and a second detection object that has the shortest time to collision with the mobile body. The controller determines, as a display object, at least one of the first detection object and the second detection object in the at least one detection object that exists in the detection area based on the detection information, and causes the display unit to display the virtual image corresponding to the display object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Nakano, Tadashi Shibata, Masanaga Tsuji, Akira Tanaka, Shohei Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10576973
    Abstract: In a driving assistance device, a distance information is acquired based on an image acquired by an imaging device mounted on a vehicle. The distance information includes a relative distance of a preceding vehicle in a travelling direction of the own vehicle, relative velocity thereof, and acceleration information thereof including relative acceleration. A time required until the own vehicle collides with the preceding vehicle is calculated with consideration of the acceleration information as a predicted collision time. It is determined whether or not the preceding vehicle is in a deceleration state by using the relative velocity. Further it is determined whether or not a collision possibility between the own vehicle and the preceding vehicle exists, and it is also determined to use the predicted collision time on the condition that the preceding vehicle is determined to be in the deceleration state and the collision possibility is determined to exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kei Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10576887
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operating a brake pedal unit of a vehicle, comprising feedback to a driver. The brake pedal unit has a multiplicity of pressure-sensitive or force-sensitive sensors. According to the disclosure, in the method, output signals of the multiplicity of pressure-sensitive or force-sensitive sensors are detected. At least one position and/or an orientation of the operator's foot relative to the foot support element is determined from the detected output signals. A feedback signal that characterizes the determined position and/or orientation is output at an output unit of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 10556590
    Abstract: A vehicle and a control method of the vehicle are provided. The vehicle includes an engine management system to drive an engine to adjust a driving torque of the engine to accelerate the vehicle, a communicator to receive road gradient information, and a controller configured to control the engine management system such that running speed of the vehicle follows a target speed. The controller predicts an increase amount of speed of a next downhill section based on the road gradient information, and determines a start point of coasting control of a current section for maximizing a coasting distance based on the predicted speed increase amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Pil Yoon, Howon Seo, Jungwook Kim
  • Patent number: 10558897
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for implementing context-based digital signal processing are described herein. An object detection system includes a processor to: access sensor data from a first sensor and a second sensor integrated in a vehicle; access an operating context of the vehicle; assign a first weight to a first object detection result from sensor data of the first sensor, the first weight adjusted based on the operating context; assign a second weight to a second object detection result from sensor data of the second sensor, the second weight adjusted based on the operating context; and perform a combined object detection technique by combining the first object detection result weighted by the first weight and the second object detection result weighted by the second weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Vinod Sharma, Monica Lucia Martinez-Canales, Peggy Jo Irelan, Malini Krishnan Bhandaru, Rita Chattopadhyay, Soila Pertet Kavulya
  • Patent number: 10549636
    Abstract: An information display system includes a display including an energy consumption gauge having a bar. The display system includes a controller in communication with the display and configured to instruct the display to include an average efficiency indicator relatively arranged on the bar based on a calculated driver efficiency value, and instruct the display to include a peer efficiency indicator relatively arranged on the bar based on a peer efficiency value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan J. Skaff, Dale Gilman, Paul Aldighieri
  • Patent number: 10549779
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle control device provided in a vehicle and a method for controlling a vehicle. The vehicle control device for controlling a vehicle having a camera and a steering wheel includes a communication unit communicating with at least one of the camera and the steering wheel, and a controller transmitting, when a predetermined condition is met, a driving command to a driving unit which applies an external force to move the steering wheel along a predetermined route, receiving a photographed image from the camera while the steering wheel is moving, and performing authentication of a driver's face using the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Minsick Park
  • Patent number: 10543847
    Abstract: A database of high risk locations is formed and high risk causal factors for the high risk locations determined. Driver behavior is monitored at the sites in the database using data collection devices such as electronic logging devices or mobile phones to see if the drivers exhibit the same specific behaviors that are considered contributing factors to specific accident types at risk of occurrence at those sites. Warnings are provided to drivers approaching the specific sites to prompt behavioral changes which may further be monitored by the data collection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Intelligent Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Heath, Wayne Allan Malkin
  • Patent number: 10546193
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method to control a workflow comprising at least one task to be performed by a person (P3), wherein information is provided about at least one certain object (20, 32, 36, 38) related to the at least one task of the workflow, eye data (24, 26) are captured of at least one eye of the person (P3), and in dependency of the eye data (24, 26) and the information about the at least one certain object (20, 32, 36, 38) it is checked whether at least one task condition consisting in whether the task had been performed and/or whether the task is allowed to be performed is fulfilled. The invention also relates to a system and method for providing a set of task-specific control parameters (CP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Eberhard Schmidt, Tom Sengelaub
  • Patent number: 10537033
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a display device (1) for a motor vehicle, which includes: a display module (3) comprising a flat screen (7) provided on the rear surface thereof with mounting feet (17), each mounting foot (17) including a tapped hole for receiving a mounting screw (21); and a housing (9) holding the display module (3), said housing (9) having a bottom wall (23) and on which the mounting feet (1) of the flat screen (7) are mounted by screwing, characterised in that it also comprises a membrane made of resilient material (29) arranged between the mounting feet (17) and covering each mounting foot (17) so as to be inserted between the mounting feet (17) and the bottom wall (23) of the housing (9), and in that the mounting screws (17) of the flat screen (7) pass through the bottom wall (23) and the membrane made of resilient material (29) so as to engage with the tapped hole of each foot (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: Christophe Delmaere, Richard Geloen
  • Patent number: 10532746
    Abstract: A vehicle that provides an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) recommendation function and a method of controlling the vehicle are provided. The vehicle includes a collection unit that is configured to collect behavior information of a driver and a controller that is configured to determine an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) mode recommendable to the driver based on the collected behavior information and to output the determined ADAS mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jung Mi Park, Hyunjin Kang, Jimin Han, Jia Lee
  • Patent number: 10532617
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a state parameter of an object to be monitored comprises a means for providing a plurality of measurement values, wherein the measurement values comprise information relating to the state parameter of the object to be monitored, a comparison means for comparing the measurement value to a predeterminable comparison parameter, wherein the comparison means is formed to output a first comparison signal when a predeterminable number of measurement values falls below the comparison parameter within a measurement interval, or to output a second comparison signal when the predeterminable number of measurement values exceeds or reaches the comparison parameter, wherein the first comparison signal or the second comparison signal indicate the state parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christoph Steiner, Dirk Hammerschmidt
  • Patent number: 10513270
    Abstract: A system may include a plurality of vehicle sensor and a computer comprising a processor and memory storing instructions executable by the processor. One of the instruction may comprise to determine a driving responsiveness (DR) value using a weighted sum comprising indices of a transition probability matrix (Q), Q being derived from likelihood of transition data (?) between a plurality of driving modes from a set of interacting multiple model (IMM) instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sanghyun Hong, Jianbo Lu, Dimitar Petrov Filev
  • Patent number: 10510249
    Abstract: A safety driving assistant system according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire pieces of probe information from probe vehicles, each piece of probe information including information of a position of the corresponding probe vehicle and information of a time at which the probe vehicle has passed through the position; a detection unit configured to detect a sudden-deceleration-prone spot where sudden deceleration of probe vehicles frequently occurs, based on the pieces of probe information acquired by the acquisition unit; and a provision unit configured to provide information of the sudden-deceleration-prone spot detected by the detection unit, to a target vehicle that receives safety driving assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masataka Tokunaga, Shoichi Tanada, Shigeki Nishimura, Hiroyuki Yamada, Hitoshi Konishi
  • Patent number: 10493996
    Abstract: A method and system for impaired driving detection, monitoring and accident prevention with driving habits. An impairment test method is provided with an impairment test determining in real-time whether a driver of vehicle is impaired (e.g., has used drugs, alcohol, is distracted, talking, texting, eating, etc. or is drowsy, etc.). The impairment test determines plural assigned probability impairment values over a pre-determined time interval to compare a frequency of received plural event signals from a passenger compartment of the vehicle for one or more of the plural driver performance actions completed by a driver of a vehicle to those previously stored in a unique driver profile for the driver to determine with a statistical probability whether the driver operating the vehicle may be impaired based on the unique behavior patterns for the driver of the vehicle stored in the unique driver profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Future Technology Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Phillips, Geoffrey A. Wilson, Brian K. Phillips, II
  • Patent number: 10496090
    Abstract: A control system that is operable to control a vehicle in an autonomous or semi-autonomous mode includes a processor that processes data captured by a plurality of exterior sensing sensors. When the control system is operating in the autonomous or semi-autonomous mode and responsive to a determination of an upcoming event that requires the system to hand over control of the vehicle to a driver before the vehicle encounters the event, the control determines (i) a total action time until the vehicle encounters the event, (ii) an estimated time for the driver to take over control and (iii) an estimated handling time for the vehicle to be controlled before the vehicle encounters the event. Responsive to the determinations, the control system (i) allows the driver to take over control of the vehicle or (ii) controls the vehicle to slow down and stop the vehicle before the vehicle encounters the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ralph Latotzki, Frank Goseberg
  • Patent number: 10482333
    Abstract: Mental state analysis is performed using blink rate within vehicles. Video is obtained of an individual or a group within a vehicle. The video is analyzed to detect a blink event based on a classifier, where the blink event is determined by identifying that eyes are closed for a frame in the video. A blink duration is evaluated for the blink event. Blink-rate information is determined using the blink event and one or more other blink events. The evaluating can include evaluating blinking for a group of people. The blink-rate information is compensated using the processors for a context. Mental states of the individual are inferred for the blink event, where the mental states are based on the blink event, the blink duration of the individual, and the blink-rate information that was compensated. A difference in blinking between the individual and the remainder of a group can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana el Kaliouby, Abdelrahman N. Mahmoud, Seyedmohammad Mavadati, Panu James Turcot
  • Patent number: 10475348
    Abstract: The invention regards a method and a system for assisting a person in acting in a dynamic environment. At first, information on states at least two entities in a common environment is obtained. A future behaviour of each of the entities is then predicted based on the obtained information and a time to event for at least one predetermined event involving the at least two entities and a position of occurrence of the event relative to the person is estimated. Then, a signal indicative of the relative direction of the predicted event with respect to the person and indicative of the time to event for driving an actuator is generated, the signal causing a stimulation being perceivable by the person by its perceptual capabilities, wherein the time to event is encoded such that the signal's saliency is the higher the smaller the time to event is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE EUROPE GMBH
    Inventor: Matti Krüger
  • Patent number: 10475255
    Abstract: A road toll system comprises a vehicle-mounted unit comprising a satellite navigation system implementing a position tracking function; transmitting means for transmitting position or route information to a remote server; and a unique identification device for attaching to the vehicle, and associated with the satellite navigation receiver. The road toll system function is enabled only when the identification device is present. The identification device comprises an electronic device which is adapted to alter by detachment or attempted detachment such as to prevent the road toll system function being enabled. This system increases the security of this type of system and makes fraudulent use of the system increasingly difficult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Telit Automotive Solutions NV
    Inventors: Michael M. P. Peeters, Jan L. R. M. Taelman, Frank C. H. Daems, Veroni Ballet
  • Patent number: 10467704
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use and determining risks associated with operation of a vehicle having one or more autonomous operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, a virtual log of data regarding performance of the features in a virtual test environment may be recorded during operation of the vehicle. This may include information regarding the vehicle, the vehicle environment, use of the autonomous operation features, and/or control decisions made by the features. The control decisions may include evasive maneuvers performed by the vehicle under the control of the features. The performance data in the virtual log may be used to determine risk levels associated with vehicle operation by the autonomous operation features. The risk levels may further be used to adjust an insurance policy associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10460410
    Abstract: A location services platform includes a map database and a processor to analyze probe data and map data to identify one or more traffic violations. The processor also receives probe data associated with law enforcement personnel and correlates the locations of the traffic violations to the location of the law enforcement personnel. The location services platform includes a traffic violation database that stores information regarding the traffic violations that were identified and a law enforcement placement database that stores information regarding the location of the law enforcement personnel. The processor is further configured to determine a relationship between traffic violation citations that have been issued at a respective location and traffic violations identified to occur at the respective location in an instance in which the probe data associated with law enforcement personnel indicates that law enforcement personnel were present at the respective location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Buddika Gajapala
  • Patent number: 10438073
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting the departure of a vehicle from a set of land boundaries. A boundary determination component is configured to determine an associated set of lane boundaries for a vehicle. A kinematic sensor is configured to measure at least one kinematic parameter associated with the vehicle. A lane departure warning system is configured to determine if the vehicle is crossing one of the determined set of lane boundaries from the at least one kinematic parameter and provide a response signal if the vehicle is crossing one of the determined set of lane boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Mike Babala, Gordon M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10436602
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an indication to a driver of a geared vehicle that the vehicle is not in an optimal gear is disclosed. The method comprises determining a current gear of the vehicle and determining a current speed of a drive unit of the vehicle. An indication is then provided to the driver of the vehicle that the vehicle is not in an optimal gear when: (i) the determined current speed of the drive unit is greater than a predetermined threshold; and (ii) the determined current gear of the vehicle is less than a maximum gear of the vehicle. A method and apparatus is also disclosed for determining a score indicative of the amount of time during a journey on a road network that a geared vehicle is driven in an optimal gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOMTOM TELEMATICS B.V.
    Inventors: Paul Roeland Verheijen, Jasper Johannes Anthonius Pauwelussen, Christoph Ebert, Steffen Orlowsky, Marco Leupold, Lars Dietzel
  • Patent number: 10431097
    Abstract: A handheld, portable device is used to facilitate inspection of vehicles, by generating an electronic vehicle inspection record that can be used by fleet operators to provide evidence of complying with required vehicle inspections. When the vehicle inspection record is generated, route identification data is added to the inspection record. The route identification data defines which of a plurality of predefined routes the vehicle has serviced, or will service, during a time period proximate the inspection of the vehicle. Fleet operators can thus use archived inspection records as evidence of compliance with inspection requirements, and to document what route a vehicle serviced at a particular time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Michael McQuade, Brett Brinton
  • Patent number: 10421461
    Abstract: Method for automatically assessing performance of a driver (110) of a vehicle (100) for a particular trip, wherein current driving data sets, comprising basic driving data are repeatedly read from the vehicle, which method comprises the steps a) collecting previous-trip driving data sets, comprising instantaneous vehicle energy consumption, for different previous trips, different drivers and different vehicles; b) classifying said previous-trip driving data sets into collections corresponding to vehicle classes; c) classifying the current vehicle (100) into a current class; and d) calculating a performance parameter for the current trip based upon respective performance parameters for previous-trip driving data sets in said current collection; wherein the basic parameter set comprises vehicle velocity and engine rotation speed and/or motor load and energy consumption, and wherein the class-defining parameters comprise characteristic engine rotation speed per vehicle velocity and/or characteristic energy consu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: GREATER THAN AB
    Inventor: Anders Lindelöf