Operation Efficiency (e.g., Engine Performance, Driver Habits) Patents (Class 340/439)
  • Patent number: 10407078
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are described for dynamically assessing and improving driver performance, including that of an autonomous driving system. Based on received electronic driver performance messages, the system determines whether an instant feedback message is required to dynamically adjust driving behavior of a subject driver or autonomous driving system. If yes, then the system provides an instant feedback message, otherwise the system provides an aggregate feedback message, calibration message, and/or coaching recommendation as appropriate. An aggregate feedback message may be provided based at least on integral rating and/or driver performance score calculated and based at least on the driver performance messages received over a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Sivalogeswaran Ratnasingam
  • Patent number: 10408114
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnostics of a gasoline particulate filter in an exhaust system. In one example, a method may include during conditions where a differential pressure sensor is exposed to changing exhaust pressure, indicating degradation of a hose coupled across a particulate filter in an exhaust system responsive to a change in differential pressure measured by the differential pressure sensor being different than an expected change, the differential pressure sensor positioned in the hose and the particulate filter positioned upstream of an exhaust tuning valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Eric Rollinger, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 10403059
    Abstract: Distributed monitoring systems and methods are provided for monitoring a vehicle, such as a rotorcraft. One exemplary system includes a plurality of sensor management modules onboard the vehicle and coupled to respective sensing arrangements mounted onboard the vehicle to provide measurement data corresponding to a respective mechanical component. A mobile device is communicatively coupled to the management modules over a wireless network associated with the vehicle. The mobile device configures the management modules for sampling their sensing arrangements, receives the measurement data obtained in accordance with the configuration information from the management modules, determines the condition of the respective mechanical components based on the corresponding measurement data, and displays a graphical representation of the condition of the respective mechanical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Patrik Moravek, Jan Beran, Robert Kalmar
  • Patent number: 10394236
    Abstract: A vehicle system of a vehicle for a vehicle user having a camera, an evaluation unit which has a memory and is coupled to the camera, a communication device that is coupled to the evaluation unit, and a self-drive unit which is coupled to the evaluation unit for autonomously driving the vehicle. The camera views the face of the vehicle user and relays collected data to the evaluation unit. An artificial intelligence, in the evaluation unit, evaluates the data from the camera in relation to the attentiveness and emotion of the vehicle user. The evaluated data is stored in the memory of the evaluation unit. On the basis of a predetermined emotion or a lack of attentiveness of the vehicle user, recognized by the artificial intelligence, the vehicle user is notified of the emotion or the lack of attentiveness recognized and the self-drive unit can be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Malgorzata Wiklinska, Matthias Holzer, Gerhard Deuter
  • Patent number: 10392029
    Abstract: A method for output of haptic information to a driver of a motor vehicle via a brake pedal includes ascertaining, based on signals of an environment-sensor system, imminence of a traffic situation that poses a potential risk to the motor vehicle, and modifying, during a driving of the motor vehicle, independent of a driver input, and in response to the ascertained imminence of the traffic situation, a characteristic of the brake pedal of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alessandro Moia, Armin Verhagen, Laszlo Boros, Simon Hansmann, Thomas Friedrich
  • Patent number: 10380435
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image acquisition unit that uses a camera installed in an own vehicle to acquire images of an environment outside the own vehicle at predetermined intervals, an object candidate recognition unit that recognizes an object candidate in the image, an object determination unit that determines that the object candidate is an object on condition that the same object candidate is recognized in N consecutive frame images (N is a natural number), a parameter X acquisition unit that acquires a parameter X correlated with an apparent moving speed of a stationary object in the images, and an N setting unit that sets N smaller as the moving speed correlated with a value of the parameter X increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yousuke Hattori
  • Patent number: 10377389
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller that prompts a user to confirm a willingness to accept a reduced maximum acceleration or speed responsive to user confirmation of a desire to increase an electric drive range by a user selected amount. The controller further operates a propulsion system with the reduced maximum acceleration or speed to increase the electric drive range responsive to user confirmation of the willingness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Seth Anthony Bryan, Bryan Michael Bolger, Robert David Hancasky, Angel Fernando Porras
  • Patent number: 10351009
    Abstract: An electric vehicle display system may include a battery, an interface configured to present at least one selectable icon configured to control a battery powered vehicle feature, and a controller programmed to, in response to state-of-charge (SOC) data indicating that a trip range exceeds a possible driving range, update the selectable icon to indicate a suggested adjustment to the vehicle feature to decrease power demand of the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin, William Paul Perkins
  • Patent number: 10346925
    Abstract: Proposed is a OEM-linked, telematics-based system and platform (1) for score-driven operations associated with motor vehicles (41, . . . , 45) or transportation means of passengers or goods and based on a dynamic, telematics-based data aggregation, and method thereof. The telematics-based system (1) comprises vehicle embedded telematics devices (OEM line fitted) (411, . . . , 415) associated with the plurality of motor vehicles (41, . . . , 45), wherein the vehicle embedded telematics devices (OEM line fitted) (411, . . . , 415) comprise a wireless connection (42101-42108) to a central, expert-system based circuit (11). The telematics devices (411, . . . , 415) are connected via interfaces (421, . . . , 425) to the sensors and/or measuring devices (401, . . . , 405) and/or an on-board diagnostic system (431, . . . , 435) and/or an in-car interactive device (441, . . . , 445), wherein the telematics devices (411, . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Andri Perl, Sebastiaan Bongers, Donato Genovese, Hector Naves Sordo
  • Patent number: 10343682
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle computing system (VCS) and an adaptive cruise control module, a lane departure warning (LDW) module, a navigation system, or an alert mechanism (e.g., audible, visual or tactile). The VCS communicates with an activity tracking device worn by a vehicle driver. The activity tracking device detects and records biometric characteristics of the driver, and is capable of exchanging data with the VCS. The VCS generates at least one output signal based on data from the activity tracking device. An adaptive cruise control module may increase the distance between the vehicle and a tracking vehicle based on the signal. A navigation system may generate a recommended parking location based on a difference between step goals and current steps detected by the activity tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aiswarya Kolisetty, Johannes Geir Kristinsson, Joseph Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 10344651
    Abstract: A reductant insertion assembly includes: a first pump configured to pump a predetermined amount of a reductant into a selective catalytic reduction system; a reductant delivery line configured to deliver the reductant to the first pump from a reductant storage tank; a reductant return line configured to return reductant to the reductant storage tank from the first pump; a second pump configured to pump the reductant from the reductant storage tank to the first pump; and a valve selectively moveable between a closed position in which the second pump pumps the reductant through the reductant delivery line to the first pump, and an open position in which the second pump draws air through the valve and pumps the air through at least a portion of the reductant delivery line downstream of the valve and the first pump to purge the reductant insertion assembly of the reductant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Emission Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Karan Sanghavi, Nicholas Blodgett
  • Patent number: 10339811
    Abstract: A technology for displaying images on a displaying apparatus mounted on a vehicle is provided. In response to a predetermined instruction signal, synthetic images viewed from a virtual viewpoint around and above the periphery of the vehicle are generated based on a plurality of images acquired from a plurality of cameras for capturing the periphery of the vehicle. The plurality of synthetic images, in which a position of a viewpoint moves sequentially varies such that the synthetic images move in a circle around the vehicle, are sequentially output to the displaying apparatus. Accordingly, the user monitors the entire circumference of the vehicle from the viewpoint where the user sees the vehicle in front of user's eyes, so that the user can intuitively recognize the positional relation between the vehicle and an obstacle from one screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ohno, Yukisuke Ozaki, Takayoshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10336191
    Abstract: A vehicle controller determines likelihood of downshifting, such as by detecting braking and clutch disengagement. In response, the vehicle controller determines a desired angular velocity for the engine for a gear lower than a current gear. A tachometer display is updated to indicate the current angular velocity of the engine and the desired angular velocity. A difference between current and desired angular velocities is determined and fill in a region of the tachometer display, such as a sector between needles indicating current and desired angular velocities or most or all of a surface of the tachometer. The tachometer may be updated in the same manner according to a desired angular velocity in cases where the drive shifts into gear following coasting in neutral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua Scott Smith
  • Patent number: 10332397
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for designing a preferred route for a vehicle. The route designing system receives a request from the vehicle for a preferred route from a first geographical point to a second geographical point. The route designing system analyzes the request and obtains driving scores associated with drivers of other vehicles. The route designing unit may identify a set of preferred and non-preferred vehicles based on the driving scores. The route designing system then determines a preferred route based, at least in part, on the driving scores associated with drivers of the other vehicles. The preferred route is designed to minimize the likelihood of proximity to non-preferred vehicles and maximize the likelihood of proximity to preferred vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10322727
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing sensor data to determine an inferred emotional state of a vehicle operator and generate a recommendation based on the inferred emotional state are disclosed. According to embodiments, an electronic device may analyze image data depicting a vehicle operator to identify a behavior. The electronic device may also compare vehicle dynamics data to baseline vehicle dynamics data to determine if the vehicle dynamics data differs from the baseline vehicle dynamics data by a threshold amount. Based on the identified behavior and the vehicle dynamics data, the electronic device may determine an inferred emotional state of the vehicle operator. The electronic device may generate a recommendation for the vehicle operator based on the inferred emotional state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10323562
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnostics of a gasoline particulate filter in an exhaust system. In one example, a method may include indicating degradation of a hose coupled across a particulate filter responsive to a difference between a first differential pressure and a second differential pressure being greater than a threshold, the first differential pressure measured by a differential pressure sensor positioned in the hose responsive to a downstream exhaust tuning valve being fully open, the second differential pressure measured by the differential pressure sensor responsive to the exhaust tuning valve being fully closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt, Allen Lehmen, Douglas Raymond Martin, John Eric Rollinger, Sumanth Dadam, Rohit Bhat
  • Patent number: 10297156
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus for a vehicle is provided. The apparatus causes an alarm unit to issue an alarm based on a lane marking of an own lane in which an own vehicle runs. The apparatus includes a leading vehicle detection section that determines a leading vehicle running in the own lane, a crossing over determination section that determines whether or not the leading vehicle has crossed over the lane marking present at an opposite side of the target, when a target is present at a left side or a right side of the leading vehicle in the own lane, and an alarm inhibition section that inhibits the alarm based on a result of the determination whether or not the leading vehicle has crossed over the lane marking present at the opposite side of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Habu
  • Patent number: 10279634
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular communication system configured to prevent crosstalk between signals transmitted from an in-vehicle wireless device constituting one wireless communication system such as a TPMS and a mobile device constituting another wireless communication system. The vehicular communication system includes a mobile device wirelessly transmitting a signal related to operation of a vehicle, an in-vehicle wireless device wirelessly transmitting a signal related to the vehicle, and an in-vehicle communication apparatus provided in a different part from the in-vehicle wireless device and wirelessly communicates with the mobile device and the in-vehicle wireless device. The in-vehicle communication apparatus receives signals transmitted from the mobile device and the in-vehicle communication apparatus, and determines whether there is crosstalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akinori Usami
  • Patent number: 10275959
    Abstract: Methods and systems for tracking user behavior, the user behavior including one or more of: one or more user actions and one or more user interactions with a vehicle. A storage system stores the user behavior, where the tracked user behavior is associated with a driver and the storage system is capable of storing the tracked behavior for the driver from a plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOCONNECT HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10275585
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an electronic device with an embedded authentication system for restricting access to device resources. The authentication system may include one or more sensors operative to detect biometric information of a user. The sensors may be positioned in the device such that the sensors may detect appropriate biometric information as the user operates the device, without requiring the user to perform a step for providing the biometric information (e.g., embedding a fingerprint sensor in an input mechanism instead of providing a fingerprint sensor in a separate part of the device housing). In some embodiments, the authentication system may be operative to detect a visual or temporal pattern of inputs to authenticate a user. In response to authenticating, a user may access restricted files, applications (e.g., applications purchased by the user), or settings (e.g., application settings such as contacts or saved game profile).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Andrew Bert Hodge, Stephan V. Schell, Ruben Caballero, Jesse Lee Dorogusker, Stephen Paul Zadesky, Emery Sanford
  • Patent number: 10269327
    Abstract: A method for controlling a display includes segmenting the display; assigning an importance level to at least one of the segments; and selectively setting the luminance of said segment in dependence on its importance level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ZERO360, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Karsten
  • Patent number: 10267861
    Abstract: An automatic estimation procedure for estimating a battery's state-of-charge includes predicting the state-of-charge using a state model that includes a state-transition matrix. An observation model then uses an observability matrix in connection with predicting a measured value of a parameter. State noise, the covariance of which is characterized by a state-noise covariance matrix contaminates this prediction. Similarly, measurement noise, the covariance of which is characterized by a measurement covariance matrix, contaminates this prediction. The values of these covariance matrices are then adjusted during the estimation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Vincent Heiries, Sylvain Leirens
  • Patent number: 10239524
    Abstract: A lane shift indicating system for indicating a potential lane shift of a vehicle supporting at least partly automated steering and vehicle speed control, when the vehicle is travelling along a first driving lane of a road having a second driving lane separated from the first driving lane by one or more lane markings. The lane shift indicating system determines a driving environment of the vehicle at an initial vehicle position, and determines that the driving environment indicates that the vehicle is in a driving situation where a lane shift from the first driving lane to the second driving lane is considered appropriate, and adjusts the steering prior to a potential automated vehicle speed adjustment pertinent the determined driving situation, such that the vehicle continues its travel laterally closer to the one or more lane markings along the first driving lane, as compared to the initial vehicle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Claus Allan Christensen, Christian Hedegaard, Thomas Bove
  • Patent number: 10235859
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating drowsy and/or sleepy driving may include utilizing vehicle-related and wellness-related telematics to detect and/or predict drowsy and/or sleepy driving states of a driver of a vehicle and take mitigating actions to thereby increase the safety of the driver and other people and/or vehicles in the vicinity of the driver's vehicle. Vehicle-related telematics data and wellness-related telematics data (which may include sleep data) may be collected via sensors that disposed on-board the vehicle, in the vehicle's environment, and at a personal health/fitness tracker of the driver. The collected data may be collectively interpreted to detect, predict, and/or otherwise discover information relating to a drowsy and/or sleepy state of the driver, and one or more mitigating actions may be automatically performed based on the discovered information to thereby mitigate undesirable effects of drowsy/sleepy driving and increase driving safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Brian Todd Hiles
  • Patent number: 10220778
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted alert system includes display devices equipped to a vehicle, a sight line detection device detecting driver's sight line, a surrounding monitoring device detecting a presence of an object near the vehicle and a direction of the object with respect to the vehicle, and an alert control device controlling the display devices to display an alert image for informing the driver of the presence of the object detected by the surrounding monitoring device. The alert control device controls the display device located in a direction of the sight line of the driver to display the alert image, and then, controls the display devices so that the alert image successively moves from the display device located in the direction of the sight line of the driver to the display device determined based on the direction of the object detected by the surrounding monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shun Tomioka
  • Patent number: 10214103
    Abstract: A method for the operation of at least one actuator for a force controller of a device, for which a user of the device is provided with a haptic feedback message about at least one operating state of the device by a force, which is predetermined in its strength and acts by way of at least one actuator on the force controller, when the force controller is brought by the user to at least one predetermined point on a track of movement of the force controller. The at least one actuator is controlled in such a way that the strength of the force acting by way of the at least one actuator on the force controller is reduced after another predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Daniel Lepczyk, Maximilian Dietrich, Daria Makhortova
  • Patent number: 10210772
    Abstract: A method of evaluating the driving behavior in a vehicle. The method includes determining values of a plurality of parameters of the operation of a first vehicle in a first road segment, determining values of the plurality of parameters for one or more second vehicles in a second road segment having similar properties to those of the first road segment, comparing the determined values of the first vehicle and the one or more second vehicles and providing an evaluation of the driving behavior of the first vehicle, responsive to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Insurance Services Office, Inc.
    Inventors: Asaf Tamir, Ido Topaz
  • Patent number: 10210398
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining flows by acquiring a video of the flows with a camera, wherein the flows are pedestrians in a scene. The video includes a set of frames, wherein motion vectors are extracted from each frame in the set, and a data matrix is constructed from the motion vectors in the set of frames. A low rank Koopman operator can be determined from the data matrix and a spectrum of the low rank Koopman operator can be analyzed to determine a set of Koopman modes. Then, the frames are segmented into independent flows according to a clustering of the Koopman modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Hassan Mansour, Mouhacine Benosman, Vahan Huroyan
  • Patent number: 10212274
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an electronic device, the method including identifying, by processing circuitry of a controller, at least one electronic device located within a vehicle, the processing circuitry including a first register configured to store at least a factors vector characterizing the vehicle and a user of the at least one electronic device, determining, by the processing circuitry of the controller, an operating status of the vehicle, updating, by the processing circuitry of the controller, one or more values of the factors vector based on the operating status of the vehicle, identifying, by the processing circuitry of the controller, one or more functions of the at least one electronic device based on the factors vector, and controlling the identified one or more functions of the at least one electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Khaled A. Alghoniem
  • Patent number: 10202092
    Abstract: A vehicle alarm system for inhibiting a passenger from being left in a vehicle includes a vehicle has a processor, a pair of rear seats, a theft alarm and door locks. The processor selectively generates an alarm sequence and the processor is electrically coupled to the theft alarm and the door locks. A plurality of pressure sensors is each positioned within an associated one of the rear seats. Each of the pressure sensors detects when a passenger is seated in the associated rear seat. The processor generates the alarm sequence when the vehicle is turned off and at least one of the pressure sensors detects the passenger in the associated rear seat. Moreover, the theft alarm is turned on when the processor generates the alarm sequence to alert that at least one passenger remains in the vehicle thereby inhibiting the passenger from is injured by heat exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Adrain Evans
  • Patent number: 10179588
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle control system includes a sensing system, a remote vehicle determination system and a controller. The sensing system is disposed on a host vehicle and is configured to sense a visual condition of a driver of the host vehicle. The remote vehicle determination system is disposed on the host vehicle, and is configured to determine a position of a remote vehicle in an area adjacent the host vehicle. The controller is configured to control the autonomous vehicle control system to move the host vehicle relative to a lane marker based on the visual condition and the position of a remote vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshiro Takamatsu
  • Patent number: 10166994
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use, determining risk, and pricing insurance policies for a vehicle having one or more autonomous or semi-autonomous operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, a computer-implemented method for real-time determination of the status of autonomous operation features of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be provided. With the customer's permission, the operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be monitored to obtain operating data from one or more autonomous operation features. An operating status of the autonomous features may be determined based upon the operating data. After which, a change in the operating status of the autonomous features may be identified, and a report containing information regarding the change in the operating status of the autonomous features may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Chien Che Huang, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Shawn C. Bennett, Steven C. Cielocha, Ronny S. Bryant, Stephen Kohaus, Terry Quakenbush, Richard A. Novak, Aaron Scott Chan, Craig M. Main, Weixin Wu, Torri Wollenschlager, Carol Marie Csanda, Stacey Gorsuch, Todd Binion
  • Patent number: 10166984
    Abstract: A method to provide driver information in a motor vehicle includes determining a route section predicted to be driven in the future by the motor vehicle and determining a reference speed as a function of at least one specified maximum speed through a speed limit in the predicted route section or in a partial section of the predicted route section. The method further includes determining a current actual driving speed of the motor vehicle, and providing a target acceleration notification to notify a driver of the motor vehicle of a potential acceleration of the motor vehicle if the reference speed is greater than the current actual driving speed at least by a specified differential value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Reimund Limbacher, Heinrich N├Ągler
  • Patent number: 10168219
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a wearable device with combined sensing capabilities, which includes a wearable assembly and at least one multi-function sensor module. The wearable assembly is suitable to be worn on a part of a user's body. The wearable assembly includes at least one light-transmissible window. The multi-function sensor module is located inside the wearable assembly, for performing an image sensing function and an infrared temperature sensing function. The multi-function sensor module includes an image sensor module for sensing a physical or a biological feature of an object through the light-transmissible window by way of image sensing; and an infrared temperature sensor module for sensing temperature through the light-transmissible window by way of infrared temperature sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INCORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Sun, Ming-Han Tsai
  • Patent number: 10162560
    Abstract: A memory unit, which has a plurality of memory locations for accommodating data and which is designed to copy the content of a first memory location of the memory unit, when this first memory location is written, automatically into a first memory location at least of one other memory unit, the first memory location of the at least one other memory unit being readable and writable independently of the first memory location of the memory unit; and to a data network having at least two such memory units, a transmitter and at least one receiver, the transmitter being designed to write a datum to be sent into the first memory location of a first of the at least two memory units, and the at least one receiver being designed to read and to process the datum from the first memory location of a second memory unit of the at least two memory units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Simon Kramer, Bjoern Saballus
  • Patent number: 10158716
    Abstract: Simulation of vehicle telematics events is provided by a vehicle telematics simulator. The simulator performs a simulation of vehicle telematics events based on user-defined parameters to generate simulation data. The simulation data is formatted according to a reporting protocol to obtain formatted simulation data. The reporting protocol may be the same reporting protocol used by vehicle-based telematics devices to format and report measurement data for real-world vehicle telematics events. The formatted simulation data is provided to a vehicle telematics service hosted at a server system for processing. The formatted simulation data is processed along with formatted measurement data representing measurements of real-world telematics events via a common processing pipeline of the vehicle telematics service. The vehicle telematics simulator may reside at a client computing device or at the server system that hosts the vehicle telematics service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: MOJ.IO INC.
    Inventors: Pooya Paridel, Robert Chartier, Connery Noble
  • Patent number: 10150411
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely monitoring a driver's behavior, in essentially real time, and providing a notification to the driver when at least two aberrational driver events, which deviate from previously-observed driver actions and/or regulatory limits, are detected. The systems can include a discrepancy calculation module configured to analyze data received from sensors and compare the data to previously-observed driver actions and/or regulatory limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CARTASITE, INC.
    Inventors: David L. Armitage, Gregory F. Kushnir
  • Patent number: 10125656
    Abstract: Provided is a method for accurately diagnosing a degree of degradation of an oxidation catalyst. A target gas detecting element configured to output an electromotive force corresponding to a concentration of a target gas is provided downstream of a catalyst in an exhaust path of an internal combustion engine. A sum of change amounts of an electromotive force in a time-variable profile thereof after the introduction of a gas atmosphere for diagnosis into the catalyst is set as a diagnosis index value. The gas atmosphere has been intentionally created in the engine and includes a target gas having a concentration higher than the concentration of a target gas during a steady operation state of the engine. The index value is then compared with a threshold corresponding to the temperature of the catalyst to diagnosis whether degradation exceeding an acceptable degree has occurred in the catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Monna, Taku Okamoto, Takayuki Sakurai, Noriko Hirata
  • Patent number: 10124752
    Abstract: A method of evaluating health of a control system with fluctuating parameters is provided. The method may include receiving session data including actual parameters and target parameters of the control system, segmenting the session data into one or more data segments, calculating a segment score for each data segment based on at least a linear regression correlation coefficient and an average parameter difference, generating a session score based on a combination of the segment scores, and generating a notification indicative of a comparison between the session score and a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John M. Boggio
  • Patent number: 10125657
    Abstract: Provided is a method for accurately diagnosing a degree of degradation of an oxidation catalyst. A target gas detecting element configured to output an electromotive force corresponding to a concentration of a target gas is provided downstream of a catalyst in an exhaust path of an internal combustion engine. A maximum change amount of an electromotive force after the introduction of a gas atmosphere for diagnosis into the catalyst is set as a diagnosis index value. The gas atmosphere has been intentionally created in the engine and includes a target gas having a concentration higher than the concentration of a target gas in a steady operation state of the engine. The index value is then compared with a threshold corresponding to the temperature of the catalyst to diagnosis whether degradation exceeding an acceptable degree has occurred in the catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Monna, Taku Okamoto, Takayuki Sakurai, Noriko Hirata
  • Patent number: 10093251
    Abstract: A base station for providing dynamic power management is disclosed, comprising, a processor within an enclosure mounted in a vehicle, a power management unit coupled to the processor, a controller area network (CAN) bus monitoring system coupled to the power management unit and to a CAN bus of the vehicle, a voltage measurement module also coupled to the power management unit and to a battery of the vehicle; a baseband processor coupled to the processor, a first wireless access functionality coupled to the baseband processor, and a second wireless access functionality coupled to the baseband processor, wherein the power management unit is coupled to each of the first and the second wireless access functionality to enable access radio bringup, access radio shutdown, and graceful user detach based on a power state at the power management unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Parallel Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Rutherford, Rajesh Kumar Mishra, David Johnston, Yang Cao, Louis Paquette, Robert Sullivan, Michael Yasuhiro Saji
  • Patent number: 10087064
    Abstract: A method and associated system for managing vehicle fuel safety. Input from at least one sensor is received. The input indicates that a fuel pump nozzle of a fuel pump is disengaged from the fuel pump or inserted into a vehicle's tank enclosure. The vehicle adjacent to the fuel pump is monitored to detect when the vehicle is preparing to move or is starting to move away from the fuel pump. An alarm is activated indicating that the fuel pump nozzle is disengaged from the fuel pump, or inserted into the vehicle's tank enclosure, and the vehicle is preparing to move or is starting to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthieu Debeaux, Ivan Deleuze, Guilhaume Garcia
  • Patent number: 10089867
    Abstract: A turning value corrector corrects turning values contained in multiple pieces of travel history information. A reference turning value calculator uses multiple turning values that have been associated with the same calculation point to calculate a reference turning value. An anomalous travel location detector calculates the divergence from the reference turning value for each piece of travel history information subjected to detection of an anomalous travel location. Locations for which the deviation from the reference turning value is large are detected as anomalous travel locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tadahiro Kashiwai, Ryo Neyama
  • Patent number: 10077582
    Abstract: An automated child safety unlocking system which disengages the child safety locks and may unlock the vehicle door in appropriate circumstances such as when the vehicle ignition has been turned to the off position or when engine is stopped. The automated child safety unlocking system enables operability of the interior vehicle doors by an occupant to allow unencumbered egress from the vehicle to prevent a child or other individual from being trapped in the vehicle. The result is reduced risk that children or other vehicle occupants become dangerously entrapped within an overly hot, cold, or dangerous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Ring
  • Patent number: 10078779
    Abstract: A system for tracking a gaze of a driver of a vehicle includes a tracking device, a processor, a memory, and a display. The tracking device is configured to track a gaze of a driver of a vehicle. The processor is in electronic communication with the tracking device. The memory is in electronic communication with the processor. The memory includes programming code configured to be executed by the processor. The programming code is configured to determine in real-time a duration of the gaze of the driver of the vehicle tracked by the tracking device. The display is in electronic communication with the processor. The display is configured to display a symbol showing the determined duration, or a portion of the determined duration, of the gaze of the driver of the vehicle as determined by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Dean Tschirhart, Dale O. Cramer, Anthony Joseph Ciatti
  • Patent number: 10071631
    Abstract: An automatic two-wheeled vehicle display device is such that, while warning information is being displayed in a second display region, a CPU changes a background color gradation of the second display region to a first gradation (for example, white) for a first setting period t1, gradually increases backlight luminosity to reach a maximum value (100%) in a third setting period t3 that is shorter than the first setting period t1, and maintains the backlight luminosity at the maximum value (t1=t3+t4) for a fourth setting period t4. Subsequently, the CPU changes the background color gradation of the second display region to a second gradation (for example, black) for a second setting period t2, and adjusts the backlight luminosity to a luminosity the same as that in a normal mode (for example, 20%).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Aizawa, Hiroyuki Ono
  • Patent number: 10065658
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method to control a mechanical system based on the cognitive state of a user, where a first action is performed at an input device that is associated with the user. The cognitive state of the user is detected at the input device; and, a change to the first action is determined based on the cognitive state of the user. A controlled action is performed based on the recommended change. A system can include an input device associated with user, where a first action is performed at the input device. A processor connected to the input device detects the cognitive state of the user at the input device and determines a change to the first action based on the cognitive state of the user. A controller connected to the processor performs a controlled action based on the recommended change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hariklia Deligianni, Clifford A. Pickover, Anca Sailer
  • Patent number: 10068393
    Abstract: An intelligent towing plug apparatus and software system that performs trailer electrical system testing, diagnostic and monitoring routines as well as towing vehicle plug testing utilizing wireless technology housed completely inside a towing adapter plug or attached towing plug compartment housing that interfaces with any smart phone or towing vehicle on-board computer system that has downloaded or preinstalled the intelligent towing plug mobile application or software compatible with the on-board computer's operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Prairie Innovators LLC
    Inventor: Paul L. Andrus
  • Patent number: 10068118
    Abstract: A smart phone device has a display screen overlaid by a touch screen and a processor and a memory in the device hosting functions to perform display and touch functions. A logic executing in the processor in the device programmed to use a part of the touch screen as a biometric sensor. The logic sets aside a space on the touch screen for that specific space to function as the biometric sensor. The biometric sensor configured to use and uses either a finger of the hand or a thumb and thus captures either a fingerprint or a separate and distinct thumbprint, where a fingerprint and a thumbprint are different biometric samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Tara Chand Singhal
  • Patent number: 10059331
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an autonomous parking system includes a data collection unit for collecting various data, a brake unit for stopping a vehicle, a communication unit for transmitting a message notifying an occurrence of an unexpected incident to a user terminal, and a controller for analyzing various data collected by the data collection unit and determining whether the unexpected incident occurs during autonomous parking, and for controlling the brake unit to stop the vehicle when the unexpected incident occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Gil Won Seo, Sung Yun Kim, Min Wook Seo