Operation Efficiency (e.g., Engine Performance, Driver Habits) Patents (Class 340/439)
  • Patent number: 11173912
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a safety strategy in a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a sensor configured to sense information about an external object and a control circuit configured to be electrically connected with the sensor. The control circuit is configured to initiate a minimum risk strategy (MRM), when a predetermined condition is met, to determine a lateral location of the vehicle based on information obtained by the sensor and a location of a driving lane of the vehicle on a road, and to move the vehicle to the determined lateral location while executing the MRM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Su Jung Yoo, Jun Soo Kim, Dong Hwi Lee, Jin Su Jeong
  • Patent number: 11158188
    Abstract: An autonomous computing system managed through an internet of things (IoT) protocol is provided. A computing device determines a clustering of autonomous vehicles based on expression sentiment data of each passenger of a respective autonomous vehicle. A computing device determines a node within an IoT network and monitors a plurality of autonomous vehicles traveling though the node. A computing device identifies a time frame in which each respective vehicle in the cluster is predicted to pass through an intersection. A computing device identifies a current traffic pattern of a vehicle that is external to the cluster of autonomous vehicles. The one or more processors adjust the traffic flow to allow the clustering of autonomous vehicles to pass through an intersection at a rate that maintains a threshold level of comfort for each passenger in the determined cluster of autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shubhadip Ray, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Avik Sanyal, John David Costantini
  • Patent number: 11136038
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a safety strategy in a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a sensor configured to sense information about an external object and a control circuit configured to be electrically connected with the sensor. The control circuit is configured to initiate a minimum risk strategy (MRM), when a predetermined condition is met, to determine a lateral location of the vehicle based on information obtained by the sensor and a location of a driving lane of the vehicle on a road, and to move the vehicle to the determined lateral location while executing the MRM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Su Jung Yoo, Jun Soo Kim, Dong Hwi Lee, Jin Su Jeong
  • Patent number: 11131560
    Abstract: A navigational aid including an intelligent display mode and a communication system communicates with a vehicle's sensor system and/or historical- or time-based information to reduce the number of businesses that are displayed on the map by filtering out unneeded or less preferred services. When the vehicle's fuel level sensor detects that the fuel tank is almost empty, a message can be sent from the sensor system to the navigational aid such that the navigational aid can then begin showing a visual indication (e.g., text or graphical information such as an icon) of the location of fuel stations on the screen. Additionally, the location receiver indicates to the filter when the navigational aid is close to the programmed destination. At that point, the filter can be informed that it should start showing garages or areas where the vehicle can be parked without having cluttered the screen with parking garages that were not close to the destination. Similarly, when in need of other services (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Inspired Possibilities, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 11130424
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided that includes a seat base, a seat back pivotally coupled to the seat base and having a front portion and a rear portion, and an actuator operable to change a position of the seating assembly. The assembly also includes a capacitive proximity sensor located on the seat back and configured to detect a user touch command and a user pressure command, and a controller for receiving the user touch command and pressure command and controlling the actuator to change a position of the seating assembly based on a user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Jerry R. Brown, Sean Bayle West, Pietro Buttolo, James Robert Chascsa, II
  • Patent number: 11125178
    Abstract: A state detection system for an internal combustion engine includes: a memory configured to store mapping data, the mapping data being data that defines a detection mapping, the detection mapping being a mapping between an input and an output, the input being a rotation waveform variable and a drive system rotation speed variable and the output being a value of a combustion state variable, and the detection mapping including a joint operation of the rotation waveform variable and the drive system rotation speed variable based on a parameter learned by machine learning; and a processor configured to execute an acquisition process and a determination process, the acquisition process being configured to acquire a value of the drive system rotation speed variable, the determination process being configured to determine whether or not the internal combustion engine is in a predetermined operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohsuke Hashimoto, Akihiro Katayama, Yuta Oshiro, Kazuki Sugie, Naoya Oka
  • Patent number: 11110940
    Abstract: A method and driver assistance system for generating touch-based alerts to a driver in a vehicle is disclosed. The driver assistance system receives frames including the driver in vehicle and detects position of face of the driver in plurality of frames. Facial attributes of the driver are identified based on position of the face and one or more eye attributes of the driver are determined based on the identified one or more facial attributes. Based on the facial attributes and the one or more eye attribute sensory information is estimated from a plurality of sensory data. Further, information regarding haptic sensation is computed for the driver based on estimated sensory information and a position of hands of the driver received from a hand tracking device. Thereafter, an alert is generated using signals relating to the haptic sensation to the driver for taking one or more corrective measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Vivek Kumar Varma Nadimpalli, Gopichand Agnihotram
  • Patent number: 11111869
    Abstract: A state detection system for an internal combustion engine includes: a memory configured to store mapping data, the mapping data being data that defines a detection mapping, the detection mapping being a mapping between an input and an output, the input being a first waveform variable and a second waveform variable and the output being a value of a combustion state variable, and the detection mapping including a joint operation of the first waveform variable and the second waveform variable based on a parameter learned by machine learning; and a processor configured to execute an acquisition process and a determination process. The acquisition process acquires a value of the first waveform variable. The determination process determines whether or not the internal combustion engine is in a predetermined operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohsuke Hashimoto, Akihiro Katayama, Yuta Oshiro, Kazuki Sugie, Naoya Oka
  • Patent number: 11108804
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software can be used to provide secure inter-vehicle data communications. In some aspects, a method, comprising: receiving, at a security server and from a hardware security processor connected to a system bus of a vehicle, security confidence data of the vehicle, wherein the security confidence data include at least one of version information of a software code executing on a component of the vehicle, diagnostic data information of the vehicle, or data traffic pattern information of the vehicle; determining, at the security server, a security confidence score of the vehicle; receiving, at the security server, a query from a different vehicle; and in response to the query, transmitting the confidence score of the vehicle to the different vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Edward Snow Willis, Christopher Scott Travers, Conrad Delbert Seaman
  • Patent number: 11107097
    Abstract: A system and method for completing trend mapping using similarity scoring that include receiving data associated with a vehicle and an occupant of the vehicle. The system and method also include analyzing the data associated with the vehicle and the occupant to determine at least one of: vehicle dynamic data, vehicle utilization data, and occupant demographic data. The system and method additionally include determining a center of gravity value of at least one of: the vehicle dynamic data, the vehicle utilization data, and the occupant demographic data. The system and method further include calculating a similarity score with respect to the center of gravity value for respective categories of at least one of: the vehicle dynamic data, the vehicle utilization data, and the occupant demographic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Kawashima
  • Patent number: 11097746
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of evaluating a current risk of mismatch between actual driving automation capabilities of a vehicle and driving automation capabilities of the vehicle expected by a driver. The method comprises monitoring at least one physical property of the driver indicative of a gaze direction; determining a first visual attention metric value indicative of a level of visual attention to the road ahead; comparing the first visual attention metric value to a first threshold value; and providing, when the comparison indicates that the current level of visual attention to the road is lower than the first threshold level, a signal indicative of an elevated risk of expectation mismatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Emma Tivesten, Mikael Ljung Aust, Trent Victor
  • Patent number: 11087405
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for mitigating the risks associated with driving by assigning risk values to road segments and using those risk values to select less risky travel routes. Various approaches to helping users mitigate risk are presented. A computing device is configured to generate a database of risk values. That device may receive accident information, geographic information, vehicle information, and other information from one or more data sources and calculate a risk value for the associated road segment. Subsequently, the computing device may provide the associated risk value to other devices. Furthermore, a personal navigation device may receive travel route information and use that information to retrieve risk values for the road segments in the travel route. An insurance company may use this information to determine whether to adjust a quote or premium of an insurance policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jason Brian Bogovich, Julie A. Jordan Peters
  • Patent number: 11084494
    Abstract: A method for detecting safety of a driving behavior, an apparatus, a device and a storage medium are provided. The method includes acquiring current driving data of a vehicle during a driving process of the vehicle; determining current driving behavior feature data of the vehicle according to the current driving data of the vehicle; inputting the current driving behavior feature data of the vehicle into a real-time safety detection model and calculating a security score corresponding to current driving behavior of the vehicle; and determining whether the current driving behavior of the vehicle is safe according to the security score corresponding to the current driving behavior of the vehicle. The method can assist an optimization of a vehicle driving system, reduce a safety risk of vehicle driving, and improve a riding experience of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Yunyan Hu, Ya Wang, Yifeng Pan, Dayang Hao, Rui Liu, Lizhi Zhang, Xiaojun Luo, Yaling Zhang, Ji Tao, Ruixiang Shen, Qihao Huang
  • Patent number: 11073063
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnostics of a gasoline particulate filter in an exhaust system after confirming that specific conditions are met including that an exhaust tuning valve is not degraded. 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: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt, Allen Lehmen, Douglas Martin, John Rollinger, Sumanth Reddy Dadam, Rohit Bhat
  • Patent number: 11052770
    Abstract: A first method of predicting the range of an electric vehicle comprises, determining a range value during a current vehicle operating cycle using a first range model, wherein the first range model is dependent on an energy consumption rate value recorded during a previous vehicle operating cycle. A second method of predicting the range of an electric vehicle comprises, monitoring a trailer detecting means of the vehicle; and determining a first range value if the trailer detecting means detects that a trailer is attached to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Karmjit Grewal, Andrew Burrows
  • Patent number: 11047355
    Abstract: An engine control and input system for a device having a tool driven by an engine, includes an input and control module having one or more inputs and a controller responsive to actuation of the inputs to permit user control of at least one engine operating parameter by user actuation of the inputs. The system may include a touch screen display that displays icons to the user relating to the inputs and the at least one engine operating parameter, and wherein the touch screen display is responsive to the user selecting one of the inputs by touching an associated one of the icons provided by the display. At least one of the inputs may relate to one or more of changing engine speed, starting the engine, causing the engine to drive the tool, turning on a light, actuating a heater or warmer or stopping engine operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: WALBRO LLC
    Inventors: Andreas D. Dixon, Justin T. Dolane, Sean M. Murphy, Duried F. Rabban, Bradley J. Roche, Elizabeth M. VanSipe
  • Patent number: 11040715
    Abstract: An activity monitor for a modular software system, the system having a first software component for use in configuring operation of a second software component via a proxy and stub interface, the activity monitor comprising; an input arranged to monitor a first event associated with the first software component and a second event associated with the proxy; a processor arranged to compare the first and second events to a schedule of events to assess compliance with the schedule of events; and an output arranged to generate an error message in response to non-compliance with the schedule of events, the error message being for use in treating the error. A method of generating an activity monitor for monitoring operation of a modular software system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Charlotte Kershaw, Christopher Wild, Christophe Fava-Rivi, Francois Loubaresse, Miguel Lopez, Mark Grant
  • Patent number: 11043126
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a communication unit, a storage unit, a control unit, and an image capturing unit. The vehicle is configured to be communicable with a different vehicle via the communication unit. The control unit is configured to acquire a captured image from the image capturing unit and store the captured image in the storage unit. The control unit is configured to receive, from the different vehicle that is an oncoming vehicle, a determined result as to whether the different vehicle is able to pass. The control unit is configured to determine whether the vehicle is able to pass based on a width of the vehicle and an available road width ahead, determined from the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideo Hasegawa, Keiko Kameda, Misa Ejiri, Shintaro Naruse, Tadahiro Kashiwai, Naoya Oka, Kensuke Koike, Hiroyuki Monji
  • Patent number: 11042766
    Abstract: Disclosed herein an artificial intelligence apparatus for determining inattention of a driver including a vibration sensor or a gyro sensor configured to sense movement of a driver's seat of a vehicle, a camera configured to receive image data including a face of a driver, a communication modem configured to receive vehicle status information from an ECU (Electronic Control Unit) of the vehicle, and a processor configured to generate movement information of the driver's seat using vibration sensor information received from the vibration sensor or gyro sensor information received from the gyro sensor, generate driver status information corresponding to the driver from the received image data, determine whether the driver is in an inattention status based on the movement information of the driver's seat, the driver status information and the vehicle status information, and output an inattention alarm if the driver is in the inattention status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sungsik Kim
  • Patent number: 11027623
    Abstract: Provided is a system and the like which further improves the user-friendliness of checking the amount of energy charge (e.g., amount of refuelling) for a mobile body (e.g., a vehicle) by effectively utilizing a function of a mobile terminal (e.g., a smartphone). A present amount of refuelling ?Fa(i) (present amount of energy charge) is estimated based on a deviation ?D(i) and a fuel consumption Fe(i) (travel efficiency) when the deviation ?D(i) of a present drivable distance D(i) from a last drivable distance D(i?1) of a vehicle X becomes a threshold ?Dth (>0) or higher. Accordingly, without the inconvenience that the user of the vehicle X inputs the fuelling amount into a mobile terminal 2 every time of refuel to the vehicle X, the estimation result of the fuelling amount can be automatically accumulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Takeuchi, Koji Sengoku
  • Patent number: 11015560
    Abstract: An engine control and input system for a device having a tool driven by an engine, includes an input and control module having one or more inputs and a controller responsive to actuation of the inputs to permit user control of at least one engine operating parameter by user actuation of the inputs. The system may include a touch screen display that displays icons to the user relating to the inputs and the at least one engine operating parameter, and wherein the touch screen display is responsive to the user selecting one of the inputs by touching an associated one of the icons provided by the display. At least one of the inputs may relate to one or more of changing engine speed, starting the engine, causing the engine to drive the tool, turning on a light, actuating a heater or warmer or stopping engine operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: WALBRO LLC
    Inventors: Andreas D. Dixon, Justin T. Dolane, Sean M. Murphy, Duried F. Rabban, Bradley J. Roche, Elizabeth M. VanSipe
  • Patent number: 11014578
    Abstract: A device receives location data that identifies geographic locations of a vehicle at corresponding times, and speed data that identifies respective speeds of the vehicle at the set of corresponding times. The device identifies, based on the location data, speed limit data that identifies respective speed limits at the geographic locations. The device determines, based on the respective speeds and the respective speed limits, a set of respective relative speed values associated with the vehicle. The device identifies respective relative speed values, of the set of respective relative speed values, that exceed a threshold. The device determines, based on the respective relative speed values, a univocal speed indicator that represents an overall degree to which the respective relative speed values exceed the threshold, during a time interval that includes the corresponding times. The device performs a set of actions based on the univocal speed indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: VERIZON CONNECT DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Stefano Caprasecca, Tommaso Mugnai
  • Patent number: 11008012
    Abstract: A driving consciousness estimation device includes a driving readiness degree estimation unit configured to estimate a driving readiness degree relating to a driving consciousness of a driver based on a reaction time or a width of field of view of the driver and at least one of a time duration of eye glance away from road environment and an arousal level of the driver. An influence of the reaction time or the width of the field of view on the driving readiness degree estimated by the driving readiness degree estimation unit is greater than an influence of at least one of the time duration of eye glance away from road environment and the arousal level on the driving readiness degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kishi
  • Patent number: 11004277
    Abstract: A computing device is connected to a motor vehicle's diagnostic port or communication port to acquire vehicle sensor data, for example from various pressure, temperature, oxygen, fuel and other sensors typically installed on a motor vehicle for other reasons. Acquired sensor data is wirelessly transmitted to a remote server where the acquired sensor data can be compared to a database of stored sensor data to identify the motor vehicle. Additional functionality is described that leverages uploaded sensor data. Sensor data may be uploaded to the server in near-real time, and/or buffered locally and uploaded by periodic or episodic, push or pull communication protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBIQUITY INC.
    Inventors: Darrin L. Garrett, Darren Mann
  • Patent number: 10993647
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus of drowsiness detection for vehicle control. For example, a vehicle includes: a camera configured to face a driver of the vehicle and generate a sequence of images of the driver driving the vehicle; an artificial neural network configured to analyze the sequence of images and classify, based on the sequence of images, whether the driver is in a drowsy state; and an infotainment system configured to provide instructions to the driver in response to a classification by the artificial neural network that the driver is in the drowsy state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Poorna Kale, Robert Richard Noel Bielby
  • Patent number: 10996672
    Abstract: A driving control apparatus for a vehicle is provided with an environmental condition estimating part including: a surrounding recognizing function that recognizes the vehicle's driving lane; and another vehicle driving on the driving lane; and a function that obtains the vehicle's moving state, a path generating part that generates a target path based on information obtained by the environmental condition estimating part, and a vehicle control part that performs speed control and steering control for causing the vehicle to follow the target path, and configured to be capable of executing an ACC function that performs a constant speed drive or a following drive, an LKA function that keeps the driving within the vehicle's driving lane, an override function that stops the ACC function by operation intervention of a driver, and a function that performs fallback control of the ACC function, the apparatus being configured to alter an ACC override threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Sato
  • Patent number: 10994744
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus for controlling travel of a vehicle, comprises: an acquisition unit configured to acquire external information using one of a first camera and a second camera; a specifying unit configured to specify a position of the vehicle; and a travel control unit configured to control the travel of the vehicle based on the external information acquired by the acquisition unit and the position of the vehicle specified by the specifying unit. If the acquisition unit acquires the external information using the second camera instead of the first camera, the travel control unit controls the travel of the vehicle so that participation of a driver in driving is higher than in a case in which the acquisition unit acquires the external information using the first camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadahiko Kanoh, Hiroaki Horii
  • Patent number: 10994724
    Abstract: A vehicle travel control apparatus includes an actuator and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to determine whether a driver of a vehicle is in an abnormal state where the driver loses an ability of driving the vehicle. The electronic control unit is also configured to stop the vehicle at an abnormality determination time point onward, and control a vehicle speed by using the actuator such that the vehicle speed does not become lower than a lower limit vehicle speed in a period from the abnormality determination time point to a time point when the vehicle is stopped. The lower limit vehicle speed is set in accordance with a road shape influencing timing when a driver of another vehicle traveling behind the vehicle visually recognizes the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsumura, Hirotada Otake
  • Patent number: 10994739
    Abstract: Force-detecting sensors are installed in a motorcycle's handlebars, footpegs and seat to detect the rider's grip, weight and weight distribution. A control unit interprets the signals from the sensors to determine an attribute of the rider or an intention of the rider to make a manoeuvre. Signals from environmental sensors are used by the control unit to determine whether the intended manoeuvre would endanger the rider, and, if so, the rider is alerted before the manoeuvre is undertaken. The alert is provided before the rider notices the hazard, or before the rider reacts to the hazard. By giving advance warning, of as little as a fraction of a second, a rider is given extra time to avert a potential accident. The control unit also controls settings of the motorcycle during a hazardous state of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Damon Motors Ltd.
    Inventors: Damon Jay Giraud, Dominique Kwong
  • Patent number: 10984613
    Abstract: A method for estimating the travel time of a vehicle based on the determination of the state of the vehicle is described, including the recognition of a start-up event as a result of determining a transition from an inactive engine state or vehicle-at-rest state to an active engine state or running vehicle state; the recognition of an end of travel event as a result of the determination of a transition from an active engine state or vehicle running state to an inactive engine state or vehicle-at-rest state; the calculation of the travel time according to the time elapsed between the start of travel and the end of travel, wherein the two transitions are determined if, when running, it is determined that the active engine state or running vehicle state, respectively the inactive engine state or the vehicle-at rest state, is maintained unchanged for a predetermined hysteresis time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OCTO TELEMATICS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Capozza
  • Patent number: 10977488
    Abstract: Included are: a calibration information acquiring unit for acquiring three-dimensional coordinates for at least one gaze target for calibration, the three-dimensional coordinates indicating a position of each gaze target for calibration; a sample acquiring unit for acquiring multiple samples indicating a line-of-sight direction of a user; a calibration model generating unit for generating multiple calibration models indicating three-dimensional coordinates that are candidates for a position of the user on the basis of the three-dimensional coordinates indicating a position of each of the gaze targets for calibration and the samples indicating the line-of-sight direction of the user gazing at each of the gaze targets for calibration; and a calibration parameter calculating unit for calculating calibration parameters on the basis of the generated calibration models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahisa Hirata
  • Patent number: 10976993
    Abstract: Audio control system and audio control method that can appropriately control sound volume of an audio part while preventing inaccurate determination regarding condition of a passenger are provided. An audio control system includes an audio part installed in a compartment of a vehicle, a photographing part that photographs the compartment from a front side reference position in the compartment and obtains a photographed image also representing distance to an object within a photographing range in the compartment, a determination part that determines, based on the photographed image obtained by the photographing part, at least one of whether or not a passenger other than a driver in the vehicle is asleep and whether or not the passenger is making a call on a mobile phone, and a control part that turns down sound volume of the audio part if the determination part determined the passenger is asleep or making a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10967972
    Abstract: A vehicular alert system includes an autonomous aerial vehicle and a central computer. The autonomous aerial vehicle includes a processor, a display, and a detector. The processor controls a data transceiver. The detector detects one or more vehicular condition. The central computer communicates with the autonomous aerial vehicle via the data transceiver. The central computer includes a memory device. The memory device stores vehicular condition data and road condition data. The central computer communicates one of a vehicular condition or a road condition to the autonomous aerial vehicle. The processor of the autonomous aerial vehicle displays the received condition on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover, James R. Kozloski, Justin D. Weisz, Michael Gordon
  • Patent number: 10963967
    Abstract: A computer system and method for associating hand placement on a vehicle steering wheel with a driving behavior is described. A sensor system is disposed on the steering wheel configured to detect contact of driver hands upon the steering wheel. A computer processor is coupled to the sensor system to receive and analyze data indicative of hand placement on the steering wheel to determine hand placement. A transceiver device communicates with the computer processor whereby data indicative of hand placement is transmitted to a computer server device associated with an insurance company providing insurance for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (“USAA”)
    Inventor: Ann Lafeir
  • Patent number: 10956297
    Abstract: A system board for a computer system includes a management unit set up to collect status information from system components of the computer system, a network interface, and a communication unit set up separately from the management unit, connected to the network interface and containing a software for communication via network, wherein the management unit is set up to transfer collected status information from system components of the computer system to the software within the communication unit, and the software within the communication unit is set up exclusively to incorporate the collected status information into a communication protocol for communication via the network interface within a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Fujitsu Technology Solutions Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventors: Timo Bruderek, Jürgen Atzkern, Nils Wittler, Joachim Bub
  • Patent number: 10948468
    Abstract: A breath alcohol device calibration system includes a computerized calibration module operable to calibrate a breath alcohol device, and an interface operable to couple the breath alcohol device to a remote server. The interface uses a connection employing a cryptographic function such that data stored on the breath alcohol device can be securely transferred from the breath alcohol device to the remote server using the calibration system. The interface is further operable to transfer data stored on the breath alcohol device from the breath alcohol device to the remote server directly without storing the data in nonvolatile storage on the calibration station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Edward DeVries, Scott Ruland
  • Patent number: 10948724
    Abstract: A transmissive display device includes an image display unit configured to transmit an outside scenery and display an image viewable with the outside scenery, an interference risk region calculation unit configured to calculate an interference risk region where there is a risk of interference between a user of the transmissive display device and a mobile body, a risk level determination unit configured to determine a risk level of the interference, based on a relative positional relationship between the user and the mobile body, and a display control unit configured to display, on the image display unit, an image indicating the interference risk region in a display mode according to the determined risk level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Fujimaki, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 10933886
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to prioritizing notifications for a vehicle operating in an autonomous driving mode. As an example, a set of notifications based on one or more messages received or transmitted by a planning system of the vehicle may be generated. Each notification of the set of notifications is assigned a priority ranking. The set of notifications may be stored in a cache and the one or more processors may determine a first notification for display based on the priority rankings of the set of notifications and the first notification may be displayed on a display of the vehicle to a passenger of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Maria Moon, Hans-olav Cavelie, Juliet Rothenberg, Julien Mercay, Ryan Powell, Yang Li
  • Patent number: 10927528
    Abstract: A shovel includes a traveling undercarriage configured to travel, an upper rotating structure swingably mounted on the traveling undercarriage, a cab mounted on the upper rotating structure, an attachment including a working part configured to perform work, and a display device provided in the cab. The display device is configured to display an image including a work guidance display part, the work guidance display part showing an attitude of the working part and a target surface, and is configured to change a content displayed in the work guidance display part in accordance with an operating condition of the attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO(S.H.I.) CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaaki Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10922970
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assisting a driver of a vehicle traversing on a route are provided. Sensor and image data are received from each vehicle associated with the route. The sensor and image data are processed to generate driving-assisting features. Environmental and fleet data associated with the route are further retrieved from data sources. The environmental and fleet data are further processed to generate driving-assisting features. A warning message is generated based on the driving-assisting features. The warning message is communicated to each driver for facilitating driving-assistance in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ANI Technologies Private Ltd.
    Inventors: Sathya Narayanan Nagarajan, Nishant Kumar, Harshit Sharma, Achal Gupta, Sacheth Kadam
  • Patent number: 10869627
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product of determining a state of a vehicle driver, the method comprising: receiving an image of the driver captured by a hyper spectral camera capable of imaging body features invisible to a human; receiving telemetry information from a car telemetry system; analyzing the image to receive at least one indicator to a clinical parameter of the driver; and fusing the at least one indicator with the telemetry information to obtain an assessment to a stress level of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: OSR ENTERPRISES AG
    Inventors: Yosef Ben-Ezra, Samuel Hazak, Yaniv Ben-Haim, Shai Nissim, Yoni Schiff
  • Patent number: 10865643
    Abstract: A method of determining a remaining life in a component and a rotatable machine system are provided. The rotatable machine system includes a plurality of valves coupled in flow communication with a rotatable machine of the rotatable machine system, a plurality of sensors configured to receive operating parameters associated with the rotatable machine and the plurality of valves, and an online valve lifetime counter (OVLIC), including a processor communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors. The OVLIC is configured to determine a trend of differential temperature across a body of a valve of the plurality of valves, convert the trend of differential temperature to a stress induced into the valve over time, and determine life remaining in the valve based on a total damage of the valve wherein the total damage is a function of creep damage and fatigue damage to the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Reigl, Johann Sigurd Kubel
  • Patent number: 10867194
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed an image-based detection system comprising, one or more image sensors, configured to receive images of a vicinity of a control; and one or more processors, configured to identify within the images a control actuator and the control; detect a trigger action of the control actuator relative to the control based on the images; and switch from a normal control mode to a safety mode according to the detected trigger action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: INTEL IP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel Pohl
  • Patent number: 10859419
    Abstract: Techniques are described for determining an amount of fuel that is consumed by the body components of a vehicle, based at least partly on sensor data describing the operations of the body components and/or the location of the vehicle. A vehicle is equipped with a body that has any suitable number of body components that perform operations not directly associated with the translational movement of the vehicle from one location to another. Fuel is consumed to provide power (e.g., through power take off) to operate the body components. The vehicle includes sensor device(s) configured to sense the operations of the body components and generate sensor data that describes the operations of the body components. The sensor data is analyzed to determine an amount of fuel that is consumed to power the operations of the body components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Richard Buteau, Thomas Leon Wilding, Albert Xiaoxia Jiang, John Forrest Smith, Michael Dean Geary, Brian Huston Ham
  • Patent number: 10860852
    Abstract: An eye state detecting method, which comprises: (a) capturing a detecting image; (b) computing a brightness variation tendency for a peripheral part of a darkest part of the detecting image; and (c) determining whether a user's eye is in an opening state or in a closing state according to the brightness variation tendency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Guo-Zhen Wang
  • Patent number: 10853667
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus that includes acquiring a driving image; acquiring positioning information indicating a location of a vehicle; extracting map information corresponding to the positioning information; determining a regression line function corresponding to a road on which the vehicle is traveling based on the map information; detecting the linearity of the road from the driving image using the regression line function; and indicating the detected linearity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Hyun Ji, Dokwan Oh, Jahoo Koo, Dongwook Lee, Wonju Lee, Jaewoo Lee, Cheolhun Jang, Yoonsuk Hyun
  • Patent number: 10852192
    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: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INCORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Sun, Ming-Han Tsai
  • Patent number: 10843698
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire traveling information indicating traveling conditions of a first vehicle traveling on a road, a determination unit configured to determine one or more driving operations of a driver driving the first vehicle by using the traveling information acquired when a second vehicle approaches the first vehicle, an evaluation unit configured to perform evaluation of safety related to the driver's driving by using determination results of the determination unit, and an updating unit configured to acquire first evaluation results of the evaluation unit during a first predetermined period to compare the first evaluation results with second evaluation results of the evaluation unit during a second predetermined period before the first predetermined period, and to update the second evaluation results based on comparison results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Nishimura, Yoshihiro Oe
  • Patent number: 10839623
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a detection unit configured to detect a state of the vehicle, a transmission unit configured to transmit information based on a result of the detection performed by the detection unit to an image display device, and a control unit configured to change information to be transmitted to the image display device when a power supply of the vehicle has changed from an on state to an off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunihiro Mizuno, Shiro Fukano
  • Patent number: 10821639
    Abstract: A conveyor component comprises a thermoformable portion chemically bonded to an injection molded base portion. A surface of the thermoformable portion is prepared for bonding. Then an injection moldable material is injected onto the prepared surface to form the injection molded base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Richard A. Keb, Ruizhe Ma, Michael Hendrik DeGroot