Operation Efficiency (e.g., Engine Performance, Driver Habits) Patents (Class 340/439)
  • Patent number: 11912313
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an interface and a control circuit. The interface may be configured to receive a plurality of sensor signals from a vehicle platform of a vehicle and present one or more control signals to the vehicle platform. The control circuit may be configured to (i) detect whether an attention state of a driver is in an attentive state or an inattentive state in response to one or more of the plurality of sensor signals from the vehicle platform during a first window having a first duration, (ii) assess whether the driver is sufficiently attentive by monitoring the one or more of the plurality of sensor signals from the vehicle platform and determining whether changes in the attention state of the driver during a second window having a second duration that is longer than the first duration exceeds a threshold, and (iii) when the threshold is exceeded, transition operation of the vehicle to the driver and safely discontinue an automation system function of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Arriver Software LLC
    Inventors: Rachel Alexander, Shabin Mahadevan
  • Patent number: 11912307
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to analyzing head movements in a test driver tasked with monitoring the driving of a vehicle operating in an autonomous driving mode. For instance, a sensor may be used to capture sensor data of a test driver's head for a period of time. The sensor data may be analyzed to determine whether the test driver's head moved sufficiently enough to suggest that the test driver is engaged in monitoring the driving of the vehicle. Based on the determination of whether the test driver's head moved sufficiently enough, an intervention response may be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Ilmo van der Lowe, Vasily Starostenko
  • Patent number: 11854089
    Abstract: A driving accident simulation, having a head-wearable user interface (e.g., a head-worn virtual-reality display), may be used to inform a driver of the driver's potential liability under different insurance options. The simulation may determine damages caused by the simulated accident, and identify multiple insurance options and the resulting user liability under each option. The simulation may also be used to assess an insurance adjuster's ability to estimate damages from an accident, by receiving the adjuster's estimate and comparing it to the simulation's own estimate of damages. In some embodiments, the simulation may present a driver with a simulated view from a point of view of another party to the simulated accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Andrew L. Carbery, Daniel Koza, Christopher G. Plachta, Philip Peter Ramirez
  • Patent number: 11847705
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, interfaces, methods, and articles of manufacture that provide for acquisition, management, and/or utilization of surface segment data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: The Travelers Indemnity Company
    Inventors: Gregory L. Cote, Dean M. Collins, Beth S. Tirone, Christopher M. Hayes
  • Patent number: 11845428
    Abstract: An apparatus includes at least one camera configured to capture at least one image of a traffic lane, an inertial measurement unit (IMU) configured to detect motion characteristics, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to obtain a vehicle motion trajectory using the IMU and based on one or more vehicle path prediction parameters, obtain a vehicle vision trajectory based on the at least one image, wherein the vehicle vision trajectory includes at least one lane boundary, determine distances between one or more points on the vehicle and one or more intersection points of the at least one lane boundary based on the obtained vehicle motion trajectory, determine at least one time to line crossing (TTLC) based on the determined distances and a speed of the vehicle, and activate a lane departure warning indicator based on the determined at least one TTLC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Canoo Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Kilsoo Kim, Jongmoo Choi, Siddharth Agarwal, Mayukh Sattiraju, Lei Cao, Dheemanth Uppalapati, Aviral Singh, David R. Arft
  • Patent number: 11845315
    Abstract: Some embodiments may provide a method for a desired operating environment. A signal to place a vehicle in a designated mode corresponding to a desired operating environment may be received. The designated mode may include modifications to one or more default operating characteristics of the vehicle. The modifications may be while the vehicle is in parked mode and a vehicle access key associated with the vehicle is within proximity of the vehicle. In response to receiving the signal, characteristics of the vehicle to be modified in order to create the desired operating environment may be identified. The default operating characteristics may relate to power-consuming features or available power for connected accessories. One or more settings of the vehicle to change the default operating characteristics of the vehicle while in the designated mode may be modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: RIVIAN IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Rocroi, Nathaniel Isaac Gallinger, Erik Robert Glaser, Jeffrey Park, Andrea Marie Best
  • Patent number: 11823283
    Abstract: Methods and systems for maintaining a distributed ledger and/or blockchain of transactions and/or events pertaining to autonomous vehicles and/or smart contracts. An enforcement server may receive indications of transactions and/or events generated by one or more autonomous vehicles. The transactions and/or events may include information relating to a trigger condition and/or a decision condition associated with one or more smart contracts. The enforcement server may route the transaction to the appropriate smart contract to determine whether a trigger condition has been satisfied. When a trigger condition is satisfied, the enforcement server may automatically perform an action to enforce the smart contract and/or update the distributed ledger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew L. Floyd, Alvin Hon-Wai Yu, Antwuan Murphy, Brittney Benzio, Lindsi Brantley, Matthew S. Delaney, Matthew Vulich, Matthew S. Rodriguez, Neha Goel, Sabrina Collins, Annie Pudlo Murillo
  • Patent number: 11820236
    Abstract: An eco-friendly vehicle and method for providing distance to empty thereof are provided. The vehicle includes a processor that predicts a distance to empty (DTE) based on a driving route received from a navigation terminal to output the DTE to an output device. The processor is configured to estimate an engaging frequency of a disconnector based on the driving route and to calculate the DTE based on the engaging frequency of the disconnector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Se Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 11820229
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to an in-vehicle feedback system, and more particularly, to an in-vehicle device with a display or graphical interface that collects driving data and provides feedback based on the driving data. The system may comprise an in-vehicle device that includes a graphical user interface and a processor and a data collection device wirelessly connected to the in-vehicle device. The in-vehicle device may be configured to receive vehicle telematics data from the data collection device and the processor may process the telematics data in real time and cause the telematics data to be displayed on the graphical user interface. The graphical user interface may include a speed display and an acceleration display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Ryan M. Briggs, Nathan M. Bryer
  • Patent number: 11813940
    Abstract: A display device (40) that displays information of a plurality of variables that reflect a state of a vehicle, the display device (40) including: a first meter image (41) including a first scale displaying (42) part that displays a scale of a first variable included in the plurality of variables and an indicating part (43) that indicates the first variable that varies with the state of the vehicle and rotating the first scale displaying part (42) in accordance with variation of the first variable, fixing the position of the indicating part (43); and a second meter image (44) including a second scale displaying part (45) that displays a scale of a second variable included in the plurality of variables and a displaying part (46) that displays the second variable that varies with the state of the vehicle, wherein the first meter image (41) and the second meter image (44) are adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jinichi Ohta, Yuichi Kamei, Takayuki Okuji, Toyohito Hirano, Reoto Ueda, Akinori Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 11807264
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus includes: a driver identifying unit that identifies a driver driving a vehicle; an evaluation data obtaining unit that obtains, based on an identification result of the driver identifying unit, evaluation data on the driver's visual cognitive ability for an event that occurs when the driver is driving the vehicle; an event detecting unit that detects, on the basis of surrounding information data indicating a situation of the vehicle's surroundings, whether or not the event has occurred; and a processing unit that determines, in a case where the event has been detected and on the basis of the evaluation data on the driver, the evaluation data being related to the event, whether or not notification information is to be output from an output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takei, Masaru Ninomiya, Shuji Hakoshima, Miku Komurata
  • Patent number: 11798412
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method and device for generating driving suggestion, and computer-readable storage medium. The method comprises: acquiring N driving records, wherein the N driving records are derived from at least two vehicles, each driving record comprises a mapping relationship between a driving period and an acceleration value, and the N is an integer greater than 1; determining a plurality of acceleration metric values based on the acceleration values in the N driving records, wherein each vehicle corresponds to at least one acceleration metric value, and the acceleration metric value is positively correlated with the acceleration value; determining a metric threshold according to the plurality of acceleration metric values; and generating a driving suggestion based on the metric threshold and the driving record corresponding to any one of the at least two vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU AUTOMOBILE GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yiwen Guo, Wenqi Yang, Rongbin Lin, Yonggang Xu
  • Patent number: 11794643
    Abstract: A method for warning road users by means of surroundings monitoring for a running vehicle is disclosed and furthermore situation detection for the road users in the surroundings of the running vehicle and ascertainment of the probable paths of movement of the running vehicle and the other road users, furthermore ascertainment of an impending hazard situation and, if an impending hazard situation is ascertained, audible warning in and around the running vehicle. Furthermore, an apparatus for performing the method for warning road users is disclosed, wherein the running vehicle is in the form of a land vehicle and the other road users can move in a ground-based manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Goetz Braeuchle, Margarete Deutscher
  • Patent number: 11794753
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive data indicating a gaze direction of an occupant of the vehicle; determine whether the gaze direction is in a permitted area defined by a boundary, the permitted area being in a forward direction of travel of the vehicle; laterally adjust the boundary of the permitted area based on a speed of the vehicle and based on data indicating turning of the vehicle; and control the vehicle based on whether the gaze direction is in the permitted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anita Arora, Kenneth James Boyd, Jay Patel
  • Patent number: 11789085
    Abstract: A battery diagnosis device mounted on a vehicle includes a processor that acquires information about a battery and executes diagnosis of the state of the battery. The processor is configured to determine whether there is abnormality about a first item based on a result of a determination of whether a first state is matched, and the determination of whether the first state is matched is based on the information about the battery. The processor is configured to end the diagnosis of the battery, when the processor determines that there is no abnormality about the first item. The processor is configured to continue the diagnosis of the battery and determine whether there is abnormality about the first item, as a second determination, when the processor determines that there is abnormality about the first item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Kohei Takahashi, Takayuki Akaishi, Sunao Horitake, Yuhki Shiozumi
  • Patent number: 11787408
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a vehicle based on a driver status are disclosed. The vehicle control system includes various sensing devices (including a camera, a vehicle dynamics sensor, a vehicle around view monitoring (AVM) camera, a periphery surveillance sensor, and a navigation device) and an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU may analyze a driver status through the driver's face and pupils recognized by output signals of the sensing devices. If the driver has no intention to drive the vehicle, the ECU may control the vehicle to stop on a road shoulder, resulting in guarantee of safer driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: HL Klemove Corp.
    Inventor: Sang Kyun Sim
  • Patent number: 11781516
    Abstract: To prolong a lifetime of a starter battery, a starting system (5) for an internal combustion engine (3) includes: a starter battery (22) constituted of a lithium-ion battery and configured to supply electric power to a starter motor (21); and a controller (51) configured to drive the starter motor (21) by the electric power from the starter battery (22) to perform cranking operations of the engine (3) intermittently, wherein the controller (51) is configured to prohibit the cranking operations for a first time interval before the cranking operations are performed a prescribed number of times within a prescribed time window, and to prohibit the cranking operations for a second time interval longer than the first time interval right after the cranking operations are performed the prescribed number of times within the prescribed time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Kaneko, Akihiro Kimura, Takashi Hashizume, Daisuke Nojiri, Koji Kuriyagawa
  • Patent number: 11783430
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for retrieving insurance information of an insurance customer at a mobile device. An insurance information token may be affixed to a vehicle and scanned by an optical input device of the mobile device. The optical input device may thus obtain optical input corresponding to the insurance information token. The insurance information of the insurance customer may be retrieved based on the optical input and presented at a display device of the mobile device upon retrieval. The mobile device may also provide a message to an insurance system indicating that the insurance information token was scanned. Telematics information may also be analyzed in response to receipt of the message to determine whether to automatically create an insurance claim for the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Friedman, Yuval Saban
  • Patent number: 11767116
    Abstract: A seatbelt detection system detects seatbelt use in each seat of a passenger aircraft to produce safety-compliance data. A computer system, which is communicatively coupled to the seatbelt detection system, receives sensor data from a plurality of sensors in an aircraft cabin; and employ an artificial intelligence (AI) program to train on input data comprising at least one of safety compliance data, aircraft system data, cabin environment data, cabin operations data, or aircraft operations data; and the AI program is configured to minimize a summed error of predictions of seatbelt compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Inventor: Jeff Johnson
  • Patent number: 11766936
    Abstract: Provided is a control device comprising: a motor output decision unit configured to decide a magnitude of an output of the motor, based on a magnitude of a requested output that is an output requested to be supplied to drive wheels; a first rotation number decision unit configured to decide a first target value of a rotation number of the motor, based on the magnitude of the output of the motor decided by the motor output decision unit; and a display control unit configured to change a display method of the power indicator in a case where the motor supplies power to the drive wheels in a first mode and in a case where the motor supplies power to the drive wheels in a second mode different from the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ohshima, Naoki Yui, Kazuhiro Saito, Yoshiharu Saito, Takuya Iwata
  • Patent number: 11763661
    Abstract: A vehicular safety device for monitoring the presence of a child or pet in a motorized vehicle. The device interfaces with the vehicle's power receptacle for detection of the on/off state of the vehicle. The operator is prompted to inform the device of the presence of the child or pet upon start of the engine of the vehicle through an auditory interface. When the engine of the vehicle is shut down, the device provides an audible reminder to the operator that a child or pet is present in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Inventors: Arturo Eugenio Flores-Gonzalez, Hongtai Li
  • Patent number: 11757851
    Abstract: An example apparatus comprises a memory resource configured to store a private key associated with a vehicle and store a data matrix comprising data corresponding to operation of the vehicle. The apparatus may further include a processing resource configured to generate a first secure message comprising data corresponding to the vehicle, transmit the first secure message, receive a second secure message comprising an updated data matrix, and update the data matrix based, at least in part, on the updated data matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alberto Troia, Antonino Mondello
  • Patent number: 11756341
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing predictive distance-to-empty (DTE) assessments for vehicles that can include electric, gas, or hybrid vehicles. An example method includes determining a plurality of learned parameters of vehicle operation of a vehicle based on a plurality of energy consumption parameters of the vehicle; determining a plurality of predictive parameters of vehicle operation of the vehicle selected from any combination of weather data or navigation data, the navigation data being determined relative to a planned route and applying a DTE function for the energy source, the DTE function utilizing the plurality of learned parameters of vehicle operation, and the plurality of predictive parameters of vehicle operation of the vehicle, based on a current capacity of the energy source to determine a DTE for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xiangrui Zeng, John Schmotzer, Mark Poll, Suhag Raval, Praveen Bandi
  • Patent number: 11752939
    Abstract: An information presentation apparatus includes an out-of-vehicle risk detection section that is configured to detect an out-of-vehicle risk object, a gaze detection section that is configured to detect a gaze direction of a driver of the vehicle, a recognition determination section that is configured to determine whether the out-of-vehicle risk object is recognized by the driver based on a detection result by the out-of-vehicle risk detection section and a detection result by the gaze detection section, and an information presentation section that is configured to present, to the driver, out-of-vehicle risk information regarding the out-of-vehicle risk object in a presentation mode. The information presentation section is further configured to change the presentation mode depending on whether the out-of-vehicle risk object is recognized by the driver based on a determination result by the recognition determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Hayashi, Kunihiko Chiba, Takeshi Hatoh, Yasushi Sakuma, Iichirou Terao
  • Patent number: 11738774
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to enabling roadside assistance to a vehicle that requires assistance having an autonomous driving mode. For instance, a technician may be assigned to the vehicle that requires assistance. A signal corresponding to user input at a remote computing device requesting a change to a state of the vehicle may be received. The signal may be based on details of the assigned technician. Based on the validation, an instruction may be sent to the vehicle to change the state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Son-Ca Nguyen, Salil Pandit, Noah Eisen, Renaud-Roland Hubert, Lauren Tindal, Jessica Gong, Lorena Zalles
  • Patent number: 11741479
    Abstract: A method for tracking insured assets is provided. Asset identifiers corresponding to assets to be monitored are received from a user. Each of the one or more assets is attached to a tracking device. Monitored assets are covered by one or more insurance policies. One or more geofence regions are defined associated with the one or more monitored assets. A location of each of the monitored assets is estimated, at least periodically. In response to determining that the estimated location of at least one of the monitored assets is outside of the corresponding one or more geofence regions, an insurance policy associated with this at least one asset is determined. A policyholder associated with the insurance policy is notified by sending a notification to policyholder's-preferred device. The notification inquires instructions for remedial actions from the policyholder. One or more remedial actions are initiated based on received policyholder's instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: David Patrick Dixon, Wayne Maurice Hartman, Gary Scott Harris
  • Patent number: 11738802
    Abstract: Provided are a steering control system and method. The steering control system includes a control unit configured to perform steering control using a steering torque and a steering angle detected by a steering torque sensor and a steering angle sensor of a vehicle, wherein the control unit performs the steering control in consideration that the steering torque or the steering angle is changeable by a disturbance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: HL MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kwanghyung Lee
  • Patent number: 11734766
    Abstract: A system is engineered to facilitate calculation of predicted perils connected with a ridesharing vehicle. The system facilitates premium endorsement that provides higher coverage than is provided under conventional products and allows drivers to work directly with their personal lines insurer in reviewing their coverage and filing a claim in the event of an accident. The subject matter facilitates higher limits while including a post-policy period audit that allows a reconciliation of high-use or high-risk driving with appropriate retroactive rate adjustments. The system also facilitates retroactive rate adjustments that would compare a policyholder’s time/distance driven or collected telematics data (including time or distance driven in each driving period) to the group average or other historical underwriting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel Carey Bernstein, Christopher Tassone, Nicholas Grant
  • Patent number: 11726651
    Abstract: An occupant detection system and method may include a user interface and at least one sensor to determine if there is an occupant in the vehicle. In one embodiment, the system and method use capacitive sensing sensors embedded into a cushion and/or back of seats in a vehicle. The capacitive sensor sends a sense signal to a controller and the controller would recognize various conditions such as an empty seat or a seat occupied by a person or animal. It could also determine if there was a child seat in a position on a vehicle seat and if there is a child in the child seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: UUSI, LLC
    Inventor: David W. Shank
  • Patent number: 11721332
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a voice command is transmitted while the user is performing an activity. The user’s activity is determined, along with follow on actions for the request. If the user is performing an interaction-limiting activity, subsequent actions may be presented in a simplified display to reduce the likelihood that user interacts with the display. Additionally, certain follow on actions may be considered complex. If a complex follow on action occurs during an interaction-limiting activity, the request may be flagged and delayed until the user has completed the interaction-limiting activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ran Mokady, Kris Jones, Vishnu Vijay, Mark Elliott, John Stephen Mintoft
  • Patent number: 11719174
    Abstract: New and/or alternative approaches to physical plant performance control that can account for the health of the physical plant. A physical plant may be controlled by configurable controller, which may further comprise a low level controller associated with a higher level controller such as an Engine Control Unit (ECU). The ECU uses modeling to calculate an estimated operating value of a first parameter in the physical plant, and also uses a sensor to measure an operating value of the first parameter. The measured and modeled values are compared to determine the state of health (SOH) of the physical plant or a component thereof. The SOH may be stored, transmitted, or used to modify one or more control values used by the low level controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Garrett Transportation I Inc.
    Inventors: David Hriadel, Martin Procházka, Matej P{hacek over (c)}olka
  • Patent number: 11692627
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a transmission selector for a vehicle. The transmission selector for a vehicle includes: a transmission selector element including a first switch and a second switch, and a control circuit. When the vehicle speed is equal to or less than a first threshold, the control circuit switches the current gear to D in response to the selection operation received by the first switch, and the control circuit switches the current gear to R in response to the selection operation received by the second switch. When the vehicle speed is equal to or less than the first threshold and the vehicle meets the specified conditions, the control circuit controls the vehicle to switch the current gear in response to a long-press operation whose execution of the selection operation received by the first switch or the second switch reaches a first specified time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimi Kaneko, Taichi Kitamura, Yurina Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11691621
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus comprises a controller for performing collision avoidance braking control and lane deviation suppressing control. When a performing condition of the lane deviation suppressing control is satisfied at a timing of the collision avoidance braking control is about to be performed, the controller makes direction determination processing for determining whether or not the own vehicle travels to a direction toward which it will collide with a target object or to a direction toward which it will avoid colliding with the target object. In the direction determination processing, when it is determined the own vehicle travels to a collision direction, the controller stops the lane deviation suppressing control to perform the collision avoidance braking control, and when it is determined the own vehicle travels to a collision avoidance direction, the controller performs cooperative control for making the lane deviation suppressing control cooperate with the collision avoidance braking control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuhei Miyamoto, Kohei Morotomi
  • Patent number: 11691633
    Abstract: A database of high risk locations is formed and high risk causal factors for the high risk locations determined. Driver behavior is monitored at the sites in the database using data collection devices such as electronic logging devices or mobile phones to see if the drivers exhibit the same specific behaviors that are considered contributing factors to specific accident types at risk of occurrence at those sites. Warnings are provided to drivers approaching the specific sites to prompt behavioral changes which may further be monitored by the data collection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Intelligent Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Heath, Wayne Allan Malkin
  • Patent number: 11671754
    Abstract: A vehicle selects various sound sources and outputs driving sound based on information received from the navigation system. A database stores sound sources classified as first and second emotions. A controller outputs a landmark name based on a route guidance text and outputs a ratio of the first and second emotions corresponding to the landmark name. The controller selects a first sound source from the sound sources classified as the first emotion based on the first emotion ratio, selects a second sound source from the sound sources classified as the second emotion based on the second emotion ratio and determines first and second playback periods based on the ratios of the first and second emotions. The controller outputs a first sound generated based on the first sound source during the first playback period and a second sound generated based on the second sound source during the second playback period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kyoung Jin Chang
  • Patent number: 11667319
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a steering wheel, a steering wheel vibration prompt system and a vehicle incorporating such a steering wheel. The steering wheel includes a steering wheel body, a flexible support member, a vibration member and a vibrator. The steering wheel body is provided with an accommodation space. The vibration member is connected to the flexible support member and is suspended and supported on the steering wheel body by the flexible support member. The vibrator is connected to the vibration member and drives the vibration member to vibrate. The vibrator of the steering wheel and the sensor device cooperate with each other, and the vibrator performs a vibration action according to the output signal of the sensor device, and then drives the vibration member to perform corresponding vibration actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: AAC Acoustic Technologies (Shanghai)Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhicheng Yang, Xiang Ding
  • Patent number: 11667208
    Abstract: An apparatus for implementing a power distribution system for electric vehicles charging within a structure that includes a battery for storing electrical energy. A power node module connects to an electrical grid of the structure at a preexisting load point to receive an electric current at a first power level. The power node module charges the battery responsive to the received electric current at the first power level and generates a charging current at a second power level for charging a connected electric vehicle using the stored electrical energy of the battery responsive to a received charging control signal. At least one charger connector connected to the power node module connects the connected electric vehicle to receive the charging current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Power Hero Corp.
    Inventor: Esmond Goei
  • Patent number: 11654890
    Abstract: A vehicle control data generation method includes causing processing circuitry to execute an obtaining process that obtains a state of a vehicle and a specifying variable, an operating process that operates an electronic device, a reward calculating process that provides a greater reward when a characteristic of the vehicle meets a standard than when the characteristic does not meet the standard, an updating process that updates relationship defining data. The update map outputs the updated relationship defining data so as to increase an expected return for the reward in a case where the electronic device is operated in accordance with the relationship defining data. The reward calculating process includes a changing process that changes the reward between when the characteristic of the vehicle is a predetermined characteristic in an EV mode and when the characteristic is the predetermined characteristic in a HV mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yosuke Hashimoto, Akihiro Katayama, Yuta Oshiro, Kazuki Sugie, Naoya Oka
  • Patent number: 11651438
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, systems and apparatuses for determining and implementing risk unit based insurance policies are presented. A user may receive a plurality of risk units associated with an insurance policy. The risk units may be stored in a risk unit account associated with the user, the vehicle, etc. During operation of the vehicle, sensor data may be received. The sensor data may provide information associated with driving behaviors of the user, environmental conditions in which the vehicle is being operated, and the like. A consumption rate of the risk units may be determined based, at least in part, on the received sensor data. If a number of risk units in a risk unit account is below a predetermined threshold, a notification may be transmitted to the user and/or a predetermined number of risk units may be automatically added to the risk unit account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Edward A. Biemer, Grady Irey, Caryl M. Styrsky
  • Patent number: 11648953
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring a fleet of self-driving vehicles are disclosed. The system comprises one or more self-driving vehicles having at least one sensor for collecting current state information, a fleet-management system, and computer-readable media for storing reference data. The method comprises autonomously navigating a self-driving vehicle in an environment, collecting current state information using the vehicle's sensor, comparing the current state information with the reference data, identifying outlier data in the current state information, and generating an alert based on the outlier data. A notification based on the alert may be sent to one or more monitoring devices according to the type and severity of the outlier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: CLEARPATH ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Anthony William Tod, David Andrew Brown, Guillaume Autran, Ryan Christopher Gariepy, Bryan Webb, Matthew Allen Rendall
  • Patent number: 11643092
    Abstract: A method and a system for lane change prediction. The method includes collecting raw driving data, extracting a plurality of feature sets from the collected raw driving data, and obtaining corresponding lane change information. The lane change information indicates a status of lane change of a vehicle under each of the extracted feature sets. The method further includes automatically labeling each of the extracted plurality sets of features with the obtained corresponding lane change information. The method further includes training a lane change prediction model with the labeled plurality sets of features. Examples of the present disclosure further describe methods, systems, and vehicles for applying the lane change prediction model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maximilian Doemling, Gavin Xu, Tomas Xu
  • Patent number: 11636870
    Abstract: A smoking cessation system of a vehicle includes: a microphone configured to generate an output based on sound within a passenger cabin of the vehicle; a virtual assistant module configured to identify a future smoking event within the passenger cabin of the vehicle based on the output of the microphone; and a smoking module configured to take at least one remedial action in response to the identification of a future smoking event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sibu Varughese, Martin Nespolo, Thomas Krzyzak, Gareth Webb, Wilson Yim, Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 11631151
    Abstract: Transportation systems have artificial intelligence including neural networks for recognition and classification of objects and behavior including natural language processing and computer vision systems. The transportation systems involve sets of complex chemical processes, mechanical systems, and interactions with behaviors of operators. System-level interactions and behaviors are classified, predicted and optimized using neural networks and other artificial intelligence systems through selective deployment, as well as hybrids and combinations of the artificial intelligence systems, neural networks, expert systems, cognitive systems, genetic algorithms and deep learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Strong Force TP Portfolio 2022, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Howard Cella
  • Patent number: 11631290
    Abstract: A method includes receiving from a first detection system, a plurality of identity tokens, the plurality of identity tokens including different types of identity tokens, the first detection system having a plurality of different types of detection instruments, receiving from a second detection system, a number of identity tokens, the second detection system having a plurality of different types of detection instruments, using information from the first detection system and the second detection system, creating correlation information that correlates different types of identity tokens, using information from the first detection system and the second detection system, determining path likelihood for a plurality of moving objects passing through the first detection system and the second detection system, and updating the correlation information using the path likelihood for the plurality of moving objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION CONSULTANTS, LLC
    Inventor: Alessandro Stagni
  • Patent number: 11627286
    Abstract: A vehicular sensing system includes a data processor disposed at a vehicle, a camera disposed at an in-cabin side of the vehicle windshield, and a range sensor disposed at the vehicle and having a field of sensing that overlaps a portion of the field of view of the camera. During a driving maneuver of the vehicle, the system detects another vehicle that is located within the radar sensors field of sensing and outside of the camera's field of view and determines movement of the range sensor-detected other vehicle relative to the vehicle. When the range sensor-detected other vehicle enters the field of view of the camera, the system, at least in part via processing at the data processor of image data captured by the camera, determines that the range sensor-detected other vehicle is an object of interest. A system output is provided for use by a driving assist system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Axel Nix, Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen, Carl W. Shonk
  • Patent number: 11620098
    Abstract: A vehicle control device comprises: an acquisition unit configured to acquire information of outside brightness of the vehicle; and a control unit configured to control, based on the outside brightness, luminance of a plurality of display areas including a first display area displayed by a first display unit for displaying a situation of the vehicle and a second display area displayed by a second display unit for displaying a situation of the vehicle, the second display area being displayed below the first display area, wherein when the outside brightness is higher than a first threshold, the control unit suppresses luminance of the first display area in accordance with a decrease in the outside brightness, and when the outside brightness is equal to or lower than the first threshold, suppresses luminance of the second display area in accordance with the decrease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nojiri, Takahiro Matsuoka, Masayuki Sato, Ryo Shimoe
  • Patent number: 11613277
    Abstract: Neighborhood monitoring is performed by configuring a cluster server within a public network to maintain a cluster directory identifying cluster members including a neighborhood of smart listening devices and user vehicles. The neighborhood includes a cluster of dwellings, and the user vehicles includes an autonomous vehicle. The surroundings of the smart listening devices and the user vehicles are monitored using sensors in the smart listening devices and the user vehicles. When an alerting event is detected with one of the sensors, a corresponding one of the smart listening devices and the user vehicles that detected the alerting event initiates a message to another cluster member based on the cluster directory. A responsive action is executed in response to the detected alerting event which includes commanding the at least one autonomous vehicle to autonomously relocate to a designated location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Kleve, Eric L. Reed, John R. Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11609582
    Abstract: The disclosure generally pertains to travel planning for a multifunction robot that can travel on a ground surface and can fly over obstacles. In an example embodiment, a controller of the multifunction robot receives an Occupancy Grid map that provides information about a travel area to be traversed by the multifunctional robot. The controller may determine a first cost associated with a first travel route that involves the multifunctional robot driving around a 3D object when moving along the ground from an origination spot to a destination spot in the travel area. The controller may further determine a second cost associated with a second travel route that involves the multifunctional robot flying over the 3D object when moving from the origination spot to the destination spot. The controller may select either the first travel route or the second travel route based on comparing the first cost to the second cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sanghyun Hong, Jianbo Lu
  • Patent number: 11593889
    Abstract: Methods and systems for maintaining a distributed ledger and/or blockchain of transactions and/or events pertaining to autonomous vehicles and/or smart contracts. An enforcement server may receive indications of transactions and/or events generated by one or more autonomous vehicles. The transactions and/or events may include information relating to a trigger condition and/or a decision condition associated with one or more smart contracts. The enforcement server may route the transaction to the appropriate smart contract to determine whether a trigger condition has been satisfied. When a trigger condition is satisfied, the enforcement server may automatically perform an action to enforce the smart contract and/or update the distributed ledger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew L. Floyd, Alvin Hon-Wai Yu, Antwuan Murphy, Brittney Benzio, Lindsi Brantley, Matthew S. Delaney, Matthew Vulich, Matthew S. Rodriguez, Neha Goel, Sabrina Collins, Annie Pudlo Murillo
  • Patent number: 11594084
    Abstract: A vehicle warning light monitoring assembly includes a monitoring circuit that is integrated into an electrical system of a vehicle. The monitoring circuit is in electrical communication with each of a plurality of exterior lights on the vehicle. A display is integrated into a dashboard of the vehicle to display the name of one of the exterior lights on the vehicle that has malfunctioned. A communication unit is pluggable into a data port in a vehicle to receive operational data pertaining to the exterior lights of the vehicle. The communication unit displays exactly which exterior light on the vehicle has malfunctioned. Additionally, the communication unit is wireless communication with a personal electronic device for communicating the operational data to the personal electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Matthew Daley