Tilt, Imbalance, Or Overload Patents (Class 340/440)
  • Patent number: 10328756
    Abstract: A method for detecting a displacement of a motor vehicle including a plurality of wheels each including a tire inflated by inflation gases, includes the steps of: periodically measuring (E1), at a standby frequency, the temperature of the inflation gases of the tire, comparing (E2) the values measured over a predetermined time interval for detecting movement of the vehicle, detecting (E3) a movement of the vehicle when the temperature of the inflation gases of the tire increases by at least a first predetermined temperature value during the predetermined time interval for detecting movement of the vehicle, and periodically measuring (E4), at an activation frequency higher than the standby frequency, the temperature of the inflation gases of the tire when a movement of the vehicle has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Christian Niggel
  • Patent number: 10214069
    Abstract: A vehicle height adjustment device includes a changer, a vehicle speed obtainer, a vehicle height controller, and a malfunction detector. The changer is configured to change a relative position of a body of a vehicle, which includes a plurality of wheels, relative to an axle of each of the plurality of wheels of the vehicle. The vehicle speed obtainer is configured to obtain a vehicle speed, which is a traveling speed of the vehicle. The vehicle height controller is configured to control a vehicle height, which is a height of the body, based on the vehicle speed obtained by the vehicle speed obtainer. The malfunction detector is configured to detect a failure of the vehicle speed obtainer to obtain an accurate value of the vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHOWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayoshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10202071
    Abstract: A mounting bracket sub-assembly used to mount a vehicular approach lighting assembly including a base member, wherein the base member is adapted for securement to a drain aperture located on an undercarriage of a vehicle body, a cover member, wherein the cover member mates with the base member to secure a vehicular approach lighting assembly, and at least one fastener, wherein the at least one fastener releasably secures the cover member to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Steven G. Hoek
  • Patent number: 10180821
    Abstract: Combining specifications of dataflow graphs includes receiving: a first dataflow graph specification that specifies two or more components connected by links representing flows of data, and a second dataflow graph specification that specifies at least one component, and at least one sub-graph interface. The sub-graph interface includes at least one flow junction representing a connection between: (1) a flow of data outside the sub-graph interface, and (2) a flow of data inside the sub-graph interface. The method includes processing information including the first dataflow graph specification and the second dataflow graph specification, to generate a combined dataflow graph specification, including: identifying an association between the sub-graph interface and the first dataflow graph specification, for at least a first flow junction, determining a direction associated with transferring a value of a descriptor, and transferring a value of a descriptor according to the determined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ab Initio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Brond Larson, Paul Bay, H. Mark Bromley
  • Patent number: 10176003
    Abstract: Methods and system are disclosed that assist monitoring activities in an organization in real-time using an integrated application. In one aspect, the integrated application establishes a connection with a central monitoring framework and an in-memory data store. The in-memory data store includes business data and associated key performance indicators (KPIs). In response to a detection of a modification of key performance indicators or an unauthorized access of the business data, an analytical engine associated with the integrated application analyzes the associated KPIs and/or the business data and generates results including modified KPIs and identifiers. Based on the identifiers, the KPIs and the modified KPIs are mapped with control parameters in a corresponding framework to determine a deviation in the values of KPIs and a workflow in the corresponding framework is instantiated. Upon instantiating the workflow, the KPIs are displayed on a user interface that provides monitoring information in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Ying Zeng
  • Patent number: 10118626
    Abstract: A system for processing sensor data in a vehicle has a processor and a chassis sensor in communication with the processor. The processor is configured to record driving dynamics data and chassis sensor data for the vehicle, and filter driving dynamics data or the chassis sensor data on the basis of the chassis sensor data or the driving dynamics data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Klaus Rink, Stefan Günthner
  • Patent number: 10120744
    Abstract: A computing environment provisioning system includes a processing system and a memory for storing instructions that are executed by the processing system to obtain a graph having one or more edges with multiple vertices representing task instructions to perform multiple tasks on one or more resources of a computing environment, and sequentially execute the task instructions according to the edges between the vertices. When an at least one task encounters an error, the instructions pause execution of an ensuing task instruction in the graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: VCE IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Akshaya Mahapatra, Vandana Rao
  • Patent number: 10094357
    Abstract: A nacelle for a wind turbine generator comprises a crane articulated on a base fixed to said nacelle. The crane includes a cantilevered telescopic boom, a principal winch with a lifting line and respective azimuth and elevation drive units for moving said boom in azimuth and in elevation relative to said nacelle. The crane has a deployed condition in which said boom is moveable in azimuth and in elevation and a stowed condition. The nacelle comprises a support structure against which said boom is brought to rest in said stowed condition thereof and wherein when in said stowed condition said boom is located into a predetermined position at which it is held to rest at a point along its length against said support structure and wherein said lifting line is in a reference position in relation to said nacelle when said crane is in its stowed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Claus Hald Therkildsen
  • Patent number: 10048158
    Abstract: A stability warning system for a tree feller-buncher includes a first inertial measurement unit configured to measure an orientation of an undercarriage of the tree feller-buncher carrying at least one track, a second inertial measurement unit configured to measure an orientation of a boom coupled to the turntable, and a felling head operably connected to the boom. A controller is operable to estimate a center of gravity of the tree feller-buncher based on the measured orientation of the undercarriage and the measured orientation of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard J. Lawler, Bryon P. Neumann
  • Patent number: 9914461
    Abstract: A device that can stably and accurately estimate the roll angle of a vehicle body during various states of movement of the vehicle body. A roll angle estimated value calculation portion calculates an estimated value of the roll angle by integrating a value obtained by correcting an estimated value of roll angle velocity of a vehicle body by use of a correction value, or by correcting a value obtained by integrating an estimated value of roll angle velocity by use of a correction value. The correction value is calculated by use of a detection value of speed of the vehicle body in the traveling direction, detection values of angular velocity and acceleration detected by sensors mounted on the vehicle body, a previous estimated value of the roll angle, and a previous estimated value of the pitch angle of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Okoshi, Toru Takenaka, Shinya Shirokura
  • Patent number: 9834186
    Abstract: An autonomous emergency braking apparatus comprises: a relative vehicle information collector that collects relative vehicle information regarding a relative vehicle using a plurality of sensors in a vehicle; a self vehicle information collector that collects self vehicle information regarding a self vehicle using the plurality of sensors; and a processor configured to calculate and compare a first time for a collision avoidance of the self vehicle and a second time for a collision avoidance of the relative vehicle based on the relative vehicle information and the self vehicle information, and determine a braking point of time and a required braking force based on the comparison of the first time and the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Dae Seok Jeon
  • Patent number: 9809194
    Abstract: A safety system for a motor vehicle having at least a front wheel arrangement having one or more wheels and rear wheel arrangement having one or more wheels, the arrangement having: a control unit; and one or more vehicle inertial sensors to detect acceleration experienced by the vehicle, the inertial sensors being connected to the control unit so the control unit receives output signals from the inertial sensors; and one or more vehicle safety systems which may be activated by the control unit, wherein the control unit is configured to process the signals received from the inertial sensors and to determine whether at least one of the wheels of the front and rear wheel arrangements is not in contact with the surface over which the vehicle is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: Autoliv Development AB, Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Moroine Laoufi, Alessandro Zin, Peter Harda, Pär Nilsson, Anders Axelsson, Anders Wogel
  • Patent number: 9682702
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vehicle includes determining whether control over a rate of torque decrease is desired in order to improve the vehicle behavior. The rate of torque decrease is controlled to stay within a range of a selected rate of change. A vehicle control system includes a controller configured to determine whether control over a rate of torque decrease is desired. The controller is also configured to control the rate of torque decrease to stay within a range of a selected rate of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Paul Beever
  • Patent number: 9645250
    Abstract: A method for providing redundant vehicle speed estimation. The method includes providing sensor output signals from a plurality of primary sensors and providing inertial measurement signals from an inertial measurement unit. The method also includes estimating the vehicle speed in a primary module using the primary sensor signals, and buffering the estimated vehicle speed values from the primary module for a predetermined period of time. The method further includes determining that one or more of the primary sensors or the primary module has failed, and if so, estimating the vehicle speed in a secondary module using the buffered vehicle speed values and the inertial measurement signals. The method can use GPS signal data and/or range data from static objects to improve the estimated vehicle speed in the secondary module if they are available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shuqing Zeng, David M. Sidlosky, David W. Doerr
  • Patent number: 9607073
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method includes, at a node of a Hadoop cluster, the node storing a first portion of data in HDFS data storage, executing a first instance of a data processing engine capable of receiving data from a data source external to the Hadoop cluster, receiving a computer-executable program by the data processing engine, executing at least part of the program by the first instance of the data processing engine, receiving, by the data processing engine, a second portion of data from the external data source, storing the second portion of data other than in HDFS storage, and performing, by the data processing engine, a data processing operation identified by the program using at least the first portion of data and the second portion of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ab Initio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Ian Schechter, Tim Wakeling, Ann M. Wollrath
  • Patent number: 9452657
    Abstract: Ride height for use in an adaptive suspension damping system, tiltable headlamp systems, or other systems is determined for first and second wheels which are mounted to first and second suspensions having first and second control arms coupled between the respective wheels and a frame of the vehicle. An anti-roll system is coupled between the control arms. A mechanical height sensor is coupled to the first wheel to directly sense a first height associated with the first wheel. A strain sensor is coupled to the anti-roll system to generate a strain signal in response to a strain in the anti-roll system. A controller converts the strain signal to a second height associated with the second wheel. Thus, ride heights for both wheels on opposite sides of the vehicle are obtained using only one direct height measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin S. Giaier, Edmund S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9434307
    Abstract: A rollover meter device is disclosed that prevents vehicle rollover and minimizes the harm and damage caused if a rollover occurs. The rollover meter device comprises a meter housing component and a digital display component that displays the current angle of the vehicle. The meter housing component comprises microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), such as a gyro component and two tri-axial accelerometer components which are mounted on a printed circuit board (PCB), along with LED warning lights, which is then secured behind the digital display inside the meter housing component. Furthermore, the meter housing component can be in electrical communication with a vehicle's gas supply, ignition, blade rotation, Power Take Off (PTO), and/or wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas Richard Alexander
  • Patent number: 9437055
    Abstract: When calculating an angle of articulation between two portions of an articulated vehicle such as a tractor-trailer combination, a camera-based articulation angle measuring system comprises camera(s) mounted on the tractor and/or trailer that observe their counterpart and/or features on the other portion of the vehicle. The angles or locations of the counterpart features are measured in the image(s) produced by the camera(s). A geometric model is employed to convert the location and/or angular measurements into a corresponding articulation and/or roll angle for the tractor-trailer combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U Kuehnle, Marton Gyori
  • Patent number: 9323802
    Abstract: Processing data includes profiling data from a data source, including reading the data from the data source, computing summary data characterizing the data while reading the data, and storing profile information that is based on the summary data. The data is then processed from the data source. This processing includes accessing the stored profile information and processing the data according to the accessed profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: AB INITIO TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Gould, Carl Richard Feynman, Paul Bay
  • Patent number: 9303953
    Abstract: A system for detecting tamper events in a digital circuit by having a Critical Path Replica (CPR) circuit operable in parallel with the circuit being monitored, and adjusted to generate a timing violation if the operating parameters of the circuit change to be outside the normal operating parameters. The critical path replica circuit is adjusted to generate a timing violation before the actual circuit being monitored fails due to the changed operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: William C Wallace, Alok Anand, Ravi Srivaths, Chillara Kiran Kumar, Aruna Koityar
  • Patent number: 9275008
    Abstract: An active device of a vehicle, for example a seat belt tensioner, is triggered by reference to an estimated vehicle roll rate exceeding a threshold roll rate. The estimated vehicle roll rate may be conditioned according to vehicle speed, and is determined from inputs of vehicle lateral acceleration, steering wheel angle, and steering wheel speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Paul Bunker
  • Patent number: 9201766
    Abstract: Embodiments of a producer graph oriented programming framework with scenario support have been presented. In one embodiment, a request to evaluate potential impacts by a change on an application program is received. The application program includes a set of producers, each having at least an instance and a method associated with the instance. Responsive to the request, the application program may be simulated with the change while the existing states and existing outputs of the producers are preserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: MUREX S.A.S.
    Inventors: Elias Edde, Fady Chamieh
  • Patent number: 9046570
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for limiting access to an integrated circuit (IC) upon detection of abnormal conditions is provided. At least one of abnormal voltage detection, abnormal temperature detection, and abnormal clock detection are provided with low power consumption. Both abnormally low and abnormally high parameter values (e.g. abnormally low or high voltage, temperature, or clock frequency) may be detected. Abnormal clock detection may also detect a stopped clock signal, including a clock signal stopped at a low logic level or at a high logic level. Furthermore, abnormal clock detection may detect an abnormal duty cycle of a clock signal. A sampled bandgap reference may be used to provide accurate voltage and current references while consuming a minimal amount of power. Upon detection of an abnormal parameter value, one or more tamper indications may be provided to initiate tampering countermeasures, such as limiting access to the IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfredo Olmos, James R. Feddeler, Miten H. Nagda, Stefano Pietri
  • Publication number: 20150145665
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for communicating tactile messages to a user, such as a racecar driver, yacht crewmember, or other athlete. The system can include a tactile vest having tactile activators for conveying tactile messages to the user, including real time messages for helping the user assess and improve physical performance. The messages may be generated based on various types of sensor data, including, for example, data collected by vehicle sensors of a racecar or yacht.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Hill
  • Patent number: 9026310
    Abstract: A predictive method of detecting the depth of water ahead of a wading vehicle comprises providing a wading sensor and an attitude sensor on the vehicle, and using this information to estimate the depth of water at a location ahead of the direction of vehicle movement. Corresponding apparatus is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Thuy-Yung Tran, Edward Hoare, Nigel Clarke
  • Patent number: 8983722
    Abstract: A rollover avoidance method may include determining tire loading for at least two tires of a vehicle. A stability of the vehicle with regard to rolling over may be predicted based at least on the determined tire loading. The vehicle may be controlled at least on the basis of the predicted stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nikolai K. Moshchuk, Shih-Ken Chen, Flavio Nardi
  • Patent number: 8981918
    Abstract: A warning system for a vehicle having an air suspension system can include an indicator, an event data recorder, and a controller. The controller can be configured to determine a load on a front axle and a rear axle when the vehicle is in a static condition and compare the determined load on the front and rear axles to a predetermined load threshold for each of the front and rear axles. A warning signal can be provided to the indicator indicative of at least one of the determined loads exceeding the corresponding predetermined load threshold upon the controller determining one of the determined loads exceeds the corresponding predetermined load threshold. Data indicative of at least one of the determined loads exceeding the corresponding predetermined threshold can be communicated to the event data recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Satish Panse
  • Publication number: 20150048936
    Abstract: A level indicator device is disclosed for use in conjunction with a road vehicle such as a caravan, trailer, motor home or mobile crane and which comprises an electrically energised level sensor that is arranged to provide an output signal that is representative of a prevailing level of the sensor, a signal generator associated with the sensor and arranged in use to generate a signal that is representative of a substantially horizontal level when that level is sensed to prevail by the sensor. A radiofrequency signal transmitter is located in circuit with the signal generator and is arranged to transmit a radiofrequency signal that is modulated by the signal generated by the signal generator, and a remote receiver is provide and is arranged to receive and demodulate the radiofrequency signal. In one embodiment of the level indicator device the level sensor comprises a MEMS accelerometer that measures G-force in plural axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Level Systems PTY Ltd
    Inventors: Anthony Carpani, Gary Gleeson
  • Patent number: 8947253
    Abstract: The invention relates to an immersive vehicle multimedia system that that is affected by vehicle sensors and collected data concerning environmental. The immersive vehicle multimedia system includes a vehicle, at least one sensor or other vehicle component gathering input as data from an external and internal vehicle environment, an immersive multimedia device connected to each sensor, and media content run through the multimedia device. The media content includes a primary script and a secondary script, the secondary script depending on the gathered input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: David Bloom, Jeff Zabel
  • Patent number: 8924116
    Abstract: A vehicle motion control device providing good trace performance with a simple configuration for performing a rollover prevention control involving suppressing rollover of a vehicle by applying a braking force to a front wheel located on the radially outer of the turning locus and a rear wheel located on the radially outer of the turning locus, comprises a braking control unit configured to restrict the application of the braking force to the front wheel located on the radially outer of the turning locus until a predetermined limit time elapses since the application of the braking force to the rear wheel located on the radially outer of the turning locus is started when the braking force is applied to the front wheel located on the radially outer of the turning locus and the rear wheel located on the radially outer of the turning locus as the rollover prevention control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yamada, Hideaki Koto
  • Patent number: 8902055
    Abstract: A rollover warning system for a vehicle includes: a base control inertial measurement unit with a plurality of sensors and a computer. The plurality of sensors measures a plurality of vehicle measurements. The plurality of vehicle measurements include at least two of: a longitudinal acceleration measurement; a lateral acceleration measurement; a vertical acceleration measurement; a roll rate measurement; a yaw rate measurement; and combinations thereof. Optionally, a pitch rate gyro for pitch measurement can be added for additional functionality, such as a vertical slope warning, or it can also be input into the predictive algorithm for defining additional vehicle hazardous operation states and conditions. The computer calculates a Rollover Risk Estimate based on the plurality of vehicle measurements taken by the plurality of sensors in the inertial measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: MSI Defense Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Todd J. Holbert, David J. Holden, David C. Nelson, Mark A. Nelson, James M. Wyler
  • Patent number: 8890670
    Abstract: A trailer is provided with various parametric sensors. Trailer operating characteristics obtained from the sensors are conveyed to an attached tow vehicle. The tow vehicle is configured to respond to trailer operating conditions or characteristics and/or warn the tow vehicle operator of trailer conditions. The tow vehicle's operation can also be changed responsive to an attached trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Brey, Don Peterson
  • Patent number: 8874329
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a stability parameter of a loading crane mounted on a vehicle supported on the ground by wheels and by support elements separate from the wheels includes calculating, using a processor, the stability parameter of the loading crane mounted on the vehicle supported on the ground by the wheels and the support elements, and comparing the magnitude of the stability parameter to at least one predetermined limit value. The calculating includes detecting contributions to a magnitude of the stability parameter of the wheels of the vehicle on which the loading crane is mounted and detecting contributions to the magnitude of the stability parameter of the support elements of the vehicle on which the loading crane is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Palfinger AG
    Inventor: Thomas Zinke
  • Patent number: 8836489
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting unauthorized vehicle movement that includes measuring a resting angle of a vehicle using a vehicle sensor; thereafter, detecting a change in the measured resting angle of the vehicle; determining that the detected change is not authorized; and sending an alert message based on the determination via a vehicle telematics unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Christensen, Daryl L. Carr, Michael D. Solomon, Christopher L. Oesterling
  • Patent number: 8823504
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a forward vehicle sensor transmitting a forward vehicle message based on a distance to a forward vehicle. An adaptive cruise controller receives the forward vehicle message and receives at least one additional message indicating a respective status of the vehicle, the adaptive cruise controller sets a braking pressure for an adaptive cruise controller braking event above a default braking pressure if the adaptive cruise controller determines, based on the at least one of the additional messages, that the vehicle will maintain stability during the adaptive cruise controller braking event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Custer, Charles E. Ross, Srikiran Kosanam, William P. Amato
  • Patent number: 8825286
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for determining a center of gravity of a motor vehicle are described. In said method and apparatus, for at least one wheel of the motor vehicle, two different drive force values representing a drive force are determined. In addition, longitudinal acceleration values associated with the determined drive force values, and wheel slip values associated with the determined drive force values, are determined. As a function of the drive force values, the associated longitudinal acceleration values and the associated wheel slip values that are determined, coordinates of the center of gravity of the vehicle are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Patrick Kroeger
  • Publication number: 20140240117
    Abstract: A control system is provided for a load-handling clamp mountable on a vehicle, the clamp having a pair of opposed load-engagement clamping surfaces capable of clamping opposite sides of different types and configurations of loads. At least one of the clamping surfaces is closeable toward the other clamping surface along a direction which extends substantially laterally across a direction of forward approach of the clamp toward the load. The control system is capable of generating a variable signal indicating a desired forward, vertical and/or lateral pre-engagement position of the clamp from which the clamping surfaces can correctly engage the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: CASCADE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pat S. McKernan, Gregory A. Nagle
  • Patent number: 8818630
    Abstract: A vehicular vibration damping control apparatus calculates a correction torque to suppress vehicle body sprung vibration. In outputting a correction torque command to a driving/braking torque producing device, the control apparatus outputs a hunting time correction torque command smaller than a normal time correction toque command when a state in which amplitude of the correction torque is greater than or equal to a predetermined amplitude continues for a predetermined time length, and thereafter to return an output of the correction torque command from the hunting time correction torque command to the normal time correction torque command if a state in which the amplitude of the correction torque is smaller than or equal to the predetermined amplitude continues for a first predetermined time length. The frequency of performing the vibration damping control is increased by suppressing occurrence of hunting at the time of return to the normal vibration damping control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Kobayashi, Takeshi Kimura, Yuuki Shiozawa, Mitsunori Ohta, Hiroki Sasaki, Akihiro Itoh, Masahiko Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 8786419
    Abstract: A device for controlling a device by using a rotation-rate sensor. In order to provide a device for determining a triggering signal for a safety device which allows a particularly compact implementation of the device, the device is set up to ascertain an acceleration variable on the basis of a first sensor signal for a first seismic mass of the rotation-rate sensor and the second sensor signal for a second seismic mass of the rotation-rate sensor and to control the device as a function of the acceleration variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Ulm, Mathias Reimann, Harald Emmerich, Udo-Martin Gomez, Emma Abel
  • Patent number: 8788136
    Abstract: In a lane keeping assistance method for a vehicle which is traveling in a lane, it is checked whether an activation criterion for an automatic driving dynamics intervention is satisfied, and in response to the satisfaction of the activation criterion, control signals are output for the driving dynamics intervention. A remaining travel time to crossing or reaching a lateral lane line is ascertained and compared to a threshold value as the activation criterion. During the automatic driving dynamics intervention, a deactivation criterion for ending the automatic driving dynamics intervention is checked, the deactivation criterion including a comparison of a vehicle alignment to a lane direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Rentschler, Florian Hauler
  • Patent number: 8788171
    Abstract: An attitude angle estimating means computes a derivative amount of an attitude angle with respect to a vertical axis of a vehicle body, and integrates the computed derivative amount of the attitude angle, and estimates the attitude angle. On the basis of the sensor signal and the attitude angle estimated by the attitude angle estimating means, a computing means computes a derivative amount of the attitude angle obtained from equations of motion for vehicle motion. A drift amount estimating means estimates a sensor drift amount of the sensor signal by using a relationship that, when taking a sensor drift amount of the sensor signal into consideration, the derivative amount of the attitude angle computed by the attitude angle estimating means, and a value that considers a sensor drift amount in the derivative amount of the attitude angle computed by the computing means, are equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiichi Ono, Yumiko Miura, Katsuyuki Yamaguchi, Taisuke Yasutomi
  • Patent number: 8768573
    Abstract: Vehicle with an occupant safety system includes an occupant safety system designed to reduce injury to an occupant during an accident involving the vehicle and a processor coupled to the safety system and that receives at least one inertial property of the vehicle and information about a portion of a road ahead of the vehicle in its travel direction. If the processor determines, based on the at least one inertial property and the information, that the vehicle is unlikely to safely travel that portion of the road, the processor initiates action to ensure safe travel of the vehicle or safety of the occupant. The inertial property of the vehicle may be provided by an inertial measurement unit (IMU) that measures acceleration in three orthogonal directions and angular velocity about three orthogonal axes, all at a substantially common location. The occupant safety system may include one or more inflatable airbags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences, LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8761999
    Abstract: A level control system for a vehicle includes a pressure generator (10) for generating a pressure difference between a reservoir (11) containing a pressurized medium and at least one pressure-controlled actuating mechanism (12i) in order to adjust a predefined vehicle chassis level (di,soll), and a valve unit (13) for performing an overflow process between the reservoir (11) containing the pressurized medium and the at least one pressure-controlled actuating mechanism (12i). An evaluation unit (24) decides whether and to what extent the predefined vehicle chassis level (di, soll) can be adjusted by exclusively actuating the valve unit (13) based on a vehicle chassis level (di,erw) that is to be expected in case the overflow process is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Aktienesellschaft
    Inventors: Heike Ilias, Marc Nettelmann, Thomas Sprengel
  • Patent number: 8755974
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance system includes a location determining component for determining locations of the vehicle; a weight sensor for sensing a weight associated with the vehicle; a steering actuator for steering at least one wheel of the vehicle; and a computing device in communication with the location determining component, the weight sensor, and the steering actuator. The computing device receives cartographic data representative of a desired path for the vehicle, receives location information from the location determining component, controls operation of the steering actuator in order to guide the vehicle along the desired path, and adjusts a steering parameter at least partially based on the weight sensed by the weight sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Matthews
  • Patent number: 8742911
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for monitoring the load of vehicle tires which are each contacting a pavement with a circumferential section during travel, by means of monitoring devices (4) which are mounted to the tire (1) and contain a transmitter and a generator which is driven by the flexion of the tire (1), said flexion occurring during vehicle operation, wherein the generator generates a first voltage pulse each time it reaches the beginning of the circumferential section of the tire (1), which is contacting the pavement, and generates a second voltage pulse each time it reaches the end of the circumferential section of the tire (1), which is contacting the pavement, the time intervals (t1) between first and second voltage pulses are measured, the time intervals (t1) or a value calculated therefrom are/is compared with a reference value, and a warning signal is generated if a difference detected in this comparison exceeds a predefined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Wagner, Hendrik Troeger
  • Patent number: 8731826
    Abstract: A system and method improve guidance system performance. An accuracy improvement module (AIM) can be configured to compare observed and expected inclination compensation factors (ICFs) at a plurality of inclination angles to detect an inaccuracy in antenna height. In response to detecting an inaccuracy, an AIM can determine a revised antenna height that more accurately represents the height of an antenna above ground. A proposed antenna height can be determined using an observed ICF. A fixed vehicle body height can be subtracted from the proposed antenna height to provide a proposed tire radius. The proposed tire radius can be compared to a table of standard tire radii to determine a tire radius value, which can then be added to the fixed vehicle body height to provide a revised antenna height. The revised antenna height can improve the accuracy or calculated ground positions, thereby improving guidance system performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: AGCO Cor[poration
    Inventor: Paul Matthews
  • Patent number: 8725346
    Abstract: A system for vehicle safety enhancement is disclosed. The system comprises a sudden slowdown detection subsystem, a slight bump detection subsystem, an airbag activation and brake malfunction detection subsystem, and a rollover detection subsystem. A controlling unit is connected to each subsystem for determining a severity level of a collision involving a vehicle, and the controlling unit is in turn connected to a communication unit for sending an alert signal based on the severity level. A method for vehicle safety enhancement is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hong Kong Productivity Council
    Inventors: Yangsheng Xu, Guoqing Xu, Yongquan Chen, Huihuan Qian, Xin Shi, Ning Ding, Wing Kwong Chung, Yuandong Sun, Maxwell Chow
  • Patent number: 8712641
    Abstract: A yaw stability control system for a vehicle detects and eliminates the vehicle yaw angle resulting from a body-force-disturbance and returns the vehicle to a pre disturbance heading. A yaw rate module generates a signal indicative of the vehicle yaw rate error. A yaw angle error module is triggered in response to a body-force-disturbance being detected by a body-force-disturbance detection unit, and performs integrations of the yaw rate signals to calculate a yaw angle error in order to obtain a correction of the vehicle yaw angle resulting from the body-force-disturbance. A yaw control module uses the yaw angle error in combination with the yaw rate error for a limited time period to generate yaw control signals that are sent to the vehicle brakes and/or active steering system for performing vehicle yaw stability control operations a signal to perform a body-force-disturbance yaw stability control operation for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Li Xu, Bengt Johan Henrik Jacobson, Mikael Thor
  • Patent number: 8643509
    Abstract: A method is described for providing an alert when the motion of a ship indicates a potential of sloshing damage from liquid cargo being transported by the ship. The method includes calculating, with a processing device, a natural period for the tanks holding the liquid cargo based on the configuration and fill levels of the tanks, receiving, at the processing device, data describing the actual or predicted motion of the ship with respect to three orthogonal axes, determining, with the processing device, a proximity of the natural period of the tanks to a period defined by the actual or predicted motion of the ship, and providing an alert to a user if the proximity in periods is within a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Henry Chen, Jonathan David Elkin, Lang Deng, Willie Z. Cheng, Philip J. Ballou, John R. Murk, Joel S. Meltzner
  • Patent number: 8600650
    Abstract: When a vehicle passes through an intersection that is stored in a collection target intersection database and for which direction-specific probe information is collected, a CPU of a navigation device generates a plurality of direction-specific probe information (entry link, exit link, section travel time, and the like) from a plurality of unit distance section information that is collected within a direction-specific traffic information acquisition section until the vehicle passes through the intersection, an entry link traveled before entering the intersection; and an exit link traveled after passing through the intersection, and transmits these to an information distribution center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Zaitsu, Shinji Kachi, Kenji Nagase, Tsuyoshi Iwata, Toshio Inoguchi, Kazunori Watanabe, Teruhide Hayashida