Tilt, Imbalance, Or Overload Patents (Class 340/440)
  • Patent number: 8599005
    Abstract: A method for making it possible to set the link between all the types of vehicles and roads with the rolling limits on the roadway is described. This setting can be established from the existing road data bases and from the characteristics of the known vehicles. This method is capable of determining the vehicle rolling limits. A device which can be fitted on any vehicle and capable of implementing the method according to the invention is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: NODBOX
    Inventors: Thierry Fargas, Dominique Clarac
  • Patent number: 8581715
    Abstract: An emergency reporting apparatus including an emergency signal outputting part that outputs an emergency signal when a vehicle is in an emergency status and a logic circuit part that stores an emergency signal output by the emergency signal outputting part with a logic circuit. Furthermore, an emergency reporting apparatus conducts an emergency report with respect to the outside based on the emergency signal output from the emergency signal outputting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Ito, Hiroshi Sakai
  • Patent number: 8577537
    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: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Agco Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Matthews
  • Patent number: 8564426
    Abstract: A system for evaluating risk in driving comprises a processor and a memory. The processor is configured to determine whether a spacial motion data does not fall within the vehicle profile and, in the event that the spacial motion data does not fall within the vehicle profile, to change class/type assignment associated with the vehicle and to modify a trigger threshold associated with an event detector that monitors the spacial motion data. The memory is coupled to the processor and is configured to provide the processor with instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: DriveCam, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Cook, Peter Ellegaard, Hongying Li
  • Patent number: 8560152
    Abstract: To provide an inverted type moving body capable of continuing the inversion control with stability even when abnormality occurs in the inversion control while the moving body is moving, and a method of controlling the inverted type moving body. In an inverted type moving body including a rotational body having a circular cross section, a driving portion that rotationally drives the rotational body, a main body that supports the rotational body, and a control portion that maintains the inverted state of the main body by controlling the driving portion such that the rotational driving of the rotational body touching a floor surface is controlled, the control portion multiplies a signal obtained based on the inclined state of the main body by a predefined gain to calculate the driving amount of the rotational body for maintaining the inverted state, and reduces the gain when the inverted state of the main body is determined to be abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Kajima, Yoshiyuki Semba
  • Patent number: 8554409
    Abstract: In a method for influencing the transverse dynamics of a vehicle, a transverse dynamics disturbance variable acting on the vehicle is detected by a disturbance variable determination device and a counter-yaw moment counteracting the transverse dynamics disturbance variable is produced. For this purpose, the dynamic transverse dynamics disturbance variable is detected by the disturbance variable determination device, and a first counter-yaw moment is produced to compensate at least partially for the dynamic transverse dynamics disturbance variable with the help of a first vehicle system. The first counter-yaw moment is reduced following the at least partial compensation, and with the help of the disturbance variable determination device, a check is made whether a stationary transverse dynamics disturbance variable exists. If so, a second counter-yaw moment is produced with the help of a second vehicle system to at least partially compensate for the stationary transverse dynamics disturbance variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jens Kalkkuhl, Daniel Keppler, Magnus Rau, Avshalom Suissa
  • Patent number: 8548689
    Abstract: A system for detecting pitch of a machine caused by operation of a machine implement is provided. The system may include an inclination sensor for sensing inclination of the machine and producing inclination data representing inclination of the machine over time. An acceleration sensor for sensing acceleration of the machine and producing acceleration data representing acceleration of the machine over time can be provided. A controller in communication with the inclination and acceleration sensors respectively receives the inclination and acceleration data. The controller can be configured to process the inclination data so as to detect a sudden inclination change and to process the acceleration data so as to detect a sudden acceleration change. The controller can be further configured to determine a machine pitch condition upon concurrently detecting a sudden inclination change and a sudden acceleration change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paroma Banerjee, Troy Becicka
  • Patent number: 8548688
    Abstract: A method and a control device for triggering passenger protection devices for a vehicle are provided, a rollover event causing the triggering of the passenger protection devices. The rollover event is detected as a function of kinematic and rotation variables, an adhesion, and a static stability factor. A state of rotation is ascertained via a rotation rate and a rotation angle. A state of adhesion is ascertained from a vehicle transverse acceleration and a vehicle vertical acceleration. The rollover event is detected via the state of adhesion and the state of rotation, the adhesion being much greater than the static stability factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alfons Doerr, Holger Denz, Marcel Maur
  • Patent number: 8543276
    Abstract: An unmanned autonomous vehicle for substantially lateral displacement of feed lying on a ground, comprising two wheels separately drivable by separate drive units, a torque difference adjusting device for adjusting the torque difference between the wheels, a control unit for controlling the vehicle and moving it in a direction of travel by controlling at least one of the separate drive units, a feed displacing device for substantially lateral displacement of the feed, and an adjusting device which is arranged to adjust the height and/or the position of a lowest point of the feed displacing device. The adjusting device comprises a vehicle tilting device which is arranged in such a manner that the lowest point will be located at least substantially off the center line of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Lely Patent N.V.
    Inventor: Karel Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 8528393
    Abstract: A wheel position determination system and method to count wheel revolutions in a wheel unit of a tire monitoring system. An indication of the count is transmitted, optionally along with an indication of a left/right side position of the wheel on the vehicle, and an identification unique to the transmitting wheel unit, to a central controller of the tire monitoring system. In the central controller of the tire monitoring system, the count is compared with wheel speed information for the vehicle, such as from an ABS system, to determine if one wheel on each side of the vehicle is rotating at a different speed. Based at least in part upon a determination that each wheel speed is unique, a determination of wheel location may be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Schrader Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Philip Craig, Samuel Strahan, William Stewart
  • Patent number: 8532899
    Abstract: An inclinometer using speed, acceleration and yaw angle rate to measure inclination angle. The accuracy of the inclination angle measurement may be improved by compensating for a position offset of an accelerometer; Kalman filtering with an external altitude measurement; and/or compensating for an accelerometer bias. The accelerometer bias may be calculated based on a last incline angle before a dormant time period and/or by Kalman filtering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Peter Van Wyck Loomis
  • Patent number: 8506220
    Abstract: A sensing device 26 is attached to a tensioned strap 20 holding a load on a vehicle. A probe 44 engages the strap 20 and causes a signal lamp 28 to light up if the tension in the strap 20 is below a predetermined threshold value. The sensing device 26 helps the vehicle operator to set the tension correctly before a journey and also provides a visible warning if a strap becomes loose during the journey. The warning is visible beyond the vehicle, to alert other road users to a possible hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Express Hire (Dorset) Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Morland
  • Publication number: 20130181825
    Abstract: A Guardian Warning System comprising a multi-axis accelerometer, a micro-controller, an audible alarm, a visual indication and a GPS chip. The Guardian Warning System provide detection of the angle, degree or slop of ATV, UTV and any vehicle type or any other object where it needs to be detected. The Guardian Warning System will sound an audible alarm and flash a LED light when said Degree, Angle or Slope is reached. The said elements contained in a molded plastic container, which can be attached to ATVs, UTVs and any vehicle type or any other objects where the Degree, Angle or Slope needs to be detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Jerry Johnson, Nadejda Ivanovna Johnson
  • Patent number: 8471721
    Abstract: A server rack includes a main body, an electronic scale, and an alarm. The main body is used for receiving a number of servers. The electronic scale includes a pressure sensor and a microcontroller. The main body presses on the pressure sensor so that the pressure sensor can measure the pressure from the main body to obtain a pressure signal. The microcontroller analyzes the pressure signal to calculating the total weight of the main body and the servers. The alarm stores a predetermined weight threshold, which is the total weight of the main body and the maximum servers that the main body can bear. The alarm also compares the measured total weight with the predetermined weight threshold. When the measured total weight is larger than the predetermined weight threshold, the alarm alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Song-Lin Tong, Guang-Dong Yuan, Hai-Qing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8441347
    Abstract: The present invention provides system, method and apparatus for energizing one or more brake lights on a vehicle without an operator of the vehicle applying a brake of the vehicle by determining an acceleration of the vehicle, energizing the brake lights on the vehicle whenever the acceleration of the vehicle equals or exceeds a braking threshold, and deenergizing the brake lights on the vehicle whenever: (a) the brake lights are energized, (b) the acceleration of the vehicle is less than the braking threshold, (c) a specified period of time has elapsed since the brake lights were energized, and (d) the operator is not applying the brake of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: University of North Texas System
    Inventors: Kenneth Adam Marlowe, Bryan Cotanch, James Parker
  • Patent number: 8412485
    Abstract: A system and method for indicating the load condition of a vehicle having suspension components comprising: at least one of an inclinometer or an accelerometer mounted on at least one suspension component to measure the deflection angle of the suspension component; and a controller configured to use deflection angle and generate an output representative of the load condition of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Vishay PM Onboard Ltd.
    Inventor: Duncan Brown
  • Patent number: 8395492
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and computer program product for monitoring a tire are provided. An apparatus comprises a laser system comprising a number of lasers configured to identify a radius of a tire of a vehicle located on a ground, wherein a laser in the number of lasers is associated with an axle of the tire. The apparatus also comprises a tire monitoring system configured to identify a set of acceptable radii for the tire using a weight of the vehicle and information about the tire, determine whether the radius of the tire is within the set of acceptable radii, and generate an indication that the radius of the tire is not within the set of acceptable radii comprising the radius of the tire responsive to an absence of a determination that the radius of the tire is within the set of acceptable radii.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Trent Daryl Miller
  • Publication number: 20130057399
    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: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
    Inventor: Satish Panse
  • Patent number: 8378803
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system comprising a microprocessor; a first sensor operatively connected to the microprocessor, the first sensor functions to detect a degree of deviation of yaw or pitch or roll of the vehicle relative to a control value of 0; wherein the microprocessor is configured to receive a first signal from the first sensor, the first signal being the degree of deviation; wherein when the first signal is between 31 and 45 degrees the microprocessor is configured to generate a first output command to a speaker to play a first alarm sound; wherein when the first signal is 46 degrees or more the microprocessor is configured to generate a second output command to the speaker to play a second alarm sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Craig A. Keiser
  • Patent number: 8362893
    Abstract: The issue is to show displayed items on a display device of a cargo-handling vehicle, where only a display device having a small display space can be used, so that operations accompanying the operating sequence of the cargo-handling vehicle can be performed. The device has a tilt angle sensor, which detects forward tilt or backward tilt by a mast provided at the front of the cargo handling vehicle, a hydraulic pressure sensor, which measures the supply hydraulic pressure to a lift cylinder that is provided on the mast and raises and lowers a fork, and a calculation unit, which converts the cylinder supply hydraulic pressure detected by said hydraulic pressure sensor to the weight of the cargo loaded on the aforementioned fork. A selection display area is also provided, which selectively displays the tilt angle and the weight in the same location outside of the vehicle speed display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8352143
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a control system that is used to control a vehicle system. The control system determines a roll condition in response to a yaw rate sensor and a pitch rate sensor without having to use a roll rate sensor. A relative roll angle, relative pitch angle, global roll angle, and global pitch angle may also be determined. A safety system may be controlled in response to the roll condition, roll angle, or the pitch angles individually or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Jeffrey Rupp
  • Patent number: 8344867
    Abstract: A system and method for activating a safety system when a vehicle may be involved in a spin, roll, and/or a spin-to-roll condition. The system and method include determining a side slip angle of the vehicle using the arctangent of the ratio of a lateral and longitudinal velocity. The system and method also include receiving a roll rate signal and determining a roll angle using the roll rate signal. The system and method also include determining a roll warning threshold that is a function of a relationship between the roll rate signal and the roll angle. Lastly, the system and method include activating the safety system when a side slip angle threshold and/or the roll warning threshold are exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jialiang Le, Todd Clark, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Patent number: 8346433
    Abstract: A control system (18) and method for an automotive vehicle (10) includes a pitch rate sensor (37) generating a pitch rate signal, a longitudinal acceleration sensor (36) generating a longitudinal acceleration signal, and a yaw rate sensor (28) generating a yaw rate signal. A safety system (44) and the sensors are coupled to a controller. From the sensors, the controller (26) determines an added mass and a position of the added mass, a pitch gradient and/or a pitch acceleration coefficient that takes into account the added mass and position. The controller controls a vehicle system in response to the added mass and the position of the added mass, the pitch gradient and/or pitch acceleration coefficient variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Keith Mattson, Joe Meyers
  • Patent number: 8339254
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a data acquisition and display system for vehicles that connects to the vehicle's on-board computer(s) via a data link connector (DLC). The system includes a display module suitable for permanent or temporary attachment within the interior of a vehicle. The display module preferably includes a full color monitor that also functions as a touch screen for inputting commands to the computer within the display module. The computer includes a suitable processor, operating system, software and tangible data storage media to allow multiple user configurable graphics. The display module collects information from the vehicle via multiple busses and senders through the data link connector and displays the information on the screen of the display module in a user configured graphics format. The software is constructed and arranged to allow user configuration of the displayed graphics by clicking or touching the graphics image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Drew Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron
  • Publication number: 20120313769
    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: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Todd J. Holbert, David J. Holden, David C. Nelson, Mark A. Nelson, James M. Wyler
  • Patent number: 8321088
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vehicle includes determining a lateral tire force, a front lateral tire force, a rear lateral tire force, and determining a linear sideslip angle from the front lateral tire force and the rear lateral tire force. The method further includes determining a linear lateral velocity in response to the linear sideslip angle and controlling the vehicle in response to the linear sideslip angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Todd Brown, Joseph C. Meyers, Jianbo Lu
  • Patent number: 8315765
    Abstract: In a method for reducing the rollover risk in vehicles, at least one state variable which characterizes the transverse dynamics of the vehicle is ascertained and is used as the basis for an intervention into the steering system and the braking system which stabilizes the vehicle. A multivariable control is carried out in which two control loops are superimposed, the first control loop being based on control of the yaw rate and the second control loop being based on control of the transverse acceleration. The steering system as well as the braking system may be adjusted via the first and second control loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Gerdes, Frank Niewels, Sylvia Futterer, Peter Ziegler
  • Patent number: 8311706
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a control system that is used to control a vehicle system. The control system determines a roll condition in response to a yaw rate sensor and a pitch rate sensor without having to use a roll rate sensor. A relative roll angle, relative pitch angle, global roll angle, and global pitch angle may also be determined. A safety system may be controlled in response to the roll condition, roll angle, or the pitch angles individually or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Jeffrey Rupp
  • Patent number: 8296014
    Abstract: A method for assisting a driver of a motor vehicle is provided that includes, but is not limited to monitoring at least one quantity selected among vehicle sideslip, yaw rate error, understeer and quantities correlated to vehicle sideslip, yaw rate error or understeer, deciding that there is a risk of the vehicle becoming unstable if any of the monitored quantities or a quantity derived from one or more of the monitored quantities exceeds a predetermined first threshold, and if it is decided that there is a risk, issuing a warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Youssef Ghoneim
  • Patent number: 8260499
    Abstract: An automatic steering system for a work vehicle comprises a position sensor for detecting a position of the vehicle, a memory for storing information about a nominal path of the vehicle and a control unit coupled to the position sensor, to the memory and to a steering actuator for steering the vehicle. The control submits control signals to the steering actuator that depend upon a feedback gain and a lateral offset between the actual position and the nominal path. The feedback gain depends upon a sensed payload of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Broughton Boydell
  • Patent number: 8219282
    Abstract: A control system (18) and method for an automotive vehicle (10) includes a pitch rate sensor (37) generating a pitch rate signal, a longitudinal acceleration sensor (36) generating a longitudinal acceleration signal, and a yaw rate sensor (28) generating a yaw rate signal. A safety system (44) and the sensors are coupled to a controller. From the sensors, the controller (26) determines an added mass and a position of the added mass, a pitch gradient and/or a pitch acceleration coefficient that takes into account the added mass and position. The controller controls a vehicle system in response to the added mass and the position of the added mass, the pitch gradient and/or pitch acceleration coefficient variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Keith Mattson, Joe Meyers
  • Patent number: 8209078
    Abstract: An electronic control unit (ECU) and a vehicle control system are disclosed. When a vehicle ID rewrite instruction and a malfunction information erasure instruction are inputted to the system from an external scantool, one ECU in the system erases the malfunction information stored therein and determines whether the malfunction information stored in another ECU has been erased. When it is determined that the malfunction information stored in every ECU has been erased, the vehicle ID is rewritten. According to the above system, it is possible to prevent violation of a requirement, the requirement being such that when a vehicle ID is rewritten, malfunction information should be erased at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Kazunori Okada
  • Patent number: 8150613
    Abstract: A technique for determining shifted cargo on a vehicle is described. A method realization of this technique comprises the steps of acquiring data from a positional sensor and determining a change in a balance of loads upon wheels of the vehicle. Shifted cargo is determined if the change in load balance does not correspond to the positional data. Furthermore, a device and system suited for carrying out the method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Lars Engelhard
  • Patent number: 8118362
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided. The vehicle seat includes a sheet-like sensor member, a sheet-like electric device, and a seat main body configuring a sitting portion and including therein the sensor member and the electric device while overlapping each other. The electric device is provided between a pad member which forms a cushion element of the seat main body and a skin cover which covers an outer surface side of the pad member, and the sensor member is provided between the electric device and the skin cover. The electric device is formed with a through hole, so that a measuring circuit unit which is wired and connected to the sensor member is provided in an inner surface side of the electric device, and the measuring circuit unit is accommodated in a recessed portion formed in the pad member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignees: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Seiya Nishimura, Fumitoshi Akaike, Shoichi Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 8108097
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle dynamics in a motor vehicle, at least one sensor recording at least one measured value; at least one actuator for controlling vehicle dynamics being driven as a function of the at least one measured value; at least one image sensor system generating image information from the motor-vehicle surround for controlling vehicle dynamics; at least two image sensors being provided which essentially record the same scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Mattes, Thomas Herrmann
  • Patent number: 8089349
    Abstract: A signal process, including processing signal data representing a signal to determine cycles of the signal, the cycles having different lengths; and processing the signal data to generate normalization data for normalizing the cycles to a common length. The process generates cycle data representing alignment of a plurality of normalized cycles of the signal. The cycle data can be displayed to a user to provide a visual representation of the signal that is readily understood by non-expert users. The displayed image can be modified by the user and used to generate an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Diego Giuseppe Tognola
  • Patent number: 8090492
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a measured signal detector 11, a vehicle parameter obtainer 12, a sideslip angle temporary estimator 13, a sideslip angle differential corresponding value computer 14 and a sideslip angle real estimator 15. A sideslip angle temporary estimate value is computed from one or plural vehicle parameters including at least the mass. A sideslip angle differential corresponding value is computed from a measured signal and the vehicle parameters including no mass. A sideslip angle is derived from the sideslip angle temporary estimate value and the sideslip angle differential corresponding value. A sideslip can be detected without a steering angle detection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: National University Corporation Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    Inventors: Masao Nagai, Yohei Michitsuji, Pongsathorn Raksincharoensak
  • Patent number: 8086376
    Abstract: An automobile rollover prediction and restraint device deployment system comprises a plurality of automobile data sensors to generate a plurality of data signals, and a controller to receive the data signals and configured to deploy resettable and non-resettable restraint devices. The controller is configured to activate at least one resettable restraint device when one or more of the data signals exceed a first threshold, indicating that the vehicle is in a position or undergoing movement that indicates a potential for vehicle rollover, and to de-activate the at least one resettable restraint device when one or more of the data signals fall below the first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Robert William McCoy, Jialiang Le
  • Patent number: 8035497
    Abstract: An apparatus and a computer implemented method for monitoring and recording the orientation data for an object. The orientation apparatus comprises an outer casing. Inside the outer casing is an orientation device that comprises six chambers, with a ball sensor in each chamber, and a ball. The orientation apparatus also comprises a data recorder for recording an event history of the orientation device, and a communicator for conveying the event history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Terry M. Ciccaglione, Mark E. Maresh, Robert T. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8022820
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a data acquisition and display system for vehicles that connects to the vehicle's on-board computer(s) via a data link connector (DLC). The system includes a display module suitable for permanent or temporary attachment within the interior of a vehicle. The display module preferably includes a full color monitor that also functions as a touch screen for inputting commands to the computer within the display module. The computer includes a suitable processor, operating system, software and tangible data storage media to allow multiple user configurable graphics. The display module collects information from the vehicle via multiple busses and senders through the data link connector and displays the information on the screen of the display module in a user configured graphics format. The software is constructed and arranged to allow user configuration of the displayed graphics by clicking or touching the graphics image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Drew Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron
  • Patent number: 8019514
    Abstract: A control system for a machine is disclosed. The control system may have at least one sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of an inclination of the machine. The control system may also have a controller in communication with the at least one sensor. The controller may be configured to stop operation of the machine in response to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Fu Pei Yuet, Jamie Shults, Jean-Jacques Clar, Kenneth L. Stratton
  • Patent number: 8013728
    Abstract: A system and method for providing emergency warnings for a rollover vehicle is provided. In one embodiment, the invention relates to a warning system for an automobile including a power source configured to provide a current, a control circuit coupled to the power source, at least one position sensor coupled to the control circuit, the at least one position sensor configured to detect at least one position of the automobile with respect to a ground surface, and at least one light source coupled to the control circuit, wherein the control circuit is configured to control current flow to the at least one light source based on the at least one position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Eric George Carpenter
  • Patent number: 8014922
    Abstract: An automobile rollover detection system comprising a control module to receive a first set and a second set of signals, to determine a first threshold in response to the first set of signals, to determine a second threshold in response to the second set of signals, to provide a first signal in response to the first threshold, to provide a second signal in response to the second threshold, and to provide a control signal in response to the first and second signals. The control signal may activate an occupant restraint system in response to the detection of an automobile rollover event. Other embodiments are also claimed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jerry Jialiang Le, Cliff Chou, David Bauch, Kirsten Carr
  • Patent number: 8005596
    Abstract: A control system (18) and method for an automotive vehicle (10) includes a pitch rate sensor (37) generating a pitch rate signal, a longitudinal acceleration sensor (36) generating a longitudinal acceleration signal, and a yaw rate sensor (28) generating a yaw rate signal. A safety system (44) and the sensors are coupled to a controller. From the sensors, the controller (26) determines an added mass and a position of the added mass, a pitch gradient and/or a pitch acceleration coefficient that takes into account the added mass and position. The controller controls a vehicle system in response to the added mass and the position of the added mass, the pitch gradient and/or pitch acceleration coefficient variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Keith Mattson, Joe Meyers
  • Patent number: 7928837
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a data acquisition and display system for vehicles that includes a GPS receiver and connects to the vehicle's on-board computer(s) via a data link connector. The system includes a display module suitable for permanent or temporary attachment within the interior of a vehicle. The display module includes a display computer including a suitable processor, operating system, software and tangible data storage media to allow multiple user configurable functions for display on a full color monitor that also functions as a touch screen for inputting commands to the computer. The display module collects information from the GPS receiver via direct electrical communication and/or vehicle via multiple busses and senders through the data link connector and displays the information on the screen of the display module in a user configured graphics format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Drew Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron
  • Patent number: 7920056
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus has a display mounted in a vehicle, a driving information receiving unit receiving a steering angle of a steering wheel of the vehicle, and a control unit. The control unit produces a vehicle figure imitating a shape of the vehicle and a tire figure imitating a shape of a tire of the vehicle in a bird's-eye view, calculates a predicted running locus of the vehicle, detects positions of portions of an obstacle facing the vehicle one after another, and controls the display to display a driving support image including the vehicle figure, the tire figure, the running locus and obstacle detecting marks indicating the positions of the obstacle while changing a direction of the tire figure with respect to the vehicle figure according to the steering angle. A driver recognizes a turning rate of the vehicle from the direction of the tire figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Nippon Soken, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Hattori, Kiyonari Kojima, Mitsuyasu Matsuura, Naoki Kamikawa, Mitsuru Fujita
  • Patent number: 7920054
    Abstract: A bicycle meter assembly with locating function includes a sensor module and a receiver module. The sensor module includes a microprocessor, a sensing unit, a display unit, a keypad, an encoder, and a wireless transceiver. The receiver module includes a wireless receiver, a decoder, and a warning unit. The sensor module and the receiver module are separately installed on a bicycle at two selected positions. The sensor module senses and displays traveling information and user's body signals that are generated when the bicycle is moving. When the user wants to locate the bicycle being parked at a selected place, the keypad can be pressed to generate a call signal, which is sent to the receiver module for the warning unit to emit a warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventors: Yi-Lun Chen, Wen-Pin Weng
  • Patent number: 7899594
    Abstract: A control system (18) and method for an automotive vehicle (10) includes a controller (26) that determines whether or not a potential load change has occurred in a load change detector (59). A load change detector (59) may be coupled to various sensors to determine whether or not a change in load has occurred. If a change in load has occurred an adaptively determined roll condition parameter such as a roll acceleration coefficient, a roll rate parameter or a roll gradient may be reset. If a potential load change has not occurred, then a newly determined value for an adaptive roll condition may be included in a revised adaptive roll condition average. A safety device (44) may be controlled in response to the revised adaptive roll condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: David Messih, Jianbo Lu
  • Patent number: 7880595
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring system which can readily identify information transmitted from each detecting device without requiring registration of identifying information of the detecting device is to be provided. Detecting devices transmit vehicle information including at least the result of detection and self-identifying information; a tractor relaying device and a trailer relaying device add their self-identifying information to vehicle data received on the basis of the identifying information of the detecting devices and transmit the vehicle data, and transmit registration data including their own relaying device IDs and types indicating the registration of the relaying device IDs; the tractor relaying device stores the relaying device ID of the registration data transmitted from the trailer relaying device on the basis of the type information and transmits that registration data, and transmits vehicle data received from the trailer relaying device on the basis of the relaying device ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Shimura
  • Patent number: 7880598
    Abstract: An apparatus and a computer implemented method for monitoring and recording the orientation data for an object. The orientation apparatus comprises an outer casing. Inside the outer casing is an orientation device that comprises six chambers, with a ball sensor in each chamber, and a ball. The orientation apparatus also comprises a data recorder for recording an event history of the orientation device, and a communicator for conveying the event history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Terry Michele Ciccaglione, Mark Edmund Maresh, Robert Tucker Sanders