Speed Of Vehicle, Engine, Or Power Train Patents (Class 340/441)
  • Patent number: 11104380
    Abstract: A display controller includes: an image data acquisition unit that acquires image data as a result of capturing an image with an image capturing unit which captures an image of a situation around a vehicle; and a display processing unit that displays a display screen which includes a first region displaying a surrounding image that is generated based on the image data and indicates the situation around the vehicle and a second region other than the first region on a display unit, and changes a display mode of at least a part of at least one of the first region and the second region on the display screen depending on whether or not proxy control is executed to perform at least a part of a driving operation of the vehicle by proxy for a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Watanabe, Kinji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11097741
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for adjusting at least one of a visual or an auditory setting correlated to the provision of entertainment within a vehicle. The method includes receiving information indicative of one or more changes in behavior that coincides with a provision of entertainment within a vehicle. The information indicative of the one or more changes in behavior is based on data captured by one or more sensors of the vehicle. The method includes analyzing the one or more changes in behavior in order to determine a modification to the provision of entertainment within the vehicle. The modification is commensurate with the one or more changes in behavior. The method includes based on the determined modification, providing, an output signal for adjusting at least one of a visual or an auditory setting correlated to the provision of entertainment within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11084499
    Abstract: An erroneous operation determination device is configured to determine whether an occupant performs an erroneous operation of misstepping on a first operation pedal instead of a second operation pedal. The erroneous operation determination device includes an electronic control unit configured to acquire operation information relating to an operation content of the first operation pedal by the occupant and determine whether the occupant performs an erroneous operation based on the acquired operation information. The electronic control unit is configured to learn at least one of the operation content of the first operation pedal and an operation content of the second operation pedal and determine whether the occupant performs an erroneous operation based on a result of the learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daisuke Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11040720
    Abstract: A sleepiness level prediction device includes a vehicle information acquisition unit, a driver information acquisition unit, and a control unit. The vehicle information acquisition unit is configured to acquire information relating to a vehicle. The driver information acquisition unit is configured to acquire information relating to a driver. The control unit is configured to calculate a stimulus amount to be given to the driver based on a current driving load of the driver and a driving load after a prescribed time, based on the information relating to the vehicle, calculate a non-acclimation degree indicative of a level at which the driver is not acclimated to driving based on a change in the stimulus amount, and predict a sleepiness level of the driver after the prescribed time based on a current sleepiness level of the driver estimated based on the information relating to the driver and the non-acclimation degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignees: Marelli Corporation, University Corporation Tokyo University Of Agriculture And Technology
    Inventors: Haruhiko Satou, Horomasa Miura, Shuang Wu, Hiroshi Mouri, Soya Aoki
  • Patent number: 11039279
    Abstract: The described methods and systems decrease instances of distracted driving, encourage more frequent use of vehicle tracking services, and generally improve the risk profile of a driver and vehicle. These benefits are achieved by way of a vehicle computer system that incentivizes users to place mobile devices in a do-not-disturb (DND) mode and to activate vehicle tracking services. The vehicle computer system encourages these behaviors by enabling content delivery for devices within the vehicle based on the status of the mobile device(s) and the status of the vehicle tracking service(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: BLUEOWL, LLC
    Inventor: Joel Peterson
  • Patent number: 11017676
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a vehicle includes determining that the vehicle is stopped and determining a location where the vehicle is stopped. Traffic congestion corresponding to the location where the vehicle is stopped may also be determined. A safety action may be taken based at least in part on whether the vehicle is stopped on a highway and whether the traffic congestion is causing the vehicle to be stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: TJ England
  • Patent number: 10983343
    Abstract: A display system according to an aspect includes a screen, a drive control unit, and a projection unit. The drive control unit has the screen moved in a movement direction. The projection unit renders an image on the screen by irradiating the screen with a light beam that scans the screen and projects a virtual image onto a projection plane with the light beam transmitted through the screen. The drive control unit has the screen moved in the movement direction such that an optical path leading to a rendering point on the screen varies its length according to a tilt angle defined by the projection plane with respect to a reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Kubota, Ken'ichi Kasazumi, Yoshiteru Mino, Toshiya Mori
  • Patent number: 10894548
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a vehicle mileage optimization system (300) for optimizing mileage of a vehicle by informing user about correct gear and speed combination. The vehicle mileage optimization system (300) has a speed and fuel measuring module (305) coupled with a processor (301) to collect speed and fuel data of the vehicle. Further, the vehicle mileage optimization system has a mileage and distance estimation module (306) coupled with the processor (301) to estimate fuel efficiency and correct gear and speed combination in the vehicle based on the collected speed and fuel data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: SAINT SITA RAM INNOVATION LAB PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Lalit Mohan, Rahul Jindal
  • Patent number: 10896402
    Abstract: A device associated with a vehicle detects a first trigger indicating that the vehicle is moving for more than a first threshold time period, and identifies first assets proximate to the vehicle, based on the first trigger and using short-range wireless communications. The device detects a second trigger indicating that the vehicle has stopped moving for more than a second threshold time period and has started moving after stopping, and identifies second assets proximate to the vehicle, based on the second trigger and using short-range wireless communications. The device compares the identified first assets and the identified second assets, and generates a notification based on a result of the comparing the identified first assets and the identified second assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Olaff Nevarez Pedroza
  • Patent number: 10864915
    Abstract: A passing assist device includes a detection unit, a passing control unit, a speed setting unit, and a suspending unit. When the speed of an own vehicle set by the speed setting unit is lower than a preset speed when the own vehicle is traveling in a passing lane, the suspending unit suspends a lane change from the passing lane to a traveling lane by the passing control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Fujiki, Hiroaki Niino, Shotaro Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10852818
    Abstract: An information provision device and an information provision method. Each of the information provision device and information provision method includes projecting an image light to a light transmission member so as to display a for-driver information image, sensing a relative distance of an object to be detected existing around the mobile object in the direction of travel, detecting a location of a viewpoint of the driver, and changing a position at which an object image indicating the object to be detected is displayed according to a result of the detecting so as to change a perception distance of the driver influenced by a motion parallax of the object image according to the relative distance of the object to be detected in the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichiroh Saisho
  • Patent number: 10831022
    Abstract: (Object) To provide an information display device, with a simple configuration, that is capable of reducing stress in perceiving information. (Means of Achieving the Object) The disclosed information display device irradiates a transparent-reflective member with light for forming an image, in order to display a virtual image of the image on the transparent-reflective member. The information display device includes: a plurality of light sources having different peak emission wavelengths, respectively, which are provided for generating the light for forming the image; a vision-related information input unit configured to receive an input of information relating to vision of a viewer viewing the virtual image; and a luminance adjusting unit configured to adjust luminance of each of the plurality of light sources, independently, based on the information input into the vision-related information input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shohta Kobashigawa, Yumiko Kishi, Hiroki Hiraguchi, Naoki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10809741
    Abstract: A system for regulating the speed of a vehicle includes defining a first border for a first geographic region. The border has a first speed within the border and a second speed outside of the border. The system includes determining a first velocity of the vehicle including a vehicle speed and direction of the vehicle approaching the border. The difference between the vehicle speed and the second speed is the calculated, as is a distance between the vehicle and the border. If the difference between the vehicle speed and the second speed divided by the distance is greater than a predetermined value, the vehicle is decelerated at a rate so that the vehicle will have a second speed when the vehicle reaches the border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Hille, Chun Lan, Scott D. Taylor, Joseph B. Bottensek, Jacob D. Scherer, Duane D. Wagner, Jacob J. Minick
  • Patent number: 10788834
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle can plan a path of the autonomous vehicle at an intersection where cyclists are also present. The autonomous vehicle includes an imaging device and processing circuitry configured to receive information from the imaging device and then identify a position of a cyclist in a traffic intersection based on the information from the imaging device. Additionally, a future path of the cyclist is predicted based on the position of the cyclist in the traffic intersection and a path of the autonomous vehicle is planned based on the predicted future path of the cyclist. Further, it can be determine if the cyclist followed the predicted future path, and the planned path of the autonomous vehicle is updated in response to the cyclist not following the predicted future path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC., The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Michael J. Delp, Ruijia Feng, Shan Bao
  • Patent number: 10756447
    Abstract: A communication terminal device is applicable to an aerial vehicle. The communication terminal device includes an antenna, an altimeter and a processing circuit. The antenna is configured to provide a transceiving range of electromagnetic waves. The flight height detector is configured to obtain an altitude measurement value adapted to specify an altitude of the aerial vehicle. The processing circuit is coupled to the altimeter and is configured to: determine whether the altitude measurement value exceeds a height threshold value; set the transceiving range of electromagnetic waves of the antenna to be omni-directional in response to determining that the altitude measurement value does not exceed the height threshold value; in response to determining that the altitude exceeds the height threshold value, execute an antenna beam width adjusting mechanism, so that the transceiving range of electromagnetic waves of the antenna is shaped into a directional beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Yung-Han Chen
  • Patent number: 10696214
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for automatically activating brake lights for a vehicle. The system includes a brake pedal sensor for detecting whether a brake pedal is engaged. The system includes an accelerometer configured to detect whether the vehicle is decelerating and a magnitude of deceleration. The system includes an ECU configured to determine whether the magnitude of deceleration exceeds a deceleration threshold when deceleration of the vehicle is detected and when the brake pedal is not engaged. The system includes a brake light configured to be activated when the brake pedal is engaged or when the ECU determines the magnitude of deceleration exceeds the deceleration threshold when deceleration of the vehicle is detected and when the brake pedal is not engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew G. Sata
  • Patent number: 10683017
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing speed thresholds for a fleet of vehicles are disclosed. Input is used to provide associations between particular weather-relation conditions (such as rain) and arithmetic operations, that may be used to determine a current speed threshold as a function of a local posted speed limit at the current location of a vehicle. The current speed threshold is subsequently used to detect whether vehicles are exceeding the current speed threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Thomas Kruse, David Wagstaff, Jason Palmer
  • Patent number: 10661797
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for limiting a speed of a vehicle. A speed control device, operably coupled with a vehicle management system, can be configured to limit an engine speed based at least upon: an identified speed of the vehicle; a pre-determined speed limit for a location of the vehicle, identified in real-time; and a pre-determined speed threshold for the vehicle. A networking component, communicatively coupled with the speed control device, can be configured to communicate wirelessly with a remote computing device to provide the speed threshold information from the remote computing device to the speed control device, and to provide vehicle-related information to the remote computing device. Additionally, the remote computing device can comprise an application that allows a user to provide the speed threshold information and receive the vehicle-related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: IMPERIO, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis M. Chack, Shawn G. Inks, Christopher M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10618523
    Abstract: Human operators of autonomous vehicles may exhibit varying levels of operating proficiencies and may respond differently to changing road conditions or requests from the vehicle to assume more or less control over navigation. A system for assessing driver capability of an autonomous vehicle assesses human operator capabilities in a variety of circumstances to assemble a driving capability profile of the human operator. The autonomous vehicle may rely on the driving capability profile as well as an environmental profile and human operator parameters describing the environment surrounding the vehicle and an alertness level of the human operator, respectively. The vehicle may condition requests to increase or decrease driving responsibilities of the human operator depending on the driving capability profile in combination with the environmental profile and/or the human operator parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Leo Nelson Chan, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Aaron Williams
  • Patent number: 10556539
    Abstract: A tailgate indicator light device comprises a sensor mounted adjacent an existing tailgate bolt configured to communicate wirelessly with an alert module. The alert module is capable of being mounted to a vehicle dashboard and comprises a plurality of illumination means. The sensor and module may be powered by the electrical system of the vehicle or a rechargeable battery. A USB port is disposed within the housing of the alert module. The device is configured to visually communicate to a user the open or closed status of the tailgate of a vehicle into which the device is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Trevor G. Brown
  • Patent number: 10549687
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting device having dynamic lighting effects for the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. The lighting device includes a lighting system configured to emit at least one light signal producing a dynamic effect of scrolling inside the passenger compartment in order to simulate the scrolling of the road inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventor: Thierry Fleurence
  • Patent number: 10479401
    Abstract: A power steering system including a sensor arranged or located in the steering system. The sensor detects an acoustic vibration or an acceleration signal in the steering system during a change in the steering angle and generates a sensor signal representing the vibration or the acceleration signal. A control unit receives the sensor signal and compares the sensor signal with a threshold value to detect a fault state; for example when the sensor signal is larger than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Peter Engels
  • Patent number: 10467987
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display configured to display an image, an input unit configured to receive a selection of a panoramic image, and a processor configured to control the display to display a first split screen which displays a first viewpoint of the panoramic image, and a second split screen which is disposed below the first split screen and displays a horizontally flipped second viewpoint of the panoramic image, the second viewpoint being in an opposite direction to the first viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok-hyun Kim, Chang-seog Ko, Jung-geun Kim
  • Patent number: 10224008
    Abstract: An image display system includes: a display device; and an information terminal, the display device having: a display control unit that generates a first display image having size adjustment regions added thereto, based on a video signal outputted by the information terminal; and an image transmitter that outputs the first display image generated by the display control unit to the information terminal; the information terminal having: a video output unit that outputs the video signal to the display device; a screen adjustment information acquisition unit that acquires screen adjustment information used by the display control unit to generate a display screen to be displayed on the display device, based on the first display image transmitted by the image transmitter; and an information transmitter that transmits the screen adjustment information acquired by the screen adjustment information acquisition unit to the display device, wherein the display control unit generates a second display image, based on the s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuya Asada
  • Patent number: 10173677
    Abstract: A method for operating a speed control system of a vehicle is provided. The method comprises receiving one or more electrical signals representative of vehicle-related information. The method further comprises determining, based on the signals representative of vehicle-related information, whether one or more predetermined conditions are met. The method still further comprises automatically determining a baseline set-speed for the speed control system when it is determined that at least certain of the one or more predetermined conditions are met. The method yet still further comprises adjusting the baseline set-speed to determine an instantaneous set-speed of the speed control system based on a signal indicative of a desired comfort level. A speed control system comprising an electronic control unit configured to perform the above-described methodology is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Fairgrieve, James Kelly, Daniel Woolliscroft
  • Patent number: 10170002
    Abstract: An in-vehicle lighting apparatus includes a lighting device attached to an instrument panel at a lower part of a vehicle A-pillar in an interior compartment of a subject vehicle. The in-vehicle lighting apparatus has a vehicle information obtainer for obtaining information about a state of the vehicle, and a light controller for controlling the lighting device based on the vehicle information obtained by the vehicle information obtainer. The lighting device includes an indirect lighting part that directs light from a light source toward a surface of the A-pillar, for enabling an effective notification of vehicle information and events to a driver of the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michinaga Nagura
  • Patent number: 10131229
    Abstract: An electronic meter cluster system for a vehicle. The system includes a display screen and a meter control module configured to control the display screen. For example, the meter control module is configured to control the display screen to display a meter for conveying information to a driver of the vehicle, the meter including numerals and a pointer needle. The meter control module arranges the needle relative to the numerals to convey information to the driver. Based on a change in the information being conveyed to the driver, the meter control module is configured to modify at least one of sharpness of the numerals, size of the numerals, one or more colors of the display, brightness of the needle, and length of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gareth Webb, Dustin Garrett
  • Patent number: 10127556
    Abstract: An automated at-the-pump method manages vehicle fuel purchases at a fuel station. The method includes transmitting driver identification data to a mobile device assigned to a vehicle driver. The driver identification data is electronically verified to confirm that the driver identification data received by the mobile device matches the assigned vehicle driver. Vehicle data is transmitted from a data bus of the vehicle to the mobile device for storage in the memory. The vehicle data and driver identification data are transmitted to a remote terminal. Using the remote terminal, the vehicle data and driver identification data are electronically authenticated. An authorization signal is then transmitted from the remote terminal to an at-the-pump fuel control terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative Global Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Alan C. Lesesky
  • Patent number: 10121372
    Abstract: A system for displaying speed information for a vehicle includes a speed measuring device configured to obtain an actual current speed, a display for displaying speed information to an operator, and a controller. The controller acquires a geographical location, obtains road data including a posted speed limit for the geographical location, and causes displaying a first graphical feature indicating the posted speed limit and a second graphical feature indicating the actual current speed. For example, the first graphical feature is in the form of a ring, while the second graphical feature is a circle centered within the first graphical feature. A size of the second graphical feature corresponds to the actual current speed and dynamically changes with the change of the actual current speed. Thus, the size of second graphical feature increases with the increase of actual current speed and decreases with the decrease of actual current speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: RIT INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Anatolevich Klabukov, Aleksei Anatolevich Ostanin, Mihail Vladimirovich Sannikov
  • Patent number: 10065527
    Abstract: In a control system and control method for a driving device, opposite distribution control is performed (e.g., steps 1, 4 to 7), whereby a left driving force and a right driving force are controlled such that a yaw moment in a direction opposite to a turning direction of the vehicle acts on the vehicle, whereby a left-right driving force difference is generated which is a difference between the left driving force and the right driving force. During performance of the opposite distribution control, when deceleration of the vehicle is obtained, limit control is performed (e.g., step 8), whereby the left driving force and the right driving force are controlled such that a change in the left-right driving force difference becomes smaller than a change in a left-right driving force sum, which is the sum of the left driving force and the right driving force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomokazu Honda
  • Patent number: 10036193
    Abstract: The invention relates to a glass panel (200), including: a first glass sheet (20) at least partially coated with an electrically conductive coating (21), the conductive coating including at least one stack consisting of a metal layer (212) and an insulating layer (213), the metal layer being arranged between the first glass sheet and the insulation layer; at least one electronic component (23) arranged on the first glass sheet (21), the electronic component including at least one connection terminal (231) electrically connected to the conductive coating. According to the invention, the insulation layer (213) in such a panel includes at least one first window (241) which opens onto the metal layer and which is located at the connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AGC Glass Europe
    Inventors: Jean-Bernard Decraye, Michael Demeyere, Patrick Roucloux
  • Patent number: 9982778
    Abstract: A diagnostic method for shifting an actuator of a transmission may include accumulating, by a controller, a damage index for an applied current when a current is applied to the actuator of the transmission, and determining, by the controller, whether the accumulated damage index exceeds a predetermined reference index and when it is determined that the accumulated damage index exceeds the predetermined reference index, determining the actuator as a failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventors: Young Min Yoon, Seung Sam Baek
  • Patent number: 9975485
    Abstract: A surroundings monitoring system includes: a detection device that is disposed in a work vehicle and configured to be able to detect an object around the work vehicle; and a display device that is disposed in the work vehicle so as to display the work vehicle on a screen and display a detection area of the detection device in which an abnormality has occurred around the work vehicle on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kurihara, Yukihiro Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9966057
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an engine sound audible to the operator in a vehicle cabin during an engine idle-stop. In one example, responsive to an engine idle-stop, modified versions of a generated engine sound may be played via a dashboard speaker during each of the engine spin-down, engine rest, and engine spin-up. The modified versions of a generated engine sound may at least partially cancel inherent engine spin-up and engine spin-down sounds while maintaining an engine idling sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 9952054
    Abstract: An autonomous driving control apparatus and method using navigation technology are disclosed. The autonomous driving control apparatus includes a driving mode setting unit, a navigation unit, and an information provision unit. The driving mode setting unit sets the driving mode of a vehicle. The navigation unit offers guidance on a driving route to a destination input by the driver of the vehicle based on the set driving mode. The information provision unit, if the driving mode of the vehicle is set to autonomous driving mode, provides the navigator of an adjacent vehicle and the navigator of the terminal of a pedestrian with autonomous driving information received from the vehicle, and also provides the navigation unit with behavior information received from the adjacent vehicle and the terminal of the pedestrian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Kyoung-Hwan An, Sam-Yeul Noh, Woo-Yong Han
  • Patent number: 9902414
    Abstract: A locomotive is disclosed. The locomotive includes a car body, including an operator cabin, a power source, and an operator health monitor within the operator cabin, the operator health monitor configured to monitor at least one health condition associated with the operator and configured to generate an operator health signal associated with the at least one condition. The locomotive includes an operator warning system within the operator cabin, configured to present the operator with an operator warning in response to an operator warning signal, and an electronic controller. The electronic controller may be configured to determine an operator fatigue score based on, at least, the operator health signal, determine if the operator fatigue score exceeds a warning threshold, and transmit the operator warning signal to the operator warning system if the operator fatigue score exceeds the warning threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc
    Inventors: David Matthew Roenspies, James David Seaton, Alex Shubs
  • Patent number: 9889739
    Abstract: Universal combination meters, methods for customizing a universal combination meter, and electronic dashboards are disclosed. A universal combination meter may include a processing device and a non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium. The non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium may include one or more programming instructions that, when executed, cause the processing device to monitor one or more data transmissions between a manufacturing computer and a vehicle, determine at least one of a model and a body type of the vehicle from information in the data transmissions, retrieve at least one of an image, vehicle-specific features, and vehicle-specific information from a repository, and load the at least one of the image, the vehicle-specific features, and the vehicle-specific information for displaying. The at least one of the image, vehicle-specific features, and vehicle-specific information correspond to the at least one of the model and the body type of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathaniel J. Secord
  • Patent number: 9866165
    Abstract: In various implementations, a condition of a motor may be monitored based at least partially on time required to achieve a change in speed. A notification may be transmitted based on the condition of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Powell, Randall L. Lisbona
  • Patent number: 9855949
    Abstract: A vehicle speed limiter system installed on a vehicle includes a detection unit to detect a speed limit value of a road while the vehicle is traveling; a setting unit to set the speed limit value; a limiter unit to limit the vehicle speed, based on the speed limit value; an obtainment unit to obtain a stepping amount on an accelerator pedal; a calculation unit to calculate a parameter depending on the stepping amount in a state where the vehicle speed is being limited by the limiter unit; and a display unit to display information based on the parameter, in a case where a speed limit value newly detected by the detection unit is greater than the speed limit value previously set by the setting unit, before the setting unit sets the speed limit value newly detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Tomatsu, Takashi Inoue, Sokfan Yee, Tetsuya Taira, Keiji Yamashita, Takato Masuda
  • Patent number: 9848387
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a display; a sensor module configured to detect movement of the electronic device; and a control module configured to control such that power is supplied to the display when a movement is detected in the electronic device by the sensor module, to determine whether a user of the electronic device is driving a vehicle based on the detected movement of the electronic device, and to control such that the supply of power to the display is limited when it is determined that the user is driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Un Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 9836814
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a receiver that receives a recognition result of a change in environment around a vehicle, and a controller that controls an image generation apparatus to generate an image corresponding to a presentation image to be displayed on the display medium. The controller generates and outputs a control signal to the image generation apparatus to control the image generation apparatus based on the recognition result so as to deform the presentation image radially on the display medium such that the deformed presentation image moves toward at least one of sides of the display medium and disappears sequentially to the outside of the display medium across edges of the display medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wataru Nakai
  • Patent number: 9761138
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the automatic detection of yard move status for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). One method includes defining a geo-fenced region for a yard and determining a location of the vehicle in relation to the geo-fenced region. The location is used, along with other vehicle and driver parameters, to automatically detect a start of the yard move status and an end of the yard move status using a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Harter, Michael K. Kuphal, Bruce D. Lightner
  • Patent number: 9746355
    Abstract: An information indication system for a vehicle, a vessel, an aircraft as well as other equipment, the information indication system configured to indicate a value of a physical parameter to an operator of the vehicle, vessel or aircraft, the information indication system including a dial corresponding to a range of values of the physical parameter and a needle operable to move about the dial, wherein a current location of the needle on the dial indicates the value of a physical parameter within the range of values of the physical parameter, wherein the information indication system is configured to illuminate a portion of the dial in the immediate vicinity of the current location of the needle on the dial. In various embodiments, the information indication system may be a speedometer or a tachometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Leonid Despotuli
  • Patent number: 9630552
    Abstract: The vehicle speed display is a device that is adapted to be mounted on the window of an automobile that publically displays the current speed of the automobile. This public display of speed is used to send a calming signal aggressive drivers that the lead car is maintaining their speed under the legal speed limit. The vehicle speed display comprises a logic module, a display module, a power module and a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Baker
  • Patent number: 9613606
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having at least one sound generating system for generating an artificial engine noise, which has at least one electrically controllable vibration exciter, wherein the vibration exciter is fastened to a component that is acoustically and/or vibrationally decoupled from a body of the motor vehicle. The component is retained on the motor vehicle by a retaining device, which covers the component at least to a large extent. By means of this measure, the acoustic properties of the sound-generating system can be significantly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jens Feldhaus, Carsten Lutter, Denis Dupper
  • Patent number: 9604540
    Abstract: A display unit incorporated in the housing surface of an instrument panel changes its display variously together with other display devices of the instrument panel such as a liquid crystal display, and displays information such as driving information, danger notification information and entertainment information in coordination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Takamatsu, Tai Inoue, Masahide Nagata, Takayuki Ogawa, Gosei Sato, Takao Kanai
  • Patent number: 9586599
    Abstract: A method for advising a driver of a vehicle may include measuring a plurality of parameters representing the vehicle's current handling condition and the vehicle's limit handling condition, determining a margin between the vehicle's current handling condition and limit handling condition, and initiating an alert for the driver before the vehicle achieves the limit handling condition if the margin exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dimitar Petrov Filev, Jianbo Lu, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Fling Tseng
  • Patent number: 9536426
    Abstract: Systems and methods to determine a speed limit violation by a vehicle. A locator device coupled to the vehicle receives GPS location coordinates from a satellite. The systems and methods determine the speed of the vehicle using the received coordinates or the functions of an engine control module. The speed limit of the segment of roadway on which the vehicle is traveling is identified based on the coordinates, and the vehicle speed is compared to the speed limit to determine whether the vehicle is violating the speed limit for the segment of roadway. The systems and methods alert any interested parties, such as the vehicle driver or a fleet manager, of the speed limit violation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Omnitracs, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel P. Schmitt, Arlene Hasegawa, Stephen Lachmayr
  • Patent number: 9528834
    Abstract: Vehicle-mounted device includes an inertial measurement unit (IMU) having at least one accelerometer or gyroscope, a GPS receiver, a camera positioned to obtain unobstructed images of an area exterior of the vehicle and a control system coupled to these components. The control system re-calibrates each accelerometer or gyroscope using signals obtained by the GPS receiver, and derives information about objects in the images obtained by the camera and location of the objects based on data from the IMU and GPS receiver. A communication system communicates the information derived by the control system to a location separate and apart from the vehicle. The control system includes a processor that provides a location of the camera and a direction in which the camera is imaging based on data from the IMU corrected based on data from the GPS receiver, for use in creating the map database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S Breed, Ryan Breed
  • Patent number: 9469194
    Abstract: A meter pointer for a meter includes an arm. The arm includes a display. The display has a dot-matrix array including pixels. Each of the pixels is configured to change in intensity. The dot-matrix array is configured to indicate a graphic image with at least one of the pixels by controlling the intensity of each of the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Sockolosky