Tire Deflation Or Inflation Patents (Class 340/442)
  • Patent number: 11400772
    Abstract: A method and device may be used for scanning communication protocols for a sensor of a motor vehicle electronic tire pressure monitoring system. The method may include selecting a make and a model of a motor vehicle. The method may include transmitting one or more activation signals. The one or more activation signals may be transmitted in sequential order according to a scanning protocol. The scanning protocol may be based on a predefined parameter. Each of the one or more activation signals may be associated with a different communication protocol. The method may include stopping the transmission of the one or more activation signals on a condition that a signal from a sensor is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Michel Bout, Bruno Rousseau
  • Patent number: 11403896
    Abstract: A wheel end component monitoring system includes at least one wheel end component and an aggregator system operably connected to the at least one wheel end component. The wheel end component includes a component body and a sensor assembly configured to detect an input associated with the component body, output sensor data representative of the detected input, and transmit the sensor data. The aggregator system is configured to receive position information for the wheel end component from a user interface, receive identification information for the wheel end component from the wheel end component, associate the position information with the identification information for the wheel end component, receive the sensor data from the wheel end component, associate the sensor data with the position information for the wheel end component, and output the sensor data together with the associated position information for the wheel end component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Marmon Highway Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Carl Gaufin, Will Drake
  • Patent number: 11376900
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device (102, 300), and a method, for obtaining a tyre pressure reading from a tyre pressure sensor module (700) fitted to a valve of a pneumatic tyre (106), a tyre pressure sensor module, a locating feature (304, 400) and a tyre pressure gauge system comprising the above. The mobile electronic device comprising: a transmitter (202) and a receiver (200) to transmit and receive telecommunications signals over a distance of up to 4 cm to obtain the tyre pressure reading; and a locating feature to indicate when the transmitter and/or receiver are located within 4 cm or less of the tyre pressure sensor module. The tyre pressure sensor module comprising an antenna to detect a telecommunications signal from a mobile electronic device over a distance of up to 4 cm, a transmitter (902), a receiver (904) and a pressure sensor (916) to measure tyre pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TiZap Ltd
    Inventor: Gary Broadfield
  • Patent number: 11358419
    Abstract: A method for detecting wheel units mounted at wheels of a vehicle and for detecting wheel mounting positions belonging to each of the wheel units is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: positioning a mobile communication device at a predetermined start position with respect to the vehicle, moving the mobile communication device from the start position along a path around the vehicle, receiving RF signals from the wheel units and measuring the RF signal strengths thereof by the mobile communication device when moving along the path around the vehicle, performing an analysis of variations of the measured RF signal strengths of the received RF signals depending on the position of the mobile communication device along the path, identifying the wheel units and identifying the wheel mounting positions based on a result of the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Kretschmann, Parthiv Dharamshi, Michael Löffler, Jean-Philippe Boisset
  • Patent number: 11358521
    Abstract: Systems, methods, tangible non-transitory computer-readable media, and devices associated with the operation of a vehicle are provided. For example, a wheel unit system can receive vehicle data including information associated with states of a vehicle. Further, the vehicle can include wheel wells associated with wheel units that are configured to generate indications associated with the states of the vehicle. The wheel unit system can also determine indications to generate on the wheel units based at least in part on the vehicle data. Furthermore, the wheel unit system can generate the indications on the wheel units. The indications can, for example, include visual indications or auditory indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Johad Husseini Ellis
  • Patent number: 11351820
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to the technical field of automobiles and disclose a tire positioning method and apparatus, an electronic control unit (ECU) and a tire pressure sensor. The method includes: successively controlling, within a transmission cycle, one of L exciter sets to send a low-frequency signal, L being an integer greater than 1; receiving high-frequency signals fed back by N tire pressure sensors according to the low-frequency signals, N being an integer greater than 1; determining a correspondence between one of the L exciter sets and M tire pressure sensors according to the high-frequency signals, M being an integer greater than 1; and after a quantity of transmission cycles reaches a preset threshold, determining a tire corresponding to each of the N tire pressure sensors according to the correspondence between the exciter set and the M tire pressure sensors determined in each transmission cycle. The tire positioning method is accurate and reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: AUTEL INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yongliang Luo
  • Patent number: 11325564
    Abstract: A vehicular illumination system includes a ground illumination module disposed at a side door of a vehicle. The ground illumination module includes a reconfigurable display element and at least one light source operable to emit light. When the at least one light source is electrically powered, light emitted by the at least one light source illuminates a ground region adjacent the vehicle. When the at least one light source is electrically powered, light emitted by the at least one light source passes through the reconfigurable display element and the ground illumination module projects an icon established by the reconfigurable display element onto the ground region. The reconfigurable display element is reconfigurable to form the icon responsive to programming of the reconfigurable display element for an icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Justin E. Sobecki, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 11298989
    Abstract: A method of localizing a TPMS sensor module includes transmitting, by the TPMS sensor module, a TPMS signal; and localizing, by a localization module, the TPMS sensor module based on receiving the TPMS signal at a phase array antenna including a plurality of reception antennas each configured to receive the TPMS signal. Localizing the TPMS sensor module includes measuring a phase of the TPMS signal at each of the plurality of reception antennas such that a plurality of phases corresponding to the TPMS signal are determined, and determining a location of the TPMS sensor module based on the plurality of phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Engl, Michael Kandler, Maximilian Werner
  • Patent number: 11300953
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus uses wireless communication to control driving of a control object such as a vehicle. When the drive condition is changing, as when the vehicle is being steered to follow a curve in a travel route, while also the vehicle speed exceeds a specified threshold value, processing is executed for reducing a communication delay between the remote control apparatus and the control object, to thereby ensure sufficient speed of control response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenori Akita, Takuma Kyo
  • Patent number: 11254173
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitor includes a printed circuit board (PCB) and a sealed pressure chamber mounted to the PCB. The tire pressure monitor also includes a piston mounted adjacent to the sealed pressure chamber. The piston is configured to contact the sealed pressure chamber in response to an applied pressure. The tire pressure monitor also includes a liquid within the sealed pressure chamber. Translation of the piston causes the liquid to apply pressure to a pressure sensor. The pressure sensor is mounted within the sealed pressure chamber, and is configured to detect the applied pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventor: Jon Quenzer
  • Patent number: 11247516
    Abstract: A system is disclosed included but not limited to a wheel having a wheel pressure chamber; a tire having a tire pressure chamber, wherein the tire is mounted on the wheel; a tire pressure sensor inside of the tire pressure chamber for measuring a tire air pressure inside of the tire pressure chamber; a wheel outlet valve between the wheel pressure chamber and the tire pressure chamber; a processor that reads a measure of the pressure inside of the tire pressure chamber from the tire pressure sensor and controls the wheel outlet valve to allow gas from the wheel pressure chamber to flow into the tire pressure chamber to increase the pressure in the tire pressure chamber when the tire pressure is less than a reference tire pressure. A method is provided for using the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Electronic Power Design, Inc.
    Inventor: John Bradford Janik
  • Patent number: 11214102
    Abstract: A tyre pressure sensor is mounted at the distal end of a valve stem mounted on a wheel. A protective assembly comprises a body which is releasably attached to the wheel, and a cap which is releasably attached to the body. The valve stem and pressure sensor are enclosed within the body and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Gordon Close, Kevin Maughan, Hayley Clarke, Matthew Hess
  • Patent number: 11179977
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring system (30) includes a data acquisition portion (101) that acquires data indicating a tire pressure and a tire temperature of the tire, from a sensor (50FL), a sensor (50FR), a sensor (50RL), and a sensor (50RR) mounted to the tire; a puncture determination portion (103) that determines whether the tire is punctured, based on a puncture determination threshold defined by a relationship between the tire pressure and the tire temperature; and a warning processing portion (105) that generates a warning indicating that the tire is punctured apart from a warning of a drop of the tire pressure when the puncture determination portion (103) determines that the tire is punctured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shotaro Horikoshi
  • Patent number: 11179978
    Abstract: At a control circuit of a TPM sensor, one or more of a first adjustment to the periodicity, a second adjustment to the content, and a third adjustment to the length of a message are determined based upon the operational history of the sensor. The adjustments are applied to the messages and adjusted messages are transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Deniau, Tomasz Jan Kaczmarski, Themi Anagnos
  • Patent number: 11173757
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for associating tire sensor modules (6.i) with a trailer vehicle (3), having at least the following steps: capturing data messages (S1) from tire sensor modules (6.i, 106.i, 206.i) in a monitoring region (8); associating the captured data messages (S1) with a tire sensor module (6.i, 106.i, 206.i); ascertaining a number of captured data messages (S1) for each detected tire sensor module; rating the captured data messages (S1) to establish whether the tire sensor modules (6.i, 106.i, 206.i) received in total up to then belong to the driver's own trailer vehicle (3) or to the adjacent trailer vehicle (103, 203); accepting the tire sensor modules (6.i) detected in the rating as affiliated to the driver's own trailer vehicle (3). According to the invention, each tire sensor module (6.i, 106.i, 206.i) detects a wheel position associated with the respective tire sensor module (6.i, 106.i, 206.i) and a trailer axle configuration, so that for an accepted tire sensor module (6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Cyllik, Jörg Hanna, Andreas Scher
  • Patent number: 11161378
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring system interface comprising: a receiver configured to receive tire pressure signals from each of a plurality of tire pressure sensors of a corresponding plurality of vehicle wheels; an alerting device; an electronic input/output device configured to display at least one menu with data selections of tire pressure related data and receive manually inputted instructions; and an electronic controller having electronic memory and being electronically connected to the receiver, the alerting device and the electronic input/output device, the electronic controller being configured to: operate the electronic memory to access data that defines a first tire pressure and a second tire pressure for each of the plurality of wheels, the first tire pressure being for on-road driving conditions and the second tire pressure being for off-road driving conditions, display the at least one menu via the electronic input/output device, receive at least one of data input, data selection and operation i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Phillips, Melaina Vasko, Kurt Rosolowsky
  • Patent number: 11165794
    Abstract: A sender device may include a transmitter and one or more processors. The one or more processors may be configured to transmit, to one or more receiver devices, a frame via a communication bus. The one or more processors may be configured to detect a replicated frame on the communication bus, and identify an attack event based on detecting the replicated frame. The one or more processors may be configured to determine a sequence of interframe transmit times based on identifying the attack event, wherein the sequence of interframe transmit times is determined based on a shared secret associated with the one or more receiver devices. The one or more processors may be configured to transmit a series of alert frames according to the sequence of interframe transmit times to permit the one or more receiver devices to be notified of the attack event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Alexander Zeh, Karel Heurtefeux
  • Patent number: 11161377
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring device includes a display, a receiver, a memory, and a processor. The receiver is configured to receive a first signal from a first sensor and a second signal from a second sensor. The memory stores a first and second communication protocols corresponding to the first and second sensors, respectively. The processor is in communication with the display, the receiver, and the memory and is configured to perform operations. The operations include selecting the first and second communication protocols based on the first and second signals, respectively, converting the first and second signals into first and second sets, respectively, of at least one of temperature data or pressure data corresponding to a first tire, and transmitting the first set and the second set of at least one of temperature data or pressure data to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Huf Baolong Electronics Bretten GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Froehlich
  • Patent number: 11156447
    Abstract: A gap measurement device. The device has a circuit having a variable inductor and a capacitor. The variable inductor has an indicator. The device has a gap that includes a gap measurement and a gap length. The gap measurement is related to the inductance. The gap is configured to receive at least a portion of the variable inductor while the variable inductor moves along the gap length. The movement of the variable inductor along the gap length causes the inductance to change in response to the gap measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: U.S. Department of Energy
    Inventors: Joel A. Johnson, Ronald J. Heaps
  • Patent number: 11117427
    Abstract: A device is disclosed, which includes: a charge portion with a plurality of piezoelectric elements embedded in a tire configured for a vehicle, a capacitor mechanically coupled to the tire and electrically coupled to the plurality of piezoelectric elements; a transmitter coil, mechanically coupled to the tire and electrically coupled to the capacitor through a discharge portion; wherein in response to an external radial pressure on the tire resulting from movement of the vehicle which causes a pressure on the plurality of piezoelectric elements, the plurality of piezoelectric elements produce an electrical charge on the capacitor, and wherein the discharge portion electrically connects the electrical charge on the capacitor to the transmitter coil to send electromagnetic power to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Siavash Motamed
  • Patent number: 11092516
    Abstract: A tire condition monitoring system includes transmitters that are respectively attached to wheel assemblies of a vehicle. Each transmitter includes a power source, a data generating section, a storage section that stores a correspondence relationship in which ranges obtained by dividing possible values of the detection value of a traveling state detecting section are respectively assigned to a plurality of specific angles set for the rotation angles of the wheel assemblies, and a transmission control section capable of performing specific angle transmission in which the transmission control section transmits the transmission data from the transmitting section when detecting that the rotation angle of the wheel assembly is any of the specific angles. When performing the specific angle transmission, the transmission control section transmits the transmission data when detecting that the rotation angle is the specific angle that corresponds to the detection value of the traveling state detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Tsujita
  • Patent number: 11084338
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for monitoring a tire pressure using a mass of a vehicle. Provided is a tire pressure monitoring apparatus using a mass of a vehicle including: a radius analyzing unit; a frequency analyzing unit; a mass estimating unit; a calibration unit; and a low pressure determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Autron Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Hwan Shin, Dong-Jin Na
  • Patent number: 11084339
    Abstract: An electronic air pump pressurizes object in either manual or automatic mode. In automatic mode, the electronic air pump determines air pressure needed to adjust an object to a set target pressure. The electronic air pump inflates or deflates the ball automatically until the air pressure inside the ball matches the preset value. In manual mode regulation of the air pressure is adjusted by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TorrX, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Neir, Sally Otten
  • Patent number: 11077727
    Abstract: An apparatus and method include, among other things, providing a plurality of sensors for a tire pressure monitoring system where each sensor is associated with tire parameter properties and has sensor parameters. Each sensor has a unique initial identification. A new unique identification is automatically generated for each sensor to replace the initial identification in response to a predetermined condition that is associated with at least one sensor parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Schwegler, Troy Bartz
  • Patent number: 11073439
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring sensor comprises an environmental pressure sensor, a non-volatile memory for storing a first program and a second program, a processing unit for executing the first program, a communication module including a wireless transmitter for transmitting at least one parameter indicative of conditions within a tire and a wireless or wired receiver for loading the second program into the non-volatile memory and a battery for powering the sensor. The second program contains a sensor operation description which is used by the first program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Bartlomiej Wicher, Andreas Riemann
  • Patent number: 11065922
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a tire pressure measurement device that includes an electromechanical transducer configured to convert mechanical energy from tire deformation of a tire into electrical energy for powering the tire pressure measurement device; and an energy harvesting circuit configured to receive and store the electrical energy from the electromechanical transducer, where the energy harvesting circuit is further configured to supply the stored electrical energy to the tire pressure measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Franz Michael Darrer, Walter Schuchter
  • Patent number: 11052711
    Abstract: An electronic wheel unit for detecting a tire pressure of a tire of a vehicle wheel, for storing tire information of the tire and for sending tire pressure information and tire information. The wheel unit is configured to allow the alteration of stored tire information in a first mode of operation and to prevent the alteration of stored tire information in a second mode of operation. To improve the integrity and safety of the stored tire information in this case, the wheel unit is further configured to change from the first mode of operation to the second mode of operation when a first mode change criterion is satisfied. The satisfaction of the first mode change criterion is dependent at least on an operating parameter of the vehicle wheel that is representative of a rotational movement of the vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Loeffler
  • Patent number: 11040583
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling vehicle TPMS sensor localization. An example vehicle includes a plurality of tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors, a communication module, and a controller. The controller is to detect an initiation event associated with the vehicle, and, in response to detecting the initiation event, determine whether first localization information is valid based on information associated with the TPMS sensors. The controller is also to initiate, via the communication module, a localization procedure at the TPMS sensors when the first localization information is not valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dilip B. Patel, Ali Hassani
  • Patent number: 10953709
    Abstract: A wheel comprising a rim carrying a tire that co-operates with the rim to define an inside volume, the wheel comprising a pressure measurement device comprising an electronic control circuit that is connected to a pressure sensor, to an absence-of-movement sensor for sensing that the wheel is not moving and to an electronic circuit for wireless communication, the pressure measurement device being arranged to cause pressure to be measured while the wheel is detected as not moving. A pressure measurement device and an associated measurement method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Safran Electronics & Defense
    Inventors: Thierry Bickard, Nicolas Fanton, Emmanuel Couturier
  • Patent number: 10953707
    Abstract: A tire inflation system is provided for a vehicle supported by a plurality of inflatable tires. The system includes a compressor carried on the vehicle, and an air storage tank carried on the vehicle and connected to the compressor for storing compressed air. A plurality of automatically operable fill valves are provided, each fill valve being associated with a respective one of the tires so that each tire is communicated with the air storage tank via a separate one of the fill valves to increase inflation pressure in the tire when its respective fill valve is in an open position. A controller is operably associated with all of the fill valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony B. Duncan, Sergio A. Botello
  • Patent number: 10933705
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for monitoring a tire pressure of a vehicle are provided. The apparatus for monitoring a tire pressure of a vehicle according to the present disclosure includes a first sensor configured for measuring a tire pressure of one of first to fourth wheels of the vehicle, a plurality of second sensors configured for respectively measuring wheel speeds of the first to fourth wheels, an analysis device configured for analyzing tire pressures of the first to fourth wheels based on a measured value from the first sensor and measured values from the second sensors, and a controller configured for determining a tire in a low-pressure state based on the tire pressure analysis results of the first to fourth wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Han Seon Ga, Joon Sang Jo, Hyun Dong Her, Myung Ki Yeom, Ju Yong Kang
  • Patent number: 10935466
    Abstract: An integrated tire sensor and reader system includes at least one sensor unit mounted a tire or a wheel. A reader is disposed remotely from the sensor unit. The sensor unit includes at least one sensor for measuring a parameter of the tire or wheel and an antenna for communicating with the reader. The sensor unit is configured to receive a radio frequency power signal from the reader and to transmit data to the reader. The reader includes an antenna for transmitting the radio frequency power signal to the sensor unit to actuate the one sensor unit. Upon actuation of the sensor unit, the sensor measures the parameter of the tire or wheel, and data from the sensor is transmitted from the sensor unit to the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Carl Trevor Ross Pulford, Peter Jung-min Suh
  • Patent number: 10929500
    Abstract: A system and method which uses pattern recognition in assessing or monitoring a vehicle status and/or an operator's driving behavior. A vehicle, for use by an operator or driver, can be equipped with a data collection and assessment system. The system can comprise one or more data collection devices, e.g., accelerometers, which can be used to capture data and information, or otherwise measure vehicle actions. A pattern recognition module is configured with one or more defined operating patterns, each of which operating patterns reflects either a known change in vehicle status corresponding to, e.g., when a passenger has embarked or disembarked the vehicle, or a known vehicle operating or driving behavior. Information collected as events describing a current vehicle status or a current driving behavior can be compared with the known operating patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Scope Technologies Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Samuel Lavie, Friedl Jacobs, Gil Fuchs, Johann Van Den Bergh
  • Patent number: 10919456
    Abstract: A flexible display device, providing an instrument cluster for a motor vehicle, is repositioned by a repositioning device from a stowed position into a use position by bending the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Jacques Hélot
  • Patent number: 10906362
    Abstract: A method for identifying at least one emitter for monitoring the tire pressure of a motor vehicle by association with one of the wheels of the motor vehicle. The method includes: for each emitter monitoring tire pressure, reconstructing an intermediate-frequency signal from the radiofrequency signal and a reference signal, determining the FFT of the intermediate-frequency signal, determining whether there is a frequency deviation of the intermediate-frequency signal, determining the side of the vehicle on which the emitter monitoring the pressure of a tire is placed, acquiring a signal from the anti-lock braking system for at least one of the wheels on the side on which it was determined that the emitter for monitoring the pressure of a tire is placed, and determining the position of the emitter for monitoring the pressure of a tire depending on the deviation and on the at least one signal from the anti-lock braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Sylvain Godet, Stéphane Billy
  • Patent number: 10882524
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for launching a vehicle from rest in order to maximize performance for the vehicle launch event. In one example, a method comprises, in preparation of a launch of the vehicle driven by an engine from a resting state, rotating a set of vehicle tires via a controller by adjusting a torque of the engine while vehicle brakes are applied for a duration that is a function of real-time pressure sensor readings of the set of tires. In this way, tire temperature may be determined based on the real-time pressure sensor readings in order to control tire temperature to an optimal tire temperature for the launch event, where the optimal tire temperature is based on a coefficient of friction of the road surface the vehicle is launching from, and where the optimal tire temperature provides for optimal grip for the vehicle launch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Cunningham, Keith Weston, Joshua Sharpe
  • Patent number: 10875364
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the pressure of a tire of an aircraft, the method including: taking two or more pressure readings from the tire at different times; calculating an estimated deflation rate based on the pressure readings; and calculating a time for the tire to deflate to a reference pressure level based on the estimated deflation rate. Two or more temperature readings are each associated with one of the pressure readings, and the estimated deflation rate is calculated by normalising each pressure reading based on its associated temperature reading and a common reference temperature to obtain a temperature-normalised pressure reading, and calculating the estimated deflation rate based on the temperature-normalised pressure readings. The estimated deflation rate is compared with a threshold, and a warning provided if the estimated deflation rate exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Bill
  • Patent number: 10878792
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided and includes a first tire, a second tire, and a detector that is configured to detect an air pressure of the first tire. A vibration generator is configured to generate vibration in the second tire. A controller is configured to operate the vibration generator to cause the second tire vibrate when the air pressure of the first tire satisfies a predetermined normal condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Jang, Minsik Yang, Yonghwan Hwang, Young Kim, HyeonHee Kang
  • Patent number: 10876951
    Abstract: A method for the determination of lifetime of a filter of an electric discharge machine the electrical discharge machine in consideration of a maximum allowable filter pressure, wherein the time measuring unit counts the machining time ts during which an electric discharge machining process is running, a filter pressure sensor measures the filter pressure p(k), preferably with a predetermined sampling interval, the pressure measurement p(k) and the respective sampling time t(k) are stored, and the sampled measurements p(k) and the respective sampling times t(k) are used to determine the parameters of an exponential function which best fits to the plurality of sampled measurements regression analysis. The determined parameters include the filter lifetime tf, which serves to determine the residual time to the filter replacement tr and/or the calendar deadline of filter expiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Fabrice Jaques, Roberto Perez, Bertrand Lavazais, Thomas Serra Tosio
  • Patent number: 10857844
    Abstract: A tire parameter monitoring system comprising at least two RF repeaters, wherein each of the at least two RF repeaters is dedicated to an individual sensor unit of at least two sensor units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Felix Gow, Lifeng Guan
  • Patent number: 10830657
    Abstract: A sensor is configured to attach to a main body and includes a sensor body, a transducer, a transmitter, and a power source. The sensor body is configured to provide a smooth transition with a surface of the main body. The transducer is positioned within the sensor body and is configured to provide a sensed output. The transmitter is positioned within the sensor body and is configured to transmit the sensed output. The power source is positioned within the sensor body and is configured to provide electrical power to the transducer and the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Brent Naslund, Peter Mann-Lai Chong, Marcus Allen Childress, Benjamin John Langemo
  • Patent number: 10750336
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for managing a fleet of vehicles is disclosed. The method includes providing a telematics device for an electric vehicle of the fleet of vehicles, the telematics device being capable of obtaining data from the electric vehicle; using the telematics device to identify the electric vehicle based on the data obtained from the electric vehicle; providing a data definition set for the electric vehicle to the telematics device; and using the telematics device and the data definition set to determine whether the electric vehicle is in a vehicle mode based on the data obtained from the electric vehicle and the data definition set. The vehicle mode of the electric vehicle can be at least one of a charging mode, a driving mode, and a parked mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Mendes, Alexander K. Koch, Michael Giannikouris
  • Patent number: 10737541
    Abstract: A method of localizing a TPMS sensor module includes transmitting, by the TPMS sensor module, a TPMS signal; and localizing, by a localization module, the TPMS sensor module based on receiving the TPMS signal at a phase array antenna including a plurality of reception antennas each configured to receive the TPMS signal at a different phase, where the plurality of reception antennas include a reference reception antenna and at least one additional reception antenna. Localizing the TPMS sensor module includes measuring a reference phase of the TPMS signal received at the reference reception antenna, measuring a respective shifted phase of the TPMS signal received at each of the at least one additional reception antenna, determining a respective phase shift between the reference phase and each respective shifted phase, and determining a location of the TPMS sensor module based on each determined respective phase shift corresponding to the TPMS signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Thomas Engl, Michael Kandler, Maximilian Werner
  • Patent number: 10730356
    Abstract: An electronic unit that is intended to be mounted on the valve of a vehicle wheel fitted with a tire, incorporating electronics for monitoring at least one operating parameter of the wheel and a rechargeable power supply for supplying power to the electronics, including a device for charging the rechargeable power supply, the device for charging including: a movable element, at least a portion of which is magnetized, that is capable of being set in motion by an air flow for inflating the tire that passes through the valve and cooperating with a coil so as to produce variations in the magnetic field and electromagnetic induction; and a device for managing the charging of the rechargeable power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Rachid Benbouhout
  • Patent number: 10726714
    Abstract: In a tire-mounted sensor attached to a tire, the rotation direction of which is predetermined with respect to the direction of forward movement, a left/right determination as to which of a right wheel or a left wheel has the tire-mounted sensor attached thereto is made on the basis of a detection signal of an acceleration sensor. The result of left/right determination is transmitted to a receiver. In this way, without requesting an operator's manual operation or equipment for bidirectional communication, which of the right wheel or the left wheel has the tire-mounted sensor attached thereto can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takatoshi Sekizawa, Ryosuke Kanbayashi, Masashi Mori
  • Patent number: 10726641
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for external vehicle illumination management are disclosed herein. An example method includes receiving, at a first processor of a mobile device, vehicle data. The vehicle data is to be transmitted to the first processor from a second processor of a vehicle. The example method includes analyzing the vehicle data and mobile device data generated by the mobile device. The example method includes generating an alert for headlamp usage of the vehicle based on the analysis and presenting the alert via the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Patent number: 10717330
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for associating tire sensor modules (6.i) with a trailer vehicle (3), having at least the following steps: capturing data messages (S1) from tire sensor modules (6.i, 106.i, 206.i) in a monitoring region (8); associating the captured data messages (S1) with a tire sensor module (6.i, 106.i, 206.i); ascertaining a number of captured data messages (S1) for each detected tire sensor module; rating the captured data messages (S1) to establish whether the tire sensor modules (6.i, 106.i, 206.i) received in total up to then belong to the driver's own trailer vehicle (3) or to the adjacent trailer vehicle (103, 203); accepting the tire sensor modules (6.i) detected in the rating as affiliated to the driver's own trailer vehicle (3). According to the invention, each tire sensor module (6.i, 106.i, 206.i) detects a wheel position associated with the respective tire sensor module (6.i, 106.i, 206.i) and a trailer axle configuration, so that for an accepted tire sensor module (6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Cyllik, Jörg Hanna, Andreas Scher
  • Patent number: 10703146
    Abstract: A pressure measuring device for a bicycle has a housing that includes a pressure chamber. The pressure chamber has a valve disposed in a first opening and a second opening into or out of a tire assembly volume of a tire assembly. A sense element is in pressure communication with the pressure chamber along a flow path between the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Jordan, Trevor Krugman, Geoff Nichols, Benjamin Rothschild, David Jonathan Huft
  • Patent number: 10696108
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, systems and computer readable storage medium for a method for detection and notification of a tire leak is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by a tire leak detection system, sensor data from one or more tires. The method further includes determining, by the tire leak detection system, an occurrence of a leak anomaly in at least one of the one or more tires based on the sensor data. The method further includes predicting, by the tire leak detection system, a time and/or distance the at least one of the one or more tires will function ineffectively. The method further includes outputting, by the tire leak detection system, a code to a user or server indicating a leak type associated with the leak anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mansoor Alghooneh, Joseph K. Moore, Anushya Viraliur Ponnuswami, Amin Abdossalami
  • Patent number: 10689066
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining a wheel circumference of a driven wheel of a vehicle includes measuring a rotational speed of the driven wheel during a predefined time span, measuring an acceleration of the vehicle in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the vehicle during a predefined time span, determining a distance traveled by the vehicle based on the measured acceleration, and determining the wheel circumference of the driven wheel based on the measured rotational speed and the ascertained distance traveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Stegmaier, Rinaldo Greiner