Tire Deflation Or Inflation Patents (Class 340/442)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10670496
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for estimating useful life of a seal in a process control device are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a body including an inlet and an outlet; a stem to move a plug within the body to control a flow of fluid between the inlet and the outlet; a seal to deter fluid from exiting the body along the stem; and a positioner including a processor, the processor to estimate a total amount of useful life of the seal consumed based on 1) a number of operational cycles that the seal is exposed to; and 2) stresses experienced by the seal during the respective operational cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
    Inventor: Shawn William Anderson
  • Patent number: 10664291
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring unit includes a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, a transmitter for wireless transmission of pressure and temperature data HF signals, a receiver for receiving wireless control LF signals, a microcontroller containing a program memory and a data storage device containing a library of control programs to control the measurement and transmission activity of the tire pressure monitoring unit. The microcontroller selects from this library, on the basis of control signals that are received, a control program and then writing it into its program memory. When a loading program is activated by a control signal, it causes the microcontroller to transfer into the data storage device an additional control program that is received by the receiver. A method includes adding, to a library of control programs in a data storage device connected to a microcontroller of a tire pressure monitoring unit, an additional control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HUF BAOLONG ELECTRONICS BRETTEN GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Wagner, Patrick Vögeli, Peter Brand
  • Patent number: 10665085
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to recording data at a plurality of in-service vehicles operating within a plurality of predetermined regions for which users of a plurality of mobile devices are responsible, analyzing, at the vehicles, the recorded data for violation of one of a plurality of predetermined safety parameters by the vehicles, and transmitting, to a central server, data associated with a safety parameter violation by a vehicle in violation of one of the predetermined safety parameters. A safety event alert is generated at the central server for the vehicle in violation in response to receiving the transmitted data, and the safety event alert is communicated from the central office to a mobile device authorized by the central office to receive the safety event alert for the predetermined region within which the violation occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Randy Boyles
  • Patent number: 10647170
    Abstract: Provided is a tire pressure detection system that can be operated stably for a long period of time by using, as a power source, a secondary battery having little characteristic deterioration under a high temperature environment, e.g. in a situation in which the battery is maintained for a long period of time in a fully charged state under a high temperature environment, while having excellent low temperature characteristics. A tire pressure detection system 1 includes: an air pressure detection device 10 that detects an air pressure inside a tire; and a secondary battery 20 that supplies power to the air pressure detection device 10. The secondary battery 20 is a lithium secondary battery that includes a negative electrode containing a lithium alloy as an active material and a positive electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Sugioka, Megumu Takai, Noriyuki Yabushita
  • Patent number: 10639946
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitor system allows for customized configurations and a variety of intelligent alerts to increase usability and reliability over existing tire pressure monitor systems. A central receiver determines the alerts, rather than individual receivers, so that the tires can be monitored as a system rather than as individual tires. For instance, a Cross-Axle Alert is triggered when the pressure in a tire on one side of an axle is significantly greater than the pressure in a tire on an opposite side of the axle. Additional features include the use of Dynamic Reference Pressures, as opposed to static reference pressures, so that the alert parameters can be adjusted according to the current driving conditions. A robust user interface provides a user with a variety of views and screens and enables an administrator to adjust alert parameters while preventing a driver from adjusting the same parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ADVANTAGE ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Phillip George Zaroor, Jason Phillip Zaroor, Vanessa Zaroor Hargrave, Edward Allen Lutsko, III, Jeromy Abed Mogharbel
  • Patent number: 10632800
    Abstract: A parking assistance device includes: a sensor configured to search for a parking space around a vehicle; a tire pressure monitoring system configured to measure and monitor a tire pressure of the vehicle; and an electronic control unit configured to calculate a moving distance of the vehicle moving to the parking space according to the tire pressure, to estimate a position of the vehicle by using the calculated moving distance, and to generate a parking command. The moving distance of the vehicle is calculated by using a moving distance per revolution of a tire measured and is set according to a tire pressure range to which the tire pressure of the vehicle belongs, a wheel pulse of the tire of the vehicle, and a reference wheel pulse per revolution of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dong Ik Kim
  • Patent number: 10625545
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed to facilitate TPMS broadcast mode selection. An example vehicle comprises sensors, a processor, and memory. The processor is in communication with the memory and with the sensors. The processor is configured to: receive an unencrypted signal indicating an abnormal tire pressure, enter an encrypted mode with the sensors, receive an encrypted follow up tire pressure status from the sensors, and determine whether the unencrypted signal is authentic based on the encrypted follow up tire pressure status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ali Hassani, Dilip B Patel
  • Patent number: 10616087
    Abstract: An approach to facilitating in-vehicle services through attendant devices, user-provided devices, and/or an in-vehicle computer system is provided. In one implementation, one or more communication sessions with the in-vehicle computer system may be facilitated by an attendant device. Passenger information relating to one or more passengers of a vehicle and service information relating to one or more services to be provided to the one or more passengers may be obtained by the attendant device from the in-vehicle computer system via the one or more communication sessions. The passenger information and the service information may be provided by the attendant device. An indication that at least one service is in progress or is complete is received by the attendant device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Kwivo, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandra Kathleen Heron, Julio Toro Silva, Manimeldura Janaka Mendis
  • Patent number: 10611197
    Abstract: A method of building vehicle data in a tire pressure diagnosis tool includes: building owner information in the tire pressure diagnosis tool; entering a vehicle identification number and a tire identification number; and obtaining a tire pressure sensor identification number and a tire environment parameter value, wherein complete linking data pertaining to every owner identity and vehicle status are built in a tire pressure diagnosis tool to not only enable automobile manufacturers and automobile repair shops to effectuate vehicle maintenance and management conveniently, but also provide vehicle identification numbers and tire identification numbers to a competent authority timely and as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CUB ELECPARTS INC.
    Inventors: San-Chuan Yu, Jyong Lin, Cheng-Wei Yu, Cheng-Yu Lin, Chih-Wen Pai, Pei-Yu Ma
  • Patent number: 10596865
    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: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dilip B. Patel, Ali Hassani
  • Patent number: 10596868
    Abstract: A process and a device of control and regulation of the pressure of tyres apt to ensure the adaptation of the footprint of a tyre to changes in the load applied thereto. The process includes the following steps: measuring the pressure of the tyre, measuring the footprint or the deflection of the tyre, determining a calculated value of footprint or of deflection in function of said optimum value of pressure, said calculated value of footprint or of deflection being determined by means of a correlation, based on experimental data, of values of pressure, footprint or deflection and applied load, if said calculated value of footprint or of deflection is different from respectively said measured value of footprint or of deflection: modifying the pressure of the tyre to reduce the difference between said measured value of pressure and said optimum value of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Trelleborg Wheel Systems Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Piero Mancinelli, Massimo Limiti, Domiziano Beltramme
  • Patent number: 10583699
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for localizing vehicle TPMS sensors. An example vehicle includes a plurality of TPMS sensors, a communication module, and a processor. The processor is configured for receiving, from a mobile device communicatively coupled to the communication module, a localization request comprising a tire location. The processor is also configured for transmitting wakeup requests to the plurality of TPMS sensors. And the processor is further configured for, responsive to determining signal strength values between each of the plurality of TPMS sensors and the mobile device, associating a selected TPMS sensor with the tire location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Dilip B. Patel, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10525779
    Abstract: Each of transmitters attached to respective wheel assemblies transmits transmission data when the wheel assembly reaches any of specific angles set at equal angular intervals. A receiver mounted in the vehicle obtains the rotation angles of the wheel assemblies from a rotation angle detecting section upon reception of the transmission data and obtains specific rotation angles by correcting the obtained rotation angles by using the value of the angle difference between the specific angles. The specific rotation angles are values that can be regarded as rotation angles that are obtained upon reception of the transmission data transmitted at the same specific angle. The receiver identifies the correspondence between ID codes included in the transmission data and the wheel assemblies by using the specific rotation angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Tsujita
  • Patent number: 10513156
    Abstract: All tire systems, including tire systems that include self-inflating devices, need to have the ability to regularly and reliably monitor and report vehicle and tire conditions for safety reasons. For a self-inflating tire, this can be accomplished by monitoring the operation of the self-inflation system, and assessing if it is consistent with a tire in good condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CODA INNOVATIONS
    Inventor: Frantisek Hrabal
  • Patent number: 10500409
    Abstract: Examples of systems and methods for providing alternating magnetic field therapy are provided. One example method includes the steps of positioning a target proximate to a first end of an alternating magnetic field (AMF) head, the AMF head comprising an electrical coil and a ferromagnetic core, the electrical coil having a substantially circular cross-section that is substantially centered on a first axis, the AMF head having the first end corresponding to a first end of the coil and a second end corresponding to a second end of the coil; generating and transmitting an alternating current (AC) signal to the AMF head; determining a temperature of the target based on a sensor signal from a temperature sensor; in response to determining the temperature, modifying the AC signal based on a difference between the temperature and a predetermined target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: KAIO Therapy, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Petty, Lev Zilberter, John Popow
  • Patent number: 10496857
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) technology which overcomes a cross-reading problem by using visible light recognition and identification values. An RFID reader terminal includes a visible light transmitter configured to transmit a visible light signal including an identification value of the RFID reader terminal, a radio frequency (RF) receiver configured to receive an RF signal including an identification value of an RFID tag terminal and information of the RFID tag terminal from the RFID tag terminal, and a reader controller configured to determine whether the identification value of the RFID reader terminal is identical to the identification value of the RFID tag terminal. In addition, there is provided an RFID tag terminal corresponding to the RFID reader terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, IDRO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Beom Shin, Yang Gi Kang, Kwang Jin Oh, Sang Mok Lee, Hyun Seok Kim, Sang Hyun Mo, Kang Bok Lee
  • Patent number: 10479148
    Abstract: A reception control section obtains a rotation angle of each wheel assembly when a reception circuit receives transmission data. The reception control section calculates the absolute value of the difference between the obtained rotation angle and a previously obtained rotation angle. The reception control section determines whether the absolute value of the difference is included in a reference range or a specific range. The reference range includes 0. The specific range includes the angle difference between specific angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Tsujita, Keiyu Fujii
  • Patent number: 10449811
    Abstract: Sensor and method for determining operating states associated with one or more tires. The operating state of the tire can be determined based on one or more measures environmental conditions of the tire(s). For example, a controller can be configured to determine a change in one or more environmental conditions, including determining, for example, a rate-of-change value, a variance value, a standard deviation, or the like. The rate-of-change, variance, and/or standard deviation values can be compared to one or more threshold values to determine the operating state(s) associated with the tire(s). The environmental condition can include, for example, acceleration of the tire, pressure of the tire, and/or temperature of the tire. The operating state can be, for example, a filling state indicative of the tire being inflating, and/or a drive state indicative of the tire rotating about its axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christoph Steiner, Ralf-Rainer Schledz
  • Patent number: 10442253
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) includes a plurality of beacon transmitters each provided at different locations and each configured to transmit a plurality of beacons; a first TPMS sensor module configured to receive the plurality of beacons from each of the plurality of beacon transmitters, measure a signal strength of each of the plurality of beacons from each of the plurality of beacon transmitters, and transmit a signal including a first signal strength value for each of the plurality of beacon transmitters, each first signal strength value being representative of the measured signal strength of one or more of the plurality of beacons from a corresponding beacon transmitter of the plurality of beacon transmitters; and a control unit configured to receive the signal and determine a location of the first TPMS sensor module based on the first signal strength value for each of the plurality of beacon transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Maximilian Werner, Michael Kandler, Wolfgang Scheibenzuber
  • Patent number: 10421322
    Abstract: Pairing information signals are transmitted for a selected period of time after the transceiver powers up. Generally identical heartbeat signals are transmitted by the transceiver for a longer period of time than the pairing information signals. When the monitor receives the pairing information, it will connect to the transceiver; however, if the monitor does not receive a selected number, e.g. 3, of heartbeat signals, it will disconnect from the transceiver and enter a standby mode, whereupon if the required heartbeats are received, the monitor will connect to the transceiver emitting them. Once connected in this manner, the monitor is able to process the tire sensor data relayed by the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: DORAN MANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventors: James Clifford Samocki, Lee Anthony Demis, Christian Peter Nau, Jie Shen
  • Patent number: 10424129
    Abstract: A tire condition telematics system. The system includes a vehicle having an onboard computer and one or more wheel assemblies with one or more tires with a tire tread. A prediction as to when said tire tread will fall below a minimum tread depth in performed. The prediction is based on an amount of distance said wheel assemblies experience said wheel slip condition, a distance said wheel assemblies drive over said one or more road materials, a distance said wheel assemblies drive in rain and snow, a distance one or more loads are on said vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan W. Laskey, Douglas D. Turner
  • Patent number: 10421323
    Abstract: An electronic monitor displays a tire position for each of a plurality of tires on a motor vehicle and provides a warning if a pressure reading received from any of the tires is outside a selected range of the baseline tire pressure value established for that tire position. The tire position and baseline tire pressure value are established by using navigation keys and a pair of control keys on the monitor. In an earlier method of establishing one or more baseline tire pressure values, the baseline value was entered on a tire-by-tire basis. The present improvement enables the operator to enter a baseline value globally for all tire positions. First a tire selection mode is entered, and a tire position is selected. Next, a baseline tire pressure selection mode is entered and a baseline tire pressure value is selected. The baseline tire pressure value is then assigned and saved to all of the tire positions by simultaneously engaging the pair of control keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: DORAN MANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventors: Jie Shen, James Clifford Samocki
  • Patent number: 10415636
    Abstract: For the purpose, a physical quantity regarding a bearing body is detected by a detection sensor provided in the bearing body, and detection information of the detection sensor is transmitted by a wireless transmitting unit provided in the bearing body via wireless communication. At this time, the detection information is transmitted at a first transmission interval when the detection information is smaller than a threshold value and is a normal value, and the detection information is transmitted at a second transmission interval that is shorter than the first transmission interval when the detection information is the threshold value or larger and is an abnormal value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Sasao, Nobuko Okutani
  • Patent number: 10403115
    Abstract: A method for geo-location services is described. In one embodiment, the method includes tracking incidents that occur within a predetermined geographic area in relation to a subscription service, upon receiving a request for a list of incidents in relation to the predetermined geographic area, generating a notification comprising the requested list of incidents, and sending the notification to one or more subscribers within the predetermined geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jungtaik Hwang, Matthew J. Eyring, James E. Nye, Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10399396
    Abstract: A system for determining a tire contact area parameter includes a sensor module on the tire. The sensor module has a sensor that receives a sensor signal which is dependent on a mechanical tire load at a predetermined measuring point on the tire. A first evaluation device evaluates the sensor signal and provides data based on the sensor signal. The data contain a data element which indicates a time point in the sensor signal. The time point characterizes a passage of the measuring point through the tire contact area. A second evaluation device calculates the tire contact area parameter by evaluating the data provided by the first evaluation device. The first evaluation device analyzes the sensor signal based on a predetermined evaluation criterion with respect to the signal quality of the sensor signal to provide signal quality information of the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Hubert Limbrunner, Matthias Kretschmann
  • Patent number: 10384497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for monitoring a tire pressure considering a low pressure situation. Provided is a tire pressure monitoring apparatus considering a low pressure situation including: a radius analyzing unit which calculates a radius analysis value using a relative velocity difference and an average velocity calculated from wheel velocities of the wheels mounted on the vehicle; a critical value setting unit which compares the calculated radius analysis value with a predetermined determination reference value and sets different critical values in accordance with the comparison result; and a low pressure determining unit which determines a low pressure of a tire mounted on a vehicle using the set critical value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI AUTRON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Hun Kim, Tae-Rim Choi
  • Patent number: 10358004
    Abstract: A device for detecting tire parameters of transiting vehicles, comprising an electronic unit for processing radio signals that carry measurements of at least one parameter of at least one tire of a vehicle, such as the pressure, and further comprising a detector of the transit of vehicles for the activation of the processing of the radio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: STE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Paolo Maria Moiraghi, Mauro Cortese
  • Patent number: 10352478
    Abstract: Provided is a replacement necessity determination device for a snap-in valve having an inner end to which an air pressure detection device including an air pressure sensor and an acceleration sensor is coupled. A control device of the replacement necessity determination device is configured to predict an angle change amount of the snap-in valve and the air pressure detection device with respect to a wheel caused by a centrifugal force based on a rotational speed of the wheel and an acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor, calculate a degradation indication value of an elastic body of the snap-in valve based on a maximum value of the angle change amount during a period set in advance, and determine necessity of replacement of the snap-in valve based on an integrated value of the degradation indication value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Taki
  • Patent number: 10339426
    Abstract: A system for monitoring an area includes a processor and an electromagnetic radiation source in communication with the processor. The electromagnetic radiation source is configured to emit radiation to heat a metallic object that is in or carried by a target. The system also includes an array of temperature sensors in communication with the processor, where the array of temperature sensors is configured to detect a first temperature associated with the target and a second temperature associated with the target. The first temperature is detected prior to emission of the radiation and the second temperature is detected subsequent to emission of the radiation. The processor is also configured to determine whether to trigger an alert based at least in part on a difference between the first temperature and the second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Bernard Fryshman
  • Patent number: 10315655
    Abstract: Mobile machine characteristics and position are sensed to obtain an indication of the compactive effect of a mobile machine on a worksite. A soil compaction stress map is generated and control signals are generated, for controlling controlled systems, based upon the soil compaction stress map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Blank, Kristen A. Blank
  • Patent number: 10300748
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for localizing vehicle TPMS sensors. An example vehicle includes a plurality of TPMS sensors, a communication module, and a processor. The processor is configured for receiving, from a mobile device communicatively coupled to the communication module, a localization request comprising a tire location. The processor is also configured for transmitting wakeup requests to the plurality of TPMS sensors. And the processor is further configured for, responsive to determining signal strength values between each of the plurality of TPMS sensors and the mobile device, associating a selected TPMS sensor with the tire location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Dilip B. Patel, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10295500
    Abstract: Ultrasonic transmitting elements in an electroacoustical transceiver transmit acoustic energy to an electroacoustical transponder, which includes ultrasonic receiving elements to convert the acoustic energy into electrical power for the purposes of powering one or more sensors that are electrically coupled to the electroacoustical transponder. The electroacoustical transponder transmits data collected by the sensor(s) back to the electroacoustical transceiver wirelessly, such as through impedance modulation or electromagnetic waves. A feedback control loop can be used to adjust system parameters so that the electroacoustical transponder operates at an impedance minimum. An implementation of the system can be used to collect data in a vehicle, such as the tire air pressure. Another implementation of the system can be used to collect data in remote locations, such as in pipes, enclosures, in wells, or in bodies of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UltraPower Inc.
    Inventors: Inder Raj S. Makin, Harry Jabs, Leon J. Radziemski
  • Patent number: 10293645
    Abstract: A sensor device and a communication method are provided. The sensor includes a microcontroller unit, and a receiver electrically connected to the microcontroller unit and configured to receive at least one communication signal. The receiver includes a magnetic sensor configured to detect a modulated electromagnetic carrier signal as a first communication signal and output an encoded measurement signal based on the detected modulated electromagnetic carrier signal. The sensor device further includes a demodulator configured to convert the encoded measurement signal into a data signal and output the data signal to the microcontroller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Thomas Lemense, Thomas Lange, Jooil Park
  • Patent number: 10286738
    Abstract: A tire pressure detector includes: an air pressure detector to repeatedly detect air pressure of a target tire; a transmission device to wirelessly transmit air pressure information about the air pressure detected by the air pressure detector; a reception device to receive the air pressure information transmitted by the transmission device; an estimation device to calculate, when the reception device receives the air pressure information on the identical target tire a plurality of times, an estimated air pressure based on a plurality of pieces of the latest air pressure information received by the reception device, the estimated air pressure being an estimated value of the air pressure at current time; and an alarm generation device to raise an alarm when the estimated air pressure becomes equal to or less than a specified threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Taki
  • Patent number: 10266119
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle includes an interior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror head with a mirror reflective element. The mirror reflective element includes a transflective mirror reflector. A video display screen is disposed behind the mirror reflective element and is operable for displaying video images viewable through the transflective mirror reflector of the mirror reflective element. When not operated to display video images, the presence of the video display screen behind the mirror reflective element is rendered covert by the transflective mirror reflector. The interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mechanism operable to change the orientation of the mirror reflective element relative to the vehicle driver. The mechanism operates to flip the orientation of the mirror reflective element between a first position that is tilted towards the vehicle driver and a second position that is tilted away from the vehicle driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Hamid Habibi, Michael J. Baur
  • Patent number: 10245904
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed to facilitate TPMS broadcast mode selection. An example vehicle comprises sensors, a processor, and memory. The processor is in communication with the memory and with the sensors. The processor is configured to: receive an unencrypted signal indicating an abnormal tire pressure, enter an encrypted mode with the sensors, receive an encrypted follow up tire pressure status from the sensors, and determine whether the unencrypted signal is authentic based on the encrypted follow up tire pressure status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ali Hassani, Dilip B. Patel
  • Patent number: 10232673
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for tire pressure monitoring with vehicle park-assist. An example vehicle includes tires, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors, a park-assist controller to determine a parking path, and a TPMS controller. The TPMS controller is to determine tire characteristics based on the parking path, calculate tire indexes for the tires based on the tire characteristics, and select one or more of the TPMS sensors based on the tire indexes. The TPMS controller also is to instruct, via a communication module, the selected TPMS sensors to collect pressure measurements during park-assist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10232822
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle-mounted communication system with which a vehicle-mounted machine is able to continue receiving a wireless signal even if the signal is interrupted. When an ID signal, indicating identification information (ID) corresponding to a vehicle, and more than M (where M is a natural number) data signals, indicating control content, are caused to be included in a wireless signal by the portable machine, and the portable machine transmits the wireless signal, the portable machine adds the ID signal into the wireless signal each time M data signals have been transmitted, and continues to transmit the wireless signal. Meanwhile, each time the vehicle-mounted machine receives the ID signal included in the wireless signal, the vehicle-mounted machine verifies the identification information the received ID signal against identification information stored in a ROM, and continues to receive the wireless signal when there is a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Furuta
  • Patent number: 10229348
    Abstract: A device for use in detecting metallic objects includes a processor and an electromagnetic radiation source in communication with the processor. The electromagnetic radiation source is configured to emit radiation to heat a metallic object. The device also includes a temperature sensor in communication with the processor. The temperature sensor is configured to detect heat emitted from the metallic object. The device also includes an alarm configured to notify an operator of the presence of the metallic object responsive to a determination by the processor that a temperature threshold has been exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Bernard Fryshman
  • Patent number: 10226973
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for communicating measurement messages between a plurality of electronic measurement modules and an electronic control unit of a motor vehicle. The method includes the steps of measurement (E1), by a primary emitter module, of parameter values associated with the wheel in which the module is mounted, of sending (E2), by the primary emitter module, of measurement messages to a relay module, of reception (E3) by the relay module, of the measurement messages sent, of measurement (E5), by the relay module, of parameter values associated with the wheel in which the relay module is mounted and of sending (E6), by the relay module, of the measurement messages received and of its own measurements to the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Jean-Philippe Boisset, Olivier Fudulea, Jean-Charles Huard
  • Patent number: 10214137
    Abstract: A dual color temperature vehicle lamp able to judge a driving environment based on invisible light includes a vehicle lamp body in the form of an LED. The vehicle lamp body includes a light emitting unit capable of performing a conversion of at least two kinds of color temperature light. A front end face of the vehicle lamp body is provided with at least one invisible light emitting source, at least one reflected light receiver, and a partition plate between the invisible light emitting source and the reflected light receiver. The invisible light emitting source is embedded in a recess at a front end of the vehicle lamp body. The vehicle lamp body includes a preamplifier circuit connected with the reflected light receiver, an MCU connected with the preamplifier circuit, and a wireless transceiver module connected with the MCU therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LEIMAN LIGHTING (DOGGUAN) TECH. LIMITED
    Inventors: Jianhua Tong, Yucheng Lin
  • Patent number: 10183534
    Abstract: A tire pressure sensor device (122) for a wheel (112) of an aircraft (102) including a pressure sensor (124) for measuring the internal pressure of a tire, a temperature sensor (126) for measuring a temperature local to the tire (116), a memory unit (131) local to the tire for storing data, and a control unit (128) local to the tire arranged to record in the memory unit (131) data of the readings taken at intervals of time. The data recorded for each reading includes an indication of the time of the reading, the tire pressure and the temperature local to the tire. Measurements may be taken and recorded over time, both when the aircraft is on the ground and when the aircraft is in flight. Data may be uploaded to a portable handheld device (140) for analysis when maintaining the tires in their correctly inflated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Raymond Bill
  • Patent number: 10173483
    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: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TORRX, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Neir, Sally Otten
  • Patent number: 10160270
    Abstract: A vehicle is mounted with a pulse detecting unit that detects rotation of a wheel as pulses, a wheel rotation number storage unit that stores the number of pulses in correspondence with time, and a wheel position specifying device that specifies on which of the plurality of wheels the tire state detecting device arranged on each wheel is arranged. The wheel position specifying device includes a reception unit that receives a transmission signal, including a time required for the wheel to make a predetermined number of rotations, transmitted from each tire state detecting device, and a specifying unit that specifies the wheel on which each tire state detecting device is arranged from a difference of the number of pulses counted during the time included in the transmission signal and the number of pulses while the wheel makes the predetermined number of rotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takao Araya
  • Patent number: 10147032
    Abstract: A method, system and tag for low power radio frequency communication is described. In one embodiment, the RF tag comprises: an energy harvesting unit operable to convert incident RF energy to direct current (DC); a storage unit operable to store recovered DC power; one or more sensors for sensing; a backscatter communicator to backscatter energy to communicate; and a microcontroller coupled to the energy harvesting and storage units, the one or more sensors, and the backscatter communicator, the microcontroller operable to wake up from a sleep state and cause the radio to communicate sensed data from at least one of the one or more sensors while powered by energy previously harvested and stored by the energy harvesting and storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: RICOH CO., LTD., DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ken Gudan, Sergey Chemishkian, Jonathan J. Hull, Matthew S. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10147246
    Abstract: A wheel bolt torque monitoring system for a vehicle includes a torque sensor disposed at each bolt that is used to mount a wheel at a wheel mount of a vehicle. A transmitting device is disposed at the wheel mount of the vehicle, and the transmitting device receives data from the torque sensors at the wheel mounted at the wheel mount. The transmitting device transmits data to a control unit, which processes data received from the transmitting device to determine when a torque at a bolt is below a threshold torque level. Responsive to the control unit determining that a torque at a bolt is below the threshold torque level, the control unit generates an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Arno Krapf, Ruediger Boegel
  • Patent number: 10118446
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tire pressure monitoring system and a method for performing auto-location thereof that simply identifies the position of a tire pressure monitoring module in a direct scheme tire pressure monitoring system to perform auto-location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Autron Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyung-Taek Kim