Radio Wave Patents (Class 340/447)
  • Patent number: 11901744
    Abstract: A control device includes a control portion that controls a power supply portion that supplies power to a load based on received power received by a power receiving portion from a power transmitting device. In the case where the power receiving portion, after receiving a signal having a first frequency and a first duty from the power transmitting device, receives a signal having a second frequency that is different from the first frequency or a signal having a second duty that is different from the first duty, the control portion specifies an issued command based on a length of a reception period of the signal having the second frequency or the signal having the second duty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Kota Onishi
  • Patent number: 11890902
    Abstract: A duplex Bluetooth transmission tire pressure system and a method thereof are provided. The system includes a Bluetooth tire pressure detector and a transceiver host, and the two can duplex Bluetooth transmit to each other, so that to complete locating and tire condition detecting. The transceiver host controls a locating program that controls the Bluetooth tire pressure detector to start or stop and limit the transmitting packet of the tire condition program of the Bluetooth tire pressure detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: SYSGRATION LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Yu, Shih-Yao Lin
  • Patent number: 11872854
    Abstract: A transmitter is configured to be attached to each of wheel assemblies provided in a vehicle and execute a process in accordance with a command included in a trigger signal transmitted from a trigger device. The transmitter includes a battery, a condition detecting section, which detects a condition of the transmitter, a trigger receiving section, which receives, as the trigger signal, an unmodulated wave having a received signal strength indication greater than or equal to a predetermined received signal strength indication, a transmitting section, which transmits a signal, a controlling section, which performs response transmission, by which the signal is transmitted to the transmitting section in response to the unmodulated wave, when the trigger receiving section receives the unmodulated wave, and a memory section, which stores at least one of reception time of the unmodulated wave and a number of times of the response transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Tsujita
  • Patent number: 11865874
    Abstract: A method for detecting a change in location of at least one wheel of a motor vehicle, the vehicle having at least one central processing unit, one wheel unit which includes an electronic assembly of sensors and which is mounted on the wheel, and one bidirectional communications assembly. The method notably includes a first comparison step, during which a first evaluation pattern is compared with a first reference pattern to determine whether the location of the wheel has changed, the patterns being representative of the effective location of the wheel unit in the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Jean-Phillippe Boisset, Sylvain Godet
  • Patent number: 11865875
    Abstract: A tire high temperature forecasting system includes at least one tire that supports a vehicle, and at least one sensor mounted on the tire for measuring a temperature of the tire. An electronic memory capacity is in a unit mounted on the tire for storing tire identification information. A processor is in electronic communication with the sensor and the electronic memory capacity, in which the processor receives and correlates the measured temperature, a time of the temperature measurement, and the tire identification information. Transmission means transmit the measured temperature, a time of the temperature measurement, and the tire identification information to a remote processor. The remote processor executes a forecasting model, and the forecasting model generates a forecast estimate. If the forecast estimate includes a predicted high temperature that is greater than a predetermined high temperature threshold for the tire, an alert is generated by the forecasting model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Adam William Birdsall, Wesley Conyers Clark
  • Patent number: 11858299
    Abstract: A real time tire pressure sensing system includes sensors to collectively generate signals corresponding to a contained tire air temperature, a contained inflation pressure, and an ambient temperature associated with a tire mounted on a vehicle. A processor determines an effective tire inflation pressure based on the generated signals and further at least on a calculated moving average of the ambient temperature (e.g., over a defined time period such as 24 hours) and generates real time notifications associated with the determined effective tire inflation pressure to specified user interfaces. At least one sensor may be an inflation pressure sensor configured to generate event-based signals corresponding to detected changes per unit pressure. The processor may further generate real time feedback control signals to an automatic tire inflation device, based on the determined effective tire inflation pressure, or enable and prompt manual control of the tire inflation device via the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: David O. Stalnaker, Robert Palmer, Kirk S. Rutherford, Cameron C. Martinez
  • Patent number: 11845461
    Abstract: Monitoring critical areas of a trailer for thermal events, including: a plurality of sensors placed at or near the critical areas of the trailer, the plurality of sensors to sense the thermal events at the critical areas as sensor data, wherein the critical areas include at least tire, brake, and wheel end; a main controller to receive and monitor the sensor data measured by the plurality of sensors, the main controller to trigger at least one of alerts and warnings; an indicator light to activate the alerts; and an alarm to sound the warnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventors: Jong Seog Lee, James Sangyoung Oh
  • Patent number: 11840116
    Abstract: A method of communicating configuration data of a tire pressure monitoring device configured to be affixed to a wheel is disclosed. The method includes, at the tire pressure monitoring device, receiving a request to confirm configuration data, and responsive to receipt of the request to confirm configuration data, transmitting a configuration data signal which encodes the configuration data. The configuration data signal is configured to be received and understood by a human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventor: Andrew Bill
  • Patent number: 11821981
    Abstract: A method for operating a radar sensing system includes configuring a transmitter to transmit a radio signal. A receiver is configured to receive radio signals. The received radio signals include the transmitted radio signal transmitted by the transmitter and reflected from objects in the environment. The method includes with advanced temporal knowledge of the codes used to modulate the transmitted radio signal, using code values of the plurality of codes, and in combination with a bank of digital finite impulse response (FIR) filters, generating complementary signals of any self-interference noise. The method further includes subtracting the complementary signals at one or more points in the receiver prior to the interference desensing the receiver. The radar sensing system further includes a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) interference canceller for detecting the largest interference signals and sequentially cancelling them while signal processing the received radio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: UHNDER, INC.
    Inventors: Curtis Davis, Monier Maher, Jean P. Bordes, Manju Hegde, Otto A. Schmid, Raghunath K. Rao, Marius Goldenberg, Aria Eshraghi, Vito Giannini, David S. Trager, Nikhilesh Bhagat, Srikanth Gollapudi, Sundar Govindarajan, Steve Borho, Jonathan Preussner, Paul W. Dent, Paul Bassett, Stephen W. Alland, Fred Harris, Wayne E. Stark, Murtaza Ali
  • Patent number: 11822001
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes providing instructions to broadcast a modulated radar chirp signal from a radar antenna of a vehicle. The modulated radar chirp signal includes data associated with the vehicle. The method includes receiving a first return signal whose waveform substantially matches the modulated chirp signal. The first return signal is the modulated radar chirp signal after reflecting off of an object in an environment surrounding the vehicle. The method includes calculating a location for the object using the first return signal, receiving, from a base station antenna, a second return signal that indicates the modulated chirp signal was received by the base station antenna, and providing instructions to establish a wireless communication session with the base station antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Woven by Toyota, U.S., Inc.
    Inventors: Farzad Cyrus Foroughi Abari, Romain Clément, Helen Ruth Lurie
  • Patent number: 11813900
    Abstract: A housing (4) for a tyre parameter monitoring system is provided. The housing (4) comprises two arms (10, 12) that are shaped and spaced to provide a clamp-in fitting (18) for engaging with a valve stem (34) of a clamp-in type valve (30) such that the valve stem (34) of the clamp-in type valve (30) is pivotably engaged with the housing (4) and such that the angle between the valve stem (34) of the clamp-in type valve (30) and the housing (4) is variable. The housing (4) also comprises a snap connection fitting (16) for engaging a valve stem (8) of a snap-in type valve (6). The snap connection fitting (16) is positioned between the two arms (10, 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Haas, Paul Druta
  • Patent number: 11801717
    Abstract: A stemming system includes a computing device and a stemming device. The computing device includes data processing hardware and memory hardware in communication with the data processing hardware. The data processing hardware includes a transmitter and a receiver. The stemming device is communicatively-coupled to the computing device. The stemming device includes a base portion and a valve-engaging portion. The valve-engaging portion includes a transducer that obtains a measurement communicated to the receiver of the computing device. The measurement includes at least one physical parameter associated with installing a tire-wheel assembly valve to a wheel throughout a process of disposing the valve within a valve hole of the wheel. The processor analyzes a data signature associated with the measurement for determining if the valve has been adequately or inadequately installed by the stemming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: Donald Graham Straitiff, Christopher Michael Bulliner, Steven Edward Lind
  • Patent number: 11787241
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tire pressure sensor identification method, apparatus and device. The method includes: sending an activation signal to a to-be-detected tire pressure sensor, till receiving a feedback signal sent for the activation signal by the to-be-detected tire pressure sensor, where the feedback signal includes feature information of the to-be-detected tire pressure sensor; and identifying the to-be-detected tire pressure sensor according to the feature information. The present invention implements automatic scanning of the tire pressure sensor and can accurately identify the tire pressure sensor according to a scanning result, thereby improving activation efficiency of the tire pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventor: Yongliang Luo
  • Patent number: 11772665
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a vehicle that includes a piezoelectric device. The piezoelectric device may harvest energy that may be transferred between two masses, such as a chassis and a vehicle suspension, to power electrical components of a vehicle. In addition, output of the piezoelectric device may be monitored to identify degradation of electrical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pallavi Gattu, Kristian Ulyses Flores Aviña, Miguel Angel Leon Guerrero
  • Patent number: 11761825
    Abstract: A sensing device is provided having sensing circuitry, connected to an input port and the output port, with a sensor having an impedance sensitive to a parameter of interest, one or more passive electrical components, and a variable capacitor. The sensing circuitry is triggered to generate an output signal for transmission from the output port, the output signal dependent on the parameter of interest sensed by the sensor and on an input power value, Pin, of an input signal received at the input port being greater than a parametric threshold power value, Pth. A sensing system includes the sensing device and a transmitting device to transmit the input signal to the sensing device at a frequency representative of the parameter of interest. A receiving device, which can be incorporated with or located remotely from the transmitting device, receives the output signal of the sensing device, which has a frequency that is half of the frequency of the input signal transmitted by the transmitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Cristian Cassella, Hussein Hussein, Matteo Rinaldi
  • Patent number: 11745549
    Abstract: A pressure sensing assembly configured to be attached to a bicycle wheel having a tire and a rim mounted to the tire. The pressure sensing assembly includes a housing, a pressure transmitting member, a sensing chamber defined by the housing and the pressure transmitting member, and a sensing element. The pressure transmitting member is coupled the housing and has a central portion offset from the plane in a first direction. The sensing element is offset from the plane in a second direction opposite the first direction. The pressure transmitting member is configured to transmit a pressure in the tire to the sensing element via the sensing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: SRAM. LLC
    Inventor: Geoff Nichols
  • Patent number: 11738608
    Abstract: Disclosed is a monitoring device used for acquiring monitoring data of a tire, which includes a housing, the housing comprises an upper housing and a lower housing, a cavity is formed between the upper housing and the lower housing; a circuit board, the circuit board comprises a first surface which is a side of the circuit board close to the upper housing, and the circuit board is installed in the cavity; a power supply, the power supply is arranged on one side of the circuit board; and an antenna assembly, the antenna assembly includes a first antenna, the first antenna is wound on the circuit board for at least three turns, and the first antenna is used for transmitting a radio frequency signal to output the monitoring data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Inventors: Liangjun Wu, Zequn Liu, Cunjin Chi, Huosheng Xu
  • Patent number: 11738609
    Abstract: A system for determining abnormalities of a TPMS that includes a pressure sensor that senses a pressure inside a tire and transmits sensed pressure data as a radio signal, a reception unit that receives the radio signal from the pressure sensor and measures strength of the received radio signal, and a determination unit that determines an abnormality of the TPMS based on the radio signal received, and the strength of the radio signal measured, by the reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bok Man Park
  • Patent number: 11707951
    Abstract: A wireless programming method for tire pressure detectors includes the following steps. A wireless programmer sends an activating command. The tire pressure detectors send a responding message. The wireless programmer receives the responding messages and records identification codes in the received responding messages. The wireless programmer sends a stop-responding command to make the tire pressure detector with the identification codes, which is recorded in the wireless programmer, enter a stop-responding mode. The wireless programmer sends the activating command again. The tire pressure detectors not in the stop-responding mode send the responding messages. The wireless programmer receives the responding message and records the identification code in the received responding message. The wireless programmer sends a code to the tire pressure detectors corresponding to the recorded identification code to program the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Mobiletron Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Hui Chou, Wen-Chuan Hung
  • Patent number: 11699056
    Abstract: An RFID inlay includes an RFID module and an antenna. The RFID module includes an RFIC and an antenna sharing circuit provided between the RFIC and the antenna. The RFIC includes a power receiving terminal to which power induced upon receipt of an electromagnetic wave for power reception is input and a transmitting terminal from which a transmission signal for RFID is output. Moreover, the antenna receives the electromagnetic wave for power reception and generates an electromagnetic wave for RFID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ueki, Noboru Kato
  • Patent number: 11685201
    Abstract: An inflation manifold connected to dual pneumatic tires by air hoses provides a central location for tire inflation and location of pressure sensors. A hose block connected to dual pneumatic tires by air hoses provides a central location for location of pressure sensors. The pressure sensors may be TPMS sensors or a combination of TPMS sensor and pressure gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Pressure Systems International, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Musgrave, Mark Kevin Hennig, Charles Blanton Robertson, James Raymond Snider, Jonathan Gravell
  • Patent number: 11679632
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a tire pressure sensor identification method, a related apparatus and system. A tire pressure sensor identification apparatus in the present invention includes a storage module configured to store identity information of a tire pressure sensor, a communications module configured to communicate with an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicle, a processing module and a radio frequency transmission module configured to output identity information. The tire pressure sensor identification apparatus may output the stored identity information to a corresponding vehicle, so that the vehicle can still identify the tire pressure sensor even if the tire pressure sensor is not in an activated state. It is convenient for a user to perform a uniform identification operation after uniformly collecting the identity information, thereby improving identification efficiency of the tire pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventor: Yong Wu
  • Patent number: 11673434
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for providing a sound indicative of a pressure of a tire relative to a target pressure. A target pressure specifier is configured to specify a target pressure for a tire and generate a target pressure signal indicative of the target pressure. A pressure monitor is configured to receive the target pressure signal, a current pressure signal indicative of a current pressure of the tire, and an indicator of a deliberate change in the current pressure and compare the current pressure signal with the target pressure signal responsive to the indicator. A status signal is generated indicative of a status of the current pressure signal relative to the target pressure signal. An audio generator is configured to receive the status signal and to generate a sound audible outside of the passenger compartment of the vehicle that is indicative of the status signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Coburn, Rahul Madineni
  • Patent number: 11654730
    Abstract: A tire system is configured to enable a general-purpose communication device to establish data communication with a tire-side device, thereby enabling transmission of data indicating a tire-related condition from the tire-side device to the general-purpose communication device. The general-purpose communication device acquires the tire-related condition, and reports the tire-related condition to the user via a notification unit. Based on the above, it is possible to report the tire-related condition via the general-purpose communication device based on the communication between the general-purpose communication device and the tire-side device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventors: Yoichiro Suzuki, Takatoshi Sekizawa, Kenichiro Sanji, Naohito Takasuka
  • Patent number: 11651630
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a failure detection unit configured to detect a failure of a vehicle, and a vehicle controller configured to control the vehicle. The vehicle controller changes the control of the vehicle depending on a failure level when the failure detection unit detects a failure of an on-vehicle component other than the vehicle control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Keiji Yamashita, Koichi Ikemoto, Koji Taguchi, Shin Sakurada, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11647403
    Abstract: Methods, systems and vehicles are provided for controlling a wireless application provided to a wireless device over a wireless network. One or more radio frequency (RF) parameters of the wireless device in the wireless network are triggered by the wireless application. One or more sensors generate sensor data of the wireless device in the wireless network. A processor at least facilitates determining whether an adjustment is appropriate for the wireless device in the wireless device to mitigate interference from wireless signals outside the wireless network, based on the sensor data, wherein the determination as to whether an adjustment is appropriate is based at least on part on whether the wireless application is being utilized for the wireless device in the wireless network; and adjusting, via instructions provided by the processor, a sensitivity of a receiver of the wireless device, based on the determination that the adjustment is appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Ahmad S. Balboul, Bhargavi Chandrakumar, Lakshmi V. Thanayankizil
  • Patent number: 11641053
    Abstract: A reader system for a tire with an integrated radio frequency identification (RFID) and tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensor, in which the integrated RFID and TPMS sensor is mounted on the tire, is provided. The reader system includes at least one antenna that is external to the tire. The at least one antenna is mounted on a vehicle on which the tire is mounted in a location proximate the tire. The at least one antenna is in electronic communication with the integrated RFID and TPMS sensor. A reader is mounted on the vehicle and is also in electronic communication with the at least one antenna. The at least one antenna relays a signal from the integrated RFID and TPMS sensor to the reader. A display device is in electronic communication with the reader to receive and display data from the integrated RFID and TPMS sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: John Michael Fenkanyn, Mario Vincent Orosa, Shannon D Baker, Christopher Michael Knauf, Andrew Howard Merrow, Anguel Milkov Tcholakov
  • Patent number: 11633930
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises a chassis, wheels rotationally mounted to the chassis, each wheel being disposed within a respective wheel well, and a tire mounted to each wheel. A tire sensor disposed within the wheel well senses a tire condition and generates and outputs a tire condition signal indicative of the tire condition. A repair controller receives the tire condition signal from the tire sensor and processes the tire condition signal to determine whether to repair the tire. The repair controller is configured to generate and output a tire repair signal. A 3D printing device disposed in the wheel well and communicatively connected to the repair controller receives the tire repair signal and 3D prints an additive reparation to the tire by drawing a tire repair compound from a supply container within the vehicle and by depositing the tire repair compound on the tire to repair the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventor: Matthew MacGregor Roy
  • Patent number: 11623686
    Abstract: Techniques for diagnosing and disambiguating a bias in one or more axels of a bidirectional four-wheel drive vehicle. In some examples, the diagnostics system may diagnose and disambiguate the bias in the two axles by collecting data related to the movement of the vehicle while the vehicle traverses a zero curvature path in a forward direction. The diagnostics system may then determine a bias in an axle acting as the rear axle based on the collected data. The bias in the axle acting as the front axle may then be determined based on the collected data and the bias in the rear axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Patrick Thalman, Genie Kim, Joseph Funke, Zachary Stuart Churukian
  • Patent number: 11624276
    Abstract: A pressure dosimeter can include a body-mountable housing comprising a well having a first end portion open to the atmosphere, a second closed end portion, and a cavity. The dosimeter can include a membrane assembly disposed within the cavity, and a sealing member disposed within the cavity between the membrane assembly and the second end portion. The membrane assembly has a diameter less than a diameter of the cavity and a thickness less than a height of the cavity such that it can move within the cavity allowing air to pass around it and into the second end portion. When exposed to a pressure event the membrane assembly is urged against the sealing member, sealing the second end portion. The membrane will rupture at a selected overpressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Brisance Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Crowell
  • Patent number: 11618286
    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: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventor: Siavash Motamed
  • Patent number: 11618287
    Abstract: A Bluetooth tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) includes a sensing host and a receiving host, and the sensing host includes a battery, a control unit, a Bluetooth transceiver unit, a boost/regulation circuit, a pressure sensing unit, an operational amplifier, a gravity sensing unit, a temperature sensing unit and a Bluetooth antenna. The Bluetooth TPMS utilizes low-power Bluetooth wireless communication technology to transmit and receive signals, so as to meet the requirement in low power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: SYSGRATION LTD.
    Inventor: Shih-Yao Lin
  • Patent number: 11613314
    Abstract: A weight sensing assembly for a semi-trailer truck enabling balancing of a load includes a sensing module, which is one of a plurality thereof. The sensing modules are mountable to wheels of the semi-trailer truck so that each axle has a sensing module engaged to outside wheels thereof. The sensing module obtains a pressure measurement of a tire engaged to the wheel and transmits it to an electronic device. Programming code on the electronic device enables it to utilize a pressure change, upon positioning of a load upon the semi-trailer truck, to determine a weight that is positioned upon an associated axle. The electronic device calculates adjustments to positions of a sliding fifth wheel and of sliding tandems of the semi-trailer truck to obtain positions thereof that will achieve a legal weight distribution of the load. The electronic device presents, upon a screen thereof, the adjustments to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: Taibi Khayyi Hammou
  • Patent number: 11597238
    Abstract: A tire system includes a tire side device that is arranged corresponding to a tire provided in a vehicle and transmits data related to the tire, and a wear estimation unit that estimates a tire wear state based on the data related to the tire. The tire side device holds data related to an elapsed time since the tire was manufactured as data related to the tire, transmits data related to the elapsed time to the wear estimation unit. The wear estimation unit estimates the tire wear state based on the mileage from the start of use of the tire and a tire deterioration degree indicated by the data related to the elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Ryosuke Kanbayashi, Nobuya Watabe, Masashi Mori
  • Patent number: 11560015
    Abstract: A sensor is mounted to or embedded in a wheel hub. The sensor node includes a power source and a sensing device that detects and monitors at least one parameter associated with the wheel hub. The sensor node also includes a communication module that communicates via wireless communication signals and a processing device in communication with the sensing device and the communication module. The processing device collects data from the sensing devices, processes the data, and based on that processing, communicates information relating to the wheel hub to a remote server or network. A mesh network of multiple sensor nodes can be applied to multiple different wheel hubs on a vehicle and communicate with a central processing device. The processing device can thus monitor performance and/or operation of each wheel hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Consolidated Metco, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Carr
  • Patent number: 11560022
    Abstract: This application relates generally to sensor systems and, more particularly, relates to systems and methods for management of smart wheel sensors that collect actionable sensor data from a rotatable component of a vehicle's wheel. In certain embodiments, a system includes a vehicle body; a rotatable component configured to rotate relative to the vehicle body; an energy harvesting component disposed along a circumference of the rotatable component, wherein the energy harvesting component is configured to generate electric power based on a force to the rotatable component; a sensor configured to produce sensor data by using the electric power while disposed on the rotatable component; and at least one processor disposed within the vehicle body, the at least one processor configured to perform an action within the vehicle body based on a parameter value meeting a threshold value, wherein the parameter value is based on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Rakesh Sethi
  • Patent number: 11548331
    Abstract: A tire casing is equipped with a radiofrequency transponder and includes a crown, two sidewalls and two beads revolving around a reference axis, first threads forming outward segments and return segments that are arranged adjacently, aligned circumferentially, anchored in the two beads with, in each bead, loops in each case linking an outward segment to a return segment and, in each bead, means for anchoring the first threads, comprising second threads oriented circumferentially axially bordering the first threads and forming at least one spiral, the first threads forming at least one circumferential alignment defining the carcass ply that separates said tire casing into two zones, inside and outside with respect to this carcass ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Julien Destraves, Annabel Tourenne, Sebastien Noel, Jean-Mathieu Clergeat, Isabelle Aldon
  • Patent number: 11536786
    Abstract: Systems and methods for data transmission may be provided. The system may at least include a data transmission module. The system may obtain MR signals from one or more RF coils. The system may generate, via a first portion of the data transmitting module, first data based on the MR signals. The system may generate, via a second portion of the data transmitting module, second data based on the first data. The second portion of the data transmitting module may connect to the first portion of the data transmitting module wirelessly. The system may further store the second data in a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Ling Ji
  • Patent number: 11533766
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device comprises a first communication unit, a second communication unit, and a processor for performing control such that the second communication unit operates in a scan state in which an undirected advertising packet can be received when a preset IR signal is received from a remote control device through the first communication unit, acquiring identification information of a target device from the undirected advertising packet when the undirected advertising packet is received from the remote control device in the scan state, and providing a user interface (UI) for guiding a Bluetooth connection with remote control device when the acquired identification information of a target device matches identification information of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kihyun Song, Jehwan Seo, Minsup Kim, Sukhoon Yoon, Jongkeun Lee, Chaeyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 11518201
    Abstract: A tire information acquisition device includes: a sensor unit mountable on a tire inner surface and including a sensor configured to acquire tire information; and a power supply unit mountable on a wheel. The power supply unit includes a power supply mechanism configured to supply power to the sensor unit in a non-contact manner. The sensor unit includes: a power reception mechanism configured to receive power from the power supply unit in a non-contact manner; and an information transmission unit configured to wirelessly transmit acquired tire information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Kanenari
  • Patent number: 11511572
    Abstract: A transmitter includes a power source of the transmitter, a condition detecting section that detects a condition of a tire, a data generating section that generates transmission data that contains tire condition data indicating the condition of the tire detected by the condition detecting section, a transmitting section that modulates the transmission data and transmits the modulated data, a storage section storing a correspondence relationship in which values of a specific bit among bits of the transmission data that change as the wheel assembly rotates are respectively assigned to specific angles set for the rotation angle of the wheel assembly, and a transmission control section that transmits the transmission data from the transmitting section when detecting that the rotation angle of the wheel assembly is any of the specific angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Keiyu Fujii
  • Patent number: 11506572
    Abstract: A method for locating the position of each wheelset of a motor vehicle. Each wheelset including at least one wheel equipped with an electronic unit including at least one sensor to measure, for the wheel, the extent of the contact patch via which the tire is in contact with the ground, and a transmitter transmitting data regarding the extent of the tire contact patch to a control unit. The motor vehicle includes a load sensor for each of the wheelsets that measures and delivers to the control unit a value for the load supported by the associated wheelset. The method employing, on the one hand, data originating from a sensor able to determine the extent of the contact patch via which a tire is in contact with the ground and, on the other hand, a load sensor able to measure the load supported by a wheelset of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Boisset, Nicolas Guinart, Jean-Charles Huard
  • Patent number: 11491831
    Abstract: Provided is a tire information acquisition device that includes a sensor unit including a sensor that acquires tire information, a first band that is for fixing the sensor unit (1) to a rim (R) and has an adjustable band circumferential length by fastening another end reversibly with a fastening portion provided to one end, and at least one second band that fastens the sensor unit and the first band integrally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kanenari, Yasuhiko Araki, Iwao Shimomura
  • Patent number: 11465455
    Abstract: A method for saving in an electronic measurement module of a tire pressure monitoring system for a motor vehicle. According to the method, as soon as a module operating error occurs, the data contained in the non-volatile random-access memory of the electronic data module are written into the read-only memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Vincent Létard
  • Patent number: 11465457
    Abstract: A wheel-mounted air compression apparatus for maintaining a predetermined inflation pressure of a tire mounted on a wheel of a vehicle and the tire having an inflation port includes a housing defining an air compression chamber and has an air compressor device positioned therein. The apparatus includes a plurality of support legs spaced apart from one another. Each support leg is attached to the housing and extends away therefrom and may include a pair of sleeves that are length-adjustable for mounting to wheels of various sizes. A pressure sensor is situated in the housing and operably connected to the air compressor and to a nozzle for determining a current pressure of air within the tire. A controller or other electronics cause the air compressor to pump air into a tire if the air pressure therein is detected as declining below a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Cameron Easley
  • Patent number: 11458781
    Abstract: A system for monitoring of a vehicle with an inflation signaling apparatus having at least one inflation reporting assembly. The inflation reporting assembly may be configured to wirelessly transmit an information signal including an identification (ID) code. The system may also include at least one vehicle monitoring apparatus configured to monitor a characteristic of the vehicle based upon the inflation signaling apparatus associated with the vehicle. The vehicle monitoring apparatus may be configured to sense a presence of the inflation reporting assembly proximate to the vehicle monitoring apparatus via reception by the monitoring apparatus of a transmission of the ID code by the inflation signaling apparatus associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Marc Tobias, Tobias Bluzmanis
  • Patent number: 11453387
    Abstract: A surface characterization system includes an active suspension a system with a wheel controller to control a first and second wheel of a vehicle where the active suspension causes a difference in loading between the first and second wheel. The wheel controller may cause the first wheel to slow and receive a signal indicative of a change of state of the vehicle. The wheel controller may cause the second wheel to oppose the change of state caused by the first wheel. The surface characterization system may estimate tire-surface parameterization data associated with the first tire and a surface upon which the vehicle is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes Andreas Huennekens, David Martins Belo, Johannes Edren
  • Patent number: 11453257
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adapter 104 for monitoring tire 101 pressure level of an off-highway vehicle wheel or earthmoving vehicle wheel through wireless communication. The adapter comprises of a sensor housing 201, wherein the sensor housing 201 includes a sensor module 205, an internal gallery 303 and a battery 206. The sensor housing 201 further includes a male portion 202 with external threads 203 for mounting the adapter 104 in a standard hole 105 of a rim 103 to face tire cavity region 102 of the rim 103, a female threaded hole arrangement 204 to receive a valve core housing 301 and/or a tire inflation valve. The internal gallery 303 provided to establish connectivity between the sensor module 205, tire inflation valve 301 and tire cavity 102.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Balaji Avalur Nagarajan, Prasanna Gobinathan
  • Patent number: 11441887
    Abstract: A method of sensing wheel rotation can include: sensing magnetic force information in an environment of a wheel by a magnetometer to obtain measured magnetic force information; generating relative magnetic force information by performing mathematical operation processing in accordance with the measured magnetic force information, where the relative magnetic force information does not change with geomagnetic field and does change with a rotation angle of a wheel; and obtaining angle information related to the rotation angle of the wheel in accordance with the relative magnetic force information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventor: Chikang Liu
  • Patent number: 11441937
    Abstract: Techniques are described for determining weight distribution of a vehicle. A method of performing autonomous driving operation includes receiving two sets of values from two sets of sensors, where a first set of sensors measure weights or pressures applied on axles of a vehicle, and where a second set of sensors measure pressures in tires of the vehicle. The method performs an error detection and removal operation to remove or filter out any erroneous values from the two sets of values to obtain two sets of filtered values. The method determines one or more values that describe a weight or pressure applied on the axle to obtain the weight distribution of the vehicle based on the first set of filtered values or the second set of filtered values. Based on the obtained weight distribution of the vehicle, the method can determine a driving operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Kun Zhang, Xiaoling Han, Zehua Huang, Charles A. Price