Gear Position Patents (Class 340/456)
  • Patent number: 10724627
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle is provided, which vehicle includes a driving source, a driven machine driven by the driving source, and an automatic transmission having a torque converter provided downstream of the driving source in a power transmission path and having a lockup clutch, and an engaging element provided downstream of the torque converter in the power transmission path. The device includes a control unit adapted to engage the engaging element in a state where the lockup clutch is engaged if a brake pedal is stepped on during neutral running control in which the automatic transmission is brought into a power shut-off state during running of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: JATCO LTD
    Inventors: Yusuke Oota, Yoshimasa Nishihiro
  • Patent number: 10678230
    Abstract: A diagnostic system for identifying vehicle sensors impaired by a foreign substance. The system includes a plurality of vehicle sensors configured to facilitate navigation of a vehicle in an environment. A gear shift detection sensor is configured to detect a gear position of the vehicle. A control module is configured to identify which of the plurality of vehicle sensors is impaired by a foreign substance; and identify for an operator of the vehicle which of the plurality of vehicle sensors is impaired due to the foreign substance based on the gear position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Takama, Matthew Gesch
  • Patent number: 10571019
    Abstract: In an electronic control unit, a traveling mode switching control unit switches a traveling mode from an N mode to a B mode when a shift lever is operated to a B operation position while the traveling mode is the N mode and the vehicle is traveling forward. Accordingly, during forward coast traveling in the N mode, the traveling mode is switched from the N mode to the B mode by an operation in one direction of the shift lever to a B operation position without requiring operations in two directions of the shift lever to a D operation position. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent a driver from experiencing difficulty in operating the shift lever at the time of switching the traveling mode from the N mode to the B mode during forward coast traveling in the N mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taiyo Uejima
  • Patent number: 10559284
    Abstract: A vehicle information display control device includes: an automatic driving information obtaining unit that obtains automatic driving information including information indicating whether each of actuators of a vehicle is in a manual control mode or an automatic control mode; and a display controller that causes a display to display an image based on the automatic driving information. The display controller simultaneously displays a first image and a second image representing the manual control mode and the automatic control mode, respectively, of each of the actuators, and displays (i) the first image of an actuator in the manual control mode closer than the second image of the actuator in the manual control mode and (ii) the second image of an actuator in the automatic control mode closer than the first image of the actuator in the automatic control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadashi Miyahara, Mitsuo Shimotani, Satoru Inoue, Yoshio Sato, Yuki Sakai, Yuji Karita
  • Patent number: 10544858
    Abstract: Improved rotary switch systems and methods are disclosed. Such systems and methods may be used in vehicles that implement shift-by-wire transmission systems. The switch systems and methods may include programmable end-stops and/or variable tactile feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kostal of America
    Inventors: Steven R. Hoskins, Michael F. Tefend, Josef Kortan
  • Patent number: 10488658
    Abstract: Operating a dynamic information system includes a plurality of information collector collecting a plurality of environmental characteristics, and a control module generating an intuitive reality image layer of a vehicle and a plurality of intuitive add-on image layers corresponding to a plurality of predetermined driving scenario. When a condition of a predetermined driving scenario is met, a display module displays the intuitive reality image layer and at least one intuitive add-on image layer of the plurality of intuitive add-on image layers that corresponding to the predetermined driving scenario.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Shanghai XPT Technology Limited
    Inventor: Bou-Chen Kuo
  • Patent number: 10446016
    Abstract: Described herein is a module mobile emergency notification system. This system includes a module wireless emergency alerting device for receiving a user input indicative of an emergency situation and communicating the user input with a base station, a base station for communicating with the alerting device, and a mainframe for communicating with the base station and an alert notification display. The system allows a user to notify emergency responders of their emergency situation. The alerting device acts as a wireless panic system that is tied to a user's base station. Once triggered, the alerting device sends a signal to the base station which uses the on board Global Positioning System (GPS) to calculate its location. The base station sends the GPS coordinates and a user's profile information to the mainframe. The mainframe processes the information and displays it on an alert notification display for emergency responders or others to view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SHIELDtech Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph J. Mattiaccio, III, Christopher J. Coppola
  • Patent number: 10166953
    Abstract: When a P lock state is set on the basis of a predetermined request signal for setting the P lock state, a P position indicator lamp (62) is turned on or off on the basis of the status of power supplied to the vehicle (10). For example, when the P lock state is set, the P position indicator lamp (62) is turned off when the power status is an ALL-OFF status where a combination meter (56), or the like, is not turned on or is raised to an ACC-ON status; whereas, when the P lock state is set, the P position indicator lamp (62) is turned on when the power status is an IG-ON status, when the power status is changed from the IG-ON status during vehicle driving to the ACC-ON status, or within a predetermined period of time from when the power status is changed from the IG-ON status to the ALL-OFF status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahiko Tsutsumi, Keisuke Sekiya, Koki Ueno, Ichiro Kitaori, Toshinari Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10161511
    Abstract: Provided is an automotive transmission control device in which a shift range signal can be generated as accurately as possible and control of vehicle travel can be maintained even when a signal input port for a computation device develops a fault. The automotive transmission control device according to the present invention: is provided with three input ports for receiving shift range signals; and provisionally determines the shift range state by the majority decision of the input ports, estimates the shift range state on the basis of the travel state of the vehicle, and performs a final determination of the shift range state by using both the provisional determination and the estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Masuda, Satoru Okubo
  • Patent number: 10099674
    Abstract: An electronically operated autonomous manual transmission clutch system and a second electronically operated vehicle system, such as a belted alternator starter system (BAS), in which the ECU and micro controller of the second electronic system are utilized for both systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Maguire
  • Patent number: 9776589
    Abstract: A vehicle control system and a method for prolonging or extending the availability of certain safety-related features after an ignition unit has switched off or otherwise become inactive. The method can provide some safety-related features following an unintended ignition event, such as the type that can occur when the vehicle is involved in a multiple collision accident and the force of the initial impact unintentionally jars or switches the ignition unit off. In one example, the method uses a prolongation timer to temporarily power an airbag control module so that it is capable of sensing a crash and deploying an airbag for a period of time following the ignition being switched off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Vipul A. Modi, John R. Dolan, James M. Churchwell, Christian G. Ott
  • Patent number: 9747784
    Abstract: A system and a method for receiving local emergency information on a mobile device in a system having a telecommunication network and at least one local communication network having one or more wireless access points. The mobile device receives a general emergency signal over a broadcast channel of the telecommunication network. In response to the general emergency signal, the mobile device connects to one of the wireless access points and transmits a request for transmitting the local emergency information to the mobile device. The mobile device then receives the local emergency information from one of the wireless access points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: KONINKLIJKE KPN N.V., NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventors: Antonius Hendrikus Johannes Norp, Franklin Selgert
  • Patent number: 9726275
    Abstract: A shift lever for a vehicle is provided that includes a knob and a rod which is detachably coupled to the knob in a one touch manner. A first connector and a second connector are disposed at the knob and the rod, respectively, and electrically connected to each other when the knob and the rod are coupled. The first connector is installed in the knob, and the second connector is detachably fixed at a tip side of the rod. A connector housing detachably fixes the second connector at the tip side of the rod, and a conductive member which has a first end fixed to the second connector, and is inserted and accommodated into the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Yunje Hwang, Seok Kang
  • Patent number: 9656605
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a power detector for detecting a power state of the vehicle, a transmission detector for detecting a transmission mode of the vehicle, a door detector for detecting a door state of the vehicle, and a processor for generating an inadvertent ignition warning by comparing the power state, the transmission mode and the door state with an inadvertent ignition reference, for generating an inadvertent ignition level according to the accumulation of the generated inadvertent ignition warning, and for providing an inadvertent ignition warning message corresponding to the generated inadvertent ignition level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kang Ho Lee, Hyerim Baek, Heon Jae Lim, JungJun Lee
  • Patent number: 9599216
    Abstract: A vehicle or other system includes an actuator assembly operable to achieve a selected operating state of the system in response to an electronic state selection signal, a push-button shifter assembly, and a controller. The shift assembly includes push-buttons, each including at least three redundant switches. A binary open/closed state of each switch defines the electronic state selection signal. The controller is in by-wire communication with the actuator and push-button shifter assemblies, and receives the electronic state selection signal. The controller determines a pressed, released, or unknown button state of each push-button by determining, in response to the electronic state selection signal, if all of the redundant switches have closed. If all of the redundant switches have not closed, the controller determines whether fewer than all of the switches have closed and opened within a calibrated time interval of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Bialas, Orson S. Wang
  • Patent number: 9191038
    Abstract: A wireless bicycle communication apparatus comprises an information receiver and a wireless transmitter. The information receiver is configured to receive first information and second information from a first bicycle component and a second bicycle component. The first information relates to the first bicycle component. The second information relates to the second bicycle component. The information receiver is configured to receive at least one of the first information and the second information via an electrical communication wiring. The wireless transmitter is configured to periodically transmit wireless signals based on the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Ryuji Abe, Kazuhiro Takeda
  • Patent number: 9163719
    Abstract: A knob for a shifter assembly of a vehicle includes a housing having an interior surface defining a cavity and an opening. A body is at least partially disposed within the cavity, has first and second surfaces, extends to a periphery, and is formed of an at least partially transparent material. An illumination device is disposed within the cavity for emitting light rays. At least one reflective surface is disposed along the periphery for receiving the light rays. A first portion of the light rays is internally reflected within the body off of the first surface. At least one indicium is disposed along the body. The body defines at least one indicium cavity having a bottom substantially parallel to the first surface with the indicium disposed within the indicium cavity along the bottom for reflecting the first portion of the light rays toward the opening for illuminating the indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: KONGSBERG AUTOMOTIVE AB
    Inventors: Viktor Farkas, Niklas Säfström
  • Patent number: 9123248
    Abstract: A control unit of an alarm device suppresses the activation of an alarm for a second another vehicle when a self-vehicle is reversing from a parked state, in a case where after one of a first detection unit, which is configured to detect another vehicle approaching from the back right of the self-vehicle, or the second detection unit, which is configured to detect another vehicle approaching from the back left of the self-vehicle, detects a first another vehicle, another one of the first detection unit or the second detection unit detects the second another vehicle, in a case where a distance difference between a first distance between the first another vehicle and the self-vehicle and a second distance between the second another vehicle and the self-vehicle is less than or equal to a predetermined distance, in a case where a speed difference between a first speed of the first another vehicle and a second speed of the second another vehicle is less than or equal to a predetermined speed, or in a case where a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Takahashi, Tetsuya Komoguchi, Tomoya Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 8963703
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying a driver shift aid are disclosed. In one aspect, an electronic control unit causes a shift indicator to be presented if a need for a shift is detected and vehicle performance after the shift would not be unduly impacted. If the vehicle operator follows the guidance of the shift indicator, vehicle fuel efficiency may be improved while vehicle performance remains adequate. In one aspect, a different indicator may be displayed to prompt the vehicle operator to shift either one gear or two gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Stephan Olsen, Ethan A. Ott, Zachary Slaton, Mark Nievelstein
  • Patent number: 8878658
    Abstract: A bicycle shift notification apparatus is provided with a transmission state determining component, a bicycle shift notification device and a controller. The transmission state determining component determines a current operating state of a bicycle transmission having a plurality of speed stages. The bicycle shift notification device produces a notification based on a determination of the current operating state by the transmission state determining component. The controller is operatively coupled to the bicycle shift notification device. The controller activates the bicycle shift notification device to produce the notification in accordance with a preselected notification pattern based on determining that a predetermined condition exists. The controller does not activate the bicycle shift notification device to produce the notification while determining that the predetermined condition does not exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Nobukatsu Hara
  • Patent number: 8816676
    Abstract: The position sensor includes a shift lever used to select one of five ranges P, R, N, D, and B, fixed contacts corresponding to the ranges P, R, N, D, and B, and movable contacts configured to be electrically connected to the fixed contacts. The fixed contacts include regular fixed contacts, first backup fixed contacts, and second backup fixed contacts. The first and second backup fixed contacts have their lengths in the moving direction of the movable contacts configured to be longer than the length of the regular fixed contact that corresponds to the first and second backup fixed contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yamashita, Yasuhiro Ijichi, Hiroshi Takei
  • Patent number: 8816838
    Abstract: A transmission position indicator for a vehicle may include a housing, a PCB (printed circuit board) embedded in the housing, wherein a light source may be provided at a predetermined position on the PCB, a light guide plate provided above the PCB and receiving light from the light source, wherein the light guide plate includes light-diffusion-ink patterns printed on a surface thereof, each of the light-diffusion-ink patterns having ink dots, and a cover coupled to an upper end of the housing, wherein the cover may be made of opaque material and includes gear indication characters therein, the gear indication characters being made of transparent material, so that the light transmitted from the light guide plate may be emitted outside the cover through the gear indication characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jung Hoon Woo, Jun Ho Cha, Yang Gi Lee
  • Publication number: 20140210604
    Abstract: A control system for controlling a display device mounted on a vehicle includes: a first control device for controlling the display device to display a first information image corresponding to a specific event when the specific event occurs; and a second control device for controlling the display device to display a second information image corresponding to the specific event after the display device displays the first information image. The second control device changes a display start time of the second information image according to at least one of a driving condition of the vehicle and a driver condition of a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Kawashima, Hiroya Takikawa, Shingo Shibata
  • Patent number: 8779913
    Abstract: A transmission indicator apparatus for a vehicle, may include a base provided on a side of a gearshift lever of the vehicle, a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) circuit mounted on the base and provided with light sources, a cover provided above the PCB circuit to shield an internal structure therein, wherein stage characters of a stage character part and stage selection displays of a stage selection part may be formed on the cover to transmit light of the light sources and be thus distinguished, and a partition provided in a space between the PCB circuit and the cover and located between the stage character part and the stage selection part of the cover, thus preventing light interference between the light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jung Hoon Woo
  • Patent number: 8773252
    Abstract: A gear lever locking device to be installed inside a gear lever cover panel is characterized in that it comprises an auxiliary connector transverse stud and a gear lever connector which is slidable in accordance with the movement of a gear lever. On an auxiliary connector, there is provided a plurality of stud holes for use with a gear lever transverse stud having a stud end pushing mechanism. The stud end pushing mechanism receives the force exerted from a locking mechanism by a pressing means. The gear lever locking device according to the present invention includes screw guards and a cover wall that have been designed to cover a locking mechanism installation portion to prevent any removal of fastening screws or a gear sling, to prevent disassembling or breaking of the locking mechanism of the gear lever locking device to improve safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Kamol Kantajaraniti, Somchai Tiemsiriwat
  • Patent number: 8760276
    Abstract: A collision detector accurately detects a situation where a subject vehicle is likely to come into contact with an external object. The collision detector defines a subject area including an enter-determination area and an exist-determination area. The enter-determination area is defined to determine that the external object entering therein is likely to come into contact with the subject vehicle. The exist-determination area is defined to determine that the external object existing therein is likely to come into contact with the subject vehicle. The detector determines whether the external object comes into the enter-determination area or the external object exists in the exist-determination area. The detector outputs that the subject vehicle is likely to come into contact with the external object when the external object comes into the enter-determination area or when the external object exists in the exist-determination area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Narihito Yamazato
  • Patent number: 8758199
    Abstract: A load control system for a work vehicle including set rotation speed detection means for detecting a set rotation speed of an engine of the work vehicle, actual rotation speed detection means that senses an actual rotation speed of the engine, a continuously variable speed change device that receives power from the engine of the work vehicle, speed change position detecting means for detecting a speed change operating position of the continuously variable speed change device, operating means for speed-shifting the continuously variable speed change device, and control means for controlling the operation of the operating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Nishi, Atsushi Shinkai, Keishiro Nishi, Yasunobu Nakatani
  • Patent number: 8749370
    Abstract: A gear shift indicator can reduce bothersome feelings of the driver. The EFI-ECU acquires information about the travelling state of a vehicle, and calculates a target gear shift stage for improving fuel consumption. The EFI-ECU acquires information about a current gear shift stage. The EFI-ECU determines that a gear shift request is generated when the current gear shift stage is different from the target gear shift stage. When the EFI-ECU determines that an AI control is under execution and that the calculated target gear shift stage is a restricted gear shift stage prohibited in the AI control, the EFI-ECU does not present a gear shift indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuntaro Shinohara, Shinji Kato, Kazumitsu Sugano
  • Publication number: 20140055257
    Abstract: A gear shift prompting system and a gear shift prompting method are provided. The gear shift prompting system includes a navigation module and a control module, wherein the control module generates a real-time gear shift signal to control a vehicle gear shift. The navigation device includes a prompting module and a processing module. The processing module receives the real-time gear shift signal and controls the prompting module to audio-broadcast an audio message of a current gear shift corresponding to the real-time gear shift signal or controls the prompting module to generate a graphical illustration message of the current gear shift based upon the real-time gear shift signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicants: MITAC RESEARCH (SHANGHAI) LTD., MITAC INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventor: WEN-HUA LIU
  • Patent number: 8587423
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying a driver shift aid are disclosed. In one aspect, an electronic control unit causes a shift indicator to be presented if a need for a shift is detected and vehicle performance after the shift would not be unduly impacted. If the vehicle operator follows the guidance of the shift indicator, vehicle fuel efficiency may be improved while vehicle performance remains adequate. In one aspect, a different indicator may be displayed to prompt the vehicle operator to shift either one gear or two gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Stephan Olsen, Ethan A. Ott, Zachary Slaton, Mark Nievelstein
  • Patent number: 8552848
    Abstract: A vehicle is equipped with blind spot detection and rear crossing path collision warning system. Programmable maximum range limit radar sensors mounted on the vehicle are used to provide blind spot object detection warning when the vehicle is traveling in a forward direction and rear crossing path collision warning when the vehicle is traveling in a rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark Cuddihy, Eric L. Reed
  • Patent number: 8519834
    Abstract: A method for alerting a user of a received electronic signal includes coupling an electronic receiver within a wrist wound vibrating device, coupling a vibrating unit to the electronic receiver, and coupling a display panel to the electronic receiver. The method also includes receiving the electronic signal in the electronic receiver from a cell phone transmitter, actuating the vibrating unit in response to the received electronic signal to alert the user of the electronic signal, and displaying a message in the display panel of the wrist wound vibrating device to notify the user of the electronic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventors: Andrea Theresa Jersa, Michael Joseph Jersa, III, Avinash Girish Bhardwaj
  • Patent number: 8447481
    Abstract: A transmission, such as an automated manual transmission for a motor vehicle, with at least one shift group, such that the shift group or each shift group comprises a shift rail which actuates a shift fork that co-operates with a shift sleeve of the shift group concerned. Associated with the shift rail of the shift group or of each shift group there is a sensor that moves together with the respective shift rail relative to a corresponding measurement receiver such that in the area of at least one shift group, a first relative position between the measurement receiver and the sensor in the actuation direction and a second relative position between the measurement receiver and the sensor perpendicular to the actuation direction of the shift rail concerned can be detected, and from the second relative position, an evaluation device deduces system conditions of the shift group concerned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Reith, Mario Steinborn
  • Publication number: 20130120129
    Abstract: A gearshift knob for a gearshift lever of a vehicle and a method for operating a vehicle are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Mario TIPPELHOFER, Jaime CAMHI
  • Patent number: 8362891
    Abstract: A method displays the remaining range of a motor vehicle. The method determines repeatedly estimated values relating to the remaining range of the motor vehicle based on a fill level of an energy storage unit and at least one additional motor-vehicle state influencing the remaining range. A first remaining-range value is determined based on the estimated values and displayed as a first display value by a first graphical element on the display device. An updated second remaining-range value is determined during the display of the first display value. If the difference, in terms of amount, between the first and the second remaining-range values exceeds a predetermined threshold value, the second remaining-range value is displayed as a second display value by a second graphical element in addition to the first display value on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Schumann, Nicolas Schreiber, Marc Breisinger
  • Patent number: 8314693
    Abstract: A device for displaying a plurality of detectable variable quantities of a motor vehicle that are in a ratio to one another, each quantity represented by a band, and the bands being arranged relative to one another such that they form a variable geometric figure. The bands have a variable length depending on the deviation from an optimum ratio of the quantities to one another, and intersect in an intersection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Continental GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Cieler, Katrin Lübbert, Guido Meier-Arendt, Carmen Solterbeck
  • Patent number: 8305205
    Abstract: A vehicle display device is arranged in a vehicle having an idling stop function that automatically stops an engine when the vehicle temporarily stops. The device includes a control unit that calculates a deviation of a current instant fuel consumption with respect to an average fuel consumption in a past predetermined period of the vehicle; and a fuelometer that indicates fuel consumption information representing whether a current driving state of the vehicle decreases the average fuel consumption. When the vehicle is in the idling stop state, the fuelometer indicates that the deviation is 0 regardless of the instant fuel consumption and the average fuel consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouji Kaneda
  • Patent number: 8264338
    Abstract: A combination shifter and engine start apparatus for a vehicle includes a control knob rotatable to a plurality of positions to instruct operation of an associated transmission of the vehicle and actuatable for at least one of starting and stopping of an associated engine of the vehicle. A display is disposed on the control knob for alternately displaying first indicia on the control knob relating to at least one of starting and stopping of the associated engine and displaying second indicia on the control knob relating to a selected one of the plurality of positions. A controller is operatively connected to the control knob and to the display. The controller has a first mode wherein the controller commands the display to display the first indicia and a second mode wherein the controller commands the display to display the second indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeff M. Leon
  • Publication number: 20120218097
    Abstract: A transmission indicator apparatus for a vehicle, may include a base provided on a side of a gearshift lever of the vehicle, a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) circuit mounted on the base and provided with light sources, a cover provided above the PCB circuit to shield an internal structure therein, wherein stage characters of a stage character part and stage selection displays of a stage selection part may be formed on the cover to transmit light of the light sources and be thus distinguished, and a partition provided in a space between the PCB circuit and the cover and located between the stage character part and the stage selection part of the cover, thus preventing light interference between the light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jung Hoon Woo
  • Publication number: 20120133501
    Abstract: A vehicle has a transmission and a gearshift element pivotally arranged on a steering wheel of the vehicle. By actuating the gearshift element, the transmission is shiftable in an electrically controlled manner from one transmission gear to a next-higher or a next-lower transmission gear. At least one electric switch element and/or at least one optical display device is arranged on the gearshift element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Martin WALTER, Thomas Tille
  • Publication number: 20120126968
    Abstract: A transmission position indicator for a vehicle may include a housing, a PCB (printed circuit board) embedded in the housing, wherein a light source may be provided at a predetermined position on the PCB, a light guide plate provided above the PCB and receiving light from the light source, wherein the light guide plate includes light-diffusion-ink patterns printed on a surface thereof, each of the light-diffusion-ink patterns having ink dots, and a cover coupled to an upper end of the housing, wherein the cover may be made of opaque material and includes gear indication characters therein, the gear indication characters being made of transparent material, so that the light transmitted from the light guide plate may be emitted outside the cover through the gear indication characters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicants: Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jung Hoon Woo, Jun Ho Cha, Yang Gi Lee
  • Patent number: 8176760
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a key interlock device for a steering column lock device realizes rapid and smooth operation so as not to inconvenience a user, and, when a gear shift lever is switched between a P range and R range, does not generate noise due to performance of a key interlock function in the key interlock device implemented in the steering column lock device of a smart key system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jin-Sang Chung
  • Patent number: 8149098
    Abstract: A human-bicycle interaction device has an interface for a person to enter electronic commands and a display unit responding to the commands, wherein the interface has a directional button with a non-operating position and at least two operating positions. The use of the device is intuitive and requires few hardware connections and the display is tightly sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.R.L.
    Inventor: Federico Miglioranza
  • Publication number: 20120068840
    Abstract: A technology that does not require complicated operation to select a display mode is provided. In an image display system, a back mode stores a display mode that has been recently set as a current mode. When the display mode becomes the back mode next time, the display mode that has been recently set as a current mode is set as a current mode immediately after the display mode becomes the back mode. Accordingly, the driver does not need to perform the complicated operation to select a desired display mode each time the vehicle is reversed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Yukisuke Ozaki, Yasuhiro Ohno, Takayoshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8138906
    Abstract: An information presentation system for a vehicle is provided. The vehicle comprises a transmission operable in a plurality of gear states. The system comprises a sensor adapted to detect a gear state of the transmission, an electronic control system adapted to operate the transmission and to detect a gear state of the transmission, and a display device coupled to the sensor and to the electronic control system. The display device is adapted to receive a first signal indicating the gear state of the transmission, to receive a second signal indicating the gear state of the transmission, and to adjust an arrangement of visual elements in a manner influenced by the first and second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Orson S. Wang, Maureen L. Roth
  • Publication number: 20120001747
    Abstract: A drive selector assembly arranged on a console of a vehicle for selecting a transmission gear from a plurality of transmission gears includes a housing; a gear selector control arranged in the housing, the gear selector control having a plurality of switches for selecting a transmission gear of the plurality of gears of the vehicle; and at least one visual indicator provided on the console, the at least one visual indicator coupled to the gear selector control for providing a visual indication of the selected transmission gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Alexander Klatt, Michael Groene, Henrik Fisker, Todd George, Nikola Stefanov, Karl Krohn, Dave Allmond
  • Patent number: 8055419
    Abstract: A novel display apparatus and method that enables the operator to shift gears smoothly on motor vehicles is described. The display shows engine revolutions per minute (RPM) at various traveling speeds for any gears all in one dial. The display may also show shifting paths for different driving styles. The static version of the display may be overlaid on top of existing tachometer. The dynamic version of display runs on portable devices with Global Positioning System (GPS) will show optimal RPM and shift indicator continuously. Further, the dynamic display is wireless networked to provide real-time driving instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Jianhao Meng
  • Patent number: 8044787
    Abstract: A set of inputs each selectively provides a discrete signal, whereby the sensor inputs together provide a plurality of discrete signals. A memory includes instructions executable by a processor for receiving the discrete signals, identifying a bit pattern from the discrete signals, and determining a position of a physical member according to the bit pattern and an error condition detected from the discrete signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Kerfegar Khurshed Katrak, Todd William Fritz, Richard Earl Zuppann
  • Patent number: 8044786
    Abstract: Systems and methods for diagnosing battery voltage misreporting is described. According to various embodiments, battery voltage may be monitored with respect to a state of charge and/or time. Based on this monitored information, battery charge state data may be generated by computing time derivatives of the monitored battery voltage across a voltage range. This battery charge state data may be compared with an expected set of charge state data if substantial differences exist, an error may be generated. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Michael Berdichevsky, Philip David Cole, James Jay Dunlay
  • Publication number: 20110025488
    Abstract: A combination shifter and engine start apparatus for a vehicle includes a control knob rotatable to a plurality of positions to instruction operation of an associated transmission of the vehicle and actuatable for at least one of starting and stopping of an associated engine of the vehicle. A display is disposed on the control knob for alternately displaying first indicia on the control knob relating to at least one of starting and stopping of the associated engine and displaying second indicia on the control knob relating to a selected one of the plurality of positions. A controller is operatively connected to the control knob and to the display. The controller has a first mode wherein the controller commands the display to display the first indicia and a second mode wherein the controller commands the display to display the second indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jeff M. Leon