Of Seat Belt Application Patents (Class 340/457.1)
  • Patent number: 10479319
    Abstract: A vehicle fire is an emergency in which seconds count. Each second saved until the rider exits the vehicle can significantly reduce the severity of injuries due to the fire. Accordingly, a safety system can include a self-driving vehicle configured to transport a rider, a vehicle management system configured to autonomously drive the self-driving vehicle, a seat coupled to the self-driving vehicle, and a seat belt configured to alternatively have a buckled state and an unbuckled state. In many embodiments, the safety system includes a smoke detection system coupled to the self-driving vehicle and configured to detect smoke inside a cabin of the self-driving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10457181
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of facilitating ingress or egress of a seat having bolsters includes detecting a potential ingress or egress of an occupant to the seat. Upon detection a configuration of the seat is altered from a first position to a second position, wherein a substantially flat surface is formed by a top of a seat portion of the seat and an associated bolster attached to the seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Stevens, Christopher F. Eckert
  • Patent number: 10438479
    Abstract: A system enhances safety of a dependent person, if a caregiver inadvertently leaves the person unattended in a parked vehicle, by sending an escalating alarm sequence to the caregiver and/or other responsive parties. The system learns, via monitoring, a series of patterns associated with movements of a set of related mobile devices. The system continues to monitor, on an ongoing basis, the devices, and continually compares the current status of each one with its expected status based on the learned patterns. If the system detects a deviation between the current and expected status with respect to one or more of the devices, it computes an alarm level and a false positive score. If the combination of the alarm level and the false positive score is above a threshold value, the system initiates the alarm sequence. Note: a child should never be left unattended in a parked vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alice Guidotti, Marco Vettori, Carola Girolami, Luigi G. Abate, Cristina D'Angelo, Annalisa Chiacchiaretta
  • Patent number: 10424182
    Abstract: A device for detecting a being left within a vehicle includes a sensor that detects when a being (e.g. a pet, a child, etc.) is within a vehicle and the operator of the vehicle has moved away from the vehicle by more than, for example five feet. Upon detection of such, the device emits a sound to notify others nearby of the being that was left within the vehicle. The sound is preferably different than a sound of a typical vehicle theft alarm system. In a preferred embodiment, determination that the operator has left the vehicle is by a loss of a signal from a personal transmitter that is attached to the operator's key ring or worn by the operator. After moving away from the vehicle by more than five feet, the signal from the personal transmitter decreases and initiates determination if a being remains within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ancer, LLC
    Inventors: Carol Staninger, Andrew W. Oravecz, John Head, III, Richard Paul Spehr, Suzanne Spehr
  • Patent number: 10413021
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle (10, 50) has a first end (56) configured for fixing the seat belt buckle (10, 50) to a component of a vehicle and a second end (58) opposite the first end provided with a seat belt buckle tongue ejection button (28, 60) and a slot (26) for receiving a seat belt buckle tongue (10a), the seat belt buckle includes at least one clear polycarbonate light diffuser (34, 64, 66) and a light source (39, 40, 41) for providing light to be transmitted through the light pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Sikorski, Jon Szymanski, Justin Hoag, Caleb Padilla
  • Patent number: 10401851
    Abstract: A method of operating a self-driving (autonomous) motor vehicle to transport a passenger who requires supervision. An authorization of a sender to operate the vehicle is checked and, if authorized, the sender provides instructions to a vehicle control unit to designate a destination and one or more authorization criterion that must be met by a recipient in order to unlock the vehicle and take custody of the passenger at the destination. The vehicle travels to the destination autonomously, during which travel the status of the passenger is monitored and transmitted wirelessly to a device in the possession of the sender. At the destination, unlocking of the vehicle is permitted upon confirmation of the authorization criterion by the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Philipp Carlhoff, Georg Neugebauer, Stephan Strahl
  • Patent number: 10299345
    Abstract: An illuminated badge system is provided for a motor vehicle. The illuminated badge system includes an illuminated badge and a controller. The controller is configured to adjust a parameter of the light emitted from the illuminated badge in response to a designated operating parameter such as the headlight status of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Michael A. Musleh, Mehran Niksimaee
  • Patent number: 10232821
    Abstract: A key ring transceiver module activates when a child has been left inside of a car seat when the corresponding buckle transceiver is out of range. The buckle transceiver system includes a weight sensor indicating that a child is inside of the baby seat, a pair of limit or indication switches indicating that a child is retrained within the baby seat, and a pair of PING/PONG sending and receiving radio pairs that communicate range of the baby buckle transceiver from the key ring transceiver. When the baby seat contains a child restrained within, and the transceiver moves out of range, a distress alarm/signal will be enabled on the transceiver to indicate that the baby is still confined to the restraints of the baby seat. The key ring transceiver will continue to signal a distress mechanism until the baby buckle transceiver trigger has been reset by removing the child from the car seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Stacey Lyn Cubit, Jorge Alfonso Pacheco
  • Patent number: 10227057
    Abstract: In a method for identifying misuse of a seat belt in a vehicle, vehicle data are detected and, based on said data, a plausibility check is performed for determining whether the seat belt is fastened as intended. Signals of at least one belt buckle sensor and of at least one webbing extension sensor are detected and a plausibility check for misuse is performed by taking the time course of the signals and/or the point in time of input of the signals into account so as to make a comparison with stored reference data. A seat belt system in a vehicle for carrying out said method comprises at least one belt buckle sensor and at least one webbing extension sensor as well as at least one seat occupation sensor, one door sensor, one vehicle acceleration sensor and/or one vehicle speedometer as well as a control unit in which the signals of the sensors are stored and evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Seyffert, Karl Birk
  • Patent number: 10144388
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method for determining the state of a restraint system provided within a vehicle includes incorporating one or more marker components into a restraint system component located within the vehicle, then receiving sensor data associated with the position of one or more of the marker components. The method further includes determining, with a processor, a state of the restraint system based on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Tricia E. Morrow, Senthil Karuppaswamy
  • Patent number: 10131318
    Abstract: An alert system to assist in child safety in a vehicle includes a seat belt buckle insert adapted to be inserted between the male and female parts of a standard safety belt found in most automobiles or for a child car safety seat. It may also include a portable receiver device designed to be carried by a vehicle operator. The seat belt buckle insert detects whether the seat belt has been buckled and the temperature is within an acceptable range, as well as the approximate distance between the seat belt buckle insert and portable receiver device. The seat belt buckle transmits information gathered to the portable receiver device and triggers alerts notifying the vehicle operator of a child's safety status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Davis
  • Patent number: 10115282
    Abstract: The baby car seat and dock alarm system comprises a car seat, docking base, and a docking alarm system. The docking alarm system comprises sensors and a control module. The control module monitors the sensors and detects when an alarm condition exists. The control module communicates with vehicle subsystems and with the driver's smart phone using two transceivers in the control unit. When the control unit detects an alarm condition it may attempt to notify the driver and/or bystanders and it may attempt to remedy the situation. As a non-limiting example, if the control module detects that a child has been left in a hot, unattended vehicle, it may notify the driver via a text message, notify bystanders by sounding the vehicle horn, and remedy the situation by lowering the vehicle's windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Merrill
  • Patent number: 10068459
    Abstract: A universal reminder device in the form of a series circuit including a power source, a warning indicator, a pressure-sensitive normally closed momentary switch, and a pressure-sensitive normally open momentary switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Dan Mimis
  • Patent number: 10038952
    Abstract: A sound management system for use by a user located within an environment includes a memory device for storing a selection of sounds. The sounds can be music and/or various “colors” of noise (e.g., white, pink, and brown). A controller is used to select one particular stored sound based on a measured biological condition of the user, such as stress or fatigue, or an environmental condition of the environment, such as ambient noise. According to one embodiment, the system is used in conjunction with a sit/stand desk and the sound selection is made in response to changes in the desk height. The selected sound is selected to help abate or mitigate distracting sounds in the environment, such as people talking. The selected sounds are played to the user through headphones worn by the user, or through nearby speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Labrosse, Scott Sullivan, Matthew N. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10005563
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining seatbelt status are disclosed. An example seatbelt system for a mass transit vehicle includes a first seatbelt of a first seat that includes a first buckle and a first magnetically-responsive switch to detect a first tongue when the first seatbelt is in a fastened position. The example apparatus includes a second seatbelt of a second seat that includes a second buckle and a second magnetically-responsive switch to detect a second tongue when the second seatbelt is in the fastened position. The example apparatus includes a remote monitoring unit to indicate, when the first seat is occupied, if the first seatbelt is in the fastened positioned or an unfastened position. The remote monitoring unit is to indicate, when the second seat is occupied, if the second seatbelt is in the fastened positioned or the unfastened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gerald Pollard, Joseph M. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 9789786
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various aspects of a buckle assembly for use with a child safety seat. The buckle assembly comprises a buckle sensor, the buckle sensor configured for determining whether fasteners of the child safety seat are secured into the buckle assembly; a processor coupled with the buckle sensor; and a transceiver coupled with the processor, the transceiver for communicating with a control system of a vehicle. The transceiver is configured to receive a signal from the control system, the signal indicating at least what gear the vehicle is in and whether the vehicle's ignition is “on” or “off”; and signal the control system after a first period of time has passed after receiving a signal that the vehicle's ignition is “off” and the fasteners remain secured into the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Amber Westmoreland
  • Patent number: 9684168
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating and displaying a projected digital image includes an actuator, a holographic encoded medium with a holographic pattern, a light source, and a controller. The holographic encoded medium is disposed in operable communication with the actuator. The light source is configured to produce a coherent light disposed in optical communication with the holographic encoded medium. The controller is operable to control synchronization of the coherent light from the light source with a position of the holographic encoded medium as driven by the actuator to produce the projected digital image on a projection surface based on directing the coherent light to different portions of the holographic pattern at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fred W. Huntzicker, James N. Nickolaou
  • Patent number: 9569948
    Abstract: A child detection and alert system for a vehicle is an easily installed alert system for the driver of a motor vehicle that uses the vehicle's anti-theft system to notify the driver, after leaving the vehicle that a child has been left behind in a child car seat. The system has a sensor mat having two different types of sensors that is placed in the child car seat before the child is seated. The sensor mat has a battery, a transmitter for wirelessly transmitting a signal from the processor in the housing with the transmitter, and a charge cord. A second part of the system has a wireless receiver that plugs into the vehicle's computer and accesses the on-board vehicle anti-theft system to utilize the alarm functions that honk the horn and flash the lights if alarm conditions are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Keith Platt
  • Patent number: 9457716
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various aspects of child safety seats and safety systems for alerting care givers that a child remains buckled into a safety seat and also for alerting a care giver that a child is not fastened properly in the safety seat. In one aspect a child safety seat for securing a child while in a vehicle comprises one or more belts having fasteners thereon for fastening a child into the seat; at least one buckle assembly configured for receiving the fasteners therein; and a buckle sensor. The buckle sensor is configured for determining whether the fasteners are secured into the buckle assembly; and a transceiver is configured for communicating with a control system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Amber Westmoreland
  • Patent number: 9415748
    Abstract: A seat belt wearing detection device includes: a tongue unit supported by a seat belt; a buckle unit into which the tongue unit is inserted and held; a wearing detection unit that detects an insertion and holding state; a seat belt side communication unit that transmits a detection result; a control unit that determines a wearing state based on the detection result and controls the seat belt side communication unit; power supply means for supplying electric power to the seat belt side communication unit; and a vehicle side device that performs radio communication with the seat belt side communication unit to receive the detection result. The power supply means includes a power supply section, a power storage section, and a charging section. The power supply section charges the power storage section by supplying electric power to the charging section when the seat belt is in a housed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takehito Sugawara, Hideki Masudaya
  • Patent number: 9365186
    Abstract: Computing devices, methods, and systems for locking vehicle operations when an occupant is not wearing a correctly positioned seatbelt are disclosed. One example method for locking vehicle operations includes identifying an occupant position and a seatbelt position based on information relating to an occupant of the vehicle and a seatbelt associated with the occupant; determining whether the occupant is correctly wearing the seatbelt based at least in part on the occupant position, the seatbelt position, and a reference model; and locking one or more vehicle operations if the occupant is not correctly wearing the seatbelt. Example implementations include using depth-sensing cameras, rendering a three-dimensional model representing the occupant position and the seatbelt position, and comparing the three-dimensional model and the reference model. Examples of vehicle operations that may be locked include ignition operations, gear shift operations, and autonomous driving operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Emery Charles Gulash
  • Patent number: 9260054
    Abstract: An external seatbelt indicator provides a red indicator light that appears on the front and rear of the vehicle when the driver's seat is occupied, the vehicle's ignition switch is in the on position, the vehicle is in any forward or reverse gear, and the driver's seatbelt is unfastened. The red indicator light may include, but is not limited to a written message, such as, “No Seat Belt,” or it may be in another form, such as a silhouette of a seated person wearing a seatbelt and shoulder harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventors: Joe Lewis McHomes, Josef Rasheed McHomes, Antonio Jamaal McHomes
  • Patent number: 9227484
    Abstract: A system detects the presence of a living being within a vehicle and triggers an alarm should the temperature rise above or fall below a predetermined threshold limit. The system uses a carbon dioxide monitor to determine for the living being's presence, which is backed up by one or more subsystems that include a motion sensor that senses motion, a sound sensor that senses sounds, especially those made by distressed living beings, and a camera that uses facial recognition software to detect a face within the vehicle. The alarm can be staged so that a lower level of alarm is triggered when the hazardous temperature is approaching, but has not yet reached critical levels, and one of the subsystems has detected a living being within the vehicle, but the others have not yet activated, and a higher level alarm once critical temperatures have been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Wayne P. Justice, Kit David Kuss, Mark Duane Denney
  • Patent number: 9139128
    Abstract: An alarm child car seat having a seat with a cushioned bolstered frame, a plurality of pressure sensors in the seat bottom and seat back, a reset button disposed within one seat side, a red light and green light disposed adjacent the reset button, a CPU and Bluetooth in operational communication with an existing vehicle's electronics, wherein a first alarm of the vehicle sounds within a thirty second time lapse, the pressure sensed, the ignition off, wherein a time lapse of 90 seconds initiates a second alarm, the second alarm a call from the Bluetooth to an existing cell phone, the first alarm continued, an answer of the cell phone discontinuing the first alarm and the second alarm; and wherein a time elapse of 300 seconds initiates third alarm that signals from the existing vehicle electronics to a 911 emergency service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Lemons
  • Publication number: 20150145666
    Abstract: A seat belt wearing detection device includes: a tongue unit supported by a seat belt; a buckle unit into which the tongue unit is inserted and held; a wearing detection unit that detects an insertion and holding state; a seat belt side communication unit that transmits a detection result; a control unit that determines a wearing state based on the detection result and controls the seat belt side communication unit; power supply means for supplying electric power to the seat belt side communication unit; and a vehicle side device that performs radio communication with the seat belt side communication unit to receive the detection result. The power supply means includes a power supply section, a power storage section, and a charging section. The power supply section charges the power storage section by supplying electric power to the charging section when the seat belt is in a housed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Takehito SUGAWARA, Hideki MASUDAYA
  • Patent number: 9041560
    Abstract: A system and method are described for receiving a NOTAM and storing information relating to the distance of a temporarily displaced threshold for a runway. When that runway is selected for approach and landing, the temporarily displaced threshold and new aiming point are automatically displayed. The change made to the display using NOTAM data can be indicated to the pilot by distinct symbology or particular color, or by using an icon or an annunciation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Sadguni Venkataswamy, Prashant Prabhu, Ravindra Jayaprakash, Anil Kumar Songa, Mallikarjuna Narala
  • Publication number: 20150130605
    Abstract: Included are systems and methods for child restraint monitoring. Some embodiments include determining that a child restraint seat has been installed in a vehicle seat of a vehicle, determining whether the child restraint seat is being properly utilized, and detecting an issue with the utilization of the child restraint seat. Some embodiments include determining that a guardian is remote from the vehicle and, in response to detecting the issue with the utilization of the child restraint seat and determining that the guardian is remote from the vehicle, sending a communication to a third party, wherein the communication provides an option to contact the vehicle to regarding improper utilization of the child restraint seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean L. Helm
  • Patent number: 9000906
    Abstract: The present invention (also known as the HOT SEAT™) discloses and claims a vehicle occupant detection and alerting system comprising a vicinity motion detector capable sending a wireless transmission and a transmission receiving means capable of receiving the motion detector's wireless transmission and triggering a vehicle alarm system, vehicle horn, a mobile device or other form of notification if a child is left unattended in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Alissa Marie Chavez
  • Publication number: 20150084763
    Abstract: A microcomputer performs communication in conformity with the CAN standards to capture seating signals detected by seating sensors and seatbelt fastening signals by buckle switches. If determining from the captured seating signals that there is an unoccupied seat, the microcomputer displays a seatbelt state image at the unoccupied seat position in a vehicle image in gray presentation. If determining that there is an occupied and non-fastened seat, the microcomputer displays the seatbelt state image at the non-fastened seat position in the vehicle image in red presentation and displays the seatbelt state image at an occupied and fastened seat position in black presentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo KOBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 8988211
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle side device having a vehicle side transmitting-receiving section performing wireless communicating with a seat belt side and a control section (determination section) determining an installation state, based on a signal from the seat belt side; and a seat belt side device having a seat belt side transmitting-receiving section performing wireless communicating with the vehicle side, a first switching unit of which switches the state according to detaching and installing of the seat belt and an output unit which outputs a detaching-installing signal to the seat belt side transmitting-receiving section in response to the state of the first switching unit. A power is fed to the seat belt side transmitting-receiving section and the output unit, and the signal is output and transmitted by the signal form the vehicle side transmitting-receiving section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Masudaya, Susumu Kanno, Shinya Abe
  • Patent number: 8970362
    Abstract: A control system for implementing a vehicle-integrated child presence and reminder system includes a computer processor. The control system is integral with a vehicle. Logic is executable by the control system and is configured to monitor an occupancy sensor activated in a vehicle. The occupancy sensor, when activated, is indicative of a presence of a child in a car seat disposed in the vehicle. The logic is also configured to collect data from at least one vehicle sensor and, using the data collected from the vehicle sensor along with results of the monitoring of the occupancy sensor, the logic determines if a triggering event has occurred. In response to determining the triggering event has occurred, the logic is configured to generate an alert and transmit the alert to an alert component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Karen E. Morley, John R. Dolan, Julie A. Kleinert, Li-Pen J. Ho, David T. Proefke
  • Patent number: 8952801
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a safety device which is changeable between an idle position and an operative position, and an indicator which is rendered operational in at least one of two ways, a first way in which a first acoustic signal is triggered when the safety device departs the idle position, and a second acoustic signal, which differs from the first acoustic signal, is triggered when the safety device has assumed the operative position, a second way in which a first image is optically visualized in a display when the safety device departs the idle position, and a second image is optically visualized in the display when the safety device has assumed the operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Markus Larice
  • Patent number: 8902057
    Abstract: A belt buckle for a motor vehicle is provided wherein, through the use of the belt buckle, a tongue of a seat belt is mechanically receivable and, through the use of a switch, an insertion status of the tongue is detectable. A device is assigned to the switch through the use of which the switch position of the switch is wirelessly communicable to a receiver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellscaft
    Inventors: Torsten Strutz, Jörg Winkler, Peter Baumann, Andre Leschke
  • Patent number: 8902074
    Abstract: A safety harness includes at least one of integrally formed electrical conductors or optical conductors. The conductors can be energized by a replaceable electrical supply. An electrical or an optical sensor can couple an associated signal to sensing circuitry. The sensing circuitry responds to variations in the signal as the condition of the harness changes. A fault indicating output device, such as an audible or visual indicating device, carried on the harness can alert a user to a potential harness failure. Harness condition can be transmitted wirelessly to a displaced monitoring site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Landry, Bechir Jazi, Alex Tsen
  • Patent number: 8884748
    Abstract: A method for preventing children from being left in a car and a device thereof. The method comprises testing a <starting signal>, a <trip ending signal> and driver judges if have children, send these information to a controlling device, if have children in car then the controlling device sends a action order to preventing device to take action to prevent the children being left in the car. A driver alarm for preventing children from being left in a car includes a power device, car startup measuring device, inquiring device, trip ending measuring device, preventing device and controlling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Davy Zide Qian, Nicole Minhui Lu, Benyu Qian, Lequn Lu
  • Patent number: 8847758
    Abstract: Sensor unit (30) for monitoring the state of fasteners, such as ratchet straps, chains, wires, ropes, bars or similar, which are being used for fastening and/or securing and/or anchoring one or more objects (20), which fasteners preferably includes fastening means (14, 104) and means (15, 100) for tensioning of the fasteners. The sensor unit (30) includes one or more measuring elements (32) for measuring tension force and/or tension and/or pressure and/or bending moment and/or shear force for the fastener and/or fastening means (14, 104) of the fastener and/or anchoring devices (22) for fasteners for monitoring the state of the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Tore Eide
  • Patent number: 8841997
    Abstract: A portable vehicle alarm system alerts a vehicle operator of the presence of a child/pet left in the vehicle. The system includes at least one first portable wireless alarm unit in communication with a second portable wireless unit. The first and second portable wireless alarm units include a microprocessor in communication with a transmitter and receiver, having a power supply. The first portable unit is located on a key chain. The second wireless unit has attachment means for attachment to a seat belt associated with a child's car seat or a pet's collar. An activation sensor detects a disengagement action related to the vehicle, including powering-off of the vehicle ignition or unbuckling of the driver's seat belt. A distance sensor has a selected range. If the range is exceeded, an audible alarm is actuated from the first unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Orlando L. Silveira
  • Publication number: 20140266663
    Abstract: A seatbelt latch circuit can include an illumination source configured to illuminate a seatbelt latch in response to a signal. The seatbelt latch circuit can also include a status sensor configured to output a first current if the seatbelt latch is in a removed state, output a second current if the seatbelt latch is in an inserted state and output a third current if the seatbelt latch has a fault. The seatbelt latch circuit communicates with a vehicle electrical system through only two conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Edgar H. Schlaps
  • Publication number: 20140253314
    Abstract: The instant disclosure provides a child safety seat alarm to notify the driver of a vehicle that an infant is in its carrier inside of the vehicle when a personal electronic device carried by the driver is moved a great distance from the carrier. The instant disclosure provides a computer application for notification of user selected contacts via SMS messaging, e-mail messaging, or social media alerts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Amy Rambadt, John Rambadt, David Tanner, Ken Kehler, Joseph David Strickland
  • Patent number: 8816839
    Abstract: A seat belt alarm system to alert users to the presence of an infant or child, or disabled, infirm or elderly person in a vehicle. The seat belt alarm utilizes a portable bracket configured to removably attach to a female receptacle of a seat belt system. The bracket includes a tension mechanism positioned to be acted upon by a male buckle of a seat belt system when the male buckle of the seat belt mates with the female receptacle of the seat belt system. In a depressed state, the tension mechanism activates a signal transmitter configured to transmit a local signal received by a signal receiver integrated in a keychain fob. When the keychain fob moves outside of a signal range (e.g., 10 feet) while the tension mechanism remains in a depressed state, an alarm and/or red indicator light on the keychain fob is/are activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: William K. Rick
  • Publication number: 20140197942
    Abstract: A classification system for determining the occupancy state of a seat of a vehicle. The classification system includes a first sensing electrode located in a back portion of the seat and a a second sensing electrode located in a base portion of the seat. The system includes a measurement circuit configured to measure a first property associated with the first sensing electrode and a second property associated with the second electrode. A controller is configured to send an occupancy signal indicative of the occupancy state of the seat based on the measured properties associated with the first and second sensing electrodes. The controller may be configured to send the occupancy signal to a Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Robert TABACZYNSKI, Jeffrey Scott BENNETT, Phillip B. MAGUIRE
  • Patent number: 8736434
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for recording events in a vehicle based on driver status of a driver is provided. The apparatus comprises a vehicle interface device. The device is configured to receive a driver status signal indicative of the driver being one of a primary driver and a secondary driver. The device is further configured to receive at least one vehicle event signal corresponding to vehicle events in response to the driver status signal indicating that the driver is the secondary driver and to store the at least one vehicle event signal to record the vehicle events. The device is further configured to generate a report indicating the recorded vehicle events for transmission to at least one of the primary driver and the secondary driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lee Miller, Scott Alan Watkins, Brian Bennie
  • Publication number: 20140111325
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a steering apparatus for a vehicle having a including a light element providing indication and warning light signals to the user of the vehicle. The light element can be associated with a PCB mounted to the steering wheel grip for controlling the operation of the light element. The PCB may be thermally coupled to a heat exchange component such that heat from the light element is transferred from the PCB to the steering wheel grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: TK Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Carl Lisseman, Valerie Dawn Gardner, Dwayne Van'tZelfde, Erick Paul Staszak, Norbert Hubert Mueller, David William Andrews
  • Publication number: 20140104053
    Abstract: The occupancy and restraint status indicator system (ORSIS) includes a control module wired to the restraint sensors and pressure sensors embedded in each vehicle seat and an externally visible light panel wired to the control module. The control module interprets the signal from the pressure and restraint sensors and displays the occupancy and restraint status of each seat on the light panel. The ORSIS provides an external display and communicates the occupancy and restraint status of a vehicle to approaching law enforcement personnel and first responders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Clark, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140085070
    Abstract: Child seat installation monitoring system and methods that monitor child seat orientation, belt tension, air temperature, and other factors, and provide notifications and alerts to a user of conditions via indications, a mobile device such as a smart phone, an in-car notification system, and other systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Cars-N-Kids LLC
  • Patent number: 8678126
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a first vehicle seat, a first seat belt, assigned to the first vehicle seat and having an assigned first receptacle, at least one second vehicle seat, a second seat belt, assigned to the second vehicle seat and having an assigned second receptacle, a first receptacle sensor for determining whether the first seat belt is engaged in the first receptacle, a second receptacle sensor for determining whether the second seat belt is engaged in the second receptacle, and a man-machine interface for outputting a start command. In addition, the motor vehicle includes a control unit for generating the start command and for determining the time from the outputting of the start command to the engaging of the first seat belt in the first receptacle and the time from the outputting of the start command to the engaging of the second seat belt in the second receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Matthew Jolda
  • Patent number: 8659414
    Abstract: A wireless child proximity monitoring and alarm system for use with child seats for vehicles includes a separable seat monitor for affixation to the seat's shoulder straps. The seat monitor has a first housing affixable to one of the shoulder straps and a second housing affixable to a second shoulder strap. The second housing has a transceiver for wireless communication and a microcontroller integrated with the transceiver. A micro switch is communicative with the microcontroller and is responsive to the proximity of the first housing. A connecting strap extends between the housings and is separable from at least one housing. A key fob for retention by a child caregiver has a fob case and a transceiver therein for wireless communication with the seat monitor transceiver. A microcontroller is integrated with the transceiver, and an alarm is selectively operable between a first silent sate and a second audible alarm generating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Chad Schuk
  • Publication number: 20140052342
    Abstract: A child seat-vehicle safety system for a passenger vehicle, including at least one child seat buckle signaling device, which includes a buckling detector, and a buckling detector for signaling the buckle status, and a portable controller device that attaches to the On-Board Diagnostic II (OBD-II) port of the vehicle, for detecting the status of the vehicle ignition system, receiving the buckle status signal, and generating an alarm signal in response to a predetermined condition of the ignition status and the buckle status signal. The portable controller device also can include an alarm that is responsive to the alarm signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Seibert
  • Publication number: 20140015664
    Abstract: A child car seat system that alarms a guardian of a child that the child has accidently been left in the child car seat. The system comprises of a child car seat that has seat belt that is wired to a transmitter, the seat belt has a first terminal and second terminal locking latch, when the first terminal and second terminal locking latches are latched to each other, a closed electrical loop is formed and a first signal is transmitted from the transmitter, when the first and second terminal locking latches are unlatched, a second signal is transmitted from the transmitter. The system further comprises of a receiver, the receiver defines at least one alarm that warns the user of the system that a child has been left in the child car seat, the receiver activates when it receives the first signal and deactivated when it receives the second signal, the receiver has a sensor that will activate the alarm if the receiver is moved a certain distance away from transmitter when the receiver is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Greg Watson
  • Patent number: 8610011
    Abstract: A belt lock for a seat belt system includes a locking mechanism arranged in a belt lock housing formed from two housing shells for an inserted belt tongue. The locking mechanism has an axially movable component that changes its location from a first end position into a second end position when the locking mechanism is actuated. The locking mechanism is also equipped with a switch arrangement that has at least one fixed contact part and one switching contact part that can move relative to it and on which, in an end position of the component that changes its location, the component acts. The switching contact part is configured as a clamp-shaped elastic sheet part with two axially running side braces that are provided with knee-like bends that, in an end position of the axially movable component, are mechanically exposed to pressure by the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Polycontact AG
    Inventors: Clau Lombriser, Carsten Kaebisch