Plural Conditions Patents (Class 340/459)
  • Patent number: 10703270
    Abstract: Vehicle parking brake warning systems are disclosed herein. In one implementation, a vehicle parking brake warning system may include a relay coupled to an operator warning system. The relay including a relay switch and a coil, the relay switch conductively couple the operator warning system to ground when closed, and the coil to cause the relay switch to open when an electrical current is flowing through the coil, the coil coupled to a first coil node and a second coil node. A brake status switch that couples the first coil node to a voltage source when closed. A driver status switch that couples the second coil node to ground when closed. And a capacitor coupled to the first coil node and the second coil node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SBS, Incorporated
    Inventors: Frank Williams, Bannion Frank Allen
  • Patent number: 10703256
    Abstract: A method (100) for reducing headlight glare experienced by a user of a vehicle (10), the vehicle (10) comprising a headlight system (12) having at least one headlight (30, 32) operable to illuminate an environment external to the vehicle, the method (100) comprising: illuminating the environment external to the vehicle; obtaining (102) image data of the illuminated environment; performing (146) a first analysis of brightness values of the image data to identify reflective surfaces that may cause glare; performing (148) a second analysis of brightness values of the image data to categorise the identified reflective surfaces into at least two categories; and adjusting (149) the light output from the at least one headlight (30, 32) in the direction of each identified reflective surface in dependence on the category of that reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Nicholas Ridler, Irene Funez, Shammika Wickramasinghe
  • Patent number: 10704485
    Abstract: A lean operation fault detection and isolation (FDI) technique involves receiving, from a manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor, a measured MAP, detecting a lean operation fault where an engine is operating with a lean air/fuel ratio, estimating, using an observer, (i) an air/fuel ratio of an exhaust gas produced by the engine and (ii) the MAP, monitoring first and second residual values indicative of differences between (i) the estimated air/fuel ratio of the exhaust gas and a measured air/fuel ratio of the exhaust gas from an exhaust O2 sensor and (ii) the estimated MAP and the measured MAP from the MAP sensor, respectively, and, based on the monitoring of the first and second residual values, determining which of (i) an air intake of the engine, (ii) the exhaust O2 sensor, and (iii) a fuel injector of the engine is malfunctioning and causing the lean operation fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Atheel Saleem
  • Patent number: 10636382
    Abstract: A disclosed adjustable display assembly includes a display viewable by a vehicle occupant, a mount supporting the display relative to the vehicle occupant. The mount is movable to adjust a position of the display relative to the vehicle occupant. A controller receives information utilized to determine an orientation of the display that would result in a reflection effecting viewing of the display by the vehicle occupant and commanding movement of the mount to eliminate reflections on the display viewable by the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav Birman, Tian Bai
  • Patent number: 10583781
    Abstract: A driving assistance system includes a database configured to store numbers of preset criteria concerning various driving conditions, a sensor, configured to sense environmental data surrounding a vehicle; a thermal image capturing device, configured to capture a thermal images surrounding the vehicle; a display device; and a processor, coupled to the sensor, the thermal image capturing device and the display device. The processor compares the environmental data against the preset criteria to determine the driving condition of the vehicle. The display device automatically display thermal images to inform and provide precautions to the driver if the driving condition indicates that the driver's vision is adversely affected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: Shanghai XPT Technology Limited, Mindtronic AI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mu-Jen Huang, Ya-Li Tai, Yu-Sian Jiang
  • Patent number: 10453084
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a number of vehicle occupants based at least in part on sensor data gathered by one or more in-vehicle sensors are disclosed. The number of vehicle occupants may be determined, at least in part, by an in-vehicle system associated with the vehicle. Vehicle occupancy information indicative of the number of vehicle occupants may be transmitted to facilitate identification of one or more incentives based at least in part on the vehicle occupancy information. The incentive(s) may include a reduction in a fee associated with operation of the vehicle such as a discounted toll amount, an elimination of a fee, an incentive payment, a discount associated with a product or service offering, and so forth. A tolling system ma be provided for receiving the vehicle occupancy information and determining a toll amount based at least in part on the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexandra Zafiroglu, Jennifer Healey
  • Patent number: 10434929
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp control device includes an information acquisition unit that acquires snowfall information, and a controller that controls a vehicle lamp capable of changing a formation position of a light distribution pattern. The controller controls the vehicle lamp so as to lower the formation position from a predetermined reference position when snowfall is perceived, and when the snowfall amount is larger than a predetermined value, the controller substantially lowers the formation position as compared with the formation position when the snowfall amount is smaller than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Shibata
  • Patent number: 10409058
    Abstract: An in-vehicle display system includes: display apparatuses that are mounted in a vehicle; and a single control apparatus that is configured to generate image information, output the image information to assigned one of the display apparatuses, and cause a display apparatus assigned to display the image information. A certain display apparatus that is at least one of the display apparatuses includes a first detection portion configured to detect malfunction, a second detection portion configured to detect malfunction of the control apparatus, a transmission portion configured to transmit detection information indicating the malfunction of the certain display apparatus, and a substitute control portion configured to acquire a vehicle signal, generate image information, and display the image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shun Tomioka
  • Patent number: 10377189
    Abstract: A preliminary positioning method for a TPMS uses a receiver to receive a tire pressure signal, then obtains the ID code contained in the obtained tire pressure signal, then compares the ID code with the corresponding ID codes stored in the database, and defines the ID code as a known ID code, when the ID code is found to match with one of the corresponding ID codes prestored in the database. Repeating the above steps until the ID codes of all received tire pressure signals all have been compared. If the number of the known ID codes is equal to the number of the sensors, the known ID codes are designated as specific tires according to an indication of the respective tire pressure signals, so that the positioning function can be achieved in a short period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ORANGE ELECTRONIC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hong-Chih You, Jia-Cong Su, Xi-Wen Wu
  • Patent number: 10310323
    Abstract: A display cluster having an active state and an inactive state includes a front cover with an outer surface facing outwardly toward a viewer and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. An active display region with a display screen to generate an image and a first backlight may be surrounded by a peripheral region including a second backlight. One or more of the backlights may illuminate with the display cluster in the active state. A partial mirror may be disposed on the inner surface of the front cover to allow the display light from the active display region to pass outwardly therethrough and to block incident light from passing therethrough. The partial mirror may prevent reflections from one or more structures located therebeyond, away from the viewer, and may thereby present a uniform appearance between the active display region and the peripheral region with the display cluster in the inactive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventors: Marcus Walter Koch, Philip Regez, Alexandra Ledermann, Belinda Berns
  • Patent number: 10246004
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight control apparatus controls headlights of a vehicle including LEDs. The vehicle headlight control apparatus includes: drivers and each of which gradually changes a luminance of the LEDs between a predetermined on state and a predetermined off state over a switching time period; and a lamp ECU that determines the switching time period in a changeable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryu Mizuno, Shinichi Futamura, Tatsuya Takagaki, Takatoshi Nakagawa, Kiyotaka Mochizuki, Takao Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10249112
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to grasp information regarding the state of a vehicle (for example, an automobile) that cannot be obtained from an OBD, and to monitor the state of the vehicle. An aspect of the present invention includes: a state estimation unit that estimates the state quantities of a monitoring-target vehicle based on sensor data obtained from sensors mounted on a mobile information terminal in the monitoring-target vehicle using a state estimation device that has learned the relationship between sensor data obtained from sensors mounted on a mobile information terminal in an arbitrary vehicle and state quantities of the arbitrary vehicle in advance; a state evaluation unit that executes evaluation regarding a state of the monitoring-target vehicle on the basis of the estimated state quantities of the monitoring-target vehicle; and an evaluation result output unit that outputs a result of the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Muto, Mariko Okude, Takehisa Nishida, Masayoshi Ishikawa, Atsushi Katou
  • Patent number: 10210679
    Abstract: A method for automatic mileage tracking using a mobile device may include establishing a wireless connection between the mobile device and a vehicle, and executing mileage tracking to determine a total mileage for a current trip. The method may also include defining a trip type for the current trip based on (i) a time period in which the current trip occurs and (ii) a user-specific set of trip categorization rules that specifies one or more time periods designated for one or more respective trip types. The method may further include displaying the total mileage for the current trip to the user along with an indication of the trip type defined for the current trip, and/or submitting via a network, for storage in a database, the total mileage and the indication of the trip type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Joe Higgs, Corly Leung, Natalie Nelson, Ryan Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10160472
    Abstract: A steering column assembly is provided. The assembly includes a column shaft rotatable about an axis and configured to couple to a steering wheel rim and a hub support configured to be non-rotatably coupled to a support structure of the vehicle. A stationary hub is coupled to the hub support, the steering wheel rim being rotatable relative to the stationary hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Eric D. Pattok
  • Patent number: 10140956
    Abstract: A display control apparatus assigning display images to multiple areas of a vehicle-mounted display is disclosed. The display control apparatus stores area relationship information for each of the areas and image relationship information for each of the display images. Of two display images related to each other, the display control apparatus determines that one display image belongs to a first image group and the other display image belongs to a second image group. The display control apparatus assigns the one display image to the areas by performing a predetermined comparison operation, and then assigns the other display image to the areas based on the area assigned the one display image and the area relationship information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ueda, Shigeo Katoh, Hitoshi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10113287
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for providing watering or non-watering of a specific area of soil through a first plurality of irrigation valves (42). Specific irrigation parameters are measured at the specific area of soil through a second plurality of field sensors (54). A controller unit (30) is interconnected to a third plurality of control units (18). Each control unit is connected to a specific irrigation valve and/or a specific field sensor. A type declaration providing communication under a second communication protocol is transmitted from the controller unit to the third plurality of control units using a first communications protocol. A second set of instructions are transmitted from the controller unit to the third plurality of control units using a second communications protocol. A first set of instructions are transmitted from the controller unit to the third plurality of control units using the first communications protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: S-RAIN CONTROL A/S
    Inventor: Tom Nohr Christiansen
  • Patent number: 9999176
    Abstract: A tailings conveyance including a housing having a front plate, a back plate, and a wall, and is adapted to recycle tailings through a cleaning system of a combine using at least one impeller. The wall of the housing describes an arc near the impeller paddles over a segment of a circle described by the circumference of the impeller. The wall further continues on a tangent away from the circle at a point of tangency. A sensor is positioned proximate to the point of tangency, and senses whether a space between the front plate and the back plate directly adjacent to the sensor is obscured by tailings as the impeller rotates. A controller or control system connected to the sensor calculates an amount or percentage of time the space between the front plate and the back plate directly adjacent to the sensor is obscured by tailings as the impeller rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Arno Leenknegt, Dré Waltherus Joachim Jongmans, Glenn Aesaert, Richard P. Strosser, Jeffrey D. Thomas, Curtis F. Hillen
  • Patent number: 9900747
    Abstract: Among other things, an operation of a computational device in identifying a type of a given trip of a person is improved. Historical information is stored about prior trips of the person or of other people or both. The historical information is based on other than recorded motion data of the trips. Features are derived about the prior trips from the historical information. Features indicative of the type of the given trip are identified by the computational device. The type of the given trip is identified based on the features derived from the historical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cambridge Mobile Telematics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jun-geun Park
  • Patent number: 9873375
    Abstract: A vehicle approach alert device includes: a memory memorizing a warning sound source data for emitting a warning sound from an external sound emitting unit and a canceling sound source data for emitting a canceling sound from an internal sound emitting unit. The canceling sound cancels the warning sound transmitted from the external sound emitting unit to inside of the vehicle. The vehicle approach alert device further includes: a control part configured to read the warning sound source data from the memory to cause the external sound emitting unit to emit the warning sound based on the warning sound source data, and to read the canceling sound source data from the memory to cause the internal sound emitting unit to emit the canceling sound based on the canceling sound source data to be synchronized with the warning sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: ANDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukiko Matsubara, Hironari Tajimi, Chikara Yamamoto, Hiroshi Sakakibara, Osamu Tateyama
  • Patent number: 9779247
    Abstract: A hardware security module (HSM) transitions a first signal from a first state to a second state and transitions a second signal from a first state to a second state when a request to change boot code is received. In response to receipt of a boot request, the HSM, when the first signal is in the first state and the second signal is in the first state: does not execute the hash function; and maintains the second signal in the first state. An actuator control module, in response to the receipt of the boot request: executes the boot code when the second signal is in the first state; and does not execute the boot code when the second signal is in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Freeescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Grimes, Richard Soja
  • Patent number: 9765668
    Abstract: A method for determining an amount of liquid removed from a tank per unit time includes discontinuously feeding the liquid to exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine by at least feeding the liquid through an injection line into the exhaust gas, measuring pressures simultaneously at least at two points in the injection line and determining an amount of liquid fed in per unit time from the measured pressures. The amount of liquid removed between a first point in time and a second point in time is further derived by integrating the amounts of liquid removed per unit time over a period of time from the first point in time to the second point in time. The method allows the precise consumption of the liquid to be calculated and the remaining amount of liquid in the tank to be additionally determined. On-board diagnosis is further possible with the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissiontechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Maus, Ludwig Wieres, Jan Hodgson, Rolf Brück
  • Patent number: 9761064
    Abstract: A system for receiving a driving event comprises an interface and a processor. An interface is configured to receive a portion of data regarding a driving event. A processor is configured to determine whether more data regarding the driving event should be requested and, in the event that more data regarding the driving event should be requested, request more data regarding the driving event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lambert, Joshua Donald Botnen
  • Patent number: 9754501
    Abstract: Methods for communicating a ranking characterizing a portion of a roadway include: (a) ranking at least one segment of a roadway based on an amount of deviation between a true driving behavior on the at least one segment of the roadway and an expected driving behavior predefined for the at least one segment of the roadway; and (b) communicating the ranking to a client. Apparatuses for communicating a ranking characterizing a portion of a roadway are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Oliver Stenneth
  • Patent number: 9704308
    Abstract: An instant detection system of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle has wheel assemblies and a brake system, and the wheel assemblies are coupled with the brake system. The instant detection system includes temperature detectors, rotational speed detectors, acoustic detectors, an analysis host and an alarm device. The temperature detectors are disposed on the brake system, and the acoustic detectors and the rotational detectors are disposed adjacent to the wheel assemblies for respectively detecting temperature information and sound information of the wheel assemblies and the brake system, and speed information of the vehicle. The analysis host is coupled with the above-mentioned detectors to receive and analyze the temperature, the sound and the speed information, so as to generate alarm information. The alarm device generates breakdown information according to the alarm information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: Chiu Chau Enterprise Co., Ltd, Signal Technology Instrument Inc.
    Inventors: Tien-Hua Li, Chih-Wei Hsu, Chih-Hui Su, Chih-Jung Chen, Yu-Chieh Chuang
  • Patent number: 9607499
    Abstract: A satellite aided location tracking and data services with user interface. A graphical user interface is provided that enables users to monitor the status of movable assets. Detailed information in a position history enables the user to obtain status information (e.g., starts and stops) at each position report. This status information promotes visibility into the journey of each movable asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SkyBitz, Inc.
    Inventor: Rich Battista
  • Patent number: 9576407
    Abstract: A system and method allows a user to connect a mobile device, such as a smartphone, to a vehicle in order to track and record driving mileages incurred for a trip. Once a connection is established, the system and method may automatically begin mileage tracking. Upon termination of the connection, the system and method may sum up the tracked mileages to calculate a total mileage for the trip. The system and method may then display the total mileage for the trip to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Joe Higgs, Corly Leung, Natalie Nelson, Ryan Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9561722
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle is provided. The display device includes a display that displays, through a display surface thereof, an information image containing various information items; and a partitioning member that is located in front of the display surface of the display. The information image is segmented into regions including a first region and a second region, which have a boundary. The partitioning member extends along the boundary to cover the boundary. The information image includes a presentation image that is moved only in the second region, and the presentation image is moved in a separating direction or an approaching direction relative to the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Etsuhisa Nagasaka, Harutoshi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9514581
    Abstract: A vehicle that includes a chassis, wheels, a drivetrain including an engine and a transmission, and a brake system. The vehicle also has a vehicle control system that includes controllers for the engine, the transmission controller, and the brake system, a vehicle network connected to the controllers to permit communication to and from these components, and a primary vehicle controller connected to the network and configured to communicate with the controllers. The vehicle further includes a vehicle diagnostic system that is connected to the network and configured to communicate with the various controllers. The diagnostic system is configured to operate in a diagnostic mode, in which the diagnostic system is configured to display diagnostic information from one or more of the controllers. The diagnostic system may further be configured to operate in a display mode, where the vehicle diagnostic system is configured to display operating information regarding the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Shem, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Rood
  • Patent number: 9506781
    Abstract: An information display system for a hybrid electric vehicle configured to display one or more reasons an engine is on is provided. The information display system also indicates how close the engine is to turning on due to an engine on reason by displaying a proximity indicator representing a value associated with the engine on reason and a threshold demarcating values which cause the engine to be on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan J. Skaff, Derek Hartl, Paul Stephen Bryan, Angela L. Watson, David L. Watson
  • Patent number: 9493171
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a driver interface and at least one controller operatively arranged with the interface. The at least one controller may be configured to determine a speed and acceleration of the vehicle, to predict a time until a future speed of the vehicle exceeds a predefined speed based on the predefined speed and the speed and acceleration of the vehicle, and to issue an alert via the interface if the time is less than a predefined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dimitar Petrov Filev, Jianbo Lu, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Fling Tseng
  • Patent number: 9494999
    Abstract: A watchdog function is performed for those messages which are used by a controller in a CAN bus to keep the other controllers active. All emitted keep-active messages are read again by the emitting controller itself and are checked for the presence of a reason. In the absence of such a reason, a restart is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Juergen Hartmann, Guenther Nagy, Karl Spaeth
  • Patent number: 9409516
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a vehicle approach notification sound generating apparatus that communicates with another vehicle so as to be capable of generating a vehicle approach notification sound different from another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidekazu Arita, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Patent number: 9381913
    Abstract: A system for cooling a power control device of a hybrid vehicle includes a cooling device for cooling a power control device, an electronic control device for controlling the cooling device, and an intake temperature sensor. The electronic control device determine whether the vehicle is in a reference traveling state with an intake amount ensured to be greater than or equal to a reference intake amount. When determining that the vehicle is in the reference traveling state, the control device determines presence or absence of abnormality in the cooling device using an intake temperature detected by the intake temperature sensor. When determining that the vehicle is not in the reference traveling state, the control device refrains from determining presence or absence of abnormality in the cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hino Motors, Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Masuda, Takayuki Suruga, Shin Mizoroki
  • Patent number: 9335763
    Abstract: To improve the reliability of a control in a control system for devices included in an aircraft, such as engines. An engine control system 10 for controlling engines 11 of an aircraft includes a FADEC 30 including a calculation processing unit 33 for performing control calculation, and a first memory 321 for storing abnormality detection information that indicates that the calculation processing unit 33 detects an abnormality occurred in a sensor 20 and an actuator 21 used for a control. The abnormality detection information is not erased but still stored in the first memory 321 since the first memory 321 is not cleared even if the engine 11 is stopped. As a result, referring to the abnormality detection information makes it possible to avoid using a device having a low reliability, in which an abnormality is detected, for the control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Nagashima
  • Patent number: 9329049
    Abstract: A method of providing directions to a vehicle service facility includes generating a vehicle service alert that includes vehicle operating data, sending the vehicle service alert to a vehicle telematics service subscriber, offering the vehicle telematics service subscriber a choice of one or more vehicle service facilities for responding to the vehicle service alert, and if the vehicle owner chooses a vehicle service facility, providing turn-by-turn directions to the chosen vehicle service facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Ryan M. Edwards, James J. Kelly, III, Heather C. Michalak
  • Patent number: 9292982
    Abstract: A system and method allows a user to connect a mobile device, such as a smartphone, to a vehicle in order to track and record driving mileages incurred for a trip. Once a connection is established, the system and method automatically begins mileage tracking. Upon termination of the connection, the system and method sums up the tracked mileages to calculate a total mileage for the trip. The system and method then displays the total mileage for the trip to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Joe Higgs, Corly Leung, Natalie Nelson, Ryan Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9030309
    Abstract: A vehicle having an item detection system is provided having at least one indicator for selectively emitting an alarm when activated, a vehicle alarm control module, at least one radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tag, and a radio frequency (“RF”) interrogator. The vehicle alarm control module is in communication with the at least one indicator and includes control logic for sending an activation data signal to the at least one indicator to selectively activate the at least one indicator. The RFID tag is configured for receiving a query RF signal and transmitting a reply RF signal upon receipt of the query RF signal. The RF interrogator is in communication with the vehicle alarm and is located within a specified distance of the RFID tag. The RF interrogator has a processor, and includes control logic for transmitting the query RF signal to the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Grost, Matthew M. Highstrom
  • Patent number: 9020616
    Abstract: In a microcomputer, by virtue of the function of one input signal judgment module in the application layer, with respect to whether the situation is such that operation is to be requested to a controlled object from each of a plurality of applications, judgment processing onto input signals representing status information of controlled objects or detection information from sensors or the like is made common. The object-oriented architecture is introduced into an embedded computer program so that the memory is saved and the apparatus is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuri Kishita, Kazuhito Fujita
  • Patent number: 9007199
    Abstract: A drive mode selection system for a vehicle is provided that includes a drive mode selector that can facilitate selection of a current drive mode from among a plurality of drive modes of the vehicle based at least in part on input from a driver of the vehicle. Each of the plurality of drive modes can be associated with a distinct visual indicator. Additionally, the system can include a mode indication component that can display the current drive mode of the plurality of drive modes by providing the distinct visual indicator associated with the current drive mode. The system can further include a mode recommendation component that can recommend a drive mode of the plurality of drive modes based at least in part on the current drive mode and data received from one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hajime Yamada
  • Patent number: 8989089
    Abstract: A device transmits automobile data to a server in a communication network. The device records the automobile data obtained from a plurality of sensors installed in the automobile. The device transmits a random access preamble on a first plurality of subcarriers of an uplink carrier to a base station, when a pre-defined condition is met. The device encrypts the automobile data using a first encryption key and transmits the encrypted automobile data to a server via a base station. The base station decrypts the automobile data before forwarding it to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ofinno Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Esmael Dinan
  • Patent number: 8988203
    Abstract: A vehicle presence notification apparatus includes a speaker and a disconnection determination section. The speaker generates a notification sound to outside a vehicle when a driving condition to notify of presence of the vehicle is satisfied. The disconnection determination section determines a disconnection state of the speaker based on an electromotive force generated by the speaker at a time when a vehicle horn mounted in the vehicle is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Koichi Goto
  • Publication number: 20150070157
    Abstract: A vehicle display apparatus includes a plurality of display devices that superpose and display a plurality of pieces of information by displaying information at each position of a plurality of different positions in a predetermined direction towards the front of a vehicle that can be viewed by a driver of the vehicle, and includes as at least one of the plurality of display devices, an attention attracting display device that displays as the information, attention attracting information on the nearest side to the driver in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Hisashi Murayama, Megumi Nagumo
  • Patent number: 8947220
    Abstract: Speech recognition in a vehicle through an extrinsic device includes detecting, via the vehicle, a presence of a mobile communications device that is configured with a speech recognition component. A vehicle processor encodes data lists stored in the vehicle and transmits the data lists and a vehicle identifier to the mobile communications device. In response to receiving a request to initiate a voice recognition session, the vehicle transmits the request and the vehicle identifier to the mobile communications device that causes activation of the speech recognition component. The mobile communications device retrieves the data lists via the identifier. In response to a voice command received by the speech recognition component, the speech recognition component interprets the voice command, determines an action by evaluating the voice command in view of the data lists, and transmits an instruction to the vehicle processor directing the vehicle to implement the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Douglas C. Martin, Nathan D. Ampunan
  • Publication number: 20150022335
    Abstract: A status display for the state of an operationally-relevant component (1) of a motor vehicle, in which an illuminating structure (4) supplied by at least two light sources (5, 6) is arranged in a position of the vehicle which is visible from the outside and a control circuit (3) which is associated with the light sources is designed to control the light sources in accordance with a state signal (sz) representing the state of the operationally-relevant component (1), such that the luminance and/or the colour indicates, along the illuminating structure and in a scaled manner, the state of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Markus Reinprecht
  • Patent number: 8933799
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes an information acquiring unit, a display unit and a control unit. The information acquiring unit acquires vehicle information regarding the vehicle. The vehicle information includes engine information indicating an engine on and off state. The control unit controls the display unit to display the vehicle information when the engine information indicates an engine on state. Further, the display unit controls the display unit to discontinue the display of the vehicle information once when the engine on state of the engine information is switched to the engine off state, and to restart display of the vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takahira Katoh
  • Patent number: 8918228
    Abstract: An engine ECU compares an acceleration value with a reference value, which corresponds to an accelerator operation value inputted in response to a user operation on an accelerator pedal, and stores vehicle behavior data when the acceleration value exceeds the reference value. After determining that the acceleration value is larger than the reference value and storing the vehicle behavior data, the reference value is changed to a larger value. After determining that the acceleration value is smaller than the reference value and, for example, a period in which the acceleration value remains lower than the reference value, reaches a set period, the reference value is changed to a smaller value. Thus, the number of times of storing the vehicle behavior data is equalized among vehicle users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Nagai, Yuuji Nagano, Yoshinori Ban, Yoshio Nakagaki, Kokichi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8886396
    Abstract: The present invention provides a meter display device provided in a vehicle, including a display portion having a display region in which a plurality of display areas extending elongatedly in the left-right direction of a meter body are provided in proximity in a line arrangement in the orthogonal direction orthogonal to the left-right direction, and a display control portion switching each of the display areas between the display operated state and the non-display operated state and increasing the number of the display areas display-operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuru Kobayashi, Shoji Saito
  • Patent number: 8884777
    Abstract: A mobile device including a solar battery having a light-receiving surface provided on a casing of the mobile device, an illuminance detector that detects an illuminance of light incident on the casing, an output section that outputs a state of light incident on the light-receiving surface of the solar battery, and a controller that controls the output section based on the illuminance detected by the illuminance detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kato, Kimitaka Benise, Jusuke Shimura, Yoshiaki Inoue, Yasuhide Hosoda
  • Publication number: 20140313023
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system includes a sensing unit arranged on a master vehicle for detecting the occurrence of a predefined event and an active protection unit for triggering a protection function of a slave vehicle. A wireless signal transmitting unit is arranged on the master vehicle for transmitting a wireless signal to the slave vehicle when the predefined event is detected. A wireless signal receiving unit is arranged on the slave vehicle for receiving the wireless signal from the master vehicle. The active protection unit triggers the protection function of the slave vehicle after receiving the wireless signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Chih-Kuei Hu, Wei-Ting Liu, Wei-Hua Lu
  • Patent number: 8866603
    Abstract: A method, a device and a system for communicating in a vehicle at least one deviation of a measured actual vehicle parameter value from its predetermined value to a driver involve determining an amount of the deviation, color-coding the amount of deviation, and communicating the amount of deviation to the driver by using the color-code. Determining the amount of deviation includes weighting a calculated difference between the measured actual vehicle parameter value and the predetermined vehicle parameter value with a weighting factor. A vehicle or more particularly a truck may include such a device and such a system and a computer programmed for performing such a method and computer readable medium comprising a program for performing such a method can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Sandström, Emma Rozada