Digital Patents (Class 340/462)
  • Patent number: 10867179
    Abstract: The present disclosure may include a mobile terminal and a control method thereof, and the mobile terminal may include a display unit configured to display a map image in a predetermined range around a predetermined point; a wireless communication unit configured to receive at least one carsharing schedule set within the predetermined range from a server; and a controller configured to control the display unit so that a graphic object corresponding to the carsharing schedule is displayed on the map image when the carsharing schedule is received, wherein the controller controls the display unit so that the graphic object disappears when a predetermined time is left from a departure time of the carsharing schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sangwon Kim, Kyunglack Kim
  • Patent number: 10852822
    Abstract: A method includes detecting, with a sensor, a gaze of an occupant of a vehicle. The gaze is directed to at least one vehicle displays. The method also includes determining, with a controller circuit in communication with the sensor, whether one or more features presented on the at vehicle displays are partially obstructed from a view of the occupant. When the one or more features presented on vehicle displays are partially obstructed from the view of the occupant, the controller circuit adjusts a presentation of at least one partially obstructed features to be viewable by the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Heather L. Beineke, Douglas A. Srail, Mark A. Kady
  • Patent number: 10810424
    Abstract: Disclosed is a virtual driving lane generation method and apparatus for recognizing vehicles near a host vehicle, extracting feature information indicating a directionality of the nearby vehicles, generating a virtual auxiliary driving lane based on the feature information, and generating a virtual driving lane for the host vehicle based on the virtual auxiliary driving lane and the side line information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Paul Barom Jeon
  • Patent number: 10752113
    Abstract: Present application discloses display apparatus including: display panel having display surface to display image; and overlaid member overlaid on display surface. Overlaid member partitions display surface into inner region at least partially surrounded by overlaid member, and outer region situated outside overlaid member. Image contains inner and outer images displayed in inner and outer regions. Display panel includes signal generator for generating first image signal for changing content of the inner image displayed in inner region in response to first switching signal outputted from first switch. Signal generator generates second image signal for changing content of the outer image displayed in outer region in response to second switching signal outputted from second switch which is more distant from steering wheel than first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yo Kitamura, Hado Morokawa, Seiji Hisada
  • Patent number: 10705629
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a display or other support surface to which a repositionable control device may be removably mounted. The display may emit light. The repositionable control device may be a repositionable knob that has light sensors. The display may be directed to emit the light in a predetermined time-varying search pattern while the light sensors make measurements of the emitted light. The repositionable knob may wirelessly transmit the light sensor measurements to control circuitry associated with the display. The control circuitry may process the light sensor measurements or other sensor measurements to determine the location of the repositionable control device on the display. Visible tick marks or other scale information may be displayed around the periphery of the knob. An electromagnetic actuator may provide adjustable detents. Wireless power may be received by the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Arnold, Brenton A. Baugh, Brian T. Gleeson, David Bloom
  • Patent number: 10449858
    Abstract: A device for a motor vehicle for displaying information includes an instrument panel and an information device configured to display information at various locations on the instrument panel so as to be visible to a driver of the motor vehicle. The device also includes a control device which is configured to receive information specifications that are relevant to vehicle management and result from at least one of: a position of the vehicle, a position of the vehicle relative to a roadway, a position of the vehicle relative to a driving lane, and a position of road users in a surrounding of the vehicle. The control device also determines a display location on the instrument panel based on the information specifications, and displays an item of information on the instrument panel at the determined display location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Olivier Pitrat, Marcel Ottmann
  • Patent number: 10300764
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a method for monitoring the performance of a blower motor for a blower unit positioned in a vehicle. The method may include: diagnosing the motor based on predefined criteria and one or more physical parameters sensed by one or more sensors; identifying a performance mode from among a plurality of modes based on the diagnosis, where the plurality of modes are predefined; determining a mode message based on a signal code protocol, where the mode message is indicative of the performance mode identified and the signal code protocol associates each of the plurality of modes with a different coded signal; and transmitting a diagnostic signal that includes the mode message to a climate control module located in the vehicle separate from the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsumi Nishikawa, Claudia Gonzalez, Kazuki Kita, Shunji Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10249072
    Abstract: A vehicular display device includes an image display device disposed on a position ahead of a driver in a vehicle and displays images, a frame member disposed on a driver side of the image display device and surrounds a part of an image display region on the image display device, and a drive device that moves the frame member relative to the image display device along the image display region. The image display device displays a predetermined image that converges from the frame member toward a convergence point set in advance in the image display region, and, when the drive device moves the frame member, the image display device performs animation display of deforming the predetermined image so as to follow the movement of the frame member while keeping the convergence point fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumasa Shoji, Takayuki Ono
  • Patent number: 10080326
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling operation of a utility vehicle that runs a working area to perform work by a work unit, there provided with a set mowing height inputting unit configured to input a mowing height of lawn mowing work set by a user, a desired mowing height setting unit configured to set a desired mowing height based on the set mowing height inputted by the set mowing height inputting unit, and a mowing height regulating unit configured to regulate height from ground surface of the work unit based on the desired mowing height set by the desired mowing height setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamura, Toshiaki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10002443
    Abstract: In accordance with an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus comprising at least one processing core configured to render a dynamic graphical output, the graphical output comprising at least a first subsection and a second subsection, rank the first subsection relative to the second subsection based on at least one criterion, determine a scarcity of computational resources, and responsively, based on the ranking, reduce an update frequency of the second subsection, and a transmitter configured to provide information defining the graphical output toward a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Rightware Oy
    Inventors: Arto Ruotsalainen, Jussi Lehtinen
  • Patent number: 9493071
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for driver assistance for consumption controlled driving combines tactile and visual feedback functions, especially in the form of a drive configuration, a display concept and/or a deceleration assistant, wherein the emphasis is, on the one hand, on a modified accelerator pedal characteristic and, on the other hand, on the ECO tips for interactive output of efficient driving instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Lindhuber, Christian Popp, Christof Schulze
  • Patent number: 9475487
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, a driver interface having a first driver-activated selector, and a controller. The controller selectively operates the engine according to a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode the engine runs continuously. In the second mode the engine is turned off in response to a first set of operating conditions and turned on in response to a second set of operating conditions. The controller further, in response to a driver activation of the first selector, controls the engine according to the first mode and, in response to an anticipated end of a first vehicle acceleration event subsequent the driver activation of the first selector, controls the engine according to the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Soo, Bernard D. Nefcy, David Paul Tourner, Charles Vitullo, Craig Edward Esler
  • Patent number: 9460484
    Abstract: The main object of the present invention is to enable image synthesis without obscuring important displays and information. This vehicle display control apparatus includes a display control unit (4) that can display vehicle information obtained from a vehicle information input unit (3) on a display device (1). The display control unit (4) includes an image-processing unit (7) that can image-synthesize the vehicle information from the vehicle information input unit (3) on an external image from an external information terminal (2) and displays the image-synthesized image on the display device (1). Further, this image-processing unit (7) comprises: a displayable area-setting unit (11) that searches for a non-important section within the external image and sets the section as a displayable area (A); and an image-synthesizing unit (12) that image-synthesizes the vehicle information on the displayable area (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomomichi Nanba, Mitsuo Hagiuda
  • Patent number: 9156355
    Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus for displaying energy flow in a hybrid vehicle. The present invention adds a function, which displays breakdown and abnormal state information on modules and is not provided by an energy flow displaying function of the existing hybrid vehicle, to the energy flow displaying function, thus removing inconvenience of the existing energy flow displaying function that cannot check information on breakdown and abnormal states of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min Jae Choi
  • Patent number: 9013291
    Abstract: An automobile instrument panel includes display means with a display area. First and second symbols may be displayed in the display area to convey safety information. The duration of display of a symbol may be different depending upon whether it is an acute safety symbol or a normal safety symbol. An audible alarm may also be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Christophe Dolle
  • Publication number: 20150084764
    Abstract: An adaptive instrument display includes an instrument cluster displaying a plurality of gauges. A steering wheel has at least one sensor, and there is at least one camera. A processor collects data from the at least one camera and steering wheel sensor and determines a steering wheel position and an occupant's line of sight. An obstructed portion of the instrument cluster is determined based on the steering wheel position and the occupant's line of sight, and the gauges on the instrument cluster are altered based on the obstructed portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicants: DENSO Corporation, DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Wunsche
  • Patent number: 8977429
    Abstract: A system for shifting a vehicle's transfer case into or out of the neutral position, using an electronic vehicle information center. The system comprises a transfer case control module connected to a transfer case and an electronic vehicle information center connected to the transfer case control module. The electronic vehicle information center instructs the transfer case control module to shift the transfer case into or out of the neutral position by detecting an input signal request from a control panel to shift the transfer case into or out of a neutral position, and sending an instruction signal to the transfer case control module to shift the transfer case into or out of the neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey C Hendry, Michael Mashkevich
  • Patent number: 8937536
    Abstract: A vehicle information transmission device prompts recognition of a certain object. The vehicle information transmission device prompts recognition of a position different from a position of the certain object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jishosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Hatakeyama, Shinya Kawamata
  • Patent number: 8928225
    Abstract: Provided is a display device in which design properties have been improved by eliminating the flickering when the display level changes. A microcomputer (5) causes light emission of first LEDs (23 and 24) which are the first and second ones counting from the right end among the emitting first LEDs (21 to 24), with decreasing brightness towards the right end. Furthermore, the microcomputer (5) causes light emission of second LEDs from a second LED (77) which is disposed at the right end of the second LEDs (71 to 77), to a second LED (73) which is disposed at a position overlapped with the first LEDs (23 and 24) that emit light with decreasing brightness towards the right end, and also causes light emission of second LEDs (73 and 74), which are the first and second ones counting from the left end among the emitting second LEDs (73 to 77), with decreasing brightness towards the left end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Masuda, Yoshiyuki Furuya, Hideaki Kageyama
  • Publication number: 20140375447
    Abstract: Context-aware in-vehicle dashboard systems and methods are disclosed. Said systems and methods are capable of determining vehicle states and context using a variety of both vehicle-based and non-vehicle based data sources, and adapting to different vehicle states. Systems and methods in accordance with the present disclosure may be capable of presenting different information and/or notifications based on the vehicle state and the category/priority of the information and/or notifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: SRIRAMAN KANDHADAI RAGHUNATHAN, ASWATH PREMARADJ
  • Publication number: 20140327537
    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: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Etsuhisa Nagasaka, Harutoshi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8843268
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motor vehicle having a steering wheel, the motor vehicle including a first display, integrated into the steering wheel, for the variable representation of information; a first touchscreen, situated over the first display, for the input of commands; a second display, integrated into the steering wheel and separated spatially from the first display, for the variable representation of information; and a second touchscreen, situated over the second display, for the input of commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: William Brian Lathrop, Evan Small, Deborah Garcia
  • Patent number: 8830050
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes first and second display units that respectively display vehicle information and are arranged behind a steering wheel of the vehicle, and a front face cover that covers a front face of the first display unit and a front face of the second display unit. The first display unit is arranged at a portion inside of the steering wheel in a radial direction of the steering wheel on a field of view from an eye range of a person sitting on a driving seat of the vehicle. The second display unit is arranged at a portion outside of the steering wheel in the radial direction of the steering wheel on the field of view from the eye range. The front face cover is integrally formed so as to be continuous in the radial direction of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shuichi Ishibashi, Tai Inoue
  • Patent number: 8831824
    Abstract: In one example, a network device stores a mapping of application operation modes to vehicle conditions such as a first condition of the vehicle powered but not moving and a second condition of the vehicle moving. The network device receives a wirelessly transmitted request for a particular application to utilize an interface powered by the vehicle. The network device compares an application identifier specified by the received request to the mapping. The network device then identifies a portion of the vehicle interface according to the comparison and signals control software on the vehicle to grant the particular application access to only the identified portion of the vehicle interface itself. The application can reside on the mobile device and utilize the vehicle interface as an extended interface, or the application can reside on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbiquity Inc.
    Inventors: Kamyar Moinzadeh, Leon L. Hong, Lee Zhao
  • Patent number: 8803675
    Abstract: A display apparatus for vehicle includes: a first display unit which is provided in a region within a horizontal width of a steering wheel when viewed from a driver, and which displays at least single piece of notification information regarding a state of the vehicle; a second display unit which is integrally formed with the first display unit, and which displays information in a region outside the horizontal width of the steering wheel when viewed from the driver; and a control unit which controls image-display on the first display unit and the second display unit. The second display unit includes an information-image display region which displays an information-image corresponding to the at least single piece of notification information, and a guide display region which displays a guide-image for guiding a driver's eye to a side of the information-image display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Ishibashi
  • Publication number: 20140203928
    Abstract: A display system equipped to a vehicle includes a display screen, a notification section, a determination section, and a display control section. The display screen displays information for a vehicle occupant. The notification section preliminarily notifies the vehicle occupant of an information update to be performed on the display screen. The determination section determines whether the vehicle occupant pays attention to the display screen after the notification section notifies of the information update. The display control section performs the information update in order to display new information on the display screen when the determination section determines that the vehicle occupant pays attention to the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroya TAKIKAWA, Takeshi KAWASHIMA
  • Patent number: 8669855
    Abstract: An indicator portion (55) includes a first indicator portion (110) and a second indicator portion (112). The first indicator portion (110) indicates an accelerator pedal opening degree that changes in accordance with an operated amount of the accelerator pedal by the driver. The second indicator portion (112) includes a division line (114) and regions (116, 118) divided by the division line (114). The division line (114) shows an accelerator pedal opening degree where traveling modes (EV mode and HV mode) are switched. The regions (116, 118) show the ranges of accelerator pedal opening degrees where traveling is performed in EV mode and HV mode, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoto Suzuki, Motohiro Nakashima
  • Publication number: 20140038669
    Abstract: In a system in which an in-vehicle apparatus and a smartphone are connected to each other, screen display switching cannot be performed with priorities of all the applications taken into account as respective terminals carry applications. A management block is provided in an in-vehicle apparatus or in a smartphone. The management block holds priority definitions for starting and displaying applications on both terminals. In response to external input to both terminals, the management block selects the application to be started and displayed. The management block identifies the terminal carrying the selected application, and transmits to the identified terminal a request to start the application and to switch display output accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Shimizu, Yasushi Nagai, Takashi Matsumoto, Koichi Mitsui, Hiroyoshi Endo, Tatsuaki Osafune
  • Patent number: 8610747
    Abstract: A display device for a work vehicle, comprising: a variable display unit capable of varying display contents; and a printed display unit disposed adjacent to the variable display unit; wherein: the printed display unit is formed with a background color similar to that of the variable display unit so that the printed display unit appears as a single display unit continuous with the variable display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Junta Kuwae, Keisuke Miura, Masaaki Ueda, Ikuhiro Uotani
  • Patent number: 8536996
    Abstract: An information display system for a vehicle includes an information display for displaying a plurality of selectable information display levels according to an information display hierarchy. Each selectable information display level may include one or more visual gauges for conveying vehicle information. Each successive selectable information display level may include additional and/or alternative vehicle information when compared to the preceding selectable information display level. The information display system further includes a controller configured to display the plurality of selectable information display levels according to an at least one driver input. In this way, the information display can display a particular selectable information display level best suited to a driver's individual preferences or understanding of the vehicle's operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Watson, Angela L. Watson, Sohel Merchant, Craig Sandvig, Ivette Hernandez, Steven Bishop, Engin Erdogan, Altay Jun Wakui Sendil, Susanne Stage, Ryan J. Skaff, Derek Hartl, James Belloli, Jeffrey Greenberg, Michael Blommer
  • Patent number: 8400288
    Abstract: An operator configurable vehicle instrument panel with the ability to provide both analog and digital style outputs, and more particularly to an instrument panel configured to provide a digital style display in a first state and an analog state display in a second state using a physical pointer that was not visible in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Upton Beall Bowden, James P. Farell
  • Patent number: 8384536
    Abstract: The invention provides an instrument control panel that is easily customized and reconfigured, and yet provides the familiar tactile sensation of physical knobs, sliders, and buttons. The instrument control panel comprises one or more interface components that are removably coupled to an interface display wherein the interface components communicate with one or more control components disposed behind the interface display. The present invention lends itself particularly well to an instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis, Randall Adam Yates, Ira M. Lichtman, Clinton Blake Hope
  • Patent number: 8339254
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a data acquisition and display system for vehicles that connects to the vehicle's on-board computer(s) via a data link connector (DLC). The system includes a display module suitable for permanent or temporary attachment within the interior of a vehicle. The display module preferably includes a full color monitor that also functions as a touch screen for inputting commands to the computer within the display module. The computer includes a suitable processor, operating system, software and tangible data storage media to allow multiple user configurable graphics. The display module collects information from the vehicle via multiple busses and senders through the data link connector and displays the information on the screen of the display module in a user configured graphics format. The software is constructed and arranged to allow user configuration of the displayed graphics by clicking or touching the graphics image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Drew Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron
  • Patent number: 8339255
    Abstract: A display system of the present invention includes a liquid crystal platform section (200) which outputs display data for displaying, on a liquid crystal display section (100), an image in accordance with information obtained from an automobile. The liquid crystal platform section (200) includes a DIC (201) which generates display data and calculates a display position of the image to be displayed on the liquid crystal display section (100) from the obtained information and which causes the generated display data to be displayed in the calculated image display position. The DIC (201) updates display so that the image moves at frame intervals from a start position of image display to the image display position calculated from the automobile information currently obtained, when an interval at which the information is obtained is longer than each of the frame intervals for displaying the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoda, Masayuki Fujisawa, Fumiaki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 8207841
    Abstract: An information display system for a vehicle includes an information display for displaying a plurality of selectable information display levels according to an information display hierarchy. Each selectable information display level may include one or more visual gauges for conveying vehicle information. Each successive selectable information display level may include additional and/or alternative vehicle information when compared to the preceding selectable information display level. The information display system further includes a controller configured to display the plurality of selectable information display levels according to an at least one driver input. In this way, the information display can display a particular selectable information display level best suited to a driver's individual preferences or understanding of the vehicle's operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Watson, Angela L. Watson, Sohel Merchant, Craig Sandvig, Ivette Hernández, Steven Bishop, Engin Erdogan, Altay Jun Wakui Sendil, Susanne Stage, Ryan J. Skaff, Derek Hartl, James Belloli, Jeffrey Greenberg, Michael Blommer
  • Patent number: 8198994
    Abstract: The invention provides an instrument control panel that is easily customized and reconfigured, and yet provides the familiar tactile sensation of physical knobs, sliders, and buttons. The instrument control panel comprises one or more interface components that are removably coupled to an interface display wherein the interface components communicate with one or more control components disposed behind the interface display. The present invention lends itself particularly well to an instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis, Randall Adam Yates, Ira M. Lichtman, Clinton Blake Hope
  • Patent number: 8138938
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the position and orientation of a handheld device relative to a known object is presented. The system comprises a handheld device having an inertial measurement unit and a sighting device, such as a laser pointer, that are used to determine the position of the handheld device relative to a target object, such as a structure, aircraft, or vehicle. The method comprises calibrating a handheld device to find the current location of the handheld device relative to a target object, tracking the movement of the handheld device using an inertial measurement unit, and presenting an updated position of the handheld device relative to a target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Christopher Esposito
  • Patent number: 8125325
    Abstract: An integrated driving assistance apparatus is provided, which is installed in a vehicle with a headlight, a turn signal light, and a side-view mirror. The integrated driving assistance apparatus includes a detector, an infrared emitter, an image sensor, and an image processor. The detector is configured to detect whether the headlight and the turn signal light are turned on or off respectively. The infrared emitter is located on the side-view mirror and irradiates infrared rays when the detector detects that the headlight is turned on. The image sensor is located on the side-view mirror for capturing an image of an area beside the vehicle. The image processor is coupled to the image sensor and the detector and configured to receive and process the image to generate a warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignees: Three-In-One Ent. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jyh-Chiang Liou
  • Patent number: 8115612
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle that display an amount of a particulate matter collected in a filter device for exhaust gas purification. A vehicle 1 includes distance storage apparatus 46 for storing a travel distance, a filter device 5 for exhaust gas purification for trapping a particulate matter contained in an exhaust gas, and collected amount detection apparatus 25 for finding an amount of the particulate matter collected in the filter device 5 for exhaust gas purification. A display control unit 42 normally acquires a travel distance from the distance storage apparatus 46 and displays the travel distance as a numerical value on a segment display unit 41, and when instructed to display a collected amount of the particulate matter, the display control unit 42 acquires a collected amount from the collected amount detection apparatus 25 and lights up the number of segment groups 61 corresponding to the collected amount, thereby displaying the collected amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Tomoki Hirano, Seiji Kadota, Masakatsu Ukai
  • Patent number: 8094003
    Abstract: An on-vehicle display control unit includes a CPU to which vehicle data of various kinds are inputted and a graphic LSI arranged to generate display data to be outputted to a display. The graphic LSI is arranged to generate predetermined display data from image data generated by a meter ECU. However, if there is a problem in a state of the meter ECU or an input status of 3D moving picture data, the graphic LSI receives a fail safe control from the CPU (4), thereby to generate fail safe display data corresponding to the predetermined display data. This realizes an on-vehicle display system capable of stably displaying important vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruhisa Masui, Fumiaki Fujimoto, Osamu Nishida, Masayuki Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 8022820
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a data acquisition and display system for vehicles that connects to the vehicle's on-board computer(s) via a data link connector (DLC). The system includes a display module suitable for permanent or temporary attachment within the interior of a vehicle. The display module preferably includes a full color monitor that also functions as a touch screen for inputting commands to the computer within the display module. The computer includes a suitable processor, operating system, software and tangible data storage media to allow multiple user configurable graphics. The display module collects information from the vehicle via multiple busses and senders through the data link connector and displays the information on the screen of the display module in a user configured graphics format. The software is constructed and arranged to allow user configuration of the displayed graphics by clicking or touching the graphics image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Drew Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron
  • Patent number: 8013723
    Abstract: A vehicle meter display system that displays vehicle information including important information includes: a steering wheel that has at least one opening formed between spokes; a meter display unit disposed at a position closer to the front of the vehicle than the steering wheel; a steering angle detection unit that detects the steering angle of the steering wheel; and a meter display control unit that changes the manner in which an important information display area is displayed based on the steering angle detected by the steering angle detection unit so that a diver is able to see the important information through the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kawachi
  • Patent number: 8004395
    Abstract: An instrument panel display system displays vehicle information, amenity information, and safety information as images. In this instrument panel display system, data (image data, image layout data, and image output control data) for displaying the images are generated in a shared manner by a vehicle system processor, an amenity system processor, and a safety system processor. On account of this, the stability of image display on an instrument panel of a vehicle or the like is improved and hence safety of driving is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiya Okamoto, Toshiya Aoki, Kouichi Oda, Jun Hamachi, Fumiaki Fujimoto, Kazuhiko Yoda
  • Patent number: 7969294
    Abstract: An onboard display device includes a display section attached to an instrument panel of a vehicle. The section has a second display area and a first display area. The second display area shows at least the speed as vehicle condition images indicating the conditions of the vehicle. The first display area shows a navigation image and other secondary images. The display section measures greater in width than in height with an aspect ratio of 7:3 or greater. The aspect ratio is the width/height ratio of a display area. The onboard display device allows for a visibility-improved simultaneous display of the secondary image, such as a navigation image, and the vehicle condition image, such as a speed display, which presents information on the conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamamoto, Aki Miake, Toshiya Takahashi, Megumi Itoh, Mitsukazu Okuda, Takeshi Doi, Takeo Abe
  • Patent number: 7963656
    Abstract: In a first display mode, a common image function component is displayed to occupy at least a part of a display region of a second specific image function component. In a second display mode, the common image function component is continuously displayed outside the second specific image function component to avoid the overlap therebetween (i.e., such that an exclusive positional relationship is made therebetween). When the display mode is switched, a final transition of the display mode to a display state in the second display mode is made while or after a moving image showing a transition process, in which the common image function component is moved from a display position in the first display mode to a display position in the second display mode, is displayed as a mode transition animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Kuno, Nagako Matsuno
  • Patent number: 7965177
    Abstract: A display system includes a combination image dividing section arranged to divide a single combination image composed of a plurality of item images into a plurality of image blocks such that each of the image blocks has an item image; an image inputting controlling section arranged to lay out the individual image blocks; and an image inputting controlling section arranged to generate display data based on the image blocks laid out thereby. This can achieve a display system, to be mounted in the maneuverable moving object and having high degrees of freedom for screen layout, at a lower cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Kobayashi, Fumiaki Fujimoto, Toshiya Okamoto, Toshiya Aoki
  • Patent number: 7954951
    Abstract: In a first display mode, a common image function component is displayed to occupy at least a part of a display region of a second specific image function component. In a second display mode, the common image function component is continuously displayed outside the second specific image function component to avoid the overlap therebetween (i.e., such that an exclusive positional relationship is made therebetween). When the display mode is switched, a final transition of the display mode to a display state in the second display mode is made while or after a moving image showing a transition process, in which the common image function component is moved from a display position in the first display mode to a display position in the second display mode, is displayed as a mode transition animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Kuno, Nagako Matsuno
  • Patent number: 7936258
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle system includes at least one light sensor that detects a light condition, and a display member that displays an information message. The information message includes a background and an object that is displayed adjacent the background. The display system further includes a controller that changes legibility of the information message by changing each of the background and the object based on the light condition detected by the light sensor. A method of controlling the display system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Silviu Pala, Christopher Alan Arms
  • Patent number: 7928837
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a data acquisition and display system for vehicles that includes a GPS receiver and connects to the vehicle's on-board computer(s) via a data link connector. The system includes a display module suitable for permanent or temporary attachment within the interior of a vehicle. The display module includes a display computer including a suitable processor, operating system, software and tangible data storage media to allow multiple user configurable functions for display on a full color monitor that also functions as a touch screen for inputting commands to the computer. The display module collects information from the GPS receiver via direct electrical communication and/or vehicle via multiple busses and senders through the data link connector and displays the information on the screen of the display module in a user configured graphics format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Drew Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron
  • Patent number: 7898401
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are directed at allowing a vehicle to idle for a predetermined amount of time before shutdown. In accordance with one embodiment, a method is provided that accepts input from the vehicle operator to initiate a countdown to vehicle shutdown. When the input is received, a countdown is initiated that is regularly updated to reflect the passage of time. During the countdown, a vehicle ignition bus is maintained in an active state and a countdown value that reflects the time remaining before shutdown is presented on a graphical display. Then, in response to expiration of the countdown, the method allows the vehicle ignition bus to transition into an inactive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Martin Jay Caspe-Detzer, Andrew Joseph Ressa, Phu Vi Tran, Ian David O'Connor, John William Espinosa, Paul Stephen Crowe