External Alarm Or Indicator Of Movement Patents (Class 340/463)
  • Patent number: 11453341
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror device includes a mirror housing attached to a vehicle and a mirror that is held by the mirror housing and transmits light from inside of the mirror housing while reflecting light from outside of the mirror housing. The mirror housing accommodates therein a light source, a reflector having a reflective surface that reflects light of the light source, and a mask having a light transmitting part through which the light from the light source reflected by the reflector is projected. The light source and the reflector are arranged so that the light is projected toward the light transmitting part of the mask by one time of reflection, and the reflector is arranged so that the reflected light is projected at an angle with respect to a normal line of a reflective surface of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11383636
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes: an autonomous driving control device configured to request control of an emergency light or a turn signal light in consideration of a travel situation during autonomous driving; a user input device configured to sense a user input; and a body control device configured to flash the emergency light or the turn signal light in response to the request of the autonomous driving control device, and to control the emergency light or the turn signal light in response to the user input when the user input is sensed while flashing the emergency light or the turn signal light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chan Hee Jung, Jin Su Jeong, In Wan Kang
  • Patent number: 11358522
    Abstract: A lamp for a vehicle includes a lamp unit including a plurality of light emitting areas arranged in a direction; a mode determination unit configured to determine a selected light emitting mode among a plurality of light emitting modes of the lamp unit; and a control unit configured to cause at least one of the plurality of light emitting areas to generate light having a first color or a second color based on the determined light emitting mode. In particular, the plurality of light emitting modes comprises: a first light emitting mode in which the light of the first color is generated from the plurality of light emitting areas; and a second light emitting mode in which the light generated from each of the plurality of light emitting areas is changed from the first color to the second color sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Min Jae Kwon, Seung Ho Jeong, Gyeong Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 11338721
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp is provided on a vehicle capable of traveling around a corner by inclining a vehicle body in a turning direction. The vehicle lamp includes a headlamp mounted on a front portion of the vehicle, and a combination lamp disposed on a vehicle body cover in a region adjacent to the headlamp so as to be visible from the front of the vehicle. The combination lamp includes a plurality of light emitting segments. Depending on arrangement locations, the light emitting segments differ in at least one of the shape of, the size of, the color of, and a distance between the light emitting segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keisuke Fujii
  • Patent number: 11334148
    Abstract: Methods and systems for relative inertial measurement may include a user device configured to couple with a user's body and measure motion of the user's body or a part of the user's body while the user rides in a vehicle. A second inertial measurement device may be configured to move with the vehicle but to not move with movements of the user's body within the vehicle. One or more processors may receive inertial measurements from the first and second inertial measurement devices and determine movement of the user's body or the part of the user's body relative to the vehicle by comparing the received inertial measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Fletcher R. Rothkopf
  • Patent number: 11331523
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving, at a computer system, information that indicates that a fire has been detected in a building and that a fire suppression system within the building has begun dousing the fire; monitoring sensor information from one or more sensors located within the building; determining, by the computer system and based on the sensor information, whether the fire has been extinguished; activating, in response to determining that the fire has been extinguished, a feature to turn off a water supply to the building, the feature being presented on a computing device for a user who is associated with the building; receiving, after activating the feature and from the computing device, a command to turn off the water supply; and transmitting, by the computer system, a control signal that causes an electromechanical device to close a water valve within the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: LGHorizon, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Schmitt, Michael Kramer, Ronak Desai, Randall Kurtz
  • Patent number: 11302304
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a sound output device of a motor vehicle. A voice-analysis and control device receives a voice signal from a voice detection device of the motor vehicle, wherein the received voice signal describes a voice message from a person who is in exterior surroundings of the motor vehicle. The voice signal is used to ascertain a voice message content of the voice message and a thematic context of the voice message. On the basis of that, a voice output signal is provided that describes a context-related response text for the captured voice message, and the provided voice output signal is transmitted to the sound output device to output the provided voice output signal to the exterior surroundings of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Albl
  • Patent number: 11130505
    Abstract: An arrangement for lighting a rail vehicle includes at least one energy source, at least one controller, at least one lighting device, at least one electrical line for connecting the energy source to the at least one controller and an electrical line for connecting the controller to the at least one lighting device. Each lighting device includes at least one adjacent controller. A rail vehicle with the lighting arrangement is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Bauer
  • Patent number: 11124122
    Abstract: A method and a device for controlling vehicle steering, a vehicle-mounted controller and a vehicle thereof are provided. The vehicle-mounted controller includes: detection module, image acquisition module, and display module; the detection module is provided at rubber hoses located between a left and right vehicle doors and the vehicle body, and is configured to detect whether an electrical signal is present in the rubber hose, which is energized when turn signal lamp in the vehicle is activated. The method includes: receiving the electrical signal detected by the detection module; determining the current turning direction of the vehicle after receiving the electrical signal; controlling the image acquisition module to acquire an image for the rear of the vehicle in the current turning direction, and sending the image acquired to the display module, so as to display the image for the rear of the vehicle in the current turning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: Global Media Industry Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lei Pan
  • Patent number: 11021117
    Abstract: A system for implementing strobing of existing vehicle hazard lights including an interface to a vehicle wiring harness configured to receive input to an existing vehicle flasher module, and a strobing circuit that responds to an activation signal from the vehicle wiring harness that is indicative of a hazard flasher deployment event by producing an electrical output through the interface to the vehicle wiring harness that causes a strobing of existing vehicle hazard lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ESS-HELP, INC.
    Inventors: David M. Tucker, Daniel Anthony Tucker, John Zachariah Cobb, Jonathan Torkelson, Denver Kimberlin, Devender Nath Maurya
  • Patent number: 11024167
    Abstract: An information collection system enables crackdown on traffic violations by vehicles to be carried out in a preferable manner. The information collection system includes an autonomous mobile object that moves autonomously based on an operation command and a server apparatus. The autonomous mobile object includes a driving information acquirer that acquires driving information relating to the state of driving of a nearby vehicle, image acquirer that captures an image of the environment of the autonomous mobile object, a detector that detects a traffic violation by a nearby vehicle based on the driving information, and a controller that sends violation information relating to a traffic violation to the server apparatus. When a traffic violation is detected by the detector, the controller sends a captured image relating to the violator's vehicle and the driving information about the violator's vehicle, to the server apparatus as the violation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Isao Kanehara, Kazuhiro Umeda, Hideo Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi Okada, Shinjiro Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 11022975
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for operating an autonomous vehicle in the presence of hazardous materials. The autonomous vehicle is operated in travel along a selected route. A determination is made, using a sensor, that a hazardous material is present inside the autonomous vehicle during the operation of the autonomous vehicle. In response, a setting of the autonomous vehicle is changed to counteract the presence of the hazardous material inside the autonomous vehicle. Additionally, also in response, a modified route is calculated, the modified route addressing the presence of the hazardous material inside the autonomous vehicle. Then, the autonomous vehicle is operated to travel along the modified route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Hunt, Justin Wade, Lacey Trelfa
  • Patent number: 10937979
    Abstract: An organic EL element includes a first electrode, a first luminescent layer, a second luminescent layer, a third luminescent layer, and a second electrode, in this order. The second luminescent layer is in contact with the first luminescent layer and the third luminescent layer. The first luminescent layer contains a red dopant and a first host material. The second luminescent layer contains a blue dopant and a second host material, and the third luminescent layer contains a green dopant and the second host material. The second host material is different from the first host material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Yamada, Itaru Takaya, Jun Kamatani, Hirokazu Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10894512
    Abstract: A side-facing brake light assembly, including a left side-facing brake light incorporated into a left side view mirror and a right side-facing brake light incorporated into a right side view mirror, the left and right side-facing brake lights operable by an electrical circuit. Both the left side-facing and right side-facing brake lights are positioned and directed such that drivers and pedestrians on both the right side and the left side of the vehicle can see when the brakes of the vehicle have been applied, especially useful as the vehicle approaches an intersection. The side-facing brake light apparatus of the invention more effectively communicates the intention of the driver as he/she approaches the intersection, thereby increasing the safety of other drivers and pedestrians. The side-facing brake light apparatus of the invention helps to avoid serious collisions, property damage, and loss of life due to misunderstandings of other drivers and pedestrians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Gregory J. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10887928
    Abstract: System and methods are provided for generating lane aware clusters for vehicle to vehicle communications. A vehicle uses lane level map matching to obtain a current travelling lane. Vehicles that are within a proximity radius exchange data such as location, lane, speed, direction. Sub clusters are creating with vehicles driving on the same lane based on proximity distance. The sub clusters are merged into one cluster based on sub cluster similarity in terms of spatial proximity, average speed and direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: James Fowe
  • Patent number: 10834798
    Abstract: An illumination system for a harvesting implement including two or more lighting devices, each lighting device coupled to the harvesting implement and configured to illuminate an area of crop engagement, a path of the harvesting implement, or both. The illumination system additionally includes a controller coupled to the harvesting implement and communicatively coupled to the lighting devices. The controller is configured to control an operation of the illumination system to provide a first pre-set illumination pattern based on a first operating state of the harvesting implement. The controller is further configured to receive an input indicative of a change in the operating state of the harvesting implement. Further, the controller is configured to, in response to receipt of the input, control the operation of the illumination array to provide a second pre-set illumination pattern based on the change in the operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Cory Douglas Hunt, Blaine R. Noll
  • Patent number: 10755613
    Abstract: A hyper relevant digital surface (HDS) may be designed, fitted, formed and attached to conform closely to a target vehicle's body surfaces. Certain embodiments may use Thin Film Transistor (TFT) flexible (or rigid) display products to enhance or disguise their presence by displaying imagery to visually or aesthetically replicate in real-time the original vehicle's surface or to alter or morph any vehicle body surfaces (shape, color, lighting, reflections, details, features or components, etc.) underneath. Embodiments designed to utilize license plate recess for integration, mechanical and electrical connection, temperature control, and display of license plate information are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BCAT, LLC
    Inventor: Curtis M. Brubaker
  • Patent number: 10730731
    Abstract: A forklift mast warning alarm including a horn bar configured to be movably attached to a contact bar. A plurality of pressure sensors vertically affixed along a lower surface of the horn bar, wherein the sensors keep the horn bar from contacting the contact bar until pressure is applied. At least one electrical contract movably disposed in the horn bar. A spring disposed around the electrical contacts for allowing the electrical contacts to move bias the horn bar away from the contact bar until pressure is added. A noise making device attached to the horn bar. Horn circuitry configured to activate the noise making device when the at least one electrical contact disposed on the underside of the horn bar comes in contact with the at least one electrical contact disposed along contact bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: John Eiler
  • Patent number: 10723261
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for selectively acknowledging drivers of other motor vehicles. One implementation is a method and apparatus that comprises detecting a share and desired characteristic between a first motor vehicle and a second motor vehicle by illuminating an indicator on the first motor vehicle to acknowledge a driver of the second motor vehicle in response to the second motor vehicle sharing the desired characteristic with the first motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Beebe
  • Patent number: 10609304
    Abstract: An automobile image and information capturing system and method may allow a user to capture and record various vehicle related incidents, including, accidents, thefts, break-ins and other incidents that require reconstruction and visual documentation. Instead of having to rely on external cameras that most likely will not capture usable or complete visual evidence, the present invention provides systems and methods of providing high quality video and still image surveillance from multiple overlapping perspectives. In one preferred embodiment, the present invention consists of (1) a main processor; (2) a plurality of sensor packs; and (3) a Power Over Ethernet battery hub. The sensor packs may employ a plurality of systems and methods for image capture including, but not limited to (1) ultrasonic; (2) LiDAR; (3) visual distance measure devices; and (4) infrared cameras. Multiple image capturing systems and methods may be used simultaneously, or may be triggered independently via different conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Joshua Soper, Barry Soper
  • Patent number: 10525876
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention, an Alert Controller coupled to an Internal Digital Communication System (“IDCS”) of a vehicle monitors vehicle states based on messages received over the IDCS and generates audio alerts projected external to the vehicle based on the vehicle states. Multiple vehicle states may be defined, with each vehicle state associated with receipt of one or more types of messages in a particular sequence and/or within a particular timeframe. Different audio alerts may be assigned to different vehicle states. The audio alerts may be customizable such as by the vehicle manufacturer and/or vehicle owner/operator. An alert selection interface may be provided in the vehicle for user-selection of audio alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Sonic Alert Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Scalea, Jeffrey M. Rubenstein
  • Patent number: 10479373
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a driver of a host vehicle intends to make a left or right turn with a certain level of confidence. The method obtains a plurality of turning cues that identify external parameters around the host vehicle and/or define operating conditions of the host vehicle, and determines a confidence level that the host vehicle will make a left or right turn based on the turning cues, where determining the confidence level includes weighting each of the cues based on current vehicle operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Upali P. Mudalige, Thanura Ranmal Elvitigala
  • Patent number: 10352704
    Abstract: A lane departure detection computing device for a roadside device is disclosed. The computing device is configured to execute instructions stored in a memory to: calculate a first path geometry relating to a first vehicle traveling in a first lane; calculate a second path geometry relating to a second vehicle traveling in a second lane different from the first lane; evaluate coextensive portions of the first path geometry and the second path geometry for parallelism; if the coextensive portions of the first path geometry and the second path geometry evaluated for parallelism are not parallel, determine that one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle is executing a lane departure; and operate a vehicle configured for autonomous operation responsive to the determination that one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle is executing a lane departure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimeros Vladimerou
  • Patent number: 10336247
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods include automatically activating and/or deactivating a vehicle's standard brake lights in response to signals indicative of the vehicle's speed. The signals indicative of a vehicle's speed are received from a vehicle communications bus. In some embodiments, a deceleration value is calculated based on a series of signals indicative of a vehicle's speed received from the vehicle communications bus. The calculated deceleration value is compared with a first predetermined deceleration threshold. If the calculated deceleration value is greater than the first predetermined deceleration threshold, a brake light activation signal is generated. When the vehicle no longer is decelerating or the computed deceleration value falls below a second predetermined deceleration threshold, a brake light deactivation signal is generated. The automatic activation/deactivation of a vehicle's standard brake light may advantageously provide improved safety to following vehicles and drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Deceleration Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Thomas Ault, Darren Roger Olafson, Brad Driscoll
  • Patent number: 10280596
    Abstract: Cost for a direction switching valve (third direction switching valve) is reduced while oil is supplied from two pumps to one actuator (third actuator). A hydraulic circuit 30 for construction machinery includes a first unloading passage 31 connected with a first pump 11, a second unloading passage 32 connected with a second pump 12, a first supply passage 41 connected with the first pump 11, a second supply passage 42 connected with the second pump 12, a third supply passage 43, and third direction switching valves (53E and 53F). The third supply passage 43 is connected with the first supply passage 41 and the second supply passage 42. The third direction switching valves are connected with the third supply passage 43, the first unloading passage 31, the second unloading passage 32, and the tank passage 35, and supply and discharge oil to and from the third actuators (23E and 23F).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NABTESCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10227041
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle comprises a mechanism for sensing a motion status of a vehicle, a control device, plurality of data acquisition sensors, and one or more alerting device activation circuits. The communication system is customizable with the plurality of data acquisition sensors and one or more alerting device activation circuits based upon the needs of the vehicle. In some embodiments, the communication system is customized before it is installed within the vehicle. Alternatively, in some embodiments, the communication system is customizable after it is installed within the vehicle by turning on and/or turning off one or more of the data acquisition sensors and one or more alerting device activation circuits. The communication system is able to be implemented on a bus or other such fleet vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventors: Fritz Braunberger, Beau M. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 10207639
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention, an Alert Controller coupled to an Internal Digital Communication System (“IDCS”) of a vehicle monitors vehicle states based on messages received over the IDCS and generates audio alerts projected external to the vehicle based on the vehicle states. Multiple vehicle states may be defined, with each vehicle state associated with receipt of one or more types of messages in a particular sequence and/or within a particular timeframe. Different audio alerts may be assigned to different vehicle states. The audio alerts may be customizable such as by the vehicle manufacturer and/or vehicle owner/operator. An alert selection interface may be provided in the vehicle for user-selection of audio alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Sonic Alert Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Scalea, Jeffrey M. Rubenstein
  • Patent number: 10131365
    Abstract: A vehicle safety device using visible light communication is disclosed. A vehicle safety apparatus using visible light communication includes a brake sensor on a main vehicle brake pedal for generating a deceleration signal by a degree of braking, an acceleration sensor on a main vehicle accelerator pedal for generating an acceleration signal by a degree of acceleration, a visible light receiver for receiving a preceding-vehicle signal from at least one preceding vehicle and a following-vehicle signal from at least one following vehicle, a visible light transmitter for transmitting a main vehicle signal to the preceding vehicle and vehicles, a collision risk determination unit for determining whether a danger of collision is present based on the preceding-vehicle signal, the following and main-vehicle signal, and an alarm unit for issuing an alarm to driver in response to the collision risk determination unit determining the presence of a danger of collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: YUYANG DNU CO., LTD
    Inventors: Sangok Kim, Byungoh Kim, Dongsik Kim, Sang-ho Yoon
  • Patent number: 10106152
    Abstract: A sensor-based parking space searching system and a method thereof may include a switch receiving a request for searching for a parking space from a driver, an ultrasonic sensor searching for the parking space, and a controller activating the ultrasonic sensor in response to the request for searching for the parking space, setting a speed of an ego-vehicle and a reference value for detecting an effective detecting point of the ultrasonic sensor based on a distance from an object to the ego-vehicle, which is measured by the ultrasonic sensor, and recognizing the parking space based on an output of the ultrasonic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kwang Won Seo
  • Patent number: 10030978
    Abstract: A lane departure detection computing device for a lane departure detection system is described. The computing device includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing device, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to calculate a first path geometry relating to a first vehicle traveling in a first lane, calculate a second path geometry relating to a second vehicle traveling in a second lane different from the first lane, evaluate coextensive portions of the first path and the second path for parallelism, and, if the coextensive portions of the first path and the second path evaluated for parallelism are not parallel, determine that one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle is executing a lane departure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimeros Vladimerou
  • Patent number: 10009674
    Abstract: Examples are described relating to an apparatus, a method of manufacture for an apparatus and a system to provide a physical and audible effect. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus has an elongate substrate and a plurality of sound producing devices arranged along the elongate substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Lex James, Martin Clark
  • Patent number: 9974128
    Abstract: A light source lighting circuit comprises a first lighting circuit for receiving current from the electric power supply line and supplying drive current to a first light source and a second lighting circuit for receiving the current from the electric power supply line and supplying drive current to a second light source. When a state of the drive current flowing to the first light source shows an abnormality, or when state of the drive current flowing to the second light source shows an abnormality, the first lighting circuit stops operation. When a state of the drive current flowing to the second light source shows an abnormality, or when a state of the drive current flowing to the first light source shows an abnormality, the second lighting circuit stops operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Ohta, Masahiro Sawada
  • Patent number: 9947216
    Abstract: An indicator system and method for a vehicle is provided that uses forward-directed indicators to signal to pedestrians when the vehicle is yielding to crossing pedestrians. The system monitors the vehicle brakes and the speed of the vehicle. One or more sets of indicator lights are deployed along the forward portion of the vehicle. When the vehicle brakes are applied, one set of indicator lights is energized. When the vehicle speed slows below a defined speed to indicate yielding, either a second set of indicators illuminate or the first set is pulsed. The second set of indicators is a different color than the first, and can pulse or energize statically. The indicator lights are preferably green in color when energized to indicate yielding to pedestrians, providing a positive signal that it is safe to cross the road in front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Paul W. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9934441
    Abstract: An apparatus for recognizing lane partition lines on opposite sides of a traveling lane of a vehicle based on a forward image captured by a camera mounted in the vehicle. In the apparatus, an allowable range limiter is configured to, based on a learned value of a lane width learned by a lane width learner, limit allowable ranges for the respective lane partition lines, where in the allowable ranges the respective lane partition lines are allowed to be detected in the forward image. A lane change determiner is configured to determine whether or not there is a lane change made by the vehicle. The allowable range limiter is further configured to, if it is determined by the lane change determiner that there is a lane change, enlarge at least one of the allowable ranges limited by the allowable range limiter based on the learned value of the lane width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Kawasaki, Tomohiko Tsuruta, Shunsuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9727796
    Abstract: A parking assistance system includes: a color/IR detector which detects, from a camera image captured with a camera, marker candidates that are areas in each of which an intensity of a color component or an infrared (IR) component exceeds a threshold; a marker position calculator which calculates positions of the marker candidates in the camera image; and a validity verifier which determines whether the marker candidates are valid as the markers, based on the positions of the marker candidates and a predetermined positional relationship of the markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihisa Kawasaki, Koji Fujii, Tatsuto Ryugo
  • Patent number: 9704402
    Abstract: A vehicle indicator system includes a sensor provided on a base vehicle to measure a distance of an adjacent vehicle from the base vehicle, and an indicator provided on the base vehicle at a position to emit an indicator signal displayed towards the adjacent vehicle, which indicator signal can be ascertained by an operator of the adjacent vehicle. An intensity of the indicator signal is inversely proportional to a distance of the adjacent vehicle from the base vehicle. The vehicle indicator system also includes circuitry provided at the base vehicle and configured to receive an input signal from the sensor and to provide an output signal to the indicator for generating the indicator signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Mohammed Abdullah Alanazi
  • Patent number: 9527439
    Abstract: A multi-frequency alarm (10) generates a narrow band noise (MFA-87, -97, 102, -107) warning of a presence of a vehicle. The alarm includes noise signal circuitry (30) generating a pseudorandom bit stream to produce a noise signal that exhibits a multi-frequency spectrum; an active low-pass filter (40) receiving the noise signal and producing a narrow band noise signal, the active low-pass filter configured to establish for the narrow band noise signal spectral characteristics exhibiting a high-frequency noise signal magnitude roll-off that attenuates frequencies greater than 4 kHz; an audio amplifier (50) producing an amplified narrow band noise signal; and an audio speaker (60) responsive to the amplified narrow band noise signal and configured to emit narrow band noise sound derived from the narrow band noise signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Electronic Controls Company
    Inventor: Grant Juel
  • Patent number: 9518832
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a drive-pattern evaluation device for appropriately evaluating energy-saving performance of a drive pattern. A drive-pattern evaluation device of the present invention is a drive-pattern evaluation device which evaluates a past actual drive pattern of a moving body based on energy consumption, the device including: an energy-saving drive pattern generating unit that generates an energy-saving drive pattern in consideration of energy consumption with respect to an evaluation section of the actual drive pattern; an energy consumption estimating unit that estimates energy consumption by the energy-saving drive pattern as an estimated energy-saving consumption; and an eco-score calculator that compares energy consumption by the actual drive pattern in the evaluation section and the estimated energy-saving consumption, to evaluate the actual drive pattern based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryusuke Kinoshita, Takashi Irie, Masahiko Ikawa, Yuko Ohta
  • Patent number: 9220463
    Abstract: Wireless systems and methods include a plurality of peripheral electronic devices each having a wireless communication system. A processor is configured to establish an association confidence level indicative of a likelihood that a peripheral electronic device is associated to a monitored subject for each peripheral electronic device based on association criteria. Indicators are configured to communicate the association the association confidence level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Comapny
    Inventor: Matthew George Grubis
  • Patent number: 9156399
    Abstract: A braking light system mounted on a road vehicle includes at least one braking light, a power source, a detecting unit, and a controlling unit. The braking light includes a light guide plate, a first light source, and a second light source. The light guide plate includes a first sidewall and a second sidewall and a plurality of holes and depressions to release internal light, the holes are arranged to present a decreasing diameter and decreasing density of holes between the light sources and sidewalls. The controlling unit controls the power source to provide power for the first light source at night, and when the detecting unit detects deceleration, the controlling unit is prompted to further control the power source to provide power for the second light source to emit light to provide an effective visual braking warning to any following driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yung-Lun Huang
  • Patent number: 9117364
    Abstract: A mechanism and method for making status reporting devices for container handlers, including: providing a micro-controller module, and installing a program system into memory accessed by a computer directing the micro-controller module. The micro-controller module communicatively couples with means for wirelessly communicating and for sensing a state of the container handler. Means for wirelessly communicating may include means for wirelessly determining container handler location. The micro-controller module may be communicatively coupled to a separate means for determining location. An apparatus making the devices may include a second program system directing the invention's method through a second computer, which may control an assembly device in creating the micro-controller, coupled with the means for sensing and for wirelessly communicating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: HKI Systems and Service LLC
    Inventors: Henry S. King, Toru Takehara
  • Patent number: 9096164
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular lamp that includes a lamp body, an exterior lens configured to define a lamp chamber between the lamp body and the exterior lens, and a vibration device fixed to a component of the vehicular lamp and configured to be vibrated by receiving an electric signal to cause the component to generate a sound. The vibration device includes a housing fixed to the component of the lamp, an electric circuit provided in the housing, a vibration body vibrated when the electric signal is input to the electric circuit, and a device connector to which an external connector is connected to input the electric signal to the electric circuit. In particular, the device connector is integrally provided in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Naoki Tatara
  • Patent number: 9073559
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting failing rail car wheels, brakes, bearings, and/or other components of a rail car may include at least one thermal sensor and at least one image capture device. The thermal sensor(s) and image capture devices(s) are usable to help determine whether there is a failure or potential failure of a component of a wheel set by detecting, measuring and/or comparing a temperature of various portions of the wheel set. If the temperature is higher than expected, it may indicate, for example, a stuck brake, a failing bearing, and/or some other failure of the wheel set. If the temperature is lower than expected, it could indicate that a brake of the wheel set is unexpectedly disengaged and/or some other failure of the wheel set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: LynxRail Corporation
    Inventors: Krzysztof Kilian, Vladimir Mazur
  • Patent number: 9067537
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle periphery monitoring device capable of making a driver reliably recognize the shape of an object to which attention should be paid. According to an image processing unit (1) (vehicle periphery monitoring device), for example, when it is highly probable that the shape of the object is difficult to be visually recognized through the output image because of the reason that the object is present far from the vehicle or other reason, an enlarged image (Q?) of the object (Q) is displayed on an HUD (7) so as not to overlap with the object (Q).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Aimura, Hideki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9035754
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror system includes an exterior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror reflective element that is fixedly attached at a mirror back plate. The mirror back plate includes an indicator structure that has a passageway that extends from the back plate at an angle relative to the portion of the back plate. At least one baffle is disposed within the passageway and is angled at the angle relative to the portion of the back plate. An indicator is mounted at an end portion of the passageway, and light emitted by the indicator passes through the passageway and through the mirror reflective element via an opening in the back plate. When the indicator is activated, light passing through the passageway and emanating from the mirror reflective element is at least partially shielded from direct view by the driver of the vehicle by the at least one baffle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9014953
    Abstract: Wireless sensing and communication system including sensors located on the vehicle, in the roadway or in the vicinity of the vehicle or roadway and which provide information which is transmitted to one or more interrogators in the vehicle by a wireless radio frequency mechanism. Power to operate a particular sensor is supplied by the interrogator or the sensor is independently connected to either a battery, generator, vehicle power source or some source of power external to the vehicle. The sensors can provide information about the vehicle and its interior or exterior environment, about individual components, systems, vehicle occupants, subsystems, or about the roadway, ambient atmosphere, travel conditions and external objects. The sensors arranged on the roadway or ancillary structures would include pressure sensors, temperature sensors, moisture content or humidity sensors, and friction sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Breed, Wendell C. Johnson, Wilbur E. DuVall
  • Patent number: 8994524
    Abstract: An indication unit for vehicles is suggested, which comprises at least one LED and at least one electrical circuit in a housing. The indication unit is connected to a first control, which is arranged in the vehicle, and connected to an LED driver circuit. A second control circuit, which is arranged in or on the housing of the indication unit, operates the LED with pulse-width modulated signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Daniel Fritz, Soenke Goldschmidt
  • Patent number: 8988212
    Abstract: An electric vehicle pedestrian warning system includes an encapsulating container disposed in a location of an electric vehicle (EV) that is exterior to a cabin of the EV. The warning system also includes a speaker affixed to an interior portion of the container, an amplifier coupled to the speaker, a computer processor communicatively coupled to the amplifier, and logic executable by the computer processor. The logic is configured to transmit a sound file to the speaker through the amplifier over a vehicle network upon activation of the EV. The sound file includes a pedestrian warning sound. A first portion of the pedestrian warning sound is output by the speaker and amplified using acoustical properties of the encapsulating container. The first portion of the pedestrian warning sound is amplified in a low frequency range capable of being cancelled by an active noise cancellation system that is located in the interior cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Susan T. Carruthers
  • Patent number: 8981918
    Abstract: A warning system for a vehicle having an air suspension system can include an indicator, an event data recorder, and a controller. The controller can be configured to determine a load on a front axle and a rear axle when the vehicle is in a static condition and compare the determined load on the front and rear axles to a predetermined load threshold for each of the front and rear axles. A warning signal can be provided to the indicator indicative of at least one of the determined loads exceeding the corresponding predetermined load threshold upon the controller determining one of the determined loads exceeds the corresponding predetermined load threshold. Data indicative of at least one of the determined loads exceeding the corresponding predetermined threshold can be communicated to the event data recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Satish Panse
  • Publication number: 20150054642
    Abstract: An electric vehicle pedestrian warning system includes an encapsulating container disposed in a location of an electric vehicle (EV) that is exterior to a cabin of the EV. The warning system also includes a speaker affixed to an interior portion of the container, an amplifier coupled to the speaker, a computer processor communicatively coupled to the amplifier, and logic executable by the computer processor. The logic is configured to transmit a sound file to the speaker through the amplifier over a vehicle network upon activation of the EV. The sound file includes a pedestrian warning sound. A first portion of the pedestrian warning sound is output by the speaker and amplified using acoustical properties of the encapsulating container. The first portion of the pedestrian warning sound is amplified in a low frequency range capable of being cancelled by an active noise cancellation system that is located in the interior cabin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Susan T. Carruthers