Acceleration Or Deceleration Patents (Class 340/467)
  • Patent number: 11458936
    Abstract: A drive assist apparatus includes a detector and a traveling controller. The detector detects an operation target of automatic emergency braking of a vehicle. The traveling controller includes a calculator and a determiner, and controls the automatic emergency braking on the basis of a result of the detection performed by the detector. The calculator calculates each of a target deceleration rate and a variation rate. The target deceleration rate is a target value of a deceleration rate of the automatic emergency braking. The variation rate is a rate of variation in the deceleration rate required for the deceleration rate of the automatic emergency braking to reach the target deceleration rate. The determiner determines a contact risk of the vehicle with the operation target on the basis of the target deceleration rate. The calculator increases the variation rate when the contact risk is determined by the determiner as being relatively high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hikaru Kumagai, Zhaofei Dong
  • Patent number: 11332154
    Abstract: A method for determining jumps and/or inflection points in an activation characteristic of an activation unit includes activating the activation unit using an activator, wherein different activation areas, separated from one another by the jumps and/or inflection points, are defined by the activation characteristic. Different activation forces for activating the activator are respectively set in the activation areas. The jumps and/or inflection points are determined by activating the activator by continuously determining activation travel values of the activator, respectively assigning an activation speed characteristic variable to the determined activation travel values, continuously forming value pairs from the determined activation travel value and the assigned activation speed characteristic variable, and checking, based on the value pairs which are formed whether significant changes occur in the activation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: ZF CV SYSTEMS EUROPE BV
    Inventor: Arne Michaelsen
  • Patent number: 11244562
    Abstract: Provided are an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a recording medium that allow a pedestrian or a bicycle to cross a crosswalk pattern projected by a vehicle more safely. The information processing apparatus includes: a controller that controls a notification to be made by a notification apparatus that prompts a notification target person to cross; and an intention discriminator that discriminates an intention of crossing of the notification target person with respect to the notification. The controller controls the notification apparatus to stop the notification in a case where the intention discriminator discriminates that the notification target person has no intention of crossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Tamura, Motoyasu Taguchi
  • Patent number: 11164451
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention are directed to a system for monitoring, recording, and analyzing driver activity. An exemplary system comprises a sensor module configured to receive data from one or more sensors that measure acceleration or deceleration associated with a vehicle. A stop detection module is configured to receive the sensor module data, process the sensor module data, and determine an abrupt acceleration or deceleration event. A location module is configured to retrieve the location of the vehicle simultaneous with an abrupt acceleration or deceleration event. The system stores the location of the abrupt acceleration or deceleration event in an event record in an event database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: John Lindsay
  • Patent number: 11151877
    Abstract: A cooperative intelligent traffic system is provided for use between bicycles, motorcycles, and other vehicles. Sensor data from mobile devices and other sensor devices associated with the vehicle can be sent to an edge network computing device (e.g., a multi-access edge computing device) and be processed at the edge network to identify threats and hazards, and then transmit the threat assessment data to other bicycles, motorcycles, and vehicles nearby. The threat assessment data can be used by the operators of the other vehicles to warn them of upcoming threats, hazards, road conditions, and other pertinent conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Erie Lai Har Lau, Julius Mueller, Charles Carey
  • Patent number: 11100801
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a detection system. The hazard detection system includes a first sensor configured to detect or measure first sensor data including driver behavior patterns and a second sensor configured to detect second sensor data including driving patterns of one or more other vehicles. The hazard detection system includes an electronic control unit coupled to the first sensor and the second sensor. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain the first sensor data and the second sensor data and determine that a hazardous condition is present based on the driver behavior patterns or the driving patterns. The electronic control unit is configured to alert a driver of the vehicle, the one or more other vehicles or another entity of the hazardous condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Alyssa Pipe, Katsumi Nagata, Ryan Wiesenberg, Gunnar Heinisch, Clinton Williams
  • Patent number: 11067199
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining when an operational opening event occurs for a pressure relief valve. The apparatus includes a pressure relief valve lift indicator disposed adjacent to a portion of the pressure relief valve to determine the frequency of the operational opening events of the pressure relief valve. A method of monitoring a pressure relief valve. A pressure relief valve lift indicator is placed in close proximity to the pressure relief valve to determine when the pressure relief valve experiences an operational opening event. Operational data associated with the operational opening event is tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: L6 Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Lybarger, Jud Smalley
  • Patent number: 11040728
    Abstract: A collision visualization device includes an identification unit analyzing vehicle traveling information in which information representing at least a type and occurrence time of an event generated in a vehicle to be analyzed in a time period including occurrence time of a collision or each of a series of collisions occurring for the vehicle, is recorded in accordance with occurrence order, and identifying a state of the vehicle in the time period, and a visualization unit causing a display device to display an iconic image representing the state of the vehicle identified by the identification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Eisuke Saito
  • Patent number: 11007927
    Abstract: A display device for a movable object includes: a display unit provided such that it is visible from outside a movable object; and a controller that causes the display unit to display information indicating a status of the movable object. The controller changes a display mode of the information displayed on the display unit in accordance with variation in the status of the movable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaya Shido, Yoshinori Shibata
  • Patent number: 10922979
    Abstract: A method for coordinating an emergency braking of a platoon of communicatively-coupled transportation vehicles. In response to an emergency situation, individual braking control settings are centrally determined for one or more transportation vehicles of the platoon by a managing entity managing the platoon. The individual braking control settings are communicated from the managing entity) to the one or more transportation vehicles of the platoon. The one or more transportation vehicles of the platoon brake in accordance with the respective individual braking control settings received from the managing entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Reimann, Roman Alieiev, Ahmad El Assaad, Guillaume Jornod
  • Patent number: 10899273
    Abstract: An integrated display-light assembly for a vehicle includes a lamp housing for mechanically supporting an outer lens. A light source is positioned within the lamp housing behind a first portion of the outer lens. A display device is positioned within the lamp housing behind a second portion of the outer lens, different than the first portion. The display device illuminates a changeable visual content visible through the outer lens. The display device may be adapted for displaying digital images received from a controller. The light source may provide an automotive lighting function. The outer lens is positioned externally beside the display device and the light source for providing protection from external environmental conditions. The lamp housing is adapted to support the display device, the light source, and the outer lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Flex-N-Gate Advanced Product Development LLC
    Inventors: Todd Nykerk, Les Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10723431
    Abstract: A method for controlling marine vessel speed includes determining a setpoint vessel speed, which is constant while the system is operating in a cruise control mode. The method includes using vessel speed feedback control to adjust operational characteristics of the engine so as to achieve the setpoint vessel speed. The method also includes determining a measured vessel speed and filtering the measured vessel speed. In response to determining that the measured vessel speed is within a given range of the constant setpoint vessel speed, the method includes transitioning to the cruise control mode and comparing the filtered measured vessel speed to the constant setpoint vessel speed for purposes of the feedback control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Przybyl, Steven J. Andrasko, Justin R. Poirier, Kenneth G. Gable
  • Patent number: 10726726
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to safety lighting devices for automotive vehicles. A safety lighting system coupled to an automotive vehicle includes a power source that is independent of an electrical system of the vehicle. The system also includes a lighting feature electrically coupled to the power source, wherein the lighting feature is configured to activate in response to an impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Snehal Desai, Andrew L. Anaruk, Bradly J. Billman
  • Patent number: 10728013
    Abstract: A half-duplex communication system includes a first half-duplex transceiver. The first half-duplex transceiver includes a first microprocessor and a current sensor connected to an input of the microprocessor, and the half-duplex transceiver is coupled to a first and second voltage source. The first voltage source is at a first voltage level and the second voltage source is at a second voltage level. The first microprocessor is configured to transmit data by alternatively connecting the first voltage source and the second voltage source to a conductor and to receive data in the form of pulses of current on the conductor detected by said current sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Sousa
  • Patent number: 10657808
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention are directed to a system for monitoring, recording, and analyzing driver activity. An exemplary system comprises a sensor module configured to receive data from one or more sensors that measure acceleration or deceleration associated with a vehicle. A stop detection module is configured to receive the sensor module data, process the sensor module data, and determine an abrupt acceleration or deceleration event. A location module is configured to retrieve the location of the vehicle simultaneous with an abrupt acceleration or deceleration event. The system stores the location of the abrupt acceleration or deceleration event in an event record in an event database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: John Lindsay
  • Patent number: 10582438
    Abstract: A base station apparatus includes a processor, a memory and a communication circuit. The processor is configured to set a waiting period in which a packet from a terminal device to which a connection has not been established is awaited. The memory is configured to store data that is processed by a terminal device to which a connection is established. The communication circuit is configured to, upon receiving a first packet from a communication terminal device in the waiting period, transmit to the communication terminal device a second packet containing the data and information used by the communication terminal device for establishing a connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kikuzuki, Ichirou Ida, Kazumi Kasai, Teruhisa Ninomiya, Eiji Matsumoto, Iwamasa Yuki, Toshihiro Kunitake, Hiroki Akano
  • Patent number: 10542606
    Abstract: An illuminated badge system is provided for a motor vehicle. The illuminated badge system includes an illuminated badge and a controller. The controller is configured to adjust a parameter of the light emitted from the illuminated badge in response to a designated operating parameter such as the headlight status of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Michael A. Musleh, Mehran Niksimaee
  • Patent number: 10479296
    Abstract: A grille assembly for a motor vehicle includes a grille support mounted to the motor vehicle and a grille module carried on the grille support. The grille module includes a grille, and a plurality of electronic devices and a controller carried on the grille. A related modular grille assembly system includes the grille assembly as well as human interface controls and a control module carried on the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Brian Glickman, Mohan Kamath, Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Harry Lobo
  • Patent number: 10363865
    Abstract: Methods and systems for vehicle safety lighting are disclosed, including a system having a multi-axis accelerometer that detects acceleration of the vehicle along a first axis and a second axis normal to the first axis, and outputs a corresponding first axis acceleration measurement and a second axis acceleration measurement. A controller is coupled to the multi-axis accelerometer, and to an array of light emitter elements (LELs). The controller is configured to determine a vehicle deceleration, based at least in part on a combination of the first axis acceleration measurement and second axis acceleration measurement, and to detect the vehicle deceleration exceeding a brake light threshold and, based at least in part on the detection, output a deceleration light signal to the array of LELs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Admore Lighting, LLC
    Inventors: David Bartell, Catalin Nicolae Petrescu
  • Patent number: 10336302
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes an autonomous driving system configured to produce a first brake control signal, and a contact sensor assembly mechanically coupled to an exterior surface of the autonomous vehicle. The contact sensor assembly is configured to produce a second brake control signal. A brake system is configured to control braking of the autonomous vehicle by prioritizing the second brake control signal over the first brake control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Graney
  • Patent number: 10304338
    Abstract: A cooperative intelligent traffic system is provided for use between bicycles, motorcycles, and other vehicles. Sensor data from mobile devices and other sensor devices associated with the vehicle can be sent to an edge network computing device (e.g., a multi-access edge computing device) and be processed at the edge network to identify threats and hazards, and then transmit the threat assessment data to other bicycles, motorcycles, and vehicles nearby. The threat assessment data can be used by the operators of the other vehicles to warn them of upcoming threats, hazards, road conditions, and other pertinent conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Erie Lai Har Lau, Julius Mueller, Charles Carey
  • Patent number: 10220770
    Abstract: A guide lamp for a vehicle is provided that guides nearby vehicles or pedestrians as to the path of a vehicle. The guide lamp includes a sensing unit that is configured to sense a path change attempt of the vehicle and a lamp unit that is configured to generate a road beam pattern indicating a direction toward the path change of the vehicle. The lamp unit includes one or more light sources and a light emitter that is configured to generate the road beam pattern by emitting light generated by the light sources in two or more different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Youngho Son, Byoungki Ji, Jaiek Lee, Jin Young Jung
  • Patent number: 10207635
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting distracted drivers and reducing risks posed by the distracted drivers are disclosed. According to certain aspects, an electronic device may capture and analyze image data that depicts an operator of a vehicle in various levels of distraction. The electronic device may determine, based on the analysis, whether the operator is distracted, and determine an additional vehicle that may be located in front of the vehicle. The electronic device may generate and transmit a command to an additional electronic device that, upon execution, causes brake lights of the additional vehicle to modify in intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Sanchez, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 10202072
    Abstract: A brake warning lamp system for a vehicle including: one or more primary brake lamps in a first set of brake lamps facing outwards from the rear of the vehicle; one or more secondary brake lamps in a second set of brake lamps facing outward from the rear of the vehicle and spaced from the primary brake lamps; sensing means for sensing deceleration of the vehicle; and control means operatively connected to the sensing means for selectively connecting the first and second set of brake lamps to the power supply of the vehicle to selectively illuminate the primary and/or secondary brake lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Malcolm John Peardon
  • Patent number: 10096226
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for summoning emergency personnel to assist a user associated with a portable device. A system can include a processor that can access non-transitory memory and execute machine readable instructions stored therein. The machine readable instructions can cause the processor to receive an assistance request generated by the portable device. The request can include location information for the portable device. The machine readable instructions can further cause the processor to transmit an assistance summons request to one or more selected devices that the user is need of assistance, receive a confirmation message generated by at least one of the one or more selected devices confirming that the user associated with the portable device is need of the assistance, and transmit one or more notification messages to summon the emergency personnel for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Reed Williams, Aram Kovach
  • Patent number: 10036809
    Abstract: Studies have shown that using smartphones while walking increases the probability of pedestrians colliding with obstacles. Techniques are presented for providing real-time warnings to distracted users of smartphones. The techniques are implemented by an application which makes use of sensors commonly found in most smartphone. By estimating distances to nearby objects using acoustic signals, a generalized solution is achieved without requiring any prior knowledge of the user's environment. The process can be enhanced by using images acquired from the phone's rear camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of Michigan
    Inventors: Kang G. Shin, Yu-Chih Tung
  • Patent number: 9975483
    Abstract: Approaches are described for utilizing a combination of location determining and tracking techniques to attempt to provide driver assistance under a variety of different circumstances, such as location assistance to locate or get back to a particular object or location, and visual and/or audible assistance to alert a driver of potential danger. For example, a driver assistance system can be provided that can monitor traffic conditions as well as attentiveness of a driver using a portable computing device (such as a mobile phone) to provide visual and/or audible notifications to alert the driver to potential dangers and/or take defensive action. The driver assistance system can further be used to automatically determine the location of a user's parked automobile and provide assistance, such as directions, to get back to the location where the user parked his or her automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sharadh Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9877678
    Abstract: A respiration signal of a seated person is detected with high accuracy by using a vehicle seat that includes a seat cushion; and a sensor detecting a pressure signal from a load applied from a seated person. The sensor is provided to be along an edge of a contact portion between the seat cushion and buttocks of the seated person. The sensor transmits the detected pressure signal to an arithmetic operation device of the seated person. In a respiration measuring device, the arithmetic operation device computes the detected pressure signal detected by the sensor to obtain a respiration signal of the seated person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Josho Gakuen Educational Foundation, Nihon University
    Inventors: Shinji Sugiyama, Toyokazu Nakano, Mieko Ohsuga, Ichiro Kageyama, Yukiyo Kuriyagawa, Shu Iida
  • Patent number: 9718476
    Abstract: A device is provided for teaching a driver of a vehicle in real-time to operate the vehicle in a fuel efficient manner based on feedback from a plurality on on-board sensors on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan David Lonski
  • Patent number: 9619720
    Abstract: An imaging system for a vehicle is provided for distinguishing between tail lights of another vehicle and a flashing red stop light. The system includes an imager configured to image a forward external scene and to generate image data corresponding to the acquired images; and a processor configured to receive and analyze the image data to identify red light sources and to further analyze each red light source to determine if the red light source is detected for a predetermined time period. If the red light source is not detected within a predetermined time period after it is detected, the processor determines that the red light source is a flashing red stop light. Otherwise, if the red light source is detected for a predetermined time period, the processor determines that the red light source may be a tail light of another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter A Liken, Phillip R Pierce
  • Patent number: 9564051
    Abstract: In a method for operating a motor vehicle, data obtained from outside the motor vehicle, which indicate the existence of a hazardous situation, are transmitted to a receiving device. A warning concerning the hazardous situation is communicated to the user of the motor vehicle. In addition to the external vehicle data, data obtained from inside the vehicle, which indicate the existence of a hazardous situation, are evaluated. The warning is communicated to the user of the vehicle subject to the evaluation of the data obtained from outside the vehicle and the data obtained from inside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Andre Hainzlmaier, Roland Haberl, Andreas Lamprecht, Florian Netter, Frank Oldewurtel, Paul Sprickmann Kerkerinck
  • Patent number: 9458903
    Abstract: A mining machine including a brake operable to halt motion of a component of the mining machine; a first sensor operable to sense a characteristic of the brake to generate brake data; a second sensor operable to sense motion of the component of the mining machine to generate motion data; and a controller. The controller is operable to receive the brake data and the motion data, analyze the brake data and the motion data according to a brake set model and a brake release model, and output an alert in response to an issue with the analyzed brake data or the analyzed motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Rikkola, Shashikiran Gudur, Anubhaw Bhushan
  • Patent number: 9452712
    Abstract: A system for indicating braking intensity to a main vehicle has an observational device monitoring positional and speed data of at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle. A control unit is coupled to the observational device. The control unit processes the positional and speed data monitored by the observational device and generates graphical representations of the at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle and graphical representations of a braking intensity level of the at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Karlin Bark, Cuong Tran, Timothy Michael Stutts
  • Patent number: 9378644
    Abstract: A system for indicating braking intensity to a main vehicle has an observational device monitoring positional and speed data of at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle. A control unit is coupled to the observational device. The control unit processes the positional and speed data monitored by the observational device and generates graphical representations of the at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle and graphical representations of a braking intensity level of the at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Karlin Bark, Cuong Tran, Timothy Michael Stutts
  • Patent number: 9340246
    Abstract: A bicycle brake light system with a graduated light display that is activated as a direct result of and in correlation with the degree of bicycle deceleration. The brake lamp lights are illuminated in a graduated sequence resulting from a predetermined range from slight deceleration to hard breaking that is conveyed visually through the number and color of illuminated lamps. The brake lamp assemblage interface calculates deceleration algorithmically through a magnet and sensor receptor and receiving programmable logic controller that receives, computes, and conveys a bicycle wheel's decreasing revolutions per unit of time optically through illuminating lights to fellow vehicle operators and pedestrians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: John Desmond Woram
  • Patent number: 9327642
    Abstract: A deceleration-triggered stop lamp installable into for vehicles includes a support frame to which is mounted: a plurality of LEDs; a deceleration sensor; microcontroller; an energy storage component; and power circuitry configured to detect when the vehicle brake pedal has been depressed and to divert power from the vehicles power system to charge the energy storage component. In the event the vehicle decelerates at a rate greater than a predefined threshold, the power circuitry is configured to illuminate the LEDs with power from the energy storage component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: MechOptix, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery B. Hammock
  • Patent number: 9302614
    Abstract: A system for detecting vehicle deceleration having an accelerometer, a processing arrangement, and a deceleration indicator. The processing unit samples data from the accelerometer, and based on that data, determines if the vehicle is braking or otherwise decelerating. If the vehicle is braking or otherwise decelerating in excess of a threshold, the deceleration indicator is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Kinetech, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Olson, Larry D. O'Cull
  • Patent number: 9260095
    Abstract: A vision system of a vehicle includes a camera disposed at a vehicle and having a field of view forward of the vehicle. An image processing system is operable to process image data captured by the camera to determine the presence of a leading vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle and to determine an illumination level of a taillight of the leading vehicle. Responsive to a determination of a relative speed of the leading vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle and a relative acceleration of the leading vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle, the vision system determines a braking level of the equipped vehicle to mitigate collision with the leading vehicle. Responsive to the determination of the illumination level of the taillight of the determined leading vehicle, the vision system is operable to apply a weighting factor to adjust the determined braking level for the determined traffic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: William J. Chundrlik, Jr., Dominik Raudszus
  • Patent number: 9221434
    Abstract: A method for operating a self-propelled agricultural machine that has a traction drive, a service brake, a control and a man machine interface including an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal, where a user actuation of the brake pedal causes the service brake to be operated. The method includes monitoring the user actuation of the accelerator pedal by the control to detect a brake indication, which is a predetermined indication for an approaching user actuation of the brake pedal. Upon detecting a brake indication, the control implements at least one preparatory measure by the control for the preparation of a user actuation of the brake pedal. The implemented preparatory measure alone does not have a braking effect on the agricultural machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: CLAAS TRACTOR S.A.S.
    Inventor: Christophe Gomez
  • Patent number: 9161419
    Abstract: Intelligent lighting is provided to motorists traveling down a stretch of road by sequentially turning on adjacent lighting devices in a lighting segment only when required, such as when vehicles are approaching the lighting devices, and turning off the lighting devices or decreasing a light intensity output of the lighting devices to a predefined minimum lighting intensity output level when no vehicles are present. In addition, which bulb to use in a multi-bulb lighting device is determined, as well as the optimal lighting intensity level of the selected bulb. Further, it is determined which lighting devices in a lighting segment may be turned off or dimmed while maintaining a predefined minimum safe light/brightness level along a pathway associated with the lighting segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jason L. Anderson, Gregory J. Boss, Jeffrey L. Coveyduc, Stefan A. G. van der Stockt
  • Patent number: 9114865
    Abstract: Systems are for operator control of a marine vessel. The systems can include a base; a handle that is pivotable with respect to the base; a first accelerometer coupled to the handle, the first accelerometer having an output that indicates an amount of an acceleration of the handle and a direction of movement of the handle; and a second accelerometer coupled to the base, the second accelerometer having an output that indicates an amount of acceleration of the base and a direction of movement of the base. A control circuit compares the outputs of the first accelerometer and the second accelerometer to calculate an amount of movement of the handle with respect to the base and a direction of movement of the handle with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Gonring
  • Patent number: 9108570
    Abstract: A rearwardly facing vehicle warning system for alerting nearby motorists of a coasting condition on a highway or similar high speed road. The system comprises a light source placed in the rear of a vehicle that illuminates when a motorist is neither applying pressure to the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal. A single light, illuminated in a color other than preexisting vehicle tail light colors, receives communication from an electric circuit or onboard computer that is communicating with a sensor monitoring both the accelerator and brake pedal. When neither is being utilized, the light is illuminated to warn motorists that the vehicle is undergoing a coasting condition and may be decelerating. The system provides notice of vehicle coasting to prevent unnecessary vehicle collisions from the rear due to an un-indicated change in vehicle speed, which may result from failing to maintain speed through constant pressure on the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Ercole Giangrande
  • Patent number: 9013292
    Abstract: An indicator system for regenerative slowing of a hybrid or electric vehicle includes at least one deceleration indicator positioned on the rear of a vehicle, a vehicle deceleration monitor configured to monitor deceleration and produce a control output signal if deceleration exceeds a predetermined level, a vehicle braking module configured to detect application of the conventional vehicle brakes, and an indicator control module configured to actuate the deceleration indicator when a vehicle deceleration output signal exceeding the predetermined level is received and conventional vehicle brakes are not applied. An independent driver-operated regen mode switch may provide for driver-initiated regen slowing independent of the conventional vehicle brakes or gears, with the deceleration indicator being on when regen mode is initiated by the driver without application of friction brakes, and the predetermined deceleration level is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: David Aberizk
  • Patent number: 8981922
    Abstract: A rear collision prevention system includes: a linkage coupled to a gas pedal, the linkage capable of sensing the position of the gas pedal, the linkage communicatively coupled to a transmitter, a transmitter with at least a first channel and a second channel, where the first channel receives a signal from the linkage when the gas pedal is depressed, and the second channel receives a signal when the gas pedal is released. The system also includes a receiver communicatively coupled to the transmitter. The receiver receives signals from the first channel and the second channel of the transmitter. An illumination device is communicatively coupled to the receiver, and the device illuminates in a first color responsive to the receiver receiving a signal on the first channel and illuminates in a second color responsive to the receiver receiving a signal on the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Bruno Israel
  • Patent number: 8963702
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting use of a wireless device is disclosed. In one embodiment, a system and method for using street map data broadcasts a warning to a driver, wherein the warning is triggered when a vehicle operating parameter does not comply with a limitation for a current street in a street mapping database. The limitation for the current street is also broadcast to the driver. An indication that the limitation for the current street is incorrect is received from the driver. The warning to the driver may be an audible warning and/or a visual warning to the driver. Broadcasting a limitation for the current street may include displaying the limitation to the driver or playing a spoken message to the driver. The limitation may be a posted speed limit or a traffic direction, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Follmer, Scott McClellan
  • Patent number: 8957772
    Abstract: A system for detection of braking of a vehicle may include a device provided in a first vehicle. The device may be in communication with a detector mounted to the first vehicle to monitor an area in front of the first vehicle. The detector may detect light emitted by the rear lights of a second vehicle when the second vehicle is ahead of the first vehicle in the monitored area. The device may acquire data from the detector and analyze the acquired data in order to detect an optical signal emitted by the rear lights of the second vehicle. The optical signal may encode information indicative of a braking procedure being performed by the second vehicle. The device may evaluate the detected optical signal in order to derive the information indicative of the braking procedure of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Mauderer, Klaus Hübner
  • Publication number: 20150009026
    Abstract: A method is provided for actuating a brake light of a hydraulic driven working machine that includes equipment to detect the condition of travel including a travel speed sensor, a gear selector switch, a travel direction switch and a travel pedal pressure sensor. The equipment automatically activates a brake light via a control circuit depending on the selected gear if the machine decelerates without the brake pedal being pushed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel Müller, Thomas Schaefer, Bernd Faber
  • Patent number: 8930085
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle, includes: a controller that is configured to obtain an index on the basis of a running condition of the vehicle, to vary a running characteristic of the vehicle on the basis of the index, and to vary details output from an effect producing device, which applies a stimulus to at least part of five senses of a driver of the vehicle, on the basis of the index, wherein when a variation in the running characteristic because of a variation in the index decreases, quickness of a behavior of the vehicle, the variation in the index in response to a variation in the running condition is relatively delayed, as compared with when the variation in the running characteristic because of the variation in the index increases quickness of the behavior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Takeuchi, Toshio Tanahashi, Shinichi Sano, Yoshimitsu Agata, Toshihiro Yamazaki, Shin Noumura
  • Patent number: 8928475
    Abstract: A progressive braking indicator system includes a brake light assembly having multiple lights, a brake pedal for the vehicle, a sensor connected to the brake pedal for measuring a distance the brake pedal has moved and an amount of pressure applied to the brake pedal by a driver of the vehicle, and a brake control processor connected to the sensor and the at least one brake light assembly. The brake control processor is configured to: a) receive the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor, b) generate a signal based on the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor, wherein the signal is configured to illuminate a varying subset of the plurality of lights based on the distance and amount of pressure measured by the sensor. A power source connected to the at least one brake light assembly, the sensor, and the brake control processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Bement
  • Patent number: 8917171
    Abstract: This invention relates to an externally mounted vehicle warning light system and related method, employing an accelerometer illuminating different lights to indicate to other drivers whether a vehicle is accelerating, decelerating, coasting or braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: J. Thomas Anderson, Christopher Broadwater