Hazard Warning Or Distress Signalling Patents (Class 340/471)
  • Patent number: 10766411
    Abstract: An electronic control unit (ECU) is disclosed. The ECU may receive a command associated with a vehicle. The ECU may actuate one or more lights on the vehicle in a first mode based on receiving the command. The ECU may transmit, while actuating the one or more lights in the first mode, the command to a vehicle controller associated with the vehicle. The ECU may actuate the one or more lights in a second mode based on receiving an acknowledgement of the command from the vehicle controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: James McKnight, David Bumpus
  • Patent number: 10595373
    Abstract: A dimming light emitting diode (LED) system comprises an LED driver. A switch-mode power supply controller is coupled to the LED driver to drive an LED light source array. The LED driver is configured to output an LED drive command to the switch-mode power supply controller to dim the LED light source array based on one or more LED parameters. The one or more LED parameters include a photometric response parameter, a gamma parameter, an aging parameter, a temperature parameter, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Rumer
  • Patent number: 10424178
    Abstract: A child safety assembly includes a wristband that is selectively worn around a child's wrist. A lock is movably coupled to the wristband and the lock is selectively manipulated. The lock is selectively positioned in a locked position to retain the wristband on the wrist. The lock is selectively positioned in an unlocked position to facilitate the wristband to be removed from the wrist. An alert unit is coupled to the wristband and the alert unit is in thermal communication with the wristband's environment. The alert unit selectively emits an audible alarm and the alert unit is in wireless electrical communication with an electronic device. The alert unit emits the audible alarm when the alert unit detects a temperature of the wristband's environment falls below or rises above a trigger temperature. In this way the alert unit alerts a caregiver to a potential hazard with respect to the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Alicia Thalhofer
  • Patent number: 10308169
    Abstract: The auxiliary vehicle direction light is an optical signaling system. The auxiliary vehicle direction light is adapted for use with an emergency vehicle. The auxiliary vehicle direction light is a visual display that indicates the intended direction of the emergency vehicle when the emergency vehicle is in route to its dispatched destination. The auxiliary vehicle direction light comprises one or more displays, a logical device, and a plurality of inputs. The emergency device provides the plurality of inputs to the logical device. The logical device converts the plurality of inputs into a plurality of control signals that are used to control the plurality of display. Each of the plurality of control signals instructs a display selected from the one or more displays to illuminate a directional signal selected from a plurality of directional signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Bryon Weedon, Gail Weedon
  • Patent number: 10293744
    Abstract: An automatic turn-signal system including a steering wheel, a first turn-signal switch and a second turn-signal switch. The steering wheel is associated with a vehicle. The first turn-signal switch is mounted to the steering wheel. The second turn-signal switch is mounted to the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Jan H. Lovlie
  • Patent number: 10266102
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for configuring automotive lamp illumination control are provided. One example method includes, at a computing device, generating a graphical user interface for configuring at an automotive lamp illumination pattern. The graphical user interface includes user input elements and is displayed by way of a display device. An input command is received by way of at least one of the plurality of user input elements. The input command corresponds to the at least one of the user input elements. A message is transmitted to an automotive lamp control device by way of a communication path including a first communication port of the computing device and a second communication port of the automotive lamp control device, based on the received input command. The message is received at the automotive lamp control device, and an action is performed in response to receiving the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph P. Zizzadoro
  • Patent number: 10152875
    Abstract: An unexpected event detection system is provided for a rider operating an electric bicycle. The system includes a bicycle data unit configured to receive bicycle data from the electric bicycle; a wireless device data unit configured to receive device data from a wireless device; an unexpected event module coupled to receive the bicycle data from the bicycle data unit and to receive the device data from the wireless device, the unexpected event module configured to identify an unexpected event associated with the electric bicycle based on the bicycle data and the device data and to generate an alert message upon identification of the unexpected event; and an alert module coupled to the unexpected event module and configured to initiate sending the alert message to an assistance center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Sepehr Pourrezaei Khaligh, Norman J. Weigert, Scott Calnek
  • Patent number: 10127742
    Abstract: A portable controller device having an OBD-II port interface and a microcontroller that interacts with a vehicle network through the interface, including programming for querying successively the vehicle network for one or more parameter, and for retrieving values for the parameter returned from the network. The retrieving values for the parameter returned from the network is compared with an inferring response or parameter value, such as an absence of a response to query of the monitoring parameter, that if satisfied can infer that the journey status of the vehicle has changed from ‘underway’ to ‘ended’, and identifies the monitoring parameter as a candidate parameter. The journey status can be confirm as ‘ended’ when successive querying of the candidate parameter returns the same an absence of a response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph J. Seibert
  • Patent number: 10035481
    Abstract: The Independent lighting and signalling kit (10) is an innovative light system of semi-trailers trailers (7), campers and trucks that uses the best technologies. It is able to recover alternative energy and convert it into electric energy, accumulating it in the appropriate batteries (4), if necessary in situations that ensure road safety is improved, saving human lives. It is a system that is completely independent of the structure of the vehicle that can be installed subsequently. The disclosed device is able to improve road safety, reduce road accidents involving vehicles that collide against trailers or semitrailers parked in rest areas with poor or no visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Domenico Amabile
  • Patent number: 9928714
    Abstract: A child tracking bracelet includes a bangle, and a body or locking mechanism which locks the bangle in place. The body is provided with a GPS positioning chip allowing a parent or guardian to track the location of a child bearing the bracelet if the child becomes lost. In some embodiments, the body comprises a receiver, a transceiver, and/or a speaker. The tracking bracelet, in some embodiments, is programmable to emit an alert when a child wanders beyond a determined distance from a separate device or when the bracelet is cut or removed. The GPS positioning chip is in logical connectivity with a control circuit, and powered by a battery. The specific position of a child can be accurately determined. The bracelet may be alternatively locked to an ankle, backpack, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jens Lovell
  • Patent number: 9888885
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a terminal body that is wearable on a part of a user's body. A wireless communication unit of the mobile terminal connects to an e-Call system of a vehicle and receives information related to a state of the vehicle. A detecting unit of the mobile terminal detects a biometric signal of the user that is sensed by at least one sensor provided in the terminal body. A controller is configured to, based on an accident event of the vehicle being detected from the received information related to the state of the vehicle, analyze the detected biometric signal to obtain state information of the user. Based on a predetermined condition being satisfied, the controller cooperates with the e-Call system of the vehicle and transmits the obtained state information of the user and the information related to a state of the vehicle to a call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungje An, Kwangjae Lee, Seungman Kim
  • Patent number: 9884631
    Abstract: Arrangements relating to the transitioning of a vehicle between operational modes are described. The vehicle can transition between a first operational mode and a second operational mode. The second operational mode has a greater degree of manual involvement than the first operational mode. For instance, the first operational mode can be an unmonitored autonomous operational mode, and the second operational mode can be a monitored autonomous operational mode or a manual operational mode. It can be determined whether an operational mode transition event has occurred while the vehicle is operating in the first operational mode. In response to determining that an operational mode transition event has occurred, a time buffer for continuing in the first operational mode before switching to the second operational mode can be determined. A transition alert can be presented within the vehicle. The transition alert can represent the determined time buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Michael R. James, Katsuhiro Sakai, Toshiki Kindo, Danil V. Prokhorov, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 9867022
    Abstract: A method and system for providing emergency location detection service for a vehicle is disclosed. The method and system comprise receiving one or more dual tone multi frequency (DTMF) signals by a vehicle via an active communication channel. The one or more DTMF signals are decoded and perform a corresponding vehicle function. A system and method in accordance with the present invention allows Public Safety Answering Point or 3rd party emergency service provider to send (DTMF) signals over a communication channel to activate vehicle system functions remotely such as engaging vehicle horn, flashing of headlights and/or taillights or emitting radio signals for the purpose of identification of location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Aeris Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: George Edward L. Schaefer, Jr., Robert B. Fultz, Steven A. Millstein
  • Patent number: 9849828
    Abstract: An indicator system for an autonomous agricultural vehicle includes a multicolor lighting assembly. The indicator system includes a controller comprising a memory operatively coupled to a processor. The processor is configured to select a status indication from a plurality of status indications that corresponds to a current operating state of a plurality of operating states. The processor is configured to output a second signal indicative of instructions to control the multicolor lighting assembly based on the status indication. The multicolor lighting assembly emits a light in response to the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, Bret Todd Turpin, Mitchel R. Torrie, John H. Posselius
  • Patent number: 9796326
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a plurality of lamps disposed on a rear portion of the vehicle, a user-actuatable hazard light control component (e.g. a turn-signal stalk) having a plurality of states, and a hazard lamp controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of lamps, the user-actuable hazard light control component, and the user-actuatable hazard light controller. The hazard lamp controller is configured to illuminate the plurality of lamps in accordance with a lighting pattern responsive to the state of the user-actuatable hazard light control component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Erik C. Nordstrom, Kris S. Sevel, Stephen M. Cichy, Ryan A. Church
  • Patent number: 9721473
    Abstract: An asset tracking system including a dispatching system and a movable object module. The dispatching system includes a processing device configured for controlling the dispatching system, a position information receiver configured for receiving position information associated with a movable object, a position data store configured for storing the position information, and a report module configured for reporting the position information to a first non-owning entity, wherein the report module includes a verification unit configured for receiving verification information corresponding to the first non-owning entity; and a position information reporter configured for, upon receipt of the verification information, providing the position information to the first non-owning entity, wherein the position information is inaccessible to a second non-owning entity lacking the verification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjaykumar R. Patel, Glenn Bramer, J. Trevor Harris, Adam Gardner
  • Patent number: 9709247
    Abstract: A portable light with light directing mechanism for providing different light modes includes a light source, a housing, a first lighting member, a second lighting member, a rotating means and a light guide. The light guide together with the light source is rotatable by the rotating means along a light guide axis between a first position where the light passage member provides a light passage from the light source to the first light inlet of the first lighting member and a second position where the light passage member provides a light passage from the light source to the second light inlet of the second lighting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Shiu-Fai Stephen Man
  • Patent number: 9705597
    Abstract: Techniques for communicating lighting commands through a controller area network (CAN) bus of a light bar system include generating a light code message. The light code message has a metadata portion and a value portion. The metadata portion defines a purpose of value portion. The value portion controls a state of a lighting device (e.g., a keypad's LED brightness or activation of a directional light module) in the light bar system. A data field is generated by encapsulating the light code message with an ISO-TP single frame header and a message subtype. A CAN controller generates a CAN message having an extended frame format and the data field. The CAN message is then transmitted through the CAN bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Electronic Controls Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Latham, William M. Cresse, Kevin David Brewster
  • Patent number: 9676322
    Abstract: This invention relates to a light linking system, which includes a plurality of casings and lamps, and two binding members as main components combined together. Said casing is a hollow shell structure provided with a first housing and a second housing, said first housing has a first inner recessed annular wall which is in line with the shape of the lamp, the first housing is provided with a first hinge mount and a second hinge mount set correspondingly on both sides of the first housing, to connect the first hinge mount and second hinge mount of adjacent casings correspondingly. Said first hinge mount and second hinge mount set with the limiting members(s) to get a pre-determined angle range and limit the bending angle range of adjacent casings. Said second housing has a second inner recessed annular wall which is in line with the shape of the lamp for clamping the lamp together by the first inner recessed annular wall of first housing and the second inner recessed annular wall of second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: KC HILITES INC.
    Inventor: Bobby Leang
  • Patent number: 9643535
    Abstract: The vehicle strobe brake light is a replacement device for a high mounted stop lamp in an automobile. The vehicle strobe brake light is a lighting unit that contains a plurality of brake lights and a strobe light. The plurality of brake lights operate as the normal brake lights of an automobile. The strobe light of the vehicle strobe brake light is designed to operate when the anti-lock braking system (hereinafter ABS) of the automobile. Specifically, the vehicle strobe brake light activates the strobe light when the ABS of the automobile is activated. The vehicle strobe brake light comprises a lighting unit and a control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Bryan Mellem
  • Patent number: 9598005
    Abstract: A turn signal control apparatus includes a switch, a flashing cycle control device, an operation device, a sharp deceleration-detection device, a bypass device, and a flashing cycle modification device. The flashing cycle control device is to determine a flashing cycle. The operation device is to open and close the switch according to the flashing cycle determined by the flashing cycle control device so that a turn signal lamp flashes. The flashing cycle modification device is to modify the flashing cycle determined by the flashing cycle control device to produce a modified flashing cycle according to a sharp deceleration-detection signal. The flashing cycle modification device and the bypass device are configured to operate to electrically connect an upstream side of the operation device and a downstream side of the operation device according to the modified flashing cycle in a case where the sharp deceleration-detection signal is outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tokujiro Kizaki, Atsushi Nishi
  • Patent number: 9421906
    Abstract: A system for controlling a directional indicator of a vehicle includes the directional indicator including a plurality of lamps turned on at different threshold voltages and indicating a turning direction of the vehicle. A controller is configured to change an input voltage that is supplied to the lamps to sequentially turn on/off the lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Ilo Yoon, Jisoo Park, Ho Deuk Song
  • Patent number: 9409512
    Abstract: A signal lighting beacon for a vehicle has a base and a plurality of LED arrays mounted on the base. the LED arrays are arranged to direct light signals outward in multiple different radial directions. Each LED array has an LED array circuit board having plurality of LEDs and an electrical connector mounted thereon. A common circuit board is connected to each of the plurality of LED arrays by electrical connectors on the common circuit board. The electrical connectors of single-sided LED circuit boards can be substantially identical to the electrical connectors on a single-sided common circuit board disposed at an angle relative to the LED circuit boards. The connectors can be connected to one another by inserting spade terminals into corresponding sockets from the sides of the sockets. The LED arrays can be pivoted relative to the common circuit board without withdrawing the spade terminals from the sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Code 3, Inc
    Inventors: Paul L. Stein, Kyle Christopher Stuesse
  • Patent number: 9285095
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a combination type illumination apparatus that includes a lamp body, a lamp cap module and a LED light emitting module. The LED light emitting module is disposed on the lamp body. The lamp body has an accommodation hole and a center sleeve stored in the accommodation hole. The center sleeve includes a first joggle structure. The lamp cap module includes a second joggle structure. The second joggle structure of the lamp cap module is assembled to the first joggle structure of the center sleeve. With such structure configuration, manufacturers may assemble the combination type illumination apparatus in a joggling way instead of in a screwing or gluing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LivingStyle Enterprises Limited
    Inventors: Ming-Yun Chen, Zuo-Cai Hong
  • Patent number: 9249960
    Abstract: A spotlight includes a lamp housing, a support pivotally supporting the lamp housing from below and a lamp assembly pivotally installed inside the lamp housing, wherein an electrically-conductive slip ring is provided at where the lamp housing is pivotally connected to the support to allow the spotlight capably providing 360-degree horizontal lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Mao-Shen Wang
  • Patent number: 9239380
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for avoiding collisions of a vehicle with pedestrians, the system including a camera sensor and/or a beam sensor. When an object moving at a given speed on a pedestrian crossing is detected, the object is detected as being a pedestrian with a probability that is sufficiently high to output a warning to the driver, reducing the likelihood of a potential collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ADC Automotive Distance Control Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Hegemann, Akitsugu Yoda, Rolf Adomat, Michael Darms, Raksincharoensak Pongsathorn, Masao Nagai, Ikuko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9139130
    Abstract: A light coordination system for coordinating the operation of multiple lights systems/devices in multiple public safety vehicles is provided. The system includes a detection component that detects at least one vehicle and/or at least one light device on the at least one vehicle, a mode component in communication with the detection component that changes an operating mode of the system based on information from the detection component, an analysis component in communication with the mode component and the detection component that generates a light coordination scheme based on information from the detection component and the mode component, and an implementation component that implements the light coordination scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Douglas J. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9041525
    Abstract: A machine having a light control system is provided. The light control system includes a hazard light associated with the machine, a plurality of control locations provided on the machine, and a light control module provided at each of the plurality of control locations and communicably coupled to the hazard light. The light control module configured to receive an input signal from each of the plurality of control locations. The light control module is further configured to prioritize the input signal based on a time stamp associated with the input signal. The light control module is further configured to control an operation of the hazard light based, at least in part, on the prioritized input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Igor S. Ramos
  • 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: 8963706
    Abstract: To provide a direction indicating apparatus that is less susceptible to a change of a power supply voltage and can reduce the difference in brightness of a direction indicating lamp using an LED element between a direction indicating operation and a hazard operation. A direction indicating apparatus includes a pulse signal generating part, a first switching element, a variable resistor circuit, a direction indicating switch, a hazard switch, first and second direction indicating lamps, a voltage detecting part and a lighting status detecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isao Ohki
  • Patent number: 8963705
    Abstract: A wireless interface module is used with at least one of a light bar, a control head, and/or a siren so that a mobile device can wirelessly control the light bar and/or siren via a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Code 3, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger L. Miller, Joseph Bakalor
  • Patent number: 8947223
    Abstract: A lighting system for use with an emergency vehicle comprises at least one elongated lighting bar mounted to an exterior surface of the emergency vehicle, the lighting bar comprises a plurality of lighting elements operable to emit light, the at least one lighting bar operable to be placed in a first substantially horizontal lowered position and a second substantially vertical raised position, and a controller electrically coupled to the at least one lighting bar and configured to receive user input and controllably place the at least one lighting bar in one of a raised and lowered positions in response to the user input, the controller further configurable to operate the plurality of lighting elements in a predetermined repeating on/off sequence involving increasing number of lit lighting elements and increasing light intensity over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ROM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Kiam Meng Toh
  • Patent number: 8942691
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics unit is disclosed herein. The aftermarket telematics unit includes, but is not limited to a housing that is configured to be mounted to an internal surface of a vehicle. The aftermarket telematics unit further includes an angle detection unit that is associated with the housing and that is configured to detect a mounting angle of the housing. The aftermarket telematics unit still further includes a processor that is associated with the housing. The processor is configured to perform an initial configuration procedure and is further configured to discontinue the initial configuration procedure when the mounting angle is out of a target range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Owens, Steven S. Sauerbrey, Matt C. Videtich
  • Patent number: 8933817
    Abstract: A removable vehicle directional light unit for use on a police or emergency vehicle which will be highly visible from a long distance for directing traffic to one or more specified lanes to reduce congestion and avoid accidents, particularly accidents involving police and emergency vehicles parked in the vicinity. The device is removably installed onto the rear window, mounted on the rear deck, or mounted on the trunk or top of the vehicle when in use and has a plurality of highly visible flashing lights configured in the shape of an arrow pointing in the direction leading away from a traffic blockage. The vehicle directional light unit includes a control box with a selector switch and flasher units to cause light groupings to flash in a selected pattern indicating the intended lane or lanes which approaching traffic should use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Bobby Caudill
  • Publication number: 20150002288
    Abstract: An safety device for automatically enhancing lighting and alerting efficiency when a vehicle door is open includes at least one alert fixing strip arranged on a frame edge of the vehicle door, a plurality of light-emitting elements positioned on the inner side or the outer side or inside of the alert fixing strip, and a sensing switch connected to the light-emitting elements. The sensing switch senses whether the vehicle door is open, and the light-emitting elements illuminate when the vehicle door is open. By arranging the light-emitting elements on the frame edge of the vehicle door, the present invention provides light indication and alertness to other drivers so as to avoid accidents no matter how the vehicle door is opened and what the opened angle is.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Min-Shiou Lee
  • Patent number: 8912921
    Abstract: A warning system for vehicles that comprises a transmitter and a receiver for respectively transmitting a signal to an approaching vehicle or receiving a signal from an approaching vehicle. A light actuated upon receiving a signal from another vehicle and visible to the other vehicle indicates to the other vehicle that it is approaching a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: James A. Reavell
  • Patent number: 8907779
    Abstract: An alerting safety device includes a pole formed from flexible material, a flag attached to the pole, a fastening member attached to a bottom end of the pole, a coupling attached to the fastening member and spaced from the pole, and a light-emitting section attached to a top most end of the pole above the flag. Notably, the light-emitting section is automatically toggled between on and off modes upon receiving input signals respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Sandra Ross
  • Patent number: 8878659
    Abstract: A control unit generates an annunciation sound signal including multiple frequency components. A sound emission device emits an annunciation sound to an outside of a vehicle according to the annunciation sound signal. The control unit changes a pitch of the annunciation sound signal according to a vehicle speed and changes an output level of the annunciation sound signal according to the pitch of the annunciation sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Anden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruyuki Tsuzuki, Kazuyuki Usami
  • Patent number: 8860567
    Abstract: An automated vehicle crash warning system may include a lighting system configured to be attached to the outside of the vehicle; a vehicle crash detector configured to detect a crash of the vehicle; and a light controller configured to cause the lighting system to illuminate when a crash of the vehicle is detected by the vehicle crash detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Forcelights, LLC
    Inventors: Sunny P. Smith, Gene Y. Fridman
  • Publication number: 20140300463
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an improved hazard warning/signaling device, more particularly, to a multiple color hazard warning/signaling device for trailing end of trunk lid for a vehicle(s) which becomes temporarily effective upon activation of the vehicle's remote trunk release, which places the device in a displayed position for other highway vehicles, and upon engagement of the vehicle's hazard flashing system, or the like. The device includes multiple light emitting diodes (LEDs) configured to emit different colors, or one color, through a single optical lens. This present invention enhances the safety of the vehicle by combining the advantages of a hazard flashing system into the multiple color hazard warning/signaling device for trailing end of trunk lid and cooperates to increase overall vehicle safety creating a synergistic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Derek Terrell Russ
  • Publication number: 20140300464
    Abstract: A warning device for a vehicle is provided. The warning device comprises a main body including a lateral side and a bottom side, a first light device configured on the main body and emitting a first light toward the lateral side, and at least one of a second light device and a laser module configured on the main body and emitting a second light toward the bottom side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Au-lite Lighting Inc.
    Inventor: Chang-Hung Chen
  • Publication number: 20140300462
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a vehicle trunk lid and an improved hazard warning/signaling device, more particularly, to a vehicle trunk lid hazard warning/signaling device wherein a housing and a housing frame are sized and adapted for mounting upon the underneath side of the vehicle trunk lid which said device can be quickly and easily displayed upon activation of a vehicle's remote trunk release and upon engagement of a vehicle's hazard flashing system, or the like. The trunk lid hazard warning/signaling device is adapted to operate in concert with the vehicle's hazard flashing system and remote trunk release. The device can be utilized to direct traffic at any time during the day or night by warning the occupant of an on-coming vehicle that a vehicle stands on the road in his way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Derek Terrell Russ
  • Patent number: 8830082
    Abstract: A wide-angle LED warning apparatus has a heat sink base, a circuit board, multiple pillars, multiple LED devices and a transparent cover. The circuit board is mounted in the heat sink base. The pillars are formed in the heat sink base and each pillar respectively has an oblique surface, the oblique surfaces facing toward two opposite sides of the heat sink base. The LED devices mounted on a front surface of the circuit board and the oblique surfaces of the pillars. The transparent cover is mounted on the heat sink base. Hence, the LED warning apparatus of the invention can widely emit light due to the LED devices mounted on the oblique surfaces of the pillars to provide enhanced warning effect and security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Chen-Kuo Ku
  • Publication number: 20140225727
    Abstract: Turn signals for moving vehicles along both sides of the vehicle are reported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Sarfaraz K. NIAZI
  • Patent number: 8803674
    Abstract: A turn signal system for a bicycle comprises a left and right front and rear turn signal and a rear alert signal that has multi-mode operation. The system is battery powered and can be adapted to an electric bicycle having a variety of power voltages. The system includes a controller and a multi-axis accelerometer to actuate the alert signal in the event of sudden deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Damon Langlois
  • Patent number: 8791811
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system of changing a vehicle color and a method of changing a vehicle color according to a risk of an accident. According to the present invention, a driver of a vehicle and a surrounding pedestrian and drivers of other vehicles can easily recognize a risk situation and take measurement according to the recognized risk situation, such that it is possible to safely drive the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Seung Hwan Park
  • Patent number: 8786422
    Abstract: A visual warning device has both a warning function to provide various colored flashing lights and a lighting function to adjustably project the lighting in preferable direction, which at least comprises a lighting device comprising an interior spotlight fixedly placed in the inside of the visual warning device and a beacon-like waterproof cover for mostly shielding the interior spotlight by outside exposure securely fastened onto the visual warning device, so that the interior spotlight has no required for an additional waterproof means pivotally mounted thereon as before; in particular, the interior spotlight further has both a vertical drive means and a horizontal drive means designed by uncovered structure, due to both the vertical drive means and the horizontal drive means unnecessarily concealed or placed in the inside of the interior spotlight as before, the interior spotlight has much simpler structure than before and more saving cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Mao-Shen Wang
  • Publication number: 20140197943
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an on-board illuminating device comprising an illuminating unit and a control unit, wherein the control unit transmits a first control signal to the illuminating unit according to an event inside a vehicle (10) characterizing a preparation action for getting out of the vehicle, and the illuminating unit enters an illuminating state in accordance with the first control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Yi Lin Que, Marc Lünnemann
  • Publication number: 20140159890
    Abstract: A flasher interface module for a vehicle having factory or original equipment manufacturer (OEM) lights. The flasher interface module includes a plurality of input and output ports corresponding to the factory lights of the vehicle and a plurality of leads corresponding to each of the input and output ports. The flasher interface module is configured such that the input and output ports operate independently of the vehicle such that factory lights are independently controlled by the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Amanda Marissa Piersing, Roger Bodie Bracken
  • Patent number: 8742916
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an LED light bar that provides off axis lighting. The warning light system includes lights that do not need reflectors that rotate to provide good light effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard Burke, Vincent Fleszewski, Charles Meyer, Christopher Radzik, George Frank, Sigmund Urbanski, Paul Gergets