Vehicle Door Patents (Class 340/5.72)
  • Patent number: 11059456
    Abstract: An in-vehicle authentication device may perform wireless communication with a portable device in a vicinity of a vehicle. The in-vehicle authentication device may transmit a call signal that requests a reply of a response signal to the portable device. The in-vehicle authentication device may transmit an authentication request signal that requests a reply of an authentication signal to the portable device when the in-vehicle authentication device determines that the portable device exists in the vicinity of the vehicle by receiving the response signal. The in-vehicle authentication device may authenticate the portable device that transmits the authentication signal based on the authentication signal when the authentication signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ueki
  • Patent number: 11062540
    Abstract: A Phone-as-a-Key (PaaK) system includes a pre-processor, a secure processor disposed in communication with the pre-processor, a cache memory associated with the pre-processor and the secure processor, and a memory for storing executable instructions. The pre-processor and the secured processor are configured to perform steps that can mitigate delay caused by mobile device authentication. For example, the pre-processor authenticates an authentication message associated with a mobile device used as a key for the vehicle, and stores the message in the cache memory. The pre-processor receives a door latch actuation signal, and initializes the secure processor in response. The pre-processor then provides access to the vehicle based on the secure processor initialization instruction, and the authentication message stored in the cache memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Raymond Westra, Lisa Therese Boran, Daniel Aaron Zajac, Aldi Caushi, Jochen Schubert
  • Patent number: 11021135
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly communicate with a mobile device application. The processor is further configured to receive a vehicle-command from the mobile device application and send a wireless instruction to a vehicle instructing an action corresponding to and responsive to the received vehicle command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Martin Gersabeck, David Anthony Hatton, Ziad Alhihi, Michael Andrew Simons, Thomas Nelson, Ryan Conroy
  • Patent number: 11021134
    Abstract: A method of controlling a smart key, including a low frequency (LF) receiver receiving an LF signal from a vehicle, a radio frequency (RF) transmitter transmitting an RF signal to the vehicle in response to the LF signal, a sensor unit sensing a motion, and a micro control unit controlling operations of the LF receiver, the RF transmitter, and the sensor unit, includes receiving, by the LF receiver, the LF signal from the vehicle and controlling, by the micro control unit, a turn-on/off operation of each of the LF receiver, the RF transmitter, and the sensor unit on the basis of the received LF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Hyuk Park, Yong Hee Park
  • Patent number: 10999718
    Abstract: A vehicle function control device that controls functions of a vehicle includes an electronic control unit configured to determine whether there is a terminal device performing communication with an in-vehicle communication device around the in-vehicle communication device using the in-vehicle communication device, when determination is made that there is the terminal device performing communication with the in-vehicle communication device around the in-vehicle communication device, determine whether a distance between the in-vehicle communication device and the terminal device is within a predetermined range, and control execution of a specific function of the vehicle based on a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jumpei Fuke
  • Patent number: 10988111
    Abstract: A user identification method and apparatus using recognition of a grip pattern of a lever-type door are provided. The user identification method using recognition of a grip pattern of a lever-type door includes activating a sensing module disposed within a lever of a vehicle door when a smart-key is sensed. A grip pattern is then sensed using the sensing module and a user profile that corresponds to the grip pattern is identified. A user-customization module is activated in response to the identified user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Hwan Lee
  • Patent number: 10977875
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for coordinating multiple vehicle diagnostic testers. An example vehicle includes an off-board diagnostic tester port, an in-vehicle diagnostic (IVD) tester, and a gateway module. The gateway module is configured to enable communication with the IVD tester, determine that a diagnostic tool is coupled to the off-board diagnostic tester port for greater than a threshold number of ignition cycles, and responsively prevent communication with the off-board diagnostic tester port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Michael Miller, William Robert Waldeck, Eric Ramsay Paton
  • Patent number: 10913424
    Abstract: Provided is a switch for motor vehicles including an outer containing and protecting body which houses a lock cylinder. The lock cylinder is adapted to receive an ignition key and is rotatable through several operative positions by means of the rotation of said key. An antenna is connectable to an electronic immobiliser that is adapted to transmit to a control unit of a motor vehicle the motor vehicle engine ignition enable/disable signals. The antenna is located at said outer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: CEV LAB S.R.L. CON UNICO SOCIO
    Inventors: Emanuele Belpanno, Giuseppe Testa
  • Patent number: 10896586
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for configuring an intrusion detection system, by receiving from a user device, a set of identity credentials, sending the set of identity credentials to an identity service to verify a user's identity that is associated with the set of credentials, receiving a result of the verification of the identity; and when verified, configuring the intrusion detection system to operate in a mode pre-selected based on the verified identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Graeme Jarvis, Terezinha Rumble, George C. Grammer, Michael Lamarca
  • Patent number: 10878249
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for controlling access to physical areas. One of the methods includes receiving, from at least one of one or more sensors, data identifying a vehicle at a border crossing station, determining current weather conditions for the border crossing station, evaluating whether the current weather conditions are favorable to inspection of the vehicle by a mobile camera, determining that the current weather conditions are favorable to inspection of the vehicle by a mobile camera, and in response to the determination that the current weather conditions are favorable to inspection of the vehicle by a mobile camera, providing at least one of one or more mobile cameras with instructions to cause each of the at least one of the mobile cameras to inspect the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Sheheryar Channah, Daniel Bachenheimer, Ajay Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10766455
    Abstract: A sound output apparatus and a sound output control method including a sound output controller placed in a vehicle having a door lockable and unlockable based on the result of communicated with mobile terminals are disclosed. The vehicle mounted with the sound output controller and a locking and unlocking system including the vehicle are also disclosed. The sound output controller outputs a sound that is different between when the door is unlocked by a specified mobile terminal and when the door is unlocked by other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Uenoyama, Etsuko Nakajima, Junya Masui, Akira Hoshino, Hideo Hasegawa, Keiko Nakano
  • Patent number: 10767391
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for an actuation handle, having an actuation bolt, which has at least one section along its longitudinal axis (A) having at least one outer edge on its circumference. The device comprises a housing having a first receiving section for receiving an energy converter for supplying electrical energy to a radio transmitter by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy, and an aperture for the actuation bolt, wherein the aperture has a second receiving section for rotatably accommodating the section of the actuation bolt having at least one outer edge. The device is characterized in that the first receiving section is disposed such that it is adjacent to the aperture, wherein a switch element of the energy converter extends into a rotational path of the at least one outer edge when the energy converter is in a receiving state, and can be actuated such that it causes a switching by means of the at least one outer edge during a rotation of the actuation bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Eduard Ruff
  • Patent number: 10769876
    Abstract: A vehicular electronic key system includes an electronic key and a wireless communication device. The electronic key includes a first communication unit, a second communication unit, and a first controller that switches an operating state between an ON state where a function of the first communication unit is operated, and an OFF state where the function of the first communication unit is at least partially stopped, based on a result of communication of the second communication unit with the wireless communication device. The wireless communication device includes a third communication unit, and a second controller. The first controller switches the operating state when the first controller detects that the electronic key has been moved by a predetermined distance or longer outside a vehicle based on at least a result of communication of a predetermined signal by the second communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki Okada
  • Patent number: 10760322
    Abstract: In a state that an engine is started up by using a mobile device from outside a vehicle, a power mode changeover switch is switched from a fixed contact OFF to a fixed contact START while avoiding a fixed contact ACC and a fixed contact ON, and the power mode changeover switch is maintained at the fixed contact START even after the engine is placed in an operation state. When an electric power is not supplied through the fixed contact ACC, a detection unit places itself in a state in which a detection operation is possible, and when the electric power is supplied, the detection unit places itself in a detection operation prohibition state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tamura, Ryoichi Enoki, Shoji Yokoyama, Jun Sugimoto, Tatsuya Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10761187
    Abstract: A device includes: a millimeter-wave radar sensor circuit configured to generate N virtual channels of sensed data, where N is an integer number greater than one; and a processor configured to: generate a 2D radar image of a surface in a field of view of the millimeter-wave radar sensor circuit based on sensed data from the N virtual channels of sensed data, where the 2D radar image includes azimuth and range information, generate a multi-dimensional data structure based on the 2D radar image using a transform function, compare the multi-dimensional data structure with a reference multi-dimensional data structure, and determine whether liquid is present in the field of view of the millimeter-wave radar sensor circuit based on comparing the multi-dimensional data structure with the reference multi-dimensional data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Avik Santra, Ashutosh Baheti, Andreas Dorfner, Youn Joo Kim, Raghavendran Vagarappan Ulaganathan, Thomas Finke
  • Patent number: 10730482
    Abstract: Biometric data profiles for users of a vehicle are managed according to an enrollment mode and a maintenance mode. The enrollment mode includes 1) authenticating a respective authorized user, 2) transferring a respective biometric profile to an encrypted biometric memory, 3) specifying a sunset time for automatic deletion of the respective biometric profile, 4) establishing an activity window, and 5) establishing a deferral period. The maintenance mode includes 1) deleting a respective biometric profile upon occurrence of the respective specified sunset time, 2) detecting vehicle access in response to a stored biometric profile during a respective activity window of the respective authorized user, and 3) automatically extending the respective sunset time according to the respective deferral period if the detected vehicle access during the respective activity window meets a respective threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Robert Parenti, Adil Nizam Siddiqui, Mahmoud Y. Ghannam
  • Patent number: 10733821
    Abstract: A key information management device includes: a reception unit configured to receive a movement request for moving a first vehicle, the first vehicle employing a key system in which locking and unlocking are performed by receiving key information on the first vehicle sent from at least one of a first terminal of a first user and a second terminal of a second user different from the first user; a storage unit configured to store the key information on the first vehicle and information on the first terminal to which the key information on the first vehicle has been delivered; and a control unit configured to send the key information on the first vehicle to the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryuichi Suzuki, Yuki Ito, Hiroyasu Shiokawa, Yasumasa Kobayashi, Naoki Yamamuro, Makoto Akahane
  • Patent number: 10723313
    Abstract: A sound output apparatus and a sound output control method including a sound output controller placed in a vehicle having a door lockable and unlockable based on the result of communicated with mobile terminals are disclosed. The vehicle mounted with the sound output controller and a locking and unlocking system including the vehicle are also disclosed. The sound output controller outputs a sound that is different between when the door is unlocked by a specified mobile terminal and when the door is unlocked by other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Uenoyama, Etsuko Nakajima, Junya Masui, Akira Hoshino, Hideo Hasegawa, Keiko Nakano
  • Patent number: 10726649
    Abstract: A vehicle includes doors, antennas, and processors. Each of the doors include an interface. The processors: (1) define, via the antennas, first zones and a second zone encompassing the first zones and surrounding the vehicle, each of the first zones associated with each of the doors; (2) in response to a mobile device entering the second zone, determine whether the mobile device is authenticated; (3) in response to the mobile device being authenticated, determine whether a user-interaction with the interface of one of the doors has occurred and determine, via the antennas, whether the mobile device is positioned in one of the first zones corresponding to said door; and (4) in response to detecting that the user-interaction has occurred and that the mobile device is positioned in said first zone, cause said door to unlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Joseph Gorski
  • Patent number: 10715983
    Abstract: A system, consisting of a vehicle having an infotainment system, a mobile data processing device and a motion sensing device, wherein a first communication interface is set up to transmit control commands IS from the motion sensing device to the mobile data processing device, the mobile data processing device is set up to translate the control commands IS into instructions IA to the infotainment system, and a second communication interface is set up to transmit the instructions IA from the mobile data processing device to the infotainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Schild
  • Patent number: 10694043
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling access to a target device. The method comprises receiving, by the target device, primary input from a user or user device, wherein the primary input matches a predetermined input stored by the target device and authorizes the user or user device to access the target device. The method further comprises storing, by the target device, one or more wireless secondary signals that are detected by the target device during a time period in which the primary input is received. Still further, the method comprises allowing access to the target device in response to receiving the primary input, and then allowing access to the target device in response to subsequently receiving at least one of the one or more wireless secondary signals matching one or more of the stored wireless secondary signals in the absence of receiving the primary input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Gary D. Cudak, Joseph F. Herman, J. Mark Weber
  • Patent number: 10669767
    Abstract: Provided are a motion determination device and a method capable of correctly determining a kicking motion by a user about to open or close a gate of a vehicle. The motion determination device includes sensors respectively mounted on positions spaced apart from each other and detecting approach of an object, and a determination device which determines that the predetermined kicking motion has been performed, when each detection value shows a predetermined pattern, a time until each of the detection values becomes less than a first threshold value after it becomes the first threshold value or more is within a predetermined time, and a ratio of a maximum value among detection values by a first sensor and a maximum value among the detection values by a second sensor different from the first sensor is within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA HONDA LOCK
    Inventors: Naoki Nihei, Tomonori Kamimura
  • Patent number: 10656648
    Abstract: An automatic driving vehicle includes an automatic driving mode in which autonomous traveling is carried out. The automatic driving vehicle receives a setup for a destination and an arrival time after a driver or a passenger gets out of the automatic driving vehicle. The setup for the destination and the arrival time is input when the driver or the passenger gets out of the automatic driving vehicle. The automatic driving vehicle is controlled to move to the destination after the driver or the passenger gets out of the automatic driving vehicle on a basis of the destination and the arrival time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MICOLATTA INC.
    Inventors: Masahiro Suzuki, Yoichiro Sako
  • Patent number: 10640087
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for dead zone mitigation for a passive entry system of a vehicle. An example vehicle includes antenna modules to measure signal strengths of broadcasts from a mobile device. The example vehicle also includes a wireless module to, when the mobile device is in a dead zone, generate first and second predictors and enable passive entry when the first and second predictors match and indicate that the mobile device is in a passive entry zone, and a sensor detects a user. The example vehicle also includes a body control module to unlock a door when passive entry is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jalal Jawany, Vivekanandh Elangovan, Ali Hassani, Patricia Seashore, Timothy Thivierge, Jr., Yasmin Jawad, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10587150
    Abstract: A vehicle communicates with a remote key fob while ensuring an RF environment is sufficient to maintain adequate power from an RF-harvesting power supply that allows the fob to operate without a battery. The vehicle has a receiver adapted to detect a backscatter communication signal from the fob. A harvesting emulator in the vehicle is responsive to ambient RF around the vehicle to duplicate a concurrent response of the fob power supply. A vehicle-powered RF transmitter is activated to broadcast energizing RF radiation around the vehicle when the duplicated response is below a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Vivekanandh Elangovan, Aaron M. DeLong, John R. Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10578349
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator and control method for refrigerator and method for opening a refrigerator door. While a user is holding an object in both hands, a door may be automatically and additionally opened using another part of a body other than hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinsung Kim, Hongsik Kwon, Minsub Kim
  • Patent number: 10563448
    Abstract: An approach activated closure entry system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a proximity sensor, a projector, a power operated closure and a controller. The controller is configured to project an image onto the ground when the motor vehicle is approached by an authorized user, vary that image when the approach activated closure entry system operation is initiated and open the power operated closure in response to the authorized user stepping into the image for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Nania, Howard Paul Tsvi Linden
  • Patent number: 10543810
    Abstract: A motor includes at least a first and a second antenna, wherein the antennas are arranged spaced apart spatially from one another, by means of a portable identification signal generator which has an identification signal generator antenna. In order to improve the protection against tampering, the first vehicle antenna outputs a first signal which is received by the identification signal generator antenna. The identification signal generator determines at least one of the spatial components of the first electromagnetic field of the received first signal. The second vehicle antenna outputs a second signal which is received by the identification signal generator antenna. The identification signal generator determines at least one of the spatial components of the second electromagnetic field of the received second signal. The identification signal generator transmits the data to the vehicle. A computer determines the angle at least between the special components of the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Heinbockel, Helmut Wagatha, Fredrik Hocke, Ralf Wistorf
  • Patent number: 10538219
    Abstract: A method for authorizing the use of a motor, having at least one first vehicle antenna and one second vehicle antenna located at a spatial distance from one another, includes transmitting, by the first vehicle antenna, a first signal that is received by an identification provider antenna of a portable identification provider, and ascertaining, by the portable identification provider, at least one spatial component of a first electromagnetic field of the received first signal using an angle-resolving magnetic field sensor. The method also includes transmitting, by the second vehicle antenna, a second signal that is received by the identification provider antenna, and ascertaining, by the portable identification provider, at least one spatial component of a second electromagnetic field of the received second signal using the angle-resolving magnetic field sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fredrik Hocke, Ralf Wistorf, Stefan Heinbockel, Helmut Wagatha
  • Patent number: 10525880
    Abstract: A method includes determining, with an on-board vehicle hardware system, if a hearing assistance device is in use within a vehicle. The method also includes providing a notification, through a vehicle infotainment system, when the hearing assistance device is in use. The notification provides a vehicle operator with a prompt for activating an external environment amplification system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, Gregg R. Kittinger, David R. Petrucci
  • Patent number: 10513244
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a first transmitter that transmits a predetermined first signal over a predetermined area, a first receiver and a second receiver that receive second and third signals, a detector that detects the field intensities of the received signals, a second transmitter that transmits a signal through an RF-band radio wave, and an electronic control unit that operates an in-vehicle device based on the third signal received by the first receiver and restrains or prohibits the in-vehicle device from being operated based on the third signal when the field intensity of the third signal is lower than the field intensity of the second signal by a value greater than a predetermined standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroko Murakami, Tomoyuki Funayama
  • Patent number: 10513250
    Abstract: A remote start-up operating method and a method for preventing parking malfunction during remote start-up is provided. The method includes determining whether a remote start-up ECU receives a remote start-up signal and determining whether the remote start-up ECU receives an electrical signal that indicates whether to operate a parking valve based on a position of a parking lever. An engine start-up signal is then transmitted to an engine ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyung-Bin Park
  • Patent number: 10498538
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and universal access control device that may enable a user device to gain access to a secure area or resource during a particular time duration. In some embodiments, a user device may relay a received access token to the universal access device via a wireless transmission at a particular time. The universal access device may verify the authenticity of the access token by relaying the access token information to the remote server, which may authenticate the user device and verify that the user device is permitted access at the particular time. Upon authentication and verification, the user may gain entry to the secure area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaushik Mani, Balarajan Balasubramaniam, Carl Haverl, Prakash Krishnamurthy, Ahmet Musabeyoglu, Peeyush Champalal Nahar, Dushyant Rao Chegoori, Hoshgeldy Tachmuradov, Ziyi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10487546
    Abstract: This door locking device for a vehicle includes: an electronic key and an in-vehicle device. The electronic key stores a first threshold defining an extension of a first region in which an electric field intensity of a response request signal is strong and a second threshold for defining an extension of a second region in which an electric field intensity is weaker than the first region around the first region. The electronic key outputs, based on the electric field intensity of the response request signal and the first and second thresholds, a response signal including position information indicating whether the electronic key is in the first region, or is outside the first region but in the second region, or is outside the second region. Based on the received response signal, the in-vehicle device switches the door to an unlocked state or a locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Tetsuya Egawa, Toru Maeda
  • Patent number: 10482699
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating with a portable device that include sending a predetermined number of LF polling signals from a vehicle to reach an entirety of a predetermined proximity of the vehicle. The system and method also include determining if at least one of the LF polling signals is received by the portable device located within the predetermined proximity of the vehicle. The system and method further include sending a wireless communication signal from the vehicle to reach the entirety of the predetermined proximity of the vehicle upon determining that the at least one of the LF polling signals is not received by the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Patent number: 10475267
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for a vehicle finder card with a thin film battery. An example includes a finder card and a vehicle. The finder card includes a thin film battery, a mechanical button flush with a surface of the finder card, a passive near field communication module and an active wireless module. The active wireless module broadcasts a wireless message with a command based on a pattern of the button being pressed. The vehicle provides a plurality of audiovisuals alert based on the command in the wireless message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Matthew DeLong, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Vivekanandh Elangovan
  • Patent number: 10452125
    Abstract: An apparatus for activating an electrically or electronically controlled appliance from an energy-saving passive state, especially a locking system for locking and/or unlocking, in particular for an access and/or authorization and/or for other services for a wireless remote control, for controlling of front doors, for motor vehicles, or the like comprising a first device in the appliance and an associated second device designed in the type of an electronic key, an ID-transponder, a chip card or the like, wherein both devices for the intended operation have transmitters and/or receivers for electromagnetic signals is suggested which allows a large operation distance and a long battery lifetime of the second device. This is achieved in that the first device transmits a first cyclic repeated signal for the activation and/or authentication of the second device with a first data protocol within a first transmission time interval and with a first cycle time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: Marquardt GmbH, Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Obergfell, Sascha Wagner, Matthias Hofinger
  • Patent number: 10438429
    Abstract: An on-vehicle device includes: a transmitter that transmits a request signal and a first measurement signal to a mobile device; and a receiver that receives a first response signal including information related to transmission strength of a second measurement signal from the mobile device that has received the request signal and the first measurement signal transmitted from the transmitter. The transmitter transmits to the mobile device the second measurement signal to which transmission strength has been set based on the information related to the transmission strength included in the first response signal received by the receiver. The receiver receives a second response signal. The second response signal is transmitted by the mobile device based on a result of determining the second measurement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10428561
    Abstract: A verification system for a vehicle latch is provided. The system includes a switch operable to determine if a vehicle door is ajar. The system also includes a cam operatively coupled to a power release mechanism that actuates movement of the vehicle latch between an opened and closed position, the cam in operable contact with the switch, the switch also determining if the vehicle latch is in a fully reset condition or an un-reset condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Philippe Ottolini
  • Patent number: 10407970
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for initiation of vehicle liftgate actuation. An example vehicle includes a liftgate, a proximity sensor for monitoring an activation area of the liftgate, a camera to capture an image of the activation area upon the proximity sensor detecting an object within the activation area, and a liftgate controller. The liftgate controller is to determine, based on the image, whether the object is a leg of a user and actuate the liftgate responsive to determining that the object is the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, William McRoy, Eric L. Reed, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Adil Nizam Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 10402572
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method and an apparatus for selecting a terminal mode, and the method includes: reading configuration information when a screen wakeup instruction is obtained, where the configuration information includes information about a wearable device that is paired with the terminal; querying to determine whether a wearable device is connected to a terminal; and selecting a mode corresponding to the wearable device as the terminal model if the wearable device that is connected to the terminal as determined by the querying is the same as the paired wearable device. In this solution, a corresponding mode can be selected according to a connection status between a terminal and a wearable device, thereby enhancing an automation degree of the terminal and improving a user experience effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hao Jing
  • Patent number: 10403068
    Abstract: A terminal device that executes an authentication sequence through wireless communication with an external device includes a communication unit configured to transmit or receive a radio signal to be used for the authentication sequence, a first measurement unit configured to measure a change in a radio wave intensity for at least a part of the radio signal received by the communication unit; a second measurement unit configured to measure a change in a posture or a position of the terminal device, and a controller configured to determine whether there is a correlation between a measurement result of the first measurement unit and a measurement result of the second measurement unit, i) continue the authentication sequence when the controller determines that there is the correlation, and ii) interrupt the authentication sequence when the controller determines that there is no correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Katsuharu Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10404254
    Abstract: A vehicular door operation detecting apparatus includes a first electrode and a second electrode mounted at a vehicle and positioned away from each other, a switch member switching the first electrode and the second electrode between a conductive state and an open state, and a control portion controlling the switch member and detecting an operation of the user relative to a door for the vehicle by sensing a total capacitance obtained by the first electrode and the second electrode in a first mode where the total capacitance is sensed each predetermined intermittent time and by sensing an individual capacitance of each of the first electrode and the second electrode in a second mode where the individual capacitance is sensed each detection time shorter than the predetermined intermittent time in a case where a presence of the user is determined because the total capacitance exceeds a detection threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kosuke Tsukao, Takehiko Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10395455
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling the position of a land vehicle door includes a mobile communication device operative to produce an excitation signal in the form of a first, short-range, electromagnetic field within a first range of the mobile device and a hand-held communication device, such as a key fob, operative to produce an excitation signal in the form of a second, short-range, electromagnetic field when the hand-held device is located within the first range. Control logic is coupled to the devices. The control logic is operative to detect when a pedestrian carrying an authorized hand-held device is located within the first range and to generate a door-opening command signal when the authorized device is located within the first range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: JVIS-USA, LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Murar, Darius J. Preisler, David R. Syrowik
  • Patent number: 10369895
    Abstract: A charger of a vehicle serving as a power supply controller includes, a power amount controller performing, (a) when a determiner determines that a high level device is available, a first control that determines a supply power amount to a storage battery according to an instruction value from the high level device, and, (b) when the determiner determines that the high level device is not available, a second control that determines the supply power amount according to information about a past power supply from an in-house power system (i.e., a power restriction value of the in-house power system), for an uninterrupted power supply between an outside-of-vehicle power system and the charger in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Kanayama
  • Patent number: 10328901
    Abstract: A user identification system is provided, which includes an in-vehicle apparatus used by multiple users and a vehicular portable device carried by a user acting as a driver and associated with the in-vehicle apparatus. The vehicular portable device detects received signal strength of signals received from the portable terminals at multiple time points, and based on the received signal strength detected by the received signal strength detector, determines a driver terminal which is the portable terminal carried by the user acting as the driver. The vehicular portable device determines as the driver terminal the portable terminal that provides a smallest degree of change of the received signal strength detected multiple times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Sanji, Noritaka Hirao, Suguru Matsushita, Takatoshi Sekizawa, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Mitsugi Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 10310669
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control device for controlling at least one function of a motor vehicle unit. Said control device includes a capacitive sensing surface (2) configured so as to detect a manual command from a user. Said control device is characterized in that it also comprises a device for detecting objects having ferromagnetic properties, said detection device including:—at least one magnetic field generation device (3) configured so as to generate a magnetic field on the capacitive sensing surface (2);—at least one device (4) for measuring the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generation device (3); and—a device for monitoring the control (5), that is connected to the measurement device (4) and to the capacitive sensing surface (2), and is configured so as to monitor the control signal emitted by the capacitive sensing surface (2) on the basis of the magnetic field measured by the measurement device (4) during detection of the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: Guy Razurel, Gilles Pittion, Philippe Barathon, Ertugrul Taspinar
  • Patent number: 10308219
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for permitting a person to keylessly start a vehicle using a machine-sensible item such as his/her mobile device without requiring the person to possess a smart key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Crawford Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Derik Reiser
  • Patent number: 10308217
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a request from a mobile device to utilize a vehicle resource. The processor is also configured to determine that a first key has been used to start a vehicle a first time. The processor is further configured to determine that a second key has been used to start the vehicle a second time and approve the request based on the determination that both the first key and the second key were used to start the vehicle a first time and a second time respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Rork, Matthew Atwood Whitaker
  • Patent number: 10235823
    Abstract: A passive entry system of a vehicle includes relay attack prevention. The passive entry system includes a control module in the vehicle, at least one antenna at the vehicle and a key fob. A predetermined number of signals are transmitted via the at least one antenna with each signal having a different power strength. The key fob is determines a power strength of each signal that the key fob receives and generates a measurement report to transmit to the control module. The control module is configured to determine whether the measurement report contains received signal strength indicators for at least half of the predetermined number of signals and whether the received signal strength indicator for each signal contained in the measurement report correlates to the power strength of that signal as transmitted by the at least one antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad N Saleh, Donald W Grimaudo, Jerry M Nasiadka