Vehicle Door Patents (Class 340/5.72)
  • Patent number: 11546736
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a vehicle positional information obtaining unit, a user terminal positional information obtaining unit, a relative distance recognizing unit recognizing a relative distance between a vehicle and a user terminal based on vehicle positional information and user terminal positional information, a wide-area wireless communication control unit controlling implementation of the wide-area wireless communication in the vehicle, and a narrow-area wireless communication control unit controlling implementation of the narrow-area wireless communication in the vehicle and, if the relative distance is longer than or equal to a first determination distance set based on a communicable distance of the narrow-area wireless communication, restricting implementation of the narrow-area wireless communication in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Hasegawa, Fumiaki Yamaguchi, Yusuke Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11524655
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting if a relay is present in a PEPS system for a vehicle is provided which includes (a) transmitting LF signals from antennas associated with a vehicle to a key fob using a 3D LF receiver to measure the LF signal level on the x, y and z-axes; (b) selecting two or more parallel antennas associated with the vehicle that are orthogonal to the antenna at the PEPS triggering location; (c) normalizing the x, y and z vectors that are measured by the key fob for the selected two or more parallel antennas associated with the vehicle; and (d) determining if the normalized x, y and z vectors for the selected two or more parallel antennas associated with the vehicle are within a predefined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD
    Inventor: Matthew Kelly
  • Patent number: 11528284
    Abstract: A method for detecting an attack, in particular a cyber-attack, on a control device of a vehicle, with the step of: checking communication data that is transmitted via at least one communication channel of the vehicle that is connected to the control device, wherein the checking of the communication data that is transmitted via the at least one communication channel of the vehicle that is connected to the control device includes the examination of whether the communication data transmitted via the at least one communication channel of the vehicle fulfils data requirements that are defined by one or a plurality of changeable rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Rodrigo Daniel do Carmo, Michael Gerhard Schneider
  • Patent number: 11486167
    Abstract: A central locking device for door locks of a motor vehicle includes a control device and, connected thereto, locking couplings in the door locks. An accident detection device is provided for determining an accident situation of the motor vehicle and for transmitting an accident signal to the control device. Upon receiving the accident situation signal, the control device is set up to switch the locking couplings to the locked status for a defined period of time and then to switch them to the unlocked status. This prevents disturbances that may occur in the region of the door handle during an acute accident phase, since the door handles are not functional during the defined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jan Heyduck, Jurgen Jooss, Martin Lindmayer, Bernd Reifenberg, Michael Rhein
  • Patent number: 11472356
    Abstract: A vehicle control system for a vehicle, the vehicle control system comprising a controller, wherein the controller has an activatable secondary parked mode in which the controller automatically controls a plurality of components of the vehicle, each component also being controllable by a corresponding user control, and activation of the secondary parked mode changes the state of each component from an in-use state to a parked state when the vehicle attends a delivery or collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew John Murray, Ian Sutherland Wright, Torsten Gerhardt, Christopher Wright, Daniel Tauber
  • Patent number: 11454058
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a vehicle door switch that is capable of adjusting the amount of movement made by a rod with ease and a method for attaching a vehicle door switch. A vehicle door switch includes a rod configured to move as a door is closed, a detecting unit configured to output a detection signal when one of ends of the rod has moved by a predetermined distance or more, and a limiting unit configured to limit the amount of movement made by the rod within a range where the detecting unit outputs the detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: NABTESCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Tanabe, Ikuo Makihira
  • Patent number: 11447099
    Abstract: A system includes antenna circuits void of transceivers, a multiplexer connected to the antenna circuits, a transceiver and a control module. The transceiver is connected to the multiplexer and cycles through the antenna circuits to facilitate determination of a location of a portable access device relative to a vehicle. The transceiver allocates periods of time for each of the antenna circuits and during each period of time exchanges radio frequency signals with the portable access device to obtain timing information associated with transmission of the radio frequency signals or a range estimate of the portable access device relative to the vehicle. The range estimates are estimates of distances between the antenna circuits and the portable access device. The location is determined based on the timing information or the range estimates. The control module, based on the determined location, provides access to the vehicle or control of a vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osman Ahmed, Jagadeesh Krishnamurthy, Yuki Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 11441341
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a motor vehicle door includes a handle base configured to be secured to the door, a grip cover coupled to the handle base such that the handle base and the grip cover cooperatively define a door handle grip, a first sensor positioned relative to the handle base and configured to produce a detectable change in a first sensor signal upon detection of one of an object within a detection proximity thereof, the detectable change in the first sensor signal enabling the latch to unlock or unlatch, and a second sensor positioned relative to the grip cover and configured to produce a detectable change in a second sensor signal upon deflection of a portion of the grip cover to within a detection proximity of a sensing surface of the second sensor, the detectable change in the second sensor signal enabling the latch to lock or latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Scheiern, Anne Adamczyk, Alexander Gabier, Josh Goulet, Ryan Bussis
  • Patent number: 11427157
    Abstract: A vehicle access system includes an identification device with a first transceiver, a short-range transceiver and a processor configured to control the first transceiver and the short-range transceiver to activate the first transceiver only when a distance measurement between the identification device and a vehicle is within a predefined range as determined utilizing the short-range transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Djordje Preradovic, Aaron Adler, David Reimus, Akshay Choudhari
  • Patent number: 11407381
    Abstract: A vehicle theft-prevention apparatus can include at least one computing device coupled to at least one sensor and a wireless transceiver. The at least one sensor configured to sense measurements proximate to a vehicle. The at least one computing device can be configured to read a plurality of first measurements of the at least one sensor at a predetermined frequency, where the at least one sensor is located in a first position of the vehicle. The at least one computing device can be configured to receive a plurality of second measurements from at least one additional theft-prevention apparatus, where the at least one additional theft-prevention apparatus is located at a second position in the vehicle. The at least one computing device can determine that a person has entered the vehicle based on at least one of: the plurality of first measurements and the plurality of second measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: KEEP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Moeller, Rahul Maran, Aditya Chavan
  • Patent number: 11412082
    Abstract: The disclosed system may include a first and a second mobile device coupled to a vehicular system, the vehicular system may include a processor and a memory including executable instructions that cause the processor to effectuate operations including (i) receiving an indication that the first mobile device is associated with a first driver of the vehicle when the first mobile device comes into proximity with the vehicular system, (ii) determining that the second mobile device is associated with the first driver of the vehicle based on identifying a biometric of the first driver, (iii) based on the indication received from the first mobile device, instructing the vehicular system to cause the first mobile device and the second mobile device to enter a mode, (iv) detecting an override from the first mobile device, and (v) responsive to detecting the override, instructing the vehicular system to release the second mobile device from the mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel Zellner
  • Patent number: 11390246
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for detecting intention to lock or unlock a door of a motor vehicle, the device including at least a first inductive sensor, including a first target, an oscillating circuit including a coil, a unit measuring a resonant frequency of the circuit, and a printed circuit. The device includes a second inductive sensor including: a second target in the form of a loop, such that a first end of the loop is connected to a fixed potential, and a second end of the loop is connected to a switch having two states, in a first state, the second end of the loop is connected to the fixed potential, in a second state, the second end of the loop is connected to a floating potential; and a controller for the switch. The coil of the first inductive sensor is common to the second inductive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: VITESCO TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Gabriel Spick, Vincent Marimoutou, Steffen Eckhardt
  • Patent number: 11381337
    Abstract: A jamming radio signal is selectively outputted based on an access signal. The jamming radio signal is configured to prevent an interrogation signal of a vehicle to complete an authentication of a vehicle key of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Firstech, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Lee, Jason Henry Kaminski, Sin Il Kim, In Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 11371270
    Abstract: A touch pad for operating an e-latch assembly of a motor vehicle entry system that includes a control circuit with a backup energy source and method of operating the entry system are provided. The touch pad includes a touch pad controller in communication with the control circuit of the e-latch assembly. The touch pad also includes at least one entry input sensor coupled to the touch pad controller for outputting a signal indicative of a touch to operate the e-latch assembly. The touch pad further includes a mechanical emergency switch assembly adjacent the at least one entry input sensor and including a plurality of pins electrically coupled to the control circuit for operating the e-latch assembly when the at least one input sensor is not operable due to one of a power loss and malfunction of the at least one input sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Emanuele Leonardi, Davide Dente, Marco Marlia
  • Patent number: 11299927
    Abstract: An interlocking occupant step apparatus and method for a vehicle, includes a powered door, a powered occupant step, a kick sensor, and a controller having processing circuitry. While in an interlocking state, the processing circuitry detects a first gesture signal from the kick sensor, for example resulting from a kick, upon detection of the first gesture signal, controls operation of the powered occupant step to move the occupant step to an extended position, and controls operation of the powered door to move to an opened position. The processing circuitry detects a second gesture signal from the kick sensor, for example resulting from a lateral swing, the second gesture signal being for a second gesture different from the first gesture. Upon detection of the second gesture signal, the processing circuitry switches to a non-interlocking state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Nagase, Daisuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 11303455
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for authentication components of a public network are disclosed. A master compares an actual HMAC with an expected HMAC, determines that component fails authentication when the actual HMAC does not match the expected HMAC and causes at least one operation to be inhibited when component fails authentication for a preset number of times while the component is connected to the public network. The actual HMAC is determined by the component. The expected HMAC and actual HMAC are independently determined using the same process and using a key. The same key is stored, in advance, in both the master and the component and not transmitted. The master generates a random number and sends the same to the component. The expected HMAC and actual HMAC are determined using the random number input into a one-way hash function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: BAE Systems Controls Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Burgin, Liam J. Garstang
  • Patent number: 11295298
    Abstract: A wireless connection may be established between a mobile device and a reader device and/or a sensor. The reader device and/or sensor may authenticate the mobile device. The reader device and/or sensor may receive a credential or token from the mobile device. An action may be performed based on certain criteria such as if the credential or token is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Neafsey
  • Patent number: 11292485
    Abstract: A method for granting access and driving authorizations and driving commands to be carried out, in the form of a data format, for a vehicle. A plurality of data processing systems of different user groups, which exchange the data format via a plurality of communication connections, are used, and an exchange undertakes the distribution of the data format among the respective involved user groups and into the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Dirk Hassert, Thomas Hartmann, Christian Rupert, Frank-Peter Pesl, Gerd Scheidhauer, Christian Heikamp
  • Patent number: 11270532
    Abstract: There is provided a lock control device attachable to a locking mechanism, the lock control device including circuitry configured to receive key information and a process request from a first communication device, the key information including authorization information of the first communication device related to a plurality of types of functions of the lock control device, and determine whether the process request is permitted based on the key information, wherein the key information further includes identification information of the first communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Sakumoto, Tatsuhiro Iida, Taizo Shirai
  • Patent number: 11270535
    Abstract: A trunk-sharing system that controls an user's authority to use a predetermined area of a vehicle by issuing a predetermined authentication information to a user terminal, the trunk-sharing system including a server configured to: acquire a first information on a permission of using the predetermined area of the vehicle from a first user who owns the vehicle; provide the first information such that the first information acquired from the first user of each of a plurality of vehicles is able to be detected by a second user other than the first user; acquire a second information on a request for a use of the predetermined area which is an information from the second user who has accessed the provided first information; and issue an authentication information for locking and unlocking the predetermined area to a terminal of the second user based on the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Sakurada, Koichi Ando, Mutsumi Matsuura, Masato Endo, Koki Fujita
  • Patent number: 11261624
    Abstract: This opening/closing body control device for vehicles comprises a lock device and a control device. The control device comprises: a reversal control unit; a reversal stopping unit; a first error detection unit that detects a first state change error in a first neutral switch, when reverse rotation of a rotating member has been stopped on the basis of a change in the on/off state of a second neutral switch during reverse control after closing control; and a second error detection unit that detects a second state change error in the first neutral switch, when reverse rotation of the rotating member is stopped on the basis of a change in the on/off state of the second neutral switch during reverse control after release control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Nishikibe, Noriyuki Kamiya
  • Patent number: 11265185
    Abstract: A communication system includes: a receiving device configured to receive data, and repeatedly set a time range; and a transmitting device configured to repeatedly transmit data to the receiving device at a first time interval, and change a transmission interval at which data is transmitted to the receiving device to a second time interval, which is different from the first time interval, if the number of pieces of data received by the receiving device within the time range is 2 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shogo Kamiguchi, Masayuki Inoue, Hiroshi Tateishi, Shinichi Aiba
  • Patent number: 11263842
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for preventing security breaches of a passive remote keyless entry system for authorizing access to a vehicle. The passive remote keyless entry system comprises a base station located at the vehicle and a mobile device, in particular a remote key, wherein the base station comprises a first processor unit and a first transceiver unit, the first transceiver unit comprises a timing device, the mobile device comprises a second processor unit and a second transceiver unit, an air travel time T of a single message sent back and forth from the base station to the mobile device is measured, and access to the vehicle is granted depending on the measured air travel time T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Diethelm Noll, Stefan Hupertz
  • Patent number: 11259430
    Abstract: A waterproof passive wireless controller includes at least one waterproof assembly, at least one driver assembly, at least one power generator, at least one communication module, and at least one housing. The waterproof assembly and the housing form at least one waterproof chamber, wherein the power generator and the communication module are disposed in the waterproof chamber. In response to an external force applied on the driver assembly, the power generator is enclosed in a waterproof manner and is driven to actuate by the driver assembly to converts mechanical energy into electrical energy to power the communication module, such that the communication module is activated for sending out a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Guangdong Ebelong Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: YuanFang Liu
  • Patent number: 11254288
    Abstract: Controlled access to a vehicle is provided. Whether time of flight (ToF) between an access device and a controller of the vehicle indicates a relay attack is identified. Whether a radio frequency (RF) fingerprint of the access device indicates a relay attack is identified. Responsive to the RF fingerprint but not the ToF indicating a relay attack, the ToF determination is retried. Passive access is allowed to the vehicle responsive to the retried ToF again indicating no relay attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vivekanandh Elangovan, Rita Barrios, Zachary Albright, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11225195
    Abstract: An occupant step apparatus and method for a vehicle, includes a powered occupant step, a kick sensor mounted to the occupant step, and a controller having processing circuitry. The processing circuitry detects a kick gesture signal from the kick sensor, controls operation of the powered occupant step to move the occupant step, and upon detection of a step gesture signal from the kick sensor while the occupant step is being operated, halts operation of the occupant step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Nagase, Daisuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 11188070
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for mitigating key fob error for remote parking assist systems. An example vehicle includes wireless modules that communicatively couple to a key fob and a mobile device and a processor. The processor, when the key fob is usable, estimates a location of an operator based on the key fob, and operate an autonomous parking system in a first mode. Additionally, the processor, when the key fob is not usable, estimates the location of the operator based on the mobile device, and operate the autonomous parking system in a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Alyssa Chatten
  • Patent number: 11173859
    Abstract: Vehicle occupant monitoring systems and methods detect that an outer handle of the vehicle is used to open a door, and determine a key fob state of the vehicle. On condition that the key fob state of the vehicle is undetected, at least one type of alert is transmitted to a mobile device associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Bryan Joe Hourt
  • Patent number: 11152708
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a desktop computer may have a housing. The housing may include a conductive inner frame, conductive handles coupled to the inner frame, and a conductive outer sleeve over the inner frame. The handles may protrude through openings in the outer sleeve. Conductive plates may be aligned with the openings and attached to the inner frame. The handles may pass through holes in the conductive plates. Slot antennas may be formed in the conductive plates. The slot antennas may each include a high band slot that indirectly feeds a pair of low band slots. The conductive plates and the inner frame may define cavities for the antennas. Multi-band slot antennas may be formed within the handles themselves. The handles may include solid metal with a channel or may include hollow metal structures to accommodate transmission lines for the antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joel D. Barrera, Jerzy S. Guterman, Mattia Pascolini
  • Patent number: 11120653
    Abstract: An access apparatus (ZV) for a vehicle (FZ) has a vehicle-side position-determining device (PBE) for determining the position (POS1, POS2, POS3) of a mobile identification signal generator (IDG) with respect to the vehicle. In addition, said access apparatus (ZV) has a vehicle-side control device (STE) for emitting location-determining signals (LS1) to the mobile identification signal generator (IDG) for determining the position thereof. In this context, the vehicle-side control device (STE) is configured to control the frequency of the emission of the location-determining signals as a function of the position of the mobile identification signal generator with respect to the vehicle. In this way, the power consumption both in the vehicle and in the identification signal generator can be reduced on the basis of the location-dependent adaptation of the emission of the interrogation signals, without adversely affecting reliable operation of the access apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Matthias Huschenbett
  • Patent number: 11105142
    Abstract: A door operating system for automatic opening of a door of a vehicle boot is provided. The door operating system includes an on-board device mountable on the vehicle and a mobile device. The on-board device includes a door opening mechanism, a boot door control module for activating the door opening mechanism, a door opening sensor, the door opening sensor being configured to receive a door opening signal for bringing the boot door control module into an automatic opening mode, and a presence sensor. The presence sensor is configured to detect a presence signal from a wireless vehicle access device. The mobile device includes a transmitter for sending the door opening signal to the door opening sensor, a transaction module for cashless purchasing of goods and for providing transaction data indicative of at least one physical parameter of the purchased goods, and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Kah Heng Chia, Boon Chen Low
  • Patent number: 11098520
    Abstract: A door opening/closing device drives a slide door to a locked state under authentication communication between an authentication ECU of a vehicle side and a mobile device, when the slide door is in a closed and unlocked state and the presence of a user is detected by a detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tamura, Ryoichi Enoki, Shoji Yokoyama, Jun Sugimoto, Tatsuya Tachibana
  • Patent number: 11080386
    Abstract: An electronic device including a first memory configured to store authorization information; a first processor configured to access the first memory; a second memory; and a second processor configured to access the second memory. The first processor is configured to check state information related to a battery state of the electronic device while the electronic device is in a first state; if the state information satisfies a first specified condition, provide authorization information to an external device in the first state so that the external device performs authorization using the authorization information; and if the state information satisfies a second specified condition, copy the authorization information into the second memory in the first state and convert the electronic device to a second state in which power consumption thereof is less than that in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Jeong Woo, Soon Jae Park, Hojung Lee, Sunghyun Kim, So-Young Lee
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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