Vehicle Door Patents (Class 340/5.72)
  • Patent number: 11869289
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present disclosure, a system and method are provided for pairing a network-enabled movable barrier operator with a transmitter. The method may include receiving a pairing request, retrieving a hashed version of the transmitter fixed code, verifying access authorization, and forwarding the hashed version of the transmitter fixed code to a movable barrier operator to allow the movable barrier operator to determine whether a new transmitter is authorized to control the movable barrier operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group LLC
    Inventors: Casparus Cate, Garth Wesley Hopkins, Oddy Khamharn, Mark Edward Miller, Cory Sorice
  • Patent number: 11849329
    Abstract: A vehicle authentication apparatus includes first and second communication devices, first and second area determination devices, and a control execution device. The first communication device specifies a first area as a communication area. The second communication device specifies a second area as the communication area. The first area determination device determines whether the mobile devices are present at the first area based on a communication status of the first communication device with the mobile devices. The second area determination device determines whether at least one of mobile devices is present at the second area based on a communication status of the second communication device with the mobile devices. The control execution device executes predetermined vehicle control in response to determining no mobile devices being present at the first area; and determining at least one of the mobile devices being present at the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Sakamoto, Shigeki Nishiyama, Tomoyuki Funayama
  • Patent number: 11845396
    Abstract: Systems and methods to manage and document user access to a set of vehicles in a vehicle dealership or fleet setting are provided. In one aspect, a dongle device is uniquely installed in each vehicle. The dongle communicates with a vehicle's controller to allow vehicle access. A user interacts with the dongle through a portable electronic device. The dongle is uniquely and permanently coded, by way of the VIN for example, to a particular vehicle. The user communicates at least some of the VIN to the dongle to request vehicle access. Vehicle access and other data associated with accessed vehicles are recorded as subject to terms and conditions established and maintained through a central database. Vehicle access data, such as vehicle access timings, allow a dealership to assess business operational data, such as salesperson vehicle access tempo and breadth, and buyer interest in vehicles or groups of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventor: Gerald C. Woodcock
  • Patent number: 11829178
    Abstract: An embodiment electronic circuit power supply device is configured to: flow, through a first conductor connected to a node, a first current that is an image of a second current consumed by the electronic circuit; flow a third current through a second conductor connected to the node; regulate a potential of the node to a constant value by acting on the third current; flow a fourth constant current through a third conductor connected to the node; and consume a fifth current that is an image of the third current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Rousset) SAS
    Inventors: Nicolas Demange, Nicolas Borrel, Jimmy Fort
  • Patent number: 11787434
    Abstract: When a transport is operating, there may be circumstances where the transport may be at least partially compromised and may be less safe than normal. In such situations where the transport is determined as being unsafe, the transport may act to limit the functionality of the transport. An example operation may include confirming that a transport includes at least one component that is not an original or authorized component, and limiting a functionality of the transport when it is determined that the operator of the transport is not associated with the transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Satyajit P. Patne, Ryan N. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11790710
    Abstract: A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform steps of a method. The system may receive an authentication request from a computing device and determine whether the authentication request corresponds with stored authentication data. Based on the determination, the system may store identification data associated with a smart device corresponding to the authentication request. The system may receive detection data when the smart device is detected within a predetermined area and, in response to a detection, obtain an identifier from the smart device. The system may determine whether the obtained identifier corresponds with the stored identification data. Based on the determination, the system may direct an electronic lock to transition from a locked state to an unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Justin Wishne
  • Patent number: 11785153
    Abstract: An image reading device includes: an original-document table at which an original document is mounted; a reading unit configured to read the original document mounted at the original-document table; an opening/closing section configured to be able to open and close the original-document table; a power source configured to apply power for opening and closing to the opening/closing section; a proximity sensor configured to output a detection signal in accordance with approach of a detection target; and a control unit configured to control the power source on a basis of the detection signal from the proximity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 11773629
    Abstract: An operation detection device includes an electrostatic sensor accommodated inside a casing and including a first conductor and a second conductor, and a controller electrically connected to the first conductor and the second conductor, and applies a voltage to each of the first conductor and the second conductor, to measure an electrostatic capacitance of each of the first conductor and the second conductor. The first conductor is arranged in and the second conductor is not arranged in a detection region in which an operating body is detected by the electrostatic sensor. The first conductor and the second conductor are arranged in a non-detection region in which the operating body is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiki Nakamura, Daisuke Takai, Takashi Sasaki, Yuzuru Kawana, Yoshiyuki Kikuchi, Heishiro Fudo
  • Patent number: 11760214
    Abstract: The invention relates to a digital access system (1), an electric vehicle (100) with such an access system and a method (200) for granting an access authorization to an electric vehicle with such an access system, comprising an unlocking unit (11) for positioning in the vehicle (100), at least one access unit (12) and at least one activation unit (13) for use outside the vehicle (100), wherein the activation unit (13) activates the unlocking unit (11) by means of wireless data communication (21) to the unlocking unit (11) at least for a period, the access unit (12) arranging access arranging access to the vehicle (100) from the outside by means of an independent wireless data communication (22) separate to the previous data communication (21) with the previously activated receiving unit (11), wherein the unlocking unit (11) transmits control signals (14) to the system controller (110) in response to the data communication (22) with the access unit (12) for controlling the locking system and activating at leas
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: EGS Entwicklungs—und Forschungs—GmbH
    Inventor: Uli Erich Schumacher
  • Patent number: 11758413
    Abstract: A roadside apparatus and a communication beam pointing direction adjusting method thereof are provided. A first radio frequency identification reader detects a first response signal of a wireless identification tag of a first mobile vehicle to obtain first signal strength information. The first signal strength information corresponds to strength of the first response signal. A first roadside unit determines a position of the first mobile vehicle according to the first signal strength information, and directs a communication beam of the first roadside unit to the first mobile vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fangming Wu, Li-Kang Yen
  • Patent number: 11739573
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a motor vehicle door includes a handle base to be secured to the door, a grip cover coupled to the handle base, an inductive proximity sensor, configured to produce an sensor signal, mounted to the grip cover opposite a portion of an outer surface of the grip cover defining a detection surface thereon, and an electrically conductive layer disposed on an inner surface of the grip cover, opposite the detection surface, and spaced apart from the inductive proximity sensor, the inductive proximity sensor producing a detectable change in the sensor signal upon detection of a deflection of the portion of the grip cover defining the detection surface sufficient to move the electrically conductive layer to within a detection proximity of the inductive proximity sensor, the detectable change in the sensor signal enabling the door handle to lock or unlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Scheiern, Anne Adamczyk, Alexander Gabier, Josh Goulet, Ryan Bussis
  • Patent number: 11724666
    Abstract: Vehicle occupant monitoring systems and methods detect a door of a vehicle being closed. Upon detecting the door being closed, a key fob state of the vehicle and an occupant state of the vehicle are determined. It is determined whether to present at least one type of alert based on the key fob state and the occupant state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Luis Antonio Cisneros
  • Patent number: 11713601
    Abstract: A method of operating an entry system of a motor vehicle includes monitoring a battery voltage and the entry system continuously using a control circuit of the latch assembly in a non-emergency mode. Power is provided to the control circuit in the event of a loss of power from a main power source using a backup energy source of the control circuit. The method includes transitioning to an emergency mode in response to determining loss of power from the main power source or failure of the component of the entry system. An actuation group associated with the latch assembly is operated with the control circuit using power from the backup energy source of the control circuit in response to determining that actuation from a plurality of pins of a mechanical emergency switch assembly indicates a command from a user to unlatch the closure member in the emergency mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuele Leonardi, Davide Dente, Marco Marlia
  • Patent number: 11699996
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method for proximity sensing and an applied electronic device thereof. The present invention provides that a movement signal is generated according to a detection data, a move baseline data and a move threshold and cooperated with a proximity signal for generating a judgement signal to judge if the human body or the object body is close to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Sensortek Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Wang-An Lin, Ming-Che Yang, Kai Fan Hsieh, Chung-Jung Wu
  • Patent number: 11696126
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a plurality of seats; an authentication executing processor configured to perform authentication on a user; and a controller configured to provide a connected car service based on whether the authentication is completed, wherein the controller controls the authentication executing processor to distinguish a seat on which the user sits and to perform the authentication based on the distinguished seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Chang Woo Chun
  • Patent number: 11691595
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes an in-vehicle device, a mobile terminal, and one or more processors. The in-vehicle device is mounted on a vehicle. The in-vehicle device controls a lock mechanism that locks and unlocks a door of the vehicle. The in-vehicle device causes the lock mechanism to unlock the door in response to a predetermined condition being satisfied. The mobile terminal communicates with the in-vehicle device. The one or more processors determine whether the mobile terminal is present inside a vehicle compartment. The one or more processors detect whether the mobile terminal is used. The one or more processors control the vehicle control system not to satisfy the predetermined condition in response to determination that the mobile terminal is present inside the vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Nagai, Nobuyasu Okabe
  • Patent number: 11661901
    Abstract: To provide a mechanism that can further improve security of an electronic key installed in a vehicle interior. There is provided a housing device configured to store an electronic key configured to perform wireless communication with an in-vehicle device mounted on a vehicle, the housing device comprising: a housing formed by using a material that shields a first signal transmitted by the in-vehicle device; a trigger signal reception antenna configured to receive a trigger signal transmitted by a portable device carried by a user; and a control mechanism configured to control whether or not to enable the first signal to reach an inside of the housing based on the trigger signal, wherein the second signal transmitted by the electronic key that has received the first signal is used to control a control target device installed in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Masanori Kosugi
  • Patent number: 11650309
    Abstract: Low-power vehicle sentinel systems and methods are disclosed herein. An example method includes obtaining electromagnetic signals in a target area surrounding a vehicle. The electromagnetic signals can be obtained from electromagnetic elements mounted to the vehicle. The method can include determining attributes or behaviors of an object in the target area based on the electromagnetic signals and executing a response measure based on the attributes or behaviors of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sai Prasanth Velusamy, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 11646873
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes apparatuses, methods, and systems for secure communication for a key replacement. An embodiment includes a processing resource, memory having a first operator's key, and a vehicular communication component. The vehicular communication component can be configured to provide, to a server, a public key generated along with a private key and decrypt, in response to receipt of a second operator's key (e.g., received in response to providing the public key to the server) encrypted using the public key, the second operator's key using the private key. The vehicular communication component can be configured to replace, in response to decrypting the encrypted second operator's key, the first operator's key with the second operator's key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonino Mondello, Alberto Troia
  • Patent number: 11628803
    Abstract: A device for controlling a vehicle is provided. The device includes an input device for receiving a user input, a state sensing device for sensing a vehicle state change in response to the user input, and a controller configured to determine whether to apply a driving current of an actuator to a switching device based on the vehicle state change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Cornoration
    Inventors: Choong Seob Park, Min Jung Bae
  • Patent number: 11609979
    Abstract: A secure element (SE) for processing a digital key includes a communication interface for communicating with a host, a memory for storing programs and data for processing the digital key, and a processor for executing the programs stored in the memory to receive a digital key processing request from a target device, determine whether a service is providable to the target device, by using a service-provider-specific service performance manager, process the digital key by using a digital key manager based on digital key processing information stored in the memory, upon determining that a service is providable to the target device, issue a digital key processing certificate by using the service-provider-specific service performance manager based on authentication information stored in the memory, and transmit the digital key processing certificate to at least one of a service provider and the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Sooyeon Jung, Inyoung Shin, Jonghyo Lee
  • Patent number: 11606344
    Abstract: Method and systems for authenticating a source of a signal in a system comprising a multiplicity of electrical units. One embodiment comprises: receiving by a receiver a signal comprising a command and a characteristic added to the command; retrieving a characteristic of the signal; associating the characteristic with an alleged transmitter of the signal; determining a transmitter of the signal; decoding the command from the signal; and subject to the transmitter being the same as the alleged transmitter, and that the transmitter of the signal is authorized to send the command to the receiver, performing the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: OSR ENTERPRISES AG
    Inventors: Moshe Nissan, Yehonatan Verker, Yaniv Ben-Haim, Yoni Schiff
  • Patent number: 11597349
    Abstract: A vehicle operation device includes memory and a processor. The processor is configured to store tokens received from a server in the memory to be used for authentication to a vehicle. When an operation of the vehicle is performed in a state in which communication with the server is possible, a token is used to conduct authentication to the vehicle. When a predetermined operation of the vehicle is performed in a state in which communication with the server is interrupted, authentication to the vehicle is conducted without using a token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jumpei Fuke
  • Patent number: 11590908
    Abstract: A vehicle control system comprising means for implementing a vehicle control multilayer architecture, the vehicle control multilayer architecture comprising: a vehicle level feature layer; an actuator control layer configured to control a plurality of actuators; and a control layer isolating the vehicle level feature layer and the actuator control layer from each other, the control layer comprising a plurality of distinct service control channels, wherein: each of the plurality of distinct service control channels is associated with a vehicle operation; each service control channel is configured to translate vehicle level requests from the vehicle level feature layer to actuator level requests, wherein one or more actuators are assigned to the operation associated with each respective service control channel; and each service control channel is configured to receive vehicle level control requests from one or more vehicle level features and to provide control requests to the actuator control layer to control o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventor: Akos Ferencz
  • Patent number: 11584200
    Abstract: An arrangement for operating one or more windows (S1-S4, SF, SH), which are installed in a vehicle (FZ) and in particular delimit a passenger compartment (FGZ) and whose optical properties can be changed by electrical actuation, comprises a position-determining device (ZGA) for determining the position (P1-P3) of an object (IDG1) which is located outside the vehicle (FZ). In addition, the arrangement has a control device (STG, AST) which is configured to actuate the one or more windows (S1-S4, SF, SH) as a function of the position, determined by the position-determining device, and in particular the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Annette Hebling, Alexander Heinrich
  • Patent number: 11574513
    Abstract: An embodiment of an electronic access control system includes an electronic key, an electronic lock, and an access control administration program. The electronic key can include program code for switching between a lock mode and a computer mode. In some embodiments, the lock mode and computer mode allow for simplified administration and operation of the access control system. Some embodiments of the electronic key include a rechargeable battery. In some embodiments, the access control system includes a hybrid power supply system having a rechargeable battery and a generator. In some embodiments, the electronic lock includes a piezoelectric latch. In some embodiments, the electronic key is configured to act as a storage device for a computer system. Some embodiments provide an electronic access control system with a streamlined user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: LockFOB, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Paul Kirkjan
  • Patent number: 11568032
    Abstract: A mobile device is configured to wirelessly authenticate with a reader device. The mobile device may receive an acoustic signal from a user, and a command may be determined based on the acoustic signal. The mobile device may transmit the command to the reader device if the mobile device and the reader device are authenticated. The reader device may receive the command, and may analyze the command to determine an action to be performed. The reader device may then perform the action if the mobile device is authorized to request the command to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Raymond F. Rettig, Michelle Vickrey
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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