Drive Capability Patents (Class 340/576)
  • Patent number: 10692149
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses provide a system for providing an event based insurance model in which insurance rates are adjusted based on events occurring during a drive. The system may include computing devices in one or more vehicles or in a cloud. Using such computing devices, the system may provide recommendations to drivers based on their surroundings. In particular, the system may identify individuals, such as passengers and other drivers, in proximity to a particular vehicle and provide recommendations to the driver of that vehicle when such individuals might negatively influence the driver's performance or otherwise be a danger to the driver. The system may also monitor the driver's reactions to recommendations and determine adjustments to insurance rates based on such reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: William Loo, Jennifer A. Brandmaier, Philip Peter Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10685218
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a computer-implemented method and system can entail continuously obtaining a visual input comprising a plurality of representations of at least one eye of at least one user to continuously track the plurality of representations over a predetermined time duration. The at least one processor can continually apply at least one eye-gaze movement tracking (EGMT) algorithm to form a time series of eye-gaze vectors. Continually inputting the time series of eye-gaze vectors into an Activity Tracking Neural Network (ATNN) can determine an attentiveness level of the at least one user over the predetermined time duration. The at least one processor can initiate a first action when the attentiveness level is equal to or above a predetermined threshold attentiveness value throughout the predetermined time duration; and initiate a second action when the attentiveness level is below the predetermined threshold attentiveness value throughout the predetermined time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Facemetrics Limited
    Inventors: Mikhail Boiko, Aleh Arol, Dzianis Pirshtuk
  • Patent number: 10676025
    Abstract: A safe driving assistance device is provided. The safe driving assistance device determines whether a driver is in a looking aside state. The safe driving assistance device calculates at least one of a looking aside time information item and a looking aside travel distance information item as notification information. The looking aside time information item indicates information related to a time when the driver is in the looking aside state. The looking aside travel distance information item indicates information related to a travel distance of a vehicle when the driver is in the looking aside state. The safe driving assistance device causes an information notification portion to notify the notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10657396
    Abstract: A method for detecting passenger statuses by analyzing a 2D interior image of a vehicle is provided. The method includes steps of: a passenger status-detecting device (a) inputting the 2D interior image taken with a fisheye lens into a pose estimation network to acquire pose points corresponding to passengers; and (b) (i) calculating location information on the pose points relative to a preset reference point by referring to a predetermined pixel-angle table, if a grid board has been placed in the vehicle, the pixel-angle table has been created such that vertical angles and horizontal angles, formed by a first line and second lines, correspond to pixels of grid corners, in which the first line connects a camera and a top center of the grid board and the second lines connects the corners and the camera and (ii) detecting the passenger statuses by referring to the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: STRADVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Kye-Hyeon Kim, Yongjoong Kim, Hak-Kyoung Kim, Woonhyun Nam, SukHoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Dongsoo Shin, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Myeong-Chun Lee, Hyungsoo Lee, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 10654414
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, with one or more processors, biometric information of a first user. The method also includes determining, with the one or more processors, whether there is an indication that the first user is distracted based on the biometric information. The method further includes receiving, with the one or more processors, vehicle speed information. The method also includes determining, with the one or more processors, whether there is an indication that the first user is driving based on the vehicle speed information. The method further includes in response to determining that the first user is distracted and that the first user is driving, instructing, with the one or more processors, a mobile device associated with the first user to contact a second user or a call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Rachel Csabi, Matthew T. Flachsbart, Pooja Krishnaswamy, Nils Griswold-Steiner, Luis Eduardo Santana, Bradly Jay Billman
  • Patent number: 10647333
    Abstract: Systems and methods for maintaining autonomous vehicle operator awareness are provided. A method can include determining, by a computing system, an awareness challenge for an operator of a vehicle. The awareness challenge can be based on object data. The awareness challenge can have one or more criteria. The criteria can include a challenge response interval, a response time, and an action for satisfying the awareness challenge. The method can include initiating, by the computing system, a timer measuring elapsed time from a start time of the challenge response interval. The method can include communicating to the operator, by the computing system, a soft notification indicative of the awareness challenge during the challenge response interval. The method can include determining, by the computing system, whether the operator provides a user input after the response time interval and whether the user input corresponds to the action for satisfying the awareness challenge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Philipp Haban, Christopher Matthew D'Eramo, Chad Johnathan Staller, Clifford Shaun Webb, Douglas Dallesandro
  • Patent number: 10643477
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for collecting vehicle data from a vehicle engine computer of a vehicle and a plurality of sensors disposed about the vehicle and generating feedbacks for a driver of the vehicle using at least the vehicle data. The systems and methods additionally provide for receiving user inputs from the driver responding to the feedbacks so that the user inputs are associated with corresponding rule violations that triggered the feedbacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Todd Hodges, Alexander C. Gee, Ralph Joseph Maier, John Thomas Morris
  • Patent number: 10625732
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling autonomous driving of a vehicle, and a vehicle system are provided. The apparatus monitors a stress state of a driver using biometric information of the driver and calculates an allowable jerk of the driver based on a jerk at a time point at which the stress state of the driver exceeds a preset reference value. A predicted jerk is calculated based on location and movement information of the vehicle and a preceding vehicle measured while the vehicle travels, and lane information. Additionally, a driving state of the vehicle is determined when the predicted jerk exceeds an allowable jerk of the driver and an alarm is output based on the driving state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Kwon Kim, Sam Yong Kim, Yu Jin Yun, Seong Sook Ryu, Hwal Ly Lee, Byoung Joon Lee
  • Patent number: 10613337
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and apparatus for adjusting an imaging position, which is applied to a head-up display apparatus. The method includes: acquiring eye feature parameters of a user; analyzing the eye feature parameters to acquire gazing information of the user; determining adjustment parameters of the head-up display apparatus according to the gazing information; and adjusting the imaging position of the head-up display apparatus according to the adjustment parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dianmeng Li
  • Patent number: 10607095
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to apparatuses, systems and methods for automatically classifying digital images of occupants inside a vehicle. More particularly, the present disclosure is directed to apparatuses, systems and methods for automatically classifying digital images of occupants inside a vehicle by comparing current image data to previously classified image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10592785
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for integrated driver expression recognition and vehicle interior environment classification to detect driver condition for safety. A method includes obtaining an image of a driver of a vehicle and an image of an interior environment of the vehicle. Using a machine learning method, the images are processed to classify a condition of the driver and of the interior environment of the vehicle. The machine learning method includes general convolutional neural network (CNN) and CNN with adaptive filters. The adaptive filters are determined based on influence of filters. The classification results are combined and compared with predetermined thresholds to determine if a decision can be made based on existing information. Additional information is requested by self-motivated learning if a decision cannot be made, and safety is determined based on the combined classification results. A warning is provided to the driver based on the safety determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yingxuan Zhu, Lifeng Liu, Xiaotian Yin, Jun Zhang, Jian Li
  • Patent number: 10595005
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle mountable universal driver assistance device. This device includes a housing unit encasing a common module on which are mounted a first camera module, a second camera module, different from the first camera module, and a ranging module. The common module may be moved along an axis to adjust the viewing angle of the first camera, second camera and ranging module. The device can be mounted on windshield of any vehicle and can be calibrated accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz Ltd
    Inventors: Anuj Kapuria, Ritukar Vijay
  • Patent number: 10593227
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium contains an evaluation program that causes a computer to perform steps of obtaining a vehicle stability score of vehicle driving skills based on measured data, obtaining a turning performance score of the vehicle driving skills based on the measured data, obtaining an overall evaluation result of the vehicle driving skills based on the vehicle stability score and the turning performance score using conversion information, and conveying the overall evaluation result to an output unit. The conversion information defines the overall evaluation result such that the overall evaluation result decreases as the turning performance score increases if the vehicle stability score is lower than a threshold and such that the overall evaluation result increases as the turning performance score increases if the vehicle stability score is higher than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Nomura, Hiroshi Daimoto, Keisuke Morishima, Kazuhiro Matsumoto, Hajime Yoshikura, Haruo Okui
  • Patent number: 10572745
    Abstract: Systems and methods monitor driver behavior for vehicular fleet management in a fleet of vehicles using driver-facing imaging device. The systems and methods herein relate generally to vehicular fleet management for enhancing safety of the fleet and improving the performance of the fleet drivers, and further relate to monitoring the operation of fleet vehicles using one or more driver-facing imaging devices disposed in the fleet vehicles for recording activities of the fleet drivers and their passengers, storing information relating to the monitored activities, selectively generating warnings related to the monitored activities, and reporting the monitored activities to a central fleet management system for use in enhancing the safety of the vehicles of the fleet and for helping to improve the performance of the fleet drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 10572746
    Abstract: An apparatus detecting driving incapability state of a driver includes: a head detection portion that detects a head of the driver based on an image of a driver's seat captured by an imaging device mounted on a vehicle; and a shake detection portion that detects the driver is incapable of driving when an amplitude of a shake of the head detected by the head detection portion is smaller than a first amplitude or larger than a second amplitude, which is larger than the first amplitude, before a shake determination time elapses after external force has been applied to the vehicle during travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Banno, Minori Yamataka, Yutaka Munaoka, Takeshi Enya, Takuhiro Omi
  • Patent number: 10569710
    Abstract: An attention calling system for a vehicle seat having one or more drive devices incorporated therein, the attention calling system including: a vehicle information acquisition unit that is configured to acquire vehicle information; and a control unit that is configured to determine based on the vehicle information whether it is an attention state in which seated person's attention should be called and controls at least one of the drive devices when it is determined that it is the attention state, wherein the control unit is configured to control the at least one drive device so that the seat or the predetermined part of the seat reciprocally moves in both positive and negative directions with reference to a current position at a speed higher than a predetermined speed, in correspondence to the attention state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10565460
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to apparatuses, systems and methods for automatically classifying images of occupants inside a vehicle. More particularly, the present disclosure is directed to apparatuses, systems and methods for automatically classifying images of occupants inside a vehicle by comparing current image feature data to previously classified image features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10559307
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed configured to detect impairment issues, and via an interlock device, inhibit operation of an item of equipment when impairment is detected. The interlock device may comprise a solid state relay, an electromechanical relay, and/or a solenoid. The interlock device may perform power isolation and/or may use a mechanism, such as a rotating cam or gear, to immobilize a control and/or other components. Based on detected impairment, a determination is made as to whether the interlock is to be activated or deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Karen Elaine Khaleghi
  • Patent number: 10556595
    Abstract: A state estimation system includes a processor configured to: obtain first input data related to a first user; obtain second input data related to a second user; perform an estimation operation for estimating a state of the first user and a training operation for optimizing a content of the estimation operation by using i) first training data which includes the first input data and the first label data associated with each other, ii) second training data which includes the first input data so as not to associate the first input data and the first label data with each other, and iii) third training data which includes the second input data and the second label data associated with each other; and output information related to the content of the estimation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, The University of Tokyo
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kaji, Masashi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10545574
    Abstract: A computer system can be controlled with non-contact inputs, such as eye-tracking devices. A visual indicator can be presented on a display to indicate the location where a computer function will take place (e.g., a common cursor). The visual indicator can be moved to a gaze target in response to continued detection of an action (e.g., touchpad touch) by a user for a predetermined period of time. A delay between the action and the movement of the visual indicator can allow a user time to “abort” movement of the visual indicator. Additionally, once the visual indicator has moved, the visual indicator can be controlled with additional precision as the user moves the gaze while continuing the action (e.g., continued holding of the touchpad).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Tobii AB
    Inventors: Erland George-Svahn, David Figgins Henderek, Rebecka Lannsjö, Mårten Skogö, John Elvesjö
  • Patent number: 10542377
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using sensor data to assess impairment of individuals and dynamically facilitate alternative transportation for the individuals are described. According to certain aspects, an electronic device may collect movement data of an individual and compare the movement data to baseline movement data to estimate an impairment level of the individual. The electronic device may generate and display messages for the individual to review, and may interface with a remote server to facilitate the arrangement of alternative transportation for the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BLUEOWL, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Sanchez, Eric Dahl, Steven J. Harris
  • Patent number: 10507844
    Abstract: A system includes an impairment sample module, impairment value calculator module, threshold comparison module, warning alert module, and intervention module. The impairment sample module may be configured to obtain a first impairment sample for an operator of a vehicle while the vehicle is running. The impairment value calculator module may be configured to calculate a first impairment value based on the first impairment sample. The threshold comparison module may be configured to compare the first impairment value to a first threshold value corresponding to a first range of impairment and a second threshold value corresponding to a second range of impairment. The warning alert module may be configured to generate a warning alert in response to determining that the first impairment value exceeds the first threshold value. The intervention module may be configured to execute driver intervention protocol if the first impairment value exceeds the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10485468
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for assessing arousal level of a driver of a vehicle. The apparatus includes a processor and a memory storing a computer program, which when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations. The operations include (A) acquiring driving mode information that indicates when a driving mode of the vehicle is in a first mode, in which travel control of the vehicle is performed by the driver, or in a second mode, in which at least a part of the travel control of the vehicle is automatically performed. The operations also include (B) determining whether the driving mode of the vehicle is in the first mode or the second mode, (C) executing first steps when the driving mode is determined as being the first mode, and (D) executing second steps when the driving mode is determined as being the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 10486661
    Abstract: A stop control device includes: a stop intention detection unit 170 that detects a stop intention of a driver; an unable-to-drive state detection unit 172 that detects that the driver is in an unable-to-drive state; a stop control unit 176 that performs automatic stop control in which a vehicle is decelerated and stopped, based on whether the stop intention is detected by the stop intention detection unit and/or whether the unable-to-drive state is detected by the unable-to-drive state detection unit; and a state display unit 174 that shows, on a display 144, information on whether it has been determined to activate the automatic stop control, a state of the control, and/or whether it has been determined to cancel the control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukinori Kurahashi, Kei Oshida, Masayuki Nakatsuka
  • Patent number: 10479369
    Abstract: A method for use in a driving assistance system of a motor vehicle is provided. The method comprises receiving, by a driver attention module of the driving assistance system, information from at least one input source. The information comprises at least one indicator. The at least one indicator indicates a current attention of a driver of the motor vehicle. The method further comprises deciding, based on the current attention, whether the driving assistance system is to interfere in a current driving operation of the motor vehicle. The method further comprises triggering a signal, by the driver attention module, based on the decision. A driver attention module and a driving assistance system having the driver attention module and a driver fatigue module are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Georg Schneider, Sascha Heinrichs-Bartscher
  • Patent number: 10482230
    Abstract: Techniques for implementing face-controlled liveness verification are provided. In one embodiment, a computing device can present, to a user, a sequential series of targets on a graphical user interface (GUI) of the computing device, where each target is a visual element designed to direct the user's attention to a location in the GUI. The computing device can further determine whether the user has successfully hit each target, where the determining comprises tracking movement of a virtual pointer controlled by the user's gaze or face pose and checking whether the user has moved the virtual pointer over each target. If the user has successfully hit each target, the computing device can conclude that the user is a live subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sensory, Incorporated
    Inventor: Matthew Wilder
  • Patent number: 10457144
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a prediction device for use in combination with a human being where the human being issues data. The prediction device comprises a means to acquire the data from inside or outside the human being for one or more time periods located in a time interval from a moment in the past to the present moment to obtain an acquired data set, a means to model the acquired data set as a geometric Brownian motion random process model to obtain a fitted random process model, and a means to predict a state of the human being using the fitted random process model to obtain a predicted state of the human being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITÉDE LIÈGE
    Inventors: Jacques Verly, Pouyan Ebrahimbabaie
  • Patent number: 10455070
    Abstract: Techniques described herein include a platform for providing user interaction with a vehicle's functions on a mobile device. In some embodiments, the vehicle and mobile device may both be in communication with a service provider computer, that may facilitate communications between the two. In some embodiments, a user is provided with various details related to the vehicle's condition as well as a list of functions that may be initiated by the user. The user is able to select one or more of the listed functions to be performed by the vehicle while located any distance from the vehicle. In some embodiments, the service provider computer may determine whether the user is authorized to initiate a particular vehicle function. Upon selection of a vehicle function from the list of vehicle functions, a processor device in the vehicle executes the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yong-Syuan Chen, Jen-Chieh Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10442352
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to method, system, and medium, for generating an augmented alert in a hybrid vehicle. First information indicating an upcoming switch in an operating mode of the vehicle is received, which specifies a set of tasks, arranged in an order, to be completed by a driver in the vehicle to achieve the upcoming switch, and a task duration for each task of the set of tasks by which the task is to be completed. A set of warnings to alert the driver to perform the set of tasks is determined based on a current state of the driver, wherein each warning corresponds to a task in the set of tasks. A warning schedule is generated based on the set of warnings in the order of the set of tasks and transmitted so that warnings in the warning schedule are delivered to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PLUSAI CORP
    Inventors: Hao Zheng, Timothy Patrick Daly, Jr., David Wanqian Liu
  • Patent number: 10430676
    Abstract: An apparatus detecting driving incapability state of a driver includes: a head detection portion that detects a head of the driver based on an image of a driver's seat captured by an imaging device mounted on a vehicle; and a shake detection portion that detects the driver is incapable of driving when an amplitude of a shake of the head detected by the head detection portion is smaller than a first amplitude or larger than a second amplitude, which is larger than the first amplitude, before a shake determination time elapses after external force has been applied to the vehicle during travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Banno, Minori Yamataka, Yutaka Munaoka, Takeshi Enya, Takuhiro Omi
  • Patent number: 10423846
    Abstract: A method for identifying a driver change in a motor vehicle with the aid of an interior camera for monitoring the driver, which is characterized in that a driver change is detected when the head of the driver is not detected in the viewing range of the camera. In addition, a corresponding device and a computer program and a machine-readable memory medium are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Felix Wulf
  • Patent number: 10405743
    Abstract: A hand-held timing device includes a housing including at least one substantially transparent aperture, a haptic motor disposed within the housing and configured to generate tactile feedback in response to being triggered by any of a plurality of timers, at least one light source disposed within the housing and configured to be visible through the at least one transparent aperture, and a first plurality of buttons selectable to activate the plurality of timers. The plurality of timers includes a first plurality of timers configured to control generation of a series of tactile feedback indications delineating timing of one or more sub-portions of a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, and at least one fixed duration timer associated with a particular one of the plurality of buttons, the at least one fixed duration timer configured to measure a fixed duration and control generation of a tactile feedback indication upon expiration of the fixed duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: ToxOptix, LLC
    Inventor: Royger Harris
  • Patent number: 10406978
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to method, system, and medium, for presenting a warning to a driver. An instruction indicating an upcoming change in an operating mode of the vehicle is obtained, wherein the instruction specifies a set of tasks to be completed by the driver and a task duration associated with each task. Information of a current state of the driver is obtained and used to determine a warning to be used to alert the driver to perform the change, wherein the warning includes warning content and indication of at least one media to be used to deliver the warning content. A warning schedule is generated to comprise a set of warnings, each warning corresponding to one task, and arranged in an order based on an order of the tasks. The warning schedule is transmitted so that each warning of the set of warnings is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: PLUSAI CORP
    Inventors: Hao Zheng, Timothy Patrick Daly, Jr., David Wanqian Liu
  • Patent number: 10399565
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for optimizing a driver assistance system having the work steps of defining at least one driver assistance system A to be optimized, determining at least one vehicle parameter function that is suitable for characterizing an operating state of a vehicle, and at least one environmental parameter function that is suitable for characterizing the surroundings of the vehicle, calculation of at least one driving situation characteristic function that characterizes a driving situation of the vehicle, particularly at least on the basis of the at least one vehicle parameter function and/or of the at least one environmental parameter function, calculation of at least one control intervention characteristic function that is suitable for characterizing the activity of the driver assistance system A, and calculation of a correction function that depends on the at least one driving situation characteristic function and characterizes a subjective perception of the driving situation by at lea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: AVL LIST GMBH
    Inventors: Rainer Posch, Juergen Holzinger, Peter Schoeggl, Erik Bogner
  • Patent number: 10391406
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for a safe drive inducing game that includes a controller configured to execute the safe drive inducing game when a driver attention dispersion state is detected when a vehicle is driven. In addition, the controller recognizes a target driving path from vehicle driving information when executing the safe drive inducing game and generates a path guidance display according to the recognized target driving path to display on a game screen. The controller determines whether the vehicle follows the path guidance display by comparing a driving state of the vehicle with a position of the path guidance display displayed on the game screen and calculates a score of the safe drive inducing game according to whether the vehicle follows the path guidance display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jin Kwon Kim, Byoung Joon Lee, Ho Choul Jung, Sam Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10384686
    Abstract: Method for automatically assessing performance of a driver (110) of a vehicle (100) for a particular trip, wherein current driving data sets, comprising basic driving data are repeatedly read from the vehicle, which method comprises the steps a) collecting previous-trip driving data sets comprising instantaneous vehicle energy consumption, for different previous trips, different drivers and different vehicles; b) grouping said previous-trip driving data sets into basic historic groups of such sets; c) mapping each current driving data set to a basic historic group; and d) calculating an energy consumption-based trip performance parameter value for the current trip based upon a respective energy consumption-based group performance parameter value for the mapped basic historic groups, which group performance parameter value in turn is calculated based upon the respective instantaneous energy consumption value in the respective previous-trip driving data sets in the basic historic group in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GREATER THAN AB.
    Inventor: Anders Lindelöf
  • Patent number: 10377303
    Abstract: A least restrictive allowable driving state of a semi-autonomous driving system is determined based on one or more threats and sensor performance. A current driving state and a future driving state are determined based on an attention state and a steering state of a driver. Warnings are provided to the driver in order to match the current driving state to the future driving state. Driver interaction and attention are enforced when the driver does not respond to the warnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael McNew, Vladimeros Vladimerou
  • Patent number: 10357195
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring the condition of the driver of a vehicle including both the level of distraction being experienced by him/her as well his/her cardiac health are described. The system can detect and predict behavioral and cognitive distraction in real time. It can also monitor a driver's physical condition, detect and predict health events such as a myocardial infarction. The system can fuse inputs from various sensors and components including vehicle information (through CAN networks or other), IR camera, heart rate sensors, eye tracking and pupillometry technology. The distraction detection and health monitoring can be done in separate modules. Fusion algorithms can detect and predict risk related to the driver's lack of attention and the likelihood that he/she is or will experience a cardiac event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ariel Beck, Khai Jun Kek
  • Patent number: 10334899
    Abstract: A smart fabric may include a smart material such as an Electroactive Polymer (EAP). An adaptive garment formed from the smart fabric may change textile density based on user needs, sensor states, context, and other inputs. In various embodiments, the EAP enables the adaptive garment to change textile density based on a sport or activity, based on calendar or scheduled events, or based on user preferences. In various embodiments, these smart fabrics may be implemented in sporting garments, uniforms, multiple-day clothing (e.g., for travel or military usage), furniture fabric, curtains, or other implementations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Rider, Shahar Taite
  • Patent number: 10328946
    Abstract: An alerter augmentation system includes one or more processors that determine an alertness of an operator of a vehicle system. The one or more processors also generate operator input requests that are separated in time by a temporal delay. These input requests seek responses or action by the operator in an attempt to keep or make the operator alert. The one or more processors change one or more of the temporal delay between the input requests and/or a type of the input requests that are generated based at least in part on the alertness of the operator that is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: James Brooks, Lalit Keshav Mestha
  • Patent number: 10319253
    Abstract: For determining cognitive workload awareness in driving context, an apparatus is disclosed. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes an activity monitor module that monitors driving activities of a driver. The apparatus includes a workload analysis module that determines a cognitive workload of the driver associated with the driving activities of the driver. Further, the apparatus includes a question-and-answer (QnA) dispatch module that determines an available QnA cognitive workload of the driver for performing QnA tasks based on the cognitive workload while ensuring a safe cognitive workload boundary associated with the driving activities of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Inseok Hwang, Su Liu, Eric J. Rozner, Chin Ngai Sze
  • Patent number: 10317992
    Abstract: Improving accuracy in understanding and/or resolving references to visual elements in a visual context associated with a computerized conversational system is described. Techniques described herein leverage gaze input with gestures and/or speech input to improve spoken language understanding in computerized conversational systems. Leveraging gaze input and speech input improves spoken language understanding in conversational systems by improving the accuracy by which the system can resolve references—or interpret a user's intent—with respect to visual elements in a visual context. In at least one example, the techniques herein describe tracking gaze to generate gaze input, recognizing speech input, and extracting gaze features and lexical features from the user input. Based at least in part on the gaze features and lexical features, user utterances directed to visual elements in a visual context can be resolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anna Prokofieva, Fethiye Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Z Hakkani-Tur, Larry Heck, Malcolm Slaney
  • Patent number: 10303961
    Abstract: A system for detecting a classifying objects in a vehicle can comprise one or more sensors for detecting the presence of an object, other than a passenger, on the vehicle. The system can classify the object as, for example, a personal object or trash. The system can provide a series of escalating reminders for the passenger to take the object with them when they exit the vehicle. When a personal object is left in the vehicle after the passenger has exited the vehicle, the system can communicate with a computing device of a central control or the passenger using additional communication channels such as, for example, e-mail, text, or the Internet. When trash is left in the vehicle, the vehicle can automatically contact, or return to, a maintenance facility for servicing. This can prevent the use of unclean vehicles for new passengers, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Stoffel, Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 10292613
    Abstract: A device disclosure includes a unit that measures an eye potential; and a unit that sets a threshold coefficient based on a frequency characteristic value of eye potential differential values and sets an upper threshold and a lower threshold based on a number obtained by multiplying a standard deviation of the eye potential differential values by the threshold coefficient, and detects a change in the eye potential differential values as the eyeblink waveform wherein the change occurs in the time-series data on the eye potential differential values either when the eye potential differential value becomes larger than the upper threshold and, after that, changes from the upper threshold to the lower threshold within a predetermined time or when the eye potential differential value becomes smaller than the lower threshold and, after that, changes from the lower threshold to the upper threshold within the predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10266180
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use, determining risk, and pricing insurance policies for a vehicle having one or more autonomous or semi-autonomous operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, a computer-implemented method for operating an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be provided. With a vehicle owner's permission, a vehicle operator identity may be determined; and operating data regarding the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be received from one or more vehicle-mounted sensors. Based upon the received operating data, (i) autonomous operation risk levels associated with autonomous vehicle operation; and (ii) operator risk levels associated with autonomous vehicle operation by the vehicle operator may be determined. Based upon a comparison of the autonomous operation versus vehicle operator risk levels, the autonomous features may be engaged if it is safer for the vehicle to travel autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Chien Che Huang, Mohamed A Wazeer, Shawn C. Bennett, Steven C. Cielocha, Ronny S. Bryant, Stephen Kohaus, Terry Quakenbush, Richard A. Novak, Aaron Scott Chan, Craig M. Main, Weixin Wu, Torri Wollenschlager, Carol Marie Csanda, Stacey Gorsuch, Todd Binion
  • Patent number: 10241511
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting a medical emergency related to the driver of a vehicle are described. Various data, such as in-situ biophysical data of the driver, a medical history of the driver, and in-situ motion data of the vehicle, are employed to determine a possible medical emergency. In an event that a medical emergency is detected, the system determines the severity of the emergency and takes appropriate control of the vehicle. If the medical emergency is not life-threatening, the system may drive the vehicle to a safe area, park the vehicle, and then request help from emergency service providers (e.g., ambulance and police). If the medical emergency is severe (e.g., life-threatening), the system may transition the vehicle to an EMS (Emergency Medical Service)-privileged vehicle and autonomously drive the vehicle to an emergency service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sagar Kumar Regmi, Shounak Athavale, Owen Carpenter, Kevin Marx, Srilaxmi Kanna, Candice Xu, Meiyappan Kannappa
  • Patent number: 10231660
    Abstract: An arousal level assessment system includes at least one first sensor, at least one second sensor, and a processor. The processor acquires driving mode information and assesses which of a manual driving mode or an automated driving mode is selected based on the driving mode information. In a case where the manual driving mode is selected, the processor acquires driving information via the at least one first sensor, acquires physiological information of the driver via the at least one second sensor, and assesses arousal level based on the driving information and the physiological information. In a case where the automated driving mode is selected, the processor acquires the physiological information via the at least one second sensor and assesses the arousal level based on the physiological information without referring to the driving information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 10229595
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle interface device configured to output a haptic signal to indicate a potential hazard. The apparatus includes at least one haptic generator configured to generate a haptic signal; and a processor for controlling the haptic generator. The processor is configured to determine an angular position of the identified object relative to the vehicle in dependence on object data relating to an identified object representing a potential hazard. A control signal is generated to cause the haptic generator to output a haptic signal for providing an indication of the determined relative position of the identified object. The control signal is modified to progressively change the generated haptic signal to represent changes in the relative angular position of the identified object. The present disclosure also relates to a vehicle incorporating a vehicle interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Loeillet, Andrew Chatwin, Andy Wells, Alan Trevana, Frazer McKimm, Conor Duff, Guido Astorri
  • Patent number: 10158977
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention meet this need and others by providing systems and methods for detecting and assessing distracted drivers. Embodiments collect vehicle and driving data using a mobile device of a user. In a particular embodiment, data collected using the mobile device is analyzed to determine when the user is engaging in distracted driving behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TRUEMOTION, INC.
    Inventors: Brad Cordova, Rafi Finegold, Dan Shiebler, Kevin Farrell
  • Patent number: 10130284
    Abstract: A device for measuring a component in exhaled breath comprising an inlet (32) for receiving exhaled breath, a buffer chamber (31). A first fluid conduit (34a) is in fluid connection with the inlet and adapted to lead a first portion (?) of the exhaled breath to the buffer chamber. The buffer chamber comprises an outlet (37) for discarding a first part of exhaled breath received from the first fluid conduit and the buffer chamber is configured to buffer a second part of exhaled breath received from the first fluid conduit. The device comprises a second fluid conduit (34b) in fluid connection with the inlet and adapted to lead a second portion (I?) of the exhaled breath to be discarded, and a sensor (63) for measuring a component in the exhaled breath buffered in the buffer chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Circassia AB
    Inventor: Hans Peter Starck Johnson