Drive Capability Patents (Class 340/576)
  • Patent number: 11904877
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method of operating a system operably connected to a personal medical device having a sensor is provided. The vehicle includes an indicator device having at least one of an audio device or visual indicator device. A medical device display interface is coupled to communicate with the personal medical device. A controller is operably coupled to the medical device display interface and the indicator device. The controller is operable to receive a first signal from the medical device display interface and activate the indicator device in response to the first signal including data regarding an undesired condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Arnold Chase
  • Patent number: 11906318
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for a navigation system that enhances the safety of drivers using fatigue detection mapping. The navigation system accesses data sources storing map data a route for drivers of one or more first vehicles. Based on the map data, a personalized fatigue map for a driver of a second vehicle is generated based on the map data. The personalized fatigue map displays predicted driver fatigue of the driver of the second vehicle on the route. Drivers in the first and second vehicles are monitored to detect driver fatigue and a level of the driver fatigue is measured according to a calculated fatigue score. When driver fatigue is detected, a recommendation is output to the driver of the second vehicle that is based on the level of the driver fatigue. The personalized fatigue map is updated to reflect the recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chengcheng Jia, Lei Yang, Hai Yu, Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 11896549
    Abstract: A seat device includes a massage mechanism configured to massage a first muscle and a vibration generation mechanism configured to administer a vibratory stimulus having a frequency that causes muscle tone to a second muscle, the second muscle being an antagonist muscle of the first muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Noso, Takashi Ogiso, Hideaki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11900468
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing apparatus and a method for enabling obtainment of a more appropriate compensation for a service. An information processing apparatus includes a reception unit configured to receive health state information regarding a health state of a user, a calculation unit configured to calculate a compensation for a service on the basis of the health state information before getting-in to a vehicle by the user or before presenting the compensation for the service regarding the getting-in to a vehicle to the user, and a transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating the compensation for the service. The present technology can be applied to automobile insurance services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Kimishima
  • Patent number: 11902501
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a controller coupled to a stereoscopic image viewer. The stereoscopic image viewer includes a viewing lens, an image capture unit, and a plurality of light sources. The image capture unit is configured to capture image frames. The controller receives the captured image frames. The controller is configured to switch light output from one of the plurality of light sources to another one of the plurality of light sources if a corneal reflection in a captured image frame intersects a fixed reflection in the captured image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Feather, Randal P. Goldberg, Alexandre V. Matveev
  • Patent number: 11899206
    Abstract: A display device of the disclosure is a display device to be mounted on a vehicle, and includes a display panel, a first input unit, a second input unit, a third input unit, and a controller. The first input unit is configured so as to acquire an engine rotation speed. The second input unit is configured so as to acquire a vehicle speed. The third input unit is configured so as to acquire a shift position of a transmission of a vehicle. The controller is configured so that a first image representing the engine rotation speed and one or more second images representing the vehicle speed are combined and a combined image is displayed on the display panel. The controller is configured so that switching of the second images is carried out based on the shift position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Kaoru Kusafuka, Sunao Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11891060
    Abstract: An apparatus includes at least one camera configured to capture an image of a traffic lane in front of a vehicle. The apparatus also includes a vehicle behavior prediction controller configured to determine lane boundaries and road curvature for a segment of a traffic lane occupied by the vehicle from the captured image and prior captured images; determine lateral distances of the vehicle from the lane boundaries and a rate of departure of the vehicle from the occupied traffic lane that is accurate for the determined road curvature; determine a time to line crossing for the vehicle from the lateral distances and the rate of departure; and activate a lane departure warning indicator based on the determined time to line crossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Canoo Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Kilsoo Kim, Jongmoo Choi, Lei Cao, Mayukh Sattiraju, Dheemanth Uppalapati, Aviral Singh
  • Patent number: 11884285
    Abstract: Described herein are various techniques, including systems and non-transitory instructions, that, in response to obtaining information regarding a potential collision between a vehicle and an object, obtain data describing the vehicle for a time period extending before and after a time of the potential collision. The system may determine a likelihood that the potential collision is a non-collision event based on the data describing the vehicle by performing one or more assessments. The assessments may include telematics monitor assessment, driver behavior assessment, road surface feature assessment, trip correlation assessment, and/or context assessment. In response to determining that the likelihood indicates that the potential collision is not a non-collision event, the system may trigger one or more actions responding to the potential collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Willem Petersen, Harjot Singh Parmar, Amish Vijay Patel, Meghan Frances Fotak, Paul Stobbe, Robert Spencer Hockin
  • Patent number: 11885689
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a wearable device with combined sensing capabilities, which includes a wearable assembly and at least one multi-function sensor module. The wearable assembly is suitable to be worn on apart of a user's body. The wearable assembly includes at least one light-transmissible window. The multi-function sensor module is located inside the wearable assembly, for performing an image sensing function and an infrared temperature sensing function. The multi-function sensor module includes an image sensor module for sensing a physical or a biological feature of an object through the light-transmissible window by way of image sensing; and an infrared temperature sensor module for sensing temperature through the light-transmissible window by way of infrared temperature sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INCORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Sun, Ming-Han Tsai
  • Patent number: 11881093
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes: smoke sensors located at different locations within a passenger cabin of a vehicle and configured to measure amounts of cigarette smoke at the locations, respectively, within the passenger cabin of the vehicle; and a smoking module configured to, based on the measured amounts of cigarette smoke, determine that: a smoking event occurred at a first location within the passenger cabin; and the smoking event did not occur at a second location that is different than the first location within the passenger cabin of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sibu Varughese, Martín Nespolo, Thomas Krzyzak, Gareth Webb, Wilson Yim, Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 11878699
    Abstract: A system may include sensors that may acquire health data related to an individual. The system may also include a processor that may receive trip data associated with a current location of the individual and a destination location for the individual, traffic condition data associated with routes between the current location and the destination location, and weather related data associated with the routes. The processor may also receive the health data from the sensors and determine whether the individual is associated with a driver assessment score above a threshold based on the trip data, the traffic condition data, the weather data, the health data, or any combination thereof. The processor may then send an activation signal to a vehicle control system in response to the driver assessment score being above the threshold, such that the activation signal may enable the vehicle control system to control operations of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Seth E. Ethington, William Daniel Farmer, Pooja Krishnaswamy, Timothy Shiveley, Anto Chirayil Thomas, Daniel Scott Veibell
  • Patent number: 11874271
    Abstract: In an aspect, an apparatus for human performance exhalation sensing is presented. An apparatus includes a housing. A housing includes an inlet tube configured to receive exhaled gas from an individual. A housing includes a sensing device positioned within an inlet tube, wherein the sensing device is configured to detect a breath parameter. A housing includes at least a processor and a memory communicatively connected to the at least a processor. A memory contains instructions configuring at least a processor to receive a breath parameter from a sensing device through a communicative connection. At least a processor is configured to compare a breath parameter to a performance metric. At least a processor is configured to generate a performance determination of an individual as a function of a comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Bradford R. Everman, Brian Scott Bradke
  • Patent number: 11875548
    Abstract: A system for an attention-based perception includes a camera device configured to provide an image of an operating environment of a vehicle. The system further includes a computerized device monitoring the image, analyzing sensor data to identify a feature in the image as corresponding to an object in the operating environment and assign a score for the feature based upon an identification, a location, or a behavior of the object. The computerized device is further operable to define candidate regions of interest upon the image, correlate the score for the feature to the candidate regions of interest to accrue a total region score, select some of the candidate regions for analysis based upon the total region scores, and analyze the portion of the candidate regions to generate a path of travel output. The system further includes a device controlling the vehicle based upon the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wei Tong, Shige Wang, Shuqing Zeng
  • Patent number: 11866055
    Abstract: A vehicle device may execute one or more neural networks (and/or other artificial intelligence), based on input from one or more of the cameras and/or other sensors, to intelligently detect safety events in real-time. The one or more neural networks may be an ensemble neural network that includes neural networks for detecting a head and hand of a user, neural networks for detecting hand actions of the user, neural networks for detecting the head pose of the user, neural networks for predicting an occurrence of an event, and neural networks for predicting a start time and end time of the event. Further, the neural networks can be segmented into a modular neural network based on metadata. The segmentation of the neural network can define a thin layer of the modular neural network to enable independent tuning of the thin layer of the modular neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Sharan Srinivasan, Brian Tuan, John Bicket, Jing Wang, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Abner Ayala Acevedo, Bruce Kellerman, Vincent Shieh
  • Patent number: 11858349
    Abstract: A head-up display system for displaying graphics upon a windscreen of a vehicle to provide a driver with a gamified experience includes a driver monitoring system including one or more cameras that determine a location of a head of the driver of the vehicle and an eye location of the driver, a graphic projection module for generating images upon the windscreen of the vehicle, and one or more controllers in electronic communication with the driver monitoring system and the graphic projection module. The controller executes instructions to instruct the graphic projection module to generate a vertical alignment graphic upon the windscreen of the vehicle. The vertical alignment graphic indicates when the eye location of the driver is positioned at a nominal height of an eyebox of the head-up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Guy N. Kennerly, Kai-Han Chang, James W. Wells, Thomas A Seder
  • Patent number: 11861916
    Abstract: A method for monitoring driver alertness in a vehicle is disclosed. Image data representing images of an eye of a driver are obtained, the images having been captured while the driver is operating the vehicle. An eye openness measure of the eye of the driver is computed, based on the image data. A determination is made that the driver is in an unsafe state for driving based on the eye openness measure, and an alert is generated, while the driver is operating the vehicle, based on determining that the driver is in the unsafe state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sai Anitha Kiron Vedantam, Sivashankar Yoganathan, Anand Ganesan Kaygee
  • Patent number: 11851057
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method for operating a lane-keeping assistance device of a motor vehicle including activating a lane-keeping assistance device, and checking whether at least one predefinable enabling criterion for enabling an actuation of the lane-keeping assistance device for triggering a steering intervention is fulfilled in response to a trigger signal for actuating the lane-keeping assistance device for triggering a steering intervention being established. The method includes enabling an actuation of the lane-keeping assistance device for triggering a steering intervention in response to at least one predefinable enabling criterion for enabling an actuation of the lane-keeping assistance device being fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Reimund Limbacher, Artur Burczyk
  • Patent number: 11853645
    Abstract: A machine is configured to identify a media file that, when played to a user, is likely to modify an emotional or physical state of the user to or towards a target emotional or physical state. The machine accesses play counts that quantify playbacks of media files for the user. The playbacks may be locally performed or detected by the machine from ambient sound. The machine accesses arousal scores of the media files and determines a distribution of the play counts over the arousal scores. The machine uses one or more relative maxima in the distribution in selecting a target arousal score for the user based on contextual data that describes an activity of the user. The machine selects one or more media files based on the target arousal score. The machine may then cause the selected media file to be played to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Aneesh Vartakavi, Peter C. DiMaria, Michael Gubman, Markus K. Cremer, Cameron Aubrey Summers, Gregoire Tronel
  • Patent number: 11847840
    Abstract: A distracted driver can be informed of his or her distraction by a visual notification. It can be detected whether a driver of a vehicle is focused on a non-critical object located within the vehicle. In response to detecting that the driver of the vehicle is focused on a non-critical object located within the vehicle, an amount of time the driver is focused on the non-critical object can be determined. When the amount of time exceeds a threshold amount of time, a visual notification of distracted driving can be caused to be presented on or visually adjacent to the non-critical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yasuda, Manuel Ludwig Kuehner
  • Patent number: 11845398
    Abstract: An embodiment vehicle control system includes a drinking measurement terminal provided in a vehicle, a user terminal including a photographing unit, and a server configured to determine whether to approve a key authority for the vehicle to a user based on a facial image of the user, in response to a key authority request for the vehicle and the facial image of the user being received from the user terminal, generate a door control signal for the vehicle based on whether the key authority for the user has been approved, determine whether the user meets driving suitability requirements based on a drinking measurement result provided by the drinking measurement terminal and the facial image of the user received from the user terminal, and generate a driving control signal based on whether the user meets the driving suitability requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Jaegwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11847211
    Abstract: A platform comprising numerous reconfigurable circuit components arranged to operate as primary and redundant circuits is provided. The platform further comprises security circuitry arranged to monitor the primary circuit for anomalies and reconfigurable circuit arranged to disconnect the primary circuit from a bus responsive to detection of an anomaly. Furthermore, the present disclosure provides for the quarantine, refurbishment and designation as redundant, the anomalous circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marcio Juliato, Manoj Sastry, Shabbir Ahmed, Christopher Gutierrez, Qian Wang, Vuk Lesi
  • Patent number: 11845442
    Abstract: Systems and methods for driver presence and position detection are disclosed herein. A method can include determining a presence and a position of a driver in a sensing zone of a vehicle using a sensor platform integrated into the vehicle, determining when the position of the driver indicates that the driver is not in a fully-seated position relative to a driver's seat of the vehicle, and selectively adjusting a vehicle parameter of the vehicle based on the driver not being in a fully-seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Edwin Hanson, Pietro Buttolo, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11840145
    Abstract: A system for providing driver status to a driver of a vehicle includes a data processor, a plurality of sensors mounted within the vehicle and adapted to send vehicle information to the data processor, a driver monitoring system within the vehicle adapted to send driver information to the data processor, the data processor further adapted to collect information from external sources via a wireless data communication network, and a driver state display adapted to receive information from the data processor and to display a short-term status indicator, a long-term status indicator and contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Daniel S. Glaser, Joseph F. Szczerba, James V. Roell, Maureen Elizabeth August, Paul Gill, Yi Guo Glaser
  • Patent number: 11834059
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a vehicle using a smart shoe device. For example, some embodiments of the application may monitor operation of a vehicle system and monitor operation of a smart shoe device. The process may determine that the smart shoe device is within a threshold period of time of performing an future action associated with commanding movement of the vehicle and enable a response by the vehicle based on the future action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Ludwig Kuehner, Hiroshi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11837231
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining an emotion of a human driver of a vehicle and using the emotion for generating a vehicle response, is provided. One example method includes processing captured voice data from the human driver over a period of time while the human driver operates the vehicle. The method includes analyzing the voice data to assist in prediction of the emotion of the human driver. The method includes generating the vehicle response. The vehicle response is selected in part based on the emotion that was predicted for the human driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 11834073
    Abstract: The autonomous driving system includes an internal vehicle camera, a vehicle detection device, and a processor configured to detect an angle of a facial direction or a line of sight of the driver, judge whether the driver has checked safety of the surroundings of the vehicle based on the angle, and control autonomous driving of the vehicle. The processor is configured to start a lane change of the vehicle when it is judged that the driver has checked the safety of the surroundings of the vehicle. The processor is configured to judge that the driver has checked the safety when a first condition has been satisfied if another vehicle has not been detected in a destination lane, and judge that the driver has checked the safety when a second condition more severe than the first condition has been satisfied if another vehicle has been detected in the destination lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yutaro Tsugawa, Kenichiroh Hara, Kazuhiro Tomosue
  • Patent number: 11834053
    Abstract: An electronic device for monitoring the behavior of a driver is adapted to be carried on board a vehicle and to be connected to a sensor of at least one image of the driver's head and to at least one light source positioned within a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The monitoring device includes: a module for detecting abnormal behavior of the driver, from at least one image of his head acquired by the image sensor(s); a stimulation module configured, following the detection of said abnormal behavior, to command the emission of at least one light signal by switching on at least one respective light source according to an initial stimulation level; and a module for evaluating a reaction of the driver, on the basis of at least one image of the driver's head following the emission of the light signal(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUSTRIE
    Inventors: Omar Ben Abdelaziz, Nour Besbes
  • Patent number: 11827230
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting an anti-circumvention attempt associated with an ignition interlock device of a vehicle. The method comprises detecting an electrical parameter associated with an electrical power state of the vehicle electrical system that includes the ignition interlock device having at least a relay device and a controller device electrically interconnected within the vehicle electrical system; comparing, responsive to the detecting, the electrical parameter to a threshold condition; inferring an IID circumvention event in accordance with the electrical parameter being one of above and below the threshold condition, and reporting, responsive to the inferring, the IID circumvention event to a central monitoring server computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventors: David Livingston Smith, Carol A. Vokes
  • Patent number: 11820383
    Abstract: Apparatus detecting driving incapability state of a driver includes: a head detection portion that successively detects a head portion, which is higher than a neck of the driver, based on an image of a driver's seat captured by an imaging device mounted in a vehicle; and an out-of-frame state detection portion that detects that the driver is incapable of driving, when the head portion detected by the head detection portion is out of a predetermined scope in the image during travelling of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Banno, Takuhiro Omi, Yutaka Munaoka, Takeshi Enya
  • Patent number: 11823468
    Abstract: A driver status warning system includes a memory storing camera position data; an integrated controller configured to generate a motor driving signal corresponding to the camera position data; a camera assembly embedded in an A-pillar of a vehicle and including an electric motor configured to generate a rotational force according to the motor driving signal, a screw bar configured to be rotated by the rotational force, and a camera configured to be moved upward or downward on the A-pillar by the rotation of the screw bar assembly; and a facial recognition module configured to analyze an image of a driver's face captured by the camera to sense the driver's condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Myeong Nam Woo
  • Patent number: 11813088
    Abstract: A grip includes a core that forms a structure of the grip and has electrical conductivity, a sensing electrode for detecting a biological signal of a user, and a ground electrode that is connected with a reference voltage portion. The core, the sensing electrode and the ground electrode are insulated from one another. The core is disposed inside the grip, and the sensing electrode is exposed on a surface of the grip. The sensing electrode and the core are connected with one another via a voltage follower circuit. The ground electrode is located at such a position that the core is able to reduce a parasitic capacitance which would be formed between the ground electrode and the sensing electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chikara Saburi, Rie Ono, Takamitsu Murai, Tatsuya Nobunaga, Kentaro Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11816725
    Abstract: The method for managing the rental of vehicles (1), comprising at least one step of collecting at least one point of data relating to the vehicle (1), one step of transferring said data to a rental vehicle management center (4), and one step of sending at least one instruction from the management center (4) to the vehicle, characterized in that it also comprises at least one step of collecting and sending at least one point of data relating to the user of the vehicle (1) to the management center (4) and one step of sending the user a final updated rate according to the data received by the management center (4). The invention also relates to a device for implementing the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: LOJELIS HOLDING
    Inventor: Sylvain Jourdy
  • Patent number: 11807277
    Abstract: Provided is a driving assistance apparatus (a control unit (100)) for a vehicle capable of hands-off driving that lets a driver take his or her hands off the steering wheel. The driving assistance apparatus includes a processor (10) configured to determine, on the basis of sensor information indicating a state of the driver, whether or not the driver is in a state unsuitable for the surrounding monitoring of the vehicle during the hands-off driving, warn the driver through a notification device when it is determined that the driver is in a state unsuitable for the surrounding monitoring, and notify the driver, through the notification device, of a request for holding the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichiroh Hara, Naruhisa Yoshida, Kazuhiro Tomosue, Shunichiroh Sawai, Naoki Nishimura, Takanori Kusakabe, Tomoyuki Yoshida, Shogo Konishi, Hirofumi Mori
  • Patent number: 11807090
    Abstract: A test system for detecting impairment aboard a motor vehicle includes an electronic control unit (ECU) and sensors in communication therewith. The sensors are positioned within a vehicle interior, and include at least a touch screen and a microphone, and possibly an eye-tracking camera. In response to receiving a start request indicative of a requested start event of the motor vehicle, the ECU executes instructions to initiate a cognitive response test via the sensors. The ECU determines a test score of a driver during the test while the motor vehicle remains off, compares the test score to baseline scores to determine a passing or failing test result, and executes a control action aboard the motor vehicle in response to the passing or failing test result. The ECU may disable or immobilize the motor vehicle in response to the failing test result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Minjeur, David H. Clifford
  • Patent number: 11810596
    Abstract: A method for training a speech-emotion recognition classifier under a continuously updatable and re-trainable ASER machine learning model. The quantified training data is generated by first processing the utterances of a human speech source and the associated texts in an emotion evaluation and rating process with normalization; then, extracting the features of the utterance; quantifying the feature attributes of the extracted features by labelling, tagging, and weighting the feature attributes, with their values assigned under measurable scales. The quantified training data comprises the normalized results of the emotion evaluation and rating process, the extracted features, the quantified emotional feature attributes, and the hash values of the quantified emotional feature attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited
    Inventors: Ironside Hoi Yeung Lam, Ho Pong Sze, Chun Chung Ho
  • Patent number: 11801013
    Abstract: A system and method of deploying a portable breath alcohol monitoring device. The method comprises inferring a rate of motion associated with the portable breath alcohol monitoring device; initiating, at a display screen of the portable breath alcohol monitoring device when the rate of motion is above a predetermined threshold, a request for a breath sample; determining, responsive to the request for the breath sample at the portable breath alcohol monitoring device, a violation; and reporting the violation to a remote server communicatively coupled to the portable breath alcohol monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Kimberly Williams
  • Patent number: 11793468
    Abstract: A system and method of deploying a portable monitoring device. The method comprises inferring a rate of motion associated with the portable monitoring device; initiating, at a display screen of the portable monitoring device when the rate of motion is above a predetermined threshold, an image capture request; determining, responsive to the image capture request, a violation; and reporting the violation to a remote server communicatively coupled to the portable monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Kimberly Williams
  • Patent number: 11789009
    Abstract: Embodiments include breath intoxicant monitoring systems and methods of operating a breath intoxicant monitoring system. In an embodiment, a breath intoxicant monitoring system, includes a first detection element, a second detection element, and a control module. The first detection element can be operable to detect a level of an intoxicant in a user's breath and to provide a continuous signal indicating the level of intoxicant. The second detection element can be operable to detect a level of the intoxicant. The second detection element includes a different type of element than the first detection element. The second detection element can have greater accuracy than the first detection element. The control module to selectively operate the second detection element based on the signal received from the first detection element, and to indicate whether the level of intoxicant in the user's breath exceeds a threshold. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Ruland, Douglas Edward DeVries
  • Patent number: 11787417
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of assessing driver capability for operating an autonomous vehicle includes identifying a human operator of the autonomous vehicle, the human operator being associated with a driving capability profile. The method further includes signaling to the human operator with the signal, the signal requesting a response from the human operator. The method also includes updating, based on the response from the human operator to the signal, the driving capability profile to indicate a level of skill of the human operator at responding to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Leo Nelson Chan, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Aaron Williams
  • Patent number: 11787415
    Abstract: A method of monitoring for circumvention of an ignition interlock system is described herein including detecting an electrical parameter associated with an electrical power state of a vehicle electrical system in a vehicle comprising an ignition interlock device that includes at least a relay device and a controller device electrically interconnected within the vehicle electrical system, measuring a rate of degradation associated with the electrical parameter of the vehicle electrical system, and comparing the electrical parameter to a threshold condition. The method further includes comparing the rate of degradation of the electrical parameter to a threshold rate. Depending on the rate of degradation, a violation state may be generated, a violation state may be reversed, a violation state may be maintained, a log entry may be generated, or more than one of these may occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Inventors: David Livingston Smith, Carol A. Vokes, Jennifer Johnson, Brian Clark
  • Patent number: 11786422
    Abstract: A support device has a main support surface for a person's body, including an auxiliary device influencing the main support surface shape. The auxiliary device includes: a group of supports supporting the main support surface, positioned on the side of the main support surface facing away from the body-supporting side, the supports each including a sub-support surface; an adjuster for each sub-support surface influencing the height of each sub-support surface. The device also includes a monitor for each sub-support surface monitoring the height of the respective sub-support surface; and a programmable control unit controlling the adjuster. The supports include an elastically bendable plate connected to the adjuster. The bending plate is connected to the sub-support surface to influence its height depending on the extent of bending imposed by the adjuster. The adjuster includes an electromotor on the concave side of the bending plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignees: HANS VOORWINDE BEHEER B.V., TINKE 7 MEI B.V.
    Inventors: Hans Voorwinde, Cornelis Willem Tinke
  • Patent number: 11780446
    Abstract: A vehicle device may execute one or more neural networks (and/or other artificial intelligence), such as based on input from one or more of the cameras and/or other sensors associated with the dash cam, to intelligently detect safety events in real-time. The vehicle device may further pass the input to a backend server for further analysis and the backend server can detect safety events based on the input. The vehicle device may analyze the output of the vehicle device and the output of the backend server to determine whether the output of the vehicle device is correct. If the output of the vehicle device is incorrect, the vehicle device can adjust how the vehicle device identifies safety events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Sharan Srinivasan, Brian Tuan, John Bicket, Jing Wang, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Abner Ayala Acevedo, Bruce Kellerman, Vincent Shieh
  • Patent number: 11783710
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein provide a risk prediction system that uses trained machine learning models to make predictions that a VRU will take a particular action. The system first receives, in a video stream, an image depicting a VRU operating a micro-mobility vehicle and extract the depictions from the image. The extraction process may be determined by bounding box classifiers trained to identify various VRUs and micro-mobility vehicles. The system feeds the extracted depictions to machine learning models and receives, as an output, risk profiles for the VRU and the micro-mobility vehicle. The risk profile may include data associated with the VRU/micro-mobility vehicle determined based on classifications of the VRU and the micro-mobility vehicles. The system may then generate a prediction that the VRU operating the micro-mobility vehicle will take a particular action based on the risk profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: HUMANISING AUTONOMY LIMITED
    Inventors: Raunaq Bose, Leslie Cees Nooteboom, Maya Audrey Lara Pindeus
  • Patent number: 11780458
    Abstract: A smart driver safety system for a vehicle is described. The system includes a drowsy driver detector, an attention diversion monitor, an automatic mirror adjustment subsystem, and a plurality of actuators. The drowsy driver detector determines a head position of the driver and detects an eye position of the driver's eyes. When the driver's eyes are closed, the drowsy driver detector determines a time duration of an eye closure and compares the time duration to a drowsiness threshold. When the eye closure exceeds the drowsiness threshold, the drowsy driver detector generates a drowsiness alert signal. The attention diversion monitor detects an attention diversion based on the eye position and the eye closure and generates an attention diversion alert signal. The automatic mirror adjustment subsystem adjusts a side mirror of the vehicle based on the eye position and the head position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
    Inventors: Ahmed Abul Hussain, Saifullah Shafiq, Ahmed Abul Hasanaath, Tyma Amin Alnasser, Lujain Shaker Alawami, Lama Khalid Alrimali, Reem Raed Alkhater
  • Patent number: 11783613
    Abstract: Poses or gestures of actors within a scene may be detected and tracked using multiple imaging devices aligned with fields of view that overlap at least in part. Images captured by the imaging devices may be synchronized and provided to a classifier to recognize body parts within the images, and score maps indicative of locations of peak probabilities that the images include the respective body parts may be generated. Locations of peak values within the score maps may be correlated with one another to confirm that a given body part is depicted in two or more fields of view, and vectors indicative of distances to or ranges of motion of body parts, with respect to the given body part, may be generated. Motion of the body parts may be tracked in subsequent images, and a virtual model of the body parts may be generated and updated based on the motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Laurent Guigues, Leonid Pishchulin
  • Patent number: 11772674
    Abstract: A system for increasing the safety of voice conversations between drivers and remote parties is shown. The system includes an in-vehicle subsystem and a remote subsystem. The system includes a plurality of sensors which are configured to generate monitoring data. The system includes a computing device, which may be distributed between the subsystems and is configured to calculate a risk level as a function of the monitoring data. The computing device may engage an automatic safety response as a function of the risk level, that may include suspension or termination of on-going conversations among the parties, together with notification about the status of the communication channel. The safety response may be communicated to the driver by generating an alert. The in-vehicle and the remote subsystems communicate using a wireless connection and collaborate in engaging the automatic safety response and communicating any alerts to the driver and remote party using notifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: TeleLingo LLC
    Inventors: Roberto Valter Sicconi, Malgorzata Elzbieta Stys, Cesar Gonzales
  • Patent number: 11772670
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to assisted driving of a vehicle. The response time of the driver may be measured and control operations may be adjusted to accommodate or compensate the response time of the driver. Predictive actions in anticipation of a slightly delayed input from the driver may be taken to avoid potentially dangerous conditions. A vehicle may be controlled to slow down to allow more time to a potential event to accommodate a slow response from the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Richard Noel Bielby
  • Patent number: 11767021
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to remotely assisting an operator that is impaired using alerts from a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, by a first vehicle using a communications network, assistance information about an operator and a second vehicle near the first vehicle, wherein the assistance information indicates a state of the operator and a position of the second vehicle. The method also includes, upon approving an action according to the state and the position, selecting an alert that changes the state according to the position and attributes determined according to sensor data of the first vehicle. The method also includes activating the alert by the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yasuda, Manuel Ludwig Kuehner
  • Patent number: 11745744
    Abstract: A system and method for determining object-wise situational awareness that includes receiving data associated with a driving scene of a vehicle, an eye gaze of a driver of the vehicle, and alerts that are provided to the driver of the vehicle. The system and method also includes analyzing the data and extracting features associated with dynamic objects located within the driving scene, the eye gaze of the driver of the vehicle, and the alerts provided to the driver of the vehicle. The system and method additionally includes determining a level of situational awareness of the driver with respect to the each of the dynamic objects based on the features. The system and method further includes communicating control signals to electronically control at least one component of the vehicle based on the situational awareness of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruhisa Misu, Chun Ming Samson Ho, Kumar Akash, Xiaofeng Gao, Xingwei Wu
  • Patent number: 11738758
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a control system for a vehicle, the vehicle (800) being operable in an at least partly autonomous mode and a manual mode, the control system comprising input means (291, 292) for receiving a gaze signal (211) indicative of a direction of a gaze of an occupant of the vehicle (800), and a contact signal (212) indicative of physical contact between the occupant and a control of the vehicle, control means (250, 260, 270, 280, 290) configured to determine an estimate of the occupant's attention to a driving task in the at least partly autonomous mode in dependence on the gaze signal (211) and to determine when the occupant is at least partly obscured relative to the at least one imaging means (150, 220), wherein the control means (250, 260, 270, 280, 290) is configured to determine the estimate of the occupant's attention to the driving task in dependence on the contact signal when it is determined that the occupant is at least partly obscured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew Fairgrieve, Paul King, Rebecca Matthias, John Simlett, Nicolas Iacovou