Transmitter In Another Vehicle (e.g., Emergency Vehicle) Patents (Class 340/902)
  • Patent number: 10319231
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system for providing a driver of a host vehicle being stopped with a preliminary notification that remote vehicles forming a queue in front of the host vehicle are likely to start moving. The system includes a receiver, a notifying device, a determiner, and a controller. The receiver is configured to receive messages from the remote vehicles through Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications. The notifying device is configured to provide the driver with the preliminary notification. The determiner is configured to determine whether a specified vehicle among the remote vehicles other than a preceding vehicle directly ahead of the specified vehicle starts moving based on the messages sent from the specified vehicle. The controller is configured to control the notifying device to provide the preliminary notification when the determiner determines that the specified vehicle starts moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Aaron Weinfield
  • Patent number: 10319228
    Abstract: The technology relates to detecting and responding to emergency vehicles. This may include using a plurality of microphones to detect a siren noise corresponding to an emergency vehicle and to estimate a bearing of the emergency vehicle. This estimated bearing is compared to map information to identify a portion of roadway on which the emergency vehicle is traveling. In addition, information identifying a set of objects in the vehicle's environment as well as characteristics of those objects is received from a perception system is used to determine whether one of the set of objects corresponds to the emergency vehicle. How to respond to the emergency vehicle is determined based on the estimated bearing and identified road segments and the determination of whether one of the set of objects corresponds to the emergency vehicle. This determined response is then used to control the vehicle in an autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Harrison Silver, Angus Leigh, Benjamin Ingram, Jennifer Taylor, Vaibhav Nangia
  • Patent number: 10279817
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having an electric operating mode selectively modify a pressure point for an accelerator pedal in response to current vehicle and/or ambient operating conditions to reduce unintentional starting of an internal combustion engine and maintain electric mode operation while the accelerator pedal position is less than the pressure point. The vehicle operating conditions or mode may indicate a parking maneuver, stop-and-go traffic, or an eco mode where electric operation may be desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Harald Stoffels, Moritz Klaus Springer, Christian Hofmann, Joachim Hansen
  • Patent number: 10282991
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus in accordance with the present disclosure includes processing circuitry configured to detect an occurrence of an event; receive, via a base station to which a communication apparatus loaded onto a moving body belongs, information related to the moving body from the communication apparatus; and determine whether or not to recognize the moving body as an execution subject of an operation appropriate to the event, on a basis of the information related to the moving body and information indicating the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiromasa Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10261179
    Abstract: A radar system has different modes of operation. In one mode, the radar operates as a single-input, multiple output (SIMO) radar system utilizing one transmitted signal from one antenna at a time. Codes with known excellent autocorrelation properties are utilized in this mode. At each receiver the response after correlating with various possible transmitted signals is measured in order to estimate the interference that each transmitter will represent at each receiver. The estimated effect of the interference from one transmitter to a receiver that correlates with a different code is used to mitigate the interference. In another mode, the radar operates as a multi-input, multiple-output (MIMO) radar system utilizing all the antennas at a time. Interference cancellation of the nonideal cross-correlation sidelobes when transmitting in the MIMO mode are employed to remove ghost targets due to unwanted sidelobes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Uhnder, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Davis, Monier Maher, Jean P. Bordes, Manju Hegde, Otto A. Schmid, Raghunath K. Rao, Marius Goldenberg, Aria Eshraghi, Vito Giannini, David S. Trager, Nikhilesh Bhagat, Srikanth Gollapudi, Sundar Govindarajan, Steve Borho, Jonathan Preussner, Paul W. Dent, Paul Bassett, Stephen W. Alland, Fred Harris, Wayne E. Stark, Murtaza Ali
  • Patent number: 10255528
    Abstract: A system for identifying an inappropriate driving behavior includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive a first sensor data from a first vehicle sensor and receive a second sensor data from a second vehicle sensor. The processor is configured to combine the first sensor data and the second sensor data to determine a combined sensor data set, determine a lane departure behavior based at least in part on the combined sensor data set using a model, and store a bad behavior indication in a database system in response to the lane departure behavior indicating a bad behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10210756
    Abstract: Examples are provided for locating an emergency vehicle relative to another vehicle. An example in-vehicle computing system of a first vehicle includes an alert output device, a sensor subsystem communicatively coupled to one or more of an audio sensor and an image sensor, a processor, and a storage device storing instructions executable by the processor to, responsive to detecting the audible or visual indicator of the emergency vehicle, estimate a location of the emergency vehicle based on one or more parameters of the audible or visual indicator, present an alert when the estimated location of the emergency vehicle is within an actionable region relative to the first vehicle, the alert including an indication of the estimated location of the emergency vehicle, and present no alert or a reduced alert when the estimated location of the emergency vehicle is not within the actionable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Srinath Arunachalam
  • Patent number: 10186148
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roadside control apparatus 5 capable of wirelessly communicating with a mobile communication apparatus 42. This roadside control apparatus 5 includes: a receiving unit 51 configured to receive positional information of a mobile body (e.g., vehicle 43) equipped with the mobile communication apparatus 42, from the mobile body; a control unit 63 configured to analyze, on the basis of the received positional information, present states of at least one of signal control and road traffic at an intersection Jk, and generate output information based on a result of the analysis; and transmission units 51 to 53 configured to transmit the generated output information to external equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeki Umehara
  • Patent number: 10175340
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing an operational status of a vehicle that is coupled to a radar antenna array, accessing sensor data that includes a count of and a location of a plurality of objects within a vicinity of the vehicle, accessing signal strength data associated with one or more base station antennas located within the vicinity of the vehicle, and determining to switch at least some of a plurality of radar resources of the radar antenna array from an object detection mode to a data transfer mode. The determination is based on the operational status, the sensor data, or the signal strength data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Farzad Cyrus Foroughi Abari, Romain Clément, Helen Ruth Lurie
  • Patent number: 10161755
    Abstract: This invention relates to a navigation device (200) comprising a processor (210); and a store (230) containing map data, wherein the map data comprises a temporally-variable feature and the processor (210) is arranged, in a route planning process, to determine a status of the temporally-variable feature according to temporal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TOMTOM NAVIGATION B.V.
    Inventor: Breght Boschker
  • Patent number: 10147318
    Abstract: A system for alerting drivers to the presence of oncoming emergency vehicles. According to an embodiment, the system includes: a first transceiver located in an emergency vehicle for transmitting GPS coordinates of the emergency vehicle, and second transceiver located in an automobile. The second transceiver is receives the transmitted information and determines a proximity of the emergency vehicle relative to the automobile. If the emergency vehicle is within a predetermined proximity of the automobile, the second transceiver causes selective attenuation of audio and video signals currently being output in order to raise driver awareness to audio/video alerts generated by the emergency vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Scott Gebers
  • Patent number: 10140998
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and apparatuses that enable an apparatus to identify sounds from short samples of audio. The apparatus may capture an audio sample and create several audio signals of different lengths, each containing audio from the captured audio sample. The apparatus my process the several audio signals in an attempt to identify features of the audio signal that indicate an identification of the captured sound. Because shorter audio samples can be analyzed more quickly, the system may first process the shortest audio samples in order to quickly identify features of the audio signal. Because longer audio samples contain more information, the system may be able to more accurately identify features in the audio signal in longer audio samples. However, analyzing longer audio signals takes more buffered audio than identifying features in shorter signals. Therefore, the present system attempts to identify features in the shortest audio signals first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Sharifi, Dominik Roblek
  • Patent number: 10122790
    Abstract: Systems and methods for traffic management in a network of moving things. As non-limiting examples, various aspects of this disclosure provide systems and methods for utilizing vehicles, vehicle sensors, and/or vehicle-based networks of the Internet of moving things for traffic control optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventor: Andre Cardote
  • Patent number: 10117053
    Abstract: A server includes: a receiver configured to receive information, from a first vehicle, indicating that a third vehicle is unable to communicate with the server; and a transmitter configured to transmit a message, to a second vehicle that is able to sense the third vehicle, indicating that it is unnecessary to transmit information about the third vehicle, in response to the receiver receiving the information indicating that the third vehicle is unable to communicate with the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jongpil Park
  • Patent number: 10078963
    Abstract: An in-vehicle unit, which is used in each of host vehicles including a subject vehicle and nearby vehicles, includes an inter-vehicle communicator to perform inter-vehicle communication. The in-vehicle unit in the subject vehicle includes a criterion value setting section and a different-unit anomaly detection section. The criterion value setting section receives a different-unit installation state index via the inter-vehicle communicator and sets successively a criterion value of an installation state index from the received different-unit installation state index specified based on an output value from a sensor instrument that successively outputs an output value corresponding to an installation state of the in-vehicle unit on each nearby vehicle. The different-unit anomaly detection section detects an abnormal installation state of the in-vehicle unit on a target nearby vehicle by comparing the criterion value with the different-unit installation state index received from the target nearby vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seigou Kumabe
  • Patent number: 10050890
    Abstract: A method for managing computer communication between a plurality of electronic devices and a vehicle in a vehicle network includes establishing connections between each of the plurality of electronic devices and the vehicle, and communicating one or more data types that each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices is capable of transmitting to the vehicle via each of the connections between each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices and the vehicle. The method includes determining a current context of the vehicle based on information received from one or more vehicle systems, and assigning a priority to each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices based on the current context, the one or more data types of each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices, and a priority rules set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bonnie Chen
  • Patent number: 10025316
    Abstract: A safe-stop-zone identification system suitable for use on an automated-vehicle includes a digital-map, a transceiver, and a controller. The digital-map indicates a travel-path suitable for travel by a host-vehicle, wherein the digital-map also indicates a safe-stop-zone proximate to the travel-path. The transceiver is operable to broadcast information about the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the digital-map and the transceiver. The controller navigates the host-vehicle into the safe-stop-zone when an emergency-situation occurs, and then operates the transceiver to broadcast that the safe-stop-zone is occupied by the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur, Divya Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10002536
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pre-5th-generation (5G) or 5G communication system to be provided for supporting higher data rates beyond 4th-generation (4G) communication system such as a long term evolution (LTE). A method for providing a service in a first device in a vehicle to everything (V2X) communication system is provided. The method includes transmitting a first message related to the service; receiving, from a second device, a second message notifying that the second device enters a zone related to the service; and transmitting, to the second device, a third message indicating that the first device confirms that the second device enters the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-Kyu Kim, Hyun-Jeong Kang, Sang-Wook Kwon, Young-Joong Mok
  • Patent number: 10001565
    Abstract: A positioning system having an onboard positioning device and a roadside device is provided. The onboard positioning device receives a plurality of first positioning signals and records a positioning moving locus of a vehicle according to the first positioning signals. The roadside device detects a real moving locus of the vehicle. The onboard positioning device obtains the real moving locus from the roadside device, and calculates a positioning calibration value according to coordinates of the positioning moving locus and coordinates of the real moving locus. Furthermore, the onboard positioning device receives a plurality of second positioning signals and calculates and outputs a plurality of calibrated positioning coordinates according to the second positioning signals and the positioning calibration value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Jing-Shyang Hwu, Yung-Cheng Chao, Po-Fan Wang, Po-Chun Kang
  • Patent number: 9990844
    Abstract: An on-board unit of a vehicle communication system includes: a reception module receiving a message including driving information of a nearby vehicle from the nearby vehicle; and a misbehaving vehicle detection module analyzing the received message and detecting a misbehaving vehicle based on the analyzed message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong Rok Park, Dong Gyu Noh, Cho Rong Ryu, Dae Sung Hwang, Hahk Rel Noh, Su Lyun Sung
  • Patent number: 9975551
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior environment recognition device includes a traffic light identifying module that identifies one or more traffic lights located ahead of a vehicle, and traffic light colors of the traffic lights, and a control input identifying module that identifies, when multiple traffic lights exist, traffic lights to be used as control inputs based on whether the multiple traffic lights are located on both the left and right sides of a traveling path of the vehicle, and whether the multiple traffic lights are same in color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinnosuke Kido
  • Patent number: 9966951
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beacon for allowing a user to wirelessly manage software applications of a computing device and plurality of vehicle's sensors. The beacon includes a housing, a touch sensor to identify tap from the user, a bi-directional communication unit to wirelessly bi-directionally communicate with the computing device and the vehicle's sensors on receiving tap from the user, a memory unit to store plurality of modules and plurality of instructions, wherein each instruction corresponding to each tap and a processor coupled to the memory unit and configured in the housing to process the plurality of modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew Loren Karuza
  • Patent number: 9952600
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for automatically adjusting a vehicle feature of a vehicle, where the system includes a first sensor, an onboard computer, a camera, a mirror, a controller; an actuator; and an algorithm. The algorithm instructs the onboard computer in steps for adjusting one or more vehicle features. The first sensor and the controller are in electronic communication with the onboard computer and the controller is in electronic communication with one or more actuators that connect to and adjust the various vehicle features. The onboard computer includes or accesses a database that correlates users, features, and vehicle feature settings. Such vehicle features include seat position and camera viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Michael H Gurin
  • Patent number: 9934685
    Abstract: In an approach for notifying, a computer receives one or more preemption notifications, wherein the one or more preemption notifications are associated with one or more priority vehicles. The computer identifies a device that is within range of the received one or more preemption notifications, wherein the device includes one or more directional indicators. The computer one or more directions of approach associated with the received one or more preemption notifications relative to the identified device. The computer determines a number of approaching priority vehicles associated with each instance of the identified one or more directions of approach relative to the identified device. The computer initiates to display through the one or more directional indicators of the identified device the identified total number of approaching priority vehicles associated with the one or more identified directions of approach relative to the identified device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley A. Bernhardt, Thomas J. Fleischman, Richard Hutzler, Mitchell Montanez, William K. Morse
  • Patent number: 9922472
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a vehicle communication status indicator. An example disclosed vehicle includes a body control module and a keyless entry unit. The example body control unit determines whether a mobile device is authorized to act as a key. The example keyless entry unit is communicatively coupled to the body control module. The example keyless entry unit activates an indicator LED when the mobile device is connected to a wireless node. The indicator LED emits a first color when the mobile device is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rafic Jergess, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Howard Paul Tsvi Linden
  • Patent number: 9892363
    Abstract: A system for collecting vehicle data includes a mobile device comprising a plurality of sensors, a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to perform operations including obtaining a plurality of movement measurements from at least one of the plurality of sensors in the mobile device, determining a plurality of transportation modes using the plurality of movement measurements, and determining a mode transition using the plurality of transportation modes. The operations also include determining a transition probability using the mode transition. The operations further include creating a transition model using the transition probabilities, determining that the transition model indicates that a probability that the second transportation mode comprises driving is above a threshold, obtaining a plurality of driving movement measurements from at least one of the plurality of sensors, and determining the vehicle data using the driving movement measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TRUEMOTION, INC.
    Inventors: Brad Cordova, Joe Adelmann
  • Patent number: 9858815
    Abstract: A travel information acquisition section acquires travel information including at least a position, speed, and deceleration of the vehicle. An information generation section generates congestion location information indicating a position of a congestion tail based on the travel information. A transmission section transmits the congestion location information generated by the information generation section to another vehicle. The information generation section determines whether or not congestion is occurring at the current position of the vehicle based on an amount of reduction in speed from the maximum speed and the deceleration in a first time period of a specific length, and when determined that congestion is occurring, generates the congestion location information including position information containing the current position of the vehicle itself as information indicating the congestion tail position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takao Shimamori
  • Patent number: 9847024
    Abstract: A method is provided of providing jam warning messages in relation to jams affecting navigable segments of a network of navigable segments. The method comprises, for each of one or more identified jams, obtaining a jam tail flow speed for the jam. The jam tail flow speed is preferably determined from the analysis of positional data relating to the current or relatively recent movement of a plurality of devices associated with vehicles along at least some navigable segments of a navigable network with respect to time. The jam tail flow speed is used to generate, or to determine whether to generate, a jam warning message in respect of the jam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TOMTOM TRAFFIC B.V.
    Inventors: Nikolaus Witte, Stefan Lorkowski
  • Patent number: 9812010
    Abstract: From a first patrol unit, the first data are received for identifying a location of the first patrol unit. From the first patrol unit, second data are received for identifying a subject. The subject includes at least one of: a subject vehicle; and a subject person. A database is queried about the subject and, in response to the querying, a determination is made bout whether the subject is a likely threat. In response to determining that the subject is a likely threat, and in response to the first data, a predetermined number of second patrol units are identified that are most geographically proximate to the location of the first patrol unit, and a message is output to the predetermined number of second patrol units about: the subject; the likely threat; and the first patrol unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: COPsync, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Shane Rapp, Russell Dean Chaney
  • Patent number: 9809159
    Abstract: One or more braking event detection computing devices and methods are disclosed herein based on fused sensor data collected during a window of time from various sensors of a mobile device found within an interior of a vehicle. The various sensors of the mobile device may include a GPS receiver, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a microphone, a camera, and a magnetometer. Data from vehicle sensors and other external systems may also be used. The braking event detection computing devices may adjust the polling frequency of the GPS receiver of the mobile device to capture non-consecutive data points based on the speed of the vehicle, the battery status of the mobile device, traffic-related information, and weather-related information. The braking event detection computing devices may use classification machine learning algorithms on the fused sensor data to determine whether or not to classify a window of time as a braking event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jared S. Snyder, Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9805474
    Abstract: Pedestrian detection and counting for traffic intersection control analyzes characteristics of a field of view of a traffic detection zone to determine a location and size of a pedestrian area, and applies protocols for evaluating pixel content in the field of view to identify individual pedestrians. The location and size of a pedestrian area is determined based either on locations of vehicle and bicycle detection areas or on movement of various objects within the field of view. Automatic pedestrian speed calibration with a region of interest for pedestrian detection is accomplished using lane and other intersection markings in the field of view. Detection and counting further includes identifying a presence, volume, velocity and trajectory of pedestrians in the pedestrian area of the traffic detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ITERIS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Whiting, Yan Gao, Dilip Swaminathan, Shashank Jayaram Shivakumar, Todd W. Kreter
  • Patent number: 9752887
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: receiving a surrounding indicator; comparing a past indicator to the surrounding indicator for recognizing a driving environment; and varying a selectability of a functionality based on the past indicator compared for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Bailey, Loren Hillberg
  • Patent number: 9729996
    Abstract: The invention relates to the technical field of mobile terminals and discloses a mobile terminal and a method and device for updating the setup information thereof. The method comprises: obtaining a National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) position message through the Global Positioning System (GPS); interpreting the NMEA message to obtain the current time and the current position information of the mobile terminal; obtaining a nation to which the current position belongs according to the position information, recognizing the language of the nation; and updating the setup information of the mobile terminal according to the recognized language and the current time. Through the invention, the setup information of the mobile terminal can be updated according to the location of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhibing Yang
  • Patent number: 9729566
    Abstract: In a vehicle communication network, some vehicles may be used by attackers to send false information to other vehicles which may jeopardize the safety of other vehicles. Vehicles should be able to detect malicious communications activities and to mitigate the impact of malicious vehicles by evicting (eliminating) suspected malicious vehicles from the system. Evicting a vehicle is to ignore the messages sent from the vehicle for a specified time period. Voting and sacrifice principles are combined using a mathematical model based on the “Mafia Game”. The Mafia Game model focuses on the relative size of the group of attackers within a neighborhood necessary to dominate the entire network in the neighborhood (i.e., to eventually evict all the innocent vehicles).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Vencore Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric van den Berg, Tao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9723430
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, carried out by one or more processors, for vehicle to vehicle communication. In an embodiment, the method comprises the steps of receiving a first message selection, where the first message selection includes at least information associated with a road hazard. The method further comprises identifying a first directional RFID communicator of a first vehicle with a second directional RFID communicator of a second vehicle. The method further comprises, responsive to identifying the first directional RFID communicator of the first vehicle, sending the first message selection to the first directional RFID communicator from the second directional RFID communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Arvind Singh, Kimberly G. Starks
  • Patent number: 9709412
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a navigation apparatus, a vehicle information display apparatus, and a vehicle information display system, that enables a travelable range to be recognized even while a user is not riding on an electric vehicle. A vehicle information display system according to the present invention includes a navigation apparatus and a vehicle information display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusaku Yamada, Yuji Funaba, Yasuhiro Ishii
  • Patent number: 9704394
    Abstract: Traffic at an intersection, or other portion of a road, is detected, and the stop/go traffic signal apparatus at the intersection, or other portion is controlled based on vehicle types in the detected traffic. A vehicle type may be determined based on information collected by that vehicle's onboard telematics unit, or with a user's device in communication therewith. An input may be received from a user device, onboard the vehicle, to request changing the current stop/go configuration of the traffic signal. The request may be processed based on the determined vehicle type to determine whether or nor to change the traffic signal in response to the request. The request may be accompanied by an offer of money, and if the request is not granted, the user device may forward another request associated with a different offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Telematics Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas S. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9697653
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for exchanging vehicle information are disclosed. For example, the method receives the vehicle information from a second vehicle, wherein the vehicle information is received via a direct vehicle to vehicle communication, calculates an operating parameter of the second vehicle, determines an alert condition based on the operating parameter of the second vehicle, and provides a notification of the alert condition to a driver of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael S. Denny, Brian Dominguez, Brian Greaves, Craig Lee, Ricardo Niedermeyer, Steven Neil Tischer
  • Patent number: 9607402
    Abstract: Pedestrian detection and counting for traffic intersection control analyzes characteristics of a field of view of a traffic detection zone to determine a location and size of a pedestrian area, and applies protocols for evaluating pixel content in the field of view to identify individual pedestrians. The location and size of a pedestrian area is determined based either on locations of vehicle and bicycle detection areas or on movement of various objects within the field of view. Automatic pedestrian speed calibration with a region of interest for pedestrian detection is accomplished using lane and other intersection markings in the field of view. Detection and counting further includes identifying a presence, volume, velocity and trajectory of pedestrians in the pedestrian area of the traffic detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ITERIS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Whiting, Yan Gao, Dilip Swaminathan, Shashank Jayaram Shivakumar, Robert J. Hwang, Todd W. Kreter
  • Patent number: 9605968
    Abstract: A navigation route cooperation navigation system and a method of controlling the same are provided. The navigation route cooperation navigation system can secure a visible distance or a communicable range and allow a member vehicle which cannot perform cluster driving to drive according to driving information of a leader vehicle, allow the member vehicle to drive according to a recommended route better than a navigation route of a leader vehicle, and set the member vehicle which passes the leader vehicle as a new leader vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Yoo Seung Song, Hyun Jeong Yun, Oh Cheon Kwon, Joo Chan Sohn
  • Patent number: 9594945
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for controlling a display in order to secure an appropriate viewing distance between a digital device and a user who is viewing the digital device is provided. Accordingly, the method determines whether an object exists within a hazardous viewing distance using a 3D camera function provided in the digital device. If it is determined that an object exists within the hazardous viewing distance, the digital device detects a face or eyes from 2D images photographed by the camera. Next, the direction of the face is determined on the basis of the detected results, and it is determined whether a user is viewing a display screen of the digital device based on the determination. If it is determined that a user is viewing a display screen of a digital device, the digital device generates a warning that the user is positioned within a hazardous viewing distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jeong-Hoon Park, Dong-Wook Kwon, Kyung-Il Kim, Min-Ho Kim, Gi-Sang Lee, Sang-Bo Lee, Jin-Kyung Lee, Young-Gu Jin, Jin-Wuk Choi
  • Patent number: 9595191
    Abstract: A system for using a traffic proxy measure includes an input interface and a processor. The input interface is to receive a vehicle data and a road data. A processor is to determine a traffic proxy measure based at least in part on the vehicle data and the road data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriela Surpi
  • Patent number: 9542843
    Abstract: A digital navigation map is updated by floating car data, wherein vehicles transmit their own position to a traffic control center, the traffic control center and/or at least one vehicle identifies a hazard situation, and an update for the digital navigation maps of the vehicles in the surroundings is initiated and performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 9544001
    Abstract: A system, method and a computer program product for performing the method are provided. The system includes a communication device installed in a vehicle, wherein the communication device is configured to receive a wireless network broadcast message including target criteria other than a network identifier, and output the broadcast message to a user if the communication device satisfies the target criteria. The method includes determining a current location of a first mobile communication device, and the first device sending a message containing target criteria associated with a target vehicle over a wireless data network, wherein the target criteria does not include a network identifier. The method further includes broadcasting the message containing the target criteria over a geographically-specific area including the current location of the first mobile communication device, wherein only a second mobile communication device satisfying the target criteria will receive and display the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Alfredo Aldereguia, Alan Fontaine, John Langgood, Carol Machuca, Joseph E. Maxwell, James J. Parsonese
  • Patent number: 9524156
    Abstract: A vehicle may gather vehicle build configuration information, and provide a vehicle identifier and the vehicle information to a server. The server may determine a feature set configuration of a configurable module of the vehicle based on the vehicle information and vehicle feature associations retrieved from a vehicle data source, and provide, in a message topic of a topic tree associated with the vehicle identifier to which the vehicle is subscribed, a notification to configure the configurable module. The vehicle may update a feature set configuration of a configurable module supporting a plurality of features based on the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ritesh Pandya, Brian Petersen, Joseph Paul Rork, Praveen Yalavarty
  • Patent number: 9510270
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for managing beacon messaging period in a vehicular communication provide adaptive control on beacon messaging period by using packet delivery ratio (PDR) which is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY—ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Dong Seog Han, Jhihoon Joo
  • Patent number: 9508240
    Abstract: A sound amplification apparatus (10) comprises one or more microphones (11) that convert collected sound into an audio signal and transmit the audio signal by radio and a sound receiving apparatus (13) that receives the audio signal transmitted from the microphone (11) and amplifies and outputs the sound based on the audio signal. The sound receiving apparatus (13) is configured to perform sound output control in an emergency mode upon receiving an emergency signal transmitted in response to operation of an emergency switch (12) of the microphone (11). With this configuration, it is possible to perform appropriate sound control in a dangerous situation such as intrusion of a suspicious person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kawasaki, Ryosuke Kitago, Hirotaka Fukutsuka, Keiji Yamahai
  • Patent number: 9475461
    Abstract: A system for silently communicating a horn-signal between vehicles is provided. The system includes a sending-vehicle equipped with a horn-button operable by a horn-operator, a transmitter configured to transmit, using electromagnetic-energy, a horn-signal in response to the horn-operator operating the horn-button, and a first location-device configured to determine a send-location of the sending-vehicle. The transmitter is configured to incorporate the send-location into the horn-signal. The system may also include a receiving-vehicle different from the sending-vehicle. The receiving-vehicle is equipped with a receiver configured to detect the horn-signal, and a second location-device configured to determine, based on the horn-signal, a relative-location of the sending-vehicle relative to the receiving-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Devaiah A. Pudiyathanda, Pavithra Vempalli Narayana, Sowmya Katikala, Rashmi Ramachandra
  • Patent number: 9478128
    Abstract: A method and system for obtaining traffic information from mobile Bluetooth detectors is disclosed. A mobile Bluetooth detector is a device located in a moving vehicle that includes Bluetooth and GPS firmware for collecting data from Bluetooth enabled devices. The mobile Bluetooth detector transmits the collected data to a remote facility where the data is processed to generate traffic information. A pair of mobile Bluetooth detectors may be used to collect data for generating ground truth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9438991
    Abstract: A feedback system is configured for providing a feedback sound representative of a first vehicle sound of a first vehicle and a second vehicle sound of a second vehicle. The feedback system comprises a first vehicle data bus of the first vehicle and a second vehicle data bus of the second vehicle. A first wireless communication device communicates with the first vehicle data bus and is configured to communicate first vehicle sound. A second wireless communication device communicates with the second vehicle data bus and is configured to communicate second vehicle sound. An electronic data processing system comprises a third wireless communication device configured to receive the first and second vehicle sound. A sound integration module is configured to form or determine the feedback sound from the first and second vehicle sound. A sound generator module is configured to communicate the feedback sound to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Julian Sanchez, Kristin J Sullivan, Karl B Washburn, Noel W Anderson