Discriminates Vehicle Direction Patents (Class 340/935)
  • Patent number: 10557299
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically controlling movement of a barrier that include determining at least one zone associated with the barrier. The system and method also include determining a current state of the barrier. The system and method additionally include sending a barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier. The system and method further include presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is updated based on remotely controlling the movement of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kevin Lamm
  • Patent number: 10490007
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically controlling movement of a barrier that include determining at least one zone associated with the barrier. The system and method also include determining a current state of the barrier. The system and method additionally include sending a barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier. The system and method further include presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is updated based on remotely controlling the movement of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kevin Lamm
  • Patent number: 10469753
    Abstract: A method and system for synchronizing a lidar and a camera on an autonomous vehicle. The system selects a plurality of track samples for a route including a lidar scan and an image. For each track sample, the system calculates a time shift by iterating many time deltas. For each time delta, the system adjusts a camera timestamp by that time delta, projects a lidar scan onto the image as a lidar projection according to the adjusted camera timestamp, and calculates an alignment score of the lidar projection for that time delta. The system defines the time shift for each track sample as the time delta with the highest alignment score. The system then models time drift of the camera compared to the lidar based on the calculated time shifts for the track samples and synchronizes the lidar and the camera according to the modeled time drift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DeepMap Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Mark Damon Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10395074
    Abstract: An antenna structure of an RFID reader includes a carrying plate defining four quadrants and an antenna module disposed on the carrying plate. The antenna module includes a feeding antenna and a grounding antenna. The feeding antenna includes a feeding connecting segment, two feeding transmitting segments connected to the feeding connecting segment, and two feeding radiating segments respectively connected to the two feeding transmitting segments. The grounding antenna includes a grounding connecting segment, two grounding transmitting segments connected to the grounding connecting segment, and two grounding radiating segments respectively connected to the two grounding transmitting segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AUDEN TECHNO CORP.
    Inventors: Chang-Fa Yang, An-Yao Hsiao, Chen-Pang Chao, Cheng-Han Tsai
  • Patent number: 10351131
    Abstract: A wrong way vehicle countermeasure system may include at least one movement sensor positioned along a roadway and a wireless communications device. The system may further include a controller configured to cooperate with the at least one movement sensor to detect a wrong way vehicle on the roadway, and responsive to the detection of the wrong way vehicle on the roadway by the movement sensor, wirelessly send a countermeasure command to the wrong way vehicle via the wireless communications device to cause the wrong way vehicle to perform at least one wrong way driving countermeasure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Haitham Al-Deek, Corey Quinn
  • Patent number: 10356550
    Abstract: A method and system of creating microlocation zones by defining virtual boundaries using a system of one or more transmitters and receivers with one or more spatially-correlated antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric John Smith, Raymond Michael Stitt, Warren Guthrie, Steven Petersen
  • Patent number: 10012984
    Abstract: A method determines iteratively a motion of the vehicle from an initial location and a target location. An iteration of the method determines a location between the initial location and the target location that satisfies spatial constraints on locations of the vehicle and determines state transitions of the vehicle moved to the location from a set of neighboring locations determined during previous iterations. The method selects a neighboring location resulting in an optimal state transition of the vehicle and updates a graph of state transitions of the vehicle determined during previous iterations with the optimal state transition. The motion of the vehicle is determined a sequence of state transitions connecting the initial location with the target location and the vehicle is controlled according to the determined motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Berntorp, Oktay Arslan
  • Patent number: 9893798
    Abstract: Disclosed are ways for wirelessly connecting an aircraft at an airport. For example, a method for wirelessly communicating with an aircraft may include determining a proximity of an aircraft of a directional antenna system for wireless communication, determining availability of the directional antenna system for wireless communication with the aircraft, selecting the directional antenna system based on the determined proximity and availability, and providing instructions for the directional antenna system to communicate with the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Fong Shi
  • Patent number: 9858813
    Abstract: A method for providing sound detection information producing a result of sound detection based on sound data generated by detecting sound generated around a host vehicle, may include determining an opposite lane vehicle detection index based on the result of sound detection, the opposite lane vehicle detection index forming a basis of determination of presence or absence of an opposite lane vehicle, and controlling a notification of a neighboring vehicle travelling around the host vehicle or controlling the host vehicle according to the opposite lane vehicle detection index, wherein the result of sound detection is information about the probability of presence of the neighboring vehicle for respective angles in frames consecutive over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Kwang Kim, Yoon Ho Jang
  • Patent number: 9711028
    Abstract: A warning circuit for use on ladders includes a first sensor responsive to the placement of a first of a user's feet thereon and a second sensor responsive to the placement of a second of the user's feet thereon. The second sensor is electrically connected in series to the first sensor, and a relay is electrically connected in series to one of the first and second sensors. A power source has a power output terminal electrically connected in series to the other of the sensors connected in series. A sound device is electrically connected to a load output of the relay and to the power source. The load output of the relay is energized only when the first sensor is activated prior to activation of the second sensor whereupon the load output then energizes the sound device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Benjamin Friedman
  • Patent number: 9640072
    Abstract: A traffic safety system is provided for controlling the entry of motorists onto one way roads. The system has a motion detection unit which identifies the presence of motor vehicles travelling the wrong direction on one way roads, highway exit ramps and entrance ramps. Upon detection of a vehicle, the system activates audible and visual warnings. If the motorist does not stop moving, a barrier will deploy and a camera unit will photograph the license plate of the vehicle before transmitting same to local authorities. Additionally, a set of warming indicators positioned at a far end of the road are provided, which illuminate when the system is deployed, notifying travelers of a road blockage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Tony D. White
  • Patent number: 9239043
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of generating electricity from the unharnessed existing kinetic movement of various self-propelled sources: vehicles, wheeled vehicles, pedestrians, objects and/or wheeled objects with the aid of natural phenomena (i.e., gravity, buoyancy, magnetism, etc.) in combination with supporting undersurfaces, over surfaces and side surfaces upon which or about which they translate. In a first embodiment, floating platforms over which moving objects pass are implanted into a road surface. In a second embodiment, rollers rather than platforms are utilized. In a third embodiment, the moving vehicles, pedestrians and/or objects are provided with magnetic material generating electricity by passing over, under or by magnetized kinetic capturing panels containing coiled metallic wire (“kinetic panels”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Jaime (“James”) Teodoro Zeas
  • Patent number: 9194737
    Abstract: Methods of determining vehicle scale health and suitability for use via weight transfer pattern analysis. Dynamically changing patterns of measurement values are seen at each load cell of a vehicle weighing scale as a vehicle enters, remains on, and leaves the scale platform thereof during a normal vehicle weighing operation. These patterns may be analyzed to provide an indication of whether a given load cell is operating properly and/or being manipulated to produce a false weight reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas P. Bliss
  • Patent number: 9105188
    Abstract: A method controls vehicular traffic on a one-way roadway. A hardware sensor detects vehicular traffic on a roadway. A hardware traffic control device determines whether the vehicular traffic on the roadway has been moving exclusively in a first direction during a preceding period of time, such that the roadway is a one-way roadway on which current vehicular traffic is authorized to travel only in the first direction. The hardware sensor detects an errant vehicle that is traveling on the one-way roadway in a second direction that is opposite the first direction. In response to determining that the errant vehicle is traveling in the second direction on the one-way roadway, a warning signal is transmitted to vehicles, other than the errant vehicle, on the one-way roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Gary D. Cudak, Edward S. Suffern, J. Mark Weber
  • Publication number: 20150145699
    Abstract: In a method for recognizing an entry of a motor vehicle into a traffic lane of a road opposite a driving direction of the traffic lane, a stop line of the traffic lane is detected and a wrong driving direction of the motor vehicle is recognized if the motor vehicle has crossed the stop line upon entry into the traffic lane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Holger Mielenz
  • Publication number: 20150130643
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for warning in case of wrong-way travel of a vehicle on a directional carriageway by means of an on-board unit carried by the vehicle, said on-board unit determining its position and direction of movement in a satellite-assisted manner, comparing the latter with a target direction of movement stored in a digital road map for this position and outputting a warning message when detecting a wrong-way travel, comprising: for a temporary change in course of a section of the directional carriageway, providing a radio beacon arranged upstream to said section and having a local radio coverage range; when the on-board unit enters the radio coverage range of the radio beacon, receiving a message sent by the radio beacon concerning the change in course in a transceiver of the on-board unit; and detecting the wrong-way travel depending on the received message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Oliver Nagy
  • Patent number: 9024787
    Abstract: A hardware traffic control device controls vehicular traffic on a one-way roadway. A hardware sensor detects vehicular traffic on a roadway in order to enable a hardware traffic control device to determine that the vehicular traffic on the roadway has been moving exclusively in a first direction during a preceding period of time, thus identifying the roadway as a one-way roadway in which current vehicular traffic is authorized to travel only in the first direction. The hardware sensor then detects an errant vehicle that is traveling in the opposite direction on the one-way roadway. A disabling electronic signal is then transmitted from the hardware traffic control device to disable a distracting electronic device within the errant vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Gary D. Cudak, Edward S. Suffern, J. Mark Weber
  • Patent number: 9024785
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and programs distribute traffic information including information on a wrong-way vehicle traveling in a wrong-way direction opposite to a designated travel direction of a road. The systems, methods, and programs distributes the traffic information to the target vehicle, determine a reporting range of the wrong-way vehicle information based on a wrong-way vehicle position. When an end-point distance is equal to or larger than a predetermined reference distance, the systems, methods, and programs set a wrong-way section as the reporting range. When the end-point distance is less than the reference distance, the systems, methods, and programs set the wrong-way section and at least one road section which is adjacent to the wrong-way section as the reporting range. When the target vehicle is in the reporting range, the systems, methods, and programs send the traffic information including the wrong-way vehicle information to the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Mochizuki, Tomoki Kubota, Hiroaki Sugiura, Masatoshi Takahara
  • Patent number: 9024788
    Abstract: A vehicle direction identification device includes: a frequency analysis unit which analyzes amplitude or phase of surrounding sound in each analysis section; a sound source direction identification unit which identifies a sound source direction included in the surrounding sound for each analysis section; a vehicle identification information storage unit which stores first vehicle identification information including a first threshold value; a first vehicle identification unit which calculates a rate of occurrence of each sound source direction and identifies the sound source direction whose rate of occurrence is equal to or exceeds the first threshold value; a second vehicle identification information calculation unit which calculates second vehicle identification information including a second threshold value smaller than the first threshold value; and a second vehicle identification unit which identifies the sound source direction whose rate of occurrence is equal to or exceeds the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mototaka Yoshioka, Shinichi Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 9000950
    Abstract: A method, system or computer usable program product for a wireless unit of a first vehicle detecting and locating other nearby vehicles including emitting a first short range wireless signal with the first wireless unit, the first wireless signal including a first unique identifier and a first location of the first vehicle, detecting a second short range wireless signal of a second wireless unit of a second vehicle without the first wireless unit establishing a connection with the second wireless unit, the second wireless signal including a second unique identifier and a second location of the second vehicle, and computing a relative location of the second vehicle from the second wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Giovanna Cannizzaro, Patrizia Manganelli, Elisa Matteagi, Alessandro Raniolo
  • Patent number: 8947259
    Abstract: A vehicle wrong-way travel detection device includes a map information storage unit where map information is stored, a decision-making point setting unit that sets, based upon the map information stored in the map information storage unit, the connecting point located ahead along a subject vehicle traveling direction as a decision-making point, a wrong-way travel decision-making area setting unit that sets wrong-way travel decision-making areas for at least one of a plurality of roads connected to the decision-making point, and a wrong-way travel decision-making unit that makes a decision, based upon the direction of traffic flow set for a unidirectional traffic road connected to the decision-making point and the subject vehicle traveling direction, as to whether or not the subject vehicle is traveling against the flow of traffic on the unidirectional traffic road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Tagawa, Keisuke Mutou, Hajime Kasai, Akihiko Kouzai
  • Publication number: 20140354454
    Abstract: A method and a device for detecting travel of a vehicle in a traffic lane or on a roadway in an impermissible driving direction, at least one turnoff or exit ramp/entrance ramp being detected by checking on which side of the traffic lane or of the roadway the turnoff is detected, and the detection of the travel in the traffic lane or on the roadway in an impermissible driving direction being carried out as a function of a comparison of the detected side with the side which is expected during travel in the traffic lane or on the roadway in a permissible driving direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Publication number: 20140320320
    Abstract: A vehicle detecting system, a vehicle detecting method adapted for a vehicle, and a computer-readable storage medium encoded with a computer program are disclosed. The system controls two cameras to capture images in the front of the vehicle and at the back of the vehicle respectively, according to a speed and a direction of the vehicle. The system further determines whether or not two images from each camera are the same, if the two images from each camera are different, the vehicle is in a dangerous driving condition, and when times of the dangerous driving condition within a preset time period reaches a preset value, the system outputs a warning to prompt a driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: SHIH-FANG WONG, XIN LU, FEI WANG, HUAN-HUAN ZHANG, DAN CAO
  • Patent number: 8872674
    Abstract: A method of using a directional sensor for the purposes of detecting the presence of a vehicle or an object within a zone of interest on a roadway or in a parking space. The method comprises the following steps: transmitting a microwave transmit pulse of less than 5 feet; radiating the transmitted pulse by a directional antenna system; receiving received pulses by an adjustable receive window; integrating or combining signals from multiple received pulses; amplifying and filtering the integrated receive signal; digitizing the combined signal; comparing the digitized signal to at least one preset or dynamically computed threshold values to determine the presence or absence of an object in the field of view of the sensor; and providing at least one pulse generator with rise and fall times of less than 3 ns each and capable of generating pulses less than 10 ns in duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Balu Subramanya
  • Patent number: 8830085
    Abstract: Approaches for monitoring traffic signal preemption at one or more intersections. According to one embodiment, a road map that includes a plurality of roads and intersections is displayed with a computer system. Preemption data periodically received by the computer system from at least one preemption controller at a respective intersection is used to update the road map. In response to the preemption data, the road map is updated to include a traffic signal icon at the respective intersection and a vehicle icon at a location on the map corresponding to a location of a vehicle transmitting a preemption request as indicated by the preemption data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David John Edwardson, David R. Johnson, Kevin Clare Eichhorst, Patrick Keenan Cosgrove, Nicole Maria Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20140232566
    Abstract: A method for detecting a vehicle comprising: providing a multi-channel scannerless full-waveform lidar system operating in pulsed Time-Of-Flight operation oriented towards a surface of the roadway to cover the detection zone; providing at least one initialization parameter; emitting pulses at an emission frequency; receiving reflections of the pulses from the detection zone; and acquiring and digitalizing a series of individual complete traces at each channel of system; identifying at least one detection in at least one of the traces; obtaining a height and an intensity for the detection; determining a nature of the detection to be one of an environmental particle detection, a candidate object detection and a roadway surface detection; if the nature of the detection is the candidate object detection, detecting a presence of a vehicle in the detection zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: LEDDARTECH INC.
    Inventors: Yvan Mimeault, Samuel Gidel, Michael Poulin, David Arrouart
  • Patent number: 8791802
    Abstract: A system for detecting objects in the blind spot of a host vehicle. When an object is detected in the blind spot of the host vehicle, the system analyzes other objects directly in front of or behind the detected object in the blind spot. If the other objects are moving, the system concludes that the object in the blind spot is also moving and, therefore, is a stagnating vehicle. If the other objects are not moving, the system concludes that the object in the blind spot is also a stationary object. The system generates a blind-spot-detection signal when it determines that a stagnating vehicle is located in the blind spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Maria Eugenia Garcia Bordes
  • Publication number: 20140159925
    Abstract: A method for tracking and characterizing a plurality of vehicles simultaneously in a traffic control environment, comprising: providing a 3D optical emitter; providing a 3D optical receiver with a wide and deep field of view; driving the 3D optical emitter into emitting short light pulses; receiving a reflection/backscatter of the emitted light, thereby acquiring an individual digital full-waveform LIDAR trace for each detection channel of the 3D optical receiver; using the individual digital full-waveform LIDAR trace and the emitted light waveform, detecting a presence of a plurality of vehicles, a position of at least part of each vehicle and a time at which the position is detected; assigning a unique identifier to each vehicle; repeating the steps of driving, receiving, acquiring and detecting, at a predetermined frequency; tracking and recording an updated position of each vehicle and an updated time at which the updated position is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: LEDDARTECH INC.
    Inventors: Yvan Mimeault, Samuel Gidel
  • Patent number: 8730061
    Abstract: A method comprises: disposing an on-board unit at a preset relative position with respect to a road-side unit; transmitting a signal by the road-side unit; receiving the signal by the on-board unit and detecting a strength of the received signal; calculating, by the on-board unit, a calculated strength of the received signal according to the detected strength of the received signal; storing the calculated strength of the received signal in a memory accessible by the on-board unit; using the stored calculated strength of the received signal to determine if payment of a toll should be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Beken Corporation
    Inventors: Yanfeng Wang, Dawei Guo, Jiazhou Liu
  • Publication number: 20140132426
    Abstract: A method, system or computer usable program product for a wireless unit of a first vehicle detecting and locating other nearby vehicles including emitting a first short range wireless signal with the first wireless unit, the first wireless signal including a first unique identifier and a first location of the first vehicle, detecting a second short range wireless signal of a second wireless unit of a second vehicle without the first wireless unit establishing a connection with the second wireless unit, the second wireless signal including a second unique identifier and a second location of the second vehicle, and computing a relative location of the second vehicle from the second wireless signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giovanna Cannizzaro, Patrizia Manganelli, Elisa Matteagi, Alessandro Raniolo
  • Patent number: 8638238
    Abstract: A parking space detection device and method thereof, wherein, firstly, store a plurality of border data relating to moved distance of a vehicle, and distance between vehicle and an obstacle for reverse transmission of ultrasonic waves; then determine if said border data satisfy evaluation conditions, such that it is in a first detecting parking space then obstacle state, or in a first detecting obstacle then parking space state. Wherein, in case that any of evaluation conditions is satisfied, start to calculate a first difference between each of said border data and their average, to determine if it is grater than a standard deviation; in case that answer is positive, fetch at least two data points, a first data point and a second data point, corresponding to border data, then calculate their difference to adjust weights of first data point and second data point, in obtaining a highly accurate parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Test Center
    Inventors: Chan-Wei Hsu, Liang-Yu Ke, Ming-Kuan Ko
  • Publication number: 20140015693
    Abstract: Provided is a rear cross traffic alert device that allows a driver to understand that notification of the presence of an object (another vehicle, etc.) in an area directly behind the vehicle cannot be notified. The rear cross traffic alert device provided on a vehicle includes: an object detection section configured to detect the presence of an object laterally behind the vehicle; a movement determination section configured to determine whether or not the object has entered a predetermined area in a detection area in which the object detection section can detect the presence of the object; and a notification control section configured to stop notification when the movement determination section has determined that the object has entered the predetermined area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Komoguchi, Tomoya Kawasaki, Yoshihiko Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140009310
    Abstract: A rotating wheel of a vehicle is detected by evaluating the Doppler shift of a measuring beam, which is emitted by a detector unit passed by the vehicle, and is reflected by the wheel and returned in Doppler-shifted form. In a relative position to the wheel, the vehicle comprises an onboard unit, which can establish radio communication with a transceiver having a known location in the detector unit. The direction and distance of the onboard unit from the transceiver are measured on the basis of at least one radio communication between the same. The radiation direction or radiation position of the measuring beam is controlled in accordance with the measured direction and distance and taking into consideration the aforementioned relative position and location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Oliver Nagy
  • Publication number: 20140009311
    Abstract: A rotating wheel of a vehicle is detected by evaluating the Doppler shift of a measuring beam emitted by a detector unit passed by the vehicle, reflected by the wheel and returned in Doppler-shifted form. In a relative position to the wheel, the vehicle comprises an onboard unit, which can establish a radio communication with a transceiver having a known location in the detector unit. The direction and distance of the onboard unit from the transceiver are measured on the basis of at least one radio communication between the same. The radiation direction or radiation position of the measuring beam is controlled in accordance with the measured direction and distance and taking into consideration the aforementioned relative position and location. The relative position is stored in the onboard unit and is read from the onboard unit by way of a radio communication for the purpose of the aforementioned consideration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Oliver Nagy
  • Patent number: 8497783
    Abstract: The invention relates to the determination of direction, speed and/or distance of vehicles on a roadway by means of a sensor, which operates according to the light-section procedure and is directed onto the roadway, for recording the surface contour of a vehicle, and an evaluation unit, which is connected to the sensor and determines the direction, speed and/or distance of the vehicles therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Kapsch Trafficcom AG
    Inventors: Alexander Leopold, Andreas Schechora, Oliver Nagy
  • Patent number: 8493195
    Abstract: A method is used for detecting the environment of a vehicle and utilizes a number of sensors, the sensors having different detection ranges, and a transition of an object between two detection ranges is bridged by prediction by using a handover algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Wei-Chia Lee
  • Patent number: 8482433
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method for recognizing an obstacle at the time of parking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Bum Park
  • Publication number: 20130154855
    Abstract: The vehicle detection apparatus includes a communication unit, a magnetic sensing unit, a calibration information generation unit, a vehicle detection unit, and a control unit. The communication unit receives information about movement of a reference vehicle from a central management center. The magnetic sensing unit senses the change in a magnetic field attributable to the movement of a vehicle, and generates a magnetic signal. The calibration information generation unit generates calibration information. The vehicle detection unit calibrates the change in the magnetic signal attributable to movement of an actual vehicle based on the calibration information, and detects the movement of the actual vehicle. The control unit controls the above units, and sets the mode to calibration information generation mode in order to generate the calibration information and to vehicle detection mode in order to sense the movement of the actual vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jae-Jun YOO, Do-Hyun Kim, Jong-Hyun Park, Kyong-Ho Kim, Jong-Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 8466807
    Abstract: A method is provided for rapidly identifying potential collision threats between communicating vehicles in a vehicle communication network for actuating a vehicle control action to mitigate potential collisions between the communicating vehicles. Vehicle boundaries and trajectory path boundaries are constructed for the communicating vehicles for efficiently identifying a potential collision. Prioritized assessments are performed to determine which respective boundaries intersect one another. Based on whether respective boundaries that intersect one another will determine if a control vehicle control action is initiated and which control action is imitated. Once the intersecting boundaries are identified, a location of the potential collision can be rapidly identified by a technique that subdivides and regenerates the intersecting trajectory path boundaries of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Upali Priyantha Mudalige
  • Patent number: 8456326
    Abstract: An acquiring unit (101) acquires traveling state information indicating a traveling state of a mobile object. A position identifying unit (102) identifies the current position of the mobile object, based on the traveling state information and map information. If the current position of the mobile object identified to be on a road is subsequently identified not to be on any road, a registering unit (103) registers into a storage unit, a deviation point from the road as an entrance point to a parking lot. When a new deviation point is registered as an entrance point to the parking lot, if an entrance point in the vicinity of the new deviation point is already registered, the registering unit (103) determines whether the new deviation point is to be newly registered as an entrance point to the parking lot based on information about the entrance points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Sakata
  • Patent number: 8427342
    Abstract: A method and system of the invention locates an available vehicle parking space. In the method, parked information indicative of a parked condition is stored in a first vehicle. The first vehicle may detect a change in condition from the parked condition to a vacating condition. The first vehicle then communicates the change in condition from the first vehicle to a neighboring searching vehicle and the searching vehicle detects the change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerishe Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Alexander Busch
  • Patent number: 8416300
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein comprise a system and method for improving visibility of a roadway using an improved visibility system. The method comprising receiving data from a plurality of fog detectors located proximate a roadway and determining, based on the data from the plurality of fog detectors, that fog is present about the roadway. The method further comprising obtaining, after the determining that fog is present about the roadway, a plurality of images of the roadway by activating a plurality of cameras located proximate the roadway. The method further comprising creating a composite image by combining two or more of the plurality of images, wherein the composite image depicts the roadway unobstructed by fog and transmitting the composite image to a display device located in a vehicle traveling along the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Giuseppe Longobardi
  • Publication number: 20130033386
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring and traffic enforcement system in which a wireless communication device is associated with motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Milan Zlojutro
  • Patent number: 8368559
    Abstract: A Network of Traffic Behavior-monitoring Unattended Ground Sensors (NeTBUGS) is configurable to detect the passing of vehicles, determine when and where individual vehicles have stopped for a period of time that raises suspicion of illegal or dangerous activity, track the vehicles after the stop and to generate a location-tagged alert for the timely dispatch of a response asset to investigate the anomalous behavior of the vehicle. NeTBUGS sensors are small, camouflaged, easily concealed, and operate for long durations independent of the electrical grid or large, obvious power generators and thus well suited for operation in a hostile environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Pixley, Martt Harding
  • Patent number: 8362924
    Abstract: Provided are a method for running a network for vehicle detection and a system thereof. Each vehicle detecting device is classified into a plurality of groups based on information provided from the vehicle detecting devices and control information that activates or deactivates components of the corresponding vehicle detecting devices is set for each group based on the information. Power of a signal transmitting the information is set for each vehicle detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jungsook Kim, Jae Han Lim, Kyeong Tae Kim, Byung Tae Jang, Jeong Dan Choi, Do Hyun Kim, Jaejun Yoo, Kyung Bok Sung
  • Publication number: 20130009791
    Abstract: A vehicle direction identification device includes: a frequency analysis unit which analyzes amplitude or phase of surrounding sound in each analysis section; a sound source direction identification unit which identifies a sound source direction included in the surrounding sound for each analysis section; a vehicle identification information storage unit which stores first vehicle identification information including a first threshold value; a first vehicle identification unit which calculates a rate of occurrence of each sound source direction and identifies the sound source direction whose rate of occurrence is equal to or exceeds the first threshold value; a second vehicle identification information calculation unit which calculates second vehicle identification information including a second threshold value smaller than the first threshold value; and a second vehicle identification unit which identifies the sound source direction whose rate of occurrence is equal to or exceeds the second threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Mototaka Yoshioka, Shinichi Yoshizawa
  • Publication number: 20120286974
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide a vehicle hit-and-run prevention and documentation method and system that warn approaching vehicles that pose a collision threat and document the occurrence of a collision. Embodiments use vehicle proximity sensors in conjunction with vehicle video cameras to detect an approaching object, determine the likelihood of collision and if likely, record video data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: Siemens Corporation
    Inventors: Heiko Claussen, Meik Felser
  • Patent number: 8190363
    Abstract: When a vehicle enters a facility off a road on which the vehicle is traveling, information pertaining to an entry direction into the facility is sent to a probe center as probe information, and a current driving level of the host vehicle is identified. Meanwhile, the probe center that received the probe information calculates a right-turn entry percentage for facilities based upon the received probe information, and sets an entry difficulty level of the facilities based upon the calculated right-turn entry percentage. A vehicle to which information pertaining to the entry difficulty level of a set facility was distributed from the probe center is structured so as to perform driving support based upon the information pertaining to the entry difficulty level of the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tomita, Takahiro Miyachi
  • Patent number: 8169186
    Abstract: A system and method for charging an electric vehicle includes identifying vehicle information corresponding to the electric vehicle based on an electronic image of the electric vehicle, retrieving from an electronically stored local database a location of a charging port on the electric vehicle based on the vehicle information, robotically moving a charging connector according to the retrieved location to engage the charging port of the electric vehicle, querying the local database to determine whether a current time corresponds to an energy efficient usage time based on energy efficient usage data received from a power grid, and initiating a charging process upon determining that the current time corresponds to the energy efficient usage time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Interim Designs Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Haddad, Daniel B. Lysak
  • Patent number: 8169340
    Abstract: A parking assist device has a touch display (58) including a display unit for displaying a situation around a vehicle and an input unit for entering a target parking position of a vehicle, and also has a control device (60) performing parking assist control by calculating a path according to the target parking position. The control device (60) further performs, under a predetermined condition, assist control for position alignment of a vehicle-side power transmission/reception unit placed on the vehicle with an apparatus-side power transmission/reception unit of an apparatus placed on a ground. Preferably, the parking assist device further has a back monitor camera (53) for taking an image of a surrounding situation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hichirosai Oyobe, Makoto Nakamura