Speed And Overspeed Patents (Class 340/936)
  • Patent number: 10322675
    Abstract: A method for adjusting an outside mirror and inside rearview mirror comprising receiving pre-stored information, identifying the driver physical dimensions and preset at least one vehicle setting to the correctly engineered position for a the identified driver physical dimensions to avoid dangerous conditions from wrongly set device where the device is a rear view mirror and the dangerous condition is not seeing vehicles in adjacent lane when trying to change lanes and adapting the position of the rear view mirror as new information become available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ACT-IP
    Inventor: Mouhamad A. Naboulsi
  • Patent number: 10317424
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program for determining the orientation of an apparatus relative to a vehicle in which the apparatus is installed is disclosed. Acceleration data of the apparatus along three mutually orthogonal axes at a first time interval is recorded (100). Speed and heading data of the apparatus at a second time interval is recorded (100). A first vector which corresponds to the direction of gravity is determined (102) using the acceleration data. One or more periods of acceleration in a substantially straight line are identified (104) using the speed and heading data. Acceleration data corresponding to the identified one or more periods of acceleration in a substantially straight line is selected (106). A second vector which is orthogonal to the first vector and which corresponds to a forward direction of the vehicle is determined (110) using the selected acceleration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Redtail Telematics Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Jones, Peter Massam
  • Patent number: 10311651
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a feedback based dynamic pricing algorithm with an embedded controller for a HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lane. An input-output transfer function of a vehicle flow with respect to a HOT lane can be obtained utilizing a simulation module. A feedback controller combined with, for example, a Smith predictor can be designed to avoid an unstable behavior due to a time delay in the HOT lane, a price regulation, and a large transient caused by an integral part of the controller due to traffic jams. A driver behavior preference model can be derived based on a relationship between a toll rate and several characteristics of the HOT lane and a general purpose lane. The feedback controller and the behavior preference model can then be implemented to set the toll rate in real-time in order to satisfy a desired performance metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Guangyu Zou, Alvaro E. Gil, Rakesh Kulkarni, Daniel W. Costanza
  • Patent number: 10246065
    Abstract: Described herein is a vehicle system configured to identify and mitigate a risk associated with one or more hazards that may impact a vehicle. The vehicle system may include a service provider computer configured to maintain information related to one or more hazards. In some embodiments, a hazard may be identified based at least in part on its being located within the vicinity of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the service provider computer may generate a mitigation strategy to reduce or eliminate the risk posed by the identified hazard. The mitigation strategy may include one or more actions to be taken by a processor device within the vehicle. Upon being provided with a mitigation strategy, the processor device may execute one or more of the actions in the mitigation strategy without human interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yu-Ting Dai
  • Patent number: 10061991
    Abstract: A method of displaying data in a data visualization computing system is described. Various methods of displaying the data are described including using a timeline, the data being aggregated based on time periods wherein the timeline consists of a plurality of time period sizes, the current selected time period covering the smallest time period, the period furthest on the timeline from the current selected period covering the largest time period, the timeline consisting of at least one time period of each time period size. Also described are improved methods of data selection and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: New BIS Safe Luxco S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Andrew John Cardno
  • Patent number: 10051306
    Abstract: Electronic digital display systems, including roadside display devices, vehicle-based devices, personal mobile devices, intermediary servers, advertising servers, and/or additional external data sources may operate individually or in combination to identify one or more vehicle locations, driving routes, driver and passenger characteristics, and the like. Vehicle and individual characteristics may be determined based on data received from traffic cameras, vehicle-based devices, personal mobile devices, and/or other data sources. Based on the vehicle characteristics, individual characteristics, driving data and driving patterns, and the like, digital content may be determined for electronic roadside displays to be viewable by the approaching vehicles, and/or other digital display devices to be viewable by associated individuals via other display devices and at other times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Robert Wasserman
  • Patent number: 10037691
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which an information handling system detects a traffic infraction of a driver driving a vehicle. In turn, the information handling system forms an infraction detection zone that includes a set of traffic control devices, and sends a set of configuration parameters to the set of traffic control devices. The information handling system then uses vehicle identification data in the set of configuration parameters to identify driving behaviors of the driver through the infraction detection zone and issues a citation based upon the identified driving behaviors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Deepak Sekar, William J. Shondelmyer
  • Patent number: 9983591
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for predicting a driver's intention and future movements of a proximal vehicle, whether an automated vehicle or a human driven vehicle, are disclosed herein. A system for predicting future movements of a vehicle includes an intersection component, a camera system, a boundary component, and a prediction component. The intersection component is configured to determine that a parent vehicle is near an intersection. The camera system is configured to capture an image of the proximal vehicle. The boundary component is configured to identify a sub-portion of the image containing a turn signal indicator on the proximal vehicle. The prediction component is configured to predict future movement of the proximal vehicle through the intersection based on a state of the turn signal indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J Jain, Brielle Reiff
  • Patent number: 9979637
    Abstract: A network flow management system includes controllers that are each coupled to a subset of switch devices, and a flow management server system that is coupled to each of the controllers. The flow management server system collects first-level flow information for the switch devices from the controllers, and filters and structures the first-level flow information to generate second-level flow information. The flow management server system then analyzes the second-level flow information based on current flow operation policies that are configured to cause the switch devices to perform first flow operations and, in response, determines flow operation policy changes. The flow management server system then distributes updated flow operation policies that includes the flow operation policy changes to each of the controllers, where the updated flow operation policies cause the switch devices to perform second flow operation that are different than the first flow operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Allen Hughes, Rabah S. Hamdi
  • Patent number: 9953235
    Abstract: A vehicle number image pickup device includes an image pickup means for taking an image including identification information for identifying a vehicle in a predetermined frame period, an image division means for dividing each frame image obtained from the image pickup means into at least two images, a difference processing means for determining whether a different is present between frame images divided by the image division means, and an image output means for successively outputting the divided frame images for each frame when the different is determined to be present between the frame images by the difference processing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Seiichi Hashiya
  • Patent number: 9866677
    Abstract: A mobile device case and monitor for discouraging cell device usage (web, texting, voicemail, games, apps, etc.) device during specific activities (while driving, working, at school, etc.) The case has sensors to detect whether the case is open or closed and whether a cell device is located inside the case. If a driver's cell device is not placed inside the case with the lid closed and the user's vehicle is not stationary, then an alert is generated indicated that the driver is maintaining an unsafe condition. If an employee's cell device is not placed inside the case with the lid closed and the employee is on company time, then an alert is generated indicated that the employee is not adhering to corporate procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Michael K Maguire
  • Patent number: 9848114
    Abstract: A vehicle camera system and method for operating a vehicle camera system comprising a vehicle camera with communication capabilities. The vehicle camera operating in conjunction with other components to provide information to users. The vehicle camera system compiles information from multiple components into a single repository of video recordings with information, such as location information, vehicle status and diagnostic information, alert information and other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Cobra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Wilfred Charles Boudreau, Michael E. Williams, Brian Neal Hosler, Jonathan Charles Levell
  • Patent number: 9735605
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting a condition within a wireless charging field are described. In one implementation, an apparatus comprises a wireless power receiver configured to receive wireless charging power from a wireless power charging transmitter. The apparatus further comprises a first sensor circuit that is at least partially disposed within a ground surface, the first sensor being operationally coupled to and configured to be charged or powered by the wireless power receiver. The first sensor is further configured to detect the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Alberto Garcia Briz, Andrew M. Gilbert, Grzegorz Ombach
  • Patent number: 9633560
    Abstract: A method and a traffic prediction and control system (TPCS) for predicting and controlling vehicle traffic flow through a traffic intersection dynamically with proximal traffic intersections are provided. The TPCS dynamically receives sensor data from sensors at a local traffic intersection, determines traffic flow parameters, and determines a traffic flow flux using the traffic flow parameters. The TPCS dynamically receives analytical parameters from sensors at proximal traffic intersections and determines a minimum safe driving distance between leading and trailing vehicles, a traffic free flow density, a synchronized traffic flow density, and a traffic jam density to predict transitions of the vehicle traffic flow across traffic flow phases through the local traffic intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Jason Hao Gao, Chao Gao
  • Patent number: 9566896
    Abstract: An instrument cluster system for a vehicle includes a speedometer gauge having markings indicative of speeds of the vehicle, a pointer, and a speed warning indicator including adjacent lights arranged in position to correlate with the markings. A control unit receives inputs including a speed of the vehicle. GPS provides a location of the vehicle so that the control unit can obtain a posted speed limit of a road on which the vehicle is located. The control unit sends processed data to the cluster so that the cluster can control the lights based on the posted speed limit, such that lights correlating with speeds below the posted speed limit can be illuminated green and lights correlating with speeds above the posted speed limit can be illuminated red, thereby providing a visual warning to a driver as to whether the vehicle is operating above or below the posted speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Raul Armenta Lopez, Ricardo Melendez Paz, Ernesto Morales Guerrero, Marco Antonio Vega Diaz
  • Patent number: 9533688
    Abstract: Described herein is an onboard vehicle system capable of gathering driver behavior to be provided to a service provider computer. In some embodiments, the onboard vehicle system includes one or more input sensors, such as camera devices, configured to capture image information surrounding the onboard system. Upon detecting another vehicle within the image information, the onboard system may determine a vehicle identifier and determine, based on the vehicle's movements, that the vehicle is exhibiting anomalous behavior. Upon detecting anomalous behavior of a vehicle within its vicinity, the onboard system may transmit an indication of the anomalous behavior and a vehicle identifier to the service provider computer to be stored in a database. In some embodiments, the information provided to the service provider computer may be accessed by one or more users over a public network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER HONG KONG LTD.
    Inventor: Sheng-Fu Lai
  • Patent number: 9516201
    Abstract: An imaging control apparatus for an imaging apparatus or an imaging system, which includes an imaging unit imaging a subject and a variable mechanism varying an imaging visual field of the imaging unit, includes an automatic imaging mode control unit changing control setting between when automatic still image capturing is performed and when automatic panorama image capturing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Yoshizumi
  • Patent number: 9418546
    Abstract: A multi-object zonal traffic detection framework analyzes temporal and spatial information from one or more sensors in a classification engine that identifies and differentiates objects within a single identified traffic detection zone. The classification engine applies a whole scene analysis and an adaptive background zone detection model to classify cars, trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, incidents, and other objects within the single identified traffic detection zone and generates counts for each object type for traffic system management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ITERIS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Whiting, Yan Gao, Dilip Swaminathan, Shashank Jayaram Shivakumar, Robert J. Hwang, Robert Ung
  • Patent number: 9373241
    Abstract: Monitoring systems and methods may monitor locations and/or speeds of a wireless tracking device. An administrative hub comprising a location database including speed limit data for at least selected road segments may be configured to monitor locations of the wireless tracking device based on data reported by the wireless tracking device. The administrative hub may also be configured to compare a speed of the wireless tracking device based on the data reported by the wireless tracking device to the speed limit data for a road segment associated with the location of the wireless tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: OmniLink Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Aninye, Yoganand Rajala
  • Patent number: 9302687
    Abstract: A satellite positioning location based control and monitoring system for light rail transit systems which enables transit personnel to track vehicle positions, progress and non-vital signals as light rail vehicles travel through their routes while eliminating the capital and maintenance costs associated with embedded light rail transit monitoring systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: STC, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad Cross
  • Patent number: 9244165
    Abstract: A forward facing sensing system includes a windshield electronics module configured to be attached at and behind a windshield of a vehicle. A radar sensor device and an image sensor are disposed in the module so as to have a sensing/viewing direction forward of the vehicle with the module attached at and behind the windshield. A control includes an image processor that processes image data captured by the image sensor and that analyzes captured image data to detect an object present forward of the vehicle. The detected object is also sensed by a beam of the radar sensor device. The control, responsive at least in part to processing by the image processor of captured image data to detect the object and to sensing by the radar sensor device of the detected object, determines that a potentially hazardous condition may exist in the path of forward travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9013327
    Abstract: The invention includes a vehicular sensor node, circuit apparatus and their operations. Power from power source is controlled for delivery to radio transceiver and magnetic sensor, based upon a task trigger and task identifier. The radio transceiver and the magnetic sensor are operated based upon the task identifier, when the task trigger is active. The power source, radio transceiver, magnetic sensor, and circuit apparatus are enclosed in vehicular sensor node, placed upon pavement and operating for at least five years without replacing the power source components. Magnetic sensor preferably uses the magnetic resistive effect to create magnetic sensor state. Radio transceiver preferably implements version of a wireless communications protocol. The circuit apparatus may further include light emitting structure to visibly communicate during installation and/or testing, and second light emitting structure used to visibly communicate with vehicle operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Kavaler
  • Publication number: 20150084790
    Abstract: A stop violation detection system and method includes at least one sensor mounted to establish a light shield adjacent a first vehicle, at least one image capture device mounted to record at least one image adjacent the first vehicle, and a control unit operatively coupled with the at least one sensor and the at least one image capture device to detect breach of the light shield by a second vehicle and record the breach of the light shield by the second vehicle with the at least one image capture device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Bill Arpin, Mark Pikkarainen
  • Publication number: 20150054662
    Abstract: Embodiments of present invention provide a wireless traffic sensor system. The system includes a first and a second wireless traffic sensors being installed in ground along a vehicle passing path; and a battery charging unit in vicinity of the first and second wireless traffic sensors, wherein the battery charging unit converts solar power into a plurality of electrical pulses, the electrical pulses being transmitted to at least the first and second wireless traffic sensors; and wherein the first and second wireless traffic sensors convert the plurality of electrical pulses into DC power, the DC power being used in charging a rechargeable battery inside the first and second wireless traffic sensors respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Tongqing Wang
  • Patent number: 8957765
    Abstract: An electronic device (100) and method for operating the same. The electronic device (100) comprises at least two working modes and comprises a connection state acquisition unit (110) and a mode switching unit (12). The connection state acquisition unit (110) is used for acquiring the connection state between the electronic device (100) and a remote control unit, and the remote control unit is used for remotely controlling the electronic device (100). The mode switching unit (12) is used for switching the working mode of the electronic device (100) according to the connected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaobing Guo, Yi Xiao, Wei Xie, Dengfeng Wu
  • Patent number: 8952616
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for controlling a head lamp for a vehicle. A control condition determining unit determines whether a condition for controlling a head lamp is established or not based upon whether a vehicle ahead is present or not, and a distance between the vehicle ahead and the vehicle. When the control condition is determined to be established, an illumination range control unit compares a reference pattern stored and held in a reference pattern holding unit and an illumination pattern of the head lamp recognized by an illumination pattern recognition unit, and controls the illumination range of the head lamp via an actuator in order that both patterns agree with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Sekiguchi
  • Publication number: 20150002315
    Abstract: A method for state estimation of a road network includes at least the steps of gathering information from at least two sensors, wherein at least one of the sensors detects radio signals, combining the information from the at least two sensors using an extended Kalman filter, and determining at least one state in a discretized road network using the combined information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Simon Box, Benedict Waterson
  • Patent number: 8922395
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel is detected by emitting a measuring beam, recording frequencies of a reflected measuring beam over time as a received signal, and detecting a change in the received signal as a wheel. The vehicle comprises an onboard unit that stores information that indicates the vehicle length at least indirectly. The information is read from the onboard unit by a radio communication and the speed of the vehicle is measured. The duration of the passage of the vehicle passing a detector unit is computed based on this information and the speed. A time window in the received signal is determined that shows an approximately constant change of the received signal over the aforementioned duration. A spurious signal component is determined in a segment of the received signal that immediately precedes the time window. The received signal in the time window is compensated by the spurious signal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventor: Oliver Nagy
  • Patent number: 8918270
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a wireless traffic sensor system. The system includes a plurality of wireless traffic sensors collecting traffic information from one or more vehicles that pass by; and at least one wireless communication device that receives the traffic information from at least one of the wireless traffic sensors and relays the traffic information to a wireless communication tower in vicinity. At least one of the wireless traffic sensors is placed inside a container and has a mounting flange that lays over edge of the container and is affixed to the container by one or more spring clips. The spring clips are not physically accessible once the wireless traffic sensor is affixed to the container, and are released only upon receiving a coded wireless electromagnetic signal or by a special tool that matches to a key inside the wireless traffic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Tongqing Wang
  • Patent number: 8902082
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method for wirelessly communicating with the processor of a vehicle includes receiving, from a status module in a vehicle, a value for a dynamic attribute of the vehicle. The value for the dynamic attribute is wirelessly transmitted, from the vehicle, to a Radio Frequency (RF) reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce B. Roesner
  • Patent number: 8896468
    Abstract: Control devices and methods for a road toll system that is based on vehicle-based on-board units, using recording vehicles, control vehicles and a violation server, wherein the recording vehicle reads out a toll parameter from the on-board unit of a passing vehicle via a DSRC radio interface, compares it to a shape parameter of the vehicle detected by a sensor, and based thereon, in case of inconsistency, generates a violation data record and transmits it to the violation server, wherein the control vehicle registers the position or surroundings thereof in the violation server, and the violation server makes available to a control vehicle such violation data records, the locations of the violations of which are within the surroundings of a position of the control vehicle, wherein the control vehicle issues an alert message when it detects a violating vehicle in the surroundings, and wherein, during the transmission of a violation data record from the recording vehicle to the violation server and/or from the v
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventors: Andreas Gärtner, Joachim Bäck, Oliver Nagy
  • Patent number: 8896464
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention relates to a navigation device for providing warnings when a detection point of a speed trap is approached, including a processor unit arranged to communicate with memory unit and to receive positional information from a positioning device. The memory unit may include a speed trap database, including at least one detection point of a location of a speed trap. The navigation device of at least one embodiment is arranged to provide a warning when one of the at least one detection point is approached. The memory unit is further arranged to include at least a further detection point associated with at least one of the stored detection points, both relating to a same point to point speed trap. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device is arranged to provide a warning when the further detection point is approached or has been passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventor: Arshak Khachaturian
  • Patent number: 8890717
    Abstract: System and method for identifying speeding violations, comprising determining a current speed and a current location of a vehicle, determining a posted speed limit for the current location from a speed-by-street database, comparing the current speed of the vehicle to the posted speed limit, and evaluating whether the current speed exceeds the posted speed limit. Errors are identified in the speed-by-street database by storing a plurality of speeding violation records, wherein the speeding violation records each include a speeding event location; analyzing the speeding violation records to identify one or more speeding event locations having multiple speeding violations; comparing a posted speed limit at the one or more speeding event locations having multiple speeding violations to corresponding speed limit data in the speed-by-street database; and identifying one or more speed limit entries in the speed-by-street database that do not match the posted speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McClellan, Todd Follmer, Jonathan C. Catten, Eric Capps, Dave Ord, Richard Eyre, Verlin Russon, Ed Maynard
  • Patent number: 8878694
    Abstract: A vehicle speed advisor system that provides an indication of the local speed limit to the driver in order to warn the driver when the local speed limit has been exceeded. The system detects the actual GPS position and obtains the allowed local speed limit of that position in a USB or flash memory, which is then displayed using a speed limit indicator in the scale of the speedometer of the instrument cluster in one mode of operation when the speed limit has not been reached, or in a second mode of operation when the speed limit has been reached or surpassed. The driver does not have to look at the street to see the allowed driving speed because the instrument cluster always provides an indication of the local speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Farid Dergal Davito
  • Patent number: 8874361
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are disclosed that provide for creating an accurate representation of a roadway network, such as for planning vehicle travel routes. Positioning data is obtained, such as GPS data points from a plurality of vehicles, which mark traces of vehicular travel. A location of a trace is clarified using adjustment forces that are related to the traces, for example, to form coherent groups of traces. From these groups of clarified traces, a graph line is created by merging the traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John Krumm, Lili 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: 8866638
    Abstract: Data acquisition from a sampling of vehicle sensors includes identifying a vehicle population density for a defined region, calculating a proportional representation ratio from the vehicle population density, and transmitting a request for data over a network. The request includes the response criteria configured with the proportional representation ratio. The data acquisition also includes receiving the data from vehicles that are located in the defined region and that fall within the proportional representation ratio, and which meet the response criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Norman J. Weigert, Vyacheslav Berezin, Kier M. Mathieson
  • Patent number: 8855899
    Abstract: Techniques are described for virtual traffic sensors (VTS). In an implementation, an electronic device provides a variety of functionality including at least functionality to determine position. The electronic device may be further configured to ascertain locations of one or more virtual traffic sensors. In at least some embodiments, locations of virtual traffic sensors are determined by the electronic device using a variety of VTS criteria. Using a determined position, the electronic device may detect proximity to the virtual traffic sensors. The electronic device may collect traffic related data when in proximity to the one or more virtual traffic sensors. The electronic device may then communicate the collected traffic data over a suitable network connection to a service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Kungwel Liu, Susan S. Chen, Merlin J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8830048
    Abstract: An apparatus controller for prompting a rider to be positioned on a vehicle in such a manner as to reduce lateral instability due to lateral acceleration of the vehicle. The apparatus has an input for receiving specification from the rider of a desired direction of travel, and indicating means for reflecting to the rider a propitious instantaneous body orientation to enhance stability in the face of lateral acceleration. The indicating may include a handlebar that is pivotable with respect to the vehicle and that is driven in response to vehicle turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Robert R. Ambrogi, James J. Dattolo, Robert J. Duggan, J. Douglas Field, Richard Kurt Heinzmann, Matthew M. McCambridge, John B. Morrell, Michael D. Piedmonte, Richard J. Rosasco
  • Patent number: 8825358
    Abstract: The present description refers in particular to a computer-implemented method, a computer program product and a device for ensuring the privacy of a user and the utility of data communicated by a device, such as a vehicle telematics device, to a server, the method comprising: moving the device during a time period; receiving data at the device during the time period; processing, by the device, the received data; summarizing, by the device, the processed data in a matrix, wherein the rows and columns of the matrix define circumstances of movement of the device, wherein the matrix includes a plurality matrix-entries, and wherein each matrix-entry includes a distance covered by the device during the time period under a pair of said predefined circumstances of movement; and transmitting the summarized data from the device to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Jörg Schäfer, David Toma
  • Patent number: 8816837
    Abstract: An in-vehicle information display system including a GPS receiver that determines the location of a vehicle, and a user interface for communicating information received over a wireless communication network. The information received over the wireless communications network is communicated to a user interface depending on the velocity of the vehicle. Further, the content of the information received over the wireless communications network and communicated to the user depends on the velocity of the vehicle. The system makes use of a head-up display so that content information is only directed to the user. A method communicates information over a wireless communications network to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Itcico Spain, S.L.
    Inventor: Jude Braden
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140226016
    Abstract: Devices and methods for detecting traffic objects. Radiated energy is captured at a detection device, wherein the radiated energy is radiated from traffic objects. Data associated with the radiated energy is generated. The data associated with the radiated energy is transmitted using a communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Doug FINLAY
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8779938
    Abstract: A road traffic control system is applied to an intersection to control traffic and includes a light support, three traffic lights, a speed measuring device, a light controller, and an alarm. The light support is installed at one lane at the intersection; the three traffic lights are installed on the light support to control traffic. The speed measuring device is installed on guardrails on the lane to measure current speed of vehicle. When one of the traffic lights changes its color to indicate stopping, the light controller synchronously controls the speed measuring device to detect the current speed of the vehicle that is passing through the speed measuring device, and compares the measured speed of the vehicle with a preset speed limit. The alarm outputs warning signals when the measured speed is above the preset speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Zheng Shi, Jiang-Feng Liu
  • Patent number: 8781707
    Abstract: The amount of traffic on the road is greatly affected by both an inter-vehicle distance and a vehicle speed. When the amount of traffic increases and is more than a threshold value, an ECU 20 and an ACC 30 control the inter-vehicle distance and the vehicle speed such that the amount of traffic is a predetermined value equal to or more than the threshold value. In this way, it is possible to effectively suppress traffic congestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazunori Kagawa, Masayoshi Hoshino
  • Patent number: 8773283
    Abstract: A road traffic control system is applied to an intersection to control traffic and includes a light support, three traffic lights, a bracket, a number of indicators and a light controller. The light support is installed at one side of one lane at the intersection; the traffic lights are fixed on the light support and above the lane. The bracket is installed at one side of another lane at the intersection, and a number of stop lines are formed on the lane. The indicators are fixed on the bracket and above the stop lines to control traffic. The light controller controls to synchronously turn on or off the plurality of indicators and the traffic lights, and the indicators emit the same color light as the traffic lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Zheng Shi, Jiang-Feng Liu
  • Patent number: 8757640
    Abstract: Disclosed is a trailer for traffic monitoring that comprises means which enable the wheels to be raised and lowered as well as at least one system for detecting and documenting red light and/or speed infringements arranged in such a way that it can be integrated into the body of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Jenoptik Robot GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Schaufelberger, Andres Kellenberger
  • Patent number: 8760318
    Abstract: A method for monitoring of traffic patterns and securely processing events of violations of traffic regulations on at least one designated surface incorporating steps of positioning at least one mobile traffic monitoring and recording module arranged to monitor traffic on at least one designated surface, to detect events of potential violations of traffic regulations, to store information pertinent to the monitored traffic and detected events of potential violations of traffic regulations, and to transmit, using a secure wireless method, at least a portion of the stored information for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Optotraffic, LLC
    Inventors: Jacobo Marcos Sirota, David Keshvar Mostofi, Stephen John Kay, Mario Alberto Bohorquez
  • Patent number: 8754781
    Abstract: A control method for a road toll system using vehicle-based on-board units, recording vehicles, control vehicles, cellular mobile communication networks, and switching servers, comprising: registering a recording vehicle identifier and a mobile communication network cell identifier in the switching server; selecting a cell identifier in a control vehicle and transmitting the same with a control vehicle identifier to the switching server; associating the control vehicle identifier with the recording vehicle identifier for which a cell identifier that is identical to the selected cell identifier is registered; detecting a traffic or toll violation by means of the recording vehicle and transmitting a violation data record to the switching server, determining the assigned control vehicle identifier; transmitting the violation data record to the control vehicle identified by the determined identifier; and processing the violation data record in the control vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventors: Alexander Leopold, Oliver Nagy