Speed And Overspeed Patents (Class 340/936)
  • Patent number: 11140301
    Abstract: A vehicular camera module configured for mounting at an exterior portion of a vehicle includes a housing, a camera disposed in the housing, and a transparent cover rotatably mounted at the housing. The camera views through the transparent cover. With the vehicular camera module mounted at the exterior portion of the vehicle, the camera views through the transparent cover in order to capture image data of a scene exterior of the vehicle. With the vehicular camera module mounted at the exterior portion of the vehicle, the transparent cover rotates relative to the camera and the housing at a rotational speed of at least 1,000 rotations per minute to at least partially remove water and/or debris from an outer surface of the transparent cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Condron, Anthony J. LaCross
  • Patent number: 11059493
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating velocity of an autonomous vehicle and state information of a surrounding vehicle are provided. In some aspects, the system includes a memory that stores instructions for executing processes for estimating velocity of an autonomous vehicle and state information of the surrounding vehicle and a processor configured to execute the instructions. In various aspects, the processes include: receiving image data from an image capturing device; performing a ground plane estimation by predicting a depth of points on a road surface based on an estimated pixel-level depth; determining a three-dimensional (3D) bounding box of the surrounding vehicle; determining the state information of the surrounding vehicle based on the ground plane estimation and the 3D bounding box; and determining the velocity of the autonomous vehicle based on an immovable object relative to the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Hayakawa, Behzad Dariush
  • Patent number: 11049256
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including: one or more hardware processors; and a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processors, wherein when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processors, the apparatus functions as: an acquiring unit configured to acquire image data; a derivation unit configured to derive an occurrence rate of a value corresponding to pixel data on a first region in each of a plurality of images corresponding to the image data acquired by the acquiring unit; and a determining unit configured to determine a value of the first region in a background image corresponding to the image data based on a plurality of values including a value on which a highest occurrence rate is derived by the derivation unit and a value on which an occurrence rate lower than the highest occurrence rate is derived by the derivation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kina Itakura
  • Patent number: 11048950
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present application provides an image analysis method and device, and the method includes: receiving target information sent by a target image acquisition device; wherein the target information includes at least: a first image acquired by the target image acquisition device, and the identification information of the target image acquisition device; obtaining target area information corresponding to the identification information of the target image acquisition device according to a correspondence between pre-stored identification information of each image acquisition device and respective area information; in the first image, determining a second image corresponding to the target area information, and analyzing the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhongxian Xie, Shiliang Pu, Mingyao Zhou
  • Patent number: 11034020
    Abstract: The system described herein can reduce network bandwidth usage when prioritizing data from an autonomous robotic system. The autonomous robotic system can identify predetermined events in data stream and extract portions of the data streams that include the events. The system can reduce network bandwidth usage by prioritizing transmission of only the extracted portions of the data streams rather than the full, raw data streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: RavenOPS, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Shults, Christopher Post, Joshua Ouellette, Delaney Gillilan, Thomas Balough, Sasha Pozdnyakova
  • Patent number: 10988146
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing speed thresholds for a fleet of vehicles are disclosed. Input is used to provide associations between particular weather-relation conditions (such as rain) and arithmetic operations, that may be used to determine a current speed threshold as a function of a local posted speed limit at the current location of a vehicle. The current speed threshold is subsequently used to detect whether vehicles are exceeding the current speed threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Thomas Kruse, David Wagstaff, Jason Palmer
  • Patent number: 10933807
    Abstract: A method for visual hazard avoidance of a road hazard is provided. The visual hazard avoidance is implemented by an on-road projection system, which is integrated into a vehicle. The on-road projection system includes a projector and a computing device. The on-road projection system implements the method while the vehicle is in motion. The computing device causes the projector to generate a projection on a road as the vehicle is approaching the road hazard. Note that the projection identifies a tire path of the vehicle. The computing device also causes the projector to terminate the projection on the road once the road hazard in passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tynan J. Garrett, Andrew Hicks, Michael P. Lyons, Miles C. Pedrone, Yunli Tang
  • Patent number: 10836309
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for a distracted driver detection and alert system. In one aspect, a system includes a sensor that is located at the property and that is configured to generate sensor data that reflects an attribute of the property, and a monitor control unit that is configured to receive, from a traffic monitoring device, traffic monitoring data that reflects movement of a vehicle, classify, a driver of a vehicle as a distracted driver, determine that the vehicle is associated with the property and in response, determine, based on the sensor data and the traffic monitoring data, a likely identity of the driver, based on determining the likely identity of the driver, determine a classification of the driver, based on the classification of the driver, generate an alert, and provide, for output, the alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Allison Beach, Donald Madden
  • Patent number: 10809354
    Abstract: The intended position and/or an intended alignment of at least one sensor for monitoring traffic at a traffic route is determined easily, quickly and reliably with the aid of computer technology. The methodology employed involves identification of a traffic route to be monitored in a data processing device, and requesting and providing data about the traffic route from a database. From this, at least one possible target position and/or target orientation is determined from the provided data. The methodology avoids the need to manually enter lanes and other local conditions of the traffic route. Instead, the data processing device recalls the required traffic data from a database, and based on manipulation of a graphical representation of the sensor by the user with the aid of the provided data and specified sensor characteristics an intended position and/or intended alignment of a sensor can be visualized and stored for later use during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: S.M.S. SMART MICROWAVE SENSORS GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Scholz, Ralph Mende
  • Patent number: 10759424
    Abstract: The systems and methods provided herein are directed to the uploading and transmission of vehicle data to a remote system when a physiological event for a driver has been detected using one or more sensors. Information such as the driver's heart rate, temperature, voice inflection or facial expression may be monitored to detect the physiological event. Vehicle data, such as gathering or control system data, may be sent once the event has been detected. Selected vehicle data associated with the event or all data during the time of the event may be sent. After receiving the vehicle data, the remote system may process or store it where it may be used to modify automated driving functionalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruhisa Misu, Nanxiang Li, Ashish Tawari
  • Patent number: 10763024
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus includes a power transmission pad, a base structure, and grout. The power transmission pad for wireless power transmission has a cast resin frame, at least part of the cast resin frame being embedded in the ground. The base structure is disposed below the power transmission pad. The grout is filled around the power transmission pad, including a gap between an upper surface of the base structure and the power transmission pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tetsu Shijo, Makio Fukumoto, Fumi Moritsuka, Shuichi Obayashi
  • Patent number: 10733451
    Abstract: An n-lane automatic license plate recognition system (where n is an integer greater than one) and a method for dropping video frames in this system is disclosed. The method includes receiving, at an input of a first stage of a two-stage restrictor, a plurality of video frames. In the first stage of the two-stage restrictor, a subset of the plurality of video frames is dropped. An output of the first stage is coupled to an input of a second stage of the two-stage restrictor such that receiving and non-receiving of individual ones the plurality of video frames by the second stage is controlled by the first stage. In the second stage after the first stage, a further subset of the plurality of video frames is dropped to effect controlled frame input into a processor that performs at least one recognition analytic on remaining video frames of the plurality of video frames. The dropping of the further subset is based on at least one drop condition including a lane-specific drop condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: AVIGILON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Booth, Thanh Tam Ho, Jinsong Zhu
  • Patent number: 10690241
    Abstract: A transmission control apparatus for a vehicle includes: a speed prediction device that predicts speeds for each gear stage from a current position of the vehicle to a position of a speed camera based on a driving state of the vehicle when it is identified that the speed camera exists on a road ahead while an operation of an accelerator pedal is in an OFF state; and a controller that determines a transmission gear stage based on the predicted speeds for each gear stage and performs a transmission control operation of the vehicle based on the determined transmission gear stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kwang Hee Park, Byeong Wook Jeon, Jae Chang Kook, Sang Jun Park
  • Patent number: 10692370
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for training and/or utilizing a traffic obstruction identification model for identifying traffic obstructions based upon vehicle location point data. For example, a training dataset, comprising sample vehicle location points (e.g., global positioning system location points of vehicles) and traffic obstruction identification labels (e.g., locations of known traffic obstructions such as stop signs, crosswalks, stop lights, etc.), may be evaluated to extract a set of training features indicative of traffic flow patterns. The set of training features and the traffic obstruction identification labels may be used to train a traffic obstruction identification model to create a trained traffic obstruction identification model. The trained traffic obstruction identification model may be used to determine whether a road segment has a traffic obstruction or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: INRIX, Inc.
    Inventors: Judith Rosalyn Elgie, Dominic Jordan
  • Patent number: 10539281
    Abstract: An intelligent street light structure includes an antenna, a data transmission system and wires. This makes the intelligent street light structure have a remote data transmission function and also effectively protect the antenna and the data transmission system provided therein again external invasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: IPSECURES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hung-Hsiang Chiang, Kai-Yuan Kuo
  • Patent number: 10449839
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for controlling a transparency of a window of a vehicle. The system may include a sensor for detecting a user of the vehicle in proximity to the vehicle. The system may also include a control system for controlling the transparency of the window based on the proximity of the user to the vehicle by adjusting a transmittance of a plurality of thin-film-transistors (TFTs) of the window to control the transparency of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Justin Sinaguinan, Bradford D. Kent
  • Patent number: 10452932
    Abstract: In an information processing device mounted on a vehicle, a sign recognition section detects a traffic sign from image data captured by and transmitted from an in-vehicle camera. A judgment section detects a direction to a prohibited roadway/lane based on the detected traffic sign. To the prohibited roadway/lane the vehicle is prohibited from approaching and entering. An operation detection section predicts, as a predicted driver's operation, whether or not the driver intends to move the vehicle in the detected direction to the prohibited roadway/lane. A warning control section instructs a display and an audio speaker to provide warning information to the driver when the predicted driver's operation indicates that the driver intends to move the own vehicle toward the detected direction to the prohibited roadway/lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shota Satomura
  • Patent number: 10432284
    Abstract: Systems and methods herein remedy thermal constraints experienced by wireless communication systems operating in the millimeter wave spectrum. User equipment (UE) having a plurality of antenna subarrays controlled by respective RFICs monitor temperature gradients of respective sectors of the UE. Upon the thermal gradient of a sector reaching a temperature threshold, the UE performs thermal management steps to prevent hardware of a respective sector from damage due to overshoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Vasanthan Raghavan, Junyi Li, Assaf Touboul
  • Patent number: 10411716
    Abstract: A subsampling motion detector configured to detect motion information of an object under measurement receives a first wireless radio frequency (RF) signal and transmits a second wireless RF signal, the first wireless RF signal being generated by reflecting the second wireless RF signal from the object. The subsampling motion detector includes a controllable oscillator outputting an oscillation signal, wherein the first wireless RF signal is injected to the controllable oscillator for controlling the controllable oscillator through injecting locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: RichWave Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Tse-Peng Chen
  • Patent number: 10368035
    Abstract: An abnormality behind a shielding object is discovered. There is provided a monitoring system including a video acquirer, a detector, and a notifier. The video acquirer of the monitoring system acquires a video. The detector of the monitoring system detects entering of a target object into a blind spot generated by a shielding object in the video and appearance of the target object from the blind spot. If the target object does not appear from the blind spot even after a first time elapses since entering of the target object into the blind spot, the notifier of the monitoring system makes a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Okuda, Tatsushi Yasuda, Kenichiro Ida
  • Patent number: 10360599
    Abstract: A group of consumers are identified before the members of the group enter a frictionless store on an outside premises of the store. In an embodiment, a registered account holder for a member of the group is passed to an indoor tracking system of the frictionless store when the group enters the store. In an embodiment, attributes of a potential group of consumers is passed to an indoor tracking system when the group enters the store without a registered account being identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher John Costello
  • Patent number: 10354147
    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: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: New BIS Safe Luxco S.à r.l
    Inventor: Andrew John Cardno
  • Patent number: 10341709
    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: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Robert Wasserman
  • 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