Automobile Or Truck Patents (Class 434/62)
  • Patent number: 9746933
    Abstract: A system includes a hand controller that includes a rigid ergonomic chassis; a hand strap, coupled to the right side of the ergonomic chassis; a main trigger, configured such that the main trigger is operable by an index finger of the right hand; a lower lever, fixed to the front of the rigid ergonomic chassis and below the main trigger, configured such that the lower lever is actuated by contraction of any of a middle finger, a ring finger, and a pinky finger of the right hand; a joystick, configured such that the joystick is operable by a thumb of the right hand; a tracking module that enables tracking of a position and orientation of the hand controller; and a wireless communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Survios, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Burba, Joseph Choi, Timothy Irving, Marc Webster, Umez Liauwala
  • Patent number: 9586618
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle control system comprising a projecting device, a camera device, a control device and an actuating device. The vehicle steering control system does not need a physical steering wheel, thus the weight and cost of the vehicles can be reduced. In addition, the steering control system according to the present invention provides the drivers with brand new driving experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER HONG KONG LTD.
    Inventor: Wellen Sham
  • Patent number: 9433856
    Abstract: A method and system for synthesizing a voice guiding signal to a gaming controller. An input gaming data to the gaming controller is collected by a console game agent. A set of game target profiles and a set of control signals are created from the input gaming data. A set of active game patterns are synthesized from the set of game target profiles and the set of control signals. An optimal gaming strategy is produced from the set of active game patterns. The optimal gaming strategy is then converted into the voice guiding signal for guiding the user on playing a game effectively on the gaming controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventor: Ganwen Zeng
  • Patent number: 9131303
    Abstract: A vehicle audio structure includes a seat assembly mounted to a vehicle floor at a plurality of mounting locations, the seat assembly having a seat bottom spaced apart from the vehicle floor. The seat bottom has a bottom surface with a partially confined area defined between the vehicle floor and the bottom surface. An enclosure structure is located within the partially confined area under the seat assembly. The enclosure structure has an upper wall located adjacent to the bottom surface of the seat bottom, a first bottom wall section, a second bottom wall section, a third bottom wall section and a plurality of side wall sections that define an enclosed space within the enclosure structure. The first bottom wall section, the second bottom wall section and the third bottom wall section are spaced apart from the upper wall by differing vertical distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Brian O'Neal
  • Patent number: 9026312
    Abstract: A test buck, a test buck system and related method are disclosed. The test buck system may comprise a controller and a test buck. The test buck may include a portable bed, a seat module mounted to the bed, and a first OIM disposed on the bed. At least a portion of the first OIM may be selectively moveable in at least four degrees of freedom, up to six degrees of freedom. The controller may be electrically connected to a first Operator Interface Module (OIM). The controller may be configured to selectively move at least a portion of the first OIM in at least four to six degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Bartholomew Smith, Darin Patrick Brodie, David Hopp, David Asher, Robert Lewis, Casey Boyer, Roberto Lanzara, David Schweppe, Vern Alway
  • Publication number: 20150118652
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method, performed in a first communication unit (2). The method comprises the steps of identifying a rewardable behaviour of a driver (10) of a vehicle (9), checking first storing means (6) for a reward that corresponds to the rewardable behaviour, collecting the reward from the first storing means (6), and transmitting the reward to a second communication unit (3) connected to the vehicle (9). The disclosure also provides corresponding devices for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Matthew John LAWRENSON, Julian Charles NOLAN
  • Publication number: 20150104757
    Abstract: A system for driver assessment and training comprising a simulator which can be operated by a driver or pilot under test or in training, the simulator displaying scenarios the driver or pilot must drive through or fly through. The inputs of the driver or pilot in reaction to the displayed scenario are fed to a free body model which calculates the resulting movement of the simulated vehicle in the displayed world. Scoring can be by analysis of calculated Fonda curves comparing the driver performance to performances by one or more normative drivers plotted by standard deviation from norm on the vertical axis and sample point on the horizontal axis. Simulator sickness can be mitigated by calculation and display of a mitigation object which partially obscures the virtual scene being displayed. Signature curves give the driver or pilots' performance at a glance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: MBFARR, LLC
    Inventors: RICK L. MONCRIEF, Max Larkin Behensky, Tomas G. Harkins, Brad Allen Fuller
  • Publication number: 20150093722
    Abstract: A system for comparing energy usage of different vehicle platforms is provided. The system may include a processor to execute routines stored in a memory device. Further, in one embodiment the routines include routines configured to receive selection of a driving style by a user and to select a virtual test drive based on the received selection. Also, the routines may include routines configured to output the selected virtual test drive and to output a comparison of multiple vehicles having different characteristics based on the selected virtual test drive. Other systems, methods, and manufactures are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Rebecca K. Fitzgerald, Garth A. Cole, Kimberley S. Metcalf-Kupres, Thomas M. Watson, Craig W. Rigby
  • Publication number: 20150030998
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to detect the presence of a driver in a vehicle. The processor is further configured to determine a demonstration of a vehicle feature appropriate for the driver and offer demonstration of the vehicle feature. The processor is also configured to provide a demonstration of the vehicle feature, upon acceptance of the offer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yimin Liu, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Perry Robinson MacNeille, James Arthur Buczkowski, Alfredo Cateriano
  • Publication number: 20150030999
    Abstract: The motion simulator of the present invention comprises: a base frame; a support member arranged above the base frame so as to support a monitor and a handle; a first link part, the top of which is connected to a rear end of the support member such that the top of the first link part can rotate in roll and pitch, and the bottom of which is connected to a rear end of the base frame such that the bottom of the first link part can be rotated in pitch, the first link unit transmitting the power from first driving units so as to move the rear end of the support member in the upward and downward directions; a second link part and a third link part, the tops of which are connected to the left and right ends of the support member, respectively, such that the tops of the second and third link parts can be rotated in roll and pitch, and the bottoms of which are connected to left and right sides of the base frame, respectively, such that the bottoms of the second and third link parts can be rotated in roll and pitch, th
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Jong Chan Lee, Yu Sin Kang, Sang Gon Chun, Dea Sung Jung
  • Patent number: 8930227
    Abstract: A system for determining vehicle driver hazard detection proficiency and calculating insurance discounts, wherein an Internet device presents a visual presentation of a continuous drive through a driving environment having driving hazards, an Internet device records locations viewed by a user within the visual presentation, a computer algorithm that compares the recorded user viewing locations with defined locations of hazards within the visual presentation of the continuous drive, to determine a hazard detection proficiency, a computer memory device comprising at least one minimum hazard detection proficiency criteria corresponding to an insurance discount; and a computer analytics device that compares the determined hazard detection proficiency of the user with the minimum hazard detection proficiency criteria and determines whether to award the insurance discount to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: John Adrian Nepomuceno
  • Publication number: 20150004567
    Abstract: Apparatus to simulate driving a land vehicle comprising a fixed base platform, a mobile platform disposed above said base platform, a mobile driver's position, associated with the mobile platform and in which a driver has his seat during normal use, and movement means associated with the base platform and with the mobile platform to provide the movement of said mobile platform with respect to the base platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: VI-GRADE AG
    Inventor: Diego Minen
  • Publication number: 20150004566
    Abstract: A method for coaching an operator of a machine is disclosed. The method includes the controller collecting actual data related to an operation of the machine performed by the operator. The controller determines a type of operation being performed based on the actual data. The controller compares the actual data to expected data for the type of operation. The controller flags a coaching point based on the comparison of actual data to expected data, and the controller provides an image of the machine relating to the coaching point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bradley K. Bomer, Michael Braunstein, Brad Van De Veer, Zhijun Cai
  • Patent number: 8920173
    Abstract: A system for comparing energy usage of different vehicle platforms is provided. The system may include a processor to execute routines stored in a memory device. Further, in one embodiment the routines include routines configured to receive selection of a driving style by a user and to select a virtual test drive based on the received selection. Also, the routines may include routines configured to output the selected virtual test drive and to output a comparison of multiple vehicles having different characteristics based on the selected virtual test drive. Other systems, methods, and manufactures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Rebecca K. Fitzgerald, Garth A. Cole, Kimberley S. Metcalf-Kupres, Thomas M. Watson, Craig W. Rigby
  • Patent number: 8894413
    Abstract: A method, simulator and program for simulating vehicular movement based upon user input parameters related to simulation topology and simulation vehicles including, but not limited to linear vehicular density. The simulator generates the simulation topology having a simulation area using the user input parameters, places a plurality of simulation vehicles within the simulation area at an initial placement using at least two input parameters related to simulation vehicle and the generated simulation topology; and determines movement of the plurality of simulation vehicles starting with the initial placement using a plurality of movement models. Each of the plurality of simulation vehicles has mobility characteristics generated using the plurality of movement models. When vehicle moves outside the simulation area, the vehicle re-emerges at a location within the simulation area. The vehicle re-emerges with new movement characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Telcordia Technologies, Inc., Toyota Infotechnology Center, USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Pang, Wai Chen, Jasmine Chennikara-Varghese, Ratul Guha, John Lee, Rama Vuyyuru, Junichiro Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 8894414
    Abstract: A G-cueing simulator for a ground vehicle which includes a plurality of actuators which are operable to provide GO cues to a user in a simulated environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cranfield Aerospace Ltd
    Inventors: Graham Campion, Ian Norton, Phil Abbott
  • Patent number: 8764531
    Abstract: A system and method for computerized competition useful for rewarding a player. The system and method may be utilized in arcade games, personal computer games, dedicated video games, networked games, and simulators. The method may include selecting a target reward level or threshold such as by selecting a score from a list of past scores, and dynamically adjusting the reward level according to the ability of the players of the system. The method may further include adjusting the playback of a previous competition sequence according to the adjusted reward level. In one embodiment, a previous vehicle race sequence is stored and played back as a ghost or phantom vehicle simultaneously with a present vehicle of a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Hightower
  • Patent number: 8758016
    Abstract: A system for simulating the complete operation of a vehicle, particularly a military vehicle, and to provide a simultaneous, integrated vehicle training environment for all of the normal occupants of the vehicle includes a training vehicle with all of the hardware for the operation and support of the vehicle in its normal field operation. The system also has the capability to simulate various different exterior environments along with a broad range of common battlefield conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Ulf Henriksson
  • Publication number: 20140170602
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus, system, and method serve to modify a driver's behavior, reduce accident costs, and generate more revenue from a company vehicle. Risky behavior that often leads to accidents, personal injury, property damage, and loss of a driver's livelihood is highlighted in the disclosed system. By focusing on a driver's unsafe actions, the disclosed system teaches a driver to correct unsafe driving behaviors. An employer or insurance company, for example, can access all data captured before, during, and after the accident or event to assist with finding fault. The disclosed vehicle activity information system is fully configurable at all times during installation of the system and during use thereof. A plurality of integrated cameras provides constant video surveillance of the interior and exterior of a vehicle, thus working simultaneously to capture a driver's actions in the vehicle information activity system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Alliance Wireless Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Darrick Reed
  • Patent number: 8731736
    Abstract: A system for preventing driving skill atrophy comprises a trainer module that determines the driver's current skill level, disables certain automated features based on the determined skill level, and forces the driver to use and hone her driving skills. The system collects data to determine through on-board vehicle sensors how a driver is driving the vehicle. The system then compares the driver's current driving skills with the driver's historical driving skills or the general population's driving skills. Based on the comparison, the system determines whether the driver's skill level is stagnant, improving or deteriorating. If the skill level is improving, for example, the system disables certain automated driving features to give driver more control of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsuan Chang
  • Publication number: 20140038137
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for communicating tactile messages to a user, such as a racecar driver, yacht crewmember, or other athlete. The system can include a tactile vest having tactile activators for conveying tactile messages to the user, including real time messages for helping the user assess and improve physical performance. The messages may be generated based on various types of sensor data, including, for example, data collected by vehicle sensors of a racecar or yacht.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Racing Incident Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Hill
  • Patent number: 8632339
    Abstract: The apparatus described is computer controlled and includes a visual display system with a triple screen arrangement in front of and on the sides of a driver of a vehicle positioned on a chassis dynamometer. Three projectors project virtual scenic imagery onto the triple screen arrangement which spans at least 180° relative to the driver. The virtual scenic imagery has a progression which is dependent upon the speed of at least one of the drive wheels of the motor vehicle, as controlled by the driver, when the motor vehicle is positioned on rollers of the dynamometer. The apparatus may include a steering sensing arrangement for providing signals of steering actions by the driver, which signals are used to deflect the virtual scenic imagery in synchronism with the steering actions of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Drag Tag Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Neville J Bond
  • Publication number: 20130337417
    Abstract: A method for training vehicle drivers to detect hazards, the method having step that include: visually presenting to a driver a continuous drive through a driving environment comprised of at least two hazard modules, wherein each hazard module presents at least one driving scenario that comprises at least one hazard; recording where within the visual presentation the driver looks to detect hazards during the visual presentation of the continuous drive; and determining the driver's hazard detection proficiency by evaluating whether the driver looked at hazards during the visual presentation of the continuous drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: John Adrian Nepomuceno
  • Publication number: 20130330691
    Abstract: A system for testing and evaluating driving competency of a subject is disclosed. The system includes a first test unit for providing a simple driving reaction test sequence, a complex driving reaction test sequence and a depth perception test sequence, a second test unit for providing a low illumination vision test sequence and a glare recovery test sequence, a third test unit for providing a side vision test sequence, a first switching module for enabling the subject to undergo the simple driving reaction test sequence and the complex driving reaction test sequence, a second switching module for enabling the subject to undergo the depth perception test sequence, the low illumination vision test sequence, and the glare recovery test sequence, a master control unit for interacting and controlling the first test unit, the second test unit, the third test unit, the first switching module, and the second switching module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: ZEN TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Ravikumar Midathala
  • Publication number: 20130302755
    Abstract: A system automatically generates a training lesson from a plurality of frames located within the storage. Each frame has a component of training. After operator-related data is collected from one or more vehicles, details of the operator-related data are saved. In some examples, the operator-related data correlates to a single operator (e.g. the driver, pilot, etc. that operated a known vehicle) while in other examples, the operator-related data correlates to several operators. Software selects at least one frame from the plurality of frames based upon the operator-related data and creates a lesson. The lesson, which includes the selected frame(s) from the plurality of frames, is provided to the operator or operators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: James W. Voorhees, Nathan P. Stahlman, Aaron M. Purvis, Chad E. Schwendiman
  • Patent number: 8573978
    Abstract: Systems, method, and programs evaluate a driving condition of a vehicle in accordance with road characteristic information that is included in map data, acquire evaluation information that includes an evaluation result based on the evaluation, and store the evaluation information. The systems, methods, and programs acquire update data to change the road characteristic information included in the map data, update the map data, and analyze the evaluation result for the evaluation information acquired during the period between the time when a road characteristic is modified and the time when the map data is updated, based on the changed road characteristic information included in the updated map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Miura
  • Patent number: 8554410
    Abstract: A device and a method for route guidance assistance in a vehicle that is connected to a navigation system. In order to make it easier for the driver to follow a route calculated by a navigation system, an assisting device is provided for route guidance. The assisting device includes a control unit for generating a control signal for haptic feedback to the driver of the vehicle. As haptic feedback, the control unit can output an additional moment on the steering system of the vehicle, for example, the additional moment being negative when the vehicle departs from the travel route while being positive when the vehicle follows the calculated direction of the navigation route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Mattias Strauss
  • Publication number: 20130224693
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing instructions to a user of a vehicle wherein the vehicle includes a plurality of sensors and a display screen. Instructions related to a vehicle operation are provided to the user by using the method comprising the steps of sensing by a sensor of a signal containing information regarding a condition indicative of confusion or human trigger of confusion, transmitting the signal containing the information regarding the confusion from the sensor to a processor, and then displaying instructions to the user on the display screen within the vehicle regarding how to remedy the confusion regarding the vehicle operation. The human trigger is sensed by a sensor or a plurality of sensors and includes detection of confusion when the vehicle user is pressing multiple buttons, incorrect buttons, pressing the same button multiple times, or a lack of pressing any buttons or triggers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Earnee Jones Gilling, Rebecca L. Kirschweng
  • Patent number: 8506302
    Abstract: A system automatically generates a remedial training lesson from a plurality of frames located within the storage. Each frame has a component of training. After an incident occurs (e.g. accident, violation, citation, etc.), details of the incident are saved. The incident is associated with a person (e.g. the driver, pilot, etc. that had the incident). Software runs on a computer system and selects at least one remedial frame from the plurality of frames based upon data within the details of the incident and creates a remedial lesson. The remedial lesson, which includes the selected frame(s) from the plurality of frames, is provided to the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Instructional Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Voorhees, Nathan P. Stahlman, Aaron M. Purvis
  • Patent number: 8485822
    Abstract: A simulation system for a machine is disclosed. The simulation system has a user interface configured to display a simulated environment, and a controller in communication with the user interface. The controller is configured to receive historical information related to performance of a machine, and recreate a past operation of the machine from the received historical information. The controller is also configured to provide to the user interface the recreated past operation for display in the simulated environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Lind
  • Publication number: 20130171590
    Abstract: A method for training an operator to control a powered system is disclosed including operating the powered system with an autonomous controller, and informing an operator of a change in operation of the powered system as the change in operation occurs. A system and a computer software code are also disclosed for training the operator to control the powered system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: General Electric Company
  • Publication number: 20130143181
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method for teaching fuel economy in a vehicle. The method includes activating an in-vehicle training mode and sending an instruction set for an initial vehicle maneuver. By calculating the fuel economy during the initial vehicle maneuver, an optimized speed/acceleration profile is computed. Subsequent vehicle maneuvers are initiated, and the speed/acceleration profiles computed during subsequent vehicle maneuvers are compared to the optimized speed/acceleration profile. Corrective feedback is generated during subsequent vehicular maneuvers upon deviations from the optimized speed/acceleration profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Allen Greenberg, Dean Mengel, Les R. Bodnar, Sonya Nematollahi, Fling Tseng
  • Patent number: 8454366
    Abstract: An actuated support frame for transmitting motion to a seat with respect to a ground as a function of motion signals associated with video output, comprises a frame. The frame is expandable/retractable along translational degrees of freedom. Support surfaces are provided on the frame. The support surfaces are displaceable with respect to one another by expansion/retraction of the frame so as to be sized to support a seat. Actuators are provided between the frame and the ground. The actuators receive signals and selectively displace the frame with respect to the ground in synchronization with a video output, whereby a seat supported on the frame is displaceable within the frame. A method for installing a seating system of a motion simulator system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gauthier Orban, Michel Bérubé, Philippe Roy
  • Patent number: 8425293
    Abstract: In a video game or simulator, suggested speed indicators are computed along a suggested driving line on a path (e.g., a race track) and displayed in a simple, progressive, and user-friendly format. The displayed speed indicators are based on a racer's current speed and target speeds attributed to individual locations along the suggested driving line on the path. The speed indicators provide a dynamic indication of where and how the player should slow down or speed up relative to their current speed as their racer travels along the path. The speed indicators are displayed (e.g., using color to represent different magnitudes of suggested acceleration and deceleration) along the suggested driving line in front of the racer so that the player can anticipate braking and acceleration actions as the path and the racer's speed change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Tipping, Mark Andrew Hatton
  • Patent number: 8414299
    Abstract: A vehicle simulation system equipped to display information on the rear side of a driver (rider). The simulation system includes a dummy bicycle operated by the rider, a monitor on the front side for displaying a scene based on the operations of the dummy bicycle, and a lamp unit connected to the dummy bicycle and provided on the rear side relative to the seated position of the rider. The lamp unit has a red lamp, a yellow lamp and a green lamp, and is controlledly turned ON under the action of a main control unit. An input device is provided on a steering handle of the dummy bicycle. The input device has a switch for red, a switch for yellow, and a switch for green. The rider checks behind, and operates the input device according to the ON/OFF conditions of the lamp unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadanao Ichimi, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 8408910
    Abstract: An activity device including an activity sensor for generating an activity interaction signal responsive to a sustained large-muscle physical activity of a user operating the activity device; a controller, coupled to the activity monitor, generating a virtual environment supporting a virtual user frame-of-reference in the virtual environment, the controller generating a set of virtual education elements in the environment and a goal for the set virtual representation with respect to the virtual education elements wherein the controller is responsive to the activity interaction signal to produce an affected interaction of the virtual representation with the virtual education elements with the controller measuring a conformation of the goal by the affected interaction; and a feedback system, coupled to the controller, for presenting the virtual environment with the frame-of-reference in relation to the virtual education elements for providing the user with feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: H. Christian Hölljes
  • Publication number: 20130059275
    Abstract: The invention relates to a simulation device (110) for training equipment (100) for a real ground vehicle, comprising —a vehicle model (115) comprising a predetermined number of function models (130b; 131b; 132b) for simulation of corresponding physical function elements (130a; 131a; 132a) of said vehicle; —arrangements (399) for engaging physical function elements (130a; 131a; 132a) to the simulation device (110). The simulation device (110) is arranged such that a function model (130b; 131 b; 132b) concerning a determined function element (130a; 131a, 132a) is intended to be deactivated at engagement of corresponding physical function elements (130a; 131a; 132a) and such that the deactivated function model (130a; 131b; 132b) is reactivated at disengagement of said engaged function element (130a; 131a; 132a). The invention also relates to a computer program and a computer program product comprising a program code (P) for a computer (110; 300).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: BAE Systems Hagglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Per-Ake Nordlander
  • Publication number: 20130059274
    Abstract: The invention relates to a simulation device (110) concerning a ground vehicle comprising a vehicle model (115) comprising a predetermined number of function models (130b; 131b; 132b) for simulation of corresponding physical function elements (130a; 131a; 132a) of said vehicle. Said function models (130a; 131b; 132b) are based on vehicle characteristics determined in connection to development and manufacturing of said vehicle and hereby on real characteristics of the physical vehicle. The invention also relates to a computer program and a computer program product comprising a program code (P) for a computer (110; 300).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: BAE Systems Haegglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Per-Ake Nordlander
  • Patent number: 8376747
    Abstract: An assisted learning (AL) system for a vehicle including vehicle systems with input devices is provided. The AL system includes: memory that stores usage instructions for the input devices; an AL input device; an audio output device; and a control module that retrieves a respective one of the usage instructions associated with a selected one of the input devices when the selected one of the input devices is actuated after the AL input device is actuated and that outputs the usage instructions to the audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventors: Robert B. Powers, Charles A. Massoll, Mark J. Person, Rodney A. Gooden, Vivian T. Williams, Joel D. Lutz, David E. Bojanowski, Irwin J. Karwick
  • Patent number: 8364343
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic manual display device which helps the user understand the positions of and how to operate various switches that the user uses when driving a vehicle. The electronic manual display device is a program-controlled display device for displaying an electronic manual for operating a vehicle. When a button for requiring the explanation of the switches is selected from the menu screen of the electronic manual, the display device reads out a screen for explaining how to operate the switches, which is linked to the selected button, from a storage device, and displays the screen on a display unit. On the screen for explaining how to operate the switches, an illustration for explaining the operation positions of the switches and an illustration for showing the operating state of the vehicle obtained at the said operation positions of the switches are displayed side by side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Asakura, Hisashi Kurota
  • Publication number: 20130018583
    Abstract: Navigation systems, methods, and programs acquire evaluation information for each unit interval having a predetermined distance, the evaluation information being an index for evaluating a driver's driving operation of a vehicle, and determine based on a first scale of a map displayed on a display unit, a first distance of an evaluation interval for evaluating the driver's driving operation. The systems, methods, and programs evaluate the driver's driving operation in the evaluation interval having the first distance based on the evaluation information for each unit interval included in the evaluation interval, and display the evaluation result at a position corresponding to the evaluation interval on the map displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki MIURA, Junichi NONOMURA
  • Patent number: 8353749
    Abstract: The “Vehicle Tracking System and Game” integrates a GPS navigation system with invention specific hardware and software. A user installs a mobile unit on his race vehicle which features software allowing a processor connected to the electronics of the user's vehicle to communicate with an inertial navigation system which collects racing information, with a remote database which features software for various interactive real-time or virtual GPS Racing Games and processing the racing information of all users, and with a GPS system in real time. The mobile unit collects, processes, saves and transmits user specific racing information continuously throughout the game. This racing information is data of racing performance parameters specific to the game subscribed for by the user. The database processes and evaluates the received racing information, offsets this information with the users' basic input data and compares the information of all users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Dean Sanders
  • Patent number: 8333592
    Abstract: The present invention provides a video-captured model vehicle simulator including at least one model vehicle, a track layout, at least one video imaging unit, at least one computer, at least one input device and/or control system and a customised software application whereby the simulator provides a user with a realistic simulation of the operation of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Warburton Swan
  • Patent number: 8323025
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for automatic driver evaluation of a person's driving capabilities and render an outcome of pass or fail without the need for a trained observer to evaluate driver's performance. In one embodiment, the automatic driver evaluation system facilitates the display of a predetermined driving route designed for a predetermined demography, observe simulated driving performance of a user on the predetermined driving route, record errors made by the user while performing the simulated drive, and compare the performance errors to at least one threshold value and generate a score based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Inventors: Barbara Freund, Ronald K. Freund
  • Publication number: 20120288831
    Abstract: A G-cueing simulator for a ground vehicle which includes a plurality of actuators which are operable to provide GO cues to a user in a simulated environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Graham Campion, Ian Norton, Phil Abbott
  • Patent number: 8297977
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for automatic driver evaluation of a person's driving capabilities and render an outcome of pass, fail, or pass with restrictions without the need for a trained observer to evaluate driver's performance. In one embodiment, the automatic driver evaluation system facilitates the display of a predetermined driving route designed for a predetermined demography, observe simulated driving performance of a user on the predetermined driving route, record errors made by the user while performing the simulated drive, and compare the performance errors to at least one threshold value and generate a score based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Inventor: Barbara Freund
  • Publication number: 20120196252
    Abstract: Disclosed is a driver training device that can be utilized to simulate the back of a moving vehicle. The training device can be utilized in a driver training program to help students learn proper distancing and how to avoid dangerous tailgating practices. A device can include a driver training apparatus comprising a taillight assembly that includes brake lights and/or other features to simulate the back of a moving vehicle. A training device can simulate the back of one or two vehicles, and can be powered by attachment to a lead vehicle or alternatively to a movable track. In addition, a training device can be adjustable to simulate a variety of differently sized vehicles and can be easily broken down into component sections for simple storage and transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew James Jensen, Kenneth Blair Rogich, Kim Elizabeth Alexander, John Russell Wagner
  • Publication number: 20120107776
    Abstract: A training system for the solo operation of a powered vehicle, wherein the system includes: —providing means for electronic control of the speed and orientation of a ground vehicle or of the speed, orientation and height of a flying vehicle; —providing a virtual enclosure training area delineated by a plurality of spaced sensors; —providing means associated with said vehicle for communicating with, and receiving instructions from, each of said sensors; —whereby instructions received from said sensors may be used to control said means for electronic control such that movement of said vehicle is restricted to said virtual enclosure training area, and within said virtual enclosure training area, the speed and orientation of a ground vehicle or the speed, orientation and height of a flying vehicle controlled within preset parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Glenn Neil Martin, Vanessa Louise Martin
  • Publication number: 20120100509
    Abstract: A system for creating a coaching session comprises one or more processors and one or more memories. The one or more processors are in communication with the event detector and configured to: receive data of a driving event from an event detector associated with a vehicle; analyze the driving event data to identify risky driving behavior; and create a coaching session in order to reduce the identified risky driving behavior. The coaching session incorporates at least a portion of the data of the driving event. The one or more memories are coupled to the one or more processors and configured to provide the one or more processors instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: DRIVECAM, INC.
    Inventors: Charlie Gunderson, Tom Lafleur, Doron Lurie, Bruce Moeller
  • Patent number: 8155503
    Abstract: A method (400) of displaying video data using a video recording system (100). The method (400) records a first stream of video data captured by a first camera (e.g., 103) and a first event associated with the first camera (103). The method records a second stream of video data captured by a second camera (e.g., 104) and a second event associated with the second camera (104). A playback speed is determined based at least on a difference between a current play time position and a time position of a nearest one of the first event and the second event. The first stream and the second stream of video data are displayed in a synchronized manner. The first stream of video data and the second stream of video data are displayed at the playback speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rajanish Calisa, Xin Yu Liu