Automobile Or Truck Patents (Class 434/62)
  • Patent number: 10559217
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to develop driving simulations. An example apparatus includes a vehicle configuration engine to retrieve first tier environment parameters associated with a simulation type, and generate second tier environment parameters associated with the simulation type, a simulation modifier (SM) source engine to identify a source of SMs, and distinguish respective ones of the source of SMs that are compatible with the simulation type and the second tier environment parameters, and a development environment configuration engine to improve simulation design efficiency by associating simulation events with only the respective ones of the SMs that are compatible with the simulation type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ignacio Alvarez, Laura Rumbel, Adam Jordan, Carlos Montesinos
  • Patent number: 10493363
    Abstract: A videogame may make use of real world imagery for play of a video game utilizing a real world vehicle. Items may be identified in the real world imagery, and the identified items may become gameplay elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Yan
  • Patent number: 10475350
    Abstract: A system and method facilitates a driving simulator on a mobile device. A driver may input data related to the desired simulation. A simulation may be determined based on the received data. The simulation may include a particular vehicle, road, driving condition, etc. The determined simulation may then be transmitted to a client devices. The client device may then render the simulation and collect driving data during the simulation. The collected driving data may be received and analyzed to determine a driving competency score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: John A. Nepomuceno
  • Patent number: 10410536
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: VI-GRADE AG
    Inventor: Diego Minen
  • Patent number: 10402144
    Abstract: A portable electronic device including a first touch display device, a second touch display device and a processing device is provided. The first touch display device is disposed on a first surface of a device body and configured to display a first image frame. The second touch display device is disposed on a second surface of the device body, configured to display a second image frame and receives a touch input. The processing device is coupled to the first touch display and the second touch display. The processing device is configured to verify gesture information of the touch input to determine whether to execute an application associated with the gesture information. The first image frame of the first touch display device correspond to the application. In addition, a method of operating the portable electronic device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chun-Lun Kuo
  • Patent number: 10395549
    Abstract: A simulation platform module. The simulation platform module determines that an external simulation object exists. The simulation platform module initiates the external simulation object into an executing state, and receives from the external simulation object an event mapping. The event mapping maps an input to an event implemented by the external simulation object in response to notification of the occurrence of the input, and an object attribute identifier that identifies an object attribute controlled by the external simulation object. The simulation platform module receives a user input from a user, and determines that the user input matches the input. The external simulation object is notified of the occurrence of the input, an input identifier that identifies the input is stored in a data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy B. Beck, Christopher H. Meyer, Darren H. Goldfarb, Wesley L. Bard, Michael J. Schroeter
  • Patent number: 10272332
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device for steering simulation comprises a base unit and a rolling unit. The base unit includes a base, a base supporting body, a first rolling component, and a second rolling component. A roll center line is formed by the first and the second rolling components. The rolling unit includes a rolling base and a rolling supporting body. One part of the rolling base is pivotally connected to the first rolling component, and one part of the rolling supporting body is pivotally connected to the second rolling component, so that the rolling base can rotate around the roll center line and a cone rotation can be performed. A length-adjustable actuator is disposed on the rolling supporting body, so that rectilinear motion with orthogonal direction can be performed by the rolling base on the radius tangent of cone rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BROGENT TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Ou Yang, Yih-Chang Hsieh, Meng-Wen Li
  • Patent number: 10248410
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for implementing a function update for an Advanced Driver Assistance System (“an ADAS system”) of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the method includes the vehicle receiving a Dedicated Short Range Communication message (“a DSRC message”) on a 5.9 gigahertz band. The DSRC message includes digital data that describes a driving situation of one or more other vehicles in relation to the vehicle. The method includes determining, based on the driving situation described by the digital data, to implement the function update for the ADAS system by reconfiguring a Field-Programmable Gate Array (“an FPGA”) of the vehicle which is operable to control an operation of the ADAS system. The method includes reconfiguring the FPGA of the vehicle to implement the function update so that the FPGA controls the operation of the ADAS system in a manner that conforms to the function update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Chung-Wei Lin, Shinichi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10220820
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method for controlling a same are disclosed, wherein the method for controlling the vehicle may include acquiring road type information from at least one of another vehicle, a server, an infrastructure, and a user interface (UI) configured to perform a navigation function; recognizing traveling lane information on a basis of image information detected by an image detector; establishing an obstacle existable region on a basis of the recognized traveling lane information; acquiring information regarding an obstacle from among obstacles detected by an obstacle detector on a basis of the established obstacle existable region; and controlling an anti-collision function on a basis of the obstacle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Taeyoung Lee, Sukki Min, DongHyun Sung, Junghyun Kim, Sangmin Lee, Eungseo Kim, Yongseok Kwon
  • Patent number: 10198957
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for generating a computer-based virtual training application are generally described herein. One embodiment for the method comprises generating input data, converting the input data to a predefined format for use by a virtual trainer framework, and generating the virtual training application comprising interactive displays, configured for use on a computer, in response to the virtual trainer framework rendering the input data in the predefined format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Blake S. Shimata, Ruston K. Keeton
  • Patent number: 10096262
    Abstract: A vehicle roll-over simulator including a portable support frame having a driver seat positioned thereon for supporting a person thereon. The driver seat is selectively movable between an upright position to a roll-over position thereby simulating a vehicle roll-over situation. The simulator demonstrates the need for persons to utilize seat belts when in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick L. Venditte
  • Patent number: 10013883
    Abstract: A system for tracking a fleet of vehicles and analyzing a driver associated with the fleet of vehicles. The system includes a monitoring engine for receiving information from a vehicle-tracking device associated with a vehicle of the fleet. A mapping engine displays, to a user, an icon indicative of an incident on a map. A video repository engine receives video data from a video camera associated with the vehicle and associates an incident video with the icon. A driver analysis engine obtains the incident information associated with a plurality of drivers and analyzes the incident information associated with the driver to generate a driver profile. The driver analysis engine compares the driver with corresponding drivers in the same and other fleets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Digital Ally, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Farnham, IV, Steven L. Phillips, Jason R. Troxel, John Rumage
  • Patent number: 10002226
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system, method and tangible memory for providing a graphical display output including a virtual roadway system for testing an automobile design. The method may include importing a set of roadway realism data. The method may include receiving a mobility input and an accessibility input. The method may include determining a plurality of roadway inputs based on the set of roadway realism data, the mobility input and the accessibility input. The method may include inputting the plurality of roadway inputs into a plurality of fields. The method may include generating a graphical display output including the virtual environment which includes the virtual roadway system. The graphical display output may be generated based on the plurality of roadway inputs. The method may include providing the graphical display output to a client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: BaekGyu Kim, Shinichi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 9940648
    Abstract: Systems and methods for advertising, and, more particularly, systems and methods for managing ephemeral locations in a virtual universe. A method for managing ephemeral locations in a virtual universe (VU) includes causing a computer infrastructure to: render an ephemeral location upon a triggering in the VU; teleport a VU user avatar to the ephemeral location; permit the user avatar to interact in the ephemeral location; teleport the user avatar out of the ephemeral location; and un-render the ephemeral location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Anne R. Sand, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 9928528
    Abstract: Systems and methods for advertising, and, more particularly, systems and methods for managing ephemeral locations in a virtual universe. A method for managing ephemeral locations in a virtual universe (VU) includes causing a computer infrastructure to: render an ephemeral location upon a triggering in the VU; teleport a VU user avatar to the ephemeral location; permit the user avatar to interact in the ephemeral location; teleport the user avatar out of the ephemeral location; and un-render the ephemeral location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Anne R. Sand, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 9852625
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing a tutorial message to a driver in a vehicle using an in-vehicle tutorial system including a multimodal user interface. The method includes assigning an area of improvement, including at least one tutorial task, to the tutorial system, identifying a driving context for which a tutorial task is to be performed, based on the tutorial task and the driving context, selecting a tutorial message encouraging a desired driving behavior, and providing the selected tutorial message to the driver using the multimodal user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Trent Victor, Peter Kronberg
  • Patent number: 9787946
    Abstract: The disclosed video processing device contains: a video acquisition unit that acquires surroundings information including video taken of the surroundings of a vehicle; a line-of-sight acquisition unit that acquires the origin and direction of the line of sight of the driver of the aforementioned vehicle; a line-of-sight video generation unit which generates, from the surroundings information, line-of-sight video corresponding to the origin of the line of sight; a blocking-information computation unit that computes, on the basis of the origin of the line of sight, blocking information including video or a region of the body of the aforementioned vehicle that blocks the driver's line of sight; and a display-video generation unit that generates display video on the basis of the line-of-sight video and the blocking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuzuru Yamakage, Shingo Hamaguchi, Kazuyuki Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9773177
    Abstract: A surrounding environment recognition device includes: an image acquisition unit that obtains a photographic image from a camera for capturing, via a camera lens, an image of a surrounding environment around a mobile object; an image recognition unit that recognizes an object image of an object present in the surrounding environment based upon the photographic image obtained by the image acquisition unit; an accumulation detection unit that detects accumulation settled on the camera lens based upon the photographic image obtained by the image acquisition unit; a suspension decision-making unit that makes a decision, based upon detection results provided by the accumulation detection unit, whether or not to suspend operation of the image recognition unit; a tracking unit that detects a characteristic quantity in a tracking target image from a specific area in an image captured by the image acquisition unit for a reference frame, determines through calculation an estimated area where the characteristic quantity
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Takemura, Masahiro Kiyohara, Kota Irie, Masao Sakata, Yoshitaka Uchida
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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