Real Vehicle Used In Instruction Or Testing Patents (Class 434/66)
  • Patent number: 9234820
    Abstract: Provided is a testing system for a drivetrain, the testing system capable of simulating the slip behavior of a tire. A testing system is provided with: tire speed calculation units; a vehicle speed calculation unit; vehicle driving torque calculation units which calculate vehicle driving torque values; and speed control devices which output command signals such that the deviations between command values and output values from encoders are eliminated, respectively. The tire speed calculation units calculate the tire speed values on the basis of tire driving torque values obtained by subtracting the vehicle driving torque values from output values from shaft torque meters, respectively, and the vehicle speed calculation unit calculates the vehicle speed value on the basis of the vehicle driving torque values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: MEIDENSHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takao Akiyama, Yoshimasa Sawada
  • Patent number: 8998617
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Patent number: 8986011
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating visible objects not blocked by other objects in a simulation during training with aircraft. A position for each aircraft in a number of aircraft is identified for which objects that block the fields of view for each aircraft are to be identified to form a number of positions for the number of aircraft. Any object in the simulation that blocks a portion of a field of view for each aircraft at the position for each aircraft is identified to form a number of objects. Simulation data is created for a number of visible objects not blocked by the number of objects in the simulation that has been identified as blocking the portion of the field of view for each aircraft in the number of aircraft. The simulation data is sent to each aircraft in the number of aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Clifford B. Sowadski, Robert James Lechner
  • Publication number: 20150044641
    Abstract: An on-vehicle system for assessing an operator's efficiency of a vehicle, include sensors, an audiovisual display device, a processor and a data storage. The sensors measure or detect conditions of components of the vehicle, and convert the detected conditions into analog or digital information. The data storage stores program instructions, the analog or digital information from the sensors, and other data. The program instructions, when executed by the processor, control the on-vehicle system to determine a state of the vehicle within a vehicle's environment based on the analog or digital information from the sensors, determine whether one or more of a predetermined set of behaviors has occurred based on the determined state of a vehicle, assess performance of the determined one or more of the predetermined set of behaviors, and present the operator, via the audiovisual display device, a feedback based on the assessment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: David C. CHAUNCEY, Edward McCARTHY
  • Patent number: 8849474
    Abstract: A rider characteristic determining apparatus capable of determining characteristics of a rider controlling a saddle riding type vehicle, and a saddle riding type vehicle including the same, are configured such that the rider's characteristics are determined from a turning movement of the saddle riding type vehicle which reflects results of the rider controlling the saddle riding type vehicle. This enables a stable characteristic determination regardless of individual operation or control by the rider. Further, a turning performance score of the vehicle is calculated based on at least one of vehicle state amounts of a roll direction, a pitch direction and a caster angle which influence the steering angle of the saddle riding type vehicle. This enables a proper evaluation of the turning characteristic of the saddle riding type vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Yoneta, Hiroshi Daimoto, Atsuo Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140272811
    Abstract: Disclosed here are methods, systems, paradigms and structures for providing driving and vehicle related assistance to a driver of a vehicle. The method includes receiving information related the operation of the vehicle by the driver, where the received information is gathered by monitoring the driver, the vehicle and the proximity of the vehicle during a period of operation of the vehicle by the driver. The method includes analyzing the received information to determine condition of the vehicle and a driving performance of the driver during the operation of the vehicle. The method further includes determining a driving and vehicle related assistance to provide to the driver based on the determined driving performance of the driver and the condition of the vehicle respectively. The method further includes providing the determined driving and vehicle related assistance to the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Mighty Carma, Inc.
    Inventor: Saurabh Palan
  • Publication number: 20140212849
    Abstract: A driving skill in input driving data is acquired from driving skill classification unit, driving data, which includes a driving skill higher than the driving skill in the input driving data and of which a similarity to the input driving data is at least a predetermined similarity, is selected from among driving data stored in a driving data storage unit, a difference between the selected driving data and the input driving data is detected, and a notice on the detected difference is issued as driving advice. As a result, it is possible to present suitable advice to improve a driving skill taking into account the skill and type of a driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chandrasiri Pathiranehelage Naiwala, Shojiro Takeuchi, Hironobu Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8777623
    Abstract: An apparatus for teaching defensive driving includes a hub unit removably attachable to an axle of a wheel of a vehicle, and a housing unit. The housing unit includes a swing arm member pivotally affixed therewithin, a wheel-height adjusting mechanism, and at least one wheel assembly swiveling along a vertical axis and affixed at a bottom end of the housing unit. The swing arm member includes a unit for fittingly engaging a portion of the hub unit and a height adjustable member. The height adjusting mechanism is operatingly coupled to the height adjustable member to adjust a height of the wheel relative to a surface of a road, thereby adjusting a friction level between the wheel and the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Byrne, David Meehan
  • Patent number: 8777622
    Abstract: A mobile vehicle is disclosed which includes an on-board training system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Brian Joseph Rauch
  • Publication number: 20140170601
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing data in a platform. A first permission level is identified for first data in the data generated by a source in the platform. A second permission level is identified for an intended recipient of the first data. The first data is modified to form second data in the data in which the second data has the second permission level. The second data is distributed to the intended recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8700255
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques for remotely tracking vehicle and driver behavior. Embodiments may include an on-board vehicle monitoring device, comprising an interface device and a gateway device. The interface device may include receiving information from a diagnostic system of a vehicle. The gateway device may collect a set of vehicle operating data corresponding to a driver or vehicle behavior. The set of vehicle operating data may comprise at least some of the information from the diagnostic system of the vehicle. A host computer may have instructions for compiling driver behavior data, based at least in part on analysis of received vehicle operating data. The instructions may also include instructions for providing a user interface; and instructions for causing the user interface to display, for a user, information corresponding to the compiled driver behavior data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Thomas C. Joseph
  • Publication number: 20140099607
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and software are disclosed for operating a driver analysis system, including receiving vehicle operation data corresponding to operation of vehicles by drivers, identifying a peer group associated with a target driver, processing at least a portion of the vehicle operation data to determine driving performance of the target driver relative to driving performance of the peer group, generating a driving report which identifies the driving performance of the target driver, and transferring the driving report to a target device for viewing by the target driver and a member of the justice system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Cartasite Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Armitage, Gregory Froim Kushnir, Mark Alvin Mason
  • Publication number: 20140087335
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collecting and evaluating powered vehicle operation utilizing on-board diagnostic components and location determining components or systems. The invention creates one or more databases whereby identifiable behavior or evaluative characteristics can be analyzed or categorized. The evaluation can include predicting likely future events. The database can be correlated or evaluated with other databases for a wide variety of uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Joseph Patrick Phelan, Johannes A. Perquin
  • Publication number: 20140080100
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collecting and evaluating powered vehicle operation utilizing on-board diagnostic components and location determining components or systems. The invention creates one or more databases whereby identifiable behavior or evaluative characteristics can be analyzed or categorized. The evaluation can include predicting likely future events. The database can be correlated or evaluated with other databases for a wide variety of uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Joseph Patrick Phelan, Johannes A. Perquin
  • Patent number: 8616884
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for training in an aircraft. A display system is associated with an aircraft. A sensor system is associated with the aircraft. A training processor is configured to be connected to the aircraft. The training processor is configured generate constructive data for a number of simulation objects and generate simulation sensor data using the constructive data. The training processor is further configured to present the simulation sensor data with live sensor data generated by the sensor system for an aircraft on a display system in the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert James Lechner, Timothy Stumpf, John Wokurka, Kenneth Leonard Bernier, Ryan Greene, Chad Michael Keller
  • 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: 8564446
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: DriveCam, Inc.
    Inventors: Charlie Gunderson, Tom Lafleur, Doron Lurie, Bruce Moeller
  • Publication number: 20130236858
    Abstract: A surrounding bird view image generation method for use in an automobile-side device of an articulated vehicle is provided. The articulated vehicle includes a first body part, a second body part and a connection part. The proceeding directions of the first and the second body parts form an angle. The image processing method includes the steps of: storing an angle-to-surrounding-image model table; detecting an angle and providing an angle measurement; accessing the angle-to-surrounding-image model table to obtain a selected angle and a selected surrounding image model corresponding to the angle measurement; capturing 6 adjacent images corresponding to the surrounding of the vehicle body by the image capturers disposed on the 6 surrounding sides of the articulated vehicle; obtaining a practical operating surrounding image by processing the first to the sixth images with the selected surrounding image model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yu-Chen Lin, Che-Tsung Lin, Ming-Jen Tu, Li-Fen Liu, Hsin-Liang Shen
  • 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: 20130095453
    Abstract: An apparatus for teaching defensive driving includes a hub unit removably attachable to an axle of a wheel of a vehicle, and a housing unit. The housing unit includes a swing arm member pivotally affixed therewithin, a wheel-height adjusting mechanism, and at least one wheel assembly swiveling along a vertical axis and affixed at a bottom end of the housing unit. The swing arm member includes a unit for fittingly engaging a portion of the hub unit and a height adjustable member. The height adjusting mechanism is operatingly coupled to the height adjustable member to adjust a height of the wheel relative to a surface of a road, thereby adjusting a friction level between the wheel and the road surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Byrne, David Meehan
  • 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: 8398405
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • 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: 8314708
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the capture, analysis, and reporting of risky driver behavior are provided in combination with coaching of individual drivers to improve driver performance. The system comprises an event capture device that records both audio and video of an event. The event data, which includes the audio, video, and other related information, is provided to an evaluation server where it is then analyzed and scored and compiled with other event data. Event data can be compiled for individual drivers, groups of drivers, and the entire universe of drivers for an organization. The evaluation server provides managers, supervisors, and executives with access to reports including granular information about risky behavior and trends related to individual drivers, groups of drivers, or the entire universe of drivers for the organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: DriveCam, Inc.
    Inventors: Charlie Gunderson, Tom Lefleur, Doron Lurie, Bruce Moeller
  • Patent number: 8224560
    Abstract: An eco-drive support device that notifies a driver of the eco-friendliness of a vehicle driving operation being performed by the driver includes: an operating unit that calculates eco-drive support information that indicates the eco-friendliness of the vehicle driving operation being performed by the driver; and a notification control unit that controls a notifying unit to notify the driver of the eco-drive support information, if there is a request from an input unit for notification of the eco-drive support information. In this device, the notification control unit controls the notifying unit to notify the driver of the eco-drive support information though there is not a request from the input unit for notification of the eco-drive support information, if a predetermined condition for providing the eco-drive support information is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignees: Fujitsu Ten Limited, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yutaka Motonaga, Kan Saito
  • Patent number: 8116971
    Abstract: A system for training a driver to achieve improved fuel economy monitors the driving parameters of a vehicle, analyzes the monitored driving parameters, calculates suggested driving behavior adjustments, and communicates the driving behavior adjustments to the driver as the driver is driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Tzu Chen, Joseph Figueroa
  • Publication number: 20120021386
    Abstract: Embodiments of this invention relate to a method and apparatus for providing information about a vehicle for training a driver. Vehicle data is received from a vehicle data gathering mechanism (104) associated with a vehicle (100). Image data from an image data gathering mechanism (102) associated with the vehicle is then received. The image data is then overlaid with cotemporaneous vehicle data. The image data is then stored with the overlaid vehicle data in computer memory (108). Other embodiments are disclosed in this application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: AIRMAX GROUP PLC
    Inventors: John Richard Anderson, Ashley Dudley, Stephen Perham
  • Publication number: 20110129803
    Abstract: The parallel parking system/vehicle perimeter marking apparatus is to be used to teach drivers the perimeter of their vehicle through visual aids. This should improve parking skills. The apparatus attaches to the four corners of the vehicle enabling the driver to fully ascertain the perimeter of the vehicle while training to park.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Lane Gallagher
  • Patent number: 7811089
    Abstract: A steering sensing apparatus for measuring steering actions of a driver of a motor vehicle for use in an apparatus for simulated driving of the vehicle in which the motor vehicle remains stationary. The apparatus includes two ultrasonic transducers which are mountable relative to a steerable wheel of the vehicle to each transmit an ultrasonic signal to a target location on the steerable wheel, which target locations are on the same side of and equally oppositely spaced from the centre of the steerable wheel along a generally horizontal diametrical line. Each transducer provides an output electrical signal representative of the magnitude of steering movements of the steerable wheel. The signal representative of the steering movements can be used in the apparatus for simulated driving to deflect computer driven virtual scenic imagery to simulate turning of the vehicle in synchronism with the steering actions of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Drag Tag Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Neville J Bond
  • Publication number: 20100209889
    Abstract: A system and method that classify driver driving skill based on multiple types of maneuvers. An original features generation processor receives signals identifying driving characteristics of the driver of the vehicle and outputs original features from the signals. A features extraction processor extracts certain features from the original features and outputs transformed features. A features selection processor selects certain ones of the transformed features and outputs final features and a classifier classifies the final features to determine the skill level of the vehicle driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: JIHUA HUANG, William C. Lin, Yuen-kwok Chin
  • Publication number: 20100209882
    Abstract: A method for determining a driver's driving skill of a vehicle based on straight-line driving behavior. The method can classify driver skill based on three straight-line approaches, namely, a lane-position approach, a steering characteristic approach and a traffic-environment reaction approach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: William C. Lin, Jihua Huang, Yuen-kwok Chin
  • Publication number: 20100209881
    Abstract: A system for classifying a driver's driving skill of a vehicle based on behavioral diagnosis. A plurality of vehicle sensors providing vehicle measurement signals. A maneuver qualification and identification processor qualifies and identifies characteristic maneuver identifying signals and a maneuver index and parameter processor creates a maneuver index and identifies relevant vehicle parameters. A path reconstruction processor reproduces an intended vehicle path for each characteristic maneuver identified by the maneuver characteristic processor. A maneuver model processor models the characteristic maneuvers and a driving skill diagnosis processor provides driving skill signals based on the maneuver model and driver input data. The driving skill diagnosis processor converts the maneuver model signals and the driver command input signal to the frequency domain to provide frequency content discrepancy analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: WILLIAM C. LIN, Jihua Huang, Yuen-Kwok Chin
  • Publication number: 20100209884
    Abstract: A system that classifies driver driving skill based on left/right turning maneuvers. The system reads sensor signals for vehicle speed and vehicle yaw rate. The system determining that the vehicle has made a left/right-turn maneuver using the vehicle speed signal and the yaw-rate signal and then classifies the driver's driving skill using selected discriminant features obtained or derived from the left/right-turn maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: WILLIAM C. LIN, Jihua Huang, Yuen-Kwok Chin
  • Publication number: 20100209890
    Abstract: A system and method for providing integrated driver skill recognition. The system includes an input switch that receives maneuver identifier signals that identify a plurality of different vehicle maneuvers and data that represents the identified maneuvers. The system also includes a plurality of skill classification processors that selectively receive the data from the input switch depending on the maneuver identifier signals, where a separate skill classification processor is provided for each separate type of maneuver. The skill classification processors classifying the maneuver to determine the driver's driving skill based on the data and provide skill classification signals. An output switch responsive to the skill classification signals from the skill classification processors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jihua Huang, William C. Lin, Yuen-Kwok Chin
  • Publication number: 20100209886
    Abstract: A system that classifies driver driving skill based on U-turn maneuvers. The system reads sensor signals for vehicle speed and vehicle yaw rate. The system determining that the vehicle has made a U-turn maneuver using the vehicle speed signal and the yaw-rate signal and then classifies the driver's driving skill using selected discriminant features obtained or derived from the U-turn maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: WILLIAM C. LIN, JIHUA HUANG, YUEN-KWOK CHIN
  • Publication number: 20100209885
    Abstract: A system that classifies driver driving skill based on lane-change maneuvers. The system reads vehicle sensor signals. The system determining that the vehicle has made a lane-change maneuver using the vehicle sensor signals and then classifies the driver's driving skill using selected discriminant features obtained or derived from the lane-change maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: YUEN-KWOK CHIN, JIHUA HUANG, WILLIAM C. LIN
  • Publication number: 20100209891
    Abstract: A skill characterization processor classifies driver skill based stop and go maneuvers. A maneuver identification processor determines whether the vehicle is in a braking maneuver, and the system determines the vehicle longitudinal deceleration, the brake pedal position and the brake pedal rate from the brake pedal position. The skill characterization processor then classifies the driver's driving skill based on the brake pedal rate, the brake pedal position and the vehicle longitudinal deceleration generally under normal driving conditions. In one embodiment, the processor classifies driver skill by performing frequency analysis on the brake pedal rate using a discrete Fourier transform to find a frequency component of the brake pedal rate to obtain a power spectrum density.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: WILLIAM C. LIN, Jihua Huang, Yuen-Kwok Chin
  • Publication number: 20100209887
    Abstract: A system and method that classifies driver driving skill based on backup maneuvers. The system determines a vehicle speed signal and a vehicle backup gear position. The system determines that the vehicle has made a backup maneuver using the vehicle speed signal and the backup gear position and then classifies the driver's driving skill using selected discriminant features obtained or derived from the backup maneuver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATION, INC.
    Inventors: Yuen-Kwok Chin, Jihua Huang, William C. Lin
  • Publication number: 20100209888
    Abstract: A system and method that classifies a driver's driving skill based on curve-handling maneuvers. The curve-handling maneuvers can be identified based on the drivers steering activity, vehicle yaw motion and a change in the vehicle heading direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jihua Huang, William C. Lin, Yuen-Kwok Chin
  • Patent number: 7695282
    Abstract: In a driver training program, a manager conducts an observation drive with a program participant. During the observation drive, the manager observes the participant's driving without commenting on the driving. The manager discusses the observations with the participant during the conference, and provides reports to appropriate departments of the company, e.g., human resources, benefits, and fleet maintenance departments. Based on the manager's observations during the observation drive and other information regarding driving skills of the participant, a driver training curriculum is designed for the participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Gold Cross Safety Corp.
    Inventor: Daniel P. Lanktree
  • Publication number: 20100087984
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques for remotely tracking vehicle and driver behavior. Embodiments may include an on-board vehicle monitoring device, comprising an interface device and a gateway device. The interface device may include receiving information from a diagnostic system of a vehicle. The gateway device may collect a set of vehicle operating data corresponding to a driver or vehicle behavior. The set of vehicle operating data may comprise at least some of the information from the diagnostic system of the vehicle. A host computer may have instructions for compiling driver behavior data, based at least in part on analysis of received vehicle operating data. The instructions may also include instructions for providing a user interface; and instructions for causing the user interface to display, for a user, information corresponding to the compiled driver behavior data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Thomas C. Joseph
  • Patent number: 7680639
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for simulating the driving behavior of vehicles on a test stand in which the engine of the vehicle is coupled on the test stand to an electronically controllable braking apparatus and a simulation model calculates simulation values of variables which are representative of the driving state of the vehicle in that the reaction of the vehicle to the behavior of the engine and the values of the variables as determined immediately prior thereto are calculated, with at least the vehicle speed and the slip occurring in the driving wheels being calculated as variables. An improved calculation can be achieved in such a way that for controlling the braking apparatus a virtual vehicle speed is used which is changed by a corrective value which depends on the slip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: AVL List GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Schoeggl
  • Publication number: 20100055649
    Abstract: A driving skill improvement device capable of providing appropriate information to a driver and effectively improving the driving skill of the driver from the perspective of vehicle movement is provided. The driving skill computing block 3 computes an ideal vehicle movement state and performs driving skill evaluation based on vehicle information detected by a vehicle information detecting block 1 and information or the like of an obstacle detected by an external information acquiring block 5, and in accordance with a mode selected by the mode selecting block 2, controls an information presenter 4 so as to present information to the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Takahashi, Shinya Imura
  • Publication number: 20100047744
    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: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Miura
  • Patent number: 7659827
    Abstract: Systems and methods for taking risk out of driving are presented. The system comprises an event capture device that records audio, video, and other information that collectively comprise an event. The event data, including the audio, video, and other related information, is provided to an evaluation server where it is stored in a database of events. Driving events can be analyzed singularly or collectively to provide counseling of fleet drivers, reconstruction and forensic analysis of automobile accidents, and driver and/or vehicle scores/ratings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Drivecam, Inc.
    Inventors: Charlie Gunderson, Tom Lefleur, Doron Lurie, Bruce Moeller
  • Patent number: 7537522
    Abstract: The in-vehicle gaming system is comprised of vehicle controls that are adapted to provide both vehicle control during a normal driving mode and game control inputs during a gaming mode. At least one of the controls is selectively disengaged from the vehicle control during the gaming mode. A display provides an indication to the driver of the game environment in response to the game control inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Nissan Design America, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Plavetich, John Cupit
  • Publication number: 20090011389
    Abstract: The portable simulation system is a computer-based driving simulator, which uses an actual drive-by-wire vehicle as an input device, and a portable display to present a simulated Virtual Driving Environment (VDE) to the driver. The vehicle remains immobile with engine switched off. Embedded vehicle sensors are being used as simulator controls connecting to a portable computer via OBD II or similar on-board interface. A portable computer runs simulation software or a computer game. Electronic suspension actuators, wherever available, may be used to improve simulation experience by providing a limited vehicle tilt motion. Certain on-board vehicle's computers, including computers for mapping, gaming or entertainment, may be used to run simulation software, thereby reducing the simulator to a software application. Described driving simulator does not require external power source and can be operated at any parking space using any drive-by wire vehicle, including driver's own vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Konstantin SIZOV
  • Patent number: 6752716
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a game apparatus which can provide an experience of vibrations similar to a real experience. The game apparatus relating to the present invention executes a game program to display displayed bodies on a screen and comprises means for simulating vibrations generated by the displayed bodies in a state of motion for the player operating the game apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sega Enterprises
    Inventors: Eiji Nishimura, Minoru Matsuba, Motohiko Higashiguchi
  • Patent number: 6293798
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for a computer to perform a vehicle operation proficiency test and based upon the results, to transfer performance features upgrade data to a vehicle controller. The vehicle controller combines the functionality of an RC controller with that of a “joystick” within the same device by controlling an RC vehicle when used as an RC controller and controlling a computer virtual vehicle game when used as a “joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Skyline Products
    Inventors: Brendan J. Boyle, Jeff Grant, Steven J. Olefsky
  • Patent number: 6155833
    Abstract: A ride simulator for use with a children's ride-on vehicle. The simulator includes a base, and a mechanism for removably securing to at least one of the wheels of an independently operable children's ride-on vehicle. The mechanism includes a fastener that selectively engages a mount on the wheel to support the wheel and at least a portion of the vehicle above the base. Driven rotation of the wheel to which the fastener is engaged causes reciprocating horizontal and vertical motion of the vehicle with respect to the base, thereby simulating ground-traveling movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary G. Lenihan