With Vehicle Patents (Class 455/345)
  • Patent number: 10374823
    Abstract: A dual-mode controller may include a communication interface between a handheld electronic device and subsystems on a computing bus or network. The dual-mode controller may operate in a “master mode” when a user directly manipulates the dual-mode controller to communicate with any subsystem(s). In this mode, the dual-mode controller may serve as a master controller and accesses and controls various subsystems on the bus or network (such as audio/visual subsystems, temperature control subsystems, alarm subsystems, sensors and transducers) as a master controller. In a slave mode, the interface may act as an adapter or interface between the handheld device and the subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Keystone Integrations LLC
    Inventors: David Lieberman, Robert Turgeon, Byron Tietjen, Greg Gardella
  • Patent number: 10112727
    Abstract: An actuator monitoring and response system is disclosed. Sensor data is received from an inertial measurement unit on a vehicle. An observed attitude and an observed rate of change in attitude of the vehicle is determined based on the sensor data, determine an expected attitude and an expected rate of change in attitude of the vehicle based on a model of a vehicle failure mode, identify a set of one or more malfunctioning actuators based on the observed attitude, the observed rate of change in attitude, the expected attitude, and the expected rate of change in attitude. The processor is further configured to perform a responsive action based on the set of one or more malfunctioning actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Johnson Cutler
  • Patent number: 10084835
    Abstract: A broadcaster may be configured to use a media protocol to provide a distribution point with a stream. The broadcaster uses a controller configured to implement the media protocol that includes a message class indicating an applicability of a message to a distribution point. The media protocol includes an authentication message structured and arranged to authenticate an establishment of a stream for distribution on the distribution point, a stream configuration message structured and arranged to configure the stream being distributed on the distribution point, a connection message structured and arranged to distribute the stream, and a stream session termination message structured and arranged to terminate a streaming session that has been established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Scott K. Brown, Stephen E. Loomis, David L. Biderman
  • Patent number: 10013365
    Abstract: A method for programming a control unit of a motor vehicle, a previous program code executed in the control unit being stored in a memory area, a new program code being written into the control unit, and a check of this new program code being carried out, the program code being executed by the control unit if the new program code is successfully verified in the course of the check, and the previous program code stored in the memory area being written from the memory area into the control unit and the previous program code being executed by the control unit if the new program code is not successfully verified in the course of the check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Eckart Schlottmann, Udo Schulz, Liem Dang
  • Patent number: 9961745
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a lighting device disposed on the vehicle. At least one detection sensor is configured to detect a proximity of an occupant and a controller is configured to identify an approach and a departure of the occupant. The controller is configured to control the lighting device to output a first emission of light in response to the approach and a second emission in response to the departure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Sleiman N. Abdelnour, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 9955258
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless device which is used for receiving and optimizing external music, and has two different embodiments, which mainly comprises a base and an optimizing module, wherein the optimizing module electrically connected to the base. In the first embodiment, the optimizing module further has a receiving unit for receiving external music. In the second embodiment, the receiving unit is built inside the base. External music transmit from an electronic device to the receiving unit and optimized by the optimizing module for hearing optimized music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Cheng-Yang Chan
  • Patent number: 9955331
    Abstract: Methods for prioritizing and routing audio signals between consumer electronic devices using wireless communication standards are provided. In one embodiment, a method for prioritizing and routing audio signals between consumer electronic devices includes receiving a device prioritization designation for at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices. The prioritization designation designates a first of the at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices as having a higher priority than another of the at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices. The method further includes connecting with each of the at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices and providing an audio signal to the first of the at least two connectivity technology-enabled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert A Hrabak, Matthew G. Przybylski, Paula J. Vandermuss
  • Patent number: 9948495
    Abstract: A method placing a device in safe state is disclosed. The method includes initiating a safe state for a device. In one embodiment, an operational functionality of the device is disabled. A safe state message at an interface of the device may be received. The interface may be designated as a management interface. Information may be received at the management interface, wherein the information manages the device. The method may also include disabling a non-management interface of the device, wherein the non-management interface is an interface that does not receive a safe state message. The method may further include shutting down a non-management interface of the device, wherein the non-management interface is an interface that does not receive a safe state message. A normal state for the device may be initiated, wherein in the normal state the device restores the operational functionality of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ALLIED TELESIS HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mark Andrew McKinstry, Theuns Verwoerd, Anthony Robert Lineham, Graeme Campbell
  • Patent number: 9883353
    Abstract: A system includes an in-vehicle system containing vehicle data, a mobile device, and an interface configured to connect the mobile device to the in-vehicle system. The mobile device is configured to access the vehicle data through the interface and post the vehicle data to a user network. The mobile device is able to be mounted within the vehicle by a docking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Brian Ng, Lars Scholz
  • Patent number: 9832036
    Abstract: A vehicular interface may include an electromechanical interface between a handheld electronic device and subsystems on a vehicular bus or network. In an illustrative embodiment, the interface may operate in a “master mode” when a handheld device, such as a tablet computer or smart-phone, is not inserted therein. In this mode the interface may serve as a master controller and accesses and controls various subsystems on a vehicle (such as engine control subsystems, media controllers, navigation systems, sensors and transducers) as a master controller. In one embodiment, when a tablet device is inserted into the interface, the interface may automatically switch to “slave mode” in which it acts as an adapter or interface between the tablet device and the vehicular subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Keystone Integrations LLC
    Inventors: David Lieberman, Robert Turgeon, Byron Tietjen, Greg Gardella
  • Patent number: 9819898
    Abstract: A low-cost portable digital video player receives proprietary compressed data from a source such as a personal video recorder (PVR), and displays the data on an integral display. A rewritable non-volatile memory of the player stores the data and a media decoder of the player transforms and decompresses the data. According to one embodiment the decoder transforms the data to a non-proprietary format, prior to storing the data. According to a second embodiment, the memory stores the data in the proprietary format, and decoder transforms and decompresses the data in response to an instruction from a user input device, and transfers the decoded data to a display. A cradle for the player provides communications to the PVR, a power supply and optionally further storage capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Callahan Cellular L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brett Bilbrey
  • Patent number: 9692880
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for inhibiting a function of a mobile device in a predetermined detection zone are disclosed. A method includes receiving, by a mobile device, a first communication signal when the mobile device is located within a predetermined field of transmission, determining that the first communication signal was transmitted by a first beacon of a plurality of beacons, and inhibiting at least one function of the mobile device upon determining that the first communication signal was transmitted by the first beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: DRIVING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Marwan Hannon
  • Patent number: 9684307
    Abstract: An autopilot system, comprising: an auto-pilot unit adapted to provide one or more controlling parameters to control one or more control components of an aircraft; an override unit operatively coupled to said auto-pilot unit; at least one sensor adapted to capture data associated with at least one external parameter; and a Control value generation unit (CGU) operatively coupled to said override unit, said CGU comprising at least one processor and a database, said database stores information pertaining to at least one flight data; characterized in that said CGU configured to generate one or more predictive control values based on the flight data and the external parameters and provide the generated control values to override unit; and the override unit is configured to accept or ignore the predicted control values based on the pilot's selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Avanindra Singh
  • Patent number: 9661127
    Abstract: Lock-out mechanisms for driver handheld mobile devices are provided to prevent operation of one or more functions of handheld mobile devices by drivers when operating vehicles based on device location data and device motion data within a vehicle by wirelessly communicating with at least one wireless station access point located inside of the vehicle. The lock-out mechanisms disable the ability of a handheld mobile device to perform certain functions, such as texting or browsing, while one is driving. In one embodiment, a handheld mobile device may provide a lock-out mechanism without requiring any modifications or additions to a vehicle by using a motion analyzer, a mobile device position locator and a lock-out mechanism. In other embodiments, the handheld mobile device may provide a lock-out mechanism with modifications or additions to the vehicle, including the use of wireless signals transmitted by the vehicle or by a wireless station access point disposed within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Sanjeev Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 9661491
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method for communicating information about an update of an application, a digital distribution platform can receive, at a first time, the update of the application. The digital distribution platform can receive, at a second time, a signal from a user device. The signal can include a request to receive a transmission of a user interface customized for a user account. The digital distribution platform can automatically determine, in response to receipt of the request to receive the transmission of the user interface customized for the user account, that the application was downloaded, at a third time, to the user device. The digital distribution platform can automatically generate, in response to the second time being later than the first time, the user interface. The user interface can include the information about the update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Abramson, Benjamin David Poiesz
  • Patent number: 9569166
    Abstract: In a smartphone that outputs PCM data and DSD data of different data format from PCM data to a USB DAC, to prevent generation of noises from the USB DAC when the smartphone accepts stopping instruction of outputting digital audio data to the USB DAC while outputting DSD data to the USB DAC. A controller 11 outputs mute data representing silence of DSD data to a USB DAC 2 when it accepts pausing instruction while outputting DSD data to the USB DAC 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Onkyo Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuya Tachimori
  • Patent number: 9456535
    Abstract: A replacement radio which can be used to replace a wide range of older automobile radios and fit into an almost unlimited number of dashboard configurations comprises an interchangeable radio display assembly having a radio display sized to fit into an original automobile dashboard radio display opening and a separate radio case having radio electronics therein. The separate radio display assembly is operatively connected to the radio electronics in the radio case, such as by a cable extending between the two. Separate control knob shafts and associated controls can also be provided which are operatively connected to the radio, such as by cables. With a separate radio display assembly and separate control knob shafts, there is no limit to where the radio case can be placed with respect to the dashboard mounting the display and controls and a radio display assembly that fits the particular radio display opening can be used with the radio case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Steven L. Harrington
  • Patent number: 9455754
    Abstract: A replacement radio which can be used to replace a wide range of older automobile radios and fit into an almost unlimited number of dashboard configurations comprises an interchangeable radio display assembly having a radio display sized to fit into an original automobile dashboard radio display opening and a separate radio case having radio electronics therein. At least one separate radio control housing mounts replacement radio controls such as the usual tuning and volume controls into the original dashboard openings. The usual push buttons can be part of the display assembly or can be provided by a separate push button assembly. The use of separate components or modules increases the flexibility for mounting and positioning such components with respect to the dashboard and one other so the radio can be easily installed into many older automobiles. Original display markings can be provided with application of a transparent display cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Steven L. Harrington
  • Patent number: 9380428
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide location-based services onboard an aircraft for users having mobile devices utilizing wireless beacons dispersed at fixed locations within a passenger cabin of the aircraft. One embodiment comprises a system that includes a plurality of wireless beacons and a location server. Each of the wireless beacons broadcast a unique ID in a broadcast area for receipt by the mobile devices. The location server receives a message from a mobile device that indicates at least one of the IDs received by the mobile device, and identifies location information for the mobile device within the passenger cabin based on the at least one ID. The location server provides the location information to the mobile device for display to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Stephen Gregory Dame, Yakentim M. Ibrahim, Joseph M. Keegan
  • Patent number: 9323292
    Abstract: A portable terminal including a body, a front deco positioned along a periphery of the body, a main battery cover positioned on a rear surface of the body to cover a battery, and a waterproofing cover interchangeable with the front deco and the main battery cover so that when substituted for the main battery cover and front deco all water intrusion paths on the portable terminal are sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Seok Bae, Seung-Hyub Baek, Jong-Cheon Wee, Sung-Kyu Hwang
  • Patent number: 9313862
    Abstract: A system by which high beam lights on motor vehicles are automatically dimmed when a similarly equipped vehicle is approaching from an oncoming direction utilizes transmitted radio frequency (RF) signals between vehicles which operate at a preset range. Vehicles equipped with the system also comprise front, rear, and side vehicle sensors to differentiate RF signals transmitted from oncoming or trailing vehicles. A receiving antenna portion of the system picks up an RF signal, verifies there are no proximal side or trailing vehicles, and deactivates the high beam circuit for a preset period of time. All vehicles equipped with the system provide an RF signal having a digital identification code to prevent interference. The system is preferably introduced as a retrofit kit for installation upon existing vehicles; however, the system may also be incorporated on new vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Levi G. Helton
  • Patent number: 9197311
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a self-adapted multi-antenna selection technique based on broadband wireless access network for high-speed railway are provided. Compared with conventional techniques, the proposed strategy adaptively pairs antennas of an antenna array associated with a base station in response to the fast-changing distance between the base station and the antenna array on a high-speed train. The proposed technique achieves a channel matrix with full rank and thereby improves the channel capacity. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Jiayi Zhang, Haibo Wang
  • Patent number: 9150143
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headlamp control system for a vehicle capable of illuminating a location of a user by controlling lighting of the vehicle's headlamps and controlling driving of the headlamps through actuators based on communication with a radio signal transmitter possessed by the user. The headlamp control system can include: headlamps; one or more actuators installed in the headlamps for driving the headlamps upward, downward, left, and right; a plurality of radio signal receivers at two or more locations of the vehicle for receiving a radio signal; a portable radio signal transmitter for transmitting a radio signal to the radio signal receiver; and a controller for determining a position of the radio signal transmitter based on the radio signal and controlling the headlamp and the actuator to irradiated the position of the radio signal transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seongjun Choi
  • Patent number: 9092487
    Abstract: A system and method (a “utility”) is provided for improving the accuracy of a content matching analysis that identifies a composition of an item of protectable content of a user. The item of protectable content may include a portion of source code or object code, individual or bundled source code or object code files, binary code files, directory structures and/or trees, open source software projects or packages, and/or proprietary software applications or packages. The utility involves storing a number of items of comparison content on a storage structure, receiving an item of user content at a computer-based content exchange, and comparing the item of user content to the items of comparison content to determine, from among the items of comparison content, one or more potential matches that each include a matched portion that is similar to a portion of the item of user content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: OpenLogic, Inc.
    Inventor: Rod Cope
  • Patent number: 9042875
    Abstract: A vehicular communication apparatus establishes, by a narrow area communication channel establishment unit, a narrow area communication channel to a cellular phone that is brought into a vehicle compartment, and establishes a wide area communication channel to an access point outside of a vehicle. Upon detecting a stop condition of the vehicle by using a stop detection unit, the vehicular communication apparatus disconnects the narrow area communication channel by using a narrow area communication channel disconnection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Soichi Saito
  • Patent number: 8983561
    Abstract: A frequency switching terminal is provided to input a signal for switching frequencies of a reception circuit. A smart ECU is connected to the frequency switching terminal via a connection cable. When the signal for switching the frequencies is inputted into an external input terminal of the reception circuit from the smart ECU via the frequency switching terminal, the reception circuit receives a first electric wave transmitted from a portable terminal for smart entry. In contrast, when the signal for switching the frequencies is not inputted into the external input terminal of the reception circuit from the smart ECU via the frequency switching terminal, the reception circuit receives a second electric wave transmitted from a tire sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriaki Okada, Arinobu Kimura, Hiroki Okada, Hiroko Murakami
  • Patent number: 8983553
    Abstract: An incoming call warning device includes a storage unit, a communication unit, a detector, and an incoming call warning module. The storage unit stores a plurality of reference parameters. The communication unit determines whether a call is made to the incoming call warning device. The detector detects a plurality of detected parameters when a call is made to the incoming call warning device. The incoming call warning module receives and compares the reference parameters and the detected parameters, determines whether a user of the incoming call warning device is driving according to a comparison result, and warns the user not to answer an incoming call while driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yang Xin
  • Patent number: 8971857
    Abstract: A communication system includes an object communication unit provided in a controlled object, a portable machine having an identification code registered in the controlled object, the portable machine including a portable machine communication unit conducting wireless communications with the object communication unit, and a portable terminal including a portable terminal communication unit conducting wireless communications with the object communication unit and the portable machine communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Omron Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuo Nishidai
  • Patent number: 8963741
    Abstract: A method for alerting a user of a sequence of events that has occurred, based on data contained within messages occurring on one or more communications buses is described. The method includes entering, via a user interface, data defining a sequence of events for which an alert is desired, monitoring, with a unit coupled to the user interface, the messages occurring on the one or more communications buses for data indicative of an occurrence of the defined sequence of events, and providing an indication to the user that the sequence of events has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Luigi P. Righi, Mark A. Talbot, Gregory M. Wellbrook, Timothy S. Wickham
  • Patent number: 8957766
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods are provided for a universal transmitter. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting activation of at least one button of the universal transmitter, by a controller, for a predetermined time, outputting at least one set of signals to a first set of terminals of a switch of the universal transmitter, detecting output on a second set of terminals of the switch and determining position of a switch, by the controller, based, at least in part, on the output detected on the second set of terminals, wherein position of the switch relates to a transmission type. The method can further include detecting activation of a first button to be programmed and programming the first button based on the transmission type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Gallen Ka Leung Tsui, Philip Y. W. Tsui
  • Patent number: 8954027
    Abstract: An in-vehicle apparatus for performing a short range communication with a road side apparatus, which performs a hybrid communication including a broadcast communication and a point-to-point communication, is disclosed. The in-vehicle apparatus includes a communication unit and a retry count determination unit that determines whether a count of failure to establish the communication in an activation channel in the communication unit reaches a preset retry count. The in-vehicle apparatus re-selects a communication frequency when the retry count determination unit determines that the count of failure to establish the communication in the activation channel reaches the preset retry count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Teruya Yamada, Ryuta Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8948698
    Abstract: Examples of the present invention include a head unit for a vehicle entertainment system, including a housing, a radio, a first wireless transceiver, and a second wireless transceiver. The second wireless transceiver may be used to provide a dedicated communications link between the head unit and another electronic device, such as an auxiliary unit. The second wireless transceiver may have a serial port profile (SPP), and may be a Bluetooth transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph King, II
  • Patent number: 8942888
    Abstract: In an example, a processing device sends, to a remote network device, a request for an application of a mobile device to utilize a resource of a vehicle head unit, the request including a first profile of the vehicle head unit and a second profile of the mobile device. Responsive to sending the request, the processing device receives an instruction from the remote network device, the instruction to be executed by embedded software of the vehicle head unit so as to enable the application to utilize a resource of the vehicle head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Airbiquity Inc.
    Inventors: Darren L. Garrett, Leon Hong
  • Patent number: 8909153
    Abstract: A method of providing hands-free services using a mobile device having wireless access to computer-based services includes establishing a short-range wireless connection between a mobile device and a vehicle; receiving speech in the vehicle that is communicated to a mobile voice platform resident on the mobile device via the short-range wireless connection; parsing the received speech using the mobile voice platform to identify vehicle-specific vocabulary; when vehicle-specific vocabulary exists, identifying at least one vehicle-specific vocabulary term that affects vehicle operation; identifying at least one vehicle function of an inter-related group of vehicle functions that is associated with the identified vehicle-specific vocabulary; determining whether to access one or more cloud services based on the identity of the vehicle function; generating a text-based command reflecting audible control of the affected vehicle function; and sending the text-based command from the mobile device to the vehicle over
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Denis R. Burke, Danilo Gurovich, Daniel E. Rudman, Keith A. Fry, Shane M. McCutchen, Marco T. Carnevale, Mukesh Gupta
  • Patent number: 8909217
    Abstract: An apparatus for wirelessly connecting a smartphone to a remote FM radio system, for controlling playback of audio content delivered wirelessly to the smartphone via a wide area network, on the remote FM radio system. An apparatus housing receives a DC power signal from a remote DC power source. A control panel has a display and controls for controlling playback of the audio content on the remote FM radio system, at least one of the controls performing a function in common with a playback control appearing on a display of the smartphone. An electronic subsystem communicates with the control panel and wirelessly receives audio content from the smartphone, and communicates the audio content as an FM signal via a user playback command input at the controls of the control panel, to the remote FM radio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Myine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Massimo Baldini, Thomas R. Denton, Jacob R. Sigal
  • Patent number: 8907762
    Abstract: An electronic key system that performs ID verification communication to verify an ID of an electronic key. The ID verification communication is started by transmission of a wireless signal from a vehicle and performed between the vehicle and the electronic key. The electronic key system determines the location of the electronic key in accordance with the received signal strength of a radio wave used for the ID verification communication. A signal strength measurement circuit measures a first signal strength, which is the received signal strength when a signal from the electronic key is received, and a second signal strength, which is the received signal strength of the radio wave during a vacant time when the electronic key is performing the ID verification communication. A control unit controls operation of the electronic key in accordance with a measurement result of the first and second signal strengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Masayuki Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8903379
    Abstract: A broadband telecommunication system between one or more control centers (CC) and one or more mobile units (MU) moving at high speed, the communication being supported by a wireless radiosystem with handover (HO) roaming. According to the main aspect of the invention, it is possible to minimize the scan step of the handover, thanks to the introduction in the procedure of a certain number of parameters and the setting thereof suitably handled via a specific algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Thales Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Ceccherini, Antonio Toaiari
  • Patent number: 8903311
    Abstract: A method of wireless communication uses a fiber composite structure including a first conductive fiber composite layer comprising carbon fiber, a second conductive fiber composite layer comprising carbon fiber, and an insulating layer electrically isolating the first composite layer from the second composite layer. Communication devices such as transceivers are connected to the first and second composite layers and signals may be communicated to and from the communication devices through the composite layers. An AC or DC voltage may be applied to the first and second composite layers to conduct electrical power to the electrical devices without the requirement of separate wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: 5ME IP, LLC, Yamar Electronics Ltd
    Inventors: Yair Maryanka, Moshe Israel Meidar, Richard A. Curless
  • Patent number: 8886153
    Abstract: An approach for configuring a mobile device to enable accident detection and notification functionality for use within a vehicle is described. An emergency notification platform receives position information and acceleration information associated with a mobile device. The emergency notification platform applies a rule to the position information and the acceleration information to determine an alert condition. A notification message is then generated for presentation on the mobile device based on the application of the rule, wherein the notification message specifies information relating to the alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Umashankar Velusamy, Devin C. Moore, Wade P. Thompson, Bhaskar R. Gudlavenkatasiva, George L. Hughes
  • Patent number: 8886457
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining the mode of travel of a location aware device. Data from the location aware device is received, which includes location aware data about the speed, location, and navigational route of the location aware device and data about the connection of the location aware device to a power source. These features of data from the location aware device are used to determine the mode of travel of the location aware device. The data from the location aware device can also be used to determine preferred routes of navigation, speed of roads, and traffic on roads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Eli U. Brandt
  • Patent number: 8868069
    Abstract: An aircraft-mounted base transceiver station (mBTS) for providing intermittent coverage in a cellular radio network. The mBTS utilizes the existing protocol of its terrestrial counterparts, thereby avoiding dual-mode devices and enabling common usage of terminal monitoring and device management systems for devices connected to a single radio access network even when outside terrestrial coverage areas. The aircraft follows a transient flight pattern, providing intermittent flyover connectivity for remote radio device such as machine-type devices. Connectivity may be store and forward. Channel usage may be adjusted to avoid interfering with terrestrial communication cells during flyover. Doppler effects due to aircraft speed may be accounted for. The mBTS may be configured to service in-range radio devices which are outside a Doppler-inhibited region and/or to prioritize communication with devices based on expected time outside the Doppler-inhibited region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven John Bennett, Gerald Gustav Vos
  • Patent number: 8867997
    Abstract: A short-range communication system includes a portable communication terminal and an in-vehicle apparatus communicatively connected to the portable communication terminal. When connection is established between the portable communication terminal and the in-vehicle apparatus, a content is executed in the in-vehicle apparatus. When the connection therebetween is released while the content is being executed in the in-vehicle apparatus, the portable communication terminal executes the content by taking over an application execution state of the in-vehicle apparatus which is transmitted from the in-vehicle apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Uefuji, Hiroki Ukai
  • Publication number: 20140287709
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle-mounted audio device including a casing, a tuner, an audio output unit, a housing chamber, an opening of the housing chamber, a housing, a lock mechanism, and a casing connector. The tuner is disposed in the casing. The audio output unit is for amplifying and outputting an audio signal supplied from the tuner. The housing chamber is defined in the casing. The opening is defined in a front panel of the casing. The housing is for accommodating a portable audio device. The housing is removably housed in the housing chamber through the opening. The lock mechanism is for selectively locking the housing in the housing chamber and unlocking the housing from the housing chamber. The casing connector is electrically connected to the audio output unit and disposed in the housing for disengageably connecting to an audio signal output connector of the portable audio device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhiko IWADE
  • Publication number: 20140273908
    Abstract: A media content processor system including a control unit configured to receive radio data including metadata and media content and to identify an element of the actionable content based on parsing data fields of the metadata tagged as including elements of data other than the actionable content, and a method of identifying the same. The metadata represents actionable content for presentation to a user. The method includes receiving radio data, identifying an element of the actionable content included in the metadata of the radio data, generating an option, and providing the option to the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Englert
  • Patent number: 8825097
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing alerts to end users of networked enabled portable devices are provided so that the end users are made aware when broadcast emergency alerts are issued. In various embodiments, a portable device is enabled to receive information about an emergency alert broadcast of which the user should be aware, e.g., from the EAS, and to notify the user of the emergency alert. The user can be automatically taken to the emergency alert information by having the portable device automatically tune to the emergency broadcast information, the user can optionally retrieve the emergency information by tuning to the emergency broadcast channel, and/or the user can otherwise be presented with a reference to the emergency data, such as a link to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: DeWayne Allan Sennett, Brian Kevin Daly
  • Patent number: 8793050
    Abstract: A communication system of a motor vehicle is provided. The communication system includes a vehicle operating unit, a vehicle output unit, and an interface computer. The interface computer is connected to the vehicle operating unit and the vehicle output unit. The interface computer is implemented for the purpose of connecting a mobile terminal to the vehicle operating unit and the vehicle output unit such that information from the mobile terminal is displayable on the vehicle output unit and the mobile terminal is operable via the vehicle operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ulrich Weinmann, Jens-Peter Weiss, Thomas Stauner, Wolfram Manthey
  • Patent number: 8768286
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safety control system for a vehicle with controls located on the vehicle steering wheel. The controls may be arranged in a cluster on one or both sides of the upper half of the steering wheel or on a special flange mounted to the steering wheel. The contours are easily recognizable and accessible while driving without any distraction to the driver. The controls can be enhanced by varied coloring, shape, size, and texture to make them easily identifiable. The controls can be used with portable telematics devices, in a multi-modal process in conjunction with thumb gesture interpretation or speech recognition. A universal portable device docking station may be used in conjunction with the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Mouhamad Ahmad Naboulsi
  • Patent number: 8725111
    Abstract: A method for providing telematics communications is provided comprising: sending an ignition-on message to a switching server by a telematics device, when an ignition is turned on; sending a switching phone list to the telematics device by the switching server; sending to the switching server, by the telematics device, information about a mobile terminal that a driver or passenger selects from the switching phone list and an authentication number that the driver or passenger inputs; and sending a switching setting result to the mobile terminal by the switching server after performing user authentication by using the authentication number and performing switching setting to allow a telephone number assigned to the selected mobile terminal to be switched to that of the telematics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sung Wook Heo
  • Patent number: 8718300
    Abstract: A motorcycle media system for playing audio or video on a motorcycle includes a wiring harness mounted on a motorcycle, a plurality of speakers is mounted to the motorcycle and an enclosed housing mounted behind a rider of the motorcycle. The housing is removable from the motorcycle to expose a compartment in the motorcycle. A power source is mounted to the motorcycle and in electrical communication with the wiring harness. A media source is mounted to the motorcycle, within the compartment, and in electrical communication with the wiring harness. A display mounted within the compartment and is in electrical communication with the wiring harness. A control assembly is in electrical communication with the wiring harness for controlling the operation of the system. A bracket supports the control assembly on handlebars of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Willie E. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8712408
    Abstract: A remotely provisioned proxy within a wireless/mobile phone that proxies a wireless communication path between a disconnected piconet (e.g., BLUETOOTH™) device and a network resource such as a universal resource locator (URL) via a mating mobile phone. Thus, an application proxy module embodied within the mobile phone provides managed access of a piconet device connected to the mating mobile phone to remote services. A disconnected piconet device uses the full data bandwidth available to a wireless phone, without the need for the disconnected piconet device to include its own separate wireless front end, or to require use of a modem within the mobile phone. Thus, using a mobile phone with application proxy, the user need not pay for the luxury of a tethered data plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Tsurutome, Robert Barcklay, Robert Wang