With Vehicle Patents (Class 455/99)
  • Patent number: 11138634
    Abstract: A gig parking system is provided with a mobile platform having a secure access mechanism permitting a trusted parking agent to gain control over the platform. The platform may include a location subsystem to determine the geographic location of the platform and a communications subsystem to transmit verification information including an identification code associated with the parking agent, an identification code associated with the vehicle, and geographic location. A parking software application may permit the selection the destination parking location from a plurality of potential destination parking locations, which may have weighted values with a corresponding reward, and which may be given to either, or both, the platform owner and the parking agent. The reward may be based upon additional factors, such as vehicle starting parking location, distance between starting and destination parking locations, travel time between starting and destination parking locations, time of day, and day of the week.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Productive Application Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Ta, Gerald Maliszewski
  • Patent number: 11093196
    Abstract: A method, system, and device for selecting and displaying information on a mobile digital display device includes determining preference criteria for local viewers of the mobile digital information display device, selecting digital information to be displayed on the mobile digital information display device as a function of the preference criteria, and displaying the selected information on a display of the mobile digital information device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford H. Needham, Edward R. Harrison, Robin L. Jordan
  • Patent number: 11037199
    Abstract: A gig parking system is provided with a mobile platform having a secure access mechanism permitting a trusted parking agent to gain control over the platform. The platform may include a location subsystem to determine the geographic location of the platform and a communications subsystem to transmit verification information including an identification code associated with the parking agent, an identification code associated with the vehicle, and geographic location. A parking software application may permit the selection the destination parking location from a plurality of potential destination parking locations, which may have weighted values with a corresponding reward, and which may be given to either, or both, the platform owner and the parking agent. The reward may be based upon additional factors, such as vehicle starting parking location, distance between starting and destination parking locations, travel time between starting and destination parking locations, time of day, and day of the week.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Productive Application Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Ta, Gerald Maliszewski
  • Patent number: 10991007
    Abstract: An aircraft media projection system is provided with a deployment subsystem having an interface to supply an enablement signal with an identification code, in response to an aircraft maintaining a selected midair position in the atmosphere above the ground. A location subsystem determines the midair geographic location of the aircraft, and a communications subsystem, typically a cellular link, has an interface to receive verification information including the enablement signal, identification code, and geographic location, and an interface to transmit the verification information to a server. In one aspect, the system may include a WiFi hotspot that is available for use by the public at large. A targeting software application permits the selection of the midair position from a plurality of potential midair positions. Each potential midair stationary position may have a corresponding weighted value. In another aspect, the system may include a media projection subsystem to selectively project media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Productive Application Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Ta, Gerald Maliszewski
  • Patent number: 10814738
    Abstract: An information collection system for an electric storage device includes: a storage device in which registration information is stored, the registration information being information in which estimation information allowing an estimation of a position of an object vehicle and identification information identifying the object vehicle are associated with each other; and a computation device configured to store electric storage device information indicating information about an electric storage device equipped in each of the plurality of vehicle, in the storage device. The computation device is configured to acquire the estimation information associated with the identification information by referring to the registration information and associate at least a part of the estimation information with the electric storage device information, as the position information about the object vehicle, after the computation device receives the identification information from the communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhide Kurimoto
  • Patent number: 10803488
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for location-targeting the provision of media distributed by a mobile platform. The method provides a mobile platform with an attached media projection subsystem, and an identifier associated with the media projection subsystem. The media projection subsystem is selectively enabled, the geographic location of the mobile platform is determined, and the identifier and the enablement of the media projection system are verified. Verification information, including the mobile platform (media projection subsystem) location, identifier, and enablement of the media projection subsystem is communicated to a server and stored in a non-transitory memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Productive Application Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Ta, Jeffery Hursh
  • Patent number: 10796340
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for location-targeting the provision of media distributed by a mobile platform. The method provides a mobile platform with an attached media projection subsystem, and an identifier associated with the media projection subsystem. The media projection subsystem is selectively enabled, the geographic location of the mobile platform is determined, and the identifier and the enablement of the media projection system are verified. Verification information, including the mobile platform (media projection subsystem) location, identifier, and enablement of the media projection subsystem is communicated to a server and stored in a non-transitory memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Productive Application Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Ta, Jeffery Hursh
  • Patent number: 10783559
    Abstract: An advertising system, comprising: a two-wheeled vehicle; a display mounted on the vehicle to show advertisements; and a processor coupled to the display, wherein the processor captures data associated with showing an advertisement on the display, wherein the data includes one or more of the following: advertising parameters from the advertiser; mobile location; mobile distance from a landmark; advertising categories; mobile location demographics; pricing of advertised goods or services; time and date; speed and direction of the advertising display; traffic characteristics associated with the display; views of the display and advertising budget characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Ha Tran
  • Patent number: 10476560
    Abstract: Spatial spreading is performed in a multi-antenna system to randomize an “effective” channel observed by a receiving entity for each transmitted data symbol block. For a MIMO system, at a transmitting entity, data is processed (e.g., encoded, interleaved, and modulated) to obtain ND data symbol blocks to be transmitted in NM transmission spans, where ND?1 and NM>1. The ND blocks are partitioned into NM data symbol subblocks, one subblock for each transmission span. A steering matrix is selected (e.g., in a deterministic or pseudo-random manner from among a set of L steering matrices, where L>1) for each subblock. Each data symbol subblock is spatially processed with the steering matrix selected for that subblock to obtain transmit symbols, which are further processed and transmitted via NT transmit antennas in one transmission span. The ND data symbol blocks are thus spatially processed with NM steering matrices and observe an ensemble of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jay Rodney Walton, Lizhong Zheng, John W. Ketchum, Mark S. Wallace, Steven J. Howard
  • Patent number: 10462703
    Abstract: A vehicle-to-X communication device, including a first processing unit for the processing of received vehicle-to-X messages and a second processing unit, wherein the vehicle-to-X communication device is configured to send vehicle-to-X messages during a starting sequence of the first processing unit by the second processing unit. Furthermore, the invention refers to the use of the vehicle-to-X communication device in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Marc Menzel
  • Patent number: 10300913
    Abstract: A vehicle identification device includes an external sensor configured to detect a situation around a host vehicle, a vehicle speed sensor configured to detect a speed of the host vehicle, a communication unit configured to perform vehicle-to-vehicle communication with non-host vehicles, and an electronic control device. The electronic control device is configured to: acquire non-host vehicle detection information, acquire non-host vehicle communication information, identify a preceding vehicle, determine whether or not the in-vehicle sensor has lost the preceding vehicle, recognize the vehicle speed of the host vehicle, calculate an estimated relative distance between the lost preceding vehicle and the host vehicle when the preceding vehicle has been lost, and re-identify a communication continuation vehicle that used to be the preceding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Kawaharada
  • Patent number: 9679484
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for detecting the surrounding vehicle via vehicular communication, and more particularly, an apparatus and method for detecting surrounding vehicle that detects location of surrounding vehicles more accurately through the a message transmitted from surrounding vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Dong Seog Han, Soon Ki Jung
  • Patent number: 9599448
    Abstract: An inductive proximity sensor is disclosed. The proximity sensor includes a source circuit with an inductive element configured to deliver energy to a resonator when a source current is changed. In various embodiments, the source current is provided a step current source. In various embodiments, the source current is provided by constant current source coupled to the inductive element by a switch. Apparatus and methods for operating the inductive proximity sensor are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Rollins, Weihua Chen, Prachi S. Kulkarni, Diana A. Sufariu
  • Patent number: 9483970
    Abstract: A method, system, and device for selecting and displaying information on a mobile digital display device includes determining preference criteria for local viewers of the mobile digital information display device, selecting digital information to be displayed on the mobile digital information display device as a function of the preference criteria, and displaying the selected information on a display of the mobile digital information device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford H. Needham, Edward R. Harrison, Robin L. Jordan
  • Patent number: 9161024
    Abstract: A display device includes a telephone communication signal reception antenna that receives radio waves utilized in telephone communication; a reception intensity measurement unit that measures an intensity of the radio waves received by the communication signal reception antenna; a determination unit that determines, based on the intensity of the radio waves measured by the reception intensity measurement unit, a display mode that displays an image at a display unit by using a representation method which is predetermined associated with the intensity of the radio waves; and a display control unit that controls the display unit based on the display mode determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sawada
  • Patent number: 9042824
    Abstract: A vehicle computer system comprising a transceiver in a vehicle configured to wirelessly connect with a nomadic device, wherein the nomadic device is capable of running a contextual application which operates at least in part based on vehicle environment data. The vehicle computer system further comprises one or more vehicle modules configured to receive environment data and capable of causing the transceiver to provide the vehicle environment data to the nomadic device for processing by the contextual application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad, Christopher Peplin
  • Patent number: 9026038
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes an operation module configured for communication with a wireless message repeater, e.g., a rail vehicle distributed power message repeater. The wireless message repeater is of the type having an antenna system, a receiver for receiving an incoming message, and a transmitter for transmitting a repeat message of the incoming message. The operation module is further configured to assess operation of the message repeater by comparing a feedback signal to the incoming message. The feedback signal may comprise part of a signal energy of the transmitted repeat message as received by the receiver. Alternatively or additionally, the operation module is further configured to assess operation of the message repeater by comparing at least one signal power associated with the transmitted repeat message to at least one threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gary William Mason, Mark E. Smith
  • Patent number: 8983381
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for receiving and processing a control signal and/or a data signal through a short-range wireless communication. The wireless signal processing apparatus preferably includes a connection detection unit that detects a connection of a peripheral device, and a communication unit that receives the control signal and the data signal from a client device through the short-range wireless communication. A data processing unit sends the received data signal to the peripheral device, and a mode control unit for controlling the communication unit to send the received data signal to the data processing unit when the connection detection unit detects the connection of the peripheral device. The apparatus and method may be utilized for various purposes on the basis of the short-range wireless communication, depending on whether or not the peripheral device is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Don Kim
  • 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: 8892175
    Abstract: A system and method for connection management between a consumer device and a vehicle. The connection management is performed automatically using a computing device, e.g., an application executing on a smartphone. The system and method configure the vehicle and consumer device in a manner that optimizes the vehicle and consumer device connections based on a variety of factors such as available connections/ports and protocols to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David Kirsch
  • Patent number: 8880240
    Abstract: Methods for establishing continuous communications between a vehicle and a mobile device using Near Field Communications (NFC), and using the NFC communication to enable application hosting on the mobile device and other features. An NFC-enabled mobile device is placed in close proximity to an NFC antenna in the vehicle, where in one embodiment the NFC antenna is integrated into a wireless charging pad for the device. Continuous wireless NFC communications are established between the mobile device and the vehicle, such that the device can serve as a controller for in-vehicle systems. Control applications on the mobile device can include driver-commanded features such as operation of windows and door locks, as well as automatic features such as navigation and collision warning. Other uses of the NFC-enabled mobile device are also disclosed, such as event-based information capture and gesture-based control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Donald K. Grimm, Timothy J. Talty
  • Patent number: 8880009
    Abstract: A method for performing communication in a self-organized wireless network, in particular a vehicular network, preferably based on the IEEE 802.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Europe Ltd.
    Inventors: Roberto Baldessari, Damiano Scanferla, Long Le, Wenhui Zhang, Andreas Festag
  • Patent number: 8818275
    Abstract: A vehicle display device is provided with a communications interface, which couples the vehicle display device to portable input devices inside the vehicle. The portable input devices are thus provided with the ability to control the display device and what is displayed thereon. The communications interface also enables the portable input device to control vehicle subsystems such as a climate control system, entertainment system and the like. Portable input devices equipped with sensors have sensor-generated information displayed on the vehicle display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc
    Inventor: Oddy N. Khamharn
  • Patent number: 8817599
    Abstract: A mobile router having a session proxy module is disclosed. The session proxy module may act as a proxy (such as a TCP proxy) for all sessions (e.g., TCP sessions) going through the mobile router. That is, for example, when a local end-user seeks to establish a TCP session from their local end-user device (such as laptop) with a destination (such as a third party server), the session proxy module may (1) terminate the TCP session coming from the local end-user device and (2) establish a TCP (or some other protocol) session on the backhaul interface with the destination. That way, all end-user traffic between the end-user and the destination may be transparently routed through the mobile router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Autonet Mobile, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas S. Moeller
  • Publication number: 20140199953
    Abstract: In one embodiment a communication system comprises a radiofrequency (RF) transmitter, an antenna communicatively coupled to the RF transmitter to direct an RF signal in a first direction, a laser ranger mounted to the antenna to direct a pulsed laser signal in the first direction and receive reflected laser signals from a rotorblade, and logic to determine a measure of interference resulting from a rotorblade, provide the measure of interference to a radiofrequency (RF) transmitter, and shutter an RF transmission signal from the RF transmitter in response to the measure of interference. Other embodiments may be described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8744396
    Abstract: A software-defined tactical radio solution meets the original JTRS SWaP goals by providing four complete software-defined 125 W (peak) radio channels in four modules that replace the four UT modules of the current GMR design, while retaining the GVA and NIU of the GMR. Two dual transceiver modules each include two transceivers based on OMAP processors. Two dual-channel power amplifier modules each include two 125 W (peak) amplifiers, each amplifier combining two GaN transistors combined in parallel. In embodiments, the OMAP processors include TM320C64xx DSP cores. In some embodiments, the OMAP processors are DM3730 processors. In various embodiments, each dual transceiver module includes a five Watt power amplifier. In embodiments, SINCGAR, SRW, and/or WNW waveforms are supported by software configuration. In some embodiments transceivers can be transitioned by software between waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Dominick Laccona, George M Horihan
  • Patent number: 8738222
    Abstract: A method for controlling a multimedia system on an automobile that includes at least one module for executing a multimedia function, having at least one operation state controlled by an action of the user on an interface. The multimedia system includes a prestart state in which at least one prescribed task of the module that does not require any action by the user is initiated, a detection mechanism monitors the occurrence of a vehicle opening or unlocking event, the module is temporarily set in the prestart state following the detection of the event, the module being capable, when in the prestart state, of being switched to the operation state when the user acts on the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Herve Conan, Remi Rimlinger
  • Patent number: 8712343
    Abstract: A wireless network arrangement includes a space having a hindrance to wireless communication. The hindrance includes a fixed barrier and/or a three-dimensional area for accommodating a moveable barrier. At least three wireless electronic nodes are wirelessly and communicatively coupled to each other. A broadcast range of the nodes is greater than a largest dimension of the enclosure. The hindrance is disposed between a first one of the nodes and a second one of the nodes. The at least three nodes are positioned within the enclosure such that a wireless signal communication path wirelessly and communicatively couples the first one of the nodes to the second one of the nodes. The communication path is non-intersecting with the hindrance. The communication path passes through at least a third one of the nodes. The communication path is formed exclusively of a plurality of joined linear segments. Opposite ends of each linear segment are disposed at corresponding ones of the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dhananjay Lal, Vivek Jain
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8706059
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method of identifying at least one transmission frequency in a set of carrier frequencies can include: (a) determining a first signal strength for each carrier frequency in the set of carrier frequencies; (b) choosing a first transmission frequency from the set of carrier frequencies at least partially based on the first signal strength of each of the carrier frequencies of the set of carrier frequencies; and (c) broadcasting electrical signals over the first transmission frequency. Other embodiments are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy King, Scott Jackson, Jeong Lee, Wesley Kung, James Foo, Jerry Ngai-Chiu Wong, Kelly Ferdman, Vannin Gale
  • Patent number: 8682379
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system of dynamic wireless transmitting power control for a vehicle. The system of wireless transmitting power control comprises: a receiving unit, a state unit, a storing unit, a caution unit, a transmitting power decision unit and a transmitting unit. Accordingly, the system of dynamic wireless transmitting power control periodically adjusts a transmitting power level according to the number of driving vehicles so as to adjust transmission radius, decrease transmission interferences and accidents among cars and increase efficiency of wireless frequency usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tien-Yuan Hsieh, Jing-Shyang Hwu
  • Patent number: 8676135
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for improvements in vehicle entertainment systems. A user (vehicle passenger) may wish to buy a song (or other media item) that is currently playing on the vehicle digital radio. In one embodiment, the user may direct a purchase command directly to a music vendor, without going through a central server. In the example of purchasing digital music files, such vendors currently may include iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody and others. The purchase command may be entered at the user's mobile phone user interface. In another embodiment, the purchase request may be entered to the vehicle control system without the use of a mobile phone. The requested media item is downloaded to the vehicle and or to a designated alternative destination which may be the user's home or office or mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airbiquity Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Hong, Kamyar Moinzadeh, David Quimby, Darrin Garrett
  • Patent number: 8675514
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring wireless network performance that provides a real-time detection and identification of problem areas within a wireless carrier's network. The method involves receiving and attempting to fulfill requests for vehicle services data sent via the wireless carrier system between vehicles and a call center or other remote facility. The success or failure of these attempts are recorded and associated with the geographic region in which the vehicle was located during the attempt, and this information for a multitude of vehicles is then analyzed in conjunction with other inputs and stored data to determine whether a particular geographic region is experiencing a wireless service outage or other degradation in performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Myers, Dalia Poulis, Delano K. Kado, Kevin R. Krause, Fahd Z. Laghrari
  • Patent number: 8655322
    Abstract: Disabling wireless access point notifications is described. In some implementations, wireless access point notifications on a mobile device can be disabled when movement of the mobile device is detected. In some implementations, wireless access point notifications on a mobile device can be re-enabled when the mobile device detects that the mobile device has been stationary for a specified period of time following movement of the mobile device. In some implementations, wireless access point notifications can be disabled on a per access point basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre Naaman
  • Patent number: 8639209
    Abstract: Communications are established with a first base station and the communications include first validation information associated with the first base station. Second validation information is obtained and the second validation information is stored in a data structure. The second validation information is associated with a second and valid base station. The first validation information is compared to the second validation information stored in the data structure and it is determined whether the first base station is valid based upon the comparison. When the comparing indicates that the first base station is not valid, a warning is initiated to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Walby, Robert F. D'Avello, Harsha Dabholkar, James Snider
  • Patent number: 8635013
    Abstract: A cooperative event location system is provided having a first system in a first vehicle and a second system. The first system includes a first event detection component to detect an occurrence of an event, a first measurement component to determine a distance traveled from the event, a first processing component coupled to the event detection component and the measurement component to prepare an event message, and a first short-range communication component coupled to the processing component and configured to transmit the event message to the second system remote from the first system. The second system includes a second short-range communication component to receive the event message, a satellite navigation component to provide location information, and a processing component coupled to the second communication component and the satellite navigation component to determine in latitude and longitude coordinates a location of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Saverio Zuccotti, Mario Gambera
  • Patent number: 8630196
    Abstract: A distributed processing system in a vehicle includes many processors communicating through a network. One of the processors controls the image content of a display mounted in view of a vehicle occupant; a second processor is in a portable device connected to the packet networks. An application residing in a memory device connected to the vehicle network is launched from that memory when the portable device is brought into the vehicle. The combination of the display, the image content processor, the application and the portable device allow a user to access the internet and conduct transactions for goods and services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Eagle Harbor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Alan Preston, Robert Pierce Lutter
  • Patent number: 8620229
    Abstract: The current drawn by a wireless communications device that is configured to periodically scan control channels can be reduced by reducing the number of control channels to be scanned. The relative strengths of a serving cell control channel and the relative strengths of neighboring cell control channels are determined and the scanning of neighboring cell control channels is discontinued if the communications device is not moving and the signal strength of the serving cell is above a threshold value selected to provide a signal level at which data on a control channel can be reliably recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc
    Inventor: James Snider
  • Patent number: 8620390
    Abstract: An in-vehicle hands-free apparatus transfers, from a cellular phone to the hands-free apparatus, information regarding all the e-mails received from a communication network and stored in the cellular phone, right after the connection of a Bluetooth (BT) communication channel between the cellular phone and the hands-free apparatus. Thus, received e-mails that are received by the cellular phone from the communication network during a BT communication channel disconnection time can be synchronized between the cellular phone and the in-vehicle hands-free apparatus, thereby allowing the user to handle, on the hands-free apparatus, the received e-mails that have been received by the cellular phone while the BT communication channel is absent between the cellular phone and the hands-free apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8619749
    Abstract: A distributed architecture system for receiving radio frequency (RF) signals includes a receiving unit receiving a plurality of RF signals. The receiving unit includes means for combining the plurality of RF signals into a multiplexed signal. A head unit receives and separates the multiplexed signal into a plurality of information signals. The head unit prepares the information signals for presentation to a user. The head unit is disposed remotely from the receiving unit. A multiplexed link carries the multiplexed signal from the receiving unit to the head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Hans Alfred Troemel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8611930
    Abstract: Promotional or informational materials are selected for presentation to mobile device users based at least in part on knowledge about where those users intend to go. If a user performs a points-of-interest search that evinces a particular intent, then the mobile device can select informational materials that are associated with that particular intent, and then display those informational materials. The informational materials selected can be limited to those that are mapped to a point of interest that the searching user selected from a list of points of interest that are relevant to the user's specified intent. Additionally or alternatively, the mobile device might display only the informational materials that are mapped to a particular point of interest in response to detecting that the user has entered within a specified proximity of that particular point of interest, as determined through a global positioning system of the user's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain Louboutin, Gregg Golembeski, Jr., Daniel de Rocha Rosario, Robert J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 8611847
    Abstract: Location determination signals are received and a location of interest is determined from the location determination signals. A communication service is established and synchronized with a known, valid base station via a first communication channel. A value of a signal strength indicator associated with the first communication channel is monitored. When the value of the signal strength indicator falls below a threshold level, a warning message is transmitted to the known, valid base station before synchronization of the communication service is lost with the known, valid base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Snider, Robert F. D'Avello
  • Patent number: 8606292
    Abstract: Methods and corresponding systems are provided for limiting mobile station operation when multiple mobile stations are moving together in a group. Such group movement includes but is not limited to movement in a vehicle. According to disclosed methods, a determination is made that multiple mobile stations are moving substantially together, and in response to the determination, operation of one or more of the mobile stations is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Warren B. Cope, Pallavur A. Sankaranaraynan, Bejoy Pankajakshan, John E. Belser
  • Patent number: 8606217
    Abstract: A communication control unit for transmitting data via a transmission pathway between a tachograph and a data processing facility. The transmission pathway contains at least one partial section for a wireless transmission. The communication control unit comprises a GSM module and/or a module for wireless data transmission with the data processing device. A system, which additionally contains a tachograph and a data processing facility. The tachograph and a communication control unit associated therewith are disposed in a vehicle and said data processing facility is disposed outside said vehicle. Using the communication control unit, a method for transmitting data via a transmission pathway between a tachograph and a data processing facility is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gut, Patrik Helbig, Ulrich Münch
  • Publication number: 20130295862
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method of identifying at least one transmission frequency in a set of carrier frequencies can include: (a) determining a first signal strength for each carrier frequency in the set of carrier frequencies; (b) choosing a first transmission frequency from the set of carrier frequencies at least partially based on the first signal strength of each of the carrier frequencies of the set of carrier frequencies; and (c) broadcasting electrical signals over the first transmission frequency. Other embodiments are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Randy King, Scott Jackson, Jeong Lee, Wesley Kung, James Foo, Jerry Ngai-Chiu Wong, Kelly Ferdman, Vannin Gale
  • Patent number: 8560022
    Abstract: If a cellular phone with which a communication link is established is compliant with PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile), an in-vehicle navigation apparatus with a handsfree function stores and arranges, in a work memory device, phone book data transmitted automatically from the cellular phone. Thus, the newest phone book data can be made available. On the other hand, if the cellular phone is not compliant with PBAP, the in-vehicle navigation apparatus stores and arranges, in the work memory device, phone book data, which are presently stored in a storage memory device. Thus, if the presently stored phone book data, which are not newest, are desirable, they can be made available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takahisa Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8504074
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a processor and a memory coupled to the processor and configured to store user-specific data. The processor is configured to access data indicating a position of the mobile device and provide advertisement data based upon the position of the mobile device and the user-specific data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward T. Colligan, Sachin S. Kansal, David D. Daetz, David Z. Creemer, David Vadasz, Bernard P. Cousineau, Matias G. Duarte
  • Patent number: 8478209
    Abstract: A multimedia content dissemination system is provided for mobile vehicles. A wireless vehicle communication network provides communication among mobile vehicles in the network. At least one host vehicle within the wireless vehicle communication network is selected by an authorized entity for disseminating multimedia content received by the authorized entity. The at least one host vehicle transmits an inquiry to target vehicles in the wireless vehicle communication network. The inquiry comprises a content profile that includes descriptors associated with the multimedia content for allowing target vehicles to determine whether an interest exists in the multimedia content. The at least one host vehicle transmits the multimedia content in encrypted form to an interested target vehicle for sampling the multimedia content. The interested target vehicle requests ongoing use of the multimedia content from the authorized entity in response to sampling the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Fan Bai, Donald K. Grimm, Timothy J. Talty
  • Patent number: 8467726
    Abstract: The communication device (10) which performs, when attached to the first region of the moving body, wireless communication with the communication partner device (20) attached to the second region of the moving body includes: a motion obtaining unit (11) which obtains motion information indicating a motion of at least one region of the moving body; a parameter determining unit (12) which determines a parameter corresponding to the motion of the region of the moving body indicated by the motion information obtained by the motion obtaining unit (11), using parameter information in which the motion and a parameter indicating a communication mode for successful wireless communication are associated with each other; and a wireless communication unit (13) which performs wireless communication with the communication partner device (20) according to the parameter determined by the parameter determining unit (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Naganori Shirakata, Koji Imamura, Yoshitaka Ohta
  • Patent number: 8436746
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are provided for alerting a driver that a potential hazard is in the vicinity of the driver's vehicle. In general, activation signals transmitted from a vehicle are received at a potential hazard, and hazard signals are, in response, transmitted from the potential hazard to the vehicle. The hazard signals provide an indication of the potential hazard to the driver so that he may be aware of the potential hazard and react accordingly. The indication may be provided to the driver visually, such as on a display of the vehicle, and/or audibly, such as in the form of an audible alert issued by a speaker. The hazard signals may also include one or more characteristics of the potential hazard to provide more information about the potential hazard to the driver, such as the type of potential hazard and/or the degree of danger associated with the potential hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk E. Cemper