Brake Control Patents (Class 477/182)
  • Patent number: 11097928
    Abstract: A winch assembly (50) including: a winch shaft (12) rotatably mounted within a bracket (18) and adapted for rotation about a first axis (68); a substantially right-angled drive transferring mechanism having a drive input coupled to a manual tool engagement device and drive output coupled to the winch shaft (12), the tool engagement device adapted for rotation about a second axis (72) extending substantially radially from the first axis (68), wherein manual rotation of the tool engagement device causes rotation of the winch shaft (12); and an anti-twist bar (64) attached to the bracket (18) to reduce twist during rotation of the winch shaft (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Lindsay Alexander King
  • Patent number: 10843910
    Abstract: An electric powered pneumatic balancer is provided. In an embodiment it includes: a housing; an air balancer located in the housing; and a compressor located in the housing. The housing includes an opening to receive air to the compressor as it generates compressed air. The compressor is in fluid communication with the balancer which operates in response to receipt of the pressurized air from the compressor. An electrical power supply is in electrical communication with the compressor to power the compressor to generate the pressurized air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Industrial U.S., Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne E. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10731751
    Abstract: A control device for an automatic transmission of a vehicle includes a shift control section including; a deceleration state judging section configured to judge whether a deceleration of the vehicle is a gentle deceleration state or a sudden deceleration state, and a downshift control section configured to command a plural stage downshift to downshift from a current shift stage of the automatic shift mechanism to a target shift stage that is lower than the current shift stage by two stages or more when the deceleration state judging section judges the sudden deceleration state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Kunihiko Okumura, Takeshi Fujii
  • Patent number: 10688975
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to a method and apparatus for application of a park hold assist system in a motor vehicle. In particular, the system is operative to receive an activation signal and to determine that the vehicle is in a park hold assist condition, such as inclined road surface, attached trailer or wheel rotation while transmission is in the park position. The system is operative to apply the hydraulic brakes in response to this condition thereby engaging a brake mechanism on all wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Todd J. Brinkman, John W. Pennala, Eric E. Krueger, Harold B. Thibodeau, Frank R. Bruneel, II
  • Patent number: 10676092
    Abstract: A vehicle control device has an engine, automatic transmission, and torque converter disposed between the engine and the automatic transmission. The torque converter includes a lockup clutch coupling an input member to an output member of the torque converter. The control device has: a slip control portion controlling lockup clutch slip when deceleration running; and a fuel cut control portion performing an engine fuel cut when deceleration running and to terminate the fuel cut when an engine rotation speed is reduced to a predetermined rotation speed or less during the fuel cut, the fuel cut control portion being permitted to perform the fuel cut, based on lockup clutch slip pressure controlled by the slip control portion has reached a slip pressure value at which the engine rotation speed does not decrease due to a shortage of torque capacity of the lockup clutch even when the fuel cut is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Keigo Matsubara, Chikashi Ohta, Masami Kondo
  • Patent number: 10486522
    Abstract: A hybrid work vehicle includes a traveling device and a control device. The traveling device includes first and second rotary electric machines, an internal-combustion engine, a power transmission device transmitting power output from the engine to a vehicle wheel through at least the first and second machines, a third rotary electric machine applying power to at least one of the first and second machines, and a braking device braking the vehicle wheel. The control device executes a first control of applying the power of the third machine to at least one of the first and second machines and a second control of canceling the first control when a vehicle speed of the traveling device becomes or exceeds a speed threshold value and continuously applies the power from the third machine when a braking force of the braking device is larger than a braking force threshold value during the second control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Yoshizawa, Shunsuke Miyamoto, Yasunori Ohkura
  • Patent number: 10457285
    Abstract: A vehicle control device turns off a clutch to put a vehicle into an inertia operation state in response to a predetermined executing condition being met, and turns on the clutch to terminate the inertia operation state in response to a predetermined terminating condition being met during the inertia operation. The vehicle control device includes a deceleration degree calculating device, a determination device, and an operation control device. The deceleration degree calculating device calculates an actual deceleration degree. The determination device determines whether the actual deceleration degree is greater than a threshold value defined on the basis of a deceleration degree of the vehicle in an accelerator-off and clutch-on state. The operation control device terminates or maintains the inertia operation depending on a condition of the actual deceleration degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Shigeru Maeda, Akira Kato
  • Patent number: 10384685
    Abstract: A method and device for operating a powertrain of a motor vehicle are provided, wherein the powertrain includes an internal combustion engine, a transmission and a friction clutch arranged there between in order to control a power flow between the internal combustion engine and the transmission. The method includes the steps of detecting clutch judder, analyzing clutch judder, and determining a type of clutch judder. Based on determined type of clutch judder the method further includes selecting a udder countermeasure from a number of predetermined judder countermeasures and executing selected judder countermeasure. Detected clutch judder can be taken care of in an efficient way and future clutch judder may be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: Ola Nilsson
  • Patent number: 10322726
    Abstract: This gear shifting control device is equipped with a pedal operation detection unit (42) and a control unit (60). The control unit (60) includes a change rate calculation unit (60a) which calculates a time change rate (DFSA) of a pedal load detection value (FS), a load prediction unit (60b) which obtains a pedal load prediction value (FSC), a pedal load determination unit (60c) which determines whether or not the pedal load detection value (FS) reaches a first threshold value (FSCC), a predicted value determination unit (60d) which determines whether or not the pedal load prediction value (FSC) exceeds a second threshold value (FSCTC) when the pedal load detection value (FS) reaches the first threshold value (FSCC), and an output suppression control unit (60e) which performs output suppression control when it is determined that the pedal load prediction value (FSC) exceeds the second threshold value (FSCTC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junya Ono, Tatsuya Ryuzaki
  • Patent number: 10266179
    Abstract: The intent to exit a vehicle when a driver attempts to exit a vehicle is detected by an exit intent detection unit, and regardless of whether or not the shift range other than the parking range is detected by a shift range detection unit, a securing control unit controls a vehicle securing unit and secures the vehicle when an intent to secure is detected by a securing intent detection unit. Thus, unintended vehicle movement after exiting is suppressed by securing the vehicle in a stopped state during exiting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kanta Tsuji, Mahito Shikama
  • Patent number: 9744972
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a brake system and a throttle sensor module outputting a throttle application signal. The system further includes a control module estimating a road grade beneath the trailer and outputting a brake torque request to the brake system based on the estimated road grade and the throttle application signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Arnold Trombley, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Nathaniel Abram Rolfes, Shane Elwart
  • Patent number: 9707952
    Abstract: A stopping control apparatus for a vehicle includes: a braking apparatus; a gear-type automatic transmission installed in a powertrain; and a control device configured to control the braking apparatus and the automatic transmission. The control device is configured to shift, after a vehicle transitions from a travel state to a stop state, a range of the automatic transmission to a P range under a state where the braking force applied to wheels is a braking force for maintaining the vehicle in the stop state, and then reduce the braking force applied to the wheels. The control device is configured to change a decrease rate of the braking force such that the decrease rate after a time point at which a predetermined period has elapsed from a start of a decrease in the braking force is less than the decrease rate before the time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Kosuke Futagami
  • Patent number: 9676388
    Abstract: A vehicle and methods of braking the vehicle on a downhill grade as automatically implemented by a computing device are disclosed. One method includes detecting application of a vehicle brake and detecting acceleration of the vehicle while the vehicle traverses the downhill grade. Based on detection of the application of the vehicle brake and detection of the acceleration of the vehicle, the method also includes sending a command to downshift a transmission of the vehicle. If, after the downshift of the transmission, the application of the vehicle brake is not detected for a threshold time, the acceleration of the vehicle falls below a threshold acceleration, or the downhill grade falls below a threshold grade, the method can further include sending a command to upshift the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher T. Gauthier
  • Patent number: 9562309
    Abstract: A double-drive transmission washing machine and method comprising: fixedly connecting an input part of a speed reduction mechanism to a power part for providing rotational driving power; fixedly connecting a spinning output part of the speed reduction mechanism to a spin tube of the washing machine; connecting a agitating output part of the speed reduction mechanism to a wash shaft of the washing machine; by means of connecting the agitating output part to the input part, the agitating output part revolves around an axis of the power part; and by means of meshing connection between the spinning output part and the agitating output part, the spinning output part and the agitating output part are interacting with each other, but rotate separately drive the wash shaft and the spin tube to rotate individually. This washing machine has the rotation speed of the wash shaft vary according to the washing load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Changzhou Machine Master Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen Chang
  • Patent number: 9322472
    Abstract: A method of controlling a parking control device of a transmission may include a) inputting data about a state of a vehicle, b) determining, based on the data input at the step a), whether a current situation is a first situation in which an actuator of the parking control device of the transmission is to be promptly controlled, a second situation in which noise is controlled to be minimized, or a third situation which is a situation other than the first and second situations, and c) controlling a Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) duty cycle required to control the actuator to different values depending on the first, second, and third situations determined at the step b), thus driving the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventors: Han Gil Park, Ki Young Song, Chang Hyun Lee, Yang Rae Cho
  • Patent number: 9145969
    Abstract: A method for enacting DFSO in a motor vehicle having an engine and a transmission. The method includes, during a condition of normal engine-braking efficiency, disabling the DFSO below a higher gear of the transmission. During a condition of reduced engine-braking efficiency, by contrast, the DFSO is disabled below a lower gear of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Allen Doering, Bradley Dean Riedle, Diana Yanakiev, Gregory Michael Pietron, Hong Jiang, Joseph F. Kucharski
  • Patent number: 9037331
    Abstract: A two-wheeled inverted pendulum vehicle includes: single-winding first and second motors respectively rotating one of two wheels; first and second control systems respectively supplying drive currents to the first and second motors; a sensor detecting a physical quantity that varies with a turn of the vehicle; a dynamic brake unit being able to switch between active and inactive states of dynamic brake being applied to the first motor; and a control unit, when the control unit has determined that the vehicle is turning about the second motor side on the basis of the physical quantity while supply of drive current from the first control system to the first motor is inhibited, activating dynamic brake in the dynamic brake unit. The first control system, when an abnormality has been detected in the first control system, inhibits supply of drive current from the first control system to the first motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Tetsuya Taira, Hiroshi Bitoh
  • Patent number: 8942904
    Abstract: An emergency brake assistance system includes: a collision risk detection unit (12) to detect a risk of collision with an object in front of the vehicle, based on data from an environment sensor (14) for recording objects in front of the vehicle and data from an accelerator sensor (16) for recording an intention to accelerate by the driver; and a collision avoidance unit (18) to implement measures to prevent a potential collision with the object in front of the vehicle, based on data from the collision risk detection unit. The system temporarily deactivates, for a specified time duration, an override condition of a safety concept of the system when the accelerator sensor records the driver's intention to accelerate and the vehicle speed is below a specified speed threshold. Thus the driver's acceleration command when setting the vehicle in motion temporarily cannot override an automatic actuation of the emergency brake system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Daniel Foerster, Michael Klug, Andreas Hartmann, Thomas Weiss
  • Patent number: 8795136
    Abstract: An actuating device includes a vehicle operating brake and parking brake. A first braking effect is generated by the parking brake independently of a braking procedure for the operating brake. The actuating device comprises a first switched state, wherein the first braking effect of the parking brake cannot be provided, and a second switched state, wherein the first (full) braking effect of the parking brake is provided. The actuating device further comprises a manually actuatable operating element for actuating the parking brake that comprises travel positions. The actuating device is switched to the second switched state in a first travel position when the parking brake is released, and to the first switched state when the parking brake is applied. Also, the actuating device is switchable to a further switched state. In an actuating method, the actuating device is switched to the further switched state in response to an actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Bensch, Guy Alain Djeutchouang Djiya, Jörg Helmer, Bernd-Joachim Kiel, Hartmut Rosendahl, Wolfgang Strache, Otmar Struwe, Matthias Tiedtke
  • Patent number: 8788177
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle includes a control unit configured to, when accelerator operation and brake operation are simultaneously performed, execute output reduction control that reduces drive power source output, and configured to perform recovery of the drive power source output, when it becomes impossible to certainly determine presence or absence of the brake operation during execution of the output reduction control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiya Hashimoto, Hideaki Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 8738246
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling a CVT that transmits power of an engine to driven wheels with hydraulic clamping pressure supplied from a hydraulic mechanism to clamp the belt from laterally-sided pulleys, it is determined whether the ABS operation of the ABS mechanism (to reduce braking force to be applied to the driven wheels when the driven wheels are locked) is delayed, and set hydraulic clamping pressure is increased when the ABS operation is determined to be delayed, while the set clamping pressure is maintained as it is when the operation of the ABS mechanism is determined to be not delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Takemori, Yuzo Okubo, Masatoshi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8718893
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of detecting a failure of a motor of an electric brake booster. The method includes: a) determining whether the electric vehicle brake booster is in the brake pressure control mode or the motor position control mode; b) storing a first position value of the motor for each of predetermined periods when it is determined that the electric vehicle brake booster is in the brake pressure control mode; c) comparing the first position value stored for the last period among the first position values with a second position value of the motor in the motor position control mode when the brake pressure control mode is changed to the motor position control mode; and d) determining that the motor is in a locked state when the first position value and the second position value are substantially identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Do Kun Kim
  • Patent number: 8672808
    Abstract: Provided is a brake control apparatus for a vehicle which detects an amount of brake-pedal operation by means of an electric signal, and then calculates a braking force demanded by a driver from the electric signal, and thereby generates the demanded braking force. A control mode for a braking force is switched from a normal control mode to a stationary-vehicle control mode, if a determination that the vehicle is in a stationary state is followed by another determination that an electric signal corresponding to an actual braking force exceeds a command value for a stationary-vehicle braking force while the vehicle is in the stationary state. The control mode for a braking force is switched from the stationary-vehicle control mode to the normal control mode, if it is determined that the demanded braking force becomes smaller than the command value for the stationary-vehicle braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimio Nishino, Toshiyuki Innami, Norikazu Matsuzaki, Shingo Nasu, Ayumu Miyajima
  • Patent number: 8554419
    Abstract: In the event that the brake pedal and accelerator pedal are depressed simultaneously, powertrain output is decreased monotonically with brake pedal input. In a lower range of brake pedal input, the brakes are prevented from actuating or are allowed to actuate minimally. In a higher range of pedal input, the powertrain output continues to be decreased and the brakes are allowed to actuate. In yet another higher range of pedal input, the powertrain output is substantially decreased such that a minimal powertrain output is achieved. The powertrain may include an internal combustion engine and/or an electric motor. The brake pedal input is determined based on a sensor associated with the brake pedal, the brake booster, or the master cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Scott Crombez, Moses Alexander Fridman, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 8483945
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle that executes a method to reduce the energy absorbed by the vehicle due to a collision, the method including actively decelerating the vehicle when it is determined that a collision with an object is possible, terminating active deceleration to allow the vehicle to move forward when it is determined that a collision with the object is inevitable just before the collision, and allowing the vehicle to make contact with the object and move generally in an opposite direction after the vehicle makes contact with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Richie Herink
  • Publication number: 20130150213
    Abstract: A control method for shifting in a manual transmission vehicle may include sensing tip-out while the vehicle travels; operating a tip-out torque filter when the tip-out is sensed; determining whether a switch of a clutch of the vehicle is turned on; stopping fuel injection by stopping the tip-out torque filter when the switch of the clutch is turned on, and reducing rotation speed of an engine by controlling a throttle flap of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chang Kook Chae, Heungseok Lee, Sukil Oh, Wan Soo Oh, Jin Hyun Kim, Koo Tae Kang
  • Publication number: 20130123064
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for preventing driveaway or roll away of a plug-in electric vehicle when it is being charged or is coupled to an external power supply cord. When it is detected based on at least one of the following conditions: a current is flowing to the battery charger, a voltage source is coupled to the battery charger, an access door allowing access to the receptacle on board the vehicle is open and/or a plug detect switch indicates that a plug is coupled with the receptacle, a mechanical restraint on the driveline is prevented from being released. The mechanical restraint may be a parking brake. Alternatively, the mechanical restraint may include preventing the gear shift selector from being moved out of the park position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 8380416
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling an automotive vehicle includes generating a reverse direction signal corresponding to a reverse direction of the vehicle and generating brake-steer in response to the reverse direction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Timothy G. Offerle, Hongtei E. Tseng, Douglas S. Rhode, Gregory P. Brown
  • Patent number: 8315772
    Abstract: A method for shifting the braking assistant function into an activatable state, in which method: after termination of a braking force monitoring function, the braking assistant function is shifted into a non-activatable state or a non-activatable state is maintained; information about the hydraulic pressure at a predefined point in the hydraulic braking circuit is determined; and after at least one predefined condition is met by that information, the braking assistant function is shifted into an activatable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Wagner, Stefan Epple
  • Patent number: 8210991
    Abstract: A control system for a machine is disclosed. The control system may have a first sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of an inclination of the machine, a second sensor configured to generate a second signal indicative of a travel speed of the machine, a third sensor configured to generate a third signal indicative of an engine speed of the machine, and a controller disposed in communication with each of the first, second, and third sensors. The controller is configured to determine whether the machine is freewheeling in a neutral gear, and to generate a machine braking command based on at least one of the first, second, and third signals. A method of retarding a machine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Fu Pei Yuet, Jamie Shults, Jean-Jacques Clar, Kenneth L. Stratton
  • Patent number: 8214113
    Abstract: A retarding system for a mobile machine is disclosed. The machine may have a power source and a traction device driven by the power source. The retarding system may have a speed sensor configured to generate a speed signal indicative of a speed of the machine. Additionally, the retarding system may have a service brake configured to retard motion of the traction device. The retarding system may also have an engine brake configured to retard motion of the power source. In addition, the retarding system may have a controller in communication with the speed sensor, the service brake, and the engine brake. The controller may be configured to substantially concurrently retard motion of the traction device based on the speed signal and retard motion of the power source based on the speed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Anthony O'Neil, Dennis Alan Barney, Michael David Staub, Adam Michael Buhs, Christopher Kent Hoadley
  • Publication number: 20120157262
    Abstract: A method for controlling deceleration of a motor vehicle having an internal combustion engine with an automated clutch, in which method, when a deceleration is present, a deceleration fuel cutoff is carried out in order to generate a drag torque as a drive torque if the engine speed is higher than a deceleration fuel cutoff threshold wherein when a braking request is present, the effect of the engine speed is evaluated, a comparison is carried out between the expected engine speed or the current engine speed and the deceleration fuel cutoff threshold, and the internal combustion engine is adjusted to a deceleration mode or a deceleration fuel mode is maintained only if the expected or current engine speed is higher than the deceleration fuel cutoff threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Bastian, Martin D. Roth
  • Patent number: 8108116
    Abstract: A controller includes a target fluid amount calculation module 31 which obtains target fluid amounts for wheel brakes based on target hydraulic pressures which are set in a target wheel brake pressure setting module 30, an actual fluid amount calculation module 32 which obtains actual fluid amounts for the wheel brakes based on hydraulic pressures brake hydraulic pressure detectors, and a target flow rate calculation unit 34 which obtains target flow rates for the wheel brakes based on the actual fluid amounts obtained in the actual fluid amount calculation module 32 and controls the operation of a hydraulic pressure control unit based on the target flow rates obtained in the target flow rate calculation unit 34.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoji Mori, Atsushi Nakada, Teppei Komori, Susumu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8108106
    Abstract: A motion control system is applied to a vehicle, which has front wheel side suspensions with an anti-dive geometry and rear wheel side suspensions with an anti-lift geometry. When abrupt steering operation is started from a straight-ahead driving state of the vehicle in a non-operating period of a brake pedal of the vehicle, a controller controls a hydraulic unit such that a brake force is applied to a radially outer one of front left and right wheels, which is located on an outer side in a radial direction of an arc of turn of the vehicle upon starting the steering operation, and also to a radially inner one of rear left and right wheels, which is located on an inner side in the radial direction of the arc of the turn for a predetermined short time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Takahara, Haruo Arakawa, Takayuki Takeshita, Chihiro Nitta
  • Patent number: 8070652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for overcoming tooth butt conditions (ZaZ) when engaging gears in transmissions. A sensitive adjustment of the clutch to apply torque for rotating the drive shaft of the transmission in order to overcome tooth butt conditions has certain limits because of the proportion of the power required and desired for making said sensitive adjustment. This may cause unpleasant jerking of the vehicle or a clearly audible locking noise of the involved positively connected elements and undesired mechanical stress to said elements. The method according to the present invention provides a remedy due to the fact that during each shifting process, regardless of the occurrence of a tooth butt condition, the clutch is brought into a position allowing minimum predetermined torque transmission to the drive shaft of the transmission, and this torque is supported on a transmission brake, which is often already available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Bernd Doebele, Norbert Wiencek
  • Patent number: 8060275
    Abstract: An on-board diagnostic system of a vehicle comprises disabling diagnostic operation, such as a misfire monitor, based on road roughness. In one example, the disabling of the diagnostic operation is based on brake actuation and degradation of an anti-lock braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jahan Asgari, Timothy Feldkamp, Craig Stephens, Moses Fridman, Davor Hrovat, Arthur Varady, Mitch McConnell
  • Patent number: 8038575
    Abstract: A releasable backstopping clutch is provided with a safety mechanism to prevent uncontrolled release of the clutch. A support structure is fixed against rotation and releaseably coupled to the one of the inner or outer members of the backstopping clutch. The support structure inhibits rotation of the member when coupled to the member and permits rotation of the member when uncoupled from the member to release the clutch. A sensor is configured to generate a signal indicative of a characteristic associated with movement of the member and a controller is configured to cause recoupling of the support structure and the member if the characteristic meets a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Warner Electric Technology LLC
    Inventors: David Pearson Stoltze, Jonathan Peter Cooksley
  • Patent number: 8010271
    Abstract: A brake control device for an electric vehicle includes an instruction controller, a pattern generator, and comparators. The instruction controller generates an instruction signal for instructing a motor about electric brake force. The pattern generator generates a first pattern signal for changing over electric brake force to machine brake force and a second pattern signal obtained by shifting the first pattern signal by a predetermined frequency. One of the comparators outputs, as an electric-brake force pattern, smaller one of the instruction signal and the first pattern signal. The other of the comparators outputs, as a notification signal, a signal output when the second pattern signal becomes equal to or smaller than the instruction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Ryotaro Harada
  • Publication number: 20110136624
    Abstract: The present invention provides a brake system for a vehicle with an idle stop and go comprising a valve assembly disposed in a brake line for supplying brake pressure to the wheels by operation of the brake pedal to open or close the brake line; and a controller controlling the valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Younghak Kim, Byoungwoo Hwang
  • Patent number: 7955218
    Abstract: An anticollision decelerating and emergency brake apparatus of automobile is disclosed. The objects of the invention is realized by the following: an anticollision decelerating and an emergency brake apparatus of automobile constituted by clutch (1), a energy-storage assembly (2), a brake force transmission assembly (3), a combined solenoid valve assembly (4), a housing (5), a variable diameter assembly (6), a reset mechanism (7), and so on. The apparatus of the invention will auto brake to effective prevent and avoid traffic accident, and the damage degree can be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventors: Dahuai Wang, Yue Zhao
  • Patent number: 7894968
    Abstract: A method and system for regulating a drive torque provided to a driveline of a vehicle includes monitoring an accelerator pedal position and a brake pedal position. An adjusted accelerator pedal position is determined based on the accelerator pedal position and the brake pedal position and a drive torque request is determined based on the adjusted accelerator pedal position. Drive torque is generated based on the drive torque request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventors: David J. Stroh, Robert C. Simon, Jr., Leonard G. Wozniak, William R. Cawthorne
  • Patent number: 7894958
    Abstract: A traction control system (30) for a machine (10) includes a driven wheel (22) operated by a motor that is controlled by an electronic controller (54). A speed sensor (44) measures the speed of the driven wheel (22), and communicates a wheel (22) speed to the electronic controller (54). A travel speed sensor (44) measures the travel speed of the machine (10) and communicates it to the electronic controller (54). A steering sensor (44) measures a displacement of the machine (10)'s steering system (28), and communicates a steering angle to the electronic controller (54). The electronic controller (54) calculates a speed ratio, based on the wheel (22) speed and the travel speed, and an expected slip ratio, based on the steering angle. The speed ratio is corrected by application of the expected slip ratio to yield a corrected speed ratio that is indicative of a slip condition. The operation of the motor is then adjusted to address the slip condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventors: William J. Tate, Jill Trumper
  • Patent number: 7826942
    Abstract: A method of generating braking information for a device including first and second sensors linked to a control unit and designed to sense positioning information concerning a brake pedal moving between released and depressed positions. The method includes transmitting to the control unit, by the first sensor, a first pedal “press” signal and a first “non-press” signal, and transmitting to the control unit, by the second sensor, a second pedal “press” signal and a second “non-press” signal. The method also includes the generation of a first information signal if the first pedal “press” signal and first “non-press” signal are inconsistent and a second information signal if the second pedal “press” signal and the second “non-press” signal are inconsistent, each signal being analyzed independently of the other for this generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Christophe Dang Van Nhan, Agnes Swierta
  • Patent number: 7801656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a driving assistance method which is intended for use on a slope. According to the invention, the vehicle comprises an accelerometer which can measure a longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle as measured longitudinal acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventors: Belen Alvarez, Xavier Marie Groult
  • Publication number: 20100228458
    Abstract: A method for starting a motor vehicle, which is held at a standstill on an inclined route by a brake force which is maintained independently of the driver, after a predetermined holding time has elapsed gradually reduces the brake force which is generated independently of the driver, to put the motor vehicle into motion, and then controls the movement of the motor vehicle, corresponding to a preset course.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Bach, Michael Bleser, Harald Thelen, Elmar Hoffmann, Bernd Schmitt
  • Patent number: 7789799
    Abstract: A parking control system includes a range-switching device that operates in conjunction with the range selection device and that switches the lock mechanism to an engaged state and a released state in conjunction with a switching of one of the driving range and the non-driving range of the drive unit; a vehicle parking brake unit that is operated based on an electric range position signal, which corresponds to the driving range and the non-driving range of the drive unit, and that switches a brake unit, which is provided to stop a rotation of the rotating member of the vehicle, between a braking state and a released state; and a control unit that operates the vehicle parking brake unit based on the range position signal of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Shimizu, Kazuo Takemoto, Saijiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7765048
    Abstract: In deceleration control apparatus and method for an automotive vehicle, a deceleration control is performed on the basis of a turning of the vehicle; and a controlled variable of the deceleration control is decreased when the vehicle is traveling on an outlet of a curved road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Suzuki, Shinji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7753823
    Abstract: A brake regulating system for motor vehicles is provided having an electronic control unit, by which an automatic parking brake function is activatable at a standstill of the motor vehicle, whose deactivation is performed as a function of the instantaneous drive torque, is implemented in such a way that in the event of activated parking brake function, a deactivation of the parking brake function may be suppressed if, on the basis of a function executed at a standstill of the motor vehicle, an automatic increase of the drive torque which does not result from a starting command of the driver is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Guenther Sokoll
  • Patent number: 7720589
    Abstract: A vehicle control device using brake hydraulic pressure includes a hydraulic unit having a housing and an electronic control unit having a casing. The housing of the hydraulic unit is mounted on a mounting surface of the casing of the electronic control unit so that the casing of the electronic control unit protrudes from the housing of the hydraulic unit to one side. On the protruding area of the casing, a bulge is formed in which a vehicle behavioral sensor is mounted. A control connector is also provided on the protruding area of the casing. The bulge does not protrude from the substantially square contour of the vehicle control device. Thus, the bulge will scarcely increase the installation space of the vehicle control device. A vehicle behavioral sensor is mounted on a small substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Hashiba
  • Patent number: 7711469
    Abstract: A process and device for controlling the brake system of a motor vehicle with all-wheel drive are described. The process and the device include an electronic control unit which controls at least one coupling unit for engaging and disengaging an all-wheel drive, so that at least one wheel can be decoupled, from the drive. After stopping the motor vehicle, for example on a sloping roadway, a predefined brake pressure on at least one wheel of the motor vehicle is held either depending on or independently from the extent of brake pedal actuation. The brake pressure is held until a brake pressure reduction condition is present, such as during a brake pressure holding time. During that time, the brake pressure on at least the one wheel is reduced and the wheel is decoupled from the drive to detect slippage, while at least one other wheel remains pressurized with brake pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignees: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Guenther Sokoll, Christian Scheinost, Toni Braeuer, Simon Schilling