With Indication Of Fuel Consumption Rate Or Economy Of Usage Patents (Class 701/123)
  • Patent number: 11604074
    Abstract: An information processing device to be used in a data collection system configured to collect data to be acquired during traveling of a vehicle includes a travel position setting unit, a guidance information output unit, and a data acquisition unit. The travel position setting unit is configured to set an ideal travel position for the vehicle on the basis of information of a request of a requester for collecting the data. The guidance information output unit is configured to output guidance information used to guide the vehicle on the basis of information of the ideal travel position. The data acquisition unit is configured to acquire collection data serving as the data to be collected during a period of time within which the vehicle travels in accordance with the ideal travel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuichi Sumikawa, Tomoyuki Okada, Yosuke Takebayashi
  • Patent number: 11594127
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for improving traffic safety and efficiency. The system includes various signal transmitters and receivers positioned throughout roadways, within automobiles, in smartphones, or supported by a cellular network backbone, for distributing traffic related information to users and traffic controller equipment. Embodiments of the present disclosure allow for vehicles and/or pedestrians to initiate a dual-transmission of cellular and RF signals for changing a traffic light state, where the first signal received at a traffic intersection controller unit is processed for changing the traffic light state (e.g., changing a light from red to green on-demand). Other embodiments of the present disclosure allow for users to receive visible and/or audible traffic related alerts on mobile devices, where the alerts are based on data shared between nearby drivers, pedestrians, and the traffic controlling equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Applied Information, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Mulligan, Iain Jeffrey Mulligan
  • Patent number: 11587091
    Abstract: A method for logging and reporting driver activity and operation data of a vehicle. The method utilizes an onboard recorder operatively connected to a data bus of the vehicle and configured to continuously electronically monitor and obtain vehicle operation data including vehicle mileage data. Data processing software is operable for generating an hours of service log and a vehicle fuel tax log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Innovative Global Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Alan C. Lesesky
  • Patent number: 11584396
    Abstract: A driver assistance method for a vehicle includes the steps of establishing an energy prediction for a route on the basis of an anticipated driver behavior, determining a driving behavior which is optimized with regard to the energy prediction, and outputting an action recommendation on the basis of the optimized driving behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maximilian Cussigh, Harald Hofmeier, Tobias Straub, Mark Van Gelikum
  • Patent number: 11584237
    Abstract: Disclosed are a mobile Internet-based integrated vehicle energy replenishment system and method, and a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: NIO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Li, Lihong Qin, Fei Shen, Xin Zhou, Jinxing Qiang, Jianxing Zhang, Xu He, Xiang Ma, Yicheng Wu, Xiaobin Pan
  • Patent number: 11542744
    Abstract: An agent device includes an agent functional controller configured to provide a service including causing an output device to output a response of voice in response to an utterance of an occupant of a vehicle, and a controller configured to permit an operation of a power window of the vehicle when a speed of the vehicle is less than a first threshold value and limit the operation of the power window of the vehicle when the speed of the vehicle is equal to or greater than the first threshold value when the agent functional controller is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Nakayama, Yoshifumi Wagatsuma, Kengo Naiki
  • Patent number: 11543262
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing information about fuel stations. A system includes an imaging system and a profile management system. The imaging system is used for generating imaging data for a fuel station onboard a vehicle. The profile management system receives the imaging data. The profile management system identifies selected information for the fuel station based on the imaging data received. The selected information includes an identification of the fuel station, pricing information, and at least one of fuel inventory information, or business hours information for the fuel station. The profile management system updates a profile for the fuel station based on the selected information. The profile management system sends at least a portion of the profile for the fuel station to a target system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Mark McClung, Gopal Kalaimani Senthilkumar, Emily Lerner
  • Patent number: 11527083
    Abstract: Determining that a motor vehicle driver is using a mobile device while driving a motor vehicle. Multiple images of a driver of a motor vehicle are captured through a side window of the motor vehicle. Positive images show a driver using a mobile device while driving a motor vehicle. Negative images show a driver not using a mobile device while driving a motor vehicle. Multiple training images are selected from both the positive images and the negative images. The selected training images and respective labels, indicating that the selected training images are positive images or negative images, are input to a machine (e.g. Convolutional Neural Network, (CNN)). The CNN is trained to classify that a test image, captured through a side window of a motor vehicle, shows a driver using a mobile device while driving the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Redflex Traffic Systems Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Jonathan Devor, Moshe Mikhael Frolov, Igal Muchnik, Herbert Zlotogorski
  • Patent number: 11527164
    Abstract: Human-machine interface for required time of arrival (RTA) constraint negotiation. Embodiments present critical RTA information and results of associated data calculations to the pilot in a concise and informative manner using a dialogue box with intuitive graphical displays. Embodiments present critical RTA information to assist a pilot in negotiating the RTA constraint with air traffic controllers, accepting the clearance, and having confidence in the system that it will achieve the defined RTA constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Sivakumar Kanagarajan, Richard Snyder, Joshua Gavroy, Chunyu Sheng, Ivan Wyatt
  • Patent number: 11508194
    Abstract: A position keyed lockbox is unlocked by geographical location data or other positional data and includes an enclosure, a locking mechanism, and a control system. The control system unlocks the lockbox when the lockbox is taken to a location that matches a pre-selected location stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott VanDeusen
  • Patent number: 11505445
    Abstract: The present application provides a method, device and system for automatically fueling a vehicle. The method includes: determining fuel amount to be filled according to the information of vehicle status and the driving route of the vehicle; assigning a fueling device which conforms to a preset position rule to the vehicle according to the current position of the vehicle and the preset position rule; sending a feedback message carrying position information of the fueling device to the vehicle, so that the vehicle drives to the fueling device indicated by a position of the fueling device; and sending information of the fuel amount to be filled and the information of the identifier of the vehicle to the fueling device so that the fueling device offers fuel to the vehicle indicated by the identifier of the vehicle according to the information of the fuel amount to be filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING TUSEN WEILAI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nan Wu, He Zheng
  • Patent number: 11465500
    Abstract: A display method for a hybrid vehicle includes displaying an engine icon representing the engine, a battery icon representing the battery, and a flow icon representing an energy flow between the engine icon and the battery icon on a display unit in accordance with a driving state of the hybrid vehicle. The display method includes displaying the flow icon in a display mode indicating that there is the energy flow between the engine and the battery when the battery is charged. The display method includes displaying the engine icon in a first display mode when the engine is stopped, displaying the engine icon in a second display mode when the engine is operated at engine rotation speed equal to or lower than reference rotation speed, and displaying the engine icon in a third display mode when the engine rotation speed is higher than the reference rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Higuchi, Kazuma Sengoku, Keisuke Kawai, Ryuji Kurosaki
  • Patent number: 11453399
    Abstract: A flood sensing device includes: an acquiring section that acquires plural types of traveling state data relating to traveling of a vehicle; and a sensing section that senses flooding of a road on which the vehicle travels by using (a) a physical quantity that is estimated on the basis of (i) a vehicle behavior model, which is configured by driving force of the vehicle and traveling resistance that includes air resistance applied to the vehicle, slope resistance applied to the vehicle and rolling resistance applied to the vehicle, and which determines the physical quantity that varies due to the vehicle traveling, and (ii) the plural types of traveling state data of the present time that are acquired by the acquiring section, and (b) the physical quantity that is obtained from the traveling state data of the present time that is acquired by the acquiring section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jun Hattori, Takayuki Yamabe, Kenki Ueda, Tetsuya Hashimoto, Hajime Tojiki, Naoki Ishihara, Yuta Ochiai, Hideki Kawai
  • Patent number: 11448544
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for providing real-time alerts regarding the status of agricultural infrastructure resources, which may be stationary and/or mobile, such as water level, water temperature, trough, water pump, drone, and livestock that are equipped with sensors. The system adaptively aggregates and processes the sensed data from multiple resources and animals using low cost readily available wireless local network and sends an alert cost effectively using various messaging methods, such as SMS, MMS, PSTN, VoIP, HTTP, and HTTPS, over various wireless communications networks, such as cellular, satellite, or UHF, depending on availability, cost and quality of service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: James Madison Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Emil Habib Salib
  • Patent number: 11449843
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward systems and methods for using vehicle telematics information to compensate individuals for increases in fuel prices above a guaranteed fuel price. The approaches described herein compensate the individuals based on the difference between a guaranteed fuel price and a comparison fuel price for a coverage period, the distance traveled during the coverage period, and the estimated fuel economy of the vehicle type. A baseline fuel price is determined and used to set a guaranteed price for a coverage period. During the coverage period, a telematics device collects telematics information associated with trips taken in a vehicle. That telematics information is then stored at a data store and used to compensate an individual associated with the vehicle when fuel prices rise during the coverage period to exceed the guaranteed fuel price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Steven Carl Verney, Grady Irey, Frank Kazas, Edward A. Biemer
  • Patent number: 11447123
    Abstract: A method of controlling a mild hybrid electric vehicle may include determining whether a Start Stop Control (SSC) entrance condition is satisfied when a cruise mode is set; when the SSC entrance condition is determined to be satisfied by the control unit to enter an SSC mode, interrupting a supply of fuel to an engine and turning off the engine; monitoring a vehicle speed, in which when the engine is turned off, the control unit is configured to determine whether an acceleration control or a braking control of the vehicle is required based on a detection signal transmitted from a detecting unit electrically-connected to the control unit; and increasing or decreasing the vehicle speed by controlling the engine, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG), or an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) based on the monitoring of the vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hwa Yong Jang
  • Patent number: 11430337
    Abstract: A paving machine including a frame, a hopper assembly, and a control unit is disclosed. The control unit may be configured to determine a location of the paving machine, determine a heading and a travel speed of the paving machine, and generate a non-circular geofence corresponding to the paving machine. The non-circular geofence may have an anchor point that is disposed at the location of the paving machine, and may be positioned and oriented based on the heading and the travel speed of the paving machine. The control unit may be configured to determine a location of a supply machine relative to the paving machine, and determine a state of the supply machine based on a comparison between the location of the supply machine and the non-circular geofence. The control unit may be configured to cause an action to be performed based on the state of the supply machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Gautham Subramanian, Jacob McAlpine
  • Patent number: 11421999
    Abstract: Disclosed approaches for selecting a travel route involve considering phase interruptibility of traffic signals on alternative routes. Multiple alternative routes are determined in response to a request for a route. Information describing each route specifies a set of road segments, a set of intersections, and estimated travel times on the road segments. For each road segment that connects to an intersection having a phase-interruptible traffic signal, the estimated travel time on the segment is reduced based on a correction factor associated with the intersection. Estimated travel times on the alternative routes are determined based on the reduced estimated travel times on the segments. One or more of the alternative routes are displayed, including a visual indication of the route having the least estimated travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Mack, Gayathri Natesan
  • Patent number: 11345367
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for generating control signals to assist occupants in a vehicle, wherein a context of the vehicle is determined, a rule of a rule-based data system is selected depending on the determined context, wherein the rule-based data system comprises a plurality of rules, wherein each rule has a condition part and a result part, wherein the condition part comprises conditions for the context of the vehicle, a confidence value associated with the selected rule is determined, wherein the confidence value indicates the probability with which the result of the rule corresponds with the preference of the user, a result of the selected rule is generated, a control signal is generated and output depending on the generated rule result, wherein the control signal automates a vehicle function with a degree of automation, wherein the degree of automation depends on the confidence value of the selected rule. The disclosure likewise relates to a device for executing this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jens Schneider, Peter Schlicht
  • Patent number: 11287032
    Abstract: A gear stage choosing apparatus that chooses a gear stage of a stepped transmission of a vehicle includes a storage unit configured to store a shift map containing a relationship between vehicle speed and gear stage, a determination unit configured to determine a gear stage associated with an estimated vehicle speed after a lapse of a first period of time from current time based on the shift map, an evaluation unit configured to evaluate fuel efficiency in some gear stages, including the determined gear stage and one or more gear stages higher or lower in less than or equal to a specific number of gear steps than the determined gear stage, of multiple gear stages, and a choosing unit configured to choose a gear stage selected from among the some gear stages based on the fuel efficiency as a gear stage to which a current gear stage is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takaaki Tokura, Katsumi Kono, Takeshi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11279364
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method of calculating a load therefor for calculating a driving load based on a weather condition are provided. The method includes acquiring weather information regarding rain or snow and calculating a first driving load applied to an upper surface portion of the vehicle based on the weather information. A second driving load applied to a front surface portion of the vehicle is calculated based on the weather information and a third driving load that is a driving load due to weather is calculated by summing the first driving load and the second driving load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hui Un Son
  • Patent number: 11279375
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for operating a motor vehicle having a plurality of driver assistance systems, wherein the method includes setting, via an operator interface of the motor vehicle, an assistance degree parameter, which indicates the extent to which support for a driver by the driver assistance systems is desired. The method also includes setting, via the operator interface of the motor vehicle, at least one additional parameter, which is related to the driving operation of the motor vehicle. The method additionally includes specifying, by a processing device of the motor vehicle, at least one operating parameter for each driver assistance system, in accordance with which operating parameter the driver assistance system is operated, as a function of the assistance degree parameter and the additional parameter(s). A motor vehicle is also disclosed that performs the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Reimund Limbacher
  • Patent number: 11281920
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating a vehicle driver signature. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating a vehicle driver signature based on vehicle interior image data and vehicle dynamics data. The vehicle interior image data may be representative of an identification of a particular individual. The vehicle dynamics data may be representative of a particular driving style, or driving behavior, associated with a particular individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez, Scott T. Christensen, Taylor Michael Thiel, Anuj Dahiya
  • Patent number: 11267339
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an interface, a memory and a processor. The interface may be configured to receive sensor data samples during operation of a vehicle. The memory may be configured to store the sensor data samples over a number of points in time. The processor may be configured to analyze the sensor data samples stored in the memory to detect a pattern. The processor may be configured to manage an application of brakes of the vehicle in response to the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Invently Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Koebler, Nicole G. Goldstein, Stephen J. Brown, Jason H. Harper
  • Patent number: 11254211
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an interface, a memory and a processor. The interface may be configured to receive sensor data samples during operation of a vehicle. The memory may be configured to store the sensor data samples over a number of points in time. The processor may be configured to analyze the sensor data samples stored in the memory to detect a pattern. The processor may be configured to manage an application of brakes of the vehicle in response to the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Invently Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Koebler, Nicole G. Goldstein, Stephen J. Brown, Jason H. Harper
  • Patent number: 11235765
    Abstract: A driving control with environmental condition estimating including surrounding recognition function for recognizing a vehicle's lane and neighboring lanes and other vehicles and a function for obtaining the vehicle's state, a path generating part for generating a path based on information from the environmental condition estimating, and a vehicle control for speed and steering control for causing the vehicle to follow the path. The environmental condition estimating obtains the vehicle's position near a toll plaza, having a vehicle ahead following function for targeting a vehicle ahead. The driving control alters override threshold values serving as a determination criterion of the operation intervention for stopping the vehicle ahead following function and a path following function to a value greater than during driving in a general section with lane markings when the vehicle's own position reaches a predetermined point before the toll plaza.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Sato
  • Patent number: 11225144
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an interface, a memory and a processor. The interface may be configured to receive sensor data samples during operation of a vehicle. The memory may be configured to store the sensor data samples over a number of points in time. The processor may be configured to analyze the sensor data samples stored in the memory to detect a pattern. The processor may be configured to manage an application of brakes of the vehicle in response to the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Invently Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Koebler, Nicole G. Goldstein, Stephen J. Brown, Jason H. Harper
  • Patent number: 11214144
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an interface, a memory and a processor. The interface may be configured to receive sensor data samples during operation of a vehicle. The memory may be configured to store the sensor data samples over a number of points in time. The processor may be configured to analyze the sensor data samples stored in the memory to detect a pattern. The processor may be configured to manage an application of brakes of the vehicle in response to the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Invently Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Koebler, Nicole G. Goldstein, Stephen J. Brown, Jason H. Harper
  • Patent number: 11210609
    Abstract: Presented systems and methods facilitate efficient and effective performance of vehicle operations. In one embodiment, a system comprises a user interface, a processor, and a memory. The user interface is configured to convey information associated with operation of a vehicle to and from a user, wherein the information associated with the operation of the vehicle includes information associated with a performance objective. Information associated with the operation of the vehicle can include metric information that expresses a characteristic corresponding to the performance objective. The metric information can be associated with various aspects (e.g., current, future, etc.) of the vehicle operation. Processing by the processor can include comparative analysis of actual performance of the vehicle operation to target values associated with the vehicle operation. The user interface can include a performance indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Traxen Inc.
    Inventors: Syed Ali, Ali Maleki, Gerti Tuzi, Nabil Hk Hirzallah, Saeed Zamanzad Gavidel
  • Patent number: 11206465
    Abstract: A system for adaptive storage includes a storage memory and a processor. The processor is configured to determine, using a first model, one or more sampling rates for a second set of sensors based at least in part on input data from a first set of sensors. The first set of sensors and the second set of sensors are mounted on a vehicle. The processor is further configured to provide the one or more sampling rates to the second set of sensors and store data from the second set of sensors in the storage memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Krotosky
  • Patent number: 11203271
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying a distance to empty of a vehicle includes a controller configured to: estimate a mass of the vehicle, which increases or decreases while the vehicle is running; to calculate a driving energy consumption using a past-learned energy consumption based on a mass level corresponding to the increase or decrease in mass of the vehicle while the vehicle is running, and a current energy consumption of the vehicle; to calculate the distance to empty of the vehicle based on the driving energy consumption; to determine whether to update the distance to empty displayed on a display based on the mass level while the vehicle is running; and to update display information on the display based on the distance to empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jung Min Cha, Deok Keun Shin, Jae Seok You
  • Patent number: 11189163
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for obtaining vehicle operating conditions at or near a section of roadway in order to determine whether existing/current roadway infrastructure at or near that section of roadway is causing a loss in operating efficiency. Vehicle operating conditions may be communicated by vehicles to roadside units via a vehicle-to-infrastructure communications system. Upon a determination that the existing/current roadway infrastructure is causing the loss in operating efficiency, one or more recommendations for improvements to the existing/current roadway infrastructure may be suggested to a municipality controlling the section of roadway. Estimates regarding the effectiveness of the improvements as well as actual measurements regarding implemented improvements may be determined in order to justify proceeding with implementing the improvements and/or generate additional improvement recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Geoffrey D. Gaither
  • Patent number: 11180028
    Abstract: The notification system of a vehicle of the present disclosure includes a communication device, a millimeter wave radar device, an imaging device, an ACCECU, and a notification device. The imaging device is configured to acquire surrounding information of the vehicle. The ACCECU is configured to set priority of a plurality of items of notification information based on the surrounding information of the vehicle. The notification device is configured to notify a notification target person of the plurality of items of notification information based on the priority set by the ACCECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yutaro Ito
  • Patent number: 11175407
    Abstract: Geofence crossing-based control systems and techniques are described herein. For example, a geofence crossing control technique may include receiving a location signal indicative of a range of locations in which a mobile computing device is located; receiving a velocity signal indicative of a speed and direction of the mobile computing device; generating, for each of a plurality of candidate geofence crossing times, a performance indicator based on the location signal, the velocity signal, and a boundary of the geofence; selecting a geofence crossing time from the plurality of candidate geofence crossing times based on the performance indicators; and transmitting a control signal representative of the geofence crossing time. Other embodiments may be disclosed and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: YuHuan Huang, Ke Han, Ke Ding
  • Patent number: 11156462
    Abstract: A system and method for providing point of interest related notifications within a vehicle that include receiving sensor data associated with an operation of the vehicle or a use of a component of the vehicle. The system and method also include storing a first geo-location of the vehicle based on the sensor data and determining if a subsequent geo-location of the vehicle is within a predetermined vicinity of at least one point of interest. The system and method further include providing at least one point of interest related notification associated with the at least one point of interest if it is determined that the subsequent geo-location of the vehicle is within the predetermined vicinity of the at least one point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ting Zhang, Kiyotaka Kawashima
  • Patent number: 11144068
    Abstract: A platooning controller includes a processor configured to control platooning based on platooning control vehicle information when platooning vehicles, including one leader vehicle and at least one or more following vehicles, are traveling. The platooning controller is further configured to monitor information associated with an energy state of each of the platooning vehicles while platooning, and to adjust a platoon formation based on a change in the energy state of each of the platooning vehicles. The platooning controller further includes a storage configured to store information obtained to adjust the platoon formation by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jin Kim, Tae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 11125578
    Abstract: A smart refueling service for vehicles which predicts when a vehicle will need refueling based on vehicle sensors and historical and/or predictive information. When analysis indicates the vehicle has insufficient fuel to reach a destination, and there are no refueling stations along the route, a drone is dispatched to refuel the vehicle. The service is a subscription service which registers and authenticates a vehicle and monitors the vehicle based on user preferences. The user preferences may be to refuel at a desired time of day, day of the week or at a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Raja Shekar Kilaru, Joshua Batie
  • Patent number: 11110814
    Abstract: A charging device for electric vehicles, with multiple charging points, to each of which an electric vehicle can be connected, and with multiple power electronics units each providing a maximum charging power, and a method for charging an electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Roman Stra├čer
  • Patent number: 11104342
    Abstract: A vehicle control device is equipped with a remaining energy amount determination unit that determines a remaining energy amount of a host vehicle, and a lane change control unit that controls a lane change on the basis of the remaining energy amount. In the case that the remaining energy amount is less than a threshold value, the lane change control unit permits a first lane change, which is a lane change into a first lane located on one side of a host vehicle lane, and restricts a second lane change, which is a lane change into a second lane located on another side of the host vehicle lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kanta Tsuji
  • Patent number: 11099022
    Abstract: A vehicle reach area presentation device sets a unit area in which a start point exists as a start area among unit areas into which a region on map data is divided and extracts pieces of probe data including records of past travels within a certain range from the start area. The device sets the unit areas, including goal points recorded in the extracted pieces of probe data, as reach areas, calculates energy consumptions from the start area to the reach areas by using the pieces of probe data, and presents the reach areas to a user while changing display of the reach areas depending on the calculated energy consumptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Suzuki, Hirofumi Inoue
  • Patent number: 11092446
    Abstract: Among other things, a viability of a route is determined. The route includes a sequence of connected road segments to be traveled by an autonomous vehicle from a starting position to a goal position. The route conforms to stored road network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventor: Karl Iagnemma
  • Patent number: 11077768
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a vehicle system to refine a travel range estimation of an electrified vehicle if a desired destination cannot be reached under current driving conditions. The controlling step includes warning a driver about a travel range based on the driver's driving habits, coaching the driver to modify the driving habits, and adjusting operation of at least one vehicle subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Xiao Guang Yang, Jianbo Lu
  • Patent number: 11065938
    Abstract: The present invention provides a control device capable of controlling a cooling device in response to temperature changes due to external factors. The present invention is a control device for controlling a cooling device for cooling an object to be cooled, said control device being characterized by comprising: a temperature change prediction information acquisition unit for acquiring temperature change prediction information, which is information concerning temperature changes of the object to be cooled; a temperature change prediction unit for predicting the temperature changes of the object to be cooled on the basis of the temperature change prediction information acquired by the temperature change prediction information acquisition unit; and a control unit for controlling the cooling device for cooling the object to be cooled, such control carried out on the basis of the prediction results according to the temperature change prediction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Noriaki Kimura, Atsushi Ichige
  • Patent number: 11060883
    Abstract: A system for determining an energy requirement of a vehicle for a journey. The system includes a predictor mechanism to predict, using an energy prediction algorithm, a vehicle energy requirement for the journey. The system includes an updater mechanism configured to refine the energy prediction algorithm for the vehicle by determining for each of a number of historical journeys undertaken by the vehicle, an error between an actual vehicle energy usage for the historical journey and a predicted energy usage derived using the energy prediction algorithm for the historical journey, each historical journey of the of the number of historical journeys being associated with a respective error of a set of errors. An aggregate error is calculated from the set of errors. The updater is arranged to adjust the energy prediction algorithm to reduce the aggregate error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Spark EV Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory James Matthews, Justin Bradley Ott
  • Patent number: 11052896
    Abstract: A cruise control method includes: receiving, by a controller of the vehicle, a set speed, a maximum allowed speed, and a minimum allowed speed, wherein each of the maximum allowed speed and the minimum allowed speed is a speed boundary of an allowed speed range; commanding, by the controller, a propulsion system to produce a commanded axle torque to maintain the set speed; monitoring a current speed of the vehicle; monitoring an elevation of a terrain at predetermined-upcoming locations of the vehicle based on upcoming elevation data from a map database; generating an elevation look-ahead table using the elevation of the terrain at the predetermined-upcoming locations of the vehicle; and determining projected speeds of the vehicle at each of the predetermined-upcoming locations of the vehicle as a function of the current speed of the vehicle and the elevation of the terrain at the predetermined-upcoming locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew S. Zebiak, Amanpal S. Grewal
  • Patent number: 11029155
    Abstract: A method for high-precision position determination for vehicles, wherein the vehicles include devices for wireless communication with intelligent infrastructure devices, the precise position of the intelligent infrastructure device being known and the vehicles exchange status information with the intelligent infrastructure devices at predefined time intervals, and wherein the intelligent infrastructure devices have devices for determining the direction of the received signals carrying the status information, in which the status information sent from the vehicles to the intelligent infrastructure devices includes at least the vehicle identifier and information about the speed and the direction of the vehicle, and in which the position of the vehicles is determined via trigonometric methods from consecutive sets of status information, the associated known time intervals, the direction of the signals carrying the status information and the position of the intelligent infrastructure devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS MOBILITY GMBH
    Inventors: Fritz Kasslatter, Thomas Ritter, Roland Wunder
  • Patent number: 11017661
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a system for collision avoidance between vulnerable road users (VRUs) and vehicles, notably for pedestrian-to-vehicle (P2V) collision avoidance, in the field of intelligent transportation technology and data analytics distributed among edge and cloud systems. In one aspect, the method and the system for collision avoidance between VRUs and vehicles is further based on a reflected optical signal, wherein VRUs and vehicles are configured to emit and receive a proximity signal pertaining to road usage safety before accidents happen. The method and the system for pedestrian-to-vehicle (P2V) collision avoidance is further based on a reflected optical signal analysis at the edge. The method and system are useful for providing danger notifications pertaining to the field of road safety, and pertaining to collision avoidance before accidents happen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: B&H Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Bastien Beauchamp, Mikael Girard, Jean Francois Viens
  • Patent number: 11016494
    Abstract: A fuel efficiency estimation system includes a traveling velocity calculation unit (233) to store a link traveling velocity (331) for each link as a road section configuring a road in a traveling velocity DB (252) and a traveling velocity extraction unit (243) to extract, based on a traveling route (411), a link traveling velocity (331) on a link included in the traveling route (411) from the traveling velocity DB (252). The fuel efficiency estimation system also includes a velocity profile generation unit (244) to generate a velocity profile (441) indicating a change in velocity of a motor vehicle traveling the traveling route (411) by using the link traveling velocity (331) and an estimated fuel efficiency calculation unit (246) to calculate fuel efficiency of the motor vehicle traveling the traveling route (411) based on the velocity profile (441).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoharu Takeuchi, Norimitsu Nagashima, Takeshi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11014555
    Abstract: Methods and systems for collision avoidance between vulnerable road users (VRUs) and vehicles are provided. In one aspect, a method and a system for collision avoidance between vulnerable road users (VRUs) and vehicles based on emitted signal relates to VRUs and vehicles configured to emit and receive a proximity signal pertaining to road usage safety before accidents happen. The method and the system for pedestrian-to-vehicle (P2V) collision avoidance is based on emitted signal at the edge. The usefulness of the method and the system is for providing danger notifications pertaining to the field of road safety, and pertaining to collision avoidance, before accidents happen. The method and the system further relate to precautious collision avoidance notifications using past, current and predicted trajectories of VRUs and vehicles, based on emitted signal at the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: B&H Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Bastien Beauchamp, Mikael Girard, Jean Francois Viens
  • Patent number: 11015948
    Abstract: Provided are a first route condition acquirer to acquire a route condition of a planned travel route of a moving body, the route including a plurality of sections; a recommended operation definer to define a content of recommended operation information related to a device included in the moving body and an output point in the planned travel route at which the recommended operation information is output; a complexity level determiner to determine a complexity level of a route in one of the sections including the defined output point by using a static route condition out of the route condition of the planned travel route and, when the complexity level of the section is greater than or equal to a threshold value, determining a complexity level of each of the other sections in the planned travel route; and a recommended operation determiner to determine the output point using the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogo Okamoto, Takuji Morimoto, Kimika Ikegami, Shin Miura