With Indication Of Fuel Consumption Rate Or Economy Of Usage Patents (Class 701/123)
  • Patent number: 11945335
    Abstract: A method and system for characterizing an energy consumption indicator of an electric vehicle (EV) is provided. The method includes performing a cyclic energy consumption test on the EV to acquire a time-speed curve, a time-direct current (DC) energy consumption curve, and a total alternating current (AC) energy consumption in the test cycle. A DC energy consumption rate and an AC energy consumption rate of the EV is determined in each of test sub-cycles. A driving feature is determined in each of the test sub-cycles and a normalized driving feature is determined in each of the test sub-cycles according to the driving feature in each of the test sub-cycles and a base driving feature. A DC energy consumption indicator and an AC energy consumption indicator of the EV are extracted according to DC energy consumption rates, AC energy consumption rates and normalized driving features of the EV in all test sub-cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: JILIN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xinmei Yuan, Bo Bao, Dongyu Zhang, Jingfei Jiang, Fanzhuo Meng
  • Patent number: 11940278
    Abstract: Systems and methods for indicating a navigable area that is reachable by a watercraft with a current amount of energy is provided. The system comprises a display, a processor and a memory, including a computer code configured to, when executed by the processor, cause the system to receive position data indicating a current geographic location of a watercraft; receive tidal data for the current geographic location of the watercraft; determine, based on energy remaining data, an estimated available travel distance for operating a motor of the watercraft before the watercraft runs out of energy; and generate an overlay for a chart. The overlay comprises a boundary area corresponding to the estimated available travel distance and the effect of the tide on the watercraft. The computer code further presents the overlay on the chart to visually indicate travel options from the current geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Navico, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan P. Davis
  • Patent number: 11914384
    Abstract: An energy consumption estimation device includes a reception unit configured to receive, from a user, request information including a departure point and a destination, a route derivation unit configured to derive a plurality of travel routes based on the departure point and the destination included in the request information, an acquisition unit configured to acquire section energy consumption in a case where a vehicle travels on a road section, which is derived based on information on vehicle speed and information on road undulations, and an estimation unit configured to respectively estimate energy consumption of the vehicle in a case where the vehicle travels on the derived travel routes by adding section energy consumption for road sections included in the travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yu Nagata, Toshihiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11900281
    Abstract: In an example, a method for optimizing energy loading in airline operations is described. The method includes receiving a flight plan of an aircraft indicative of a plurality of landing sites and a corresponding plurality of flight legs. The method includes determining an energy load of the aircraft associated with each flight leg. The energy load corresponds to an amount of fuel used during the flight leg. The method includes calculating a fuel value score for refueling the aircraft at a landing site of each flight leg. The fuel value score relates to a refueling estimate at the landing site and a time for refueling at the landing site. The method includes determining a fueling plan based at least on the energy load of the aircraft at each flight leg and the fuel value score for refueling the aircraft at the landing site of each flight leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Italo Romani de Oliveira, Francisco A. Navarro, Onofre Andrade
  • Patent number: 11891045
    Abstract: A power transmission device of the present invention is a power transmission device for a vehicle, including: a generator configured to be driven by power of an internal combustion engine; a travel motor configured to be driven by electric power generated by the generator and to drive a drive wheels; and the drive wheels configured to be driven by the power of the internal combustion engine or power of the travel motor. The power transmission device includes: a first power transmission path configured to transmit power between the travel motor and the drive wheels; and a first clutch mechanism configured to allow or interrupt power transmission through the first power transmission path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Miura, Masato Koga, Takayuki Kagaya, Yuuki Nakajima, Katsunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11871313
    Abstract: A method for monitoring vehicle motion using a mobile device associated with a user including collecting activity data at a mobile device associated with the user; determining a user activity state based on the activity data; determining motion data collection parameters associated with an operating state of the mobile device, based on the user activity state; and collecting motion data at the mobile device based on the motion data collection parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Matus, Pankaj Risbood
  • Patent number: 11851070
    Abstract: The system comprises an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive vehicle data, comprising data associated with a vehicle over a period of time; and receive driver location data, comprising location data associated with one or more drivers of a roster of drivers. The processor is configured to determine a likely pool of drivers based at least in part on the driver location data and the vehicle data; and process the vehicle data and the likely pool of drivers using a model to determine a most likely driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11836627
    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: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Jonathan Devor, Moshe Mikhael Frolov, Igal Muchnik, Herbert Zlotogorski
  • Patent number: 11807106
    Abstract: A control device is a control device of a moving body that includes a first accumulation unit configured to accumulate first energy, a second accumulation unit configured to accumulate second energy different from the first energy, and an electric motor configured to generate power to move using any one or both of second energy obtained by converting first energy accumulated in the first accumulation unit and second energy accumulated in the second accumulation unit, in which a required amount, which is an amount of the second energy required to move from a current place to a supply point that is a point where supply of the first energy is received, is acquired when the second energy is accumulated in the second accumulation unit and, if the required amount has been supplied to the second accumulation unit, a termination-related operation related to termination of the supply is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryoji Sakai
  • Patent number: 11780459
    Abstract: A vehicle driving support device issues an alert to notify a driver of a vehicle that there is a possibility of occurrence of a situation in which the vehicle is not able to travel along a lane. The vehicle driving support device issues an alert when an alert condition that a rate of increase in a lateral acceleration of the vehicle is equal to or larger than a predetermined rate of increase is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaaki Honda
  • Patent number: 11769400
    Abstract: A traffic analysis system analyzes location data from a plurality of vehicles to determine journeys made by the vehicles. Vehicles may make one or more rest stops during a journey. The traffic analysis system compares rest periods to journey criteria to determine whether a rest period delineates the end of a journey, or whether a rest period is still within the journey. In this way, a plurality of trips can be chained together into a journey to provide more accurate analysis of traffic patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Shweta Pravinchandra Shah, Daniel J. Lewis, Jean Pilon-Bignell, Pooria Poorsarvi Tehrani, Chien An Liu, Robert Bradley, Terence Michael Branch
  • Patent number: 11735045
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to allocating unused or otherwise under-utilized computing resources of autonomous vehicles. In one example, a computer-implemented method obtaining, by a computing system, data describing a computational status of each autonomous vehicle of one or more autonomous vehicles describing a current or forecasted computational load. The method includes determining, by the computing system, an amount of excess computational capacity of each autonomous vehicle of the one or more autonomous vehicles, the amount of excess computational capacity for each autonomous vehicle of the one or more autonomous vehicles based at least in part on the computational status of the autonomous vehicle and a total computational capacity of the autonomous vehicle. The method includes allocating, by the computing system, at least a portion of the amount of excess computational capacity of each autonomous vehicle to processing operations associated with participation in a distributed ledger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Nigel Wright, Kailash Sethuraman
  • Patent number: 11715136
    Abstract: A method for controlling a charge transfer of an electric vehicle using an electric vehicle charging station, a mobile device, and a cloud server is disclosed. The method includes: receiving, at a mobile device, a message for an electric vehicle of a user from the electric vehicle charging station, wherein a user of the mobile device is associated with the electric vehicle to be charged; sending, from the mobile device, the message for the electric vehicle of the user to the cloud server, wherein the charge transfer request relayed from the mobile device includes identification information; in response to a charging control signal being authorized using identification information received from the mobile device, receiving the charging control signal from the cloud server at the mobile device to be forwarded to the electric vehicle charging station, wherein the charging control signal is configured to adjust a charging parameter at the electric vehicle charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Zeco Systems Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin-Zhuang Khoo, Ron Mahabir, Terence Siew, Renaldo Noma, Neeraj Jhanji
  • Patent number: 11702998
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle engine to reduce engine knock and increase fuel efficiency by reducing hydrocarbon breakthrough. In one example, a method may include adjusting a compression ratio of a variable compression engine in response to hydrocarbon breakthrough above a threshold from a fuel vapor canister of an evaporative emissions system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed Dudar, Kenneth Pifher
  • Patent number: 11697359
    Abstract: A distance-to-empty presentation apparatus of a fuel cell vehicle includes: a traveling speed acquisition unit configured to acquire a traveling speed of the fuel cell vehicle; a traveling distance acquisition unit configured to acquire a traveling distance of the fuel cell vehicle in a fuel filling period, the fuel filling period is a period from the time when the fuel is filled in the fuel cell vehicle previously to the time when the fuel is filled in the fuel cell vehicle this time; a fuel residual amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a fuel residual amount of the fuel cell vehicle; a fuel consumption amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a fuel consumption amount of the fuel cell vehicle; a fuel efficiency calculation unit configured to calculate fuel filling period fuel efficiency by using the traveling distance in the fuel filling period and a traveling period fuel consumption amount that is the fuel consumption amount during traveling preparation and during traveling in the fuel fillin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Shimakami
  • Patent number: 11691518
    Abstract: A battery management system (BMS) for a vehicle includes a module for estimating the state of a rechargeable battery, such as its state of charge, in real time. The module includes a learning model for predicting the state of a battery based on the vehicle's usage and related factors unique to the vehicle, in addition to a sensed voltage, current and temperature of a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: QuantumScape Battery, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Holme
  • Patent number: 11660981
    Abstract: A vehicle, which is a fuel cell vehicle, has an EV mode and an FC mode. In the EV mode, power generation by the FC stack is stopped and an electric power is supplied from a battery to a motor generator. In the FC mode, an electric power supplied from the FC stack to the motor generator is greater than an electric power supplied from the battery to the motor generator. In the EV mode, ECU controls an MID so that the MID displays the instantaneous electric power efficiency of the vehicle and does not display the instantaneous fuel efficiency of the vehicle. In the FC mode, ECU controls MID so that the MID displays the instantaneous fuel efficiency of the vehicle and does not display the instantaneous electric power efficiency of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 11654924
    Abstract: A maneuver classification platform may obtain video data and telematic data that are associated with a driving event involving a vehicle. The maneuver classification platform may analyze the video data to identify a path of the vehicle along a roadway during the driving event, and based on markings of a plurality of roadways. The maneuver classification platform may analyze the video data to determine a type of a vehicle maneuver performed by the vehicle during the driving event. The maneuver classification platform may determine a maneuver score of the driving event based on the type of the vehicle maneuver, the path of the vehicle, and the telematic data. The maneuver classification platform may send a message associated with the maneuver score and a vehicle identifier of the vehicle to a client device to permit the client device to use the maneuver score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Verizon Connect Development Limited
    Inventors: Matteo Simoncini, Douglas Coimbra De Andrade, Samuele Salti, Leonardo Taccari, Fabio Schoen, Francesco Sambo, Leonardo Sarti
  • Patent number: 11657719
    Abstract: Techniques associated with generating and maintaining sparse geographic and map data. In some cases, the system may maintain a factor graph comprising a plurality of nodes. In some cases, the nodes may comprise pose data and sensor data associated with an autonomous vehicle at the geographic position represented by the node. The nodes may be linked based on shared trajectories and shared sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Adams, Michael Carsten Bosse, Elena Stephanie Stumm, Veeresh Taranalli
  • Patent number: 11643981
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling fuel flow to an aircraft engine during start are provided. Following light-off, an actual value of at least one engine operating parameter is obtained. Based on a difference between the actual value and a target value, a first command is generated to cause fuel flow to be provided to the engine's combustor according to a computed fuel flow rate defined by a fuel schedule of the engine. When the computed fuel flow rate is within a fuel flow rate limit, the first command is output. Otherwise, a limiting factor is applied to the computed fuel flow rate to limit a reduction in fuel flow to the combustor and a limited fuel flow rate is obtained, and a second command is output to cause fuel flow to be provided to the combustor according to the limited fuel flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Michael Chun, Shahin Shokatpour Torab, Simon John Hartropp
  • Patent number: 11634131
    Abstract: A method for determining a speed profile of a motor vehicle on a route between a starting point and an arrival point. The method includes the steps of defining a series of noteworthy points of the route, which are characterized by a stoppage of the vehicle or a decrease in the speed of the vehicle, the series of noteworthy points dividing the route into a series of portions, for each portion of the route, generating a speed and/or torque setpoint optimizing the speed profile of the vehicle by minimizing the Hamiltonian of a system of equations modeling the driving of the vehicle, and providing the setpoint generated on each portion of the route so as to optimize the driving of the vehicle up to the arrival point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Mariano Sans, Jordan Stekke
  • Patent number: 11628838
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method of improving fuel efficiency of a fuel cell electric vehicle, and an apparatus and a system therefor. The method includes collecting navigation information and vehicle speed information, calculating a coasting line when a specified event point is detected based on the navigation information, determining whether deceleration is necessary by comparing a current traveling speed with a coasting line speed corresponding to a current location, and changing a criterion for determining whether to enter a fuel cell stop (FC STOP) state when the deceleration is necessary as a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ki Chang Kim, Soon Oh Kwon, Young Woo Jung, Yu Han Kim
  • Patent number: 11631281
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a power supply including a battery, a display, a storage configured to store a power matching data, and a fuel efficiency matching data, and a controller configured to determine driving power supplied by the battery, determine a current driving fuel efficiency corresponding to a reference weight based on the driving power and the power matching data, determine the current weight of the vehicle, determine a first fuel efficiency based on an accumulated driving fuel efficiency accumulated from a previous charging time point to a current charging time point and the current driving fuel efficiency at the current charging time point, determine a second fuel efficiency based on the fuel efficiency matching data and the first fuel efficiency corresponding to each of the existing weight and the current weight, determine the estimated driving distance of the vehicle based on the charging capacity of the battery and the second fuel efficiency, and output the estimated driving distance to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jungmin Cha, TaeJun Kang, Chae Mo Yang, Ikjun Choi, Do Youn Jang
  • Patent number: 11623663
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a transport service method comprises organizing a vehicle group of a plurality of self-driving vehicles in which a parameter value inherent to vehicles falls within a predetermined range, and controlling cooperative travel of the self-driving vehicles in the vehicle group to perform transport service of baggage, persons, animals, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: TOSHIBA DIGITAL SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Megumi Kobayashi, Yasuto Hatafuku, Masahiro Samejima, Hideki Kubo, Motokazu Iwasaki, Yoko Ikeda, Shinsuke Iuchi, Kiyoshi Takemoto, Keishi Higashi, Kaori Kitami, Masaharu Doi, Tatsuki Shiraishi, Keiji Ogata, Yoshiki Yamaoka, Masaru Watabiki, Takeshi Nagai, Masao Uozumi, Masatomo Saito, Michiyo Sato, Masanori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11618333
    Abstract: A method for operating an electric charging device for an electrically drivable motor vehicle. The electric charging device has a ground unit for positioning in the ground and for generating an alternating magnetic field for an electric charging operation. The method includes sensing a motor vehicle within a predefined perimeter surrounding the ground unit; sensing a driving parameter value of at least one driving parameter of the sensed motor vehicle at at least one respective predefinable point in time; storing the at least one driving parameter value if an electric charging operation is carried out for the detected motor vehicle; determining a driving recommendation on the basis of the at least one sensed and stored driving parameter value; and transmitting the driving recommendation if another motor vehicle is sensed within the predefined perimeter surrounding the ground unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Reinhard Peer
  • Patent number: 11618431
    Abstract: A device for controlling a hybrid vehicle includes a storage storing a map in which an on reference value and an off reference value of an engine are recorded, a navigation device setting a route from a current location to a destination, a transceiver receiving a speed profile for each section on the route, and a controller dividing the route into a plurality of sections and correcting the map based on the received speed profile for each section to correct a map for determining an on time point and an off time point of an engine based on the speed profile most similar to the driving style of a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Min Seok Song
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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