With Indication Of Fuel Consumption Rate Or Economy Of Usage Patents (Class 701/123)
  • Patent number: 10921822
    Abstract: Controllers, control architectures, systems and methods are described for controlling a host vehicle's participation in a platoon. Described vehicle platooning control systems may include a platoon controller and a vehicle interface controller. The platoon controller is configured to determine torque and braking requests for at least partially automatically controlling the host vehicle to platoon with a platoon partner. The vehicle interface controller manages communications between the platoon controller and one or more host vehicle control units. The vehicle interface controller may also include a safety monitor including one or more safety monitoring algorithms In some embodiments, the vehicle interface controller is at least ASIL-C compliant, whereas the platoon controller and an optional gateway processor may be QM rated under ISO 26262. The platoon controller may be configured as a listener capable of receiving but not transmitting messages on the host vehicle's control related communication bus(es).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Todd Christopher Klaus, Colleen Kelly Twitty, Stephen Michael Erlien, John Connelly Kegelman, Charles A. Price, Austin Bennett Schuh, Brian Jeremy Silverman, Joshua Philip Switkes
  • Patent number: 10872361
    Abstract: A system for controlling a charging of an electric vehicle, wherein a charging at one electric vehicle charging station affect a charging at another electric vehicle charging station is disclosed. The system includes: an electric power grid, a first electric vehicle charging station connected to the electric power grid, and a second electric vehicle charging station connected to the electric power grid, wherein the first electric vehicle charging station facilitates a charge transfer for an electric vehicle at the second electric vehicle charging station using a mobile device. The mobile device relays communication from the electric vehicle charging stations to the cloud server. The charge transfer request received at the cloud server is authorized using identification information and credit account information received from the mobile device. The charge transfer at the first electric vehicle charging station is adjusted based on a charging level at the second electric vehicle charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Zeco Systems Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin-Zhuang Khoo, Ron Mahabir, Terence Siew, Renaldo Noma, Neeraj Jhanji
  • Patent number: 10861066
    Abstract: A method for determining an availability of an electric vehicle charging station is disclosed. The method includes: comparing a first geolocation information associated with a mobile device and a second geolocation information associated with the electric vehicle charging station; determining a distance between the mobile device and the electric vehicle charging station using the first geolocation information and the second geolocation information; and based on the determined distance, determining the availability of the electric vehicle charging station; and sending a message to a user regarding the determined availability of the electric vehicle charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Zeco Systems Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin-Zhuang Khoo, Ron Mahabir, Terence Siew, Renaldo Noma, Neeraj Jhanji
  • Patent number: 10852150
    Abstract: A fuel consumption prediction method and apparatus is provided. A respective historic fuel consumption is extracted from historic travel data for at least one historic travel path of a vehicle. At least one historic fuel-related quantity influencing the respective historic fuel consumption is extracted from the historic travel data for each historic travel path. Model parameters of a machine learning model for predicting fuel consumption is adjusted based on the extracted respective historic fuel consumption and the at least one historic fuel-related quantity for each historic travel path. The fuel consumption for a planned trip is predicted using the machine learning model with the adjusted model parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Qing Li, Jilei Tian
  • Patent number: 10846763
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for controlling a charge transfer of an electric vehicle using an electric vehicle charging station, a mobile device, and a cloud server. The method includes receiving, at a mobile device, a message for an electric vehicle of a user directly from the electric vehicle charging station, wherein a user of the mobile device is associated with the electric vehicle to be charged. The method also includes receiving the charging control signal from the cloud server via the mobile device at the electric vehicle charging station in response to authorizing a charging control signal using identification information and credit account information received from the mobile device, wherein the charging control signal is configured to adjust a parameter used to draw electric power from the electric vehicle charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Zeco Systems Ptd Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin-Zhuang Khoo, Ron Mahabir, Terence Siew, Renaldo Noma, Neeraj Jhanji
  • Patent number: 10839433
    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 directly 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 directly to the cloud server; in response to a charging control signal being authorized using identification information and credit account information received from the mobile device, receiving the charging control signal from the cloud server via the mobile device at the electric vehicle charging station, wherein the charging control signal is configured to adjust a parameter used to draw electric power from the electric vehicle charging station; and adjusting the charge transfer based on the adjusted parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Zeco Systems Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin-Zhuang Khoo, Ron Mahabir, Terence Siew, Renaldo Noma, Neeraj Jhanji
  • Patent number: 10823125
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods of reporting the fuel level in a fuel tank of a vehicle. The method includes receiving a fuel consumption curve and a fuel refill curve, receiving a first fuel level value and a second fuel level value from a fuel level sensor, and determining whether the vehicle is consuming fuel or receiving fuel based on a change between the first fuel level value and the second fuel level value. In response to determining that the vehicle is consuming fuel, the method further includes determining a fuel gauge display value based on the second fuel level value and the fuel consumption curve. In response to determining that the vehicle is receiving fuel, the method further includes determining a fuel gauge display value based on the second fuel level value and the fuel refill curve. The fuel gauge display value is presented on a fuel gauge display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA CONNECTED NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Raja Shekar Kilaru, Karthik Kaja, Marshall Sosland, Randall Mason Harris
  • Patent number: 10821844
    Abstract: A method for determining the absolute position of a vehicle for the close-range positioning of same when the vehicle is being parked is described. An inductive positioning method is performed, wherein a first transmitter in the infrastructure or in the vehicle is excited to generate a positioning magnetic field and a second transmitter in the infrastructure or in the vehicle is excited to generate a positioning signal. The positioning magnetic field and the positioning signal are received by a reception device in the vehicle or in the infrastructure and the received positioning magnetic field and positioning signal are taken as a basis for ascertaining the absolute position of the vehicle. This allows particularly exact parking of the vehicle, in particular of an electrically operated vehicle for inductive charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Vitesco Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Roehrl, Stephan Bartz, Peter Saeger
  • Patent number: 10821851
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a power train, a drive train, a sensor interface, a storage device and a processing device. The sensor interface may be configured to receive sensor data samples during operation of a vehicle. The storage device may be configured to store the sensor data samples over a number of points in time. The processing device may be configured to (i) analyze the sensor data samples stored in the storage device to detect a pattern, (ii) monitor operational parameters of the vehicle based on the pattern and (iii) determine an efficient speed to travel a route in response to the operational parameters. An amount of power corresponding to the efficient speed is applied to the power train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Invently Automative Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Koebler, Nicole G. Goldstein, Stephen J. Brown, Jason H. Harper
  • Patent number: 10773567
    Abstract: An evaluation device includes a set temperature evaluation portion, an ecological driving evaluation portion, and a notification portion. The set temperature evaluation portion determines a set temperature evaluation value based on a set temperature that is a target temperature. The ecological driving evaluation portion is configured to determine an ecological driving evaluation value based on at least the set temperature evaluation value. The notification portion is configured to notify the occupant of the ecological driving evaluation value. The level of power saving rises with change of the set temperature evaluation value or the ecological driving evaluation value. When the set temperature is changed, and the change of the set temperature causes increase of the level of power saving without decrease in power consumption of the vehicular air conditioner, the set temperature evaluation portion changes the set temperature evaluation value in the one of positive and negative directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Uesugi, Kazuya Nishiuma, Takayuki Kamada, Daisuke Setoguchi, Takashi Ogawa, Seiji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10769555
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing actions in response to charging events, such as charging events associated with a specific electric vehicle and/or a specific charging station, are described. In some embodiments, the systems and methods may receive a request from an electric vehicle to identify a charging station from which to charge a battery of the electric vehicle, provide information associated with the electric vehicle to one or more charging stations proximate to the electric vehicle, receive from the one or more charging stations information identifying parameters associated with potential charging events provided by the one or more charging stations, and provide the information identifying the parameters associated with potential charging events provided by the one or more charging stations to the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: RECARGO, INC.
    Inventors: Nick Wild, Forrest North
  • Patent number: 10769946
    Abstract: Real-time, individualized traffic-routing assignments and recommendations are automatically determined and provided to multiple participants traversing through a specific area in association with a given event associated with a particular organization. A set of rules is applied to minimize the time to traverse through the area in association with the event, summed over the multiple participants, accounting for physical and incentive-compatibility constraints. An initial assignment is determined for each participant, based on the rules. Each initial assignment includes a departure time and an initial route for the participant. Updated information is received, such as real-time traffic information. Real-time recommendations are determined for participants, based on the rules accounting for the updated real-time data. Recommendations include suggestions to deviate from initial assignments or previous recommendations, based on the updated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald M Harstad
  • Patent number: 10713860
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for segmenting operational data and identifying events of interested in the segmented operational data. With the events of interest identified from the segmented operational data, a total time between the events of interest can be determined, evaluated, and provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10706644
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for determining or providing fuel information of a vehicle, such as predicting fuel intake and usage for the vehicle. A method for predicting a fueling event of a vehicle comprises using a mobile computing device carried in the vehicle to track the vehicle along a route. Multiple stop events may be detected when tracking the vehicle, and for each of the multiple stop events, each of duration and a geographic location may be determined. Next, a given stop event of the multiple stop events may be determined to be a fueling event based at least in part on a duration and geographic location of the given stop event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: METROMILE, INC.
    Inventors: Evan Gabriel Turitz Cox, Muhammad Waliji, Dan Richard Preston, Jr., Jose Mercado, Daniel Eric Goodman
  • Patent number: 10699496
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for processing data on Internet of Vehicles, a server, and a terminal. In a technical solution of the present disclosure, the server first acquires the historical travel data, and then performs training on the historical travel data to obtain the program script used to analyze the driving behavior of the user, and finally sends the program script to the terminal. The driving behavior of the user is dynamically analyzed according to the program script and the travel data, which resolves a problem that algorithm accuracy decreases because an algorithm is not updated in time, ensures accuracy of analyzing the driving behavior of the user, and further decreases additional costs brought by updating terminal firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Di Zhang, Rui Yan, Tao Du, Yanfeng Sun
  • Patent number: 10696180
    Abstract: A method and corresponding system for providing a charging park having a plurality of charging points, in which all of the charging points are connected to a medium-voltage grid by a common transformer with overloading capability. A power electronics system is provided at each charging point, which power electronics system is designed to perform a quick-charging operation of a connected electrically driven vehicle that is to be charged, and a power drawn from the medium-voltage grid jointly by the charging points at a respective time is monitored centrally and/or decentrally and continuously at a grid contact point connected upstream of the transformer in the direction of the medium-voltage grid. An average power drawn from the medium-voltage grid jointly by the charging points is in each case adjusted over a prescribed time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christoph Roggendorf
  • Patent number: 10654375
    Abstract: A drivable distance calculation device calculates a drivable distance that the vehicle equipped with the device can travel. The drivable distance calculation device includes a remaining battery capacity sensor which calculates a remaining capacity of a battery installed in the vehicle; and a arithmetic unit which calculates multiple power consumption ratios for different units of driving in accordance with variations in the remaining battery capacity calculated by the remaining battery capacity sensor and calculates the drivable distance based on the remaining battery capacity calculated by the remaining battery capacity sensor and a power consumption ratio selected from among the calculated multiple power consumption ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satomi Ota, Naoki Yamamoto, Kenichi Gotou
  • Patent number: 10657734
    Abstract: In order to reduce a driver-dependent variation in test result by enhancing the reproducibility of driving indices at the end of a test, a vehicle running test system includes a vehicle speed pattern display apparatus adapted to display a prescribed speed pattern and current vehicle speed on a graph with one axis as vehicle speed and the other axis as time or running distance is adapted to, while a vehicle is being driven, separately from the vehicle speed, display information based on driving indices indicating a driving state of the vehicle, simultaneously with the graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HORIBA, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Adachi, Masatsune Tokuhira, Yukio Hiroshima, Kenichi Goto
  • Patent number: 10636226
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a vehicle including a stop state detector configured to detect a stop state; a load state detector configured to detect a load state; a controller configured to determine, if the vehicle changes to the stop state, whether a load state has changed, and to acquire fuel efficiency information based on a driving distance, if determining that the load state has changed; and a display configured to display the fuel efficiency information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daeyun An, Seunghyun Woo, Seok-young Youn, Gi Beom Hong
  • Patent number: 10598734
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. In particular, a vehicle is described with the ability to gather State of Charge (SOC) information as well as State of Health (SOH) information for one or more batteries in a vehicle and then display both SOC and SOH information to a driver of the vehicle as well as other interested parties. The displayed SOH information may be accompanied by suggestions to modify driving and/or charging behaviors that will improve or contribute to a slower degradation in the SOH of the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing
  • Patent number: 10591341
    Abstract: A display controller calculates a driver-related fuel economy value and a performance value indicating an amount of difference between the calculated driver-related fuel economy value and a baseline value. The display controller displays the performance value on a display device during vehicle operation. A memory in the vehicle stores a number of initial fuel economy values that are replaced by the driver-related fuel economy values as new driver-related fuel economy values are calculated. An oldest fuel mileage value stored in the memory is replaced with a newly calculated fuel mileage. The baseline value used to calculate the performance value is an average of the number of the fuel economy values stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10538161
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes: a battery; a display; an input; and a processor configured to display a user interface for setting a distance-to-empty (DTE) value after charging or a charge time on the display, to receive a user input for setting a distance-to-empty (DTE) value after charging or for setting a charge time through the user interface, and to charge the battery according to the set DTE after charging or charge time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyun Jong You, Ho Uk Nam
  • Patent number: 10525965
    Abstract: A method for calculating in advance the consumption of a motor vehicle provided with at least one drive motor in a drivetrain, wherein the power levels of differentiated predicted energies describing the predicted operation of the motor vehicle, which are required to complete a route that is known in advance and include input data obtained from the route data, are determined, wherein the predicted energies are assigned in dependence on the associated power levels and at least one used operating strategy proportionally to the different efficiency models of the drive train, and while using the efficiency model from the predicted energy components associated with the efficiency model, the energy used from an associated energy storage device is determined as consumption or as a variable determining consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Markus Kaun, Boris Blasinski
  • Patent number: 10525977
    Abstract: A server and a method for automatically controlling regenerative braking of an eco-friendly vehicle are provided. A regenerative braking level is calculated by considering driving information and a driving environment of a vehicle using a regenerative braking controlling server. The calculated regenerative braking level is transmitted to a regenerative braking controlling apparatus mounted within the vehicle and thus, even though a vehicle driver does not directly set the regenerative braking level, the regenerative braking level transmitted from the regenerative braking controlling server is received through the regenerative braking controlling apparatus of the vehicle to perform regenerative braking, thereby enhancing driving convenience and stability, and fuel efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Young You, Sang Woo Park, Jung Seob Park, Kang Ju Cha, Jang Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 10474147
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes an input unit configured to receive selection input of at least one of a time mode for driving to a set destination, a fuel efficiency mode, a safety mode, or a comfort mode. The autonomous vehicle further includes a power source driver configured to control an engine comprising a supercharger or a turbocharger or both and a controller configured to control the power source driver to turn the supercharger or the turbocharger on or off according to the selected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sangha Park
  • Patent number: 10460185
    Abstract: A system and method for roadside image tracing are described herein. The system includes a camera mounted on a vehicle configured to capture images of objects around the vehicle while driving along a route of a plurality of routes, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to receive the captured images from the camera and vehicle parameters including speed, a fuel level, and a mileage, extract objects and locations of the objects within the captured images including information related to driving, determine a route ranking based on the information collected from the objects during one or more trips along each route of the plurality of routes, generate route options based on the route ranking and the vehicle parameters, and transmit route options to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Hall, Tomohiro Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 10449916
    Abstract: A vehicle computer system (e.g., on-board vehicle computer system) obtains a fuel economy performance goal for a vehicle (e.g., an engine speed goal or a vehicle speed goal) that is based on a configuration of the vehicle; calculates a count of events in which a current value exceeds the goal; compares the count of events with a threshold count; and generates one or more notifications based at least in part on the comparison (e.g., for display on an operator interface). The vehicle computer system also calculates an engine speed and a vehicle speed score for a driver of the vehicle based at least in part on comparisons of current speeds with the speed goals. Scoring and other data may be displayed or stored for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: PACCAR INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Seger, Zachary Slaton
  • Patent number: 10429197
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are provided for determining routes within a location. Location information for a location may be obtained. The location information may include terrain information for the location. A set of restricted regions within the location may be determined based on the location information. A set of paths within the location may be determined based on the set of restricted regions. An interface through which information describing the set of paths within the location is accessible may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John Carrino, Joseph Kruse, Jasmine Peterson, Leah Anderson, Paul Ryan, Reese Glidden, Andrew Elder, Kevin Ng
  • Patent number: 10429840
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes an input unit configured to receive selection input of at least one of a time mode for driving to a set destination, a fuel efficiency mode, a safety mode, or a comfort mode. The autonomous vehicle further includes a power source driver configured to control an engine comprising a supercharger or a turbocharger or both and a controller configured to control the power source driver to turn the supercharger or the turbocharger on or off according to the selected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sangha Park
  • Patent number: 10421420
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of displaying vehicle range includes receiving input corresponding to a level of charge remaining in a vehicle having at least a partial electric power source usable for vehicle locomotion. The method also includes determining a maximum remaining range which the vehicle can travel based at least on the level of charge. The method further includes displaying a maximum range boundary overlaid on a map, including at least an indicator at the center of the range indicating a current location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Skaff, Derek Hartl, Paul Aldighieri, Jeffrey Allen Greenberg, David L. Watson, Dale Gilman, Craig Sandvig, Leslie Bodnar, Leann Kridner, Angela L. Watson
  • Patent number: 10423898
    Abstract: Techniques involving modeling and analysis of operational metrics in transportation industries are disclosed. Representative methods involve defining a set of fuel consumption performance factors having a potential to impact vehicle fuel economy. Fuel consumption performance factors are received, and categorical variables are identified from at least a subset of the fuel consumption performance factors to create one or more categorical groupings. The fuel consumption performance factors associated with at least one of the categorical groupings are processed to identify a hypothetical maximum fuel economy or “baseline” for the at least one of the categorical groupings, and to identify fuel economy deduction coefficients based on the fuel consumption performance factors that adversely impact the hypothetical maximum fuel economy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Thomas S. Fansler, Ronald Edward Konezny
  • Patent number: 10394238
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for controlling one or more autonomous agricultural vehicles includes generating a number of mission plans for the one or more autonomous agricultural vehicles, determining a plan value for each of the number of mission plans, selecting a mission plan with the highest plan value, and executing the selected mission plan to control the one or more autonomous agricultural vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, Nathan Eric Bunderson, Daniel John Morwood, Bret Todd Turpin
  • Patent number: 10370002
    Abstract: An engine control method for preventing an engine of a vehicle from stalling on a sloped road includes steps of: detecting whether a shifting lever is in a neutral stage (N-stage); measuring a vehicle speed and a slope angle of the sloped road, and calculating a load acting on a vehicle body on the sloped road; accelerating an engine a first time to increase an engine RPM so that an engine torque is larger than the load; and accelerating the engine a second time to move the vehicle when the shifting lever enters into a driving gear stage (D-stage).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Tae-Kwang Eom, Jung-Suk Han, Chang-Hyun Lim, Hyeok-Jun Kwon
  • Patent number: 10366547
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting a fueling station for vehicle refueling, including receiving fuel information from a remote device corresponding to one or more fueling stations near a vehicle; upon the vehicle travelling to a selected one of the one or more fueling stations, setting a flag to a value based upon a fuel grade of fuel used to refuel the vehicle at the selected one of the one or more fueling stations; and capturing location information for at least one of the vehicle and the selected one of the one or more fueling stations. Subsequent to refueling at the selected one of the one or more fueling stations, the method further includes determining fuel information of the fuel used to refuel the vehicle; and sending the flag, the fuel information of the fuel used to refuel the vehicle, and the captured location information to the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Frankowski, Marvin L. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10354440
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods for a virtual reality transportation system. In particular, the systems and methods described herein present a virtual reality experience including a virtual environment for display to a passenger including virtual inertial interactions that correspond to real-world inertial forces that a passenger experiences while riding in a vehicle. Additionally, the systems and methods described herein analyze historical sensory data to predict inertial forces that the passenger will experience while riding in the vehicle. The systems and methods also generate a virtual sensory view for display to a passenger to represent what an autonomous transportation vehicle sees by way of a sensor suite used for navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Duncan Eyler, Martin Conte MacDonell, Taggart Matthiesen, Jesse Jones McMillin, Robert Earl Rasmusson, Jr., Mark David Teater
  • Patent number: 10328930
    Abstract: A cruising distance coefficient is set that is smaller than a value of 1 and that becomes smaller as a use index indicating a degree of use of external charging gets smaller, and a cruising distance is calculated by multiplying a fuel quantity by the set cruising distance coefficient and a fuel consumption coefficient. Then, a display cruising distance is calculated by subtracting from the cruising distance a value obtained by subtracting a set-time travel distance Lset, obtained when the cruising distance is calculated, from a travel distance from a travel distance meter, and the calculated display cruising distance is displayed on a display device in front of a driver's seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shizuo Abe, Shinji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10317908
    Abstract: A system includes a speed sensor to detect a current speed, a camera to detect image data, and a GPS sensor to detect location data. The system also includes a memory to store a lookup table that maps efficient vehicle speeds to roadway speed limits. The system also includes an output device and an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU determines a current speed limit of the current roadway and determines that the vehicle is within a steady speed range when the current speed of the vehicle fluctuates less than a predetermined speed threshold over a predetermined time period. The ECU also compares the current speed limit to the lookup table to determine at least one efficient vehicle speed that corresponds to the current speed limit and controls the output device to output the at least one efficient vehicle speed when the vehicle is within the steady speed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey D. Gaither, Joshua D. Payne
  • Patent number: 10286809
    Abstract: An electric motor is driven using a power stored in a storage battery as a power source. A power management system includes a power management device and a travel control device. The power management device includes a travel control planning unit and a section valid road slope information storage unit. The section valid road slope information storage unit stores section road slope information including information about a slope of a road section where a vehicle travels. On the basis of section valid road slope information read from the section valid road slope information storage unit, the travel control planning unit creates a travel control plan for traveling the vehicle. The travel control device performs travel control of the vehicle on the basis of the travel control plan. One of the section valid road slope information which shows a downward slope in traveling of the vehicle has a slope steeper than a predetermined slope depending on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Igarashi, Masashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10287986
    Abstract: A system and method of calculating a fuel pump life expectancy in a fuel burning engine is provided. The method includes tracking a fuel pump speed of the fuel burning engine, tracking a position value of at least one fuel actuated actuator in the fuel burning engine, and calculating a fuel pump life expectancy value based on the fuel pump speed and the position value of the at least one fuel actuated actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Floyd Richard Emmons, David A. Salminen
  • Patent number: 10246099
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is a system (1) for the estimation of one or more parameters (L, D) related to the load of a vehicle. The system comprises: —one or more sensors for detecting one or more kinematic quantities of the vehicle (I) suitable to generate signals representing said vehicle kinematic quantities; —one or more modules (2) for determining one or more frequency spectra pairs (FFT1,FFT2), each pair associated to one of said one or more vehicle kinematic quantities (I), from the signal representing the respective vehicle kinematic quantity filtered in a first and in a second predetermined frequency bands; —One or more modules (7) for determining said one or more parameters (L, D) related to the load of the vehicle, from said one or more frequency spectra pairs (FFT1,FFT2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: E-NOVIA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Sergio Matteo Savaresi, Stefano Bottelli, Mara Tanelli, Ivo Boniolo
  • Patent number: 10239533
    Abstract: A method for anticipatory or predictive operation of a motor vehicle having a drive control system by which drive-relevant components of the drive-train are adjusted, and a detection system by which a travel route and anticipated driving time to a specified destination as well as the current position of the vehicle are determined. By way of the detection system and based on topographical information, a driving resistance profile of the route is prepared, to parameterize the drive control system such that the route is driven in a specifiable manner. If a need arises during the journey, a nominal arrival time or a travel route is specified or modified and, in accordance with the specified or changed nominal arrival time or route, the drive control system is dynamically re-parameterized so that the vehicle reaches its destination at the time concerned with regard to an efficient mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Cosmin Tudosie
  • Patent number: 10233855
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis apparatus for an internal combustion engine is provided. The internal combustion engine is mounted on a vehicle. The failure diagnosis apparatus includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to: measure an abnormal time in which an abnormal state where an accelerator pedal operation amount is equal to or larger than a first specified operation amount and a rate of actual output torque to requested torque is smaller than a specified rate value continues; and record specified data for a failure diagnosis of the internal combustion engine on a recording device in the cases where the abnormal time is equal to or longer than a first specified time that is set in advance and the accelerator pedal operation amount is equal to or larger than a second specified operation amount that is larger than the first specified operation amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Natsuhiro Kato, Masahiro Kachi, Tsutomu Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10220855
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining a driving range for a motor vehicle. Initially, extra-vehicle data are received, whereby the extra-vehicle data include at least one weather parameter value. A vehicle-dependent parameter value, which depends on the extra-vehicle data, is determined. The driving range for the motor vehicle, which depends on the vehicle-dependent parameter value, is determined. Also disclosed is a motor vehicle that is configured to receive extra-vehicle data, including at least one weather parameter value. The motor vehicle is configured to determine a vehicle-dependent parameter value from the extra-vehicle data. The motor vehicle is configured to determine a driving range from the vehicle-dependent parameter value. In the method and motor vehicle embodiments, the extra-vehicle data are obtained from at least one additional motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Florian Schuller, Florian Haubner
  • Patent number: 10204462
    Abstract: A drive diagnosis device includes: a storage unit in which travel records of a moving body and past drive diagnosis results from past drive diagnoses executed for the moving body are stored; and a diagnosis processing unit that executes a drive diagnosis based upon driver's skills for driving the moving body, and personal characteristics of the driver and/or experience of the driver by using the travel records and the past drive diagnosis results stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Isomura, Kenji Suzuki, Yoshifumi Izumi
  • Patent number: 10198891
    Abstract: A method and system for regulating fuel transactions is provided. Fuel consumption data may be received corresponding to a first and second vehicle location. The difference between the first and second fuel consumption is determined to obtain an overall or combined fuel consumption value. In some examples, the fuel consumption data is transferred from a vehicle data system to a carrier data system located remotely from the vehicle. The data is processed at the carrier data system and the overall fuel consumption is transmitted to a fueling point to limit the amount of fuel transferred to the vehicle. In some arrangements, the limit may be adjusted to include additional factors such as additional distance to travel to the fueling point, anticipated distance to be traveled in subsequent legs of the trip, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Epona LLC
    Inventor: Ernest Blas Betancourt
  • Patent number: 10175081
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a fluid consumption rate from a fluid tank is described. The fluid tank includes a fuel for an internal combustion engine and the internal combustion engine provides power to a powered system. The method includes determining instantaneous fluid consumption; determining an operating condition of the powered system, the powered system providing a load on the internal combustion engine; determining the load on the internal combustion engine and a state of the internal combustion engine; and calculating the fluid consumption rate based on the instantaneous fuel consumption, the load on the internal combustion engine, and the state of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pierce D. Kennedy, Robert Michael Lattin, Erich A. Lucht
  • Patent number: 10175058
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a method is disclosed that includes determining algorithmically a a plurality of vehicle cost values for traveling a plurality of road segments in a vehicle based at least in part on vehicle cost data derived at least in part from position derivative data obtained from at least one vehicle that traveled the road segments (S1); associating each of the plurality of road segments with at least one of the vehicle cost values (S2); and storing the determined vehicle cost values in a memory device (S3). In at least one embodiment, a method for determining a route of travel from a first location to a second location is disclosed. Other embodiments include a map database, storable on a storage medium; a device including a memory (230) storing a map database, a processor (210) and an output device (260); and a device for use in a vehicle, where the device includes a GPS receiver (250), a memory (230) and a processor (210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOMTOM GLOBAL CONTENT B.V.
    Inventor: Christopher Kenneth Hoover Wilson
  • Patent number: 10175054
    Abstract: A system for predicting variability of travel time for a trip at a particular time may utilize a machine learning model including latent variables that are associated with the trip. The machine learning model may be trained from historical trip data that is based on location-based measurements reported from mobile devices. Once trained, the machine learning model may be utilized for predicting variability of travel time. A process may include receiving an origin, a destination, and a start time associated with a trip, obtaining candidate routes that run from the origin to the destination, and predicting, based at least in part on the machine learning model, a probability distribution of travel time for individual ones of the candidate routes. One or more routes may be recommended based on the predicted probability distribution, and a measure of travel time for the recommended route(s) may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dawn Woodard, Eric J. Horvitz, Galina Nogin, Paul B. Koch, David Racz, Moises Goldszmidt
  • Patent number: 10156454
    Abstract: A computer detects the receipt of a destination and mode of transportation from a user. The computer determines potential routes to the destination using static map information and splits the routes into shorter lengths known as segments. The computer determines a commute time for each of the segments based on static map information, known as a static segment commute time, and determines whether any of the segments have been previously commuted by the user. If so, the computer replaces the static segment commute times with the segment commute times recorded during previous commutes of the segment, known as habitual segment commute times. The computer then determines the total commute time of each potential route based on the static and habitual segment commute times and records additional habitual segment statistics as the user commutes the selected route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Avraham Leff, James T. Rayfield
  • Patent number: 10156453
    Abstract: An electric vehicle route guide system includes: a location sensor that measures a current location of an electric vehicle; a roadmap storage having link information and node information for providing a running route; a route calculator that searches for a route having a smallest total value of a compensation link cost that is generated by adding a time link cost in consideration of a running time to an energy-based link cost on each link basis from a departure point to a destination as an optimal energy route; a display that displays information for route guide of the optimal energy route; and a controller that controls operations of the location sensor, the roadmap storage, the route calculator, and the display for the search and route guide through a navigation program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai MNSOFT, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeonghan Park, Chang Kiun Kwark, Jung Woo Jin