Vehicle Control, Guidance, Operation, Or Indication Patents (Class 701/1)
  • Patent number: 10180378
    Abstract: A method for evaluating the frictions in a power steering mechanism, the method including a step of acquiring a series of characterization points, during which are measured, for several different values taken successively by the assistance force during the operation of the steering mechanism, the corresponding friction values, so as to empirically obtain a series of distinct characterization points each associating a measured friction value to a measured value representative of the assistance force, then a step of constructing an empirical friction model, during which a correlation law is established between the characterization points constitutive of the series of characterization points, from the scatter chart formed by the series of the characterization points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventors: Sébastien Bourdrez, Pascal Moulaire, Christophe Ravier
  • Patent number: 10180499
    Abstract: A method of controlling a location information system in a vehicle includes: establishing a communication path between a control unit equipped in the vehicle and a smart device; acquiring, by the control unit of the vehicle, first data including a first heading value and first location information; transmitting, by the control unit of the vehicle, the measured first data to the smart device; receiving, at the smart device, the first data from the control unit of the vehicle via the communication path; acquiring, by the smart device, second data including a second heading value and second location information; comparing, by the smart device, the first data with the second data; and updating, by the smart device, information of a navigation function of the smart device based on the first data or the second data depending on the comparing of the first data with the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seung Cheol Lee
  • Patent number: 10173532
    Abstract: A braking system for a vehicle includes an electric drive system associated with a first set of wheels. The electric drive system is configured to selectively provide electric motive power to the first set of wheels of the vehicle to propel the vehicle and electric retarding to slow the vehicle. The system further includes a friction brake system associated with a second set of wheels of the vehicle, and a controller for selectively actuating the electric drive system to operate in an electric retarding mode and for selectively actuating the friction brake system. The controller is configured to transfer retarding force from the first set of wheels to the second set of wheels, and/or to determine wheel speed signal accuracies, in either case to mitigate vehicle/wheel sliding or slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Nedley, Henry Young, Timothy Brown, Carlos Vallejo, Jeffrey Wolff, Sean Cillessen
  • Patent number: 10166918
    Abstract: A drive assisting apparatus includes a running state detection unit which detects a running state of a vehicle, a manipulation detection unit which detects a drive manipulation of a driver on the vehicle, a line-of-sight direction detection unit which detects a line-of-sight direction of the driver, a pattern storage unit which is stored in advance with data indicating combinations of a vehicle running state and a driver drive manipulation and a driver line-of-sight direction pattern, and a warning signal output unit. The warning signal output unit outputs a warning signal if a combination of the running direction detected by the running state detection unit, the drive manipulation detected by the manipulation detection unit, and the line-of-sight direction detected by the line-of-sight direction detection unit is different from any of the combinations of the data stored in the pattern storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukio Suzuki, Kenichi Nagahashi, Takashi Shiota, Hiroki Kojima
  • Patent number: 10166938
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply box device includes: a first system which feeds electric power to first group electric parts requiring constant feed of power supply electric power; a second system which feeds electric power from to second group electric parts requiring feed of power supply electric power in response to a state of an ignition switch. The device further includes: a recovery switch portion connected between a second input side power supply line and an input of the first system; an input abnormality detecting portion which detects presence/absence of abnormality in the input of the first system; and a recovery control portion which controls the recovery switch portion to be turned ON/OFF in accordance with the presence/absence of the abnormality detected by the input abnormality detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kousuke Kinoshita, Masahiro Takamatsu, Koichi Uezono
  • Patent number: 10171529
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system and method for allowing a user device to stream content to a vehicle display is provided. The communication system receives a request from the user device, approves or denies a user request to connect to the vehicle display, and facilitates streaming of an application running on the user device to the vehicle display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOCONNECT HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10163162
    Abstract: A computer device and method for processing an insurance claim and making decisions regarding an insurance policy utilizing informatic data received from one or more informatic camera sensor devices configured to capture imagery data relating to an insured property. Analysis is performed on the received imagery informatic data to determine an assessment variable regarding the insured property. An insurance policy associated with the insured property is also received by the computer and analyzed to determine insurance coverage terms and conditions for the insured property. Predefined business rules are preferably applied by the computer using at least the determined assessment variable and the determined insurance coverage terms and conditions for the insured property to determine an event relating to the insurance policy associated with the insured property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Ramsey Devereaux, David S. Franck, Michael J. Allen, Daniela Wheeler, Spencer Read, Kathleen L. Swain
  • Patent number: 10160462
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus mounted to a vehicle includes: a parking space identifier that identifies a parking space by using an imaging process based on a captured image taken by an imaging device, which is mounted to the vehicle and takes an image of the surrounding of the vehicle; an overlapping degree identifier that identifies an overlapping degree of the vehicle towards the parking space based on the captured image and the parking space identified by the parking space identifier; and a speed limiter that limits a vehicle speed to be less than or equal to a maximum value, which is predetermined, when the overlapping degree identified by the overlapping degree identifier is larger to or equal to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhide Ohta
  • Patent number: 10163352
    Abstract: When performing a switch between the lane change control and the lane keeping control, a switching controller of the driving control device sets a transition time-frame for performing the switch, and gradually switches between the lane change control and the lane keeping control during the transition time-frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujii, Kei Oshida, Haruhiko Nishiguchi, Daisuke Kubota, Ryohsaku Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10163434
    Abstract: A sound control module is configured to, based on a type of road over which a vehicle is traveling and a smoothness of the road, at least one of: determine a first frequency and a first increase at which to increase a first magnitude of a microphone signal; and determine a second frequency and a first decrease at which to decrease a second magnitude of the microphone signal. An audio driver module is configured to: receive the microphone signal from a microphone of the vehicle; generate an adjusted microphone signal by at least one of: increasing the first magnitude of the microphone signal at the first frequency based on the first increase; and decreasing the second magnitude of the microphone signal at the second frequency based on the first decrease; and apply power to a speaker of the vehicle based on the adjusted microphone signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Frank C. Valeri, Scott M. Reilly, Roger C. Barlow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10160319
    Abstract: A vehicle display processing apparatus includes: a first determination portion that determines whether a vehicle is at a stop; a first display processing portion that displays on a first display device, an operation screen image, the first display device being provided between a driver seat and a front passenger seat; a second display processing portion that displays a screen image relating to the operation screen image, which is displayed on the first display device, on a second display device provided to a driver seat side; and a second determination portion that determines whether a running speed of the vehicle is equal to or greater than a predetermined speed. The second display device is provided by a head-up display. When the running speed of the vehicle is lower than the predetermined speed, the second display processing portion does not display the screen image on the second display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10163273
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a user interacts with remotely executing mobile applications from a vehicle. The vehicle may include at least one computer that includes a human machine interface (HMI) for control by the user. The mobile applications may be executing on an application server that is remote from the vehicle and communicating with the at least one computer. Further, the mobile applications may be configured to receive inputs from and transmit outputs to the at least one computer. An HMI application executing on the at least one computer may enable the provisioning of one or more services of the HMI to the mobile applications so that inputs and/or outputs to the mobile applications may be exchanged. Vehicle-based operation of the mobile applications from the at least one computer via the HMI may thus be enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David P. Boll, Nello Joseph Santori, Thomas Richard Alexander, Joseph N. Ross
  • Patent number: 10162728
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the execution of a program code by a monitoring program code may include storing instructions of the program code and instructions for monitoring the program code in the same program memory. Each instruction to be monitored and the associated monitoring instructions may be simultaneously extracted from the program memory, and the instruction to be monitored and the monitoring instructions may be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (ROUSSET) SAS
    Inventor: Albert Martinez
  • Patent number: 10162625
    Abstract: A vehicle can include methods and systems to update controls for a plurality of vehicle systems that operate using updatable controls, wherein each control is mounted in vehicle persistent memory as an image. The controls are stored in non-volatile vehicle memory that has a size less than twice a size of all of the controls loaded thereon. A core system provides access to the control images in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Vangelov, Michael Raymond Westra, Joseph Patrick Oravec
  • Patent number: 10155541
    Abstract: Provided is a driving assistance device allowing a driver to recognize a path of a vehicle by outputting a location of a vehicle and a location of a target space to the driver, the location of the target space being searched for with respect to the location of the vehicle. The driving assistance device includes: a space searching unit configured to search for a target space around a vehicle with respect to the vehicle; a space information acquisition unit configured to acquire a location of the vehicle and a location of the target space; and an output unit configured to output the location of the vehicle and the location of the target space to a driver, wherein, when an automatic steering function is operated, the output unit updates and outputs a current location of the vehicle on a certain cycle, preferably, in real time until the location of the vehicle matches the location of the target space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tae Bong Noh
  • Patent number: 10155490
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply box device includes: a first system including a first relay connected downstream of a second line for feeding electric power in association with a state of an ignition switch, to be turned ON/OFF in association with the state; and a second system including a second relay connected downstream of a first line for constantly feeding electric power, to be turned ON/OFF in association with the state of the ignition switch. The device further includes: a recovery switch portion connected between an output of a switch portion of the first relay and an output of the second system; an operation abnormality detecting portion which detects presence/absence of abnormality in the output of the switch portion of the second relay; and a recovery control portion which controls the recovery switch portion to be turned ON/OFF in accordance with the presence/absence of the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kousuke Kinoshita, Masahiro Takamatsu, Koichi Uezono
  • Patent number: 10155514
    Abstract: A control system for a motor vehicle that operates to receive a signal indicative of a steering angle of a vehicle and cause application of negative torque to one or more wheels of a vehicle to slow a wheel. The system is configured to perform a turn-assist operation in which the system causes application of negative torque to at least a first wheel of a vehicle being an inside trailing wheel when a steering angle exceeds a predetermined steering angle thereby to promote turning of a vehicle. The amount of negative torque is arranged to increase with increasing steering angle beyond the predetermined steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Edward Rycroft
  • Patent number: 10150484
    Abstract: A device displaying information about an imminent takeover of manual control of a vehicle. The device includes a radio receiving apparatus and a controller, and a projection unit, a vibration unit or a display. The radio receiving apparatus receives the information by radio. The projection unit projects the information by lighting of the projection unit, while the vibration unit is activated by the device in accordance with the receipt of the information. The information is displayed on the display together with additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Andro Kleen, Johannes Rhede, Marc-Michael Meinecke, Daniel Ricknäs
  • Patent number: 10152640
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a system for verifying a lamp operation includes: a camera for acquiring an image around the vehicle; and an image processor for determining whether the lamp is broken based on the image acquired by the camera, in which the image processor receives a turn on state of the lamp through internal communication of the vehicle connected to the lamp and is operated in synchronization with timing at which the lamp is turned on and the image processor determines whether the lamp is broken by comparing images before and after the lamp is turned on if it is determined that the lamp is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yong Gyu Kang
  • Patent number: 10152833
    Abstract: In order to determine a defective component of a vehicle, a defect of a first sensor system which is located at a first position in the vehicle is detected. A component, which is located between the first position and the outer edge of the vehicle and is, in particular, sensorless, of the vehicle is marked as being defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thilo Sauerteig, Felix Breiner
  • Patent number: 10150351
    Abstract: System, method and media for altering the mood of an occupant (such as a driver) of a vehicle. Reckless operation of motor vehicles by emotionally disturbed drivers is a major cause of traffic accidents just like alcohol, drug, and cell phone use. Emotional states such as annoyance, anger, anxiety, depression, and feeling hurried can significantly impair awareness by slowing observation and reaction times. Scents, both pleasant and unpleasant, have major effects on mood and sense of well-being. Accordingly, embodiments of the invention provide for an adaptive system which can detect a driver's mood, disperse an appropriate scent to improve the mood if it is unsafe, and learn the impact of scents on different users to effectively improve their moods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: LP-Research Inc.
    Inventors: Zhuohua Lin, Klaus Petersen, Tobias Schlüter, Robert Shiurba, Huei Ee Yap
  • Patent number: 10146521
    Abstract: A device, system and method for updating the software modules of a vehicle is provided. The device includes an interface device local to a vehicle that communicates with a remote third party location or customer service center. A database of OEM vehicle software modules is accessed by the third party, customer service center and at least one software module particular to the vehicle is provided to the interface device. The interface device is configured to program, reprogram and/or update at least one vehicle software module of the particular vehicle with the software module via the reprogramming tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AirPro Diagnostics, LLC
    Inventors: Scotty West, Steve Casella
  • Patent number: 10147316
    Abstract: A method is provided for identifying and indexing lanes of an intersection. Methods may include: determining a directionality for one or more lanes for each of two or more roadways proximate an intersection, where directionality is one of toward the intersection or away from the intersection; determining a bearing for each lane of the two or more roadways proximate the intersection, where the bearing includes a compass heading informed by the directionality; determining a lane position for each lane of the two or more roadways proximate the intersection; generating an order of the lanes using a hierarchy, where the hierarchy considers directionality first, bearing second, and lane position third; causing the generated order of the lanes to be stored in a memory, where the order of the lanes is associated with the intersection; and managing signal phase and timing of the intersection using the generated order of the lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Samuel Radomy, Jingwei Xu, Weimin Huang, Bruce Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 10147127
    Abstract: An auto cross-referencing functionality related to an order number directed to a product within an electronic catalog hosted by a vendor system is presented on a client computing device in a page providing an access point for ordering an item. The system allows a customer to enter a manufacturer, competitor, or other non-vendor specific ordering number into an ordering system and have the provided number transformed in-situ to the vendor's ordering number, either in real-time and/or through a batch-like process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: W.W. Grainger, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffry A. Westphal
  • Patent number: 10147008
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of vehicle operator distractions. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of a vehicle operator distractions based on vehicle interior image data and vehicle system operation data. The vehicle interior data may be representative of a three-dimensional coordinate spatial location of at least one joint of a vehicle occupant. The three-dimensional coordinate spatial location of the at least one joint of the vehicle occupant may be tracked over time. The vehicle system operation data may be representative of whether a vehicle system causes a vehicle operator distraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10144286
    Abstract: An operating element in a vehicle includes a capacitive touch panel and a capacitive sensor unit configured to detect a user approaching the touch panel. When the capacitive sensor unit detects the approaching user, a first control unit activates the touch panel, such that the touch panel may be activated from a sleep mode by a single movement, and such that the user can, at the same time, perform inputs using the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Sascha Kaysser
  • Patent number: 10147002
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus determine a road condition using a vehicle camera. At least one image is acquired using the camera. A first image area that includes an image of the road surface is determined in the at least one image. A classifier assigns the first image area to at least one class (among pre-established classes) that represents a specific road condition of the road surface. Information regarding this specific road condition is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH, Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Bernd Hartmann, Dieter Kroekel, Stefan Fritz, Joachim Denzler, Bjoern Froehlich, Michael Kemmler, Stefan Schubert, Eric Bach
  • Patent number: 10147048
    Abstract: A storage device lifetime monitoring system for monitoring lifetimes of storage devices and a storage device lifetime monitoring method thereof are provided. The method includes collecting operation activity information corresponding to the storage devices; storing multiple training data having the operation activity information and corresponding operation lifetime values; constructing a storage device lifetime predicting model according to the operation activity information and the corresponding operation lifetime values of the training data; inputting the operation activity information of the storage devices into the storage device lifetime predicting model to generate a predicted lifetime value corresponding to each of the storage devices; and re-constructing the storage device lifetime predicting model according to operation activity information and predicted lifetime value of each storage device. Thereby, the lifetime of storage devices can be accurately predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Chen, Victor Chang
  • Patent number: 10147007
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of a vehicle operation mode. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of a vehicle operation mode based on vehicle interior image data. The vehicle interior data may be representative of a three-dimensional coordinate spatial location of at least one joint of a vehicle occupant. The three-dimensional coordinate spatial location of the at least one joint of the vehicle occupant may be tracked over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth Jason Sanchez, Justin Davis
  • Patent number: 10142817
    Abstract: A method of performing a task by a sensor node in a sensor network includes receiving, at a sensor node, a packet from a central source on the sensor network, extracting a network-wide task to be completed from the packet, determining a portion of the task to be completed by the sensor node, the portion of the task comprising an operation to be performed by the sensor, and performing the portion of the task at the sensor node. A system includes a central source, a network of sensor nodes in communication with the central source, each sensor node having a port for receiving and sending packets, a sensor, a local memory, and a processor to extract a network-wide task from the packet, determine a portion of the task to be completed by the sensor node, and complete the portion of the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Anthony P. van Eyken, John D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10140533
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of a vehicle operation mode. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating data representative of a vehicle operation mode based on vehicle interior image data. The vehicle interior data may be representative of a three-dimensional coordinate spatial location of at least one joint of a vehicle occupant. The three-dimensional coordinate spatial location of the at least one joint of the vehicle occupant may be tracked over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Christina P. Mullen, Brian Mark Fields, Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10137906
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a user request to edit vehicle feature settings from a computer remote from a vehicle. The processor is also configured to retrieve saved vehicle feature setting configurations associated with a vehicle associated with an identified user account. The processor is further configured to build a current feature setting configuration display. Also, the processor is configured to present a user-configurable version of the display on a user interface. The processor is additionally configured to receive changes to current features setting configurations. The processor is also configured to save the changes and upload the changes to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yifan Chen, Chad Evert Esselink, Basavaraj Tonshal, Tricia Tobolski, Jeffrey Lee Hentschel, Jason Brown, Pramita Mitra
  • Patent number: 10137997
    Abstract: A throttle system for providing throttle control for an engine on an aircraft includes a throttle quadrant assembly (TQA) module (92, 94) in electrical communication with a throttle lever (86) for receiving a position signal (88, 90) indicative of a magnitude for a throttle of the engine, the TQA module (92, 94) being operative to convert the position signal (88, 90) into a throttle signal, an engine electronic control (EEC) module (100, 102) connected to the TQA module (92, 94) to translate the throttle signal (88, 90) into a throttle control signal for the engine, and at least one signal/power line connecting the TQA module (92, 94) to the EEC module (100, 102). The signal/power line at least carries the throttle signal from the TQA module to the EEC module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventor: Christophe Nouhaud
  • Patent number: 10140784
    Abstract: A vehicle-based system and a method of performing communication include one or more in-vehicle devices configured to obtain data. A controller obtains the data from the one or more in-vehicle devices. A first wireless communication unit associated with one or more of the one or more in-vehicle devices transmits data from the one or more of the one or more in-vehicle devices to the controller wirelessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLP
    Inventors: Tal Philosof, Eilon Riess, Yohay Buchbut
  • Patent number: 10140858
    Abstract: A vehicle management system for managing vehicles used by users has a usage managing unit that accepts a user's request for using the vehicle and to set a return space among parking spaces as a planned return space when the user's request is accepted, the return space being a space to which the vehicle is to be returned by the user after the vehicle is used by the user, a return determining unit that determines whether or not the vehicle is returned to the planned return space set by the usage managing unit when the vehicle is actually used and returned by the user, a return permitting unit that permits a return of the vehicle in a case where the return determining unit determines that the vehicle is returned to the planned return space, and a notification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Chinomi, Kayoko Hara
  • Patent number: 10131356
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus comprises a first detector configured to detect an obstacle around a subject vehicle traveling in a first lane and a second detector configured to detect a second lane adjacent to the first lane. The apparatus sets a first range at a target position for lane change in the second lane. The first range has a size equal to or larger than a size which the subject vehicle occupies on a road surface. The apparatus detects a range in the second lane as a second range located at a side of the subject vehicle, and the obstacle is absent in the range in the second lane. The apparatus permits the subject vehicle to change lanes when the second range includes the first range. A travel control method performs correction to reduce the first range or increase the second range based on a necessity level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Takae
  • Patent number: 10126160
    Abstract: A method and vehicle arrangement are provided for estimating a mass of a vehicle. The method and arrangement obtain a plurality of mass estimates under different operating conditions using law of motion equations, then supplies those mass estimates to a Kalman filter to improve reliability of a final mass estimate. The mass estimate can be refined by inputting subsequent mass estimates to the Kalman filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: R. Bruce Brierly
  • Patent number: 10127036
    Abstract: A method for updating a vehicular electronic control unit (ECU) comprising a flash memory storing a digital content image and a boot loader is provided. The method comprises: generating a differential update package (DUP) for said ECU to update the digital content image to an updated digital content image, said DUP comprising instructions to perform one or more of copying bytes from said flash memory, and applying a set of modifications to said copied bytes; transmitting said DUP over a wireless carrier system to a telematics device of the vehicle; storing an original block portion of said digital content image; modifying said original block portion in accordance with said DUP to produce a modified block portion; erasing said original block portion from said flash memory; and writing said modified block portion into said flash memory in place of said original block portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas S Moeller, Ronald W Pashby, Courtney Joe Holmes
  • Patent number: 10125865
    Abstract: A method for operating a multi-stable shift-by wire selector control system of a motor vehicle transmission. The multi-stable shift-by wire selector control system includes a multi-stable selector which is operable by the driver of the vehicle to select a respective one of the operating modes of the transmission, an arrangement of illuminated labels indicating the selector mode and an indexing mechanism for maintaining the immobilization of the selector in its different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Rob Jerger, Pete Stares, Darren Vincent, Hardev Mandair
  • Patent number: 10120567
    Abstract: The teachings herein generally relate to systems, methods and apparatuses useful in vehicle command and control. For example, a vehicle control system according to the teachings herein may include one or more touch panels connected to a steering wheel and being in communicative connection to a vehicle control processor. Preferably, the touch panel(s) are configured face down, and adapted to track touches (e.g., simultaneous touches) by multiple individually identified fingers. As another example, an apparatus for vehicle command and control, according to the teachings herein, may include one or more face down touch panels positioned to be touched by a driver's fingers while the driver's thumb holds or otherwise contacts a steering wheel. Preferably, the touch panels are in communication with a view screen enabled to display an indication of touch actions by multiple fingers touching the panels. The touch panels preferably include touch sensors adapted to identify touches of multiple fingers of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INPRIS INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS FROM ISRAEL LTD
    Inventors: Ben Etzion Yaron, Nissan Yaron
  • Patent number: 10122653
    Abstract: An energy management system for a data center network may include a central computer to establish an energy use policy for the computer data center network. The system may also include computer nodes in the computer data center network to receive a packet which is a query that obtains energy information from the nodes and/or a transmission reservation that provides instructions for the energy use policy to be implemented at the computer nodes. The computer nodes may reallocate data traffic on the computer data center network based on the energy use policy to improve energy consumption of the computer data center network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Casimer M. DeCusatis, Thomas A. Gregg, Rajaram B. Krishnamurthy, Anuradha Rao
  • Patent number: 10120379
    Abstract: A passenger in an automated vehicle may relinquish control of the vehicle to a control computer when the control computer has determined that it may maneuver the vehicle safely to a destination. The passenger may relinquish or regain control of the vehicle by applying different degrees of pressure, for example, on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The control computer may convey status information to a passenger in a variety of ways including by illuminating elements of the vehicle. The color and location of the illumination may indicate the status of the control computer, for example, whether the control computer has been armed, is ready to take control of the vehicle, or is currently controlling the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Timothy Szybalski, Luis Ricardo Prada Gomez, Christopher Paul Urmson, Sebastian Thrun, Philip Nemec
  • Patent number: 10113496
    Abstract: The present invention is a connected energy management (CEM) strategy for controlling the activation of a plurality of engine cylinders in the engine of a vehicle. A powertrain controller is operable for controlling the operation of the engine, and a second controller is in electrical communication with the powertrain controller. The second controller may be a telematics controller, or an autonomous driving vehicle controller. The second controller communicates at least one parameter to the powertrain controller, and the parameter is used to determine which of the plurality of cylinders are to be activated or deactivated. The powertrain controller then activates or deactivates one or more of the plurality of cylinders using the powertrain controller based on the parameter, which may include various road data, such as road curve shape or road grade. The parameter may also be based on a desired autonomous driving path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ihab Soliman
  • Patent number: 10112580
    Abstract: A vehicle key control apparatus includes a communicator receiving a response signal from a vehicle key receiving a search signal transmitted from a vehicle, wherein the response signal comprises an x-axis reception strength, a y-axis reception strength, and a z-axis reception strength; and a controller determining a position of the vehicle key on the basis of at least one among the x-axis reception strength, the y-axis reception strength, and the z-axis reception strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Sang Woo Ji
  • Patent number: 10106169
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a motor vehicle on the basis of one or more comparison values of a variable relating to a motion of the motor vehicle which have respectively been ascertained with different, motor-vehicle-external capture devices, a functionality in the context of ascertaining the variable with motor-vehicle-internal capture device, and/or a functionality of a drive control system of the motor vehicle, being assessed on the basis of the comparison values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Evgeniya Ballmann, Bernd Mueller
  • Patent number: 10098272
    Abstract: A method is provided for calculating characteristic geometrical or control variables of a three-point hitch for an agricultural tractor in which the hitch includes a lifting strut having a mounting position which is adjustable by means of a lifting arm in one of a plurality of receiving holes formed in a lower link and the hitch is pivotable by the lifting strut. The method includes moving the lower link initially into a horizontal angle position ?=0 and capturing the corresponding angular position Px, Pz of the lifting arm and a corresponding angular position ? of the lifting strut relative to the vertical. The method further includes determining which of the receiving holes satisfies a geometrical constraint condition and determining the mounting position of the lifting strut on the lower link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Martin Kremmer, Valentin Gresch
  • Patent number: 10102435
    Abstract: A lane departure warning system includes a memory and a processor for validating a candidate region as including an image of a lane marker on the road is disclosed. The candidate region is identified within a latest road image of a temporal sequence of road images captured from the front of a vehicle traveling along a road. The memory stores non-transitory computer-readable instructions and adapted to store the road image. The image processor is adapted to execute the instructions to, when no previously-verified region and no previously-rejected region aligns with the candidate region: (i) determine a minimum distance between the candidate region and a previously-verified region of a previously-captured road image of the sequence, (ii) when the minimum distance exceeds a threshold distance, store the candidate region as a verified region, and (iii) when the minimum distance is less than the threshold distance, store the candidate region as a rejected region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lei Yang
  • Patent number: 10094741
    Abstract: An obstruction detecting system for identifying the existence of an obstruction or a partial obstruction in or at the opening of a motor vehicle exhaust pipe. The obstruction detecting system may include a sensor having the ability to detect an obstruction or a partial obstruction in a motor vehicle exhaust system. The obstruction detecting system may include a logic device, a plurality of relays, an alarm, and a motor. The obstruction detecting system may be contained in a housing that is capable of being mounted in or near a motor vehicle exhaust system. When the obstruction detecting system senses an obstruction or a partial obstruction in or at the opening of the exhaust pipe, the system may send an electrical signal to an alarm, which may be a visual alarm, an audible alarm, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Ruth Anne Gougian, Susan Lucia Gougian
  • Patent number: 10097603
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system including a server storing media files, and smart monitors. The system includes a server disposed in the vehicle to store media files; smart monitors disposed in the vehicle to present media selections to passengers corresponding to the media files stored by the server and receive an input from a passenger for playing one of the selections; seat boxes disposed in the vehicle, each seat box including network-attached storage and storing a subset of the media files stored by the server in said network-attached storage. Program logic executed by each smart monitor in which after a smart monitor receives an input from a passenger for one of the selections, performs tasks including: determining if a media file corresponding to the passenger's input is available from a first source, and if available, requesting streaming of the media file from the first source that may be networked attached storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Cedric Rhoads, Nigel Blackwell, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10087872
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a controller system that is configured to drive a power switch includes a driver integrated circuit (IC), which includes an interface circuit, a synchronization circuit, and a drive circuit. The interface circuit is configured to receive a control scheme over a serial interface. The synchronization circuit is coupled to the interface circuit and is configured to receive an angular position signal and synchronize a drive signal with the angular position signal, where the drive signal is based on the control scheme. The drive circuit is coupled to the synchronization circuit and is configured to drive the power switch using the drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Christian Schweikert, Gerhard Pichler, Marco Nicolo, Frank Auer, Guenther Mohr, Juergen Schaefer, Patrick Leteinturier