Vehicle Control, Guidance, Operation, Or Indication Patents (Class 701/1)
  • Patent number: 10086954
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are provided for displaying flight information related to a UAV. The UAV may carry a payload via a carrier that may permit the payload to move relative to the UAV. UAV related information including UAV state information and payload state information can be provided to a remote display terminal. The UAV state information can include position information as well as attitude information of the UAV. The payload state information can include attitude information of the payload relative to the UAV. The remote display terminal can be configured to simultaneously display the UAV state information and the payload state information so as to provide the user with an intuitive, comprehensive, yet efficient user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heli Zhong, Zhiyuan Zhang, Xiaojun Li
  • Patent number: 10085325
    Abstract: A radio wave sensor includes a transmitting antenna configured to radiate radio waves, a receiving antenna configured to receive incoming radio waves, and a housing that is composed of dielectric material and faces the transmitting and receiving antennas. The housing has a first part that faces the transmitting antenna, a second part that faces the receiving antenna, and a third part between the first and second parts. In a facing direction in which a bottom board of the housing faces the transmitting and receiving antennas, respective thickness of the first and second parts is thicker than thickness of the third part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Honda, Takeshi Ohno, Yasuko Yamamoto, Takaaki Ukeda, Shigeo Gotoh
  • Patent number: 10077055
    Abstract: A method and a system for determining an information transfer rate between a driver and a vehicle, including measuring driver information and measuring vehicle information. Further, calculating a forward information transfer rate from the driver to the vehicle using the driver information and the vehicle information over a period of time, and calculating a reverse information transfer rate from the vehicle to the driver using the driver information and the vehicle information over the period of time. Additionally the method includes, calculating a driver control state using the forward information transfer rate and the reverse information transfer rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kin C. Fung, Timothy J. Dick, Charles William Hall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10078925
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for segmenting operational data and identifying events of interest in the segmented operational data. With the events of interest identified, a total time between the events of interest can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10077980
    Abstract: A method for determining an angle between a longitudinal axis of a first, leading component vehicle and a longitudinal axis of a second, trailing component vehicle. For at least one wheel axle or wheel axle group of the first, leading component vehicle a travel speed and/or an angular speed of the wheel axle or wheel axle group concerned is determined, and for at least one wheel axle or wheel axle group of the second, trailing component vehicle a travel speed and/or an angular speed of the wheel axle or wheel axle group concerned is determined. From the travel speeds and/or angular speeds determined for the wheel axles or wheel axle groups of the first, leading component vehicle and of the second, trailing component vehicle, the angle between the longitudinal axes of the first, leading component vehicle and the second, trailing component vehicle is then calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Alexander Banerjee
  • Patent number: 10074019
    Abstract: A road surface information acquisition apparatus a lane line recognizer configured to, based on a road surface image of a carpool lane forward of a vehicle acquired by a camera, recognize lane lines of the carpool lane. The apparatus further includes a determiner configured to, based on a lane partition line recognized by the lane line recognizer, determine a start point and an end point of the entrance and exit, and a lane-width calculator configured to, based on the lane lines recognized by the lane line recognizer, calculate a lane width of the carpool lane. The apparatus further includes a lane-width corrector configured to, based on determinations made by the determiner, correct the lane width calculated by the lane-width calculator. Based on a broken line as the lane partition line, the determiner determines the start point and the end point of the entrance and exit of the carpool lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotake Ishigami, Naoki Kawasaki, Syunya Kumano, Shunsuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10075452
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, aspects of the disclosure provide efficient, effective, and convenient ways of uploading and authenticating content. In particular, a user device may receive validating information from a wireless networking device. The user or client device may record a content item, and may insert a validation tag based on the validating information. The user or client device may then send the content item to the wireless networking device. The wireless networking device may receive the content item at a first location and may determine the validity of the content item based on the validating information. The user device may continually interact with wireless networking devices as it travels to continually upload content items while establishing the validity of the time and location of the content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Badro, Yasser F. Syed, Donald J. Wester
  • Patent number: 10067506
    Abstract: A control device of a vehicle comprises: a driving plan generating part 90 configured to generate a driving plan in automated driving of the host vehicle; a package extracting part 91 configured to extract driving assistance packages packaging permissions for a plurality of driving assistance operations based on at least one of the surrounding environment information, the vehicle information, and the driver information; a package proposing part 92 configured to propose driving assistance packages to the driver of the host vehicle based on the driving assistance packages extracted by the package extracting part and the driving plan; and an automated driving executing part 93 configured to perform driving assistance operations permitted in a driving assistance package proposed by the package proposing part and approved by the driver of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Matsunaga, Hideki Kondo, Yuichi Kumai
  • Patent number: 10068392
    Abstract: A safety score using video data but without video comprises an input interface and a processor. The input interface is configured to receive sensor data. The processor is configured to provide the sensor data to a safety score determiner, and determine a safety score using the safety score determiner without using inward facing video data, wherein the safety score determiner has been trained using a data set that includes sensor data with inward facing video data. The system for determining a safety score additionally comprises a memory coupled to the processor and configured to provide the processor with instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryon Cook, Niki Kypri
  • Patent number: 10065680
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of building a smart vehicle control model, and a method and apparatus for controlling a smart vehicle, wherein the method of building a smart vehicle control model comprises: acquiring sample data which comprise corresponding steering wheel turning angles under driving environments; extracting vehicle state features and road condition features from the sample data; using the extracted features to train a neural network model to obtain the smart vehicle control model. The method of controlling smart vehicle comprises: extracting vehicle state features and road condition features of a vehicle to be controlled; inputting the extracted features into the smart vehicle control model to obtain a steering wheel turning angle; controlling the vehicle to be controlled using the steering wheel turning angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li Yu, Tianlei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10062086
    Abstract: A method for operating a bonus system includes providing a driver account associated with a driver by a database, acquiring data relating to the driver by an application installed on a mobile terminal, acquiring data on the vehicle side of at least one motor vehicle of the driver by at least one acquisition device on the motor vehicle side, transmitting the acquired data to the database, creating an electronic life career associated with the driver account based on the data transmitted to the database, and assigning respectively preset bonus points to the driver account as soon as it has been acquired based on the electronic life career that respective preset events have been achieved. Preset benefits can be redeemed depending on the bonus points assigned to the driver account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Simon Brandl
  • Patent number: 10063683
    Abstract: A method for efficiently setting an external device to execute an interworking function in an in-vehicle multimedia system and a method for performing the same are provided. The method includes connecting at least one external device to the in-vehicle multimedia system and then detecting a number of connected external devices. Upon detecting that the number of connected external devices is one, the one external device is set as a default device to execute the interworking function. Upon detecting judging that the number of connected external devices is multiple, a pop-up window is displayed to select one of the plurality of external devices on a display, and the external device selected through the pop-up window is set as the default device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kyu Dae Shim, Nam Kwon Jung
  • Patent number: 10055111
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining and presenting notifications and options to users for reconfiguring a vehicle environment of the users. The approach includes determining whether to initiate a reconfiguration of a vehicle environment for one or more users based, at least in part, on one or more reconfiguration criteria. The approach also includes determining a reconfiguration model for the vehicle environment based, at least in part, on one or more preferences associated with the one or more users. The approach further includes causing, at least in part, a presentation of one or more notifications about the reconfiguration model to the one or more users. Furthermore, the approach includes determining one or more responses from the one or more users based, at least in part, on the presentation. Additionally, the approach includes initiating the reconfiguration of the vehicle environment based, at least in part, on the one or more responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Mary Anne Junge, Gregg Bresnahan, William Gigliotti, James Halik, David Mauer
  • Patent number: 10054947
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to autonomous commercial vehicles. In one aspect, the disclosure provides a method for controlling a commercial highway vehicle. The method includes detecting a failure of a first component based on a first signal from a first sensor. The method also includes classifying, by an automated driving system on the vehicle, a severity of the component failure. The method further includes determining to stop the vehicle if the severity exceeds a threshold severity level. The method also includes determining an emergency stopping distance based on the severity and a current momentum of the vehicle. The method further includes determining a stopping location within the emergency stopping distance. The method also includes stopping the vehicle at the stopping location. The present disclosure also provides an autonomous commercial vehicle and an emergency control system for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: OMNITRACS, LLC
    Inventor: Wesley M. Mays
  • Patent number: 10055651
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a vehicle includes a camera disposed at a vehicle and having a field of view forward of the vehicle. A control includes an image processor that is operable to process image data captured by the camera. Responsive to processing by the image processor of image data captured by the camera, the image processor is operable to determine lane markings demarcating the lane in which the vehicle is traveling. Responsive to processing by the image processor of captured image data and responsive to at least one of (i) a map input and (ii) a location input, the control estimates a path of travel for the vehicle to maintain the vehicle in the lane in which the vehicle is traveling in situations where the lane markings demarcating the lane in which the vehicle is traveling are not readily determinable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: William J. Chundrlik, Dominik Raudszus, Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen
  • Patent number: 10053110
    Abstract: A system and associated methodology that controls a vehicle component as a function of a user input. The system stores a plurality of functions associated with a plurality of touching gestures, receives the user input, determines, based on the user input, a user gesture wherein the user gesture corresponds to one of the plurality of touching gestures, determines a function associated with the user gesture, determines a feature of the user gesture, determines an operational parameter of the function based on the feature. Then, the system controls the vehicle component associated with the function as a function of the operational parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Yi Li, Miles J. Johnson, Kristofer D. Kusano, Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 10053145
    Abstract: A target steering angle calculator calculates, based on a target curvature, a target steering angle representing a steering angle of the vehicle at a target position. A current steering-angle obtainer obtains a current steering angle representing a steering angle of the vehicle at a current position. A steering controller controls the steering of the vehicle to cause the current steering angle to follow the target steering angle. A distance estimator estimates, based on at least one of the environmental information around the vehicle and control information about the vehicle, a visible distance representing a distance visibly recognizable by the driver of the vehicle to a front of the vehicle. The target curvature obtainer uses the visible distance as the target distance to obtain the target curvature at the predetermined target position that has the visible distance away from the current position along the road in the travelling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisaya Akatsuka, Hiroshi Inou
  • Patent number: 10055675
    Abstract: A machine learning model is trained by defining a scenario including models of vehicles and a typical driving environment. A model of a subject vehicle is added to the scenario and sensor locations are defined on the subject vehicle. A perception of the scenario by sensors at the sensor locations is simulated. The scenario further includes a model of a parked vehicle with its engine running. The location of the parked vehicle and the simulated outputs of the sensors perceiving the scenario are input to a machine learning algorithm that trains a model to detect the location of the parked vehicle based on the sensor outputs. A vehicle controller then incorporates the machine learning model and estimates the presence and/or location of a parked vehicle with its engine running based on actual sensor outputs input to the machine learning model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Jinesh J Jain, Kyu Jeong Han, Harpreetsingh Banvait
  • Patent number: 10053102
    Abstract: A motor vehicle control system for controlling a plurality of vehicle subsystems to operate in a plurality of subsystem control modes in dependence on a driving surface. The system is operable in an automatic control mode selection condition in which the system is configured to determine the driving surface automatically and to cause each of the vehicle subsystems to operate in a predetermined one of the subsystem control modes in dependence on the determined driving surface. The system may be configured to determine if an interruption in powertrain torque occurs and to, in dependence on the identification of a powertrain torque interruption event, temporarily suspend causing an automatic change to the predetermined one of the subsystem control modes in which each subsystem is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Elliot Hemes, Dan Dennehy, Andrew Fairgrieve, James Kelly, Sam Anker
  • Patent number: 10046800
    Abstract: A backup assist system for a vehicle and trailer combination includes a steering system, a camera generating an image of the trailer, and a controller. The controller receives the image and identifying a wheel therein, determines a value in a kinematic model of the vehicle and trailer combination using at least one of an aspect ratio or location of the wheel in the image, and uses the value in the kinematic model to control the steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zheng Hu, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10046802
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a steering assist torque determination unit and a steering assist torque control unit. The steering assist torque determination unit determines a steering assist torque including a first component that is determined on the basis of a deviation between an actual steering angle and a target steering angle for achieving a target path determined irrespective of driver's steering. The steering assist torque control unit controls a steering assist mechanism such that the steering assist torque is applied. The ratio of the magnitude of the first component of the steering assist torque to the deviation between the target steering angle and the actual steering angle is determined on the basis of the magnitude of the deviation between the steering assist torque and the driver's steering torque in a past predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shintaro Inoue, Hideo Inoue, Pongsathorn Raksincharoensak
  • Patent number: 10047686
    Abstract: A system includes a residual per cylinder calculation module that calculates an amount of residual (i.e., trapped exhaust gas) within an engine cylinder. A temperature calculation module calculates a temperature within the engine cylinder based on the amount of residual. A first air per cylinder (APC) calculation module calculates total charge content within the engine cylinder based on the temperature and calculates a first amount of air trapped within the engine cylinder based on the total charge content and the amount of residual. A residual mass fraction (RMF) calculation module calculates an RMF of the exhaust gas based on the amount of trapped exhaust gas at EVC and the total charge content. A second APC calculation module determines a backflow of the charged content into the engine cylinder and calculates a second amount of air trapped within the engine cylinder based on the backflow and the first amount of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Ning Jin
  • Patent number: 10044494
    Abstract: The present invention achieves, using simple circuits, timing synchronization among ECUs of an electronic control device which is configured from a driver ECU, a sensor ECU, and an integrated ECU which are connected over a network. This electronic control device is provided with a driver ECU for driving various loads for vehicular control, a sensor ECU for sampling various sensor signals, and an integrated ECU which is connected to the driver ECU and sensor ECU over a network and calculates command values to the various loads in accordance with various sensor data, the electronic control device being characterized in that the driver ECU has timer D for generating internal timing, the sensor ECU has timer S for generating internal timing, and the integrated ECU has timer M serving as a reference for timer D and timer S.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Teppei Hirotsu, Ryosuke Ishida
  • Patent number: 10040439
    Abstract: A powertrain system employing multiple propulsion torque actuators is described. A method for controlling the powertrain system includes interpreting a driver request, including determining a driver torque request and a regenerative braking request based upon driver inputs to an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal. A desired request is determined based upon the driver torque request and the regenerative braking request. Torque limits for the powertrain system are coordinated based upon the desired request, the driver torque request, and a previous driver torque request to determine upper and lower output torque limits, and the upper and lower output torque limits are combined with system constraints to generate a final torque request. The final torque request is employed to determine torque commands for the propulsion torque actuators, and the propulsion torque actuators are controlled based upon the torque commands for the propulsion torque actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Tayoung Choi, Anthony H. Heap, Krunal P Patel, Steven M Hessell
  • Patent number: 10042635
    Abstract: A method for wireless remote updating of vehicle software of one or more target electronic control units (ECUs) in a target vehicle group comprises manager software on a server. The manager software selects the target vehicle group and generates a differential update package (DUP) comprising an update manager. Download manager software downloads the DUP to one or more target vehicles. The update manager in each vehicle updates the one or more target ECUs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas S Moeller, Ronald W Pashby, Courtney Joe Holmes
  • Patent number: 10040451
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (8) to be arranged on a motor vehicle (2). Said device (8) comprises a speedometer (4) for ascertaining a relative speed between an object and a device (8), at least one warning mechanism (6) for emitting a warning signal in the direction of the object, find an electric controller which is designed to emit a warning signal via the at least one warning mechanism (6) when the ascertained relative speed exceeds a predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: S.M.S. SMART MICROWAVE SENSORS GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Doebbelin, Ralph Mende
  • Patent number: 10035430
    Abstract: A control device for electric motor vehicle using the motor as the traveling driving source and configured to decelerate by a regenerative braking force from the motor detects the accelerator operation amount, calculates the disturbance torque estimated value, and detects or estimates the resistance component unrelated to the gradient from the vehicle state. The control device for electric motor vehicle corrects the disturbance torque estimated value according to the detected or estimated resistance component unrelated to the gradient. The motor is controlled on the basis of the motor torque command value. When the accelerator operation amount is equal to or less than the predetermined value and the electric motor vehicle is just before the stop of the vehicle, the motor torque command value converges to the corrected disturbance torque estimated value in conjunction with the reduction of the rotation speed of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Sawada, Ken Ito, Takashi Nakajima, Yuji Katsumata, Hiroyuki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10038985
    Abstract: A communication method between an embedded communication system of an aircraft and a communication device is provided. The method includes a step for establishing a communication between the embedded communication system and the communication device, done according to a communication parameter associated with the communication device, contained in a memory of a communication terminal. The establishment step includes a phase for establishing a first auxiliary communication between terminal and the communication system, a phase for establishing a second auxiliary communication between the terminal and the communication device, according to the communication parameter, and a phase for transferring the second auxiliary communication from the terminal toward the communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: DASSAULT AVIATION
    Inventor: St├ęphane Gouverneur
  • Patent number: 10037704
    Abstract: The invention discloses a computerized method, system and device for maximizing airport landing and takeoff capacity by generating an optimized landings and takeoffs schedule for a plurality of aircrafts located in a vicinity of a specific airport by determining an optimal four dimensional (4D) trajectory for efficient landing/takeoff sequence and time schedule. The aircrafts are separated by the number of parameters to ensure safety for the aircrafts according to the updated FAA/EASA standards. Accordingly, the model disclosed in the invention works under current FAA/EASA runway usage, precedence and time constrains. Special Takeoffs Traffic Lights System is additionally disclosed, wherein Traffic Lights will be installed on the runway to increase the landing/takeoff safety, such traffic lights will have changing green/red colors on vacancy/occupancy of the specific runway. The system could be used either as an automatic system or as a decision-support system for ATC personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: David Myr
  • Patent number: 10029672
    Abstract: A hybrid system includes a transmission control module, a power source, a transmission, and a drive train. The transmission control module partially operates the hybrid system and receives operating information from various components of the system, calculates power losses in the drive train, and calculates the driving torque needed to reach a target power profile determined from a driver's input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. West, Jeffrey K. Runde, John P. Kresse
  • Patent number: 10030625
    Abstract: A control system of a vehicle includes a controller configured to be disposed onboard a first vehicle in a vehicle system formed from the first vehicle and at least a second vehicle. The controller is configured to control deactivation of an engine of the first vehicle based on one or more deactivation settings or limits of the first vehicle. The controller is configured to obtain one or more deactivation settings or limits of the at least the second vehicle and to normalize the one or more deactivation settings or limits of the first vehicle based on the one or more deactivation settings or limits of the at least the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy John Medema, Mikhail Meltser
  • Patent number: 10027179
    Abstract: A system and method for continuous wireless monitoring and powering of at least one sensor is presented. The system is generally comprised of at least one sensor, at least one RF transmitter, an energy harvester, an energy storage unit, a microprocessor and a receiving antenna. Multiple RF transmitters may be positioned in an orthogonal orientation within reach of the receiving antennae to provide equally strong RF fields. The system may additionally include metal shielding around the area in which the system is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Simon Antonio Bello, Christopher L. Passaglia
  • Patent number: 10028224
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile computing device has a first processor and a second processor. The mobile device determines an operating condition of the mobile device, the operating condition being based on at least the current time of day, a current activity of a user associated with the mobile device, or a current proximity of the mobile device to a place connected to the user of the mobile device through an on-line social network. If the operating conditions of the mobile device are satisfied, the first processor of the mobile device sends a message to the second processor of the mobile device, the message causing the second processor to transition from a sleep state to an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Lev Popov, Iain Andrew Russell Proctor
  • Patent number: 10027537
    Abstract: Methods and systems for configuration management of computer applications implemented in different configurations use configuration parameters having assigned scopes of applicability. A method includes storing configuration parameters for a computer application for the different configurations. The stored configuration parameters have assigned scopes of applicability. At least one of the assigned scopes of applicability is selected and used to select a set of configuration parameters from the stored configuration parameters for application to a corresponding running instance of the computer application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eryk Brian Nice, James V. Schultz, Dinkar Chivaluri, Thomas A. Manning
  • Patent number: 10027672
    Abstract: An access restriction device as well as an on-board communication system and a method for communication restriction, which prevent outside leakage of information caused by unauthorized access of malicious programs to an in-car network. The communication between the in-car network of the vehicle and an external device is performed by a security controller. The security controller can perform addition or update of a program involving processing for transmission and reception of the information. The security controller performs processing for restricting access to information of the in-car network performed by program execution according to an access authorization level of each program and an access permission level of each type of information. The security controller restricts the transmission depending on the access authorization level of each program and the access permission level of each type of information in case of transmitting the information to the in-car network by the program execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LIMITED, SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LIMITED, SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuya Noda, Satoshi Horihata, Hiroshi Okada, Naoki Adachi
  • Patent number: 10027771
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring a location are provided. The system for measuring a location comprises a receiving device comprising a directional antenna the receiving device being configured to receive a signal from a mobile device in a path at a signal sensing direction side of the directional antenna, and a server configured to receive from the receiving device, information on the signal, determine a location of the mobile device based on the information on the signal, and determine a degree of congestion of the path using the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Hwan Kim, Jae-Wook Sim, Moo-Sung Ji, Jung-Woo Cho
  • Patent number: 10019895
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting frequent lane changes of moving vehicles are disclosed. A method for detecting frequent lane changes of moving vehicles including extracting the Z axis angular velocity values, and storing those Z axis angular velocities, from the Z axis angular velocity of which numerical product is negative, analyzing the Z axis angular velocities stored in the specific time period, and judging the number of the Z axis angular velocities with the numeral number 0. It is determined whether the vehicle has made frequent lane changes or not in its moving process, so that an active monitoring for vehicle travelling statuses is implemented, thereby normalizing driving behaviors, and reducing traffic accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: STREAMAX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huaikun Xiang, Jiye Sun
  • Patent number: 10019268
    Abstract: A vehicle mount computer having a configurable behavior controlled by a vehicle's ignition switch. A user can configure the computer to perform an action, switch modes, or execute a software application in response to the ignition switch being pressed or the position of the ignition switch being adjusted. For example, the computer can be configured to switch to a standby mode or hibernation mode, shutdown, prompt the user to select an action, or do nothing in response to the ignition switch being placed in an off position. The ignition switch can be electrically coupled to an input of the computer so that the computer's operating system or another application can monitor the status of the ignition switch. The operating system or application can cause the computer to perform the configured response upon detecting a change in the ignition switch's position or an actuation of the ignition switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: EMS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett A. Davis, Terry Jendon, Michael W. Holladay, Alison E. Veazey
  • Patent number: 10015462
    Abstract: A system for event recording includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive video data and sensor data. The processor is configured to determine a risk level based at least in part on the sensor data; determine a storage quality based at least in part on the risk level; determine a processed video data by processing the video data according to the storage quality; and store the processed video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Quoc Chan Quach
  • Patent number: 10001361
    Abstract: A real acceleration computing unit 3 calculates the real acceleration Gw in the direction of travel of a vehicle by acquiring the velocity V a wheel speed sensor 12 installed in the vehicle detects. A road surface gradient computing unit 5 calculates the inclination of a road surface (road surface gradient ?1) from the real acceleration Gw and the accelerations Gx and Gz in the back and forth and up and down directions of the vehicle an acceleration sensor 11 installed in the vehicle detects. A pitching angle computing unit 6 calculates the inclination of the vehicle with respect to the road surface (pitching angle ?2) from the real acceleration Gw and the accelerations Gx and Gz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10001532
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor device includes: a magnet, extending in a longitudinal direction, that has different magnetic poles in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of a detected object having a magnetic material, the longitudinal direction being orthogonal to the conveyance direction; and anisotropic magnetoresistive elements arranged linearly in the longitudinal direction on a detected object-side magnetic pole of the magnet, wherein the magnet is provided with a magnetic material yoke between the anisotropic magnetoresistive elements and the magnet, and the end of the magnet in the longitudinal direction has a greater length in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction than the center in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomokazu Ogomi, Kenji Shimohata
  • Patent number: 10000212
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method for controlling the same are provided to determine a traveling speed based on travel information of a first preceding vehicle and a second preceding vehicle. The vehicle includes a drive unit that provides rotational force for vehicle traveling and a distance sensor that detects an object located in a forward direction. A controller first preceding vehicle and a second preceding vehicle located ahead of the first preceding vehicle, which travel on the same traffic road as a traveling road based on the result detected by the distance sensor. The drive unit is operated to adjust a vehicle speed to be at a traveling speed determined based on travel information of the first preceding vehicle and the second preceding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Youngchul Oh, Hyoung Geun Kwon, Kicheol Shin, MyungSeon Heo, Byungyong You
  • Patent number: 10000237
    Abstract: In a driving support device for a vehicle including a collision avoidance support system and a lane travel support system, a steering control amount is set while maintaining an appropriate relationship between both of the systems. This is by setting a lower upper limit value for the steering torque command during collision avoidance as compared to lane travel support. However, a gradient (i.e., rate of change) of the collision avoidance is set to be greater than a gradient of the lane travel support. As a result, the driving support device balances collision avoidance and lane travel support to have quick response during collision avoidance, and maintaining the ability to adapt to wide changes in road condition during lane travel support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Katoh
  • Patent number: 9996987
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for determining, based on vehicle sensor data associated with the vehicle, a current vehicle condition that is detrimental to operation of the vehicle, transmitting, by a mobile computing device programmed to perform the transmitting, a description of the current vehicle condition to a condition message provider, and receiving a condition message that includes offer data and mitigating plan data describing one or more steps configured to alter the current vehicle condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Vinuth Rai, Dustin Harber, Divya Sai Toopran, Matthew Kresse, Ugur Oezdemir
  • Patent number: 9989005
    Abstract: A secondary controller for controlling the performance of an automobile is described. The secondary controller can be configured to temporarily reprogram one or more vehicle controllers, such as the engine control unit, after the automobile has been powered on. The secondary controller can substitute command sets with different command sets by rewriting the corresponding portion of RAM. The secondary controller can receive vehicle information from the engine control unit to determine the particular type of vehicle to locate the particular command in RAM in order to rewrite the command set. In one embodiment, the secondary controller communicates with the vehicle controller via the vehicle's diagnostic port, such as an OBD-II port. In another embodiment, the secondary controller can be configured to control a variable displacement engine in a vehicle to command the vehicle to operate using all available cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: 128 Combustion, Inc.
    Inventors: Chester J. Silvestri, Kendall J. Mosher
  • Patent number: 9992724
    Abstract: A mobile vehicle communications system adapted to perform a method of cellular reselection using vehicle telematics unit coupled to a vehicle antenna. The method includes: performing a measurement of a reference signal from a serving cell that is connected to the telematics unit; determining whether to perform a measurement of a target cell based on both a serving cell signal strength value (Srxlev) and a measured serving cell signal quality value (Qqualmeas); and when the measurement of the target cell is performed, then determining whether to reselect to the target cell based on cell selection values of the serving and target cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Chong In Kim, David George, Scott T. Droste
  • Patent number: 9981291
    Abstract: Equipment for handling postal articles, in particular for preparing a delivery round, includes a sorting machine (1) with a feed inlet (2) and sorting outlets (3). The articles (4) sorted into the sorting outlets are transported in storage trays (5) by shuttle robot carts (6). A monitoring and control unit (7) causes the shuttle robot carts with full trays of articles to move from the sorting outlets to the feed inlet and causes the shuttle robot carts with empty trays to move past the sorting outlets, where the shuttle robot carts move in convoys and in a target-seeking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Luc Chirol, Francois Madar
  • Patent number: 9984576
    Abstract: A method includes steps of: establishing a wireless connection between a dashboard device of a vehicle and a mobile device; recording a position of the mobile device as an entry of recorded position data at predetermined time intervals; transmitting a notification signal to the mobile device via the wireless connection to enable the mobile device to make a determination as to whether the mobile device is currently able to receive a positioning signal; and determining the position of the mobile device based on the positioning signal to serve as the last position of the vehicle in the affirmative, and determining the last position of the vehicle based on a latest entry of the recorded position data when otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Sheng Lin, Yi-Yang Tsai, John C. Wang, Ming-San Huang, Chih-Feng Hsu, Chi-Hui Hsu, Te-Chuan Liu, Li-Hui Chen, Ping-Chen Su
  • Patent number: 9979924
    Abstract: A system includes a processing device and a personal communication device. The processing device may be configured to (i) be mounted in a vehicle, (ii) detect conditions indicative of an accident, (iii) communicate collected data to the personal communication device via a wireless protocol, and (iv) initiate an emergency call using the personal communication device. The personal communication device may be configured to upload at least a portion of the collected data to a remote location in response to the emergency call being initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Fink, Shimon Pertsel
  • Patent number: 9978191
    Abstract: A Driver Risk Assessment System and Method Having Calibrating Automatic Event Scoring is disclosed. The system and method provide robust and reliable event scoring and reporting, while also optimizing data transmission bandwidth. The system includes onboard vehicular driving event detectors that record data related to detected driving events and selectively store or transfer data related to said detected driving events. If elected, the onboard vehicular system will score a detected driving event, compare the local score to historical values previously stored within the onboard system, and upload selective data or data types to a remote server or user if the system concludes that a serious driving event has occurred. Importantly, the onboard event scoring system, if enabled, will continuously evolve and improve in its reliability by being periodically re-calibrated with the ongoing reliability results of manual human review of automated predictive event reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryon Cook, Louis Gilles