Vehicle Control, Guidance, Operation, Or Indication Patents (Class 701/1)
  • Patent number: 9764741
    Abstract: A skill-scoring system suitable for use on an automated vehicle includes an accelerometer and a controller. The accelerometer is used to determine an acceleration-value experienced by an operator of a host-vehicle while the operator operates the host-vehicle in a manual-mode along a travel-path. The controller is in communication with the accelerometer. The controller is configured to determine a skill-score based on a comparison of the acceleration-value to an expected-acceleration that the operator would experience when the host-vehicle is operated in an automated-mode along the travel-path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Wieskamp, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Nathan A. Pendleton, Nandita Mangal
  • Patent number: 9764632
    Abstract: A plugin hybrid electric vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, a battery, an electric machine, and a controller. The vehicle is operable in a primary electric vehicle driving mode (EV mode) and in a hybrid electric vehicle driving mode (HEV mode). The controller is programmed to receive input from the driver representing a desired operating mode and a desired energy reservation. If the desired operating mode is HEV mode, then a state of charge (SOC) offset is established as the smaller of a maximum SOC offset and an allowable SOC offset, otherwise, the SOC offset is established based on the desired energy reservation. The vehicle is operated based on the SOC offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hai Yu, Ming Lang Kuang, Ryan McGee, Joseph G. Supina, Johannes G. Kristinsson, Fazal U. Syed
  • Patent number: 9766629
    Abstract: An autonomous pulse and glide system and method are disclosed. Pulse and glide is a fuel savings strategy that pulses a host vehicle to a maximum target speed and glides to a minimum target speed. Where the host vehicle detects that a lead vehicle is within a minimum distance the pulse and glide strategy is modified. The system may interrupt a pulse or may instruct the host vehicle to pass the lead vehicle. The host vehicle may also include an inter-vehicle communication module which facilitates a master/slave interaction with a lead or trailing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Konchan, Hans Gangwar, Dale Scott Crombez
  • Patent number: 9758189
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes a steering amount calculation unit which calculates a steering amount for decreasing a lateral deviation of a vehicle with respect to a target route, a vehicle position acquisition unit which acquires a position of the vehicle, and a past information acquisition unit which acquires the lateral deviation, which is related to the position of the vehicle acquired by the vehicle position acquisition unit or a position ahead of the position of the vehicle, from a storage section in which the lateral deviation is stored with the position of the vehicle being related to the lateral deviation. The steering amount calculation unit feeds back the lateral deviation acquired by the past information acquisition unit to calculate the steering amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Ueda, Masao Oooka, Shotaro Fukuda
  • Patent number: 9755851
    Abstract: An aftermarket vehicle communications device that that is part of a V2X communications system. The device can be a plug-in device, a wireless device separate from the vehicle, such as a key fob, wearable or a smart phone, or a permanent retrofit device mounted to the vehicle. The device is electrically coupled to the vehicle by, for example, an OBD connection, a USB connection, a CAN bus connection, an HDMI connection or wirelessly. The device includes a radio for transmitting and/or receiving communications signals, a memory for storing security information and vehicle application data, a location processor such as a global navigation satellite system receiver, a verification processor for verifying messages, and a communications processor configured to be put in electrical communication with a CAN bus on the vehicle, where the communications processor receives vehicle location signals from the location processor, files from the memory and signals from the radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Donald K. Grimm, Upali Priyantha Mudalige, Bakhtiar B. Litkouhi
  • Patent number: 9751422
    Abstract: A device for switching a mode of a vehicle is provided. The device includes a connector that is configured to interface with an on-board diagnostic system of the vehicle; a switch that is configured to indicate a transport mode or an application mode; a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor includes determination logic that determines the mode of the vehicle based on a state of the switch; and activation logic that activates the mode of the vehicle by sending a first message to the vehicle according to a first protocol, and sending a second message to the vehicle according to a second protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Gunther Buecherl
  • Patent number: 9751474
    Abstract: In order to configure a control unit for a vehicle, a method is provided which involves: transmission of a functional cluster assignment by a data source to the control unit, the functional cluster assignment assigning the control unit to a selection of functional clusters; reception of the functional cluster assignment by the control unit; preparation of the control unit for the use of the functional cluster assignment; activating the validity of the functional cluster assignment in the control unit, and use of the functional cluster assignment in the control unit. The functional cluster assignment is transmitted via a data network, preferably formed using a CAN bus, LIN bus, MOST bus or FlexRay bus system. The downloading of the functional cluster assignment to the control unit makes software releases that are specific to vehicle type and the time spent on their associated program maintenance superfluous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Juergen Meyer
  • Patent number: 9747024
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a display configured to display a user movable item; a controller configured to logically divide the display into one or more areas of stability and one or more areas of instability, and configured to control movement of the item in the display in response to user input when the item is located within an area of stability and configured to automatically control movement of the item in the display towards an area of stability without user input when the item is located within an area of instability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Silas J. Grant
  • Patent number: 9739090
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a control system for controlling the movement of an aerial apparatus, in particular for controlling a turnable ladder of a firefighting vehicle, comprising a manually operable input device that is deflectable in at least one spatial direction by a deflecting force, an processing unit for converting the amount of deflection of the input device into a corresponding speed signal and an actuating unit for moving the aerial apparatus with a speed corresponding to the speed signal. The invention is characterized by determining means for determining a possible maximum speed and restricting means for counteracting or limiting the deflection of the input device according to the determined possible maximum speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: IVECO MAGIRUS AG
    Inventor: Martin Karremann
  • Patent number: 9731761
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a steering wheel and at least one road wheel. The steering wheel is rotatably connected to a steering-wheel actuator, and the at least one road wheel is movably connected to a steering system. A controller is in communication with the steering system and the steering-wheel actuator. The controller is programmed to determine a steering-wheel angle based on a road-wheel angle, an operation mode, and a steering-compensation type; and to instruct the steering-wheel actuator to rotate the steering wheel according to the steering-wheel angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Park, Oliver Nehls, Jan Bremkens, Lodewijk Wijffels, Sergio Codonesu
  • Patent number: 9733100
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for the contact-analog display of a navigation instruction for a driving maneuver, particularly a lane change, of a vehicle, wherein the driving maneuver can be carried out at any point of a cohesive driving route of a road. The method includes: contact-analog stationary displaying of the instruction at the beginning of the driving route for a first distance traveled by the vehicle; adapting the contact-analog display of the instruction to the change of position of the vehicle, so that the instruction changes its position corresponding to the change of position of the vehicle, for a second distance traveled by the vehicle; and contact-analog stationary displaying of the instruction at the end of the driving route, for a third distance traveled by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Natasa Milicic, Boris Israel
  • Patent number: 9734720
    Abstract: A system for response mode verification according to an embodiment of the present disclosure may include a user interface device; a vehicle motion sensor located in a vehicle; a memory; and/or a processor communicably coupled to the user interface device, the vehicle motion sensor, and the memory, the memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to: receive a dispatch request, receive a first indication from the user interface device based on a user indicating acceptance of the dispatch request, record an acceptance time of the first indication, receive a second indication from the vehicle motion sensor based on the vehicle motion sensor monitoring a change in movement of the vehicle, and record a vehicle motion time of the second indication, generate a notification indicating that a difference between the vehicle motion time and the acceptance time exceeds a threshold time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Erlich, Ryan Schwerman
  • Patent number: 9731765
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus includes a first sensor for searching first parking spaces which are parkable and located outside a reference distance from a vehicle, a second sensor for searching a second parking space which is parkable and located inside the reference distance from the vehicle and obtaining parking state information of vehicles parked around the vehicle, and a controller for generating a parking slot map using the first parking spaces, the second parking space, and the parking state information and providing the generated parking slot map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Dong Hun Yang
  • Patent number: 9718475
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a control system for a motor vehicle, the system being operable in an automatic mode selection condition in which the system is configured to select automatically an appropriate system operating mode whereby the system assumes operation in said system operating mode, the system being further configured to allow activation of an automatic progress control function in which a speed of the vehicle over terrain is controlled automatically by the system, wherein when the automatic progress control function is active the system is configured automatically to suspend changes in the selected system operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Fairgrieve, Elliot Hemes, Dan Dennehy, James Kelly, Sam Anker
  • Patent number: 9721397
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product enables automatic toll booth interaction with self-driving vehicles (SDVs). An SDV interrogation transceiver at a toll booth interrogates a driving mode module on an SDV. The SDV is capable of being operated in autonomous mode by an on-board SDV control processor. The driving mode module selectively controls the SDV to be operated in the autonomous mode or in manual mode, in which a human driver of the SDV manually operates the SDV. The SDV interrogation transceiver receives a driving mode descriptor of the SDV, which identifies whether the SDV currently is operating in the autonomous mode or in the manual mode while traveling on a toll road. An adjusted toll charge for the SDV to travel on the toll road is then transmitted based on the driving mode descriptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Peter K. Malkin, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 9722781
    Abstract: A mobile device may be associated with a vehicle for verification of software updates. The mobile device may be configured to receive a message including an encryption key with which a software update for the vehicle is encrypted, provide a user interface requesting user verification of installation of the software update, and responsive to receipt of the user verification, provide the encryption key to the vehicle to allow the vehicle to decrypt the software update. An update server may be configured to send a software update encrypted using an encryption key to a vehicle, receive a request from the vehicle requesting that the encryption key used to encrypt the software update be provided to a mobile device associated with the vehicle for verification of software updates, and send the encryption key to the mobile device responsive to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Livio, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Smereka, Justin Dickow, Joel J. Fischer, Jacob R. Sigal
  • Patent number: 9723081
    Abstract: An exemplary technique is provided for operating a vehicle mountable controller that is mounted to a vehicle and used to control at least a part of the vehicle's operation. The vehicle mountable controller may be used as a network element in a computer network. An idle controller resource of the vehicle mountable controller is provided for remote processing to the computer network. The technique includes determining an operating mode of the vehicle in which the vehicle mountable controller is mounted, and performing a test to determine whether to use the vehicle mountable controller as a network element in the computer network based on the operating mode of the vehicle at a time that the test is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Thomas Loewel, Ralph Ballentin
  • Patent number: 9713963
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to send likelihood-of-success request, including vehicle state information. The processor is further configured to receive information representing likelihood of reaching route points, utilizing a current vehicle charge, along with effects on the likelihood based on one or more power utilization changes. The processor is also configured to interactively display the received information and receive power utilization change selection. Also, the processor is configured to calculate a new likelihood of reaching the points based on the selection and display updated information based on the calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yimin Liu, Perry Robinson MacNeille, Michael Edward Loftus
  • Patent number: 9701080
    Abstract: A product such as a tire includes a radio frequency identification device (RFID) assembly located along an outer sidewalk The RFID assembly has a thin, flexible, substantially planar, elongated non-conductive rubber, elastomer, or polymer substrate. First and second thin, flexible, elongated, substantially planar first antenna portions formed at least in part of the same conductive rubber, elastomer, or polymer are provided on the substrate. Opposite first and second ends of the first antenna portion have different first and second widths. A chip has opposite first and second ends in operative electrical connection with the first and second antenna portions, respectively, and is located between the outer sidewall and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY
    Inventor: Randall L. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9701419
    Abstract: A method for determining a state of a component in a high lift system of an aircraft comprises the steps of extending at least one high lift surface, which is coupled with two drive struts, wherein at least one of the two drive struts is a load sensing drive strut, to a first extended position, acquiring a first load sensed by a load sensing drive strut associated with the at least one high lift surface at a first flight state having a first speed, comparing the first load with a known nominal load for the first extended position and the first flight state under consideration of a predetermined threshold, and producing an alarm signal in case the acquired load differs from the nominal load including the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Jan-Arend Van Bruggen, Eugen Neb, Michael Brady, Wolfgang Hartwig, Olivier Criou, Stefan Latzel, Mark Heintjes
  • Patent number: 9704391
    Abstract: The present invention provides a traffic accident detection device of detecting traffic accident that estimates a precise speed variation for a vehicle, and detects dangerous events similar to traffic accidents. A time series estimation unit (202) chronologically estimates a speed from a detected speed of a vehicle that a sensor unit (102) has detected, and acquires a first estimated value; and a reverse time series estimation unit (204) reverse chronologically estimates a speed from the detected speed, and acquires a second estimated value. An integration estimation unit (206) estimates the speed and the speed shift of the vehicle by defining the first estimated value as an integrated estimated value until a time when the distance between the first estimated value and the second estimated value is at maximum, and defining the second estimated value as the integrated estimated value at the time the distance is at maximum and thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Emura
  • Patent number: 9694793
    Abstract: A vehicle braking control device includes: a mode switch for making a switching request for braking force characteristics of a vehicle; a motor cylinder device for generating braking force characteristics based on the switching request made by the mode switch; a brake fluid pressure sensor for detecting operation of the brake pedal; and an ECU for prohibiting the braking force characteristics of the motor cylinder device from being changed in a case where the mode switch is operated while the operation of the brake pedal is detected by the brake fluid pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Ishino, Shuichi Okada
  • Patent number: 9699421
    Abstract: A motorcycle has a video camera attached thereto in such a manner as to shoot sharp images. A motorcycle includes a camera adapted to shoot a road surface. The camera is arranged below an engine or a swing arm and more rearward than the center of a crankshaft of the engine. The swing arm pivotally supports a rear wheel with a rear edge portion thereof. The camera is fastened to, and supported either by a lower portion of the engine or by a lower portion of a vehicle body frame connected to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ono, Masatsugu Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9694771
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating a personalizing settings in a driving apparatus using user's biometric information are provided. Individual users of an automobile are facilitated to set personal settings through a biometric information device in the driving apparatus. In one embodiment, a given user of the driving apparatus is facilitated to provide his/her fingerprint in a first mode through the fingerprint scanner to store settings of a set of currently configured components as the personalized settings for those components. The given user is facilitated to subsequently provide his/her fingerprint in a second mode through the fingerprint scanner to retrieve the personalized settings for the set of configured components and have the set of components configured in accordance with those settings. In some examples, security is provided to determine whether a given user is authorized to personalize certain customizable components in the driving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Jia-Wei Ding
  • Patent number: 9688287
    Abstract: A situation awareness method can be used to provide information to a vehicle operator via first, second, and third substantially transparent ambient displays that are coupled to a windshield of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Seder, Roy J. Mathieu, Joseph F. Szczerba
  • Patent number: 9690289
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed. The present invention includes a communication module configured to transceive data with at least one drone, a display module configured to output a screen for controlling a motion of the drone, a touch interface module configured to receive a random touch drag within the displayed screen, and a controller controlling the communication module, the display module and the touch interface module, the controller generating a 1st control data for controlling an altitude of the drone if the received touch drag is recognized as a 1st direction, the controller generating a 2nd control data for controlling right and left directions of the drone if the received touch drag is recognized as a 2nd direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeonghwa Yang, Hyerim Lee, Kyungha Lee, Hyejin Bae, Jeonghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9691280
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device receives a start location and a destination location, determines routes between the start location and the destination location, identifies stop signs and stop lights along the determined routes, determines delays attributable to stop signs or stop lights along the determined routes, determines travel times for routes based on the delays attributable to stop signs or stop lights along the determined routes, and presents a suggested departure time determined based on the stop sign and stop light information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge S. Fino
  • Patent number: 9688306
    Abstract: A method of controlling a backing system for a vehicle and trailer assembly comprises initiating a path input mode on an electronic input device associated with an electronic control unit in the vehicle. An intended backing path is input into the electronic control unit by defining the intended backing path with an input control mechanism for the electronic input device. The path input mode on the electronic input device is ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Jason McClain, Jill Anne Palazzolo
  • Patent number: 9677894
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and system for enacting various driving profiles based on identifying the age and gender of the user. Initially, identifying information is acquired from a user of a vehicle. An identification program determines whether the driver is known, by comparing the identifying information to a set of stored identifying information. If the driver of the vehicle is known, as the identifying information from the user is similar to stored identifying information, then a specific driver profile associated with the specific driver is activated. If the driver is not known, as the identifying information from the user of the vehicle is not similar to the stored identifying information, then the age and gender of the user of the vehicle is determined. Based on the determined age and gender of the driver of the vehicle, various vehicle setting ranges are enacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons, Tynan J. Garrett, Emily M. Metruck, Charles J. Stocker, IV
  • Patent number: 9678909
    Abstract: A method of exchanging data between an electronic device and an external accessory. In one example, the method includes receiving, at an interface of the electronic device, a connector of the external accessory. The method also includes transmitting, via a first pin of the interface, data between the external accessory and the electronic device, and interrupting, with an electronic processor of the electronic device, data transmission between the external accessory and the electronic device via the first pin of the interface. The method further includes while data transmission is interrupted, detecting, via the first pin of the interface, an activation of a talk actuator, and activating, via the electronic processor, a transmitter in response to detecting the activation of the talk actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Grobe Sachs, Charles B. Harmke
  • Patent number: 9669840
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system of controlling the output of information to a driver. It provides to monitor at least one operating parameter of a vehicle and to estimate driver workload is estimated based on said at least one operating parameter, using a plurality of thresholds (HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW) defining driver workload ratings. Output of information to the driver is controlled based on the estimated driver workload rating. To ensure that also low priority information is outputted, the invention provides to periodically cycling through some or all of those defined driver workload ratings having a lower rating than the current estimated workload rating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Sebastian Paszkowicz
  • Patent number: 9669871
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a driver assistance device of a motor vehicle (1), wherein the driver assistance device is switched between an automatic drive mode, in which control signals are output at least to a steering device of the motor vehicle (1) by means of the driver assistance device and hereby a steering angle of the motor vehicle (1) is autonomously controlled by the driver assistance device, and a manual drive mode, in which the steering angle is manually controlled by a driver by operating a steering wheel (7) of the motor vehicle (1), wherein with the switching the driver assistance device at least in one switching direction from one of the drive modes into the other drive mode, a moving light is generated along a predetermined lighting path (20) in a movement direction (21, 22) associated with the switching direction by means of a lighting device (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventor: Siav-Kuong Kuoch
  • Patent number: 9667726
    Abstract: The invention provides a internet radio interface for use in vehicles. The interface allows a device unit, with wireless capability and voice interface technology, to communicate with a vehicle, mobile phone, and portal in order to manage and upload various user preferences to the device unit as set out by the user prior to getting into the vehicle. The device unit interacts with the user to permit various functions and access preferable channels as well as managing secondary functions of the user, including cell phone communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: RIDETONES, INC.
    Inventor: Otman A. Basir
  • Patent number: 9665994
    Abstract: A method performed by a first computing system includes receiving, from a second computing system, a message identifying a symptom of a first vehicle; and sending a repair tip to the second computing system. The repair tip includes a first phrase describing a first procedure performed on a second vehicle that exhibited the symptom, wherein the first procedure performed on the second vehicle yielded a result insufficient to determine that a component of the second vehicle associated with the symptom is defective. The repair tip also includes a second phrase describing a second procedure performed on a given vehicle, wherein the given vehicle is either (i) the second vehicle or (ii) a third vehicle that also exhibited the symptom, wherein the second procedure performed on the given vehicle yielded a result sufficient to determine that a component of the given vehicle associated with the symptom is defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman
  • Patent number: 9665456
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a plurality of devices, each including a memory that stores link-status information indicating whether or not an error occurs in a link connected to the each device. When a first device among the plurality of devices fails to receive within a predetermined time period a response for a request that has been transmitted by the first device, the first device obtains the link-status information from relevant devices each related to at least one of transfer of the request and transfer of the response, and identifies a link in which the error has occurred or a device that is connected to the link, based on the obtained link-status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Kimihiro Nishiyama, Keiji Sato
  • Patent number: 9656675
    Abstract: A vehicle control system for adjusting control characteristics governing behaviors of a vehicle in accordance with a driving preference of a driver. The vehicle control system is comprised of a shifting means that shifts a driving mode of the vehicle between a first mode in which a driving force to be generated is moderated and a second mode in which a driving force to be generated is larger than that generated under the first mode, upon exceedance of a predetermined threshold value by an index that is changed according to a change in a behavior of the vehicle resulting from an accelerating or a decelerating operation executed by the driver. The threshold value is set to a limit value of acceleration for human beings to sense a linear change in the acceleration from zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Takeuchi, Toshio Tanahashi, Yoshimitsu Agata, Tomohide Kawasaki, Shin Noumura
  • Patent number: 9656566
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a charge management apparatus includes an input unit, a first estimation unit, a determination unit, a generation unit, and an output unit. The input unit accepts an input of traffic demand data indicative of a number of vehicles. The first estimation unit estimates charge wait times at plural charge stations based on the traffic demand data. The determination unit compares the estimated charge wait times at the respective charge stations, and determines whether a desired condition is satisfied. The generation unit generates charge recommendation information indicative of a charge station according to a determination result. The output unit outputs the charge recommendation information to an external terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Kano, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Junichi Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Shimada, Kiyoshi Matsui, Junichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9658619
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for unmanned aerial vehicle modular command priority determination and filtering system. One of the methods includes enabling control of the UAV by a first control source that provides modular commands to the UAV, each modular command being a command associated with performance of one or more actions by the UAV. Modular commands from a second control source requesting control of the UAV are received. The second control source is determined to be in control of the UAV based on priority information associated with each control source. Control of the UAV is enabled by the second control source, and modular commands are implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: UNMANNED INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Brett Michael Bethke, Bernard J. Michini, Jonathan Anders Lovegren, Patrick Michael Bouffard
  • Patent number: 9650762
    Abstract: A mining machine comprising a power monitor sensing power consumption of the mining machine during a select time period to generate power consumption data; a sensor sensing payload of the mining machine during the select time period to generate payload data; and a monitoring module. The monitoring module including computer readable media for comparing the power consumption data and the payload data to generate shovel efficiency data, and outputting the shovel efficiency data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Collins, Kenneth J. Daniel, Ray Pan, Michael J. Rikkola, Desheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9650051
    Abstract: A system for autonomous driving comparison and evaluation comprises an input interface and a processor. The input interface is configured to receive trip information generated during a driver controlled trip and receive information from an autonomous driving system related to actions that the autonomous driving system would have taken had it been in control during the trip. The processor is configured to compare a trip factor of the driver controlled trip with a simulated trip factor that would have occurred had the autonomous driving system been in control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Hoye, Daniel Lambert, Greg Sutton
  • Patent number: 9654936
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to communicate wirelessly with a mobile device, wherein the processor is further configured to receive output data from a navigation application running on the mobile device. The processor is also configured to send data back through the mobile device to a standardization system, including a request for standardization, running on a remote system, if the output data is in an unusable format. Also, the processor is configured to receive a standardized form of the data, having been standardized by the remote standardization system. The processor is further configured to process the standardized data to provide navigation directions through one or more vehicle outputs controllable by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mounir Hider, David Marvin Gersabeck, Edward Andrew Pleet, Yiping Xia
  • Patent number: 9648546
    Abstract: The image recording device for a vehicle with dual Wi-Fi access function, includes: a imaging unit; a communicating module having an AP function unit which is adapted to function as an AP of a Wi-Fi communication and a STA function unit which is adapted to function as a STATION of a Wi-Fi communication, thereby allowing for access to a peripheral AP; a storage unit for storing the image information from the imaging unit; and a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: PITTASOFT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jake Lee, Hyun Min Hur, Tae Yun Lee, Hyun Chul Im, Hyun Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 9646290
    Abstract: A method for fleet management can be created using a vehicle maintenance tracker for at least one vehicle and performing a vehicle inspection on the at least one vehicle using an inspection device to identify services needed on the vehicle. The vehicle inspection can then be transferred to a mechanic for verification of services needed on the vehicle. The vehicle inspection can provide a verification of services needed to the vehicle maintenance tracker and generate at least one of: vehicle repair information prioritized by importance of services, a schedule for vehicle service prioritized by importance of services needed, and a vehicle return to service date based on a schedule for vehicle service prioritized by importance of services needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MTCT GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Adam Walton, Eugene Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: 9643650
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an automatic lane change control of a vehicle is possible using a lane change control device including: a space recognition unit that detects a front object using a camera sensor of a vehicle, recognizes an empty space, and determines a target position, within the empty space on the basis of a lane modeling equation determined from a lateral offset, the vehicle's traveling velocity (V), and a lane change request time (t); a path generation unit that generates a path for moving from a current vehicle position to the target position; and a control unit that performs a lane change control that controls at least one of the vehicle's steering angle and a vehicle velocity such that the vehicle moves to the target position along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Kyun Sim
  • Patent number: 9643538
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle includes a vehicle speed sensor configured to emit a periodic function with a parameter correlated to the speed of the vehicle, an acceleration monitoring system, a braking system engagement detector to detect a braking status of the vehicle, an alerting device capable of signaling other drivers of a deceleration condition of the vehicle, and a control device. The acceleration monitoring system is configured to compute the acceleration of the vehicle from variations in the parameter of the periodic function of the vehicle speed sensor and to output a deceleration status of the vehicle. The control device is coupled to the acceleration monitoring system, the braking system engagement detector, and the alerting device, wherein the acceleration monitoring system sends signals to the control device and the control device operates the alerting device in a manner dependent on the deceleration status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventors: Alfred S. Braunberger, Beau M. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 9646205
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for facilitating testing of a plurality of devices using a drone. At first, a locating module locates position of the drone relative to the plurality of devices. Further, a receiving module receives an image, of a device of the plurality of devices, from image capturing unit of the drone. Then, a comparing module compares the image with a reference image corresponding to the device. Based on the comparison, a determining module determines an action to be performed for testing the device. Further, a facilitating module facilitates the testing by enabling a snout associated with the drone to perform the action on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: HCL Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Siva Sakthivel Sadasivam, Murali Krishnaan G, Vishal Chaudhary
  • Patent number: 9643050
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for tracking the location of an individual during a fitness activity are disclosed. A method of tracking a participant engaged in a fitness activity includes determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity based on data received at a portable fitness device used by the participant; determining a location of a spectator during the fitness activity based on data received at a mobile spectator device used by the spectator; from a server, sending an alert to a spectator at a spectator device during the fitness activity indicating that the participant is within a predetermined distance of the spectator; and sending an alert to the portable fitness device during the fitness activity indicating that the spectator is within a predetermined distance of the participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Jon Harald Werner, Christian DiBenedetto, Stephen John Black, Amy Jones Vaterlaus
  • Patent number: 9639990
    Abstract: In a display control apparatus configured to control image data displayed on a predetermined display medium, an information acquisition unit acquires a first information associated with the predetermined matter at a first time and acquire a second information associated with the predetermined matter at a second time after the first time. A determination unit judges whether there is a predetermined change between the first information and the second information. A control unit controls the image data such that in a case where a predetermined change is detected, at least one of parameters including a location, a size, and a shape of a restricted area, in which the displaying of display information including in the image data is limited, is changed so as to achieve the parameter defined in relation to the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Mochizuki, Shigeru Kobayashi, Koichi Emura
  • Patent number: 9641391
    Abstract: Communication network architectures, systems and methods for supporting a network of mobile nodes. As a non-limiting example, various aspects of this disclosure provide communication network architectures, systems, and methods for supporting a dynamically configurable communication network comprising a complex array of both static and moving communication nodes (e.g., the Internet of moving things).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: VENIAM, INC.
    Inventors: Joao Barros, Carlos Ameixiera, Diogo Lopes, Andre Cardote, Rui Costa, Ricardo Matos
  • Patent number: 9637891
    Abstract: A management server for a working machine, including: a reception unit that receives a sensor output from a working machine; a regular report creation unit that creates, for each predetermined period of time, a regular report indicating an operation state of the working machine within the predetermined period of time based on the sensor output; an emergency report creation unit that creates at least one emergency report upon detecting abnormality data representing abnormality of the working machine based on the sensor output; an important report creation unit that creates an important report upon detecting predictive data indicating a sign of the abnormality based on the sensor output; and a delivery unit that delivers the regular report, the at least one emergency report, and the important report, respectively, to a regular report delivery target, an emergency report delivery target, and an important report delivery target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Adachi, Kenji Ota, Kouji Seki, Kunio Seki, Hiroshi Onose, Satoshi Abe, Kazuki Kubota