Vehicle Diagnosis Or Maintenance Determination Patents (Class 701/29.1)
  • Patent number: 10528144
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, that move a display screen to produce sound or haptic feedback. A first force that causes a first movement of a first portion of a display screen is applied by a first transducer that is mechanically coupled to the first portion of the display screen. A movement of a second portion of the display screen is detected by a second transducer that is mechanically coupled to the second portion. A relationship between the first movement caused at the first portion of the display screen by the first transducer and the movement detected at the second portion of the display screen by the second transducer is determined. A second force that causes a second movement of the first portion of the display screen is applied by the first transducer, the second force being determined using the determined relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Michael Scot Pate
  • Patent number: 10525962
    Abstract: A vehicle control device comprises: a downshift control part (51) configured, upon issuance of a downshift request for downshifting an automatic transmission (200), to execute a downshift control of downshifting the automatic transmission (200) and driving an engine torque regulating mechanism to increase an output torque of an engine (10); a vehicle attitude control part (53) configured, upon satisfaction of a condition that the vehicle is traveling and a steering angle-related value pertaining to a steering angle of a steering device increases, to execute a vehicle attitude control of reducing the output torque of the engine (10) to generate deceleration of the vehicle so as to control vehicle attitude; and a downshift suppression part (55) configured, when the vehicle attitude control is executed, to suppress the execution of the downshift control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiichi Hiwatashi, Daisuke Umetsu, Osamu Sunahara, Yasunori Takahara, Chikako Ohisa, Daisaku Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10518782
    Abstract: To provide an operation start index value calculating unit for calculating index values of operation start times according to operation contents of a driver who drives a vehicle, and a driving characteristics estimating unit for determining ratios of probability densities to total value thereof in respective probability density functions in the calculated index values, based on the respective probability density functions of every state of the operation start times to the index values of the operation start times and on the index values of the operation start times calculated by the operation start index value calculating unit, and for estimating the driving characteristics of the driver by weighting the ratios to the total values of the respective probability densities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirofumi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10509414
    Abstract: A computer system configured to use emergency response system (EMS) vehicle telematics data to reduce risk of accidents may be configured to (1) receive, when the EMS vehicle is en route to an emergency location, the EMS vehicle telematics data associated with the EMS vehicle and including GPS location, speed, route, heading, acceleration, and/or lane data; (2) determine that a current route of an autonomous vehicle will interfere with the route of the EMS vehicle; (3) determine an alternate route for the autonomous vehicle to avoid interfering with the route of the EMS vehicle; and (4) direct the autonomous vehicle to (i) travel along the alternate route or (ii) pull over to a side of a road on the current route to allow the EMS vehicle to pass unimpeded. Insurance discounts may be generated based upon the risk mitigation or prevention functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 10504302
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring system with a camera is disclosed for creating video or still photo data at the time of a detected accident. The monitoring system monitors a vehicle parameter using a sensor contained within the vehicle. The system may use a processor contained within the vehicle to monitor the vehicle parameter. The system sets a parameter threshold. When the system detects, using the sensor, that the parameter has met the threshold it captures a video or still photo of an area surrounding the vehicle. The system then stores and/or transmits the video or still photo data to a remote server over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Carlos Chavez, Amanda Shannon Danko, Kevin Kenneth Fiedler, Michael Jay Szentes, James Stephan Harrison
  • Patent number: 10501091
    Abstract: An on-trip monitoring system for an on-demand transportation service can receive log data from autonomous vehicles operating throughout a given region. Based on a set of triggering conditions, the on-trip monitoring system can transmit switching commands to cause the AVs to switch between software versions and/or operative modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dima Kislovskiy, David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10497187
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting execution of driving maneuvers based on pre-determined driving maneuver profiles. Some or all of the system may be installed in a vehicle and/or be otherwise coupled with a vehicle. In some implementations, the system may detect execution of driving maneuvers by the vehicle based on pre-determined driving maneuver profiles. The system may include one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicle. In some implementations, the system may detect execution of the driving maneuvers by the vehicle based on a comparison of the information conveyed by the output signals from the sensors to criteria included in the pre-determined driving maneuver profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Slaven Sljivar
  • Patent number: 10486626
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for coordinating multiple vehicle diagnostic testers. An example vehicle includes communication buses, an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to one of the communication buses, and a gateway module. The a gateway module is configured to receive a request for communication with the ECU from a first in-vehicle diagnostic (IVD) tester, and responsively prevent communication with a second IVD tester while facilitating communication between the first IVD tester and the ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Michael Miller, William Robert Waldeck, Eric Ramsay Paton
  • Patent number: 10466657
    Abstract: A method and system for globally updating a plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems. Embodiments can comprise receiving, by a global server and from a plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems, a user data. The global server configured to analyze the user data and determine an applicable integration level, and the global server further able to communicate with the plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems. Modifying a global parameter when the global server determines the applicable integration level is a global integration level; and transmitting the modified global parameter to the plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., EDGE 3 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Tarek A. El Dokor, Joshua King, Jordan Cluster, James E. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10451427
    Abstract: A computer system configured to use train telematics data may be mounted on or within an autonomous vehicle, and which may be configured to (1) receive train telematics data associated with a train that includes GPS location, speed, route, heading, acceleration, and/or track data; (2) determine, based upon the train telematics data, when, or a time period of when, the train will pass through, be passing through, and/or be within a predetermined distance of a railroad crossing; (3) determine an alternate route for the autonomous vehicle to take to avoid waiting at the railroad crossing; and (4) direct the autonomous vehicle to automatically travel along the alternate route or automatically stop at the railroad crossing to allow the train to pass unimpeded and to facilitate avoidance of train-vehicle collisions. Insurance discounts may be generated based upon the risk mitigation or prevention functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 10453338
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of using telematics data at a destination device is provided. The destination device may be a mobile device associated with a driver, or a smart vehicle controller of a destination vehicle. The telematics data is generated by an originating mobile device (i) having a Telematics Application (or “App”), and (ii) associated with a second driver/vehicle, the telematics data including acceleration, braking, speed, heading, and location data associated with an originating vehicle. The telematics data may be broadcast from the originating mobile device to the destination device that (a) analyzes the telematics data received, (b) determines that an abnormal travel condition exists, and (c) automatically take corrective action that alleviates a negative impact of the abnormal travel condition on the destination vehicle to facilitate safer travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 10453352
    Abstract: A computer system configured to use train telematics data to reduce risk of accidents via a mobile device traveling within a vehicle may be provided. The mobile device may be configured to (1) receive train telematics data associated with a train that includes GPS location, speed, route, heading, acceleration, and/or track data; (2) determine when, or a time period of when, the train will pass through, be passing through, or be within a predetermined distance of a railroad crossing based upon the train telematics data; (3) determine an alternate route for the vehicle to take to avoid waiting at the railroad crossing; and (4) cause display of the alternate route on a display of the mobile device or a vehicle navigation system to allow the train to pass and to avoid train-vehicle collisions. Insurance discounts may be generated based upon the risk mitigation or prevention functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 10452382
    Abstract: This method makes it possible to validate an update file of at least one set of computer data of a piece of avionics equipment of an aircraft. The processing method is implemented within a processing system comprising a mobile terminal independent of the aircraft, an update unit integrated into the aircraft, and a database separate from the aircraft and the mobile terminal, and comprises obtaining a computed message digest, the computed message digest resulting from the application, by the update unit, of a cryptographic hash function to the update file, obtaining a reference message digest, the reference message digest being acquired by the mobile terminal by secure access to a database comprising the reference message digest, and processing the update file based on a comparison of the computed message digest with the reference message digest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Christian Cantaloube
  • Patent number: 10421440
    Abstract: Systems and methods for augmenting measurements with automotive repair information are described herein. A method may include a server storing a plurality of service scenarios defined for at least one display device. Each stored service scenario includes at least one setup instruction, and each setup instruction is based on at least one capability of at least one CVST. The method may further include the server receiving data indicating an operating condition of a vehicle from a first display device of the at least one display device. Based on the stored plurality of service scenarios and the received data, the server may determine that a first stored service scenario of the plurality of service scenarios matches the operating condition. The server may then determine a first CVST having a first capability that is associated with the first display device, and transmitting the first stored service scenario to the first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Roy S. Brozovich, Joshua C. Covington, Kahlil H. Cacabelos
  • Patent number: 10416857
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for visualizing a group of parts in an aircraft. A volume in the aircraft is identified. The group of parts that are serial number controlled within the volume are also identified. The group of parts within the volume are displayed on a display system to form a visualization. The visualization enables locating the group of parts within the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Christopher J. Senesac
  • Patent number: 10412085
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for authenticating aircraft communications using detected difference of on board electronics. One embodiment is a method that includes detecting a request for an exchange of data between an aircraft and an off-board system, and selecting a Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) of the aircraft based on at least one parameter of the request. The method also includes issuing a challenge to a Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) connected with at least one electronic component of the LRU, and obtaining a hardware signature based on a response of the at least one electronic component of the LRU to the challenge. The PUF derives the hardware signature from a unique physical property of the at least one electronic component. The method further includes validating the hardware signature to authenticate the request and initiate the exchange of data between the aircraft and the off-board system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jack Lawson, Timothy M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10407082
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for producing a communications link between a motor vehicle and a mobile user terminal. The mobile user terminal and/or the motor vehicle send a request to establish a communications link between the motor vehicle and the mobile user terminal. A check is carried out as to whether the mobile user terminal is configured to output a transfer indication sent from the motor vehicle to the mobile user terminal. A communications link is established between motor vehicle and mobile user terminal if the check is successful. A communications link is not established between motor vehicle and mobile user terminal if the check is unsuccessful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nikolas Wagner, Gerald Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10407080
    Abstract: A yaw rate estimation system for a vehicle includes a camera, a yaw rate sensor, wheel sensors, an accelerometer and a steering sensor. A control includes a processor that estimates the actual yaw rate of the vehicle by processing (i) a first yaw rate derived from yaw rate data provided by the yaw rate sensor, (ii) a second yaw rate derived from wheel sensor data provided by the wheel sensors, (iii) a third yaw rate derived from acceleration data provided by the accelerometer, and (iv) a fourth yaw rate derived from steering data provided by the steering sensor. The vehicular control system utilizes (i) image data captured by the camera as the vehicle is being driven along a road and (ii) the estimated actual yaw rate of the vehicle as the vehicle is being driven along the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Devendra Bajpai
  • Patent number: 10387139
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to opportunistically updating Electronic Control Unit (ECU) software in a vehicle. Operations may include receiving, at a controller in a vehicle, a wireless transmission indicating a need to update software running on at least one ECU in the vehicle; monitoring an operational status of the vehicle to determine whether the vehicle is in a first mode of operation in which an ECU software update is prohibited; delaying the ECU software update when the operational status is prohibited; continuing to monitor the operational status of the vehicle to determine whether the vehicle is in a second mode of operation in which the ECU software update is permitted; and enabling updating of the at least one ECU with the delayed ECU software update when it is determined that the vehicle is in the second mode of operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Labs Ltd.
    Inventor: Zohar Fox
  • Patent number: 10385795
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for conducting a fuel tank pressure transducer rationality test diagnostic procedure in vehicles with sealed fuel tanks. In one example, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) or vehicle-to-infrastructure-to-vehicle (V2I2V) technology may be utilized to obtain fuel tank pressure transducer data from a select crowd of vehicles, where the select crowd may be based on the vehicles in the select crowd experiencing similar ambient temperature and weather as the vehicle being diagnosed. In this way, FTPT data from vehicles in the select crowd may be compared to FTPT data in the vehicle being diagnosed, in order to indicate whether the FTPT in the vehicle being diagnosed is functioning as desired, where such a diagnostic can be performed without unsealing the fuel tank on either the vehicle being diagnosed or the vehicles in the select crowd, and which may thus reduce undesired evaporative emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Fling Tseng
  • Patent number: 10380904
    Abstract: A computer system configured to use train telematics data to reduce risk of accidents via a mobile device traveling within a vehicle may be provided. The mobile device may be configured to (1) receive train telematics data associated with a train that includes GPS location, speed, route, heading, acceleration, and/or track data; (2) determine when, or a time period of when, the train will pass through, be passing through, or be within a predetermined distance of a railroad crossing based upon the train telematics data; (3) determine an alternate route for the vehicle to take to avoid waiting at the railroad crossing; and (4) cause display of the alternate route on a display of the mobile device or a vehicle navigation system to allow the train to pass and to avoid train-vehicle collisions. Insurance discounts may be generated based upon the risk mitigation or prevention functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory L. Hayward
  • Patent number: 10366605
    Abstract: A system of broadcasting information related to hazards impacting vehicle travel may include a mobile device configured to: (1) mount within a vehicle dashboard cradle so that the mobile device is positioned to take images forward of a vehicle; (2) collect telematics data, with customer permission or affirmative consent, when the vehicle is moving, including GPS location, speed, heading, lane, braking, cornering, acceleration, and/or route data of the vehicle; (3) generate an alert based upon the telematics data and the images, and/or broadcast data including the images and the telematics data; and/or (4) broadcast the alert and/or the data collected to (a) a nearby vehicle(s) and/or (b) a smart infrastructure component(s) to facilitate warning of hazards upon the nearby vehicle(s) and/or the smart infrastructure component(s) receiving and processing the alert and/or the broadcasted data. Insurance discounts may be generated based upon the risk mitigation or prevention functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory L. Hayward
  • Patent number: 10365662
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of using telematics data associated with an originating vehicle at a destination vehicle is provided. The method includes receiving telematics data associated with the originating vehicle by (1) a mobile device, or (2) a smart vehicle controller associated with a driver, and analyzing the telematics data to determine that a travel event exists. If the travel event exists, the method may determine if the travel event presents an issue or problem for the vehicle (or driver) by determining that a GPS location of the travel event is located along the current travel route of the vehicle and, if so, automatically taking a preventive or corrective action that alleviates a negative impact of the travel event on the driver or vehicle to facilitate safer or more efficient vehicle travel. Insurance discounts may be provided based upon the risk mitigation or prevention functionality, or usage thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory L. Hayward
  • Patent number: 10360794
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of using telematics data at a destination device is provided. The destination device may be a mobile device associated with a driver, or a smart vehicle controller of a destination vehicle. The telematics data is generated by an originating mobile device (i) having a Telematics Application (or “App”), and (ii) associated with a second driver/vehicle, the telematics data including acceleration, braking, speed, heading, and location data associated with an originating vehicle. The telematics data may be broadcast from the originating mobile device to the destination device that (a) analyzes the telematics data received, (b) determines that an abnormal travel condition exists, and (c) automatically take corrective action that alleviates a negative impact of the abnormal travel condition on the destination vehicle to facilitate safer travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory L. Hayward
  • Patent number: 10354461
    Abstract: A mobile device configured to receive telematics data from another vehicle when the mobile device is traveling in a moving vehicle and take corrective action when a travel event exists may be provided. The mobile device may receive telematics data associated with an originating vehicle, analyze the telematics data, and determine or identify that a travel event associated with the originating vehicle exists and, when the travel event is determined to exist, determine whether the travel event is relevant to the moving vehicle or a route that the moving vehicle is presently traveling, and if so, direct corrective action such that safer vehicle travel for the moving vehicle is facilitated based upon the telematics data that is collected by the originating vehicle. An insurance provider may collect an insured's usage of the vehicle safety functionality to calculate, update, and/or adjust insurance premiums, rates, discounts, points, or programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory L. Hayward
  • Patent number: 10352758
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus for estimating vehicle mass using tire air pressure and a method thereof, the apparatus for estimating the vehicle mass including: an air pressure determining unit; a speed measuring unit; a data storing unit; an error calculating unit; and a mass calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI AUTRON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-Geun Ham, Seung-Hwan Shin
  • Patent number: 10346923
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, interfaces, methods, and articles of manufacture that provide for proactive weather awareness and actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Travelers Indemnity Company
    Inventors: William S. Philbrick, William Klein, Caston S. Brown, Michael J. Hurley
  • Patent number: 10346705
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for trailer recognition are provided. The method includes detecting a face of a trailer in a first and second image, taken at first and second distances respectively, generating a bounding box around the face of the trailer in the first and second images, determining a first and second set of feature points in the bounding boxes of the first and second images, determining a correspondence between the first set of feature points and the second set of feature points and a correspondence between corners of the bounding boxes and estimating at least one dimension of the trailer by performing a least squares analysis to solve for three-dimensional real world coordinates of the first and second set of features points and the corners of the bounding boxes. The method may assist an operator of a vehicle in aligning the vehicle hitch with a trailer coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Naserian, Shuqing Zeng, Allan Lewis
  • Patent number: 10302005
    Abstract: A control device is a device for controlling a control angle of a valve which has a minimum value in a change in opening area in accordance with the control angle, and includes a control angle instruction acquisition unit configured to acquire a control angle instruction of the valve, an expansion instruction acquisition unit configured to acquire an expansion instruction indicating whether to expand the opening area, a control angle information acquisition unit configured to acquire control angle information indicating a control angle of the valve, a control angle calculation unit configured to calculate a control angle of the valve on the basis of the control angle instruction acquired by the control angle instruction acquisition unit, the expansion instruction acquired by the expansion instruction acquisition unit, and the control angle information acquired by the control angle information acquisition unit, and a drive control unit configured to output drive information of the valve based on a control angl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Umeno, Tetsuya Kajiura, Yutaka Osawa
  • Patent number: 10304265
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses that may facilitate communications to rate driver performance and provide a driver rating to a driver in a competitive manner are provided. Driver computing devices may collect drive data (e.g., vehicle telematics data) to determine whether conditions are met (i.e., whether a driver speeds, brakes hard, or drives at night). The system may generate a driver rating based on these conditions. The rating may be used in a competitive manner (such as by sharing ratings with friends) and rewards given for good performance (such as new levels for display in a social environment, or financial incentives such as charitable donation or sweepstakes entry).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Arity International Limited
    Inventors: Chienlan Hsu-Hoffman, Maryam Zahedi, Taylor Parsell, Evan Gibbs
  • Patent number: 10282924
    Abstract: A device for sending and receiving messages between an electronic control unit of a vehicle and an external device includes a processor, a memory, a first port, and a second port. The memory, first port, and second port are each in communication with the processor. The first port is configures to communicate with the electronic control unit of a vehicle, while the second port is configured to communicate with the external device. The processor is configured to receive a request message from the external device via the second port, transmit the request message to the electronic control unit of the vehicle; receive requested information from the electronic control unit of the vehicle based on the request message, and determine an information subset in the requested information that should be transmitted to the external device; and transmitting the information subset to the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DREW TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron, Eric Wheeler, Gus Nassar
  • Patent number: 10259383
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a sensor and a processor. The sensor may be configured to capture video frames of an environment near a vehicle. The processor may be configured to (i) receive the video frames from the sensor, (ii) perform video analytics on the video frames and (iii) generate a control signal in response to the video analytics. The video analytics may analyze visual content in the video frames to identify an object approaching the vehicle. The video analytics may determine an expected path of the object approaching the vehicle. The control signal may be configured to generate a warning for the object approaching the vehicle if the expected path poses a collision hazard with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery Campbell
  • Patent number: 10255803
    Abstract: A vehicle image data transmission device that transmits image data obtained by capturing an image of a vehicle exterior to a management center managing travel information of vehicles includes an on-vehicle communication device and a communication controller. The communication controller is configured to transmit image data of the vehicle exterior recorded in a record device to the on-vehicle communication device through the internal network when a communication load of the internal network is less than a first predetermined value. The on-vehicle communication device includes a memory storing image data received from the communication controller and is configured to transmit image data stored in the memory to the management center through a vehicle external network when a communication load of the external network is less than a second predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 10235154
    Abstract: A vehicle may subscribe to a topic of a topic tree maintained by a message broker and associated with the vehicle. The vehicle may send, to a service delivery network, an interrogator log enumerating configuration information of the vehicle generated responsive to a trigger message published to the topic by the network, and retrieve a manifest indicating network locations of updates determined by the network from the interrogator log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Naum Vangelov
  • Patent number: 10216194
    Abstract: A computer system configured to use emergency response system (EMS) vehicle telematics data to reduce risk of accidents may be configured to (1) receive, when the EMS vehicle is en route to an emergency location, the EMS vehicle telematics data associated with the EMS vehicle and including GPS location, speed, route, heading, acceleration, and/or lane data; (2) determine that a current route of an autonomous vehicle will interfere with the route of the EMS vehicle; (3) determine an alternate route for the autonomous vehicle to avoid interfering with the route of the EMS vehicle; and (4) direct the autonomous vehicle to (i) travel along the alternate route or (ii) pull over to a side of a road on the current route to allow the EMS vehicle to pass unimpeded. Insurance discounts may be generated based upon the risk mitigation or prevention functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 10215573
    Abstract: A computer system configured to use train telematics data may be mounted on or within an autonomous vehicle, and which may be configured to (1) receive train telematics data associated with a train that includes GPS location, speed, route, heading, acceleration, and/or track data; (2) determine, based upon the train telematics data, when, or a time period of when, the train will pass through, be passing through, and/or be within a predetermined distance of a railroad crossing; (3) determine an alternate route for the autonomous vehicle to take to avoid waiting at the railroad crossing; and (4) direct the autonomous vehicle to automatically travel along the alternate route or automatically stop at the railroad crossing to allow the train to pass unimpeded and to facilitate avoidance of train-vehicle collisions. Insurance discounts may be generated based upon the risk mitigation or prevention functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 10189482
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for controlling operation of a vehicle. Driver assistance system (DAS) data may be used for controlling one or more function of the vehicle via a driver assistance system. Driver profile data (DPD) is generated and/or received that includes training data from sensor monitoring of a driver's usage characteristics for at least one feature of a vehicle type during a driver-controlled mode of vehicle driving. The DPD is processed with the DAS data to determine if the DPD conform to a tolerance parameter of the DAS data. A driver profile data file may be created by overwriting the portions of the DAS data with the DPD conforming to the tolerance parameters. One or more functions on the vehicle may be controlled via the driver profile data file using the driver assistance system during one of a semi-autonomous and fully autonomous mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, AUDI AG
    Inventor: Markus B. Huber
  • Patent number: 10188025
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for determining the amount of material contained in a windrow. In particular embodiments, the methods and systems are applicable to agricultural applications, and in particular to hay yield monitoring. Systems include a remote sensing technology to determine windrow height. Remote sensing methods can include ultrasonic sensors, optical sensors, and the like. Systems can provide real time yield data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Clemson University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Kendall R. Kirk, H. Guy Ramsey, IV
  • Patent number: 10144380
    Abstract: A method of providing road and vehicle diagnostics, includes providing a vehicle axle system having a first axle half shaft housing, a second axle half shaft housing and a differential housing. Attached to one or more of the housings is one or more tri-axis accelerometers. In communication with the accelerometers is one or more data processors configured to receive and analyze data from the accelerometers. An occurrence of one or more road events is determined by one or more spikes in the Z-direction of the data collected from the accelerometers. A depth of the road event is determined by a magnitude of the positive and negative changes in acceleration of the spike in the Z-direction and a length of road event is determined by an amount of time between two spikes of opposite magnitudes in said Z-direction. Once identified, the time and geographic location of the road event is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan W. Laskey, Douglas D. Turner
  • Patent number: 10137903
    Abstract: An on-board diagnostic system for an autonomous vehicle can receive diagnostic data from any number of AV systems of the AV. For each AV system the on-board diagnostic system can determine whether the diagnostic data indicates that the AV system is operating nominally. In response to determining a fault condition of an AV system, the on-board diagnostic system can initiate a procedure associated with the respective AV system to resolve the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Tascione, Michael Bode
  • Patent number: 10133796
    Abstract: In connection with processing asynchronous streams of aircraft telemetry data, data processing logic is developed to run on multiple aircraft, even if different avionics equipment are installed on the aircraft. An electronic inventory system tracks data available on affected aircraft. A set of “global” data elements applicable to aircraft in a fleet is defined and is tracked in the electronic inventory system, with relationship to the underlying native data elements and specific aircraft. The global units are derived as appropriate, for each specific aircraft avionics environment. An interface enables definition of data processing logic that is integrated with the electronic inventory system and ensures the general validity of the defined logic. The data processing logic is deployed to one or more aircraft in a function integrated with the electronic inventory system, to ensure the validity of the data processing logic for each aircraft specified as a deployment target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APIJET, LLC
    Inventors: Paul G. Mallasch, Asha Wadhwa, Benson Miller, Jonathan Roberts, Yuri Brigance
  • Patent number: 10121366
    Abstract: A method and system for modeling and processing vehicular traffic data and information, comprising: (a) transforming a spatial representation of a road network into a network of spatially interdependent and interrelated oriented road sections, for forming an oriented road section network; (b) acquiring a variety of the vehicular traffic data and information associated with the oriented road section network, from a variety of sources; (c) prioritizing, filtering, and controlling, the vehicular traffic data and information acquired from each of the variety of sources; (d) calculating a mean normalized travel time (NTT) value for each oriented road section of said oriented road section network using the prioritized, filtered, and controlled, vehicular traffic data and information associated with each source, for forming a partial current vehicular traffic situation picture associated with each source; (e) fusing the partial current traffic situation picture associated with each source, for generating a single co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INRIX, INC.
    Inventors: Israel Feldman, Arie Trinker, Yochai Meltzer, Allon Eshpar, Amnon Lotem
  • Patent number: 10095799
    Abstract: A method of providing a condition report for a vehicle using a mobile device including a display includes constructing a plurality of condition report sections using a condition report application database residing in a cloud based server service and infrastructure to process requests from the mobile device including: capturing data, on the mobile device, for constructing at least one condition report section of the plurality of condition report sections; and accessing, from the mobile device, a condition report document database and/or a condition report images database residing in the cloud based server service and infrastructure for constructing and storing the plurality of condition report sections. The method includes providing user input indicative that the plurality of condition report sections have been completed, and providing user input indicative of a decision to publish the completed condition report sections as the condition report for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph R. Corriere, Brian M. Schear
  • Patent number: 10089868
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of using telematics data at a destination device is provided. The destination device may be a mobile device associated with a driver, or a smart vehicle controller of a destination vehicle. The telematics data is generated by an originating mobile device (i) having a Telematics Application (or “App”), and (ii) associated with a second driver/vehicle, the telematics data including acceleration, braking, speed, heading, and location data associated with an originating vehicle. The telematics data may be broadcast from the originating mobile device to the destination device that (a) analyzes the telematics data received, (b) determines that an abnormal travel condition exists, and (c) automatically take corrective action that alleviates a negative impact of the abnormal travel condition on the destination vehicle to facilitate safer travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory L. Hayward
  • Patent number: 10086870
    Abstract: A driver assist system for a vehicle includes a plurality of vehicle cameras and at least one trailer camera, with the vehicle cameras configured to be disposed at a vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle and the trailer camera configured to be disposed at a trailer towed by the vehicle. An image processor is operable to process image data captured by the vehicle cameras and the trailer camera. Responsive to processing of captured image data during forward or rearward motion of the vehicle and trailer, the image processor is operable to calibrate the trailer camera with the vehicle cameras. Responsive to processing of captured image data during forward or rearward motion of the vehicle and trailer, the image processor is operable to determine objects rearward of the trailer that are not in the fields of view of the vehicle cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Achim Gieseke, Ralph Latotzki, Ruediger Boegel
  • Patent number: 10066564
    Abstract: An engine control system for a vehicle includes an oxygen mass flow rate module, an oxygen per cylinder module, and a fuel control module. The oxygen mass flow rate module generates a mass flow rate of oxygen flowing into an engine based on a mass air flow rate (MAF) into the engine and a percentage of oxygen by volume measured using an intake oxygen (IO) sensor in an intake system. The oxygen per cylinder module generates a mass of oxygen for a combustion event of a cylinder of the engine based on the mass flow rate of oxygen flowing into the engine. The fuel control module controls fueling to the cylinder for the combustion event based on the mass of oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: B. Jerry Song, Ethan E. Bayer, Ben W. Moscherosch, Calvin K. Koch
  • Patent number: 10067650
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for comparing aircraft parts. A first model is identified for a first aircraft with first customer options. A second model is identified for a second aircraft with second customer options. First parts for the first aircraft in the first model are compared with second parts for the second aircraft in the second model. Graphical representations of the first parts in a first location and the second parts in a second location are displayed simultaneously on a display system. The second location in the second aircraft corresponds to the first location in the first aircraft. Differences between the parts in corresponding locations in the first aircraft and the second aircraft are visually displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher J. Senesac, Shane T. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10059332
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motor vehicle includes steps of scanning an environment of the motor vehicle, controlling the motor vehicle as a function of the scanned information, ascertaining a driving situation of the motor vehicle, and of activating, deactivating or parameterizing a protective function of the motor vehicle as a function of the ascertained driving situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Gregor Blott, Jan Rexilius, Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10059005
    Abstract: A method for teaching a robotic arm to pick or place an object includes the following steps. Firstly, the robot arm is pushed until a target appears within a vision. Then, an appearance position of the target is set as a visual point. Then, a first image is captured. Then, the robot arm is pushed to a target position from the visual point. Then, the target position is set as a pick and place point. Then, an automatic movement control of the robot arm is activated. Then, the robot arm automatically picks and places the object and returns to the visual point from the pick and place point. Then, a second image is captured. Then, a differential image is formed by subtracting the second image from the first image, the target image is set according to the differential image, and image characteristic of the target are automatically learned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: QUANTA STORAGE INC.
    Inventors: Chung-Hsien Huang, Shih-Jung Huang
  • Patent number: 10055982
    Abstract: A mobile device configured to receive telematics data from another vehicle when the mobile device is traveling in a moving vehicle and take corrective action when a travel event exists may be provided. The mobile device may receive telematics data associated with an originating vehicle, analyze the telematics data, and determine or identify that a travel event associated with the originating vehicle exists and, when the travel event is determined to exist, determine whether the travel event is relevant to the moving vehicle or a route that the moving vehicle is presently traveling, and if so, direct corrective action such that safer vehicle travel for the moving vehicle is facilitated based upon the telematics data that is collected by the originating vehicle. An insurance provider may collect an insured's usage of the vehicle safety functionality to calculate, update, and/or adjust insurance premiums, rates, discounts, points, or programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory L. Hayward