Vehicle Diagnosis Or Maintenance Determination Patents (Class 701/29.1)
  • Patent number: 11524537
    Abstract: A vehicle, hitch, and articulating trailer include vehicle to vehicle and infrastructure communications and vehicle computing systems, which have a controller coupled to and/or including one or more of a dynamics measurement unit, a transceiver, and a position sensor, among other components. The controller(s) are configured to, in response to detecting positions of trailer corners from the position sensor, generate vehicle and trailer relative orientation and navigation data including location, velocity, and orientation, utilizing vehicle and trailer electronic polyhedrons articulating about a hitch point and representing the combination vehicle and trailer predicted path and envelopes. In response to detected trailer movement relative to the hitch point, the generated articulated polyhedrons are generated with the navigation data, which includes the location, speed, and orientation, which are in turn communicated to nearby vehicles and roadway infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Michael Galan Ferrer, Jayanthi Rao, Victoria Leigh Schein
  • Patent number: 11514731
    Abstract: A method and system for remote vehicle diagnostics are provided. The method is applicable to a remote vehicle diagnostic system including a vehicle diagnostic terminal and a vehicle connector. A remote communication connection between the vehicle diagnostic terminal and the vehicle connector is established via a preset programming interface. The vehicle diagnostic terminal receives diagnostic instruction data of a diagnostic application. The vehicle diagnostic terminal transmits the diagnostic instruction data to the vehicle connector via the preset programming interface by way of the remote communication. The vehicle connector converts the diagnostic instruction data into first data in a first data format, and performs a diagnostic operation corresponding to the first data, where the first data format is readable by a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: LAUNCH TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Liu, Zhijian Chen
  • Patent number: 11508057
    Abstract: An inspection system for a vehicle underbody in an in-line process includes: a vehicle recognition unit for acquiring a vehicle ID by recognizing a vehicle entering an inspection process; a vision system that photographs the vehicle underbody through a plurality of cameras disposed under a vehicle moving direction (Y-axis) and disposed at vertical and diagonal angles along a width direction (X-axis) of the vehicle; and an inspection server that detects assembly defects of a component by performing at least one of a first vision inspection that matches an object image for each component through a rule-based algorithm or a secondary deep-learning inspection through a deep-learning engine by acquiring a vehicle underbody image photographed by operating the vision system with setting information suitable for a vehicle type and a specification according to the vehicle ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kang Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 11498542
    Abstract: A method for operating a brake system of a vehicle in a maintenance mode and in a normal mode includes providing a brake pressure in the brake system in the normal mode using a brake pressure generator. The method further includes preventing a provision of a brake pressure by the brake pressure generator in the maintenance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Michael Praetorius, Verena Friedrich, Alexander Horvath, Markus Hoffmann, Markus Bartel, Nikolai Mueller, Stefan Bachmayer, Stefan Zahariev
  • Patent number: 11477929
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for proving operation of a vehicle towing an implement. A hitch assembly can be used to adjust or distribute a vertical downward force that an attached implement applies to the frame of a vehicle towing the implement. A sensor assembly can identify the torque that is being applied to the front and rear axles. The torque data can be used to generate adjustments to the vertical load actuator, which can to adjust an amount of load applied to the front and/or rear axles. In this way, vertical load may be efficiently distributed between the front and rear axles automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Peter A. Kosmicki, Benjamin J. Heimbuch
  • Patent number: 11482055
    Abstract: A failure cause analyzing system utilizes numerical data of vehicle equipment during vehicle operation and analyzes the equipment numerical data included in running data of the vehicle to select a failure inducible factor, thereby extracting the numerical data of each equipment from the running data of the vehicle even if a failure symptom does not persist and occurs intermittently, and analyzes the equipment numerical data to select the failure inducible factor, so as to reduce the time and the cost necessary for inspecting and repairing the vehicle equipment upon the occurrence of the failure symptom, and to avoid improper or excessive maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun Soo Park
  • Patent number: 11475021
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer implemented methods for ranking time dimensions. One example method includes receiving a request for an insight analysis for a dataset that includes a value dimension and a set of multiple date dimensions. Each date dimension is converted into a time series and a value quality factor is determined for each time series that represents a level of data quality for the time series. A time series informative factor is determined for each time series that represents how informative the time series is within a specified time window. An insight score is determined, for each time dimension, based on the determined value quality factors and the determined time series informative factors. The insight score for the time dimension is provided, for at least some of the time dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Business Objects Software Ltd.
    Inventors: Ying Wu, Paul O'Connor, Esther Rodrigo Ortiz, Artur Stulka, Mateusz Lewandowski, Paul Sheedy, Mairtin Keane, Paul O'Hara, Malte Christian Kaufmann, Robert McGrath
  • Patent number: 11464163
    Abstract: A propulsion control system for a walk-behind self-propelled machine including a drive transmission and at least one wheel selectively driven by the drive transmission can include a sensor array and a controller. The sensor array can be configured to measure a first angular velocity about a first rotational axis of the machine and a second angular velocity about a second rotational axis of the machine, where the second rotational axis is different from the first rotational axis. The controller can be in electrical communication with the sensor array and configured to place the drive transmission in an off state when the drive transmission is in an on state, the first angular velocity is greater than a first threshold, and the second angular velocity is greater than a second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Andrew E. Bejcek
  • Patent number: 11415976
    Abstract: A diagnosis device includes a first acquiring unit acquires, from a target device, context information corresponding to a current operation; a second acquiring unit acquires detection information output from a detecting unit that detects a physical quantity that changes according to operations performed by the target device; a first transmitting unit transmits the acquired context information to a learning device; a second transmitting unit transmits the acquired detection information to the learning device; a third acquiring unit acquires a model corresponding to the transmitted context information, from the learning device that determines whether any pieces of context information are identical or similar to each other and combines models generated from pieces of the detection information corresponding to the pieces of identical or similar context information; and a first determining unit determines whether an operation performed by the target device is normal by using the detection information and the model
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Kuroda, Keishi Iwata
  • Patent number: 11407259
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the pressure of a tire of an aircraft, the method including: taking two or more pressure readings from the tire at different times; calculating an estimated deflation rate based on the pressure readings; and calculating a time for the tire to deflate to a reference pressure level based on the estimated deflation rate. Two or more temperature readings are each associated with one of the pressure readings, and the estimated deflation rate is calculated by normalising each pressure reading based on its associated temperature reading and a common reference temperature to obtain a temperature-normalised pressure reading, and calculating the estimated deflation rate based on the temperature-normalised pressure readings. The estimated deflation rate is compared with a threshold, and a warning provided if the estimated deflation rate exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Bill
  • Patent number: 11399261
    Abstract: Method and system for determining a status of a mobile device of a user are disclosed. For example, the method includes receiving first sensor data at a first time from an application installed on a mobile device of a user, determining a first location of the mobile device, immediately subsequent to receiving the first sensor data at the first time, receiving second sensor data at a second time from the application, the second time following the first time by a time interval, determining a second location of the mobile device, determining a distance between the first location and the second location, determining whether the distance corresponding to the time interval exceeds a predetermined threshold, and determining whether a trip log indicative of at least one trip during the time interval is received from the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: BlueOwl, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11397132
    Abstract: A test method for a vehicle powertrain includes, during a first test in which dynamic engine torque from a powertrain drives a vehicle on a road, recording throttle position or accelerator pedal position to define a throttle schedule, and recording engine speed to define an engine speed schedule. The test method further includes, during a second test of a vehicle engine, controlling a dynamometer and the vehicle engine according to the engine speed schedule and throttle schedule to reproduce the dynamic engine torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: HORIBA INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Leo Alphonse Gerard Breton
  • Patent number: 11391583
    Abstract: A navigation method includes selecting a route from a multiplicity of routes, which connect a departure point for a navigation to a destination for the navigation. The route includes at least one route segment. The at least one route segment for the route is selected from a multiplicity of road sections. The road sections are each assigned at least one property, which characterizes a driving experience. A metric is evaluated in accordance with the at least one property of a respective road section of the road sections. The route whose road sections maximize the metric as route segments for the route is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Feiling, Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl, Hans-Georg Wahl
  • Patent number: 11364923
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting and responding to a failure of one or more vehicle components, the method including: receiving system input at a failure detection module regarding the one or more vehicle components; determining a system state through use of one or more onboard vehicle sensors; obtaining a nominal state transition matrix and a nominal state input matrix; calculating a present state transition matrix estimate and a present state input matrix estimate based on the nominal state transition matrix, the nominal state input matrix, the system input, and a sampled state derivative; detecting a failure of at least one of the vehicle components based on one or more component parameters of the present state transition matrix estimate and/or the present state input matrix estimate; and performing a vehicle action in response to the detection of the failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventor: William B. Ribbens
  • Patent number: 11333509
    Abstract: An information processing system acquires positional information of a vehicle, acquires positional information of a terminal device, estimates current transportation means of a user based on the positional information of the terminal device, decides information relating to a first route, along which the user moves to the vehicle, based on the positional information of the terminal device, the estimated current transportation means of the user, and the positional information of the vehicle, decides information relating to a second route, along which the user who has moved to the vehicle moves to a destination using the vehicle, based on a first predicted arrival time, the positional information of the vehicle, and positional information of the destination, and outputs first guide information for prompting the user to start moving along the first route in a form of a video or a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Suzuki, Katsunori Takami
  • Patent number: 11334045
    Abstract: A plurality of learning models generated by performing machine learning on physical quantities observed during respective operations of a plurality of machines are stored in advance. Then, using the stored learning models and a physical quantity observed during an operation of a machine which is an object to be diagnosed, characteristic differences between the machine which is the object to be diagnosed and the plurality of respective machines are calculated, a learning model used in a diagnosis of the operation of the machine which is the object to be diagnosed is selected based on the calculated characteristic differences, and the operation of the machine which is an object to be diagnosed using the selected learning model is diagnosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Satou, Yoshitaka Kubo
  • Patent number: 11335200
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention discloses a process of providing a report predicting potential risks relating to an operator driving a vehicle using information obtained from various interior and exterior sensors, vehicle onboard computer (“VOC”), and cloud network. After activating interior and exterior sensors mounted on a vehicle operated by a driver for obtaining data relating to external surroundings and internal environment, the data is forwarded to VOC for generating a current fingerprint associated with the driver. The current fingerprint represents current driving status in accordance with the collected real-time data. Upon uploading the current fingerprint to the cloud via a communications network, a historical fingerprint which represents historical driving information associated with the driver is retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: XEVO INC.
    Inventors: Richard Chia Tsing Tong, Robert Victor Welland, John Hayes Ludwig, John Palmer Cordell, Samuel James McKelvie
  • Patent number: 11334235
    Abstract: A system and method for compiling and converting Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC) 424 or Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF) files into a binary database. The system and method include a controller module for displaying a comparison interface using a data structure comprising a plurality of nodes and a data architecture for supporting integration of multiple disparate navigation databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Plantinga, Andrew Jay Foster, Benjamin Ivan Coutts
  • Patent number: 11312345
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing vehicle condition indicators are provided. The method for controlling the vehicle includes receiving sensor information from a plurality of sensors associated with the vehicle. The sensor information includes throttle values and lateral acceleration values. The method also includes analyzing the throttle values for a plurality of points in time to determine whether to activate an aggressive throttle flag. The method further includes analyzing the lateral acceleration values for the plurality of points in time to determine whether to activate an aggressive lateral acceleration flag. In addition, the method includes activating a fluid consumption detection enable flag when the aggressive throttle flag and the aggressive lateral acceleration flag are both active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Boehm, David J. Bartlett, Lorne R. Dyar, Fumiaki Honjo
  • Patent number: 11314755
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for repairing vehicles. A computing device having first and second software executables can determine vehicle identification information (VII) that identifies a vehicle. The computing device can store first and second vehicle identifiers that are based on the VII and are respectively associated with the first and second software executables, where the first vehicle identifier differs from the second vehicle identifier. The computing device can be used to repair the vehicle by at least: receiving a request to activate the first software executable, and activating the first software executable at least by providing the stored first vehicle identifier to the first software executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Joshua C. Covington, Roy Steven Brozovich
  • Patent number: 11294796
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for facilitating simulation of an application used to access features of a vehicle. For example, an application developer may use an application development environment to develop an application that is used to display information through a vehicle display, obtain telemetry data from the vehicle, and/or modify vehicle features of the vehicle. However, the application development environment may not have real-time access to a vehicle (e.g., while the vehicle is being driven), which significantly reduces the ability to test the application. Accordingly, vehicle parameter signals may be simulated and provided to application code of the application (e.g., the application developer may specify a fan speed as “high”, preprogrammed vehicle speed data may be supplied to the application code, etc.). In this way, the application can be tested as though the application had access to an operational vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: INRIX Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Timothy Ohmert
  • Patent number: 11294373
    Abstract: Described herein is a server computing system that controls an autonomous vehicle to perform an operation to at least one of measure or isolate an effect of a variable on an actual power consumption by the autonomous vehicle. Data indicative of the actual power consumption, which is generated based on the operation, and data indicative of a projected power consumption, which is accumulated based on prior execution of the operation by a same or different autonomous vehicle, is received by the server computing system to determine whether an energy efficiency of the autonomous vehicle is degraded. The operation may be performed to identify a degraded vehicle system or component of the autonomous vehicle or to identify an autonomous vehicle in a fleet of autonomous vehicles for which further analysis is desirable. An output is generated by the server computing system that is indicative of the energy efficiency prognostics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: GM CRUISE HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Frank Schmidt, Chase Brian Kaufman, Samuel Harrison Glidden, Erik Birk Nielsen, Jason Lee
  • Patent number: 11288901
    Abstract: Detection of an impact to a vehicle is based on data received from one of (a) one or more infrastructure sensors included in an infrastructure element or (b) the vehicle. Verification of the impact is determined by determining that data received from the other of the infrastructure sensors or the vehicle (a) detects the impact and is verified or (b) does not detect the impact and is unverified. A message is transmitted to the vehicle including the verification of the impact and one of (a) a request to operate to a predetermined location based on the impact being verified or (b) a notification to continue a current operation based on the impact being unverified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chandana Neerukonda, Mostafa Parchami, Krithika Swaminathan, Mahrdad Damsaz
  • Patent number: 11274607
    Abstract: A system for controlling a gas turbine, includes a control system for providing control signals to a gas turbine; a tuning system for providing tuning signals, a modelling system for generating virtual measurement signals, the virtual measurement signals being based on the control signals and the tuning signals; a sensor diagnostics system for diagnosing at least one sensor measurement signal and outputting control system reconfiguration signals to the control system and tuner system reconfiguration signals to the tuning system, the tuning signals being based at least on the tuner system reconfiguration signals, the control signals being based on the at least one sensor measurement signal, the virtual measurement signals and the control system reconfiguration signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY GLOBAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Vili Panov
  • Patent number: 11274498
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a user input to conduct a coarse pivot movement of a drill mast. A locking-pin withdraw signal is sent to a locking pin actuator for a first period of time. Responsive to determining that a locking pin is engaged with a locking hole after the first period of time, the drill mast is repositioned from a current angle to an initial angle. A second locking-pin withdraw signal is sent to the locking pin actuator for a second period of time. Responsive to determining that the locking pin is engaged with the locking hole after the second period of time, the drill mast is repositioned between a minimum drill mast angle and a maximum drill mast angle and sending a third locking-pin withdraw signal to the locking pin actuator for a third period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventors: Carl J. Moberg, Rex Aaron Glover
  • Patent number: 11276301
    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: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 11270165
    Abstract: A method for training a model for generating simulation data for training an autonomous driving agent, comprising: analyzing real data, collected from a driving environment, to identify a plurality of environment classes, a plurality of moving agent classes, and a plurality of movement pattern classes; generating a training environment, according to one environment class; and in at least one training iteration: generating, by a simulation generation model, a simulated driving environment according to the training environment and according to a plurality of generated training agents, each associated with one of the plurality of agent classes and one of the plurality of movement pattern classes; collecting simulated driving data from the simulated environment; and modifying at least one model parameter of the simulation generation model to minimize a difference between a simulation statistical fingerprint, computed using the simulated driving data, and a real statistical fingerprint, computed using the real dat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cognata Ltd.
    Inventors: Dan Atsmon, Eran Asa, Ehud Spiegel
  • Patent number: 11262646
    Abstract: A system is provided. The system includes a translucent display positioned such that a first face is a display face and that a second face is a projection face and at least one projector configured to project an image on the second face of the translucent display. The image is displayed on the first face. The system also includes at least one sensor configured to transmit a signal when triggered and a projector controller in communication with the at least one projector and the at least one sensor. The projector controller is programmed to receive a signal from the at least one sensor and instruct the at least one projector to project at least one image on the translucent display in response to the signal from the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Darren Carl McIntosh
  • Patent number: 11250377
    Abstract: A device and a method for supplying spare parts of an aircraft to a maintenance and/or repair center, such as a hangar. From data of previous transactions with the spare parts and from technical data relating to the spare parts, probabilities are calculated that certain spare parts are needed together, enabling them to be supplied together. According to a further aspect, different vending machines at the maintenance and/or repair center are proposed, with which the spare parts for a maintenance or repair task can be supplied together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Mario Cappitelli, Oliver Tormählen
  • Patent number: 11250649
    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: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Slaven Sljivar
  • Patent number: 11242066
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a vehicle control apparatus, a vehicle control system and a vehicle control method thereof. In particular, the present disclosure provides a vehicle control apparatus comprising: a communication device for communicating with a remote control center; and a controller configured to determine a state of each of one or more component devices related to the vehicle performing an autonomous driving, and to generate and output a determination result signal, determine a driving mode of the vehicle as one of a remote driving mode, an emergency action mode, or an autonomous driving maintenance mode based on the determination result signal, and control the vehicle according to the driving mode determined by the driving mode determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: MANDO MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chi Gun Choi
  • Patent number: 11244570
    Abstract: A system for tracking a fleet of vehicles and analyzing a driver associated with the fleet of vehicles. The system includes a monitoring engine for receiving information from a vehicle-tracking device associated with a vehicle of the fleet. A mapping engine displays, to a user, an icon indicative of an incident on a map. A video repository engine receives video data from a video camera associated with the vehicle and associates an incident video with the icon. A driver analysis engine obtains the incident information associated with a plurality of drivers and analyzes the incident information associated with the driver to generate a driver profile. The driver analysis engine compares the driver with corresponding drivers in the same and other fleets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Digital Ally, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Farnham, IV, Steven L. Phillips, Jason R. Troxel, John Rumage
  • Patent number: 11210871
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and apparatus for remote reprogramming of an automotive controller using J2534 communications protocol, a local device, a client device, a technician device and a system server. The local device is connected to the automotive controller and is wirelessly connected to the client device. The client device is connected to the technician device through a system server. Programming configurations, including firmware, settings, and parameter updates, are selected from a technician device, sent to the system server, and uploaded to local device using J2534 communication protocol. The client device receives reprogramming data from the system server and sends the reprogramming data to the local device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: EZ Lynk SEZC
    Inventors: Brad Gintz, Thomas Wood, Frederick Hershel Savage
  • Patent number: 11210434
    Abstract: A system includes an input/output interface, a processor, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium having instructions stored thereon. The instructions, when executed, cause the processor to receive a fault code, display on the input/output interface a first component of an aircraft that is associated with the fault code, upon selection by a user of a first hyperlink associated with the first component, display a physical layout of the aircraft in which the first component is indicated, and upon selection by the user of a second hyperlink associated with the first component, display a first wiring diagram of the aircraft in which the first component is indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Textron innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Monty Allan Wolfe, Marc Lemieux, Michael Alan Gralish
  • Patent number: 11209283
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit, a controller, and a provision unit. The acquisition unit is configured to acquire behavior information and a request for route retrieval from the vehicle. The controller is configured to decide a plurality of temporary routes in a case where the request for route retrieval is acquired, recognize a manner reference score of each of the temporary routes, recognize an evaluation score of each of a plurality of manner items based on the behavior information acquired from the vehicle having requested the route retrieval, calculate a total evaluation score by using the evaluation score of each of the manner items, and select some of the temporary routes as proposal routes based on comparison between the manner reference score and the total evaluation score. The provision unit is configured to provide the proposal routes to the vehicle having requested the route retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashige Hori, Ken Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11187753
    Abstract: A system and a method for determining a current and/or forecast state of a vehicle battery of a vehicle. The system includes an acquisition device which repeatedly acquires a respectively current idle state voltage value during at least one idle state of the vehicle when a prespecified idle state condition is met; a data storage device storing at least one voltage threshold value; an adaptation device which adapts the at least one voltage threshold value in the data storage device based on the acquired idle state voltage values; and a computing device that determines the current or forecast state of the vehicle battery based on a comparison of a provided comparison voltage value with at least the at least one adapted voltage threshold value, and issues an output signal that indicates the determined current and/or forecast state of the vehicle battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Sanghmitra Gupta
  • Patent number: 11167766
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a steering control apparatus and method, and a steering system. The steering controller manages the access right to the shared resource so that the access to the shared resource shared with the other steering controller is not overlapped with the other steering controller by using the shared resource manager, and controls the steering of the vehicle by accessing the shared resource according to the access right to the shared resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventors: Dae Sung Kim, SeungCheol Lee, Jin Hwan Lee
  • Patent number: 11113903
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for determining a maintenance issue are described. An audio signal is obtained and analyzed to generate an audio signature. A characteristic of a component is identified based on the audio signature and an action is determined based on the characteristic of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11110927
    Abstract: A system variably controls braking energy regeneration in a vehicle by reflecting a compensation torque depending on a difference in deceleration based on a road gradient when the vehicle travels over a downhill section or an uphill section of a road. The system includes a longitudinal sensor to receive the road gradient and compare the road gradient to a specific grade, and then compensate for the road gradient using a grade resistance value and a deceleration based value depending on a difference between deceleration manually set by a driver using a paddle shift and an actual vehicle deceleration. The system may include a controller to output a coasting torque as a correction torque that is a sum of the grade resistance value and the deceleration based value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Soo-Lim Han, Woo-Cheol Cho, Seung-Jae Yoo, Jea-Myoung Youn, Ja-Chun Han
  • Patent number: 11105640
    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: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 11097674
    Abstract: An in-vehicle communication network comprising at least one node connected to a bus, the network comprising: at least one memory comprising software having data characterizing messages that propagate over the network during normal operation and executable instructions for processing a message based on the data to determine if the message is normal or anomalous; a module operable to: process messages received from the in-vehicle network in accordance with the executable instructions and the data to identify an anomaly in communications over the in-vehicle communication network; accumulate and store information responsive to the processing of the received messages; instruct a communication interface, configured to support communication with an entity external to the vehicle, to upload the stored information or a portion thereof to the entity external to the in-vehicle network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Argus Cyber Security Ltd.
    Inventors: Ofer Ben Noon, Yaron Galula, Oron Lavi
  • Patent number: 11093626
    Abstract: Systems and methods for authorized access to restricted access locations. A first and/or second device includes a secure storage storing security credentials associated with a user for authorized access to restricted access locations. The second device is associated with a unique identifier. A processor of the first device is configured to: detect a presence of the second device within a predetermined proximity range of the first device; establish a communication channel between the first and second devices; receive the unique device identifier from the second device via the communication channel; determine whether the received unique device identifier matches a predetermined identifier in the secure storage, to validate the second device; determine whether the first and second devices maintain a predefined connection state; and permit access to the security credentials stored on the secure storage when the second device is validated and the predefined connection state is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: iDee Limited
    Inventors: Al Lakhani, Dennis Kelechi Okpara
  • Patent number: 11091088
    Abstract: A failure detection circuit capable of detecting an outage for a hybrid turn signal lamp is provided. The failure detection circuit is capable of detecting the failure of an incandescent light source and an LED light source and capable of sending a single failure signal to a body control module (BCM). The failure detection circuit includes an outage detection module connected in series between a power supply and an incandescent light source. The failure detection circuit also includes a lamp driver circuit adapted to detect a change in LED current or voltage that is indicative of a LED light source failure and thereafter output the failure signal to the BCM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Eleazar Padilla Guardado, Jose Miguel Mercado Pena
  • Patent number: 11091169
    Abstract: An object sensor test system includes a sensor and a test bench. The sensor includes a test interface configured to receive test data and at least one control signal, selectively inject the test data into a selected input of a processing chain based on the at least one control signal, and selectively extract processed test data at a selected output of the processing chain based on the at least one control signal. The test bench is configured to transmit the test data and the at least one control signal to the test interface, receive the processed test data from the sensor, compare the received processed test data with expected data to generate a comparison result, and determine that a segment of the processing chain is operating normally or abnormally based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Norbert Druml
  • Patent number: 11074768
    Abstract: A diagnostic tool includes a processor, display, and memory storing instructions to perform scan tool functions (STF) including transmitting a message to a vehicle. The STF include first STF for a first system of the vehicle. Additional stored instructions are executable to display a first user-interface screen (UIS) including a first user-selectable control (USC) including an indicator of a first scanner job performable on the vehicle, and to display a second UIS instead of the first UIS in response to a selection of the first USC. The second UIS incudes: a second USC including an indicator of the first STF for the first system of the vehicle, and guidance for performing a procedure of the first scanner job. The stored instructions are executable to transmit a first vehicle data message to a component of the first system in response to a selection of the second USC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Roy S. Brozovich, Joseph R. Grammatico, Joshua C. Covington
  • Patent number: 11068560
    Abstract: A method of processing vehicle diagnostic data is provided for identifying likely vehicle fix(s) associated with a diagnostic data, and identifying a repair procedure(s) for correcting the likely fix(s). The process receiving vehicle diagnostic data from a vehicle onboard computer at a remote diagnostic database, the database being arranged to map vehicle diagnostic data to possible vehicle fix(s). The possible vehicle fix(s) are prioritized in accordance with ranked matches of the received diagnostic data to combinations of diagnostic data stored in a prior experience database. The prior experience database having an identified fix associated with each stored combination of diagnostic data. The fix associated with the highest ranked combination of diagnostic data is identified as the most likely fix. The most likely fix is mapped to a vehicle repair database, the most likely fix being directly mapped to an associated repair procedure for repairing the most likely fix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: INNOVA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ieon C. Chen, Robert Madison, Keith Andreasen
  • Patent number: 11060872
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibrating odometry of a materials handling vehicle. One embodiment of a method includes determining a current location of the materials handling vehicle, determining an odometry distance from the current location to a destination based on a calculation of a determined number of rotations of a wheel and a circumference of the wheel, and determining a positioning system distance from the current location to the destination. Some embodiments include comparing the odometry distance with data from the positioning system distance to calculate a scaling factor, applying the scaling factor to a fast alpha filter to achieve a fast filter result, and applying the scaling factor to a slow alpha filter to achieve a slow filter result. Similarly, some embodiments include applying the fast alpha filter to the scaling factor to smooth noise, calculating an updated odometry distance utilizing the scaling factor, and utilizing the updated odometry distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy William Fanselow, Justin Forbes Thode, Ryan Michaels Estep
  • Patent number: 11048269
    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: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 11049400
    Abstract: A warning system for use on a first vehicle includes a warning device connected to a control assembly. The control assembly includes a controller, a processor, a memory and a power supply. A GPS receiver is connected to the control assembly for determining the geographic location of the vehicle and for acquiring a local map of the vicinity of the vehicle. The control assembly also includes an intersection detection system for identifying a target intersection being approached by the vehicle and is configured to determine whether the vehicle is in the proximity of the target intersection. The control assembly also is configured to activate the warning system to issue a warning when the vehicle is within the predetermined proximity of a target intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: WHELEN ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Caleb Garrett, Joseph Ali Eduardo
  • Patent number: 11034331
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle door lock having an infrared biometrics information collection device. In certain embodiments, vehicle door lock includes, a vehicle door with a door handle for opening vehicle door, an infrared light source, and an infrared biometrics information collection sensor. The infrared light source includes one or more infrared light emitters. The infrared biometrics information collection sensor captures at least one infrared image of biometrics information of the one or more fingers of a target human hand. The fingers are positioned between the infrared light source and the infrared biometrics information collection sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NANJING EASTHOUSE ELECTRICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hao Min