Vehicle Or Device Identification Patents (Class 701/29.6)
  • Patent number: 11360446
    Abstract: An aircraft control system including transducers connected by interface units to an avionics network, such as an AFDX network. Each transducer is directly connected to an interface unit local to the transducer. Each interface unit is a configurable unit and has a signal processing module converting data to a format suitable for transmission over the network. Each interface unit may be configurable, via software commands, to operate in an application session mode, a data-loading mode, or a maintenance mode. Each interface unit may be directly associated with one of the software applications of the aircraft control system. The network may include a lower bandwidth part where data communication is conducted over sampling ports only. Interface units may be configured or installed using a plug and play method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: Airbus Operations Limited, Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Anand Pavaskar, Romain Desautard, Kayvon Barad, Sylvain Sauvant, Juan Lopez, Emilie Claudel
  • Patent number: 11361601
    Abstract: A vehicle diagnostic includes a kiosk a display configured to depict a visual code thereon, with the visual code being readable by a handheld communication device and associated a unique electronic identifier. The kiosk additionally includes a diagnostic tool connectable to a vehicle to retrieve vehicle data therefrom. A remote server is in communication with the kiosk and is disposable in communication with the handheld communication device. The server is capable of: receiving a signal from the handheld communication device including the unique electronic identifier; receiving a signal from the kiosk including the vehicle data; analyzing the vehicle data to determine a diagnostic solution; and storing the diagnostic solution such that the diagnostic solution is retrievable in response to receipt of a subsequent signal including the unique electronic identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Innova Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: David Rich, Kim Nguyen, Nicholas Ruiz, Mike Berkaw
  • Patent number: 11349903
    Abstract: A method for offloading vehicle data from a vehicle includes detecting and capturing a first set of data points with a group of sensors mounted on a vehicle, processing and analyzing, with a vehicle processor, the data points, determining whether the data points are to be offloaded from the vehicle or stored in the vehicle, and upon determination that the data points are to be offloaded from the vehicle, determining when to offload the vehicle data from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Felipe G. Salles
  • Patent number: 11334340
    Abstract: An aircraft maintenance system for improving updates and maintenance of computing devices and software systems of aircraft includes an onboard maintenance device, a centralized configuration server, and a master server. The onboard maintenance device is disposed in an aircraft. The centralized configuration server is communicatively coupled with the onboard maintenance device via satellite communication. The centralized configuration server is configured to wirelessly receive a current configuration report from the onboard maintenance device while the aircraft is in flight. The master server is disposed behind a firewall and is configured to send a set of up-to-date configuration data to the centralized configuration server such that the centralized configuration server can determine compliance by the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Aerion Intellectual Property Management Corporation
    Inventor: David J. De Meulder
  • Patent number: 11257126
    Abstract: One embodiment of the system and method described herein provides a score generator system that generates an automated vehicle specific valuation of a used car based on the physical and historical attributes of that vehicle. This score may indicate the likelihood that the vehicle will be on the road in a specific period of time. The score may give an absolute percentage of such likelihood or it may give a value relative to all other used vehicles in a database, all other used vehicles of the same make/model/year, or a certain subset of the vehicles in a database. In one embodiment, the score generator system includes a data link module for linking vehicle data and filter module for applying a multi-level filters that process the linked vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Edith Hirtenstein, David Nemtuda
  • Patent number: 11235783
    Abstract: A driving information generating section 20 successively generates as driving information diverse types of information indicative of a driving state of a vehicle. A dangerous driving determining section 31 determines whether dangerous driving is underway on the basis of the driving information generated by the driving information generating section 20. A supplementary information acquiring section 32 acquires state supplementary information manually or automatically upon determination of dangerous driving by the dangerous driving determining section 31, and associates the acquired state supplementary information with the result of the determination of dangerous driving. An information communication section 34 transmits the result of the determination of dangerous driving and the state supplementary information to an information management apparatus 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Noda, Akihito Osato, Hirotaka Suzuki, Hideyuki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 11210627
    Abstract: An apparatus for managing information regarding an inventory of vehicles on an automobile dealership lot includes vehicle tracking devices installed in the vehicles. The tracking devices utilize a GPS receiver for generating vehicle location data and an accelerometer for generating vehicle motion data. Data from the vehicle tracking devices are received by a central server that uses the data to determine whether a vehicle is on a test drive, the identity of a salesperson who is with the vehicle, and the estimated time that the vehicle will return to the dealership. Preferred embodiments establish a geofence around the dealership location, detect when vehicles exit and reenter the geofence, and communicate the exit/return events back to the central server. The central server communicates the information to smartphones of dealership personnel to indicate availability of a particular vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Spireon, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil B. Marolia, Ben Tran, Bill Stephenson, Dave Withers, Kousar Syed
  • Patent number: 11170584
    Abstract: An automatic fault isolation and diagnosis system includes a cloud-based data system having multiple machine-readable troubleshooting procedures stored therein. A vehicle fault code is generated by one of multiple vehicle control devices of a vehicle platform. The fault code defines an issue with at least one system or component of the vehicle platform. A data transfer device within the vehicle platform receives the fault code and forwards the fault code to the cloud-based data system. The fault code is received and analyzed in the cloud-based data system to initially determine if the fault code is directed to and can be automatically corrected by one of the stored machine-readable troubleshooting procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Issa Aljanabi, Xinyu Du
  • Patent number: 11158141
    Abstract: A system for providing vehicle information to a user via audible signals. The system includes a data acquisition and transfer device disposable in communication with a vehicle computer on a vehicle to receive diagnostic data therefrom. A remote diagnostic server is disposable in communication with the data acquisition and transfer device to receive the diagnostic data. The remote diagnostic server includes a plurality of preset vehicle conditions stored thereon, and is operative to analyze the diagnostic data and generate an alert signal when the diagnostic data represents at least one of the preset vehicle conditions. The alert signal is receivable by a mobile communication device and is configured to allow the mobile communication device to generate an audible signal based on the alert signal. The audible signal includes diagnostic information associated with the diagnostic data received from the vehicle computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Innova Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Ieon C. Chen, Hoa Khanh Chau
  • Patent number: 11120506
    Abstract: Systems and methods to performing insurance-based actions using sensor data are provided. A computer-implemented method includes receiving sensor data from the one or more dwelling sensors configured to generate sensor data representative of one or more environmental characteristics of a dwelling; generating a dwelling assessment based upon the one or more environmental characteristics; determining potential insurance policy adjustments based upon the dwelling assessment; and presenting the potential insurance policy adjustments via an electronic communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Ramsey Devereaux, Mark Davis, Michael J. Allen, Spencer Read, Kathleen L. Swain
  • Patent number: 11074356
    Abstract: Methods and devices for vehicular storage security are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method of operation of a storage device includes determining if there is at least one pending command. In response to determining that there is at least one pending command, the method includes configuring a next command of the at least one pending command, where configuring the next command includes determining if one or more other storage devices are a target of the next command. If one or more other storage devices are a target of the next command, the method includes determining if there are any remaining targets of the next command and delivering the pending command to a next target of the remaining targets. In this manner, complex storage systems may be kept secure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Antique Books, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Thibadeau, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11048686
    Abstract: The embodiments herein relate to a network node and a method performed in the network node of an operator, for storage of data in a blockchain database in a network that is based on a Service Function Chaining (SFC) architecture, the method comprising: receiving data packets from an IoT device; performing, by a service function in the network node, at least deep packet inspection, DPI, on the received data packets for identifying sensor data of the received data packets; retrieving, from the operator's system, network data associated with the sensor data; retrieving, from a third party system, external data associated with the sensor data; combining the identified sensor data, the network data and the external data to form a combined data; and storing the combined data in the blockchain database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Telia Company AB
    Inventors: Joni Rapanen, Tomi Sarajisto, Ilkka Keisala
  • Patent number: 10997802
    Abstract: A system for digital twinning a refuse vehicle includes a refuse vehicle and a controller. The refuse vehicle includes a sensor, a device, and an electronic control system. The controller is configured to receive multiple datasets from at least one of the sensor, the device, and the electronic control system. The controller is also configured to generate a virtual refuse vehicle based on the plurality of datasets. The virtual refuse vehicle includes a visual representation of the refuse vehicle and the multiple datasets. Each of the multiple datasets are mapped to a corresponding one of the sensors or one of the electronic control systems. The controller is configured to operate a display of a user device to provide the visual representation of the refuse vehicle and one or more of the multiple datasets to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Koga, Cody D. Clifton, Zhenyi Wei, Grant Wildgrube
  • Patent number: 10975794
    Abstract: A method (50) for isolating a fault within an engine system (10) including an engine control module (40) and a diagnostics module (36) includes determining, by the engine control module (40), a plurality of parameters of the engine system (10), calculating a likelihood of the fault using a log-likelihood ratio analysis of data within the engine control module (40), and providing a plurality of fault determinations and the likelihood of each of the plurality of fault determinations using plurality of parameters and the diagnostics module (36) of the engine system (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10974695
    Abstract: A notification system includes an in-vehicle communication device mounted on a vehicle to transmit state information regarding the vehicle to surroundings of the vehicle and a mobile terminal including a receiving unit which receives the state information from the in-vehicle communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Mori
  • Patent number: 10977601
    Abstract: A mobile device may include at least one sensor that detects a characteristic of the mobile device selected from distance traveled, location, time, and g-force dynamics; a processor; and a tangible non-transitory computer readable storage medium containing instructions that, when executed on by the processor, are programmed to automatically detect that a wireless connection has been established between the mobile device and a vehicle, and in response to detecting the wireless connection between the mobile device and the vehicle, automatically start collecting vehicle operation data via the at least one sensor. The mobile device may automatically stop collecting the vehicle operation data in response to the vehicle being turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Benjamin Bowne, Nicholas R. Baker, Nick U. Christopulos, Bryan T. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 10961894
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method (200) of detecting an emulator for an SCR catalytic converter system (10) with the following steps: operating the SCR catalytic converter system (10) in a test state; and measuring a test variable of the SCR catalytic converter system (10); and deciding whether the test variable is behaving as for an SCR catalytic converter system (10) with or without an emulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Modepally Kiran Kumar, Peter Huebner, Rui Qian, Yujiang Xu, Zhongzheng Liu
  • Patent number: 10949925
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a vehicle insurance premium for a period of time based at least in part on collected vehicle operation data, the system comprising: a mobile device, comprising: one or more sensors associated with the mobile device and configured to automatically collect vehicle operation data during a data collection session; a processor; a non-transitory storage medium; a display; a transmitter; and a set of computer readable instructions stored in the non-transitory storage medium and when executed by the processor configured to allow the mobile device to collect vehicle operation data and transmit the collected vehicle operation data; and a remote processing computer, comprising: a server that receives collected vehicle operation data; a database that stores collected vehicle operation data; and a rating engine that determines a vehicle insurance premium based at least in part on collected vehicle operation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Bowne, Jufeng “James” Peng, Nicholas R. Baker, Duane Lee Marzinik, Matthew Eric Riley, Nick U. Christopulos, Brian Mark Fields, J Lynn Wilson, Bryan T. Wilkerson, David W. Thurber
  • Patent number: 10909783
    Abstract: There is provided a method of automatically generating a test group ID for generating and storing the test group ID of a vehicle having an electronic control unit including a storage. The method includes reading VIN stored in a storage, by the electronic control unit; generating a test group ID based on a model year included in the VIN; and storing the generating test group ID in the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Tsuchikiri, Wataru Endo
  • Patent number: 10880404
    Abstract: Provided are an on-vehicle control device and an on-vehicle control device information update system that are capable of identifying a subject vehicle by a simple means, while suppressing power consumption, when on-vehicle device information is automatically updated. This on-vehicle control device receives a vehicle response request message from a data server in a power-saving mode in which only a vehicle external communication unit can operate; checks vehicle identification information and on-vehicle control device information that are subject to change and are stored in the message, and vehicle identification information and on-vehicle control device information stored in advance in the vehicle external communication unit and responds with the results to the data server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumiharu Nakahara, Kenichi Kurosawa, Hidetoshi Teraoka
  • Patent number: 10821787
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling a TPMS sensor of a vehicle tire. An example vehicle includes a communication module, a tire, and a TPMS sensor corresponding to the tire. The TPMS sensor is configured to receive a target pressure from the communication module, determine a modified target pressure based on vehicle data determined by a vehicle sensor, and, responsive to determining that a measured pressure differs from the modified target pressure by a threshold amount, transmit an alert to the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dilip B. Patel, Ali Hassani, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10816520
    Abstract: A gas analysis system includes a scanning platform configured to direct a plurality of light beams over a target area. The scanning platform includes emitter spectroscopy assembly configured to emit the plurality of light beams toward respective target surfaces of the target area, receive a plurality of reflected light beams from the respective target surfaces, and determine a spectral intensity of each reflected light beam of the plurality of reflected light beams. Moreover, the scanning platform includes a main controller receive the feedback from the spectroscopy assembly indicative of the spectral intensity of each reflected light beam of the plurality of reflected light beams and determine a volumetric characterization of a gas plume based at least in part on the spectral intensity of a reflected light beam of the plurality of reflected light beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ansas Matthias Kasten, William Albert Challener
  • Patent number: 10818042
    Abstract: An image information overlay system retrieves an image associated with a vehicle listing and uses machine learning models to classify the image, generating identification data that may comprise a vehicle make and model, a feature or part of the vehicle present in the image, and a location of the vehicle feature or part. The identification data or an individual identifier of the vehicle, such as a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), may be used to retrieve overlay information related to the vehicle make and model, such as recalls or known maintenance issues or information specific to the vehicle, such as mileage, accident reports, or ownership history. The overlay information is displayed on the image as an overlay at the location of the vehicle feature or part corresponding to the overlay information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Qiaochu Tang, Geoffrey Dagley, Micah Price, Avid Ghamsari, Jason Richard Hoover
  • Patent number: 10807563
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for premises security is described. In one embodiment, a person passing through a perimeter of a predefined area is detected via a boundary sensor. Upon detecting the person passing through the perimeter of the predefined area, a camera is activated to capture an image of the person, the camera being positioned in relation to the predefined area. A notification is sent to a user determined to be nearest to the predefined area. The notification may include the image of the person. A proximity of a person in relation to a vehicle is detected via a proximity sensor. Upon determining the proximity of the person satisfies a predetermined threshold, a notification is sent to a user. Upon determining the proximity of the person satisfies the predetermined threshold, a camera positioned in relation to the vehicle is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jungtaik Hwang, Matthew J. Eyring, Jeremy B. Warren, James Ellis Nye
  • Patent number: 10807419
    Abstract: A method of determining tire pressure includes providing a control unit having a first pressure transducer. The control unit is in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir via an air supply circuit. A second pressure transducer is disposed at least partially within the fluid reservoir. The method also includes measuring a pressure of air in the air supply circuit utilizing the first pressure transducer and measuring a pressure of air in the reservoir utilizing the second pressure transducer. The method additionally includes determining a difference in the measurements of the first pressure transducer and the second pressure transducer and calibrating the second pressure transducer pressure measurement to agree with the first pressure transducer pressure measurement where the pressure difference is less than a predetermined value. The method further includes measuring a pressure in one or more tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DANA HEAVY VEHICLE SYSTEMS GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Venkata Ramakanth Kona
  • Patent number: 10803681
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing spoofing of vehicle identification number (VIN) provisioning service. The system includes a memory that stores instructions for executing processes for preventing spoofing of vehicle identification number (VIN) provisioning service. The system also includes a processor configured to execute the instructions. The instructions cause the processor to receive enrollment information including a VIN and a hardware identifier for enrollment in a provisioning service for a vehicle. The instructions also cause the processor to verify whether the VIN is associated with the hardware identifier. The instructions further cause the processor to transmit a message to the vehicle based on the verification of the VIN being associated with the hardware identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Narendran Ravi
  • Patent number: 10796018
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to generate a workscope. An example apparatus includes a workscope mapper, workscope strategy analyzer, and workscope selector. The workscope strategy analyzer is to evaluate each of the plurality of workscopes using dynamic optimization to determine a maintenance value and benefit to an asset associated with each workscope based on a stage in a remaining life of a constraint at which the evaluation is executed and a state of the asset. The dynamic optimization is to determine a prediction of the maintenance value based on a probability of a future change in state and associated workscope value until the end of life of the constraint. The maintenance value, used to select a workscope from the plurality of workscopes, is to be determined by the dynamic optimization as a sum of the associated workscope values until the end of life of the constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Victor Manuel Perez Zarate, Luis Gabriel De Alba Rivera, Brock Estel Osborn, Katherine Tharp Nowicki, Michael William Bailey, Michael Evans Graham
  • Patent number: 10783792
    Abstract: Aspects described herein may facilitate an automated vehicle tracking for readiness with limited human interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Micah Price, Avid Ghamsari, Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Hoover, Qiaochu Tang
  • Patent number: 10769870
    Abstract: An example method includes determining identifying information for a vehicle to be serviced. The method further includes receiving at least one symptom identifier for the vehicle. The method further includes sending a request over a communication network to a remote server for a PID filter list for the vehicle, the request comprising the identifying information for the vehicle and the at least one symptom identifier for the vehicle. The method additionally includes receiving a response to the request over the communication network from the remote server, the response comprising the PID filter list for the vehicle. The method further includes determining, based on the PID filter list for the vehicle, a symptom-based subset of PIDs for the vehicle from a set of available PIDs. The method additionally includes displaying, on a display interface, the symptom-based subset of PIDs for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Bradley R. Lewis, Patrick S. Merg, Roy S. Brozovich, Jacob G. Foreman, Joshua C. Covington, Brett A. Kelley, Steven E. Miskovic
  • Patent number: 10771938
    Abstract: A communication device for a vehicle comprises a plurality of communication means and a rule base. The communication device is designed to determine a communication means to use using said rule base. The communication device is further designed to: check with a remote server as to whether an update of the rule base is available, download the rule base update, and update the rule base using the downloaded rule base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PSA Automobiles S.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Eduardo Fernandez, Alexandre Fromion, El Khamis Kadiri
  • Patent number: 10733799
    Abstract: An augmented-reality (AR) device comprises a physical sensor and a display. The AR device identifies, using the physical sensor, a location and orientation of the AR device within a physical environment. A selection of a type of a virtual sensor and a placement location of the virtual sensor within the physical environment is received at the AR device. The placement location of the virtual sensor is determined relative to the location and orientation of the AR device within the physical environment. The AR device provides the type of the virtual sensor and the placement location of the virtual sensor to a server that generates virtual content for the virtual sensor. The AR device displays the virtual content at the placement location of the virtual sensor in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Lucas Kazansky
  • Patent number: 10696212
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a vehicle status includes detecting a status of the vehicle, a helmet for the vehicle, or a component of the vehicle. A signal is transmitted wirelessly to a portable handheld device providing the notification to the user of the status of the vehicle, helmet, or vehicle component. Vehicle safety notifications and other information may also be relayed to the user through a software application operating on the handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Cook
  • Patent number: 10650662
    Abstract: A control apparatus configured for vehicle, a vehicle and a control method of vehicle, may include an emergency call unit configured to generate an emergency rescue signal by recognizing an emergency situation of vehicle, a head unit configured to provide audio information to a user, and a main controller configured to control at least one component contained in the vehicle, wherein the main controller stores a vehicle identification number in advance, the head unit receives the vehicle identification number from the main controller and the emergency call unit receives the vehicle identification number from the head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kyoung Hyouck Choi, Sang Gu Kwon
  • Patent number: 10645227
    Abstract: We disclose a concierge device that can be configured to register, control and support a consumer device. It can alternatively or redundantly connect to a home management bridge and/or cloud-based management servers. It can accept menus that allow a single concierge device to provide a wide range of functions for various consumer devices. The concierge device allows the user in a single action to initiate a support session, automatically identifying the consumer device. The concierge device can be configured for voice or video support calls. The concierge device in conjunction with a home management bridge or gateway can manage on boarding of components of an automated home, such as switches and lamps. Implementations of the concierge device that include a display can show supplemental information, such as advertising, optionally in coordination with media being played on a consumer device coupled in communication with the concierge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NexStep, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Stepanian
  • Patent number: 10629010
    Abstract: A transmission unit for mounting in a vehicle is disclosed. The transmission unit comprises a transmitter circuit configured to transmit control signals for operating a plurality of remote electronic devices. The transmission unit further comprises a scanning device configured to capture scan data and a controller in communication with the scanning device. The controller is configured to receive the scan data and determine a first identity of a first occupant based on the scan data. The controller is further operable to access a first user profile based on the first identity. The first user profile may comprise a customized or restricted set of control signals, which may be sent by the transmission unit based on an input or gesture from the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John C. Peterson, Kelly S. Harrelson, Chris H. Vuyst, Steven L. Willard, II
  • Patent number: 10628841
    Abstract: Embodiments of vehicle data systems for use in distributed computer network are disclosed. Particular embodiments may determine and enhance vehicle data from various data sources distributed across the computer network, and utilize the enhanced vehicle data in the determination of normalization metrics that account for geography and population density or spatial behavioral patterns. Embodiments may utilize these normalization metrics to assign zone labels to geographic areas and present representations of the geographic areas based on the normalization metrics across the distributed computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TrueCar, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Swinson, Lin O'Driscoll, Daniel Salazar, Ludovica Rizzo, Jacob LaCivita
  • Patent number: 10611381
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a memory and a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory. The instructions include receiving a first minimum risk condition (MRC) event recommendation from a first platform controller and a second MRC event recommendation from a second platform controller, selecting one of the first and second MRC event recommendations as a selected MRC event, controlling an autonomous host vehicle according to the selected MRC event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Khalifeh, Beni Tang, Kathryn Hamilton, Sagar Avaneendra Tatipamula, Sandro Patrick Nuesch, Rashmi Hegde
  • Patent number: 10606786
    Abstract: Apparatuses, storage media and methods associated with computer assisted or autonomous driving (CA/AD), are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an interconnect to mate a pluggable compute module with an in-vehicle compute hub disposed in a vehicle to form an upgradable vehicle compute system for the vehicle, the interconnect having a fixed section and a configurable section. The fixed section includes a dynamic power delivery interface, and a management channel. The configurable section includes a plurality of configurable input/output (I/O) interfaces. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Maik Fox, Christian Benkeser, Serdar Gueltekin, Kurt Herremans, Peter Hall
  • Patent number: 10580242
    Abstract: An asset management system, comprising: a remote storage device coupled to a controller collectively configured to selectively retain an asset and selectively release the asset to an authorized user; and a mobile device configured to execute a mobile application in communication with one or more of the remote storage device and the coupled controller via one or more networks, wherein the mobile application is operable for directing operation of the one or more of the remote storage device and the coupled controller. The mobile device comprises a QR scanner operable for scanning a QR code and subsequently authorizing the authorized user. The mobile device also comprises a barcode scanner operable for scanning a barcode associated with the asset or a related asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Macron International, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Ray, Ric Stone
  • Patent number: 10572852
    Abstract: A software application system for the automated drop-off and pick-up for repair, return or exchange of service items including a secure drop-off/pick-up area for the items, a software application that is integrated with a stat system server of a service provider, the software application creating a unique identifier for secure access and retrieval of a service item and the software application having a notification interface to facilitate automated notification for responsive communication between the user and the service provider to describe service or repair required, provide quotations, request and receive additional information and notify the customer on completion of the service and scheduled maintenance using automated voicemail recording, and/or text messaging through a cellular telephone, email, PDA or iPhone using a web-based or mobile based applet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Louis A. Santo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10563507
    Abstract: A roadway conduit system includes a roadway conduit section that includes a floor portion with roadway surface configured to receive traveling vehicles, a ceiling portion, and at least one sidewall portion coupled to the floor portion and the ceiling portion such that the floor, ceiling, and at least one sidewall portions define a roadway conduit volume through which the traveling vehicles traverse the roadway conduit section. The roadway conduit section includes at least two fixedly connected preformed segments. The roadway conduit system also includes a roadway conduit ingress coupled to a first location of the roadway conduit section; a roadway conduit egress coupled to a second location of the roadway conduit section; and at least one air mover configured to circulate an airflow in the roadway conduit volume in a direction of at least one of the traveling vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Electricwaze LLC
    Inventor: Ross Tessien
  • Patent number: 10562495
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a horn, a plurality of exterior lights, and at least one controller. The at least one controller is configured to grant vehicle system access to a nomadic device paired to the vehicle, and in response to receiving a message that contains data identifying a source of the message while the vehicle is in a key-off state from a nomadic device not paired to the vehicle, activate the horn and exterior lights according to respective patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johannes Geir Kristinsson, David Anthony Hatton, Hussein F. Nasrallah, Thomas Nelson, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad
  • Patent number: 10553056
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including: a locking control unit configured to execute a first process of processes for causing a locking unit to unlock, on the basis of detection of access of a first communication terminal; and a detection unit configured to detect an unlocking request by a user of the first communication terminal. The locking control unit executes a second process of the processes for causing the locking unit to unlock, when the unlocking request is detected and the first process is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taizo Shirai, Akichika Tanaka, Tatsuhiro Iida, Koichi Sakumoto, Takeo Inagaki, Shinpei Hirano, Tetsuro Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10540897
    Abstract: A method and system of aggregating vehicle data to support vehicle investigations, according to one embodiment. In one embodiment, the method and system provides a vehicle search system. In one embodiment, the vehicle search system receives vehicle data. In one embodiment, the vehicle search system receives search data associated with a target vehicle. In one embodiment, the vehicle search system matches the vehicle data with the search data. In one embodiment, if the vehicle search system matches the vehicle data with the search data, alert data is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Crashtrac
    Inventors: Jason Franklin Bristol, Steven James Hall
  • Patent number: 10528923
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for assisting with maintenance and design of one or more structural elements of an aircraft are disclosed. One exemplary method comprises receiving actual utilization data for the aircraft and evaluating the actual utilization data with respect to at least one of a plurality of utilization criteria respectively associated with a plurality of utilization categories for the aircraft where the utilization categories are associated with respective predetermined maintenance programs for the structural element or for the aircraft as a whole. Based on the evaluation of the actual utilization data with respect to the at least one utilization criterion, one of the utilization categories is assigned to the aircraft. Based on the utilization category assigned to the aircraft, one of the predetermined maintenance programs is assigned to the structural element or to the aircraft as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Jerome Pinsonnault, Mohammad Reza Mofakhami, Kyle R. Mulligan
  • Patent number: 10514411
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for testing one or more multiple-unit (MU) conductors on a locomotive using a first and second test unit together with a portable display unit having a wireless transceiver for communicating with the test units. The portable display may include a panel of LED indicators corresponding to the MU conductors to be tested and a user interface in the form of a display screen. The system may be used for running both test procedures and monitoring procedures. The wireless portable display unit allows a single technician to run the procedures and review information from both test units without using long and heavy MU jumper cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Norfolk Southern Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce E. Backus, Charles W. Yopp
  • Patent number: 10504071
    Abstract: A processor may determine that a first repair order (RO) of an existing cluster of ROs (e.g. corresponding to first and second vehicle symptoms and to first and second corrective actions) refers to a first vehicle related to a set of vehicles. The processor may identify ROs that refer to vehicles from the set and may determine among these identified ROs (i) a first relationship between the first symptom and the first action without the first symptom relating to the second action and/or (ii) a second relationship between the second symptom and the second action without the second symptom relating to the first action. The processor may (i) if the first relationship exists, add the first RO to a first different cluster corresponding to the first relationship and (ii) if the second relationship exists, add the first RO to a second different cluster corresponding to the second relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Bradley R. Lewis, Brett A. Kelley
  • Patent number: 10504188
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a vehicle insurance premium for a period of time based at least in part on collected vehicle operation data, the system comprising: a mobile device, comprising: one or more sensors associated with the mobile device and configured to automatically collect vehicle operation data during a data collection session; a processor; a non-transitory storage medium; a display; a transmitter; and a set of computer readable instructions stored in the non-transitory storage medium and when executed by the processor configured to allow the mobile device to collect vehicle operation data and transmit the collected vehicle operation data; and a remote processing computer, comprising: a server that receives collected vehicle operation data; a database that stores collected vehicle operation data; and a rating engine that determines a vehicle insurance premium based at least in part on collected vehicle operation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Bowne, Jufeng “James” Peng, Nicholas R. Baker, Duane Lee Marzinzik, Matthew Eric Riley, Nicholas U. Christopulos, Brian Mark Fields, J. Lynn Wilson, Bryan T. Wilkerson, David W. Thurber
  • Patent number: 10467827
    Abstract: Detected events such as impacts, accidents, breakdowns, and types of driving behaviors based on feedback from tilt, gravity, accelerometers and/or shock sensors within a portable electrical power storage device such as a battery and/or within a vehicle (e.g., an electric scooter) are communicated to the user's mobile device, dashboard display and/or backend systems over wired and/or wireless communication channels. The communication of the events and types of events are logged and automatically aggregated from multiple vehicles for further analysis to determine various potential system-wide safety issues and to track event history on an individual per-user or individual per-scooter basis or individual per-battery basis. Such event data may also be transferred accordingly via the battery exchange process at the online exchange machine through a memory device attached to the battery that stores the event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Whiting Taylor, Hok-Sum Horace Luke
  • Patent number: 10449930
    Abstract: An approach is provided that receives radio frequency (RF) requests at a vehicle. The approach determines that the received request is a possible unauthorized intrusion. The approach then responsively transmits a confirmation request to a mobile device associated with an authorized user of the vehicle and safeguards the vehicle until a positive confirmation is received at the vehicle from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bruno S. Silva, Diogo S. Araujo