Diagnosis Or Maintenance Need Determined Externally To Vehicle Patents (Class 701/31.4)
  • Patent number: 12008843
    Abstract: A computer-based method for maintaining an autonomous or self-driving vehicle is provided. The method is implemented using a vehicle controlling (“VC”) computer device installed on the vehicle. The method may include determining that a maintenance operation is required for the self-driving vehicle, retrieving an operator schedule for an operator of the self-driving vehicle, retrieving a facility schedule for a facility, determining a time for performing the maintenance operation based upon the operator schedule, the facility schedule, and an amount of time required to (i) complete the maintenance operation, (ii) drive the self-driving vehicle from a first location to the facility to arrive at the determined time, and (iii) drive the self-driving vehicle to a second location, instructing the self-driving vehicle to drive from the first location to the facility to arrive at the determined time; and/or instructing the self-driving vehicle to drive from the facility a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Brian N. Harvey, Nathan L. Tofte
  • Patent number: 11999359
    Abstract: A vehicular orientation detection system (1) for detecting an orientation of a vehicle (5) traveling a road surface (100S) where magnetic markers (10) are laid includes sensor units (11) which each include a plurality of magnetic sensors arrayed in a vehicle width direction and measure a lateral shift amount with respect to the magnetic markers (10) and a control unit (12) which computes a difference between lateral shift amounts measured with any one of the magnetic markers (10) by front and rear sensor units (11) positioned at two locations separated in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiharu Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nagao, Hitoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11995921
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a scanning method for an electronic control unit in a vehicle and a vehicle diagnostic device. The vehicle diagnostic device is communicatively connected to at least two vehicle buses in the vehicle, each of the vehicle buses is connected to at least one electronic control unit in the vehicle. The scanning method determines a scan list corresponding to each of the vehicle buses. The scan list includes a to-be-scanned electronic control unit. The vehicle diagnostic device transmitting a scan signal on the vehicle buses in parallel according to the scan list corresponding to each of the vehicle buses, to determine whether the to-be-scanned electronic control unit in the scan list exists in the vehicle. The parallel scanning in this way can effectively improve the efficiency of automatic scanning and significantly shorten a time required to complete the automatic scanning, and improves user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: AUTEL INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yun Jiang
  • Patent number: 11983302
    Abstract: System and method are provided for assigning a service identifier for use by an IHS (Information Handling System), where a new service identifier may be assigned to the IHS due to replacement of hardware of the IHS. The IHS is provisioned with an inventory certificate that identifies hardware components of the IHS, including a service identifier for the IHS. Support provided for the IHS is tracked based on this service identifier. A hardware component of the IHS is removed, where the service identifier is assigned to this removed hardware component. A replacement hardware component is installed in the IHS. An updated inventory certificate is generated that assigns a new service identifier to the replacement hardware component installed in the IHS. The IHS is provisioned with the updated inventory certificate that specifies the new service identifier. Support provided for the IHS is now tracked based on the new service identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason Matthew Young, Aaron M. Randall, Charles D. Robison
  • Patent number: 11975614
    Abstract: Informed towing is provided. Towing information is identified, by a towing vehicle, with respect to a towed vehicle to be towed by the towing vehicle. A towed configuration of the towed vehicle is monitored. Responsive to the towed configuration of the towed vehicle being incorrect according to the towing information, a warning is displayed in the HMI indicating the incorrect towing configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Keith Weston, Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jordan Barrett, Michael Alan McNees, Lars Niklas Pettersson
  • Patent number: 11972645
    Abstract: A system includes a first most probable cause (MPC) module, a second MPC module, and an integrated MPC module. The first MPC module is configured to determine a first most probable cause of an issue on a vehicle based on at least one service procedure for the vehicle. The second MPC module is configured to determine a second most probable cause of the issue based on repair data for other vehicles. The integrated MPC module is configured to determine an integrated most probable cause of the issue based on the first and second most probable causes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Shengbing Jiang, Zifeng Peng, Chaitanya Sankavaram, Michael B. Gastmeier, Brian Buck, John J. Flood, IV
  • Patent number: 11971264
    Abstract: A method for determining a route (100) for a vehicle. When selecting a route segment (110, 112) of the route (100), a condition value assigned to the route segment (110, 112) and a default value associated with the route (100) are taken into account. The condition value represents a road condition of the route segment (110, 112) and the default value represents a road quality that is preferred for the route (100) and is independent of a road category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Henrik Stegmann
  • Patent number: 11966978
    Abstract: A method by smart mobility platform includes a mobile application executing on a mobile device, an authentication server, a mobile application server, and a driving telemetry service. The mobile application registers and activates a user account for driving monitoring and rewards. Trip detection is enabled and raw data is transformed to driving factors by the driving telemetry service. The mobile application server converts the driving factors to a safe driving score. The score may be combined with a customer value to determine reward payout. The platform authenticates users and validates requests using electronic mail and short messaging services to ensure privacy and security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Fernand Vartanian, Mylene Paoloni, Martin Halada, Sean Edward O'Donoghue
  • Patent number: 11960271
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power plant early warning device and method which employ a multiple prediction model, and includes: a plurality of prediction models which receive information about the operation states of equipment in a power plant, and output prediction values and the reliabilities of the prediction values; a reliability analysis module which quantizes and analyzes the reliabilities output from the plurality of prediction models to determine the ranks of the plurality of prediction models, and calculates a final prediction value; a comparison module which compares the final prediction value with an actual measurement value, and outputs a residual; and a determination module which analyzes the residual to determine whether there are defects in the operating states of the equipment in the power plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: KOREA HYDRO & NUCLEAR POWER CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ji Ho Min, Dae Woong Kim, Do Hwan Lee, Yun Goo Kim
  • Patent number: 11954315
    Abstract: In one aspect, a graphical user interface (GUI) for a dynamic model creation (DMC) system may be provided. The GUI may include: (i) a first display area programmed to display the at least one model including a visual representation of a determined location where a collision occurred, and/or (ii) a second display area programmed to display at least one data table corresponding to the at least one model, wherein movement of a visual representation of a vehicle on the GUI during a simulation of the at least one model is controlled at least by telematics data, and wherein the GUI is configured to receive user inputs such that the visual representations in the first display area and the at least one data table in the second display area are dynamically modifiable by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Matthew Megyese, Anna Zarkoob, Alexander Cardona
  • Patent number: 11948410
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically scanning an electronic system of a vehicle with an automated diagnostic scanning tool having a controller, at least one vehicle communication protocol, at least one diagnostic scanning program, and an automated control program. The automated diagnostic scanning tool is configured to be connected to the electronic system of a vehicle by a cable and detects power from the vehicle via the cable, with the automated diagnostic scanning tool further configured to select and launch a diagnostic scanning program to perform a diagnostic scan of the electronic system of the vehicle in response to detecting power from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Opus IVS, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Herron, Mark W. Wine, Ethan Ernst-Hodys
  • Patent number: 11945428
    Abstract: In a vehicle, GV control and M+ control are executed by generating braking/driving forces from a brake hydraulic pressure control device and a drive device during steering. A controller estimates (calculates), by a posture estimation unit, a pitch amount and a roll amount (predicted pitch rate and predicted roll rate) that occur in the vehicle through use of a moment command of the M+ control and a longitudinal G command of the GV control. The controller adjusts damping forces of damping force variable dampers through use of the estimated pitch amount and the estimated roll amount (predicted pitch rate and predicted roll rate) so that a pitch amount calculated by a pitch control unit and a roll amount calculated by a roll suppression unit approach respective target values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryusuke Hirao, Nobuyuki Ichimaru
  • Patent number: 11941926
    Abstract: A vehicle computer can be programmed to detect, in a vehicle, one of a plurality of variations, based on data received from one or more vehicle sensors or a vehicle interface, to transmit, to a remote computer, variation data including the detected variation and a version of software in the vehicle computer, wherein the variation data identifies the detected variation and the version of the software, to receive, from the remote computer, a response including that a software update is identified based on the detected variation, and upon identifying the software update, to download and install the software update in the vehicle computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Oliver Lei
  • Patent number: 11938959
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus includes a memory and a processor in communication with the memory and configured to execute instructions stored in the memory operable to determine at least one surrounding vehicle based on location information of the at least one surrounding vehicle, wherein the at least one surrounding vehicle is configured to receive at least one vehicle signal from a host vehicle. The processor is further configured to determine a line of sight (LOS) of the at least one surrounding vehicle based on the at least one vehicle signal, wherein the line of sight is defined by a perceivability of a driver of the at least one surrounding vehicle to view the at least one vehicle signal. The processor is further configured to determine a confidence level of the at least one surrounding vehicle based on the determined LOS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Priyank Sameer
  • Patent number: 11938966
    Abstract: Techniques for validating operation of a perception system that is configured to detect objects in an environment of a vehicle are described herein. The techniques may include receiving log data representing a real scenario in which the vehicle was traversing an environment. Based at least in part on the log data, an error may be identified that is associated with an output received from the perception system while the vehicle was traversing the environment. In some examples, a determination may be made that a magnitude of the error violates a perception system requirement, the requirement established based on a determination that the magnitude of the error would contribute to an adverse event in an alternative scenario. Based on the magnitude of the error contributing to the adverse event, data associated with the error may be output for use in updating the perception system to at least meet the requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Clement Besson, Minsu Jang, Antonio Prioletti, Peng Wang
  • Patent number: 11937911
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an apparatus, methods, systems and computer program products described herein are directed to a Voice Analysis Engine. According to various embodiments, the Voice Analysis Engine receives first streaming prompt data from a computing device. The Voice Analysis Engine analyzes the first streaming prompt data to provide feedback to the user of the computing device. Upon determining the first streaming prompt data satisfies one or more criteria, the Voice Analysis Engine receives second streaming prompt data from the computing device. The Voice Analysis Engine analyzes the streaming prompt data to predict a respiratory state of the user of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: DeepConvo Inc.
    Inventors: Satya Venneti, Mir Mohammed Daanish Ali Khan, Rajat Kulshreshtha, Prakhar Pradeep Naval
  • Patent number: 11928459
    Abstract: An electronic control unit includes a first process flag setting unit that is configured to set a first process flag indicative of a progress of a first process that is one of a series of processes related to a program rewrite, a second process flag setting unit that is configured to set a second process flag indicative of a progress of a second process that is an other of the series of processes related to the program rewrite, and a retry point specifying unit that is configured to specify, based on the first process flag and the second process flag, a retry point for resuming the program rewrite when the program rewrite is suspended. The retry point specifying unit is further configured to store an amount of the update data that has been written until the program rewrite was suspended and request the vehicle master device to transfer the update data based on the stored amount of the update data when resuming the program rewrite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuzo Harata, Kazuhiro Uehara, Mitsuyoshi Natsume, Takuya Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 11924113
    Abstract: A computer implemented system is provided for improving performance of transmission in real-time or near real-time applications from at least one transmitter unit to at least one receiver unit. The system includes an intelligent data connection manager utility that generates or accesses performance data for two or more data connections associated with the two or more communication networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: DEJERO LABS INC.
    Inventors: David Sze, Bogdan Frusina, Barry Gilhuly, Todd Schneider
  • Patent number: 11915534
    Abstract: A method of providing vehicle diagnostics may include receiving a first communication from a user, processing the first communication using a natural language processing (NLP) model to produce NLP model output including a sequence of words, extracting one or more keywords from the sequence of words, and instructing a data acquisition and transfer device (DAT) connected to an OBD port of a vehicle to perform a selected function based on the one or more keywords. The method may further include receiving diagnostic data from the DAT, the diagnostic data having been retrieved from the vehicle by the DAT in accordance with the selected function, and determining a diagnostic condition of the vehicle based on the diagnostic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Innova Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Phuong Pham, Ly Bach, Van Nguyen, Bruce Brunda
  • Patent number: 11904688
    Abstract: Technologies and techniques for calculating an overlay of additional information for a display on a display unit. The overlay of additional information may support the driver in the longitudinal control of a vehicle. The overlaying of the additional information may be configured in the form of augmented reality such that it is calculated in a contact analogue manner in relation to one or more objects in the environment of the vehicle. When approaching a vehicle, a spatially extended animation graphic is calculated, wherein the animation graphic has a grid shape consisting of a plurality of grid elements, which extends from the observer vehicle up to the oncoming or preceding vehicle. The spatial extension is calculated such that the driver of the observer vehicle (10) has the impression of a kinematic or dynamic movement of the spatial extension, such as translation and rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andro Kleen, Robert Jan Wyszka, Vitalij Sadovitch, Adrian Haar, Johannes Tümler, Michael Wittkämper
  • Patent number: 11897342
    Abstract: An electronic control apparatus includes a first controller that is activated upon being fed with electric power through a first electric power feeding path, and a second controller that is fed with electric power through a second electric power feeding path. In the first electric power feeding path, there is provided a power supply switch that is turned on when a switch command is a connection command and turned off when the switch command is a cutoff command. The first controller transmits a state signal indicating whether it is in an activated state or a stopped state. The second controller diagnoses the power supply switch as being abnormal on condition that the state signal indicates the stopped state of the first controller when the switch command is the connection command or the state signal indicates the activated state of the first controller when the switch command is the cutoff command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro Takizawa, Akira Sumi
  • Patent number: 11891036
    Abstract: In various examples, activation criteria and/or braking profiles corresponding to automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems and/or collision mitigation warning (CMW) systems may be determined using sensor data representative of an environment to a front, side, and/or rear of a vehicle. For example, activation criteria for triggering an AEB system and/or CMW system may be adjusted by leveraging the availability of additional information with regards to the surrounding environment of a vehicle—such as the presence of a trailing vehicle. In addition, the braking profile for the AEB activation may be adjusted based on information about the presence of and/or location of vehicles to the front, rear, and/or side of the vehicle. By adjusting the activation criteria and/or braking profiles of an AEB system, the potential for collisions with dynamic objects in the environment is reduced and the overall safety of the vehicle and its passengers is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Henry Costin, Jonathan Sweedler
  • Patent number: 11887409
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media for self-detection of fault conditions experienced by vehicle components, generation of device health codes indicative of the fault conditions, and broadcasting of the device health codes over mixed vehicle communication networks. The device health codes can be parsed to identify fault information, and the fault information can be assessed along with current vehicle operational data to determine a recommended vehicle response measure to one or more fault conditions experienced by one or more vehicle components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Pony Al Inc.
    Inventors: Kai Chen, Pingfan Meng
  • Patent number: 11880786
    Abstract: When it is necessary to charge the battery of one vehicle of a plurality of vehicles, a vehicle management computer acquires information relating to a charging facility that supplies electric power to a charge-discharge device, and information relating to the battery of another vehicle, which is different from the first vehicle, and which battery is connected to the first vehicle via the charge-discharge device. Based on the information relating to the charging facility and the information relating to the battery of the other vehicle, the vehicle management computer determines which is least expensive, a first cost associated with charging the battery of the first vehicle using the electric power that is supplied from the charging facility, or a second cost associated with charging the battery of the first vehicle using the electric power that is discharged from the battery of the other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takamitsu Tokuoka
  • Patent number: 11872998
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for cross-validating a second sensor with a first sensor. Cross-validating the second sensor may include obtaining sensor readings from the first sensor and comparing the sensor readings from the first sensor with sensor readings obtained from the second sensor. In particular, the comparison of the sensor readings may include comparing state information about a vehicle detected by the first sensor and the second sensor. In addition, comparing the sensor readings may include obtaining a first image from the first sensor, obtaining a second image from the second sensor, and then comparing various characteristics of the images. One characteristic that may be compared are object labels applied to the vehicle detected by the first and second sensor. The first and second sensors may be different types of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jiajun Zhu, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Christopher Paul Urmson
  • Patent number: 11872999
    Abstract: A self-driving safety evaluation method, including determining RB based on a risk value of a vehicle in a shadow driving mode in a first measurement unit, where RB is a risk value of the vehicle in the shadow driving mode in a plurality of measurement units, and determining RC based on a risk value of the vehicle in a self-driving mode based on a preset route in the first measurement unit, where RC is a risk value of the vehicle in the self-driving mode based on the preset route in the measurement units, where RB and RC are used to determine whether safety of the vehicle in the self-driving mode meets a requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoli She, Jianyong Cai, Junqiang Shen, Qi Chen
  • Patent number: 11869281
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of receiving, at a server, sensor data from one or more sensors disposed on a vehicle, receiving, at the server, additional sensor data from a computing device operating inside the vehicle, determining the sensor data and the additional sensor data correspond to the vehicle's operational status, determining whether one or more of the sensor data and the additional sensor data exceed one or more thresholds, and when one or more of the sensor data and the additional sensor data exceed the one or more thresholds, providing a value to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jaya Bharath R. Goluguri, Felipe G. Salles, Christopher J. Risberg, Joshua C. Batie
  • Patent number: 11860779
    Abstract: An onboard relay device comprises memory and a processor connected to the memory. The processor is configured to receive a data transmission request from a request originator, determine whether received data that is data received from a transmission originator is variable data or fixed data, record the received data in a cache memory section temporarily in cases in which the received data is the fixed data, determine whether or not transmission request data that is data subject to a transmission request from the request originator is recorded in the cache memory section, and in cases in which the processor has determined the transmission request data to be the received data recorded in the cache memory section, transmit the received data recorded in the cache memory section to the request originator as the transmission request data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Yamada, Masatoshi Ishino
  • Patent number: 11861530
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a cloud-based server system configured for an On-Demand Autonomy (ODA) service are disclosed. The cloud-based server in communication with a first vehicle and a second vehicle to receive a trip request for the ODA service from the first vehicle, and seek an agreement to establish a virtual link with the first vehicle to the second vehicle by identifying one second vehicle by broadcasting the trip request to the group of second vehicles; identifying a second vehicle from submitted responses based on an application using a modeled clone with a set of functionalities to perform a matching operation between the first and second vehicles; and coordinating responses based on results of the matching operation to confirm an acceptance of the agreement; and creating a trip plan for the trip request for the ODA service based on a set of preferences received from each of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Arun Adiththan, Ramesh Sethu, Prakash Mohan Peranandam, Joseph G D Ambrosio
  • Patent number: 11835965
    Abstract: Various applications for use of mass estimations of a vehicle, including to control operation of the vehicle, sharing the mass estimation with other vehicles and/or a Network Operations Center (NOC), organizing vehicles operating in a platoon and/or partially controlling the operation of one or more vehicles operating in a platoon based on the relative mass estimations between the platooning vehicles. When vehicles are operating in a platoon, the relative mass between a lead and a following vehicle may be used to scale torque and/or brake commands generated by the lead vehicle and sent to the following vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua P. Switkes, Stephen M. Erlien, Austin B. Schuh
  • Patent number: 11835569
    Abstract: A method for processing a vehicle end-of-line (EOL) testing routine includes determining whether a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is issued during the vehicle EOL testing routine and obtaining vehicle network data generated during the vehicle EOL testing routine. The method includes, in response to a determination that the DTC is issued during the vehicle EOL testing routine, storing the vehicle network data in a database, associating the DTC with an electronic control module from a plurality of electronic control modules, identifying a designated agent from among a plurality of agents based on the DTC and a ECM-agent directory, and electronically transmitting a notification to the designated agent, where the notification provides access to the vehicle network data and the DTC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Suarez, Victor Gomez
  • Patent number: 11836482
    Abstract: A center device is configured to: acquire behavior data indicating a behavior of a user; store the behavior data; acquire vehicle state data indicating a vehicle state; store the vehicle state data; create a distribution plan of reprogramming data to be distributed to vehicle devices of the vehicle by using the behavior data and the vehicle state data; and distribute the reprogramming data to the vehicle devices according to the created distribution plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoya Ogawa, Yoshitaka Ozaki, Yasufumi Iino, Haruhiko Kakitsu
  • Patent number: 11827223
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Williams, Ryan Martini, Constandi J. Shami
  • Patent number: 11824743
    Abstract: A data transmission system for a mobile platform comprises non-volatile data storage media, a network interface, and control circuitry. The control circuitry is configured to establish a first connection with one or more onboard passenger service devices providing a passenger service at the mobile platform using the network interface. The control circuitry is further configured to receive a set of system log data from the one or more onboard passenger service devices via the network interface and store one or more log signatures in the non-volatile data storage media. The control circuitry is further configured to detect faults fault related to onboard passenger service devices, store transmission rule data that includes rules for filtering system log data, filter the set of system log data based on the transmission rule data, and transmit a subset of system log data to the remote computing device via the network interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Viasat, Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart H. Floyd
  • Patent number: 11820437
    Abstract: An aerodynamic deflector on the vehicle is repositionable. An actuator is coupled with the aerodynamic deflector. A controller configured to: detect a performance mode of operation of the vehicle; determine a requested lateral acceleration; calculate a control adjustment of the aerodynamic deflector to generate a downforce to achieve the requested lateral acceleration and maximize lateral grip of the vehicle; and operate the actuator to effect the control adjustment of the aerodynamic deflector to generate the downforce on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Seyedeh Asal Nahidi, Saurabh Kapoor, SeyedAlireza Kasaiezadeh Mahabadi, Naser Mehrabi, James H. Holbrook, Hualin Tan, Bakhtiar B. Litkouhi
  • Patent number: 11813978
    Abstract: A driver nudge system is operated within a vehicle to indicate a warning to a driver of the vehicle. The system includes a steering wheel, a vehicle sensor monitoring an operating environment of the vehicle, and an electric motor connected to the steering wheel configured to nudge the steering wheel in an opposite direction to a threat diagnosed according to data from the vehicle sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Frazier Cunningham, III, Cindita D. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 11814056
    Abstract: A travel amount estimation apparatus includes a vehicle travel amount calculation unit, a sensor travel amount calculation unit, an error cause determination unit, and a vehicle travel amount correction unit. The vehicle travel amount calculation unit acquires vehicle information and calculates a vehicle travel amount based on the vehicle information. The sensor travel amount calculation unit acquires sensor information from an external sensor and calculates a sensor travel amount based on the sensor information. The error cause determination unit determines an error cause of the vehicle travel amount. The vehicle travel amount correction unit corrects the vehicle travel amount by using the sensor travel amount in accordance with the error cause and estimates a travel amount of the vehicle on which it is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: FAURECIA CLARION ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Sakai, Morihiko Sakano, Daisuke Fukuda, Junya Murayama
  • Patent number: 11807387
    Abstract: A fuel-based flight indicator apparatus for an electric aircraft is illustrated. The apparatus comprises a flight indicator and a computing device communicatively connected to the flight indicator, wherein the computing device is configured to receive a battery datum from a battery sensor located in the electric aircraft, receive an environmental datum from an environmental sensor located in the electric aircraft, determine an indicator datum as a function of the battery datum, the environmental datum, and a flight plan, and display the indicator datum on the flight indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Hoekje List, Vincent Moeykens, Thomas Henck
  • Patent number: 11810404
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention discloses an automobile diagnostic method, apparatus and a vehicle communication interface. The automobile diagnostic method is applied to a vehicle communication interface, the method including: acquiring a vehicle identification number of a vehicle based on a first communication protocol; determining a first diagnostic protocol according to the vehicle identification number; acquiring and storing to-be-diagnosed information of the vehicle based on the first diagnostic protocol; and after a connection is established to a diagnostic host, sending the to-be-diagnosed information to the diagnostic host. In the foregoing way, according to the embodiment of the present invention, efficiency of automobile diagnosis may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: AUTEL INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Songsong Qu, Huiqiang Lai
  • Patent number: 11801848
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for adjusting a control of a vehicle system based on a condition of an occupant. The system includes a replaceable or upgradeable electronic skin removably coupled to an interior vehicle component. The electronic skin includes at least one sensor positioned therein, configured to monitor/obtain a biometric, physiological, or wellness condition measurement from an occupant. The system includes one or more processors and a memory communicably coupled thereto. An occupant comfort module is provided including instructions that, when executed, collect and monitor feedback from the at least one sensor; determine that the feedback exceeds a predetermined threshold; and determine an adjustment for a vehicle system based on the feedback. A control module may be provided including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the vehicle system to change at least one setting based on the adjustment determined by the occupant comfort module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 11798326
    Abstract: Systems and methods for accessing protected activity data of a vehicle. A system may include a vehicle key and a user key. The vehicle key may be configured to be managed by a manufacturer of the vehicle. The user key may be configured to be managed by a user of the vehicle. The vehicle key and the user key may decrypt the vehicle activity data when used together. The system may include a third-party key configured to be managed by a third-party and decrypt the vehicle activity data. The vehicle key and the user key may modify the vehicle activity data when used together. Alternatively, the vehicle key, the user key, and the third-party key may modify the vehicle activity data when used together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11794756
    Abstract: Techniques are described for using variables associated with vehicle wheels (e.g., linear velocity at a wheel and orientation of the wheel) to estimate velocity of a vehicle during a turn maneuver. In examples of the disclosure, in association with one or more wheels, a wheel orientation during the maneuver and a linear speed during the maneuver may be determined, and well as a yaw rate (e.g., from an inertial measurement unit, gyroscope, etc.) of the vehicle. Examples of the present disclosure include, based on the variables associated with the wheel(s) and the yaw rate associated with the turn maneuver, estimating a vehicle velocity, which may be used by various downstream components, such as to determine or update a pose of a vehicle as part of a localization operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Carsten Bosse, Brice Rebsamen
  • Patent number: 11798099
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated accident analysis such as automatic multi-device accident detection and verification, automated multi-device information capture, and automated geospatial and geo-relational digital scene recreation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventors: Rohit Seth, Shahbaz R. Bhatti, Chandan M. Roy, Alan M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 11780594
    Abstract: A transparency includes a plurality of sheets. Each sheet of the plurality of sheets can include a first major surface, an opposite second major surface, and a peripheral surface between the first major surface and the second major surface. The transparency can further include: an inter-sheet layer positioned between the first major surface of one of the sheets of the plurality of sheets and the second major surface of an adjacent sheet of the plurality of sheets; and a wireless sensor positioned in the inter-sheet layer. The wireless sensor includes a sensory portion configured to measure information representative of a condition of a portion of the transparency and a wireless transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the received information to a wireless receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicolas B. Duarte
  • Patent number: 11774407
    Abstract: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are provided with hammers having contact surfaces to produce acoustic signals in structures to be inspected. By selecting a suitable flight path, the contact surface can be dragged across or tapped against the structure to produce acoustic signals indicative of structure condition. Acoustic detectors are coupled to the UAV to produce detected acoustic signals that can be stored, communicated, and/or processed to access to arbitrary structure surfaces, including bottom surfaces of bridge decks and to locate delaminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: UVic Industry Partnerships Inc.
    Inventors: Rishi Gupta, Harsh Rathod
  • Patent number: 11769391
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a radar component and a temperature sensor. The radar component may be configured to detect a presence of a person in a vehicle and determine an age range of the person detected. The temperature sensor may be configured to determine an ambient temperature in the vehicle and operate independently from a heating and cooling system of the vehicle. The apparatus may be configured to operate when the vehicle is turned off. A processor may be configured to determine an urgency level in response to the age range of the person detected and the ambient temperature. The processor may be configured to generate escalating actions in response to the urgency level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: VEONEER US LLC
    Inventors: Mehmet Fatih Yilmaz, Thomas Herbert
  • Patent number: 11762626
    Abstract: A method of verifying audio notifications generated within a vehicle includes generating an audio notification using an audio generation path that includes at least a controller, an audio notification generator and a speaker, wherein the controller generates an audio notification request utilized by the audio notification generator to generate an audio signal, and wherein the speaker converts the audio signal into the audio notification. The method further includes monitoring sounds within the vehicle using a microphone separate from the audio generation path and analyzing the monitored sounds using an audio analyzer, wherein the audio analyzer verifies whether the audio notification was generated. Feedback is provided to the audio generation path regarding whether generation of the audio notification was verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Dan D. Carman, Kirk A. Bailey, Douglas A. Srail, Kevin W. Kaster
  • Patent number: 11754592
    Abstract: The magnitude and frequency of a peak in detected vibrational energy emitted from a component that includes a periodic portion is provided to monitor the component for faults. A Fast Fourier Transform of the signal is taken to generate a spectrum. A maximum index in the spectrum is found between a determined frequency bound. An array of parameters is generated and a determined optimized transform root is used on the array of parameters. An interpolated peak location is estimated based on the array and an interpolated frequency is found based on the peak location. An interpolated magnitude is then determined. The use of the optimized transform root in the processing results in significant improvements to the magnitude and frequency estimations, which can improve, for example, detection of defects from vibration spectra of rotating components, estimates of energy radiated from an electronic component, or analysis of spectral content of ionizing radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: GPMS International, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric R Bechhoefer
  • Patent number: 11745548
    Abstract: A method for estimating an effective radius of a tire of a vehicle, the method may include (i) obtaining sensed information that reflects (a) a distance passed by the vehicle during one or more driving sessions, (b) a rotational speed of at least a wheel that comprises the tire during the one or more driving sessions, (c) values of tire radius affecting parameters during the one or more driving sessions, wherein the tire radius affecting parameters comprise a vehicle speed and at least some other tire radius affecting parameters; (ii) selecting at least one portion of the one or more driving sessions; and (iii) determining the effective radius of the tire of the vehicle based on (a) sensed information gained during the at least one portion, the sensed information comprises values of the tire radius affecting parameters during the at least one portion, and (b) one or more relationships between the effective radius of the tire and tire radius affecting parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Tactile Mobility Ltd.
    Inventors: Boaz Mizrachi, Hanan Caspi, Stas Shapira
  • Patent number: 11749000
    Abstract: The technology relates to approaches for determining appropriate stopping locations at intersections for vehicles operating in a self-driving mode. While many intersections have stop lines painted on the roadway, many others have no such lines. Even if a stop line is present, the physical location may not match what is in store map data, which may be out of date due to construction or line repainting. Aspects of the technology employ a neural network that utilizes input training data and detected sensor data to perform classification, localization and uncertain estimation processes. Based on these processes, the system is able to evaluate distribution information for possible stop locations. The vehicle uses such information to determine an optimal stop point, which may or may not correspond to a stop line in the map data. This information is also used to update the existing map data, which can be shared with other vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Romain Thibaux, David Harrison Silver, Congrui Hetang