Diagnosis Or Maintenance Need Determined Externally To Vehicle Patents (Class 701/31.4)
  • Patent number: 10325422
    Abstract: A method of transmitting data across a J1939 network comprises communicating at least one sensor, if not a plurality of sensors or operator interface devices, related to a utility service body data mounted on a chassis across the J1939 network on unassigned PGN/SPN combinations for various uses. Furthermore, at least one controller can evaluate other J1939 data, such as transmission gear and/or engine RPM before permitting operation of at least one function of the utility service body or upfit body with at least some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Ricardo Castano Salinas, John Forrest Smith, Brian Huston Ham, Ralph Waldo Whitfield, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10325248
    Abstract: The AUTOMOBILE MOBILE-INTERACTION PLATFORM APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“AMIP”) The AMIP transforms cloud-based wallet and automobile settings into transaction and automobile outputs. In some embodiments, a user may request to connect an electronic wallet account to an automobile interface. Once the user's credentials have been authenticated, the automobile interface may request and receive from a remote server automobile-related and payment-method-related settings. The automobile interface may then configure its settings according to the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Julian Hua, Robert Rutherford
  • Patent number: 10324463
    Abstract: Methods and systems for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle control, routing, and automatic feature adjustment are disclosed. Autonomous operation feature usage levels or settings may be automatically adjusted to optimize performance using suitability data for road segments along a route traveled by a vehicle, such as when operating conditions change. Data regarding road segment suitability may be generated from prior operating data for the road segments and retrieved from a map database to aid autonomous vehicle routing, as well as to implement automatic adjustments to feature usage. In some instances, vehicle control may be returned to a vehicle operator, in which case advance warning may be given to enable the operator to prepare to resume control of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10325021
    Abstract: A system and method for extracting a relevant phrase from text. The system and method may build a plurality of n-gram phrases using a seed from a seed list as a start, a middle, or an end of each n-gram phrase. The seed list may be directed to a specific vehicle system and each seed may indicate a symptom, part, or action to extract relevant phrases from vehicle information verbatims. The plurality of n-gram phrases may be filtered to obtain one or more relevant phrases. The filtering process may include calculating an external relevance factor, an internal relevance factor, or a context pattern relevance factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Prakash Mohan Peranandam, Soumen De
  • Patent number: 10324428
    Abstract: A system includes a terminal configured to intake a vehicle into a service shop, a server configured to store vehicle data associated with the vehicle, and, a scanner configured to identify the vehicle and relay timing and location information about the vehicle to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Carlisle Fluid Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William K. Bierie, Jeffrey G. Bell
  • Patent number: 10319158
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reporting data based on monitored emissions levels. An exemplary system automatically provides emissions level data acquired from an engine operating in a roadway vehicle while the vehicle is in motion. Data is made available for vehicle approval by a roadway inspection authority. For example, NOx emissions may be monitored with a sensor positioned in the engine exhaust flow path. Embodiments of the invention provide solutions to reduce time delays associated with inspections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BMS-Tek, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10311835
    Abstract: A vehicle service system configured to acquire images of a three-dimensional region of a vehicle wheel assembly tire tread surface. The vehicle service system is configured to process the acquired images to produce a collection of data points corresponding to the spatial position of surface points in the region from which tire tread wear characteristics are identified. The acquired images are further utilized to provide both a graphical and a numerical display to an operator, with the numerical display linked to specifically annotated or indexed points or windows within the graphical display, thereby enabling an operator to quickly identify specific focus points or regions on the tire surface which have been measured at the numerically identified tread depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Engineering Company
    Inventors: Daniel R. Dorrance, Nicholas J. Colarelli, III, Timothy A. Strege
  • Patent number: 10297091
    Abstract: A remote server identifies based on unique identification information, model information, operator name information and/or owner name information, and a plurality of pieces of contact information. The remote server identifies trouble content information, estimated cause information, and seriousness information based on trouble content identification information. The remote server simultaneously transmits transmission information to contact addresses indicated by the plurality of pieces of contact information identified, the transmission information including the model information, the operator name information and/or the owner name information, date and time information, position information, the trouble content information, the estimated cause information, and the seriousness information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sosuke Murata, Akihiro Shinkuma, Yuji Sato
  • Patent number: 10295388
    Abstract: Described and shown is a method for operating a Coriolis mass flowmeter (1) having at least one measuring tube (2), an oscillation exciting device (3) for exciting the measuring tube (2) to an oscillation (4), at least a first oscillation sensor (5) and a second oscillation sensor (6) and at least a first sensor signal path and a second sensor signal path. The object of the invention is to provide a method in which the measuring accuracy is increased compared to the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Erkelenz, Ralf Storm
  • Patent number: 10286915
    Abstract: An automated system for controlling a vehicle gathers a set of sensor information for a series of driving actions that comprises a driving path of an individual driver. A context is determined that is related to the set of sensor information for the series of driving actions that comprise the driving path of the individual driver. For example, the context may be a weather condition or when the driver merges into traffic. A personalization score is determined for the series of driving actions for the individual driver based on the context. A personalization score is determined for one or more other driving paths and a driving path with the highest personalization score is identified. The driving path with the highest personalization score is then chosen for automated driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Xiao, Christopher F. Pouliot, Anthony Tao Liang, Guan Wang
  • Patent number: 10289120
    Abstract: A self-position estimation device includes: a target position detection unit mounted in a vehicle and configured to detect a relative position of a target present around the vehicle and the vehicle; a target position accumulation unit configured to move the detected relative position by a movement amount of the vehicle and to accumulate it as target position data; a curve start position estimation unit configured to estimate a curve start position of a travel path on which the vehicle travels; and a self-position estimation unit configured to perform comparison in which at least the target position data present around the vehicle and the target position data present between a current position of the vehicle and the estimated curve start position, of the accumulated target position data, is compared with the target position information included in the map information to estimate a self-position which is the current position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Ueda, Ichiro Yamaguchi, Chikao Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10288547
    Abstract: A facility state analysis device of an embodiment is provided. The device includes an inputter which accepts input of information specifying a state and location of a facility installed outdoors, a calculator which calculates, by performing statistical processing based at least in part on the information specifying the state and location input to the inputter and information on a predetermined section on a map, an average failure year of the facilities in the section, and a display controller which displays, on a display, the average failure year calculated by the calculator superimposed on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated
    Inventors: Mikiyuki Ichiba, Tamotsu Uduki, Hideo Mizuochi, Yuya Niidome, Masaomi Takaoka, Shinsuke Nasukawa, Yuuji Tagawa, Hideaki Sato, Yoshiki Sakamoto, Akihiko Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10282708
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided. One method includes receiving a request, at a server, to establish an advisor account for a vehicle associated with a user account. The request identifies a service entity and a vehicle service to be assigned to the service entity. The service entity is configured to receive said diagnostics data of the vehicle. The advisor account is associated to the service entity. Programming data is sent to the vehicle for use by a computer of the vehicle to identify select diagnostics data that relates to the vehicle service and to make accessible said select diagnostics data to the advisor account. The advisor account is made accessible to the service entity subsequent to establishing of the advisor account. The server receives select diagnostics data from the vehicle regarding the vehicle service, and the select diagnostics data is accessible for viewing and/or processing by a device of the service entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10282548
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting malicious content are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a method for detecting malicious content is described that detects when a client device has access to a remote network server of a communication network. The client device includes one or more processors. Thereafter, a controller being a device separate from the client device, activates one or more security programs within the remote network server. The security programs enable the controller to analyze data stored within or transmitted from the remote network server. Lastly, the controller analyzing the data to determine whether the data includes malware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FireEye, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashar Aziz, Stuart Staniford, Muhammad Amin, Henry Uyeno, Samuel Yie
  • Patent number: 10259388
    Abstract: A method for illuminating a passenger compartment of a vehicle with lighting devices which each contain one or more diffuse and/or indirect light sources. The intensity and color of the light emitted by the light sources being set automatically as a function of specific operating parameters which are influenced by a vehicle occupant. The lighting devices which are respectively spatially assigned to an area of the passenger compartment of the vehicle in which there is a vehicle component with an operating parameter which can be set separately by the driver and which can act on a general operating mode selected by the driver, are actuated in such a way that their intensity and color indicate to the driver whether the current setting of the separately settable operating parameter has a positive or negative effect on the general operating mode selected by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcel Mathissen, Thomas Baranowski, Maximilian Julius Engelke, Maik Broda, Xiao Chen
  • Patent number: 10260878
    Abstract: A gyroscope including a mass capable of movement due to excitation and a mass capable of movement due to detection, a mechanism applying an excitation signal to the excitation mass in a first direction, a mechanism detecting the movement of the detection mass in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, a mechanism detecting the movement of the excitation mass in the second direction, and a processor processing detection signals emitted by the mechanism detecting movements of the detection mass and the mechanism detecting movements of the excitation mass in the second direction, to obtain a phase bias, quadrature bias, and amplification factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventor: Arnaud Walther
  • Patent number: 10253717
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for detecting a defective internal clock signal. A signal transformer receives a clock signal having a duty cycle and a frequency and converts with the signal transformer the clock signal into a monitoring signal having a peak value related to the duty cycle and to the frequency of the clock signal. A detector is connected to the signal transformer to receive the monitoring signal and generates an error signal when the peak value of the monitoring signal is outside a predefined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Raffaele Esposito, Tiziana Belvedere
  • Patent number: 10246104
    Abstract: Excess fuel consumption monitor and feedback systems for vehicles include sensor arrays of two primary types including those sensors deployed as part of a vehicle manufacturer established sensor suite and sensors deployed as after-market sensors. Together, these sensor suites include sensors coupled to vehicle subsystems and operating environments associated with the vehicle. Data from these sensors may be used as parametric inputs to drive algorithmic calculations which have outputs that express excess fuel consumption. Expressions of excess fuel consumption may be made instantaneously as real-time feedback to a vehicle operator/driver and/or a fleet manager as part of a summary report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Slaven Sljivar
  • Patent number: 10242509
    Abstract: A vehicle electronic control unit (ECU) may control a vehicle subsystem and be configured to receive from a remote server via a vehicle telematics unit (TCU), a parameter definition of a processed parameter to be computed by the ECU; generate the processed parameter according to the parameter definition based on a raw parameter generated by the ECU; and send the processed parameter to a vehicle data buffer associated with the ECU for upload to the remote server via the TCU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Medville Jay Throop, Leighton Barnes, Douglas B. Thornburg, Brian David Tillman, John William Schmotzer
  • Patent number: 10235894
    Abstract: An advisor system includes a computer-readable storage medium having encoded thereon a program of instructions. Execution of the instructions causes a processor to determine a current state of a first aircraft operating on a movement area of an airport including determining a path vector for the first aircraft. The path vector includes a speed and direction of travel of the first aircraft and identification of a runway intersection the first aircraft is projected to enter. The processor processes a surveillance signal transmitted from a second aircraft operating on the movement area, including determining a quality of the surveillance signal. The processor further determines a movement vector of the second aircraft, and compares the path vector and the movement vector to identify possible interference. Finally, the processor provides an advisory at the first aircraft based on the compared path vector and the movement vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric R. Chartier, Evan Eaves, William Colligan, Andrew Murphy
  • Patent number: 10234946
    Abstract: An input device according to an embodiment includes a vibration element, an acquisition unit, and an element controller. The vibration element causes an operation surface to vibrate. The acquisition unit acquires information on at least one of a traveling state and a traveling environment of the moving body. The element controller causes the vibration element to vibrate at a vibration strength according to at least the one of the traveling state and the traveling environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventor: Takashi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10229546
    Abstract: A remote server identifies based on unique identification information, model information, operator name information and/or owner name information, and a plurality of pieces of contact information. The remote server identifies trouble content information, estimated cause information, and seriousness information based on trouble content identification information. The remote server simultaneously transmits transmission information to contact addresses indicated by the plurality of pieces of contact information identified, the transmission information including the model information, the operator name information and/or the owner name information, date and time information, position information, the trouble content information, the estimated cause information, and the seriousness information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sosuke Murata, Akihiro Shinkuma, Minoru Koyama
  • Patent number: 10227064
    Abstract: Various antilock braking systems, devices, and methods using sensorized brake pads are disclosed. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides a method for improving the performance of an antilock braking (ABS) and anti-slip regulation (ASR) system of a vehicle. The method can include detecting the actual value of the coefficient of friction (e.g., between a tire and the ground), updating the coefficient of friction during braking using the braking torque data derived from at least one braking pad of each wheel, and adjusting brake force. For example, the brake force can be adjusted as a function of and/or to be approximately equal to the value of the actual tire-road friction during braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ITT ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Stefano Serra, Luca Martinotto, Daniele Donzelli, Marco Terranova
  • Patent number: 10220845
    Abstract: A system and method for providing vehicle collision avoidance at an intersection include determining environmental parameters associated with a vicinity of the intersection. The system and method also include estimating a path of travel of a reference vehicle and a target vehicle, wherein the path of travel of the reference vehicle and the target vehicle are based on the environmental parameters and parameters pertaining to the reference vehicle and the target vehicle. Additionally, the system the method include estimating a probability of collision between the reference vehicle and the target vehicle at the intersection based on the path of travel of the reference vehicle and the target vehicle and providing a collision avoidance response, wherein a type of the collision avoidance response is based on the probability of collision between the reference vehicle and the target vehicle at the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Samir K. Al-Stouhi
  • Patent number: 10222222
    Abstract: An automated method that determines a roundtrip range of a vehicle includes: retrieving a set of parameters associated with the vehicle; retrieving map information regarding a geographic area including multiple links associated with available roadways in the geographic area and each link includes a cost value; determining a set of roundtrip range projection links by evaluating the links to identify multiple roundtrip paths extending radially outward from the vehicle by: determining a total cost of an outbound path and a return path, where the paths meet at a common node; and including the common node in a range projection polygon if a summed cost for a set of links included in the outbound path and the return path is less than a target cost; and generating and displaying a map of at least a portion of the geographic area and a set of range projection polygons overlaid onto the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Abalta Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pavel Stankoulov
  • Patent number: 10219140
    Abstract: In one aspect, there is a method. The method may include receiving an image of a vehicle from a sensor. The image may include identifying information of the vehicle. The method may further include generating an identifier for the vehicle based on the identifying information. The method may also include sending a message to the vehicle. The message may include the generated identifier in order to identify a destination address of the message. The above-noted aspects and features may be implemented in systems, apparatuses, methods, and/or computer-readable media depending on the desired configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Omer Anjum, Carl Wijting, Zexian Li
  • Patent number: 10214209
    Abstract: A driver assistance system in a motor vehicle includes a detection system for detecting upcoming events which permit an increase in current speed as a result of the lifting of a restriction on a currently valid speed, a functional unit for determining an acceleration strategy for increasing the speed, and an information system for issuing request information to the driver to allow automatic implementation of the acceleration strategy. The functional unit initiates the automatic implementation of the acceleration strategy upon confirmation by the driver of the request information. The request information can be issued to the driver already at a defined point in time before the upcoming event that lifts the restriction on the current speed. If the driver confirms the request information before the upcoming event that lifts the restriction on the current speed has been reached, the functional unit initiates an acceleration strategy that is composed of two-stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter Kagerer, Stefan Knoller
  • Patent number: 10216796
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving a first service procedure including a plurality of procedural steps for servicing a vehicle, identifying at least one procedural step of the plurality of procedural steps to supplement with supplemental service information, receiving information about vehicles sharing one or more attributes with the vehicle, determining at least one piece of supplemental service information to supplement the at least one identified procedural step, and providing a supplemented service procedure comprising the first service procedure with the at least one piece of supplemental service information included with the at least one identified procedural step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Todd Mercer
  • Patent number: 10203306
    Abstract: A solution for evaluating the condition of a vehicle component based on resonant response profiles across a set of bands of vibrations. The vibrations can be induced into the target component during normal operation of the target component. The resonant response profile of the vehicle component can vary depending on wear or damage, and thus can be used to determine whether the vehicle component can safely remain in use. An embodiment comprises an isolated segment of rail of a length selected to allow a single railroad wheel on it at a time, with a set of devices which can induce specific vibrations into the wheel as it passes, and another set of devices which can acquire the resonance signals from the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Electronic Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Zahid F. Mian, William B. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10204528
    Abstract: Trip is analyzed from a population of drivers in order to determine one or more indicators of one or more driving styles. The trip data may include sensor information obtained from one or more sensor devices which are present in a vehicle of each driver of the population. A driving style is determined for the driver during a monitored trip by analyzing sensor information obtained from one or more sensor devices of the driver during the trip for at least one of the indicators of the one or more driving styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Truong, Benjamin Kolin, Rami Mawas, David Purdy
  • Patent number: 10200659
    Abstract: In embodiments of collaborative camera viewpoint control for interactive telepresence, a system includes a vehicle that travels based on received travel instructions, and the vehicle includes a camera system of multiple cameras that each capture video of an environment in which the vehicle travels from different viewpoints. Viewing devices receive the video of the environment from the different viewpoints, where the video of the environment from a selected one of the viewpoints is displayable to users of the viewing devices. Controller devices that are associated with the viewing devices can each receive a user input as a proposed travel instruction for the vehicle based on the selected viewpoint of the video that is displayed on the viewing devices. A trajectory planner receives the proposed travel instructions initiated via the controller devices, and generates a consensus travel instruction for the vehicle based on the proposed travel instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nikolai Smolyanskiy, Zhengyou Zhang, Vikram R. Dendi, Michael Hall
  • Patent number: 10200955
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to an apparatus, comprising logic, at least partially incorporated into hardware, to determine whether a first device priority associated with a first smart device is greater than a second device priority associated with a second smart device; and responsive to a determination that the first device priority is greater than the second device priority: send first data associated with the first smart device from the first smart device to a primary communication device; and send a first message from the first smart device, the first message including a first indication that the second smart device is to transmit second data associated with the second smart device to the primary communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Jepson, Charles Carter Jernigan, Nicholas Moe Khosravy, John Wei, Fai Yeung
  • Patent number: 10181227
    Abstract: A power providing station with integrated diagnostic functions is provided that includes the ability to charge or fuel a vehicle and perform various diagnostic functions. The various diagnostic functions such as tread depth measurement, battery testing, measuring tire pressures, performing safety inspection, emissions testing and performing vehicle diagnostics and the like may be performed while the vehicle is at the power providing station. The results of the diagnostic tests may be provided to the driver at the end of the charging or fueling via a wireless computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: William W. Wittliff, III
  • Patent number: 10174834
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicular continuously variable transmission is provided. The control apparatus includes a pair of pulley pressure adjusting valves, a pair of electromagnetic valves, a source pressure adjusting valve and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to control the source pressure adjusting valve in such a manner as to lower the source pressure at a time of a fail mode below the source pressure at a time of a non-fail mode, at the time of the fail mode, and control command signals to the pair of the electromagnetic valves such that the command signals temporarily decrease below command signals at the time of the non-fail mode, before cancelling the lowering of the source pressure in making a changeover from the fail mode to the non-fail mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daisuke Inoue
  • Patent number: 10178229
    Abstract: A system that utilizes a remote device that is capable of transmitting speed, velocity, instantaneous velocity, angular velocity, acceleration, deceleration or other means of data to wirelessly notify a mobile handset that the vehicle is in motion or is traveling at a speed, velocity, instantaneous velocity, angular velocity, acceleration, deceleration greater than zero without using the cellular signal, gps data, or on board diagnostic computer or other direct or indirect link to vehicle mechanical, electrical mechanical or computer derived speed data. This system, or an embodiment thereof shall be universally compatible with all vehicles including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, busses, trains, airplanes, boats, construction equipment or otherwise where it is desirable to limit distractions from a personal communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: United Efficiency, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley G. Van Meter, II
  • Patent number: 10171947
    Abstract: A drive safety application (app) that is controls other mobile app(s) and/or functionality of a communication device is centrally regulated via a network device. A manual override instruction can be provided to the network device by an authorized subscriber (e.g., via an online portal) and accordingly, the network device can instruct the communication device to disable the drive safety app. Profiling data is collected from various sources, such as, but not limited to, device sensors, location calculators, a vehicle's onboard diagnostic system (e.g., OBD2) sensors (e.g., via wireless link), scanned access points, etc. The profiling data can be utilized to calibrate device sensors of the communication device and to determine a location and/or context of the user. Further, a set of the mobile apps can be disabled/enabled based on an analysis of the location and/or context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Kenneth Yoo
  • Patent number: 10160490
    Abstract: A vehicle control device according to an embodiment includes: a steering controller configured to control steering of a vehicle; and a controller configured to, when the vehicle is located at a first position on a travel route, instruct the steering controller to control the vehicle at a steering angle corresponding to a second position that is an advanced position from the first position in a traveling direction on the travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogi Fukukawa, Motonari Obayashi, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Hironobu Ishijima, Yuichi Mizutani, Takatomo Asai
  • Patent number: 10150382
    Abstract: Adapter for the electric charging of an electric vehicle according to a vehicle-side plug-in charging system at a charging station according to a station-side plug-in charging system that is different from the vehicle-side plug-in charging system, the adapter having a charging socket according to the station-side plug-in charging system, a charging plug according to the vehicle-side plug-in charging system, a data interface according to a data communications technology of the vehicle-side plug-in charging system, and a data interface according to a data communications technology of the station-side plug-in charging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Florian Rudolph, Wolfgang Menssen, Ingo Zech, Matthias Kübel, Jörg Francis
  • Patent number: 10144441
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rail vehicle including an image generation system for capturing a space outside the rail vehicle. The image generation system includes four image generation devices, each of which, during operation of the image generation system, generates two-dimensional images of the space. A first and a second of the four image generation devices are disposed at a first distance from one another on the rail vehicle and form a first stereo pair, which captures a first shared portion of the space from different viewing angles. A third and a fourth of the four image generation devices are disposed at a second distance from one another on the rail vehicle and form a second stereo pair, which detects a second shared portion of the space from different viewing angles. The first shared portion of the space and the second shared portion of the space have a shared spatial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Fischer, Gerald Newesely
  • Patent number: 10139428
    Abstract: There are included a standard deviation calculation unit that receives a plurality of acceleration data and calculates a standard deviation of the plurality of acceleration data for each specified time period, an average calculation unit that receives the plurality of acceleration data and calculates an average value of the acceleration data for each specified time period, a phase estimation unit that estimates a phase of the average value in a space having a first coordinate axis and a second coordinate axis by using the average value when the standard deviation is smaller than a specified threshold, and a phase correction unit that performs phase correction of the average value by using the estimated phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kichung Kim, Masaharu Matsudaira
  • Patent number: 10134203
    Abstract: A system for providing monitoring of automobiles includes a database comprising a plurality of automobile records, and a plurality of technician records. The system further includes a computing device comprising a network interface device, a sensor coupled to the automobile and a processor for reading the sensor data from the sensor and transmitting the sensor data to a server. The system further includes a server for receiving the sensor data, finding a technician within the vicinity that can service the automobile and sending a message to the technician including the sensor data and location of the automobile, so that the technician may service the automobile. The system is further configured for identifying the velocity of the automobile; correlating the velocity of the automobile with the speed limit associated with the automobile's location; assigning a level of severity to the traffic; and sending a message to customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dexen Industries, Inc
    Inventors: Yu-Shan Teng, Eric Simmon Cho, Alberto Hernandez-Albarran, Haroldo Rene Gourian
  • Patent number: 10119891
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a Traceable emission remote monitoring system and method. The system comprises a remote sensing unit, a transformation data processor, and a local control unit. The local control unit receives local resource information to generate control commands and transmits the same to the remote sensing unit; the remote sensing unit remotely senses emissions that an object emits based on the control commands, and transmits individual emission data to the transformation data processor for processing and analysis to obtain a first analytic result; the local control unit provides various derivative services to generate a second analytic result. In some embodiments, the system further comprises a cloud platform for generating a comprehensive analysis report. The present invention further discloses a traceable emission remote sensing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TECTICOM ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yingfeng Wang, Hao Li, John Jianhua Liu, Jim S. Liu
  • Patent number: 10121292
    Abstract: A method of predicting failure for vehicular components is implemented within a vehicle through a plurality of part sensors and an on-board computing (OBC) device as the part sensors are communicably coupled with a remote server through the OBC device. The OBC device continuously timestamps and uploads a plurality of performance time-dependent data (PTDD) points to the remote server throughout a current vehicular trip. The remote server then analyzes the uploaded PTDD points with an updatable total time duration and an active performance-define range that are calculated from prior vehicular trips. The remote server is then able to identify a potential vehicular problem during the current trip, based upon the uploaded PTDD points. When a potential vehicular problem is detected within the current trip, an annotating assessment is generated and wirelessly sent to a personal computing device of the owner/operator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Kenneth Carl Steffen Winiecki
  • Patent number: 10109116
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, in one example, is a device for aggregating networks in a vehicle and serving data, including video data, from those networks to a computer for integrating information from various systems in a vehicle, processing that information, and presenting the information to a user in a suitable format. The device for aggregating networks, in another example, is specific to a vehicle and serving data, including video data, from those networks to computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Road-IQ, LLC
    Inventors: Mark M. Moeller, Lester Meeks, Rory N. Mcleod, Collin J. Topolski, Ilko Dossev, Peter John Whitehead, Jeffery R. Porter
  • Patent number: 10109194
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in a vehicle equipped with a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system. A remote keyless entry fob is provided for remote control of vehicle access. The fob includes a receiver for receiving a message broadcast by the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system and a memory for storing at least some elements of said message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Xing Ping Lin
  • Patent number: 10102687
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing software components and information. An apparatus comprises a computer system, a library application running on the computer system, a distribution application running on the computer system, and a crate tool in the computer system. The library application is configured to store a number of software components and information for ground vehicles in the computer system and generate tasks to manage software components and the information in the ground vehicles. The distribution application is configured to send a selected software component in the number of software components to a ground vehicle and receive the information from the ground vehicle. The crate tool is configured to manage crates containing the software components and the information and validate signatures associated with the software components and the information in the crates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Radhakrishna G. Sampigethaya, Walter R. Beck, Kristine Kay Lane, Radha Poovendran
  • Patent number: 10083553
    Abstract: An exemplary reporting method includes the steps of receiving diagnostic data from electric vehicle supply equipment, and then reporting the diagnostic data through an interface of an electrified vehicle. An exemplary electrified vehicle assembly includes a controller of an electrified vehicle. The controller is configured to receive diagnostic data from electric vehicle supply equipment. The exemplary assembly further includes an interface of the electrified vehicle configured to report the diagnostic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Paul Gibeau, Susan Curry, Arthur M. Rutyna, Sriram Jala, Brittany Connolly
  • Patent number: 10074140
    Abstract: To determine a vehicle treatment facility for treating a damaged vehicle after a crash, several treatment facilities within a predetermined distance of the damaged vehicle are categorized by treatment complexity level. Treatment facilities within the same treatment complexity level category as the damaged vehicle are ranked based on several treatment facility evaluation characteristics such as repair duration data, quality rating, availability, price schedule, location data, or a quality rating for one or more suppliers used by the treatment facility. A treatment facility is then selected for treating the damaged vehicle based on the rankings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: William J. Leise
  • Patent number: 10068478
    Abstract: A communication terminal operating with electric power stored in a battery to execute information communication with an external communication device is provided. The communication terminal repetitively acquires specific information including a present position of the communication terminal and transmits the specific information in a transmission period. The communication terminal includes a detection section for detecting a total number of external communication devices present within an area of a pre-specified distance and a setting section for setting the transmission period in accordance with the total number of external communication devices detected by the detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10053236
    Abstract: Automated inspections of aerial vehicles may be performed using imaging devices, microphones or other sensors. Between phases of operation, the aerial vehicle may be instructed to perform a plurality of testing evolutions, e.g., in a sequence, at a testing facility, and data may be captured during the evolutions by sensors provided on the aerial vehicle and by ground-based sensors at the testing facility. The imaging and acoustic data may be processed to determine whether any vibrations or radiated noises during the evolutions are consistent with faults or discrepancies of the aerial vehicle such as microfractures, corrosions or fatigue. If no faults or discrepancies are detected, the aerial vehicle may be returned to service without delay. If any faults or discrepancies are detected, however, then the aerial vehicle may be subjected to maintenance, repairs or further manual or visual inspections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Buchmueller, Samuel Sperindeo