Data Recording Following Vehicle Collision Patents (Class 701/32.2)
  • Patent number: 11409699
    Abstract: A drive recorder operation system includes a drive recorder and an operation server. The drive recorder generates index information respectively corresponding to a plurality of video files, sends the index information to the operation server, and prohibits a video file from being overwritten based on an overwrite prohibition command from the operation server. The operation server receives an instruction designating index information and sends an overwrite prohibition command including the designated index information to the drive recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shingo Kitajima
  • Patent number: 11403851
    Abstract: A device may receive, from a first vehicle, video data for video captured of a location associated with an accident for a second vehicle, and may process the video data, with a first model, to generate a sparse point cloud of the location associated with the accident. The device may process the video data, with a second model, to generate depth maps for frames of the video data, and may utilize the depth maps with the sparse point cloud to generate a dense point cloud. The device may process the video data, with a third model, to generate a dense semantic point cloud, and may process the dense semantic point cloud, with a fourth model, to determine a dense semantic overhead view of the location associated with the accident. The device may perform actions based on the dense semantic overhead view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: VERIZON CONNECT DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Francesco Sambo, Leonardo Taccari, Marco Boschi, Luca De Luigi, Samuele Salti
  • Patent number: 11341746
    Abstract: Disclosed in the embodiments of the present application are method and apparatus for identifying damaged part of vehicle, server, client and system. The method comprises: pre-establishing identifiable vehicle feature library including vehicle parts and feature correspondence library including relative positional relationships of these parts. During the loss assessment image capturing procedure, the user manually delineates the damage location on the client. The identifiable vehicle features in the image can be identified by the server, the relative positions of the identifiable features and the mark delineated by user are determined according to these identifiable features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiyou Guo, Yong Fang
  • Patent number: 11308798
    Abstract: The application discloses a method and an apparatus for reporting a traffic event, an electronic device and a storage medium. The detailed implementation scheme is: obtaining a surveillance video and an object in a surveillance video; obtaining location information and/or speed information of the object; determining whether the object occurs a traffic event based on the location information and/or the speed information of the object; in response to determining that the traffic event is occurred, reporting starting information of the traffic event and generating state information of the traffic event, in which the state information of the traffic event is updated with the location information and/or the speed information of the object; supervising the state information of the traffic event; reporting ending information of the traffic event in response to determining that the traffic event ends based on the state information of the traffic event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: APOLLO INTELLIGENT CONNECTIVITY (BEIJING) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bo Liu
  • Patent number: 11299145
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a surrounding information detector detecting at least one of a position and a speed of an object around the vehicle including a vehicle ahead and a vehicle behind, a vehicle information sensor detecting at least one of a speed and an acceleration of the vehicle, a brake module generating a braking force to decelerate the vehicle, and a controller configured to determine probabilities of a forward collision and a rear-end collision based on output of the surrounding information detector and the vehicle information sensor, determine target forward and rear collision speeds to minimize a sum of injuries to an occupant by the forward collision and injuries to the occupant by the rear-end collision upon determination that there is the probabilities of the forward collision and the rear-end collision, and control the brake module based on the target forward collision speed and the target rear-end collision speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Eungseo Kim, DongHyun Sung, Jonghyeok Park, Sangmin Lee, Tae Young Lee, Junghyun Kim, Seung Hoon Jeon, Yongseok Kwon
  • Patent number: 11302123
    Abstract: Outside image information corresponding to an outside image of the outside of a moving body photographed from the moving body is acquired, autonomous driving information indicating the state of autonomous driving control of the moving body is acquired, based on the outside image information and the autonomous driving information, display information for simultaneously displaying at least a part of the outside image and the autonomous driving state image indicating the state of the autonomous driving control of the moving body at the time of photographing the outside image is acquired, and the display information is recorded in a recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Morimichi Nozawa, Takayoshi Kobayashi, Masao Nakane
  • Patent number: 11254316
    Abstract: A location of a light source outside a field of view of a polarimetric image of a vehicle interior can be determined. Then, upon (a) determining, based on the polarimetric image, that the light source is other than vehicle lighting or an exterior source and (b) detecting a vehicle occupant, a vehicle actuator can be actuated based on a determined location of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Michael Herman
  • Patent number: 11127086
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining fault for an accident involving a vehicle having one or more autonomous (and/or semi-autonomous) operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, operating data from sensors within or near the vehicle may be used to determine the occurrence of a vehicle accident, such as a collision. The operating data may further be used to determine an allocation of fault for the accident between a vehicle operator, the autonomous operation features, or a third party. The allocation of fault may be used to adjust risk levels or profiles associated with the vehicle operator or with the autonomous operation features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 11094418
    Abstract: According to an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus comprising a memory configured to store sensor data obtained from a person, and at least one processing core configured to perform a determination, based at least partly on the stored sensor data, concerning whether conditions are propitious to a biological measurement, and responsive to the conditions being determined to be propitious, to cause a triggering signal to be initiated concerning the biological measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Arto Tapio Palin, Teemu Ilmari Savolainen, Jukka Pekka Reunamäki
  • Patent number: 11010705
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing feedback to an operator of an industrial machine. One system includes a controller including an electronic processor. The electronic processor is configured to monitor at least one operating parameter of the industrial machine, determine a plurality of performance metrics based on the at least one operating parameter, and select a subset of the plurality of performance metrics based on a selection criterion. The electronic processor is also configured to display the subset of the plurality of performance metrics to an operator of the industrial machine during operation of the industrial machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Joy Global Surface Mining Inc
    Inventors: Ted Doheny, Daniel Schlegel, Matthew J. Reiland, Nicholas R. Voelz, Jason Knuth, Anthony Reid
  • Patent number: 10956981
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for annotating and visualizing a damage scene. In various aspects, one or more immersive multimedia images are generated and associated with a damage scene. The immersive multimedia image(s) may be augmented with annotation(s) to create annotated immersive multimedia image(s). The annotated immersive multimedia image(s) may be visualized using a using a virtual reality (VR) device, where the damage scene and the annotation(s) of the annotated immersive multimedia image(s) can be viewed via the VR device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Lee Marvin John Assam
  • Patent number: 10937104
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving an indication that a vehicle has been in a collision. Receiving vehicle information system (VIS) data from a VIS associated with the vehicle. Determining a component damage probability (CDP) for each of a plurality of components of the vehicle based on the VIS data. Determining estimated costs to replace components having respective CDPs above a threshold value. Providing an estimated total repair cost for the vehicle to a user computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Kevin K. Fiedler, Bradly Jay Billman
  • Patent number: 10930090
    Abstract: A system for reporting accident data includes: a mobile device having a plurality of sensors; a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to perform operations including: operating the plurality of sensors to collect driving data; receiving the driving data collected over a plurality of time intervals from at least one of the plurality of sensors in the mobile device of a user during a trip in a vehicle, assigning the driving data to the trip; receiving input indicating the trip is associated with an accident, wherein the input includes additional data associated with the accident; transmitting the driving data assigned to the trip associated with the accident; and transmitting the additional data associated with the accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TRUEMOTION, INC.
    Inventors: Brad Cordova, Rafi Finegold, Dan Shiebler, Eddie Vaisman
  • Patent number: 10926727
    Abstract: One example method of operation may include identifying a vehicle collision event via one or more sensors disposed in one or more sensor circuits affixed to a vehicle body of a vehicle via one or more multi-layered removable stickers, responsive to identifying the vehicle collision event, identifying vehicle collision event data including a geolocation of the vehicle and a timestamp of the vehicle collision event, and storing, in a wirelessly accessible memory of the one or more sensor circuits, the vehicle collision event data received during the vehicle collision event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Qirfiraz Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 10930089
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to systems and methods for using a blockchain to record information related to the lifecycle of a vehicle associated with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or other vehicle identifier. For example, the VIN lifecycle process may be used to detect a need to recalibrate one or more sensors. A baseline frequency may be determined at which a safety feature is expected to be triggered based upon data accessed at a blockchain. The baseline frequency maybe compared to a current frequency to identify a need that one or more sensors should be recalibrated. The systems and methods described herein may allow for using a blockchain which gives the option for private information, and permissioned participants in the blockchain. In particular, the systems and methods may allow for a distributed consensus amongst businesses, consumers, and authorities, as to the validity of information and transactions stored on the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Leise, Douglas A. Graff, Stacie A. McCullough, Shawn M. Call, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Jacob J. Alt, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King
  • Patent number: 10908172
    Abstract: A self-contained hardware platform can be used for the instruction of analog signal processing techniques. An exemplary hardware platform includes a bit depth module, a noise generation module, a signal filter module, and a lock-in amplifier module. In this way, the hardware platform is capable of performing experiments for the instruction of noise source elucidation, Nyquist sampling and resolution, analog filtering, and/or lock-in amplification, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of the University of Arizona
    Inventors: Michael Heien, Drew Farrell
  • Patent number: 10852341
    Abstract: Systems and methods to combine line fault location probabilities. A first and second location probability distribution are received for a location of an line fault along an electrical line based upon at least electrical current measurements reported by a first electrical current monitor at a first location and at least a second electrical current measurements reported by a second electrical current monitor at a second location. The second electrical current measurements being made within a time interval of the first electrical current measurements. A composite location probability distribution is determined for the location of the line fault along the electrical line based on an algorithm processing the first location probability distribution and the second location probability distribution. The composite location probability distribution is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric D. Schwartz, Ronald A. Capute
  • Patent number: 10796371
    Abstract: Methods and systems for maintaining a distributed ledger and/or blockchain of transactions and/or events pertaining to autonomous vehicles and/or smart contracts are provided. One or more processors may monitor one or more sensors associated with an autonomous vehicle. Based upon the outputs of the sensors, a change in condition of the autonomous vehicle may be detected. The condition may relate to operation, or an operational state of the vehicle and/or a condition associated with a smart contract. The processors may generate a transaction describing the detected change in the condition of the vehicle. The transaction may be transmitted to an enforcement server. As a result, an up-to-date ledger of autonomous vehicle and/or smart contract transactions and/or events may be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew L. Floyd, Alvin Hon-Wai Yu, Antwuan Murphy, Brittney Benzio, Lindsi Brantley, Matthew S. Delaney, Matthew Vulich, Matthew S. Rodriguez, Neha Goel, Sabrina Collins, Annie Pudlo Murillo
  • Patent number: 10726499
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining fault for an accident involving a vehicle having one or more autonomous (and/or semi-autonomous) operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, operating data from sensors within or near the vehicle may be used to determine fault for a vehicle accident, such as a collision. The operating data may include information regarding use of the features at the time of the accident and may further be used to determine an allocation of fault for the accident between a vehicle operator, the autonomous operation features, or a third party. The allocation of fault may be used to determine and/or adjust coverage levels for an insurance policy associated with the vehicle. The allocation of fault may further be used to adjust risk levels or profiles associated with the vehicle operator or with the autonomous operation features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automoible Insurance Company
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10726498
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining fault for an accident involving a vehicle having one or more autonomous (and/or semi-autonomous) operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, operating data from sensors within or near the vehicle may be used to determine the occurrence of a vehicle accident, such as a collision. The operating data may further be used to determine an allocation of fault for the accident between a vehicle operator, the autonomous operation features, or a third party. The allocation of fault may be used to adjust risk levels or profiles associated with the vehicle operator or with the autonomous operation features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10523868
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus installed in a vehicle includes a power source section that is supplied with electric power from an electrical storage device of the vehicle, and a power supplying section that is supplied with the electric power from the power source section and supplies the electric power to an external device, which is an electronic device located outside the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Tetsuya Kimata
  • Patent number: 10476933
    Abstract: Data transfer systems for vehicle event recorders are provided as: a vehicle event recorder, a vehicle event recorder resident memory, and upload module in conjunction with, a communication port suitable for coupling with, a portable memory device, a server computer datastore, a server download module in conjunction with, a similar cooperating communications port. The portable memory device is arranged to operably couple with the communications ports of both the vehicle event recorder and the server computer and to be repeatedly moved between the two. The upload/download modules are arranged to transfer data to/from the portable memory in an orderly fashion in which no files are removed from the vehicle event recorder resident memory without first having been successfully transferred to the server computer datastore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Plante, Ramesh Kasavaraju
  • Patent number: 10430885
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for an automated system for analyzing damage and processing claims associated with an insured item, such as a vehicle. An enhanced claims processing server may analyze damage associated with the insured item using photos/video transmitted to the server from a user device (e.g., a mobile device). The mobile device may receive feedback from the server regarding the acceptability of submitted photos/video, and if the server determines that any of the submitted photos/video is unacceptable, the mobile device may capture additional photos/video until all of the data are deemed acceptable. To aid in damage analysis, the server may also interface with various internal and external databases storing reference images of undamaged items and cost estimate information for repairing previously analyzed damages to similar items. Further still, the server may generate a payment for compensating a claimant for repair of the insured item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Brandmaier, Mark E. Faga, Robert H. Johnson, Daniel Koza, William Loo, Clint J. Marlow, Kurt M. Stricker
  • Patent number: 10430886
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for an automated system for analyzing damage and processing claims associated with an insured item, such as a vehicle. An enhanced claims processing server may analyze damage associated with the insured item using photos/video transmitted to the server from a user device (e.g., a mobile device). The mobile device may receive feedback from the server regarding the acceptability of submitted photos/video, and if the server determines that any of the submitted photos/video is unacceptable, the mobile device may capture additional photos/video until all of the data are deemed acceptable. To aid in damage analysis, the server may also interface with various internal and external databases storing reference images of undamaged items and cost estimate information for repairing previously analyzed damages to similar items. Further still, the server may generate a payment for compensating a claimant for repair of the insured item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Brandmaier, Mark E. Faga, Robert H. Johnson, Daniel Koza, William Loo, Clint J. Marlow, Kurt M. Stricker
  • Patent number: 10268836
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting sensitivity content in time-series data is disclosed. The method comprises receiving the time-series data from a source. The data is received for one or more instances. The method further comprises detecting the sensitivity content in the time-series data. The sensitivity content indicates presence of an anomaly. The detecting comprises determining a kurtosis value corresponding to the time-series data. The detecting further comprises comparing the kurtosis value with a reference value. The detecting further comprises processing the data using a first filtering means or a second filtering means. The first filtering means is used when the data distribution of the time-series data is either of a platykurtic distribution or a mesokurtic distribution. The second filtering means is used when the data distribution of the time-series data is a leptokurtic distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Arijit Ukil, Soma Bandyopadhyay, Arpan Pal
  • Patent number: 10149653
    Abstract: A monitor and recorder system having a monitor unit for gathering vital sign data from a patient and a memory module for automatically recording the data. Means are provided for protecting the data from accidental or intentional deletion of the data or corruption or damage to the memory module without proper authorization. The data is recorded in a circular memory such that when data must be deleted, the last-recorded data is deleted first. A procedure is disclosed for preserving all data for at least a minimal period of time in case an event such as a patient death occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Guardian Dynamics, LLC
    Inventor: Peter L. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9972204
    Abstract: Various embodiments for logging traffic collision data at a traffic signal, by a processor device, are provided. In one embodiment, a method comprises recording a media loop of a predetermined time and an associated traffic light sequence by a recording device placed in substantially close proximity to a traffic signal; and upon registering a media event above a predetermined threshold level, saving instant media loop information and the associated traffic light sequence to a storage device for aiding in determining fault in a traffic accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zaid M. Alattar, Albert E. Dennes, Ernesto E. Figueroa, Thomas T. Jesukaitis, Christopher J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9918038
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for multimedia capture. The system includes one or more storage devices connected through a network to a vehicle. The vehicle includes a memory for buffering video. The vehicle includes multiple cameras coupled to one or more video processors. The one or more video processors are configured to capture a first video of an interior view of the vehicle for a period of time, capture a second video of an exterior view of surroundings of the vehicle for the period of time, and synchronize the first video and the second video. The vehicle includes one or more microphones coupled to one or more audio processors for capturing audio and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit includes a multimedia processor. The electronic control unit is configured to buffer the synchronized video, detect a triggering event, and store the synchronized video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ochiai, Katsumi Nagata, Akira Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9892567
    Abstract: A method, implemented in an electronic processing system that includes a memory and one or more processors, includes receiving, at the electronic processing system, sensor data representing information collected by a sensor (i) located on or in a first vehicle and (ii) configured to sense an environment external to the first vehicle, storing the received sensor data in the memory, and determining, via the one or more processors and based on the stored sensor data, an identifying characteristic of a second vehicle different than the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Joe Harr, Brian Fields, Steven Cielocha, Steve J. Balbach
  • Patent number: 9699588
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing activities among collocated mobile devices include means for determining a set of tasks to be performed collectively by the two or more collocated mobile devices while collocated and during a period of time in the future, the two or more collocated devices being configured to communicate with one another; means for assigning a first task of the set of tasks to be performed by a first mobile device of the two or more collocated mobile devices; and means for assigning a second task of the set of tasks to be performed by a second mobile device of the two or more collocated mobile devices; wherein the first mobile device and the second mobile device are different from one another with regard to at least one subsystem, and are each capable of performing the first task and the second task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Benjamin Alfred Werner, Weihua Gao
  • Patent number: 9656668
    Abstract: An automobile anti-collision and anti-misoperation throttle system with a relay for controlling positive-negative rotation of a motor relates to a system which directly transforms automobile anti-collision signals and throttle-misoperation signals into brake operating signals. The sensor switch (K0) is connected to and controls the relay reversed power controller (2), the relay reversed power controller (2) controls and supplies electric power to the limit-switch-integrated motor assembly (3), the limit-switch-integrated motor assembly (3) drives the sleeved stretching rope (4), the limit-switch-integrated motor assembly (3) also cuts off a reversed power circuit of the relay reversed power controller (2), and the sleeved stretching rope (4) transmits a motor rotation drift of the limit-switch-integrated motor assembly (3) to the automobile brake pedal (5); the sensor switch K0 is connected to the anti-collision controller (11) in parallel, for respectively controlling the automobile brake pedal (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG XIANAN AUTOMOBILE BREAKING SYSTEM CO., LTD
    Inventor: Changsong Yan
  • Patent number: 9630557
    Abstract: Alarm indications of objects (431, 631) in spaces (113) subject to vehicle movements are provided using a scanner unit configured to provide indications of directions and distances of objects within a scan area. A computer compares the signal output from a scanner unit (121) and resolves the signal output to a pattern of the indications of directions and distances, and further resolve multiple instances of the indications over time to resolve the pattern of indications and distances to movement corresponding to the movement of the objects (431, 631). The indications are compared to render an indication of objects (431) partially blocked by other ones (631) of the objects from line-of-sight of the scanner unit (121). Predetermined relative movements of the objects (431, 631) as resolved by the computer render predetermined indicator or alarm signals (341, 342, 345).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SICK, INC.
    Inventors: Dale Hoepner, Monisha Shivanna, Aaron Rothmeyer, Don Alexander
  • Patent number: 9424608
    Abstract: Delivery of a wrap package “on the fly” in reply to a vehicle onboard diagnostic (OBD) system triggered event. When a notice of the event is received, a wrap package, including custom content presented within a plurality of cards arranged in one or more linear sequences, is automatically authored. The custom content encompasses, but is not limited to, one or more media types, application functionality and/or e-commerce related services. In one embodiment, the custom content pertains to a specific code generated by the OBD system that corresponds to the event. In another embodiment, the triggered event is an accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Wrap Media, LLC
    Inventors: Eric H. Greenberg, John M. Garris, Kunal K. Bhasin, Peter M. Foster
  • Patent number: 9392417
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing activities among collocated mobile devices are disclosed. A controller determines a route of travel corresponding to two or more collocated mobile devices prior to a start of travel, and a set of activities to be performed by the two or more collocated mobile devices after the start of travel based, at least in part, on the route of travel. At least a portion of the set of activities is assigned to a first set of subsystems in a first mobile device and a second set of subsystems in a second mobile device of the two or more collocated mobile devices, wherein the first mobile device and the second mobile device are configured to communicate with one another, and the first set of subsystems and the second set of subsystems have at least one subsystem which is different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Benjamin Alfred Werner, Weihua Gao
  • Patent number: 9147219
    Abstract: A method includes receiving and storing sensor data including a first plurality of data points indicative of a plurality of respective states of the environment external to a vehicle at a plurality of respective times, operational data including a second plurality of data points indicative of a plurality of respective states of an operational parameter of the vehicle at a plurality of respective times, and synchronization data. The method also includes generating an animated re-creation of an event involving the vehicle using the stored data, and causing the animated re-creation of the event to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Joe Harr, Brian Fields, Steven Cielocha, Steve J. Balbach
  • Patent number: 9090234
    Abstract: A braking control system for a vehicle includes at least one sensor having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A control, after actuation of the vehicle brake system, determines the speed of the vehicle and relative speed of the vehicle to another vehicle or object, and, responsive to the speed of the vehicle and the relative speed, the control controls the vehicle brake system. Responsive to a determination that at least one of (i) a collision has occurred, (ii) the vehicle speed is greater than a threshold amount and (iii) the relative speed is greater than a threshold amount, the system determines if the vehicle driver is impaired, and, responsive to a determination that the driver is impaired, the control controls braking of the subject vehicle, and responsive to a determination that the driver is not impaired, the control allows the driver to override the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nathaniel S. Johnson, William J. Chundrlik, Jr., Paul A. VanOphem, Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen
  • Patent number: 9041552
    Abstract: A system is provided for detecting a blind spot for a driver of a vehicle. The system includes a side mirror. The side mirror is arranged on a body of the vehicle and includes a side mirror body, a mirror, and a supporting structure. The system also includes a detection system. The detection system is physically coupled with the side mirror to detect an object in a detection zone of the detection system. The detection zone covers the blind spot, and the detection system includes a detection module, an alert indicator, and a control module. The detection module includes at least one of a transmitter and a receiver, and the alert indicator is configured to send an alert light to the driver at a predetermined angle such that the alert light does not interfere with drivers of other vehicles close to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Xiao Lin Yu
  • Patent number: 9043077
    Abstract: A method for determining a type of an impact of an object on a vehicle includes: reading in an acceleration value; determining a transverse acceleration value that represents a difference between the lateral acceleration value and an acceleration value based on the rotational acceleration value, for an acceleration transverse to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, and/or determining a longitudinal acceleration value that represents a difference between the longitudinal acceleration value and an acceleration value based on the rotational acceleration value, in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and recognition of the type of the impact if the transverse acceleration value and/or the longitudinal acceleration value stands in a predetermined relation to a respective threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Alfons Doerr, Christian Korn, Stephan Rittler
  • Publication number: 20150112542
    Abstract: A device includes a non-transitory computer readable data storage media, a connector configured to receive vehicle data from a vehicle, a sensor module configured to receive dynamic motion data from a motion sensor mounted within the vehicle, and a processor. The processor is configured to record, on the transitory computer readable data storage media during operation of the vehicle, vehicle data received via the connector and motion sensor data received from the motion sensor in combination with chronological information that facilitates a combined chronological reproduction of the vehicle data and the motion sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: XRS Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel P. Fuglewicz
  • Publication number: 20150112543
    Abstract: A method includes receiving and storing sensor data including a first plurality of data points indicative of a plurality of respective states of the environment external to a vehicle at a plurality of respective times, operational data including a second plurality of data points indicative of a plurality of respective states of an operational parameter of the vehicle at a plurality of respective times, and synchronization data. The method also includes generating an animated re-creation of an event involving the vehicle using the stored data, and causing the animated re-creation of the event to be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Joe Harr, Brian Fields, Steven Cielocha, Steve J. Balbach
  • Patent number: 9008896
    Abstract: A system for detecting a run-over accident has sensors and a controller. The sensors provide collision detectors which is arranged on at least one of front and rear of a vehicle. The controller provides a collision determining module which determines an existence of a collision based on a detection result of the collision detector. The sensors provide a run-up detector which detects that a tire of the vehicle runs up something. The controller provides a run-up determining module which determines an existence of a run-up based on a detection result of the run-up detector. The controller provides a run-over determining module which determines an existence of a run-over accident when the run-up determining module determines an existence of a run-up within a predetermined first time period from the collision determining module determines an existence of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Wanami
  • Patent number: 8996232
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods, systems, and computer-program products for wireless vehicle servicing. Instructions for performing a vehicle servicing operation may be received at a servicing terminal. Further, vehicle servicing operation data based on the instructions and data communication rules for communicating data to a vehicle computing system may be received. Servicing request data stored in computer-readable media may be generated and may include the vehicle servicing operation data and the one or more data communication rules. The servicing request data may be transmitted to the vehicle computing system and servicing return data may be received. Servicing status information may be presented on the servicing terminal based on the servicing return data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Dwan, Kenneth Dorony, Darren Peter Shelcusky, Henry Thomas Ubik, Timothy Brian DeBorde, Radhakrishnan Swaminathan
  • Patent number: 8973152
    Abstract: A vehicle black box technique guarantees the integrity of vehicle data stored in a black box in real time by forming input data streams as block data and performing a signature using a signing key and nested hashing. Each vehicle black box includes a reliable unique signing key supporting a non-repudiation function. An error correction function is provided by a unique algorithm for generating integrity verification data even when an error occurs from the vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Anastasis Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Dong-Hoon Lee, Yun-Gyu Kim, Bum-Han Kim
  • Publication number: 20150051789
    Abstract: A vehicle accident history recorder is provided. The vehicle accident history recorder comprises: a collision detection sensor for detecting a collision of a vehicle; a collision determination section for determining an occurrence of the collision based on a detection result of the collision detection sensor; a yaw rate sensor for detecting a yaw rate of the vehicle; a damaged portion determination section for determining a damaged portion of the vehicle in the collision based on the detection result of the collision detection sensor and a detection result of the yaw rate sensor when the collision determination section determines the occurrence of the collision; and a storage device for storing a determination result of the damaged portion determination section in a readable form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Shingo WANAMI
  • Patent number: 8954382
    Abstract: An operation arrangement work is accelerated by improving efficiency of generating an operation arrangement proposal and confirming whether the operation arrangement proposal is good or not. An operation support system has an operation arrangement proposal generation part (1110) which executes automatic generation of an operation arrangement proposal, a diagram prediction part which executes simulation of train operation in the future, a diagram display part (1120) which displays an operation schedule and the operation arrangement proposal as a diagram, and a user input part which receives input of a parameter from the user. System has a snapshot restoration part (1130) which restores snapshots of the operation arrangement proposal in an automatic generation process on the basis of a diagram change history outputted by the operation arrangement proposal generation part (1110), and a snapshot display input part (1140) which displays to the user a snapshot according to input from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichiro Sakikawa, Tatsuhiro Sato, Toyohisa Morita, Hirotake Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8954225
    Abstract: A method for remotely monitoring and gathering information about a plurality of vehicles, including the steps of accessing the plurality of vehicles wherein each vehicle is individually operated, selecting vehicle data from the plurality of vehicles, communicating the vehicle data from the plurality of vehicles to a remote processor, and processing the plurality of vehicle data into population data by the remote processor. The individual operation of each vehicle preferably includes the steps of generating vehicle data, operating the vehicle based on the vehicle data with a vehicle controller, and storing the vehicle data in a database located on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mission Motor Company
    Inventors: Seth LaForge, Jon Wagner
  • Patent number: 8948961
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting a pedestrian impact, at least three acceleration sensors being provided which are respectively mounted on the inner side of the bumper cladding and each generate a signal. The pedestrian impact is detected as a function of a time offset between at least two of the three signals. The impact location is identified on the basis of the at least one time offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Mack, Sascha Steinkogler
  • Publication number: 20150019069
    Abstract: Identifying a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident may comprise generating a damage signature associated with a first vehicle that is left behind with collision damage in a hit-and-run accident. A reverse event signature may be generated that indicates a position of impact and severity of damage associated with a second vehicle involved in the hit-and-run accident that fled a scene of the hit-and-run accident. The generating of the reverse event signature may be based on reverse engineering the damage signature associated with the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Wilfredo Ferre, Peter K. Malkin, Marc P. Yvon
  • Patent number: 8935013
    Abstract: A vehicle accident history recorder is provided. The vehicle accident history recorder comprises: a collision detection sensor for detecting a collision of a vehicle; a collision determination section for determining an occurrence of the collision based on a detection result of the collision detection sensor; a yaw rate sensor for detecting a yaw rate of the vehicle; a damaged portion determination section for determining a damaged portion of the vehicle in the collision based on the detection result of the collision detection sensor and a detection result of the yaw rate sensor when the collision determination section determines the occurrence of the collision; and a storage device for storing a determination result of the damaged portion determination section in a readable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Wanami
  • Publication number: 20150006022
    Abstract: An electronic device determines whether an accident happens to a vehicle according to a change of a speed of the vehicle, or a change of a gradient of the vehicle and location information of the vehicle. The electronic device generates rescue information upon the condition that the accident happens to the vehicle. The electronic device dials a predetermined telephone number and outputs the rescue information when the predetermined telephone number is connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: CHENG-TA HSU