Data Recording Following Vehicle Collision Patents (Class 701/32.2)
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 20150006023
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method for determination of vehicle accident information. In accordance with an embodiment, a vehicle can be equipped with a portable device equipped with a data collection and assessment environment, including one or more data collection devices that used to capture data and information and otherwise measure characteristics of the vehicle, and communicate that information to an accident review framework or system. In the event of an accident, the information can be used, for example, by an investigator or an insurance claims adjuster, to review the status or operation of a vehicle at the time of the accident. Additional uses of the system include that emergency systems management in handling of accidents and injuries can also be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Gil Emanuel Fuchs
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140371978
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for diagnosing the state of health of a vehicle and for providing the operator of the vehicle with a substantially real-time indication of the efficiency of the vehicle in performing an assigned task with respect to the predetermined goal. A processor on-board the vehicle monitors sensors that provide information regarding state of health of the vehicle and the amount of work the vehicle has done. In response to anomalies in the data from the sensors, the processor records information that describes events leading up to the occurrence of the anomaly for later analysis that can be used to diagnose the cause of the anomaly. The sensors are also used to prompt the operator of the vehicle to operate the vehicle at optimum efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: LeRoy G. Hagenbuch
  • Patent number: 8880279
    Abstract: A vehicle event recorder is provided that includes a camera for capturing a video as discrete image frames, and that further includes a managed loop memory and a management system for generating a virtual ‘timeline dilation’ effect. To overcome size limits in the buffer memory of the video event recorder, the maximum time extension of a video series is increased by enabling a reduction in temporal resolution in exchange for an increase in the temporal extension. Memory cells are overwritten in an ‘interleaved’ fashion to produce a reduced frame rate for the recording of certain time periods connected to an event moment. In time periods furthest from the event moment, the resulting frame rate is minimized while in time periods closest to the event moment, the resulting frame rate is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James Plante
  • Patent number: 8868288
    Abstract: Exception event recorders and analysis systems include: vehicle mounted sensors arranged as a vehicle event recorder to capture both discrete and non-discrete data; a discretization facility; a database; and an analysis server all coupled together as a computer network. Motor vehicles with video cameras and onboard diagnostic systems capture data when the vehicle is involved in a crash or other anomaly (an ‘event’). In station where interpretation of non-discrete data is rendered, i.e. a discretization facility, captured data is used as a basis for production of supplemental discrete data to further characterize the event. Such interpreted data is joined to captured data and inserted into a database in a structure which is searchable and which supports logical or mathematical analysis by automated machines. A coupled analysis server is arranged to test stored data for prescribed conditions and upon finding such, to initiate further actions appropriate for the detected condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Plante, Ramesh Kasavaraju, Gregory Mauro, Andrew Nickerson
  • Patent number: 8838371
    Abstract: There is a driving assisting apparatus capable of reducing a feeling of discomfort of a driver by respecting the driver's operation as much as possible in a range where an obstacle can be reliably avoided by intervention control. An ECU 2 of a driving assisting apparatus 1 includes an obstacle detecting section 22, a control course calculating section 23, a determination section 24, and an intervention control executing section 25. The obstacle detecting section 22 detects an obstacle region around a vehicle. The control course calculating section 23 calculates an intervention control course, which can be taken by the vehicle, when the intervention control is executed after the driver's operation is allowed for a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Sakai, Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 8825277
    Abstract: System and method for collecting and using vehicle data. Crash data is received from a plurality of vehicle monitoring devices and added to a crash data database. The database is updated with additional information gathered from specific crashes. The crash data is correlated based upon a vehicle type parameter. Crash data parameters associated with one or more injury severity thresholds are identified. Alternatively, crash data parameters associated with one or more vehicle damage severity thresholds are identified. Injury and property damage estimates for subsequent crashes are made based upon the information collected in the crash database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McClellan, Todd Follmer
  • Patent number: 8818614
    Abstract: A personal event data recorder (PEDR) is provided. The PEDR may be integrated within a mobile communications device or may be provided as a separate add-on device operatively linked to the mobile communications device. The PEDR is configured to activate a number of sensors based upon an event trigger and monitor and record event data from the sensors. The PEDR is further configured to store the recorded event data in one of a memory and a network database. The PEDR may also be utilized with a secondary sensor system such as, but not limited to, a vehicle sensor system or a security sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Gaviphat Lekutai
  • Patent number: 8798850
    Abstract: A method and a measurement system are specified for localizing at least one wheel on a motor vehicle. In this case the operating situation of the motor vehicle and the wheel load of the at least one wheel and/or a variable dependent on this is determined. Then the at least one measured value of the wheel load is compared with a value assigned to the operating situation. As an alternative or in addition, the comparison of at least one parameter dependent on at least two measured values can be undertaken with at least one of the parameters assigned to this operating situation. Finally the point on the motor vehicle at which the wheel is mounted is determined on the basis of the comparison results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Fink, Thomas Haas, Gregor Kuchler
  • Patent number: 8786420
    Abstract: A drive recorder of the invention includes a trigger judgment circuit that calculates, with respect to acceleration data of a vehicle, first and second moving averages as moving averages of two different time series, and that generates a trigger signal according to a result of comparing a differential value of the first and second moving averages or an absolute value of the differential value with a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyoji Marumoto
  • Patent number: 8788187
    Abstract: A method and system for providing taxiway navigational information to a crewmember of an airplane taxiing at an airport. An airport taxiway navigation system (“ATNS”) that executes on an onboard computer system that displays a map of the taxiways of an airport, receives the name of each taxiway of the taxi route specified by the taxi clearance, and highlights the taxiways on a displayed map to provide a visual indication of the cleared taxi route for the crewmembers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Reagan Doose, Richard W. Ellerbrock, Glade L. Hulet, John M. Jauglias, Matthew T. Majka
  • Patent number: 8775015
    Abstract: A vehicle collision event announcing system is provided. The system includes: a processor; an image capturing unit, coupled to the processor, for capturing vehicle images from at least a part of the vehicle; a collision sensing unit, for detecting whether the vehicle is running into a probable collision event; and a feature image comparison unit, coupled to the processor, for when the collision sensing unit detects the probable collision event, comparing the vehicle images before and after the probable collision event to determine whether the probable collision event is a real collision event which causes damage to the vehicle and/or the seriousness of the damage of the real collision event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventor: Kaung-Lin Lai
  • Patent number: 8768564
    Abstract: A device and a corresponding method including a vehicle data recording section having a plurality of vehicle operating characteristic sensors, a main system controller, and an event data recorder subservient to the main system controller. Also included in the device is a driver action recording section including at least one driver action sensor, a driver action system controller not subservient to the main system controller, and a driver action recorder. The at least one driver action sensor obtains information regarding actions of a driver of the vehicle concurrently with at least one of the plurality of vehicle operating characteristic sensors such that sensor data corresponding to an event is obtained independently by each of the vehicle data recording section and the driver action recording section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Danil V. Prokhorov, Yasuo Uehara
  • Patent number: 8768565
    Abstract: A rental/car-share (RCS) vehicle access and management system and method, in some embodiments, utilizes barcodes, QR codes (or NFC/RFID), GPS, and a mobile app coupled with a wireless network to enable customers to bypass the reservation desk and pickup and drop off reserved RCS vehicles using a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. The QR code, RFID, or NFC communication with the mobile application allows for identification of the vehicle by a mobile application, which, if authorized, can access the vehicle via a temporary access code issued by remote servers. The remote servers and/or mobile application communicates with a control module that plugs into the on-board diagnostics module of the rental/car-share (RCS) vehicle and includes a host processing unit with a processor, an accelerometer, data storage, a GPS with internal GPS antenna; a wireless modem with internal antenna, and CAN bus transceivers connected with the processor, and a USB programmable interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Jefferies, Rod W. DeMay, Gurgen L. Lachinyan
  • Publication number: 20140180530
    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: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shingo Wanami
  • Patent number: 8725346
    Abstract: A system for vehicle safety enhancement is disclosed. The system comprises a sudden slowdown detection subsystem, a slight bump detection subsystem, an airbag activation and brake malfunction detection subsystem, and a rollover detection subsystem. A controlling unit is connected to each subsystem for determining a severity level of a collision involving a vehicle, and the controlling unit is in turn connected to a communication unit for sending an alert signal based on the severity level. A method for vehicle safety enhancement is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hong Kong Productivity Council
    Inventors: Yangsheng Xu, Guoqing Xu, Yongquan Chen, Huihuan Qian, Xin Shi, Ning Ding, Wing Kwong Chung, Yuandong Sun, Maxwell Chow
  • Patent number: 8706357
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provides an automatic deployable flight recorder (ADFR) system that includes a deployable fight recorder, a plurality of crash sensors, and a recorder release unit. The recorder release unit is communicatively coupled to the deployable fight recorder and the plurality of crash sensors, and is configured to initiate deployment of the deployable flight data recorder from an aircraft when a deployment criteria that is adjusted based on a flight condition of the aircraft is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: DRS C3 & Aviation Company
    Inventors: Blake van den Heuvel, Ari Kaufmann, Vincent James O'Hara
  • Patent number: 8666590
    Abstract: System and method for capturing video data, comprising buffering video data captured from a video recording device in a vehicle, detecting a triggering event, saving a portion of the video data occurring within a specified period of time near the event, and naming a saved portion of video data with a label associated with the triggering event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Follmer, Scott McClellan
  • Patent number: 8649933
    Abstract: Video event recorders are coupled to a vehicle power source via an on-board diagnostic system including its power bus, data bus, and scanner port connector. Video event recorders are provided with a power input arranged in conjunction with a standard ODBII type “D” connector. Systems further include an extension cable between the connector and the vehicle event record to accommodate mounting needs associated with each. In advanced versions, both OBD power and data networks are coupled to the vehicle event recorded such that data relating to vehicle diagnostic systems can be captured in a triggered event along with video data. In addition, some versions are provided with special detection mechanism to determine the use state of a vehicle and adjust application of power accordingly. Thus an “in-use” detector is coupled to the vehicle and/or OBD systems to provide feedback which helps to conserve power and regulate the power connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems Inc.
    Inventors: James Plante, Ramesh Kasavaraju, Bruce Lightner
  • Patent number: 8626395
    Abstract: A method is provided for processing data in an influencing device, whereby the influencing device is connectable to a vehicle control unit and to a data processing unit. If the influencing device receives a first trigger or a second trigger, the first trigger is checked for a valid assignment to a function implemented in the hardware or software. If there is a valid assignment, the assigned function is started. A first address and/or a second address and/or the value are checked for a valid assignment to a first sub-function or a second sub-function. Depending on the called sub-function, the value is checked and/or manipulated and depending on the result of the check, the checked value and/or the manipulated value are sent by the influencing device to the vehicle control unit and/or to the data processing unit and/or stored in the memory of the influencing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: dSPACE GmbH
    Inventor: Marc Dressler
  • Patent number: 8618952
    Abstract: A method of identifying an intersection for a collision warning system is disclosed. The method includes steps of selecting an identified intersection where a driver intends to turn from a set of potential intersections. The collision warning system is then controlled according to the identified intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 8620518
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, systems and methods are provided for capturing vehicle activity data and filtering such data to reconstruct accident conditions according to a predetermined level of accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Bradley, Marc David Siris
  • Patent number: 8615348
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for regulating the current flow of a coil that controls the viscosity of a magnetorheological fluid of a controllable energy absorber in a steering system for a motor vehicle, wherein during an accident the energy absorber acts as a hydraulic damper between two parts movable with respect to one another, whose damping force is determined by the current flow through the magnetic coil, wherein the following steps are provided: the relative velocity between a first part of the steering column movable with the steering wheel and a second part of the steering column fixed to the vehicle body is determined continuously or at intervals, the acceleration required for the braking from the measured relative velocity at standstill up to the end of the travel path is calculated, the current flow is calculated from the calculated acceleration in such a way that the value of the acceleration is approximately reached during the further travel of the parts movable with respect to one anoth
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG
    Inventors: Gernot Elsensohn, Stefan Battlogg, Jürgen Pösel
  • Patent number: 8612090
    Abstract: Geo-referenced and/or time-referenced electronic drawings may be generated based on electronic vehicle information to facilitate documentation of a vehicle-related event. A symbols library, a collection of geo-referenced images, and any data acquired from one or more vehicles may be stored in memory for use in connection with generation of such drawings, and a drawing tool graphical user interface (GUI) may be provided for electronically processing vehicle data and geo-referenced images. Processed geo-referenced images may be saved as event-specific images, which may be integrated into, for example, an electronic vehicle accident report for accurately depicting a vehicle accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Publication number: 20130282228
    Abstract: A method and apparatus in a vehicular telemetry system and a remote data analysis system for detecting an event and switching a data acquisition mode. Checking a state of a data acquisition mode. If the state is in a filtered data state and if an indicator value is at or above a threshold value, then switch the data acquisition mode to an unfiltered data state and acquire unfiltered data. If the data acquisition mode is in an unfiltered data state and if the indicator value is below the threshold value, switch the data acquisition mode to a filtered data state and acquire filtered data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: GEOTAB Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Charles Cawse, Darren Marc Lohmann Beams, Antonios Partheniou, Stelian Dumitrascu