Including Vehicle Location Determination Patents (Class 701/32.3)
  • Patent number: 10694382
    Abstract: A mobile device, which includes a satellite navigation system receiver with embedded confidential seed key for generating Galileo message authentication codes (MACs) for any desired time instant, generates a MAC for a given time instant and transmits the MAC or a derived code as a verification code. A receiving entity authenticates the satellite navigation system receiver by comparing the obtained verification code with an available verification code known to be valid for the given time instant. The satellite navigation system receiver is considered to be an authentic satellite navigation system receiver of a mobile device only, in case the at least one obtained verification code matches the available verification code. Selected further actions are enabled only, if the satellite navigation system receiver is considered an authentic satellite navigation system receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Jari Tapani Syrjarinne
  • Patent number: 10687233
    Abstract: A vehicle device for monitoring data traffic with components of a motor vehicle in a motor vehicle includes one or more interfaces to communicate with at least one transceiver of a first radio system and at least one transceiver of a second radio system. The device includes a monitoring module to receive information about a data transmission via the one or more interfaces and the first radio system and to transmit data via the one or more transceivers and via the second radio system. The network device for a network component for monitoring a data transmission to at least one component of a motor vehicle includes at least one interface to communicate with at least one other network component and a monitoring module to receive information about a request for a data transmission and to transmit information about the request via a radio system to the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Burak Simsek
  • Patent number: 10564984
    Abstract: An infotainment assembly for a vehicle has a vehicle communication controller and a multimedia controller with an interchip communication bus and a serial bus connection, a message processing unit and a remote messaging interface having a one-way protocol. The multimedia controller comprises a display connection for a display device, a message receiver, and a computer readable memory with an operating system having multiple boot phases, wherein graphics drivers of the operating system for controlling the display device are loaded in a later boot phase of the operating system. A graphics driver retrieves an image or a video input and transmits a raw image during an earlier boot phase of the operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Anil Kumar Honghalli Devaraju
  • Patent number: 10551891
    Abstract: A smart cord reel cable including at least one sensor for measuring cord or cord reel usage, a memory for receiving sensor input to create usage records, and a processor for analyzing the usage records to provide information for maintenance status indication and/or usage analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Konnectronix, Inc.
    Inventors: John Alford, Mark Schwartz, Chris Hinojosa
  • Patent number: 10535914
    Abstract: An antenna device includes: a substrate; a wave antenna, disposed on one surface of the substrate, for transmitting and receiving data to and from an external vehicle or a base station; a GPS antenna disposed on one surface of the substrate; a WiFi antenna, disposed on the other surface of the substrate, for transmitting, to a head unit, data that the wave antenna has received, and transmitting, to the wave antenna, data that has been received from the head unit; and a system module for receiving a signal from at least any one of the wave antenna, the GPS antenna or the WiFi antenna and controlling the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10482419
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring a sensor device in accordance with a first configuration defining data collection for a plurality of sensors and defining when the collected data for the sensors is transmitted to a remote network. The sensor device can coupled to a shipping container for collecting environmental data as the shipping container is en route to a destination. The sensor device can receive a transition signal from the remote network instructing the sensor device to transition to a second configuration with different transmission parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tive, Inc.
    Inventor: Krenar Komoni
  • Patent number: 10472877
    Abstract: An engine coolant temperature at an expected time of activation of a vehicle is predicted. Upon determining that the predicted engine coolant temperature is greater than an ambient air temperature by a temperature threshold, a vehicle component is actuated at a time determined based on the expected time of activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Scott Alan Bohr
  • Patent number: 10410181
    Abstract: A method, performed by an on-board diagnostic (OBD) interface coupled to a diagnostic port of a vehicle, including receiving, via a wireless network, a message containing text from a user device associated with a user; converting the text contained in the message into an audio file that corresponds to an audio reminder; detecting a key-on event for the vehicle; establishing, responsive to the key-on event, a first wireless connection to a speaker device located in the vehicle; sending, via the first wireless connection, a notification to the speaker device that the audio reminder is pending; terminating, after the notification is sent, the first wireless connection; establishing a second wireless connection to the speaker device; and transferring the audio file to the speaker device via the second wireless connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Hamby, Sneha Akula
  • Patent number: 10343631
    Abstract: Systems and methods for decreasing vehicle power consumption are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes sending one or more first control signals to one or more control systems of an autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle operating in a first mode and configured to provide a service to one or more users of the service. The one or more control signals cause the one or more control systems to autonomously park the vehicle at the location. The method includes sending, after the autonomous vehicle has autonomously parked at the location, one or more second control signals to the one or more control systems of the autonomous vehicle causing the autonomous vehicle to operate in a second mode, wherein the second mode requires less power than the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Poeppel, Nicholas G. Letwin, Sean J. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10321291
    Abstract: Communication network architectures, systems and methods for supporting a network of mobile nodes. As a non-limiting example, various aspects of this disclosure provide communication network architectures, systems, and methods for supporting a dynamically configurable communication network comprising a complex array of both static and moving communication nodes (e.g., the Internet of moving things). The communication network architectures, systems, and methods of the disclosure support flexible access and management of monitoring applications in a network of moving things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Henrique Manuel Pereira Cabral, Carlos Eduardo Braga Ameixieira, Ricardo Jorge Magalhães de Matos
  • Patent number: 10317423
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device and a method which allow a travel direction of a moving body to be estimated more efficiently. The present invention provides a travel direction estimating device for estimating a traveling direction in which a moving body travels, including: an accelerometer for detecting an acceleration by which the moving body travels; an angular velocity sensor for detecting an angular velocity by which the moving body travels; and a travel direction vector determining section for determining the traveling direction of the moving body by calculating, based on the acceleration detected by the accelerometer and on the angular velocity detected by the angular velocity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SITE SENSING INC.
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kourogi, Takeshi Kurata
  • Patent number: 10169932
    Abstract: To provide an anomality candidate information analysis apparatus capable of early confirming that an unexpected anomality occurs in a monitoring object such as a vehicle. There is provided an anomality candidate information analysis apparatus for analyzing anomality candidate information of a vehicle that is a monitoring object. The anomality candidate information analysis apparatus includes a storage unit and an analysis unit. The storage unit stores monitoring object information regarding the vehicle, environment information regarding an environment around the vehicle, operator information regarding an operator of the vehicle, and anomality candidate information detected in the vehicle in association with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Ishikawa, Mariko Okude, Takehisa Nishida, Kazuo Muto
  • Patent number: 10154048
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods, and computing devices implementing the methods, for authenticating vehicle information by polling selected sensors. A server computing device receiving vehicle information from a reporting vehicle may compare the received vehicle information to contextual information to generate a comparison result, and determine whether the received vehicle information should be evaluated with greater scrutiny based on the comparison result. The server computing device may select sensors for polling based on the received vehicle information (and in response to determining that the received vehicle information should be evaluated with greater scrutiny), and poll the selected sensors to received sensor information. The server computing device may use the received sensor information to corroborate the received vehicle information, and perform a responsive action based on the result of the corroboration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Govindarajan Krishnamurthi, Saumitra Mohan Das, Rajarshi Gupta
  • Patent number: 10013246
    Abstract: Information handling systems (IHS) and methods for automatic object code replacement and patching are provided. A method in an IHS including M devices configured to process at least one algorithm from a set of N algorithms, each having corresponding object code stored in a memory is provided. The method may include automatically determining whether at least one of a subset of the N algorithms requires replacement or a modification and generating at least one of replacement object code for replacing object code corresponding to at least one algorithm requiring replacement or a patch for modifying the object code corresponding to the at least one algorithm. The method may further include automatically providing the replacement object code or the patch for modifying the object code corresponding to the at least one algorithm requiring modification to at least one device using the at least one algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Steven P. Zessin, Marissa M. Moore
  • Patent number: 9964013
    Abstract: A method for protecting an exhaust aftertreatment system of an internal combustion engine from deterioration by selectively diverting exhaust gasses from the engine away from a component of the exhaust aftertreatment system includes assessing a status of an operating condition associated with a physical condition of the component of the internal combustion engine. The status of the operating condition is compared with a threshold value that corresponds with deterioration of the physical condition of the component. A valve upstream of the component is moved to a first position to open a bypass fluid path directing exhaust gasses around the component when the status of the operating condition meets the threshold value to reduce deterioration of the component. The valve is moved to a second position to close the bypass fluid path thereby directing exhaust gasses to the component when the status of the operating condition does not meet the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CUMMINS IP, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Bentley
  • Patent number: 9759166
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing degradation of an evaporative emissions system in a vehicle. One example method comprises following a vehicle-off event, waking an electronic controller to indicate an absence of a leak in the evaporative emissions system responsive to vacuum in the evaporative emissions system attaining a vacuum threshold, the vacuum threshold based on ambient conditions and fuel conditions at the vehicle-off event. The vacuum threshold may vary based on existing conditions and may enable a more reliable diagnosis of a status of the evaporative emissions system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9716517
    Abstract: A telematics system includes a telematics input unit that has a first housing and an electrical barrier located in the telematics input unit. The telematics input unit is connectable to a power supply through the electrical barrier and provides safe electrical power. A telematics transmitter unit has a second housing and is remote from the telematics input unit. The telematics transmitter unit receives the safe electrical power from the telematics input unit. A communications device is disposed within the telematics transmitter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Fleetilla, LLC
    Inventors: Pradeep P. Kumar, Mario L. Rocca, Todd A. Theisen, Pritesh R. Patel
  • Patent number: 9497609
    Abstract: A personal monitoring device of the present disclosure has a sensing device that detects motion of a user and a global positioning system (GPS) that executes queries to identify a current location of the user. In addition, the device has logic that stores motion data indicative of motion of the user detected by the sensing device and adjusts a rate of location queries executed by the GPS based upon the stored motion data indicative of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Integrity Tracking, LLC
    Inventors: Chris A. Otto, Chirag D. Patel, Corey L. Sanders
  • Patent number: 9457685
    Abstract: An industrial vehicle includes: a key-on signal detection unit that detects whether or not a key switch is in a key-on state; an under-charging signal detection unit that detects whether or not a storage battery is being charged; an operating time calculation unit that calculates a time, which is in the key-on state and in which charging is not performed, as an operating time; and an output unit that outputs the operating time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Feng Hua
  • Patent number: 9380249
    Abstract: A power conservation circuit for a hand-held motion-sensing device and a method for conserving power on such devices are provided. The present disclosure provides for sensing the movement of device by a sensor and outputting a sense signal in response to the movement, processing the sense signal output of the sensor by a processing circuit, selectively enabling and disabling power to the processing circuit (404) by a power management circuit and providing a signal by a motion detect circuit to the power management circuit for enabling power to the processing circuit based on the sense signal from the sensor. The motion detect circuit differentiates the sense signal from the sensor and provides a power enable signal to the power management circuit if the differentiated sense signal exceeds a signal threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventor: Ronald Douglas Johnson
  • Patent number: 9363841
    Abstract: A vehicle telematics system includes a local area communication interworking device and a telematics terminal. The local area communication interworking device is configured to receive a mobile terminal identification information from a mobile terminal and provide a telematics terminal identification information to the mobile terminal through a first local area wireless communication connection. The telematics terminal is configured to search for the mobile terminal and establish a P2P connection with the mobile terminal by requesting a second local area wireless communication connection to the searched mobile terminal, when the mobile terminal identification is received from the local area communication interworking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Geon Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 9160559
    Abstract: A system includes a bus system, such as a LIN bus system. A number of components are connected to the bus system. A first component of the components is configured to detect a direction of a current to detect a location of the first component in the bus system. Each of the components can have a unique address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies, AG
    Inventors: Jens Barrenscheen, Ansgar Pottbaecker, Fabrizio Cortigiani
  • Publication number: 20150142258
    Abstract: A mining machine management system includes: a position information detection unit detecting position information related to a position of a mining machine; and a determination unit determining a second route corresponding to a plurality of pieces of the position information is identical to a first route based on at least whether a position of each node corresponds with the position information, the node being a piece of information related to a position of the first route that is a route taken by the mining machine departing a predetermined first position, passing a second position at which a load is loaded, and moving to a third position at which the load is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Motohide Sugihara, Koutarou Hori
  • Publication number: 20150142253
    Abstract: In order to realize at least one application program for a vehicle, data of the vehicle is transmitted by the vehicle to an administrative unit via a wireless interface. Each application program acquires the data of the vehicle from the administrative unit via an interface of the administrative unit. Each application program thus executes a function in accordance with the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael NOLTING, Teodor BUBURUZAN, Andereas EBERT
  • Patent number: 9020688
    Abstract: A communication system in a mining environment customizes messages and responses to both conserve radio bandwidth and to accommodate different communication terminal types in use. Messages to a loader with a communication terminal having a four line display and four keys may be tailored to the capabilities of the terminal, while a similar message to a foreman terminal with a full keyboard or a tablet touch screen display may include both more detail and a richer set of responses. To save bandwidth, common messages and responses can be pre-loaded onto the communication terminals so that many messages and responses can be transmitted using only the message identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Veronica Jericho, Glen Blanchard, Nicolas Noben
  • Publication number: 20150112557
    Abstract: Leading vehicle position information can be used to determine a location and heading of one or more implements of a trailing vehicle in an implement train that includes the leading vehicle. In an example, the leading vehicle pulls one or more trailing vehicles, and information about the leading vehicle position or heading is used to update a function of one or more implements associated with trailing vehicles of the implement train. In an example, the present subject matter includes identifying a heading of a trailing vehicle based on its initial location, an intermediate location, and a destination location. In an example, the present subject matter includes identifying a speed of one or more points on a trailing vehicle. In some examples, the present subject matter includes determining a location, heading, or speed of multiple implements associated with multiple trailing vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Leonard Nelson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150105969
    Abstract: A method for detecting evaporative emissions system leaks, comprising: adjusting a leak detection threshold based on a vehicle geographical location including jurisdiction borders; and indicating a leak based on the adjusted threshold. In this way, a vehicle may perform OBD EVAP leak tests in accordance with local regulations. This method allows for a single PCM to be installed in all vehicles of a certain model during manufacturing regardless of the jurisdiction where the vehicle will be sold, thereby reducing part complexity and simplifying the manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20150094904
    Abstract: System and method for using forecast ocean currents to improve the prediction of an underwater vessel's trajectory as compared to using a simple dead reckoned path determined by vessel commanded heading and speed through the water. System and method for position-tagging long-term underwater time series data collected by a submerged mobile vehicle, and locally storing and uploading the position-tagged data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF NAVY
    Inventors: Brian S. Bourgeois, Samantha J. Zambo
  • Patent number: 8996210
    Abstract: A vessel monitoring and control system. Data indicative of operational conditions for vessel systems is transmitted from the vessel to one or more remote sites and commands are received from the one or more remote sites for controlling the vessel systems. Multiple transmitting and receiving components are available on the vessel for communicating with a variety of different communications systems at the remote sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Sea-Watch Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Loretta Kish, Lamar McBryde
  • Patent number: 8989954
    Abstract: A method in one example embodiment includes identifying a power state and a battery level of a vehicle. The method also includes allocating power to critical applications (for example) in response to determining that the battery level is above a reserve threshold while the power state of the vehicle is engine-off. The method also includes allocating remaining power in excess of the reserve threshold to non-critical applications according to a power management policy. The power management policy may comprise at least one of a user power preference index and an application power preference index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sateesh K. Addepalli, Lillian Lei Dai, Raghuram S. Sudhaakar, Chin-Ju Chen
  • Patent number: 8989957
    Abstract: A vehicle behavior data storage control system is disclosed. The system includes a storage control device and an electronic control unit (ECU). The storage control device determines whether or not an unexpected behavior has occurred based on a behavior data. When the ECU determines that a change in the behavior data is attributed to control performed by the ECU, the ECU transmits a determination result to an in-vehicle network. At a time when the storage control device determines that the unexpected behavior has occurred, the storage control device records the behavior data at this time in the memory. When determining that the unexpected behavior relates to the control performed by the ECU, the storage control device deletes or permits overwriting the behavior data stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kitagawa, Masayoshi Kondoh
  • Patent number: 8989955
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for vehicle control, tracking, and reporting. In an aspect, vehicle parameters that describe the current operation of the vehicle are compared to profile parameters of a driver. If the vehicle parameters are not within the operational limits defined by the profile parameters, an out of profile parameter process is performed. The out of profile parameter process includes wirelessly sending a violation report to an administrator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Hart
  • Patent number: 8983657
    Abstract: A system and a method of managing one or more vehicles deployed in a worksite are provided. The system includes a battery management module which may receive, via a data network, battery health information and/or location co-ordinates from at least one vehicle. The battery management module is configured to issue a battery changing command, via the data network, to a battery-changing device based at least on the battery health information and the location co-ordinates of the vehicles. The battery-changing device may be configured to change at least one battery on the at least one vehicle with charged batteries based on the issued command. The battery-changing device is configured to return each of the changed battery to a central station to recharge the changed battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Evan E. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 8977410
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, an apparatus and method for operating an unmanned and autonomous vehicle includes a sensor management module configured to direct sensors as to what function they are to provide; a mission management module configured to provide execute function capabilities; an effects management module configured to provide launching and directing weapons to their target capabilities; a vehicle management module; a situation awareness management module configured to provide correlate sensor data of objects, threats, targets, geographic points of interest that the pilot requires in the immediate environment; a communications management module; an information management module configured to provide a database of intelligence-related data; a middleware module configured to interface with the sensor management module, the mission management module, the effects management module, the vehicle management module, the situation awareness management module, the communications management module, and the inf
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Joanne E. Wood, Jamil R. Hashimi, Fred G. Thourot, Stephen P. Johnson, Russell W. Goff, Douglas Carroll
  • Patent number: 8972094
    Abstract: An information collection device transmits a position information request command for requesting transmission of position information of a dump truck at a predetermined point in time via a second wireless communication device and determines a state of at least one of the dump truck, a relay that relays communication from a first wireless communication device included in the dump truck to the second wireless communication device, and a travel route of the dump truck based on a response to the position information request command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Itoi, Tadashi Taninaga, Hisataka Fukasu, Takahiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 8965627
    Abstract: A server that delivers a control program for an on-vehicle apparatus detects a distance between a vehicle and a user of the vehicle, and instructs the on-vehicle apparatus to update the control program by use of an update program when the detected distance is equal to or longer than a prescribed distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Masahiko Murakami
  • Patent number: 8954223
    Abstract: A charge guidance apparatus includes a history creation retaining unit 23 for creating history information about a charging spot, charge start time and charging duration of a battery 14 of a vehicle 1; a learning processing unit 24 for learning a usual charging spot and charging period of time of the vehicle 1 from the charging spot, charge start time and charging duration of the battery 14 of the vehicle 1 with the frequency of charges executed being not less than a prescribed number of times, which are extracted from the history information; a decision processing unit 25 for deciding whether to give charge guidance or not based on whether the vehicle 1 is in the usual charging spot and charging period of time; and a charge guidance processing unit 26 for giving charge guidance in accordance with a decision result of the decision processing unit 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Hoshihara, Kazuyuki Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20150039178
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a resistance estimation apparatus includes a first detection unit, a second detection unit, a third detection unit and a first calculation unit. The first detection unit detects, as an output value, an output of a driving source of a vehicle. The second detection unit detects, as a braking value, a strength of a braking force. The third detection unit detects a speed of the vehicle. The first calculation unit calculates a traveling resistance resulting from a road surface that the vehicle has traveled during a traveling period, using a vehicle characteristic, the output value, the braking value and the speed, the traveling period including a period from a first time point when the vehicle starts and the speed changes from zero to a second time point when the vehicle stops and the speed changes to zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ena ISHII, Mitsunobu YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20150032373
    Abstract: A road surface management system is capable of detecting road surface conditions that tend to damage dump trucks and displaying the positions of such road surfaces. When the traveling speed of the dump truck is higher than or equal to a preset threshold value, the server judges whether or not each of the pressures of suspensions of the dump truck detected by pressure sensors is within a reference range which has been set corresponding to each suspension. The server judges that the road surface at the position of a dump truck is in a poor condition if one of the pressures of the four suspensions of the dump truck is judged to be outside the reference range and the remaining three pressures are judged to be within the reference range. The positions of the road surfaces judged to be in the poor condition are displayed on an indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Takanobu Ikari
  • Publication number: 20140379205
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are described for detecting vehicle efficiency and recognizing a vehicle defect. A vehicle operating parameter may be measured and recorded at a specific vehicle location. The measurement may be compared to prior measurements of the same operating parameter at the same location previously recorded for the same vehicle or a comparable vehicle. A vehicle defect may be detected where the measurement shows a statistical deviation from previous measurements. The vehicle's operator, owner, lessee, or lessor may be notified of the defect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald Muetzel, Thomas Roesch
  • Publication number: 20140371979
    Abstract: A riding yard maintenance vehicle may include a positioning module. The positioning module may be configured to store position information indicative of a position history of the vehicle responsive to operation of the vehicle defining a route. The positioning module may include a user interface, a memory for storing data received via one or more sensors, and processing circuitry in communication with the user interface and the memory. The processing circuitry may be configured to control operation of the positioning module and generate feedback via the user interface. The feedback may be provided to an operator based on the position information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Husqvarna AB
    Inventors: Bernard Drew, Sean Dwyer
  • Patent number: 8914196
    Abstract: Electronic crash sensor system for a vehicle including at least one inertial measurement device arranged on the vehicle to measure an inertial property of the vehicle, a processor that incorporates or executes a crash sensing algorithm that determines whether the vehicle is sensing a crash based on the inertial property measured by each inertial measurement device and a positioning system arranged on the vehicle to provide its position. The inertial property measured by each inertial measurement device is modified based on the position and then provided to the crash sensing algorithm such that the crash sensing algorithm determines whether the vehicle is sensing a crash based on the modified inertial property measured by each inertial measurement device. Self-testing of each inertial measurement device is not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S Breed, Olexander Leonets
  • Patent number: 8909415
    Abstract: A portable multi-modal physics and environmental based signature information collection, analysis, and alerting apparatus, device and method capable of operating independently of vehicle diagnostic or alerting systems. Device uses algorithms and models to calculate, determine, and detect signature anomalies from accelerometer and other imbedded sensors for anomaly response to individual situations within the Automotive Global Information Grid. Wireless infrastructure provisioning of uniquely identified publisher and subscriber Automotive Network Centric Enterprise Services host subscriber and device holder as a persistent publisher presenting signature information on operational and environmental status and conditions. Onboard signature collection and anomaly detection device supports ISO MME and manufacture defined data formats, standard crash analysis algorithms based on ISO, SAE, FMVSS, CMVSS, EuoNCAP. Communications infrastructure is multi-modal providing auto alert capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Chadwick Todd Hawley
  • Publication number: 20140350777
    Abstract: An apparatus for diagnosing driving behavior includes a storage unit that stores ideal running information defining a relationship between a vehicle speed and a vehicle position corresponding to a road situation, a generation unit that generates actual running information expressing a relationship between an actual vehicle speed and an actual position when a vehicle passes through a road, a condition identification unit that identifies a matching condition where the degree of correlation of the actual running information with the ideal running information exceeds a predetermined value, and a diagnosis unit that diagnoses a driving behavior of a driver of the vehicle, based on a degree of similarity between the ideal running information and the actual running information under the matching condition identified in the condition identification unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Jun Kawai, Toshiaki Ando, Katsutoshi Yano
  • Patent number: 8874305
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling a vehicle is provided. In one aspect, the system and method determines the amount of wear on a component of the vehicle and, based on the amount of wear and information derived from the environment surrounding the vehicle (e.g., another vehicle in the path of the vehicle or a requirement to stop at a particular location), maneuvers the vehicle to mitigate further wear on the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitri A. Dolgov, Christopher Paul Urmson
  • Patent number: 8868289
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a connector to an on board diagnostic (OBD) port of a vehicle, wireless communications circuitry, a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to monitor the ignition state of the vehicle, and upon detecting an ignition off state, reporting at least the off state to a network-enabled communications appliance wirelessly paired for wireless communication with the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Automatic Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ljubinko Miljkovic, David Theron Palmer, Ramprabhu Jayaraman
  • Publication number: 20140309843
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention continuously collecting information via a vehicle data bus, store the information in a database, and retrieve the information in response to requests from remote devices. One embodiment includes a vehicle position determining device, a wireless communications device, and a controller spaced apart from the at least one operable vehicle device and connected to the vehicle data bus so that the vehicle data bus extends from said controller to the at least one operable vehicle device. The controller is configured to query the at least one vehicle device via the vehicle data bus and store the information provided in a database, and receive requests for information from a remote device via the wireless communications device, query the database for the requested information and send the requested information to the remote device via the wireless communications device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Gallin Chen, Radhakrishnan Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 8849503
    Abstract: A method for detecting leakage within an Evaporative Emission Control System (EVAP) of a vehicle continuously obtains the weather information and the weather forecast for the geographical location that the vehicle is currently in. Based on the weather information, an average time required for the fuel within the fuel-tank of the vehicle to cool off to a pre-determined temperature is calculated. The powertrain control module of the vehicle is activated at a specific instant, based on the average time, to perform the leakage detection within the EVAP system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 8842004
    Abstract: A radar detector accesses a network interface module that enables communication of data to and from a server. The server executes analysis algorithms that analyze data received from multiple radar detectors to develop predictions about the likelihood of future alerts or threats in geographic locations. The server communicates the predictions to each of the radar detectors based on the geographic locations corresponding to each of the radar detectors. Each radar detector communicates alert levels as needed to its corresponding radar detector user based on predictions that correspond to the geographic locations corresponding to each of the radar detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Cobra Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Byron Kabler, Robert Ryan Brandys, Monica Marie Vondruska
  • Publication number: 20140277919
    Abstract: A method for providing vehicle configurations, the providing of at least one vehicle configuration is a function of a local position of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Nikolas LENTZ