By Satellite Positioning System (e.g., Gps, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/32.4)
  • Patent number: 10632941
    Abstract: A method of determining an amount of fuel wasted by a vehicle due to sub-optimal performance of at least one component of the vehicle includes receiving information about operation of the vehicle from at least one sensor positioned on the vehicle, categorizing, with a processor, a fuel use by the vehicle as a normal fuel use or a wasted fuel use due to the at least one component performing at a sub-optimal level by comparing the received information to expected information from the at least one sensor when the vehicle is operating at optimal performance, and determining, with the processor, the amount of fuel wasted due to the at least one component operating at the sub-optimal level based on categorized fuel use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Vnomics Corporation
    Inventors: David Charles Chauncey, Michael David Joseph
  • Patent number: 10571283
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for calculating a risk index for one or more areas (e.g., roads, intersections, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure). For instance, high risk intersections may be identified and mapped from historic auto insurance claim data. High risk intersections may be identified because of an excessive number of vehicle collisions there, and/or an amount and extent of vehicle damage, personal injuries, and/or insurance liability expenses associated with, or resulting from, the vehicle collisions at those locations. Risk indices for various areas may be compared to one another, enabling comparison of the relative riskiness of the areas. In some embodiments, a risk map may be generated to visually depict one or more risk indices for areas within a depicted region. The risk map may be used to quickly identify the riskiest area(s) in the region, and to notify government bodies to facilitate repairs and improve road safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: John A. Nepomuceno, Rajiv C. Shah
  • Patent number: 10437249
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus is mounted on a vehicle including an emergency stop function to detect an abnormal state of a driver and automatically stop the vehicle. The vehicle control apparatus provides control at a time of stopping the vehicle and includes process execution sections and a process stop section. The process execution sections perform predetermined emergency processes in response to the emergency stop function stopping the vehicle; the emergency processes control instruments mounted on the vehicle and use a battery of the vehicle as a driving power source. The process stop section stepwise stops at least part of the emergency processes performed by the process execution sections based on a predetermined stop sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kentaro Teshima, Tetsuya Hara, Daisuke Takemori
  • Patent number: 10417838
    Abstract: This vehicle monitoring system provides a plurality of sensors in the vehicle recording performance of the vehicle. A processor (remote or on-board) receives data from the sensors. The processor classifies the data from the at least one sensor as an event in one of a plurality of classifications. The processor associates at least one parameter with the classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: APPY RISK TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Otman A Basir, William Ben Miners, Seyed Hamidreza Jamali
  • Patent number: 10346843
    Abstract: Cost altering payment services (“CAPS”) system in association with a distributed enhanced payment (“DEP”) processing system includes a merchant point of sale (“POS”) terminal system and a remote enhanced payment management system (“EPMS”). The remote EPMS receives payment transactions including additional risk mitigating payment transaction (“RMPT”) information and based on that additional RMPT information provides altered transaction costs. The remote EPMS provides facilities for the merchant to review and revise payment management services so as to utilize additional RMPT information received from the merchant POS terminal system so as to alter transaction costs. Such facilities provide information to determine the relative potential transaction cost benefits of various payment management service sets utilizing cost profiles that represent the costs of archival, recorded and projected future transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Worldpay, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew D. Ozvat, John Berkley, Kevin Oliver, William T. Cooper, Charles E. Watts, Rachel B. Cochran
  • Patent number: 10347055
    Abstract: A vehicle roadworthiness assessment system may include a diagnostic apparatus for performing diagnostics on a vehicle, where the diagnostic apparatus is configured to connect to and request a status of components of the vehicle; a processor to determine a diagnostic assessment for each vehicle based on the diagnostics; a monitoring station connected to the diagnostic apparatus to receive the diagnostic assessment and score for each vehicle where the diagnostics were performed; and storage connected to the diagnostic apparatus and configured to store data of the diagnostic assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NOREGON SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bill Hathaway, Dave Covington, Lee Lackey
  • Patent number: 10333206
    Abstract: Vehicles, systems, and methods are provided electronic communication in a vehicle. A vehicle includes a vehicle body, a first antenna cluster, and a second antenna cluster. The vehicle body defines a boundary between an inside of the vehicle and an outside of the vehicle. The first antenna cluster is mounted on the outside of the vehicle and is configured to operate at coverage band cellular telephone frequencies using coverage band signals. A second antenna cluster is disposed in the inside of the vehicle and is configured to operate at capacity band cellular telephone frequencies using capacity band signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Parmeshwarjit S. Gondara, Andrew J. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10174797
    Abstract: A controller for a vehicle system and a method for updating a plurality of control settings and system parameters for a controller for a vehicle system are provided. The controller comprises a control unit portion, a prognostic module, a diagnostic module, and a telematics interface. The control unit portion is in communication with the vehicle system to initiate a vehicle system procedure. The prognostic module is in two way communication with the control unit portion. The diagnostic module is in communication with the prognostic module and is in two way communication with the control unit portion. The telematics interface is in two way communication with the control unit portion. A plurality of control settings and system parameters are sent to one of the diagnostic module and the prognostic module to be compared with previously stored data stored in one of the diagnostic module and the prognostic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dana Limited
    Inventors: Mark R. J. Versteyhe, Arnout R. L. De Mare, Thomas J. Vyncke
  • Patent number: 10037695
    Abstract: Traffic incident information may be clustered to determine geographical locations in which a statistically-increased level of traffic incidents occur. Indices indicative of vehicle operating conditions within the locations may be generated according to crowd-sourced event information factors and an index function including coefficients defining contributions of the factors to the indices. The coefficients may be optimized to minimize error between the index-predicted statistically-increased level areas and the clustered traffic incident information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Mario D'Amato, John Ottavio Michelini
  • Patent number: 9881272
    Abstract: A computer system and method for storing and processing GPS data for a plurality of drivers and vehicles to provide activity reports for fleets of driver and vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FLEETMATICS IRELAND LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Mitchell, Kyle Erlenbach
  • Patent number: 9836717
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a passive entry system that unlocks the vehicle upon authenticating a fob in a vicinity of the vehicle. The passive entry system further recognizes the vehicle is approaching a restrictive geographic location within which at least one proscribed item is prohibited, receives item data indicative of items located within the vehicle, and provides output indicating whether any of the items is a proscribed item for the restrictive geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Michael Hrecznyj, David Paul Kaminski, Robert Bruce Kleve
  • Patent number: 9756279
    Abstract: A data-encoding system includes a source of unencoded data, and a first encoder interoperably coupled to the source, wherein the first encoder is adapted to receive the unencoded data, encode the unencoded data, and output encoded data at a first data rate. The data encoding system further includes a second encoder interoperably coupled to the source, wherein the second encoder is adapted to receive the unencoded data, encode the unencoded data, and output encoded data at a second data rate in which the second data rate exceeds the first data rate. This Abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an Abstract that allows a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain subject matter of the technical disclosure. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Enforcement Video, LLC
    Inventors: Robert V. Vanman, Simon C. Goble
  • Patent number: 9754428
    Abstract: A computer system and method for storing and processing GPS data for a plurality of drivers and vehicles to provide a visual representation of driver's activity for fleets of driver and vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FLEETMATICS IRELAND LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Mitchell, Kyle Erlenbach
  • Patent number: 9691045
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses provide a system for establishing base stations and allocating service vehicles to the base stations in order to provide roadside assistance. The system may include computing devices associated with customer vehicles and service vehicles as well as network computing devices. The system may receive a service request from a customer regarding a disabled vehicle. The system may then identify an appropriate service vehicle to assist the customer and assign the service request to the identified service vehicle. The system may select the appropriate service vehicle based on a location of the disabled vehicle. In an example, the system may choose a service vehicle from a base station closest to or within the shortest driving time to the disabled vehicle. By setting-up base stations in advance of service requests, service vehicles may reach disabled vehicles within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Ryan M. Briggs, Eva Smith, Priya Shah, Thomas J. Wilson, William C. Jordan, Lawrence David Burns
  • Patent number: 9633486
    Abstract: A method for data communication between a vehicle and fuel pump includes storing vehicle operating data on an onboard recorder in the vehicle, and transmitting the vehicle operating data from the onboard recorder to the fuel pump. The vehicle operating data includes vehicle identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Innovative Global Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Alan C. Lesesky, Bradley R. Larschan, J. Richard Bishop, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9520005
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a wireless appliance for monitoring a vehicle. The wireless appliance includes a microprocessor configured to select a vehicle-communication protocol of a host vehicle, and then communicate with the host vehicle through the vehicle-communication protocol. The appliance also includes a vehicle-communication circuit, in electrical communication with the microprocessor, which collects diagnostic data from the host vehicle using the vehicle-communication protocol. A GPS module, also in electrical communication with the microprocessor, generates location-based data. For transmitting these data, the appliance includes a first wireless transmitter operating on a terrestrial network and a second wireless transmitter operating on a satellite network. The microprocessor selects the first or second wireless transmitter for transmitting the diagnostic and location-based data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Telematics Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Banet, Larkin Lowrey, Paul Washicko, Michael O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9506769
    Abstract: Methods and systems to provide navigational assistance to a traveler. Given a start point and a destination, one or more routes may be generated using routes, or segments thereof, that are familiar to the traveler. This provides a route from the start point to the destination where at least some of the route is familiar to the traveler. Such a route may then be provided to the traveler. A description of the route may be provided in the form of a map and/or verbal or written directions. In alternative embodiments, landmarks may be incorporated into the route description as a way of assisting the traveler. In embodiments, difficult driving maneuvers may be highlighted in the description of the route. The description may point out that a given difficult maneuver is similar to a maneuver that the traveler has previously encountered, and remind the traveler of the location where this maneuver was previously seen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer A Healey, Victoria S Fang
  • Patent number: 9286587
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses provide a system for establishing base stations and allocating service vehicles to the base stations in order to provide roadside assistance. The system may include computing devices associated with customer vehicles and service vehicles as well as network computing devices. The system may receive a service request from a customer regarding a disabled vehicle. The system may then identify an appropriate service vehicle to assist the customer and assign the service request to the identified service vehicle. The system may select the appropriate service vehicle based on a location of the disabled vehicle. In an example, the system may choose a service vehicle from a base station closest to or within the shortest driving time to the disabled vehicle. By setting-up base stations in advance of service requests, service vehicles may reach disabled vehicles within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Ryan M. Briggs, Eva Smith, Priya Shah, Thomas J. Wilson, William C. Jordan, Lawrence David Burns
  • Patent number: 9286266
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to systems and methods to receiving onboard diagnostic data associated with an operational state of a vehicle of a user and pushing a message to the user, the message including information associated with the onboard diagnostic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Left Lane Network, Inc.
    Inventors: David Fleck, Don Harris
  • Patent number: 9037340
    Abstract: A driver performance mapping system for a vehicle system is disclosed. The system may include a GPS receiver generating GPS data indicative of a current location of the vehicle. In addition, the system may also have a radar device generating current gap data indicative of a current gap distance from the vehicle to a lead vehicle. Further, the system may include an electronic controller configured to generate learned gap data based on the current gap data and stored gap data, and then assign the learned gap data with the GPS data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Shane S. Elwart, Aaron L. Mills, John Shutko, Thomas Edward Pilutti, John Ottavio Michelini
  • Publication number: 20150127212
    Abstract: A rollover detection system is provided that comprises a device, a sensor and/or a group of sensors and a warning system for use in a vehicle to reduce or prevent the likelihood of a rollover during operation of the vehicle. The rollover detection system can provide a driver of a vehicle, information that informs the driver of the risk and imminence of a rollover and allows the driver to take corrective action to reduce the risk or imminence of a rollover. The rollover detection system can also allow for the review of information collected by a device by a driver or other individual during and after a risk of a rollover is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: DESARROLLO TECHOLOGICO AGROINDUSTRIAL
    Inventors: Fernando Chacon, Gregorio Blanco, Jesus Gil, Mateo Hermosin, Juan Luis Gamarra, Jose Candido Garcia
  • Patent number: 9020700
    Abstract: A lane tracking apparatus and method using camera direction control is provided. The lane tracking apparatus using camera direction control includes a lane recognition unit for obtaining lane information from an image captured and acquired by a camera. A road curvature calculation unit calculates a curvature of a road using the lane information. A camera direction angle control unit controls a direction angle of the camera in consideration of the road curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Myung-Chan Roh, Jae-Min Byun, Ki-In Na, Sung-Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9015386
    Abstract: The technology disclosed relates to testing of connected vehicle systems. The connections involved are sometimes referred to as Car-2-Car (C2C), Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Car-2-Infrastructure (C2I), or Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I). More generically, the connections are referred to as C2X and V2X. The technology disclosed provides an over the wire simulation of signals that a system will receive in operation, which allows testing of algorithms, breadboards, prototypes and complete systems. The system simulates the position of multiple on board units as the move with the vehicles that carry them. It attenuates signals between the OBUs and can attenuate signals among the OBUs and other test components, including roadside units and synthetic OBUs. The simulation is can be practiced as a method, a device, or computer readable medium that causes a device to practice the method or that, when combined with appropriate hardware, produces the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Spirent Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Boulton, John Pottle
  • Patent number: 9014918
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring health of one or more subsystems of a vehicle system are disclosed. At least one sensor can be operatively coupled to a vehicle subsystem having an operational signature and a control system is coupled to the at least one sensor. Using information provided by the at least one sensor, the control system is structured to generate a reference signature of the subsystem during a learning phase and an operational signature of the subsystem subsequent to the learning phase. Systems and methods for identifying the particular subsystem exhibiting degraded performance are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Hagen, Richard S. Fox, Nkemjika Ibekwe, Malcolm L. Smith
  • 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: 20150100199
    Abstract: A fault diagnostic system of a vehicle includes: a global positioning system (GPS) receiver and a diagnostic module. The GPS receiver determines a location of the vehicle. The diagnostic module diagnoses a fault in a component of the vehicle. In response to the diagnosis of the fault, the diagnostic module stores diagnostic data in a computer readable medium. The diagnostic data includes both a predetermined diagnostic trouble code associated with the fault diagnosed and the location of the vehicle when the fault was diagnosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: JEANETTE C. KURNIK, DANIEL P. GRENN
  • Patent number: 8997121
    Abstract: A method of providing position support to a main processor of a computing device is disclosed. The method may include receiving primary position data from a sensor at a sensor controller. The method may also include analyzing, via the sensor controller, the primary position data to determine secondary position data. The method may also include formatting, via the sensor controller, the secondary position data. The method may also include aggregating, via the sensor controller, the formatted position data. The method may also include providing, via a single channel interface between the sensor controller and the main processor, the aggregated position data to an operating system installed on the main processor. The method may also include communicating, via a driver installed on the operating system, the position data to an application installed on the operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Trethewey, Moulishankar Chandrasekaran
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150081162
    Abstract: A computer system and method for storing and processing GPS data for a plurality of drivers and vehicles to provide a visual representation of driver's activity for fleets of driver and vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: FLEETMATICS IRL LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Mitchell, Kyle Erlenbach
  • 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: 8977423
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing. In an example, the computing device may be configured to receive vehicle information including identification information of a vehicle and/or information describing condition of the vehicle. The computing device also may be configured to match the vehicle information to content of a vehicle repair database so as to identify repair information relating to the vehicle. The computing device further may be configured to receive geographic information identifying a geographic location relating to the vehicle. The computing device also may be configured to provide, to a communication network, a subset of the identified repair information based on the geographic information. The service advisor may be able to access the subset of the identified repair information on a display device coupled to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, R. Steven Brozovich
  • Patent number: 8972103
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle mapping system is disclosed. The mapping system includes an on-vehicle electronic storage device, a GPS receiver, and an electronic controller. The electronic controller is configured to receive GPS data from the GPS receiver indicative of a current location of the vehicle. The electronic controller is also configured to store the GPS data on the electronic storage device if the location of the vehicle is outside of a location envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shane S. Elwart, Thomas Edward Pilutti
  • Patent number: 8972102
    Abstract: A golf ball tracking system comprising at least one golf ball including an RFID device, wherein the RFID device contains golf ball information, such as a unique identifier. The system includes an RFID reader capable of reading the golf ball information from the RFID device. A positioning system, such as GPS, is associated with the reader and is capable of determining the location of the reader. A computer is interconnected with the RFID reader and the positioning system that is capable of receiving the golf ball information from the reader and location information from the positioning system. The computer is operative to record the golf ball information and associated location information. The system may further comprise a plurality of readers separated by at least one blocker that is made of metal screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Kinch Robert Reindl
  • 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: 8938357
    Abstract: The characteristic point detection system of this invention includes: a staying area detection unit 1003 which performs clustering based on distribution of data points contained in GPS log data of a user, determines an index showing a staying time of the user in a cluster based on a number of data points contained in each cluster, extracts one or more clusters based on the index, and forms a staying area of the user based on the extracted clusters, wherewith a cluster is extracted with higher probability as the staying time is longer; a representative point extraction unit 1004 which extracts, one at a time, a representative point of the staying area from each of the extracted staying areas, and determines a score of each of the representative points based on density of the data points in each of the staying areas; and an output unit 1005 which outputs a list ranking each of the representative points based on the score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuharu Kami
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 20140303834
    Abstract: A sectional control apparatus and method prompts the operator of an implement when the implement, or portion thereof, is traversing over land that has already been seeded and/or disturbed. The apparatus includes a GPS or GNSS receiver that communicates with a GPS or GNSS system and a controller that maps movement of the implement so that real-time positional data for the implement can be compared to the movement map. When the position of the implement, or portion thereof, is detected as moving over previously seeded and/or disturbed land, the controller activates an alert mechanism in the operator cab of the implement to notify the operator that sectional control, i.e., shutting down metering of product or raising the tool bar, needs to be implemented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Trevor Kowalchuk
  • Patent number: 8849505
    Abstract: Methods and systems for locating a vehicle are disclosed, including detecting one or more environmental conditions, the one or more environmental conditions being indicative of an occurrence of an environmental event, determining a probability of the occurrence of the environmental event in response to detecting the one or more environmental conditions, and effecting a preventive action in response to the probability being above a threshold probability, the preventive action being configured to protect the vehicle from the environmental event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Menard, Gabriel Castillo
  • Patent number: 8849496
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing road service to an operator of a vehicle are provided. Such systems and methods presuppose a navigation system of the vehicle is set to route the vehicle to a destination. A road service request from the vehicle is received and a waypoint along the route to the destination is calculated. The navigation system is remotely set to route the vehicle to the waypoint and road service at the waypoint is ordered. The road service includes swapping the vehicle with a new vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya Miyamoto, David S. DeWitt, Ryan Douglas Roy Harty, Robert M. Uyeki
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140288765
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle mapping system is disclosed. The mapping system includes an on-vehicle electronic storage device, a GPS receiver, and an electronic controller. The electronic controller is configured to receive GPS data from the GPS receiver indicative of a current location of the vehicle. The electronic controller is also configured to store the GPS data on the electronic storage device if the location of the vehicle is outside of a location envelope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Shane S. Elwart, Thomas Edward Pilutti
  • Publication number: 20140288766
    Abstract: A monitoring unit for vehicle monitoring comprising a receiving module configured to receive data from an OBD, wherein the data is associated with a plurality of jerks detected by a 3-axis accelerometer. The monitoring unit comprises an analytics module configured to compare an intensity of each jerk of the plurality of jerks to a predefined jerk threshold and capture high intensity jerks from the plurality of jerks. The high intensity jerks have intensity equal to or more than the predefined jerk threshold. The method further comprises determining an elapsed time for each of the high intensity jerks. The elapsed time for each of the high intensity jerks is compared to a predefined time threshold. Further it is determined whether an analysis on the high intensity jerks is to be performed at the vehicle or at a server located remotely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Tapas Chakravarty, Avik Ghose, Balamuralidhar Purushothaman, Arpan Pal, Arijit Chowdhary
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140244101
    Abstract: A system provides stress and/or accumulated damage monitoring on earth moving equipment, such as excavators, trucks, electric rope shovels and drills, hydraulic shovels, wheel loaders and graders. The system includes: strain gauges (51-60), each gauging strain at one of multiple strain gauge locations; a data acquisition unit (41) to acquire real-time strain data from the strain gauges (51-60); a processor and memory (42) to process the acquired real-time strain data to calculate one or more measures of actual accumulated damage and/or actual instantaneous stress; and at least one output device (37) to provide information comparing the measures with corresponding reference values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Gerard Bernard Chitty, Lasha Biyanga Aponso
  • 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: 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: 8781740
    Abstract: A storing unit stores traveling history information items on a vehicle, the traveling history information items being respectively associated with trips each being a segment from a start of a driving operation to an end of the driving operation. A determination unit determines whether to assign one of the traveling history information items, which is stored in the storing unit and associated with one trip, to a predetermined period, the one trip being partially included in the predetermined period. A driving operation diagnostic unit diagnoses a driving operation of a driver in the predetermined period according to the traveling history information item determined by the determination unit to be assigned to the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daiki Ichikawa