Having Internal Vehicle Network To Distribute Diagnosis Or Maintenance Data Therein Patents (Class 701/32.7)
  • Patent number: 11400950
    Abstract: The present application discloses an abnormal data collecting method for automatic parking, an apparatus, a storage medium and a product, and relates to automatic driving technology and automatic parking technology in computer technology. A specific implementation i: in response to monitoring that a target vehicle generates a fault code during an automatic parking process, matching the fault code with at least one pre-configured fault code to be collected; in response to determining that the fault code matches the fault code to be collected, determining a data collecting strategy corresponding to the fault code to be collected; and performing a data collecting operation on abnormal data corresponding to the fault code according to the data collecting strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Jia Song, Houqiang Zhu, Pengfei Wei, Guiguan Bi
  • Patent number: 11403638
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for decentralized authentication for autonomous vehicles and associated transactions. Example system includes a secure distributed network of servers including a biometrics server configured to authenticate a user using biometric data and generate a biometrics server authentication token when the user is authenticated, a transactional server configured to perform the transaction for the user upon receiving the biometrics server authentication token, the transactional server being further configured to generate a transactional server authentication token when the transaction is approved, and a mobility service server configured to receive both the biometrics server authentication token and the transactional server authentication token and provide access to the mobility service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Alexandra Taylor
  • Patent number: 11381585
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a method performed by a first controller for providing security for multiple second controllers in an in-vehicle network, includes transmitting an inherent information request to a suspicious controller of the second controllers for inherent information of the suspicious controller, the inherent information request including a certificate assigned to the first controller, and receiving an encrypted inherent information of the suspicious controller from the suspicious controller, the encrypted inherent information having been encrypted with a public key associated with the certificate, and using a private key associated with the certificate for obtaining decrypted inherent information from the encrypted inherent information, and comparing the decrypted inherent information with pre-stored inherent information, and determining the suspicious controller to be an anomalous controller when the decrypted inherent information is different from the pre-stored inherent information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Cornoration
    Inventors: Se Il Kim, Seong Yong Kang, A Ram Cho
  • Patent number: 11267371
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat having a roller guide which has at least one guide rail which is at least partially sideways open and at least one running roller rolling in the guide rail, connected to parts of the vehicle seat via an axle member, wherein a running surface of the running roller is rollable along a roller-underside inner wall of the guide rail arranged parallel or at an angle to a middle axle of the running roller, wherein the running roller comprises at least a first area and a second area, wherein the first area forms at least a part of the running surface and the second area is arranged in a radial direction of the running roller at least partially between the axle member and the first area and in contact with both. According to the invention, an electrical conductivity of the first area is lower than an electrical conductivity of the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Hubert Wittmann
  • Patent number: 11255896
    Abstract: A method for vehicle electrical system diagnosis by means of a regulator, which is configured to regulate the voltage supplied by a generator via a converter for a vehicle electrical system of a vehicle by outputting an output signal, wherein the method comprises the following steps: detecting an output signal by way of a control device, ascertaining an instantaneous power output at the vehicle electrical system on the basis of the detected output signal, and analyzing the ascertained power output for diagnosis of the vehicle electrical system and at least one electrical consumer which is connected to the vehicle electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jonathan Mueller, Wolfgang Fischer
  • Patent number: 11244560
    Abstract: A vehicle control system (VCS) includes external communication interfaces, such as a Bluetooth interface, for communicating with a user communication and control device, such as a smart phone or a tablet. The user is enabled to operate certain features of the vehicle, such as the remote start, power locks/trunk, climate control, and security features, through the smart phone. The VCS may also communicate with a remote server via the user's smartphone, for example, providing telematics data and receiving service reminders For display to the user on the smartphone, the VCS, or a display built into the vehicle. The VCS may be custom installed in the vehicle using, the user's or the installer's smartphone, without a physical connection from the VCS to the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: James S. Turner, Luc Samson
  • Patent number: 11232049
    Abstract: A memory module having a plurality of memory chips, at least one controller (e.g., a central processing unit or special-purpose controller), and at least one interface device configured to communicate input and output data for the memory module. The input and output data bypasses at least one processor (e.g., a central processing unit) of a computing device in which the memory module is installed. And, the at least one interface device can be configured to communicate the input and output data to at least one other memory module in the computing device. Also, the memory module can be one module in a plurality of memory modules of a memory module system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Dmitri Yudanov
  • Patent number: 11225267
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle mountable universal driver assistance device. This device includes a housing unit encasing a common module on which are mounted a first camera module, a second camera module, different from the first camera module, and a ranging module. The common module may be moved along an axis to adjust the viewing angle of the first camera, second camera and ranging module. The device can be mounted on windshield of any vehicle and can be calibrated accordingly. The intensity and frequency of the warning alert from the warning display device are based on the ambient noise level of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: THE HI-TECH ROBOTIC SYSTEMZ LTD
    Inventor: Anuj Kapuria
  • Patent number: 11189117
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a smart lock-and-key system. The smart lock-and-key system can include a smart lock corresponding to a lock identifier and a smart key capable of locking and unlocking the smart lock. The smart key can include a first communication interface for communicating with the smart lock and a second communication interface for communicating with a mobile computing device. The smart key can be configured to obtain the lock identifier and receive, from the mobile computing device, an operation command based on the obtained lock identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Zhuhai Unitech Power Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qing Chang, Hongwei Qiao, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11173919
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle for determining a comfort level of a driver, the control device being configured to: receive sensor output of a physiological sensor and a behavioral sensor, the physiological sensor measuring at least one physiological feature of the driver and the behavioral sensor measuring at least one behavioral feature of the driver, receive driving context information from a driving context detection unit, create a reference data set by recording the sensor output and the driving context information over a predetermined reference time period, determine a reference index for the comfort level of the driver based on the reference data set, and determine a comfort level index value of the driver, the index value being determined as a function of a current sensor output, current driving context information and the reference index. Further relates to a system and a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE, INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMÉNAGEMENT ET DES RÉSEAUX
    Inventors: Marleen De Weser, Hugo Loeches De La Fuente, Catherine Berthelon, Christophe Jallais, Alexandra Fort, Virginie Etienne
  • Patent number: 11162277
    Abstract: A temporal lock system adapted to controllably dispense a key for unlocking a lock and upon a request from a mobile device. The temporal lock system includes a timer, a lock assembly, and a mobile device application. The lock assembly is adapted to dispense the key and initiate the timer upon dispensing of the key. The mobile device application is configured to output a retrieve key signal to the lock assembly for dispensing of the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tony Spath
  • Patent number: 11144888
    Abstract: A method and system for generating and outputting a real-fix tip (RFT) augmented with a pointer to additional content. The additional content may be relevant to any of a complaint, vehicle, cause of complaint, how the cause for complaint was discovered, and service-operation performed on the vehicle to resolve the complaint. The RFT may include a complaint, cause, and correction, and may be stored within a database containing repair orders that include complaints, causes, and corrections regarding various vehicles. A processor may generate the RFT after determining a threshold number of RO with a common complaint, vehicle, cause, and correction. A processor may search the database for the RFT based on a complaint and vehicle, display a list of RFT located during the search, display an RFT selected from the list, obtain additional content pointed to by a pointer in the RFT, and output the additional content to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Joshua C. Covington
  • Patent number: 11094147
    Abstract: A system includes detecting devices secured respectively on wheels of a vehicle at different angular positions, sensors assigned respectively to the wheels and a control unit. Each detecting device emits a detecting signal when disposed at a first position and a second position different from the first position by a first angle. The first position where each detecting device emits the detecting signal during a current rotation cycle of the respective wheel differs from that during a next rotation cycle of the respective wheel by a second angle. The control device analyzes the detecting signals and tooth number signals from the sensors to associate the detecting devices respectively with the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ORANGE ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hung-Chih Yu, Jiun-Yuan Tseng, Ming-Yung Huang
  • Patent number: 11068893
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for decentralized authentication for autonomous vehicles and associated transactions. Example system includes a secure distributed network of servers including a biometrics server configured to authenticate a user using biometric data and generate a biometrics server authentication token when the user is authenticated, a transactional server configured to perform the transaction for the user upon receiving the biometrics server authentication token, the transactional server being further configured to generate a transactional server authentication token when the transaction is approved, and a mobility service server configured to receive both the biometrics server authentication token and the transactional server authentication token and provide access to the mobility service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Alexandra Taylor
  • Patent number: 11062534
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for remote diagnostics of automobiles are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method may include the steps of reading, by a mobile device, a vehicle identification number (VIN) from a vehicle, transmitting, by the mobile device, the VIN to a diagnostic database, receiving, by the mobile device, an indication that an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) diagnostic tool is required for a diagnosis of the vehicle, and selecting the OEM diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of the vehicle in response to the indication that an OEM diagnostic tool is required for the diagnosis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: REPAIRIFY, INC.
    Inventors: Curt Jingle, Frank Terlep
  • Patent number: 11044177
    Abstract: An in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) system configured to stream vehicle operational parameters from avionics systems connected thereto. An avionics interface defines a node of an avionics bus, and the avionics systems are connectible to the avionics interface over the avionics bus to transmit aircraft operational parameters thereto as a raw stream of chronologically sequenced data elements. A data processor is connected to the avionics interface and a network interface, and is receptive to the aircraft operational parameters from the avionics interface. The data processor applies a variable filter that selectively passes a filtered data stream of aircraft operational parameters derived from the raw stream to a data storage device. The variable filter is defined by one or more filter parameters dynamically adjustable in response to changing conditions derived from the aircraft operational parameters. The filtered data stream is transmitted to the remote monitoring station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates, Samuel Jester, Grant Edward Burrows
  • Patent number: 10981541
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for secure vehicle sharing comprising a computerized client device in the form of a mountable vehicle license plate frame (SLPF) 117 enabled for wireless communication and connection to a wide area network 101 including a server 103. The SLPF 117 device has a processor with an instance of the software 105 executing from memory thereon, Global Positioning System (GPS) capability, power source, and a locking key compartment. The SLPF 117 device may be easily mounted, after market, to the vehicles of registered vehicle owners 107. The server may track time of use, vehicle mileage and vehicle location while the vehicle renter is operating the vehicle. Upon completion of vehicle use, the renter replaces the key or other item in the locking compartment, sends notification of completion of use to the server which then completes a financial transaction between the renter and owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Phrame, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Golduber
  • Patent number: 10969305
    Abstract: A planning device according to the present invention includes a remaining life specifying unit that specifies a remaining life of a component for a turbine. On the basis of the specified remaining life, a usage plan generating unit generates a usage plan that indicates the timing at which the component is to be incorporated into the turbine, such that the remaining life of the component becomes equal to or less than an allowable error value at a predetermined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI POWER, LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Tanaka, Akihisa Endo, Yusuke Hazui, Masumi Nomura
  • Patent number: 10964205
    Abstract: A vehicle control system (VCS) includes external communication interfaces, such as a Bluetooth interface, for communicating with a user communication and control device, such as a smart phone or a tablet. The user is enabled to operate certain features of the vehicle, such as the remote start, power locks/trunk, climate control, and security features, through the smart phone. The VCS may also communicate with a remote server via the user's smartphone, for example, providing telematics data and receiving service reminders for display to the user on the smartphone, the VCS, or a display built into the vehicle. The VCS may be custom installed in the vehicle using the user's or the installer's smartphone, without a physical connection from the VCS to the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: James S. Turner, Luc Samson
  • Patent number: 10932086
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, systems, and non-transitory computer readable storage media for providing on-demand services to vehicles are described. The disclosed technology determines information associated with a vehicle, generates a request for a fuel delivery on-demand service using the information, confirms identification of the vehicle using a wireless signal of the vehicle, provides access to the vehicle to enable performance of the fuel delivery on-demand service and secures the vehicle after completion of the fuel delivery on-demand service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Thakur, Gregory D. Dibb, GianLuca Storti, Masahide Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10904033
    Abstract: Method of transmitting data in a distributed system of programmable controls, wherein data are transmitted between data sources and data sinks, both of which represent a respective node in the distributed system, and wherein the respective data sources and data sinks communicating with one another are determined by way of parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sontheim Industrie Elektronik GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Sontheim, Stephan Strobl, Gerd Bottenbruch, Martin Lorenz
  • Patent number: 10839626
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling electro-mechanical (EM) latches. An EM latch may be controlled by receiving dynamic key information from a smart device and static access card information from an access card. A signal generator sends a signal to actuate the EM latch upon verification of the dynamic key information or static access card information. The smart device may be associated with a single user or with multiple users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SOUTHCO, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Keith Spatig, Son Van Ngo
  • Patent number: 10832335
    Abstract: A system for generating and managing usage-based insurance contracts configured to (i) store a plurality of offers for sharing transactions, where each of the plurality of offers includes an item being offered and an associated offerer; (ii) receive a selection from a buyer of an offer that is accepted by the buyer of the plurality of offers; (iii) automatically generate a usage-based insurance contract for the sharing transaction based on the offer; and (iv) transmit the insurance contract to at least one of the buyer and the associated offerer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Matt Floyd
  • Patent number: 10773643
    Abstract: The technology relates to autonomous vehicles suffering a breakdown along a roadway. Onboard systems may utilize various proactive operations to alert specific vehicles or other objects on or near the roadway about the breakdown. This can be done alternatively or in addition to turning on the hazard lights or calling for remote assistance. The disabled vehicle is able to detect nearby and approaching objects. The detection may be performed in combination with a determination of the type of object or predicted behavior for that object, enables the vehicle to generate a targeted alert that can be transmitted or otherwise presented to that particular object. This approach provides the other object, such as a vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian, sufficient time and information about the breakdown to take appropriate corrective action. Different communication options are available and may be selected based on the particular object, environmental conditions and other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Vijaysai Patnaik
  • Patent number: 10776169
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention provides for an exemplary inventive system that includes at least the following components: an electronic control unit having a service oriented architecture (SOA ECU), where the SOA ECU includes: at least one exemplary inventive SOA server; where the SOA ECU is located within a vehicle; where the at least one SOA server is configured to provide at least one service to at least one client ECU that is located within the vehicle; and where the at least one SOA server is configured to assign at least one dedicated processing resource and at least one dedicated memory resource to provide the at least one service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GuardKnox Cyber Techologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Dionis Teshler, Moshe Shlisel, Idan Nadav
  • Patent number: 10733819
    Abstract: Secure and automated vehicular control using multi-factor authentication is disclosed herein. An example system includes a processor; and memory, the processor being configured to execute instructions stored in memory to: perform a first type of authentication of a user using a unique identifier for a user of a mobile device; transmit an unlock request to a vehicle controller when the first type of authentication is complete, the vehicle controller unlocking a door of the vehicle in response; perform a second type of authentication of the user; and transmit an indication to the vehicle controller of the vehicle to confirm that the second type of authentication is complete, wherein the vehicle controller starts an engine of the vehicle in response to the second type of authentication being complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: 2162256 ALBERTA LTD.
    Inventors: Ayman Ammoura, David Mulcair
  • Patent number: 10726161
    Abstract: An information processing device that receives, from another information processing device, a communication message generated based on recency information and control data, includes: a recency information generation unit that generates the recency information; and a recency information management unit that extracts the recency information from the received communication message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Morita, Makoto Kayashima, Kouta Ideguchi, Toru Owada
  • Patent number: 10720045
    Abstract: A vehicle control system (VCS) includes external communication interfaces, such as a Bluetooth interface, for communicating with a user communication and control device, such as a smart phone or a tablet. The user is enabled to operate certain features of the vehicle, such as the remote start, power locks/trunk, climate control, and security features, through the smart phone. The VCS may also communicate with a remote server via the user's smartphone, for example, providing telematics data and receiving service reminders for display to the user on the smartphone, the VCS, or a display built into the vehicle. The VCS may be custom installed in the vehicle using the user's or the installer's smartphone, without a physical connection from the VCS to the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DIRECTED, LLC
    Inventors: James S. Turner, Luc Samson
  • Patent number: 10715950
    Abstract: A method of tuning a point-of-interest (POI) definition in a mobile communication device location data analysis application. The method comprises configuring a POI group definition into the analysis application, causing by a POI tuning application the analysis application to execute and count intersections of routes of mobile communication devices with a POI group based on the POI group definition, for each POI that is associated with the POI group, assigning the count of intersections with the POI group by the analysis application to a count of intersections of routes of devices with the POI, receiving information about the count of intersections of the routes of devices with the plurality of POIs in the POI group from the analysis application by the POI tuning application, and presenting the information about the count of intersections in a user interface by the POI tuning application, whereby the analysis application is iteratively tuned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Robert H. Burcham, Naseer A. Dari, Matthew Habiger, Adam C. Pickett
  • Patent number: 10684770
    Abstract: Determining a type of actor performing an activity includes monitoring the performance of the activity via at least one sensor to produce activity readings over a dimension. The activity readings are then compared to reference readings that are generated based on a machine performing same activity. The comparison of the reference readings to the activity readings is used to determine a variance between the activity readings and reference readings. Once the variance is determined, the variance is compared with a threshold value to determine the type of actor performing the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Timothy J. Hahn, Leucir Marin Junior
  • Patent number: 10652082
    Abstract: To provide greater efficiency in connecting and establishing communicational equipment, the communicational system type can be automatically detected and the communicational equipment can configure itself in accordance with the automatically detected communicational type. Additionally, to accommodate dynamic reconfiguration, or changes to the communicational type after an initial configuration, the communicational type can be automatically monitored and the communicationally equipment automatically reconfigured if changes are detected. Different sets of comparator circuitry can be utilized to compare the voltages observed at known inputs to known thresholds of different communicational types to automatically detect the communicational type being utilized by existing equipment to which the newly-connected equipment is communicationally coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: IXI Technology
    Inventors: Kevin Hudson, Jin Qiao
  • Patent number: 10647293
    Abstract: A security system unlocks a locked state, which limits a use of a vehicle device attached to a vehicle, by inputting a preset genuine password. The security system may generate key information by converting the genuine password based on a predetermined rule. The key information is used for generating an alternative password that unlocks the locked state instead of the genuine password. The security system may generate the alternative password based on the key information. The security system may unlock the locked state when the alternative password is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chihiro Hirano
  • Patent number: 10601843
    Abstract: A communication device includes: a communication section that transmits and receives a message in a network; an acquisition unit that acquires state information on a state of an object for which the network is provided; an estimation unit that estimates the state of the object based on the state information acquired in the acquisition unit; a setting unit that sets a filtering rule based on the state estimated in the estimation unit; and a filter unit that executes filtering processing for the message in accordance with the filtering rule set in the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Tanabe, Jun Anzai, Yoshihiko Kitamura, Seiji Sakaki, Yoshihiro Ujiie, Hideki Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10586217
    Abstract: The invention is a system for interfacing mobile phones with an on-board diagnostic computer in a vehicle, wherein the on-board diagnostic computer monitors a set of operational characteristics of a vehicle. The information derived from this system will be processed on the mobile phone coupled with additional information and displayed on the mobile phone's screen, while simultaneously transmitting this information over the internet to be stored in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Cell Assist, LLC
    Inventor: Hendalee Wilson
  • Patent number: 10559143
    Abstract: Door access control methods with two types of identifications use at least one of a biological unlocking identification and a non-biological unlocking identification. The first type of identification and the second type of identification can be used independently or jointly to control the locking state of a door access device correlated to a door access system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: I-Ting Shen
  • Patent number: 10378426
    Abstract: A system for determining a remaining useful life of a cooling component operatively connected to a prime mover. A controller performs a thermal strain analysis that includes determining the power output of the prime mover based upon sensor signals, determining a temperature output of the prime mover based upon the power output, determining a temperature at each of the plurality of analysis locations based upon the temperature output, determining a temperature difference based upon the temperature at each respective one of the plurality of analysis locations, and determining a thermal strain based upon the temperature difference. The controller repeats the thermal strain analysis at time intervals over a period of time, determines an accumulated damage for the cooling component based upon the thermal strain from each thermal strain analysis, and determines a remaining useful life of the cooling component based upon the material characteristics and the accumulated damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Dongming Tan, Doug A. Long, Neil Terry, Anthony L. Deluca, Jianlong Xu, Rohit K. Paramatmuni, Joseph L. Kennedy, Michael J. Campagna
  • Patent number: 10252746
    Abstract: A method for reducing the steering torque in a steering system of a vehicle. A method including the steps of monitoring a driver's torque as applied by a driver of the vehicle; providing a plurality of torques that can be imposed on the steering system; and reducing the torques that can be imposed on the steering system by a central reduction factor if monitoring of the steering system reveals a violation of a safety criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jens Dornhege, Frank Peter Engels, Goetz-Phillipp Wegner
  • Patent number: 10191777
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention provides for an exemplary inventive system that includes at least the following components: an electronic control unit having a service oriented architecture (SOA ECU), where the SOA ECU includes: at least one exemplary inventive SOA server; where the SOA ECU is located within a vehicle; where the at least one SOA server is configured to provide at least one service to at least one client ECU that is located within the vehicle; and where the at least one SOA server is configured to assign at least one dedicated processing resource and at least one dedicated memory resource to provide the at least one service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GuardKnox Cyber Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Dionis Teshler, Moshe Shlisel, Idan Nadav
  • Patent number: 10173479
    Abstract: A method and a device locate wheels of a vehicle, according to which method at least one wheel has wheel electronics. In accordance with the method, a signal is received on the vehicle side by the wheel electronics, which signal allows conclusions to be drawn about a point in time at which the wheel assumed a first rotation angle position. The signal contains a plurality of packets. At least one time interval between the packets is determined, and at least one estimated value for the at least one time interval is provided on the basis of the at least one determined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Bettecken, Juergen Spotka
  • Patent number: 10139267
    Abstract: A method includes collecting a data for a time from sensors to a fixed monitoring system. The fixed monitoring system is fixedly coupled to a turbo-machinery and the sensors are configured to monitor the turbo-machinery, also, the time comprises at least one week. The method also includes recovering the data by coupling a portable machinery monitor to the fixed monitoring system and retrieving the data into the portable machinery monitor. The method also includes analyzing the data to determine one or more machinery conditions. The analyzing the data comprises analyzing the data via the portable machinery monitor, an external system, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Brian Deverell, Matt Benjamin Kalb, Mel Gabriel Maalouf, David John Shafer, Ryan Gregory Roaldson
  • Patent number: 10112530
    Abstract: One or more braking event detection computing devices and methods are disclosed herein based on fused sensor data collected during a window of time from various sensors of a mobile device found within an interior of a vehicle. The various sensors of the mobile device may include a GPS receiver, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a microphone, a camera, and a magnetometer. Data from vehicle sensors and other external systems may also be used. The braking event detection computing devices may adjust the polling frequency of the GPS receiver of the mobile device to capture non-consecutive data points based on the speed of the vehicle, the battery status of the mobile device, traffic-related information, and weather-related information. The braking event detection computing devices may use classification machine learning algorithms on the fused sensor data to determine whether or not to classify a window of time as a braking event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jared S. Snyder, Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9972184
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for monitoring a vehicle operator and for monitoring the environment of a vehicle operator. In particularly, the present disclosure relates to systems and methods for determining a physical position of an operator within a vehicle and for determining environmental conditions surrounding the vehicle operator. The systems may include at least one of: an image sensor, an infrared sensor, an ultrasonic sensor, a microphone or a combination or sub-combination thereof. The methods may determine a position and/or an orientation of a vehicle operator's head, arms, hands, legs, feet, etc., a combination thereof or a sub-combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason Freeck, Alex Ewing Ford, Paul Sloan, Ryan Thomas Schmidt, Mihir Dilip Angal, Neel Kothari
  • Patent number: 9870656
    Abstract: A method and system for processing requests for vehicular data, including receiving a vehicle request for a vehicle parameter from a client system (e.g., third party application); verifying client access to the vehicle parameter; determining one or more parameter values for the requested vehicle parameter; and transmitting the one or more parameter values to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Smartcar, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanketh Suresh Katta, Sahas Suresh Katta
  • Patent number: 9836225
    Abstract: An electronic control unit for a vehicle includes a nonvolatile memory that is capable of erasing and writing data electrically, and capable of receiving a program to be written into the nonvolatile memory in units of a predetermined size by means of communication using a communication buffer. The electronic control unit for the vehicle uses communication buffers, the number of which is greater than the number of communication buffers used in an in-vehicle communication environment, to receive the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Abe, Koji Yuasa, Toshihisa Arai
  • Patent number: 9827997
    Abstract: An electrical infrastructure system and method of use of the system for a vehicle. There are several electronic control units (ECU) for one or several functional units (30n) for the vehicle. The ECUs are connected through a network (32). The infrastructure system is configured to implement a state map including various operational states Sn that the vehicle can adopt. These operational states are connected by one or several transitions Tn, where the transition from one operational state to another depends on predetermined transition conditions being satisfied. The infrastructure system is configured to receive one or several input signals (34) to at least one ECU, comprising parameter values that represent events. The at least one ECU is configured to analyze the input signals with the aid of the transition conditions, to determine an operational state, and to make the operational state that has been determined available on the network (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SCANIA CV AB
    Inventor: Hannes Lindstrand
  • Patent number: 9777466
    Abstract: A maintenance device for a construction machine includes: an abnormality detection means for detecting abnormality of an apparatus installed on the construction machine; an abnormality information output means for outputting abnormality information about the apparatus detected by the abnormality detection means; and a maintenance mode setting means for setting a maintenance mode for performing a maintenance work of the apparatus, wherein the abnormality information output means for eliminating negation or output of the information, if any abnormality of the apparatus is detected in a state in which the maintenance mode is set by the maintenance mode setting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taiki Aizawa, Yuichiro Morita, Koichi Shibata
  • Patent number: 9720489
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system comprising a main electrical unit (2) and a peripheral electrical unit (3, 4,5), wherein the main electrical unit and the peripheral electrical unit are switchable between a low-power mode and a high-power mode. The main electrical unit is adapted to hand over a control of the system to the peripheral electrical unit, if the peripheral electrical unit is in the high-power mode, and to switch from the high-power mode to the low-power mode, after the control has been handed over. The peripheral electrical unit is adapted to receive the control from the main electrical unit and to control the system, if the peripheral electrical unit is in the high-power mode. This allows the system to be still in operation mode, although the main electrical unit has been switched to the low-power mode, thereby reducing the power consumption of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Biju Kumar Sreedharan Nair, Willem Franke Pasveer
  • Patent number: 9682669
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processing device programmed to determine an ignition state and a vehicle speed. The processing device powers at least one vehicle subsystem if the ignition state is off and the vehicle speed is above a predetermined threshold. The processing device may disable the vehicle subsystem when the vehicle speed falls below the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Acuna, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Karl William Wojcik, James Michael Weinfurther, David James Tippy, Barb LeMaigre
  • Patent number: 9632970
    Abstract: An apparatus for operating a data bus system of a motor vehicle having data bus segments, at least one of the data bus segments is designed to switch from an active state to a rest state and vice versa. In a first step, a communication requirement is detected of a first control device of a first data bus segment in the rest state. If a communication requirement of the first control device is detected, the first data bus segment is brought from the rest state into the active state. If a communication requirement of the first control device with a second control device outside of the first data bus segment is detected, all other data bus segments of the data bus system outside of the first data bus segment that are in the rest state are additionally activated across the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Christoph Hoffmann, Mirko Vujasinovic
  • Patent number: 9589394
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a system and a related computer-executed method of locating a source of a ground offset in a network of electronic devices interconnected by a communication bus. An exemplary method detects signal voltages on the communication bus that are indicative of a ground offset condition, and saves voltage timestamps for the detected signal voltages such that each detected signal voltage has a respective voltage timestamp. Message timestamps are added to messages on the communication bus, such that each message has a respective message timestamp. The message timestamps are compared against the voltage timestamps to identify at least one of the electronic devices as a ground offset source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: David B. Gumpert