Active Testing (i.e., Providing Input To System) Patents (Class 701/32.8)
  • Patent number: 11548768
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a remote control device for a crane, a construction machine and/or an industrial truck, comprising a mobile end device in the form of a tablet computer that has a screen having a touch-screen function and at least one input means for inputting control commands in the form of a touch-screen display means, as well as a signal transmission device for transmitting the input control commands to the control apparatus of the crane, of the construction machine and/or of the industrial truck. It is proposed to use the screen of the tablet computer not only to input and display control commands, but also to present actual images and/or desired images of the working environment of the machine so that, on an inputting of control commands via the touchscreen function of the screen, the machine operator can simultaneously monitor the working environment there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: Benjamin Albrecht
  • Patent number: 11505077
    Abstract: A vehicle including a power receiving pad for wirelessly receiving power, a plurality of magnetic sensors for measuring a magnetic field of a power transmitting pad and obtaining magnetic field data, one or more processors, and one or more memory modules are provided. The one or more memory modules include a computer-readable medium storing computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to receive the magnetic field data from the plurality of magnetic sensors, and estimate a lateral misalignment of the power receiving pad with respect to a magnetic axis of the power transmitting pad. The magnetic sensors are arranged to detect at least an X-component and a Y-component of a magnetic field produced by a power transmitting pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Utah State University
    Inventors: Zeljko Pantic, Seyed Mohammad Reza Tavakoli, Chungchih Chou, Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 11485329
    Abstract: An emergency halt method for a vehicle driving at least partially in automated fashion. The method includes receiving an emergency halt signal; providing a blocking signal, a first control unit being blocked, and the control over controlling driving maneuvers of the vehicle being withdrawn from the first control unit; and providing a not-drive signal for starting an emergency halt maneuver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Schulz-Weiling
  • Patent number: 11455845
    Abstract: A fuel property diagnostic device configured to diagnose properties of fuel for a vehicle includes a computer configured to diagnose the properties of the fuel for each region based on the number of vehicles with clogging. The number of vehicles with clogging is the number of vehicles in which an internal combustion engine provided with an exhaust gas control device in an exhaust passage is mounted, the exhaust gas control device includes a filter for capturing particulate matter contained in an exhaust gas, and the filter is clogged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Yoshiya Yamashita, Tetsu Yamada
  • Patent number: 11403893
    Abstract: An example method for outputting a PID filter list (PFL) includes: receiving RO data from one or more ROs that indicate particular vehicle identifying information (PVII), at least one symptom identifier, and a particular vehicle component; determining, symptom-to-parameter-identifier (PID) mapping data (MD) based on the received RO data and component-to-PID MD; determining, based on the set of available PIDs for the SOV and the symptom-to-PID MD, a PFL, wherein the PFL is associated with the PVII and the at least one symptom identifier, and wherein the PFL indicates a symptom-based subset of PIDs from the set of available PIDs for the SOV; receiving, a request sent over a communication network from a display device, wherein the request comprises the PVII and the at least one symptom identifier; and transmitting, over the communication network to the display device, a response to the request, the response comprising the PFL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Bradley R. Lewis, Patrick S. Merg, Roy S. Brozovich, Jacob G. Foreman, Joshua C. Covington, Brett A. Kelley, Steven E. Miskovic
  • Patent number: 11198444
    Abstract: Diagnosing a sensor processing unit of an autonomous driving vehicle is described. An example computer-implemented method can include transmitting an executable image of a sensor processing application from a host system to the sensor processing unit via at least one of a universal asynchronous receiver-transmitter (UART) or an Ethernet connection. The method also includes causing the sensor processing unit to execute and launch the executable image of the sensor processing application in the DRAM from the eMMC storage device. The method also includes transmitting a sequence of predetermined commands to the executed sensor processing application to perform a plurality of sensor data processing operations on sensor data obtained from a plurality of sensors or sensor simulators associated with an autonomous driving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Tiffany Zhang, Kwan Oh, Manjiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11190030
    Abstract: A method of inspecting the safety of an electric vehicle charger includes: fastening a charger connector between a charger side and a vehicle side; checking for an abnormality in the charger and the charger connector by checking for a leakage current; raising a voltage of a quick charger to a voltage of a high-voltage battery of a battery unit by closing a high-voltage battery main relay; charging a motor inverter capacitor of an inverter unit connected to the battery unit by closing the high-voltage battery main relay; opening the high-voltage battery main relay and then closing a quick charge relay of a charging unit connected to the inverter unit; checking whether normal charge is enabled by requesting a normal charge voltage and a normal charge electric current from the vehicle side to the charger side; and forcedly discharging a voltage with which the motor inverter capacitor is charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Chil-Seong Park
  • Patent number: 11105701
    Abstract: An input-side control device includes: a feedback controller that generates a first control input signal for eliminating the difference between a model speed signal ?m and a speed detection signal ? by using the signal difference between a higher order torque command signal Tref and an axial torque detection signal Tsh to generate the model speed signal ?m which corresponds to the rotational speed of an inertial body having a set moment of inertia Jset moving under a torque corresponding to the signal difference; a feed-forward controller that generates a second control input signal by multiplying the signal difference by k·Jdy/Jset; and a low-pass filter that generates a torque command signal Tr from a signal obtained by combining the outputs of the controllers and attenuating components at a higher frequency than a cut-off frequency fc set in the vicinity of the resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Meidensha Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Akiyama
  • Patent number: 11059436
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a rolling chassis structure and a working component coupled to the rolling chassis structure. The rolling chassis structure includes a chassis, a non-working component, and a control interface. The non-working component is coupled to the chassis and is configured to facilitate transit operations for the rolling chassis structure. The control interface is disposed in a cab area of the chassis. The control interface is communicably coupled to the non-working component and is configured to control operation of the non-working component. The working component is configured to move relative to the chassis and is communicably coupled to the control interface. The control interface is configured to control movement of the working component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Grant Wildgrube, Joshua D. Rocholl, Cody D. Clifton, John T. Kellander
  • Patent number: 11029660
    Abstract: A safety input system for monitoring a sensor can include a voltage sensing circuit configured to produce a first detection output upon sensing a signal exceeding a voltage threshold, and a current sensing circuit configured to produce a second detection output upon sensing the signal exceeding a current threshold and/or voltage threshold. The signal can come from a sensor in an industrial automation system, such as a light curtain. The first detection output can be provided to a first processor, and the second detection output can be provided to a second processor, so that two processors can independently monitor the sensor. The signal can be monitored by separate input systems. Periodically the first processor can inject a first test signal into the input system for the second processor to detect, and the second processor can inject a second test signal into the input system for the first processor to detect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Center, Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kian Kiat Koh
  • Patent number: 10991178
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for trailer safety is provided. The method includes: receiving a request to perform a trailer safety check, wherein the request is associated with a vehicle and a trailer; in response to the request, providing a trailer safety checklist, wherein the trailer safety checklist includes a plurality of user-interface elements, and at least one of the user-interface elements corresponds to a light component of the trailer; receiving a first signal indicating that an operator has selected the user-interface element corresponding to the light component of the trailer, wherein the operator is located outside of the vehicle; and in response to the first signal, causing the light component of the trailer corresponding to the selected user-interface element to turn on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek A. Thompson, Darin P. Rosekrans, Jeffrey E. Pierfelice, Frankie B. Reed, Stephen L. Robertson, John Charles Rafferty, Clinton John Williams
  • Patent number: 10782334
    Abstract: Methods and devices are discussed relating to testing of MOS switch transistors. For example, at least two different test measurements may be performed, and a fault state may be determined based on the at least two test measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Michael Asam
  • Patent number: 10642033
    Abstract: An image display device includes an acquisition unit that acquires two or more types of information, a detection unit that detects at least one of an acceleration, an orientation, and an angular velocity of the image display device, an image change section that determines a state of the image display device on the basis of a detection result of the detection unit, switches information, which is to be selected from the two or more types of information acquired by the acquisition unit, in accordance with the determined state of the image display device, and generates display data based on the switched information, and a display unit that displays the display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yojiro Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 10637262
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus includes: an energy storage device; a voltage detecting unit for detecting a voltage of the energy storage device; an energization control unit for controlling energization of the energy storage device; and a control unit. The control unit performs a short-circuit detecting process for detecting an internal short-circuit based on a change in state of the energy storage device with charging of the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakamoto, Daisuke Konishi
  • Patent number: 10578057
    Abstract: A system for cleaning a fuel cap valve of a vehicle, may include a fuel cap having an air breather passage and a negative-pressure valve body configured for opening or closing the air breather passage; a canister for collecting evaporated gas inside a fuel tank to supply the evaporated gas into an engine intake system; and a negative-pressure control mechanism for controlling an engine negative pressure, which is applied from the engine intake system to the negative-pressure valve body of the fuel cap through the canister and the fuel tank, to reach a predetermined level or more, or for controlling the engine negative pressure at a repetition interval, in a fuel cap cleaning mode for cleaning the negative-pressure valve body of the fuel cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jong Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 10569654
    Abstract: The present invention improves usability by making it possible to change a display gauge of an added amount of regenerated energy. A regenerated energy display device (1) according to the present invention is installed in a vehicle (10) that is capable of collecting the regenerated energy and comprises: a display unit (2) that is capable of displaying a graph (5) that shows an added amount (Aa) of regenerated energy; and a control unit (3) that controls the display unit (2) such that it is possible to change a gauge (the upper limit) of information indicating the added amount (Aa) displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Risa Tokairin, Yohei Hashimoto, Yoichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10450904
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis system of an internal combustion engine that is installed on a vehicle and includes an actuator includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit receives vehicle outside information concerning a period of time for which the vehicle speed is less than a predetermined value, and determines whether the period for which the vehicle speed is less than the predetermined value is expected to be equal to or longer than a length of time required for an abnormality diagnosis of an abnormality diagnosis target device. The electronic control unit activates the actuator and starts the abnormality diagnosis as the vehicle speed becomes lower than the predetermined value, when it determines that the period for which the vehicle speed is lower than the predetermined value is expected to be equal to or longer than the time required for the abnormality diagnosis of the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Masahiro Kachi
  • Patent number: 10361576
    Abstract: An electronic control unit is configured to i) turn off a charging relay when a charger is disconnected from an external power source while external charging is in progress which is started when the charger is connected to the external power source and the charging relay is turned on while a system is off and in which a battery is charged with electric power from the external power source by the charger, and ii) set the period from the disconnection of the charger from the external power source to the turn-off of the charging relay to be longer when preliminary air conditioning is in progress than when preliminary air conditioning is not in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Nomura
  • Patent number: 10310631
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a processor, a display unit, and a storage unit. The storage unit is configured to store a preset moving speed threshold and a program. When the program is executed by the processor, the program causes the processor to detect a moving speed of the electronic device, compare the detected moving speed with the preset moving speed threshold; and control the display unit to enlarge an item displayed by the display unit when the detected moving speed is greater than the preset moving speed threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ko-Han Lee
  • Patent number: 10289404
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to identifying Electronic Control Unit (ECU) anomalies in a vehicle. Operations may include monitoring data representing real-time processing activity of the ECU; receiving comparable data relating to processing activity of at least one other ECU deemed comparable in functionality to the ECU; comparing the real-time processing activity data with the comparable data, to identify at least one anomaly in the real-time processing activity of the ECU; and implementing a control action for the ECU when the at least one anomaly is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Labs Ltd.
    Inventor: Zohar Fox
  • Patent number: 10249107
    Abstract: A method of managing faults for a vehicle engine control system, includes a plurality of monitoring or observation strategies monitoring a plurality of components and using diagnostics to detect the presence of faults in the plurality of components. For each monitoring or observation strategy, referred to as a diagnosis, if it diagnoses the presence of a fault in a component, the fault detected in the diagnosed component is stored and all the monitoring or observation strategies continue to detect the presence of faults in all of the components that they respectively monitor, but the presence of the fault in the diagnosed component is ignored so as to enable the detection of the presence of other faults, if any, in components other than the diagnosed component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Stephane Eloy, Lionel Cailler
  • Patent number: 9984296
    Abstract: An alignment tool is disclosed configured to provide accurate tire alignment analysis based on the comparison of video recordings capturing a direction of travel and data obtained from various vehicle on-board components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Santamaria, Rodrigo Felix
  • Patent number: 9652204
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for building and executing reconfigurable algorithms in on-board environments which require pre-certification of the compiled code, such as avionics, flight control, and military applications. The code execution architecture includes a library of reusable function modules in the form of pre-compiled code blocks; an algorithm execution utility (AEU) for processing a user-assembled string of code blocks; and a customer interface for selecting code blocks, defining their associated parameters and sequence (execution order), structuring inputs and outputs, and for providing the integrated, machine readable application to the AEU at run time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Ravindra Patankar, Shreyas Iyer, Sravan Rachamalla, Murali Kadeppagari
  • Patent number: 9639997
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a test apparatus that includes a simulation signal generation portion and a test portion. Embodiments of the simulation signal generation portion include an input interface, a simulation signal generation module, and an output interface. Embodiments of the test portion include wiring extension apparatus, a Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit and a comparison module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Air China Limited
    Inventors: Weixi Chai, Dechao Zhong, Xueliang Wu, Tang Li, Yuanbin Li, Qixiang Li, Chengli Ouyang, Wenjing Bi
  • Patent number: 9633490
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a set of devises for determining a state of the vehicle at an instant of time and a processor operatively connected to a memory for processing parameters of the state of the vehicle collected over a plurality of instances of time for a period of time from an initial instance of time till a current instant of time to determine a set of driving conditions leading to a current state of the vehicle at the current instant of time. Each driving condition indicates a condition of an operation of the vehicle for the period of time. The vehicle also includes a communication module for outputting the current state of the vehicle determined by the set of devices at the current instant of time and for outputting the set of driving conditions leading to the current state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Zafer Sahinoglu, Oncel Tuzel
  • Patent number: 9566865
    Abstract: A method for diagnosing charging state may include a diagnostic trouble code generation step of generating a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) when the state for charging a battery from an alternator is abnormal in the state in which the alternator is operating to charge the battery while a vehicle is traveling, and then storing diagnostic trouble code in an ECU (Electronic Control Unit), and a diagnostic trouble code release step of deleting the diagnostic trouble code in the ECU when the state for charging the battery from the alternator is returned to be normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung-Bum Kim, Bon Chang Koo
  • Patent number: 9335234
    Abstract: A method for determining deterioration of a dry clutch mounted between an engine and a motor of a hybrid vehicle includes determining whether an entry condition to determine the deterioration of the dry clutch is satisfied. Roughness of the dry clutch is determined when the entry condition is satisfied. A deviation between the roughness of the dry clutch and a reference value is calculated, and the deviation is compared with a threshold value. A roughness counter of the dry clutch is increased when the deviation is larger than the threshold value. The roughness counter of the dry clutch is compared with a boundary value. It is determined that the dry clutch deteriorates when the roughness counter of the dry clutch is larger than the boundary value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Jeong Soo Eo
  • Patent number: 9299197
    Abstract: A graphical user interface is provided that can be used on a diagnostic tool. The graphical user interface allows a technician to operate various functions of the diagnostic tool including searching for additional information on the Internet, receiving weather information that is relevant to certain diagnostic tests, and displaying in certain formats the retrieved vehicle data and when certain vehicles were last scanned or diagnosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: James Fish, David Richard Moulton, Kevin Gray
  • Patent number: 9279743
    Abstract: An inspection method of the present invention performs a step of giving the electric motor an instructing for rotating a foot shaft in a reverse direction and checking whether the foot shaft is rotating in the reverse direction, and a step of checking whether hydraulic pressure acting on the hydraulic pump has reached a predetermined pressure level. By checking a rotating direction of the electric motor, it is possible to check electrical connections. By checking the hydraulic pressure, it is possible to check whether there is any trouble in a hydraulic system. Namely, the present invention can perform an electrical connection check and a hydraulic pressure check in a collective fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotsune Fukei, Manato Saitou, Yoshitaka Hirai, Minoru Tsuchida, Masahide Ueda
  • Patent number: 9168906
    Abstract: Provided is a method for determining the efficiency of an ABS controller. The method may comprise performing a first test on a first tire using a first ABS controller at a first inflation pressure, gathering a first data set, using a digital computer to generate a first function from the first data set, and using a digital computer to calculate a first efficiency based on the first function. The first data set may comprise data about the first test. The first function may describe normalized mu versus time for a first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob R. Kidney, John L. Turner, Ke-Jun Xie
  • Patent number: 9159167
    Abstract: An approach is provided for complementing various devices and/or instruments by utilizing augmented reality and providing an adaptive user interface to a user at a user device. A user device determines one or more information items associated with at least one instrument panel of at least one vehicle. Then the user device determines one or more representations of the one or more information items and causes, at least in part, a presentation of the one or more information items at the user device, wherein the user device may complement and/or may be substituted for the at least one instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Marko Tapio Tuukkanen
  • Patent number: 9052996
    Abstract: A diagnostic tool and method are provided wherein the diagnostic tool can be configured to communicate a message including indicators to indicate the condition of the vehicle using a database and the DTCs present in the vehicle. The message can indicate for each DTC retrieved from the vehicle, the level of repair urgency and whether the vehicle can be driven without damaging the vehicle through one or both of a display and a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Wittliff, III, Shilpi Biswas, Jennifer Grabowski, Phillip Freshour, Hamid Namaky
  • Publication number: 20150149026
    Abstract: A crane monitoring system is for determining crane service conditions is disclosed. The crane monitoring systems includes a sensor for measuring acceleration, a processing unit operably coupled to the sensor and a data store storing computer executable instructions. The computer executable instructions, when executed by the processing unit, cause the processing unit to perform a plurality of functions including determining at least one crane service condition dependent upon a signal from the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew T. Oswald, Jeffrey S. Blair, James A. Alger, Brian G. Bilke
  • Publication number: 20150142228
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a vehicle in response to a diagnostic test performed to detect an incorrect cable connection of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Luedtke, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Jonathan Andrew Butcher, Rimma Paransky
  • Publication number: 20150134195
    Abstract: An inspection method of the present invention performs a step of giving the electric motor an instructing for rotating a foot shaft in a reverse direction and checking whether the foot shaft is rotating in the reverse direction, and a step of checking whether hydraulic pressure acting on the hydraulic pump has reached a predetermined pressure level. By checking a rotating direction of the electric motor, it is possible to check electrical connections. By checking the hydraulic pressure, it is possible to check whether there is any trouble in a hydraulic system. Namely, the present invention can perform an electrical connection check and a hydraulic pressure check in a collective fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Hirotsune Fukei, Manato Saitou, Yoshitaka Hirai, Minoru Tsuchida, Masahide Ueda
  • Patent number: 9026343
    Abstract: Operational efficiency and/or control systems and methods for vehicles are provided in order to improve fuel efficiency when traveling in a fuel powered vehicle from point A to point B. The systems and methods can determine the “best” or most efficient route to take based on one or more priorities, make driving recommendations to the operator, and/or automatically control one or more systems (e.g., engine, brakes, transmission, etc.) of the vehicle. The systems and methods can calculate the “best” route based on predefined trip requirements, including cost, schedule, route preferences, and/or risk of potential delays, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventor: Wesley Mays
  • Patent number: 9020658
    Abstract: A system for detecting a mass tamper event affecting a vehicle mass record for a vehicle being monitored includes a body bounce frequency estimator configured to estimate body bounce frequency for the vehicle and a mass estimator configured to estimate a vehicle mass, m, according to the equation (I), where k is a constant relating to a suspension system in the vehicle and ?b is the estimated body bounce frequency. A first comparator compares the estimated vehicle mass value with an alternative vehicle mass value and identifies a mass tamper event when the estimated vehicle mass value differs from the alternative vehicle mass value by more than a pre-determined amount. An interface communicates mass tamper event data to a remote device. A system and method for recording vehicle mass data are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Transport Certification Australia Limited
    Inventors: Charles Karl, David Dajia Cai, Lloyd Davis, Chris Blanksby
  • Patent number: 9020683
    Abstract: A diagnostic system for diagnosing faults in a trailer electrical system generally includes a mode determination module that determines a current operating mode to be one of a sleep mode, a normal mode, a situational awareness mode, and an adaptive calibration mode. A first mode module operates when the current operating mode is the normal mode and during operation, diagnoses an open circuit fault of the trailer electrical system based on a comparison of a current load on the trailer electrical system and an average load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Johnson, Jamie A. Mleczko, Kang Li
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150105970
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a controller, including a processor, sets an initial vibration frequency to be applied to an airframe. The controller commands one or more force generators to apply a vibratory load to the airframe at the initial vibration frequency. The controller determines a vibration response of the airframe at the initial vibration frequency using sensors. The controller sweeps through a range of vibration frequencies to be applied to the airframe. The one or more force generators are commanded to apply a plurality of vibratory loads to the airframe over the range of vibration frequencies. The controller determines a range of vibration responses of the airframe over the range of vibration frequencies using the sensors. A global stiffness of the airframe is determined based on the vibration response and the range of vibration responses. The controller reports results of the determined global stiffness of the airframe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Harrigan
  • Patent number: 9002558
    Abstract: After turning a main relay to a full off-state and turning a charger relay to a full off-state or a half off-state only one of a positive-side switch and a negative-side switch is turned of voltage application processing is performed to control a bidirectional DC-DC converter to apply an output voltage of an accessory battery to a power cable after boosting. After the voltage application processing, check processing is performed to check whether a short-circuit is present in the charger relay by comparing a terminal voltage of a first capacitor and a terminal voltage of a second capacitor. After the check processing, discharge processing is performed to control the DC-DC converter to discharge at least the first capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Toyoaki Kurita
  • Publication number: 20150084402
    Abstract: A system and method of diagnosing and/or mitigating the effects of a malfunctioning brake valve configured to supply pressurized fluid to a brake unit via a pressure delivery line during automated braking operations including detecting a period of no braking activity, venting the pressure delivery line to atmosphere during the period of no braking activity, monitoring pressure in the pressure delivery line to detect a pressure change resulting from the venting, and generating an error signal if a detected pressure change exceeds a threshold value. The pressure modulating valve can be periodically cycled once a fault is detected to reduce the effects thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael D. Tober, Timothy Carritte, Timothy J. Frashure
  • Patent number: 8983715
    Abstract: A method for recognizing unintended drive train responses of a motor vehicle includes at least one drive unit, in which at least one input variable of the motor vehicle and/or of the drive unit is input into the drive train, and at least one output variable is measured at the motor vehicle and/or the drive unit. In order to recognize an unintended drive train response early, the at least one input variable is supplied to a dynamic model which at least partially simulates the drive train of the motor vehicle, the dynamic model determining, based on the at least one input variable, at least one model output variable which is compared to the at least one measured output variable, and an unintended drive train response being deduced if there is a difference between the measured output variable and the model output variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Jens-Werner Falkenstein
  • Publication number: 20150051874
    Abstract: A method comprises collecting a data set of field characterization measurements at a location inside a reverberant cavity excited by signals having multiple discrete electromagnetic frequencies; and performing a number (n) of circular shifts on the data set by a frequency step (?f) and computing a covariance-based coefficient at each shift until the coefficient indicates a lack of correlation. The method further comprises computing a quality factor (Q) of the reverberant cavity as fc/(?f×n), where fc is center frequency of the data set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason P. Bommer, Dennis M. Lewis, Genevieve J. Hankins
  • Patent number: 8938330
    Abstract: A method is provided for characterizing a straight-line behavior of a given vehicle that includes at least one suspension device. For a given value of a parameter that when varied modifies a friction generated in each suspension device, the method includes steps of: applying a stress cycle to each suspension device so as to identify a friction present in each suspension device; determining, for each suspension device, a value of an indicator relating to the friction; repeating the applying step and the determining step by varying the parameter so as to obtain a variation of the indicator as a function of the parameter; and for each suspension device, determining an interval of a value of the parameter in which the indicator is greater than a predetermined threshold for the given vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Techniques S.A.
    Inventors: Thibault Dailliez, Christophe Egerszegi
  • Publication number: 20150006024
    Abstract: In the development of a vehicle component, provision may be made for a component to be tested during a test drive. Thus, the behavior of the vehicle component in the event of failure of a sensor, for example, can be tested. The aim is to enable systematic checking of a mode of operation of a vehicle component. An isolation adapter has a terminal for the vehicle component and a switching device that has a plurality of switch contacts to which a respective test circuit can be connected. An electrical connection between the terminal and at least one of the switch contacts can be produced by switching the switching device. Even during switching, there is always an electrical connection to at least one of the switch contacts. The isolation adapter may also have a display unit that mechanically detects a switching position of the switching device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Christian Pauli
  • Patent number: 8924073
    Abstract: A Portable Maintenance Aid (PMA) having multiple applications for the electrical testing and data acquisition for various air/ground vehicle platforms is disclosed. The PMA includes an interface adapter that has a number of electrical testing interfaces and data collection ports in addition to a stray voltage detector. The portable testing aid also includes a user interface that transmits data to the interface adapter and a display that communicates the testing and maintenance information to the user. The portable testing aid also includes a communication system for transferring information between the user interface, the display, and the interface adapter. The PMA provides a preload tester/stray voltage tester that is sustainable, less replaceable and has capability of filling the test voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Marino, Dennis D. Duke, Roy A. Stott, Paul L. Tran, Danny C. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20140379206
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for performing a non-intrusive engine compression test. When compression testing is requested, a hybrid vehicle engine may be spun unfueled using energy from a battery driven electric motor. Changes in battery current over multiple engine cycles is used to infer cylinder compression parameters and assess cylinder compression degradation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 8914188
    Abstract: A system for testing a number of electronic module assemblies (EMAs) that control one or more personal restraint systems. A programmed processor with a computer system transmits signals that instruct the EMAs to perform a diagnostic self-test. The results of the self-test are received by the computer system and stored in a computer readable memory. In one embodiment, the computer system is a cabin management computer system for use on an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Anthony Settles, Ronald A. Shields
  • Publication number: 20140350779
    Abstract: Any one of ECUs that are operating detects a present power supply voltage repeatedly. When the voltage detected at the present time is changed from the voltage detected at the previous time, a difference is calculated as a variation value and the repeatedly calculated variation values are integrated to provide a voltage variation integrated value. When the variation of the power supply voltage of an ECU becomes great relatively due to a loose connection in a power supply line, the calculated voltage variation integrated value becomes greater than those of the other ECUs. In addition, when a defect arises in a common power supply source, the voltage variation integrated value increases in all the ECUs. Therefore, each integrated value of the variation values of the power supply voltage in each of the ECUs enables an anomaly diagnosis of an occurrence point of the defect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Motohiro YASUE