Storing Operational History (e.g., Data Logging, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/33.4)
  • Patent number: 11210740
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for generating data representative of an individual's insurance risk based on actual driving behaviors and driving environment. The systems and methods may include collecting data from personal electronic device sensors, vehicle sensors, driver inputs, environment sensors and interactions of the vehicle, the driver and the environment. The systems and methods may further include analyzing the data to generate data representative of an individual insurance risk. The systems and methods may further include presenting the data representative of the individual insurance risk to an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Andrea Lee Rhoades
  • Patent number: 11202030
    Abstract: A method for providing event data from cross-referenced data memories of an on-vehicle event detection and reporting system includes cross-referencing event data stored in an event buffer with continuous video data stored in a continuous DVR memory. A request for additional data corresponding to a detected driving or vehicle event may be received by the on-vehicle system, where the request includes an event identifier corresponding to a detected driving or vehicle event. The requested additional data is identified in the DVR memory using the event identifier and based on said cross-referencing between the event data with the continuous video data stored in the DVR memory. The identified additional data is then transmitted from the DVR memory for display on a user computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Muncy, Andreas U. Kuehnle, Brendan E. Buzer, Hans M. Molin
  • Patent number: 11192664
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments including a method, system and computer program product for collecting aircraft performance data using smart applications. Some embodiments include receiving sensor data from one or more sensors of one or more user devices associated with an aircraft, and detecting an aircraft event of the aircraft based at least in part on the sensor data. Embodiments can also include analyzing performance of the aircraft by comparing the sensor data with historical data for the aircraft event responsive to detecting the aircraft event, and mapping the performance of the aircraft to the received sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sitaram Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 11193774
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a path to a target destination are presented. A position sensor is mounted to a haul truck. The position sensor is configured to identify a position of the haul truck. A distributed objects database stores information describing target destinations within a mining environment and performance characteristics of the haul truck. A navigation aid is connected to the position sensor. The navigation aid is configured to identify a target destination for the haul truck, retrieve a performance characteristic of the haul truck from the distributed objects database, and calculate a first path to the target destination using the performance characteristic of the haul truck. A user interface is connected to the navigation aid. The user interface is configured to display the first path for an operator of the haul truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: MODULAR MINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael W. Lewis, Andree Röttig, Lucas Van Latum
  • Patent number: 11188191
    Abstract: A system for diagnosing and repairing vehicles is provided. An example apparatus includes a vehicle interface configured to transmit one or more instructions to an adaptor connected to a vehicle and retrieve an indication of one or more diagnostic trouble codes from the adaptor. The apparatus includes a communication module configured to transmit the diagnostic trouble codes to a remote server along with a user identifier or a vehicle identification number, and receive repair information from the remote server. The apparatus further includes a user interface configured to receive user requests for information and to display information regarding the adaptor, the vehicle information, the one or more diagnostic trouble codes, and/or the repair information. Finally, the apparatus includes a memory and a processor configured to control the vehicle interface, the communication module, the user interface, and the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: ALLDATA LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Marshall, Jeffery W. Lagges
  • Patent number: 11164018
    Abstract: An identification device includes a processor configured to acquire a result of determining, based on a part of an image with a moving object which does not include a face of an occupant on the moving object, whether the occupant is an identification target, and to identify the face of the occupant based on an image including the face of the occupant if the result indicates that the occupant is the identification target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC I-PRO SENSING SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Arima, Yuma Kobayashi, Toshimasa Funaki, Ryutaro Sen, Hideaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11117572
    Abstract: A method, and associated computer system and computer program product, for cognition enabled driving pattern detection that includes receiving driving related data, storing the driving related data in one or more data repositories, receiving real-time driving data from at least one sensor related to an active driving situation, analyzing the driving related data and the real-time driving data, detecting a predictive driving outcome prior to the occurrence of the predictive driving outcome based on the analyzing, and notifying a driver based on the predictive driving outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bing Xin Wang, Zhuo J P Cai, Kushal Patel, Sarvesh Patel
  • Patent number: 11113877
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for creating three dimensional models of building objects by creating a point cloud from a plurality of input images, defining edges of the building object's surfaces represented by the point cloud, creating simplified geometries of the building object's surfaces and constructing a building model based on the simplified geometries. Input images may include ground, orthographic, or oblique images. The resultant model may be scaled according to correlation with select image types and textured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Hover Inc.
    Inventors: Shaohui Sun, Ioannis Pavlidis, Adam J. Altman
  • Patent number: 11113292
    Abstract: A computer calculates, in accordance with a maximum mean discrepancy, a similarity level between a first feature distribution correlating to a first distribution information item stored in a distribution database and a second feature distribution correlating to a second distribution information item stored in the distribution database. The second distribution information item is different from the first distribution information item. The maximum mean discrepancy is a distance measure indicative of the similarity level between the first and second feature distributions. The computer determines whether the calculated similarity level is equal to or higher than a predetermined threshold, and integrates the first feature distribution and the second feature distribution into a common feature distribution upon determining that the calculated similarity level is equal to or higher than the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masataka Mori, Kentaro Hitomi, Kazuhito Takenaka
  • Patent number: 11113906
    Abstract: Predictive maintenance and diagnostics for an electronic module of an autonomous vehicle using modular condition monitoring is described herein. A computing system receives a signal from a data logger which monitors a condition of the electronic module of the autonomous vehicle, wherein the signal is indicative of damage accumulation information thereof. The computing system identifies a type of the electronic module and a damage accumulation threshold for the type of the electronic module to generate a predicted maintenance schedule for the electronic module of the autonomous vehicle. The damage accumulation information can be stored in a data store to define the damage accumulation threshold for the type of the electronic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: GM CRUISE HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Frank Schmidt, Samuel Harrison Glidden, Erik Birk Nielsen, Chase Brian Kaufman
  • Patent number: 11094092
    Abstract: A system and method include generating, by a map labeling control unit including a processor, label candidates for areas of an airport map, evaluating, by the map labeling control unit, the label candidates to determine positions of labels for the areas of the airport map, and determining, by the map labeling control unit, different sets of labels to display for different views of the airport map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Valeri Ivanov Gyurdiev
  • Patent number: 11037177
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method, telematics data collected during one or more time periods by one or more electronic subsystems of a vehicle and/or a mobile device is received. The telematics data includes operational data indicative of how a driver of the vehicle operated the vehicle. The telematics data is analyzed to identify one or more driving behaviors of the driver. Based upon the one or more of driving behaviors, a driver profile is generated or modified. A suggested vehicle component type matching the generated or modified driver profile is identified, at least by determining that the generated or modified driver profile meets a set of one or more matching criteria associated with the suggested vehicle component type. An indication of the suggested vehicle component type is displayed to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Leo Nelson Chan, Jacob J. Alt, Matthew S. Megyese, Steven C. Cielocha, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Brian Mark Fields
  • Patent number: 10972206
    Abstract: Methods and systems are employed for selectively controlling the presentation of broadcast content item in which a unique set of broadcast content items are presented based on the selection of a content type and a selection of a geography for each content type to control the manner in which broadcast content types are recorded and/or presented for the vehicle. In some embodiments, methods and systems are employed for providing relevant information to a vehicle based on receiving multiple broadcast streams, and separating the broadcast content items into segments based on a variety of content types along a predicted path of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Jason Calvert, Christopher Lidaka
  • Patent number: 10957130
    Abstract: The described features of the present disclosure generally relate to one or more improved systems for analyzing driver performance with respect to a driving event that is correlated with corresponding image or video data (e.g., video captured by cameras mounted around the truck). Specifically, before the driving event is recorded against the driver's performance assessment, the techniques of the present disclosure analyze the image or video data corresponding to external environmental conditions around the vehicle and corresponding to the driving event (e.g., abrupt application of brakes) in order to determine whether the driver was at fault or if the driver actions were in response to conditions out of the control of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OMNITRACS, LLC
    Inventor: Wesley M. Mays
  • Patent number: 10918261
    Abstract: A power supply control system includes a power supply circuit that supplies power, an electronic component that is operable by the power supplied from the power supply circuit, starts shutdown processing in response to an input of a stop instruction signal, and operates when an operation instruction signal is input, and a signal control circuit that receives a power input state signal or a power cutoff state signal as a power state signal indicating a state of the power supply circuit, outputs the stop instruction signal when the power cutoff state signal is input, outputs the operation instruction signal when the power input state signal is input, and outputs the stop instruction signal at least during the shutdown processing when the power input state signal is input in a case in which the shutdown processing of the electronic component is not finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisashi Yoda, Hiroyuki Ushifusa
  • Patent number: 10891808
    Abstract: An video analysis computing system driving analysis may include a camera associated with a first vehicle and having a viewing angle capable of capturing a video of one or more other vehicles in proximity to the first vehicle, a first memory location communicatively coupled to the camera, wherein the first memory location stores video data captured by the camera, and an evaluation module including a processor executing instructions that cause the processor to: evaluate the captured video stored in the first memory location to determine whether a driving event performed by a second vehicle has occurred, assign, in response to an identified driving event performed by the second vehicle, a driving event rating to a video showing the identified driving event, wherein the driving event rating may be calculated, at least in part, using a crowd-sourced driving event rating obtained after posting the video to a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10885773
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and devices for collecting information related to traffic accidents. A method in a first electronic sensor device involves the detection of a traffic accident, retrieving information regarding available other electronic sensor devices at the location of the traffic accident, and activating at least one of the available other electronic sensor devices to send any traffic accident data recorded at the time for the traffic accident to a traffic information service. According to a method in a traffic information service node, the method includes receiving a traffic accident alert message from an electronic sensor device, retrieving information regarding available electronic sensor devices at the location of the traffic accident, activating at least one of the available electronic sensor devices to send any recorded traffic accident data and receiving, organizing and storing the traffic accident data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Athanasios Karapantelakis, Gábor Stikkel, Konstantinos Vandikas
  • Patent number: 10872381
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed with respect to using a blockchain for managing the subrogation claim process related to a vehicle collision, in particular, utilizing evidence oracles as part of the subrogation process. An exemplary embodiment includes receiving recorded data from one or more connected devices at a geographic location; analyzing the recorded data, wherein analyzing the recorded data includes determining that an collision has occurred involving one or more vehicles; generating a transaction including the data indicative of the collision based upon the analysis; and transmitting the transaction to at least one other participant in the distributed ledger network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Leise, Douglas A. Graff, Anthony McCoy, Jaime Skaggs, Shawn M. Call, Stacie A. McCullough, Wendy H. Clayton, Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Kim E. Flesher, Travis Charles Runge
  • Patent number: 10872302
    Abstract: A control system for a machine operating on a worksite includes a telemetry module associated with the machine. The telemetry module generates signals indicative of operational data of the machine. A controller communicably coupled to the telemetry module receives the signals indicative of the operational data from the telemetry module. The controller processes the received signals to create a data model. The controller identifies multiple operational zones over the worksite based at least on an analysis of the created data model. The controller determines occurrence of work cycles of the machine over the worksite based at least on the identified operational zones. The controller determines productivity data of the worksite based at least on the identified work cycles. The controller controls the machine based on the determined productivity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Vishnu Gaurav Selvaraj, Chad Timothy Brickner, Gautham Subramanian, Harshavardhan Veluru, Siddharth Kamal, Chandra Mouli Ravindran, Keerthivasan Amuthanathan
  • Patent number: 10845815
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided autonomous driving policy generation. The system can include a set of autonomous driver agents, and a driving policy generation module that includes a set of driving policy learner modules for generating and improving policies based on the collective experiences collected by the driver agents. The driver agents can collect driving experiences to create a knowledge base. The driving policy learner modules can process the collective driving experiences to extract driving policies. The driver agents can be trained via the driving policy learner modules in a parallel and distributed manner to find novel and efficient driving policies and behaviors faster and more efficiently. Parallel and distributed learning can enable accelerated training of multiple autonomous intelligent driver agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Praveen Palanisamy, Upali P. Mudalige
  • Patent number: 10825272
    Abstract: Disclosed are an image data access control apparatus for a vehicle and a method thereof. The image data access control apparatus for a vehicle includes storage that stores image data of the vehicle, a communicator that communicates with a user device, an authentication processor that authenticates the user device, and a controller that determines whether the user device can have access to the image data based on an authentication result of the authentication processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dong Hyuk Jeong, Jae Sun Han, Dong Woo Kim, Kyu Hwan Chin
  • Patent number: 10807593
    Abstract: A system for detecting a vehicular collision (i) receives occupant data from at least one internal sensor; (ii) receives external data from at least one external sensor; (iii) determines positional information for at least one occupant of a vehicle; and (iv) generates a virtual reconstruction of the vehicle collision. The virtual reconstruction indicates a severity of vehicle damage and a severity of injury to the at least one occupant caused by the vehicle collision. The system may also utilized vehicle occupant positional data, and internal and external sensor data to detect potential imminent vehicle collisions, take corrective actions, automatically engage autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle systems, and/or perform at least one action to reduce a severity of a potential injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Cole Nave, Nathan Tofte
  • Patent number: 10794724
    Abstract: This electronic interface device between at least one avionic system and a set of sensors, each avionic system and the sensors being capable of being connected to an electronic interface device, is intended to be on board an aircraft. It comprises a module for detecting a first signal sent by a user or a piece of electronic equipment and received by a first sensor of the set; a module for activating at least a first sensor of the set, for receiving a second signal from the user or the piece of electronic equipment, each second sensor being determined based on the first signal and predefined determining rules; a module for acquiring the second signal received by each second sensor; and a module for generating a message corresponding to the second signal and sending said message to one or several avionic systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Stéphanie Lafon, Thomas Ripoche, Benoit Baillarin
  • Patent number: 10796504
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting vehicle events. Some or all of the system may be installed in a vehicle, operate at the vehicle, and/or be otherwise coupled with a vehicle. The system includes one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicle. The system receives contextual information from a source external to the vehicle. The system detects a vehicle event based on the information conveyed by the output signals from the sensors and the received contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Mark Freitas, Daniel A. Deninger, David Forney, Slaven Sljivar, Alekh Vaidya, Jeffrey Griswold
  • Patent number: 10764747
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recording and communicating engine data are provided. One example aspect of the present disclosure is directed to a method for key management. The method includes generating a pair of keys, wherein one of the pair of keys is a private key, and wherein one of the pair of keys is a public key. The method includes transmitting the public key to a first remote computing device, wherein the first remote computing device transmits the public key to a second remote computing device. The method includes receiving a host key from the first remote computing device, wherein the first remote computing device received the host key from the second remote computing device. The method includes accessing the second remote computing device using the private key. The method includes verifying a request from the second remote computing device using the host key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael Clay Scholten, Daniel James Prince, Richard John Reiffer, Jr., Robert Alan Meneghini, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10750134
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for using video/still images captured by continuously recording optical sensors mounted on waste collection vehicles used in in the waste collection, disposal and recycling industry for operational and customer service related purposes. Optical sensors are integrated into the in-cab monitor as well as the onboard computer, digital video recorder and other external devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: WM Intellectual Property Holdings, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Barry S. Skolnick
  • Patent number: 10726648
    Abstract: An electronic control apparatus includes an event portion, a cumulative number acquiring portion, a time series information acquiring portion, and a storing execution portion. The event portion acquires an event information item representing an occurrence of an event. The cumulative number acquiring portion acquires a cumulative number of the occurrence of the event each time the event information item is acquired. The time series information acquiring portion acquires a time series information item each time the event information item is acquired. The storing execution portion stores, corresponding to the cumulative number, the time series information item cumulatively acquired by the time series information acquiring portion using all area of an information storage portion each time the time series information item is acquired. The time series information item includes vehicle information entries arranged in chronological order. Each of the vehicle information entries represents a condition of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jin Watanabe, Koji Nagata
  • Patent number: 10713510
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for a method for identifying speed limit signs and controlling an autonomous vehicle in response to detected speed limit signs. The autonomous vehicle's computing devices identifies a speed limit sign in a vehicle's environment and a location and orientation corresponding to the speed limit sign. Then, the and orientation location of the speed limit sign is determined to not correspond to a pre-stored location and a pre-stored orientation of a speed limit sign that is pre-stored in map information. An effect zone of the speed limit sign is determined based on the location and orientation of the speed limit sign and characteristics of surrounding areas or other detected object before or after the speed limit sign. The autonomous vehicle's computing devices determines a response of the vehicle based on the determined effect zone, and controls the autonomous vehicle based on the determined response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Harrison Silver, Pankaj Chaudhari, Carl Kershaw
  • Patent number: 10712717
    Abstract: Systems and methods for condition-based validation of performance updates are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a method can include operating an asset under updated settings, ascertaining ambient conditions of the asset and matching the ambient conditions to a condition range, determining whether data completion criteria for the condition range are satisfied and, based at least in part on the determination, selectively switching between using the updated settings for operating the asset and using baseline settings for operating the asset while collecting data points for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Raimundo Onetto, Peter Alan Gregg, Jeff Eric Bergman
  • Patent number: 10685511
    Abstract: Various aircraft systems may benefit from enhancements that increase the reliability of the systems. For example, certain avionics systems may benefit from a distributed aircraft recorder system. A system can include an aircraft recorder on an aircraft. The system can also include a plurality of memory units on the aircraft and remotely located from the aircraft recorder. The memory units may be configured to receive streaming audio and flight data from the aircraft recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: L3 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Eduardo M. Carro
  • Patent number: 10604273
    Abstract: Systems and methods for alerting trailing aircraft about conditions experienced by a leading aircraft are disclosed herein. The systems and methods include an aircraft lighting system, which includes at least one external aircraft light and a memory module configured to store at least one criterion associated with an aircraft parameter. The systems and methods further include a receiver module operably connected to the memory module which is configured to receive an aircraft parameter. The systems and methods also include a processor module operably connected to the memory module, the receiver module and the at least one external aircraft light, the processor being configured to compare the received aircraft parameter to the stored at least one criterion and is further configured to determine, on the basis of the comparison, whether to cause illumination of the at least one external aircraft light for observance by trailing aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kiran Mancheiah Venkataramana, Raghu Shamasundar, Kalimulla Khan, Srihari Jayathirtha, Umesh Hosamani
  • Patent number: 10604157
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus that tests a driver assistance system. In a method that tests a driver assistance system in a vehicle, the vehicle includes at least one visual sensor, and the driver assistance system initiates a vehicle reaction based on input data provided by the visual sensor. A provision of the input data is modified using at least one virtual object. In this ease, this modification is carried out by virtue of an image captured by the visual sensor, or scenery captured by the visual sensor being enriched using the at least one virtual object before being captured by the visual sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nils Gerber, Tobias Fraatz, Franziskus Bauer, Sascha Haase, Sebastian Stauff
  • Patent number: 10594991
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for using video/still images captured by continuously recording optical sensors mounted on waste collection vehicles used in the waste collection, disposal and recycling industry for operational and customer service related purposes. Optical sensors are integrated into the in-cab monitor as well as the onboard computer, digital video recorder and other external devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: WM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Barry S. Skolnick
  • Patent number: 10589699
    Abstract: A digital license plate system having various power and communication modes to improve performance and increase expected battery life is disclosed. In one embodiment, a response to a sensor triggered plate event requires determination of whether a vehicle is running, parked or in-motion. This determination involves waking the processor, establishing wireless connectivity, and determining if the vehicle is in motion based on local sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: REVIVERMX, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Christopher Mason, John Chen, Avi Kopelman, John Spall, Dean Batten
  • Patent number: 10565237
    Abstract: A logical segmentation data processing system includes a data retrieval interface configured to receive, from a remote geo-caching data system, geo-caching data representing geographic locations specified by the remote geo-caching data system. The data processing system includes a logical segmentation engine configured to segment a geographic map into geo-areas, each geo-area comprising a subset of the geographic locations represented by the geo-caching data. The data processing system includes an evaluation engine configured to rank, for each of a plurality of the geo-areas, geographic locations in that geo-area. The data processing system includes an aggregation engine configured to select, from each of the plurality of geo-areas, one or more geographic locations with a higher ranking, relative to the rankings of other geographic locations in that geo-area, and to aggregate the selected geographic locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Cong Hui, Markus Breitenbach, Evan Colin Purcell
  • Patent number: 10534364
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) speed following system determines how much and when to apply a throttle or a brake control of an ADV to maneuver the ADV around, or to avoid, obstacles of a planned route. The speed following system calculates a first torque force to accelerate the ADV, a second torque force to counteract frictional forces and wind resistances to maintain a reference speed, and a third torque force to minimize an initial difference and external disturbances thereafter between predefined target speed and actual speed of the ADV over a planned route. The speed following system determines a throttle-brake torque force based on the first, second, and third torque forces and utilizes the throttle-brake torque force to control a subsequent speed of the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: BAIDU USA LLC, BAIDU.COM TIMES TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Qi Kong, Xiang Yu, Sen Hu, Qi Luo, Zhenguang Zhu, Yuchang Pan, Wenli Yang, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10516768
    Abstract: A vehicle interface device (VID) switches to a first vehicle data transmission mode (VDTM) from a prior VDTM based on a trigger for transmitting vehicle data messages (VDMs) and which VDMs have been requested at a vehicle data receptor (VDR). A decreased data transfer rate may result from selecting the first VDTM such that some portions of VDMs received while the VID is operating in the other VDTM are transmitted to the VDR from the VID and other portions of those VDMs are not transmitted to the VDR from the VID. An increased data transfer rate may result from selecting the first VDTM such that some portions of VDMs received while the VID is operating in the first VDTM are transmitted to the VDR from the VID whereas those same portions would not have been transmitted to the VDR from the VID if the VID was still operating in the prior VDTM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick O'Mahony, R. Steven Brozovich, Stephen P. Ward
  • Patent number: 10504304
    Abstract: An video analysis computing system driving analysis may include a camera associated with a first vehicle and having a viewing angle capable of capturing a video of one or more other vehicles in proximity to the first vehicle, a first memory location communicatively coupled to the camera, wherein the first memory location stores video data captured by the camera, and an evaluation module including a processor executing instructions that cause the processor to: evaluate the captured video stored in the first memory location to determine whether a driving event performed by a second vehicle has occurred, assign, in response to an identified driving event performed by the second vehicle, a driving event rating to a video showing the identified driving event, wherein the driving event rating may be calculated, at least in part, using a crowd-sourced driving event rating obtained after posting the video to a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10491312
    Abstract: The disclosure describes embodiments for reducing interference for wireless vehicular messages. In some embodiments, a method includes detecting a presence of an interference signal on a channel of a Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) radio which obscures payload data that is included in a V2X message received via the channel. The method includes determining a source of the interference signal present on the channel. The method includes canceling out the interference signal from the V2X message using a cancellation sequence selected based on the source to generate a modified version of the V2X message including the payload data which is substantially unobscured by the interference signal. The method includes providing the modified version of the V2X message to a vehicle component so that the vehicle component provides its functionality based on the payload data and not the interference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Takayuki Shimizu, Yoshiharu Doi, Onur Altintas, Roger Melen, Hongsheng Lu, Gaurav Bansal, John Kenney
  • Patent number: 10475258
    Abstract: A system and method vehicle dynamic compliance and utilizing multiple vehicle odometer values is disclosed herein. The system comprises a vehicle (210) comprising an on-board computer (232) with a memory (231) having a vehicle identification number (233), a connector plug (235), and an motorized engine (234), a connected vehicle device (130) comprising a processor, a WiFi radio, a BLUETOOTH radio, a memory, and a connector for mating with the connector plug of the vehicle (210), and a mobile device (110) comprising a graphical user interface (335), a processor (310), a WiFi radio (307), a BLUETOOTH radio (306), and a cellular network interface (308).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Platform Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Don Son, Scott Kopchinsky, John C. Kennedy, Jacob Fields
  • Patent number: 10467789
    Abstract: An image processing device for a vehicle includes: an acquisition unit acquiring a captured image of a periphery of a vehicle, which is captured by an imaging unit provided in the vehicle; a bird's eye view image generating unit generating a bird's eye view image in which the captured image is projected to a 3D virtual projection plane provided at a side opposite to the vehicle with reference to a ground and separated from the ground with distance from the vehicle; a guide line generating unit generating a guide line indicating a predicted course of the vehicle; a conversion unit converting the guide line into a virtual guide line indicating the predicted course on the virtual projection plane; and a superimposing unit superimposing the virtual guide line on the bird's eye view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Watanabe, Yu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10464574
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle, for which it is monitored whether a communication failure is present between a transmission control instrument of an automatic transmission of the motor vehicle, a selector lever control instrument of the automatic transmission, and/or a parking brake control instrument of an electronic parking brake of the motor vehicle, and/or whether, on account of a malfunction of the automatic transmission itself and/or on account of a malfunction of a selector lever itself for selection of drive stages of the automatic transmission, a parking position of the automatic transmission cannot be engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Martin Geißenhöner, Carl Johannes Schlockermann
  • Patent number: 10414409
    Abstract: The present invention determines at least one dangerous driving indicator by use of a physical model based on the dynamics of a vehicle. According to the invention, a dynamic model of the vehicle determines a slip parameter of the vehicle, which deduces a representative dangerous driving indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Laurent Thibault, Philippe Moulin
  • Patent number: 10412343
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a processor of a network device, data packets to be communicated to a multicast destination. The method includes recording, with the network device, performance data associated with the data packets, where the performance data is associated with a performance metric. The method includes determining, with the processor, a trend based on the performance data. The method also includes sending a warning from the processor to a performance server based on the trend satisfying a condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dick Kwan, Zhi Li, Raghvendra Savoor, Kapil Shrikhande
  • Patent number: 10403058
    Abstract: A system and method to preserve the integrity of data being extracted from an electronic data recorder (“EDR”) of an electronic control module (“ECM”) makes use of a forensic link adapter (20) and, optionally, a sensor simulator (10) (when the ECM is out of the vehicle). The forensic link adapter (20) has one or more first microprocessors (23) and associated first software which prevent any message being sent by an external network from corrupting the previously recorded data measurements. The data measurements are then extracted, verified, and stored in a separate file. The sensor simulator (10) has one or more second microprocessors (23), associated second software, and a bank of resistors (21) that mimic sensors normally in communication with the ECM. The simulator “tricks” the ECM into thinking it is still in the vehicle by using the replicating vehicle system values the ECM normally sees when in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The University of Tulsa
    Inventors: Jeremy Daily, James Johnson, Andrew Kongs, Jose Corcega
  • Patent number: 10394239
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring a monitored space include producing a first audio signal from received acoustic energy. The first audio signal is then processed against a whitelist of acoustic profiles and, based on lack of substantial correspondence with any of the acoustic profiles, a drone is navigated toward an apparent position of an apparent source. While in-flight, additional acoustic energy is received and a second audio signal is produced from the additional acoustic energy. The second audio signal is processed against the whitelist and, based on lack of substantial correspondence with any of the acoustic profiles of the whitelist, an investigate mode of the drone is initiated. The investigate mode includes notifying a remote monitor and supplying the remote monitor with an audiovisual feed. Responsive to a characterization by the remote monitor, an entry of the whitelist may be updated, added or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Gregory Edwards
  • Patent number: 10351166
    Abstract: A sensor device includes a first sensor section and a second sensor section, and the first sensor section has sensor elements and an output circuit for generating and transmitting an output signal including signals that respectively correspond to sensing values from the two sensor elements, and the second sensor section has sensor elements and an output circuit for generating and transmitting an output signal including signals that respectively correspond to sensing values from the two sensor elements. The sensor device further includes an ECU that has an abnormality determiner for determining abnormality of the sensor sections, and a calculator, thereby enabling a continuation of abnormality monitoring of a normal sensor section, even when a part of the sensor sections is abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Nakamura, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Takaharu Kozawa, Shuji Kuramitsu, Masaya Taki, Toshimitsu Sakai
  • Patent number: 10345123
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a water resistant smart gauge is disclosed including a housing, a printed circuit board (PCB), a display device, a transparent circular pane, a rear cover, and one or more modules. The PCB is mounted in the housing and has one or more sets of electrical contacts, The display device is mounted in the housing. The transparent circular pane is sealed to a front side of the housing over the display device. The rear cover is sealed to a back side of the housing. The rear cover includes one or more expansion module have sealed openings around the one or more sets of electrical contacts of the PCB. The one or more modules each having a cylindrical shaft with a groove and a sealing ring mounted in the groove. When the cylindrical shaft of the one or more modules are plugged into the one or more expansion openings in the rear cover, they provide a water resistant seal for the smart gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: PUSH, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Berk, Craig Smith
  • Patent number: 10343697
    Abstract: A driver assistance system and a method for automatically logging a transition of the responsibility during a status change between fully automatic operation and manual operation of a motor vehicle is provided. The driver assistance system and the method include an event data recorder with a data storage and with a control unit. The control unit is designed such that a time-limited recording of log data is triggered by means of the data storage when a pre-warning signal, which announces the status change between fully automatic vehicle operation and manual vehicle operation, is transmitted to the control unit. In this manner, a secure logging process of the transition of the responsibility is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventor: Peter E Rieth
  • Patent number: 10310934
    Abstract: Methods and system are provided for monitoring a controller area network (CAN) bus. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving fault data associated with the CAN bus; processing, by a processor, the fault data with a software based method to determine a first propositions set; processing, by the processor, the fault data with a hardware based method to determine a second proposition set; processing, by the processor, the first propositions set and the second proposition set to determine a fault decision; and generating, by the processor, a diagnosis of the CAN bus based on the fault decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Xinyu Du, Shengbing Jiang, Qi Zhang