Storing Operational History (e.g., Data Logging, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/33.4)
  • 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
    Inventors: Xinyu Du, Shengbing Jiang, Qi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10279636
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving the uniformity of a tire by identifying the effects of tooling elements used during tire manufacture on tire uniformity, such as effects resulting from building drum elements, form elements, mold elements, and other tooling elements, are provided. More particularly, a tooling signature of a tooling element can be identified by analyzing a plurality of uniformity waveforms measured for a set of tires manufactured using the tooling element. The tooling signature can be analyzed and used to modify tire manufacture to improve the uniformity of a tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: William David Mawby, Jonathan Sauls, James Michael Traylor
  • Patent number: 10276036
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic system and a control method for the electronic system. The electronic system includes a maintenance apparatus configured to maintain a position of the electronic system relative to a user in a case that the electronic system is worn by the user; a first acquisition apparatus configured to detect triggering data; and a processing apparatus configured to determine whether the triggering data meets a first condition, and control the electronic system to perform a preset function based on a result of the determination. When using a wearable electronic device including the electronic system, a user can control the electronic system to perform a preset function only by triggering the first acquisition apparatus, thereby simplifying the control operation. And the control method can be used for driving the electronic system to perform a preset function, thereby providing convenience in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-ho Lee, Xiaotian Zhu
  • Patent number: 10229545
    Abstract: Disclosed are a mobile terminal of a watch type and controlling method thereof. The present invention includes a display unit, a sensing unit, a communication unit configured to transmit/receive a signal with a vehicle accident recording device, and a controller controlling the display unit, the sensing unit and the communication unit, wherein if a state change of a user is sensed, an image request signal for requesting an image is transmitted to the vehicle accident recording device, wherein the image corresponds to at least one of a moving image and a still image corresponding to a first time point of sensing the state change, and wherein if the image is received from the vehicle accident recording device, a notification indicating that the image is received is provided. Accordingly, a photographed image is received from a vehicle accident recording device in case of sensing user's state change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Sooyon Chung
  • Patent number: 10215579
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for estimating driving information, the apparatus receives a driving route of a vehicle, generates speed deviations corresponding to points on the driving route, and generates a speed profile that is a sequence of predicted speeds corresponding to the points based on the speed deviations and average speeds corresponding to the points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Daebong Jung, Mo-Yeun Chow, Zheyuan Cheng, Jinyong Jeon
  • Patent number: 10209115
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are provided for monitoring yield while harvesting grain. Grain released from paddles on the clean grain elevator chain of a harvester contacts a flow sensor which reports the rate of grain flow through the clean grain elevator. In some embodiments a brush is mounted to the chain and disposed to clean the flow sensor surface. In other embodiments a bucket mounted to the clean grain elevator chain releases grain against the flow sensor at a rate dependent on a grain property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Justin Koch, Michael Strnad
  • Patent number: 10185999
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use and determining risk associated with operation of autonomous vehicles are provided. According to certain aspects, autonomous operation features associated with a vehicle may be determined, and operating data regarding vehicle operation may be obtained. The operating data may include information regarding use levels or settings associated with use of the autonomous operation features. Risk levels associated with the features may be determined from test data or actual loss data. The risk levels and operating data may be used to determine a total risk level associated with operation of the vehicle with expected use levels of the autonomous operation features. The total risk level may further be used to determine or adjust aspects of an insurance policy associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10161759
    Abstract: To provide remote services, including dynamic, interactive assistance to electric vehicle (EV) users, a central server is arranged for electronic communications with EVs (15) and with client devices (11). The server also communicates with at least one EV charging station network, which in turn communicate with individual charging stations (30). Remote services may include trip planning, locating charging stations, checking availability and suitability of charging stations, making reservations at charging stations, and updating plans en route. The server collects data from the EV and analyzes the data to determine various statistics. The system advises a user on readiness of the EV to complete a proposed trip before recharging the EV batteries. Client devices may include smart phones, computers, or a head unit in the EV. Application software programs are executable on the client devices to provide user interfaces for accessing the remote services and for communicating with the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Airbiquity Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Fisher, Bheemrao Zhade
  • Patent number: 10127743
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are provided for electronic data logging. More particularly, apparatuses, systems, and methods are provide for electronic data logging which may incorporate a vehicle electronic device that may store data when the vehicle electronic device is not in communication with an external device and that may transmit data when the vehicle electronic device is in communication with an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Yusuf Ozturk, Ravi Kodavarti, Maged Riad
  • Patent number: 10116852
    Abstract: A remote camera control device and method therefor includes a communication circuit that transmits an operation request to an external camera device, and selectively transmits a sensor information to the external camera device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Keiichiro Kadota
  • Patent number: 10106156
    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: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Cole Nave, Nathan Tofte
  • Patent number: 10081372
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a service providing unit, a driving load determining unit, a service load determining unit, and a provision controller. The service providing unit provides one or more kinds of services in a vehicle. The driving load determining unit determines a driving load of a driver that is driving the vehicle. The service load determining unit determines a service load that is a load applied on the driver by a service provided by the service providing unit. The provision controller controls provision of the service on the basis of a total value of the driving load and the service load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Yusuke Iguchi, Kenta Nose, Taiki Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 10073450
    Abstract: A method comprising identification of a parking region for a vehicle, identification of an object within the parking region, determination that sufficient space exists within the parking region for creation of a parking space, the parking space being a portion of the parking region that is dimensioned to allow the vehicle to enter the parking space and exit the parking space, determination of a parking directive based, at least in part, on the parking space and the object, and causation of sending the parking directive is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jussi Leppánen, Antti Eronen, Arto Lehtiniemi
  • Patent number: 10002519
    Abstract: The invention is a service for sending and/or receiving messages in a first format intended for a recipient or authority, where the service identifies for the intended recipient a second format for receiving messages, and where the service formats a communication for delivery to the intended recipient, where the message is prepared to be presented to the recipient in the first and/or the second format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: InFlight Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Bekanich
  • Patent number: 9988055
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring vehicle occupants using infrared and other sensors are disclosed. The systems may use infrared sensor data to identify each vehicle occupant using biometric signatures (such as heartbeat or facial recognition). Vehicle occupant characteristics may be determined that include skeletal characteristics of the occupants. Further monitoring of the occupants using sensor data may occur until an abnormal situation is detected. Abnormal situations may include medical emergencies, driver impairment, security threats, or similar situations requiring correcting action. The system may then determine and implement an appropriate response to the abnormal situation. Such responses may include generating alerts, adjusting vehicle environmental controls, taking control of operation of the vehicle (such as an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle), or initiating wireless communication with an outside party, such as an emergency service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Seth O'Flaherty, Sean Mahaffey, Ayush Kumar, Jacob Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9969428
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle attached to a trailer is provided herein. The system includes a display configured to show an aerial view of the vehicle and the trailer and a plurality of waypoints, each indicating a possible parking location for the trailer. The system also includes a device that interfaces with the display and is operable to select one of the plurality of waypoints and set a trailer orientation for the selected waypoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hafner, John Shutko, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Roger Arnold Trombley
  • Patent number: 9965907
    Abstract: A system for frequent data readings includes an input interface and a processor. The input interface is to receive frequent data readings. The frequent data readings include a newest data reading. The processor is to determine a simplified running characteristic based at least in part on the newest data readings and a last simplified running characteristic, and store the simplified running characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriela Surpi
  • Patent number: 9956959
    Abstract: A method for controlling a deceleration device of a motor vehicle, wherein a control apparatus receives a request signal from a vehicle component for vehicle deceleration. Protection against mistriggering of the deceleration device is provided. Also provided is an integrity level of the vehicle component to be ascertained, a time profile for a deceleration performance of the deceleration device obtained during a braking process to be ascertained, for different times, a respective current minimum integrity level that is at least necessary for the time profile ascertained hitherto to be ascertained, and performance limiting to be performed for the request signal if the current minimum integrity level is higher than the integrity level of the vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Blumentritt, Martin Schwindl, Stefan Jilg
  • Patent number: 9940759
    Abstract: A drive data collection system includes an in-vehicle system and an information center. The in-vehicle system includes a data collector that repeatedly collects measurement values indicative of various indexes regarding a state of a subject vehicle, a model memory that memorizes model information regarding discretization rules that are shared by each of participating vehicles in the system, and a data discretizer that discretizes drive data, which includes time-series measurement values collected by the data collector, into multiple data parts according to the model information. The information center includes a data accumulator that accumulates the discretized drive data in a server. The in-vehicle system sends the discretized drive data to the information center through a communicator. Therefore, the drive data collection system efficiently collects the drive data in a versatilely-utilizable manner for the analysis of general driving practices/behaviors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhito Takenaka, Takashi Bando, Masumi Egawa
  • Patent number: 9928524
    Abstract: A method of providing advertising content targeted to an operator of a vehicle. Vehicle data acquisition devices are employed to collect operator attribute information from vehicle trace data of the vehicle as the operator operates the vehicle. A processor of the vehicle applies a statistical analysis on the operator attribute information for determining a probability of demographic characteristics of the operator of the vehicle. The demographic characteristics of the operator are identified as a function of the determined probability. The vehicle communicates the targeted advertising content to the operator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Donald K. Grimm, Fan Bai, Cem U. Saraydar
  • Patent number: 9926008
    Abstract: A method of backing a trailer attached to a vehicle is provided herein. The method includes the steps of generating a plurality of waypoints on a display of the vehicle and selecting one of the plurality waypoints. The method also includes setting a trailer orientation for the selected waypoint and determining a backing path based on the selected waypoint and the set trailer orientation. The method further includes backing the trailer along the backing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hafner, Thomas Edward Pilutti
  • Patent number: 9880707
    Abstract: Methods and system pertaining to displaying vehicle data parameters (VDP) are described. A vehicle service tool (VST) with a display can receive vehicle data messages or signals from a vehicle to receive the VDP. Some of the VDP can be associated with a PID. The VST can display VDP thresholds and indicators when a received VDP has breached a VDP threshold. The VST can determine being changed from a landscape orientation to a portrait orientation or vice versa and responsively change the presentation of VDP graphs displayed by the display. The display can receive various inputs such as a drag-and-drop or pinch-and-expand input to alternatively change the presentation of the VDP graphs being displayed. Changing a VDP presentation of graphs can include resizing or repositioning one or more VDP graph windows including a VDP graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Joshua Covington, April Reynald, David B. Weiland
  • Patent number: 9862501
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing a real-time global view of airline operations situational awareness is provided. The method is implemented using a situational awareness server system in communication with client systems and data sources. The method includes gathering a plurality of situational awareness data from a plurality of data sources including real-time data, updating the situational awareness data based on one or more business rules, augmenting the updated situational awareness data based on historical data, and determining whether to generate one or more alerts based on the augmented situational awareness data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory John Small, James Lee Cantrell, Jr., Mark Hester, David Wendell Thompson
  • Patent number: 9797114
    Abstract: A control system for a work vehicle has a controller configured to adjust first and second actuators for moving first and second sides of an implement relative to the work vehicle. A first operator control provides a first incremental input to the controller corresponding to a first incremental adjustment of the first actuator effecting a prescribed change in position of the first side of the implement. A second operator control provides a second incremental input to the controller corresponding to a second incremental adjustment of the second actuator effecting a prescribed change in position of the second side of the implement. At least when in a manual control mode, the incremental change in position of the first side of the implement is independent of the incremental change in position of the second side of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Christopher J. Maifield, Nathan J. Horstman, Giovanni A. Wuisan, Ronald J. Huber
  • Patent number: 9764737
    Abstract: A vehicle speed calculating device is provided. The device includes a first vehicle speed calculating module configured to calculate a first vehicle speed based on a vehicle speed pulse count of a vehicle, a second vehicle speed calculating module configured to calculate a second vehicle speed based on positioning signals broadcasted from positioning satellites, an acceleration acquiring module configured to acquire an acceleration detected by an acceleration sensor provided to the vehicle, an estimating module configured to estimate a speed error based on a correlative relationship of a difference value between the first and second vehicle speeds with the acceleration, and a correcting module configured to correct the first vehicle speed based on the speed error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoji Takayama
  • Patent number: 9731837
    Abstract: Systems and methods of warning a pilot of a helicopter about a servo transparency condition include devices and steps for retrieving, from a design performance database, a plurality of design performance parameters of the helicopter, and receiving avionics data from an avionics data source, the avionics data representative of a plurality of actual performance parameters of the helicopter. The design performance parameters and the avionics data are processed to determine whether one or more of the actual performance parameters exceed the design performance parameters, thereby indicating a servo transparency condition exists. One or more alerts are generated when the servo transparency condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Rohini Sabnis
  • Patent number: 9732690
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for estimating water storage in a charge air cooler (CAC). In one example, engine operation may be adjusted responsive to water storage parameters at the CAC, the water storage parameters based on an output of a first oxygen sensor positioned downstream of the CAC and a second oxygen sensor positioned upstream of the CAC. Further, operation of the first oxygen sensor and the second oxygen sensor may be diagnosed during certain engine operation conditions wherein no condensate is forming in the CAC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Eric Rollinger, Robert Roy Jentz, Rommel Racelis
  • Patent number: 9709984
    Abstract: Administering a recall by an autonomous vehicle, including: receiving, by a vehicle management module, a recall message identifying a component of the autonomous vehicle that is subject to the recall; adjusting, by the vehicle management module, a vehicle capability in dependence upon the component of the autonomous vehicle that is subject to the recall; determining, by the vehicle management module, a recall response plan in dependence upon the adjusted vehicle capability; and executing, by the vehicle management module, the recall response plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Gary D. Cudak, Christopher J. Hardee, Adrian X. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9694827
    Abstract: An on-board vehicle computing system stores values in a memory of a first engine control unit (ECU) and stores corresponding backup values in a memory of a second ECU. In this way, the second ECU provides data backup functionality for the first ECU's data. The system may retrieve a backup value from the first ECU and restore the corresponding value in the second ECU using the backup value. In one illustrative scenario, if an original engine ECU (EECU) fails and a replacement EECU is installed, the system can retrieve backup values for vehicle speed limiter (VSL) parameters from memory in a cab ECU (CECU) and update the corresponding data in the replacement EECU with the backup values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Phu Tran, David Randall Wrigley, Suresh Kumar, Zachary Slaton, Michael T. Russell
  • Patent number: 9657567
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing information related to mining machine performance and making the information accessible to remote maintenance staff. The information can be used to generate alarms, determine a state of the machine, determine performance statistics for the machine, and identify problems with the machine that may require attention. The information can be provided in a state message and the data can be packaged as XML data or in a string format. The data associated with a message can be particular to the current state or context of the mining machine. That is, in the case of a rope shovel, different data may be included in a message generated in a swing state versus a message generated in a tuck state. In some instances, a message is generated when progress thresholds are satisfied, such as for each foot of drilling performed by a mining drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Saravana Manickam Malayappalayam Shanmugam, Michael J. Rikkola
  • Patent number: 9656158
    Abstract: An automotive head unit wirelessly retrieves quiz questions and quiz answers from a quiz server; receives data from vehicle sensors regarding whether the vehicle is in a low-risk-driving situation. When the vehicle is in a low-risk-driving situation, the head unit: verbally administers a quiz by playing one or more quiz questions through a speaker associated with the head unit; receives, via a microphone associated with the head unit, one or more quiz answers spoken by one or more vehicle occupants; and checks the quiz answers for accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Walby
  • Patent number: 9607445
    Abstract: A method for monitoring aircraft operation status comprising receiving aircraft operation data, identifying an aircraft associated with the aircraft operation data, recording the aircraft operation data to an aircraft database, and determining whether the aircraft operation data complies with rules governing aircraft operation. Upon determining the aircraft operation data complies with the rules governing aircraft operation, the compliance is recorded to the aircraft database. Upon determining the aircraft operation data comprises a non-compliance, a non-compliant aircraft system or component associated with the non-compliance is identified, the non-compliance to the aircraft database is recorded, and an action responsive to the non-compliance is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Satcom Direct, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Jensen, Colin Springer, Jason Natwick, Darrell Herrera
  • Patent number: 9589393
    Abstract: A system for determining a driver log entry comprises a processor and a memory. The processor is configured to determine a log start time. The processor is configured to determine a driver identity after the log start time. The processor is configured to determine whether a change to the driver identity has occurred based at least in part on a sensor data. In the event that the driver identity has changed, the processor is configured to determine a log stop time and determine a driver log entry using the log start time, the driver identity, and the log stop time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Donald Botnen
  • Patent number: 9584978
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are set forth herein for updating a GPS sampling rate used by a terminal device. The method includes determining a current speed of the terminal device and based on the speed of the terminal device, updating a current GPS sampling rate used by the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Haocheng Wu, Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 9518499
    Abstract: A DEF injector cooling system may include a mechanical pump, an electric pump, and a controller. The mechanical pump may be rotatably coupled to an engine so as to be driven by the engine. The mechanical pump may be fluidly connected to the engine, a DEF injector, and a heat exchanger, and configured to pump coolant through these components. The electric pump may be fluidly connected to the DEF injector and configured to pump coolant through it. The controller may be configured to receive an ambient temperature signal indicative of an ambient temperature and power the electric pump after a shutdown of the engine for a period of time, the duration of the period of time based on the ambient temperature signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Dylhoff, Brent M. Hunold, Paul A. Wantschik, Mark D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9507982
    Abstract: Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) health nodes are provided, as are methods for determining maintenance actions with respect to LRU health nodes. In one embodiment, the LRU health node includes a passive Radio Frequency identification (RFID) module having an RFID memory and an RFID antenna coupled thereto. The LRU health node further includes a mass storage memory, a sensor configured to monitor an operational parameter of an LRU and generate a corresponding output signal, and a health node controller operably coupled to the passive RFID module, to the mass storage memory, and to the sensor. The health node controller is configured to: (i) record the output signal generated by the sensor in the mass storage memory as time-phased sensor data, (ii) derive health summary data from the time-phased sensor data, and (iii) store the health summary data in the RFID memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Dinkar Mylaraswamy, George T. Woessner, Patrick Gonia, Ronald Pardini
  • Patent number: 9489581
    Abstract: A computing device, for example, receives image data of vehicles on a path captured by a camera. The image is analyzed using a low level feature extraction on the image data. The computing device estimates exhaust levels produced by the vehicles based on the low level feature extraction or based on vehicle classifications and quantities determined from the low level feature extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Xin Chen, Xinyu Huang
  • Patent number: 9477639
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting unsafe or suspect activities such as distracted driving associates distracted driving events to the road type, vehicle speed and vehicle acceleration (positive, negative and lateral) at the time of the distracted driving event, and identifies severe distracted driving events from a large population of minor events using a statistical distribution such as a Cauchy distribution equation. The system employs a smartphone application (App) coupled with a central server that computes driver safety scores which relate time of day, road type, vehicle speed, vehicle acceleration (positive, negative and lateral) and distracted driving using the Cauchy distribution equation. The server renders summary and detail reports of driving scores and distracted driving events to concerned parties including insurance companies, fleet managers, vehicle owners and the parents/guardians of teenaged drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Speed Demon Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Fischer, Jonathan R. Fischer, William A. Ricaurte
  • Patent number: 9469305
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle interface unit, an output of which is controlled according to user manipulation. A vehicle information acquisition unit is configured to acquire information about a vehicle state and an output of the vehicle interface unit in the vehicle state. A storage is configured to store the acquired information about the vehicle state and the output of the vehicle interface unit in the vehicle state. A model generation unit is configured to generate a user preference model using the stored information about the vehicle state and the output of the vehicle interface unit in the vehicle state. A controller is configured to control the output of the vehicle interface unit based on the user preference model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ki Ru Park
  • Patent number: 9440605
    Abstract: A rental vehicle has features that can be activated or deactivated wirelessly. Additional features can be purchased and activated after a customer has paid for an initial set of features and started to use the vehicle. Configuration of the vehicle is automated by transmitting a configuration message to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Sunil Keshavji Vadgama, Yiwei Fang
  • Patent number: 9441625
    Abstract: A system and method that provides an electronic controller module (ECM) that is bi-directionally communicable with a system monitor via a network to control and test pump components. Communication between the ECM and the system monitor may include receiving an operate command, receiving a report command, transmitting status, testing the pump components, monitoring sensors, and otherwise controlling the ECM via the system monitor. The ECM may communicate via the Internet, which may be facilitated by a router. The system monitor may provide advanced analytics, monitoring, maintenance, and reporting. The pump components may include one or more primary pumps and a backup pump, which may be battery operated. The sensor may include a float and sensor for a motor of the pump. The motor may be located in a sump. The ECM may perform timed tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Arthur Joseph Schoendorff
  • Patent number: 9361650
    Abstract: A method includes receiving and storing sensor data including a first plurality of data points indicative of a plurality of respective states of the environment external to a vehicle at a plurality of respective times, operational data including a second plurality of data points indicative of a plurality of respective states of an operational parameter of the vehicle at a plurality of respective times, and synchronization data. The method also includes generating a virtual model of an event involving the vehicle using the stored data, at least by generating a first visual representation of the plurality of respective states of the external environment, generating a second visual representation of the plurality of respective states of the operational parameter, and using the synchronization data to cause the first visual representation to be displayed simultaneously with, and in a time-aligned manner with, the second visual representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Joe Harr, Brian Fields, Steven Cielocha, Steve J. Balbach
  • Patent number: 9349228
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to monitoring and assessing driver behavior. A system comprises an interface configured to receive vehicle data acquired by a computer system of a vehicle, a wireless transceiver configured to effect communications with a central office via one or more networks, a display, memory configured to store scoring algorithms, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive at least some of the vehicle data, and generate, in substantially real-time and independently from the central office, a plurality of scores for a plurality of scoring parameters using the stored scoring algorithms and the received vehicle data. The processor is also configured to update, in substantially real-time and independently from the central office, the plurality of scores during a predetermined period of time, and cooperate with the display to present the plurality of scores on the display during the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, William G. Nimchuk, Thomas V. Dorazio
  • Patent number: 9336458
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a candidate point extracting unit configured to extract a plurality of candidate points belonging to a predetermined structure from image data, a shape model storing unit configured to store a shape model representing a known shape of the predetermined structure, the shape model being formed by a plurality of model labels having a predetermined connection relationship, and a corresponding point selecting unit configured to select a mapping relationship between the candidate points and the model labels from a set of candidate mapping relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiro Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9282309
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to methods, systems and apparatuses for multi-directional still pictures and/or multi-directional motion pictures and their applications on mobile, embedded, and other computing devices and applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Jasmin Cosic
  • Patent number: 9282150
    Abstract: A method for allocation of network resources in an operations network for a selected environment includes, among other things, a plurality of applications communicating over a network having a bandwidth capacity and a plurality of modes including at least a first mode and a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy John Wood
  • Patent number: 9280859
    Abstract: The invention includes methods and devices for an improved onboard vehicle diagnostic system. The methods and devices provide for more detailed information and presentation of diagnostic and vehicle performance data for a user. In one example, real time diagnostic and trip system performance data is gathered and displayed relative to time for improved understanding of vehicle performance and operation by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryuji Itatsu, Alessandro Concas, Francisco J. Lopez, Dante T Boutell, Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9147016
    Abstract: A method and system where a plurality of ECU is rapidly executed while avoiding deadlock by performing conservative event synchronization. The simulation system is provided with 4 layers, namely a processor emulator which is an ECU emulator, a plant simulator, a external peripheral scheduler, and a mutual peripheral scheduler. The external peripheral scheduler performs advanced execution of the plant simulator only during processor emulator reaction delay time (or the time until the next event). The notification to perform advanced execution of the plant simulator is provided until the actual plant simulator stop time. The mutual peripheral scheduler provides notification to the processor emulator to perform advanced execution only during communication delay timing between processor emulators (or the time until the next event). The processor emulator conservatively processes until the earliest time of the notification times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: Ikuo Matsumura, Shuichi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9136014
    Abstract: A method for replacing the address of some bad bytes (bad columns) of the data area and the spare area to the good address of bytes (good columns) in non-volatile storage system is disclosed. The steps of the method are: waiting for a command from a host; judging if there is still some data to be processed; if no, go back to the previous step; if yes, go to next step; judging if a bad column is used; if no, process data access and go back to the step of judging if there is still some data to be processed; and if yes, process data accessing as original operation and increase the address by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Storart Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Nan Yen, Chien-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9128638
    Abstract: An event recorder includes an outer case, and a first memory module including a first amount of data storage capacity contained within the outer case. The first memory module is configured to receive and store multiple types of data including at least two of: video data; audio data; locomotive data indicative of one or more locomotive operating parameters, locomotive control signals, and locomotive performance characteristics; engine operating parameter data; exhaust characteristics data; electrical data; and positive train control data. A controller contained within the outer case may be configured to associate a universal time stamp with each of the multiple types of data stored in the first memory module. An inner, crash-hardened case may be contained within the outer case, containing a second memory module including a second amount of data storage capacity that is smaller than the first amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventor: Todd Charles Goergen