Storing Operational History (e.g., Data Logging, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/33.4)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    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
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    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
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    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
    Assignee: RM ACQUISITION, LLC
    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
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    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
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    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
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    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
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AG, AUDI AG
    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
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    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