Vehicle Subsystem Or Accessory Control Patents (Class 701/36)
  • Patent number: 10318442
    Abstract: Techniques are described for pairing an input device to a display device in a vehicle infotainment system and choosing communication modes between the input device and the vehicle infotainment system. In certain embodiments, in response to detecting the presence of the input device, and based on an identity of a user associated with the input device or a detected location associated with the input device, a display device may be selected from a plurality of display devices of the vehicle infotainment system. Finally, the system may pair the input device with the selected display device and a communication mode may be selected whereby the input device can communicate with the vehicle infotainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Liangtao Gao, Connie Zhao, Xiaojian Li
  • Patent number: 10319415
    Abstract: A grid connector for communicating with a printed memory includes a substrate and a plurality of first conductive pads coupled to the substrate. Each of the first conductive pads protrudes outward with respect to an outer surface of the substrate. A subset of the first conductive pads is configured to contact a second conductive pad of the printed memory, regardless of an orientation of the printed memory with respect to the grid connector as long as the second conductive pad is within a boundary of the first conductive pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael A. Doody, Karl E. Kurz
  • Patent number: 10317511
    Abstract: The systems and methods of the present disclosure utilize an advantageous data transmission protocol, which facilitates determining and compensating for transmission delay between nodes in a communications network in order to correlate timing information across multiple nodes. According to the systems and methods presented herein, data may be transmitted from a first node to a second node, wherein the transmitted data includes each of (i) timing information (as measured by a first timing mechanism associated with the first node) characterizing a first set of data and (ii) a transmission time (as also measured by the first timing mechanism). A receiving time (as measured by a second timing mechanism associated with the second node) for the first set of data, may also be determined. Based on these parameters timing information characterizing the first set of data in the context of the second timing mechanism may then be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Veoneer US, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paradie, Sushma Murthy, Andrew Ditchfield
  • Patent number: 10315492
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for controlling air filtration, circulation, climate control and/or other adjustable components. The air control system includes an air filtration or circulation unit for filtering or circulating air. The air control system includes a navigation unit for providing at least one of a navigational map information or environment information including a current location of the vehicle. The air control system includes an electronic control unit connected to the air filtration or circulation unit. The electronic control unit is configured to determine an air control event based on at least one of static air quality information or dynamic air quality information. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that the air control event is within a range of the current location and is approaching. The electronic control unit is configured to activate the air filtration or circulation unit before the air control event reaches the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Suhas E. Chelian, Tiffany Chen
  • Patent number: 10308256
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving vehicular safety are disclosed. According to embodiments, an electronic device may collect or accumulate various sensor data associated with operation of a vehicle by an individual, including image data, telematics data, and/or data indicative of a condition of the individual. The electronic device may analyze the sensor data to determine whether the individual is distracted and whether the vehicle is approaching a location that may be prone to incidents. The electronic device may accordingly generate and present a notification to the individual to mitigate any posed risks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, John A. Nepomuceno, Kenneth J. Sanchez, Jeremy Fogg, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Sanjay Jayaswal, Lynn Splittstoesser
  • Patent number: 10308258
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle systems includes receiving monitoring information from one or more monitoring systems and determining a plurality of driver states based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems. The method includes determining a combined driver state based on the plurality of driver states and modifying control of one or more vehicle systems based on the combined driver state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kin C. Fung, Timothy J. Dick
  • Patent number: 10304142
    Abstract: The systems and methods may transmit a plurality of locationing pulse requests from a mobile device in a vehicle to an audio system of the vehicle during a period of operation of the vehicle. The audio system may have an array of speakers disposed inside the vehicle, and the locationing pulse requests may include a request to emit a locationing pulse from the array of speakers. The systems and methods may further receive the locationing pulse at a microphone of the mobile device; and determine, based upon receiving the locationing pulse, that the vehicle was in service of a TNC company, or otherwise operating as a TNC vehicle, during the period of operation based upon passengers entering and leaving the vehicle during the period of operation. Insurance covering the operation of the vehicle for TNC use may be verified, and/or alternatively, offered to facilitate insuring TNC vehicle operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Justin Davis, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Craig Benjamin Cope
  • Patent number: 10290297
    Abstract: A vehicle sound effect generation apparatus generates a sound effect of an engine based on a vibration sound database including a fundamental wave sound having a fundamental frequency component and a plurality of adjustment wave sounds having a frequency component other than the fundamental frequency component. The vehicle sound effect generation apparatus includes a running state detecting unit that detects a running state of a vehicle, a risk degree determining unit that is capable of determining a risk degree of the vehicle based on the running state detected by the running state detecting unit, and a sound effect generation unit that, when the risk degree determining unit determines a risk degree which is a predetermined value or more, synthesizes the fundamental wave sound with one or more discordant adjustment wave sounds having a discordant frequency component other than an integer-order frequency component and a half-order frequency component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadayuki Niibe, Naoki Yamada
  • Patent number: 10286834
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior environment recognition apparatus includes a computer and an illumination mechanism. The computer serves as a preceding vehicle extractor that extracts a tail lamp of a preceding vehicle, a preceding vehicle recognizer that recognizes the preceding vehicle on a basis of the extracted tail lamp, and a light-distribution controller that determines a light distribution of a headlamp. The illumination mechanism switches between a low beam and a high beam on a basis of instruction issued by the light-distribution controller. The preceding vehicle extractor acquires instruction information related to the instruction on the determination issued by the light-distribution controller and result information related to a result of beam application performed by the illumination mechanism, and extracts, by a threshold corresponding to the low beam, the tail lamp for a region in which either one of the instruction information and the result information indicates application of the low beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventor: Genya Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10289217
    Abstract: A multimedia system for a vehicle is provided. The multimedia system includes a processor and a multi-function control knob communicatively coupled to the processor. The multi-function control knob is configured to provide control signals to the processor such that the multi-function control knob operates in a first mode or a second mode and switch between the first mode and the second mode in response to a double actuation of the multi-function control knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Kowalk
  • Patent number: 10272923
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a remote device having a processor programmed to receive driver data in real-time during operation of a first vehicle. The processor processes the driver data to determine a driver behavior. A command signal is generated to command a second vehicle to update at least one parameter in accordance with the driver behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hsin-hsiang Yang, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante
  • Patent number: 10272742
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is provided that includes a memory and a control module. The memory stores settings. The settings are for interior temperatures of a vehicle, a temperature of a steering wheel, and temperatures of seats within the vehicle. The control module: collects data from one or more cameras, where the data corresponds to one or more captured images of an interior cabin of the vehicle; based on the data, displays a thermographic anthropomorphic figure on a display of the vehicle or a mobile device, where the thermographic anthropomorphic figure is a thermogram representative of temperatures of an occupant of the vehicle; receives via a user interface an input from a user to adjust one of the settings; and based on the input from the user, adjusts operation of a first controlled device to change at least one of the temperatures of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Hector Chavez Hernandez, Jorge Alejandro Estevez Garcia, David Yanez Velazquez
  • Patent number: 10268440
    Abstract: According to a vehicle display system, a mobile terminal apparatus includes: a primary-screen-view display section that displays an output screen-view generated with execution of an application on the mobile terminal apparatus as a primary screen-view; a conversion section that converts the primary screen-view into a secondary screen-view complying with a vehicle apparatus; a manipulation layer generation section that generates a manipulation layer to manipulate the application; a state layer generation section that generates a state layer indicating a state of the mobile terminal apparatus; and a transmission section that transmits the secondary screen-view, the manipulation layer, and the state layer to the vehicle apparatus. The vehicle apparatus includes a secondary-screen-view display section that displays the manipulation layer and the state layer on the vehicle apparatus itself together with the secondary screen-view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Ito, Hiroki Ukai
  • Patent number: 10262477
    Abstract: A system for determining road conditions includes an input interface and a processor. The input interface is configured to receive sensor data from one or more sensors. The processor is configured to determine vehicle maneuver data based at least in part on the sensor data; determine a road slipperiness value based at least in part on the vehicle maneuver data; and update an event detection threshold based at least in part on the road slipperiness value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10252597
    Abstract: Disclosed are joint active thermal management (ATM) systems for electric-drive vehicles, control logic for operating such ATM systems, and electric-drive vehicles equipped with a joint ATM system for heating/cooling the powertrain's drive unit (DU) section, power electronics (PE) section, and rechargeable energy storage system (RESS) section. A disclosed active thermal management system includes a first coolant loop with fluid conduits fluidly connecting a first electronic heat exchanger and a first pump with the DU and PE sections. The ATM system also includes a second coolant loop with fluid conduits fluidly connecting a second electronic heat exchanger and a second pump with the RESS section. A coolant-to-coolant heat exchanger, which is fluidly connected to the first and second coolant loops, is operable to selectively transfer heat between the coolant fluid circulating in the first set of fluid conduits and the coolant fluid circulating in the second set of fluid conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology LLC
    Inventors: William J. Wallace, Pablo Valencia, Jr., Wei Liu, Peter J. Carleton
  • Patent number: 10254943
    Abstract: A user interface for a vehicle, including a steering wheel for the vehicle, including a grip, a sensor operable to detect objects at a plurality of locations along the grip, and an illuminator operable to illuminate different portions of the grip, a processor in communication with the sensor, with the illuminator and with a controller of vehicle functions, and a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions which cause the processor to identify, via the sensor, a location of a first object along the grip, to illuminate, via the illuminator, a portion of the grip, adjacent to the identified location, to further identify, via the sensor, a second object being at the illuminated portion of the grip, and to activate, via the controller, a vehicle function in response to the second object being at the illuminated portion of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Jubner, Thomas Eriksson, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Stefan Holmgren
  • Patent number: 10252711
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for destination based energy management for a mobile platform. The provided system and method customize energy management based on user driving habits. The provided system and method for energy management leverage available mobile platform GPS data and control auxiliary mobile platform systems based on user supplied destinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Paul A. Bauerle
  • Patent number: 10249111
    Abstract: A method of providing feedback to a driver of a hybrid or electric vehicle having an energy regeneration mode of operation is provided. The method comprises determining a distance saved value in dependence on an amount of energy recovered during the trip cycle by operation of the vehicle in the regeneration mode. The distance saved value represents the distance which could have been travelled using the recovered energy. The method further comprises displaying the determined distance saved value on a display (200) of the vehicle (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Paul Stinchcombe, Duncan Robertson, David Smith
  • Patent number: 10246098
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle systems includes receiving monitoring information from one or more monitoring systems and determining a plurality of driver states based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems. The method includes determining a combined driver state based on the plurality of driver states and modifying control of one or more vehicle systems based on the combined driver state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kin C. Fung, Timothy J. Dick
  • Patent number: 10239621
    Abstract: A networked suite of aircraft-seat devices is disclosed, wherein the devices receive both power and network communications via the same terminal. The devices may be connected by a two-wire connection and may be configured in a daisy chain. Various aircraft seat devices, such as actuators, may be directly connected to the network or connected via control modules connected to the network. One device on the network may be designated as a master device for controlling network configuration. A method of automatically addressing network devices includes measuring a first quiescent current through the network, enabling an addressing current in unaddressed devices, and measuring the change in current at each device after enabling the addressing currents to determine the last device in the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KYNTROL, LLC
    Inventors: Tom Hoch, Scott Huling, Carl Richter
  • Patent number: 10239529
    Abstract: A system includes a computing device programmed to receive a set of goals for a vehicle and identify a travel area for the vehicle for a time period. The computing device receives data indicating predictability of driving conditions of the travel area and determines that the predictability is sufficient to control the vehicle according to model predictive control. Controlling the vehicle includes determining instructions to control actuators related to the steering, propulsion and braking of the vehicle to minimize a cost function. The instructions are implemented for a first time slot. The time period is updated to remove the first time slot at the beginning and include an additional time slot at the end of the predetermined time period. The computing device determines an updated control solution, and implements the updated control solution for a second time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dimitar Petrov Filev, Jianbo Lu, Davor D. Hrovat
  • Patent number: 10239520
    Abstract: A parking assistance device according to an embodiment includes a determination unit that determines, when the parallel parking of a vehicle in a parking area is assisted, whether the parking space length of a frontage that the vehicle enters in the parking area is the sum of the full length of the vehicle and a certain length or more and a control unit that performs parking assistance for the vehicle along a route in which stationary steering control is not performed at a turning position of the vehicle when the parking space length is the sum of the full length of the vehicle and the certain length or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motokatsu Tomozawa, Masaya Kato, Hiroyuki Tachibana, Norio Imai, Tomohisa Yamashita, Tsuyoshi Hoshino, Shogi Fukukawa, Takatomo Asai, Motonari Obayashi, Hironobu Ishijima, Kiyoshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10235817
    Abstract: A method for improving the accuracy with which a road profile ahead of a vehicle may be determined. The method may include receiving a plurality of inputs corresponding to a plurality of on-board sensors corresponding to a vehicle. An on-board computer system may estimate motion of the vehicle. The on-board computer system may correct data corresponding to a forward-looking sensor of the plurality of on-board sensors by accounting for the motion of the vehicle. Accordingly, the on-board computer system may use the corrected data to produce more accurate information characterizing the driving environment ahead of the vehicle. This more accurate information may be used to better estimate the motion of the vehicle in the future as the vehicle encounters that driving environment, which may improve the corrections that may be applied to the data corresponding to the forward-looking sensor at that time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Saeger, Ashley Elizabeth Micks
  • Patent number: 10231649
    Abstract: Patient support apparatuses include a frame, support surface, and a controller. The controller provides notification to a user of a service event relating to the patient support apparatus. The controller limits functionality of a component of the patient support apparatus based upon a severity of the service event. The controller may also, or alternatively, detect when a control is activated by a user and, in response to such activation, determine whether the patient support apparatus has been marked for use or marked for servicing. If marked for use, the controller responds in a first manner, and if marked for service, the controller responds in a different manner. In other embodiments, a method is provided for determining an order in which multiple patient support apparatuses should be service. In still other embodiments, the patient support apparatus automatically changes to an unusable configuration when in need of high priority service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Annie Désaulniers, Kevin Mark Patmore, Thomas Joseph Durlach
  • Patent number: 10228260
    Abstract: A system and method for recommending one or more relevant tasks based on the two or more relevant information associated to the user and traffic. The proposed system and method retrieves all the possible information associated to the traffic and the user and consolidates the information to determine the relevant tasks based on the one or more criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ganesan Swaminathan, Ashokkumar Vasarla, Vijaya Ramanuja, Venkatasubramanian Saminathan
  • Patent number: 10222469
    Abstract: This document describes apparatuses and techniques for radar-based contextual sensing. In some aspects, a radar sensor of a device is activated to obtain radar data for a space of interest. Three-dimensional (3D) radar features are extracted from the radar data and positional data is received from sensors. Based on the positional data, spatial relation of the 3D radar features is determined to generate a set of 3D landmarks for the space. This set of 3D landmarks is then compared with known 3D context models to identify a 3D context model that matches the 3D landmarks. Based on a matching 3D context model, a context for the space is retrieved and used to configure contextual settings of the device. By so doing, contextual settings of the device be dynamically configured to address changes in context or for different device environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Edward Gillian, Carsten C. Schwesig, Jaime Lien, Patrick M. Amihood, Ivan Poupyrev
  • Patent number: 10217364
    Abstract: A lane assistance system of a host vehicle for reacting to fast and extremely fast approaching vehicles includes a rear radar sensing unit having a sensor and an electronic controller. The electronic controller determines the distance and relative velocity of the fast approaching vehicle to the host vehicle. Further, depending on the closeness of the approaching vehicle, the lane of the approaching vehicle is determined from angular resolution of the radar signal. When the vehicle is approaching at an extremely fast rate and the angular resolution of the radar signal is not capable of determining an exact relative lane of the approaching vehicle due to the vehicle being too far away, the assistance system warns against or prevents lane changes by the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Schwindt, Kevin Buckner, Bhavana Chakraborty, Raphael Hellinger, Thomas Voorheis
  • Patent number: 10209709
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to receive sensor signals from a LIDAR sensor. The processor estimates frost accumulation on the LIDAR sensor from the sensor signals and compares the estimated frost accumulation to a predetermined threshold. The processor further prevents a host vehicle from operating in an autonomous mode if the estimated frost accumulation exceeds the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Anne Peters, Mark Edward Nichols, Sabrina Louise Peczonczyk, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin, Elyssa Kayser
  • Patent number: 10202067
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a first control apparatus that controls a first lamp mounted in a vehicle and a second control apparatus that controls a second lamp mounted in the vehicle. The first control apparatus starts light-on/off control of the first lamp under a condition that a light-on/off command is inputted, turns on/off the first lamp such that a light quantity of the first lamp is gradually changed over a first transition time from the start of light-on/off control to when the light quantity of the first lamp reaches a target and light-on/off is completed, and inputs an auxiliary light-on/off command to the second control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Okumura, Koji Imaeda
  • Patent number: 10196064
    Abstract: A motor vehicle controller that carries out a method which includes: receiving a signal indicative of a surface friction parameter, surface_friction, the surface friction parameter corresponding to a coefficient of friction between a road wheel and a driving surface; receiving a signal indicative of a position of an accelerator control with respect to an allowable range of positions, accel_ctrl_pos; determining a critical powertrain torque limit value PT_TQ_CRIT in dependence at least in part on the value of surface_friction; and providing a traction warning indication to a driver in dependence on the value of accel_ctrl_pos and PT_TQ_CRIT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Charlotte Cooke, Paul Beever, Jon Parr, Andrew Fairgrieve, Nick Brockley, James Kelly
  • Patent number: 10192184
    Abstract: A method of controlling storage of electrical energy by charging and discharging an energy storage device in response to pricing data indicative of future prices of electrical energy over time and energy losses caused by charging and discharging the energy storage device comprises detecting alternating candidate charging and discharging occasions with respect to the pricing data by selecting a next occurrence of a locally minimum price in the pricing data as a candidate charging occasion or a next occurrence of a locally maximum price in the pricing data as a candidate discharging occasion; validating a candidate charging or discharging occasion if the price difference between that candidate charging or discharging occasion and another later price in the pricing data is at least sufficient to compensate for the energy losses caused by charging and discharging the energy storage device; and charging and discharging the energy storage device at the validated charging and discharging occasions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventors: Jan Spooren, Christopher Rutherford
  • Patent number: 10191569
    Abstract: In a rotary switch (1), a rotation unit (2) is rotatably supported by a holder unit (3). The holder unit (3) is fixed onto a detection surface of a touch panel (7). Contact points (4) make contact with the detection surface of the touch panel (7) with their positional relationship corresponding to a function of the rotary switch (1). A contact point (5) rotates while making contact with the detection surface of the touch panel (7), as the rotation unit (2) rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiko Uno
  • Patent number: 10175059
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may provide a method for identifying geo-tagged objects or events and estimating the probability that a vehicle path will intersect with the geo-tagged object or event. Methods may include: determining a first map-matched location and a second map-matched location; determining a plurality of road segments emanating from or leading to the first map-matched location, a portion of which connect between the first map-matched location and the second map-matched location; calculating at least one of a weight or a turn probability for turning onto a road segment for each road segment of the plurality of road segments; and determining, from the weight or the turn probability associated with each road segment of the portion of road segments that connect between the first map-matched location and the second map-matched location, a probability of a path taken between the first map-matched location and the second map-matched location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Frank Gaebler, Olivier Dousse
  • Patent number: 10178102
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an account management service that allows a primary account user to establish weather constraints that will result in access to digital items to be restricted when current weather conditions correspond with the established weather constraints. For example, a primary account user may specify that, when the weather is sunny and between sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit and eighty degrees Fahrenheit, access to digital items by a secondary account user is to be restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Harrison Engelberg
  • Patent number: 10166983
    Abstract: A method of cruise control for a vehicle includes: checking for cruise conditions, determining whether the vehicle is in cruisecontrol mode, and if so, controlling the cruising speed of the vehicle until an exit signal is detected; checking the throttle deviation, to determine throttle stability; checking cruising speed, whereby if conditions for throttle stability are met, the speed deviation of the vehicle is calculated, and the cruising speed is set; if conditions for cruising have been met, issuing a cruising prompt message to the driver, and detecting actions of the driver, and if it is thereafter detected that the driver has released the throttle pedal, then entering the vehicle into cruise control mode whereby the vehicle speed is automatically controlled to the set cruising speed. A system is provided to perform the method. A cruise control which is low-cost, requires no control buttons, and offers a simple product structure is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Songshan Liu, Jian Su
  • Patent number: 10169895
    Abstract: A surrounding risk displaying apparatus includes an environment recognizer, a surrounding risk recognizer, and a display. The environment recognizer is capable of recognizing an environment around a vehicle. The surrounding risk recognizer is capable of extracting risk objects each having a risk potential not less than a predetermined risk potential, estimating a distribution of the risk potential around each of the risk objects, and calculating a risk approaching determination value that increases depending on relative approaching of the risk objects. The display is capable of displaying images in a superimposed fashion on the corresponding risk objects. The images each indicate the distribution of the risk potential around corresponding one of the risk objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotaka Saito, Junya Seki, Kazufumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10163017
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for analyzing vehicle signal lights in order to operate an autonomous vehicle. A method includes receiving an image from a camera regarding a vehicle proximate to the autonomous vehicle. Data from a lidar sensor regarding the proximate vehicle is used to determine object information for identifying a subsection within the camera image. The identified subsection corresponds to an area of the proximate vehicle containing one or more vehicle signals. One or more vehicle signal lights of the proximate vehicle is located by using the identified camera image subsection as an area of focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Gautier Minster
  • Patent number: 10162360
    Abstract: A vehicle includes at least one image capture device and a user display configured to display images receive from the at least one image capture device. The vehicle also includes a controller programmed to generate a user prompt to set a home vehicle position in response the vehicle entering a first parked state. The controller is also programmed to store at least one reference image indicative of an area in a vicinity of the vehicle corresponding to the home vehicle position. The controller is further programmed to collect a current image corresponding to a current vehicle position in response to a subsequent approach toward the vicinity, and compare the current image to the reference image. The controller is further programmed to generate a user display depicting the vicinity, the current vehicle position, and the home vehicle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xiujie Gao, Jinsong Wang, Wende Zhang, Paul E. Krajewski, Nancy L. Johnson, Timothy J. Canner, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 10155530
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a vehicle control system comprising a projecting device, a camera device, a control device and an actuating device. The vehicle steering control system does not need a physical steering wheel, thus the weight and cost of the vehicles can be reduced. In addition, the steering control system according to the present invention provides the drivers with brand new driving experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Wellen Sham
  • Patent number: 10155523
    Abstract: A dynamic conversational awareness system including at least one microphone capturing sound data within an interior passenger compartment of a vehicle. An interior conversational threshold analyzer (ICTA) analyzes sound data within a predetermined frequency range. The ICTA determines whether the sound data within the predetermined frequency range exceeds a threshold. A sensitivity decision targeting unit (SDT) reconfigures vehicle settings associated with a user profile when the sound data exceeds the threshold. The respective reconfigured vehicle setting is utilized to enable a driver alertness operation of a vehicle system in response to actuation of the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante
  • Patent number: 10156336
    Abstract: A tail light for installation on a vehicle having an electrical system includes a tail light housing configured to replace an existing housing of an existing tail light of the automobile, the tail light housing having a hollow interior, a circuit board positioned within the hollow interior of the tail light housing and comprising independently controllable segments having light emitting diodes (LEDs) configured to transmit light from an outward facing surface of the circuit board; and a controller electrically connected to the electrical system of the vehicle and the tail light. The controller has a microprocessor and memory. The controller is configured to receive signals from the electrical system of the vehicle, interpret the signals received from the electrical system of the vehicle, and in response control illumination of the independently controllable segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Putco, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Elwell, Tian Xiaojun
  • Patent number: 10144352
    Abstract: A vision display system for a vehicle includes a rear backup camera, a driver side camera, a passenger side camera, a front camera, and a display system including a video display screen. Rear backup video images derived from image data captured by the rear backup camera may be displayed by the video display screen for no more than ten seconds after shifting of the vehicle transmission of the vehicle out of reverse gear. Upon the engine of the vehicle being first started after initial ignition on of the vehicle, priority may be given to display by the video display screen of rear backup video images. Within two seconds after shifting of the vehicle transmission of the vehicle into reverse gear, rear backup video images may be displayed by the video display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10144290
    Abstract: A user interface apparatus for a vehicle including a touch screen; a gesture input unit configured to detect a gesture of a user; and a processor configured to in response to the gesture detected by the gesture input unit being applied from a driver seat of the vehicle, display a preset first screen on the touch screen corresponding to driver operations of the vehicle, and in response to the gesture detected by the gesture input unit being applied from a front passenger seat of the vehicle, display a preset third screen on the touch screen corresponding to passenger operations of the vehicle excluding vehicle driving operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Suhyung Jang, Gangseub Lee, Jongmin Baek, Sowoon Yoon
  • Patent number: 10144512
    Abstract: A system for controlling passenger services includes a sensor that generates a signal representative of the at least one of the position of the seat, the presence of passenger in the seat, the position of the at least one hand of the passenger, the configuration of the at least one hand of the passenger and the direction of movement of the at least one hand of the passenger. A first light source, an air supply, and a window shade are disposed at a predetermined locations with respect to the seat. A controller, connected to the sensor, generates a control signal that controls at least one parameter associated with at least one of light generated by the first light source, air supplied by the air supply and a degree of openness of the window shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Gagnon, Joseph Rezile, Marc Kirmoyan, Brad Nolen, Julien Fabrice Lacheré, Jeffrey David Karceski
  • Patent number: 10137888
    Abstract: A method for guiding a parking mode in a remote automatic parking support system is provided. The remote automatic parking support system includes a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode, automatic parking is performed based on a parking request from a smart key or a smartphone of a driver positioned extraneous to a vehicle and in the second mode, automatic parking is performed based on a parking request from a switch mounted within the vehicle. The vehicle is guided in first mode or the second mode based on a surrounding environment, thereby providing optimal convenience to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Gil Won Seo, Jun Soo Kim, Chan Hee Jung, Wan Seok Yang, Sung Yun Kim
  • Patent number: 10138824
    Abstract: The turbocharged engine control device comprises a basic target torque-deciding part for deciding a basic target torque based on a driving state of a vehicle including an accelerator pedal operation state; a torque reduction amount-deciding part for deciding a torque reduction amount based on a driving state of the vehicle other than the accelerator pedal operation state; a final target torque-deciding part for deciding a final target torque based on the decided basic target torque and the decided torque reduction amount; and an engine output control part for controlling an intake air amount so as to realize a target air amount required for an engine to output the decided final target torque, wherein the engine output control part is operable, when an operating state of the engine falls within a supercharging region, to restrict a reduction in the intake air amount corresponding to a change in the torque reduction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chikako Ohisa, Osamu Sunahara, Daisuke Umetsu, Taizo Ohmae, Yugou Sunagare, Yasunori Takahara, Daisaku Ogawa, Takahiro Kawamura, Takeatsu Ito
  • Patent number: 10137898
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an ignition, selector, and controller. The ignition is configured to start and shutdown the vehicle. The selector is configured to transition the vehicle between a standard driving mode and an economy driving mode. The controller is programmed to, in response starting the vehicle after a prior shutdown with the economy mode selected, generate a notification that the vehicle was operating in the economy mode upon the prior shutdown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Everett Badger, II
  • Patent number: 10131191
    Abstract: Tire pressure regulation method and system for an agricultural vehicle equipped with tires. In order to improve the pressure management of the tires connected to the tire pressure regulation system, a pressure setpoint is determined by determining the characteristics of the tires, the pressure of which is intended to be regulated by the tire pressure regulation device, determining the speed of the vehicle, calculating the pressure setpoint of the tire depending on the characteristics of the tire and on the speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ESTABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Patrick Vervaet, Istvan Matyas, Denis Lhospitalier
  • Patent number: 10133535
    Abstract: When the engine is off and not combusting fuel for one of an auto-stop portion of an auto-stop/start event and operation in a sail mode, a selection module sets at least one of: a selected torque based on a pseudo torque output of the engine; and a selected engine speed based on a pseudo engine speed determined for the one of the auto-stop portion of the auto-stop/start event and the operation in the sail mode. A sound control module, based on the at least one of the selected engine speed and the selected torque, sets at least one of: a frequency at which to output a predetermined engine sound; and a magnitude for outputting the predetermined engine sound at the frequency. An audio driver module applies power to at least one speaker of the vehicle to output the predetermined engine sound at the frequency and the magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Pietila, Scott M. Reilly, Frank C. Valeri
  • Patent number: 10124648
    Abstract: Vehicle operating systems for operating a vehicle having a driving seat for a vehicle driver and at least one passenger seat for passengers are described. The vehicle operating system may include one or more camera devices for shooting images of hand actions of the driver or images of hand actions of a passenger, and a storage device for storing operating signals corresponding to hand actions. A processing device may be configured to select the driver or the passengers as a gesture command operator, and to control the camera device to shoot hand action images of the selected gesture command operator. The command system may also be configured to convert the shot hand action images into corresponding operating signals according to hand action indicia stored in the storage device. The operating signals may be sent to execution devices, that execute the corresponding operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jen-Chieh Hsiao, Yong-Syuan Chen