Vehicle Subsystem Or Accessory Control Patents (Class 701/36)
  • Patent number: 10703360
    Abstract: A method is provided which comprises: acquiring, from a set of ranging sensors, recognition information about a plurality of parked vehicles existing in a parking frame group comprising a plurality of parking frames arranged side by side; selecting representative points of the parked vehicles from the recognition information; calculating a distance between representative points that is a distance between the representative points adjacent to each other; and calculating a width of the parking frames on the basis of the distance between representative points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Kojo, Tomoko Kurotobi
  • Patent number: 10705540
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling platooning based on weather information includes a processor configured to determine a weather environment state on a platooning path based on weather forecast information received from a control center or weather information measured by a vehicle sensor, determine a sequence of platooning based on the weather environment state, determine a level of the platooning based on the weather environment state, and perform control of a transverse vehicle-to-vehicle distance or control of a longitudinal vehicle-to-vehicle distance of a vehicle based on the measured weather information and the determined level of the platooning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 10705884
    Abstract: A method receives a computational task; determines a processing resource requirement of the computational task; determines available processing resources of a first temporal vehicular virtual server (TVVS) at a first timestamp, the first TVVS comprising first participant vehicles proximally located relative to one another on a road segment at the first timestamp; determines vehicle movement data of the first participant vehicles; estimates available processing resources of the first TVVS at a second timestamp subsequent to the first timestamp based on the vehicle movement data of the first participant vehicles; determines to execute the computational task on the first TVVS based on the processing resource requirement of the computation task, the available processing resources of the first TVVS at the first timestamp, and the estimated available processing resources of the first TVVS at the second timestamp; and assigns the computational task to the first TVVS to execute the computational task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Onur Altintas, Takamasa Higuchi, Kentaro Oguchi, Toru Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10708996
    Abstract: A lighting system for providing a lighting scene in an environment occupied by a user, the system comprising:—a plurality of illumination sources, each source having a respective location sensor arranged to detect a location of the respective source relative to at least one point defined independently of the lighting scene and at least one of the sources further having at least one of an orientation sensor arranged to detect an orientation of the at least one source and a luminaire type sensor arranged to detect a type of the at least one source; and—a controller arranged to provide control signals to the plurality of sources in order to control the sources to render the lighting scene; wherein the controller is arranged to—determine an effect location of an illumination effect from the at least one source based on the detected location and at least one of the detected orientation and detected luminaire type of said at least one source and—adapt the control commands based on the detected source locations and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Bartel Marinus Vab De Skuis, Dirk Valentinus Rene Engelen, Tim Dekker, Philip Steven Newton
  • Patent number: 10699578
    Abstract: The likelihood of a collision of a vehicle colliding with an object in front of an own vehicle is determined, and an emergency braking control for avoiding a collision with the object is started in accordance with the determination results. A determination is made as to whether travel environment conditions have been established, from the location at which the vehicle is currently travelling, the situation behind the vehicle, and, the travel state of the vehicle, and the braking control is released when the likelihood of a collision dropped to a predetermined safety level during the period from the start of the emergency braking control until the own vehicle stops, and when the travel environment conditions have been established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyasu Noto, Tetsuya Tokuda, Yasuhiko Mukai
  • Patent number: 10698414
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for navigating an autonomous vehicle using reinforcement learning techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Shai Shalev-Shwartz, Shaked Shammah, Amnon Shashua
  • Patent number: 10699141
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to training and using a phrase recognition model to identify phrases in images. As an example, a selected phrase list may include a plurality of phrases is received. Each phrase of the plurality of phrases includes text. An initial plurality of images may be received. A training image set may be selected from the initial plurality of images by identifying the phrase-containing images that include one or more phrases from the selected phrase list. Each given phrase-containing image of the training image set may be labeled with information identifying the one or more phrases from the selected phrase list included in the given phrase-containing images. The model may be trained based on the training image set such that the model is configured to, in response to receiving an input image, output data indicating whether a phrase of the plurality of phrases is included in the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Victoria Dean, Abhijit S. Ogale, Henrik Kretzschmar, David Harrison Silver, Carl Kershaw, Pankaj Chaudhari, Chen Wu, Congcong Li
  • Patent number: 10696132
    Abstract: An air-conditioning control system includes an air-conditioning device mounted in a host vehicle, a determination unit mounted in the host vehicle or a server and configured to determine whether a boarding position at which a boarding event in which an occupant boards the host vehicle occurs is a point with a predetermined attribute, and a control unit mounted in the host vehicle and configured to control the air-conditioning device based on a determination result from the determination unit. The control unit sets a ventilation capacity of the air-conditioning device to be greater when the determination unit determines that the boarding position is a point with the predetermined attribute than when the determination unit does not determine that the boarding position is a point with the predetermined attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Maya Inui, Masahiro Shoji
  • Patent number: 10696209
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp tool providing a controller which calculates the luminance distribution of light distribution pattern, an optical device which generates light distribution pattern in an illuminatable area D and a first driving circuit which drives the optical device. The controller transmits a first light distribution correction signal for correcting the inclination of a current light distribution pattern to the first driving circuit if the inclination angle of a vehicle with respect to vertical direction indicated by a detection signal received from a vehicle height sensor is equal to or less than a threshold value. The first driving circuit transmits a first correction driving signal based on the first light distribution correction signal to the optical device. The optical device drives an LD and a light deflector to correct the current light distribution pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yota Kimura
  • Patent number: 10696179
    Abstract: An electrically powered vehicle includes a power supply device, a first outlet, a second outlet, and an electronic control unit. The first outlet configured to be connected to an external equipment that is not constituent equipment of the electrically powered vehicle. The second outlet is configured to be connected to an external equipment that is not constituent equipment of the electrically powered vehicle. While first power feed and second power feed are being executed simultaneously, in a case where first power feed electric power exceeds a first threshold or in a case where total electric power of the first power feed and the second power feed exceeds a second threshold, the electronic control unit is configured to temporarily stop the second power feed and continue the first power feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Ueo, Keisuke Kanamaru
  • Patent number: 10688918
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for mobile device tethering for a remote parking assist system of a vehicle. An example vehicle includes projection lamps and a body control module. The body control module determines a distance of a mobile device from the vehicle. The body control module also projects a representation of a boundary around the vehicle using the projection lamps and modifies the representation of the boundary based on the distance of the mobile device from the vehicle and an operational state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vivekanandh Elangovan, Hamid M. Golgiri, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10688841
    Abstract: A vehicle having a control system to utilize a movable suspension to increase sensor coverage. The control system can detect an object of interest that is partially, or completely, outside the field of view of one or more sensors on the vehicle. The system can then use the movable suspension to raise one portion of the vehicle and/or lower another portion of the vehicle to bring the object of interest at least partially into the field of view of the sensor, increasing the effective field of view of the sensor. When an object of interest is determined to be significant (e.g., a traffic or street sign), the system can attempt to bring the object of interest into view of the sensor by tilting the vehicle. The system can use different tilt rates and/or tilt angles depending on whether the vehicle is occupied or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Chen, Matthew Austin Terrel, Nivedita Chandrasekaran, Johannes Edren, Joseph Funke
  • Patent number: 10683013
    Abstract: A resetting device for at least one controller in a motor vehicle includes a receiving unit for receiving a reset signal, and a resetting unit for resetting at least one setting of the controller to a predefined reset setting following the receipt of the reset signal by the receiving unit. The setting of the controller can be modified by the user of the motor vehicle during proper use of the motor vehicle, and the receiving unit is designed for the wire-free reception of the predefined reset setting from a computing unit that is external to the vehicle, in order to increase the quality of service in a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Boris Jurgenowski, Martin Tomenendal
  • Patent number: 10684811
    Abstract: A vehicle includes at least one display and a central controller in signal communication with the at least one display. The central controller is configured to detect a plurality of unique user profiles associated with peripheral electronic user devices located within the vehicle, and to establish signal communication with the peripheral electronic user devices located within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Jason Monroe, Christopher S. Welch, Lei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10676028
    Abstract: An inclination angle of a display unit having a display is detected, the inclination angle being around an axis of the display unit in the fore-aft direction of a vehicle. The left and right of an image representing a scene behind the vehicle, the image being obtained by photography with a camera, is reversed. The reversed image is inclined through an angle that has the same absolute value as the detected inclination angle in a direction opposite to the direction of the inclination of the inclination angle. A display image range is set on the inclined image. An image in the display image range is extracted and displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Keita Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10678734
    Abstract: A controller may receive interface information, associated with one or more interfaces used to communicate with one or more components of a vehicle, and may receive application information associated with one or more applications configured to receive information from the one or more components via the one or more interfaces. The controller may store, based on the interface information and the application information, registration information that indicates whether the one or more applications are permitted to communicate via the one or more interfaces. The controller may receive, from an application of the one or more applications, a request for vehicle information from an interface of the one or more interfaces. The controller may verify whether the application is permitted to communicate via the interface, and may selectively route the request for the vehicle information to the interface based on verifying whether the application is permitted to communicate via the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sethu Madhavan, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Fang Zhou Chen, Arunachala Karthik Sridharan, Dinesh Balaraman Thilla, Prabhu Marimuthu
  • Patent number: 10669040
    Abstract: This invention discloses an aircraft control method, apparatus and an aircraft. The invention relates to the field of aircraft control technologies. The method includes: obtaining ambient luminance data by a luminance sensing apparatus of an aircraft; determining whether the ambient luminance data satisfies a luminance value required for normal running of a vision system of the aircraft; and adjusting, when the ambient luminance data does not satisfy the luminance value required for normal running of the vision system of the aircraft, a working status of a light emitting apparatus on the aircraft to change light emitting luminance of the light emitting apparatus. The foregoing aircraft control method, apparatus and the aircraft can accurately learn a flight environment in which the aircraft is located, thereby effectively implementing vision positioning on the aircraft and more conveniently controlling the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jian Yang
  • Patent number: 10661743
    Abstract: In a method for ascertaining a triggering event for an airbag in a vehicle, an imminent collision is ascertained with the aid of a surroundings sensor, an error signal being generated if no signal is established in a collision sensor within a defined time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Reckziegel, Erich Sonntag, Gunther Lang, Parisa Ebrahim, Simon Koenig
  • Patent number: 10661798
    Abstract: The speed of a vehicle and the distance of the vehicle from at least one other vehicle are autonomously controlled. When the driver is inattentive and at least one other criteria is fulfilled, at least one measure increasing driving safety is introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Klaus Hermann, Gerhard Noecker
  • Patent number: 10659681
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an emission unit for emitting a projection image onto a subject, which is to be photographed, so as to allow the subject to perform a predetermined operation, a recognizing unit for recognizing operation performed by the subject, and an execution unit for executing a predetermined processing according to the operation of the subject that is recognized by the recognizing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunichi Kasahara, Ryo Takaoka, Atsushi Matsutani, Kanako Yana
  • Patent number: 10654471
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for integrated control of driver assistance systems (DAS). The apparatus includes a first processor configured to control at least one first driver assistance system; a second processor configured to control at least one second driver assistance system; and an integrated controller configured to transmit a deactivation signal to the second processor to deactivate the at least one second driver assistance system when an activation signal is transmitted to the first processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jae Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 10658851
    Abstract: A battery charge system includes an on board charge module, a high voltage battery pack unit and a controller. The on board charge module includes a power conversion device, a switching unit coupled to the power conversion device, and an electrothermal element coupled to the switching unit. The power conversion device includes an AC/DC converter and a bidirectional DC/DC converter. The AC/DC converter has an input terminal coupled to an AC terminal, and an output terminal coupled to an input terminal of the bidirectional DC/DC converter. The high voltage battery pack unit includes a first switching element and a high voltage battery pack. The high voltage battery pack is coupled through the first switching element to an output terminal of the bidirectional DC/DC converter. The controller is coupled to the power conversion device and the switching unit, and is configured to control the power conversion device and the switching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HANGZHOU EV-TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gang Liu, Zhijiang Deng
  • Patent number: 10647314
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to an apparatus and method for integrated control of driver assistance systems (DAS). The apparatus includes a first driver assistance system control module configured to control at least one driver assistance system installed in a vehicle, a second driver assistance system control module configured to control a driver assistance system installed in the vehicle other than the driver assistance system controlled by the first driver assistance system control module, and an integrated control module configured to receive an operating state signal indicating an operating state of the at least one driver assistance system controlled by the first driver assistance system control module from the first driver assistance system control module and transmit an activation control signal for the driver assistance system controlled by the second driver assistance system control module to the second driver assistance system control module when the operating state signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jae Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 10649683
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and reporting data storage status of one or more line replaceable units installed in an aircraft. A data storage monitor onboard the vehicle is in communication with each of the line replaceable units. A storage status is reported, and a storage status log is generated for each line replaceable unit. The storage status logs are communicated to a base station over a communication link established between the base station and the data storage monitor for storage within a repository. The base station has a status log aggregator that generates a report from the storage status logs, an interface for an external management application to access the storage status logs, and an alarm that generates notifications to a predefined destination based upon an evaluation of the storage status logs against one or more alert rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Chiayu Kao, Christopher Do
  • Patent number: 10649464
    Abstract: A collision-avoidance system for use with an autonomous-capable vehicle can continuously receive image frames captured of the roadway to determine drivable space in a forward direction of the vehicle. The system can determine, for each image frame, whether individual regions of the image frame depict drivable space. The system can do so using machine-learned image recognition algorithms such as convolutional neural networks generated using extensive training data. Using such techniques, the system can label regions of the image frames as corresponding to drivable space or non-drivable space. By analyzing the labeled image frames, the system can determine whether the vehicle is likely to impact a region of non-drivable space. And, in response to such a determination, the system can generate control signals that override other control systems or human operator input to control the brakes, the steering, or other sub-systems of the vehicle to avoid the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: UATC LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Gray
  • Patent number: 10640116
    Abstract: A traveling control system for vehicle includes a map database, a detector, a traffic signal searching unit, and a speed adjusting unit. The map database is configured to store map data including information regarding one or more traffic signals on a road. The detector is configured to detect a signal state of any, of the one or more traffic signals, ahead of the own vehicle. The traffic signal searching unit is configured to search, from the map database, for a nearest traffic signal ahead of and nearest to the own vehicle. The speed adjusting unit is configured to perform, when the signal state of the nearest traffic signal is undetectable, adjustment of a passing speed at which the own vehicle passes around the nearest traffic signal, to perform a passing speed decreasing operation including decreasing of the passing speed of the own vehicle, stopping of the own vehicle, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hajime Oyama
  • Patent number: 10632828
    Abstract: A prime mover is combined with a flywheel storage device and a control system to implement a flywheel pulse and glide system in a vehicle. In one embodiment, the control system is configured to cycle power delivery between the prime mover and the flywheel storage device to power the vehicle. The prime mover, when activated by the control system, is configured to power the vehicle and spin up the flywheel storage device to capture a sufficient amount of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Larry M. Trase, Ralph H. Jansen, Peter E. Kascak
  • Patent number: 10629005
    Abstract: A monitoring system is provided for a utility vehicle, and particularly, a zero turn radius type utility vehicle such as a lawnmower. The monitoring system includes an onboard processor and one or more sensors that are in communication with the onboard processor, to report various sensed parameters of the utility vehicle to the processor. The processor includes a transmitter for transmitting information that is processed by the processor to a near range electronic communication device. The near range electronic device includes a processor for further processing information received from the onboard processor. The near range electronic device also includes a transmitter that is capable of transmitting information to a far range electronic device, such as a remote computer, for providing the sensed information to a remote monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Alyn G. Brown, David H. Dunten
  • Patent number: 10627830
    Abstract: A system for navigating an autonomous vehicle using reinforcement learning techniques is provided. The system includes at least one processing device programmed to: receive, from a camera, a plurality of images representative of an environment of the host vehicle; analyze the plurality of images to identify a present navigational state associated with the host vehicle; select a second potential navigational action based on a determination that an expected reward associated with a fourth indicator is greater than an expected reward associated with a second indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Shai Shalev-Shwartz, Shaked Shammah, Amnon Shashua
  • Patent number: 10620798
    Abstract: According to a first aspect, smart devices of a cluster cooperate by each active device autonomously deciding by itself and for itself how to respond to state changes reported by other smart devices of the cluster, which reduces the cost and improves the reliability and interoperability of clusters. According to a second advantageous aspect, manageability by users is improved by using a spreadsheet for programming the autonomous cooperation among smart devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Mordechai Teicher
  • Patent number: 10618459
    Abstract: A lighting function for assisting a driver when driving a motor vehicle is provided by activating the lighting function, determining a light distribution according to the lighting function, determining a perspective of a driver of the motor vehicle and controlling a projection device of the motor vehicle in such a way that the projection device outputs light according to light distribution. Topography data from an environment in a field of view of the driver and/or object data from an object in the surroundings in the field of view of the driver are acquired, and the light distribution is determined as a function of the topography data and/or object data and the perspective of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Carsten Gut
  • Patent number: 10611235
    Abstract: A grille shutter control device of a vehicle includes an encapsulation structure covering an engine, a grille shutter provided at an opening formed at a front wall portion of the encapsulation structure, an actuator configured to move the grille shutter to open/close the opening, and a controller configured to control the actuator. The controller determines whether or not heat damage occurs on a related component relating to the engine upon key OFF, closes the grille shutter upon key OFF in the case of determining that the heat damage will not occur, and opens the grille shutter upon key OFF in the case of determining that the heat damage will occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironobu Sakashita, Kentaro Ota, Masahiro Nagoshi, Keisuke Tanaka, Shinichi Hikitani, Junki Yoshizako, Masanobu Koutoku, Toshinori Ueno
  • Patent number: 10614065
    Abstract: A facility searching method is provided, including preparing a facility DB storing facility information, converting a received voice data input constituting a voice query into data in a predetermined format, generating a query executable in a facility search based on the converted data, executing the facility search corresponding to the generated query by referencing the facility DB, controlling the facility search to execute a search at a preset search execution timing, and outputting a search result of a searched facility, further including: preparing a search query history DB for storing searched queries in association with a search execution time, specifying a zeroth query searched before the generated query by referencing the search query history DB, determining whether the generated query matches the zeroth query, setting the facility search to an execution waiting state when determining, and canceling the execution waiting state when a new voice query input is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MAPMASTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Yousuke Ota, Satoshi Tagawa
  • Patent number: 10611257
    Abstract: A control apparatus of an electric vehicle includes a monitor determiner. The monitor determiner monitors a state of a main battery that supplies electric power directed to running, and determines whether the electric power of the main battery is usable on the basis of first information and second information. The first information is a deciding factor directed to deciding whether the electric power of the main battery is usable. The second information is a determination factor directed to determining whether the electric power of the main battery is usable. The monitor determiner determines, upon start-up of the electric vehicle, whether the electric power of the main battery is usable on the basis of the second information before the first information is calculated, and decides whether the electric power of the main battery is usable on the basis of the first information when the first information is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumiyuki Moriya, Taichi Kishida
  • Patent number: 10606222
    Abstract: A method for creating at least one portable environment recipe associated with at least one user and associated with an underlying architecture, whereby the underlying architecture includes an underlying actuator architecture or an underlying sensor architecture is provided. The method may include collecting a plurality of behavior data associated with the underlying architecture and the at least one user, wherein the at least one user is located at a first location. The method may further include analyzing the collected plurality of behavior data. The method may also include identifying at least one behavior pattern based on the analyzed plurality of behavior data. The method may include creating the at least one portable environment recipe based on the identified at least one behavior pattern. The method may also include uploading the created environment recipe to a repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Ting Chou, Wan-Tseng Hsiao, Jeffrey C. H. Liu, Chih-Wen Su
  • Patent number: 10606272
    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: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Gil Won Seo, Jun Soo Kim, Chan Hee Jung, Wan Seok Yang, Sung Yun Kim
  • Patent number: 10599875
    Abstract: Methods are described herein for communications bus data transmission using relative ground shifting. A plurality of voltage lines of at least one electronic control unit (ECU) are monitored. The at least one ECU electrically coupled to a communications bus. A voltage differential across at least two of the plurality of voltage lines of the at least one ECU is measured. A pulse or data stream is injected into the communications bus via one or two voltage lines based on the measured voltage differential having an amplitude lower than a predetermined voltage threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Cylance Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Bathurst, Mark Carey
  • Patent number: 10601235
    Abstract: An electronic control unit includes a first controller, a second controller, and a determination portion. The first controller includes a first control portion that determines whether or not supply of power from a battery to the first controller is interruptible. The second controller includes a regulator that regulates power supplied from the battery to the first controller and a second control portion that controls the regulator. The determination portion determines whether or not the supply of power is forcibly interruptible even when the first control portion does not determine that the supply of power is interruptible. When the determination portion determines that the supply of power is forcibly interruptible, the second control portion controls the regulator to interrupt the supply of power from the battery to the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Masahiro Makino, Takashi Okumura
  • Patent number: 10596959
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for sequentially illuminating segments of vehicle LED arrays of tail lights, when running lights are “on”, in response to incremental changes in vehicle speed. In response to rapid vehicle deceleration above a predetermined threshold, the system cyclically moves a darkened segment across an illuminated array of LED brake lights with or without the operator applying the brakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Douglas Gary DeWalt
  • Patent number: 10589628
    Abstract: An interface panel or graphical gauge that can host applications from a mobile application platform and display content from the hosted applications on a display of the graphical gauge. The interface panel may include a native operating system supporting an interface application that generates interface graphical output fed by the native operating system to a graphics controller. The interface control system may be configured to support a guest system that generates guest graphical output fed to the graphics controller. The guest graphical output is representative of graphic information generated by the mobile application platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Medallion Instrumentation Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Payne, Michael J. Sims
  • Patent number: 10589678
    Abstract: A vehicular rear backup vision system includes a rear backup camera and a display device including a video display screen disposed in an interior cabin of the vehicle and viewable by a driver of the vehicle. Upon initial ignition on of the vehicle that commences a new ignition cycle of the vehicle, the rear backup camera is electrically powered. After engine startup of the vehicle, the vehicular rear backup vision system displays on the video display screen rear backup video images derived solely from image data captured by the rear backup camera no later than 2 seconds after the driver of the vehicle first shifts a vehicle transmission of the vehicle into reverse gear to commence a first backup event. The rear backup camera remains electrically powered at least until the first backup event is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10589676
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle includes an interior camera disposed in an interior cabin of a vehicle and having a field of view interior of the vehicle that encompasses an area at or near a user input for an accessory, with the user input being accessible by a driver of the vehicle when the driver is normally operating the vehicle. A display device is viewable by the driver when the driver is normally operating the vehicle. The display device is operable to display images derived from image data captured by said interior camera. The display device displays images depicting the driver's hand as the driver's hand approaches the user input for the accessory for actuating the user input to adjust or control the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Norbert Kunze, Ruediger Boegel
  • Patent number: 10584789
    Abstract: A control method of a continuously variable transmission includes supplying oil pressure to a line-pressure oil passage and a secondary pulley oil chamber by a source pressure oil pump, controlling a flow of oil into and from a primary pulley oil chamber by an electric oil pump arranged in an oil passage between the primary pulley oil chamber and the secondary pulley oil chamber, and limiting a discharge flowrate of the electric oil pump to an amount smaller than a discharge flowrate of the source pressure oil pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohey Toyota, Tomoyuki Nakano, Hiromu Terai, Akira Takano, Kouhei Toyohara
  • Patent number: 10585433
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for automotive drive mode operation are disclosed. A disclosed method includes receiving information relating to a condition of a vehicle from a vehicle sensor module, comparing the information to a drive mode threshold, and selecting a drive mode change based on the information satisfying the drive mode threshold. The disclosed method also includes sending the drive mode change to a first vehicle operation module, the first vehicle operation module operating at least one other vehicle operation module to adjust vehicle operation based on the drive mode change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Melgar, Peter Simeon Lazarevski, Rinku Patel
  • Patent number: 10583709
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant comfort system, comprises a processor that stores computer executable components stored in memory. A plurality of sensors sense ambient conditions associated with exterior and interior conditions of a vehicle. A context component infers or determines context of an occupant of the vehicle. A comfort model component implicitly and explicitly trained on occupant comfort related data analyzes information from the plurality of sensors and context component. A comfort controller adjusts environmental conditions of a passenger compartment of the vehicle based at least in part on output of the comfort model component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hao Chen, Shao Chun Li, Qi Cheng Li, Jie Ma, Li Jun Mei, Jian Wang, Xin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10576617
    Abstract: A service robot includes a wheeled, robotic vehicle and a movable payload platform. A position of the payload platform is controlled to reduce the distance between the center of mass of the service robot and a center of rotation of the vehicle moving along a motion trajectory. Induced centrifugal forces are reduced, allowing for safe operation at higher speeds. In some examples, the payload platform is moved such that the center of mass of the service robot is approximately aligned with the center of rotation of the vehicle. In some embodiments, at least one wheel of the service robot is controlled to maintain a level orientation of the service robot as it traverses uneven terrain. In some embodiments, the service robot includes an inflatable torso structure that allows an upper body robot to bend in a controlled manner to interact with users and a payload loaded onto the payload platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Incubator Center, LLC
    Inventor: Haruhiko Harry Asada
  • Patent number: 10576937
    Abstract: A windshield wiper installation system is configured to be used to install a wiper on a windshield of an aircraft. The windshield wiper installation system includes a housing, an installation control unit contained within the housing, at least one positioning member secured to the housing, wherein the installation control unit is operatively coupled to the positioning member(s), and at least one position-setting member secured to the housing, wherein the installation control unit is operatively coupled to the position-setting member(s). The positioning member(s) is configured to be engaged to move the wiper to one or more desired positions on the windshield. The position-setting member is configured to set the desired position(s) when the wiper is at the desired position(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Myles Edward Brown, Hector Eduardo Iturribarria Bazaldua, Olubusola Anthony Dasilva
  • Patent number: 10576982
    Abstract: A vehicle control device (a control unit 100) includes a neutral control unit (100b), a brake hold control unit (100c), and a switching control unit (100d) configured to switch, when a predetermined switching condition is satisfied during execution of brake hold control by the brake hold control unit (100c), application of braking force to at least a drive wheel by execution of the brake hold control to application of the braking force to at least some vehicle wheels by an electric parking brake device. The neutral control unit (100b) stops execution of neutral control upon switching by the switching control unit (100d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsutaka Shibata, Masaru Takase
  • Patent number: 10576807
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioning setting device functioning with a vehicle air conditioning device for setting a direction of air blown out from an air outlet and a degree of concentration and diffusion of the air is provided. The vehicle air conditioning setting device includes: a display unit that displays an air range designation image including an occupant image representing an occupant seated on a seat of the vehicle; a touch panel overlapped with the display unit; and an air range setting unit that sets an air range representing the direction of the air and the degree of concentration and diffusion of the air based on an operation range of the touch panel on the air range designation image. When a drag operation is performed on the touch panel, the air range setting unit sets the air range based on a range of the drag operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Mizuno, Takeshi Yamamoto, Yoshinori Watanabe, Yuko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10569820
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, methods, and devices for operating a vehicle, such as a self-balancing vehicle, using a steering member and/or a braking member. A resistance to movement of the steering member may be controllable based upon an operating state or change thereof of the vehicle. The braking member may control a resistance to motion of at least one of at least two wheels of the vehicle based upon an operating state or change thereof of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Lingyun Intelligent Technology CO., Ltd
    Inventor: Lingyun Zhu