Vehicle Subsystem Or Accessory Control Patents (Class 701/36)
  • Patent number: 11072240
    Abstract: A console assembly for a vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a touch-sensitive panel providing at least one touch-sensitive switch, and a circuit electrically connected to the at least one switch. The circuit is configured to receive one or more inputs from the touch-sensitive panel and issue commands to control one or more aspects of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Daimay North America Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Jianhua Wang
  • Patent number: 11072908
    Abstract: The invention relates to a work machine having an operator's cabin comprising at least one window or screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Bolz, Dieter Ansorge, Florian Mang
  • Patent number: 11072367
    Abstract: Provided is a steering assist apparatus configured to perform a steering assist control for changing a steering angle of a vehicle in such a manner that the vehicle moves along a target path; determine whether a newly-detected object is a stationary object or a moving object; cancel the steering assist control and inform a driver that the steering assist control is cancelled when the newly-detected object is the stationary object and a cancel condition is satisfied; pause the steering assist control and inform the driver that the steering assist control is paused when the newly-detected object is the moving object and a pause condition is satisfied; and resume the steering assist control when a resume condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Ohtani, Shinya Sannodo, Yuki Minase
  • Patent number: 11059495
    Abstract: An information presentation apparatus includes an acquisition unit, an asymmetric acceleration generating unit, and a signal generating unit. The acquisition unit acquires at least one of information inside a vehicle or information outside the vehicle. The asymmetric acceleration generating unit presents haptic feedback information to a user via a steering unit provided in the vehicle by generating asymmetric acceleration. The signal generating unit generates a driving signal on the basis of information acquired by the acquisition unit and send the driving signal to the asymmetric acceleration generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Ono, Hirokazu Hashimoto, Hiroshi Uji
  • Patent number: 11060876
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product provide assessing environmental conditions outside an autonomous vehicle and recommending modifications for the autonomous vehicle based on a condition. A plurality of possible routes are determined for an autonomous vehicle using a navigational system. Environmental conditions are assessed, and one or more environmental conditions are identified outside the autonomous vehicle related to each of the plurality of possible routes. A determination is made as to when the one or more environmental conditions necessitate a modification of the autonomous vehicle for traveling the respective possible route. One of the possible routes are selected based on a criteria which includes avoiding a greatest number of the environmental conditions which necessitate the modification. The autonomous vehicle is routed along the selected route to a service station for implementing the modification based on the condition related to the selected route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Z. Akselrod, Anthony Di Loreto, Steve McDuff, Kyle D. Robeson
  • Patent number: 11059487
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor. The processor is configured to estimate whether a fellow passenger is included in occupants of a vehicle, when the fellow passenger is included in the occupants, acquire information relating to a driver of the vehicle and information relating to the fellow passenger, estimate a relationship between the driver and the fellow passenger based on the acquired information, and select a control relating to traveling of the vehicle according to the relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Tokita
  • Patent number: 11055994
    Abstract: An information processing device has an obtaining unit, a controller, and a giving unit. The obtaining unit can obtain vehicle information. The controller creates first warning information when the passability of a road in the vehicle information indicates non-passable. The controller creates recovery information when the passability of the road at the same position in the vehicle information indicates passable, after creation of the first warning information. The giving unit gives the recovery information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirofumi Momose, Hideto Fujishima, Naoki Kurokawa, Yuki Tao, Yasuhisa Obata, Hiroki Iida
  • Patent number: 11055992
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for assisting a user of a first motor vehicle in the operation of the first motor vehicle, which is located in a geographic region. A motor-vehicle-external data server device (16) divides the geographic region into a plurality of geographic sectors. A sensor device of a second motor vehicle, which is also located in the region, detects at least one measurement value, and a control device of the second motor vehicle transmits a sensor signal describing the measurement value to the motor-vehicle-external data server device. The motor-vehicle-external data server device receives a request signal from the first motor vehicle, which, at the time at which the request signal is transmitted, is not prepared to detect a measurement value of the same type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Torsten Schön
  • Patent number: 11050708
    Abstract: A system identifies a significant communication from a revived contact. A user and the contact interact, and the interaction is monitored to determine a weighted significance value to attribute to the contact. The interaction may include communication, a designation of significance by the user, and organizational associations. The weighted significance value is attributed to the contact. A subsequent communication is detected and a weighted time difference value for the subsequent communication is determined. If the subsequent communication satisfies a significant communication condition, then the subsequent communication is designated as a significant communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Venkat Sreekanth Kannepalli
  • Patent number: 11051124
    Abstract: A method for checking the association of radio nodes with a radio environment having a radio node set by evaluating interference signal components. At least two radio nodes of the radio node set operate as transceivers during a measurement process and at least one radio node operates exclusively as a transmitter or exclusively as a receiver or as a transceiver during the measurement process. The first evaluation step is performed at least once in a first pass for two reference radio nodes and is performed at least once in a second pass for a test radio node and a reference radio node. A positive or negative decision is made on the association with a radio environment on the basis of at least one result of the first pass and at least one result of the second pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Metirionic GmbH
    Inventor: Dietmar Eggert
  • Patent number: 11046307
    Abstract: A parking control apparatus includes an input device configured to acquire an operation command acquired from inside or outside of a vehicle and a control device configured to control the vehicle in accordance with the operation command. The control device is configured to make a determination whether or not an occupant is present inside a vehicle interior of the vehicle and control the vehicle to park in accordance with a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Yohei Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11051143
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for managing a fleet of vehicles is disclosed. The method includes providing a telematics device for an electric vehicle of the fleet of vehicles, the telematics device being capable of obtaining data from the electric vehicle; using the telematics device to identify the electric vehicle based on the data obtained from the electric vehicle; providing a data definition set for the electric vehicle to the telematics device; and using the telematics device and the data definition set to determine whether the electric vehicle is in a vehicle mode based on the data obtained from the electric vehicle and the data definition set. The vehicle mode of the electric vehicle can be at least one of a charging mode, a driving mode, and a parked mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Mendes, Alexander K. Koch, Michael Giannikouris
  • Patent number: 11044792
    Abstract: A system includes a switch-mode power supply for drawing low and constant current from a power source. The switch-mode power supply may charge an energy storage element with low and constant current. In a normal condition, a current driver may cause the illuminator to emit electromagnetic radiation as a plurality of flashes. In the normal condition, the system may include an average power that is less than or equal to a threshold value associated with the illuminator. In a fault condition, the illuminator may continuously emit electromagnetic radiation, at low current. In the fault condition, the switch-mode power supply may supply low and constant current to the illuminator. Similarly, in the fault condition, the system may include an average power that is less than or equal to a threshold value associated with the illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Spurr, Mike Lees
  • Patent number: 11042996
    Abstract: A recognition apparatus is provided which includes an input section that receives image information from a front camera and a rear camera, and a calculation section that performs a forward recognition process that is a recognition process targeting the image information from the front camera received by the input section and a rearward recognition process that is a recognition process targeting the image information from the rear camera received by the input section. The calculation section includes an acquisition section that acquires first information representing whether an own vehicle is in a state of moving forward or a state of moving rearward and second information representing a traveling condition of the own vehicle, and a process selection section that selects processes to be performed as the forward recognition process and the rearward recognition process, based on the first and second information acquired by the acquisition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Yokoyama, Kensuke Yokoi, Tatsuru Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 11044566
    Abstract: A system includes a microphone mounted inside a vehicle, a speaker mounted outside a passenger cabin of the vehicle and directed outside the vehicle, a camera with a field of view encompassing a seat in the passenger cabin of the vehicle, and a computer in communication with the microphone, speaker, and camera. The computer is programmed to, in response to data from the camera indicating a gesture by an occupant of the seat, activate the speaker to broadcast based on data transmitted by the microphone; and prevent the speaker from activating in response to data indicating that a biometric characteristic of a pedestrian outside the vehicle either matches a stored biometric characteristic or fails to match any of a plurality of stored biometric characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Stuart C. Salter, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Kristopher Karl Brown, Joshua Wheeler
  • Patent number: 11040658
    Abstract: A vehicle obstacle informing device includes: an obstacle detection section configured to detect an obstacle in surroundings of a vehicle; a gaze detection section configured to detect a gaze direction of an occupant seated in a driving seat; and an informing section configured to make the occupant aware of the obstacle using at least one of display or audio in cases in which the gaze of the occupant as detected by the gaze detection section is directed toward the obstacle during self-driving of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Yasue, Kihiro Kato, Satoshi Yamamichi, Hiroshi Hiraiwa
  • Patent number: 11040621
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an input device of a vehicle user interface with a housing, with a detection device assigned to the housing, with an evaluation unit connected to the detection device in an electrically conductive manner, and with an actuating member movably mounted on the housing, wherein the actuating member cooperates with the detection device via a magnetic measuring field, e.g. a static magnetic field or an alternating magnetic field, in order to transmit to the evaluation unit at least one position parameter related to a position and/or a change of position of the actuating member relative to the housing, wherein the evaluation unit is designed to carry out a switching or controlling function of a vehicle component depending on the position parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: PREH GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Eckert
  • Patent number: 11040722
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a technology of determining whether a driver is prepared for transfer of driving authorization, and then determining whether transfer of driving authorization is acceptable or unacceptable. The present invention is intended for a driving authorization transfer determination device. The device includes a task request part that makes an output device inside the vehicle output a request for a task involving continuous speech or body movement for a predetermined period of time, a task acquisition part that acquires an accomplishment result of the task from an input device inside the vehicle, a transfer determination part that determines whether the transfer is acceptable or unacceptable based on the accomplishment result of the task, and a determination result output part that outputs a determination result of the transfer determination part to the automated driving controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadashi Miyahara, Mitsuo Shimotani, Yoshitaka Nakamura, Naohiko Obata
  • Patent number: 11044283
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to output a shared screen for a meeting at a vehicle display configured to output infotainment settings. The processor is in communication with the vehicle display and a nomadic device. The processor is programmed to parse a calendar associated with the nomadic device for a meeting within a predefined or selected time window or period. The processor is further programmed to identify login information for the meeting, establish a communication link for the meeting based on the identified login information, and output a shared screen for the meeting at the display based on the vehicle being in a predefined state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Nelson, Hussein F. Nasrallah, Thomas E. Apczynski, David Anthony Hatton
  • Patent number: 11035303
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for optimizing engine climate control performance and fuel economy in engines configured with start/stop capabilities. Climate control inhibits of start/stop actions are adjusted as a function of operator driving habits and climate control inputs and preferences. The approach enables climate performance to be improved while also allowing for frequent idle-stop operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hussam Makkiya, Marirose Ilkka, Ahmed Awadi, Laurie Elizabeth Transou
  • Patent number: 11037107
    Abstract: One or more devices in an accident detection and recovery computing system may be configured to determine that vehicle accidents have occurred, collect and analyze accident characteristics and other related data, and providing customized accident recovery services. Mobile computing devices, alone or in combination with vehicle-based systems and external devices, may detect accidents or receive accident indication data. After determining that an accident has occurred, mobile computing devices and/or vehicle-based systems may be configured to determine accident characteristics, and then determine the damages or potential damages resulting from the accident. With an estimated assessment of damage, an accurate estimated of the amount of time to repair the damaged vehicle may be calculated, thus an automatic determination of the amount of time a user may need a rental car during the vehicle collision repair may occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Randall M. Hanson, Nicole M. Hildebrandt
  • Patent number: 11034212
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for controlling an air quality within a passenger cabin. The method includes outputting one or more control signals, by a processor, to activate a motor to generate an airflow stream for observation by a fine particulate matter sensor, the fine particulate matter sensor generating sensor signals based on the observation; determining a concentration level of fine particulate matter in the airflow based on the sensor signals; and outputting one or more control signals to an air quality system associated with the passenger cabin to generate an airflow into the passenger cabin based on the determined concentration level, the airflow into the passenger cabin flowing through a fine particulate matter filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Yan Li, Wenshui Wang, Xiaolin Zhu, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11028555
    Abstract: An earthmoving machine comprises an implement. The implement defines a variable implement angle ?Bucket(t) indicative of a current position of the implement relative to horizontal as a function of time t. The implement comprises teeth extending a tooth height h and defining an active raking ratio r. Controllers are programmed to execute an implement teeth grading offset determination process that comprises determining a variable implement offset angle ?Delta(t) at least partially based on a difference between an original target design angle ?Tgt(t) and the variable implement angle ?Bucket(t), determining an implement offset IO based on h, r, and ?Delta(t), and determining a new target design elevation ElvTgt,New(t) based on IO and an original target design elevation ElvTgt,Orig(t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Kyle Davis
  • Patent number: 11027749
    Abstract: An information presentation apparatus includes an acquisition unit, an asymmetric acceleration generating unit, and a signal generating unit. The acquisition unit acquires at least one of information inside a vehicle or information outside the vehicle. The asymmetric acceleration generating unit presents haptic feedback information to a user via a steering unit provided in the vehicle by generating asymmetric acceleration. The signal generating unit generates a driving signal on the basis of information acquired by the acquisition unit and send the driving signal to the asymmetric acceleration generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Ono, Hirokazu Hashimoto, Hiroshi Uji
  • Patent number: 11027745
    Abstract: A method and corresponding device are provided for setting configurable parameters of a system, for example a vehicle. The method is used to establish a user-specific value of a system parameter of the system. The method determines a user profile of a user. The user profile includes user-specific values of one or more user parameters which describe one or more properties of the user of the system. The method prepares a mapping function which maps different values of the one or more user parameters of the user profile onto different values of the system parameters. The method determines the user-specific value of the system parameter for the user, on the basis of the user profile of the user and on the basis of the mapping function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Walter Hipp
  • Patent number: 11025451
    Abstract: A gateway processor of a vehicle includes a controller area network (CAN) message receiver, an Ethernet message receiver, a vehicle state monitoring and recognition unit configured to receive a signal from the CAN message receiver and the Ethernet message receiver, and a power management determination unit for each state configured to receive a signal from the vehicle state monitoring and recognition unit. The gateway processor also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) power control application execution unit configured to receive a signal from the power management determination unit for each state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, KYUNGSHIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hae Yun Kwon, Ji Heon Kwon, Jae Sung Bae, Jae Goo Jung
  • Patent number: 11021189
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle having an active roll control and an active steering system designed to map a steering-wheel setting angle predetermined by a driver of the motor vehicle in accordance with a predetermined steer response onto a steer angle of the motor vehicle. The method includes operating the active steering system in a normal operating mode having a normal steer response and upon determining an active roll control fault operating the active steering system in a fallback operating mode in accordance with an fallback steer response, the fallback steer response different from the normal steer response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Saeger, Simon Baales, Michael Seemann
  • Patent number: 11022447
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may include a method, computer program product and computer system for environment based navigation. The method, computer program product and computer system may include computing device which may collect environment map data. The environment map data may include one or more environmental zones. The computing device may receive one or more user environment preferences from a user. The user environment preferences may include a user's preferred environmental zones and non-preferred environmental zones. The computing device may receive a destination from the user and determine one or more routes to the destination. The computing device may compare the one or more determined routes to the environment map data and the user environment preferences and display a list of the determined routes based on the user environment preference data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ben Z. Akselrod, Anthony Di Loreto, Steve McDuff, Kyle D. Robeson
  • Patent number: 11017619
    Abstract: Various embodiments may be directed to systems, devices, apparatuses to perform techniques such as determining vehicle data for a plurality of vehicles, wherein the vehicle data may be based on detections made by input devices of a plurality of mobile devices. Embodiments may further include determining vehicle attributes for the plurality of vehicles and environmental data. Embodiments also include training a machine-learning model with the vehicle data, the vehicle attributes, and the environmental data, and the machine-learning model may be trained to detect anomalies associated with vehicles having the at least one of the vehicle attributes. Embodiments may also include a trained machine-learning model to data to detect anomalies associated with a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Wylie, Qiaochu Tang, Micah Price, Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Hoover
  • Patent number: 11014551
    Abstract: A vehicle stability control system and a vehicle stability control method which are capable of more improving lateral stability of a vehicle when the vehicle is turning on a descent inclined road, may enable the vehicle to turn along a turning trace intended by a driver through cooperative control of active front steering (AFS) control and an electronic stability control (ESC) when the vehicle is turning on the descent inclined road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kyun Sang Park
  • Patent number: 11017246
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a sideline detector configured to detect sidelines of boundary lines of parking sections next to each other in a vehicle width direction by an edge detection process to an image, each of the sidelines being a pair of a rising edge and a falling edge, and to acquire an end point of each of the sidelines at which the pair is not detected, a rear-end edge identifying part configured to identify a rear-end edge of the parking section based on an end point away from the vehicle among the end points acquired by the sideline detector, and a parking frame setting portion configured to identify the parking section based on the two sidelines detected by the sideline detector and the rear-end edge identified by the rear-end edge identifying part, and to set a parking frame based on the parking section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kaneko, Mamoru Kubota, Shunsuke Kondo
  • Patent number: 11016573
    Abstract: A vehicular input apparatus includes a gesture sensor, an external device controller, and an output stop unit. The gesture sensor detects a gesture that is a non-contact gesture. The external device controller outputs an operation signal corresponding to the gesture detected by the gesture sensor to a first external device. When the gesture sensor detects the gesture, the output stop unit causes the external device controller to stop outputting the operation signal in response to a detection signal from at least one of a contact sensor and a proximity sensor for manipulating a second external device. The external device controller outputs the operation signal to the first external device after a second predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takateru Sawada
  • Patent number: 11014533
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system include a cloud computing center with one or more servers, storage coupled to the one or more servers, and a communication interface coupled to the one or more servers. A plurality of devices are communicatively coupled to the communication interface of the cloud computing center, so that the plurality of devices can communicate with the cloud computing center and with each other via the cloud computing center. At least one of the plurality of devices is a vehicle. A plurality of functional modules include instructions that, when executed by the cloud computing center, by at least one the plurality of devices, or by both the cloud computing center and at least one of the plurality of devices, enable functions including remote or direct interaction with the vehicle and, when there is direct interaction, personalization of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Gerald Krainer, Jean Loubinoux, Martin Schoell, Marco Hoeglinger
  • Patent number: 11007932
    Abstract: A driver state warning apparatus provides a safe and effective driving by non-contact haptic stimulus to a driver using an ultrasonic signal when the driver is in a drowsy or careless state. The driver state warning apparatus includes: a detector to obtain state information of a driver; a haptic stimulator to generate an ultrasonic beam and transmit the generated ultrasonic beam; and a controller to determine whether a state of the driver corresponds to a predetermined warning target state based on the obtained state information of the driver and provide a non-contact haptic stimulus by transmitting the ultrasonic beam toward the driver by controlling the haptic stimulator when the driver's state corresponds to the warning target state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Juhyuk Kim
  • Patent number: 11010051
    Abstract: According to various, but not necessarily all, embodiments of the invention there is provided a method comprising: enabling display to a user of a virtual visual scene; in dependence upon detection of an occurrence of a predetermined action by a user, starting display to the user of one or more control visual elements in the virtual visual scene while the virtual visual scene is being displayed to the user; and enabling interaction by the user with the one or more control visual elements within the displayed virtual visual scene to enable control while the virtual visual scene is being displayed to the user, wherein the one or more control visual elements displayed in the virtual visual scene represent a controller device physically used by the user, within the virtual visual scene, wherein the predetermined action by the user is in relation to a first portion of the physical controller device physically used by the user, and wherein the one or more control visual elements displayed in the virtual visual scen
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Antti Eronen, Arto Lehtiniemi, Jussi Leppänen, Veli-Matti Kolmonen
  • Patent number: 11007979
    Abstract: A vehicle theft detection system uses data from a GPS vehicle tracking unit, information regarding previous driving behavior of the authorized driver, and integration with a smartphone application to determine the likelihood that a vehicle has been stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Spireon, Inc.
    Inventors: Ocie Mitchell, Prem Hareesh
  • Patent number: 11007846
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller, in communication with a remote server, that is configured to access, from the remote server, historical climate system and window data associated with a location and route of the vehicle. The controller is further configured to identify a geofence according to the historical climate system and window data, and responsive to the vehicle crossing the geofence, command cabin air recirculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Everett Badger, II, Brandon Beauvais
  • Patent number: 11001145
    Abstract: An assembly, a transportation vehicle and a method for assisting a user of a transportation vehicle. The method includes determining a change of an operating state of the transportation vehicle and displaying a command button for operating a function of the transportation vehicle at a new position in response to the change of the operating state of the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Luigi Trabucco
  • Patent number: 11004339
    Abstract: A driving assistance device for a driver of a vehicle includes an electronic control unit configured to, before the vehicle passes through a predetermined position in a predetermined direction, acquire information relating to a predetermined traffic regulation to be applied when the vehicle passes through the predetermined position in the predetermined direction, acquire an observance tendency of an other driver relating to the predetermined traffic regulation, a degree of similarity between a predetermined characteristic of the other driver and the predetermined characteristic of the driver of the vehicle is equal to or greater than a predetermined value, before the vehicle passes through the predetermined position in the predetermined direction, output a warning to prompt observance of the predetermined traffic regulation, and change an output state of the warning to prompt observance of the predetermined traffic regulation based on the observance tendency of the traffic regulation of another driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Oe, Hirofumi Kamimaru
  • Patent number: 11004450
    Abstract: A dialogue system for a vehicle may include: an input processor configured to receive a dialogue among occupants of the vehicle including a driver and at least one passenger, to detect vehicle operation information, to identify the at least one passenger based on the dialogue among the occupants or the vehicle operation information, to generate passenger number information which estimates a change in a number of passengers in the vehicle based on the dialogue among the occupants when the vehicle arrives at a stop-over point, and to acquire a pre-utterance message according to the passenger number information; and a result processor configured to output a pre-utterance according to the pre-utterance message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jung Mi Park, Donghee Seok, Dongsoo Shin, Jeong-Eom Lee, Ga Hee Kim, Seona Kim, HeeJin Ro, Kye Yoon Kim
  • Patent number: 11001231
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an interface and a processor. The interface may be configured to receive video frames comprising at least one of a vehicle or an outdoor environment near the vehicle and a correction signal. The processor may be configured to perform video operations on the video frames to detect objects, predict a state of the vehicle based on the objects detected in the video frames and generate the correction signal. The correction signal may be configured to apply a corrective measure based on the predicted state of the vehicle. The state of the vehicle may be predicted when the vehicle is parked in the outdoor environment. The state of the vehicle may comprise factors that prevent driving the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ambarella International LP
    Inventors: Greg Hedman, Shimon Pertsel
  • Patent number: 10994612
    Abstract: An agent system includes a microphone configured to collect a sound of a vehicle interior, a speaker configured to output a sound to the vehicle interior, a recognizer configured to recognize a meaning of the sound collected, an agent controller configured to generate an agent sound for speaking to an occupant of a vehicle on the basis of the meaning recognized and cause the agent sound to be output to the speaker so that a sound image of the generated agent sound is localized at a prescribed position, and a travel environment acquirer configured to acquire a travel environment of the vehicle, wherein the agent controller causes an aspect in which the sound image of the agent sound is localized to be changed when the travel environment of the vehicle acquired by the travel environment acquirer is changed or is predicted to be changed in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Sekiguchi, Hiroshi Sugihara
  • Patent number: 10994589
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes an electric motor, an electrical storage device, an air-conditioning apparatus and a controller. A coolant circuit of the air-conditioning apparatus has a compressor, an outdoor heat exchanger, an expansion valve for cooling, and an evaporator. The evaporator has a heat storage member. In a case in which regenerative braking by the electric motor is performed when the state of charge of the electrical storage device is the predetermined value or more, the controller controls the air-conditioning apparatus such that a temperature of the evaporator is decreased so as to be lower than a temperature of the evaporator when a state of charge of the electrical storage device is less than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Takeuchi, Shinichirou Wakou, Ryoma Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10997860
    Abstract: A parking frame for which a parking route cannot be generated is excluded from selection objects by a simple determination. The parking assistance device acquires information on an entrance width of a frame entrance of the parking frame and information on a passage width of a passage, and calculates a minimum projection amount wm in a passage width direction of a vehicle 220 from the parking frame 203 to the passage 205 when a vehicle corner on a front side of the vehicle in an approach direction to the parking frame and on a first side in a vehicle width direction is located at the entrance end on the first side of the parking frame in the frame width direction, and when the vehicle is disposed at a position where the vehicle side part on a second side of the vehicle in the vehicle width direction is in contact with the entrance end on the second side of the parking frame in the frame width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Munetoshi Tsuge, Koji Takahashi, Masato Imai
  • Patent number: 10981579
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle having a driver assistance system intervening in a transverse dynamics of the vehicle, comprising the steps: detecting a driver intervention in a driving behavior of the vehicle due to an intervention of at least one actuator triggered by the driver assistance system; interpreting the driver intervention as an override of the intervention of the actuator; and reducing in a defined manner the intervention of the actuator as a function of the interpretation of the driver intervention in such a way that a driving task is returned to the driver in a controlled and defined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schulz, Christian Loeffler, Lenne Ahrens
  • Patent number: 10976547
    Abstract: A motorcycle comprising a transparent member that transparently passes light. The motorcycle further comprises a transparent electrode that is arranged on a windshield serving as the transparent member and can be manipulated by a rider (driver) of the motorcycle, a projection apparatus that projects video of a switch relating to manipulation of the motorcycle onto the transparent electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoichi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10979878
    Abstract: An operation method of a communication node in a vehicle network may comprise performing a transition of an operation mode of the communication node from a sleep mode to a normal mode when a predetermined event is detected; transmitting a wake-up signal when the operation mode transitions from the sleep mode to the normal mode; generating a network management (NM) message including information indicating a wake-up reason corresponding to the wake-up signal; and transmitting the NM message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Ok Kim, Jin Hwa Yun
  • Patent number: 10970899
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product for providing an in-vehicle display of information for an object of interest. Sound data is received from a sound sensor system connected to the vehicle. The sound data is for sounds detected in an exterior environment around the vehicle. The sound data is analyzed for a presence of an object of interest. The location of the object of interest is determined using the sound data in response to detecting the presence of the object of interest. A visual indicator for the object of interest is displayed using an electronic display system in the vehicle to augment a live view of the exterior environment seen through a window of the vehicle for the in-vehicle display of the information for the object of interest to draw attention to the object of interest in the live view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Gregory J. Boss, John E. Moore, Jr., Brent Hodges
  • Patent number: 10967788
    Abstract: An example locating assembly includes, among other things, a display within an electrified vehicle, a vehicle symbol presented on the display, and a charge port symbol presented on the display. The charge port symbol is positioned relative to the vehicle symbol to indicate a position of a charge port. An example locating method includes displaying a vehicle symbol and a charge port symbol on a display of an electrified vehicle. The charge port symbol is positioned relative to the vehicle symbol to indicate a position of a charge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Isaacs, Debra Lynn Ross
  • Patent number: 10969403
    Abstract: A physical quantity sensor includes a stationary electrode, an X-axis displaceable movable member, and a movable electrode. The stationary electrode includes first and second movable electrodes arranged side by side along the Y-axis direction. The first and second stationary electrodes respectively include first and second stationary electrode fingers extending from first and second trunks in the ±Y-axis directions. The movable electrode includes first and second movable electrodes arranged side by side in the Y-axis direction. The first and second movable electrodes respectively include first and second movable electrode fingers located on both sides in the Y-axis direction of the first and second trunks, and opposed to the first and second stationary electrode fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Satoru Tanaka