Vehicle Subsystem Or Accessory Control Patents (Class 701/36)
  • Patent number: 11915185
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein are configured to securely deliver items to a vehicle. In particular, a delivery is authenticated before access is provided to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shevon Vannitamby, Chris Michael Kava
  • Patent number: 11904962
    Abstract: A device is provided for operating a vehicle which can be driven in an at least partly automated manner, the device includes an actuating element which can be operated by a driver for controlling at least the lateral control of the vehicle, and includes a wheel angle adjuster which, when actuated by the actuating element of the driver and/or by an electronic control unit controlling the automated lateral control of the vehicle, controls a steering angle at the steerable wheels of the vehicle. The device is characterized in that the device has at least one so-called interpretation operating mode which differs from a substantially manual operating mode in that one or more operation action(s) initiated by the driver at the actuating element are suitably interpreted in accordance with the degree of haptic contact between the driver and the actuating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Alexander Augst
  • Patent number: 11897562
    Abstract: A method for controlling a steering system of a vehicle during an autonomous steering development mode may include performing, by one or more computing devices, high-authority autonomous steering control of a steering system of the vehicle. The method may further include receiving, by the one or more computing devices, an input from at least one sensor of the steering system indicative of manual operation of the steering system by an operator of the vehicle. Additionally, the method may include transitioning, by the one or more computing devices, from the high-authority autonomous steering control to a low-authority autonomous steering control of the steering system for a predetermined time period in response to receiving the input from the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Ananda Pandy, Pranav Salunke, Daniel Williams
  • Patent number: 11893658
    Abstract: An augmented virtual vehicle testing system and method for presenting graphics to a vehicle operator during operation of a vehicle. The method includes: determining a position of a vehicle operator within a vehicle testing environment; executing an augmentative simulation of the vehicle testing environment, wherein the augmentative simulation is used to provide a position of one or more virtual objects within the vehicle testing environment; generating graphics representing the one or more virtual objects based on the position of the vehicle operator and the position of the one or more virtual objects within the vehicle testing environment; and presenting the graphics on an electronic display and to the vehicle operator during operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Tyler S. Worman, Huei Peng, Gregory J. McGuire
  • Patent number: 11878661
    Abstract: A wiper operation system for a construction machine, enabling a plurality of wiper operating modes set for the operation of the wiper device to be easily checked and being capable of preventing erroneous selection of the wiper operating mode, includes a display, an operation reception unit that receives a mode selection operation for selecting one wiper motion mode from among a plurality of wiper motion modes, and a wiper control section that makes the wiper device perform a motion in the selected wiper motion mode. The display includes a wiper motion display unit performing a display of a plurality of icons corresponding to a plurality of wiper action modes respectively, and an identification display enabling the icon of the selected wiper action mode to be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiro Ueta, Yuta Suzuki, Jun Tsuruda
  • Patent number: 11881063
    Abstract: A management apparatus for a vehicle device, a vehicle and a server are provided. The management apparatus includes: a state determining unit, configured to determine a current state of the vehicle device; a first communication module, configured to transmit the current state of the vehicle device to at least one of a mobile terminal and a server and to receive a control instruction generated by the at least one of the mobile terminal and the server according to the current state of the vehicle device; and a controller, configured to control an action-executing unit of the vehicle device according to the control instruction to drive the vehicle device to execute an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Xinfa Du, Xing Fan, Shaoqi Ma, Yinghuan Kou
  • Patent number: 11878588
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed for activating a function subject to authorization in a vehicle comprising a system of digital rear-view mirrors with at least first and second touch screens, arranged on the driver's and passenger's side, respectively. The vehicle comprises members suitable for providing at least one function subject to authorization. The method comprises detection, by one of the members, of an action by a person that requires the activation of a function subject to authorization; —transmission, from the member to the system of digital rear-view mirrors, of information relating to the detection; —receipt, from the system of digital rear-view mirrors, of the information relating to the detection originating from the member, —display, on one of the touch screens, of a notification comprising the function subject to authorization, and; an interaction zone suitable for receiving either an agreement or a refusal from the driver and/or the front passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: PSA AUTOMOBILES SA
    Inventors: Charles Moreau, Loic Bayard, Pierre Quinio, Eric Eledut, Maxime Savignac
  • Patent number: 11880858
    Abstract: The disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods to predict a vehicle preference of a customer of a rental vehicle agency. An example method to do so involves a computer executing a prediction procedure to obtain and evaluate information associated with a customer. The information can include vehicle ownership history and/or monitoring data obtained from vehicles used by the customer (a personal vehicle, a taxi, and/or a ride share service vehicle, for example). The information may be evaluated by the computer to determine a personal profile of the customer. The personal profile can include items such as physical attributes of the customer, family size, driving characteristics, and/or past vehicle ownership. The personal profile of the customer may then be used by the computer to predict a type of vehicle preferred by the customer and to select, from a vehicle fleet, a vehicle that matches the preferred type of vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Lerner, Paige Wong, Scott Huggins, Xingping Chen, Taylor Hawley
  • Patent number: 11873053
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a control device capable of smoothly performing a turning operation due to an external force for a mobile body having a movement operation part and a seat part of occupant. A control device which performs a movement control of movement operation parts a mobile body estimates a movement rotational force in the yaw direction according to a movement of the mobile body and a rotational driving force in the yaw direction according to a driving forces of an actuator, and estimates an external force rotational force, which is a rotational force in the yaw direction due to an external force applied to the mobile body, based on these estimation values. A turning operation of the mobile body is performed according to an estimation value of the external force rotational force and a maneuver operation of the mobile body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Ozaki, Shinya Shirokura
  • Patent number: 11868578
    Abstract: A detector includes a frame that is at least partially formed from metal, electrodes arranged in a coordinate planar direction of an operating surface, the operating surface being at least partially in contact with the frame, the electrodes detecting a user operation that is an approach or contact of a body of a user toward or with the operating surface, and a calculator that obtains a calculation coordinate by calculating an operation position of the user operation on the operating surface based on an electrostatic capacity change in each of the electrodes. The operating surface is divided into areas. The calculator converts the calculation coordinate to a correction coordinate shifted from a boundary of one of the areas toward an inner portion of one of the electrodes in which the electrostatic capacity change is larger than other electrodes, thereby determining that the correction coordinate is the operation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Syogo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11859991
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for identifying one or more sources of an airborne pollutant in a geographical area and for mitigating release of the airborne pollutant, comprising: receiving emission data and vehicle location data associated with a plurality of corresponding vehicles in the geographical area; receiving ambient air quality data for respective locations in the geographical area; apply a vehicle emission plume air dispersion model to process the received emission data, the received vehicle location data, and the received ambient air quality data; identify one or more principal sources of the airborne pollutant based on the processed emission data, vehicle location data, and ambient air quality data; and transmit an instruction related to one or more vehicles associated with the one or more identified principal sources of the airborne pollutant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Faisal S. Aljar
  • Patent number: 11854304
    Abstract: The field of the invention relates to computer vision systems and methods providing real time data analytics on detected people or objects in the home environment or other environments. It is based on an embedded engine that analyses an image from a raw sensor and virtualised the image into a digital representation enabling a digital understanding of the environment while guarantying privacy. It comprises multiple image processing blocks and embedded firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: UNIFAI HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Tusch
  • Patent number: 11844589
    Abstract: Cardiovascular or respiratory data of a subject is measured using a multi-sensor system. The multi-sensor system includes a mm-wave FMCW radar sensor, an IMU sensor, and one or more proximity sensors. The mm-wave FMCW radar sensor may be selected and its view angle adjusted based on positioning data regarding the subject obtained from the one or more proximity sensors. Each of the mm-wave FMCW radar sensor and the IMU sensor may acquire cardiovascular or respiratory measurements of the subject, and the measurements may be fused for improved accuracy and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventors: Diyan Teng, Mehul Soman, Rashmi Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11848665
    Abstract: Haptic devices are installed in a motorcycle's handlebars, footpegs and seat to provide the rider with alerts that relate to hazards. The alert is provided before the rider notices the hazard, or before the rider reacts to the hazard. By giving advance warning, a rider is given extra time to avert a potential accident. The alerts also provide a direct instruction to the rider as to what to do to avoid the accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Damon Motors Inc.
    Inventors: Damon Jay Giraud, Dominique Kwong
  • Patent number: 11845386
    Abstract: A system including a vehicle having a network comprising a plurality of end points and a controller, where the controller includes an automation definition circuit, an automation management circuit, and an automation execution circuit. The automation definition circuit is structured to interpret a task description. The automation management circuit is structured to provide a task action plan in response to the task description. The automation execution circuit is structured to provide a task execution command in response to the task action plan, where an end point of the plurality of end points is responsive to the task execution command to implement a task for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Sonatus, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Fang, Thurston Zhu, Andrew Ling, Yixiang Chen
  • Patent number: 11843667
    Abstract: An example operation includes one or more of powering, by a transport, one or more critical components, running, by the transport, a first set of applications on the one or more critical components, responsive to a dependency of one or more noncritical components on the one or more critical components, powering, by the transport, the one or more noncritical components, and running, by the transport, a second set of applications on the one or more noncritical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Satyajit P. Patne
  • Patent number: 11834011
    Abstract: A sensor cleaning system cleans a sensor surface of an external sensor mounted on a vehicle. Specifically, the sensor cleaning system estimates a water droplet amount of a water droplet adhering to the sensor surface of the external sensor. The sensor cleaning system determines whether a cleaning start condition is satisfied based on the water droplet amount. The sensor cleaning system executes a cleaning process of cleaning the sensor surface when the cleaning start condition based on the water droplet amount is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shoichi Hayasaka, Hiromitsu Urano, Shuichi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 11834123
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus according to an embodiment includes a vehicle height adjusting mechanism that adjusts vehicle height of a vehicle; a progress parameter acquiring unit that acquires a progress parameter expressing a degree of progression until the vehicle reaches a target object in front of the vehicle; and a control section that controls the vehicle height adjusting mechanism based on the progress parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kineo Tomura, Kyosuke Inada
  • Patent number: 11827233
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transferring autonomous driving preferences between vehicles are provided. For example, a vehicle operator may borrow a friend's or spouse's vehicle, or may rent a vehicle, and may wish to transfer his or her autonomous driving preferences to the vehicle he or she is currently operating. An autonomous driving preference associated with an operator of a first vehicle is obtained. The autonomous driving preference includes vehicle controls that the operator prefers to be operated autonomously, semi-autonomously, and/or manually. When the operator of the first vehicle is to operate a second vehicle or is currently operating a second vehicle, an indication of the autonomous driving preference associated with the operator is transmitted to the second vehicle, and the vehicle controls associated with the second vehicle are modified based on the autonomous driving preference associated with the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 11827239
    Abstract: In an autonomous driving control apparatus, a control unit controls autonomous driving that causes a vehicle to travel along a scheduled travel route. A storage unit stores driving-operation modules. Each of the driving-operation modules is comprised of a modularized set of a sequence of input/output operations used by a corresponding driving operation carried out by the autonomous driving. The control unit determines the scheduled travel route, and determines, in accordance with the scheduled travel route, at least one selected driving-operation module from the driving-operation modules stored in the storage unit. The control unit performs the at least one selected driving-operation module to thereby cause the vehicle to perform the autonomous driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Itoh
  • Patent number: 11829166
    Abstract: A method can include obtaining a set of images of a set of occupants located in an interior environment. The interior environment can have a first temperature. The method can include identifying, based on the set of images, a set of occupant characteristics corresponding to the set of occupants. The method can include obtaining a second temperature of an external environment. The method can include generating, by comparing the set of occupant characteristics to the second temperature, a discrepancy factor. The method can include determining that the discrepancy factor exceeds a threshold. The method can include initiating, in response to the determining that the discrepancy factor exceeds the threshold, a modification of the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Lisa Seacat DeLuca
  • Patent number: 11827224
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose a vehicle control method, an apparatus, a vehicle, an electronic device and a storage medium, which relate to automatic driving technology. The method includes: outputting a prompt message, where the prompt message is used for prompting an intention of lane changing of a host vehicle to a surrounding vehicle, and the surrounding vehicle is a vehicle having a potential influence on the lane changing of the host vehicle; determining first driving state prediction information of the surrounding vehicle, where the first driving state prediction information is related to a feedback on the prompt message; generating and executing a first driving strategy according to the first driving state prediction information, where the first driving strategy includes lane-changing driving or driving within the current lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: BEIJING BAIDU NETCOM SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ruisuo Wang
  • Patent number: 11825527
    Abstract: A mesh network system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit selects determines a current motion state of a vehicle of a mesh network. The electronic control unit may calculates radio metric scores for network interfaces. The radio metric scores are weighted based on the current motion. The electronic control unit selects a desired network interface for communications between the vehicles based on the radio metric scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shingo Sugimoto, Walter Accessor
  • Patent number: 11820297
    Abstract: The application proposes a bracket, a bracket assembly, a device arranged on vehicle roof and a vehicle, which are applied in the field of automobile technology. The bracket comprises: a first bracket body mounted to the top of the vehicle; and a connecting body comprising: a first connecting piece arranged on the left side of the first bracket body and mounted with a first image sensor, and a second connecting piece arranged on the right side of the first bracket body and mounted with a second image sensor, wherein the first connecting piece and the second connecting piece are arranged above A pillars of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: NIO TECHNOLOGY (ANHUI) CO., LTD
    Inventors: William Li, Samir Agrawal, Jianyong Zhang, Waylon Chen, John Hu, Yunyue Cai, Xiaoning Gong, Shaoqing Ren, Ted Li, Gordon Cao, Jiong Chen, Matt Samson, Devin Zhang, Yunfeng Dong, Taylor Cheng, Nicole Guo
  • Patent number: 11819137
    Abstract: A chair comprises a seat pan member, a seat back member having a lumbar support member, a lumbar support assembly operatively connected to the lumbar support member and configured for moving the lumbar support member, with respect to the seat pan member and the seat back member, between at least a first position and a second position, and an actuator configured to operate the lumbar support assembly for movement of the lumbar support member between at least the first position and the second position. When the lumbar support member is in the second position, the lumbar support member is positioned forwardly, in a direction toward the seated user's lower back, relative to the seat back member so as to enable the user to be seated forwardly on the seat pan member while being engaged with the lumbar support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: FELLOWES, INC.
    Inventors: Tai Hoon K. Matlin, James Waring, Shawn Applegate, Steven James Barnaby, Jr., Peter Maletich, John Fellowes
  • Patent number: 11824528
    Abstract: Provided is a load drive device with high stability (linearity) and a control method thereof capable of continuing a normal operation without stopping the load drive device even when a reverse current is temporarily detected with a specific inductive load in the load drive device in which a plurality of inductive loads are connected in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Katabuchi, Kiyoomi Kadoya
  • Patent number: 11814061
    Abstract: A driving system is provided with a plurality of different driving functions for an automated drive with different degrees of automation for a motor vehicle. At least the driving function with the highest degree of automation is not constantly available. The driving system has a user interface for interacting with the driver. The user interface has an input component which is common to the plurality of driving functions for a signaling, by the driver, of a driver-side request for an automated drive to the driving system. The driving system is designed to determine an operating action via the input component for an automated drive. After the operating action is determined, the available driving function of the plurality of driving functions which has the degree of automation with the highest potential is determined. Provided the driving function is determined which has the degree of automation with the highest potential among the available driving functions, the driving function can be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hermann Kuenzner
  • Patent number: 11804133
    Abstract: The present technology utilizes vehicles in a fleet of vehicles to record weather data samples at many locations in a service area. Each vehicle in the fleet becomes a weather station that can record weather data at many locations and frequently. The weather data can be used to make intelligent decisions regarding fleet management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Nestor Grace, Diego Plascencia-Vega, Spyros Maniatopoulos
  • Patent number: 11798291
    Abstract: A system for a reliability of objects for a driver assistance or automated driving of a vehicle includes a plurality of sensors that include one or more sensor modalities for providing sensor data for the objects. An electronic tracking unit is configured to receive the sensor data to determine a detection probability (p_D) for each of the plurality of sensors for each of the objects, to determine an existence probability (p_ex) for each of the plurality of sensors for each of the objects, and to provide vectors for each of the objects based on the existence probability (p_ex) for each contributing one of the plurality of sensors for the specific object. The vectors are provided by the electronic tracking unit for display as an object interface on a display device. The vectors are independent from the sensor data from the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Benjamin Gussner, Theresa Veronika Kienle, Joachim Carsten Mueller, Stephan Reuter, Oliver F. Schwindt, Andreas Heyl
  • Patent number: 11794768
    Abstract: A safety confirmation support device (equipment system) according to the present disclosure contains hardware of storage unit and CPU processor and several sensing & display devices, and corresponding software including moving object detection unit, risk level detection unit, and output display control unit etc. The moving object detection unit is used to detect an object in a detection area around a vehicle. The risk level detection unit is used to determine, for each detected object, a risk level indicating a level of risk affecting the vehicle. The output display control unit is used to control output display information about the object via the one or more output devices when the risk level of the object is equal to or higher than a predetermined threshold value, and not to display the information about the object when the risk level is below the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongxiang Wang, Masahito Oishi, Shintaro Miike
  • Patent number: 11794737
    Abstract: While operating a vehicle on a travel path, a width of the travel path is determined based on a map. Upon detecting a presence or an absence of a target vehicle in the travel path, a lateral position for the vehicle on the travel path is determined based on the width of the travel path and the presence or absence of the target vehicle. The vehicle is controlled to operate according to the determined lateral position on the travel path and a speed of the vehicle that is based on the determined lateral position on the travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chenhao Ma, Tony Tae-Jin Pak, Ahmed Benmimoun, Hamid M. Golgiri
  • Patent number: 11790783
    Abstract: A system for guiding an autonomous vehicle to a target location includes a pedestrian terminal carried by a user of the vehicle; an in-vehicle terminal mounted in the vehicle; and a wearable terminal worn on the user's body to detect a sight focusing status of the user. The pedestrian terminal is configured to transmit and receive information to and from the in-vehicle terminal, determine if there is a risk of collision between the vehicle and the user, and provide an alert to the pedestrian. The in-vehicle terminal is configured to transmit and receive information to and from the pedestrian terminal, determine if there is a risk of collision between the vehicle and the user based on the information received from the pedestrian terminal, and cause an autonomous driving ECU to perform cruise control so as to avoid the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: PANASONIC HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ueno, Hiroaki Sudo
  • Patent number: 11789462
    Abstract: A system includes vehicles, a central control unit, and a stationary transceiver module connected to the central control unit via a bidirectional communications channel. Each has a transceiver module for bidirectional communication with the stationary transceiver module and/or a vehicle. The transceiver module has a controllable light source and a light sensor. The central control unit transmits driving orders to the vehicles via the stationary transceiver module. A first vehicle that is located within the spatial transmission area of the stationary transceiver module forwards a driving order to a second vehicle that is located outside the spatial transmission area of the stationary transceiver module, and the second vehicle transmits data via the first vehicle and the stationary transceiver module to the central control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: SEW-EURODRIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Josef Schmidt, Zhidong Hua, Thomas Schäfer
  • Patent number: 11787289
    Abstract: A vehicle input device comprises an operation detection section configured to detect input to an onboard unit allocated to one operation section of plural of operation sections provided in a vicinity of a driving seat due to the one operation section being operated, a preliminary action detection section configured to detect a preliminary action directly prior to the one operation section being operated, and a notification section configured to notify an occupant of information relating to the onboard unit allocated to the one operation section in a case in which the preliminary action has been detected by the preliminary action detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Kozono, Shu Nakajima, Takeshi Nawata
  • Patent number: 11790705
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving, at a computing system, parameters from a vehicle, wherein the parameters correspond to a set of associated parameter identifiers (PIDs), and determining, by the computing system, one or more thresholds for one or more PIDs of the set of associated PIDs. The example method additionally includes determining, by the computing system, one or more indicators displayable on a first graph of parameters corresponding to a first PID of the set of associated PIDs. For instance, at least one indicator of the one or more indicators represents a parameter corresponding to a second PID of the set of associated PIDs breaching a threshold associated with the second PID. The example method further includes displaying, by the computing system on a graphical user interface, the first graph of parameters corresponding to the first PID and the one or more indicators on the first graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Joshua C. Covington
  • Patent number: 11780351
    Abstract: A device for operating a power seat of a vehicle, the device being able to show exact operation directions of a power seat by operation of switches to a user, and enabling the user to recognize the exact selection state and operation direction of desired switches so that the user can more conveniently use the switches by displaying one arrow showing the operation direction of the seat when each of a plurality of touch sensors, which is disposed in each of the switches of a switch module for operating the seat to show operation direction of the seat, senses a touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Baek Hee Lee, Hyuk Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 11784871
    Abstract: A relay apparatus system is a relay apparatus system that is mounted in a vehicle, and includes: a wireless relay apparatus that wirelessly communicates with a communication apparatus provided outside of the vehicle; and a plurality of wired relay apparatuses that are connected in series downstream of the wireless relay apparatus when the communication apparatus is assumed to be positioned upstream of the wireless relay apparatus, wherein each of the plurality of wired relay apparatuses includes a communication unit that is communicably connected to an ECU for controlling an in-vehicle apparatus that is mounted in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiromichi Yasunori
  • Patent number: 11772681
    Abstract: A method for processing autonomous driving simulation data. The method includes: determining a type of a message transmitted between a simulation system and an auto driving system (ADS); determining a data acquisition mode based on the type of the message; obtaining a data stream transmitted between the simulation system and the ADS based on the data acquisition mode; and determining performance of the ADS based on the data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: BAIDU.COM TIMES TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shengjian Guo, Zhisheng Hu, Zhenyu Zhong, Kang Li
  • Patent number: 11752869
    Abstract: An outside information display control device limits operation of at least one of onboard devices including a wiper, an electronic mirror, and a defroster at the time of automated driving of a vehicle. An interest determining unit determines whether an occupant is interested in outside information. The limitation on operation of the onboard device is released when the interest determining unit determines that the occupant is interested in the outside information in a state in which the operation of the onboard device has been limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsuya Shimizu, Hideyuki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11740289
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a relay examination device and a battery management system including the same, the relay examination device includes a first resistor unit having one end connected to one end of a relay, a second resistor unit having one end connected to the other end of the first resistor unit, a power unit connected to the other end of the second resistor unit and configured to supply power, and a control unit configured to receive a voltage signal applied between the first resistor unit and the second resistor unit and to examine whether the relay is open or closed or whether the relay has malfunctioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: SK ON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byoung Kyu Park, Ho Sang Jang, Seon Yong Kim, Yong Sug Choi
  • Patent number: 11738804
    Abstract: A system can train a vehicle electronically to accommodate a driver. The system can train the vehicle to accommodate the ability, condition, and/or personality of the driver. The system can change the controls of the vehicle, responsive to the inputs from the driver, to match with the patterns of controls resulting from a predetermined model (such as a safe-driver model). Accordingly, the vehicle can appear as it is being driven by a safe driver when it may not be the case. A driver with a lower driving competence may apply physical controls in a pattern that may be slow, unstable, or insufficient. However, the vehicle can be trained to adjust the transformation from the UI signals to the drive-by-wire signals such that the transformed signals appear to be applied by a more competent driver on the road. And, the transformation can improve over time with training via machine learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Junichi Sato
  • Patent number: 11738760
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus configured to calculate a center of gravity six-component; calculate a tire three-component of each wheel for two or more wheels of a vehicle imposing a constraint on each wheel expressed as an inequality corresponding to upper and lower limits of the tire three-component; apply the constraint based on whether the constraint is valid or invalid for each of the wheels based on a predetermined optimum-condition for obtaining an optimum-solution under the constraint, and calculating an optimum-solution of the tire three-component of each wheel by performing a tentative-optimum-solution-calculation one or more times until the predetermined optimum-condition is satisfied; and store an application-state of the constraint when the optimum-solution satisfying the predetermined optimum-condition is obtained, and calculate the optimum-solution of the tire three-component of each wheel by using a stored value of the application-state of the constraint, in the next calculation of the optimum-s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Etsuo Katsuyama, Manabu Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 11738751
    Abstract: A speed control device sets a target speed of the own vehicle to a basic speed that is a set speed set in advance or sets the target speed of the own vehicle to a basic speed that is a speed equal to or less than the set speed in which a distance to a preceding vehicle is maintained at a predetermined distance or more when there is a preceding vehicle. The speed control device sets the target speed of the own vehicle to a correction speed instead of the basic speed when the speed control device determines that an adjacent lane is congested and a speed difference between the speed of the own vehicle and an average speed or a lowest speed of another vehicle in the adjacent lane is equal to or more than a first reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Chiemi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 11738630
    Abstract: A vehicle drive device uses in-wheel motors to drive a vehicle and includes in-wheel motors that are provided in wheels of a vehicle and drive the wheels, a body side motor that is provided in a body of the vehicle and drives the wheels, and a controller that controls the in-wheel motors and the body side motor based on requested output power of a driver, in which the controller causes the body side motor to generate a driving force and the in-wheel motors not to generate driving forces when the requested output power of the driver is less than predetermined output power and the controller causes the body side motor and the in-wheel motors to generate driving forces when the requested output power of the driver is equal to or more than the predetermined output power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isao Toda, Seiyo Hirano, Kei Yonemori, Hideki Sanai
  • Patent number: 11734968
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally related to systems and methods for determining an actionable event associated with a vehicle. The systems and methods can determine the event based on vehicle diagnostic data, and can report the event to a user via an appropriate interface. The systems and methods can also determine a recommended action to address the event, and can facilitate completion of the action upon approval by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Haris Ramic
  • Patent number: 11724741
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system of providing a parking guidance service of a vehicle including a sensor unit including a plurality of sensors configured to sense an environment around the vehicle and a parking space, a database unit configured to store parking pattern data of a driver, a controller configured to determine a parking difficulty of the parking space based on information sensed by the sensor unit and parking pattern data of the driver, stored in the database unit, and an output unit configured to provide information on the parking difficulty of the parking space, determined by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Il Gyu Lee
  • Patent number: 11718249
    Abstract: Control methods and systems including a smart vehicle, a smart mobile device including a processor, a memory communicatively coupled to the processor, and machine readable instructions stored in the memory that may cause a system to perform at least the following when executed by the processor: use the smart mobile device to automatically control functionality of smart features of the smart vehicle based on an applied control logic and environmental inputs and/or use the smart mobile device to automatically control a wireless routing selection between a local area network associated with the smart vehicle and a remote wide area network based on an application tool switch logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Thor Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Ciprian R. Sandu, Jason T. Kriesel, McKay R. Featherstone, Edward Brady, Steven Hileman
  • Patent number: 11722761
    Abstract: A dashboard camera device including: an imaging section configured to image rearward from a self-vehicle; a recording section configured to record a video image captured by the imaging section; a headlight-flashing detection section configured to detect illumination and blinking of a headlight of a following vehicle traveling behind the self-vehicle; and a control section configured to determine a headlight-flashing threshold value based on a travel environment of the self-vehicle, the headlight-flashing threshold value being a threshold value for a change in light intensity caused by blinking of the headlight of the following vehicle as detected by the headlight-flashing detection section, and, in a case in which a change in light intensity, due to blinking of the headlight of the following vehicle, has exceeded the headlight-flashing threshold value, the control section causes the recording section to record the video image captured by the imaging section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohito Higuma, Yohei Satomi
  • Patent number: 11707657
    Abstract: Disclosed is a golf-shot-tracking-self-driving-path central controlling system, comprising a predetermined-paths-determining module, a golf-ball-next-shot-location determining module and a path driving controlling module, to centrally control each of a plurality of golf-shot-tracking fairway-self-driving golf carts to drive in one of a plurality of predetermined paths or shift among the plurality of predetermined paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: SUNRISE RESORT, INC.
    Inventor: Yuh-Rong Hsu
  • Patent number: 11708079
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for controlling at least one drive assistance system of a motor vehicle, a device for carrying out the steps of this method and a system including such a device. The disclosure also relates to a motor vehicle including such a device or such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Motherson Innovations Company Limited
    Inventor: Romeo Wieczorek