Vehicle Subsystem Or Accessory Control Patents (Class 701/36)
  • Patent number: 9841764
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motor vehicle includes: ascertaining a driving strategy as a function of an environment; detecting a driving strategy of a motor vehicle driving ahead; ascertaining that the driving strategies deviate from each other; and controlling the motor vehicle in accordance with the driving strategy of the motor vehicle driving ahead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Kueperkoch, Jeannine Schwarzkopf
  • Patent number: 9827854
    Abstract: A driving control system of a vehicle sets a target speed as an automatic setting speed when the driving control system is an automatic speed setting mode, changes a speed setting mode to a manual speed setting mode when a speed change input is received in the automatic speed setting mode, sets the target speed as a manual setting speed when the driving control system is a manual speed setting mode, changes the manual setting speed depending on the speed change input when the speed change input is received in the manual speed setting mode, and changes the speed setting mode to the automatic speed setting mode when the manual setting speed coincides with the automatic setting speed in the manual speed setting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Kyoung Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 9822471
    Abstract: A woven fabric for an air bag characterized by the asymmetry (R), in the front and back of the woven fabric and indicated by the following formula, of the radius of curvature (?of an intersecting section in which the warp thread and the weft thread come in contact in the cross section of the woven fabric, being in the range of 1.05-1,50, R=?a/?b (?a indicates the larger radius of curvature out of the radii of curvature (?) in the front and back surfaces of the woven fabric, and ?b indicates the smaller radius of curvature).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumiaki Ise
  • Patent number: 9821763
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to hierarchical based computer implemented methods and systems for controlling predetermined vehicle operations upon receiving requests from vehicle occupants. The methods and systems include identifying vehicle occupants regardless of their location within the vehicle, and matching an identified vehicle occupant who has entered a request with one profile of a hierarchy of stored profiles. Each profile can correspond to at least one of the occupants who has been identified, and provides authorization to control certain of the predetermined operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Alvin Yuan
  • Patent number: 9822825
    Abstract: An actuator controller to controllably supply DC power to a bi-directional electromechanical actuator is provided. The controller includes a first circuit to receive power and direction command signals from a remote electronic control unit through a vehicle-based bus. Control logic is operative to determine a vehicle system failure and to generate a failsafe position command signal in the event of the failure. A failsafe power circuit controllably stores electrical power and supplies the stored electrical power based on the failsafe position command signal. A power switching and supply circuit supplies DC power of a desired polarity to the electromechanical actuator in response to the power and direction command signals in the absence of the failure and supplies the stored electrical power to the electromechanical actuator in the event of the failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Means Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan W. Essenmacher
  • Patent number: 9823382
    Abstract: A vehicle mounted mobile container or vehicle inspection system, including: a radiation source, a movable vehicle for carrying the inspection system, and a detector arm rack which has a horizontal arm and a vertical arm, a first end of the horizontal arm is connected to the vehicle and a second end thereof is connected to an end of the vertical arm. The horizontal arm and the vertical arm are connected by a pivotal connecting device such that the vertical arm may pivot in a vertical plane, and the horizontal arm and the vertical arm may be retracted in a same horizontal plane. The novel arm rack construction may reduce the space occupied by it on top of the scanning vehicle after the arm rack is stowed so as to reduce the eight of the scanning vehicle under running condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jianmin Li, Yulan Li, Jingyu Gu, Yuanjing Li, Quanwei Song, Weizhen Wang, Dongyu Wang, Zhiqiang Chen, Chaunxiang Tang, Yinong Liu, Junli Li, Tao Xue, Hui Gong, Xuewu Wang
  • Patent number: 9815423
    Abstract: A vehicle power system includes a plurality of power distribution divisions, a rechargeable energy storage system, switching devices for connection of the power distribution divisions to the rechargeable energy storage system, a plurality of loads energized from the power distribution divisions, a control network including nodes for control over the loads and the switching devices, a mobile transponder and a transceiver which is connected to the controller area network and which provides for communicating with the transponder. Sensors monitored by the controller area network and proximity of the mobile transponder determine a state for vehicle power distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Daniel Flaster
  • Patent number: 9817554
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for centralized access to multimedia content stored on or available to a computing device are disclosed. The centralized access can be provided by a media control interface that receives user inputs and interacts with media programs resident on the computing device to produce graphical user interfaces that can be presented on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, Thomas Michael Madden, Scott J. Forstall, Duncan Robert Kerr, Nicholas V. King, Stephen O. Lemay, Richard W. Fabrick, II, Bas Ording, Eric Taylor Seymour, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 9809168
    Abstract: A driver assist system for a vehicle includes at least one non-visual sensor and a forward-viewing camera disposed that is part of a multi-camera vision system of the vehicle that includes at least two side cameras and a rear backup camera. A video display screen is viewable by a driver of the vehicle when the driver is normally operating the vehicle. During a driving or parking maneuver of the vehicle, images derived, at least in part, from image data captured by at least some of the cameras are displayed by the video display screen, and at least one indication is provided to the driver of the vehicle during the driving maneuver. A unitary image is synthesized from image data captured by the multi-camera vision system and approximates a view as would be seen by a virtual camera at a single location exterior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: David W. Taylor, Kevin C. McCarthy, Niall R. Lynam, Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 9804264
    Abstract: A lidar system which includes one or more light sources to produce one or more optical signals and a demultiplexer to separate the one or more optical signals into a plurality of sub-portions which may be distributed to a plurality of sensor heads. The sensor heads emit the sub-portions of the one or more optical signals into a plurality of fields of view and to detect reflected or scattered light from the fields of view. The lidar system also includes one or more optical amplifiers and one or more filters to reduce amplified spontaneous emission produced by the one or more optical amplifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Luminar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Villeneuve, Jason M. Eichenholz
  • Patent number: 9802624
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle adapted for autonomous driving, such as an autonomous vehicle, comprising an assisting object detecting system for detecting obstructing objects to the vehicle. The object detecting system is adapted to detect an object by comparing a reference value of a selected parameter with a measured value of the selected parameter. The present disclosure also relates to a method and a computer program product for use in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Mikael Thor, Stefan Solyom, Mattias Erik Brannstrom
  • Patent number: 9795521
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program for remotely controlling a plurality of functions of an emergency vehicle, wherein at least one of the functions is activating the emergency lights. The method comprises connecting a mobile computing device to a central control unit through a wireless network, inputting a command on the mobile computing device, transmitting the command to the central control unit through the network, and performing the one or more functions of the emergency vehicle. Also provided is a computer program and a system for enabling a plurality of mobile computing devices to connect to at least one emergency vehicle, wherein an administrator may, among other things, control user access levels and vehicle functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Halcore Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Fisher
  • Patent number: 9796382
    Abstract: A driving assist apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a curve detection unit that detects a curve ahead of a vehicle, a driving operation assistance unit that, based on the curve detection result, provides driving operation assistance to enable the vehicle to properly pass through the curve, a diversion determination unit that determines whether the vehicle position is diverted from the curve during curve passage, a diversion-confirmed curve storage unit that, when the vehicle position is diverted from the curve, memorizes the curve as a diversion-confirmed curve, and an assistance suppression unit that, when the curve detected by the curve detection unit is the diversion-confirmed curve, suppresses the driving operation assistance by the driving operation assistance unit. When the vehicle position returns to the curve after diverting from the curve, the diversion determination unit determines that the vehicle position is not diverted from the curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sekine, Yutaka Mochizuki, Takuji Harayama, Hirotaka Takiguchi, Daisuke Kondo, Kiyoshi Tsurumi
  • Patent number: 9785315
    Abstract: An intelligent event information presentation method and terminal is provided for facilitating information utilization by processing various event information, intelligently generated in association with a function of the terminal. The event information presentation method of the present invention includes collecting event information; and presenting at least one of the collected event information, according to a current operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Eunhee Rhim, Suckho Seo, Kisuh Ahn, Hyejung Yang, Kyungsoo Lim, Jinha Jun, Siejoon Cho
  • Patent number: 9783103
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicle accessory system that is disposed within an automobile and is operable to provide decorative lighting effects. The illuminated vehicle accessory system includes a controller having a CPU and a user interface operable to control a plurality of lighted accessories. The lighted accessories include a floor mat, trunk mat and mud flaps. The lighted accessories include a body having a perimeter edge operable to mateable engage with an area of a vehicle in which the lighted accessories will be mounted. The lighted accessories include a light channel integrally formed therein wherein the light channel is proximate the perimeter edge of the body. A logo pad is further included having a logo and light ring wherein the logo pad is mounted to the body of the lighted accessories. The controller further includes a transceiver configured to facilitate control of the illuminated vehicle accessory system by an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Ahmad Alshalabi
  • Patent number: 9780967
    Abstract: A black-box gateway device implemented in a vehicle and configured to interface with an engine computer and a plurality of wireless sensors installed in the vehicle, the gateway device can include a transceiver including input ports in communication with conductors that interface with the engine computer installed in an engine of the vehicle, radio frequency communications components comprising dual wireless functionality, including a first functionality for communicating wirelessly within the vehicle and a second functionality for communicating wirelessly over a cellular network disposed outside the vehicle, and one or more antennae that receive wireless signals from the radio frequency components. The transceiver can be configured to wirelessly receive sensor data from the wireless sensors disposed within the vehicle, the sensor data providing information associated with functionality of components of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Telogis, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Sargent, Howard Jelinek
  • Patent number: 9770986
    Abstract: A user interface apparatus made of a grip portion which is gripped by an operator; a contact sensor which is arranged on a surface of the grip portion and which detects a contact position; a sensor information acquiring unit configured to acquire sensor information outputted from the contact sensor; and an input operation acquiring unit configured to acquire a difference between pieces of sensor information respectively acquired at different times and to determine that an input operation corresponding to a predetermined pattern has been performed when the difference conforms to the predetermined pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chihiro Sannomiya, Hiroki Okada, Junko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9771069
    Abstract: A method and a device for the forward parking of a motor vehicle into a perpendicular parking space, wherein the motor vehicle includes an apparatus for detecting objects in the environment of the motor vehicle. The method includes detecting an object in the environment of the motor vehicle; determining the position of the object in relation to the motor vehicle; selecting a situation-dependent parking strategy as a function of the combination of the position of the object in relation to the motor vehicle and the turn signal position “left”, “right”, or “neutral” under the assumption of a perpendicular parking space next to the detected object; and performing a parking process on the basis of the situation-dependent parking strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Hermann Gebert, Mehmet Terkes, Torsten Wendler
  • Patent number: 9773417
    Abstract: A vehicle park assist system may include a sensor, a signal device, and a controller configured to locate via the sensors an available parking place and activate the signal device in response to locating the available parking place and recognizing a park trigger indicative of a desire to park in the available parking place upon passing the available parking place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Michael Funke, Andrew E. Ochmanski, Aric David Shaffer, Vinit Singh
  • Patent number: 9768956
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating communications between a vehicle and a service provider are provided. A first address of a vehicle communication device and a second address of a service provider communication device are obtained at a remote location that is remote to both the vehicle and the service provider. A set of keys, including a first key and a second key, is generated at the remote server. The first key is for use by the vehicle in establishing communications with the service provider, and the second key is for use by the service provider in establishing communications with the vehicle. The first key is provided to the vehicle, and the second key is provided to the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventor: Mark S. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9751561
    Abstract: A disclosed method of maneuvering a vehicle-trailer unit in reverse travel with a backing system includes, among other things, determining that the vehicle-trailer unit is backing up with an electronic control unit for the backing system. A current hitch angle is determined, which represents the relative angle between the vehicle and the trailer with the electronic control unit. A requested hitch angle rate of change versus distance traveled is calculated with the electronic control unit, wherein the requested hitch angle rate of change is based upon an input which provides a requested hitch angle rate of change signal value. A steering angle is calculated with the electronic control unit based upon the requested hitch angle rate of change, wherein the steering angle will allow movement of the vehicle-trailer unit in the reverse direction to obtain the requested hitch angle rate of change; and a request is sent to a steering system to provide the steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Herzog, David Leslie Agnew, Andre Payant
  • Patent number: 9756547
    Abstract: An information handling system functioning as a smart personal connect gateway includes a wireless adapter for communicating with a plurality of wireless links and a storage device for storing a spatial-temporal user profile comprising wireless device usage trend data for a plurality of locations where the smart personal connect gateway has operated. The smart personal connect gateway further includes a positional detector to detect a location of the smart personal connect gateway and an application processor to correlate the wireless device usage trend data to a location and to determine a list of optimal wireless service carriers and available wireless protocols at the location based on a mobile wireless traffic report with a spatial-temporal radio frequency profile indicating signal quality for the plurality of wireless links and the wireless device usage trend data for the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Will A. Egner, Liam B. Quinn
  • Patent number: 9747733
    Abstract: Digital recording and replay system for an aircraft, comprising a Mission Computer with an Operational Flight Program for generating instrument data for onboard instruments of the aircraft; a Mission Data Recorder connected to said Mission Computer for recording said instrument data; and a Mission Debriefing System; wherein the Mission Debriefing System is configured to reproduce the onboard instruments of the aircraft based on instrument data retrieved from the Mission Data Recorder. Method for reproduction of onboard instrumentation of an aircraft, comprising the steps of connecting a Mission Data Recorder to a Mission Computer of an aircraft having an Operational Flight Program for generating instrument data for onboard instruments; recording instrument data; providing a Mission Debrief System and causing it to reproduce the onboard instruments of the aircraft based on instrument data retrieved from the Mission Data Recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG
    Inventors: Daniel O'Connor, Bruno Cervia, Robert Milns, Paul Gibson
  • Patent number: 9738172
    Abstract: Provided are a power generation control method for a vehicle configured to perform idling stop at a predetermined vehicle speed or less by a stop/start system, the vehicle including: a power generator configured to be driven by an internal combustion engine to generate power; and a battery to be charged by the power generated by the power generator, the power being generated in the vehicle under control so as to reduce an amount of fuel to be consumed by the internal combustion engine for power generation, the power generation control method including: detecting a charged and discharged state of the battery; and controlling the internal combustion engine to interrupt power generation involving fuel consumption when a charged state of the battery has recovered to a charged state before the idling stop through charging after the idling stop in accordance with the detected charged and discharged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Tani, Toshiaki Date, Satoshi Wachi, Takeru Okabe
  • Patent number: 9738169
    Abstract: A method for controlling a wireless charging device includes: receiving information sensed by at least one of a yaw rate sensor, a gyro sensor, and a tire pressure sensor of a vehicle; calculating a longitudinal/transversal gradient of the vehicle according to the received information; and adjusting a height or a gradient of a receiving pad equipped in the vehicle or adjusting a height, a gradient, a transmission power, or a frequency of a transmitting pad corresponding to the receiving pad, based on the calculated longitudinal/transversal gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Do Hoon Kim, Zeung Il Kim
  • Patent number: 9729475
    Abstract: A cell phone designed to operate in a normal mode and a driver mode. The cell phone includes a memory, a screen, a text entry interface and a processor. The memory is adapted to maintain a driver mode reply message. The cell phone also includes a text-based message system and a driver mode system. The text-based message system is adapted to receive incoming text-based messages and send outgoing text-based messages. The driver mode system is adapted to transition the phone between the normal mode and the driver mode. Responsive to incoming text-based messages from message senders when the phone is in the driver mode, the text-based message system automatically sends the driver mode reply message to the message senders, thereby alleviating the driver's urge to check and reply to the incoming text-based messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Donald Ray Youst, Lawrence R. Youst
  • Patent number: 9725038
    Abstract: A vehicle collision warning system including a vehicle that includes a first sensor configured to monitor for an exit condition, a second sensor configured to monitor for a hazard condition, an internal warning signal system configured to emit a warning signal to warn a vehicle occupant about the hazard condition, the internal warning signal system including at least one warning device configured to emit the warning signal, and a processor configured to detect an exit condition using a first signal from the first sensor, detect a hazard condition using a second signal from the second sensor, and control the at least one warning device in response to the hazard condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Tai-Te Wu
  • Patent number: 9720591
    Abstract: A multitouch interface application provides a user with access to a multitouch chording language for controlling auxiliary components within a vehicle, where a particular command for a given auxiliary component is specified by a combination of a left-hand gesture and a right-hand gesture. The multitouch interface application receives left-hand gestures from a left-hand touch sensing surface, where a given left-hand gesture corresponds to a selection of mode associated within a given auxiliary component. The multitouch interface application also receives right-hand gestures from a right-hand touch sensing surface, where a given right-hand gesture, in conjunction with a left-hand gesture, corresponds to a command for the given auxiliary component. Upon receiving both a left-hand gesture and a right-hand gesture, the multitouch interface application issues the command to the auxiliary component associated with the selected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti
  • Patent number: 9718472
    Abstract: An automatic vehicle speed control apparatus includes a detection unit that detects position information of a subject vehicle and a preceding vehicle positioned ahead of the subject vehicle, an automatic vehicle speed control unit that calculates a target requested torque with respect to the current position of the subject vehicle by using the position information, an automatic vehicle speed modeling unit that generates a target requested torque profile during a preset section from the current position of the subject vehicle, and a control unit that controls driving of the subject vehicle by using the target requested torque and the target requested torque profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Soo Kim, Baro Hyun
  • Patent number: 9719798
    Abstract: A navigational aid including an intelligent display mode and a communication system communicates with a vehicle's sensor system and/or historical- or time-based information to reduce the number of businesses that are displayed on the map by filtering out unneeded or less preferred services. When the vehicle's fuel level sensor detects that the fuel tank is almost empty, a message can be sent from the sensor system to the navigational aid such that the navigational aid can then begin showing a visual indication (e.g., text or graphical information such as an icon) of the location of fuel stations on the screen. Additionally, the location receiver indicates to the filter when the navigational aid is close to the programmed destination. At that point, the filter can be informed that it should start showing garages or areas where the vehicle can be parked without having cluttered the screen with parking garages that were not close to the destination. Similarly, when in need of other services (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Inspired Possibilities, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 9713994
    Abstract: According to one aspect of one embodiment of the present invention, a safety control system for using applications in vehicles, includes, a communication device having at least one of an input accessible from within the vehicle and an output communicated within the vehicle, at least one sensor operable to sense at least one condition related to vehicle operation, and data about distraction features of a running application, to and a controller communicated with the sensor and the communication device to selectively suppress at least one of said input and said output in response to a sensed parameter of said at least one condition being outside of a threshold. When an input is suppressed, the driver is prevented from accessing or inputting information into the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: ACT-IP
    Inventor: Mouhamad Ahmad Naboulsi
  • Patent number: 9710144
    Abstract: A computer readable medium storing instructions which cause a processor to generate data structures for an object moving along the perimeter of a curved touch-sensitive user input device, each data structure corresponding to a gesture and including a time stamp, polar angles at which the object starts and ends, a middle polar angle of the object, and an assigned state being one of the group RECOGNIZED, UPDATED and ENDED, wherein the instructions cause the processor to assign the RECOGNIZED state to the data structure when the moving object is initially detected on the perimeter of the device, to assign the UPDATED state to the data structure when the moving object is further detected on the perimeter of the device after the initial detection, and to assign the ENDED state to the data structure when the moving object ceases to be detected on the perimeter of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Jubner, Thomas Eriksson, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Stefan Holmgren
  • Patent number: 9710059
    Abstract: The embodiment of the present disclosure provides transparent display system and vehicle equipment provided with the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Changlin Leng
  • Patent number: 9701334
    Abstract: A vehicle steering device includes a steering wheel operated by a driver to steer a vehicle; a steering reaction force motor that applies a reaction force to the steering wheel; a turning device that turns turning wheels of the vehicle by a turning motor; a clutch mechanism that mechanically connects and disconnects the steering wheel with and from the turning device; a control device that provides control so that a turning angle is based on a steering angle of the steering wheel; and a temperature sensor that measures a temperature. The vehicle steering device mechanically couples the steering wheel and the turning device and activates the steering wheel and the turning device if the temperature is a predetermined value or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshikatsu Kuramochi, Norio Yamazaki, Munetsugu Hanji, Kenichi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9701243
    Abstract: In one example an electronic device comprises a plurality of sensors comprising at least one of a motion sensor, a location sensor, a temperature sensor, and an air quality sensor and a controller comprising processing circuitry to determine, based on inputs from at least one of the motion sensor, the location sensor, the temperature sensor, or the air quality sensor, whether a dangerous condition exists in a region proximate the electronic device and in response to a determination that a dangerous condition exists in a region proximate the electronic device, to generate a warning signal. Other examples may be described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gauri Phatak, Swarnendu Kar, Biwei Guo
  • Patent number: 9704106
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the annotation of source data using confidence labels in accordance embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for determining confidence labels for crowdsourced annotations includes obtaining a set of source data, obtaining a set of training data representative of the set of source data, determining the ground truth for each piece of training data, obtaining a set of training data annotations including a confidence label, measuring annotator accuracy data for at least one piece of training data, and automatically generating a set of confidence labels for the set of unlabeled data based on the measured annotator accuracy data and the set of annotator labels used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Peter Welinder, Pietro Perona
  • Patent number: 9697015
    Abstract: A method is described for operating a vehicle audio system having a wired audio source, a display, multiple speakers and logic circuitry. The system is configured to sense the availability of a wireless audio device that is located near the vehicle, and identify a wireless audio device record stored in memory. The wireless device record includes data codes from the wireless audio device and from a software application running on the device. When the data codes and a software application are identified on the device, a second software application is downloaded from memory and data is processed from the device with the second software application. The method provides a vehicle occupant with an option to play sound from the wireless audio device through vehicle speakers or a speaker in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: EAGLE HARBOR HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Dan Alan Preston
  • Patent number: 9682710
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a vehicle control system for at least one vehicle subsystem of a vehicle; the vehicle control system comprising: a subsystem controller for initiating control of the or each-of the vehicle subsystems in a selected one of a plurality of subsystem control modes, each of which corresponds to one or more different driving conditions for the vehicle, automatic control means configured to select automatically the most appropriate one of the subsystem control modes, the system being operable in a manual mode in which a user may select a required subsystem control mode or an automatic response mode in which the automatic control means selects the most appropriate control mode, wherein when the system is operating in the manual mode and not when the system is operating in the automatic response mode, the subsystem controller is configured automatically to impose a first set of one or more prescribed constraints on an amount of torque applied to one or more wheels of a vehic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Paul Darnell, Elliot Hemes
  • Patent number: 9676368
    Abstract: An in-vehicle protection system includes a signal input interface, a vehicle protection circuit, and a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) module. The signal input interface receives an indication signal indicative of a status of a vehicle. The vehicle protection circuit includes a first processing unit, a second processing unit, and a controller. The first and second processing units perform predetermined action in response to abnormality of a vehicle, and have different computing power. The controller outputs the indication signal to one of the first and second processing units according to an operational state of the in-vehicle protection system. The GNSS module obtains positioning information of the vehicle. After the second processing unit detects an abnormal status of the vehicle, the first processing unit sends at least one of the positioning information and vehicle alarm information indicative of the abnormal status through a communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MediaTek Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Liang Guo
  • Patent number: 9676414
    Abstract: A parking assistance device assists the operation of steerable wheels for the entry of a vehicle into a parking space by the automatic control of a steering device. Upon execution of the automatic control, an entry path for moving the vehicle to the parking position is calculated, and also, a target steered angle for moving the vehicle along the entry path is calculated, and the actual steered angle is detected. If the target steered angle is an angle closer to the neutral angle than the actual steered angle, then the operation of the steering wheel through the automatic control is stopped. If the target steered angle is not at an angle closer to the neutral angle than the actual steered angle, then the operation of the steering wheel through the automatic control is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Oyama, Hironobu Ishijima, Hidehiko Miyoshi, Keisuke Hata
  • Patent number: 9676250
    Abstract: Embodiments of apparatus and methods for adaptively controlling air quality in a vehicle compartment are described. In embodiments, an apparatus may include a sensor interface configured to interface with one or more sensors, disposed at one or more locations at one or more sides or in an interior space of a vehicle compartment, and configured to measure one or more indicators of air quality at the one or more locations. The apparatus may further include one or more airflow controllers configured to adaptively control a plurality of ventilation components of the vehicle compartment to regulate airflow in the interior space, based at least in part on the measured indicators of air quality. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Weast, Timothy J. Gresham
  • Patent number: 9676393
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and method for detecting environment-induced disablement of ADAS. The system comprises a rainfall detector, a fog detector and a temperature/humidity detector respectively generating a rainfall value, a fog value, and a temperature/humidity value; a processor electrically connected with these detectors, using the rainfall value and fog value to generate a rainfall-fog value, using the fog value and temperature/humidity value to generate a snowfall value, using a fuzzy computation to process the rainfall-fog value and snowfall value to generate an output value, and emitting an alert signal if the output value exceeds a preset output value; and an automatic driver assistance device electrically connected with the processor, receiving the alert signal, and determining whether to stop automatic driving according to the alert signal. The present invention will alerts ADAS of the disablement lest ADAS execute wrong control actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Test Center
    Inventors: Ming-Kuan Ko, Shun-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 9669872
    Abstract: A system and method assists a driver of a host vehicle in potential lane change situations. The method includes producing sensor data by a sensor physically sensing the environment of the host vehicle, predicting future movement behavior of at least one sensed vehicle, and determining whether a gap on a neighboring lane of the host vehicle exists. If the neighboring lane of the host vehicle would fit better for the predicted future movement behavior, a recommendation information signal is generated. Feasibility is determined by combining the determination result of the existence of a gap and the predicted future behavior. A notification for the host vehicle is output or, if lane change is feasible, signals for performing autonomous lane change based upon the recommendation information signal by the host vehicle are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Sven Rebhan, Jens Schmüdderich, Marcus Kleinehagenbrock, Thomas Weiβwange
  • Patent number: 9663075
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle has an electric parking brake (EPB) and an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to control the EPB. The ECU is configured to control the EPB to apply it upon determining that a driver is not present in the vehicle. The ECU is configured to determine whether the driver is present in the vehicle or not based at least upon there having been or not having been a steering input. The ECU is configured to determine that there has been a steering input when a steering torque signal from an electric power steering system of the vehicle has changed by at least a threshold amount during a set period of time based and determine that there has not been a steering input when the steering torque signal has not changed by at least the threshold amount during the set period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Paul H Stoloff, David Myzienski, David D Dicks
  • Patent number: 9665198
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for adjusting the manner in which haptic feedback is provided to the user based on physical characteristics of the user. Physical characteristics may include stable physical characteristics that are non-changing with respect to a level of physical activity of the user. Examples of such stable physical characteristics may include age, gender, race, visual impairments and/or other physical characteristics. In some embodiments, the mobile device may adjust the haptic feedback by adjusting the intensity of the haptic feedback, frequency of the haptic feedback, duration for which the haptic feedback is provided to the user and changing a type of haptic feedback provided to the user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jonathan Karl Kies, Robert Scott Tartz, Ted Ray Gooding, Jeremiah Bunao Salamante
  • Patent number: 9664209
    Abstract: A control system for hybrid construction machine includes: an operation valve for operating a boom; a variable displacement type fluid pressure motor; a distribution mechanism adapted to adjust a flow to be distributed to the fluid pressure motor; a motor generator adapted to be rotated integrally with the fluid pressure motor; a variable displacement type assist pump adapted to be rotated integrally with the motor generator; a distribution mechanism control unit adapted to control the distribution mechanism; a tilt angle control unit adapted to control tilt angles of the fluid pressure motor and the assist pump; and a motor generator control unit adapted to maintain a rotation speed of the motor generator at a target rotation speed. The target rotation speed at the time of boom regeneration control is set to higher than the target rotation speed in a case where only an assist control is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhiko Kawasaki, Masahiro Egawa
  • Patent number: 9664104
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing corrosion of a charge air cooler and reducing engine misfire due to condensate formation. In response to charge air cooler outlet temperature, electric fan operation and grille shutter opening is adjusted. Electric fan operation and grille shutter opening may also be controlled in response to vehicle operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Paul Glugla, Garlan J. Huberts, Gopichandra Surnilla, Daniel Joseph Styles, David Karl Bidner
  • Patent number: 9658245
    Abstract: An impact detection circuit includes a first detection section adapted to detect presence or absence of an impact input based on a first output signal as an output signal in a first detection axis of an inertial sensor having the first detection axis and a second detection axis different from each other, a second detection section adapted to detect presence or absence of an impact input based on a second output signal as an output signal in the second detection axis, and an impact detection determination section adapted to determine that an impact input has been made in a case in which both of the first detection section and the second detection section have detected the presence of the impact input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takemi Yonezawa, Tetsuhiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 9646433
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating vehicle operation logs are provided. According to certain aspects, an electronic device may receive and analyze image data depicting an individual located within a vehicle. The electronic device may also interface with a set of sensors to retrieve or access relevant data related to the operation of the vehicle, such as time and date information, location information, and other data. The electronic device may generate a vehicle operation log that associates the individual depicted in the image data with the vehicle operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Jason Sanchez, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 9643606
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a steering wheel assembly, a powertrain, and a controller. The steering wheel assembly may include an interface. The controller may be programmed to, in response to a vehicle speed being less than a threshold, enable the interface to receive a driver input, and in response to a driver input received while the vehicle speed is less than the threshold, operate a powertrain to increase/decrease the vehicle speed subject to a range of authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Enrique Remes