Vehicle Subsystem Or Accessory Control Patents (Class 701/36)
  • Patent number: 9619645
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method, apparatus, and computer program product for authentication for speech recognition. The method can include sensing an authentication device with a target device. One or more decoded voice commands can be processed after verification of the authentication device by the target device. Further, one or more decoded voice commands can be executed by the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Ojas Bapat
  • Patent number: 9616900
    Abstract: A system, for use at a vehicle to estimate vehicle roll angle and road bank angle, in real time and generally simultaneously. The system includes a sensor configured to measure vehicle roll rate, a processor; and a computer-readable medium. The medium includes instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising estimating, using an observer and the vehicle roll rate measured by the sensor, a vehicle roll rate. The operations also include estimating, using an observer and a measured vehicle roll rate, the vehicle roll angle, and estimating, based on the vehicle roll rate estimated and the vehicle roll angle estimated, the road bank angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shih-ken Chen, David M. Sidlosky, Jin-Jae Chen, Nikolai K. Moshchuk
  • Patent number: 9620042
    Abstract: The invention provides a multiple-view display system and a method for operating the same, wherein a seat sensor is incorporated into the system so that it is possible to get the information whether a user is present or not. Therefore, only one sensor installed on one side of the multiple-view touchscreen for detecting a proximity of the user to the multiple-view touchscreen is enough to identify the touchevent is given by which user, and no extra device is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Magna Electronics Solutions GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Lauber, Gabriel Muresan
  • Patent number: 9616926
    Abstract: A steering assistance apparatus and method for a vehicle controls a steering of the vehicle by cognizing a surrounding space at the time of entry and exit of the vehicle, in a parking lot in which an entry and exit road is designed in a helix form. The apparatus includes a sensor module configured to sense at least one of an entry of the vehicle into a parking lot, and an exit of the vehicle from the parking lot, and sense whether the driving road in which the vehicle is driving is a ramp. The apparatus includes a control module configured to control steering of the vehicle within the parking lot by enabling a ramp parking area steering assist mode based on the sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Dong Hun Yang
  • Patent number: 9610954
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a vehicle control system for at least one vehicle subsystem of a vehicle, the system being operable to activate a vehicle launch assist (VLA) function to prevent excessive wheel slip, when the launch assist function is active the system being configured to impose a set of one or more prescribed constraints on an amount of torque applied to one or more wheels of a vehicle, wherein the set of one or more constraints ere determined by reference to information or data in respect of an amount of wheel torque that may be applied before the amount of wheel slip exceeds a prescribed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Robert Bird, Paul Darnell
  • Patent number: 9610974
    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 a input from a joystick control which provides a requested hitch angle rate of change signal value in proportion to the joystick position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Contintental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Herzog, David Leslie Agnew, Andre Payant
  • Patent number: 9604523
    Abstract: Systems, kits and methods for transferring heat with a portion of a mammal are provided. Aspects of the subject systems include a negative pressure device configured to apply negative pressure to a portion of a mammal, and a temperature modulation device configured to contact the portion of the mammal under negative pressure in a manner sufficient to transfer heat with the contacted portion of the mammal, e.g., either remove heat or introduce heat into the contacted portion of the mammal. The disclosed systems and methods find use in a variety of different applications, including both therapeutic and non-therapeutic applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: DR. SCHNEIDER KUNSTSTOFFWERKE GMBH
    Inventors: Josef Schwarz, Florian Leistner
  • Patent number: 9609595
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus for a vehicle includes a receiver, a distance calculation section, and a reception frequency changing section. The receiver receives information transmitted from each external communication apparatus located outside of a host vehicle via wireless communication. The distance calculation section calculates a distance between the host vehicle and each outside target to which the external communication apparatus is provided based on position determination information when the information transmitted from the external communication apparatus includes the position determination information. A position of the outside target can be specified based on the position determination information. The reception frequency changing section decreases an information reception frequency of the receiver in accordance with an increase in the distance between the host vehicle and one of the outside targets closest to the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Yamashiro, Seigou Kumabe
  • Patent number: 9598083
    Abstract: A controller is capable of controlling a coupled engine running mode, in which an engine is coupled to wheels and an engine brake is activated by driven rotation of the engine, and a coasting mode, in which an engine brake force is reduced with respect to that in the coupled engine running mode with mode with the engine brake on, and starts the coasting mode on the basis of the steering angle of a steering member. The controller starts the execution of a first coasting mode when the steering angle is equal to or less than a preset upper limit value and starts the execution of a second coasting mode when the steering angle is greater than the upper limit value. In the first coasting mode, the engine rotation is stopped, and in the second coasting mode, the engine remains rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeaki Suzuki, Masaki Matsunaga, Yasunari Kido, Takayuki Kogure, Yukari Okamura, Rentaro Kuroki, Takuya Hirai, Masaki Mitsuyasu, Jonggap Kim, Akihiro Sato, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9594472
    Abstract: A method and an array for providing a user interface, in particular in a vehicle. In the method, at least one graphical object designated for interaction is depicted in a display area out of reach for the user. In a detection area that is spatially separated from the display area, a gesture of a user is captured and the graphical object interaction is selected. An interaction assigned to the gesture is carried out by the selected graphical object, wherein the position(s) of the selected graphical object during the interaction is/are out of reach for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Carl Aron Carls, Michael Wittkämper, Michael Mischke, Manuel Joachim
  • Patent number: 9570942
    Abstract: An interconnect device is disclosed for detecting whether an vehicle on-board diagnostics (OBD) data port includes a blocking diode or equivalent, that prevents back feeding of power through the OBD data port. If a diode is detected, the interconnect device alerts the user that the power cannot be back fed through the OBD II port connector. In such a condition, an alternate means is used to preserve the data mentioned above. Specifically, an alternative power supply can be connected directly to the battery cables that will be disconnected from the battery, for example, by way of battery clamps. In this way the alternative power supply is used to preserve the data until a new battery is reconnected to the vehicle battery cables. If a diode is not detected by the interconnect device, the interconnect device displays this fact to the user. The interconnect device includes circuitry for detecting and displaying whether a diode is connected in series with a power pin of the OBD II port connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Schumacher Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Clarke, John S. Whiting, John B. Borke, Matthew Adam Heins, Samuel I. Weisbard
  • Patent number: 9567995
    Abstract: A window has a pane of transparent material. A first set of microfluidic channels pass through a first area of the pane, and a second set of microfluidic channels pass through a second area of the pane. Microfluidic planes are in fluid communication with the first and second sets of microfluidic channels. A first pump is in fluid communication with the first set of microfluidic channels, and selectively moves a first fluid having a first level of opacity through the microfluidic planes via the first set of microfluidic channels. A second pump is in fluid communication with the second set of microfluidic channels, and selectively moves a second fluid having a second level of opacity through the microfluidic planes via the second set of microfluidic channels. Moving the second fluid into the microfluidic planes pushes the first fluid out of the microfluidic planes, thereby adjusting an opacity of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon A. S. Briggs, James K. Hook, Hamish C. Hunt, Nicholas K. Lincoln
  • Patent number: 9566982
    Abstract: A method and system of generating a horizon for use by an ADAS of a vehicle involving recording the historic movements of the vehicle on a road network, and using the recorded data to determine at least a most probable path that the vehicle will take at decision point of the road network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TomTom North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Kenneth Hoover Wilson
  • Patent number: 9561799
    Abstract: A controller is capable of controlling a coupled engine running mode, in which an engine is coupled to wheels and an engine brake is activated by driven rotation of the engine, and a coasting mode, in which an engine brake force is reduced with respect to that in the coupled engine running mode with mode with the engine brake on, and starts the coasting mode on the basis of the steering angle of a steering member. The controller starts the execution of a first coasting mode when the steering angle is equal to or less than a preset upper limit value and starts the execution of a second coasting mode when the steering angle is greater than the upper limit value. In the first coasting mode, the engine rotation is stopped, and in the second coasting mode, the engine remains rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeaki Suzuki, Masaki Matsunaga, Yasunari Kido, Takayuki Kogure, Yukari Okamura, Rentaro Kuroki, Takuya Hirai, Masaki Mitsuyasu, Jonggap Kim, Akihiro Sato, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9555738
    Abstract: A control system and method for a vehicle having a warning function are provided. The system includes a control device that is configured to determine whether an amplifier is installed within the vehicle based on an occurrence of an alert situation. The control device is configured to transmit an alarm sound to an amplifier when the amplifier is installed therein and transmit the alarm sound to a cluster speaker when the amplifier is not installed within the vehicle. The amplifier is configured to transmit amplifier installation information to the control device and output an alarm sound received from the control device and the cluster speaker is configured to output the alarm sound received from the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Se Min Oh
  • Patent number: 9550497
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a driving mode of a vehicle are provided to control the driving mode according to a short term driving tendency and a long term driving tendency. The apparatus includes a driving information detector that detects driving information to determine driving tendency and a controller that calculates a short term driving tendency index based on the driving. The controller operates at least one of an engine and a transmission based on the short term driving tendency index and calculates a middle term driving tendency index using the short term driving tendency index. A delay time is then determined using the middle term driving tendency index. The controller enters a sport mode based on the short term driving tendency index and releases the sport mode after delaying the delay time when the short term driving tendency index satisfies releasing conditions of the sport mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Byeong Wook Jeon
  • Patent number: 9545927
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a motor vehicle control system for selecting and/or determining a driving surface and for controlling a plurality of vehicle subsystems to operate in a plurality of subsystem control modes in dependence on the selected/determined driving surface, the system being operable in a manual control mode selection condition in which a user is able to select said driving surface and an automatic control mode selection condition in which the system is configured to select said driving surface automatically, wherein the vehicle control system is provided with a memory arranged to memorize a last selected control mode that was selected prior to vehicle de-activation or key-off when operating in the automatic control mode selection condition, and upon the next subsequent vehicle activation or key-on, the system is configured to continue operating in the memorized control mode and to automatically obtain new data in respect of a driving surface over which the vehicle is moving b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Fairgrieve, Elliot Hemes, Dan Dennehy, James Kelly, Sam Anker
  • Patent number: 9542829
    Abstract: Techniques are described for establishing a two-way voice communication session with an alarm system. The alarm system may establish a two-way voice communication session with an operator associated with a monitoring service that provides monitoring services for alarm events detected by the alarm system. The alarm system also may establish a two-way voice communication session with a notification recipient that is interested in receiving notifications associated with events detected by the alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Martin, Stephen Scott Trundle, David Saul Goldfarb, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 9535602
    Abstract: Systems and methods for promoting connectivity between a mobile communication device having a touch screen and a vehicle touch screen installed in a vehicle are disclosed. According to an embodiments, a system may include a controller configured to: connect to the mobile communication device and to the vehicle touch screen. The controller may also be configured to receive video signal of a current screen video image shown on the touch screen of the mobile communication device and transmit the current video image to the vehicle touch screen, causing a corresponding video image of the current screen video image to be displayed on the vehicle touch screen. The controller may further be configured to receive a signal indicative of a touch action that was performed on the vehicle touch screen, and cause the mobile communication device to respond as if a touch action corresponding to the touch action that was performed on the vehicle touch screen was performed on the touch screen of the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: BNC Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Oded Gutentag, Haggay Tavyumi
  • Patent number: 9533601
    Abstract: In a control apparatus, a filter processor filters target torque for a rotary electric machine to suppress a vibrational frequency component of a drivetrain using a filter having a frequency transfer characteristic. A controller performs drive control of the rotary electric machine according to the filtered target torque. A parameter calculator calculates, according to a running condition of the vehicle, a parameter associated with a request value for responsivity of output torque of the rotary electric machine with respect to the target torque. A variable setter variably sets the frequency transfer characteristic of the filter to decrease a degree of attenuation of the vibrational frequency component with an increase of the request value for responsivity of the actual output torque. A limiter limits a rate of change of the degree of attenuation to suppress vibrations of the drivetrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Syo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9528602
    Abstract: A door control system with transmission control includes a transmission control apparatus for controlling a shift-by-wire type transmission and a door control apparatus for controlling opening and closing of a door of a vehicle. The door control apparatus outputs a shift lock request to the transmission control apparatus when a door switch is manipulated to open. The door control apparatus checks whether a shift range signal is a non-drive range by setting a delay from the output of the shift lock request. When the shift range is the non-drive range, the door control apparatus opens the door. When the door switch is manipulated to close, the transmission control apparatus does not output the shift lock request and closes the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Sugiura
  • Patent number: 9523985
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamically personalizing an aircraft is provided. Users of an aircraft store their environmental preferences in a file on a storage device. When the users use the aircraft or ride on the aircraft, the aircraft computer system communicates with and uploads the users' files containing the users' environmental preferences. The aircraft computer system then implements the users' preferences by configuring a system of modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey J. Barnes, Stephen J. Timm, Bryan R. Vester, Charles B. Dirks, Richard G. Moore
  • Patent number: 9517775
    Abstract: In order to operate a motor vehicle, a position sensor and a radiation source as well as at least one vital sensor having a detector are provided. The position sensor delivers a measurement signal having information regarding a predetermined area of the vehicle interior of the motor vehicle. The radiation source emits a predetermined radiation after activation. The vital sensor detects a reflected portion of the radiation that is emitted by the radiation source. The measurement signal of the vital sensor is representative of at least one vital parameter of a given vehicle occupant. As a function of the measurement signal of the position sensor, a position is determined of at least one predetermined reference body part of the vehicle occupant in question. The orientation of the radiation source is controlled as a function of the detected position of the predetermined reference body part of the vehicle occupant in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Gensler, Ulrich Langenkamp
  • Patent number: 9517766
    Abstract: A parking assist device includes a target steering angle setting section configured to set a target value of the steering angle; a target vehicle speed setting section configured to set a target value of the vehicle speed; an automatic steering control device configured to automatically steer the steering wheel so that the sensed steering angle becomes the target steering angle; an automatic vehicle speed control device configured to automatically control the vehicle speed so that the sensed vehicle speed becomes the target vehicle speed; and a parking space recognizing section configured to recognize a parking space of the host vehicle, the host vehicle being parked within the recognized parking space by the automatic steering control device and the automatic vehicle speed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Nakada, Takuya Murakami, Toshiya Oosawa
  • Patent number: 9513631
    Abstract: A method for remotely controlling a motor vehicle, wherein the motor vehicle comprises a steering system and a drive train, which can both be electronically actuated by control means of the motor vehicle and by way of which the motor vehicle can be driven automatically. The control means of the motor vehicle have a wireless communication link to the touchscreen device so that automatic driving of the motor vehicle can be remotely controlled by way of the touchscreen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolas Boos, Joerg Strecker
  • Patent number: 9514650
    Abstract: A system for warning of potential hazards when a vehicle is turning has a sensor coupled to the vehicle and configured to capture data of objects located around the vehicle. A control unit is coupled to the sensor for processing the data captured by the sensor to generate graphical representations of objects captured by the sensor, graphical representations of projected paths of moving objects captured; and a graphical representation of a projected turning path of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Cuong Tran
  • Patent number: 9511669
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a vehicular input device, which is arranged in a vehicle having a meter hood protruding toward a driving seat from an instrument panel and surrounding a meter, for detecting an operation of a driver based on an input screen image displayed on a display device arranged on the instrument panel at a side of the meter hood. The vehicular input device includes: a detection unit that is arranged at a side surface of the meter hood and is arranged between the display device and the driving seat; and a display control unit that changes a display mode of the display device in response to an output of the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Oda, Seiji Hisada
  • Patent number: 9505436
    Abstract: A parking assist system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to detect an available parking area in an area around a vehicle, calculate a parking guidance path for guiding the vehicle from a current position of the vehicle to a parking target position included in the available parking area, execute guidance control for guiding the vehicle to the parking target position by executing at least steering control along the parking guidance path, and, when an end condition for ending guidance is satisfied in the middle of execution of the guidance control, end the guidance control and carry out at least one of steering to keep a steering angle at an end of the steering control for a predetermined period or steering to gradually reduce the steering angle from the steering angle at the end of the steering control toward a neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohisa Yamashita, Masaya Kato, Hiroyuki Tachibana, Takashi Kuwayama, Hironobu Ishijima, Keisuke Oyama
  • Patent number: 9489779
    Abstract: A computing system located on-board a vehicle issues an event notification responsive to detection of an event condition. The on-board computing system detects the presence of wireless-enabled devices located within the vehicle or within proximity to the vehicle over a wireless communications link. The on-board computing system seeks to determine the identity of one or more persons that enter, attempt to enter, or operate the vehicle based on identifiers obtained from one or more wireless-enabled devices carried by those persons. The on-board computing system distinguishes multiple users from each other by designating one user as the vehicle operator, and one or more other users as passengers of the vehicle. The on-board computing system may include a removable on-board interface device that interfaces with an on-board vehicle control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Moj.io Inc.
    Inventor: Damon Giraud
  • Patent number: 9481300
    Abstract: A proximity alert system includes a vehicle that may be driven on a roadway. A proximity alert is coupled to the vehicle and the proximity alert detects obstacles around the vehicle when the vehicle is driven on the roadway. The proximity alert is electrically coupled to the turn signal such that the proximity alert is turned on when the turn signal is actuated. The proximity alert generates an alarm sequence when the turn signal is actuated and the proximity alert detects the obstacle. Thus, the proximity alert alerts a driver of the vehicle to the presence of the obstacles when the vehicle changes lanes on the roadway. The proximity alert generates an all clear sequence when the turn signal is actuated and the proximity alert does not detect the obstacle. Thus, the proximity alert facilitates the driver to safely change lanes on the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher A. Lutawan
  • Patent number: 9477332
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the performance of complex operations on a dashboard-mounted touchscreen in a vehicle moving above a predetermined minimal speed. The system includes a sensor for determining that the touchscreen is intended or going to be touched by driver and/or front seat passenger. A control, responsive to operation of the sensor, disallows or allows the touchscreen to be responsive to a touching. The touchscreen is not allowed to perform a complex operation when the vehicle is moving above the minimal speed if the touchscreen is touched by the driver. The touchscreen is allowed to perform a complex operation when the vehicle is moving above the minimal speed if the touchscreen is not going to be touched by the driver and is touched by the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Louis Tijerina, Walter Joseph Talamonti, Devinder Singh Kochhar
  • Patent number: 9469261
    Abstract: A system which allows an aftermarket ECM to control/alter vehicle behavior by only sending special network messages when no provision for doing so was originally designed into the original equipment manufactured system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Intermotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith S. Thomas, Dan C. Mower, Ryan B. Ebuen
  • Patent number: 9470658
    Abstract: A self-contained, holonomic motion tracking solution for supplementing the acquisition of inspection information on the surface of a structure, thereby enabling the real-time production of two-dimensional images from hand-held and automated scanning by holonomic-motion of non-destructive inspection (NDI) sensor units (e.g., NDI probes). The systems and methods disclosed enable precise tracking of the position and orientation of a holonomic-motion NDI sensor unit (hand-held or automated) and conversion of the acquired tracking data into encoder pulse signals for processing by a NDI scanning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Scott W. Lea, Gary E. Georgeson, Karl E. Nelson, Daniel James Wright
  • Patent number: 9470164
    Abstract: A process is provided for the rapid and safe activation of a fuel pump, having a definable fallback level for a delivery volume of the fuel pump. The process recognizes a possible crash situation and, defines the fallback level as a first delivery volume value which is assigned to a closing position of the fuel pump in response to the recognized possible crash situation. A control system includes a crash recognition device and an electronic fuel pump with the definable fallback level, in which case the crash recognition device is connected with respect to communication with the electronic fuel pump, and the crash recognition device is constructed for implementing the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Richard Baur, Marcus Weidner, Simon Schilling, Klaus Achatz
  • Patent number: 9467466
    Abstract: Determining potential harm associated with a network endpoint external to an enterprise includes receiving information about a network-based communication by a resource of the enterprise directed to the network endpoint external to the enterprise, and calculating a plurality of individual scores related to a risk associated with the network-based communication, wherein each individual score corresponds to a different category of risk. The determination also includes receiving data specifying a policy related to rules defined by the enterprise regarding usage of cloud services; calculating a composite risk score related to the network-based communication, wherein the composite risk score is based on the individual scores and the policy; and notifying an entity of the enterprise about the composite risk score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Serguei Mankovskii, Steven L. Greenspan, Peter Brian Matthews
  • Patent number: 9463807
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a controller programmed to, while operating an engine responsive to a remote start request and in response to exhaust sensor data indicative of engine closed loop operation, operate the engine and an electric machine to provide power to a low voltage battery and a high voltage battery at respective rates that are based on a target engine torque, and a temperature of the engine or electric machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Najib Mansur, Daniel Paul Roberts, Mark Douglas Malone
  • Patent number: 9457793
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle information processing system for assisting a driver in a specified assistance area. The vehicle information processing system includes an operation pattern setting part for setting an operation pattern in the assistance area on the basis of driving operation information of the driver when the driver enters the assistance area and an assistance information determining part for determining assistance information for assisting the driver in the assistance area on the basis of the operation pattern in the assistance area which is set by the operation pattern setting part. According to this structure, it is possible to assist the driver using high-accuracy assistance information corresponding to the operation pattern and thus perform assistance suitable for the driver with high accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 9457816
    Abstract: An in-vehicle computer is programmed to determine that a driver's hands are at least one predetermined location in the vehicle, the at least one predetermine location including a location on a steering wheel, determine that a vehicle passenger is in a safe position with respect to a human-machine interface; and provide passenger access to the human-machine interface such that the passenger may access operations of the computer that are inaccessible to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Leonard Van Wiemeersch, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 9459181
    Abstract: Provided is a testing system which is able to reproduce road surfaces in different states between both right and left tires. A testing system is provided with: a tire speed calculation unit which calculates virtual left and right tire speed values; a vehicle speed calculation unit which calculates a virtual vehicle speed value; a vehicle drive torque calculation unit which calculates left and right vehicle drive torque values; a differential torque calculation unit which calculates left and right differential torque values; and a speed control device which outputs a torque current command signal such that a deviation between a speed command value and a value detected by an encoder is eliminated. The tire speed calculation unit calculates the tire speed value on the basis of the differential torque values and the vehicle drive torque values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MEIDENSHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takao Akiyama, Yoshimasa Sawada
  • Patent number: 9457651
    Abstract: Systems are provided for a fuel system comprising an external refueling request switch accessible at or near a refueling door, thus enabling methods that may include initiating depressurization of a fuel tank responsive to an operator engaging the refueling request switch. The status of depressurization may be communicated to the operator via on one or more LED displays located either inside the refueling assembly or located at the refueling door. In this way, refueling requests may be initiated by a refueling operator, and by relaying the status of depressurization to the operator, any confusion on the part of the operator may be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Paul Lindlbauer, Bryan Michael Bolger, Herbert Thomas Meissner, Roman Schesnuk, Aed M. Dudar, Dennis Seung-Man Yang, Russell Randall Pearce
  • Patent number: 9457812
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a control system for a motor vehicle, the system being operable in a manual operating mode selection condition in which a user may select a required system operating mode by means of user-operable mode selection input means, and an automatic mode selection condition in which the system is configured to select automatically an appropriate system operating mode, wherein when operating in the manual condition and a change from the manual condition to the automatic condition is made the system is configured to select a prescribed automatic mode selection condition vehicle ride-height independently of the selected operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Fairgrieve, Dan Dennehy, Elliot Hemes, James Kelly, Sam Anker
  • Patent number: 9456379
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted device includes a measurement unit that detects the radio signal to measure a congestion level, a reception unit that receives, from each of the predetermined vehicle-mounted devices, the value of a predetermined parameter, in which a degree of contribution to congestion increases as the value of the parameter increases, from among parameters relating to the communication of the predetermined vehicle-mounted device, and a control unit that sets, when the congestion level measured by the measurement unit is outside a set predetermined range, the value of the predetermined parameter of its own device so that the congestion level is within the predetermined range in consideration of the magnitude relationship between the congestion level and a value within the predetermined range and a magnitude relationship between the value of the predetermined parameter received by the reception unit and the value of the predetermined parameter of its own device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki Sakata
  • Patent number: 9452735
    Abstract: A device for controlling a restricted mode of a vehicle is provided. The device includes a controller that is configured to receive an input indicative of a request to change a vehicle state from a fully operational mode to a restricted mode and to transmit a first control signal indicative of a request to limit at least one of vehicle speed and vehicle acceleration. The controller is further configured to monitor a distance traveled by a driver when the vehicle is in the restricted mode and to compare the distance traveled to a predetermined distance limit. The controller is further configured to transmit a second control signal to remove the request to limit the at least one of the vehicle speed and the vehicle acceleration in response to determining that the distance traveled exceeds the predetermined distance limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lee Miller, Brian Bennie, Eric L. Reed, Lisa Therese Boran
  • Patent number: 9454904
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a footwell object detection sensor to detect objects in the footwell. The footwell object detection sensor includes an object detection sensor and a controller. The object detection sensor outputs data indicative of a state of the footwell that includes a plurality of pedals. The controller is programmed to, in response to a difference between the data and stored data corresponding to reference states of the footwell being indicative of a presence of an object that inhibits actuation of one or more of the pedals, output a warning signal. The controller may output a pedal status of each of the pedals based on a comparison between the data and the stored data. Controller outputs can be used to confirm or invalidate pedal position signals used by other control systems in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Allan Lippman
  • Patent number: 9449514
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes connecting to a remote system and requesting data relating to a quality of air level in the vicinity of a known vehicle location. The method further includes receiving data relating to the quality of air level and comparing the data to one or more predetermined threshold levels of tolerance. If the data exceeds at least one threshold level of tolerance an automatic vehicle computing system response is instructed. In this example, the method also includes activating one or more vehicle systems in response to the data exceeding the at least one threshold level of tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Schunder, Gary Steven Strumolo, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad
  • Patent number: 9440659
    Abstract: A driver advice system for a vehicle having at least one vehicle subsystem comprises a selector for receiving at least one driving condition indicator for the vehicle and for selecting, from a plurality of settings, a preferred setting for the at least one vehicle subsystem in response to the at least one driving condition indicator. The driver advice system includes an indication device for providing to the driver an indication of the preferred setting for one or more of the vehicle subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: James Kelly, Andrew Fairgrieve, Dan Dennehy, Elliot Hemes
  • Patent number: 9441648
    Abstract: A control system for a hybrid construction machine includes first and second main pumps, first and second supply passages, first and second circuit systems, a hydraulic motor, a motor generator, an assist pump, a joint passage connected to the assist pump and branching off, first and second logic valves, and a switching valve. The switching valve switches between a state where the assist pump is connected to the second supply passage and a state where the second main pump is connected to the hydraulic motor. A bypass passage branches off from the other branch passage at the downstream of the switching valve. The bypass passage is connected to the second supply passage on the downstream side of the second logic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Fukuda, Nobuyoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9437058
    Abstract: Vehicle operation (e.g., speed, acceleration) may be limited based on various conditions such as a current charge condition of an electrical energy storage devices (e.g., batteries, super- or ultracapacitors), history of such, conditions related to the vehicle (e.g., mileage, weight, size, drag coefficient), a driver or operator of the vehicle (e.g., history with respect to speed, acceleration, mileage) and/or environmental conditions (e.g., ambient temperature, terrain). A controller may control operation of one or more power converters to limit current and/or voltage supplied to a traction electric motor, accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Hok-Sum Horace Luke, Matthew Whiting Taylor
  • Patent number: 9435392
    Abstract: A parking brake control device for a transport vehicle is attached to a vehicle body including a parking brake (17) of a negative control type for maintaining a state in which rotation of wheels is stopped, the parking brake control device including a control unit (32) for controlling movement of a spool (21) for magnetizing or demagnetizing a solenoid valve (25) to release or actuate the parking brake (17). The control unit (32) includes a stop determining section (33) that determines whether the vehicle body stops traveling, an actuation command section (34) that actuates the parking brake (17) when the stop determining section (33) determines that the vehicle body is stopped, and a release command section (35) that releases the parking brake (17) after elapse of a preset setting time after the actuation of the parking brake (17) is started by the actuation command section (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshikazu Minoshima, Katsumi Tamura, Takao Kurosawa, Yudai Itai
  • Patent number: 9428055
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a display unit, and a controller configured to control the display unit to display user identification information such as an emblem and a signature, as an intro image. A user thereby can feel a sense of pride and ownership in his/her own vehicle, and develop a sense of attachment and brand loyalty for his/her own vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Juhyuk Kim, Juhyun Kim