Control Of Vehicle Safety Devices (e.g., Airbag, Seat-belt, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/45)
  • Patent number: 10665041
    Abstract: A method of controlling access to an enclosed area having a boundary includes generating a first inaudible audio signal inside the enclosed area, and generating a second signal, each configured to be sensed by a sensing device, wherein the first inaudible audio signal is not capable of penetrating the boundary; determining a state of the enclosed area, based on either the first inaudible audio signal, or the first inaudible audio signal and the second signal, being sensed by the sensing device; and based on the state, generating an instruction to perform access control for the enclosed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Scott Carter, Daniel Avrahami, Nami Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10636276
    Abstract: A method system, and non-transitory computer readable medium for cabin activity detection. In one or more embodiments of the invention, the method includes receiving first sensor data at a cabin activity detection device from a first sensor of a plurality of sensors; performing, by the cabin activity detection device, local analysis of the first sensor data to make a determination that a condition is met; and performing a first local action based on the determination that the condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Manish Desai
  • Patent number: 10625736
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling driving of a vehicle includes an active safety driving device for changing a driving mode of the vehicle from a normal driving mode to an active safety driving mode, a front detection sensor for recognizing a front vehicle as a control target dangerous vehicle when the front vehicle attempts to change into a lane in which the vehicle travels, and a vehicle control device for determining whether to generate a margin shaping for the control target dangerous vehicle, and for controlling the active safety driving device based on the margin-shaped control target dangerous vehicle when the margin shaping is applied to the control target dangerous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Min Chul Kang, Chan Il Park
  • Patent number: 10618515
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a control system and to a device for an ego-vehicle in a vehicle convoy in the case of the avoidance of an obstacle. Before the ego-vehicle follows an adopted avoidance trajectory of a vehicle driving in front, a hazard evaluation of the driving strategy of the vehicle driving in front is performed and the avoidance trajectory is modified on the basis of the result of the hazard evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventor: Günter Anton Fendt
  • Patent number: 10607093
    Abstract: An object detection system for used in a vehicle includes an object detector is provided. One or more fisheye lens cameras coupled to an object detection system are positioned at various location of the vehicle for capturing a field of view (FOV) into an image. The image is split into multiple different set of perspective images. Each perspective images may include a portion of overlap having common or identical object of interest. The object detector classifies various objects of interest in the perspective images, estimates distance of objects of interest from the vehicle using camera calibration information stored in one of the camera, and transmits the sensed information that corresponds to the distance of interest to a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Naman Kumar, James Stephen Miller, Matthew Baran, Rajen Bhatt
  • Patent number: 10603980
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process for controlling a vehicle interior includes detecting a previously defined situation that relates to an undesirable environmental condition of the vehicle interior, and assessing both a risk level and an urgency level, based on a vehicle sensor input and vehicle historical records. The process also includes generating a vehicle command based upon the detected previously defined situation, the assessed risk level, and assessed urgency level, and executing the generated vehicle command to control at least one of an engine, a window, and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit to modify an environmental condition of the vehicle interior. The process also comprises performing in a cyclically recurring manner, until the detected previously defined situation is resolved, re-assessing the risk level, the urgency level, or both, re-generating a vehicle command, and executing the re-generated vehicle command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Lin Yu, Mary Clover Apelian
  • Patent number: 10604097
    Abstract: Systems and approaches for detecting an event, such as a crash involving a motorized and/or non-motorized vehicle, are described. In one approach, a listening component of a mobile computing device is first activated. This listening component may then monitor the sound proximate thereto (e.g., within the vehicle in which the mobile computing device is disposed). Using one or more processors, an audio source may be detected which was generated by an event (such as, for example, a crash involving the vehicle and/or an alerting triggering phrase) and was sensed by the listening component. Using an audio recognition technique, the detected audio source is processed to determine a severity of the event which generated the audio signal. This detection step may include identifying a type and magnitude of the detected audio signal using audio signal identification data. An information signal based on the severity of the event is then transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Shawn Jacob, Nathan L. Tofte
  • Patent number: 10600257
    Abstract: An autonomic vehicle control system is described, and includes a vehicle spatial monitoring system including a subject spatial sensor that is disposed to monitor a spatial environment proximal to the autonomous vehicle. A controller is in communication with the subject spatial sensor, and the controller includes a processor and a memory device including an instruction set. The instruction set is executable to evaluate the subject spatial sensor, which includes determining first, second, third, fourth and fifth SOH (state of health) parameters associated with the subject spatial sensor, and determining an integrated SOH parameter for the subject spatial sensor based thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shengbing Jiang, Mutasim A. Salman, Xinyu Du, Wen-Chiao Lin, Jinsong Wang, Shuqing Zeng
  • Patent number: 10596958
    Abstract: Vehicle systems for providing alerts of opening doors are disclosed. A system includes a camera configured to output image data of a vehicle occupant, an external environment sensor configured to output an external environment sensor output signal, one or more processors communicatively coupled to the camera and the external environment sensor, one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules. The system receives the image data of the vehicle occupant, predicts whether a door of the vehicle is going to be opened based on the image data of the vehicle occupant, determines whether an object is present based on the external environmental sensor output signal, and generates an alert in response to predicting that the door of the vehicle is going to be opened and determining that the object is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventor: Todd J. Rowell
  • Patent number: 10592990
    Abstract: One or more devices in an accident detection and recovery computing system may be configured to determine that vehicle accidents have occurred, collect and analyze accident characteristics and other related data, and providing customized accident recovery services. Mobile computing devices, alone or in combination with vehicle-based systems and external devices, may detect accidents or receive accident indication data. After determining that an accident has occurred, mobile computing devices and/or vehicle-based systems may be configured to determine accident characteristics, retrieve vehicle data and vehicle occupant data from one or external servers, determine the damages or potential damages resulting from the accident, and determine one or more accident recovery options or recommendations based on the accident damages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Randall M. Hanson
  • Patent number: 10583793
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises: an airbag; a first power supply configured to supply power; a first sensor configured to sense an impact applied to the vehicle; a first wiring connected to the first power supply and configured to transmit the power while the vehicle is running; a second wiring connected to the first power supply and configured to transmit power regardless of whether or not the vehicle is running; and a controller configured to deploy the airbag upon receiving power via the first wiring or the second wiring when the first sensor senses the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sanguk Chu, Kwang Cheol Shin
  • Patent number: 10576976
    Abstract: A drivable area setting device and a drivable area setting method, which can perform driving control based on a drivable area also in a road section in which a lane marker is not present. A terminal node specifying unit specifies a terminal node of a lane marker on an entry side and a terminal node of a lane marker on an exit side in a road section, such as an intersection, in which lane marker data are not present, a virtual lane marker generating unit for generating a virtual lane marker linking the terminal node of the lane marker on the entry side to the terminal node of the lane marker on the exit side, and an area setting unit for setting, as a drivable area of a vehicle, an area interposed between the generated virtual lane markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi Suto, Hitoshi Konishi, Daichi Kato, Chihiro Abe, Shion Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10539965
    Abstract: The present invention describes a control system, which is adapted and determined to identify motor vehicles driving in front. The control system is at least adapted and determined to capture other motor vehicles participating in the traffic ahead of the own motor vehicle with the at least one environmental sensor. The control system is at least adapted and determined to determine a respective position of the other motor vehicles with the at least one environmental sensor. The control system is at least adapted and determined to determine a trajectory of the own motor vehicle from a current speed and a current yaw rate of the own motor vehicle. The control system is at least adapted and determined to select a single motor vehicle from the other motor vehicles that has the shortest distance to the trajectory, in order to follow this single motor vehicle with the own motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Bjoern Oska, Richard Altendorfer, Daniel Ledovskich, Benedikt Joebgen, Christian Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10540832
    Abstract: A network computing system receives local device data from a mobile computing device of a person within a vehicle. The local device data may include sensor data from one or more sensors of the mobile computing device, and location data determined from a position-determination resource of the mobile computing device. The network computing system may detect a vehicle collision event based on the local device data. Additionally, the network computing system may determine a classification of the vehicle collision event based on the local device data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Karim Wahba, Dhruv Tyagi, Andrew Beinstein, Amritha Prasad, Audrey Lawrence, Jose Alvarez, Steve Pennington, Corin Trachtman
  • Patent number: 10493957
    Abstract: Provided is a device and method for applying a control state based on vehicle occupancy of an autonomous vehicle. The method includes sensing an identification parameter for each of a set of initial vehicle occupants. The method prioritizes the vehicle authority level for the each vehicle occupant of the set of initial vehicle occupants, and producing an initial vehicle control priority among the set of initial vehicle occupants. Based on the initial vehicle control priority, applying the vehicle control state parameter to an autonomous vehicle operational mode. The method, when a vehicle occupancy change event occurs, senses an identification parameter for each vehicle occupant of a set of subsequent vehicle occupants. The method continues by prioritizing the vehicle authority level for the each vehicle occupant of the set of subsequent vehicle occupants and producing a subsequent vehicle control priority among the set of subsequent vehicle occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher T. Tarte
  • Patent number: 10481614
    Abstract: Systems and methods for coordinating and controlling vehicles, for example heavy trucks, to follow closely behind each other, or linking, in a convenient, safe manner and thus to save significant amounts of fuel while increasing safety. In an embodiment, on-board controllers in each vehicle interact with vehicular sensors to monitor and control, for example, relative distance, relative acceleration/deceleration, and speed. Additional safety features in at least some embodiments include providing each driver with one or more visual displays of forward and rearward looking cameras. Long-range communications are provided for coordinating vehicles for linking, and for communicating analytics to fleet managers or others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: PELOTON TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua P. Switkes, Joseph Christian Gerdes, Eugene Berdichevsky
  • Patent number: 10474915
    Abstract: A system for comparing a head position of a passenger of a motor vehicle, determined with the aid of a determination unit, with a reference measurement. The system includes at least one marking element which has at least one marking and is able to be fastened to the head of the passenger, and at least one movement detection element for detecting the position of the at least one marking of the marking element for the reference measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Anke Schwarz, Torsten Maka, Esther-Sabrina Wacker, Philippe Dreuw, Rüdiger-Walter Henn
  • Patent number: 10457162
    Abstract: A vehicular occupant determination apparatus includes a load detection portion, an occupant determination portion, an acceleration detection portion, a transition prohibition portion, a drive state detection portion, and a prohibition release portion. The load detection portion detects a load of a left part or a right part. The occupant determination portion determines occupant types, and maintains or transits a determination result. The transition prohibition portion sets a transition prohibition state when the acceleration is equal to or greater than a predetermined acceleration threshold. The prohibition release portion sets a prohibition release state when (i) the acceleration is equal to or greater than the acceleration threshold, and (ii) the prohibition release portion detects that the vehicle is in stop based on a detection value detected by the drive state detection portion, the transition prohibition state being released during the prohibition release state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Toshio Hosokawa, Yusuke Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10457234
    Abstract: A vehicle front passenger seat airbag device includes a plurality of inflators, an airbag, and a controller. The airbag includes a front passenger seat airbag, and a center airbag that includes a vehicle-rear-side end that projects out further toward a vehicle rear side when inflated and deployed than a rear end of the front passenger seat airbag when inflated and deployed. The controller controls timings for igniting each squib included in the plurality of inflators such that a peak internal pressure of the airbag inflated and deployed when an oblique collision or small overlap collision has occurred is delayed, compared to a peak internal pressure of the airbag inflated and deployed when a head-on collision has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Tatsuaki Kojima, Ikuo Yamada, Takahiro Kojima, Shun Ito
  • Patent number: 10457320
    Abstract: Provided is a water detection system and an electric power steering apparatus capable of preventing or reducing complication of an apparatus with respect to a water detection system including a water detection element and a determination circuit positioned separately from each other. The water detection system includes a transmission-side unit provided in an apparatus mounted on a vehicle of the electric power steering apparatus and including a water detection element, and a reception-side unit spaced apart from the transmission-side unit and including a determination circuit. The transmission-side unit wirelessly transmits an output signal of the water detection element, and the reception-side unit receives the output signal wirelessly transmitted from the transmission-side unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Kohtaro Shiino
  • Patent number: 10452928
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a first homography, created from two images of a roadway, is decomposed to determine an ego-motion, and the ego-motion is used to adjust a previous estimate of a road plane. The adjusted previous estimate of the road plane is combined with the current estimate of the plane to create a second homography, and the second homography is used to determine residual motion and vertical deviation in the surface of the roadway. In some embodiments, multiple road profiles each corresponding to a common portion of a roadway are adjusted in slope and offset by optimizing a function having a data term, a smoothness term and a regularization term; and the adjusted road profiles are combined into a multi-frame road profile. In some embodiments, road profile information for a predetermined number of data points is transmitted in periodic data bursts, with more than one data point per data burst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Itay Blumenthal, Nadav Shaag, Yaakov Kingsley
  • Patent number: 10440452
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor network, machine type communication (MTC), machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and technology for internet of things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. A transmitting apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure is provided. The transmitting apparatus includes a transmitter, and a processor configured to acquire at least one of information related to air pollution and information related to a noise through a sensor included in the transmitting apparatus or an external sensor, and to control the transmitter to transmit the at least one of the information related to the air pollution and the information related to the noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomasz Henryk Mach, David Gutierrez Estevez
  • Patent number: 10435018
    Abstract: An apparatus for activating a pedestrian detection and collision mitigation system (PDCMS) of a vehicle includes: a front detection sensor detecting a presence of a pedestrian on a driving lane of the vehicle, gaze information of the pedestrian, and a distance and a relative speed between the pedestrian and the vehicle; a vehicle sensor detecting at least any one of a speed, an acceleration, a steering angle, a steering angular velocity, or a pressure of a master cylinder of the vehicle; an electronic control unit activating a PDCMS function based on information detected by the front detection sensor and the vehicle sensor; and a warning unit operated to inform a driver of a collision of the pedestrian with the vehicle by a control of the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoon Soo Kim, Eung Seo Kim, Suk Ki Min, Dong Hyun Sung, Seung Wook Park, Yong Seok Kwon, Sang Min Lee, Tae Young Lee, Min Byeong Lee, Ho Choul Jung, In Yong Jung
  • Patent number: 10427677
    Abstract: A method includes steps of detecting an object in an environment of a motor vehicle; in a first phase, tracking the object with respect to the motor vehicle with the aid of a first movement model of the motor vehicle; detecting a collision of the motor vehicle with an obstacle; and in a second phase, tracking the object with respect to the motor vehicle with the aid of a second movement model of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sybille Eisele, Ulf Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10414394
    Abstract: ECU 10 is configured to detect an object external to the vehicle 1, and determine a speed distribution area 40 for defining a distribution of an allowable upper limit of a relative speed of the vehicle 1 with respect to the object in a travelling direction, in a range from a lateral area to rearward and forward areas of the object in the travelling direction. The speed distribution area is determined such that the allowable upper limit is made lower as a lateral distance and a longitudinal distance from the object become smaller. When objects (8A, 8B) are detected, respective ones of the speed distribution areas (40A, 40B) for respective ones of the objects are set, the relative speed for each of objects is calculated, and an avoidance control is executed for restricting the relative speed from exceeding the allowable upper limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ohmura
  • Patent number: 10399541
    Abstract: Methods and systems detect motion of a motor vehicle and detect whether the driver, and/or other occupants, are wearing their safety belts. A third party can be notified, in real-time, that the vehicle is being driven without the safety belts engaged. The user can then deliver an audio message to the user, either pre-recorded or live, to remind the user to fasten their safety belts. The third party also has an option of delivering a consequence to the user as a result of the detection of the safety belt not being engaged. Such consequence can include automatically limiting access to certain applications of the driver's smart phone for a certain period of time. The system can include a seat belt application detector, a vehicle motion detector, and wireless communication means to send a signal of safety belt application to the third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Marco Johnson
  • Patent number: 10393532
    Abstract: In an approach for determining navigation routes, a computer identifies an emergency situation and a corresponding location. The computer identifies an emergency service based on the identified emergency situation and the corresponding location. The computer identifies an emergency treatment provider based on the identified emergency situation and the corresponding location. The computer determines a navigation route based on respective locations of the identified emergency situation, the identified emergency service, and the identified emergency treatment provider. The computer identifies one or more incoming devices on the determined navigation route. The computer determines an alternate navigation route for the identified one or more incoming devices, wherein the determined alternate navigation route reduces travel on the determined navigation route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Foreman, Sudeep Mandal
  • Patent number: 10392837
    Abstract: The present invention provides an onboard device capable of further enhancing safety of an occupant aboard a vehicle. The onboard device controlling locking of a vehicle door includes an occupant detector detecting the occupant inside a vehicle, a shut door determiner determining whether the vehicle door is closed, and a locking controller locking the vehicle door when the shut door determiner determines that the vehicle door is closed and the occupant detector detects the occupant. By locking the vehicle door, a third party can be prevented from entering the vehicle through the vehicle door, for example, and the safety of the occupant aboard the vehicle can be further enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Norichika Oomi
  • Patent number: 10395103
    Abstract: An object detection method includes an image acquisition step of acquiring an image including a target object, a layer image generation step of generating a plurality of layer images by one or both of enlarging and reducing the image at a plurality of different scales, a first detection step of detecting a region of at least a part of the target object as a first detected region from each of the layer images, a selection step of selecting at least one of the layer images based on the detected first detected region and learning data learned in advance, a second detection step of detecting a region of at least a part of the target object in the selected layer image as a second detected region, and an integration step of integrating a detection result detected in the first detection step and a detection result detected in the second detection step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Tsukamoto, Kan Torii, Masakazu Matsugu
  • Patent number: 10391960
    Abstract: An electronic module assembly for controlling the deployment of one or more airbags in an aircraft includes a power source, a crash sensor configured to produce a signal in response to a crash event and an accelerometer that is configured to produce a signal in response to a crash event. A processor starts a timer upon detection of the signal from the crash sensor. When the processor receives a signal from the crash sensor, the processor is configured to determine if a signal has also been received from the accelerometer and if signals from both the crash sensor and the accelerometer indicate a crash event then the processor reads a memory associated with an inflator. The processor reads a timing value selected for the inflator and fires the inflator when the timer has a value equal to the timing value selected for the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Anthony Settles, Scott Fink, Giuseppe Gullotto
  • Patent number: 10391962
    Abstract: A method for activating a passenger protection device of a vehicle. A relative velocity value, which represents a relative velocity between the vehicle and an object, and at least one correction value are read in. In a further step, a velocity reduction value, which represents a decrease of a velocity of the vehicle when the vehicle collides with the object, is ascertained using the relative velocity value and the correction value. Finally, an activation signal for activating the passenger protection device is generated using the velocity reduction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Gunther Lang, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 10388153
    Abstract: A framework for precision traffic analysis combines traffic sensor data from multiple sensor types, combining the strengths of each sensor type within various conditions in an intersection or roadway in which traffic activity occurs. The framework calibrates coordinate systems in images taken of the same area by multiple sensors, so that fields of view from one sensor system are transposed onto fields of view from other sensor systems to fuse the images taken into a combined detection zone, and so that objects are properly detected and classified for enhanced traffic signal control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ITERIS, INC.
    Inventors: Dilip Swaminathan, Manu P. Jain, Yan Gao, Todd W. Kreter, Michael T. Whiting
  • Patent number: 10358104
    Abstract: Techniques described herein include a system and method for switching an airbag on or off based on determining that an object situated in a vehicle seat meets one or more conditions. In some embodiments, the vehicle seat may be fitted with a weight sensor configured to detect an object situated in the vehicle seat. The system may include a camera device configured to capture image information associated with the object situated in the vehicle seat. The image information may be processed to determine if the object is a person meeting one or more threshold conditions for activating the airbag. Upon processing the image information, the airbag may be provided with instructions to either activate or deactivate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yong-Syuan Chen, Jen-Chieh Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10349891
    Abstract: An animate object detection system includes an apparatus configured for supporting an animate object and a sensor disposed in physical communication with the apparatus. The sensor includes a piezoelectric material and is configured for producing an electric signal in response to a force applied to the apparatus by the animate object. The system also includes a signal conditioner disposed in electrical communication with the sensor and configured for manipulating the electric signal and producing an output signal, and a receiver configured for receiving the output signal and generating an indicator signal. A method of detecting an animate object is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nancy L. Johnson, Dorel M. Sala
  • Patent number: 10343639
    Abstract: A seat of a vehicle is mounted to a first rotatable plate that is mounted to a floor of the vehicle within a passenger compartment of the vehicle. An airbag module: includes an airbag and a deployment device that deploys the airbag; and is mounted to a second rotatable plate mounted to a roof of the vehicle above the seat. An electric motor is configured to rotate the second rotatable plate. A restraint control module is configured to, based on a rotational position of the first rotatable plate, apply power to the electric motor and rotate the second rotatable plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Anand V. Iyer, Rami Z. Sayed, Bruce L. Stone
  • Patent number: 10336269
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a saddle-ride type vehicle. The vehicle includes a main frame; a drive source supported by a lower side of the main frame; an energy storing part supported by an upper side of the main frame; a front wheel steerably supported via a front fork mounted on a front side of the main frame; a rear wheel supported via a swing arm mounted on a rear side of the main frame and configured to be driven by the drive source; and seat frames disposed on the rear side of the main frame to support a riding seat. A braking control device is disposed within a lateral width between the seat frames, and is supported by a rear fender supported by the seat frame via a vibration control member. And, an inertia measuring device is supported by the braking control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Usa, Keisuke Kishikawa, Shun Niijima
  • Patent number: 10316884
    Abstract: An algorithm analyzes the motion of an object to determine if a switch needs to be activated or deactivated. Accelerometers measure forces exerted upon an object to determine orientation in pitch, roll, and yaw axes, and to determine motion of the object. When threshold conditions for these orientations and movements are measured, the method combines taking moving averages of pitch, roll, and yaw, and additionally accumulating an integral of yaw to determine if an activation or deactivation condition is met. Should an integral condition not be constantly met while the moving average conditions are being determined, the yaw integral counter resets and the whole process must begin again. This method balances most unintentional activation conditions with activation latency. Another methodology tracks the motion of a wrist flick, similar to casting a fishing line, using acceleration and deceleration parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew C. Prestwich, Benjamin N. DeMann
  • Patent number: 10311719
    Abstract: A framework for precision traffic analysis combines traffic sensor data from multiple sensor types, combining the strengths of each sensor type within various conditions in an intersection or roadway in which traffic activity occurs. The framework calibrates coordinate systems in images taken of the same area by multiple sensors, so that fields of view from one sensor system are transposed onto fields of view from other sensor systems to fuse the images taken into a combined detection zone, and so that objects are properly detected and classified for enhanced traffic signal control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ITERIS, INC.
    Inventors: Dilip Swaminathan, Manu P. Jain, Yan Gao, Todd W. Kreter, Michael T. Whiting
  • Patent number: 10308243
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for vehicle remote park assist with occupant detection. An example disclosed vehicle includes range detection sensors and a remote parking unit. The example range detection sensors determine whether a target parking space is narrow. The example remote parking unit, in response to a request from a mobile device external to the vehicle, when the target parking space is narrow, scans, with occupant detection sensors, the interior of the vehicle. Additionally, the example remote parking unit, in response to detecting an occupant in the vehicle, sends a first notification to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10283000
    Abstract: A system for enabling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to respond to an alert on a premises, where the UAV may either confront the alert situation or monitor the alert situation from a distance. The UAV may respond to the alert situation after a controller receives alert event data from an alert generator. The controller may further match the data received to a number of event types stored in a database. This information allows a flight plan to be determined which will allow the UAV to navigate to a location associated with the alert situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Michael John Marr, Andrew Stanley Grant, Benjamin Yong Liang Kuek, Yexi Zhu
  • Patent number: 10257685
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to generate and transmit an emergency services request, the system including: a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions and a controller configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the controller to: receive an indication of a pedestrian crash incident; and in response to the pedestrian crash incident indication, generate and transmit an emergency services request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Gulshan Noorsumar, Tyler Bitterman
  • Patent number: 10246088
    Abstract: A control system which for use in a host motor vehicle is configured and intended for recognizing motor vehicles traveling ahead, to the side, and/or behind and preferably stationary objects situated ahead, based on surroundings data obtained from at least one surroundings sensor associated with the host motor vehicle. The at least one surroundings sensor is configured for providing an electronic controller of the control system with surroundings data that represent an area in front of, next to, or behind the host motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Keller, Christian Goette, Torsten Bertram, Andreas Homann, Christian Wissing, Karl-Heinz Glander, Carsten Hass, Till Nattermann, Markus Buss
  • Patent number: 10218791
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes an impedance sensor element, an impedance sensor reader and a communications module. The communications module is configured to communicate with a remote computing device. The impedance sensor reader is coupled to the impedance sensor element. The impedance sensor reader includes a synthesizer and a detector. The synthesizer is configured to output an excitation signal having known values for a plurality of signal characteristics to the impedance sensor element and to generate the excitation signal based on a plurality of direct digital synthesizer (DDS) coefficients received from the remote computing device through the communications module. The detector is coupled to the impedance sensor element and configured to detect a response of the impedance sensor element to the excitation signal and determine an impedance of the impedance sensor element based at least in part on the response of the impedance sensor element to the excitation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Krishnakumar Sundaresan, Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Feng Chen, Emad Andarawis Andarawis, S M Shajedul Hasan
  • Patent number: 10214118
    Abstract: Systems, Methods and Apparatuses are provided for a seat adjustment system for a vehicle which includes: a plurality of sensors configured to produce sensor data associated with an occupancy by an internal or external user of a particular seat of the vehicle and a processor, configured to receive the sensor data to: determine a state of one or more settings of the seat adjustment system for the particular seat of the vehicle based on stored data or the received sensor data; determine in a near future whether a particular seat will be occupied by the external user based on the received sensor data; determine currently whether a particular seat is occupied by the internal user based on the received sensor data; and adjust settings of the particular seat in accordance with determinations of the state of settings and occupancy of the particular seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Yashanshu Jain, Shashank Rameswaran
  • Patent number: 10217354
    Abstract: A cell phone method and system for logging and reporting on slow drivers in fast and middle lanes is disclosed. The system detects a slow vehicle in front and/or side of an automobile based on speed data from an GPS system, detects passing of the slow vehicle on the left side of the automobile using a camera and stores global position data of the automobile using a GPS system, and transmits the speed data, the images of the rear and/or side of the slow vehicle and the global position data that was taken and stored to the third party via the communications network, using the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Bertram V Burke, Michaela C Burke
  • Patent number: 10206631
    Abstract: provided is an automotive key device connected, in the form of a holder, to a mechanism of opening or shutting an automotive door or merged with the mechanism of opening or shutting the automotive door. The automotive key device includes an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor having a first body signal electrode and a second body signal electrode and a contact terminal electrically connected to the ECG sensor. The contact terminal is configured to serve as a passage for electrical connection with devices within a vehicle. A steering wheel docking station and a system configured to include the steering wheel docking station and the automotive key device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HUINNO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeong Joon Gil, Min Yong Shin
  • Patent number: 10195987
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle having one or more flashing light devices for generating a turn signal light or a blinking hazard light, one or more elongated interior lighting devices for emitting visible light in a form of moving light in the interior of the motor vehicle, and a control device associated with the interior lighting devices, and the control device is configured to to control the one or more interior lighting devices such that, during the time the turn signal light or the blinking hazard light is being generated by the one or more flashing light devices, visible light in the form of a moving light will be emitted by the one or more interior lighting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Stephan Berlitz, Friedrich-Uwe Tontsch, Julia Kastner
  • Patent number: 10192126
    Abstract: Provided is a behavior recognition apparatus, including a detection unit configured to detect, based on a vehicle interior image obtained by photographing a vehicle interior, positions of a plurality of body parts of a person inside a vehicle in the vehicle interior image; a feature extraction unit configured to extract a rank-order feature which is a feature based on a rank-order of a magnitude of a distance between parts obtained by the detection unit; and a discrimination unit configured to discriminate a behavior of an occupant in the vehicle using a discriminator learned in advance and the rank-order feature extracted by the feature extraction unit. Also provided is a learning apparatus to learn the discrimination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao Yamanaka, Toshifumi Nishijima
  • Patent number: 10183641
    Abstract: In one embodiment, perception data is received perceiving a driving environment surrounding an ADV, including an object in front of the ADV. In response the perception data, a collision detection system determines a relative speed and distance between the ADV and the object based on the perception data. The collision detection system determines whether a collision between the ADV and the object is avoidable in view of the physical driving limitation associated with the ADV. The physical driving limitation may include a maximum braking capability or a maximum deceleration rate that can be applied to the ADV. If it is determined that such a collision is unavoidable, an airbag is deployed prior to the collision between the ADV and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Fan Zhu
  • Patent number: RE47473
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for predicting a collision are provided. The method includes calculating, by a controller, a driving trajectory of the subject vehicle based on a yaw rate using driving information of the subject vehicle. In addition, the controller is configured to calculate a driving trajectory of a target vehicle for a predetermined period of time that uses driving information of the target vehicle that includes information from an imaging device, configured to obtain a front image, and radar sensors installed on a plurality of locations. Further, the method also includes predicting classified collision types by analyzing a collision possibility between the subject vehicle and the target vehicle based on the driving trajectory of the subject vehicle and the driving trajectory of the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Woong Choi, Kwang Jin Park