Control Of Vehicle Safety Devices (e.g., Airbag, Seat-belt, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/45)
  • Patent number: 11325612
    Abstract: Disclosed is a passenger safety system for a vehicle that can remind a driver of the vehicle to check seats before leaving the vehicle. The system includes a control unit connected to an ignition sensor. The control unit can receive a signal from the ignition sensor indicating turning-off the ignition. The system may also include a weight sensor installed in the rear seat of the vehicle. The weight sensor is activated when an object is placed on the rear seat. The control unit can trigger an alert upon receiving a signal from the ignition sensor and the weight sensor is active. The alert can be an audio and/or visual alert for reminding the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Victor Betancourt Jimenez
  • Patent number: 11327475
    Abstract: An apparatus, methods and systems for a monitoring system for data collection in a vehicle are disclosed. The system can include a data acquisition circuit structured to interpret a plurality of detection values, each of the plurality of detection values corresponding to input received from at least one of a plurality of input sensors, each of the plurality of input sensors operatively coupled to at least one of a plurality of components of the vehicle, a data analysis circuit structured to determine a state value, wherein the data analysis circuit includes a pattern recognition circuit structured to determine the state value by analyzing a subset of the plurality of detection values and at least one external detection value using at least one of a neural net or an expert system, and an analysis response circuit structured to adjust a parameter of the vehicle in response to the state value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Mehul Desai
  • Patent number: 11320818
    Abstract: A method for controlling an unmanned vehicle includes: acquiring unmanned vehicle monitoring information of the unmanned vehicle when it is determined that a course of the unmanned vehicle will be out of control; determining a safety level corresponding to the unmanned monitoring information according to a predefined correspondence between unmanned vehicle monitoring information and a safety level; and controlling, according to the safety level corresponding to the unmanned monitoring information, the unmanned vehicle to drive. Thus, upon determining that the unmanned vehicle has gone beyond a boundary of the autopilot, the problem is identified that the unmanned vehicle will encounter a danger in driving. Then, the autopilot process of the unmanned vehicle is demoted according to the severity of the danger, e.g., decelerated or adjusted in its direction, to avoid safety hazards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Apollo Intelligent Driving Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei Zhang, Hongda Zhang, Qijuan Yin, Wuzhao Zhang, Xiaoyan Wang, Baisheng Wang
  • Patent number: 11323114
    Abstract: An electrical system may include a mounting surface, a component configured for connection with the mounting surface and configured to move relative to the mounting surface, and/or an orientation sensor configured to determining an orientation of the component relative to the mounting surface. The orientation sensor may include a first sensor (e.g., a magnetometer, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, etc.) connected, at least indirectly, to the mounting surface, and a second sensor (e.g., a magnetometer, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, etc.) connected to move with the component. The orientation sensor may include an electronic controller. The electronic controller may be configured to compare first information from the first sensor to second information from the second sensor to determine the orientation of the component relative to the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Raúl Ricart, Antoni Ferré Fàbregas
  • Patent number: 11323126
    Abstract: An electronic circuit includes a first pin corresponding to a reference signal and a second pin corresponding to an external resistor, the external resistor being connected on a first side to the second pin and connected on a second side to ground. The apparatus also includes a first oscillator having a first frequency loop configured to: receive, via the first pin, the reference signal; receive, via the second pin, a current associated with voltage applied to the external resistor; and lock a first frequency output at a frequency associated with the reference signal. The apparatus also includes a second oscillator having a second frequency loop configured to: receive the first frequency output; scale the frequency of the first frequency output; and lock a second frequency output at the scaled frequency of the first frequency output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies IP Limited
    Inventors: Steven H. Rogers, Jack L. Glenn
  • Patent number: 11318908
    Abstract: A method for generating a trigger signal for triggering at least one safety function of a motor vehicle. The method includes at least the following method steps: a) receiving respective signals from at least two pressure tube sensors, b) determining at least one collision parameter from the signals received according to step a), c) outputting the trigger signal for the at least one safety function as a function of the at least one collision parameter determined in step b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gunther Lang, Simon Koenig
  • Patent number: 11312324
    Abstract: An accident determination device which determines whether an accident has occurred in a moving object based on an impact having occurred in said moving object, comprising: an impact detecting unit that detects an impact having occurred in said moving object; an accident determining unit that compares impact value of the impact detected by said impact detecting unit with a determination threshold so as to determine whether an accident has occurred in said moving object; and a threshold setting unit that sets said determination threshold according to an area attribute of the area where said moving object is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11299178
    Abstract: A travel control method for a vehicle having an autonomous travel control function includes: detecting an oncoming vehicle travelling in the opposite lane of the travel lane in which the subject vehicle travels; predicting whether or not the oncoming vehicle enters into the travel lane in which the subject vehicle travels; when it is predicted that the oncoming vehicle enters into the travel lane in which the subject vehicle travels, setting initial deceleration of the subject vehicle in a case of time until the subject vehicle and the oncoming vehicle pass each other being relatively long to a smaller value than the initial deceleration in a case of the time being relatively short; and executing deceleration travel control of the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Akinobu Gotou, Satoshi Tange
  • Patent number: 11300683
    Abstract: A method for enabling light detection and ranging (LiDAR) scanning is provided. The method is performed by a system disposed or included in a vehicle. The method comprises receiving a first laser signal. The first laser signal has a first wavelength. The method further includes generating a second laser signal based on the first laser signal. The second laser signal has a second wavelength. The method further includes providing a plurality of third laser signals based on the second laser signal; and delivering a corresponding third laser signal of the plurality of third laser signals to a respective LiDAR scanner of the plurality of LiDAR scanners. Each of the LiDAR scanners are disposed at a separate location of the vehicle such that each of the LiDAR scanners is capable of scanning a substantial different spatial range from another LiDAR scanner. LiDAR systems can use multi-wavelength to provide other benefits as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Junwei Bao, Yimin Li, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11285942
    Abstract: A system includes a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to, upon determining a front threat number exceeds a threat threshold, determine a rear time to collision between a turning host vehicle and a target, and, upon determining that the rear time to collision is below a time threshold, actuate a component based on a rear threat number for the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Pontisakos, Alex Maurice Miller, Purushothaman Rayalsamy, Yuhao Liu
  • Patent number: 11279307
    Abstract: A seat arrangement for a vehicle includes a first seat including an airbag module having an inflatable airbag, and a second seat positionable adjacent to the first seat. The second seat includes a pivotable seatback that is pivotable between an upright use position and a forward pivoted position, and a movement mechanism associated with the seatback for moving the seatback from the use position to the pivoted position. The arrangement further includes a control system configured to actuate the movement mechanism to move the seatback of the second seat from the use position to the pivoted position when the second seat is unoccupied and upon detection of a potential vehicle impact, so that the airbag of the airbag module of the first seat may deploy between an occupant of the first seat and the seatback of the second seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mladen Humer
  • Patent number: 11273835
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle, having a driver monitoring device with a sensor device and with a first camera, an environment detection device with sensors for surroundings acquisition, a control unit and a classifier. Using the environment detection device and the classifier, traffic scenarios A and B may be classified. Using the driver monitoring device, it is possible to determine whether a direction of view of the driver is directed towards a traffic situation and whether the driver has their hands on a steering wheel of the vehicle. Using the control unit, it is possible, on the basis of information from the driver monitoring device and the environment detection device, to determine whether the driver is capable of resolving the traffic scenario classified as A or B within a response time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Hagen Stübing, Oliver Fochler
  • Patent number: 11260982
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a float bag comprising an air bladder configured to inflate when an aircraft lands in the water, a girt coupled to the air bladder and configured to attach the air bladder to the aircraft via at least one airframe fitting, and a load attenuator coupled to the girt and configured to be positioned between the girt and the airframe fitting when the float bag is attached to the aircraft, wherein the plurality of load attenuators are configured to mechanically deform in a progressive failure fashion from a first effective length to a second effective length greater than the first length in response to an applied tensile load on the load attenuators coupled to the plurality of girts and the aircraft airframe, wherein the load attenuators are selected to reduce the force with a total length that minimizes buoyancy depth of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Smith, Cheng-Ho Tho
  • Patent number: 11262452
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor device including a plurality of ultrasonic sensors and a control unit for operating the ultrasonic sensors, the control unit being configured to activate selectively either a first group of the ultrasonic sensors or a second group of the ultrasonic sensors at the same time, so that the activated ultrasonic sensors emit an ultrasonic signal, each ultrasonic sensor of the first group being situated adjacent to at least one ultrasonic sensor of the second group and each ultrasonic sensor of the second group being situated adjacent to at least one ultrasonic sensor of the first group, and the control unit being configured to operate adjacent active ultrasonic sensors using different frequency-modulated excitation patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Schmid, Michael Schumann
  • Patent number: 11254270
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using image analysis techniques to facilitate adjustments to vehicle components are disclosed. According to aspects, a computing device may access and analyze image data depicting an individual(s) within a vehicle, and in particular determine a positioning of the individual(s) within the vehicle. Based on the positioning, the computing device may determine how to adjust a vehicle component(s) to its optimal configuration, and may facilitate adjustment of the vehicle component(s) accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Yuntao Li, Dingchao Zhang, Jeffrey S. Myers
  • Patent number: 11254209
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle systems in a vehicle includes providing a steering wheel having a plurality of sensors configured to sense contact on the steering wheel. The steering wheel has a left zone and a right zone. The method includes determining a left contact value based on one or more signals received from at least one of the plurality of sensors. The left contact value indicates contact with the steering wheel within the left zone. The method includes determining a right contact value based on the one or more signals received from the at least one of the plurality of sensors. The right contact value indicates contact with the steering wheel within the right zone. The method includes determining a driver state index based on the left contact value and the right contact value and modifying control of the vehicle systems based on the driver state index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kin C. Fung, Timothy J. Dick
  • Patent number: 11254284
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a door sensor configured to detect opening and closing of a door; a radar provided in the vehicle and configured to acquire radar data regarding an object in the vehicle; a seatbelt sensor configured to detect a state of a seat belt provided on each seat of the vehicle; a seatbelt indicator configured to provide a notification regarding fastening of the seat belt; and a controller configured to control the radar in response to the opening and the closing of the door, perform a first check regarding the state of the seatbelt, check an occupancy and an occupied position of the object based on the radar data, identify a type of the object in the vehicle based on the radar data, and determine an operating state of the seatbelt indicator based on the type of the object and the occupied position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Yukyoung Sung
  • Patent number: 11235689
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle may include a seat-back actuator system, including a seat-back actuator configured to move a portion of a seat toward a back of an occupant of the vehicle during a collision in which the occupant is facing opposite a direction of travel of the vehicle. The seat-back actuator system may also include an actuator controller configured to receive a triggering signal indicative of one or more of an actual change in velocity of the vehicle, a predicted change in velocity of the vehicle, a collision, or a predicted collision, and cause the seat-back actuator to move the seat toward the back of the occupant. By moving the seat toward the back of the occupant, a maximum rate of change of velocity of the back of the person may be reduced, reducing the likelihood or severity of injury to the occupant due to the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Jost, Andrew John Piper, Andrew Frank Raczkowski, Kern Rameshwar Sharma
  • Patent number: 11230206
    Abstract: Methods and devices for adjusting the position of a seat in a vehicle are described herein. The methods include obtaining pressure values output by a plurality of sub-sensors; calculating a mean square value and an average value of the pressure values output by the sub-sensors; judging whether a ratio of the mean square value to the average value is greater than a preset value; obtaining pressure values output by a front pressure sensor, a rear pressure sensor, a left pressure sensor and a right pressure sensor when the ratio of the mean square value to the average value is greater than the preset value; adjusting fore-and-aft positions of the seat according to the pressure values output by the front pressure sensor and the rear pressure sensor; and adjusting lateral positions of the seat according to the pressure values output by the left pressure sensor and the right pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignees: BEIJING AUTOMOTIVE GROUP CO. LTD, BEIJING AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH INSTITUTE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuen Yin, Yue Liu, Wenwei Jia
  • Patent number: 11231496
    Abstract: Provided is a radar device and a rear seat detection method thereof, in which the method includes: (a) transmitting a radar signal in a form of a multi-channel high-speed FMCW to a periphery of the rear seat and receiving a signal reflected from a target by a transceiver; (b) detecting a motion of the passenger through a macro speed detection scheme by a signal processor; (c) detecting a change according to characteristics of the passenger through a micro speed detection scheme; and (d) determining, by a passenger detector, that the passenger is present on the rear seat when the motion or the change is detected in step (b) or step (c). Accordingly, a multi-channel high-speed FMCW radar waveform is employed to simultaneously detect the motion of the passenger detected through the macro speed detection scheme and a change caused by respiration of the passenger detected through the micro speed detection scheme, so that the passenger in the rear seat is accurately detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: DIGITAL EDGE INC.
    Inventors: Soo Ho Choi, Hee Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 11230246
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for monitoring a vehicle are disclosed. A vehicle monitoring system for monitoring a vehicle includes one or more processors and one or more computer storage media storing instructions that are operable, when executed by the one or more processors, to cause the one or more processors to perform operations. The operations include: receiving, from a vehicle occupancy monitor and by the vehicle monitoring system, vehicle occupancy data that indicates presence of a vehicle occupant; receiving, by the vehicle monitoring system and from a sensor, sensor data that indicates an attribute of the vehicle; analyzing, by the vehicle monitoring system, the vehicle occupancy data and the sensor data; and based on analyzing the vehicle occupancy data and the sensor data, performing a vehicle monitoring system action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Allison Beach, Andrew Scanlon, Matthew Daniel Correnti, Michael Kelly, Robert Nathan Picardi
  • Patent number: 11225257
    Abstract: A driving assistance method includes: extracting a point where a travel lane of a host vehicle joins another lane on a planned travel route of the host vehicle, as a high difficulty point where autonomous driving is difficult; and guiding switching of a traveling state of the host vehicle from autonomous driving to manual driving, at a point located at a predetermined distance before the high difficulty point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Takeshi Okuyama, Yuki Kakuda, Junichi Hatayama
  • Patent number: 11220260
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a safety equipment controlling apparatus of a vehicle may include an acceleration sensor, a collision detection sensor, a brake controller, a steering controller, an airbag, a seat belt actuator, and a control circuit electrically connected to the acceleration sensor, the collision detection sensor, the brake controller, the steering controller, the airbag, and the seat belt actuator. The control circuit may be configured to obtain a longitudinal acceleration and a lateral acceleration, which are generated by a brake of the brake controller and a steering of the steering controller, using the acceleration sensor and to calculate a predicted behavior of a user of the vehicle, based on the longitudinal acceleration and the lateral acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Myeong Jang, Se Kyung Choi, Min Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 11220215
    Abstract: An image capture device is mounted in a vehicle. The image capture device includes: an image capture unit; and a setting unit that sets an image capture condition for each region of the image capture unit each having a plurality of pixels, or for each pixel, based upon at least one of a state exterior to the vehicle and a state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akiko Shiga, Toru Miyakoshi, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Akira Kinoshita, Kaoru Yoshino, Hitomi Naganuma, Takashi Kuriyama, Koichi Fukuda, Yuki Kita, Koji Nagaoka, Tomoya Nakagawa, Masakazu Sekiguchi, Takashi Shionoya
  • Patent number: 11216006
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a robot including: a spherical shell; a cart in the spherical shell, the cart including a plurality of wheels rotatable to move the cart along an inner surface of the spherical shell; a sensor coupled to the cart, the sensor configured to provide an inertial measurement of the cart; a motion encoder configured to measure an angular velocity of each wheel of the plurality of wheels; and a localizer configured to determine a location of the robot, based on the angular velocities of the plurality of wheels and the inertial measurement of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN
    Inventors: Gim Song Soh, Shaohui Foong, Kevin Otto, Akash Vibhute, Kristin Wood
  • Patent number: 11217083
    Abstract: The Intelligent Car Seat Camera Monitor is an alarm system. The Intelligent Car Seat Camera Monitor is constructed for use with a child car seat. Intelligent Car Seat Camera Monitor: a) detects when a child occupies the car seat; b) detects the driver side door opening; c) and deploys an audible alarm. The Intelligent Car Seat Camera Monitor comprises of a CPU, camera module, display, speaker, door sensor, and control buttons. The speaker activates a loud audible alarm when the camera has detected a child and the driver's door has been opened. The Intelligent Car Seat Camera Monitor utilizes real-time machine learning and model training to detect the child in the car seat, and it can be retrained to improve accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Kristopher Luo
  • Patent number: 11205335
    Abstract: A lanyard device (10) having a flexible neck cord (12) and at least one strain sensor (30) arranged for sensing strain in the flexible neck cord; and a personal lanyard monitoring system including the lanyard device (10). A position recognition unit (52) is configured for comparing strain data obtained from the at least one strain sensor (30) to predetermined strain data, and recognizing a position of the flexible neck cord (12) in dependence on a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Lifeline Systems Company
    Inventor: Chaitanya Dongre
  • Patent number: 11198437
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that perform threat zone assessment in a host vehicle are provided. The method includes detecting a target vehicle in a nonadjacent lane with respect to the host vehicle, determining dimensions of the detected target vehicle, a type of the detected target vehicle, and geometry of a road on which the detected target vehicle and the host vehicle are traveling, calculating the threat zone based on the dimensions of the detected target vehicle, the type of the detected target vehicle, or the geometry of the road on which the detected target vehicle and the host vehicle are traveling, and controlling the host vehicle to avoid the calculated threat zone by accelerating the host vehicle, decelerating the host vehicle, or aborting a lane change by the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gurhari Singh, Alaeddin Bani Milhim, Paul A. Adam, Reza Zarringhalam, Amir Takhmar, Mark Gazda, Shaun C. Bowman, Joseph M. Burdge
  • Patent number: 11194057
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a transceiver, an antenna and a processor. The transceiver may be configured to send/receive data messages to/from a plurality of vehicles. The antenna may be configured to receive signals from GNSS satellites. The processor may be configured to (i) determine a first region based on relative coordinates calculated using the data messages, (ii) determine a second region calculated using the signals received from the GNSS satellites, (iii) determine whether a pre-determined amount of the first region to the second region overlap and (iv) increase a confidence level of a positional accuracy of the plurality of vehicles if the pre-determined amount of the first region and the second region overlap. One of the vehicles implements one or more automatic responses based on the confidence level of the positional accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventors: Olof Eriksson, Tobias Aderum
  • Patent number: 11187291
    Abstract: An electric brake device to be mounted on a vehicle includes a rotating body, a friction member, an electric motor, a piston, an operation conversion mechanism, an actuator, and a controller. The operation conversion mechanism is configured to include a rotating member and a linear motion member. The controller is configured to selectively execute a standby control of causing the linear motion member to stand by at a standby position where a clearance between the friction member and the rotating body is not larger than a backlash between a male screw and a female screw, and a backward movement control of moving the linear motion member backward to a backward movement position where the clearance is allowed to be equal to or more than the backlash, in a case where there is no braking force request for the electric brake device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoji Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 11160211
    Abstract: A grass mower includes a frame that extends in a front/rear direction of a machine body, a mower deck supported to/under the frame, the mower deck extending in a transverse direction of the machine body, a side edge of the mower deck protruding laterally from the machine body, a tilt detector for detecting a rolling angle of the machine body, a display device for displaying the rolling angle, a first informing device for effecting a first informing for calling attention to grass scraping by the side edge when a rolling angle detected by the tilt detector exceeds a first tilt angle and a second informing device for effecting a second informing for calling attention to traveling danger when the rolling angle detected by the tilt detector exceeds a second tilt angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Aoki, Akira Minoura
  • Patent number: 11148636
    Abstract: A system for detecting seatbelt routing includes: a state module configured to, based on a series of images over a period of time from a camera of a vehicle facing a seat, determine and output a routing state of a seatbelt of the seat; and a remediation module configured to, based on the routing state of the seatbelt of the seat, selectively perform at least one remedial action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Thomas, Michael Baltaxe, Kobi Nistel, Ruben Mergui
  • Patent number: 11151878
    Abstract: An instant traffic condition warning method comprises the following steps. A controller receives a vehicle distance value and a vehicle velocity value, and the controller determines whether the vehicle distance value is less than a distance threshold. When the vehicle distance value is less than the distance threshold, the controller determines whether the vehicle velocity value is larger than a velocity threshold. When the vehicle velocity value is larger than the velocity threshold, a warning element generates a warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Cheng-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 11151399
    Abstract: An alignment system comprises a first diffractive optical element comprising an image and a laser source. The image is visible when the laser source is viewed from a desired field of view through the diffractive optical element. The laser source may be configured to produce a beam of light that will extend through at least a portion of the first diffractive optical element, thereby illuminating the image. The first diffractive optical element and the laser source may be disposed in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, Winston D. Carr, Adam R. Heintzelman, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Patent number: 11142039
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and a computer program product for adjusting a plurality of environmental conditions of a vehicle based on a plurality of environmental conditions of an expected destination is provided. The present invention may include monitoring the plurality of environmental conditions of a vehicle by utilizing at least one vehicle device sensor. The present invention may then include retrieving the plurality of environmental conditions of an expected destination of the vehicle. The present invention may also include determining a delta between the monitored plurality of environmental conditions of the vehicle and the retrieved plurality of environmental conditions of the expected destination of the vehicle. The present invention may further include adjusting, over a gradual period of time, the monitored plurality of environmental conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim, Shikhar Kwatra, Martin G. Keen
  • Patent number: 11135899
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device, system and method for CO2 monitoring. To enable continuous monitoring at low cost and in a simple manner, the device comprises a signal input (10) for obtaining one or more monitoring signals (20) of a monitored area, a breathing monitor (11) for determining one or more breathing parameters (21) of one or more subjects present in the monitored area from the obtained one or more monitoring signals, and a CO2 estimation unit (12) for estimating the CO2 level (22) in the monitored area based on the determined one or more breathing parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Albertus Cornelis Den Brinker, Vincent Jeanne, Michel Jozef Agnes Asselman, Koray Karakaya, Gerrit Maria Kersten, Christian Andreas Tiemann, Murtaza Bulut
  • Patent number: 11127152
    Abstract: An indoor monitoring device includes: an image obtainment unit obtaining a captured image obtained by imaging an inside of a cabin of a vehicle by an imaging unit; and a position detection unit determining whether or not an occupant's head is present in the captured image, detecting a size of the head, a head position of the head, and a key point position of a key point other than the head of the occupant in the captured image in a case where the head is present in the captured image, and detecting a seating position of the occupant in the cabin based on the size of the head, the head position, and the key point position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Fujii, Godai Tanaka, Yoshiaki Tomatsu
  • Patent number: 11124153
    Abstract: A driver condition estimation device includes an estimation unit configured to trigger an event that a webbing of a seat belt device is retracted, and to estimate a condition of a driver based on an amount of retraction of the webbing in the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Kenji Narumi
  • Patent number: 11124143
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a capture device and a processor. The capture device may be configured to generate a plurality of video frames corresponding to an area outside of a vehicle. The processor may be configured to perform operations to detect objects in the video frames, determine whether a potential collision is unavoidable based on the objects detected in the video frames and generate a signal if the potential collision is unavoidable. The signal may be configured to move a position of a seat in the vehicle. The position of the seat may be moved before an impact corresponding to the potential collision occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Ambarella International LP
    Inventor: Anthony Pertsel
  • Patent number: 11104284
    Abstract: A method for controlling an actuatable restraining device includes sensing a plurality of crash event indications in response to a crash event. The method also includes classifying the crash event in response to comparing the sensed crash event indications against one another to identify an oblique moving deformable barrier crash event. The method further includes controlling deployment timing of the actuatable restraining device in response to the classification of the crash event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: ZF ACTIVE SAFETY AND ELECTRONICS US LLC
    Inventors: Charles A. Bartlett, Huahn Yeh, Raymond David, Kim Kyoungwang, Sonia Gupta, Masashi Nagai, Kyeora Lee, Yuxiao Wu
  • Patent number: 11107303
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining whether or not a crash involving a vehicle has occurred. A computing device may receive acceleration measurement(s) measured by one or more accelerometers during a time window. The computing device may determine, for one or more acceleration measurements, a corresponding acceleration magnitude. Based on the corresponding acceleration magnitude(s), the computing device may identify, from the acceleration measurement(s), an acceleration measurement and/or may determine whether the acceleration magnitude exceeds a threshold acceleration magnitude. The computing device may corroborate whether a vehicle associated with the mobile computing device was involved in a crash. Data associated with the acceleration magnitude and/or an event, such as a crash event, may be transmitted to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Kyle Patrick Schmitt, Pratheek M. Harish, Venu Madhav Tammali, Larry Layne, Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11100329
    Abstract: A system for video processing includes a ranging system hardware interface, a vehicle bus interface, and a processor. The ranging system hardware interface is configured to receive ranging system data and/or ranging system metadata. The a vehicle bus interface is configured to receive vehicle bus data and vehicle bus metadata sent from a ranging system. The processor is configured to determine video data of interest based at least in part on the ranging system data and the ranging system metadata. The ranging system data and/or the ranging system metadata data includes information not included in the vehicle bus data and vehicle bus metadata sent from the ranging system via the vehicle bus interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Hoye
  • Patent number: 11091166
    Abstract: A vehicle having one or more cameras, configured to record one or more images of a driver of the vehicle. The camera(s) can be configured to send biometric image data derived from the image(s). The vehicle can include a computing system configured to receive the biometric data and to determine a risk score of the driver based on the received biometric data and an AI technique, such as an ANN or a decision tree. The received biometric data or a derivative thereof can be input for the AI technique. The computing system can also be configured to transmit the risk score of the driver to the customer so that the customer can decide whether to book the vehicle for a ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Richard Noel Bielby
  • Patent number: 11084424
    Abstract: A video image output apparatus includes a video image data acquisition unit, a motion detection unit, a state determination unit and a video image control unit. The video image data acquisition unit acquires an occupant image obtained by picking up an occupant in a vehicle. The motion detection unit detects a movement of the occupant based on the acquired occupant image. The video image control unit generates a display image such that at least a part of the display image is displayed in a predetermined form when the state determination unit determines that a motion amount of the occupant is equal to or greater to than a reference value, and generates the display image such that the occupant image is displayed only for a predetermined time when the state determination unit determines that the motion amount of the occupant is less than the reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Takeuchi, Masaru Negishi
  • Patent number: 11084442
    Abstract: A method for adapting a triggering algorithm of a personal restraint device of a vehicle is described. The method includes at least one step of reading in and a step of outputting. In the step of reading in, an object signal is read in that represents a recognition of a mobile object situated in the area of a person in the vehicle during a trip. In the step of outputting, a control signal is outputted that is designed to modify the triggering algorithm of the personal restraint device using the object signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Patent number: 11074767
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining whether or not a crash involving a vehicle has occurred. The acceleration of the vehicle may be measured using, for example, an accelerometer of a mobile device, which may be located inside the vehicle. The system may determine the magnitude of each accelerometer measurement and whether the magnitude exceeds one or more acceleration magnitude thresholds. The system may also determine the number of accelerometer events within a time window and whether the number exceeds one or more count thresholds. The system may determine whether a crash involving the vehicle has occurred based on the magnitudes of acceleration, number of acceleration events, and various thresholds. In some examples, the system may confirm that a crash has occurred based on, for example, the location of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jared S. Snyder, Dana Ferguson, Grady Irey
  • Patent number: 11066030
    Abstract: A method for controlling at least one occupant protection device for a vehicle in the case of a collision, including determining input data which represent an ignition time of an airbag of the vehicle, an angular frequency of the collision, an available displacement path of a vehicle occupant relative to the vehicle, a mass of the vehicle occupant of the vehicle, a distance of the vehicle occupant from the airbag, and an inflation time duration of the airbag; ascertaining a restraint force using the input data. The restraint force represents a force that can be provided by the at least one occupant protection device and that is suitable to minimize an occupant energy of the vehicle occupant up until the end of the collision; and providing a control signal for controlling the at least one occupant protection device, the control signal being produced using the restraint force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Kolatschek, Gunther Lang
  • Patent number: 11066077
    Abstract: A vehicle-initiated cadenced operator interaction system introduces an operational concept to a vehicle operator via a machine-initiated interaction. Thereafter, interaction is initiated by the industrial vehicle according to a cadence that provides a gap between interactions so that the operator can demonstrate the behavior associated with the introduced concept. The vehicle controller actively analyzes industrial vehicle data associated with the content of the interaction(s), and evaluates the data against pre-defined operational criteria to determine whether the operator is demonstrating the appropriate skill/behavior associated with the interaction(s). Responsive to the operator's demonstrated ability, the system can modify operation of the vehicle to tune the industrial vehicle to the operator. The system can also extend to the operating environment, by interacting with electronic devices, vehicles, machines, etc., in the operating environment to tune the environment to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Philip W. Swift, Sebastian Theos, Luying Sun, Christian Molnar, James Kraimer
  • Patent number: 11059348
    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. 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Lin Yu, Mary Clover Apelian
  • Patent number: 11052912
    Abstract: The invention relates to a driver-assistance device for assisting with driving a motor vehicle (1) following a road (2), this device comprising: a sensor suitable for acquiring a signal representative of the presence of an obstacle in the interior of a detection field (110) of this sensor, and a control module that is programmed to control a driver-assistance function for assisting with driving the motor vehicle, depending on the signal acquired by said sensor, and: a) to detect, on the basis of a position of the motor vehicle and of characteristics of said road, a section (20) of this road located outside of the detection field of said sensor, and b) in case of detection of this road section, to control said driver-assistance function while taking into account the potential presence of an obstacle on said road section. An associated driver-assistance method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Alexandre Garnault, Thomas Heitzmann, Paulo Resende, Benazouz Bradai, Charles-Henri Quivy