Control Of Vehicle Safety Devices (e.g., Airbag, Seat-belt, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/45)
  • Patent number: 10988103
    Abstract: A knee airbag apparatus for an autonomous vehicle, wherein a first cushion and a second cushion are deployed toward the knees of a passenger and a third cushion is deployed toward the feet and shins of the passenger according to a collision mode (head-on collision, offset collision or oblique collision) and a position (normal position or relaxation position) of a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tae Oh Oh, Jae Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10981527
    Abstract: An impact motion tracking system for tracking an object in a three-dimensional space includes a motion tracking sensor that includes a housing, a magnetic measurement module, an inertial measurement module, and a transmitter module, which generates magnetic fields. The magnetic measurement module measures magnetic fields generated by the transmitter module and has a fixed orientation with the object. The inertial measurement module measures a linear acceleration or an angular acceleration and has a fixed positional relationship with the object. An electronic processor receives measured signals from the motion tracking sensor and derives an impact motion information for the object based on received measured signals from the inertial measurement module. The electronic processor derives a magnetic motion information for the object based on received measured signals from the magnetic measurement module and periodically calibrates impact motion information with magnetic motion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Kistler Holding AG
    Inventors: Roderick Verschut, Thomas Warkentin, David Stein
  • Patent number: 10974730
    Abstract: A method of on-line diagnostic and prognostic assessment of an autonomous vehicle perception system includes detecting, via a sensor, a physical parameter of an object external to the vehicle. The method also includes communicating data representing the physical parameter via the sensor to an electronic controller. The method additionally includes comparing the data from the sensor to data representing the physical parameter generated by a geo-source model. The method also includes comparing results generated by a perception software during analysis of the data from the sensor to labels representing the physical parameter from the geo-source model. Furthermore, the method includes generating a prognostic assessment of a ground truth for the physical parameter of the object using the comparisons of the sensor data to the geo-source model data and of the software results to the geo-source model labels. A system for on-line assessment of the vehicle perception system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yao Hu, Wen-Chiao Lin, Wei Tong, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Patent number: 10967831
    Abstract: A seatbelt retractor device includes a pre-tensioner section, and a force limiter section that can change a magnitude of a load at which to start reducing tension of the retracted seatbelt. A seatbelt control ECU activates the pre-tensioner section when a deceleration G detected by a floor sensor exceeds a first threshold, and acquires a collision velocity from a radar device and sets a second threshold value to a lower value the greater the collision velocity. The seatbelt control ECU controls the starting load for tension reduction by the force limiter section to be a high load when the deceleration G has exceeded the second threshold within a determination time period after activation of the pre-tensioner section, and controls the starting load for tension reduction to be a low load when which the deceleration G has not exceeded the second threshold within the determination time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Fujinami, Yusuke Mase
  • Patent number: 10960816
    Abstract: A vehicle engine sound control system identifies a vehicle driver by a driver smartphone or a driver biometric information detecting sensor and analyzes the music to which the identified driver listens with the driver smartphone or a vehicle infotainment system. A traveling pattern of the driver is analyze by applying any one among a vehicle, a GPS, a road, and weather as a condition. A driver propensity engine sound pattern is generated as a result value by learning at least any one information among a driver identifying unit, a music analyzing unit, and a travel analyzing unit. The engine sound is adjusted and output based the result value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong-Chul Lee, In-Soo Jung
  • Patent number: 10962637
    Abstract: A radar data processing device includes at least one analog-to-digital converter (ADC) configured to digitize a plurality of input signals, wherein each input signal includes radar chirp and radar chirp reflection information received at one of a plurality of receiver antennas. The radar data processing device also includes Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) logic configured to generate FFT output samples based on each digitized input signal, wherein at least some of the generated FFT output samples are across antenna FFT output samples associated with at least two of the plurality of receiver antennas. The radar data processing device also includes a processor configured to determine a plurality of object parameters based on at least some of the generated FFT output samples, wherein the processor uses a neural network classifier trained to provide a confidence metric for at least one of the plurality of object parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sachin Bharadwaj, Jr., Sandeep Rao
  • Patent number: 10953895
    Abstract: A method of providing a collision warning within a vehicle comprises detecting an object and determining the distance to the object, identifying when a driver is distracted and measuring the time that the driver has been distracted, calculating an actual time to collision, modifying first and second pre-determined time to collision thresholds based on information from the driver monitoring system and creating first and second modified time to collision thresholds, comparing the actual time to collision to the first and second modified time to collision thresholds, sending a signal to a driver interface to provide an initial warning to the driver when the actual time to collision is less than the first modified time to collision threshold, and sending a signal to the driver interface to provide an imminent collision warning to the driver when the actual time to collision is less than the second modified time to collision threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William L. Kozlowski, Paul A. Adam
  • Patent number: 10911916
    Abstract: An integrated Web Server based vehicle management system, with Smart Electronics Registration Plate or a Smart Electronics License Plate for e-governance in Department of Motor Vehicles, law enforcement, emergency medical care, toll collection, vehicle theft detection, vehicle accident monitoring, vehicle plate and power tampering, and vehicle hijacking prevention, and ‘Amber’ alerts assistance. The Smart Electronics Registration plate uses Electrophoretic reflective display known as Electronic Ink, E-Ink, e-paper, CLEARink, requiring no power to maintain display, and conforms to present day Registration Plate or License Plate form and size with added features. System supports a smartphone based App with map to enable all the above functions to assist drivers, DMV, Police, and ER personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Shiv Prakash Verma, Chandra Shekhar Khare
  • Patent number: 10910815
    Abstract: An electronic control unit having a self-diagnosis function is realized in which an operation processing section is capable of identifying not only the presence or absence of the occurrence of NG of disconnection, an earth fault, and a power fault, but also three states of NG, OK, and indetermination. Therefore, when a diagnosis opportunity is present, a mask signal maintains a state of Not Mask even if the mask signal is subsequently brought into a mask state. When an operation processing device requests a drive circuit for communication therewith, the mask signal is set to the state of Mask, and information stored in a register is cleared. Further, when the mask signal is in the state of Mask when the operation processing device performs communication with the drive circuit, the operation processing device is capable of identifying that an indeterminate state free of the opportunity of the diagnosis is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayasu Matsushita, Yoshihisa Fujii
  • Patent number: 10885724
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing near real-time communication, such as a warning/notification, to a user based on analysis of various user and vehicle telematic data. The system includes a user with a wearable human telematic sensor providing telematic data about the wearer. Also, the system and method includes at least one vehicle telematic sensor configured to provide telematic data about the vehicle and/or surrounding environment. The various telematic data is communicated and processed to provide a notification back to the user such as a potential safety hazard. The safety hazard may be based upon sensed data specific to the user, specific to the vehicle, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Matthew James Manzella, Alinawaz Ismaili
  • Patent number: 10870427
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a camera, a non-vision sensor and a control having at least one data processor. The camera is disposed at a vehicle and has a field of view at least forward of the vehicle. The non-vision sensor is disposed at the vehicle and has a field of sensing at least forward of the vehicle. The control, responsive at least in part to processing at the control of captured image data captured sensor data, determines a fault of the camera or of the non-vision sensor. Responsive to determination of the fault of the camera or of the non-vision sensor, the control wirelessly communicates an alert to a remote processor that is located remote from the vehicle and that is not part of the vehicle. Responsive to receipt of the communicated alert, the remote processor at least in part assumes control of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Krishna Koravadi
  • Patent number: 10866113
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate generally to identifying and displaying traffic lanes that are available for autonomous driving. This information may be displayed to a driver of a vehicle having an autonomous driving mode, in order to inform the driver of where he or she can use the autonomous driving mode. In one example, the display may visually distinguishing between lanes that are available for auto-drive from those that are not. The display may also include an indicator of the position of a lane (autodrive or not) currently occupied by the vehicle. In addition, if that lane is an autodrive lane the display may include information indicating how much further the vehicle may continue in the autonomous driving mode in that particular lane. The display may also display information indicating the remaining autodrive distance in other lanes as well as the lane with the greatest remaining autodrive distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Philip Nemec, Brian Douglas Cullinane, Manuel Christian Clement, Robertus Christianus Elisabeth Mariet
  • Patent number: 10855307
    Abstract: A battery-operated device comprises: a first battery cell having a voltage; a second battery cell having a voltage; a first anti-aliasing filter operable to be coupled to the first battery cell; a second anti-aliasing filter operable to be coupled to the second battery cell; an analog-to-digital converter operable to be coupled to the first anti-aliasing filter during a first period of time or the second anti-aliasing filter during a second period of time different than the first period of time; and wherein the second anti-aliasing filter is charged during the first period of time and the first anti-aliasing filter is charged during the second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Vishnu Ravinuthula, Kyl Scott
  • Patent number: 10852725
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for executing an event pertaining to a vehicle and a user of the vehicle are presented. In some embodiments, a includes (a) detecting that a motion state of the vehicle is in a first state, (b) detecting a condition that warrants a change in the motion state of the vehicle to a second state, and (c) detecting the user of the vehicle's engagement in an activity that potentially impairs the user from performing an action to change the motion state of the vehicle to the second state. The method also includes, detecting the condition, and (c) detecting the user of the vehicle's engagement in the activity, executing an event to facilitate the change in the motion state of the vehicle to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Juan Pablo Samper, Serge Nikulin, Xiufeng Song
  • Patent number: 10856392
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a light source driving device, and the light source driving device comprises a sensing unit and a processing unit, wherein the sensing unit at least comprises a microwave sensing module; the sensing unit is at least used for sensing whether any human activity exists within the action range based on microwave sensing according to a certain microwave sensing cycle, and periodically outputting a sensing signal to the processing unit; and the processing unit is used for processing the sensing signal, so that the driving device can adaptively control the turn-on and turn-off of the light source and the brightness change of the light source. Based on this, a dynamic intelligent light source driving device without a user's turn-on and turn-off action and based on environmental state sensing is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU GUANGJU INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Hu, Yongming Deng, Ping Liu
  • Patent number: 10843706
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle control apparatus capable of making a vehicle run by automated driving. The vehicle control apparatus can include a notification unit configured to notify a course change inside and/or outside the vehicle, and a control unit. The control unit can switch the control of the notification unit stepwise in a case in which the course change is necessary before a predetermined point during the automated driving. At a first stage, the notification unit can notify the course change on condition that the state in which the course change is enabled is set. At a second stage at which the vehicle is closer to the predetermined point than at the first stage, the notification unit can notify the course change without condition that the state in which the course change is enabled is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigehiro Honda, Kanta Tsuji, Jun Ibuka, Riho Harada
  • Patent number: 10845210
    Abstract: A sensor interface operates to communicate a sensed quantity along one or more processing pathways and in different data representations. The signal representations can be swapped along one or more locations of the signal processing branches. These branches are independent from one another and combined at an interface component for transmission along a single path or node for a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christian Reidl, Wolfgang Granig, Harald Witschnig, Dirk Hammerschmidt
  • Patent number: 10838415
    Abstract: Some embodiments include methods for customizing operation of the robotic vehicle for an operator. Such embodiments may include identifying a current operator of the robotic vehicle, configuring the robotic vehicle based on metadata associated with an operator profile for the operator, determining whether the operator has changed, and if so, identifying the new operator, deriving updated preference-based settings and performance-based settings for the new operator, and updating configurations of the robotic vehicle accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: John Anthony Dougherty, Rizwan Ahmed, Stephen Marc Chaves, Aleksandr Kushleyev, Paul Daniel Martin, Daniel Warren Mellinger, III, Michael Joshua Shomin, Michael Franco Taveira, Matthew Hyatt Turpin, Travis Van Schoyck
  • Patent number: 10841364
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include identifying a sending computer system and a receiving computer system. The method may also include receiving a request from the sending computer system for a receptiveness value of the receiving computer system, where the receptiveness value indicates openness of the receiving computer system to interruption. The method may also include determining a current state of the receiving computer system. The method may also include determining a known state of the receiving computer system. The method may also include calculating a known state receptiveness value. The method may also include analyzing the current state and the known state to determine whether the current state is equivalent to the known state. The method may also include calculating the receptiveness value for the receiving computer system. The method may also include transmitting computer instructions for displaying the receptiveness value to the sending computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Carey, Bradley L. Manning, Drew C. Varner, Charles J. Volzka
  • Patent number: 10829072
    Abstract: A method and system for determining a size and pose of an occupant (305, 310, 315) within a vehicle interior. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving one or more images (FIG. 3) of a vehicle interior from a camera (114). The method also includes classifying interior regions (130, 132, 134, 136, 138) of the vehicle interior (100) in the one or more images. The method also includes identifying an occupant (305, 310, 315) in the one or more images based on the classification of the interior regions (130, 132, 134, 136, 138) of the vehicle interior (100). The method also includes determining a size range of the occupant (305, 310, 315) based on the classification (404) of the interior regions of the vehicle interior (100). The method also includes determining a pose of the occupant (305, 310, 315) based on the classification (404) of the interior regions of the vehicle interior (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: James Stephen Miller, Patrick Graf
  • Patent number: 10821983
    Abstract: Described herein are devices, systems, and methods for managing the power consumption of an automotive vehicle, and thereby for optimizing the power consumption of the vehicle. The devices and systems for managing the power consumption of the vehicle typically include power management logic that can calculate an applied power for the vehicle engine based on information provided from the external environment of the vehicle, the operational status of the vehicle, one or more command inputs from a driver, and one or more operational parameters of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: INVENTLY AUTOMOTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Martin Koebler, Nicole G. Goldstein, Stephen J. Brown, Jason H. Harper
  • Patent number: 10821987
    Abstract: A LIDAR sensor is mountable to a vehicle exterior with a field of view including a vehicle interior view first portion and a vehicle exterior view first portion. Data can be received from the LIDAR sensor. A state of a vehicle occupant can be determined based at least in part on data from the LIDAR sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: James Robert McBride
  • Patent number: 10817735
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a method of controlling one or more sensors on a moving vehicle that is executable by one or more computing devices. The one or more computing devices may detect a first surface at a first location and a second surface at a second location using the one or more sensors. The second surface may be classified as a target of interest. Then the one or more computing devices may determine one or more timing characteristics of the one or more sensors based on a pose or motion of the one or more sensors relative to the first location of the first surface and the second location of the second surface. Then, the one or more computing devices may control the one or more sensors to capture data according to the determined one or more timing characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Brian Edmond Brewington, Stephane Belmon, Alexander Cooper
  • Patent number: 10816987
    Abstract: Acceleration determination for controlling a vehicle, such as an autonomous vehicle, is described. In an example, objects in an environment of the vehicle are identified and a probability that each object will impact travel of the vehicle is determined. Individual accelerations for responding to each object may also be determined. Weighting factors for each of the accelerations may also be determined based on the probabilities. A control acceleration may be determined based on the weighting factors and the accelerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Abishek Krishna Akella, Janek Hudecek
  • Patent number: 10818155
    Abstract: A device for detecting a being left within a vehicle includes a sensor that detects when a being (e.g. a pet, a child, etc.) is within a vehicle and the operator of the vehicle has moved away from the vehicle by more than, for example five feet. Upon detection of such, the device emits a sound to notify others nearby of the being that was left within the vehicle. The sound is preferably different than a sound of a typical vehicle theft alarm system. In a preferred embodiment, determination that the operator has left the vehicle is by a loss of a signal from a personal transmitter that is attached to the operator's key ring or worn by the operator. After moving away from the vehicle by more than five feet, the signal from the personal transmitter decreases and initiates determination if a being remains within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ancer, LLC
    Inventors: Carol Staninger, Andrew W. Oravecz, John Head, III, Richard Paul Spehr, Suzanne Spehr
  • Patent number: 10814744
    Abstract: An electronic device for detecting the presence of an occupant on board a vehicle includes an audio sensor to acquire sound-sensing signals on board the vehicle. A movement sensor acquires movement-sensing signals associated with movement of the vehicle and an environmental sensor acquires environmental-sensing signals on board the vehicle. A processing unit is coupled to the audio sensor, movement sensor, and environmental sensor processes the respective sound-sensing signals, movement-sensing signals, and environmental-sensing signals to monitor the presence on board the vehicle of the occupant and the absence of a responsible person to determine a situation of danger and to activate a corresponding alarm warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.r.l.
    Inventors: Andrea Labombarda, Eleon Borlini, Livio Gasparetto
  • Patent number: 10807604
    Abstract: A vehicle may include: a sensor configured to detect an object in a vicinity of the vehicle; a driver state detector configured to identify a driver state of a driver of the vehicle; and a controller operably coupled to the sensor and the driver state detector, the controller configured to determine whether the driver is incapable of controlling the vehicle based on the identified driver state, and to determine a driving stop position and a driving stop timing based on at least one of a type of a road on which the vehicle is driving and a driving environment of the vehicle when it is determined that the driver is incapable of controlling the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Donghyuk Kim
  • Patent number: 10810853
    Abstract: A system, method, and device for protecting a vehicle occupant over a computerized network. There is an electronic seat pad with an occupant sensor, a driver sensor control module that detects proximity a driver's portable electronic computing device relative to the vehicle; and a key-location sensor that detects proximity of a vehicle key to the vehicle. There is a system management module that determines alert statuses and sends alert and safety notifications to a remote notification device, which automatically registers an alert if a threshold level of safety notifications are not received. There may be pressure, temperature, signal strength, CO2, IR, and other sensors. There is a state library that may be updated to identify additional dangerous states based on sensor readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: LIVES MATTER, INC.
    Inventors: Susan Rogers, Shane McKenna, Orlin Max Wetzker
  • Patent number: 10802276
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display system included in a device for traveling a path between at least two distinct points and for using at least one heading datum, wherein the display system comprises at least: an image sensor configured to acquire environmental images during the path traveled by the device; an image processing module capable of determining the drift of the device in real time; a module for determining information that is representative of the route taken by the device, a module for real-time determination of the true heading followed by the device from the information that is representative of the route and the drift of the device, a module for returning to the user information that is representative of the true heading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Dumas, Thierry Ganille, Bruno Aymeric
  • Patent number: 10787104
    Abstract: A conveyance seat unit lessens a neck load applied to an occupant based on body shape, sex, or the like of the occupant when a rear load acts on a conveyance. The conveyance seat unit includes: a seat having a support portion that supports the occupant from behind; a state adjustment mechanism configured to adjust a state of a neck load adjustment portion, of the support portion, that affects the neck load applied to the occupant when the rear load acts on the conveyance; and an electronic control unit (ECU) that controls the state adjustment mechanism. The ECU acquires occupant information on the body and the sex of the occupant and controls the state adjustment mechanism according to the acquired occupant information to change the state of the neck load adjustment portion, which has been adjusted by the state adjustment mechanism, according to the content of the occupant information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Niitsuma, Naoki Tamura
  • Patent number: 10777856
    Abstract: A battery pack safety system for a battery powered vehicle includes a vehicle battery pack having at least one battery cell positioned in a bay of a frame. Multiple sensors are each supported by the frame. A safety module in communication with each of the multiple sensors collects an output of each of the sensors for transmission to a vehicle computer unit. A safety module power supply provides backup power for operation of the multiple sensors and the safety module when an electrical charge of the battery pack is unavailable. A warning module is in communication with the safety module. The warning module when initiated by a signal from the safety module in response to an output signal generated by any of the multiple sensors energizes a signaling device providing external vehicle indication of a status of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Brion Stachewicz, Cumhur Ünveren, Indraneel Krishna Page
  • Patent number: 10776633
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus processes an image captured by an imager. The image processing apparatus includes a detector configured to detect a body positioned within a predetermined distance from the imager; and a determiner configured to calculate an inclination of the body based on information indicating a distance from the imager to points surrounding the detected body, and determine a type of the body based on the inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Genki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10769457
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system and method that detects an airborne object and determines a driving action based on the airborne object. The system comprises one or more sensors; one or more processors; a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the system to perform detecting an airborne object within a detection radius of a vehicle. In response to detecting the airborne object, the system performs tracking the airborne object to obtain 3-D coordinate information of the airborne object at distinct times, determining a probability that the airborne object will collide with the one or more sensors based on the 3-D coordinate information, determining a driving action of a vehicle based on the determined probability, and performing the driving action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Pony Al Inc.
    Inventors: Peter G. Diehl, Robert Dingli
  • Patent number: 10759369
    Abstract: A method of controlling an active seatbelt includes checking whether a seatbelt is fastened, collecting driving information from a sensor or driving assist/safety system installed in a vehicle, determining a safety state of the vehicle based on the driving information, checking whether an airbag is deployed, and outputting a motor control signal for restraint control of the seatbelt in response to the safety state when the airbag is not deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoon Soo Jang
  • Patent number: 10759379
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to adjusting a shear pin to minimize an impact force felt by an object in a collision with a vehicle. For example, one or more second computing devices may receive, from one or more first computing devices, information indicating that an impact with an object is imminent. In response to the received information, the second computing devices may determine a first shear force for a first shear pin, wherein the first shear force is a desired amount of shear force necessary to break the first shear pin. The second computing devices may send a triggering signal to activate an actuator prior to an impact with the identified impact target. The actuator, in response to receiving the triggering signal, may adjust the first shear pin in a first pinhole, so the first shear pin will break at the first shear force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Felix Jose Alvarez Rivera, Atul Gupta, Thomas Daniel, Daniel Lynn Larner
  • Patent number: 10757758
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heating system for heating a living being, for instance, a person (2) within a vehicle (1) being preferentially a hybrid car or an electric car. The heating system comprises an infrared laser system (5, 6) for illuminating the living being with infrared laser light, thereby heating the living being. Thus, heating radiation is used, which has a high collimation and which can be focused relatively easily. The heating can therefore be confined to a certain region, in which the living being is located. The heating can even be confined to the living being or to parts of the living being only. This more focused heating allows for a reduction of the energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TRUMPF PHOTONIC COMPONENTS GMBH
    Inventors: Holger Moench, Mark Carpaij
  • Patent number: 10752239
    Abstract: One or more sensors associated with a vehicle detect a roadway condition of a first roadway and an evasive maneuver is performed by the vehicle to avoid the detected roadway condition. In response to one or more processors determining that the evasive maneuver was successful, a record of the successful maneuver and the roadway condition are stored in a database. Subsequent to storing the record in the database, one or more computers associated with one or more vehicles is trained to execute the evasive maneuver, in response to determining that the one or more vehicles is exposed to the roadway condition experienced by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ning Duan, Guoqiang Hu, Jing Chang Huang, Junchi Yan, Jun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10748356
    Abstract: A method and system of diagnosing and/or programming a vehicle with a vehicle interface device that is configured to operate on a predetermined use basis. The vehicle interface device is operatively connected with one or more electronic control units of a vehicle via a diagnostic port of the vehicle. The interface device is enabled to be operable to diagnose and/or program a vehicle for a predetermined use, such as by receiving an activation signal. The vehicle interface device is subsequently disabled from operating to diagnose and/or program a vehicle upon the vehicle interface device operating for the predetermined use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Drew Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Herron, Michael L. Drew, David Baartman, Gus Nassar, Mark Wine
  • Patent number: 10748361
    Abstract: A method of remotely controlling access to a resource. The method comprising receiving a plurality of signals from a remote key wherein the remote key only transmits the plurality of signals if the remote key is moving. The method further comprises estimating a first and a second position of the remote key based on a characteristic of a first and a second signal respectively, and unlocking access to the resource if the remote key is moving towards the resource based on the first and the second estimated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Ziming Zhu, Mohammud Zubeir Bocus
  • Patent number: 10744976
    Abstract: A seat-belt monitoring system can include a first self-driving vehicle having a first seat, a first seat belt, and a first seat belt sensor; and a second self-driving vehicle having a second seat, a second seat belt, and a second seat belt sensor. The first seat belt sensor may be configured to detect a buckled state of the first seat belt and an unbuckled state of the first seat belt. The second seat belt sensor may be configured to detect a buckled state of the second seat belt and an unbuckled state of the second seat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Drivent LLC
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10737651
    Abstract: A method of determining an accident time parameter for evaluating an accident situation of a motor vehicle, including a) determining at least two of the following values: (i) a current value of a measured acceleration, (ii) a first integral of the measured acceleration, or (iii) a second integral of the measured acceleration, and b) determining an accident time parameter from the at least two values determined in step a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 10723347
    Abstract: An ECU drives a brake device of a vehicle to reduce a collision risk with an object or collision damage of the vehicle. The ECU acquires position information of the object based on a combination of data transmitted from a radar device and an in-vehicle camera. The ECU performs a first judgment to detect whether to drive the brake device based on the acquired position information of the object. The ECU further performs a second judgment to detect whether to drive the brake device based on another calculation process. The ECU diagnoses the result of the first judgment. When the result of the first judgment is correct, an operation limitation part in the ECU transmits the result of the first judgment to the control processing part to drive the brake device, and when incorrect, prohibits the transmission of the result of the first judgment to the control processing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akitoshi Minemura
  • Patent number: 10726310
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first sensor, a second sensor and a control unit. The first sensor may be configured to perform a vision detection of an interior of a vehicle. The second sensor may be configured to perform a physical detection of the interior of the vehicle. The control unit may comprise an interface configured to receive the vision detection and the physical detection. The control unit may be configured to perform sensor fusion based on the vision detection and the physical detection, generate a mapping of the interior of the vehicle based on the sensor fusion, (c) compare the mapping with event information and (d) determine an arrangement of corrective measures in response to the comparison of the mapping and the event information. The mapping may classify objects, occupants and critical features within the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventors: James N. Gramenos, Thomas Herbert
  • Patent number: 10725166
    Abstract: A radar apparatus includes: a transmission processor which transmits first wave signals from inside of the bumper toward outside, the transmission processor being provided inside of the bumper; a reception processor which receives an object-reflected wave signal that is a reflection of the first wave signals by a target in an area around the vehicle, a bumper-reflected wave signal that is a reflection of the first wave signals by the bumper, and a transmission and reception leak signal of the first wave signals and detects the target through the object-reflected wave signal; and a bumper determiner which detects a first reception level of a second wave signal including the bumper-reflected wave signal and the transmission and reception leak signal, compares the first reception level with a threshold, and determines the presence of a bad bumper state in a case where the first reception level is higher than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noriaki Saito
  • Patent number: 10717408
    Abstract: A system for determining seatbelt routing. The system includes a seatbelt retractor, a guide loop, a seatbelt latchplate, a seatbelt buckle, a seatbelt buckle sensor, a first RFID tag, RFID reader, and a control module. The seatbelt retractor stores a length of seatbelt webbing. The guide loop changes a routing direction of the seatbelt webbing. The seatbelt latchplate is engaged with the seatbelt webbing. The seatbelt buckle is secured to the motor vehicle and engages the latchplate. The seatbelt buckle sensor for detects the presence of the latchplate in the seatbelt buckle. The first RFID tag is attached to the seatbelt webbing of the seatbelt. The RFID reader detects the presence of the first RFID tag. The control module determines the seatbelt routing based on whether the seatbelt is buckled and the detection of the first RFID tag by the RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jaywan Kim, Saravanakumar Nallaiah, Greta L. Stuef
  • Patent number: 10706303
    Abstract: A driver information determination apparatus includes a road shape acquisition unit configured to acquire a front section shape ahead of a vehicle; a condition determination unit configured to determine whether the front section shape is a determination target shape; a face direction acquisition unit configured to acquire a face direction of a driver; and a reference face direction determination unit configured to determine a reference face direction based on the face direction of the driver. When it is determined that the front section shape is the determination target shape, the reference face direction determination unit determines the reference face direction based on the face direction of the driver. The determination target shape is a shape of a road having a road curvature less than or equal to a preset upper curvature limit or a shape of the road having a road incline within a preset level range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichiroh Hara, Naruhisa Yoshida, Kazuhiro Tomosue, Hiroki Iida
  • Patent number: 10708700
    Abstract: A system includes a microphone mounted inside a vehicle, a speaker mounted outside the vehicle, a camera with a field of view encompassing a seat of the vehicle, and a computer in communication with the microphone, speaker, and camera. The computer is programmed to, in response to data from the camera indicating a gesture by an occupant of the seat, activate the speaker to broadcast based on data transmitted by the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Kristopher Karl Brown
  • Patent number: 10707538
    Abstract: A battery system for a vehicle includes a battery pack having a structure receiving at least one battery. Multiple sensors are mounted to the structure and sense operating conditions inside and outside of the structure. A safety module is disposed on the structure, the safety module having a centralized sensor processor processing signals received from the multiple sensors to identify if any of the operating conditions defines an abnormal condition of the structure. At least one battery pack sensor senses a condition within the battery pack and is in communication with a vehicle battery management system (BMS). The safety module is in communication with the BMS such that the condition within the battery pack is also communicated to the safety module. The centralized sensor processor identifies if the condition within the battery pack correlates with the abnormal condition of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Cumhur Unveren, Lionel Bitauld, Joseph Bosnjak
  • Patent number: 10682914
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technique of controlling an apparatus for managing a battery loaded in a vehicle. The battery management apparatus for managing a battery included in a vehicle includes an application module having a plurality of unit application modules that respectively perform a task at a predetermined cycle; an emergency recognition module configured to recognize an emergency situation of the vehicle; and a cycle changing module configured to change a task performance cycle of at least one unit application module when the emergency recognition module recognizes an emergency situation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-Jin Ryu
  • Patent number: 10671062
    Abstract: A crash sensor device may include multiple sensor components positioned along one or more data paths to a communication interface of the crash sensor device. The crash sensor device may include a test control unit. The test control unit may receive a test command from an electronic control unit during operation of a vehicle. The test control unit may perform a test of one or more sensor components, of the multiple sensor components, during operation of the vehicle based on the test command. The test control unit may output a test result to the electronic control unit based on performing the test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Dirk Hammerschmidt