Control Of Vehicle Safety Devices (e.g., Airbag, Seat-belt, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/45)
  • Patent number: 9773281
    Abstract: One or more devices in an accident detection and recovery computing system may be configured to determine that vehicle accidents have occurred, collect and analyze accident characteristics and other related data, and providing customized accident recovery services. Mobile computing devices, alone or in combination with vehicle-based systems and external devices, may detect accidents or receive accident indication data. After determining that an accident has occurred, mobile computing devices and/or vehicle-based systems may be configured to determine accident characteristics, retrieve vehicle data and vehicle occupant data from one or external servers, determine the damages or potential damages resulting from the accident, and determine one or more accident recovery options or recommendations based on the accident damages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Randall M. Hanson
  • Patent number: 9767625
    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: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jared S. Snyder, Dana Ferguson, Grady Irey
  • Patent number: 9761134
    Abstract: A system for logging and reporting on slow drivers in a fast lane is disclosed. The system includes a first vehicle comprising a set of proximity sensors for detecting a passage of another vehicle on a right side of the first vehicle, a processor for logging a number of times that another vehicle passed the first vehicle, and a transmitter for transmitting said number of times a vehicle has passed on a right side of the first vehicle. The system includes a second vehicle comprising a set of proximity sensors for detecting a passage of another vehicle on a left side of the second vehicle, a processor for logging a number of times that the second vehicle passed the first vehicle, and a transmitter for transmitting said number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Bertram V Burke, Michaela C Burke
  • Patent number: 9758176
    Abstract: When the speed of a vehicle is not lower than a prescribed value, an operation disabling signal is output from an operation disabling controller to a car navigation system, and the operation of the car navigation system is disabled. However, even when the operation disabling signal is being output to the car navigation system, in the cases where assistance control for a driving operation is being performed on the basis of a risk determination result, and where a prediction result of the risk to the vehicle is that the risk to the vehicle does not increase before a prescribed time elapses, then an operation enabling signal is output from the operation enabling controller to the car navigation system, whereby it becomes possible to operate the car navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Mizutani, Hideaki Endo, Naoya Kidokoro, Hiroshi Numagami
  • Patent number: 9761114
    Abstract: A system and application to alert parents or guardians to the solitary status of a dependent accidentally left within the confines of a vehicle is described. The system alerts individuals in the event that a dependent such as a child is left behind via the use of sensors configured to detect the presence of the dependent, and determine if he or she is alone. Upon recognizing that the dependent has been left alone, an alert is sent to the parent or guardian's wirelessly connected key fob and/or mobile device via a proprietary mobile application. Simultaneously, the system employs an active display sticker, configured to calm or entertain the dependent left within the vehicle until the alerted parent or guardian returns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Esther J. Lewis-Cheeks
  • Patent number: 9746492
    Abstract: In a method for checking the plausibility of sensor signals, a first sensor element detects at least one first physical quantity and outputs it as a first sensor signal, and a second sensor element detects a second physical quantity correlated with the first physical quantity and outputs it as a second sensor signal. The first sensor element has a first reliability range having an upper limit and/or a lower limit, which range is related to the second physical quantity. The first physical quantity detected by the first sensor element is recognized as plausible if the second physical quantity detected by the second sensor element lies within the corresponding first reliability range of the first sensor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Rauh, Christian Korn, Olaf Koerner, Stephan Rittler, Hansjoerg Markus Hild
  • Patent number: 9747812
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, driver awareness may be calculated, inferred, or estimated utilizing a saliency model, a predictive model, or an operating environment model. An awareness model including one or more awareness scores for one or more objects may be constructed based on the saliency model or one or more saliency parameters associated therewith. A variety of sensors or components may detect one or more object attributes, saliency, operator attributes, operator behavior, operator responses, etc. and construct one or more models accordingly. Examples of object attributes associated with saliency or saliency parameters may include visual characteristics, visual stimuli, optical flow, velocity, movement, color, color differences, contrast, contrast differences, color saturation, brightness, edge strength, luminance, a quick transient (e.g., a flashing light, an abrupt onset of a change in intensity, brightness, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruhisa Misu
  • Patent number: 9725059
    Abstract: A vehicle collision determination apparatus includes: a first sensor provided in a front section of the vehicle; and a determination section which determines, on the basis of output of the first sensor, whether there has occurred front collision of the vehicle. The output of the first sensor has first acceleration in a backward direction of the vehicle and second acceleration in a rightward direction and/or a leftward direction, and the determination section determines severity of the front collision by use of an integrated value of the first acceleration and an integrated value of the second acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenyu Okamura
  • Patent number: 9682689
    Abstract: An intelligent emergency braking system for a vehicle includes a camera, an ultrasonic transceiver of a parking aid system, and a computer. The camera is configured to provide captured image data, and the transceivers are configured to provide transceiver data. The computer processes the image and transceiver data and invokes automatic braking if the following conditions exist: the confidence with which the computer calculates that a detected object is a person or is an object vehicle exceeds a first predetermined level, and the ultrasonic transceiver provides the computer with transceiver data consistent with the object detected through the captured image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Dirk Parker, Kevin Cockings, Mark Cund
  • Patent number: 9676296
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with a seat unlocking system includes a seat with a seat part and a back part secured to a body at an attachment, an airbag, and an actuator for releasing the attachment of the seat to the body. Following activation of the actuator, the attachment between the seat and the body is disconnected such that the seat is moveable relative to the body. A control unit is configured to activate the actuator following an accident exclusively in the case of an opened airbag and exclusively with the motor vehicle at a standstill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Mark Denne
  • Patent number: 9662977
    Abstract: A Driver State Monitoring System prevents any casualty on the road because of drowsiness while driving. It is an in-vehicle, vision-based electronic system for automobiles. It utilizes a camera installed on the vehicle facing towards the driver. It captures the edge-based face features of the driver. Thereafter, the real time image processor extracts the desired image from the image and estimates the correct position of the eye, the nose and the head orientation of the driver's face based on the predetermined values. The signal generator generates a warning signal when there is any abnormality detected based on the output of the status examination result generated by the real time image processor. These signals can be can be an acoustic signal, a videft signal, a photonic signal or a haptic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: HI TECH ROBOTIC SYSTEMZ LTD.
    Inventors: Anuj Kapuria, Deepak Chandra Bijalwan, Raghubansh Bahadur Gupta
  • Patent number: 9661402
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to embed information in generated acoustic signals are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein to embed information in an acoustic signal output from an electric vehicle include obtaining a first audio signal to be used to generate the acoustic signal. Such example also include combining a second signal with the first audio signal, the second signal to convey first digital information that, when detected, indicates a presence of the electric vehicle. Such example methods further include providing the first audio signal with the second signal to an audio circuit that is to output the acoustic signal from the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Topchy, Padmanabhan Soundararajan, Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9650007
    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: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jared S. Snyder, Dana Ferguson, Grady Irey
  • Patent number: 9637148
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and a method for estimating a lateral force applied to a bogie due to contact between a wheel and a rail when a railroad vehicle drives in a curved section, the apparatus including: a lateral velocity estimation observer configured to calculate a lateral velocity estimate by estimating a lateral velocity based on a vertical acceleration, a lateral acceleration, a yaw velocity, and a wheel angular velocity of the railroad vehicle; and a lateral force estimation observer configured to calculate a lateral force estimate, by estimating a lateral force applied to a bogie of the railroad vehicle based on a steering angle of the railroad vehicle, a vertical force applied to the railroad vehicle, and a lateral velocity estimate calculated by the lateral velocity estimation observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jongchul Jung, Yong Gee Cho
  • Patent number: 9630496
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant alert system may include an in-vehicle sensor configured to detect an object in a rear seat of a vehicle, and a controller configured to receive, from the sensor, an indication of an object in the rear seat, and to transmit, in response to the indication, presence information to a mobile device to cause the mobile device to transmit a command to a wearable device including instructions for an alert at the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante
  • Patent number: 9623819
    Abstract: A method for controlling a lighting brightness of a lit motor vehicle instrument is described in which a viewing direction of a driver is ascertained. From the viewing direction of the driver, a direct field of vision and a peripheral field of vision are ascertained. The lighting brightness of the motor vehicle instrument is increased, if it lies in the direct field of vision of the driver. The method may be implemented in a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Markus Frommann, Michael Schreiber
  • Patent number: 9616836
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a sensor that outputs an impact signal and a processing device that is programmed to calculate an acceleration envelope from the impact signal, determine a number of times the impact signal crosses a predetermined threshold, and determine whether the impact signal represents a pedestrian impact. Whether the impact is a pedestrian impact is based at least in part on the acceleration envelope and the number of times the impact signal crosses the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jialiang Le, Hubert Szawarski, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Yeruva Satya Reddy
  • Patent number: 9616834
    Abstract: An apparatus for preserving spacing around a vehicle includes a load bearing member and a controller. The load bearing member has a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion. At least the first end portion of the load bearing member is movable to a predetermined position within a range that includes a fully retracted position and a fully extended position. The controller is configured to cause, for a parking operation, the first end portion of the load bearing member to be moved to the predetermined position based on a received instruction indicative of a preset parking scenario stored in a memory. For the parking operation, the predetermined position is one of a first preset position stored in the memory for a first parking scenario or a second preset position stored in the memory for a second parking scenario different from the first parking scenario.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Jared Wilkof, John Kazeva
  • Patent number: 9607230
    Abstract: A mobile object control apparatus includes a movement predictor and a mobile object controller. If a specific object having at least one tire is detected, the movement predictor starts to predict a movement of the specific object. The mobile object controller controls the behavior of a mobile object in view of the movement of the specific object that is predicted by the movement predictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kijima
  • Patent number: 9601011
    Abstract: A system for logging and reporting on slow drivers in a fast lane is disclosed. The system includes a set of proximity sensors on a first vehicle, for detecting a passage of another vehicle on a right side of the first vehicle, a processor on the first vehicle, for logging a number of times that another vehicle passed the first vehicle, a transmitter on the first vehicle, for transmitting said number of times to a vehicle that is detected as passing the first vehicle on a right side of the first vehicle, a set of proximity sensors on a second vehicle, a receiver on the second vehicle, a processor on the second vehicle, for storing said number of times received via said at least one receiver, and a transmitter on the second vehicle, for transmitting said number of times to a third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Bertram V Burke, Michaela C. Burke
  • Patent number: 9598088
    Abstract: A driver assistance apparatus and a vehicle including the same are disclosed. The driver assistance apparatus includes a stereo camera, a memory to store road surface data regarding a state of a road surface classified into a dry state, a wet state, a snow covered state, and an icy state, and a processor to classify the state of the road surface as any one of the dry state, the wet state, the snow covered state, and the icy state based on stereo images received from the stereo camera and the road surface data. Consequently, it is possible to recognize a current road surface state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hansung Lee, Soohwan Choi, Jaehyuk Yang
  • Patent number: 9595141
    Abstract: A diagnostic device for motor vehicles includes at least one first interface for reading out error status information from a memory of a motor vehicle, at least one second interface for receiving and/or transmitting community content and error status information, an operating device for operating the diagnostic device by a user, a display device for displaying the information, and a processing device for processing the information, the processing device being connected to the first and the second interfaces and the processing device being designed to transmit and process the community content and error status information with the aid of the first and/or the second interfaces and to display this information with the aid of a display device. A diagnostic method for motor vehicles, a diagnostic system, as well as a use of a diagnostic device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Jens Mohaupt, Klaus Schneider, Stefan Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9555722
    Abstract: A seat occupancy determination apparatus includes a seat belt attachment detection portion, a first and a second load detection sensors, a front-rear load sum computing portion, a front-rear load difference computing portion, a memory portion, an adult possibility determination portion, and a child safety seat determination portion determining a vehicle seat determined as possibly occupied by an adult is occupied by a child safety seat in a case where a first predetermined amount increase condition satisfies by a front-rear load difference value within a time range between a time of engagement and a first time point increases by a first predetermined amount or more from the value at the first time point or earlier and a second predetermined amount decrease condition satisfies by the front-rear load difference value decreases by a second predetermined amount or more within a time range between the time of engagement and a second time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Fujii
  • Patent number: 9541446
    Abstract: An occupant determination apparatus includes a load sensor and a determination section. The load sensor detects a load of an occupant seated in a seat of a vehicle to provide the detected load as a load signal. The determination section determines presence or absence of the occupant and a physical size of the occupant by classifying the load signal into a subject class among a plurality of classes that are ordered from small to large according to the physical sizes based on predetermined threshold loads. The subject class is stored as a determined class. The determination section permits the determined class to transition from a present class to an immediately adjacent larger class when the load signal equal to or larger than a threshold load between the present class and the immediately adjacent larger class continues being received for a threshold time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Hosokawa, Yusuke Muramatsu, Mikihito Kojima
  • Patent number: 9539969
    Abstract: A method, computer program product and apparatus for minimizing occupant injury by optimizing occupant restraint properties and/or actions in real time, during pre-crash and crash phases. The restraint system uses three catalogs and a database linking these catalogs. The catalogs include a catalog of possible occupant states, a catalog of possible collision scenarios, and a catalog of potential restraint control laws. The database is an assessment of injury outcome for each possible combination of occupant state, collision scenario, and restraint control law. In addition to the catalogs, the method requires four computational components: an occupant identifier, a collision identifier, a restraint law optimizer, and a restraint controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ACTIVERESTRAINT, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff R. Crandall, Costin D. Untaroiu, Eric H. Maslen, Dipan Bose
  • Patent number: 9533643
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle occupant protection in unintentional roadway departure by a vehicle having at least one vehicle seat with a seat cushion mounted on a seat frame, the height of which is adjustable through a motor operated height adjustment device. Vehicle travel is monitored using a remote sensor and/or a vehicle dynamics sensor. The remote sensor detects edges of the road. The vehicle dynamics sensor determines vehicle dynamics parameters. Road edge signals and/or vehicle dynamics signals are processed to determine whether the vehicle is about to leave the road. Operation of the height adjustment device to move a seat cushion towards a crash-position is triggered in response to an off-road signal indicating that the vehicle is about to leave the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Harda, Anders Axelson, Magnus Bjorklund, Gunnar Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 9533644
    Abstract: A system for detecting when a vehicle occupant exits the vehicle is disclosed. The system includes a sensor device is configured to measure an acceleration of the vehicle along one direction or accelerations of the vehicle along several directions and to make available a time-dependent signal(s) that represents the acceleration(s). The system also includes an evaluation device configured to evaluate the time-dependent signal(s) in a way to ascertain whether the signal(s) contains a sequence of acceleration values characteristic of the occupant exiting the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mario Kasper, Christian Steinert
  • Patent number: 9513321
    Abstract: A sensor system for monitoring surroundings on a mechanical component, includes at least one capacitive sensor element that is attachable to the surface of machines or machine parts, the at least one sensor element being constructed from a layered structure of flexible electrically conductive and electrically insulating plies, electrically conductive potential surfaces of one ply being disposed, laterally spaced apart via insulating plies located therebetween, in such a way that electric field lines form between the conductive potential surfaces and change measurably upon proximity and/or contact of a body or an object. The layered structure of a sensor element has at least two measuring elements operating separately from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Frangen
  • Patent number: 9481335
    Abstract: An apparatus (50) detects a pedestrian/vehicle impact, the apparatus including a plurality of sensors (62, 64, 66) mounted near a forward location of a vehicle (52), each sensor providing an associated signal indicative of an impact event. A metric determining device (80) determines metric values for each of the sensor signals. A controller (80) determines if any of said determined metric values indicates the occurrence of a misuse event. The controller also determines if a pedestrian/vehicle impact event is occurring by comparing the metric value of at least one sensor signal against a selectable threshold. An actuation signal is provided in response to the comparison. The selectable threshold is selected in response to the determined occurrence of a misuse event. An actuatable pedestrian impact mitigation device (84) is attached to the vehicle and is actuated in responsive to the actuation signal from said controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Chek-Peng Foo, Huahn-Fern Yeh, Meng-Fu Tsai, Raymond J. David
  • Patent number: 9470599
    Abstract: A load detection device includes: a load sensor; and a control device connected to the load sensor so as to perform bidirectional communication, wherein the load sensor includes a first controller acquiring load information based on a load detection signal and acquiring failure information based on relation between the load detection signal and a threshold signal, and a load information storage unit storing the load information as load information in failure detection as the failure information is switched to a state where a failure exists, the control device includes a second controller receiving the load information and the failure information in every predetermined communication period, and the second controller includes a waveform reproduction unit sequentially receiving the load information in failure detection and reproducing the load information in failure detection, and a failure determination unit determining presence of a failure based on the reproduced load information in failure detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9457749
    Abstract: A control unit and a method for activating an occupant protection unit for a vehicle are provided, the occupant protection unit being activated as a function of a first signal of a first sensor system. The activation is validated as a function of an additional sensor signal, which validation is performed by gating at least one acceleration signal and at least one structure-borne noise signal as the sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Hoang Trinh
  • Patent number: 9440581
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems describe a turn signal activation system. As the navigation system determines that the vehicle is approaching a turn or other operation, the turn signal may be automatically activated in the appropriate direction (e.g., right-turn signal for a right turn, and a left-turn signal for a left turn). Once the navigation system determines that it is appropriate to deactivate the turn signal, the turn signal may be automatically deactivated. In this fashion, other drivers on the road may be able to anticipate the actions of the vehicle based on the activation and deactivation of the turn signals, and thereby prevent accidents from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Wolterman
  • Patent number: 9441347
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for controlling power for a work machine. An example method disclosed herein includes identifying an energy storage level of an energy storage device; identifying a transmission setting of the work machine; and determining whether to control a function of the work machine using power from the energy storage device or power from a second power source different from the energy storage device based on the energy storage level and the transmission setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Sean P. West
  • Patent number: 9434336
    Abstract: A method for deploying an external air bag, including searching region of a front of vehicle, updating a physical amount of a searched object within the searching region each measurement period of a front sensor, determining a predicted physical amount each unit time during each measurement period, and predicting the physical amount by assuming that a specific searched object is moved at a constant speed when a capture of the specific searched object which was searched by the front sensor is stopped, selecting a target object among searched objects based on a relative speed or an overlap of the searched object obtained by the updating step or (Time To External Airbag) TTE and deploying the external air bag in a case in which each of a relative speed and an overlap predicted when the target object collides are a predetermined level or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Han Sung Lee, Jin Ho Bae, Yong Sun Kim, Ki Jin Kwon, Joon Mo Park
  • Patent number: 9428135
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a front center airbag system comprising: a first airbag mounted on an inboard side of a first front seat and a second airbag mounted on an inboard side of a second front seat, wherein the first airbag and the second airbag are constructed and arranged so that in a deployment condition the first airbag and the second airbag fill a space between and partially forward of the first front seat and the second front seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Thomas, Richard Wiik
  • Patent number: 9421928
    Abstract: An electronic control system for a safety device of a motor vehicle includes a first sensor for a motion quantity, a computer for converting the motion quantity to a triggering signal for the safety device, and a second sensor for checking the plausibility of the sensor signal supplied by the first sensor. The two sensors are arranged with an identical construction and/or effect and at an at least approximately identical location on a printed circuit board such that, in a proper operating mode, their output signals have different preceding signs and are identical with respect to their amount over their entire operating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Akteingesellschaft
    Inventors: Richard Baur, Stephan Muhr, Simon Schilling, Michael Hackenberg, Marcus Weidner
  • Patent number: 9415736
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining whether it is necessary to utilize safety equipment of a vehicle. The method includes detecting an impending impact of an object with a vehicle's windscreen by obtaining data concerning the object from a vehicle-mounted vision sensor, analyzing the data to determine whether the object will impact the windscreen, and activating the safety equipment only if the windscreen impact is imminent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Henrik Lind, Martin Vinranke
  • Patent number: 9393931
    Abstract: An occupant protection apparatus for a vehicle includes a door sensor that detects a defamation of a side door in a side collision and an occupant position detection sensor that detects a lumbar position of the occupant. A pretensioner is activated when it is determined from detection by the door sensor and the occupant position detection sensor that an intruding-object collision rear-end position in the side door is located in front of the lumbar position, and the pretensioner is prohibited from activation when it is determined that the intruding-object collision rear-end position is not located in front of the lumbar position. When there is a possibility that a clearance between the lumbar of the occupant and the deformed side door is insufficient, the pretensioner is prohibited from activation to allow the occupant to move at the early stage of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Onishi, Tadashi Tsuneyoshi, Takao Kondo, Shinya Motomura, Junichi Orai
  • Patent number: 9387839
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to a large animal collision vehicle safety apparatus and method. At least one sensor detects a first acceleration in a longitudinal direction of a host vehicle. A first determination signal is generated from the detected acceleration. At least one further sensor detects a second acceleration in a vertical direction, and/or at least one still further sensor detects an angular velocity about an axis extending in a lateral direction of the host vehicle. A second determination signal is generated from the detected acceleration in a vertical direction. A third determination signal is generated from the detected angular velocity. Judging means judge whether the vehicle has suffered a large animal collision through at least comparing the first, second and/or third determination signals with preset reference signals. Braking intervention of the host vehicle is triggered when the vehicle is judged to have suffered a large animal collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Hardaa, Paer Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9371050
    Abstract: A sensing and injury mitigation system for a vehicle to identify an object in an impact event is disclosed. The system includes an impact sensing unit comprising an impact sensor and a pressure sensing unit. The impact sensor has fluid-filled first and second tube portions. The pressure sensing unit has a housing and first and second pressure sensors located within the housing. The first tube portion of the impact sensor is attached to the first pressure sensor and the second tube portion of the impact sensor is attached to the second pressure sensor. The pressure sensing unit senses changes in fluid pressure within the tubes. In one embodiment, the tube portions of the impact sensor define a loop. In another embodiment, at least a portion of the first tube portion and at least a portion of the second tube portion share a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Yellin Schondorf
  • Patent number: 9358977
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes one or more approach sensors, one or more collision detection sensors, an approach determination portion, a collision determination portion, and a braking determination portion. The approach determination portion determines whether a vehicle and an object are approached based on an output signal of one of the approach sensors, and generates a first information. The collision determination portion determines whether the vehicle collides with the object based on an output signal of at least one of the collision detection sensors, and generates a second information. The braking determination portion determines whether the vehicle is braked based on the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamaguchi, Shingo Wanami
  • Patent number: 9354265
    Abstract: Exemplary systems and methods are directed to establishing a signature for a device emitting electromagnetic radiation (EMR). The system includes a radio frequency (RF) receiver, a signal processor, and a signature generator. The RF receiver samples detected EMR, generate pulses having characteristics that are a function of the EMR, and select generated pulses in a spectral band having energy above a predetermined threshold. The signal processor establishes a set of correlated pulses, computes a vector space associated with the set of correlated pulses, and compares each pulse in the set of correlated pulses to a basis of the vector space for establishing a device signature, and associates pulses having a threshold percentage of energy within the basis in a database with a device identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON INC.
    Inventors: Randy M. Yamada, David C. LeDoux, Brandon M. Ayers, Allan O. Steinhart
  • Patent number: 9349263
    Abstract: Methods and vehicles are provided for providing haptic feedback to a vehicle occupant. In one embodiment, the method includes determining at least one of interior conditions and exterior conditions of a vehicle. The vehicle includes a plurality of haptic actuators disposed in a seat. The method further includes calculating at least one of a pulse width modulation (PWM) pattern and an on/off compensation pattern based on the determined interior conditions and exterior conditions. The method further includes generating a signal with active periods that include at least one of the calculated patterns to command the plurality of haptic actuators to produce haptic pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Kiefer, Mark A. Stebbins, Diane K. McQueen, Alexander N. Ballios, Charles A. Green
  • Patent number: 9335173
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and non-transitory computer readable storage medium, in one embodiment, associating at least one wireless device and at least one user, requesting audio information from at least one remote source by the at least one wireless device, receiving the audio information from the remote source, broadcasting an audio identifier to the at least one wireless device, using the audio information, authenticating the association between the at least one wireless device and at least one transport, based on the audio information, determining at least one characteristic of the at least one user based on at least one of at least one user search history and at least one user preference selection and determining at least one probable route of the at least one transport based on the at least one characteristic and at least one of at least one route history and at least one input destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 9333946
    Abstract: A device includes a field-detecting component, an input component, an accessing component, a comparing component and an identifying component. The field-detecting component can detect a field and generate a detected field signature based thereon. The input component can input the detected field signature into a database. The accessing component can access the detected field signature from the database. The comparing component can generate a comparison signal. The identifying component can identify item or location based on the comparison signal. The field-detecting component can further detect a second field and generate a second detected field signature based on the detected second field. The comparing component can generate the comparison signal based on a comparison of the detected field signature and the second detected field signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: APIO SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Sascha Simon
  • Patent number: 9308920
    Abstract: A vehicle automates a driver action by controlling vehicle systems according to a rule. The rule includes a trigger event and an automated action. Rules are created or added for use by a vehicle using applications including user-defined rule applications, automatic rule applications, and network applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Amir Konigsberg
  • Patent number: 9308876
    Abstract: A method is described for generating an item of information for indicating an airborne state for a vehicle. The method has a step of receiving a rotational speed signal which represents a rotational speed of at least one drive wheel of the vehicle. The method also has a step of generating the information for indicating an airborne state based on a comparison of a profile of the rotational speed signal with at least one reference profile for the rotational speed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Alfons Doerr, Christian Korn, Hansjoerg Markus Hild, Olaf Koerner, Stephan Rittler
  • Patent number: 9296299
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure builds on integrating existing technology with new devices, methods, and systems to provide a complete vehicle ecosystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: AutoConnect Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 9285805
    Abstract: An attributed roadway trajectory comprises at least one ordered series of attributed roadway trajectory points, which are spaced along a curve that is defined in a terrestrial coordinate frame and tracks an along-roadway physical feature of a real-world roadway segment portrayed in a point cloud. Any arbitrary attributed roadway trajectory point on the curve passes a predetermined proximity test for proximity to point cloud points discriminated as representing part of the along-roadway physical feature. Each attributed roadway trajectory point has at least one attribute value representing a characteristic of the real-world roadway segment at a position on the real-world roadway segment spatially associated with the attributed roadway trajectory point. A control system of a self-driving road vehicle can use the attribute value(s) to adjust control of the self-driving road vehicle based on sensor-independent roadway data (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Richard James Pollock
  • Patent number: 9278621
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a charger configured to charge a battery of a vehicle from an external power supply source. A controller is configured to be activated when the charger starts charging in an ignition off state of the vehicle and blocks a high voltage system of the vehicle when it is determined that the vehicle receives a shock from outside the vehicle by using positional information transferred from a motor position sensor of a driving motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Do-Hoon Kim, Zeung-Il Kim, Chi-Ho Kim, Sung-Hon Baig