By Integrating The Amplitude Of The Input Signal Patents (Class 701/46)
  • Patent number: 10671079
    Abstract: The technology relates to controlling a vehicle in an autonomous driving mode. In one instance, sensor data identifying an object in an environment of the vehicle may be received. A first path of a first trajectory where the vehicle will pass the object may be determined. A function is used to determining a first maximum speed of the vehicle based on a predetermined minimum lateral clearance between the object and the vehicle. The first maximum speed may be used to determine whether an actual lateral clearance between the object and the vehicle will meet the predetermined minimum lateral clearance. The determination of whether the actual lateral clearance will meet the predetermined minimum lateral clearance may be used to generate a first speed plan for the first trajectory. The vehicle may be controlled in the autonomous driving mode according to the first trajectory including the first speed plan and the first path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jared Stephen Russell, Mark Paskin
  • Patent number: 10422647
    Abstract: In a method and device for creating a moving route of a mobile body, a moving route that is appropriately shifted right or left with respect to a passage is created. The moving route creating method and device create a reference route on a passage present on an environment map representing an environment in which an autonomous mobile body moves, set a widthwise-shift attribute as an attribute region that is independent from the environment map, and create a traveling schedule for autonomous movement of the autonomous mobile body by shifting the reference route right or left based on the widthwise-shift attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideo Shitamoto, Shoji Tanaka, Hiroaki Ohmatsu
  • Patent number: 10417913
    Abstract: Light or moderate impacts against a vehicle are detected. Measured acceleration and yaw rate are compared to baseline thresholds in a baseline state. When the acceleration is above the threshold, a distance from an estimated impact location to a vehicle center-of-gravity is determined. When the determined distance is less than a vehicle edge distance, an impact-suspected state will be entered if at least one of the acceleration and yaw rate is above the respective threshold for a predetermined duration. In the impact-suspected state, a plurality of vehicle dynamic behaviors are monitored for confirming occurrence of the light impact. A return is made to the baseline state if the acceleration and yaw rate fail to remain above the respective threshold or if the calculated distance fails to remain less than the edge distance. The impact is detected when at least one of the behaviors confirms the occurrence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Smruti R. Panigrahi, Jianbo Lu, Sanghyun Hong, Jonathan Scott, Dimitar P. Filev
  • Patent number: 9834185
    Abstract: A vehicle braking control apparatus includes an obstacle detection unit configured to detect an obstacle ahead of a vehicle, and to detect a distance to the obstacle from the vehicle, and a relative speed of the obstacle with respect to the vehicle; an electronic control unit configured to generate a braking force of the vehicle automatically based on the distance and the relative speed, and to weaken the braking force when a value subtracting a deceleration amount of a vehicle speed of the vehicle since a start of generating the braking force, from a predetermined upper-limit deceleration amount is less than or equal to a predetermined threshold. The upper-limit deceleration amount is set to increase while an elapsed time increases since the start of generating the braking force, at least after a predetermined first time has passed since the start of generating the braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayasu Tanase, Wataru Ike, Yosuke Ohmori
  • Patent number: 9569404
    Abstract: An in-vehicle controller includes: a first control element for outputting a first output, which corresponds to functional safety standards, in response to a input; a first platform element for controlling a first software in the first control element; a second control element for outputting a second output, which does not correspond to the functional safety standards, in response to the input; a second platform element for controlling a second software in the second control element; and a comparison coupling element for comparing and coupling the first output and the second output, and for outputting a coupled output to an external control object device. The first platform element controls the first software in the first control element independently from the second platform element, which controls the second software in the second control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aya Nakamura, Masayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9545896
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to a motor vehicle safety arrangement and method for positioning an occupant properly on a vehicle seat and restraining the occupant thus positioned in preparation of the vehicle potentially being subject to a rear-end collision. A safety belt is associated with the vehicle seat and an electric reversible safety belt retractor is associated with the safety belt. A rearward-looking detection system detects and classifies the collision risk for an approaching object. At least one sensor monitors one or more vehicle parameters. A control unit determines a driving state as critical or non-critical from the monitored vehicle parameters. The control unit controls the electric reversible safety belt retractor to apply a predetermined pullback force on the safety belt in response to the collision risk for an approaching object being classified as high within a predetermined time of an indicated critical driving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Backhouse, David Madas
  • Patent number: 9460626
    Abstract: A driving support device and a driving support method, which can appropriately determine whether driving support is necessary and perform effective driving support, are provided. A driving support device calculates TTC, which is a time required for the vehicle to arrive at an intersection point at which the vehicle and a moving object intersect in the traveling direction of the vehicle and in a direction intersecting with the traveling direction, and TTV required for the moving object to arrive at the intersection point, and performs driving support in the vehicle based on the relative relation between TTC and TTV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Minami Sato, Masayuki Shimizu, Shoichi Hayasaka
  • Patent number: 9283963
    Abstract: Method for operating a driver assist system of an automobile providing information regarding a passing maneuver, in particular a recommendation discouraging a passing maneuver, with a camera arranged on or in at least one outside mirror and oriented in the driving direction of the automobile, wherein the camera data are evaluated by the driver assist system and a length of an automobile in front and/or of an automobile convoy in front is determined in particular from the camera data and taken into consideration when determining the recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: AUDI AG, AUDI ELECTRONICS VENTURE GMBH
    Inventor: Anil Taner
  • Patent number: 9254805
    Abstract: A system for deploying a side airbag of a vehicle comprises a front/side airbag controller for controlling processes of deploying a front airbag and a side airbag independently. The front/side airbag controller comprises a front signal monitoring unit converting a front acceleration signal received from the airbag controller into a speed according to time and then determining whether or not the speed according to time exceeds a first threshold. A threshold adjustment unit receives a threshold adjustment request signal from the front signal monitoring unit to lower a second threshold that is a threshold with respect to decision factors for deploying the side airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyung Wook Park, Sung Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 9234911
    Abstract: A sensor device for an electronic apparatus, including a sensing structure for generating a first detection signal, and a dedicated integrated circuit connected to the sensing structure for detecting a first event associated with the electronic apparatus and for generating a first interrupt signal upon detection of the first event. The dedicated integrated circuit detects the first event as a function of changes to the first detection signal over time (i.e., temporal evolution), and in particular as a function of values assumed by the first detection signal within one or more successive time windows, and of a relation between these values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuditta Roselli, Michele Tronconi, Fabio Pasolini
  • Patent number: 9008909
    Abstract: In an in-vehicle device which is carried on an automotive vehicle, an operation unit causes the vehicle to execute a predetermined operation in response to a remote control request from a user. A detection unit detects existence of a moving object in a passenger compartment of the vehicle or in areas surrounding the vehicle. An operation inhibition unit inhibits execution of the predetermined operation by the operation unit when existence of the moving object is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Taki, Takeshi Matsumura, Atsushi Watanabe, Mayumi Otsuka, Keizoh Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9002584
    Abstract: A vehicle system may include a plurality of exterior capacitive sensors, such as door handles, and a controller in communication with the plurality of capacitive sensors. The controller may be configured to identify a rain condition based on sensor data received from at least one of the exterior capacitive sensors of the vehicle; ensure an absence of a key fob in proximity of the at least one locked handle and an absence of a subsequent door opening occurrence when unlocked to confirm the rain condition; and initiate a closure action to a power actuator associated with an open vehicle window for a confirmed rain condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Patrick Kevin Holub
  • Patent number: 8989947
    Abstract: A SONAR system for use with a robotic vacuum having SONAR emitters and receivers thereon. The SONAR system comprises a waveguide or horn located in front of the emitters and receivers that can improve the overall target resolution and reduce the number of “dead zones” where targets are not easily resolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas James Wethern
  • Publication number: 20150051796
    Abstract: An implementation determines crash severity quantifier values based on crash sensor samples and determining an air bag firing based at least on the crash severity quantifier values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: David LEVY
  • Patent number: 8954204
    Abstract: A collision sensor, a collision sensing system, and a method of mounting a collision sensor to a vehicle are disclosed herein. An embodiment of the collision sensor includes, but is not limited to, a processor and a three-axis accelerometer that is communicatively coupled with the processor. The three-axis accelerometer is configured to detect an acceleration experienced by a vehicle and to generate a signal indicative of the acceleration. The processor is configured to obtain the signal from the three-axis accelerometer and to determine when the vehicle has experienced a collision based, at least in part, on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Charles A. Everhart, Lawrence D. Cepuran, Mark S. Frye, Steven Swanson, Wahaj Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8942891
    Abstract: A vehicle interior-exterior structure of the present invention is equipped with a main body formed from a resin foam material, a covering formed from a resilient material to cover the main body, and a void formed between the main body and the covering. The vehicle interior-exterior structure is also equipped with a front bumper cover supported by a vehicle body and a pressure sensor that outputs a signal corresponding to the internal pressure of the void. A reaction force is obtained from the main body when a colliding body collides with the location where the void is positioned in the front bumper and the void undergoes compression deformation. The degrees of freedom for the placement position of the void, namely for the placement position of an impact detection region, can accordingly be raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Watanabe, Akihiko Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8942905
    Abstract: A safeguard system for a vehicle is provided which works as an unintended operation control system. The safeguard system works to calculate an accelerator-manipulated variable representing a degree to which an accelerator of the vehicle is manipulated. When it is found that the accelerator-manipulated variable has dropped at a given rate and then risen within a preselected rise time period, the safeguard system determines that such an operation is an unintended action and controls an operation of the vehicle such as acceleration or speed of the vehicle to minimize the probability of encountering a hazard to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Doi, Mitsuhiro Tokimasa, Takumi Nagaya
  • Patent number: 8930105
    Abstract: In a method for setting a brake system of a vehicle, braking force is built up automatically in the event of a collision. In the process, the position of the collision on the vehicle is determined and the build-up of braking force is implemented as a function of the position of the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Ferah Cetinkaya
  • Patent number: 8924089
    Abstract: Disclosed are an automobile and a method of controlling an automobile, capable of deploying an airbag at an optimum time. To this end, an automobile according to a first exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a first sensor configured to detect a relative distance and a relative velocity with respect to a front obstacle of the automobile; a second sensor configured to detect an impact signal value when the automobile collides with the obstacle; and a controller configured to change a set impact critical value by using the relative distance and the relative velocity detected by the first sensor and deploy an airbag when the impact signal value detected by the second sensor is greater than the changed impact critical value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Byung Su Kim, Dong Hyun Nam
  • Patent number: 8924088
    Abstract: A collision detection apparatus that is mounted in a vehicle and that determines whether an object has collided with a side surface of the vehicle from outside the vehicle includes: an acceleration detection portion that detects acceleration in a transverse direction of the vehicle which is applied to a door portion of the vehicle from outside; an integration execution portion that starts integration of the acceleration detected by the acceleration detection portion and finds velocity by integrating the acceleration if the detected acceleration is greater than or equal to a pre-set positive first threshold value, or is less than or equal to a pre-set negative second threshold value; and a collision determination portion that determines whether an object has collided with a side surface of the vehicle based on the detected acceleration and the velocity found by the integration execution portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation, Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Yusuke Mase, Motomi Iyoda, Tomoki Nagao, Hiroyoshi Takeuchi, Suguru Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8903611
    Abstract: A vehicle-occupant protection system in a vehicle has a first sensor and a second sensor on a lateral side closer to a seat of an occupant. The first sensor is either forward of or lateral to the seat of the occupant in the front-rear direction of the vehicle. The second sensor is rearward of the first sensor. The system further includes a collision determination section, which concludes an occurrence of a collision when a signal of the first sensor exceeds a determination threshold value in a situation where a signal of the second sensor has not exceeded a determination threshold value. Upon concluding the occurrence of the collision, the collision determination section activates a movement restraint device to restrain the occupant from moving away from the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Uchida, Noriyoshi Baba, Junichi Oorai, Shoji Doi, Mitsuhiro Tsujiguchi, Shinya Motomura
  • Patent number: 8880296
    Abstract: Vehicle control system and method in which restrictions on travel of the vehicle are determined based on an indication of the visibility of a driver and information about objects moving in a direction opposite to the direction of travel of the vehicle are considered. The travel restrictions include preventing a passing maneuver on a two-lane road when an oncoming vehicle precludes safely initiating or completing an already-initiated passing maneuver. A warning system is provided to warn a driver about the travel restrictions so that the driver will, hopefully, not attempt an unsafe maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences, LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8862312
    Abstract: A device controls a person protection system of a motor vehicle having a sensor system which, for detecting an object colliding with the motor vehicle, includes a hose arranged along a body section width of the vehicle and closed-off by a pressure sensor on at least one end. In the event of an impact with an object, a pressure change is caused in the hose interior due to deformation of the hose and is detectable as a pressure signal of the pressure sensor by an evaluating unit connected with the pressure sensor. The evaluating unit detects vibrations originating from the motor vehicle during a driving and testing operation and coupled into the hose, which vibrations result in pressure fluctuations in the hose interior which are lower than a pressure fluctuation caused by an impacting object, and evaluates these vibrations for a predefined time period for diagnostic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolfgang Nehls
  • Publication number: 20140288784
    Abstract: A vehicle system may include a plurality of exterior capacitive sensors, such as door handles, and a controller in communication with the plurality of capacitive sensors. The controller may be configured to identify a rain condition based on sensor data received from at least one of the exterior capacitive sensors of the vehicle; ensure an absence of a key fob in proximity of the at least one locked handle and an absence of a subsequent door opening occurrence when unlocked to confirm the rain condition; and initiate a closure action to a power actuator associated with an open vehicle window for a confirmed rain condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Patrick Kevin Holub
  • Patent number: 8843275
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a pitch-over condition of a vehicle comprises a first accelerometer for sensing acceleration in a Z-axis direction substantially perpendicular to both a front-to-rear axis of the vehicle and a side-to-side axis of the vehicle and for providing a first acceleration signal indicative thereof. A second accelerometer for senses acceleration in an X-axis direction substantially parallel to said front-to-rear axis of the vehicle and provides a second acceleration signal indicative thereof. A controller determines a Z-axis velocity value from the first acceleration signal and a pitch-over condition of the vehicle in response to both the determined Z-axis velocity value and the second acceleration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Chek-Peng Foo, Huahn-Fern Yeh, Javier Backmann, Timur Uenlu, Harald Pfriender
  • Patent number: 8825305
    Abstract: The invention provides an effective technique for appropriately restraining a vehicle occupant at the time of a side collision of a vehicle. An occupant restraint system mounted to a vehicle comprises a camera, a side impact sensor, an acceleration sensor, an ECU, and an airbag module. The ECU changes a threshold value setting for collision velocity at the time of a side collision of the vehicle according to whether or not a colliding object involved in the side collision of the vehicle is a pole-like object, and controls the airbag module based on the set threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuo Itoga
  • Patent number: 8798868
    Abstract: The automobile described herein employs an aerodynamic chassis control system to limit and/or control the affect of yaw and roll created by environmental and operating conditions on an automobile with minimal penalty to improve ride comfort and performance of the automobile. The aerodynamic chassis control system employs various movable stabilization elements to control yaw and roll. Moreover, aerodynamic chassis control system constantly monitors environmental and operating conditions of the automobile and adjusts the stabilization elements to provide ride comfort and automobile performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
    Inventor: Mark E. Mares
  • Publication number: 20140207341
    Abstract: A first-collision predicting part determines if a possibility of a first collision, which happens between a human and a vehicle, is higher than a predetermined threshold. A first-collision-situation determining part determines a position of a head of the human and a relative speed of the head relative to the vehicle at a time of the first collision, when the first-collision predicting part determines the possibility of the first collision is higher than the predetermined threshold. A second-collision-situation estimating part estimates a collision situation of the head in a second collision, based on a determining result of the first-collision-situation determining part. An injury-degree predicting part predicts a degree of injury of the head based on an estimation result of the second-collision-situation estimating part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shingo Wanami
  • Patent number: 8788115
    Abstract: A method of detecting an abnormal driving includes receiving a RF signal transmitted from a vehicle in front; performing digital down conversion on the RF signal to obtain a baseband digital signal; performing frequency shift detection on the baseband digital signal to obtain frequency shift between the received RF signal and the RF signal transmitted from the vehicle in front; and determining that the abnormal driving condition in front exists response to determining that the frequency shift has reached a set threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Xin Hao Cheng, Guoqiang Hu, Li Jun Mei, Bo Yang, Yu Yuan
  • Patent number: 8781687
    Abstract: A security system is described, comprising a sensor module (15) which accommodates a laser sensor (10) working with self-mixing interference. The laser sensor (10) generates measurement data which are related to the velocity of an object such as the body of a human being and, optionally, the distance between the laser sensor (10) and the object. Dependent on the measurement data assembled by the laser sensor (10) and supplied to a control circuit (30) such as an airbag computer, the airbag computer activate security means such as an airbag (35)in order to prevent injuries of the human body. Furthermore, a method of driving such a security system is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Meng Han, Albrecht Kraus, Holger Moench
  • Patent number: 8781646
    Abstract: A method of detecting an abnormal driving includes receiving a RF signal transmitted from a vehicle in front; performing digital down conversion on the RF signal to obtain a baseband digital signal; performing frequency shift detection on the baseband digital signal to obtain frequency shift between the received RF signal and the RF signal transmitted from the vehicle in front; and determining that the abnormal driving condition in front exists response to determining that the frequency shift has reached a set threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Xin Hao Cheng, Guoqiang Hu, Li Jun Mei, Bo Yang, Yu Yuan
  • Patent number: 8773150
    Abstract: A metal plate (14) is buried in a gasket (12) of a case (10) for accommodating an electric device such as an inverter. The metal plate (14) is connected to a control board (400) in the case (10), and the voltage of the metal plate (14) is determined. A reference voltage is applied to the metal plate (14), and the case (10) is grounded. When the metal plate (14) is brought into contact with the case (10) or disconnected due to a crash, the voltage of the metal plate (14) is thereby changed, and the control board (400) detects a crash, based on the change in the voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryouji Hironaka
  • Patent number: 8762008
    Abstract: A device having an adjustable rigidity for absorbing crash energy, includes: a housing for accommodating and deforming a deformation element when the deformation element is moved in a forward motion direction due to the crash energy; a disengageable die situated in the housing for accommodating and deforming the deformation element; a supporting device situated in the housing and configured to support, in a first position, the disengageable die against a radial force of the deformation element acting in a transverse direction to the forward motion direction, and (ii) release, in a second position, the disengageable die for a motion for disengagement due to the radial force; and a pyrotechnic actuator moving the supporting device from the first position into the second position, to adjust the rigidity of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Marchthaler, Thomas Friedrich, Achim Moritz
  • Publication number: 20140172237
    Abstract: A vehicle-occupant protection system in a vehicle has a first sensor and a second sensor on a lateral side closer to a seat of an occupant. The first sensor is either forward of or lateral to the seat of the occupant in the front-rear direction of the vehicle. The second sensor is rearward of the first sensor. The system further includes a collision determination section, which concludes an occurrence of a collision when a signal of the first sensor exceeds a determination threshold value in a situation where a signal of the second sensor has not exceeded a determination threshold value. Upon concluding the occurrence of the collision, the collision determination section activates a movement restraint device to restrain the occupant from moving away from the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Uchida, Noriyoshi Baba, Junichi Oorai, Shoji Doi, Mitsuhiro Tsujiguchi, Shinya Motomura
  • Publication number: 20140172234
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection system from a vehicle utilizes GPS data to reduce the number of false positive detections for impacting an object determined to be a pedestrian. The GPS data is used to focus on area of increased and/or decreased pedestrian presence to alter a reaction threshold for the vehicle. Additionally, the GPS data can be used for more accurate analysis of the likelihood of an impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Philip M. Headley, David L. Agnew
  • Patent number: 8755969
    Abstract: A bicycle suspension control apparatus includes a user operating device and a control device. The control device is operatively coupled to the user operating device to selectively control a front bicycle suspension between a plurality of operating states and a rear bicycle suspension between a plurality of operating states. The control device is configured to selectively change the operating states of both the front and rear bicycle suspensions to different ones of the operating states in response to a single operation of the user operating device. The control device controls the front and rear bicycle suspensions such that a first operating state change operation of one of the front and rear bicycle suspensions occurs later than a second operating state change operation of the other of the front and rear bicycle suspensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Tadashi Ichida, Hideki Ikemoto, Toyoto Shirai
  • Patent number: 8751069
    Abstract: A dynamically reconfigurable electrical interface is disclosed that can be used in various applications, including avionics communications. In one embodiment, a first switch receives an input signal and routes it to the applicable signal conditioning path unit that conditions the input signal, after which a second switch routes it to an amplifier. The amplifier provides an amplified signal to an analog-to-digital converter that generates a corresponding numerical value based on the voltage of the amplified signal that is analyzed by a processor to determine information conveyed by the input signal based on a particular electrical interface. Multiple distinct interfaces can be accommodated by on one more processors accessing instructions sets for processing information corresponding to a particular electrical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory M. Wellbrook, Charlie Wang
  • Publication number: 20140148999
    Abstract: A vehicle intersection monitoring method includes exchanging host and remote vehicle information including information pertaining to host and remote vehicle locations and headings, respectively, and determining whether the host and remote vehicles are travelling on converging paths based on the host vehicle and/or remote vehicle information. The method further includes determining a possibility of the host and remote vehicles contacting each other at a contact location based on host and remote vehicle travel times from the host vehicle and remote vehicle locations, respectively, to the contact location that is determined based on the host and remove vehicle information, determining a threshold value based on a current moving state of the host vehicle while the possibility of the host and remote vehicles contacting each other exists, and evaluating whether to perform a threat mitigation operation based on a condition of the host vehicle in relation to the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Roy W. Goudy, Neal Probert, Andrew Christensen, Jeremy Chambers
  • Publication number: 20140149001
    Abstract: Disclosed are an automobile and a method of controlling an automobile, capable of deploying an airbag at an optimum time. To this end, an automobile according to a first exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a first sensor configured to detect a relative distance and a relative velocity with respect to a front obstacle of the automobile; a second sensor configured to detect an impact signal value when the automobile collides with the obstacle; and a controller configured to change a set impact critical value by using the relative distance and the relative velocity detected by the first sensor and deploy an airbag when the impact signal value detected by the second sensor is greater than the changed impact critical value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Byung Su KIM, Dong Hyun NAM
  • Patent number: 8738223
    Abstract: An electronic control device is mounted in a vehicle and controls a control target provided in the vehicle. An acceleration sensor detects an acceleration of the vehicle. An angular velocity sensor detects an angular velocity of the vehicle. The acceleration sensor and the angular velocity sensor are mounted on an electronic substrate. A housing accommodates the electronic substrate and is fixed to a body of the vehicle. The electronic substrate is fixed to the housing at least four fixing points, and the acceleration sensor and the angular velocity sensor are arranged in the smallest target area from among a plurality of areas having multiple points selected from the at least four fixing points as vertexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Nobumasa Tokui, Yoshiyuki Haji
  • Patent number: 8706296
    Abstract: A peripheral device communication system includes a communications medium having physical network hardware. The system also includes a first network device capable of issuing to the physical network hardware a request to communicate a datagram with greater priority than any other communications request. This datagram encapsulates a memory register access command. The system further includes a second network device having addressable memory registers and capable of issuing to the physical network hardware a request to communicate a datagram with greater priority than any other communications request. This datagram encapsulates a response to a memory register access command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Wojciech Krajewski, Tyson Sawyer
  • Patent number: 8700265
    Abstract: The disclosed capacitance sensing apparatus may be used in an occupant classification system. The sensing apparatus may comprise a sensor pad, a sensing element disposed on the sensor pad for sensing capacitive current, at least one additional electronic element disposed on the sensor pad for providing information related to another parameter, and a switching mechanism. The switching mechanism may electrically connect the at least one additional electronic element to the sensing element during the capacitance measurements and electrically disconnect the at least one additional electronic element from the sensing element after the capacitance measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: James Gregory Stanley, George Theos, Phil Maguire, Joe Slis
  • Publication number: 20140100742
    Abstract: A method for controlling restraint devices of a motor vehicle includes measuring a movement variable of the motor vehicle, triggering a first restraint device on the basis of a first predefined threshold value for the measured movement variable being exceeded, triggering a second restraint device on the basis of a second predefined threshold value for the measured movement variable being exceeded, and activating a first device influencing the restraining force of the first restraint device and a second device influencing the restraining force of the second restraint device on the basis of the first predefined threshold value and/or the second predefined threshold value being exceeded
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Franz Fürst, Markus Larice, Tobias Dirndorfer
  • Patent number: 8655552
    Abstract: A control device and a method for triggering a passenger protection arrangement for a vehicle are provided, at least two acceleration signals being provided by at least two acceleration sensors oriented in different spatial directions. The orientations are angled in relation to a coordinate system oriented toward the vehicle longitudinal direction. The at least two acceleration signals are transformed on at least two axes of the coordinate system. The triggering signal is generated as a function of the comparison of the at least two acceleration signals and the transformed acceleration signals. The passenger protection arrangement is triggered as a function of the triggering signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Marcus Hiemer
  • Patent number: 8626397
    Abstract: A method and a control device for triggering a passenger protection arrangement for a vehicle are provided, at least one sensor signal from an accident sensor system being provided. A characteristic is derived from this at least one sensor signal, and a flatness is determined from this first characteristic in relation to at least one second characteristic. The crash type is then determined as a function of this flatness. The triggering the passenger protection arrangement (PS) takes place as a function of this crash type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christof Kaerner, Josef Kolatschek, Marcus Hiemer
  • Patent number: 8612098
    Abstract: A drive arrangement (1) for driving a motor (9) in a seat belt pre-tensioner incorporates a power supply circuit (6) in the form of an H bridge and a voltage boost circuit 16 which are controlled by a control unit (17). The control unit (17) controls the voltage boost circuit (16) to increase the voltage output to the motor (9) to speed up the rotation of the motor (9) whilst the motor (9) winds in slack in a seat belt (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Antoine Fouilleul, Roger Darraba
  • Publication number: 20130332032
    Abstract: A method for activating a safety device for a vehicle in a rollover situation is described. The method includes determining an activation signal for activating the safety device based on a variable representing the angle of inclination of the vehicle in a transverse direction of the vehicle and a variable representing the steering angle of a wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Christian KORN, Oliver LANGOHR
  • Patent number: 8606466
    Abstract: In a method for controlling at least one reversible occupant protection measure of a precrash safety system, in particular a reversible belt tensioner, a plurality of input signals are received, wherein the input signals indicate a potential risk of an accident. The input signals are mapped onto a plurality of different precrash severity indicators. Each precrash severity indicator indicates an expected probability and/or severity of the accident. The precrash severity indicators are additionally filtered such that upon occurrence of a precrash severity indicator, a subsequent precrash severity indicator is suppressed for a period of time. Then, the at least one reversible occupant protection measure, for example, the belt tensioning, is triggered as a function of the filtered precrash severity indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Oliver Schoerrig
  • Patent number: 8600622
    Abstract: A buckle switch arrangement for a multi-point seat belt system. A restraints control module is provided to receive signals from sensors operatively associated with the vehicle seat which determine and identify seat occupancy and also to receive signals from other sensors operatively associated with the vehicle seat which sense seat belt webbing payout. The signals obtained by the restraints control module are interpreted and, based on the interpretation, a telltale device may be activated to warn the vehicle operator that a seat occupant is not in compliance with seat belt usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sundeep Venkat Kankanala, Stephen William Rouhana, Dean M. Jaradi, Joseph Zwolinski, Alex Meduvsky, Keith Ball
  • Publication number: 20130317702
    Abstract: A safing decision is executed using a first integrator for integrating acceleration sensor output values for a first integration interval to obtain a first arithmetic operation value, a second integrator for cumulative integration of the acceleration sensor output values using it as a trigger that the first arithmetic operation value exceeds a first predetermined value to obtain a second arithmetic operation value, a third integrator for integrating the second arithmetic operation value for a third integration interval to obtain a third arithmetic operation value as a second order integration value of the output values of the acceleration sensors, and a comparator for comparing a map derivation value derived by substituting the third arithmetic operation value into a threshold value map and the first arithmetic operation value with each other. The airbag is started up when the main decision and the safing decision are carried out as an on decision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Kobayashi