Cooperative Or Multiple Control (e.g., Suspension And Braking) Patents (Class 701/48)
  • Patent number: 10308260
    Abstract: A method for testing the function of a driver assistance system of a vehicle, wherein an environment of the vehicle is detected by means of a sensor system, includes the following steps: stimulating the driver assistance system by means of an external stimulation; processing the stimulation in the driver assistance system so that a stimulation response is obtained; transmitting the stimulation and/or information relating to the stimulation to an external reference device and determining a reference response for the stimulation in the external reference device in accordance with a desired state of the driver assistance system; and comparing the stimulation response with the reference response. The invention enables the functionality of a driver assistance system of a vehicle to be tested in a simple and cost-effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: SMARTSURV VISION SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Sven Fleck, Benjamin May
  • Patent number: 10298022
    Abstract: A power supply control system includes: a current sensor as a first detector detecting current flowing in each controller in an operating state of each controller; a first current controller turned on to supply a driving current to each controller in the operating state of each controller and turned off to disconnect the driving current supply to each controller based on a determination result; a second current controller turned on to supply a dark current to each controller in a power-saving state of each controller and turned off to disconnect the dark current supply to each controller in the operation state of each controller; a dark current sensor as a second detector detecting a voltage drop amount in the power-saving state of each controller; and an anomaly determinator determining existence of anomaly in the power-saving state of each controller based on a detection result obtained from the second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akinori Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10279800
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an electronic control unit configured to switch a use mode between a first use mode in which an owner of the hybrid vehicle is a user and a second use mode in which any of persons other than the owner is the user. The hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a first MG, an electric power storage device electrically connected to the first MG, and the electronic control unit. When the use mode is the second use mode and the hybrid vehicle reaches a location near a destination, the electronic control unit executes recovery processing of recovering a SOC of the electric power storage device in a manner to bring the SOC closer to an initial value at time when the user starts using the hybrid vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10239557
    Abstract: A vehicle travel control device includes: an EPS device turning a wheel of a vehicle; and a control device performing autonomous driving control that controls autonomous driving of the vehicle. The autonomous driving control includes: calculating a target steering angle of the wheel; and actuating the EPS device to turn the wheel such that a steering angle of the wheel becomes the target steering angle. Calculating the target steering angle includes: calculating an autonomous driving steering angle and a target state quantity required for automatic steering in the autonomous driving; calculating a counter steering angle required for vehicle stabilization control, based on the target state quantity without using a steering wheel angle; and calculating a sum of the autonomous driving steering angle and the counter steering angle as the target steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Go Inoue, Mitsutaka Tanimoto, Takahiro Yokota, Yoshio Kudo, Yutaka Aoki
  • Patent number: 10232857
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle having at least one vehicle sub-system, the system being configured for determining a configuration of the sub-system. The system includes a user interface for receiving from a user an indication of a plurality of attributes indicative of off-road driving characteristics of a driving scenario, and a processor arranged to determine a configuration of the at least one vehicle sub-system based on the plurality of attributes of the driving scenario.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Hadric Khanu, Andrew Fairgrieve, Aaron Ward, Robert Burford
  • Patent number: 10228664
    Abstract: A field device for determining or monitoring a process variable in automation technology, wherein the field device meets a safety standard, which is required in a predetermined safety-critical application, comprising a sensor, which works according to a defined measuring principle, and a control/evaluation unit, which processes and evaluates measurement data delivered by the sensor along at least three redundantly and/or diversely designed measuring channels, and wherein there is associated with the control/evaluation unit a voter, which is composed of a plurality of components, which are at least partially double redundantly designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO.KG
    Inventor: Romuald Girardey
  • Patent number: 10214220
    Abstract: An indication from an identification device is received. The indication includes identification information for each user of one or more users in a vehicle. The identification device is found in the vehicle. Whether the identification information for each user of the one or more users is correct is determined. Responsive to determining the identification information for any user of the one or more users is incorrect, a manager of the vehicle is notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marco A. Benavides, Diana P. Cabrera, Stephanie De La Fuente, Gregory S. Jones
  • Patent number: 10196069
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computerized system for controlling automotive functions of a vehicle, includes a multi-core system on chip; a hypervisor including a multi-core synchronization function for a plurality of cores on the system on chip; and a plurality of automotive function modules in communication with the plurality of cores through the hypervisor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Surya Kiran Satyavolu
  • Patent number: 10175143
    Abstract: A target reaching rotational speed set during a torque phase is set to a value higher than an actual engine rotational speed, the value being higher as one of a vehicle acceleration and an engine rotational speed gradient is larger. That is, as the acceleration is steeper, the target reaching rotational speed is set to a value closer to an upper limit rotational speed or rotational speeds proximate thereto. Thus, a display rotational speed displayed on a tachometer at the end of the torque phase becomes high rotational speed. Accordingly, there is provided a display control device for a vehicle that enables a driver to feel the use of engine performance to the limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Teratani
  • Patent number: 10177966
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes electronic controllers and first and second communications networks. The electronic controllers control a vehicle including an internal combustion engine and a drive motor. The electronic controllers include a management controller to manage travel control of the vehicle and a motor drive controller to control the drive motor. The first and second communications networks connect the electronic controllers together. The electronic controllers communicate via the first and second communications networks. The motor drive controller is configured to stop the drive motor when it is determined that a fault has occurred in the first communications network and configured to transmit information indicating that the fault has occurred in the first communications network to the management controller via the second communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Kurauchi, Shinji Mikami, Yasuhiro Ohara, Yoichi Yamashiro, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Shintaro Mito
  • Patent number: 10136489
    Abstract: A tunable illumination system is disclosed which splits a single channel output into three by means of current steering and/or time division and multiplexing techniques. More particularly, the tunable light system may split the input current into three pulse-width modulated (PWM) channels. The individual duty cycles of the PWM channels may be adjusted based on a control signal that is received via a control signal interface. The control signal interface may include a switch and/or other circuitry that is manipulated by the user when the user wants to change the color of light that is output by the illumination system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventor: Yifeng Qiu
  • Patent number: 10120449
    Abstract: The present application relates generally to haptic actuators. For example, the application is directed to high performance parallel plate actuators, and more particularly an actuator that can be used to provide haptic feedback in a variety applications such as buttons, panels, track pads, touch panels, wearables, gaming devices and/or touch-sensitive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10118615
    Abstract: A method for use with a speed control system of a vehicle is provided. The method comprises receiving readings from one or more vehicle sensors to determine the nature of the terrain over which the vehicle is traveling. The method further comprises gathering information relating to one or more parameters of the vehicle that correspond to the configuration of the vehicle. The method still further comprises determining, based on the nature of the terrain and the gathered information, whether the vehicle is appropriately configured to travel over the terrain. A system comprising an electronic control unit configured to perform the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Fairgrieve, Daniel Woolliscroft, James Kelly
  • Patent number: 10112610
    Abstract: A vehicle control system and method for operating a host vehicle based on geographic location. The system includes a distance sensor, a location sensor, a user interface, and a controller including an electronic processor and a memory. The controller is communicatively coupled to the distance sensor, the location sensor, the speed control, and the user interface, and is configured to receive a distance signal from the distance sensor indicative of a distance between the host vehicle and another vehicle. The controller receives a location signal from the location sensor indicative of a location of the host vehicle and a control signal from the user interface indicative of a desired mode of operation of the vehicle control system. The controller performs a driver assistance function associated with the desired mode of operation and adjusts a tolerance of the driver assistance function based on the location of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Vern Trageser
  • Patent number: 10052935
    Abstract: Wireless sensors are included within zones of a physical space. A memory stores feature description data. A processor, in communication with the memory and the wireless sensors, is programmed to send, to a mobile device connected to one of the wireless sensors, a subset of the feature description data applicable to one of the zones in which the mobile device is located. The processor also is programmed to receive a request to update a feature of the one of the zones based on the feature description data, and apply the setting update when the mobile device has permission. The zones of a physical space may be seating zones of a vehicle, and the wireless sensors may be included within doors to the seating zones of the vehicle. The mobile device may determine a seating zone of the vehicle in which the mobile device is located using the wireless sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Livio, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Dickow, Joey Ray Grover, Omar Makke, John Byrne
  • Patent number: 10040480
    Abstract: A lane keeping traveling support apparatus includes a driving support ECU. The driving support ECU is configured to to determine a lane departure prevention torque in such a manner that a magnitude of the lane departure prevention torque becomes smaller or to stop performing a lane departure prevention control, when the lane departure prevention control is performed in place of a lane keeping assist control and a specific operation of a steering wheel is performed by a driver so as to have a direction of an own vehicle head to a lane departure direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Kazuma Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9975531
    Abstract: A vehicle brake control device includes an electric motor controlled based on a target energization amount calculated based on an operation amount (Bpa) of a braking operation member. Based on the operation amount (Bpa), it is determined whether or not an inertia compensation control for compensating for the influence of the inertia of a brake actuator is necessary. When the inertia compensation control is determined to be necessary, an inertia compensation energization amount for compensating for the influence of the inertia of the brake actuator is calculated based on a time-series pattern set in advance based on the maximum response of the brake actuator. Based on the inertia compensation energization amount, the target energization amount is calculated. The vehicle brake control device is thus able to generate a braking torque that appropriately compensates for the influence of the inertia of the entire device including the inertia of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroyuki Kodama, Naotoshi Satake
  • Patent number: 9971494
    Abstract: A touch switch module according to one embodiment comprises a panel, a touch sensor and a control unit. The panel displays a slide bar. The control unit includes a slide velocity detection unit that detects a slide velocity which is a change over time in sliding when the touch moves along the slide bar and an operation information switching unit that compares the slide velocity with a predetermined threshold, that outputs first operation information as the operation information when the slide velocity is below the threshold, and that outputs second operation information that is different from the first operation information as the operation information when the slide velocity is equal to or higher than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventor: Noriyuki Sakayanagi
  • Patent number: 9896111
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises: a control device mounted to a vehicle body; an additional device removably mountable to the vehicle body; and an existing device mounted to the vehicle body and electrically connected to the control device, the existing device being different from the additional device, wherein the control device includes: an additional control section which performs a control to realize an additional function obtained by use of the additional device, when the control device determines that the additional device is connected to the control device; and a change control section which performs a control in such a manner that an existing function obtained by use of the existing device is changeable from the existing function in a state in which the additional device is not connected to the control device, when the control device determines that the additional device is connected to the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiji Azuma
  • Patent number: 9887767
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for hot-swappable hardware for communication links (e.g., wireless microwave links). A communication assembly that comprises processing circuitry may be configured to allow replacing a circuitry element during active operation of the communication assembly. The replacing may comprise configuring the communication assembly to communicate signals based on a first configuration, using the circuitry element being replaced; receiving addition of a replacement circuitry element; configuring the communication assembly to communicate signals based on a second configuration, using the replacement circuitry element; and after the communication assembly is fully configured to communicate signals based on the second configuration, removing the circuitry element being replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: MAXLINEAR, INC.
    Inventor: Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 9873436
    Abstract: A vehicle control system for at least one vehicle subsystem of a vehicle; the vehicle control system comprising a subsystem controller for initiating control of the or each of the vehicle subsystems in a selected one of a plurality of different subsystem control modes, each of which corresponds to one or more different driving conditions for the vehicle. Evaluation means are provided for evaluating one or more driving condition indicators to determine the extent to which each of the subsystem control modes is appropriate and for providing an output to the subsystem controller that is indicative of the control mode which is most appropriate. This may be an evaluation means for calculating the probability that the or each of the subsystem control modes is appropriate. Automatic control means may be operable in an automatic response mode to select an appropriate one of the subsystem control modes in dependence on the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Sam Anker, Dan Dennehy, Elliot Hemes, James Kelly, Andrew Fairgrieve
  • Patent number: 9868445
    Abstract: A steering application executing on a vehicle control module receives a steering control input to control a steered wheel of a vehicle. Based on the steering control input, the steering application determines a traction threshold value associated with a traction control attribute related to a traction wheel of the vehicle. A first diagnostic supervisor executing on the vehicle control module receives a measured value of the traction control attribute and the traction threshold value. When the measured value of the traction control attribute exceeds the traction threshold value, the first diagnostic supervisor repeatedly calculates a respective difference between the traction threshold value and the measured value of the traction control attribute to generate a set comprising a plurality of the respective differences. Based on the plurality of respective differences, the first diagnostic supervisor determines a first operating condition of a traction system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen T. Mangette, Joe K. Hammer, Brent A. Barnhart
  • Patent number: 9855956
    Abstract: A driving assist device includes a driver state detection unit for detecting an inattentive state as a driver state, an alerting unit for altering the driver upon detection of the inattentive state of the driver, a driving operation unit for being operated by the driver for driving operations; and a driving state switching unit that switches at least one of the driving operations in an automated driving state to a manual driving state when the driver's operation of the driving operation unit is detected during the automated driving state of the vehicle. When at least one of the driving operations in the automated driving state is switched to the manual driving state by the driving state switching unit, the driver state detection unit detects whether the state of the driver is an excited state. When the excited state of the driver is detected, the alerting unit alerts the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuhiro Omi
  • Patent number: 9849875
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle includes: ascertaining a danger measure of a possible stop position for a safe parking of the vehicle; comparing the ascertained danger measure to a predetermined danger measure threshold value; and guiding the vehicle to the possible stop position in order to safely park the vehicle in the possible stop position only if the ascertained danger measure is less than or equal to the predetermined danger measure threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Florian Hauler, Martin Mueller, Armin Ruehle, Carsten Hasberg, Stefan Nordbruch, Oliver Pink
  • Patent number: 9846677
    Abstract: A method for computing a spatial Fourier transform for an event-based system includes receiving an asynchronous event output stream including one or more events from a sensor. The method further includes computing a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) matrix based on dimensions of the sensor. The method also includes computing an output based on the DFT matrix and applying the output to an event processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Manu Rastogi, Venkat Rangan, William Howard Constable
  • Patent number: 9835451
    Abstract: A method for determining a ride height of a body of a motor vehicle and includes the steps of determining wheel heights at at least four different wheels of the motor vehicle, forming different selections of in each case three of the determined wheel heights, determining a ride height of the body for each selection, comparing the determined ride heights, and determining that at least one measurement value for a wheel height is implausible if the determined ride heights differ from one another by more than a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Igor Illg, Thomas Mirwaldt
  • Patent number: 9805601
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for generating a vehicle-to-vehicle traffic alert. Various aspects may include detecting that an abnormal traffic condition exists in an operating environment of a vehicle and generating a related electronic message. The electronic message may be transmitted via the vehicle's transceiver using a wireless communication to a nearby vehicle to alert the nearby vehicle of the abnormal traffic condition and to allow the nearby vehicle to avoid the abnormal traffic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Steven C. Cielocha, Jacob J. Alt, Laura A. Uphoff, Leo Nelson Chan, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Justin Davis, Nathan W. Baumann, Giles Roll
  • Patent number: 9794286
    Abstract: In order to detect and prevent attacks in which the network is infested with unauthorized data to cause malfunction, the invention aims, on the basis of network cycle information, to detect errors and to prevent unauthorized data forwarding in a network system such as a vehicle-mounted network. This network device is provided with a communication unit which receives data, a time management unit which manages the reception time at which data is received, and a control unit which processes data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Otsuka, Tasuku Ishigooka, Fumio Narisawa, Kazuyoshi Sasazawa
  • Patent number: 9786011
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method, an insurance policyholder may be provided an electronic insurance form including at least a first field, the first field being associated with a query for which an accurate response depends on a type of an object associated with the insurance policyholder. An image of the object may be received. The image of the object may be processed according to an object recognition technique to identify at least one characteristic of the image of the object. The identified characteristic(s) may be used to determine the type of the object, and the insurance policyholder may be provided an indication of the determined type of the object to facilitate manual or automatic entry of accurate information in the first field. Additionally or alternatively, the indication of the determined type of the object may be automatically entered in the first field. An insurance policy or quote may be adjusted accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Amy Engelhorn, Kathryn E. Knarr
  • Patent number: 9718360
    Abstract: A vehicle, a vehicle display device, and a method for controlling the vehicle display device are disclosed. The vehicle display device includes a display unit and a controller. The display unit displays a wide screen that is divided into a main display region and an auxiliary display region. The controller displays a first visual interface on the main display region, decides the second visual interface for performing a process different from that of the first visual interface according to the first visual interface, and displays auxiliary information related to the second visual interface on the auxiliary display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyun Seung Yang
  • Patent number: 9694765
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle having a plurality of subsystems in which each subsystem includes a sensor and/or actuator. A general purpose processor is programmed with a plurality of software applications in which each software application is associated with one of the vehicle subsystems. The subsystems and processor communicate with each other through an electrical bus and each subsystem includes a communication interface to receive commands from the processor as well as to send task signals to the processor. A task arbitrator prioritizes the order of execution of multiple task signals received by the processor during a preset time period. The general purpose processor then initiates execution of the software application associated with the subsystem of the sensor signal received from the task arbitrator and thereafter transmits a control signal to one or more of the subsystems via the bus as a result of execution of the associated software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Heming Chen, Donald J. McCune, Sujit Phatak, Yuan Xiao
  • Patent number: 9666069
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an autonomous driving sensor configured to detect a road condition and output at least one road condition signal representing the road condition, an autonomous mode controller configured to control the vehicle according to the at least one road condition signal, and a communication module configured to broadcast the road condition signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald H. Engelman, Alex Maurice Miller, Richard Lee Stephenson, Levasseur Tellis, Timothy D. Zwicky
  • Patent number: 9644964
    Abstract: A IC for sensor includes a detector which detects an angular velocity signal based on a signal from a sensor element, an AD converter which converts an analog signal from the detector into a digital signal, and a DC component detector which detects a DC component from the digital signal output from the AD converter within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Maki, Katsuhito Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9637102
    Abstract: A brake system includes a brake pedal for actuating a master cylinder having two pistons and corresponding pressure chambers, where the system can be operated in a brake-by-wire mode and also a fallback mode. The system also includes a first electrically controllable pressure source and a second electrically controllable pressure source. The first and second electrically controllable pressure sources each have corresponding output flows that are connected together. The second electrically controllable pressure source can therefore provide output volume flow in the event the first electrically controllable pressure source fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Stefan A. Drumm, Steffen Linkenbach
  • Patent number: 9636965
    Abstract: A suspension system capable of improving maneuverability and stability, the suspension system including a force generation mechanism and a controller. The controller, which controls each of shock absorbers, includes a main control calculation unit, a longitudinal force reaction force calculation unit, a lateral force reaction force calculation unit, an addition unit, and a suspension reaction force consideration unit. The controller subtracts an output from a vertical force calculation unit including the longitudinal force reaction force calculation unit, the lateral force reaction force calculation unit, and the addition unit from an output from the main control calculation unit by the suspension reaction force consideration unit, thereby succeeding in calculating a vertical force applied between a vehicle body and each wheel as a value in consistency with an actual behavior of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Ryusuke Hirao
  • Patent number: 9632495
    Abstract: A method for setting up and/or updating the programming of a second control unit of a transportation device includes operating a first control unit of the transportation device in a first functional scope for setting up and/or updating the programming of a second control unit of the transportation device, setting up or updating the programming of the second control unit by the first control unit, and setting up the first control unit for a second functional scope. A system by which the method of the invention may be implements is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Mark Dräger, Luc Patemoster, Michael John
  • Patent number: 9610942
    Abstract: A device for operating a vehicle includes: a vehicle movement module for forming control signals for a control unit of an actuating system of the vehicle; an energy management module for managing energy which is available for a vehicle operation, the energy management module being configured to form further control signals for the control unit as a function of the available energy, and a prioritizer for prioritizing the control signals over the further control signals as a function of a vehicle position and/or a vehicle movement state for stabilizing the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Poechmueller, Stefan Nordbruch, Andreas Lapp, Michael Knoop, Tino Sommer, Wolfgang Stolz
  • Patent number: 9586595
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a motor vehicle control system for selecting a driving surface and for controlling a plurality of vehicle subsystems to operate in a plurality of subsystem configuration modes in dependence on the selected driving surface, the system being operable in a manual operating mode in which a user is able to select said driving surface and an automatic operating mode in which the system is operable to select said driving surface automatically; wherein the system is able to be switched between said manual and automatic operating modes by means of a user-operable input device; and wherein when operating in the automatic operating mode and a change from the automatic operating mode to the manual operating mode is made via the user-operable input device, the system is configured to select a default subsystem configuration mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Fairgrieve, Elliot Hemes, James Kelly, Dan Dennehy, Sam Anker
  • Patent number: 9584053
    Abstract: A SBW-ECU prohibits driving of an electric motor by turning off power supply to the motor by a drive prohibition device, when a diagnosis part of a by-wire control circuit determines that a shift-by-wire system is abnormal or a monitor circuit determines that the by-wire control circuit is abnormal. In this case, the motor is stopped from rotating by execution of power supply phase fixation processing, by which a power supply phase of the motor is fixed without switchover, when the motor is driven to rotate at the time of determination of abnormality of the shift-by-wire system. Then the prohibition device prohibits driving of the motor by stopping the power supply to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Kimura, Jun Yamada, Masaaki Shinojima
  • Patent number: 9573590
    Abstract: In a method for stabilizing a two-wheeled vehicle during cornering, a drifting of the rear wheel or an understeering of the front wheel is inferred on the basis of measured values including the actual steering angle, and the two-wheeled vehicle is stabilized by altering the torque at the front wheel and/or the rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Matthias Moerbe
  • Patent number: 9545930
    Abstract: A system to access one or more user profiles that govern one or more vehicle functions. The system cooperates with a processor and verification module which are adapted to verify, using one or more of biometric information, gesture recognition, facial recognition and device identification information, that a user has authority to access the one or more user profiles, where the one or more profiles are stored in one or more of a vehicle, a cloud and a communications device. An edit module is further provided and adapted to allow the user to make one or more edits to the one or more user profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AutoConnect Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 9540043
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle, according to one embodiment, includes a trailer coupled with the vehicle. The trailer of the trailer backup assist system has a braking system. The trailer backup assist system also includes a sensor that senses a hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer. In addition, the trailer backup assist system includes a steering input device that provides a desired curvature of the trailer. The trailer backup assist system further includes a controller generating a steering command based on the hitch angle for the vehicle to guide the trailer on the desired curvature and an actuation command for the braking system to reduce a rearward travel distance for the trailer to achieve the desired curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9527415
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of an active suspension system for a motor vehicle passenger seat, where the active suspension system comprises an actuator that is constructed and arranged to place force on the seat in a first degree of freedom and a control system that is responsive to a sensor system that detects motor vehicle accelerations in at least the first degree of freedom, where the sensor system comprises an accident detection system that detects motor vehicle accident conditions, where the control system provides control signals that cause the actuator to exert a force on the seat in the first degree of freedom, wherein in normal active suspension operation mode the actuator is controlled to output forces that reduce acceleration of the seat so as to counteract motions of the seat in the first degree of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Damian Howard
  • Patent number: 9495875
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous mode may engage in an obstacle evaluation technique that includes employing a sensor system to collect data relating to a plurality of obstacles, identifying from the plurality of obstacles an obstacle pair including a first obstacle and a second obstacle, engaging in an evaluation process by comparing the data collected for the first obstacle to the data collected for the second obstacle, and in response to engaging in the evaluation process, making a determination of whether the first obstacle and the second obstacle are two separate obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Baldwin Dowdall, Jiajun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9488116
    Abstract: A secondary controller for controlling the performance of a vehicle is described. The secondary controller sends control commands to a vehicle controller while the vehicle is being driven to effect the operation of the vehicle's power train without requiring any modification of the vehicle controller and without falsifying any information sent to the vehicle controller. In some embodiments, the secondary controller communicates with the vehicle controller via the vehicle's diagnostic port, such as an OBD-II port. In one aspect, the secondary controller is used to direct the vehicle controller not to utilize a start/stop feature to automatically turn off the engine in the selected circumstances during normal operation of the vehicle. As such, the control command causes the vehicle controller to operate the vehicle in the selected operating mode in manner dictated by the engine controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: 128 Combustion, Inc.
    Inventors: Kendall J. Mosher, Chester J. Silvestri, Adam Raper, David R. Emberson
  • Patent number: 9457815
    Abstract: The processor-implemented control system for automotive vehicles assigns master control functionality separately to each controlled direction of motion. Within each master control, a multi-layered control architecture is implemented. At control level 0 multiple localized actuators associated with the controlled motion direction are monitored to ensure integrity but are otherwise allowed to operate on their own. At control level 1 the master control plays a supervisory role, coordinating behavior of the multiple actuators. At levels 2 and 3 the master control assesses trustworthiness of the driver and factors that trustworthiness into the control equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: e-AAM Driveline Systems AB
    Inventors: Johan O. Hägnander, Sven E. Johansson, P. Stefan Elgåfoss
  • Patent number: 9457664
    Abstract: A display device includes: first setting means for setting a first operation amount to be performed by an occupant so as to increase an output in a state in which a vehicle speed is less than a predetermined threshold; second setting means for setting a second operation amount to be performed by the occupant such that an operation state of the vehicle can be shifted to a desired state in which optimal instantaneous fuel consumption is realized, by decreasing the output in a state in which the vehicle speed is equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold; and display means for displaying, on a display unit, at least one of the first operation amount and the second operation amount, and a present operation amount which is an operation amount performed at present by the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Amano, Kaoru Kubo, Taishi Hisano, Yasushi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9446287
    Abstract: Determining pace or speed based on sensor data may include determining an amount of contact time a user's foot has with a workout surface such as the ground. Contact time may be determined by identifying samples in the sensor data that correspond to various events such as a heelstrike, a toe-off and a subsequent heelstrike. In one example, these events may be identified by determining a sequence of three sample values (e.g., a triplet) that exceeds corresponding thresholds. The validity of an identified triplet (e.g., heelstrike, toe-off and heelstrike) may be confirmed by determining whether a difference between a last event sample and a middle event sample is greater than a difference between the middle event sample and an initial event sample. Once confirmed, a contact time may be determined from the triplet. A linear or non-linear relationship may then be applied to the contact time to determine a speed or pace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron B. Weast, James M. Mullin
  • Patent number: 9440537
    Abstract: A method to control functions displayed on a display unit of a vehicle uses gestures carried out in three-dimensional space. When a first gesture carried out in three-dimensional space is detected it is determined whether the detected first gesture is allocated to an activation of an operation of a function. If it is determined that the detected first gesture is the gesture allocated to the activation of the operation of the function, then the function is activated. Next a second gesture carried out in three-dimensional space is detected and it is determined whether the detected second gesture is a gesture allocated to the operation of the function. If it is determined that the detected second gesture is the gesture allocated to the operation of the function then the operation of the function is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Volker Entenmann, Stefan Mattes, Joerg Reisinger, Tingting Zhang-Xu
  • Patent number: 9358910
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of an active suspension system for a motor vehicle passenger seat, where the active suspension system comprises an actuator that is constructed and arranged to place force on the seat in a first degree of freedom and a control system that is responsive to a sensor system that detects motor vehicle accelerations in at least the first degree of freedom, where the sensor system comprises an accident detection system that detects motor vehicle accident conditions, where the control system provides control signals that cause the actuator to exert a force on the seat in the first degree of freedom, wherein in normal active suspension operation mode the actuator is controlled to output forces that reduce acceleration of the seat so as to counteract motions of the seat in the first degree of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Damian Howard