Cooperative Or Multiple Control (e.g., Suspension And Braking) Patents (Class 701/48)
  • Patent number: 11027608
    Abstract: Provided is a method for use by a driving assistance apparatus that assists a transition from an autonomous driving mode in which a vehicle is driven under autonomous control to a manual driving mode in which the vehicle is driven by a driver. The method includes: detecting an activity by the driver; detecting conditions of the driver; and determining a take-over request method which is a method of presenting, in the vehicle, a take-over request that informs the driver that the autonomous driving mode is going to be cancelled, the determining being based on at least the detected activity by the driver and the detected conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 10990681
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling smart fabrics. In some embodiments, the smart fabrics are attached to vehicle seats, benches, and/or beds. In some embodiments, the smart fabrics enable digital components to be embedded in them and can be configured to modify their physical behavior including changing their color, breathability, stiffness, as well as other properties, depending on the applications the fabric is being utilized for. In order to control these smart fabrics and the different properties of them, smart fabric controllers are provided as well as one or more vehicle controllers that help to give instructions and update the firmware of each of the one or more smart fabric controllers on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Quatmann
  • Patent number: 10967873
    Abstract: A processor associated with a vehicle receives sensor data from a plurality of sensors in the vehicle. Each sensor is configured to measure a different parameter of a driver of the vehicle. The processor applies a model to the received sensor data, which when applied causes the processor to output a determination, based on the parameters of the driver, of attentiveness of the driver to driving the vehicle. Responsive to the determination indicating the driver is not attentive to driving the vehicle, the processor causes the vehicle to output an alert to the driver or to automatically control a driving function of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Cobalt Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Rana June Sobhany
  • Patent number: 10967878
    Abstract: A vehicle control system for controlling at least one subsystem of a vehicle; the vehicle control system comprising: a subsystem controller for initiating control of the or each of the at least one vehicle subsystems in one of a plurality of baseline subsystem control modes by setting at least one control parameter of the or each of the at least one subsystems to a predetermined, stored, value or state applicable to that baseline subsystem control mode, each baseline subsystem control mode corresponding to one or more different driving conditions for the vehicle; and input means for permitting a user to provide an input to the control system, wherein, for at least one of the plurality of baseline subsystem control modes, the control system is configured to allow a user to define, via the input means, a user-configured subsystem control mode based on one said at least one baseline subsystem control mode by adjusting the value or state of at least one of said at least one control parameters to a value or state
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Charlotte Cooke, Robert Burford, David Armstrong, Christopher Johnson
  • Patent number: 10958472
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a control system for at least one motor vehicle, including a first control unit having a data interface for coupling the first control unit to a vehicle data bus, as well as having a first network interface for coupling the first control unit to a second control unit via an internet-protocol-based network. The control system also includes the second control unit having a second network interface for coupling the second control unit to the first control unit via the internet-protocol-based network. The second control unit is designed to send or receive at least one control signal that can be transmitted via the vehicle data bus by the first control unit via the vehicle data bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Andre Hasse
  • Patent number: 10942497
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for providing redundancy in a vehicle electrical control system, including a plurality of electronic control units connected to each other through a first data bus, and where each electronic control unit is connected to one or more I/O-units through a separate second data bus, where each second data bus is provided with a separate transceiver which allows communication between an electronic control unit and an I/O-unit, and where the arrangement includes a programmable switch arranged between the electronic control units and the transceivers, where the programmable switch is adapted to interconnect each transceiver with a selected electronic control unit. A transceiver may be reconnected to a new ECU in an easy way, when the ECU to which the transceiver was originally connected to breaks down, which allows the new ECU to access the I/O-units of the broken ECU and which in turn provides an effective redundancy for the electrical control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: Hamid Yhr
  • Patent number: 10921374
    Abstract: A diagnosis device diagnoses current cutoff devices connected in parallel and disposed on an energization path to an energy storage device mounted on a vehicle. The diagnosis device performs switch processing of switching one of the current cutoff devices to be diagnosed from an opened state to a closed state or from the closed state to the opened state and closing the other current cutoff device while an engine of the vehicle is stopped. The diagnosis device detects end-to-end voltage of the current cutoff device when current larger than a threshold flows through the current cutoff device after the switch processing, and diagnoses the current cutoff device based on the detected end-to-end voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GS Yuasa International Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya Wada, Takeyuki Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10899361
    Abstract: A moving object controlling device (10) determines, when malfunction of an instrument such as a processor (11) mounted in a moving object (100) is specified, control contents with respect to the moving object (100) according to malfunction contents such as a level of the specified malfunction and a peripheral situation of the moving object (100) such as a movement place of the moving object (100) and a movement environment that influences movement of the moving object (100). Then, the moving object controlling device (10) controls the moving object (100) according to the determined control contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhito Miyauchi, Ryo Okabe, Tomohiko Higashiyama
  • Patent number: 10882424
    Abstract: Systems and methods for actively isolating a payload from a disturbance. In one example, a seat system for a vehicle includes a seat, a support structure that allows the seat to move about an axis of a pivot, a first sensor positioned to detect movement of the vehicle, a second sensor positioned to detect lateral acceleration of the pivot, an actuator configured to move the seat, and a controller configured to receive a first signal from the first sensor and a second signal from the second sensor, generate a command signal based at least on the first and the second signal to instruct the actuator to position the seat at a desired command angle, wherein the controller is configured to correct the command signal for lateral accelerations caused by steering the vehicle, and provide a force command to the actuator to move the seat at the desired command angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: ClearMotion Acquisition I LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence D. Knox, Travis Lee Hein
  • Patent number: 10871749
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for scheduling an alarm wake up to self-wake a control module of a vehicle while the vehicle is off to perform requesting features, including diagnostic and non-diagnostic afterrun tasks. In one example, a method may include, during a shutdown event of the control module, querying a plurality of requesting features for alarm wake up times, receiving a plurality of alarm wake up times from the plurality of requesting features, selecting one alarm wake up time from the plurality of alarm wake up times received, and setting a timer for the selected alarm wake up time. When the timer elapses at the selected alarm wake up time, the control module is woken and a request to run is sent to each of the plurality of requesting features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Roy Jentz, Sanyam Sharma, Eric David Jefferson, Hugh Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10870417
    Abstract: The vehicle braking device includes a pilot pressure control portion which executes normal control in which the pilot pressure is controlled in response to the target value of the servo pressure and shortening control in which the change amount of the pilot pressure per unit time is greater than the change amount under the normal control in a mutually different timing, a state judging portion which judges the state of the master piston relating hysteresis of sliding resistance of the master piston based on the detection result of the servo pressure detecting portion or the liquid pressure co-relating with the servo premeasure and a control switching over portion which terminates the shortening control based on the detection result of the servo pressure detecting portion and the detection result of the state judging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: ADVICS CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaki Ninoyu, Yusuke Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10871959
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle control device and a program update system capable of effectively suppressing erroneous execution and update of a plurality of control programs stored in a nonvolatile memory. A vehicle control device according to the present invention has a flash ROM and an operation unit. In addition, the flash ROM has a first area and a second area which store a control program executable by the operation unit and a plurality of management data areas which store management data including current program area information representing one storage area of the first area and the second area as a storage area storing a current control program to be executed by the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Fumiharu Nakahara, Kenichi Kurosawa, Hajime Araki, Hidetoshi Teraoka
  • Patent number: 10859063
    Abstract: A method for operating a wind farm in a reduced-power throttle mode in which a farm master determines an individual setpoint power reduction for each participating wind power plant by determining an available power for each wind power plant, reducing this available power by a reduction proportion; determining the reduction proportions using an optimization method with the optimization condition of equal increase time for the wind power plants; and repeating until the optimization method reaches a presettable termination criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SENVION GmbH
    Inventor: Jens Geisler
  • Patent number: 10848954
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a search system including at least one antenna, a wireless transceiver control module, and a processor. The processor receives a vehicle access request. The processor then sends a search instruction to the wireless transceiver control module to search for an authorized wireless device within a predefined distance of the vehicle. The processor receives a response, to the request, from the wireless transceiver control module indicating search results and a state indicator indicating a state of the search system. When the state indicator indicates a state predefined as corresponding to a final result state for fulfilling the request, the processor utilizes the search results to determine if the access request should be granted and when the state indicator indicates a state predefined as corresponding to an in-progress state, which will result in an improved response at a future time, the processor re-instructs the search and repeats response reception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Joseph Gorski, William Ko, Ahmet Cinar, Fouad Bounefissa, Howard Paul Tsvi Linden
  • Patent number: 10828953
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle with an integrated fully-active suspension system. The fully-active suspension utilizes data from one or more sensors used for autonomous driving (e.g. vision, LIDAR, GPS) in order to anticipate road conditions in advance. The system builds a topographical map of the road surface. Suspension and road data is delivered back to the vehicle in order to change autonomous driving behavior including route planning. Energy storage is regulated based on a planned route. Forward and lateral acceleration feel is mitigated through active pitch and tilt compensation. The fully-active suspension pushes and pulls the suspension in three or more operational quadrants in order to deliver superior ride comfort, handling, and/safety of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ClearMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Zackary Martin Anderson, Marco Giovanardi
  • Patent number: 10793024
    Abstract: Provided is a seat in which a physical quantity can be controlled according to a physique of an occupant. One aspect of the present disclosure provides a seat including a seat body that supports a body of an occupant, at least one driving device that changes a physical quantity of the seat body, and a controller that controls the at least one driving device. The controller includes a model generator that generates a human body model of the occupant, an analyzer that analyzes a state quantity of the human body model, and an instructing device that drives the at least one driving device based on a result of an analysis by the analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Kawano, Yoshiomi Nishigaki, Kazumi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10775883
    Abstract: An information processing method, an information processing apparatus and a user equipment are provided. A method comprises: acquiring eye movement information related to that at least one eye of a user gazes a user equipment; and determining relative movement information of the user equipment relative to the head of the user at least according to a non-saccade eye movement part in the eye movement information. Relative movement between a user equipment and the head of a user can be determined according to a non-saccade eye movement part(s) of eye movement information related to the user gazes the user equipment, providing a basis for increasing the accuracy of compensation corresponding to the relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Dayong Ding
  • Patent number: 10759445
    Abstract: There is provided a driving assistance device for supporting driving of a vehicle equipped with the driving assistance device such that if a driver starts a driving-related operation in the course of self-driving, switching from self-driving to manual driving is performed. An acquiring unit configured to acquire conditions of the driver. A determining unit configured to determine to invalidate switching to manual driving in the case where the conditions of the driver acquired when the operation was started represents a non-waking state, and determine to continue the invalidation for a predetermined period if the driver changes from the non-waking state to a waking state when the invalidation is being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventor: Hiroshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10764084
    Abstract: Provided is an integrated ECU. The integrated ECU includes an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) including: a gateway configured to perform a network communication in connection with a network; a vehicle motion main controller having a domain corresponding to first sensing information sensed by a vehicle motion sensor of the sensor such that the vehicle motion main controller performs control on a motion of a vehicle by receiving the first sensing information using the gateway; and a vehicle safety main controller having a domain corresponding to second sensing information sensed by a vehicle safety sensor such that the vehicle safety main controller performs control on a safety of the vehicle by receiving the second sensing information using the gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyun Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 10752241
    Abstract: A method includes ascertaining that an emergency braking operation of a single-track motor vehicle is to be automatically executed driver independently, and based on the ascertainment, automatically and driver-independently influencing a steering element of the motor vehicle during the execution of the emergency braking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Alfred Kuttenberger
  • Patent number: 10732642
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus (140) includes a acquisition unit (141), which acquires information on a target track through which a vehicle (M) will pass in the future, a parameter determiner (142), which determines a parameter by which a track model defined by one or more parameters coincides with a track acquired by the acquisition unit, and a steering controller (143), which feedforward-controls steering of the vehicle on the basis of at least the track model defined by the parameter determined by the parameter determiner, wherein the parameter determiner determines the parameter on the basis of a direction of a change in the degree of separation between the track model and the target track with respect to a change in the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Yasui, Hideki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10696227
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining a road surface characteristic. In one implementation, a system includes at least one processing device programmed to receive, from at least one camera, at least two images representative of an environment of a vehicle; align at least a portion of the at least two images using estimated motion of the vehicle; provide, to a trained system configured to determine a characteristic of the road surface, at least the aligned portions of the at least two images; receive, from the trained system, the determined characteristic of the road surface; and provide, to a vehicle control system, based on at least the determined characteristic of the road surface, control information for changing at least one setting of the vehicle control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10696306
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a first set of driving metrics of a vehicle navigating a segment using a driving control system; computing, based on the first set of driving metrics, a driving characteristic for the vehicle. The driving characteristic of the vehicle being represented by the first set of driving metrics. The method also includes comparing the driving characteristic of the vehicle to a driving characteristic of a number of manually controlled vehicles represented by a second set of driving metrics collected while navigating the segment; and computing a score indicating an elegance of the driving control system in navigating the segment based on the comparison of the driving characteristic of the vehicle to the driving characteristic of the number of manually controlled vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jared Benisch, Emilie Jeanne Anne Danna, Sameer Qureshi
  • Patent number: 10683007
    Abstract: Provided is a collision avoidance support device capable of terminating traveling direction automatic control at a timing appropriate for a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kotaro Saiki, Motoki Nishimura, Kohei Morotomi
  • Patent number: 10683824
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of control devices (10, 11, 12) of an engine control system (1) is provided with a drive control unit (100, 110, 120) which controls the drive of an engine unit to be controlled according to memory information stored in a memory of the control device, a memory information output unit which outputs the memory information stored in the memory of the control device to other control devices, and a memory information update unit which writes memory information received from the memory information output units of other control devices into the memory of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kanta Inoue, Yukio Yamashita, Mitsufumi Goto, Musashi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10685513
    Abstract: A method for activating a function of a motor vehicle upon detecting the presence of a user apparatus in a predetermined detection area around the vehicle. The method includes a step of determining the position of the user apparatus relative to the body of the user; a step of receiving, by the user apparatus, a signal comprising a broadcast message sent by the vehicle; a step of calculating a compensated value of the power of the signal received from the determined position of the user apparatus; a step of estimating the distance separating the user apparatus from the vehicle using the compensated power value, and a step of activating at least one function by the vehicle when the estimated distance is less than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Sylvain Godet
  • Patent number: 10684621
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a scene determination unit determining whether or not a current traveling scene is a traveling-restricted scene, an order setting unit setting priorities corresponding to a restriction with respect to driving behaviors previously classified for different purposes in a case where it is determined that the traveling scene is the traveling-restricted scene and setting priorities with respect to the plurality of driving behaviors in a case where it is not determined that the traveling scene is the traveling-restricted scene, a traveling plan generating unit generating traveling plans corresponding to the plurality of priority-set driving behaviors, an executability determination unit determining executability of each of the plurality of generated driving behaviors, a traveling plan selection unit selecting the traveling plan corresponding to the driving behavior with the highest priority, and a traveling control unit controlling the traveling of the host vehicle based on the trav
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Matsubara, Masaki Matsunaga, Kenichiro Aoki, Yoshinori Watanabe, Ryuta Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10675961
    Abstract: A failsafe device is provided to perform an operation including at least a part or all of one or more of a mechanical system, a hydraulic system, an electrical system, and a chemical system. The failsafe device includes at least one electronic system and an least one non-electronic system. The at least one electronic system is controlled by at least one computer and/or microprocessor. The at least one non-electronic system includes at least one of the mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and chemical systems. The failsafe device is configured to operate in two modes, a normal mode and an emergency mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10674576
    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: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventor: Yifeng Qiu
  • Patent number: 10661711
    Abstract: A warning output device includes a rear sensor unit and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to, when a shift position is an R range, based on information from the sensor unit indicating that a first obstacle is detected, output a warning for informing an occupant of the presence of the first obstacle, in a first state, output first predetermined warning display and first predetermined warning sound; and in a second state, output second predetermined warning display and second predetermined warning sound. The ECU is configured to, in the second state, output the second predetermined warning sound for a predetermined time, then stop the output of the second predetermined warning sound, and output the second predetermined warning display for a longer time than the second predetermined warning sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Ohtani, Masato Okuda, Akihiro Kida, Yuka Takagi, Toshihiro Takagi
  • Patent number: 10632993
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus for a vehicle includes a travel environment information acquisition unit, a travel information detection unit, and a control unit. The acquisition unit acquires travel environment information of the vehicle, which is on a traveling environment of the vehicle. The detection unit detects travel information of the vehicle. The control unit performs self-driving control, on the basis the information. The control unit detects a relative distance between an oncoming vehicle and the vehicle, and performs turn control to cause the vehicle to make a turn while crossing ahead of the oncoming vehicle, in a case where the relative distance is not smaller than a preset threshold value. When the vehicle makes the turn, in a case where a traction control for preventing tire slippage by decreasing a drive torque is operated, the control unit increasingly corrects the preset threshold value in accordance with at least a tire grip state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Harunobu Horiguchi
  • Patent number: 10603972
    Abstract: A method for controlling an operating mode of a controller for at least one suspension component of an at least partially active suspension of a vehicle. In accordance with at least one control command provided by a user for steering the vehicle, a situation detection is carried out to detect a control situation in which the at least one suspension component of the suspension which should be at least partially actively controlled, can be potentially controlled, and in the event that a control situation is detected, at least one reactive controller for controlling the at least one suspension component is switched from a first operating mode to a second operating mode, the at least one reactive controller being switched into the second operating mode with an increased bandwidth and amplification when compared with the first operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Andreas Unger
  • Patent number: 10589739
    Abstract: A control system for providing a yaw moment control action is provided. The control system comprises a command interpreter and a control segment. The command interpreter is configured to generate desired current vehicle states, when a vehicle is driven manually, wherein the current vehicle states comprise a target yaw rate state and a target lateral velocity state. The command interpreter is further configured to generate a desired states vector, when the vehicle is driven autonomously, using vehicle path planning instructions, wherein the desired states vector comprises current and future ideal yaw rate and lateral velocity states. The control segment is configured to generate a yaw moment control action using the desired current vehicle states when the vehicle is driven manually and generate a yaw moment control action using the desired states vector when the vehicle is driven autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Seyedalireza Kasaiezadeh Mahabadi, Bakhtiar B. Litkouhi
  • Patent number: 10549781
    Abstract: A vehicle according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes an electronic chassis control system configured for an electronic control suspension (ECS), a motor driven power steering system (MDPS), an electronic stability control (ESC), and an all wheel drive (AWD), and an integrated controller implementing an integrated avoidance control in which controls for each of the MDPS, the ESC, and the AWD according to an emergency avoidance control of the ECS in the forward collision situation, wherein it is possible to safely and rapidly avoid risk of forward collision, and cooperative control performance of the ECS and the AWD, the ESC and the MDPS is optimized by applying an emergency grade to the integrated avoidance control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae-Il Park, Sung-Wook Hwang
  • Patent number: 10542383
    Abstract: A system for micro-locating a portable device including: a plurality of proximity sensors disposed within a vehicle, wherein the proximity sensors are disposed at different locations from each other, and wherein the proximity sensors are each configured to broadcast a signal; a portable device configured to receive the signals broadcast from the proximity sensors to determine its location with respect to the vehicle; and a control module disposed within the vehicle and configured to enable or disable vehicle control features of the portable device based on the location of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Santavicca, Tristen Kyle Pierson, Benson James Brady
  • Patent number: 10488933
    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: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10479300
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for monitoring of vehicle window vibrations for voice-command recognition. An example vehicle includes a window, an outer layer, a vibration sensor coupled to the window to detect audio vibrations, an audio actuator coupled to the outer layer to vibrate the outer layer, and a controller. The controller is to detect a voice command from a user via the vibration sensor, identify an audio response based upon the voice command, and emit the audio response to the user via the audio actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Wheeler, Scott Andrew Amman, Leah Busch, Ranjani Rangarajan, John Edward Huber
  • Patent number: 10479332
    Abstract: A method for assisting in parking a vehicle, comprises the steps of: initiating a parking sequence having a reference velocity; altering a velocity of the vehicle to about the reference velocity by generating a brake torque during a first mode of operation of a controller; outputting the brake torque to a disturbance estimator; storing the brake torque within the disturbance estimator; and utilizing the brake torque from the disturbance estimator in a second mode of operation of the controller to stop the vehicle at a target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Bales, Michael Hafner
  • Patent number: 10462957
    Abstract: An agricultural machine arrangement including at least one traction machine and at least one attachment device adapted to the traction machine, with a driver assistance system optimizing the operation of the traction machine and/or of the respective attachment device. The driver assistance system includes a computing unit and at least one display unit, wherein the computing unit processes information generated by machine-internal sensor systems, external information and information stored in the computing unit and wherein the traction machine and the attachment device include a control device for open-loop and closed-loop controlling the traction machine and/or of the attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CLAAS Tractor SAS
    Inventors: Majorie Clement, Geoffrey De Wever, Florian Dirlewanger, Xavier Nivot, Clement Vilette, Thinus Glitz
  • Patent number: 10464598
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for damage risk indication of a steering system of a vehicle. The apparatus includes a sensor system and a processing device. The sensor system is configured to detect a velocity of a servo unit of a steering system of the vehicle. The processing device is configured to determine an acceleration value of the servo unit and to compare the acceleration value, velocity values and thresholds of the servo unit with an acceleration value threshold, and to generate a warning signal if the acceleration value of the servo unit exceeds the acceleration value threshold. Thus, a damage risk is determined and the vehicle can be subjected to further damage investigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: John T. Zuzelski, Scott R. Kloess, Christopher J. Mielke, Bo Yu, Nicholas V. Katcherian
  • Patent number: 10464571
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vehicle, a vehicle, a method, and a program having a program code. The apparatus has at least one input interface to receive sensor data from at least one sensor module, wherein the sensor data includes sensor information about a behavior of at least one occupant of the vehicle and/or about a travel situation of the vehicle. The apparatus has a control module to determine a potential need for information by the vehicle occupant based on the sensor information. The control module provides information corresponding to the potential need for information and ascertains a representation of the information according to the potential need for information in the vehicle based on the sensor information. The apparatus has at least one output interface for providing at least one video signal or control signal according to the ascertained representation on one or more display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Simon Kwoczek, Felix Richter, Julia Kwasny
  • Patent number: 10459436
    Abstract: A vehicle system controller having an asymmetric system architecture and a method of operating the vehicle system controller is provided. The vehicle system controller includes a primary controller and a secondary controller in communications with the vehicle systems. Each of the controllers include a memory unit containing software application and a processor for executing the software to generate commands for the vehicle systems. The memory unit of the secondary controller contains only a subset of the total software applications contained in the memory unit of the primary controller. The subset of software applications is only for the operation of pre-identified features of the vehicle systems. The vehicle systems are configured to default to commands from the primary controller, but switches to the commands from the secondary controller for a predetermined length of time if the primary controller becomes fail-silent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Soheil Samii, David A. Bodenmiller, Massimo Osella
  • Patent number: 10427566
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprising a device for levelling the vehicle seat is provided. The vehicle seat including an upper seat element, which can be moved relative to a lower seat element by a first air spring and on which a mass can be arranged The lower and the upper seat element are arranged at a predetermined distance from one another, and the first air spring is fluidically connected to an additional volume of an additional volume module by a first fluid connection. The internal pressure of the first air spring is controllable by the additional volume module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Konstantin Lorey, Hubert Wittmann, Konstantin Krivenkov
  • Patent number: 10414399
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device are provided for preventing an undesired vehicle motion during an automatic switch-off process of a drive machine in a motor vehicle. An automatic switch-off process is initiated by a start-stop apparatus before the standstill is reached if the motor vehicle is braked because of a deceleration request and the speed of the vehicle is less than a specified first speed threshold. A brake pressure of suitable magnitude is caused to be locked-in in the brake system even before the vehicle reaches the standstill if a first signal indicating that the vehicle standstill will soon be reached and a second signal indicating that an inability of the drive machine to operate in a self-sustaining manner will soon be reached are acquired because of an initiated automatic switch-off process of the drive machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Sebastian Haerdtl
  • Patent number: 10414404
    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: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Sam Anker, Dan Dennehy, Elliot Hemes, James Kelly, Andrew Fairgrieve
  • Patent number: 10351084
    Abstract: When an anomaly is determined in the transition of ECUs to a power saving state, a power supply control system sequentially turns on current supply switches while keeping a bypass switch on. A monitoring controller determines an anomaly in the transition of the ECUs to a power saving state on the basis of whether the dark current in the ECUs calculated from the amount of change at that time in the current in the power supply line is greater than an ordinary dark current. Further, in the startup state of the ECUs, power from a power supply can be supplied to the ECUs via the power supply line and individual supply lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinori Maruyama, Shuuji Satake, Satoshi Morita, Yoshinori Ikuta, Yoshihide Nakamura, Yasuyuki Shigezane
  • Patent number: 10351110
    Abstract: A brake system for motor vehicles controllable by a driver or independently of the driver, comprises first and second brake actuation sensors. First and second electrically controllable pressure sources, can actuate the wheel brakes. A first electronic control unit controls the first pressure source, and is connected to the first brake actuation sensor. A second electronic control unit controls the second pressure source and is connected to the second brake actuation sensor. A hydraulic control device comprises a first solenoid valve between the wheel brakes and the first pressure source and a second solenoid valve between the wheel brakes and the second pressure source. There is a data connection between the first electronic control unit and the second electronic control unit. The first electronic control unit has a first interface and the second electronic control unit has a second interface that are not connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Marco Besier, Stefan Drumm
  • Patent number: 10343670
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes: a plurality of operation devices receive operations from an occupant; a plurality of driving devices operate a vehicle with operation quantities applied to the plurality of operation devices; and a control device controls the plurality of driving devices. The control device includes: first and second operating characteristics; and correction device. When the occupant operates the second operation devices during execution of operation of the first operation devices, the correction device corrects the second operating characteristics such that the second operation force at the second response start point is equivalent to the first operation force of the first operation devices obtained when the operation of the second operation devices is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadayuki Niibe, Naoki Yamada, Kazuhiro Takemura
  • 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