Cooperative Or Multiple Control (e.g., Suspension And Braking) Patents (Class 701/48)
  • Patent number: 11354179
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product are provided for receiving information associated with a message, issuing a storage resource request in connection with a storage resource and determining whether the storage resource is available. In use, the information is capable of being shared in less than one second, utilizing an automotive electronic control unit which includes a plurality of interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Stragent, LLC
    Inventors: Axel Fuchs, Scott Sturges Andrews
  • Patent number: 11328608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for a string comprising a plurality of vehicles platooning by means of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, comprising collecting (S1) from a plurality of sources (111, 1021, 1022, 1023) values (OP1-OP3) of operational parameters related to the operation of a first (1) of the vehicles, characterized by determining (S2) based on the operational parameter values (OP1-OP3) a plurality of values (AP1-AP3) of an acceleration parameter indicative of an acceleration of the first vehicle, and selecting (S3) from the acceleration parameter values (AP1-AP3) an extreme value (AP2) indicative of the lowest acceleration of the first vehicle (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stefan Bergquist, Wilhelm Wiberg
  • Patent number: 11312356
    Abstract: A driving control method for a hybrid vehicle including an electric motor and an engine includes, when an acceleration request via manipulation of an accelerating pedal and a deceleration request via manipulation of a brake pedal are simultaneously made in a situation in which a predetermined condition is satisfied, implementing the acceleration request as torque of the engine, and implementing the deceleration request as regenerative brake torque of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Joon Young Park
  • Patent number: 11305769
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: a recognizer that recognizes a surrounding environment of a vehicle; a driving controller that performs speed control and steering control of the vehicle regardless of an operation of an occupant on the basis of a recognition result obtained by the recognizer; and a wiper controller that controls a wiper attached to a window of the vehicle, wherein the wiper controller changes a degree of operation of the wiper according to a boarding position and a degree of approach when the vehicle moves to the boarding position at which an occupant boards the vehicle after the vehicle starts traveling under the control of the driving controller or when the vehicle starts traveling to move away from the boarding position under the control of the driving controller after the occupant alights from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junpei Noguchi, Yasushi Shoda, Yuki Hara, Ryoma Taguchi, Yuta Takada
  • Patent number: 11299195
    Abstract: A vehicle steering system, including: a steering actuator including an electric motor, a steering rod configured to steer a wheel by a steering amount, and a motion converting mechanism configured to convert a rotating motion of a motor rotation shaft into a motion of the steering rod; first and second motor rotation angle sensors configured to detect a motor rotation angle; a steering amount sensor configured to detect a motion amount of the steering rod as the steering amount; and a controller configured to execute a steering amount control and to perform detection-value inappropriateness determination in which it is determined that any one or two of a detection value of the first motor rotation angle sensor, a detection value of the second motor rotation angle sensor, and a detection value of the steering amount sensor are inappropriate based on comparison among the detection values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Itoh
  • Patent number: 11286649
    Abstract: A method for estimating a yaw (or heading) of a rotating body of a machine is disclosed. The method may include obtaining measurements related to a velocity of a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna coupled to the rotating body based on a motion state associated with the machine satisfying one or more conditions, calculating a first unit vector of a lever arm from a rotation axis to the GNSS antenna, and calculating a second unit vector orthogonal to the one or more measurements related to the velocity of the GNSS antenna in a direction towards the rotation axis (e.g., based on a velocity of another GNSS antenna coupled to the rotating body and/or a yaw rate measurement obtained by an inertial measurement unit). Accordingly, the yaw of the rotating body may be estimated based on a rotation angle between the first unit vector and the second unit vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Nolan A. Graves
  • Patent number: 11275382
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system acquires information concerning a vehicle density in an adjacent lane that is adjacent to a lane on which an own vehicle is traveling, when the own vehicle travels on a road having a plurality of lanes. The autonomous driving system selects the adjacent lane as an own vehicle travel lane, when the vehicle density in the adjacent lane that is calculated from the acquired information is lower than a threshold density that is determined in accordance with relations between the own vehicle and surrounding vehicles. The autonomous driving system performs lane change to the adjacent lane autonomously, or propose lane change to the adjacent lane to a driver, when the adjacent lane is selected as the own vehicle travel lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryuta Hashimoto, Yoshinori Watanabe, Kenichiro Aoki, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11269329
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a set of parameters representing a first state of an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) to be simulated and a set of control commands to be issued at a first point in time. In response, a localization predictive model is applied to the set of parameters to determine a first position (e.g., x, y) of the ADV. A localization correction model is applied to the set of parameters to determine a set of localization correction factors (e.g., ?x, ?y). The correction factors may represent the errors between the predicted position of the ADV by the localization predictive model and the ground truth measured by sensors of the vehicle. Based on the first position of the ADV and the correction factors, a second position of the ADV is determined as the simulated position of the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Shu Jiang, Qi Luo, Jinghao Miao, Jiangtao Hu, Jiaxuan Xu, Jingao Wang, Yu Wang, Jinyun Zhou, Runxin He
  • Patent number: 11270137
    Abstract: A method for producing a textural image from event information generated by an event camera comprises: accumulating event information from a plurality of events occurring during successive event cycles across a field of view of the event camera, each event indicating an x,y location within the field of view, a polarity for a change of detected light intensity incident at the x,y location and an event cycle at which the event occurred; in response to selected event cycles, analysing event information for one or more preceding event cycles to identify one or more regions of interest bounding a respective object to be tracked; and responsive to a threshold event criterion for a region of interest being met, generating a textural image for the region of interest from event information accumulated from within the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Amr Elrasad, Cian Ryan, Richard Blythman, Joe Lemley, Brian O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11256326
    Abstract: A display control method, a display control 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 adjusting display of a display content of the user equipment at least according to a non-saccade eye movement part in the eye movement information. A display content of a user equipment can be adjusted according to a non-saccade eye movement part of the user equipment gazed by a user, to enable relative movement between the head of the user and the adjusted display content to disappear or decrease, thus improving the user's reading experience in a scenario of having relative movement with the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Dayong Ding
  • Patent number: 11249543
    Abstract: An in-vehicle control device includes a processor configured to: control a device of a first type, which has a function of switching an operation mode between a normal mode and a mode in which power consumption is limited compared to the normal mode in accordance with an instruction via communication and a device of a second type, which does not have the function; specify a limited device that is a device of which power consumption is to be limited, based on information acquired from outside; transmit to the limited device via a communication line an instruction to shift the operation mode to the mode in which power consumption is limited compared to the normal mode, when the limited device is the device of the first type; and stop power supply to the limited device when the limited device is the device of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naofumi Ota, Jiro Ito, Ryota Misumi, Kazuichi Fujisaka, Sadahisa Yamada
  • Patent number: 11241936
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air conditioner for a vehicle and a control method thereof, which can calculate the range of discharge temperature to the interior of the vehicle, set the upper limit of the discharge temperature, and control the degree of opening of a temp door such that the discharge temperature to the interior of the vehicle gets lower than the upper limit, thereby preventing air of discharge temperature above the upper limit from being discharged to the interior of the vehicle and preventing displeasure or personal injury that may be caused when air of high temperature is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Se Won Min, Tae Eun Kim, Chang Hyun Baek, Sang Jun Yoo, Hong Rae Jung, Chul Soon Kim
  • Patent number: 11226730
    Abstract: An infotainment computer device for use in controlling an infotainment system in a vehicle is provided. The infotainment computer device includes at least one processor communicatively coupled to at least one memory device and a display device communicatively coupled to the at least one processor. The infotainment computer device is programmed to display an active page and a toolbar. The active page includes a plurality of buttons and the toolbar includes a shortcut area including at least one shortcut button. The infotainment computer device is also programmed to receive a first input requesting access to a customization mode, retrieve a current speed of the vehicle, activate the customization mode if the current speed of the vehicle is zero, receive a second input indicating a desired change to at least one of the active page and the toolbar, and change the display based on the desired change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Steven Feit, David A. Vanderburgh, Ross C. Miller, Koo Ho Shin
  • Patent number: 11209143
    Abstract: A headlight module includes: a light source for emitting light; a condensing optical element for concentrating the light; and an optical element including an incident surface for receiving the concentrated light, a reflecting surface for reflecting the received light, and an emitting surface for emitting the reflected light. The condensing optical element changes a divergence angle of the light to form a light distribution pattern. The reflected light and light that enters the optical element and is not reflected by the reflecting surface are superposed on a plane including a point located at a focal position of the emitting surface in a direction of an optical axis of the emitting surface and being perpendicular to the optical axis, thereby forming a high luminous intensity region in the light distribution pattern on the plane. The emitting surface has positive refractive power and projects the light distribution pattern formed on the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashige Suwa, Ritsuya Oshima, Kuniko Kojima
  • Patent number: 11197364
    Abstract: What is provided is a damping arrangement for power electronics applications having a circuit board, and a current sensor electrically connected to the circuit board, which current sensor is held in a current sensor housing, and an electrical contact pin passing through the circuit board and surrounded by the current sensor housing, wherein a damping element is arranged between the current sensor housing and the electrical contact pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventor: Ivonne Trenz
  • Patent number: 11180142
    Abstract: A driving support ECU performs a following-travel steering control. The driving support ECU selects an other vehicle which is present on a traveling course of the own vehicle as a target candidate vehicle. When a specific condition is satisfied, the driving support ECU determines a preceding vehicle traveling on a traveling trajectory which has been generated up to a present time point as a following-travel steering target vehicle. When the specific condition is not satisfied, the driving support ECU determines the target candidate vehicle which has been selected in the present calculation timing as the following-travel steering target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirohito Ide
  • Patent number: 11167789
    Abstract: A steering system for a vehicle according to an example in the present disclosure includes a steering mechanism, which is mechanically disconnected from the steering wheel, to cause a turning wheel to be turned by a turning motor, and a control device that provides a motor command value to the turning motor. The control device has a control system including a feed-forward model for converting a target turning angle to a feed-forward value of a motor command value, and a disturbance observer including a inverse model of a model of a steering motor. Transfer functions respectively describing the feed-forward model and the model of the disturbance observer include a variable coefficient. The control device changes the variable coefficient based on information about road reaction force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Okano, Takafumi Sato
  • Patent number: 11157004
    Abstract: A real-time control system for a vehicle, and a method of executing control of the vehicle via the real-time control system includes at least one primary controller that is configured to control slave controllers. The primary controller is configured to queue a task requested by respective vehicle systems, and determine which of the slave controllers is available to execute the task. The primary controller is configured to assign the task to a selected one of the slave controllers to execute the task. The primary controller is configured to re-queue the assigned task if the selected one of the slave controllers does not completely execute the assigned task. The primary controller is configured to assign that re-queued task to another one of the slave controllers to execute the re-queued task. The respective vehicle systems perform the requested task when the selected one of the slave controllers completely executes the assigned task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Anand Bhat, Soheil Samii
  • Patent number: 11142201
    Abstract: A vehicle launch control system for a vehicle (10) comprising an input for receiving an indication signal to indicate that vehicle launch is imminent; a sensor system (12, 22) configured to determine a terrain characteristic of the terrain in the path of the vehicle if the indication signal is received; and a processing module (33) configured to determine whether the terrain characteristic is likely to result in an unwanted level of wheel slip if the vehicle is launched, wherein the processing module (33) is further configured to provide an output to indicate that an unwanted level of wheel slip will occur based on the outcome of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Edward Hoare, Thuy-Yung Tran, Aleksandr Bystrov
  • Patent number: 11130479
    Abstract: A vehicle weight sensing system is particularly useful for trailers. An axle tube is mounted to the vehicle or trailer through its suspension members that may be leaf springs. A mounting block is affixed to the axle tube for mounting a strain gauge. The mounting block is fixed to the axle tube between the suspension members connected to the axle tube. The mounting block has a mounting surface opposite to the mating surface and a notch extends from the mating surface toward the mounting surface. The notch terminates between the mating surface and the mounting surface. The notch separates rigidified sections of the mounting block and the rigidified sections straddle the notch. The stain gauge measures strain in the axle and thereby generates a signal proportional to the weight on the trailer. The signal can be used to properly proportion a brake system on the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Dexter Axle Company
    Inventor: Samuel Neil Lievore
  • Patent number: 11126488
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a controller configured to control an actuator and generate state information representing a state of the actuator, a request arbitration unit configured to arbitrate requests from a plurality of application execution units, and a request generation unit configured to generate a drive request signal to the controller. The controller includes a detection unit configured to detect whether or not the request arbitration unit is abnormal, a first transmission unit configured to transmit the state information to the request arbitration unit, and a second transmission unit configured to, when the detection unit detects that the request arbitration unit is abnormal, transmit the state information to the application execution units such that the state information does not pass through the request arbitration unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ueno
  • Patent number: 11110803
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle or a battery electric vehicle has an electric machine, a traction battery, and an accessory powered by the traction battery. The vehicle includes a controller that, in response to a driver lifting their foot off the accelerator pedal, increases the negative motor torque produced by the electric machine for charging the traction battery to compensate for a load applied by the accessory. The controller increases negative motor torque as limited by a maximum motor torque limit. The accessory may be an electric air conditioning compressor and/or a DC/DC inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Francis Thomas Connolly
  • Patent number: 11110770
    Abstract: An electronically controlled suspension control system of a vehicle using road surface information may include a road surface recognition unit of recognizing a road surface, a road surface profile determination unit of determining a road surface profile using information as to the recognized road surface, a behavior estimation and determination unit of estimating and determining a vehicle behavior according to the determined road surface profile, a behavior information recording unit storing information as to the behavior of the vehicle, an electronically controlled suspension (ECS) control unit of controlling a suspension of the vehicle, and a behavior determination and control unit of comparing a determined value from the behavior estimation and determination unit with recorded values of the behavior information recording unit, determining a behavior level of the vehicle, based on results of the comparison, and sending a control command according to the determined behavior level to the ECS control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Hyung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 11107164
    Abstract: The systems and methods may transmit a plurality of locationing pulse requests from a mobile device in a vehicle to an audio system of the vehicle during a period of operation of the vehicle. The audio system may have an array of speakers disposed inside the vehicle, and the locationing pulse requests may include a request to emit a locationing pulse from the array of speakers. The systems and methods may further receive the locationing pulse at a microphone of the mobile device; and generate or update a vehicle usage profile based upon the receiving operation. The vehicle usage profile may include occupancy data of one or more seats inside the vehicle. The systems and methods may further transmit a recommendation to a person associated with the mobile device. The recommendation may be based upon the vehicle usage profile, and may relate to vehicle operation or insurance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin Davis, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Craig Cope
  • Patent number: 11079847
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safety control system for a vehicle with controls located on the vehicle steering wheel. The controls maybe arranged in a cluster on one or both sides of the upper half of the steering wheel. The controls can be located in areas of the steering wheel including the spokes, the rim or a special flange extended from the rim or the spoke of the steering wheel and are easily recognizable and accessible by the driver while the driver is looking ahead from a normal driving position with the driver's eyes focused on the road and maintaining the driver's hands on the steering wheel. The controls can be further enhanced by varied coloring, shape, size, and texture to make them easily identifiable. The controls can be used to access and control vehicle systems or portable telematics devices in multi modal process in conjunction with thumb gesture interpretation or speech recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Mouhamad A. Naboulsi
  • Patent number: 11057949
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for establishing a wireless communication channel between a vehicle and a vehicle accessory. The method comprises, in the vehicle: detecting a wired communication channel between the vehicle and the accessory; transmitting a vehicle identifier from the vehicle to the accessory via the wired communication channel; receiving an accessory identifier; deriving a unique code based on the vehicle identifier and the accessory identifier using a predetermined function; broadcasting the unique code by a vehicle wireless transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Ta-Chien Lin, Anders Hultstein
  • Patent number: 11046330
    Abstract: A vehicle actuator system includes an actuator, a first actuator controller that is operable to control operation of the actuator and is operable to determine a first value for a parameter that relates to operation of the actuator, a second actuator controller that is operable to control operation of the actuator and is operable to determine a second value for the parameter, and at least one additional component that is operable to determine a third value for the parameter. A fault is identified in response to determining that the first value does not agree with at least one of the second value or the third value. In response to identification of the fault, the first actuator controller changes from an activated state to a deactivated state and the second actuator controller changes from a deactivated state an activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Diomidis Katzourakis, Huibert Mees, Robert M. Cammarata, Bo Guo
  • Patent number: 11034347
    Abstract: A collision avoidance support device comprises target detection unit, target type determination unit, relative position determination unit, target track prediction unit, and vehicle track prediction unit, obstacle determination unit. The vehicle track prediction unit is configured to enlarge said width of a vehicle predicted track compared with a case where an enlargement condition is not satisfied when the enlargement condition is satisfied. The enlargement condition is satisfied when the relative position determination unit detects that a target determined to be a pedestrian by the target type determination unit is positioned on a travel lane at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Motoki Nishimura, Kotaro Saiki
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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