Vehicle Equipment Position Control (e.g., Seat, Mirror, Door, Window, Headrest, Or Headlamp) Patents (Class 701/49)
  • Patent number: 11396335
    Abstract: Presented are flutter countermeasure devices and control logic for active aerodynamic systems, methods for making/using such active aero systems, and vehicles equipped with spoiler flutter countermeasure devices for increasing downforce and decreasing drag. A method of operating an active aerodynamic system of a motor vehicle includes detecting, via a system controller based on sensor data received from one or more sensing devices, a flutter excitation experienced by a spoiler of the active aero system during operation of the motor vehicle. The controller determines a harmonic oscillation amplitude of the flutter excitation experienced by the spoiler, and then determines if this harmonic oscillation amplitude exceeds a vehicle-calibrated threshold amplitude. If so, the system controller determines a damping force sufficient to mitigate or eliminate the harmonic oscillation amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Cunningham, James C. O'Kane, Robert G. Izak
  • Patent number: 11393217
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a camera at a side of a vehicle and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. With the vehicle parked, the system processes via an image processor image data captured by the camera to detect an object present in a detection zone at least partially along the side of the vehicle. With the vehicle parked, the system tracks the detected object to determine movement of the object relative to the parked vehicle. Responsive to tracking the detected object, the system is operable to determine that the object is in a danger zone at a side door of the parked vehicle that includes a sweep area that the side door swings through when opening. With the side door closed, and at least in part responsive to determination that the object is in the danger zone, the system limits opening of the side door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Leila Sabeti
  • Patent number: 11383661
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for automatically responding to a vehicle falling into water. The system includes a sensor configured to detect sensor data indicating whether the vehicle is falling into water. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the sensor. The ECU is configured to determine that the vehicle is falling into water based on the sensor data. The ECU is also configured to adjust at least one feature of the vehicle in response to the determination that the vehicle is falling into water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Pomish, Joseph Conners
  • Patent number: 11376991
    Abstract: Various implementations include seats and related systems for detecting user proximity and controlling one or more functions based on that proximity detection. In particular cases, the seats include capacitive sensors for detecting user proximity. In some particular aspects, an automobile seat includes: a core section; a cover over at least a portion of the core section, the cover having a set of capacitive sensors across a front of the seat; and a processor for processing signals from the set of capacitive sensors to detect a proximity of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Binu Oommen, Muhammad Haris Usmani, Bradford Kyle Subat, John Leslie Benton, Charles Terence Henry Oswald
  • Patent number: 11380149
    Abstract: A locking and unlocking system includes a portable terminal and a server. The portable terminal includes a service providing unit, a first sending unit, and a first receiving unit. The service providing unit provides a use reservation service for a vehicle or facilities by communicating with another server. The first sending unit sends a first signal to the server in response to a request from the service providing unit. The first signal requests authentication information used for locking and unlocking. The first receiving unit receives the authentication information from the server. The server includes a second receiving unit and a second sending unit. The second sending unit sends a second signal including the authentication information to the portable terminal when the second receiving unit receives the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichiro Haruna
  • Patent number: 11366475
    Abstract: A parking support apparatus sets a plurality of candidate connection positions along a reverse direction route, calculates a first connection route, calculates a first parking route by using the first connection route and the reverse direction route, judges whether the candidate connection position exists within a recognition range or not; and if the candidate connection position does not exist within the recognition range, calculates a shortest steering wheel turning position, calculates a second connection route capable of reaching any one of the candidate connection positions calculates a second parking route by using the second connection route and the reverse direction route, when the second parking route can be calculated, the second parking route is selected as the parking route; otherwise, the first parking route is selected as the parking route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyasu Hasejima, Makoto Ishinoda, Shinya Tagawa, Takehito Ogata
  • Patent number: 11348346
    Abstract: In a control apparatus for an automated driving vehicle, a receiving unit receives an external start signal that is a signal for starting automated driving in the automated driving vehicle and is transmitted from outside the automated driving vehicle. A control unit performs processes required for automated driving. A person determining unit determines whether a person is present inside a vehicle cabin of the automated driving vehicle. An operating unit is provided inside the vehicle cabin and receives a single or a plurality of operations for starting automated driving in the automated driving vehicle. In response to the person determining unit determining that a person is present inside the vehicle cabin, the control unit does not start automated driving even when the receiving unit receives the external start signal and starts automated driving only when an operation on the operating unit is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Higashitani, Noriaki Ikemoto, Tomomi Hase
  • Patent number: 11346142
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices and apparatuses for an air management system that circulates air to reduce the cabin temperature within a vehicle. The air management system includes a window configured to allow air circulation within the vehicle. The air management system includes an actuator coupled to the window and configured to open or close the window to control an amount of air circulation. The air management system includes a sensor. The sensor is configured to measure or determine a cabin temperature within the vehicle. The air management system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is coupled to the actuator and the sensor and configured to determine, using the sensor, that the cabin temperature is greater than or equal to a first temperature and control the actuator to open the window and allow air circulation within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Abhishek Srivastava, David W. Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 11325532
    Abstract: A driver assistance system, a method for controlling the same, and a radar device are disclosed. The driver assistance system includes a first radar sensor, a second radar sensor, and at least one human machine interface (HMI). The first radar sensor monitors a first rear-lateral sense region, and acquires first radar data from the first rear-lateral sense region. The second radar sensor monitors a second rear-lateral sense region, acquires second radar data from the second rear-lateral sense region, receives the first radar data from the first radar sensor through Direct communication, and identifies an object based on the first radar data or the second radar data. The human machine interface (HMI) displays a warning control signal through in-vehicle communication when the second radar sensor performs warning decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: MANDO MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Suk Kim, Tae Bong Noh
  • Patent number: 11325524
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods and vehicles, such as an autonomous vehicle, a semi-autonomous vehicle, etc., for collaboratively directing one or more headlights by two or more vehicles. Various aspects may include receiving, by a first vehicle processor, a first vehicle collaborative lighting message from a second vehicle, in which the first vehicle collaborative lighting message requests that the first vehicle direct one or more headlights of the first vehicle to illuminate a target area of uncertainty that is disposed, relative to the first vehicle, in a direction other than a direction of travel of the first vehicle. The first vehicle processor may direct one or more the headlights of the first vehicle to illuminate the target area in accordance with the first vehicle collaborative lighting message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Daniel Martin, Aleksandr Kushleyev, Jonathan Paul Davis, Moussa Ben Coulibaly, Kristen Wagner Cerase
  • Patent number: 11285844
    Abstract: A vehicle seat can be configured to selectively provide support to a vehicle occupant in conditions when lateral acceleration is experienced. An actuator can be located within the vehicle seat. When activated, the actuator cause a portion of the seat to morph into an activated configuration. The actuator can be activated based on vehicle speed, steering angle, and/or lateral acceleration. The actuator can include a main body member, a first end member pivotably connected to a first end region of the main body member, and a second end member pivotably connected to a second end region of the main body member. The actuator can include shape memory material connecting members. The actuator can be configured such that, in response to an activation input, the shape memory material connecting members contract, causing the first and second end members pivot, which causes the actuator to morph into an activated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Miga Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Umesh N. Gandhi, Brian J. Pinkelman, Ryohei Tsuruta, Mark A. Gummin
  • Patent number: 11285896
    Abstract: A method, a system, and non-transitory computer readable medium for vehicle sharing are provided. The method includes receiving a user request via a ride share agent. The ride share agent is communicatively coupled to a server. The method further includes identifying a vehicle from one of ride share providers based on the user request, retrieving one or more settings associated with one or more systems of the identified vehicle from the server, determining a setting of a system of the identified vehicle based on at least one physical characteristic of the user when the setting of the system is not stored in the server, and implementing the one or more settings on the identified vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Friedman, Prince R. Remegio, Tim Uwe Falkenmayer, Roger Akira Kyle, Ryoma Kakimi, Luke D. Heide, Nishikant Narayan Puranik
  • Patent number: 11286842
    Abstract: A speed-sensitized type air duct apparatus includes an air duct having an internal space, an inlet at a front through which cooling air can be introduced, and an outlet at a rear through which the cooling air can be discharged. A guide extends across the internal space of the air duct in a front-rear direction. The guide has a number of air curtains configured to guide flow of the cooling air and having turning portions to change a flow direction of the cooling air, at some sections to decrease a flow rate of cooling air that is discharged to the outlet with the flow direction of the cooling air further changed as a flow speed of cooling air entering the inlet increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seong Bin Jeong, Jai Hak Kim
  • Patent number: 11283533
    Abstract: A user interface system may include a processor. The processor may perform operations including receiving a wireless signal from multiple wireless devices. The operations may also include determining a signal strength of each wireless signal from each of the multiple wireless devices based on a first set of properties associated with a respective wireless signal. Moreover, the operations may include determining a signal vector of each wireless signal from each of the multiple wireless devices based on a second set of properties associated with the respective wireless signal. Additionally, the operations may include determining a location for each of the multiple wireless devices based on the signal strength and the signal vector. Further, the operations may include pairing one of the multiple wireless devices to the user interface system based on the location for each of the plurality of wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Emily Margaret Gray, Daniel Christopher Bitsis, Jr., Robert Wiseman Simpson, Manfred Amann, Donnette Moncrief Brown, Eric David Schroeder, Meredith Beveridge, Michael J. Maciolek, Bobby Lawrence Mohs, Brian F. Shipley, Justin Dax Haslam, Qunying Kou, Ashley Raine Philbrick
  • Patent number: 11270570
    Abstract: A method of managing cleanliness of an interior of a vehicle includes: detecting an indoor state using a detector including at least a camera; generating at least one of first guidance information on a lost article or second guidance information on a contaminant upon detecting at least one of the lost article or the contaminant as a result of the detecting the indoor state; and transmitting the at least one guidance information to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung Hyun Woo, Min Jae Park, Anastasia Yarygina
  • Patent number: 11260905
    Abstract: A human-machine interaction somatosensory vehicle is provided. The human-machine interaction somatosensory vehicle may include a vehicle body and two wheels mounted on the vehicle body. The two wheels may rotate around the vehicle body in a radial direction. The vehicle body may include a support frame, two pedal devices mounted on the support frame, a controller, and a driving device configured to drive the two wheels. The support frame may be an integral structure rotatably connected to the two pedal devices. The two pedal devices each may include a pedal foot board and a first position sensor. The first position sensor may be mounted between the pedal foot board and the support frame, and configured to detect stress information of the pedal device. The controller may be configured to control the driving device to drive the two wheels to move or turn based on the stress information of the pedal devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiawei Ying, Keping Xiao
  • Patent number: 11242058
    Abstract: A method detects a driving state of a vehicle. The vehicle has a drive train with at least one drive and an accelerator pedal. A rest state of the accelerator pedal is determined by evaluating an operating point position of the accelerator pedal by a first accelerator pedal gradient in a first time interval, and checking whether the first accelerator pedal gradient within the first time interval is less than a maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan-Hinerk Frerichs, Lutz Neumann, Matthias Reichler
  • Patent number: 11230873
    Abstract: A trunk door opening/closing assistance apparatus including: a torque detection part which detects a torque input by a user to open/close the trunk door of a vehicle; a control unit which provides assist torque support in addition to the torque applied by the user within a total torque range required to open/close the door when the user manually opens or closes the trunk door; and a motor drive part which drives a motor for assisting the opening or closing of the trunk door with a direction and a strength which are controlled by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: TaeHoon Lee
  • Patent number: 11225822
    Abstract: A method for opening and closing a door of a vehicle may include receiving a signal indicative of either opening or closing the vehicle door, determining whether the opening or closing will be performed by an operator or via a powered actuator based on the signal, and generating, if the opening or closing will be performed by the powered actuator, a first control signal indicative of a first position to which the door is to be moved. The method may further include controlling the powered actuator to cause the door to move from an original position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Faraday&Future Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Richard Partsch, Jenna Marie Kadlec, Daniel L. Kowalewski, Cian John Francis Brogan, Matt John Sampson
  • Patent number: 11226208
    Abstract: Methods and systems for planning and creating transportation routes with multiple modalities are provided. In one embodiment, a method is provided that includes receiving a transportation request that includes a first location and a second location. A transportation proposal may then be generated including a route for transportation between the first location and the second location. The method may then include determining modalities available to provide transportation and determining respective transportation segments for the modalities, and at least a subset of the transportation segments may be combined to form the route for transportation. The transportation proposal, including the route for transportation, may then be transmitted for display on a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Parker Spielman, Mayank Gulati, Karina Goot, Priyanka Madhav Phatak, Michael Francis Lodick, Jatin Chopra
  • Patent number: 11215004
    Abstract: A powered vehicle closure system includes a controller that is configured to control a force of a powered actuator to provide smooth opening and/or closing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Michael Molnar
  • Patent number: 11216175
    Abstract: A system or method for tracking items proximate a user interface device include a user interface device having at least one solid-state touch-sensitive region and a receiver for wirelessly receiving a signal from at least one item to determine proximity of the item relative to the user interface device. The device may also include a display screen for displaying controls and information. The user interface device may be permanently or removably mounted in a vehicle and used to interface with vehicle systems and personal electronic devices. Tracked items or objects may include passive or active data tags and communicate identification information and optionally position information. The device may alert the user to movement of tracked objects, and/or confirm presence of a group of objects. The device may use various wired or wireless devices to control selections and/or a cursor on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: UUSI, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Washeleski, David W. Shank
  • Patent number: 11207931
    Abstract: A method for pairing a measurement module with a wheel of a motor vehicle. The wheel revolution frequency value and the total number of acquisitions are sent with the emission angle value to the computer that stored a current angular position for at least one wheel and a series of angular positions. The computer selects angular positions sampled from a series of angular positions up to a total number of acquisitions, then filters the wheel revolution frequency, which filtering is similar to the filtering performed in the measurement module in order to obtain a sampled and filtered angular position and is then compared with the angular position with, for a difference of less than an experimentally predetermined percentage, a validation of the phase shift between the emission angles of the signals of the measurement module and the angular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Boisset
  • Patent number: 11192523
    Abstract: A power door system for a vehicle including a plurality of power-operated doors is provided. The system includes a passive remote entry device configured to emit a signal to one or more cooperating vehicle receivers and a controller configured to cause the power door system to open the at least one power-operated door when the passive remote entry device signal is received and an individual is detected in a predefined activation zone for a predetermined period of time. The system further includes a vehicle-mounted user detection device. The passive remote entry device may be selected from the group consisting of a key fob, a smart key, a key card, a cellular telephone or smartphone configured with a phone-as-a-key function, a Bluetooth®-activated and vehicle-recognized cellular telephone, a Bluetooth®-activated and vehicle-recognized smartphone, and a Bluetooth®-activated and vehicle-recognized smartwatch. Methods for controlling a power door system for a vehicle are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Onoyom Essien Ekanem, Laura Viviana Hazebrouck, David Toppenberg
  • Patent number: 11180945
    Abstract: A door opening and closing device includes: a door drive unit capable of opening and closing a door; a detection means for detecting a subject present in an approach area; a measurement unit that measures a distance from the detection means to the subject; a determination unit that determines whether the subject has stopped in the approach area; a setting unit that sets a trigger zone in the approach area a; and a control means for starting control to drive the door drive unit when the subject is determined to have moved into the trigger zone. The setting unit sets the trigger zone to drive the door drive unit on the basis of the separation distance from the detection means to a stopped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: U-SHIN LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuo Tokudome
  • Patent number: 11161430
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant posture detection (OPD) system, including: a measuring device coupled to a seat back of a seat of a vehicle and adapted to determine an angle (?) between a Z-axis and a torso line of an occupant seated in the seat by measuring an angle of the seat back; a measuring device coupled to a seat bottom of the seat of the vehicle and adapted to determine an angle (?) between the Z-axis and a femoral line of the occupant seated in the seat by measuring an angle of the seat bottom; and means for receiving and using the determined values of ? and ? to determine an angle (?) between the torso line and the femoral line of the occupant seated in the seat and thereby characterize a posture state of the occupant seated in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Karlsson, Jörgen Lindberg
  • Patent number: 11163304
    Abstract: A trajectory determination device includes a position estimation unit configured to estimate a position of a vehicle, an acquisition unit configured to acquire driving environment information relating to a driving environment of the vehicle, a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of trajectory candidates of the vehicle based on the position of the vehicle and map information, an evaluation unit configured to evaluate driving comfort for each trajectory candidate based on the driving environment information acquired by the acquisition unit and the plurality of trajectory candidates generated by the generation unit, and a selection unit configured to select one trajectory to travel with the autonomous driving from the plurality of trajectory candidates based on the driving comfort for each trajectory candidate evaluated by the evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Iwamoto, Hojung Jung
  • Patent number: 11130471
    Abstract: A fingerprint recognition vehicle control apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a display unit including a hemispherical display, optical fibers provided in the display and connected to the display through one end of the optical fibers, and a light source connected to the other ends of the optical fibers; a fingerprint recognition unit including a fingerprint recognition sensor and a fingerprint pattern light source provided in the display unit; a gearshift including a physical wheel for operating gear stages and indicators indicating gear states; and a controller operating on the basis of information received from the display unit, the fingerprint recognition unit and the gearshift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Hyeong Cho, Yeon Ji Kang, Pill Yoon Kim, Jae Min Park
  • Patent number: 11102415
    Abstract: A camera adjustment system includes a camera, an actuator, an inertial-measurement-unit, and one or more controller-circuits. The camera renders an image of lane-markings of a roadway traveled by a host-vehicle. The actuator is operable for controlling an aim-direction of the camera. The inertial-measurement-unit detects relative-movement of the host-vehicle. The one or more controller-circuits are in communication with the camera, the actuator, and the inertial-measurement-unit. The one or more controller-circuits determine whether a range-of-detection of the lane-markings in the image is less than a detection-threshold and adjust the aim-direction based on the relative-movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Mohamed A. Moawad, Ehsan Samiei, Walter K. Kosiak
  • Patent number: 11094145
    Abstract: A device for detecting a driving event of a vehicle, having a triaxial acceleration sensor and a processing unit. The device may be fixedly installed on the vehicle. The processing unit is configured to detect a plurality of acceleration values within a specific time span using the acceleration sensor, carry out a wavelet transform of the acceleration values to determine first coefficients, and compare the first coefficients at least to stored second coefficients. The second coefficients represent a predefined driving event. The processing unit is configured to detect the driving event represented by the second coefficients as an occurred driving event when the first coefficients are in agreement with the second coefficients, and is configured to determine characteristic parameters of the detected acceleration values, to ascertain a specific mother wavelet as a function of the characteristic parameters, and to carry out the wavelet transform based on the ascertained mother wavelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Nils Larcher, Henar Martin Rodriguez, Peter Bakucz
  • Patent number: 11067667
    Abstract: A radar detection system for activation of a powered closure member of a vehicle and corresponding method are provided. The system includes a radar sensor assembly having a radar transmit antenna for transmitting radar waves and a radar receive antenna for receiving the radar waves after reflection from an object in a detection zone. The radar sensor assembly outputs a sensor signal corresponding to the motion of the object in the detection zone. An electronic control unit is coupled to the radar sensor assembly and includes a data acquisition module to receive the sensor signal and a plurality of analysis modules to analyze the sensor signal to detect extracted features and determine whether extracted features are within predetermined thresholds representing a valid activation gesture. The electronic control unit initiates movement of the closure member in response to the extracted features being within the predetermined thresholds representing the valid activation gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Wassim Rafrafi, Samuel R. Baruco
  • Patent number: 11061248
    Abstract: A noncontact operation detecting device includes a detecting means configured to be able to detect whether or not an object is present at each of a plurality of points to be observed, which are set in a space, an operation decision section configured to determine, on the basis of a detection result detected by the detecting means, whether or not a gesture operation has been performed, and an aerial image displaying device configured to be able to display an aerial image showing locations of the plurality of points to be observed, in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., UTSUNOMIYA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yuichi Tsunekawa, Kazuhito Kawamura, Hirotsugu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11052786
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a driving seat; a pair of doors; a seat moving mechanism configured to move the driving seat between a driving state and a receiving state, the driving seat in the driving state being positioned at a vehicle width direction center and facing a vehicle front, and the receiving state satisfying at least one condition of: the driving seat being positioned closer to one door of the pair of doors than in the driving state or the driving seat facing further toward the one door than in the driving state; a detection unit configured to detect a portable device in a detection area in a vicinity of the vehicle and outside a passenger compartment; and a seat control unit that controls the seat moving mechanism so as to move the driving seat into the receiving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Ajisaka
  • Patent number: 11046271
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for automatically responding to at least partial submersion of a vehicle in water. The system includes a sensor configured to detect sensor data indicating whether the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the sensor. The ECU is configured to determine that the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water based on the sensor data. The ECU is also configured to adjust at least one feature of the vehicle in response to the determination that the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Emily S. Lerner
  • Patent number: 11022971
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to recording event data to identify and resolve anomalies associated with control of driverless vehicles. Some examples include computing vehicular drive parameters to facilitate driverless transit, monitoring control signals, detecting an event, triggering storage of event data, determining transmission control criteria, and transmitting the event data based on the transmission control criteria. Other examples include receiving event data via a communications network from an autonomous vehicle, identifying a computed vehicular drive parameter, extracting sensor data associated with the event, detecting application of control signals, analyzing the control signals, the sensor data, and the subset of computed vehicular drive parameters to identify a type of event, and generating update executable instructions responsive to the type of event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Mauro Della Penna
  • Patent number: 11008104
    Abstract: An aircraft device includes at least one control and/or regulation unit which is configured for controlling an aircraft passenger seat unit, and of a PED in which at least one operating program is stored, wherein the control and/or regulation unit is configured to receive control signals from the PED for controlling the aircraft passenger seat unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Streckert, Juergen Mehmel, Michael Gerngross, Joerg Laubenberger, Michael Hoppe
  • Patent number: 10997451
    Abstract: A vehicle service system incorporating a set of imaging sensors disposed in an inspection lane through which a vehicle is driven. A processor is configured with software instructions to capture a set of images from the set of imaging sensors and to evaluate the captured images according to a set of rules to identify images in which a license plate is visible on an observed surface of the vehicle. The processor is further configured with software instruction to extract license plate information from the identified images, assign a figure of merit to the extracted information, and generate an output in response to the assigned figures of merit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HUNTER ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Philip G. Grunzinger, Jr., Timothy A. Strege, Kevin V. Schoemehl
  • Patent number: 10974773
    Abstract: An air resistance-reducing device (1) for a vehicle (12) includes a first air guide element A (3) and a second air guide element B (4) which can be adjusted between a rest position and a travel position for contour extension and aerodynamic air guidance by an actuator (6). The air resistance-reducing device (1) includes connecting element (7) with a coupling element 8, which connects the actuator (6) to the at least one connecting element (7), a first leg (9), which connects the coupling element (8) to the first air guide element A (3), a second leg (10), which connects the coupling element (8) to the second air guide element B (4), and a third leg (11), which connects the first leg (9) to the second leg (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: WABCO Europe BVBA
    Inventors: Umut Gencaslan, Gandert Marcel Rita Van Raemdonck
  • Patent number: 10970952
    Abstract: A user identification system includes: a detection unit that detects prescribed motions of a person when the person boards or alights from a vehicle; an acquisition unit that acquires types of boarding information indicating that one of users boards or is on board the vehicle when one of the motions is detected; a memory that stores association information in which identification information of the users is associated with the types of boarding information corresponding to the users; a probability calculating unit configured to calculate a probability that each of the users boards or is on boarded the vehicle based on the types of boarding information and the association information; and an identification unit that identifies a user who boards or is on boarded the vehicle among the users based on the probability calculated by the probability calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryuta Atsumi
  • Patent number: 10940872
    Abstract: A system providing tactile sensations. The system comprises a seat back of a seat, the seat back having a left side and a right side separated by a center-line of the seat back. A first plurality of electroactive transducers are arranged along the center-line of the seat back and provide tactile sound to a user. A second plurality of electroactive transducers in the seat back provide tactile alerts or feedback. The second plurality of electroactive alert transducers comprise a left-side electroactive transducer at the left side of the seat back and right-side electroactive transducer at the right side of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SUBPAC, INC.
    Inventors: John Thomas Alexiou, Todd Christopher Chernecki, Sarosh Sultan Khwaja, James Andrew Kimpel, Mark Elard Seeger, Peter R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10945199
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted gateway apparatus according to an embodiment includes a communication device including an external communication interface for connection to the network outside the mobile body with each of a plurality of different external communication schemes and an internal communication interface for connection to each of the plurality of data sources within the mobile body; and a control device configured to transmit data collected from each of the data sources through the internal communication interface to the network outside the mobile body. The control device includes a communication channel selection section configured to select a communication channel from the plurality of external communication schemes for each of the data sources, and a monitoring control section configured to monitor data output from each of the data sources and to transmit the data to the network outside the mobile body over a selected one of the communication channels associated with the data source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA DIGITAL SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayuki Omiya, Kazuhiro Gotou, Masashi Uemoto, Daichi Soshi, Kazunori Hashimoto, Hirokazu Ikeyama, Yousuke Ujihara, Satoru Iwahashi, Akifumi Ohno, Kei Sakamoto, Ken Ishii, Shion Itou
  • Patent number: 10936341
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system includes a processor(s) intercepting an instruction, upon receipt on the instruction, by the one or more processors in the computing device on a communications network, prior to execution of the instruction by the processor(s) in the computing device. The processor(s) determines a state of the computing device and based on the state of the computing device and a portion of the instruction, the processor(s) determines that the instruction is precluded from executing on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Rhonda L. Childress, Rahul Gupta
  • Patent number: 10933770
    Abstract: A power seat device is configured to acquire a target associated position of a tilted position, corresponding to a current position of a seatback for allowing the seatback to reach an end position in a reclining range, and a seat to reach an end position in a tilting range simultaneously. Outputs of a reclining motor and a tilting motor are adjusted so that the tilted position coincides with the acquired target associated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: IMASEN ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsutoshi Goto, Hiroyuki Kojima, Takanari Matsumoto, Kenichi Katsube, Daisuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10933805
    Abstract: An automatic driving system includes a vehicle control calculator, a f recognizer, a passerby recognition calculator, and a notifier. The vehicle control calculator causes an vehicle to perform automatic traveling along a traveling route. The recognizer acquires information on a traveling environment ahead of the vehicle. The passerby recognition calculator recognizes a passerby ahead of the vehicle based on the information on the traveling environment. The notifier notifies the passerby of a recognition state that the passerby is recognized, when the passerby is recognized by the passerby recognition calculator. The passerby recognition calculator examines whether the recognized passerby is facing a direction of the vehicle based on information on the passerby, acquired by the recognizer, and specifies the passerby as a notification target passerby when recognizing the passerby facing the direction of the vehicle. The notifier notifies the recognition state to the notification target passerby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Motegi, Hikaru Yoshikawa, Shota Yoshimura, Masatoshi Minakawa, Kazuki Takahashi, Shingo Ugajin
  • Patent number: 10926773
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to mitigating effects of motion sickness on a passenger in a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes analyzing sensor data about the passenger to produce a passenger state that characterizes a current physical condition of the passenger while riding in the vehicle. The method includes determining whether the passenger state correlates with symptoms of motion sickness in the passenger. The method includes controlling, in the vehicle, a vehicle component to adjust a current configuration relative to the passenger when the passenger state correlates with the symptoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: Denso International America, Inc., Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Victor George Vulcu
  • Patent number: 10914110
    Abstract: A detection system and method of operating the detection system are provided. The system includes a power supply unit and at least one sensor for sensing at least one of an object and a motion. A communication unit is electrically coupled to the power supply unit for communicating with a plurality of vehicle system controllers. A microprocessor is operable in a plurality of modes and electrically coupled to the power supply unit and the at least one sensor and the communication unit. The microprocessor is configured to determine which of the plurality of modes should be active based on communication with the vehicle system controllers and to receive and process the data from the at least one sensor. The microprocessor is also configured to initiate movement of the closure panel in response to processing the data corresponding to the at least one of the object and the motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventor: J. R. Scott Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10913397
    Abstract: An automated retractable step system has at least one linkage subassembly for attachment to a vehicle frame. A step is attached to the linkage subassembly and is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. An actuator is coupled with the linkage subassembly for moving the step between the stowed and deployed positions. A sensor subassembly includes a sensing electrode and a reference electrode disposed adjacent to the sensing electrode and a driven shield electrode extending generally parallel to and in a spaced relationship with the sensing electrode and the reference electrode. A controller is electrically connected to the sensing electrode and to the reference electrode and to the driven shield electrode. The controller is also electrically connected to the actuator for controlling the actuator to move the step between the stowed position and the deployed position in response to the signal from the sensor subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventor: Mirko Pribisic
  • Patent number: 10899363
    Abstract: A portable electronic device for repositioning adjustable fixtures in vehicles. The portable electronic device includes a communication module, a processor, and a memory that stores computer program instructions that cause the processor to receive a first configuration setting that is specific to the first vehicle, the first configuration setting describing a preferred position of a first adjustable fixture in the first vehicle, translate the first configuration setting into a second configuration setting that is specific to a second vehicle, and transmit, to the second vehicle using the communication module, the second configuration setting to the second vehicle for use in moving a second adjustable fixture in the second vehicle from an initial position to an adjusted position that is based on the preferred position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Ethan Lowry
  • Patent number: 10899262
    Abstract: One example of a vehicle seat assembly includes a seat back, a seat bottom coupled to the seat back, and a bladder support system coupled to at least one of the seat back and the seat bottom. The bladder support system includes air cells and a pump fluidly connected to the air cells to selectively inflate the air cells when the pump receives an activation signal. A valve system defining flow paths fluidly connected between the pump and the air cells. The valve system includes at least three control valves, with each control valve generating a control valve output when receiving the activation signal. The valve system also includes passive valves movable to an open position to inflate the corresponding air cell when receiving at least three control valve outputs. A controller is configured to send the activation signal to the control valves and the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KA Group AG
    Inventor: Douglas J. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10899267
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to optical systems, vehicles, and methods that are configured to illuminate and image a wide field of view of an environment. An example optical system includes a camera having an optical axis and an outer lens element disposed along the optical axis. The optical system also includes a plurality of illumination modules, each of which includes at least one light-emitter device configured to emit light along a respective emission axis and a secondary optical element optically coupled to the at least one light-emitter device. The secondary optical element is configured to provide a light emission pattern having an azimuthal angle extent of at least 170 degrees so as to illuminate a portion of an environment of the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Giulia Guidi