Indication Or Control Of Braking, Acceleration, Or Deceleration Patents (Class 701/70)
  • Patent number: 10322707
    Abstract: A brake system has prime functions involving active control of equipment by a brake ECU, which brake ECU comprises a microcontroller and a non-volatile memory. The non-volatile memory is adapted to store the result of tests on the safety circuits carried out during, before or after operation of the brake system, the result of the tests being assigned one of at least two statuses, at least one of the said statuses being indicative of an unhealthy test. At start-up of the brake system self-tests are carried out on the circuits or components of the brake system for which an unhealthy status has been stored in the non-volatile memory, thereby enabling the brake system to operate prime functions without prior self-test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Nigel Anstey
  • Patent number: 10309785
    Abstract: A method for determining a yaw angle estimate or vehicle heading direction is presented. A potential range of yaw angles is generated based on a plurality of primary telematics data. One or more yaw angle estimates are generated from the potential range of yaw angles. A driving pattern is determined based on at least one of the yaw angle estimates. The primary telematics data is a plurality of telematics data originated from a client computing device. The effects of gravity have been removed from the plurality of telematics data in a first primary movement window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Sunish Shreenarayan Menon, David J. Dosher, Scott Thomas Christensen
  • Patent number: 10300902
    Abstract: A vehicle braking system including a brake pedal in communication with a wheel brake, a brake actuation system, a braking system controller, an on-board driver communication system, and a controller is described. Parameters associated with a braking request, a brake actuation command and vehicle operation are monitored during each braking event, and segmented the into parameters associated with a static portion of the braking event and parameters associated with a dynamic portion of each braking event, evaluate the parameters associated with the static portion of the braking event and evaluate the parameters associated with the dynamic portion of the braking event, and assess a state of health of the braking system based upon the evaluation of the parameters. The assessment of the state of health of the braking system is communicated to a vehicle driver via the on-board driver communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Chih-hung Yen, Xiaoyu Huang, Richard A. Kaatz, Robert L. Nisonger
  • Patent number: 10293827
    Abstract: A system comprising a speed controller configured to generate a speed controller powertrain signal in order to cause a powertrain to develop drive torque and cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target speed value. The system generates a signal indicative of a rate of acceleration of the vehicle, and is configured to command a powertrain to develop an amount of positive drive torque according to the speed controller powertrain signal in dependence at least in part on the signal indicative of the rate of acceleration of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Woodley, Andrew Raftry
  • Patent number: 10288692
    Abstract: System and methods for estimating a relationship between a SOC and an OCV of a battery system included in a vehicle are presented. In certain embodiments, an initial relationship between an open circuit voltage (“OCV”) and a state of charge (“SOC”) of a cell of the battery system may be determined at a beginning of life of the cell. Changes in one or more stoichiometric points of a half-cell of the cell may be determined as the cell ages. Based on the determined stoichiometric point changes of the half-cell, an initial relationship between the OCV and the SOC of the cell may be adjusted to generate an updated relationship between the OCV and the SOC of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Patricia M. Laskowsky, Patrick Frost, Raghunathan K, Brian J. Koch, John E. Novak
  • Patent number: 10286887
    Abstract: This driving assistance device includes a braking control unit and a target speed determination unit. The braking control unit executes driving assistance control for adjusting the braking force to be applied to a vehicle by actuating a brake actuator such that the vehicle body speed does not exceed a target speed. In cases where the accelerator pedal is being operated in a state where the braking control unit is executing the driving assistance control, the target speed determination unit determines the target speed depending on the larger value of either: the vehicle body speed that is correlated with at least one of the wheel speeds of the plurality of wheels provided to the vehicle; or the lower speed limit value that has been set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Yasuhito Ishida
  • Patent number: 10279807
    Abstract: A system according to the present disclosure includes a lane boundary module, a vehicle trajectory module, an intersection location module, a lane departure module, and a driver warning module. The lane boundary module is configured to determine a boundary of a lane within which a vehicle is travelling. The vehicle trajectory module is configured to predict a trajectory of the vehicle. The intersection location module is configured to determine M locations of M intersections between the vehicle trajectory and the lane boundary at M times, where M is an integer greater than one. The lane departure module is configured to identify a potential lane departure based on the M locations. The driver warning module is configured to activate a driver warning device to warn a driver when the potential lane departure is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Adam, Kevin K. Hoang
  • Patent number: 10272893
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining a torque loss of an electromechanical brake booster of a braking system, including ascertaining when a user of the braking system requests a brake pressure build-up in at least one wheel brake cylinder of the braking system, using the electromechanical brake booster, by actuating a brake actuation element of the braking system; and optionally determining an actual value with regard to the torque loss of the motor of the electromechanical brake booster, taking into account at least one provided sensor variable with regard to a motor torque of a motor of the electromechanical brake booster, a change over time of a rotation speed of the motor of the electromechanical brake booster, and/or a master brake cylinder pressure that is present in a master brake cylinder of the braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Bunk
  • Patent number: 10272916
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus capable of assisting safe driving of a vehicle at a place such as an intersection where the view from the vehicle is obstructed or restricted is provided. An obtaining unit obtains map information or image information representing an image captured by an image capturing apparatus mounted in a vehicle. And a detection processing unit detects a traffic mirror located near the vehicle on the basis of the map information or the image information. The determining unit determines characteristics of an installed place of the detected traffic mirror on the basis of the map information or the image information. Further a generating unit generates driving assist information on the basis of the determined characteristics, and an output unit outputs the generated driving assist information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yasunori Ishii, Tetsuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 10274342
    Abstract: A rotating sensing device includes a base, a rotating element, at least one magnetic element set, at least one magnetic sensing element set, and a processing unit. The magnetic element set is arranged on the rotating element and includes an axial magnetic element and a radial magnetic element. The magnetic sensing element set is arranged on the base and includes an axial magnetic sensing element and a radial magnetic sensing element. When the rotating element is rotated relatively to the base, a magnetic variation relative to the axial magnetic element and a magnetic variation relative to the radial magnetic element are respectively sensed by the axial magnetic sensing element and the radial magnetic sensing element, so as to generate a sensing signal. The processing unit is adapted to obtain a rotation speed, a loading value, and a deflection value. In addition, a rotating sensing method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chin-Ming Chen, Po-Hsiu Ko, Szu-Chia Lin, Meng-Chiou Liao
  • Patent number: 10267412
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a powertrain and a controller. The powertrain includes a transmission mechanically coupled to an electric machine and configured to transfer torque between a wheel and the electric machine. The transmission has a gearbox configured to establish gear ratios through a shift. The controller is programmed to, in response to an indication of an expected regenerative braking event having a timing falling within a shift window of the transmission, prevent a clutch of the transmission from disengaging until first occurrence of application of an accelerator pedal or removal of the indication to inhibit the shift prompted by a shift schedule of the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ming Lang Kuang, Bernard D. Nefcy, Yanan Zhao
  • Patent number: 10266069
    Abstract: A control device for electric motor vehicle uses the motor as the traveling driving source. The control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to decelerate by the regenerative braking force from the motor. The control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to detect the amount of the accelerator operation, detect the motor rotation speed proportionate to the traveling speed of the electric motor vehicle, and calculate the motor rotation speed estimated value according to the state of the electric motor vehicle. Additionally, the control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to detect or estimate the resistance component unrelated to the gradient from the vehicle state and correct the motor rotation speed estimated value according to the resistance component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Sawada, Ken Ito, Takashi Nakajima, Yuji Katsumata, Hiroyuki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10266167
    Abstract: An emergency stop system includes a hazard switch that is a momentary switch, an automatic stop controller that performs automatic stop control for causing a vehicle to automatically stop when a predetermined condition is met, and a hazard light controller that controls hazard lights. While automatic stop control is not being performed, the hazard light controller switches the hazard lights between a flashing state and a turned-off state each time a user presses the hazard switch. The hazard light controller brings the hazard lights into the flashing state upon start of the automatic stop control, and turns off the hazard lights (i.e., transitions the hazard lights to the turned-off state) upon depression of the hazard switch while the hazard lights are flashing during execution of the automatic stop control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukinori Kurahashi, Kei Oshida, Masayuki Nakatsuka
  • Patent number: 10253711
    Abstract: The vehicle behavior control device comprises an engine control part operable, when an steering speed is greater than a predetermined threshold, and both of a steering wheel angle of a vehicle and the steering speed are increasing, to reduce an output torque of a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine along with an increase in the steering speed, and when the steering speed is equal to or less than the threshold, to stop the reduction of the output torque, and a threshold setting part operable, when the operation mode of the engine is the all-cylinder operation, to set the threshold to a first threshold TS1, and, when the operation mode of the engine is the reduced-cylinder operation, to set the threshold to a second threshold TS2 which is less than the first threshold TS1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Sunahara, Daisuke Umetsu, Chikako Ohisa, Yasunori Takahara
  • Patent number: 10246095
    Abstract: A regenerative braking control apparatus includes an interface unit configured to receive driving information of a vehicle; an object detection device configured to generate object information based on detecting an object outside the vehicle; and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to: determine whether to perform regenerative braking for the vehicle, based on the driving information and the object information; and provide at least one signal corresponding to a result of determining whether to perform the regenerative braking for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinkyo Lee, Kwangjin Jang, Jonghwa Yoon
  • Patent number: 10246070
    Abstract: A brake system control unit for a vehicle having a hydraulic vehicle brake and electromechanical brake device comprises a microcontroller, a system ASIC and a brake motor ASIC, wherein the microcontroller is connected to the system ASIC and the brake motor ASIC via communication interfaces. In the brake motor ASIC, an interrogation signal sequence for interrogating the switched state of an actuation switch of the electromechanical brake device is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Baehrle-Miller, Peter Rebholz-Goldmann
  • Patent number: 10239538
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring a driver's actual driving behaviors (e.g., acceleration, deceleration) in a manual driving mode to determine their preferred driving style, and then causing an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to operate itself, within limits, in accordance with the drivers' driving style when operating in a self-driving mode, thereby providing a more familiar and comfortable driving experience for the driver. Data is collected on the actual driving behavior, any pre-existing data is accessed on the actual driving behavior, and the collected data and the pre-existing data are combined. A custom control is then created based upon the combined data, and the custom control is applied to manage the self-driving behavior of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle in a self-driving mode. Additional data continues to be collected on the actual driving behavior, and the custom control is adjusted based upon the collected additional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Fields, Joseph P. Harr, Jeremy Myers
  • Patent number: 10209145
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis method of a temperature sensor of a switch device is provided. The method includes setting a sampling period using a temperature detected by the temperature sensor of the switch device and a temperature of cooling water for cooling the switch device. A temperature sensing value detected by the temperature sensor is then compared with a temperature reference value stored in a memory in the sampling period to determine whether failure occurs in the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chang Seok You, Min Su Kang, Sung Do Kim, Dong Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 10212493
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a data processing method providing an improvement in filtering telemetry data received from mobile devices comprises receiving, from a mobile device, telemetry data comprising a plurality of probes, each probe identifying a location of the mobile device at a time of the probe, wherein the plurality of probes form first digital trace data identifying a path of the mobile device; determining, for a particular probe of the plurality of probes, a first attribute of the particular probe; determining whether the first attribute of the particular probe satisfies a first threshold; in response to satisfying the first threshold, deleting the particular probe from the plurality of probes and dividing the first digital trace data into second digital trace data and third digital trace data; performing an action using the second digital trace data and the third digital trace data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAPBOX, INC.
    Inventors: Lily Chai, Morgan Herlocker
  • Patent number: 10202147
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a forward viewing camera having a field of view forward of the vehicle. A control includes an image processor operable to process image data captured by the camera to determine lane boundaries of a lane of travel of the vehicle and to determine road curvature of a curved section of a road being traveled by the vehicle. The control, responsive at least in part to processing of captured image data, determines an end of the curved section where the road straightens. The control, responsive to a determination that the vehicle is at the end of the curved section where the road straightens, determines a wheel angle to adjust a wheel of the vehicle to such that the vehicle travels parallel to a tangent of the road after the vehicle has traversed the curved section and is at a straight section of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Devendra Bajpai, Honghao Tan
  • Patent number: 10202110
    Abstract: A hydraulic braking system includes: a master cylinder including a pressurizing piston, a rearward chamber, and a pressure chamber; and a rearward-hydraulic-pressure controller connected to the rearward chamber and including a pressure increase valve and a regulator for controlling a hydraulic pressure in an output chamber. An air detector includes: an upstream detector, including the rearward-hydraulic-pressure controller, for detecting presence or absence of air in an upstream portion based on a relationship between the hydraulic pressure in the output chamber and an open time of the pressure increase valve; and a downstream detector for detecting presence or absence of air in a downstream portion based on a relationship between a stroke of the pressurizing piston and the hydraulic pressure in the output chamber. The downstream portion includes a portion located downstream of the pressure chamber of the master cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kanamori, Kazutaka Noro
  • Patent number: 10196057
    Abstract: A vehicle stability control device includes a yaw moment generation device and a control device. A variation yaw moment generated by simultaneous turn and acceleration/deceleration is expressed as a function of a longitudinal acceleration and a lateral acceleration. A longitudinal force and a lateral force of a tire have non-linear load dependency. The variation yaw moment when assuming that the load dependency is linear is a first variation yaw moment. The variation yaw moment considering the non-linear load dependency is a second variation yaw moment that is expressed as a product of the first variation yaw moment and a correction gain. In vehicle stability control, the control device controls the yaw moment generation device to generate a counter yaw moment counteracting the second variation yaw moment, based on the longitudinal acceleration, the lateral acceleration, and the correction gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA CHUO KENKYUSHO
    Inventors: Etsuo Katsuyama, Takao Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10189452
    Abstract: In an emergency stop situation, the regenerative braking system is used to assist in rapid deceleration, by combining regenerative braking with conventional friction brakes. Sensors can also be used to trigger the braking systems, even before the driver is able to react. These sensors might include external cameras, ABS activation detection, radar and ultrasound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Marco Elkenkamp
  • Patent number: 10179574
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a brake system of a motor vehicle having at least one parking brake which can be activated, having a plurality of means for operating the parking brake and having at least one control device which has at least one of the means, characterized in that at least one further control device has at least another of the means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Hauber, Tobias Putzer
  • Patent number: 10173657
    Abstract: Provided is a braking device capable of suppressing an overshoot or undershoot in output pressure. This vehicle braking device is configured such that a pressure adjustment unit has a piston which is driven by the difference between force corresponding to pilot pressure and force corresponding to output pressure, and a control unit estimates, on the basis of a stroke-related value regarding the amount of movement of the piston, the amount of change of the output pressure that changes even after switching from pressure increase control or pressure reduction control to holding control of the output pressure, and controls a valve unit on the basis of the estimated amount of change of the output pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Okano, Masaki Ninoyu
  • Patent number: 10169885
    Abstract: A vehicle display system includes a display device, a position acquiring unit, and a distortion correction processor. The display device is mounted on a vehicle. The position acquiring unit is configured to acquire a position of a target by which an image to be displayed by the display device is to be viewed. The distortion correction processor is configured to correct, on a basis of the position of the target acquired by the position acquiring unit, distortion of the image to be displayed by the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuichi Sumikawa, Noeru Sato, Takeshi Torii
  • Patent number: 10168156
    Abstract: An approach is provided by a mobile information handling system that includes a processor, and a gyroscope, a gravity sensor, and a memory each accessible by the processor. The approach identifies, at the mobile device that is moving with a vehicle, when a rotation of the gyroscope is at a near-zero moment, and an acceleration, wherein the acceleration is detected as being on a plane that is near-perpendicular with a gravity sensed by the gravity sensor. Then the detection is made, the approach determines a direction of the vehicle as being parallel to a direction of the detected acceleration. The approach then aligns a coordinate system used in the mobile device based on the determined direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Reginald E. Bryant, Catherine H. Crawford, Inseok Hwang, Aisha Walcott
  • Patent number: 10168174
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for providing a graphical overlay depicting lane lines to a vehicle including an augmented reality (“AR”) viewing device. A method according to some embodiments includes determining whether environment data indicate that a driver of a vehicle can identify lane lines on a road in front of the vehicle. The method includes responsive to the environment data failing to indicate that the driver of the vehicle can identify the lane lines, generating line data based on the environment data and global positioning system (GPS) data. The method includes generating AR data based on the line data. The method includes providing the AR data to the AR viewing device. The method includes determining based on head position data associated with the AR viewing device, to instruct the AR viewing device to display a graphical overlay depicting the lane lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Tomatsu, Siyuan Dai, Yusuke Kashiba
  • Patent number: 10160451
    Abstract: A driver can intuitively and conveniently perform an operation for instructing passing to a vehicle. In a driving support device 10, an image output unit 14a outputs, to a display unit 31, an image containing an own vehicle object representing an own vehicle and an another vehicle object representing another vehicle in front of the own vehicle object. An operation signal input unit 14b receives an operation of a user for changing the positional relationship between the own vehicle object and the another vehicle object in the image displayed on the display unit 31. A command output unit 14c outputs, to an automatic driving control unit 20, a command for instructing the own vehicle to pass the another vehicle when the positional relationship between the own vehicle object and the another vehicle object is changed such that the own vehicle object is positioned in front of the another vehicle object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazushige Yamada, Osamu Yamaji, Azusa Gojyo, Satoshi Kajita, Toshiaki Mori, Makoto Okada
  • Patent number: 10150349
    Abstract: A vehicle traveling control method includes starting, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, inertial traveling during which a vehicle travels while stopping fuel supply to an engine of the vehicle, measuring, from a start of the inertial traveling, a temperature decrease amount occurring in a heat exchanger for heating a cabin of the vehicle with heat generated by the engine, and stopping the inertial traveling when the temperature decrease amount is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadashi Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10144433
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and arrangement for estimating a friction coefficient (?i) between tires of a wheeled two-axis two-track road vehicle and the ground. If the longitudinal velocity ?x of the vehicle is above a first threshold ?xthres and the wheel angle ?f and/or the yaw rate ?z are/is below a second threshold ?thres/?zthres, a positive torque is applied to both wheels on a first axle and an and opposite, negative torque, to both wheels on a second axle while following driver requested longitudinal vehicle acceleration (ax). Wheel speeds ?i are measured and tire forces (fi) estimated. The friction coefficient (?i) between the tires and the ground are estimated from the measured wheel speeds ?i and the estimated tire forces (fi). The estimated friction coefficient (?i) is made available to other vehicle systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mats Jonasson, Tony Gustafsson, Anton Albinsson, Frederik Hans Bruzelius
  • Patent number: 10137852
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a passenger compartment of a vehicle. The passenger compartment has at least one RFID transponder. A readout signal for reading out the RFID transponder is emitted in the method. In response to the emitting, a response signal of the RFID transponder is measured in order to obtain a measured value. Using the measured value, a degree of obscuration that represents an obscuration of the RFID transponder is ascertained in order to monitor the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Patent number: 10137872
    Abstract: An acceleration/deceleration control apparatus includes a mode switching portion configured to switch a normal mode of performing acceleration control in response to an operation on an accelerator pedal and also performing deceleration control in response to an operation on a brake pedal, and a one-pedal mode of performing both the acceleration control and the deceleration control in response to the operation on the accelerator pedal according to a switching operation performed by a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Goto
  • Patent number: 10140525
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle (13) having a driver's cabin (15) and a rearward extending portion (14) that is pivotable with respect to the driver's cabin (15), for capturing a rear part (17) of the rearward extending portion (14), the system having at least two wheel sensors (2, 3) located on opposite ends of an axis (18, 19) of the rearward extending portion (14), for acquiring information on a rotational movement of wheels attached to the ends of the axis (18, 19), and a control unit (4) connected with the wheel sensors (2, 3), which control unit determines the rear part (17) of the rearward extending portion (14) based on the acquired information on the rotational movement of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MEKRA LANG GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Werner Jürgen Lang, Johann Fellner
  • Patent number: 10127726
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a control method of an electronic apparatus. The control method of an electronic apparatus includes: calculating an average speed of a vehicle when a specific event occurs; generating an object indicating a relationship between the calculated average speed and an event speed corresponding to the specific event; and outputting the generated object through augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: THINKWARE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Suk Pil Ko
  • Patent number: 10124781
    Abstract: A vehicle brake device is provided with: an acquisition unit that acquires travel resistance force produced between a vehicle wheel and a road surface touched by the wheel when, for example, a vehicle having the wheel travels, on the basis of driving force of the vehicle and acceleration of the vehicle; and a control unit that starts a control for supplying braking force to the wheel of the vehicle when a difference between the travel resistance force and a predetermined value exceeds a first threshold value and a differential value of the travel resistance force exceeds a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhito Ishida
  • Patent number: 10124775
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operating a motor vehicle which is capable of driving either under the control of a human driver who is located on board the motor vehicle or autonomously, at least over certain sections of a route, and which is able to avoid collisions, detect adverse effects on the driver and bring about emergency stops. Accordingly, the motor vehicle has an emergency braking assistant, and if an adverse effect on the driver is detected in the autonomous driving mode, a characteristic curve which is preset for emergency braking operations is changed in such a way that an emergency braking operation is initiated at an earlier point and the braking force is built up more slowly than in the non-autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Svensson, Timothy Jurkiw
  • Patent number: 10118639
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) steering control system determines how much and when to apply a steering control to maneuver obstacles of a planned route. The steering control system calculates a first steering angle based on a target directional angle and an actual directional angle of the ADV, a second steering angle based on a target lateral position and an actual lateral position of the ADV to maneuver a planned route, an object, or an obstacle course. The steering control system determines a target steering angle based on the first steering angle and the second steering angles and utilizes the target steering angle to control a subsequent steering angle of the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Qi Kong, Xiang Yu, Sen Hu, Qi Luo, Zhenguang Zhu, Yuchang Pan, Wenli Yang, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10112588
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes a collision detection unit configured to detect that a vehicle collides against an object outside the vehicle, a brake control unit configured to carry out a post-collision brake control for automatically braking the vehicle when the collision detection unit detects the collision, and a prediction unit configured to predict a yaw generation probability which is a degree of generation of yaw generated to the vehicle when the post-collision brake control is carried out, based on a collision direction and a collision position of the vehicle with respect to the object outside the vehicle, after the collision has been detected by the collision detection unit and before the post-collision brake control is carried out by the brake control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Inomata
  • Patent number: 10112535
    Abstract: A server computing device may receive current speed data associated with a current speed of a wearable notification device from a first device, retrieve speed limit data indicative of a speed limit corresponding to a path upon which the wearable notification device is travelling, compare the current speed data to the speed limit data, and/or transmit a notification signal to the wearable notification device when the current speed exceeds the speed limit. The wearable notification device may translate the notification signal into a physical action having an intensity that varies as a function of a difference between the current speed and the speed limit. As a result, safer driving and vehicle collision avoidance may be facilitated. Safe driving auto insurance discounts may be provided to drivers that use the safe driving or speed limit warning functionality discussed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Lee Assam
  • Patent number: 10107390
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a controller configured to, in response to an accelerator pedal release and an expected regenerative braking event, increase an engagement pressure of a torque converter clutch prior to occurrence of the event to a threshold that is based on a regenerative braking torque estimate associated with the event such that during the event, the clutch transfers more torque than the converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yanan Zhao, Bernard D. Nefcy, Ming Lang Kuang
  • Patent number: 10106149
    Abstract: A vehicle system may include a controller configured to increase, after a specified delay, an engagement pressure of a torque converter clutch prior to occurrence of the event to a target pressure that is based on a regenerative braking torque estimate associated with the event such that a portion of energy associated with the event is converted to electricity. The controller may increase the engagement pressure in response to an accelerator pedal release and an expected regenerative braking event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yanan Zhao, Bernard D. Nefcy, Ming Lang Kuang
  • Patent number: 10106035
    Abstract: A method controls an acceleration pedal of a vehicle that calls a driver's attention by causing vibration or increasing pedal effort in the acceleration pedal according to diversified driving situations. The method includes selecting a control mode of selecting, by a driver, a control mode given to the acceleration pedal, judging an eco red state of judging whether the vehicle is driven for a predetermined time in the eco red state, and executing the control mode of giving the control mode selected at the selecting of the control mode to the acceleration pedal when it is judged that the vehicle is driven for the predetermined time in the eco red state at the judging of the eco red state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Donghee Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eunsik Kim, Yangrae Cho, Jongsang Noh
  • Patent number: 10102745
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus includes a traffic information database and a data processing device. The data processing device detects, based on the traffic information data, an impediment event. The data processing device extracts the impediment event potentially encountered by an assisted vehicle. The data processing device provides a driver of the assisted vehicle with a notification regarding the impediment event potentially encountered by the assisted vehicle. The data processing device generates, based on the traffic information data, item data regarding a detailed item defined with respect to the impediment event. The data processing device generates, based on the item data, an analysis result regarding the detailed item and a confidence level of the analysis result. The data processing device changes, depending on the confidence level, contents regarding the analysis result to be included in the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuki Tamura, Sayaka Ono, Makoto Aso
  • Patent number: 10099689
    Abstract: In a vehicle travel support system or a vehicle travel support method, a control apparatus estimates a travel path of a vehicle on the basis of the present position of the vehicle and map information, acquires from a map information storage apparatus a curve radius that is of a curve included in the travel path and that is contained in the map information, performs a vehicle turning support or a deceleration support prior to entry to the curve on the basis of a start point of the curve which is detected on the basis of front images, and performs the vehicle turning support for the curve by using the curve radius contained in the map information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuji Wada, Hiroyuki Koibuchi
  • Patent number: 10093297
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for controlling an electric parking brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Su-Hwan No
  • Patent number: 10093319
    Abstract: A variable speed control system includes a multiple-speed transmission which changes a speed of an engine output in multiple stages based on a change in meshing state of a dog clutch which is caused in association with an operation of a change pedal connected mechanically, a pedal load detection device which detects an operation load of the change pedal, and a control unit which suppresses or shuts off an engine output to the multiple-speed transmission and permits a speed change action of the multiple-speed transmission by the change pedal when a detected pedal load exceeds a pedal load threshold. The variable speed control system further includes an engine revolution speed detection sensor which detects an engine revolution speed. The control unit changes the pedal load threshold according to the engine revolution speed detected. Such variable speed control system can realize a stable speed change action irrespective of running conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Ono, Yoshiaki Nedachi, Hiroyuki Kojima, Tatsuya Ryuzaki, Kosuke Tsunashima
  • Patent number: 10077048
    Abstract: A lane departure prevention apparatus (17) has: a departure preventing device (172) for control a braking apparatus (122) to perform a departure prevention operation by applying yaw moment (Mtgt) to a vehicle (1), wherein the yaw moment is generated by a difference of the braking forces between right wheels (121FR, 121RR) and left wheels (121FL, 121RL)1; and a controlling device (173) for controlling the departure prevention device so that the braking force applied to driving wheels (121RL, 121RR) becomes smaller and the braking force applied to non-driving wheels (121FL, 121FR) becomes larger when the departure prevention operation is performed and a differential apparatus (132) limits a differential rotation, compared to a case where the departure prevention operation is performed and the differential apparatus does not limit the differential rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Nagae, Ryo Inomata, Hironori Ito, Masayuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10077979
    Abstract: An estimation apparatus includes a distance estimator. The distance estimator performs regression analysis using, as samples, an observation of distance and an observation at each time within a predetermined period obtained by an observer. The estimation apparatus estimates that a value of the distance upon a value of a displacement calculated in accordance with a regression equation based on the regression analysis being zero shows a value of the distance to the forward object at a start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mai Sakamoto, Koichiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10071781
    Abstract: An inverted pendulum vehicle 10 is provided with a display unit 70 for illuminating a floor surface 110 surrounding a vehicle body thereof, and a display control unit 87 for controlling an illumination pattern of the display unit according to an inclination angle detected by an inclination detection unit 66, 81.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Hirabayashi, Makoto Hasegawa, Hokuto Kanda, Tomokazu Sakamoto