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701 - Data processing: vehicles, navigation, and relative location

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
701099000 With indicator or control of power plant (e.g., performance) 2657
701036000 Vehicle subsystem or accessory control 2419
701022000 Electric vehicle 1601
701029000 Vehicle diagnosis or maintenance indication 1264
701070000 Indication or control of braking, acceleration, or deceleration 1069
701051000 Transmission control 959
701003000 Aeronautical vehicle 945
701002000 Remote control system 552
701050000 Construction or agricultural-type vehicle (e.g., crane, forklift) 436
701023000 Automatic route guidance vehicle 411
701117000 Traffic analysis or control of surface vehicle 360
701019000 Railway vehicle 229
701067000 Clutch control 200
701120000 Traffic analysis or control of aircraft 139
701021000 Marine vehicle 137
701123000 With indication of fuel consumption rate or economy of usage 90
701124000 Determining balance or center of gravity (e.g., load distribution of vehicle) 60
701069000 Control of power distribution between vehicle axis or wheels (e.g., four wheel drive vehicle) 56
701116000 With indication or control to maintain fixed position 7
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20130030605SELECTIVE VEHICLE TRACKING AND VEHICLE ROUTING - A vehicle monitoring system permits a user to designate some usage as personal, such that the location of the vehicle is not tracked (or not recorded or not reported). The user can designate the usage as personal in terms of time of day or day of the week or in terms of geographic areas. Optionally, in calculating a route, the system may take into account a safety index; i.e. which route is safer. The system may also take into account which route will consume less energy, particularly where the vehicle is an electric vehicle, which has different efficiencies in certain types of road conditions.01-31-2013
20130030604CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE, VEHICLE HAVING THE CONTROL SYSTEM, AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A controller system for vehicle which has a plurality of driving modes which influence driving feeling, and performs selection from the driving modes and the regulation by inputs from a selecting switch, a forward sequence regulating switch, and a reverse sequence regulating switch. For each input from the selecting switch, changing to the driving mode according to a predetermined normal order. For each input from each of the regulating switches, the current controlled step is changed in a predetermined tendency direction. In a state where the controlled step reaches a final step, the state of the final step is maintained even when the same regulating signal is inputted.01-31-2013
20130030603BICYCLE COMMUNICATION ADAPTER - A bicycle communication adapter is provided with a voltage converting component, a signal converting component and a superimposing component. The voltage converting component is configured to convert a received voltage supplied from a bicycle electrical management system to a converted voltage suitable for at least one of a plurality of electric devices of a bicycle electrical system. The signal converting component is configured to convert a received signal outputted from a bicycle electrical management system into a converted signal compliant with a standard for power line communication. The superimposing component is configured to superimpose the converted signal converted by the signal converting component onto the converted voltage converted by the voltage converting component.01-31-2013
20130030602LANE ASSISTANCE SYSTEM USING AN IN-WHEEL SYSTEM - A lane assistance system using an in-wheel system according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include determining a lane deviation danger of a vehicle whether a vehicle is in danger of deviating from a lane, calculating a necessary yaw rate to assist a driver in maintaining a the vehicle in the intended lane of travel, calculate a demand yaw rate through a difference between the calculated necessary yaw rate and an actual yaw rate, and calculate a distribution amount of a driving torque of torque vectoring for achieving the demand yaw rate. In doing so, the lane assistance system controls the torque selectively applied to each wheel according to the above calculations.01-31-2013
20130030601CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF VEHICLE USING IN-WHEEL MOTOR - Disclosed is a technique for controlling the stability of a vehicle via in-wheel motors. More specifically, a steering angle, a wheel speed, a lateral G-Force, and a yaw rate calculated, and the lateral G-Force is compared with a predetermined lateral G-Force threshold. Next, a predetermined yaw rate control threshold is compared with a difference between an actual yaw rate and a demand yaw rate based on the calculated steering angle and wheel speed. The demand yaw rate and the actual yaw rate are then compared when the difference between the demand yaw rate and the actual yaw rate is greater than the yaw rate control threshold, and a final torque value is generated according to the difference between the demand yaw rate and the actual yaw rate.01-31-2013
20130085625Monitoring, Diagnostic and Tracking Tool for Autonomous Mobile Robots - A system and method are provided for managing and prioritizing for action fleets of mobile robots deployed at various locations. The system/method includes a plurality of homebase servers, each corresponding to a different location, with each of the homebase servers receiving operational parameter data (representing operational and navigational issues experienced by the mobile robot) from a plurality of mobile robots operating at the particular location where the homebase server is deployed. A central server receives the operational parameter data from the plurality of homebase servers. The central server included a data analysis module for processing the operational parameter data and prioritizing the mobile robots operating at the various locations for action by support staff. A list is generated ranking the mobile robots in order of importance for action by support staff.04-04-2013
20100023184RIGHT-LEFT DRIVING FORCE CONTROL SYSTEM - A right-left driving force control system includes: a selecting unit which: selects an adjusting unit adjusting distribution of a driving force between right and left wheels, when a shifting direction in which the driving force is shifted between the wheels and which is related to a control amount is the same as a first direction towards one of the wheels which has a larger speed; selects a limiting unit adjusting a differential action limiting force, when the shifting direction is the same as a second direction towards one of the wheels which has a smaller speed, and a difference between the wheel speeds is equal to or larger than a threshold value; and maintains the adjusting unit or the limiting unit, which has been selected, when the shifting direction is the same as the second direction, and the difference between the wheel speeds is less than the threshold value; and a control unit which controls the adjusting unit or the limiting unit, which is selected or maintained by the selecting unit, based on the control amount.01-28-2010
20100082182Powered wheelchair - A powered wheel chair device comprises a motorized undercarriage and a support seat for supporting a wheelchair occupant. At least one support arm is located adjacent the seat. A controller is mounted on the arm, the controller including a joystick unit within reach of the occupant. The joystick is in communication with the motorized undercarriage for driving the undercarriage. The joystick includes an upstanding post with a collar, the collar having a periphery with a number of abutment regions located therealong. A number of actuators are provided, each movable from a storage position distal to the corresponding abutment region and a deployed position adjacent the corresponding abutment region. Each actuator is responsive to an obstacle detecting sensor near a corresponding peripheral region of the undercarriage.04-01-2010
20100076621SAFETY DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS - An object of the invention is to provide a safety driving support apparatus capable of detecting a dangerous moving object with high accuracy at quick timing. A safety driving support apparatus 03-25-2010
20120245760OPERATION VEHICLE MONITORING DEVICE - To provide an operation vehicle monitoring device that can reduce man hours for maintenance and realize the maintenance efficiency, it includes an input unit (09-27-2012
20120245759DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING CRITICAL AND NON-CRITICAL INFORMATION, AND AIRCRAFT INCLUDING SUCH A DEVICE - An information display device has a first processor unit and a second processor unit that are connected to at least one information source. The first processor unit is also connected to a display and to the second processor unit. The first processor unit and the second processor unit each include a computer and a memory. The computer of the second unit is arranged to construct an image for displaying on the display and to transmit it to the computer of the first processor unit, which is arranged to modify the image by incorporating therein information from the information source, and to transmit the modified image to the display. An aircraft fitted with such a device is also provided.09-27-2012
20120245758DRIVING BEHAVIOR DETECTING METHOD AND APPARATUS - The present invention includes a driving behavior detecting unit (09-27-2012
20120245756DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - A system and method of assisting a driver of a vehicle by providing driver and vehicle feedback control signals is disclosed herein. The system and method includes receiving location data of the vehicle from a GPS unit, retrieving navigation characteristics stored in a map database based on the location data, generating a most probable future path for the vehicle, determining the locations of upcoming zones on the most probable future path based on the retrieved navigation characteristics using a processor, generating vehicle speed data at a vehicle sensor unit, and determining if the vehicle speed data exceeds a speed threshold associated with the upcoming zone on the most probable path.09-27-2012
20130079950VEHICLE UPGRADE SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A vehicle update system for updating a vehicle's ROM data is provided. More specifically, a telematics unit is configured to receive new ROM data transmitted from a telematics server. An electronic control unit (ECU) is configured first check to determine whether certain update conditions are satisfied and when they are satisfied, update the old ROM data to the new ROM data using at least one of a main battery and an auxiliary battery. More specifically, the update conditions are that the charged state and the voltage level for at least one of the main battery and the auxiliary battery is greater than a certain level, the vehicle is stopped or parked, and the controller area network (CAN) communication state of the vehicle is normal.03-28-2013
20130079949INCLINATION DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An inclination detection system is disclosed. The inclination detection system may have an inclination angle predictor configured to calculate an a priori estimated inclination angle of the machine based on a previously estimated inclination angle, and a measurement variance calculator configured to calculate a measurement variance of the a priori estimated inclination angle based on a non-gravitational acceleration of the machine. The inclination detection system may also have an inclination angle sensor configured to measure a measured inclination angle of the machine, and an inclination angle updater configured to determine an a posteriori estimated inclination angle of the machine based on the a priori estimated inclination angle, the measurement variance of the a priori estimated inclination angle, and the measured inclination angle.03-28-2013
20130079948INERTIAL SENSOR CALIBRATION METHOD FOR VEHICLES AND DEVICE THEREFOR - An inertial sensor calibration method has steps of mounting an observer device and an inertial sensor of a vehicle carrying on an inertial move, acquiring actual vehicle motion data from the observer device and inertial signal data of the inertial sensor, calculating an integral corresponding to the vehicular dynamic variation model with respect to the inertial signal data to obtain predicted vehicle sensor data and calculating variations of the actual vehicle motion data, acquiring differences between the two calculated data, applying an energy optimization and a discretization to the differences so as to obtain parametric error variances, and feeding back the parametric error variances to the vehicular dynamic variation model to calibrate the parameters associated with offset and scale factor and acquire a calibrated vehicular dynamic variation model. Under the premise of no GPS, electronic compass or pressure sensor, the present invention can secure positioning continuity and reliability.03-28-2013
20100036543Drive assistance device for a wheel chair and a wheel chair having a drive assistance device - A drive assistance device for a wheel chair having a drive motor, a driving wheel, a sensor means which is designed such that a driving force manually induced into a driving wheel is detected, and a control unit, designed such that the drive motor is controlled to drive the driving wheel in accordance with a drive assistance degree depending on the driving force manually induced into the driving wheel, wherein the control unit comprises an anti-rollback operational mode in which it is adapted to control the drive motor such that an unintended rolling of the driving wheel is avoided. The invention also relates to a wheel chair having such a drive assistance device.02-11-2010
20130035804INFORMATION PROVISION DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROVISION METHOD - In order to suppress charge amount shortage in a predetermined area, an information provision device has an acquisition means that acquires travelling information of an electric vehicle on which a secondary battery 02-07-2013
20130035803APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROPAGATING THE ATTITUDE OF A VEHICLE - Apparatus and method is provided for propagating the attitude of a vehicle. A slew rate is computed based on angular rotation increments associated with a time interval. An incremental update is computed for the associated time interval based on an angular rate and the slew rate. An attitude of the vehicle is propagated based on the computed attitude increment and an initial attitude at the start of propagation.02-07-2013
20120209450VEHICLE BEHAVIOR DATA STORING APPARATUS - An engine ECU compares an acceleration value with a reference value, which corresponds to an accelerator operation value inputted in response to a user operation on an accelerator pedal, and stores vehicle behavior data when the acceleration value exceeds the reference value. After determining that the acceleration value is larger than the reference value and storing the vehicle behavior data, the reference value is changed to a larger value. After determining that the acceleration value is smaller than the reference value and, for example, a period in which the acceleration value remains lower than the reference value, reaches a set period, the reference value is changed to a smaller value. Thus, the number of times of storing the vehicle behavior data is equalized among vehicle users.08-16-2012
20130041523METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROTECITON OF SUBSEA ASSETS - The present invention relates to a method and a system for protection of subsea assets, which system comprises an electronic map indicating subsea assets, the system defines a geographical zone, which zone covers an area around the subsea asset, which system performs tracking of vessels entering a geographical zone by analysing electronic signal transmitted or reflected from the vessel. Performing an analysis of a sailing pattern in the geographical zone, the system can define at least one event based on sailing patterns, which system scores the events, the system count the scores, and based of a defined level of scores the system generates an alarm, based on the alarm the system generates a warning, which warning can be transmitted to the vessel. By this system there can be placed a computer system at a coast control center, where all data about vessels are picked up. This way, the system can transmit an alarm to a vessel if the vessel performs critical behaviour near subsea assets.02-14-2013
20130041522SYSTEM FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION IN VEHICLE - An information obtaining system in a vehicle is provided. The information obtaining system includes a nonvolatile memory built into the vehicle, vehicle information relating to the vehicle being stored in the nonvolatile memory; a portable reader device which is not incorporated into the vehicle and can be carried by a person, the portable reader device being configured to read out the vehicle information from the nonvolatile memory, encrypt the vehicle information, and store the encrypted vehicle information, and being capable of outputting the encrypted vehicle information; and an analyzing device which is not incorporated into the vehicle, the analyzing device being separate from the portable reader device, and configured to decrypt the encrypted vehicle information output from the portable reader device into the vehicle information.02-14-2013
20130041521VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC DRIVER IDENTIFICATION - A vehicle monitoring system includes at least one sensor in the vehicle. A processor receiving information from the at least one sensor, the processor programmed to automatically identify a driver of the vehicle based upon the information from the at least one sensor.02-14-2013
20090043428Acceleration Sensation Evaluating Device and Vehicle Controller - The present invention provides an acceleration sensation evaluating device that evaluates a sensory acceleration of a driver with respect to an expectation value of acceleration, and a vehicle controller that controls a vehicle according to the evaluation results. The evaluation device detects an amount of operation of the vehicle by the driver of when the vehicle is accelerated, detects an amount of vehicle behavior, computes a physical quantity of an expectation value indicating the expectation value of an acceleration performance which the driver expects based on the detected values, computes a sensory physical quantity indicating a sensation of the acceleration which the driver senses, and computes an evaluation value of the acceleration sensation based on difference or ratio between the physical quantity of the expectation value and the sensory physical quantity.02-12-2009
20120215377Vehicle Controller - A vehicle controller is provided capable of expanding an application range of departure prevention control while suppressing erroneous control. The vehicle controller includes: a vehicle-mounted camera 08-23-2012
20120185113DEVICE FOR MANEUVERING A VEHICLE USING MANEUVERING MOVES USING AT LEAST ONE TRAJECTORY - A device and a method for maneuvering a vehicle using maneuvering moves using at least one trajectory along which the vehicle is movable. Maneuvering moves have at least one reversing clothoid which borders on at least one trajectory and which is designed so that a steering motion of the vehicle is avoidable at standstill.07-19-2012
20120185114METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROGRAMMING PARAMETERS OF A POWER DRIVEN WHEELCHAIR FOR A PLURALITY OF DRIVE SETTINGS - A method of programming parameters of a power driven wheelchair for a plurality of drive modes comprises: displaying a menu image on an interactive display screen, the menu image including settings of a plurality of wheelchair parameters for a plurality of drive modes of the wheelchair; selecting a wheelchair parameter for a drive mode from the displayed menu image; and programming the setting of the selected wheelchair parameter to a desired setting.07-19-2012
20120185112APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING LOCATION OF VEHICLE - Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for detecting the location of a vehicle using results sensed by sensing devices installed outside the vehicle and the internal information of the vehicle without obtaining the current location information of the vehicle using signals transmitted from a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite. The apparatus for detecting the location of a vehicle includes a location information reception unit for receiving location information that is generated by sensing a vehicle passing by a sensing point and that corresponds to the sensing point. A location detection unit estimates a current location of the vehicle based on information sensed by internal sensors of the vehicle and control information for a vehicle manipulation part while the location information is not received, and corrects the estimated current location of the vehicle using received location information when the location information is received.07-19-2012
20120185111MULTIPLE-MODE DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM - Disclosed is electronic control unit data recorder readable code which is configured for storage in memory of an electronic control unit data recorder, such as a vehicle data recorder. The code is configured to provide that the electronic control unit data recorder acquires data in a plurality of different modes.07-19-2012
20120185110PROTOCOL PROTECTION - A system is provided for generating data packets of a message according to a first protocol, then analyzing the message according to a second protocol. The system determines if the message provides a correct checksum according to the second protocol. If the message provides the correct checksum according to the second protocol, the system alters the message and transmits the message according to the first protocol.07-19-2012
20090125162ELECTRONIC UNIT, A COMMUNICATION UNIT AND A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An electronic control unit has a gateway function for connecting a plurality of communication networks formed in a vehicle with each other and performs functions allotted beforehand by transmitting and receiving signals via the communication networks. The electronic control unit includes a plug-in connecting portion (05-14-2009
20090125160Relieving Urban Traffic Congestion - A method of reducing congestion on a roadway is disclosed comprising dividing selected lengths of selected normal lanes of a roadway into two commuter lanes, providing distinctive lane markings to identify the commuter lanes, and dynamically designating selected lengths of selected lanes as either normal lanes or pairs of commuter lanes. In order to dynamically change lane configurations, a set of indicators can be provided as lane markers together with a control system to alter particular lane configurations between normal lanes and commuting lanes both cyclically according to a preprogrammed schedule and dynamically in response to sensed vehicle traffic volume, unusual events such as accidents, weather, and so on. Commuter lanes are designated cyclically and dynamically in response to traffic conditions to increase the capacity of the affected road. Normal lanes are designated at other times. To facilitate entry and exit from designated commuter lanes, transition zones can be provided where entering and exiting commuter lane traffic has right of way.05-14-2009
20090125161ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING A VEHICLE - The entertainment system of one of the preferred embodiments includes a recreational vehicle, an event sensor attached to the recreational vehicle, an event element able to be detected by the event sensor, a processor connected to the event sensor, and a game program operated by the processor. The entertainment system functions to enable interactive game-like capabilities for a movable vehicle. The entertainment system is preferably used for children recreational vehicles (miniature cars), but may alternatively be used by other vehicles.05-14-2009
20090043430COOPERATIVE PARKING - A system, a method, and a service for cooperative parking between vehicles. A parking vehicle has a transmitter to send a parking signal to parked vehicles in proximity to a parking space. A parked vehicle receives the parking signal, activates one or more position sensors mounted on the parked vehicle, activates its engine or auxiliary motor, disengages any locking mechanism such as brakes or the transmission, and moves itself away from the parking space. Once the parking vehicle has parked successfully or after a predetermined time delay, the parked vehicle may move to a position closer to the parking vehicle but still far enough away to avoid collision as determined by the position sensor and turn off its engine or auxiliary motor and re-engage its locking mechanism. The cooperative parking system may include a switch and a transmitter, either contained within a hand-held programmable device or within the parking vehicle. Preferably, all vehicles have the transmitter and the receiver to activate and respond to parking requests.02-12-2009
20090043429Control device and control method of vehicle - An ecorun ECU executes a program including the steps of: starting operation of an electric fan if an air-conditioner refrigerant pressure is higher than a pressure threshold value or an inverter coolant temperature is higher than a temperature threshold value and if the electric fan is not operating; restarting an engine by prohibiting temporary stop of the engine if the engine is not operating; and performing charging processing if SOC of a battery is lower than an SOC threshold value.02-12-2009
20110004360METHOD AND CONTROLLER FOR IMPACT DETECTION FOR A VEHICLE - A control device and a method for impact detection for a vehicle are proposed, the impact being detected as a function of a signal of a structure-borne noise sensor system. However, an impact location on the vehicle is determined as a function of an evaluation of a multipath propagation of the structure-borne noise signal in the vehicle.01-06-2011
20110010021VEHICLE TRAVEL SUPPORT DEVICE, VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE TRAVEL SUPPORT PROGRAM - A vehicle travel support device capable of properly controlling the operation of a steering device and the like from the viewpoint of supporting the travel of a vehicle stably even in a situation where a travel area is inappropriately demarcated by right and left lane marks at both sides, wherein a virtual travel area can be set as a travel area when a first condition is satisfied, that is, when the separation between the right and the left lane marks in width direction of a road increases to an inappropriate extent from the viewpoint of demarcating the travel area because the separation therebetween gradually increases as the distance from the vehicle increases. The operation of a steering device and the like is so controlled that the vehicle will not depart from the virtual travel area set as the travel area.01-13-2011
20110010020Object specifying device and vehicle control apparatus having the device - An object specifying device mounted in a controlled vehicle has a unit for tracking objects, existing in a monitoring area set along a running direction of the controlled vehicle, to detect the objects as forward objects, a unit for specifying one forward object running in the area as a forward vehicle, a unit for specifying each of other forward objects as a candidate for a control-based object when the forward object is placed in an inter-vehicle area between the controlled and forward vehicles, and a unit for specifying each candidate, tracked for a tracking period equal to or longer than a reference tracking period, as a control-based object and specifies each candidate, tracked for a tracking period shorter than the reference tracking period, as a non-control-based object. The controlled vehicle is controlled according to a movement of the control-based objects, regardless of a movement of the non-control-based objects.01-13-2011
20090306834VEHICLE INFORMATION COMMUNICATION - A mobile communications device comprising a gateway is provided. The device enables an automated discovery of a vehicle environment is enabled. Hereby context information relating to the vehicle environment can be automatically communicated to the service backend. Also context information from the service backend can be provided to the vehicle environment all utilizing SIP Presence technologies. The invention can in accordance with one embodiment be implemented in an IMS system. In accordance with one embodiment a communications device comprising gateway can be provided in the form of a mobile communications device, such as a mobile telephone. The gateway can for example be an IMS gateway.12-10-2009
20120191268DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR DETERMINING DRIFT VALUES OF AT LEAST ONE TIRE - A data processing method for determining the drift values of at least one tire comprising, for various positions of the vehicle on a track, determining coordinates of GPS antennas, determining values of roll of the vehicle, determining various points of contact between tire and track based on coordinates of at least one GPS antenna and based on various values of roll of the vehicle, said contact points defining a trajectory of the tire on the track; determining a tangent to the trajectory of the tire at at least one contact point, determining, based on coordinates of the GPS antenna, an orientation of a wheel plane associated with the tire, and determining a drift value based on the tangent and on the orientation of the wheel plane.07-26-2012
20120191267INFORMATION INPUT APPARATUS - An information input apparatus for detecting input information to output operation information to a controlled apparatus is disclosed. The information input apparatus includes a steering device having a grip part and multiple connection parts connecting the grip part and a rotation shaft. A vehicle driver inputs the input information by tapping the grip part or the connection parts. The information input apparatus further includes multiple measurement devices for measuring the vibration propagating through the respective connection parts. A controller of the information input apparatus pre-stores a correspondence between a form of the vibration, which is measured with the measurement devices, and the operation information. The controller selects the operation information from the pre-stored correspondence based on measurement signals outputted from the two measurement devices.07-26-2012
20120191266DETECTING A HANDS FREE DRIVING SITUATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - Embodiments of the inventive subject matter ensure that a hands-free driving situation of a motor vehicle can be detected. In the case of such detection of a hands-free driving situation, requirements of a driving assistance system are preferably reset with respect to steering corrections made by the driving assistance systems. In this manner, virtually independent steering of the vehicle such as, for example, and autopilot type of driving assistance functionality is therefore advantageously avoided.07-26-2012
20130073119METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSISTING PARKING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method and device for selecting a parking assistance function from a predefined group of parking assistance functions of a parking steering assistant by an input element of the parking steering assistant of a motor vehicle. The parking assistance functions are arranged in two groups, wherein the first group includes the functions which relate to parking of the vehicle and the second group includes functions which relate to exiting a parking space by the vehicle. A selection is made between the two function groups as a function of the ignition switch state and a distance traveled by the vehicle, as a result of which the method differentiates automatically between parking functions and parking space exiting functions.03-21-2013
20130073118YAW RATE DETECTION APPARATUS - A yaw rate detection apparatus includes: a vehicle yaw rate detection device detecting a yaw rate of a vehicle to output a detection value thereof; a right-wheel and left-wheel speed detection device detecting at least speeds of right and left wheels to output detection values thereof; a wheel speed yaw rate calculation device calculating a wheel speed yaw rate from the detection values of the speeds of the right and left wheels; a turning correction coefficient calculation device calculating a turning correction coefficient based on an amount of turning associated with a turning operation within a predetermined time in which the detection value of the vehicle yaw rate deviates due to a temperature change; and a vehicle yaw rate correction device correcting the detection value of the vehicle yaw rate based on the detection value of the vehicle yaw rate, the wheel speed yaw rate and the turning correction coefficient.03-21-2013
20130073117METHOD FOR CLOCKING CUMULATIVE OPERATING TIME FOR A CARGO-HANDLING VEHICLE, AND THE CARGO-HANDLING VEHICLE BY USE OF THE METHOD - An accumulated use time for cargo handling vehicles is accurately displayed by a time measuring device even if the time measuring device fails and is replaced. Units such as a display unit and a control unit of the cargo handling vehicle each include a time measuring device and a storage device. The device may perform in a synchronization mode in which the difference between the accumulated use times of both devices is made the same and a synchronization inhibition mode in which the accumulated use times are not changed. The accumulated use times are communicated between the function units, and the accumulated use time of the cargo handling vehicle and the absolute value of the difference between the accumulated use times of both measuring devices are taken into consideration. The appropriate mode is selected and the time measurement is carried out in the selected mode.03-21-2013
20130073113VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A RANGE FOR THE VEHICLE - A method to control a vehicle includes assigning a predicted driving pattern to a predicted path for the vehicle, and providing a range for the vehicle using the predicted energy efficiency and an amount of energy available to the vehicle. The predicted driving pattern has an associated predicted energy efficiency. A vehicle includes a propulsion device coupled to wheels of the vehicle via a transmission, and a controller electronically coupled to the propulsion device. The controller is configured to: (i) assign a predicted driving pattern to a predicted path for the vehicle, the predicted driving pattern having a predicted energy efficiency, and (ii) provide a range for the vehicle using the predicted energy efficiency and an amount of energy available to the vehicle.03-21-2013
20130073114DRIVER IDENTIFICATION BASED ON FACE DATA - A system for identifying a driver comprises an image capturing device, a processor, and a memory. The image is captured during vehicle operation and of an expected driver location. The processor is configured to detect a face of a driver in the image, determine a set of face data from the image, and identify the driver based at least in part on the set of face data. The memory is coupled to the processor and configured to provide the processor with instructions.03-21-2013
20130073115System And Method For Improving A Performance Estimation Of An Operator Of A Vehicle - System for improving a performance estimation of an operator of a vehicle, comprising a first module implementing a first method for estimating a performance state of vehicle operation, a second module implementing a second method for estimating at least one of a physiological and behavioural state of the operator, a device for sharing an estimated state between one of the first and the second module and the other one of the first and the second module, wherein the implemented estimation method of one of the first and the second module is adjusted based on the state of the other one of the first and the second module, thereby improving the estimation of at least one of the performance state of vehicle operation and the physiological and/or behavioural state of the operator.03-21-2013
20130073116Electronic Control Unit for Vehicle and Method of Executing Program - An electronic control unit for vehicle capable of receiving a program by communication expands the received program in a volatile memory and executes the expanded program. As an example of this program, there is a program for changing a communication environment for communicating with another unit.03-21-2013
20130073112Motor vehicle operating data collection and analysis - A method and apparatus for collecting and evaluating powered vehicle operation utilizing on-board diagnostic components and location determining components or systems. The invention creates one or more databases whereby identifiable behavior or evaluative characteristics can be analyzed or categorized. The evaluation can include predicting likely future events. The database can be correlated or evaluated with other databases for a wide variety of uses.03-21-2013
20110015805METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - A method for controlling a driver assistance system having sensors for recording the vehicle's environment and a device for intervening in onboard systems of the vehicle as a function of output signals of the sensors, the driver assistance system recording at least the course of a travel lane along which the vehicle is traveling and the position of the vehicle with respect to the travel lane, and guiding the vehicle on a trajectory; in this context, the driver assistance system establishes the trajectory as a function of the driver request.01-20-2011
20130060400DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A CARRIER OF A TRANSCEIVER, MOTOR VEHICLE - A detection apparatus is provided for detecting a carrier of a mobile transceiver relative to a vehicle, which is provided in a vehicle, that includes, but is not limited to a transmitting/receiving device, which is configured to communicate with a mobile transceiver to be detected, an environment sensor device for detecting information on the environment of the vehicle, an evaluation device, which is configured, depending on the communication and the detected information, to determine a type of carrier of the mobile transceiver and an impending collision of the carrier of the transceiver with the vehicle, and a control device, which is configured in such a manner as to control a device of the vehicle depending on the determined type of carrier in order, in the event of an impending collision of the carrier of the mobile transceiver with the vehicle determined by the evaluation device.03-07-2013
20090299548Networking of Control Devices of a Motor Vehicle - A process is provided for the networking of control devices in a motor vehicle, having first sequence-controlled control devices being connected to a first data bus and second sequence-controlled control devices being connected to a second data bus. The first control devices exchange messages on the basis of a routing default with second control devices by way of at least one gateway device. A first control device of the first or second control devices sends a first message via the gateway device into the at least two data buses. At least a second control device of the first or second control devices receives the first message and checks whether the receiving and/or the processing of the first message is required for the corresponding control device in order to be able to carry out the tasks intended for it by way of its sequence control during the operation of the motor vehicle. The second control device sends out a response message, which at least indicates whether the second control device has a corresponding need to receive and/or process the first message. In the event of such a need, a routing default is established and/or an existing routing default is changed such that it causes the first message to arrive at the second control device from the first control device by way of the gateway device.12-03-2009
20090299546Dynamic-based method of estimating the absolute roll angle of a vehicle body - The absolute roll angle of a vehicle body is estimated by blending two preliminary roll angle estimates based on their frequency so that the blended estimate continuously favors the more accurate of the preliminary roll angle estimates. A first preliminary roll angle estimate based on the measured roll rate is improved by initially compensating the measured roll rate for bias error using roll rate estimates inferred from other measured parameters. And a second preliminary roll angle estimate is determined according to the sum of the road bank angle and the relative roll angle. The blended estimate is used to estimate the actual lateral acceleration, the lateral velocity and side-slip angle of the vehicle, which are used in rollover detection and other various other control applications.12-03-2009
20090299547METHOD FOR DETERMINING FREE SPACES IN THE VICINITY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, IN PARTICULAR IN THE VICINITY RELEVANT TO THE VEHICLE OPERATION - A method and system for determining free spaces in the vicinity of a motor vehicle, in particular a vicinity relevant to the vehicle operation, is provided. A method and system for determining an evasion trajectory for a driver assistance system of the motor vehicle is provided in which information from at least one object detection sensor of the motor vehicle about at least one detected object is used while taking the characteristics of the physical measuring principle of the at least one object detection sensor into account. A method and system is provided in which it is taken into account that the at least one object detection sensor has the capability of directly detecting a plurality of objects by a single measurement.12-03-2009
20090271051ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR VEHICLE - An electronic control unit (ECU) for a vehicle is disclosed. The subject ECU stores: vehicle ID; and first cross-check information different from the vehicle ID. The subject ECU acquires second cross-check information different from the vehicle ID. The second cross-check information is stored in an external ECU that is mounted in a same vehicle as the subject ECU is mounted. The subject ECU determines whether the first cross-check information matches the second cross-check information. Upon receiving an instruction for changing the vehicle ID, the subject ECU prohibits a change the vehicle ID if the first cross-check information matches the second cross-check information, and the subject ECU changes the vehicle ID if the first cross-check information does not match the second cross-check information.10-29-2009
20090271050TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE - Information for generating a target speed pattern is computed from information acquired from various sensors and a running mode input switch, so as to generate the target speed pattern (S10-29-2009
20120226389METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EVALUATION OF SIGNAL PROPAGATION ACROSS DISPARATE TIME DOMAINS - A method for correlating, in time, selected events that are memorialized as data within messages transmitted across disparate communications busses is described. The method includes receiving, with a referencing unit, the messages that are transmitted across the disparate communications busses, referencing, with the referencing unit, the content of a first selected received message to a master clock within the referencing unit, referencing, with the referencing unit, the content of a second selected received message to the master clock within the referencing unit, the second selected received message related to the first selected message, the second selected received message occurring on a communications bus disparate from the communications bus upon which the first received message occurred, and providing, based on operation of the master clock, a common time reference for the content of both the first selected received message and the second selected received message.09-06-2012
20090030561VEHICLE HANDLING BIAS CONTROL SYSTEM - A system for modifying the handling bias of a vehicle having one or more dynamic parameter sensors (01-29-2009
20130066483System, Method and Odometer Monitor for Detecting Connectivity Status of Mobile Data Terminal to Vehicle - An odometer monitor for monitoring the connectivity status of a mobile data terminal to a vehicle is a software module defined in a data processor of a vehicle tracking device. The monitor is operable to listen for arrival of successive timed poll events from a mobile data terminal connected to a vehicle, listen for arrival of and storing each of successive odometer update values from a vehicle information bus of the vehicle that corresponds to arrival of each of the successive timed poll events, compare next odometer update values to last stored odometer update values, calculate the distances between the compared odometer update values, make a determination of connectivity status of the mobile data terminal relative to the vehicle based on whether or not the values of the calculated distances ascend to above the value of a preset maximum distance, and report the connectivity status to the mobile data terminal.03-14-2013
20110022247METHOD FOR THE OPEN-LOOP AND CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL OF TRAFFIC FLOW - A method for the open-loop and closed-loop control of traffic flow by means of the automatic takeover of the longitudinal control a vehicle by a driver assistance system. First, the method detects the occurrence of a special situation. Then, a driver assistance system automatically takes over the longitudinal control of the vehicle. When the special situation ends, the driver regains the control over the vehicle, which he had before the activation of the driver assistance system.01-27-2011
20110022246UPDATE OF DIGITAL MAPS AND POSITION-FINDING - A control system for a vehicle which has a first controller for storing navigation map data and a separate second controller for storing update data. The navigation map data are updated outside of the first controller. The first controller or at least the navigation system is designed to perform map matching and to ascertain a possible location area for the vehicle on the basis of an evaluation of a travel history for a travel angle, or other measurement data which characterize the movement or the location of the vehicle.01-27-2011
20120116605ELECTRONIC VEHICLE SECURITY KEY - An electronic vehicle security key for vehicles stores vehicle data and user data in separate, protected memories that are coupled to a processor. Information in the protected memories is exchanged with a processor in a vehicle. The information in the vehicle security key instructs the processor in a vehicle whether to enable the vehicle to operate and if so, when and how the vehicle should be operated.05-10-2012
20100121501OPERATING DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - In a method for the operator control of a motor vehicle having a display for displaying variable information, a symbol assigned to a function pertaining to the motor vehicle is shown with the aid of the display, the viewing direction of an operator of the motor vehicle is ascertained, and the function pertaining to the motor vehicle is subsequently executed in response to recognition of an acoustic command assigned to the function pertaining to the motor vehicle, while the viewing direction is aimed toward the display.05-13-2010
20090099708Systems and methods for designing a haul road - A method for designing a haul road based on machine performance comprises receiving one or more haul road parameters and identifying at least one type of machine to be operated on the haul road. The method also includes selecting at least one target operating parameter associated with the at least one type of machine and simulating performance of the at least one type of machine to predict an operating value corresponding with the at least one target operating parameter. If the predicted operating value is not within a threshold range of the corresponding target operating parameter, one or more haul road parameters are adjusted.04-16-2009
20130166098SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE OF PATTERN RECOGNITION IN ASSESSING OR MONITORING VEHICLE STATUS OR OPERATOR DRIVING BEHAVIOR - A system and method which uses pattern recognition in assessing or monitoring a vehicle status and/or an operator's driving behavior. A vehicle, for use by an operator or driver, can be equipped with a data collection and assessment system. The system can comprise one or more data collection devices, e.g., accelerometers, which can be used to capture data and information, or otherwise measure vehicle actions. A pattern recognition module is configured with one or more defined operating patterns, each of which operating patterns reflects either a known change in vehicle status corresponding to, e.g., when a passenger has embarked or disembarked the vehicle, or a known vehicle operating or driving behavior. Information collected as events describing a current vehicle status or a current driving behavior can be compared with the known operating patterns.06-27-2013
20130166099SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE WITH AN ACCELEROMETER TO DETERMINE A FRAME OF REFERENCE - A system and method for use with a device that includes an accelerometer, which can be used to determine a frame of reference for the device relative to a moving vehicle or other equipment, and which can be subsequently used in assessing or monitoring the status of the vehicle or an operator thereof. In accordance with an embodiment, by sampling accelerometer data over a period of time, the system can determine a rotation matrix or skew between the device/accelerometer's orientation and understanding of direction, and the vehicle's true orientation or direction in three-dimensions. The information can be used to provide corrections to the accelerometer data, and to more accurately determine the vehicle's true orientation/direction and motion within a three-dimensional frame of reference.06-27-2013
20130166100SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING DRIVING MODES OF A VEHICLE - A system for controlling driving modes of a vehicle having a driver, where each of the driving modes is adapted to control a behaviour of the vehicle during operation of the vehicle in the driving mode, each of the driving modes being associated with a set of driving sub-modes. Each driving sub-mode is adapted to be activated by the vehicle in response to ambient circumstances. One of the driving modes is associated with a first and a second driving sub-mode, the first and second driving sub-modes being accompanied with a first and a second driver controlled setting respectively. The system also includes an input device for selection between the driving modes and for controlling the driver controlled settings. The first and second driver controlled settings are adapted to be manually set by the driver through the input device only upon activation of the accompanying driving sub-mode by the vehicle.06-27-2013
20130166101CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - In a vehicle control apparatus that changes the travel characteristic of a vehicle on the basis of a change of the acceleration of the vehicle, when the travel characteristic is to be changed because the acceleration has changed, the amount of change of the travel characteristic to be changed is adjusted on the basis of the pre-change travel characteristic that is present immediately prior to the change of the acceleration.06-27-2013
20130166096PREDICTIVE DESTINATION ENTRY FOR A NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A predictive destination entry system for a vehicle navigation system to aid in obtaining a destination for the vehicle. The navigation system utilizes a memory for storing data relating to prior driving history or habits. A processor connected with the memory examines the information stored in the memory for making predictions for the current destination desired by a user of the vehicle. The information stored in the memory may be segregated into distinct user profiles and may include the vehicle location, previous driving history of the vehicle, previous searching history of a user of the vehicle, or sensory input relating to one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The navigation system may either confirm the predicted destination with the user of the vehicle before generating or displaying a travel route to the predicted destination or may automatically generate and display the travel route without verifying the destination with the user.06-27-2013
20130166097UNIVERSAL BUS IN THE CAR - Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a system to recognize the drivers and/or passengers within the automobile. Based on the recognition, the vehicle may change a configuration of the automobile to match predetermined preferences for the driver and/or passenger. The configurations may also include the recognition of a unique set of gestures for the person. Further, the configuration can also include the tracking of health data related to the person.06-27-2013
20110245992METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE AND DEVICE THEREFOR - A method for controlling a motor vehicle wherein the control is carried out with the participation of at least one driver assistance system. In order to simplify and/or differentiate the overriding of a driver assistance system, there is provision that the participation of at least part of the at least one driver assistance system in the control of the motor vehicle is switched off or changed by the driver activating an activation element which is provided in and/or on the motor vehicle and communicates with the at least one driver assistance system. A corresponding device is also described.10-06-2011
20110190961DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND OPERATOR CONTROL CONCEPT THEREFOR - A driver assistance system having a predefined number of driver assistance functions has a device for defining, storing and implementing a predefined number of driver assistance packages, wherein each driver assistance package comprises one or more driver assistance functions and each driver assistance package has a predetermined functional scope.08-04-2011
20110264302TRAVEL ROUTE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND TRAVEL ROUTE ESTIMATION METHOD USED IN THE SAME DEVICE - Provided is a travel route estimation device capable of accurately estimating, without excessively increasing communication load of the device, a shape of a travel route even when one's own-vehicle is traveling on a travel route that does not have any objects installed on the route. A calculation section calculates and successively stores a radius of curvature of the travel route based on a yaw rate detected by a yaw rate detection section and on a traveling velocity detected by a velocity detection section. When conducting a filtering process for reducing variation of the calculate radius of curvature, the calculation section selects a filtering constant for multiplying the stored radius of curvature in accordance with the type of the travel route of the own-vehicle, and generates information representing a radius of curvature obtained by conducting at least one filtering process by using the selected filtering constant.10-27-2011
20110282518G.P.S. Management System - A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.11-17-2011
20110282517Microcontroller having a computing unit and a logic circuit, and method for carrying out computations by a microcontroller for a regulation or a control in a vehicle - A microcontroller having a computing unit and a logic circuit. The microcontroller carries out computations for a regulation or control in a vehicle. The computing unit is connected to the logic circuit, and the logic circuit has an arrangement for computing an exponential function and is configurable.11-17-2011
20130024048SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING THE PATH OF A VEHICLE - A system for tracking a path of a motor vehicle, the system including: an instantaneous speed sensor on each wheel of front and rear axle systems; a mechanism to calculate speed loss between wheels of a single axle system; a mechanism to calculate difference between the speed losses of each axle system; and a mechanism to compare the difference with a stored threshold value. A method for tracking a path of a motor vehicle includes: calculating speed losses for wheels of front and rear axle systems; calculating speed loss difference between each front and rear axle system; and comparing the speed loss difference with a stored threshold value.01-24-2013
20110137488DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS - A driving assistance apparatus is a lane keeping apparatus that performs a vehicle driving assistance so that a vehicle runs along a set target course, and includes a vehicle control ECU; a camera; an image ECU; a steering torque sensor; and a steering torque applying unit. The vehicle control ECU includes a parallel running vehicle trajectory estimating unit which estimates the trajectory of the parallel running vehicle running on the adjacent lane and a target course correcting unit which corrects the target course of the own vehicle on the basis of the estimation trajectory of the parallel running vehicle. Since the target course of the own vehicle is corrected on the basis of the estimated trajectory of the parallel running vehicle, it is possible to sufficiently reduce the driver's anxiety with respect to the parallel running vehicle.06-09-2011
20110137486FORWARD VEHICLE SENSING SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a forward vehicle sensing system for a vehicle. The system includes a sensor and a control unit. The sensor monitors conditions of a road ahead of the vehicle. The control unit detects stationary objects placed on edges of the road, calculates an imaginary line from the consecutive stationary objects, and recognize a prior transverse position of a forward vehicle as a current transverse position of the forward vehicle when determining that an absolute value of a transverse position of the forward vehicle detected on the road is greater than an absolute value of a transverse position of the imaginary line. Therefore, the system of the present invention can prevent the forward vehicle from being incorrectly sensed in such a way as to determine the imaginary line from the stationary objects and compare the transverse position of the forward vehicle to that of the imaginary line.06-09-2011
20130090780SPEED AND SEVERITY TRIGGER FOR AN ACTIVE DEVICE OF A VEHICLE - A method of determining the category of action of an active device of a vehicle comprises repeatedly measuring a vehicle parameter indicative of a change of vehicle state, determining a rate of change of the vehicle parameter and determining a modified vehicle parameter by reference to said rate of change. A threshold is applied to said modified vehicle parameter and a trigger signal is generated for an active device of the vehicle in response to the threshold being reached and in accordance with a severity of said vehicle parameter, which may be vehicle speed related.04-11-2013
20110301780SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE LOCATION OF A COMMUNICATION DEVICE IN A VEHICLE - In at least one embodiment, a system for locating a personal communication device (PCD) in a vehicle is provided. The system includes a controller that is configured to receive a first signal indicative of a location of at least one PCD in a vehicle and to determine whether the at least one PCD is located within one of a driver zone and a passenger zone. The driver zone corresponds to a location in the vehicle generally occupied by a driver and the passenger zone corresponds to a location in the vehicle generally occupied by at least one passenger. The controller is further configured to receive a second signal indicative of at least one occupant being positioned in at least one of the driver zone and the passenger zone and to store data corresponding to a modified driver zone that includes the driver zone and at least a portion of the passenger zone in response to determining that the at least one PCD is located in the driver zone and the second signal indicating that a first occupant is in the driver zone and a second occupant is not detected within the passenger zone.12-08-2011
20110301781METHOD FOR CALIBRATING AN ANGLE SENSOR AND VEHICLE WITH AN ANGLE SENSOR - A method for calibration of at least one angle sensor sensing an angular position of a pivotable element rotatable from a first position to a maximum position is provided, wherein during an operation time of the pivotable element at least one adjustable angle corresponding to an extreme value of the angle sensor is automatically maintained or updated depending on at least one measured angle determined by the at least one angle sensor.12-08-2011
20110301779VEHICLE RELATIVE POSITION ESTIMATION APPARATUS AND VEHICLE RELATIVE POSITION ESTIMATION METHOD - A vehicle relative position estimation apparatus includes: a motional state acquiring unit that acquires vehicle control information for controlling the motional state of a vehicle or the motional state of the vehicle detected by an in-vehicle apparatus of the vehicle, and vehicle control information for controlling the motional state of another vehicle or the motional state of another vehicle detected by an in-vehicle apparatus of another vehicle; a relative position acquiring unit that acquires the relative position detected by the in-vehicle apparatus provided in the vehicle or another vehicle; an estimation unit that receives the vehicle control information or the motional state of the vehicle, and the vehicle control information or the motional state of another vehicle acquired by the motional state acquiring unit and estimates the relative position with a Kalman filter using the relative position acquired by the relative position acquiring unit as the amount of observation.12-08-2011
20110288694VEHICLE GOVERNANCE SYSTEM - Disclosed are a method and system for preventing the unauthorized use of a vehicle. A set of vehicle operating parameters is entered onto a person's driver's license, and that person registers as an authorized user of a specified vehicle. When that person enters the vehicle, the person inserts the driver's license into a card reader, and the card reader reads the operating parameters and enters those parameters onto a computing platform. The computing platform receives these operating parameters and checks to determine if the person is an authorized user of the vehicle. If the computing platform determines that the person is an authorized user, the computing platform sends the operating parameters to a control module within the vehicle. If the person then operates the vehicle, the control module controls the vehicle to maintain that operation within the operating parameters.11-24-2011
20110295444METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPLEMENTING AND ENFORCING SECURITY AND RESOURCE POLICIES FOR A VEHICLE - In one or more embodiments, a vehicle resource usage control system includes a vehicle computer having security policies that define usage rules for one or more vehicle resources. One or more devices communicating with the vehicle computer may have installed in memory software applications that use one or more vehicle resources for operation. Programmed instructions may be received that define which of the one or more vehicle resources the software applications use for operation. These programmed instructions may be associated with the one or more security policies. The security policy associated with the software applications may be determined based on the programmed instructions. Operation of the software applications may be permitted according to the security policy.12-01-2011
20110295445Method and Apparatus to Facilitate Providing a Synthetic View of Terrain for Use in a Moving Vehicle - Specific determinations are made in a moving vehicle (12-01-2011
20110295446VEHICLE VISUAL AND NON-VISUAL DATA RECORDING SYSTEM - The system described in this invention can be used for monitoring and analyzing real time visual and non-visual information pertaining to the occupant, vehicle, and surroundings prior to, during and post eccentric operating conditions for a given period of time. The system stores vehicle and occupant data from sensors throughout the vehicle and also makes use of existing vehicle sensors that may already be present in the vehicle. The invention also includes a video recording module that makes use of a fish-eye camera to capture video from the inside and the outside of the vehicle. Real-time data analysis is performed to detect and to recognize vehicle occupants, and recognize impending eccentric events. Vehicle, occupant, and video data are stored in circular buffers. When an eccentric event, a collision for example, has been detected, the device continues to record data and video for a fixed period of time. Once this time has elapsed, the data is transferred from volatile to non-volatile memory for later retrieval. A computer may be used to retrieve and display the vehicle and occupant data in a synchronization with the video data for the purposes of accident recreation, driver or vehicle monitoring.12-01-2011
20110301782SEAT WEIGHT DETECTING SUBSYSTEM - It is provided a subsystem for seat weight detection, the configuration of which enables improved assemblability and economization of space in layout. A seat weight detecting subsystem is provided for each seat 12-08-2011
20100057272METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SECURING VEHICLE DATA - A method for securing vehicle data that includes a plurality of data messages includes the steps of determining a sequence for the plurality of data messages, selecting a plurality of identifier values for the plurality of data messages such that each of the plurality of identifier values are at least two bit errors removed from another, and assigning one of the plurality of identifier values to each of the plurality of data messages, based at least in part on the sequence.03-04-2010
20130218369COURSE DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND DRIVING ASSIST SYSTEM OF VEHICLE - A course determining system of a vehicle determines, when two or more objects that are present around the vehicle are detected, whether a passable road which the vehicle can enter is present between the two or more objects, recognizes the two or more objects as a single object when it is determined that there is no passable road between the two or more objects, and determines a running course based on at least one road including the passable road when it is determined that the passable road is present between the objects.08-22-2013
20130218365VEHICULAR PLATOONING USING DISTRIBUTED RECEDING HORIZON CONTROL - This disclosure relates to distributed control of a platoon of vehicles with nonlinear dynamics. Distributed receding horizon control algorithms are presented to derive sufficient conditions that guarantee asymptotic stability, leader-follower string stability, and predecessor-follower string stability, following a step speed change in the platoon. Vehicles compute their own control in parallel, and receive communicated position and velocity error trajectories from their immediate predecessor. Leader-follower string stability requires additional communication from the lead car at each update, in the form of a position error trajectory. Communication from the lead car is required only once at initialization. Provided an initially feasible solution can be found, subsequent feasibility of the algorithms are guaranteed at every update. The theory is generalized for nonlinear decoupled dynamics, and is thus applicable to fleets of planes, robots, or boats, in addition to cars.08-22-2013
20090198389Method for Controlling/Regulating At Least One Task - A method is provided for the control/regulation of at least one task with the aid of a control program that monitors a runtime of the at least one task, the control program terminating the at least one task if the runtime of the at least one task exceeds a predefined period of time.08-06-2009
20100114403ON-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An on-vehicle communication system has a plurality of buses relay-connected through a relay connection unit, each of the buses having at least one ECU connected thereto. In the vehicle communication system, a basic routing table that specifies a relay point for transmitting from the relay connection unit to the ECU is stored in a ROM and a transmission list report message about message IDs is transmitted. The ECU receives the transmission list report message and sends back a transmission request message about a message ID, which is not included in the transmission list report message but should be received, to the relay connection unit. The transmission request message is received by a table creation unit in the relay connection unit. The table creation unit creates a new additional routing table indicating a correspondence relationship between an ID requested by the transmission request message and a transmission destination and being stored in a RAM.05-06-2010
20100070106VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - A vehicle control system including: a first vehicle control unit configured to include a first vehicle control unit configured to include a first processor installed with a real-time OS; and a second vehicle control unit configured to include a second processor installed with a real-time OS and a third processor installed with a multimedia OS, wherein the first processor and the second processor are configured to perform communication between the first vehicle control unit and the second vehicle control unit, and a communication function of the second processor and a communication function of the third processor are configured to perform communication between the second processor and the third processor.03-18-2010
20110264301METHOD FOR DETERMINING A TRAVEL DIRECTION AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE SYSTEM - The invention relates to a method for determining a travel direction of a vehicle (10-27-2011
20100057273Screen-Based Vehicle Control System - A screen-based vehicle control system in which the control arrangement (03-04-2010
20120109418DRIVER PROFILING - The present invention discloses a driver profiling system comprising: at least one sensor adapted to measure vehicle parameters; computing means in communication with said sensors, provided with storage means adapted to store said vehicle parameters, and provided with means for issuing warnings based on said vehicle parameters; a remote server adapted to receive, store, analyze, and display said vehicle parameters; and, communication means adapted to transfer said vehicle parameters and associated data to said remote server; whereby historical vehicle parameter data may be analyzed to identify driver characteristics.05-03-2012
20120109413ELECTRIC DRIVING RANGE CALCULATOR - A method of and device for determining driving range for a vehicle operating with a rechargeable energy storage supply. The method includes performing a calculation based on a limited number of input parameters, including a driving distance, average speed, location and time of day. Other determinations, such as the possibility of using a battery power-depleting climate control system, as well as battery capacity and climate data for various seasonal and location factors may also be used in the calculations.05-03-2012
20120109410VEHICLE MOTION CONTROL APPARATUS - A vehicle motion control apparatus configured to control a plurality of control objects in a same direction of vehicle motion control to achieve a requested control amount is provided. The vehicle motion control apparatus includes a control object selection unit which is configured to determine priority of the control objects used for the vehicle motion control based on a priority determination condition, to select a control object from among the plurality of control objects. The control object selection unit includes a control object selection timing determination section configured to detect a change in the priority determination condition, and cause the control object selection unit to reselect a control object at a timing of the change detection as a selection timing.05-03-2012
20120109409INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROVIDING SERVER, VEHICLE ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, NAVIGATION DEVICE, AND CHARGING CABLE - It is an object to provide a system for assisting a vehicle on the edge of battery exhaustion. An information providing device includes: an information acquiring part for acquiring the current location of a vehicle and the amount of power stored in a power storage unit of the vehicle from a plurality of vehicles; a vehicle selecting part for selecting one or more vehicles as available vehicles for power supply from the plurality of vehicles based on the respective current locations and the amounts of stored power of the plurality of vehicles, the one or more vehicles to be selected being capable of supplying charging power to a target vehicle requiring charge of its power storage unit; and a notifying part for notifying of an available vehicle for power supply selected by the vehicle selecting part.05-03-2012
20120109406UNIFIED VEHICLE NETWORK FRAME PROTOCOL - A vehicle communication network includes a network fabric, a plurality of vehicle control modules, memory, one or more multimedia processing modules, and a network manager. The network manager is operable to coordinate communication of packets, via the network fabric, among the vehicle control modules, the memory, and the multimedia processing modules based on individual content of the packets and in accordance with a global vehicle network communication protocol. The network manager is further operable to facilitate network resource management to support the communication of packets via the network fabric in accordance with the global vehicle network communication protocol.05-03-2012
20090312889VEHICLE CONTROL USING STOCHASTIC INFORMATION - A method for operating a vehicle includes estimating expected states and probable ranges for influence factors associated with stochastic parameters over a time horizon. A preferred control state and a candidate control state for an objective function are determined. The objective function is controlled using the preferred control state for the objective function over the time horizon.12-17-2009
20120143393METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SETTING OR MODIFYING PROGRAMMABLE PARAMETER IN POWER DRIVEN WHEELCHAIR - A method and apparatus for setting or modifying a programmable operating parameter associated with a power driven wheelchair is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes: a) operating a user interface device associated with a power driven wheelchair in a programming mode, b) selecting a programmable operating parameter associated with operation of the power driven wheelchair using the user interface device, c) selecting a value for the programmable operating parameter using the user interface device, and d) saving the selected value for the programmable operating parameter in a portion of a storage device associated with the power driven wheelchair using the user interface device. A method and apparatus for selecting one or more programmable parameter sets from a portable storage medium and saving the selected sets to a local storage device associated with a power driven wheelchair and vice versa is also provided.06-07-2012
20090088910Method to Prevent Excessive Current Drain of Telematics Unit Network Access Device - The disclosed examples illustrate a system and method that prevent excessive current drain through the network access device (NAD) of a telematics unit and provide flexible discontinuous-receive management. Normally, when in a Standby State and where communication service is unavailable, the NAD may dissipate current at rate many times more than where communication service is available. A Standby Counter provides the length of the time interval for Standby State or the sleep cycle. Certain of the disclosed examples prevent excessive vehicle battery drain by operating the telematics unit in a first mode wherein a sleep cycle value of the telematics unit is above a first predetermined threshold, and if the communication service is available, operating the telematics unit in a second mode wherein a sleep cycle value is in a range from zero to the first predetermined threshold.04-02-2009
20090143922Power distribution system - A power distribution system is provided having a power source configured to generate a power output. The power distribution system also has an available power module configured to determine a total available power generated by the power source. In addition, the power distribution system has one or more parasitic power request modules configured to receive a request for power from an associated parasitic device and one or more non-parasitic power request modules configured to receive a request for power from an associated non-parasitic device. The power distribution system further has a power distribution module configured to cause the distribution of power among the parasitic and non-parasitic devices. The power distributed among the non-parasitic devices is the power remaining after the parasitic devices receive their requested power.06-04-2009
20080208393Method of controlling a vehicle based on operation characteristics - A method of controlling a vehicle includes determining an operation assigned to the vehicle along at least one segment of a route assigned to the vehicle and determining at least one control parameter of the vehicle based on at least one operation characteristic. The at least one operation characteristic relates to the operation assigned to the vehicle. The at least one control parameter is determined before operating the vehicle on the assigned route.08-28-2008
20110172849CONTROL NETWORK FOR MOTOR VEHICLES - A control network for motor vehicles, having nodes in the form of control devices, sensors, and/or actuators, that are connected to each other and temporally synchronized by a time-controlled bus, wherein each node has a time reference system synchronized with the bus, that indicates a global time shared by all nodes, and at least one node has a time coordination system that, for a plurality of actions to be implemented by different nodes, coordinates the global times at which these actions are to be implemented.07-14-2011
20120296492Methods and Systems for Aggregating and Implementing Preferences for Vehicle-Based Operations of Multiple Vehicle Occupants - A method and system may include aggregating and implementing preferences associated with vehicle occupants for vehicle-based operations. The occupants may be identified in a vehicle, each occupant having one or more preferences relating to a plurality of vehicle-based operations. The common preferences between the vehicle occupants may be identified, merged, and implemented in a vehicle.11-22-2012
20130218367ROAD INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS - A road information providing apparatus includes a position detection unit, a matching unit, a reference point ranking unit, a calculation unit, a weighting unit, and a transmit unit. The position detection unit detects a present position of a vehicle. The matching unit specifies reference points based on the present position and map data. The reference point ranking unit defines a ranking of each reference point. The calculation unit calculates a priority value of each forward road link corresponding to one of the reference points. The weighting unit recalculates a weighted priority value of each forward road link based on the priority value of corresponding forward road link and the ranking of corresponding reference point. The transmit unit transmits the weighted priority value of each forward road link in order of increasing weighted priority value to an in-vehicle device.08-22-2013
20130218368Method for Selecting a Motor Vehicle - A method for selecting or configuring a motor vehicle from a plurality of selectable motor vehicles involves providing a motor vehicle database containing a plurality of selectable motor vehicles, each having an associated first load collective data record describing properties of the motor vehicle which can be detected by a sensor system. Technical properties in a comparison vehicle are detected by a sensor system. A second load collective data record is formed by conditioning of the detected technical properties of the comparison vehicle and the two load collective data records are compared. The first load collective data record from the motor vehicle database having the smallest discrepancy from the second load collective data record is determined and the motor vehicle associated with the first load collective data record having the smallest discrepancy is selected.08-22-2013
20080249667LEARNING AND REASONING TO ENHANCE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS - There is employment of machine learning, reasoning, and optimization included in a multi-attribute utility framework to learn and control energy systems to enhance the efficiency of vehicles. This can include energy systems included in vehicles that employ multiple energy sources. There is construction of models that provide inferences given historical information and/or real-time sensing of contextual information that are used in optimization. Such inferences about such key uncertainties as that route being taken are used in optimizing the expected utilities.10-09-2008
20120296493ROAD SURFACE CONDITION ESTIMATING METHOD, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND ROAD SURFACE CONDITION ESTIMATING APPARATUS - The condition of a road surface on which a vehicle is traveling is estimated accurately, using a tire having a general variable-pitch tire pattern for detection of a road surface condition. The tire for detection of a road surface condition has rows of blocks, the total number N of the circumferentially disposed blocks being 10 or more and the number n of lug grooves, each provided with a joining section connecting circumferentially adjacent blocks, being in the range of (N/2)≦n≦(N−5). The vibrations of the tire are detected by an acceleration sensor and are subjected to a rotational order ratio analysis by a rotational order ratio analyzing unit. And the road surface condition is estimated by comparing the amplitude P of the rotational order component of the tire vibrations extracted by a rotational order component extracting unit with a predetermined threshold value K.11-22-2012
20080275596VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - The present invention relates to control system for a vehicle. The control system includes a manually operable control lever, such as a joystick, an actuator, a sensor and a control unit. The control lever sets a state variable of the vehicle. The actuator applies a force to the control lever. The sensor senses a vehicle parameter and transmits a parameter signal to the control unit. The control unit determines a current operating state of the vehicle. The control unit, depending on the present operating state of the vehicle, controls the actuator and causes it to apply a changed, predetermined force to the control lever, in order to make the operator aware of an unsafe operating state.11-06-2008
20120143395DRIVE SUPPORTING DEVICE - A drive supporting device includes a GPS, a front camera, and a communication device that acquire traffic signal information related to the time-series on/off state of a traffic signal and an ECU that supports the driving of a vehicle on the basis of the traffic signal information acquired by, for example, the communication device. The ECU changes a driver support aspect on the basis of the level of proficiency of the driver of the vehicle in a region in which the vehicle is currently located. In this way, even when the driver is in a strange place, it is possible to appropriately support the driving of the vehicle.06-07-2012
20080288128STAIR CLIMBING PLATFORM APPARATUS AND METHOD - A platform wheeled apparatus that incorporates an intelligent wheel configuration for each wheel in which each wheel can dynamically change its radius to negotiate various obstacles. The intelligent wheel has a rotational hub and support disc that carries a series of arcuately spaced extendable, weight bearing radial spoke mechanisms that can be controllably extended and retracted in response to the anticipated terrain surface over which the wheel is to travel. The hub of the intelligent wheel carries a microcontroller for a set of obstacle proximity sensors, force and position sensors and an appropriate electrical power supply for operation of the spokes and control components.11-20-2008
20080288127Data Processing Device and Method for the Operation Thereof - A data processing device (11-20-2008
20100262317VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD - In a vehicle control, a future travel locus of a vehicle is computed by using an evaluation function, and travel road surface information regarding a travel road surface on which the Vehicle travels is stored. According to the travel road surface information stored, a convergence criterion for the evaluation function is variably set.10-14-2010
20090265047Machine with automatic operating mode determination - A method is provided for determining a current operating mode of a machine. The method includes receiving data relating to a plurality of machine parameters and performing initial comparisons between the received data and previously stored reference data for each machine parameter. The method also includes determining an operating mode indicated by each initial comparison. The method further includes selecting a current operating mode from the operating modes indicated by the initial comparisons.10-22-2009
20090265046Vehicle Control System - A disclosed vehicle control system comprises a mobile terminal that transmits a current location of the mobile terminal; a receiving portion that is installed in a vehicle and receives the current location transmitted from the mobile terminal; a vehicle location detecting portion that detects a current location of the vehicle; a controlling portion that controls a vehicle apparatus installed in the vehicle in accordance with a positional relationship between the current position of the mobile terminal received by the receiving portion and the current location of the vehicle detected by the vehicle location detecting portion; and a memory portion that stores behavioral pattern information of a user of the vehicle. The controlling portion controls the vehicle apparatus in accordance with the behavioral pattern information stored in the memory portion and the positional relationship between the current location of the mobile terminal and the current location of the vehicle.10-22-2009
20080208394WHEELCHAIR SUSPENSION - The present invention provides a suspension for a conveyance that is capable of traversing obstacles and rough terrain. The suspension includes a frame, a pivot arm, a front caster, a drive assembly and a rear caster. The pivot arm and the drive assembly are coupled and decoupled based on movement of the drive assembly.08-28-2008
20080228328OMNIDIRECTIONAL MOVEMENT CONTROL SYSTEM - The present invention discloses an omnidirectional movement control system, having a move signal generator for generating a plurality of movement signals based on a plurality of first position signals and a plurality of second position signals, and an omnidirectional movement controller for generating a plurality of pulse width modulation signals and a plurality of motor direction change signals based on the movement signals and a plurality of motor encoding disc signals, and a driving circuit for driving motors to rotate a plurality of omnidirectional wheels based on the pulse width modulation signals and the motor direction change signals, such that a mobile platform can be moved in any direction and rotated in different directions, so as to provide excellent mobility and flexibility to the mobile platform.09-18-2008
20080269958EMOTIVE ADVISORY SYSTEM AND METHOD - Information about a device may be emotively conveyed to a user of the device. Input indicative of an operating state of the device may be received. The input may be transformed into data representing a simulated emotional state. Data representing an avatar that expresses the simulated emotional state may be generated and displayed. A query from the user regarding the simulated emotional state expressed by the avatar may be received. The query may be responded to.10-30-2008
20080269959METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPROGRAMMING A PROGRAMMED CONTROLLER OF A POWER DRIVEN WHEELCHAIR - Apparatus for reprogramming a programmed controller of a power driven wheelchair comprises: a reprogrammable, non-volatile memory programmed with a plurality of programs executable by the controller to operate the wheelchair, the non-volatile memory disposed at the wheelchair and coupled to the wheelchair controller; a general-purpose computer programmed to reprogram the non-volatile memory while disposed at the wheelchair, the programmed computer for storing main programs for use in reprogramming the non-volatile memory, the programmed computer being coupleable to the wheelchair controller for accommodating an exchange of data therebetween; and wherein the wheelchair controller being operative to communicate with the programmed computer to reprogram the non-volatile memory with the main programs while the non-volatile memory is disposed at the wheelchair. Methods for reprogramming the non-volatile memory are also disclosed.10-30-2008
20080269957Method and apparatus for determining wagon order in a train - The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for determining the order of wagons in a train. The invention configures a plurality of wagons of a train to sense at least one environmental condition that the wagons are respectively exposed to when the train is moving. The invention configures the wagons to generate a corresponding announcement message in response to a change in state of the environmental condition. The invention configures the first wagon of the train to listen for the announcement message generated by any of the plurality of wagons. The invention configures the first wagon to compute a sequence of the announcement messages from an order in which the wagons have been heard.10-30-2008
20080269956SWATH FINDER FEATURE INTEGRATED WITH MULTIPURPOSE DISPLAY - A GPS-based vehicle guidance system method for providing an integrated display for the operator of a vehicle and provides determining the ideal swath path based on predetermined and user inputted parameters. The method is applied to both manual and automatic modes of operation, and includes the use of an integrated display that clearly indicates whether the system is operating in chase or pull mode of operation with continuous indicators. The method also includes providing guidance to the vehicle operator at the beginning of the process and during end of row turns, to enable the vehicle to align with the predetermined swath paths.10-30-2008
20100138078Vehicle Passenger Classification System Using Weight Sensors - A system and method are provided for vehicle passenger classification. The system may include a plurality of weight sensors installed under a seat frame to support a load of a vehicle seat, a single dummy sensor installed under the seat frame to support the load of the vehicle seat along with the plurality of weight sensors, and a passenger classification logic unit for classifying a passenger value obtained by summing sensor values of the plurality of weight sensors as either class 1 or class 2 by comparing the passenger value with a first reference and a second reference.06-03-2010
20100138077VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE - This invention is intended to ensure that a vehicle control method or vehicle control device is capable of achieving the object of each of a plurality of control logics in a balanced manner and performing an appropriate control for the vehicle as a whole.06-03-2010
20090099707Systems and methods for improving haul road conditions - A method for improving haul road surface conditions comprises collecting performance data associated with at least one machine operating on a haul route and determining a rolling resistance of each of the at least one machine based on the performance data. An average rolling resistance associated with one or more portions of the haul route is determined based on the rolling resistance of each of the at least one machine. The one or more portions of the haul route are identified as irregular if the average rolling resistance of the one or more portions exceeds a threshold resistance value. A proposed modification to the irregular portion of the haul route is generated, and performance of the at least one machine is simulated based on the proposed modification. The method also includes outputting results of the simulated performance.04-16-2009
20080234877VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL METHOD - A vehicle behavior control apparatus that generates a gyro moment based on the behavior of the vehicle includes i) a gyro which has a rotating body that is rotatably supported on a rotating shaft and a rotating body rotating portion that rotates the rotating body, ii) a vehicle speed detecting portion that detects the vehicle speed of the vehicle, and iii) a controller that changes the centrifugal force generated in the rotating body based on the detected vehicle speed.09-25-2008
20100274412SEMICONDUCTOR DATA PROCESSING DEVICE AND DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM - The present invention provides an arrangement for enabling a plurality of central processing units to share specific resources while ensuring overall reliability owing to domain separation. More specifically, in a semiconductor data processing device comprising a plurality of access management circuits for managing access to resource units that are sharable by the central processing units via an internal bus, each of the access management circuits performs permission/inhibition control for access from the central processing units to the resource units according to a setting state of a domain setup register so as to allow domain separation of the resource units for each of the central processing units, and through use of a priority access permission control function for specific resource units selectively recognized by the access management circuits as resources sharable by the central processing units, access from one of the central processing units that is identified by register setting data is given higher priority than access from the other central processing units.10-28-2010
20130218370METHOD FOR SAMPLING MONITORING DATA OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT - A method of sampling monitoring data of construction equipment according to the present disclosure includes: setting a sampling cycle of the monitoring data of the construction equipment when the construction equipment enters into an operation; sampling the monitoring data of the construction equipment according to the sampling cycle when a sampling start is input; and storing the sampled data and transmitting consecutive sampling data to a remote management server when a total sampling time elapses.08-22-2013
20090138137IN-VEHICLE ELECTRONIC CONTROL APPARATUS HAVING MONITORING CONTROL CIRCUIT - An in-vehicle electronic control apparatus having a monitoring control circuit is configured in such a way that a monitoring control circuit unit transmits question information from a logic circuit unit; a main control circuit transmits answer information generated by a microprocessor; the monitoring control circuit unit applies an addition and subtraction correction to the value of a first present-value memory by use of a first and fourth variation values Δ05-28-2009
20090138136On-Vehicle Database Distribution Node and On-Vehicle Database System - A on-vehicle database system includes: a memory for recording an on-vehicle database connected to an on-vehicle LAN network and to an ECU for registering data inputted from respective ECU as attribute value data all at once; and data output means for registering data in the on-vehicle database when the data is inputted via I/O means and outputting the data to the ECU at the timing when the data is required by the ECU, by using the attribute value data in the on-vehicle database.05-28-2009
20090187290Collision predicting apparatus and collision predicting method - A collision predicting apparatus detects subject targets present in the traveling course of the own vehicle by using the relative distance and the relative velocity, etc. The apparatus also calculates the predicted collision time of each subject target on the basis of the relative distance and the relative velocity. The apparatus also detects the relative lateral position of each subject target, and corrects the relative lateral position. The apparatus then executes a collision-predicted target selecting routine, in which the predicted collision time of each subject target that does not meet a predetermined condition is set at a predetermined maximum value. The apparatus selects a subject target that meets the predetermined condition as a collision subject target, and predicts whether the collision subject target will collide with the own vehicle.07-23-2009
20090187289ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR USE IN A VEHICLE - A first microcomputer in an ECU outputs a CID of the ECU in response to a request from a scan tool when the ECU has multiple microcomputers implemented therein. Each of the multiple microcomputers has an additive value stored therein for counting an update of the software. The additive values from the multiple microcomputers are added as a sum total of the ECU that is further added to a CID base value. The sum total of the ECU added to the CID base value is then output as the CID of the ECU from the first microcomputer to the scan tool. Therefore, information stored in the first microcomputer is not necessarily changed for outputting an updated CID (e.g., software product number information) from the ECU.07-23-2009
20090326733METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DETERMINING AN UPDATED WHEEL CIRCUMFERENCE OF AT LEAST ONE WHEEL DISPOSED ON A VEHICLE - In a method and an arrangement for the determination of an updated wheel circumference (U*) of at least one wheel (R) arranged on a vehicle, during which at least one wheel circumference (U) is assigned to at least one wheel (R) in a control unit (CU), and during which the wheel speed (RaV) is determined by means of the control unit (CU) according to the speed of rotation (RoV) of the at least one wheel (R) and according to the assigned wheel circumference (U), advantageously, a reference speed (RefV) of the vehicle and/or the wheel (R) is determined which is independent of the determined wheel speed (RaV). The discrepancy (V) between the at least one wheel speed (RaV) and the reference speed (RefV) is detected and the updated wheel circumference (U*) of the at least one wheel (R) is determined according to the discrepancy (V).12-31-2009
20080306636ENHANCED DISPLAY FOR PRESENTING TACHOMETER INFORMATION - Aspects of the present invention are directed at an enhanced display for presenting tachometer information. In accordance with one embodiment, a method is provided that causes an electronic control unit associated with a dashboard display to present the current engine speed (e.g. RPM) relative to an optimal range in which fuel efficiency is maximized. More specifically, the method includes obtaining a set of tachometer data at the electronic control unit that defines the lower and upper limits of the optimal range in which fuel efficiency is maximized. Periodically, the current engine speed may be obtained by the electronic control unit associated with the dashboard display. Then, the method causes the current engine speed to be presented on the graphical display relative to the lower and upper limits of the optimal range.12-11-2008
20090055033APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FAULT DETECTION AT VEHICLE STARTUP - A method for initializing a controller of a balancing transporter involving acquiring a plurality of orientation signals associated with the balancing transporter. The method also involves determining if one or more of a plurality of angular rate sensors has a signal output offset below a threshold based on the plurality of orientation sensor signals. The method also involves initializing a pitch state estimator for controlling operation of the balancing transporter based on output of the one or more of the plurality of angular rate sensors. The method also involves controlling operation of the balancing transporter based on at least one output of the pitch state estimator.02-26-2009
20120197461Vision Based Hover in Place - A method for providing vision based hover in place to an air vehicle is disclosed. Visual information is received using one or more image sensors on the air vehicle and based on the position of the air vehicle. A number of visual displacements is computed from the visual information. One or more motion values are computed based on the visual displacements. One or more control signals are generated based on the motion values.08-02-2012
20090082912SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICULAR FUNCTIONS - A method of controlling a control system for a vehicle comprising: providing at least one data communications bus; providing at least one firewall in communication with at least one data communications bus, wherein the at least one firewall creates at least two data communications bus from the at least one data communications bus; providing at least one vehicle device in communication with at least one of at least two data communications bus; providing at least one vehicle device in communication with at least one firewall; and providing at least one firewalled controller in communication with at least one firewall, wherein the firewalled controller transmits a directive to the firewall and the firewall transmits the directive through the at least two data communications bus which controls the at least one vehicle device.03-26-2009
20110231032ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE - A control circuit board has a plurality of connectors that can connect each control module circuit board to control a plurality of in-vehicle equipment. A power supply circuit board has a power supply circuit that controls a power supply from a battery to a controlled equipment of the control module circuit boards connected with each connector. The control circuit board and the power supply circuit board are electrically connected and accommodated in a case. When the control module circuit boards are connected with any connector of the control circuit board, the power supply circuit is controlled by the control module and it becomes possible to control the controlled equipment such as engines.09-22-2011
20110231033Motion Control Unit for Vehicle Based on Jerk Information - In a motion control system for a vehicle including control means for controlling a yaw moment of the vehicle; first detection means for detecting a longitudinal velocity (V) of the vehicle; second detection means for detecting a lateral jerk (Gy_dot) of the vehicle; and third detection means for detecting a yaw angular acceleration (r_dot) of the vehicle, the yaw moment of the vehicle is controlled by the control means so that a difference between the yaw angular acceleration (r_dot) detected by the third detection means and a value (Gy_dot/V) obtained by the lateral jerk (Gy_dot) of the vehicle detected by the second detection means by the longitudinal velocity (V) detected by the first detection means becomes small.09-22-2011
20120078441WIRELESS LOCATING AND MONITORING SYSTEM - A wireless tracking device including a positioning system for determining a location of the device and a processor connected to the positioning system. The wireless tracking device further including a wireless radio connected to the processor for transmitting the location of the device across a wireless area network.03-29-2012
20120078440METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INTEGRATION OF VEHICLE SYSTEMS - In one aspect, an information terminal of a vehicle has a display device and a vehicle interface connecting to a plurality of distinct vehicle communications platforms supporting a plurality of vehicle systems. It also has a storage device storing an operating system of the vehicle information terminal, a plurality of graphical operator interface (GUI) applications corresponding to the vehicle systems and configured to execute on the operating system, and one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute the GUI application on the operating system to display a GUI window on the display device, the GUI window providing for an operator's selection at least some of the plurality of GUI applications, to receive a selection by the operator of a GUI application, and to interface with the vehicle system to which the selected GUI application corresponds over the vehicle communications platform via the GUI window.03-29-2012
20120078439VEHICLE INFORMATION STORING APPARATUS - A vehicle information storing apparatus stores a camera image, acceleration or the like, which a user selected from vehicle information stored in a RAM, and an intersection, a curve or the like of navigation information into a flash memory under a predetermined condition. The predetermined condition may include that a user performed a vehicle information selection operation for selecting the camera image or acceleration, the user performed a specific item selection operation for setting the intersection or curve, a vehicle enters within a predetermined distance range from a set location and navigation information received from a navigation device satisfies a predetermined condition.03-29-2012
20090099709ROBOTIC VEHICLE APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method for forming a robotic vehicle. The method may involve forming a body and arranging a plurality of movable legs to project from the body for propelling the body over a surface. An actuator may be carried by the body to selectively engage and disengage different ones of the movable legs to cause a motion of the body, and thus the robotic vehicle, to travel over the surface.04-16-2009
20080262661BIMODAL CONVEYANCE MECHANISM - A virtual wheel provides a leg pair as a conveyance mechanism for a land vehicle. The virtual wheel propels the vehicle across a surface using a repetitive motion of the legs that contact the ground as would a wheel, due to their geometry. Vehicle embodiments include at least two-, three-, four- and six-wheeled vehicles, both transverse and in-line. Additionally, the invention provides a bipedal walking robot. One embodiment provides a robotic mule—a payload-carrying vehicle. The invention combines the flexible mobility of bipedal vehicles with the stability and functionality of very large-wheeled vehicles. Additionally, a bimodal conveyance mechanism readily converts between walking and rolling modes10-23-2008
20080262660Control-Information System For Mass Transportation Vehicles - A control-information system for mass transportation vehicles intended for transmitting to passengers of mass transportation vehicles while on the road, any kind of information corresponding to the defined spot on the route. The control-information system includes: —an information center; —the proxy using a high-frequency band for receiving the new multimedia data or any other “big” files from the information center and for sending this data from the proxy to the data end points; —a management unit, which can control the data end points and the information center; —a plurality of data end points, which are housed in each mass transportation vehicle, including in said system, involves: —a GPS receiver for receiving GPS signals, —a narrow-band unit for communication between the data end point and the information center, —a wide-band unit for communication between the data end point and the proxy, —a software unit, which is based on data of location and time, decides when and which data will be shown on the display-monitor.10-23-2008
20080294301Vehicle Integrated-Control Apparatus and Vehicle Integrated-Control Method - One of the manager control units among multiple control units includes a first coordination portion that coordinates a control target value derived based on an instruction from a driver or a first control unit and expressed by a first unit of physical quantity, with an instruction value from a second control unit and expressed by the first unit of physical quantity; a conversion portion that converts the control value expressed by the first unit of physical quantity into a control target value expressed by a second unit of physical quantity; a second coordination portion that coordinates the control target value derived by the conversion portion and expressed by the second unit of physical quantity, with an instruction value transmitted from a T/M control unit and expressed by the second unit of physical quantity; and an output portion that outputs the control target value to an engine control unit.11-27-2008
20120197463Method and Device for Providing Information About a User of a Social Network in the Social Network - A method and device for providing information about a user of a social network in the social network are provided. In order to enable the driver of a vehicle or a passenger to communicate with an IT social network with as little distraction as possible, the information is acquired using at least one status recognition device, which is provided in a vehicle used by the user of the social network. The status recognition device delivers status information that indicates a specific status of the vehicle, a specific driving situation, and/or the status of one or more users of the vehicle.08-02-2012
20090248219DEVICE THAT ENABLES A VEHICLE TO BE MOVED WHEN A DISASTER OCCURS - A device that enables a vehicle to be moved when a disaster occurs includes a forced engine start unit and a constraint unit. When it is detected that the vehicle has stopped after a disaster detection signal is received, the position where the vehicle has stopped is stored. Thereafter, the forced engine start unit enables the engine of the vehicle to be started by a start switch, without using an ignition key. The constraint unit restricts the moving of the vehicle by the forced engine start unit.10-01-2009
20090281680Method and apparatus for simultaneously playing video frame and trip message and controller thereof - The present invention provides a method for simultaneously playing video frames and trip message, and the method includes the following steps: (a) receiving a trip video frame data; (b) decoding the trip video frame data to obtain a plurality of video frames and a plurality of trip message, wherein each of the trip message corresponds to one of the video frames; (c) simultaneously displaying at least one video frame and its corresponding trip message. When the user uses the method for playing the trip video frame data, the user can simultaneously see the video frame and its corresponding trip message, so as to achieve a good performance of monitoring.11-12-2009
20100274410METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CUSTOMIZING CONTENT FOR AN OCCUPANT OF A VEHICLE - A method for customizing content for an occupant of a vehicle during a vehicle drive includes the steps of determining a driving mode of the vehicle and determining appropriate content for the occupant based on the driving mode. The driving mode represents one or more characteristics of the vehicle drive.10-28-2010
20120173040DEVICE FOR ESTIMATING TURNING CHARACTERISTIC OF VEHICLE - A device for estimating turning characteristic of a vehicle estimates a stability factor indicating the turning characteristic of a vehicle. The device for estimating the turning characteristic calculates the transient yaw rate of a vehicle involved in the relationship of a primary delay relative to the steady-state standard yaw rate of a vehicle, and calculates the deviation between the transient yaw rate of the vehicle and the actual yaw rate of the vehicle. The device for estimating the turning characteristic corrects the estimated value of the stability factor so as to approach the true stability factor by correcting the initial value of the stability factor supplied to the calculation of the standard yaw rate of the vehicle on the basis of the relationship between the deviation of the yaw rate and the lateral acceleration of the vehicle so that the transient yaw rate of the vehicle approaches the true yaw rate.07-05-2012
20120173038Vehicle Mount Computer with Configurable Ignition Switch Behavior - A vehicle mount computer having a configurable behavior controlled by a vehicle's ignition switch. A user can configure the computer to perform an action, switch modes, or execute a software application in response to the ignition switch being pressed or the position of the ignition switch being adjusted. For example, the computer can be configured to switch to a standby mode or hibernation mode, shutdown, prompt the user to select an action, or do nothing in response to the ignition switch being placed in an off position. The ignition switch can be electrically coupled to an input of the computer so that the computer's operating system or another application can monitor the status of the ignition switch. The operating system or application can cause the computer to perform the configured response upon detecting a change in the ignition switch's position or an actuation of the ignition switch.07-05-2012
20100262316Vehicle control apparatus - The vehicle control apparatus, which performs vehicle control on a vehicle by issuing commands generated on the basis of results of computations which the vehicle control apparatus performs by use of a plurality of parameters, includes a first section to obtain a vehicle state of the vehicle, and a second section to make, for each of the plurality of the parameters, a determination whether or not the vehicle state has changed in compliance with corresponding at least one of rewrite conditions respectively set for the plurality of the parameters. If the determination is affirmative, the second section rewrites the parameter to a corresponding one of rewrite values respectively assigned to the plurality of the parameters.10-14-2010
20100191390SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE OCCUPANCY OF A VEHICLE SEAT - A passenger occupancy detection system and method are provided for detecting occupancy of a vehicle seat. The system includes a pressure sensor for monitoring pressure of the seat. Routines are employed to monitor the pressure and to determine the occupancy of the seat based upon one or more of vehicle acceleration, vehicle deceleration and variances in inertia experienced during driving of the vehicle. A supervisory routine may combine outputs from the multiple routines to process the outputs and provide an output indicative of a detected occupancy of the seat.07-29-2010
20100191391 MULTIOBJECT FUSION MODULE FOR COLLISION PREPARATION SYSTEM - A method for controlling a vehicle operating during a dynamic vehicle event includes monitoring a first input image, monitoring a first tracked object within the first input image in a first tracking cycle, monitoring a second input image, monitoring a second tracked object within the second input image in a second tracking cycle, and determining a dissimilarity measure comparing the first tracked object to the second tracked object. The dissimilarity measure estimates whether the first tracked object and the second tracked object represent a single tracked object proximate to the vehicle. The method further includes associating the first tracked object and the second tracked object based upon the dissimilarity measure, and utilizing the associated objects in a collision preparation system to control operation of the vehicle.07-29-2010
20080215190TURRET ENVELOPE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A FIRE FIGHTING VEHICLE - A turret control system and method is disclosed. The turret control system includes one or more control modules, such as an envelope control module, turret targeting module, a turret pan module, a turret deploy module, a turret store module. The preferred turret control system also provides improved turret control flexibility and improved operator feedback.09-04-2008
20120197462EMERGENCY REPORT APPARATUS - A portable device includes an airbag deployment determination unit that detects a deployment of an airbag, a travel condition detection unit that determines a travel condition of a vehicle, a travel condition determination unit that compares the travel condition before and after the detected deployment of the airbag to determine whether the travel condition has changed. Based on a comparison performed by the travel condition determination unit, an emergency report unit performs an emergency report operation, when the travel condition determination unit determines a change in the travel condition of the vehicle before and after the detected deployment of the airbag.08-02-2012
20120197460FUEL-FILL AREA DATA PORT - Near field communications devices provide wireless connectivity between vehicles and fueling stations by which vehicle fuel-related information can be exchanged. The exchanged information can include the type of fuel required by the vehicle and thus reduce the likelihood of an improper fuel being introduced to the vehicle. Vehicle fuel related information also includes an amount of fuel required to fill the vehicle's fuel reservoir, an amount of fuel required for the vehicle to travel to a particular location or distance, an amount of fuel received during previous refueling sessions, the identity of the vehicle, and vehicle operator fueling preferences. It can also include the location of the vehicle relative to a fueling station or fuel pump.08-02-2012
20100228404Method and system for configuring and provisioning a vehicle - A telematics method and system facilitates customizing a plurality of vehicle content files, parameters, and features based on edits and selections from a user interface. A telematics provider maintains a database comprising a table, or tables that associate(s) user identification information with a vehicle VIN and equipment/features/content installed in/on vehicle devices associated with the VIN. Database updates may occur automatically, or upon a user instruction, when a TCU wirelessly transmits current equipment, content, and feature configuration information to a TOC coupled with the database. The telematics provider's server may provide the interface that facilitates the user logging in and editing features, content, and operational and performance parameters currently configured/installed in/on the vehicle' equipment and devices. The telematics provider may forward the user input from the interface to another provider after it verifies user log in credentials before the other provider begins a download to vehicle devices associated with the VIN.09-09-2010
20100217455ESTABLISHING QUALITY PARAMETERS OF A DIGITAL MAP - A device and method for the establishment of quality parameters of a digital map. A currently determined position of the vehicle and a measured value of an attribute of this position is used to calculate a quality parameter which serves as additional information for the data of the digital map. A driver assistance system constitutes an improved aid for a driver of a vehicle, since, in addition to the data of the digital map, the driver assistance system uses the feedback information of the quality parameter.08-26-2010
20100235015CONTROL ARCHITECTURE AND INTERFACING METHODOLOGY FOR COCKPIT CONTROL PANEL SYSTEMS - A hardware-based control and communication architecture communicates a plurality of signals within a vehicle. The communication architecture has a transmitting portion including a signal receiving portion configured to obtain or receive a first plurality of signals, a signal consolidation circuit, a signal driver capable of transmitting a consolidated signal representative of the first plurality of signals from the signal consolidation circuit, and a clock signal generator configured to provide a synchronizing timing signal having an established or fixed period. The signal consolidation circuit may include hardware logic to provide successive data transmission windows based on the established or fixed period of the timing signal, and the consolidation circuit may be configured to transmit each of the first plurality of signals in successive data transmission windows. Bidirectional and redundant system configurations are also disclosed with a plurality of transmission mediums. This new approach may be used to reduce the number of electrical cables over distance within an aircraft or vehicle, thus reducing the weight and size.09-16-2010
20090076663Method and Device for Assigning a Wheel of a Motor Vehicle - A method and device for assigning a vehicle wheel to axles having different wheel sizes. The method includes measuring the acceleration “a” sensed by an acceleration sensor of a wheel electronic system in a wheel. The measured acceleration value is transmitted to an evaluation unit, which compares the measured acceleration value “a” with a standard value stored in a memory for a standard wheel. The evaluation unit assigns the vehicle wheel to an axle as a function of the comparison result. The method and device are particularly suited to determining lift axles for trucks.03-19-2009
20090076662In-vehicle device, computer readable medium for controlling the same, and method for controlling navigation device - An in-vehicle device includes: a hard disk drive for storing data; a communication element for transmitting a message to an user; an input element for receiving an instruction from the user; a communication control element for obtaining altitude information; and an activation control element for controlling activation of the hard disk drive. The communication control element obtains the altitude information before the hard disk drive is activated when the in-vehicle device is activated for the first time since standby power supply stopped while the in-vehicle device was not activated. The communication control element transmits the message when the current position is equal to or higher than a predetermined altitude. The activation control element starts to read the data from the hard disk drive when the input element receives the instruction that the user permits the activation of the hard disk drive.03-19-2009
20130218364METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A CONDITION AND RELATIVE LOCATION OF AN INNER TIRE AND AN OUTER TIRE OF A TIRE PAIR - An apparatus determines a condition and relative location of an inner tire and an outer tire of a tire pair. Each tire has an associated tire-based sensor assembly that senses a tire condition, senses acceleration, and transmits, in response to its associated acceleration signal, having a unique tire identification and associated sensed tire condition. A tire rotation sensor senses rotation of the tire pair during vehicle movement and provides a tire rotation signal indicative thereof. A vehicle-based controller associates each of the unique identification signals with one of the inner tire location and the outer tire location responsive to a phase relationship between the received transmitted signals from the tire-based sensor assemblies and the tire rotation signal.08-22-2013
20130218366SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION ON POWER CONSUMPTION AMOUNT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A high-speed calculation of power consumption provided to a driver to figure out whether an electric vehicle is able to reach a destination can be implemented. Solution: A system for providing information on power consumption amount of an electric vehicle includes receiving means for receiving a departure point of the electric vehicle and a destination of the electric vehicle from a terminal device; a database which stores a plurality of power consumption amounts required to move between respective two sections, corresponding to a plurality of combinations of two sections, the combinations including a combination of a first section in a predetermined area including the departure point and the destination, and a second section including a second point in the predetermined area; extracting means which retrieves the database to thereby extract a power consumption amount required to travel from the departure point to the destination; and transmitting means for transmitting information on the power consumption amount extracted by the extracting means to the terminal device.08-22-2013
20120143398VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - In a vehicle control system, an index used to set a running characteristic of a vehicle is obtained based on a running condition of the vehicle. A change of the index that makes behavior of the vehicle crisper is more likely to occur than a change of the index that makes the behavior of the vehicle milder. When it is determined that the vehicle is in a turning condition, the change of the index or a change of the miming characteristic based on the index is less likely to occur than when it is determined that the vehicle is not in the turning condition.06-07-2012
20120143396METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE DETECTION OF A TRANSPORTED SITUATION OF A VEHICLE IN STANDBY MODE, AND VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A DEVICE - A method for detecting whether a vehicle on standby is in a transported situation, the vehicle including a course control device, wheel speed sensors, a yaw rate sensor, a processing unit processing data managing vehicle operation modes and a device for immobilizing the vehicle. The method includes detecting a vehicle standby mode after installing the vehicle on a transport support, detecting a zero vehicle speed using the wheel speed sensors, the speed sensor of at least one wheel able to be on the verge of oscillating over a predefined time period, detecting a non-zero yaw rate using the yaw rate sensor over a predefined time period, and under these conditions determining the vehicle is in a transported mode, in which data from at least the wheel speed sensor on the verge of oscillating is filtered, and allowing the vehicle to be put in a wake-up state.06-07-2012
20120143399VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - A vehicle control system obtains an index indicating a running condition of a vehicle on the basis of a vehicle parameter indicating a motion of the vehicle and then sets a running characteristic of the vehicle in accordance with the index. The vehicle control system includes a noise reduction unit that is configured to obtain the index on the basis of the vehicle parameter of which a fluctuating component that fluctuates because of a driver's driving operation or the influence of a running road surface.06-07-2012
20120143397ASSET TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An asset tracking system includes a central control station with an associated datastore for storing asset information. The stored information includes multiple unique identifiers, each identifier being associated with an asset tracking unit in the form of a mobile base station asset tracking unit or a beacon asset tracking unit. The two types of tracking unit are fitted to assets such as vehicles. The mobile base station asset tracking units include GPS modules and can determine their position, and can also communicate with the central control station. The beacon asset tracking units can communicate with the mobile base station asset tracking units via short range radio transmissions and their positions can thus be determined from the position of nearby mobile base station asset tracking units. The control station includes a communication module which can receive, over an existing communication network, location data messages from a mobile base station asset tracking unit fitted to a first asset. The message contains geographical location data on the first asset generated by the mobile base station asset tracking unit as well as the unique identifier of the mobile base station asset tracking unit and the unique identifier of a beacon asset tracking unit fitted to a second asset in the vicinity of the first asset. A processor module at the control station extracts from the location data message the unique identifier of the beacon asset tracking unit and the geographical location data of the first asset and associates this information to record the geographical location of the second asset.06-07-2012
20120143394VEHICLE SENSOR, SYSTEM HAVING A CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE STATE DETERMINATION AND AT LEAST TWO VEHICLE SENSORS, AND METHOD FOR OPERATION OF A SYSTEM HAVING A CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE STATE DETERMINATION AND AT LEAST TWO VEHICLE SENSORS - A vehicle sensor as well as a system having a controller for vehicle state determination and at least two vehicle sensors, as well as a method for operation of a system such as this, are proposed. At least one first vehicle sensor is connected only by radio to the controller and/or to at least one second vehicle sensor for a first data transmission. The at least one second vehicle sensor is connected by cable to the controller for a second data transmission.06-07-2012
20120143392METHOD AND APPARATUS TO ADJUST FOR UNDESIRED FORCE INFLUENCING A VEHICLE INPUT CONTROL - An input control signal is adjusted to account for a portion of the input control signal that may be attributable to unintended forces. Such unintended forces may include, but are not limited to, one or more of operator initiated unintended forces, vehicle-generated unintended forces, and extra-vehicular unintended forces. The amount by which the input control signal is adjusted correlates to a determined probability. The probability is an indicator as to how likely the input control value is affected by unintended forces.06-07-2012
20120143391TAILORING VEHICLE HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE - Methods and systems for analyzing communication options, including determining one or more driving factors, being provided with one or more HMI tailoring options, and analyzing the one or more driving factors and the one or more HMI tailoring options to determine an optimum HMI tailoring option.06-07-2012
20100023182ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH DRIVING STYLE RECOGNITION BASED ON MANEUVERS AT HIGHWAY ON/OFF RAMPS - An adaptive vehicle control system that classifies a driver's driving style based on highway on/off ramp maneuvers. Once the maneuver has been determined to be an on-ramp maneuver or an off-ramp maneuver, a style characterization processor can classify the maneuver using selected discriminant features obtain or derived from the maneuver.01-28-2010
20120245755METHOD FOR OPERATING A NUMBER OF CONTROL UNITS - In a method for operating a number of control units including a central control unit which has a central wakeup functionality units, at least one control unit requests a wakeup signal for at least one future instant from the central control unit, and the at least one control unit is informed and awakened by the central control unit when the at least one instant is at hand.09-27-2012
20090177335SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE CODE FOR OPTIMIZING PERFORMANCE OF A POWERED SYSTEM - A system to optimize performance of a powered system, the system including a data device configured to provide current information about current operating conditions of the powered system and/or prior information about the powered system, a controller configured to control operation of the powered system, and a processor configured to provide at least one control command to the controller for use in operating the powered system and/or user information with at least one recommended command to a user to control the powered system, wherein the at least one control command and/or user information are based at least in part on the current information and/or the prior information. A system and computer software code, stored on a computer readable media and executable with a processor, are also disclosed.07-09-2009
20090319094DOCKING SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A MOBILE MEDICATION CART - The docking system includes a wall-mounted assembly having an extending contact portion which includes a set of power contacts for supplying power to a medication cart via a docking port located on the medication cart when the cart is engaged with the wall-mounted assembly. The contact portion includes a depending hook member which engages a spring-biased locking solenoid in the docking port to lock the cart to the wall-mounted assembly when the cart is moved into contact with the wall-mounted assembly. The cart can be unlocked by a signal to the locking solenoid from the cart or manually.12-24-2009
20080288126Method for Controlling Two Actuators of a Vehicle Capable of Being Responsive to a Common Request - A method for controlling multiple actuators of a vehicle capable of being responsive to a common request, at least one of the actuators having a bandwidth and/or a saturation. The method determines for at least one of the actuators a setpoint value integrating an output physical quantity of at least another of the actuators, such that the actuators or at least some of the actuators operate jointly.11-20-2008
20090105890Automated Safe Flight Vehicle - Control systems and methods of use provide for fully automated phases of flight of an aircraft. Such fully automated phases include takeoff, cruising flight, and landing without the need for operator input or other operator intervention. Control systems and methods also provide for self-limited compliance with an operators desired deviation from a predetermined flight path, as well as automatic contingency response to non-normal conditions. Onboard and/or ground-based operators may cooperate with the control system in order to control the associated aircraft. Furthermore, an operator need not have any flight skill in order to affect changes in the flight path or other aspects of flight control.04-23-2009
20130131888SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AND DISPLAYING AN ELECTRIC TAXI INDEX - A taxi method for an aircraft having a primary thrust engine taxi system and an electric taxi system is provided. The method involves obtaining aircraft and airport status data and generating therefrom taxi drive information indicative of the relative cost of taxiing the aircraft along a predetermined route using the electric taxi system versus the aircraft engine taxi system. The taxi drive index information is presented to a user.05-23-2013
20130131889CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE - When an idle speed control is implemented, an engine speed is computed based on an output signal of a crank angle sensor at a specified processing angle interval, and a time interval corresponding to the specified processing angle interval is computed. Then, the engine speed is filtered at a specified processing time interval, and a feedback amount (throttle opening correction amount) is computed based on a deviation of an engine speed filtered by a filter portion from a target engine speed. A time constant of a filtering processing is established according to the processing angle interval. Therefore, a filtering processing and a feedback control processing are performed in synchronization with each other, and an instability of an output of the feedback control (feedback amount) can be reduced.05-23-2013
20130131891ANTISKID CONTROL UNIT AND DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM - A wheel speed transducer including a magnetic device associated with a wheel and a sensor device associated with the axle of the wheel provides data indicative of the velocity of the wheel. A processor located at the axle receives the wheel speed data and processes it to perform antiskid control functions. The velocity data is stored in a data concentrator also associated with the axle. A tire pressure sensor, a brake temperature sensor and a brake torque sensor, each associated with the wheel, send data to the processor at the axle, for storage in the data concentrator. A transmitting antenna associated with the axle and in communication with the data concentrator transmits stored data to a receiving antenna associated with the wheel. A data port at the wheel and in communication with the receiving antenna provides an interface to an external device for receiving the data.05-23-2013
20090069953ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHODOLOGY OF DYNAMICALLY CONFORMING A VEHICLE OPERATION - An electronic control system for a vehicle and an associated method of dynamically conforming a vehicle operation recommendation to an environment external to a vehicle are provided. Input parameters relating to the environment external to the vehicle are received. The vehicle operation recommendation is then adjusted based on the input parameters of the environment. The vehicle operation recommendation is then delivered to an interface of the vehicle. The adjustment conforms the vehicle operation recommendation to the environment to alert an operator of the vehicle of environmental conditions. The adjusted vehicle operation recommendation identifies a suggested manner of operating a vehicle control to account for the environment.03-12-2009
20090069952CONTROL TARGET RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE OBJECT DETECTION SYSTEM - There is provided a system in which when a gate having a reflection level of a threshold or higher and having been recognized as a control target by last time is not recognized as the control target this time, the gate is assumed to be actually detected, and extrapolation device extrapolates the gate (see ◯) up to a predetermined number of times (five times), wherein when the gate is a stationary object, and a reflection level of the gate at the next detection (Time 03-12-2009
20130138265MOBILE TERMINAL, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS MOUNTED IN CAR AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD USING THE SAME - An image display apparatus mounted in a car includes a communication unit configured to transmit and receive data to and from a mobile terminal, and a controller configured to control the communication unit to receive information for requesting status information of the car, in which the image display apparatus is mounted, from the mobile terminal, to generate car status information according to the received information for requesting the status information of the car, to control the communication unit to transmit the generated car status information to the mobile terminal. The car status information includes at least one of driving information, speed information and fuel information of the car. According to a mobile terminal, an image display apparatus mounted in a car and a data processing method using the same, it is possible to efficiently transmit car status information between the mobile terminal and the image display apparatus.05-30-2013
20100312418VEHICLE COMPUTING MODULE - A vehicle computing system is provided that includes a vehicle computing module mounted on a main system board. The vehicle computing module includes a computing module circuit board with conducting paths. Computing components are mounted to the computing module circuit board and include at least a central processing unit and a main memory. An edge connector is provided at an edge of the computing module circuit board and adapted to connect the computing module circuit board to an edge connector socket on the main system board. A plurality of computing function interfaces are connected to the edge connector. The plurality of computing function interfaces includes a configuration interface connected to the central processing unit and, via the edge connector, to a controller on the main system board. The controller is used to configure the central processing unit on the computing module circuit board for operation in the vehicle computing system by enabling specification of the computing function interfaces during a vehicle computing module configuration. The computing function interfaces are configured during the vehicle computing module configuration to process data received by the vehicle computing module via the computing function interfaces.12-09-2010
20130144458TIERED OPERATION OPTION SCANNING FOR WHEELCHAIR - A wheelchair can include a control system that is configured to operate the wheelchair using an input device and a scanning device. The scanning device may be programmed to have a multi-tiered scan sequence. A first tier of the multi-tiered scan sequence may include at least a first operation option that is configured to operate a specific function of the wheelchair. A second tier of the multi-tiered scan sequence may include at least a second operation option that is also configured to operate a specific function of the wheelchair. The second operation option is generally selected less frequently than the first operation option included in the first tier.06-06-2013
20100332050VEHICLE TRAVEL SUPPORT DEVICE, VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE TRAVEL SUPPORT PROGRAM - A vehicle travel support device capable of continuing operation even when the recognition accuracy of a lane mark has been degraded, and the like, wherein the degree of control on the operation of a steering device or the like is set higher as the reliability of a lane mark becomes higher. In a state in which the reliability of a travel area demarcated by the lane mark is high, a vehicle's travel is relatively strongly or actively supported so that the vehicle will not depart from the travel area. On the other hand, the degree of control on the operation of the steering device or the like is set lower as the reliability of the lane mark is lower. In a state in which the reliability of the travel area demarcated by the lane mark is low, the vehicle's travel is relatively weakly or passively supported so that the vehicle will not depart from the travel area.12-30-2010
20100332049METHOD AND SYSTEM OF DETERMINING LOAD CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRAILER - The invention provides a system and method for determining characteristics of a trailer being towed by a vehicle that includes an electronic stability control (“ESC”) system. The trailer is coupled to the vehicle using a trailer hitch. The hitch is configured to fasten the trailer to the vehicle using at least one intelligent bolt or fastener. The intelligent fastener has structural characteristics similar to those of traditional bolts for fastening a trailer to a vehicle (e.g., shear strength, diameter, etc.), but the intelligent fastener is configured to sense forces at a junction between the trailer and the vehicle. The ESC system receives force readings from the intelligent fastener sensors and uses them in conjunction with signals from a plurality of other sensors connected to the ESC system to determine one or more characteristics of the trailer. The characteristics of the trailer include a trailer weight, a trailer sway, and a trailer center of gravity. The ESC system compensates the motion of the vehicle based on the forces sensed at the junction and the characteristics of the trailer.12-30-2010
20110015804Vehicle Threshold Based Synchronous Communication System and Method - A system and method are provided for communicating data synchronously with a plurality of crash sensors onboard a vehicle. The system includes a control unit comprising interface circuitry for communicating with a plurality of crash sensors and providing synchronization signals to the crash sensors. The system also includes a communication bus coupled to the control unit for communicating with the crash sensors. The system further includes a plurality of crash sensors connected to the communication bus for communicating with the control unit. Each of the plurality of crash sensors receives one or more synchronization signals and is capable of transmitting data in response to the synchronous signals. The plurality of crash sensors each comprises logic for comparing a sensed parameter to a threshold and transmitting data when the sensed parameter exceeds the threshold. The logic further periodically transmits data based at least one of a time period and a synchronization count when the sensed parameter is less than the threshold.01-20-2011
20120035784Method for stabilizing a vehicle having an integrated rollover prevention function - A device for regulating the driving dynamics of a motor vehicle. A setpoint variable (ψ) for regulating the transverse dynamics of the vehicle is predefined and limited to a maximum value that is set in such a way that the transverse acceleration (a02-09-2012
20110245995METHOD FOR DETERMINING A ROAD PROFILE OF A LANE LOCATED IN FRONT OF A VEHICLE - The invention relates to a method for determining a road profile of a lane located in front of a vehicle by means of sensed image data (10-06-2011
20110245994VEHICLE STABILIZATION - A vehicle (10-06-2011
20090048721METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MODELING RESPONSES OF A MATERIAL TO VARIOUS INPUTS - A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for testing a material. A signal is sent into the material using the transmitter. The signal has a frequency range that falls within a selected frequency range to form a transmitted signal. An actual response to the transmitted signal is received at a sensor. A simulated response of the material to the transmitted signal is generated using a functional model capable of modeling responses of the material to different frequency ranges falling within the selected frequency range. The simulated response is compared to the actual response to determine if a change has occurred in the material.02-19-2009
20090312888DISPLAY OF A RELEVANT TRAFFIC SIGN OR A RELEVANT TRAFFIC INSTALLATION - In a method for displaying information in a vehicle: a region of the surroundings of the vehicle is captured optically via at least one image capture device; the captured image data are transmitted to a control and analysis unit, which analyzes the captured image data for the presence of traffic signs or traffic installations; and information is displayed on a display unit in the vehicle if the captured image data following analysis on the part of the control and analysis unit contain at least one traffic sign and/or at least one traffic installation. The control and analysis unit is supplied with route information about the current or planned route of the vehicle, information adapted to the current or planned route of the vehicle being displayed if for different route options different traffic signs and/or different traffic installations are detected.12-17-2009
20100063648DISTRIBUTED KNOWLEDGE BASE PROGRAM FOR VEHICULAR LOCALIZATION AND WORK-SITE MANAGEMENT - The illustrative embodiments provide a computer program product for controlling a vehicle. In an illustrative embodiment, a computer program product is comprised of a computer recordable media having computer usable program code for identifying a dynamic condition. When the dynamic condition is identified, computer usable program code using a knowledge base controls the vehicle.03-11-2010
20120245757Vehicle Data Recording Device - A vehicle data recording device including a vehicle data recording unit which has a housing, a data memory arranged outside the housing, and a unit interface with a connection for the data memory is provided in an outer wall of the housing. The data memory is connected to the unit interface by a connecting cable. To ensure not only that the data memory is reliably arranged in the vehicle data recording device but also that the data memory can be easily removed from the device, the housing has, on a housing outer side, a mount that detachably supports the data memory.09-27-2012
20090216389DRIVER INFORMATION DEVICE - A driver information device includes an output unit for outputting items of driver information, a pause having a predetermined length being inserted between the outputting of a first and a second item of information.08-27-2009
20100063649Intelligent driving assistant systems - The invention discloses an intelligent driving assistant system applied to a handheld device. The invention can detect more than one safety mode including lane departure detection, lost-cargo detection, detecting front-object under driving condition, detecting side-object under driving condition and detecting back-object under driving condition, also the invention can mention alarm according to the detection results from different modules. Finally the invention can store the real-time image according to the detection results from different modules, and then transfer the related information to other places for real-time notice with matching the information from the GPS system and the digitized map.03-11-2010
20100070105Optimal Guidance Blender for a Hovering/Flying Vehicle - For a vehicle having thrusters and control surfaces or other types of effectors having different cost of use and/or effectiveness as a function of vehicle speed, errors in position relative to an asserted control command are apportioned between errors of translational rate and pointing error as a function of speed in the vertical and/or horizontal planes and guidance commands are adjusted accordingly to produce commands that provide an optimal attitude for guidance of the vehicle through an arbitrary maneuver. The commands thus generated are then preferably apportioned between various available effectors to execute the maneuver most efficiently.03-18-2010
20110082603Process for Controlling Functions in a Motor Vehicle Having Neighboring Operating Elements - In the case of the process for controlling functions in a motor vehicle having neighboring operating elements, the functions in each case being activatable by the operation of a defined operating element assigned to each function, the functions assigned to two neighboring operating elements receive a different priority. The higher-priority function can be activated immediately if the operating element assigned to it is operated before or within a defined time period after the neighboring other operating element.04-07-2011
20100070107Method for generating a vehicle identifier - Upon initial boot-up, a telematics device receives a PID map in response to a PID map request. The TCU may send multiple PID map requests for different mode and PID combinations over a vehicles communication bus, and then may append each received PID map to the already-received PID maps. The multiple PID maps appended to one another form a composite bit value, or composite PID map. The composite PID map is processed according to a hash algorithm, resulting in a pseudo-VIN. Upon subsequent boot-ups of the TCU, the TCU sends the multiple PID map requests over the vehicle's bus and generates a pseudo VIN to following the same steps as it did at initial boot-up. The TCU compares the currently generated pseudo-VIN to the initial pseudo VIN; if it determines a mismatch, it sends a notification to an interested third party that indicates improper usage of the TCU.03-18-2010
20110077798ESTIMATED ACCELERATION CALCULATING APPARATUS - An estimated acceleration calculating apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a rolling resistance coefficient calculating unit which calculates a rolling resistance coefficient corresponding to a rough road level or a turning level of the vehicle; and an estimated acceleration calculating unit which calculates an estimated acceleration based on a motion equation, the motion equation expressing an equilibrium of wheel forces and including a term of the rolling resistance coefficient.03-31-2011
20090018711DETECTING DEVICE, DETECTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Information necessary to control a vehicle is to be effectively detected in accordance with a situation. A supposition situation selecting section selects a supposition situation closest to the present situation of an own vehicle from a plurality of pre-supposed supposition situations on the basis of situation information acquired from a situation information acquiring unit and a supposition situation selection table through a situation information input I/F circuit. A detection process selecting portion selects a detection process to be actually performed from detection processes which can be performed by each detecting portion of a target detecting section on the basis of the selected supposition situation and a detection process selection table. The invention is applicable to an in-vehicle image processing device.01-15-2009
20120203400Method for the Measurement and Analysis of Tyre Air Pressure with Allocation of Wheel Positions and System for Tyre Air Pressure Measurement - In a method for the measurement and analysis of tyre air pressure with an allocation of wheel positions (I, II, III, IV) of a vehicle (08-09-2012
20120203399VEHICLE WITH IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - A vehicle may include an identification system configured to acquire information from a token in a vicinity of the vehicle and to classify a driver of the vehicle based on the information. The vehicle may also include at least one controller in communication with the identification system and configured to characterize a driver's control of the vehicle and to record a history of the characterization if the driver classification is of a particular type.08-09-2012
20120203395TRANSITIONING A CONTROL SYSTEM BETWEEN CHANGING STATE EQUATIONS - A method of controlling a vehicle changing operating ranges from a first range to a second range includes defining a current set of state equations and a target set of state equations. The current set of state equations and the target set of state equations may each include a set of control state equations for controlling the vehicle and a set of estimator state equations for estimating the performance of the vehicle. The values of the current set of state equations are incrementally adjusted over time until substantially equal to values of the target set of state equations to smooth the requested change between the first range and the second range.08-09-2012
20120303177DOCKING TERMINAL AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE FUNCTIONS - A docking terminal for controlling a plurality of vehicle functions of a motor vehicle by a control device connected to the vehicle, including a wireless data exchange with a control device, an input unit, and an energy store. A greater range of functions, which can also include control of safety-relevant vehicle functions, is facilitated by the connection of the wireless data exchange to a data processing system integrated in the docking terminal. The system is designed to use at least one cryptologic method.11-29-2012
20120303176METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ACCURATE LOCALIZATION FOR AN INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE - A method and apparatus for providing accurate localization for an industrial vehicle is described; including processing at least one sensor input message from a plurality of sensor devices, wherein the at least one sensor input message includes information regarding observed environmental features; determining position measurements associated with the industrial vehicle in response to at least one sensor input message, wherein the plurality of sensor devices comprises a two-dimensional laser scanner, and at least one other sensor device selected from an odometer, an ultrasonic sensor, a compass, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, an inertial measurement unit, or an imaging sensor; and updating a vehicle state using the position measurements.11-29-2012
20110060479Electronic device, wiring unit, and assembling method thereof - An electronic device includes an electronic control unit, a wire, and a wiring-side connector. When a movable member is arranged in a first arrangement relative to a wiring-side connector main body, the movable member is in a position where the movable member does not prevent the wire from projecting from the main body to extend straight in a counter-fitting direction. When the movable member rotates from the first arrangement to a second arrangement relative to the main body, a restricting member approaches a portion of the main body from which the wire projects, to press and bend the wire, so a direction in which the wire projects from the main body is limited to a direction crossing the counter-fitting direction. When the movable member is arranged in the second arrangement and the main body is fitted to an ECU-side connector, the second arrangement is maintained.03-10-2011
20110060478VEHICULAR TERRAIN DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Methods and system are provided for detecting attributes of a terrain surrounding a vehicle. The system includes at least one terrain sensor configured to generate data describing the terrain and a processor coupled to the at least one terrain sensor. The processor is configured to detect at least one attribute of the terrain based on data generated by the at least one terrain sensor and to adjust a handling behavior of the vehicle based on the at least one terrain attribute.03-10-2011
20120203398Information Transmission and Processing Systems and Methods for Freight Carriers - Methods and systems for remotely monitoring trailer or trailers attached to a vehicle is provided. The method includes associating an identification tag or ABS ECU that is configured to broadcast a trailer identification signal with a trailer. The method further includes receiving the trailer identification signal on-board the vehicle, associating the trailer identification signal with the vehicle, transmitting the trailer identification signal to a remote processor and receiving the trailer identification signal at the remote processor. The system comprises a mobile data terminal capable of generating and responding to telematic events comprising at least one processor, a graphical user interface, an input device, a memory and a set of executable instructions which may include a plurality of modules, such as a vehicle location module capable of receiving a GPS signal and transmitting the GPS signal to a remote processor for determining a location of a transportation unit.08-09-2012
20100299000DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS - A driving assistance apparatus is configured such that, in a case in which determination has been made there is a road marking within a predetermined range from a vehicle, the road marking is detected based upon an image acquired by a rear-side camera. In a case in which there is a single control target solely associated with the road marking thus detected, or in a case in which there are multiple control targets associated with the road marking, and the difference in the marking-target distance is equal to or greater than a driving control threshold distance, the target-vehicle distance, which is the distance between the vehicle and the control target that is a target for guidance and vehicle control, is calculated. The driving assistance apparatus performs guidance and vehicle control according to the control target based upon the target-vehicle distance thus calculated.11-25-2010
20110213511Vehicle Control Method for Adapting Dynamic Vehicle Performance to the Psychophysical Condition of the Driver - A method of controlling a driver-operated vehicle; the method including the steps of: 09-01-2011
20100114402INPUT CONTROL APPARATUS AND INPUT CONTROL METHOD - [Object] To provide an input control technology that allows performing text input on a peripheral apparatus mounted in a mobile unit such as an automobile in the same way as driving operations and allows performing text input safely.05-06-2010
20120203396SHORT RANGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - A control unit performs a forced decoupling of a communication link between a second in-vehicle apparatus and a short range communication unit, and couples a communication link between a first in-vehicle apparatus, and the short range communication unit when the second in-vehicle apparatus has a lower profile priority order than the first in-vehicle apparatus. Additionally, the forced decoupling is performed when, at the time of the communication request by the first in-vehicle apparatus, the short range communication unit was in communication with a maximum “M” number of in-vehicle apparatuses, and the second in-vehicle apparatus had the lowest priority order of the M number of in-vehicle apparatuses. The control unit re-couples the second in-vehicle apparatus when at least one of the M number of in-vehicle apparatuses has completed its profile function ending the communication link.08-09-2012
20090319095Vehicle driver messaging system and method - A steering wheel system for a vehicle includes a display and a controller. The controller receives vehicle parameters from one or more vehicle sensors as well as geometric or navigability characteristics of the road. The controller generates a prediction of an effect of the vehicle parameters on the vehicle with respect to the geometric or navigability characteristics of the road. The controller sends a signal to the display based on the prediction. The display is configured to display a representation of the prediction based on the signal received from the controller.12-24-2009
20090240383AUTOMOBILE DETECTION AND CONTROL GATEWAY INTERFACE AND METHOD THEREOF - An automobile detection and control gateway interface and a method thereof are provided. The automobile detection and control gateway interface is connected with a controller area network (CAN) formed by a body control module (BCM) and body devices, and pre-stores a plurality of device diagnostic commands and status diagnostic data, so that the BCM performs corresponding actions on specific body devices according to the device diagnostic commands and capture status feedback data transmitted over the CAN by the body devices, and outputs the status diagnostic data matching with the status feedback data for determining the operation status of the body devices or for the externally connected device to acquire. All the device diagnostic commands are transferred through the BCM to avoid interfering with the operation of the CAN and control the external device connected to the BCM, so as to ensure all the body devices are under control.09-24-2009
20090240384VEHICLE CONTROLLER - There is provided a vehicle controller that is mounted in a box-shaped manner beneath the floor or on the roof of a vehicle so as to supply electric power to vehicle apparatuses. The vehicle controller is configured with a plurality of functional modules 09-24-2009
20080243312Vehicle behavior learning apparatuses, methods, and programs - Vehicle behavior learning apparatuses, methods, and programs store pieces of feature information including position information and attribute information of a plurality of target features. The apparatuses, methods, and programs obtain vehicle position information that shows a current position of a vehicle, obtaining image information of surroundings of the vehicle, and obtain one of the stored pieces of feature information corresponding to the surroundings of the vehicle based on the vehicle position information. The apparatuses, methods, and programs perform an image recognition for recognizing a target feature contained in the image information that corresponds to the obtained piece of feature information, detect a behavior of the vehicle that is performed within a predetermined range from a position of the recognized target feature, and store, based on the vehicle position information, the detected behavior in correspondence with information of a position in which the detected behavior was detected. The apparatuses, methods, and programs extract, based the detected behavior being stored a plurality of times at the same position, the detected behavior as a learned behavior, output learned behavior information including attribute information of the detected behavior and the position information of the detected behavior, each of which are kept in correspondence with the piece of feature information of the recognized target feature.10-02-2008
20090204275Electronic control unit - An electronic control unit for controlling at least one function of a vehicle, having at least one input for receiving control-relevant data from at least one sensor, a computer device for processing the control-relevant data and generating control instructions, and at least one output for outputting the control instructions to at least one actuator, and furthermore having a device for limiting the operation of the control unit in time and/or functionality.08-13-2009
20110257811Data Collection Apparatus and Portable Data Collection Device - An apparatus includes a portable device, a supporting base associable with a vehicle and connecting means to lock, or release, the device in the base. The apparatus further includes detecting means for detecting at least an operating parameter of the vehicle, interface means for setting an operating state of the device and control means, connected to the detecting means and to the interface means to command the connecting means, as a function of the operating parameter and/or of the operating state.10-20-2011
20110257810ONBOARD VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING VEHICLE FUNCTIONALITIES - An onboard vehicle control system includes a vehicle electronic control adapted to control at least one vehicle functionality, a human machine interface communicating with the vehicle electronic control and including a human input interface. The vehicle electronic control includes a preloaded configuration program for configuring the vehicle functionality and the vehicle electronic control is adapted to, upon manual entry of an activation code by a user with the human input interface, execute the preloaded configuration program which modifies the vehicle functionality settings.10-20-2011
20080215189Control System For a Motor Vehicle - A control system for a motor vehicle, including a manual actuating means with a number of degrees of freedom for selecting and/or activating entries in a menu structure and a screen display with display areas for displaying the menu structure. At least two degrees of freedom of the manual actuating means move a cursor for selecting and/or activating one of the entries in an active display area. A first degree of freedom corresponds to a turning movement, and in a clockwise direction about a z-axis a second degree of freedom corresponds to a turning movement in a counterclockwise direction about a z-axis. In addition, cursor movement in the active display area is effected by the first and/or second degree of freedom, depending on the orientation of the displayed entries.09-04-2008
20100312417VEHICLE-MOUNTED ELECTRONIC SYSTEM - A vehicle-mounted electronic system includes: a standby ECU that performs standby operation when ignition is turned off; a plurality of non-standby ECUs that are inactive when the ignition is turned off; a sensor electric wire that is disposed between the plurality of sensors and the standby ECU to supply power from the standby ECU to the plurality of sensors; a sensor signal wire that carries a signal from the plurality of sensors to the standby ECU; and an ECU signal wire that is disposed between the non-standby ECU and the standby ECU to carry a wakeup request signal from the standby ECU to the non-standby ECU, in which the standby ECU, in response to signal input from the sensor, transmits the wake up request signal through the ECU signal wire to the non-standby ECU that corresponds to the signal from the sensor.12-09-2010
20100318240COURSE EVALUATION APPARATUS AND COURSE EVALUATION METHOD - A course evaluation that evaluates a course of a mobile unit includes: generating a predetermined first course of the mobile unit; generating, for the first course, a second course for which a controlled amount of the mobile unit after a predetermined driving condition is satisfied is increased as compared with a controlled amount of the mobile unit on the first course; estimating another object course, which is a course of another object; determining whether the second course interferes with the other object course; and evaluating a degree of safety of the first course on the basis of a result of determination as to whether the second course interferes with the other object course.12-16-2010
20120203397METHOD FOR DETERMINING A TORQUE SET VALUE FOR A STEERING WHEEL FOR A POWER STEERING SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - The invention relates to a power steering system in which the set value for torque or force at the steering wheel is predetermined on the basis of various parameters and information so as to provide the most driving comfort in all conditions of driving the vehicle. The torque or force set value is predetermined on the basis of the sideways acceleration of the vehicle, the acceleration in turn being predetermined mainly from an estimate of the force exerted on the rack, and preferably also predetermined by other methods, with the estimate being weighted among all of the obtained values. Said method is particularly useful for vehicles provided with electrical power steering.08-09-2012
20110054716VEHICLE SYSTEM FOR NAVIGATION AND/OR DRIVER ASSISTANCE - Disclosed herein is assistance, safety and navigation technology for vehicles. In particular, the disclosure relates to a vehicle system and a method for controlling the vehicle system.03-03-2011
20130197711SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING SADDLE BLOCK SHIMMING GAP OF AN INDUSTRIAL MACHINE - A method of controlling the operation of an industrial machine. The industrial machine includes a boom, a dipper handle attached to the boom, a saddle block pivotally mounted to the boom at a pivot point, and a computer having a controller. The method comprises processing, with the controller, data received from a saddle angle sensor, determining, with the controller, a saddle angle and a saddle angle gap using the data from the saddle angle sensor, determining, with the controller, a height of the dipper handle. The method further comprises determining, with the controller, a height of the saddle block, determining, with the controller, a saddle gap radius, and determining, with the controller, a saddle block shimming gap by comparing the saddle gap radius with the height of the handle.08-01-2013
20130197712VEHICLE PROGRAM REWRITING SYSTEM - A rewriting apparatus of a vehicle program rewriting system predicts, on the basis of both a state of a battery at the time of starting rewriting the programs of ECUs and a scheduled process time period of rewiring the programs, a state of the battery after rewriting the programs, and executes rewriting the programs if the predicted state of the battery satisfies a condition on which the vehicle can be restarted.08-01-2013
20100292866METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ACCESSING AN ASSIGNMENT RULE AND COMPUTER-PROGRAM PRODUCT - To operate a motor vehicle (11-18-2010
20100292867Motor Vehicle Control Device - According to the invention, a motor vehicle control device is provided, comprising: a microkernel; several entities; and a software bus, via which the entities can communicate with each other and with the kernel, wherein one or more of the entities represent respectively one or more modules of the AUTOSAR base software. The present invention is based inter alia on the idea of representing the AUTOSAR architecture on a microkernel-based architecture. Thereby, the motor vehicle control device according to the invention makes it possible for example to link infotainment applications with AUTOSAR-based applications.11-18-2010
20110118898Rehabilitation Device - A rehabilitation device includes a moving body, a motor, a control system and a sensor module. The moving body has a housing and a moving mechanism. The motor, disposed in the housing, connects to the moving mechanism and drives the moving mechanism. The control system is disposed in the housing and coupled to the motor. The sensor module is disposed on the moving body and coupled to the control module. The control system controls the operation of the motor to move the moving body according to information detected by the sensor module.05-19-2011
20110118897Protecting a Vehicle from Environmental Events - Methods and systems for locating a vehicle are disclosed, including detecting one or more environmental conditions, the one or more environmental conditions being indicative of an occurrence of an environmental event, determining a probability of the occurrence of the environmental event in response to detecting the one or more environmental conditions, and effecting a preventive action in response to the probability being above a threshold probability, the preventive action being configured to protect the vehicle from the environmental event.05-19-2011
20110137487RUNNING CONTROL DEVICE, AND RUNNING CONTROL METHOD - [Object] An object of the present invention is to restrict an unnecessary control intervention at a scene where a vehicle avoids an obstacle etc. ahead of the vehicle by steering.06-09-2011
20100324752GRADIENT INFORMATION CALCULATING SYSTEM, VEHICLE RUNNING CONTROL SYSTEM, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, AND GRADIENT INFORMATION CALCULATING METHOD - A gradient information calculating system includes a first calculating unit (12-23-2010
20100121502Operation control system and method - An operation control system includes a transmitter circuit, a transmitter interface, an engine start button switch, a receiver unit and an engine ECU. The transmitter circuit generates a transmission signal and the transmitter interface inputs a communication signal to an operator by converting the transmission signal. The receiver unit receives the communication signal through the operator, when the operator touches the engine start button switch. The engine start button switch detects in-blood alcohol concentration of the operator. The receiver unit generates and applies an engine start control signal in response to output signals of the receiver unit indicative of the operator's engine start operation and alcohol detection result.05-13-2010
20100145549INTEGRATED VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is an integrated vehicle control system, which eliminates the possibility of interfering with motion control devices and is capable of accurately controlling the targeted behavior of a vehicle.06-10-2010
20100082180ERRANT VEHICLE COUNTERMEASURES - A method, system, and device are presented for providing countermeasures against errant vehicles. A countermeasure controller determines a vehicle-velocity vector based on data from one or more sensors and compares the vehicle-velocity vector to an authorized-velocity vector. The vehicle is determined to be an errant vehicle if the vehicle-velocity vector is not aligned with the authorized-velocity vector. Then, the countermeasure controller may apply countermeasures to the errant vehicle. The countermeasures include electronic countermeasures, informational countermeasures, and physical countermeasures. The countermeasure controller can provide information to other drivers about the errant vehicle via personalized communication or electronic warning signs. The countermeasure controller can be configured to detect entry of vehicles into security areas based on data from one or more sensors. The countermeasure controller may then apply countermeasures to vehicles attempting unauthorized entry into a security area.04-01-2010
20100082181Communication control system for vehicles - Devices that are connected to each other by shorter distances, such as an audio switch 04-01-2010
20100082179Methods for Linking Motor Vehicles to Reduce Aerodynamic Drag and Improve Fuel Economy - Methods for linking two or more vehicles to achieve reduced aerodynamic drag while the vehicles are travelling on the road are disclosed. The disclosed methods utilize a dynamic linking system that not only physically connects the vehicles but also allows the driver of the leading vehicle to monitor and control essential functions of the trailing vehicles. Preferably, the driving mechanisms of the trailing vehicles, such as throttles, brakes, and gears, are fully operational so as not to put excessive burden on the driving mechanisms of the leading vehicle. Methods for linking individual vehicles as well as streamlining the operation of a fleet of vehicles are also disclosed.04-01-2010
20120209452ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR USE IN A VEHICLE - A first microcomputer in an ECU outputs a CID of the ECU in response to a request from a scan tool when the ECU has multiple microcomputers implemented therein. Each of the multiple microcomputers has an additive value stored therein for counting an update of the software. The additive values from the multiple microcomputers are added as a sum total of the ECU that is further added to a CID base value. The sum total of the ECU added to the CID base value is then output as the CID of the ECU from the first microcomputer to the scan tool. Therefore, information stored in the first microcomputer is not necessarily changed for outputting an updated CID (e.g., software product number information) from the ECU.08-16-2012
20100030398CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DRIVE SOURCE - Static demand engine torque set in a static torque setter is converted into dynamic demand engine torque in a converter using an engine model C (s) represented by a first-order lag function. A time constant T of engine model C (s) is calculated by a time constant calculator. The time constant calculator calculates time constant T in accordance with the static demand engine torque set in the static torque setter and dynamic demand engine torque set in a dynamic torque setter. The dynamic demand engine torque set in the dynamic torque setter is added to the dynamic demand engine torque converted from the static demand engine torque in the converter.02-04-2010
20100030397Vehicle - To provide a vehicle which can move independently as an own independent vehicle and can run integrally in linkage with another vehicle. A plurality of single-seat vehicles which can move independently are combined and they move integrally while a predetermined formation is maintained through linkage among respective vehicles. One of all the vehicles moving in linkage serves as a host vehicle and an occupant in the host vehicle becomes a driver in the linkage moving. A host vehicle 02-04-2010
20100023183ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED MANEUVER-BASED DRIVING STYLE RECOGNITION - A vehicle control system that classifies a driver's driving style based on characteristic maneuvers. The system includes a plurality of vehicle sensors that detect various vehicle parameters. A maneuver identification processor receives the sensor signals to identify a characteristic maneuver of the vehicle and provides a maneuver identifier signal of the maneuver. A style characterization processor receives the maneuver identifier signals, sensor signals from the vehicle sensors and the traffic and road condition signals, and classifies driving style based on the signals to classify the style of the driver driving the vehicle. The classification of the driver style can be provided for a level-1 combination that combines the classification results from different maneuver type classifiers for a single maneuver, a level-2 combination that combines the classification results from multiple maneuvers that are of the same type and a level-3 combination that combines the classification results from different types of characteristic maneuvers.01-28-2010
20100023181ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH DRIVING STYLE RECOGNITION BASED ON VEHICLE PASSING MANEUVERS - An adaptive vehicle control system that classifies a driver's driving style based on vehicle passing maneuvers. A process determines whether the vehicle has started a lane change from a first lane to a second lane as a first phase of the passing maneuver. If so, the process determines whether the lane change to the second lane has been completed as a second phase of the passing maneuver. If the lane change to the second lane has been completed, the process determines whether there has been a lane change back to the first lane to complete the passing maneuver as a third phase of the passing maneuver. Further, the process determines whether a time threshold has been exceeded after the passing maneuver is in a second phase, but no lane change back to the first lane has occurred.01-28-2010
20110218696VEHICLE OPERATING DEVICE - A vehicle operating device includes: a voice operation unit 09-08-2011
20090171515Control Device Module, Especially in or for a Motor Vehicle - A control device module for a motor vehicle includes a control device that has a closed housing in which a first internal pressure prevails, and at least one connecting device for coupling a connecting element of an electrical cable. A closed space is defined in the coupled state between the connecting device and the connecting element, in which closed space a second internal pressure prevails. The control device also includes a pressure compensating device for adapting the first and second internal pressures to an external pressure that acts on the control device module from outside.07-02-2009
20080319589METHOD FOR DETERMINING A TILT ANGLE OF A VEHICLE - A method for determining a tilt angle of a vehicle includes measuring accelerations of a vehicle in directions along a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis, and a vertical axis of the vehicle. A current tilt angle of the vehicle is calculated as a function of the measured accelerations. A magnitude-compensated tilt angle is calculated as a function of the current tilt angle, of a preceding tilt angle, and of the magnitude of the vector sum of the measured accelerations. A gyroscopically stabilized magnitude-compensated tilt angle is calculated as a function of the current tilt angle, of a preceding tilt angle, of the magnitude of the vector sum of the measured accelerations, and of a change in the tilt angle over a given time period calculated from angular rate data provided by a gyroscope.12-25-2008
20100152919VEHICLE MANAGEMENT AND MISSION MANAGEMENT COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE AND PACKAGING - A vehicle management and mission management computer architecture and packaging may include a first line replaceable unit and a second line replaceable unit. The first line replaceable unit may include a vehicle management system computer channel coupleable to a group including at least one mission related system and at least one vehicle system. The first line replaceable unit may also include a mission management system computer channel coupleable to the group including the at least one mission related system and the at least one vehicle system. The second line replaceable unit may include another vehicle management system computer channel coupleable to the group including the at least one mission related system and the at least one vehicle system. The second line replaceable unit may also include another mission management system computer channel coupleable to the group including the at least one mission related system and the at least one vehicle system.06-17-2010
20120041616Motor Vehicle - A motor vehicle, is provided with a plurality of operator control units which can be operated individually by an occupant in order to initiate functions of the motor vehicle, a plurality of display units that can be illuminated, and a display control logic unit. In response to operator activation of a first function associated with a second function in a specified operating sequence, a first display unit can be controlled in such a way that the first display unit displays a directional pointer in the spatial direction of a second operator control unit, which on being actuated can initiate the second function.02-16-2012
20110153116DETERMINING A STATUS OF ADHERENCE TO A TRAFFIC REGULATION - An indication of a traffic regulation, such as a speed limit, is transmitted to a vehicle. Equipment on the vehicle determines whether the vehicle is in adherence to the traffic regulation, and appropriate information and/or cues are provided to the driver of the vehicle. Cues can be audible, visual, mechanical (vibration), or a combination thereof. The equipment on the vehicle can be a stand alone receiver unit, a part of the vehicle, a mobile communications device, or a combination thereof.06-23-2011
20120310443ORIENTATION-BASED WIRELESS SENSING APPARATUS - An orientation-based wireless sensor includes a transmitter unit having a body housing a microprocessor, a transmitter, and an accelerometer for detecting the orientation of the transmitter unit relative to one-, two- or three-axis of the direction of the pull of earth's gravity. The transmitter body is mounted on a feature of a vehicle that it is desirable to monitor. The transmitter will transmit orientation data at predetermined time intervals to a receiver on the vehicle, which will in turn process the information, adding additional information, such as GPS location, and wirelessly send the data to a database that is available to a customer over the Internet12-06-2012
20120310442SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSISTING THE DRIVER OF A BIOMECHANICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE WHEEL - A system assists the driver of a biomechanically-driven vehicle comprising at least one wheel (R). The system includes a means (DET12-06-2012
20120310441VEHICLE OPERATING STATE DISPLAY DEVICE - An operating state display device for a vehicle includes a display portion that displays an energy transmission state of the vehicle. A display similar to what is shown when no energy is being transmitted to the axle is shown, regardless of the energy transmission state, when two conditions that the vehicle is stopped and that a brake operation is being performed are satisfied.12-06-2012
20110307119WEB PORTAL SYSTEM FOR MANAGING VEHICLE USAGE AND MOBILITY - A network including a web portal gathers, compiles and formats information on vehicle usage across a vehicle community. The vehicle community is comprised of a plurality of vehicles whose users and owners have joined the network and communicate through the web portal to allow gathering and accumulation of vehicle operation information for various uses including maintaining a record of vehicle operation and determining energy usage and environmental impact.12-15-2011
20110307122DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE DRIVING BEHAVIOR OF A VEHICLE WHEN APPROACHING A STOPPING POINT - A device is provided for controlling the driving behavior of a vehicle when approaching a stopping point with a sensing device, which determines the distance between the vehicle and the stopping point, and with an evaluation device which taking into account at least the current vehicle speed determines a rolling distance to the stopping point, which the vehicle will cover with disconnected operational connection between vehicle drive and the driven vehicle wheels. A signaling device, upon reaching of the rolling distance, generates a disconnection signal for disconnecting the operational connection.12-15-2011
20110307121ROAD-INSTALLED DRIVING SUPPORTING DEVICE, VEHICLE-MOUNTED DRIVING SUPPORTING DEVICE, AND DRIVING SUPPORTING SYSTEM - A vehicle-mounted driving supporting device 12-15-2011
20110307120METHOD FOR LOCATING THE LONGITUDINAL POSITION OF THE WHEELS OF A VEHICLE - A method for locating the longitudinal position, either on the front chassis or on the rear chassis of a vehicle, of wheels (12-15-2011
20090143923Arrangement and Method for Monitoring Shipping Containers - Arrangement for monitoring the weight of a shipping container includes a strain gage-based sensor system arranged to obtain information about the weight of a container and comprising one or more strain gage weight sensors for measuring weight at a mounting location, a wireless communication system arranged to receive the weight measured by the weight sensors and process the received weight into an indication of the weight of the shipping container or the weight of contents therein, and a wireless interrogator controlled by a processor to initiate a transmission of the weight measured by the weight sensors to the communication system.06-04-2009
20130197714METHOD FOR RECUPERATING KINETIC ENERGY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IN A OPTIMUM WAY IN TERMS OF ENERGY - So that kinetic energy of a motor vehicle is recuperated in an optimum way in terms of energy, after a target point for braking or initiation of braking by the motor vehicle driver during travel of the motor vehicle has been detected, an optimum braking distance is determined insofar as the energy which can be recuperated is concerned, and a signal for the vehicle driver is generated which informs the driver the form of the measure which he has to perform in order to brake the vehicle or during braking of the vehicle for braking to actually occur over the optimum braking distance and for kinetic energy to be recuperated in an optimum way. The method combines the calculation of optimum operating states with autonomy of the vehicle driver during braking.08-01-2013
20120065810In-Vehicle Electronic Control Device, Control Software and Development Tool for Control Software - There is provided means enabling effective selection of a method of combining software assets in the development of software that is hierarchized and segmented into components. Control software 03-15-2012
20120065811MAP DATA UPDATE SYSTEM, MAP DATA UPDATE METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING MAP DATA UPDATE PROGRAM - A map data update system includes a first storage portion that stores road network data that describes a road in terms of a connection relationship between a node and a link; an update portion that receives update data and updates the road network data based on the update data; a data obtaining portion that obtains additional data by a means that differs from a means that receives the update data; a second storage portion that stores the additional data including association information that indicates association between the additional data and the link; and a correcting portion that, when update processing of the road network data is executed by the update portion, the association information in the additional data that is associated with the link that is changed by the update processing.03-15-2012
20090069951METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE LOAD TRANSFERRED FROM A SEMI-TRAILER TO A FIRST AXLE OF A TOWING VEHICLE - A method and a system determine the load transferred from a semi-trailer to a first axle of a towing vehicle which has at least one further, second axle. The semi-trailer is partly supported by the towing vehicle at a “fifth wheel”. A first value representing the load transferred from the semi-trailer to the second axle is determined by a load sensor and a second value representing the position of the “fifth wheel” in relation to said axles are also determined. Based on these first and second values a value representing the load transferred from the semi-trailer to the first axle is calculated by a calculator. The calculation may be based on the equation L1*d1=L2*d2 or L1=L2*d2/d1.03-12-2009
20120046806SPECIFICATION INFORMATION ESTIMATING DEVICE AND VEHICLE - Disclosed is a specification information estimating device which estimates the steering gear ratio n of a vehicle. A specification information estimating device includes a steering angle sensor 02-23-2012
20120046804METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A DATA SET - Systems, methods, and stored coded instruction sets for reducing the amount of data captured, i.e., retained, by a computerized system, such as an aircraft flight control or monitoring system. Such systems can, for example, be used in monitoring and/or controlling the operation of one or more aircraft engines, flight controls, or other aircraft systems, in order to optimize storage required for collected data, and/or to reduce or otherwise control the time required to off-load captured data to another computer system, such as a land-based analysis system. The amount of data collected, e.g., captured or retained in memory, may be reduced by discarding data points that are within a specified tolerance of, for example, a previously observed or expected value in a manner which assists with preserving the accuracy and precision of the original measured data.02-23-2012
20120046803Apparatus for controlling speed of mobile object - In an obtainer for obtaining speed feeling of a driver of a movable object, a gaze point setter sets a gaze point of the driver, and a motion detector detects relative motion of an environmental field around the mobile object with respect to the mobile object. A divergent component calculator projects the relative motion of the environmental field in a coordinate system. The coordinate system is formed by modeling a retina sphere of the driver of the mobile object. The divergent calculator calculates each of divergent components of the projected relative motion of the environmental field radially expanding from the gaze point. A speed feeling calculator calculates speed feeling of the driver based on the divergent components of the projected relative motion of the environmental field radially expanding from the gaze point calculated by the divergent component calculator.02-23-2012
20120046802Apparatus for supporting drive of mobile object based on target locus thereof - In an apparatus for supporting drive of a mobile object, a curl component calculator projects relative motion of a environmental field in a coordinate system formed by modeling a retina sphere of a driver of the mobile object. The curl component calculator calculates each of rotational components of the projected relative motion of the environmental field around a corresponding driver's eye direction to the gaze point. A target trajectory setter sets, as a target trajectory of the mobile object, an equal-magnitude line connecting a part of the rotational components of the projected relative motion of the environmental field, the part of the rotational components having a same magnitude.02-23-2012
20120004790Method and System for Calculating and Reporting Slump in Delivery Vehicles - A system for managing a concrete delivery vehicle having a mixing drum 01-05-2012
20120209453IN-VEHICLE DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING CENTER, AND DRIVING EVALUATION SYSTEM - A check point calculation unit evaluates the driving of a driver in a travel segment where a host vehicle has traveled and extracts a check point where the driving evaluation does not meet a predetermined evaluation standard, thereby obtaining data representing a point in the travel segment where the driving evaluation is lowered. An advice generation unit provides maneuver support to the driver on the basis of the check point. When there is the check point in the traveling direction host vehicle, the advice generation unit provides maneuver support at the check point such that the driving evaluation by the check point calculation unit meets a predetermined evaluation standard, thereby improving the driving evaluation at the check point where the driving evaluation is low and improving the driving evaluation as a whole.08-16-2012
20120209451CONTROLLING VEHICLE OPERATIONS BASED ON OBJECT PRESENCE - Operation of a vehicle is controlled based on the presence of or absence of one or more identified foreign objects within one or more monitored zones about the vehicle. One or more transceivers receive information about the one or more foreign objects. Based on the received information and the one or more corresponding zones, one or more controllers identify a response, which may include notifying the user about the foreign object and/or generating a signal that inhibits the ignition from turning on. Controllers identify a response, which may include notifying a user about a present or absent object or generating a signal that inhibits the ignition from turning on.08-16-2012
20120010762INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - An information providing device for a vehicle is provided in which when the subject vehicle (VA) transmits to a base station (01-12-2012
20120065812VEHICLE CONTROLLER - Disclosed is a vehicle controller which can perform appropriate control even when an acceleration sensor is mounted in a movable portion of a vehicle. A vehicle controller includes an acceleration sensor attached to a cabin movable around a shaft, an open/closed state detection section which detects the open/closed state of the cabin, and a correction section which corrects the output value of the acceleration sensor. When the open/closed state detection section detects that the cabin is opened and then closed, the correction section performs correction. When the acceleration sensor is provided in the cabin serving as a movable portion, the inclination of the acceleration sensor may differ slightly before and after the cabin is opened. For this reason, when correction is constantly performed, a useless operation is performed, causing an increase in a control load. Therefore, correction is performed when the cabin is opened and then closed, such that the control load is reduced and accurate control is performed on the basis of the new inclination of the acceleration sensor.03-15-2012
20120022717TAXI USER EXTRACTION DEVICE, TAXI USER EXTRACTION METHOD, TRANSPORTATION USER EXTRACTION DEVICE, AND TRANSPORTATION USER EXTRACTION METHOD - In a taxi user extraction device, an automobile movement extraction unit creates line data of each user, using point data transmitted from mobile terminals, which is stored in a user location information storage unit, and probe data acquired by a probe information acquisition unit, and extracts first line data indicative of movement by automobile from the data. A taxi movement extraction unit extracts second line data, based on the probe data. A taxi use extraction unit extracts data agreeing with the second line data out of the first line data and stores the extracted data as third line data. A taxi using user extraction unit extracts an identifier of mobile terminal having formed the third line data.01-26-2012
20120022716MOVEMENT TRAJECTORY GENERATOR - A movement trajectory generator 01-26-2012
20120116607METHOD FOR LATERAL LOCALIZATION OF THE WHEELS OF A VEHICLE - Method for localization of the lateral position of the wheels of a vehicle equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. Each wheel of the vehicle includes an electronic unit fixed onto a rim of radius R. Each unit notably includes two accelerometers, disposed perpendicular to one another and one measuring a radial component F05-10-2012
20120116606RANGE DISPLAY APPARATUS - A range display apparatus includes a range calculator, an amount-of-consumption calculator, a remaining-amount-of-electricity calculator, a full-charge detector, an average mileage calculator, an instantaneous mileage calculator, a current possible range calculator, an instantaneous possible range calculator, a current total range calculator, an instantaneous total range calculator, a storage device, and a display. The current total range calculator is configured to calculate a current total range. The instantaneous total range calculator is configured to calculate an instantaneous total range. The storage device is configured to store the current total range calculated by the current total range calculator when the full-charge detector has detected a full charge as a past total range. The display is configured to display the current total range, the instantaneous total range, and the past total range.05-10-2012
20120123611SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING THE COMPONENTS OF A VEHICLE - A system for identifying a plurality of components of a vehicle that includes a plurality of non-volatile memories for storing identifiers associated with the plurality of vehicle components, a controller of the plurality of the vehicle components, a communication network configured for connecting the controller to the plurality of memories, and an identifiers memory including a portion to store a list of a plurality of type-approved identifiers associated with the plurality of type-approved vehicle components. The controller receives the identifiers, reads from the portion of the identifiers memory the list of type-approved identifiers, and checks if the identifiers of the plurality of components are included in the list of the type-approved identifiers, and when the controller detects that an identifier associated with a component out of the plurality of components is not included in the list, the controller blocks operation of the component.05-17-2012
20120123613DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE, DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed are a driving support device, a driving support method, and a program, which are capable of relieving driver's concern by making it possible to easily identify the travelling position of a vehicle in a lane. Specifically disclosed is a driving support device (05-17-2012
20120109412VEHICLE MOVEMENT CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE MOVEMENT CONTROL METHOD - A vehicle movement control apparatus for setting control requirement values for a plurality of control objects controlling movement of a vehicle, if control target values for movement of the vehicle are input, the apparatus includes: a first requirement value setting unit setting a first control requirement value for a first control object; a first estimating unit acquiring a first movement estimated value if the first control object is activated based on the first control requirement value; a calculating unit calculating an estimated delay amount which is a shortage amount generated based on response delay of the first control object; a second requirement value setting unit setting a second control requirement value for a second control object, based on the result of the calculation; and a second estimating unit acquiring a second movement estimated value if the second control object is activated based on the second control requirement value.05-03-2012
20120158209SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A GROUND SPEED OF A MACHINE - The disclosure describes, in one aspect, a method for determining a machine ground speed. The method includes determining a first speed from a position determining system, determining a direction the machine is traveling at the first speed, determining a machine rate of inclination, and determining a compensated ground speed as a function of the first speed and the machine rate of inclination.06-21-2012
20120158208INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE MOVING BODY - An inverted pendulum type moving body. The inverted pendulum type moving body includes: a vehicle body having a riding part on which a rider rides; a rotary body which is rotatably supported on the vehicle body; a rotary body drive unit which rotatably drives the rotary body; and a control device which controls the rotary body drive unit for allowing the inverted pendulum type moving body to travel in accordance with a traveling instruction while keeping a balance, wherein the inverted pendulum type moving body further includes an uncontrollable state detection unit for detecting a state where the control of the inverted pendulum type moving body by the rider is highly improbable, and the control device stops a traveling of the inverted pendulum type moving body when the uncontrollable state is detected based on information detected by the uncontrollable state detection unit.06-21-2012
20120158207VIRTUAL AMBIENT WEATHER CONDITION SENSING - A system for providing weather conditions includes a server in communication with a weather data provision service. The server includes a middleware application operable to process weather data requests. The system also includes a gps module, and at least one component control system, operable to adjust at least one parameter associated with at least one vehicle component. Finally, the illustrative system includes a vehicle computing system, in communication with the GPS module, the at least one component control system, and the server. In response to a request for data from the component control system, the vehicle computing system passes GPS data to the server, including the request for data, and the vehicle computing system responsively receives the requested data from the server. The vehicle computing system relays the received data to the component control system that requested the data.06-21-2012
20120072047ENHANCED ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY - Remote sensor units for a vehicle are described. An apparatus may comprise a satellite housing having an electrical connector interface portion, and an electrical connector disposed within the electrical connector interface portion of the satellite housing. The electrical connector may be arranged to conduct electrical signals for an electronic component having an electronic sensor operative to monitor conditions for a vehicle, the electrical connector comprising a capture portion at a first end and a pin portion at a second end, the capture portion having a pair of opposing mechanical contact elements arranged to receive at least one edge of the electronic component. Other embodiments are described and claimed.03-22-2012
20120072050Vehicle Control Device and Vehicle Control Method - A control device and method in which, even when a road deviation operation is performed continuously near a road boundary where sidewalk/road separating blocks are discontinuously lined up, discontinuity does not occur in the control input, and unwanted vehicle behavior does not occur. The sizes of obstacles present around a host vehicle, as well as their relative positions and relative speeds with respect to the host vehicle are detected 500. A pair to be linked is determined from among the plurality of detected obstacles 501. An obstacle link length that serves as a determination criterion for virtual linking is set 502. Whether or not to perform virtual linking is determined based on the determination criterion 503. A gap position interpolation process 504 is performed with respect to the pair for which it has been determined that virtual linking is to be performed. A search is performed as to whether or not there exists a control subject for which collision is to be avoided 505. A yaw moment for avoiding an obstacle is calculated based on position information of the avoidance control subject 506.03-22-2012
20120072049COMPUTER-SUPPORTED MONITORING OF AN ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION - A method and arrangement are configured for determination of the energy consumption of a transportation device per section of the route, in urban traffic, for example. In an embodiment, current energy consumption data is compared to reference data from a fleet of transportation devices. The result is visually conveyed to the driver to allow them an interpretation of the energy consumption and to provide motivation for energy-saving driving behavior. An evaluation of the energy consumption data relative to the route allows specific feedback, for example, that the driver has achieved an energy-saving best value for a section of the route. The gathered data can also be used to pay bonuses or to initiate training measures.03-22-2012
20120072048JUMPER CONNECTOR - A method and apparatus for jumping a pin connections in an electrical device are provided. The electrical device can be a vehicle having a data link connector that once mated with the apparatus, such a jumping connector that will jump at least two pin connections in the data link connector. The jumping connector can also have dip switches that be in the active or inactive state. In the active state, the dip switch will cause a connection to one of the pin connectors on the electrical device while the inactive state, the dip switch will not cause a connection to one of the pin connectors on the electrical device.03-22-2012
20120109417Methods, systems, and apparatuses for using a vehicle identification profile to determine whether a vehicle has been stolen - Provided are methods, systems, and apparatuses for determining driver behavior based on vehicle operating parameters, adjusting insurance premiums accordingly, and preventing fraudulent manipulation of the methods, systems, and apparatuses.05-03-2012
20120109416LATERAL MOTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - The lateral motion control apparatus calculates lateral motion control amounts for a plurality of control targets that operate cooperatively in order to change the lateral motion amount of the vehicle based on a target value for the lateral motion amount of the vehicle, and control the plurality of control targets based on the calculated lateral motion control amounts. Meanwhile, it is determined whether or not the control of the plurality of control targets is to be stopped. When it has been determined that the control of the plurality of control targets is to be stopped, lateral motion degeneration control amounts are determined for each of the plurality of control targets so that the lateral motion control amounts of the plurality of control targets degenerate starting at that time, and the plurality of control targets are controlled based on the determined lateral motion degeneration control amounts.05-03-2012
20120109415LATERAL MOTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - A lateral motion control apparatus for a vehicle includes a control stop determination unit that determines whether or not to stop the control for the control target by the control target control unit based on a steering operation amount inputted by a driver of the vehicle, and a degeneration control amount determination unit that determines a degeneration control amount for the control target such that the control amount for the control target degenerates after the time when the control stop determination unit has determined that the control for the control target is to be stopped. When the control stop determination unit has determined that the control for the control target is to be stopped, the control target control unit controls the control target based on the degeneration control amount determined by the degeneration control amount determination unit.05-03-2012
20120109414VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL PLATFORM BETWEEN APPLICATION AND CONTROLLED OBJECT - In a vehicle dynamic control platform arranged between a controlled object and an application, an availability obtainer obtains an availability corresponding to a controllable range of a second parameter of the controlled object, and outputs the availability of the second parameter of the controlled object to the application. The application is programmed to output the target value of the first parameter based on the availability of the second parameter of the controlled object. A comparator compares the target value of the first parameter with the availability of the second parameter when the target value of the first parameter is outputted from the application, and determines, based on a result of the comparison, whether to perform dynamic control of the vehicle by controlling the controlled object.05-03-2012
20120109411VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A vehicle dynamic control apparatus is designed to control a plurality of controlled objects based on a first parameter associated with a motion of a vehicle in a same direction to fulfill a request value of a second parameter associated with the motion of the vehicle in the same direction and outputted from a control requester. The vehicle dynamic control apparatus includes an availability obtainer configured to obtain an availability of the first parameter of each of the controlled objects, and to output the availability of the first parameter of each of the controlled objects to the control requester.05-03-2012
20120109408ELECTRICAL VEHICLE RANGE PREDICTION - A method for predicting the remaining travel distance of an electric vehicle. The method includes determining a useable battery energy value based on battery state-of-charge and battery capacity and a power value needed to heat or cool a vehicle cabin. The method determines an available battery energy value based on the useable battery energy value and an estimated energy value to provide the vehicle cabin heating or cooling, where the estimated energy value is determined using the power value. The method determines a recent energy used value based on an actual recent HVAC energy used value, a recent energy used value with no HVAC system loads and a recent energy used value with maximum HVAC system loads. The method determines a recent distance traveled value and determines the range by dividing the recent distance traveled value by the recent energy used value and multiplying by the available battery energy value.05-03-2012
20120109407POWER MANAGEMENT WITHIN A VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION NETWORK - Power management within a vehicle is achieved by maintaining individual and/or power island power saving options for each of a plurality of devices coupled to a vehicular communication network of the vehicle. Upon determining that power savings should be enabled for a device, at least one of the power saving options for the device is selected and applied.05-03-2012
20120158211SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLECTING INFORMATION FROM VEHICLE DEVICES VIA A VEHICLE DATA BUS - Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention continuously collect information from vehicle devices via a vehicle data bus, store information in a database, and retrieve information from the database in response to requests from remote devices. One embodiment includes a vehicle position determining device, a wireless communications device, and a controller apart from at least one operable vehicle device, connected to the vehicle data bus so that the vehicle data bus extends from said controller to at least one operable vehicle device. Additionally, the controller is configured to query at least one vehicle device via the vehicle data bus and store information provided by at least one vehicle device in a database, receive requests for information from a remote device via the wireless communications device, query the database for the requested information, and send the requested information to the remote device via the wireless communications device.06-21-2012
20120158212INTELLIGENT DATA CENTER BASED ON SERVICE PLATFORM FOR VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICES - The present invention provides a intelligent data center based on a service platform for vehicle-mounted devices, including: a static data storage unit, adapted for storing static data relating to a vehicle-mounted device; a static data processing unit, adapted for processing the static data stored in the static data storage unit; a dynamic data storage unit, adapted for storing dynamic data which are relating to the vehicle-mounted device and acquired by the service platform for vehicle-mounted devices; and a data analysis unit, adapted for analyzing the static data and the dynamic data. The intelligent data center can provide a wide variety of services for the vehicle-mounted device through the service platform.06-21-2012
20120158210Onboard Information System With Antenna For Receiving Satellite-Based Geoposition Data - An onboard information system having an antenna for receiving satellite-based geoposition data. The onboard information system includes a housing that can be installed in a vehicle interior and a module for processing satellite-based geoposition data. The antenna for receiving satellite-based geoposition data is arranged on the housing such that in the installed state a reception direction of the antenna points toward the vehicle interior. The onboard information system can be used particularly in a vehicle as a tachograph, preferably as a digital tachograph, and/or toll collection appliance.06-21-2012
20110066303DETERMINING SYSTEM FOR LOCALIZATION METHODS COMBINATION - A determining system for localization methods combination which determines a combination of a plurality of localization methods used in a vehicle includes: a unit that stores therein a localization accuracy influence parameter which is determined for each position in a travel environment; a unit that stores therein a relation between the localization accuracy influence parameter and a localization accuracy of each of a plurality of the localization methods; a unit that stores therein correspondence information between the localization accuracy influence parameter and each of the localization methods; a unit that acquires the localization accuracy influence parameter in the travel environment; and a unit that acquires the correspondence information on the localization accuracy influence parameter, references the relation based on the correspondence information, and thereby predicts a localization accuracy of each of the localization methods at each position in the travel environment.03-17-2011
20110106335MICROCONTROLLER, CONTROL SYSTEM AND DESIGN METHOD OF MICROCONTROLLER - Two data processing units having the same function, one of which is used for a master and the other for comparison, are provided, control of a circuit unit is performed by the master, the master data processing unit and the circuit unit are operated in synchronization with a first clock signal, the second data processing unit is operated in synchronization with a second clock signal having the same cycle and different phase from the first clock signal, and processing results of both the data processing units are compared in a comparison circuit. Flip flops are disposed on a signal path from the circuit unit to the comparison data processing unit and on a signal path from the master data processing unit to the comparator, and both the first and second clock signals are used for latch clocks of the flip flops in accordance with input signals thereof.05-05-2011
20110106334VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR ADVISING DRIVER OF SAME - A method for advising a driver of a vehicle may include monitoring driver torque requests, establishing categories of driver behavior based on a history of driver torque requests and associated rates of change thereof, categorizing current driver behavior into one of the established categories based on current driver torque requests and associated rates of change thereof, and initiating an alert for the driver if the categorization is of a particular type.05-05-2011
20110106333INTERFACE IN A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGING DATA - A method and system provide an interface in a vehicle for connecting to a mobile computing device for exchanging data between the interface and the mobile computing device, the interface being connected to a vehicle data bus for exchanging data with at least one vehicle system. The data exchange between the mobile computing device and the interface occurs according to a first data protocol and the data exchange between the interface and the at least one vehicle system occurs according to a second data protocol that differs from the first data protocol.05-05-2011
20100094481High Integrity Coordination System for Multiple Off-Road Vehicles - The illustrative embodiments provide a method and apparatus for controlling and coordinating multiple vehicles. In one illustrative embodiment, machine behaviors are assigned to multiple vehicles performing a task. The vehicles are coordinated to perform the task using the assigned behaviors and a number of signals received from other vehicles and the environment during performance of the task. In another illustrative embodiment, a role is identified for each vehicle in a group of vehicles. A number of machine behaviors are assigned to each vehicle depending upon the identified role for the vehicle. The machine behaviors are selected from coordinating machine behaviors stored in a behavior library. Each vehicle is then coordinated to perform the task according to the role and machine behaviors assigned.04-15-2010
20090132099Vehicle with on-board overweight and obesity preventing system and method - A motor vehicle and a method of operating same, including an on-board vehicle microcomputer having a memory, and a display connected to the microcomputer. An on-board weighing apparatus located in the vehicle is adapted to weigh a person in the vehicle and provide an input to the on-board vehicle microcomputer of the weight of the person from time to time, whereby a weight trend can be analyzed for the person and overweight or obesity condition of the person that may develop in a short period of time, if any, will be forecasted and information of such weight trends provided to a health care professional to prevent it.05-21-2009
20120123612APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CALCULATING A WHEEL SPEED BY USING A TIRE FORCE SENSOR AND CHASSIS CONTROL SYSTEM USING THE SAME - An apparatus for calculating a wheel speed is described herein which includes a tire force sensor, a time measurement unit, an angular velocity calculation unit and a wheel speed calculation unit. The tire force sensor outputs a signal in accordance with an amount of modification of a bearing. The time measurement unit measures a time interval between peak values of the signal output from the tire force sensor. The angular velocity calculation unit calculates an angular velocity by dividing an angle between balls positioned within the bearing by the time interval measured by the time measurement unit. The wheel speed calculation unit calculates the wheel speed by multiplying a distance from a center of the bearing to a center of the ball by the angular velocity calculated by the angular velocity calculation unit.05-17-2012
20100250021Driver Risk Assessment System and Method Having Calibrating Automatic Event Scoring - The system and method provides robust and reliable event scoring and reporting, while also optimizing data transmission bandwidth. The system includes onboard vehicular driving event detectors that record data related to detected driving events, selectively store or transfer data related to said detected driving events. If elected, the onboard vehicular system will score a detected driving event, compare the local score to historical values previously stored within the onboard system, and upload selective data or data types to a remote server or user if the system concludes that a serious driving event has occurred. Importantly, the onboard event scoring system, if enabled, will continuously evolve and improve in its reliability by being periodically re-calibrated the ongoing reliability results of manual human review of automated predictive event reports. The system may further respond to independent user requests by transferring select data to said user at a variety of locations and formats.09-30-2010
20120083943METHOD AND MODULE FOR DETERMINING OF REFERENCE VALUES FOR A VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - A method for determining set-point values for a vehicle's control systems having the steps of: determining a horizon by means of position data and map data of an itinerary made up of route segments with at least one characteristic for each segment; calculating threshold values for at least one characteristic of segments according to one or more vehicle-specific values, which threshold values serve as boundaries for assigning segments to various categories; comparing the at least one characteristic of each segment with the calculated threshold values and placing each segment within the horizon in a category according to the results of the comparisons; calculating set-point values for the vehicle's control systems across the horizon according to rules pertaining to the categories in which segments within the horizon are placed; regulating the vehicle according to the set-point values. Also a module adapted to determining set-point values for a control system in the vehicle.04-05-2012
20120083942METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RISK PREDICTION FOR A SUPPORT ACTUATION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a method and system for risk prediction for a support actuation system. The present invention includes a support actuation system for an automobile having a support actuation module and/or a risk prediction system. The risk prediction system includes a sensor, a processor, and/or a memory. The sensor detects images corresponding to identity data, environment data, event data, and/or behavior data, which are stored in the memory. The memory also stores a database including identities of users, environment risk values, event risk values, and/or behavior risk values. Using the identity data, the environment data, the event data, and/or the behavior data, the processor determines the environment risk value, the event risk value, the behavior risk value, and/or the total risk value for a user. When the total risk value is above a predetermined risk threshold, the support actuation module performs support actuation.04-05-2012
20120221168REDUNDANT LANE SENSING SYSTEMS FOR FAULT-TOLERANT VEHICULAR LATERAL CONTROLLER - A vehicle lateral control system includes a lane marker module configured to determine a heading and displacement of a vehicle in response to images received from a secondary sensing device, a lane information fusion module configured to generate vehicle and lane information in response to data received from heterogeneous vehicle sensors and a lane controller configured to generate a collision free vehicle path in response to the vehicle and lane information from the lane information fusion module and an object map.08-30-2012
20120166016 Tracking System Device and Method - An aircraft monitoring system comprising a computer system and a receiver for receiving tracking data from a tracking device associated with an aircraft, the monitoring system having a passive tracking mode in which the computer system is configured to receive tracking data and an active tracking mode in which the computer system is configured to determine a condition indicative of an aircraft incident based on the absence of received tracking data. The monitoring system is automatically triggered into the active tracking mode when a signal is received from the aircraft indicating the aircraft has taken-off.06-28-2012
20120221172Multi-Vehicle High Integrity Perception - The illustrative embodiments provide a method for processing sensor data and controlling the movement of a vehicle. In one illustrative embodiment, a vehicle having a plurality of sensors attempts to receive sensor data. In response to an inability of the vehicle to obtain needed sensor data, collected sensor data is requested from a plurality of other vehicles to form alternate sensor data. The alternate sensor data is received and the vehicle is controlled using the alternate sensor data. In another illustrative embodiment, a request is received at a first vehicle for sensor data from a different vehicle. Sensor data is collected from a plurality of sensors at the first vehicle. The sensor data is then sent to the different vehicle.08-30-2012
20120221170Driving Evaluation Method - Disclosed is a driving evaluation method capable of properly evaluating an efficient driving mode corresponding to road conditions by way of using energy efficiency as a main perspective of evaluation. The driving evaluation method, on the basis of motion data (S08-30-2012
20120221169SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CELL PHONE RESTRICTION - In at least one embodiment, a vehicle system comprising a vehicle communication module is provided. The vehicle communication module is configured to receive first global positioning system (GPS) data indicative of a location of a vehicle and to receive a first signal indicative of the vehicle being in a drive state. The vehicle communication module is further configured to transmit the first GPS data to an occupant communication device (OCD) in response to the first signal to restrict at least a portion of the operation of the OCD and to reduce power consumption of the OCD.08-30-2012
20120166019System and Method for Area Coverage Using Sector Decomposition - The different illustrative embodiments provide a method for generating an area coverage path plan using sector decomposition. A starting point is identified on a worksite map having a number of landmarks. A first landmark in the number of landmarks is identified. A path is generated around the first landmark until an obstacle is detected. In response to detecting the obstacle, the path is made linear to a next landmark. The path is generated around the next landmark.06-28-2012
20120166020POWER DRIVEN WHEELCHAIR - A power driven wheelchair and a method for operating same are provided. In one embodiment, the power driven wheelchair includes a system controller with a main controller, a storage device, and at least one input device, a motor assembly, and a common bus. The motor assembly may include a drive motor, a local controller, and a sensor sensing a condition associated with the drive motor and in communication with the local controller. In another embodiment, the power driven wheelchair includes the system controller, an actuator assembly, and the common bus. The actuator assembly may include an actuator mechanism, a local controller, and a sensor sensing a condition associated with the actuator mechanism and in communication with the local controller. Multiple embodiments of the method are related to controlling various arrangements of motor assemblies or actuator assemblies.06-28-2012
20120166018Method for data communication between a vehicle and fuel pump - A method for data communication between a vehicle and fuel pump includes storing vehicle operating data on an onboard recorder in the vehicle, and transmitting the vehicle operating data from the onboard recorder to the fuel pump. The vehicle operating data includes vehicle identification information.06-28-2012
20120166017VEHICLE DRIVING ASSISTANT AND VEHICLE DRIVING ASSISTING METHOD - An overtaking state is detected which is at least one of a first state where an own vehicle (MM) is overtaking an obstacle (SM) in a posterolateral direction of the own vehicle (MM) and a second state where the own vehicle (MM) is estimated to overtake the obstacle (SM). In the implementation of an obstacle access prevention control for preventing the own vehicle (MM) from accessing the obstacle (SM) present in the posterolateral direction of the own vehicle (MM), when a determination that the overtaking state is established is made based on the detecting, the obstacle access prevention control with respect to the obstacle (SM) is suppressed compared with when the determination that the overtaking state is established is not made.06-28-2012
20120316699VEHICLE DRIVER ADVISORY SYSTEM AND METHOD - An automotive vehicle may include at least one controller configured to monitor a plurality of parameters representing a driver's dynamic control of the vehicle and to establish a reference range based on values of the monitored parameters during a first time period. The at least one controller may be further configured to detect a change in driver behavior condition when, during a second time period, a parameter derived from the monitored parameters falls outside of the reference range, and in response to detecting the change in driver behavior condition, to alter a response of the vehicle to driver inputs or to generate output representing a recommendation to alter a response of the vehicle to driver inputs.12-13-2012
20120316700DATA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING DATA IN A VEHICLE - A data distribution system for a vehicle includes a data distributor module that is communicatively coupled with a data acquisition module that obtains values of available data parameters related to operation of the vehicle, a service module that provides functions for the vehicle based on the values, and a memory. The data distributor module receives a request list from the service module that includes one or more requested data parameters of the available data parameters. The data acquisition module stores the values of the requested data parameters in the memory. The data distributor module retrieves the values of one or more of the requested data parameters from the memory and communicates the values that are retrieved to the service module for the service module to use the values that are retrieved to provide the functions for the vehicle.12-13-2012
20120215376METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING PROTECTION LIMITS WITH INTEGRATED EXTRAPOLATION OVER A GIVEN TIME HORIZON - The invention relates to a method for determining protection limits at a future moment associated with navigation states of a hearer, including the steps of: estimating the navigation states of the bearer at the present moment, developing a statistic model of the estimation errors of navigation states of the bearer at the present moment in the form of a covariance matrix, extrapolating, for a future moment, the statistical model of the estimation errors, calculating protection limits at the future moment from the extrapolated statistical model, wherein the extrapolation of the statistical model of the estimation errors implements the application of a constant and positive transition matrix to a standard deviation vector constructed from the square root of the elements of the diagonal of the covariance matrix, in order to propagate, up to the future moment, the standard deviations of the navigation states developed at the present moment. The invention also relates to a navigation system configured to implement the method.08-23-2012
20120215375SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING DRIVING SKILL ATROPHY - A system for preventing driving skill atrophy comprises a trainer module that determines the driver's current skill level, disables certain automated features based on the determined skill level, and forces the driver to use and hone her driving skills. The system collects data to determine through on-board vehicle sensors how a driver is driving the vehicle. The system then compares the driver's current driving skills with the driver's historical driving skills or the general population's driving skills. Based on the comparison, the system determines whether the driver's skill level is stagnant, improving or deteriorating. If the skill level is improving, for example, the system disables certain automated driving features to give driver more control of the vehicle.08-23-2012
20120136505GUIDING APPARATUS, GUIDING METHOD, AND GUIDING PROGRAM PRODUCT - In a guiding method, an object of interest existing in a vicinity of a guidance point, at which a driver of a vehicle needs guidance, on a travel path of the vehicle is retrieved. A recognizable range the driver will have is estimated based on at least one of (a) time required to provide guidance with respect to the object of interest and (b) time required for the driver to visually check the object of interest after receiving the guidance. The guidance with respect to the object of interest is provided when the object of interest exists in the estimated recognizable range.05-31-2012
20120136504METHOD FOR DRIVING A GROUP OF VEHICLE MEMBERS ON THE BASIS OF DRIVING SITUATIONS, AND CORRESPONDING DEVICE - A driving method considering driving situations using at least one effective control signal of a member or group of members of an automobile, the method: making an arbitration between different control strategies each corresponding to a driving context, each control strategy being marked with an identifier continuously calculating an optimal control signal corresponding to each of the strategies; continuously transmitting a value representative of the identifier of the selected strategy; detecting if a strategy identifier change has occurred; when a change is detected, generating a time function x(t) increasing from 0 to 1 over a finite time interval starting when the strategy change has been detected; when a strategy identifier change has been detected, transmitting, during at least one time interval following the identifier change, an effective control signal which is the sum of the optimal signal of the control strategy following the last identifier change weighed by the value x(t) and of the optimal signal of the control strategy preceding the last identifier change weighed by the value (1−x(t)).05-31-2012
20120136503Methods and Apparatus for Activating Applications - A computer-implemented method of application control includes receiving a list of applications available on a wireless device in communication with a vehicle computing system (VCS). The method also includes storing a list of applications, including triggers associated with one or more of the applications, in a local memory. The method further includes monitoring, via the VCS, one or more vehicle sensors or other input mechanisms for a state which corresponds to a trigger. This method also includes comparing, via the VCS, the trigger to the triggers associated with one or more of the applications upon detection of a state which corresponds to a trigger. Finally, the method includes recommending at least one application having an associated trigger that is the same as the trigger to which the state corresponds for activation, via the VCS.05-31-2012
20110184589METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MODIFYING OPERATION ACCORDING TO DETECTED ORIENTATION - An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) mountable within a vehicle receives input power and produces a first output in response to the received input power even in the absence of the input power. A detector is coupled to the UPS and detects a situation parameter associated with the vehicle and/or the UPS. The detected situation parameter is either an incline angle relative to a reference plane, an applied force, an acceleration or a vibration. The first output of the UPS is then modified as a function of the detected situation parameter with respect to either a threshold value or a range of values.07-28-2011
20110184588SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AND DETECTING SPEED - A system for determining instances when a vehicle's indicated speed exceeds a governing speed includes a receiver to receive information from which a vehicle's location envelope, indicated direction of travel, and indicated speed can be derived, and a processor. The processer is configured to ascertain a location envelope in which the vehicle is located, an indicated speed of the vehicle, and a direction of travel of the vehicle at a sample time. It is also configured to select the governing speed for the vehicle at the sample time, which includes ascertaining possible road segments with at least a portion within the location envelope, eliminating road segments with a road segment direction of travel inconsistent with the indicated direction of travel, and selecting as the governing speed a speed associated with a remaining road segment. The processor will then determine if the indicated speed exceeds the governing speed.07-28-2011
20120253550DETERMINING SPEED PARAMETERS IN A GEOGRAPHIC AREA - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for assigning parameters to a geographic area, wherein the parameters may be used to associate a speed limit with the geographic area. For example, in one embodiment, a geofenced area that comprises one or more street segments is identified. Additionally, speed data associated with one of more of the street segments is received. After receiving the speed data, a speed limit is determined for one or more of the street segments and associated with one or more of the street segments.10-04-2012
20120253551Systems and Methods for Providing Telematic Services to Vehicles - A method for providing abstraction in a telematics system provides a telematics system with components, the components including a translator that converts messages received from a vehicle into a canonical form and an adapter that converts data received from an external source into a canonical equivalent. The translator interprets the received messages and routes the received messages to a correct component of the telematics system. The adapter is operable to allow a content services subsystem to deliver the received data.10-04-2012
20120253546CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING DRIVE FORCE THAT ACTS ON VEHICLE - A control device for controlling a drive force that acts on a vehicle includes a first controller for controlling the drive force, and a second controller for sending to the first control means a limit of the drive force. The second controller has an input unit for inputting the drive force outputted from the first controller, and a calculation unit for calculating a limiting drive force for limiting the drive force. In the case that a first value obtained by subtracting the drive force from the limiting drive force is equal to or greater than a threshold value, the calculation unit outputs a second value that is greater than the limiting drive force.10-04-2012
20120173043CONTROL DEVICE OF INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE - To provide a control device of an inverted pendulum type vehicle capable of making an occupant perform boarding action or dismounting action easily. A traveling motion unit controlling element 07-05-2012
20120173044Software Architecture for Developing In-Vehicle Software Applications - According to one embodiment of the present invention, a software architecture encoded on a computer readable medium is disclosed. The software architecture can be utilized for developing in-vehicle software applications for installation and execution on an in-vehicle computer system. The software architecture includes a number of vehicle application program interfaces (APIs) for accessing vehicles systems or data and for developing in-vehicle software applications; and a number of policy restrictions underlying the vehicle APIs for restricting the level of access to vehicle systems and data while the in-vehicle software application is being developed.07-05-2012
20120173042CONTROL DEVICE OF INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE - A control device of an inverted pendulum type vehicle capable of easily performing a circling movement of the vehicle, without requiring complex maneuvering operation. A control unit 07-05-2012
20120173039DEVICE FOR ESTIMATING TURNING CHARACTERISTIC OF VEHICLE - The device calculates a transient yaw rate of the vehicle on the basis of a standard yaw rate of the vehicle using an estimated value of a time constant coefficient of steering response, and adjusts the estimated value of a time constant coefficient of steering response on the basis of the relationship between a transient yaw rate of the vehicle and an actual yaw rate of the vehicle so that a transient yaw rate of the vehicle approaches an actual yaw rate of the vehicle.07-05-2012
20120173041CONTROL DEVICE OF INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE - Provided is a control device of an inverted pendulum type vehicle capable of moving the vehicle toward a desired direction easily. In the inverted pendulum type vehicle 07-05-2012
20120253549MONITORING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An apparatus for monitoring one or more target objects in an environment external to a host vehicle by means of at least one sensor, the apparatus being arranged to trigger at least one action responsive to the detection of prescribed relative movement between the host vehicle and the one or more target objects. The apparatus is arranged to determine whether the at least one sensor is correctly aligned with respect to the host vehicle whereby, when the apparatus commences monitoring of the environment, the apparatus is arranged not to trigger the at least one action until the apparatus has determined that the at least one sensor is correctly aligned.10-04-2012
20100049375VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE - A vehicle including a vehicle behavior control device in an ECU. The vehicle behavior control device obtains a line of sight direction of the driver of the vehicle by a line of sight detecting sensor for detecting the line of sight of the driver from an eye movement of the driver. The vehicle behavior control device decides a targeted traveling direction of the vehicle based on the obtained line of sight direction of the driver. Then, the vehicle behavior control device controls a rear wheel steering device such that a front-rear direction of the vehicle faces the targeted traveling direction of the vehicle.02-25-2010
20100049374FOLLOWER VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORWARD AND REVERSE CONVOY MOVEMENT - A vehicle control system for causing a follower vehicle to follow a leader may have a tether system mounted to the follower vehicle. The tether system may include a tether having an end adopted to be attached to the leader, a length sensor, and an angle sensor. A path tracking system operatively associated with the tether system determines a path traveled by the leader. A path control system operatively associated with the path tracking system and the follower vehicle causes the follower vehicle to follow the path traveled by the leader. A spacing control system operatively associated with the path tracking system and the follower vehicle causes the follower vehicle to maintain a predetermined spacing between the follower vehicle and the leader.02-25-2010
20100049373METHOD FOR MODULAR SOFTWARE REMOVAL - A method of managing a code module that generates output information for a computer system is provided. The method comprises searching for the output information in the computer system, if the output information is not detected by the searching step, executing the code module, generating the output information in response to executing the code module, and removing the code module from the computer system in response to generating the output information.02-25-2010
20100274411DRUNK DRIVING PREVENTION APPARATUS - Disclosed is a drunk driving prevention apparatus which reliably prevents drunk driving while permitting the release of control for restraining vehicle travel at an appropriate timing. A drunk driving prevention apparatus 10-28-2010
20120179304DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING ERRONEOUS APPLICATION OF ACCELERATOR RATHER THAN BRAKE - A determination apparatus is provided which is installed in a vehicle. A longitudinal acceleration calculation unit obtains acceleration applied in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, removes an acceleration component corresponding to gravity from the acceleration, and regards the resultant value as longitudinal acceleration. A selection unit selects criteria data, when considering a first case where the absolute value of the longitudinal acceleration is a first value and a second case where the absolute value is a second value larger than the first value, so that a range of accelerator-opening variation by which occurrence of an erroneous application of the accelerator is determined or a range of accelerator-opening by which the occurrence is determined in the second case becomes larger than that in the first case. A determination unit determines the occurrence by applying the current variation in the accelerator-opening or the current accelerator-opening to the selected criteria data.07-12-2012
20100010690Radio Communication System for Controlling a Vehicle - A radio control system for controlling a vehicle includes a transmission node for transmitting vehicle control data, the vehicle control data including at least one of a measured value of a vehicle state or a driver's manipulated variable and a control target value of a control actuator in the vehicle, a reception node for receiving the vehicle control data, and a plurality of radio communication routes between the transmission node and the reception node. A radio communication route that satisfies communication limit time of transmission data including the vehicle control data and satisfies lowest required reliability of the transmission data is selected from among the radio communication routes.01-14-2010
20100010689DRUNKEN DRIVING PREVENTION DEVICE, DRUNKEN DRIVING PREVENTION METHOD, AND DRUNKEN DRIVING PREVENTION PROGRAM - A drunken driving prevention device having an alcohol sensor and being mounted on a vehicle including an automobile includes a judging element for judging whether inspection for detecting alcohol via the alcohol sensor should be performed or not based on predetermined conditions when the vehicle is started. The drunken driving prevention device further includes an element for performing the inspection via the alcohol sensor when the judging element judges to perform inspection, and a control element for disabling operation of the vehicle if alcohol is detected as a result of the inspection.01-14-2010
20100268400IN-VEHICLE EQUIPMENT SYSTEM - Front-mounted in-vehicle equipment arranged to a front part of a vehicle internal space, rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment arranged to a rear part of the vehicle internal space, and a connection adapted to connect the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment and the rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment is described. Rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment controls the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment via a keyboard or game controller, thereby allowing a passenger to control the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment in a straightforward manner from the rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment instead of the driver operating the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment. The rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment can be denied access to overwriting information related to music data in the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment.10-21-2010
20120253547CONTROL SOFTWARE WITH PROGRAMMABLE ARRAYS THAT ARE CONFIGURABLE FOR VEHICLES HAVING DIFFERENT PROPULSION SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS - A method is provided for creating custom control software for a particular propulsion system configuration. Generic control software is provided that is configurable for use with a plurality of different propulsion system configurations. The generic control software is generically designed to control each of the different propulsion systems regardless of their different propulsion system configurations. The generic control software comprises a plurality of programmable arrays (or configuration tables). Information that characterizes a particular propulsion system configuration of the plurality of different propulsion system configurations is input into the programmable arrays to configure the generic control software into custom control software that is customized for use and designed to operate with the particular propulsion system configuration. The generic control software is configured into the custom control software that is applicable to and customized for use with the particular propulsion system configuration only after being programmed with the information that characterizes the particular propulsion system configuration.10-04-2012
20120253548SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEGMENTING OPERATIONAL DATA - Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to an efficiency management system configured for evaluating various operational efficiencies based on operational data. In certain embodiments, the efficiency management system is adapted for use as a vehicle fleet management system and configured for receiving operational data from a fleet of vehicles and vehicle operators, and for segmenting the received operational data into a plurality of activity segments. Various embodiments of the vehicle fleet management system may also be further configured for generating a graphical representation of the identified activity segments.10-04-2012
20120221171DRIVER STATE ASSESSMENT DEVICE - A driver state assessment device is provided in which when driver model identification means (M08-30-2012
20120226392DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS AND DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD - A driving support detects for a lane dividing line on a road surface which is travelled upon, by using an image which is taken by a camera and which represents the road surface which is traveled upon and is in front of a vehicle, sets a virtual lane dividing line in a section in which no lane dividing line is drawn, performs a driving support by controlling the vehicle based on the lane dividing line and the virtual lane dividing line, and issues a warning when the vehicle deviates from the virtual lane dividing line. Further, the driving support detects a state of the vehicle, calculates information indicating the state as vehicle information, cancels the driving support when the vehicle information satisfies a predetermined cancel condition, and inhibits the warning when the driving support is canceled.09-06-2012
20120226391VEHICLE ROUTE CALCULATION - This disclosure describes vehicle route calculation methods including “fitting” route segments between locations reported by a vehicle at different times along a route to create an overall “fitted” route. In certain embodiments, a vehicle management system generates a vehicle management user interface that displays the “fitted” route overlaid on a map. The “fitted” route can provide more useful tracking information to an administrator compared to simply displaying direct routes between known route stops.09-06-2012
20120226390HISTORY TIMELINE DISPLAY FOR VEHICLE FLEET MANAGEMENT - A vehicle management system can generate a vehicle management user interface that depicts vehicle history information in timelines or graphical timelines. These history timelines can include information regarding vehicle location, speed, and idling, among other useful information. The graphical nature of the history timelines can quickly convey vehicle tracking details and potential problems, such as idling and congregation, to an administrator. Further, history timelines for multiple vehicles can be displayed in parallel, allowing comparison between histories for different vehicles.09-06-2012
20120259479RIDER CHARACTERISTIC DETERMINING APPARATUS, AND A SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME - A rider characteristic determining apparatus capable of determining characteristics of a rider controlling a saddle riding type vehicle, and a saddle riding type vehicle including the same, are configured such that the rider's characteristics are determined from a turning movement of the saddle riding type vehicle which reflects results of the rider controlling the saddle riding type vehicle. This enables a stable characteristic determination regardless of individual operation or control by the rider. Further, a turning performance score of the vehicle is calculated based on at least one of vehicle state amounts of a roll direction, a pitch direction and a caster angle which influence the steering angle of the saddle riding type vehicle. This enables a proper evaluation of the turning characteristic of the saddle riding type vehicle.10-11-2012
20090018710DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING EQUIPMENT - The disclosed embodiments concerns a device and method for controlling equipment having a plurality of subassemblies and provided with a storage unit storing at least one set of information relating to the subassemblies, a connection being used for extracting the set of coded information.01-15-2009
20090018709Operator Control System for a Vehicle - The invention relates to an operator control system (01-15-2009
20080300733METHOD OF ALIGNING A SWIVELABLE VEHICLE SENSOR - A method of aligning a vehicle sensor is provided. The sensor is arranged on a motor vehicle and is swivelable about at least one axis in the direction of an attention angle determined as a function of the actual driving situation. The presence of a traffic route leading into the probable driving route of the motor vehicle is detected, and the attention angle is selected such that the receiving range of the vehicle sensor resulting from the alignment in the direction of the attention angle at least partially contains the traffic route leading into the probable driving route of the motor vehicle.12-04-2008
20080300732Bus Communication Management in a Motor Vehicle with a Plurality of Control Devices Linked by a Bus and Method of Controlling the Bus Communication Management - An apparatus for a motor vehicle includes a first control device, a plurality of second control devices, and a bus system that links the control devices. Wherewith an activity of the control devices is dependent on communication between the control devices which is transmitted via the bus system. The apparatus is distinguished in that the first control device is configured such as to deny communication to (or via) the bus system under prescribed conditions, and the second control devices are configured to cancel (interrupt) a communication to (or via) the bus system if the first control device denies the communication. Additionally, a method is disclosed wherein the apparatus is operated in the described manner.12-04-2008
20080300731Vehicle-running-state display method - The present invention has an object of providing a vehicle-running-state display method capable of easily displaying a running state of a vehicle. The invention provides a vehicle-running-state display method, including the steps of obtaining position information, time information, speed information, and acceleration information of a vehicle, detecting a special state of the vehicle, based on the position information, the time information, the speed information, or the acceleration information, displaying a track of the vehicle on a map screen, based on the position information and the time information, and displaying the detected special state of the vehicle, on the map screen on which the track is displayed.12-04-2008
20080300730Roller-ball roller coaster - A novel roller coaster comprising a spherical, rotating rider-enclosure, wherein the roller coaster is transported along or within a track configured to transport the coaster, while converting coaster kinetic energy from potential energy and back. The rider is subjected to accelerations resulting from the coaster's transport, among which are rotational accelerations resulting from the rider enclosure. In a preferred embodiment, the coaster comprises a transport mechanism, the transport mechanism engaging and following a track. The spherical enclosure further includes a gimbal arrangement having a gyroscope, the gimbal arrangement supported by the transport mechanism. The gimbal arrangement contains at least one seat carrying a rider, and the motion of the rider is determined by the gyroscope that is controlled by a computer within the coaster. Therefore the motion of the rider is determined by the path of the transport mechanism and the rotation of the rider compartment under the computer controlled gyroscope. The spherical enclosure may roll within a track or the spherical enclosure may be attached to and carried by a traditional roller coaster conveyance.12-04-2008
20110004359Method and apparatus for determining a signal offset of a pitch rate sensor - In order to determine a signal offset (OFF_SIG) of a pitch rate sensor of a vehicle (01-06-2011
20100023180ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH DRIVING STYLE RECOGNITION BASED ON LANE-CHANGE MANEUVERS - An adaptive vehicle control system that classifies a driver's driving style based on lane-change maneuvers. A maneuver identification classification process reads sensor signals for vehicle speed, vehicle yaw rate and vehicle heading angle. The process determines if the vehicle is turning based on whether the yaw rate signal is greater than a yaw rate threshold and whether the heading angle is greater than a heading angle threshold. The process then determines whether the maneuver is an ordinary curve-handling maneuver or a lane-change maneuver by determining whether the yaw rate signal is greater than another yaw rate threshold, the difference between the heading angle and an initial heading angle is greater than another heading angle threshold and the lateral deviation is greater than a lateral deviation threshold. If the curve-handling maneuver is a lane-change maneuver, a maneuver identifier signal is provided to a style characterization processor.01-28-2010
20120239222CONTROL DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A control unit for a motor vehicle having a microprocessor that comprises at least two computation cores, a monitoring module that is separate from the microprocessor, an evaluation module for evaluating input signals provided by sensors, and an activation module comprising at least one end stage for producing output signals to activate actuators. A control function is implemented in a first computation core, a monitoring function for the first computation core of the microprocessor is implemented in the second computation core of the microprocessor, and a monitoring function for the second computation core of the microprocessor is implemented in the monitoring module. Starting from the first computation core and/or starting from the second computation core and/or starting from the monitoring module, a switch-off module can be activated to switch off the at least one end stage of the activation module.09-20-2012
20120265367SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DERIVATIVE-FREE OUTPUT FEEDBACK ADAPTIVE CONTROL - An adaptive control system is disclosed. The control system can control uncertain dynamic systems. The control system can employ one or more derivative-free adaptive control architectures. The control system can further employ one or more derivative-free weight update laws. The derivative-free weight update laws can comprise a time-varying estimate of an ideal vector of weights. The control system of the present invention can therefore quickly stabilize systems that undergo sudden changes in dynamics, caused by, for example, sudden changes in weight. Embodiments of the present invention can also provide a less complex control system than existing adaptive control systems. The control system can control aircraft and other dynamic systems, such as, for example, those with non-minimum phase dynamics.10-18-2012
20120265366Method for Dynamic Determination of the True Mass of a Non Rigid Body Subject To Low Frequency Noise - A dynamic method to accurately determine the mass of a vehicle which deforms on acceleration and is subject to low frequency noise is disclosed. Only the greater than zero hertz frequencies of the signals are processed. Both signals are squelched during periods of high jerk to reduce the error between true mass and apparent mass. For a single body or combination vehicle such as a semi-rig with a propulsive body of known mass a reference for matched or Wiener filtering is constructed from the noisy signals to filter low frequency noise. A towing vehicle with a fifth wheel mounted on a dedicated load sensing apparatus can, therefore, determine the weight of any semi-trailer towed on any terrain of any inclination and any changing inclination with the greatest precision in the shortest possible time.10-18-2012
20120330480VEHICULAR ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE, RELATED INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A behavior determination unit determines whether a predetermined vehicle behavior occurs in an own vehicle. A driving information storage unit stores driving information of the own vehicle in a storage portion on determination that the predetermined vehicle behavior occurs. When the predetermined vehicle behavior occurs, a behavior transmission unit transmits behavior occurrence information to an outside of the own vehicle to notify a related information acquisition device, which is around the own vehicle and acquires related information related to the predetermined vehicle behavior, of the occurrence of the predetermined vehicle behavior. In this case, the behavior transmission unit further requires the related information acquisition device to store the acquired related information.12-27-2012
20120330479SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING VEHICLE DRIVE CYCLE PROFILES - A system and method for generating vehicle drive cycles. Information describing a path of travel and a vehicle are received from a user. A detailed representation of the path of travel is obtained. Road condition information for segments of the path of travel is obtained, and the path of travel is verified as being traversable by the described vehicle. This information is used to generate a drive cycle profile, which contains at least the simulated path traversed by the vehicle, the speed of the vehicle along segments of the path, and any ambient conditions taken into account when predicting the speed of the vehicle.12-27-2012
20120323405ON-VEHICLE DEVICE - An on-vehicle device with a storage unit that includes a transfer unit that transfers data stored in the storage unit to another on-vehicle device of equal capability that is also equipped with a storage unit. In the on-vehicle device, the transfer unit is configured by a data transfer jack provided to each of the on-vehicle device and the another on-vehicle device, and a data transfer cable for connecting the transfer jacks.12-20-2012
20120323402SERVER - A server that delivers a control program for an on-vehicle apparatus detects a distance between a vehicle and a user of the vehicle, and instructs the on-vehicle apparatus to update the control program by use of an update program when the detected distance is equal to or longer than a prescribed distance.12-20-2012
20120323404SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AND DETECTING SPEED - A system for determining instances when a vehicle's indicated speed exceeds a governing speed includes a receiver to receive information from which a vehicle's location envelope, indicated direction of travel, and indicated speed can be derived, and a processor. The processor is configured to ascertain a location envelope in which the vehicle is located, an indicated speed of the vehicle, and a direction of travel of the vehicle at a sample time. It is also configured to and select the governing speed for the vehicle at the sample time, which includes ascertain possible road segments with at least a portion within the location envelope, eliminate road segments with a road segment direction of travel inconsistent with the indicated direction of travel, and select as the governing speed a speed associated with a remaining road segment. The processor will then determine if the indicated speed exceeds the governing speed.12-20-2012
20120323403VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD - A vehicle control device for starting a drive assist in accordance with relative positional relationship between a self vehicle and an object around the self vehicle, comprises a control value calculating part which calculates a control value based on an inter-vehicular distance between the self vehicle and the object, a velocity of the self vehicle, a relative velocity of the object to the self vehicle, and an acceleration-related value obtained based on at least one of an acceleration of the self vehicle and an acceleration of the object; an acceleration-related value adjusting part which adjusts the acceleration-related value by changing a degree of contribution of at least one of the acceleration of the self vehicle and the acceleration of the object in the acceleration-related value in accordance with the acceleration of the self vehicle; and a drive assist start judging part which starts the drive assist if the control value is greater than a threshold value.12-20-2012
20120323401OUTPUT TORQUE RATE LIMITING BASED ON A REQUEST BUSYNESS INDICATOR THAT CONSIDERS THE RECENT TIME HISTORY OF THE OUTPUT TORQUE REQUEST - A method for controlling torque in a vehicle including monitoring a plurality of factors associated with an output torque request in response to an output torque request rate of change exceeding a predetermined threshold, and controlling rate limiting of a delivered output torque to achieve the output torque request rate of change based on the plurality of factors associated with the output torque request.12-20-2012
20120271485METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF STEERING WHEEL CONTROL SIGNALS - A method for automatically detecting a control signal configuration of a vehicle component includes making a connection to a channel of the component, performing an electrical measurement on the channel, and identifying a control signal configuration based upon the measurement. A method for sending control signals from one vehicle component to another includes making a connection on a channel of one component, making a connection to a channel of the other component, performing electrical measurements on the channels, identifying control signal configurations based upon the measurements, and configuring a control signal interface. A control signal interface includes an input unit, a signal processing unit, and an output unit. The input and output units each can connect to a channel of a vehicle component and perform an electrical measurement. The signal processing unit can determine control commands based upon control signals.10-25-2012
20120271484Predictive Human-Machine Interface Using Eye Gaze Technology, Blind Spot Indicators and Driver Experience - A system and method are disclosed for preventing accidents in a vehicle. The system comprises an eye gaze detector for receiving an eye gaze vector from a driver. The system additionally comprises a proximity sensor for detecting locations of nearby objects and their velocities. A vehicle accident risk is determined based on the nearby object location and velocity. Additionally, the driver's knowledge of vehicle circumstances is determined based on the nearby object location and velocity as well as the eye gaze location. Responsive to the driver's knowledge and the vehicle accident risk, a vehicle alert is activated.10-25-2012
20120271483METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING SHAPE OF ROAD FOR VEHICLES - An example of recognition of the shape of a road where a vehicle travels is provided. An object type as to whether an object is a moving or stationary object is determined according to a relative speed of the object and a speed of the vehicle. Object-unit data effective for recognizing a road shape is extracted according to the determination. The object-unit data is used for forming data of a roadside object group, based on which a road edge is recognized. A series of the processes is repeatedly performed at a predetermined cycle. After the extraction process, a data addition process is performed to add object-unit data obtained in the extraction process of the previous cycle to object-unit data obtained in the extraction process of the present cycle. In a recognition process, a road edge is recognized according to the object-unit data obtained in the data addition process.10-25-2012
20110238237SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UPDATING VEHICLE COMPUTING PLATFORM CONFIGURATION INFORMATION - A vehicle includes a computing platform configured with first configuration information, an identification module that receives driver identification information and determines whether to enable the computing platform based on the identification information, and a communication module that establishes communications between the computing platform and an off-vehicle information store storing second configuration information if the computing platform is enabled. The vehicle also includes an update module that updates the computing platform with the second configuration information if the second configuration information is different than the first configuration information.09-29-2011
20120130561Assistant Driving System with Video Radar - An assistant driving system with video radar installed on a vehicle is disclosed. The assistant driving system includes a camera array capturing environment images for the environment around the vehicle, an image recognition unit identifying environment objects and their image, location, color, speed and direction from the environment images, an environment monitor and control unit receiving the information generated by the image recognition unit and creating the rebuild environment information for the vicinity of the vehicle as well as judging the space relationship between the vehicle and the environment objects to generate the warning information, a video radar display unit showing a single image for the rebuild environment information, a vehicle warning unit performing the processes corresponding to the warning information, a vehicle driving unit generating the driving control command based on the rebuild environment information, and a vehicle controlling unit receiving the driving control command to control the throttle, brake or steering wheel of the vehicle. Thus, the safety of steering the vehicle in various situations is greatly improved.05-24-2012
20120089272Vehicle Monitoring Device Based on Use of Dashboard Indicators - A vehicle monitoring device may include a set of sensors that may be mounted over indicators and analog gauges displayed on a vehicle's dashboard. The vehicle monitoring device may use these sensors to deduce the current state of the dashboard indicators and in turn generate an output signal that resembles the signal which would have been generated by the vehicle's electrical system to which the dashboard indicators are connected. Use of this vehicle monitoring device allows for easy connection of after-market vehicular safety devices such as, lane warning departure systems, to the vehicle monitoring device instead of the vehicle's electrical system.04-12-2012
20120089271VEHICLE MANAGEMENT - A system for golf course vehicle management can include a tag device having a transceiver and a vehicle management process. The vehicle management process includes an application service for receiving the location of the tag device from the transceiver, at least one geographical zone, and a tracking module for comparing the location to the zone and generating an alert when the location is within the zone. Also included in the process is a control module for recognizing the alert. The control module can initiate an action, such as performance of a vehicle control action by a vehicle controller device.04-12-2012
20110288693METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE ANGLE OF INCLINATION OF A TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE - In a method for determining the angle of inclination of a two-wheeled vehicle of the type of a bicycle, a scooter or a motorcycle with respect to the roadway normal, the angle of inclination is able to be determined simply and accurately if the transverse acceleration of the vehicle is measured using a transverse acceleration sensor and the acceleration in the direction of the vertical axis of the vehicle is ascertained and the angle of inclination with respect to the roadway normal is calculated based on the two acceleration values.11-24-2011
20110320066VEHICLE INFORMATION DISPLAY - An information display system for a vehicle includes a display screen disposed at an interior cabin of a vehicle so as to be viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle. The information display system is operable to display on the display screen vehicle user information so as to provide information to the driver of the equipped vehicle related to use of the equipped vehicle. The display screen is operable to display video images captured by a rearward facing camera of the equipped vehicle for assisting the driver during a reversing maneuver. The video images are captured by the rearward facing camera and are displayed on the display screen when the equipped vehicle is executing a reversing maneuver. When the equipped vehicle is not executing a reversing maneuver, the information display system is operable to display on the display screen vehicle user information.12-29-2011
20110320065NETWORK NODE WITH INTEGRATED POWER DISTRIBUTION - A control network comprises a plurality of network nodes arranged in a plurality of tiers, with first-tier nodes and lower tier nodes. A master control bus interconnects the first-tier nodes, which are also connected to a power source. Lower-tier buses interconnect groups of the lower tier nodes. The lower-tier buses include both data lines and a power source line derived from the power source, allowing the lower tier nodes to selectively distribute power to local loads. A first-tier node may be embodied as a hub controller configured to be connected to one or more of said lower-tier buses. The hub controller may comprise a plurality of internal hub nodes (including a hub master node and hub slave nodes) integrated within the same physical unit.12-29-2011
20110320063HANDLEBAR CONTROL SYSTEM - A handlebar control system for a motorcycle. The system includes a controller, a network interface, a plurality of user actuated devices coupled to the controller, an electronic switch coupled to the controller, a first connector having terminals linking to motorcycle power and a network bus, and a second connector coupled to a device external to the control system.12-29-2011
20120101657Motion Control Unit for Vehicle Based on Jerk Information - In a motion control system for a vehicle including control means for controlling a yaw moment of the vehicle; first detection means for detecting a longitudinal velocity (V) of the vehicle; second detection means for detecting a lateral jerk (Gy_dot) of the vehicle; and third detection means for detecting a yaw angular acceleration (r_dot) of the vehicle, the yaw moment of the vehicle is controlled by the control means so that a difference between the yaw angular acceleration (r_dot) detected by the third detection means and a value (Gy_dot/V) obtained by the lateral jerk (Gy_dot) of the vehicle detected by the second detection means by the longitudinal velocity (V) detected by the first detection means becomes small.04-26-2012
20120101656SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN IN-VEHICLE DEVICE - According to one embodiment, a system for controlling an in-vehicle device is provided. The system has an in-vehicle device and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit generates control signals to control the in-vehicle device and transmits the generated control signals to the in-vehicle device. The in-vehicle device has a semiconductor integrated circuit and a semiconductor memory circuit. The semiconductor integrated circuit is capable of performing a plurality of functional operations. The semiconductor memory circuit stores pieces of setting information necessary to perform the respective functional operations. The electronic control unit has a designation signal generation unit to output designation signals as the control signals. Each of the designation signals designates one of the pieces of setting information to be read from the semiconductor memory circuit. The semiconductor integrated circuit receives the designated one of the pieces of setting information which is read from the semiconductor memory circuit.04-26-2012
20120101655ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE - A main microcomputer abnormality determination section checks whether or not a voltage value of Vcc based on digital data output from a main microcomputer analog-to-digital converter is equal to or higher than a threshold value to thereby perform abnormality determination for the main microcomputer analog-to-digital converter and Vref. A sub microcomputer abnormality determination section checks whether or not the voltage value of Vcc is equal to or higher than a threshold value based on digital data output from a sub microcomputer analog-to-digital converter to thereby perform abnormality determination for the sub microcomputer analog-to-digital converter and Vref. An abnormality identifying section identifies an abnormality occurring site by using both results of the abnormality determination performed by the main microcomputer abnormality determination section and the sub microcomputer abnormality determination section.04-26-2012
20120101654METHOD FOR SAFELY PARKING VEHICLE NEAR OBSTACLES - Method, storage medium and system of optimizing a destination for a vehicle by obtaining a map corresponding to a desired destination of the vehicle and identifying objectives of the map based on multiple parameters including collision avoidance, driver time, legal constraints and social consensus. A cost function is constructed to determine an optimal destination based on a proximity to the desired destination and the identified objectives, and an optimal destination is identified by minimizing a value of the cost function.04-26-2012
20120290148METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPATCHING VEHICLE - A method and a system for dispatching vehicle are provided. The method for dispatching vehicle includes the following steps: A. obtaining the vehicle information, which includes vehicle numbers, vehicle states and relative positions; B. placing the vehicle icons corresponding to the vehicle numbers in the corresponding positions on the virtual line schedule map according to the vehicle states and the relative positions, the virtual line schedule map includes a line table, which is composed of multiple independent lines, and each line includes up-line, down-line, line description and vehicle icons, each vehicle icon corresponds to a specific encoded vehicle; C. displaying the virtual line schedule map refreshed via step B. The system for dispatching vehicle includes vehicle information obtaining unit, vehicle states judging and processing unit, displaying unit and dispatching unit. The system realize the visual vehicle dispatching method by utilizing the virtual line schedule map, so as to implement vehicle monitoring and dispatching.11-15-2012
20120290147DEVICE FOR MEASURING A LOAD AT THE END OF A ROPE WRAPPED OVER A ROD - A digging machine. The machine includes a rod having a central bore with at least two strain gauges angled relative to each other, a hoist rope, and a CPU configured to create a calibration table of a plurality of outputs from each of the two strain gauges, given various rope tensions and rope angles, determine an unknown rope tension and rope angle, use the output from one strain gauge and create a first set of data point angle and tension pairs from plurality of calibration outputs that correspond to the one output from one strain gauge, use the output from the other strain gauge and create a second set of data point angle and tension pairs from the plurality of calibration outputs that correspond to the one output from other strain gauge, and determine, based on where said two sets of data points intersect, rope tension and rope angle.11-15-2012
20120290146GPS/IMU/Video/Radar absolute/relative positioning communication/computation sensor platform for automotive safety applications - A GPS/IMU safety sensor platform is proposed, consisting of data fusion Processors, GNSS Signal Acquisition and Tracking Processors, MEMS IMU sensors, one or multiple accelerometers able to provide orientation information, optional V2V communication modules, and optional V2I communication modules. The data fusion processors provide interface ports to GNSS/IMU processors, odometers, video (Visual/Infrared) cameras installed in the vehicle, V2V relative positioning sensors (laser, radar or any other distance measuring), and V2V and V2I communication modules. The data fusion processors are interfaced to a driver warning system and optionally to the vehicle controls for providing safety warning messages to drivers, or for automatic control the vehicle for preventing and reducing accidents.11-15-2012
20100185341VEHICLE MODE ACTIVATION BY GESTURE RECOGNITION - Methods and devices are provided for activation of a vehicle operational mode. The device includes one or more detectors and a controller. The one or more detectors visually monitor one or more predetermined spatial locations, each of the one or more detectors corresponding to one of the one or more predetermined spatial locations. The controller is coupled to the one or more detectors and activates a predetermined vehicle operational mode in response to a current vehicle operational mode and a predetermined gesture detected within one of the one or more predetermined spatial locations.07-22-2010
20120136506VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - A vehicle control system capable of improving drivability by reflecting driving environment and driving preference accurately on driving characteristics. The vehicle control system is configured to change an index for setting driving characteristics of the vehicle. When accelerations Gx and Gy are changed, a sportiness index is changed in a different manner depending on a detail of an operation for changing accelerations Gx and Gy executed by a driver, thereby reflecting the driving preference of the driver appearing on the operation can be reflected on sportiness of the vehicle.05-31-2012
20100198427Open Architecture For Dynamic Vehicle Network - A self-configuring and self-learning network optimizes itself for battery usage, and allows users to simply mount modules implementing new functionality to the vehicle at any location on the vehicle. The use of network zones and wireless gateways between zones reduces network traffic within zones by isolating data not required outside a zone from the other zones.08-05-2010
20130013127NETWORK INTERFACE FOR USE IN VEHICLES - An apparatus is set forth for use with a vehicle having a first electronic control unit and a second electronic control unit. The apparatus comprises data processing circuitry in data communication with memory circuitry and input/output circuitry. The data processing circuitry, the memory circuitry, and the input/output circuitry are collectively operative to: (a) receive an input message from the first electronic control unit over a first network where the input message is formatted in conformity with a first messaging protocol; (b) translate the input message into a corresponding output message formatted in accordance with a second messaging protocol where the second messaging protocol is different from the first messaging protocol; and (c) transmit the corresponding output message to the second electronic control unit over a second network. The first and second electronic control units are operative to control and/or sense one or more elements within the vehicle.01-10-2013
20130018524Single Handed Attendant Control for a Wheelchair - Disclosed herein is a personal mobility vehicle controller. The personal mobility vehicle controller includes a housing having a first input member, a second input member, and a third input member. The first input member is configured to change a mode or profile of a personal mobility vehicle. The second input member is configured to provide a security function for the third input member. The third input member is configured to operate a feature based on the mode or profile. The housing is adapted to be held in a single hand of a user. The personal mobility vehicle controller is configured to operate the personal mobility vehicle with the single hand from a location proximate the personal mobility vehicle.01-17-2013
20110160933OPERATION APPARATUS FOR ON-BOARD DEVICES IN AUTOMOBILE - An operation apparatus includes image capturing device capable of capturing images of a plurality of mark members provided in assembled members in a compartment; determining device capable of determining individually whether each of the mark members is or is not shielded on the basis of the image data taken and outputted by the image capturing device; and operation instructing device configured to output an operation command to on-board devices in accordance with a result of the determining by the determining device. Accordingly, it is easy for an operator to understand operational steps, thereby effectively preventing an erroneous operation due to the operator's misunderstanding. Furthermore, it is possible to simplify a determination logic of the operation instructing device, and also possible to easily provide a retrofitted option.06-30-2011
20130024047METHOD TO MAP GAZE POSITION TO INFORMATION DISPLAY IN VEHICLE - A method of controlling a vehicle system of a vehicle is provided. The method includes: receiving image data that is captured from an occupant of the vehicle; determining a focus of the occupant of the vehicle based on the image data; and generating a user command to control the vehicle system based on the focus of the occupant.01-24-2013
20130173083METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT WITHIN A TRANSPORTATION NETWORK - A method includes determining whether use of an energy management system (EMS) associated with a vehicle traveling in a transportation network is allowed within a region of the transportation network. The EMS obtains a trip plan for the vehicle that designates operational settings of the vehicle as a function of at least one of distance or time along a trip of the vehicle. The method also includes determining whether the EMS is being used by the vehicle when the vehicle is within the region, and sending a message to an off-board location when the EMS is not being used by the vehicle within the region.07-04-2013
20130173084Information System for Automotive, On-Vehicle Device and Server Device - An information system for automotive includes a plurality of on-vehicle devices each installed in a vehicle and a server device connected with the on-vehicle devices via a communication network. The plurality of on-vehicle devices each include an acceleration/deceleration change detection unit that detects an acceleration/deceleration change of the vehicle equipped with the on-vehicle device and a transmission unit that transmits acceleration/deceleration information pertaining to the detected acceleration/deceleration change. The server device includes a reception unit that receives the acceleration/deceleration information, a statistical parameter calculating unit that calculates statistical parameters to be used to estimate an extent of energy consumption or energy regeneration based upon the received acceleration/deceleration information, and an estimating unit for estimating the extent of energy consumption or energy regeneration based upon the calculated statistical parameters.07-04-2013
20130173085Method for Detecting a Lack of Driver Activity at the Steering Wheel of a Motor Vehicle - A method detects a lack of driver activity at the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. A moment imparted by hand to the steering wheel by the driver is repeatedly measured, and if in a plurality of successive measurements the magnitude of a value of the moment imparted by hand does not exceed a threshold value, a lack of driver activity is inferred. The magnitude of the threshold value is dependent on the surface condition, in particular on the degree of unevenness, of the roadway being traveled upon. The degree of unevenness of the roadway may be derived from a measured vertical acceleration in the wheel suspension of the vehicle or from deceleration and/or acceleration signals of at least one wheel of the vehicle.07-04-2013
20080249668IN-VEHICLE EQUIPMENT CONTROL DEVICE - An in-vehicle equipment control device includes a force sense imparting type input device mounted on a steering of a vehicle, for remotely operating an in-vehicle equipment mounted on the vehicle according to a predetermined operation route while imparting a force sense, a storage unit for storing an operation route data to conduct an input operation of the force sense imparting type input device with a predetermined operation route, and a control unit for conducting an arithmetic process to transform the predetermined operation route of the force sense imparting type input device based on a rotation angle detection signal which is output in accordance with the rotation of the steering of the vehicle and the operation route data stored in the storage unit, to impart the force sense to the force sense imparting type input device based on a result of the arithmetic process.10-09-2008
20080234876Deceleration-running evaluating device - A total distance calculating unit calculates a total running distance and an energy-cut-off distance calculating unit calculates a deceleration running distance of a vehicle. The deceleration running distance is a distance for which the vehicle runs while the vehicle is in a deacceleration state and no energy is supplied to a motor of the vehicle. A deceleration-running evaluating unit evaluates deceleration running of the vehicle based on a ratio of the deceleration running distance to the total running distance. The result of the evaluation is displayed for the driver of the vehicle.09-25-2008
20080228329METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FRICTION DETECTION AND SLIPPAGE CONTROL - Systems and methods for friction detection and slippage control are provided. In one embodiment, a method for detection and slippage control comprises: measuring vehicle motion, the motion providing data including at least lateral acceleration, longitudinal acceleration and yaw; measuring wheel rotation rates; estimating wheel rotation rates based on the measured vehicle motion, the measured wheel rotation rates, and a vehicle model; estimating a wheel coefficient of friction based the estimated wheel rotation rates, the measured wheel rotation rates, and the vehicle motion; calculating one or both of a road coefficient of friction and a wheel slippage; and producing an output signal representing on one or both of the road coefficient of friction and wheel slippage. When measuring vehicle motion provides less than six-degree-of-freedom measurements, the method further comprises at least one of: detecting driver input; and determining vehicle position from a GNSS signal.09-18-2008
20110264300FRICTION ESTIMATION METHOD - A method and apparatus for the estimation of maximum friction between a vehicular tire and a road surface via driving dynamics measurements and at least one sensor measuring the road surface, comprising 10-27-2011
20080221741FIREFIGHTING VEHICLE AND METHOD WITH NETWORK-ASSISTED SCENE MANAGEMENT - A method comprises acquiring information pertaining to a scene of a fire. The acquiring step is performed by a sensor connected to a first computer. The method further comprises transmitting the information from the first computer to a second computer by way of a wireless communication network. The second computer is mounted to a fire fighting vehicle and is connected to a display. The method further comprises displaying the information at the fire fighting vehicle using the display.09-11-2008
20130179002ACCELERATION DETECTION DEVICE - An acceleration detection device is provided with a zero point correction unit for correcting a zero point position of a sensor signal by a correction amount based on the acceleration signals when the neutral control starts and ends, respectively, and an acceleration signal Gsen-r that is eliminated of a body vibration from an acceleration signal Gsen-f after passing a filter at transition from a vehicle stationary state to the running state.07-11-2013
20130144459LAW BREAKING/BEHAVIOR SENSOR - Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure builds on integrating existing technology with new devices, methods, and systems to provide a complete vehicle ecosystem.06-06-2013
20130179001CONTROL UNITS ON BOARD THE MOTOR VEHICLE - A system for controlling a motor vehicle includes a first electronic control unit on board the motor vehicle, which is designed to obtain a predetermined piece of information from a second electronic control unit, and at least one second electronic control unit on board the motor vehicle, which is designed to provide the predetermined piece of information. In addition, the system includes a first processing unit for determining which of the second electronic control units provides the information and a second processing unit for selecting which of the determined second control units provides the highest quality information in order to allow the first control unit to obtain the information from the selected second control unit.07-11-2013
20130179003INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CHECKING VEHICLE, AND PROGRAM FOR CHECKING VEHICLE - In order to allow the broader selection of modules that configure a vehicle, this information processing system, which is for checking a vehicle configured by combining a plurality of vehicle modules, is characterized by being provided with: a first judgment means that judges whether or not each vehicle module has been certified; a second judgment means that judges whether or not the combination of the plurality of vehicle modules can be certified; and a determination means that determines the conditions necessary for the combination of the plurality of vehicle modules to receive certification.07-11-2013
20130179004VEHICLE TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS - A vehicle travel control apparatus executes turning facilitation control that controls wheel longitudinal force such that the longitudinal force of a turning path inner side wheel becomes smaller than the longitudinal force of a turning path outer side wheel, and vehicle dynamics control that controls wheel longitudinal force so as to stabilize the turning motion of the vehicle. The vehicle speed range in which to permit the turning facilitation control is lower than the vehicle speed range in which to permit the vehicle dynamics control.07-11-2013
20080215191Vehicle control system and method using control allocation and phase compensation - A vehicle control system and method combining control allocation and phase compensation for forming a phase compensated actuator command signal based on a control demand signal. A feedback unit includes a matrix multiplication unit for forming an estimated behaviour signal, from a control efficiency matrix and the actuator command signal. The estimated behaviour signal is fed to a second summation unit for forming a difference signal. The difference signal from the summation unit is processed by a filter unit for forming a feedback signal which is connected to a first summation unit for forming a modified control demand signal, such that the modified control demand signal is adjusted to always represent a control demand realisable by the vehicle. The modified control demand signal of the first summation unit is further connected to the second summation unit and to a control allocator which output is then connected to the matrix multiplier to form a feedback loop.09-04-2008
20110270466CURVE RADIUS ESTIMATING DEVICE - A curve radius estimating device (11-03-2011
20130138263Real-Time Flexible Vehicle Control Apparatus - An apparatus on an integrated circuit provides a real-time flexible interface between inputs from a vehicle components and outputs to the vehicle control components. The functions comprises of a programmable interconnection matrix, engine sensors and a control interface. Both engine sensors and control functions comprise of fixed hardwired functions and a customization hardware area. The apparatus therefore provides means for flexible powertrain events control target for the next generation of low-polluting power trains of vehicles.05-30-2013
20130090779PROPORTIONAL AND NON PROPORTIONAL DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEM - A system and method for driving a power driven wheelchair is provided. One system embodiment may include, for example, a plurality of force sensing resistors, at least one force sensing resistor comprising a contactable surface for sensing a pressure thereon, wherein the at least one force sensing resistor generates a proportional signal in response to the sensed pressure. A controller comprising at least one input for receiving the proportional signal and having logic to receive the proportional signal and generate a control signal which is outputted to a motor controller to control the power driven wheelchair.04-11-2013
20130103227LEFT-RIGHT WHEEL DRIVE FORCE DISTRIBUTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - A vehicle left-right wheel drive force distribution control apparatus is provided for improving the handling of a vehicle when a steering wheel of the vehicle is being returned toward a center position. The vehicle left-right wheel drive force distribution control apparatus executes a distributed output of a wheel drive force to left and right drive wheels in accordance with a control. The apparatus has a left-right drive force transient control amount computing section that computes a left-right drive force difference transient control amount based on a driver transient turn response. This control amount computed is used in the aforementioned control and is made smaller as the steering wheel is being turned away from a center position than as the steering wheel is being returned toward the center position.04-25-2013
20130103230CONTROL DEVICE - A program delivery center is a program update device which updates a program of an ECU mounted in a vehicle, wherein a right holder specification unit specifies a right holder who has a right to execute the update of the program on the basis of information regarding the vehicle, and a reprogramming guide execution unit sets and outputs program update guide notification to the right holder. Accordingly, the update of the program by a person other than the right holder can be avoided, thereby improving security. Furthermore, since the update of the program is notified to the right holder which can execute the update of the program, a program update execution frequency increases compared to a case where a user who cannot execute the update of the program is notified, thereby prompting the execution of the program update.04-25-2013
20130103228LEFT-RIGHT WHEEL DRIVE FORCE DISTRIBUTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - A calculating section finds a left-right rear wheel drive force difference transient control computation value, which is a basic target value for a turning response transiently requested by a driver through a steering speed at current wheel speeds (vehicle speed). A computing section finds a left-right drive force difference transient control gain based on a target yaw rate change rate such that the control gain is smaller than 1 in a high target yaw rate change rate region. The computing value is multiplied by the control gain to calculate a left-right rear wheel drive force difference transient control amount for a left-right wheel drive force distribution control. As a result, during high-speed steering when the yaw rate gain tends to increase, the left-right drive force difference transient control amount is revised to a decreased value such that the transient control amount causes less of an increase in the yaw rate.04-25-2013
20130103229LEFT-RIGHT WHEEL DRIVE FORCE DISTRIBUTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - In a transient control computing section, a left-right drive force difference transient control gain computing section finds a left-right drive force difference transient control gain α that is smaller than 1 in a region where a target yaw rate change rate is small, i.e., a low speed steering region, and a left-right drive force difference transient control computation value calculating section finds a left-right rear wheel drive force difference transient control computation value. The transient control computing section then multiplies the left-right rear wheel drive force difference transient control computation value by the left-right drive force difference transient control gain α to calculate the left-right rear wheel drive force difference transient control amount and contributes the same to a drive force distribution control for left and right wheels (left and right rear wheels).04-25-2013
20130103226REHABILITATION DEVICE - A rehabilitation device includes a moving body, a motor, a control system and a sensor module. The moving body has a housing and a moving mechanism. The motor, disposed in the housing, connects to the moving mechanism and drives the moving mechanism. The control system is disposed in the housing and coupled to the motor.04-25-2013
20130124007System And Method For Monitoring Vehicle Mass Tamper Events - A system for detecting a mass tamper event affecting a vehicle mass record for a vehicle being monitored includes a body bounce frequency estimator configured to estimate body bounce frequency for the vehicle and a mass estimator configured to estimate a vehicle mass, m, according to the equation (I), where k is a constant relating to a suspension system in the vehicle and ω05-16-2013
20130124008METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A REFERENCE VEHICLE VELOCITY AND A REAR WHEEL SPEED IN A VEHICLE HAVING THREE SPEED SENSORS - The method for controlling a safety system (05-16-2013
20130124006DATA SELECTION AND SHARING BETWEEN A VEHICLE AND A USER DEVICE - Embodiments enhance the functionality of a vehicle, a user device, or both by the selection and sharing of data. Upon detection of each other, the vehicle device and the user device obtain and share data. The data may be associated with the user, the user computing device, and/or the vehicle and may be stored in cloud-based services. Functionality of the vehicle and/or user device is customized to the user based on the shared data. For example, the user device may provide assisted global positioning system (GPS) data to the vehicle to reduce a time-to-fix (TTF) when determining a location of the vehicle. In other examples, settings of the vehicle are personalized to the user, and location-relevant content is downloaded to the user device.05-16-2013
20130124005VEHICLE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A communication device includes a first resistance circuit connected between an output of a signal generating unit and a first terminal and having a resistance value corresponding to a requested operation mode requested to a vehicle. The vehicle includes: a second resistance circuit connected between a ground node fed with a reference potential and a second terminal; and a vehicle control unit for setting an operation mode of the vehicle. The vehicle control unit detects a signal potential of a signal via a first signal extraction node provided on a path connecting the second terminal and a second resistance circuit to each other, and sets the operation mode of the vehicle at the requested operation mode corresponding to the resistance value of the first resistance circuit.05-16-2013
20130131890METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF ENHANCING ACCELERATION INFORMATION - The present invention relates to using information from a monitoring device and other vehicle information from a supplemental device to create enhanced data about an event involving the vehicle. An event could include vehicle turning events, vehicle acceleration, a vehicle braking event, among others. In some examples a scalar acceleration value corresponding to the vehicle is processed with supplemental information to produce enhanced acceleration information.05-23-2013
20130131893VEHICLE-USE INFORMATION COLLECTION SYSTEM - A vehicular information collection system which collects information from a vehicle. The vehicular information collection system includes a vehicle information output portion that outputs vehicle information to a collection destination, a presentation portion that presents a query relating to sensory evaluation based on the vehicle information output from the vehicle information output portion to a driver, a receiving portion that receives a driver's reply to the query presented by the presentation portion, and a reply output portion that outputs the driver's reply received by the receiving portion to the collection destination. With this configuration, a query relating to sensory evaluation based on vehicle information is presented to request a reply from the driver, thereby collecting vehicle information taking the sensory evaluation of the driver into consideration.05-23-2013
20130131892DEVICE FOR CALCULATING POWER CONSUMPTION OF VEHICLE, INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD - Information providing device has: travelling route searching section searching for a travelling route; and power consumption amount calculating section calculating a total power consumption amount. The power consumption amount calculating section has: first calculating section that refers to travel information correlated with a first unit area that belongs to the searched travelling route and calculates each first power consumption amount consumed to travel in the first unit area; second calculating section that refers to weather information forecasted for each second unit area that belongs to the searched travelling route, predicts setting temperature of an air conditioner and calculates each second power consumption amount consumed when the air conditioner into which the predicted setting temperature is inputted is operated during the travel in the second unit area; and totalizing section that calculates the total power consumption amount on the basis of the first and second power consumption amounts.05-23-2013
20130144465VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE - A vehicle control device capable of more appropriately carrying out travel control of an own vehicle carried out while acquiring travel information of a leading vehicle by an inter-vehicle communication is provided. Provided is a vehicle control device for carrying out vehicle control of acquiring inter-vehicle communication information of a leading vehicle travelling in front of an own vehicle, and controlling a travel state of the own vehicle based on the acquired inter-vehicle communication information of the leading vehicle, wherein control of the inter-vehicle communication is changed according to a parameter at the time of the vehicle control.06-06-2013
20130144460CAR LOCATION - Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure builds on integrating existing technology with new devices, methods, and systems to provide a complete vehicle ecosystem.06-06-2013
20130144461BEHAVIORAL TRACKING AND VEHICLE APPLICATIONS - Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure builds on integrating existing technology with new devices, methods, and systems to provide a complete vehicle ecosystem.06-06-2013
20130144462FEATURE RECOGNITION FOR CONFIGURING A VEHICLE CONSOLE AND ASSOCIATED DEVICES - Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a system to recognize the drivers and/or passengers within the automobile. Based on the recognition, the vehicle may change a configuration of the automobile to match predetermined preferences for the driver and/or passenger.06-06-2013
20130144463CONFIGURABLE VEHICLE CONSOLE - Methods and systems for a configurable vehicle console are provided. Specifically, a configurable console may comprise one or more displays that are capable of receiving input from a user. At least one of these displays may be removed from the console of a vehicle and operated as a stand-alone computing platform. Moreover, it is anticipated that each one or more of the displays of the console may be configured to present a plurality of custom applications that, when manipulated by at least one user, are adapted to control functions associated with a vehicle and/or associated peripheral devices.06-06-2013
20130144464SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A BICYCLE - Systems, methods, and devices are provided to sense unauthorized use of a vehicle. For example, an electronic device may include sensors to detect an operational parameter of a bicycle and communications circuitry to couple the electronic device to a second electronic device associated with user of the bicycle according to authorization information. Control circuitry may determine when the bicycle is in operation based at least in part on the detected operational parameter, identify whether the second electronic device is substantially within a communicative proximity of the electronic device when the bicycle is in operation, and generate an alert indicating unauthorized operation when the second electronic device is not identified as substantially within the communicative proximity of the electronic device.06-06-2013
20100280681VEHICLE-MOUNTED ELECTRONIC CONTROLLER - A vehicle-mounted electronic controller which executes applications by using the data acquired from the same vehicle-mounted device and in which the plurality of applications with different execution periods are installed comprises a storage section for storing the data acquired from the vehicle-mounted device and elapsed time(tb) from the time of acquiring the data and a processing section for comparing the elapsed time(tb) from the data acquisition in the storage section with allowable elapsed time(tb) the time of acquiring the data till the time of executing the applications by using the data, executing the applications by using the data when the elapsed time(tb) is within the allowable elapsed time(ta), and making a request for the transmission of the data to the vehicle-mounted device to acquire the latest data when the elapsed time(tb) exceeds the allowable elapsed time(ta).11-04-2010
20130103225TRAIN SPEED MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD - Provided are a train speed measuring device and method. The train speed measuring device includes: at least one first tachometer disposed at an axle of a trailer car and for outputting a pulse signal according to a wheel revolution of the trailer car; at least one second tachometer disposed at an axle of a motor car and for outputting a pulse signal according to a wheel revolution of the motor car; at least one speed measuring unit for measuring speed values on the basis of pulse signals outputted from the at least one first tachometer and the at least one second tachometer; and a speed calculating unit for calculating the speed of the train on the basis of the measured speed values.04-25-2013
20130138264AUTOMOTIVE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD TO UTILIZE INTERNAL GEOMETRY OF SENSOR POSITION WITH RESPECT TO REAR WHEEL AXIS - A navigation system and method to utilize the internal geometry of the sensor position with respect to the vehicle's rear-wheel axis for maintaining high positioning accuracy even when GPS signals are lost for a long period of time are disclosed. One aspect is to use an analytical condition derived from a vehicle's mechanical condition so-called Ackermann Steering Geometry for enhancement in navigation accuracy. The analytical condition is a relationship between the vehicle's lateral directional velocity, the distance of the sensor position with respect to the rear wheel axis, and the angular rate with respect to the vehicle's z-axis. Another aspect is to incorporate the distance of the sensor position with respect to the rear wheel axis into the INS and Kalman filter's states as an auxiliary parameter.05-30-2013
20080201023Method for reducing quiescent power draw and machine using same - A machine includes a master electronic control module and at least one secondary electronic control module. A method of operating the machine includes steps of determining whether preconditions are satisfied for changing the master electronic control module from an operating state to a low power state, and determining whether preconditions are satisfied for changing the secondary electronic control module from an operating state to a power off state. The method also includes steps of changing the secondary electronic control module from the operating state to the power off state, and changing the master electronic control module from the operating state to the low power state.08-21-2008
20080201022RECREATIONAL VEHICLE WARNING AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM RELATED APPLICATIONS - A novel warning and identification system for use on recreational vehicles of various types, such as snowmobiles or ATVs, is disclosed as comprising a housing with a display that projects a digital number that is mounted and oriented to provide oncoming riders with information concerning the number of participants in the user's group. The digital display may be set by the user using inputs that allow the entry of the desired number. In addition, the warning and identification system of the present invention includes a beacon for transmitting a select radio signal from the recreational vehicle and which can be recognized by an oncoming rider using a corresponding warning and identification system. Signal differentiation is generated by the unit and like-kind signals are filtered out to avoid confusion amongst the users within a group of riders.08-21-2008
20110224840Methods of Real Time Image Enhancement of Flash LIDAR Data and Navigating a Vehicle Using Flash LIDAR Data - A method for creating a digital elevation map (“DEM”) from frames of flash LIDAR data includes generating a first distance R09-15-2011
20110245993DRIVE ASSISTANCE APPARATUS - Disclosed is a drive assistance apparatus capable of assisting safer driving of a vehicle. The drive assistance apparatus that includes a position detection unit detecting a positional relationship between a preceding vehicle present in front of a subject vehicle and the subject vehicle and executes a drive assistance control assisting the driving of the subject vehicle according to the detected results, wherein the drive assistance apparatus includes an acquisition unit that acquires signal device information regarding a signal device on a traveling path of the subject vehicle and a setting unit that sets execution conditions for executing the drive assistance control based on the signal device information acquired by the acquisition unit.10-06-2011
20110251734METHOD FOR THE ADAPTION OF A DRIVING BEHAVIOR OF A VEHICLE WITH A CHANGE OF DRIVER - A method is provided for the adaption of a driving behavior of a vehicle with a change of driver. For this, driver-specific driving parameters, which characterize a driving style of a driver, of several vehicle drivers are stored as virtual driver profiles in the vehicle or in a drivers' control center. In addition, various methods are stored driver-specifically in the vehicle or in a drivers' control center, which respectively modify a reaction of the vehicle to driving parameters of a driver to the effect that a manner of driving, taking into account the limits of the vehicle, is ensured in traffic. During the driving of the vehicle, a first of the methods is then used and a comparison of stored virtual driver profiles with actually detected driver-specific driving parameters is carried out. If on comparing the actually detected driver-specific driving parameters a change of driver is clearly recognized and an allocation to one of the stored virtual driver profiles was not able to take place, a change-over is made to a next one of the methods until the driver is recognized or, if a recognition is not possible by means of the stored data, a further safety method is created for a new virtual driver.10-13-2011
20130151027VEHICLE OPERATOR IDENTIFICATION AND OPERATOR-CONFIGURED SERVICES - A system for implementing customized vehicle services includes a vehicle control system including a computer processor, and logic executable by the computer processor, the logic configured to implement a method. The method includes receiving user-selected settings for distributing a communication, the user-selected settings input to the computer processor by a user of a vehicle. The method also includes monitoring vehicle components for a condition specified in the user-selected settings, and distributing the communication pursuant to the user-selected settings when the condition is met in response to the monitoring.06-13-2013
20130151028MULTIPLE ENERGY ROUTING SYSTEM - Methods, systems, and automotive vehicles are provided for providing routing for an automotive vehicle from a first location to a second location. The automotive vehicle is configured to operate using a primary energy source and a secondary energy source. An energy indicator is configured to provide a measure of available energy from the primary energy source onboard the automotive vehicle. A processor is coupled to the energy indicator, and is configured to ascertain characteristics of a plurality of segments connecting the first location and the second location, and to select an optimized route between the first location and the second location using the measure of available energy and the characteristics of the plurality of segments.06-13-2013
20130151029VEHICLE TRAVEL AMOUNT ESTIMATION DEVICE AND OBSTACLE DETECTION DEVICE - A vehicle travel amount estimation device includes a camera, a taken image storing unit, a compensated image storing unit, a travel amount calculation unit, a vehicle speed and gyro sensor, and a travel amount determination unit. The taken image storing unit and the compensated image storing unit store images taken by the camera. The travel amount calculation unit calculates the amount of travel based on two stored images. The sensors detect the amount of travel of the vehicle. The travel amount determination unit is configured to compare a first amount of travel calculated by the travel amount calculation unit with a second amount of travel detected by the vehicle speed sensor or the like in order to determine the first amount of travel to be the amount of travel of the vehicle when the difference between the first amount and the second amount is smaller than a predetermined value.06-13-2013
20130151030DRIVING CONDITION DETERMINATION APPARATUS - A driving condition determination apparatus includes: an image obtaining device for obtaining a driver face image; a direction detector for detecting a face direction and/or a visual line direction of the driver; a steering wheel angle detector for determining whether a steering wheel angle exceeds a threshold value; and a determination device for determining whether the face direction and/or the visual line direction, which has been detected within a time interval just before the steering wheel angle exceeds the threshold value, satisfies a first condition and/or a second condition. The first condition is that the face direction and/or the visual line direction turns to a rearview mirror of the vehicle, and the second condition is that the face direction and/or the visual line direction turns to a door mirror or a side mirror on a side, to which the steering wheel is turned.06-13-2013
20130151031GESTURE RECOGNITION FOR ON-BOARD DISPLAY - Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a system to recognize the drivers and/or passengers within the automobile. Based on the recognition, the vehicle may change a configuration of the automobile to match predetermined preferences for the driver and/or passenger. The configurations may also include the recognition of a unique set of gestures for the person. Further, the configuration can also include the tracking of health data related to the person.06-13-2013
20130151033ALTITUDE RELIABILITY DETERMINING SYSTEM, DATA MAINTENANCE SYSTEM, DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, ALTITUDE RELIABILITY DETERMINING PROGRAM, AND METHOD - Systems, methods, and programs acquire map information including road width data and background type data. The systems, methods, and programs acquire altitude information indicating an altitude of each unit region, the unit region being set by dividing a map indicated in the map information into a plurality of unit regions having a predetermined size, and calculate a predicted altitude of each of a plurality of reference points based on the road information and the altitude information, the plurality of reference points being set along a road. The systems, methods, and programs determine a predicted altitude reliability of each of the reference points based on at least one of the background type data and the road width data at the position of the each of the reference points.06-13-2013
20130151034DETERMINING SPEED PARAMETERS IN A GEOGRAPHIC AREA - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for assigning parameters to a geographic area, wherein the parameters may be used to associate a speed limit with the geographic area. For example, in one embodiment, a geofenced area that comprises one or more street segments is identified. Additionally, speed data associated with one of more of the street segments is received. After receiving the speed data, a speed limit is determined for one or more of the street segments and associated with one or more of the street segments.06-13-2013
20130151032SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING DATA IN A VEHICLE SYSTEM - A system including a router transceiver unit that is configured to be disposed on-board a vehicle system. The vehicle system may have at least a source vehicle and a separate linked vehicle that are mechanically linked with each other to travel together along a route and are communicatively linked with each other through a system network of the vehicle system. The router transceiver unit is configured to be communicatively coupled to a requesting operational component of the source vehicle and the system network. The router transceiver unit is also configured to receive a local data packet from the requesting operational component that is directed toward a target operational component of the linked vehicle. The router transceiver unit includes an encapsulation module that is configured to transform the local data packet into an in-tunnel data packet, wherein the local and in-tunnel data packets have different packet formats.06-13-2013
20120259478SATELLITE SIGNAL ACQUISITION APPARATUS, NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ACQUIRING A SATELLITE SIGNAL - A satellite signal acquisition apparatus comprises a parking detector (10-11-2012
20120283895COLLISION PROBABILITY CALCULATION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A collision probability calculation apparatus capable of accurately calculating a collision probability that one's own vehicle will collide with an object around the own vehicle (referred to as a nearby object). In the apparatus, a position of the nearby object and a traveling speed and a traveling direction of the own vehicle are acquired. A collision probability map is generated on the basis of the traveling speed and traveling direction of the own vehicle. A width of a traveling lane of the own vehicle is acquired and the map is corrected in response to the width of the traveling lane. Thereafter, a collision probability associated with the position of the nearby object is corrected in response to the position of the nearby object. The corrected collision probability is outputted as a more accurate collision probability that the own vehicle will collide with the nearby object.11-08-2012
20120283894HANDS ON STEERING WHEEL VEHICLE SAFETY CONTROL SYSTEM - The present invention provides a safety control system for a vehicle with controls located on the vehicle steering wheel. The controls may be arranged in a cluster on one or both sides of the upper half of the steering wheel or on a special flange mounted to the steering wheel. The contours are easily recognizable and accessible while driving without any distraction to the driver. The controls can be enhanced by varied coloring, shape, size, and texture to make them easily identifiable. The controls can be used with portable telematics devices, in a multi-modal process in conjunction with thumb gesture interpretation or speech recognition. A universal portable device docking station may be used in conjunction with the control system.11-08-2012
20120283893SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVING STYLE DETERMINATION - In one embodiment, a system and method may collect acceleration data for a driver for a vehicle, compare the acceleration data for the driver to a set of acceleration data representing a plurality of sample drivers driving in the same type of vehicle as the vehicle, and based on the comparison, determining a driving style rating for the driver.11-08-2012
20130158740MOTOR VEHICLE COMBINATION AND METHOD FOR OPERATING - A motor vehicle combination is provided. The motor vehicle combination includes a towing vehicle. The towing vehicle is embodied as passenger car. In addition, the motor vehicle combination includes at least one trailer. The at least one trailer can be mechanically connected to the towing vehicle. In addition, the motor vehicle combination comprises a bidirectional communication unit, which is designed for exchanging data between the towing vehicle and the at least one trailer.06-20-2013
20130184896VEHICLE TRACKING MONITOR - The utility model discloses a vehicle tracking monitor, mainly comprising a master control unit, a power supply module, a GPS module and a GSM module, wherein the input end of the power supply module is electrically connected to a cigar lighter port on a vehicle and the output end thereof is connected with the master control unit; one end of the GPS module has a radio connection with a satellite, and the other end is connected with the master control unit for data transmission; one end of the GSM module has a radio connection with a computer server or a mobile phone, and the other end thereof is connected with the master control unit for data transmission.07-18-2013
20130158741METHOD FOR ASSISTING DRIVER OF MOTOR VEHICLE GIVEN LOSS OF ALERTNESS - A method for assisting the driver of a motor vehicle is provided. The method includes prescribing a desired driver behavior parameter that describes a desired driver behavior, determining an actual driver behavior parameter that describes an actual driver behavior, and determining a deviation parameter that describes a deviation between the desired driver behavior parameter and the actual driver behavior parameter. The method also includes prescribing a first threshold value for the deviation parameter, raising an error counter if the deviation parameter exceeds the first threshold value, and lowering the error counter if the deviation parameter falls below the first threshold value. The method includes determining an evaluation parameter that describes a change in the error counter over time, prescribing a lower threshold value for the evaluation parameter, and initiating a reaction that affects the behavior of the motor vehicle and/or driver if the evaluation parameter exceeds the lower threshold value.06-20-2013
20130158739DATA COLLECTION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR WATERBORNE VEHICLE - A system for collecting and communicating data associated with a waterborne vehicle, includes at least one sensor configured to provide signals indicative of data associated with a parameter related to a waterborne vehicle. The system further includes a communication module configured to receive the signals and communicate with a user interface located remote from the vehicle. A method for loading material onto a waterborne vehicle, includes conveying material onto the waterborne vehicle. The method further includes monitoring the draft of the waterborne vehicle using at least one sensor, and discontinuing conveying the material onto the waterborne vehicle when the draft of the waterborne vehicle reaches a predetermined draft as indicated by the at least ore sensor.06-20-2013
20110282516METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR DETECTING A DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITION OF A VEHICLE - A method for detecting a dangerous driving condition of a vehicle located on a roadway is provided, which includes a step of receiving a first damping signal (11-17-2011
20110307118Vehicle Aerodynamic Efficiency Advisor Systems and Methods - A method is provided. The method includes estimating aerodynamic efficiency values of a vehicle; comparing the aerodynamic efficiency values to determine vehicle settings; and generating a recommendation based on the at least one of the efficiency values and the vehicle settings.12-15-2011
20110313592VEHICLE DRIVE SUPPORT DEVICE - In a vehicle drive support device 12-22-2011
20130190944DRIVER ASSISTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A driver assisting system and method for a vehicle are provided. The system includes a processor and a display system. The display system is adapted to display information on a screen of a vehicle. The screen is adapted to show the environment in front of the vehicle or a representation thereof. The vehicle extends in a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction, the longitudinal direction corresponding to the intended direction of vehicle travel. The processor is adapted to receive a first input data signal indicative of a velocity of the vehicle, and a second input data signal indicative of an actual performed and/or on-going and/or impending lateral position change of the vehicle. The processor is further adapted to process at least the first and the second input data signals to calculate an estimated vehicle path, and the display system is adapted to display the estimated vehicle path on the screen.07-25-2013
20130190945VEHICLE MASS ESTIMATING APPARATUS - There is provided a vehicle mass estimating apparatus including an acceleration detecting unit which detects an acceleration of a vehicle, a driving-force calculating unit which calculates a driving force of the vehicle corresponding to the acceleration, a steering-angle associated value detecting unit which detects a steering-angle associated value which is associated with a steering angle of the vehicle at a detection time of the acceleration, and a mass estimating unit which estimates a vehicle mass at the detection time of the acceleration based on the acceleration and the driving force on a condition that the steering angle associated value satisfies a predetermined condition.07-25-2013
20130190946VEHICLE DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE DATA ACQUISITION METHOD - A vehicle data acquisition system that stores, in a memory device, vehicle data acquired by way of a vehicle-mounted information processor. A data acquisition program assisting the acquisition of the vehicle data is dynamically incorporated in the vehicle-mounted information processor. A probe section, which can be replaced with another command, is positioned as an invalid command in one or a plurality of positions in an application program incorporated in advance in the information processor. The data acquisition program replaces the probe section with a vehicle data acquisition command and stores the acquired vehicle data in chronological order in the memory device. The data acquisition program re-replaces the probe section with an invalid command after the vehicle data is acquired.07-25-2013
20110320064Method for Operating a Sensor Apparatus and Sensor Apparatus - A sensor apparatus includes a housing with a security device, a secure first computation device, a second computation device (AC) and a sensor element. The sensor apparatus detects a temperature in the housing, to activate the first computation device only when the detected temperature is in a predefined temperature range, to determine a session key by the first computation device and to store the session key in a second memory of the second computation device, to deactivate the first computation device after the session key has been stored, to determine data on the basis of a sensor signal detected using the sensor element and to encrypt and/or sign the data by the second computation device on the basis of the session key.12-29-2011
20120029728CHARGING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE - A charging device for a vehicle includes a device-side power line communication (PLC) modem, a device-side control pilot (CPLT) signal generating circuit, a device-side CPLT signal detecting circuit and a device-side low-pass filter (LPF). The device-side PLC modem is used for PLC between the vehicle and the charging device. The device-side CPLT signal generating circuit is used for generating CPLT signals. The device-side CPLT signal detecting circuit is used for detecting the CPLT signals transmitted from the vehicle through the signal line to determine whether or not the vehicle is ready for charging and whether or not the charging is completed. The device-side LPF is connected to an input of the device-side CPLT signal detecting circuit and has such a frequency characteristics that allows the CPLT signals to pass through the device-side LPF but removes signals having frequencies in a frequency band used for PLC.02-02-2012
20120029727SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING VEHICLE MOTION - A control system for a vehicle includes a period determination module and a motion detection module. The period determination module determines a period for the vehicle to travel a predetermined distance based on a desired transmission output shaft speed (TOSS), a target transmission output shaft position, a final drive ratio of the vehicle, and a tire size of the vehicle. The motion detection module detects whether the vehicle is moving based on the TOSS during the determined period.02-02-2012
20130197713VEHICLE OPERATING CONDITION DETERMINING SYSTEM, DRIVING ASSIST SYSTEM, AND OPERATING CONDITION DETERMINING METHOD - A vehicle operating condition determining system determines, when a turning angle of wheels or a steering angle of a steering wheel changes, that the turning angle of the wheels or the steering angle of the steering wheel changes due to a driver's intention, under a condition that the magnitude of steering torque applied to a steering device is kept equal to or larger than a threshold value after the torque reaches a peak, for a period of time equal to or longer than a reference time.08-01-2013
20120041617VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING DEVICE - Provided is a vehicle periphery monitoring device having: a first distance calculating unit (02-16-2012
20120046805VEHICLE CONTROLLER - According to one embodiment, there is provided a vehicle controller including: a sudden change judgment section that judges whether a change rate of a detected yaw rate is equal to or more than a predetermined value; a normative yaw rate calculator that calculates a normative yaw rate based on a steering angle amount; and a correction section that performs a correction for making a detected lateral acceleration close to a value to be detected at a gravity center of a vehicle, by using: the detected yaw rate when the sudden change judgment section judges that the change rate of the detected yaw rate is less than the predetermined value; and the normative yaw rate instead of the detected yaw rate when the sudden change judgment section judges that the change rate of the detected yaw rate is equal to or more than the predetermined value.02-23-2012
20130204455MANAGING A DRIVER PROFILE - A method, system or computer usable program product for porting driver preferences between vehicles including initiating a first communication session between a computer in the first vehicle and an external device, receiving a driver profile from the first vehicle in the external device, wherein the driver profile was used to configure warnings and other driver settings in the first vehicle, initiating a second communication session between the external device and a computer in a second vehicle, transferring the driver profile from the external device to a second memory in the second vehicle, and using the driver profile to configure warning and other driver settings in the second vehicle.08-08-2013
20130204456NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE TRAVELLING FROM A STARTING POINT TO A DESTINATION - A method for an electric vehicle travelling from a starting point to a destination, a navigation system for an electric vehicle, a method for charging an electrical energy storage device of an electric vehicle, a charger for charging an electrical energy storage device of an electric vehicle, and an electric vehicle are described.08-08-2013
20130204457INTERACTING WITH VEHICLE CONTROLS THROUGH GESTURE RECOGNITION - A gesture-based recognition system obtains a vehicle occupant's desired command inputs through recognition and interpretation of his gestures. An image of the vehicle's interior section is captured and the occupant's image is separated from the background, in the captured image. The separated image is analyzed and a gesture recognition processor interprets the occupant's gesture from the image. A command actuator renders the interpreted desired command to the occupant along with a confirmation message, before actuating the command. When the occupant confirms, the command actuator actuates the interpreted command. Further, an inference engine processor assesses the occupant's state of attentiveness and conveys signals to a drive assist system if the occupant in inattentive. The drive-assist system provides warning signals to the inattentive occupant if any potential threats are identified. Further, a driver recognition module readjusts a set of vehicle's personalization functions to pre-stored settings, on recognizing the driver.08-08-2013
20130204458SYSTEM, A METHOD AND, AN APPARATUS FOR VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION - A system and method vehicle-to-mobile communication using a smart horn (08-08-2013
20130204459IN-VEHICLE OPERATION APPARATUS - An in-vehicle operation apparatus has an operation switch, a candidate selection operation unit, and a command assignment operation unit, all of which are operable by a user. The operation switch may control multiple in-vehicle devices based on a desired command assigned thereto. In particular, the candidate selection operation unit selects a plurality of candidate commands from among a plurality of commands respectively for in-vehicle devices. The command assignment operation unit selects and assigns the desired command from among the plurality of candidate commands to the operation switch. Accordingly, the operation switch controls the in-vehicle device associated with the desired command. Thus, the apparatus reduces the amount of operation switches required and allows the user to easily select and assign a command to the operation switch for controlling a desired in-vehicle device.08-08-2013
20130204460VEHICLE INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - A vehicle information processing system includes a database that mutually associates and stores driving operation information of a driver and position information of a vehicle for each candidate of an assistance area; and a specification unit that determines a vehicle stop based on the information stored in the database, and specifies an assistance area based on stop frequency in the same area. By this configuration, the assistance area can be specified by learning a driving action of the driver based on the database which stores information for each vehicle, and an assistance that is appropriate for the driver can be performed for each vehicle.08-08-2013
20130096732METHOD FOR ASSISTING A PARKING MANEUVER - A driving assistance device having a control unit including a memory unit for storing sensor signals, in particular while parking into a parking space, in which the driver is provided with optimization tips on a computer, which is separate from the control unit, during a later evaluation.04-18-2013
20130096731DRIVE EVENT CAPTURING BASED ON GEOLOCATION - A system for drive event capturing based on geolocation comprises an interface and a processor. The interface receives driving data from one or more onboard sensors of a vehicle, and the processor is configured to capturing a drive event based on a geolocation of the vehicle. The capturing of the drive event includes causing storage of driving data associated with the drive event.04-18-2013
20120095617VEHICLE GUIDANCE SYSTEM - A vehicle guidance system is provided with a controller configured to receive input indicative of a relative position between a charging port and a charging pad, and to provide output indicative of a distance vector therebetween in response to the input. An interface communicates with the controller and is configured to display a base element representing the charging port and target element representing the charging pad positioned relative to each other according to the distance vector.04-19-2012
20130211618SYSTEM FOR CHARACTERIZING THE DRIVING STYLE OF VEHICLE DRIVERS - An assessment system of a risk indicator of the vehicle driver is disclosed, which uses an accelerometer (08-15-2013
20130211619METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE - A method, device, system, and computer program for operating a vehicle, in case of a detection of a vehicle avoidance maneuver a driver assistance system being activated for a lateral vehicle dynamics control.08-15-2013
20130211621Vehicle Regulating System and Method for Determining Tire States - A control device for a vehicle regulating system is configured to pick up driving state measurement signals from driving state sensors of the vehicle and determine reaction properties of the vehicle wheels from the signals. The control device is configured to also pick up roadway measurement signals of a spectroscopic sensor that is aligned with a roadway surface and determine therefrom the presence and/or properties of a layer of water on the roadway surface. The control device determines tire properties of the tires on the basis of the determined reaction properties of the vehicle wheels and the roadway measurement signals.08-15-2013
20130211620VEHICLE MOTION CONTROL SYSTEM - A vehicle motion control system 08-15-2013

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