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Remote control system

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

701001000 - VEHICLE CONTROL, GUIDANCE, OPERATION, OR INDICATION

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20130030609Robotic Garden Tool Following Wires at a Distance Using Multiple Signals - The present invention relates to a method (01-31-2013
20130030608APPARATUS, METHOD AND ARTICLE FOR PHYSICAL SECURITY OF POWER STORAGE DEVICES IN VEHICLES - A network of collection, charging and distribution machines collect, charge and distribute portable electrical energy storage devices (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors or ultracapacitors). To avoid theft and tampering of the portable electrical energy storage devices, by default, each portable electrical energy storage device is locked in and operably connected to the vehicle to which it provides power unless the vehicle comes within the vicinity of a collection, charging and distribution machine or other authorized external device such as that in a service center. Once within the vicinity of a collection, charging and distribution machine or other authorized external device a locking mechanism in the vehicle or within the portable electrical energy storage device unlocks and allows the portable electrical energy storage device to be exchanged or serviced.01-31-2013
20130030607Stall Prevention/Recovery System and Method - A method for operating an aircraft to prevent/recover from a stall condition includes the steps of detecting an actual vertical velocity of the aircraft, calculating vertical velocity error of the aircraft, the vertical velocity error being based upon a comparison between the actual vertical velocity of the aircraft and a commanded vertical velocity of the aircraft, and determining if the aircraft is in one of a near stalled condition and a stalled condition based upon at least the detected vertical velocity error and the polarity of the vertical velocity error. The method further includes the steps of taking control of the aircraft from an operator of the aircraft, reducing a bank angle of the aircraft, pitching the aircraft downward, and increasing the airspeed of the aircraft if the aircraft's airspeed is outside an airspeed window if the aircraft is in one of the near stalled condition and the stalled condition.01-31-2013
20130030606AUTONOMOUS CONVOYING TECHNIQUE FOR VEHICLES - A method of autonomously convoying vehicles traveling along a route with a leader vehicle being in communication with at least one follower vehicle. The at least one follower vehicle receives a communication relating to a target offset position and route data. Tracking data is generated and derived from on-board sensing devices of the at least one follower vehicle that includes a traveled path of the leader vehicle sensed by the at least one follower vehicle. The route data is compared to the tracking data for identifying accuracy between the route data relative to the tracking data. An adjusted target offset position and a set of trajectory points that provides a trajectory path of travel from a current position of the at least one follower vehicle to the adjusted target offset position are determined based on the accuracy between the route data and the tracking data.01-31-2013
20130085627SYSTEM FOR REMOTE STARTING AND STOPPING OF ON-VEHICLE POWER TAKE-OFF SYSTEMS - A system and method that enable remote wireless control of a PTO system on a vehicle. The system includes an input/output module, a display module electrically wired to the input/output module, and a key fob. The input/output module is configured to receive information relating to the operation of the power take-off unit and selectively deliver and interrupt electrical power to the power take-off unit. The display module is configured to communicate with the input/output module. The display module includes a control circuit and buttons operable to deliver to the input/output module control signals that command the input/output module. The key fob is adapted for wireless communication with the display module and includes buttons for wirelessly sending wireless signals to the display module by which the display module is caused to command the input/output module to selectively deliver and interrupt electrical power to the power take-off unit.04-04-2013
20130085626SYSTEMS FOR AND METHODS OF ENGINE DERATING - Systems for, and methods of, derating and locking down a vehicle's engine are described. The systems and methods gradually derate an engine in response to a command sent over the air in a manner that does not cause the engine control module (ECM) of the vehicle to generate an error code.04-04-2013
20090198391SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE CODE FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION FOR ROUTING A POWERED SYSTEM AND ADJUSTING A ROUTE IN ACCORDANCE WITH RELEVANT INFORMATION - A method for controlling a powered system, the method including operating the powered system to perform a mission based on an optimized mission plan, identifying when the powered system is approaching a location in the mission where the powered system may change from a first route to a second route, obtaining information about whether the first route or the second route will be taken, and if the second route is taken, adjusting the mission plan to optimize reduced emissions output and/or reduced fuel consumption based on the route change.08-06-2009
20120173050SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SELF-PROPELLED DEVICE IN CONNECTION WITH A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT - A system for controlling a self-propelled device in connection with a virtual environment in which the self-propelled device is represented.07-05-2012
20100152920TOWED EQUIPMENT BRAKE CONTROLLER - A brake controller (06-17-2010
20100152921PERFORMANCE INSPECTION METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILE APPARATUS, AND PERFORMANCE INSPECTION SHEET THEREFOR - An autonomous mobile apparatus (R) at a reference position (06-17-2010
20110301786Remote Vehicle Control System and Method - A system increases an operator's situational awareness while the operator controls a remote vehicle. The system comprises an operator control unit having a point-and-click interface configured to allow the operator to view an environment surrounding the remote vehicle and control the remote vehicle, and a payload attached to the remote vehicle and in communication with at least one of the remote vehicle and the operator control unit. The payload comprises an integrated sensor suite including GPS, an inertial measurement unit, a stereo vision camera, and a range sensor, and a computational module receiving data from the GPS, the inertial measurement unit, the stereo vision camera, and the range sensor and providing data to a CPU including at least one of an autonomous behavior and a semi-autonomous behavior that utilize data from the integrated sensor suite.12-08-2011
20090192658Vehicle Guidance System and Method - A vehicle guidance system in accordance with the present disclosure has a transmitter for transmitting information related to a movement of a vehicle to a receiver and logic configured to determine how to steer a vehicle so as to align the vehicle with an object, the logic further configured to provide the information to the transmitter.07-30-2009
20110202202TRAVELING VEHICLE SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION METHOD IN THE TRAVELING VEHICLE SYSTEM - A system server and access points are connected through a LAN preferably on the ground. A control cycle is divided into an instruction time zone to provide instructions from the access points to traveling vehicles, and a report time zone to provide reports from the traveling vehicles to the access points. The access points transmit target positions in the instruction time zone, and the traveling vehicles report positions in the report time zone. The system server determines target positions based on the reported positions.08-18-2011
20110202201REMOTE STARTING DEVICE AND REMOTE STARTING METHOD - A remote starting device starts up an engine of a vehicle when receiving an engine starting signal wirelessly transmitted from a remote control terminal. A starting control unit turns on a remote control switch disposed in a path through which power is supplied to ignition devices from a battery to supply power to the ignition devices and to start up the engine when receiving the engine starting signal. An operation state detecting unit detects at least a key insertion operation of inserting a key into a key cylinder and a brake pedaling operation of depressing a brake pedal, by an operator. A remote control stopping unit turns off the remote control switch when stopping of the brake pedaling operation is detected after the engine is started up and the key insertion operation and the brake pedaling operation are detected.08-18-2011
20110202200ENGINE STARTING APPARATUS - An engine starting apparatus for starting an engine that is installed in a vehicle starts the engine in response to radio signals received from a remote control. When a result of an authentication implemented after the start of the engine by an authentication part that authenticates a key code stored in a vehicle key that a user possesses is unsuccessful, the engine starting apparatus stores unsuccessful data indicating that the result of the authentication was unsuccessful in a memory part while maintaining the engine running. The engine starting apparatus stops the running of the engine when a door is opened after the start of the engine if the unsuccessful data are stored in the memory part before the start of the engine.08-18-2011
20110202199Cargo Loading and Unloading System for a Vehicle - A cargo loading and unloading system mounts to a vehicle's flat surface and is contained within the vehicle's constraints. The system includes a rolling platform attached to a tilting frame, which in turn pivots on top of a sliding extension frame, which in turn extends from a base frame. The extension frame is pushed toward the vehicle's rear. As the extension frame moves rearward, a tilt initiator lifts one end of the tilting frame from the flat surface, initiating tilting. The tilting frame continues to pivot upward about the vehicle's rear. The cargo platform rolls out or down to a loading or unloading surface. Once cargo is loaded or unloaded, the platform is raised back onto the tilting frame. The tilting frame pivots downwards towards the flat surface and lands on the extension frame. The extension frame is pulled back into the base frame.08-18-2011
20090099710Unmanned vehicle retrofitting system - A system for incorporation into a manually controlled vehicle to provide unmanned operational capability to the vehicle, comprises a quantity of subsystem controllers. The subsystem controllers include: a throttle controller, integratable with an existing throttle system of the vehicle; a brake controller, integratable with an existing brake system of the vehicle; and a steering controller, integratable with an existing steering system of the vehicle. An actuator control system is operably coupleable to each of the subsystem controllers, and the actuator control system is capable of enabling remote or automated control of each of the subsystem controllers. An interrupt device is operably coupled to the actuator control system, the interrupt device providing selective: i) actuation of the actuator control system to provide remote or automated control of the subsystem controllers; and ii) deactivation of the actuator control system to return the subsystem controllers to a manually controlled state.04-16-2009
20100076622SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS AND CONTROLLING VEHICLE OPERATIONS IN RESPONSE THERETO - In at least one embodiment, a system for determining the location of a wireless device with respect to a vehicle is provided. The system comprises a plurality of antennas positioned about the vehicle for receiving a radio frequency (RF) signal from the wireless device. The RF signal corresponds to at least one of a command and status related to a predetermined vehicle operation. The system further comprises a controller operably coupled to each antenna. The controller is configured to generate a location signal indicative of the location of the wireless device based on the arrival time of the RF signal at one or more antennas of the plurality of antennas and to control the operation of the predetermined vehicle operation based on the location signal.03-25-2010
20120245766CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY ISOLATING POWERED UNITS IN A VEHICLE SYSTEM - A control system includes an energy management system and an isolation control system. The energy management system generates a trip plan that designates operational settings of a vehicle system having powered units that generate tractive effort to propel the vehicle system. The energy management system determines a tractive effort capability of the vehicle system and a demanded tractive effort of a trip. The energy management system identifies a tractive effort difference between the tractive effort capability of the vehicle system and the demanded tractive effort of the trip and selects at least one of the powered units based on the tractive effort difference. The isolation module remotely turns the selected powered unit to an OFF mode such that the vehicle system is propelled along the route during the trip by the powered units other than the selected powered unit.09-27-2012
20120245765SYSTEM FOR MANAGING OPERATION OF AN INDSUTRIAL VEHICLE IN RESTRICTED AREAS - Operation of an industrial vehicle is controlled based on the location of that vehicle at a facility. The control method includes storing, in a memory device onboard the industrial vehicle, a definition of a first area in a facility. Radio signals are transmitted to the industrial vehicle from at least three transmitters, and for each radio signal, determining a propagation time from the transmitter to the industrial vehicle. A location of the industrial vehicle is derived from the propagation times of the radio signals, and the location is employed to determine when the industrial vehicle is within the first area. Operation of the industrial vehicle is altered in response to the industrial vehicle being within the first area. For example, the industrial vehicle may be disabled, its maximum travel speed limited or an alert is sent to the operator, when the industrial vehicle is within the first area.09-27-2012
20120245761Three-way airplane model control system with 2.4G communication mode - The utility model provides an airplane model control system capable of conducting omnidirectional and long-distance transmission of signals without being interfered by the sunlight and other visible lights. The airplane model control system can transverse obstacles for data communication, and comprises a remote control transmitting control device and an airplane receiving control device which all work in the frequency band of 2.4 GHz and 83 communication channels are included; and each remote control transmitting control device has unique ID number, which will not be controlled and interfered due to the reason of same frequency, realizes a share port of multiple functions simultaneously on one main controller and can realize reduction of cost.09-27-2012
20130079954SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONTROL - A system for localizing an autonomous vehicle to a target area can include a position indicator adapted for association with the vehicle in a three dimensional configuration, a detection device configured to detect the position indicator, a computation device configured to compute a position of the vehicle based on the detected position indicator and the relationship of the configuration to the vehicle orientation, a transmitter configured to receive information from the computation device and produce a signal carrying the information, a receiver configured to receive the signal from the transmitter and filter the information therefrom, and a control system configured for association with and control of one or more directional control components of the vehicle, the control being based on the information received from the receiver relating to localizing the vehicle to the target area. A method of for localizing a vehicle to a target area is also disclosed.03-28-2013
20130079953CONVOY TRAVEL APPARATUS - A convoy travel apparatus in a subject vehicle of a convoy transmits a convoy travel information, which includes the maximum allowable number and the currently-included number of vehicles in the convoy. The apparatus determines whether the subject vehicle is blocking a signal from a leader vehicle of the convoy in which the subject vehicle is traveling as a follower vehicle, where the signal being blocked by the subject vehicle may not reach a position of a rearmost vehicle in the convoy. When the subject vehicle is determined to be blocking the signal, the subject vehicle transmits the convoy travel information indicating that the subject vehicle as a leader vehicle (i.e., a representative leader vehicle) of the convoy, thereby enabling a newly-joining vehicle to receive the convoy travel information transmitted from the follower vehicle in the convoy.03-28-2013
20130079952ENGINE IDLE PROTECTION SYSTEM - An automated vehicle shutdown and user notification method and device for shutting down an engine in a vehicle having a passive keyless entry and start ignition system where the engine has unintentionally been left running by the user is disclosed. In one aftermarket embodiment, the method is implemented in an aftermarket remote start interface module. The module comprises a micro-controller, a memory, a vehicle data bus connector that provides for interface through the vehicles onboard diagnostic (OBDII) port to the vehicle data bus. The system includes a remote start module having a radio frequency transceiver and a cellular telephone transceiver, and provides audible, visual and electronic notifications that the vehicle has been left running and that the engine will be shut off unless the shutdown sequence is deactivated. If the shutdown fails by any malfunction, the system will go into an alternative notice mode.03-28-2013
20130035806Mobile Robot for Telecommunication - A remote control unit configured to wirelessly control a mobile robot moving through an environment and having a robot camera. The remote control unit comprises a privacy button operable by a local user and configured to engage a privacy mode of the mobile robot, and a wireless transmitter configured to emit a wireless control signal to the mobile robot based on input from a keypad of the RC unit. The wireless control signal is configured to cause the robot camera to block the field of view of the robot camera such that the environment of the mobile robot is obscured when the privacy mode of the mobile robot is engaged.02-07-2013
20130079951Vehicle Device - A vehicle actuation device includes a wireless communication device configured to communicate with a remote mobile apparatus via a communication network, an actuator configured to actuate one or more appliances in a vehicle, and a processor configured to resolve a position of the remote mobile apparatus via the wireless communication device. The processor is further configured to control the actuator as a function of parameters. The parameters include a distance threshold of the remote mobile apparatus relative to the vehicle.03-28-2013
20130035805FLIGHT INTERPRETER FOR CAPTIVE CARRY UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS DEMONSTRATION - A system for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) testing which incorporates a UAS flight control system and an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) carrying the UAS flight control system. The OPV has an OPV flight control system and a flight control interpreter (FCI) which receives input from the UAS flight control system representing control parameters for a flight profile of the UAS. The FCI provides status commands as an output to the OPV flight control system to replicate the flight profile. These status commands are selected from the group consisting of data regarding attitude, vertical navigation, lateral navigation, turn rate, velocity and engine operations. The OPV flight control system includes a pilot override for emergency, flight safety or other contingencies allowing an on board pilot to assume control of the OPV.02-07-2013
20130138267METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PROBABLE CAUSE RELATING TO VEHICLE NON-COMPLIANCE - The present invention provides systems, methods and devices to generate an indication or signal by an indicator device of a vehicle that is detectable near the vehicle regarding one or more statuses of the vehicle, such as insurance policy, registration, crimes, wanted persons, etc. The indicator device may produce the indication or signal based on a control signal sent from a remote control system to the indicator device via a network and/or broadcast transmitter. The control system may determine the control signal and vehicle status based on information from external database(s). The indicator device may also receive local status information regarding the vehicle or any person associated with the vehicle. Such local status information may be sent back to the control system as a report signal, which may be stored in a remote database. The indicator signal or report signal may be detected by law enforcement near the vehicle.05-30-2013
20120265371SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING CONSTRUCTION SITE VEHICLES - A system for controlling construction site vehicles has a plurality of construction site vehicles and a control room. Data can be transmitted on communication channels between the control room and the construction site vehicles. In the control room, at least one digital map is stored in which at least one additional piece of information is stored for individual road sections, in addition to the route of the respective road section. A navigation module is provided and designed to generate, with reference to the at least one digital map, navigation recommendations for the construction site vehicles.10-18-2012
20130041524SMART TRAILER RFID SYSTEM - A smart trailer RFID system includes a vehicle such as a trailer or cargo van having one or more RFID tag readers configured to acquire load-specific data from RFID tags attached to a load. The load-specific data is collected by a computer and conveyed wirelessly to a tow vehicle. Depending on the nature of the load, the load data can be used to control or change operation of the tow vehicle or be displayed to a vehicle operator.02-14-2013
20130211623Vehicle Communications - A method and apparatus 08-15-2013
20130211625Robotic Mower Boundary Sensing Sysetm - A robotic mower boundary sensing system includes a boundary driving circuit on a charging station transmitting an encoded signal on a boundary wire, a boundary sensor on a robotic mower and including an inductor receiving the encoded signal, and a vehicle control unit on the robotic mower receiving the encoded signal from the boundary sensor and decoding the signal and cross correlating the received signal to determine the distance of the boundary sensor from the boundary wire.08-15-2013
20130211626VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE SYSTEM - A vehicle system includes a travel route including a merging section including a first entrance and a second entrance, a plurality of vehicles configured to travel on the travel route in one direction, and a ground controller configured and programmed to communicate with the plurality of vehicles. Any other vehicle expected to enter the merging section from the first entrance when a first vehicle is expected to enter the merging section from the second entrance is mapped on the travel route of the first vehicle based on a position and a velocity of the first vehicle and a position and a velocity of the other vehicle. A preceding-following relationship between the first vehicle and the other vehicle is determined from the position of the first vehicle and the position of the other vehicle after the mapping, and travel of the first vehicle is controlled so as to avoid a collision with the other vehicle.08-15-2013
20130211627System for operating model vehicles and a model vehicle therefor - A system for operating model vehicles comprising at least one model vehicle having an energy self-sufficient drive and a steering axle, which, with the aid of a magnet, follows a contact wire laid directly under a road, further comprising a positioning system, a control module and a wireless communication system for transmitting information to and/or from the vehicle.08-15-2013
20130041525SAFETY DEVICE ELECTRONIC IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM - A safety device ignition interlock system for a vehicle. The system includes an ignition interlock receiver and controller located on a vehicle and a pairing located on the vehicle operable for pairing the ignition interlock receiver to operate in cooperation with selected ignition interlock transmitters. The ignition interlock receiver and controller is operable for activating an ignition circuit when the ignition interlock transmitter is within an operational distance from an ignition interlock receiver located on a safety device that has been paired with the ignition interlock receiver. By way of examples, the vehicle may be a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, off road vehicle, jets ski, powerboat, construction vehicle, forklift, or utility vehicle and the safety device may be a helmet, hard hat, life jacket or high-visibility vest. The system may also include a remote monitoring and control system.02-14-2013
20100100256Remote Vehicle Control System and Method - A method for controlling one or more remote vehicles may comprise manipulating a remote dexterous control device, translating movement of the remote dexterous control device into movement of the one or more remote vehicles, and providing a sliding work window allowing control of the one or more remote vehicles' entire range of motion without sacrificing control resolution.04-22-2010
20100106344Unmanned land vehicle having universal interfaces for attachments and autonomous operation capabilities and method of operation thereof - An apparatus and method is disclosed for a wireless remotely operable unmanned compact vehicle platform for use in land management comprising a frame and providing a pair of ground engageable endless drive tracks powered by a hydraulic fluid power source. The vehicle supports working attachments on the front end by utilizing a universal working attachment coupling interface carried on a pair of loader boom structures, and the vehicle supports working attachments on the rear end by utilizing a three point hitch apparatus. Working attachments coupled to the vehicle may be powered by the hydraulic fluid power source carried on the frame. A wireless remote control apparatus allows an operator to control the vehicle at a safe distance and a wireless video system allows an operator to control the vehicle accurately. A system of autonomous operation is integrated with the vehicle for travel in complex, unstructured environments. The claimed invention also utilizes a method of operation for the wirelessly operable unmanned vehicle control system which comprises a system wherein one or more mobile transmitters can be used to control one or more vehicles individually.04-29-2010
20100106345VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS OF TELEMATICS TERMINAL - A vehicle, vehicle control apparatus and method of a telematics terminal are disclosed to allow a user to quickly determine and cope with a vehicle event. The vehicle control method includes: when an event informing about a vehicle event occurs, transmitting notification information corresponding to the event and/or control information previously determined for processing the event to a mobile communication terminal via a wireless communication network; and when user request information with respect to the control information is received from the mobile communication terminal, controlling a vehicle according to the received user request information.04-29-2010
20130041526Robotic Lawn Mower with Network Sensors - The smart robotic lawn mowing system utilizes the ultrasonic and RF sensors installing on the mower base and stands to define the mowing region, to track the position of the robotic lawn mower base, and to control and monitor the mowing routs. The installed sensors form a network for the system to determine the relative distances in between stands and robotic lawn mower base, and therefore the mowing is done with a controlled manner. The sensors are coupled together, and users, based on the application of the invention, can define the mowing sequences of the mowing zones, the areas of the mowing zones, and the mowing routes. The control of the mower may be wireless and users are able to monitor and modify the settings with a computer, a cell phone, and a tablet through wireless network, a wifi, and an internet.02-14-2013
20090125163Vehicle control system including related methods and components - Embodiments are disclosed for a vehicle control system and related sub-components that together provide an operator with a plurality of specific modes of operation, wherein various modes of operation incorporate different levels of autonomous control. Through a control user interface, an operator can move between certain modes of control even after vehicle deployment. Specialized autopilot system components and methods are employed to ensure smooth transitions between control modes. Empowered by the multi-modal control system, an operator can even manage multiple vehicles simultaneously.05-14-2009
20100094482VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM - A vehicle tracking system comprising a vehicle tag capable of sending and receiving wireless signals and associated with a vehicle; and a locator device capable of sending and receiving wireless signals to and from said vehicle tag and determining relative position of said vehicle to said locator device by communicating with said vehicle tag.04-15-2010
20100063650SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT INSPECTION - A method of inspecting an aircraft. A plurality of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles are used to perform an inspection of the aircraft, each unmanned vehicle having one or more sensors. A plurality of portions of the aircraft are assigned to the vehicles for inspection based on functional capability of each vehicle. The unmanned vehicles are configured to cooperatively use the sensors to perform the inspection.03-11-2010
20130046418V-FOOT TIRE MANAGEMENT AT FLEET LEVEL - Systems and techniques are provided for managing an interface between a machine or work vehicle and a surface that the machine/work vehicle travels on in order to provide an optimum work performance level that balances fuel efficiency and surface adversity. Fleet management and reporting capabilities pertaining to such interface management are also provided.02-21-2013
20130046420Navigation system for exploring and/or monitoring unknown and/or difficult environments - A navigation system for exploring and/or monitoring unknown and/or difficult environments is provided that includes a mission control module, an unmanned vehicle operable for carrying out the exploration and/or monitoring mission, a primary node coupled to the mission control module that includes an ultra-wideband radio interface, and a plurality of secondary nodes for deployment in the unknown and/or difficult environment, each secondary node including an ultra-wideband radio interface. The primary node and secondary nodes are configured to form a hierarchical communication and localization network in which the primary node is associated with a primary hierarchical level and each secondary node is associated with a respective secondary hierarchical level lower than the primary hierarchical level. On the basis of distance measurements and distance-related messages associated with the system, a local reference coordinate system indicative of the positions of the secondary nodes with respect to the primary node is established.02-21-2013
20130046419SOIL COMPACTION MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING - Systems and techniques are provided for managing an interface between a machine or work vehicle and a surface that the machine/work vehicle travels on in order to provide an optimum work performance level that balances fuel efficiency and surface adversity. Fleet management and reporting capabilities pertaining to such interface management are also provided.02-21-2013
20130046421METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING SPECIFIC EVENTS RELATED TO THE MOVEMENTS OF A GUIDED VEHICLE - A method and a system manage a specific event related to the movement of a guided vehicle. The system for managing a specific event includes a remote control module and a remote control station for remotely controlling the guided vehicle upon a command, to the remote control module from the remote control station, to switch from a normal driving mode to a remote driving mode.02-21-2013
20110010025MONITORING SYSTEM USING UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE WITH WIMAX COMMUNICATION - Provided is a monitoring system using an unmanned air vehicle communicated based on a WiMAX communication scheme. The monitoring system includes an air vehicle and a relay unit. The air vehicle includes a photographing unit for capturing on-scene image information of a current flying area, and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver for receiving GPS information of the current flying area. The air vehicle transmits the on-scene image information and the GPS information, wirelessly. The relay unit remotely controls the air vehicle by receiving a travel command signal having information on a destination of the air vehicle, wirelessly transmits the travel command signal to the air vehicle based on the WiMAX communication scheme, and wirelessly receives the on-scene image information and the GPS information from the air vehicle based on the WiMAX communication scheme.01-13-2011
20110010024SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCOMPANYING A USER WITH AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE - A system and method for accompanying a pedestrian user with an automated, remote vehicle that includes a vehicle control system including a propulsion subsystem that promotes motion of the vehicle and a steering subsystem that controls the direction of motion of the vehicle, a joint goniometer input device wearable by the user that measures an anatomical motion of the user, a communication system that communicates the input of the joint goniometer to the steering subsystem, and a pacing system that outputs a propulsion input that is dependent on the user.01-13-2011
20110010023Method and apparatus for managing and controlling manned and automated utility vehicles - A method and apparatus for managing manned and automated utility vehicles, and for picking up and delivering objects by automated vehicles. A machine vision image acquisition apparatus determines the position and the rotational orientation of vehicles in a predefined coordinate space by acquiring an image of one or more position markers and processing the acquired image to calculate the vehicle's position and rotational orientation based on processed image data. The position of the vehicle is determined in two dimensions. Rotational orientation (heading) is determined in the plane of motion. An improved method of position and rotational orientation is presented. Based upon the determined position and rotational orientation of the vehicles stored in a map of the coordinate space, a vehicle controller, implemented as part of a computer, controls the automated vehicles through motion and steering commands, and communicates with the manned vehicle operators by transmitting control messages to each operator.01-13-2011
20110010022SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOTELY COLLABORATIVE VEHICLES - Methods and architecture systems for controlling vehicle systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of remotely controlling a vehicle includes estimating a position of the vehicle. A position estimation algorithm may estimate the position of the vehicle. A position data packet received from the vehicle may be used to update the estimated position of the vehicle. A display device may display a virtual representation of the vehicle based on the updated estimated position of the vehicle. Command signals may be transmitted to the vehicle based on the displayed virtual representation of the vehicle.01-13-2011
20100138080REMOTE MANAGEMENT OF VEHICLE MODULES BASED ON GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION - A method for remotely managing a module of a vehicle includes the steps of determining a position of the vehicle, and implementing a remote management request for the module on the condition that the position of the vehicle is approved for remote management.06-03-2010
20100138079Method for Teleoperating an Unmanned Ground Vehicle With a Pan Camera and Such a Ground Vehicle - The invention relates to a method of teleoperating an unmanned ground vehicle (06-03-2010
20090326734WORKSITE AVOIDANCE SYSTEM - An avoidance system is disclosed for operating a vehicle on a pile of material on a worksite, the material being released through an opening at the worksite and causing a disturbance zone to form on a surface of the pile. The system has a sensor positioned at the worksite and configured to sense the surface of the pile, and a processor in communication with the sensor and the vehicle. The processor is configured to identify the disturbance zone based on the sensed surface and a known location of the opening, and to transmit a signal indicative of the disturbance zone to the vehicle.12-31-2009
20090319096CONTROL AND MONITOR HETEROGENEOUS AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORT DEVICES - This disclosure is directed to methods, computer-readable media, and systems for controlling one or more uninhabited heterogeneous autonomous transport devices. Embodiments of the present invention advantageously reduce costs and improve efficiencies by providing capabilities for a computing device to be able to control and to monitor one or more heterogeneous autonomous transport devices. This occurs by generating a command signal from a computing device and transmitting the command signal to control on-board computing devices of one or more heterogeneous transport devices to execute requirements of a mission. Also, embodiments of the present invention provide ways to start-up, to send commands, and to shut down real or simulated heterogeneous autonomous transport devices.12-24-2009
20120221176CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING FLIGHT DIRECTION OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE USING THE SAME - A method for adjusting a flight direction of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using a control device obtains a first direction of the UAV and a second direction of the control device, and calculates an angle deviation between the first direction and the second direction. The method further adjusts a control command of the UAV according to the angle deviation to obtain an adjusted control command, and transmits the adjusted control command to the UAV to control a flight direction of the UAV.08-30-2012
20120191272INFERENTIAL LOAD TRACKING - Methods and apparatus for tracking the location of one or more unit loads in a coordinate space in a facility, comprising an integrated system that identifies a load by communicating with a host computer, determines the position of the load in the coordinate space, and stores the position and load identity in a Load Map. A mobile subsystem on each conveying vehicle identifies the location and orientation of that vehicle using a position/orientation sensor, confirms acquisition of the load, and communicates the information to a fixed-base subsystem when the load is deposited on an automated conveying device. A conveyor controller tracks the load as it is conveyed on the automated conveying device and identifies the load to a subsequent conveying vehicle based upon its position on the conveying device. Loads that are not initially identified are assigned a pseudo-identification for tracking until they can be positively identified.07-26-2012
20120191271METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE LANE MONITORING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, MOTOR VEHICLE, AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVICE - A method is provided for the lane monitoring of a motor vehicle travelling on a road. Position data of the motor vehicle are provided that are determined in at least one infrastructure device arranged adjacent to the road with a storage device with card reader. The card data contains information regarding a course of at least one lane of the road. With a determined distance covered of the motor vehicle and with the card data it is determined if the motor vehicle is at least partially leaving a lane of the road travelled on by the motor vehicle. If it is determined that the motor vehicle is at least partially leaving the lane, a sending of a message from the at least one infrastructure device to the motor vehicle takes place.07-26-2012
20120191270Wireless towed vehicle light conditions communication application - An application program to provide control for a radio frequency link for towed vehicle light and brake control, matching conditions of the towing vehicle. These include turn signal, brake signal, and running lights, and an analog signal for the towed vehicle electric brakes. The towing vehicle contains signal sensors and conditioners, which are converted into a data string, modulated, and transmitted using a continuous wave radio frequency carrier. The towed vehicle contains a receiver and demodulator, which extracts the data, and passes it to the towed vehicle microprocessor. The microprocessor also converts the electric brake digital data into an analog signal to apply the towed vehicle electric brake.07-26-2012
20120191269Teleoperation of Unmanned Ground Vehicle - Described are systems and methods, including computer program products for controlling an unmanned vehicle. A user controls one or more unmanned vehicles with a smart phone. The smart phone receives video stream from the unmanned vehicles, and the smart phone displays the controls from the unmanned vehicle over the video. The smart phone and the unmanned vehicle communicate wirelessly.07-26-2012
20130073122DRIVING ASSIST SYSTEM, IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS, SERVER, AND DRIVING ASSIST METHOD - A driving assist system is disclosed. In the system, an in-vehicle apparatus measures a degree of inappropriate driving done by a driver of a own vehicle. When the degree of inappropriate driving reaches a predetermined level, the in-vehicle apparatus measures takes measures against the inappropriate driving and sends inappropriate driving information to a server. Based on the inappropriate driving information from multiple vehicles, the server identifies a risk area where the degree of inappropriate driving is prone to reach the predetermined level. The server sends a level decrease command to the multiple vehicles to request that the predetermine level be decreased in the risk area.03-21-2013
20130073121REMOTE STARTING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - Disclosed is a remote start system for a vehicle which activates a timer configured after a vehicle is remote started when a door of the vehicle is opened. After activating the timer, a fob (e.g., a keyless remote) is searched and certified once a driver's door is closed, a brake is operated, or a predetermined time has elapsed without any operation of the vehicle. Once the fob is certified, the vehicle is converted from a remote start mode to a normal mode. If, however, the fob is not certified the remote start is terminated.03-21-2013
20130124011WIPER MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - The present disclosure provides a wiper motor control system for a vehicle, which precisely controls the speed of the wiper motor to improve the wiper performance. The present disclosure implements a wiper motor control method in a new form, which precisely controls a speed of the wiper motor for each section through a scheme of improving a plate structure of the wiper motor and monitoring a state of a parking switch, and thus reduces a noise generated in an operation of a wiper device and increases the wiping performance through a differentiated speed for each section, which generally improves the wiper performance. More specifically, the present disclosure implements a smart ECW (Electric Control Wiper) control module inputting a remote control by a wireless transmitter, so that a driver can wirelessly control a wiper before getting into a vehicle, which makes the driver feel convenience and induces the driver to safely drive.05-16-2013
20130073120Dynamic Adaptation of Trigger Thresholds to Manage When Data Messages Are Transmitted - Systems and methods for remotely setting a value for a trigger threshold variable used by a processor unit onboard an aircraft to determine if and when a data message should be transmitted from the aircraft. The method comprises the following steps performed by a computer: (a) obtaining data representing a flight plan or flight trajectory of the aircraft and flight information; (b) obtaining data representing business considerations; (c) computing a value of the trigger threshold variable as a function of at least the flight plan or flight trajectory data and the business considerations data; and (d) constructing a trigger threshold data message containing the computed value of the trigger threshold variable.03-21-2013
20110015808SYSTEM FOR ESTIMATING A VEHICLE MASS - A vehicle mass estimation system for use in a vehicle, such as a truck, including a transmission is provided. A processor may be operable to receive a signal relating to a mass of at least a portion of the vehicle. The processor may be further operable to estimate a vehicle mass based, at least in part, on the signal. The processor may be further operable to select a desired gear ratio for engagement in a transmission based, at least in part, on the estimated vehicle mass.01-20-2011
20130060403Vehicles Incorporating Tailgate Energy Management Systems - A vehicle includes sidewalls, a tailgate located proximate to rear ends of the sidewalls, and a tailgate energy management system. The tailgate energy management system includes a governor coupled to one of the sidewalls and to the tailgate. The governor selectively applies a governing force to the tailgate to reduce an opening speed of the tailgate. The tailgate energy management system also includes a speed sensor sensing an opening speed of the tailgate and an electronic control unit electronically coupled to the governor and the speed sensor. The electronic control unit includes a processor and memory storing an instruction set. The electronic control unit receives a speed signal indicative of the opening speed of the tailgate and the processor executes the instruction set to cause the electronic control unit to transmit a control signal to the governor to slow the opening speed of the tailgate based on the speed signal.03-07-2013
20130060402SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM FOR ENERGY EXTRACTING VESSEL NAVIGATION - A Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system guides navigation of a vessel enabled to extract energy from wind and/or water currents primarily in offshore marine environments. An exemplary SCADA system embodies server and client software applications running on microprocessor systems at a remote control central service logging and energy distribution facility, and the vessel itself.03-07-2013
20130060401APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING A VEHICLE COLLISION, VEHICLE - An apparatus for preventing a collision, a motor vehicle comprising the apparatus and a method for preventing a collision are provided. An apparatus includes a detection device configured to detect the surroundings of the vehicle and form measurement data, a transmitting/receiving device to transmit and receive the measurement data from other vehicles, and an evaluation device to evaluate the measurement data with a view to an impending collision. A control device has an interface by which the control device controls the vehicle, via which other vehicles in the neighborhood of the vehicle can be controlled, and via which the control device can be controlled by a control device of a vehicle in the neighborhood of the vehicle in such a manner that the impending collision is prevented or a degree of severity of the impending collision is reduced.03-07-2013
20090076664CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A PALLET TRUCK - A control system for controlling motion of a pallet truck vehicle includes three modes of operation for controlling coasting of the vehicle. In a first, constant pressure mode, the vehicle coasts for as long as an activation button is depressed. In a second, time controlled mode, the vehicle coasts for a predetermined period of time. In the third, distance controlled mode, the vehicle coasts for a predetermined distance. Each of these functions can be activated from a remote location using a remote activation device.03-19-2009
20090299550Orientation-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 Internet12-03-2009
20090299549ENGINE IDLING CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - An engine idling control system includes a receiver module and a timing module. The receiver module receives a signal indicative of a traffic light status. The timing module communicates with an engine and the receiver module and selectively starts and stops the engine based on the signal.12-03-2009
20090076667SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE CODE FOR DETERMINING A MISSION PLAN FOR A POWERED SYSTEM USING SIGNAL ASPECT INFORMATION - A mission planner system for a powered system, the mission planner system including a receiving device to collect aspect information as the powered system performs a mission, said aspect information being received from a remote location, a processor to determine a speed limit based at least in part on the aspect information, and a control system connected to the powered system to operate the powered system in response to the speed limit. A method and a computer software code for determining the mission plan with aspect information obtained from a remote location during the mission are also disclosed.03-19-2009
20120226393SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DATA COMMUNICATION BETWEEN VEHICLE AND REMOTE DATA COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, BETWEEN PORTIONS OF VEHICLE AND OTHER PORTIONS OF VEHICLE, BETWEEN TWO OR MORE VEHICLES, AND BETWEEN VEHICLE AND COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - A system, an apparatus, and methods are provided for data communications associated with a vehicle. The apparatus preferably includes at least one electronic subsystem associated with the vehicle and a plurality of electrical conductors connected to the at least one electronic subsystem and associated with the vehicle. A vehicle data communications protocol converter is preferably connected to the plurality of electrical conductors for converting a first data communications protocol associated with data communications along the plurality of electrical conductors to a second data communications protocol such as an infrared, an RF data, an Internet, or other network communications protocol. The apparatus also preferably includes a transceiver connected to the data communications protocol converter for transmitting the second data communications protocol from the vehicle and receiving the data communications protocol from another portion of the vehicle, a remote data communications terminal, another vehicle, or another communications network.09-06-2012
20130066484Method and System for Guiding a Robotic Garden Tool to a Predetermined Position - The present invention relates to a method (03-14-2013
20130066485AIRCRAFT POWER MANAGEMENT - An electric power management system of a vehicle may interconnect a power plant, a propeller drive unit, and a battery via a bus. A command limiting controller may direct the operation of the power plant and the propeller drive unit in fast and slow modes of operation, the fast mode of operation operating at a higher bus voltage than at a slow mode of operation. The command limiting controller may generate a bus current to drive the propeller drive unit according to a command limiting, voltage-versus-current curve that adjusts the bus current depending on an amount of voltage on the power bus; where the command limiting curve includes a minimum voltage portion, a maximum voltage portion and a control range therebetween having upper and lower voltage limits and upper and lower current limits for enhanced reliability and stable control of the propeller drive unit.03-14-2013
20110046814SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SEGREGATED AND INDEPENDENT COMMAND AND CONTROL OF WIRELESS SERVICE SELECTION, ROUTING, TRANSPORT AND/OR DELIVERY - Systems, methods, and devices are operable to system for communicate with vehicles. An exemplary embodiment employs a vehicle device and a server. The vehicle device is configured to communicate with a control network and at least one carrier. The server is configured to communicate with the control network and the at least one carrier, is configured to communicate command information with the vehicle device using the control network, and is configured to separately communicate information of interest with the vehicle device using the at least one carrier in accordance with the communicated command information communicated over the control network.02-24-2011
20130166108SYSTEM FOR TRANSPORTING GOODS ARRANGED ON AUXILIARY DEVICES - A system for transporting goods arranged on loading devices between two areas, one area being a high-bay warehouse, includes a driverless transport system with at least one transport trolley for transporting the goods including the loading devices. The transport trolley has a lifting device which can be lifted and lowered above the trolley. The transport system furthermore includes a transfer station under which the transport trolley can drive and from which the transport trolley can accept and/or transfer loading devices with load deposited there.06-27-2013
20130166109Driver Red Light Duration Notification System - A notification system determines a correspondence between a vehicle and an upcoming traffic signal, and predicts a likely remaining duration of the traffic signal in a particular state, such as “red light”, when the vehicle is at the signal's location. The notification is displayed on a user device in the vehicle, or is used to control the vehicle directly, for instance to turn off the vehicle's engine if the light is to remain red for a duration exceeding a threshold. Prediction of the vehicle's arrival is also used to set the state of the traffic signal to “vehicle waiting.”06-27-2013
20130166103AIRCRAFT EXPLORATION SYSTEM - An aircraft exploration system includes an unmanned aircraft, a remote control, a communication processer and a data processing terminal. The an unmanned aircraft equipped with an MCU module, an image module, a first transceiver module and a GPS module, the above-mentioned modules are electronically connected to the MCU module. The unmanned aircraft is controlled by the remote control to fly. The data processing terminal is electronically connected to the communication processer, the GPS module senses the position signals of the unmanned aircraft and sends position signals to the data processing terminal, and the data processing terminal displays a map of an environment surrounding the unmanned aircraft promptly and in real time due to the positioning signals via internet.06-27-2013
20130166104SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING DRIVER IDENTIFICATION BY A REMOTE DEVICE - A driver identification system for a vehicle is provided. The vehicle has a driver's side front door. The driver identification system includes at least one remote device, and a control module. The remote device is activated to send an authentication signal. The control module is in selective communication with the at least one remote device. The control module receives a signal indicating that the driver's side front door of the vehicle is opened. The control module includes control logic for sending an inquiry signal if the signal indicating the driver's side front door is opened is received by the control module. The inquiry signal is configured for activating the at least one remote device to send the authentication signal.06-27-2013
20130166105AUTOMATED PARKING GARAGE/SELF-STORAGE APPARATUS - A parking system includes a plurality of trays having a parking platform for supporting a vehicle and legs for keeping the parking platform in an elevated position on a supporting surface of the parking facility. The parking system also has at least one automated guided vehicle for moving the tray with the vehicle thereon between an access location and a specified parking location. The automated guided vehicle has a frame and drive devices mounted on the frame. Each drive device has a turntable rotatable about a vertical axis and two independently driven wheels mounted on the turntable. The automated guided vehicle can fit beneath the parking platform of the tray and can lift the tray for moving the tray and the vehicle between the access location and the specified parking location.06-27-2013
20130166106PORTABLE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, HOST APPARATUS, AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, a portable information processing apparatus capable of wireless communication with a host apparatus inquires whether a state of the host apparatus is a first state capable of applying a personal setting to the vehicle. The portable information processing apparatus uploads the first setting information. The portable information processing apparatus inquires whether the state of the host apparatus is a second state. The portable information processing apparatus e downloads second setting information so as to reflect the second setting information on the first setting information in the portable information processing apparatus, if the host apparatus is in the second state.06-27-2013
20130166107Control System for a Remote Vehicle - A hand-held controller for operating a remote vehicle includes a controller body having right and left grips, a first set of input devices are disposed in a left control zone adjacent the left grip, and a second set of input devices are disposed in a right control zone adjacent the right grip. The first set of input devices includes a first analog joystick, a 4-way directional control, and a left rocker control. The second set of input devices includes a second analog joystick, an array of at least four buttons, and a right rocker control. The hand-held controller also includes a mode changer disposed on the controller body and configured to receive an input to change between two or more function modes. Each function mode assigns different functions to one or more of the input devices.06-27-2013
20130166102APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING SIGNALS IN A VEHICLE - At a vehicle, a first signal is received and the first signal is of an ASK-compliant modulation type. A second signal is received and the second signal is of a FSK-compliant modulation type. Based upon a set of predetermined criteria, one of the first signal and the second signal is selected, the predetermined criteria at least in part indicating a priority as between ASK-compliant and FSK-compliant communications. The selected signal is transmitted to a vehicular controller over a single transmission line.06-27-2013
20100087968AUTOMATIC RECOVERY AND TRANSPORT SYSTEM AND EXECUTION METHOD THEREFOR - An automatic recovery and transport system includes a manufacture execution system, a path planning system electrically connected with the manufacture execution system, a vehicle control system electrically connected with the path planning system, a plurality of vehicles electrically connected with the vehicle control system; and an alarm system electrically connected with the path planning system and the vehicle control system. The alarm system will command the path planning system to command the vehicle control system to drive the vehicle about to stop to enter the maintenance area immediately. Accordingly, the stability and the work efficiency of the whole system are improved. The present invention also provides a method for executing an automatic recovery and transport system.04-08-2010
20110144830VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD - A vehicle control device and method. To reduce consumption, the device and method test the state of each member used to input a command or interpret the wishes of the driver with the aid of a computer that is dedicated to each electricity-consuming resource. According to the device and method, when the engine is stopped, the accessories are no longer started up by pressing the start button.06-16-2011
20080312775SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE CODE FOR OPTIMIZING SPEED REGULATION OF A REMOTELY CONTROLLED POWERED SYSTEM - A system for operating a remotely controlled powered system, the system including a feedfoward gains element configured to provide information to the remotely controlled powered system to establish a velocity, and a feedback gains element configured to provide information from the remotely controlled powered system to the feedforward gains element. A method and a computer software code are further disclosed for operating the remotely controlled powered system.12-18-2008
20090037032METHOD AND A SET OF MEANS FOR PILOTING AN AIRCRAFT - The invention relates to a method and a set of means for piloting an aircraft used, first of all, for detecting emergency situations and for removing the consequences thereof, which make it possible perform all possible control modes for piloting the same aircraft in the form of an aircraft hand-flown by a pilot with the aid of flight control means, an aircraft remotely flown by instructions of a control station technical means and an independent automated aircraft flown by instructions of the aircraft equipment. In order to carry out the remote, automatic and independent control of the aircraft, the power drive units of control equipment, a system for the switch-on and off thereof and technical supporting means are provided on the aircraft board and on the control station.02-05-2009
20100235016TAIL PIPE EMISSIONS MODE CONTROL FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A hybrid electric vehicle has a propulsion system including an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor each configured to operate in parallel and each configured to propel the vehicle individually. A rechargeable battery is configured to deliver power to the electric motor to enable the electric motor to propel the vehicle for a certain distance without operation of the ICE. The rechargeable battery is further configured to receive power from a household power outlet. A controller is configured to control the propulsion system to operate in either a normal emissions mode or a no-emissions mode wherein the ICE is disabled. The controller is further configured to direct the propulsion system to operate in the no-emissions mode in response to the broadcast of an external control signal.09-16-2010
20110282519CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A REMOTE CONTROL WORK MACHINE - Control system for a remote-controlled working machine (11-17-2011
20100145551APPARATUS FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING A MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLE - A finger-mounted remote control device capable of wirelessly transmitting a travel request signal to a materials handling vehicle. The finger-mounted remote control device includes a rigid mounting structure adapted to be mounted over at least one finger of an operator's hand; a mounting strap coupled to said rigid mounting structure for securing said rigid mounting structure to the at least one finger; a wireless transmitter/power pack unit coupled to said rigid mounting structure; and control structure coupled to said mounting structure and comprising a switch adapted to be actuated by an operator's thumb so as to cause said wireless transmitter/power pack unit to generate a travel request signal to the materials handling vehicle.06-10-2010
20110282520IN-VEHICLE DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM - In an in-vehicle device control system, a vehicle-side unit mounted in a vehicle controls an in-vehicle device in accordance with a result of checkup about a portable device performed by mutual communications, in which the portable device returns a response signal in response to a request signal transmitted from the vehicle-side unit. An ECU of the vehicle-side unit checks whether it is a regular checkup timing, and performs an exterior checkup if it is determined to be the regular checkup timing. The ECU sets in this case a communication frequency, which is higher in priority order, as a communication frequency to be designated to the portable device.11-17-2011
20110071702PROTOCOL FOR A REMOTELY CONTROLLED VIDEOCONFERENCING ROBOT - A robotic system that includes a robot and a remote station. The remote station can generate control commands that are transmitted to the robot through a broadband network. The control commands can be interpreted by the robot to induce action such as robot movement or focusing a robot camera. The robot can generate reporting commands that are transmitted to the remote station through the broadband network. The reporting commands can provide positional feedback or system reports on the robot.03-24-2011
20090062971Method and System for GPS Based Navigation and Hazard Avoidance in a Mining Environment - A system and method for GPS based navigation and hazard avoidance in a mining environment are described. The system includes a central application that has a dynamic roadmap definition module adapted to at least allow a user to arbitrarily define features in a geographical information systems database and import overhead imaging data corresponding to a geographical area in which said features are defined. The central application includes a remote position and attitude reception module adapted to at least receive data concerning the position of at least one remote vehicle, a transceiver module adapted for exchanging data with at least one remote vehicle; and a logging and tracking module adapted for at least logging said position of at least one remote vehicle over time. The system also has a remote application; and a communications link adapted for exchanging data between the central application and the remote application.03-05-2009
20110130892ENHANCED REFLASH USING MODULAR DISCRIMINATION - An improved system, method, and mechanism for executing and reconfiguring a reflash procedure maintains a vehicle state of charge while avoiding defective reflash operations. In an aspect of the invention, the technique includes receiving a reflash request, i.e., at a controller associated with the vehicle, the reflash request identifying one or more target modules and specifying replacement information. A reflash procedure in accordance with the received request is then begun. However, when and if the charge state of the vehicle drops below a predetermined threshold, the controller modifies the reflash procedure by first categorizing individual ongoing reflash operations and stopping any reflash operations belonging to the second class, while continuing any reflash operations belonging to the first class.06-02-2011
20110301783SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INERTIALLY CONTROLLING A HOVERING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES - Systems and methods for inertially controlling a hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (HUAV) are provided. One inertial controller includes a frame and a sensor for detecting a change in an orientation and/or motion of the frame with respect to a predetermined neutral position. The inertial controller also includes a processor for generating commands to the HUAV to modify its current orientation and/or motion in accordance with the change. A system includes the above inertial controller and a sensor for determining a second change for an orientation and/or motion for the HUAV based on the change, and a processor for generating a signal commanding an HUAV control system to orient and/or move the HUAV in accordance with the second change. One method includes detecting a change in an orientation and/or motion of an inertial controller frame and commanding the HUAV to modify its current orientation and/or motion in accordance with the change.12-08-2011
20110301784Helicopter - The present invention relates to a reduced scale industrial helicopter, with an integrated automatic flight control system, that includes core autopilot functions, GPS management, and full-function navigation systems. The autopilot technology includes rapid launch capability, real-time in-flight switching between one or more of a) remote control, b) autopilot-directed, c) ground station controlled, and d) home modes, and is upgradeable. The helicopter is used for high or low altitude surveillance, and can handle various payloads, including photographic missions. The helicopter may include onboard batteries and/or a unique battery unit disposed beneath the helicopter, and includes autonomous features such as automatic takeoff, automatic landing, safety return to home base, and predetermined mission plans.12-08-2011
20110301787METHOD OF SYNCHRONIZED CONTROL OF ELECTRIC MOTORS OF A REMOTE- CONTROLLED ROTARY WING DRONE SUCH AS A QUADRICOPTER - Each motor is controlled by a microcontroller and the set of microcontrollers is driven by a central controller. According to the invention, said method comprises: a preliminary step consisting at least in establishing an asynchronous serial communications link over a line between the central controller and each of the microcontrollers, and in allocating an address parameter to each microcontroller; and in operation, at least a control step proper consisting: i) for the central controller, in sending simultaneously on each link line a message containing at least one instruction specified by the address parameter of a destination microcontroller that is to execute said instruction; and ii) for each destination microcontroller, in extracting the instruction addressed thereto from said message, and executing it.12-08-2011
20110301785BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED COMPLIANT LOCOMOTION FOR REMOTE VEHICLES - A method for providing a uniform ground contact pressure when operating a tracked remote vehicle comprises: sensing the terrain below the remote vehicle using a series of proximity sensors that are configured to measure a distance from an underside of a chassis of the remote vehicle to the terrain directly beside a track of the remote vehicle; monitoring, mapping, and classifying an upcoming terrain; and adapting the remote vehicle's track profile, flipper position, arm position, and center of balance based on the upcoming terrain.12-08-2011
20120109422Keyless entry system for vehicle - In a keyless entry system, when at least one proper portable unit is detected outside of a passenger compartment and the one is not detected inside of the passenger compartment, a door lock control is performed. Then, when it is determined that another proper portable unit is inside of the passenger compartment, the another proper portable unit is assigned to an unavailable proper portable unit. Further, it is determined whether at least one proper portable unit is inside of the passenger compartment while excluding the unavailable proper portable unit in response to an operation starting instruction to start an operation of a power source for driving the vehicle. When it is determined that no proper potable unit is inside of the passenger compartment, it is prohibited to start the operation of the power source.05-03-2012
20110288695CONTROL INTERFACE FOR UNMANNED VEHICLES - An unmanned vehicle system containing one or more vehicles equipped with an autonomous control system. Each vehicle is of navigating on its own when provided with goals. A user is capable of sending and receiving goals from the autonomous control system via a communication link. A unified display interface displays information about the system and accepts commands from the user. The display interface in question is modeless and has a minimum of clutter and distractions. The form of this display interface is that of a set of screens, each of which is able to receive touch inputs from the user. The user is able to monitor and control individual vehicles or the entirety of the UVS solely through their use of a standard touchscreen with no additional peripherals.11-24-2011
20110295447DIRECTION DEVICE AND OPERATION SYSTEM UTILIZING THE SAME - A direction device controlling a traveling route of a cleaning robot and including a receiving unit, an emitting unit and a control unit is disclosed. The receiving unit receives an encoded ultrasonic wave emitted by the cleaning robot. The emitting unit emits at least one wireless signal. The control unit activates the emitting unit to emit a first direction wireless signal when the receiving unit receives the encoded ultrasonic wave. The cleaning robot passes according to the first direction wireless signal.12-01-2011
20120065813SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMAND AND DATA HANDLING IN SPACE FLIGHT ELECTRONICS - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for controlling hardware on a remote spacecraft. A system practicing the method first identifies a piece of hardware on a remote spacecraft and a desired action for the piece of hardware and generates a command packet configured to instruct the piece of hardware to perform the desired action. The system then generates a container packet for transmission to the remote spacecraft and embeds the command packet within the container packet such that the remote spacecraft decodes the embedded packet to cause the piece of hardware to perform the desired action. Then the system can transmit the embedded packet to the remote spacecraft. Also disclosed herein is a robust, fault-tolerant memory module having strings of memory modules configured with a correction module to detect and correct errors. The memory module can maintain high reliability against severe radiation, mechanical, and thermal effects.03-15-2012
20100274414NARROW SPACE SLOW MOVING OPERATIONAL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - The present invention completely removes inconvenience when big body size drivers and passengers, who can get in/out of a vehicle only through a wide space as compared with normal body size people, or drivers sitting in wheelchairs, get in/out of a vehicle, by allowing a driver to move his/her vehicle V which all of the passengers, including the drivers, have got out of, using a remote controller 10-28-2010
20100036544 SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A SUSPECTED AREA - It is well known that tunnels in many cases have been proven as an efficient means to overcome counter trespassing means and enable hostile entities to infiltrate a boarder or other restricted area. There is provided a method and system for efficiently detecting and locating underground tunnels.02-11-2010
20100036546SECURITY APPARATUS FOR PNEUMATICALLY OPERATED DEVICES MOUNTED ON A VEHICLE - A method for securing a vehicle having at least one powered component includes the steps of: (i) providing a security system having a GPS sensor and at least one actuator located with the vehicle, which actuator is operable to enable or disable the powered component; (ii) providing a locator signal indicative of a geographical position of the vehicle via the GPS sensor; and (iii) enabling or disabling the powered component via the actuator based on the geographical position of the vehicle.02-11-2010
20110264306Lifting Vehicle - The invention concerns a lifting vehicle (10-27-2011
20110264305ROBOT CLEANER AND REMOTE MONITORING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A robot cleaner has a camera to generate an image of a cleaning area, a controller to prepare a cleaning map based on the image and to drive a robot cleaner, and a communicator to transmit the image and cleaning map to an external device and to receive a control command from the external device. The image and map may be transmitted over a local or wide area network, and the external device may be a computer, television, smart phone, portable phone, or other type of wireless access device.10-27-2011
20080234878Control, monitoring and/or security apparatus and method - A control apparatus and method, including a first control device, located at a vehicle or premises, capable of controlling one or more of a plurality of at least one of a respective system, equipment system, component, device, equipment, and appliance, of a respective vehicle or premises, with a first signal. The first control device generates and/or transmits the first signal in response to a second signal generated by and/or transmitted from a second control device located remote from the vehicle. The second signal is automatically received by the first control device. The second control device generates and/or transmits the second signal in response to a third signal generated by and/or transmitted from a third control device located remote from the vehicle and the second control device. The third signal is automatically received by the second control device.09-25-2008
20100036545AVIONIC AVIATION SYSTEM WITH AN EARTH STATION FOR AUTOMATICALLY ELIMINATING OPERATING MALFUNCTIONS OCCURRING IN AIRPLANES, AND CORRESPONDING METHOD - An avionic aviation system, and a corresponding method, with an earth station for automatically eliminating operating malfunctions occurring in airplanes. The avionic aviation system is connected to a plurality of airplanes via a wireless interface of the avionics. If, by sensor, an operating malfunction is detected on an airplane, a dedicated operating malfunction usage device is selected to automatically eliminate the malfunction by a filter module, and a switching device of the earth station is specifically enabled to activate the operating malfunction usage device.02-11-2010
20090099711Remote starting device and remote starting method - A remote starting device prevents the temperature of exhaust gas from being made too high or the amount of toxic gas around a vehicle from being made too large by engine starting by remote control. The remote starting device controls a starter for starting an engine of the vehicle when receiving an engine start command from a portable transmitter. The remote starting device includes a section for deciding whether the engine starting has been frequently conducted, and a section for limiting the engine starting through receiving the engine start command from the portable transmitter when it is decided that the engine starting has been frequently conducted.04-16-2009
20100222941Remote Control Electric Powered Skateboard - A remote control electric powered skateboard has a brushless motor or a brushless hub motor installed on the lower surface of the skateboard for connecting to a battery device through a controller, so that the motors could be electrified. A driving device disposed between either afore motors and at least one wheel is controlled by the remote control, thereby permitting an automatic comparison. When the electrification of the remote control executes, the remote control spontaneously generates an initial code for a receiver in the controller to robotically distinguish and lock the code. Turning off the remote control provides an automatic decoding. A receiver receives control signals from the remote control for the controller to interpret, and accordingly the controller generates and sends distinct commands to either motor, which allows the skateboard to implement various actions correspondingly. An auxiliary remote device disposed on the joint between a front support and a plywood is foldable or could stand on the skateboard; the height of the auxiliary remote device is adjustable for meeting divergent demands from dissimilar riders. A remote handle further provides the same operating means as that of the remote control for offering a supplementary supporting function.09-02-2010
20110077799UNMANNED UNDERWATER VEHICL INTEGRATED RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM - An unmanned underwater vehicle incorporates a structure having an integral scintillating material for a radiation detector and detection electronics connected to the radiation detector for measurement of the scintillation. A communication system is employed for transmission of scintillation measurement to a remote facility and a navigation control system provides for autonomous operation of the unmanned underwater vehicle or remote operation through the communications system03-31-2011
20110264304MULTIUSER VEHICLE UTILIZATION SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC KEY THEREOF - A vehicle utilization system and method permitting use of vehicles having respective identification codes includes a key having a memory for storing enabling codes enabling use of the vehicles; and an enabling device, in each vehicle, permitting use of the vehicle by a user in possession of the key, if the enabling code stored in the key meets given conditions. The system also includes a programming device for generating the enabling codes as a function of the identification codes of the vehicles, and for storing the generated enabling codes in the key.10-27-2011
20120035785ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE USING THE SAME - A method for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using an electronic device obtains movement data of an object on a display screen of the electronic device, and converts the movement data of the object into control signals. The method further sends the control signals to the UAV, and changes a flight status of the UAV according to the control signals.02-09-2012
20120109423SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BEHAVIOR BASED CONTROL OF AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE - System and method for behavior based control of an autonomous vehicle. Actuators (e.g., linkages) manipulate input devices (e.g., articulation controls and drive controls, such as a throttle lever, steering gear, tie rods, throttle, brake, accelerator, or transmission shifter) to direct the operation of the vehicle. Behaviors that characterize the operational mode of the vehicle are associated with the actuators. The behaviors include action sets ranked by priority, and the action sets include alternative actions that the vehicle can take to accomplish its task. The alternative actions are ranked by preference, and an arbiter selects the action to be performed and, optionally, modified.05-03-2012
20120109421Traffic congestion reduction system - A wireless/automated method and system of synchronizing the speed and acceleration/deceleration of an unlimited number of preceding/trailing vehicles, to achieve ‘mechanical like’ coupling, comparable to railroad cars. This includes wireless transmitting of the speed and notification of acceleration/deceleration of a preceding vehicle to a trailing vehicle, automated response to the speed and acceleration/deceleration of a preceding vehicle by a trailing vehicle so that the trailing vehicle accelerates/decelerates in near simultaneous synchronization with the preceding vehicle, and alerting the driver to automated vehicle acceleration.05-03-2012
20120109420APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH MOBILE RELOCATION - An apparatus and method relocating a robot. The apparatus may include a particle generating unit, a first distance obtaining unit, a second distance obtaining unit, and a position estimating unit. A plurality of particles may be generated on a map, a first distance may be obtained according to respective distances between each particle of the plurality of particles and a wireless communication apparatus, based on a position of the wireless communication apparatus and respective positions of each particle on the map, a second distance may be obtained according to respective determined distances between the wireless communication apparatus and the robot, based on a strength measure of the electromagnetic signal received by the robot from the wireless communication apparatus or based on an arrival time or time of flight of the electromagnetic signal, and a position of the robot may be estimated by comparing the first distance and the second distance.05-03-2012
20120109419LOCKABLE COMPARTMENT ACCESS MANAGEMENT - Apparatus, systems, and methods may operate to receive reservation requests for travel reservations associated with a common carrier. Responsive to receiving a request, an access control code to control access to a lockable compartment within a vehicle designated to provide transportation associated with the travel reservation may be generated. The compartment may be a luggage compartment, such as an overhead bin on an airplane. The code may be transmitted to a mobile device carried by the passenger associated with the reservation, and used to provide lockable access to the compartment. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.05-03-2012
20120239223Methods and Systems of Selectively Enabling a Vehicle by Way of a Portable Wireless Device - Selectively enabling a vehicle by way of a portable wireless device. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: enabling a vehicle when a portable wireless device is communicatively coupled to an onboard device by way of a first communication network; sending an indication of location of the vehicle to a data center; and disabling the vehicle when the portable wireless device is no longer communicatively coupled to the onboard device. In some cases, the sending by: receiving global positioning system (GPS) signals by the portable wireless device; establishing that the portable wireless device is proximate to the vehicle; and sending an indication of location to the data center, the sending by the portable wireless device.09-20-2012
20090306835Agricultural vehicle and method of operation therefor - An agricultural vehicle can be switched between a driver-controlled driven mode in which the direction and speed of travel of the vehicle are determined by the driver and a remotely controlled driven mode in which the direction and speed of travel of the vehicle are determined by information received from outside. In the remotely controlled driven mode, a control arrangement able to be operated by the driver is monitored (S12-10-2009
20100087967MULTI-SECTOR RADAR SENSOR - A radar system comprises a plurality of antenna sub-systems, each operable to transmit and receive radio frequency (RF) signals in a corresponding sector, wherein the plurality of antenna sub-systems are positioned such that the corresponding sectors cover a total range of about 180 degrees to about 360 degrees without rotation of the radar system. The radar system also comprises shared backend circuitry coupled to each of the plurality of antenna sub-systems and operable to process signals from each of the plurality of antenna sub-systems to detect the presence of an obstacle in one of the corresponding sectors.04-08-2010
20110202203SAFE TERMINATION OF UAV - A termination system that transmits on a cyclic basis, from a control station to an unmanned vehicle, pairs of mutually dependent code and counter values whose dependency is determined by a termination algorithm. The vehicle has knowledge of the algorithm and can hence validate a received code/counter pair using the same algorithm. If the received code/counter pair is invalid, the vehicle can decide to self-terminate. The control station includes a termination actuator that allows the vehicle to be remotely terminated by invalidating, when actuated by an operator, the code/counter pairs that are transmitted to the vehicle.08-18-2011
20120143404Method for Configuring Infotainment Applications in a Motor Vehicle - A method of configuring infotainment applications in a motor vehicle is provided. A control unit is configurable via a configuration interface such that the functional scope and/or a basic setting of the infotainment application is changed based on first configuration data from a first configuration data server. A service center stationarily arranged at a distance from the motor vehicle has a second configuration data server and a second configuration data bank. The service center has a first modification interface by which configuration data of the second configuration data bank is modifiable using first access rights and a second Internet-based modification interface by which the configuration data is modifiable using second access rights differing from the first. Modifications of the configuration data are recognized and the configuration data of the first configuration data bank is changed by using the configuration data from the second configuration data bank.06-07-2012
20080208395Remote Control Machine With Partial Or Total Autonomous Control - A system for controlling a tool carrier and work tool from either a first remote control or a second remote control. The first remote control and the second remote control both transmit respective first and second control signals to a controller system supported on the tool carrier. The controller system is programmed to select either the first control signal or the second control signal to control operation of the tool carrier. The system may include programming to allow autonomous movement of the tool carrier between a first work zone and a second work zone. Further, the controller system may be programmed to avoid obstacles within its path and to reroute its path between the first work zone and the second work zone to avoid such obstacles.08-28-2008
20110172850INFANTRY ROBOTIC PORTER SYSTEM AND METHODS USEFUL IN CONJUNCTION THEREWITH - A robotic system comprising a robotic platform; a follow-path functionality enabling the robotic platform to follow a leading soldier, at least selectably, without reliance on GPS; and a Human Machine Interface between the platform and a leading soldier.07-14-2011
20110172852SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM FOR ENERGY EXTRACTING VESSEL NAVIGATION - A Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system guides navigation of a vessel enabled to extract energy from wind and/or water currents primarily in offshore marine environments. An exemplary SCADA system could embody server and client software applications running on microprocessor systems at a remote control central service logging and energy distribution facility, and the vessel itself. The remote control service facility runs Human Machine Interface (HMI) software in the form of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) allowing choices to maximize system performance. The central server accesses information to control vessel position based on transmitted Global Position Satellite (GPS) data from the vessel, and weather information from the Geographic Information System (GIS) provided by multiple spatial temporal data sources. A server-side optimization algorithm fed the parameters delivered from vessel aerodynamic/hydrodynamic performance simulation software models, the vessel onboard sensor data, and integrated real-time weather and environmental data determines an optimal navigation through weather systems and presents choices to the HMI.07-14-2011
20110172851System incorporating software program and/or hardware circuitry for intercepting and interpreting or altering commands for generating I/O activity for enabling real-time external or user interface by sending substitute data or signals to automotive vehicle's electrical or electronic systems - A system is described to provide access to an automotive vehicle's input and output devices and making those available for an external system or device, while preserving original functionality of the input and output devices in the vehicle. The system includes a set of circuits coupled to the vehicle's input and output devices and a controller subsystem coupled to the these set of circuits. The system also includes an interface circuit coupled to the controller subsystem as well as to the external system or device being added by the user.07-14-2011
20090281682Wirelessly Controlled Motorized Vehicle System - A wirelessly controlled motorized vehicle system may be utilized to facilitate operation of a motorized vehicle. The wirelessly controlled motorized vehicle system may comprise a motorized vehicle and a wireless communications system. The motorized vehicle may comprise a drive system operable to operate the motorized vehicle and a controller in communication with at least a portion of the drive system. The controller may be configured to receive a command from a user. The wireless communications system may be configured to allow wireless communication between the controller and the portion of the drive system. The wireless communications system may comprise one or more transmitters in communication with the controller and one or more receivers in communication with the portion of the drive system. Alternate embodiments may comprise a gauge and/or a central display unit in combination with one or more of the elements listed above.11-12-2009
20090281681REMOTE-CONTROLLED MOBILE MACHINE USING FLEXIBLE SHAFTS - A remote-controlled mobile machine has a pair of flexible shafts (11-12-2009
20090287363Weapon integrated controller - The present disclosures are systems, apparatus and methods for communicating with a robot via a weapon. In one embodiment, the weapon comprises a barrel, a receiver assembly, a handgrip, and a first controller. The receiver assembly is coupled to an end of the barrel and to the handgrip. The first controller is integrated into the handgrip and inputs a first controller signal to a processing device. A transmitter receives a processing signal from the processing device according to the first controller signal. Preferably, the transmitter sends the processing signal to a robot, which responds accordingly to the received processing signal.11-19-2009
20110270468Methods and Apparatus for Dynamic Powertrain Management - A computer-implemented method includes determining that a vehicle powertrain feature is engaged. The method further includes relaying, to a remote computing source, a request for a computation to be performed relating to the engaged powertrain feature. The method additionally includes receiving a result of the computation at a vehicle computing system and transferring the result of the computation to a powertrain for use in controlling the powertrain feature.11-03-2011
20110270467SAFETY TEST CARRIER CONTROLLED BY EXTERNAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM - The disclosure relates to a carrier for automotive safety testing wherein the movement of the carrier is controlled by an external guidance system, so that the carrier follows a determined route during the automotive safety testing. The actual position of the carrier is typically determined by a GPS system, while the desired position and velocity of the carrier are provided by a wireless transmitter, typically a W-LAN router receiving data from a PC or similar external source.11-03-2011
20120296495VEHICULAR DRIVING SYSTEM AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF - Provided are a vehicular driving system and a driving method thereof that can improve production efficiency by driving a vehicle toward a loading point without fail even when the loading point is changed successively due to a movement or the like of a loader, and by keeping driving the vehicle as close as possible to the loader without stopping the vehicle forcedly (without waiting time). A waiting point, which is a point where the vehicle should stand by until permission is given by the loader to the vehicle, is set on a driving path. For example, a switch-back point is set as the waiting point. The vehicle drives from an entry point of a loading site to the waiting point along the driving path, and stands by at the waiting point until the permission is given by the loader. In a case when there is an order to change the loading point when the vehicle is standing by at the waiting point or driving from the entry point to the waiting point, a partial driving path is created, and the vehicle drives from the waiting point to the new loading point along the partial driving path. Meanwhile, in a case when there is no order to change the loading point when the vehicle is standing by at the waiting point and driving from the entry point to the waiting point, the vehicle drives from the waiting point to the original loading point along the driving path.11-22-2012
20110208373SYSTEM FOR CONTROL OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES08-25-2011
20120290151CONTROL SYSTEM FOR EQUIPMENT ON A VEHICLE WITH A HYBRID-ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN - A vehicle equipped for power take off operation using direct application of power from a hybrid electric powertrain. A body computer connects to the controller area network to receive chassis input signals. A controller area network has an electronic control module, a transmission control module, and a hybrid control module. The electronic control module electrically connects to the transmission control module and the hybrid control module. A data link based remote power module is installed on the vehicle for generating body demand signals for initiating operation of the vehicle hybrid electric powertrain for a power take off operation. A plurality of PTO request switches are electrically connected to the controller area network. The body computer is programmable to accept a signal from at least one of the PTO request switches to change an operating state of the power take off operation.11-15-2012
20100138082TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSIGNING TRAVEL PATH TO TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE - From among a plurality of interconnected segments of a travel route of a transportation vehicle, an operator manually assigns a plurality of segments that form a path for the transportation vehicle to actually travel, such assignment is received, a travel instruction is generated in accordance with the plurality of assigned segments, and the transportation vehicle is instructed to travel in accordance with the travel instruction.06-03-2010
20120296494REMOTE OPERATOR ASSISTANCE FOR ONE OR MORE USER COMMANDS IN A VEHICLE - Various embodiments relate to remote operator assistance for one or more user commands at a vehicle. The operator assistance may occur via a vehicle computing system. One or more instances of an unsuccessful attempt to perform a user command may be received by the vehicle computing system. After detection of a predetermined number of instances, a connection may be established, via the vehicle computing system, with a remotely located system. The remotely-located system may be operated by a human operator in order to assist with performance of the user command. An information exchange may be facilitated between the vehicle and the remotely located system operated by the human operator. The information exchange may relate to the user command. The user command may be performed in the vehicle based on information obtained from the remotely-located system.11-22-2012
20120143401Vehicle Management System - A method and system for managing vehicles within a boundary is provided. Boundary units positioned at predetermined locations in a managing area define a boundary, within which multiple docking stations that secure the vehicles are positioned. Each docking station comprises a client component and a locking unit. The client component, in communication with a central server, allocates a vehicle to a user based on allocation criteria. The locking unit unlocks the allocated vehicle from a docking station. Each vehicle comprises a vehicle control unit, in communication with the boundary units, for determining proximity of the allocated vehicle to the defined boundary, and for restricting movement of the allocated vehicle when the allocated vehicle is in close proximity to the defined boundary. The central server, in communication with the boundary units, determines location of the allocated vehicle, when the allocated vehicle is in close proximity to and breaches the defined boundary.06-07-2012
20080294302RECORDING AND REPORTING OF DRIVING CHARACTERISTICS USING WIRELESS MOBILE DEVICE - A system and method for monitoring a vehicle uses a wireless mobile device. The wireless mobile device, such as a cell phone, smart phone, PDA, etc., includes some of the hardware that could be utilized to monitor and analyze data and transmit the data (or summaries, statistics or analyses of the data) to a central server. This can greatly reduce the overall cost of the system. The data can be used to determine an insurance rate or as a speed probe for creating traffic maps, for example.11-27-2008
20120185115LASERBOT: PROGRAMMABLE ROBOTIC APPARATUS WITH LASER - A remotely-controlled robotic apparatus for deactivating explosive ordinance, such as IEDs. The remotely-controlled robotic apparatus is provided with a robotic portion that provides mobility, and a laser portion configured to be aimed at an object of interest (for example an object believed to comprise an IED) and to deactivate the object by destroying, damaging or disconnecting at least one of a control apparatus and a power supply from the object of interest. The remotely-controlled robotic apparatus provides the capability to dispose of IEDs without having an explosion. The remote-controlled robotic apparatus can include a camera and an illumination source for examining objects of interest. A remote control console is provided for the use of an operator in controlling the robotic apparatus.07-19-2012
20080288129Vehicle Control System - An electronic control system comprises a remote control radio transmitter (RCRT) and/or an auxiliary wired control (AWC) configured to transmit an operational control signal. A CANbus radio receiver (CRR) is in electronic communication with the RCRT and/or AWC. A programmable logic control system (PLC) is in electronic communication with the CRR via a CANbus connection. A control device is in electronic communication with the PLC to carry out the operational control signal.11-20-2008
20120046809FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Position dependent operation of a materials handling vehicle, comprises utilizing a processor on the materials handling vehicle to communicate across a wireless computing environment to a corresponding server computer via a transceiver on the materials handling vehicle. Operation further comprises obtaining from at least one device on the materials handling vehicle, information relating to the position of the materials handling vehicle and communicating the obtained position related information to the server computer. The operation still further comprises receiving a command from the server computer to perform a predetermined action, wherein the command is based upon the position related information of the materials handling vehicle relative to a position of a point of interest known by the server, and communicating information across a vehicle network bus to at least one component of the materials handling vehicle to perform the predetermined action in response to the received command.02-23-2012
20080269960Method for Transporting Goods and Installation for Carrying Out Said Method - The invention relates to a method for transporting goods (10-30-2008
20080269961VEHICULAR AUDIO/VISUAL DEVICE, VEHICULAR AUDIO/VISUAL SYSTEM, DEVICE IDENTIFICATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A vehicular AV device includes a communication unit preferentially wirelessly communicating with a portable media output device identified according to initially recorded device identification information; a registration unit storing in a user information storage unit user identification information of a user acquired from a user identification unit identifying the user riding in a vehicle and the device identification information acquired by the communication unit in association with each other; a device identification unit reading from the user information storage unit the device identification information associated with the user identification information of the user riding in the vehicle when the user rides in the vehicle; and an identification information notification unit notifying the communication unit of the device identification information. The communication unit communicates with the portable media output device of the notified device identification information even if the notified device identification information is not initially recorded.10-30-2008
20100138081Methods and Systems for Controlling Vehicles - The present invention provides a system and method of controlling a vehicle. The method includes the steps of: Providing a transmitter arranged to transmit in the microwave frequency range; providing a receiving means on the vehicle, receiving the signal, and calculating the azimuth of the transmitter with respect to the vehicle. The vehicle is controlled based on the calculated azimuth.06-03-2010
20100145550Vehicle Guidance System - A vehicle guidance system for directing a vehicle along a predetermined path comprises an onboard computer, a number of distance sensors and a steering system controllable by the computer. The predetermined path is stored in a memory of the computer and, in operation, the steering system is controlled to follow the predetermined path. The sensors are adapted to measure the distance, laterally of the vehicle travel direction, between the sensors and curbs provided along the predetermined path, and the computer is adapted to control the steering system to correct any lateral deviation from the predetermined path as detected by the sensors.06-10-2010
20100274413Ballistic Robotic Vehicle - A mobile target assembly for use in small arms practice includes an armor-protected automotive unit with remote control for movement through a target area. Further, the target assembly includes a plurality of repairable/replaceable façades, wherein a selected façade is mounted on the automotive unit. For the present invention, the façade is formed as a land vehicle body and is constructed for intentional destruction by the small arms fire. Importantly, the armor protection provides survivability for the automotive unit in response to small arms fire.10-28-2010
20090182460System and method for adjusting machine parameters - A system for adjusting machine parameters based on a skill level of an operator comprises a personal area network (PAN)-compatible electronic control module (ECM) located on a machine. The system also includes a PAN-compatible communication device associated with an operator of the machine. The PAN-compatible communication device is configured to receive information indicative of the skill level of the operator. The PAN-compatible communication device is also configured to establish a wireless communication link with the PAN-compatible ECM and transmit the information indicative of the skill level of the operator to the PAN-compatible ECM. The PAN-compatible ECM is configured to adjust an operational aspect of the machine based on the information indicative of the skill level of the operator of the machine.07-16-2009
20090182461Electric Wiring System of a Motor Vehicle with an Authentication Apparatus - An electric wiring system of a motor vehicle with several control devices that communicate with each other via a data bus, and with an immobilizer is provided. In order to create an electric wiring system of a motor vehicle that includes an immobilizer with high reliability the immobilizer includes at least a first and a second control device from the plurality of control devices and an authentication apparatus, in particular an authentication control device. The authentication information of the plurality of control devices is supplied via the data bus to the authentication apparatus. The authentication cancels the immobilizer of the vehicle when the authentication information transmitted from the first and the second control device corresponds to the authentication information expected for the particular control devices.07-16-2009
20090187291SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE CODE FOR PROVIDING REAL TIME OPTIMIZATION OF A MISSION PLAN FOR A POWERED SYSTEM - A method for operating a powered system, the method including determining whether a mission plan of the powered system is correct to satisfy at least one mission objective of the powered system, if not, updating information used to establish the mission plan, revising the mission plan based on the updated information to satisfy the at least one mission objective, and operating the powered system based on the revised mission plan. A system and a computer software code for operating a powered system are also disclosed.07-23-2009
20090132100Flight Control System - An aircraft (05-21-2009
20090265048Remote startup device, remote startup system, and remote startup method - An object of this invention is to improve convenience to a user when starting up an engine remotely, without detracting from safety with respect to vehicle theft. A remote startup device has an engine startup control unit, which starts the engine in response to a startup instruction signal, and an engine running control unit, which decides, after the engine has been started up, whether to continue or to stop running of the engine based on prescribed conditions. The engine running control unit continues running of the engine when detecting a key at the time of unlocking of a door of the vehicle and at the time of ignition action, and stops running of the engine when not detecting a key either at the time of the door unlocking or at the time of the ignition action, to thereby secure safety with respect to theft.10-22-2009
20090177337Tool simulation system for remotely located machine - A tool simulation system for a machine is disclosed. The system has a user interface located remotely from the machine and a processor in communication with the user interface and the machine. The processor is configured to receive a plurality of parameters input at the machine's location, calculate tool loading based on the plurality of parameters, and display tool loading on the user interface.07-09-2009
20090177336System and Method for Triggering Vehicle Functions - System and method for remotely activating a vehicle function, comprising receiving an incoming message including an identification code; identifying one or more vehicles using the identification code; and sending a command to one or more of the vehicles. The incoming message may be associated with a telephone call, and the identification code may be caller identification information from the telephone call. The incoming message may be a packet-based message, and the identification code may be an identification of a sender of the message, such as an origination address. The identification code may be uniquely associated with one vehicle or multiple vehicles on a single user account. The command may be a command to lock or unlock one or more of the vehicles, or a command to start one or more of the vehicles.07-09-2009
20090259349DELIVERING COMMANDS TO A VEHICLE - A method of commanding a vehicle to perform a task. The method includes the steps of establishing a first wireless connection between a first wireless device and a vehicle communications system creating a data transfer network between the first wireless device and the vehicle communications system, transmitting a command from the first wireless device to the vehicle communications system via the data transfer network, receiving the command at the vehicle communications system, and instructing, by the vehicle communications system, an appropriate vehicle system to perform a task based upon the command.10-15-2009
20090326735APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN UNMANNED VEHICLE - In one or more embodiments, an apparatus and method for operating an unmanned and autonomous vehicle includes a sensor management module configured to direct sensors as to what function they are to provide; a mission management module configured to provide execute function capabilities; an effects management module configured to provide launching and directing weapons to their target capabilities; a vehicle management module; a situation awareness management module configured to provide correlate sensor data of objects, threats, targets, geographic points of interest that the pilot requires in the immediate environment; a communications management module; an information management module configured to provide a database of intelligence-related data; a middleware module configured to interface with the sensor management module, the mission management module, the effects management module, the vehicle management module, the situation awareness management module, the communications management module, and the information management module.12-31-2009
20110224841METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING A VEHICLE'S ENERGY SOURCE - One or more embodiments may include a method for remotely obtaining information about an energy source of a vehicle. Information identifying one or more vehicles and one or more drivers of the vehicles may be received at one or more computing devices remote from a vehicle. Instructions from the one or more remote computing devices may be transmitted requesting information from the identified vehicle(s) about a status of an energy source for the identified vehicle(s). The status information may be received at the remote computing device(s). Based on the energy source status information and the driver identifying information, a vehicle energy source status with respect to one or more attributes of the vehicle drivers may be calculated. Additionally, the vehicle energy source status may be displayed at the one or more devices.09-15-2011
20090198390SECURE COMMAND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REMOTE MAINTENANCE TERMINAL - The object of the invention is a secure command method and device for controlling an on-board maintenance device, such as a maintenance device installed on board an aircraft, from a remote maintenance terminal. The maintenance device is connected to the remote maintenance terminal by a communication network. After at least one datum representative of at least one command associated with at least one instruction has been received, the received datum is filtered to determine the validity of the command. If the received datum is valid, an instruction or a set of instructions associated with the command represented by this datum is identified in order to be executed. The filtering step is preferably iterative and based on the transmission protocol as well as on the encoding of the datum.08-06-2009
20110144831POWER SUPPLY CONTROL SYSTEM AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD - In a power supply control system that controls supplied power to a train using a remote control apparatus provided on a substation side and a train-information managing apparatus provided in a train, the train-information managing apparatus transmits present train location information indicating a location where the train is traveling and information concerning consumed/regenerated electric power amount to the remote control apparatus. The remote control apparatus extracts, out of the input consumed/regenerated electric power amount information, based on the present train location information, consumed/regenerated electric power amount information concerning a train traveling in a power section, calculates a total value of the consumed/regenerated electric power amount information, and controls, based on the calculated total value of the consumed/regenerated electric power amount information, electric power amount supplied to the power section.06-16-2011
20110144829COUNTERMEASURE SYSTEM FOR BIRDS - Provided is a bird countermeasure system. The bird countermeasure system includes a bird countermeasure robot configured to be operated through a remote command while patrolling or moving in an area adjacent to a runway or taxiway along which airplanes take off, land or taxi so as to approach the runway or taxiway or to detect or repel birds located close to the runway or taxiway.06-16-2011
20110224843VEHICLE CONNECTIVITY SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPLICATIONS - A method of remotely starting a vehicle using a remote device is provided. The method includes: receiving a first temperature associated with the vehicle; evaluating the first temperature at the remote device; and initiating the starting of the vehicle by generating a signal to the vehicle based on the start request and the first temperature.09-15-2011
20110224845TOWBARLESS AIRPLANE TUG - A towbarless airplane tug configured for receiving a landing gear of an airplane and towing it thereby is provided. The tug comprises a chassis configured for receiving thereon at least a portion of the landing gear, a propulsion arrangement configured to move the tug in a direction along a trajectory, at least one force sensor configured to measure, directly or indirectly, a force exerted by the chassis on the landing gear in at least the direction due to a speed differential between the tug and the airplane, and a controller in communication with the force sensor and being configured to alter one or more parameters of movement of the tug such that the force exerted by the chassis on the landing gear is maintained below a predetermined value. The propulsion arrangement comprises a variable angle swash plate hydraulic pump coupled to a variable angle swash plate hydraulic motor and to a controllable bypass path valve, configured such that a hydraulic fluid circulates between the pump and the motor so as to activate the propulsion arrangement to increase at least one of the speed and the traction force of the tug when the bypass path is in a closed state, and at least most of the hydraulic fluid circulates across the motor via the bypass path valve so as to reduce at least one of a rotational speed and traction force of the tug when the bypass path is in a opened state. The controller alters the parameters by regulating at least the power available to the propulsion arrangement, the pump and motor swash-plates, and the state of the bypass path valve.09-15-2011
20110231035SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FRIEND OR FOE IDENTIFICATION - A system for use in identifying one of an unmanned ground vehicle and an unmanned aerial vehicle includes a signal emitter associated with the unmanned vehicle. The signal emitter includes at least one quantum cascade laser. The signal emitter emits a signal having a wavelength between approximately 2 μm and approximately 30 μm, and the signal is detectable to identify the unmanned vehicle as friendly at a distance from the signal emitter greater than approximately 1 meter.09-22-2011
20120078444PREVENTION SYSTEM AGAINST INVALID USE OF STOLEN BATTERY - A system has a server and an on-vehicle unit. The on-vehicle unit verifies whether a battery currently mounted in the vehicle is valid based on identification information given to the battery. The on-vehicle unit transmits to the server a request for verifying the identification information with a data base when it is verified that the battery currently mounted in the vehicle is invalid. The server searches the data base as to whether there is identification information in question which matches data in the data base, and notifies the on-vehicle unit of information showing that the identification information in question matches a stolen battery when a search result reveals that the identification information in question matches the data. The on-vehicle unit limits use of the unauthorized battery, that is, use of the vehicle when it is notified by the server that the identification information in question matches the stolen battery.03-29-2012
20120078443VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - A starting apparatus starts an engine of a vehicle in response to a wireless signal transmitted from a remote control and keeps the engine running when a door of the vehicle is opened after the engine of the vehicle has been started. Moreover, a function controller included in the starting apparatus disables a function of a powered window apparatus and a sunroof apparatus of the vehicle in response to start of the engine of the vehicle and enables the functions of the powered window apparatus and the sunroof apparatus when a door of the vehicle is opened after the engine of the vehicle has been started.03-29-2012
20120078442MODEL TRAIN REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING REALISTIC SPEED AND SPECIAL EFFECTS CONTROL - The model train control system includes a remote control device that receives user input with respect to various train functions such as desired speed and effects, and that generates commands based on that input in order to cause the model train to perform in a desired manner. In an embodiment of the invention, the model train controller comprises control input devices that permit user control over corresponding control features of the model train. A touch screen display may be coupled to the housing and adapted to receive user selections regarding the control feature. A processor is operatively coupled to the control input devices and the touch screen display. The processor is adapted to generate at least one model train command to be transmitted to the model train based at least in part on a user input received from either one of the control input devices or the touch screen display.03-29-2012
20080262662Remote engine control system - In a remote engine control system, a relay device receives a vehicle equipment control request containing first identification information, updates the first identification information to second identification information, and transmits the updated vehicle equipment control request to an in-vehicle device.10-23-2008
20130013129VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD - A vehicle control system has a radio wave transmitting body that transmits information using a radio signal, a first electronic control device that receives the radio signal from the radio wave transmitting body, and a second electronic control device that receives the radio signal from the radio wave transmitting body. The first electronic control device includes a first transmitting/receiving unit that transmits and receives the radio signal, a first information acquisition unit that acquires the information, which is transmitted from the radio wave transmitting body, from the radio signal received by the first transmitting/receiving unit, and an information repeater that passes the information acquired by the first information acquisition unit to the second electronic control device by transmitting the radio signal from the first transmitting/receiving unit.01-10-2013
20090204276RADIO CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT, REMOTE CONTROLLER AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - A radio controlled (RC) aircraft includes a receiver that is coupled to receive an RF signal from a remote control device, the RF signal containing command data in accordance with a first coordinate system, wherein the first coordinate system is from a perspective of the remote control device. A motion sensing module generates motion data based on the motion of the RC aircraft. A processing module transforms the command data into control data in accordance with a second coordinate system, wherein the second coordinate system is from a perspective of the RC aircraft. A plurality of control devices control the motion of the RC aircraft based on the control data. In an embodiment, a remote control device commands the RC helicopter to substantially a hovering state when no force is applied to each of a plurality of spring-loaded interface devices.08-13-2009
20090222149SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SWARM OF REMOTE UNMANNED VEHICLES THROUGH HUMAN GESTURES - A method is disclosed for controlling at least one remotely operated unmanned object. The method may involve defining a plurality of body movements of an operator that correspond to a plurality of operating commands for the unmanned object. Body movements of the operator may be sensed to generate the operating commands. Wireless signals may be transmitted to the unmanned object that correspond to the operating commands that control operation of the unmanned object.09-03-2009
20100179709Method and a system for controlling and monitoring operation of a device - A method of controlling and monitoring operation of a device is disclosed. The method includes communicating an authorization code via a management source to a processor having a memory. The processor is configured for regulating operation of the device, and is operatively connected to a keyless start arrangement configured to activate the device. The method additionally includes receiving the authorization code by the processor and storing the authorization code within the controller memory. Furthermore, the method includes entering an access code via a selective input, receiving the access code by the processor, and authorizing operation of the device if the access code matches the authorization code.07-15-2010
20090222148Autonomous Outer Loop Control of Man-Rated Fly-By-Wire Aircraft - The present invention is directed to a system for converting a man-rated fly-by-wire (FBW) aircraft into a remote controlled unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV). The FBW aircraft includes a FBW flight control system (FBW-FCS) configured to control aircraft control surfaces disposed on the aircraft. The system includes a controller coupled to the FBW aircraft. The controller is configured to generate substantially real-time pilot control data from at least one aircraft maneuver command. The real-time pilot control data is generated in accordance with a predetermined control law. The at least one aircraft maneuver command is derived from at least one command telemetry signal received from a remote control system not disposed on the FBW aircraft or from a pre-programmed trajectory. An FBW-FCS interface system is coupled to the controller. The FBW-FCS interface system is configured to convert the substantially real-time pilot control data into substantially real-time simulated FBW-FCS pilot control signals. The substantially real-time simulated FBW-FCS pilot control signals are configured to direct the FBW-FCS such that the FBW aircraft performs in accordance with the at least one aircraft maneuver command.09-03-2009
20120197465Remote Management System for Work Machinery - A remote management system for at least one working machine manages an upper limit of an engine rpm. A hydraulic excavator includes a controller and an instruction switch for selectively instructing three kinds of work modes. The controller includes a target rpm storage unit, a target rpm computer for selecting one of stored upper limits of the target rpm according to an instruction by an instruction switch and computing a target rpm in a range smaller than the selected upper limit, and a communication unit. A server selects a work mode, according to an instruction by an input device, and instructs the selected work mode to the controller. When the work mode is instructed from the server, the target rpm computer computes a target rpm based on the instructed work mode.08-02-2012
20120197464INTERFACING WITH A MOBILE TELEPRESENCE ROBOT - A telepresence robot may include a drive system, a control system, an imaging system, and a mapping module. The mapping module may access a plan view map of an area and tags associated with the area. In various embodiments, each tag may include tag coordinates and tag information, which may include a tag annotation. A tag identification system may identify tags within a predetermined range of the current position and the control system may execute an action based on an identified tag whose tag information comprises a telepresence robot action modifier. The telepresence robot may rotate an upper portion independent from a lower portion. A remote terminal may allow an operator to control the telepresence robot using any combination of control methods, including by selecting a destination in a live video feed, by selecting a destination on a plan view map, or by using a joystick or other peripheral device.08-02-2012
20090248221CONTROL SYSTEM FOR PAYLOAD LIMITING OF HAULING OPERATION - In one aspect, the present disclosure is directed to a control system for a machine with traction devices. The control system may have a sensor configured to sense an ambient temperature. The control system may also have a controller in communication with the sensor. The controller may be configured to determine a load limit of a machine based on an expected speed of the machine and the ambient temperature. The controller may further be configured to enforce the load limit of the machine during loading.10-01-2009
20090248222VEHICLE SLOWDOWN CONTROL VIA SHORT RANGE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION - A method and system for enabling police pursuing a vehicle to slow the vehicle down via short range wireless communication with the vehicle. The process can be carried out with or without involvement of a call center that provides telematics services to the vehicle. The method involves configuring the vehicle to accept a slowdown command, confirming the target vehicle at a pursuing police vehicle, establishing the short range connection between the police vehicle and target vehicle, and slowing the target vehicle by sending it the slowdown command over the wireless connection. The call center can enable or disable the slowdown service according to the vehicle owner's wishes.10-01-2009
20090192659AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE LAPTOP - An apparatus comprises a portable computer, and program code stored on the portable computer. The program code is capable of being executed to establish a communications link with an aircraft network data processing system in an aircraft, obtain information about the aircraft over the communications link, display the information on a display device for the portable computer, receive user input to control a data processing system on the aircraft network data processing system in the aircraft, and send a number of commands to the data processing system in response to receiving the user input.07-30-2009
20090254229CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD AND UNMANNED HELICOPTER HAVING THE SAME - A control method comprises calculating a target value for at least one of a plurality of control parameters of a control target. The method also comprises performing feedback control of the control target in order for a value of a first of the control parameters to be set closer to its target value, and adjusting a target value of a second of the control parameters based at least in part on a deviation between the target value and a current value of at least one of the other control parameter.10-08-2009
20100152922TWO WHEELED ROBOT WITH ENHANCED CLIMBING FEATURES - A robot has an electronic surveillance system embedded within a chassis disposed between two wheels. The wheels include a main body and a plurality of treads. The treads are generally disposed radially around the main body and extend distally from outer portion of the main body. The main body generally defines a plurality of compression cells and may present a substantially frustoconical outer surface.06-17-2010
20100168933TURRET MOUNTED COMPACT TOOL CARRIER - A turret mounted compact tool carrier. The tool carrier is a small, ride-on machine. The tracked substructure is connected to the upper section of the machine by a 360 degree turret, which allows the upper section of the machine to face any direction, independent of the direction of the tracks. The distance between the tracks is adjustable, depending on particular application. An operator rides on a platform at the back of the upper section, while a work tool is connected to the front of the upper section. Thus, the operator always maintains a line-of-sight parallel to the direction of operation of the work tool, resulting in a greater degree of safety. The machine has lift arms that are extendable, allowing the work tool to be pushed without operating the tracks. These features give the tool carrier the ability to fully operate in narrow spaces and with limited operation of the tracks, resulting in more efficient use and less ground damage than traditional skid loaders.07-01-2010
20120173045Robotic defilade system - A barrier which is mobile and self-propelled and is controlled by remote control or by self-generated commands created in accordance with pre-loaded or downloaded instructions is disclosed. It can be interposed between a stationary or moving protected object and a suspected threat and maintained in that alignment until updated guidance instructions are received or generated.07-05-2012
20100185342Autonomous Water Craft - The present invention is a control module which can communicate with an autopilot control system of a marine vessel and enable an individual or other device to remotely control the marine vessel. The control module can communicate wirelessly with a lap top computer, a PDA, a computer connected to the Internet or other types of control devices which are capable of controlling a marine vessel. The control module can also be in communication with preprogrammed navigation software which communicates with and operates an onboard marine autopilot system. A satellite phone can also transmit navigation commands to the control module via a sat com communication modem connected to the control module.07-22-2010
20100217457Anti-Theft System for a Vehicle, and Method for the Operation of an Anti-Theft System - An anti-theft system, especially in the form of an access and/or starting system for a vehicle has a vehicle-mounted receiver for receiving a request signal containing the instruction to find out whether objects that are associated with the vehicle, e.g. lost identifiers, are located in specific areas of the vehicle. The anti-theft system further has a vehicle-mounted control and evaluation unit for verifying whether the objects are in the specific areas of the vehicle and outputting information on whether an object that is associated with the vehicle has been found. The anti-theft system finally has a vehicle-mounted transmitter for transmitting a result signal containing the information on whether objects have been found. Such an anti-theft system allows an identifier, for example, which is associated with a user, to start a search from a distance in order to verify whether certain objects are located near or inside the vehicle.08-26-2010
20090150007INTELLIGENT SELECTIVELY-TARGETED COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method for receiving at least one of advisory information and vehicle control information in a vehicle-mounted system, comprising: receiving at least one of advisory information and vehicle control information from a transmitting unit using a receiving unit; determining whether the at least one of the advisory information and the vehicle control information is directed to the receiving unit; and if the at least one of the advisory information and the vehicle control information is directed to the receiving unit, outputting the at least one of the advisory information and the vehicle control information.06-11-2009
20100228405SHARED VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A locking and holding mechanism for a personal vehicle is composed of a connection device mounted to the vehicle and a receptacle mounted to a solid fixture. The receptacle is configured to directly receive and engage the connection device of the vehicle and, once received, the vehicle is locked to the receptacle held in a stable position. The connection device easily attaches a vehicle to a dock and enables a vehicle management system to charge, lock, hold in place and monitor the vehicle's presence when docked in a charge station. When docked in a charge station, if the status of the vehicle is altered unexpectedly the vehicle is equipped with communication equipment to alert the management system that the vehicle's status has changed. The apparatus identifies a user through an ID device and/or code. A user in good standing accesses a user interface via a communication gateway to secure access to a vehicle by electronically detaching the vehicle from the dock.09-09-2010
20100217456APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AIRCRAFT GROUND MOVEMENT - A method and apparatus is disclosed for reversing an aircraft on the ground comprising driving the aircraft using at least one self-propelled undercarriage wheel. An apparatus for controlling at least one of speed and at least one direction of an aircraft having a self-propelled nosewheel, on the ground, is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a control arm; a control unit; means for transmitting information to said self-propelled nosewheel; means for receiving information at said self-propelled nosewheel; and means for controlling at least one of the speed and direction of said nosewheel; whereby airport ground staff can intuitively control the movements of said aircraft by holding said arm and moving it in the direction of required movement of said aircraft.08-26-2010
20090076666Method and Device for Assigning a First Automobile to a Second Automobile - A method for assigning a first motor vehicle to a second motor vehicle by exchanging electromagnetic signals. The electromagnetic signals are transmitted from the first motor vehicle in a predetermined temporal signal pattern and received by the second motor vehicle, where they are compared as to whether the received electromagnetic signals correspond to a signal pattern stored in the second motor vehicle. The first motor vehicle then is assigned as a function of the comparison. This method is particularly suited to assigning trailers to a towing vehicle.03-19-2009
20090076665Method and System to Control Operation of a Device Using an Integrated Simulation with a Time Shift Option - A method to control a device may include forming an integrated simulation model of an actual environment in which the device is or will be operating. The integrated simulation model may be formed using pre-existing data and real-time data related to the actual environment. The method may also include presenting a simulation including a representation of the device operable in the integrated simulation model of the actual environment and allowing control of operation of the simulation of the device in the integrated simulation model of the actual environment. The method may further include controlling operation of the device in the actual environment using the simulation of the representation of the device in the integrated simulation model of the actual environment.03-19-2009
20100241290Process And Apparatus For Autonomous Control Of A Motor Vehicle - Autonomous control of steering, speed, forward and reverse movement of a motor vehicle is provided by transmitting a signal from a transmitter carried by an ambulatory user, receiving the signal with three signal-receiving antennae on the motor vehicle, generating first, second and third sub-signals with a three-channel receiver connected to the three antennae, generating sum and difference outputs with the first and second sub-signals, affecting the steering with the difference output, affecting the speed, forward and reverse control with the sum output, generating a distance-to-user output from the third sub-signal, and limiting the proximity of the motor vehicle to the user with the distance-to-user output.09-23-2010
20100241289Method and apparatus for path planning, selection, and visualization - New and Improved methods and apparatus for robotic path planning, selection, and visualization are described A path spline visually represents the current trajectory of the robot through a three dimensional space such as a room By altering a graphical representation of the trajectory—the path spline—an operator can visualize the path the robot will take, and is freed from real-time control of the robot Control of the robot is accomplished by periodically updating the path spline such that the newly updated spline represents the new desired path for the robot Also a sensor that may be located on the robot senses the presence of boundaries (obstacles) in the current environment and generates a path that circumnavigates the boundaries while still maintaining motion in the general direction selected by the operator The mathematical form of the path that circumnavigates the boundaries may be a spline09-23-2010
20100235018Unmanned Apparatus Traversal And Inspection System - An unmanned apparatus for use in traversing and inspecting at least a portion of an elongated structure. The unmanned apparatus includes at least one structural member defining a recess sized and configured to receive the portion of the elongated structure. In one aspect, the unmanned apparatus includes a clamping mechanism coupled to the structural member, wherein the clamping mechanism is capable of detachably attaching the unmanned apparatus to the elongated structure. A locomotion system is actuated while the unmanned apparatus is attached to the elongated structure causing the unmanned apparatus to traverse at least a portion of the elongated structure. The unmanned apparatus includes a plurality of cameras and/or at least one sensor capable of providing information regarding the structural integrity of the interior and/or exterior of the elongated structure. A method of inspecting and traversing at least a portion of the elongated structure is also described.09-16-2010
20100222940LOCKING SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY BLUETOOTH CAR KEY - The invention relates to a locking system that is suitable for receiving an individual designation of a key via a wireless interface and, upon receipt of a corresponding key designation, to lock and/or unlock, wherein the key is a mobile communications terminal.09-02-2010
20100222939Methods and Systems for Remotely Managing A Vehicle - A method for managing a vehicle is disclosed wherein the method includes receiving an identification (ID) code associated with at least one user. The method further includes corresponding the ID code to at least one user profile following verification of the ID code and executing a vehicle setting associated with the at least one user profile. An apparatus for remotely managing a vehicle setting is further disclosed. The apparatus includes memory for storing at least one user profile. The apparatus further includes a processor coupled to the memory, the processor configured to receive an identification (ID) code corresponding to the at least one user profile. Furthermore, the processor is in communication with a vehicle processing system operable to execute a vehicle setting associated with the at least one user profile.09-02-2010
20130218371DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AN ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT OF A VEHICLE - An add-on device and method for managing an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicle is disclosed. The add-on device includes a transceiver adapted for communicating with the communication network of a vehicle. The add-on device further includes a controller being communicatively connected to the transceiver, and adapted to generate a user-interface control signal addressed to the user interface of the vehicle, in order to manipulate the user interface of the vehicle and to present thereon command options prompting a user to enter a command selection in response to the command options presented. The controller is further adapted to receive the command selection from the user interface, and to generate in response thereto, an ECU control signal to be sent to the communication network for executing an operation with respect to a targeted ECU, in order to manage the targeted ECU from the user interface of the vehicle.08-22-2013
20100114404Rail Conveyance system for mining - A rail-based system is disclosed for moving materials and is applicable to a number of industries. The invention describes a system of automated self-powered rail cars operating independently to transport material such as ore from a work face in a mine or cargo from a marine port to a major transportation hub.05-06-2010
20120143400WHEELCHAIR GUIDING - Among other things, an apparatus includes a wheelchair control device sensitive to motion and adapted to attach to a user's head, and includes a wheelchair interface device in communication with the wheelchair control device and adapted to manipulate a control system of a motorized wheelchair in response to communication from the wheelchair control device. Among other things, a method includes causing a motorized wheelchair to change velocity in response to changing a position of a head-mounted wheelchair control device.06-07-2012
20120143402SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UPDATING VEHICLE INFORMATION USING WIRELESS ACCESS POINT CONNECTED TO TELEMATICS SERVER - The present invention provides a technique for updating vehicle information using a wireless access point connected to a telematics server. More specifically, the system includes a wireless communication unit configured to connect to the wireless access point through, e.g., Wi-Fi network, to automatically receive an update data container(s), when the update data container(s) regarding the vehicle information is present in the telematics server; a control unit configured to store the update data container(s) received through the wireless communication unit and control the vehicle information and one or more devices corresponding to the vehicle information; and an update unit configured to update the vehicle information by using the update data container(s).06-07-2012
20100198429SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM FOR ENERGY EXTRACTING VESSEL NAVIGATION - A Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system guides navigation of a vessel enabled to extract energy from wind and/or water currents primarily in offshore marine environments. An exemplary SCADA system could embody server and client software applications running on microprocessor systems at a remote control central service logging and energy distribution facility, and the vessel itself. The remote control service facility runs Human Machine Interface (HMI) software in the form of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) allowing choices to maximize system performance. The central server accesses information to control vessel position based on transmitted Global Position Satellite (GPS) data from the vessel, and weather information from the Geographic Information System (GIS) provided by multiple spatial temporal data sources. A server-side optimization algorithm fed the parameters delivered from vessel aerodynamic/hydrodynamic performance simulation software models, the vessel onboard sensor data, and integrated real-time weather and environmental data determines an optimal navigation through weather systems and presents choices to the HMI.08-05-2010
20100198428MULTI-PURPOSE FOB SYSTEM - A wireless device is provided having an integrated vehicle fob and entertainment functionality. The wireless device includes a vehicle fob transponder for providing signals to a vehicle for at least one of remote keyless entry, passive entry, passive start, and immobilization functions. The wireless device also includes one or more entertainment receivers for providing entertainment and information functionality on board the vehicle. A controller controls the vehicle fob transponder and the entertainment receivers. One or more communication links are provided for communicating between the wireless device and a vehicle to provide vehicle fob functionality and entertainment and information functionality.08-05-2010
20120245763DRUNK DRIVING PREVENTION SYSTEM AND EXTERNAL SERVER USED FOR THE SAME - A drunk driving prevention system is equipped with an external server and an on-vehicle component. The on-vehicle component is equipped with a detection unit that detects an alcohol concentration of a driver, an acquisition unit that acquires information on a current position of a vehicle, and a communication unit that transmits to the external server the alcohol concentration as well as the current position information. The external server is equipped with a storage unit that stores a plurality of criteria that relate to an alcohol concentration falling under drunk driving and are different from one another as a result of geographical differences, a communication unit that receives the alcohol concentration and the current position information, and a determination unit that determines, based on that one of the criteria, whether the alcohol concentration received is an alcohol concentration falling under drunk driving.09-27-2012
20090248220REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING A TOUCHSCREEN FOR CONTROLLING A RAILWAY VEHICLE - The present invention is directed to a remote control system for controlling a railway vehicle The remote control system including a remote control device for transmitting signals to a first controller module. The first controller is mounted to the railway vehicle and controls and monitors the functions of the railway vehicle. The first controller module also relays information to the remote control device. The remote control system can also include a portable safety switch allowing any individual in proximity to the railway vehicle to send a stop signal to the first controller module to stop the railway vehicle if any unsafe conditions exist.10-01-2009
20090240385ELECTRONIC CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - In an electronic control system for a vehicle, when a switch manipulation signal is inputted from a portable radio device, a control apparatus sets a check condition for switching an air-conditioner from the present condition to a different condition as a check condition for checking a manipulation pattern. The control apparatus checks the manipulation pattern based on the switch manipulation signal and a count value of the number of switch manipulations and checks whether the manipulation pattern meets the check condition of the acceptable pattern. If the manipulation pattern meets the check condition, the control apparatus starts to turn on or off the air-conditioner.09-24-2009
20110130894SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DRIVING GUIDANCE SERVICE TO VEHICLES - A system for remotely controlling a vehicle in a service area divided into plural service sectors includes: an infra sensor module installed in each service sector for periodically sensing obstacles and vehicles within the service sector; a vehicle controller mounted in each vehicle for requesting the driving guidance service and automatically controlling the vehicle in accordance with a vehicle control signal; and a local server installed in each service sector for communicating with the vehicle controllers through a driving guidance network based on information on the obstacles and vehicles sensed by the infra sensor module. The system further includes a global server for allocating network resources of the driving guidance network to allow the local server to communicate with the vehicle controllers using the allocated network resources.06-02-2011
20120143403INTEGRATED INSIDE MIRROR MODULE - The present invention provides an integrated inside mirror module that provides a reduction in the volume of a module package and that reduces manufacturing costs by integrating the individual modules in an inside mirror into one module using an integrated MCU. The integrated inside mirror module includes: an integrated MCU (Main Control Unit) configured to provide an integrated function of a home link controller, an RKE (Remote Keyless Entry) controller, and an ECM (Electronic Chromic Mirror) controller; and an integrated module that is controlled by the integrated MCU, whereinone or more selected from the group consisting of an integrated receiver transmitting a signal received by an integrated antenna to the home link and RKE controller, and an ECM module, are integrated on the same circuit board.06-07-2012
20090105891VARIABLY MANNED AIRCRAFT - In accordance with an embodiment, a system includes a plurality of subsystems cooperatively configured to control an aircraft in accordance with a plurality of manning modes, the system configured to perform fully automated control of the aircraft while operating in any of the plurality of manning modes, wherein the plurality of manning modes include: two onboard operators; one onboard operator; and no onboard operator, wherein the system receives input from a remotely located operator by way of wireless signals.04-23-2009
20130131895MULTIPLE ZONE SENSING FOR MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLES TRAVELING UNDER REMOTE CONTROL - A supplemental control system for a materials handling vehicle comprises one or more sensors capable of defining multiple contactless detection zones at least towards the front of the forward travel direction of a remotely controlled vehicle. The vehicle responds to the detection of objects within the designated zones based upon predetermined actions, such as to slow down or stop the vehicle, and/or to take other action, such as to perform a steer angle correction.05-23-2013
20120123614METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VIRTUALIZING INDUSTRIAL VEHICLES TO AUTOMATE TASK EXECUTION IN A PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT - A method and apparatus for virtualizing industrial vehicles to automate task execution in a physical environment is described. In one embodiment, the method includes determining input parameters for controlling vehicle hardware components, wherein the vehicle hardware components comprise actuators that are used to control hardware component operations, generating mappings between the input parameters and the hardware component operations, wherein each of the input parameters is applied to an actuator to perform an corresponding hardware component operation, correlating the mappings with vehicle commands to produce abstraction information and executing at least one task comprising various ones of the vehicle commands using the abstraction information.05-17-2012
20100305779REMOTE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM UTILIZING MULTIPLE ANTENNAS - A remote vehicle control system having a base transceiver mounted in a vehicle and a mobile key fob. The base transceiver utilizes an omni-directional antenna to communicate wirelessly with the key fob via the IEEE 802.15.4 communication protocol. Additional antennas are mounted to the vehicle and are also tuned to communicate over the IEEE 802.15.4 bandwidth. The additional antennas have radiation patterns extending outwardly to various sides of the vehicle (e.g., driver, passenger and rear sides). The system provides remote control functions and enables passive keyless entry functions such as unlocking doors or trunk latches by detecting the presence of the key fob proximate to one or more sides of the vehicle based on the ability of the key fob to communicate over IEEE 802.15.4 via the additional antennas.12-02-2010
20100305778ADAPTIVE USER INTERFACE FOR SEMI-AUTOMATIC OPERATION - A method is provided for semi-automatic operation of a portable control device for a remote-controlled, unmanned vehicle. The method includes the steps of monitoring parameters of an operational environment of the portable control device, switching from a manual operation mode to a semi-automatic operation mode in response to occurrence of predetermined criteria within the operational environment, and presenting a semi-automatic operation graphical user interface to a user of the portable control device. The semi-automatic operation graphical user interface includes a reduced set of user interfaces for the semi-automatic operation mode presented by the portable control device.12-02-2010
20090069955Remote control method for a motion heading by referring to a relative angle between a receiving end and a transmission end - A method to control a motion heading at a receiving end by referring to a relative angle between the receiving end and a transmission end includes the following steps: Step A: solving a command angle, α, between an original heading and a user inputted direction of transmission end; Step B: having a signal-receiving unit at the receiving end to pick up signals sent from the transmission end; Step C: determining a signal source orientation according to strength of the signals received by the signal-receiving unit which comprises multiple sensors or a position sensitive device arranged in a form to pick up the signals from the transmission end; Step D: solving a relative angle, β, between the signal source orientation and an original motion heading of the receiving end; and Step E: solving a new motion heading according to the angles α and β.03-12-2009
20090069956Central control system of wireless remote-control model - A central control system of a wireless remote-control model is capable of controlling a flight safety and effectively according to an operation control instruction signal data or a detector detection data instead of a single control value. Information such as the control, movement and abnormal detection of an electronic control machine installed on the wireless remote-control model are managed, determined and controlled jointly, so as to improve the safety and operability of the wireless remote-control model.03-12-2009
20090037033Autonomous Behaviors for a Remote Vehicle - A system for allowing an operator to switch between remote vehicle tele-operation and one or more remote vehicle autonomous behaviors. The system comprises: an operator control unit receiving input from the operator including instructions for the remote vehicle to execute an autonomous behavior; a control system on the remote vehicle for receiving the instruction to execute an autonomous behavior from the operator control unit; and a GPS receiver, an inertial measurement unit, and a navigation CPU on the remote vehicle. Upon receiving the instruction to execute an autonomous behavior, the remote vehicle executes that autonomous behavior using input from the GPS receiver, the inertial measurement unit (IMU), and the navigation CPU.02-05-2009
20090069954CONTROL AND SYSTEM NOTIFICATIONS USING REMOTE ACCESS - The present system provides a method to allow vehicle users to locate, monitor, and control their vehicle and receive notifications of constraint violations by using a hand-held device and/or internet web browser. Such constraints may be customized by vehicle or group of vehicles, over the air or by a user using a host. In the case of constraint notifications, the vehicle device receives and processes vehicle data and constraint data and sends this information to the host. In the case of vehicle location, monitoring and/or control, the host receives the solicitation and sends an instruction to the vehicle device, the vehicle device will receive and process the instruction and interact with the vehicle accordingly.03-12-2009
20130138266Steering Communication Device, Steered-Object Communication Device And Steering Communication System - The present invention provides a steering communication system being able to individually obtain a telemetry data from a steered-object communication devices mounted on the steered-object. An arbitrary identification number assigned to a plurality of steered-object communication devices mounted on a steered-object at the time of pairing-setup is associated with the equipment ID of a pairing object. When performing transmission request of a telemetry data, a steering signal adding the transmission request information and the own identification number is transmitted. The steered-object communication device judges signal classification of the inputted control signal. When the steering signal adding transmission request information and the own identification number is inputted, the steered-object communication device transmits a telemetry data signal adding the telemetry data as an answer signal to a steering communication device.05-30-2013
20110029155Bow riding unmanned water-borne vehicle - A system and method are provided for launching and recovering an unmanned, water-borne vehicle (UWBV) from a mother ship. The UWBV mimics the behavior of dolphins and is positioned ahead of the ship in preparation for bow riding. The UWBV uses a guidance system to position and keep in the bow wave. A high-frequency (HF) sonar transceiver array aboard the ship computes and sends course corrections to maintain the UWBV within the bow wave. The frequency range of the HF array can be 100 kHz or higher due to the short distance between the ship and the UWBV. Accordingly, the HF array can have a small aperture allowing for accurate bearing resolution. Course corrections can be sent on a near-continuous basis such that changes in thrust and rudder angle can be minimized to allow for accurate control of the UWBV.02-03-2011
20100332051Control Arrangement For Controlling The Transfer Of Agricultural Crop From A Harvesting Machine To A Transport Vehicle - A control arrangement is provided for controlling the transfer of agricultural crop from a harvesting machine to a transport vehicle, the transport vehicle comprising a loading container. The control arrangement based on signals from a sensor arrangement detects the fill level and/or the outer contours of the loading container and controls the position of the output end of a discharge device with respect to the harvesting machine and/or the ejection direction of the discharge device, and/or the position of the transport vehicle with the loading container with respect to the harvesting machine, automatically in such a manner that the loading container is successively filled with the crop. It is further proposed that the sensor arrangement is designed to detect the position of a second loading container and that the control arrangement can be operated so that after detection of an overall sufficiently filled first loading container, the discharge device will be automatically aligned to the second loading container based on the signals from the sensor arrangement.12-30-2010
20110015809Device and Method for Wireless Vehicle Communication - The invention provides a device, system, and method for wireless communication with a vehicle, comprising a receiver mounted in or on the vehicle for receiving data from a wireless transmitter, and a microprocessor in communication with the receiver for processing the data. The data has a format adapted to be processed by the microprocessor and is intended for receipt by all vehicles within a predetermined wireless range that have microprocessors capable of processing its standard format. The invention also provides a method for wireless communication with a vehicle, comprising transmitting data having a standard format, receiving the data having a standard format, and processing the data having a standard format. The data is intended for receipt by all vehicles within a predetermined range that have microprocessors capable of processing its standard format. The invention further provides a device, system, and method for disabling a vehicle using only information transmitted to the vehicle, comprising a receiver mounted in or on the vehicle and for receiving data wirelessly, and a microprocessor in communication with the receiver for processing the data. The data includes a unique vehicle identifier and an instruction to disable the vehicle. The invention further provides a device for wirelessly monitoring environmental conditions of a livestock trailer towed by a vehicle, comprising a wireless transmitter mounted on the livestock trailer, a receiver mounted in or on the vehicle and adapted to receive data from the wireless transmitter, and a microprocessor in communication with the receiver and processing the data.01-20-2011
20110015807SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE PERFORMANCE CONTROL - A method is provided for controlling a drivetrain of a vehicle which includes a prime mover operatively connected to at least one tractive element. The method includes: (a) determining the vehicle's total weight; and (b) using an electronic controller carried by the vehicle, causing the prime mover to apply power to the tractive element so as to propel the vehicle, the magnitude of the power being a function of the vehicle's total weight.01-20-2011
20110245996Vehicle Control Station with Back-Up VSM for Remotely Controlling an Unmanned Vehicle, and Method - According to one embodiment, a control station having a station processing system, a control system, a data link computing unit, a second data link and a back-up VSM (a second vehicle computing unit) is operable to communicate via an RF link with an unmanned vehicle having a first data link, a vehicle processing system, a first vehicle computing unit and a route control system. The control station being operable to communicate with the unmanned vehicle using a first protocol for messaging under normal operating conditions as well as through the use of a second protocol for messaging, initiated via the second vehicle computing unit, when either the vehicle processing system is inoperable, the vehicle computing unit is inoperable or when the second vehicle computing unit in the control station is directed to use the second protocol for messaging.10-06-2011
20110029157Remote Rechargeable Monitoring System and Method - A system including a remote server connected over a network to a battery charger is configured to track usage of rechargeable batteries. Values of various sensed parameters of a battery, such as temperature, charge, current, and water level are stored with the battery and uploaded to the remote server, either wirelessly or through the network, and either directly from the battery or by way of the battery charger when the battery is coupled to the battery charger. The remote server operates to determine the condition, value and warranty of the battery based on the sensed parameters and on the user history of the battery. Alerts and warnings can be forwarded to the user and/or an enterprise manager or shop manager in the case of enterprise vehicles such as warehouses operating multiple electric forklifts, or rental car agencies, so that multiple rechargeable batteries can be readily tracked, monitored and maintained.02-03-2011
20110029156WIRELESS SENSOR SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A wireless sensor system for a transmission and other powertrain components in a motor vehicle includes a wireless sensor connected to a component of the motor vehicle. The wireless sensor includes an antenna in communication with a wireless power source and with a wireless transceiver. The wireless power source includes an emitter that creates an electromagnetic resonance between the emitter and the sensor. The wireless transceiver is in communication with the sensor and sends and receives signals to and from the wireless sensor.02-03-2011
20110035079UNMANNED VEHICLE CONTROLLER WITH INTERCHANGEABLE FUNCTION BRIDGE MODULES - Handheld, unmanned vehicle controllers including interchangeable function bridge modules attached to the grip handles of the controllers are described herein. Interchangeable function bridge modules can include, but are not limited to, a display screen module, a pushbutton module, and a keyboard module. An operator may quickly and easily swap modules, using different modules to perform various tasks.02-10-2011
20110040427Hybrid mobile robot - An autonomous hybrid mobile robot includes a base link and a second link. The base link has a drive system and is adapted to function as a traction device and a turret. The second link is attached to the base link at a first joint. The second link has a drive system and is adapted to function as a traction device and to be deployed for manipulation. One of the links houses a retractable navigational system. In another embodiment an invertible robot includes at least one base link and a second link. In another embodiment a mobile robot includes a chassis and a track drive pulley system including a tension and suspension mechanism. In another embodiment a mobile robot includes a wireless communication system.02-17-2011
20110040426TWO STEP KEYLESS START SYSTEM - A keyless ignition start system in which authentication of a coded key fob is carried out twice, first to activate the ignition switch to allow starting the engine and second at the time when the brake pedal is depressed to put the car in a drive gear. The two step authentication prevents driving off a car which has been started without having the key fob for security purposes and also to avoid inconvenient situations that can otherwise occur.02-17-2011
20110040424VEHICLE KEYLESS OPERATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A keyless function system and method includes a portable device having a vehicle function actuator thereon for initiating operation of a vehicle function. The portable device transmits an actuation signal to the vehicle when the vehicle function actuator is actuated. The receiver onboard the vehicle receives the actuation signal from the portable device. A controller onboard the vehicle and operatively connected to the receiver determines at least one of: whether the vehicle is located at a predetermined location or whether the portable device is located less than a predetermined distance from the vehicle. The controller selectively commands performance of the vehicle function when the actuation signal is received by the receiver based on at least one of: whether the vehicle is at the predetermined location or the portable device is less than the predetermined distance from the vehicle.02-17-2011
20110046816METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING ACCESSORY STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS - An aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing that includes a user-operable switch and a control module. The control module is configured to determine whether the user-operable switch has been operated, generate a data frame corresponding to a control signal for operating a vehicle component, and transmit the data frame to a receiver of a control signal interface. Another aftermarket steering wheel control includes a housing with a user-operable switch and a circuit with an output line. The output line is connected to the switch and further connected to a control signal interface. Operation of the user-operable switch changes a resistance on the at least one output line, and the control signal interface is configured to convert the resistance to a control signal for operating a vehicle component.02-24-2011
20110046815APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING VEHICLE ENGINE SPEED - An apparatus for remotely controlling the speed of an engine includes a housing and a control knob. A position shaft is fixedly connected to the control knob for rotation therewith and a position gear is fixedly secured to the position shaft for rotation therewith. A rotary encoder has a shaft in operative engagement with the position gear such that rotation of the position gear rotates the encoder shaft. The rotary encoder generates output signals based on a direction of rotation and angular displacement of the control knob. A processor receives the output signals from the rotary encoder and generates output signals proportional to the direction of rotation and angular displacement of the control knob. A primary engine control unit is remotely located with respect to the remote housing for receiving the output signals from the processor and directly controlling the speed of the engine based upon the received signals.02-24-2011
20110046813STEER CORRECTION FOR A REMOTELY OPERATED MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLE - A materials handling vehicle automatically applies a steer correction maneuver if an object is detected in a steer bumper zone in front of the vehicle. A controller detects whether an object is in front of the materials handling vehicle and automatically determines whether a steer correction maneuver should be to the right or left of the traveling direction of the materials handling vehicle. The materials handling vehicle automatically steer corrects the vehicle, e.g., at a determined steer angle that is opposite the direction to the detected position of the object, and accumulates the distance traveled by vehicle while steer correction is being performed. The vehicle then automatically counter steers the vehicle, e.g., by a determined steer amount, in the opposite direction as the steer correction for a percentage of accumulated steer distance traveled. After performing the counter steer maneuver, the vehicle may, for example, resume a substantially straight heading.02-24-2011
20110245997Flight Management System of an Unmanned Aircraft - A flight management system of an unmanned aircraft linked to a control station by communication means includes: a first set of a number N of successive navigation functions (i10-06-2011
20110077801Radio Control Transmitter, A Method For Transmitting Steering Signal In The Radio Control Transmitter - The channel assignment data is generated by assigning a channel of the radio control transmitter for the trainee 03-31-2011
20090312890SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEMORY MEDIUM FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT OF A SERIES OF CONNECTED VEHICLES - A remote control system for controlling movement of a train comprises one or more sensors positioned relative to a railroad track for detecting the presence of a lead railcar on the track being pushed by a remotely controllable locomotive. The one or more sensors are spaced a distance from a predetermined stop location of a lead railcar and transmit signals when the lead railcar is detected on the track. A programmable controller positioned off-board or wayside receives signals from the one or more sensors and is in radio communication with an onboard operating system of the locomotive. The controller transmits a signal to the locomotive when the lead railcar is detected by a sensor, and in response to the signal the operating system of the locomotive sets a maximum speed setting for the locomotive to travel on the track toward the stop location.12-17-2009
20100235017METHOD, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE CODE FOR WIRELESS REMOTE FAULT HANDLING ON A REMOTE DISTRIBUTED POWER POWERED SYSTEM - A method for remotely administering a fault detected on an unmanned powered system that is controlled through a lead powered system, the method including detecting an operational fault on an unmanned powered system, communicating information about the fault to the lead powered system, through a wireless communication protocol operable with a wireless communication system, and communicating a reset message to the unmanned powered system to reset the fault detected. A system and computer software code, stored on a computer readable media and executable with a processor, are also disclosed for remotely handling a fault detected on an unmanned powered system that is controlled through a lead powered system.09-16-2010
20110245998REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING A TOUCHSCREEN FOR CONTROLLING A RAILWAY VEHICLE - The present invention is directed to a remote control system for controlling a railway vehicle. The remote control system including a remote control device for transmitting signals to a first controller module. The first controller is mounted to the railway vehicle and controls and monitors the functions of the railway vehicle. The first controller module also relays information to the remote control device. The remote control system can also include a portable safety switch allowing any individual in proximity to the railway vehicle to send a stop signal to the first controller module to stop the railway vehicle if any unsafe conditions exist.10-06-2011
20100191393SMART KEY SYSTEM - A smart key system according to the present invention controls operations of devices mounted in a vehicle based on wireless communication between a control device mounted in the vehicle and a portable electronic key, and the control device includes a transmission circuit configured to output a request signal a predetermined number of times at predetermined times within a predetermined period in order to confirm authentication communication between the control device and a communication unit of the portable electronic key, and a communication mode switching unit configured to switch an authentication communication interval or an authentication communication time within the predetermined period of the request signal output from the transmission circuit of the control device if the authentication communication is not performed for a predetermined amount of time.07-29-2010
20120245762METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A HYBRID DRIVE OF A VEHICLE - A method for operating a hybrid drive system of a vehicle in which an internal combustion engine and/or at least one electrical machine drive the vehicle, the electrical machine being supplied with energy from an energy reservoir or the electrical machine supplying the energy reservoir with electrical energy, and an operating point of the hybrid drive system being set in the context of a predefined operating strategy which depends on minimization variables that take into account the fuel consumption of the internal combustion engine and the energy made available by the energy reservoir. In order to configure the operating strategy of the hybrid drive system in as variable a manner as possible, energy from an external energy source is delivered to the energy reservoir, the minimization variables to be taken into account as a result of the delivery of energy from the external energy source into the energy reservoir being evaluated in the operating strategy.09-27-2012
20120245764RADIO CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT, REMOTE CONTROLLER AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - A radio controlled (RC) aircraft includes a receiver that is coupled to receive an RF signal from a remote control device, the RF signal containing command data in accordance with a first coordinate system, wherein the first coordinate system is from a perspective of the remote control device. A motion sensing module generates motion data based on the motion of the RC aircraft. A processing module transforms the command data into control data in accordance with a second coordinate system, wherein the second coordinate system is from a perspective of the RC aircraft. A plurality of control devices control the motion of the RC aircraft based on the control data. In an embodiment, a remote control device commands the RC helicopter to substantially a hovering state when no force is applied to each of a plurality of spring-loaded interface devices.09-27-2012
20090216390Unmanned Vehicle Message Conversion System - According to one embodiment of the disclosure, an unmanned vehicle message conversion system generally includes a message interpreter that is coupled between a first unmanned vehicle control interface and a second unmanned vehicle control interface. The second unmanned vehicle control interface is configured to transmit and receive messages with a messaging protocol that is different than the first unmanned vehicle control interface. The message interpreter is operable to receive a first message from the unmanned vehicle control system, convert the first message to a second message having the second protocol, and transmit the second message to the unmanned vehicle.08-27-2009
20100063651HIGH INTEGRITY PERCEPTION FOR MACHINE LOCALIZATION AND SAFEGUARDING - The illustrative embodiments provide a method for processing sensor data and controlling the movement of a vehicle. An operating environment around the vehicle is identified and sensor data is selected from a set of sensors. A dynamic condition is identified using a plurality of different types of sensors on the vehicle. In response to the dynamic condition being identified, the movement of the vehicle is controlled. Sensor data for a plurality of vehicles is managed by receiving sensor data at the plurality of vehicles, each with a plurality of sensors. In response to a selected vehicle within the plurality of vehicles being unable to obtain needed sensor data, collected sensor data from a number of other vehicles in the plurality of vehicles can be obtained to form alternate sensor data used to control the vehicle.03-11-2010
20100063652Garment for Use Near Autonomous Machines - The illustrative embodiments provide a method and apparatus for localizing an operator using a garment, a number of localization devices capable of being detected by an autonomous vehicle, and a controller capable of sending a control signal to the autonomous vehicle.03-11-2010
20110178656METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SETTING PROGRAMMABLE FEATURES OF AN AUTOMOTIVE APPLIANCE - An interactive interface facilitates the setting of preferences and other programmable parameters of an automotive appliance. The interface is hosted by a server on a global computer network. The automobile owner initiates a connection to the server and is presented with a graphical user interface for setting the preferences and features of the automotive appliance. Once the desired settings have been made, they are downloaded to the automobile either directly from the server or the automobile owner's computer or indirectly using a portable transfer device.07-21-2011
20110178655Multi sensor detection, stall to stop and lock disabling system - A multi sensor detection and disabling lock system includes detector cases for holding interchangeable detectors that sample for chemical, biological and radiological compounds, agents and elements, with each detector case disposed in or upon the monitored product whereupon light alarm indicators (color coded) on the detector case light up when a specific compound or agent is detected whereupon the detector case transmits detection information to a monitoring computer terminal and transmits a signal to a lock disabler engaged to the product to lock or disable the product's lock thereby preventing untrained, unauthorized and unequipped individual's from gaining access and entry to the product, and also preventing further contamination of the area. An authorized individual resets the detection system, and the system's power source is electrical, battery or computer generated. In addition, the detection system can be interconnected to surveillance towers scanning detector cases disposed at seaport docks, freight depots and rail terminals for monitoring containers being prepared for shipment or sitting on docks for long periods of time.07-21-2011
20110178654METHOD OF MONITORING VEHICLE BATTERIES - A method for monitoring a vehicle battery includes running a timer while the vehicle and a controller are in off states. The method wakes the control module after a first time increment measured by the timer, and sets a second time increment. If needed, the method samples a first state of charge of the battery, and determines whether the battery requires charging prior to the second time increment based upon the sampled first state of charge. Determining whether the battery requires charging may include comparing the first state of charge to a threshold state of charge, or comparing to a second state of charge measured after the second time increment. A diagnostic message may be sent from the vehicle via a communications path, and, if the battery requires charging, an alert message sent to a receiving point accessible to vehicle operator.07-21-2011
20100070108Transfer means for a freeze drying plant - For realizing short loading periods with a flexible transfer means (03-18-2010
20110251738REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING A TOUCHSCREEN FOR CONTROLLING A RAILWAY VEHICLE - The present invention is directed to a remote control system for controlling a railway vehicle. The remote control system including a remote control device for transmitting signals to a first controller module. The first controller is mounted to the railway vehicle and controls and monitors the functions of the railway vehicle. The first controller module also relays information to the remote control device. The remote control system can also include a portable safety switch allowing any individual in proximity to the railway vehicle to send a stop signal to the first controller module to stop the railway vehicle if any unsafe conditions exist.10-13-2011
20110251735Traveling Vehicle System and Self-Diagnosis Method for the Traveling Vehicle System - Self-diagnosis of a system including a travel route and a plurality of traveling vehicles traveling along the travel route in accordance with instructions from a ground controller is performed. The ground controller provides an instruction to the traveling vehicle regarding a position designated for performing detection using an abnormal condition detection sensor based on an absolute coordinate for uniquely identifying a position on the travel route. The traveling vehicle performs detection at the designated position using the abnormal condition detection sensor, and reports detection data including a detection position and detection time to the ground controller.10-13-2011
20110098870Mobile Scanning Systems - A mobile scanning system with a scanner including a radiation source and detectors mounted on a vehicle and arranged to scan an object, a controller mounted on the vehicle and arranged to control the scanner, an operator system arranged to be located remote from the vehicle and to communicate with the controller to enable an operator to interact remotely with the controller.04-28-2011
20110087385PORTABLE AND PERSONAL VEHICLE PRESETS - An interface system including a vehicle system having an operational data representing a setting of the associated vehicle system and an interface module in communication with the vehicle system to directly modify the operational data of the vehicle system based upon a personalized data, wherein the personalized data is in a platform independent format.04-14-2011
20110077800SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRIAGING A PLURALITY OF TARGETS WITH A ROBOTIC VEHICLE - Methods and systems are provided for triaging a plurality of targets with robotic vehicle while the robotic vehicle remains at a first location. The robotic vehicle is in operable communication with a remote command station and includes a processor that is coupled to a first imager. The first imager generates separate images of each one of the plurality of targets while the robotic vehicle remains at the first location. The processor receives target data identifying the plurality of targets from the remote command station, acquires an image of each one of the plurality of targets with the first imager while the robotic vehicle remains at the first location, and transmits each generated image to the remote command station.03-31-2011
20110153121SECURED AREA ACCESS SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD - A secured area access system for providing access to a protected area is disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle access security system, comprising a transmitter, a detector, an access controller module is taught, wherein the transmitter transmits a modulated secured area access signal into an acoustic or optical communications channel, which is detected by the detector. The detector is adapted to detect the modulated vehicle access signal and further adapted to have a detector output signal. An access controller module receives the detector output signal and performs at least one signal processing function. The access controller compares the processed signal against a encoded signal stored in the memory and if it matches send a unlock signal to the locking mechanism of the secured area, granting access to the area. The system may also emulated a transponder code to authorize a start signal06-23-2011
20110071703METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTROL COMMANDS FOR A VEHICLE STEERABLE BY MEANS OF AN OPERATING UNIT AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A STEERABLE VEHICLE OF THIS TYPE - Method and control system for providing control commands for a vehicle steerable by an operating unit or for an image acquisition device of the vehicle by sequential display of acquired image data on an image display device of the operating unit connected to the vehicle via a data transfer connection. The method includes acquiring data of an image recorded by the image acquisition device, acquiring vehicle state data at a time the image was recorded, and compressing the image data. The method also includes transferring the compressed image data and the vehicle state data via the data transfer connection to the operating unit, decompressing the transferred image data to form a displayable image, and displaying the displayable image on the image display device. The method further includes entering an operator command into the operating unit to at least one of change a direction of movement of the vehicle and change a direction of view of the image acquisition device, calculating a new image from the displayable image that takes into account the transferred vehicle state data and the entered operator command, displaying the new image on the image display device instead of the displayable image, and transferring a control command from the operator command to the vehicle via the data transfer connection.03-24-2011
20110071704SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND MANAGING THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT - A method for policing and managing the operation of a flying, unmanned aircraft in the event of usurpation of control of, malfunction of, or ill-intentioned use of, this aircraft includes the steps of (a) detecting inappropriate operation of the aircraft; (b) transmitting a takeover command to the aircraft to interrupt control of the operation of this aircraft by a first pilot and relinquish control of the aircraft to a second pilot; and (c) transmitting control commands to the aircraft to control its operation by the second pilot, until the need for alternate pilot control of the aircraft has ended or until the aircraft has landed safely.03-24-2011
20110077802Robot System - A power-saving robot system includes at least one peripheral device and a mobile robot. The peripheral device includes a controller having an active mode and a hibernation mode, and a wireless communication component capable of activation in the hibernation mode. A controller of the robot has an activating routine that communicates with and temporarily activates the peripheral device, via wireless communication, from the hibernation mode. In another aspect, a robot system includes a network data bridge and a mobile robot. The network data bridge includes a broadband network interface, a wireless command interface, and a data bridge component. The data bridge component extracts serial commands received via the broadband network interface from an internet protocol, applies a command protocol thereto, and broadcasts the serial commands via the wireless interface. The mobile robot includes a wireless command communication component that receives the serial commands transmitted from the network data bridge.03-31-2011
20110071701Jurisdiction-Aware Function Control and Configuration for Motor Vehicles - Apparatus for a motor vehicle comprises a location monitor for determining vehicle coordinates for an instantaneous vehicle position within a predetermined reference system. A jurisdictional map database is provided for relating a plurality of jurisdictions to corresponding ranges of coordinates in the predetermined reference system. A regulation database is provided for relating a plurality of vehicle functions to corresponding parametric limitations for respective jurisdictions. A user interface is coupled to the regulation database for configuring at least one of the parametric limitations. A controller is coupled to the location monitor, the jurisdictional map database, and the regulation database for identifying a current jurisdiction in response to the vehicle coordinates, identifying at least one vehicle function having a parametric limitation for the current jurisdiction, and modifying the action of the identified vehicle function to comply with the respective parametric limitation.03-24-2011
20090018712METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTELY MONITORING AND CONTROLLING A VEHICLE VIA A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT - A method and system for remotely monitoring and controlling a vehicle comprises a remote user interface for establishing a first model of a work area representative of the real world or an environment around the vehicle. Sensors collect data on a second model of the work area. Each of the sensors is associated with the vehicle. An evaluator determines a material discrepancy between the first model and the second model. A transmitter transmits the material discrepancy to a user remotely separated from the vehicle. A display module displays data from at least one of the first model, the second model and the material discrepancy to a user for resolution or classification of the discrepancy.01-15-2009
20120303182SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING VEHICLE THROUGH THE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS RELAY OF A VEHICLE REMOTE CONTROLLER - The present invention relates to a system and method for managing a vehicle through a wireless communications relay of a vehicle remote controller, which save additional communication costs by using an inexpensive and universal communication module such as a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi module instead of an existing mobile communication network, and are greatly economically beneficial and have high market adaptability by applying the existing communication module as-is to an existing mobile communication terminal and to an existing vehicle control means, in the management of the vehicle through a vehicle control terminal such as a mobile communication terminal capable of executing various applications. Especially for this purpose, the system for managing a vehicle through a wireless communications relay of a vehicle remote controller includes: a vehicle control terminal (11-29-2012
20120303181SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE CONTROL USING HUMAN BODY COMMUNICATION - A mobile terminal capable of performing a human body communication is provided. The mobile terminal includes an authentication information storage unit, a control unit, and a human body communication unit. The authentication information storage unit stores authentication information of each authentication level. The control unit transmits authentication information of a preset authentication level to a human body communication unit when a communication path is established between the human body communication unit and a vehicle control apparatus externally located. The human body communication unit transmits the authentication information received from the control unit to the vehicle control apparatus.11-29-2012
20120303180SERVER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLES - A server communicates with one or more work machines and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) via a wireless network. When receiving a request signal for desired material, the server analyzes the request signal to determine a location of the work machine, and searches for an AGV according to basic information of a production scene stored a storage device. The server further generates a control command according to the location of the work machine, a starting location of the searched AGV, and arrangement information of AGV tracks obtained from the basic information, and controls the searched AGV to move to the location of the work machine according to the control command, to delivered the desired material carried by the searched AGV to the work machine.11-29-2012
20120303179Robot surveillance system and method - A robot surveillance system includes a robot chassis, a drive subsystem for the chassis, a dock on the chassis, and a payout device associated with the chassis. A flying module is configured to be received in the dock and includes at least one rotor powered by a motor and a body portion including an imager. A tether is coupled to the payout device of the robot and to the flying module for allowing the flying module to climb out of the dock when powered to gain elevation for surveillance and imaging via the imager and for retracting the flying module to land on the robot and reside in the chassis dock after surveillance.11-29-2012
20120303178METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ESTABLISHING USER SETTINGS OF VEHICLE COMPONENTS - A system and method for reinstating settings of at least one vehicle component of a vehicle is disclosed. A request to establish a communications link between a communications module of the vehicle and an external device associated with a user of the vehicle from the external device is received by a communications module. Based on the request to establish the communications link, the settings of the at least one vehicle component of the vehicle a retrieved from a data store associated with the at least one vehicle component. The settings of the at least one vehicle component are adjusted based on the retrieved settings.11-29-2012
20110060480MOBILE DEVICE APPLICATION FOR COMMUNICATING WITH VEHICLES - Methods, systems, and devices for reserving a reservable asset using a mobile device. A mobile device communicates directly with a vehicle-associated control module or through a reservation server using either a TCP/IP communications channel or near-field communications. A member enters a request using the user interface provided by the mobile-device application. The identity of the member is validated the vehicle-associated control module executes the request by sending a signal to a computer or sensor in the vehicle through the vehicle wiring or the vehicle CANbus. The request can be a function, such as unlocking the vehicle doors, illuminating the interior or exterior lights, honking the horn, or activating a panic alarm.03-10-2011
20110257813Navigation Aid System for a Drone - A system for aiding the navigation of an aircraft able to be piloted remotely by an operator includes means for transmitting data allowing the operator to dialogue with an air traffic controller according to at least one mode of dialogue and means for monitoring the flight parameters, notably aircraft state parameters and navigation parameters. The system also includes a means for detecting flight events, a means for formulating a message corresponding to a flight event, a means for scheduling the message in a list of messages, and a means for synthesizing the message in a mode of dialogue.10-20-2011
20110178657GUIDED VEHICLE SYSTEM - A guided vehicle system that achieves a higher conveyance efficiency by manipulating an exclusion control executed with respect to a junction section includes a traveling path, a plurality of guided vehicles, and a guided vehicle controller. The traveling path includes a linear section, an exit-side connecting path, and a second junction section where the linear section and the exit-side connecting path converge. The guided vehicles travel along the traveling path. The exit-side connecting path includes a standby section. The guided vehicle controller controls the movement of the guided vehicles. During a period until a prescribed number of guided vehicles has stopped in the standby section of the exit-side connecting path, the guided vehicle controller allows guided vehicles to pass from the linear section to the second junction section continuously while making guided vehicles wait at the standby section of the exit-side connecting path.07-21-2011
20100114405MULTIPLE ZONE SENSING FOR MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLES - A supplemental control system for a materials handling vehicle comprises one or more sensors capable of defining multiple contactless detection zones at least towards the front of the forward travel direction of a remotely controlled vehicle. The vehicle responds to the detection of objects within the designated zones based upon predetermined actions, such as to slow down or stop the vehicle, and/or to take other action, such as to perform a steer angle correction.05-06-2010
20110153117SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MACHINE CONTROL IN DESIGNATED AREAS - Systems and methods for controlling a machine comprise receiving information indicative of an occurrence of a prospective event and providing an event initiation signal to one or more machines. The event initiation signal may be configured to cause a controller of the one or more machines to control movement of the one or more machines based at least on a location of the machine relative to a designated area surrounding a location at which the prospective event is to occur.06-23-2011
20110153119METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE APPROACHING INTERSECTION - Provided are a method and a device for controlling a vehicle approaching an intersection, and more particularly, a method and a device for controlling a vehicle approaching an intersection, which controls a vehicle approaching an intersection by selecting a traffic signal for the vehicle. The method of controlling a vehicle approaching an intersection includes: collecting traffic light information including signal cycles and positional coordinates of traffic lights installed at the intersection; selecting a corresponding traffic light among the traffic lights in consideration of positional information of the vehicle at the intersection and the positional coordinates of the traffic lights; and controlling the vehicle on the basis of the signal cycle of the corresponding traffic light.06-23-2011
20100004798Navigating a UAV to a next waypoint - Methods, systems, and products for navigating a UAV are provided. Embodiments include determining a current position of the UAV, determining a current flying pattern of the UAV, determining a next waypoint, and calculating a new heading to navigate to the next waypoint in dependence upon the current position, the current pattern, and a transition factor. Determining a next waypoint may be carried out by receiving in a remote control device a user's selection of a GUI map pixel that represents a waypoint for UAV navigation, the pixel having a location on the GUI and mapping the pixel's location on the GUI to Earth coordinates of the waypoint.01-07-2010
20090248223REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING HAPTIC TECHNOLOGY FOR CONTROLLING A RAILWAY VEHICLE - The present invention is directed to a remote control system for controlling a railway vehicle. The remote control system including a remote control device provided with haptic technology for transmitting signals to a first controller module. The first controller is mounted to the railway vehicle and controls and monitors the functions of the railway vehicle. The first controller module also relays information to the remote control device. The remote control system can also include a portable safety switch allowing any individual in proximity to the railway vehicle to send a stop signal to the first controller module to stop the railway vehicle if any unsafe conditions exist.10-01-2009
20110213512REMOTE PROGRAMMER FOR A VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - A device for use in a vehicle, including: a plurality of connectors that connect the device to vehicle components, wherein the vehicle components are operated pursuant to a feature set of electronically operable functions; a memory that stores codes for defining the feature set of electronically operable functions; and a module that adapts the device to connect to a control unit that is disposed inside a vehicle through a serial communications interface, wherein the control unit is part of a remote start system installed in the vehicle, and the remote start system is provided with new functionality based on the codes stored in the memory.09-01-2011
20110257812VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM - One or more tracked vehicles with wireless broadband connectivity to a central tracking station provide redundant location data derived from an onboard GPS receiver and an onboard self-triangulating cell phone. Tracking data for bar-coded and RFID-tagged items with the vehicle are also tracked. Clandestine audio monitoring of the vehicle interior and exterior can be enabled from the tracking station or from a remote access device. Redundant rollover sensing and reporting is provided by a roll over switch and a cell phone loss of signal. Hardwired and proximity vehicle panic alarms communicate with the central tracking station. A remote engine kill is provided. A tracking server within the tracking station stores data and generates reports and alarms. HF radio and cell phone communication between the tracking station and the vehicle are also enabled.10-20-2011
20110257817SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A VEHICLE - A system for communicating with a vehicle includes a control module equipped with a remote keyless entry (RKE) receiver and configured to control vehicle functions in response to a RKE signal. The system includes a fob equipped with a RKE transmitter and a short range transceiver, such as BLUETOOTH™, IEEE 802.11, or near field communication (NFC). The fob transmits a RKE signal in response to receiving a message from a consumer device, such as a cellular phone, smart phone, tablet computer, or personal computer equipped with a short range transceiver, enabling the user to control the vehicle from the consumer device. The system may be configured to transmit vehicle status information to the consumer device. The control module may include a third short range transceiver that communicates with the consumer device when the distance is between the vehicle and the consumer device is less than the distance threshold.10-20-2011
20110257815System for Collecting Operating Data of a Vehicle - A system for collecting operating data of a vehicle, including a digital tachograph that can be installed rigidly in the vehicle, and a receiver module for receiving data for controlling the tachograph. The module is removalby connected to the tachograph by way of an interface prescribed by the tachograph. At least one remote control is equipped with a transmitter for operating the tachograph the remote control being adapted to wirelessly transfer data using the receiver module.10-20-2011
20100324753VEHICLE, SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME, VEHICLE MOTION PRODUCING METHOD - A robot executes motion by modifying a motion behavior on the basis of a motion direction of a user on board according to a state of mind of the user on board. This produces the motion of the vehicle under conditions that reflect the user's state of mind. The robot preferably includes a direction input portion that receives the motion direction from the user and generates a reference input corresponding to the motion direction, and an inverted control reference input generator that generates a motion reference input that makes the robot execute motion in a behavior different from the motion behavior on the basis of the motion direction, based at least on a reduction coefficient with a value corresponding to the user's state of mind and the reference input generated in the direction input portion. The reduction coefficient is determined by measuring the pulse rate of the user on board.12-23-2010
20080255712System for customizing responsiveness of a machine - A control system for customizing a relationship between an operator input at an input controller and a corresponding response of a work machine is disclosed. The control system includes an input controller operable to receive an operator input and generate a corresponding control signal. The control system also includes a hand-held programmable device having parameters stored therein. The parameters are adjustable to control responsiveness of a component of the work machine over a range of inputs at the input controller. The hand-held programmable device is operable to adjust the parameters in response to an input from an operator. A control module is disposed on the work machine and is operable to receive signals from the hand-held programmable device. The signals are representative of a desired relationship between an operator input to the input controller and a corresponding response of the work machine. The control module is also operable to receive the control signal from the input controller and process the control signal based on the signals from the hand-held programmable device.10-16-2008
20080255711Systems and methods for detecting and managing the unauthorized use of a unmanned aircraft - A method is disclosed for policing and managing the operation of a flying, unmanned aircraft in the event of usurpation of control of, malfunction of, or ill-intentioned use of, this aircraft. The method includes the steps of:10-16-2008
20110054717Remote Vehicle - A system for providing enhanced operator control of a remote vehicle driving at increased speeds comprises: a head-mounted display configured to be worn by the operator and track a position of the operator's head; a head-aimed camera mounted to the remote vehicle via a pan/tilt mechanism and configured to pan and tilt in accordance with the position of the operator's head, the head-aimed camera transmitting video to be displayed to the operator via the head-mounted display; and a computer running a behavior engine, the computer receiving input from the operator and one or more sensors, and being configured to utilize the behavior engine, operator input, sensor input, and one or more autonomous and/or semi-autonomous behaviors to assist the operator in driving the remote vehicle. The remote vehicle includes releasably mounted wheels and high-friction tracks.03-03-2011
20110022248SYSTEM AND METHOD TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF VEHICLE INSPECTIONS BY ENABLING REMOTE ACTUATION OF VEHICLE COMPONENTS - A handheld, portable device is used to facilitate inspection of vehicles, by wirelessly conveying an activation command to the vehicle to actuate a vehicle component, to facilitate inspection of the actuated component. The activation command is received by a wireless data link in the vehicle, which is electrically/logically coupled to either a switch that controls actuation of the component, an actuator configured to manipulate the component, and/or a vehicle processor configured to selectively convey an actuation command to the component. In some embodiments, in response to conveying the activation command, the handheld device enables the user to input a condition of the actuated component, which is added to an inspection record. In some embodiments, the handheld device sends a query to the vehicle, which results in the handheld device providing an indication to a user of each component in the vehicle that is capable of remote actuation.01-27-2011
20110257814CONTROL DEVICE FOR COMMUNICATION WITH A MEDICAL IMPLANT AND A MACHINE - A safety system comprising an implant, a control device, and a machine. The machine has a control unit which is designed to allow operation of the machine only when a unique identifier has been received, and to set an operating mode of the machine as a function of the received suitability index. The implant is designed to detect physiological data of an implant wearer, and to either generate a suitability index based on detected physiological data and transmit the suitability index to the control device, or to transmit the physiological data itself to the control device.10-20-2011
20110264303Situational Awareness for Teleoperation of a Remote Vehicle - A method for improving situational awareness for teleoperation of a remote vehicle by creating a 3D map display of an area around the remote vehicle comprises: receiving an original image from a stereo vision camera and utilizing the original image to perform visual odometry to determine the x, y, z, roll, pitch, and yaw for the original image; applying a fill-in algorithm to the original image to fill in an estimated depth for areas of the original image for which no depth data is available, which creates an enhanced depth image; combining the enhanced depth image with the x, y, z, roll, pitch, and yaw for the original image to create the 3D map display of the area around the remote vehicle; and displaying the 3D map display on an operator control unit used to control the remote vehicle.10-27-2011
20100292868SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATING A REMOTE CONTROL VEHICLE PAST OBSTACLES - A method for navigating a remote control vehicle carrying a video camera which produces a sequence of images, the method comprising tracking a current position of the vehicle as the vehicle moves along a path of motion, determining a location of the current position within a prior image, the prior image having been acquired by the video camera at a previously visited point along the path of motion, and displaying to the operator a graphic display including a representation of the vehicle shown at the location within the prior image.11-18-2010
20110118899METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF VEHICLE - Methods and systems are provided for controlling movement of a train including a plurality of locomotives along a route. In one example, the method comprises, generating a first plan profile, the first plan profile including synchronous settings for the locomotives over a route, and generating a second plan profile based on the first plan profile, the second plan profile including independent settings for the locomotives over at least one region within the route. The method may further comprise, operating the locomotives based in the first and/or second plan profiles. In another example, the method comprises, generating a plan profile with fully independent settings for the locomotives over the entire route, the fully independent settings based on cost function coefficients of each locomotive.05-19-2011
20110118903SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF REMOTELY CONTROLLING A MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLE - A supplemental control system for a materials handling vehicle comprises a wearable control device, and a corresponding receiver on the materials handling vehicle. The wearable control device is donned by an operator interacting with the materials handling vehicle, and comprises a wireless transmitter to be worn on the wrist of the operator and a travel control communicably coupled to the wireless transmitter. Actuation of the travel control causes the wireless transmitter to transmit a first type signal designating a request to the vehicle. The receiver is supported by the vehicle for receiving transmissions from the wireless transmitter.05-19-2011
20110118901Device for Securing a Flight Sequence of an Unmanned Aircraft - A device for assisting in the decking of an aircraft, the aircraft being remotely controlled from a mobile station, called a ship, includes means of receiving data originating from the aircraft, notably attitudes of the aircraft and its altitude, the aircraft being in stationary flight ready to deck, a first coordinate system being defined relative to the aircraft, a second coordinate system being defined relative to the ship. The device for assisting in the decking of an aircraft includes a display for generating the position of the aircraft in a coordinate system linked to the ship in a first vertical representation and in a second horizontal representation.05-19-2011
20110118900Autonomic Traveling Apparatus for a Vehicle - In an autonomic traveling apparatus for a vehicle, vehicles usually travel an independent travel lane and when there are two approaching vehicles on the independent travel lane, they switch to pass-by lanes to pass by each other. To do this switching operation effectively, respective vehicles check and obtain road conditions around them while they are traveling and the obtained road conditions are transmitted to and collected by a travel administration center so that the road conditions at various points along the lanes can be obtained from the travel administration center. Accordingly, when the autonomic traveling trucks approaching each other and supposed to pass by each other, switch to the associated pass-by lanes, they change travel lanes avoiding the point of bad road condition on the basis of the road conditions sent from the travel administration center.05-19-2011
20110137489ASSET MONITORING SYSTEM - A vehicle asset monitoring system comprising a plurality of vehicle assets for lifting and carrying loads and a remote monitoring station for monitoring the vehicle assets. The vehicle assets each comprise a motive unit for generating a motive force to move the vehicle asset and a lift unit for generating a force to lift a load. A measurement interface is provided in each vehicle asset that is adapted to obtain a plurality of operational parameters including operational parameters representing a load lifted by the vehicle asset and another operational parameter related to usage of the vehicle asset. The remote monitoring station comprises a processor for analysing the operational parameters, and for initiating an action based on the analysis.06-09-2011
20110137491Determination Of Remote Control Operator Position - A system and method for controlling a work machine system having a work machine and work tool. Operational characteristics of both the work machine and work tool are configured by a machine controller based upon the type of work tool attached to the work machine, the operating environment of the work machine, and the location of work site personnel or other observers relative to the machine or work tool. The operational characteristics of both the work machine and work tool may then be automatically altered during operation of the work machine system to limit or expand functions of the work machine system in response to changes in the operational environment or movement of personnel or observers relative to the work machine system.06-09-2011
20110137490MOBILE INTERFACE AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE FUNCTIONS - A mobile interface for controlling a plurality of vehicle functions in a motor vehicle using a controller connected to the vehicle, having a wireless data interchange with a controller, an input apparatus, and an energy store. By virtue of the wireless data interchange being connected to a data processing unit integrated in the mobile interface and which is designed to apply at least one cryptological method, a greater scope of functions becomes possible that can also include control of safety-relevant vehicle functions.06-09-2011
20110257816REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT - The present disclosure relates to a remote control system and a remote control method of a construction machine for reducing a fatigue degree of an operator at the time when the operator controls driving of the construction machine depending on his/her body motion in the remote control system of the construction machine. For this, according to the present disclosure, a value acquired by compensating for a predetermined value ε10-20-2011
20090171516Method and Apparatus For Remotely Controlling and Stabilizing Unmanned Aircraft - An aid for remotely controlling unmanned aircraft and particular helicopters, which allow the pilot at least approximately to directly stir the angle of inclination, thus for instance a pitch(elevator) and/or roll angle, so that on neutralizing of the steering stick, the respective angle of attitude returns autonomously, and to a large extent goes back to the horizontal position. To this end, a closed-loop control of the inclination is carried out, in that an angular rate signal is being integrated to an actual value, and a nominal value is admixed behind the forming of the integral, wherein the time of integration is shortened in order to avoid null drifts, in particular by feeding a portion of the actual value and/or the nominal value back into the input of the integrator. Furthermore, a vectorial rotation of the integrated actual values by a yaw signal.07-02-2009
20110060481ANTITHEFT METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOTORCYCLES - An antitheft method and system for motorcycles are provided. The antitheft method and system for motorcycles authenticate an electronic identifier when power-up of a motorcycle or engine start-up is sensed and cut off the power-up or engine start-up if the power-up or engine start-up is not authenticated. An electronic control unit can generate a theft alarm signal in case of unauthenticated power-up or engine start-up. The motorcycle engine is automatically stopped if the engine is started through an illegal method, and thus the motorcycle is prevented from being stolen. Further, a user can confirm the electronic identifier and start the motorcycle without inserting a key into a key cylinder, and thus the user can start the motorcycle easily and rapidly.03-10-2011
20100082183STORE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - A method for controlling an unmanned platform from a manned station is provided. The method includes transmitting a master arm control message from the manned station to the unmanned platform via a first control path, transmitting a first critical control message from the manned station to the unmanned platform via a second control path that is independent of the first control path, and transmitting a second critical control message from the manned station to the unmanned platform via a third control path that is different than the first control path and the second control path.04-01-2010
20110190962SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER WINDOWS OF A VEHICLE - A system and method for controlling power windows of a vehicle includes a receiver mounted on the vehicle for receiving an open window request signal wirelessly from a portable device, at least one exterior condition sensor mounted on the vehicle for detecting an adverse exterior condition relative to the vehicle, and a controller mounted on the vehicle for communicating with the receiver and the at least one exterior condition sensor. The controller commands opening of the one or more power windows when the receiver receives the open window request signal provided the at least one exterior condition sensor does not detect an adverse exterior condition relative to the vehicle.08-04-2011
20100057274KIT TO ADAPT AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE FOR REMOTE OPERATION, AUTOMOTIVE REMOTE CONTROL CONVERSION PEDESTAL, AND SYSTEM - Embodiments of a kit, automotive control pedestal and system to adapt an automotive vehicle for remote operation are disclosed. The pedestal mounts in place of a driver's seat of the vehicle to allow both human and remote operation of the vehicle. The kit includes the pedestal with a steering servo, a hydraulic brake servo, a throttle control servo, and a gear-selection linear actuator mounted thereon. The kit may also include a control system and a video transmission system for remote operation.03-04-2010
20100023185DEVICES AND METHODS FOR WAYPOINT TARGET GENERATION AND MISSION SPOOLING FOR MOBILE GROUND ROBOTS - Embodiments of the present invention improve mobile robot guidance and control by providing a position designation system for an unmanned vehicle, such as a mobile ground robot. This system allows an operator to select locations of interest on earth for the robot by pointing at the locations through an optical device that is able to discern global or local coordinates of the locations of interest. These waypoints may be spooled directly to the robot or through other mission planning elements that will make decisions about what to do with these locations of interest.01-28-2010
20100017046COLLABORATIVE ENGAGEMENT FOR TARGET IDENTIFICATION AND TRACKING - A collaborative engagement system comprises: at least two unmanned vehicles comprising an unmanned air vehicle including sensors configured to locate a target and an unmanned ground vehicle including sensors configured to locate and track a target; and a controller facilitating control of, and communication and exchange of data to and among the unmanned vehicles, the controller facilitating data exchange via a common protocol. The collaborative engagement system controls the unmanned vehicles to maintain line-of-sight between a predetermined target and at least one of the unmanned vehicles.01-21-2010
20110118902METHOD AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR SAFE ROUTE CONTROL - In a communication system and an associated method for the secured control of a route followed by a vehicle running in an approach area of a moving area, the moving area is preceded by a closing signaling provided on the ground and adapted for informing the vehicle to stop. A safety timing is determined by a ground control unit for ensuring that the vehicle stops before entering the moving area. In parallel with the closing signaling, an information request from the ground control unit is transmitted to a control safety unit. The onboard control safety unit or an associated evaluation module evaluates the braking capacity of the vehicle and encodes the same into information requested by the ground control unit and then fed back to the ground control unit. Depending on the information state, the ground control unit minimizes the safety timing or even cancels the same completely.05-19-2011
20120310447KEYLESS ENTRY DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - First, “Sync+Wakeup ID” is transmitted form a first vehicle (from a first time to a second time). While a first portable device paired with the first vehicle does not respond to this, when another second portable device has an inverted code coinciding by chance, the second portable device transmits a “Welcome” response (from the second time to a fifth time). During this response, a “Who” command including proper “Sync+Wakeup ID” and “command+additional data” is transmitted, thereby allowing the first portable device to normally respond to “Who” (a sixth time).12-06-2012
20120310446Murlin - An architecture is presented that provides a handheld device designed for storing vehicle information. The handheld device comprises a fob comprising a first end and a second end, wherein a flash drive is removably secured to the first end of the fob. The flash drive stores vehicle information such as, engine size, vehicle identification number, license plate number, horsepower, oil preference, tire pressure and size, brake type, shocks, struts, date of the last oil change, and other vital information. Furthermore, the fob comprises at least one action button, such as an unlock, lock, or trunk control button, and a control button to release the flash drive from the fob. Additionally, the fob comprises a Bluetooth® transmitter and receiver that reads and transmits diagnostic vehicle problems to a user's cellular device or computer, where with the proper application, the diagnostic problem can be viewed by a user.12-06-2012
20120310445Methods and Apparatus for Wireless Device Application Having Vehicle Interaction - A computer-implemented remote starting method includes instructing the remote start of a vehicle using a wireless device. The method also includes inputting, to the wireless device, a desired vehicle interior temperature. The method further includes sending a remote start instruction to a vehicle from the wireless device, including at least the desired temperature and monitoring a current temperature of the vehicle. The method additionally includes outputting, on the wireless device, the current vehicle temperature.12-06-2012
20120310444Installing Terranean-Based Systems - A mobile system includes a vehicle operable to traverse a terranean surface; one or more installers mounted to the vehicle, each installer configured to move in at least two degrees of freedom relative to the terranean surface and install one or more system components; a power module coupled to the one or more installers, the power module configured to provide operating power to the one or more installers; and a computer module. The computer module includes a memory and one or more processors operable to execute a component installation module. The component installation module is operable to direct the vehicle to a plurality of locations on the terranean surface; and direct an operation of the one or more installers to install at least one system component at one of the plurality of locations.12-06-2012
20110153118TELEMATICS SYSTEM USING HUMAN BODY COMMUNICATION, PORTABLE DEVICE HAVING TELEMATICS FUNCTION USING HUMAN BODY COMMUNICATION, AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TELEMATICS SERVICE USING HUMAN BODY COMMUNICATION - Disclosed are a telematics system using human body communication, a portable device having a telematics function using human body communication, and a method for providing a telematics service using human body communication. The telematics system using human body communication includes: a vehicle receiving an authentication key from at least one portable device through human body communication using a human body as a medium, and controlling the opening and closing of a door of the vehicle based on whether or not the received authentication key is valid; and a first portable device transmitting a first authentication key through a user's body in contact with the vehicle.06-23-2011
20110144828Unmanned Multi-Purpose Ground Vehicle with Different Levels of Control - A vehicle comprises a platform, a propulsion system, a communications system, a sensor system, and a computer system. The propulsion system, communications system, sensor system, and computer system are associated with the platform. The propulsion system is configured to move the platform on a ground. The communications system is configured to establish a wireless communications link to a remote location. The sensor system is configured to generate sensor data. The computer system is configured to run a number of control processes to perform a mission and configured to perform operations in response to a number of commands from the number of operators if the number of requests is valid.06-16-2011
20110307124Automated Geo-Fence Boundary Configuration and Activation - A geo-fence is defined and established automatically based on a current location of an asset along with some range or distance, avoiding the need for a user to manually specify a location by drawing a perimeter, specifying a point location, or by any other means. Once established, the geo-fence can be activated so as to notify the owner of the asset and/or some other entity of movement of the asset beyond the boundary specified by the geo-fence. In one embodiment, the geo-fence can be automatically activated upon certain conditions, or can be manually activated, or any combination thereof.12-15-2011
20110307123ELECTRIC POWER LINE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - An in-vehicle electric power line communication system includes: a pair of direct current electric power lines functioning as electrically equilibrated communication lines; multiple communication devices communicating with each other via the communication lines; and an ignition switch. Each communication device applies a high frequency signal to the communication lines so that equilibrium communication is performed. One communication line starts and stops supplying direct current electricity according to a status of the ignition switch. Each communication device detects an electric potential of the one communication line or a potential difference between the direct current electric power lines. Each communication device determines the operation status of the vehicle based on the electric potential or the potential difference. Each communication device performs the equilibrium communication according to the operation status of the vehicle.12-15-2011
20100030399MULTIMEDIA EMERGENCY SERVICES - A system and method for remotely controlling one or more monitoring devices in a user's household in the event of emergency so as to more productively monitor the emergency situation on a real-time basis. The monitoring devices may include a number of multimedia instruments such as a telephone with an answering machine, a computer with a built-in digital camera, a video recording device, a cellular phone with an integrated digital camera, etc. An emergency service provider may remotely activate the monitoring devices in the user's vicinity upon receiving an emergency help request from the user, and receive the information sent by the monitoring devices to enable the service personnel to plan appropriate response to the emergency at hand. Such an arrangement allows for better monitoring of the user's vicinity in an emergency situation without the need for prolonged user participation in narrating or describing the emergency situation.02-04-2010
20120041618SMART VEHICLE SEARCHING SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC POSITIONING FUNCTION - A smart vehicle searching system with automatic positioning function is disclosed. The smart vehicle searching system with automatic positioning function includes a vehicle having a control module for outputting a control signal; a vehicle searching module having a first global positioning system unit and connected to the control module for receiving the control signal; a smart phone having a second global positioning system unit and a data storage unit; and a transmission medium connected to the vehicle searching module and the smart phone. The first global positioning system unit is operated in response to the control signal. When the control signal is at a disabling state, the first global positioning system unit proceeds with the positioning operation to obtain the latest location data of the vehicle and transmit the location data to the smart phone through the transmission medium, thereby allowing the smart phone to record the location data in the data storage unit as a reference for the smart phone to search the vehicle.02-16-2012
20120046808Vehicular communication system - Under a state where an in-vehicle navigation apparatus and a cellular phone intercommunicate with each other by connecting a Bluetooth communication link, when a changeover relative to an application program is determined in one of the in-vehicle navigation apparatus and the cellular phone, an application program synchronization operation is executed such that the application program stored in the in-vehicle navigation apparatus and the application program stored in the cellular phone become identical to each other.02-23-2012
20120046807System and Method for Preventing Theft of Vehicle Diagnostic Equipment - Disclosed are systems and methods for detecting and responding to a potential theft of a display device and/or vehicle diagnostic device in a modular vehicle diagnostic system. Display devices and/or vehicle diagnostic devices may monitor a status of a wireless communications link between them and, responsive to detecting a break in the link, execute one or more anti-theft responses. Furthermore, a display device may maintain a whitelist and/or be in communications with an authentication and anti-theft server, and may determine whether to execute an anti-theft response and/or accept a connection request from a new vehicle diagnostic device based on the whitelist contents and/or based on a response from the server. Anti-theft responses may include sounding an alarm, ceasing function and/or locking up, reporting a potential theft, transmitting a location of the potentially stolen device, or other responses.02-23-2012
20120004791TELEOPERATION METHOD AND HUMAN ROBOT INTERFACE FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF A MACHINE BY A HUMAN OPERATOR - The invention relates to a teleoperation method and a human robot interface for remote control of a machine by a human operator (01-05-2012
20120116609SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC SERVICE - A system and method for providing vehicle diagnostic service, in which a central server cumulatively stores diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) of vehicles, analyzes a problem history based on the DTCs, determines whether a vehicle has a problem or not using the analyzed result, notifies a driver of problem information, and remotely controls a diagnostic period and a diagnostic time for the problemed diagnostic item to perform the intensive diagnostics so that it is possible to allow the driver to promptly manage the problem.05-10-2012
20120010764INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING CENTER AND ON-VEHICLE DEVICE CONSTITUTING THE INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM - An information providing system (SYS), which provides information with a vehicle to assist driving the vehicle via a road-to-vehicle communication, comprises an information providing center (R) which has version-controlled first static information (R01-12-2012
20120010763AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL METHOD - A method of operating an air traffic control system may include receiving, by a control system, an instruction from a control system user. The method may further include providing, by the control system, the instruction to an airplane via a data link between the control system and a system of the airplane. In addition, the method may include adjusting, by the airplane system, at least one airplane control to correspond to the instruction.01-12-2012
20110166721OBJECT TRACKING AND STEER MANEUVERS FOR MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLES - A materials handling vehicle automatically implements steer maneuvers when objects enter one or more zones proximate the vehicle, wherein the zones are monitored by a controller associated with the vehicle. The controller tracks objects in the zones via sensor data obtained from at least one obstacle sensor located on the vehicle and via dead reckoning. The objects are tracked by the controller until they are no longer in an environment proximate the vehicle. Different zones result in different steer maneuvers being implemented by the controller.07-07-2011
20120016536AD-HOC MOBILE IP NETWORK FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM - A method for intelligently managing a transportation network is provided. The method may include providing a roadside apparatus 01-19-2012
20120016535SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REMOTE MAINTENANCE SERVICE FOR SYSTEMS ON A SHIP - Disclosed are a system and a method for providing a remote maintenance service for system on a ship. A system for providing a remote maintenance service for system on a ship according to an aspect of the present invention includes: determining a target device and contents of a service through a user interface of a web browser in response to a request for a maintenance service from a user through the user interface; providing, by a local service device, the maintenance service for the target device configuring a transmission/reception maintenance message in accordance with the contents of the service and transmitting the transmission/reception maintenance message to the local service device in the ship where the target device is installed; and receiving a performing result of the maintenance service from the local service device.01-19-2012
20120016534ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE USING THE SAME - A method for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using an electronic device obtains movement data of the electronic device detected by an accelerometer of the electronic device, and converts the movement data of the electronic device to control signals. The method further sends the control signals to the UAV, and changes a flight status of the UAV according to the control signals.01-19-2012
20110087386METHOD FOR ACTUATING THE NEUTRAL POSITION IN AN AUTOMATIC OR AUTOMATED TRANSMISSION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND CORRESPONDING MOTOR VEHICLE - A method for shifting an automatic or an automated transmission of a motor vehicle to a “neutral” position such that the shift position of the transmission and a parking lock, provided for keeping the motor vehicle stationary, are engaged as a function of a shift position selected with a driver operated selector device and as a function of other operating parameters of the motor vehicle. A holding phase, in which the transmission is in the neutral position, free from friction force locking, can be activated by a separate operating device which is provided, in addition to the selector device, but only when the motor vehicle is simultaneously at least approximately stationary, an ignition current circuit that acts on a drive engine of the motor vehicle is electrically interrupted, and the “neutral” (N) shift position is specified by a selector device.04-14-2011
20120022718METHOD OF CONTROLLING START/STOP OF A VEHICLE AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT - A method of controlling a vehicle stopped at a stop cycle of a traffic light includes broadcasting a signal indicating the time remaining in the stop cycle, and engaging a vehicle drive component, such as and engine of the vehicle and/or an auxiliary pump of the vehicle, prior to the end of the stop cycle when the time remaining in the stop cycle is less than a pre-determined time period.01-26-2012
20120022719SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND MANAGING THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT - A method for policing and managing the operation of a flying, unmanned aircraft in the event of usurpation of control of, malfunction of, or ill-intentioned use of, this aircraft includes the steps of (a) detecting inappropriate operation of the aircraft; (b) transmitting a takeover command to the aircraft to interrupt control of the operation of this aircraft by a first pilot and relinquish control of the aircraft to a second pilot; and (c) transmitting control commands to the aircraft to control its operation by the second pilot, until the need for alternate pilot control of the aircraft has ended or until the aircraft has landed safely.01-26-2012
20120059534System, Method, And Computer Program Product For Utilizing A Communication Channel Of A Mobile Device By A Vehicular Assembly - A system, method, and computer program product are provided for utilizing a communication channel of a mobile device by a vehicular assembly. In operation, a vehicular assembly communicates with a mobile device having a wireless communication channel. Additionally, at least one vehicular assembly function is performed utilizing the wireless communication channel of the mobile device.03-08-2012
20120059533SYSTEM FOR REMOTELY MANAGING ELECTRIC VEHICLE - In a system for remotely managing an electric vehicle, a meter related to charge of the electric vehicle, installed in each parking lot, and a meter installed in each home communicate information related to the electric vehicle using a communication network constructed for the purpose of energy management. The meter in each home is linked with an in-home display (IHD) device installed in the home, and a user identifies and manages, in the home, information of the user's own electric vehicle through the IHD device. The user remotely controls the electric vehicle in the parking lot through the IHD device. Accordingly, it is possible to considerably improve convenience in the use of the electric vehicle, in relation to information management or control of the electric vehicle.03-08-2012
20120116608APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING INTERIOR TEMPERATURE OF A VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF - Provided is an apparatus for controlling a vehicle interior temperature, which includes a storage means configured to store a temperature control table; a wireless transceiver means configured to receive a message from an external device and transmit a corresponding response message; a message analysis means configured to analyze the message received by the wireless transceiver means; a control means configured to identify a current vehicle interior temperature and control the vehicle interior temperature based on the temperature control table until the vehicle interior temperature reaches a target temperature by communicating with a vehicle controller through an association means, when the message analyzed by the message analysis means is a temperature control message; and the association means configured to associate the control means with the vehicle controller.05-10-2012
20110093139Unmanned Vehicle for Powering a Separate Device - A system includes an unmanned vehicle and a separate device. The unmanned vehicle is for approaching the separate device. The unmanned vehicle includes an unmanned vehicle charging circuit. The separate device includes an energy storage device and a power receiving circuit. The unmanned vehicle charging circuit is for transmitting electromagnetic radiation from the unmanned vehicle to the separate device to the power receiving circuit for charging the energy storage device.04-21-2011
20110093138COMBINED PILOTING METHOD OF REMOTE OPERATED UNDERWATER VEHICLES, DEVICE FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a combined piloting method of remote operated underwater vehicles comprising the phases which consist in connecting, to a vertical profile (04-21-2011
20110093137CENTRALIZED MANAGEMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES - In one example, a network device stores a mapping of application operation modes to vehicle conditions such as a first condition of the vehicle powered but not moving and a second condition of the vehicle moving. The network device receives a wirelessly transmitted request for a particular application to utilize an interface powered by the vehicle. The network device compares an application identifier specified by the received request to the mapping. The network device then identifies a portion of the vehicle interface according to the comparison and signals control software on the vehicle to grant the particular application access to only the identified portion of the vehicle interface itself. The application can reside on the mobile device and utilize the vehicle interface as an extended interface, or the application can reside on the vehicle.04-21-2011
20110093136CENTRALIZED MANAGEMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES - In one example, a network device stores a mapping of application operation modes to vehicle conditions such as a first condition of the vehicle powered but not moving and a second condition of the vehicle moving. The network device receives a wirelessly transmitted request for a particular application to utilize an interface powered by the vehicle. The network device compares an application identifier specified by the received request to the mapping. The network device then identifies a portion of the vehicle interface according to the comparison and signals control software on the vehicle to grant the particular application access to only the identified portion of the vehicle interface itself. The application can reside on the mobile device and utilize the vehicle interface as an extended interface, or the application can reside on the vehicle.04-21-2011
20110093135CENTRALIZED MANAGEMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES - In one example, a network device stores a mapping of application operation modes to vehicle conditions such as a first condition of the vehicle powered but not moving and a second condition of the vehicle moving. The network device receives a wirelessly transmitted request for a particular application to utilize an interface powered by the vehicle. The network device compares an application identifier specified by the received request to the mapping. The network device then identifies a portion of the vehicle interface according to the comparison and signals control software on the vehicle to grant the particular application access to only the identified portion of the vehicle interface itself. The application can reside on the mobile device and utilize the vehicle interface as an extended interface, or the application can reside on the vehicle.04-21-2011
20110093134Method and apparatus for collision avoidance - A method and apparatus for avoiding collisions of moving vehicles in an environment that utilizes a position and rotational orientation system to track vehicle locations within a preconfigured operational zone, the method comprising using position tracking data to calculate a predicted trajectory and safety zone of each vehicle for a predetermined prediction time period and determining potential areas of intersection with vehicles to predict collisions.04-21-2011
20120158214BI-DIRECTIONAL VHF UHF POLLING MECHANISMS FOR INTELLIGENT PEPS POLLING - A system and method for providing a polling signal transmitted from a vehicle that is received by a key fob held by an authorized user of the vehicle as the user approaches the vehicle, where the polling signal is a pulsed polling signal in the VHF-UHF band. The polling signal tells the key fob to transmit a command signal that causes the vehicle to perform a predetermined vehicle operation. Alternately, the polling signal is transmitted by the key fob where the vehicle sends an authorization message back to the key fob if it receives the polling signal that tells the key fob to transmit the command signal.06-21-2012
20120158213VEHICLE DATA SERVICES ENABLED BY LOW POWER FM TRANSMISSION - A vehicle system and method that include a smart phone for communicating with a vehicle by an authorized user. The vehicle includes an FM transmitter that transmits vehicle information, including an authorization code, using an FM signal. The FM signal is received by the smart phone which deciphers the information, and automatically transmits a command signal back to the vehicle to perform a pre-programmed vehicle operation, such as unlocking the vehicle doors.06-21-2012
20120065815USER INTERFACE FOR A VEHICLE SYSTEM - A vehicle computing device and a method of providing a user interface to a vehicle system to control at least one function of the vehicle system are provided. The vehicle computing device communicates with a mobile client device over a wireless data connection. At the vehicle computing device, control instructions are provided. The control instructions comprise instructions for displaying at least one graphical control element at the client device to control the at least one function of the vehicle system. The vehicle computing device can be configured to transmit the control instructions to the client device over the wireless data connection.03-15-2012
20120065814SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN IN-VEHICLE DEVICE USING AUGMENTED REALITY AND METHOD THEREOF - Provided are a system and method of controlling an in-vehicle device using augmented reality. A system for controlling an in-vehicle device using augmented reality includes a mobile device configured to identify a vehicle object unit as an image and receive a vehicle control command through implementation of the augmented reality of the image, and a driving control unit configured to transmit a vehicle type information to the mobile device and, upon receiving a command signal from the mobile device, to control the in-vehicle device that corresponds to the command signal. Accordingly, by remotely controlling an in-vehicle device by using augmented reality of a mobile device, user convenience may be improved.03-15-2012
20120209454SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A RESTRICTED MODE IN A VEHICLE - A device for controlling a restricted mode of a vehicle is provided. The device includes a controller that is configured to receive an input indicative of a request to change a vehicle state from a fully operational mode to a restricted mode and to transmit a first control signal indicative of a request to limit at least one of vehicle speed and vehicle acceleration. The controller is further configured to monitor a distance traveled by a driver when the vehicle is in the restricted mode and to compare the distance traveled to a predetermined distance limit. The controller is further configured to transmit a second control signal to remove the request to limit the at least one of the vehicle speed and the vehicle acceleration in response to determining that the distance traveled exceeds the predetermined distance limit.08-16-2012
20120072055Program Functions That Can Be Activated and Deactivated - The invention relates to an electronic control device for a vehicle, further to a system for activating program functions thereof, and to a corresponding method for the same. The invention allows subsequent activation, optionally at a cost, of program functions, particularly allowing commerce in such program functions. To this end, an electronic control device (03-22-2012
20120072054SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING MADE-TO-ORDER DESIGNS ON THE SURFACE OF AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL BODY - A method for producing designs involves receiving a request to create a design on the surface of an extraterrestrial body, transmitting a control signal to a device on a vehicle on the extraterrestrial body, the control signal causing the device to create the design, and receiving an image signal providing an image of the design created on the surface. A device for producing the designs includes a surface altering tool configured to rearrange material on the surface. The tool may be provided as a configurable-tread rover wheel that includes a wheel hub having radially-extending channels, and tread elements supported in the channels that are selectively articulatable under the control of a control module to form a tread pattern corresponding to a design intended to be produced. The tread elements may be selectively extended or retracted by operation of an array of solenoids controlled by the control module.03-22-2012
20120072053ROBOT PLATFORM FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLED AND/OR AUTONOMOUS INSPECTION OF TECHNICAL FACILITIES - A robot platform is provided, which is intended in particular for remotely controlled and/or autonomous inspection of technical facilities, in particular in power stations, and comprises at least a drive mechanism configured to move the robot platform, an inspection device configured to inspect the technical facility and a communication device for exchanging measurement and/or control data. Particular flexibility in use and extended areas of use are achieved in that the robot platform is modular and the communication device operates in accordance with a uniform standard.03-22-2012
20120072052Navigation Portals for a Remote Vehicle Control User Interface - An operator control unit has a user interface that allows a user to identify a mode of display and interaction that narrows the user's options for his next interaction with the user interface. The user interface utilizes portals to transition between environments such as indoors to outdoors, outdoors to indoors, different rooms of a building, and different floors of a building, the portals representing one or more of stairways and doors, and being used in remote vehicle path planning as waypoints that may require execution of predetermined behaviors.03-22-2012
20120072051Trackless Transit System with Adaptive Vehicles - Technologies are described herein for providing a trackless transit system and controlling adaptive trackless vehicles within that system. Aspects include an autonomous vehicle transit system for controlling vehicle movement of trackless vehicles in the transit system. The system includes a command, control and orchestration system (CCOS) and vehicle controllers. Each vehicle controller is associated with a trackless vehicle and communicates a current location to the CCOS, receives a navigation command, and controls the trackless vehicle according to the navigation command. Further, the CCOS provides navigation commands to the vehicle controllers to control movements of the trackless vehicles within the transit system according to vehicle position information received from the vehicle controllers. According to embodiments, a trackless vehicle may be switched between a driver controlled mode in which the vehicle is controlled by a driver and a system controlled mode in which the vehicle is controlled by the CCOS.03-22-2012
20090030562Modular Robotic Crawler - A modular robotic crawler can be formed by intercoupling a selected plurality of segment modules from a preexisting collection of differing compatible segment modules. The segment modules can have at least one intercoupleable interface. The selection can be based on a planned operational scenario of functions to be performed.01-29-2009
20100198430METHOD FOR MONITORING HYDROGEN VEHICLES - A system and method for remotely monitoring the status of a hydrogen vehicle includes a data acquisition/communication module configured to receive a plurality of signals representing one or more status conditions associated with the vehicle. The data acquisition/communication module is further configured to report one or more of the status conditions to a computer remote from the vehicle. The system is further configured to receive one or more signals from the remote computer in response to the reported status condition wherein the received signal represents an action to be taken in response to the one or more status conditions. The data acquisition/communication module is also configured to initiate the action to be taken. A computer remote from the vehicle is configured to monitor the one or more status conditions reported by the data acquisition/communication module and determine if an action must be taken.08-05-2010
20110066304INTELLIGENT SELECTIVELY-TARGETED COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method for receiving at least one of advisory information and vehicle control information in a vehicle-mounted system, comprising: receiving at least one of advisory information and vehicle control information from a transmitting unit using a receiving unit; determining whether the at least one of the advisory information and the vehicle control information is directed to the receiving unit; and if the at least one of the advisory information and the vehicle control information is directed to the receiving unit, outputting the at least one of the advisory information and the vehicle control information.03-17-2011
20110106341TRAVELING VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TRAVELING BY TRAVELING VEHICLE SYSTEM - In a traveling vehicle system, traveling vehicles travel along a travel route under the control of at least one controller. Each of the traveling vehicles includes a first traveling vehicle position determining section arranged to determine a position of the respective traveling vehicle, and a second traveling vehicle position determining section arranged to determine a position of at least one other of the traveling vehicles by communication, and a distance sensor arranged to detect a distance between the respective traveling vehicle and the at least one other of the traveling vehicles. The at least one controller and the traveling vehicles are configured to control velocities of the traveling vehicles in an inter-vehicle control area by determining inter-vehicle distances between the traveling vehicles based on the position of the at least one other of the traveling vehicles obtained by the communication in the second traveling vehicle position determining section, and the position of the respective traveling vehicle determined by the first traveling vehicle position determining section, and to control the velocities of the traveling vehicles in areas of the traveling route other than in the inter-vehicle control area based on distances detected by the distance sensor.05-05-2011
20110106340Method of accessing a device in a communication network in a motor vehicle via an external device and gateway - A method of accessing a device in a communications network in a motor vehicle via an external device is described, in which a software element is transmitted to the external device in the case of authorized access to a device in the communications network to permit control of the device in the communications network by the external device. A gateway checks on whether access is possible, either checking directly with the device requested or via the system manager. Security in communication between the external device and the device to be controlled may be achieved by an additional encryption and/or a specified validity period of the software element transcribed to the external device. If there is no software element for a device to be controlled, such a software element may be created by using a control module and data stored in the device. A bus system, according to IEEE 1394, for example, may be used as the communications network.05-05-2011
20110106338Remote Vehicle Control System and Method - A system for increasing an operator's situational awareness while the operator controls a remote vehicle using an autonomous behavior and/or a semi-autonomous behavior. The system includes a payload attached to the remote vehicle and in communication with the remote vehicle and the operator control unit. The payload comprises: an integrated sensor suite including a global positioning system, an inertial measurement unit, one or more video cameras, and a stereo vision camera or a range sensor; and a computational module receiving data from the integrated sensor suite, performing computations on at least some of the data, analyzing at least some of the data, and providing data to at least one of the autonomous behavior and the semi-autonomous behavior.05-05-2011
20110106337AD-HOC MOBILE IP NETWORK FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM - A method for intelligently managing a transportation network is provided. The method may include providing a roadside apparatus 05-05-2011
20110106336Vehicle Utility Communication System - A charger configured to charge at least one battery used in transportation means or stationary equipment, includes a plurality of power connections configured to couple to a plurality of power sources. The charger is adapted to receive power from the plurality of power sources simultaneously.05-05-2011
20110106339Autonomous Behaviors for a Remote Vehicle - A method for enhancing operational efficiency of a remote vehicle using a diagnostic behavior. The method comprises inputting and analyzing data received from a plurality of sensors to determine the existence of deviations from normal operation of the remote vehicle, updating parameters in a reference mobility model based on deviations from normal operation, and revising strategies to achieve an operational goal of the remote vehicle to accommodate deviations from normal operation. An embedded simulation and training system for a remote vehicle. The system comprises a software architecture installed on the operator control unit and including software routines and drivers capable of carrying out mission simulations and training.05-05-2011
20100094483CONTROL AND MOTOR ARRANGEMENT FOR USE IN MODEL TRAIN - A control and motor arrangement in accordance with the present invention includes a motor configured to generate a locomotive force for propelling the model train. The control and motor arragement further includes a command control interface configured to receive commands from a command control unit wherein the commands correspond to a desired speed. The control and motor arrangement still further includes a plurality of detectors configured to detect speed information of the motor, and a process control arrangement configured to receive the speed information from the sensors. The process control arrangement is further configured and arranged to generate a plurality of motor control signals based on the speed information for controlling the speed of said motor. The control and motor arrangement yet still further includes a motor control arrangement configured to cause power to be applied to the motor at different times in response to the motor control signals.04-15-2010
20120316702Multimedia system for vehicle with portable dash pad - A multimedia system for vehicle having a plurality of electrical accessories, including a control housing, a control module, and a dash pad. The control module includes a central processing module. The central processing module is electrically connected with the electrical accessories in such a manner that the central processing module is arranged to centrally control the electrical accessories. The dash pad is detachably mounted on the control housing and is wirelessly communicated with the central processing module, wherein a user is able wirelessly control the electrical accessories in the vehicle through the dash pad.12-13-2012
20120316701Spherical infrared robotic vehicle - A spherical infrared robotic vehicle (SIRV) is provided for remote reconnaissance. The SIRV includes a spherical shell, a chassis within the shell, an infrared sensor within the chassis and a set of wheels between the shell and chassis. The spherical shell has inner and outer surfaces. The chassis contains a platform, an electric motor and a power supply, and includes an infrared aperture. The infrared sensor mounts to the platform and disposed to receive an infrared signal through the aperture as infrared images. The sensor can be a plurality of infrared cameras mounted in separate directions. The set of wheels are driven by the motor and supported by the chassis. The wheels engage the inner surface and turn in response to the motor. Turning the wheels rolls the shell to propel the SIRV.12-13-2012
20120316704VEHICLE REMOTE OPERATION SYSTEM AND ON-BOARD DEVICE - In a vehicle remote operation system that remotely operates a vehicle V using a portable terminal 12-13-2012
20090132101SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM FOR ENERGY EXTRACTING VESSEL NAVIGATION - A Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system guides navigation of a vessel enabled to extract energy from wind and/or water currents primarily in offshore marine environments. An exemplary SCADA system could embody server and client software applications running on microprocessor systems at a remote control central service logging and energy distribution facility, and the vessel itself. The remote control service facility runs Human Machine Interface (HMI) software in the form of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) allowing choices to maximize system performance. The central server accesses information to control vessel position based on transmitted Global Position Satellite (GPS) data from the vessel, and weather information from the Geographic Information System (GIS) provided by multiple spatial temporal data sources. A server-side optimization algorithm fed the parameters delivered from vessel aerodynamic/hydrodynamic performance simulation software models, the vessel onboard sensor data, and integrated real-time weather and environmental data determines an optimal navigation through weather systems and presents choices to the HMI.05-21-2009
20110125344AUTOMATIC VEHICLE GUIDANCE SYSTEM - A vehicle controller includes a communications unit for performing data communications with local servers; a local path generation unit for generating, in response to an automatic vehicle guidance service request, a local path based on a driving control command and sensing information received from the local servers via the communications unit; a path-following control unit for generating actuator control signals for controlling actuators of a vehicle to drive the vehicle along the local path; and a vehicle driving unit for driving the actuators according to the actuator control signals. Each local server pre-processes and merges sensor data received from the infra-sensor to generate the sensing information. A global server generates the driving control command based on the sensing information and transmits the driving control command to the local servers.05-26-2011
20110125345AUTOMATED COLLECTIVE TRANSPORT SYSTEM - Automated transport system including at least one automotive vehicle (05-26-2011
20100250023SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MACHINE - A system and method for operating a machine is disclosed. The system may include an input device configured to select from a plurality of modes of operation for the machine, the plurality of modes of operation comprising a manual mode, a remote mode, and an autonomous mode. The system may further include a controller coupled to the machine, the controller configured to place the machine in the selected mode of operation based on an input at the input device. The system may further include a transmitter configured to transmit a heartbeat signal. The system may further include a receiver configured to receive an acknowledgment signal from a remote system in response to the transmitted heartbeat signal.09-30-2010
20100250024FULLY AUTONOMOUS OR REMOTELY OPERATED GOLF BALL PICKING SYSTEM - The present invention regards a motorised system with electric traction with computer vision for outdoor environments, which can interact with the surrounding environment in an autonomous way or remotely operated. This vehicle tows a trailer that permits, amongst other functions, to perform golf balls picking.09-30-2010
20100250022Useful unmanned aerial vehicle - An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) addresses remotely piloted UAVs making them easier to operate, provide a more flexible positioning system, also improving on communications latency and interference problems. The UAV sends symbolic messages to an educated public via color.09-30-2010
20120083945Helicopter with multi-rotors and wireless capability - The present invention relates to a helicopter having a modular airframe, with multiple layers which can be connected easily, the layers which house the electronics (autopilot and navigation systems), batteries, and payload (including camera system) of the helicopter. The helicopter has four, six, and eight rotors, which can be easily changed via removing one module of the airframe. In one embodiment, the airframe has a vertical stacked appearance, and in another embodiment, a domed shape (where several of the layers are stacked internally). In one embodiment, there is a combination landing gear and camera mount. The helicopter allows for simple flight and usage by remote control, and non-remote control, users.04-05-2012
20120083944Remote Controlled Vehicle - A method of directional drilling includes forming first and second pits on corresponding first and second sides of a barrier, forming a pilot bore from the first pit to the second pit, enlarging the pilot bore to a final bore, and extending a cable through the final bore between the first and second pits by attaching the cable to a remote controlled vehicle and driving the remote controlled vehicle through the final bore from one of the pits to the other pit. The method also includes pulling a pipeline through the final bore using the cable.04-05-2012
20120130562DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR A RAIL VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING DATA WITH A RAIL VEHICLE - A data communication system for a rail vehicle includes a data reading device and a processing module. The data reading device is disposed on the rail vehicle and is configured to at least one of electromagnetically interrogate or optically read identification data that is visually presented on a first operator control unit. The first operator control unit is configured to remotely control operations of one or more powered units of a rail vehicle consist when the operator control unit is disposed outside of the one or more powered units. The processing module is disposed on the rail vehicle and is communicatively coupled with the data reading device. The processing module receives the identification data from the data reading device and uses the identification data to identify the first operator control unit and allow the first operator control unit to remotely control operations of the one or more powered units.05-24-2012
20120221178SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING LOCATION OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT - The present disclosure relates to a method capable of reducing a communication cost for tracking a location of construction equipment by controlling a transmission cycle of locational information of the construction equipment.08-30-2012
20120221177METHOD OF CONTROLLING NAVIGATION OF ROBOT USING ELECTROMYOGRAPHY SENSOR AND ACCELERATION SENSOR AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - Navigation of a robot is controlled using an electromyography sensor and an acceleration sensor by (a) comparing a signal from an electromyography sensor mounted to a human body with a prestored threshold value to determine whether to control the robot, (b) if the robot is to be controlled, comparing a signal obtained from an acceleration sensor mounted to the human body with each prestored reference model of an acceleration sensor signal to infer a control operation of the robot, and (c) controlling navigation of the robot to correspond to the inferred control operation of the robot. It is first determined whether to control the robot using the electromyography sensor signal, inferred by calculating a Euclidean distance between a current acceleration sensor signal and a reference model previously acquired for each operation, and the robot is controlled based on the inferred operation, thereby increasing accuracy and reliability of the robot control.08-30-2012
20120221175ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATIONS FOR AN AIR VEHICLE - An air vehicle comprises a satellite receiver having messaging capability. The receiver is configured to process a command and control (C08-30-2012
20120221174METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMATICALLY YIELDING TO HIGH-PRIORITY TRAFFIC - A method of navigating a mobile robotic device may include receiving, by a mobile robotic device, a wireless transmission from a transponder associated with an object, where the object is within a range of the mobile robotic device and in response to receiving the notification, altering a navigation course by the mobile robotic device to allow the object to pass the mobile robotic device. The mobile robotic device may be preprogrammed with at least a portion of the navigation course. The method may include resuming the navigation course by the mobile robotic device.08-30-2012
20120221173VEHICLE SYSTEMS ACTIVATION METHODS AND APPLICATIONS - A method of communicating with a vehicle is provided. The method includes: initiating a communication with a vehicle activation application of a vehicle using a personal handheld device; authenticating, using a processor, the personal handheld device based on the communication; and selectively activating one or more components of a vehicle network based on the authenticating.08-30-2012
20120166024AUTONOMOUS BEHAVIORS FOR A REMOTE VEHICLE - A method comprising running a persistent self-righting behavior comprising sensing an orientation of the remote vehicle and performing a progression of flipper movements until the remote vehicle is righted, and performing a retrotraverse behavior comprising: generating a list of time stamped waypoints separated by at least a minimum difference in time and distance; storing the list of time stamped waypoints in the memory; and generating, using a control system, a current return path interconnecting previously-traversed waypoints in reverse order of timestamps upon losing communication with the operator control unit or upon receiving a command from the operator control unit.06-28-2012
20120166021METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING AND/OR DISABLING A VEHICLE - A system for disabling a fleeing vehicle via disrupting the vehicle's onboard computer or electrical system. The system optionally includes a tracking system for tracking the vehicle's location and/or a remote sensing system for identifying a payload contained in the vehicle or asset. A launcher of the disabling/tracking device may be handheld or vehicle mounted, and may use high pressure gas or another propellant to launch the projectile at a fleeing vehicle. The system may include a tether for connecting the disabling device to a power supply disposed on a pursuit vehicle or a handheld launcher.06-28-2012
20120166022METHOD FOR MONITORING AIR POLLUTION AND SYSTEM FOR THE SAME - An air pollution monitoring method and system is disclosed. The air pollution monitoring method of the present invention may include receiving result information corresponding to a mission of an aircraft from the aircraft, generating air pollution index values, their distribution, and three-dimensional geographic spatial information about a corresponding ground area using the result information corresponding to the mission of the aircraft and visualizing the generated data, generating a mission command of the aircraft using the result information corresponding to the mission of the aircraft, and displaying the generated three-dimensional geographic spatial information and transmitting the generated mission command to the aircraft.06-28-2012
20120166023DOOR OPENING/CLOSING APPARATUS AND COATING FILM FORMING METHOD - A door opening/closing apparatus includes an opening/closing handle provided in a vehicle door, electrodes disposed in the door handle, a detection circuit configured to detect a change of electrostatic capacitance which occurs in the vicinity of the electrodes when a human body portion approaches or contacts the door handle and then to output a locking or unlocking operation signal and a device for executing locking or unlocking of the door based on the operation signal, and a transmission/reception antenna for effecting transmission/reception with a portable unit corresponding to the vehicle, wherein the door handle includes an insulating base body, and on a vehicle outer side surface of the base body, there is attached a metal layer comprised of a group of island shaped metal particles that extend along the surface of the base body and that are separated from each other.06-28-2012
20120316703METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACCESS AND/OR STARTING VERIFICATION - A method for access or starting verification for a vehicle using a mobile identification encoder and at least two antennas located in or on the vehicle at different locations includes: the antennas emitting electromagnetic signals at alterable times, wherein the electromagnetic signals are emitted in transmission blocks having alterable specific properties and wherein a plurality of transmission blocks are strung together to form a communication message in which each transmission block adopts an alterable position in time, the identification encoder receiving the electromagnetic signals emitted by the antennas and processing them to generate a response signal, and altering at least one of the times at which the individual antennas are actuated, the specific properties of the individual transmission blocks, and the position of the individual transmission blocks in time in the communication message in accordance with a cryptographical method.12-13-2012
20120215382SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE IN FLIGHT SPACE - In a method for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a flight space using a computing device, at least one camera is installed in the flight space. The method sets a flight area of the UAV in the flight space, and stores geographic information of the flight area into a storage device. The method further controls each of the camera to capture a series of 3D images from the flight space, analyzes a current location of the UAV in the flight space according to the 3D images, and compares the current location with the geographic information of the flight area to determine whether the UAV flies out of the flight area. In addition, the method sends a warning message to a remote controller when the UAV flies out of the flight area, and controls the UAV to fly within the flight area using the remote controller.08-23-2012
20120215380SEMI-AUTONOMOUS ROBOT THAT SUPPORTS MULTIPLE MODES OF NAVIGATION - Described herein are technologies pertaining to robot navigation. The robot includes a video camera that is configured to transmit a live video feed to a remotely located computing device. A user interacts with the live video feed, and the robot navigates in its environment based upon the user interaction. In a first navigation mode, the user selects a location, and the robot autonomously navigates to the selected location. In a second navigation mode, the user causes the point of view of the video camera on the robot to change, and thereafter causes the robot to semi-autonomously drive in a direction corresponding to the new point of view of the video camera. In a third navigation mode, the user causes the robot to navigate to a selected location in the live video feed.08-23-2012
20120215378WORKSITE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING REMOTE MACHINE RECONFIGURATION - A worksite management system for use with a mobile machine is disclosed. The worksite management system may have a control module located onboard the mobile machine and configured to store a least one operational relationship, and an offboard controller located at a worksite of the mobile machine in communication with the control module. The offboard controller may be configured to generate an analysis of machine performance at the worksite. The offboard controller may be further configured to cause remote reconfiguration of the at least one operational relationship based on the analysis to positively affect performance of the mobile machine.08-23-2012
20120215383SECURITY CONTROL APPARATUS, TRACK SECURITY APPARATUS, AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOT APPARATUS, AND SECURITY CONTROL SERVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A security control service system includes: a track security apparatus for traveling along a track installed in a place to be secured, and obtaining and transmitting security information to a security control apparatus; an autonomous mobile robot apparatus for traveling along the track together with the track security apparatus or freely traveling in the place to be secured, and obtaining and transmitting security information to the security control apparatus; and the security control apparatus for transmitting a control command for security control to the track security apparatus or the autonomous mobile robot apparatus after analyzing the security information.08-23-2012
20120215381SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZED CONTROL OF A HARVESTER AND TRANSPORT VEHICLE - A control system and method is provided for synchronized control of a harvester and transport vehicle during unload on the go operation. The control system can maintain a desired lateral distance between the harvester and transport vehicle using swath information that is used to steer the harvester. In addition, the control system can also bring a transport vehicle into appropriate alignment with the harvester using the same swath information.08-23-2012
20120136511SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS AND CONTROLLING VEHICLE OPERATIONS IN RESPONSE THERETO - In at least one embodiment, a system for determining the location of a wireless device with respect to a vehicle is provided. The system comprises a plurality of antennas positioned about the vehicle for receiving a radio frequency (RF) signal from the wireless device. The RF signal corresponds to at least one of a command and status related to a predetermined vehicle operation. The system further comprises a controller operably coupled to each antenna. The controller is configured to generate a location signal indicative of the location of the wireless device based on the arrival time of the RF signal at one or more antennas of the plurality of antennas and to control the operation of the predetermined vehicle operation based on the location signal.05-31-2012
20120136510APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING VEHICLES USING LASER SCANNER SENSORS - Disclosed herein is an apparatus for detecting vehicles using laser scanner sensors. The apparatus includes a vehicle location detection unit, a shadow area detection unit, an estimation unit, and a control unit. The vehicle location detection unit detects information about locations and headings of target vehicles located in a local detection area from sensors arranged on the road. The shadow area detection unit calculates shadow areas corresponding to the respective sensors based on the information about the locations of the target vehicles and information about types of the target vehicles. The estimation unit estimates the locations and shadow areas of the target vehicles which will be obtained after a predetermined time has elapsed. When a specific target vehicle tries to enter one of the estimated shadow areas, the control unit outputs a speed control command used to decrease the speed of the specific target vehicle.05-31-2012
20120136509MACHINE CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING AUTONOMOUS RESOURCE QUEUING - A control system is disclosed for use with a plurality of mobile machines operating at a worksite having a resource. The control system may have a worksite controller configured to divide a common travel path into a plurality of segments, including at least a spot segment at the resource and a stage segment. The worksite control may further be configured to receive a first input indicative of a desire for a first of the plurality of mobile machines to leave the spot segment, and to direct the first of the plurality of mobile machines out of the spot segment based on the first input. The worksite controller may be further configured to receive first location information for the first of the plurality of mobile machines, and to direct the second of the plurality of mobile machines from the stage segment into the spot segment based on the first location information.05-31-2012
20120136508SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED EXCAVATION PLANNING AND CONTROL - A control system is disclosed for a mobile excavation machine operating at a worksite. The control system may have a locating device configured to generate a first signal indicative of a position of the mobile excavation machine, and a position sensor configured to generate a second signal indicative of a position of a work tool. The control system may also have an offboard planner configured to receive a first input indicative of a characteristic of an intended work area, a second input indicative of a characteristic of the mobile excavation machine, and a third input indicative of a desired change in the intended work area. The offboard planner may also be configured to generate an excavation plan based on the first, second, and third inputs. The control system may further have a controller configured to autonomously control the mobile excavation machine based on the first and second signals and based on the excavation plan.05-31-2012
20120215384Flight Control System with Dynamic Allocation of Functionality Between Flight Crew and Automation - A Real-time Allocation Flight Management System and method, which defines specific roles functions for crew during the implementation of the flight plan. The flight control system requires crew input during pre-programmed way points during the flight. When fully functional, the system can control all aspects of a flight, including attitude and power control as well as all ancillary systems necessary for flight from takeoff to touchdown. In the event that the crew is incapacitated, the system can select the most probable approach procedure in use based on whatever information is available such as current and forecast destination weather, prevailing winds, and approach possibilities, such as available runways. Adjustment of the flight plan trajectory, allows the system to follow the adjusted trajectory. Included is a simulator software program, a free-standing flight simulator and methods of incorporating training protocols for flight crews.08-23-2012
20110184590UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE TAKE-OFF AND LANDING SYSTEMS - Unmanned aerial vehicle take-off and landing systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of landing an unmanned aerial vehicle includes programming a landing location for the unmanned aerial vehicle utilizing a user input device. The unmanned aerial vehicle is launched. Communications between the unmanned aerial vehicle and the user input device are interrupted, and the unmanned aerial vehicle is landed at the landing location based on the programmed landing location and not based on any real-time communication between the unmanned aerial vehicle and the user input device.07-28-2011
20100174422Point And Go Navigation System And Method - A remote operator console provides point and go navigation of a robotic vehicle. The remote operator console provides a display for visual representation of the environment in which the robotic vehicle is operating based on sensor information received from the robotic vehicle. An operator may designate a target point on the display. The robotic vehicle is automatically navigated toward a location in the environment corresponding to the designated target point.07-08-2010
20120173051OEM safe aftermarket gateway - The OEM safe aftermarket gateway is used to enable aftermarket devices and systems that the OEM did not design or specify to be connected to the OEM vehicles without negatively affecting the electronics system of the vehicle. The OEM safe aftermarket gateway protects the OEM vehicle communication bus from aftermarket devices and systems, yet still enables aftermarket devices and systems to function as intended. The OEM safe aftermarket gateway enables the ‘bridging’ between the OEM vehicle communication bus and the aftermarket suppliers requiring access to the communication bus. The OEM safe aftermarket gateway is similar to what a firewall and router do for the Internet industry. The OEM safe aftermarket gateway protects the proprietary information of each party and yet still enables an aftermarket supplier to access the OEM vehicle communication bus through a safe and reliable system.07-05-2012
20120173049ORIENTING A USER INTERFACE OF A CONTROLLER FOR OPERATING A SELF-PROPELLED DEVICE - A self-propelled device determines an orientation for its movement based on a pre-determined reference frame. A controller device is operable by a user to control the self-propelled device. The controller device includes a user interface for controlling at least a direction of movement of the self-propelled device. The self-propelled device is configured to signal the controller device information that indicates the orientation of the self-propelled device. The controller device is configured to orient the user interface, based on the information signaled from the self-propelled device, to reflect the orientation of the self-propelled device.07-05-2012
20120173048SELF-PROPELLED DEVICE IMPLEMENTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL CONTROL - A self-controlled device maintains a frame of reference about an x-, y- and z-axis. The self-controlled device processes an input to control the self-propelled device, the input being based on the x- and y-axis. The self-propelled device is controlled in its movement, including about each of the x-, y- and z-axis, based on the input.07-05-2012
20120173047SELF-PROPELLED DEVICE WITH ACTIVELY ENGAGED DRIVE SYSTEM - A self-propelled device is provided including a drive system, a spherical housing, and a biasing mechanism. The drive system includes one or more motors that are contained within the spherical housing. The biasing mechanism actively forces the drive system to continuously engage an interior of the spherical housing in order to cause the spherical housing to move.07-05-2012
20120173046SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DECREASING VEHICLE SPEED FROM A REMOTE LOCATION - A control system for a vehicle includes a communication module and a vehicle stop module. The communication module receives a command from a vehicle services provider (VSP) to decrease a speed of the vehicle to a desired speed, wherein the VSP is located remotely with respect to the vehicle. In response to the received command, the vehicle stop module decreases the speed of the vehicle to the desired speed by controlling at least one of a transmission, an electronic parking brake, and electronically assisted brakes.07-05-2012
20120215379WORKSITE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING ANTICIPATORY MACHINE CONTROL - A worksite management system for use with a mobile machine is disclosed. The worksite management system may have a control module located onboard the mobile machine and configured to control operations of the mobile machine, and a controller in communication with the control module. The controller may be configured to anticipate a non-failure machine performance irregularity, and determine an adjustment to an operation of the mobile machine that positively affects the machine performance irregularity. The controller may also be configured to cause implementation of the adjustment before the machine performance irregularity occurs.08-23-2012
20120259480VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE, METHOD FOR ACTIVATING THE VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE AND VEHICLE-MOUNTED SYSTEM - The present invention provides a vehicle-mounted device, a method for activating the vehicle-mounted device, and a vehicle-mounted system. The vehicle-mounted system includes a vehicle-mounted device, a data center, and a service platform. The vehicle-mounted device not only can be locally activated according to an activating information corresponding to an identity information of the vehicle-mounted device which indicates an unique identity of the vehicle-mounted device, but also can be remotely activated through wireless communication. Moreover, the vehicle-mounted system further includes application sub-modules which can provide extended/added functions. Therefore, by the method for activating a vehicle-mounted device provided by the present invention, the vehicle-mounted device can be activated in time, so that the information resources can be more easily and conveniently obtained by the user.10-11-2012
20100049376METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A GPS-BASED POSITION - A cooperative engagement group-position determining system employs a group of at least three cooperative units, for example a group of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's), with each unit including a GPS system for determining a GPS-based position, an inter-distance measurement module for measuring a distance of the unit relative to at least one other unit, and a computer having a computer-readable storage medium encoded with a program algorithm for correcting the GPS-based position based on at least one relative distance between two units, providing an improved GPS-based position for the unit and for the group. The system can also include a ground controller, for example, for providing flight control for UAV's.02-25-2010
20100299002Personal Authentication Software and Systems for Travel Privilege Assignation and Verification - A system for authenticating individuals traveling to and from various destinations at various times. Personal identity and travel privilege verification are coordinated for several modes of transportation, including aircraft, boats, buses, cars and trains. Travel privileges are considered to be the ability to leave the current location, travel to the desired location, travel at specific times, and use specific forms of transportation. The system specifically provides operator privilege verification, allowing individuals to receive vehicle operator privileges. These privileges are evaluated upon the individual's application, and are periodically updated at the discretion of the controlling institution.11-25-2010
20120179306VEHICLE DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A vehicle-side unit transmits a first request signal WAKE periodically toward a portable unit, and transmits a second request signal CHLG at every predetermined transmission interval specific to the vehicle-side unit upon reception of a firs response signal ACK from the portable unit in response to the transmitted WAKE. The portable unit is operable with power supplied from a battery. The portable unit transmits ACK upon reception of WAKE and becomes ready for reception of CHLG at a timing CHLG is transmitted in accordance with the transmission interval specific to the vehicle-side unit.07-12-2012
20120179305SATELLITE-BASED AUTOMATIC STEERING SYSTEM - Methods, systems, and machine-interpretable coding for causing a processor of a vehicle controller installed in a vehicle such as a rubber-tired gantry (RTG) to generate, using known position associated with a base station and signals received from a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver located at the base station, a satellite observation error estimate; generate, using the satellite observation error estimate and a position of vehicle determined using signals received from a GNSS receiver mounted on the vehicle, at least one control signal representing a navigation command executable by at least one control device of the vehicle; and to output the control signal for execution by the control device. Generation of control signals can include use of synchronous and asynchronous processing, ambiguity resolution processes, and as fuzzy logic and PID and other control feedback loops.07-12-2012
20130173089REMOTELY CONTROLLING A SELF-PROPELLED DEVICE IN A VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENT - A computing device operating as a controller can obtain image data from a camera component. The computing device can determine a location of the self-propelled device relative to the camera based on the image data. A virtual content may be generated on the computing device based at least in part on the location of the self-propelled device.07-04-2013
20100010691Far End Remote Control Method and System - A far end remote control method and system relates to a remote control operating way, which includes a coordinate area, a central portion and an index. The coordinate area is partitioned into a number of quadrants. The central portion is located at the center of the coordinate area. The index is able to move within the coordinate area. The motion of a remote-controlled device such as a robot is decided by locating the index in a different quadrant. Besides, the strength of the motion of the remote-controlled device is further controlled by the distance between the index and the central portion.01-14-2010
20100268402Onboard Starter-Interrupt Device Incorporating Wireless Personal Area Network - An onboard starter-interrupt device uses a Personal Area Network (PAN) to facilitate communication between a wireless device (such as a cellular telephone or personal digital assistant (PDA)) and the onboard device (also referred to interchangeably as a vehicle control device or a payment enforcement device) installed on a vehicle. The PAN can be implemented using, for example, the well-known Bluetooth protocol. The use of a PAN avoids the need for a visible keypad or other input device installed in the vehicle. The interface with the PAN also facilitates direct communication (including voice communication) using an existing cell phone. The interface with the PAN further allows a user or administrator to configure the operation of the onboard device using input/output components of the wireless device.10-21-2010
20100268401Vehicle Wireless Information System - A vehicle wireless information system includes a vehicle, an onboard vehicle computer provided in the vehicle and at least one external access point adapted to wirelessly access the onboard vehicle computer.10-21-2010
20120253554RC Car Anti-Flip System and Methods - A car control system, a car including a car control system, and methods for using such.10-04-2012
20120259482STORAGE SYSTEMS COMPRISING TRACTORS AND TRAILERS - Contrary to many storage systems in which the stored material is parked along rails and physical guides the instant invention includes self propelled tractors to move storage material arranged on trailers on a flat freely drivable storage surface to a desired position and parking it thereon. The slightly increased number of tractors which simultaneously perform storage and retrieval provide a high transfer speed.10-11-2012
20120226394UAV- OR PERSONAL FLYING DEVICE-DELIVERED DEPLOYABLE DESCENT DEVICE - An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or manned/unmanned personal flying device (PFD) may be used to deliver a deployable descent system to an elevated location at which people await rescue, such as people trapped in an upper story of a burning building. The UAV or PFD may be used to deliver the descent system, attach the descent system to the building, and deploy the descent system. After deployment, the descent system may be tensioned to prevent sway and facilitate descent. Standoffs may be installed or integrated into the descent system to provide for adequate handholds for descending individuals. Various equipment and methods used in such systems are described herein.09-06-2012
20100191392APPARATUS FOR LOCATING A VEHICLE ELECTRONIC KEY - An apparatus is provided for locating a vehicle electronic key including a fob for receiving a low frequency signal, measuring the low frequency signal strength, and providing a radio frequency response signal, a portion of the response signal including the signal strength determination. A low frequency antenna is located within the vehicle cabin for providing the low signal. A controller receives the response signal and compares the signal strength against a predetermined threshold. A vehicle engine immobilizer is responsive to the controller where the controller controls the immobilizer in response to the comparison.07-29-2010
20120232717REMOTE COORDINATE IDENTIFIER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AIRCRAFT - A remote coordinate identifier system for an aircraft comprises a global positioning system (GPS) receiver onboard the aircraft, an inertial navigation system (INS) onboard the aircraft, a laser targeting system (LTS) onboard the aircraft, and a computer onboard the aircraft. The GPS receiver is configured to provide position information of the aircraft during flight. The INS is configured to provide inertial information of the aircraft during flight. The LTS is configured to provide angular information and distance measurements from the aircraft to an identified target during flight. The computer is configured to process the position information, the inertial information, the angular information, and the distance measurements to triangulate a position of the target. The computer determines map coordinates for the target from the triangulated position of the target.09-13-2012
20120232719System and Method for Automatically Navigating a Depth Contour - A system for controlling a marine vessel that includes a sonar depth finder configured to display a chart for a body of water. The chart has depth information for the body of water, and is programmed to allow a user to select from a plurality of depths indicated on the sonar depth finder display. The sonar depth finder further is configured to generate a route for the marine vessel. The route includes a path through the body of water where each point along the path is at the desired depth. The system includes a vessel control device in communication with the sonar depth finder. The vessel control device is configured to receive transmissions from the sonar depth finder. The transmissions include the route generated by the sonar depth finder. The vessel control device is further configured to automatically direct the marine vessel along the route.09-13-2012
20120232720CONTROL SYSTEM FOR EQUIPMENT ON A VEHICLE WITH A HYBRID-ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN - A vehicle equipped for power take off operation using direct application of power from a hybrid electric powertrain. A body computer connects to the controller area network to receive chassis input signals. A controller area network has an electronic control module, a transmission control module, and a hybrid control module. The electronic control module electrically connects to the transmission control module and the hybrid control module. A data link based remote power module is installed on the vehicle for generating body demand signals for initiating operation of the vehicle hybrid electric powertrain for a power take off operation. A plurality of PTO request switches are electrically connected to the controller area network. The body computer is programmable to accept a signal from at least one of the PTO request switches to change an operating state of the power take off operation.09-13-2012
20120232718METHOD OF PILOTING A MULTIPLE ROTOR ROTARY-WING DRONE TO FOLLOW A CURVILINEAR TURN - The respective motors of the drone (09-13-2012
20080300734Control system - A control system comprises: a plurality of input devices; a plurality of remote output devices; a plurality of dedicated connections and a digital data network interconnecting the plurality of input devices and the plurality of remote output devices. Each one of the plurality of output devices is connected to one of the plurality of input devices by an associated one of the plurality of dedicated connections. Each output device is operable to detect an addressing error in the digital network by comparing a value of a parameter received via its dedicated connection with the value of the same parameter received via the digital data network. Each output device is operable to use a network address dependent upon a value received via its dedicated connection.12-04-2008
20120239225ENHANCED ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY - Remote sensor units for a vehicle are described. A remote sensor unit may comprise an electronic assembly. The electronic assembly may comprise an electronic component. The electronic assembly may comprise one or more signal terminals coupled to the electronic component. The electronic assembly may comprise a protective enclosure arranged to encapsulate the electronic component. The protective enclosure is arranged to isolate the electronic component from thermal energy, pressure or residual material stress associated with one or more satellite housings. Other embodiments are described and claimed.09-20-2012
20120239226CONTROL SYSTEM FOR EQUIPMENT ON A VEHICLE WITH A HYBRID-ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN - A vehicle equipped for power take off operation using direct application of power from a hybrid electric powertrain. A body computer connects to the controller area network to receive chassis input signals. A controller area network has an electronic control module, a transmission control module, and a hybrid control module. The electronic control module electrically connects to the transmission control module and the hybrid control module. A data link based remote power module is installed on the vehicle for generating body demand signals for initiating operation of the vehicle hybrid electric powertrain for a power take off operation. A plurality of PTO request switches are electrically connected to the controller area network. The body computer is programmable to accept a signal from at least one of the PTO request switches to change an operating state of the power take off operation.09-20-2012
20120239224INTEGRATION OF AN AUTONOMOUS INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE INTO AN ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A control system operates an industrial vehicle that includes a propulsion drive system and a guidance and navigation system operatively connected to the propulsion drive system to control motion of the industrial vehicle along a path, in an unmanned, autonomous mode. A wireless communicator transmits vehicle operational data to an asset management computer located remotely from the industrial vehicle, and receives commands from the asset management computer for remotely controlling operation of the industrial vehicle. For example, when the vehicle encounters an obstacle in the path a message indicating that event is sent to the asset management computer where a human operator can send a command which instructs the industrial vehicle how to avoid the obstacle.09-20-2012
20110130893ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A vehicle power controller and a control method are described. The vehicle power controller is arranged to receive a remote command to set an inactivity time interval and to shut down a component of a vehicle, such as an engine, if it is inactive for the time interval.06-02-2011
20120265369WIRELESS CONTROLLER SYSTEM - A transportation system comprising a vehicle having a first electrically operated component, a second electrically operated component and a wireless controller system. The wireless controller system is used for selectively controlling the operation of the first electrically operated component and the second electrically operated component.10-18-2012
20120265370ROBOT CLEANER, AND REMOTE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF THE SAME - A robot cleaner having a network function is capable of informing information on its internal and external states, through a network service, on a time desired by a user, or periodically, or whenever an event occurs. A remote monitoring system and method of a robot cleaner are capable of allowing a network service user to check state information of the robot cleaner real-time or when necessary, under a configuration that a robot cleaner provides state information such as a cleaning state, the occurrence of an unexpected accident, to and an internal state of the robot cleaner, through a network service, by accessing a network server.10-18-2012
20120265368METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING A DETECTABLE ELECTROMAGNETIC SIGNAL FOR TRACKING LOCATIONS OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Embodiments of the invention described herein use an electromagnetic signal produced by a switch mode power supply (SMPS) to track locations of an electric vehicle (EV). In one aspect, a method of tracking an EV is described. This embodiment of a method comprises receiving an actuation signal; and adjusting a SMPS in response to the actuation signal such that the switch mode power supply generates a detectable electromagnetic signal. The SMPS is used to provide alternating-current (AC) power to an electric motor of an electric vehicle (EV) or is used to provide direct-current (DC) power to a battery of the EV.10-18-2012
20110040425Device, Program Product and Computer Implemented Method for Touchless Metrology Using an Inertial Navigation System and Laser - A metrology device, computer program product and computer-implemented method generating survey data without having the device touch subsea objects being surveyed. The metrology device may be used with an underwater vehicle or diving personnel, and may comprise an inertial navigation system having gyroscopes to detect angular velocity and accelerometers for the detection of linear velocity and transported by an underwater robotic apparatus or diver, the inertial navigation system outputting position and orientation data of the device for storage; an aiding device for collecting image data of the subsea objects, the aiding device being positioned so that the distance and orientation between the optical scanner and the inertial navigation system is known; and a computer for using the position information and image data between a successively visited known point to determine the drift of the metrology device and to use the drift of the metrology device to correct measurements of same.02-17-2011
20120323406DRIVE ASSIST APPARATUS AND DRIVE ASSIST SYSTEM - When prediction information is newly acquired, a degree of the difference between a predicted via-point at a current time point is determined based on already transmitted past prediction information and a current position contained in the newly acquired prediction information. Then, it is determined whether the determined degree of the difference is a predetermined value or more. When the degree of the difference is determined to be the predetermined value or more, the newly acquired prediction information is transmitted.12-20-2012
20120330481DATA LINK FOR USE WITH COMPONENTS OF REMOTE CONTROL VEHICLES - Electronic components that are operable within remote control vehicles include Electronic Speed Controllers, radio control receivers, and telemetry transmitters. Hardware and software are described that support communication between a user computer and electronic components. A data link device has analog input and output interfaces that communicate to a mobile computing device such as smartphone. The data link device communicates with a electronic component to send and receive data such as parameters or operational data over a wired bidirectional bus interface. Software for performing data link operations run for example on an electronic component, a mobile computing device, a smartphone, a data link device, or a telemetry receive radio, or a combination of the above. Embodiments include software operable on a smartphone and a data link device that enables parameter or operational data communication between a smartphone and an electronic component using the microphone and speaker interface on the smartphone. Embodiments include software operable on an electronic component and a data link device for performing live-mode communication to a mobile computing device that displays live data.12-27-2012
20120271489SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DATA SHARING - Agricultural vehicles are guided to prevent overlap of areas operated on by the vehicles. Guidance data is shared between agricultural vehicles by coverage data of area covered by a first agricultural vehicle being wirelessly transmitted to a central server. Download guidance data is generated at the central server using the coverage data received at the central server. The download guidance data is wirelessly transmitted from the server to a second guidance device of a second agricultural vehicle. The second agricultural vehicle uses the download guidance data to not overlap with area covered by the first agricultural vehicle while operating.10-25-2012
20120271488APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR NEUTRAL-POSITION PARKING IN SHIFT-BY-WIRE SYSTEM - The present invention provides a neutral-position parking apparatus and method in a shift-by-wire system. The neutral-position parking apparatus connects a shift-by-wire unit to a smart key control ECU through a controller area network (CAN) communication to perform a control of maintaining a neutral position according to a control command of the smart key control ECU receiving a door lock signal from a smart key. Also, the neutral-position parking apparatus communicably connects a power distributor to the smart key control ECU to power off a vehicle upon neutral-position parking according to the control command of the smart key control ECU receiving the door lock signal from the smart key.10-25-2012
20120271487METHOD TO DISABLE TRUNK LOCKOUT PROTECTION FOR SMART ENTRY - A smart entry system for a vehicle having a lockable trunk is provided. The smart entry system includes portable devices, an onboard transmitter for transmitting request signals to the portable devices, an onboard receiver for receiving identification signals from the portable devices, and a trunk lockout protection feature. The trunk lockout protection feature is configured to receive a command signal to either initiate a trunk lockout protection sequence to unlock the trunk in the event that one of the portable devices is locked in the trunk or to disable the trunk lockout protection sequence to permit the trunk to remain in a locked state in the event that one of the portable devices is locked in the trunk.10-25-2012
20120323407ENGINE ACTIVATION DEVICE AND ENGINE ACTIVATION METHOD - An engine activation device that activate an engine installed in a vehicle is provided with an activator, an acquirer, a storage, a prohibiter, and an engine controller. The activator activates the engine in response to a radio signal from a remote controller. The acquirer acquires an authentication result of a key code stored in a vehicle key possessed by a user. In a case where the acquirer acquires an authentication result that the key code fails to be authenticated after the engine is activated by the activator, the storage stores failure information indicative of authentication failure. In a case where the storage stores the failure information, the prohibitor prohibits the activator from activating the engine. Even in a case where the acquirer acquires the authentication result that the key code fails to be authenticated after the engine is activated by the activator, the engine controller keeps the engine from deactivating.12-20-2012
20120271486Keyless Access for Commercial Vehicles - A commercial vehicle used for parcel delivery is installed with a control module. The control module communicates wirelessly with a transmitter to give control to the vehicle operator. The vehicle operator can access the vehicle's cargo compartment through the bulkhead door and/or the rear door solely by using the transmitter as opposed to manually actuating the door latch. A door actuator is added to the bulkhead door such that when the bulkhead door is wirelessly actuated the door opens without operator assistance, and the process of the door opening does not damage the vehicle. Additionally, the vehicle operator can initiate the control module to allow a push-button start and stop of the vehicle's ignition system. Such elements contribute to time savings and cost savings for parcel delivery operators.10-25-2012
20120323408STRADDLE CARRIER - A straddle carrier comprises a frame (12-20-2012
20110231034METHOD FOR STARTING A HYBRID VEHICLE - A method for starting a hybrid vehicle when the vehicle is already connected to an external power source. In some hybrid vehicles, it can be undesirable for an external power source (e.g., an AC power outlet) and an internal power source (e.g., an internal combustion engine/generator) to simultaneously provide the vehicle with electrical energy. There are a variety of reasons why this may be true. For instance, some hybrid vehicles may have difficulty accurately estimating the state-of-charge (SOC) of the vehicle battery when both external and internal power sources are simultaneously providing electrical energy to the vehicle's high voltage bus. The method described herein can arbitrate or otherwise determine which power source is preferable for the circumstances and then activate or enable that power source accordingly.09-22-2011
20110238238External Signal supply unit, vehicle state acquisition system and external signal supply method - If a trigger signal transmitted from another trigger unit in a set range is received after a transmission command switch has been turned on, an annunciation portion is advised of a likelihood of radio interference. In this case, no trigger signal is supplied. If identifier information that has been received corresponds to the identifier information stored in a memory after the transmission of a trigger signal, a count value remains untouched (YES in S09-29-2011
20120277932Distributed 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.11-01-2012
20110251736T-HARNESS CONNECTION FOR VEHICLE REMOTE STARTERS - In one embodiment there is a remote starter system for a vehicle having an ignition connected to vehicle controllers by a serial data interface. The remote starter system includes a T-Harness connector having at least a first, second, and third serial data connectors and a remote starter module. The remote starter module having at least a remote starter connector, wherein the first serial data connector of the T-Harness connector is coupled to the remote starter connector, and the second and third serial data connectors are separately coupled between the pair of interconnected vehicle serial data connectors. Data from the remote starter module is thereby communicated to the vehicle controller modules and the ignition module.10-13-2011
20120089276DYNAMIC TRANSMISSION CONTROL FOR A WIRELESS NETWORK - In one possible embodiment, a wireless network with dynamic transmission control is provided that includes a multiple of nodes. The nodes include an arbiter and multiple client nodes. The arbiter is configured to control an operation of the client nodes by defining communications operation cycles and allocating a bandwidth to each of the client nodes on a cycle by cycle basis in response to requests for bandwidth from the client nodes.04-12-2012
20120089275SIMULATION TRANSMITTER FOR REMOTE OPERATED VEHICLES - A simulation transmitter for remote operated vehicles (STROV) is disclosed for allowing users in the toy and hobby industry to realistically simulate, everyday driving experiences and implement them into any remote-controlled vehicle. The STROV system remotely operates land, air and sea remote controlled hobby vehicles, boats and planes. It includes a steering wheel, a separate hand-operated throttle and brake control and a separate foot-operated throttle and brake control.04-12-2012
20120089274ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE - An electronic device for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) displays a portion of a 3D virtual scene of a monitored area of the UAV on a screen, and displays a representation icon of the UAV on a preset position of the screen. The electronic device further converts an operation signal to a control signal, and sends the control signal to control movements of the UAV. After receiving flight data from the UAV, the electronic device recognizes movements of the UAV according to the flight data, and determines adjustments to the portion of the 3D virtual scene, to control displaying of the 3D virtual scene based on the recognized movements while maintaining the representation icon of the UAV on the preset position and maintaining a direction the user presumed to be viewing the 3D virtual scene the same as a flight orientation of the UAV.04-12-2012
20120089273EXTERNAL PRESENTATION OF INFORMATION ON FULL GLASS DISPLAY - A method to display a graphic describing a desired communication upon a substantially transparent screen of a vehicle includes monitoring the desired communication, monitoring an external presentation mode to present the desired communication, determining the graphic describing the desired communication, registering a location of the graphic upon the substantially transparent screen to be communicated outside of the vehicle, and displaying the graphic upon a substantially transparent screen comprises one of light emitting particles or microstructures over a predefined region of the screen permitting luminescent display while permitting transmission therethrough.04-12-2012
20100168934Robotic Golf Caddy - A self propelled robotic vehicle that faithfully follows a portable receiver at a defined distance can sense an impending collision with a solid object in its path and stops prior to collision. The vehicle observes objects that are parallel to its course and if within a distance of <200 mm inhibits the steering such that the vehicle is not able to collide even if the receiver instructs a convergence path. The vehicle stops and ceases moving if it contacts any solid object. The vehicle can sense unsafe gradients and ceases following if acceptable operating limits are exceeded. The vehicle can be used as a golf caddy, transport vehicle or cart, robotic pallet and robotic assistant.07-01-2010
20110320069SHADOW SHAPING TO IMAGE PLANETARY OR LUNAR SURFACES - A method is disclosed for forming a shadow pattern on a planetary or lunar surface, including providing a rough terrain vehicle having a plurality of wheels capable of imparting to the planetary or lunar surface shadow shaping components to produce a shadow pattern capable of being seen from a distance; and controlling the rough terrain vehicle to produce a pre-designed pattern in the planetary or lunar surface, viewable from a distance when sunlight hits the shadow shaping components from an angle.12-29-2011
20110320068ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE USING THE SAME - A method for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using an electronic device determines a designated relay station of the UAV using the electronic device, and creates a new flight path for the UAV according to the designated relay station. The method further directs the UAV to fly to the designated relay station upon the condition that the UAV can arrive at the designated relay station, and directs the UAV to fly to a subsequent relay station along the new flight path upon the condition that the UAV has not arrived at an endpoint of the new flight path.12-29-2011
20110320067VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE MOUNTED WITH THE DEVICE - There is provided a vehicle control device and a vehicle mounted with this device, capable of properly setting a braking force to bring an operator's feeling into an optimal state. In a control device 12-29-2011
20120101662SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A MULTIMACHINE CARAVAN - A control system is disclosed. The control system includes a first set of operator input devices and a laser target located on a first machine. The control system also includes a first laser measurement system located on a second machine and configured to measure a distance to the laser target. The control system further includes a communications system configured to selectively communicate a first mode of operation and a second mode of operation. In the first mode of operation, the second machine follows the first machine based on the measured distance. In the second mode of operation, the second machine moves based on a signal from the first set of operator input devices.04-26-2012
20120101661AUTONOMOUS BEHAVIORS FOR A REMOTE VEHICLE - A method for enhancing operational efficiency of a remote vehicle using a diagnostic behavior. The method comprises inputting and analyzing data received from a plurality of sensors to determine the existence of deviations from normal operation of the remote vehicle, updating parameters in a reference mobility model based on deviations from normal operation, and revising strategies to achieve an operational goal of the remote vehicle to accommodate deviations from normal operation. An embedded simulation and training system for a remote vehicle. The system comprises a software architecture installed on the operator control unit and including software routines and drivers capable of carrying out mission simulations and training.04-26-2012
20120101660NON-MANIPULATION OPERATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING FOR NON-MANIPULATION OPERATION OF VEHICLE - A notification unit causes a notification device to notify that a consent input person has whereabouts of a responsibility related to a non-manipulation operation to operate a vehicle without manipulation of an occupant of the vehicle. An information acquisition unit obtains consent-input person information for identifying the consent input person who inputs a consent into an operation unit, after the notification unit notifies the whereabouts of the responsibility. A record unit associates consent information on the inputted consent with the obtained consent-input person information to cause a storage unit to store the associated information. A control unit starts the non-manipulation operation of the vehicle, in response to input of the consent, after the notification unit notifies the whereabouts of the responsibility.04-26-2012
20120101659TELEMATICS DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND REMOTE AIR-CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A telematics device for an electric vehicle and a remote air-conditioning control method thereof are provided. A vehicle driver remote adjusts an indoor temperature of the electric vehicle by driving an air-conditioning unit of the vehicle during the battery charging, so that a travelable distance based on the battery life can be maximized.04-26-2012
20120101658HIGH POWER LASER SYSTEM - A modulation device for directing a mobile tracking device away from an asset is provided. The modulation device includes a continuous wave laser source whose output is directed at a seeker head of the mobile tracking device. The modulation device causes the generation of localized sources within the mobile tracking device and confuses the mobile tracking device as to the true location of the asset. A portable cutting device is disclosed. The portable cutting device may include a portable power supply and a laser source. The portable power supply and laser source of the portable cutting device may be positioned within a backpack and carried by a user. A handheld unit which is coupled to the laser source may be supported by the hands of the operator. The handheld unit provides power generated by the laser source to a barrier to be cut.04-26-2012
20120290152Collaborative Engagement for Target Identification and Tracking - A method for controlling unmanned vehicles to maintain line-of-sight between a predetermined target and at least one unmanned vehicle. The method comprises: providing an unmanned air vehicle including sensors configured to locate a target and an unmanned ground vehicle including sensors configured to locate and track the target; communicating and exchanging data to and among the unmanned ground vehicles; controlling the unmanned air vehicle and the unmanned ground vehicle to maintain line-of-sight between a predetermined target and at least one of the unmanned air vehicles; geolocating the predetermined target with the unmanned air vehicle using information regarding a position of the unmanned air vehicle and information regarding a position of the target relative to the unmanned air vehicle; and transmitting information defining the geolocation of the predetermined target to the unmanned ground vehicle so that the unmanned ground vehicle can perform path planning based on the geolocation.11-15-2012
20120290149Methods and Apparatus for Selective Power Enablement with Predictive Capability - A computer implemented method includes examining a travel route to determine the presence of emission control zones along the route. The method further includes determining how much power will be required to operate a vehicle along the portions of the route within the emission control zones. Also, this method includes preserving the determined amount of power required to operate the vehicle along the portions of the route within the emission control zones. Further, the method includes selectively activating a vehicle electric power mode using the preserved power while the vehicle is operating within the emission control zones.11-15-2012
20120136507System and Method for Controlling a Machine at a Worksite - A system for controlling operation of at least one machine at a worksite includes controls operable under the control of a first entity to operate a first machine to perform one or more tasks at the worksite. The system may also include a portable communication device having a user interface operable to receive a machine-stop command from a second entity. The portable communication device may be operable to transmit a machine-stop signal in response to receiving the machine-stop command from the second entity. The system may also include at least one information processor configured to stop the first machine in response to the transmission of the machine-stop signal from the portable communication device.05-31-2012
20090276105ROBOTIC VEHICLE REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING A VIRTUAL OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT - A control system for a remotely operated vehicle is disclosed. The control system includes a sensor tracking system configured to sense the remotely operated vehicle. The control system is coupled to the sensor tracking system and is configured to remotely control the remotely operated vehicle. The control system includes a synthetic view generator configured to construct a virtual model of the remotely operated vehicle and its surrounding environment based upon an input from the sensor tracking system. The control system also includes a graphical user interface configured to display a synthetic view of the virtual model. In addition, the control system includes a synthetic viewer control configured to manipulate an orientation of the synthetic view.11-05-2009
20130013130AUTOMATED TRAFFIC SYNCHRONIZATION - Vehicle performance capability information and spatial relationship information within a vehicular environment is obtained for each of a group of vehicles. Traffic light signaling information is obtained. At least one synchronized control action is determined for each of the group of vehicles by utilizing the vehicle performance capability information in conjunction with the spatial relationship information and the traffic light signaling information.01-10-2013
20130013128MOBILE IDENTIFICATION TRANSMITTER WHICH CAN BE SET TO A NORMAL STATE AND A SECURE STATE - A mobile identification transmitter for activating a security system of a motor vehicle, particularly an access and/or ignition control system, having a housing in which electronics and a communication means are arranged, wherein the communication means can be brought into communication with a communication means of the security system on board the motor vehicle, a payment element is removably fastened in a receptacle of the housing, where a closure is separately arranged on the housing, the identification transmitter can be set in a normal state and in a secure state, in the normal state and in the secure state communication can be made with the security system, in the secure state the payment element is removed from the receptacle, and the closure seals and protects the receptacle.01-10-2013
20100131122METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A WORK MACHINE DURING OPERATION IN A REPEATED WORK CYCLE - A method is provided for controlling a work machine during operation in a repeated work cycle including the steps of establishing a control strategy on the basis of at least one condition that varies in the course of the work cycle, and controlling at least one device in a work machine power transmission system in response to the established control strategy.05-27-2010
20100131121SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE NAVIGATION - A system includes an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configured to be equipped with data representing a first UAV flight plan, and a ground station configured to control the UAV. The ground station is operable to receive, at a first time, a first data set representing at least one flight path of at least one aircraft, calculate a second UAV flight plan to avoid the at least one flight path of the at least one aircraft, the second UAV flight plan being based on the data representing the first UAV flight plan and the first data set representing at least one flight path of the at least one aircraft, and transmit data representing the second UAV flight plan to the UAV.05-27-2010
20120150363APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VESSEL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - An apparatus for vessel traffic management mounted in a vessel creates vessel sailing information including a current location and an identifier of the vessel in accordance with a navigation plan to a destination of the vessel; calculates an estimated time for arriving at the destination based on a distance between the current location and the destination and a sailing speed; and calculates an estimated entry time of entering a target area within the destination based on a distance between the current location and the destination and the sailing speed. The vessel sailing information, the estimated arrival time, and the estimated entry time are transmitted to a local control center, and the sailing of the vessel is controlled using a vessel traffic condition at the target area, provided from the local control center.06-14-2012
20120150362DISTRIBUTED ELECTRICAL BRAKE CIRCUIT AND SYSTEM - The application of braking force to drive components that move a vehicle is controlled. As consistent with one or more example embodiments, an integrated circuit chip is located at each of two or more drive components (e.g., wheels) of a vehicle for controlling the application of a braking force to the drive component independently of the application of braking force to other drive components. Each of the integrated circuit chips communicate with one another over a vehicle network, with brake control (e.g., using an algorithm to limit wheel slip) being carried out separately at each drive component.06-14-2012
20130018527APPARATUS FOR CUTTING GRASSAANM BERNINI; FabrizioAACI Bucine (Arezzo)AACO ITAAGP BERNINI; Fabrizio Bucine (Arezzo) IT - The invention describes an apparatus for cutting grass comprising a lawn mower, predisposed to operate at least within a cutting area (A) delimited by a perimeter cable; a management device, suitable for propagating an electrical signal (S) through the perimeter cable; operative modules, suitable for checking the position of the lawn mower with respect to the perimeter cable; a command unit suitable for commanding a movement of the lawn mower based on the position of the lawn mower with respect to the perimeter cable.01-17-2013
20130018530Security SystemAANM MacMillan; StephenAACI MalagaAACO AUAAGP MacMillan; Stephen Malaga AU - A vehicle security system including a remote control device, such as a keypad and a vehicle battery having a controller arranged to reduce battery power when the vehicle engine is turned off, and arranged to receive a unique code transmitted from the remote control device and to subsequently selectively permit the battery to supply sufficient power to start or drive the vehicle. The battery can be a replacement battery for the vehicle or supplied as an OEM part. The battery controller can be provided with a unique serial number to be directly linked to the vehicle. Authorities can be provided with a control codes that can be transmitted remotely from a police pursuit vehicle to selectively absorb the external power from the vehicle electrical systems and remotely stop the engine in the event of a stolen or misused vehicle.01-17-2013
20130018531SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE CODE FOR CONTROLLING SPEED REGULATION OF A REMOTELY CONTROLLED POWERED SYSTEM - A system for operating a remotely controlled powered system, the system including a feedforward element configured to provide information to the remotely controlled powered system to establish a velocity, and a feedback element configured to provide information from the remotely controlled powered system to the feedforward element. A method and a computer software code are further disclosed for operating the remotely controlled powered system.01-17-2013
20130018526SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING CRASH AVOIDANCE TECHNOLOGIES - A Guided Soft Target (GST) system and method provides a versatile test system and methodology for the evaluation of various crash avoidance technologies. This system and method can be used to replicate the pre-crash motions of the CP in a wide variety of crash scenarios while minimizing physical risk, all while consistently providing a sensor signature substantially identical to that of the item being simulated. The GST system in various example embodiments may comprise a soft target vehicle or pedestrian form removably attached to a programmable, autonomously guided, self-propelled Dynamic Motion Element (DME), which may be operated in connection with a wireless computer network. Specific geometries for the DME have been discovered that minimize the risk of the DME flipping up and hitting or otherwise damaging or disrupting the ride of typical test vehicles during impact of the test vehicles with the GST, all while minimizing the effect of the DME on the sensor signature of the GST.01-17-2013
20130018525Mobilized Sensor Network for Structural Health MonitoringAANM Jang; Jung SoonAACI BellevueAAST WAAACO USAAGP Jang; Jung Soon Bellevue WA USAANM Ihn; Jeong-BeomAACI BellevueAAST WAAACO USAAGP Ihn; Jeong-Beom Bellevue WA US - A method and apparatus for inspecting an object is provided. Movement of inspection vehicles relative to a surface of the object is controlled using a controller. Generation of data about the object by sensor systems configured to generate the data when the sensor systems are in a configuration with respect to a location on the object for inspection and receiving power from the inspection vehicles is controlled using the controller. The data generated by the sensor systems is stored.01-17-2013
20130018529METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SATELLITE INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS - Systems and methods for integrate satellite communications. A network of upward facing antennas placed on top of cell phone towers is established. Each upward facing antenna has a footprint at the altitude of a particular satellite orbit. Upward facing antennas are placed on cell towers so as to establish a continuous coverage over the orbit of a satellite (s) thereby allowing continuous communication using cellular technology with the satellite(s) on orbit.01-17-2013
20130018528DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR TESTING CRASH AVOIDANCE TECHNOLOGIES - A Guided Soft Target (GST) system and method provides a versatile test system and methodology for the evaluation of various crash avoidance technologies. This system and method can be used to replicate the pre-crash motions of the CP in a wide variety of crash scenarios while minimizing physical risk, all while consistently providing radar and other sensor signatures substantially identical to that of the item being simulated. The GST system in various example embodiments may comprise a soft target vehicle or pedestrian form removably attached to a programmable, autonomously guided, self-propelled Dynamic Motion Element (DME), which may be operated in connection with a wireless computer network operating on a plurality of complimentary communication networks. Specific DME geometries are provided to minimize ride disturbance and observability by radar and other sensors. Computer controlled DME braking systems are disclosed as well as break-away and retractable antenna systems.01-17-2013
20110153120TIRE CONDITION MONITORING APPARATUS WITH KEYLESS ENTRY FUNCTION - A tire condition monitoring apparatus including a keyless entry portable communication device capable of transmitting and receiving RF signals, sensor units, each of which is attached to a wheel and transmits, as an RF signal, a tire condition data signal, out-of-cabin antennas each corresponding to the wheel, and a control unit mounted on a vehicle body. The control unit executes a keyless entry function based on transmission and reception of RF signals with the portable communication device via the out-of-cabin antennas, and sends a command signal, which is an RF signal, to the sensor units through the out-of-cabin antennas. Upon receiving the command signal, the sensor unit executes an operation that corresponds to the command content of the command signal.06-23-2011
20110160935VEHICLE PANEL CONTROL SYSTEM - A system includes a controller and a sensor. The controller is configured to transmit a panel control signal to move a movable panel of a vehicle along a path between opened and closed positions. The sensor is configured to detect for an object in the path of the panel and to generate an object signal indicative of an object detected in the path of the panel. Upon receipt of the object signal, the controller is further configured to transmit a panel control signal to move the panel towards the opened position in order to prevent the panel from entrapping the object. The controller is further configured to communicate with at least one vehicle module over an in-vehicle local area network (LAN).06-30-2011
20110160934On-vehicle fault detecting device - There is disclosed an on-vehicle fault detecting device that can more accurately identify what has caused data different from intended-to-be-written data in a memory as a hardware fault. The IG-operation counting unit counts a number of ON-operations of the ignition (IG) switch. The usage-environment-change determining unit determines whether or not a number of times of continuous non-coincidence has reached a determination number, and presumes that the usage environment has changed if a number of continuous IG-switch operations has reached a determination number. Even in cases where the number of times of continuous non-coincidence has reached the determination number, the data writing unit will not write occurrence of a fault in hardware in the memory unless it is presumed by the usage-environment-change determining unit that the usage environment around the vehicle C has changed.06-30-2011
20130024049VEHICLE REMOTE OPERATING SYSTEM AND IN-VEHICLE DEVICE - In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 01-24-2013
20130173086TOWING DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND METHOD FOR TOWING A MOTOR VEHICLE - A towing device for motor vehicles is provided. The towing device includes a connecting unit for mechanically connecting a first vehicle to a second vehicle, and a data link between the first vehicle and the second vehicle. Control devices of the second vehicle can be accessed from the first vehicle via the data link.07-04-2013
20130173087Self-Powered Dimmable Windows with Integrated Controls - An electrically controlled dimmable window for aircraft includes a controller and power that eliminates the need for wiring connections to on-board systems. The controller is Integrated into the sidewall in which the window is mounted. Power for controlling the window is derived from an energy harvesting device that generates power by converting thermal gradients, motion/vibration or light energy present near the window. The integrated controller includes passenger controls for adjusting the opacity of the window, power conditioning circuitry, an electrical power storage device such as a battery, a processor and a radio receiver. The window can be remotely controlled by a cabin attendant from a central controller that transmits window control signals to the radio receiver.07-04-2013
20130173088METHOD FOR THE INTUITIVE PILOTING OF A DRONE BY MEANS OF A REMOTE CONTROL - The user inclines the apparatus (07-04-2013
20080221744Process And Apparatus For Autonomous Control Of A Motor Vehicle - Autonomous control of steering, speed, forward and reverse movement of a motor vehicle is provided by transmitting a signal from a transmitter carried by an ambulatory user, receiving the signal with three signal-receiving antennae on the motor vehicle, generating first, second and third sub-signals with a three-channel receiver connected to the three antennae, generating sum and difference outputs with the first and second sub-signals, affecting the steering with the difference output, affecting the speed, forward and reverse control with the sum output, generating a distance-to-user output from the third sub-signal, and limiting the proximity of the motor vehicle to the user with the distance-to-user output.09-11-2008
20080221743Onboard Starter-Interrupt Device Incorporating Wireless Personal Area Network - An onboard starter-interrupt device uses a Personal Area Network (PAN) to facilitate communication between a wireless device (such as a cellular telephone or personal digital assistant (PDA)) and the onboard device (also referred to interchangeably as a vehicle control device or a payment enforcement device) installed on a vehicle. The PAN can be implemented using, for example, the well-known Bluetooth protocol. The use of a PAN avoids the need for a visible keypad or other input device installed in the vehicle. The interface with the PAN also facilitates direct communication (including voice communication) using an existing cell phone. The interface with the PAN further allows a user or administrator to configure the operation of the onboard device using input/output components of the wireless device.09-11-2008
20080221742MULTI-RANGE REMOTE TRANSMITTER FOR A VEHICLE - A remote transmitter, including: an input unit configured to receive programming inputs and function inputs, wherein the programming inputs identify a first function to be transmitted in a first range of the transmitter when a first input of the input unit is selected and a second function to be transmitted in a second range of the transmitter when a second input of the input unit is selected, wherein the function inputs select the first input and the second input; a processor configured to output a first signal along a first path and a second signal along a second path in response to the first and second function inputs, respectively, wherein the first signal corresponds to the first function and the second signal corresponds to the second function; and an output configured to transmit the first signal in the first range and the second signal in the second range, wherein the first range is smaller than the second range.09-11-2008
20130179005VEHICLE OPERATION AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM - A vehicle operation authorization system includes a server that receives identification information, which identifies a first portable electronic device that is used as an electronic key for a vehicle, from the first portable electronic device, verifies the identification information, and transmits an operation permission signal to the vehicle to permit a vehicle operation in accordance with a request from the first portable electronic device. A key registration unit registers an encryption key, which is provided from the server, to the first portable electronic device. An access authorization unit uses the encryption key, which is registered in the first portable electronic device, to grant access authorization for accessing the server to a second portable electronic device so that the second portable electronic device functions as the electronic key authorized to operate the vehicle.07-11-2013
20130179006SAFE OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method for operating a motor vehicle from a plurality of motor vehicles includes the steps of determining, by a central point, that a systematic malfunction is present in a plurality of motor vehicles; providing a communication link between the central point and the motor vehicle; and putting at least one electronic control unit of the motor vehicle into a safe operating mode to ensure the operational safety of the motor vehicle.07-11-2013
20130179007SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF FUEL OPTIMIZATION IN A HYBRID VEHICLE - One embodiment relates to a system for idle reduction in a hybrid vehicle. The system includes a control system for causing the vehicle to operate in a charge depletion mode, or a charge accumulation mode in response to job site data; the job site data can include an estimate of the amount of energy required at the job site.07-11-2013
20130144471SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING VEHICLE BY USING MOBILE TERMINAL - A system and method for managing a vehicle by using a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal includes: a vehicle verification unit that receives information for verifying a vehicle management terminal and verifies the vehicle management terminal based on the received information; a terminal information collecting unit for collecting information regarding control of a vehicle.06-06-2013
20120253553VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE - A vehicle control device mounted on a vehicle for performing communication with a mobile device and performing predetermined control in accordance with communication contents with the mobile device, having a locking operation unit that locks or unlocks doors of the vehicle, interior signal transmitting and receiving units that detect a position of the mobile device left in an interior of the vehicle in a case where a locking operation is performed by the locking operation unit, and an interior lamp drive control unit that lights an interior lamp among a plurality of interior lamps provided in the interior of the vehicle, the interior lamp being close to the position of the mobile device based on information of the position detected by the interior signal transmitting and receiving units.10-04-2012
20120253552SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR VEHICLES - Certain embodiments described herein are directed to devices, systems and methods for use in vehicle operations. In some examples, the devices, systems and methods described herein can be used to permit safe operation of a vehicle where the vehicle operator may have one or more mobile devices in their possession.10-04-2012
20130090785COMBINED REAR VIEW MIRROR AND TELEPHONE - A mobile telephone or cellular telephone unit and a rear view mirror housing of an automobile are combined to provide an improved telephone apparatus that enables a hands-free use by a driver while operating the vehicle, the improved telephone apparatus includes a rear view mirror housing, the housing including a rear view mirror, telephone and SIM card for sending and receiving telephone calls and instant video image, the image display and SIM card are removably connected thereto. A telephone key pad is cooperatively connected to the telephone for dialing the telephone. An attachment bracket attaches the mirror housing to the vehicle. The housing has the electronic circuitry incorporated therewith to which a telephone and video assembly is connectable. A remote device, and computer process to communicate with the motor vehicle without the need for an automated hub, or Network Operating Center (NOC).04-11-2013
20130090784SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING UNAUTHORIZED DRIVING OF A LAND VEHICLE - A credential-based vehicle interlock system for preventing unauthorized driving of a land vehicle even when the vehicle is left parked with its engine running. The subject system interacts, inter alia, with the existing sensors and electronic control module of the vehicle to prevent the transmission from shifting out of the “Park” gear, unless and until the credentials of the driver are validated against a database of credentials for authorized drivers. The system can be optionally configured to initiate and execute a controlled shutdown sequence of a moving land vehicle, upon receiving a wireless remote shutdown command.04-11-2013
20130090783VEHICULAR CONTROL SYSTEM AND PORTABLE TERMINAL - A vehicular control system includes a smart key carried by a user and operated by an embedded battery and a verification ECU mounted in a vehicle. A wireless communication is made between the smart key and the verification ECU. The smart key performs periodically a switchover of a detection sensitivity for detecting a transmission electric wave transmitted from the verification ECU between a normal sensitivity and a high sensitivity. The high sensitivity has a detection area of the transmission electric wave greater than a detection area of the normal sensitivity. The constant use of the high sensitivity is unnecessary to detect the transmission electric wave. This enables a reduction of the consumed electric current of the battery for detecting the transmission electric wave with the high sensitivity.04-11-2013
20130090782METHOD OF COMMUNICATING WITH A VEHICLE HAVING A TELEMATICS UNIT - A system and method for communicating between a vehicle having a vehicle telematics unit and a central facility includes establishing a virtual private network (VPN) connection between a vehicle and a central facility; constructing a data message for communication between the vehicle and the central facility using the VPN; transmitting the data message via the VPN using an unreliable transmission protocol; and determining if the transmitted data message arrived at its destination.04-11-2013
20130090781REMOTELY LOCATED DATABASE FOR MANAGING A VEHICLE FLEET - A method and system of managing a vehicle fleet is provided. The method includes providing an electronic device, a computing device, and a vehicle that is associated with the vehicle fleet. The electronic device is located within a proximate distance from the vehicle and the computing device is located remotely from the vehicle. The electronic device is associated with a driver identifier. The method includes sending a data signal from the electronic device to the computing device indicating the driver identifier. The method further includes matching the driver identifier with a specific driver profile that is saved on a database of the computing device. The specific driver profile includes information associating the vehicle with the driver identifier. The method includes sending information regarding the specific driver profile from the database to a vehicle control module, where the vehicle control module associated with the vehicle.04-11-2013
20130096734PRELIMINARY AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM - A charging start time and preliminary air conditioning time are calculated based on the departure time that is set with a control/operation device, and the charging time and preliminary air conditioning time are set. Then, a control is executed to start charging when at the charging start time and preliminary air conditioning may be started when the amount of charge is sufficient for preliminary air conditioning and a preliminary air conditioning starting trigger is detected, that is locking or preparation for leaving house is detected, for example.04-18-2013
20130096733RF BIOMETRIC IGNITION CONTROL SYSTEM - An electronic ignition control system includes a keyfob having a biometric sensor that senses an identifying biological characteristic of the user. The keyfob also has a transmitter that transmits an air-borne signal dependent upon the identifying biological characteristic. A vehicle includes a motor and an ignition that starts the motor. The ignition has an unlocked state in which the user can cause the ignition to start the motor by actuating a start mechanism. The ignition also has a locked state in which actuation of the start mechanism by the user does not cause the ignition to start the motor. The vehicle also has a receiver that receives the air-borne signal from the transmitter. The vehicle further has a controller in communication with each of the ignition and the receiver. The controller switches the ignition from the locked state to the unlocked state dependent upon the air-borne signal received by the receiver.04-18-2013
20130096737CONTROL DEVICE - Disclosed is a control device that changes control content of control means mounted in a vehicle, including: schedule acquisition means for acquiring a schedule relating to the vehicle; and change date and time generation means for estimating a time when the vehicle is not in use on the basis of the schedule acquired by the schedule acquisition means, and for generating and outputting change date and time when the control content is changed, according to the time.04-18-2013
20130096736RADIO CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT, REMOTE CONTROLLER AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - A radio controlled (RC) vehicle includes a receiver that is coupled to receive an RF signal from a remote control device, the RF signal containing command data in accordance with a first coordinate system, wherein the first coordinate system is from a perspective of the remote control device. A motion sensing module generates motion data based on the motion of the RC vehicle. A processing module transforms the command data into control data in accordance with a second coordinate system, wherein the second coordinate system is from a perspective of the RC vehicle. A plurality of control devices control the motion of the RC vehicle based on the control data.04-18-2013
20130096735WAREHOUSE VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for the operation and navigation of a moving vehicle in a warehouse environment includes a controller for controlling operation of the vehicle and an imaging device configured to capture an image representing a view from the vehicle. Location labels are configured for being positioned in the warehouse environment and include location indicia.04-18-2013
20130103231SENSING SYSTEM FOR FOLLOWING A STRINGLINE - A sensing system for providing string line vehicle automation. The system includes a master controller that is electrically connected to a receiver that has a transceiver that provides over-the-air communication to a plurality of sensors that are aligned along a string line. The transceivers receive information from the plurality of sensors in order to automate the control of the vehicle to ensure the vehicle drives in a straight line.04-25-2013
20130103232AIRCRAFT COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM - An aircraft collision avoidance system comprising (a) at least one separation monitoring device connectable to at least a portion of an aircraft, the separation monitoring device comprising (1) at least one transmitter and (2) at least one receiver and (b) a master unit.04-25-2013
20130124009METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING PERSONAL SETTINGS ON A VEHICLE - The present disclosure provides a system and method for managing vehicle configurations. A database containing a plurality of configuration templates is provided. The configuration template contains parameters of configurable features and settings for its corresponding vehicle. A user is provided with a configuration application to obtain and personalize the configuration template of her vehicle. The personalized configuration data is transferred to a control module of the vehicle to adjust the features and settings in accordance with the user's configuration data.05-16-2013
20130124014METHOD FOR OPERATING A MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLE UTILIZING MULTIPLE DETECTION ZONES - A multiple detection zone supplemental remote control system for a materials handling vehicle comprises one or more sensors capable of defining multiple contactless detection zones at least towards the front of the forward travel direction of a remotely controlled vehicle. The vehicle responds to the detection of objects within the designated zones based upon predetermined actions, such as to slow down or stop the vehicle, and/or to take other action, such as to perform a steer angle correction.05-16-2013
20130124013MULTIPLE DETECTION ZONE SUPPLEMENTAL REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLE - A multiple detection zone supplemental remote control system for a materials handling vehicle comprises one or more sensors capable of defining multiple contactless detection zones at least towards the front of the forward travel direction of a remotely controlled vehicle. The vehicle responds to the detection of objects within the designated zones based upon predetermined actions, such as to slow down or stop the vehicle, and/or to take other action, such as to perform a steer angle correction.05-16-2013
20130124012TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, TRAFFIC REGULATION SYSTEM, AND TRAFFIC CONTROL METHOD - A traffic control system sets a target value related to a travel state based on a correlation between a vehicle travel speed and a traffic volume, and controls multiple vehicles (CS) on a road in accordance with the target value as a common target value. The target value can be set based on a predicted traffic volume at a region (05-16-2013
20130124010SENSING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE - A sensing system for providing vehicle automation. The system includes a master controller that is electrically connected to a receiver that has a transceiver that provides over-the-air communication to a plurality of wireless sensors. The transceivers receive information from the plurality of wireless sensors in order to automate the steering and elevation of the vehicle.05-16-2013
20110276196Method and system for automatically locking doors of vehicle - An automatic locking system for vehicles includes an electronic control unit. If it is determined that an electronic key is not located in a communication area of an inside-cabin transmitter, the control unit determines whether or not the electronic key is located nearby. As a result, if the electronic key is determined as being located nearby, followed later by a determination that the electronic key is not located nearby, comparison history is stored in a memory. If it is determined that comparison history is stored in the memory and four entry-and-exit doors are closed, the four entry-and-exit doors are locked.11-10-2011
20130144466TRANSPORTATION NETWORK SCHEDULING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system includes a scheduling module and a resolution module. The scheduling module determines plural initial schedules for plural different vehicles to concurrently travel in a transportation network. The initial schedules include locations and times for the vehicles to travel. The resolution module modifies at least one of the initial schedules to one or more modified schedules based on an anomaly in at least one of the vehicles or the routes that prevents one or more of the vehicles from traveling in the transportation network according to the initial schedules. The scheduling module communicates the modified schedules to the vehicles so that energy management systems disposed on the vehicles modify travel of the vehicles according to the modified schedules.06-06-2013
20130144468TRACKLESS DARK RIDE VEHICLE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD - A motion assembly that produces pitch and roll motions includes lower and upper plates. A pivotable coupling having upper and lower shafts extending from its center is coupled between the upper and lower plates. At least two linear actuators are coupled between the plates. Extension and retraction of the actuators pivots the upper plate about the pivotable coupling relative to the lower plate. A vehicle includes two steerable propulsion wheels coupled to a chassis. A lower plate of a pitch and roll assembly, similar to that just described, couples to the chassis via a slew bearing. Seating is coupled to the upper plate. The seating rotates with respect to the chassis via controlled rotation of the slew bearing with reference to the chassis. The seating can be rotated to point in any direction with respect to the chassis regardless of the direction the steerable propulsion wheels move the chassis.06-06-2013
20130144469LOCATION INFORMATION EXCHANGE BETWEEN VEHICLE AND DEVICE - 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
20130144470VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL - Systems and methods of vehicle climate control are provided. Specifically, a vehicle with climate control includes a number of sensors for sensing climate control information, such as human bodily conditions, e.g., temperature or heart rate, of the human occupants of the vehicle, a processing unit, and a climate control. The processing unit uses the sensed human bodily conditions data from the sensors to activate the climate control the adjust the climate conditions for the human occupants. In another aspect of the disclosure, stress level of the human operator of a vehicle can be detected by sensing the bodily conditions of the human operator, determining the stress level of the human operator based on the sensed bodily conditions, and displaying a warning if the stress level is over a certain limit.06-06-2013
20130144467TRANSPORTATION NETWORK SCHEDULING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method includes forming a first schedule for a first vehicle to travel in a transportation network. The first schedule includes a first arrival time of the first vehicle at a scheduled location. The method also includes receiving a first trip plan for the first vehicle from an energy management system. The first trip plan is based on the first schedule and designates at least one of tractive efforts or braking efforts to be provided by the first vehicle to reduce at least one of an amount of energy consumed by the first vehicle or an amount of emissions generated by the first vehicle when the first vehicle travels through the transportation network to the scheduled location. The method further includes determining whether to modify the first schedule to avoid interfering with movement of one or more other vehicles by examining the trip plan for the first vehicle.06-06-2013
20080201024Apparatus for airfield management - A system for supervising the landing of an aircraft by a supervisor in a control station, each of the aircraft being incapable of being controlled by any personnel onboard, the system comprises a control station and onboard aircraft control apparatus. The station includes an input device, responsive to the supervisor, for producing a control signal for controlling the landing of the aircraft; and a transmitting device, coupled to the input device, for communication with the aircraft. The aircraft apparatus includes a receiving device for communication with the station; a logic device, coupled to the receiving device, for controlling the aircraft which is programmed to pilot the aircraft to the vicinity of the airfield. The control signal is selected by the supervisor, based on the supervisor's observations of the aircraft and is transmitted to the logic device; in response thereto, the logic device controls the aircraft.08-21-2008
20110224844Close-Spaced Leader-Follower Navigation Using Control Mimic - A method is provided for automatically controlling a first vehicle (follower vehicle) that is to follow a second vehicle (leader vehicle) in a desired manner with respect to movement of the second vehicle. In the follower vehicle, bearing and acceleration control inputs are generated based on data representing bearing and acceleration control inputs made at the leader vehicle and a position of the follower vehicle relative to the leader vehicle so as to mimic in the follower vehicle the bearing and acceleration control inputs made in the leader vehicle. Adjustments may be made to the control inputs applied in the follower vehicle based on deviation between the velocity of the follower vehicle and velocity of the leader velocity, and on deviation between estimated (actual) follow distance and lateral offset and target follow distance and lateral offset between the follower vehicle and the leader vehicle.09-15-2011
20110224842FLEXIBLE VEHICLE DISPLAY - A method and system for displaying graphical content on a vehicle display includes a client module and a plurality of control modules. The client module is in communication with the vehicle display and the plurality of control modules. Each of the plurality of control modules include software for generating a graphical text data intended to be shown on the vehicle display. The graphical text data is formatted with a predetermined layout determined by the corresponding one of the plurality of control modules. The client module includes a control logic for showing the graphical generated by the at least one of the plurality of control modules on the vehicle display. The graphical text data shown on the vehicle display is formatted with the predetermined layout determined by the corresponding one of the plurality of control modules.09-15-2011
20100286847Multi-Mode Unmanned And Manned Vehicle Systems and Methods - An apparatus for converting a manned aircraft of a type including at least one pilot control capable of manipulation to affect operation of the aircraft for unmanned flight operations includes first and second actuators, each configured to selectively provide movement or resistance to movement in a first manner including linear or rotational motion, first and second clutches, each configured to selectively couple movement of the associated actuator to or from the pilot control during flight, and a vehicle controller capable of being selectively enabled during flight to operate the pilot control actuators and clutches and thereby provide unmanned operation of the aircraft, or of being disabled, thereby providing for manned operation of the aircraft. The first actuator has a first scope describing a first amount of allowable movement, while the second actuator has a second scope larger than the first scope.11-11-2010
20100286846Vehicle Central Lock Antitheft Method and System - A vehicle central lock antitheft method and system includes a central lock system which is connected by radio with a remote controller for identity verification using rolling codes (S11-11-2010
20100286845FAIL-SAFE SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE - A fail-safe system is provided for an autonomous vehicle. The vehicle has a source of electrical power and electrical loads. The fail-safe system includes an operator controlled remote unit, a wireless transmitter connected to the remote unit for transmitting a wireless keep alive signal, a wireless receiver mounted on the vehicle for receiving the keep alive signal and a fail-safe unit connected to the receiver. The fail-safe unit includes first and second processing units, both connected to each other, to the receiver and to relay units which are operable to connect and disconnect the source of electrical power from the electrical loads in response to a signal from one of the processing units. Both processing units are operable to open their respective relay units and shut down all vehicle operations in response to a variety of fault conditions, including loss of the keep alive signal from the remote unit.11-11-2010
20110251737REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING A TOUCHSCREEN FOR CONTROLLING A RAILWAY VEHICLE - The present invention is directed to a remote control system for controlling a railway vehicle. The remote control system including a remote control device for transmitting signals to a first controller module. The first controller is mounted to the railway vehicle and controls and monitors the functions of the railway vehicle. The first controller module also relays information to the remote control device. The remote control system can also include a portable safety switch allowing any individual in proximity to the railway vehicle to send a stop signal to the first controller module to stop the railway vehicle if any unsafe conditions exist.10-13-2011
20130184898Remote Operator Assistance for One or More User Commands in a Vehicle - Various embodiments relate to remote operator assistance for one or more user commands at a vehicle. The operator assistance may occur via a vehicle computing system. One or more instances of an unsuccessful attempt to perform a user command may be received by the vehicle computing system. After detection of a predetermined number of instances, a connection may be established, via the vehicle computing system, with a remotely located system. The remotely-located system may be operated by a human operator in order to assist with performance of the user command. An information exchange may be facilitated between the vehicle and the remotely located system operated by the human operator. The information exchange may relate to the user command. The user command may be performed in the vehicle based on information obtained from the remotely-located system.07-18-2013
20130151035VEHICLE SETTING SHARING SYSTEM - Disclosed is a vehicle setting sharing system and, more particularly, to a vehicle setting sharing system, which applies vehicle settings, which have been provided for a driver's vehicle, to another person's vehicle as well as to the driver's vehicle to improve the convenience of the driver. The vehicle setting sharing system includes a storage medium configured to store vehicle settings of respective drivers, and a function setting unit configured/structured to receive the vehicle settings of respective drivers from the storage medium and reset functions of a function-executing vehicle based on the stored vehicle settings.06-13-2013
20130151036REMOTE STARTER - An information processor, configured to be communicatively coupled to a mobile terminal and a remote starter that is installed in a vehicle, transmits a request for starting a driving apparatus of the vehicle to the remote starter based on the request for starting received from the mobile terminal, communicates with the mobile terminal and the remote starter by transmitting and receiving information, and judges whether to transmit the request for starting to the remote starter. The processor obtains information of a vehicle position at a time of parking start and newly obtains information of a vehicle position at a time when the request for starting is received from the mobile terminal, and judges whether to transmit the request for starting based on the information of the vehicle position at the time of parking start and the information of the vehicle position at the time of the request for starting.06-13-2013
20130131894VEHICLE COMMUNICATIONS AND ACCESS - A communications and access system for a vehicle includes a vehicle module including a microprocessor and a sensor device integrated within each tire of a vehicle. The sensor device includes a tire pressure monitoring sensor and an antenna communicatively coupled to the sensor device. The antenna is configured to receive tire pressure data from the sensor device and a wireless communication from a device external to the vehicle. The system also includes another antenna communicatively coupled to the vehicle module. The other antenna receives the tire pressure data and the wireless communication transmitted by the sensor device via the antenna coupled to the sensor device. The system further includes logic executable by the microprocessor. The logic is configured to identify sources of the tire pressure data and the wireless communication, and transmit instructions to a body control module of the vehicle. The instructions are configured to perform a corresponding function.05-23-2013
20130151038REMOTE STARTER - A remote starter transmits vehicle position information at a time of parking start to an information processor upon the parking start of a vehicle. The information processor judges whether to transmit a request for starting of the vehicle based on the vehicle position information and mobile-terminal position information upon reception of the request for starting of the vehicle and the mobile-terminal position information from a mobile terminal.06-13-2013
20130151037REMOTE STARTER - When vehicle position information at a time of parking start is available, a remote starter transmits the vehicle position information at the time of parking start to an information processor. When the vehicle position information at the time of parking start is unavailable, the remote starter transmits the vehicle position information obtained just before the vehicle position information becomes unavailable, as the vehicle position information at the time of parking start to the information processor.06-13-2013
20100299001VEHICLE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM IN WHICH RADIO TRANSMISSIONS BY THE VEHICLE COMMUNICATION TERMINALS ARE CONTROLLED BY RADIO COMMUNICATION FROM BASE STATIONS - In a vehicle communication system, a base station transmits radio signals conveying transmission control designation information to communication terminals of respective vehicles, and each vehicle communication terminal performs control of radio signal transmissions based on the most recently received transmission control designation information. Control may be specified for selected vehicle communication terminals or for all of the terminals, and can consist of selectively enabling/halting radio signal transmission, determining a maximum level of transmission power, etc. Information specifying a time point at which the transmission control is to commence may also be conveyed, and each vehicle communication terminal relays the received transmission control designation information to other vehicles, thereby increasing the effective service area of each base station.11-25-2010
20120259481ROBOT CLEANER, REMOTE CONTROLLING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF THE SAME - Disclosed are a robot cleaner, and remote controlling system and method of the robot cleaner. A cleaning map may be created by searching for a region to be cleaned, and a contaminant degree map may be created by detecting a contamination material and a contaminant degree according to each position within the cleaning region. The cleaning map and the contaminant degree map with respect to the cleaning region may be received at a remote place through the terminal device. This may allow a user to easily check information on a cleaning state, a contamination state, etc. of the cleaning region, and to control the robot cleaner based on the checked information.10-11-2012
20100318242Method And System For Deploying A Surveillance Network - A method and system for gathering information from and setting up a surveillance network within an earth-surface environment that includes inserting one or more mobile robotic devices having a sensing subsystem, a communications subsystem, and a navigation subsystem into an earth-surface environment. The mobile robotic device may be configured into a traveling pose selected from a plurality of available traveling poses, and directed using the navigation subsystem to a sensing location within the earth-surface environment. The environment may be monitored and sensed information collected may be stored or communicated to a remote location. The mobile robotic device may be configured to operate with a vehicle carrier to facilitate insertion and deployment of the robotic vehicle into the earth-surface environment.12-16-2010
20100318241VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVELY COUPLED VEHICLES - A vehicle system and method includes a primary vehicle (PV) and an auxiliary vehicle (AV) selectively connectable to the primary vehicle. The PV and AV vehicles each having an ECU, a propulsion system a braking system, and a directional control system for steering at least one wheel thereon. The ECU of the PV and the ECU of the AV in communication with one another to form an interactive control system that control operation of the systems of the PV and the AV when connected to one another. The vehicle system also includes a docking system for connecting the AV and the PV. The docking system includes an automatic docking actuator that automatically connects the AV to the PV when actuated. Optionally, a remote control device communicates with the ECU of the AV for controlling the AV through the ECU of the AV when disconnected from the PV.12-16-2010
20120283896GESTURE RECOGNITION VIA AN AD-HOC PROXIMITY SENSOR MESH FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING OBJECTS - Apparatuses for remote operation of a first object by a second object is disclosed that one or more sensors configured to be placed on the second object and to obtain ranging information; and a processing system configured to determine one or more movements of the second object from the ranging information; and generate one or more control signals related to the one or more movements for manipulating the first object.11-08-2012
20130158744LID LOCK CONTROLLER - A lid lock controller includes a lid lock unit operable in a lock state, which keeps the lid closed, and an unlock state, which allows for the lid to open. A detection unit detects an unlocking operation performed on the lid lock unit. A key check unit checks whether or not an electronic key is located in the vicinity of the vehicle through wireless communication between the vehicle and the electronic key when the unlock operation is detected. An unlocking unit switches the lid lock unit to the unlock state when the electronic key is located in the vicinity of the vehicle. The unlocking unit switches the lid lock unit to the unlock state even when the electronic key is not located in the vicinity of the vehicle as long as a further lid unlock condition is satisfied.06-20-2013
20130158742SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING IN A TRANSPORTATION NETWORK - A system includes a communication unit configured to communicate with a scheduling system that determines schedules for plural vehicles to travel in a transportation network and with a control system that forms a trip plan for a first vehicle of the plural vehicles comprising operational settings for controlling movement of the first vehicle during a trip in the transportation network. The communication unit is configured to convey information between the scheduling system and the control system such that the scheduling system coordinates the schedules of the vehicles to maintain a throughput parameter of the transportation network and the control system forms the trip plan that reduces at least one of an amount of fuel consumed or an amount of emissions generated by the first vehicle during the trip according to the schedule associated with the first vehicle.06-20-2013
20130158745STORAGE COMPARTMENT ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A DISPLACEABLE STORAGE COMPARTMENT COVER - A storage compartment arrangement for a motor vehicle, in particular an automobile, is provided. The arrangement can include a storage compartment, a storage compartment cover displaceable by a drive, a key and a control device, which is configured to co-operate with the key and to displace, in particular to close, the storage compartment cover on the basis of an actuation of the key.06-20-2013
20130158748MOBILE ROBOT - A control device for a mobile robot, the robot comprising a camera and a communication unit, comprises a display unit displaying an image corresponding to the image taken by the camera and transmitted by the communication unit, and a user interface, wherein the user interface is configured to allow a user to control a position of a pointer on the image displayed by the display unit, and the user interface comprises a selection unit allowing the user to select a position of the pointer on the image displayed by the display unit, the control device further comprising a computation unit and a communication system, the computation unit being configured to compute displacement commands and send them through the communication system to the robot, said displacement commands being computed to make the robot move to a physical position corresponding to the pointer's position selected by the user on the image.06-20-2013
20130158747PORTABLE TRANSCEIVER WITH VEHICLE SECURITY CONTROL AND LOCATE FEATURES - A portable transceiver for locking and locating an automobile, includes a remote keyless entry system for locking the automobile; a locating device determining a location of the transceiver, wherein the remote keyless entry system and the locating device are housed in a pocket sized housing; and a processor deriving directional information from a current location to a waypoint, wherein in response to an activation of the remote keyless entry system, the locating device determines the waypoint corresponding substantially to that of the automobile.06-20-2013
20130158746SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELF-DETECTING VEHICLE THEFT - A system and method for self-detecting vehicle theft is provided that includes a first antenna and a second antenna, both located on a vehicle. The first antenna transmits the signal and the second antenna receives the signal. A monitoring module in communication with the second antenna is configured to determine whether the signal has changed. A vehicle security system is configured to activate based on a change in the signal.06-20-2013
20130158743Space Positioning System - A method and apparatus comprising a satellite, an antenna system associated with the satellite, and a transmitter in the satellite. The antenna system is configured to transmit a signal in a direction away from a surface of an earth. The transmitter is configured to transmit location information in the signal using the antenna system.06-20-2013
20130184897SOLAR POWERED TRANSMITTER - An embodiment of a light powered transmitter configured for broadcasting an electromagnetic control field to a region is provided. The transmitter includes a housing having a longitudinal axis. The housing includes a photovoltaic cell configured to generate electrical power in response to light and a rechargeable power source configured to store at least a portion of the power generated by the photovoltaic cell. The housing also includes an electromagnetic transmitter and a directional antenna. The directional antenna can be configured to broadcast an electromagnetic (e.g., radio-frequency) control field to a region. The directional antenna can be rotatably mounted in the housing such that the antenna can be rotated around the longitudinal axis. The housing can further include a transparent or translucent optical element configured to receive the light and converge at least a portion of the light onto the photovoltaic cell.07-18-2013
20110288696DEVICE FOR PILOTING A DRONE - The device (11-24-2011
20110313596REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING A TOUCHSCREEN FOR CONTROLLING A RAILWAY VEHICLE - The present invention is directed to a remote control system for controlling a railway vehicle. The remote control system including a remote control device for transmitting signals to a first controller module. The first controller is mounted to the railway vehicle and controls and monitors the functions of the railway vehicle. The first controller module also relays information to the remote control device. The remote control system can also include a portable safety switch allowing any individual in proximity to the railway vehicle to send a stop signal to the first controller module to stop the railway vehicle if any unsafe conditions exist.12-22-2011
20110313595ELECTRONIC KEY - An electronic key includes an electronic key body that executes a function to communicate with and control a controller for an on-board device to drive a device mounted on a vehicle, and a mechanical key that fits a cylinder lock provided on the vehicle. The electronic key body includes an accommodation portion that accommodates the mechanical key through insertion of the mechanical key, and a changeover device that changes over or restricts the function of the electronic key body. The mechanical key may be inserted into the accommodation portion in a first accommodation mode or a second accommodation mode, and the changeover device is operated only when the mechanical key is inserted in the accommodation portion in the second accommodation mode.12-22-2011
20110313594ON-VEHICLE REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REMOTELY CONTROLLABLE ON-VEHICLE DEVICE - An on-vehicle remote control apparatus includes a use-state determining device configured to determine whether a vehicle is in use. The vehicle has a remotely controllable on-vehicle device. An emergency-mode determining device is configured to determine whether the vehicle is in an emergency mode. A remote-control-execution determining device is configured to determine whether a remote-control executing device is permitted to execute remote control of the on-vehicle device. If the use-state determining device determines that the vehicle is in use, the remote-control-execution determining device prohibits the remote-control executing device from executing the remote control of the on-vehicle device. Even when the use-state determining device determines that the vehicle is in use, if the emergency-mode determining device determines that the vehicle is in the emergency mode, the remote-control-execution determining device permits the remote-control executing device to execute the remote control of the on-vehicle device.12-22-2011
20110313593Vehicle On Board Diagnostic Port Device with GPS Tracking, Auto-Upload, and Remote Manipulation - A device of embodiments of the disclosed technology comprises an interface adapted for engagement with an on-board diagnostic port of a vehicle, a global navigation satellite system receiver, a data storage device for storing received global navigation system data from the global navigation satellite system receiver, and a wireless network adapter. The network adapter is capable of sending, receiving, and interpreting data signals transmitted wirelessly to a network, such as an at home network and/or 802.11 wireless network. Such a wireless network adapter may be configured to seek out available wireless networks and send data stored in the data storage device to a remote server upon connection to the wireless network. Such networks may be either unsecured networks and/or networks preprogrammed into the device, such as via configuration before placement into the vehicle.12-22-2011
20130190947SERVER, VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A vehicle control method of a server is provided. The vehicle control method includes receiving, when a user terminal is connected, user information from the user terminal, searching for vehicle environment information corresponding to the user information, and controlling an environment of a vehicle using the searched vehicle environment information.07-25-2013
20120290150APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AND USING LOCATION INFORMATION - An initiator located on a car energizes an RFID fixed to a roadway. The RFID returns identification and other information. The initiator may include a vehicle mobile device such as a telematics device, or smartphone, which, may couple to an initiator transponder or receiver. A receiver uses the RFID information to perform an action, e.g., using the identifier to generate driving instructions, play advertising content, or generate alerts and warnings for various dangerous conditions and maneuvers. The vehicle mobile device can transmit marker identifiers to a central server for use in traffic flow analysis to count the number of vehicles that transmit a marker's identifier during a period. Marker information can form an instruction upon reaching a given marker traveling at a certain speed to operate the steering wheel at a given angle to follow a predetermined turn radius, or to reduce speed to comply with a reduced speed limit.11-15-2012
20120029734VEHCILE REMOTE STARTER USING AN ELECTRONIC IGNIION MODULE EMULATOR - A remote starter system for a vehicle having an electronic ignition module connected to vehicle controller modules by a serial data interface. The electronic ignition module is capable of receiving at least one keycode from a cryptographic controller vehicle key for verification before changing the state of at least one vehicle controller module. The remote starter system is defined in one embodiment to include a remote starter module having at least a memory for storing at least one keycode and having the ability to send the at least one keycode for verification and the ability to request modification of a state of at least one vehicle controller module. Wherein when the at least one keycode is verified, the state of at least one vehicle controller module is modified as requested by the remote starter module.02-02-2012
20120029733T-HARNESS CONNECTION FOR VEHICLE REMOTE STARTERS - In one embodiment there is a remote starter system for a vehicle having an ignition connected to vehicle controllers by a serial data interface. The remote starter system includes a T-Harness connector having at least a first, second, and third serial data connectors and a remote starter module. The remote starter module having at least a remote starter connector, wherein the first serial data connector of the T-Harness connector is coupled to the remote starter connector, and the second and third serial data connectors are separately coupled between the pair of interconnected vehicle serial data connectors. Data from the remote starter module is thereby communicated to the vehicle controller modules and the ignition module.02-02-2012
20120029732HARVESTER WITH A SENSOR MOUNTED ON AN AIRCRAFT - A sensor for monitoring a plant population in front of a harvester and a transfer process of the crop from the harvester to a transport vehicle is arranged on an unmanned aircraft. The aircraft moves in the vicinity of the harvester in the harvesting mode and communicates in a wireless fashion with a control unit that controls an actuator for influencing an operating parameter of the harvester and/or the transport vehicle (in real time based on signals of the sensor in the harvesting mode.02-02-2012
20120029731TOUCH-SCREEN VEHICLE REMOTE CONTROL - A vehicle remote control device includes a communications device for transferring vehicle movement control signals to a remote vehicle and a touch-screen interface configured to present a graphical representation of the remote vehicle and to allow a user to manipulate the graphical representation on the touch-screen. A conversion component converts the manipulation of the graphical representation into vehicle control signals for transfer by the communications device.02-02-2012
20120029730Engine automatic control system - A roadside communicator in a roadside around an intersection transmits, to vehicles around the intersection, traffic light information on traffic light at the intersection and mobile object information on vehicles and pedestrians around the intersection. An in-vehicle communicator mounted in a subject vehicle acquires the traffic light information and the mobile object information. An in-vehicle engine start determination section mounted in the subject vehicle determines a permission or prohibition of a start of an engine of the subject vehicle based on the traffic light information and mobile object information. The engine start determination section determines an engine start time in consideration of a display of the traffic light, and states of mobile objects that pass through the intersection. An in-vehicle engine control section in the subject vehicle starts the engine when the engine start determination section permits the start of the engine.02-02-2012
20120029729REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE - A remote control system for a hybrid vehicle includes an input device for selection of one or more features of the hybrid vehicle. The one or more features include control of an electric motor within the vehicle. The system also includes a remote device. The system also includes a configurable remote control module for control of the one or more features based on the selection. The remote control module promotes control of the one or more features in response to a signal from the remote device.02-02-2012
20130197716REMOTELY STARTING INTERNAL COMBUSTION VEHICLE ENGINES SAFELY WITHIN VEHICLE ENCLOSURES - Enabling the remote engine starter user to address accidental start obstacles resulting from specific vehicle enclosure structures. Remotely starting an internal combustion engine with onboard computer control of a vehicle enclosed within a confined enclosure that comprises determining a set of safe distances for each of the front, rear and top of the vehicle, respectively, from the front, rear and top of the enclosure. Then, it is sensed whether all of the distances of the front, rear and top of the vehicle from the enclosure are respectively further than each of the set of safe distances. The remote starting of the engine of the vehicle is enabled only if at least one of the distances is further than it's safe distance.08-01-2013
20130197717CRUSH ZONES FOR UNMANNED VEHICLES AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - An unmanned vehicle comprising a body and a crush zone combined with the body. In a preferred embodiment, the crush zone is a crushable bumper connected to the body. The unmanned vehicle including the crush zone may be used to swarm a vehicle in training during a training exercise. Particularly, the unmanned vehicle including a crushable bumper may be used to swarm a warship during a live fire exercise.08-01-2013
20130197718APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR UNMANNED SURVEILLANCE, AND ROBOT CONTROL DEVICE FOR UNMANNED SURVEILLANCE - An unmanned surveillance device includes a robot control terminal configured to be loaded within a remote control robot under a surveillance environment, collect state information and surrounding circumstance information, operate the remote control robot in driving mode or surveillance mode according to a remote control command corresponding to the state information and surrounding circumstance information. Further, the unmanned surveillance device includes a remote control system configured to receive the state information and the surrounding circumstance information of the remote control robot from the robot control terminal, output the received state information and surrounding circumstance information of the remote control robot, and provide the remote control command to the robot control terminal.08-01-2013
20130197719VEHICLE SYSTEM AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD - In a vehicle system, an inter-vehicle distance between vehicles is controlled by periodically reporting vehicle statuses from a plurality of vehicles to a ground controller and also periodically sending travelling instructions to the plurality of vehicles from the ground controller. Each vehicle stops when detecting failed reception of an instruction from the ground controller and reporting a vehicle status including information that the vehicle has stopped to the ground controller, and the ground controller based on the report received from the stopped vehicle sends a travelling instruction to the stopped vehicle, and based on the report received from the stopped vehicle, also sends a travelling instruction to a vehicle that follows the stopped vehicle so as to avoid interference with the stopped vehicle.08-01-2013
20130197720WEARABLE WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE FOR USE WITH A MATERIALS HANDLING VEHICLE - A supplemental control system for a materials handling vehicle includes a wearable wireless remote control device that is donned by an operator interacting with the materials handling vehicle and includes a docking area, a detachably mountable communications device, and a travel control. The communications device temporarily docks to the docking area during use of the supplemental remote control system to control movement of the materials handling vehicle and includes a wireless transmitter. The travel control is communicably coupled to the wireless transmitter, wherein actuation of the travel control causes the wireless transmitter to wirelessly transmit a travel request as a first type signal requesting the materials handling vehicle to move across a floor surface in a first direction.08-01-2013
20130197715CONTROLLING OPERATION OF A VEHICLE BASED ON PARAMETERS LEARNED DURING DRIVER'S OPERATION OF ANOTHER VEHICLE - A system of a first vehicle includes a communication module, a translation module, a driver identification module, and an actuator control module. The communication module receives first vehicle control data generated based on operation of a second vehicle by a driver. The first and second vehicles are different. The translation module determines second vehicle control data based on the first vehicle control data and first characteristics of the first vehicle. The driver identification module selectively indicates when the driver is operating the first vehicle. During operation of the first vehicle by the driver, the actuator module controls at least one actuator of the first vehicle based on the second vehicle control data.08-01-2013
20120035786Weight Shifting System for Remote Vehicle - The present teachings provide a system and a method to shift a center of gravity of an unmanned ground vehicle, the system configured to determine, by a movement sensor, a present turn angle of the vehicle, determine, by a processor, a desired turn angle of the vehicle according to a turn command received from a remote control device, determine, by the processor, a difference between the present turn angle and the desired turn angle, and control, by the processor, a weight shifting system of the vehicle to relocate a weight movably attached to the weight shifting system based on the difference between the present turn angle and the desired turn angle.02-09-2012
20130204463CELESTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE - A navigation control system for an autonomous vehicle comprises a transmitter and an autonomous vehicle. The transmitter comprises an emitter for emitting at least one signal, a power source for powering the emitter, a device for capturing wireless energy to charge the power source, and a printed circuit board for converting the captured wireless energy to a form for charging the power source. The autonomous vehicle operates within a working area and comprises a receiver for detecting the at least one signal emitted by the emitter, and a processor for determining a relative location of the autonomous vehicle within the working area based on the signal emitted by the emitter.08-08-2013
20130204462METHOD FOR CONTROLLED AND SAFE POWERING DOWN OF AUTONOMOUS POWER UNIT SYSTEMS USING A SUB-HERTZ PULSE-GATING TECHNIQUE - A method for powering down a autonomous power unit includes a spark ignition engine power source having an associated power source actuating system and a power output, comprises a regulator associated with the power source. The regulator comprises a deactivator actuatingly linked to the power source actuating system and having a base and secondary configurations wherein the base configuration allows the rated power output by the power source and the secondary configurations allow a progressively reduced secondary rate of power output by the power source and wherein the secondary rates are less than the base rate. The apparatus further comprises a controller remote from the regulator, for transmitting a control signal to the regulator. The deactivator is actuable in response to the control signal to activate either the base rate configuration or one of the secondary configurations to control thereby regulating the power source.08-08-2013
20130204464SEMI-AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE - A semi-autonomous underwater vehicle has (a) a hull; (b) one or more thruster motors; (c) a preprogrammed controller for controlling the motors and/or separate steering components to carry out a plurality of different maneuvers; and (d) a wireless signal receiver for providing instructions to the controller.08-08-2013
20130204465Autonomous Behaviors For A Remote Vehicle - A method of operating a remote vehicle configured to communicate with an operator control unit (OCU) includes executing a click-to-drive behavior, a cruise control behavior, and a retro-traverse behavior on a computing processor. The click-to-drive behavior includes receiving a picture or a video feed and determining a drive destination in the received picture or video feed. The cruise control behavior includes receiving an absolute heading and velocity commands from the OCU and computing a drive heading and a drive velocity. The a retro-traverse behavior includes generating a return path interconnecting at least two previously-traversed waypoints of a list of time-stamped waypoints, and executing a retro-traverse of the return path by navigating the remote vehicle successively to previous time-stamped waypoints in the waypoints list until a control signal is received from the operator control unit.08-08-2013
20130204466ON BOARD VEHICLE NETWORKING MODULE - The present disclosure describes a microprocessor executable remote control module operable to receive, via a remote node, a command from a vehicle owner to configure and/or alter and/or determine a state of a selected vehicle component and, when the vehicle owner is authenticated successfully by the remote control module, to configure and/or alter and/or determine a state of the selected vehicle component.08-08-2013
20130204461One-Touch Controller for Tarp Systems - A one-touch controller for a tarp system with varying phases or modes based on a single touch to operate. The one-touch controller module controls a motor of a tarp, such as a geared brake motor, and a switch or a remote control system with a button to push to operate a vehicle tarp system with one touch of the button. The one-touch controller preferably has solid state circuitry that controls power to and direction of the motor and detects amp variations from the motor to automatically shut off the system. The remote control system preferably operates in various modes based on how long the button of the remote control is touched, such as with short touches of the button being incremental operation, other touches permitting the entire cycle in automatic operation, and touches longer than a set time being “press and hold” operation.08-08-2013
20120095620Method and System for Coordinated Vehicle Control with Wireless Communication - A control system controls a pair of vehicles in coordination to traverse a respective pair of trajectories. The control system is configured to specify a plurality of successive waypoints, a safe stopping interval and an intermediate interval greater than the safe stopping interval, and exchange waypoints between vehicles. The system controls each vehicle in coordination with the other, senses a rate of exchange of waypoint data between the vehicles, and determines the safe stopping interval. The control system updates positions with additional waypoints as the respective vehicles pass by waypoints of the forecasted trajectory, determines the length of the forecasted trajectory remaining and compares it with the intermediate interval and the safe stopping interval. The system generates a warning signal if distance is less than the intermediate interval, and if the distance is less than the safe stopping interval, stops within the safe stopping interval.04-19-2012
20120095619Remote Vehicle Missions and Systems for Supporting Remote Vehicle Missions - An operator control unit having a user interface that allows a user to control a remote vehicle, the operator control unit comprising: a transmission unit configured to transmit data to the remote vehicle; a receiver unit configured to receive data from the remote vehicle, the data received from the remote vehicle comprising image data captured by the remote vehicle; and a display unit configured to display a user interface comprising the image data received from the remote vehicle and icons representing a plurality of controllable elements of the remote vehicle, and configured to allow the user to input a control command to control at least one of the plurality of controllable elements. Inputting a control command to control the at least one controllable element comprises selecting the icon representing the at least one controllable element, inputting an action for the at least one controllable element, and requesting that the at least one controllable element performs the action.04-19-2012
20120095618AUTOMOTIVE ACTIVE REMOTE ENCRYPTION AND SWITCHING DEVICE - An automotive active remote encryption and switching device is revealed. Remote images and information are transmitted through wireless communication for monitoring vehicle status. The device includes at least one video mobile phone with specific permission, a control mainframe for receiving signals from the video mobile phone, a remote video recorder mounted in a vehicle, a detection unit that detects conditions inside the vehicle and a receiver that receives signals from the control mainframe. Thereby the remote images showing conditions in the vehicle are detected by the detection unit and sent to users by wireless communication equipments available now. Thus users can carry out corresponding measures and the active remote control of the vehicle is achieved by the video mobile phone.04-19-2012
20130211624CONTROL SYSTEM FOR TRAVEL IN A PLATOON - The present invention relates to a control system for travel in a platoon (08-15-2013
20130211622Hashed Strings for Machine-to-Machine Communication Based on Time and Secret Strings - Methods, devices, and storage media provide for receiving a request to invoke a machine-to-machine communication to permit remote control of a device, wherein the request includes a device string that identifies the device and one or more secret strings; generating one or more hashed strings based on the request and a current time; and transmitting a remote control request to the device, wherein the remote control request includes the one or more hashed strings and the one or more secret strings.08-15-2013
20130211628VEHICLE CONTROL AND GATEWAY MODULE - A vehicle control and gateway module comprising an electronic control module controlling one or more vehicle systems, a vehicle communications bus, a wireless communications module, an electronic gateway module acting as a translator of information between the vehicle communications bus and the wireless communications module, and a software program, whereby an operator using a remote mobile device can send and receive wireless commands to and from the vehicle with the electronic gateway module translating messages from one data protocol to the other as required.08-15-2013