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20130030658ADJUSTABLE TIRE PRESSURE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A tire adjustment system and utilization means therefor includes a vehicle having at lone or more electronic vehicle control systems such as an anti-lock brake system; steering wheel control system, electronic stability system; suspension control system; global positioning system. An electronic valve system is mounted to operatively adjust on a tire-by-tire basis the inflation pressure within each tire cavity responsive to an electronic input signal from at least one of the vehicle control systems. The inflation adjustment of each tire alters the tire tread footprint configuration to optimally correlate with one or more identified current road condition(s) traversed by the vehicle.01-31-2013
20080288142Remote control kit system for full-sized vehicle - A remote control kit system for installation in a full-sized vehicle, the kit for remotely controlling the vehicle, the kit including an engine starter module servo, a steering module, a brake and throttle module, a gear shift module servo and a hand-held remote controller unit. The present invention also includes a method for installing such a system. A hand-held remote controller unit sends signals which are received by the simple mechanical actuators which in turn directs the vehicle to start, to turn, to shift gears, to brake and or to accelerate as required. No permanent modification to the existing vehicle is required.11-20-2008
20110196579Apparatus for controlling motion of vehicle - A vehicle motion controlling apparatus has an allocating unit for selecting steering or braking control mainly performed in cooperative control, receiving a desired value of vehicle turning motion, allocating steering and braking controls for the motion, determining main yaw rate from vehicle conditions, and determining a non-main yaw rate from difference between the desired value and the main yaw rate. Setting units set assist torque corresponding to the main yaw rate and braking torque corresponding to the non-main yaw rate when the steering control is selected and set braking torque corresponding to the main yaw rate and assist torque corresponding to the non-main yaw rate when the braking control is selected. The assist torque is generated for assisting a change of steering angle of vehicle in steering control. The braking torque is generated for applying braking force to wheel of vehicle in braking control.08-11-2011
20110196578METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE DISPLAY AND A VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM - A method for operating a vehicle display includes receiving from a user interface a request to modify a display screen of the vehicle display. In response to the received request to modify, the method can further include displaying a query on the display screen prompting an operator to choose a portion of the display screen that is to be modified. The method can further include receiving an input selection corresponding to a chosen portion of the display screen to be modified. The input selection can be received from the user interface into a control unit in communication with the vehicle display, which is in communication with the control unit. In response to the received input selection, the method can further include displaying an image on the chosen portion of the display screen in accordance with the received request to modify the display screen. A vehicle display system is also disclosed.08-11-2011
20100114437ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CONFIGURATION - Methods, including service methods, program products and systems are provided for sensing vehicle loads and responsively and automatically configuring a vehicle. Vehicle-mounted load sensors sense vehicle loads, a vehicle processing means calculating a load imparted to the vehicle and comparing imparted loads to load capacity ratings or thresholds and responsively adjusting a vehicle cooling, transmission, braking, suspension or engine system into a revised operating mode. Modifying a component may entail revising a load capacity rating or threshold and repeating sensing, calculating, comparing and adjusting until the revised rating or threshold is met, or progressively adjusting in proportion to a change in a historic sensed load. Adjusting of the vehicle system may be biased to a performance characteristic or a load distribution. A supervisory entity may override automatic adjustment.05-06-2010
20130085642ANALYZING ROAD SURFACES - The invention proposes a system that uses a novel method to analyze the surface being about to be traversed by a vehicle. The system can be used to enhance vehicle safety and control. The system makes use of AER cameras such as the Silicon Retina. The Silicon Retina is used monitor the surface to be traversed, and a processing unit analyzes the surface based on the signal provided by the Silicon Retina. The proposed surface analysis method carried out by the system surpasses state-of-art analysis methods.04-04-2013
20130085641ACTIVE AERODYNAMIC CHASSIS CONTROL - The automobile described herein employs an aerodynamic chassis control system to limit and/or control the affect of yaw and roll created by environmental and operating conditions on an automobile with minimal penalty to improve ride comfort and performance of the automobile. The aerodynamic chassis control system employs various movable stabilization elements to control yaw and roll. Moreover, aerodynamic chassis control system constantly monitors environmental and operating conditions of the automobile and adjusts the stabilization elements to provide ride comfort and automobile performance.04-04-2013
20120265409VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS - A vehicle control apparatus for a vehicle causes several control target instruments to operate in cooperation, thereby controlling a behavior of the vehicle so as to approach a target behavior of the vehicle. In this case, target behaviors of several control target instruments are estimated. When a separation arises in a certain control target instrument between an actual behavior and the target behavior, operations of other control target instruments are changed according to the magnitude of the separation in the certain control target instrument. Thereby, even if an anomaly arises in one of the control target instruments, the behavior of the vehicle can be brought close to the target behavior.10-18-2012
20130041560SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERFERENCE REDUCTION DURING KEYLESS IGNITION AUTHENTICATION - Methods and apparatus are provided for interference reduction during keyless authentication. The apparatus includes a control system having a controller configured to detect an authentication event and deactivate at least one device within the vehicle. The control system is also configured to transmit an authentication command and to reactive the at least one device within the vehicle in response to receiving a valid authentication signal. The method includes an authentication method for a user to operate a vehicle wherein an authentication event is detected and at least one device within the vehicle is deactivated. An authentication command is transmitted and the at least one device within the vehicle is reactivated in response to receiving a valid authentication signal.02-14-2013
20100100287AUTOMOBILE POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE - An automobile power supply control device for performing a control of switching a plurality of power supply circuits of a vehicle based on an operation of a push button type operation switch has a plurality of switching units for connecting the power supply circuits and a vehicle battery, and a control unit for performing a control of driving the switching units in a predetermined order according to number of operations of the operation switch. The control unit has a first detecting portion for detecting the operation of the operation switch, an output portion for outputting a drive command for driving the switching unit of next order when the first detecting portion detects the operation of the operation switch, and a second detecting portion for detecting the number of operations of the operation switch from a time point the drive command is output until a contact of the driven switching unit is switched. The switching units are driven in order by the number of operations detected by the second detecting portion, which driving is terminated when a last switching unit of the predetermined order is driven, or terminated when a first switching unit of the predetermined order is driven.04-22-2010
20100106378METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A DESIRED YAW RATE FOR A VEHICLE - Methods and systems are provided for determining a desired yaw rate for a vehicle. The vehicle has a plurality of handling states and comprises a yaw rate sensor for determining an actual yaw rate. The method comprises selecting one of the plurality of handling states, determining the desired yaw rate for the vehicle based on the road wheel angle, the velocity, and the selected one of the plurality of handling states, and activating one or more vehicle stability control measures if the difference between the desired yaw rate and the actual yaw rate for the vehicle exceeds a predetermined threshold.04-29-2010
20120185136VEHICLE MOTION CONTROL SYSTEM - A vehicle motion control system for a vehicle having a single front wheel, a right wheel and a left wheel. The control system includes (a) a rollover-probability judging portion configured to judge whether or not a vehicle-body acceleration falls in a high rollover-probability region; and (b) a rollover-prevention control executing portion configured, when the acceleration falls in the high rollover-probability region, to execute a rollover prevention control for controlling motion of the vehicle so as to reduce the probability of rollover of the vehicle. The rollover-probability judging portion is configured to obtain a direction and a magnitude of the acceleration by composing a component of the acceleration in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and a component of the vehicle-body acceleration in a width direction of the vehicle. The high rollover-probability region is defined by a threshold whose amount varies depending on the direction of the vehicle-body acceleration.07-19-2012
20120185135DYNAMICS CONTROL - A vehicle having a dynamics control system, the vehicle comprising: a first set comprising multiple adjustable sub-systems that affect the performance of the vehicle's powertrain; a second set comprising multiple adjustable sub-systems that affect the vehicle's handling; a dynamics user interface including a first input device and a second input device; and a dynamics controller coupled to the user interface and configured to adjust the operation of the sub-systems of the first set in dependence on the first input device and to adjust the operation of the sub-systems of the second set in dependence on the second input device.07-19-2012
20090125194VEHICLE COMPRISING A SPRING-MOUNTED VEHICLE SEAT AND A SPRING-MOUNTED VEHICLE CAB, AND SUSPENSION METHOD - There is described a vehicle comprising a spring-mounted vehicle seat (05-14-2009
20090125193Telematic Method and Apparatus with Integrated Power Source - Telematic method and apparatus adaptively uses fuel cell power source in vehicle with integrated power system, electrical system, telematic system, and body/powertrain system. Telematic communications systems including internet, digital video broadcast entertainment, digital audio broadcast, digital multimedia broadcast, global positioning system navigation, safety services, intelligent transportation systems, and/or universal mobile telecommunications system. Network-accessible software enables integrated modular function for automated control and provision of fuel cell resources for telematic appliance and/or other vehicle electromechanical devices.05-14-2009
20100094512METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE AUTOMATIC START/STOP SYSTEM OF THE THERMAL ENGINE OF A VEHICLE, CORRESPONDING SYSTEM AND USE THEREOF - A method implemented in a vehicle, using information representative of an operational state of the vehicle being provided by sensors and a data communication bus. The information is representative of the engagement and disengagement of an exploitation assistance brake (EAB) and a speed of the vehicle and of a pressure on a brake pedal of the vehicle. A cut-off condition (C04-15-2010
20120166047DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, MOTOR VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - A driver assistance system is provided for a motor vehicle, which has a first ascertainment device, the first ascertainment device implemented to ascertain at least one parameter that characterizes a possible fatigue of a current driver of the motor vehicle. In addition, the driver assistance system has a second ascertainment device, which is implemented to ascertain a degree of fatigue of the driver based on the at least one ascertained parameter. In addition, the driver assistance system has an opening device, which is implemented to at least partially open at least one window of the motor vehicle if the ascertained degree of fatigue of the driver exceeds a first predetermined threshold value.06-28-2012
20130046443METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SETTING PARAMETERS OF A PLURALITY OF LIGHT SOURCES AND AUDIO SOURCES - A method and device for setting at least one parameter of at least one light source, wherein the light source is disposed in a vehicle, wherein the at least one parameter of the at least one light source and at least one parameter of at least one audio source are set by means of activation of a first functional profile, wherein the at least one audio source is disposed in the vehicle.02-21-2013
20100138116MODULAR CONTROL SYSTEM - A modular control system (06-03-2010
20100138117BRAKING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BRAKING A VEHICLE HAVING A HYBRID DRIVE - In a braking system and a method for braking a vehicle having a hybrid drive, at least one wheel, preferably at least the wheels of one axle, is brakable by a regenerative brake and by a service brake. The braking system includes a vehicle stability control system, which ascertains state variables describing a driving dynamics of the vehicle, for which there exist threshold values and/or threshold value combinations. The vehicle stability control system is arranged such that when reaching, exceeding and/or undershooting one of the threshold values or one of the threshold value combinations a wheel-specific braking force control is effected. A predefined maximum regenerative braking force is determined on the basis of the state variables ascertained by the vehicle stability control system and the regenerative brake is controlled such that the regenerative braking force exerted on the at least one wheel does not exceed the determined predefined maximum regenerative braking force.06-03-2010
20090319131VEHICLE MACRO RECORDING AND PLAYBACK SYSTEM ABLE TO OPERATE ACROSS SUBSYSTEM BOUNDARIES - An in-vehicle macro system can include a bus connecting a volatile memory, a non-volatile storage medium, and a processor. The non-volatile memory can include a set of macros and a set of computer program products including instructions which the processor is configured to execute. The computer program products can include a macro playback component and a macro recorder. The macros can each include a linkage to a set of associated actions. Each of the actions can control an adjustable setting of a vehicle subsystem, wherein actions associated with a single macro are able to control settings of different vehicle subsystems. The macro playback component can execute the macros, where execution of each macro causes the actions associated with the macro to be performed. The macro recorder can be used to create new macros. Each newly established macro can include a set of user specified actions.12-24-2009
20100100286ON-BOARD AERONAUTICAL SYSTEM WITH DYNAMIC RECONFIGURATION, ASSOCIATED METHOD AND AIRCRAFT CARRYING SUCH A SYSTEM - The present invention relates to an on-board aeronautic system intended to be dynamically reconfigured, especially an on-board information system, and to an associated method as well as to an aircraft comprising such a system.04-22-2010
20130060429DANGER SENSING APPARATUS OF VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The damage sensing apparatus includes: a data collecting unit disposed at each of a side rear-view mirror of the vehicle and an inner portion of the vehicle to collect a side region of the vehicle and a situation of a door region of the inner portion of the vehicle as data; a data analyzing unit analyzing the data collected from the data collecting unit to analyze a danger object approaching an outer side of the vehicle and the situation of the door region of the inner portion of the vehicle; and a controlling unit controlling operations of a drive train of the vehicle and the door based on a signal analyzed from the data analyzing unit.03-07-2013
20130066526CONTROLLING VEHICLE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS RESPONSIVE TO SENSED PASSENGER GESTURES - A vehicle entertainment system is controlled responsive to gestures that are formed by a passenger of the vehicle. The vehicle entertainment system includes a display device, at least one gesture control camera, and a processor. The gesture control camera generates a camera signal responsive to light reflected from at least one object within a field of view of the at least one gesture control camera. The processor analyzes the camera signal to identify a gesture made by a passenger moving the at least one object, and controls at least one operation of the vehicle entertainment system responsive to the identified gesture.03-14-2013
20110022276Method And System For Controlling A Driving Direction Of An Electric Drive Machine - The disclosure describes, in one aspect, a method for changing a direction of a machine that is moving in a first direction. The method includes the step of receiving a signal indicative of an intention to change the direction of the machine to a second direction. The method also includes the step of determining whether a signal indicative of a speed of the machine is greater than a threshold based at least in part on an electric motor parameter. Finally, the method includes the step of applying a braking torque to at least one travel mechanism of the machine in response to a signal indicative of an accelerator pedal position until the speed reaches the threshold.01-27-2011
20120197497TRAVEL CONTROLLER - A travel controller which controls the travel of a vehicle includes a road information acquisition unit which acquires road information of a scheduled travel route, a temporary target travel control pattern generation unit which generates a temporary target travel control pattern of the scheduled travel route on the basis of the road information, an engine state transition section estimation unit which estimates an engine state transition section where the state of an engine transits when the vehicle travels using the temporary target travel control pattern, a speed difference calculation unit which calculates a speed difference resulting from variation in engine output in the engine state transition section, a target travel control pattern generation unit which corrects the temporary target travel control pattern on the basis of the speed difference to generate a target travel control pattern, and a travel control unit which performs travel control on the basis of the target travel control pattern.08-02-2012
20100121538TRAVEL DEVICE - A two-wheel vehicle having a roll axis rotation flexibility in which a servo motor is mounted to each of two wheels operating independently of each other fails to perform stable straight-forward traveling on a laterally inclined road because a neutral position by a spring force of a handle or a step varies with respect to a vertical axis as a vehicle body tilts in a roll axis direction due to a road slope. Further, in such a device, the handle or the step can tilt against intention due to a left and right unbalanced load of a passenger onto the step when getting on or off the vehicle. There is thus provided a control device that enables stable straight-forward traveling while maintaining a standing posture of a person vertically on a laterally inclined road through a motor control of the position of a handle or a step. There is also provided a control device that enables a rotation while a person maintains a vertical posture when a performing rotation operation on an inclined road. There is also provided a vehicle that prevents the occurrence of an unintended inclination of a handle and a step during loading or unloading of a passenger.05-13-2010
20100087991CONTROL METHOD AND DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE FOR SIGNALING WHEN THE OPTIMAL WORKING TEMPERATURE OF TIRES AND BRAKES IS REACHED - An embodiment of a control method for a vehicle which is provided with a number of wheels, each of which comprises a tire and at least a disc brake of a braking system; the control method includes the step of sensing the current temperature of at least one component of a respective wheel by means of at least one sensor; determining, in a step of engineering and setting up, at least one first predetermined threshold value indicating the minimum temperature from which the component of wheel shows its maximum efficiency; comparing the current temperature of the component of wheel with the first predetermined threshold value; and signaling to the driver when the current temperature of the component of wheel is lower than the first predetermined threshold value.04-08-2010
20100204890POWER-ASSISTANCE METHOD FOR UPHILL MANEUVERS - A method providing assistance with hill starts to a vehicle including a power plant connected to the driven wheels by a clutch and an automatic parking brake. The method generates an instruction to store in a memory a characteristic of a gradient which corresponds to a state in which it is estimated that the user and the vehicle are ready to pull away, on the basis of conditions that given physical parameters of the vehicle must satisfy.08-12-2010
20100036566TORQUE CONTROLLER FOR ON-VEHICLE POWER GENERATOR - When it is determined that accelerator operation and brake operation are performed at the same time based on the output values of an accelerator sensor and a stop lamp switch, a torque of an engine is reduced based on a brake pedal force which is computed based on a pressure in a negative pressure chamber of a master bag and a brake oil pressure.02-11-2010
20110295468Control Of A Vehicle Powertrain In Response To Brake Pedal Input - In the event that the brake pedal and accelerator pedal are depressed simultaneously, powertrain output is decreased monotonically with brake pedal input. In a lower range of brake pedal input, the brakes are prevented from actuating or are allowed to actuate minimally. In a higher range of pedal input, the powertrain output continues to be decreased and the brakes are allowed to actuate. In yet another higher range of pedal input, the powertrain output is substantially decreased such that a minimal powertrain output is achieved. The powertrain may include an internal combustion engine and/or an electric motor. The brake pedal input is determined based on a sensor associated with the brake pedal, the brake booster, or the master cylinder.12-01-2011
20090312918Transmission Control Lever With User Interface - It comprises an operating device (gearshift command) for at least browsing and selecting one or more functions, and output device (e.g. a display) for sending information to an user about at least the selected function. Gearshift command is suitable for further setting a corresponding status of said function (on/off status, adjustable status). Functions comprise at least a function related to driving and other functions (comfort, multimedia, etc). The operating device may be provided with locking device for enabling or disabling operation of functions.12-17-2009
20100114438VEHICLE DRIVE ASSIST APPARATUS AND METHOD - A vehicle drive assist apparatus with high convenience in which torque-up is performed only if there is an instruction from the driver. The vehicle drive assist apparatus assists in driving a vehicle by varying a drive torque of wheels, and includes a torque-up mechanism increasing the drive torque and a switch switching, in accordance with an input from a vehicle occupant, a status of control between a first status in which the torque-up mechanism is operational and a second status in which the torque-up mechanism is not operational.05-06-2010
20100268426RECONFIGURABLE VEHICLE USER INTERFACE SYSTEM - A reconfigurable vehicle user interface system is presented. A vehicle user interface has a touch sensitive input devices such as touchpads and a touch screen that have specific function commands mapped to them. A user can select which function commands are mapped to which portions of the touch screen. This allows a user to customize the steering wheel function commands.10-21-2010
20110172885UNIVERSAL GARAGE DOOR OPENER AND APPLIANCE CONTROL SYSTEM - A control module may be configured to support wireless transmission and/or receipt of signals used to direct universal garage door openers and other appliance control systems. The control module may be operable to prevent certain garage door opener and/or application control requests in the event certain security measures are not met. The control module may be integrated into a smart junction box, body control module, and/or other module in the event the control module is adapted for use within a vehicle.07-14-2011
20090306861Method and Control Device for Identifying a Trailer Operation of a Towing Vehicle - In a method for identifying a trailering mode in the context of a towing vehicle, in particular as part of a vehicle dynamics control system having a trailer roll logic function for stabilizing the combination of towing vehicle and trailer, that identification of the trailering mode is accomplished by a comparison of an actual signal characterizing the vehicle state with a corresponding target signal.12-10-2009
20110196580WIRELESS TRAFFIC INFORMATION INDICATING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A traffic information indicating method, in which: a first vehicle or a front object synchronously transmits two wireless signals directionally. The first wireless signal is for time synchronism and the second wireless signal is for distance measurement. The first and second wireless signals are received directionally by the second vehicle. The distance between the two vehicles or between the front object and the second vehicle is calculated according to the first wireless signal and the second wireless signal. A traffic information indicating system implements the above method.08-11-2011
20090306860Method for Operating a Brake System of a Motor Vehicle - A brake system of a motor vehicle can activate a brake when an activation condition exists. The braking effect is reduced when a deactivation condition exists. It is suggested that at least one property of the reduction of the braking effect, e.g., the duration or the gradient of the reduction, be at least temporarily a function of a longitudinal inclination of the motor vehicle.12-10-2009
20090228175VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SUCH - Vehicle control system (09-10-2009
20100125393USER INTERFACE FOR A VEHICLE INSTALLED COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A radio communication device (05-20-2010
20110172884MANUAL TRANSMISSION NEUTRAL SWITCH DIAGNOSTIC AND MOVEMENT PREVENTION METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method and system for preventing vehicle movement during start-up arising from a false-neutral indication. Using signals from one or more wheel speed sensors of the vehicle, a vehicle processor determines if the vehicle is moving during start-up, and if so, outputs a termination signal to shut-down the vehicle before any additional movement occurs.07-14-2011
20090287378DRAG TORQUE REQUEST SECURITY DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An engine control system for a vehicle comprises a torque module and a drag request evaluation module. The torque module controls torque output of an engine based on a driver torque request and increases the torque output based on a wheel drag torque request generated based on a driven wheel speed. The drag request evaluation module disables the increase of the torque output when the driven wheel speed is greater than an undriven wheel speed by more than a predetermined speed.11-19-2009
20100004829Torque Control Device for Power System - A torque control device for a power system and facilitates the addition of a new torque control actuator. A target torque signal according to a target torque for the power system is distributed to each actuator in a predetermined distribution priority order. A signal processing filter is mounted on a signal input section of each actuator and allows only a portion of distributed signal that matches the operation characteristics of the actuator to pass through as a command signal for the actuator.01-07-2010
20080249690Vehicle control system - A vehicle control system controls vibrations that are generated at a plurality of portions of a vehicle. An engine/drive system ECU and a brake system ECU store the same vehicle vibration model that is separated into a vehicle body vibration model, a chassis vibration model and a tire vibration model, respectively. The engine/drive system ECU controls the suppression of the vehicle body vibrations that are estimated from the vehicle vibration model and the brake system ECU controls the suppression of the chassis vibrations and the tire vibrations. Accordingly, it is easy to execute control for suppressing the respective vibrations.10-09-2008
20090319132Vehicle Speed Based Driving Control System with Single Operating Device - A device which integrates conventional vehicle driving components (clutch, brake, gear-shifting, steering wheel and accelerator) into a single operating handle which reduces the need for space inside the vehicle and make driving easier. This is done through a controlled process involving load sensor, speed sensor, set speed, driven-by-ware and engine control unit. The set speed is the base input for the process and as a result, no more energy than necessary is consumed.12-24-2009
20080249689Vehicle control system - A vehicle control system estimates the vibration states of tires by using a vehicle vibration model that is separated into a vehicle body vibration model, a chassis vibration model, and a tire vibration model with high precision. The tire vibration model in the vehicle vibration model is formed of a rear wheel tire vibration model, a front wheel tire vibration model, and a virtual coupling element vibration model that virtually couples the rear wheel tire vibration model and the front wheel tire vibration model. Influence of the vibration state that is conducted between the front wheel tires and the rear wheel tires is considered while the tire vibration model and the chassis vibration model are separated from each other, thereby making it possible to estimate the vibrations that occur in the front wheel tires and the rear wheel tires.10-09-2008
20120296528Haptic steering wheel, steering-wheel system and driver assistance system for a motor vehicle - A steering wheel and a driver assistance system, which make possible an improved control of safety functions, driving functions and/or convenience functions of a vehicle. The steering wheel, in this context, has a plurality of touch-sensitive and which may be pressure-sensitive sensors on a steering-wheel rim. These sensors are to provide a grasp information signal, which indicates information on a contact surface, a position and/or a holding force of driver's hands on the steering-wheel rim, for instance, on a CAN bus. A driver assistance system uses these grasp information signals to adapt safety functions, driving functions and/or convenience functions, such as an automatic emergency brake assistant, power steering, a pedestrian avoidance assistant or a lane departure warning system in an adapted manner to the currently prevailing grasping type of the driver at the steering-wheel rim.11-22-2012
20080269994Selective Anti-Lock Braking System - Automatic mechanical transmission system for a vehicle with antilock braking which is configured to selectively decouple the drive train of the vehicle from the wheels of the vehicle. The system includes a first sensor for sensing at least one operational state of the vehicle, a second sensor for sensing a wheel-lock up condition of the vehicle, and a logic control unit. The logic control unit is configured to receive signals from the first and second sensors. When the first sensor communicates a first predetermined operational state of the vehicle and the second sensor communicates a wheel-lockup condition, the logic unit directs disengagement of the drive train from the wheels. Alternatively, when a second predetermined operational state of the vehicle and wheel lock-up condition is communicated, the logic control unit directs engagement of the drive train and the wheels.10-30-2008
20080249688VEHICLE TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS - A vehicle travel control apparatus including an object detector, a yaw-rate detector, a vehicle speed detector, a movement path estimator, a preceding vehicle assignment device, a travel controller, a still object determination device, and a stable-movement-state determination device, wherein the preceding vehicle assignment device avoids assigning the object as the preceding vehicle, or assigns the object as the preceding vehicle after waiting for a predetermined time, when: the present vehicle performs the follow-travel control targeting the preceding vehicle; the object detected at a position between the preceding vehicle and the present vehicle is determined to be the still object by the still object determination device; and the present vehicle is determined to be in the stable-movement-state by the stable-movement-state determination device.10-09-2008
20080255732BRAKING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A braking control apparatus for a vehicle includes four wheel braking apparatuses for applying a braking torque to wheels, a first hydraulic pressure generating apparatus generating a hydraulic pressure, a vacuum booster generating an assist force for assisting a breaking operation, a first hydraulic circuit, a second hydraulic circuit, a second hydraulic pressure generating apparatus generating an assist hydraulic pressure that is added to the hydraulic pressure, a detecting portion for detecting a braking operation variable, a target value determining portion for determining a first assist hydraulic pressure target value and a second assist hydraulic pressure target value to be both greater than zero over a range where the braking operation variable is greater than a predetermined value at which the assist force by the vacuum booster is started, and a pressure regulating portion for regulating the assist hydraulic pressure to mach the assist hydraulic pressure target value.10-16-2008
20090082927INTEGRATED SEAT CONDITIONING AND MULTI-COMPONENT CONTROL MODULE - An integrated control unit for a vehicle comprising a housing adapted to package an air fluid mover, a plurality of microprocessors in electrical communication with and a plurality of connectors and the connectors are adapted send and receive electrical signals to and from the plurality of microprocessors and at least one other component within the vehicle. The housing also including at least one opening, for fluidly communicating air fluid to the air fluid mover from the vehicle, and at least one other opening for fluidly communicating air fluid from the air fluid mover to the vehicle.03-26-2009
20090143945METHOD OF REGULATING A CHASSIS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, REGULATING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE - In a regulating system and method of regulating the chassis of a motor vehicle, sensor data which are present for regulating the suspension and the damping of a vehicle body vehicle and describe the suspension state are forwarded to the regulating module of an antilock brake system. A state of the motor vehicle with regard to a brow situation can be determined from the sensor data. The sensor data or the state with regard to the brow situation are/is taken into consideration in the regulating module of the antilock brake system when determining control signals for regulating the brake pressure in brake apparatuses which are assigned to the wheels, in particular in the brake cylinders. This increases the driving safety considerably when driving over a brow and immediately after driving over a brow and increases the efficiency and reliability of the antilock brake system substantially in corresponding driving situations.06-04-2009
20100017070STABILITY CONTROL AND INCLINED SURFACE CONTROL USING A COMMON SIGNAL SOURCE - A method and system are disclosed for controlling a vehicle. The method includes adjusting a first actuator to increase vehicle stability during vehicle traveling conditions, the actuator adjusted in response to a vehicle acceleration sensor. The method also includes adjusting a second actuator to maintain vehicle position during stopped vehicle conditions on an inclined surface, the second actuator adjusted in response to the vehicle acceleration sensor.01-21-2010
20090259370Vehicle Integrated-Control Apparatus and Vehicle Integrated-Control Method - The invention relates to a vehicle integrated-control apparatus and method that controls at least a drive control system, a brake control system, and a dynamic behavior control system in an integrated manner. A temporary control target (F10-15-2009
20100152976Method and system for controlling a vehicle given to a third party - A method and system for controlling a vehicle given to a third party. The system includes a system controller; a mode-indicating device coupled to the system controller; and an authenticator coupled to the system controller. Here, the system controller is adapted to communicate a driving restriction to the vehicle upon an activation of the mode-indicating device by an authorized driver and until a deactivation of the mode-indicating device by the authorized driver, the system controller is adapted to restrict the activation and the deactivation of the mode-indicating device unless the authorized driver has been authenticated by the authenticator, and the driving restriction includes a limit selected from the group consisting of a limit in number of starts, a limit in speed, a limit in acceleration, a limit in number of minutes, a limit in distance, a limit in gears, a limit in locations, and combinations thereof.06-17-2010
20100241319CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD TO INHIBIT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION DOWNSHIFTING DURING TRAILER SWAY - A control system for a vehicle that is towing a trailer, the control system including a lateral acceleration sensor coupled to the vehicle for determining a lateral acceleration of the vehicle caused by the trailer swaying and generating a lateral acceleration signal based on the lateral acceleration of the vehicle and a transmission controller for receiving the lateral acceleration signal from the lateral acceleration sensor, comparing the lateral acceleration signal to a threshold, and prohibiting a gear switch signal from being transmitted to a transmission of the vehicle when the lateral acceleration signal exceeds the threshold.09-23-2010
20100217488Failsafe parking assistance system - A method is described for protecting a parking assistance system from a failure of the service brake system. In order to prevent a collision of the vehicle with a surrounding object, the function of the service brake system is monitored and if an error is present, at least one other vehicle system, such as an automatic transmission or an automatic parking brake, is activated in order to brake the vehicle and/or interrupt the transmission of drive torque to the wheels.08-26-2010
20100211271MOTION CONTROL DEVICE OF VEHICLE - A motion control device of a vehicle comprises: a steering angle controller which controls a steering angle of a steered wheel so that an actual turning controlling variable becomes a target turning controlling variable; and a braking force controller which controls a vehicle braking force so that the actual turning controlling variable becomes the target turning controlling variable. The control of the steering angle controller is stopped by detecting a timing with which the braking force controller detects an oversteering state of the vehicle to start a braking force control.08-19-2010
20090150031SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AIRCRAFT BRAKING SYSTEM USAGE MONITORING - The system and method for monitoring wear of one or more aircraft parts, such as an aircraft brake, an aircraft tire, a standby system, and landing gear. One or more sensors are provided for sensing a parameter of usage, and an estimate of usage of the part can be determined based upon the signal indicating the sensed value of the parameter of usage of the aircraft part. A plurality of sensors can be provided for sensing usage of a plurality of parts of the aircraft, and the estimate of usage of the part can be stored for access of the estimate by ground personnel. As applied to monitoring wear of an aircraft brake, a linear brake wear indicator attached to the brake moves a discrete distance when the brake is actuated, and a linear position encoder measures the distance traveled by the linear brake wear indicator as an indication of brake usage. A wheel speed monitor may also be provided for measuring the aircraft wheel speed, for distinguishing between static brake applications and moving brake applications, based upon the wheel speed signal.06-11-2009
20130144494Vehicle Having a Device for Setting an Open Position of an Upwardly Pivotable Tailgate, and a Method of Operating the Vehicle - A vehicle has a device for setting an open position of a tailgate, which can be pivoted upwards and, after an opening command to a first control unit, can be adjusted into a predefined open position via an adjusting device. The vehicle has a device for setting a predefined vehicle height, which device includes a second control unit for actuating an active wheel suspension system. Lowering of the vehicle height is performed at the same time as the opening of the tailgate, by way of a communications link between the first control unit and the second control unit and by way of corresponding programming of at least one of the two control units. The simultaneous opening of the tailgate and lowering of the vehicle height are prevented if a blocking command for this function is present in one of the two control units.06-06-2013
20110040455MOTOR VEHICLE - The present invention relates to a motor vehicle having a steering wheel, the motor vehicle including a first display, integrated into the steering wheel, for the variable representation of information; a first touchscreen, situated over the first display, for the input of commands; a second display, integrated into the steering wheel and separated spatially from the first display, for the variable representation of information; and a second touchscreen, situated over the second display, for the input of commands.02-17-2011
20110040454METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ACTIVATING AT LEAST ONE VEHICLE COMPONENT OF A VEHICLE - A method is provided for activating at least one vehicle component of a vehicle in a braking situation of the vehicle. The method includes, but is not limited to raking of the vehicle to a halt and monitoring of at least one second vehicle component take place, and the second vehicle component can be actuated by a vehicle occupant. In addition, actuation of the at least one first vehicle component after a predetermined time takes place in the event that the second vehicle component is not actuated by the vehicle occupant within the predetermined time.02-17-2011
20090062990Systems and Methods for Encouraging the Use of Vehicle Seat Belts - Seat belt detection systems and methods for encouraging the use of vehicle seat belts are provided. One system includes a driver seat including a seat belt, a seat belt detector coupled to the seat belt, at least one interior component, and a controller in communication with the seat belt detector and the interior component(s), wherein the controller is configured to disable at least one function of the interior component(s) if the seat belt is not fastened. A method includes determining the presence of an occupant in a seat having an associated seat belt, determining whether the seat belt is fastened, and disabling at least one function of an interior component if the seat belt is not fastened.03-05-2009
20100063688 DEVICE FOR INCREASING THE DOWNWARD FORCE OF A CAR - The invention concerns a device for increasing the downward force pressing a car to the road, mainly while braking, accelerating, or turning, consisting of a wheel hub, at least one control arm, a brake system, and a damping unit. The brake system consists of a brake drum and brake shoes or a brake disc and brake pads mounted on a caliper. At least one brake shoe and/or caliper and/or brake pad and/or additional mass element is placed in a pushing plane parallel with at least one tangent to the circle or on the segment of a circle with the same center of rotation as the wheel hub and where the trajectory of movement is limited by at least one brake stop.03-11-2010
20100057306Vehicle-mounted device control system - A vehicle-mounted device control system includes a first vehicle-mounted device, a second vehicle-mounted device, and a control unit connected to the first vehicle-mounted device and the second vehicle-mounted device. The control unit includes signal transmission means that transmits a predetermined signal to the first vehicle-mounted device, cooperative control means that performs cooperative control in which the second vehicle-mounted device is controlled using information used by the first vehicle-mounted device when the first vehicle-mounted device responds to the predetermined signal, and alternative control means that performs alternative control in which the second vehicle-mounted device is controlled without using information, used by the first vehicle-mounted device, when the first vehicle-mounted device does not respond to the predetermined signal.03-04-2010
20100070142METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVED DETECTION OF MINISPARE TIRES - A method of detecting a minispare tire in a vehicle having a vehicle control system. The method includes detecting a rotational velocity of each of a plurality of wheels of the vehicle; determining whether a minispare tire is mounted on the vehicle based on the rotational velocities detected at each of the plurality of wheels; adjusting the vehicle control system if a minispare tire is mounted on the vehicle; sensing a hydraulic pressure of a braking system of the vehicle; and suspending determination of whether a minispare tire is mounted on the vehicle if the hydraulic pressure exceeds a predetermined critical pressure level.03-18-2010
20110082628CRUISE CONTROL MODIFICATION - A cruise control modification device includes a triggering mechanism that activates one or more sensors in the vehicle steering wheel. The sensors are adapted to sense that pressure is being continuously applied to the wheel by the vehicle's operator. A kill switch mechanism is in communication with the sensors and is adapted to shut off the vehicle's cruise control operation when a signal is received form the sensors that the operator has ceased applying pressure to the steering wheel, e.g. while falling asleep. The kill switch may be in further communication with the vehicle's braking system, hazard lights, interior lights and a sound alarm to alert the driver.04-07-2011
20110257847Vehicle Speed Estimator and Traction Control Device - A vehicle speed estimator includes a unit that selects a minimum rotation speed among rotation speeds of wheels detected by a rotation speed detector and calculates a reference wheel speed of a construction vehicle at every predetermined time. The unit includes: a variable filter processor that performs a low-pass filter processing to the minimum rotation speed, the variable filter processor having a variable time constant; and a time constant changer that changes the time constant of the variable filter processor in accordance with travel conditions of the construction vehicle.10-20-2011
20110046854VEHICLE COMPRISING AN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM - A vehicle comprising a motor-driven air conditioning system comprising a power control device for controlling the temperature in a space inside the vehicle, and an internal combustion engine equipped with a motor management system that is arranged for determining the energy expended by the internal combustion engine, which internal combustion engine is at the same time used for driving the air conditioning system, characterised in that the motor management system is connected to said power control device and arranged for adjusting the power supplied to the air conditioning system in dependence on the load on the internal combustion engine.02-24-2011
20100292898Control and monitoring device of a vehicle having a tire-monitoring control unit and a brake control unit integrated in a subassembly - A control and monitoring device of a vehicle, including at least one controlled brake system (ABS, EBS), which during braking adjusts the brake slip and/or the brake pressure to a setpoint value, including at least one brake control device (ECU-EBS, ECU-TEBS) as well as a device (TPMS) for monitoring the tire pressure and/or the tire air temperature of at least one tire, including at least one tire sensor, which transmits a signal representing the individual tire pressure and/or the individual tire air temperature of the particular tire, to at least one tire-monitoring control unit (ECU-TPMS). The at least one tire-monitoring control unit (ECU-TPMS) and the at least one brake control unit (ECU-EBS, ECU-TEBS) are integrated in one subassembly and are configured for the exchange of data among each other.11-18-2010
20110118944Vehicle and Method of Controlling Thereof - A vehicle controlled by a driver comprises a primary chassis (05-19-2011
20090281693VEHICLE WITH CONTROL OF ELEMENTS WITH NEGATIVE TORQUE FOR THE REGULATION OF ITS OWN DYNAMICS - The invention relates to a vehicle comprising a device for controlling negative torque comprises: a central control unit (11-12-2009
20100030434DRIVER CONDITION ESTIMATION APPARATUS, SERVER, DRIVER INFORMATION COLLECTING APPARATUS, AND DRIVER CONDITION ESTIMATION SYSTEM - A driver condition estimation apparatus 02-04-2010
20110218711INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM CONTROL - An embodiment an infotainment system for an automobile includes a navigation system, an entertainment system, an audio output device and a control system coupled to the navigation system, the entertainment system and the audio output device. The control system controls access by the navigation system and the entertainment system to the audio output device and includes a conversation recognizer that determines if a conversation is being conducted. The control system of this embodiment varies operation of the audio output device in the event a conversation is being conducted.09-08-2011
20100017069Motor Vehicle - A motor vehicle (01-21-2010
20100023227REAR WHEEL DRIVE ASSIST WITH ARTICULATION BASED SPEED MODULATION - A rear wheel drive assist for an articulated machine such as a wheel tractor scraper, the machine including a first frame section having a first longitudinal axis, a second frame section with a second longitudinal axis, the first and second frame sections being pivotally connected to an articulation hitch, and an articulation sensor configured to provide an articulation angle signal indicative of an articulation angle formed between the first and second longitudinal axes. The rear wheel drive assist includes a drive motor operatively connected to the rear wheel of the machine, and a controller configured to control operation of the rear wheel drive assist based upon the articulation angle signal.01-28-2010
20120010785CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE - An HV-ECU performs a program including the steps of: determining whether or not the HV-ECU is in an auto-P execution state; determining whether or not a predetermined time period Tb has elapsed since an auto-P was requested; and permitting determination of the shifting operation if the HV-ECU is in the auto-P execution state and if it is determined that the predetermined time period Tb has elapsed since the auto-P was requested.01-12-2012
20120022748SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS CONTROL OF SIGNS - A system includes a master controller disposed on a transit vehicle, a peripheral device disposed on the transit vehicle, a first wireless subsystem communicably coupled to the master controller, and a second wireless subsystem communicably coupled to the peripheral device. The master controller is operable to send a signal to the peripheral device via the first wireless subsystem, the signal comprising a command related to operation of the peripheral device. The peripheral device is operable to receive the signal via the second wireless subsystem and execute the command. The system utilizes a wireless protocol that specifies a unique identification for the system. The master controller and the peripheral device are each configured via the wireless protocol. The configuration includes storage of the unique identification and operability to restrict wireless communication to wireless communication with other devices so configured.01-26-2012
20120022747METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TIRE/ROAD COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION - A vehicle control method includes iteratively modifying a level of braking of the vehicle until it is determined that the vehicle has substantially lost traction with respect to the road surface, then determining the coefficient of friction between the road surface and the tire based on the level of braking at the time the vehicle substantially lost fraction. In one embodiment, previous ABS or other vehicle control events are used as a basis for estimating an initial level of braking to be applied during the friction measurement procedure. Such a deterministic maneuver can also function as a collision warning to the driver of the vehicle.01-26-2012
20090024285Fifth Wheel Slide Interlock - A speed interlock can prevent a sliding fifth wheel on a vehicle from being unlocked while the vehicle is moving faster than a threshold speed. A processor, such as the vehicle's electronic control unit, advantageously monitors the vehicle speed and a switch that controls the fifth wheel slide, preventing the fifth wheel from being unlocked if the vehicle speed is above a threshold.01-22-2009
20120109470CONTROL DEVICE FOR THE BRAKE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE - The invention relates to a control device for a brake system of a vehicle (05-03-2012
20120109469Method and Apparatus for Improved Climate Control Function in a Vehicle Employing Engine Stop/Start Technology - An internal combustion engine has an engine shut-down system that automatically interrupts engine operation when vehicle operation indicates that no torque is required from the engine. An air conditioner compressor operates to cool a passenger compartment of the vehicle and is actuated in a first phase time, and is not actuated in a second phase time. An override system compares the time the compressor is in the enabled first phase time to the time the compressor is in the disabled second phase time. The override system disables the engine shut-down system unless it is determined that a ratio of the disabled second phase time to the enabled first phase time has a low rate of change, that the ratio is greater than a predetermined value, and that the time the compressor is in the disabled second phase is greater than a predetermined value.05-03-2012
20110082627Morphing Vehicle User Interface - A method for operating a vehicle user interface is provided, the user interface utilizing a touch-screen display mounted within the vehicle. In one aspect, the visual or visual/interactive properties of the interface change after the user initiates interface interaction. In another aspect, the interface allows a user to utilize any of a variety of different control interaction techniques, all to achieve the same function.04-07-2011
20100250071DUAL FUNCTION TOUCH SWITCH WITH HAPTIC FEEDBACK - A control interface system is disclosed. The system comprises an input device that receives input of a user to control a plurality of systems of the vehicle and a plurality of dual function sensors interposed along a surface of said input device. Each of the dual function sensors includes a first circuit that is sensitive to contact of the user with the surface of said input device and a second circuit sensitive to pressure exerted upon the surface of the input device greater than a predetermined threshold. The dual function sensors generate a first signal when the first circuit senses the contact of the user and generate a second signal when the second circuit senses the pressure exerted upon the surface of the input device. The system further includes a processing unit which receives the first and second signals and controls the plurality of systems within the vehicle based upon the received signals.09-30-2010
20100094513METHOD FOR STARTING CONTROL UNIT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - In order to achieve a comfortable starting process with low wear, a braking torque, set by the driver by way of a brake pedal, an acceleration torque, requested by the driver via the accelerator pedal, and a holding torque, required for holding a motor vehicle on a gradient, are determined, and the engagement of the starting clutch, as well as the release of the service brake, are coordinated such that during the release of the service brake, the sum of the clutch torque and braking torque corresponds to the holding torque, and the clutch torque of the starting clutch is increased by the acceleration torque only when the service brake has been largely released.04-15-2010
20100094511Optimization of Vehicle Stability and Steering During a Regenerative Braking Event - A method of optimizing steering and stability performance of a vehicle includes measuring a set of inertial data during a regenerative braking event (RBE), calculating a set of vehicle performance data using the inertial data, and comparing the performance data to calibrated threshold data to determine a maximum regenerative braking torque (RBT). The maximum RBT is automatically applied during the active RBE. The vehicle includes a chassis, an electric motor/generator for applying an RBT, a frictional braking system, chassis inertial sensors for measuring a set of chassis inertial data, and a controller having an algorithm for calculating a set of vehicle performance data using the chassis inertial data. The controller determines the maximum RBT by comparing the vehicle performance data to corresponding threshold data. The chassis inertial sensors can include accelerometers, a yaw rate sensor, a steering rate sensor, speed sensors, and/or a braking input sensor.04-15-2010
20120123646Monitoring System for Controlling Liftable and Steer Axles on Trucks or Tractor Trailers - This invention provides a monitoring system to control liftable or steer axles on a truck or tractor-trailer by monitoring one or more input data types selected from the group consisting of speed and direction data, load data, turn signal data, engine data and emergency signal data. After processing the input data, a control module may control the lift axle electrical valving to lift one or more liftable axles, and may also lock the steerable axle in a straight position at a predetermined forward speed or adjust the pressure on the air suspension of a steer axle to equalize axle bearing weight.05-17-2012
20120316735IMPLEMENT ILLUMINATION CONTROL SYSTEM - A control system controls a light source which illuminates an implement coupled to a utility vehicle. The control system includes a vehicle control unit and a data bus which is connected to the vehicle control unit, the light source and an actuator which adjusts the light source. An implement control unit is mounted in the implement and is connected to the data bus. The implement control unit transmits, via the data bus, data regarding the work width and/or work height and/or position of the implement with respect to the utility vehicle. The vehicle control unit, in response to the data transmitted from the implement control unit, controls the actuator to adjust of the orientation and/or of the opening angle of a light cone of the light source.12-13-2012
20120130597CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A control apparatus for a vehicle that is capable of enhancing fuel efficiency of an internal-combustion engine. The vehicle is provided with at least one electronically controllable vehicle-mounted accessory that can be driven by the engine, and energy storage means for storing energy generated by the at least one vehicle-mounted accessory being driven by the engine. The apparatus includes regenerative control means for performing regenerative control during deceleration of the vehicle according to a deceleration instruction from a driver, and drive-control means for performing drive-control of the at least one vehicle-mounted accessory during a vehicle running period other than a regenerative control period so that the energy storage means has a margin in energy storage capacity for storing energy to be generated by the at least one vehicle-mounted accessory being driven by the engine during the regenerative control.05-24-2012
20120215407Vehicle Management and Control System - One embodiment of a vehicle management and control system having a main computer (08-23-2012
20100082205 METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COOLING OF AN AUXILIARY BRAKE - In a method for controlling cooling of an auxiliary brake on a vehicle, the auxiliary brake is cooled by a cooling member. The method comprises the steps of: determining if the vehicle is travelling down a slope or is to be driven down a slope, and activating the cooling member automatically for cooling the auxiliary brake provided that at least one predefined downhill slope condition is determined.04-01-2010
20120215408Vehicle For Deploying A Mobile Surveillance Module - A surveillance module may be deployed from a vehicle. The vehicle to deploy the surveillance module includes a first portion configured to accommodate a user to operate the vehicle. A second portion includes a module configured to accommodate the user and comprising a roof and an entrance accessible through an interior of the vehicle from the first portion. The second portion also includes a lifting mechanism coupled to the module and operable to move the module vertically from a retracted position to an extended position. A third portion defines an opening to accommodate the module, wherein the roof of the module couples to a periphery of the opening in the retracted position.08-23-2012
20120173087Varying Irrigation Scheduling Based on Height of Vegetation - A method of controlling application of a substance to vegetation using data obtained via a mobile machine is provided. A height of the vegetation is measured during a scheduled task of the mobile machine. The measured height of the vegetation is compared with a calculated height of the vegetation. Then, an amount of the substance applied by an irrigation system to an area containing the vegetation is adjusted based on a difference between the measured height of the vegetation and the calculated height of the vegetation.07-05-2012
20120173086CONTROL DEVICE OF INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE - A control device of an inverted pendulum type vehicle capable of controlling fluctuation of a traveling velocity of a vehicle according to operating state of the vehicle. A traveling motion unit controlling element 07-05-2012
20100049408CONTROL DEVICE FOR IMPROVING THE TRACTION OF A VEHICLE - The invention relates to a vehicle control device comprising: —means (02-25-2010
20100049409INTERACTIVE DEVICE FOR CONTROL OF UTILITY SYSTEMS IN AN AIRCRAFT - The object of the invention is in particular a device for control of a plurality of support subsystems in an aircraft. This device comprises filtering means capable of determining at least one command associated with at least one support subsystem of the said plurality of support subsystems according to at least one context parameter, and means for displaying at least one representation (02-25-2010
20100274451SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DEVICES MOUNTED IN VEHICLE AND COMMUNICATION MODULE INCORPORATED IN THE SYSTEM - Electronic control unit and each of on-vehicle devices are connected to a power supply line and each includes a communication module. The power supply line has positive and negative electrode side core wire. The communication module is provided with a connection unit and a signal processor. The connection unit has a transformer having two input-output terminals, one of which is connected to the positive and negative electrode side core wires. The signal processor is connected to the other input-output terminal of the transformer. The signal processor converts analog signals branched in the connection unit from voltage signals of the power supply line and outputted from the other input-output terminal, converts externally inputted digital signals into analog signals and transmits the converted analog signals to the other input-output terminal so that the converted analog signals is superimposed on the voltage signals.10-28-2010
20090326767VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME METHOD, AND DATA STORAGE MEDIUM STORING SAME COMPUTER PROGRAM - A vehicle control apparatus for a vehicle that includes a brake mechanism that produces braking force through the actuation of a first actuator and a shift mechanism that changes the shift position of a transmission through the actuation of a second actuator. The vehicle control apparatus includes: a controller that controls the electric power supplied to the first actuator and that controls the electric power supplied to the second actuator; a first electric power supply unit that supplies electric power to the controller; a second electric power supply unit that supplies electric power to the first actuator; and a third electric power supply unit that supplies electric power to the second actuator. An actuator control unit in the controller controls the electric power supplied to the second actuator from the second electric power supply unit or from the third electric power supply unit when the second actuator is not able to operate using the electric power supplied from the first electric power supply unit.12-31-2009
20090312917DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ACTIVATING AND/OR DEACTIVATING FUNCTIONS OF A VEHICLE - At least two functions provided in an off-road operation of a vehicle are activated or deactivated by a single operation of a control device. The feedback regarding the activated overall functionality takes place via the display device, which may be provided as backlit symbol in the control device. The functions to be activated or deactivated are driver assistance on downhill grades in the form of a downhill driving restriction, flat accelerator pedal characteristic map, either power take-off function for a manual transmission or gear step preselection function for an automatic transmission, navigation display function, instrument cluster display function, driving light activation function, and automatic parking brake function.12-17-2009
20120259516ACC Extended Mode Operation - When employing an a cruise control system in a commercial or heavy-duty vehicle, an adaptive cruise control (ACC) system (10-11-2012
20120330513AIR DAM ACTUATION SYSTEM - A system for air dam actuation of a vehicle is provided having an object sensor, an air dam, an actuation mechanism, and a control module. The object sensor is for tracking external objects located in front of the vehicle. The air dam has a deployed position and a non-deployed position. The actuation mechanism is connected to the air dam, and actuates the air dam between the deployed and the non-deployed position. The control module is in communication with the object sensor and the actuation mechanism. The control module includes logic for monitoring the object sensor for a set of object data. The set of object data is data indicating if an external object is located in front of the vehicle.12-27-2012
20120271518COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A ROAD VEHICLE AND RESPECTIVE COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Collision avoidance actions in a road vehicle are controlled based on a computed probability density of future positions of the vehicle. A preliminary probability density (10-25-2012
20110238268VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROLLING APPARATUS - An electronic control unit is provided with a preparatory brake pressure controlling unit that, when steering operation in an opposite direction is detected after the steering operation of a steering wheel in one direction, applies a preparatory brake pressure to a wheel, which becomes an outer wheel in turning next along with the steering operation in the opposite direction, and the preparatory brake pressure controlling means is configured to inhibit application control of the preparatory brake pressure when returning operation of the steering wheel to a steering center is detected while the steering operations in the one direction and in the opposite direction are repeated.09-29-2011
20110238267METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A BRAKE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE - In a method for adjusting a brake system of a vehicle, braking power is automatically built up in the event of a collision. In the event of a collision, at least one foot pedal to be actuated by the driver is moved from its regular operating position, in which the foot pedal projects into the foot space, to an inoperative position in which the foot pedal is at least partially removed from the foot space.09-29-2011
20120277958METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOTOR-POWERED HATCH ARRANGEMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - Described herein is a method for controlling a motor-powered hatch arrangement of a motor vehicle, wherein the hatch arrangement has an upwardly deflectable hatch, in particular an upwardly pivotable hatch, a drive arrangement which is assigned to the hatch and a control arrangement which is assigned to the drive arrangement, wherein the motor-powered deflection of the hatch in the opening direction is limited to a maximum hatch deflection by means of a control arrangement. It is proposed that the chassis of the motor vehicle can be adjusted vertically as required in order to set different vehicle body levels, and in that the maximum hatch deflection is adapted to a change in the vehicle body level by means of the control arrangement.11-01-2012
20120101691VEHICULAR DAMPING CONTROL SYSTEM - A vehicular damping control system that executes damping control that suppresses sprung mass vibration in the vehicle by controlling a power source mounted in a vehicle changes the control mode of the damping control according to the operating range of the power source. Changing the control mode of the damping control according to the operating range of the power source enables the vehicular damping control system to improve coordination between the damping control and other control related to the power source, for example, and thus execute appropriate damping control.04-26-2012
20100217489Method And System For Controlling A Vehicle Engine During Performance Driving Events - A system and method for controlling a vehicle engine during one or more performance driving events, such as a performance takeoff, shifting or cornering event. The engine control system may be used to maintain stability when the vehicle is being driven in a competitive or aggressive fashion by temporarily controlling the vehicle engine through the manipulation of engine torque, engine speed or some other means. If the engine control system receives competing command signals from different vehicle subsystems, then the system may arbitrate or otherwise manage the competing command signals so that different subsystems can function together properly. In one embodiment, the engine control system blends the commands signals from two or more subsystems.08-26-2010
20100168966SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE - A saddle riding type vehicle includes a balancer beam rotatably mounted on a vehicle body to cause a right wheel and a left wheel to move up and down in opposite directions, and is capable of making turns by leaning the vehicle body. The saddle riding type vehicle also includes a headlight, a drive mechanism arranged to rotate the headlight, a front detector arranged to detect a rotation angle of the balancer beam relative to the vehicle body, and a controller programmed to control the drive mechanism based on a result of detection by the front detector. The rotation angle detected by the front detector corresponds to an angle of the vehicle body leaning sideways relative to a traveling surface (relative lean angle). The controller controls the drive mechanism based on such result of detection by the front detector. The headlight can therefore illuminate directions of movement properly.07-01-2010
20080234900Look ahead vehicle suspension system - An active suspension system senses roadway defects and adjusts an active and controllable suspension system of the vehicle before tires come in contact with the defect. The active suspension system identifies a type of defect or debris, e.g., pothole, bump, object, etc., along with the size, width, depth, and/or height information of the defect to more accurately control operation of the suspension system to prepare for, or avoid contact with the roadway defects and obstacles. Imaging techniques are employed to identify the defect or debris. Operation of a serviced cruise control system is controlled to enhance passenger safety and comfort.09-25-2008
20090062991CONTROL SYSTEM OF VEHICLE - A brake-related ECU (03-05-2009
20120253606BICYCLE COMPONENT CONTROL APPARATUS - A bicycle component control apparatus is basically provided with a controller that is configured to operate a first electrical bicycle component in response to receiving a first signal from a first input member, and to operate a second electrical bicycle component in response to receiving a second signal from a second input member. The controller is configured to prohibit operation of the second electrical bicycle component upon starting operation of the first electrical bicycle component.10-04-2012
20130138301ACCESSORY SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE - An accessory system for a vehicle includes an accessory disposed at and behind a windshield of the vehicle and a control having digital circuitry and a microcontroller. The accessory includes a forward facing camera that views through the windshield. The microcontroller may control at least one of (i) the forward facing camera, (ii) an actuator of the vehicle, (iii) a garage door opener of the vehicle, (iv) an electro-optic rearview mirror assembly of the vehicle, (v) a digital sound processor of the vehicle, (vi) a display of the vehicle and (vii) lighting of the vehicle. The control is operable to at least one of send data to and receive data from at least one other accessory or system of the vehicle via a vehicle network of the vehicle.05-30-2013
20130090815GEARBOX ARRANGEMENT - A gearbox arrangement (04-11-2013
20130131931VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE - A vehicle control system includes a deceleration adjusting unit capable of adjusting deceleration of a vehicle with opening adjustment of an intake passage to an internal combustion engine which is a driving power source to drive the vehicle, power generation load adjustment of a power generation device to generate electric power using power of the internal combustion engine, and transmission ratio adjustment of a transmission to shift gears of power from the internal combustion engine; and a vehicle control device configured to adjust the deceleration by prioritizing the opening adjustment or the power generation load adjustment over the transmission ratio adjustment, when adjusting the deceleration by controlling the deceleration adjusting unit in accordance with an operation amount of braking/driving request operation during fuel-cut toward the internal combustion engine.05-23-2013
20130151084HANDS-FREE SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE - A hands-free system control method for a vehicle may include determining whether a variation in physical quantity may be sensed for a kick action of a user, and indicating that the kick action may be an invalid kick action, using a device that may be perceived by the user from the vehicle, when it may be determined that the sensed variation in the physical quantity may be invalid.06-13-2013
20130151085MOTOR VEHICLE, AND METHOD OF OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE - In a method of operating a motor vehicle, a trigger signal transmitted to at least one protection device for protecting a pedestrian in the event of an impending collision with the motor vehicle causes activation of the protection device to assume a functional position ready for protection. As the trigger signal is transmitted to the protection device, a control device activates a brake device of the motor vehicle to decelerate the motor vehicle.06-13-2013
20120283918Load Sensor for a Vehicle Electronic Stability System - A vehicle comprising a seat defining a driver seat portion and a passenger seat portion, an electronic stability system, adapted to receive inputs from a load sensor, a wheel rotation sensor and a lateral acceleration sensor, the electronic stability system adapted to provide outputs to at least one of the brake system for braking the vehicle, and the engine control unit to change the power output transmitted to the wheels by the engine, the electronic stability system using a first calibration to determine the outputs when the load sensor is in a non-loaded state and a second calibration to determine the outputs when the load sensor is in a loaded state.11-08-2012
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