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Vehicle equipment position control (e.g., seat, mirror, door, window, headrest, or headlamp)

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

701001000 - VEHICLE CONTROL, GUIDANCE, OPERATION, OR INDICATION

701036000 - Vehicle subsystem or accessory control

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20130030659ADJUSTABLE INTAKE PORT FOR SUBMERSIBLE POOL AND TANK CLEANER - A base plate for a self-propelled robotic cleaning apparatus for cleaning a submerged surface of a pool or tank. The base plate includes a bottom surface and a water inlet formed therethrough, and an inlet extension member configured to mount in the water inlet. The inlet extension member is slidably retractable and extendable in a direction that is normal relative to the bottom surface of the base plate. A height adjustment mechanism is coupled to the inlet extension member and configured to move the inlet extension member upwardly and downwardly in the normal direction relative to the bottom surface of the base plate. The height adjustment mechanism can be adjusted manually. Alternatively, at least one sensor is operably coupled to a controller to automatically control the height adjustment mechanism.01-31-2013
20080262681Apparatus for controlling lighting angle of headlights of vehicle - An apparatus is provided to control a lighting angel of headlights installed in a vehicle. In the apparatus, a curve of the road is calculated and the radius of the curve is obtained, based on the current position and the road information. The curve is located ahead of the vehicle. A distance from the current position to a starting point of the curve is calculated based on the current position and the road information. Determination is made as to whether or not the curve is an S-shaped curve based on the road information, and line-shape information showing a line shape of the S-curve is set in response to the determination results of the curve. A lighting angle of the headlights is calculated based on the radius of the curve, the distance and the line-shape information, and the lighting angle of the headlights is controlled based on the calculated lighting angle.10-23-2008
20090259371DOOR AND RAMP INTERFACE SYSTEM - An access system for a vehicle includes an interface system that communicates with the vehicle data bus. The interface system also communicates with a ramp control subsystem that operates to stow and deploy a ramp for providing wheelchair access to the vehicle. A door control subsystem is coupled to the vehicle data bus and operates to open and close a vehicle door in response to data signals sent over the vehicle data bus. When the vehicle door is open and the ramp is deployed, the interface system is configured to send a ramp deployed data signal over the vehicle data bus, which prevents the door control subsystem from closing the door on the deployed ramp.10-15-2009
20090043458System for adjusting direction of optical axis of headlight - In a system for controlling a headlight of a vehicle to be controlled, a distance detector detects a distance between the controlled vehicle and an other vehicle ahead thereof. A determiner determines a first target direction for an optical axis of the headlight in a vertical direction when it is assumed that the optical axis of the headlight passes through a target located at the detected distance with respect to the controlled vehicle. The target has a predetermined height above a predetermined reference point. The predetermined height of the target is unchanged irrespective of change in the detected distance. A first adjuster adjusts the direction of the optical axis of the headlight in the vertical direction so that the direction of the optical axis is matched with the determined first target direction.02-12-2009
20110196581STABILIZATION OF A MAST FOR VEHICLES AND SHIPS - A system and a method are disclosed for stabilization of a mast (08-11-2011
20080306661PILLAR WIND DEFLECTOR - A wind deflector noise reduction system is provided. The wind deflector noise reduction system particularly reduces or eliminates wind throb in a moving vehicle having a rear side window in an open position. The system includes a panel attached to the B-pillar of a motor vehicle and operable to move between a closed position and an open position. When the panel is in the open position, wind is deflected from entering the moving vehicle. An actuator associated with the panel and operable to move the panel between the closed and the open position can be energized by a controller. The controller can be activated by the user of the motor vehicle and/or by a sensor that detects the position of the rear side window.12-11-2008
20090192682Operator enclosure including movable top and machine using same - A machine includes an operator enclosure mounted on a machine frame. The operator enclosure includes at least first and second sides, a top, and a front access door. An operator floor space of the machine is located between the front access door and an operator seat of the machine. The top is movable between a closed position where the operator floor space is covered and an open position where the operator floor space is uncovered.07-30-2009
20090240402LIFTGATE CONTROLLER - A controller for a lift, includes a communication module configured to wirelessly transmit data relating to the personnel operating and operating conditions of a lift to a remotely located station. The remote station wirelessly sends satisfaction or non-satisfaction messages to the lift controller in response to received input data or sensed conditions relating to the operation of the lift. The lift controller includes circuitry for obtaining and/or storing the sensed conditions and received input data, where the communication module then transmits this information to a remote station using a wireless network either public or private depending on the desired application. In accordance with one implementation, the sensed conditions can include a lift state, a motion of the lift, a load applied to the lift, a lift temperature, a hydraulic fluid pressure, a wait time for recharging a hydraulic pump, an operator safety condition and a number of cycles of operation of the lift. The operator safety conditions may include, for example, whether the operator is using both hands for inputting a command into the lift controller, whether the vehicle is properly parked, whether the operator is off a deck of the lift, and whether the operator is clear of a projected motion pay of the lift.09-24-2009
20100076651VEHICLE DOOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE DOOR - A laser sensor is located close to a rotation axis of a vehicle door and configured to emit a laser beam to a surface of the vehicle door and accept reflected light reflected from an obstacle for scanning a scanning plane shifted in a door-opening direction, in which the vehicle door is openable. A determination section determines whether an obstacle, which is possible to make contact with the vehicle door, exists in the door-opening direction of the vehicle door, based on a result of emission and acceptance of the laser beam of the laser sensor. An opening regulating section regulates an opening of the vehicle door in response to determination of the determination section that the obstacle exists.03-25-2010
20120245800Method and Device for Detecting the Activation of a Coupling in a Damper Actuator - A method is disclosed for detecting the activation of a coupling in a damper actuator, the coupling engaging a drive motor and an adjustable damper with each other, so that the damper can be adjusted by means of the drive motor, and the engagement between the drive motor and the damper being disengaged if a force or a momentum acting on the damper exceeds a maximum value. The method comprises the following steps: detecting the indication of an adjustment rate, in particular a rotary speed of the drive motor; determining a gradient of the adjustment rate, in particular a rotary speed gradient, by the indication of the adjustment rate; determining the activation of the coupling by determining whether the determined gradient exceeds or falls below a predetermined threshold value of the gradient.09-27-2012
20130085643SENSOR POSITIONING - A method and apparatus for determining positioning of a sensor relative to a target being tracked (e.g. in an urban environment) using the sensor, the sensor being mounted on a vehicle and being moveable with respect to the vehicle, the method including: for a certain time-step, measuring a state of the target using the sensor; for the certain time-step, estimating a state of the target using the measurements; determining instructions for movement of the sensor with respect to the vehicle, and instructions for the movement of the vehicle, using the estimated state; wherein determining movement instructions includes incorporating knowledge of how sensor line of sight is restricted, sensor line of sight being a path between the sensor and an object being measured using the sensor.04-04-2013
20130079998VEHICLE CAR WASH MODE - A method of controlling a vehicle is provided. The method includes determining a current car wash mode from a plurality of car wash modes; and controlling at least one vehicle component based on the car wash mode.03-28-2013
20090171537SENSOR-CONTROLLED ANTI-JAMMING DEVICE AND MOTOR VEHICLE - The invention relates to a sensor-controlled anti jamming device for preventing jamming of an object, in particular in or for a motor vehicle. Said device comprises a body part and a motor-actuatable component which is connected in a pivotable manner to the body part, at least one support element which, when the component is in the open state, supports the component against the body part, and at least one capacitive sensor element which is arranged, when the component is open, between said component and the body part, and is configured such that in a closing step, an object can be detected in a predefined jamming area between the component and the body part.07-02-2009
20130138302BICYCLE SEAT POSITION INDICATOR - A bicycle seat position indicator has a controller and an indicating device. The controller provides an output signal indicative of a current height position of an adjustable bicycle seatpost. The indicating device is operatively coupled to the controller to receive the output signal and provide information representing the current height position of the adjustable bicycle seatpost based on the output signal from the controller.05-30-2013
20120209477OPENABLE AND CLOSABLE MEMBER CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME - A computing device computes at least one index value for an execution history of opening/closing movement of an openable and closable member. A sensing device outputs signals one after another in response to a change in a rotational state of the electric motor, which is sensed by the sensing device. A setting device sets a masking range for at least one of the signals based on the at least one index value. A determination device determines whether an object is pinched by the openable and closable member based on at least another one of the signals, which is outputted in a range other than the masking range, without referring to the at least one of the signals in the masking range during execution of the opening/closing movement of the openable and closable member.08-16-2012
20100106379METHOD OF LIMITING A CLOSING FORCE OF A MOTORIZED OPENING - A method of limiting a closing force of a motorized opening on a sealing line of a motor vehicle includes the step of calculating the closing force at each instant in a displacement of the opening while closing. The closing force is calculated by a difference between a force applied to the opening when an edge of the opening is situated in an area of or squashes the sealing line and a force applied to the opening just before the edge of the opening penetrates into the area of or squashes the sealing line. The method further includes the step of stopping an electric motor driving the opening when the closing force reaches a constant predetermined value. The closing force can be limited regardless of the climatic conditions or the operating conditions of the motor vehicle.04-29-2010
20100106380ARTICULATING BASE FLAPS FOR AERODYNAMIC BASE DRAG REDUCTION AND STABILITY OF A BLUFF BODY VEHICLE - An aerodynamic base drag reduction and stability control apparatus and method uses a plurality of articulable base flaps each hingedly connected near one of a left side edge, a right side edge, a top side edge, and a bottom side edge of a rear end base of a vehicle so that each of the base flaps have a corresponding range of motion between a first position subject to direct impingement by a free stream adjacent the vehicle in motion and a second position not subject to direct impingement by the free stream. And a controller independently actuates the base flaps to corresponding desired positions relative to the free stream and within the corresponding ranges of motion to produce a desired combined aerodynamic drag reducing and/or stabilizing effect on the vehicle in motion.04-29-2010
20130046444INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR SYSTEM - An interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle includes an interior rearview minor assembly having compass circuitry having a multi-axis sensor and associated circuitry. At least a portion of the compass circuitry is established on a semiconductor substrate using CMOS technology. The multi-axis sensor comprises at least first and second magnetoresponsive sensing elements. The magnetoresponsive sensing elements may be disposed in the mirror casing and move in tandem with the minor casing and the reflective element when the minor casing is adjusted by the driver of the vehicle. Processing of an algorithm by a microprocessor of the interior rearview minor system determines a directional heading of the equipped vehicle responsive to a sensing of a magnetic field by the magnetoresponsive sensing elements and automatically compensates for a deviating magnetic field. An information display may display the directional heading of the equipped vehicle.02-21-2013
20100332087Remote Vehicle Controller - The present teachings provide a controller for controlling a remote vehicle manipulator arm, the controller comprising a master arm morphologically the same as or similar to the remote vehicle manipulator arm, the master arm comprising two or more links connected to each other by joints, each joint comprising a slip clutch and a sensor for measuring a joint angle. An operator manipulates the master arm to control the remote vehicle manipulator arm such that a position of each manipulator arm joint is controlled based on a position of each master arm joint.12-30-2010
20120185137Draft Control Method for Operating an Earth Moving Machine - The hitch on a vehicle is moved by a hydraulic actuator. A method for controlling the hydraulic actuator defines a draft force setpoint in response to separately averaging two forces acting on lateral sides of the hitch, while operating in a configuration mode. During regular operation, a draft load is calculated from sensing those two forces and deriving a draft force error from difference between the draft load and the draft force setpoint. The draft force error is used to control fluid flow to and from the hydraulic actuator. One aspect of the control method derates the draft force error as the hitch moves beyond a predefined threshold position.07-19-2012
20120166049CONTROL DEVICE OF INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE - In an inverted pendulum type vehicle, a manipulated variable for control of a traveling motion unit is determined using adjustment parameters Ki_x, Ki_y (i=1, 2, 3) and θb_x_obj, θb_y_obj, which changes its value in accordance with whether it is in the loaded state in which an object to be transported is loaded on a loading part of the inverted pendulum type vehicle, or whether it is in the non-loaded state in which the object to be transported is not loaded thereon. The adjustment parameters are changed at a faster rate of change in the case of the transition from the loaded state to the non-loaded state, than in the case of the transition from the non-loaded state to the loaded state. The adjustment parameters for control are changed appropriately during transition while suppressing occurrence of slipping of the traveling motion unit.06-28-2012
20130046445OPENING/CLOSING CONTROL DEVICE FOR A GRILLE SHUTTER - An opening/closing control device for a grille shutter is capable of appropriately opening and closing the grille shutter according to a vehicle outside environment and an operating state of an aircon while ensuring the operation of the aircon, and is capable of sufficiently improving vehicle operating efficiency. An aircon operating time ratio as a ratio of operation time of an aircon to overall time is calculated. When the calculated aircon operating time ratio is larger than the sum of a threshold value calculated according to an ambient air temperature and a hysteresis constant, the grille shutter is opened to promote cooling of refrigerant in the aircon and reduce motive power consumed by the aircon. Therefore, it is possible to appropriately open and close the grille shutter depending on the ambient air temperature and the operating ration of the aircon.02-21-2013
20090043457Vehicle control device - A vehicle control device has first and second transmission circuits that communicate by radio with a portable unit and also has a control section that, when the portable unit is confirmed to be correct, engages in a permission mode that permits the start of an engine. The first and second transmission circuits transmit first and second request signals from first and second transmission antennas to first and second communicatable areas respectively. When a back door is detected to be open, the control section does not permit the start of the engine even if an ID code signal is returned from the portable unit in response to the second request signal.02-12-2009
20090306862VEHICLE WITH A LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT AND AN OPERATING ELEMENT - In a vehicle that features a luggage compartment with a cargo opening that can be closed, as well as an operating element that can be actuated in order to open the luggage compartment, an auxiliary function is provided for a function other than the function of opening the luggage compartment and assigned to the operating element while the cargo opening is open such that no additional operating elements.12-10-2009
20120191304Apparatus and Method for Controlling Rotational Movement of a Vehicle Turret - An apparatus for controlling rotational movement of a turret of a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a first communication port that is adapted to receive input signals from a first input device for controlling rotation of the turret. A second communication port is adapted to receive input signals from a second input device for controlling rotation of the turret. A controller generates control signals for operational control of the vehicle turret in response to receipt of an input signal from at least one of the first and second input devices.07-26-2012
20130073150ADJUSTABLE GRILL SHUTTER SYSTEM - An adjustable grill shutter system is provided. In one embodiment, adjustment of the grill shutter system can be provided by a method of adjusting a grill shutter system for a vehicle, the method comprising adjusting opening of one or more grill shutters located at a front end opening of the vehicle in response to a non-driven vehicle condition.03-21-2013
20110015830SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AIR GAP BETWEEN A TRACTOR AND A TRAILER - A highway tractor (01-20-2011
20130060431OPERATOR CONTROL METHOD AND OPERATOR CONTROL DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE - A first operator control function is activated if it is detected by means of a first sensor that a first physical variable is higher than a predetermined first threshold value. In a similar way, a second operator control function is activated if it is detected by means of a second sensor that a second physical variable is higher than a predetermined second threshold value. A third operator control function is activated if it is detected by means of the first sensor that the first physical variable is higher than a predetermined third threshold value and if at the same time it is detected by means of the second sensor that the second physical variable is higher than a predetermined fourth threshold value, the third threshold value being higher than the first threshold value.03-07-2013
20130060430DRIVER ASSISTANCE IN OPERATING A ROOF OF A CONVERTIBLE VEHICLE - A method and a device are provided for the operating assistance of a driver of a convertible vehicle. The method includes, but is not limited to receiving weather data, for a predeterminable surroundings of a current position x03-07-2013
20120310487Method and Device for the Remote Collection of Data from Aircraft or Ship Recorders - A method and device for the remote collection of data from aircraft or ship recorders, using a buoy (12-06-2012
20090271077ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN AUXILIARY DEVICE INTERLOCK SAFETY SYSTEM - A controller, control system and method for controlling an auxiliary device comprising a wheelchair lift, ramp, or the like are provided. An exemplary embodiment of the auxiliary device controller is microprocessor-based and communicates with a vehicle's OEM controller for receiving a plurality of sensor inputs, which originate from OEM and auxiliary sensors, process the sensor inputs, and control various OEM and auxiliary systems relative to the sensor inputs to effect a number of safety interlocks. The controller may operate to coordinate various OEM and auxiliary subsystems to automate auxiliary device operation to reduce operator error.10-29-2009
20090069985Headrest Apparatus for Vehicle - A headrest apparatus for a vehicle includes a headrest rear portion supported at a seatback, a headrest front portion movable between a fully closed position and a fully open position, a driving device for moving the headrest front portion, a capacitance sensor detecting a change in capacitance in association with an approach of the head of an occupant, and a controlling device for controlling the headrest front portion to move to the fully open position in response to information that a vehicle is approaching from the rear, the controlling device controlling the driving device to stop a movement of the headrest front portion when the head of the occupant is detected on the basis of a detection signal from the capacitance sensor, the controlling device including a first filter having a first cutoff frequency and a second filter having a second cutoff frequency lower than the first cutoff frequency.03-12-2009
20090069984AUTOMATIC WINDOW REPOSITIONING TO RELIEVE VEHICLE PASSENGER CABIN WIND PRESSURE PULSATION - Methods and apparatus are provided for the detection of conditions indicative of a wind pressure pulsation within the passenger cabin of a vehicle, and for the reduction of the intensity of the pressure pulsation via automatic window repositioning. The apparatus comprises vehicle sensors for detection of a pressure pulsation condition, controllers to process sensor data and issue commands, and power-operated vehicle windows.03-12-2009
20090030578METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING AND CLASSIFYING THE POSITION OF AN OCCUPANT OF A VEHICLE SEAT - The seat has at least one displacement adjustment controlled by at least one actuator.01-29-2009
20130166154STEERING WHEEL POSITION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE - A steering wheel position control system includes a head position acquisition part for acquiring a position of a head part of a driver, a seat movement detection part for detecting movement of a seat, on which the driver is seated, a steering wheel position calculation part for calculating a position of a steering wheel based on the position of the head part acquired by the head position acquisition part when the movement of the electric power seat is detected by the seat movement detection part, and a steering wheel position change part for moving the steering wheel to the position of the steering wheel calculated by the steering wheel position calculation part.06-27-2013
20120130598OBJECT DETECTION SYSTEM HAVING ADJUSTABLE FOCUS - An object detection system for a mobile machine is disclosed. The object detection system may have a first array of laser beam transmitters configured to generate a first plurality of grid lines on a ground surface, and a second array of laser beam transmitters configured to generate a second plurality of grid lines on the ground surface and produce a plurality of intersections with the first plurality of grid lines. The object detection system may also have a receiver configured to detect the plurality of intersections and generate a signal used to create an electronic terrain map based on the detection. At least one of the first and second arrays of laser beam transmitters may be selectively movable during operation to change a location of the plurality of intersections.05-24-2012
20110282555VEHICLE OPENINGS - Added openings are provided for sport utility vehicles (SUV), pick-up trucks, two and four door vehicles, vans, minivans, sedans, station wagons, or other vehicles. The opening(s) may utilize doors, gates, windows, sunroofs, or lids that provide more physical and/or visual access to the interior space, cargo, and/or seating within the vehicles that currently are not easily accessible, viewed, seen-by, or displayed-on conventional opening means. These openings may also provide the ability to place cargo within the space of the vehicle that current vehicles prohibit from being carried therein, or they may provide decorative, descriptive, or electronic displays for such vehicles, for example, advertising on taxi cabs. Among the embodiments, this invention results in a new 2 door or a 4 door SUV vehicle having added rear side doors, and a new 2 door or 4 door sedan that in effect functions likes a pick-up.11-17-2011
20110282554Agricultural Spraying Equipment Boom Level Control System - A system and method for controlling the level of a moveable first wing in a vehicle mounted spray system. The vehicle mounted spray system comprises of the moveable first wing and a moveable second wing mounted to a common support structure to form a pair of opposed independently moveable wings extending laterally from the vehicle. The method and system comprise a first step of determining an initial control signal for the moveable first wing based on a position of the moveable first wing 11-17-2011
20110098894AUTOMATIC CONTROLLER FOR POWERED RETRACTABLE SUN VISOR - A system and method for controlling a vehicle sun visor that uses commonly existing onboard sensors and systems to provide all necessary inputs. The method uses GPS and solar almanac data to determine the location of the sun relative to the vehicle, driver side view mirror angle data to determine the position of the driver's eyes within the vehicle, and an existing outside light metering device to determine whether the sun is actually shining on the vehicle, and uses this information to calculate the optimum position of the sun visor. If a forward-looking camera is available on the vehicle, camera images can be used to improve the estimate of the sun position relative to the vehicle.04-28-2011
20110295469Contactless obstacle detection for power doors and the like - Time-of-flight (TOF) three-dimensional sensing systems are deployed on or in a motor vehicle to image contact zones associated with potential contact between an avoidable object and the vehicle or vehicle frame and/or remotely controllable motorized moving door or liftgate. An algorithm processes depth data acquired by each TOF system to determine whether an avoidable object is in the associated contact zone. If present, a control signal issues to halt or reverse the mechanism moving the door. A stored database preferably includes a depth image of the contact zone absent any object, an image of the door, and volume of the door. Database images are compared to newly acquired depth images to identify pixel sensors whose depth values are statistically unlikely to represent background or the door. Pixels within the contact zone so identified are an object, and the control signal is issued.12-01-2011
20110295471PROCEDURE AND DEVICE FOR THE CONTROLLING VERTICAL CUT-OFF LINES IN HEADLAMPS WITHIN A SWIVEL RANGE - Device for the control of vertical cut-off lines for headlamps of a motor vehicle within a swivel range, wherein 12-01-2011
20110295470TRACTOR TRAILER GAP CONTROL SYSTEM - A method for increasing the aerodynamic efficiency of a vehicle includes monitoring operating condition of a vehicle, determining if a pre-selected event has occurred with respect to the operating condition of the vehicle, communicating a spacing value to a moving device and adjusting a spacing between a cab and a trailer of the vehicle based on the communicated spacing value.12-01-2011
20110264332HEADREST POSITION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE AND HEADREST POSITION ADJUSTMENT METHOD - To highly precisely adjust a position of a headrest automatically and to an appropriate condition with simple configuration, when the distance between the headrest and .a head is within a certain range, a detecting circuit of a headrest position adjustment device calculates an estimated height-direction center position of the head based on sensing signals from a plurality of sensing electrodes. Based on the calculated value, the detecting circuit detects the height position of the head. When the distance between the headrest and the head is not within the certain range, the detecting circuit detects the height position of the head based on sensing signals from at least the sensing electrode located at a lowermost position and the sensing electrode located at an uppermost position among the plurality of sensing electrodes.10-27-2011
20090299580Opening/closing member control apparatus and method - A control apparatus for a power window device stores a speed control start position that is set between a fully open position and a fully closed position, and a speed control end position that is set adjacently to the fully open position. While driving a windowpane in a direction toward the fully open position, the control apparatus reduces a motor output after the windowpane reaches the speed control start position until it reaches the speed control end position. The control apparatus de-energizes a motor when the windowpane reaches the speed control end position. The speed control end position is set at a position, from which the windowpane cannot reach the fully open position with its movement speed at the time the motor is de-energized.12-03-2009
20090210118BICYCLE COMPONENT CALIBRATION DEVICE - A bicycle component calibration device and method are provided that assist the user in determining that an adjustment was made. Basically, when a calibration command in inputted to indicate a selected adjustment amount in a selected adjustment direction, the bicycle component (e.g., a derailleur) initially moves farther than the selected adjustment amount in a first direction by an adjustment indicating amount in response to the calibration command, and then subsequently moves the bicycle component in a second direction to the selected adjustment position in which the second direction is opposite to the first direction. The adjustment indicating amount is greater than the selected adjustment amount of the calibration command. Finally, the selected adjustment position is set as an adjusted position of the bicycle component.08-20-2009
20100114439Vehicle glare blocking systems - A vehicle glare blocking system comprising automatically optically detecting when an oncoming vehicle with lit headlights is approaching the driver and automatically operating an electric motor to close the slats of a window blind attached to the driver's side of a vehicle's windshield to block the glare, and automatically optically detecting when no oncoming vehicle with lit headlights is approaching the driver and automatically operating the electric motor to open the slats to allow the driver to see through the slats.05-06-2010
20110172886VEHICLE AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - To provide a vehicle having high operability and its control method. A vehicle includes a passenger seat on which a passenger rides on, a chassis that support the passenger seat, wheels that move the chassis, a force sensor that outputs a measurement signal according to a force exerted on a seat surface of the passenger seat, a drive unit that drives the passenger seat so as to change an angle of the seat surface of the passenger seat, and a control calculation unit that calculates a reference input used to drive the wheels and the drive unit based on a drive amount of the drive unit, a balanced position posture of the passenger seat, and the measurement signal from the force sensor.07-14-2011
20100191426Seat control device, method, and program - Devices, methods, and programs control a seat drive mechanism that drives side support parts of a seat. The devices, methods, and programs detect a first curve ahead of a vehicle and a second curve located ahead of the first curve with respect to a travel direction. The devices, methods, and programs predict a between-curves time required to travel between the first curve and the second curve and determine whether the between-curves time is less than a predetermined time, the predetermined time being no less than a time necessary for the side support parts to operate. The devices, methods, and programs control the seat drive mechanism to arrange the side support parts at an action position to support a body of an occupant for the first curve. If the between-curves time is less than the predetermined time, the devices, methods, and programs maintain the side support parts at the action position while traveling the second curve.07-29-2010
20100179732VEHICLE DOOR CLOSE/OPEN ASSIST AND ANTI-SLAM DEVICE - A vehicle door actuating device for a vehicle includes an actuator device disposed on one of a vehicle door and a door frame of the vehicle. A bumper is disposed on the other of the vehicle door and the door frame opposite the actuator device. A door sensor is disposed on the vehicle that measures door position and door movement. A controller receives data from the door sensor relating to the door position and door movement and activates the actuator device when the vehicle is in a parked position. The controller instructs the actuator device to repel the bumper to assist a user in opening the vehicle door and attract the bumper to assist a user in closing the vehicle door during closure.07-15-2010
20120239257DUMP VEHICLE OVERTURN PREVENTING DEVICE - Provided is an overturn preventing device for a dump vehicle equipped with a body (09-20-2012
20090088929Method for determining the morphology of an occupant in an automotive seat with capacitive sensors - The present invention relates to a method determining the morphology of the occupant of an automotive car, characterized in that it comprises the steps of collecting (04-02-2009
20090287379SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING AND RECORDING A CLOSURE PANEL RELEASE REQUEST - A system and a method are provided for receiving and recording a closure panel release request. The system comprises an input device for transmitting the closure panel release request, a closure mechanism for securing the closure panel in the closed position, and a processor that is coupled to the vehicle, the closure mechanism, and the input device. The processor is configured to receive the closure panel release request and set a condition indicating that the closure panel is released from the closed position.11-19-2009
20090088930DRIVING POSTURE ADJUSTING APPARATUS - Disclosed is a driving posture adjusting apparatus comprising: a seat-position adjusting mechanism (04-02-2009
20080228359HEADREST CONTROL APPARATUS, HEADREST CONTROL METHOD AND ACTIVE HEADREST - A headrest control apparatus includes: a headrest moving mechanism that supports a headrest in such a manner that at least one of a rotation of the headrest about an axis of the headrest, which extends in the vehicle-height direction, and a movement of the headrest in the vehicle-width direction is permitted; a drive unit that causes at least one of the rotation and the movement of the headrest; and a control unit that controls the drive unit.09-18-2008
20080288143Method and apparatus for assessing driver head pose with a headrest-mounted relative motion sensor - A relative motion sensor mounted in the headrest of a vehicle driver seat is used to assess the head pose of a vehicle driver and adjust the headrest position to optimize both the safety of the driver and the sensitivity of the relative motion sensor. At the beginning of each ignition cycle, the relative motion sensor is used to adjust the position of the headrest relative to the driver's head for optimal driver safety, and the relative motion sensor is oriented to provide optimal sensitivity for head pose assessment when the headrest is positioned for driver safety.11-20-2008
20100063689Method for Controlling the Level of a Motor Vehicle Body - Disclosed are a method and a system for controlling the level of a motor vehicle body. The level control system (03-11-2010
20080294315System and Method for Controlling Vehicle Headlights - Control system and method for automatically controlling headlights of a vehicle includes an optical system for imaging external sources of light within a predetermined field of view and an image processing system for processing images from the optical system and providing a control signal for controlling the headlights as a function of the processed images. Processing the images may entail identifying a source of radiation in the images, the control signal being provided to dim the headlights when a source of radiation in the images is identified as a headlight or taillight of another vehicle. To this end, the image processing system may include a trained pattern recognition system for processing the images to identify the source of radiation, e.g., a pattern recognition algorithm generated from data of possible sources of radiation including headlights and taillights of vehicles and patterns of received radiation from the possible sources.11-27-2008
20080312796Vehicle driving position control system and method - A detector detects at least one of environmental information on the environment and physical information on the user's physical condition, when the user gets into a vehicle. Each of the environment and the physical condition is divided into a plurality of zones. A memory stores statistical data each representing the probability of the user selecting one of the driving positions in the vehicle in one of the zones. One of the driving positions can, from the probabilities allotted to them, be estimated to be optimum for the user in the zone into which the detected information falls. As a result, even if the user's preference in driving position changes with the environment or the user's physical condition in which the user gets into the vehicle, it is possible to adjust the driving position automatically according to the current preference.12-18-2008
20090265063HEADREST ADJUSTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF SAME - A face image obtained by imaging a vehicle occupant by a CCD camera (10-22-2009
20080312797Seat control apparatus - An ECU in a third seat equipped vehicle receives a reservation signal from a portable device, and answers back to the portable device with a vehicle condition signal that indicates that the second row and the third row of seats are automatically movable. When a door of the vehicle is unlocked, the ECU outputs a drive signal that indicates opening of a power slide door and the ECU also outputs a voice for warning the opening of the power slide door. When the second row and the third row of seats are movable, the ECU moves the second row of seats for allowing the user to have an access to the third row of seats, and also puts the third row of seats in a suitable condition for sitting by the user.12-18-2008
20100152978Machine Employing Cab Mounts and Method for Controlling Cab Mounts to Maintain Snubbing Height and Provide Mount Diagnostics - A machine employing controllable mounts and a method for controlling such mounts to maintain ideal snubbing height and provide mount diagnostics are disclosed. The controllable mount may include a housing, a pin, rheological fluid within the housing and coils provided proximate to the rheological fluid. The pin may be held in the housing with a limited degree of play by an elastomeric member and in so doing hold the pin at the ideal snubbing height. Over time the elastomeric member may degrade and begin to sag. Sensors associated with the housing may monitor this sag and if necessary energize a field across the rheological fluid or pressurize gas within the housing so as to adjust to the position of the pin back to the ideal snubbing height. The data gathered by the sensors can also be stored and used to determine the remaining serviceable life of the controllable mount and diagnose when it should be replaced.06-17-2010
20090030579VEHICLE DOOR CONTROLLER - When a reservation signal is received from a portable device, an ECU of a vehicle-side controller detects whether a user is present near a door. When it is detected that the user is present near the door, the ECU of the vehicle-side controller transmits a door unlock command signal and a door opening command signal to the door drive control section for unlocking the lock mechanism of the door. The door drive control section drives a motor of the lock mechanism to unlock the door and also open the door the door unlock command signal and the door opening command signal have been received.01-29-2009
20090182469Adjustable Mirror System - A mirror system facilitates the viewing of an area of a roadway rearwardly and to the side of a vehicle, for example, prior to changing lanes or direction in a roadway. To do so, in response to a user command, the mirror moves from a first position providing the driver with a first view of the roadway adjacent to the vehicle to a second position providing the driver with a second, different view of the roadway adjacent to the vehicle.07-16-2009
20090125195OPERATOR CONTROL UNIT FOR DEVICES IN A MOTOR VEHICLE - An operator control unit for devices in a motor vehicle, having a carrier element and at least one operator control element arranged on the carrier element for generating an actuating signal for at least one device in the motor vehicle. The carrier element when in the installed state forms a storage space for holding objects to be stored in the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle.05-14-2009
20120072080IMAGE ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE EQUIPMENT CONTROL - An image acquisition and processing system includes an image sensor and one or more processors that are configured to receive at least a portion of at least one image from the image sensor. The dynamic aim of the image sensor is configured as a function of at least one feature extracted from at least a portion of an image. To accomplish the task, the system utilizes a series of adaptive thresholds used in parallel comparators to determine whether or not a pixel in a given image scene falls on the edge of a given lane line on a road. The location of the lane lines are then used to determine the scene vanishing point, which ideally will be co-located at the optical scene center. If they are not in agreement, the pixel data set being processed can be adjusted to accommodate for any disagreement.03-22-2012
20090138161Control Device of an Adjustment Apparatus of a Motor Vehicle - A control device of an adjustment apparatus of a motor vehicle for controlling a driven adjustment element of the motor vehicle in an adjustment movement along an adjustment path includes a memory unit with a non-volatile digital memory with more than 1005-28-2009
20090055055Seat Control Electronic System and Method for a Motor-Driven Motor Vehicle Adjusting Device - The invention relates to a seat control electronic system for controlling a drive of a motor vehicle seat which is configured for detecting a characteristic variable of the drive during several short actuations of the drive) and to evaluate variables respectively associated with several short actuations, and to determine a blocking function according to the evaluations.02-26-2009
20080306660MOTOR VEHICLE ACOUSTIC NOISE REDUCTION SYSTEM - A motor vehicle acoustic noise reduction system is provided. The acoustic noise reduction system particularly reduces or eliminates wind throb in a moving vehicle. The system includes a window sensor operable to sense when a first window of the motor vehicle is open. An air inlet is also included which is actuatable to let air into the motor vehicle when the air inlet is in an open position. An actuator associated with and operable to open or close the air inlet is provided and in communication with a controller. The controller is associated with tie sensor and can energize the actuator to place the air inlet in the open position and let air into the motor vehicle when the window sensor senses the first window is in the open position and communicates this information to the controller.12-11-2008
20090240401Trapping Prevention Guard and Method for Controlling a Motor-Driven Adjusting Device for an Adjusting Device - In order to draw a reliable conclusion about the existence of a jamming situation, in particular in a seat adjusting means, provision is made to distinguish between the following movement classes: a) running difficulty of the adjusting apparatus, b) jamming of an object, c) encountering an end stop, and d) sudden counter-reaction, with a decision criterion (c, c09-24-2009
20090198420VEHICLE PANEL CONTROL SYSTEM - A system includes a controller and a sensor. The controller is configured to transmit a panel control signal to a motor for the motor to move a movable panel of a vehicle along a path between opened and closed positions. The sensor is configured to detect an object in the path of the panel without monitoring the motor. The sensor is further configured 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 the motor to move the panel along the path in an opening direction 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).08-06-2009
20090198419SUSPENDED SEAT AUTOLOCKING - An apparatus meant to be incorporated into a suspension system of a suspended seat of a vehicle acts to slow movement of the seat or to stop and hold the seat against movement along at least one axis in response to an indication of the vehicle traveling at a relatively slow speed or an indication of the vehicle's speed of travel being decreased. The indication may be received from various sources including manually-operated controls, sensors and/or controller devices within the vehicle relaying their status.08-06-2009
20120095650METHOD FOR DETERMINING A POSITION POINT OF A MOVABLE ELEMENT - The invention relates to a method for determining a position point of a movable element, particularly a window (04-19-2012
20110144868VEHICLE DOOR SWITCH ACTUATION SYSTEM - A vehicle door switch actuation system is provided. The system includes an exterior handle mechanically coupled with a rotatable shaft. The shaft is mechanically coupled with a door latch. Rotation of the exterior handle to an open door position moves the door latch to release a vehicle door. A first arm and a second arm are mounted to the shaft. The first arm engages a close switch in response to rotation of the exterior handle to a close door position. The second arm engages an open switch in response to rotation of the exterior handle to the open door position.06-16-2011
20110144867SYSTEM FOR SENSING THE POSITION OF A MOVABLE BAR - A system for sensing the position of a movable bar is provided. The system includes a rotatable body positioned for rotation about an axis. The rotatable body is mechanically coupled with the movable bar such that the rotatable body rotates about the axis as the movable bar moves. A sensor is mechanically coupled with the rotatable body such that the sensor senses the rotation of the rotatable body as the movable bar moves.06-16-2011
20090082928WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for communicating information facilitates wireless communication between electronic devices. The system includes a transceiver provided in a vehicle. The transceiver communicates with an electronic device located external to the transceiver.03-26-2009
20090105911Implement Control System for an All Terrain or Utility Vehicle and Method - Controller for an all terrain or utility vehicle for automatically raising and lowering an implement to a pre-selected position using an electric winch. The winch is turned for a predetermined time during with the winch is turned, and based on the selected lowered position and the predetermined time the winch may be raised to the same height, denoting a raised position. Based on that predetermined time, a second predetermined time may be determined to run the winch in the opposite direction, with the time corresponding to the amount of time required the snow plow to the selected lowered position. The time to lower the plow may tend to be less than the time required to raise the plow due to the effect of gravity. The controller may raise or lower the plow after the transmission has been set from neutral to reverse or forward, respectively.04-23-2009
20090248256Method of and apparatus for adjusting a motorcycle headlight, and motorcycle incorporating same - A headlight optical axis adjustment apparatus for motorcycle includes an ECU for adjusting an optical axis of a headlight in accordance with a vehicle body attitude. The apparatus includes a center kickstand switch and a side kickstand switch for detecting respective positions of a center kickstand and a side kickstand of the motorcycle. When either of the kickstands is in a deployed position thereof, the ECU is operated to adjust the optical axis of a headlight to a previously set initial direction, regardless of detection outputs from a front vehicle height sensor and a rear vehicle height sensor. The front vehicle height sensor and the rear vehicle height sensor respectively detect the vehicle heights at the front part of the vehicle body and the rear part of the vehicle body. The vehicle heights are represented by compression and decompression amounts of suspensions.10-01-2009
20090222173Motor Vehicle for Car to Car Communication and Associated Method for Operating an Antenna Structure of a Motor Vehicle - A motor vehicle is equipped for radio communication with at least one further motor vehicle. An antenna structure is used to transmit and receive useful signals. The antenna structure can be controlled with the aid of a control device in such a way that it is possible to change the setting of the main lobe of the antenna. A method is also disclosed for operating an antenna structure which is installed in a motor vehicle.09-03-2009
20090248257SEAT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - An egress-start determining device determines a start of egress of a passenger seated in a seat of a vehicle. A completion determining device determines completion of a driver's head moving out of a door opening of the vehicle after the start of egress of the passenger. A seat-sitting-face height adjusting device adjusts a height of a sitting face of the seat in such a manner that the height is adjusted to a first height during a time from the start of egress of the passenger to the completion of the driver's head moving out of the door opening of the vehicle, and the height is adjusted to a second height after the completion of the driver's head moving out of the door opening of the vehicle.10-01-2009
20090222174System and method for dynamic braking a vehicle closure system - A system for dynamic braking a vehicle closure including a drive mechanism mounted to the vehicle, the drive mechanism having contacts to receive a drive signal to cause the drive mechanism to move the vehicle closure between an open and a close position in response to the drive signal, the drive mechanism capable of generating a generated drive signal during at least a portion of the vehicle closure from the open to the close position; and a controller having electrical outputs electrically coupled to the electrical contacts of the drive mechanism and electrical inputs to provide the drive signals to the drive mechanism and to receive generated drive signals from the drive mechanism, the controller configured to provide the generated drive signals back to the drive mechanism during operation of the vehicle closure to provide dynamic braking of the vehicle closure from the open to the close position.09-03-2009
20120197498MODULAR AND SCALEABLE PORT VERHICLE - The invention relates to a central module for a modular vehicle. The module is characterized in that it comprises, on either side of a loading surface, a first end having a first junction surface and a second end opposite said first end having a second junction surface that is symmetrical nonparallel to said first surface, each of the latter designed to be capable of complementarily engaging with a complementary junction surface of a side module capable of engaging with the central module by buttressing assembly. The invention relates to a modular vehicle comprising such a module. The vehicle is characterized in that the latter is assembled, at each end thereof, to a side module, one side module comprising means for running on the ground. The invention relates to a train of vehicles comprising such a vehicle.08-02-2012
20090259372DRIVER ASSISTING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR ASSISTING DRIVER, AND VEHICLE INCORPORATING SAME - A driver assisting system calculates a risk perceived (RP) by a driver from the environment, and a potential risk. At least one actuator is coupled to a driver controlled input device (or a driver's seat) to provide a first force to the driver controlled input device to stimulate the driver with a first form of tactile stimulus thereby to forward the calculated risk perceived (RP) to the driver, and to provide a second force to the driver controlled input device to stimulate driver with a second form of tactile stimulus thereby to forward the calculated potential risk to the driver.10-15-2009
20100152980Machine Employing Cab Mounts and Method for Controlling Cab Mounts to Based on Machine Location - A machine employing controllable mounts and a method for controlling such mounts based on machine location are disclosed. The controllable mount may include a housing, a pin, rheological fluid within the housing and coils provided proximate to the rheological fluid. As current is applied to the coils, the apparent viscosity of the rheological fluid is increased, and in so doing so is the stiffness of the controllable mount. Depending on machine location, however, the operator may want differing levels of stiffness in one or more of the controllable mounts. For example, when roading on rocky terrain, the operator may want relatively loose mounts so as to absorb the large vibration inputs and make for a more comfortable ride. The present disclosure therefore identifies the machine location through global positioning satellite information, topography maps, inclinometers, altimeters, operator input, and the like and controls the current to the coils, and thus the relative stiffness and damping of the controllable mounts, accordingly.06-17-2010
20100152979Machine Employing Cab Mounts and Method for Controlling Cab Mounts Based on Machine Operation - A machine employing controllable mounts and a method for controlling such mounts based on machine operation are disclosed. The controllable mount may include a housing, a pin, rheological fluid within the housing and coils provided proximate to the rheological fluid. As current is applied to the coils, the apparent viscosity of the rheological fluid is increased, and in so doing so are the damping and stiffness properties of the controllable mount. With certain machine operations such as fine grading, plowing and loading, this may be helpful to the operator to more quickly or effectively perform the given task. With other operations such as roading or working on a flat surface, the feedback afforded by the mounts is not as important as operator comfort, in which case the current applied to the coils can be lowered and thus the mount can be made more relaxed. The machine of the present disclosure identifies the machine operation being performed through sensors, predictive algorithms, implement position, and operator input and sets the current and properties of the controllable mounts accordingly.06-17-2010
20120035813Wall Movement Synchronization Slide-Out Room System and Method - A slide-out room system for a vehicle includes a slide-out room movably connected to the vehicle and at least four room slides supported by the vehicle and operable to move the slide-out room relative to the vehicle. A first of the four room slides is disposed in a first quadrant of the slide-out room, a second of the four room slides is disposed in a second quadrant of the slide-out room, a third of the four room slides is disposed in a third quadrant of the slide-out room, and a fourth of the four room slides is disposed in a fourth quadrant of the slide-out room. The system further includes a controller operatively connected to each of the four room slides for independently controlling the motion of the four room slides and synchronizing the motion of the four room slides to move the quadrants in concert with one another.02-09-2012
20100152977METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A PASSENGER SEAT IN A MOTOR VEHICLE - The invention relates to a method for adjusting a passenger seat (06-17-2010
20090048742RECONFIGURABLE VEHICLE MODEL - In one embodiment, a vehicle model is disclosed. The vehicle model includes a main vehicle module including a primary base and a number of components. The number of main vehicle module components is moveably mounted to the main vehicle module primary base. The vehicle model also includes a secondary vehicle module including a number of components. The main vehicle module and secondary vehicle modules are relatively positionable relative to one another to obtain a first and second vehicle configuration. The first and second vehicle configurations are different from each other.02-19-2009
20090118909PROCESS FOR DETECTING A PHENOMENON LIMITING THE VISIBILITY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A process and system for detecting a phenomenon limiting the visibility for a motor vehicle. The process and system comprises the steps of determining at least one point of interest in an image captured of the environment of the vehicle (CALC_H(I)); determining a region of interest in the image (CALC_ROI(I)); determining a graph of different levels of grey on the basis of said region of interest (CALC_CL(ROI)), and determining an area in said graph of different levels of grey around said point of interest (CALC_A(CL, H)).05-07-2009
20100241321MULTI-FUNCTION SENSOR SYSTEM FOR DETECTING RAINFALL AND FOR RECORDING THE SURROUNDINGS OF VEHICLES - A sensor system and method for detecting particles, in particular dirt particles or water droplets on a vehicle windscreen, comprising an optical sensor (09-23-2010
20100217490Retractable Wheel Covers - Disclosed herein are embodiments of wheel covers and vehicles having at least one wheel cover. One embodiment of a vehicle having at least one wheel mounted for rotation about an axle comprises a body structure having a portion of which is adjacent to the wheel, a mounting structure fixed to the portion of the body structure that is adjacent to the wheel and a wheel cover attached to the body structure via the mounting structure. The mounting structure is configured to permit movement of the wheel cover between an extended position in which the wheel cover overlays at least a first portion of the wheel and a retracted position in which the wheel cover does not overlay the first portion of the wheel. Also disclosed are methods of selectively covering a vehicle wheel.08-26-2010
20110112727SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING JACK CONTACT WITH GROUND - A system for determining when one or more jacks on a vehicle have contacted the ground may include a pitch sensor that senses a pitch angle of the vehicle and a roll sensor that senses a roll angle of the vehicle. A jack extension system operatively associated with the vehicle jacks extends and retracts the one or more jacks on the vehicle. A control system operatively associated with the pitch sensor, the roll sensor, and the jack extension system monitors the pitch and roll sensors to determine the pitch and roll angles of the vehicle. The control system operates the jack extension system to lower the jacks to the ground and determines that the jacks have contacted the ground based on detected changes in the pitch and roll angles of the vehicle.05-12-2011
20090076688LAMP SYSTEM AND LAMP DEFLECTION CONTROL METHOD - A processing section determines whether a steering angle of a steering wheel of a vehicle is within or outside a range-to-be-ignored and sets an output steering angle depending on whether the steering angle is within or outside the range-to-be-ignored. A deflection angle calculating section calculates a deflection angle based on the output steering angle, and a swivel control section controls an irradiating direction of a lamp of the vehicle in accordance with the deflection angle. If the steering angle is determined to be outside the range-to-be-ignored, the processing section changes the range-to-be-ignored such that the steering angle is included within the range-to-be-ignored.03-19-2009
20100241320LIFTGATE CONTROLLER - A controller for a lift, includes a communication module configured to transmit data (via wireless or wired connection) relating to the personnel operating and operating conditions of a lift to a remotely located station. The remote station wirelessly sends satisfaction or non-satisfaction messages to the lift controller in response to received input data or sensed conditions relating to the operation of the lift. The lift controller includes circuitry for obtaining and/or storing the sensed conditions and received input data, where the communication module then transmits this information in report form to a remote station using a wired or wireless network either public or private depending on the desired application. In accordance with one implementation, the sensed conditions can include a lift state, a motion of the lift, a load applied to the lift, a lift temperature, a hydraulic fluid pressure, a wait time for recharging a hydraulic pump, a low voltage condition, a high motor temperature condition, motor on time, number of shutdowns (due to other parameters), an operator safety condition and a number of cycles of operation of the lift.09-23-2010
20100235057UNIVERSAL GLOBAL LATCH SYSTEM - A latch system for a door of a vehicle including a latch assembly having a catch and a pawl, an actuatable inside handle, and an actuator engaged with the pawl and being configured to be activated by actuation of the inside handle. The catch is configured to be moved to an open position by activating the actuator to thereby move the pawl to stop the pawl from maintaining the catch in the closed position. The catch is also configured to be moved to the open position after actuation of the inside handle or a toggle lever to stop the pawl from maintaining the catch in the closed position to when the vehicle does not have power.09-16-2010
20090043456VEHICLE DOOR ACTIVE AND PASSIVE CONTROL DEVICE - An apparatus for vehicle door deflection and movement control. The apparatus includes a primary electromagnetic device disposed generally in a vehicle door frame or generally in an area of a vehicle body adjacent the vehicle door frame, and a controller for activating the primary electromagnetic device to push or pull the vehicle door frame. The apparatus may further include a sensor for measuring vehicle door deflection during vehicle movement. The controller may activate the primary electromagnetic device based on deflection measurements by the sensor to pull the vehicle door frame to generally cancel the vehicle door deflection.02-12-2009
20100235058LATCH MECHANISM - A latch system for a door of a vehicle a latch assembly having a catch and a pawl, an actuatable inside handle, a linkage assembly mechanically linked between the inside handle and the latch assembly, and an actuator interconnected to the pawl and being configured to be activated by actuation of the inside handle. The catch is configured to be moved to the open position by activating the actuator to thereby move the pawl to stop the pawl from maintaining the catch in the closed position or by actuating the inside handle when the vehicle has power. The catch is also configured to be moved to the open position after actuation of the inside handle by having the inside handle mechanically move the linkage assembly to stop the pawl from maintaining the catch in the closed position when the vehicle does not have power.09-16-2010
20100222969HEADREST POSITION ADJUSTING DEVICE, AND HEADREST POSITION ADJUSTING METHOD - Head restraint position adjusting device 09-02-2010
20100211273METHOD AND DEVICE FOR INCREASING THE PRECISION OF THE POSITION DETERMINATION OF A MOTOR-DRIVEN CLOSURE ELEMENT OF A VEHICLE - In a method and a device for increasing the precision of the position determination of a motor-driven closure element of a vehicle, the data corresponding to a force-displacement reference curve and the data corresponding to a force-displacement actual value curve are used, a correlation function is calculated, the maximum thereof is found, and the counter status of a position counter is corrected by using the position offset associated with the determined maximum.08-19-2010
20100211272VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD - In order to simplify a door lock operation by a user after starting an energy supply receiving operation, an ECU mounted on a vehicle stores an ID code beforehand. Furthermore, ECU locks all the doors, if a charging paddle on the power supply device side is connected with a charging plug on the vehicle side, and if an ID code received from the power supply device matches the ID code stored beforehand, and if a drive system of the vehicle is stopped, and if all the doors of the vehicle are closed.08-19-2010
20130218420DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ADAPTING A SITTING POSITION - A method and device adapt a sitting position of a vehicle occupant in a vehicle with at least one driver assistance system that includes at least one optical sensor unit, and with a vehicle seat with a drive unit for adjusting the sitting position. At least one physical parameter of a vehicle occupant and/or a hazardous situation is sensed by the optical sensor unit, and on the basis of the sensed physical parameter automatic setting and/or pre-setting of the sitting position of the vehicle seat are/is carried out.08-22-2013
20090105912Automatic optical axis direction adjusting apparatus for vehicles - A vehicle headlight apparatus receives road data from a navigation system. The apparatus has a first and a second swivel devices for adjusting an optical axis directions of a main light and a sub-light corresponding to one and the other headlights of a right and a left headlights, respectively. The apparatus also has a control unit, which separately controls the first and the second swivel devices, so that a one-eye navigation-cooperated control operation can be carried out which adjusts only the optical axis direction of the main light to be coincident with a road direction calculated based upon the road data.04-23-2009
20090105910Methods And Apparatus For Securing An Active Vehicle Seat - A method for operating an active vehicle seat in a vehicle includes detecting a triggering event related to a security threat to the active vehicle seat. An operation of the active vehicle seat is disabled in response to the detected triggering event. The operation of the active vehicle seat is enabled by providing authentication of an authorized user.04-23-2009
20110112728DYNAMIC JACK REFERENCE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXTENDING VEHICLE JACKS - A dynamic jack reference control system may include a tilt sensor operatively associated with the vehicle so that the tilt sensor senses a tilt angle of the vehicle. A processor operatively connected to the tilt sensor produces a jack reference value based on the tilt angle of the vehicle. A speed controller operatively associated with the processor extends the at least one jack on the vehicle at a speed that is related to the jack reference value.05-12-2011
20130138303DOOR ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF A VEHICLE DOOR - A method of controlling the operation of a door of a vehicle relative to a door frame of the vehicle is provided. The position of the door is sensed and a door open command or a door close command is received. Opening or closing of the door at preselected speeds is initiated based on the command received. The length of time that the open command or close command is continuously received is then determined. The door is moved at a relatively slow speed for a predetermined initial time period and after the predetermined initial time period has ended the door is moved at a relatively faster speed.05-30-2013
20130144495APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE DOOR CONTROL - Provided is an apparatus for controlling a vehicle door, including a storage unit stores a speed profile corresponding to a plurality of directions and angles of various slopes depending on a specific vehicle model. A slope measure unit measures the direction and angle of slope of the vehicle, and an opening and closing detection unit detects when a door of the vehicle is opened or closed. A controller determines the direction and angle measured by the slope measure unit when the opening and closing detection unit detects whether the door is opened or closed, and controls a door drive unit to control an opening and closing speed of the door based on the speed profile corresponding the detected direction and angle of the slope stored in the storage unit. As a result, a door drive unit opens or closes the door under the control of the controller.06-06-2013
20100228447ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE APPLICATIONS - An apparatus is provided for controlling an automated closure panel in a vehicle. The apparatus includes a command module configured to generate a control signal. A motor is configured to actuate the automated closure panel based upon the control signal. A motor sensor is configured to measure an output characteristic of the motor, with the motor sensor having a motor sensor output signal. An adaptive logic module is coupled to the command module and to the motor sensor. The adaptive logic module is configured to provide an output to the command module to thereby adjust the control signal, wherein the adaptive logic module is configured to determine when the automated closure panel is obstructed by an obstacle based upon the motor sensor output signal.09-09-2010
20100228448Vehicle door opening angle control system - A laser sensor projects laser light in the downward direction. If the laser sensor does not receive any laser light reflected by an obstacle or the ground, it is determined that the obstacle is present in the direction of projection of the laser light. It is thus possible to detect the presence of the obstacle, which will at least affect the opening of the vehicle door.09-09-2010
20110035119AUTOMATED DRAG REDUCTION IN MOVING OBJECTS - A system for reducing drag on a vehicle body moving through fluid includes a sensor mounted on the vehicle body for measuring data adjacent to the vehicle body surface, an eddy disrupter element mounted on the vehicle body for motion to a transverse position relative to the plane of the vehicle body surface and a processor for facilitating a comparative analysis of the measured data with a threshold condition to determine if the threshold condition is satisfied, wherein the threshold condition is associated with drag resulting from the vehicle body movement through the fluid that can be reduced by the motion of the eddy disrupter element to a transverse position relative to the plane of the vehicle body surface and wherein the element is responsive to satisfaction of the threshold condition.02-10-2011
20110040456BINARY ADJUSTMENT METHOD FOR THE ANGULAR POSITION OF THE PLANE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WHEEL - A method of adjusting the angular rolling position of the plane of a motor vehicle wheel, in which the wheel is mounted on a vehicle so that the plane of the wheel can present a static angular position and a safety angular position, the method providing for the plane of the wheel to be maintained in the static angular position when the wheel is rolling and, in case of detection of at least one critical rolling parameter, for the wheel plane to be shifted to a safety angular position for a predetermined time period before the plane of the wheel is returned to the static angular position. A wheel mounting of a motor vehicle in which the method can be implemented is provided.02-17-2011
20090204298IRRADIATING DIRECTION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE LAMP - A system for controlling an irradiating direction of a vehicle lamp includes a target swivel angle calculating section to calculate a target swivel angle based on a vehicle steering angle, a swivel driver to execute, based on the target swivel angle, a swivel control to swivel the irradiating direction, and a fail-safe controller to execute, upon detection of a failure in the system, a fail-safe operation to stop the swivel control. When the system is restored after the failure, the fail-safe controller determines whether the target swivel angle is within a straight-ahead range that includes an angle corresponding to a straight-ahead direction of a vehicle. If the fail-safe controller determines that the target swivel angle is within the straight-ahead range, the fail-safe controller deactivates the fail-safe operation to restart the swivel control.08-13-2009
20120191305CLOSING DEVICE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - The invention relates to a method for operating a closing device (07-26-2012
20100017071AUTOMATIC REARVIEW MIRROR ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - Mirrors on a motor vehicle are adjusted by monitoring the position of a first, preferably manually adjusted, mirror and adjusting the position of additional mirrors based on the monitored position of the first one of the mirrors.01-21-2010
20100070143Vehicles Including Master Control Device For Control Of Power Door - A vehicular control system includes a master control device. The master control device is configured to facilitate selection by a driver of a vehicle from among multiple operational modes. In a first operational mode, the control system prevents a door control device from effecting operation of a power door actuator. In a second operational mode, the control system facilitates operation of a power door actuator in response to a door control signal. Vehicles including the control system are also provided.03-18-2010
20110071734SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING VEHICLE COMPONENTS FROM A NOMADIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE OR COMPUTER - A method for remotely controlling one or more vehicle components includes receiving over a telecommunications network signals originating from a remote terminal. The signals include remote operation instructions for remotely operating a vehicle entertainment system component. The remote operation instructions are executed. Operation status identifiers transmitted over a vehicle data bus are received from the vehicle entertainment system component. Based on the operation status identifiers, an operating status of the vehicle entertainment system component is determined. A return signal including an operation status message and an instruction for displaying the operation status message at the remote terminal is generated. The signal is transmitted to the remote terminal for display.03-24-2011
20110071735VEHICLE ANTI-PINCH CONTROL HAVING VARIABLE THRESHOLD AND METHOD - A vehicle is provided which includes a closure member such as a powered window or a moon roof or sunroof that may be controlled in an auto close mode. The closure member may be controlled with anti-pinch control to provide a plurality of thresholds that are selected based on the presence of an occupant in close proximity to the vehicle, such as in the vehicle, so that an unsupervised control of the closure member provides a lower anti-pinch threshold than a supervised control of the closure member.03-24-2011
20120303223VEHICLE LAMP CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE LAMP SYSTEM - Techniques are disclosed for enhancing the accuracy of auto-leveling control to adjust the optical axis of a vehicle lamp using an acceleration sensor. A controller stores reference values of first and second angles, updates the reference value of the second angle by treating a change of a sum angle during a vehicle stop as a change of the second angle, and updates the reference value of the first angle by treating a change of the sum angle during vehicle traveling as a change of the first angle. The controller derives a difference between a value of the sum angle and a sum of the reference values of the first and second angles, and corrects at least one of the reference values so as to reduce the difference.11-29-2012
20110060506MODULAR SEAT CONTROL SWITCH SYSTEM - Some embodiments relate to a modular vehicle seat control system including a plurality of control units direct mounted to one or more other control system units through a bus system. The modular construction obviates the need for additional wiring, and enables a manufacturer to install one or more of the control units in any suitable arrangement by engaging the control units through rigidly mounted bus connectors. Suitable control units can comprise manually actuated components for controlling any of a wide variety of vehicle seat functions.03-10-2011
20110251761SHUTTER WITH OFFSET LOUVER PIVOT - A shutter system for controlling an airstream through a grille opening in a vehicle includes a plurality of louvers. Each louver has a pivot axis, and a louver face offset from the pivot axis. The shutter system also includes a mechanism configured to select a position for the shutter system by rotating each of the plurality of louvers about its respective pivot axis. Each of the plurality of louvers rotates in tandem with every other of the plurality of louvers during the selection of the position for the shutter system. The louver face of each of the plurality of louvers is rotated to a position parallel to the airstream when the shutter system is fully opened, is positioned to restrict the airstream through the grille opening when the shutter system is partially closed, and is positioned immediately adjacent to the grille opening when the shutter system is fully closed.10-13-2011
20120150394Operating System for a Folding Trailer - A system for extending and retracting a folding trailer. The trailer has a movable top extending from a base, and a plurality of extendible supports mounted on the base and connected to the top. A drive including an electric motor extends and retracts the extendible supports in unison to extend and retract the top. A controller is provided for the drive, the controller having a motor load monitor having both an ultimate load detector and a calculated load detector. In extending and retracting the top, the load of the electric motor is regularly monitored, and is first compared with an ultimate load threshold. The motor is stopped if the ultimate load threshold is met or exceeded. The monitored load is also compared with a stall load threshold, and the motor remains in operation until the stall load threshold is met or exceeded.06-14-2012
20100262341Method and control system for a displacement device, with distance measurement in order to detect obstacles - A method and a system for control of a displacement device for a fifth wheel coupling which coupling is disposed on a tractor vehicle are described, wherein the displacement device has a lower structure having at least one guide rail oriented in the direction of travel, a movable carriage which supports the fifth wheel coupling and engages the guide rail(s), and a control device connected to a motorized drive unit for displacing the carriage and also connected to an adjusting member for fixing the carriage with respect to the guide rail(s). The underlying problem of the invention was to devise a method and a control system whereby timely establishment of a sufficiently long gap between the tractor and the associated semi-trailer is possible. One means by which this problem is solved is with a method wherein distance measurement is carried out to detect an obstacle disposed ahead of the tractor, and the measurement signal is processed in the control device to yield a control signal, which is employed to actuate the motorized drive unit and/or the adjusting member.10-14-2010
20100036567Seat Assemblies for Vehicles - Seat assemblies for a vehicles include seat panels in communication with a controller and having a fiber optic sensing device that measures pressure exerted at various locations of the seat panels and cushioning materials comprising active materials, wherein upon receipt of pressure signals by the controller from the sensing device, the controller generates activation signals that adapt physical characteristics of the active materials.02-11-2010
20090248255PACKAGING AND LOGISTICS OF REMOTE HEAD RESTRAINT ACTUATION TECHNOLOGY - A remote rearview mirror system includes a transmitting module and receiving module that operate at a distance. The transmitting module is included in a rear view mirror. These modules require a matching that need to be preserved until the components are installed in a vehicle. The steps of such matching include the incorporation of the transmitting module into a mirror-transmitting module combination that is associated with its respective receiving module.10-01-2009
20110257849METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REGULATING THE LINEAR POSITION OF A FIFTH WHEEL - A method and a system for regulating, while the vehicle is in motion, the linear position of a fifth wheel (10-20-2011
20110257848BICYCLE SEAT HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT METHOD - A bicycle seat height adjustment method is provided for changing a height of a bicycle seat. The method includes operating an operating device to output a seat raising or lowering command to adjust the seat height. The method further includes releasing the operating device after the operating of the operating device. If a raising command has been outputted, then the method further includes raising the bicycle seat to a higher seat position than a previous seat position existing immediately prior to the seat raising command after releasing the operating device. If a lowering command has been outputted, then the method further includes lowering the bicycle seat to a lower seat position that is lower than a previous seat position existing immediately prior to the seat lowering command after releasing the operating device.10-20-2011
20080294314Obstruction Detection Device for Vehicle Door and Method - An obstruction detection device for a motor vehicle having a door assembly movably connected to a vehicle body is provided. The device controls the vehicle door's opening angle to prevent inadvertent contact with an object foreign to the vehicle, while providing the largest opening for vehicle ingress and egress. The obstruction detection device includes a controller that is operatively connected to at least one sensor configured to actively monitor and transmit signals to the controller indicative of the presence and corresponding proximity of the object relative to the door assembly. An actuator is operatively connected to and controlled by the controller. The actuator is configured to apply a selectively variable force that restricts the movement of the vehicle door assembly with respect to the vehicle body when the door is a predetermined distance from the object.11-27-2008
20100318266Interface for vehicle function control via a touch screen - A method and apparatus for controlling a particular vehicle function, for example the adjustment of a vehicle seat, using a graphical user interface (GUI) is provided. The GUI is activating by toggling a control, switch intuitively linked to the particular vehicle function. The control switch is separate from, and not proximate to, the GUI. When the GUI is activated by toggling the control switch, a control screen specific to the particular vehicle function is displayed on the GUI.12-16-2010
20130158811DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE AND CAR USING THE SAME - A car includes a driving assistance device and two auxiliary lights, capable of being rotated, arranged at a front side of the car. The processor of the driving assistance device obtains real-time geographical position of the car according to data from the geographical information obtaining module of the driving assistance device, and when the car reaches one of the one or more left turn points or right turn points, the processor turns on the light and controls the rotary auxiliary lights to point to the left or to point to the right.06-20-2013
20080255734SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE SEAT - A method of controlling a vehicle seat includes determining a trajectory between a first position of the seat and the second position of the seat, determining a torque to move the seat along the trajectory with velocity profile along the trajectory, and applying the torque to the seat to move the seat between the first position and a second position along the trajectory.10-16-2008
20110046856METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMPUTER-AIDED DETECTION OF JAMMING OF AN OBJECT - In a computer-aided detection of the jamming of an object, wherein, when adjusting a component of a motor vehicle using an adjusting drive (02-24-2011
20110046855APPARATUS FOR POWER SEAT - An apparatus for a power seat includes: a motor; a transmitting member mechanically connected to a seat and driven by the motor, thereby changing a state of the seat; an operational switch outputting an operational signal indicating a changing direction of the state of the seat; a sensor outputting a single pulse according to a rotation of the motor; a controlling portion driving the motor in a rotational direction corresponding to the operational signal and counting the pulse outputted according to the rotation of the motor, thereby determining and memorizing the state of the seat; a judging portion judging the changing direction of the state of the seat after a start of the driving of the motor on the basis of the pulse; and a drive continuing portion continuing the driving of the motor until the changing direction of the state of the seat is judged.02-24-2011
20110071737SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING AUTO-LOCATION OF A WHEEL IN A VEHICLE USING WHEEL PHASE ANGLE INFORMATION - Systems and methods for auto-location of tire pressure monitoring sensor units on a vehicle measure the angle of a wheel at two different times using a rim mounted or a tire mounted sensor and determines a difference in measured angles. The systems and methods provide for transmitting the angles and/or the difference in the measured angles along with a sensor identification to an electronic control module. Alternatively, the systems and methods provide for transmitting time differences to the electronic control module. The electronic control module correlates information transmitted from the wheel unit with antilock brake system data. A location of the wheel mounting the sensor is determined and the sensor identification is assigned.03-24-2011
20110118946METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ACTUATING A DOOR OR A FLAP OF A VEHICLE - In a method and a device (05-19-2011
20110118945GRILLE CONTROL MECHANISM FOR VEHICLE - A grille control mechanism for a vehicle includes a movable member being switchable between an opened position for allowing air to flow into a radiator of the vehicle and a closed position for inhibiting the air from flowing into the radiator, an electric motor actuating the movable member, and a control device controlling an electric current to be supplied to the electric motor to execute an opening operation or a closing operation of the movable member in a case where an opening operation condition or a closing operation condition is satisfied, wherein the control device controlling the electric current to be intermittently supplied in response to one of the opening operation condition and the closing operation condition maintained until the other one of the opening operation condition and the closing operation condition is satisfied after the opening operation or the closing operation corresponding to the maintained operation condition is executed.05-19-2011
20110125373ADAPTIVE FRONT LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING HIGHWAY AND URBAN DISTRICT MODES OF FRONT LIGHTING - An adaptive front lighting system for performing highway and urban district modes of front lights is provided, which includes a leveling actuator rotating a light source of front lights of a vehicle in upward and downward directions, and a control unit judging a driving state of the vehicle as either of a highway driving state and an urban district driving state in accordance with a driving condition of the vehicle and determining a degree of rotation of the light source performed by the leveling actuator in accordance with a result of judgment. The driving condition includes at least one of a vehicle speed, external illumination, and frequency of vehicle stops.05-26-2011
20110137529Active Image Generation and Selective Remote Actuation of Head Restraint - A head restraint actuation system is provided having a receiver configured for receiving an image signal, a transmission status signal, a head restraint request signal and a seat information signal. A mirror controller is configured for communicating with the receiver for analyzing the received signals and selecting a rearview mirror mode. A user interface is configured for communicating with the mirror controller for displaying the image signal based on the selection of a first mode, and for enabling transmission of a head restraint request to the mirror controller based on the selection of a second mode. A transmitter is configured for communicating with the mirror controller for transmitting the head restraint request to a seat controller based on the selection of the second mode. A head restraint actuator receives the head restraint request and actuates a corresponding head restraint.06-09-2011
20110137530ADJUSTABLE GRILL SHUTTER SYSTEM - An adjustable grill shutter system is provided. In one embodiment, adjustment of the grill shutter system can be provided by a method of adjusting a grill shutter system for a vehicle, the method comprising adjusting opening of one or more grill shutters located at a front end opening of the vehicle in response to a non-driven vehicle condition.06-09-2011
20090171536PREVENTIVE SAFETY ACTIVATION IN A VEHICLE - A method for triggering and transferring a vehicle into a pedestrian preventive safety state to increase the passive safety of the other party in an accident, in which a triggering condition of the pedestrian preventive safety state of the vehicle is generated on the basis of a signal of at least one vehicle sensor, which can indicate a high probability of a vehicle accident, particularly with a pedestrian or a bicyclist, for an immediately imminent time span, and with the presence of a positive triggering condition of the pedestrian preventive safety state, a part or a section of the vehicle, which could inflict additional bodily injury on the other party in the case of an accident with the vehicle, is moved from an area of probable impact with the other party and/or additionally shielded, whereby the vehicle is at least partially transferred to the pedestrian preventive safety state.07-02-2009
20120310488SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING JACK CONTACT WITH GROUND - A system for determining when one or more jacks on a vehicle have contacted the ground. The system includes at least one of a pitch sensor that senses a pitch angle of the vehicle and a roll sensor that senses a roll angle of the vehicle. A jack extension system operatively associated with the vehicle jacks extends and retracts the one or more jacks on the vehicle. A control system operatively associated with the pitch sensor, the roll sensor, and the jack extension system monitors the pitch and roll sensors to determine the pitch and roll angles of the vehicle. The control system operates the jack extension system to lower the jacks to the ground and determines that the jacks have contacted the ground based on detected changes in the pitch and roll angles of the vehicle.12-06-2012
20120310486VEHICLE LAMP CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE LAMP SYSTEM - A control device of a vehicle lamp includes: a receiving section which receives an acceleration value usable to derive a tilt angle of a vehicle to a horizontal plane, wherein the tilt angle of the vehicle to the horizontal plane is represented as a total angle; and a control section which controls an optical axis adjustment of the vehicle lamp. The control section derives from the total angle a first and a second provisional vehicle posture angles based on a first and a second calculation method, respectively, corrects the first or second provisional vehicle posture angle so that a difference between the first and the second provisional vehicle posture angles becomes small, sets the corrected provisional vehicle posture angle to the vehicle posture angle, and outputs a control signal for instructing the optical axis adjustment of the vehicle lamp according to the vehicle posture angle.12-06-2012
20100082206SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING MOTOR VEHICLE SIDE DOORS FROM COMING INTO CONTACT WITH OBSTACLES - Systems and methods for preventing a motor vehicle side door from coming into contact with an obstacle are provided. One system includes an outside rear view mirror, a camera coupled to the outside rear view mirror, and a controller coupled to the camera. The camera is configured to detect the obstacle and determine the distance between the side door and the obstacle, and the controller is configured to disable the side door if the obstacle is within a threshold distance of the side door. Another system replaces the camera with an ultrasonic sensor to detect the obstacle and determine the distance between the side door and the obstacle. A method includes determining the distance between a plurality of motor vehicle side doors and the obstacle, and automatically disabling each motor vehicle side door that is within a threshold distance of the obstacle.04-01-2010
20090292425SEAT CONTROL DEVICE - A seat control device has an input unit for performing at least one of an operation to incline and move a first seat, and a drive control unit for at least one of inclining and moving the first seat based on an output of the input unit. the seat control device has an open/close detection unit for detecting an opened or closed state of a door for getting on and off to and from the first seat, an angle detection unit for detecting an angle of a backrest of the first seat; and a seating detection unit for detecting presence/absence of seating at a second seat positioned behind the first seat. When the open/close detection unit detects that the door is in the opened state, the angle detection unit detects an angle of a backrest of the first seat. When the detected angle is larger than a predetermined angle, the seating detection unit detects the presence or absence of seating at the second seat. The drive control unit is driven based on the detection of absence of seating to return the backrest of the first seat to an original orientation.11-26-2009
20110264333Vehicle glare reducing systems - A vehicle glare reducing system comprising automatically optically detecting when an oncoming vehicle with lit headlights is approaching the driver and automatically operating a glare reducing means attached to the driver's side of a vehicle's windshield to block the glare, and automatically optically detecting when no oncoming vehicle with lit headlights is approaching the driver and automatically operating the glare reducing means to allow the driver to see through the glare reducing means, with part of an inside edge of the glare reducing means substantially vertically aligned with substantially the horizontal center of the vehicle's steering wheel.10-27-2011
20100030435VEHICLE SEAT CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - In a vehicle seat control system (02-04-2010
20110218713VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A vehicle control apparatus includes a drive unit that drives a mechanism provided in a vehicle, an operating portion that is operated by an occupant and instructs the drive unit to drive, a collision predicting portion that predicts a collision, and a control portion that controls the drive unit. The control portion controls the drive unit to place the mechanism in a predetermined state when the collision is predicted by the collision predicting portion, and controls the drive unit to vary a driving speed of the drive unit when the operating portion is operated while the drive unit is being controlled. The invention also relates to a control method of this vehicle control apparatus.09-08-2011
20110218712Stroller With Integrated Child Sensor - A stroller includes: a first stroller component; a second stroller component comprising a child receiving portion; a drive mechanism operatively engaged with at least one of the first and second stroller components to move the at least one of the first and second stroller components from a first position to a second position; and an object sensor operably coupled to the child receiving portion. The object sensor provides a signal that prevents movement of the first and second stroller components from the first position to the second position if the object sensor detects the presence of an object in the child receiving portion.09-08-2011
20100017072CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A WHEELCHAIR HAVING MOVABLE PARTS - The invention relates to a control system for controlling a wheelchair having movable parts. The control system comprises a controller and a number of actuators for effectuating movements of the movable parts. The controller comprises a mathematical model of the kinematics of the movable parts and their respective at least one actuator, means for receiving an input signal from one or more of the actuators, and means for setting, based on the mathematical model, limiting positions of the actuators in response to the determined input signal. The invention also relates to a corresponding wheelchair and method of controlling a wheelchair.01-21-2010
20110040457METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LEARNING THE NEUTRAL POSITION OF THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - In a method and a device for learning the neutral position of the accelerator pedal of a motor vehicle, the lowest pedal voltage is determined during a first drive cycle, the voltage remaining constant over a specific period of time and repeating itself several times within the drive cycle. A minimum pedal value is confirmed and set on the basis of the determined lowest pedal value that has been confirmed in at least one succeeding drive cycle. Finally, a plausibility check on the confirmed lowest pedal value is performed. The method and the device are characterized by particular robustness.02-17-2011
20100161182Vibration control system with virtual end stops - A component vibration control system is disclosed. The vibration control system includes a first physical end stop, a second physical end stop, a damper assembly, a position sensor configured to determine a component position, and a processor in communication with the position sensor and the damper assembly. The processor is configured to set a first virtual end stop position, regulate a damping force of the damper assembly as the component moves toward the first virtual end stop position, and determine a second virtual end stop position based on a first distance of the component from a set position.06-24-2010
20100228446Method for Positioning a Mobile Unit in a Motor Vehicle - Disclosed is a method for positioning a mobile unit in a motor vehicle. The mobile unit is driven by an external force and equipped with an electronic jamming protection device. A tactile input unit is provided for positioning the mobile unit. An occupied position of the mobile unit is stored under certain conditions, whereby said stored position is automatically approached when the tactile unit is correspondingly operated.09-09-2010
20120041648DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING POSITION OF HEADREST AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING POSITION OF HEADREST - To automatically adjust a position of a headrest accurately by preventing an unnecessary movement of the headrest, a headrest position adjusting device includes a sensing electrode 02-16-2012
20120041649REAR WHEEL TOE ANGLE CONTROL SYSTEM - An electric actuator (electric motor) is thermally protected without causing any unfamiliar impression in steering a vehicle. A temperature compensation gain computing unit (02-16-2012
20120041647METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE MOVEMENT CAPABILITY AND/OR A CLOSURE DEVICE - A method and a device (02-16-2012
20120059552REAR WHEEL TOE ANGLE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A REFERENCE POSITION OF AN ELECTRIC ACTUATOR IN A REAR WHEEL TOE ANGLE CONTROL DEVICE03-08-2012
20090076687POSITION DETECTION ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOVEABLE FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT WHICH CAN BE POSITIONED MOTOR-DRIVEN IN A MOTOR VEHICLE - A position detection arrangement for a functional element (03-19-2009
20110166751METHOD FOR POSITIONING AT LEAST ONE COMPONENT, IN PARTICULAR A SEAT, IN OR ON AN AIRCRAFT OR SPACECRAFT, AND AIRCRAFT OR SPACECRAFT - The present invention provides methods for positioning at least one component, in particular a seat, in or on an aircraft or spacecraft comprising the following steps: controlling at least one light source of the aircraft or spacecraft to display at least one desired position of at least one component; and positioning the at least one component in the at least one desired position displayed.07-07-2011
20120022749APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ELIMINATING OR REDUCING BLIND SPOTS IN VEHICLE MIRROR AND CAMERA SYSTEMS - Provided herein are new apparatus and methods relating to mirror systems, including mirror systems for vehicles, including but not limited to automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, motorized carts, among others. The apparatus and methods eliminate or reduce blind spots by facilitating a temporary desired adjustment of the mirror and/or camera, optionally followed by a return to the original position of the mirror and/or camera.01-26-2012
20120059551METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TIRE POSITION ON A VEHICLE - An apparatus determines a position of a tire on a vehicle including a tire-based sensing unit, each tire on the vehicle having an associated tire-based sensing unit. Each tire-based sensing unit includes a first sensor mounted for rotation with the tire and for generating a first sensor signal indicative of such rotation, a second sensor mounted for rotation with the tire and for generating a second sensor signal indicative of such rotation, and a transmitter for transmitting a signal indicative of a phase relationship between the first and second sensor signals. An axle position sensor is provided for determining each tire-based sensing unit position relative to a front and rear axle of the vehicle and provides an axle position signal for each tire-based sensing unit. A controller monitors the transmitted phase signals of each tire-based sensing unit and the determines axle position signals. The controller compares the tire-based sensing unit phase relationships for possible tire locations considering the determined axle positions of the tire-based sensing units, determines a confidence value by weighting the compared phase relationships, compares the phase difference of each tire-based sensing unit relative to the phase difference of other tire-based sensing units for each possible vehicle tire location, and associates each tire-based sensing unit with a vehicle location in response to the confidence values.03-08-2012
20120158253Method and Device for Actuating a Closing Element of a Vehicle - In a method and a device (06-21-2012
20120158255CONTROL DEVICE OF INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE - In an inverted pendulum type vehicle having a traveling motion unit, when a component about an axis in a second direction and a component about an axis in a first direction from within a tilt error between an actual tilt angle and a desired tilt angle of the payload supporting part are defined as θbe_x_s and θbe_y_s, respectively, and when a component in the first direction and a component in the second direction from within a traveling velocity of a representative point of the vehicle in a stationary state in which θbe_x_s and θbe_y_s are retained constant are defined as θb_x_stb and θb_y_stb, respectively, a traveling motion of the traveling motion unit is controlled so that a ratio of a magnitude of θb_x_stb with respect to a magnitude of θbe_x_s and a ratio of a magnitude of θb_y_stb with respect to θbe_y_s becomes a ratio different from each other.06-21-2012
20080228358Vehicle Personalization System - A vehicle includes at least one reconfigurable system having a plurality of selectively variable parameters, and a controller that is operatively connected to the at least one reconfigurable system to control the values of the plurality of selectively variable parameters. The controller is also configured to receive data indicative of physical characteristics of a person from at least one data storage medium, and configured to determine values of the selectively variable parameters according to a predetermined algorithm based on the data indicative of physical characteristics of a person. The controller is also configured to cause the selectively variable parameters to assume the determined values.09-18-2008
20120158254VEHICULAR ILLUMINATING DEVICE - A vehicular illuminating device includes a first illuminating part configured to illuminate in a traveling direction of a vehicle, a second illuminating part configured to be able to emit light by using an illumination pattern different from that of the first illuminating part, and a control part configured to control the second illuminating part so that the second illuminating part can illuminate in a direction of a recommended route by using the illumination pattern different from that of the first illuminating part if a route guiding part is guiding the vehicle to a destination along the recommended route.06-21-2012
20120158252MOTOR VEHICLE - A motor vehicle includes, but is not limited to a manual transmission and at least one control unit that is configured to determine and indicate to a driver in a haptically perceptible manner a time for a fuel consumption-favorable gear change in that it induces vibration in a footrest.06-21-2012
20110071736SLIDABLY ADJUSTABLE FIFTH WHEEL HITCH ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE SAME - An automatically adjustable fifth wheel assembly for a vehicle and trailer combination that adjusts the position of the trailer relative to the vehicle is provided.03-24-2011
20120109471TRAILER SWAY MITIGATION USING TORQUE VECTORING - A system for stabilizing a sway of a trailer attached to a vehicle. In one embodiment, the system includes a controller, a plurality of sensors in electronic communication with the controller and transmitting sensor data to the controller, a torque vectoring device in electronic communication with the controller, and a computer readable memory storing instructions executed by the controller. The instructions cause the controller to evaluate the sensor data received from the sensors to determine a current vehicle yaw rate, a target vehicle yaw rate, and a yaw rate error of the vehicle. The instructions further cause the controller to determine if the vehicle is traveling in a straight line, to determine a torque distribution signal, and to transmit this signal to the torque vectoring device to stabilize the sway of the trailer without braking the vehicle.05-03-2012
20120072079RECONFIGURATION OF CABIN LAYOUTS - A control and monitoring system is provided in the aircraft cabin and controls a reconfiguration process with corresponding software in combination with reconfiguration data received from the ground personnel. The control is realized, for example, with a suitable light signals and the unlocking of the seats at certain times. All work sequences are acoustically and/or optically displayed such that the reconfiguration can also be carried out by untrained personnel.03-22-2012
20080255733Adjustable Seat Bolster for Easy Access - An ergonomic device for an automobile seat includes a pressure surface oriented proximate to a seat cushion so that the pressure surface may deploy to support a seat occupant. A mount fixes it to a frame of the automobile seat. A linkage between the pressure surface and said mount allows the pressure surface to be selectively positionable between a first position disposed to extend for support of a seat occupant and a second position that is retracted. A power actuator is in operative communication with the linkage such that the power actuator mediates travel of the pressure surface between the first and second positions. The power actuator is in electric communication with a use anticipation indicator such that the actuator is engaged to place the pressure surface in the second, retracted position upon a signal from the use anticipation indicator.10-16-2008
20100198465CONTROL DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A controller for a motor vehicle with a carrier plate for receiving a component carrier with a component carrier foot. The carrier plate has a recess through which the component carrier can be passed and which is suitable for receiving the foot, wherein the dimensions of the recess in the region of the component carrier and in the region of the foot in the X/Y-direction correspond to maximum admissible dimensions of the component carrier and of the foot (08-05-2010
20100094514VEHICULAR SEAT OPERATION DEVICE AND VEHICULAR SEAT OPERATION METHOD - A vehicular seat operation device includes: a change device that changes a state of a vehicular seat; a permission device that permits a change to be made by the change device; a detection device that detects a change in the distribution of loads that act on the vehicular seat; and a control device that controls the change device by a predetermined change method corresponding to the change in the load distribution if the change by the change device has been permitted by the first permission device.04-15-2010
20120123647VEHICLE - A vehicle provides a greater maximum acceleration/deceleration, while maintaining a pleasant driving, when M is a total vehicle mass, L is a height of center of gravity of the whole vehicle, λ is a maximum displacement amount of a balancer, and m is a mass of the balancer, the balancer mass m or the maximum displacement amount λ, of the balancer is decided so as to satisfy the following expression: (m/M)(λ/L)=α. By using the expression 1, the balancer mass m and the maximum displacement amount A, of the balancer can be set to an optimal value against the total vehicle mass M. Thus it is possible to decide the balancer mass m and the maximum displacement amount λ for the maximum acceleration α of the vehicle.05-17-2012
20120123649SENSOR DEVICE AND MODULAR UNIT THEREFOR - The invention relates to a modular unit (05-17-2012
20120123648METHOD FOR ADJUSTMENT OF HEADLAMPS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES - A method and system for adjustment of headlamps for motor vehicles, comprising a step for calculating a headlamp angle. The method furthermore comprises the steps of 05-17-2012
20090132130Vehicle Display Apparatus - A vehicle display apparatus includes an image display device (05-21-2009
20120166048INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE MOVING BODY - An inverted pendulum type moving body subject to a traveling control in response to a traveling instruction based on an intention of a rider while keeping a balance, a manipulation mode is performed based on the intention of the rider and an automatic operation mode is performed without being based on the intention of the rider.06-28-2012
20100250072Vehicular device control system - An in-vehicle device wirelessly sends a request signal to an assistance-possible area in which a user of a welfare-use seat device can be assisted. When a wireless portable key device, i.e., a remote control is present inside of the assistance-possible area, the portable key device returns a response signal containing an ID code. When receiving the response signal, the in-vehicle device executes a collation relative to the ID code contained in the response signal. When the collation is successfully completed, a short-depression movement mode is designated. When a short-time manipulation or depression is once applied to an operation instruction switch of the wireless portable key device under the short-depression movement mode being designated, the movement of a welfare-use seat device is started toward a movement end position without need further continued manipulation or depression to the operation instruction switch.09-30-2010
20100235059UNIVERSAL GLOBAL LATCH SYSTEM - A latch system for a door of a vehicle including a latch assembly having a catch and a pawl, an actuatable inside handle, and an actuator engaged with the pawl and being configured to be activated by actuation of the inside handle. The catch is configured to be moved to an open position by activating the actuator to thereby move the pawl to stop the pawl from maintaining the catch in the closed position. The catch is also configured to be moved to the open position after actuation of the inside handle by having the inside handle mechanically move the toggle lever to stop the pawl from maintaining the catch in the closed position to when the vehicle does not have power.09-16-2010
20100332086SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY OPENING VENTILATION GAPS IN WINDOWS AND CLOSING ALL WINDOWS OF A VEHICLE - The conventional power window system is augmented by two new automated routines: (a) setting each window to a slightly open position for ventilating the vehicle and (b) closing all windows. In one embodiment, two window control switches in the conventional power window system are designated as the first and second system control switches and, optionally, one button on a conventional remote vehicle door lock control is designated as the third system switch. A double-tap signal from the first system control switch triggers the first automated routine. A double-tap signal from the second or third system control switch triggers the first automated routine if all windows are closed and triggers the second automated routine if at least one window is not closed.12-30-2010
20100332085POWER RAMP FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A power ramp for a vehicle and a control method thereof are disclosed. A power ramp for a vehicle includes a main frame defining an exterior appearance thereof, a base plate provided in a bottom of the main frame to define a base of the main frame, a main ramp provided on the base plate, a ramp holder having an end hingedly coupled to the main ramp to support the main ramp, at least one sliding part provided in right and left end portions of the main frame to guide forward-and-rearward motion of the ramp holder, a pair of power generating device provided in the ramp holder to supply power required for the forward-and-rearward motion of the main ramp, a pair of sliding chains longitudinally provided along the right and left end portions of the main ramp, the pair of the sliding chains supporting the main ramp to be movable forward and rearward, and a manual operation changing part provided in the main frame, the manual operation changing part selectively controlling rotation of the sliding chains to enable the main ramp to be movable manually.12-30-2010
20110184610DETECTION METHOD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A detection method, system and device for a motor vehicle (V07-28-2011
20100179733METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A JAM - For the purpose of detecting a jam during the adjustment of a component of a motor vehicle using an adjustment drive, wherein measured values related to the adjustment force (F) are compared to a threshold value (FREF) and when the threshold value is reached, the adjusting movement is slowed or stopped, and optionally reversed, it is proposed that the component speed or a parameter correlated therewith is detected and the threshold value (FREF) modified accordingly.07-15-2010
20120173089POWER SEAT DEVICE - A power seat device includes a motor, an adjustment operation member, a Hall sensor, an ECU, a memory, and a single request operation member. The adjustment operation member adjusts a seat position. The Hall sensor detects a seat position. The ECU drives and controls the motor in accordance with an operation of the adjustment operation member to adjust the seat position. The memory stores two seat positions adjusted by the adjustment operation member. The request operation member sequentially retrieves the two seat positions stored in the memory when pushed. The ECU drives and controls the motor to reinstate the seat position retrieved by the operation of the request operation member. The ECU automatically stores a seat position before the reinstatement of the retrieved seat position is started in the memory.07-05-2012
20120173088CONTROL DEVICE OF INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE - Provided is a controller for an inverted pendulum type vehicle capable of moving the vehicle smoothly. The inverted pendulum type vehicle 07-05-2012
20100217491CAMBER ANGLE CONTROLLING DEVICE - A camber angle applying device is controlled to adjust the camber angle of wheels to a predetermined value. Therefore, the characteristics (or a high gripping property) of a high gripping force and the characteristic (or a low rolling resistance) of a small rolling resistance can be separately used as the performance of the wheels. By utilizing the high gripping property of the wheels, therefore, a vehicle is enabled to reduce its energy consumption, while retaining its running characteristics (such as a turning performance, an accelerating performance or a braking performance), by utilizing the rolling resistance of the wheels. Moreover, the camber angle applying device is controlled to reduce the rolling resistance of the wheels, so that the energy loss to occur in the wheels during running can be reduced to further reduce the energy consumption of the vehicle.08-26-2010
20120179337AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE (AGV) SYSTEM - An automated guided vehicle is equipped with a stabilization system for precisely locating, leveling, or otherwise positioning the AGV and its payload with respect to a. work piece. The stabilization system includes one or more extension members that extend away from the AGV to engage the ground or a locating assembly installed in the ground. Each extension member may be part of a locating assembly or a leveling assembly. The locating assembly extension member may extend at least partially into an opening of another locating assembly to align the two locating assemblies. The locating assembly may also be configured to provide a leveling function.07-12-2012
20120179336AUTOMATIC VEHICLE DOOR MOVEMENT CONTROL SYSTEM - A controller and control method for an automatic vehicle door movement control system which includes a plurality of signaling devices and at least one door actuator for opening and closing at least one vehicle door in accordance with an instruction signal from the signaling devices is configured to selectively mask a redundant instruction signal. The redundant instruction signal is an instruction signal received after the receipt of a primary instruction signal and prior to the completion of an automatic door movement operation. The redundant instruction signal is masked when it is determined to be against an ascertained user intent or when the primary instruction signal is determined to be more indicative of the ascertained user intent.07-12-2012
20090062992MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND AN AFL-HEADLIGHT SYSTEM - A motor vehicle is provided that has a navigation system and an AFL-headlight system. The alignment of at least one headlight of the motor vehicle can be influenced with the information of the navigation system. In order to improve the illumination of road sections lying ahead, a number of traffic lanes are taken into consideration in the alignment of the headlight.03-05-2009
20120253608REAR WHEEL TOE ANGLE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE - In a rear wheel toe angle control system, the toe angle response properties of the right and left wheels are prevented from differing from each other depending on the operating condition of the vehicle, and the handling of the vehicle can be improved. The rear wheel toe angle control system (10-04-2012
20120259518WIPER CONTROLLER - A windshield wiper device comprises a controller, a drive unit and a gear that transmits the movement of the drive unit to a wiper shaft. The controller comprises a comparison unit for determining whether the torque output by the drive unit exceeds the predetermined torque, wherein the predetermined torque depends on the position of the wiper shaft. The wind shield wiper device further comprises a reversing unit for reversing the direction of rotation of the drive unit depending on the result of the comparison unit.10-11-2012
20120226418HAPTIC FEEDBACK SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE SEATING - A vehicle seating system includes a vehicle seat and a seat control motor coupled to the vehicle seat. The seat control motor is configured to move the vehicle seat to an occupant-desired position. The vehicle seating system also includes a controller communicatively coupled to the seat control motor. The controller is configured to output a signal to the seat control motor to induce a vibration within the vehicle seat.09-06-2012
20120259517Aerodynamically Effective Device for a Motor Vehicle - An aerodynamically effective device for a motor vehicle has an air guide element that can be moved between a position of rest and at least one operating position, a drive unit for moving the air guide element, and a control unit. The control unit is adapted to instruct the drive unit to move the air guide element from the position of rest into the operating position, on reaching a first vehicle speed threshold value. Furthermore, the control unit is adapted to carry out a function test of the drive unit below the first vehicle speed threshold value.10-11-2012
20110125374IMAGE ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLE EQUIPMENT CONTROL - An improved image acquisition and processing system includes an image sensor and one or more processors that are configured to receive at least a portion of at least one image from the image sensor. The dynamic aim of the image sensor is configured as a function of at least one feature extracted from at least a portion of an image. The processors are further configured to generate at least one vehicle equipment control signal as a function of the extracted feature.05-26-2011
20120232762ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR PAINT STRIPING VEHICLES - An electronic control system is provided for moving one or more paint carriages on a paint striping vehicle. The control system includes an electronic steering module, an electronic control module, a linear positioning transducer for each carriage, and a hydraulic control valve for each carriage. The steering module includes a rotatable wheel for extending and retracting the paint carriage without lost motion. A power switch and an emergency stop switch are provided for the system.09-13-2012
20120232761PASSIVE CHARGE CORD RELEASE SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - In accordance with exemplary embodiments, passive release of a charge cord is provided for a vehicle. The vehicle includes a charging port having one or more sensors for detecting movement of the charging cable relative to the charging port. A transceiver responds to the detected movement by transmitting an authentication request and receiving an authentication signal, which is processed by a controller and unlocks the charging cable from the charging port responsive to verifying the authentication signal. In an exemplary method, an authentication request is transmitted responsive to detecting an uncoupling action of the charging cable from a vehicle. Upon receipt and verification of an authentication signal, the charging cable is automatically unlocked and unlatched facilitating release of the charging cable. In accordance with the exemplary embodiments, the charging cable can be passively released from the vehicle.09-13-2012
20090005938VEHICLE SEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system comprises a vehicle seating system including a seat and at least one powered seat adjustment actuator for altering the seating position formed by the seat. Additionally, the system includes a vehicle braking system including vehicle brakes and a brake pedal. The system further includes a signal sent in response to application of the vehicle brakes and/or other triggering events, such as turn signal activation and others which leads to suspension of movement of the actuator during application of the vehicle brakes.01-01-2009
20080300755SIDE COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM - A motor vehicle side collision avoidance system for avoiding collisions with objects. The system includes a direction sensor generating a direction signal corresponding a direction of motion of the vehicle, an external detector generating a detector signal corresponding to a location of objects outside of the vehicle, and a braking control system including at least two independently operable braking devices coupled to respective wheels. A processor is coupled to the direction sensor, the external detector, and the braking control system. The processor receives the direction and detector signals and is configured to send an avoidance signal to the braking control system based on the direction and detector signals. Upon receipt of the avoidance signal, the braking control system activates appropriate braking devices to avoid collision with the objects.12-04-2008
20080300756System and method for displaying control information to the vehicle operator - Vehicle control information is displayed to a vehicle operator in a central display area. In one embodiment, a sensor associated with a vehicle control is configured to detect an approaching operator. A graphical representation of the vehicle control may be displayed in a central display area and, in one embodiment, is displayed with a varying physical characteristic representative of the distance between the vehicle operator and the vehicle control itself. A second graphical representation of the vehicle control may be displayed in the central display area in response to detecting that the vehicle operator has contacted the vehicle control. In one embodiment, the second graphical representation includes a current control value for the vehicle control.12-04-2008
20110035120VEHICULAR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A vehicular wireless communication system includes a control in a vehicle operable to communicate with an external service provider via a wireless communication link between the equipped vehicle and the external service provider. The control may receive a user input and responsive thereto, may establish the wireless communication link between the equipped vehicle and the external service provider. Data from the external service provider is downloaded to the control via the wireless communication link. The control controls at least one accessory of the vehicle, and the control may control the accessory responsive to at least one of (a) a geographic location of the vehicle as determined by a global positioning system of the equipped vehicle and (b) a biometric characteristic of an occupant of the equipped vehicle.02-10-2011
20120323448REJECTION OF UNDER-HOOD AIRFLOW - A system for controlling airflow through an under-hood compartment of a vehicle includes a first grille opening and a second grille opening each disposed at an entrance to the under-hood compartment. The first and second grille openings are configured to admit a first portion of the airflow and a second portion of the airflow, respectively, to the under-hood compartment from the ambient. The system also includes a selectable position shutter assembly disposed at the second grille opening and configured to control the second portion of the airflow admitted to the under-hood compartment. The system additionally includes a vent opening at least partially defined by the body and configured to exhaust at least a fraction of the first portion of the airflow from the under-hood compartment to the ambient. A vehicle employing the system and housing an internal combustion engine and a heat exchanger in the under-hood compartment is also disclosed.12-20-2012
20120323450INVERTED VEHICLE AND METHOD OF GETTING ON/OFF THE INVERTED VEHICLE - An inverted vehicle travels while maintaining an inverted state. The inverted vehicle includes specifying means for specifying a position at a predetermined distance from a step portion which a rider gets on or off, when the rider gets on or off the vehicle. The specifying means may project a predetermined shape onto the position at the predetermined distance from the step portion, or may cause a vehicle member to move to the position at the predetermined distance from the step portion. The inverted vehicle may further include position detecting means for detecting a position of a foot of the rider, and contact determining means for determining whether the foot is to contact the vehicle, based on the position of the foot detected by the position detecting means.12-20-2012
20120323449VEHICLE NAVIGATION AND METHOD FOR INDUCING NORMAL BLACK BOX POSITION IN NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A vehicle navigation of the present invention comprises: a storage unit which stores normal posture data of a vehicle black box; a communication unit which communicates with the vehicle black box; and a controller which obtains current posture data by analyzing data received from the vehicle black box, and determines whether the stored normal posture data is matched with the obtained current posture data. According to the present invention, the driver is notified in advance that the position of a camera is out of shape due to the repeated vibration or acceleration or the like of a vehicle. Thus, the driver can correct the vehicle black box, the camera equipped in the vehicle black box or the camera provided in the vehicle to the normal positions.12-20-2012
20110276234DEVICE FOR ACTUATING A MOVING PART OF A VEHICLE WITHOUT CONTACT - The present invention relates to a device for actuating a moving part (11-10-2011
20110276233TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CARRYING A PAYLOAD IN A DESIRED PLANE INDEPENDENT OF 3D TILTING OF SAID APPARATUS - A transportation apparatus includes a payload receiving unit, a transportation body, and a compensation system arranged there between providing adjustment of a desired spatial relationship of a payload surface of the compensation unit. The compensation system has at least one of a first compensation unit and a second compensation unit for adjustment of the spatial relationship. The compensation units adjust the spatial relationship in different directions. Thus the compensation system maintains a desired orientation of the payload surface independent of changes of orientation of the transportation surface. Further, the compensation system substantially maintains a common point of gravity of the transportation apparatus including the payload by displacing the center of gravity of the payload receiving unit and the payload substantially opposite to a displacement of a center of gravity of the transportation apparatus. At least one of the compensation units are extendable from at least one end thereof during operation.11-10-2011
20110320092ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MOBILE OFFICE WITH LOCATION BASED ADVERTISING - A vehicle for use on surface streets providing a viable working environment that allows at least 6 passengers to conduct work during commuting time. The configuration of each individual workspace is sufficiently large and separate from other passengers to serve as an effective alternative workplace until the passenger has arrived at their destination. Each workstation may also be equipped with computing and communications equipment to enhance productivity. The vehicle also may incorporate on one or more of its internal or external surfaces a dynamic display screen that displays advertising selected based, at least in part, on the then-current location of the vehicle as determined by a geographic location system such as GPS satellite navigation. The vehicle may also be electrically powered to further reduce its environmental impact.12-29-2011
20120101692VEHICLE LAMP CONTROLLER, VEHICLE LAMP SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE LAMP CONTROL METHOD - A vehicle lamp controller, a vehicle lamp system, and a vehicle lamp control method are provided. The vehicle lamp system includes an acceleration sensor, a vehicle lamp, and the vehicle controller. The controller includes a receiver configured to receive an acceleration information detected by the acceleration sensor, a control unit configured to derive a vehicle longitudinal direction acceleration and a vehicle vertical direction acceleration from the acceleration information, and to generate a control signal for instructing an adjustment of an optical axis of the vehicle lamp, based on a variation in a ratio between a temporal change amount of the vehicle longitudinal direction acceleration and a temporal change amount of the vehicle vertical direction acceleration during at least one of an acceleration and a deceleration of a vehicle, and a transmitter configured to transmit the control signal to an optical axis adjusting portion of the vehicle lamp.04-26-2012
20120330514PASSIVE VERIFICATION OF OPERATOR PRESENCE IN HANDLING REQUESTS FOR VEHICLE FEATURES - Passive verification of operator presence in handling requests for vehicle includes initiating activation of a power-operated vehicle component that is subject to a supervised control mechanism. The activation is initiated in response to a request from an operator-controlled device. The passive verification also includes verifying a presence of the operator-controlled device indicative of a presence of an operator of a vehicle, transmitting intermittent signals to the operator-controlled device, monitoring response signals received in response to the intermittent signals, and continuing activation of the power-operated vehicle component until the activation is complete so long as the response signals are received responsive to the monitoring.12-27-2012
20120290177Control Device for a Vehicle Having an Automatically Opening and/or Automatically Closing Flap - A vehicle control system for an automatically opening and/or automatically closing flap, includes a programmable operating switch and a programmable electronic control device. The operating switch is a proximity sensor that is actuatable in a non-contact manner and, after the actuation occurs, generates an operation request signal as an input signal to the control device. In the presence of the operation request signal and, as required, of at least one further condition, the control device emits a command to a closing mechanism for opening or closing the flap. The control device and/or the operating switch is programmed such that the operation request signals are counted as long as at least a first defined condition has not yet been met, and that, when a defined maximal counter reading has been reached, the operation request signals will be ignored until at least a second defined condition has been met.11-15-2012
20100168968METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ACTUATOR - The invention relates to a method for controlling an actuator (07-01-2010
20100168967SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING VEHICLE MOVEMENT BASED ON DRIVELINE TORQUE SENSOR - A system and method for detecting vehicle movement based on the measurement of the torque value on a vehicle drivetrain is disclosed. The system includes a torque sensor for measuring the torque on a vehicle drivetrain. This measured torque is utilized by a control module, with various other measured vehicle parameters, to determine if the conditions are such that vehicle movement may occur or has already begun. Possible vehicle movement is indicated when either the measured torque value exceeds a threshold value and changes towards zero, or big noise spikes are present in the torque sensor output signal.07-01-2010
20130013157VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR DRIVER-BASED ADJUSTMENTS - A control system of a vehicle according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include an input portion for inputting an order for generating an virtual avatar of a driver, an image detection portion that detects an outside image of the driver according to the order that is input by the input portion, an avatar generating portion that transforms the image of the real driver into the virtual avatar, and an integrated control portion that controls a driver seat, a steering device, a side view mirror, or a rear view mirror according to the shape of the virtual avatar.01-10-2013
20100131156CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - The present invention relates to a control apparatus for vehicle, and in particular, to a control apparatus for vehicle that is capable of changing an operation mode of body controller of vehicle as well as changing various electronic instruments in the vehicle. In particular embodiments, a control apparatus for vehicle that controls various electronic instruments of vehicle according to the present invention includes a key input unit that receives an operation mode selection signal for one of a plurality of operation modes for a specific body controller; and a multimedia CAN communications unit that sends the operation mode selection signal to a body controller through a gateway, receives and displays an operation mode change confirmation signal from the body controller through the gateway.05-27-2010
20130018551METHOD FOR OPERATING THE ON-BOARD ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLEAANM Fuchs; ThorstenAACI HallstadtAACO DEAAGP Fuchs; Thorsten Hallstadt DEAANM Hering; MatthiasAACI ForchheimAACO DEAAGP Hering; Matthias Forchheim DEAANM Wuerstlein; HolgerAACI Zeil am MainAACO DEAAGP Wuerstlein; Holger Zeil am Main DEAANM Schindhelm; ThomasAACI Neahaus-SchierschnitzAACO DEAAGP Schindhelm; Thomas Neahaus-Schierschnitz DEAANM Russ; DetlefAACI EbersdorfAACO DEAAGP Russ; Detlef Ebersdorf DE - A method for operating the electrical system of a motor vehicle having a control unit with an operating mode and an energy-saving standby mode is described. A wake-up operator control event is detected by a sensor and has an associated time interval from the preceding wake-up operator control event. The time interval is ascertained when a wake-up operator control event is detected, and the control unit is woken up or not woken up. Each wake-up operator control event has an associated switch-off indicator which is ascertained each time a wake-up operator control event is detected, and the control unit is woken up or not woken up as a function of the level of the switch-off indicator with reference to a switch-off threshold. A change in the current switch-off indicator relative to the preceding switch-off indicator is all the greater the smaller the current time interval.01-17-2013
20130024076VEHICLE OPENING-AND-CLOSING MEMBER CONTROL DEVICE - A vehicle opening-and-closing member control device includes displacement amount detection portions provided at drive units and detecting respective displacement amounts of the drive units, a determination portion obtaining a difference of the displacement amounts and determining whether the drive unit is in failure on the basis of the difference, and a restriction portion restricting an operation state of the opening-and-closing member so as to be an operation disapproval state in a case where the determination portion determines that at least one of the drive units fails and at least one of the drive units operates normally. The restriction portion stops the operation of the drive units when a failure of drive unit is determined during the drive units are in operation, and the restriction portion prohibits the operation of the drive units thereafter when the failure of the drive unit is determined during the drive units are not in operation.01-24-2013
20130173121ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING THE POSITION OF AT LEAST ONE AIR DEFLECTOR - An arrangement and method are provided for optimizing a position of at least one air deflector guiding an airflow around the vehicle such as a truck or truck-trailer combination during driving. A position of the at least one air deflector is determined by an actuator which is controlled in response to a sensed control signal indicating the air resistance of the vehicle, the speed of the vehicle is controlled by a vehicle driving control system for providing a constant speed of the vehicle during the optimization, and the position of the at least one air deflector is varied until the control signal indicates a minimized air resistance of the vehicle.07-04-2013
20120253607Method for controlling a vehicle using driver authentication, vehicle terminal, biometric identity card, biometric identification system, and method for providing a vehicle occupant protection and tracking function using the biometric identification card and the terminal - One embodiment of the present invention relates to a method for controlling a vehicle using driver authorization, to an on-vehicle terminal, to a biometric identity card, to a biometric identification system, and to a method for providing a vehicle occupant protection function using the biometric identification card and the terminal. According to one embodiment, a vehicle occupant protection and tracking function is provided such that a smart key function is provided to perform driver authorization and vehicle control operation using a biometric identity card, a chauffeur service provision status is informed through communications between a terminal such as a mobile phone and the biometric identity card, and the vehicle is tracked upon receiving the information on the chauffeur service provision status. According to one embodiment, driver authorization and the vehicle control operation are controlled using a biometric identity card to prevent the vehicle theft.10-04-2012
20130090816Adjustment Device for Ergonomically Setting a Vehicle Seat with Several Adjustable Seat Components - An adjustment device has a control unit with a memory, in which vehicle occupant data is storable. The data enable an automatic setting of all adjustable seat components and/or vehicle components. A read-in unit allows the necessary vehicle occupant data to be read into the memory of the control unit from a mobile data medium. The data medium obtains the necessary vehicle occupant data as a defined two dimensional image from a digital image acquisition system. The control unit or the data medium has an algorithm that determines proportions of given body parts in relation to each other from the two dimensional image such that a certain, at least relative, automatic setting of the seat components and/or the vehicle components is derivable. An input unit, which is manually operable as a touch screen, sets defined body part positions using marks superposed in succession on the image.04-11-2013
20130096781VEHICULAR WHEEL COVER - An automotive vehicle wheel apparatus includes a turnable cover or door for a wheelhouse opening in a fender. In another aspect, a sheath or liner is provided close to at least half of a circumference of a wheel. A further aspect blocks and/or removes circumferential air moving with a wheel.04-18-2013
20130103265VEHICLE GRILLE SHUTTER - A method of acknowledging a presence of an individual relative to a vehicle having a grille opening includes detecting that the vehicle is stationary. The method also includes sensing the presence of the individual relative to the vehicle. The method additionally includes setting an adjustable shutter in motion in response to the sensed presence of the individual when the vehicle is stationary. The shutter is arranged relative to the grille opening and is operable to selectively open and close the grille opening to present an appearance of a “wink”. A system using a controller configured to regulate the shutter and perform such a method is also provided.04-25-2013
20130103266METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POSITION AND/OR SPEED - A method regulates the position and/or speed of a device which can be moved along a predefined course using an electric motor. The regulating operation is carried out continuously in such a manner that targeted fluctuation of the controlled variables of position and/or speed around their desired values is respectively achieved within a predefinable tolerance range by selecting a manipulated variable.04-25-2013
20130131933APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING INFLOW OF EXHAUST GAS OF VEHICLE - Provided are an apparatus and method for preventing the inflow of exhaust gas of a vehicle. The apparatus includes a mode door provided in an air conditioner of a vehicle in such a manner as to close an air inlet, being in air-close mode, so that only inside air is circulated, or to open the air inlet, being in air-open mode, so that outer air is introduced, and a controller designed, in the air-close mode and above a certain vehicle speed, to control the mode door to tilt and open at a certain angle towards the air-open mode.05-23-2013
20130131932STEERING SYSTEM FOR THREE-WHEELED VEHICLE - A vehicle includes a frame, first and second wheels that are selectively rotatable about a first horizontal axis, a third wheel, and a steering system. The steering system operatively connects the third wheel to the frame such that the third wheel is selectively rotatable about a second horizontal axis. The steering system is configured to selectively toe the third wheel and to laterally displace the third wheel with respect to the frame, thereby increasing stability during turning.05-23-2013
20100286875SENSOR SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - A sensor system has object detection sensors 11-11-2010
20120259519METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY ACTIVATED POWERED ACTUATION OF A HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for selectively activating a gravity down mode of a hydraulic system during operation of a lift gate. An electronic control circuit is added to hydraulic control circuitry and is configured to selectively interrupt the power down mode or gravity down mode of operation of the hydraulic system based on either a manual input (override) or a sensed condition and switch to the other mode of operation.10-11-2012
20130184942Method and Apparatus for Determining Position of Motor Vehicle Seat - Apparatus for moving an automotive vehicle seat along a track includes a motor, a first sensor sensing rotation of the motor, and a second sensor detecting presence of the seat at a reference position along the track. A controller determines a seat position based upon signals from the first sensor and calibrates the determined seat position based upon a signal from the second sensor indicating that the seat is at the reference position. This allows any error that as accumulated in the seat position as determined by the first sensor to be eliminated each time the seat reaches the known reference position.07-18-2013
20130184943FAILURE DETERMINATION DEVICE FOR SHUTTER DEVICE OF VEHICLE - A failure determination device capable of performing failure determination for a shutter device of a vehicle with accuracy in a short time period. In an engine room of a vehicle, a condenser for a refrigeration cycle for an aircon is provided and at a front grille of the vehicle, a grille shutter device is provided for introducing ambient air for cooling the condenser into the engine room by opening a grille shutter. According to the failure determination device of the shutter device, a pressure of the refrigerant discharged from the condenser is detected as a refrigerant pressure. A failure of the grille shutter device is determined based on the refrigerant pressure, which changes at a large rate according to the opening/closing of the grille shutter, enabling failure determination with accuracy in a short time period.07-18-2013
20110313624REAR WHEEL TOE ANGLE CONTROL SYSTEM - Provided is a rear wheel toe angle control system that can prevent the impairment of the tracking performance of the electric actuator and enable the rear wheel toe angle control system to ensure the stability of the vehicle even when the electric actuator for steering the rear wheel according to the operating condition of the vehicle is subjected to an axial force. An ECU (12-22-2011
20110313623SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PEFORMING AUTO-LOCATION OF A TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SENSOR ARRANGED WITH A VEHICLE WHEEL - Auto-location systems and methods of tire pressure monitoring sensor units arranged with a wheel of a vehicle detect a predetermined time (T12-22-2011
20120035814DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A DOOR LEAF - The invention relates to a device for controlling a door leaf (02-09-2012
20130204497USER-BASED AUTOMOTIVE CABIN VENTILATION SETTINGS - An automobile may comprise a user interface, a ventilation system, a memory, and a controller. The user interface may be configured to detect presence of a user in the automobile. The ventilation system may comprise at least one vent, the at least one vent comprising an aperture comprising an opening configured to limit an amount of air that can pass through the at least one vent and at least one set of air flow fins configured to control a direction of air expelled by the at least one vent. The controller may be coupled to the memory, the user interface, and the ventilation system and configured to receive from the user interface an indication of the presence of the user, read desired ventilation settings associated with the user stored in memory; and communicate at least one signal to the ventilation system indicative of the desired ventilation settings.08-08-2013
20130204498VEHICLE HEADLAMP AND VEHICLE HEADLAMP DEVICE - The present invention provides a lamp unit for low beam and a lamp unit for high beam. A respective one of the lamp units is made of a semiconductor-type light source and a reflector that has reflection surfaces configured to emit light from the semiconductor-type light source forward of a vehicle, as a predetermined light distribution pattern. As a result, the present invention is capable of fully utilizing the light from the semiconductor-type light source and facilitating a light distribution design for forming the light in a predetermined light distribution pattern.08-08-2013

Patent applications in class Vehicle equipment position control (e.g., seat, mirror, door, window, headrest, or headlamp)