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Date/App# patent app List of recent Vehicle Driver-related patents
08/11/16
20160231131 
 Apparatus and  vehicle economy improvement patent thumbnailApparatus and vehicle economy improvement
A method of determining a coasting area is disclosed, together with methods of providing coasting information to a vehicle driver; coasting being when the vehicle is allowed to decelerate or to roll without being under power. In embodiments, the coasting area is determined by: determining an end point location of a coasting area based upon a location in map data of an expected decrease in speed of a vehicle traversing a road network represented by the map data; determining a start point location of the coasting area based on at least one attribute associated with the map data proximal to the end point location; and generating coasting information indicative of the coasting area having the start point and end point locations.
Tomtom Telematics B.v.


07/28/16
20160215877 
 Vehicle and method to control rolling engagements patent thumbnailVehicle and method to control rolling engagements
When a vehicle driver selects reverse while a vehicle is moving forward, a transmission controller applies friction shift elements within the transmission to create a partial tie-up condition to decelerate the vehicle. Once the vehicle slows below a threshold speed, the controller engages a selectable one way brake and releases some of the friction shift elements to engage a reverse gear ratio..
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


07/21/16
20160207540 
 Method, and apparatus, and system for generating driving behavior guiding information patent thumbnailMethod, and apparatus, and system for generating driving behavior guiding information
The present invention is applicable to the field of vehicle, and provides a method and apparatus and system for generating vehicle guiding information. The method for generating vehicle guiding information comprises: receiving operating information of a vehicle, position information of a vehicle and road condition information which are sent from a vehicle client-side; generating driving behavior guiding information according to the operating information of the vehicle, the position information of the vehicle and the road condition information; transmitting the driving behavior guiding information to the vehicle client-side designated by the driver of the vehicle.
Launch Tech Co., Ltd.


07/14/16
20160200307 
 Brake system for motor vehicles patent thumbnailBrake system for motor vehicles
A brake system for motor vehicles controlled in a brake-by-wire operating mode by the vehicle driver and independently. A normally open simulator valve is used, and no isolating valves are required for decoupling the master brake cylinder pressure chambers from the wheel brakes.
Continental Teves Ag & Co. Ohg


07/07/16
20160196098 
 Method and system for controlling a human-machine interface having at least two displays patent thumbnailMethod and system for controlling a human-machine interface having at least two displays
A method and system for controlling a human machine interface disposed in a vehicle and having at least two displays, includes monitoring a gaze direction of a vehicle driver. Based on the monitoring, it is determined which of the at least two displays is closest to the gaze direction of the vehicle driver, and in response to the determining, a functionality of the closest of the at least two displays is automatically altered..
Harman Becker Automotive Systems Gmbh


06/30/16
20160189444 
 System and method to orchestrate in-vehicle experiences to enhance safety patent thumbnailSystem and method to orchestrate in-vehicle experiences to enhance safety
A system and method to orchestrate in-vehicle experiences to enhance safety are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: queuing a collection of contextually relevant portions of information gathered from one or more vehicle-connectable data sources; selecting one or more of the relevant portions of information based on a vehicle's current context or a vehicle driver's current context; determining an active workload of the vehicle driver in the current context; determining a preferred manner for presenting the selected portions of information to the vehicle driver based on the active workload of the vehicle driver and the current context; and presenting the selected portions of information to the vehicle driver using the determined preferred manner..

06/30/16
20160185333 
 Negative pressure sensor abnormality detection  apparatus, control  internal combustion engine and control system patent thumbnailNegative pressure sensor abnormality detection apparatus, control internal combustion engine and control system
A negative pressure sensor abnormality detection apparatus includes a negative pressure sensor that outputs a signal corresponding to a negative pressure that a negative pressure pump generates, the negative pressure assisting a vehicle driver's brake operation; a negative pressure detection part that detects the negative pressure based on the signal that is output by the negative pressure sensor; a number-of-rotations counting part that counts the number of rotations of the negative pressure pump; and an abnormality determination part that determines that the negative pressure sensor is in an abnormal condition if, under a condition where a change in the driver's brake operation falls within a predetermined range, a change in the negative pressure detected by the negative pressure detection part along with an increase in the number of rotations counted by the number-of-rotations counting part is out of a predetermined range.. .

06/30/16
20160185166 
 Method for monitoring tire safety patent thumbnailMethod for monitoring tire safety
A method for monitoring tire safety is adopted for use on a vehicle equipped with a plurality of tires, a plurality of tire detection units located respectively on each tire to detect the interior conditions thereof, and an electronic device which forms information link with each tire detection unit. The method includes: each tire detection unit measures a corresponding tire measurement parameter; next, the tire measurement parameter is set in a tire status variation calculation formula and a contour variation calculation formula to calculate a plurality of parameters that represent each tire; next, calculate variation amounts of the parameters in an inspection time and convert to a status gradient data; then judge whether the status gradient data are coincided.

06/16/16
20160171792 
 Negative pressure abnormality detection apparatus and control  internal combustion engine patent thumbnailNegative pressure abnormality detection apparatus and control internal combustion engine
A negative pressure detection part detects a negative pressure from a signal of a negative pressure sensor detecting a negative pressure generated due to rotation of an internal combustion engine. The negative pressure is used to assist a vehicle driver's braking operation.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


06/16/16
20160167674 
 Telematics enabled drivers education patent thumbnailTelematics enabled drivers education
Driving skills of a driver are objectively monitored in real time using a telematics system, a navigation system, and a processor, which is configured to receive data from the telematics system that defines a predetermined vehicle operation the vehicle driver is to perform. The driver's completion of the vehicle operation is monitored and displayed on a display screen.
Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.


06/16/16
20160167671 

Method for ascertaining a degree of awareness of a vehicle operator


In a method for ascertaining a degree of attentiveness of a vehicle driver during travel with his vehicle, e.g., a motor vehicle, using a sensor of the vehicle, a direction of vision of the vehicle driver toward a region of a surrounding environment visible to the driver is recognized, and the region visible to the vehicle driver is assigned a probability distribution through which, on the basis of the recognized direction of vision of the vehicle driver, a degree of attentiveness of the vehicle driver is ascertained.. .
Robert Bosch Gmbh


06/16/16
20160167638 

Dynamic deceleration control for hybrid vehicle to achieve a consistent overrun response


A hybrid electric vehicle is capable of direct drive by internal combustion engine, electric motor, or both. In order to provide a consistent overrun response, a torque controller determines an appropriate deceleration characteristic according to, for example, transmission speed ratio, vehicle gradient and vehicle mass, and commands the electric motor and the engine to contribute a negative torque which meets the required deceleration characteristic.
Jaguar Land Rover Limited


06/16/16
20160167583 

Method and device for reproducing a lateral and/or rear surrounding area of a vehicle


The invention relates to a method and a device for detecting and reproducing a lateral and/or rear surrounding area (4) of a vehicle (2), for monitoring the surrounding area (4) by the vehicle driver, wherein the surrounding area (4) is detected by means of at least one image capturing device and image data of the surrounding area (4) is produced, and wherein the image data which is generated by the image capturing device can be reproduced by means of at least one image reproducing device which is arranged in the field of vision of the vehicle driver.. .
Application Solutions (electronics And Vision) Ltd.


06/16/16
20160167515 

Driver assistance system


A driver assistance system enables accelerate awareness of a danger source by the driver of a motor vehicle. The driver assistance system includes a display field that, from the viewpoint of the driver, is larger than a primary field of vision, which can be scanned without eye movement on the part of the vehicle driver.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


06/16/16
20160167492 

Vehicular resin back door structure


A vehicular resin back door structure includes an inner panel that is made of resin and defines a frame of a resin back door configured to be supported by a vehicle body, and that is formed with an opening through which a vehicle driver can view rearwardly at an upper portion of the inner panel; an outer panel that is made of resin and disposed at a periphery of the opening, and that is joined to the inner panel by a first adhesive to form, together with the inner panel, a frame section including an internal chamber; a glass sheet that is joined to the inner panel by a second adhesive; and a contact wall portion that forms part of a portion of the inner panel, and that directly or indirectly contacts the vehicle body in a closed state of the vehicular resin back door.. .
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


06/09/16
20160159327 

Evasion and brake-assist for motor vehicles


An evasion and brake-assist system for motor vehicles, having a sensory system for sensing the traffic environment of the vehicle, an actuator system for interventions in a steering system and a brake system of the vehicle, and having an electronic control device in which an emergency evasion function is implemented that checks whether an emergency evasive maneuver is necessary based on the data supplied by the sensory system and then acts on the dynamics of the vehicle via the actuator system to assist the vehicle driver in initiating and/or executing the emergency evasive maneuver, characterized in that in the first phase of an evasive maneuver, the emergency evasion function intervenes exclusively in the transverse dynamics, and only after this phase, decides whether an intervention in the longitudinal dynamics will also take place.. .
Robert Bosch Gmbh


06/02/16
20160152173 

Dynamic means of illuminating a field of vision


A process for producing an adaptive light pattern that is produced by at least one vehicle headlight (sw1, sw2) in a vehicle (2) that can be steered by a vehicle driver (3), the at least one vehicle headlight (sw1, sw2) having at least one adaptive means of illumination (bm1, bm2), wherein at least one camera (5) detects the direction (br) in which the vehicle driver is looking, at least one computing unit (6) evaluates the information obtained in this way and produces, on the basis of this information, control signals and transmits the control signals to the at least one vehicle headlight (sw1, sw2) with the at least one adaptive means of illumination (bm1, bm2), and wherein the at least one adaptive means of illumination (bm1, bm2) is controlled, on the basis of the control signals for targeted illumination of an area (br1) lying in the direction (br) in which the vehicle driver (3) is looking.. .
Zizala Lichtsysteme Gmbh


05/26/16
20160146618 

Method to gain driver's attention for autonomous vehicle


A computer-implemented method for the automated driving of a vehicle. The method may include coordinating a planned vehicle path using a path planner application.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.


05/26/16
20160146615 

Systems and methods for driver and vehicle tracking


Systems and methods for driver and vehicle tracking in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, a location tracking system includes a processor and a memory storing a location tracking application, wherein the location tracking application directs the processor to obtain vehicle location data, where the vehicle location data includes a set of vehicle location data points, obtain driver location data, where the driver location data includes a set of driver location data points, correlate the vehicle location data and the driver location data, and generate vehicle driver data based on the correlated vehicle location data and driver location data, where the generated vehicle driver data includes a set of drivers associated with a vehicle..
Calamp Corp.


05/26/16
20160144868 

Gesture based input system in a vehicle with haptic feedback


A vehicle haptic feedback system includes a haptic actuator, a detection device, and a controller. The haptic actuator is configured to provide haptic feedback to a vehicle driver.
Immersion Corporation


05/19/16
20160139415 

Method and device for detecting the position of the face of a person, in particular of a motor vehicle driver, and display including such a device


The invention also relates to a corresponding detection method and display, in particular a head-up display, provided with said device.. .

05/19/16
20160137164 

Intoxicated vehicle driver accident reduction system


An apparatus, method and system that blocks vehicle engine starting and reduces engine power when a driver's blood alcohol content is above a pre-set limit. The invention receives an electronic signal from at least one electronically controlled engine sensor and modifies the at least one signal such that the electronically controlled engine is not allowed to start or engine power is reduced, as relating to driver intoxication..

05/12/16
20160133065 

Driver measurement and incentive system for improving fuel-efficiency


A vehicle driver is provided with a display interface a smartphone, tablet, pc, or any telematics or in-vehicle device installed in the vehicle. The display interface presents a real-time target for the driver to follow to maximize fuel economy and safety, achieved by modulating the accelerator pedal appropriately..
Linkedrive, Inc.


05/12/16
20160132126 

System for information transmission in a motor vehicle


A system for information transmission in a motor vehicle and methods of operation are disclosed. A steering wheel, a dashboard with a cover, a dashboard display area with a dashboard display, and a display device arranged in the area of a windshield are provided in a passenger compartment of the motor vehicle.

05/05/16
20160123755 

Preventive fuel saving-aimed motor vehicle driver assistance


A fuel saving-aimed motor vehicle driver assistance system configured to receive and process motor vehicle-related data and motor vehicle position-related data to identify recurrent routes of a motor vehicle and to provide a motor vehicle driver, via an automotive human-machine interface, with motor vehicle driving assistance recommendations for fuel saving along the routes. The motor vehicle driver assistance system is configured to identify recurrent routes of the motor vehicle by determining a succession of geographic points, referred to as waypoints, along a route of the motor vehicle, at which values of a series of physical quantities are determined and recorded, which define the attributes of the waypoints.
C.r.f. Società Consortile Per Azioni


04/28/16
20160114720 

Vehicle headlight system with adaptive light distribution


An adaptive headlight system for a vehicle uses an adaptive headlight controller which controls one or more headlights so as to illuminate a scene visible to a vehicle driver. The controller causes the headlights to generate a frame-region within the scene which outlines an object detected by an object-detection system carried by the vehicle.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


04/21/16
20160110935 

Fuel savings scoring system with remote real-time vehicle obd monitoring


A novel fuel savings scoring system is capable of analyzing real-time on-board diagnostics (obd) information of a vehicle from a remote monitoring station unit. The fuel savings scoring system can derive a novel fuel efficiency comparison metric called “driving score.” preferably, the driving score represents a commercial vehicle driver's fuel efficiency driving performance relative to those of peer commercial drivers in a commercial vehicle fleet organization.

04/21/16
20160107646 

Vehicle operation based on activity tracking


A vehicle includes a vehicle computing system (vcs) and an adaptive cruise control module, a lane departure warning (ldw) module, a navigation system, or an alert mechanism (e.g., audible, visual or tactile). The vcs communicates with an activity tracking device worn by a vehicle driver.

04/21/16
20160107569 

Tone based control of vehicle functions


An apparatus and method for using audible tones generated by a vehicle driver's use of a tone actuator in a vehicle. The vehicle generates an audible tone which is capable of being heard by the driver as well as being received by a processor in the vehicle, the processor accessing a memory table correlating each distinct tone with a distinct vehicle control function.

03/24/16
20160088147 

Automatic identification of a vehicle driver based on driving behavior


A method and apparatus are disclosed that identify a motor vehicle operation and whether a driver is operating a mobile device. One example of operation may include a method that includes receiving vehicle data based on active operation of a vehicle and compiling a candidate driver identification profile (dip) based on the received vehicle data.
Tango Networks, Inc.


03/24/16
20160082972 

Vehicle traction control


A method of setting a vehicle in motion over a driving surface and/or maintaining motion of said vehicle over the driving surface implemented by a control system, said method comprising initiating motion control, initiating motion control comprising: commanding by the control system application of brake torque and drive torque to one or more wheels such that the vehicle is held stationary; subsequently initiating motion from rest whilst brake torque continues to be applied to the one or more wheels. The strategy may also be implemented to maintain vehicle progress on low friction surfaces.
Jaguar Land Rover Limited


03/24/16
20160082890 

Interior rearview mirror system for vehicle


An interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle includes an interior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror head with a mirror reflective element. The mirror reflective element includes a transflective mirror reflector.
Magna Mirrors Of America, Inc.


03/24/16
20160082801 

Device for adjusting the height of a vehicle


The present invention is a system for adjusting the height of vehicles. The vehicle is supported by a hollow cylinder and a piston having an undersized piston skirt is mounted on the suspension system's coil spring, and sealingly slidable within the cylinder bore.
Stealth Innovative Systems, Llc


03/10/16
20160071518 

Service oriented speech recognition for in-vehicle automated interaction and in-vehicle user interfaces requiring minimal cognitive driver processing for same


A system and method for implementing a server-based speech recognition system for multimodal automated interaction in a vehicle includes receiving, by a vehicle driver, audio prompts by an on-board human-to-machine interface and a response with speech to complete tasks such as creating and sending text messages, web browsing, navigation, etc. This service-oriented architecture is utilized to call upon specialized speech recognizers in an adaptive fashion.
Sirius Xm Connected Vehicle Services Inc.


03/10/16
20160070966 

Head-mounted display head pose and activity estimation


A system may receive head pose indications determined according to movement data from a motion sensor of an optical head-mounted display worn by a vehicle driver, determine, according to the head pose indications, driver activity characteristics indicative of a history of movement of the head of the driver, and send the driver activity characteristics to a driver-aware vehicle system configured to adjust driver notification based on the driver activity characteristics. The system may also receive raw movement data from a motion sensor of an optical head-mounted display worn on a head of a vehicle driver, compute head velocity data based on the raw movement data, compute head displacement data based on the head velocity data, and update head pose indications indicative of head positioning upon determining that the head displacement data exceeds a predetermined threshold displacement..
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


03/03/16
20160063459 

System and mobile payments in a vehicle


A payment server configured to share payments among occupants of a vehicle. The payment server receives a payment request comprising a payment amount and a vehicle identification, accesses a database record associated with the vehicle identification, the record including an identification and seat position of each vehicle occupant as determined from a mobile device of each occupant, and identifies the vehicle driver.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.


03/03/16
20160059813 

Sensor based occupant protection system


A system and method for optimizing various vehicle safety systems, such as airbags and seat belt load tensioning limiters, for a particular occupant of a vehicle seat, such as the vehicle driver or passenger, based on the weight of the occupant and the fore-aft position of the seat. The method senses the mass of the occupant and the position of the seat and classifies the combination of the mass and position.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


02/25/16
20160054142 

Big face icons


A navigation system which minimizes vehicle driver distraction through a series of simple, easily identifiable individual large icons separately displayed. The driver taps the screen and sees a first big non-verbal icon for an image related to the driver's query, wherein the driver hears an audio prompt and proceeds to select a desired navigation related to the driver's query..

02/18/16
20160046295 

Method and device for determining a reaction time of a vehicle driver


A method and a device for determining a reaction time of a vehicle driver of a vehicle includes a display device displaying at least one visual stimulus; and processing circuitry using a view recognition device to observe the direction of view of the vehicle driver, and determining the reaction time starting from the displaying of the visual stimulus, the reaction time corresponding to a specified time span if the direction of view of the vehicle driver is not recognized within the specified time span as running in the direction of the visual stimulus, or the reaction time corresponding to a time span in which the direction of view of the vehicle driver is recognized within the specified time span as running in the direction of the visual stimulus.. .
Robert Bosch Gmbh


02/11/16
20160039440 

Method and operating a vehicle, in particular a railroad vehicle


A method for operating a vehicle, in particular a railroad vehicle, having a safety circuit to be actuated by a vehicle driver, the safety circuit initiating at least one emergency action if the vehicle driver actuates the safety circuit uninterruptedly, or not at all, in a predefinable time interval. Provision is made here that a condition of the vehicle driver is sensed by a camera device; and that the at least one emergency action is initiated depending on the condition of the vehicle driver..
Robert Bosch Gmbh


02/11/16
20160039429 

Vehicle driver identification


A user gesture is detected based on received data from one or more motion sensors. User gesture attributes are identified including at least one of hand vectoring, wrist articulation, and finger articulation from the gesture including respective movements of each of a plurality of a user's fingers.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


02/04/16
20160031444 

Method of speed control for a vehicle


A vehicle is adapted to sense a condition of use in which a maximum speed control speed is reduced. The condition of use may be indicated by a sensor of the vehicle, or selected according to the kind of terrain across which the vehicle is travelling.
Jaguar Land Rover Limited


01/28/16
20160027337 

Driver control assistance sensor and method


An arrangement for training a vehicle driver or improving driving ability having a sensor located in a position beneath a motor vehicle brake pedal. A warning indicator is connected to the sensor to provide a signal when the sensor detects that a driver's heel is not in contact with a floor of the vehicle during braking..

01/28/16
20160023703 

Safety device for alerting motor vehicle drivers of proximity of a bicyclist


Disclosed is a safety device designed to alert motor vehicle drivers about the proximity of a bicyclist. The device includes a flexible antenna or rod that readily and preferably mounts in a substantially horizontal orientation to the handlebars of a bicycle.

01/21/16
20160017939 

Vehicle control apparatus


A vehicle control apparatus includes a first control section that shifts a vehicle from a normal running state to a coasting state by disengaging the clutch device of the vehicle when a predetermined execution condition is satisfied, a second control section that releases the coasting state when a brake operation or an accelerator operation is performed by a vehicle driver while the vehicle is in the coasting state, and an operation amount determination section that determines whether or not an operation amount of a brake operation or an accelerator operation performed while the vehicle is in the coasting state exceeds a release threshold. The second control section releases the coasting state if the operation amount is determined to exceed the release threshold, and does not release the coasting state if the operation amount is determined not to exceed the release threshold..
Denso Corporation


01/21/16
20160016592 

Vehicle driver-model controller with energy economy rating adjustments


A controller with energy economy rating (eer) calibration logic is configured to adjust a look-ahead time and feed-forward mapping window for vehicle controls according to eer.. .
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


01/21/16
20160016509 

Method for warning a vehicle driver of a tailgating third party vehicle


A method for warning a vehicle driver of a third party vehicle, in particular of a motor vehicle, of a collision, the vehicle driver of the driving third party vehicle being warned by the host vehicle of an imminent collision with a correspondingly front host vehicle, and the vehicle driver of the tailgating third party vehicle is signaled the imminent collision with the host vehicle by a driver assistance system of the host vehicle. Also described is a computer program product, an arithmetic unit, or a processing device, which may be a control device or a control unit for a vehicle, as well as to a driver assistance system for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle..
Robert Bosch Gmbh


01/14/16
20160014380 

Filtering device for a night vision system


A vision system for providing exterior view for a vehicle driver, includes an image capturing device for capturing images in a field of view, and a housing for accommodating the image capturing device therein. A moveable window having entrance window sections allows optimal choice of entrance window properties and provides an optimal view under all circumstances.
Orlaco Products B.v.


01/14/16
20160010707 

Vehicle clutch control systems


A vehicle having a clutch which connects an engine with a driveline which includes a multi-ratio gearbox, the clutch having an actuator which can be operated by a vehicle driver to engage and disengage the clutch, the actuator also having a control system arranged to move the clutch between fully engaged and fully released positions through a range of positions allowing variable levels of clutch slip in order to automatically reduce torsional vibrations in the driveline. The control system is configured to recognise a plurality of predetermined vehicle operation modes defined by the combination of a clutch slip status criterion as hereinbefore defined with one or more of the hereinbefore defined operating criteria of manual clutch position control input interface status, release bearing position status and slip velocity demand status and, dependent on the recognised vehicle operation mode, the control system applies a different clutch control strategy to achieve the required level of clutch slip to damp vibration in the driveline and provide transition between the different vehicle operation modes without exciting an uncomfortable level of vibration in the driveline..
Raicam Clutch Limited


01/14/16
20160009289 

Method and device for avoiding a tunnel vision


A method for avoiding a tunnel vision of a motor vehicle driver includes detecting an instantaneous viewing direction of the driver; comparing the instantaneous viewing direction with at least one previous viewing direction; detecting a tunnel vision if a rate of change between the viewing directions and/or if an angular range of the viewing direction is not reached; and stimulating the motor vehicle driver to avoid the tunnel vision. A device for avoiding a tunnel vision of the driver includes a camera for detecting an instantaneous viewing direction of the motor vehicle driver; a control unit for comparing the instantaneous viewing direction with at least one previous viewing direction and for detecting a tunnel vision if a rate of change between the viewing directions and/or if an angular range of the viewing direction is not reached, and a device for stimulating the motor vehicle driver to avoid the tunnel vision..
Robert Bosch Gmbh


01/07/16
20160001800 

Rail vehicle comprising a tachometer-speed display device, and a operating such a rail vehicle


A rail vehicle has a tachometer-speed display device and an european train control system speed display device. In order to easily avoid the speed being read incorrectly by the vehicle driver in such a rail vehicle, the glass cover of the tachometer-speed display device is an electro chrome glass pane that contains an electrical connection device.
Siemens Aktiengesellschaft


12/31/15
20150379893 

Data processing processing training data relating to the training of motor vehicle drivers


A data processing system for processing driver training data includes a central computer, which is located in a data center, and an administration computer which is arranged in an administration area. The central computer and the administration computer can communicate with each other over data interfaces, and data on the participants in the driver training can be recorded in the administration compute.
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft


12/17/15
20150360565 

Safety confirmation support system for vehicle driver and supporting safety confirmation of vehicle driver


In a driver's safety confirmation support system, a moving object detection section detects a moving object approaching to a vehicle in any of detection areas around a vehicle. When the moving object detection section detects the moving object in the detection area on a left side of the vehicle, a display control section controls a right display section provided in a right area relative to a driver's seat to display information regarding the moving object detected.
Denso Corporation


12/10/15
20150353093 

Driver training interface


A driver training vehicle system includes a driver training vehicle and an interface system with an auxiliary control unit that is removably installable in the vehicle. A vehicle control system can receive a brake input from a vehicle driver via a floor pedal in the vehicle as well as a brake input from a vehicle passenger via the auxiliary unit.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


12/03/15
20150344040 

Method for controlling a driver assistance system


The invention relates to a method for controlling a driver assistance system comprising the steps of providing information on an environment of a host vehicle, receiving a spoken instruction from a host vehicle driver, generating an attention delegation task for evaluation of the provided information from the spoken instruction, performing evaluation of provided information in accordance with said attention delegation task and outputting a result of the evaluation.. .
Honda Research Institute Europe Gmbh


12/03/15
20150343943 

Cyclist warning system


A warning system for trucks includes visual and audible warning devices (12,13) at the nearside, and linked to the vehicle turning indicator. Such a system may reduce collisions with cyclists.
Innovative Safety Systems Limited


11/19/15
20150329115 

Method and system for guidance of driver behaviour during driving of vehicles


A method for guidance of driver behaviour during driving of a vehicle (1) in hilltop driving: the steps of continuously determining topography along the vehicle's itinerary for determining a profile of the vehicle's speed (v); presenting (s2) the vehicle driver with suggestions for action concerning the driving of the vehicle for a desired reduction of fuel consumption, the action includes reduced power mobilisation before a hilltop transition. A profile of the vehicle speed (v) is determined as a result of the action, whereby the step of presenting (s2) the vehicle's driver with suggestions for said action, is subject to consideration to subconditions.
Scania Cv Ab


11/19/15
20150329091 

Braking control system for vehicle


A braking control system for a vehicle includes at least one sensor having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A control, after actuation of the vehicle brake system, determines the speed of the vehicle and relative speed of the vehicle to another vehicle or object, and, responsive to the speed of the vehicle and the relative speed, the control controls the vehicle brake system.
Magna Electronics Inc.


11/12/15
20150321558 

Information device for a vehicle driver and method to control same


Method to control the device accordingly.. .

10/29/15
20150310451 

Vehicle driver tracking and reporting


Various structures and methods are described herein to track driving of a restricted driver. In an example, an additional criterion is also tracked, which can be an authorized driving supervisor in the vehicle.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


10/29/15
20150310378 

System interfacing a fleet management system and a ride sharing system


A system associated with a fleet management system and in networked communications with a ride sharing system. A computing device derives from a fleet management system potential ride offers.

10/29/15
20150307129 

System and maneuvering a vehicle-trailer unit in reverse travel


The sensor can be a distance sensor or a camera, and the quantity can be a distance or a marker position. As a reference value for comparison, the method can use a stored value or previously or simultaneously measured values.

10/29/15
20150307101 

Vehicle and method to control rolling engagements


When a vehicle driver commands a change in direction of motion while the vehicle is moving above a threshold speed, a controller first applies a braking force to slow the vehicle below the threshold speed and then establishes a power flow path associated with the opposite direction of motion. The braking force may be applied by wheel brakes or, in some situations, by a transmission clutch.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


10/29/15
20150305420 

Jacket garment for tandem vehicle passenger safety


A novel jacket garment worn by the driver of a tandem vehicle, such as a motorcycle, intended for rear passenger safety is disclosed. The novel garment comprises an outer shell, an inner lining, and an internal frame structure.

10/22/15
20150304483 

Bluetooth-based limitation of functionality of motor vehicle drivers' personal electronic mobile smart devices during driving


A system for managing operation of a personal electronic mobile smart device when it is on board a motor vehicle; wherein the personal electronic mobile smart device and the motor vehicle are each provided with a bluetooth-based short-range bidirectional wireless communication system operable to detect the presence of short-range bidirectional wireless communication systems within its communication range and to connect to the short-range bidirectional wireless communication systems detected within its communication range; and wherein the personal electronic mobile smart device is configured to implement a number of user-accessible functions and to automatically reconfigure access to its user-accessible functions when its short-range bidirectional wireless communication system is bluetooth-connected to the short-range bidirectional wireless communication system of the motor vehicle.. .
Fca Italy S.p.a.


10/22/15
20150301175 

Driver-entry detector for a motor vehicle


Driver-detection technology includes various systems, methods, and apparatuses. For example, an active infrared (ir) sensor might be affixed in a motor-vehicle driver footwell and detect the driver's entry into the vehicle.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


10/15/15
20150294166 

Vehicle driver assistance assisting a vehicle driver in maneuvering the vehicle relative to an object


A vehicle driver assistance apparatus is provided for a vehicle. The vehicle driver assistance apparatus comprises an image capture device arranged to capture image data which is representative of an object in vicinity of the vehicle.

10/08/15
20150289084 

Nfc-based limitation of functionality of motor vehicle driver's personal electronic mobile smart devices during driving


A system for managing operation of a personal electronic mobile smart device when it is on board a motor vehicle; wherein the personal electronic mobile smart device is configured to implement a number of user-accessible functions; wherein the personal electronic mobile smart device and the motor vehicle are each provided with an nfc-based short-range bidirectional wireless communication system operable to detect the presence of nfc-based short-range bidirectional wireless communication systems within its communication range and to establish communication with the short-range bidirectional wireless communication systems detected within its communication range; and wherein the short-range bidirectional wireless communication system of the motor vehicle is configured to be detected only by a short-range bidirectional wireless communication system of a personal electronic mobile smart device of a driver of the motor vehicle; and wherein the personal electronic mobile smart device is further configured to automatically reconfigure access to its user-accessible functions when its short-range bidirectional wireless communication system detects the presence of the short-range bidirectional wireless communication system of the motor vehicle within its communication range.. .

10/01/15
20150274074 

System and providing front-oriented visual information to vehicle driver


A camera system is installed on the front end of a vehicle, either on the left front, the right front, or both sides. The camera is linked via wired or wireless connection to an onboard computer and a navigation display that is located within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
Klear-view Camera, Llc


09/24/15
20150266486 

Driver intention estimation arrangement


A driver intention estimation arrangement is provided to estimate a level of overtaking intention of a driver of a vehicle hosting the arrangement. The arrangement includes a driver eye monitoring unit configured to monitor a gaze direction (g) of at least one eye of the driver, and a processing unit configured to analyze the gaze direction (g).
Volvo Car Corporation


09/17/15
20150258997 

Driver attentiveness detection


A driver attentiveness detection device and method using at least one digital camera device (2) and a control unit (5). The camera device (2) is arranged to detect eye configurations of a vehicle driver (4).

09/10/15
20150254978 

Emergency vehicle alert system and method


A broadcast notification system for providing alert notifications to vehicle drivers. The system recognizes the vehicle type that it has been installed.
William E. Boyles


09/10/15
20150253804 

Method for operating a vehicle with an automatic driving mode


A method for operating a vehicle that can be operated in a manual driving mode and in an automatic driving mode and has at least one foot actuation device, which in the manual driving mode projects from a plane of a resting surface and can be actuated by a vehicle driver, wherein a switch from the manual driving mode to the automatic driving mode is detected and thereupon the at least one foot actuation device and/or the resting surface are moved relative to one another in such a way that the at least one foot actuation device and the resting surface form a substantially continuous plane or the resting surface forms a substantially continuous plane and the foot actuation device is covered by the plane of the resting surface.. .
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft


09/10/15
20150253772 

Apparatus and continuously establishing a boundary for autonomous driving availability and an automotive vehicle comprising such an apparatus


Provided are a method and apparatus for continuously establishing a boundary for autonomous driving availability, in a vehicle having autonomous driving capabilities and comprising at least one remote sensor for acquiring vehicle surrounding information and at least one vehicle dynamics sensor for determining vehicle dynamics parameters. The method and apparatus include at least one of a positioning arrangement that provides map data with associated information, a route planning arrangement that enables route planning, a vehicle driver monitoring arrangement that provides driver monitoring information, and a real time information acquiring arrangement that acquires at least one of traffic information and weather information.
Volvo Car Corporation


08/27/15
20150240534 

Vehicle door latch controller


A vehicle door latch controller is provided in which the operation of a latch release electric motor for driving a ratchet is controlled so as to pivot the ratchet from the ratchet engagement position to the ratchet release position in response to detecting a latch release intention of the vehicle driver in a fully-latched state, wherein a control unit actuates the latch release electric motor so as to pivot the ratchet to the ratchet engagement position after a predetermined time has elapsed since it has detected that the ratchet is at the ratchet release position and actuation of the latch release electric motor has been stopped after the latch release electric motor has started actuating so as to pivot the ratchet from the ratchet engagement position to the ratchet release position. Such controller prevents opening a door undesirably, even if releasing of a latched state is erroneously carried out..
Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock,


08/06/15
20150221341 

System and enhanced time-lapse video generation using panoramic imagery


A system for periodically recording gps coordinates of a vehicle during the vehicle driver's trip as trip coordinates, at times when the driver gazes away from the direction of travel, recording a potential point in interest in accordance with the current gps coordinates and an angle of the driver's eye gaze, and after reaching the destination, sending the trip coordinates and the point of interest coordinates to a remote server. The remote server may then retrieve from a gps coordinate-tagged image database, panoramic images corresponding to the trip coordinates and potential poi coordinates.
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft


07/30/15
20150210265 

Rear defrost control in stop/start vehicle


A method for controlling a stop/start vehicle includes commanding an engine auto start in response to a calibratable time interval elapsing after receiving an electric defroster activation request when the engine is auto stopped. The method may further include activating a defroster after the engine has been auto started.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


07/30/15
20150210145 

Koo taylor automobile side visor


This automobile devise is a rectangular box, hereafter referred to as the box. The box is designed to protect the automobile vehicle driver and the front seat passenger from the sun's glare and heat when the sun is on either side of the vehicle.

07/23/15
20150206449 

Online training vehicle drivers and determining hazard detection proficiency


A system for determining vehicle driver hazard detection proficiency and calculating insurance discounts, the system comprising: an internet device that presents to an internet user a visual presentation of a continuous drive through a driving environment comprising at least two hazard modules, wherein each hazard module presents to the internet user at least one driving scenario that comprises at least one hazard; an internet device that records user viewing locations within the visual presentation, the user viewing locations corresponding to locations within the visual presentation that are viewed by the user during the visual presentation of the continuous drive; a computer analytics device comprising an algorithm that compares the recorded user viewing locations with defined locations of hazards within the visual presentation of the continuous drive, and determines a hazard detection proficiency of the user based at least on the comparison; a computer memory device comprising at least one minimum hazard detection proficiency criteria corresponding to an insurance discount; and a computer analytics device that compares the determined hazard detection proficiency of the user with the minimum hazard detection proficiency criteria and determines whether to award the insurance discount to the user.. .
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company


07/23/15
20150204683 

Method and device for determining a height of a fluid level in a fluid container


A method for guiding a vehicle driver along a travel route includes: ascertaining the travel route: identifying a traffic sign which is arranged along the travel route and which displays directions indicating an alternate route, the directions deviating from a recommended route according to the travel route; outputting the recommended route upon or prior to reaching the traffic sign; and outputting information relating to the deviation between the directions and the recommended route.. .
Continental Automotive Gmbh


07/23/15
20150203030 

Multi-sensory attention alert system


A multi-sensory attention alert device for a vehicle includes a sensor arrangement, a warning signal emission arrangement for emitting haptic, acoustic and optical warning signals to the vehicle driver, and a control unit for analyzing and assessing the recorded measurement values and for controlling the warning signal emission arrangement. The direction of a potential source of danger can be indicated by emitting warning signals that address multiple sensory organs of the driver, and the direction of an interface can be indicated whose operation, by the driver, constitutes a counter measure for avoiding the dangerous situation..
Continental Automotive Gmbh


07/16/15
20150199854 

Vehicle maintenance systems and methods


A system that enables a fleet of vehicles to be maintained is provided. The disclosed system allows a fleet operator to review the history of the vehicles in the fleet along with vehicle sensor data to identify earmarks in the vehicle sensor data that are predictive of faults that the vehicles have experienced.
United Parcel Service Of America, Inc.


06/25/15
20150178675 

Systems, methods, and computer program products for processing package delivery exceptions


Embodiments of the present invention provide methods, systems, computer program products, and apparatuses for processing package delivery exceptions. In one embodiment, a method for processing an item delivery exception for an item that is to be delivered by a carrier is provided.
United Parcel Service Of America, Inc.


06/25/15
20150175172 

Gesture based input system in a vehicle with haptic feedback


A system for controlling vehicle systems includes a haptic actuator, a gesture detection device, a controller, and a plurality of vehicle systems. The gesture detection device captures movements of a vehicle driver or passenger and outputs data representing a gesture made by the vehicle driver or passenger.
Immersion Corporation


06/25/15
20150175067 

System and providing feedback to a vehicle driver


A method and system for providing feedback to a vehicle driver are provided. Metrics are collected for a vehicle being operated.
Trapeze Software Ulc


06/25/15
20150174982 

Device for adjusting the height of a vehicle


The present invention is a system for adjusting the height of vehicles. The vehicle is supported by a hollow cylinder and a piston having an undersized piston skirt is mounted on the suspension system's coil spring, and sealingly slidable within the cylinder bore.

06/18/15
20150170438 

Method for analyzing operation characteristics of a vehicle driver


A method analyzes characteristics of a vehicle driver, especially for insurance purposes. The method is performed by a cooperation of an analyzing vehicle system in a vehicle and a stationary processing unit remote from the vehicle.

06/18/15
20150165903 

Alcohol detection system for vehicle driver testing with integral temperature compensation


An alcohol detection system incorporates a resistive touch sensor mountable in a vehicle for determining presence of alcohol based on changed skin resistance. An ignition interlock is provided in the vehicle and a microcontroller is connected to and receives data from the touch sensor and provides a signal to open the interlock to disable the vehicle upon receipt of data from the touch sensor exceeding a predetermined value.
Transbiotec, Inc.


06/04/15
20150153197 

Enabling alert messages in a vehicle


A feature for a motor vehicle that takes precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network in the vicinity ahead of the vehicle. The feature uses a data representation of the road network extending from the current vehicle position out to an extent.
Here Global B.v.


06/04/15
20150151747 

Vehicle steering


A method and system of providing steering in cruise control, in low friction conditions, at low speed and in low range. Speed of individual vehicle wheels is repeatedly and automatically adjusted to ensure that the actual rate of turn of the vehicle approaches the theoretical rate of turn as demanded by the vehicle driver..
Jaguar Land Rover Limited


06/04/15
20150151683 

Exterior mirror system for a vehicle


An exterior mirror system for a vehicle includes exterior rearview mirror assemblies mounted at respective sides of the vehicle. The mirror assemblies include a light module and a camera.
Magna Mirrors Of America, Inc.


05/28/15
20150145658 

Methods and systems for closure notification


Apparatus are provided for notifying a driver of an open vehicle access. The apparatus includes an electronic control module for informing a vehicle driver that a vehicle access is not secured, the electronic control module configured to determine if a transmission of the vehicle is in either a park status or a neutral status, determine if all keys for the vehicle are located outside a predetermined distance from the vehicle and determine if a displacement sensor indicates that a vehicle access is not closed.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


05/21/15
20150140991 

Automatic identification of a vehicle driver based on driving behavior


A method and apparatus are disclosed that identify a motor vehicle operation and whether a driver is operating a mobile device. One example of operation may include a method that includes receiving vehicle data based on active operation of a vehicle and compiling a candidate driver identification profile (dip) based on the received vehicle data.
Tango Networks, Inc.


05/14/15
20150134191 

Inspection device of vehicle driver assistance systems


An inspection device for vehicle driver assistance systems (dass) mounted on a vehicle may include: i) a frame unit including pillar frames, where vehicles forwardly enter and backwardly exit, at respective corners of a base frame, and an upper frame is coupled to upper end portions of the pillar frames; a correction unit installed at the upper frame such that it is movable in multi-axis directions so as to correct a camera measurement point of a lane departure warning system (ldws) at a front side of the vehicle and configured to display a correction target with respect to the camera as an image; and an inspection unit installed at the upper frame such that it is movable in multi-axis directions so as to check a normal operation of the ldws and configured to display a driving lane as an image.. .

04/30/15
20150120499 

Method and a device for allowing charging of a vehicle driver


A method performed in a managing device for managing charging of an electrical vehicle, the method comprising the steps of retrieving (s2) information on behavior of a counterpart and/or the relationship between a user of the managing device and the counterpart, and comparing (s3) the information to a predetermined set of behavior and relationship scenarios pre-set to the managing device, as well as selecting (s4) an action to be performed by the managing device or the user of the managing device based on which behavior and relationship scenario the information matches or if a match is lacking.. .
Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (pul)


04/30/15
20150120339 

Online system for training novice drivers and rating insurance products


A system for determining vehicle driver hazard detection proficiency and calculating insurance discounts, the system comprising: an internet device that presents to an internet user a visual presentation of a continuous drive through a driving environment comprising at least two hazard modules, wherein each hazard module presents to the internet user at least one driving scenario that comprises at least one hazard; an internet device that records user viewing locations within the visual presentation, the user viewing locations corresponding to locations within the visual presentation that are viewed by the user during the visual presentation of the continuous drive; a computer analytics device comprising an algorithm that compares the recorded user viewing locations with defined locations of hazards within the visual presentation of the continuous drive, and determines a hazard detection proficiency of the user based at least on the comparison; a computer memory device comprising at least one minimum hazard detection proficiency criteria corresponding to an insurance discount; and a computer analytics device that compares the determined hazard detection proficiency of the user with the minimum hazard detection proficiency criteria and determines whether to award the insurance discount to the user.. .
State Farm Insurance


04/30/15
20150118652 

Method and device for identifying behaviour of a vehicle driver


The disclosure provides a method, performed in a first communication unit (2). The method comprises the steps of identifying a rewardable behaviour of a driver (10) of a vehicle (9), checking first storing means (6) for a reward that corresponds to the rewardable behaviour, collecting the reward from the first storing means (6), and transmitting the reward to a second communication unit (3) connected to the vehicle (9).
Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)


04/30/15
20150116493 

Method and system for estimating gaze direction of vehicle drivers


Methods and systems for continuously monitoring the gaze direction of a driver of a vehicle over time. Video is received, which is captured by a camera associated with, for example, a mobile device within a vehicle, the camera and/or mobile device mounted facing the driver of the vehicle.
Xerox Corporation


04/30/15
20150116133 

Emergency vehicle alert system and method


A broadcast notification system for providing alert notifications to vehicle drivers. The system recognizes the vehicle type that it has been installed.



Vehicle Driver topics: Vehicle Driver, Navigation, Authorization, Transactions, Cell Phone, Authentication, Voice Recognition, Data Center, Interactive, Cellular Communication, Vehicle Location, Microcontroller, Data Logger, Communication System, Memory Device

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