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02/05/15
20150035353
 Method for operating a brake system and a brake system patent thumbnailMethod for operating a brake system and a brake system
A method and system for operating a motor vehicle brake system, actuated in a “brake-by-wire” operating mode both by the vehicle driver and also independent of the vehicle driver, preferably operated in the “brake-by-wire” operating mode, and which can be operated in at least one fall-back operating mode, in which only operation by the vehicle driver is possible. The brake system has an electrohydraulic pressure and volume setting device, which electronically emits a brake system pressure under control, and a pressure modulation unit having, for each wheel brake, inlet and outlet valves for setting wheel-specific brake pressures.
Continental Teves Ag & Co. Ohg
01/22/15
20150023036
 Adjustable elevated light for transportation vehicles patent thumbnailAdjustable elevated light for transportation vehicles
An adjustable, elevated and externally mounted lighting device (21) for vehicles such as school busses (22) and other types of vehicles, that provides a pool of light (23) to passenger loading and unloading areas for better visibility of passengers, vehicle drivers, and other vehicle operators in the vicinity during hours of darkness. The light's adjustability, combined with a diffused lens (29), provides a broad and bright pool of light (23) without obstructing passenger visibility or driver use of side mirrors (30).
01/22/15
20150021134
 Current transmission device for charging electrical energy stores of vehicles at overhead charging stations patent thumbnailCurrent transmission device for charging electrical energy stores of vehicles at overhead charging stations
The invention relates to a vehicle-side current transmission device (4) for the stationary charging of electrical energy stores of vehicles (7) at charging stations by means of current-supplying contact surfaces (13, 14, 14) arranged above the vehicle (7), wherein a charge current collector (4) formed as an articulated arm system (4) is designed to be multi-pole and has, for making stationary contact with the current-supplying contact surfaces (13, 14, 15), at least two electrical contact elements (1, 2, 3) isolated from one another, which transmit different electrical phases. On the basis of the present invention, the charge current collector is used to create a current transmission device which enables at least two or a plurality of electrical contacts to be made via one single current collector, said electrical contacts being able to transmit different electrical phases while grounding the vehicle at the same time.
Schunk Bahn-und Industrietechnik Gmbh
01/15/15
20150015386
 Warning device and  warning a vehicle driver of a motor vehicle patent thumbnailWarning device and warning a vehicle driver of a motor vehicle
A warning device in a motor vehicle is provided for warning a vehicle driver as a function of a triggering signal of a driver assistance system in response to a certain event requiring a driver take-over. In this case, a mobile terminal is present in the vehicle, which can be connected with the driver assistance system and has a corresponding program module, by which the unrestricted use of the mobile terminal is basically permitted, but which, interrupts the unrestricted use and outputs a warning signal, prompting the driver to take over when the triggering signal is received..
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
01/08/15
20150012182
 Method and device for assisting a driver of a vehicle in a bottleneck patent thumbnailMethod and device for assisting a driver of a vehicle in a bottleneck
A method for assisting a vehicle driver in a bottleneck, including the tasks of reading in, evaluating, and providing. In the reading in, a piece of information about a negotiable corridor in the bottleneck, a piece of information about an instantaneous trajectory of the vehicle in the bottleneck, and a piece of information about a steering torque which is presently applied by the driver to a steering of the vehicle are read in.
Robert Bosch Gmbh
01/01/15
20150006018
 Detecting operating mode of hybrid vehicles patent thumbnailDetecting operating mode of hybrid vehicles
A method for detecting the operating mode of a hybrid vehicle using roadside cameras, said method including the analysis of thermal images of parts of the vehicle and/or exhaust fumes, in combination with associated images of the number plates obtained using visual camera(s) operating in synchronism with said thermal camera and used for vehicle make inference and driver identification. The inferred make of the car is used for aforementioned analysis of thermal images.
Fujitsu Limited
12/25/14
20140379246
 Vehicle driver-model controller with energy economy rating adjustments patent thumbnailVehicle 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
12/18/14
20140372152
 System and  calculating the pricing of credit based on engagement with a driver programme patent thumbnailSystem and calculating the pricing of credit based on engagement with a driver programme
A system and method of calculating the pricing of credit based on engagement with a driver programme includes receiving data including information relating to the compliance of a driver in a plurality of programme areas related to motor vehicle driver behaviours and storing the data in a database. Points are awarded to the driver wherein the points allocated are related to the compliance of the driver in the programme areas and the points allocated are used as one factor to calculate the pricing of credit for the driver wherein the higher the degree of compliance with the programme the cheaper the pricing of the credit..
Discovery Limited
12/18/14
20140371987
 Reconfigurable steering wheel with visual feedback related to vehicle systems patent thumbnailReconfigurable steering wheel with visual feedback related to vehicle systems
An automotive vehicle steering wheel having at least one touch screen display associated therewith is disclosed. The touch screen display is configured to: (i) display interactive icons, each indicative of an associated vehicle functionality, (ii) receive selective input from a vehicle driver touching the icons to control said associated functionality; and (iii) selectively display passive information directed to the operation of the vehicle..
Ford Global Technologies Llc
12/11/14
20140365062
 Method and  changing an autonomously travelling motor vehicle to a safe state patent thumbnailMethod and changing an autonomously travelling motor vehicle to a safe state
A method and an apparatus for changing a motor vehicle in an autonomous travel mode to a safe state when the driver of the motor vehicle is not able to monitor the autonomous travel mode and to assume control of the motor vehicle. The vehicle driver is warned using warning signals of increasing intensity; other road users in the area surrounding the motor vehicle are warned using optical and/or acoustic signals; the motor vehicle is braked and/or accelerated repeatedly such that parts of the body of the vehicle driver noticeably move in the direction of travel owing to inertia (the braking and/or acceleration being so brief that the travel speed of the motor vehicle changes relatively little); and the motor vehicle is brought to a standstill or is kept at a standstill by automatic braking in order to change the vehicle to a safe state..
12/04/14
20140358423

Method and automatically warning driver to take a break


A driver caution threshold that varies by time of day and/or by driver activity load factor is compared a vehicle driver's activity. Responsive to a determination that vehicle driver's activity violates the driver caution threshold, a prompt to take a break and/or directions to a nearby restaurant are presented..
11/13/14
20140336895

Adaptive control of motor vehicle powertrain


A method and system is disclosed for blending between different torque maps of a vehicle in a smooth and progressive manner. Blending is delayed if the vehicle driver cannot detect that blending is taking place, for example when the difference between a source map and target map is below a predetermined threshold..
11/13/14
20140336844

Third-order polynomial-based course prediction for driver assistance functions


Methods and systems for performing vehicle driver assistance. One method includes determining, at a controller, whether the vehicle is steering toward a drive-straight state and when the vehicle is steering toward the drive-straight state, calculating, at the controller, a predicted course trajectory using a third order polynomial.
11/06/14
20140328248

Vehicle driver identification using portable device


A network device associates a fleet vehicle with a driver of it. The network device receives customer input associating a group of media access control (mac) addresses of portable devices with driver identifiers and stores, in a memory, the mac addresses associated with the driver identifiers.
10/30/14
20140324290

Traction and cornering properties of a motor vehicle


A method for controlling cornering of a motor vehicle having a front wheel drive and an electronically controllable locking differential. A motion model of the motor vehicle is calculated on the basis of the control inputs of a vehicle driver, a lateral movement parameter of the motor vehicle is measured.
10/16/14
20140309816

Method and device for modifying the configuration of a driving assistance system of a motor vehicle


A method and apparatus for modifying the configuration of a driving assistance system of a motor vehicle includes, during operation in an autopilot mode, detecting that a vehicle driver makes a control input counter to vehicle control directed by the driving assistance system. Data relating to driving conditions existing when the driver made the control input is logged onboard the vehicle and transmitted to an off-board central communications platform.
10/16/14
20140307344

Clear bezel


A rearview assembly having a mounting structure configured to be operably coupled with a vehicle. A housing is operably connected with the mounting structure and a rearward viewing device is supported by one of the housing and the mounting structure.
10/09/14
20140300690

Peripheral viewing system for a vehicle


A peripheral viewing system for a vehicle includes a pair of digital cameras, each positioned on the exterior of the vehicle proximately positioned where a side view mirror would typically be mounted. An additional digital camera is mounted on the vehicle roof immediately adjacent the top edge of the rear window.
09/18/14
20140267398

Augmented reality heads up display (hud) for yield to pedestrian safety cues


An augmented reality driver system, device, and method safely guide a vehicle driver to yield to pedestrians. A vehicle navigator determines a turn lane based upon proximity to a vehicle.
09/18/14
20140267263

Augmented reality heads up display (hud) for left turn safety cues


A method, augmented reality driving system and device safely guide a vehicle driver to perform a left turn. A vehicle navigator detects a left turn based upon proximity and speed for a vehicle.
09/11/14
20140257628

Steering-wheel-hold detection for lane keeping assist feature


A system and method for determining whether a vehicle driver is holding a steering wheel of the vehicle. The vehicle will include an electric power steering (eps) system and may include an active front steering (afs) system.
09/11/14
20140253310

Human machine interface


A method and system provides a human machine interface configured to provide a vehicle driver with an appropriate easy to understand information to perform driving maneuvers safely. The human machine interface provides the driver with safety information for performing a driving maneuver.
09/04/14
20140247328

Terrain visualization for a vehicle and vehicle driver


A visualization technique for a vehicle and a vehicle driver combines a forward facing video camera and a forward facing time of flight camera. The outputs of the camera are combined to provide the vehicle driver with an augmented reality display, whereby topographical features can be identified in relation to the vehicle even if out of line of sight of the driver..
08/28/14
20140240112

Method and tracking device connection and state change


A system includes a processor configured to determine if a vehicle computing system (vcs) has been placed in a monitoring mode. The processor is also configured to detect and log the connection or disconnection of any remote devices.
08/21/14
20140235216

Using bodycom to modify the configuration of a device based upon context


Context of a device is controlled by a short-range wireless connectivity technology that uses the human body to transport wireless signals that may be easily distinguished between proximate locations, e.g., a vehicle driver location and a passenger location. The devices that communicate with this short-range wireless connectivity technology must be within a few centimeters of a user's body.
08/21/14
20140232851

M-atv driver's vision augmentation system


Video aids are disclosed to assist vehicle drivers for all phases of vehicle control and driving conditions. In one exemplary embodiment, a driver's vision augmentation system is flexibly configured for installation on virtually any vehicle for real-time video display to the vehicle driver of each tire's contact with the ground.
08/21/14
20140232537

Method and device for signaling the presence of a potential obstacle, such as a pedestrian, to a vehicle driver, and in particular a machine driver


Disclosed is a method for signaling the presence of a potential obstacle, such as a pedestrian (p) to a vehicle driver (v), in particular a machine driver, wherein each obstacle (p) is provided with a transmitter (em) capable of outputting a presence signal of the obstacle, and including two at least substantially orthogonal transmitting antennas (a1, a2) and power supply device (1-5) suitable for outputting in-phase quadrature signals to the antennas, and each vehicle (v) is provided with a receiver (re) including two at least substantially orthogonal receiving antennas (ax, ay).. .
08/21/14
20140230760

Freeze detecting device for active shutter of vehicle


A freeze detecting device for an active shutter of a vehicle includes an engine control unit that outputs an opening signal, opens an active shutter, takes in travelling wind to an engine compartment, and inhibits heat damage when an external air temperature is at or below a freezing determination temperature and also a load state is high. On the other hand, when an opening signal is output from the engine control unit but the active shutter does not perform an opening action, a determination of being frozen solid is made, a warning is displayed on the display to warn the vehicle driver..
08/14/14
20140229108

Systems and methods for off-board voice-automated vehicle navigation


A system for providing navigational information to a vehicle driver. An on-board system is disposed on a vehicle and processes and transmits to a data center, via a wireless link, spoken requests from a vehicle driver requesting navigational information.
08/14/14
20140226009

Trailer hitching aid system for vehicle


A tow hitching aid system for a vehicle includes a camera, at least one ultrasonic sensor, a display screen and a control. The camera has a rearward field of view that encompasses a vehicle hitching element.
08/07/14
20140221170

Multi-functional weighted exercise assisting device


A multi-functional weighted exercise assisting device has a housing, a weight mounted in the housing, a first illuminating assembly mounted on one end of the housing, and an additional assembly mounted on the other end of the housing. The additional assembly may be a second illuminating assembly or a rope assembly.
08/07/14
20140218268

Vehicle head-up display arrangement


A vehicle head-up display arrangement is provided that may include a projection unit, a vehicle driver eye position estimation unit and a detecting unit arranged to detect traffic signs and their location in relation to the vehicle, and a processing unit arranged to determine a content of the traffic signs. The processing unit is further arranged to determine relevance of content of the traffic signs.
07/24/14
20140207342

Method and primary driver verification


A system includes a processor configured to examine one or more vehicle settings having been changed after a driver enters a vehicle. Also, the processor is configured to compare the examined settings to settings associated with currently stored driver profiles and verify the driver as a previously stored primary vehicle driver based at least in part on the comparison..
07/24/14
20140207309

Vehicle driver determination and behavior monitoring


What is disclosed are various methods, systems, and software for operating vehicle monitoring systems. Information is processed to determine the driver of a vehicle, if the driver is using a wireless device, and driving events..
07/24/14
20140207307

Vehicle driver assist arrangement


A vehicle driver assist arrangement includes a processor configured to receive road profile data representative of a road profile in front of the vehicle and to receive current vehicle velocity data representative of a current velocity of the vehicle. The processor processes the road profile data to detect if the road in front of the vehicle contains a hidden or at least partially hidden curve, and to communicate with a user interface to issue a warning if a hidden or at least partially hidden curve is detected and the current vehicle velocity exceeds a threshold velocity..
07/10/14
20140195310

Virtual trainer for in vehicle driver coaching and to collect metrics to improve driver performance


A method of providing visual feedback to a driver based on data collected during vehicle operation. A processor at the vehicle analyzes vehicle data, and determines when predetermined threshold values have been reached for particular parameters.
07/10/14
20140195106

Virtual trainer for in vehicle driver coaching and to collect metrics to improve driver performance


A method of providing visual feedback to a driver based on data collected during vehicle operation. A processor at the vehicle analyzes vehicle data, and determines when predetermined threshold values have been reached for particular parameters.
07/10/14
20140195098

Method and translating vehicle diagnostic trouble codes


A method and apparatus for translating diagnostic trouble codes which are generated in response to faults in the performance of motor vehicles are characterized by the use of a diagnostic code translator which receives diagnostic trouble codes and other information relating to the operating parameters of the vehicle at the time of a fault and analyzes the information to generate messages relating to the fault. The messages are transmitted to the vehicle driver so that corrective action may be taken..
07/10/14
20140192181

Driver assist system for vehicle


A driver assist system for a vehicle includes a camera and a control having an image processor, which processes image data captured by the camera. At least one non-visual sensor is operable to detect objects external of the vehicle and to provide non-visual sensor data to the control.
07/03/14
20140188379

Fuel saving-aimed motor vehicle driving style evaluation


A driving style evaluation system (1) for a motor vehicle (2), configured to compute a driving style evaluation index (dsei) based on the following summary index: fuel economy index (fed, which is indicative of the driving style of the motor vehicle driver from the fuel saving perspective, and is computed based on pre-summary indices computed based on respective partial indices in turn computed based on a combination of physical quantities and wherein the pre-summary and partial indices are weighted by means of respective dynamic weighting coefficients.. .
06/26/14
20140176715

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.
06/19/14
20140172468

Method for determining hazard detection proficiency and rating insurance products based on proficiency


A method for determining an insurance premium based at least in part of a vehicle driver's proficiency at detecting hazards, having steps including: visually presenting at least one driving module that comprises at least one hazard; recording where within the visual presentation the driver looks to detect hazards during the visual presentation; determining the driver's hazard detection proficiency by evaluating whether the driver looked at hazards during the visual presentation; and calculating an insurance premium based at least in part on the driver's hazard detection proficiency.. .
06/19/14
20140172238

Motor vehicle driver and passenger identification system and method


A system and method for automatically determining the identify of a previously identified driver and then automatically adjusting a vehicle's entertainment settings, the seating settings, the mirror settings, and the climate control settings desired by the driver. The system may also select and transmit customized welcome and personal voice commands to the driver while the vehicle is operated.
06/19/14
20140167951

Vehicle fuse and brake light monitor


The present invention relates to a device in a motor vehicle having a system for monitoring the active status of vehicle light bulbs such as brake light bulbs and the corresponding light fuse and reporting the status to a vehicle driver.. .
06/19/14
20140166168

Autonomous, plug-in wear or abrasion sensing system


An autonomous, plug-in and sacrificial wear sensing system including at least one wearable sensor, autonomous energy supply and means for remote radio-frequency communication. The system includes a tubular tread wear indicator body embedded within a tire tread element.
06/05/14
20140156157

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.
06/05/14
20140152711

Head-up display device


Provided is a heads-up display device that stably achieves a low brightness display in which the display does not feel too bright in a dark environment at night, which further does not give a vehicle driver discomfort with continuous changes in brightness, and which has excellent white balance in the entire range of display brightness. A heads-up display device (1) is provided with an external light illuminance detection section (70) that detects the illuminance of external light and adjusts the display brightness (b) for display of images, which are displayed, on the basis of external light illuminance (p) measured by the external light illuminance detection section (70).
05/22/14
20140139669

System and providing front-oriented visual information to vehicle driver


This invention provides a camera system installed on the front end of a vehicle, either on the left front, the right front, or both sides, that prevents accidents resulting from the driver's propensity to protrude into oncoming traffic to view that traffic. The camera is linked via wired or wireless connection to an onboard computer and a commercially available navigation display that is placed within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
05/15/14
20140132408

Method for operating a tire pressure monitoring system of a motor vehicle


A method for operating a tire pressure monitoring system of a motor vehicle, including a direct or indirect sensing device for sensing and outputting the pressure which is present in the motor vehicle tires. In order to assist the driver of a vehicle when inflating a tire, a loudspeaker, which is present on the motor vehicle, is used to transmit the current pressure value (pact) to the vehicle driver by a voice message.
05/15/14
20140132403

Vehicle back-up assist system


A vehicle back-up assist system that can be set up by the vehicle driver or a spotter and provides a unique visual aid to assist with safely and efficient unloading, loading, or parking a vehicle without requiring assistance from another person. The back-up assist system includes a pair of differently colored portable markers.
05/01/14
20140121857

System for characterizing the driving style of vehicle drivers


A system and method of characterizing the driving style of a vehicle driver, comprising determining, by a processor, a vehicle path of a driver, determining one or more average speed values of the vehicle driver from at least the vehicle path, determining a number of times an average vehicle speed in one or more road sections is exceeded by one or more average speed values of the driver and characterizing the driving style of the vehicle driver from at least the one or more average speed values of the driver. Determining a vehicle path of a driver comprises loading one or more gps points or generic paths, performing a range search for each gps point, determining one or more unique gps snap points for each gps point, determining one or more estimated vehicle paths for each unique gps snap point and determining a vehicle path from the estimated vehicle paths..
04/24/14
20140114533

Device for adjusting the height of a vehicle


The present invention is a system for adjusting the height of vehicles that have coil spring suspensions. The invention may be added to existing vehicle suspensions without the need to remove and replace the existing vehicle suspension components.
04/17/14
20140106732

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.
04/10/14
20140097673

Hybrid vehicle and operating a device for charging a battery in a hybrid vehicle


In order to operate a hybrid vehicle, a mode is provided in which adjustment to the remaining electrical range is performed, specifically said remaining range is kept substantially constant. For example, the driver of the vehicle can continuously maintain the currently determined remaining electrical range by activating an activation element, in order to be able to retrieve said remaining electrical range later for purely electric driving, for example in a low emission zone.
04/03/14
20140091917

Interactive attentiveness enhancement


A method for interactive attentiveness enhancement of a vehicle driver includes steps of determining that a driver assistance function for semiautomatic control of the motor vehicle is active, detecting a stimulus which may be experienced by the vehicle driver upon an observation of the surroundings of the motor vehicle, detecting an input of the vehicle driver in response to the stimulus, determining a game result based on the input and the stimulus, and outputting a notice concerning the game result.. .
03/20/14
20140077939

Peripheral viewing system for a vehicle


A peripheral viewing system for a vehicle includes a pair of digital cameras, each positioned on the exterior of the vehicle proximately positioned where a side view mirror would typically be mounted. An additional digital camera is mounted on the vehicle roof immediately adjacent the top edge of the rear window.
03/13/14
20140074356

Lane change assist system


A lane change assist system allows a vehicle driver to change lanes with minimum effort and stress by offering appropriate lane change options depending on the conditions of an ego vehicle and surrounding vehicles. The system includes a driving assessment device (6) configured to determine one of a plurality of driving alternatives according to signals from an ego vehicle sensing device (4), an object vehicle sensing device (2) and a driver intention detecting device (5), the driving alternatives including at least staying on a current lane, changing lanes before the object vehicle and changing lanes behind the object vehicle.
03/06/14
20140067252

Method for determining an evasion trajectory for a motor vehicle, and safety device or safety system


A method for determination of an optimized evasion trajectory by a safety device or a safety system, in particular a lane change assistance system and/or evasion assistance system, of a motor vehicle, the optimized evasion trajectory being outputted to a vehicle driver, and/or a trajectory of the motor vehicle being optionally partially adapted to the optimized evasion trajectory, by way of the method, the optimized evasion trajectory being determined by optimization of a transverse-dynamic quality factor (j), for which a transverse acceleration (a) and/or a transverse jerk (a) of the motor vehicle is/are utilized. Also described is a safety device or a safety system, in particular to a lane change assistance system and/or an evasion assistance system for a motor vehicle, a method being executable and/or being executed by the safety device or the safety system.
03/06/14
20140067250

Lane change assist information visualization system


A lane change assist information visualization system allows a vehicle driver to change lanes with minimum effort and stress by displaying a lane change option that suits the particular lane changing situation in an intuitively understandable manner, and information on the surrounding vehicles adequate for the vehicle driver to make a reasonable decision in changing lanes. The system includes a lane change program computing device (9) that computes at least (a) a lane change possibility, (b) a time period that has to elapse before a lane change is allowed if a lane change possibility does not currently exists, or a time period in which a lane change should be made if a lane change possibility currently exists, and (c) a need for acceleration or deceleration, and a display unit (10) for displaying this information..
03/06/14
20140062690

Vehicle warning device


A vehicle warning device includes a lamp holder and a charging base. There are many leds at one side of the lamp holder and is a retaining member at the other side.
03/06/14
20140062148

Vehicle elbow and arm rest (vear)


This invention provides improved arm/elbow comfort for motor vehicle drivers and passengers. This structure includes a thick padding covered by a thin material and fasteners used to adjust the straps around the intended object while providing increased comfort to the user..
02/13/14
20140045147

Vehicle driver evaluation techniques


A computing device includes a user interface, a network interface configured to receive vehicle data, driver information, and driver communications, a memory configured to store the vehicle data, the driver information, and the driver communications, and a processor configured to process the vehicle data, the driver information, and the driver communications into an electronic driver scorecard according to specified safety and efficiency criteria. The electronic driver scorecard comprises one or more alphanumerical ratings according to a selection of drivers as input by a user into the user interface..
02/06/14
20140039726

Methods and systems for monitoring a vehicle's energy source


One or more embodiments may include a method for remotely obtaining information about an energy source of a vehicle. Information identifying one or more vehicles and one or more drivers of the vehicles may be received at one or more computing devices remote from a vehicle.
01/30/14
20140032062

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..
01/30/14
20140031156

Multi-speed drive for transferring power to a load


In a first aspect, the invention is directed to a multi-speed drive for controlling the speed of a load that is driven from a crankshaft of an engine. The multi-speed drive permits the speed of the load to be adjusted based on one or more parameters, such as vehicle speed, engine rpm, battery charge level (e.g.
01/23/14
20140025225

Vehicle driver behavior monitoring and correlation


What is disclosed are various methods of operating vehicle monitoring systems. One example method includes receiving activity information for a transportation vehicle, receiving mobile phone usage information associated with the transportation vehicle, and processing the activity information and the mobile phone usage information to determine behavior of a driver operating the transportation vehicle.
01/09/14
20140012475

Auxiliary vehicle control


A vehicle system includes a driver training vehicle and 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.
12/26/13
20130345935

Method and device for vehicle stop and starting and position-lamps display


A simple and effective control method is disclosed for starting and stopping vehicles engine and automatic lighting of position lamps to show the vehicles location, wherein an integration controller can be used to achieve those purpose. In particular, a useful control method is disclosed for stopping and restarting engine while vehicles waits for stoplight.
12/26/13
20130344856

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.
12/19/13
20130338914

System and notifying vehicle driver of localized driving conditions


A driving assessment system and method is described that automatically assesses driving conditions around a driver to identify safety hazards and to subsequently inform that driver when an unusually hazardous condition exists. The driving assessment is performed by obtaining and storing safety related data from the driver and from external sources and then processing that data in real time to produce a driving hazard assessment and warning.
12/19/13
20130337417

Online training vehicle drivers and determining hazard detection proficiency


A method for training vehicle drivers to detect hazards, the method having step that include: visually presenting to a driver a continuous drive through a driving environment comprised of at least two hazard modules, wherein each hazard module presents at least one driving scenario that comprises at least one hazard; recording where within the visual presentation the driver looks to detect hazards during the visual presentation of the continuous drive; and determining the driver's hazard detection proficiency by evaluating whether the driver looked at hazards during the visual presentation of the continuous drive.. .


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