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Date/App# patent app List of recent Vehicle Driver-related patents
02/04/16
20160031444 
 Method of speed control for a vehicle patent thumbnailMethod 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 patent thumbnailDriver 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 patent thumbnailSafety 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 patent thumbnailVehicle 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 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


01/21/16
20160016509 
 Method for warning a vehicle driver of a tailgating third party vehicle patent thumbnailMethod 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 patent thumbnailFiltering 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 patent thumbnailVehicle 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 patent thumbnailMethod 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 patent thumbnailRail 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.

04/23/15
20150109131 

Vehicle driver assist arrangement


A vehicle driver assist arrangement may include an output unit and a vehicle driver attentiveness assessment arrangement. The vehicle driver attentiveness arrangement may include a host vehicle lane position evaluation unit, a steering wheel torque detection unit, a pedal pressure detecting unit, and a processing unit.
Volvo Car Corporation


04/16/15
20150103388 

Mirror assembly with formed reflective element substrate


A vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head portion and a reflective element having a glass substrate and a mirror reflector coated at a surface of the glass substrate. The reflective element is configured to provide a rearward field of view of at least about 15 degrees relative to a side of the vehicle and provides a substantially undistorted reflected image as viewed by the vehicle driver.
Magna Mirrors Of America, Inc.


04/09/15
20150100222 

Automated holding a vehicle on a slope


A method for holding a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, on a slope in an automated manner, wherein a vehicle driver allows the vehicle to stop on the slope, wherein the vehicle rolls on the slope in a manner largely uninfluenced by the vehicle driver, and wherein, after this, the vehicle is brought to a hold position in an automated manner. Also, a computer program product, to a processing device or a computer unit, and to a safety device or a safety system, in particular a driver-assistance system, for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle..
Dr. Ing. H.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft


03/26/15
20150085122 

Vision system for a vehicle


A vision system for providing exterior rear view for a vehicle driver, includes: an image capturing device supported by a hingeable support frame for hinging the image capturing device around a central axis of the vision system for adjusting the view of the vision system.. .
Orlaco Products B.v.


03/19/15
20150081202 

Arrangement in a vehicle for providing vehicle driver support, a vehicle, and a providing vehicle driver support


An arrangement, a vehicle and a method for providing vehicle driver support during manual or semi-autonomous driving in a potential overtake scenario are provided. The arrangement includes a detector, a communication unit arranged to receive from a preceding vehicle information of a probable route of the preceding vehicle based on at least one of preceding vehicle historical route information and preceding vehicle navigation system information, a processing unit arranged to determine, for one or more routes ahead of the host vehicle, the probability that the preceding vehicle will drive along the one or more route, to process the received information into a format suitable for display, and to display the processed information, thereby providing support to the vehicle driver..
Volvo Car Corporation


03/19/15
20150081168 

Systems and methods for illumination control and distribution during a vehicle bank


A bank angle of a vehicle can be accurately calculated using yaw axis data and roll axis data, and based on the calculated bank angle, vehicle illumination optics can be controlled to maintain a pattern of distributed light from the illumination optics to be generally horizontal. The calculated bank angle may be zeroed when the yaw axis data equals zero.

03/12/15
20150073674 

Vehicle traction control method, system, controller and vehicle with such a system


A vehicle control strategy provides for automatically controlled movement from rest with deliberate wheel slip to maximize thrust. Different wheel slip conditions are provided for different terrain types.
Jaguar Land Rover Limited


03/12/15
20150070502 

Vehicle display apparatus


A vehicle display apparatus includes: a first display device that displays a first virtual image at a position of a first distance from an eye position of a vehicle driver to forward of the vehicle; and a second display device that displays a second virtual image at a position of a second distance shorter than the first distance from the eye position of the vehicle driver to forward of the vehicle. The first display device displays a captured image output from an image pickup device that captures an image of the surroundings of the vehicle as the first virtual image..
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


03/12/15
20150070178 

Real-time vehicle driver performance monitoring


Real-time vehicle driver performance monitoring uses a plurality of sensors operated in a vehicle, each generating a real-time data stream comprising data corresponding to operation of the vehicle by the vehicle's driver. A computing device (such as an in-vehicle computer) processes the generated data stream from each of the plurality of sensors to determine whether the operation of the vehicle triggers any of a plurality of predetermined operational alert triggers.
International Business Machines Corporation


03/12/15
20150070160 

Method and arrangement for handover warning in a vehicle having autonomous driving capabilities


A method and arrangement are described for handover warning in a vehicle having autonomous driving capabilities and a vehicle controller configured to control unmanned autonomous travel. A processor may be configured to monitor if there is a need to transition from unmanned autonomous travel to manual control of the vehicle.
Volvo Car Corporation


03/05/15
20150066543 

Methods for facilitating a motor vehicle insurance exchange and devices thereof


A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and an insurance exchange device that obtains at least historical risk event data and telematic data for at least one motor vehicle driver in response to a received request for an insurance underwriting offer for the motor vehicle driver(s). The at least one motor vehicle driver can be an individual driver, in which case the request can be received from a consumer customer, or a plurality of motor vehicle drivers, in which case the request can be received from a commercial customer representing a fleet of vehicles and associated drivers, for example.
Interactive Driving Systems, Inc.


03/05/15
20150066542 

Methods for facilitating predictive modeling for motor vehicle driver risk and devices thereof


A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and a performance data management device that collates driver performance data for generating a predictive model of risk associated with insuring a motor vehicle driver. The driver performance data comprises at least historical risk event data and telematic data for a plurality of motor vehicle drivers.
Interactive Driving Systems, Inc


03/05/15
20150066238 

Systems and methods for controlling vehicle ignition using biometric data


A push-to-start ignition device measures biometric information of a driver to control activation of vehicle ignition. The push-to-start switch includes a touchpad that senses, using capacitive sensors, a vehicle driver's finger and provides signals using one or a combination of lights, audio, and haptic feedback to guide the vehicle driver into a suitable position for measuring the biometric characteristic.
Automotive Coalition For Traffic Safety, Inc.


03/05/15
20150064659 

Methods for motor vehicle driver risk reduction and devices thereof


A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and a driver intervention device that obtains an indication of a risk event associated with a motor vehicle driver. At least one human factor of the motor vehicle driver that contributed to the risk event is retrieved based on a correlation with the indicated risk event.
Interactive Driving Systems, Inc.


03/05/15
20150062469 

Adaptive spectacles for motor vehicle drivers or passengers


Adaptive glasses for drivers or passengers of a motor vehicle, the glasses comprising lenses having a screen whose coefficient of transmission is variable between a maximum value (ctmax) and a minimum value (ctmin). According to one embodiment of the invention, the coefficient of transmission (ct) of the glasses lenses (28) is controlled according to a wireless communication protocol..
Valeo Vision


02/05/15
20150035353 

Method 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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..



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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