US Pat. No. 10,716,167

CELLULAR NETWORK COVERAGE USING A VEHICLE-BASED DATA TRANSMISSION EXTENDER

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A method, comprising:detecting, using a first signal detector that is part of a first vehicle, a first signal emitted from a first mobile device located in or around the first vehicle;
establishing communication between a fixed base station of a cellular network and a first data transmission module that is part of the first vehicle;
relaying, using the first data transmission module of the first vehicle, data between the fixed base station of the cellular network and the first mobile device to extend geographic coverage of the cellular network to the first mobile device;
tracking, using a first data meter that is part of the first vehicle, a first amount of data relayed via the first data transmission module between the fixed base station and the first mobile device;
detecting, using a second signal detector that is part of a second vehicle, a second signal emitted from a second mobile device located in or around the second vehicle;
establishing communication between the first data transmission module of the first vehicle and a second data transmission module that is part of the second vehicle;
relaying, using the second data transmission module of the second vehicle, data between the first data transmission module of the first vehicle and the second mobile device to extend geographic coverage of the cellular network to the second mobile device; and
tracking, using a second data meter that is part of the second vehicle, a second amount of data relayed via the second data transmission module between the first data transmission module of the first vehicle and the second mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,393,076

TETHERED AIR INTAKE SNORKEL

Toyota Motor North Americ...

1. A tethered air intake snorkel for a vehicle, comprising:a snorkel head comprising a head sidewall defining a head air conduit, an air intake comprising an intake opening into the head air conduit on an intake end, and a head attachment flange comprising an attachment opening into the head air conduit on an opposed end;
a snorkel body comprising a body sidewall defining a body air conduit, an outer attachment flange comprising an outer opening into the body air conduit disposed on an outer end and configured for mating engagement with and attachment to the head attachment flange, and an inner attachment flange comprising an inner opening into the body air conduit disposed on an inner end; and
a flexible tether that extends between a head attachment end and a body attachment end and is configured to tether the snorkel head to the snorkel body, the head attachment end configured for disposition within the head air conduit and attachment to an inner surface of the head sidewall, the body attachment end configured for disposition within the body air conduit and attachment to an inner surface of the body sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,552,117

VEHICLE AUDIO SETTINGS MANAGEMENT

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A method performed by a computing system, the method comprising:receiving audio data from a plurality of vehicles, the audio data including vehicle audio settings associated with a set of input parameters, the set of input parameters including vehicle type;
analyzing the audio data;
determining an audio setting trend for a subset of the plurality of vehicles based on the analyzing of the audio data; and
transmitting to a destination vehicle, an audio setting profile based on the determining of the audio setting trend, the destination vehicle being different than the plurality of vehicles, the destination vehicle having at least one matching input parameter as the subset of the plurality of vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,535,207

VEHICLE DATA SHARING WITH INTERESTED PARTIES

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A system, comprising:a server configured to:
assign sensor data from a transport to one or more categories based on sensor data share permissions stored in a profile associated with a transport;
send the sensor data to one or more recipients based on the one or more categories; and
provide a value to the transport by the one or more recipients based on the sensor data via a smart contract which references the sensor data sent to the one or more recipients, the value being provided to the transport, a date associated with the sent sensor data, and a date associated with the provided value.

US Pat. No. 10,625,987

ENGINE PICK END EFFECTORS AND METHODS OF RAISING AND LOWERING VEHICLE ENGINES USING ENGINE PICK END EFFECTORS

Toyota Motor North Americ...

1. An end effector comprising:a body having a cavity located therein, the body partially enclosing the cavity and including an opening through the body to the cavity that is sized to receive a hanger hook;
a hooking structure is located within the cavity; and
a latch is movably received by the body, the latch has a closed position that reduces the size of the opening and an open position that increases the size of the opening;
wherein the body comprises a pair of side panels and a central panel located between the side panels, the central panel comprising the hooking structure and an overhang edge that overhangs the cavity and extends from the latch to the hooking structure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,609

NOTIFICATIONS BASED ON GEO-FENCE AND VEHICLE AND DRIVER INFORMATION

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A method implemented by a notification system for managing notifications to be presented in a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving information wirelessly from a vehicle sensor system of the vehicle, wherein the information includes position information and driver behavior information;
detecting a notification condition based on the information;
in response to the detection of the notification condition, identifying a plurality of notifications from a database based on the position information and selecting a notification from the plurality of notifications to send to the vehicle based on the driver behavior information; and
sending the notification wirelessly to the vehicle for presentation via an output system in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,685,563

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DETECTING, ALERTING, AND RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, using a first vehicle, a first warning signal from an emergency vehicle;
broadcasting, from the first vehicle, a recognition signal based on the first warning signal received by the first vehicle from the emergency vehicle;
receiving, using a second vehicle, a second warning signal from the emergency vehicle;
receiving, using the second vehicle, the recognition signal from the first vehicle;
broadcasting, from the second vehicle, a confirmation signal based on both:
the second warning signal received by the second vehicle from the emergency vehicle; and
the recognition signal received by the second vehicle from the first vehicle;
receiving, using a third vehicle, the confirmation signal from the second vehicle; and
rebroadcasting, from the third vehicle, the confirmation signal based solely on the confirmation signal received by the third vehicle from the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,636,305

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING PARKING AVAILABILITY ON FLOORS OF MULTI-STORY UNITS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A vehicle comprising:one or more processors;
one or more memory modules; and
machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the vehicle to perform at least the following when executed by the one or more processors:
determine a first time when the vehicle enters a floor of a multi-story unit;
determine a second time when the vehicle exits the floor of the multi-story unit;
measure a staying time for the vehicle being on the floor of the multi-story unit based on the first time and the second time;
determine whether the floor of the multi-story unit includes an available parking space based on the staying time; and
transmit a notification to another vehicle in response to determination that the floor of the multi-story unit includes no available parking space.

US Pat. No. 10,729,378

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DETECTING PROBLEMATIC HEALTH SITUATIONS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A system for detecting a problematic health situation, the system comprising:a server; and
a first vehicle comprising:
a sensor configured to measure a physiological characteristic of an occupant of the first vehicle;
an environmental sensor configured to measure an environmental characteristic of the first vehicle; and
a profile generation module including a memory, the profile generation module configured to:
store a physiological characteristic measurement corresponding to the occupant of the first vehicle in the memory;
store an environmental characteristic measurement corresponding to the first vehicle in the memory; and
transmit the physiological characteristic measurement and the environmental characteristic measurement to the server,
wherein the server is configured to:
compare the transmitted physiological characteristic measurement corresponding to the occupant of the first vehicle to a database of physiological characteristic measurements corresponding to the occupant of the first vehicle, wherein the database includes historical physiological characteristic data of the occupant of the first vehicle;
formulate a baseline for the physiological characteristic of the occupant of the first vehicle based on the comparison of the transmitted physiological characteristic measurement and the historical physiological characteristic data of the occupant of the first vehicle;
compare the transmitted physiological characteristic measurement corresponding to the occupant of the first vehicle to a physiological characteristic measurement corresponding to an occupant of a second vehicle; and
determine whether the transmitted physiological characteristic measurement corresponding to the occupant of the first vehicle is similar to the physiological characteristic measurement corresponding to the occupant of the second vehicle.