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

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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

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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

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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. 10,636,305

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. 10,748,423

PROXIMITY-BASED VEHICLE TAGGING

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1. A system for tagging a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle comprising a vehicle identification module, the vehicle identification module comprising a user input processing module configured to receive an initiation communication comprising a data set that includes both target vehicle identifying data and target vehicle status information, wherein the target vehicle status information includes at least an operative defect of a target vehicle;
a vehicle location database comprising identification information of a plurality of potential target vehicles; and
a server comprising:
a server validation module configured to:
receive the data set from a transmitter of the vehicle identification module;
interrogate the vehicle location database for the identification information of the plurality of potential target vehicles; and
identify the target vehicle of the plurality of potential target vehicles in the vehicle location database based on the target vehicle identifying data; and
a recipient determination module configured to:
analyze the target vehicle status information to determine at least one target information recipient; and
transmit a notification signal to the at least one target information recipient.

US Pat. No. 10,768,627

AUTONOMOUSLY MOVEABLE STORAGE UNITS AND WHEELCHAIR STORAGE SYSTEMS

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1. An autonomously moveable storage unit comprising:one or more processors;
a storage container configured to contain a stored item;
a moveable base coupled to the storage container and communicatively coupled to the one or more processors; and
one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, wherein the one or more memory modules store logic that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the autonomously moveable storage unit to:
actuate the moveable base to automatically move the autonomously moveable storage unit including the storage container from a docked position coupled to a wheelchair to an undocked position uncoupled from the wheelchair; and
actuate the moveable base to automatically move the autonomously moveable storage unit from the undocked position to the docked position.

US Pat. No. 10,685,563

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

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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. 10,744,048

WHEELCHAIR APPARATUSES INCLUDING USAGE FEATURES

Toyota Motor North Americ...

1. A powered wheelchair apparatus comprising:a chair component;
a power base component; and
a wheelchair control system comprising:
a processor;
a user input device communicatively coupled to the processor;
a display communicatively coupled to the processor;
a memory module communicatively coupled to the processor that stores logic that, when executed by the processor, causes the system to:
receive user instructions from the user input device; and
display a message on the display based on the user instructions;
wherein the display is on a back of the chair component.

US Pat. No. 10,729,378

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DETECTING PROBLEMATIC HEALTH SITUATIONS

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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.

US Pat. No. 10,889,152

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS TO DETERMINE VEHICLE TIRE WEAR

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a vehicle controller configured to:
determine, based on data associated with operation of a vehicle, behavior of one or more drivers of the vehicle that causes tire wear;
calculate, based on the behavior, a condition of a tire of the vehicle; and
generate, via an output device, a notification indicating the condition of the tire to a user,
wherein the vehicle controller is further configured to determine a number of occurrences of the behavior and calculate a tread depth in one or more areas of the tire based on the number of occurrences.

US Pat. No. 10,832,699

IMPACT MEDIA SHARING

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

8. A server, comprising:a processor; and
a memory, coupled to the processor, comprising instructions that when executed by the processor are configured to:
receive, from a device in proximity to an impact, media related to the impact;
associate a transport with the impact, the impact in proximity to one or more other transports;
determine one or more sounds based on the media; and
associate the one or more sounds with one or more of the transport and the one or more other transports.

US Pat. No. 10,783,779

INTELLIGENT ROAD MARKERS

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1. An intelligent road marker, comprising:a transceiver;
a hardware processor; and
a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium encoded with instructions executable by the hardware processor to perform a method comprising:
receiving a message via the transceiver, wherein the message describes a condition related to a road where the intelligent road marker is deployed, and wherein the message includes a count;
determining a direction in which the message is to be propagated;
selecting another one of a plurality of the intelligent road markers according to the determined direction, and a stored deployment pattern of the intelligent road markers; and
causing the transceiver to transmit the message to the selected intelligent road marker upon decrementing the count and only when the decremented count is not zero.

US Pat. No. 10,940,832

IDENTIFYING SUSPICIOUS EVENTS RELATING TO A VEHICLE

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1. A system for monitoring suspicious activity of a vehicle, the system comprising:a memory configured to store pattern data corresponding to a historical pattern of behavior of the vehicle;
a sensor configured to detect sensor data corresponding to a current vehicle behavior;
a network access device configured to communicate with a remote device and to receive user calendar data from the remote device or from a second remote device, the user calendar data including at least one date or time; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the memory, the sensor, and the network access device and configured to:
determine a suspicious event when the current vehicle behavior deviates from the historical pattern of behavior of the vehicle by a threshold amount and further based on the received user calendar data, and
control the network access device to transmit a notification of the suspicious event to the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,769,953

VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE SENSOR DATA SHARING

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1. A system, comprising:a processor and one or more sensors on a first transport;
a second transport;
a memory that stores instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
detect, by the one or more sensors, a potential event;
send data related to the potential event to the second transport, wherein the second transport is within a distance from the first transport;
store the data on the second transport;
send the data from the second transport to a server;
determine, by the server, that the data related to the potential event detected by the first transport is received by the server;
determine, by the server, that the data sent from the second transport is received by the server; and
remove, by the server, the data from one or more of the first transport and the second transport.

US Pat. No. 10,756,834

AUTOMATIC OPTIMIZATION OF VEHICLE RF AUDIO SYSTEMS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A system comprising:a processor; and
a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium encoded with instructions executable by the processor, the machine-readable storage medium comprising instructions to cause the processor to perform a method comprising:
receiving first data describing a radio-frequency environment experienced by a radio system of a vehicle;
receiving second data describing responses of one or more occupants of the vehicle to audio produced by the radio system;
correlating the responses of the one or more occupants of the vehicle with changes in the radio-frequency environment experienced by the radio system; and
generating a code update using the correlation of the responses with the changes in the radio-frequency environment, and refreshing code stored in a memory of the vehicle according to the code update, wherein a processor in the vehicle executes the code.

US Pat. No. 11,046,271

VEHICLE DROWNING SENSING SYSTEM

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1. A system for automatically responding to at least partial submersion of a vehicle in water, the system comprising:a first sensor and a second sensor each configured to detect sensor data indicating whether the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water;
a memory configured to store historical sensor data from at least the first sensor and store a baseline data level of the first sensor based on the historical sensor data; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the first sensor and the second sensor and configured to:determine that the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water by:receiving the sensor data from the first sensor indicating that the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water,
comparing the sensor data from the first sensor and the baseline data level of the first sensor, and
verifying, using the sensor data from the second sensor, whether the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water, to avoid improper determination that the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water; and

adjust at least one feature of the vehicle in response to the determination that the vehicle is at least partially submerged in water.


US Pat. No. 11,042,151

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOTELY ACTIVATING A VEHICLE

Toyota Motor North Americ...


1. A system for remotely activating a vehicle, the system comprising:one or more processors;
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing:
a payment-information module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:receive transaction information regarding an electronic payment made by a user who used the vehicle to visit a business where the electronic payment was transacted; and
associate the transaction information with the vehicle; and

a remote-activation module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:determine that the vehicle is within a predetermined distance from the business where the electronic payment was transacted, wherein the predetermined distance is configured by the user as a preference; and
transmit, to the vehicle, a remote-activation command that activates one or more subsystems of the vehicle.


US Pat. No. 10,987,977

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING TIRE WEAR USING EMBEDDED IMAGE SENSORS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A tire wear tracking system comprising:network interface hardware configured to communicatively couple a vehicle with a remote server;
a processor; and
a memory module that stores one or more processor-readable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the tire wear tracking system to:
receive image data of one or more tires of a vehicle from one or more image sensors;
determine tire information associated with the one or more tires;
detect tire condition data of the one or more tires, wherein the tire condition data comprises at least one of a location of the vehicle or a driver profile;
retrieve reference image data based on the determined tire information;
filter the retrieved reference image data based on the tire condition data;
generate a current conditions factor;
compare the received image data with the retrieved and filtered reference image data;
apply the current conditions factor to the comparison between the received image data and the retrieved and filtered reference image data; and
generate an alert based on the comparison between the received image data and the retrieved and filtered reference image data with the current conditions factor applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,992,677

REPUTATION-BASED DEVICE REGISTRY

Toyota Motor North Americ...

1. A device registration system for reputation-based device communication, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing:
a communication module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to receive a request for a device interaction with one or more member devices from a requesting device, and to receive an input vote from one or more acting member devices of the one or more member devices;
an evaluation module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to access a blockchain registry to determine a reputation for at least one of the acting member devices, and to prepare an approval threshold for the device interaction with the one or more member devices; and
a coordination module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to, in response to determining the input vote satisfies the approval threshold, approve the device interaction between the requesting device and the one or more member devices, the reputation of the acting member devices being staked on the device interaction, and to record the device interaction in the blockchain registry.

US Pat. No. 10,977,876

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODIFYING VEHICLE DESIGN BASED ON SENSORS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A system for improving vehicle design, the system comprising:a plurality of first version vehicles, each first version vehicle of the plurality of first version vehicles having a first version vehicle design, and including one or more spatial sensors or image sensors configured to provide feedback to a driver while parking the first version vehicle and detect a collision and a location of the collision on the first version vehicle, and a vehicle transceiver configured to communicate the detected collision and the location of the collision on the first version vehicle;
a remote data server configured to receive the detected collision and the location of the collision from the plurality of first version vehicles, and determine one or more improvements to the first version vehicle design by determining a frequency of detected collisions at the location of the collision on the first version vehicle across the plurality of first version vehicles; and
a computing device coupled to the remote data server and configured to execute vehicle design software for designing a second version vehicle design, the second version vehicle design including the one or more improvements to the first version vehicle design.

US Pat. No. 10,957,199

PARKING MONITORING AND ASSISTANCE FOR TRANSPORTS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A method, comprising:parking a transport in an initial parking space assigned to the transport after at least one occupant associated with the transport has been dropped-off near an event location;
determining an average time of an event attended by the at least one occupant associated with the transport;
moving the transport to a new parking space when an elapsed time of the event is less than the average time and when the new parking space is available and is located closer to the event location than the initial parking space; and
moving the transport to a location of a device associated with the at least one occupant when the event is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,905,607

MODULAR POWER BASE ARRANGEMENT

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A wheelchair assembly, comprising:a control device;
a power base; and
a plurality of leg modules coupled to the power base, wherein the plurality of leg modules include a first leg module, a second leg module, and a third leg module;
wherein each of the first leg module, the second leg module, and the third leg module comprise:
an upper leg assembly;
a lower leg assembly including a knee joint and a foot joint, wherein the lower leg assembly is rotatably coupled to the upper leg assembly at the knee joint;
a knee wheel located at the knee joint of the lower leg assembly, wherein the knee wheel comprises an omni-directional wheel, and wherein the knee wheel is selectively drivable; and
a foot wheel located at the foot joint of the lower leg assembly, wherein the foot wheel is selectively drivable;
wherein the control device, based on a selectable mode of operation, controls at least one of the upper leg assembly or the lower leg assembly associated with each respective leg module to selectively position at least one of the knee wheel or the foot wheel associated with each respective leg module relative to a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,832,575

NETWORK CONNECTED PARKING SYSTEM

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1. A system for alerting a driver of a vehicle of parking conditions within a predetermined distance of a destination, the system comprising:a transceiver of the vehicle configured to receive, from one or more other vehicles, parking condition data including vehicle speed data corresponding to a plurality of vehicles located within the predetermined distance of the destination;
an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle connected to the transceiver and configured to:
determine a parking congestion level based on the vehicle speed data,
determine whether the parking congestion level exceeds a threshold parking congestion level, and
when the parking congestion level exceeds the threshold parking congestion level, instruct an output device to alert the driver of parking congestion near the destination.

US Pat. No. 10,784,975

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY TUNING A RADIO SYSTEM TO A PREFERRED CHANNEL

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A computing device comprising:one or more processors;
one or more databases; and
one or more non-transitory memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors and storing machine-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to perform at least the following:
receive a plurality of event flags, wherein each event flag of the plurality of event flags is associated with a respective broadcasted audio signal of a plurality of broadcasted audio signals;
compare the plurality of event flags to a user profile stored within the one or more databases, wherein the user profile comprises preference characteristics associated with a user;
determine whether one or more event flags of the plurality of event flags matches a set of preference characteristics of the user profile, wherein the plurality of event flags comprises at least two event flags;
select a first event flag of the set of event flags based on a degree of matching between the set of event flags and the set of preference characteristics of the user profile in response to determining that the set of event flags matches the set of preference characteristics of the user profile;
identify a first broadcasted audio signal associated with the first event flag; and
transmit a notification signal to a vehicle in response to the one or more event flags matching the set of preference characteristics of the user profile.

US Pat. No. 10,769,949

PARKING FACILITATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A parking assistance system, comprising:a communication interface to receive sensor information from a plurality of sensors;
an availability determination circuit to use the sensor information to determine one or more available parking spaces from among the plurality of potential parking spaces;
a parameter determination circuit to determine parking space parameters corresponding to the available parking spaces, to use information from a sensor to determine the presence of an obstruction rendering an available parking space at least partially obstructed, and to include information regarding the obstruction to the determined parking space parameters for the at least partially obstructed available parking spot;
a comparison circuit to compare vehicle profile information for a given vehicle to the parking space parameters, including the obstruction information, to identify one or more available parking spaces compatible with the given vehicle;
a parking space mapping circuit to generate a parking space map of identified compatible available parking spaces to the given vehicle that can be provided to the given vehicle;
a communication circuit to receive a parking space reservation identifying a parking space selected for reservation by a user of the given vehicle from one or more of the identified compatible available parking spaces on the parking space map, the parking space reservation received from the user of the given vehicle in advance of the given vehicle's arrival at the parking space; and
based on the parking space reservation, the parking assistance system updating parking space availability data to reflect unavailability of the parking space selected for reservation by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,753,430

MULTISPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES

Toyota Motor North Americ...

15. A transmission, comprising:a rotary input;
a rotary output;
a first planetary gear set, the first planetary gear set including a rotary first input gear non-alternatively only sharing an upstream rotary connection with the input and a rotary first non-input/output gear, a first pinion gear meshed therebetween, and a rotary first output planetary carrier carrying the first pinion gear;
a second planetary gear set, the second planetary gear set including a rotary second input gear non-alternatively only sharing an upstream rotary connection with the first output planetary carrier and a permanently grounded second non-input/output gear, a second pinion gear meshed therebetween, and a rotary second output planetary carrier carrying the second pinion gear and non-alternatively only sharing a downstream rotary connection with the output;
a rotary connecting clutch between the input and the first output planetary carrier; and
a permanently grounded holding clutch about the first non-input/output gear; wherein
by the operation of the connecting clutch and the holding clutch, the first output planetary carrier alternatively only shares a downstream rotary connection with the second input gear, in which case the first non-input/output gear is held, or shares a downstream rotary connection with the second input gear and shares an upstream rotary connection with the input, in which case the first non-input/output gear is released.

US Pat. No. 10,752,106

SNORKEL SLIDE-IN ATTACHMENT TO VEHICLE BODY MEMBER

Toyota Motor North Americ...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle including a vehicle body member, the vehicle body member including an inner side and an outer side, a slot being defined in the vehicle body member, the slot including an insertion portion and a retention portion, the insertion portion having a first width, the retention portion having a second width, the second width being less than the first width; and
a snorkel including a snorkel body defining a fluid conduit, the snorkel body including an inlet end portion and an outlet end portion, the outlet end portion of the snorkel including a flange, the flange having a width, the width of the flange being less than the first width but greater than the second width,
the outlet end portion of the snorkel body being retainably received in the retention portion of the slot, whereby the outlet end portion of the snorkel body is prevented from being moving along its body axis by an overlap between the flange and the inner side of the vehicle body member.

US Pat. No. 11,069,232

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING LEVELS OF CONGESTION AT ESTABLISHMENTS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...


1. A system comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:determine a number of vehicles at or within a threshold distance of an establishment corresponding to a level of congestion at the establishment;
determine that the establishment is a destination of a vehicle;
provide a notification in response to determining the number of vehicles at or within the threshold distance of the establishment exceeds a predetermined threshold and determining the establishment is the destination of the vehicle;
send a first signal when an ignition switch is operated to an OFF position to increase the level of congestion at the establishment; and
send a second signal when the ignition switch is operated to an ON position to decrease the level of congestion at the establishment.


US Pat. No. 11,062,605

TRANSPORT DAMAGE DATA GATHERING

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1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a server, first data related to a damaged portion of a transport from one or more of the transport and one or more devices in proximity to the transport;
analyzing, by the server, the first data to determine missing data related to the damaged portion;
requesting, by the server, the missing data from one or more other devices in proximity to the transport when the damaged portion occurred;
receiving, by the server, the missing data; and
determining, from the first data and the missing data one or more of a location, position, speed, acceleration and direction of an object which caused the damaged portion.

US Pat. No. 11,055,998

MINIMIZING TRAFFIC SIGNAL DELAYS WITH TRANSPORTS

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1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a first transport, an indication from a traffic signal that the first transport is legally able to move from a stopped disposition;
elapsing a period of time between receiving the indication and the first transport not moving during the period of time; and
receiving a notification at the end of the period of time, by the first transport, that the first transport ought to move, wherein the notification is received after the period of time from an automated action of a second transport.

US Pat. No. 11,042,619

VEHICLE OCCUPANT TRACKING AND TRUST

Toyota Motor North Americ...


16. A method for occupant authentication and trust, comprising:receiving, from a vehicle, a verification request that includes at least an occupant identifier that uniquely identifies a designated occupant and a vehicle identifier that uniquely identifies the vehicle;
in response to verifying, in a blockchain, that the occupant identifier and the vehicle identifier correspond with identity information for the designated occupant and the vehicle, recording, in the blockchain, an entry indicating an occupant identity, a vehicle identity, and that the designated occupant is present in the vehicle;
using the occupant identity, collecting one or more occupant profile elements that indicate trustworthiness of the designated occupant, including historical elements and personality profile elements about the designated occupant, the occupant profile elements being incorporated into the blockchain; and
distributing the occupant identity, the vehicle identity, and the occupant profile elements to one or more end users.

US Pat. No. 11,042,159

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRIORITIZING DATA PROCESSING

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1. A vehicle data processing system, comprising:a group of sensors arranged on board a vehicle and operable to detect and capture driving event data; and
a controller coupled to the group of sensors and operable to receive one or more data streams indicative of the driving event data from the group of sensors;
wherein the controller is further operable to:analyze the one or more data streams;
determine a current operation status of a vehicle based on the one or more data streams;
determine whether or not the current operation status of the vehicle triggers prioritized processing of the one or more data streams; and
upon determination that the prioritized processing is triggered, apply the prioritized processing, wherein applying the prioritized processing comprises processing a first data stream corresponding to a first driving event at a present reference point prior to a second data stream corresponding to a second driving event at the present reference point, and wherein the prioritized processing is based on respective times for processing of the first data stream and the second data stream to achieve respective results.


US Pat. No. 11,014,534

REMOTE ACCESS OF TRANSPORTS

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1. A method, comprising:connecting, by a processor of a transport, to a network comprised of a plurality of transports;
receiving, by the processor of the transport, an access key request from a device;
broadcasting, by the processor of the transport, the request to the network;
collecting, by the processor of the transport, authorizations from a subset of the plurality of the transports; and
sending a one-time access key to the device, if the authorizations are received from a required number of the transports.

US Pat. No. 11,006,859

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DISABLING A STEP-COUNTING FUNCTION OF A WEARABLE FITNESS TRACKER WITHIN A VEHICLE

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1. A method for disabling a step-counting function of a wearable fitness tracker, the method comprising:detecting a vehicle start-up event of a vehicle with one or more vehicle sensors; and
sending an in-vehicle confirmation signal comprising an audio tone comprising a frequency outside of a range of about 20 HZ to about 20 kHz from one or more vehicle communication modules to one or more wearable fitness trackers positioned within the vehicle in response to detecting the vehicle start-up event;
wherein the in-vehicle confirmation signal is configured to be received by the one or more wearable fitness trackers and cause the one or more wearable fitness trackers to automatically disable the step-counting function of the one or more wearable fitness trackers.

US Pat. No. 11,011,063

DISTRIBUTED DATA COLLECTION AND PROCESSING AMONG VEHICLE CONVOY MEMBERS

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1. A vehicle convoy management system comprising:a computing device configured to:
determine a first vehicle and a second vehicle form a convoy;
delegate a first task to the first vehicle based on a first set of sensor resources of the first vehicle configured to sense attributes about an environment around the first vehicle defined by the first task;
delegate a second task to the second vehicle based on a second set of sensor resources of the second vehicle configured to sense attributes about the environment around the second vehicle defined by the second task, wherein the first task is distinct from the second task;
receive, from the first vehicle, a first information generated in response to the first vehicle completing the first task with the first set of sensor resources;
receive, from the second vehicle, a second information generated in response to the second vehicle completing the second task with the second set of sensor resources; and
transmit at least one of the first information or the second information to at least one vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,970,569

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING TRAFFIC LIGHTS USING IMAGING SENSORS OF VEHICLES

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1. A traffic light monitoring system comprising:a vehicle configured to:
identify a traffic light based on images captured by an imaging sensor of the vehicle;
determine a first transition time when a first light of a traffic light turns off and a second light of the traffic light turns on based on the images;
determine a second transition time when the second light of the traffic light turns off and a third light of the traffic light turns on based on the images; and
transmit information about the first transition time and the second transition time to an edge computing device; and
the edge computing device configured to:
calculate a period for the second light being on based on the first transition time and the second transition time;
receive another transition time when the first light turns off and the second light turns on from another vehicle, the another transition time being after the first transition time; and
broadcast a notification of an upcoming change of the second light based on the another transition time, the period, and a current time.

US Pat. No. 10,919,537

VEHICLE SENSOR TRACKING FOR CUSTOMIZED VEHICLE PROFILE

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1. A method, comprising:monitoring data when the data is associated with at least one detected behavior of a first user;
quantifying the at least one detected behavior into a first value;
sending the first value to a first server and a second server;
comparing the first value to a first threshold at the first server;
comparing the first value to a second threshold at the second server;
determining whether to increment a first score at the first server and a second score at the second server, when the first value is greater than one or more of the first threshold and the second threshold; and
determining whether to decrement the first score at the first server and the second score at the second server, when the first value is less than one or more of the first threshold and the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,916,038

MODULATING VEHICLE PAINT VIA DATA ANALYTICS

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1. A system for improving formulating vehicle paint of a vehicle in a particular geographic region, the system comprising:a paint sensor located on an exterior of the vehicle and configured to detect paint data of the vehicle;
an ambient light sensor configured to detect ambient light data of ambient light outside of the vehicle when the paint sensor detects the paint data;
a vehicle transceiver configured to communicate the paint data and the ambient light data;
a remote data server configured to receive the paint data and the ambient light data from the vehicle and formulate, based on the paint data and the ambient light data, a different paint composition of paint compounds for application on the vehicle or a second vehicle or a different painting process for painting the vehicle or the second vehicle; and
a paint machine communicatively coupled to the remote data server and configured to automatically create a paint mixture based on the different paint composition, automatically apply the paint mixture to the vehicle or the second vehicle, or automatically perform the different painting process when painting the vehicle or the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,859,992

VEHICLE-BASED GEO-FENCING SYSTEM

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1. A method for controlling an automation system, the method comprising:detecting, by an automation control system, when an authorized person has entered a geo-fence for the automation system based on whether a mobile device of the authorized person has entered the geo-fence;
determining, by the automation control system, whether the mobile device of the authorized person has received information from a vehicle in which the authorized person has entered the geo-fence, wherein the information identifies the vehicle as a registered vehicle;
controlling, by the automation control system, the automation system to perform at least one operation from a first set of operations in response to a determination that the authorized person has entered the geo-fence in the registered vehicle; and
controlling, by the automation control system, the automation system to perform at least one operation from a second set of operations in response to a determination that the authorized person has not entered the geo-fence in the registered vehicle;
wherein controlling, by the automation control system, the automation system to perform the at least one operation from the first set of operations comprises:
establishing, by the registered vehicle, a wireless communications link between the automation system and the registered vehicle in response to the determination that the authorized person has entered the geo-fence in the registered vehicle; and
sending, by the registered vehicle, information to the automation system over the wireless communications link established between the automation system and the registered vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,832,567

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING COMPOSITE REAL-TIME TRAFFIC IMAGES BASED ON TRIGGERING EVENTS USING DATA FROM VEHICLE BORNE SENSORS

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13. A vehicle comprising:a camera;
network interface hardware; and
a processor and a non-transitory processor readable memory module storing one or more processor executable instruction sets that when executed by the processor cause the vehicle to:
establish an edge server connection with an edge computing device;
generate a triggering event signal in response to a triggering event;
broadcast the triggering event signal; and
capture image data using the camera in response to the triggering event signal.

US Pat. No. 10,771,787

DYNAMIC DATA COMPRESSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE WITH VEHICLE DATA

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1. A dynamic data compression system, comprising:a group of sensors arranged on-board a vehicle and operable to detect and capture driving event data, the group of sensors comprising a target sensor;
a controller coupled to the group of sensors and operable to receive one or more data streams indicative of the driving event data from the group of sensors; and
a communication interface coupled to the group of sensors and the controller for data transmission;
wherein the controller is further operable to:
analyze the one or more data streams;
determine a vehicle operation condition based on the one or more data streams, the vehicle operation condition comprising a speed of the vehicle, a location of the vehicle, a motion of the vehicle, or a combination thereof; and
determine whether or not to compress a data stream from the target sensor based on the vehicle operation condition;
wherein a data capture rate of the target sensor is based on the vehicle operation condition.