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DATA DRIVEN AIRPLANE INTENT INFERENCING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Method, system and computer program product for providing a predicted vehicle track and for providing alerts when two predicted vehicle tracks are closer than a threshold amount. A vehicle intent prediction model is generated based on past instance of tracks for a vehicle operation, known vehicle intent data for the past instances, and contextual factors, such as weather, airline operator, air vehicle type or configuration, day of the week, etc. for the past instances. The vehicle intent prediction model can be generated using one or more machine learning algorithms. A future vehicle trajectory for a current vehicle operation can be output by the vehicle intent prediction model using the current track and existing contextual factors for the current vehicle operation. In the event that two vehicles following their respective predicted vehicle future trajectories would be closer than a threshold distance, an alert can be provided.



System for Providing Data for Vehicles

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for providing data for vehicles includes a region server for providing information data for vehicles in a region. A first and second of the vehicles predict path data, which indicate at least one route that the first and second vehicles will drive with a probability. The first and second vehicles are registered in the region server if the route of the first and second vehicles indicated by the predicted path data lies in the region. The region server produces the information data in dependence on received sensor data of the first vehicle. The produced information data are sent by the region server to the second vehicle if the predicted path data of the second vehicle overlap with the predicted path data of the first vehicle and the second vehicle is registered in the region server.



DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD, PROGRAM, AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A driving assistance method includes: a step of, by a driving assistance apparatus, calculating a power spectrum by a frequency analysis of an acceleration obtained by a three-dimensional accelerometer; a step of, by the driving assistance apparatus, obtaining information on an angle based on a magnitude of an inclination of a single regression line of the power spectrum in a predetermined frequency range; a step of obtaining a speed by the driving assistance apparatus; a step of, by the driving assistance apparatus, calculating a traffic jam sign index as a product of a value associated with a degree of variation in the angle and a value associated with the speed; and a step of, by the driving assistance apparatus, sensing a traffic jam sign based on a change in the traffic jam sign index within a predetermined time.



METHOD FOR TRAFFIC FLOW PREDICTION BASED ON SPATIO-TEMPORAL CORRELATION MINING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The disclosure includes a method for traffic flow prediction based on data mining on spatio-temporal correlations. The method includes establishing a prediction model, data mining on spatio-temporal correlations, and traffic flow prediction based on spatio-temporal correlated data. The prediction model can be a linear regression model with multiple variables. The data mining on spatio-temporal correlations is based on a multi-factor linear regression model and by means of the optimization method in terms of sparse representation. The data from the spatio-temporal correlated sensors that are relevant to the prediction task are determined automatically. The traffic flow prediction based on spatio-temporal correlated data refers to that the prediction is performed with the input to the prediction model to be the data from the spatio-temporal correlated sensors.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING VEHICLE SYSTEM FAULTS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for detecting vehicle system faults includes receiving, with a processor, a plurality of sensor signals from one or more sensors; thresholding, with the processor, the plurality of sensor signals for each respective sensor substantially in real time; and generating, with the processor, abnormal derivative frequency values for each of the plurality of thresholded sensor signals in real time and determining an operational status of at least each of the one or more sensors based on the abnormal derivative frequency values.



ELECTRONIC MODULE INTEGRATION FOR HARSH ENVIRONMENT MACHINES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A gas turbine engine is provided having a control and health monitoring system that includes an engine control module. At least one electronic component electronically coupled to the engine control module. The at least one electronic component includes an electronic module. The system further includes an isolation rail extending through the gas turbine engine. The at least one control component is electronically coupled to the engine control module through the isolation rail. The electronic module is in thermal communication with isolation rail.



DRIVER RISK ASSESSMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD HAVING CALIBRATING AUTOMATIC EVENT SCORING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A Driver Risk Assessment System and Method Having Calibrating Automatic Event Scoring is disclosed. The system and method provide robust and reliable event scoring and reporting, while also optimizing data transmission bandwidth. The system includes onboard vehicular driving event detectors that record data related to detected driving events and selectively store or transfer data related to said detected driving events. If elected, the onboard vehicular system will score a detected driving event, compare the local score to historical values previously stored within the onboard system, and upload selective data or data types to a remote server or user if the system concludes that a serious driving event has occurred. Importantly, the onboard event scoring system, if enabled, will continuously evolve and improve in its reliability by being periodically re-calibrated with the ongoing reliability results of manual human review of automated predictive event reports. The system may further respond to independent user requests by transferring select data to said user at a variety of locations and formats.



GPS-Enabled On Demand Vehicle Tracking Via A Mobile Software Application

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An on demand tracking system for a vehicle includes a mobile device configured to establish a connection with the vehicle using a unique identifier, in response to receiving geographic coordinates of the vehicle, to provide to a remote server data defining geographic boundaries encompassing the coordinates without explicitly identifying the coordinates to the remote server to request a map, to display the map, and to delete the coordinates.



MAINTENANCE SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE IN ANALYZING MAINTENANCE DATA

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and maintenance systems for use in analyzing data related to maintenance of at least one vehicle are disclosed. One example method includes retrieving, by a computing device, a plurality of diagnostic entries associated with at least one fault message from a database of diagnostic entries, each diagnostic entry including an identified corrective action and a date on which the identified corrective action was taken; identifying a plurality of groups of diagnostic entries, wherein the diagnostic entries in a group have a same corrective action, and each group has a confidence level associated with its corrective action; and weighting the confidence level for each group based on an age of the plurality of diagnostic entries in the group.



System and Method for Facilitated Collaboration between Automotive Mechanics

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for facilitating communication for diagnosis of automotive repair issues includes retrieving diagnostic data from a first processor in a first vehicle using a first diagnostic tool, and transmitting the diagnostic data to a server with a request for assistance from a first user who operates the first diagnostic tool. The server identifies a second user who has received diagnostic data from a second processor in a second vehicle with a second diagnostic tool that corresponds to the diagnostic data retrieved by the first processor in the first vehicle, and the server transmits a communication notification to an electronic communication device that is associated with the second user to establish a communication channel between the first user and second user regarding the vehicle issue.



System and method for providing and managing electricity

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for providing power to and monitoring the energy usage includes at least one electrical control unit having an unmanned vehicle, at least one electrical control unit, a sensor enabled to monitor a given condition; a power source; a processor configured to be in communication with the at least one sensor and said power source, said processor further configured to manage communications with said management system; an unmanned vehicle releasibly coupled to said electrical control unit, said processor being adapted to release said unmanned vehicle to enable the unmanned vehicle to separate from said electrical control unit, wherein said sensor is enabled to monitor at least one of the following: voltage, current, real power, apparent power, reactive power, frequency, total harmonic distortion, arc fault, plug loads, power factor, GFI, AFI, light, temperature, humidity, methane, carbon monoxide, motion, thermal, occupancy, radio frequency, audio, video, infrared, and combinations thereof and wherein said unmanned vehicle can travel to various locations.



FLYING DISPLAY DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A display device includes a display unit, at least a flight unit connected to the display unit, a position information receiving unit obtaining information on a current position of the display device, a sensor unit obtaining information of a user, a flight control unit automatically controlling a flight of the display device, a posture information obtaining unit obtaining posture information of the display device, a main control unit controlling an overall operation of respective components of the display device, a posture correction unit varying an angle of the display device or the display unit, a vibration system, a voice recognition unit, a communication module, an input member transmitting input information to the communication module, a power source unit, an obstacle detection unit, a joint manipulator connecting the at least one flight unit and the display unit, and a connector connecting the display unit and the display device.



METHODS FOR LAUNCHING AND LANDING AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and apparatus are provided for launching and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) including multi-rotor aircrafts. The methods and apparatus disclosed herein utilize positional change of the UAV, visual signal, or other means to effect the launch or landing. The methods and apparatus disclosed herein are user friendly, particularly to amateur UAV users lacking practice of operating a UAV.



PRIORITIZING CLEANING AREAS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of controlling operation of a robotic cleaning device and a robotic cleaning device performing the method. The robotic cleaning device includes a main body, a propulsion system arranged to move the robotic cleaning device, and an obstacle detection device arranged to detect obstacles. The robotic cleaning device further includes a controller arranged to control the propulsion system to move the robotic cleaning device. The controller is further arranged to identify one or more sections to be cleaned where the robotic cleaning device is likely to move without being hindered by the detected obstacles, and to control movement of the robotic cleaning device such that cleaning of the identified one or more sections is prioritized before sections of the surface where the robotic cleaning device is more likely to be hindered by the detected obstacles.



ORIENTATION DEVICE FOR ELECTRICALLY OPERATED TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES, AUTOMATICALLY GUIDED IN FACTORY BUILDING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a device and method for the orientation of electrically driven transport vehicles, especially so-called AGVs (automatic guided vehicles), automatically guided in factory buildings, the invention having the following features: a) a camera for identifying the reference points of a planned route using markers, in particular on the basis of the data matrix code, wherein a position marker is made up of an arrangement of nine data matrix codes arranged in a square, and wherein the diagonals of 3 individual codes are located on a straight line; b) a front ultrasound sensor and a rear ultrasound sensor; c) a laser scanner; and d) a light-field sensor.



Railway Maintenance Device

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A railway maintenance device configured for autonomous or semi-autonomous operation in a rail environment is provided. The device can process image data to move about the rail environment and perform one or more actions in the rail environment. The actions can include one or more actions related to decoupling and/or attaching rail vehicles, and can be implemented by performing three-dimensional image processing. The device can be configured to move with any movement of a rail vehicle on which one or more actions are being performed. In an alternative embodiment, the various components configured to perform the action are implemented at a stationary location with respect to a rail line.



AUTOMATIC DRIVING VEHICLE SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An automatic driving vehicle system includes: a surrounding information recognition unit that recognizes surrounding information of a vehicle; a vehicle state recognition unit that recognizes a vehicle state of the vehicle; a running plan generation unit that generates a running plan based on the surrounding information of the vehicle and that generates a control band of a target control value for the vehicle in the running plan, based on at least one of the vehicle state and the surrounding information; a first computation unit that computes a command control value such that the vehicle state becomes a target vehicle state corresponding to the target control value, based on the running plan, the vehicle state and the control band; and an actuator that controls the running of the vehicle based on the command control value. The system may also include an actuator control unit.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A path controller for guiding an autonomous vehicle along a desired path may include an input module that may receive input signals such as, a normal error signal that indicates an off-path deviation of the autonomous vehicle relative to a desired path, a heading signal, and a curvature signal associated with the autonomous vehicle. The path controller may also include a curvature rate module that calculates a curvature rate output signal to guide the autonomous vehicle along the desired path and a communication module that communicates the curvature rate output signal to a steering control system.



UNMANNED AIRCRAFT STRUCTURE EVALUATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An unmanned aircraft structure evaluation system includes a computer system with an input unit, a display unit, one or more processors, and one or more non-transitory computer readable medium. Image display and analysis software causes the one or more processors to generate unmanned aircraft information. The unmanned aircraft information includes flight path information configured to direct an unmanned aircraft to fly a flight path around the structure.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Drivable path plan systems and methods for autonomous vehicles disclosed herein may receive original path plan data, including a first path element tangentially connected to a second path element at a transition connection point. A drivable path plan may be calculated for the autonomous vehicle between the first path element and the second path element using a clothoid spline. An initial connection point may be identified, as well as an initial heading and an initial curvature along the first path element, and a final connection point, a final heading, and a final curvature along the second path element. The clothoid spline may be inserted between the initial connection point along the first path element and the final connection point along the second path element.



Return Path Configuration For Remote Controlled Aerial Vehicle

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is a configuration to control automatic return of an aerial vehicle. The configuration stores a return location in a storage device of the aerial vehicle. The return location may correspond to a location where the aerial vehicle is to return. One or more sensors of the aerial vehicle are monitored during flight for detection of a predefined condition. When a predetermined condition is met a return path program may be loaded for execution to provide a return flight path for the aerial vehicle to automatically navigate to the return location.



METHOD FOR THE AUTOMATIC OPERATION OF A VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for the automatic operation of a vehicle in an autonomous driving operation requiring no user action by means of a driver assistance system involves informing a driver of the vehicle in good time about an imminent automatic intervention of the driver assistance system into longitudinal and/or transverse dynamics in the autonomous driving operation by way of an automatic emission of a notice.



SYSTEM FOR PILOTING A DRONE IN IMMERSION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The system comprises a drone and a ground station. The ground station includes a console provided with a directional antenna adapted to be directed towards the drone maintain the quality of the wireless link with the latter, and virtual reality glasses rendering images taken by a camera of the drone. The system comprises means for determining the position of the drone with respect to a heading of the console, and means for including in the images (I) rendered in the virtual reality glasses a visual indication (C, Ce, G, Id) of misalignment of the drone with respect to the console heading. Although he is isolated from the external real environment, the pilot is able, based on this visual indication, to reorient the console, typically by turning on himself, so that the directional antenna thereof suitably points towards the drone.



Method and Apparatus for Causing Sending of a Parking Directive

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method comprising identification of a parking region for a vehicle, identification of an object within the parking region, determination that sufficient space exists within the parking region for creation of a parking space, the parking space being a portion of the parking region that is dimensioned to allow the vehicle to enter the parking space and exit the parking space, determination of a parking directive based, at least in part, on the parking space and the object, and causation of sending the parking directive is disclosed.



VEHICLE REGISTRATION TO ENTER AUTOMATED CONTROL OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for a traffic control system provide arrangements and processes for managing automated vehicles. The traffic control system can register vehicles and then control the operation of the vehicles through a section of roadway. The automated control includes the communication of directions and other messages that ensure the proper function of the vehicle while under the guidance of the traffic control system.



REMOTE MOTION CONTROL USING A WIRELESS MOBILE DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one embodiment, a general-purpose wireless mobile device having a touch-sensitive screen and executing a remote control application is used to remotely control a vehicle (e.g., a marine vessel). The general-purpose wireless mobile device communicates via a wireless network with an interface (e.g., a server) that is coupled to an electronic control system of the vehicle (e.g., the vessel). In operation, environmental information and/or system status information is collected through the electronic control system, propagated to the interface (e.g., server), and then sent over the wireless network to the wireless mobile device. Similarly, control input is sent over the wireless network to the interface (e.g., server), which passes the information to the electronic control system, which in turn issues appropriate control signals to the vehicle subsystems (e.g., marine subsystems) to control the motion of the vehicle (e.g., the vessel).



TECHNIQUES FOR POSITIONING A VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for determining a location of a vehicle in an environment provided with at least two landmarks whose location is known. The system includes at least one scanning distance sensor installed in the vehicle and configured to measure distance and direction from the vehicle to the at least two landmarks, as well as a data processing device configured to store in its memory the location of the at least two landmarks; and determine the location of the vehicle on the basis of at least the location of the at least two landmarks as well as the distance and direction from the vehicle to the at least two landmarks.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY OPTIMIZING MAP DESTINATION ROUTING PERFORMANCE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed are systems and methods for dynamically optimizing map service performance and, particularly, map destination routing performance. An example system includes a map application module configured to receive at least a start location and an end location for a route, and transmit to the server a request for route information from the start location to the end location. The map application module may then receive from the server the route information, and generate a route on the map between the start location and the end location based on the route information. The map application module may then receive a request to change the route, and transmit to the server one or more requests for updated route information based on the requested change to the route, wherein the one or more requests are transmitted to the server periodically at a frequency that is based on characteristics of the client device.



NAVIGATING WITH A CAMERA DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A navigation system and method are described. A destination may be determined for a user. A starting location may be determined for the user using data obtained via a mobile device of the user. The user may be enabled to establish a route from the starting location to the destination using the mobile device. Route information that details the established route may be stored in a database for subsequent display to other users. In some embodiments, a value total for each user may be stored, and value may be added to the user's value total in response to the user establishing the route from the starting location to the destination.



IDENTIFYING A PARKING LOCATION WITH RESPECT TO A DESTINATION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In an approach for locating parking, a computer identifies driving directions to a destination. The computer receives a navigation input from a user to locate parking associated with the destination. The computer calculates one or more navigation paths based on the destination, wherein the one or more navigation paths include one or more street segments that connect identical starting and ending points with at least one different street segment and overall values indicating priority based on one or more weight factors associated with the one or more street segments. The computer selects a first navigation path from the calculated one or more navigation paths utilizing an ordered ranking of the one or more navigation paths. The computer provides driving directions associated with the first navigation path. The computer determines whether the user locates parking while utilizing the first navigation path.



METHOD, PORTABLE TERMINAL, IN-VEHICLE TERMINAL AND SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE POSITIONING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a method, a portable terminal, an in-vehicle terminal and a system for vehicle positioning. The portable terminal is connected to an in-vehicle GPS terminal. The method includes: receiving and processing a vehicle inertial positioning information transmitted from the in-vehicle GPS terminal; obtaining a vehicle coordinate information and a vehicle driving information according to the processed vehicle inertial positioning information; combining the vehicle coordinate information and the vehicle driving information with a navigation map of the portable terminal; and generating a navigation image according to the navigation map, the vehicle coordinate information and the vehicle driving information. The present invention can implement navigation function without purchasing or upgrading vehicle navigation software.



APPARATUS FOR ROUTE GUIDE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein are a route guide apparatus and a control method thereof. When a route guide to a specific location is requested, congestion information considering the number of vehicles having already arrived at the specific location at the moment that the route guide is requested and the estimated number of vehicles expected to arrive is generated and provided, such that a user requesting the route guide can learn the congestion information on the specific location in advance.



REACTIVE PATH PLANNING FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of adaptively re-generating a planned path for an autonomous driving maneuver. An object map is generated based on the sensed objects in a road of travel. A timer re-set and actuated. A planned path is generated for autonomously maneuvering the vehicle around the sensed objects. The vehicle is autonomously maneuvered along the planned path. The object map is updated based on sensed data from the vehicle-based devices. A safety check is performed for determining whether the planned path is feasible based on the updated object map. The planned path is re-generated in response to a determination that the existing path is infeasible, otherwise a determination is made as to whether the timer has expired. If the timer has not expired, then a safety check is re-performed; otherwise, a return is made to re-plan the path.



Fresh Hybrid Routing Independent of Map Version and Provider

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems, methods, and apparatuses are described for providing fresh hybrid routing independent of map version and provider. A set of routing data is received in response to a routing request. The set of routing data includes road segments. An analysis may be performed of a local map and the set of routing data. At least one unmatched road segment between the local map and the set of routing data is identified based on the analysis. A request for update data for the at least one unmatched road segment is made. Using the local map, the set of routing data, and the update data for the at least one unmatched road segment a navigation action is generated.



MAP INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, MAP INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING UPDATE DATA

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention has an object to provide a technique capable of reducing the size of update data. A map information processing apparatus includes a data extractor that extracts a difference between a shape of a past road link and a shape of a current road link as update data for updating predetermined map information. The data extractor does not extract the difference as the update data in a case where one road link of the past road link and the current road link is included in a buffer region obtained by extending the shape of the other road link by a predetermined distance.



A METHOD OF RESOLVING A POINT LOCATION FROM ENCODED DATA REPRESENTATIVE THEREOF

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of the present invention provide a method of resolving a point location from a location reference, the location reference comprising a plurality of location reference points, each location reference point being representative of a node in a first digital map and having attributes associated therewith from the first digital map, including geographic coordinates of the node, so as to define a path between a start location reference point and an end location reference point, the location reference further comprising an offset value representative of a distance along the path. The method comprises obtaining (410) the geographic coordinates of the start location reference point (210) and the end location reference point (220), determining geographic coordinates of a location (250) along a line (230) extending between the geographic coordinates of the start location reference point (210) and the end location reference point (220) corresponding to the offset value (240), and using the determined geographic coordinates (250) as an approximate location of the point location in a second digital map.



VERIFYING A ROAD NETWORK OF A MAP

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to a computer implemented method, a computer program product, and a computer system for verifying the road network of map. An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for verifying a road network of a map. The method comprises: determining, based on locations of a set of points in the map, a trajectory distance of a trajectory between a start point and an end point in the set of points on the map; determining a route distance between the start point and the end point in the road network of the map; and verifying the road network by comparing the trajectory distance and the route distance.



TRAVEL DIRECTION DETERMINATION APPARATUS, MAP MATCHING APPARATUS, TRAVEL DIRECTION DETERMINATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A travel direction determination apparatus is provided, including: a sensor signal acquisition unit that acquires sensor signals from sensors mounted in a mobile device; a first travel direction calculation unit that calculates a travel direction of the user without relying on a walking state of the user; a second travel direction calculation unit that calculates the travel direction of the user based on the sensor signals when the user who holds the mobile device is in a walking state; and a determination unit that determines the travel direction of the user first to the travel direction calculated by the first travel direction calculation unit, and then to the travel direction calculated by the second travel direction calculation unit, responding to changes in the state of the user from non-walking state to walking state.



CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A control apparatus for a vehicle with a continuously variable transmission, having an acceleration requirement determining portion determining operator required acceleration, a first restricted accelerator operation amount setting portion setting an accelerating member restricted operation amount that increases with a running speed increase, when the determining portion has determined required vehicle acceleration, and a shift control portion controlling the transmission speed ratio on the restricted amount basis, the control apparatus having: a second restricted accelerator operation amount setting portion decreasing the restricted amount from a value immediately prior to an accelerating member rapid releasing action determination moment, at a rate lower than an accelerating member operation actual amount decrease rate after the rapid releasing action determination moment, and an upper limit stop processing portion to limit the restricted amount after a determination moment that the operator requires vehicle acceleration, the restricted amount is not larger than the actual operation amount.



SHIFT CONTROL METHOD OF ELECTRONIC SHIFT LEVER

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A shift control method of an electronic shift lever may include detecting a collision of a vehicle when the vehicle is in an ignition-on state, detecting a shift range of the electronic shift lever, and preventing shifting by interrupting delivery of a signal for changing the shift range to a transmission, when the signal for changing the shift range is detected within a predetermined time after the detection of the collision.



CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to a control apparatus for a vehicle. The vehicle includes an engine, and a transmission that is coupled to the engine. The control apparatus includes an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU is configured to change a speed ratio of the transmission without an operation by a driver when an automatic operation mode is selected, and change the speed ratio of the transmission as a result of an operation by the driver when a manual operation mode is selected. The automatic operation mode and the manual operation mode are selected by the driver. The ECU executes shifting limit control based on selection of the automatic operation mode. The shifting limit control is control for reducing a shock resulting from the changing of the speed ratio of the transmission.



DIAGNOSTICS FOR CLUTCH TORQUE ESTIMATION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A transmission for a vehicle includes a plurality of clutches that are individually selectively engaged to establish particular power flow paths. The amount of torque flowing through any clutch can be estimated while the clutch is being engaged, being disengaged, or being held locked. The estimated magnitude of clutch torque aids in proper control of the transmission, including how and when to shift between gears. A method and system for determining the uncertainty of estimated clutch torque is provided. Based on the magnitude of uncertainty of estimated clutch torque, the shift schedule can alter to specifically avoid actions that would increase the uncertainty, or the time between shifting gears can increase to reduce the effects of the uncertainty.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLUTCH PRESSURE CONTROL

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for controlling clutch pressure in an electronically controlled limited slip differential comprises receiving a target clutch pressure command indicative of a desired differential torque transfer setting. Processing the target clutch pressure command comprises estimating one of a motor current or a motor speed, calculating an integrated error of a target motor current or an integrated error of a target motor speed, calculating gains over time based on the estimated motor current or the estimated motor speed and based on the integrated error of the target motor current or the integrated error of the target motor speed, applying the calculated gains thereby forming a closed loop feedback, and calculating an oscillation. The target motor current or the target motor speed is applied to a motor connected to a clutch in the differential according to the calculated oscillation to control the clutch pressure of the differential.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING ENGINE AUTOSTART IN A POWERTRAIN SYSTEM EMPLOYING MULTIPLE TORQUE GENERATING DEVICES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A powertrain system is described, and includes an internal combustion engine and an electric machine configured to generate propulsion torque responsive to a driver torque request. A method for operating the powertrain system includes determining, in response to a request to execute an engine autostart operation, whether a driveline torque sag may occur. The method further includes forgoing executing the engine autostart operation when it is determined that a driveline torque sag will occur during the execution of the engine autostart operation.



Engine Mass Air Flow Calculation Method and System

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for determining an engine mass air flow (MAF) for use in an engine air to fuel ratio (AFR) calculation to operate an engine includes monitoring engine operation, determining in the electronic controller a first estimation of engine MAF based on a regression model, determining in the electronic controller a second estimation of engine MAF based on a flow model, and selecting the first or second estimation of engine MAF based on an operating state of the engine. Each estimation can use various engine parameters interchangeably to provide a robust system against sensor failures.



ENGINE SHUT-OFF AND RE-START STRATEGY

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

When a non-hybrid motor vehicle is stopped, its engine is shut-off upon concurrence of certain conditions precedent without turning off the ignition switch.



METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLE AMBIENT HYDROCARBON LEVEL MONITORING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a vehicle operation based on an output of a hydrocarbon sensor located in a canister vent line coupling a fuel vapor canister and the atmosphere in order to reduce exhaust and evaporative emissions, and improve fuel economy while providing improved cabin comfort. Specifically, in response to determining an ambient hydrocarbon amount greater than a threshold based on the hydrocarbon sensor output during purging, the purging operation may be terminated, and the canister may be sealed from the atmosphere. Further, in response to the determination, a vehicle climate control system may be adjusted to stop providing fresh air to the vehicle cabin and provide only cabin air recirculation, and an engine operation may be adjusted such that a ratio of a port fuel injection amount to a direct fuel injection amount is increased.



METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN ENGINE OF A VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A simple and effective control method is disclosed for starting and stopping a vehicle's engine and automatic lighting of position lamps to show the vehicle's location. The method uses brake and gear shift lever of the vehicle to generate selection signals, and a button switch can be pressed to stop or start the engine of the vehicle according to the selection signals, which can provide vehicle drivers a simple and secure way to control their vehicles while waiting at a stoplight.



VEHICLE AND METHOD OF OPENING AND CLOSING A DOOR OF THE VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a door that has a swing radius, a light-field camera, and a controller. The light-field camera is configured to detect the presence of an object within the swing radius of the door. The controller is programmed to prevent the door from transitioning between an opened position and a closed position in response to the light-field camera detecting the presence of an object in the swing radius of the door.



DUAL-OPENING PANORAMIC SUNROOF AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dual-opening panoramic sunroof may include front glass which slides forward and rearward by being connected with a front sled that is slidable forward and rearward along a mechanism rail, a rear glass which slides forward and rearward by being connected with a rear sled, a front timing plate which has a rear end rotatably coupled to the rear sled, and a front end formed with a front groove to accommodate a portion of the front sled, and selectively connects the front sled and the rear sled, a rear tilt lever which is disposed rearward of the mechanism rail, and a rear timing plate which has a rear end rotatably coupled to the rear tilt sled, and a front end formed with a rear groove formed to selectively accommodate a portion of the rear sled, and connects the rear sled and the rear tilt sled.