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Toyota Motor : Patent Issued for Dynamic Geometry Support for Vehicle Components

07/30/2015 | 02:45am US/Eastern

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventor Rovik, Christopher Lee (Canton, MI), filed on December 18, 2014, was published online on July 21, 2015.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 9085270, is Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Erlanger, KY).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present disclosure relates to vehicles, and more particularly, to user adjustable components in vehicles.

"Vehicles often include components which can be adjusted by a user of the vehicle. Such adjustable components can include adjustable seats and mirrors. In addition, some vehicles can store position settings for such adjustable components as a group of position settings for a particular user of the vehicle. In such vehicles, the user can automatically adjust the adjustable components in accordance with their position settings by selecting the group of position settings."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "One limitation of the foregoing automatic adjustment is that the settings are only available in one vehicle. If a user drives a different vehicle, they must adjust the settings for many of the adjustable components. In addition, if the different vehicle is unfamiliar to the driver, such as a rental car that is a different make or model from the user's usual vehicle, the user will likely spend more time searching for their preferred settings. In view of these problems, one aspect of the present disclosure involves storing user settings at a server remote from a vehicle so that the user settings can be transmitted to different vehicles for the user.

"In one embodiment, a user of a vehicle is identified with a user key associated with the user. The user key and a vehicle identifier associated with the vehicle are transmitted to a server remote from the vehicle. In turn, at least one user setting is received from the remote server. The at least one user setting relates to the user key, the vehicle identifier, and a position of at least one component of the vehicle. A vehicle system setting stored in a memory of the vehicle is updated with the at least one user setting. When the vehicle system setting does not correspond with the at least one user setting, the position of the at least one component is adjusted based on the at least one user setting. By receiving the at least one user setting from the remote server, it is ordinarily possible to automatically adjust positions of components in different vehicles based on the at least one user setting.

"According to a further embodiment, an input is accepted from the user to adjust the position of the at least one component and the vehicle system setting is changed in accordance with the accepted input. The changed vehicle system setting is transmitted to the remote server so as to update the at least one user setting with the changed vehicle system setting. This arrangement ordinarily allows for the adjustment of positions of components in different vehicles based on changed preferences of the user.

"According to another embodiment, a user key associated with a user of a vehicle and a vehicle identifier associated with the vehicle are received from the vehicle. The user key and the vehicle identifier are matched with at least one user setting stored in a memory, with the at least one user setting relating to the user key, the vehicle identifier, and a position of at least one component of the vehicle. For its part, the at least one user setting is transmitted to the vehicle so as to adjust the position of the at least one component based on the at least one user setting when a vehicle system setting for the position of the at least one component does not correspond with the at least one user setting. By matching the vehicle identifier with the at least one user setting, it is ordinarily possible to facilitate adjustment of positions of components in vehicles having different shapes and sizes, such as vehicles of different makes and models.

"According to another embodiment, a user key associated with a user of a vehicle and a vehicle identifier associated with the vehicle are received from the vehicle. The user key is matched with a user profile and the vehicle identifier is matched with a vehicle profile. At least one user setting is generated based on the user profile and the vehicle profile. The at least one user setting relates to the user key, the vehicle identifier, and a position of at least one component of the vehicle. In turn, the at least one user setting is transmitted to the vehicle so as to adjust the position of the at least one component based on the at least one user setting when a vehicle system setting for the position of the at least one component does not correspond with the at least one user setting. Since the at least one user setting is generated based on the vehicle profile, the at least one user setting can usually be generated for vehicles having different geometries that the user has not driven before.

"According to further embodiment, a changed vehicle system setting is received from the vehicle which is based on an input accepted from the user. The user profile is modified based on the changed vehicle system setting. This arrangement ordinarily allows for new user preferences to affect the generation of the at least one user setting.

"The foregoing summary has been provided so that the nature of this disclosure may be understood quickly. A more complete understanding can be obtained with reference to the following detailed description and to the attached drawings."

For more information, see this patent: Rovik, Christopher Lee. Dynamic Geometry Support for Vehicle Components. U.S. Patent Number 9085270, filed December 18, 2014, and published online on July 21, 2015. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9085270.PN.&OS=PN/9085270RS=PN/9085270

Keywords for this news article include: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.

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