Reinventing Vehicle Apps

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The Future of Vehicle Software and Electrification (Inventions by Adrian Chernoff)

Electronics are the future. Reinventing the vehicle is based on taking full advantage of the storage capacity of electricity, the transmission of its signals, and the control of the vehicle through electrical signals. Vehicles can be more accurately and actively tuned at each electronic level. By eliminating traditional mechanical systems and oil-based gas engines, a new world of mobility is created; by taking a purely electrified vehicle approach, new vehicle controls can be introduced, active maintenance systems can be enabled, and pre-crash systems can be activated to improve the safety and well-being of the vehicle’s occupants.


The following innovations cover software adaptability, networked devices for updates (and testing, calibration, and configuration), vehicle remote controls, adaptable situational awareness, telematics, human-machine interface (HMI), man-machine interface (MMI), key fobs, remote vehicle monitoring and data collection, fuel cell power systems, portable power, maintenance prevention, data e-learning, programmable chassis, mobile power source, vehicle docking systems, by-wire systems, wheel motors, and remote control automation.



6,745,153    Data Collection and Manipulation Apparatus and Method


  1. A vehicle maintenance system predicts potential failure of a component or system using statistical data and methods. The maintenance system preferably includes a communications apparatus for communicating component or system performance data to an offboard network or data collection device. Methods for advantageously using the collected performance data are also provided.




7,197,364    Portable Electronic Controller


  1. A portable electronic device includes a communication component, an integral display operatively connected to the communication component, an operator input component operatively connected to the display and a processing component operatively connected to the communication component, to the display and to the operator input component. The communication component communicates with external electronic devices via a common software interface to send data to and receive data from the devices and to send control signals to the devices to control the operation of the devices. The processing component processes an operator's input to the operator input component and data received by the communication component to formulate the control signals. A method of controlling external electrical components is also provided.







7,340,333    Multifunction Control System


  1. A control system for a vehicle with a plurality of selectively variable characteristics includes a first button depressible to cause a first mode of operation and a second button depressible to cause a second mode of operation. In the first mode of operation, a rotary dial is rotatable to cause variation of the first characteristic. In the second mode of operation, the rotary dial is rotatable to cause variation of the second characteristic. The control system thus enables a single dial to control multiple characteristics or multiple vehicle systems, which enables a corresponding reduction in the quantity of switches and other control input devices in a vehicle passenger compartment.





7,301,442    Multi-Functional Fob


  1. A multi-functional fob provides at least one of the features selected from a programmable lock/unlock button; a voice activated button; an ice-scraper; a credit card strip; and a rechargeable interface. One or a combination of the features may be integrated into a single fob. A fob-retaining device may be provided. Each fob function may be integrated into an electronic device such as a PDA, a cellular phone, a two-way radio, a wristwatch, a voice recorder, an audio player, a video player, or a multi-communication signal fob repeater. Optionally, the fob may have a compass and a timer. Additionally, a multi-functional fob communication system is provided to provide remote communications between a receiver in a fob-activated device and a remote electronic fob device.







6,968,918    Vehicle Chassis having Programmable Operating Characteristics


  1. A vehicle includes a steering system, suspension system, braking system, and energy conversion system, wherein at least one of these systems is reprogrammable such that the vehicle's ride, response, or handling is selectively variable. The systems may be programmed automatically when a body is mated to a chassis to provide the desired performance characteristics. The invention enables increased vehicle functionality for vehicle users, retailers and manufacturers.




6,938,712    Fuel Cell Powered Chassis Mobile Electrical Source


  1. A vehicle chassis having substantially all of the mechanical, electrical, and structural componentry necessary for a fully functional vehicle includes at least an energy conversion system, a steering system, and a braking system. The chassis is configured for matability with a variety of different types or styles of vehicle bodies. Various prior art mechanical control linkages between a driver and controlled systems are replaced with non-mechanical control signal transmission components. Fuel cell technology is also implemented. The chassis may also include an electrical connector operably connected to the fuel cell and configured to transmit electrical energy from the fuel cell to an offboard system that consumes electrical energy. Chassis may be stacked and/or have interconnected fuel cells to increase electrical energy output.







6,923,281    Full Size Vehicle Remote Control Technology


  1. A vehicle chassis is controlled remotely using a drive-by-wire system and a propulsion system, such as fuel cell technology. The remote control feature takes advantage of drive-by-wire technology in that the control signals used in powering, driving and controlling a chassis are electrical as opposed to mechanical signals. In this manner, the electrical impulses are used to remotely control the vehicle, which enables remote movement of the chassis during manufacturing, assembly, and shipping, as well as parking and docking and undocking of the chassis with a corresponding body.





7,398,846    Vehicle Wheel System


  1. A wheel assembly for a vehicle includes a rotatable wheel having a selectively adjustable steering angle. A steering actuator is operatively connected to the wheel and is configured to selectively adjust the steering angle of the wheel and not any other wheels. The wheel assembly allows independent control of the steering angle of the wheel. The wheel assembly also facilitates modular construction of vehicles by enabling the packaging of mechanical steering components in a preassembled wheel module with simple electrical connections to a vehicle chassis.




6,712,164    Vehicle Having Systems Responsive to Non-Mechanical Control Signals


  1. A vehicle chassis having substantially all of the mechanical, electrical, and structural componentry necessary for a fully functional vehicle, including at least an energy conversion system, a steering system, and a braking system. The chassis is configured for matability with a variety of different types or styles of vehicle bodies. Various prior art mechanical control linkages between a driver and controlled systems are replaced with non-mechanical control signal transmission components. Fuel cell technology is also implemented.




7,275,609    Vehicle Body Connection System


  1. A vehicle chassis having substantially all of the mechanical, electrical, and structural componentry necessary for a fully functional vehicle includes at least an energy conversion system, a steering system, and a braking system. The chassis is configured for matability with a variety of different types or styles of vehicle bodies. Various prior art mechanical control linkages between a driver and controlled systems are replaced with non-mechanical control signal transmission components. Fuel cell technology is also implemented. Further, the chassis is configured for automatic engagement of its body connection components with complementary connection components on a vehicle body when a body is sufficiently positioned against the chassis.






6,766,873    Fuel Cell Vehicle with By-Wire Technology


  1. A vehicle chassis having substantially all of the mechanical, electrical, and structural componentry necessary for a fully functional vehicle, including at least an energy conversion system, a steering system, and a braking system. The chassis is configured for matability with a variety of different types or styles of vehicle bodies. Various prior art mechanical control linkages between a driver and controlled systems are replaced with non-mechanical control signal transmission components. Fuel cell technology is also implemented.



 

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