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US10241195B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10241195B1
Publication date: 2019-03-26
Application number: 16/029,345
Filing date: 2018-07-06
Abstract: A vehicle measurement station utilizing one or more displacement sensors disposed on each opposite side of an inspection region of a vehicle inspection lane to acquire displacement measurement data along associated measurement axes. At least a portion of the displacement measurement data is associated with the outermost wheel assemblies on an axle of a moving vehicle passing through the inspection region, and utilized to determine one or more vehicle characteristics, such as an axle total toe condition. A vehicle measurement station utilizing one or more displacement sensors disposed on each opposite side of an inspection region of a vehicle inspection lane to acquire displacement measurement data along associated measurement axes. At least a portion of the displacement ...more ...less
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US10311835B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10311835B1
Publication date: 2019-06-04
Application number: 15/704,714
Filing date: 2017-09-14
Abstract: A vehicle service system configured to acquire images of a three-dimensional region of a vehicle wheel assembly tire tread surface. The vehicle service system is configured to process the acquired images to produce a collection of data points corresponding to the spatial position of surface points in the region from which tire tread wear characteristics are identified. The acquired images are further utilized to provide both a graphical and a numerical display to an operator, with the numerical display linked to specifically annotated or indexed points or windows within the graphical display, thereby enabling an operator to quickly identify specific focus points or regions on the tire surface which have been measured at the numerically identified tread depths. A vehicle service system configured to acquire images of a three-dimensional region of a vehicle wheel assembly tire tread surface. The vehicle service system is configured to process the acquired images to produce a collection of data points corresponding to the spatial ...more ...less
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US20190180132A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20190180132A1
Publication date: 2019-06-13
Application number: 16/213,416
Filing date: 2018-12-07
Abstract: A vehicle service system incorporating a set of imaging sensors disposed in an inspection lane through which a vehicle is driven. A first imaging sensor is disposed with a field of view aligned to observe leading surfaces on an approaching vehicle, while a second imaging sensor is disposed with a field of view aligned to observe trailing surfaces of a departing vehicle. A processor is configured with software instructions to capture a set of images from the first imaging sensor as the vehicle approaches, and a set of images from the second imaging sensor as the vehicle departs. The processor evaluates the acquired images from the first and second imaging sensors according to a set of rules to identify images in which a license plate is present on an observed surface of the vehicle, and to extract license plate information from at least one of the identified images. A vehicle service system incorporating a set of imaging sensors disposed in an inspection lane through which a vehicle is driven. A first imaging sensor is disposed with a field of view aligned to observe leading surfaces on an approaching vehicle, while a second imaging sensor ...more ...less
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US10240916B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10240916B1
Publication date: 2019-03-26
Application number: 15/398,401
Filing date: 2017-01-04
Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating laser displacement sensors within a vehicle inspection system. A calibration target structure is positioned within an operative field of view for the laser displacement sensor, providing one or more optical targets onto which illuminating laser beams from the laser displacement sensor are projected. Displacement measurements are acquired with the optical targets disposed at a plurality of positions within the field of view. The resulting displacement measurements, together with known position information for the optical targets, are utilized to calibrate an associated imaging sensor such that the displacement measurements associated with each illuminating laser beam and known positional information agree to within a desired tolerance throughout the operative field of view for the laser displacement sensor. A method and apparatus for calibrating laser displacement sensors within a vehicle inspection system. A calibration target structure is positioned within an operative field of view for the laser displacement sensor, providing one or more optical targets onto which illuminating ...more ...less
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USD842717S1
Publication/Patent Number: USD842717S1
Publication date: 2019-03-12
Application number: 29/615,497
Filing date: 2017-08-29
Inventor: Carroll, Craig A.  
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USD844540S1
Publication/Patent Number: USD844540S1
Publication date: 2019-04-02
Application number: 29/583,882
Filing date: 2016-11-09
Inventor: Linson, Dennis  
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USD838199S1
Publication/Patent Number: USD838199S1
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 29/610,304
Filing date: 2017-07-11
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US10179487B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10179487B1
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 15/405,164
Filing date: 2017-01-12
Abstract: A procedure for evaluating tire tread depth measurement data points acquired from a tread region on the surface of a tire in order to generate a representation of the tire tread region having an appearance of having been worn over time, so as to convey to a recipient a visual indication of potential tire tread wear at a point in time subsequent to the acquisition of the tire tread depth measurements. A procedure for evaluating tire tread depth measurement data points acquired from a tread region on the surface of a tire in order to generate a representation of the tire tread region having an appearance of having been worn over time, so as to convey to a recipient a visual ...more ...less
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US10252682B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10252682B2
Publication date: 2019-04-09
Application number: 15/153,490
Filing date: 2016-05-12
Inventor: Linson, Dennis  
Abstract: A set of light-weight adaptor assemblies suitable for use with optical targets, angle sensors, or other instrumentation. A first configuration of adapter assembly within the set is easily secured against the outboard surfaces a large-diameter vehicle wheel assembly having a highly convex raised central hub region, without concern for precise axial alignment or centering, while a second configuration of adapter assembly within the set is easily secured against the outboard surfaces of a large-diameter vehicle wheel assembly having a highly concave recessed central hub region, without concern for precise axial alignment or centering. A set of light-weight adaptor assemblies suitable for use with optical targets, angle sensors, or other instrumentation. A first configuration of adapter assembly within the set is easily secured against the outboard surfaces a large-diameter vehicle wheel assembly having a ...more ...less
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US10222455B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10222455B1
Publication date: 2019-03-05
Application number: 14/845,053
Filing date: 2015-09-03
Abstract: A vehicle measurement station utilizing one or more displacement sensors disposed on each opposite side of an inspection region of a vehicle inspection lane to acquire displacement measurement data along associated measurement axes. At least a portion of the displacement measurement data is associated with the outermost wheel assemblies on an axle of a moving vehicle passing through the inspection region, and utilized to determine one or more vehicle characteristics, such as an axle total toe condition. A vehicle measurement station utilizing one or more displacement sensors disposed on each opposite side of an inspection region of a vehicle inspection lane to acquire displacement measurement data along associated measurement axes. At least a portion of the displacement ...more ...less
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USD849501S1
Publication/Patent Number: USD849501S1
Publication date: 2019-05-28
Application number: 29/639,780
Filing date: 2018-03-08
Inventor: Wilson, Ii James D.  
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US10338887B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10338887B2
Publication date: 2019-07-02
Application number: 15/690,021
Filing date: 2017-08-29
Abstract: A vehicle service system configured to modify an ongoing vehicle service procedure in response to changes in vehicle wheel alignment angles which alter the vehicle tracking, thrust line, or thrust angle, in a manner which will affect the operation of an onboard vehicle safety system sensor which is aligned or calibrated relative to a selected characteristic of the vehicle. A vehicle service system configured to modify an ongoing vehicle service procedure in response to changes in vehicle wheel alignment angles which alter the vehicle tracking, thrust line, or thrust angle, in a manner which will affect the operation of an onboard vehicle safety ...more ...less
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EP3364149A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3364149A1
Publication date: 2018-08-22
Application number: 18165658.8
Filing date: 2011-04-07
Abstract: An optical target assembly (100) to secure an optical target relative to a vehicle wheel assembly (10) consisting of a wheel rim having a circumferential lip and a tire mounted thereon for rotation about an axis, comprises: a base assembly (102) including a contact surface (110) configured for non-determined abutting placement at a plurality of contact points against an outer surface of the vehicle wheel assembly, between the circumferential lip of the wheel rim and an axial center point of the wheel rim; characterized by a target support assembly (108) removably secured to said base assembly axially outboard from said contact surface (110); and at least one attachment mechanism configured (104A, 104B, 106, 300) to maintain each of said contact points of said contact surface in contact with, and immobile relative to, said outer surface of the wheel assembly during a vehicle service procedure; and wherein said target support assembly (108) includes a first target surface (200A) and a separate second target surface (200B), with a plurality of optical target elements (202) disposed on each of said first and second target surfaces, the second target surface (200B) separately disposed axially inward from the first target surface (200A), and is offset from a plane of the first target surface (200A). An optical target assembly (100) to secure an optical target relative to a vehicle wheel assembly (10) consisting of a wheel rim having a circumferential lip and a tire mounted thereon for rotation about an axis, comprises: a base assembly (102) including a contact surface (110) ...more ...less
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EP3207334B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3207334B1
Publication date: 2018-05-02
Application number: 16822348.5
Filing date: 2016-12-15
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EP1300665B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP1300665B1
Publication date: 2018-05-02
Application number: 02079060.6
Filing date: 2002-09-27
Inventor: Gerdes, Michael D.  
Abstract: A vehicle service system configured to measure and utilize lateral force information associated with a set of vehicle wheels to provide an operator with a suggested placement for the individual vehicle wheels about the vehicle, such that the effects on the vehicle handling caused by the lateral forces are minimized. A vehicle service system configured to measure and utilize lateral force information associated with a set of vehicle wheels to provide an operator with a suggested placement for the individual vehicle wheels about the vehicle, such that the effects on the vehicle handling ...more ...less
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US20180134529A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20180134529A1
Publication date: 2018-05-17
Application number: 15/807,273
Filing date: 2017-11-08
Abstract: A vehicle position detection and guidance system for use with an automotive service lift having a pair of runways onto which a vehicle is driven in order to be elevated. The system consists of a LiDAR sensor disposed to provide a field of view encompassing a volume of space extending upward from the upper surface of each lift runway, as well as the intervening region between the runways. The LiDAR sensor to observes at least the leading tread surfaces of two or more wheels on a vehicle approaching the service lift, and a volume of space below the vehicle. Output from the LiDAR sensor is conveyed to a processing system, which monitors the wheel positions relative to the runway surfaces, and provides output indicating steering corrections, obstructions, and a vehicle stopping point as the vehicle is driven onto the runways and/or the lift elevation changes. A vehicle position detection and guidance system for use with an automotive service lift having a pair of runways onto which a vehicle is driven in order to be elevated. The system consists of a LiDAR sensor disposed to provide a field of view encompassing a volume of space ...more ...less
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US20180046989A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20180046989A1
Publication date: 2018-02-15
Application number: 15/676,557
Filing date: 2017-08-14
Abstract: Methods for operating a vehicle inspection or measurement system to facilitate selection of specification sets associated with a vehicle undergoing inspection or measurement based on an evaluation of vehicle identifying features and acquired vehicle measurement.