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EP3523604A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3523604A1
Publication date: 2019-08-14
Application number: 17784740.7
Filing date: 2017-09-27
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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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US2019249985A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019249985A1
Publication date: 2019-08-15
Application number: 16/338,647
Filing date: 2017-09-27
Abstract: A support structure having a vertical element supporting a set of cameras associated with a vehicle measurement or inspection system together with at least one target structure required for realignment or recalibration of onboard vehicle safety system sensors. A camera crossbeam carried by the support structure locates the set of cameras as required to view a vehicle undergoing measurement or inspection. The target structure is affixed to the vertical element of the support structure, at an elevation suitable for observation by at least one vehicle onboard sensors during a realignment or recalibration procedure. A set of rollers facilitates positioning of the target structure on a supporting floor surface during a realignment or recalibration procedure. A support structure having a vertical element supporting a set of cameras associated with a vehicle measurement or inspection system together with at least one target structure required for realignment or recalibration of onboard vehicle safety system sensors. A camera crossbeam ...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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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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US2018017203A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2018017203A1
Publication date: 2018-01-18
Application number: 15/524,184
Filing date: 2016-12-15
Abstract: A turn plate assembly for support of the steered wheels of a vehicle on a precision planar surface. The assembly includes an approach plate establishing a planar surface to within an established measurement tolerance. The approach plate is coupled to a base plate underlying a bearing assembly consisting of a plurality of ball bearings retained between the base plate and an underside of a rotating support disc. An upper surface of the rotating support disc is coplanar with an upper surface of the approach plate. Resting on the upper surface of the rotating support surface, a translational surface or mat is temporarily secured in place by magnetic adhesion. During use, translational forces exerted on the translation surface or mat by a vehicle wheel assembly may overcome the magnetic adhesion, enabling the translational surface or mat to translate relative to the underlying rotating support disc. A turn plate assembly for support of the steered wheels of a vehicle on a precision planar surface. The assembly includes an approach plate establishing a planar surface to within an established measurement tolerance. The approach plate is coupled to a base plate underlying a ...more ...less
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US2018313722A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2018313722A1
Publication date: 2018-11-01
Application number: 15/962,836
Filing date: 2018-04-25
Inventor: Stieff, Michael T.  
Abstract: A protective structure for an outdoor installation of a drive-over tire inspection system. The protective structure consists of a base incorporating approach and departure ramps, vehicle guides on each side of the respective ramps, a pair of sensor receiving recesses centrally disposed between the ramps, and at least one channel for draining water from within the sensor receiving recesses. A drainage channel and a conduit for the routing of data communication cables, power cables, and trigger signal cables connects the sensor receiving recesses. Optionally, protective bollards are disposed in proximity to the corners or sides of the protective structure, guiding vehicles onto the approach and departure ramps, and to prevent vehicles from crossing over the protective structure in unintended directions. A protective structure for an outdoor installation of a drive-over tire inspection system. The protective structure consists of a base incorporating approach and departure ramps, vehicle guides on each side of the respective ramps, a pair of sensor receiving recesses centrally ...more ...less
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US2018100783A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2018100783A1
Publication date: 2018-04-12
Application number: 15/722,913
Filing date: 2017-10-02
Abstract: A vehicle service system and method to determine spatial parameters of a vehicle, employing a display system under processor control, to display or project visible indicia onto surfaces in proximity to a vehicle undergoing a safety system service or inspection identifying one or more locations, relative to the determined vehicle centerline or thrust line, at which a calibration fixture, optical target, or simulated test drive imagery is visible for observation by a sensor onboard the vehicle. A vehicle service system and method to determine spatial parameters of a vehicle, employing a display system under processor control, to display or project visible indicia onto surfaces in proximity to a vehicle undergoing a safety system service or inspection identifying one or ...more ...less
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US10018297B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10018297B2
Publication date: 2018-07-10
Application number: 15/524,184
Filing date: 2016-12-15
Abstract: A turn plate assembly for support of the steered wheels of a vehicle on a precision planar surface. The assembly includes an approach plate establishing a planar surface to within an established measurement tolerance. The approach plate is coupled to a base plate underlying a bearing assembly consisting of a plurality of ball bearings retained between the base plate and an underside of a rotating support disc. An upper surface of the rotating support disc is coplanar with an upper surface of the approach plate. Resting on the upper surface of the rotating support surface, a translational surface or mat is temporarily secured in place by magnetic adhesion. During use, translational forces exerted on the translation surface or mat by a vehicle wheel assembly may overcome the magnetic adhesion, enabling the translational surface or mat to translate relative to the underlying rotating support disc. A turn plate assembly for support of the steered wheels of a vehicle on a precision planar surface. The assembly includes an approach plate establishing a planar surface to within an established measurement tolerance. The approach plate is coupled to a base plate underlying a ...more ...less
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US2018052223A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2018052223A1
Publication date: 2018-02-22
Application number: 15/546,800
Filing date: 2016-02-16
Abstract: A procedure for calibrating a vehicle onboard sensor 202 by facilitating the placement of a calibration fixture 110 on a floor relative to a stationary vehicle 100 using a laser emitter 102 secured to a front steerable wheel 104 of the vehicle on the same lateral side as the vehicle onboard sensor. A beam projection axis X of the laser projector is aligned at a known orientation relative to a geometric characteristic of the vehicle 100, such that the beam projection axis X is directed over a placement location P of the calibration fixture on the floor, either inherently or by guided steering of the supporting steerable wheel. A distance between the calibration fixture 110 and a reference point associated with the vehicle 100 is measured, and a current position of the calibration fixture on the floor along the beam projection axis X is adjusted as required to position the calibration fixture for calibration of the vehicle sensor 202 at a selected distance from the reference point along the beam projection axis X, A procedure for calibrating a vehicle onboard sensor 202 by facilitating the placement of a calibration fixture 110 on a floor relative to a stationary vehicle 100 using a laser emitter 102 secured to a front steerable wheel 104 of the vehicle on the same lateral side as the ...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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US201852223A1
Publication/Patent Number: US201852223A1
Publication date: 2018-02-22
Application number: 20/161,554
Filing date: 2016-02-16
Abstract: A procedure for calibrating a vehicle onboard sensor 202 by facilitating the placement of a calibration fixture 110 on a floor relative to a stationary vehicle 100 using a laser emitter 102 secured to a front steerable wheel 104 of the vehicle on the same lateral side as the vehicle onboard sensor. A beam projection axis X of the laser projector is aligned at a known orientation relative to a geometric characteristic of the vehicle 100, such that the beam projection axis X is directed over a placement location P of the calibration fixture on the floor, either inherently or by guided steering of the supporting steerable wheel. A distance between the calibration fixture 110 and a reference point associated with the vehicle 100 is measured, and a current position of the calibration fixture on the floor along the beam projection axis X is adjusted as required to position the calibration fixture for calibration of the vehicle sensor 202 at a selected distance from the reference point along the beam projection axis X, A procedure for calibrating a vehicle onboard sensor 202 by facilitating the placement of a calibration fixture 110 on a floor relative to a stationary vehicle 100 using a laser emitter 102 secured to a front steerable wheel 104 of the vehicle on the same lateral side as the ...more ...less
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USD832186S1
Publication/Patent Number: USD832186S1
Publication date: 2018-10-30
Application number: 29/610,881
Filing date: 2017-07-17
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US10068389B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10068389B1
Publication date: 2018-09-04
Application number: 14/884,250
Filing date: 2015-10-15
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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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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US9616860B2
Publication/Patent Number: US9616860B2
Publication date: 2017-04-11
Application number: 14/203,892
Filing date: 2014-03-11
Abstract: A portable powered roller assembly configured to impart a motive force to a wheeled vehicle or structure consists of a roller mounted in a rolling support structure. The roller is rotationally driven by a battery-powered drive unit coupled through a torque multiplying transmission, and is configured for engagement with the circumferential surface of a vehicle wheel. Rotational movement of the roller in engagement with the circumferential surface of the vehicle wheel draws the powered roller assembly towards, and under, the curved circumferential surface of the vehicle wheel, imparting a force to the vehicle wheel which include both a lifting force perpendicular to the supporting surface on which the powered roller is resting, and a motive force parallel to the surface. A portable powered roller assembly configured to impart a motive force to a wheeled vehicle or structure consists of a roller mounted in a rolling support structure. The roller is rotationally driven by a battery-powered drive unit coupled through a torque multiplying ...more ...less
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WO2017112519A1
Publication/Patent Number: WO2017112519A1
Publication date: 2017-06-29
Application number: 2016066908
Filing date: 2016-12-15
Abstract: A turn plate assembly for support of the steered wheels of a vehicle on a precision planar surface. The assembly includes an approach plate (102) establishing a planar surface to within an established measurement tolerance. The approach plate is coupled to a base plate (108) underlying a bearing assembly consisting of a plurality of ball bearings retained between the base plate and an underside of a rotating support disc (112). An upper surface of the rotating support disc is coplanar with an upper surface of the approach plate. Resting on the upper surface of the rotating support surface A turn plate assembly for support of the steered wheels of a vehicle on a precision planar surface. The assembly includes an approach plate (102) establishing a planar surface to within an established measurement tolerance. The approach plate is coupled to a base plate (108) ...more ...less
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US9677973B1
Publication/Patent Number: US9677973B1
Publication date: 2017-06-13
Application number: 14/625,345
Filing date: 2015-02-18
Abstract: A drive-over tire tread depth measurement system is configured with environmental protection components for preventing or impeding environmental contaminates from falling through openings in a vehicle support surface or cover plate onto underlying components such as sensor optical windows and adjacent surfaces. The environmental protection components may include air discharge assemblies, movable shields, guards, wipers or deflectors such as drip edges, water-accumulating textured surfaces, flow diverters, and selectively placed flanges or fixed guards which operate cooperatively to displace accumulated contaminates, debris, or liquids from the optical windows and adjacent sensor surfaces. A portion of the vehicle support surface or cover plate is removable to permit access to underlying components. A drive-over tire tread depth measurement system is configured with environmental protection components for preventing or impeding environmental contaminates from falling through openings in a vehicle support surface or cover plate onto underlying components such as sensor ...more ...less
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EP3207334A1
Publication/Patent Number: EP3207334A1
Publication date: 2017-08-23
Application number: 16822348.5
Filing date: 2016-12-15