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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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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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US2018046989A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2018046989A1
Publication date: 2018-02-15
Application number: 20/171,567
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.
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US20180100783A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20180100783A1
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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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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US20180293817A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20180293817A1
Publication date: 2018-10-11
Application number: 15/947,582
Filing date: 2018-04-06
Abstract: A vehicle inspection system for acquiring measurements of at least one vehicle moving through an inspection lane is in communication with a remote data processing and storage system to aggregate data from multiple vehicles passing through the inspection lane, and optionally, from multiple inspection lanes. The remote data processing and storage system is configured with suitable software instructions to store the received vehicle inspection data, as well as vehicle service data received from vehicle service equipment, and to generate reports and/or respond to data queries using the stored vehicle inspection and vehicle service data. A vehicle inspection system for acquiring measurements of at least one vehicle moving through an inspection lane is in communication with a remote data processing and storage system to aggregate data from multiple vehicles passing through the inspection lane, and optionally ...more ...less
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US9805697B1
Publication/Patent Number: US9805697B1
Publication date: 2017-10-31
Application number: 13/835,241
Filing date: 2013-03-15
Abstract: A vehicle service system having a means for acquiring 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 having a means for acquiring 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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US20170003141A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20170003141A1
Publication date: 2017-01-05
Application number: 15/125,921
Filing date: 2015-03-26
Abstract: An apparatus and method for aligning, calibrating, or inspecting an onboard vehicle sensor having an external field of view by providing a calibration component on a support structure for positioning at a short calibration distance of said sensor. The calibration component is configured to appear to the sensor as if it was positioned at a predetermined linear calibration distance from the vehicle which is greater than the actual short calibration distance. An apparatus and method for aligning, calibrating, or inspecting an onboard vehicle sensor having an external field of view by providing a calibration component on a support structure for positioning at a short calibration distance of said sensor. The calibration component is ...more ...less
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US20170140237A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20170140237A1
Publication date: 2017-05-18
Application number: 15/347,526
Filing date: 2016-11-09
Abstract: A procedure for acquiring and utilizing vehicle license plate image data during a vehicle service or inspection process. Acquired license plate images are evaluated to identify visible license plate features including license plate characters and a license plate jurisdiction. The information is communicated to a data archive system which is configured to employ a set of jurisdiction localization rules to match a specific vehicle identification number to the license plate data. A compilation of the identified and matched data is communicated to a vehicle service system or inspection system, for utilization in a vehicle service procedure or inspection process. A procedure for acquiring and utilizing vehicle license plate image data during a vehicle service or inspection process. Acquired license plate images are evaluated to identify visible license plate features including license plate characters and a license plate jurisdiction ...more ...less
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US9778030B2
Publication/Patent Number: US9778030B2
Publication date: 2017-10-03
Application number: 14/200,564
Filing date: 2014-03-07
Abstract: A vehicle wheel service system including a plurality of sensors positioned in proximity to a heavy-duty multi-axle vehicle, to measure angles associated with three or more axles of the vehicle without repositioning the mounting of the sensors after initiating a measurement procedure. Additional sensors, associated with a vehicle reference, such as the vehicle frame axis, are disposed to provide vehicle reference measurement data which is communicated to a processing system. The processing system is configured with software instructions to evaluate the measurement data and to determine various vehicle wheel alignment angle measurements and/or necessary vehicle adjustments for each axle relative to the vehicle reference or to a fixed axle having a determined relationship to the vehicle reference. A vehicle wheel service system including a plurality of sensors positioned in proximity to a heavy-duty multi-axle vehicle, to measure angles associated with three or more axles of the vehicle without repositioning the mounting of the sensors after initiating a measurement ...more ...less
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US9644952B2
Publication/Patent Number: US9644952B2
Publication date: 2017-05-09
Application number: 13/830,867
Filing date: 2013-03-14
Abstract: A process for calibrating and evaluating a machine-vision vehicle wheel alignment system having front and rear imaging components associated with each of the left and right sides of a vehicle support structure. Each pair of imaging components defines a front and rear field of view, with a common overlapping region associated with each respective side of the vehicle support structure. Optical targets disposed within each of the overlapping field of view regions are observed by the imaging components to establish performance ratings for the system as a whole, for groups of components within the system, and for individual components within the system. A process for calibrating and evaluating a machine-vision vehicle wheel alignment system having front and rear imaging components associated with each of the left and right sides of a vehicle support structure. Each pair of imaging components defines a front and rear field of ...more ...less
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US20160116273A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20160116273A1
Publication date: 2016-04-28
Application number: 14/920,181
Filing date: 2015-10-22
Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling a vehicle wheel alignment measurement system to compensate one or more vehicle wheel alignment angles or vehicle body measurements acquired from a vehicle for changes associated with adjustments in the elevation of vertically movable runways of an automotive vehicle lift supporting the vehicle. An initial set of pose measurements are acquired with the movable runways at a stable first elevation. Following an elevation change to the movable runways, a second set of pose measurements are acquired with the movable runways at a second stable elevation. One or more compensation factors used to compensate vehicle wheel alignment angles or vehicle body measurements for changes in the automotive vehicle lift configuration are determined by a comparison of the initial and second sets of pose measurements. A method and apparatus for enabling a vehicle wheel alignment measurement system to compensate one or more vehicle wheel alignment angles or vehicle body measurements acquired from a vehicle for changes associated with adjustments in the elevation of vertically movable runways ...more ...less
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US20160273914A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20160273914A1
Publication date: 2016-09-22
Application number: 15/068,299
Filing date: 2016-03-11
Abstract: A method for detecting the occurrence of deviations from level, straight-line rolling movement of a wheel assembly across a supporting surface during a rolling compensation procedure associated with a vehicle wheel alignment measurement or inspection system by identifying changes in measurements or calculated parameters associated with the wheel assembly which would be unchanged during an ideal level and straight-line rolling movement. Identified changes in the measurements or calculated parameters are evaluated to either warn an operator of the occurrence of a deviation, or to generate a correction factor to account for at least a portion of an effect which the deviations introduce into compensation calculations or subsequent wheel alignment measurements or service procedures. A method for detecting the occurrence of deviations from level, straight-line rolling movement of a wheel assembly across a supporting surface during a rolling compensation procedure associated with a vehicle wheel alignment measurement or inspection system by identifying ...more ...less
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US9494421B2
Publication/Patent Number: US9494421B2
Publication date: 2016-11-15
Application number: 14/332,991
Filing date: 2014-07-16
Abstract: A procedure for measuring and adjusting an alignment of each axle of a trailer or semi-trailer while the trailer or semi-trailer is coupled to a tow vehicle by a hitch, tow bar, kingpin, or fifth wheel hitch. Measurements of the alignment of each axle of the trailer or semi-trailer are acquired from wheel-mounted sensor means utilizing either directly or indirectly a reference line of the trailer and an established reference point on the tow vehicle. A thrust angle of a first trailer or semi-trailer axle is referenced directly to the established reference line, while scrub angles associated with additional trailer or semi-trailer axles are referenced either directly or indirectly to the first trailer or semi-trailer axle, and indirectly to the established reference point. Any necessary adjustments are made to the first trailer or semi-trailer axle to bring the axle thrust angle to within a specification tolerance, and then to the scrub angle of each additional axle. A procedure for measuring and adjusting an alignment of each axle of a trailer or semi-trailer while the trailer or semi-trailer is coupled to a tow vehicle by a hitch, tow bar, kingpin, or fifth wheel hitch. Measurements of the alignment of each axle of the trailer or ...more ...less
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US9026305B2
Publication/Patent Number: US9026305B2
Publication date: 2015-05-05
Application number: 13/946,043
Filing date: 2013-07-19
Abstract: A vehicle service or inspection system including a load roller for applying a radial load to a vehicle wheel assembly consisting of a tire mounted to a rim, with at least one sensor for acquiring measurements of acoustical energy generated by the wheel assembly during loaded rotational movement. The vehicle service or inspection system is configured with a programmed processor to evaluate the acquired measurements to provide a measure of tire road noise, identification of tire defects, and/or identification of sources of noise, vibrations, or acoustical energy on the tire surface such as tire flat spots, cupping, bubbles, embedded foreign objects, or other defects. The processor is further configured with software instructions to utilize the acquired measurements to provide a consumer with a figure of merit associated with the acoustics of the tire undergoing testing. A vehicle service or inspection system including a load roller for applying a radial load to a vehicle wheel assembly consisting of a tire mounted to a rim, with at least one sensor for acquiring measurements of acoustical energy generated by the wheel assembly during loaded ...more ...less
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US20150178663A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20150178663A1
Publication date: 2015-06-25
Application number: 14/560,815
Filing date: 2014-12-04
Abstract: A method for providing performance tracking, operator guidance, and feedback by monitoring operator interactions with a vehicle service system. The operator's interactions with the service equipment during a vehicle service procedure which produce detectable effects are monitored. If an operator completes a vehicle service procedure correctly, a visual or audible announcement is provided, and an entry recorded in a system log. If an operator mistake is detected during the vehicle service procedure, a different visual or audible announcement is provided, and a suitable entry recorded in the system log. The system log is subsequently utilized to generate a performance score, either based on overall system usage, or upon the usage by a specific operator if operator-identifying information is available during each service procedure. A method for providing performance tracking, operator guidance, and feedback by monitoring operator interactions with a vehicle service system. The operator's interactions with the service equipment during a vehicle service procedure which produce detectable effects are ...more ...less
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WO2015148830A1
Publication/Patent Number: WO2015148830A1
Publication date: 2015-10-01
Application number: 2015022797
Filing date: 2015-03-26