US Patent No: 6,278,363

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Method and system for monitoring air pressure of tires on a vehicle

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A method and system for monitoring air pressure or operational status of at least one particular tire of a vehicle facilitates ready identification of a relative mounting position of the particular tire. At least one pressure indicating signal is received (110 of FIG. 8) and is associated with a particular tire mounted at an unknown relative position on a vehicle. Physical parameter data are obtained (112) indicating physical parameter measurements at the different tires of a vehicle. The obtained physical parameter data are evaluated (114) to identify the relative mounting position of the particular tire on the vehicle. Accordingly, an operator of the vehicle may be provided with an indication (130) that an air pressure of a particular tire is less than a proper air pressure so that peak vehicle performance and necessary maintenance may be obtained. Even if the indication informs that the pressure is normal, the operator is reassured that the tires are functioning properly.

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Patent Owner(s)

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CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.AUBURN HILLS, MI582

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bezek, Craig A Palatine, IL 1 92
Lester, Theodore V Schiller Park, IL 15 193
Zito, Donald J Fox River Grove, IL 10 172

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SCHRADER ELECTRONICS, INC. (2)
5,600,301 Remote tire pressure monitoring system employing coded tire identification and radio frequency transmission, and enabling recalibration upon tire rotation or replacement 162 1995
5,838,229 Remote tire pressure monitoring system employing coded tire identification and radio frequency transmission and enabling recalibration upon tire rotation or replacement 103 1997
 
ENGENIUS, INC. (1)
5,483,827 Active integrated circuit transponder and sensor apparatus for sensing and transmitting vehicle tire parameter data 133 1994
 
RUCHTI, HEINZ (1)
5,602,524 Device for monitoring the air-pressure in pneumatic tires fitted on vehicle wheels 148 1993
 
SMARTIRE SYSTEMS INC. (1)
5,335,540 Tire monitoring apparatus and method 76 1993
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
5,109,213 Tire pressure monitor 153 1991
5,774,047 Tire pressure sensing system including improved switch and location indicator 49 1996
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
LEAR CORPORATION (9)
6,864,803 System and method for tire pressure monitoring using CDMA tire pressure signals 5 2001
* 6,693,522 System and method for tire pressure monitoring including automatic tire location recognition 20 2001
6,691,567 System and method for tire pressure monitoring including automatic tire location recognition 13 2002
6,668,636 System and method for tire pressure monitoring including tire location recognition 13 2002
6,647,773 System and method for integrated tire pressure monitoring and passive entry 10 2002
* 7,154,414 System and method for remote tire pressure monitoring 2 2002
6,876,265 System and method for using a saw based RF transmitter for AM modulated transmission in a TPM 2 2002
6,829,924 Tire pressure monitoring system with low frequency initiation approach 4 2002
6,838,985 System and method for remote tire pressure monitoring with low frequency initiation 19 2002
 
FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (8)
7,026,922 Method and apparatus for automatically identifying the location of pressure sensors in a tire pressure monitoring system 7 2002
6,985,076 Method and system for detecting the presence of a spare replacement in a tire pressure monitoring system for an automotive vehicle 11 2002
* 6,982,636 Method and system for mitigating false alarms in a tire pressure monitoring system for an automotive vehicle 20 2002
6,945,087 Method and system for calibrating a tire pressure sensing system for an automotive vehicle 13 2004
7,224,269 Method and system for resetting tire pressure monitoring system for an automotive vehicle 13 2004
7,369,043 Method and apparatus for automatically identifying the location of pressure sensors in a tire pressure monitoring system 9 2005
7,570,157 Method and apparatus for adjusting the pressure sensor measurement range in a tire pressure monitoring system 1 2005
7,705,717 Method and apparatus for receiving signals from a sensor into a tire pressure monitoring system 1 2005
 
SCHRADER ELECTRONICS, INC. (8)
* 6,417,766 Method and apparatus for identifying remote sending units in a tire pressure monitor system of a vehicle using secondary modulation of wheel rotation 35 2001
7,010,968 Determination of wheel sensor position using a wireless solution 35 2002
6,788,193 System and method for tire pressure monitoring providing automatic tire location recognition 25 2002
* 6,725,712 System and method for tire pressure monitoring with automatic tire location recognition 4 2002
7,367,227 Determination of wheel sensor position using shock sensors and a wireless solution 16 2004
7,362,218 Motion detection using a shock sensor in a remote tire pressure monitoring system 11 2004
7,088,226 Method and apparatus for a remote tire pressure monitoring system 25 2004
6,906,624 Method and apparatus for a remote tire pressure monitoring system 68 2004
 
CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH (4)
* 7,023,334 Method for assigning tire pressure measurement devices in a motor vehicle to wheel positions and device for measuring the tire pressure 8 2002
* 6,748,799 Method and system for monitoring a tire air pressure using a counter 9 2002
* 6,998,974 Method and system for monitoring the wheels of motor vehicle 6 2002
6,980,099 Arrangement for monitoring at least one parameter for a number of motor vehicle wheels 5 2003
 
CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG (4)
6,778,075 Tire inflation monitoring system 5 2002
7,245,206 Method for assigning wheels of a motor vehicle to the respective vehicle axle 0 2003
* 7,289,930 Method for monitoring tyre pressure monitoring systems in a motor vehicle 3 2004
* 8,400,289 Tire pressure monitoring system and method for the allocation of tire modules in a tire pressure monitoring system 0 2006
 
DENSO CORPORATION (4)
* 6,880,395 Tire internal pressure monitor system and ID code registering method in the same 4 2003
* 7,308,344 Tire rotation assisting apparatus 0 2005
* 7,425,892 Tire inflation pressure sensing apparatus with function of detecting tire location 5 2005
* 7,791,460 Tire pressure monitoring system with reliable wireless communication between wheel-based transceivers and vehicle body-based transceiver 1 2006
 
MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A. (3)
* 6,580,980 System and method for testing deflated tire handling 9 2002
* 8,463,491 Autolocation of all tire ID's on a multi-axle vehicle 1 2007
8,204,645 Self-learning autolocation of all tire ID's on a multi-axle vehicle 1 2007
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (3)
7,024,318 Device for measuring the tire pressure of any wheel on a motor vehicle and method for operating the device 16 2002
* 7,482,921 Method and device for localizing transponders 4 2005
* 7,675,433 Device and method for determining the sensor position of sensor units of a driver assistance system 0 2007
 
BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE OPERATIONS, LLC (2)
8,151,127 System for conserving battery life in a battery operated device 3 2010
8,266,465 System for conserving battery life in a battery operated device 2 2012
 
FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC. (2)
7,242,285 Apparatus and method for power management in a tire pressure monitoring system 3 2003
7,040,154 Motion sensing for tire pressure monitoring 10 2004
 
GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC (2)
7,710,251 Wireless sensing system 1 2006
7,551,070 Wireless sensing system 0 2006
 
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG (2)
* 6,959,595 Method and device for monitoring the pressure in a tire 1 2003
7,408,452 Wireless wheel speed sensor 0 2005
 
LITE-ON AUTOMOTIVE CORP. (2)
* 6,774,778 Tire pressure monitoring device and code learning method therefor 10 2002
* 6,842,109 Method for setting up an alarm for monitoring pressure in tires of a vehicle and device for the same 1 2003
 
SIEMENS VDO AUTOMOTIVE CORPORATION (2)
* 6,917,286 Device for monitoring pressures of vehicle tires 1 2002
* 7,127,369 Sensor assembly 4 2002
 
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (2)
* 7,783,405 Tire ground contact pattern specifying method and apparatus thereof 0 2005
* 8,026,802 Vehicle abnormality detection method and device thereof and sensor unit thereof 4 2005
 
TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA (2)
7,248,953 Wheel-state obtaining apparatus, and vehicle-state obtaining apparatus 13 2003
* 7,289,022 Communication system and method for communicating between a tire/wheel assembly and a vehicle body 5 2004
 
TRW INC. (2)
* 6,414,592 Tire condition sensor communication with tire location provided via manually inputted update 33 2001
6,741,170 Apparatus for monitoring rotation of an object about an axis 18 2002
 
VOLVO LASTVAGNAR AB (2)
8,744,692 Method of identifying positions of wheel modules 0 2007
8,483,908 Method of identifying positions of wheel modules 0 2007
 
ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (1)
* 7,227,456 Tire information detecting device capable of detecting correct tire information 0 2005
 
AMERICAN VEHICULAR SCIENCES LLC (1)
7,379,800 Tire pressure monitoring using hall effect sensors 23 2006
 
ATMEL CORPORATION (1)
* 7,535,362 Circuit arrangement and method for supplying power to a transponder 3 2006
 
BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION (1)
* 7,679,502 Tire management system 1 2007
 
CONTINENTAL AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
* 6,724,301 Tire to wheel data transfer system 11 2001
 
CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
* 6,657,540 System and method for monitoring tire location on a vehicle 19 2002
 
DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 6,750,761 Method for monitoring tire parameters 26 2003
 
DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC. (1)
8,009,028 System for recommending maintenance for fuel economy improvement 2 2008
 
DUFOURNIER TECHNOLOGIES SAS (1)
* 7,567,171 Method and device or system to monitor the state of tires, and detection of snow chains or spikes use, on a vehicle 0 2007
 
Global Tech International, Inc. (1)
* 7,034,672 Tire sensor 12 2002
 
HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. (1)
* 8,258,938 Tire inflation pressure detecting device 0 2009
 
INTERNATIONAL TRUCK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMPANY, LLC (1)
* 7,348,878 Tire pressure monitoring system with permanent tire identification 6 2005
 
JNW PARTNERS, LTD. (1)
* 6,571,481 Automatic low tire pressure detector 7 2000
 
JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY (1)
6,489,888 Using signal strength to identify tire position 53 2001
 
MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (1)
* 6,999,000 Transponder-based microwave telemetry apparatus 3 2002
 
MINERAL LASSEN LLC (1)
* 7,050,017 RFID tire belt antenna system and method 35 2002
 
NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. (1)
* 8,471,695 Tire air pressure monitoring device 0 2011
 
PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (1)
* 6,604,415 Tire condition monitoring apparatus and method 13 2001
 
PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED (1)
7,178,389 Method and apparatus for scavenging and using energy caused by changes in pressure 0 2004
 
PIRELLI PNEUMATICI S.P.A. (1)
7,415,874 Method and system for generating electrical energy within a vehicle tyre 8 2003
 
Regie Nationale des Usines Renault (1)
* 6,978,196 Method for matching a motor vehicle wheel valve identifier with an identifier or said wheel 0 2002
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD. (1)
* 2014/0002,257 TIRE LOCATION DISTINCTION DEVICE AND TIRE LOCATION DISTINCTION METHOD USING THE SAME 0 2012
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
7,518,493 Integrated tire pressure sensor system 20 2005
 
SCHRADER ELECTRONICS LTD. (1)
7,104,123 Method and apparatus for detecting wheel motion in a tire pressure monitoring system 2 2004
 
SNR ROULEMENTS (1)
* 7,196,615 System and method for determining at least one parameter of at least one rotating member by means of a position signal 3 2004
 
SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD. (1)
* 6,388,568 Apparatus and method for alarming decrease in tire air-pressure 6 2001
 
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (1)
6,868,358 Method for processing information in a tire pressure monitoring system 30 2002
 
TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC (1)
7,948,364 Method and apparatus for determining identifiable tire position location in a tire pressure monitoring system 7 2007
 
ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD. (1)
8,098,147 System for monitoring the tire 0 2006
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 6,535,116 Wireless vehicle monitoring system 69 2000
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