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Volvo Car Corporation, or Volvo Personvagnar AB, is a Swedish premium automobile manufacturer, headquartered in the VAK building in Gothenburg, and owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China.Volvo Car Corporation was founded in 1927, in Gothenburg, Sweden, originally as a subsidiary company to the ball bearing maker SKF. When Volvo AB was introduced on the Swedish stock exchange in 1935, SKF sold most of the shares in the company. Volvo Cars was owned by AB Volvo until 1999, when it was acquired by the Ford Motor Company as part of its Premier Automotive Group. Geely Holding Group then acquired Volvo Cars from Ford in 2010.Volvo Cars manufactures and markets sport utility vehicles, station wagons, sedans, compact executive sedans, and coupes. With approximately 2,300 local dealers from around 100 national sales companies worldwide, Volvo Cars' largest markets are the United States, Sweden, China and Belgium. In 2011, Volvo Cars recorded global sales of 449,255 cars, an increase of 20.3% compared to 2010. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2016-09-06

A load cover arrangement for an interior luggage compartment of a vehicle. The load cover arrangement comprises a load cover having a fixed end attached to a tailgate of the vehicle, and a front portion having fastening members for releasably attaching to a front side of the luggage compartment. When attached, the load cover extends a distance D_(closed )in a closed tailgate position, and a distance D_(open )in an open tailgate position, measured from an opening in the tailgate and across the luggage compartment. The fixed end of the load cover is arranged inside of the tailgate and the load cover extends an internal distance D_(internal )and projects out through the opening in the tailgate, wherein at least a portion of the load cover is resiliently elastic so that it is stretchable between a retracted position with a length of D_(retracted), the closed tailgate position and the open tailgate position.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2016-09-12

A method for determining a status of a vehicle battery includes determining an initial temperature and an initial state of charge of the battery, determining a current threshold value based on the initial temperature and the initial state of charge of the battery, starting the vehicle engine, charging the battery for a predetermined charging period t_(1), measuring two charging currents, I_(1 )and I_(2), to the battery at two predetermined points in time during the charging period t_(1), determining an expected current value at a time t_(3)=t_(1)+t_(2 )based on the measured charging currents, comparing the expected current value with the current threshold value, and determining the battery is faulty if the expected current value is lower than the current threshold value.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2016-08-09

A method for control and co-simulation in a system having multiple subsystems, each representing a physical system, includes, in a first subsystem simulating a first physical system, providing a first time continuous output signal representing a property of the first physical system, and filtering the output signal using a continuous moving average (CMA) filter as an anti-aliasing filter to form a filtered time continuous signal. Filtering the output signal includes integrating the time continuous signal to form an integrated signal, sampling the integrated signal, for each sample, forming an average value from the current sample and a previous sample, and forming a filtered time continuous signal from the average values. The method also includes providing the filtered time continuous signal to a second subsystem simulating a second physical system. A system for performing the method is also provided.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2016-12-21

The present invention relates a method for steering assistance in an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, the method comprising identifying an upcoming curve, detecting an inner and an outer lane boundary of the upcoming curve, determining a safety distance between the vehicle and the outer lane boundary and controlling a position of the vehicle in the curve with respect to the inner and outer lane boundary such that the vehicle is at a distance from the outer lane boundary which is equal to or larger than the safety distance. The invention also relates to a steering assistance system capable of performing the above described method for steering assistance.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2016-06-13

A unit for improving positioning accuracy of an autonomous vehicle driving on a road includes a first computation unit configured to compute a first position of the vehicle at a time T1 using data from at least an inertial measurement unit (IMU); a second computation unit configured to compute a second position of the vehicle at the time T1 using data from at least one external sensor and a map; a comparison unit configured to compute a position difference between the computed first and second positions; a correction unit configured to correct an error parameter of the IMU, wherein the error parameter is used for correcting a third position of the vehicle computed by the first computation unit at a time T2 with the computed position difference at time T1, if the second computation unit is unable to compute a fourth position of the vehicle at the time T2.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2016-06-09

An object detecting arrangement is configured to detect objects in a field surrounding a vehicle hosting the arrangement. The arrangement comprises an imaging unit configured to capture images of the field. The imaging unit is arranged at the vehicle such that the field is in a direction of at least one of a side of the vehicle, and a rear of the vehicle. The arrangement further comprises a processing unit configured to detect objects in the field. The processing unit is configured to determine an object detecting capability. In addition, the arrangement comprises an illumination unit configured to illuminate the field when the object detecting capability is lower than a first predetermined threshold value. The present disclosure also relates to a lane keeping arrangement, a positioning arrangement and a method of detecting objects.


The present disclosure relates to a method performed by a parking assigning system (2) for supporting delivery efficiency of delivered services to vehicles (1) adapted for receipt of delivered services. The parking assigning system determines (2002) first vehicle condition data associated with a first vehicle (11) adapted for receipt of a delivered service. The parking assigning system further determines (2004) at least a first suitable parking location (3) based on the first vehicle condition data. Moreover, the parking assigning system provides (2005) assigned parking information (231) comprising the at least first suitable parking location to a vehicle user device (111) associated with the first vehicle. The disclosure also relates to a parking assigning system in accordance with the foregoing.


A method and arrangement are disclosed for allowing secondary tasks during semi-automated driving of a road vehicle having an infotainment system including one or more display units, and a semi-automated driver assist system having one or more sensors for acquiring data of a road ahead. A confidence of the ability of the semi-automated driver assist system to control the road vehicle autonomously is determined from at least acquired data of the road ahead. A viewing direction of a driver of the road vehicle is determined using a driver monitoring camera. Autonomous control is allowed if the viewing direction of the driver is determined to be towards the road ahead or towards a display unit of the infotainment system and the confidence is determined to be above a confidence threshold, otherwise any ongoing autonomous control is cancelled and the driver urged to assume control of the road vehicle.


An arrangement for facilitating handover to and from an automated autonomous driving aid system of a vehicle comprises a lane marking detecting unit, a steering control driving aid system for performing steering in response to detected lane markings, a positioning system for determining a current position and a current heading direction, an alert signal arrangement for selectively providing an alert signal, and a communication arrangement for communicating with a database comprising data indicative of an incapability of performing automated steering at a portion of a road ahead. The communication arrangement is configured to receive the data from the database and configured to provide an alert signal in case the data indicates an incapability of performing an automated steering at an upcoming road portion.


Patent
Volvo Car Corporation | Date: 2016-10-26

The invention relates to a window control arrangement for operating two or more windows (1 a, 1 b, 1 c, 1 d) in a vehicle, said window control arrangement comprising one or several manually operated window control switches (2a, 2b, 2c, 2d) being set as default to be associated with a specific one of said windows (1a, 1b, 1c, 1 d); a window actuator (4a, 4b, 4c, 4d) associated with each of said windows (1a, 1b, 1c, 1 d) and being configured for raising or lowering a corresponding window (1a, 1b, 1c, 1 d); a control unit (3) connected to said window actuators (4a, 4b, 4c, 4d) for controlling raising or lowering of said windows (1 a, 1 b, 1 c, 1 d); and an input device (5) connected to the control unit (3), said input device (5) having a multitude of input modes of which at least one mode is configured for receiving input concerning operation of said windows (1 a, 1 b, 1 c, 1 d). According to the invention, the arrangement is configured for activating said input device (5) to be in said at least one mode configured for receiving input concerning operation of said windows (1 a, 1 b, 1 c, 1 d) as a result of a detected intention from a driver or passenger in said vehicle to activate a window actuator (4a, 4b, 4c, 4d). The invention also relates to a method for controlling the operation of two or more windows.

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