Transportation Patents for Sale or License

Gearbox Apparatus

Over 1,000 multi-speed transmission designs including brand new combinations of well-known shaft and gears with definite gear ratios so that if number of produced speeds increasing that gears number is reducing. Other words, also efficiency of each design production is using of the same machine tools systems, equipment, etc. for conventional transmissions.
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Gearbox Apparatus

At over 100 years ago, much low technical, intellectual levels, fewer professional employees and free earth fossil fuel, oil created concept that permitted: (1) To add a gas or electromagnet field amount to motor physical volume that reduce its shaft highest torque for acceleration of machine or its parts, (2) To ignore calculation of least motor size is provided by land, water or air friction force that pushes transportation according to Third physics law of motion, (3) Unlimited to incre
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Locking Pin Locator

I am looking for a well established manufacturer interested in taking on a new project designed for the commercial truck driver, that can make life easier and a lot safer. Or sale my patent. Take a moment and enjoy my short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEqaADU4Mwk Possibility of millions in gross sales. All I need is the right people. TOOLING IS AVAILABLE RESEARCH SITE. http://fleetdirectory.com/Truckstops-TravelCenters.htm The Tandem Locking Pin Imagine you're a heav
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First of Their Kind vehicle Interior accessory: Stabilized Ornamental Pillow

Intelligent BOTTOM-WIEGHTED design and custom dimensions keep this STABILIZED ORNAMENTAL PILLOW upright and in place (they don't fall off seats and onto floors when you take those hard turns, accelerate or brake)! You've got to see this pillow to believe it; you've got to hold this pillow to get it. First of their kind. Eminently stylish and sophisticated. Decisively sexy. Luxurious. Simple. Yet far from ordinary. Trailblazing visual/tactile/versatile accoutrements for any movin
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Improved "Blablacar like" Urban Realtime Ridesharing Procedure

(Procedure for monitoring and control vehicle’s courses to optimize the use of their load capacities) We will solve the transport's problems of millions of people, taking advantage of the empty seats in our cars, which are currently underutilized. We will tell the passengers: "Let's travel with the convenience and speed of a taxi, but at bus' price." We will tell the car drivers: "Let's split your transport costs by carrying your neighbours". Our business model: We charge each pas
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Load Coupling Apparatus for Wheeled Vehicle

The Easy Go Trailer (EGT) Patent 7,703,789: Load coupling apparatus for wheeled vehicle The Easy Go Trailer (EGT) is the marketing name for our patented process that allows a tractor to achieve significantly better fuel economy while towing a trailer. With understanding of the concept you will realize the EGT process follows naturally occurring events, which will begin developing a reaction force according to the basic laws of physics as motion is developed by the EGT load reaction assembly. F
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Airplane Leading Edge De-Icing Apparatus

Retrofit-able aircraft de-icing system which utilizes exhaust gases to heat up an oil which is circulated to the leading edges to heat them and prevent ice formation.
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Removable track drive

This is a patent for a track device which turns a regular vehicle into a rover capable of riding on snow or sand. Compared to Mattracks, this design is more reliable and less expensive. The attached pictures are not photos but, rather, graphic representations made by an artist.
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Driver Controlled Automated Taxi Service and Devices

Method for offering multiple E-Hail customers to multiple taxicabs at the same time. An improvement over the current method of offering one customer to one taxi at a time. An embodiment of the disclosed technology is an in-taxi customer selection system. The selection system is placed in a plurality of taxis in the form of a device which includes a touch-screen display map of a surrounding location of each taxi. An indicator of at least one future rider desiring a taxi is exhibited anonymousl
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Security and driver/personnel identification system

US Patent 8,451,105 refers to a biometric cell phone and biometric cell phone receptor. It is a known fact that in the transportation industry, drivers drive "over hours" to reach a facility before it closes, resulting in an overtired driver at increased risk of a highway accident, and the possibility of spending the weekend parked until the facility opens again. This dangerous and inconvenient situation can be eliminated at facilities deploying the Landit system. Example: Driver is four
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Device for Increasing Tire Friction and Method of Using the Same

A revolutionary new alternative tire traction device (ATTD); a unique apparatus for preventing slipping of a tire under winter weather conditions; smart and simple decision solving a lot of the difficulties and disadvantages of the currently existing conventional tire snow chains and other ATTDs. It is especially designated for semi-trucks and heavy vehicles aiming to help the professional drivers and the trucking industry. It has been created and designed to acquire numerous benefits to make it
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Emergency Warning Devide Rapid Deployment System

I am selling my full US patent rights; Emergency Warning Device Rapid Deployment System: US patent No. 7,108,446 B2. PCT application: No. WO2005/091881 A2. Descriptive Information: Scenario: An emergency vehicle first arrives at an incident scene, sometimes in very precarious and dangerous traffic situations. The personnal must attend to the incident and traffic safety almost simultaneously. If safety markers were in place upon arrival, it would give personnel peace of mind and
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A portable folding electric tricycle that can be folded into a chair and a suitcase

A piece of new invention to fill the hole in the current transportation system. It is perfect for day-to-day travels and can be easily taken onto trains/buses for long journeys. You don't need to worry about your bike being stolen or paying congestion charges (well, if you are in London...) The one in the attached video is a prototype for illustration purpose only. The inventor is now looking for a strong industry partner to develop this into a series of final products.
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SCMD Transit Mixer for Production & Transportation of Concrete

The SCMD transit mixers are Truck-mounted mobile batching & mixing plants which can also be used like transit mixers. Conventionally two different equipment are used for production and transportation of concrete. A concrete plant is used for production of concrete and a transit mixer is used for transportation. This invention can do both the activities of production as well as transportation of concrete. It therefore eliminates the stationary batching plant & conventional transit mixers. Further
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Covering Element for Protecting Structures Against Scouring and Drag Force

The Anti-Scour Pier Sheath is a novel device which reduces the local scour (loss of material from the bed and banks of a water body, due to moving water) around structures placed in a fluvial, lacustrine, estuarine, coastal or marine environment. Such structures can be piers and abutments of bridges, piles, offshore wind power turbine columns, and other objects. The removal of bottom material can put at risk the structures’ support, threatening their stability and their security: scour is resp
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FH2 1 Rescue Craft

The FH2 1 Rescue Craft is to be used on Oil Rigs, Passenger ships, Commercial Fishing ships, and Cargo ships or any other Sea Vessel. The Rescue Craft would take the place of existing Life Boats used today. The FH2 1 Rescue Craft houses 16 people in case of a Disaster and can be used in high seas or packed Ice evacuation situation. The outer shape of the craft is ball shaped and houses another ball shaped sphere inside the unit. The second ball shape houses the Evacuees. The ball shape is used b
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Mobile Charging Device

An apparatus, method, and means to generate energy, store energy, and the useful utilization of energy in a portable device consisting of a power generator, energy storage apparatus, and interface mechanism for use of stored energy.
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Revolution in Vehicles Towing and hanging systems

New Electro mechanical vehicle towing and hanging plug in system CTowing system is a new towing & hanging system allowing to connect 2 electro mechanical vehicles or objects together in a single operation. This system permit to plug securely and quickly 2 vehicles together or 2 objects together transfering signals, data, electricity mechanical force in a single plug in: a lot of configurations are possible: - a vehicle to a trailer 1 axel Ctowing single ball - a vehicle to a trailer 2 axe
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Transit Switching System for Monorail Vehicles

PATENT NUMBER 6,393,993 TRANSIT SWITCHING SYSTEM FOR MONORAIL VEHICLES relates to providing a monorail switching system for individually and selectively routing vehicles between a main track and merged tracks on a dedicated route. Furthermore, vehicles can be public, business, or privately owned and are specially designed with a longitudinal keel to safely guide the vehicle on the monorail system. Vehicle suspension and propulsion can be any of the present wheeled systems (e.g. trains, cars)
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Shunting Switch

The invention relates to a shunting switch, having a main track comprising a plurality of rail sections mounted in a stationary manner, a branch track comprising a plurality of rail sections mounted in a stationary manner, and two movable rail sections, which can be switched into several switch positions using a control unit, wherein the two movable rail sections can be switched independently of each other
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Industrial Truck Having RFID-supported Device for Identifying Cargo Goods

The present invention relates to an industrial truck having an RFID-supported device for identifying cargo goods. The industrial truck (10) comprises an RFID transceiver for detecting and reading memory content of mobile data memories of loads and at least one RFID antenna (26), which is associated with a load bearing means (18) of the industrial truck (10). The RFID antenna (26) is arranged within the outline of the load bearing means (18) and is physically integrated therein.
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Industrial Truck Having RFID-supported Device for Identifying Cargo Goods

The present invention relates to a forklift truck with an RFID-enabled device for identification of cargo goods. The industrial truck (10) has a RFID-Sende-/Empfangseinheit for recording and reading of memory contents of mobile data storage loads, and at least one RFID antenna (26), which is a load carrying means (18) the floor conveyor (10) assigned.It is envisaged that the RFID antenna (26) within the contour of the load carrying means (18) arranged and this is structurally integrated. The RFI
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Method and Apparatus for Sharing Traffic Information

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to receive from a system a broadcasted vehicle velocity, detect that a difference between a velocity of a vehicle carrying the communication device and the broadcasted vehicle velocity exceeds a threshold, and determine from a random policy whether to transmit the velocity of the vehicle to the system. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
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Traffic Flow Monitoring for Intersections with Signal Controls

A method and system are provided for determining travel time through intersections by assigning an initial position for a virtual probe in the intersection and updating the position and velocity for the virtual probe such that the position and velocity of the virtual probe are determined multiple times from a time when the virtual probe is at an initial position until the time when the updated position of the virtual probe is past a stop line at the intersection. Updating the position and veloci
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Augmented Vehicle Location System

A system comprises a mobile vehicle, a global positioning system (GPS) based vehicle position and heading system, at least one two-dimensional (2D) velocity sensor, a yaw rate system, and a vehicle position and heading estimator. The GPS based vehicle position and heading system is supported on the vehicle and measures global easting and global northing (measured position) of the vehicle, and determines a heading (measured heading) of the vehicle. The 2D velocity sensor measures the velocity of
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Clear Path Detection Using a Vanishing Point

A method for estimating a vanishing point in a roadway using a current image generated by a camera on a vehicle includes defining an exemplary vanishing point for each of a plurality of sample images, identifying features within each of the plurality of sample images, monitoring the current image generated by the camera, identifying features within the current image, matching the current image to at least one of the sample images based upon the identified features within the current image and th
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Clear Path Detection Using Patch Approach

A method for detecting a clear path of travel for a vehicle utilizing an image generated by a camera device located upon the vehicle includes monitoring the image, and generating a plurality of patches onto the image, wherein the patches are collectively arranged to substantially include the clear path of travel. Feature extraction is utilized to analyze the patches and includes convolving each of the patches with a feature detection filter generating a feature-based filter response, extracting
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Clear Path Detection Using an Example-based Approach

A method for detecting a clear path of travel for a vehicle using a current image generated by a camera includes defining an exemplary clear path for each of a plurality of sample images, identifying features within each of the plurality of sample images, monitoring the current image generated by the camera, identifying features within the current image, matching the current image to at least one of the sample images based upon the identified features within the current image and the identified
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Three-dimensional Lidar-based Clear Path Detection

A method for detecting a clear path of travel for a vehicle includes generating a datastream corresponding to a three-dimensional scan of a target area surrounding the vehicle from a vehicle LIDAR system, estimating a ground plane for a present vehicle location using the datastream corresponding to the three-dimensional scan of the target area surrounding the vehicle, and comparing the datastream corresponding to the three-dimensional scan of the target area surrounding the vehicle with the esti
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Boat Suspension

Boats and suspensions are provided, wherein the boat includes at least one hull, and at least one sponson, the at least one hull and at least one sponson connected by a shock-absorbing suspension member. The suspension greatly reduces the accelerations of the main hull, such that the hull accelerations are generally substantially less than the accelerations of the sponsons at selected speeds.
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Method for the Depth Control of a Towfish

A method for the depth control of a towfish (6) examining the bottom (10) of a body of water, having a measuring boat (1), a magnetic floating body (3), which is towed by the measuring boat (1) at a certain distance, and a towfish (6) dependant on the floating body (3), wherein the profile of the bottom (10) determined by the measuring boat (3) is taken into consideration in the depth control of the towfish (6), characterized in that the depth of the towfish (6) is controlled via a first rope (5
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Active Head Support for Rear Bench Seats in a Passenger Vehicle

The present invention relates to a headrest to be installed in seats of vehicles that is moveable from a normal position to an accident position via a mechanism that is activated by sensor control.Thus, the head restraint is used and cared for an accident for impaired crash burden on individuals, such a head restraint is proposed, in which a) a housing body (14) of headrest fixed to the seat connected, b) an upper baffle plate (16 connected) and a lower baffle plate (18) with the housing body th
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Active Headrest with Multi-jointed Mechanism Transmission

The present invention relates to a headrest for installation in seats of vehicles which can be moved from a normal position into an accident position by means of a mechanism which can be activated under sensor control. So that the headrest can be re-used and ensures reduced crash loading on persons in the event of an accident and at the same time a design is obtained which is easy and cost-effective to manufacture, a headrest of this type is proposed in which a) a housing body (14) of the headre
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Reactor Comprising an Archimedes Screw Conveyor

The invention relates to a reactor (2) comprising a rotary kiln (47) from which a reacted bulk material (16) is removed by way of an Archimedes screw conveyor (1). According to the invention, the screw conveyor (1) comprises a baffle element (41) in an exit area (18), said baffle element effecting a sort of "backup" of the conveyed bulk material (16) in the screw conveyor (1) so that a high fill level results in the screw conveyor (1). When the fill level is high enough so that cross sections of
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Method for Avoiding Collisions

The invention pertains to a method for avoiding collisions between a vehicle (1) and another traffic participant, in particular a pedestrian (3). According to the invention, a position of the pedestrian (3) is conveyed to an evaluation device associated with the vehicle (1) by way of a mobile telephone (4) carried by the pedestrian (3). An evaluation history is taken into account in the evaluation device, in particular positions y(t1), y(t2) of the pedestrian (3). A future trajectory (6) for the
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Sequential Planetary Stack Transmission System

A sequential planetary stack transmission system is provided. The system includes a stack of planetary gear sets, each gear set including a sun gear engageable with a rotatable central shaft, and freely rotatable concentrically about the central input or output shaft when not engaged with the central shaft. A plurality of planet gears engage with the sun gear, and a ring gear engages with the planet gears. The ring gears form a ring gear barrel rotatable as a unit concentrically with respect to
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Device for Propelling Vehicles

The system disclosed in this patent application makes it possible to move one or more driving wheels for propelling a vehicle, by actuating two pedals with an alternating linear movement. The system comprises a structure (1) for carrying the remaining components, and pedals (9 and 23) supported on slides (8 and 22) that are moved along two independent guides (7). The movement of the pedals (9 and 23) causes two pulleys (6 and 20) mounted on the axle (14) to rotate, each pulley being linked to th
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Rolling Device for Heavy Machinery on Rail Tracks

The invention relates to a rolling device for heavy machinery on rail tracks, which is intended to support and move heavy machinery (1) being used to carry out work on a rail track and which can be adapted to the track width with a great degree of flexibility and simplicity. The invention comprises: at least two rear-wheel-supporting turrets (2) designed to be coupled by means of a structure (3) to each side of the rear portion of the frame (1') of the heavy machinery (1), with one end of each r
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Device for Carrying Out Work on Railway Lines

Device for carrying out work on railway lines, which is able to dig out and handle sleepers (3) arranged along the railway line by means of simple coupling with a standard rear digger (2), comprising a shovel (1) designed to be coupled with and hydraulically operated by the rear digger (2) so as to unearth and dig out sleepers (3), where said shovel (1) comprises two symmetrical openings (4) which are operationally spaced so as to correspond to the arrangement of two rails (5) of a railway line,
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Diagnostic System for Determination of Railway Switch Fault Probability

The invention relates to electrical engineering, particularly to transportation sector. Its goal is to create a diagnostic system to be capable from actual measured runtime parameters conclude about technical condition of railway switch and rise warning in case of fault probability. Goal is achived so, railway switch is equipped with set of sensors measuring runtime parameters. Measurement results are transferred to evaluation and database unit. Database contain standard set of parameters and se
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Method for Adjustment of Operation Condition of Fin-type Vibration Propulsive Device

The present invention pertains to the field of water transport actuators, and it can be used for motion excitation of ships, underwater robotic fishes, motorboats, etc. The objective of the invention is to increase the efficiency of operation of fin-type vibration propulsive device. The proposed method lies in equipping of vibration propulsive device with two identical fins and making of each fin in the form of thin-walled semi-cylinder chute. Fins are jointed to propulsive device in such manner
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Hydrodinamic Fine-type Vibration Propulsive Device

The present invention pertains to the field of water transport actuators, and it can be used for motion excitation of ships, underwater robotic fishes, motorboats, etc. The objective of the invention is to reduce energy loss during operation of the propulsive device and to increase velocity of motion of floating vehicle. The proposed propulsive device is equipped with drive, transmission mechanism and double fin (Fig.2). Each fin of propulsive device is made in the form of thin-walled semi-cylin
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Method for Control of Operation Condition of Hydrodynamic Fin-type Vibration Propulsive Device

The present invention pertains to the field of water transport actuators, and it can be used for motion excitation of ships, underwater robotic fishes, motorboats, etc. The objective of the invention is to increase the efficiency of operation of vibration propulsive device and to simplify the procedure for motion control. In accordance with the proposed method motion of fin (1) is activated with the aid of direct-current driving motor (4). Control of operation condition lies in reduction of brak
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Hydrodynamic Fin-type Vibration Propulsive Device

The present invention pertains to te field of water transport actuators, and it can be used for motion excitation of ships, underwater robotic fishes, motorboats, etc. Its objective is to simplify design of the fin and to increase efficiency of propulsive device. The proposed propulsive device is equipped with drive, transmission mechanism and double fin with varying surface area. Each fin of the propulsive device is made from two thin-walled plates mutually connected by hinge. Additionally pres
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Locomotive Brake

The invention pertains mechanical engineering, particularly to locomotive brakes with three pipe mains connected to each brake valve installed in control cabins of sections. At the same time in some types of the locomotives at each of three mains the disconnection valve is installed. In the greater part of the locomotives a group switch is set up, where three valves of it are installed on each of three mains. In the working control cabins all three valves are open, but in non-working cabins all
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Device for Control of Train's Braking Way

The invention applies to the rail transport sector. Trains braking way control device contains a train-mounted transmitting antenna 1, a data reception unit 2, a turning angle pickup meter 4, connected to a train wheel axle box 3, a rotation speed meter 5, a rotation acceleration meter 6, a brake efficiency detector 7, a data storage unit 8 provided with the additional input for data base programming, a train-mounted satellite communication receiver 9, a braking program unit 10. Besides it conta
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Method for Adjustment of Operation Condition of Fyn-type Vibration Propulsive Device

The present invention pertains to the field of water transport actuators, and it can be used for motion excitation of ships, underwater robotic fishes, motorboats, etc. The objective of the invention is to increase the efficiency of operation of fin-type vibration propulsive device. The proposed method lies in equipping of vibration propulsive device with two identical fins and making of each fin in the form of thin-walled semi-cylinder chute. Fins are jointed to propulsive device in such manner
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An Apparatus and Method for Determining a Position of an Object

A method (300) and system for determining a position of an object is provided. The method (300) comprises receiving GPS data from two or more satellites (301). An actual signal characteristic associated with the GPS data is then determined (302). A set of signal characteristics being of a same type as the actual signal characteristic is computed (303) from a set of receiver parameters (308). The set of receiver parameters (308) has estimated positions for the object. The actual signal characteri
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A Mooring Limb

A mooring limb for use in a fluid comprising at least one substantially impervious sleeve defining at least one chamber, wherein the shape of the at least one chamber is variable, the device including at least one orifice for allowing a fluid into and/or out of the at least one chamber. The mooring limb may act as a pump and/or as a damping device.
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Process for treatment of ballast water aboard ships

A method of processing seawater aboard a ship is disclosed. The method comprises supplying seawater to a fresh water generator (30) for separating the seawater into fresh water and brine, and supplying the fresh water to ballast tanks (6) of the ship.
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Goods i.e. food, storage and transport monitoring device for use in transport container, has microcomputer carrying out evaluation with respect to conditions of goods, where results of microcomputer i

The device has a microcomputer (1) with a data storage (2) and humidity and temperature sensors (3, 4) for measuring of different storage and transport conditions of goods. A transmitting and receiving device is provided for near field communication with an antenna of a radio-frequency identification transponder, where the microcomputer and the transmitting and receiving device are arranged on an interconnect device. The microcomputer carries out an evaluation with respect to the conditions of t
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Axial-piston engine for use in vehicle

The engine has pistons (3) coupled with a spherical head crankshaft (5) by adjacent crankshafts (4). The pistons are connected with a cylinder block (1) by a bevel gear (6). The spherical head crankshaft is arranged on a crankshaft of a crank (7) tilted for an axis of rotation of a motor shaft of a double supported crankshaft (8), where the double supported crankshaft has an axially moving counterweight (9) that is arranged diametrically opposite to the crankshaft of the crank. The adjacent cran
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System for Transporting Drugs and Medical Materials in Hospital

Provided is a system for transporting drugs and medical materials in a hospital wherein drugs and medical materials required in each ward can be mounted previously on a tray which is a unit of transportation or use, and a plurality of trays can be set in a tray cart and kept in a transportation standby state on a tray cart basis, trays can always maintain a horizontal transportation position regardless of whether rails in a transportation section are horizontal or vertical, continuous traveling
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Horizontal Conveyance Mechanism for Self-propelled Carriage

A conveyance mechanism having rails (10) horizontally and vertically laid in a building, racks (20) laid along the rails, wheels (31, 32) for traveling on the rail, and a self-propelled carriage (30) having pinions (33, 34) meshing with the racks and a drive section for the pinions and on which a load is placed. The rails have a curve section in which they change the direction from horizontal to vertical or from vertical to horizontal, and also have a vertical section continuing to the horizonta
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Fuel Pump Mounting Structure of Motorcycle

A fuel pump unit is mounted on a predetermined position in a fuel tank. There are a supporting mechanism to support the fuel pump unit at the mounting position and a holding mechanism to fixing and holding the fuel pump unit supported at the mounting position, and an opening portion through which the fuel pump unit is inserted into the fuel tank is closed by a cover member being a separate body from the supporting mechanism and the holding mechanism.
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Folding LOTS/COTS/bridge-building craft

A ‘Floatainer’ is a unique barge which folds into the exact dimensions of a 6 m shipping container. When folded, standard shipping container twist-lock fittings are exposed on all corners. When unfolded is of 10 m L.O.A. and 4.5 beam, and has a free-draining deck capable of carrying a 20-ton, 6 m shipping container or general cargo. Deck strength supports 15 ton, wheeled vehicles (eg military LAVS). Gunwales are 1 m x 1.2 m solid ‘beams’ (as in a Bailey Bridge) designed such that t
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Super-Pre-Heater for Diesel Engines

We have a product line of "Maximo-Diesel Products" which use P.C.C.R. technology to reduce emissions and increase fuel mileage. P.C.C.R. technology is pre-combustion carbon reducing techology. This technology superheats the fuel before it enters the injectors and results in a more complete combustion process. The more complete combustion process results in less emissions and greater fuel mileage. Our products have been tested and proved by a major Florida University. Product development has
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Water jet propulsion drive for boats

Marine water jet propulsion consist of a engine who drive a water (one or two) pump ,in this case a variable displacement pump (VDP) protected by a granted PATENT. The water are discharged backwards at high velocity trough nozzles in the transom and the thrust will be directed in forward direction. Marine water jet propulsion offers a number of benefits to boaters such as 1) Safety,because water jet propulsion eliminate injuries caused by spinning propellers. 2) Running aground means
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Low-Power Control and Signal Processing Asic for Vibrtory Rate Gyroscopes

Tech ID: 10260 / UC Case 2002-493-0 BACKGROUND Current gyroscope feedback control and signal processing elements take the form of a discrete analog implementation and/or a general purpose digital signal processing (DSP) chip. However, both of these methods present drawbacks. The discrete analog option is inflexible with regard to modifying component values for the purpose of "tuning" or customizing the control loops for a given sensor. The chip's disadvantage is that general purpose DSPs do
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High Performance Composite Oxide Catalysts for Purifying Auto Exhaust Gases

BACKGROUND: Since the 1970’s, mixed oxides with the perovskite structure have been found to be catalytically active for reactions involving automobile emissions control. However, very few non-perovskite oxides have been found as redox hosts for catalytic noble metals, particularly for the application of exhaust gas purification. The light-off temperatures of perovskite catalysts (the temperature at which 50% conversion is achieved) are high considering major hydrocarbon emissions during engine
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Wheelchair Carriage with Tracks for Easy Mobility in Difficult Terrains

The present invention relates to a wheelchair apparatus that is useful for navigating through a variety of terrains, like snow or sand, which are not conveniently or safely traversed using a standard wheelchair. The apparatus includes a ramp assembly, a pair of continuous tracks, and a drive mechanism that can be used in conjunction with a standard wheelchair. The ramp assembly can have atleast one ramp for allowing entrance of a wheelchair and which also provides support of the wheelchair duri
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Navigational System for Persons with Varying Physical Disabilities

This technology is a Web-based navigational tool to assist people of varying physical ability levels in identifying shortest feasible routes through urban environments. There are several limiting factors in determining the correct and feasible path of travel for people with disabilities (PWDs), but an individual�s physical ability level is the essential consideration in determining a feasible route. The present invention incorporates different resources, devices, and programs to effectively
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Wheelchair with Torso Stabilization

This invention discloses a wheelchair with a novel torso stabilization device. People with certain injuries lose their ability to control stabilizing muscles that allow them to participate in everyday activities, some critical to living a �normal� lifestyle. The present invention allows users the freedom of movement with the addition of torso stabilization. The on-demand torso stabilization is provided by incorporating a magnet to the wheelchair�s backrest. The magnet is activated or dis
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Wheelchair with Support Seat

The wheelchair in this invention has a seat which pivots at the front and raises the user from the seated position to a near-standing or standing position and vice-versa. The power of the seat is from a spring which is put in tension when the user sits in the chair. When the user is in the seated position the chair is latched in the �down� position. This energy is stored until the user releases the latch and bends forward. This decreases the effective moment about the pivot point and the sea
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Open Autonomy Kernel (OAK), an Architecture for Mode-Identification and Reconfiguration of Control systems Model-Based

Model-based reasoning systems have been relying upon a single model on which a single reasoning engine operates. A single inference engine physically removes the intelligence from the control system when used to control geographically large systems such as ships, computer networks, power grids and transportation networks. This has the drawback of requiring the transmission of raw data to the inference engine which increases the bandwidth requirements, reduces survivability and limits scalability
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Data acquisition software for Driver Monitoring System

According to the Administration on Aging, persons 65 years or older numbered 35.6 million in 2002. They represented 12.3% of the U.S. population and are expected to grow to be 20% of the population by 2030. In the last twenty years, the percentage increase in older drivers has been three times greater than the growth of the total driving population. The aging U.S. population generates considerable concern about driver safety, as crashes per mile driver are more frequent in older drivers compared
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Mono-Track Vehicle

The invention generally relates to a vehicle (large or small), cart, robot, etc. that uses a mono-track (e.g., single-track or uni-track) for its main motion in place of wheels or multiple tracks, although the invention could be applied to multi-track and wheeled vehicles as an aid toward turning. The mono-track vehicle (MTV) steers with a set of appendages that extend from the sides of the vehicle. These steering appendages steer by either causing drag on one side of the vehicle or by titling t
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Full Signal Translator (FST)

small, lightweight and low-cost device that frequency translates and downlinks Global Positioning System (GPS) signals to enable precise post-flight trajectory reconstructions used in testing and evaluation of different flight systems.
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GPS Jamming Circumvention Scheme

A method and apparatus for circumventing jamming of receivers for a global positioning system (GPS) include determining that a receiver is being jammed by a jamming signal not originating from the GPS. A first signal is transmitted from a portable unit including the receiver to a component of a second positioning system that is different from the GPS. A second signal is received from the second positioning system. The second signal includes data that indicates a position for the portable unit de
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A Tracking Receiver for Global Positioning System Signals Implemented in Software. (GPS Software Receiver)

The invention is a receiving station tracking system for receiving GPS data and tracking a mobile vehicle. The receiving station tracking system includes a plurality of processing stages receiving and processing at least a portion of the GPS data, and a control module receiving and filtering the processed GPS data and outputting at least one control signal in accordance with filtering results. The at least one control signal controls decreasing or increasing a quantity of processing stages of th
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Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Mapping System

A mechanical computer used in tandem with a GPS to approach, enter and fly the traffic pattern of any uncontrolled airport. Pilots must navigate to a relatively small area or approach point before entering the traffic pattern of an uncontrolled airport. While airports are programmed into GPS units, the approach points are not. The computer works in tandem with an onboard GPS unit programmed for navigation direct to the airport of intended landing and employs triangulation to navigate to an appro
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GPS Roadside Integrated Precision Positioning System (GRIPPS) for Detecting Drowsy Drivers

According to studies done by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in 2003, 55% of fatal accidents in the U.S. are caused by lane departure. Various factors, including driver distraction, inattention or drowsiness can be responsible for these dangerous movements. Warning systems to alert drivers that their vehicle is about to move out of its lane could help minimize these avoidable accidents. Many different on-road vehicle systems exist or are being developed to address indiv
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Low Cost, Compressed Gas Fuel Storage System

It has been demonstrated that compressed gasses such as hydrogen, propane, methane or natural gas are viable alternatives to petroleum as a fuel source for motor vehicles. Such vehicles have been restricted to fleet trucks, delivery vans, buses and taxis due to their limited range. The restrictions and limitations are caused by the space required for existing compressed gas fuel systems. This space penalty results in lost truck bed volume, automobile trunk volume and range. Furthermore, higher i
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System for Measuring Average Speed and Traffic Volume on a Roadway

Provide a low power, low cost traffic sensor. A vehicular traffic sensor capable of measuring traffic speed and volume in all weather conditions and at a low installed cost is desired. The sensor makes use of multi-path interference of ambient radio frequency (RF) signals. The ambient RF signals can be, for example, control signals constantly transmitted by cellular phone base stations. As vehicles travel along the roadway, they reflect RF signals in all directions. An antenna mounted near th
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Commercial Vehicle Electronic Screening Hardware/Software System

Commercial Vehicle Screening uses a selection mechanism to make use of limited fixed Weigh/Inspection Station resources. E-Screening is the application of technology to this process, in order to make an informed and automated decision about whether further examination of a vehicle is required. Properly implemented, E-Screening results in improved station traffic flow, focused vehicle enforcement, increased compliance, and ultimately achieves the goals of increased highway safety and reduced trav
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Detection of Re-Bar Corrosion in Re-inforced Concrete Structures Using Modal Analysis

A current need for industry, the Federal Highway Administration, and many other safety related agencies is the ability to access the structural integrity of existing steel reinforced concrete structures. This includes roads, bridges, runways, dams, water towers, containment basins, buildings, retaining walls etc. The method for analysis must be simple, non-intrusive, quick and inexpensive. It must be able to detect both early stage and advanced corrosion to facilitate timely repair or replacemen
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Microwave and Acoustic Detection of Drowsiness

Detecting drowsiness and fatigue prior to the driver falling asleep can save lives. Through observation and reactions to the warnings of fatigue and drowsiness, the driver has an opportunity for countermeasures such as napping or getting a cup of coffee before they endanger himself and/or others. The APL drowsy driver system detects drowsiness and fatigue prior to the driver falling asleep. The warnings can begin as the driver becomes fatigued and intensify as the system detects increasing dr
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Passive Alarm System for Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals

A device which assists those who are visually impaired or handicapped and, in particular, a system for warning blind or visually impaired travelers that they have entered a potentially dangerous area proximal to an edge of boarding platforms of the type typically found in railway and other types of transit systems. An Infrared Integrated Indicating System (IRIIS) includes an array of optical emitters and a portable detector/warning device to be held by a visually handicapped traveler. The emitte
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Neural Net Navigation Tool (MSC-22318)

Abstract: This invention is a self-contained on-board mobile vehicle navigation system. The system was developed to guide a robot through constrained pathways, such as hallways, rooms, and corridors. The system could, however, potentially be used in a much broader range of applications. This invention allows for the autonomous navigation of virtually any mobile vehicle (such as a robot, truck, automobile, boat, or airplane) that moves in an environment that is delimited by a boundary, such as a
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Deceleration Limiting Roadway Barrier (MSC-23178)

Abstract: Potential commercial uses for the technology include the professional motorsports industry, public streets and roadways, the aerospace industry and secured facilities. This technology opportunity is part of the NASA Technology Transfer Program, the goal of which is to stimulate development of commercial applications of NASA-developed technology. NASA is seeking industrial partners to continue the testing effort and license the technology for commercialization. A patent application
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Enhancing Occupant Protection in Side Impact Automobile Crashes

Introduction Pelvic fractures account for about 12% of injuries suffered in side impact motor vehicle accidents. The direct mechanism of the crash and resulting injury involves the door of the vehicle on the impacted side being punched into the occupant's pelvis and thorax. Pelvic fracture and rib damage along with internal organ injuries are the likely result. Several strategies have been employed to reduce side impact injury, including door side impact beams, stiffening of the door, increasing
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A Retrofit Automobile Head Restraint for Whiplash Injury Prevention

Introduction Head restraints were introduced in US vehicles in 1969 with the aim of reducing the frequency and severity of neck injury in rear-end motor vehicle collisions. However, whiplash injuries of the cervical spine still continue to be the single most expensive medical claim to insurers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that most cars sold in the U.S. do a poor job of protecting against neck injuries in rear-end collisions because the head restraints cannot be c
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Smart Ladder

Introduction A leading cause of worker injury in the fruit tree industry involves orchard ladder stability and the level of awareness of the user when climbing and dismounting the ladder. Due to cultural and economic reasons, industry acceptance of all-new designs has been low. Rather than radically changing ladder design to address these issues, a better approach is to design safety features into currently-used ladders. Technology description Researchers at the University of Washington have dev
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Safe last step

Introduction A common cause of injury among orchard workers in Washington state occurs when the user dismounts the ladder. The user often cannot accurately gauge the last step of the ladder because the line of sight is obscured by the apple bag when descending the ladder, with their back facing the ladder. The user may inadvertently step off the ladder at an upper rung causing falls that can be dangerous, especially with loaded fruit bags. Technology description Researchers at the University of
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Redesigned third leg

Introduction Ladder injuries are among the most common injuries among orchard workers in Washington state. Ladders tipping over, sliding of the third leg, worker falling off the ladder, and worker missing the last rung were the most common sources of injuries. Due to the resistance in the industry to embrace all-new ladder designs, improvements to existing designs are the most promising advances in ladder technology. Technology description Researchers at the University of Washington have develop
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Microgels with Acid-Degradable Polymer Backbones for Delivering Bioactive Materials

APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY: Berkeley Lab synthesis of linear acid-degradable polymers and protein-loaded particles. - Targeted delivery of protein and DNA-based therapeutics - Vaccine delivery - Cancer immunotherapy - Site-specific treatment of inflammation - Anti-sense therapy ADVANTAGES: - Quickly degrades into small molecules under mildly acidic environments like those found in tumors, inflammatory tissues and lysosomes and phagolysosomes of antigen presenting cells - Remains relative
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