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1. (WO2015177218) SYSTÈME ET PROCÉDÉ DE COMMANDE DE VÉHICULE
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CLAIMS:

1. A control system for a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:

at least one energy-consuming subsystem for controlling a or a respective first vehicle operating parameter, and

actuation means for the or each subsystem for activating or deactivating the or each respective subsystem in accordance with vehicle operational requirements;

wherein the control system is configured to:

determine a value of a or a respective second vehicle operating parameter which is dependent on a location of the vehicle, and

control the actuation means of the or each respective subsystem so as to enter an energy saving mode in which operation of the or each respective subsystem is inhibited in dependence on the value of the determined vehicle location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter.

2. A control system according to Claim 1 , wherein the at least one subsystem comprises a cooling system.

3. A control system according to Claim 2, wherein the cooling system is for a charge storage device.

4. A control system according to any preceding Claim, wherein the or each respective first vehicle operating parameter is an operating temperature of the charge storage device.

5. A control system according to any preceding Claim, wherein if the or each respective subsystem is activated when the energy saving mode is entered, the or each respective subsystem is deactivated, and wherein if the or each respective subsystem is not activated when the energy saving mode is entered, the or each respective subsystem is maintained in its non-activated state.

6. A control system according to any preceding Claim, wherein the control system is configured to control the actuation means of the or each respective subsystem so as to enter the energy saving mode for a period of time in dependence on the value of the second vehicle operating parameter.

7. A control system according to any one of Claims 3 to 6 when depending through Claim 3, wherein the vehicle comprises an electrical propulsion motor and wherein the charge storage device is for powering the motor.

8. A control system according to Claim 7, wherein the electric vehicle is a hybrid electric vehicle.

9. A control system according to any one of Claims 3 to 8 when depending through Claim 3, wherein the vehicle comprises an engine, such as an internal combustion engine, and wherein the at least one charge storage device is for powering the at least one vehicle subsystem.

10. A control system according to any one of Claims 4 to 9 when depending through Claim 4, wherein the said operating temperature is selected from at least one of an internal operating temperature of the charge storage device and/or an internal charging temperature of the charge storage device.

1 1. A control system according to any one of Claims 4 to 10 as dependent through Claim 4, wherein the second vehicle operating parameter is a distance between a location of the vehicle at a present or given point in time and a reference location at which the vehicle is expected to be in a state in which activation of the or each respective subsystem is not required or its non-activation can be tolerated for at least the said period of time.

12. A control system according to Claim 1 1 , wherein the said reference location is a reference location at which the vehicle is expected to be in said state, in which activation of the or each respective subsystem is not required or its non-activation can be tolerated for at least the said period of time, by prediction, and/or by reference to historical data and/or by reference to manually input data.

13. A control system according to Claim 12, wherein the reference location is defined by one or more of:

(i) manually input data for a journey of the vehicle; and/or

(ii) historical data from a plurality of previous journeys of the vehicle, from which one or more commonly or frequently encountered destinations characteristic of the relevant subsystem not being required for at least the period of time is/are predefined.

14. A control system according to Claim 13 when depending through Claim 3, wherein the reference location is a vehicle user's home or workplace, or other commonly frequented location at which the vehicle is habitually left stationary with the engine or motor switched off for a prolonged period of time.

15. A control system according to any preceding Claim, wherein the energy saving mode is entered for as long as inhibition of the or each respective subsystem can be tolerated or permitted.

16. A control system according to any one of Claims 4 to 15 as dependent through Claim 4, wherein the period of time for which the or each respective subsystem is inhibited by its respective actuation means, in dependence on the location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter, is no more than a period of time during which non-operation or deactivation of the relevant subsystem can be tolerated or permitted.

17. A control system according to any one of Claims 4 to 16 as dependent through Claim 4, wherein the said period of time for which the or each respective subsystem is inhibited by its respective actuation means, in dependence on the location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter, is dependent on a value of the or each said respective first vehicle operating parameter which is controlled by the said subsystem.

18. A control system according to Claim 17 when depending through Claim 3, wherein the period of time for which its inhibition may be controlled or permitted is selected in dependence on a current demand for cooling of the charge storage device or a predicted demand for cooling of the charge storage device as dictated by the second vehicle operating parameter.

19. A control system according to any one of Claims 4 to 18 as dependent through Claim 4, wherein the said period of time for which the or each respective subsystem is inhibited by its respective actuation means, in dependence on the location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter, is dependent on the identity of and/or the state of and/or current or predicted demands of the said subsystem.

20. A control system according to any preceding Claim, wherein the value of the vehicle location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter is a distance between a current location of the vehicle and a reference location thereof, and corresponds to a determined, calculated or measured value of said distance.

21 . A control system according to Claim 20, wherein the said distance between the current location of the vehicle and the reference location thereof is determined, calculated or measured in terms of a physical distance from the current location to the reference location, and wherein the energy saving mode is entered dependent, at least in part, on the physical distance.

22. A control system according to Claim 20, wherein the said distance between the current location of the vehicle and the reference location thereof is determined, calculated or measured in terms of a particular time period needed to cover that distance, and wherein the energy saving mode is entered dependent, at least in part, on the particular time period.

23. A control system according to any one of Claims 21 or Claim 22, wherein one or more other driving or vehicle operational parameters are additionally taken into account in the said distance determination, calculation or measurement.

24. A control system according to Claim 1 , wherein the at least one energy-consuming vehicle subsystem comprises one or more heating or cooling systems of one or more other vehicle components, different from a charge storage device, and the or each respective first vehicle operating parameter is a temperature of the said respective one or more other vehicle components.

25. A vehicle comprising a control system according to any one of Claims 1 to 24.

26. A vehicle comprising a body, a plurality of wheels, a powertrain to drive said wheels, a braking system to brake said wheels, and a control system according to any one of claims 1 to 24.

27. A control system for a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:

at least one energy-consuming subsystem for controlling a or a respective first vehicle operating parameter, and

actuation means for the or each subsystem for activating or deactivating the or each respective subsystem in accordance with vehicle operational requirements;

wherein the control system is configured to:

determine a value of a or a respective second vehicle operating parameter which is dependent on a location of the vehicle, and

control the actuation means of the or each respective subsystem so as to deactivate the or each respective subsystem in dependence on the value of the determined vehicle location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter.

28. A control system according to Claim 27, wherein the control system is configured to control the actuation means of the or each respective subsystem so as to deactivate the or each respective subsystem for a prescribed period of time in dependence on the value of the second vehicle operating parameter.

29. A control system according to any one of Claims 27 to 28, wherein the at least one energy-consuming vehicle subsystem comprises a cooling system for a charge storage device, and the or each respective first vehicle operating parameter is an operating temperature of the charge storage device.

30. A control system according to Claim 29, wherein the said operating temperature is selected from at least one of an internal operating temperature of the charge storage device and/or an internal charging temperature of the charge storage device.

31. A control system according to any one of Claims 27 to 28, wherein the at least one energy-consuming vehicle subsystem comprises one or more heating or cooling systems of one or more other vehicle components, and the or the each respective first vehicle operating parameter is a temperature of the said respective one or more other vehicle components.

32. A control system according to any one of Claims 28 to 31 as dependent through Claim 28, wherein the second vehicle operating parameter is a distance between a location of the vehicle at a present or given point in time and a reference location at which the vehicle is expected to be in a state in which activation of the or each respective energy-consuming subsystem is not required or its non-activation can be tolerated for at least the said prescribed period of time.

33. A control system according to Claim 32, wherein the said reference location is a reference location at which the vehicle is expected to be in said state, in which activation of the or each respective energy-consuming subsystem is not required or its non-activation can be tolerated for at least the said prescribed period of time, by prediction, and/or by reference to historical data and/or by reference to manually input data.

34. A control system according to Claim 33, wherein the reference location is defined by one or more of:

(i) manually input data for a journey of the vehicle; and/or

(ii) historical data from a plurality of previous journeys of the vehicle, from which one or more commonly or frequently encountered destinations characteristic of the relevant subsystem not being required for at least the prescribed period of time is/are predefined.

35. A control system according to Claim 34, wherein the at least one subsystem comprises a cooling system for a charge storage device, and the reference location is a vehicle user's home or workplace, or other commonly frequented location at which the vehicle is habitually left stationary with the engine or motor switched off for a prolonged period of time.

36. A control system according to any one of Claims 28 to 35 as dependent through Claim 28, wherein the prescribed period of time for which the or each respective subsystem is deactivated by its respective actuation means, in dependence on the location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter, is no more than a predetermined period of time during which non-operation or deactivation of the relevant subsystem can be tolerated or permitted.

37. A control system according to any one of Claims 28 to 36 as dependent through Claim 28, wherein the said prescribed period of time for which the or each respective subsystem is deactivated by its respective actuation means, in dependence on the location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter, is dependent on a value of the said first vehicle operating parameter which is controlled by the said subsystem.

38. A control system according to Claim 37, wherein the at least one vehicle subsystem is a cooling system for a charge storage device, and the prescribed period of time for which its deactivation may be controlled or permitted is selected in dependence on a current demand for cooling of the charge storage device or a predicted demand for cooling of the charge storage device as dictated by the second vehicle operating

parameter.

39. A control system according to any one of Claims 28 to 38 as dependent through Claim 28, wherein the said prescribed period of time for which the or each respective subsystem is deactivated by its respective actuation means, in dependence on the location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter, is dependent on the identity of and/or the state of and/or current or predicted demands of the said subsystem.

40. A control system according to any one of Claims 27 to 39, wherein the value of the vehicle location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter is a distance between a current location of the vehicle and a reference location thereof, and corresponds to a determined, calculated or measured value of said distance.

41 . A control system according to Claim 40, wherein the said distance between the current location of the vehicle and the reference location thereof is determined, calculated or measured in terms of a physical distance from the current location to the reference location.

42. A control system according to Claim 41 , wherein the said distance between the current location of the vehicle and the reference location thereof is determined, calculated or measured in terms of a particular time period needed to cover that distance.

43. A control system according to any one of Claims 41 or Claim 42, wherein one or more other driving or vehicle operational parameters are additionally taken into account in the said distance determination, calculation or measurement.

44. A vehicle comprising a control system according to any one of Claims 27 to 43.

45. A controller for controlling at least one energy-consuming subsystem of a vehicle, the or each respective subsystem being for controlling a or a respective first operating parameter of the vehicle,

the vehicle further comprising actuation means for the or each subsystem for selectively activating or deactivating the or each respective subsystem in accordance with vehicle operational requirements,

wherein the controller is operable to:

determine a value of a or a respective second vehicle operating parameter which is dependent on a location of the vehicle, and

control the actuation means of the or each respective subsystem so as to enter an energy saving mode in which operation of the or each respective subsystem is inhibited in dependence on the value of the determined vehicle location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter.

46. A controller according to Claim 45, wherein the at least one energy-consuming vehicle subsystem comprises a cooling system for a charge storage device of the vehicle, and the or each respective first vehicle operating parameter is an operating temperature of the charge storage device.

47. A vehicle comprising a controller according to the Claim 45 or Claim 46.

48. A method of controlling a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:

at least one energy-consuming subsystem for controlling a or a respective first vehicle operating parameter, and

actuation means for the or each subsystem for selectively activating or deactivating the or each respective subsystem in accordance with vehicle operational requirements;

wherein the method comprises:

determining a value of a or a respective second vehicle operating parameter which is dependent on a location of the vehicle, and

controlling the actuation means of the or each respective subsystem so as to enter an energy saving mode in which operation of the or each respective subsystem is inhibited in dependence on the value of the determined vehicle location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter.

49. A method of controlling a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:

at least one energy-consuming subsystem for controlling a or a respective first vehicle operating parameter, and

actuation means for the or each subsystem for selectively activating or deactivating the or each respective subsystem in accordance with vehicle operational requirements;

wherein the method comprises:

determining a value of a or a respective second vehicle operating parameter which is dependent on a location of the vehicle, and

controlling the actuation means of the or each respective subsystem so as to deactivate the or each respective subsystem for a prescribed period of time which is dependent on the value of the determined vehicle location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter.

50. A method of controlling at least one energy-consuming subsystem of a vehicle, the at least one energy-consuming subsystem being for controlling a or a respective first vehicle operating parameter,

the vehicle further comprising actuation means for the or each subsystem for selectively activating or deactivating the or each respective subsystem in accordance with vehicle operational requirements,

wherein the method comprises:

determining a value of a or a respective second vehicle operating parameter which is dependent on a location of the vehicle, and

controlling the actuation means of the or each respective subsystem so as to so as to enter an energy saving mode in which operation of the or each respective subsystem is inhibited in dependence on the value of the determined vehicle location-dependent second vehicle operating parameter.

51 . A computer readable medium carrying computer program code for controlling a vehicle to carry out a method according to Claim 48, 49 or 50.

52. A carrier medium carrying computer readable code for controlling a vehicle to carry out the method of Claim 48, 49 or 50.

53. A computer program product executable on a processor so as to implement the method of Claim 48, 49 or 50.

54. A computer readable medium loaded with the computer program product of Claim 53.

55. A processor arranged to implement the method of Claim 48, 49 or 50, or the computer program product of Claim 54.

56. A vehicle control system, or controller, or method of controlling a vehicle or a subsystem thereof, or a computer readable medium, or a carrier medium, or a computer program product, or a processor substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.