Patents Assigned to Trimble Navigation Limited
  • Patent number: 10204159
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial vehicle comprises a media recorder configured to receive video from one or more cameras. The media recorder comprises a memory configured to store a loop of the video as a circular buffer having a predetermined duration. A transceiver is communicatively coupled to the media recorder and configured to receive a video request command generated at a central office. An event detector is configured to communicate with a vehicle computer and detect predetermined events occurring during vehicle operation. The media recorder is configured to retrieve a portion of the loop of video stored in the memory and the transceiver is configured to transmit the portion of the loop of video to the central office in response to the video request command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James W. Angel, David Dew, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Publication number: 20190003825
    Abstract: An integrated sensing device with a suite of sensors assists construction machine operators in finding the correct level to dig a ditch/trench. The sensing device includes a gravity sensor to determine angles, a laser distance meter (LDM), and a laser receiver for detecting a known jobsite elevation. The sensing device is mounted to the dipper stick of an excavator; the gravity sensor detects the angle of the stick, and the laser receiver detects a laser plane of light that represents a known jobsite elevation. The LDM is aimed at another member of the machine that moves in a predetermined path as the bucket is rotated, and the distance between the LDM and the target member is used to calculate the vertical elevation of the working tool edge. A display graphically shows the operator the proper dig depth and the present position of the working tool edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Scott Tasman Crozier, Kevin Ray Nau
  • Patent number: 10166920
    Abstract: A system comprises a transmitter unit configured for mounting at a trailer connected to a tractor. The transmitter unit comprises a video input for receiving video data from one or more trailer cameras, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the trailer, and a wireless communication module for communicating with a mobile communication device. A memory is configured to store trailer information received from the wireless communication module, the trailer information uniquely identifying the trailer. A transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit the video data. A receiver unit is configured for mounting at the tractor and comprises a receiver for wirelessly receiving the video data transmitted by the transmitter, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the tractor, and an output for outputting the received video data. The receiver unit is further configured to receive the trailer information from the transmitter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel, Ricky L. Ochsendorf
  • Patent number: 10163141
    Abstract: Techniques for authorizing fuel purchases based on vehicle available fuel tank capacity. The authorization may be performed on a transaction basis, such that each fueling event may be independently authorized. A current fuel tank capacity for the vehicle is obtained, and transmitted to an authorization entity. An authorization is obtained for dispensing a quantity of fuel that does not exceed the current fuel tank capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Thomas S. Fansler, Ronald Edward Konezny
  • Patent number: 10161746
    Abstract: A system for use with a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer includes one or more image capture devices. The one or more image capture devices capture images of the interior of a trailer and/or cargo items of the trailer. An image processor estimates available cargo space within the trailer based on the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Patent number: 10145676
    Abstract: A two-dimension layout system identifies points and their coordinates, and transfers identified points on a solid surface to other surfaces in a vertical direction. Two leveling laser light transmitters are used with a remote unit to control certain functions. The laser transmitters rotate about the azimuth, and emit vertical (plumb) laser planes. After being set up using benchmark points, the projected lines of the laser planes will intersect on the floor of a jobsite at any point of interest in a virtual floor plan, under control of a user with the remote unit. An “active target” can be used to more automatically create benchmarks. A laser distance meter can be installed on base units to automatically scan a room or a wall to determine certain key features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James N. Hayes, Chris W. Snyder, Ayman Hajmousa, Eric Keith Unger
  • Patent number: 10094654
    Abstract: An integrated sensing device with a suite of sensors assists construction machine operators in finding the correct level to dig a ditch/trench. The sensing device includes a gravity sensor to determine angles, a laser distance meter (LDM), and a laser receiver for detecting a known jobsite elevation. The sensing device is mounted to the dipper stick of an excavator; the gravity sensor detects the angle of the stick, and the laser receiver detects a laser plane of light that represents a known jobsite elevation. The LDM is aimed at another member of the machine that moves in a predetermined path as the bucket is rotated, and the distance between the LDM and the target member is used to calculate the vertical elevation of the working tool edge. A display graphically shows the operator the proper dig depth and the present position of the working tool edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Scott Tasman Crozier, Kevin Ray Nau
  • Patent number: 10060598
    Abstract: An omnidirectional lens is disclosed of the type which captures light from virtually all angles of incidence, and also emits light in all directions. Embodiments are specifically disclosed as a two-way lens that receives light beams from all directions of the compass and directs those light beams to a photosensor. The same two-way lens acts in a “beacon mode” to produce light beams from one or more LEDs, and to emit such light beams (again) in all directions of the compass. The emitted light beams can also be used to signal various functions as visible signals to users on a jobsite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James N. Hayes, Chris W. Snyder
  • Publication number: 20180202805
    Abstract: A laser controller having an electronic distance measuring instrument and a laser light transmitter creating a vertical laser plane is used with a remote controller and a movable target for point layout tasks. The electronic distance measurer and laser transmitter are mounted on the same vertical pivot axis. Once the system is set-up for a particular jobsite, the laser plane can be aimed at a specific point of interest on the jobsite floor, and a visible laser light line will then appear on the floor, from the laser controller, all the way to that point of interest. The distance measuring instrument is aimed along the same heading as the laser plane, and it gives the distance to the movable target, which is moved along the visible laser light line, until reaching the specified distance, and thereby find the point of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Eric Keith Unger, James N. Hayes, Chris W. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9898852
    Abstract: When multiple users simultaneously view and/or collaboratively develop a three-dimensional (3D) model using respective independent computing devices, one of the participating users may locally modify a viewpoint of the 3D model, and the viewpoint changes are automatically propagated in real-time to the other users. A viewpoint may correspond to a positioning, an orientation, a zoom degree, an angle, etc. of the 3D model as would be provided by a virtual camera trained on the 3D model. The multiple users may share a common viewpoint of the 3D model in real-time in addition to viewing and/or participating in the generation and modification of the 3D model in real-time. In an embodiment, only one user at a time may be allowed to control the viewpoint modification of the 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Tyler Miller, John M. Bacus
  • Patent number: 9880022
    Abstract: A point layout system is described that identifies points and their coordinates, using laser transmitters that are attached to at least three base units. The laser transmitters rotate about the azimuth and emit vertical laser planes. After being setup using control points, the projection lines of the laser planes will intersect on the floor of a jobsite at any point of interest, under command of the user with a remote unit. Once the first two base units are registered with the virtual floor plan, the third base unit can be automatically setup, using an automatic procedure that creates alignment axes with the first two base units. Once all three base units are registered with the floor plan, any one of the three base units can then be moved to a new physical location on the jobsite floor, and the automatic setup routine can be used to register its new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Eric Keith Unger
  • Patent number: 9877357
    Abstract: A first performance measure is determined of an existing data session between a mobile gateway and a cloud gateway via a first wireless carrier. Second performance measures of others of the wireless carriers are determined during the existing data session. Based on the first performance measure and the second performance measures, the existing data session is continued with the cloud gateway via a second of the wireless carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Kjell David Erickson, Lloyd Walter Matson, Mark Philip Botticelli
  • Publication number: 20180017230
    Abstract: An omnidirectional lens is disclosed of the type which captures light from virtually all angles of incidence, and also emits light in all directions. Embodiments are specifically disclosed as a two-way lens that receives light beams from all directions of the compass and directs those light beams to a photosensor. The same two-way lens acts in a “beacon mode” to produce light beams from one or more LEDs, and to emit such light beams (again) in all directions of the compass. The emitted light beams can also be used to signal various functions as visible signals to users on a jobsite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James N. Hayes, Chris W. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9797572
    Abstract: An omnidirectional lens is disclosed of the type which captures light from virtually all angles of incidence, and also emits light in all directions. Embodiments are specifically disclosed as a two-way lens that receives light beams from all directions of the compass and directs those light beams to a photosensor. The same two-way lens acts in a “beacon mode” to produce light beams from one or more LEDs, and to emit such light beams (again) in all directions of the compass. The emitted light beams can also be used to signal various functions as visible signals to users on a jobsite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James N. Hayes, Chris W. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9714037
    Abstract: A system includes a motion sensor system configured for deployment in a cab of a vehicle and to generate substantially in real-time a digital mapping of driver movement during operation of the vehicle. A computer is configured for deployment in the cab and coupled to the motion sensor system. A driver behavior detector is coupled to the computer and configured to detect a driver distraction event using the driver movement mapping. A communication device at the vehicle is configured to communicate an alert message to one or both of a user interface device in the cab and a remote system in response to the detected driver distraction event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason DeRuyck, Brian R. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 9704310
    Abstract: Techniques involving connecting an in-cab computing device to an onboard computing device mounted in a vehicle. Vehicle-related information may be communicated between the in-cab computing device and onboard computing device while the in-cab computing device is connected to the onboard computing device. Techniques involve facilitating disconnection of the in-cab computing device from the onboard computing device and operating the in-cab computing device in a stand-alone mode, and facilitating reconnection of the in-cab computing device to the onboard computing device to resume operations between the in-cab computing device and onboard computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Kelly R. Nehowig, Ronald Edward Konezny
  • Patent number: 9661809
    Abstract: In embodiments, an application vehicle includes an application system for applying a product during an agricultural application. The application system (used in conjunction with the application vehicle) includes a priming module that determines a priming location. When the application vehicle is in proximity to the priming location, the priming module primes aspects of the application system so that it is ready to apply the product when the application vehicle reaches a region in which the product is to be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Gregory Daniel Chiocco, Gurcan Aral
  • Patent number: 9648502
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods (i.e., utilities) that allow for synthesizing antenna patterns for wireless access points that provide coverage in a wireless network. The utilities utilize various mathematical models to identify antenna settings that enhance coverage of a coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Joseph Carey, Robert Weaver, Russell Brinkman
  • Patent number: D808411
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: James Russell Lowell, Mark Philip Botticelli
  • Patent number: D813894
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: James Russell Lowell, Mark Philip Botticelli