Patents Examined by A. A. Mathews
  • Patent number: 11455835
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first acquisition unit that acquires first sensing data from a first sensor that performs sensing of an object outside a vehicle, a presentation control unit that generates presentation information based on the first sensing data and causes a presentation device present in the vehicle to present the presentation information, a second acquisition unit that acquires input data for presentation of the presentation information via an input device present in the vehicle, and a boarding control unit that controls boarding of a person on the vehicle according to the input data acquired by the second acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Ryota Ohnishi, Hiroaki Urabe
  • Patent number: 11452609
    Abstract: An interbody fusion cage having upper and lower canals for receiving the heads of bone screws that have been pre-installed in opposing vertebral body endplates. The proximal wall of the cage preferably has a vertical slot that communicates with each canal and is adapted to allow access by a screwdriver and tightening of the screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Slivka, Alexander Grinberg, John C. Voellmicke, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 11453421
    Abstract: A system may include a data acquisition hub connected to databases and sensors associated with locomotives, systems, or components of a train and configured to acquire real-time and historical configuration, structural, and operational data in association with inputs derived from real time and historical contextual data relating to a plurality of trains. The system may include a virtual system modeling engine configured to receive results of a non-destructive evaluation of a train component, simulate in-train forces, determine a predicted time of failure for the train component based on an evaluation of stresses that have already been applied to the component and expected future stresses, and implement repair, replacement, or operational protocols for the train component before or at a repair facility that will be reached by the train ahead of a predetermined minimum threshold time period before the predicted time of failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley Howard, John Brand
  • Patent number: 11452256
    Abstract: An auto guide vehicle (20) that conveys a cart (10), wherein the auto guide vehicle (20) is provided with: a fluid pressure cylinder (22) that is able to be extended and retracted vertically, and that applies an upward pressing force to the floor surface of the cart (10); a fluid pressure supply device (70) that supplies a fluid to the fluid pressure cylinder (22); pressure regulating means (50) that regulates the fluid pressure of the fluid supplied from the fluid pressure supply device (70) to the fluid pressure cylinder (22); a control board (40) that outputs a fluid pressure command value to the pressure regulating means (50); and a pressure sensor (100) that detects the fluid pressure of the fluid supplied to the fluid pressure cylinder (22); wherein the control board (40) computes derivatives of the fluid pressure detected by the pressure sensor (100), estimates a timing at which the cart begins to leave the ground based on a pattern of the computed derivatives, and computes the command value by multipl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Meidensha Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Nishizawa, Toshiyuki Ueno, Yuya Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11449901
    Abstract: Content relevant to an operator of a music player may be identified using contextual information from music and music player environmental factors. Identification information for a song and music player identification information, environmental information, and listener information may be received. A song may be matched with information in a song categorization database so that one or more categories associated with the song are identified. A listener profile may be matched using a listener knowledge database to identify one or more categories associated with the listener. Content may be selected by matching the one or more song categories with categories in a campaign database and by matching the one or more listener categories with categories in the campaign database. Content includes, but is not limited to, advertising, trivia, referential information, weather, stock market prices, traffic information, news information, social media information, etc. The selected content is sent to the music player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Brady L. Rackley, III, Michelle Levy Russell
  • Patent number: 11439507
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for use in the delivery of a prosthetic mitral valve. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a tether fixer assembly configured to engage an outside surface of a heart to secure a prosthetic heart valve in position within the heart. The fixer assembly defines a lumen configured to receive therethrough a tether extending from the prosthetic valve and a movable portion. The fixer assembly is movable between a first configuration, in which the movable portion is disengaged with the tether, and a second configuration in which the movable portion is engaged with the tether. The fixer assembly can be disposed against an epicardial pad positioned on the outside surface of the heart when in the second configuration to secure the prosthetic valve, the epicardial pad and tether in a desired position within the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Preston James Huddleston, Zachary Vidlund
  • Patent number: 11440685
    Abstract: A capture interface is provided. The capture interface is configured to be rigidly affixed to an external surface of a recovery object and captured by a capture device. The capture interface includes a matte ferromagnetic surface of flat disposition and geometric outline, configured to facilitate capture by the capture device. The ferromagnetic surface includes a capture interface identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Altius Space Machines Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Andrew Goff, Joshua Charles Nelson, Shreya Udupa
  • Patent number: 11442451
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating driving recommendations are disclosed herein. One embodiment divides automatically a roadway into a plurality of lane-level cells; generates a graph network that represents the plurality of lane-level cells; gathers information pertaining to one or more detected road agents; projects onto the graph network the gathered information pertaining to the one or more detected road agents to update a current status of the plurality of lane-level cells; processes the graph network based on the updated current status of the plurality of lane-level cells to predict a future status of the plurality of lane-level cells, the predicted future status including at least occupancy, by a detected road agent, of the respective lane-level cells in the plurality of lane-level cells; and generates a driving recommendation based, at least in part, on the predicted future status of the plurality of lane-level cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen G. McGill, Jr., Guy Rosman, Luke S. Fletcher, Brent Schlotfeldt
  • Patent number: 11433804
    Abstract: A vehicle computer or vehicle associated computer may determine an upcoming vehicle occupancy change event for an object vehicle. The computer may also determine a suitability-for-use of one or more vehicle doors based on a traffic prediction, responsive to determining the occupancy change event. Further, the computer may alert at least one vehicle occupant as to the suitability-for-use of each door for which the suitability determination was made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Seth Loveall, Jonathan Hair
  • Patent number: 11435441
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, systems and computer readable storage medium for a method for operating one or more doors of a vehicle is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by at least one radar sensor on the vehicle, input data related to one or more objects. The method further includes filtering, by the at least one radar sensor, vehicle environment noise from the received input. The method further includes identifying, by the at least one radar sensor, an external environment for the vehicle based on the filtered input. The method further includes operating, by a processor, one or more doors of the vehicle based on the external environment for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Carter J. Hurd, Jeffrey A. Clark
  • Patent number: 11432922
    Abstract: An implant can include a plurality of polymeric fibers associated together into a fibrous body. The fibrous body is capable of being shaped to fit a tracheal defect and capable of being secured in place by suture or by bioadhesive. The fibrous body can have aligned fibers (e.g., circumferentially aligned) or unaligned fibers. The fibrous body can be electrospun. The fibrous body can have a first characteristic in a first gradient distribution across at least a portion of the fibrous body. The fibrous body can include one or more structural reinforcing members, such as ribbon structural reinforcing members, which can be embedded in the plurality of fibers. The fibrous body can include one or more structural reinforcing members bonded to the fibers with liquid polymer as an adhesive, the liquid polymer having a substantially similar composition of the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignees: The University of Kansas, The Children's Mercy Hospital
    Inventors: Michael Detamore, Lindsey Ott, Robert Weatherly
  • Patent number: 11430329
    Abstract: A method for anticipating the tipping point of traffic resilience based on percolation analysis, includes steps of: step (I) based on the topology structure of the urban road network and daily traffic operation data, constructing the urban traffic dynamical network; step (II): based on the urban traffic dynamical network constructed, analyzing the relationship between the system performance of urban traffic functional network and the congestion rate by percolation analysis; and step (III): based on the relationship between the system performance and the congestion rate, exploring the resilience function of the urban traffic functional network, and analyzing its resilience pattern and its resilience tipping point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Beihang University
    Inventors: Daqing Li, Guanwen Zeng
  • Patent number: 11427449
    Abstract: A forklift apparatus includes: an error prediction unit configured to predict a first positional error which is a positional error after picking-up between a standard position of a fork and a central position of a pallet on the fork after the pallet is picked up and a first angle error which is an angle error after picking-up with respect to the fork in the pallet; a travel route correction unit configured to correct a travel route from a picking-up position of the pallet to a stacking position of the pallet to offset the first positional error and the first angle error when the pallet is stacked; and a conveyance travel control unit configured to perform travel control such that the pallet is conveyed along the corrected travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Noriyuki Hasegawa, Kensuke Futahashi, Naoto Kawauchi, Megumu Tsuruta, Yusuke Kinouchi, Yasuo Fujishima
  • Patent number: 11420581
    Abstract: This vehicle device operation apparatus is provided with: a deforming body which is configured so as to be attached to a vehicle seat and in which a fluid is sealed; and a control device. The control device is configured so as to detect the inner pressure of the deforming body, detect an adjusting operation which is an occupant's operation for adjusting the operated state of a vehicle device on the basis of a change in inner pressure of the deforming body caused by pressing of the deforming body through the body movement of an occupant seated on the seat, and execute adjustment control for adjusting the operated state of the vehicle device in response to the detection of the adjusting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventor: Takashi Ogiso
  • Patent number: 11420770
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments described in this disclosure are generally directed to a collaborative relationship between a UAV and an automobile. In a first exemplary method, a data capture system is provided in a UAV. The data capture system may be used to capture data when the UAV is in flight. A first computer in the UAV determines one or more limitations associated with wirelessly transmitting some or all of the data from the UAV to an automobile. The first computer may be further used to withhold wireless transmission of a portion of the data to the automobile due to the one or more limitations. The portion of data is transferred to a second computer in the automobile after landing the UAV on the automobile. In a second exemplary method, the UAV includes a communication relay system for relaying to an automobile, signals received from a satellite or a cellular base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nayaz Khalid Ahmed, Phillip Morris, Daniel Boston, Ahmed Elhadeedy
  • Patent number: 11422563
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a work implement. A control system for the work vehicle includes a controller programmed to acquire actual topography data indicating an actual surface of a work target, and replace the actual surface with a design surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Junji Harada, Eiji Ishibashi, Toshinori Matsushita, Takahiro Shimojo
  • Patent number: 11417120
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a camera configured to acquire position information of a passenger of the vehicle by capturing the passenger; an indicator configured to indicate whether the passenger is movable within the vehicle; and a processor. The processor may determine behavioral stability of the passenger based on the acquired position information of the passenger, determine whether the passenger is movable within the vehicle based on the determined behavioral stability and driving environment of the vehicle; and control an indication type of the indicator differently depend on whether the passenger is movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Donghyuk Kim, Ilhwan Kim, Sangyeob Lee, Kyung-Joo Bang
  • Patent number: 11414112
    Abstract: A method for determining the point location of a vehicle stopped on one storage track among a set of storage tracks, using virtual beacons is provided. It determines and compares the likelihood of a plurality of hypotheses as to the stopped location of the vehicle, corresponding to a first set of NBe predefined virtual beacons Be(i), i varying from 1 to NBe, the respective positions of which are known in an amount of one virtual beacon per storage track, by correlating the GNSS geo-positioning signals received at various synchronization reset times of a second set by the GNSS receiver located on board the vehicle with predicted GNSS geo-positioning signals of replicas expected for the various positions of the virtual beacons of the first set at the various times. The detected holding position of the vehicle is the position that corresponds to the maximum likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Marc Revol
  • Patent number: 11410116
    Abstract: Bulk goods are transported on a rail network to a terminal which includes a loading with a metering device for measuring an amount of the bulk goods loaded or unloaded. At the terminal there is a control hub connecting to a plurality of portable hand held field computers and a communication system for communication with the rail network to obtain a Car Location Message (CLM), a way bill and mechanical data for each of the railcars. An input to the hub is provided by a plurality of self-powered scanning stations each including an RFID reader having an antenna for reading the RFID tag of an adjacent rail car where each scanning station has two radar proximity transducers responsive to presence of a rail car where the RFID reader has a quiescent mode and the radar proximity detectors activate the reader from the quiescent mode on detection of a railcar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert James Benedict
  • Patent number: 11407387
    Abstract: An operator interface for a wheel brake control system in a vehicle includes a handle configured for coupling to a fixed reference frame in the vehicle. The handle is configured for movement relative to the fixed reference frame about a pivot axis between a neutral position and one or more input positions. One or more inertial sensors are disposed within the handle. Each sensor is configured to generate an inertial measurement signal indicative of a value of a corresponding inertial measurement associated with movement of the handle and the sensor between the neutral position and the input positions. A controller disposed within the handle is configured to generate an operator command signal responsive to the inertial measurement signals. The operator command signal is configured to cause application or release of a brake in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Daniel P. Zula, Nianqing Zhou, Vadim V. Nikiforov, Rajkumar Senthilkumar, Péter Gyetván