Patents Examined by Aaron L Troost
  • Patent number: 11040635
    Abstract: Set forth herein are systems and methods for determining when to heat a battery, and under what conditions to do so, The methods include using input parameters to predict when to heat a battery and how to heat that battery. For example, the methods predict when to heat a battery so that the battery has a specific power output and performance level when used in an electric or hybrid vehicle application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: QuantumScape Battery, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Hettrich, Tomasz Wojcik
  • Patent number: 11036221
    Abstract: A system for use with an autonomous vehicle includes one or more processors configured to receive one or more inputs from a driver and to control the autonomous vehicle based on the one or more inputs. Each input is indicative of an anticipated driver response to a driving incident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Ruthie Lyle
  • Patent number: 11028555
    Abstract: An earthmoving machine comprises an implement. The implement defines a variable implement angle ?Bucket(t) indicative of a current position of the implement relative to horizontal as a function of time t. The implement comprises teeth extending a tooth height h and defining an active raking ratio r. Controllers are programmed to execute an implement teeth grading offset determination process that comprises determining a variable implement offset angle ?Delta(t) at least partially based on a difference between an original target design angle ?Tgt(t) and the variable implement angle ?Bucket(t), determining an implement offset IO based on h, r, and ?Delta(t), and determining a new target design elevation ElvTgt,New(t) based on IO and an original target design elevation ElvTgt,Orig(t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Kyle Davis
  • Patent number: 11030828
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method for automatically creating aircraft maintenance records and work logs during aircraft maintenance operations is disclosed. The method comprises retrieving, using a processor, fault data, testing data, maintenance data, and status data regarding line replaceable units (LRUs) on an aircraft via a central maintenance computer (CMC) on the aircraft; automatically collecting from a remote terminal on the aircraft data regarding maintenance operations performed using the remote terminal; automatically recording, by the processor, in a maintenance database the fault data, testing data, maintenance data, status data, and data regarding maintenance operations performed using the remote terminal; and automatically populating, by the processor using data in the maintenance database, information in a plurality of fields in a maintenance work log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kashyap Amit, Rohini Sabnis, Sadguni Venkataswamy
  • Patent number: 11014554
    Abstract: In a vehicle control apparatus, an object recognizing block recognizes an object which is present around a vehicle. In cases where there is a possibility that the vehicle will collide with an object recognized by the object recognizing block, the apparatus performs automatic braking control which brakes the vehicle. If the driver depresses the accelerator pedal in a predetermined depressing state, a braking controlling block cancels the automatic braking control. When an operation determining block determines that there is a driver's predetermined shift-lever position change, with which the driver's predetermined shift-lever position change is carried out during a driver's accelerator pedal depressing operation, the braking controlling block responds to a driver's accelerator depressing operation by not cancelling the automatic braking control or by making cancellation of the automatic braking control more difficult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yosuke Ito, Toru Takahashi, Wataru Ike
  • Patent number: 10989692
    Abstract: This invention utilizes two sensing technologies in combination with or in isolation of an automated inspection vehicle to conduct inspections of internal rail flaws in steel railroad track. A vehicle equipped with X-radiation sensing is used as a secondary method to assess the deviations in magnetic fields that are sensed by a primary sensor consisting of a single or multiple magnetometers. The magnetometers sense changes in magnetic field that are correlated to the flaws inside the steel rail. The combination of technologies improves the probability to detect railroad flaws and offers the ability to accurately track and monitor flaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: RailPod, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan English, Wesley Kriener, Sam Dahlberg, Stephen Imsong
  • Patent number: 10989551
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for reducing power draw in an autonomous vehicle. A level of sunlight can be received based on an amount of light captured by one or more sensors. The level of sunlight can be mapped to a geographical area to generate a map of shaded areas, and based on a temperature within the autonomous vehicle being outside a temperature range, the autonomous vehicle can be routed based on the map of shaded areas to bring the autonomous vehicle within the temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Schmidt, Chase Kaufman, Sriram Salem Kannan, Justin Henry Leder
  • Patent number: 10981557
    Abstract: Presented are traction battery pack balancing systems, methods for making/operating such systems, and multi-pack, electric-drive motor vehicles with battery pack balancing capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shaochun Ye, Daniel P. Grenn, Shifang Li, Russell K. Steele, Garrett M. Seeman
  • Patent number: 10982965
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for improved navigation assistance by providing overview directions focusing on points where other users tend to make mistakes or display emotional responses, such as stress, that indicate that they feel they may make mistakes. In an exemplary method, a navigation process receives information about a present user's navigation route, the present user's status, and the user history. The navigation service compiles the received information and determines an enhanced navigation route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: PCMS Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Mona Singh
  • Patent number: 10981595
    Abstract: A microcomputer includes an abnormality monitor unit, a rotation angle calculation unit and a current supply control unit. The abnormality monitor unit monitors an abnormality of the rotation angle sensor. The rotation angle calculation unit calculates an electrical angle based on angle information acquired from the rotation angle sensor and an abnormality state of the rotation angle sensor. The current supply control unit controls current supply to the winding sets based on the electrical angle. When an abnormality is detected in one of the sensor units, the rotation angle calculation unit calculates the electrical angle based on a hold value which is the electrical angle before the detection of abnormality during a period from the detection of abnormality to a final determination of the abnormality. When the abnormality of the sensor unit is finalized, the electrical angle is calculated based on the angle information of the other sensor unit which is normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Otake, Toshihiro Fujita, Takashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10977936
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a plurality of traffic reports corresponding to individual road segments of an interconnected road network of road segments. The processor is also configured to determine a mitigation strategy, utilizing one or more temporary traffic controls existing for the individual road segments, designed to minimize overall traffic congestion on the road network and send control instructions for the one or more temporary traffic controls, instructing control in accordance with the determined mitigation strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Linjun Zhang, Helen Elizabeth Kourous-Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10974716
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a controller of a transportation vehicle includes receiving transportation vehicle state information and information about a current value of at least one variable controller parameter of the controller, calculating a setpoint value for the variable controller parameter, and outputting the setpoint value for the variable controller parameter. The calculating the setpoint value includes using an artificial neural network based on the transportation vehicle state information and the information about the current value of the variable controller parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Malte Rothhämel
  • Patent number: 10971014
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to methods, systems, and apparatuses for automated or assisted driving and more particularly relates to identification, localization, and navigation with respect to bollard receivers. A method for detecting bollard receivers includes receiving perception data from one or more perception sensors of a vehicle. The method includes determining, based on the perception data, a location of one or more bollard receivers in relation to a body of the vehicle. The method also includes providing an indication of the location of the one or more bollard receivers to one or more of a driver and component or system that makes driving maneuver decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Harpreetsingh Banvait, Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Patent number: 10969233
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and computer readable product for trajectory data compression are disclosed. In embodiments, the method comprises generating spatial data for one or more moving objects; projecting the data onto a network comprised of a plurality of trajectories, the network constraining movement of the one or more moving objects; and storing the projected data in a data store. In embodiments of the invention, the method further comprises translating updates and queries to the spatial data, using specified data of the network, into links to the data store, and using the links to update and query the data store. In embodiments of the invention, the specified data of the network are stored in a network store. In embodiments of the invention, each of the trajectories includes one or more sub-trajectories, and the projecting the spatial data onto a network includes projecting the spatial data onto the sub-trajectories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Xiao Yan Chen, Raghu K. Ganti, Sheng Huang, Kai Liu, Ramya Raghavendra, Mudhakar Srivatsa
  • Patent number: 10953869
    Abstract: An automated driving control device includes a registration unit configured to generate automated driving information used for driving a vehicle automatically based on a first image obtained by capturing an environment around the vehicle in a mode of driver driving; and a control unit configured to automatically drive the vehicle based on the automated driving information and a second image obtained by capturing the environment around the vehicle in a mode of automated driving. The registration unit includes an extraction unit configured to extract candidate feature points existing in the environment around the vehicle based on the first image; and a generation unit configured to select the candidate feature points that are determined to be structures fixed around a target position of the vehicle based on the first images captured while the vehicle moves, as feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Iio, Tetsuya Tomonaka, Yusuke Kinouchi, Yasuo Fujishima, Kevin Walters
  • Patent number: 10946893
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for detecting a motor failure capable of detecting a motor failure using a position sensor and, when a motor failure is not detected using the position sensor, detecting a motor failure using a torque sensor. An apparatus for detecting a motor failure according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a plurality of position sensors each configured to output signals related to a position of a motor, a torque sensor configured to detect torque of the motor according to rotation of a steering wheel, and a failure detector configured to, when all of the signals related to the position of the motor which have been output from the plurality of position sensors indicate that the motor is stuck, detect whether the motor has failed by using a variation of the torque of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yeong Jin Jeong
  • Patent number: 10951590
    Abstract: A size of collected data to swap is identified, over vehicle-to-vehicle communication between first and second vehicles. A first segment of data of the size stored to the first vehicle is swapped with a second segment of data of the size stored to the second vehicle over the vehicle-to-vehicle communication between the first and second vehicles. The swapped data received from the second vehicle is sent from the first vehicle to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Makke, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Haysam M. Kadry
  • Patent number: 10946861
    Abstract: A hydroplaning determination device that determines occurrence of a hydroplaning phenomenon in a vehicle includes a tire mount sensor including a vibration detection unit, a signal process unit and a transmission unit, and a vehicle body system including a receiver, a condition determination unit and a hydroplaning determination unit. The vibration detection unit is attached to a rear surface of a tire provided in a vehicle and outputs a detection signal according to a magnitude of vibration of the tire. The signal process unit generates a vibration data based on the detection signal. The hydroplaning determination unit determines, based on the vibration data, whether a hydroplaning phenomenon has occurred when the condition determination unit determines that a road surface condition is a wet condition in which a water film exists between the tire and a road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takatoshi Sekizawa, Masashi Mori, Nobuya Watabe, Hideyuki Ikemoto, Yoichiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10946759
    Abstract: A plurality of charging stations and a plurality of commercial facilities where a user of a vehicle can stay during charging in one of the plurality of charging stations are provided. An information providing method for the vehicle includes: causing a charging server to select a plurality of candidates from among the plurality of charging stations in accordance with location information about each of the vehicle and the plurality of commercial facilities; causing the charging server to provide a car navigation device with information showing the plurality of candidates selected; causing the server to deliver an advertisement for a commercial facility associated with each of the plurality of candidates selected; and causing the charging server to receive information about a candidate selected with the car navigation device from among the plurality of candidates by the user referring to the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Sakuma, Shuhei Yamamoto, Munehiro Kamiya, Hideo Hasegawa, Shinji Kurachi, Tomoya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10943491
    Abstract: A method of synthetic visualization of a scene viewed from an aircraft and synthetic vision system. The system includes a processing unit for generating a synthetic image of a scene ahead of the aircraft, a unit for displaying on a visualization screen a background image corresponding to this synthetic image and symbols for piloting the aircraft, and a monitoring device including a unit for generating at least two virtual control elements, representations of the control elements integrated into the synthetic image, a unit for detecting on the synthetic image the representations and their position, and a unit for verifying whether these positions are consistent with position of a line of zero pitch and/or of a line of zero roll of the aircraft, the display being carried out only in case of consistency between these positions, that is to say the absence of any problem of orientation of the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Thibault Pinchon, Fabrice Bousquet