Patents Examined by Adam Tissot
  • Patent number: 9909653
    Abstract: The invention relates to a manual torque adjuster for a motor vehicle steering system, having an electric motor (1), which has a pinion which is arranged on a motor shaft (6) on the output side of said electric motor (1), which pinion drives a belt pulley (3) via a toothed belt (2), and having a sensor unit (20), which is suitable for sensing the position of the motor and which is connected to an electronic controller which controls the electric motor (1), characterized in that the sensor unit (20) is arranged near to the output-side end of the motor shaft (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG
    Inventors: Michael Scholten, Robert Galehr
  • Patent number: 9873348
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a travelable information display unit that displays before a discharge, regarding motor-driven movable bodies of a discharge source and a discharge destination driven by using electric power of batteries, information about places to which the motor-driven movable body of the discharge source can move using electric power of the battery left after the discharge by assuming, when information about a discharge amount discharged from the battery of the motor-driven movable body of the discharge source toward the motor-driven movable body of the discharge destination that receives power supply is input, a case in which the discharge amount is discharged from the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihito Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 9874449
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided. An example method comprises identifying an object in a source graph; defining a closure graph around the object in the source graph; building a closure set around the object based on the closure graph; identifying the anchor nodes of the closure set on the target graph; and deflating the closure set on the target graph to identify a target object in the target graph that corresponds to the object in the source graph. The object is identified by a directed way and an offset there along. An anchor node is a junction that is tagged with a junction identifier configured to uniquely identify the junction in both the source graph and a target graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Daniel Rolf
  • Patent number: 9873434
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is provided to improve energy efficiency of a vehicle that can be operated not only manually but also autonomously. The vehicle control system is configured to deliver oil to an oil requiring site in a first feeding amount under the manual mode, and to deliver oil to the oil requiring site in a second feeding amount that is smaller than the first feeding amount during propulsion under the autonomous mode in line with a travel plan. When a required amount of oil delivered to the oil requiring site is expected to be increased based on the travel plan under the autonomous mode, the controller increases an oil feeding amount to the oil requiring site from the second feeding amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahito Endo, Kazumi Hoshiya, Yoshio Ito, Norimi Asahara, Seiji Kuwahara, Tadashi Fujiyoshi, Yuji Iwase
  • Patent number: 9864067
    Abstract: Method for determining a current position (5) of a motor vehicle (6) in a geodetic coordinate system from a time series of first geodetic position data (2) recorded particularly by a position sensor (8) associated with a global navigation satellite system, and proper motion data (3) recorded by at least one proper motion sensor (9), wherein the position is determined by applying a transformation into the geodetic coordinate system to the displacement vector of the motor vehicle (6), which is derived from the most current proper motion data (3) starting from a reference time to which the transformation relates, wherein the transformation is determined in the context of a regression analysis as optimal mapping of a progression of displacement vectors determined over a defined time period onto a progression of the position data (2) determined for the same time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Christina Simon, Florian Mickler, Andreas Tollk├╝hn
  • Patent number: 9851451
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a method, apparatus, and computer program product for identifying locations associated with a well site. For example, one disclosed embodiment includes a system that includes at least one processor, a global positioning system unit configured to receive satellite signals, and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and storing instructions that when executed by the at least one processor performs operations that include determining location data based on the satellite signals and indicating a location of interest associated with a well site on a map based on the location data. Certain of the disclosed embodiments may include a manual and/or an automatic tracking option for determining the location of interest associated with the well site. Non-limiting examples of locations of interest associated with a well site include a well site's perimeter, an access road to the well-site, and locations of well-site equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Florin Mugur Anghelescu, David Crawshay
  • Patent number: 9849909
    Abstract: A steering system for a towable implement includes a steering sensor, an implement steering controller, a steering control valve, a steering cylinder, and an implement steering mechanism that steers the implement. The steering sensor measures, directly or indirectly, the angular position of the steerable wheels of the implement. The implement steering controller processes feedback from the steering sensor and with a desired steering angle, outputs a steering control signal that is input to the steering control valve. The steering control valve controls the flow of hydraulic fluid to the steering cylinder, which, in turn, powers the implement steering mechanism to turn the wheels of the implement. The steering system may be operated in various control modes, such as, a transportation steering mode, a corner and 180 turn steering mode, a swath tracking steering mode, crab steering mode, and a manual steering mode, which allows manual control of the steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Guoping Wang, Keith Wendte, Charles Johnson, Marvin Prickel, John Posselius
  • Patent number: 9852551
    Abstract: A system for programmatically determining location information in connection with a transport service is disclosed. A driver can operate a driver device and can be assigned to provide a transport service for a user. Based on the current location of the driver device with respect to the pickup location for the user, and based on when the driver provides input indicating that the transport service has begun, the system can identify a previous location of the driver device as a start location of the transport service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Brinig, Daniel Heller, Todd Sifleet, Jyothidhar Pulakunta
  • Patent number: 9845629
    Abstract: A keyless entry assembly for a vehicle includes a sensor carrier, a sensor in the form of an electrically conductive pad, and a controller. The sensor is mounted to the sensor carrier and the sensor carrier is positioned adjacent a panel such that the sensor is adjacent the panel. The sensor capacitively couples to an electrically conductive object proximal to the panel while the sensor is driven with electrical charge such that capacitance of the sensor changes due to the sensor capacitively coupling with the object. The controller is operable for driving the sensor with the electrical charge and controlling a vehicle operation as a function of the capacitance of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: UUSI, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Washeleski, Edward J. Cox, II, Andrew E. Blank, David W. Shank, Todd R. Newman
  • Patent number: 9846675
    Abstract: A system for controlling the wheel or track motors of a vehicle based on information from a joystick-type control. In one embodiment, the system includes a joystick control configured to generate X and Y coordinates, and a vehicle controller configured to receive the X and Y coordinates from the joystick control and to determine an adjusted X and Y coordinate combination for each of four vehicle control quadrants. The four vehicle control quadrants include a right-reverse quadrant, a right-forward quadrant, a left-reverse quadrant, and a left-forward control quadrant. The adjusted X and Y coordinate combination for a particular control quadrant is determined based on a control value for that quadrant and a previous control value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael G. Kandel, Steven J. Bernardy
  • Patent number: 9841763
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a predictive sensor configuration system that can dynamically detect reflectance anomalies that affect detectability by sensor array of the AV as the AV travels a current route. The predictive sensor configuration system can dynamically determine one or more configurations for the sensor array to attempt to positively identify the reflectance anomalies, and preemptively execute the one or more configurations for the sensor array as the AV travels the current route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Sebastien Valois
  • Patent number: 9840978
    Abstract: A control device for an internal combustion engine is provided that can detect the adherence of deposits to a cylinder pressure sensor without subjecting the internal combustion engine to an impact or the like. A control device for an internal combustion engine equipped with a cylinder pressure sensor detects changes in the sensitivity of the cylinder pressure sensor. If the control device detects a decrease in the sensitivity of the cylinder pressure sensor after detecting an increase in the sensitivity of the cylinder pressure sensor, the control device determines that deposits are adhered to the cylinder pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Sasaki, Masakatsu Nagai, Shigeyuki Urano
  • Patent number: 9827992
    Abstract: Vehicle trajectory data is obtained. A variance of the trajectory data is recursively determined. A speed-dependent weighting function is computed to obtain a speed-dependent weight. An anomaly index is determined based at least on part on application of the speed dependent weight to the recursively determined variance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Hsin-hsiang Yang, Finn Tseng
  • Patent number: 9827845
    Abstract: A grille shutter is a device configured to adjust a temperature of coolant water of an engine by adjusting an amount of outside air introduced into a radiator of the engine. An ECU performs a failure diagnosis for the engine based on a temperature of coolant water of the engine. When the grille shutter is immovable in an opened state of the grille shutter regardless of an operating command to the grille shutter, the ECU renders the failure diagnosis process for the thermostat valve not to be executed. As a result, an incorrect operation of various controls executed based on a temperature of coolant water of the engine can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuya Miyaji, Hitoki Sugimoto, Toshitake Sasaki, Yoshihisa Oda, Kenji Kimura
  • Patent number: 9821619
    Abstract: In a suspension controlling apparatus for a vehicle which includes a suspension whose damping force is variably settable and a control unit capable of executing skyhook control on the basis of target damping force for skyhook control to control the damping force of the suspension, the vehicle stability is raised upon skyhook control during turning of the vehicle. Target damping force limit value determination device provided in a control unit determines target damping force limit values for skyhook control such that a value obtained by subtracting, from the target damping force limit value on the decompression side when the suspension is in a decompressed state, the target damping force limit value on the compression side when the suspension is in a compressed state increases as a roll angle detected by a roll angle sensor increases. The control unit limits the target damping forces with the target damping force limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Nedachi, Jun Ishikawa, Hiroki Yoshino
  • Patent number: 9821790
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, there is provided a method of managing vehicle electrical power that includes determining that there is at least one low emission zone along a route, determining a required power capacity a vehicle electric power source needs to propel the vehicle through the at least one low emission zone, determining a remaining power capacity of the vehicle electric power source and controlling use of electrical power on the vehicle to preserve at least a portion of the remaining power capacity corresponding to the required power capacity for use in propelling the vehicle through the at least one low emission zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventor: Matt Jones
  • Patent number: 9823662
    Abstract: The invention concerns a transport vehicle and a method for the trouble-free transport of load shelves in workshops with partially autonomous operation, having the following features: (a) a vehicle body with a carrier plate for receiving and transporting a load shelf with cargo, with two separately driven drive wheels, at least one support wheel being provided at the front and at the rear of the vehicle body in each case; (b) a transverse link which connects the drive wheels which are each pivotable via an angled lever about the rotational axis, such that the drive wheels can carry out vertical movements independently of each other; (c) a centrally disposed adjusting element which, via a lifting-turning lever and a thrust rod connected thereto, can move two front lifting rods and two rear lifting rods in order to raise or lower the carrier plate; (d) a system for supplying energy to the vehicle body; and (e) at least one 3D scanner and at least one light field sensor in the front region of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GRENZEBACH MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Siegfried Mecklinger, Bernhard Kuegle
  • Patent number: 9821792
    Abstract: An ECU changes driving force characteristics in accordance with a changeover in mode, such that the vehicle driving torque for the same vehicle speed and the same accelerator opening degree becomes larger during a CD mode than during a CS mode. In changing the driving force characteristics in accordance with the changeover in mode, the ECU executes a slow change process such that the vehicle driving torque approaches a value after the changeover in mode from a value before the changeover in mode as time passes. In this slow change process, the speed of change in the vehicle driving torque in the slow change process is more strictly limited when the changeover in mode is made based on host vehicle position information than when the changeover in mode is made in accordance with the operation of a mode switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Morisaki
  • Patent number: 9809206
    Abstract: A method and device for braking a traction vehicle-trailer combination with a traction vehicle and at least one trailer, in which a traction controller is provided for a brake system of the traction vehicle, and for a brake system of the at least one trailer, no traction controller is provided or a traction controller is provided for the axles which are present, but with a brake-slip-determining arrangement on fewer axles than the number of axles, in which (a) the trailer brake system is controlled by the traction vehicle brake system, and (b) during a braking it is determined whether there is a risk of the trailer swinging out as to the traction vehicle, or whether such swinging is imminent or is occurring, and (c) the braking force or the braking of the trailer is reduced if it has been determined in (a) that there is a risk of the trailer swinging out, or is imminent or is occurring, and (d) a risk of the trailer swinging out, or imminent or occurring swinging out of the trailer, as to the traction vehicle
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER NUTZFAHRZEUGE GMBH
    Inventors: Stefen Hummel, Oliver Jundt
  • Patent number: 9810539
    Abstract: A method is provided for partitioning probe data into a plurality of subsets, map matching a portion of the subsets and establishing a route based on the map-matched subsets of probe data. A method is provided that includes: receiving probe data points from a plurality of probes, where an uncertainty of the measurement of the probe data is a first distance; partitioning the probe data from the plurality of probes into subsets of probe data, where the subsets are created by ensuring each subset has probe data points that are at least two times the first distance apart from one another; performing map-matching on each subset of probe data; and establishing a route for each subset based on the map-matching of each subset of probe data. Establishing a route for each subset may include determining a route according to at least one of the shortest, fastest, or simplest routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Dongwook Jang