Patents Examined by Alan D Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 10401865
    Abstract: A light detection and ranging (LIDAR) device scans through a scanning zone while emitting light pulses and receives reflected signals corresponding to the light pulses. The LIDAR device scans the emitted light pulses through the scanning zone by reflecting the light pulses from an array of oscillating mirrors. The mirrors are operated by a set of electromagnets arranged to apply torque on the mirrors, and an orientation feedback system senses the orientations of the mirrors. Driving parameters for each mirror are determined based on information from the orientation feedback system. The driving parameters can be used to drive the mirrors in phase at an operating frequency despite variations in moments of inertia and resonant frequencies among the mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Drew Ulrich, Pierre-yves Droz, Samuel Lenius
  • Patent number: 10400624
    Abstract: A system for identifying timeframes for borescope inspections for a gas turbine engine, having: monitoring systems monitor engine conditions, derive engine condition information and communicate such information to processors; feature interpreter module electronically communicates (i) with processors to process engine condition information, and (ii) feature interpreter information to processors, such information defines a probability of a FOD event; accumulator module electronically communicates (i) with processors to processes feature interpreter information, stored information since a last borescope inspection, and (ii) accumulator information to processors, such information defines an accumulated probability of a FOD event; and predictor and inspection planner module electronically communicates (i) with processors to processes accumulator information and stored information defines a threshold limits for a probability of a FOD event, and (ii) predictor and inspection planner information to processors, such i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory S. Hagen, Linda I. Rivera, Alexander I. Khibnik
  • Patent number: 10387100
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a display in a machine operating in a work area. A plurality of views are displayed on a screen, each of the plurality of views corresponding to a plurality of functions. A user of the machine is allowed to simultaneously monitor the work area and control one or more of the plurality of functions by way of one or more of the plurality of views. The functions include one or more physical activities performed by an implement, connected to the machine, in the work area. The user is allowed to control, via the display, the one or more physical activities using software executed on the machine while monitoring the work area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TOPCON POSITIONING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Dimitre Markov, John Boal, Stefan Stefanov, Andrew Walter, Heath Stephens, Brian Sorbe, Michael Gomes
  • Patent number: 10384808
    Abstract: A control system having one or more controllers configured to determine a maintenance date of an engine based on monitored parameters of the engine of an aircraft. The one or more controllers also are configured to, determine an amount of coating sprayed on the engine on the determined maintenance date based on the monitored parameters and determined maintenance date. The one or more controllers also are configured to adjust the maintenance date based on needs of an aircraft fleet and regularly scheduled maintenance of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Byron Pritchard, Shankar Sivaramakrishnan, Ambarish Kulkarni, Hrishikesh Keshavan, Mehmet Dede, Larry Rosenzweig
  • Patent number: 10380900
    Abstract: A device receives, from a user device, a request for a flight path for a UAV to travel in a geographical region, and determines a suggested component/software for the UAV based on capability information associated with the UAV. The device provides, to the user device, information associated with the suggested component/software, and calculates the flight path based on the capability information, real time information, and non-real time information associated with the geographical region. The device generates flight path instructions for the flight path, and provides the flight path instructions to the UAV to permit the UAV to travel in the geographical region via the flight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Hani Batla, Ashok N. Srivastava, Douglas M. Pasko, Igor Kantor, Gurpreet Ubhi
  • Patent number: 10363833
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to determine a target charging height based on charging information received from a remote server and adjust a height of an inductive pick-up in a host vehicle in accordance with the target charging height prior to an inductive charging process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10365657
    Abstract: An environment information acquisition unit acquires a signal state of a traffic light. A self-position estimation unit estimates a self-position of the autonomous moving object. A traveling route decision unit calculates a first time necessary to move along a first route from the self-position to an end point of a crosswalk and a second time necessary to move along a second route from the self-point to a start point of the crosswalk in a case in which the signal state is changed from blue to red on the crosswalk after a predetermined time or in a case in which the signal state is changed from blue to red, and selects a route corresponding to a time smaller between the first time and the second time. A vehicle control unit controls autonomous movement of the autonomous moving object so that the autonomous moving object moves along the selected route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Tokuyama, Kenjiro Yamamoto, Taiki Iimura, Azusa Amino
  • Patent number: 10359778
    Abstract: An indoor monitoring system for a structure comprises an unmanned floating machine provided with a propeller to float and move in the air inside a structure; a distance measuring unit on said machine to measures a distance between said machine and an inner wall surface of the structure; an inertial measurement unit on said machine to identify the attitude of the body of said machine; an image-capturing unit on said machine to capture an image of a structural body on the side of said machine; a control unit which controls said machine remotely; a flight position information acquiring unit which uses information from the distance measuring unit and the inertial measurement unit to acquire information relating to the current position of said machine; and a monitor unit which displays image information from the image-capturing unit and the position information from the flight position information acquiring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kono, Yoichiro Tsumura
  • Patent number: 10345115
    Abstract: A terminal device is provided to output information about using a transport device for a travel to a destination, a vehicle communicating with the terminal device, a personal mobility device communicating with the terminal device, a method of controlling the terminal device, and a method of controlling the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Donghee Seok, Jeong-Eom Lee, Ga Hee Kim, Seona Kim, HeeJin Ro, Dongsoo Shin
  • Patent number: 10336205
    Abstract: A system for charging a vehicle, includes a processing device which is communicatively coupled to a plurality of vehicles and maintains a forward model for modeling vehicle charging data for the plurality of vehicles, and a computing device which, based on the forward model, maintains a charge exchange market which directs a formation of a flash charge mob of vehicles from the plurality of vehicles at an optimal location to exchange charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Marshall O'Connell, Rick Allen Hamilton, James Robert Kozloski, Clifford Alan Pickover
  • Patent number: 10323600
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for diagnosing a failure of a power stage of an electronic waste gate actuator (EWGA). According to the present invention, whether the failure of the power stage of the EWGA occurs is determined by confirming, by an engine control unit (ECU), information on the failure of the power stage transferred from an EWGA driver IC at the time of EWGA position learning, after an engine is turned off. By doing so, even when a turbo-charger is not used for a long time, whether the failure of the power stage of the EWGA occurs may be diagnosed for every driving cycle, such that a failure of the ECU may be prevented in advance and unnecessary replacement of components may be prevented, thereby decreasing maintenance costs for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Min-Kyu Won
  • Patent number: 10315653
    Abstract: A vehicle running control apparatus is provided with: a first detector configured to detect an inter-vehicle distance, and a speed of a self-vehicle or a relative speed; a second detector configured to detect accelerator-off and brake-off; a first calculator configured to calculate an approaching degree; a second calculator configured to calculate target deceleration corresponding to an engine brake amount on the basis of the approaching degree if the accelerator-off and the brake-off are detected; a controller configured to change the engine brake amount in accordance with the target deceleration; and a regulator configured to regulate or restrict a number of changes from an increase side to a reduction side of the engine brake amount, and a number of changes from the reduction side to the increase side, to be less than or equal to a predetermined number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shin Noumura
  • Patent number: 10316959
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a transmission of a work vehicle based on the detection of unintended vehicle motion may generally include determining an intended driving direction for the work vehicle while the vehicle is positioned on a sloped surface and initiating a shifting procedure within the transmission for engaging an on-coming clutch associated with moving the work vehicle in the intended driving direction, wherein the on-coming clutch is initially engaged at an initial ramp rate. In addition, the method may include monitoring an acceleration of the work vehicle as the on-coming clutch is being engaged, determining a current travel direction for the work vehicle based on the monitored acceleration and, when the current travel direction differs from the intended driving direction, adjusting the initial ramp rate for engaging the on-coming clutch to an increased ramp rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Pawel Kuros
  • Patent number: 10318809
    Abstract: A computerized system, comprising: a computer system having an input unit, a display unit, one or more processors and one or more non-transitory computer readable medium, the one or more processors executing image display and analysis software to cause the one or more processors to: receive an identification of a structure from the input device, the structure having multiple sides, an outline, and a height; obtain characteristics of a camera mounted onto an unmanned aircraft; generate unmanned aircraft information including: flight path information configured to direct the unmanned aircraft to fly a flight path around the structure that is laterally and vertically offset from the structure, the lateral and vertical offset being dependent upon the height of the structure, an orientation of the camera relative to the unmanned aircraft, and the characteristics of the camera; and, store the unmanned aircraft information on the one or more non-transitory computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Pictometry International Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Schultz, John Monaco
  • Patent number: 10309789
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for automated lane assignment for vehicles are presented. One example method includes the steps of accessing vehicle information of at least one vehicle, the vehicle information including a priority level of a plurality of priority levels associated with each of the at least one vehicle; accessing lane information associated with a road, the lane information comprising information corresponding to at least two lanes of travel in a direction; and assigning at least one of the at least one vehicle to a lane of travel on the road based at least in part on the vehicle information and the lane information. Another example method further includes the step of accessing second vehicle information of a second vehicle, wherein assigning the first vehicle to the lane of travel is further based on the second vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Bala Ramasamy
  • Patent number: 10300911
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus that is mounted in a vehicle issues a warning to a driver of the vehicle to stop the vehicle in a case where the collision has occurred between the vehicle and an object. The vehicle control apparatus stops the vehicle regardless of an operation by the driver after issuing the warning to the driver, in a case where the vehicle is not detected to be stopped. Thus, while giving a priority on prompting the driver to voluntarily stop the vehicle, it is possible to prevent the driver from fleeing a scene of the accident or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN Limited
    Inventor: Masaya Shioe
  • Patent number: 10300944
    Abstract: A sensor device including a first output circuit generating and outputting a first output signal that is generated as a signal sequence from a first main signal based on a detection value of a first main sensor element to a first sub signal based on a detection value of a first sub sensor element, a second output circuit generating and outputting a second output signal that is generated as a signal sequence from a second main signal based on a detection value of a second main sensor element to a second sub signal based on a detection value of a second sub sensor element, and an abnormality determiner determining abnormality of the device based on the first output signal and the second output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaharu Kozawa, Shuji Kuramitsu, Koichi Nakamura, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Masaya Taki, Toshimitsu Sakai
  • Patent number: 10293849
    Abstract: A control apparatus and a method of a motor driven power steering (MDPS) system are provided. The control apparatus includes: a predetermined MDPS logic device configured to determine and output a motor control value using driver steering input information and vehicle state information; a state determination device configured to determine whether a steering wheel is in a steering state or a restoration state based on the driver steering input information, and output steering wheel state information; a compensation logic device configured to determine an elasticity compensation value depending on the driver steering input information and the vehicle state information, and determine and output a target control value based on the motor control value, the elasticity compensation value and the steering wheel state information; and a motor control logic device configured to control a steering motor to generate an auxiliary steering torque depending on the target control value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jang Hyun Jung
  • Patent number: 10296009
    Abstract: To quickly recover from a status in which a local device position estimation is unavailable. A movement processor of an autonomous movement device executes a drive process for a driver so as to move autonomously. A position estimator estimates the local device position. An estimation determiner determines whether or not the estimation result of the local device position by the position estimator is uniquely defined. A movement process controller controls the movement processor so as to move to a position where the estimation result of the local device position by the position estimator is uniquely defined when the estimation determiner determines that the estimation result is not defined uniquely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Narikawa
  • Patent number: 10286834
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior environment recognition apparatus includes a computer and an illumination mechanism. The computer serves as a preceding vehicle extractor that extracts a tail lamp of a preceding vehicle, a preceding vehicle recognizer that recognizes the preceding vehicle on a basis of the extracted tail lamp, and a light-distribution controller that determines a light distribution of a headlamp. The illumination mechanism switches between a low beam and a high beam on a basis of instruction issued by the light-distribution controller. The preceding vehicle extractor acquires instruction information related to the instruction on the determination issued by the light-distribution controller and result information related to a result of beam application performed by the illumination mechanism, and extracts, by a threshold corresponding to the low beam, the tail lamp for a region in which either one of the instruction information and the result information indicates application of the low beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventor: Genya Ogawa