Patents Examined by Alan D Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 12030387
    Abstract: A vehicle, system, and control method include a traction battery having a plurality of cells, a temperature sensor configured to measure battery temperature of the traction battery, an electric machine powered by the traction battery and configured to provide propulsive power to the vehicle, and a controller configured to control at least one of the electric machine and the traction battery using an estimated battery power capability or estimated battery state of charge based on battery parameters initialized upon requesting activation of the traction battery with an open circuit voltage that varies based on elapsed time from the traction battery becoming inactive. The open circuit voltage may be estimated using parameters including a first resistance, a second resistance in series with the first resistance, and a capacitance in parallel with voltage across the capacitance initialized based on an exponential function of the elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcelo Araujo Xavier, Gabrielle Vuylsteke
  • Patent number: 12017767
    Abstract: A communication management device provided in a flight vehicle that communicates with a base station management device that manages a plurality of base stations, includes: a first communication unit that transmits and receives control signals of an airframe of the flight vehicle or flight information of the flight vehicle to and from the base station management device; a second communication unit that provides communications among the plurality of wireless terminals as a base station; an acquisition unit that acquires anomaly information indicating that an anomaly of the first communication unit or an anomaly of a flight state of the flight vehicle has occurred, and an anomaly reporting unit that transmits the anomaly information to the base station management device via the second communication unit when the anomaly information is acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: SOFTBANK, CORP.
    Inventors: Tatsushi Tsutsui, Jutatsu Sai, Kiyoshi Kimura, Chiaki Inui
  • Patent number: 12012729
    Abstract: A system controls a work machine including a work implement. The system includes a load sensor and a processor. The load sensor detects a load acting on the work implement. The processor controls the work machine to dig a digging wall formed between adjacent slots. The processor moves the work machine to either one of the adjacent slots adjacent to the digging wall when the load during digging the digging wall is equal to or greater than a first threshold. A method is executed by a processor to control the work machine. The method includes detecting a load acting on the work implement, controlling the work machine to dig the digging wall, and moving the work machine to one of the adjacent slots when the load during digging the digging wall is equal to or greater than a first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Yukihisa Takaoka
  • Patent number: 12014635
    Abstract: A computer system operates to receive transport service requests from computing devices of requesters within a geographic region. The system matches each transport service request with an available transport provider operating a service vehicle within the geographic region, and determines a location bias for a first transport provider that operates a corresponding vehicle within the geographic region, the location bias being associated with a preferred location of the first transport provider. The system may then match the first transport provider to a transport service request based on (i) the location bias of the first transport provider, and (ii) a destination of the transport service request which, upon fulfilling the transport service request, results in the first transport provider being positioned to arrive at the preferred location within a future time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Parker Kuncl, Ashley Quitoriano, Awaneesh Verma
  • Patent number: 11993326
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle steering system may involve generating a steering feel, with a steering force assistance or a countertorque that is introduced by a feedback actuator into a steering handle, in a manner that is dependent on a driver-side manual torque applied to the steering handle. The steering feel may be represented by way of a characteristic curve that is adapted in a manner that is dependent on steering speed in the case of steering speeds above 100°/s such that an adapted characteristic curve has a smaller maximum change of the gradient than the characteristic curve in the case of lower steering speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventor: Imre Szepessy
  • Patent number: 11994403
    Abstract: Systems including one or more sensors, coupled to a vehicle, may detect sensor information and provide the sensor information to another computing device for processing. A system includes one or more sensors, coupled to a vehicle and configured to detect sensor information, and a computing device configured to communicate with one or more mobile sensors to receive the mobile sensor information, communicate with the one or more sensors to receive the sensor information, and analyze the sensor information and the mobile sensor information to identify one or more risk factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Howard Hayes, Sunil Chintakindi, Tim Gibson
  • Patent number: 11987245
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle including: based on map information including information of an installation position of a traffic light and information of a lane controlled by the traffic light and a range of the angle of view of a camera mounted on the own vehicle, calculating an imaging-enabled area in which an image of the traffic light can be captured on the lane by the camera; determining whether or not the own vehicle is positioned in the imaging-enabled area; and when the own vehicle is positioned in the imaging-enabled area, controlling the own vehicle in such a way that the traffic light is not shielded from the range of the angle of view of the camera by a preceding vehicle of the own vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Reo Sakakura, Susumu Fujita
  • Patent number: 11987151
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control system for controlling a torque generator of a vehicle. The control system is configured to receive one or more electrical signals indicative of a surface indicator; receive one or more electrical signals indicative of a deceleration demand; select a surface type from a plurality of predetermined surface types based on said one or more electrical signals indicative of a surface indicator; determine a target vehicle deceleration in dependence on the selected surface type; determine, based on said one or more electrical signals indicative of a deceleration demand, a requirement to decelerate the vehicle; and in dependence on determining said requirement, output a control signal to the torque generator. The control signal is configured to cause the torque generator to provide the target vehicle deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Riccardo Fracchia, Orrin Hipkin
  • Patent number: 11981392
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for control of front and/or rear suspensions of a bicycle. The system comprises at least one sensor and one control unit. The at least one sensor is connected to the control unit and the control unit is configured to receive information from the sensor, determine a ride state of the bicycle from the information and send a suspension setting signal to the front and/or the rear suspension corresponding to the ride state. The control unit is further configured to establish an event, the event comprising information about said ride state of the bicycle and a suspension setting signal to the front and/or the rear suspension corresponding to the ride state and defining a minimum duration in time for the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Öhlins Racing AB
    Inventors: Torkel Sintorn, Erik Waltersson
  • Patent number: 11970163
    Abstract: A yaw angle return controller is configured to end first yaw angle return control at a predetermined time when a value which is calculated by adding yaw angle detected by a lane recognition device at a predetermined time and an estimated yaw angle change amount is the same as yaw angle at lane change start time under a state where the first yaw angle return control is being executed. The predetermined time comes after the first start time and before the first finish time. The estimated yaw angle change amount is calculated by multiplying the yaw rate detected by a yaw rate sensor at the predetermined time by a predetermined time period for foreseeing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shota Fujii
  • Patent number: 11954253
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a system configured with a brain machine interface (BMI) system implemented in a vehicle for performing vehicle functions using electrical impulses from motor cortex activity in a user's brain. The system uses fuzzy states for increased robustness. The fuzzy states are defined by sets of Gaussian kernel-type membership functions that are defined for steering and velocity action function states. The membership functions define fuzzy states that provide overlapping control tiers for increasing and decreasing vehicle functionality. An autonomous vehicle may perform control and governance of transitions between membership functions that may overlap, resulting in smooth transitioning between the states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Aniruddh Ravindran, Dimitar Filev, Vijay Nagasamy
  • Patent number: 11945403
    Abstract: A vehicle for improved user authentication is provided. The vehicle includes a biometric sensor; and a controller programmed to initiate a biometric authentication of a user within a vicinity of a vehicle using data received from the biometric sensor, and responsive to occurrence of a secondary trigger condition initiated by the user to gain access to the vehicle, complete the authentication to grant or deny access to the user. A system for remote management of lockout states for a vehicle is provided. A server is programmed to receive a lockout notification from the vehicle, responsive to occurrence of a failed access attempt using an access modality, the lockout notification including contextual information with respect to the occurrence of the failed access attempt; and send, responsive to the lockout notification, an indication of an administrative action to be performed by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Edwin Hanson, Ali Hassani, Hemanth Yadav Aradhyula, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Hamid Golgiri
  • Patent number: 11940810
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a current data sample relating to a tractor spraying in an agricultural block, wherein the current data sample includes a current location; calculating a shortest distance from the current location to each of a plurality of borders of the agricultural block; selecting a current sample lowest distance, the current sample lowest distance being a lowest one of the shortest distances; grouping the current data sample with at least one prior data sample to produce a line of data samples, wherein each of the at least one prior data sample has a corresponding prior sample lowest distance; calculating an average lowest distance for the line of samples; comparing the average lowest distance to a threshold distance; and discarding the current data sample and each of the at least one prior data sample if the average distance is less than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: AGROMENTUM LTD.
    Inventors: Iftach Birger, Boaz Bachar, Tal Weksler
  • Patent number: 11940815
    Abstract: Aspects relate to apparatus and methods for autonomously controlling vehicles at a specified location. Apparatus includes a processor configured to receive a map of a location, communicate with a plurality of vehicles at the location, and communicate with a monitor device. Communicating with the plurality of vehicles includes receiving status data from the vehicles and transmitting a waypath to the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Anuja Sonalker
  • Patent number: 11933096
    Abstract: A window control apparatus of a vehicle and a method thereof may include a sensor that collects state information of the vehicle, and a controller that subdivides an entire short drop section of a frameless window provided in the vehicle into a plurality of short drop sections, and performs a transition of the frameless window between a full closed state of the frameless window and a plurality of shot drop states corresponding to the plurality of shot drop sections, based on the state information of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Hee Tae Yang
  • Patent number: 11932201
    Abstract: A biometric information authenticating device includes a biometric information sensor to detect contact of an operating finger with a reading surface and to read biometric information of the operating finger, an illumination unit including at least one light source, and a control unit to indicate completion of reading of the biometric information by an illumination pattern including a combination of turning on and off of the at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rijin Owaki, Yosuke Ohashi, Takahiko Ando, Yuya Goto, Yasuhisa Ohta, Naoyuki Takada, Daisuke Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11932242
    Abstract: Techniques for receiving and processing sensor data captured by a fleet of vehicle are discussed herein. In some examples, a fleet dashcam system can receive sensor data captured by electronic devices on a fleet of vehicles and can use that data to detect collision and near-collision events. The data of the collision or near-collision event can be used to determine a simulation scenario and a response of an autonomous vehicle control to the simulation scenario and/or it can be used to create a collision heat map to aid in operation of an autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Scott Crego, Josh Alexander Jimenez, James William Vaisey Philbin, Chuang Wang
  • Patent number: 11928974
    Abstract: An unmanned aircraft includes: a sensor that includes at least a microphone that generates sound data; and a processor. The processor determines quality of a target sound using the sound data generated by the microphone, obtains a positional relationship between the unmanned aircraft and a sound source of the target sound using data generated by the sensor, and controls movement of the unmanned aircraft to control a distance between the unmanned aircraft and the sound source of the target sound, in accordance with the quality of the target sound and the positional relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Stephen William John, Kazunobu Konishi, Katsuhiko Asai, Kazuo Inoue, Shunsuke Kuhara
  • Patent number: 11919537
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a set of dynamic vehicle parameters of an ADV associated with a road location are determined based on outputs of an IMU of the ADV measured when the ADV is traveling through the road location. Whether the set of dynamic vehicle parameters satisfy one of a first set of criteria and a second set of criteria is determined. In response to the dynamic vehicle parameters satisfying the first set of criteria for a first predetermined quantity of times or satisfying the second set of criteria for a second predetermined quantity of times, the speed limit associated with the road location is adjusted within a limited range spanning from a minimum speed limit to a maximum speed limit. Operations of the ADV when the ADV subsequently travels through the road location are controlled based at least in part on the adjusted speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Kecheng Xu
  • Patent number: 11919422
    Abstract: A vehicle braking energy recovering method includes obtaining current location information of a vehicle, determining a current road scenario based on the current location information of the vehicle, determining the current road scenario based on a mapping relationship between a road scenario and a weight, determining a safe distance and a safe speed of the vehicle based on the weight, determining a target torque based on the safe distance and the safe speed of the vehicle, and controlling, based on the target torque, a motor of the vehicle to recover braking energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zuqi Liu, Jianfeng Zheng, Jinbo Ma, Jiajun Huang, Wei Zhang