Patents Examined by Anne M Antonucci
  • Patent number: 10293692
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle is provided. The hybrid vehicle includes an acceleration pedal, an engine configured to generate an engine torque based on a position of the acceleration pedal, an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the engine and configured to calculate a target torque based on the position of the acceleration pedal, and estimate a motor-generated (MG)-assist torque based on difference between the target torque and the engine torque, a motor generator communicatively coupled to the electronic control unit and configured to generate the estimated MG-assist torque, and a power distribution unit configured to deliver the generated MG-assist torque combined with the engine torque to one or more wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Dae Keun Yoo, Hiroki Sato, Jordan Choby, Shingo Eto
  • Patent number: 10293823
    Abstract: A method is provided for selecting, by a driver, a road user, the road user being an evaluation object of a function of a driver assistance system of a motor vehicle, using at least one display device which displays the road user. After a first operating action is carried out, a search function is activated in which at least a subset of the shown road users is individually marked on the display device in a sequence containing all road users. When a second operating action is carried out, or after a predetermined first period of time, the currently-marked road user is selected as the evaluation object for the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Matthias Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 10298722
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjusting a driving position of a driver of a vehicle includes: a communication module performing wireless communication with an external terminal of a user; a door module sensing an opening or closing of a door of the vehicle; and a controller receiving, when the door of the vehicle is opened, user information identifying the user from the external terminal via the communication module, retrieving driving position adjustment information corresponding to the user information from a big data server, and adjusting the driving position based on the driving position adjustment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jin Kim, Dong Youl Lee, Chul Min Kim, Young Su Kim
  • Patent number: 10287014
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle coupling apparatus for drone coupling. The unmanned aerial vehicle coupling apparatus includes a processor-based monitoring device to monitor values for each of a plurality of functions provided by a unmanned aerial vehicle and to detect when a value exceeds a predetermined threshold value, a vehicle selector to receive travel routes from each of a plurality of secondary vehicles and to select a secondary vehicle based on a travel route of the secondary vehicle when the value exceeds the predetermined threshold value, and a coupling mechanism to fasten and unfasten the unmanned aerial vehicle to the secondary vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Michael S. Gordon, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10291764
    Abstract: A method and system for enabling access to an unmanned aerial vehicle are disclosed. The method includes receiving a request from a user for access to an unmanned aerial vehicle through a control system. The method further includes making a determination of whether to grant access to the control system. If the determination is made to grant access the control system then receiving alternate mission parameters for an alternate mission from the user. The method also includes making a decision about whether to implement the alternate mission based on a set of predetermined policies. If the decision is to implement the alternate mission then implementing the alternate mission and saving the alternate mission parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Zhi Cui, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 10279918
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control thrust ramping of an aircraft engine are disclosed. An example thrust control system includes a sensor to measure a crosswind speed and a thrust manager to compare the measured crosswind speed to a crosswind threshold range. The thrust manager activates a partial thrust ramping schedule during takeoff when the measured crosswind speed is within the crosswind threshold range. The partial thrust ramping schedule is selected from a plurality of thrust ramping schedules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason J. Jackowski, Kent E. Karnofski
  • Patent number: 10283001
    Abstract: An optimization model is selected to reduce a number of passengers adversely affected by a delay of an aircraft. A cascade boundary is determined for a length of the delay, which projects the delay at the plurality of airports. Using the optimization model, a probability curve is computed at an airport from the plurality of airports, which outputs a second length of the delay experienced at the airport responsive to the cascade boundary projecting the delay on the airport. The length is adjusted in the optimization model such that a count of passengers adversely affected by the delay at the airport at the elapse of the second length is minimized. A target system is caused to configure the aircraft to be delayed by the adjusted length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, Munish Goyal, Kimberly G. Starks, Michael Wendel
  • Patent number: 10283000
    Abstract: A system for enabling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to respond to an alert on a premises, where the UAV may either confront the alert situation or monitor the alert situation from a distance. The UAV may respond to the alert situation after a controller receives alert event data from an alert generator. The controller may further match the data received to a number of event types stored in a database. This information allows a flight plan to be determined which will allow the UAV to navigate to a location associated with the alert situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Michael John Marr, Andrew Stanley Grant, Benjamin Yong Liang Kuek, Yexi Zhu
  • Patent number: 10279907
    Abstract: Methods are provided for operating an air vehicle having fixed wings. Such methods include the step of providing an operating map of angle of attack associated with the fixed wings with Reynolds number, including conditions of separated flow over the fixed wings and conditions of attached flow over the fixed wings. Such methods also include the step of using the operating map for guidance, causing the air vehicle to operate at least within a low Reynolds numbers range corresponding to the operating map, such as to avoid or minimize risk of causing the air vehicle to operate at conditions of separated flow over the fixed wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Shepshelovich, Danny Abramov, Yonatan Klein
  • Patent number: 10272911
    Abstract: An adaptive vehicle control system that includes processors, memory modules communicatively coupled to the processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the adaptive vehicle control system to determine an autonomous operation profile of a target vehicle positioned in a vehicle operating environment, wherein the vehicle operating environment includes a roadway having one or more lanes, determine an autonomous operation profile of one of more neighboring vehicles positioned within the vehicle operating environment, compare the autonomous operation profile of at least one of the one or more neighboring vehicles with the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle, and alter a condition of the target vehicle such that the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle matches an autonomous operation profile of an individual neighboring vehicle of the one or more neighboring vehicles positioned in the same lane as the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: John-Michael McNew
  • Patent number: 10274328
    Abstract: A navigation device may include one or more input devices, a processor, and one or more output devices. A navigation device may read stored map information and stored route deviation information including one or more deviation segments having a divergence location, a deviation path, a reconvergence location, and deviation segment data. The processor of the navigation device may then generate a route and route data. Upon determining that each of the one or more deviation segments intersects the route and a predetermined subset of the deviation segment data matches a corresponding subset of the route data, the navigation device may generate a personalized route by replacing a route portion between a first intersection point and a last intersection point with a corresponding deviation portion for each intersecting deviation segment. The one or more output devices may then output the route and the one or more personalized routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: David Grochocki, Jr., Elizabeth Salowitz, Ana Lilia Otero Diaz, Kshitij Sethi, Kshitij Mehta, Jeff West
  • Patent number: 10274337
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and systems for dynamic route estimation and prediction using discrete sampled location updates from various mobile devices for the purpose of providing a graphical representation of a mobile device's route along a known network path of map data. The embodiments also provide supplemental route metrics, such as traveled distance, elapsed time, etc., and the capability to assign destination points for the purpose of providing the ability to modify location update points in an application, such as a route planner, and/or to store the dynamically generated route based on various preferences for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Sheha, Angie Sheha, Stephen Petilli, Arun Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 10268206
    Abstract: In an apparatus and method for controlling operation of a utility vehicle that detects a magnetic field generated by an area signal in electric current supplied from an electric power supply through a boundary wire and is driven by an electric motor powered by an onboard battery that is charged at a charging station. The vehicle runs within the working area based on the detected magnetic field and is provided with a socket to connect/disconnect supply of the electric current to the boundary wire. It is determined whether after power supply was once disconnected, the supply is reconnected. The area signal is inserted with a signal indicating the vehicle to return to the charging station when the power supply is reconnected. Operation of the motor is controlled to make the vehicle run to the charging station when the return instruction signal is inserted to the area signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10267016
    Abstract: A swing control assembly for a first machine is provided. The swing control assembly includes a position detection module configured to generate a signal indicative of a relative position of a second machine with respect to the first machine. The swing control assembly includes a controller communicably coupled to the position detection module. The controller is configured to receive the signal indicative of the relative position of the second machine with respect to the first machine. The controller is configured to determine a direction of swing associated with the first machine based on the received signal. The controller is configured to provide an instruction to initiate a swing operation of the first machine based on the determined direction of swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Russell Friend, Michael Edward Brandt
  • Patent number: 10261481
    Abstract: This control device is configured to, based on a premise that an operating condition of a plant is a specific operating condition that is defined in advance, search for a virtual current value of a controlled variable for ensuring that a specific state quantity does not conflict with a constraint in the future using a prediction model, set the virtual current value which was found by the search to a target value of the controlled variable, and determine a manipulated variable of the plant so that an actual current value of the controlled variable approaches the target value. Due to this configuration, even if the operating condition of the plant suddenly changes to the specific operating condition, the controlled variable of the plant can be adjusted in advance so that the specific state quantity in the specific operating condition does not conflict with the constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanori Shimada, Hayato Nakada
  • Patent number: 10259458
    Abstract: A path planning apparatus and method for an autonomous vehicle are provided. The apparatus includes a surrounding information detector that detects surrounding information around the vehicle and a vehicle information detector that detects vehicle information regarding driving states of the vehicle. A vehicle behavior determiner determines vehicle behavior based on the surrounding information and the vehicle information and a driving path generator generates a driving path and a velocity profile for a lane change using the surrounding information and the vehicle information when receiving a lane change signal from the vehicle behavior determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Su Jung Yoo, Dong Hwi Lee, Hoi Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10260893
    Abstract: A transportation management system that includes tools for generating an optimized trip plan that can be updated, such as based on driver input, during implementation of a planned trip. The system includes a comprehensive trip optimization tool that generates a trip plan with fuel stop and rest stop optimization. The system includes tools calculating estimated time of arrival (ETA) and projected time of availability (PTA) for the driver, and these tools are adapted to provide the ETA and PTA for the entire trip (rather than only providing an ETA for the next stop). The system further includes tools accepting driver input and/or allowing driver manipulation of a dispatched trip plan such as using pre-filtered alternatives for fuel stops or rest stops or routes, e.g., based on stored driver preferences, that may be less optimal than those in the original trip plan but still viable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: TRIMBLE INC.
    Inventors: William George Nimchuk, David Johnmichael McKinney
  • Patent number: 10254117
    Abstract: The invention relates to a navigation device comprising a turntable which can be rotated about an axis in at least two different rotary positions, in accordance with a rotary control signal. An inertial measuring unit is arranged on the rotary table which can be rotated with the rotary table. The quality of the measurement data can be determined by the initial measuring unit with the help of an evaluation device. When the determined quality does not reach a predetermined minimum quality, the rotary table rotates in the respective other rotary position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Uwe Herberth, Uwe Probst, Matthias Deck
  • Patent number: 10252788
    Abstract: A user interface presented to an operator of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be presented to facilitate the ease of operation of the UAV. The information displayed in the user interface may be customized by the operator to display selected data. The display configuration data may be saved and imported into other systems for future use. Various entities related to one or more UAVs may be presented in a hierarchical tree structure illustrating the relationship between the entities. Electronic checklists may be presented to a user to facilitate addressing common and emergency situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Royds Hayes, Darcy Lynn Davidson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10249107
    Abstract: A method of managing faults for a vehicle engine control system, includes a plurality of monitoring or observation strategies monitoring a plurality of components and using diagnostics to detect the presence of faults in the plurality of components. For each monitoring or observation strategy, referred to as a diagnosis, if it diagnoses the presence of a fault in a component, the fault detected in the diagnosed component is stored and all the monitoring or observation strategies continue to detect the presence of faults in all of the components that they respectively monitor, but the presence of the fault in the diagnosed component is ignored so as to enable the detection of the presence of other faults, if any, in components other than the diagnosed component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Stephane Eloy, Lionel Cailler