Patents Examined by Anne M Antonucci
  • Patent number: 10500958
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle control device and a control method thereof. The vehicle control device provided in a vehicle includes a display unit, a sensing unit configured to sense information associated with the vehicle, and a processor configured to bend at least one part of the display unit based on the information associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaehoon Cho, Hyeongjin Im, Sungil Cho, Heejeong Heo
  • Patent number: 10502755
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of correcting at least one result of calculating at least one flight characteristic of an airplane, based on in-flight measurements and on values calculated from the measurements, the in-flight measurements being taken in at least one determined flight condition defining a determined flight point, each flight condition being defined by particular flight parameter values, the measurements and values being in particular: ?measure the measured pitch angle of the airplane and ?model the angle of attack calculated by solving a lift equation and an aerodynamic model associating the angle of attack ? of the airplane with at least one flight parameter, which is the lift coefficient Cz of the airplane. The pitch angle measurements ?measure are corrected by a pitch angle correction term ??0 that is a particular constant for each flight, and the calculated angles of attack ?model are corrected by an angle of attack correction term ??(Cz . . . ).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Laurent Berdoulat
  • Patent number: 10493912
    Abstract: A vehicle warning system includes a wireless communicator and an electronic controller. The wireless communicator is configured to receive data related to an area surrounding a vehicle and a trailer being towed by the vehicle, the data representing points of interest on the vehicle and on the trailer. The electronic controller is configured to determine a travel path of a host vehicle different from the vehicle, and generate a warning signal upon determining that the travel path indicates entry of the host vehicle into the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Gibson, Roy Goudy, Jeremy Chambers, Neal Probert
  • Patent number: 10493957
    Abstract: Provided is a device and method for applying a control state based on vehicle occupancy of an autonomous vehicle. The method includes sensing an identification parameter for each of a set of initial vehicle occupants. The method prioritizes the vehicle authority level for the each vehicle occupant of the set of initial vehicle occupants, and producing an initial vehicle control priority among the set of initial vehicle occupants. Based on the initial vehicle control priority, applying the vehicle control state parameter to an autonomous vehicle operational mode. The method, when a vehicle occupancy change event occurs, senses an identification parameter for each vehicle occupant of a set of subsequent vehicle occupants. The method continues by prioritizing the vehicle authority level for the each vehicle occupant of the set of subsequent vehicle occupants and producing a subsequent vehicle control priority among the set of subsequent vehicle occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher T. Tarte
  • Patent number: 10495470
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a component of a mobile computing apparatus that comprises a digital map stored on a computer-readable medium is provided. The digital map comprises a first plurality of data records, each of the first plurality of data records represents a corresponding traversable map element. At least some of the first plurality of data records further comprise an executable instruction. The executable instruction of a particular data record is executed upon determination that the mobile computing apparatus is at a position corresponding to a location of the corresponding map element represented by the particular data record. The executable instruction is executed by a processor and causes data received from a hardware component of and/or in communication with the mobile computing apparatus (e.g., one or more sensors and/or the like) to be analyzed in accordance with an algorithm encoded by or referenced by the executable instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: James D. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10488221
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for evaluating the driving of a vehicle performing a journey on a road network is disclosed. The method comprises determining a fuel usage rate and an engine speed of a vehicle, and determining when the vehicle is coasting based upon at least one of the fuel usage rate and the engine speed of the vehicle. An acceleration of the vehicle, when the vehicle is determined to be coasting, is compared with a predetermined reference acceleration, and an application of braking during the coasting is determined based on the result of the comparison. A method and apparatus is also disclosed for determining a score indicative of the relative amount of time for which the vehicle is coasting without braking during a journey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOMTOM TELEMATICS B.V.
    Inventors: Paul Roeland Verheijen, Jasper Johannes Anthonius Pauwelussen, Christoph Ebert, Steffen Orlowsky, Marco Leupold, Stefan Kreim, Alexander Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10486545
    Abstract: A system for controlling powertrain of an electric vehicle, comprising: a driver recognition module, configured for determining the identity information of the controlled vehicle's driver, and uploading the identity information to a backend computing unit; the backend computing unit, located at a remote end of the controlled vehicle, configured for generating a first control information based on the driver's identity information; an assist control module, configured for generating a second control information based on the information related to current driving of the controlled vehicle which is acquired from the backend computing unit; and a control information application module, integrated in the controlled vehicle, configured for applying the first and second control information to the powertrain of the controlled vehicle. Optimized control for powertrain is achieved and an excellent user experience is provided. The system can be implemented simply, and be updated and maintained conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIO NEXTEV LIMITED
    Inventors: Mingyin Hu, Bin He
  • Patent number: 10488208
    Abstract: A communication system, a control method, and a storage medium, which can guide a user to an action for having the predetermined feeling in accordance with a feeling map. A communication system including: an acquisition unit configured to acquire present position information of a user; a guiding information generation unit configured to generate guiding information in accordance with the present position information and map information in which feeling data is mapped; and a supply unit configured to supply the guiding information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takatoshi Nakamura, Akira Tange, Masakazu Yajima, Mitsuru Takehara, Yasunori Kamada, Katsuhisa Aratani, Kazunori Hayashi, Takayasu Kon, Kohei Asada, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Tsuyoshi Abiko, Yuki Koga, Tomoya Onuma
  • Patent number: 10490074
    Abstract: Various aspects related to frequency biasing to compensate for frequency variations caused by Doppler shift in V2V communication systems are described. In an aspect of the disclosure, a method, a computer-readable medium, and an apparatus are provided. The apparatus, e.g., a UE, may be configured to determine a velocity of the apparatus, and determine a frequency biasing adjustment based on the determined velocity of the apparatus. The apparatus may be further configured to communicate with UE based on an adjusted carrier frequency determined based on a carrier frequency and the determined frequency biasing adjustment. In some configurations, a driving environment of the apparatus maybe considered, and the frequency biasing adjustment is determined further based on the determined driving environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Libin Jiang, Shailesh Patil, Peter Gaal, Durga Prasad Malladi
  • Patent number: 10480951
    Abstract: Identifications of areas of interest are received from trusted sources such as contacts in a social networking application. The areas of interest can include geographic boundaries that identify regions such as blocks or portions of streets. The areas of interest can be associated with constraints such as modes of transportation (e.g., car, bicycle, walk, etc.) or times (e.g., 9 am-5 pm, at night, in the morning, etc.), and can be positive or negative (e.g., go here or don't go here). When generating a route for a user, the map application considers the areas of interest based on the constraints associated with the areas of interest and other information such as what mode of transportation that the user is using and when the user is planning on traveling the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ana Lilia Otero Diaz, David Grochocki, Jr., Elizabeth Salowitz
  • Patent number: 10481277
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for correcting a position of a vehicle using a global satellite navigation system (GNSS) for determining the own position, comprising the following steps: establishing a first position of the with the GNSS, establishing a second position of the vehicle by fitting the first position into a street of a digital map, identifying at least one object in the surroundings of the vehicle, the position of which is referenceable in the digital map, establishing a real distance between the vehicle and the respective object by means of a sensor of the vehicle, calculating a calculated distance between the second position and the respective object, wherein a corrected position of the vehicle is established by minimizing the deviation of the calculated distance from the real distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Bernhard Schmid
  • Patent number: 10482773
    Abstract: A method of generating a path for a vehicle is disclosed. The method includes receiving information indicating a location of each of a plurality of communication nodes. The vehicle is configured to send wireless signals to and receive wireless signals from the plurality of communication nodes. A path of motion for the vehicle is determined based on coverage of the plurality of communication nodes along the path. Coverage corresponds to connectivity between the vehicle and the plurality of communication nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Barry A. Trent, Ranga S. Ramanujan, Fabio F. Pozzo
  • Patent number: 10479354
    Abstract: An obstacle detection system includes a controller configured to receive a first signal from a first sensor assembly indicative of presence of an obstacle within a field of view of the first sensor assembly. The controller is configured to receive a second signal from a second sensor assembly indicative of a position of the obstacle within a field of view of the second sensor assembly in response to presence of a movable object coupled to the work vehicle within the field of view of the first sensor assembly. The controller is configured to determine presence of the obstacle within the field of view of the first sensor assembly based on the position of the obstacle, and the controller is configured to output a third signal indicative of detection of the obstacle in response to presence of the obstacle within the field of view of the first sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Henry Posselius, Christopher Alan Foster, Taylor Chad Bybee, Bret Todd Turpin, Michael G. Hornberger
  • Patent number: 10471844
    Abstract: A method of charging the battery of the vehicle includes starting charging of the battery; starting operation of an air conditioner using power supplied from the battery; and reducing an operation amount of the air conditioner while charging the battery and operating the air conditioner, thereby shortening the time required for charging the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ki Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 10471954
    Abstract: A collision avoidance support device comprises: target detection unit for detecting an target existing in front of a vehicle travelling on a road; target type determination unit for detecting which of a moving object and a stationary object the target detected by the target detection unit is; obstacle determination unit for determining whether or not the target detected by the target detection unit is an obstacle which is likely to collide with the vehicle; and traveling direction automatic control unit. The traveling direction automatic control unit is configured to calculate the selected avoidance path so that the distance margin of when the obstacle determination unit determines that the obstacle is the moving object is larger than the distance margin of when the obstacle determination unit determines that the obstacle is the stationary object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kotaro Saiki
  • Patent number: 10466361
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to associating disparate tracks from multiple sensor inputs for observed objects. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to receiving a first input from a first sensor and a second input from a second sensor, generating the disparate tracks including first sensor tracks and second sensor tracks for the observed objects that correspond to the first input and the second input. The method includes identifying correlations between the first sensor tracks and the second sensor tracks by computing association likelihoods between the first tracks and the second tracks within a permutation matrix according to an objective cost function. The method includes controlling a vehicle according to the correlations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuan-Hui Lee, Yusuke Kanzawa, Matthew O. Derry, Michael R. James
  • Patent number: 10466697
    Abstract: A monitoring control system includes a mobile object and a server device that communicates with the mobile object. The mobile object includes: a first communication unit; a camera; an encoding unit that generates image data from the image captured by the camera; a transmitting unit that transmits the image data; and a movement control unit that controls movement of the mobile object according to a control signal received from the server device via the first communication unit, and the server device includes: a second communication unit that communicates with the mobile object; and an emergency control signal transmitting unit that transmits an emergency control signal to the mobile object via the second communication unit when at least a part of a key frame among the image data transmitted from the mobile object is not received within a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yunoki, Hideki Endo, Hiroyuki Kubo
  • Patent number: 10464570
    Abstract: Electronic device using intelligent analysis for identifying characteristics of users located within a specific space. The electronic device includes a controller configured to identify each of a plurality of users located within a specific space, and generate a control command for controlling operation of at least one device associated with the specific space based on characteristic information related to each of the identified plurality of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungil Cho, Youngjun Kim, Yujune Jang
  • Patent number: 10459449
    Abstract: Example systems and methods are disclosed for implementing vehicle operation limits to prevent vehicle load failure during vehicle teleoperation. The method may include receiving sensor data from sensors on a vehicle that carries a load. The vehicle may be controlled by a remote control system. The load weight and dimensions may be determined based on the sensor data. In order to prevent a vehicle load failure, a forward velocity limit and an angular velocity limit may be calculated. Vehicle load failures may include the vehicle tipping over, the load tipping over, the load sliding off of the vehicle, or collisions. The vehicle carrying the load may be restricted from exceeding the forward velocity limit and/or the angular velocity limit during vehicle operation. The remote control system may display a user interface indicating to a remote operator the forward velocity limit and the angular velocity limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Kevin William Watts
  • Patent number: 10450003
    Abstract: A parking assist device for assisting parking of a vehicle, includes: a detecting unit that detects whether there is any obstacle and detects available parking areas for the vehicle, on the basis of a taken image of the surrounding area of the vehicle; and a selecting unit that selects an available parking area where the vehicle is parked with low risk of contact with the obstacle, from the detected available parking areas, on the basis of whether there is the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasushi Tani, Tetsuya Otoshi