Patents Examined by Anshul Sood
  • Patent number: 10203693
    Abstract: A flight control module for computing glideslope deviation during landing of an aircraft is provided. The flight control module includes a communication interface and a processor. The communication interface is configured to receive inertial data for the aircraft. The processor is coupled to the communication interface and configured to compute an inertial glideslope deviation based on the inertial data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Robert E. McLees, Robert Erik Freeman, Prachya Panyakeow
  • Patent number: 10169856
    Abstract: Unmanned vehicles can be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. Unmanned vehicles may be used to survey a property in response to or in anticipation of damage to an object. For example, an unmanned vehicle may project a laser pattern and use information associated with the laser pattern to determine characteristics of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Farnsworth, Jordan A. Newmark, Kathleen L. Swain, Teddy Joseph Edmond Voutour, Jess W. Gingrich, Michael J. Allen, Anthony G. Castiglione
  • Patent number: 10168169
    Abstract: A method for calculating a distance to empty (DTE) when setting a path of navigation is provided. The method includes receiving path search cases from a navigation and determining whether the transmitted path search case is a path cancellation, a vehicle arriving at a destination, or the navigation searching for the path. The method determines whether the transmitted path search case is an initially set path or a reset path. When the transmitted path search case is none of the above the method determines whether there is a currently guided. When the path is initially set, the path is reset after, or the path is currently being guided, among the path search cases, a path reflected DTE is displayed through the navigation; and the path reflected DTE is calculated in real time and path reflected prediction fuel efficiency is calculated, after displaying the path reflected DTE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jin Hyung Lee, Sang Woo Lee, Yong Seok Park
  • Patent number: 10167090
    Abstract: A method of monitoring usage to determine accumulated component fatigue damage includes evaluating available data for calculating an accumulated component fatigue damage for a component over a pre-determined time frame. The method includes determining at least one available method for calculating the accumulated component fatigue damage based on the available data. The method includes determining the accumulated component fatigue damage for the component using the at least one available method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Brookhart, Raymond J. Beale, Jr., Matthew Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10163177
    Abstract: A system including a landing location where a drone at least one of delivers and acquires a parcel, and a homing device to interact with the drone to guide the drone to the landing location independent of interaction from another source. The homing device guides the drone during the landing phase of a flight plan. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Emmett Farris, William F. McGee, II
  • Patent number: 10157436
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for a communication system that can be configured to receive a desired arrival time for a package to arrive at a destination, determine a location of the package, determine a route to the destination, and determine a pickup time to pick up the package. The pickup time can be at least partially based on the desired arrival time and a time to travel along the route. In an example, the package is a passenger and the communication system can involve a transportation or delivery service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: GT Gettaxi Limited
    Inventors: Ofer Samocha, Igor Magazinik, Sunny Marueli
  • Patent number: 10150501
    Abstract: A control system is disclosed for use in a zero turn vehicle, including an electric controller in communication with a pair of independent drive units. A joystick provides user inputs to the controller to control the rotational speed and direction of the drive units. The joystick includes a vertical stalk pivotable between a plurality of pivot positions, where each of the plurality of pivot positions corresponds to a particular rotational speed and direction of each of the driven wheels. A selector switch may be used to select one of a plurality of driving modes stored in the electric controller, wherein each of the plurality of driving modes maps a different set of speeds and directions for each of the driven wheels onto the plurality of pivot positions. The joystick may also rotate about a vertical axis to provide zero turn capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Alyn Brown, Scott W. Keller
  • Patent number: 10145085
    Abstract: A working machine including a ground engaging structure and a propulsion system for moving the working machine via the ground engaging structure. A body is supported on the ground engaging structure, and a working arm is connected to the body and has a carriage at one end for receiving an attachment. A control system is provided for selectively and variably oscillating the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: J. C. Bamford Excavators Limited
    Inventors: Graham Mark Brooks, Richard Brooks, Samuel Josef Bell
  • Patent number: 10147328
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable medium for performing a hazard analysis of navigation aid equipment using an external safety monitor. Aspects include monitoring performance of the navigation aid equipment. In addition, determination is made if an improper performance of the navigation aid equipment is detected. Furthermore, removal of a signal from an antenna of the navigation aid equipment may occur when improper performance of the navigation aid equipment is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: THALES USA, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Mullin
  • Patent number: 10137848
    Abstract: A vehicle wireless beacon scheduling system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a vehicle including steering, an accelerator, brakes, a processor, and memory. The system also includes a beacon optimizer module coupled to the processor comprising driver driving pattern data stored in the memory, and a beacon scheduler module coupled to the processor and configured to transmit Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) data from the vehicle in advance of a predicted trip in the vehicle by a driver based on the driver driving pattern data. The beacon scheduler module is configured to dynamically adjust at least one of a transmission time, a transmission rate, and a transmission duration of the BLE data from the vehicle based on a probability of a trip taken by the driver in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nunzio DeCia, Stephen Jay Orris, Jr., David A. Herman, Nicholas Alexander Scheufler, Richard D. Bridgewater
  • Patent number: 10127526
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for determining travel information. One of the methods includes obtaining flight information for each of a plurality of users, the flight having a flight identifier and associated with a particular scheduled departure time and departure location; based on the scheduled departure time, obtaining location information for user devices associated with each user of the plurality of users; determining that the respective user devices associated with a first group of users of the plurality of users, has a location associated with the departure location; determining that the respective mobile devices associated with users of the first group are no longer in communication a mobile network; and using the respective times at which the user devices are determined to no longer be in communication with the mobile network along with the scheduled departure time to determine a departure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Tal Cohen
  • Patent number: 10121292
    Abstract: A method of predicting failure for vehicular components is implemented within a vehicle through a plurality of part sensors and an on-board computing (OBC) device as the part sensors are communicably coupled with a remote server through the OBC device. The OBC device continuously timestamps and uploads a plurality of performance time-dependent data (PTDD) points to the remote server throughout a current vehicular trip. The remote server then analyzes the uploaded PTDD points with an updatable total time duration and an active performance-define range that are calculated from prior vehicular trips. The remote server is then able to identify a potential vehicular problem during the current trip, based upon the uploaded PTDD points. When a potential vehicular problem is detected within the current trip, an annotating assessment is generated and wirelessly sent to a personal computing device of the owner/operator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Kenneth Carl Steffen Winiecki
  • Patent number: 10112647
    Abstract: A backing system for a vehicle comprises a camera for recording a video image of a user performing a gesture and an electronic control unit for the backing system, wherein the electronic control device includes instructions for: determining that the vehicle is backing up; interpreting a gesture with the electronic control unit to determine the meaning of the gesture; calculating a steering angle based upon the meaning of the gesture; and sending a request to a steering system to provide the steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ibro Muharemovic, Brandon Herzog, Hao Sun
  • Patent number: 10099559
    Abstract: A target longitudinal force sum/yaw moment setting section is provided which is configured to determine and set a target longitudinal force sum to be exerted on drive wheels by drive sources and a target yaw moment of a vehicle. A failure detection section is provided which is configured to detect occurrence of a failure in the drive source of each of the drive wheels and a drive system including a control system of the drive source. A one-wheel-failure control section is provided which is configured to, when a failure of one of the wheels is detected by the failure detection section, drive the drive sources of all the remaining sound wheels so as to minimize a sum of squares of load factors of the sound wheels and to be matched with the target longitudinal force sum and the target yaw moment that are set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Katsutoshi Mogi
  • Patent number: 10096251
    Abstract: An example method of establishing a flight pattern adjacent to a target for an aerial vehicle to follow includes determining a stand-off distance to the target. The stand-off distance indicates a distance from the target at a point along the flight pattern. The example method also includes generating the flight pattern in a form of a conchoidal transformation of a lemniscate based on the stand-off distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Insitu, Inc.
    Inventor: Rolf Rysdyk
  • Patent number: 10086671
    Abstract: Provided are an electronic control suspension apparatus and a damping force controlling method thereof, which are capable of changing a damping force of a damper by just manipulating a multistep switch even during driving. The electronic control suspension apparatus for controlling a damping force of a damper installed at each of a front wheel and a rear wheel includes: a multistep switch disposed in a vehicle and configured to change the damping force of the damper in a multistep manner between a hard step and a soft step; and an electronic control unit configured to control the damping force of the damper according to a current amount corresponding to a step selected from the multistep switch, the current amount to be applied to a solenoid valve being preset for each step of the multistep switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Min Sang Seong, Back Hyun Sung, Kyoung Won Park, Ki Haeng Cho, Ki Pal Ryu
  • Patent number: 10081389
    Abstract: Even when a control mode is switched, hands-off driving handling processing can be appropriately carried out. A hands-off determination unit is configured to start measurement of a no-operation state continuation period when a no-operation state in which a driver is estimated not to be operating a steering wheel is detected, and to determine that the driver is carrying out hands-off driving when the no-operation state continuation period is more than a hands-off driving determination period. The hands-off determination unit is configured to take over, when the control mode is switched under a state in which the measurement of the no-operation state continuation period has been started, a value of the no-operation state continuation period that has been measured until the switching of the control mode, thereby continuing the measurement of the no-operation state continuation period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Yuji Okuda, Hidenobu Kinugasa, Yoshiya Iwaki
  • Patent number: 10077582
    Abstract: An automated child safety unlocking system which disengages the child safety locks and may unlock the vehicle door in appropriate circumstances such as when the vehicle ignition has been turned to the off position or when engine is stopped. The automated child safety unlocking system enables operability of the interior vehicle doors by an occupant to allow unencumbered egress from the vehicle to prevent a child or other individual from being trapped in the vehicle. The result is reduced risk that children or other vehicle occupants become dangerously entrapped within an overly hot, cold, or dangerous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Ring
  • Patent number: 10066950
    Abstract: A vehicle routing device that determines a route from an origin to a destination including route guidance. The route guidance is modified based on user input. The modification can supply increased or reduced route guidance at intervals along the route. Route guidance may be modified to incorporate landmarks and personal contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Esther Abramovich Ettinger, Gil Emanuel Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10065640
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a cruise control method for a vehicle. The vehicle includes an engine unit, a transmission unit, a first motor generator, an output unit, a power switching device, a second motor generator, and a power battery. The cruise control method includes the following steps: when a signal for a vehicle to enter cruise control is detected, determining whether the vehicle meets a preset cruise control condition; and if the vehicle meets the preset cruise control condition, controlling the vehicle according to a current operating mode of the vehicle to enter a corresponding cruise mode, where when the current operating mode of the vehicle is an EV mode, the vehicle is controlled to enter an EV cruise mode, and when the current operating mode of the vehicle is an HEV mode, the vehicle is controlled to enter an HEV cruise mode. The present disclosure further discloses a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Dongsheng Yang, Yubo Lian, Jintao Zhang, Hongbin Luo