Patents Examined by Anshul Sood
  • Patent number: 10641015
    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 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Ring
  • Patent number: 10604254
    Abstract: System and methods for managing one or more unmanned aerial vehicles. The system can include an unmanned aerial vehicle, a landing station for the unmanned aerial vehicle, and a loading station for receiving a package and unmanned aerial vehicle. The unmanned aerial vehicle can be configured to: (i) determine a first confidence level for landing on the landing station, (ii) travel, based on the first confidence level, to the landing station, and (iii) determine a second confidence level for delivering the package to a delivery destination. The loading station can be configured to: (i) receive the second confidence level to deliver the package to the delivery destination from the unmanned aerial vehicle, and (ii) confirm, based on the second confidence level, the unmanned aerial vehicle is capable of delivering the package to the delivery destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: John J. O'Brien, Donald R. High, Brian McHale, Samantha M. Mangosing, Justin Schuhardt, Robert Cantrell
  • Patent number: 10606259
    Abstract: A method for autonomously operating a driverless vehicle along a path between a first geographic location and a destination may include receiving communication signals from the driverless vehicle. The communication signals may include sensor data from the driverless vehicle and data indicating occurrence of an event associated with the path. The communication signals may also include data indicating that a confidence level associated with the path is less than a threshold confidence level due to the event. The method may also include determining, via a teleoperations system, a level of guidance to provide the driverless vehicle based on data associated with the communication signals, and transmitting teleoperations signals to the driverless vehicle. The teleoperations signals may include guidance to operate the driverless vehicle according to the determined level of guidance, so that a vehicle controller maneuvers the driverless vehicle to avoid, travel around, or pass through the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Lee Kelly Lockwood, Ravi Gogna, Gary Linscott, Timothy Caldwell, Marin Kobilarov, Paul Orecchio, Dan Xie, Ashutosh Gajanan Rege, Jesse Sol Levinson
  • Patent number: 10582185
    Abstract: An agricultural working machine, in particular a tractor, has at least one agricultural working unit for working a crop field including a multitude of useful plants, and a camera system which includes a 3D camera. The camera system is configured for generating with the 3D camera 3D information regarding the crop field by recording stereoscopic image pairs along two different viewing axes. The viewing axes proceed from optical centers of the 3D camera, which are connected to each other by a baseline that is inclined relative to the horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: CLAAS E-Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Andreas Falk Jensen, Pavel Lisouski, Gert Lysgaard Andersen, Morten Rufus Blas
  • Patent number: 10573177
    Abstract: A vehicle control device including a communication unit configured to obtain a current position of a vehicle; a sensing unit configured to sense another vehicle subject to a driving regulation and obtain current position of the other vehicle; a processor; and a computer-readable medium coupled to the processor having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations including autonomously driving the vehicle based on the respective current positions of the vehicle and the other vehicle in compliance with the driving regulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chaehwan Leem, Soonhong Jung
  • Patent number: 10551209
    Abstract: Embodiments for providing navigation routes by one or more processors are described. An indication of a destination is received. A selection of a route initiating event is received. The route initiating event is detected. After the route initiating event is detected, a navigation route from a current location of a user to the destination is determined. An indication of the determined navigation route is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hardee, Steven R. Joroff, Pamela A. Nesbitt, Scott E. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10545028
    Abstract: A point of interest (POI) may be recommended for a mobile device user based on habits and routines of the user. By automatically and periodically capturing and analyzing location data associated with a mobile device of the user, a route traveled by the user and a plurality of POIs visited by the user may be identified. A user preference score may be generated for each POI indicating a user's preference for visiting that POI. The user preference score may be generated based on the number or frequency of visits by the user to each POI and the distance traveled by the user to visit each POI. Based on user preference scores associated with similar users, user preference scores may be predicted for POIs not visited by the user, and a POI not yet visited by the user may be recommended based on the predicted user preference score of the POI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BLUEOWL, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10543830
    Abstract: A method of controlling a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle including an electric propulsion system, an engine, and a catalytic converter associated with the engine, the method comprising: monitoring a state of charge of a battery of the vehicle when in a charge depletion mode; determining a rate of depletion of the state of charge; estimating from the rate of depletion a duration of a depletion period representing the time remaining until a minimum state of charge of the battery will be reached; determining a duration of a warming period of the catalytic converter; comparing the duration of the depletion period and the duration of the warming period; and activating the engine if the duration of the depletion period is less than or equal to the duration of the warming period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Clement Dextreit, David McGeoch, Michael Andrews, Kean Harrison
  • Patent number: 10535195
    Abstract: A virtual reality system includes a drone including a rotor, a display, an audio speaker, a body harness having adjustable straps, and one or more processors in operative communication with the display, the audio speaker, and the drone. The drone may be fixed to the body harness. The one or more processors may be configured to issue audio-visual content to the display and audio speaker and control the rotor based on the issued audio-visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SonicSensory, Inc.
    Inventor: Brock Maxwell Seiler
  • Patent number: 10532823
    Abstract: A system may include a non-avionics computing device, a data network switch, and avionics computing devices. The non-avionics computing device may be configured to execute a situation awareness program. Each of the avionics computing devices may be communicatively coupled to the data network switch. The avionics computing devices may include a first avionics computing device communicatively coupled to the non-avionics computing device. The first avionics computing device may be configured to: receive avionics data from other of the avionics computing devices; filter the avionics data from the other of the avionics computing devices based on a predetermined relevance to the situation awareness program; and output the filtered avionics data to the non-avionics computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Sarah Barber
  • Patent number: 10528045
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method of remotely controlling a vehicle, which includes identifying a vehicle entering an autonomous driving region, identifying autonomous driving authority information including a predetermined user's discretionary control right to the vehicle entering the autonomous driving region, remotely controlling a plurality of electronic elements included in the vehicle such that the vehicle moves along a set path corresponding to the autonomous driving region, and blocking a user's vehicle operation while autonomous driving is performed according to the remote control while allowing user's discretionary control for at least one of the plurality of electronic elements according to the autonomous driving authority information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: INFOBANK CORP.
    Inventors: Jung Min Kim, Ji Sung Kim, Sang Gyeong Bae, Kwang Rim Ha, Chang Seok Youk
  • Patent number: 10526088
    Abstract: A method for automatically delivering a physical mail includes receiving, by an unmanned aerial vehicle from an unmanned aerial vehicle management system, a delivery information, the delivery information includes information about a first secure mailbox and information about a second secure mailbox, the first secure mailbox being related to a first target user, delivering the physical mail to the first secure mailbox, and rerouting the unmanned aerial vehicle carrying the physical mail from the first secure mailbox to the second secure mailbox in response to the physical mail being delivered to the first secure mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simone Bonazzoli, Marco Borgianni, Claudio Falcone, Alessio Fioravanti, Giuseppe Longobardi, Silvano Lutri, Luigi Presti, Paolo Salerno, Alessandro Tomasi, Francesca Ziantoni
  • Patent number: 10522035
    Abstract: A navigation system for a vehicle and an auxiliary vehicle comprises a processing module configured to obtain information on an energy level of a power source in the auxiliary vehicle and determine a remaining traveling range of the auxiliary vehicle based on the energy level; and a navigation module configured to suggest at least one stop for the vehicle between a starting place and a destination based on the remaining traveling range of the auxiliary vehicle and an environment condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Yvonne Zhang, Vincent Zou
  • Patent number: 10513262
    Abstract: Method for operating a motor vehicle (1), comprising a navigation device (2) having at least one stored item of route information describing a route section and a cruise control system (3) that adjusts an actual speed of the motor vehicle (1) to a stored target speed determined as a function of the stored item of route information by controlling a drive (5) or a braking device (6) of the motor vehicle (1), wherein the navigation device (2) is supplied with at least one changed item of route information relating to the changed route section, and the cruise control system (3) adjusts the actual speed of the motor vehicle (1) as a function of at least one evaluation parameter, on the basis of which a traversal of the changed route section (15) earlier in time is qualified, either to the stored target speed determined as a function of the stored item of route information or to a changed target speed determined as a function of the changed item of route information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Stefan Schuberth, Florian Br├╝cklmaier, Torsten Hafer, Stefanie Edler
  • Patent number: 10509406
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling competition of an autonomous vehicle may include an autonomous drive determination device that determines whether the autonomous vehicle is capable of entering a competitive space in a situation where the autonomous vehicle is required to move into the competitive space during autonomous driving, a vehicle control device that controls the autonomous vehicle such that the autonomous vehicle enters the competitive space when the autonomous vehicle is capable of entering the competitive space, and when the autonomous vehicle fails to enter the competitive space after attempting to enter the competitive space, a vehicle competition control device that controls such that the attempt to enter the competitive space is held for a first competition waiting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Sung Choi, Dong Hwi Lee, Su Jung Yoo
  • Patent number: 10510253
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses embodiments of methods and apparatuses for indicating a vehicle moving state. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving a vehicle driving instruction; detecting a driving environment outside the vehicle; determining a driving strategy for executing the vehicle driving instruction in the driving environment; determining a driving track instructed by the driving strategy; and projecting the driving track on a road when the driving environment satisfies a preset condition. This implementation can clearly indicate the position that a vehicle is about to occupy, thereby improving the effect of interaction between the vehicle and other vehicles or pedestrians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tianlei Zhang, Wenli Yang, Zhenguang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10493962
    Abstract: A brake actuator system may comprise a brake actuator comprising a ball screw, a ball nut coupled to the ball screw, and a ram coupled to a ram end of the ball nut; a position sensor coupled to the brake actuator; a processor in electronic communication with the brake actuator and the position sensor; and/or a tangible, non-transitory memory configured to communicate with the processor, the tangible, non-transitory memory having instructions stored thereon that, in response to execution by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may comprise commanding the brake actuator to translate the ball nut in a first direction toward a brake stack; detecting the ram reaching a furthest forward position; and commanding the brake actuator to translate the ball nut in a second direction opposite the first direction for a total retraction distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Naison Mastrocola, Michael Abbott
  • Patent number: 10496087
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile terminal and a method of controlling the same. A mobile terminal according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a communication unit for transmitting/receiving data to/from a drone, an input unit for receiving a first signal for controlling operation of the drone, a display for displaying at least one of data received from the drone and a UI for operation control of the drone, and a controller for executing an application for operation control of the drone, transmitting the received first signal for controlling operation of the drone to the drone and transmitting a second signal for controlling operation of the drone to the drone according to generation of a predetermined event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Kyungdong Choi
  • Patent number: 10494789
    Abstract: An electronic control system for a work allows for control of steering despite movement of an implement that may support a load. Control may be based on vehicle position, velocity, acceleration, center of gravity, and heading. A control point is determined despite movement of the load, and may be based upon one or more of roll, yaw, and pitch of the vehicle. The vehicle may be of the type that allows for control only of wheel or track speed and rotational direction. A desired center of gravity is maintained while controlling an error between a desired vehicle trajectory and a determined trajectory in a closed loop manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Berkemeier, Jeffrey Lee Ferrin, John Arthur Mitsuru Petersen
  • Patent number: 10479357
    Abstract: A lane keeping system includes an absolute pressure sensor located in a door on each of opposing sides of a vehicle. Each sensor generates a signal indicative of a door cavity pressure on that side of the vehicle. A safety restraint system (SRS) controller is in communication with the pressure sensor. The SRS controller is configured to determine a collision event in response to the signal (e.g., increased pressure in the door as it is crushed) and activate a safety restraint component in response to the determined collision event. A lane keeping system (LKS) controller is in communication with the pressure sensors. The LKS controller determines a lateral wind force on the vehicle in response to the signal from each pressure sensor. The LKS controller determines a correction in response to the determined lateral wind force to maintain the vehicle along a desired path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hawes, Ehsan Samiei, Michael I. Chia