Patents Examined by Anshul Sood
  • Patent number: 9840262
    Abstract: There is provided an ultrasonic imaging device capable of controlling a moving device according to a movement direction of a platform in the front or the rear thereof. An ultrasonic imaging device includes a platform to which an ultrasound probe is connected, a moving device configured to move the platform, and a manipulation unit configured to control the moving device to be in any mode of an aligned movement mode, a free movement mode and a stop mode, wherein the manipulation unit includes a first manipulation unit that is provided in a first direction of the platform and controls operations of the moving device and a second manipulation unit that is provided in a second direction facing the first direction of the platform and controls operations of the moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Kyeong Gu Woo
  • Patent number: 9836725
    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 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Tal Cohen
  • Patent number: 9834251
    Abstract: For steering a vehicle around obstacles, proceeding along a path from a starting position to an end position, the path including linear sub-paths which are defined by an increment ? and a steering angle ?, a method includes: a) determining a maximum steering angle range and a maximum and a minimum increment range; b) determining the present distance eP from the end position, the target angle ?O, and the angle difference e? between the present vehicle angle and the target angle; c) performing an optimization method for ascertaining a sub-path by minimizing the value of a cost function lo assigned to the sub-path; d) determining the new position by adding the ascertained sub-path to the present position; and e) repeating steps (b) through (d) until the end position is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Boeck, Andreas Kugi, Patrik Zips
  • Patent number: 9830752
    Abstract: A method for detecting faults in a vehicle control system comprising functional units having an associated unique prime number label is provided. The method comprises calling each of the functional units, the call comprising a readable and updateable integer traversal value, and in case the functional unit is operating correctly, updating the traversal value to be the product of the value in the call and the label of the currently called functional unit, and in the case of a fault, not updating the traversal value. Further, the method comprises determining from the traversal value if any functional units are faulty by a comparison with an expected traversal value, and, in the case that the traversal value is not equivalent to the expected traversal value, determining which functional units are faulty by a unique prime factorization algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ningbo Geely Automotive Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Palander
  • Patent number: 9828095
    Abstract: Deflection of a rotor of a motor, such as a brushless motor, of an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) during operation may cause the magnets coupled to the interior surface of the rotor to move or walk down the surface, imbalancing the motor and potentially creating an unsafe flying condition for the UAV. The described methods and apparatus monitor rotor deflection of the motor during operation and alter one or more flight characteristics of the UAV if the deflection exceeds a tolerance range. By altering flight characteristics, external forces acting on the motor may be reduced, thereby reducing the deflection of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Michael Wilcox, Kevin Kwok Leung Yuen
  • Patent number: 9827979
    Abstract: A transmission control device (4) includes: a gear ratio calculating unit (4a) for calculating a target gear ratio of a transmission (2) based on a gear ratio control mode, to thereby control the transmission; an electric motor drive torque calculating unit (4b) for calculating a drive torque of an electric motor (9) based on the gear ratio control mode when drive of the electric motor (9) is permitted; and an engine torque calculating unit (4c) for calculating an output torque of an engine (1) based on the gear ratio control mode so as to achieve a best fuel efficiency operation state. The gear ratio calculating unit (4a) switches processing of calculating a gear ratio based on whether or not the drive of the electric motor (9) is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Nozomu Kamioka, Satoshi Wachi
  • Patent number: 9815457
    Abstract: In the case where a throttle valve has a sticking abnormality, a hybrid vehicle performs failsafe operation (limp home mode) with fixing the throttle valve to an opener position (S100) and sets a restoration diagnosis cooling water temperature T1 such as to decrease with a decrease in state of charge SOC of a battery (S120). When cooling water temperature Tw of the engine becomes equal to or higher than the restoration diagnosis cooling water temperature T1, the hybrid vehicle performs sticking restoration diagnosis to determine whether the throttle valve is restored from the sticking abnormality (S150). This allows for earlier diagnosis of whether the throttle valve is restored from the sticking abnormality at the lower state of charge SOC of the battery and enables the hybrid vehicle to return to normal operation at an earlier time. As a result, this ensures the more adequate sticking restoration diagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidekazu Nawata, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami
  • Patent number: 9802598
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a hybrid electric vehicle using a driving tendency are provided. The method includes determining a driving tendency level based on data to determine a driving tendency of a driver and determining a target engine torque using an engine torque map based on a vehicle speed and a required torque. Whether the driving tendency level corresponds to a predetermined level is determined as well as whether the required torque is equal to or greater than a torque that corresponds to an optimal operating point of an engine when the driving tendency level corresponds to the predetermined level. The target engine torque is then adjusted when the required torque is equal to or greater than the torque that corresponds to the optimal operating point of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yongkak Choi, Hoon Han, Ilkwon Park
  • Patent number: 9796366
    Abstract: A braking device for a motor vehicle has a setpoint controlled deceleration device, which, upon receipt of a braking request input by a driver or an assistance system, for example, on the basis of a difference between a setpoint value and an actual value, drives a brake of the vehicle to generate a setpoint controlled braking torque for a deceleration of the motor vehicle. In addition, the braking device has a braking preparation control, which, upon receipt of a braking preparation signal, drives the brake independently of the setpoint value to produce at least one braking pressure for generating a preparation braking torque for a pre-deceleration of the motor vehicle. The braking preparation signal is generated as soon as a driving situation is ascertained where a braking request input by a driver or an assistance system is very likely imminent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Christian Korthals, Michael Bachmann, Harald Michi, Michael Schubert
  • Patent number: 9773360
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing logging policies includes: a logging policy input section configured to receive a plurality of logging policies for use with vehicle data; a logging policy storage configured to store the received plurality of logging policies; a logging policy interpreter configured to extract profile data, variable data, and policy data from the plurality of logging policies stored at the logging policy storage; a logging policy analyzer configured to analyze the profile data, the variable data, and the policy data of the respective logging policies extracted by the logging policy interpreter and create an integration rule based on the analyzed data; an integration logging policy generator configured to generate an integration logging policy based on the integration rule created by the logging policy analyzer; and an integration logging policy processor configured to process the integration logging policy generated by the integration logging policy generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chul Min Kim, Myeong Gyu Jeong, Dong Youl Lee, Young Su Kim
  • Patent number: 9771085
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a detection system configured to acquire data regarding operation of the vehicle, and a robotic driving device configured to provide robotic control of the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a control system configured to determine whether the robotic driving device is activated, such that the vehicle is in robotic driving mode; receive a request by a prospective operator of the vehicle to deactivate the robotic driving device to initiate a manual driving mode; determine whether the prospective operator is impaired based on the data; and selectively grant or refuse the request based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde
  • Patent number: 9773353
    Abstract: A method of automatically establishing a data connection between a wireless automotive interface component and a mobile communication device, comprising: providing a wireless automotive interface component connected to a vehicle's On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port, the interface component comprising: a short range communication module; and a vehicle network protocol interface; providing a mobile communication device running a gateway module; representing an automatically recognizable Bluetooth profile and a Serial Port Profile (SPP) by the wireless interface component; detecting the automatically recognizable profile by the mobile communication device; searching for the SPP profile by the mobile communication device; and automatically establishing a data connection between the wireless interface component and the mobile communication device via the SPP profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: FusePoint LTD.
    Inventors: Ehud Naamani, Issac Zloter, Dan Shneider
  • Patent number: 9764728
    Abstract: An electric vehicle may include at least one motor configured to transmit a drive output. A motor-generator unit may be configured to supply the at least one motor with electrical power. The motor-generator unit may include an internal combustion piston engine, which may include a crankshaft configured to rotation about an axis of rotation, and an electrical generator that may be drive connected to the piston engine. A control device may be in communication with the motor-generator unit. The control device may be configured to vary a generator torque of the electrical generator during a rotation cycle of the crankshaft in response to a crankshaft angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Mike Basset, Tony Cains, Jonathan Hall, Marco Warth
  • Patent number: 9764737
    Abstract: A vehicle speed calculating device is provided. The device includes a first vehicle speed calculating module configured to calculate a first vehicle speed based on a vehicle speed pulse count of a vehicle, a second vehicle speed calculating module configured to calculate a second vehicle speed based on positioning signals broadcasted from positioning satellites, an acceleration acquiring module configured to acquire an acceleration detected by an acceleration sensor provided to the vehicle, an estimating module configured to estimate a speed error based on a correlative relationship of a difference value between the first and second vehicle speeds with the acceleration, and a correcting module configured to correct the first vehicle speed based on the speed error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoji Takayama
  • Patent number: 9738267
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline braking may transition from regenerative braking to engine braking to reduce the possibility of battery degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Seung-Hoon Lee, Gregory Michael Pietron, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Alex O'Connor Gibson, Dennis Craig Reed
  • Patent number: 9725114
    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: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Alyn Brown, Scott W. Keller
  • Patent number: 9725090
    Abstract: A speed control device in a traveling work vehicle changes a speed of rotational drive power from an engine to drive vehicle wheels and includes: a target speed calculator determining a target speed, based on operation deflection of a speed change device. A vehicle speed controller adjusting a speed change ratio based on the target speed. A vehicle speed obtainer obtaining an actual vehicle speed. A forcible target speed modifier forcibly modifying the target speed to a lower speed based on operation of a braking device. A release can treat an operation of the speed change device as a trigger to cancel the target speed forcibly modified by the forcible target speed modifier, and conforming the target speed to the actual vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Shigeru Komatsu, Keiji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9718469
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide, in a vehicle driving assistance system that provides assistance to avoid a collision between a host vehicle and a three-dimensional object causing an obstruction, a technique for avoiding assistance in which the host vehicle is guided to a region where the presence of a three-dimensional object is unclear. To achieve this object, according to the invention, a grid map, by which an avoidance region in which a three-dimensional object exists, an unclear region in which the existence of a three-dimensional object is unclear, and a safe region in which no three-dimensional objects exist can be distinguished, is created. When the avoidance region exists on the advancement path of the host vehicle, a route that can avoid the avoidance region and passes through the unclear region for a distance not exceeding a threshold is specified, whereupon a steering angle is controlled to cause the host vehicle to travel along the specified route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Matsubara, Shinji Igarashi, Tomonori Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9714050
    Abstract: A collision avoidance assistance device configured to perform driver steering assistance to avoid a collision between a vehicle and an obstacle, the device includes a steering control unit configured to perform the steering assistance in a case where it is determined that there is a possibility of the collision between the vehicle and the obstacle. During a period from commencement of the steering assistance to elapsing of a first time determined by response characteristics of a lateral acceleration of the vehicle, the steering control unit is configured to rotate a steering wheel of the vehicle in a collision avoidance direction by a control amount determined based on a steering holding force of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Kohei Morotomi, Yoshihisa Yamada, Eiji Kasai, Tomonori Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9709413
    Abstract: A device is configured to receive a request for directions from a user device. The device determines a start time, a start location, and a destination location for the directions. The device determines a route from the start location to the destination location and obtains travel condition information corresponding to the route. The travel condition information indicates a traffic condition or a weather condition. The device predicts a future travel condition along the route based on the travel condition information and the start time. The device generates the directions based on the future travel condition and provides the directions to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Manuel E. Caceres, Yuk Lun Li, Craig Jackowski