Patents Examined by Anshul Sood
  • Patent number: 10336150
    Abstract: Payload properties may be determined utilizing actuator parameter data. A mobile drive unit may transport a payload around a workspace in accordance with one or more safety. To comply with safety policies, a motion controller of the mobile drive unit may limit acceleration and deceleration to safe maximums for given payload characteristics such as payload mass and payload center of gravity. The motion controller may utilize actuators to cause various motions of the mobile drive unit, including motion across a surface, vertical movements of the payload and motion rotating the payload. To ameliorate worst case assumptions about payload characteristics, in accordance with at least one embodiment of the invention, a payload characterization module may obtain information about payload characteristics based on measurements of operational parameters of the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Hebert, Erica Aduh, Peter Thomas Colantonio, Parris S. Wellman
  • Patent number: 10332323
    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 the OBC device. The OBC device continuously timestamps and uploads a plurality of performance time-dependent data (PTDD) points to the OBC device throughout a current vehicular trip. The OBC device 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 OBC device 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: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth Carl Steffen Winiecki
  • Patent number: 10331122
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle with an external advertising platform, such as video display signage, designed to provide on-demand geolocation video ever-changing advertising. The audiences of such advertisements would include those individuals that were in proximity to the self-driving vehicle as it traversed a geographic area. A large fleet of such self-driving vehicles could constantly move between targeted areas, including suburban neighborhoods to reach a maximum audience, without the need of a human operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Alexander Terzian
  • Patent number: 10315663
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for an adaptive climate control system. An example vehicle includes a plurality of sensors to determine the speed of the vehicle, an internal temperature of the vehicle, and a fuel economy of the vehicle. The vehicle includes control units each coupled to a corresponding window and an HVAC controller. The vehicle also includes a processor and memory with a climate control adapter. The climate control adapter performs adaptive cooling based on the speed, fuel economy, and the internal temperature of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10295999
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a general-purpose wireless mobile device having a touch-sensitive screen and executing a remote control application is used to remotely control a vehicle (e.g., a marine vessel). The general-purpose wireless mobile device communicates via a wireless network with an interface (e.g., a server) that is coupled to an electronic control system of the vehicle (e.g., the vessel). In operation, environmental information and/or system status information is collected through the electronic control system, propagated to the interface (e.g., server), and then sent over the wireless network to the wireless mobile device. Similarly, control input is sent over the wireless network to the interface (e.g., server), which passes the information to the electronic control system, which in turn issues appropriate control signals to the vehicle subsystems (e.g., marine subsystems) to control the motion of the vehicle (e.g., the vessel).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Savant Systems, LLC, Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Jobs, Robert P. Madonna, Michael C. Silva, Cameron Pulsford, Nicholas J. Cipollo
  • Patent number: 10296005
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for field monitoring. A system for field monitoring comprises a plurality of types of sensor modules, an unmanned vehicle comprising a sensor system, and a control circuit configured to: receive onboard sensor data from the sensor system of the unmanned vehicle, detect an alert condition at a monitored area based on the onboard sensor data, select one or more types of sensor modules from the plurality of types of sensor modules to deploy at the monitored area based on the onboard sensor data, and cause the unmanned vehicle and/or one or more other unmanned vehicles to transport one or more sensor modules of the one or more types of sensor modules to the monitored area and deploy the one or more sensor modules by detaching from the one or more sensor modules at the monitored area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon, Nathan G. Jones, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10293801
    Abstract: A method for the adaptive control of a driver operation-dependent actual vehicle deceleration in a commercial vehicle includes determining an operating variable that indicates a displacement of a brake pedal of a brake valve demanded by the driver as well as an assistance deceleration demand, providing a mass-dependent feeling curve that associates a driver's deceleration demand with the operating variable, adapting the mass-dependent feeling curve if there is no assistance deceleration demand so that the determined operating variable is associated with an actually prevailing actual vehicle deceleration, specifying a target vehicle deceleration depending on a driver operation-dependent driver's deceleration demand determined from the corresponding feeling curve and the assistance deceleration demand if there is an assistance deceleration demand, and actuating a brake pressure corresponding to the target vehicle deceleration for adaptively adjusted, driver operation-dependent control of the actual vehicle dece
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Horst Eckert, Florian Schwagmeyer
  • Patent number: 10275797
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to an autonomous vehicle or self-driving vehicle with a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system can determine, prior to and/or during a collision, whether an escape path exits. If an escape path exists, the brakes are disengaged such that at least some of the energy and/or momentum from a colliding vehicle is transferred and a jolt or shock experienced by an occupant is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Freytag
  • Patent number: 10272924
    Abstract: Described is a system and method that provides the ability for an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) to determine (or estimate) one or more control characteristics for the ADV. In order to determine these control characteristics, the system may perform one or more driving maneuvers such as an acceleration or deceleration maneuver, and a constant velocity maneuver. By performing these maneuvers using various known forces, the system may then perform various calculations to obtain one or more unknown characteristics. For example, the system may determine as estimated mass of the ADV, and as a result, adjust (or tune) various controls of the ADV based on the estimated mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Qi Luo, Qi Kong, Fan Zhu, Sen Hu, Xiang Yu, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10266176
    Abstract: A vehicle collision avoidance assist system, including: a forward obstacle detecting device; and a controller including an automatic braking control executing portion to execute an automatic braking control for permitting a brake apparatus to automatically operate and an avoidance control executing portion to execute, in addition to the automatic braking control, an avoidance control for pen fitting a steering apparatus to automatically operate, wherein the avoidance control executing portion is configured such that, when the forward obstacle detecting device detects, as a forward obstacle, a continuous obstacle that continuously extends diagonally forward so as to be inclined with respect to a forwardly extending centerline that forwardly extends from a center of the own vehicle, the avoidance control executing portion executes the avoidance control to enable the own vehicle to avoid the continuous obstacle such that the own vehicle travels along the continuous obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Motoki Nishimura, Kotaro Saiki, Shinya Nishida
  • Patent number: 10260886
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and storage medium associated with navigation service are disclosed. In various embodiments, a method may include collecting, by a client mobile device, ambient barometric pressure information at a current location of the client mobile device. The method may further include providing, by the mobile device, contemporaneous navigation assistance to a user of the mobile device or for a user of the mobile device, assisted by a remote navigation assistance service. Assistance by the remote navigation service is associated with determining the current elevation level, based at least in part on ambient barometric pressure information collected by the client mobile device and by one or more crowdsourced mobile devices at the current location. Other embodiments may be disclosed or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Poornachandran, Lakshman Krishnamurthy, Uttam Sengupta, Rajasekaran Andiappan
  • Patent number: 10259416
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus comprises a first detector configured to detect an obstacle around a subject vehicle traveling in a first lane and a second detector configured to detect a second lane adjacent to the first lane. The travel control apparatus sets a first range at a target position for lane change in the second lane. The first range has a size equal to or larger than a size which the subject vehicle occupies on a road surface. The travel control apparatus detects a range in the second lane as a second range. The range in the second lane is located at a side of the subject vehicle, and the obstacle is absent in the range in the second lane. The travel control apparatus permits the subject vehicle to change lanes when the second range includes the first range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Takae
  • Patent number: 10247566
    Abstract: An electronic navigation system configured to receive a user's entry of calendar data of a planned event into an electronic calendar, including an indication of a point of time, a geographic location, and metadata descriptive of the planned event; enter the calendar data into a user specific trained classifier; process the calendar data by the user specific trained classifier to provide a classification result indicating whether a trip is required to participate in the planned event; if a trip is required, generate and send a request including the geographic location to a second server; generate navigation data including a predicted time duration for the trip, and return a response including the navigation data to the first server; generate and send a dynamic reminder message including the navigation data to the user's telecommunication device a variable amount of time before the planned event based on the predicted time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Christian Schelhaas
  • Patent number: 10228257
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique is described herein for assisting at least two users in finding and traveling to (and/or from) a meeting location. In one implementation, the technique generates and displays a heat map that shows at least one fair region having meeting locations that satisfy a fairness consideration. In one case, a meeting location within the fair region(s) satisfies the fairness consideration when the users can travel to (and/or from) the meeting location with an equal amount of cost. The heat map can also show one or more fairness-deficient regions that fail to satisfy the fairness consideration, relative to a specific user, with respect to one or more specified degrees of cost mismatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Matthias Christian F. Baer
  • Patent number: 10228704
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of performing an automated maintenance operation on a piece of equipment includes determining, using a processor system, a diagnostic status of the piece of equipment using a first unmanned vehicle, and determining, using the processor system, a maintenance condition of the piece of equipment. A maintenance operation and a safety operation to be performed are identified based on the diagnostic status of the piece of equipment. A second unmanned vehicle is dispatched, using the processor system, to perform the maintenance operation and a third unmanned vehicle is dispatched, using the processor system, to perform the safety operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guy M. Cohen, Lior Horesh, Raya Horesh, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 10228705
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of performing an automated maintenance operation on a piece of equipment includes determining, using a processor system, a diagnostic status of the piece of equipment using a first unmanned vehicle, and determining, using the processor system, a maintenance condition of the piece of equipment. A maintenance operation and a safety operation to be performed are identified based on the diagnostic status of the piece of equipment. A second unmanned vehicle is dispatched, using the processor system, to perform the maintenance operation and a third unmanned vehicle is dispatched, using the processor system, to perform the safety operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guy M. Cohen, Lior Horesh, Raya Horesh, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 10220853
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an own vehicle that is a vehicle carrying the apparatus in a proper manner taking into account driver's driving maneuver tendencies is provided. The apparatus acquires travel situation information including target information regarding a target or targets around the own vehicle and travel information regarding the own vehicle, and if the travel situation information meets a prescribed travel condition, acquires driving maneuver information regarding a driving maneuver performed by the driver of the own vehicle. The apparatus stores, as a learned value, the driving maneuver information acquired by the second information acquirer in association with the prescribed travel condition, and performs automatic driving control based on the learned value stored by the learner in association with the prescribed travel condition met by the travel situation information currently acquired by the first information acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Habu
  • Patent number: 10214198
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, an MG (motor generator) 1, an MG2, a planetary gear device mechanically coupled to the engine and MG1 and MG2, a battery, a converter configured to boost a voltage from the battery, an inverter configured to perform a power conversion between the converter and MG1 or between the converter and MG2, and a controller. MG1 generates a counter-electromotive voltage when rotated by the engine, and a braking torque is generated as the counter-electromotive voltage becomes greater than the output voltage of the converter. During an inverter-less running control where the inverter is put into a gate shut-off state and the engine is driven to cause MG1 to generate the counter-electromotive torque, the controller decreases a voltage difference between the counter-electromotive voltage and the output voltage of the converter when a chargeable power of the battery is lower than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Shibata, Takeshi Kishimoto, Masaya Amano, Takashi Ando, Yu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10216184
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present disclosure, a apparatus is provided, the apparatus comprising a reader and a controller operatively coupled to the reader, wherein the reader is configured to receive certificate data from an external tag and to provide said certificate data to the controller, and wherein the controller is configured to receive said certificate data from the reader, to verify whether the certificate data are valid, and to enable operation of the apparatus if the certificate data are valid. According to a second aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding method for controlling the operation of an apparatus is conceived. According to a third aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding computer program product is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Victor Vega, Adrian Koh, Peter Esser
  • Patent number: 10209712
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting and responding to cut in vehicles, and for navigating while taking into consideration an altruistic behavior parameter. In one implementation, a navigation system for a host vehicle may include a data interface and at least one processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Stein