Patents Examined by Anshul Sood
  • Patent number: 9694639
    Abstract: A distributed active suspension control system is provided. The control system is based on a distributed, processor-based controller that is coupled to an electronic suspension actuator. The controller processes sensor data at the distributed node, making processing decisions for the wheel actuator it is associated with. Concurrently, multiple distributed controllers on a common network communicate such that vehicle-level control (such as roll mitigation) may be achieved. Local processing at the distributed controller has the advantage of reducing latency and response time to localized sensing and events, while also reducing the processing load and cost requirements of a central node. The topology of the distributed active suspension controller contained herein has been designed to respond to fault modes with fault-safe mechanisms that prevent node-level failure from propagating to system-level fault. Systems, algorithms, and methods for accomplishing this distributed and fault-safe processing are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ClearMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Near, Vladimir Gorelik, Jonathan R. Leehey, Marco Giovanardi, Matthew D. Cole
  • Patent number: 9663048
    Abstract: A control unit for operating a motor vehicle includes a basic module and a function module, which is constructed in a secured run-time environment. The control unit includes predefined first and second interfaces, which each couple the basic module and the function module. The basic module is designed for determining one or more function input quantities, depending on at least one operating quantity, and for providing the function input quantities at the first interface. The basic module is further designed for determining control variables of the actuators, depending on one or more output quantities, which are provided at the second interface. The function module is designed for determining the one or more output quantities, depending on the function input quantities provided t the first interface and a predefined quantity of rules, which output quantities characterize an operating strategy from a quantity of predefined operating strategies, and for providing the output quantities at the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Pichler, Joachim Froeschl, Martin Hattenkofer
  • Patent number: 9663099
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle having a hybrid drive is disclosed. The hybrid drive includes an internal combustion engine, an electric machine having an associated energy store, which can be charged when the electric machine is operated as generator, and an electronically shiftable transmission, the gears of which can be manually upshifted or downshifted by operating a selecting element, wherein the electric machine is switched to generator operation when a lower gear is selected by operating the selecting element at least once or another shifting mode of a transmission control unit leading to a higher rotational speed because of a gear change is selected and, after the gear selection or shifting mode selection, the acceleration of the motor vehicle is not changed or changed only to a predetermined extent by pressing the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Reimund Limbacher, Oliver Hahne
  • Patent number: 9666066
    Abstract: An unexpectedness prediction sensitivity determining apparatus determines a standard driving operation level of a driver when turning to the right or left at an intersection for each intersection based on intersection travel information received from plural vehicles. Subsequently, the unexpectedness prediction sensitivity determining apparatus determines the unexpectedness prediction sensitivity of the driver when turning to the right or left at the intersection based on the intersection travel information associated with the intersections where determined standard driving operation levels of the drivers are identical to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Machiko Hiramatsu, Takashi Sunda
  • Patent number: 9637111
    Abstract: A method selects one or more power sources in a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) at a particular moment in time for a current route to optimize energy consumption for the HEV, wherein the HEV includes one or more electric engines (EC) and one or more internal combustion engines, by first determining, in an off-line processor, a regression model that predicts a terminal cost of a state along a route from features associated with the route and the vehicle, using a computed true costs-to-go of multiple states from multitude of real or imaginary routes. In an online processor in the HEV, truncated dynamic programming is performed using the regression model to estimate a terminal cost at an end of a truncated time horizon for a current route. Then, one or more of the power sources are selected for the one or more EC and the one or more ICE based on a minimal cost-to-go of a current state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Nikolaev Nikovski, Amir massoud Farahmand
  • Patent number: 9630628
    Abstract: Data representing movement of a portable device is received. A vibrational torque signal within that data corresponding to the vibration of a steering wheel is identified. Based at least in part on the identification, it is determined that a user has a hand on the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Kevin Holub
  • Patent number: 9620017
    Abstract: A merge assistance system for a vehicle. The system includes a camera configured to monitor an area, at least one sensor configured to detect information about at least one moving target object, an electronic control unit having a processor in electronic communication with the camera and the sensor to receive information about the monitored area and the at least one moving target object. The system also includes a computer readable medium storing instructions that cause the processor to receive information about a velocity and an acceleration of the vehicle, determine a merging location based on the information received from the camera, determine a velocity and an acceleration of the at the least one moving target object based on the information from the at least one sensor, identify a merge assist situation, and initiate a merge driving maneuver to control the vehicle during the merge assist situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Vern Trageser
  • Patent number: 9599476
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a seamless road network of a large geographical area includes a plurality of GPS probe traces extending across a geographical area. The probe traces are divided into sub-sets base on criteria, such as accuracy. A plurality of threads simultaneously employ the sub-sets traces to generate an independent network of the entire geographical area. The networks generated using sub-sets having a high accuracy are preferred over networks generating using sub-sets having a lower accuracy. The independent networks are combined to form a seamless networks of road segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TomTom Global Content B.V.
    Inventors: Heiko Mund, Hannes Scharmann
  • Patent number: 9587960
    Abstract: A system for piloting an aircraft during an autonomous approach for the purpose of landing. The piloting system has a flight guidance computer that directly computes, with the aid of a position indication and of information characterizing a virtual approach axis, linear deviations. Another computer computes aircraft piloting instructions using the linear deviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Vincent Markiton, Franck Laine, Edith Renault
  • Patent number: 9586563
    Abstract: An autonomous moving apparatus and an autonomous movement system has a configuration which prevents disabled autonomous moving apparatuses from traveling unexpectedly during collection. An autonomous moving apparatus 1 includes a wheel locking unit 116 which locks the wheels at the time of stop, a manipulation unit 119 which is provided at a location where manipulation thereof is enabled from the outside of the autonomous moving apparatus 1, and a wheel lock releasing unit 118 which releases the lock of the wheels when the manipulation unit 119 is manipulated by force from the outside. In addition, the wheel lock releasing unit 118 releases the lock of the wheels when force equal to or more than a predetermined value is applied to the manipulation unit 119 and maintains the lock of the wheels when the force applied to the manipulation unit 119 is less than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Kanai, Masatsugu Arai, Ryoko Ichinose, Yukihiko Ono
  • Patent number: 9579978
    Abstract: The present invention is an in-vehicle charger for detecting ground faults originating in sections in which alternating current is flowing. This device is an in-vehicle charger (100) for charging a vehicle-mounted battery, wherein the device is provided with: a bridge rectifier (14) for converting alternating current supplied from a power source to direct current; a ground fault detecting circuit (21) for outputting a test voltage when a test current flows in a circuit in the in-vehicle charger (100) and, based on changes in the test current in response to the presence or absence of a ground fault resistor, for detecting a ground fault in the circuit of the in-vehicle charger (100); and a controller (23) for controlling the ground fault sensing circuit (21) so as to output a test voltage exceeding the forward voltage of a diode provided by the bridge rectifier (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nishio, Osamu Ohashi, Noriaki Asaoka, Akihiro Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9581458
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: determining a travel context with a control unit for traveling through a geographic region; generating a mental model for the travel context; and determining a guidance landmark based on the mental model for providing a navigation guidance for presenting on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Stewart Aist, Jose Sebastian, Aliasgar Mumtaz Husain, Casey Carter
  • Patent number: 9563203
    Abstract: Buoyant sensor networks are described, comprising floating buoys with sensors and energy harvesting capabilities. The buoys can control their buoyancy and motion, and can organize communication in a distributed fashion. Some buoys may have tethered underwater vehicles with a smart spooling system that allows the vehicles to dive deep underwater while remaining in communication and connection with the buoys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Faranak Davoodi, Farhooman Davoudi
  • Patent number: 9556589
    Abstract: A working machine comprising 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: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: J. C. Bamford Excavators Limited
    Inventors: Graham Mark Brooks, Richard Brooks, Samuel Josef Bell
  • Patent number: 9533662
    Abstract: A driving assistance system includes: a storage apparatus (14) configured to store an operation result of a first assistance apparatus (50) performing first driving assistance on a first movable body (20A); a determination unit (135) configured to determine whether or not an operation result of a second assistance apparatus (40) performing second driving assistance on a second movable body (30) is related to the operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50) stored in the storage apparatus (14); an information providing unit (134, 133) configured to provide assistance information based on an operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50) when the determination unit (135) determines that the operation result of the second assistance apparatus (40) is related to the operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50); and an assistance unit (323) configured to perform driving assistance on the second movable body (30) based on the assistance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JODPSHA BAUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 9533672
    Abstract: A method for damping mechanical vibrations is provided, in particular torsion vibrations, in a vehicle that has a drive train comprising a combustion engine and an electrical drive motor, wherein a signal describing the current vibration behavior of at least one vehicle component is subjected to a vibration analysis, and at at least one interference frequency contained in the signal, a compensation torque counteracting said interference frequency is generated by the electric drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Christ
  • Patent number: 9520066
    Abstract: A routing tool is disclosed. The routing tool is configured to determine a landing site for an aircraft by receiving flight data. The routing tool identifies at least one landing site proximate to a flight path and generates a spanning tree between the landing site and the flight path. According to some embodiments, the landing sites are determined in real-time during flight. Additionally, the landing sites may be determined at the aircraft or at a remote system or device in communication with the aircraft. In some embodiments, the routing tool generates one or more spanning trees before flight. The spanning trees may be based upon a flight plan, and may be stored in a data storage device. Methods and computer readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles B. Spinelli, Bradley William Offer, Alan Eugene Bruce, Robert Lusardi, Steven Furman Cuspard
  • Patent number: 9507346
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to autonomous vehicles and associated mechanical, electrical and electronic hardware, computer software and systems, and wired and wireless network communications to provide an autonomous vehicle fleet as a service. More specifically, systems, devices, and methods are configured to initiate modification of trajectories to influence navigation of autonomous vehicles. In particular, a method may include receiving a teleoperation message via a communication link from an autonomous vehicle, detecting data from the teleoperation message specifying an event associated with the autonomous vehicle, identifying one or more courses of action to perform responsive to detecting the data specifying the event, and generating visualization data to present information associated with the event to a display of a teleoperator computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Sol Levinson, Timothy David Kentley, Gabriel Thurston Sibley, Rachad Youssef Gamara, Ashutosh Gajanan Rege, Gary Linscott
  • Patent number: 9501937
    Abstract: A method of controlling airport traffic is provided. The method includes routing a plurality of aircraft towards a runway and selecting a runway approach vector for each of the plurality of aircraft. First approach legs of each runway approach vector are separated from each other by a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffery Leon Bruce, Andrew David McDowell
  • Patent number: 9493182
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and a method for compensating friction due to rack bending in a motor driven power steering system. The system for compensating friction may include a rack bending signal processor and a friction compensation controller. The rack bending signal processor may determine whether a rack bar bends when a lateral force is transmitted to the rack bar in turn of a vehicle. The friction compensation controller may calculates a friction compensation torque by adding a counter-rack bending torque according to a bending displacement of the rack bar to a basic steering torque of a motor and control a current supplied to the motor to apply the friction compensation torque if it is determined that the rack bar bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Hyung Kim