Patents Examined by Atul Trivedi
  • Patent number: 11040714
    Abstract: According to various examples, a vehicle controller is described comprising a determiner configured to determine information about surroundings of a vehicle, the information about the surroundings comprising information about velocities of objects in the surroundings of the vehicle and a velocity controller configured to input the information about the surroundings of the vehicle and a specification of a path of the vehicle to a convolutional neural network, to determine a target velocity of the vehicle along the path based on an output of the convolutional neural network and to control the vehicle according to the determined target velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koba Natroshvili, Kay-Ulrich Scholl
  • Patent number: 11033345
    Abstract: A tele-operated system includes a platform, a manipulator supported by the platform, a support structure supporting the platform, and a processor. In a platform movement mode the processor is configured to sense a manual movement of a link of the manipulator relative to the platform that moves the link from a first to a second positional relationship relative to the platform wherein a difference between the first and second positional relationships includes a displacement having components in first, second, and third directions that are perpendicular to one another, calculate, in response to the sensed manual movement, a command for the support structure that causes the link to move in the first direction so as to reduce the displacement in the first direction and does not change the displacement in the second direction, and transmit the command to the support structure so as to move the platform and the manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul G. Griffiths, Paul W. Mohr, Nitish Swarup, Michael Costa, David Q. Larkin, Thomas G. Cooper
  • Patent number: 11029166
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reserving a carpooling service are provided. A method may include: obtaining, from a first passenger terminal, a first service request including a first start location and a first destination; determining at least one first recommended time based on the first start location and the first destination; obtaining a first start time from the first passenger terminal, the first start time is selected from the at least one first recommended time by the first passenger terminal; obtaining, from a second passenger terminal, a second service request including a second start location and a second destination after the obtaining of the first service request; and determining a second recommended time for the second passenger terminal based on the first start location, the second start location, and the first start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Baotong Yang
  • Patent number: 11027712
    Abstract: A method for determining a coefficient-of-friction, the method including braking a first wheel of a vehicle such that a slip between the first wheel and a roadway is less than a slip between a second wheel of the vehicle and the roadway, and determining a coefficient-of-friction between the first wheel and the roadway based on the behavior of the first wheel during the braking. The method optionally including hazard braking the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, WABCO EUROPE BVBA, TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Friedrich Tenbrock, Sven Gohl, Christoph Schall, Dan Williams, Stephan Kallenbach, Klaus Plähn, Thomas Dieckmann, Ralph-Carsten Lülfing
  • Patent number: 11022052
    Abstract: A vehicle power output control method, apparatus and system are provided. The method includes: collecting an image of a road surface on which a vehicle drives currently, and recognizing, according to the image of the road surface, the type of the road surface on which the vehicle drives currently; starting, according to the current type of the road surface, a terrain mode corresponding to an all-terrain adaptive mode; determining, in the terrain mode, a power output strategy corresponding to the current terrain mode; and adjusting an output torque of an engine according to a power output curve corresponding to the current power output strategy, the power output curve being a function curve using a stepping depth of an accelerator pedal as a variable and the output torque of the engine as an output. The method facilitates outputting an adaptive power by an engine when a vehicle drives on different road surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU AUTOMOBILE GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lingtao Han, Qiang Ren, Ted S Huang, Wei Xu, Chunyun Zheng
  • Patent number: 11022984
    Abstract: Automatic terrain evaluation of landing surfaces, and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. A representative method includes receiving a request to land a movable object and, in response to the request, identifying a target landing area on a landing surface based on at least one image of the landing surface obtained by the movable object. The method can further include directing the movable object to land at the target landing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhenyu Zhu, Honghui Zhang, You Zhou
  • Patent number: 11008016
    Abstract: A display system includes a display configured to display an image, a driving controller configured to execute a first driving mode in which one or both of steering and acceleration/deceleration of a vehicle are controlled on the basis of a prescribed event accompanied by a change in behavior of the vehicle or a second driving mode in which a degree of reliance on an operation of an occupant of the vehicle is greater than that in the first driving mode, and a display controller configured to control the display, wherein the display controller causes the display to display an image indicating the occurrence of the prescribed event to be executed in the first driving mode at a timing before the behavior of the vehicle changes and display information for prompting the occupant to implement the change in the behavior executed by the driving controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fue Kubota, Mineyuki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11001392
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software for determining the weight and center of gravity location of an airplane or other vehicles, like a forklift, truck, maritime vessel. The same system could be used to determine stresses or movement on stationary structures is disclosed. This system employs commercially available, off the shelf or existing, proven, and inexpensive technology and utilizes empirical data. Further, it is designed as a supplemental check on calculated results, which are subject to data errors and are circumvented by this invention's equipment. The system includes a set of pressure and load, strain, bending, and/or other sensors, a voltage source, a voltmeter, a computer, a display, an empirically derived database, a temperature sensor, a set of switches, wireless transmission, and a power source that allows the system to be used for determining the weight and center of gravity location of an airplane or other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: John Timothy Kern
  • Patent number: 11001264
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling drive of a vehicle includes an input device, and a control circuit. The control circuit performs a lane keeping control on a driving lane of the vehicle for a first time duration, when receiving a first input for changing a lane from the driver through the input device, performs a line access control such that the vehicle moves toward a line positioned in a direction of a target lane for the changing of the lane, after completing the lane keeping control for the first time duration, when receiving a second input for changing the lane from the driver through the input device after receiving the first input, and performs a lane entrance control toward the target lane when the line access control is completed within a second time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Beom Jun Kim, Hoi Won Kim, Doo Jin Um, Dae Young Kim, Chan Il Park, Jin Su Jeong, Dong Eon Oh
  • Patent number: 11001145
    Abstract: An assembly, a transportation vehicle and a method for assisting a user of a transportation vehicle. The method includes determining a change of an operating state of the transportation vehicle and displaying a command button for operating a function of the transportation vehicle at a new position in response to the change of the operating state of the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Luigi Trabucco
  • Patent number: 10994732
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a detection means having a detection zone and a lateral non-detection region, the controller comprising: an input for receiving an object detection signal from the detection means; a processor arranged to generate a control signal for controlling a vehicle system in dependence on the received object detection signal; an output for outputting the control signal wherein the processor is arranged to generate a vehicle speed control signal to vary a vehicle speed about a current vehicle speed in order to bring an object within the lateral non-detection region into the detection zone of the detection means; and the output is arranged to output the vehicle speed control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mostafa Taie, Adam Adwan
  • Patent number: 10968765
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a command to operate a power load of a power system at a command output power while operating the power load at a reference output power; operating a gas turbine engine of the power system in a maximum regulator mode to increase a power generation of the gas turbine engine when the command output power is greater than the reference output power or in a minimum regulator mode to decrease the power generation of the gas turbine engine when the command output power is less than the reference output power; and coordinating an electric machine power draw from the gas turbine engine with a change in power generation of the gas turbine engine to maintain a rotational speed parameter of the gas turbine engine substantially constant while operating the gas turbine engine in the maximum regulator mode or in the minimum regulator mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Paul Robert Gemin
  • Patent number: 10964221
    Abstract: An improved ground collision avoidance system and method is provided for aircraft driven during ground operations by electric taxi drive systems. One or more monitoring devices employing scanning LiDAR technology may be mounted in exterior locations on or near aircraft landing gears or aerodynamically in locations on the aircraft fuselage selected to generate panoramic three-dimensional images from any point of view within or without the aircraft as the aircraft is driven independently within an airport ramp area. The point of view images are transmitted in real time to displays in the aircraft cockpit and may be transmitted to displays outside and remote from the aircraft, allowing the pilot and airport personnel to monitor the aircraft moving within the ramp environment and to respond quickly to control the aircraft's electric taxi drive system-powered ground travel to avoid and prevent a potential collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Borealis Technical Limited
    Inventors: Jan Vana, Joseph J. Cox, Isaiah W. Cox
  • Patent number: 10962448
    Abstract: A monitoring method, the purpose of which is, when a loss of power is detected in an aircraft engine, to generate an alarm in the form of a single message displayed on a display screen in the cockpit, in order to indicate if the level of damage suffered by the engine is critical or not. The steps implemented are based on alarm signals transmitted by a central processing unit of the engine and also on alarm signals transmitted by a diagnostic device for the onboard systems of the aircraft, in order to take account of both the situation of the engine and also the situation of the systems surrounding the engine which can be affected by damage to an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Antoine Pilon, Natalino Agostino, Adrien Pierrel
  • Patent number: 10962381
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for creating traffic information for a specialized type of vehicle. The method may include receiving initial driving information for a generic type of vehicle along a planned traffic route. The generic type of vehicle travels along the planned traffic route in larger numbers than the specialized type of vehicle. The method further includes determining an adjustment to the initial driving information for the specialized type of vehicle along the planned traffic route. The method further includes creating a specialized driving information based on the initial driving information and the adjustment that was determined. The method still further includes providing the specialized driving information relating to the planned traffic route for the specialized type of vehicle. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Marek Krysiuk
  • Patent number: 10957127
    Abstract: A method and apparatus in a vehicular telemetry system for determining accelerometer thresholds based upon decoding a vehicle identification number (VIN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Charles Cawse
  • Patent number: 10957124
    Abstract: A method and apparatus in a vehicular telemetry system for determining accelerometer thresholds based upon decoding a vehicle identification number (VIN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Charles Cawse
  • Patent number: 10953900
    Abstract: An abnormality detection device includes: a measurement value acquiring unit configured to acquire input accelerations of n vehicles traveling along a track; and an abnormality determination unit configured to determine abnormality in the track at a track position at which the input accelerations are equal to or more than a threshold value in a case where it has detected that the input accelerations for all of the n vehicles are equal to or more than a threshold value, and determine abnormality in any one or a plurality of vehicles out of n?1 or less vehicles in the n vehicles at which the input accelerations are equal to or more than the threshold value in a case where it has detected that the input accelerations for the any one or a plurality of vehicles out of the n?1 or less vehicles in the n vehicles are equal to or more than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Akihisa Kawauchi, Hiroyuki Kono, Koji Uchida
  • Patent number: 10946972
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling thrust of an engine for an aircraft are described herein. A position of a thrust lever for controlling the engine is obtained from one or more sensors. Air data is obtained from one or more air data inputs. An air temperature data input is detected as compromised from the air data. In response to detecting the air temperature data input is compromised, a target engine rotational speed is determined based on the position of the thrust lever and at least one of altitude data and Mach number data from the air data. A rotational speed of the engine is adjusted to the target engine rotational speed to control thrust of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Glenn Birch, Faran Hafeez, Regina Parker, Jason Tremblay, Paul Fisher, Michael Krynski, Eric Brossard
  • Patent number: 10946842
    Abstract: A trailer brake and monitoring system with a trailer control module, which has a processor, a signal input, a first wheel speed input, a second wheel speed input, a valve output, and a data port. The processor receives a signal from the signal input, and the processor sends the signal to the data port. The processor receives a first wheel speed signal from the first wheel speed input and a second wheel speed signal from the second wheel speed input. The processor is configured to send a first brake signal to the valve output based on at least one of the first wheel speed signal and the second wheel speed signal. The trailer control module may include third and fourth wheel speed inputs and a second valve output. The data port may be a power input configured for connection with a PLC cable and/or a CAN port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: HALDEX BRAKE PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Justin Williams