Patents Examined by Basil T Jos
  • Patent number: 9908516
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a vehicle brake control apparatus, and a brake control method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jin-Myung Kim
  • Patent number: 9902495
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle includes at least one rotor motor configured to drive at least one propeller to rotate. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a data center including a processor; a data storage component; and a wireless communications component. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a hybrid generator system configured to provide power to the at least one rotor motor and to the data center, the hybrid generator system including a rechargeable battery configured to provide power to the at least one rotor motor; an engine configured to generate mechanical power; and a generator motor coupled to the engine and configured to generate electrical power from the mechanical power generated by the engine. The data center may include an intelligent data management module configured to control power distribution and execution of mission tasks in response to available power generation and mission task priorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Top Flight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Long N. Phan, Samir Nayfeh, John J. Polo, Eli M. Davis, Paul A. DeBitetto
  • Patent number: 9874455
    Abstract: In some implementations, a mobile device can be configured to provide simplified audio navigation instructions. The simplified audio navigation instructions can provide a reduced set of audio navigation instructions so that the audio instructions are only presented to the user when the user wishes to or needs to hear the instructions. A user can enable the simplified audio navigation instructions. The simplified audio navigation instructions can be enabled automatically. The simplified audio navigation instructions can be configured with rules for when to present audio navigation instructions. For example, the rules can specify that audio navigation instructions are to be provided for complex road segments, a user defined portion of a route, or specified road types, among other criteria. The mobile device can be configured with exceptions to the rules such that audio navigation instructions can be presented when the user has, for example, deviated from a defined route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anil K. Kandangath, Xiaoyuan Tu
  • Patent number: 9869556
    Abstract: A mobile terminal may include a communication unit configured to communicate with a vehicle control apparatus installed in a vehicle, a body worn on the user's wrist portion, an output unit provided in the body, and a controller configured to control the output unit to output vehicle information acquired from the vehicle control apparatus to the outside, wherein the output unit displays the vehicle information on a screen and outputs it in the form of vibration of the body or voice. The mobile terminal may further include a position detection unit configured to detect the position of the mobile terminal, wherein the controller calculates a driving direction for arriving at the destination of the vehicle in real time-according to the position of the mobile terminal, and controls the output unit to display an arrow indicating the calculated driving direction in a turn-by-turn (TBT) manner on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dukyung Jung, Jinsang Lee
  • Patent number: 9857187
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a one-to-many route searching method comprising searching map data to select links to form a plurality of routes from a departure node according to a cost function, and determining an extent of each route according to an objective function, wherein the searching of the map data is performed to a search boundary based upon a cost of an unreachable node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOMTOM NAVIGATION B.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Profous, Johannes Robert Fischer, Andreas Menge
  • Patent number: 9850966
    Abstract: A control system for reducing rattle noise of a brake caliper may include a wheel speed sensor configured to detect a wheel speed of each wheel to which a caliper device is mounted, a controller configured to determine a vibration level value according to a road surface state by processing and analyzing a wheel speed signal received from the wheel speed sensor, and, when the road surface state of the road is determined as one in which unevenness exists, output a control signal for applying oil pressure for preventing rattle noise to a wheel cylinder of a brake device, a braking driver configured to generate and supply the oil pressure for preventing rattle noise according to the control signal output from the controller, and the wheel cylinder of the brake device, to which the oil pressure for preventing rattle noise, which is supplied by the braking driver, is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sung Hyun Cho
  • Patent number: 9849873
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a vehicle and a coasting feedback control method for the same. The coasting feedback control method includes the following steps: detecting the current speed of a vehicle, the depth of a braking pedal of the vehicle, and the depth of an accelerator pedal; and when the current speed of the vehicle is greater than a preset speed, both the depth of the braking pedal and the depth of the accelerator pedal are 0, and the current gear of the vehicle is gear D, when the vehicle is not in a cruise control mode and an anti-lock braking system of the vehicle is in a non-working state, controlling the vehicle to enter a coasting feedback control mode, where when the vehicle is in the coasting feedback control mode, a coasting feedback torque of a first motor generator and a coasting feedback torque of a second motor generator are distributed according to a selected coasting feedback torque curve of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Dongsheng Yang, Yubo Lian, Jintao Zhang, Hongbin Luo
  • Patent number: 9840148
    Abstract: A control system for an electric motor usable as a generator of a vehicle includes: a first control device and a second control device each configured to define, in consideration of at least one furnished first specification signal with regard to a driver-requested or autonomously requested braking input, at least one target braking torque variable with regard to at least one generator braking torque to be exerted by way of the at least one electric motor on at least one wheel of the vehicle and/or on at least one axle of the vehicle, and to output to the at least one electric motor, and/or to at least one electronic control system of the at least one electric motor, at least one output signal corresponding to the at least one target braking torque variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Kistner, Otmar Bussmann, Bertram Foitzik, Urs Bauer, Rolf Ellwein, Robert Kaster
  • Patent number: 9834204
    Abstract: A method for learning an upwards friction coefficient of an engine clutch of a hybrid vehicle includes: after the engine clutch is engaged, disengaging, by a controller, the engine clutch which connects an engine with a motor or disconnects the engine from the motor; when the engine clutch is disengaged, comparing, by the controller, a temperature of the engine clutch with a threshold value; and when the temperature of the engine clutch is less than the threshold value, increasing, by the controller, a friction coefficient of the engine clutch up to a certain value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yeon Bok Kim, Jeong Soo Eo, Young Joon Chang
  • Patent number: 9835456
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining current sensor information that corresponds to one or more sensors of a wheelchair and that indicates a current state of the wheelchair and its surrounding environment. The method may further include obtaining current situation information that indicates a current situation of a wheelchair and its corresponding user. In addition, the method may include determining current solution information that corresponds to a current solution to help navigate the current situation. The current solution information may be determined based on one or more of the following: the current situation information and the current sensor information. The method may additionally include implementing the current solution based on the current solution information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Samir Parikh, Daiki Masumoto
  • Patent number: 9821845
    Abstract: A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a trailer sensor module generating a trailer yaw rate and a vehicle sensor system generating a vehicle yaw rate and a vehicle speed. The system further includes a controller determining an estimated length of the trailer based on an estimated hitch angle, the vehicle yaw rate, the vehicle speed, and the trailer yaw rate in view of a kinematic relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Li Xu, Hongtei Eric Tseng, Thomas Edward Pilutti
  • Patent number: 9821794
    Abstract: When a catalyst temperature is lower than a predetermined temperature on a second or subsequent start of an engine since system activation of a vehicle, a catalyst warm-up request is output for the purpose of warming up a catalyst in a catalytic converter. An output limit Wout of a battery is not increased in response to a second or subsequent output of the catalyst warm-up request, while being increased in response to a first output of the catalyst warm-up request. Accordingly, the catalyst warm-up in response to the second or subsequent output of the catalyst warm-up request since the system activation suppresses excessive output of electric power from the battery and thereby suppresses deterioration of the battery. Catalyst warm-up is performed in response to the second or subsequent output of the catalyst warm-up request. This suppresses deterioration of emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichiro Muta, Hideki Kamatani, Takao Itoh, Makoto Yamasaki, Ryo Mano, Masahiro Kagami, Hiroki Endo
  • Patent number: 9821808
    Abstract: A computing device for a vehicle includes a processor and a memory. The processor is programmed to determine that a vehicle destination includes a boat launch and that the vehicle is towing a trailer including a boat. The computing device guides the vehicle at the boat launch to position the trailer to launch the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Samer Abbas, John P. Joyce
  • Patent number: 9821842
    Abstract: A rear wheel steering system may include: a vehicle speed detection unit configured to detect a vehicle speed; a steering angle detection unit configured to detect a steering angle based on an operation of a steering wheel; a pinion angle detection unit configured to detect a pinion angle based on an operation of the steering wheel; a rear wheel driving unit configured to steer rear wheels; and a control unit configured to receive the vehicle speed, the steering angle, and the pinion angle from the vehicle speed detection unit, the steering angle detection unit, and the pinion angle detection unit, calculate a target rear wheel steering angle for steering the rear wheels, calculate a final rear wheel steering angle at which a steering point of the rear wheels is adjusted using a steering angle speed, the vehicle speed, and the pinion speed, and operate the rear wheel driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jeong Min Lee
  • Patent number: 9797247
    Abstract: A control system and related method for controlling the machine in a mine. The control system may comprise a LADAR, an interface device, a processor and an AECM. The LADAR may be configured to capture scan data of physical mine walls. The interface device may be configured to display a mine map illustrating a section of the mine. The processor may be configured to add a virtual wall to the mine map in response to a first user input. The processor may be configured to add a temporary wall to the mine map in response to a second user input. The temporary wall may be based on scan data of a physical mine wall captured by the LADAR. The AECM is configured to control an operation of the machine, based on the mine map, to avoid collision of the machine with the virtual wall or the temporary wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Keith Nathan Nelson, Shane A. May, Suneel Venkata Kandula
  • Patent number: 9789864
    Abstract: A hybrid manager control unit for a drive train of a vehicle, wherein the hybrid manager control unit has a total target torque dividing device for optimizing an efficiency by dividing a total target torque specification into a first axle torque specification for a first axle of the vehicle and a second axle torque specification for a second axle of the vehicle. The hybrid manager control unit has a redistributing device for producing a first and a second redistributed axle torque specification by partially or completely redistributing the first or the second axle torque specification to the second redistributed axle torque specification or to the first redistributed axle torque specification while taking into account at least one driving dynamics parameter. A vehicle includes a hybrid manager control unit for a drive train of a motor vehicle and a method for distributing a total target torque specification for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Michael Wein, Clemens Burow, Stefan Beyer
  • Patent number: 9790695
    Abstract: A control system for controlling operation of an implement based, at least, on a pre-determined implement control plan, includes a relative positioning system, a controller, and one or more actuators. The relative positioning system is configured for determining positioning of the and utilize input from perception sensors to determine relative positioning signals. The controller is configured to determine a resume position for a next operation of the implement based on the predetermined implement control plan and at least one of the relative positioning signals and an end position of a previous operation of the implement. The controller may further be configured to determine implement control signals based on, at least, the resume position. The one or more actuators are each operatively associated with one or both of the implement and machine and configured to receive the implement control signals and position the implement based on the implement control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Friend, Qi Chen, Jean-Jacques Clar
  • Patent number: 9783955
    Abstract: A system for moving material from a first work area to a second work area includes a change in terrain sensor, a machine position sensor, and a controller. The controller performs first material moving operations including tip head operations until the void at the second work area is filled to a predetermined extent. The controller performs second material moving operation including backstacking operations until a predetermined amount of material has been moved from the first work area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Clar, Michael Taylor, Troy K. Becicka, Ross McAree, Kyle Edwards, Peter Beasley
  • Patent number: 9771059
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for control of a vehicle with a drive system comprising an output shaft in a combustion engine and a planetary gear with a first and a second electrical machine connected via their rotors to the components in the planetary gear, a supply of electrical power to electrical auxiliary units and/or loads present in the vehicle is carried out, by way of the combustion engine being kept running with its output shaft connected with the second electrical machine's rotor, and the electrical auxiliary units and/or loads being supplied with electrical power via the first electrical machine and/or the second electrical machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventors: Johan Lindström, Mathias Björkman, Mikael Bergquist, Niklas Pettersson
  • Patent number: 9766637
    Abstract: An operation control system for a mining machine includes, based on travel path information including at least information on moisture content of a travel path on which a mining machine operating at a mine runs, and position information being information on a position of a travel path corresponding to the travel path information, generating speed limit information for changing a speed limit for the mining machine to run on the travel path corresponding to the travel path information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuuen Kou, Masanori Tojima, Tomonori Ozaki