Patents Examined by Behrang Badii
  • Patent number: 11225762
    Abstract: A modular landing port for use on a top of a building structure. The modular landing port includes a base portion. One or more landing module extend from the base portion. The one or more landing modules have a first end provide proximate the base portion and a second end spaced from the base portion. Each of the one or more landing modules have a landing/take-off zone proximate the second end and at least one loading/unloading zone proximate the first end. The landing/take-off zone and the at least one loading/unloading zone are configured to receive a vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Gannett Fleming Inc.
    Inventors: Harry T. Osborne, Brian J. Smith, Jennifer M. Ganley, Teresa L. Peterson
  • Patent number: 11222529
    Abstract: A traveling assisting method for an ambulance vehicle includes the first to third steps. The first step is the step of causing a server to acquire an expected arrival time at which an ambulance vehicle arrives at a traffic intersection that is located on an expected traveling route of the ambulance vehicle. The second step is the step of causing the server to acquire an expected arrival time at which a vehicle arrives at the traffic intersection, when the vehicle is located in surroundings of the expected traveling route. The third step is the step of causing the server to transmit a restraint instruction to the vehicle to travel toward the traffic intersection and to restrain entry of a vehicle other than the ambulance vehicle into the traffic intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Kurokawa, Takenori Shimizu, Junya Watanabe, Jun Goto, Koji Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 11214207
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for providing vehicle functions in a motor vehicle, whereby vehicle functions are performed in a computing device of the motor vehicle and each of the vehicle functions performed generates command data for at least one respective actuator of an actuator device of the motor vehicle. The disclosure provides that the vehicle functions and the actuator device are coupled through an integration component and the vehicle functions respectively output the command data to the integration component by means of a respective actuator-independent call routine and the integration component converts the command data into respective actuator-specific control data and transmits the control data to the respective actuator by means of an actuator-specific control routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: G√ľnter Kistler
  • Patent number: 11214386
    Abstract: Provided is a system comprising a projector; and a control device, wherein the control device includes a projector position information acquisition unit for acquiring projector position information indicative of a position of the projector, a flight vehicle position information acquisition unit for acquiring flight vehicle position information indicative of a position of a flight vehicle on which a solar cell panel is mounted, and an irradiation direction control unit for controlling an irradiation direction of light emitted from the projector, based on the projector position information and the flight vehicle position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: HAPSMobile Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiko Tajika, Kiyoshi Kimura, Takashi Motohisa, Atsushi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11215472
    Abstract: An information providing device to be mounted on a vehicle. The vehicle includes control means and control means for transmitting, when the vehicle is controlled by automatic driving, a control signal for outputting route guidance information for informing a driver of the vehicle about a specified route by mechanical speech, and a control signal for outputting automatic driving guidance information for informing the driver of the vehicle about a route of the vehicle driven by automatic driving by a sound effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Iijima, Hironobu Sugimoto, Hiroaki Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 11215991
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system for vehicles includes: an autonomous driving controller for controlling autonomous driving of a host vehicle based on information of nearby vehicles and requesting warning and handover upon determining that a failure in autonomous driving of nearby vehicles has occurred; a communication controller for requesting the warning and handover; selecting an emergency target vehicle and requesting a driving mode of following the emergency target vehicle upon receiving autonomous driving failure information; a human-machine interface device for outputting warning and handover information in response to the request of the autonomous driving controller and the communication controller; and a host vehicle driving controller for controlling driving of the host vehicle in response to the request of the autonomous driving controller and the communication controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hahk Rel Noh, Su Lyun Sung, Dae Sung Hwang, Jun Ho Park, Cho Rong Ryu, Tae Jun Lee, Da Yeon Park, Dong Gyu Noh, Jong Rok Park
  • Patent number: 11209273
    Abstract: A celestial navigation system includes an optical device for receiving light from a celestial object, a spectrometer for measuring a spectrum of the light in sufficient detail to identify absorption and/or emission features, and a processor for processing the spectrum to match the spectrum, or a processed version thereof, against a set of reference spectra information in a database, a device for measuring the pointing direction of the optical device and a clock. The matching may be on a maximum likelihood basis. The system is thus able, on identification of a single star, and, using commonly available navigational almanacs, to calculate a geographical position. Celestial navigation takes place even when only one celestial object (that is also within the database) is visible, although improved accuracy may be obtained with multiple observations. Advantageously, the database includes stars of the K and/or M type, that have more characteristic spectral content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Anthony O'Dell, Stephen Barry Foulkes, Philip John Kent
  • Patent number: 11204607
    Abstract: A trajectory setting device that sets a trajectory of a host vehicle includes a first path generation unit configured to generate a first path by assuming all obstacles around the host vehicle to be stationary obstacles, a second path generation unit configured to generate a second path when the moving obstacle is assumed to move independently, a third path generation unit configured to generate a third path when the moving obstacle is assumed to move while interacting with at least one of the other obstacles or the host vehicle, a reliability calculation unit configured to calculate reliability of the second path and reliability of the third path, and a trajectory setting unit configured to set the trajectory for traveling from the first path, the second path, and the third path based on the reliability of the second path and the reliability of the third path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 11203441
    Abstract: A monitoring system for an aircraft cabin has a main computing unit, a galley operator control apparatus and a physically separate data distribution apparatus, having a first computing unit and a second computing unit, which is autonomous in respect of the latter, and connected via an interface circuit for data interchange. The first computing unit is set up to take a cabin output signal received from the main computing unit for providing an operating signal for operating a cabin function. The second computing unit is set up to take a control command received from a galley operator control apparatus display device as a basis for providing a switching signal prompting a power control device to switch an electrical load on or off, set up to take a cabin output signal received from the first computing unit for providing a display signal to reproduce information on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Christian Riedel, Michael Netzler, Gerd Bruechmann
  • Patent number: 11198429
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for controlling a parking operation of a vehicle, and more specifically, to a specific method and apparatus for controlling a parking operation of a vehicle using a radar sensor and an ultrasonic sensor of the vehicle to reduce parking time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Young Ju Kwon
  • Patent number: 11199845
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for distributing crop material for ensilage may include determining, with a computing device, a storage volume for the crop material. The method may also include dividing, with the computing device, the determined storage volume into a plurality of planes. Each plane of the plurality of planes may be spaced apart from each other plane of the plurality of planes along a vertical direction. Furthermore, the method may include controlling, with the computing device, an operation of at least one of a work vehicle or an associated implement in a manner that distributes a portion of the crop material on a given plane of the plurality of planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, John H. Posselius, Cory Douglas Hunt, Christopher A. Foster, Joshua David Harmon
  • Patent number: 11192581
    Abstract: A vehicle steering system includes a steering actuator which acts on steered wheels, an actuation unit, a feedback actuator to which a user request for a steering angle can be applied using a steering input means, which outputs a feedback signal to the steering input means in response to the request and a driving state of the vehicle. A signal transmission transfers the request to the actuation unit. The actuation unit actuates the steering actuator to deflect the wheels. When a monitor detects a malfunction of the feedback actuator as a fault situation, the feedback signal and the signal transmission is modified or generated according to multiple options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Kristof Polmans
  • Patent number: 11192661
    Abstract: An aircraft is presented. The aircraft comprises a tow point positioned on a body of the aircraft and forward of main landing gear of the aircraft, wherein the tow point is connected to an airframe of the aircraft to accept and distribute forces forward, aft, and normal to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Daniel B. Douglass
  • Patent number: 11192634
    Abstract: Systems and methods of improving the operation of an aircraft during flight are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises deploying spoilers as the speed of the aircraft approaches the maximum operating Mach number of the aircraft, and keeping the spoilers deployed when the speed of the aircraft is substantially at the maximum operating Mach number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventor: Nicola Iarocci
  • Patent number: 11186273
    Abstract: A vehicle data processing method includes receiving data points from one or more sensors arranged in or around a vehicle, identifying one or more emergency events based on the received data points from the sensors, determining, with the one or more local processors of a vehicle, an instant reaction in response to the emergency events, and controlling a control mechanism of the vehicle based on the determined instant reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Felipe G. Salles
  • Patent number: 11186314
    Abstract: An articulated vehicle assembly comprising a master vehicle having a master steering system and an onboard sensor arrangement configured to monitor at least said master steering system; a slave vehicle having a slave steering system and an onboard actuator arrangement configured to manipulate at least said slave steering system; an articulation system for articulating in a queue the master and the slave vehicles along a common longitudinal axis; and a processing unit configured to receive input signals from the onboard sensor arrangement and produce corresponding output signals to the onboard actuator arrangement to manipulate said slave steering system so as to maintain the master vehicle and the slave vehicle aligned along the common longitudinal axis, at least when the master vehicle performs a turn on a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: PLASAN SASA LTD.
    Inventors: Amir Ben Shoshan, Asaf Engel
  • Patent number: 11180211
    Abstract: A bicycle telescopic apparatus includes a first tube, a second tube, a positioning structure, a memory, and a controller. The second tube is telescopically received in the first tube and configured to be adjustably movable with respect to the first tube in a longitudinal direction of the bicycle telescopic apparatus. The positioning structure includes an electrical actuator to adjustably position the second tube relative to the first tube in the longitudinal direction. The memory is configured to store setting information for a predetermined relative position of the first tube and the second tube, and the setting information is changed via an electrical setting operation. The controller is configured to control the electrical actuator to position the second tube relative to the first tube at the predetermined relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Nobukatsu Hara, Satoshi Shahana, Toyoto Shirai, Yuki Sakagawa, Yuta Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 11175672
    Abstract: An autonomous moving body includes: a driven body including a carriage capable of moving autonomously; a battery; a first communication unit capable of communicating with a charging dock; and a first arithmetic processing unit for executing first arithmetic processing related to the drive of the driven body among arithmetic processings of the autonomous moving body. A charging dock includes: a charger for charging the battery; a second communication unit capable of communicating with the autonomous moving body; and a second arithmetic processing unit for executing second arithmetic processing other than the first arithmetic processing among the arithmetic processings of the autonomous moving body. The second communication unit is configured to be able to receive arithmetic data used for the second arithmetic processing from the first communication unit, and to transmit a processing result of the second arithmetic processing executed by the second arithmetic processing unit to the first communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuta Itozawa
  • Patent number: 11176835
    Abstract: In order to provide an aircraft with GLS (GBAS (Ground-Based Augmentation System) Landing System) data packets for a satellite navigation-based automatic landing, the GLS data packets comprising GBAS correction data for a satellite navigation and FAS data that describes a set approach path of the aircraft, SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) correction data for the satellite navigation are received from an SBAS satellite. The received SBAS correction data are converted into GBAS correction data. The GBAS correction data obtained by the conversion are combined with the FAS data in the GLS data packets. The GLS data packets are transmitted to the aircraft via a radio link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Dautermann, Robert Geister, Thomas Ludwig
  • Patent number: 11174034
    Abstract: An aircraft control system and method to optimize aircraft control based on noise abatement volumes. A noise abatement component computes optimal flight and engine control based on a line-of-sight distance to minimize direct operating cost (DOC) while complying with community noise regulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark Lawrence Darnell, David M Lax, Brandon James Rhone