Patents Examined by Brian J Broadhead
  • Patent number: 9254877
    Abstract: The invention is a modular vehicle that is intended for a variety of operations including both military and civilian operations. The vehicle addresses the issue of performing special purpose tasks that the vehicle is asked to do. Such tasks can be accomplished by configuring the vehicle as an ambulance, as a fire-fighting vehicle, as a communications van, as a command and control vehicle, etc. Thus, the vehicle is readily adapted using standardized and customized modules that are readily attached to a standardized platform that includes an appropriate interconnection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: APPLIED MINDS, LLC
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis
  • Patent number: 8972137
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting that a four-wheel drive manual transmission vehicle is being operated in a manner that could cause a clutch over-speed problem. Upon detecting that the vehicle is being operated in the manner that could cause the clutch over-speed problem, the system and method activate a braking countermeasure to remove the potential problem. In addition, a fault code may be stored for subsequent diagnostic measures and/or a fault indicator may be used to alert the driver of the problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Edwin Moses, Loren M. Trotter
  • Patent number: 8972109
    Abstract: A trailer backup steering input apparatus is coupled to a vehicle. The trailer backup steering input apparatus comprises a rotatable control element (e.g., a knob) and a rotatable control element movement sensing device. The rotatable control element biased to an at-rest position between opposing rotational ranges of motion. The rotatable control element movement sensing device is coupled to the rotatable control element for sensing movement of the rotatable control element. The rotatable control element movement sensing device outputs a signal generated as a function of an amount of rotation of the rotatable control element with respect to the at-rest position, a rate movement of the rotatable control element, and/or a direction of movement of the rotatable control element with respect to the at-rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Douglas Scott Rhode, Matt Y. Rupp, David Dean Smit, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Roger Arnold Trombley
  • Patent number: 8682531
    Abstract: An image processing system inputs a captured image of a scene viewed from a vehicle in a predetermined road section and an image-capturing position at which the image is captured. The system uses a given position in the predetermined road section as a specific position, and sets a target vehicle movement amount at the specific position, for passing through the predetermined road section. The system generates reference image data from the captured image obtained at the specific position. The system generates reference data that is used when scenic image recognition is performed, by associating the reference image data with the specific position and the target vehicle movement amount at the specific position, and generates a reference data database that is a database of the reference data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Miyajima
  • Patent number: 8666581
    Abstract: A bicycle motor control apparatus includes a bicycle crank position detecting device, a bicycle crank position determining section, a stop determining section and a motor control section. The bicycle crank position detecting device detects a position of a bicycle crank. The bicycle crank position determining section determines if the bicycle crank is in a prescribed region including a bottom dead center position based on a detection result from the bicycle crank position detecting device. The stop determining section that determines a stopped state indicative of at least one a bicycle crank stopped state and a bicycle stopped state. The motor control section selectively outputs a motor driving command and stops the output of the motor driving command during a period in which the bicycle crank position determining section determines that the bicycle crank is in the prescribed region and the stop determining section determines that the stopped state exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Toshikuni Suzuki, Yoshio Umezawa, Bungo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8660784
    Abstract: A method for determining driver efficiency in a vehicle includes the steps of measuring a vehicle parameter, and calculating the driver efficiency based, at least in part, on the vehicle parameter. The vehicle parameter is influenced, at least in part, by an action taken by a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Vernon L. Newhouse, Carlene M. Sienkiewicz, Emily R. Wu, Kevin S. Kidston, Jonathan R. Schwarz, Don St John
  • Patent number: 8589005
    Abstract: A method of operating a drive train of a motor vehicle which includes at least an electric machine, as a drive aggregate, and a transmission which is positioned between the drive aggregate and an output, and a starting element positioned between the electric machine and the transmission. For and during the start, an expected drive resistance is calculated and then, if the expected drive resistance is lower than a first threshold value, starting takes place with the starting element engaged via the electric machine from a standstill, and if the expected drive resistance is larger than the first threshold value, starting takes place with the starting element disengaged, the electric machine is operated with a defined machine rotational speed in a rotation speed control mode, and thereafter, the starting element is engaged such that it transfers starting torque which depends on the a driver request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Johannes Kaltenbach
  • Patent number: 8494738
    Abstract: A powertrain in a vehicle includes an electro-mechanical transmission having a selectable one-way clutch mechanically-operatively coupled to an internal combustion engine and configured to selectively transmit mechanical power to an output member. A control method includes monitoring a vehicle speed, monitoring a transmission gear state, comparing the vehicle speed to a threshold low speed range, transitioning a selectable one-way clutch into an engaged mode when said vehicle speed is not in a forward direction in excess of the threshold low speed range, and maintaining the selectable one-way clutch in the engaged mode based upon the transmission gear state remaining in a first gear state and the vehicle speed remaining within said threshold low speed range, a neutral state, or a reverse state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chunhao J. Lee, Farzad Samie, Chi-Kuan Kao
  • Patent number: 8478498
    Abstract: A method for controlling a powertrain includes monitoring engagement status of said selectable one-way clutch, monitoring an upshift command, monitoring a speed of an engine to torque converter shaft, monitoring a speed of a torque converter to transmission shaft, when the monitoring detects engagement of the selectable one-way clutch and the upshift command, then determining a relative rotational speed of the torque converter based upon the speed of said engine to torque converter shaft and the speed of said torque converter to transmission shaft. A locked selectable one-way clutch condition is diagnosed based upon the relative rotational speed. A torque increase is commanded from the engine based upon the locked selectable one-way clutch condition. And disengagement of the selectable one-way clutch is commanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chunhao J. Lee, Farzad Samie
  • Patent number: 8239097
    Abstract: A steering control apparatus for a vehicle having a power source for generating power, and drive shafts for transferring the power to driving wheels of the vehicle, and a traction control device for controlling braking torque applied to the wheels. The apparatus comprises a detection device for detecting the braking torque applied to the wheels, a calculation device for calculating a driving force difference between the wheels, on the basis of the detected braking torque, a power source state detection device for detecting an actuating state of the power source, and a control device for controlling steering torque created by the steering wheel, and applying torque steer reducing torque to the steering wheel. A desired value of the torque steer reducing torque is determined, based on the driving force difference and the actuating state of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroyuki Kodama, Kenji Asano, Toshihisa Kato
  • Patent number: 8239099
    Abstract: A deviation controller to prevent deviation of a vehicle from a lane of travel includes a displacement estimator configured to estimate a future lateral displacement of the vehicle with respect to the lane of travel, a detecting device configured to detect a tendency of the vehicle to deviate from the lane of travel, a prevention controller configured to apply a yaw moment to correct a travel path of the vehicle when the tendency of the vehicle to deviate from the lane of travel is detected, a correction canceling device configured to cancel the yaw moment of the prevention controller when a steering angle exceeds a canceling threshold, and a threshold adjusting device configured to adjust the canceling threshold in response to the estimated future lateral displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Iwasaka, Kou Satou
  • Patent number: 8190324
    Abstract: A portable information terminal stores first function list information indicating the contents of functions installed on a first vehicle. When a user carrying the terminal gets in a second vehicle before driving, the second vehicle acquires the first function list information from the terminal. The second vehicle compares the acquired first function list information with second function list information indicating the contents of functions installed on the second vehicle. The second vehicle acquires a functional difference between itself and the first vehicle and notifies the user of the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Nippon Soken, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Hattori, Shougo Kameyama, Hideyuki Morita, Hirotane Ikeda, Michihiro Matsuura, Minoru Terada, Mitsuyasu Matsuura
  • Patent number: 8180543
    Abstract: A movement stabilizing control ECU 25 includes a differential unit 25a, a cycle calculation unit 25b, a time constant/gain setting portion 25c, a first-order lag processing unit 25d, a pendulum movement detection unit 25e, a control amount calculation portion 25f and a control amount output unit 25g. The time constant/gain setting portion 25c sets a time constant ? and a gain K used at the time of subjecting a yaw acceleration ?? which is a time-differential value of a yaw rate ? to the first-order lag processing at the first-order lag processing unit 25d, with reference to a function or data of a look-up table, for example, depending on the cycle or the frequency of the yaw acceleration ?? due to the pendulum movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Futamura, Takeshi Kojima, Kazuaki Miyata
  • Patent number: 8175748
    Abstract: A technology is provided that easily acquires the location where an article is placed and then moves to that location, even in cases where the article was originally placed in a location shielded from GPS radio wave, and subsequently moved to another location. Marks and RFID tags are affixed to a movable tray. A transfer robot includes a camera, a reader, and a sensor. The transfer robot detects the tray location from the location of a region in an image photographed by the camera that matches mark information. Furthermore, the reader in the transfer robot detects the tray location from the intensity of a radio wave whose information, when read, matches an ID retained in the RFID tag. The transfer robot moves with the camera and the reader, detecting the tray that is the target destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kosei Matsumoto, Toshio Moriya
  • Patent number: 8175778
    Abstract: If a mode-detection value is switched from an automatic shift-mode to a manual shift-mode, a T-ECU changes a shift-stage to a speed lower than a speed that is obtained before the switching of the mode-detection value. The T-ECU determines that a state of the T-ECU returns to a recognizable-state, in which a mode-selection value can be recognized, from an unrecognizable-state, in which the mode-selection value cannot be recognized. The T-ECU sets the shift-stage to a hold value after the return. The T-ECU controls the shift-stage in the automatic shift-mode ā€œDā€ over a standby-period after the return. The T-ECU controls the shift-stage in the automatic shift-mode ā€œDā€ until the detection of the operation of the shift-lever after the standby-period passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ichiro Kitaori
  • Patent number: 8175768
    Abstract: An aircraft system includes an aircraft subsystem generating monitor trips related to the health of the aircraft subsystem; and an area health manager coupled to the aircraft subsystem. The area health manager includes a data receiver for receiving the monitor trips from the aircraft subsystem; a fault detector for processing inputs based on the monitor trips to identify faults; and an execution sequence queue coupled to the fault detector for storing a plurality of execution entities. Each of the plurality of execution entities is associated with a specific logic operation in the fault detector that is executed when the associated execution entity is in a first predetermined state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas L. Bishop, Timothy J. Felke, Pavel P H Hynek
  • Patent number: 8165746
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an industrial truck control system (10) for influencing the driving operation of an industrial truck (A, B) according to irregularities along the route to be traveled by the industrial truck (A, B), the system comprising a sensor device (14) for recording irregularities along the route in assignment to the position of irregularities concerned, a memory device (16) for storing the data recorded by the sensor device, and means (16) for influencing the driving operation of the industrial truck (A, B) in dependence on the respective position of the industrial truck (A, B) and according to the data of the sensor device (14) stored in the memory device (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernd Tueshaus
  • Patent number: 8135528
    Abstract: An actual vehicle actuator operation control input and a model operation control input are determined by an FB distribution law such that the difference between a reference state amount determined in a vehicle model and an actual state amount of an actual vehicle approximates zero, and then an actuator device of the actual vehicle and the vehicle model are operated on the basis of the control inputs. The value of a parameter of the vehicle model set according to an actual vehicle motional state such that the attenuation property of a reference state amount when a drive manipulated variable is changed is higher than the attenuation property of an actual state amount. Accordingly, the actual vehicle actuator device is properly controlled independently of an actual vehicle motional state such that a state amount related to an actual vehicle motion approximates a vehicle state amount on a dynamic characteristic model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Hiroshi Kono, Takayuki Toyoshima, Hiroyuki Urabe
  • Patent number: 8060262
    Abstract: An airport lighting aid simulation system comprises a data storage unit configured to store lighting aid data relating to a plurality of airports. The lighting aid data indicates a type and a location of an airport lighting aid at a runway at each airport. The system also includes a display unit and a processing unit operatively connected to both the data storage device and the display unit. The processing unit is configured to receive an input signal indicative of a target runway, to retrieve a sub-set of the lighting aid data from the data storage unit, the sub-set being indicative of a target runway lighting aid, and to control the display unit to display a target runway description. The system enables a pilot to determine whether a visible runway is the target runway by comparing a view from an aircraft as the aircraft approaches the visible runway with the target runway description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Roger W. Burgin, Blake Wilson
  • Patent number: 8050815
    Abstract: A method for selectively monitoring one or more vehicle systems is disclosed. The method includes recognizing, at the vehicle, an activation device that is configured to trigger predetermined setting(s) for the one or more vehicle systems. The telematics unit transmits to a secure server a signal indicative of the fact that the activation device is in use. Access to the secure server for monitoring the one or more vehicle systems via an Internet-enabled program is selectively enabled. A system for monitoring one or more vehicle systems is also disclosed. Further, a method for controlling vehicle system parameters is disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignees: General Motors LLC, GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Perry, Anne Ginn