Patents Examined by Cuong H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10268198
    Abstract: A pollution source detection system, includes an automated vehicle including a position sensor that detects a geographic position of the automated vehicle and at least one pollution detection sensor that measures a concentration of pollution at the automated vehicle. The pollution source detection system includes a back-end system. The back-end system includes a network interface that receives the geographic position and the concentration of the pollution from the automated vehicle. The back-end system includes a database that stores the geographic position and the concentration of the pollution received via the network interface. The back-end system includes a processor that measures a gradient of the concentration of the pollution and controls a movement of the automated vehicle based on the gradient to guide the automated vehicle toward a source of the pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiran Mantripragada, Ulisses Mello, Rafael Horschutz Nemoto, Nicole Barbosa Sultanum, Lucas Correia Villa Real
  • Patent number: 10262473
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a status of a vehicle suspension system are disclosed. A vertical acceleration of the vehicle relative to a road surface is determined based on a position of a vehicle body. Based on a predetermined period of time, a peak value that corresponds to the vertical acceleration is calculated. The peak value is compared to a target peak value and, when the peak value meets a preset criteria, a notification of potential suspension degradation is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Xianqiang Lu, Dan Brian Coleman, Raghavendra Baragur, Arun Veeraraghavan, Gopi Nimmagadda
  • Patent number: 10259444
    Abstract: A vehicle control system controls operation of motors of a vehicle and determines whether there is sufficient stored electric energy to power the vehicle through an unpowered segment of a route. The controller changes operation of the vehicle to ensure that the vehicle can travel completely through the unpowered segment by switching which energy storage device provides energy, changing vehicle speed, changing motor torque, changing which route is traveled on, selecting fewer motors to power the vehicle, requesting rendezvous with a recharging vehicle, running the energy storage devices in a degraded mode, initiating a motor to generate power to aid in propulsion and/or recharge the energy storage devices, selecting a different route, controlling the vehicle to draft or mechanically couple to another vehicle, and/or controlling the vehicle to gain momentum or to generate an overcharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Sharath Srinivas Deshpande, Vishram Vinayak Nandedkar, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Wolfgang Daum, Glenn Robert Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10246094
    Abstract: An example vehicle system includes a sensor and a processing device. The sensor is configured to identify a first location and a second location. The processing device is programmed to estimate a plurality of energy usages. Each energy usage is based at least in part on a speed of a host vehicle at the first location. The processing device is further programmed to select one of the plurality of energy usages as a target useable energy and control the host vehicle in accordance with the speed associated with the target useable energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone, William Paul Perkins, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 10234305
    Abstract: An approach is provided for generating a targeted map display from a plurality of data sources. A mapping platform receives at least one request to provision at least one targeted map display for at least one device based, at least in part, on at least one targeted mapping object. The at least one targeted mapping object includes one or more parameters for retrieving targeted content from a plurality of data sources. The mapping platform also determines one or more map item detail records based, at least in part, on the one or more parameters. The one or more map item detail records include payload content assembled from the plurality of data sources about one or more map items. The mapping platform then causes, at least in part, a selective updating of the one or more map item detail records based, at least in part, on one or more validity criteria for provisioning the at least one targeted map display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Simon Madine, Massimiliano Marcon
  • Patent number: 10216796
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving a first service procedure including a plurality of procedural steps for servicing a vehicle, identifying at least one procedural step of the plurality of procedural steps to supplement with supplemental service information, receiving information about vehicles sharing one or more attributes with the vehicle, determining at least one piece of supplemental service information to supplement the at least one identified procedural step, and providing a supplemented service procedure comprising the first service procedure with the at least one piece of supplemental service information included with the at least one identified procedural step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Todd Mercer
  • Patent number: 10216190
    Abstract: Managing autonomous vehicles is provided. Autonomous vehicle energy data and travel data are collected. A plurality of autonomous vehicles that need energy replenishment within a defined geographic area is determined. A rank is determined for each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles that need energy replenishment within the defined geographic area to meet passenger-defined travel destination time constraints. Each autonomous vehicle is directed to an energy station in a set of energy stations within the defined geographic area to the meet passenger-defined travel destination time constraints based on the rank of each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10202144
    Abstract: A current state of a vehicle is identified. Vehicle path curvature limits are determined. A curvature performance profile to follow is determined based at least in part the vehicle path curvature limits. A direction of the vehicle is controlled based at least in part the curvature performance profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Brown, Scott J. Lauffer, John P. Joyce, Steven R. El Aile, Tobias John Pallett, Shane Elwart, Wayne Williams
  • Patent number: 10197411
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention provides a computer-implemented transportation system which can include at least the following components: a specialized computer machine, including: a non-transient memory, electronically storing particular computer executable program code; a specifically programmed computer processor of the specialized computer machine of the computer-implemented transportation system that is configured to perform at least the following operations: electronically receiving, in real-time, via a computer network, a plurality of electronic riding requests from a plurality of electronic computing devices operated by a plurality of ride-sharing requesting passengers; where each electronic riding request from each ride-sharing requesting passenger includes: a passenger-requested origin point, and a passenger-requested destination point; for a particular electronic riding request, dynamically determining, in real-time, from a plurality of candidate vehicles an assigned vehicle for picking
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Via Transportation, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaron Racah, Avishay Sheba, Oren Shoval, Daniel Ramot, Shmulik Marcovitch
  • Patent number: 10189379
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a track coupled to a floor of a vehicle, a seat bottom coupled to the track, and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom to extend upwardly away from the seat bottom. The track interconnects the seat back and seat bottom to the floor to cause the seat bottom and seat back to slide back and forth relative to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery T. Bonk, Dale J. Frye, David A. Moelker, Matthew Shinew
  • Patent number: 10191488
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle comprises an environment sensing means for sensing an environment of the autonomous vehicle, and a computing unit configured to perform a mapping function and a localization function. The mapping function is based upon signals supplied from the environment sensing means to build a map. The localization function localizes the autonomous vehicle within the map and generates localization information. The autonomous vehicle further comprises boundary distance sensing means configured to generate a distance signal correlated to a distance between the autonomous vehicle and boundary indication means. The computing unit is configured to receive the distance signal and to perform the mapping function or the localization function based upon a signal from the environment sensing means and the distance signal from the boundary distance sensing means. The system also comprises a boundary wire indicating a border of an area in which autonomous driving of the vehicle can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Mathias Franzius, Nils Einecke
  • Patent number: 10173613
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring the state of charge of a battery of a vehicle are provided. A battery monitor having a processor and a memory is configured to monitor an operating voltage and a loaded voltage of the battery. An electric power steering system is configured to be supplied with power from the battery. The battery monitor is configured to calculate a voltage drop between the operating voltage and the loaded voltage when the battery is under load from the electric power steering system. The battery monitor compares the voltage drop to a predetermined voltage drop and determines that the state of charge of the battery is low when the voltage drop is greater than or equal to the predetermined voltage drop. The battery monitor instructs the electric power steering system to operate in a limited state when the state of charge of the battery is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Scott R. Kloess, John T. Zuzelski
  • Patent number: 10176387
    Abstract: A road shape recognition apparatus is mounted in a vehicle. The road shape recognition apparatus acquires a road image, determines a road shape using the road image, recognizes the road shape based on the road image within a predetermined recognition range, and estimates the road shape outside of the recognition range based on the road shape within the recognition range. The road shape recognition apparatus estimates the road shape outside of the recognition range and within a first distance as a curved line of which a curvature change rate is constant, and the road shape farther than the first distance as a curved line of which a curvature is constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Kawasaki, Youhei Masui, Toyoharu Katsukura
  • Patent number: 10162355
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for interacting with a plurality of autonomous vehicles. In one implementation, a navigation system for a vehicle may include a memory including a predetermined road model representative of at least one road segment and at least one processor. The at least one processor may be programmed to selectively receive, from the plurality of autonomous vehicles, road environment information based on navigation by the plurality of autonomous vehicles through their respective road environments, determine whether one or more updates to the predetermined road model are required based on the road environment information, and update the predetermined road model to include the one or more updates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gaby Hayon, Yoram Gdalyahu, Gideon Stein, Ori Buberman
  • Patent number: 10163340
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method (50) performed in a network node (3, 4, 5) for notifying a driver of a vehicle (7) about his or her driving. The method (50) comprises receiving (51) vehicle related information from a communication device (6) capable of receiving data from a data collector (8) of the vehicle (7); processing (52) the vehicle related information such as to establish a driving indicator of a driver of the vehicle (7) in relation to one or more other drivers; and transmitting (53) to the communication device (6) data indicating the driving indicator of the driver of the vehicle (7) in relation to other drivers. The disclosure also relates to a corresponding network node, computer program and computer program products. The disclosure further relates to a method in a communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Konstantinos Vandikas, Manfred Dasselaar, Vlasios Tsiatsis, Nina Washington
  • Patent number: 10151598
    Abstract: As a function of a provided geoposition for the vehicle, a first position of the vehicle is determined in a first map, which represents a first geographic region. As a function of the determined first position of the vehicle in the first map, a map segment of a second map is determined. The second map has several map segments, which each represent predefined segments of a predefined second geographical region, and wherein directly adjoining segments overlap one another in a predefined manner. As a function of detection data of at least one predefined environment sensor of the vehicle and as a function of second map data of the determined map segment, a second position of the vehicle is determined in the map segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Reinhard Jurk
  • Patent number: 10144374
    Abstract: A vehicle can be configured to automatically provide settings for one or more components of the vehicle based on a measured anthropometric feature of a person approaching the vehicle. The vehicle can include a sensor configured to acquire data (e.g., visual data) of a portion of an external environment of the vehicle. The external environment can include a person approaching the vehicle. The vehicle can include a component that can be adjustable across a plurality of settings. The component can have a current setting. A processor can be operatively connected to the sensor and the component. The acquired data can be analyzed to measure an anthropometric feature of the person approaching the vehicle. A target setting of the component can be determined based on the measured anthropometric feature. The current setting of the component can be caused to match the determined target setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan E. Yamasaki, Sean L. Helm, Eric R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10144445
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electric power steering system is provided. The method estimates steering rack force to be caused by a tire and a surface of a ground with which the tire is in contact in response to determining that one or more hand wheel torque sensors are not enabled. The method generates a steering assist torque command based on the estimated steering rack force. The method controls the electric power steering system using the steering assist torque command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tejas M. Varunjikar, Anthony J. Champagne
  • Patent number: 10137908
    Abstract: A method and system determine, during movement of a vehicle system along a route, a tractive load demanded by the vehicle system to propel the vehicle system along the route. The vehicle system includes a propulsion-generating vehicle having plural individually controllable traction motors. A first selected set of the traction motors for deactivation is identified during the movement of the vehicle system along the route based at least in part on the tractive load demanded by the vehicle system. The traction motors in the first selected set are deactivated while at least one of the traction motors in a first remaining set of the traction motors continues to generate tractive effort to propel the vehicle system. The traction motors that are selected for deactivation may all be on the same vehicle in the vehicle system, or may be on different vehicles of the same vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sharath Srinivas Deshpande, Vishram Vinayak Nandedkar, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Patent number: 10132930
    Abstract: Systems and methods for maintaining a health-related action database are disclosed. The method may include receiving first information corresponding to a health-related action of a first user on a first computing device; wirelessly transmitting the first information from the first computing device; receiving second information corresponding to a health-related action of a second user on a second computing device; wirelessly transmitting the second information from the second computing device; receiving the first information and the second information using a third computing device; and updating a database on the third computing device with the first information and the second information, where the first information comprises a description of the health-related action of the first user, and the second information comprises a description of the health-related action of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Andrew J. Graham, Alan R. Lee, Jon H. Werner