Patents Examined by Cuong H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11066082
    Abstract: This invention provides technology that can provide a driver with an opportunity to decide whether or not to continue automatic drive control. A cancel point management system includes a cancel point collector that collects first notification information, indicating a manual cancel point which is a point where automatic drive control has been cancelled in response to operation by a driver in a notification vehicle, from the notification vehicle and a guide information distributer that distributes first guide information for showing the manual cancel point to a guide vehicle traveling on a road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Xin Jin, Hironobu Sugimoto, Hiroaki Sakakibara, Shingo Kinashi, Kazuteru Maekawa, Sadahiro Koshiba, Takahiro Yamaguchi, Yuji Sato, Seiji Takahata
  • Patent number: 11066172
    Abstract: Controlled energy absorption of seats for impact is described herein. One disclosed example method includes determining a weight of an occupant of a seat of an aircraft, and calculating, using a processor, a stroke load of a seat energy absorber operatively coupled to the seat based on the weight of the occupant. The example method also includes setting the seat energy absorber to the calculated stroke load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Akif O. Bolukbasi, Terrence S. Birchette, Justin Johnson Schaub
  • Patent number: 11059511
    Abstract: A vehicle is able to be set to operate in a factory mode (as opposed to a normal mode) in which certain features are disabled, such as an alarm system, a power liftgate, etc. This allows assembly workers to assemble, test, and calibrate the vehicle without various systems in the vehicle being undesirably activated. While in the factory mode, the vehicle can accomplish multiple ignition on/off cycles while being tested or driven between stations. A steering column and connected steering wheel are provided in the vehicle, and are situated between an instrument panel and a front seat. In response to the ignition completing an on/off cycle, a controller commands a motor to move the steering wheel and steering column to a predetermined position that is based on a visibility of the instrument panel relative to the steering wheel and steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: John Steven McWilliams, Kevin Stanton Giaier, Fernando Cruz Solis, Amol Bhaskar Kurkute, Madhuri Narvekar, Erick Michael Lavoie, Ronald Patrick Brombach
  • Patent number: 11054272
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing physical navigation guidance via augmented reality (AR) environments are provided. An AR experience is generated based on navigation information including a starting location and a destination location. The AR experience comprises physical navigation guidance from the starting location to the destination location using virtual elements that are associated with either or both the starting location and/or the destination location. For example, virtual elements in the AR environment can transition from virtual elements associated with the starting location to virtual elements associated with the destination location as the user progresses from the starting location to the destination location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jason T. Bejot, Edward Drake
  • Patent number: 11046308
    Abstract: A method for collision avoidance between a vulnerable road user transportation vehicle and a surrounding transportation vehicle. The user of the vulnerable road user transportation vehicle makes use of a portable communication device. Since such vulnerable road users are often involved in accidents since they are not easily recognized in the traffic, the disclosure increases safety for these vulnerable road users. The method includes transferring position detecting sensor data or derived position data of the vulnerable road user transportation vehicle to the portable communication device which performs a map matching technique for refining the position data and transfers the refined position data to the vulnerable road user transportation vehicle. The vulnerable road user transportation vehicle distributes the refined position data to the surrounding transportation vehicles which calculate a trajectory for the vulnerable road user transportation vehicle and estimate the risk of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Thorsten Hehn, Marcel G√ľnther Penz, Tobias Ludwig
  • Patent number: 11041284
    Abstract: A system for coupling an implement to a work vehicle includes a controller comprising a memory and a processor, wherein the controller is configured to receive a first signal indicative of a distance between a protrusion of a connector assembly of an arm of the work vehicle and a receiver assembly of the implement. While the first signal is less than a first threshold, the controller is configured to instruct a first actuator to rotate the connector assembly of the work vehicle, instruct a drive system to move the work vehicle toward the implement, instruct a second actuator to lift the arm of the work vehicle, or a combination thereof, such that the protrusion of the connector assembly engages a recess in the receiver assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Alexander Fey
  • Patent number: 11034418
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a physical change of a marine structure includes a complex optical measuring instrument configured to detect a behavior and structural change of the marine structure by using at least one optical sensor by means of optical fiber Bragg grating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Michael MyungSub Lee
  • Patent number: 11035689
    Abstract: An information processing device is installed in a vehicle and comprises an action history DB which stores a plurality of action histories including a combination of a content that was played based on an instruction of a user and a situation in which the content was played, and an automatic playing unit which, when a current elapsed time as an elapsed time from a time that an ignition switch of the vehicle was most recently turned ON or a current travel distance as a travel distance from a time that an ignition switch of the vehicle was most recently turned ON matches any one of the action histories of the action history DB, plays a content included in the matching action history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norikazu Nara, Noriyuki Abe, Takashi Matsumoto, Akihiro Kondo, Makoto Orino, Takaaki Yashiro
  • Patent number: 11021078
    Abstract: A refuse vehicle including a chassis, a body assembly coupled to the chassis, the body assembly defining a refuse compartment, an electric energy system configured to store power and supply power to the refuse vehicle, and a power control system configured to measure one or more electrical attributes of the refuse vehicle and determine a power profile for the refuse vehicle, the power profile describing a length of time the refuse vehicle can continue to operate based on a remaining power of the electrical energy system, and wherein the power control system controls operation of a lift assembly of the refuse vehicle based on the power profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Rocholl, Derek A. Wente, John T. Kellander, Cody D. Clifton, Vincent Hoover, Zachary L. Klein, Clinton T. Weckwerth, Skylar A. Wachter
  • Patent number: 11021171
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of collecting a set of driving data, estimating, from the set of driving data, one or more states that are predictive of an elevated driving risk of an adverse event endangering at least one of a driver, a vehicle's occupants or a vehicle's cargo, determining, from the one or more estimated states, an existence of an elevated driving risk, and alerting at least one of the vehicle, driver or the vehicle's occupants to the existence of the elevated driving risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Andres, John Wagner, Timothy M. Lynar
  • Patent number: 11014536
    Abstract: A vehicle may detect vehicle actions, compare the vehicle actions to first vehicle actions associated with first mode settings of a vehicle controller and to second vehicle actions associated with second mode settings of a vehicle controller, and transition the mode settings of the vehicle controller to the first mode settings responsive to the vehicle actions matching the first vehicle actions. The controller may be a vehicle body controller, and the mode settings may describe a locking behavior of the body controller. A mobile device may set vehicle actions configured to cause the controller to transition from the first mode settings to the second mode settings. The mobile device may also display an alert responsive to the controller detecting presence of an unauthorized user within vicinity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Ravikumar Ranganathan, Brandon Buckhalt, Vikas Bhatt
  • Patent number: 11017671
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. Systems and methods are provided to detect a braking next-to-last vehicle that may cause the last vehicle (the preceding vehicle) to collide with the next-to-last vehicle, panic brake, make a sudden lane change, or otherwise endanger a vehicle following the preceding vehicle. Automated means for computer based vision and detection of brake lights are provided for a next-to-last vehicle. Brake lights are identified; if illuminated to a sufficient level to indicate braking, systems of the operated vehicle are alerted; and appropriate responses may be deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming Fung Wong, Anqi Wang
  • Patent number: 11015319
    Abstract: A shovel includes an arm rotatably attached to a boom rotatably attached to a revolving body; a bucket rotatably attached to the arm; a tilt mechanism configured to support the bucket that can be tilted to the arm; a bucket tilt angle sensor configured to detect a tilt angle of the bucket; and a tilt angle controller configured to control adjusting the tilt angle, wherein the tilt angle controller adjusts the tilt angle by automatic control so that a bucket line of the bucket becomes parallel to a target excavation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO(S.H.I.) CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeya Izumikawa
  • Patent number: 11014574
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to a method for handling light source impairment. The position of a user's eye(s) when the user is inside the vehicle is obtained. The position of a light source outside the vehicle and an intensity of light from the light source in relation to the position of the user's eye(s) is obtained. Then, it is determined whether the user's vision is impaired by the light source. The determining is done based on whether there is a line of sight between the light source and the user's eye(s), and based on the intensity of light at the user's eye(s). It is determined whether at least one safety measure should be performed by the vehicle based on whether the user's vision is impaired by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andre Soderlind
  • Patent number: 10981564
    Abstract: A computing system can be programmed to determine a location, speed and direction for a first vehicle. The computer can be further programmed to determine probabilities for predicted locations, speeds and directions of the first vehicle based on identifying the first vehicle and the driving environment. The computer can be further programmed to operate a second vehicle based on the determined probabilities for predicted locations, speeds and directions of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Stephen Jay Orris, Jr., David Joseph Orris, Nicholas Alexander Scheufler, Nunzio DeCia
  • Patent number: 10984004
    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: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Todd Mercer
  • Patent number: 10970747
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling use of an autonomous vehicle includes an interior occupant sensing system to obtain data of occupants from a video camera. An occupant sensing controller is configured to receive the video and detect a number of faces of occupants disposed in the vehicle. Further, the occupant sensing controller determines demographic information from the video data of each of the detected faces and then stores the vehicle location, the number of faces, and the demographic information for occupants as data in the vehicle. The occupant sensing controller determines from the demographic information an age of occupants in the autonomous vehicle, and when the demographic information indicates that all occupants in the autonomous vehicle are less than a certain age, limits travel to a destination or operation of the autonomous vehicle in response to age.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: James Stephen Miller, Patrick Graf, Frank Riggi
  • Patent number: 10955558
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electronically sharing information about health-related activities among users of portable performance monitoring systems are disclosed. The method may include determining first information corresponding to a health-related activity for a first individual using a first portable performance monitoring system; determining second information corresponding to a health-related activity for a second individual using a second portable performance monitoring system; wirelessly transmitting the first and second information from the first and second portable performance monitoring systems; receiving the first and second information using a computing device remotely located from the first or second individual during the activity; and generating a visual display based on the first and second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Andrew J. Graham, Alan R. Lee, Jon H. Werner
  • Patent number: 10958761
    Abstract: A system is delineated comprising a processor for performing operations for the system; memory for storing an operating system and one or more applications, the one or more applications including at least one application requiring certification by a certifying authority for use on the system and at least one application not requiring certification by the certifying authority for use on the system; and an application for use in conjunction with a provided processor external to and not part of the system to determine if the at least one application requiring certification is being interfered with or not executing properly. In certain instances, this system may comprise a class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) or a class 2 EFB. Related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: James P. Redmond
  • Patent number: 10953756
    Abstract: An exemplary braking method includes monitoring for an upcoming deceleration of an electrified vehicle, permitting an amount of regenerative braking if the upcoming deceleration is detected, and reducing the amount of regenerative braking if the upcoming deceleration is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Seth Anthony Bryan, Bryan Michael Bolger