Patents Examined by Cuong H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10657822
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes an external situation recognition unit configured to recognize a crossing person who crosses over a path of a vehicle and acquire information on the crossing person and information on an environment where the crossing person crosses, a scheduled departure time deciding unit configured to decide a scheduled departure time of the vehicle based on the information on the crossing person and the environment where the crossing person crosses when the crossing person is recognized by the external situation recognition unit, and an informing controller configured to perform a control to inform an outside of the vehicle of the scheduled departure time. The scheduled departure time deciding unit predicts a crossing completion time at which the crossing person recognized by the external situation recognition unit completes the crossing and decides the scheduled departure time based on the crossing completion time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Morimura, Junya Watanabe, Seiji Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10642267
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an automated vehicle includes providing a detector and a controller-circuit. The detector is configured to detect construction-objects. The controller-circuit is configured to, in accordance with a detection of a construction-object by the detector, determine that a host-vehicle is proximate to a construction-zone. The controller-circuit and the method is also configured to, in accordance with a determination that the host-vehicle is proximate the construction-zone, change control of the host-vehicle from an automated-mode characterized by the controller-circuit steering the host-vehicle to a manual-mode characterized by an occupant of the host-vehicle steering the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10643158
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving a first service procedure for servicing a vehicle, determining an expected pace of performance of the first service procedure, receiving at least one input signal during performance of the first service procedure, determining, based on the at least one input signal, a current pace of performance of the first service procedure, and providing for display of a first pace indicator on a display interface of the computing device, where the first pace indicator is representative of the current pace of performance of the first service procedure relative to the expected pace of performance of the first service procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Todd Mercer, Roy Steven Brozovich
  • Patent number: 10634794
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an obstacle awareness device for vehicle systems. A threshold distance is set that identifies the range at which an obstruction interferes with fluid dynamics around and through at least one propulsion motor. One or more ranging sensors on the vehicle system detect relative position information of the obstruction when it is within the threshold distance. The relative position information is communicated to a controller, which adjusts a motor control signal to compensate for the obstruction interfering with the fluid dynamics around the at least one propulsion motor. The threshold distance may be defined by a three dimensional shape that encapsulated the vehicle system 100, and the three dimensional shape may change in shape or size with movement of the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoyong Yang, Cheng Peng, Jean-Marc Tessier
  • Patent number: 10627824
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically controlling ground speed of a work vehicle. The apparatus includes a speed sensor generating a vehicle speed signal, the speed sensor operatively connected to a controller. A traction device angle sensor generates an angle signal which represents an angle of the traction device with respect to an axis of the work vehicle, wherein the traction device angle sensor operatively connected to the controller. A vehicle guidance system is configured to generate a vehicle position signal, wherein the controller determines the ground speed of the vehicle based on at least one of: i) a tracking error of the vehicle relative to the vehicle position signal; ii) a planned curved vehicle path; iii) a planned location of the vehicle within a defined portion of a field; and iv) a planned path segment and an associated change in direction of travel of the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Runde, Qiang R. Liu
  • Patent number: 10618531
    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: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Sharath Srinivas Deshpande, Vishram Vinayak Nandedkar, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Patent number: 10606268
    Abstract: A vehicle control device that includes a communication unit that is configured to (i) communicate with a mobile device and (ii) receive data including user input that is received at the mobile device; and a processor that is configured to: based on receipt of the data including the user input, determine whether a vehicle with which the mobile device is associated operates in a manual driving mode or an autonomous driving mode and whether the user input received at the mobile device satisfies a preset condition; and based on determinations that the vehicle is in the manual driving mode and that the user input received at the mobile device satisfies the preset condition, switch the vehicle from the manual driving mode to the autonomous driving mode is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seonghwan Kim, Eunkyung Noh, Minah Han
  • Patent number: 10604257
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle for scent analysis. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a sensor array to sample ambient air in a location to detect an odor, a pattern recognition unit coupled to a database to identify the odor, wherein the odor is compared to identification information stored in the database, and a mapping unit to estimate an assessment value associated with the odor and to generate an instruction to one or more components of the unmanned aerial vehicle to perform a function when the assessment value exceeds a predetermined threshold value, wherein the function includes activating one or more feedback outputs on the unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jinho Hwang, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10605615
    Abstract: Data indicating current driving characteristics of a driver driving a vehicle can be received. A driving profile for the driver can be determined and categorized into a driving pattern category. A plurality of candidate travel routes for the driver to reach an intended destination can be identified. For each of the candidate travel routes a plurality of route segments can be identified. Based on the driving pattern category, a probability that the current driving characteristics of the driver will cause a traffic accident can be determined for each of the route segments. A route segment for which the probability that the current driving characteristics of the driver will cause the traffic accident is lowest can be determined and a notification can be communicated to the driver or vehicle indicating that route segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Franz F. Liebinger, Roxana Monge Nunez, Juan G. Rodriguez, Edgar A. Zamora Duran
  • Patent number: 10605605
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a GNSS-INS vehicle attitude determination method based on a single antenna, including the steps as below: mounting a GNSS antenna at a centroid and in the center of the vehicle, and mounting the IMU measuring unit of the MEMS sensor on the steering shaft of the vehicle; obtaining the position and velocity information of the vehicle by means of the GNSS antenna, obtaining the heading angular speed information of the vehicle by means of the IMU measuring unit; calculating the attitude angle of the vehicle by means of the combination with accelerometer and gyroscope; calculating the heading angle of the vehicle based on the position, velocity, and heading angular speed of the vehicle. The method combines the advantages of the short-term high precision of the IMU gyroscope and the long-term high stability of the GNSS single antenna, so as to avoid the divergence phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI HUACE NAVIGATION TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Xuefeng Shen, Xianghui Che, Qiang Ren, Guangjie Cao, Guangyang Dong, Rui Tu
  • Patent number: 10596912
    Abstract: An electrically driven vehicle and a notification system therefor are provided. The electrically driven vehicle includes a high-voltage battery and an inlet, a charging connector of an external power source is connected to the inlet, and power can be supplied from the external power source to the high-voltage battery. The electrically driven vehicle includes a battery heater unit heating the high-voltage battery by using power supplied from the external power source; and a charging ECU detecting an alighting preparing operation of a user, acquiring an environmental temperature at a time of detection in accordance with detection of the alighting preparing operation, and causing a meter panel to display a message prompting a driver to connect the charging connector to the inlet when the acquired environmental temperature is equal to or lower than an output decline temperature set for the high-voltage battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoya Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 10571577
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting route traversal information are disclosed. The method may include collecting electronic fitness data related to a fitness activity; generating electronic pace data; and displaying a route map and the electronic pace data on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Andrew J. Graham, Alan R. Lee, Jon H. Werner
  • Patent number: 10564639
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate generally to autonomous vehicles. The features described improve the safety, use, driver experience, and performance of these vehicles by performing a behavior analysis on mobile objects in the vicinity of an autonomous vehicle. Specifically, the autonomous vehicle is capable of detecting nearby objects, such as vehicles and pedestrians, and is able to determine how the detected vehicles and pedestrians perceive their surroundings. The autonomous vehicle may then use this information to safely maneuver around all nearby objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jiajun Zhu, David I. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10563995
    Abstract: Data indicating current driving characteristics of a driver driving a vehicle can be received in real time. A driving profile for the driver can be determined based on the data. The driving profile can be categorized into a driving pattern category. A plurality of candidate travel routes for the driver to reach an intended destination can be identified and, for each of the candidate travel routes, a plurality of route segments can be identified. Based on the driving pattern category, a probability that the current driving characteristics of the driver will cause a traffic accident can be determined for each of the plurality of route segments. Route segments for which the probability that the current driving characteristics of the driver will cause the traffic accident exceeds a threshold value can be determined. A notification can be communicated to the driver or vehicle indicating such probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Franz F. Liebinger, Roxana Monge Nunez, Juan G. Rodriguez, Edgar A. Zamora Duran
  • Patent number: 10562524
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a vehicle can be implemented with a drive-by-wire controller which operates subsystems of the vehicle such as throttle, brakes, and steering based on electrical signals from transducers on the vehicle controls and without a direct physical link between the controls, such as the steering wheel, and the components of the corresponding vehicle subsystem. In such cases, the stability control feature of the vehicle can be adapted to detect conditions such as oversteering which can make the vehicle unstable and unsafe and can adjust the steering and other controls of the vehicle to correct the unstable or unsafe condition regardless of the physical input on the steering wheel and other controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Sai Maharaja Swamidason
  • Patent number: 10539965
    Abstract: The present invention describes a control system, which is adapted and determined to identify motor vehicles driving in front. The control system is at least adapted and determined to capture other motor vehicles participating in the traffic ahead of the own motor vehicle with the at least one environmental sensor. The control system is at least adapted and determined to determine a respective position of the other motor vehicles with the at least one environmental sensor. The control system is at least adapted and determined to determine a trajectory of the own motor vehicle from a current speed and a current yaw rate of the own motor vehicle. The control system is at least adapted and determined to select a single motor vehicle from the other motor vehicles that has the shortest distance to the trajectory, in order to follow this single motor vehicle with the own motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Bjoern Oska, Richard Altendorfer, Daniel Ledovskich, Benedikt Joebgen, Christian Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10532765
    Abstract: A control apparatus (10) for controlling a three-phase rotary machine (80) having two three-phase winding sets (801, 802) includes: two power converters (601, 602) outputting AC currents, having a same amplitude and a phase difference of (30±60×n) [deg], to the two winding sets; a harmonic component generator (20) superimposing a harmonic component on a phase current first harmonic component of a current command value; and two controllers (331, 332) calculating voltage command values for the two power converters according to the current command value. A combination of amplitudes of the phase current fifth and seventh harmonic components to reduce a peak of the phase current first harmonic component is defined as a fundamental amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Kano, Takashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10512204
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, or system of estimating vehicle heading taking GNSS antenna movement and/or mounting position into account. Measurements from the GNSS can be used to estimate GNSS antenna yaw or misalignment relative a pivot or control point, or vehicle fixed-body origin. Side-slip is either ignored or, if known, can be used to adjust the estimation of vehicle heading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: AG LEADER TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Yakup Gunbatar, Michael Schneider
  • Patent number: 10509129
    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: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Andrew J. Graham, Alan R. Lee, Jon H. Werner
  • Patent number: 10509415
    Abstract: An aircrew automation system relates to the field of flight control systems, methods, and apparatuses; even more particularly, to a system, method, and apparatus for providing aircraft state monitoring and/or an automated aircrew employing a robotic arm with integrated imaging and force sensing modalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: William Bosworth, Devin Richard Jensen, Margaret Reagan