Patents Examined by Dale W Hilgendorf
  • Patent number: 10384684
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a storage unit; and a control unit configured to acquire the locations of the plurality of autonomous driving vehicles on the map and the difficulty state information from the vehicles through communication, totalize the number of reports on the difficulty state information for each of levels of difficulty in each of traveling sections based on the vehicles locations and difficulty state information stored in the storage unit, determine whether the totalized number is equal to or more than a threshold value for each of the levels of difficulty and determine a traveling section, where at least one of the numbers of reports is equal to or more than the threshold value, as an autonomous driving difficult section, distribute to the vehicles the autonomous driving difficult section, and determine the autonomous driving difficult section with a smaller threshold value as the level of difficulty is higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiyohiro Sogen
  • Patent number: 10386937
    Abstract: Disclosed are object detection systems for automated compartment closure assemblies, methods for operating such systems, and motor vehicles with a power liftgate assembly and foreign object detection capabilities. A method is disclosed for detecting objects obstructing the path of an automated closure assembly. The method includes receiving a command signal to move the closure assembly to an open or closed position, and receiving gesture-sensitive sensor signals with a location and velocity of an object within a supervision field. Responsive to the object being inside a protected zone within the supervision field or the object's velocity being towards the protected zone, commanding an automated driving mechanism to: slow the closure assembly's speed; if the object is still located inside the protected zone after a calibrated period of time, stop the closure assembly; and if the object moves outside the protected zone, increase the closure assembly speed to a default speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Doru N. Serban, Princess Len Carlos
  • Patent number: 10384540
    Abstract: A vehicle traveling control apparatus stops a vehicle when the driver is under the abnormal state that the driver loses an ability of driving the vehicle, and then performs a stopped state maintaining control to maintain the vehicle at the stopped state. The control apparatus forbids a termination of the stopped state maintaining control if the acceleration pedal operation amount is equal to or greater than a threshold value greater than zero when the termination of the stopped state maintaining control is requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotada Otake
  • Patent number: 10379197
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for dongles for controlling vehicle drive-assist systems. An example vehicle includes an electronic control unit for performing an autonomous motive function, an OBD port configured to receive a dongle to communicatively couple to the dongle, and a driver-assist controller. The driver-assist controller is configured to receive instructions from the dongle when the vehicle is at a racing event location responsive to the OBD port receiving the dongle and deactivate the autonomous motive function when receiving the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Serebrennikov
  • Patent number: 10369990
    Abstract: A method is described for avoiding or mitigating a collision of a vehicle with an obstacle in a traffic lane of the vehicle, if the obstacle is at least partially blocking a planned travel envelope of the vehicle, the method including a step of detecting and a step of adapting. In the step of detecting, a position and/or trajectory of the obstacle is detected. In the step of adapting, the travel envelope is adapted with the aid of the position and/or the trajectory, in order to avoid or mitigate the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Gussner, Thomas Schlender, Lutz Buerkle
  • Patent number: 10370015
    Abstract: A method and system for determining a separation distance between a first object and a second object comprises using a search module associated with a first object comprising a first transponder having a unique address. The method includes using a reply module associated with a second object comprising a second transponder having a different, unique address. The method includes the search module transmitting a search signal on a first frequency, said search signal including the address of the first transponder and the address of the second transponder. The reply module receives the search signal and locally validates the address included in said received search signal for the second transponder, whereby, if the validation is positive; the reply module transmits a reply signal on a second, different frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Shu Tong Chu, Qun Zhou
  • Patent number: 10365659
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a robot cleaner includes a user interface unit to receive a user command controlling the robot cleaner; a controller to generate a control signal to receive a map of a cleaning area, based on the user command; and a communicator to receive the map of the cleaning area from an external server or the robot cleaner, based on the control signal. An embodiment may download or generate a map of a cleaning area and allow a map editing to be performed by a user. An embodiment may set and edit a cleaning schedule. When setting the cleaning schedule, an embodiment may recommend a cleaning schedule based on cleaning history data. An embodiment may automatically determine whether the environment is changed or whether the cleaning is available, while the robot cleaner performs the cleaning, and it may be possible to actively deal with this.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SASMUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Jae Park, Won Kuk Kim, Dong Hyun Lee, Min Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 10353394
    Abstract: A driving assistance device includes a driving situation acquisition unit that acquires driving situations of vehicles that may collide with each other, a driving characteristics acquisition unit that acquires driving characteristics of drivers of the vehicles, a driving action determination unit that determines driving actions that allow the vehicles to avoid collision with each other in the driving situation acquired by the driving situation acquisition unit and that match the driving characteristics acquired by the driving characteristics acquisition unit, and a driving action instruction unit that instructs the vehicles about the driving actions determined by the driving action determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, National University Corporation Nagoya University
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takada, Yousuke Watanabe, Kentaro Takaki, Takayuki Morikawa, Yoshiki Ninomiya, Shigeharu Teshima
  • Patent number: 10345824
    Abstract: A method of optimizing a cruise climb of an aircraft. The method includes using vertical navigation and lateral navigation to track the cruise climb; and using tracking of the cruise climb to adjust a climb rate of the aircraft to match an optimal climb rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Geun Il Kim, Jose Alexandre Tavares Guerreiro Fregnani, Timothy Charles Rohr
  • Patent number: 10343681
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a stop of a vehicle may include an information collection system collecting at least one of road information, position information, and driving information; and a control system stopping the vehicle on a basis of the information collected by the information collection system in a case of emergency while the vehicle is running on a road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dae Young Kim, Dong Gu Lee, Na Eun Yang, Hoi Won Kim, Hyun Jae Yoo
  • Patent number: 10332324
    Abstract: A system, device and method for recording data in an aircraft including a memory and a network interface through which it is connected to the network. This device is configured for acquiring information from the avionics communication network, and information relative to characteristic events relative to operation of the aircraft, generating indexes corresponding to different times, recording, in a first part of the memory, indexed data corresponding to the information coming from avionics communication network, the indexed data including a set of recordings, each recording corresponding to the combination of information coming from the avionics communication network and an index corresponding to a time associated with that recording; and recording, in a second part of the memory, for several of the characteristic events, information of correspondence between the characteristic event in question and an index corresponding to a time associated with that characteristic event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Sebastien Jover, Jean-Philippe Corbefin
  • Patent number: 10328938
    Abstract: An adaptive cruise control system for motor vehicles, including a sensor for measuring the distance to a preceding vehicle and an adaptive cruise controller for calculating control interventions into the drive system and/or braking system of the host vehicle for regulating the distance to a setpoint distance, a detuning parameter being adjustable in the adaptive cruise controller, which determines the intensity of the response of the adaptive cruise controller to control deviations, wherein a traffic jam detection module and a detuning controller which, with the detuning parameter as a manipulated variable, adjust the frequency of control interventions having an intensity above a certain minimum intensity to a setpoint frequency adapted to the traffic jam situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Schubert
  • Patent number: 10317908
    Abstract: A system includes a speed sensor to detect a current speed, a camera to detect image data, and a GPS sensor to detect location data. The system also includes a memory to store a lookup table that maps efficient vehicle speeds to roadway speed limits. The system also includes an output device and an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU determines a current speed limit of the current roadway and determines that the vehicle is within a steady speed range when the current speed of the vehicle fluctuates less than a predetermined speed threshold over a predetermined time period. The ECU also compares the current speed limit to the lookup table to determine at least one efficient vehicle speed that corresponds to the current speed limit and controls the output device to output the at least one efficient vehicle speed when the vehicle is within the steady speed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey D. Gaither, Joshua D. Payne
  • Patent number: 10315634
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for adapting a control strategy of a slip-control system of a brake system of a vehicle in a ?-split situation, in which different wheel-specific brake pressures, are set at opposite wheels of a vehicle axle. The resulting brake pressure difference is limited. In some examples, to generate a brake pressure request, a maximum pressure difference value deviating from a reference pressure difference with a predefined tolerance value is determined on a wheel-specific basis for the wheels lying opposite one another. The reference pressure difference corresponds to the value of the current low-pass-filtered brake pressure difference, and the brake pressure request for each wheel is determined as a minimum of the wheel-specific brake pressure determined from the control strategy of the slip-control system, and from the sum of the average brake pressure of the wheel lying opposite and the wheel-specific maximum pressure difference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Henning Kerber, Mario Roszyk, Jochen Müller, Arne Cornils, Dieter Burkhard
  • Patent number: 10315642
    Abstract: A method is provided for moving off of a vehicle with a hybrid drive line, comprising a combustion engine; a gearbox with input shaft connected to the combustion engine and output shaft; a first planetary gear, which is connected to the input shaft, a first main shaft; a second planetary gear connected to the first planetary gear and a second main shaft; a first and second electrical machines respectively connected to the first and second planetary gears; a gear pair connected with the first main shaft; and a gear pair connected with the second main shaft. The method comprises: a) ensuring that the rotatable components of the first and second planetary gears are respectively disconnected from each other, b) ensuring that the corresponding gear pairs are engaged, and c) activating the first and second electrical machines so that a torque is generated in the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SCANIA CV AB
    Inventors: Johan Lindström, Mathias Björkman, Niklas Pettersson, Mikael Bergquist
  • Patent number: 10308254
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle control device capable of switching a driving state of the vehicle, including a switch pedal configured to be provided on a left side of the vehicle rather than an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal of the vehicle; a stepped state detection unit configured to detect a stepped state of the switch pedal; and a driving state switching unit configured to switch the driving state of the vehicle to an automatic driving state, a cooperative driving state and a manual driving state, wherein the driving state switching unit is configured to switch the driving state to the cooperative driving state in a case where stepping of the switch pedal is detected by the stepped state detection unit when the driving state is the automatic driving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Maiko Hirano, Kentaro Ichikawa, Hiromitsu Urano
  • Patent number: 10311739
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a scheduling method and system for an unmanned aerial vehicle, an unmanned aerial vehicle, and a server for scheduling an unmanned aerial vehicle. The method comprises the following steps: obtaining identity feature data of an unmanned aerial vehicle, and sending the identity feature data to a server; receiving a task instruction sent by the server and matching the identity feature data, wherein the task instruction is generated by the server according to a preset task datasheet; performing a corresponding task according to the task instruction. The above scheduling method and system for the unmanned aerial vehicle, the unmanned aerial vehicle, the server for scheduling the unmanned aerial vehicle can achieve large-scale dispatching of unmanned aerial vehicles and facilitate the use of the unmanned aerial vehicle for people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU XAIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wulie Guan, Jiaxiang Chen, Yaolin Huang
  • Patent number: 10308139
    Abstract: A vehicle management method is provided for managing an electric vehicle by using a management server based on vehicle-specific ID information that defines a condition of use transmitted from an onboard controller. The vehicle management method includes acquiring vehicle ID information from the electric vehicle by using the management server; determining the vehicle ID information to be valid if the vehicle ID information acquired falls within a use period set in advance and determining the vehicle ID information to be invalid if the vehicle ID information acquired falls outside a use period set in advance; and applying a prescribed limitation to charging of a battery of the electric vehicle having the vehicle ID information upon determining that the vehicle ID information is invalid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoh Kuramoto, Isamu Kazama, Naoki Yamamoto, Daisuke Hatakenaka, Yoshiharu Tsuruoka
  • Patent number: 10300902
    Abstract: A vehicle braking system including a brake pedal in communication with a wheel brake, a brake actuation system, a braking system controller, an on-board driver communication system, and a controller is described. Parameters associated with a braking request, a brake actuation command and vehicle operation are monitored during each braking event, and segmented the into parameters associated with a static portion of the braking event and parameters associated with a dynamic portion of each braking event, evaluate the parameters associated with the static portion of the braking event and evaluate the parameters associated with the dynamic portion of the braking event, and assess a state of health of the braking system based upon the evaluation of the parameters. The assessment of the state of health of the braking system is communicated to a vehicle driver via the on-board driver communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Chih-hung Yen, Xiaoyu Huang, Richard A. Kaatz, Robert L. Nisonger
  • Patent number: 10304343
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to facilitate flight plan implementation, generation, and management are disclosed. An example method includes receiving flight plan information including a flight route and a listing of base stations, connecting to a first base station on the listing, determining a first transition point between the first base station and a second base station on the listing based on the flight route, determining whether the first transition point has been reached, maintaining the connection with the first base station when the first transition point has not been reached, transitioning the connection from the first base station to the second base station when the first transition point has been reached, and/or dropping signals received from base stations not on the listing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Damir Mustafic, Haywood S. Peitzer, James A. Wolters, II, Matthew Walsh, Thomas Becker