Patents Examined by Daniel L Greene
  • Patent number: 10259327
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes an instructing portion that issues open/close instructions for a charging disconnector, a discharging disconnector, and a pair of contactors. A diagnosis start determination portion determines a diagnosis start timing before entering a trolleyless section. A remaining battery capacity checks whether a battery unit has a battery capacity necessary in a trolleyless section travel. A relay operation check portion checks operability of a charging disconnector, the discharging disconnector, and the pair of contactors based on certain open/close states of a plurality of relays depending on the open/close instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Kotaro Ogawa, Masaki Sato, Tatsuya Arai
  • Patent number: 10249197
    Abstract: A system, medium, and method, including receiving a set of formalized requirements for accomplishing a mission; allocating, by the processor using architecture synthesis, constraint solving, and compositional verification techniques, a role to each of a plurality of assets comprising a team of autonomous entities, the team to execute specific tasks according to their role to accomplish the mission; and generating, by the processor using controller synthesis and verification techniques, automata for accomplishing the mission for the plurality of assets, the automata being encoded to confer an ability to dynamically react to external inputs during a run-time execution of the automata by the plurality of assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Timothy Lee Johnson, Michael Richard Durling
  • Patent number: 10239635
    Abstract: A method for balancing an aircraft turbofan engine using a respective artificial neural network for each flight of multiple reference aircraft to predict the engine vibrations that would be produced in response to input of flight parameter and balance weight data acquired from a flight of a test aircraft of the same type. The resulting sets of predicted vibrations are then processed to identify and collect those engine vibration predictions which match or nearly match the engine vibration measurements acquired from the test aircraft during its flight test. For each matching modeled flight of the reference aircraft, the magnitude and phase angle of the mass vector for any commonly used balance weight configurations are determined and included in a list of recommended balance weight configurations. A technician can then reconfigure the balance weights attached to the engine on the test aircraft in accordance with a selected recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Omid B. Nakhjavani
  • Patent number: 10240926
    Abstract: A method and system for continuously re-planning a vehicle's path, in the face of stationary and moving obstacles, dynamically calculates a new path in real time which is both efficient and maintains minimum safety clearances relative to obstacles. Repulsion signals emanating from obstacles and propagating through delineated sections of a grid representing a geographic space are summed along with values representing the relative distance of the sections from the vehicle origin and vehicle destination. The grid sections having optimal values according to a predetermined criteria represent an efficient and safe travel path between the vehicle origin and destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: James W. Herriot
  • Patent number: 10233064
    Abstract: A load handling system for a vehicle includes a set of forks that concurrently supports two or more pallets including a first pallet and a second pallet linearly positioned along a length of the forks, and a lifting system to raise and lower the forks. A traction system moves the vehicle in a direction of travel associated with withdrawing the forks from the pallets. Additionally, an actuation device generates an activation signal in response to being actuated by an operator, and a vehicle controller places the vehicle in an automated mode of operation in response to receiving the activation signal. In the automated mode of operation, a front end of the forks moves from the second pallet to the first pallet, and the first pallet is raised while the second pallet remains on a transport surface. The first pallet is then spaced apart from the second pallet by a predetermined distance and then lowered to the transport surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew K. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10222801
    Abstract: A movement route generating apparatus includes an angle calculating unit calculating an angle formed by a vehicle travel direction at a target position compared with that at the current position, a graph generating unit generating a graph that has most gentle inclinations by plotting the curvature of a travel trajectory matching the steering angle of the vehicle and a distance traveled on two axes, under the condition that the area of a graph generated in correspondence to a travel trajectory from the current position to the target position is equal to the angle and other conditions, and a route setting unit setting a travel trajectory represented by the graph as the movement route of the vehicle. Accordingly, a travel trajectory with the smallest degree of change in curvature per unit distance traveled, that is, a low horizontal angular velocity caused by vehicle steering, can be set as a movement route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroki Oba, Kosuke Munakata, Tetsuro Yabe
  • Patent number: 10220953
    Abstract: In an aerial vehicle, a malfunction determiner determines whether there is a malfunction in one of thrusters of the aerial vehicle. A flight controller activates the thrusters, and controls the output of each of the thrusters. The flight controller deactivates, when it is determined that there is a malfunction in one of the thrusters as a malfunctioned thruster, the malfunctioned thruster. The flight controller deactivates a selected thruster in the thrusters; the selected thruster being paired to the malfunctioned thruster, and controls the active thrusters except for the deactivated thrusters in all the thrusters to make the flight attitude of the aerial vehicle stable. The flight controller controls the active thrusters to cause the aerial vehicle to land while maintaining the flight attitude of the aerial vehicle being stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroki Ishii, Koji Kawasaki, Takenori Matsue, Shinji Andou, Hiroyasu Baba
  • Patent number: 10216196
    Abstract: A method comprising accessing sensor data from one or more autonomous escort vehicles in a convoy moving along a route, detecting based on the sensor data, an environmental vehicle along or in proximity to the route of the convoy, determining based on the sensor data and movement of the convoy, that the environmental vehicle should be prevented from interfering with the movement of the convoy, identifying a particular autonomous escort vehicle that is available to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy, generating instructions for the autonomous escort vehicle to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy along the route, and causing the instructions to be communicated to and executed by the autonomous escort vehicle to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Prosper Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Danaher Harvey
  • Patent number: 10214206
    Abstract: A parking assist system of a vehicle includes a plurality of sensors disposed at a vehicle and having respective fields of sensing exterior of the vehicle. A vehicle control is operable to determine a target parking space responsive to the processor. The control (i) uses two intersecting lines, with one passing through a start node and one passing through an end node, (ii) uses circles that are tangent to respective ones of the intersecting lines, with each circle having a radius that approximates a minimum turning radius of the vehicle, and (iii) determines possible paths of travel using straight path sections tangent to one or more of the circles and curved path sections that follow a curvature of one or more of the circles. The control selects a target path of travel in accordance with a plurality of objectives for the path of travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Ralph Latotzki
  • Patent number: 10214239
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments disclose a parking assistance apparatus and a method of controlling the same, including, displaying an around view monitoring (AVM) image for a predetermined range from a vehicle on a touchscreen, sensing a touch input for a region in which the AVM image is displayed, and setting a target parking region of the vehicle based on a type and a pattern of the touch input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong soo Lee, Sang kook Kim
  • Patent number: 10207770
    Abstract: A method for activating a motor of an electric two-wheeler, including the following steps: determining a position of a driver of the electric two-wheeler as a function of a first GPS signal, the first GPS signal having a temporal dependence on a starting position; determining a position of a virtual training partner as a function of a second GPS signal, the second GPS signal having a temporal dependence on the starting position; determining a distance between the position of the driver of the electric two-wheeler and the position of the virtual training partner; determining a slipstream effect as a function of a total front face which is formed by the electric two-wheeler and the driver and of the determined distance; and generating a motor torque as a function of the slipstream effect and/or of the determined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Gregor Dasbach, Philipp Kohlrausch
  • Patent number: 10202123
    Abstract: The vehicle control system includes a turning signal control unit configured to switch a turning signal of the vehicle between an off state and an on state according to the lane change control. The turning signal control unit maintains the turning signal in the on state until predetermined release conditions are satisfied when the lane change control in process is cancelled and the vehicle is switched to the manual driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Kenichiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 10191490
    Abstract: A marine vessel includes a distance detector that measures a distance to an object, a speed detector that detects a vessel speed, and a controller that executes on-shore/off-shore assistance control to control a propulsion unit to generate a thrust that moves a vessel body in a direction opposite to a direction toward the object based on the distance to the object measured by the distance detector and the vessel speed detected by the speed detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Shu Akuzawa, Yusuke Ashida, Hirotaka Aoki, Yukitaka Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10189374
    Abstract: A system for changing rear seat positions in a vehicle between deployed and folded configurations. The system comprises means to effect the steps of initiating a movement of the rear seating and, after initiation, moving the front seat so that collision between the seating is avoided. The front seat is returned to its previous position, or as near as possible thereto, afterwards. The system includes means to detect the position of the seating and to calculate whether a collision will occur, and automatically to effect the requisite movements of the front seating to avoid the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Jose Lopez Pinana
  • Patent number: 10185323
    Abstract: A system to reduce vehicle resource depletion risk which includes a memory, controller, efficiency module, mobile computing device, and fleet vehicle. The memory includes executable instructions. The controller executes the instructions. The controller communicates with an efficiency module. The efficiency module causes a fleet vehicle to optimally perform a rideshare task. The mobile computing device generates first location data and communicates the first location data to the controller. The fleet vehicle includes a vehicle system and a vehicle controls device and can communicate with the controller. The vehicle system generates second location data. The vehicle controls device commands the fleet vehicle to perform a rideshare task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Stefan
  • Patent number: 10184537
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for measuring clutch durability of an all wheel drive vehicle. The method includes: a damage degree securing step of accumulating and acquiring a damage degree of a clutch based on a clutch slip amount and clutch transfer torque when the clutch slips by a difference in rotary speed between a front wheel and a rear wheel; and a durability predicting step of predicting current durability of the clutch based on the difference between the accumulated and acquired damage degree and a reference damage degree of the corresponding clutch, an input shaft RPM of rotating the clutch, and a reference durability RPM of the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Sang Chull Han
  • Patent number: 10179590
    Abstract: A method, including: detecting a distance between a vehicle and an object. The method also includes determining, based on the distance between the vehicle and the object, that a path of travel of the vehicle presents a risk of collision between the vehicle and the object. The method also includes causing at least one of a wheel angle, a vehicle drivetrain, and vehicle braking to be changed to reduce the risk of collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10180369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fault diagnosis apparatus for a brake of a train, an automatic train operation system operated due to degradation of braking performance using the same, and a fault diagnosis method for the brake of the train. In particular, the present invention is directed to determining that a fault has occurred in the brake when the difference between the current acceleration of the train and the required acceleration is greater than or equal to a reference value and safely moving the train to a stopping point through a powering operation or coasting operation such that emergency braking is not applied by an automatic train protection (ATP) system if the fault has occurred in the brake. When a fault occurs in the brake of the train, the train is automatically operated such that emergency braking is not triggered by an ATP system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-Chul Jung, Yong-Gee Cho
  • Patent number: 10173676
    Abstract: Provided are a travel assist device capable of producing, in a preferred manner, warning vibrations notifying deviation of a vehicle with respect to a travel path, and a method of controlling the same. A travel assist device includes a travel assist control device that notifies a driver about an anti-deviation direction or a deviation direction by making a steering angular acceleration in the deviation direction and the steering angular acceleration in the anti-deviation direction different from each other when producing warning vibrations, wherein a time-derivative value of a steering angle of a steering wheel is defined as a steering angular velocity, and a time-derivative value of the steering angular velocity is defined as the steering angular acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Hanzawa, Shinnosuke Ishida, Kentaro Yamada, Hiroyasu Kubota, Makoto Ito
  • Patent number: 10160430
    Abstract: A method for operating a service brake system in a vehicle is described. The method includes the stages of determining whether the vehicle is stationary, and detecting whether the brake pressure exceeds a predetermined value in that stationary state. If the brake pressure value exceeds the predetermined value, as part of final stage, the method includes regulating the brake pressure to a predefined limiting value, where the predefined limiting value is sufficient to maintain the vehicle in that stationary state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Svensson, Rudolf Daniels, Ian Moore