Patents Examined by David A. Testardi
  • Patent number: 10437259
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, and methods for controlling an aerial vehicle. An exemplary method may include receiving data indicating a location and an altitude of the aerial vehicle, receiving data indicating a destination of the aerial vehicle, determining a vector from the location of the aerial vehicle to the destination of the aerial vehicle, receiving prevailing wind pattern data regarding winds at the location and altitude of the aerial vehicle, planning a path for the aerial vehicle to move along the vector based on the prevailing wind pattern data, and causing the aerial vehicle to adjust the altitude of the aerial vehicle based on the prevailing wind pattern data and the planned path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Loon LLC
    Inventors: Salvatore J. Candido, Sameera Sylvia Ponda
  • Patent number: 10429200
    Abstract: A system adjusts an estimated travel time from an origin to a destination to better predict an actual trip duration. The system receives a route from a specified origin and destination. The system receives an estimated trip duration corresponding to the generated route. A machine learned model improves the estimated trip duration by applying data about past trips facilitated by the system and data about traffic-control features associated with a route. For example, the system may use counts of a number of road signs and a number of traffic signals located along the generated route to predict an actual trip duration. In some cases, the system may additionally use data about synchronized traffic lights to predict actual trip duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasudev Parameswaran, Mohammed Waleed Kadous
  • Patent number: 10427685
    Abstract: A vehicle capable of regenerative braking includes a motor that is configured to be driven with electric power. The vehicle selectively sets a drive mode of the vehicle in an accelerator-off state between an ordinary mode and a deceleration enhanced mode that decelerates the vehicle with higher deceleration force than deceleration force in the ordinary mode. The vehicle performs regenerative control of the motor in the ordinary mode or performs deceleration control of generating the deceleration force in the deceleration enhanced mode, in order to decelerate the vehicle in the set drive mode. When an accelerator stroke based on a driver's depression of an accelerator becomes higher than a cancellation threshold in the drive mode set to the deceleration enhanced mode, the cancellation threshold being determined in advance corresponding to the accelerator stroke being greater than zero, the vehicle changes the drive mode from the deceleration enhanced mode to the ordinary mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Umayahara, Mitsuhiro Nada, Takuya Nakagami
  • Patent number: 10420278
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for monitoring yield while harvesting. In one embodiment a mass flow rate sensor measures the mass flow rate of the harvested grain. A weight sensor measures the weight of the harvested grain. The measured mass flow rate is correlated with the weight of the harvested grain. Processing circuitry calculates any error in the measured mass flow rate using the measured weight. The calculated error is used to correct any inaccuracy in the measured mass flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Justin L. Koch, Derek A. Sauder
  • Patent number: 10414512
    Abstract: One aspect is a flight control system for a rotary wing aircraft that includes flight control computer configured to interface with a main rotor system, a translational thrust system, and an engine control system. The flight control computer includes processing circuitry configured to execute control logic. The control logic includes a primary flight control configured to produce flight control commands for the main rotor system and the translational thrust system. Main rotor engine anticipation logic is configured to produce a rotor power demand associated with the main rotor system. Propulsor loads engine anticipation logic is configured to produce an auxiliary propulsor power demand associated with the translational thrust system. The auxiliary propulsor power is combined with the rotor power demand to produce a total power demand anticipation signal for the engine control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew T. Luszcz
  • Patent number: 10407060
    Abstract: A method for operating a driver assistance apparatus includes: recognizing a driving environment of a vehicle; determining a driving mode based on the driving environment; determining whether the vehicle is driven using at least one sensor based on the driving mode; and controlling steering and braking of the vehicle based on whether the vehicle is driven using the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Eung Seo Kim, Dong Hyun Sung, Sang Min Lee, Suk Ki Min
  • Patent number: 10408634
    Abstract: A navigation system for providing navigation directions to a user comprising: an input for receiving user commands to define a navigation route; processing means arranged to determine navigation directions relating to the user selected route; an output arranged to output navigation directions to the user wherein the processing means is arranged to determine the boundary of the navigation route and the output is arranged to output an indication signal to mark the boundaries of the navigation route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Naseem Akhtar, Brian Gerrard
  • Patent number: 10409289
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the field of computer technologies, and discloses a self-driving car scheduling method, a car scheduling server, and a self-driving car. The method includes: receiving a ride request; determining, according to the ride request and driving information of self-driving cars within a management range, at least one first candidate car from the multiple self-driving cars; calculating a first time required by each first candidate car to arrive at a ride destination according to current location information, current road status information, and planned route information of each first candidate car; determining a final candidate car from the at least one first candidate car according to the first time corresponding to each first candidate car, where the final candidate car at least meets an expected destination arrival time; and delivering the ride request to the final candidate car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huimin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10399480
    Abstract: A control device may include a sensing unit configured to sense a topographical state of a road surface on which a vehicle is travelling. The control device may also include at least one processor configured to, based on the topographical state of the road surface being a first topographical state, control a head lamp of the vehicle to be in a first output state that outputs light to a first area ahead of the vehicle. The at least one processor may also be configured to, based on the topographical state of the road surface changing to a second topographical state different from the first topographical state, control the head lamp of the vehicle to change to a second output state that maintains the output of the light to the first area ahead of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Cheolmun Kim, Wonseok Yoo
  • Patent number: 10377346
    Abstract: A system and method of providing one or more vehicle functions at a vehicle, the method including: when the vehicle is in a powered off state, periodically scanning for short-range wireless communication (SRWC) devices using a SRWC chipset and, as a result of the scanning, receiving a connection request from a mobile device; in response thereto, establishing a SRWC connection with the mobile device using the SRWC chipset; after establishing the SRWC connection, authorizing the mobile device to access one or more vehicle functions; then, performing an initialization suite of operations, wherein the initialization suite of operations includes initializing at least one vehicle system module, and wherein the initialization suite of operations is performed in response to a predictive user determination indicative of an imminent user interaction with the vehicle; and executing the initialization suite of operations at the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Pavan K. Namineni, Donald K. Grimm, Xi Ju, Mofei Liu, Bernard Laurus
  • Patent number: 10371074
    Abstract: A vehicle diagnosis system determines whether a vehicle has an abnormality in a temporal engine stop function or a power regeneration function that negates a greenhouse gas reduction effect of the engine. When the vehicle diagnosis system determines an abnormality, the vehicle diagnosis system provides a notification of the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Ohsaki
  • Patent number: 10358129
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to operating a vehicle while in traffic. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to detecting that a present level of the traffic proximate to the vehicle satisfies a traffic threshold, determining a control profile according to at least the present level of traffic. The control profile indicates at least an acceleration input and a target cruising speed for the vehicle that avoids braking to decelerate the vehicle while traveling in the traffic. The method includes controlling one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle according to the control profile to cause the vehicle to substantially maintain the target cruising speed while traveling in the traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Payne, Geoffrey David Gaither
  • Patent number: 10351127
    Abstract: A vehicle diagnosis system determines whether a vehicle has an abnormality in a temporal engine stop function or a power regeneration function that negates a greenhouse gas reduction effect of the engine. When the vehicle diagnosis system determines an abnormality, the vehicle diagnosis system provides a notification of the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Ohsaki
  • Patent number: 10353400
    Abstract: A navigation system adapted to an electronic device is provided. The navigation system comprises: a processor configured to control a movement direction of the electronic device according to a navigation path, obtain spatial information, and set a waypoint according to the spatial information; and a plurality of distance measuring modules for measuring a waypoint distance between the electronic device and the waypoint. When the processor determines the waypoint distance is less than a waypoint threshold value, the processor is configured to calculate a first distance and a second distance according to the obstacle distances measured by the distance measuring modules. The processor is configured to control the electronic device to have a first movement, a second movement and a third movement according to the first distance and the second distance. A navigation method is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Hung-Chyun Chou, Ting-Ying Wu
  • Patent number: 10352086
    Abstract: An escape system for a sinking car and an optoelectronic component thereof are disclosed. The optoelectronic component includes a housing and an optoelectronic module. The escape system for a sinking car includes an optoelectronic component and a motherboard. A lighting unit of the escape system for a sinking car and an optoelectronic component thereof is installed on a car to emit light. After the car fell into water, by the characteristic that when light passes through a medium, the attenuation in light energy can be detected effectively because light is absorbed by that medium (such as liquid), the car sinking signal can be received and transmitted quickly, thereby actually taking the opportunities of rescue to reduce casualties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jr-Hui Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10347055
    Abstract: A vehicle roadworthiness assessment system may include a diagnostic apparatus for performing diagnostics on a vehicle, where the diagnostic apparatus is configured to connect to and request a status of components of the vehicle; a processor to determine a diagnostic assessment for each vehicle based on the diagnostics; a monitoring station connected to the diagnostic apparatus to receive the diagnostic assessment and score for each vehicle where the diagnostics were performed; and storage connected to the diagnostic apparatus and configured to store data of the diagnostic assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NOREGON SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bill Hathaway, Dave Covington, Lee Lackey
  • Patent number: 10343660
    Abstract: A vehicle includes at least one brake assembly configured to brake at least one wheel of the vehicle in response to an applied voltage. A power supply is in signal communication with the at least one brake assembly. The power supply is configured to operate in a first mode that outputs a first voltage and a second mode that outputs a second voltage greater than the first voltage. A brake control system is in signal communication with the at least one brake assembly and the power supply. The brake control system is configured to determine a driving state of the vehicle, and is configured to output a brake boost request signal to initiate the second mode of the power supply in response to detecting the driving state, wherein a braking response time of the at least one brake assembly is improved in response to applying the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Rizzo, Mark J. Rychlinski, Paul S. Shaub, Anthony J. Rifici, Phanu Amatyakul
  • Patent number: 10338577
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a sensor-based transit maintenance system. A plurality of sensors are located at a plurality of transit locations within a transit system. The plurality of sensors are configured to collect a plurality of sensor measurements of at least one transit location device. A transit server may receive sensor data comprising the plurality of sensor measurements. The transit server may determine, based on the sensor data, that a current or future defect exists within the transit system. The transit server may determine a transit location of the plurality of transit locations at which the defect is located. The transit server may generate maintenance instructions for addressing the defect and send the maintenance instructions either to a portable electronic device or to one of the at least one transit location device at the transit location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Rasheed Behrooznia
  • Patent number: 10322715
    Abstract: A control device that includes an electronic control unit that is configured to, in a case where a request to start the internal combustion engine is made while a downshift for changing a speed ratio of the speed change device so that the speed ratio after shifting is higher than the speed ratio before shifting is being performed in the electric drive state, perform the first start control after the downshift is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Tsuda, Takashi Yoshida, Nao Katagiri
  • Patent number: 10321624
    Abstract: A manifold system for balancing particle delivery from multiple discharge outlets includes a diverter subassembly movably mounted in a manifold for balancing discharge from the outlets. The manifold system is disclosed in an agricultural air seeder application, with the particles comprising tubes and the discharge outlets being connected to ground-engaging tools for depositing seeds in space, subsurface locations in a crop field. Automated and manually-adjustable embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Intelligent Agriculture Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Adam A. Reich, Joshua N. Gelinske, Barry D. Batcheller