Patents Examined by David A. Testardi
  • Patent number: 10928819
    Abstract: A method is provided for comparing relevant information between observations. Methods may include: receiving first sensor data from a first sensor type; receiving second sensor data from a second sensor of a second sensor type, different from the first sensor type, where the first and second sensor data includes data associated with an environment of the sensors; generating a first binary bitmask of the first sensor data; generating a second binary bitmask of the second sensor data; applying a mutual information score function using the first binary bitmask and the second binary bitmask as inputs; generating a mutual information score from the mutual information score function, wherein the mutual information score represents a degree of similarity between the sensor data; and establishing a reliability of the at least one of the first sensor or the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Anirudh Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 10921153
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for use of a magnetometer calibration (MAG-CAL) application to calibrate a magnetometer while an aircraft is in-flight including: generating a MAG-CAL calculated pattern based on a set of aircraft parameters for the in-air magnetometer calibration, the set of aircraft parameters at least comprise: speed, bank angle, altitude and position of the aircraft; generating a set of waypoints that define a calibration flight path corresponding to the MAG-CAL calculated pattern; Configuring the calibration flight path of the MAG-CAL calculated pattern to be part of the original flight path of the in-flight aircraft to enable the aircraft while flying the original flight to proceed in part on the calibration flight path corresponding to the MAG-CAL calculated pattern; and enabling the aircraft to deviate while in-flight from the original flight path to the calibration flight path to enable a sufficient level of calibration for accurate magnetometer operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Sanju Kuriakose, Sriram P R, John R. Morrison, Mark Ahlbrecht
  • Patent number: 10908292
    Abstract: The system for aiding the landing of an aircraft on a landing runway of an airport equipped with an Instrument Landing System (“ILS”) corresponding to an axis of a predetermined approach, includes: an ILS signals receiver and a processing unit. The processing unit is configured to, when the ILS signals receiver) has not yet captured a Glide signal corresponding to a Glide axis of the approach as a function of items of information relating to the predetermined approach, acquired from a database, determine a protection volume in which there is no risk of the ILS signals receiver detecting a replica of the Glide signal; and when a current position of the aircraft is above the protection volume, inhibit the capture of the Glide signal by the ILS signals receiver and instruct the emission of an alert item of information in the cockpit of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Jerôme Bazile, Patrice Rouquette, Sylvain Raynaud, Nicolas Marconnet, Guillaume Discours, Kevin Etchebarne
  • Patent number: 10899325
    Abstract: A method for controlling brakes includes receiving, by a controller, a first wheel speed from a first wheel speed sensor of a first wheel arrangement, receiving, by the controller, a second wheel speed from a second wheel speed sensor of a second wheel arrangement, calculating, by the controller, a pressure correction, and adjusting, by the controller, a pressure command for at least one of the first wheel arrangement and the second wheel arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Georgin, Efrem E. Ayichew
  • Patent number: 10890460
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for navigating to a pre-scheduled vehicle. A code is analyzed for a user including location information pertaining to the pre-scheduled vehicle, wherein the location information indicates a destination for the user. A location of the user is determined based on a GPS sensor. The user is directed to traverse a route between the location of the user and a location of the pre-scheduled vehicle. A destination of the pre-scheduled vehicle is verified as being consistent with the destination for the user indicated by the location information of the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mauro Marzorati, Gary F. Diamanti, Jana H. Jenkins, Seda Özses
  • Patent number: 10835096
    Abstract: A method of operating an autonomous cleaning robot is described. The method includes initiating a training run of the autonomous cleaning robot and receiving, at a mobile device, location data from the autonomous cleaning robot as the autonomous cleaning robot navigates an area. The method also includes presenting, on a display of the mobile device, a training map depicting portions of the area traversed by the autonomous cleaning robot during the training run and presenting, on the display of the mobile device, an interface configured to allow the training map to be stored or deleted. The method also includes initiating additional training runs to produce additional training maps and presenting a master map generated based on a plurality of stored training maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen O'Dea, Benjamin H. Schriesheim, Qunxi Huang, Kenrick E. Drew, Adam Goss
  • Patent number: 10829000
    Abstract: An intelligent vehicle charging system for charging a fleet of autonomous vehicles throughout a network of charging stations dispersed throughout a geographic area. The intelligent vehicle charging system includes a remote control system that is in operative communication with each of the autonomous vehicles in the fleet and each of the charging stations in the network. When an autonomous vehicle is in need of a power charge, or as directed by the remote control system, the remote control system will identify an available charging station, guide the autonomous vehicle to the charging station, verify that the autonomous vehicle has arrived at the charging station, initiate the power charging process, account and bill appropriate fees for the charging process, and log all associated activity. The remote control system is also capable of remotely and instantaneously terminating the power charging process to dynamically return a vehicle back to service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Arnold Chase, William Chase
  • Patent number: 10821979
    Abstract: A method and a device for automatically reversing a vehicle are provided. A forward track of a target vehicle is recorded in a forward process of the target vehicle. The target vehicle is controlled to be reversed from a current position and the target vehicle is controlled to be reversed along the forward track by adjusting a steering wheel angle of the target vehicle at each reversing moment, when an automatic reversing instruction for the target vehicle is detected after the target vehicle stops moving forward. The target vehicle is controlled to stop being reversed when a reversing stop instruction for the target vehicle is detected in a reversing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Wei Liu, Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10813265
    Abstract: A control system for an agricultural implement includes a controller configured to perform the following steps in response to determining that performance of a ground engaging tool is below a threshold performance. The controller is configured to adjust a speed of the agricultural implement to an adjusted speed. The controller is configured to raise the ground engaging tool to a target raised position in response to the speed of the agricultural implement being substantially equal to a first threshold speed. The controller is configured to adjust the speed of the agricultural implement to an initial speed in response to a position of the ground engaging tool being substantially equal to the target raised position. The controller is configured to lower the ground engaging tool to a target depth in response to the speed of the agricultural implement being substantially equal to a second threshold speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Trevor Stanhope
  • Patent number: 10809726
    Abstract: A set of driving scenarios are determined for different types of vehicles. Each driving scenario corresponds to a specific movement of a particular type of autonomous vehicles. For each of the driving scenarios of each type of autonomous vehicles, a set of driving statistics is obtained, including driving parameters used to control and drive the vehicle, a driving condition at the point in time, and a sideslip caused by the driving parameters and the driving condition under the driving scenario. A driving scenario/sideslip mapping table or database is constructed. The scenario/sideslip mapping table includes a number of mapping entries. Each mapping entry maps a particular driving scenario to a sideslip that is calculated based on the driving statistics. The scenario/sideslip mapping table is utilized subsequently to predict the sideslip under the similar driving environment, such that the driving planning and control can be compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Qi Kong, Fan Zhu, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10800537
    Abstract: An aircraft controller includes a memory for storing instructions. The instructions are operable to cause the controller to perform a thrust balancing method and ensure a balanced thrust output from the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Philip A. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10793157
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a drivetrain and multiple motors. The drivetrain includes at least one wheel, and is mechanically connected to the motors. The vehicle additionally includes multiple control modules communicatively connected to the motors. The control modules include a power control module per motor. Each power control module is assigned a motor, communicatively connected to the assigned motor, and configured to operate the assigned motor. In response to a traction event, the control modules are configured to switch from a drive mode to a traction control mode. In the drive mode, the power control modules are configured to operate the respective assigned motors to contributorily satisfy at least one propulsion demand global to the vehicle. In the traction control mode, one of the control modules is configured to operate the motors to contributorily satisfy at least one propulsion demand global to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Z. Brown, Giorgio L. Zoia, Takehito Yokoo
  • Patent number: 10789558
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for machine-based planning. The apparatus may cluster a plurality of geographically different resources into a plurality of clusters of proximate resources. The apparatus may calculate a cost of transporting each resource to each of a plurality of destinations. The apparatus may map each cluster to one of the destinations to determine a sum of costs of transporting all of the resources to the destinations. The apparatus may assign to each of the plurality of destinations only resources: that are mapped to the destination; for which the destination has sufficient capacity to accommodate the resources; and whose assignment to the destination does not exclude from the destination, by filling the capacity, a different resource that is: mapped to the destination; and has a net cost that is higher than a net cost of the resource of the assignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
    Inventors: Christopher Waldeck, Daniel Stavish
  • Patent number: 10781763
    Abstract: A system includes one or more processors configured to obtain environmental data geographically and temporally corresponding to scheduled travel of a vehicle system. The one or more processors are further configured to determine a power output capability range for the vehicle system traveling during a trip based on the environmental data that is obtained. The one or more processors are also configured to communicate instructions to at least one of a propulsion system of the vehicle system or a vehicle controller of the vehicle system for controlling movement of the vehicle system during the trip such that the vehicle system produces a power output within the power output capability range as the vehicle system travels. The environmental data includes historical values of one or more of temperature, pressure, or air constituency in geographic areas through which the vehicle system will travel during the trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Dibyajyoti Pati, Ashish Anil Paralikar, Sachin Shivajirao Kulkarni, Darren Collins Gladney
  • Patent number: 10766557
    Abstract: Motor output setting means is provided which changes an output of a motor in accordance with a detection value of position detection means when a screen is driven in a downward direction. The motor output setting means changes the output of the motor in response to the screen reaching a first intermediate position and a second intermediate position between an uppermost position and a lowermost position of the screen. When the screen reaches the second intermediate position, the motor output setting means drives the motor by using a limited output obtained by adding a predetermined addable output to a minimum output for driving required for driving the screen in the downward direction. Such screen control device is aimed at optimization of motor output taking into consideration the catching (clamping) of foreign matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 10766482
    Abstract: A method and device for stabilizing a tractor vehicle-trailer combination during travel, in which tractor vehicle and trailer are connected via at least one pivot joint, including: ascertaining a setpoint buckling angle for a driving-stable setpoint movement of the combination, and/or a setpoint buckling angle velocity for a driving-stable setpoint movement of the combination, between the combination or between two trailers; ascertaining an actual buckling angle for the effective actual movement of the combination, and/or an actual buckling angle velocity for the effective actual movement of the combination, between the tractor vehicle and trailer or between multiple trailers; ascertaining a deviation between the setpoint and actual buckling angles and/or between the setpoint and actual buckling angle velocities, and if the deviation exceeds a threshold value, generating a control signal to activate at least one vehicle component to control movement of the combination in a direction toward a driving-stable mo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Hermann Buchner, Florian Finkl, Martin Mederer
  • Patent number: 10766592
    Abstract: A method for controlling a multi-speed transmission for an engine powering a marine propulsion device on a marine vessel is disclosed. The method is carried out by a control module and includes determining a load of the engine, determining speed of the engine, and determining a pitch of the marine vessel. The method includes switching between a first gear ratio and a second gear ratio of the transmission based on the engine load, the engine speed, and the vessel pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Przybyl, Justin R. Poirier, David M. Van Buren
  • Patent number: 10759477
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus for an own vehicle includes a travel trajectory obtaining unit configured to obtain a preceding vehicle trajectory which is a travel trajectory of a preceding vehicle, and a control unit configured to perform a follow-up steering control for changing a steering angle of the own vehicle in such a manner that the vehicle travels along a target traveling line determined based on the preceding vehicle trajectory. The control unit is configured to, when a first distance condition and a manual steering condition are both satisfied while the follow-up steering control is being performed, stop the follow-up steering control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Hirohito Ide
  • Patent number: 10754348
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) can process a live sensor view to autonomously operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the AV along a given route. While traveling along the given route, the AV can identify an encoded road stripe in the live sensor view, and decode the encoded road stripe to determine location data corresponding to the encoded road stripe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Brian McClendon
  • Patent number: 10746560
    Abstract: Embodiments are described of an apparatus including a computer to which are coupled a user identification device to identify an authorized user, a transceiver to receive and transmit user data between the computer and one or more user data sources associated with the authorized user, a navigation system, and one or more displays coupled to the computer. The computer constructs a timeline for the authorized user based on the user data over a specified time interval, wherein the timeline displays every user event that falls within the specified time interval, and simultaneously display the timeline and a map on one of the one or more displays, wherein the user's current position and the position of at least one user event from the timeline are identified on the map. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Byton Limited
    Inventors: Wolfram Luchner, Ari Romano Pfefferkorn, Gerhard Kremer