Patents Examined by David A. Testardi
  • Patent number: 11408744
    Abstract: A method, autonomous system controller, and computer program product generate a first route for an autonomous vehicle to transport a first person from a first location to a destination. In response to determining that a second person satisfies trigger criteria comprising: (i) being at a second location that is within a proximity threshold to the first route; (ii) being associated with the first person; and (iii) being associated with the destination, an affordance is caused to be presented via respective user interface devices to at least one of the first and second persons that proposes that the autonomous vehicle transport both the first and second persons to the destination. In response to receiving acceptance, a second route is generated for the autonomous vehicle that comprises picking up the first person at the first location, picking up the second person at the second location, and transporting both persons to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Stephanie Olivia Engle, Mariya Jacobo, Bradley David Ryan
  • Patent number: 11407314
    Abstract: A brake system includes: a friction brake mechanism; a regenerative brake mechanism; and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain a target regenerative braking force. The electronic control unit is configured to perform replacement control between the friction brake mechanism and the regenerative brake mechanism when a predetermined replacement condition is satisfied. The replacement control is control in which a shortfall of the required total braking force, which is caused by a decrease in the regenerative braking force, is covered by increasing the front wheel friction braking force and the rear wheel friction braking force while satisfying a set relationship between the front wheel friction braking force and the rear wheel friction braking force or between an increase gradient of the front wheel friction braking force and an increase gradient of the rear wheel friction braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11390283
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a traction battery and a powertrain. The powertrain including at least one traction motor electrically connected to the battery such that the traction motor discharges the battery when producing positive torque to propel the vehicle and recharges the battery when producing negative torque to slow the vehicle. A vehicle controller is programmed to execute coast (lift-pedal) controls that reduce the charge rate of the battery based on a ratio of energy capacity of the battery to kinetic energy of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Rajit Johri
  • Patent number: 11392127
    Abstract: Trajectory determination for controlling a vehicle, such as an autonomous vehicle, is described. In an example, a vehicle system includes multiple planning systems for calculating trajectories. A first system may calculate first trajectories at a first frequency and the second system may calculate second trajectories at a second frequency and based on the first trajectories. The first and/or second trajectories may be initialized at states of the vehicle corresponding to a projection onto a previous-in-time respective first or second trajectory. The second trajectories may be control trajectories along which the vehicle is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Abishek Krishna Akella, Janek Hudecek
  • Patent number: 11376967
    Abstract: This vehicle brake device performs raising processing for raising, by a predetermined raising amount, the target hydraulic pressure of hydraulic fluid when the pressure of the hydraulic fluid starts increasing in order to suppress a delay in response to the increase in the pressure of hydraulic fluid during switching processing for gradually switching at least part of regenerative braking force to hydraulic braking force, and includes a judging portion which judges whether or not required braking force or deceleration is reduced during cooperative control; and a raising amount setting portion which during the raising processing, sets a second predetermined pressure as a raising amount if the judgement result of the judging portion is positive, the second predetermined pressure being smaller than a first predetermined pressure that is the raising amount when the determination result of the determination result is negative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: ADVICS CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakata, Kosuke Hashimoto, Kenji Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 11377222
    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. A main engine anticipation logic is configured to produce a rotor power demand associated with the main rotor system. A propulsor loads engine anticipation logic is configured to produce an auxiliary propulsor power demand associated with the translational thrust system. The flight control computer providing the engine control system with a total power demand anticipation signal based on a combination of the rotor power demand and the auxiliary propulsor power demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew T. Luszcz
  • Patent number: 11370411
    Abstract: A control device of a vehicle comprises a vehicle control part 61 configured to use a probability distribution of at least one predetermined parameter to calculate an expected value of each of at least one evaluation value and control the vehicle 1 based on the expected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sakayanagi, Ryunosuke Watanabe, Mitsuji Sampei, Hiroto Yoshioka, Tatsuya Ibuki
  • Patent number: 11373527
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for providing driver assistance to a non-autonomous vehicle while operating in an autonomous vehicle environment. In one embodiment, a method is disclosed comprising establishing a secure connection with an object selected from a group consisting of a road and lane of a road; receiving, from the object, a packet, the packet describing a condition of the object; validating the packet; generating an augmented display using data within the packet; and displaying the augmented display in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonino Mondello, Alberto Troia
  • Patent number: 11361660
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving, by a computing device of a first vehicle, a command from a host device; in response to receiving the command, storing a new device secret in memory; generating, by the computing device using the new device secret, a triple comprising an identifier, a certificate, and a public key; and sending, by the computing device, the triple to a second vehicle, where the second vehicle is configured to verify an identity of the first vehicle using the triple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonino Mondello, Alberto Troia
  • Patent number: 11358483
    Abstract: A server informs a vehicle of chargers, the vehicle being mounted with a battery. The vehicle includes a fatigue detection device configured to detect a fatigue level of the driver. A server includes a communication device configured to receive information indicative of the fatigue level of the driver from the vehicle, and a processor configured to extract at least one charger from among multiple chargers installed within an access range of the vehicle if the driver's fatigue level is above a given reference value, and inform the vehicle of the extracted charger, the access range being determined by power stored in the battery and the current location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsutomu Imai
  • Patent number: 11345252
    Abstract: An object is to enable a vehicle to be sufficiently used as a power source when the vehicle is located in an area where a disaster occurs. There is provided a vehicle including a driving system configured to generate electric power by using a fuel and to output power for driving; a power storage device configured to transmit electric power to and from the driving system; a power feeding device configured to supply generated power that is generated by the driving system and/or electric power from the power storage device, to an external device; and a control device configured to control the driving system and the power feeding device. When the vehicle is located in the area where the disaster occurs, the control device performs a recommendation process to recommend that a user sets a charge priority mode, which gives priority to charging of the power storage device over driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaki Kusada, Tomoko Oba, Yusuke Mamada, Abhilasha Sumangal Devaraj
  • Patent number: 11340631
    Abstract: A self-driving car scheduling method, a car scheduling server, and a self-driving car 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huimin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11338815
    Abstract: A system and process for using telematics data to determine a vehicle operator. Telematics data is captured from a telematics device which retrieves data from a vehicle associated with a plurality of vehicle operators. A driver electronic signature is determined from the captured telematics data and then compared to determined driver signatures stored in memory and associated with the vehicle from which the telematics data is captured. A vehicle operator is then determined from comparing the determined driver signature with driver signatures stored in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Jodi Jean Healy, Robert Kenneth Dohner, Christine Marie Brown, James P. Hillman, Ramsey Devereaux, Bharat Prasad
  • Patent number: 11343643
    Abstract: Among other things, an operation of a computational device in identifying a type of a given trip of a person is improved. Historical information is stored about prior trips of the person or of other people or both. The historical information is based on other than recorded motion data of the trips. Features are derived about the prior trips from the historical information. Features indicative of the type of the given trip are identified by the computational device. The type of the given trip is identified based on the features derived from the historical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Cambridge Mobile Telematics Inc.
    Inventor: Jun-geun Park
  • Patent number: 11335137
    Abstract: A historical task database relating vehicle rollout decisions, vehicle maintenance states and subsequent deteriorations is created. A pattern analyzer may use an item-set mining algorithm on the task database to recommend whether a vehicle with its current maintenance state should be deployed. A supervisor uses this recommendation to make a rollout decision. These decisions are added to the database. Heuristic rules are defined to determine if the rollout decision was correct. The system to learns when a supervisor continues to make costly rollout errors. The system also discovers combinations of defects that lead to a rapid deterioration and makes recommendations that the vehicle be sent for maintenance rather than being rolled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Sahil Manchanda, Simarjot Kaur, Arun Rajkumar, Narayanan Unny
  • Patent number: 11332120
    Abstract: A method of energy management includes steps of: deciding system parameters; determining an object function; obtaining characteristics information and predetermined ranges respectively of the system parameters; calculating function values of the object function for various parameter value combinations of the system parameters within the predetermined ranges based on the characteristics information so as to establish a database; determining a smallest function value among those of the function values in the database that satisfy certain conditions; and determining an optimum power split ratio based on the parameter value combination corresponding to the smallest function value for energy management of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yi-Hsuan Hung, Syuan-Yi Chen, Kai-Lin Lee, Po-Lin Shih, Tzu-Cheng Chou, Wei-Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 11312240
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle and a braking control method thereof are provided. The method includes determining, by a first controller, a total braking amount corresponding to a brake pedal manipulation amount and transmitting a regenerative braking request corresponding to at least a portion of the total braking amount to a second controller. A state of a regenerative braking system having a motor and a battery is determined and a regenerative braking execution amount is calculated by selectively using a first torque corresponding to a torque command transmitted to a third controller to operate the motor based on the regenerative braking request or a second torque measured by the third controller based on the determined state. A braking force of a frictional brake is determined based on the calculated regenerative braking execution amount and the total braking amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Joon Young Park, Sung Deok Kim
  • Patent number: 11312360
    Abstract: If the destination has not been input, it is judged whether the present location is on the expressway (step S32). If the judgement result of the step S32 is positive, it is judged whether or not the actual SOC is less than or equal to the threshold TH2 (step S34). If the judgement result of the step S34 is positive, the restoring control is executed (step S36). Subsequent to the step S34 or S36, it is judged whether or not the vehicle is still on the expressway (step S38). If the judgement result of the step S38 is positive, it is judged whether or not the actual SOC is greater than or equal to the SOC_T2 (step S42). If the judgement result of the step S42 is positive, the maintaining control is executed (step S44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroto Hashimoto, Terufumi Miyazaki, Tomohito Ono, Yosuke Suzuki, Daisuke Shirai
  • Patent number: 11279357
    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: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Ohsaki
  • Patent number: 11279196
    Abstract: A damping force control device 10 comprises vary damping shock absorbers, a detector, and a controller. Each of the shock absorbers sets damping coefficient from a minimum value to a maximum value in order to adjust damping force. The detector detects vertical vibration state quantity relating to vibration of the sprung mass. The controller performs an ordinary control for setting the damping coefficient based on the vertical vibration state quantity and according to a predetermined control law suitable for an assumption that all of the wheels touch ground. The controller performs, when at least one of the wheels is an ungrounded wheel which does not touch the ground and each of the other wheels is a grounded wheel which touches the ground, a specific control for setting the damping coefficient of the shock absorber corresponding to the grounded wheel to a first specific value greater than the minimum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kohtaroh Okimura, Masaaki Tabata, Yoshinori Takamura, Ryo Masutani