Patents Examined by David A. Testardi
  • Patent number: 10521981
    Abstract: One example aspect of the present disclosure relates to a method for scheduling a vehicle wash. The method can include receiving, at one or more computing devices, data indicative of an actual performance efficiency factor, wherein the data is collected from one or more sensors. The method can include determining, at the one or more computing devices, an expected performance efficiency factor based on a model. The method can include performing, at the one or more computing devices, a comparison of the actual performance efficiency factor with the expected performance efficiency factor. The method can include scheduling, at the one or more computing devices, the vehicle wash based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Russell Bult, Mark Lawrence Darnell, David Michael Lax
  • Patent number: 10508923
    Abstract: In this vehicle position estimation device, positions of a target present in a periphery of a vehicle is detected and, in conjunction therewith, amounts of movements of the vehicle is detected, and the positions of the target is stored as target position data, based on the amounts of movements. In addition, a portion of the target position data are grouped into a group according to turning states of the vehicle, and, based on amounts of movements of the vehicle when the target position data are detected, an adjustment range for the group is set. Further, map information including positions of the target is acquired and, by matching the target position data with the positions of the target in the map information based on the set adjustment range, a vehicle position of the vehicle is estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Asai
  • Patent number: 10500718
    Abstract: Methods and systems for allocating tasks to robotic devices are provided. An example method includes receiving information associated with task logs for a plurality of robotic devices and in a computing system configured to access a processor and memory, determining information associated with a health level for the plurality of robotic devices based on the information associated with the task logs. A health level for a given robotic device may be proportional to a current level of ability to perform a function, which may change over a lifespan of the given robotic device. Information associated with a plurality of tasks to be performed by one or more or the robotic devices may also be determined. The computing system may optimize an allocation of the plurality of tasks such that a high precision task may be allocated to a robotic device having a greater current health level than another robotic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: James J. Kuffner, Jr., Ryan Hickman
  • Patent number: 10501910
    Abstract: A method for controlling a lift assembly for a work vehicle may include receiving an input command associated with controlling movement of a loader arm of the lift assembly, and determining a travel velocity at which a reference location on the loader arm is to be moved based on the input command. In addition, the method may include determining at least one lift cylinder command and at least one control cylinder command based at least in part on the determined travel velocity and position-based inputs associated with moving the reference location along a predetermined travel path, and actively controlling an operation of a lift cylinder and a control cylinder of the lift assembly based on the lift cylinder command(s) and the control cylinder command(s), respectively, such that the reference location on the loader arm is moved along the predetermined travel path at the determined travel velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Duqiang Wu, Navneet Gulati, Aditya Singh
  • Patent number: 10504071
    Abstract: A processor may determine that a first repair order (RO) of an existing cluster of ROs (e.g. corresponding to first and second vehicle symptoms and to first and second corrective actions) refers to a first vehicle related to a set of vehicles. The processor may identify ROs that refer to vehicles from the set and may determine among these identified ROs (i) a first relationship between the first symptom and the first action without the first symptom relating to the second action and/or (ii) a second relationship between the second symptom and the second action without the second symptom relating to the first action. The processor may (i) if the first relationship exists, add the first RO to a first different cluster corresponding to the first relationship and (ii) if the second relationship exists, add the first RO to a second different cluster corresponding to the second relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Bradley R. Lewis, Brett A. Kelley
  • Patent number: 10502582
    Abstract: A computer system can monitor a dynamic location of a transport service provider traveling to rendezvous with a requesting user at a start location. The computer system can generate map content to be displayed on a user interface a computing device of the requesting user. The computer system may then generate a toggle feature on the user interface to enable the requesting user to switch between a plurality of map configurations for the map content. Each of the plurality of map configurations can define a dynamic zoom level of the map content and being based on a plurality of toggle points comprising a plurality of (i) the dynamic location of the transport service provider, (ii) the dynamic location of the requesting user, or (iii) the start location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhki Yamashita, Didier Patrick Hilhorst, Bryant Jow, Peter Ng
  • Patent number: 10493862
    Abstract: A method for controlling a power output of an electrical battery device of an electrically driven vehicle includes determining a route profile of a circular route for the vehicle; ascertaining at least one reduction section of the route profile with a reduced power demand; and reducing the power output of the electrical battery device when passing through the at least one reduction section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Alexander Basler, Simone Faerber
  • Patent number: 10486683
    Abstract: A power system includes: an internal combustion engine; an electric motor; a power generator to drive a driven load; a power transmission mechanism via which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine, the electric motor, and the power generator to the driven load and via which power is transmitted between the internal combustion engine and the power generator; a first power storage and a second power storage to store electric power; a power transmission circuit electrically connecting the electric motor, the power generator, the first power storage, and the second power storage so as to transmit electric power from the first power storage and the second power storage to the electric motor and the power generator; and a processor configured to control the power transmission circuit such that the first power storage and the second power storage feed electric power to the electric motor and the power generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10483515
    Abstract: There is provided a power storage system comprising a plurality of battery lines and a connection terminal unit. Each battery line comprises a plurality of battery cells arranged in a first direction. The connection terminal unit is electrically connected to terminal faces of each battery cell of a group of the battery cells, and the group of the battery cells is disposed in a second direction. At least one cut out is formed in the connection terminal unit. There are also provided a power storage system for a house, a power storage system for a vehicle, an electronic device and an electric vehicle including the power storage device. There is also provided a connection terminal unit for electrically connecting a plurality of battery cells, in which at least one cut out is formed in the connection terminal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naotake Yoshida, Hiroaki Ono, Tsutomu Aoyama, Tatsuya Adachi, Naoyuki Sugeno, Munenori Inden
  • Patent number: 10471904
    Abstract: A system for adjusting the position of one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle includes a plurality of sensor arms, a plurality of sensor manipulators attached to each of the plurality of sensor arms. The system can be configured to receive output from the one or more sensors, and determine if an occlusion zone is detected. Based on the objects creating the occlusion zone, the sensors can be adjusted to decrease the size of the occlusion zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Delp, Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 10474157
    Abstract: State of an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) is measured and stored for a location and speed of the ADV. Later, the state of the ADV is measured for the location and speed corresponding to a previously stored state of the ADV at the same location and speed. Fields of the measured stored states of the ADV are compared. If one or more differences between the measured and stored ADV states exceeds a threshold, then one or more control input parameters of the ADV is adjusted, such as steering, braking, or throttle. Differences may be attributable to road conditions or to state of servicing of the ADV. Differences between measured and stored states of the ADV can be passed to a service module. Service module can access crowd sourced data to determine whether one or more control input parameters for a driving state of one or more ADVs should be updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Xiang Yu, Qi Kong, Qi Luo, Fan Zhu, Sen Hu, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10464526
    Abstract: A fashionable bracelet operates as a remote car key fob and a clock. The bracelet provides multiple buttons allowing a user to operate the bracelet to control access to the vehicle coupled to the bracelet. The bracelet receives voice commands to operate the vehicle. Moreover, the bracelet incorporates a GPS subsystem for auto-piloting the vehicle to the location of the user. The bracelet further incorporates multiple LEDs to provide operational feedback to the user. The clock can be turned on and off using one of the buttons. The wireless key fob functions and the clock are controlled by a microcontroller disposed within the bracelet. The bracelet includes a battery to provide power to various components of the bracelet. The battery is operatively coupled to a solar panel. The bracelet is conveniently and securely attached to the wrist of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Kenyon Hiatt, Christopher Minuche, Brenden Alexander Pooley
  • Patent number: 10464545
    Abstract: A control system of a four-wheel drive vehicle and a gradient value setting device of the vehicle is provided so as to reliably control a wheel skid despite the vehicle facing an intersecting direction intersecting a maximum tilt line direction. The vehicle includes an engine, front and rear wheels, an electronic control 4WD coupling, and a control unit. The distribution amount of the driving force to the rear wheels is set by the electronic control 4WD coupling. The control unit determines whether or not the vehicle faces the intersecting direction on the inclined road, and if so, sets the driving force distribution amount so that the difference between the driving force distribution amount to the front wheels and to the rear wheels is smaller as compared with on a flat road, and commands the electronic control 4WD coupling to distribute the driving force by the distribution amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsushi Marutani, Hideki Tani, Daisuke Kofu, Yasushi Yagi
  • Patent number: 10464576
    Abstract: A control device for a hybrid vehicle includes: an engine; an electric motor; a power distribution mechanism including an input element connected to the engine, an output element to transmit power toward an output shaft, and a reaction force element fixed selectively and non-rotatably and brings about a reaction force against power from the engine and to distribute power from the engine to the electric motor and the output shaft; a fixing unit selectively switching between an engaged state and a disengaged state; and a control unit to control a magnitude of torque output from the engine in the engaged state to be less than the magnitude of torque output from the engine in the disengaged state when an engine speed in the disengaged state is equivalent to that in the engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daiki Sato, Yudai Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10457280
    Abstract: A control system for maintaining a traffic warning triangle at a constant speed when deployed, notwithstanding rises and falls in the road surface, includes a driver, a driving controller, a detector, and a processor. The driving controller controls the driver to drive the mobile warning triangle to move on a road at a predetermined speed. The detector obtains information as to the road. The processor outputs control signals to the driving controller to control the mobile warning triangle to move at the constant predetermined speed when moving. A control method of the mobile warning triangle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (TIANJIN)CO., LTD.
    Inventors: You-Yun Lee, Ling-Chieh Tai, Kai-Fan Lee, Shih-Yin Tseng
  • Patent number: 10459069
    Abstract: An airborne shootings detection and piloting aid equipment is disclosed for an aircraft including a multi-sensor system supplying signals representing an environment of the aircraft including at least one system supplying a signal, referred to as an LWIR/MWIR signal, representing infrared radiation lying the far infrared or mid-infrared range; piloting aid means for obtaining first piloting information including information representing obstacles present in the environment of the aircraft; and shootings detection means for obtaining second piloting information including information representing shootings in the vicinity of the aircraft, the piloting aid means and the shootings detection means using signals representing an environment of the aircraft including at least the LWIR/MWIR signal; and obtaining means for obtaining piloting aid parameters from first and second piloting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE SAS
    Inventors: Sylvie Colentier, Emmanuel Kling, Georges-Olivier Reymond, Sylvain Negroni
  • 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