Patents Examined by David Testardi
  • Patent number: 10318138
    Abstract: A harvesting machine capable of automatic adjustment, comprising a plurality of acoustic material flow sensors, a control system, a processor, and application software, wherein the plurality of acoustic material flow sensors are mounted internal to the harvesting machine at points of crop material flow and are capable of sensing an amount of crop material passing by them. The control system operates in a cause-and-affect mode for interactively enabling manual or automatic responses to Mass Material Distribution (MMD) information and equipment-related performance parameters. An interactive combine control method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Flemming Schøler, Barry D. Batcheller, Marshall T. Bremer, Nicholas L. Butts, Paul A. Nystuen, Adam A. Reich, Bradley K. Schleusner, Bradley R. Thurow
  • Patent number: 10316491
    Abstract: A control system is disclosed for use with a machine. The control system may have a first blade mountable to the machine and configured to engage a ground surface below the machine, and at least a first actuator configured to move the first blade. The control system may also have a second blade mountable to the machine and configured to engage the ground surface below the machine, and at least a second actuator configured to move the second blade. The control system may additionally have a controller in communication with the at least a second actuator. The controller may be configured to determine a first position of the first blade, and to automatically cause the at least a second actuator to move the second blade to a second position based on the first position of the first blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Gentle, Daniel Patrick Gillen
  • Patent number: 10315647
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for controlling driving of a vehicle using driving information of the vehicle including: collecting, by a collector, driving data of the vehicle; extracting, by an extractor, ordinary driving characteristics and distinguishing driving characteristics of the vehicle from the collected driving data; classifying, by a classifier, driving tendency of the vehicle based on the extracted driving characteristics; and controlling, by a controller, driving of the vehicle based on the classified driving tendency. The ordinary driving characteristics includes an average speed of the vehicle, the distinguishing driving characteristics includes standard deviation of speed of the vehicle, and the driving tendency of the vehicle includes driving environment of the vehicle and driving propensity of a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Do Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 10300908
    Abstract: A control device that includes an electronic control unit that causes a rotational speed of the rotating electric machine to change according to a predetermined first change pattern after the rotational speed of the rotating electric machine changes from a pre-shifting synchronous rotational speed in association with progress of the shifting operation until reaching a first synchronous range that is determined on the basis of a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine, the pre-shifting synchronous rotational speed being the rotational speed of the rotating electric machine in a shift speed established before the shifting operation is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Ishida, Kohei Tsuda, Keiichirou Kusabe
  • Patent number: 10300897
    Abstract: A method for controlling brakes may comprise receiving, by a controller, a yaw rate from an inertial sensor, calculating, by the controller, a force correction, calculating, by the controller, a pressure correction, and adjusting, by the controller, a pressure command for a brake control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Georgin, Efrem E. Ayichew
  • Patent number: 10300899
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for adjustment of maximum brake pump speed based on rate of change of target deceleration. An example vehicle includes a brake pump having a maximum pump speed. The example vehicle also includes a vehicle decelerator to determine a target deceleration for autonomous deceleration and send a signal to the brake pump to decelerate the vehicle at the target deceleration. The example vehicle also includes a maximum speed regulator to determine a rate of change of the target deceleration and adjust the maximum pump speed based on the rate of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jason Christopher Matthews, Charles Edward Uptain, Shane Larkin
  • Patent number: 10293818
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle can operate by analyzing a live sensor view to autonomously operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV along a current route. Based on a detected anomaly associated with the live sensor view, the SDV can transmit a teleassistance inquiry to a backend transport system in accordance with a data prioritization scheme. The SDV can receive a resolution response from the backend transport system based on the teleassistance inquiry, and proceed in accordance with the resolution response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Kroop, William Ross, Andrew Heine
  • Patent number: 10289122
    Abstract: A method of communication link accessibility aware navigation is provided that includes querying a communication link accessibility map based on a location of interest provided by a path planner for a communication node. A communication link accessibility indicator is received representing a communication link characteristic associated with the location of interest in response to querying the communication link accessibility map. A communication link accessibility weight is determined based on a mission priority of maintaining a communication link of the communication node. The communication link accessibility weight is applied to the communication link accessibility indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Aaron Connor, George Nicholas Loussides, Harshad S. Sane
  • Patent number: 10279816
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a controller for a vehicle includes determining configuration information associated with the vehicle and determining vehicle operating states associated with a plurality of conditions. A statistical analysis is executed to correlate a plurality of faults with the vehicle operating states and the configuration information associated with the vehicle. The plurality of faults in the controller can be isolated to one of a hardware fault or a software fault based upon the statistical analysis and the configuration information associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shengbing Jiang, Sandeep U. Menon, James K. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10273019
    Abstract: A propulsion system that includes a plurality of power units, a plurality of propulsors, where respective power units of the plurality of power units are controllably coupled to the plurality of propulsors, and a controller configured to receive a desired throttle value corresponding to a desired propulsive force, determine a number of power units of the plurality of power units to be coupled to the plurality of propulsors to achieve the desired propulsive force based on a respective power value associated with each respective power unit of the plurality of power units, and cause the number of power units of the plurality of power units to be coupled to the plurality of propulsors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Sands, Ryan C. Humes
  • Patent number: 10276050
    Abstract: A method to identify the proximity of a wake turbulence and to generate a report relative to that proximity. A method implemented by an aircraft comprising a processor makes it possible to identify the proximity of a wake turbulence and to generate a report relative to that proximity. The method includes a data acquisition step during which the processor retrieves and records the data relative to each generating aircraft present around the aircraft. In a position estimation step, the processor estimates the position of the wake turbulences generated by each generating aircraft. In a proximity step, the processor determines if the aircraft is close to at least one of the wake turbulences. In a generation step, the processor generates a report containing the data relative to each wake turbulence. The method makes it possible to identify the proximity of a wake turbulence in the vicinity of the aircraft and to automatically record the data relative to that wake turbulence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.), Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Andreas Reinke, Sebastian Kauertz
  • Patent number: 10268195
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a vehicle controller determines a predicted driving performance level of a vehicle driving control entity (VDCE) while the vehicle is controlled by a different VDCE. Driving control is transitioned to the VDCE, after which an actual driving performance level of the VDCE is monitored. The vehicle controller determines whether to transition driving control away from the VDCE based on the actual driving performance level. In another embodiment, after transition driving control to a VDCE, a period of heightened scrutiny used to evaluate the actual driving performance level of the VDCE specifically after the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Somdeb Majumdar, Mainak Biswas, William Henry Von Novak, Muhammed Sezan
  • Patent number: 10252720
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle that has at least one driving engine which is operatively connected to at least one drive wheel and is controlled as a function of an accelerator-pedal position in order to generate a drive torque, an engine drag-torque control being carried out to avoid skidding of the drive wheel when the accelerator pedal is moved in the direction of a neutral position. It is provided that a maximum permissible engine drag torque is specified to the engine drag-torque control as a function of a currently effective coefficient of friction of the road surface which is determined as a function of a present position of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Offenhaeuser, Erik Lesser, Martin Kieren, Nils Hagenlocher
  • Patent number: 10253481
    Abstract: The present invention includes: a map information storage unit 18 storing map data 18A representing a travelable area for a dump truck 7; a work machine information accumulation unit 19 accumulating position data 6A and operational data 6B of a hydraulic excavator 6; an operational range arithmetic processing unit 21 calculating an operational range of the hydraulic excavator 7 on the basis of the position data 6A and the operational data 6B accumulated in the work machine information accumulation unit 19; and a map information update unit 22 verifying the operational range of the hydraulic excavator 6 calculated by the operational range arithmetic processing unit 21 against the map data 18A stored in the map information storage unit 18 in order to correct the boundary 18a of the loading site 1 in the map data 18A and then update the map data 18A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Katou, Hiroto Morizane, Yukihiro Kawamata
  • Patent number: 10255806
    Abstract: An information processing system includes: an information acquisition unit that acquires traveling area information of the vehicle; an entry determination unit that determines whether the vehicle has entered a specific range; an area information storage unit that stores the traveling area information when the vehicle has entered the specific range; a reception unit that receives a stop signal including information on a stop position of a different vehicle different from the vehicle when the different vehicle stops traveling or is in a state difficult to continue normally traveling; a relation determination unit that determines a positional relationship between the different vehicle and the vehicle, based on the information on the stop position and the traveling area information; and a processing execution unit that executes a predetermined process in accordance with a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haruhiko Sogabe
  • Patent number: 10245730
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile robot, adapted to move on a surface according to a moving datum plane, is provided. The autonomous mobile robot comprising: a first distance sensor configured to detect a first detecting distance between the first distance sensor and the surface along a first axial direction; a second distance sensor configured to detect a second detecting distance between the second distance sensor to the surface along a second axial direction; and a control unit configured to control the autonomous mobile robot to move in a speed limited mode when the first detecting distance is within a first distance range, and configured to control the autonomous mobile robot to stop moving when the second detecting distance is larger than a second pre-determined distance. A mobile control method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Chen, Chao-Ching Fang, Chi-Hwa Ho
  • Patent number: 10247559
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided to disambiguate probe points within an ambiguous probe regions to permit more reliable association with a road segment. In regards to a method, probe trajectory identifiers (IDs) of probe points along at least a portion of the first and second branches that lead away from an ambiguous probe region are separately identified and form first and second sets of probe trajectory IDs, respectively. For the ambiguous probe region, the probe trajectory IDs of probe points along a third branch that leads toward the ambiguous probe region are identified and form a third set of probe trajectory IDs. The method also includes classifying probe trajectory IDs from the third set as being associated with the first branch or the second branch in an instance in which the probe trajectory IDs are additionally included in the first set or the second set, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Ole Henry Dorum
  • Patent number: 10239554
    Abstract: An electric power steering apparatus includes a steering angle control section that calculates a steering angle control current command value for the steering angle control, calculates the current command value using at least the steering angle control current command value; the steering angle control section includes a position control section that calculates a basic steering angular velocity command value, a steering intervention compensating section that obtains a compensatory steering angular velocity command value, and a steering angular velocity control section that calculates the steering angle control current command value by the basic steering angular velocity command value, the compensatory steering angular velocity command value and an actual steering angular velocity; the steering intervention compensating section includes a compensation gain section that multiplies the steering torque by a steering intervention compensation gain, and obtains the compensatory steering angular velocity command valu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Tsubaki
  • Patent number: 10241516
    Abstract: Autonomous ground vehicles (“AGVs”) may be deployed from facilities (e.g., materials handling facilities, etc.) to deliver items to specified locations (e.g., user residences). In various implementations, AGVs may utilize various techniques for long-range travel between materials handling facilities and delivery locations (e.g., solar charging, strategically placed charging stations, energy efficient travel paths, etc.). In various implementations, AGV facilities (e.g., smaller types of materials handling facilities) may be sized to be more easily located in compressed urban areas (e.g., to be closer to various delivery locations, etc.) and may function as home base locations where AGVs are stationed and/or where items are received (e.g., from transportation vehicles) for delivery to local delivery locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tye Michael Brady, Darren Ernest Canavor, Ethan Zane Evans, Pragyana K. Mishra, Hilliard Bruce Siegel
  • Patent number: 10232840
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle having an engine, an electric machine, and a step-ratio transmission includes a controller programmed to, in response to an accelerator lift-pedal event when operating in a towing mode, learn a vehicle speed, and apply a lift-pedal torque when vehicle speed exceeds the learned vehicle speed, and apply an adjusted lift-pedal torque based on a gear ratio after downshifting the transmission to maintain a constant output shaft torque otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Chen Zhang