Patents Examined by Demetra R Smith-Stewart
  • Patent number: 10780915
    Abstract: A steer by wire steering system includes a steering wheel selectively coupled to a steering shaft, the steering wheel and steering shaft axially movable between a deployed position and a retracted position; an advanced driver assist system configured to steer the steerable wheels of a vehicle that is in communication with the steering wheel and steering shaft, the ADAS configured to selectively control the steering of the steerable wheels in an autonomous driving mode and a manual driving mode; and a steering system controller in communication with the ADAS, the steering system controller programmed to, while the steering wheel is in the retracted position, move the steering wheel to the deployed position and operatively couple the steering wheel to the steering shaft, in response to a vehicle operator request to deactivate a portion of the ADAS and transition from the autonomous driving mode to the manual driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Heritianarisoa Rakouth, Joachim J. Klesing, Pierre C. Longuemare, Qi Peng, Steve J. Collier-Hallman, Farhad Bolourchi, John F. Schulz
  • Patent number: 10766512
    Abstract: A train control system comprising a track switch controller; RFID tags located at first and second track switches coupled via a length of track that store characteristics of train sets as they pass the track switches, and RFID tag readers located on the train sets, connected to a network. The train sets write data to the RFID tags such that the data is read by RFID tag readers of subsequent trains; and the data stored in the RFID tags is overwritten with new data each time a train set passes by the RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Arup Ventures Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth Garmson
  • Patent number: 10768615
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a system and method for effectively managing, transporting, and taking care of patients in a hospital facility. Primarily this is done through the use of an automated bed with corresponding controls and devices installed within the facility. Precautionary fail safes are implemented such that any medical profession can override the system should an error be detected. Constant monitoring and control of all automated beds may occur from a centralized system. These systems and methods will allow for better allocation of hospital resources, providing much more efficient care to all patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Sanskar Agrawal, Sanskriti Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10760245
    Abstract: An area limit control part as a control section outputs a requested boost pilot pressure for driving a control valve, based upon a pilot pressure in accordance with an operating amount of an operating lever and a posture signal of a posture sensor. A drive permission determination part determines whether or not a drive of a hydraulic actuator is permitted based upon the pilot pressure in accordance with the operating amount of the operating lever. A pilot pressure selecting part selects the requested boost pilot pressure from the area limit control part in such a manner as to drive the control valve with the requested boost pilot pressure to the hydraulic actuator the drive of which is permitted, and not to drive the control valve to the hydraulic actuator the drive of which is not permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuichirou Morita, Manabu Edamura, Kouji Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10754907
    Abstract: A method allowing a user confidentially to query a server including a database. The user builds, from an index of a desired entry, a vector encrypted by a homomorphic probabilistic cryptosystem, and transmits a request having the vector as an argument to the server. The server performs a scalar product between the vector of entries of the database and returns the result to the user. The user decrypts the scalar product to obtain the desired entry. The method can be used for example for querying a location-based service and for navigation by concealed routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Renaud Sirdey, Oana Stan
  • Patent number: 10754353
    Abstract: One or more sensors identify a characteristic of a towed implement using non-visual electromagnetic radiation, auditory detection or temperature detection. The characteristic of the implement is compared to a reference characteristic to determine whether the implement has a problem. If so, control signals are generated to control a controllable subsystem based upon the identified problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Adam D. Sporrer, Lucas B. Larsen, Ricky B. Theilen, Jeremy D. Krantz
  • Patent number: 10746562
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computerized apparatus and computer program product for efficient solution of nearest object problems. A set of objects having non-point shapes representable by one or more geometric elements are obtained. For each object in the set the one or more geometric elements are sampled to obtain a set of points representing the set of objects. A Voronoi diagram is constructed for the set of points, whereby a subdivision of a space accommodating the set of objects into a plurality of cells, each cell containing a single point of the set of points and defining a region of closest neighbors of the point, is obtained. Cells containing points representing the same object are aggregated into a unified cell defining an estimated region of closest neighbors of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Bak, Jonathan Bnayahu, Yuval Nardi, Eli Packer
  • Patent number: 10744906
    Abstract: Example embodiments presented herein are directed toward a seat assembly, and corresponding method, for seat retraction in a vehicle during an autonomous driving mode. Seat refraction is provided by detecting a user initiated input for the retraction. Thereafter, a front seat is refracted such that an occupant of the front seat is out of reach of at least one driving control input device, for example, a steering wheel, pedals or a gear shift, during an autonomous driving mode. Such seat retraction prevents the occupant from providing inadvertent driving inputs to the driving control input devices during the autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ichiro Sugioka, John Downs, Andreas Zinn, Douglas Hall Frasher
  • Patent number: 10745014
    Abstract: An inter-vehicle calculation unit calculates a required inter-vehicle distance required between the own vehicle and forward/rear vehicles traveling in the lane to which the own vehicle moves during the lane change. The required inter-vehicle distance includes a first inter-vehicle distance and a second inter-vehicle distance. The first inter-vehicle distance is the distance required to allow the own vehicle or the forward/rear vehicles to adjust their velocity after the own vehicle changes lanes, and the first inter-vehicle distance is calculated by a first calculation unit. The second inter-vehicle distance is the distance required between the own vehicle and the forward/rear vehicles after the own vehicle or the forward/rear vehicles adjust their velocity, and the second inter-vehicle distance is calculated by a second calculation unit. A determination unit determines that the own vehicle can change lanes if the relative distance is equal to or greater than the required inter-vehicle distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shotaro Fukuda, Hiroaki Niino, Koji Fujiki
  • Patent number: 10747228
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system includes a number of sensors and a number of autonomous driving modules. The autonomous driving system further includes a global store to store data generated and used by processing modules such as sensors and/or autonomous driving modules. The autonomous driving system further includes a task scheduler coupled to the sensors, the autonomous driving modules, and the global store. In response to output data generated by any one or more of processing modules, the task scheduler stores the output data in the global store. In response to a request from any of the processing modules for processing data, the task scheduler provides input data stored in the global store to the processing module. The task scheduler is executed in a single thread that is responsible for managing data stored in the global store and dispatching tasks to be performed by the processing modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Jun Zhan, Yiqing Yang, Siyang Yu, Xuan Liu, Yu Cao, Zhang Li, Guang Yang
  • Patent number: 10732001
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods and systems for deploying response vehicles based on a virtual environment. A server may obtain a virtual model of an overall region wherein the virtual model was generated based upon a plurality of images captured by a remote imaging vehicle. The server may then provide the virtual model to a user electronic device for rendering in a virtual environment. The server may then determine a target location within the overall region at which the response vehicle should be deployed and generate a route for the response vehicle to follow. The route may be based on damage indicated by the virtual model of the overall region. The server may then provide the route to the user electronic device and/or the response vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Bryan R. Nussbaum, Rebecca A. Little, Kevin L. Mitchell, Nathan C. Summers, An Ho
  • Patent number: 10704918
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive imaging of an environment surrounding a user, captured by a user device. The processor is also configured to identify a plurality of non-user entities in the image. The processor is further configured to identify a user location relative to the non-user entities. The processor is also configured to generate a digital representation of the user location relative to the non-user entities and convey the digital representation to a vehicle requested by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Stephen Jay Orris, Jr., David Joseph Orris
  • Patent number: 10703204
    Abstract: A driver monitoring system for a vehicle includes a vehicle data acquisition system operable to determine vehicle status information after a vehicle is involved in a collision including information pertaining to (i) the collision of the vehicle, (ii) an overturning of the vehicle, (iii) water intrusion into the vehicle and (iv) airbag deployment. A driver status information acquisition system is operable to determine health parameters of the driver of the vehicle. A communication system of the vehicle is operable to wirelessly communicate with a remote assistance system. Responsive to the vehicle status information determined by the vehicle data acquisition system and the driver health parameters determined by the driver information acquisition system, the communication system wirelessly communicates information to the remote assistance system and, responsive to the communication received by the remote assistance system, the remote assistance system determines an appropriate response to the vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hasib Hassan, Sylvie Wacquant, Heinz B. Seifert
  • Patent number: 10706125
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for providing hour-of-service (“HOS”) calculations via a web based host server instead of on an onboard mobile device. In the various embodiments, an onboard vehicle recording device and driver-carried mobile devices may operate independently. The onboard vehicle recording device and driver-carried mobile device(s) may exchange information independently with a host server rather than exchanging information together onboard the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: OMNITRACS, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas N. Flies
  • Patent number: 10694668
    Abstract: A display controller controls a display device in a harvester to display an interface showing adjustments to combine harvester settings, received from a remote computing system, along with an adjustment actuator. A settings adjustment is made based on user actuation of the adjustment actuator input is received through the settings adjustment actuator on the displayed interface. A verification notification is sent to the remote computing system, showing the adjusted settings on the combine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Blank, Bhanu Kiran Reddy Palla
  • Patent number: 10696321
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modification system for modifying the steering ratio for a vehicle having steered wheels (11), a steering wheel (10), and a steering transmission device (20) serving to transmit steering movement between the steering wheel (10) and the steered wheels (11) with a steering ratio R=Alpha/Beta, where Alpha is the turning angle of the steering wheel, and Beta is the steering angle of the wheels; said system comprising a device for determining the angular speed of the steering wheel. Said system comprises a module (102) for controlling the steering ratio R configured to calculate the steering ratio as a function of the angular speed of the steering wheel (10). The invention also relates to a wheeled vehicle fitted with such a steering ratio modification system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MANITOU BF
    Inventors: Antoine Riot, Mickael Christiny
  • Patent number: 10691137
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling platooning in a leading vehicle can determine whether a collision between a leading vehicle and an object in front of the leading vehicle will occur based on data measured by one or more sensors; when the collision between the leading vehicle and an object in front of the leading vehicle is determined to occur, determine a possibility of a collision when a following vehicle brakes or a possibility that the following vehicle will change its lane; determine a command associated with a lane change of the following vehicle based on the determined possibility; transmit the command associated with the lane change of the following vehicle and an emergency braking command to the following vehicle via the communication circuit; and release the platooning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Sang Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 10692309
    Abstract: A flight management system which is capable of monitoring changes in airplane characteristics. The flight management system is configured with a datalink management function that enables the uploading of updated performance table data from a ground station via a datalink. Upon receipt of updated aerodynamic and propulsion performance data via the datalink, the flight management system creates or updates a set of airplane performance tables or curves in a database which can be utilized to compute more accurate flight profile and trip prediction parameters, such as estimated time of arrival and predicted fuel consumption quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Geun Il Kim, Roy S. Alcantara, Steven J. Moskalik, Monica S. Alcabin, Caroline Klein, Yian Guan
  • Patent number: 10685573
    Abstract: A flight route generating method includes accepting, by an input, input of a departure point and a waypoint that the unmanned aerial vehicle will pass, and displaying, on a display, a flight route passing through the departure point and the waypoint, an end time arrival point at which the unmanned aerial vehicle will arrive at an end time of a time zone in which flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kuhara
  • Patent number: 10678243
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods of operating electronic controller units (ECUs) across multiple ECU domains in an automotive configuration. A first advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) environmental sensor can generate a first output. A sensor connectivity switch can direct the first output to a first ECU in one of the non-ADAS domains to generate a second output. Each of the non-ADAS domains can include at least one ECU. A second ECU in a domain for ADAS can use the second output to perform an ADAS operation or autonomous driving in vehicular environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventor: Yong Luo