Patents Examined by Demetra Smith-Stewart
  • Patent number: 9969385
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for carrying out a parking process for a vehicle (1), in which the parking process is carried out at least semi-autonomously, a parking assistance device (2) of the vehicle being able to carry out an autonomous parking process or a semi-autonomous parking process and, depending on environmental conditions of the vehicle (1), the parking assistance device (2) deciding whether a parking process is carried out autonomously or semi-autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolas Jecker, Oliver Grimm
  • Patent number: 9909283
    Abstract: An image display apparatus for a shovel that includes a lower-part traveling body, an upper-part turning body turnably placed on the lower-part traveling body, and an attachment mounted on the upper-part turning body, and performs work in a work area by driving the attachment, includes an image display part configured to display the work area to be subjected to the work. An image of the work area captured with an image capturing device is subjected to image processing to add and indicate a distribution of depressions and elevations of the work area, and is displayed on the image display part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Shipeng Li
  • Patent number: 9903726
    Abstract: Emergency response re-routing is provided. Event information is received, wherein the event information identifies a first location. Emergency resources available at the first location are determined. At least one entity in an area surrounding the first location is identified. A notification is issued to at least one entity in an area surrounding the first location, wherein the notification identifies one or more resources required at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9896093
    Abstract: A technique is provided in which detection of an impending collision results in the vehicle's control system taking steps to minimize damage to the passenger cabin, thereby increasing passenger safety. In particular, once an object is detected in the vehicle's pathway, the on-board controller determines whether or not a collision with the object (e.g., an on-coming car or a stationary object) is imminent. Once the system determines that a collision is imminent, the controller (i) deactivates the car's anti-lock braking system, (ii) locks-up the wheels, and (iii) rotates the front wheels to minimize intrusion of the wheels into the passenger cabin. The system may be configured to tailor the response to an imminent collision based on (i) vehicle speed, and (ii) probable impact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Axel Boris Vollmer
  • Patent number: 9898929
    Abstract: A vehicle driving assistance apparatus has a sensor that detects an object around an own vehicle; and a processing apparatus that determines whether the object detected by the sensor is a static vehicle or a roadside static object, carries out driving assistance if a first driving assistance carrying-out condition is satisfied when determining as a static vehicle and carries out the driving assistance if a second driving assistance carrying-out condition is satisfied when determining as a roadside static object. A threshold concerning the first driving assistance carrying-out condition is lower than a threshold concerning the second driving assistance carrying-out condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoaki Harada, Yosuke Ito
  • Patent number: 9894804
    Abstract: An electronic control unit includes a board, a high-heat-generating device, a controller, a heat-dissipating member, and a heat-conducting member. The high-heat-generating device is mounted on a surface of the board. The heat-dissipating member has a surface located facing the surface of the board. The surface of the heat-dissipating member is recessed to form a recess capable of holding the high-heat-generating device. The heat-conducting member is located between the board and the heat-dissipating member and in contact with both the high-heat-generating device and the recess to transfer the heat of the high-heat-generating device to the heat-dissipating member. The recess is shaped to match a shape of the high-heat-generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Shinji Shibata
  • Patent number: 9884567
    Abstract: In a vehicle including a fuel cell system, an electronic control unit is configured to perform first processing in which a rotation speed of an air pump is controlled based on a torque command value and a rotation speed command value, and to perform, in the first processing, at least one of second processing in which the torque command value is set to be larger than the calculated torque command value when at least one of values of an accelerator position, required electric power, and the rotation speed command value or a change rate thereof is increased by a prescribed first value or more, and third processing in which the torque command value is set to be smaller than the calculated torque command value when at least one of the values or the change rate thereof is decreased by a prescribed second value or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kohei Oda, Kenji Umayahara, Yuji Kakeno, Mitsuhiro Nada
  • Patent number: 9880004
    Abstract: A not crossable element (NCE) is marked using a shape on a map. A map data does not prevent a route from crossing the NCE. A closed area is selected on the map, which includes a polygon bound on one side by a portion of the shape. A set of mapping points (MP) that are included in the closed area is selected. A route is formed by connecting one MP to another MP. A subset of MPs is identified as a set of candidate MPs (CMP). Each CMP lies within a search distance of a not-mapping point (NMP). The CMPs are sorted according to CMP-NMP distances. A subset of CMPs is selected whose paths to the NMP do not intersect with any shape corresponding to any NCE in the closed area. The NMP is linked in the route with a selected CMP from the subset of CMPs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Antonio Castellucci, Roberto Guarda, Michele Iovino, Gianluca Pulcini
  • Patent number: 9873414
    Abstract: A parking brake system for a vehicle, in particular for a motor vehicle, includes two control units, by means of which two actuators, which are designed to actuate respective wheel brakes, can be controlled. The control units are connected to a power source via separate lines, wherein exclusively one of the control units is connected to an operating device which is designed to transmit signals to the control unit for actuation of the wheel brakes. The control unit is designed to control at least one of the actuators, dependent on the signals for actuation of the wheel brakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Kilian Förster, Uwe Henrich, Timo Strutz, Christof Michenthaler
  • Patent number: 9855813
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stabilizing a vehicle during a traction control event are disclosed. Signals indicative of wheel speed and velocity of the vehicle may be received at a controller of the vehicle and compared to determine wheel slip. Based on the wheel slip, the controller determines whether a burnout condition exists. A damping force of at least one damper associated with a suspension of the vehicle may be adjusted when a burnout condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Ahmed Mohamed
  • Patent number: 9849997
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing the engines of an airplane according to one activation logic having a deactivated state (20), an armed state (22), and one activated state (16), in which: the switching (36) of the synchronization from the armed state to the activated state is carried out via a first and then a second successive intermediate state (38, 39) of the activation logic, every instance of the activation logic switching from the second intermediate state (39) to the activated state involves the following: taking into consideration, on each engine, the activation state of the synchronization, and exchanging said data between the engines, the switching of the activation logic of one of the engines to the activated state requires that the safety and activation conditions of the other engine are all met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Safan Aircraft Engines
    Inventor: Florent Nobelen
  • Patent number: 9840403
    Abstract: A lateral stability system for a telescopic handler (1), whose telescopic boom (11) is fitted with equipment (12) suitable for lateral translation of a load (10), comprising a processing unit which includes at least a first enabling module, configured to enable or inhibit movements of said boom (11), according to one or more safety parameters. The system comprises first sensing means for determining the position of the load (10) relative to a center plane (M) of said equipment (12), connected to the processing unit, wherein a first safety parameter is a function of a value of an imbalance signal produced by the first sensing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MANITOU ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Iotti
  • Patent number: 9829328
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of calculating a route involving a freeway junction determines an undesired freeway junction that can pose a driving difficulty, and performs route recalculation that avoids the undesired freeway junction. A distance from a freeway entry to a freeway junction, or a number of freeway entries up to the freeway junction are used to determine the undesired freeway junction. A distance from the freeway junction to a freeway exit is also used to determine the undesired freeway junction. An intermediate point is set to recalculate a route that does not involve the freeway junction to create an overall route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Hideo Kawamukai
  • Patent number: 9827956
    Abstract: A method for detecting a braking situation of a vehicle located on a traffic route, which has a task of ascertaining a red component of at least one image area of an image which depicts at least one section of the traffic route, and includes a task of determining the braking situation based on the red component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Johannes Foltin
  • Patent number: 9827955
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle includes automatically controlling vehicle brakes to decelerate the vehicle at a braking deceleration rate in response to an anticipated stop at a traffic signal and an adaptive cruise control system being active. The method further includes, in response to the vehicle decelerating to an intermediate speed, releasing the vehicle brakes. The intermediate speed is determined such that, at the intermediate speed, a coasting distance to a full stop is approximately equal to a distance to the traffic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin, William Paul Perkins
  • Patent number: 9826355
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for comparing multi-dimensional datasets are provided. A multi-dimensional dataset comparison includes receiving a plurality of datasets, each including a plurality of coordinates, wherein a subset of coordinates defines a geo-fence. For a coordinate within a geo-fence of one of the plurality of datasets, determining analogous coordinates in each of the other datasets, the analogous coordinates defining a coordinate input set, and performing in parallel an operation on the coordinate input set to determine whether an entry is present at a coordinate of the coordinate input set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Meredith, Mark Pack, John Pastore
  • Patent number: 9826496
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: identifying a location message including an internet address and a message portion; and generating with a control unit a geographic profile associated with the internet address based on the message portion for locating a device based on the internet address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: John Hinnegan
  • Patent number: 9815348
    Abstract: A method of controlling an automotive air conditioning system includes: a mode checking step of checking whether the air conditioning system is in an auto-mode; an operation recognizing step of recognizing whether the air conditioning system is manually operated in the auto-mode; and a learning step of setting and storing at least one manual operation value, when the air conditioning system is manually operated, and then operating the air conditioning system in accordance with the at least one stored manual operation value in a next auto-mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park, Man Ju Oh
  • Patent number: 9803984
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a navigation method, a device for navigation and a navigation system in the field of communication technique. Said method comprises steps of performing a location processing to obtain a location of the first terminal, acquiring a location of a second terminal; and navigating the second terminal based on navigation information from the location of the second terminal to a target location. The target location is a predetermined location or a current location of the first terminal. A first terminal for navigation comprises a location module, an acquiring module and a navigation module. A server for navigation comprises an acquiring module and a transmitting module. Said system comprises the first terminal and the server. The present disclosure accomplished a location-based navigation service and incorporated the location service and the navigation function so as to enhance the location service function and sufficiently meet with the user's requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Hao Luan, Yingfeng Zhang, Mu Wang
  • Patent number: 9799226
    Abstract: A route point setting device sets route points on a flight route from a first point to a second point. The device includes: a grid divider that divides map information, including the first and second points, into cells in grid form on a horizontal plane; a cell route setter that sets a cell route including consecutive cells between the first and second points; a calculator that calculates a bending angle of the cell route at each cell on the cell route; and a route point setter that performs comparing the bending angle at any cell calculated by the calculator, with the bending angles at two cells adjacent to the any cell and respectively ahead of and behind the any cell on the cell route, and setting the any cell as a cell route point according to a predetermined expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Takuma Mizutani, Yasuhiko Yanase