Patents Examined by Donald J. Wallace
  • Patent number: 10730553
    Abstract: A system for assisting in reversing of a vehicle-trailer combination includes a vehicle steering system and a controller. The controller outputs a steering signal to the steering system to maintain the vehicle-trailer combination along a straight backing path and determines a straight-backing offset of a hitch angle in the vehicle-trailer combination as a proportion of an integral of a measured characteristic of the vehicle-trailer combination that varies from a desired zero value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Raad, Tyler Daavettila, Brian George Buss, Donald Jacob Mattern
  • Patent number: 10726281
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for user and moving vehicle detection in which sensor data for a portable device is processed to determine whether the portable device is in a moving vehicle. Following a determination the portable device is in a moving vehicle, the sensor data is to characterize an association between the user and the portable device to determine whether the portable device is connected to the user. If the user is connected to the portable device, it is then determined if the portable device is being held in hand. If the portable device is held in hand, it is then determined if the user is operating the moving vehicle. Output from an image sensor of the portable device may be used in determining if the user is the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Abdelrahman Ali, Mostafa Elhoushi, Jacques Georgy, Christopher Goodall, Ardalan Heshmati, Michael D. Housholder
  • Patent number: 10710592
    Abstract: A system and method for path planning of autonomous vehicles based on gradient are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: generating and scoring a first suggested trajectory for an autonomous vehicle; generating a trajectory gradient based on the first suggested trajectory; generating and scoring a second suggested trajectory for the autonomous vehicle, the second suggested trajectory being based on the first suggested trajectory and a human driving model; and outputting the second suggested trajectory if the score corresponding to the second suggested trajectory is within a score differential threshold relative to the score corresponding to the first suggested trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Wutu Lin, Xiaodi Hou
  • Patent number: 10703498
    Abstract: An example method of optimizing reverse thrust operation on an aircraft having two or more engines while landing the aircraft is described. The method includes operating the two or more engines on the aircraft in a reverse idle during a landing rollout of the aircraft, responsively causing deployment of a thrust reverser on each of the engines causing a first reverse idle thrust for slowing the aircraft, monitoring each of the engines for failure of deployment of the thrust reverser, and based on detection of a failure of deployment of a respective thrust reverser on one of the engines, operating the one of the engines on the aircraft at a second reverse idle thrust optimized for a direction of an applied thrust of the one of the engines. The second reverse idle thrust is lower than the first reverse idle thrust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher M. Hodges, Melissa L. Gates
  • Patent number: 10703353
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling driving of a hybrid vehicle are provided. The method includes determining whether acceleration of the hybrid vehicle is predicted and increasing a conversion reference value converting a driving mode of the hybrid vehicle from an electric vehicle (EV) mode to a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) mode when acceleration of the hybrid vehicle is predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Do Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 10703361
    Abstract: A device and method for mitigating a vehicle collision are disclosed. The device and method include monitoring for an object within a vehicle travel path that includes a heightened travel hazard level. Upon detecting the object within the vehicle travel path, a closing distance rate, relative to the object, is compared with a closing threshold. When the closing distance rate compares unfavorably with the closing threshold, a secondary vehicle travel path based on the closing distance rate is determined, producing a determined secondary vehicle travel path. A command data output is generated for transmission to autonomously engage the determined secondary vehicle travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 10703405
    Abstract: A steering control device that can more appropriately transmit a road-surface reaction force to a steering wheel is provided. The steering control device feedback controls a steering angle to a target steering angle that is a target value of the steering angle. The steering control device includes an estimated axial force computation circuit that computes an estimated axial force so as to reflect a road-surface reaction force in a reaction force generated by a reaction force actuator. The estimated axial force computation circuit computes the estimated axial force by causing a friction compensation amount computation circuit and an efficiency compensation gain computation circuit to compensate an initial estimated axial force computed by an initial estimated axial force computation circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Kodera
  • Patent number: 10705541
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for landing an unmanned aircraft on a mobile structure are presented. Sensors on the aircraft identify a predetermined landing area on a mobile structure. The aircraft monitors the sensor data to maintain its position hovering over the landing area. The aircraft estimates a future attitude of the surface of the landing area and determines a landing time that corresponds to a desired attitude of the surface of the landing area. The unmanned aircraft executes a landing maneuver to bring the aircraft into contact with the surface of the landing area at the determined landing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PLANCK AEROSYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: David Merrick Twining, Joshua Wells
  • Patent number: 10696328
    Abstract: A cruise-assist image generation device includes: a steering-angle information acquisition unit acquiring steering angle information of a steering wheel; an additional line generation unit generating a cruise assist additional line corresponding to the acquired steering angle information and formed by combination of a given number of segments; and an additional line superimposing unit superimposing the generated cruise assist additional line on a taken image of the vehicle periphery to obtain a composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10698417
    Abstract: A method for autonomous mower navigation includes receiving a return-to-zero encoded signal including a pseudo-random sequence, transforming the received signal to a non-return-to-zero representation, digitally sampling the non-return-to-zero signal representation in a time domain, filtering the sampled signal utilizing a reference data array based on the return-to-zero encoded signal to produce a filter output, and determining a location of the autonomous mower relative to a defined work area based on an evaluation of the filter output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Churavy, Edward J. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10684133
    Abstract: A route generator includes: a conversion unit configured to generate virtual road information in which a shape of a road has been converted into a rectilinear shape on the basis of map information including information indicating the shape of the road; a traveling path generating unit configured to generate a traveling path of a host vehicle on the road having the rectilinear shape in the virtual road information generated by the conversion unit; and an inverse conversion unit configured to generate a traveling path of the host vehicle in the shape of the road which has not been converted into the rectilinear shape by the conversion unit by performing inverse conversion of the conversion performed by the conversion unit on the traveling path of the host vehicle generated on the road having the rectilinear shape by the traveling path generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masanori Takeda
  • Patent number: 10678263
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a route of a vehicle are provided. The method includes activating fail operative steering in response to detecting an electronic power steering (EPS) failure, determining a length of a lane map fusion ring, calculating a desired route based on a line of the lane map fusion ring if the determined length is greater than a first predetermined distance, and calculating desired route based on offset information and heading information of the lane map fusion ring and curvature information and curvature derivative information calculated from map data if the determined length is less than the first predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Parks, Loren J. Majersik
  • Patent number: 10679157
    Abstract: A system and method for processing GPS event data and providing an interface for presentation of timekeeping reports and alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: VERIZON CONNECT IRELAND LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10671089
    Abstract: A management system of a mining machine includes a vehicle, a first antenna, in the vehicle, receiving radio waves from GPS satellites, a portable second antenna, in a releasable manner in the vehicle, receiving radio waves from the GPS satellites, a first detector, in the vehicle, detecting a position of the first antenna based on a signal from the first antenna, a second detector, in the vehicle, detecting a position of the second antenna based on a signal from the second antenna, and a processer setting a prohibited area where an entry of a mining machine is prohibited based on detection results of the first and second detectors, such that the prohibited area includes the positions of the first and second antennae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Tojima, Mitsuhiro Ryuman
  • Patent number: 10671082
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method or system generates a high resolution 3-D point cloud to operate an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) from a low resolution 3-D point cloud and camera-captured image(s). The system receives a first image captured by a camera for a driving environment. The system receives a second image representing a first depth map of a first point cloud corresponding to the driving environment. The system determines a second depth map by applying a convolutional neural network model to the first image. The system generates a third depth map by applying a conditional random fields model to the first image, the second image and the second depth map, the third depth map having a higher resolution than the first depth map such that the third depth map represents a second point cloud perceiving the driving environment surrounding the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Yu Huang, Hsien-Ting Cheng, Jun Zhu, Weide Zhang
  • Patent number: 10668902
    Abstract: A wheelie determining device comprises a lift-off start determiner section which determines whether or not a lift-off of a front wheel from a ground surface has started, based on a traveling state value indicating a traveling state of a vehicle and an operation value indicating a rider's driving operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsuya Hirokami, Shohei Terai, Seiji Azuma, Kengo Ueda
  • Patent number: 10671092
    Abstract: An example method includes: receiving information indicative of a desired aircraft cruise insertion point comprising achieving a desired cruise altitude for an aircraft within: a predetermined period of time from departure, or within a predetermined distance from departure; receiving information indicative of an estimated weight of the aircraft upon the aircraft reaching the desired cruise altitude; determining a desired airspeed for the aircraft based on the information indicative of the estimated weight of the aircraft; prior to a flight of the aircraft, determining, based on the desired airspeed and the desired aircraft cruise insertion point, a climb trajectory for the aircraft; and during a climb flight phase of the aircraft, varying climb thrust of an engine of the aircraft to follow the climb trajectory and achieve the desired aircraft cruise insertion point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph M. DiRusso, Keith D. Parsons
  • Patent number: 10668810
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for vehicle stabilization of a hybrid vehicle in an event of brake slip of the drive wheels or an increased risk thereof. The method presupposes that the hybrid vehicle includes, between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor, a clutch by which the torque of the internal combustion engine can be decoupled from the drive wheels. With the clutch engaged, the resulting torque on the electric motor is produced by the torque of the internal combustion engine and the torque of the electric motor. The presence of a specific vehicle condition indicative of brake slip of the drive wheels or a risk thereof is recognized. If such a vehicle condition is recognized, the clutch between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor is released and the torque of the electric motor is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Florian Schnappauf, Michael Prommnitz, Stephan Capellaro, Thomas Baer, Jerome Willot, Johann Knoeferl, Thomas Hardtke
  • Patent number: 10668990
    Abstract: A computing apparatus that is integrated within a flotation module, the system obtaining the energy required to power its computing operations from waves that travel across the surface of a body of water on which the flotation module sets. Additionally, the self-powered computing apparatus employs novel designs to utilize its close proximity to the body of water and/or to strong ocean winds to significantly lower the cost and complexity of cooling their computing circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Lone Gull Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventors: Garth Alexander Sheldon-Coulson, Brian Lee Moffat
  • Patent number: 10669135
    Abstract: A rotary crane including a vertical axis; an jib that extends from the vertical axis; a drive for rotating the jib about the vertical axis; a condition monitoring which determines wind loading, namely internal force variables, tensions, strains, transverse forces, tilting and torsion torques of the rotary crane; and a computing unit which computes a preferred direction for locking the jib from the wind loading. The invention also relates to a method for orienting the rotary crane. In order to improve the orientation of the jib of a shut down rotary crane it is proposed that the rotary crane includes measuring elements for capturing local measuring local values of the wind loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GBF Gesellschaft Fuer Bemessungsforschung MBH
    Inventor: Ralf Haase