Patents Examined by Frederick M Brushaber
  • Patent number: 10535341
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining a mood of a human driver of a vehicle and using the mood for generating a vehicle response, is provided. One example method includes capturing, by a camera of the vehicle, a face of the human driver. The capturing is configured to capture a plurality of images over a period of time, and the plurality of images are analyzed to identify a facial expression and changes in the facial expression of the human driver over the period of time. The method further includes capturing, by a microphone of the vehicle, voice input of the human driver. The voice input is captured over the period of time. The voice input is analyzed to identify a voice profile and changes in the voice profile of the human driver over the period of time. The method processes, by a processor of the vehicle, a combination of the facial expression and the voice profile captured during the period of time to predict the mood of the human driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10529148
    Abstract: A system and method for multi-signal fault analysis is described. The system receives user test request information from a first mobile device. The user test request information includes a request for fault analysis of a vehicle and a set of symptoms associated with a fault of a vehicle. The system identifies a test design information associated with the fault based on the user test request information. The test design information includes instructions for the first mobile device and a second mobile device. The test design information establishes conditions for performing a collection of a plurality of signal message information. The system communicates the test design information to the first mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Leigh Cattone
  • Patent number: 10518806
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes an ultrasonic sensor including a layer of material such that vibration of the material is indicative of frequency of transmitted and received ultrasonic signals, and a controller configured to, through electrical excitation, cause the material to vibrate to transmit an inquiry ultrasonic signal and, responsive to receiving from an object an acknowledgement ultrasonic signal having frequency different from frequency of the inquiry signal, steer the vehicle from the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher W. Bell, John Paul Gibeau
  • Patent number: 10509402
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the use of detected objects for image processing are described. A computing device autonomously controlling a vehicle may receive images of the environment surrounding the vehicle from an image-capture device coupled to the vehicle. In order to process the images, the computing device may receive information indicating characteristics of objects in the images from one or more sources coupled to the vehicle. Examples of sources may include RADAR, LIDAR, a map, sensors, a global positioning system (GPS), or other cameras. The computing device may use the information indicating characteristics of the objects to process received images, including determining the approximate locations of objects within the images. Further, while processing the image, the computing device may use information from sources to determine portions of the image to focus upon that may allow the computing device to determine a control strategy based on portions of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Dave Ferguson, Abhijit Ogale
  • Patent number: 10501060
    Abstract: A braking control device for a vehicle is provided, which includes an operating amount detecting part configured to detect an operating amount of a brake pedal, a reaction-force giving part configured to generate a reaction force of the brake pedal, a braking-force generating part configured to generate a braking force for wheels, and an ECU electrically connected with them and configured to control the reaction-force giving part and the braking-force generating part, and set a braking characteristic in which the reaction force according to a stepping force of the brake pedal and a deceleration of the vehicle have a logarithmic relationship, and when the reaction force is above a given reaction force. The ECU controls the braking-force generating part based on the braking characteristic while making the deceleration for the reaction force higher than the logarithmic relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Takemura, Naoki Yamada, Yuta Tango, Shinichi Kaihara, Noboru Kyuto, Hirotaka Mochizuki, Takanobu Kamura
  • Patent number: 10501074
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reducing vehicle and animal collisions. One system includes an electronic processor configured to receive vehicle data. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a collision risk of the vehicle based on the vehicle data, the collision risk representing a probability of a collision between the vehicle and an animal. The electronic processor is also configured to adjust a collision parameter of the vehicle based on the collision risk. The electronic processor is also configured to identify when an animal is in a path of the vehicle based on the vehicle data. The electronic processor is also configured to, when an animal is identified in the path of the vehicle, automatically perform a vehicle operation based on the adjusted collision parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Meier, Ryan Rummer, Frederic Marcel Sejalon, Robert Kaster
  • Patent number: 10501179
    Abstract: Technologies for managing assets of a data center include a unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communicatively coupled to a remote computing device. The UAV is configured to navigate throughout a data center and capture data center mapping information during the navigation usable to generate a three-dimensional (3D) model of the data center. The UAV is further configured to transmit the captured data center mapping information to a remote computing device. Accordingly, the UAV can receive instructions from a remote computing device that define a type of task to be performed by the UAV in the data center and perform such a task (e.g., a data center map update task, an asset inventory task, a maintenance task, a visual inspection task, etc.) based on the received task instructions. Other embodiments are described and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Ljubuncic, Raphael Sack, Tomer Rider, Shahar Taite, Robert L. Vaughn, Vishwa Hassan, William L. Giard
  • Patent number: 10501112
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an adaptive front steering system including an assist motor that provides an overlay angle superimposed on a steering wheel angle. External torque to the assist motor is estimated by a controller and evaluated to determine whether it is the result of an external disturbance. If so, the controller evaluates whether the external disturbance is a road disturbance, such as by determining that road wheel speed varied from the vehicle speed or that an impact site is present in outputs of external sensors of the vehicle. If a road disturbance is determined to have occurred, compliance may be introduced in order to reduce the transmission of torque to the steering wheel. Compliance may be introduced by adjusting current to the assist motor, a target angle to the assist motor, reducing gain in the control system for the assist motor, or shorting leads of the assist motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Park, Jan Bremkens, Lodewijk Wijffels, Oliver Nehls
  • Patent number: 10497189
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicular control device including a plurality of ECUs connected to each other through an in-vehicle network. The vehicular control device includes a first control device that controls an electrical component and a second control device connected to the first control device through an in-vehicle network. In a case where an operation switch of the electrical component in the first control device is fixed in an on-state and an ignition key is off, data transmission from the first control device to the second control device is stopped, or the first control device is set to a reception-only mode, and thus the second control device is prevented from operating due to a wake-up function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Utagawa, Ryoji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10496098
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a routing request is received for routing an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) from a source lane to a target lane. One or more road paths are determined from a source road to a target road. The road paths include zero or more intermediate roads in between, where each intermediate road includes one or more intermediate lanes. For each of the road paths, one or more lane paths are determined. Each lane path includes a number of lanes in combination to connect the source lane of the source road to the target lane of the target road via at least one of the intermediate lanes of the intermediate roads. A trajectory is planned from the source plane of the source road to the target lane of the target road using the lane paths to drive the ADV according to the trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Qi Kong
  • Patent number: 10474150
    Abstract: In a method for automatic movement controlling of a vehicle, at least one trajectory is determined on the basis of environmental and driving state data, and driving state quantities are subsequently calculated for an upcoming time period, using a mathematical vehicle model, taking the trajectory as a basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Brettschneider, Charlotte Grinenval, Nils Hagenlocher
  • Patent number: 10467827
    Abstract: Detected events such as impacts, accidents, breakdowns, and types of driving behaviors based on feedback from tilt, gravity, accelerometers and/or shock sensors within a portable electrical power storage device such as a battery and/or within a vehicle (e.g., an electric scooter) are communicated to the user's mobile device, dashboard display and/or backend systems over wired and/or wireless communication channels. The communication of the events and types of events are logged and automatically aggregated from multiple vehicles for further analysis to determine various potential system-wide safety issues and to track event history on an individual per-user or individual per-scooter basis or individual per-battery basis. Such event data may also be transferred accordingly via the battery exchange process at the online exchange machine through a memory device attached to the battery that stores the event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Whiting Taylor, Hok-Sum Horace Luke
  • Patent number: 10457273
    Abstract: A system and method for providing torque-assist to a rotary shaft of an internal combustion engine control an electric machine in response to operation of an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve to assist the rotation of the rotary shaft. The system and method facilitate periodic operation of the EGR valve to purge condensation without objectionable torque reduction when the engine is operating near full load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ashish Kumar Naidu, Ian Halleron, Peter George Brittle, James Wright
  • Patent number: 10449957
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling an autonomous vehicle. One method includes receiving, with an electronic processor of the autonomous vehicle, a profile selection. The method further includes receiving, with the electronic processor, a driver profile including a plurality of settings based on the profile selection. The method further includes, when the autonomous vehicle is operating in an autonomous driving mode, controlling, with the electronic processor, at least one vehicle control system of the autonomous vehicle based on at least one of the plurality of settings. The method further includes operating, with the electronic processor, the autonomous vehicle in a manual driving mode. The method further includes receiving, with the electronic processor, data from at least one sensor while the autonomous vehicle operates in the manual driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Akos Nagy, Jan Becker, Shetty Rajaram, Jeorg Vetter, Christian Kremer, Tatiana Mamaeva, Shilpa Gulati
  • Patent number: 10444765
    Abstract: An unmanned vehicle that moves automatically within an environment, in particular a cleaning robot, with a detection system for detecting object data in an environment of the vehicle and a calculating device for generating an area map based on recorded object data. The area map has information about a position of an external illuminating device designed separately from the vehicle, as well as one or several items of information about the illuminating device, such as light intensity, emission spectrum, position and/or size of a partial area of an environment that can be illuminated by the illuminating device, and type of illuminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: David Erkek, Georg Hackert, Gerhard Isenberg, Roman Ortmann, Andreas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10429489
    Abstract: Innovative new methods in connection with lighter-than-air (LTA) free floating platforms, of facilitating legal transmitter operation, platform flight termination when appropriate, environmentally acceptable landing, and recovery of these devices are provided. The new systems and methods relate to rise rate control, geo-location from a LTA platform including landed payload and ground-based vehicle locations, and steerable recovery systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SPACE DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerald M. Knoblach, Eric A. Frische
  • Patent number: 10427653
    Abstract: A mobile power plant system includes a trailer having a first leg extending from the trailer and having a first gear assembly, a second leg extending from the trailer and having a second gear assembly, and one or more turbine components positioned on the trailer. The mobile power plant system also includes a leveling system having a first power tool coupled with the first gear assembly, a second power tool coupled with the second gear assembly, a first level sensor corresponding with the first power tool, a second level sensor corresponding with the second power tool, and a controller communicatively coupled with the first level sensor and the second level sensor. The controller receives data, from the first level sensor, indicative of a first attitude of the trailer proximate to the first leg. The controller receives data, from the second level sensor, indicative of a second attitude of the trailer proximate to the second leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond Ka Lok Fong
  • Patent number: 10421362
    Abstract: A regenerative braking system separate from a friction braking system of a vehicle is disclosed. According to certain embodiments, the regenerative braking system may include at least one actuator and a controller. The controller may be configured to: determine whether an accelerator pedal is depressed; when the accelerator pedal is depressed, determine an amount of regenerative braking based on behavior of the accelerator pedal; when the accelerator pedal is not depressed, determine the amount of regenerative braking based on motion of the vehicle; and control the at least one actuator to generate the determined amount of regenerative braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY&FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Jackson Hall, Brian Neal Harries, Som Khamly
  • Patent number: 10424296
    Abstract: Methods, systems and cloud processing are provided for coordinating and processing user input provided to vehicles during use. One example is a method for processing voice inputs at a vehicle is provided. The method includes determining a profile for a user of the vehicle using electronics of the vehicle. The profile is part of a user account and the vehicle is provided with wireless communication circuitry for accessing a server over a network for exchanging information regarding the vehicle, use of the vehicle and use of the profile. The method includes receiving via a microphone of the vehicle a voice command from the user of the vehicle. The electronics of the vehicle processing the voice command to enable a two-way conversation exchange between the user and the vehicle. The method acts to access, by electronics of the vehicle, data for learned behavior of the user. The learned behavior is associated to the profile for the user. The method processes the voice command to identify a type command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10423159
    Abstract: A smart self-driving system includes a body, such as a piece of luggage, supported by a plurality of wheel assemblies. One or more front proximity sensors are coupled to the body and configured to detect an object moving in a given direction while the body is in a rear follow position behind the object. One or more side proximity sensors are coupled to the body and configured to detect the object moving in the given direction while the body is in a side follow position on the side of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: LINGDONG TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO. LTD
    Inventors: Ou Qi, Xingyu Lian, Zhaoqiang Chen