Patents Examined by Gertrude Arthur
  • Patent number: 10317223
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of using telematics data associated with an originating vehicle at a destination vehicle is provided. The method may include receiving telematics data associated with the originating vehicle by (1) a mobile device or (2) a smart vehicle controller associated with a driver or vehicle. The mobile device or smart vehicle controller may analyze the telematics data received to determine that (i) a travel event exists, or (ii) that a travel event message or warning is embedded within the telematics broadcast received. If the travel event exits, the method may include automatically taking a preventive or corrective action, at or via the mobile device or smart vehicle controller, which alleviates a negative impact of the travel event on the driver or vehicle to facilitate safer or more efficient vehicle travel. Insurance discounts may be provided to insureds based upon their usage of the risk mitigation or prevention functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory Hayward
  • Patent number: 10309793
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for maintaining a database with details of frequently travelled routes and selecting a travel route for a vehicle from the database based on particulate filter regeneration requirements. In one example, a method may include selecting one or more routes from the database based on a current particulate filter soot level, fuel efficiency, travel time, operator behavior, etc., ranking the routes based on the particulate filter regeneration efficiency of each of the one or more routes. At vehicle key-off, the database may be updated with information regarding the travelled route including a level of particulate filter regeneration achieved during the drive cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Devesh Upadhyay, Michael Brendan Hopka
  • Patent number: 10309786
    Abstract: A navigation and location system is provided that can include an inertial measurement unit (IMU) comprising an in a strap down configuration and a global positioning system (GPS), and a control section that determines orientation of a range sensor aligned with one axis of the IMU with respect to the Earth based on a sequence of system orientation and location measurements from said IMU/GPS along a displaced path from a starting point (SP) to an activation point (AP). Remote geo-location of the object can be determined based on determined range and bearing to the object determined by rotating axis of at least one reference frame from the strap down IMU axis with gravity and aligning another axis with a line of longitude through the displacement path to determine true north then determining a azimuth or bearing angle between true north and the range sensor output axis oriented on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: John Hamilton, Steven Gunderson
  • Patent number: 10308258
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle systems includes receiving monitoring information from one or more monitoring systems and determining a plurality of driver states based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems. The method includes determining a combined driver state based on the plurality of driver states and modifying control of one or more vehicle systems based on the combined driver state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kin C. Fung, Timothy J. Dick
  • Patent number: 10286924
    Abstract: A system is revealed comprising existing dual-mode road-rail vehicles and railway vehicles with all vehicles having modern wireless mobile communications and GPS facilities, operating on existing railways, roadways, and roadway-railway crossings for the transportation, pickup, and drop off of passengers and of goods within and about an urban city environment. Fundamental to this system is incorporation methods of modern computer vehicle monitoring and marshalling facilities administering computer fuzzy logic assessment active engines for scheduling, monitoring, and controlling the operation of the vehicles and for providing the communications with the vehicles and the marshalling facilities in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Frank E. Bunn
  • Patent number: 10281292
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a navigation system and computer-implemented methods for proactively re-routing vehicles based on an analysis of input component data obtained from the navigation-enabled devices. The navigation system scores the input component data to obtain a measure of frustration (e.g., a feeling of being upset or annoyed) of the user of the navigation-enabled device. The navigation system may provide a detour suggestion for display on the navigation-enabled device to persuade the user of the device to direct their vehicle to depart from its current location or route in an effort to remove the vehicle from traffic, and thereby reduce the frustration level of the user. The detour suggestion may include an alternative route to the original destination, or an alternative destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Neville Rhys Newey, Justin VanWinkle, Christopher Michael Hall, Trista Mcneill, David Ramadge
  • Patent number: 10272784
    Abstract: A system and method displays information using a vehicle-mount computer. The system includes (i) an input device and a display device for inputting and displaying information; (ii) a motion detector for detecting vehicle motion; (iii) a proximity sensor for detecting proximity to an item; and (vi) a vehicle-mount computer in communication with the input device, the display device, the motion detector, and the proximity sensor, the vehicle-mount computer including a central processing unit and memory. The vehicle-mount computer's central processing unit is configured to store information associated with user-selected information from the input device and to display a zoomed view of the user-selected information on the display device. Further, the vehicle-mount computer's central processing unit is configured to override screen-blanking when user-selected information is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Linda F. Hollifield
  • Patent number: 10274961
    Abstract: System and methods are provided for path finding for autonomous driving systems. The systems and methods receive a set of way points defining path segments between adjacent way points, formulate a b-spline function as a function of the path segments, and determine path data based on the formulated b-spline function. Autonomous driving systems use the output path data for controlling a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Jin-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10272947
    Abstract: A system for generating a path when a travel lane of a driver's vehicle is changed, may include a detector configured to recognize line information on a front side of the driver's vehicle, an input device configured to input a lane changing command of the driver's vehicle, and a controller configured to generate a lane changing path using vehicle behavior information generated based on the lane changing command and the line information and target behavior information, and to compare a time period until the driver's vehicle overlaps a line when the driver's vehicle changes the line and a time period which is set to maintain a current travel lane to control the lane changing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chan Il Park, Beom Jun Kim, Kyoung Jun Lee, Doo Jin Um, Dong Gu Lee, Dong Eon Oh, Hyun Jae Yoo, Min Chul Kang, Dae Young Kim, Young Min Han, Seung Geon Moon, Sung Woo Choi, Sung Yoon Yeo, Jee Young Kim, Hoi Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10267640
    Abstract: In this vehicle position estimation device, positions of a target present in a periphery of a vehicle are detected, amounts of movements of the vehicle are detected, and the positions of the target are stored as target position data, based on the detected amounts of movements. In addition, map information including the positions of the target is pre-stored in a map database, and, by matching the target position data and the map information, a vehicle position of the vehicle is estimated. Further, a turning point of the vehicle is detected. Furthermore, target position data in a range from a present location to a set distance and in a range going back from the turning point by another set distance to a point (the turning point—another set distance) are retained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Asai
  • Patent number: 10266115
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera disposed at an outside rearview mirror assembly and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A control includes an electronic control unit having an image processor operable to process image data captured by the camera. Responsive to image processing of captured image data, the control is operable to determine objects present in the field of view of the camera. Responsive to processing at the electronic control unit of received vehicle data, the control determines a vehicle motion vector during driving of the vehicle. The control determines movement of an object relative to the vehicle via image processing of at least two frames of captured image data during driving of the vehicle. The control compares the determined relative movement of the object to the determined vehicle motion vector to determine misalignment of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: James Turk
  • Patent number: 10266253
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling landing gear shrink are described. A controller is to determine an on-ground status of a left main landing gear. The controller is also to determine an on-ground status of a right main landing gear. The controller is also to generate a control signal to shrink the left main landing gear and the right main landing gear based on the on-ground status of the left main landing gear and the on-ground status of the right main landing gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Malcolm S. Bryant, Leo W. Plude
  • Patent number: 10259311
    Abstract: A system, method and device for the operation of electrically motorized vehicles that can utilize an electrically motorized wheel to convert a non-motorized wheeled vehicle to an electrically motorized wheeled vehicle. The electrically motorized wheel can include a modular systems package with a motor, power supply, sensor system and control system that is operable to communicate locally and globally via various mobile devices. The control system for a device of an electrically motorized wheel includes an application module operable to execute a control algorithm that manages operation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Superpedestrian, Inc.
    Inventors: Assaf Biderman, Jon Stevens, John David Heinzmann
  • Patent number: 10254943
    Abstract: A user interface for a vehicle, including a steering wheel for the vehicle, including a grip, a sensor operable to detect objects at a plurality of locations along the grip, and an illuminator operable to illuminate different portions of the grip, a processor in communication with the sensor, with the illuminator and with a controller of vehicle functions, and a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions which cause the processor to identify, via the sensor, a location of a first object along the grip, to illuminate, via the illuminator, a portion of the grip, adjacent to the identified location, to further identify, via the sensor, a second object being at the illuminated portion of the grip, and to activate, via the controller, a vehicle function in response to the second object being at the illuminated portion of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Jubner, Thomas Eriksson, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Stefan Holmgren
  • Patent number: 10246098
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle systems includes receiving monitoring information from one or more monitoring systems and determining a plurality of driver states based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems. The method includes determining a combined driver state based on the plurality of driver states and modifying control of one or more vehicle systems based on the combined driver state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kin C. Fung, Timothy J. Dick
  • Patent number: 10241519
    Abstract: An auto valet parking system operates a car in a parking lot and including: a parking lot map database which manages route information to each parking space; a vacant space information database which manages full and vacant information for each parking space; a facility migration information database which accumulates facility migration information indicative of behaviors of a parking lot user; a first unit which detects the full and vacant information for each parking space, searches for a route to the parking space and automatically parks the car in the parking space based on the route information; a second unit notifies the parking lot user of information on a parking position through a mobile terminal; and a third unit which searches for the vacant space as close as possible to conditions based on the facility migration information, and reflects the vacant space on the first unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Nagai, Atsushi Katou, Yoshitaka Atarashi, Mariko Okude
  • Patent number: 10234297
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a processor and memory including computer program code, the memory and computer program code configured to, with the processor, enable the apparatus at least to: receive an indication of disruption to a planned route of travel for a road vehicle following the planned route; based on consideration of contextual data in respect of a location in proximity to the current vehicle location against one or more predefined manoeuvering criteria, dynamically identify a U-turn location on the planned route of travel at which it is possible for the vehicle to perform a U-turn onto a different route of travel; and provide an indication of the dynamically identified U-turn location for use in route navigation onto the different route of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Jarmo Juhani Kemppainen
  • Patent number: 10227117
    Abstract: A system for use by a diver during an underwater dive. An autonomous underwater vehicle (one component of the system, AUV) comprises a component for detecting that the AUV has entered water, an AUV acoustic transceiver, a plurality of AUV sensors, a propulsion unit, a processor for determining dive information and diver information responsive to data from one or both of the AUV acoustic transceiver and the plurality of AUV sensors, and one or more cameras. Diver equipment carried by the diver comprises a plurality of diver sensors and a diver acoustic transceiver for receiving sensed information from the plurality of diver sensors and communicating the sensed information to the AUV, and for receiving information from the AUV acoustic transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Jacob Easterling
  • Patent number: 10220855
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining a driving range for a motor vehicle. Initially, extra-vehicle data are received, whereby the extra-vehicle data include at least one weather parameter value. A vehicle-dependent parameter value, which depends on the extra-vehicle data, is determined. The driving range for the motor vehicle, which depends on the vehicle-dependent parameter value, is determined. Also disclosed is a motor vehicle that is configured to receive extra-vehicle data, including at least one weather parameter value. The motor vehicle is configured to determine a vehicle-dependent parameter value from the extra-vehicle data. The motor vehicle is configured to determine a driving range from the vehicle-dependent parameter value. In the method and motor vehicle embodiments, the extra-vehicle data are obtained from at least one additional motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Florian Schuller, Florian Haubner
  • Patent number: 10202199
    Abstract: A method and a device for monitoring a deviation of a first rotational speed of a first drive unit for an aircraft from a second rotational speed of an at least second drive unit of an aircraft. The monitoring of the deviation of the first rotational speed of the first drive unit from the second rotational speed of the at least second drive unit is carried out as a function of a comparison of a detection of a first event of the first drive unit to a detection of a second event of the at least second drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Widmer