Patents Examined by Gertrude Arthur Jeanglaud
  • 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: 10099697
    Abstract: Technologies for assisting vehicles with changing road conditions includes vehicle assistance data based on crowd-sourced road data received from a plurality of vehicles and/or infrastructure sensors. The crowd-sourced road data may be associated with a particular section of roadway and may be used to various characteristics of the roadway such as grade, surface, hazardous conditions, and so forth. The vehicle assistance data may be provided to an in-vehicle computing device to assist or facilitate traversal of the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Tatourian, Rita H. Wouhaybi, Hong Li
  • Patent number: 10082792
    Abstract: A control system includes a sensor configured to detect information associated with an area surrounding a vehicle and an electronic control unit configured to control an automated driving of the vehicle. The electronic control unit includes a driving plan generation unit, a driving control unit, a regeneration control unit configured to control a process for regenerating an engine exhaust gas treatment apparatus, and a lane selection unit configured to predict an engine load associated with traveling in each lane of a plurality of lanes. The lane selection unit is also configured to select a lane which would cause an increase in engine load when the control for regenerating the exhaust gas treatment apparatus is being performed by the regeneration control unit. The control system is configured to cause the vehicle to be driven in the lane selected by the lane selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Teruhiko Miyake
  • Patent number: 10081348
    Abstract: In a method for controlling a vehicle with a drive system comprising a power unit configuration adapted to provide output for the vehicle's operation, and further comprising a planetary gear and a first and second electrical machine, connected to components in the planetary gear via their rotors, a locking means is moved from a locked position, in which two of the planetary gear's components are locked together, so that the three components of the planetary gear rotate with the same speed, to a release position, when the vehicle is driven with the locking means in a locked position, by carrying out the following method steps. The power unit configuration is controlled in order to achieve torque balance between the components that are locked together by the locking means, and such locking means are moved into a release position, when said torque balance prevails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventors: Johan Lindström, Mathias Björkman, Mikael Bergquist, Niklas Pettersson
  • Patent number: 10054954
    Abstract: An aircraft landing system is disclosed. In various embodiments, an aircraft landing system as disclosed herein includes a processor that determines to start a final stage of descent for the aircraft. The processor determines a set of commands for actuators of the aircraft, based on the determination to start the final stage of descent, to flare the aircraft while wings of the aircraft are substantially in a forward flight position followed by transitioning to a vertical tilt position and completing the landing in substantially vertical flight. The commands are provided to the actuators of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Damon Vander Lind, Gregory Mainland Horn, Thomas Van Alsenoy
  • Patent number: 10006782
    Abstract: A computing system located on-board a vehicle processes the input sensor data to obtain a downsampled representation of one or more time-series measurements. The computing system further identifies one or more characterization parameters to be reported as supplemental information along with the downsampled representation. The computing system processes the input sensor data to obtain a characterization value for each characterization parameter identified based on measurement conditions and communicates the characterizations based on a timing profile. The computing system formats the one or more characterization values to be reported along with the downsampled representation into one or more report messages. The computing system transmits the one or more report messages over a wireless wide area network directed to a server system. The one or more characterization values may be used by the server system as supplemental information in reconstructing the input sensor data from the downsampled representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Inc.
    Inventor: Robb E. Lovell
  • Patent number: 9931924
    Abstract: A system, method, and device for operations of an electrically motorized vehicle. The vehicle can utilize an electrically motorized wheel to convert a non-motorized wheeled vehicle to an electrically motorized wheeled vehicle. A control system for the device of the electrically motorized wheel can include an application module operable to execute a control algorithm that manages operation of the device and a boot loader module in communication with the application module, the boot loader module operable to update the application module in response to a validity of the application module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Superpedestrian, Inc.
    Inventors: Assaf Biderman, Jon Stevens, John David Heinzmann, Ruben Cagnie, Tai Chan
  • Patent number: 9834209
    Abstract: A vehicle and ladar sensor assembly system is proposed which makes use of forward mounted long range ladar sensors and short range ladar sensors mounted in auxiliary lamps to identify obstacles and to identify potential collisions with the vehicle. A low cost assembly is developed which can be easily mounted within a body panel cutout of a vehicle, and which connects to the vehicle electrical and computer systems through the vehicle wiring harness. The vehicle has a digital processor which interprets 3D data received from the ladar sensor assembly, and which is in control of the vehicle subsystems for steering, braking, acceleration, and suspension. The digital processor onboard the vehicle makes use of the 3D data and the vehicle control subsystems to avoid collisions and steer a best path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Stettner, Patrick Gilliland, Andrew Duerner
  • Patent number: 9710144
    Abstract: A computer readable medium storing instructions which cause a processor to generate data structures for an object moving along the perimeter of a curved touch-sensitive user input device, each data structure corresponding to a gesture and including a time stamp, polar angles at which the object starts and ends, a middle polar angle of the object, and an assigned state being one of the group RECOGNIZED, UPDATED and ENDED, wherein the instructions cause the processor to assign the RECOGNIZED state to the data structure when the moving object is initially detected on the perimeter of the device, to assign the UPDATED state to the data structure when the moving object is further detected on the perimeter of the device after the initial detection, and to assign the ENDED state to the data structure when the moving object ceases to be detected on the perimeter of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Jubner, Thomas Eriksson, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Stefan Holmgren
  • Patent number: 9709417
    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: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Neville Rhys Newey, Justin VanWinkle, Christopher Michael Hall, Trista Mcneill, David Ramadge
  • Patent number: 9709414
    Abstract: A personalized suggestion for an automated driving feature of a vehicle can be made. Driving data for a travel route of a vehicle can be received. The driving data can include vehicle data and driving environment data. Based on the received driving data, it can be determined whether an automated driving feature could have been used for at least a portion of the travel route. Responsive to determining that the automated driving feature could have been used for the at least a portion of the travel route, a suggestion for using the automated driving feature can be generated. The suggestion can be presented to a user, such as the driver of the vehicle, or caused to be presented to the user. The automated driving feature may be currently included on the vehicle, or it may not be currently included on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 9707928
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to devices, systems and methods for use in vehicle operations. In some examples, the devices, systems and methods described herein can be used to permit safe operation of a vehicle where the vehicle operator may have one or more mobile devices in their possession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Mill Mountain Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Clay Skelton
  • Patent number: 9696162
    Abstract: A harvest route generator system generates a harvest route for a harvesting machine. The harvest route generator system has a route generator that receives lodged crop information, from a sensor system, indicative of a characteristic of a lodged crop in a field and generates a harvesting route through the field for the harvesting machine, based on the lodged crop information. The harvest route generator system also has a communication component that communicates the harvesting route through the field to the harvesting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9688402
    Abstract: A service unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes a flight system, a status component, a navigation system, and a recovery component. The flight system is for flying the service UAV. The status component is configured to determine that a first UAV is disabled. The navigation system is configured to fly the service UAV to a landing location of the first UAV in response to the status component determining that the first UAV is disabled. The recovery component is configured to recover one or more of a payload of the first UAV and a portion of the first UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Hon Wah Chin, William David Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, David B. Tuckerman, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Thomas Allan Weaver, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9688421
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of assessing health of two or more components includes receiving, from an aircraft, a plurality of flight measurements, the aircraft comprising a first component and a second component. At least two flight regimes that the aircraft operated in at the same time are identified. The at least two flight regimes comprise a first flight regime and a second flight regime. One of the first flight regime and the second flight regime is assigned to the first component based on where the first flight regime and the second regime are located within a prioritized list of flight regimes associated with the first component. One of the first flight regime and the second flight regime is assigned to the second component based on where the first flight regime and the second regime are located within a prioritized list of flight regimes associated with the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Alan S Love
  • Patent number: 9688270
    Abstract: A method comprises on board a hybrid vehicle and executed by a vehicle controller on board the hybrid vehicle, determining a pH based on a pH sensor positioned in a fuel system; and in response to a first condition comprising the pH being less than a first threshold pH, disabling an electric motor and propelling the hybrid vehicle with an engine. In this way, a risk of engine degradation due to fuel degradation can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Md Shahnoor Amin
  • Patent number: 9683859
    Abstract: A method for providing navigation using a wearable device by a vehicle includes performing wireless connection with the wearable device, receiving monitoring information regarding a driver from the connected wearable device, and determining, after setting of a destination, a walking course and a vehicle traveling course to the set destination in consideration of the monitoring information. Navigation for the walking course is provided by the wearable device and navigation for the vehicle traveling course is provided by a head unit of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Dong Uk Kim
  • Patent number: 9682717
    Abstract: A ride through control system for a machine is disclosed. The ride through control system may include a sensor associated with an asset of the machine and configured to generate a signal indicative of an operating parameter of the asset. The ride through control system may also include a user interface associated with the machine and a controller in communication with the sensor and the user interface. The controller may be configured to display on the user interface a plurality of selectable ride through control levels, each being associated with a respective operating parameter threshold, receive via the user interface a user selection of one of the plurality of ride through control levels, and automatically generate a machine control signal based on the signal generated by the sensor and the respective operating parameter threshold associated with the user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Shubs, Jr., Curtis Montgomery, James David Seaton
  • Patent number: 9682625
    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: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Linda F. Hollifield
  • Patent number: 9676389
    Abstract: Systems and methods use cameras to provide autonomous navigation features. In one implementation, a driver assist navigation system is provided for a primary vehicle. The system may include at least one image capture device configured to acquire a plurality of images of an area in a vicinity of the primary vehicle; a data interface; and at least one processing device. The at least one processing device may be configured to: locate in the plurality of images a leading vehicle; determine, based on the plurality of images, at least one action taken by the leading vehicle; and cause the primary vehicle to mimic the at least one action of the leading vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Anna Clarke, Eyal Bagon