Patents Examined by Gertrude Arthur-Jeanglaude
  • Patent number: 11183058
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprises a control unit configured to: acquire information about a predetermined travel route of a vehicle that travels with a plurality of users on board; acquire a current position of the vehicle; compare the current position of the vehicle and the predetermined travel route against each other, and perform determination as to whether the vehicle is traveling along the predetermined travel route or not; and issue a notification to a predetermined device, in a case where a deviation of the vehicle from the predetermined travel route is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Kaneko, Junya Masui, Yui Nakamura, Ai Fujimura, Keisuke Tsujimoto, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11180191
    Abstract: A method for unintended steering mitigation includes receiving at least one hand wheel measurement correspond to a hand wheel of a vehicle. The method also includes determining a hand wheel return value corresponding to the at least one hand wheel measurement. The method also includes receiving a torque value corresponding to propulsion of the vehicle. The method also includes determining whether the torque value is above a threshold. The method also includes, in response to a determination that the torque value is above the threshold adjusting the hand wheel return value based on the torque value and selectively controlling return of the hand wheel based on the adjusted hand wheel return value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Xinfu (Kaiser) Xu, Young Jaepil Chang
  • Patent number: 11173835
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, and a computer system notify passengers of an imminent brake event of a vehicle. The method includes determining that the imminent brake event is about to occur. The method includes determining a delay value to be applied to a brake system of the vehicle. The method includes determining a safety threshold associated with the imminent brake event based on at least one of conditions of the vehicle and surroundings of the vehicle. As a result of the delay value being less than the safety threshold, the method includes postponing use of the brake system for a duration corresponding to the delay value. The method includes broadcasting a notification to the passengers of the imminent brake event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eli Michael Dow, Campbell D Watson, Marco Aurelio Stelmar Netto
  • Patent number: 11173890
    Abstract: To provide a power regeneration system for a working vehicle that can effectively use a regenerative electric energy. A first electric circuit for supplying an electric power generated by the first generator to a traveling motor, a voltage detector for detecting an actual voltage of the first electric circuit, a second electric circuit for supplying an electric power generated by a second generator to an auxiliary device, a step-down device connected to the first electric circuit and the second electric circuit, and a controller are provided. The controller estimates the voltage of the first electric circuit after a predetermined time has elapsed from the present time, based on information on a traveling state of a work vehicle and the actual voltage detected by the voltage detector, and outputs a drive command to the step-down device when the estimated voltage is equal to or more than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukuda, Masatsugu Arai, Yukiaki Shimizu, Takaaki Tanaka, Shintarou Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11167643
    Abstract: Presented are intelligent vehicles and control logic for provisioning comprehensive tow features, methods for manufacturing/operating such vehicles, and electric-drive vehicles with tow features for protecting the vehicle's powertrain and electrical components during towing. A method for controlling operation of an electric-drive vehicle includes a vehicle controller verifying initiation of a towing operation for the vehicle, and responsively determining if there is a drive system failure preventing the vehicle's traction motor from electrically connecting with its traction battery pack. If there is no drive system failure, the controller determines if the speed of the traction motor during towing exceeds a calibrated base speed; if so, the controller commands a power inverter to electrically connect the traction motor to the traction battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Lei Hao
  • Patent number: 11162796
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assisting a user at an event and venue are described. A user is guided or navigated to different points of interest at a venue. The points of interest include seat locations or surrounding services and facilities, such as restaurants, shops, and restrooms. Advertisements and promotions associated with surrounding services may be displayed to the user. The user may be notified of the presence of friends and family at the same venue, and be provided with real-time information about the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: StubHub, Inc.
    Inventors: Dong Xu, Frédéric Tu, Meijie Xia
  • Patent number: 11164467
    Abstract: A method for an automated aircraft landing analysis including: receiving one or more aircraft landing performance parameters for one or more landing phases; determining a landing performance deviation for each of the one or more landing phases in response to the one or more aircraft landing performance parameters; identifying at least one of a system fault, a failure, and a pilot error that could have led to the landing performance deviations for each of the one or more landing phases; developing a fault tree for the landing performance deviations for each of the one or more landing phases; identifying measurable parameters, calculable parameters, inferable parameters, or observable parameters within the fault tree; converting the fault tree into a high level reasoning model using a standard inference methodology; performing a root cause analysis; identifying a root cause of the landing performance deviation; and displaying the root cause of landing performance deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT AEROSPACE INC.
    Inventors: Ramamurthy Prasanna, Ajay Byappanahalli Sundaramurthy
  • Patent number: 11164466
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and representing traffic maneuvers are provided. The method includes receiving traffic information for a neighbor traffic. The method may use the neighbor traffic information to calculate a volume around the neighbor traffic, defined by min max thresholds related to the traffic information. The traffic information is monitored until the default time elapses, to thereby determine a delta latitudinal position, a delta longitudinal position, a delta altitude, a delta pitch, and a delta roll, of the neighbor traffic during the default time; and a traffic maneuver is identified upon the occurrence of one or more of (i) the delta latitudinal position exceeded the maximum latitudinal threshold, (ii) the delta longitudinal position exceeded the maximum longitudinal threshold, and (iii) the delta altitude exceeded the magnitude of the maximum altitude threshold. An enhanced symbolic indicator of the traffic maneuver is rendered on a map image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Suresh Bazawada, Anil Kumar Songa, Vasudev Prakash Shanbhag
  • Patent number: 11155239
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving security of a vehicle are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving, from a requester, a request to access a vehicle compartment of a vehicle; determining a scope of access of the vehicle compartment for the requester based on an operation of the vehicle; and configuring a lock mechanism of the vehicle compartment based on the scope of access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Voyager Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiang Zhang, Fengmin Gong, Xiaoyong Yi, Qi Chen, Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 11158021
    Abstract: A system and method for intelligent blockchain ride sharing distribution of autonomous electric vehicles. The electric vehicles accommodate commercial transport, public transport, and personal transport. The system and method includes a ride service network of autonomous, electric vehicles that are intelligently distributed through blockchain-regulated vehicle distribution means. The vehicle distribution means includes: on-demand, through reservations, and through traffic detection. A secure chain of data blocks from a blockchain represents the individual vehicle distribution transactions. The blockchain verifies that distribution of vehicles is efficient and accurate. The electric vehicles are defined by octagonal body frame powered by induction charging and/or solar energy charging of a battery for powering hub motors integrated into wheels at the outer corners of the body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Alpha Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Lee
  • Patent number: 11155227
    Abstract: An occupant monitoring device for a vehicle is configured to monitor an occupant sitting on a seat provided in the vehicle and includes a light projector, an imaging device, and a processor. The light projector is configured to project light toward the occupant sitting on the seat. The imaging device is configured to capture an image of the occupant sitting on the seat. The processor is configured to control the light projector and the imaging device to capture the image of the occupant sitting on the seat. In a case where a collision of the vehicle is neither predicted nor detected, the processor causes the imaging device to capture an image of behavior of the occupant corresponding to either one of travel control and behavior of the vehicle so as to change occupant protection control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Nakamura, Junpei Tokizaki, Masayuki Marubashi, Keita Onishi
  • Patent number: 11148793
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for the data transfer and processing for the controlling of a rotor blade actuator, the system comprising: an adjusting device (2) that is arranged within the rotating system (10) of the helicopter, which is configured to provide at least one first rotor blade actuator (1); a first control system (3) that is arranged within the rotating system and that is coupled via signals (11) to the adjusting device (2); a first sensor (4) that is arranged within the rotating system (10) which is designed to detect at least one first control variable of the rotor blade actuator (1) in the time domain and to transmit this control variable in the time domain to the first control system (3) via a second signal-based coupling (12); wherein the first control system (3) is configured to receive the first control variable via the signal-based coupling (12), to determine at least one first control value in the time domain by using the received control variable in the time domain and by using a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Steffen Hartmann, Daniel Fürst
  • Patent number: 11142242
    Abstract: A steer-by-wire system comprises a steering shaft connected to a steering wheel; and a mechanical stop defining end-to-end travel limits of the steering shaft, the end-to-end travel limits comprising a first travel limit end of a first direction and a second travel limit end of a second direction opposite to the first direction. A controller rotates, in response to a signal related to first preset condition(s), the steering shaft toward the first direction until the steering shaft reaches the first travel limit end. And, the controller rotates, in response to a signal related to second preset condition(s), the steering shaft toward the second direction until the steering shaft reaches the second travel limit end. The system can prevent the rotation of the steering wheel using end-to-end travel limits of a mechanical stop of the steering shaft without a locking mechanism when the driver enters or exits the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seong Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 11145143
    Abstract: An unmanned lawn mowing system includes a plurality of unmanned lawn mowers that perform work while traveling without a human operator and a management server. Each of the unmanned lawn mowers includes an information transmission section that transmits operation information including information indicating a work state to the management server. The management server includes: a case storage section that stores a case related to a failure in and/or a case related to maintenance of each of the unmanned lawn mowers; a maintenance determination section that determines whether or not maintenance of the unmanned lawn mower is necessary, based on the case associated with operation information identical or similar to the operation information; and a maintenance notification transmission section that notifies maintenance to the unmanned lawn mowers, based on a determination result made by the maintenance determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Shimamura, Yuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 11137769
    Abstract: An autonomous traveler 1 includes an information acquisition part 11, a map storage part 12 and a travel control part 7. The information acquisition part 11 acquires information on a traveling area. The map storage part 12 creates and stores a base map, by determining the traveling area on the basis of the information acquired by the information acquisition part 11 at a predetermined timing. The travel control part 7 controls traveling on the basis of a map stored in the map storage part 12. The travel control part 7 controls the traveling on the basis of the base map, even when a traveling obstacle stored in the base map is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS & SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Ueda, Toshihiro Kayama
  • Patent number: 11136135
    Abstract: A regime recognition system for an aircraft has a regime engine configured to identify a sub-regime performance of the aircraft only after having identified a top tier or top level regime performance that can include the sub-regime performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Lewis, Alan Soo Love
  • Patent number: 11136064
    Abstract: A rotation detection device includes a plurality of detectors each including a plurality of calculators respectively calculating a detection value. A control unit of the rotation detection device monitors abnormality of detection values respectively detected by the plurality of detectors, and, when determining abnormality, identifies a calculator calculating an abnormal detection value based on a result of comparison between the detection values of the plurality of calculators. Then, the control unit continues calculation of an absolute angle by using the detection values from the calculators other than the identified calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyori Nakajima, Haruo Suzuki, Takashi Suzuki, Go Endoh, Koichi Nakamura, Yosuke Ogi, Atsuko Oka, Shuji Kuramitsu
  • Patent number: 11132847
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an onboard power source, a vehicle interface, and a controller. The controller, responsive to an external power application drawing power from the onboard power source, outputs a power source time to empty for display by the vehicle interface. The power source time to empty is derived from a location of the vehicle and a power drawn from the onboard power source by the external power application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Seth Anthony Bryan, Ryan Hunt, Jordan Mazaira
  • Patent number: 11132907
    Abstract: Presented are a method, apparatus, and computer-readable medium for gathering information. An exemplary apparatus includes at least one processor and a memory storing computer instructions executable by the at least one processor, wherein the memory with the computer instructions and the at least one processor are configured to cause the apparatus to at least receive a flight path from a predetermined location to a location of an emergency. The apparatus is further caused to travel the flight path from the predetermined location to the location of the emergency, capture information at the location of the emergency, and transmit the captured information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Bryx, Inc.
    Inventor: David Thomas
  • Patent number: 11125640
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for operating a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer attached for pulling behind the tractor. A center-of-mass system may determine a mass of the trailer and a tractor understeer. The center-of-mass system may determine the tractor understeer using steering input data describing a steering angle of the tractor and yaw data describing a yaw of the tractor. The center-of-mass system may determine a load center of mass using the tractor understeer and a mass of the trailer. The center-of-mass system may further determine that the load center of mass transgresses a center-of-mass threshold and send an alert message indicating that the load transgresses the load center-of-mass threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Jensen, Edward Henry Lim