Patents Examined by Gertrude Arthur-Jeanglaude
  • Patent number: 10416189
    Abstract: A physical quantity sensor includes a stationary electrode, an X-axis displaceable movable member, and a movable electrode. The stationary electrode includes first and second movable electrodes arranged side by side along the Y-axis direction. The first and second stationary electrodes respectively include first and second stationary electrode fingers extending from first and second trunks in the ±Y-axis directions. The movable electrode includes first and second movable electrodes arranged side by side in the Y-axis direction. The first and second movable electrodes respectively include first and second movable electrode fingers located on both sides in the Y-axis direction of the first and second trunks, and opposed to the first and second stationary electrode fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10414502
    Abstract: A method of automatic positioning a seat in an apparatus comprising two cameras located on either side of the seat, each one in a position able to acquire images of a face of a user seated on the seat. The seat comprises at least one motor, each motor acting on a position of the seat along a predefined axis. The method comprises: for each camera: obtaining a position of a predefined image zone in which at least one eye of a user of the apparatus should be located; acquiring an image of a user seated on the seat; detecting at least one eye of the seated user in the image acquired; and obtaining a relative position between each eye detected and the predefined zone. By using each relative position obtained, at least one motor is actuated until each predefined zone contains at least one eye of the seated user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Jean Monfraix, Mathieu Collignon
  • Patent number: 10407063
    Abstract: A driving supporter is configured to perform support of driving such that an own vehicle drives within a lane. The driving supporter includes: a support inhibitor configured to inhibit the support of the driving when an absolute value of a steering operation value representing a magnitude of a steering operation performed by a driver is greater than an inhibition threshold value. The support inhibitor includes: a road-surface-unevenness obtainer configured to obtain a degree of unevenness of a road surface on which the own vehicle is running; and a road-surface-unevenness-dependent threshold-value determiner configured to determine the inhibition threshold value to a larger value when the degree of the unevenness of the road surface which is obtained by the road-surface-unevenness obtainer is large than when the degree of the unevenness of the road surface which is obtained by the road-surface-unevenness obtainer is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10407170
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting a number of rotary blade unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is described. The apparatus includes a first physical connector, a first electrical connector, a second physical connector, a second electrical connector, a storage area, and a UAV control unit. The first physical connector attaches the apparatus to a first UAV. The first electrical connector connects electricity between the apparatus and the first UAV. The second physical connector attaches the apparatus to a second UAV. The second electrical connector connects electricity between the apparatus and the second UAV. The storage area stores an energy source for the apparatus. The UAV control unit includes a processor and storage medium. The processor and storage medium are in communication with a cloud based network and receive instructions for the operation of the UAV, including steering instructions, through the cloud based network from a remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Mark Hall, Craig Boswell, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 10404951
    Abstract: Vehicle event recorders are arranged with integrated web servers to provide a simple user interface and control mechanism which may be address with commonly available hardware and software. A vehicle event recorder of these inventions couples to a network having a workstation node. The workstation having either of the many available web browsers can be used to view, address, control, perform data transfer, et cetera, by way of data exchange in accordance with simple IP protocols. A vehicle equipped with these systems returns to a household to make a network connection, A local server is used to see all exposed system controls as provided by predefined web pages provided by a web server integrated as part of the vehicle event recorder unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James Plante
  • Patent number: 10401173
    Abstract: A method and system include identification of road segments with multi-modal traffic patterns. A server receives speed data for a link. The server calculates a quantity of speed clusters from the speed data. The server calculates speed profiles for the quantity of speed clusters. The server identifies one or more modes of transportation for the link based on the quantity of the speed clusters and the speed profiles for the quantity of speed clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: James Fowe
  • Patent number: 10399555
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle and a method of controlling a charge mode therefor are provided. The control method includes determining a first torque, which is a currently requested torque and determining a second torque, which is a predicted requested torque that is predicted to be generated in the near future from the present time, or predicted acceleration. Additionally, the method includes releasing a lock-up charge mode when the first torque is less than a first threshold value relevant to a reference for determining coasting driving and the second torque or the predicted acceleration is less than a second threshold value relevant to a driving mode change reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jea Mun Lee, Joon Young Park
  • Patent number: 10401868
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system includes a waypoint destination database storing waypoint destination data associating a type of a waypoint destination with a preset action of a vehicle. The waypoint destination is a destination that the vehicle visits before arriving at a predetermined destination. The autonomous driving system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to autonomously drive the vehicle toward the predetermined destination, set the waypoint destination, present the preset action performed at the waypoint destination, to an occupant of the vehicle, based on the waypoint destination and the waypoint destination data. The electronic control unit is configured to determine whether the preset action is permitted by the occupant, and cause the autonomously driven vehicle to perform the preset action at the waypoint destination when it is determined that the preset action is permitted by the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Junya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10393527
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) navigation obstacle avoidance system and method thereof are introduced. The UAV navigation obstacle avoidance system provides with functions of automatically controlling the UAV motive power sources to control the flight of UAV and avoid the obstacle. The system comprises a sensing device, a signal processing module, a communication module, a control module. The sensing device detects the relative direction, velocity and distance between a UAV and a dynamic or static obstacle. The sensing device also detects the real-time position, flight attitude and inertia signals of the UAV. The signal processing module generates a UAV flight control signal. The control module receives the UAV flight control signal and controls each of the UAV motive power sources. Therefore, the system achieves the purpose of controlling flight and obstacle avoidance and forward to the original planned follow-on flight route after the avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHUNG SHAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Tain-Wen Suen, Feng-Ling Liu, Yu Han
  • Patent number: 10392019
    Abstract: An ECU includes a deviation calculating circuit an assist control circuit, an automatic steering control circuit including an intervention determination switching circuit, an adder, a current command value calculating circuit The intervention determination switching circuit includes a count amount calculating circuit, an adder, an immediately-preceding count amount output circuit, a switching determination circuit, and an output switching circuit. The count amount calculating circuit calculates a count amount having a positive value or a negative value based on a steering torque absolute value calculated by an absolute value switching circuit. The adder calculates a total count amount that is the total sum of a presently calculated count amount and an immediately-preceding count amount calculated in an immediately-preceding calculation cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Maeda, Terutaka Tamaizumi, Jun Hasegawa, Masayuki Kita, Gempei Nakasone, Hiromasa Tamaki
  • Patent number: 10397669
    Abstract: A wireless checking system of a switch and operation unit that are provided in a vehicle includes: a switch disposed at a predetermined location in the vehicle; an operation unit wirelessly connected with the switch and disposed at a predetermined location in the vehicle to be operated by the switch; and a diagnosis equipment wirelessly connected with each of the switch and the operation unit and configured to wirelessly operate the switch and the operation unit, detect an operation state of the switch and the operation unit, and diagnose a wireless connection state of the switch and the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Sung Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 10394234
    Abstract: Systems and methods for guiding autonomous vehicles by monitoring the entire planned path and sending alert messages to a vehicle management system for delays, reroute, or emergency stop to avoid collision with an obstruction. The system initiates alternative paths when the primary path is blocked and is capable of reporting a vehicle identifier and the current positions of the vehicle and any obstruction along the planned path of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ali Salour, Gregory S. Highland, Lori S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10394824
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving a parameterless search request, which was provided to a mobile computing device, for information that is relevant to a user of the mobile computing device. The method also includes, in response to the received parameterless search request, identifying with a digital computer system one or more results that are determined to be relevant to the user of the mobile computing device based upon a current context of the mobile computing device. The method further includes providing the results for display to a user of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Sumit Agarwal, Vivek Paul Gundotra, Alexander Nicolaou
  • Patent number: 10392110
    Abstract: A solar cell module for an unmanned aerial vehicle is disclosed. The solar cell module includes a carrier base and a solar cell unit. The carrier base is disposed on the unmanned aerial vehicle. The solar cell unit has a plurality of solar cells attached to the carrier body. A ratio of the power provided by the solar cell unit to the weight of the solar cell module is equal to or greater than 0.1 (W/g).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Ching-Fuh Lin, Ta-Jung Lin
  • Patent number: 10392015
    Abstract: A vehicle control device mounted on the own vehicle and configured to control the own vehicle according to the position of another vehicle ahead of the own vehicle. The vehicle control device comprises an estimated course calculation means calculating an estimated course of the own vehicle; a setting means setting a parameter indicating whether the other vehicle is in the path of the own vehicle based on the relative position of the other vehicle with respect to the own vehicle in a lateral direction orthogonal to the estimated course of the own vehicle; a determination means determining whether the other vehicle is a leading vehicle in the path of the own vehicle based on the parameter; and a changing means changing the likelihood of being determined as the leading vehicle when the estimated course is a curve, based on the estimated course and the position of the other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jin Kurumisawa, Mitsuhiro Tokimasa, Toyoharu Katsukura, Yoshihisa Ogata, Takeshi Nanami, Takashi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10377373
    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: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Stettner, Patrick B Gilliland, Andrew Duerner
  • Patent number: 10377485
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for automatically inspecting a surface of an object such as an aircraft (54), a transport vehicle, a building or an engineering structure, said surface being liable to contain a defect. The system is characterized in that it comprises a fleet comprising at least one flying robot (14a, 14b, 14c), each flying robot comprising a module for acquiring images of at least one portion of the surface to be inspected, and a module for processing the acquired images, which module is suitable for providing information representative of the state of each inspected surface portion, which information is called the processing result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DONECLE
    Inventor: Matthieu Claybrough
  • Patent number: 10377196
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system, method, and device related to data collection and communication related to after-market and external vehicle systems, such as towing systems, cargo carrying systems, trailer breakaway systems, brake systems, braking control systems, and the like. Data is sensed, processed, shared, and further leveraged throughout the discrete components of the system, and possibly via internet and other communications' links, to effect various beneficial actions with minimal driver/user interaction or intervention. In the same manner, data from the system may be used for diagnostic reasons, safety controls, and other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Fred Brickley, Chandrakumar D. Kulkarni, Francis Bernart
  • Patent number: 10372142
    Abstract: An automated system and method for controlling a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is described. The system can include a receiver, a transmitter, and at least one processor in communication with a memory. The receiver receives first telemetric data from the plurality of UAVs. The transmitter is configured to transmit control data to the plurality of UAVs. The memory stores processor-issuable instructions to: substantially simultaneously determine a plurality of plans for each of the plurality of UAVs and for a predetermined time period based at least on the first telemetric data; and iteratively revise the plurality of plans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ARCHON TECHNOLOGIES S.R.L.
    Inventor: Davide Venturelli
  • Patent number: 10373097
    Abstract: An example system may comprise a docking station remotely located from a fulfillment center, a fulfillment system, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and an autonomous ground vehicle (AGV). The fulfillment system manages the fulfillment center and the docking station, receives a request to ship an item, determines an item transfer point based on a delivery point, and calculates a flight path to the item transfer point. The fulfillment system loads the item at the fulfillment center via a handling mechanism of the UAV and deploys the UAV to the item transfer point using the flight path. The AGV is coupled for wireless communication with the fulfillment system, the docking station, and the AGV. The item transfer point indicates a geographical location where the item is to be transferred from the UAV to one of the docking station and the AGV based on the delivery point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Staples, Inc.
    Inventors: Girish Kulkarni, Michael Bhaskaran, Vikranth Gopalakrishnan