Patents Examined by Hunter B. Lonsberry
  • Patent number: 10739775
    Abstract: A system and method for real world autonomous vehicle trajectory simulation are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Xing Sun, Wutu Lin, Liu Liu, Kai-Chieh Ma, Zijie Xuan, Yufei Zhao
  • Patent number: 10730524
    Abstract: An occupant support adapted for use in a vehicle includes a sensory system and a control system. The sensor system is configured to generate signals indicative of at least one of a physiological characteristic of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Dale J. Frye, James T. Hotary, Cedric Ketels, Rudy K. Yukich, Houstin L. Lichtenwalner, H. Keith Nishihara
  • Patent number: 10732648
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for physically coupling together a first aircraft and a second aircraft, for example for the purpose of performing air-to-air refueling. The first aircraft is an aircraft in flight. The second aircraft is an aircraft in flight. The method comprises: sending, from a transmitter located on the first aircraft, an electromagnetic signal; receiving, by a receiver located on the second aircraft, the signal; and controlling, by one or more processors, using the signal received by the second aircraft, at least one of the first and second aircraft such that the first and second aircraft are in a predetermined configuration in which the first and second aircraft are physically coupled together, for example attached together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Robert Mark Crockett, Gary Alexander Cousins
  • Patent number: 10719998
    Abstract: A vehicle accident reporting system and method identifies, using a sudden event detection processor operatively coupled to non-transient storage and an accelerometer in a vehicle, a sudden event when a measured acceleration of the vehicle sensed by the accelerometer exceeds either a predefined maximum acceleration or a predefined maximum deceleration indicative of an accident. A notification is transmitted, using the sudden event detection processor, over a network to an accident management hub that a sudden event has occurred. A prompt is transmitted over the network to a mobile device associated with an owner or operator of the vehicle, the prompt requesting that the owner or operator photograph a license plate of any other vehicle involved in the accident and record video of the accident scene. The requested image of the license plate and video of the accident scene is receiving from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Saeideh Joodaki, William P. Shaouy
  • Patent number: 10712164
    Abstract: Arrangements relate to determining a travel route. An origin and a destination of intended travel can be received. A plurality of first inputs can be received. Each first input can relate to the availability of a respective communication channel between the origin and the destination. Each first input can create at least one data item representing the availability of the respective communication channel. One or more suggested travel routes between the origin and the destination can be determined based on one or more of the received plurality of first inputs. At least a subset of the determined one or more suggested travel routes can be presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Jonathan Dunne, Liam Harpur, John Rice
  • Patent number: 10712165
    Abstract: Arrangements relate to determining a travel route. An origin and a destination of intended travel can be received. A plurality of first inputs can be received. Each first input can relate to the availability of a respective communication channel between the origin and the destination. Each first input can create at least one data item representing the availability of the respective communication channel. One or more suggested travel routes between the origin and the destination can be determined based on one or more of the received plurality of first inputs. At least a subset of the determined one or more suggested travel routes can be presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Jonathan Dunne, Liam Harpur, John Rice
  • Patent number: 10710619
    Abstract: A rail yard management system that takes advantage of infrastructure installed in rail yards and on railcars to allow the management of the railcars within a rail yard. The invention is also applicable to yard management for vehicles other than railcars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William LeFebvre, Matthew Bonnes, Darren Dragish, Andrew Martin, Edward J. Mansfield
  • Patent number: 10710587
    Abstract: An electrically-driven mining vehicle includes an obstacle detector, a speed detector, and an alarm. The alarm outputs a first warning, which urges an operator of the electrically-driven mining vehicle to operate a regenerative brake pedal that actuates only the regenerative brake device, and a second warning, which urges the operator to operate a cooperative brake pedal that uses the regenerative brake device and the mechanical brake device in combination. If the travel speed of the vehicle is included in a low speed range in which no difference can be considered to exist in distance between a first braking distance upon actuation of only the regenerative brake device and a second braking distance upon operation of a cooperative braking, a signal for performing the first warning is outputted earlier by at least a warning time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koei Takeda, Shinichi Uotsu
  • Patent number: 10703161
    Abstract: In a suspension controlling apparatus for a vehicle which includes a suspension with a damping force that is variably settable and a control unit for controlling the damping force of the suspension on the basis of target damping force, the damping force of the suspension is controlled in response to stabilize the posture of a vehicle body even when a sudden acceleration variation occurs. A rotational speed difference across a clutch provided between an engine and a transmission is detected by the rotational speed difference detection member. A control unit changes target damping force to a given value when the rotational speed difference exceeds a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Nedachi
  • Patent number: 10703210
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for controlling the operation of a mild hybrid electric vehicle having an engine and high and low voltage power systems selectively connectable via a DC to DC converter. The method comprises whenever possible using only a low voltage battery forming part of the low voltage power system to power low voltage loads during an engine E-stop performed automatically to save fuel and reduce emissions and whenever possible using only a high voltage battery forming part of the high voltage power system to recharge the low voltage battery when the engine is restarted following the E-stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donatus Andreas Josephine Kees, Cayetano David Fuente San Juan
  • Patent number: 10706647
    Abstract: Position data received wirelessly from a vehicle enrolled in an inspection waiver program are employed to determine when the enrolled vehicle is approaching an inspection station. After determining that the enrolled vehicle is approaching an inspection station, and if the enrolled vehicle has a valid inspection waiver, a bypass confirmation can selectively be provided to the vehicle operator, authorizing the operator to bypass the inspection station. The task of determining when an enrolled vehicle is approaching the location of an inspection station can be performed using a processor disposed in the vehicle, or at a remote location separate from both the vehicle and the inspection station, or at the inspection station. The inspection stations can be mobile so that their locations are varied to prevent operators from intentionally avoiding an inspection, as may occur with fixed inspection stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Zonar Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Oliver, Charles Michael McQuade, Fred Fakkema, Brett Brinton, William Brinton
  • Patent number: 10697226
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a method for the remote-controlled operation of a tailgate of a motor vehicle. A sensor arrangement of the motor vehicle detects environmental data of the motor vehicle. A control apparatus of the motor vehicle triggers the opening of the tailgate on receiving a wireless opening signal from an operator and triggers the closing of the tailgate on receiving a wireless closing signal from an operator. The control apparatus checks for the presence of at least one closure condition of the tailgate that is independent of the wireless closing signal based on the environmental data detected by the sensor arrangement during opening of the tailgate, and if the closure condition is present, the control apparatus triggers the closing of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan
  • Patent number: 10699583
    Abstract: A method for flight path planning of unmanned aerial vehicles using flying routes of birds includes: recording multiple pieces of flight data, wherein multiple recording devices are used to record the multiple pieces of flight data when the birds fly from a first designated point to a second designated point and are respectively installed on the birds; generating an optimal flight path, wherein an analyzing device collects the multiple pieces of flight data and calculates the optimal flight path; and controlling a UAV to fly according to the optimal flight path, wherein the optimal flight path is inputted to the UAV. By virtue of bird's nature automatically avoiding obstruction and adapting to wind direction and air flow, multiple obstruction-free recording points between two places can be acquired to form an optimal flight path with the shortest flying time or distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Shu-Hui Kao
  • Patent number: 10699588
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for aircraft taxi routing are described herein. One device includes instructions stored thereon which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to receive a record of a plurality of historical routes taken by a plurality of aircraft through taxiways of an airport, receive an indication of a plurality of conditions particular to the airport, receive an indication of a starting point of a proposed route in the airport and an endpoint of the airport, wherein the starting point and the endpoint are associated with a proposed taxiing of an aircraft, determine a route between the starting point and the endpoint based on the plurality of historical routes and the plurality of conditions, and provide the determined route to an air traffic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Karel Marik, Karel Macek
  • Patent number: 10689042
    Abstract: Vehicles and methods for controlling operation of a vehicle and/or reducing aerodynamic drag of a vehicle are provided. A method for controlling operation of an unoccupied vehicle includes determining that the vehicle is unoccupied. The method further includes identifying an energy savings resulting from a reduction of aerodynamic drag of the vehicle due to a controlled vibration of a component of the vehicle. Also, the method includes applying the controlled vibration to the component of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Theis, Michael McGuire, Scott W. Damman
  • Patent number: 10684131
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to vehicle navigation maps, and more particularly to method and system for generating and updating vehicle navigation maps with features of navigation paths. In one embodiment, a method may include receiving a position of a vehicle and an environmental field of view (FOV) of the vehicle along a navigation path of the vehicle on a navigation map, extracting features of the navigation path from the environmental FOV, correlating the features with the navigation path on the navigation map based on the position, generating a features based navigation map based on the correlation, and transmitting the features based navigation map to a server of a navigation map service provider for storage and for subsequent use. The features based navigation map, when required to assist a navigation of another vehicle, may be accessed to assess the features of the navigation path and to provide the assessment to the other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Ranjith Rochan Meganathan, Aarthi Alagammai Kasi, Sujatha Jagannath, Raghottam Mannopantar
  • Patent number: 10684136
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving an input, from a user, in the form of a destination to be navigated to; calculating a route to the destination based on the input; recognizing at least one object on a route taken by the user; processing data from the received input, the calculated route, and the recognized at least one object; and providing an output to the user based on the recognized at least one object, the output being based on natural language processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Julia S. Baldauf, Fatemeh Jalali, Benjamin Scott Mashford, Mahsa Salehi
  • Patent number: 10675999
    Abstract: An active vibration isolation system for a motor vehicle seat that is adapted to be occupied by a user, includes an active suspension system that supports the seat above a floor of the motor vehicle, where the suspension system comprises at least one actuator that can be controlled to move the seat up and down in the direction of a vertical axis, a first sensor system mounted to the vehicle and that is adapted to sense vehicle height position changes along or parallel to the vertical axis, a second sensor system that is adapted to determine the seat translational position along or parallel to the vertical axis, and a controller that, in response to the first and second sensor systems, is adapted to provide control signals to the active suspension system that cause motions of the seat that are designed to control the height of the user's head or torso as the vehicle undergoes translations along the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ClearMotion Acquisition I LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence D. Knox
  • Patent number: 10679157
    Abstract: A system and method for processing GPS event data and providing an interface for presentation of timekeeping reports and alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: VERIZON CONNECT IRELAND LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10670418
    Abstract: As disclosed herein, a method for recognizing a previously-traveled route includes receiving recorded video data and a current video stream from one or more video capture devices, identifying one or more objects in the received video data to provide one or more recorded waypoints, identifying one or more visible objects in the received current video stream to provide one or more visible waypoints, comparing the visible waypoints to the recorded waypoints to provide one or more matching waypoints, and identifying a previously traveled path in the received current video stream corresponding to the one or more of the identified matching waypoints. A computer program product and computer system corresponding to the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ilse M. Breedvelt-Schouten, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz, John A. Lyons