Patents Examined by Hunter B. Lonsberry
  • Patent number: 11220357
    Abstract: In an example, a method for on-board maintenance of an aircraft is described. The method includes measuring, by a pressure sensor, a pressure in a tube associated with an engine of an aircraft. The method also includes determining, by a control system and based on the pressure measured by the pressure sensor, that the tube is at least partially blocked by moisture. Additionally, the method includes, responsive to determining that the tube is at least partially blocked by the moisture, providing an alert signal from the control system to a flight deck of the aircraft. The method also includes, responsive to the alert signal, operating an actuation switch at the flight deck to actuate a valve to an open state. The method further includes, responsive to actuating the valve to the open state, supplying an inert gas from an inert gas supply to the tube to expel the moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Timothy A. Best, Ravin R. Pierre, Hamid R. Nikjou
  • Patent number: 11220356
    Abstract: Provided is a nondestructive inspection (“NDI”) system that includes an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) comprising a body structure and at least one support arm. The support arm includes a first arm portion having a first end coupled to the body structure and a second end coupled to a second arm portion. The second arm portion includes a first end coupled to the second end of the first arm portion and a second end coupled to an NDI scanning device. The support arm also includes a compliant member disposed between the first arm portion and the second arm portion. The NDI scanning device includes one or more NDI sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Gary E. Georgeson, Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Scott W. Lea
  • Patent number: 11220251
    Abstract: A method of identifying a fault in a friction brake actuated by hydraulic brake pressure and configured to decelerate a vehicle road wheel includes detecting, via a first sensor, a vibration at the road wheel and communicating data indicative of the detected vibration to a controller. The method additionally includes detecting, via a second sensor, upon application of the hydraulic brake pressure, a hydraulic brake pressure variation and communicating data indicative of the detected hydraulic brake pressure variation. The method additionally includes comparing, via the controller, the data indicative of the detected vibration with a threshold vibration value and the data indicative of the detected hydraulic brake pressure variation with a threshold hydraulic brake pressure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xinyu Du, Dongyi Zhou, Mutasim A. Salman, Kevin A. Cansiani, Xiaoyu Huang, Wen-Chiao Lin
  • Patent number: 11222491
    Abstract: Techniques are described for correlating entity identification information with refuse containers being serviced by a refuse collection vehicle (RCV). Location data can be collected by location sensor(s) on the RCV at a time when a triggering condition is present, such as a time when a lift arm is operating to empty a refuse container into the hopper of the RCV. The location data can be provided as input to an algorithm that estimates a container location through a vector offset to account for the distance and direction of the RCV lift arm relative to the location sensor in the RCV. The container location can be correlated with parcel data to determine the parcel that the container was on or near to when it was serviced, and the customer or other entity associated with the parcel can be correlated to the particular container based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Anthony Romano, Michael Dean Geary
  • Patent number: 11215451
    Abstract: A method for determining a length of a trailer attached to a tow vehicle having one or more sensors positioned on a back portion of the tow vehicle facing the trailer is disclosed. The method includes receiving, at a data processing hardware in communication with the one or more sensors, first sensor data associated with a first position of the tow vehicle. The method includes receiving, at the data processing hardware, second sensor data associated with a second position of the tow vehicle. The second position is different from the first position. The method also includes receiving, at the data processing hardware, third sensor data associated with a third position of the tow vehicle. The third position is different from the first position and the second position. The method includes determining, at the data processing hardware, a length of the trailer based on the first, second, and third sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James H Critchley, Nizar Ahamed, Abdulwahab Alkeilani
  • Patent number: 11214276
    Abstract: In an operating method for an emergency vehicle, especially a fire truck, having a vehicle body, a drive unit having a drive motor and a motor controller, front-wheel and rear-wheel pairs, an emergency aggregate, a signaling device, an illuminating device, and a mode-of-operation controller having a mode-of-operation selector switch having selectable operation modes and a memory with saved operating-data sets, by a sequence controller of the mode-of-operation controller, selecting a first operation mode corresponding to an emergency trip transmits from the memory to the target systems, and activates, first operating-data data sets. Selecting a second operation mode corresponding to an emergency mode deactivates the transmitted first operation mode operating-data sets, and transmits from the memory to the target systems, and activates, second operating-data sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Rosenbauer International AG
    Inventors: Anton Klucsarits, Edmund Penz, Alexander Ronacher, Stefan Zauner
  • Patent number: 11208038
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for operating a motor vehicle, wherein a status information regarding the status of an occupant of the motor vehicle is determined, whereupon the motor vehicle is guided in a fully automated manner to a predetermined target position when one of the release conditions is fulfilled as a function of the status information, wherein, when the release condition is fulfilled, the motor vehicle is guided independently of at least one traffic rule, which restricts the driving operation of the motor vehicle in the event of non-compliance with the release condition, or dependently of a modified version of said traffic rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Christoph Sippl
  • Patent number: 11208067
    Abstract: An ECU includes a boosting circuit that boosts an input power supply voltage, a backup capacitor that charges a backup power supply in accordance with a boosted voltage boosted by the boosting circuit, an airbag ignition circuit that drives an airbag with the backup power supply charged by the backup capacitor as a driving power supply, and a bidirectional current limiting unit that limits a charging current flowing from the boosting circuit to the backup capacitor and limits a backflow current flowing from the backup capacitor to the boosting circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yutaka Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11209826
    Abstract: Anti-collision airport system including a motorized mobile device to be moved close to an aircraft. The system includes a database to record structural characteristics of categories of aircraft and structural characteristics of the motorized mobile device. The controller is configured to identify a category corresponding to the aircraft and a positioning of the motorized mobile device with respect to the aircraft, search and retrieve, from the database, structural characteristics associated with the category corresponding to the aircraft and structural characteristics of the motorized device, calculate a trajectory for the movement of the motorized mobile device on the basis of the structural characteristics of the aircraft and of the motorized mobile device and of the positioning of the motorized mobile device with respect to the aircraft, and control the motorized mobile device according to the calculated trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Diego Alonso Tabares
  • Patent number: 11205342
    Abstract: A traffic information processing device includes a communication unit configured to communicate through a communication network with a plurality of communication vehicles configured to detect relative positions and relative speeds of vehicles around a host vehicle with respect to the host vehicle, an information acquisition unit configured to acquire position and speed information of the communication vehicle and position and speed information of vehicles around the communication vehicle from each of the communication vehicles traveling in a specific area through the communication unit, and a traffic state prediction unit configured to predict a future change in a traffic state of a road in the specific area based on the position and speed information from the communication vehicles acquired by the information acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Ikemoto, Keiji Yamashita, Koji Taguchi, Shin Sakurada, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11204606
    Abstract: In the present invention, an integrated control unit simultaneously causes a long-term route generation unit, an intermediate-term route generation unit, and a short-term route generation unit to begin generating routes when an automatic driving mode is set to an on state by an automatic driving on setting unit, and a vehicle is instantly subjected to automatic driving control using a short-term route prior to the generation of a long-term route. As a result, the present invention provides a vehicle control device that can immediately perform automatic driving control based on a short-term route after the automatic driving mode of the vehicle is set to the on state and, after generating a long-term route in which riding comfort improves a stepwise manner, perform automatic driving control in which the long-term route and an intermediate-term route are taken into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Daichi Kato, Hiroshi Oguro
  • Patent number: 11199841
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining an optimal routing policy for an autonomous vehicle are described. A set of states that represent portions of lanes are determined. A set of costs for a set of actions is associated with each state. The set of actions includes a stay in lane action, a lane change action, and a forced lane change action. A lane change action has a non-deterministic outcome with a probability based on the length of the state. A cost for a stay in lane action is greater or equal than a length of the state and a cost of a forced lane change action is the reciprocal of a success rate of lane changes. An optimal routing policy is determined for the autonomous vehicle according to a shortest path first (SPF) algorithm run on the set of states based on the set of costs and the set of actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: NURO, INC.
    Inventor: Jur Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 11198442
    Abstract: A method for estimating a tire property of a vehicle based on tire-to-road friction properties for a fleet of vehicles. The method includes: determining a tire-to-road friction for a plurality of vehicles, belonging to the fleet of vehicles, at a plurality of specified locations; determining a reference tire-to-road friction for the fleet of vehicles at each specified location; in a vehicle, determining a current tire-to-road friction at a first location being one of the specified locations; determining a difference between the current tire-to-road friction and the reference tire-to-road friction of the fleet for the first location; and estimating a tire property of the vehicle based on the determined difference. There is also provided a system configured to perform the described method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Mats Jonasson, Niklas Ohlsson, Srikar Muppirisetty, Sohini Roy Chowdhury, Minming Zhao
  • Patent number: 11197158
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a plurality of seats including at least one front seat provided with a driver seat and at least one back seat located behind the front seat, an authentication module configured to perform authentication of a user, and a controller configured to provide a connected vehicle service according to whether authentication is completed by the authentication module, wherein the controller determines whether the user is accommodated on the back seat, and controls the authentication module to perform authentication of the connected vehicle service executable in the back seat on the basis of the determined result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Chang Woo Chun
  • Patent number: 11188081
    Abstract: An example implementation includes (i) receiving sensor data that indicates topographical features of an environment in which a robotic device is operating, (ii) processing the sensor data into a topographical map that includes a two-dimensional matrix of discrete cells, the discrete cells indicating sample heights of respective portions of the environment, (iii) determining, for a first foot of the robotic device, a first step path extending from a first lift-off location to a first touch-down location, (iv) identifying, within the topographical map, a first scan patch of cells that encompass the first step path, (v) determining a first high point among the first scan patch of cells; and (vi) during the first step, directing the robotic device to lift the first foot to a first swing height that is higher than the determined first high point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Douglas Perkins, Kevin Blankespoor
  • Patent number: 11189114
    Abstract: Ambient conditions in which a marine vessel is to travel along a path are determined. Power settings for the marine vessel to travel along the path are determined based on the ambient conditions to direct the marine vessel to travel along a planned trajectory toward a designated location. Movement of the marine vessel is monitored while using the power settings and a discrepancy between movement of the marine vessel and the planned trajectory is identified. The power settings are automatically modified based on the discrepancy. Movement of the marine vessel then controlled according to the modified power settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Dibyajyoti Pati, Ashish Anil Paralikar, Mohankumar Nanjegowda, Prakarsh Paritosh
  • Patent number: 11189178
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to computer-implemented methods, computer systems, and computer program products for remote monitoring of devices. The method includes causing a launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The UAV is instructed to fly a path that is optimized to read optical signals from a set of one or more devices. Data is received from the UAV, the data corresponding to the optical signals read from the set of one or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Michael R. Kelly, Harry R. Kolar, Jessie Yu
  • Patent number: 11181929
    Abstract: Systems and methods for shared autonomy through cooperative sensing are described. According to one embodiment, a cooperative sensing system includes a rendezvous module that receives broadcast messages from a plurality of cooperating vehicles on the roadway. The rendezvous module also selects a subordinate vehicle from the plurality of cooperating vehicles based on the autonomy level of the subordinate vehicle as compared to an autonomy level of a principal vehicle. The cooperative sensing system also includes a positioning module that determines a cooperative position of the principal vehicle and the subordinate vehicle. The cooperative sensing system further includes a negotiation module that receives at least one cooperating parameter from the subordinate vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Paritosh Kelkar, Xue Bai, Samer Rajab, Hasan Tafish
  • Patent number: 11180142
    Abstract: A driving support ECU performs a following-travel steering control. The driving support ECU selects an other vehicle which is present on a traveling course of the own vehicle as a target candidate vehicle. When a specific condition is satisfied, the driving support ECU determines a preceding vehicle traveling on a traveling trajectory which has been generated up to a present time point as a following-travel steering target vehicle. When the specific condition is not satisfied, the driving support ECU determines the target candidate vehicle which has been selected in the present calculation timing as the following-travel steering target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirohito Ide
  • Patent number: 11170584
    Abstract: An automatic fault isolation and diagnosis system includes a cloud-based data system having multiple machine-readable troubleshooting procedures stored therein. A vehicle fault code is generated by one of multiple vehicle control devices of a vehicle platform. The fault code defines an issue with at least one system or component of the vehicle platform. A data transfer device within the vehicle platform receives the fault code and forwards the fault code to the cloud-based data system. The fault code is received and analyzed in the cloud-based data system to initially determine if the fault code is directed to and can be automatically corrected by one of the stored machine-readable troubleshooting procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Issa Aljanabi, Xinyu Du