Patents Examined by Isaac G Smith
  • Patent number: 11079248
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that allows a user to peek ahead or behind during a turn-by-turn navigation presentation that the application provides while tracking a device (e.g., a mobile device, a vehicle, etc.) traversal of a physical route. As the device traverses along the physical route, the navigation application generates a navigation presentation that shows a representation of the device on a map traversing along a virtual route that represents the physical route on the map. While providing the navigation presentation, the navigation application can receive user input to look ahead or behind along the virtual route. Based on the user input, the navigation application moves the navigation presentation to show locations on the virtual route that are ahead or behind the displayed current location of the device on the virtual route. This movement can cause the device representation to no longer be visible in the navigation presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Moore, Christopher Blumenberg, Marcel van Os, Billy P. Chen
  • Patent number: 11079240
    Abstract: A method for localization of a mobile automation apparatus includes, at a navigational controller: generating a set of candidate poses within an environmental map; updating the candidate poses according to motion data corresponding to movement of the mobile automation apparatus; receiving observational data collected at an actual pose of the mobile automation apparatus; generating (i) respective weights for the candidate poses, each weight indicating a likelihood that the corresponding candidate pose matches the actual pose, and (ii) a localization confidence level based on the weights; responsive to determining whether the localization confidence level exceeds a candidate pose resampling threshold: when the determination is affirmative, (i) increasing the candidate pose resampling threshold and (ii) generating a further set of candidate poses; and when the determination is negative, (i) decreasing the candidate pose resampling threshold without generating the further set; and repeating the updating, the rece
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sadegh Tajeddin, Harsoveet Singh, Jingxing Qian
  • Patent number: 11059372
    Abstract: An electric motor controller adapted to provide anti-lock braking of an electric traction motor for an electric vehicle is disclosed herein. The electric motor controller comprises a torque demand input for receiving a torque demand input signal based on a request from an operator of the electric vehicle and a torque demand adjuster adapted to adjust the torque demand input signal and to provide an adjusted torque demand signal. The torque demand adjuster is configured to adjust the torque demand signal such that the motor is controlled to reduce the difference between a motor speed and an estimated speed of the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sevcon Limited
    Inventors: David Hodgson, Howard Slater
  • Patent number: 11059479
    Abstract: A collision avoidance apparatus including: a first detector configured to detect another vehicle information including a longitudinal velocity and a lateral velocity of another vehicle, and distance information including a longitudinal distance and a lateral distance from another vehicle; a second detector configured to detect subject vehicle information including a velocity and a yaw rate of the subject vehicle; a calculator configured to determine whether steering avoidance is executable, on the basis of the another vehicle information, the subject vehicle information, and the distance information, and when steering avoidance is executable, calculate steering avoidance information on steering avoidance of the subject vehicle; and a control unit configured to control the subject vehicle to travel according to the steering avoidance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: MinGyu Kim
  • Patent number: 11049334
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for generation of a vehicle repair plan. Implementations include actions of receiving vehicle damage data including an image of a damaged vehicle. The vehicle damage data is processed to determine a component region. The component region is processed to determine a damaged area and a damage type of a portion of the damaged vehicle. A maintenance plan is generated for the damaged vehicle based on the damaged area and the damage type. The maintenance plan is initiated for the damaged vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haitao Zhang, Juan Xu, Jinlong Hou, Jian Wang, Xin Guo, Danni Cheng, Yue Hu, Bokun Wu, Yanqing Chen
  • Patent number: 11043134
    Abstract: A vertical landing vehicle including an airframe forming a hull and having at least one wing coupled to the airframe, at least one proximity sensor coupled to the airframe, and a flight control system including a control processor and an operator interface, wherein the at least one proximity sensor is coupled to the control processor, wherein the control processor, based on signals from the at least one proximity sensor, is configured to generate, for presentation through the operator interface, situational awareness indications corresponding to portions of the hull sensed by the at least one proximity sensor and obstacles sensed by the at least one proximity sensor, and wherein the situational awareness indications comprise a terrain map overlay including positional relationships between the hull and the obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric Lieberman, William Brendan Blanton
  • Patent number: 11034344
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 comprises an internal combustion engine 10, a filter 61, a motor 16, a battery 20, a trapped amount calculating part 91 configured to calculate an amount of particulate matter, a state-of-charge estimating part 92 configured to estimate a state of charge of the battery, an engine load setting part 93 configured to set an engine load, and an internal combustion engine control part 94. The engine load setting part is configured to make the engine load increase in the case where the amount of the particulate matter is relatively large compared to the case where the amount of the particulate matter is relatively small when it is estimated that the battery can be charged. The engine load setting part is configured to change an amount of increase of the engine load in accordance with the amount of the particulate matter when making the engine load increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Hiroki Endo
  • Patent number: 11030639
    Abstract: Systems and methods that provide mobile and analytic capabilities that may be utilized by retailers and mall operators are described. The systems and methods include mobile capabilities, such as the offering of a smartphone application to customers of the retailers and the malls. The mobile application provides the customers with an elevated shopping experience and includes a unique rewards program that drives repeat business and increases customer foot traffic to the mall and retailers. The mobile application also provides retailers and mall operators customer-specific analytics. The customer-specific analytics may be used to provide an improved shopping experience for the customers including, but not limited to, customer-specific advertisements, customer-specific greetings, location-based information, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Bipin M. Sahni, Uma Meyyappan
  • Patent number: 11015525
    Abstract: A method of controlling electrical power supplied to a component of a vehicle, the method comprising: receiving a signal comprising information associated with an operating condition of a gas turbine engine; determining whether a parameter exceeds a predetermined threshold value using the information in the received signal; and controlling a reduction in electrical power supplied to a component of a vehicle from a generator of the gas turbine engine if the parameter exceeds the predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Sellers
  • Patent number: 11008066
    Abstract: A bicycle shifting device calibration system, a bicycle seatpost calibration system and a bicycle suspension calibration system are provided that allow for easy setting of a shifting position or an actuation parameter. The bicycle shifting device calibration system includes an electronic controller and a memory. The electronic controller sets a plurality of shifting positions related to a shifting device based on vibration information that is output from a vibration detector in a case where a movable portion of the shifting device is continuously moved from a first position to a second position, which differs from the first position, in a state where the shifting device is coupled to a bicycle. The memory stores the plurality of shifting positions set by the electronic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Nose, Takeshi Kuroiwa, Takashi Komemushi
  • Patent number: 10994726
    Abstract: An ECU (10) is configured to: detect a preceding vehicle (3) ahead of the vehicle (1), and set a speed distribution zone (40) defining a distribution of an allowable upper limit (Vlim) of a relative speed of the vehicle (1) with respect to the preceding vehicle (3) in a region around the preceding vehicle (3); and, execute traveling control of preventing the relative speed of the vehicle (1) with respect to the preceding vehicle (3) from exceeding the allowable upper limit (Vlim) in the speed distribution zone (40), wherein the speed distribution zone (40) includes: an allowable upper limit-zero zone (44) where the allowable upper limit becomes zero; and an entry prohibition zone (42) where entry of the vehicle (1) thereinto is prohibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ohmura
  • Patent number: 10989562
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to improving calibration of an onboard sensor of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to acquiring sensor data from a surrounding environment of the vehicle using the onboard sensor, analyzing the sensor data to determine calibration parameters for the onboard sensor. The method includes identifying a suitability parameter that characterizes how well the surrounding environment provides for determining the calibration parameters. The method includes generating annotations within a map that specify at least the suitability parameter for a location associated with the sensor data. In further aspects, the method includes identifying, from the map, a calibration route for the vehicle that is a deviation from a current route in response to determining that the calibration state of the onboard sensor does not satisfy the calibration threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Ozog, Ryan W. Wolcott, Schuyler H. Cohen
  • Patent number: 10974718
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for managing communications for a connected vehicle, such as between the connected vehicle and other connected vehicle and/or between the connected vehicle and infrastructure entities, such as providers of services to the connected vehicle. For example, a communication network, such as a network provided by a network carrier, may include various cloud engines or other network-based servers that manage, coordinate, and/or provision communications between the connected vehicle and other parties, such as vehicles, road devices, buildings, and other infrastructure entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ahmad Arash Obaidi
  • Patent number: 10977875
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for coordinating multiple vehicle diagnostic testers. An example vehicle includes an off-board diagnostic tester port, an in-vehicle diagnostic (IVD) tester, and a gateway module. The gateway module is configured to enable communication with the IVD tester, determine that a diagnostic tool is coupled to the off-board diagnostic tester port for greater than a threshold number of ignition cycles, and responsively prevent communication with the off-board diagnostic tester port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Michael Miller, William Robert Waldeck, Eric Ramsay Paton
  • Patent number: 10967868
    Abstract: The invention relates to a driving assistance method for a vehicle, wherein the movement of the vehicle in the direction of travel can be influenced in accordance with a traffic-controlling signal system positioned on the road in front of the vehicle and having cyclically recurring signal states, and wherein, inside the vehicle, first data relating to the position of a stop line associated with the signal system, and second data relating to the start times and end times of individual signal states of the signal system are determined via a first data processing system (electronic horizon) and provided in the form of data packets (messages) (A, B) for electronic control devices by means of a data connection inside the vehicle, and wherein individual data packets contain at least the following data: an earliest possible and/or latest possible time for the exchange of a signal phase, as well as a most probable time of the exchange of a signal phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Hongjun Pu
  • Patent number: 10953753
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle includes an electric power storage device, a drive device, a sensor, and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit causes transition of a traveling mode to an FS mode when a FS traveling condition is established. The electronic control unit detects a sign of an abnormality of an assembled battery using a detection value of a sensor when a sensor unit is normal. When the FS traveling condition is established and the sign of the abnormality of the assembled battery is not detected, the electronic control unit sets the FS mode to a predetermined first FS mode. When the FS traveling condition is established and the sign of the abnormality of the assembled battery is detected, the electronic control unit sets the FS mode to a second FS mode different from the predetermined first FS mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Hiroki Tashiro
  • Patent number: 10942520
    Abstract: A method for using an autonomous vehicle includes receiving one or more user preferences for use of the autonomous vehicle. A destination is received for a trip using the autonomous vehicle. An arrival time is received for when the trip needs to be completed. A determination is made as to whether the user preferences includes a preference for physical activity for the trip. One or more routes are provided for the trip to the destination that permits the trip to be completed by the arrival time and that implements at least one of the user preferences. At least one of the routes comprises a hybrid route including one segment in which a physical activity selected by the user is suggested for traversing a distance of the one segment and another segment using the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Copeland, Suzanne M. Fisi, Simone O. Harvey, David C. Hatch, Chris Kalaboukis, Muhammed Farukh Munir, Aaron Francis Colfax Petrik, Darrell L. Suen, Timothy R. Ward, Steven J. Wirt, Ryan J. Wyler, Nancy B. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10940812
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to facilitate communication via an electronic interface of a vehicle are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, the method includes receipt of information from a first electronic device by an electronic control unit (ECU) via the electronic interface of the vehicle. The information is received by use of a first communication protocol. The first electronic device is in a first proximity range of the electronic interface of the vehicle. One or more correspondent actions is performed by the ECU based on the received information and a preference of a user associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Samiran Sarkar, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10937318
    Abstract: A parking assistance service management device includes a processor configured to receive, from a terminal of a user of a parking assistance service, a use request for using the parking assistance service. The use request includes point information and time information. The processor is configured to extract, in response to the reception of the use request, from a plurality of parking lots, a parking lot that is present within a predetermined range from the point represented by the point information and has an empty parking space at the date and time represented by the time information. The processor is configured to reserve a parking space for the date and time represented by the time information. The information notification unit is configured to notify a terminal of an agent of the parking assistance service and the terminal of the user of reserved parking lot information indicating the reserved parking lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Tohru Yanagida, Chikage Kubo, Ai Fujimura, Shunsuke Noda, Satoshi Usui
  • Patent number: 10935984
    Abstract: A method and system of determining or predicting a climb profile for an aircraft, includes receiving, by a controller module, an initial climb profile defining a portion of a flight plan for the aircraft between takeoff and a cruise profile, and an altitude climb constraint defining at least one altitude limitation of the aircraft, determining, by the controller module, that the initial climb profile does not satisfy the altitude constraint, and determining an updated climb profile based on a set of subsequent climb models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: David Michael Lax, Reza Ghaemi, Pierino Gianni Bonanni, Nicholas Race Visser, Owen Michael O'Keefe