Patents Examined by Isaac G Smith
  • Patent number: 10710521
    Abstract: An abnormality monitoring device includes a control unit and a monitoring unit. The control unit includes a self-diagnosis circuit configured to perform a self-diagnosis processing during which other processing is inhibited. The monitoring unit includes an abnormality monitoring circuit and a reset circuit. The abnormality monitoring circuit is configured to perform an abnormality monitoring of the control unit. The reset circuit is configured to reset the control unit when the abnormality monitoring circuit decides an abnormality of the control unit. The abnormality monitoring circuit is configured to determine whether the self-diagnosis processing is finished, disable the abnormality monitoring of the control unit during the self-diagnosis processing, and start the abnormality monitoring of the control unit when the self-diagnosis processing is determined to be finished. Accordingly, the abnormality of the control unit is accurately monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10704916
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product is provided, for example, for matching a road sign observation information on a map application. The method may include receiving the road sign observation information. The method may further include identifying a plurality of candidate links based on a first distance between a location of the road sign observation information detection and a plurality of shape points. Additionally, the method may include calculating a heading difference between each of the plurality of candidate links and the location of the road sign observation information detection. Furthermore, the method may include identifying one or more qualified links from the plurality of candidate links, wherein the heading difference between each of the one or more qualified links from the plurality of candidate links and the location of the road sign observation information detection is within a predetermined heading difference threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Zhenhua Zhang, Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 10703504
    Abstract: A wireless engine monitoring system for an aircraft engine includes a housing and wireless transceiver that receives engine data, including engine data relating to environmental engine emissions. A processor processes the engine data and generates an alarm report when the environmental engine emissions exceed a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HARRIS CORPORATION
    Inventor: James J. Ziarno
  • Patent number: 10697779
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided that include receiving sensor data from a sensor positioned at a plurality of positions in an environment. The environment includes a plurality of landmarks. The embodiments also include determining, based on the sensor data, a subset of the plurality of landmarks detected at each of the plurality of positions. The embodiments further include determining, based on the subset of the plurality of landmarks detected at each of the plurality of positions, a detection frequency of each landmark. The embodiments additionally include determining, based on the determined detection frequency of each landmark, a localization viability metric associated with each landmark. The embodiments still further include providing for display, via a user interface, a map of the environment. The map includes an indication of the localization viability metric associated with each landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Dirk Holz
  • Patent number: 10696324
    Abstract: According to one example, a control system is disclosed. The system can include a steering system configured to direct a movement of a compactor within a compacting area. The system can include one or more sensors configured to generate data indicative of operational criteria of the compactor, the one or more sensors including a speed sensor configured to measure a speed of the compactor over a surface within the compacting area and a controller communicatively coupled to the one or more sensors. The controller can be configured to: receive data indicative of the speed of the compactor from the speed sensor, determine if the speed of the compactor exceeds a first threshold speed, and if the speed of the compactor exceeds the first threshold speed, control the steering system to limit a turning angle to a predetermined value such that a turning radius of the compactor is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Oetken
  • Patent number: 10696301
    Abstract: A vehicle control device is installed in a host vehicle and is configured to be capable of performing automatic driving or providing a driving support. The vehicle control device includes a left/right boundary line generating unit that calculates left and right boundary lines of a travel path on which the host vehicle travels. Further, the vehicle control device includes an ideal travel route generating unit that sets constraint points through which the host vehicle passes within a range of the left and right boundary lines, and furthermore, calculates an ideal travel route in which a curvature with the constraint points serving as a constraint condition, a travel distance, and a difference from a center line are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chihiro Abe, Daichi Kato, Tadashi Sumioka, Kazuyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10689003
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring a driver's actual driving behaviors (e.g., acceleration, deceleration) in a manual driving mode to determine their preferred driving style, and then causing an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to operate itself, within limits, in accordance with the drivers' driving style when operating in a self-driving mode, thereby providing a more familiar and comfortable driving experience for the driver. Data is collected on the actual driving behavior, any pre-existing data is accessed on the actual driving behavior, and the collected data and the pre-existing data are combined. A custom control is then created based upon the combined data, and the custom control is applied to manage the self-driving behavior of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle in a self-driving mode. Additional data continues to be collected on the actual driving behavior, and the custom control is adjusted based upon the collected additional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Fields, Joseph P. Harr, Jeremy Myers
  • Patent number: 10683641
    Abstract: A depth guidance system for a work vehicle can be provided. In one example, the depth guidance system can include a depth sensor for detecting a depth of a work tool coupled to the work vehicle. The depth guidance system can include a first indicator light configured to illuminate in a first color indicating that the work tool is above a target depth-range. The depth guidance system can also include a second indicator light configured to illuminate in a second color indicating that the work tool is within the target depth-range. The depth guidance system can receive sensor signals from the depth sensor indicating that the work tool is at various depths and responsively activate a corresponding one of the first indicator light or the second indicator light for each depth among the various depths of the work tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Oppelt
  • Patent number: 10670410
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a map creation system and a map creating method capable of accurately creating road data on map data used for estimating a road being travelled by a vehicle. A map creation system includes a trajectory data creation unit creating trajectory data of a vehicle travelling in a predetermined area on a first road on the basis of positional information of the vehicle, a representative point extraction unit extracting, of created plural pieces of the trajectory data, representative points located on a side of a second road different from the first road, and a road data creation unit creating data for the first road on map data on the basis of the plural representative points extracted for respective plural predetermined areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Iehara, Ryota Hiura, Yoshihiro Mabuchi
  • Patent number: 10647330
    Abstract: If an automated drive release request to release the automated drive mode and switch to the manual drive mode is made while the vehicle is travelling in an automated drive mode, a traveling control unit performs control that gradually shifts a vehicle driving force from the vehicle driving force in the automated mode to the vehicle driving force requested by the driver in the manual drive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kentaro Arai, Masayuki Sadakiyo, Hisashi Ishikawa, Takashi Adachi, Tomoyuki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10625759
    Abstract: A method for controlling a train (10) of railway working vehicles (11) comprising at least two railway working vehicles (11) forming a railway train (10); each of said at least two railway working vehicles (11) comprises a multifunction vehicle bus MVB (20), and a wired train bus WTB (12), which enables connection of said multifunction vehicle buses MVB (20) of said at least two railway working vehicles (11); said multifunction vehicle bus MVB (20) comprises: a train-communication-network TCN port (14)7 which connects said wired train bus WTB (12) to said multifunction vehicle bus MVB (20); a traction control (22) of the means; and a translator (21), which connects said TCN port (14) to said traction control (22); said method being characterized in that: each vehicle of the train writes its own maximum speed on its own TCN port (14); the maximum speed of the train is defined as the lowest of the maximum speeds defined on the TCN ports (14) by the individual vehicles; the master vehicle activates the traction
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TESMEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Nitti
  • Patent number: 10625732
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling autonomous driving of a vehicle, and a vehicle system are provided. The apparatus monitors a stress state of a driver using biometric information of the driver and calculates an allowable jerk of the driver based on a jerk at a time point at which the stress state of the driver exceeds a preset reference value. A predicted jerk is calculated based on location and movement information of the vehicle and a preceding vehicle measured while the vehicle travels, and lane information. Additionally, a driving state of the vehicle is determined when the predicted jerk exceeds an allowable jerk of the driver and an alarm is output based on the driving state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Kwon Kim, Sam Yong Kim, Yu Jin Yun, Seong Sook Ryu, Hwal Ly Lee, Byoung Joon Lee
  • Patent number: 10620622
    Abstract: A self-propelled device is disclosed that includes a center of mass drive system. The self-propelled device includes a substantially cylindrical body and wheels, with each wheel having a diameter substantially equivalent to the body. The self-propelled device may further include an internal drive system with a center of mass below a rotational axis of the wheels. Operation and maneuvering of the self-propelled device may be performed via active displacement of the center of mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross MacGregor, Ian H. Bernstein, Adam Wilson
  • Patent number: 10611400
    Abstract: Provided is an electric power steering device capable of continuing control while ensuring a satisfactory level of a steering feeling of a driver at a time of occurrence of failure of one motor winding set. A control part is configured to detect a failure of each component of the electric power steering device, and when control is continued with field-weakening control by a normal motor winding and an inverter circuit depending on the detected failure, restrict a d-axis current based on a torque ripple that occurs in a steering wheel of a vehicle with respect to the field-weakening control of a state in which the failure has not occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Furukawa, Yu Kawano
  • Patent number: 10607364
    Abstract: A method of determining at least one of position and attitude in relation to an object is provided. The method includes capturing at least two images of the object with at least one camera. Each image is captured at a different position in relation to the object. The images are converted to edge images. The edge images of the object are converted into three-dimensional edge images of the object using positions of where the at least two images were captured. Overlap edge pixels in the at least two three-dimensional edge images are located to identify overlap points. A three dimensional edge candidate point image of the identified overlapped points in an evidence grid is built. The three dimensional candidate edge image in the evidence grid is compared with a model of the object to determine at least one of a then current position and attitude in relation to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ray Elgersma, Benjamin Mohr
  • Patent number: 10607296
    Abstract: A method and system for processing requests for vehicular data, including receiving a vehicle request for a vehicle parameter from a client system (e.g., third party application); verifying client access to the vehicle parameter; determining one or more parameter values for the requested vehicle parameter; and transmitting the one or more parameter values to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Smartcar, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanketh Suresh Katta, Sahas Suresh Katta
  • Patent number: 10584979
    Abstract: An interactive speed profile bar that enables crew awareness of the overall planned flight trajectory speed profile. The speed profile bar will have a graphical depiction (e.g., virtual buttons having alphanumeric symbology) of some or all of the speed segments of the speed profile. Each graphical element (e.g., virtual button) includes symbology identifying the applicable speed mode and corresponding target speed change. Each speed segment will start at the inflection point where the speed change will occur in the flight plan, and will continue until the next trajectory speed change. The speed profile bar will be interactive, allowing the flight crew to select the speed segment to change, in response to which selection the system displays graphical user interface elements showing a menu of the available speed segment options. Each individual speed segment is represented by an individual virtual button that can be selected by touching the screen or other input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann, Alireza Majd, Robert J. Myers, Brian D. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10564000
    Abstract: An information display device includes a display unit that displays a point guidance image in which information relevant to event points included in a route to a destination is arranged in an order from a current position to the destination, and a display control unit that reduces information relevant to the event points when automatic driving for automatically controlling at least one of acceleration and deceleration, and steering of the vehicle is executed, as compared with a case in which the automatic driving is not executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10520947
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for automatic event detection and classification for autonomous vehicles. One example method includes obtaining, by one or more computing devices, vehicle data descriptive of vehicle conditions associated with an autonomous vehicle during an autonomous driving session. The method includes extracting, by the one or more computing devices, a plurality of features from the vehicle data. The method includes determining, by the one or more computing devices using a machine-learned classifier, a classification for each of one or more candidate events based at least in part on one or more of the plurality of features that are respectively associated with the one or more candidate events. The method includes associating, by the one or more computing devices, the classification determined for each of the one or more candidate events with the vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Chenggang Liu, John Evan Bares
  • Patent number: 10507841
    Abstract: A method of controlling a ground vehicle includes providing the vehicle with a first sensor configured to detect a vehicle position, a second sensor configured to detect a driven path of the vehicle, and a controller. The method also includes obtaining, via the first sensor, a plurality of vehicle position coordinates during a time interval of a drive cycle, and calculating, via the controller, a first path curvature parameter based on the plurality of vehicle position coordinates. The method additionally includes obtaining, via the second sensor, a second path curvature parameter based on the driven path during the time interval. The method further includes comparing, via the controller, the first path curvature parameter to the second path curvature parameter, and in response to a difference between the second path curvature and the first path curvature exceeding a threshold, automatically operating the controller according to a diagnostic mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gurhari Singh, Andrew M. Zettel, Crystal Nassouri, Henry R. Wright