Patents Examined by Jack Keith
  • Patent number: 8046146
    Abstract: A method is provided for adaptively determining an anti-lock braking strategy that includes monitoring a distance differential of at least one target in proximity to a driven vehicle. An anti-lock braking strategy is determined as a function of the distance differential. The anti-locking braking strategy is applied as a function of the distance differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kelsey-Hayes Company
    Inventors: Douglas Charles Osborn, James Andrew Techentin, Jong Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 8040754
    Abstract: A system and method of acquiring and processing full elastic waveform data from a vertical-force source comprises providing seismic waves into the earth from the vertical-force source, sensing reflections of the seismic waves at multi-component geophones placed along the surface of the earth, and processing the reflections of the seismic waves to generate full elastic waveform data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventor: Bob A. Hardage
  • Patent number: 8036796
    Abstract: A seat apparatus for a vehicle includes a side support portion moved in first and second directions, a driving device moving the side support portion in the first direction and in the second direction, a vehicle location obtaining means for obtaining vehicle location information including a present location of the vehicle, a curve information preliminarily obtaining means for preliminarily obtaining curve information on a map data including a curve starting point located in an area existing a first predetermined distance ahead from the present location of the vehicle, a control starting point determining means for determining a point existing a second predetermined distance closer to the vehicle than the curve starting point as a control starting point, a control starting point memorizing means for memorizing the control starting point, and a drive control means for starting control on the driving device when the vehicle reaches the control starting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Aw Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soichiro Hozumi, Toshiro Maeda, Koji Aoki, Koji Hattori, Fumiharu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8031555
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the location of miners trapped in an underground mine that includes recording a reference seismic signature for each of a plurality of underground base stations in the mine in advance of an emergency. The reference seismic signatures are created by generating first a seismic signal with a high signal-to-noise ratio at each base station, monitoring the signal with a permanent array of surface seismic sensors, and recording each unique signature on a central computer. In the event of an emergency, trapped miners can generate a second seismic signal at any of the underground base stations which can be easily identified with the central computer by using the pre-recorded reference seismic signature to overcome a weak signal-to-noise ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventor: Gerard Schuster
  • Patent number: 8027223
    Abstract: Earth analysis methods, subsurface feature detection methods, earth analysis devices, and articles of manufacture are described. According to one embodiment, an earth analysis method includes engaging a device with the earth, analyzing the earth in a single substantially lineal direction using the device during the engaging, and providing information regarding a subsurface feature of the earth using the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip B. West, Stephen R. Novascone, Jerry P. Wright
  • Patent number: 8024116
    Abstract: A vehicle stray determination apparatus in a vehicle includes a map database for designating a destination; an in-vehicle GPS unit for detecting a present position of the vehicle; a speed detector for detecting a speed of the vehicle; a parking signal input device for detecting an operation of a device such as a parking brake or hazard lamp switch used to stop or park the vehicle; and a control unit. When the present position of the vehicle is within a predetermined range from the destination, the control unit determines that the vehicle strays near the destination if (i) the speed of the vehicle is equal to or greater than a predetermined value or (ii) an operation of the parking brake or hazard lamp switch is not detected by the parking signal input device even if the speed is smaller than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Iichiro Terao
  • Patent number: 8019491
    Abstract: A system and method for generating lateral guidance image data and presenting information representative of the image data is disclosed. A system is disclosed for determining lateral guidance information based upon the elevation of terrain cells and a level of terrain threat associated with the elevation. A left or right turn angle, or both could be formed between a projected flight path and a vector extending to a tangent point of a terrain boundary to the left and right, respectively. The degree of angle could be determined for each, and lateral guidance image data based upon the boundary location of a level of terrain threat with respect to the projected flight path determined. A lateral processor provides an alert signal associated with the generation of the lateral guidance information and provide such signal to a crew visual and aural alerting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. McCusker
  • Patent number: 8019531
    Abstract: A navigation device has a route re-calculation function. This is activated by the user touching the screen to task away from the normal navigation map mode to a menu screen which displays multiple types of route re-calculation options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Tomtom International B.V.
    Inventors: Ayal Pinkus, Edwin Neef, Sven-Erik Jurgens, Mark Gretton
  • Patent number: 8019532
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to an improved mapping and navigational system. Specifically, the present invention is directed to a system for defining and assigning geographical boundaries to points of interests on a graphical map, where the geographical boundaries preferably correlate to spatially defined boundaries of the respective points of interests. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the points of interest, along with the respective defined geographical boundaries, can be transferred from a personal computing device to a telecommunication device, such as a portable communication device, so as to be used for mapping purposes and to set off proximity alerts when the portable communication device, equipped with a GPS unit, enters or exits the geographical boundary of a particular point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Sheha, Angie Sheha
  • Patent number: 8014912
    Abstract: A method and device for aiding the piloting of an airplane includes: (1) determining current values of flight parameters of the airplane, (2) determining, with the aid of the current values, an approach distance that corresponds to a distance in a horizontal plane between the current position of the airplane and a position of contact with the ground, and (3) presenting the approach distance on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventors: Didier Zadrozynski, Isabelle Lacaze, Jean-Pierre Demortier, Bénédicte Michal, Adrien Ott, Frédéric Lemoult
  • Patent number: 8014228
    Abstract: Marine seismic sources and methods of use are described, one source comprising a first set of source arrays and a second set of source arrays, each source array of the first set alternates in cross-line position with source arrays of the second set, each source member of the first set hangs from a hang plate having a first length, and each source member of the second set hangs from a hang plate having a second length, wherein the first length is sufficiently longer than the second length such that downward traveling acoustic pulses emanating from source members in the first set are substantially deghosted by acoustic pulses emanating from corresponding source members of the second set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: WesternGeco, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeroen Schreurs, Simon Flack
  • Patent number: 8014229
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for seismic exploration, comprising the steps of controlling a plurality of sources so that they emit a plurality of seismic waves in a subsurface zone to be explored, each source successively occupying a plurality of emitter positions, producing for each emission a signal representative of the emission, and recording the position of the source and the instant at which the emission starts, continuously recording by means of seismic sensors the composite signals reflected by the medium in response to said emissions, and carrying out shot point migration, on the one hand, from a reflected wave field constituted of said composite signals and respective sensor positions, and on the other hand, from an incident wave field constituted of signals representative of the emissions, source positions and start emission instants, so as to obtain a seismic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Cggveritas Services SA
    Inventors: Julien Meunier, Robert Soubaras
  • Patent number: 8010283
    Abstract: Travel information of a target vehicle is stored in time sequence and, on the basis of the travel information and pre-stored travel information of a professional driver's vehicle, a travel position of the target vehicle and a travel position of the professional driver's vehicle are displayed in animation. In such a manner, the driver can visually recognize the travel positions of the displayed target vehicle and the reference vehicle and understand how much the target vehicle is deviated from the ideal travel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventors: Ichiro Yoshida, Masayuki Taki
  • Patent number: 8010268
    Abstract: An ECU executes a program including causing a brake to enter an engaged state, when a first gear is implemented and when a difference between an output shaft rotation speed estimated from an input shaft rotation speed and a detected output shaft rotation speed is greater than a threshold value. When the brake enters the engaged state, the relative rotation between the inner race and the outer race of a one-way clutch is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Watanabe, Hiromichi Kimura, Koji Oshima, Masaru Morise, Hirofumi Onishi
  • Patent number: 8009659
    Abstract: Processing link information related to traffic and travel information, in which link information is received including a link identification value associated with a particular link, a link identifier component enabling a determination of a link system to be employed in identifying the particular link referenced by the received traffic information, and a location type information component enabling a determination of a link location type of the particular link. Based upon the received information, a link system to be used to identify the particular link is determined. In addition, the link location type and the link identification are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young In Kim, Chu Hyun Seo, Joon Hwilee, Seung Won Kim
  • Patent number: 8010245
    Abstract: A display system for an aircraft includes a processing unit configured to determine a touchdown point for the aircraft and to supply display commands associated with the touchdown point; and a display device coupled the processing unit and configured to receive the display commands and operable to render symbology representing the touchdown point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Nichols, Michael C. Little
  • Patent number: 8004932
    Abstract: Cross-dipole measurements are obtained in a borehole. By estimating a direction of polarization of the fast shear mode at low and high frequencies and comparing the estimated distances, a cause of anisotropy is established. Formation stresses and directions may be estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Yibing Zheng, Daniel Moos, Xiao Ming Tang, Vladimir Dubinsky, Douglas J. Patterson
  • Patent number: 8005599
    Abstract: A lubricating oil supply control device for delivering lubricating oil to the transmission of a vehicle is provided which overcomes disadvantages of the prior art by providing a simple and reliable configuration which does not require the addition of new sensors to an existing device. The lubricating oil supply control device includes, in part, an engine controller and a transmission controller, a lubricating oil supplying oil passage, a bypass oil passage, a relief valve or a control valve, a restrictor, and a lubricating oil supply controlling controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Satou
  • Patent number: 8004931
    Abstract: A method and system of operating single vibrator source points for seismic data acquisition includes acquiring real-time field survey locations for a first plurality of seismic vibrators, determining at least one geometrical relationship between each of the first plurality of seismic vibrators as a function of the field survey locations, selecting a second plurality of seismic vibrators from the first plurality of vibrators as a function of the at least one geometrical relationship, selecting source parameter data for the second plurality of seismic vibrators as a function of the field survey locations and driving the second plurality of seismic vibrators to propagate seismic energy into the earth. A third plurality of vibrators is selected based on geometrical relationships and associated source parameters are determined based on vibrator locations. Multiple vibrator groups may acquire data continuously without interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Peter M Eick, Joel D Brewer, Stephen K Chiu, Charles W Emmons
  • Patent number: 8005596
    Abstract: A control system (18) and method for an automotive vehicle (10) includes a pitch rate sensor (37) generating a pitch rate signal, a longitudinal acceleration sensor (36) generating a longitudinal acceleration signal, and a yaw rate sensor (28) generating a yaw rate signal. A safety system (44) and the sensors are coupled to a controller. From the sensors, the controller (26) determines an added mass and a position of the added mass, a pitch gradient and/or a pitch acceleration coefficient that takes into account the added mass and position. The controller controls a vehicle system in response to the added mass and the position of the added mass, the pitch gradient and/or pitch acceleration coefficient variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Keith Mattson, Joe Meyers