Patents Examined by James M McPherson
  • Patent number: 10847038
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for facilitating communications between a client computer system and a vehicle computer system in a vehicle. An operational digital twin establishes communications with the client computer system using a client interface and the vehicle computer system using a vehicle interface. The operational digital twin includes a model of the vehicle computer system. Remote information received from the vehicle computer system is stored. The stored information is sent responsive to a request received from the client computer system. The remote information responsive to request but absent from the stored information is retrieved from the vehicle computer system. The retrieved information is sent to the client computer system, wherein the operational digital twin operates to provide network connectivity between the vehicle computer system in the vehicle and the client computer system with an increased a quality of service to the client computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Aziz Yousif, Arun Ayyagari, David T. Kirkland, Ethan Carl Owyang, Jason Apanovitch, Timothy William Anstey
  • Patent number: 10842068
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for controlling the direction of travel of agricultural implements may include a work vehicle having a vehicle-based controller configured to control an operation of a valve provided in operative association with the work vehicle. The system may also include an agricultural implement configured to be towed by the work vehicle. The implement may include a sensor configured to detect an operational parameter indicative of a direction of travel of the implement. The implement may also include an actuator configured to adjust the direction of travel of the implement, with the actuator being fluidly coupled to the valve such that the valve is configured to control an operation of the actuator. The implement may further include an implement-based controller configured to initiate control of the operation of the valve based on sensor data received from the sensor to adjust the direction of travel of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Trevor Stanhope, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 10836349
    Abstract: A remote startup system includes a terminal, a center server configured to communicate with the terminal and receive a startup request from the terminal, and a vehicle on which a driving device is mounted, the vehicle being configured to communicate with the center server, receive the startup request from the center server, and start up the driving device. At least one of the center server and the vehicle includes a stop unit configured to stop the driving device of the vehicle when communication between the terminal and the center server or between the center server and the vehicle is disrupted in a case where the driving device is started up based on the startup request and being operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Tamane, Masato Endo
  • Patent number: 10836276
    Abstract: A display device is mounted on a hybrid vehicle provided with an internal-combustion engine, an electric motor, an electricity storage device configured to store electricity used to drive the electric motor, and a charger configured to externally charge the electricity storage device using electricity from an external power supply. The display device includes a display and a display controller. The display displays a residual capacity of the electricity storage device. When the residual capacity of the electricity storage device is substantially zero, the display controller displays the residual capacity greater than zero on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahisa Ishibashi, Yasutaka Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10829910
    Abstract: An image display system for a work machine includes an imaging device mounted to a work machine including a working unit having a working implement, an attitude detector detecting an attitude of the working unit, a distance detector determining information about distance to an object to be worked by the work machine, and a processor using information about position of the working implement obtained using an attitude of the working unit, and information about position of the object to be worked obtained from the information about distance from the work machine to an object to be worked, determined by the distance detector, generating an image of a portion corresponding to the working implement, on the object to be worked opposing the working implement, combining the generated image with an image of the object to be worked imaged by the imaging device, and displaying the combined image on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yoshinada, Takanobu Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 10829135
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, a system, and a computer program product for managing safety for a railway system. A computer system generates a probability of a safety issue for a particular section of a railroad track in the railway system using information from a set of weather event sources. A set of unmanned aerial vehicles is dispatched to the particular section of the railroad track when the probability of the safety issue exceeds a threshold. A number of images of the particular section of the railroad track is received from the set of unmanned aerial vehicles. A risk score for the safety issue at the particular section of the railroad track is generated using the number of images by the computer system. An action is performed to resolve the safety issue using the risk score, enabling the computer system to manage safety issues for the railway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evelyn R. Anderson, Kristen Conley, Martin G. Keen, Natalie Brooks Powell
  • Patent number: 10829911
    Abstract: A work machine includes a frame and a set of ground engaging elements movably supported by the frame and driven by an engine to drive movement of the machine in a worksite. The machine includes a location sensor configured to generate a machine location sensor signal indicative of a location of the machine. The machine includes a communication component that communicates with a worksite server and retrieves object location data. The machine also includes virtual model generator logic that determines the object is within a field of view of an operator of the machine, based on the machine location sensor signal and object location data, and generates an augmentation indication indicative of the determination. The machine includes augmentation logic that generates and displays an augmented reality overlay, based on the augmentation indication, and displays an indication of the object proximate the object within the field of view of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Thomas L. Kennedy, David J. Myers
  • Patent number: 10829105
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for controlling a vehicle using a predetermined driving mode of a driving route. A vehicle includes an engine, a speed detector configured to detect a driving speed; a slope detector configured to detect a slope of a road. The vehicle further comprises a controller configured to control driving of the engine using a predetermined driving mode. While controlling the vehicle according to the predetermined driving mode, the controller obtains current road condition information based on the vehicle's driving speed and slope of the load, and determines whether the vehicle deviates from a route based on the current road condition information and reference road condition information. When it is determined that the vehicle deviates from the route of the predetermined driving mode, the controller ends the predetermined driving mode and starts a general driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dong Jun Shin, Jeewook Huh
  • Patent number: 10807595
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to U-turn assistance. The method may include obtaining, by a computing device, geographic obtaining of a location designated for an operation of a U-turn. The computing device may further obtain vehicle information of a vehicle performing the U-turn, and collect user information of an operator of the vehicle. Based on the geographic information, the vehicle information and the user information, the computing device may determine a level of difficulty of the U-turn and assist the operator with the operation of the U-turn based on the level of difficulty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Victoria Leigh Schein, Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 10809718
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, and methods for controlling an aerial vehicle. An exemplary method may include receiving data indicating a location and an altitude of the aerial vehicle, receiving prevailing wind pattern data regarding winds at the location and the altitude of the aerial vehicle, selecting a heading for the aerial vehicle based on the prevailing wind pattern data, and causing the aerial vehicle to adjust the altitude of the aerial vehicle based on the selected heading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: LOON LLC
    Inventors: Salvatore J. Candido, Sameera Sylvia Ponda
  • Patent number: 10795372
    Abstract: An automatic turning control system for a work vehicle having a ground engaging traction device directed by a manual steering device. The automatic turning control system includes an electronic control unit (ECU), a traction device angle sensor configured to generate an angle signal representative of an angle of the traction device with respect to an axis of the work vehicle, and a vehicle guidance system. The ECU is configured to generate a manual path signal representing an actual path of the work vehicle based on the angle signal. The ECU is operatively connected to a vehicle guidance system and determines a learned path signal based on the manual path signal. The vehicle guidance system automatically directs the work vehicle along the learned path signal when the vehicle moves from a working area, to a non-working area, and back to the working area of a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Runde, Qiang R. Liu, Shufeng Han
  • Patent number: 10782692
    Abstract: A ship handling device capable of executing dynamic positioning control. While the dynamic positioning control is being active, if a distance deviation from a target position exceeds a predetermined value and a first condition that a state where a moving amount of the ship per unit time is not more than a predetermined amount has continued for a predetermined period is satisfied, or if an orientation deviation from a target orientation exceeds a predetermined value and a second condition that a state where a turning amount of the ship per unit time is not more than a predetermined amount has continued for a predetermined period is satisfied, a thrust setting value resulting from the dynamic positioning control at a determination on the first or second condition is stored as a reference value, and the reference value is added to a thrust setting value subsequently resulting from the dynamic positioning control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gakuji Tamura, Daisuke Irahara, Akiyoshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10773770
    Abstract: A bicycle control apparatus is basically provided with a controller. The controller includes a processor, a memory, and an I/O interface. The controller is arranged to communicate with an assist mechanism of a bicycle. The assist mechanism includes an assist motor arranged to impart a supplemental drive force to the bicycle to supplement a manual drive force of the bicycle. The controller is programmed to alternately set a first control state or a second control state. The controller controls the assist motor such that an output state of the assist motor with respect to a manual drive force of the bicycle is different in the first control state than in the second control state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nishikawa, Yasuhiro Tsuchizawa, Makoto Usui, Satoshi Shahana
  • Patent number: 10759428
    Abstract: A vehicle includes one or more laser scanners and an on-board vehicle computer system communicatively coupled to the laser scanners. The computer system uses information (e.g., coordinate points) obtained from the laser scanners to calculate a trailer angle (e.g., a cab-trailer angle) for the vehicle. The computer system may include a shape detection module that detects a trailer based on the information obtained from the laser scanners and an angle detection module that calculates an angle of the detected trailer relative to a laser scanner, calculates the orientation of the detected trailer based on that angle and dimensions (e.g., width and length) of the trailer, and calculates a cab-trailer angle based on the orientation of the trailer. The computer system may include an autonomous operation module configured to use the cab-trailer angle in an autonomous or computer-guided vehicle maneuver, such as a parking maneuver or backing maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PACCAR INC
    Inventors: William C. Kahn, A. Brent Hankins
  • Patent number: 10762793
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selecting a runway record for a target runway are provided. The system includes: a first database having a first runway record with a first runway threshold; a second database having a second runway record with a second runway threshold; a transceiver for receiving an ILS signal; and a computer system. The computer system is configured to determine when the ILS signal is substantially zero. When the ILS signal is substantially zero, the computer system is configured to receive, from one or more databases, a plurality of runway records including corresponding runway thresholds; and select a most accurate runway record from the plurality of runway records based, at least in part, on which of the corresponding runway thresholds deviates least from the aiming point. In various embodiments, the most accurate runway record is then utilized for rendering images in a cockpit display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Anoop S, Mohammed Ibrahim Mohideen, Naveen Bansal
  • Patent number: 10753067
    Abstract: A construction machine includes a vehicle body having, a moving section, a driving mechanism, a manipulation device that receives a manipulation, a controlling unit, a manipulation detecting unit that detects the manipulation given to the manipulation device, and an obstacle detecting device that detects an obstacle in a periphery of the vehicle body. The controlling unit executes emergency-stop-processing and continuous-stop-processing. The emergency-stop-processing is executed to stop the operation of the moving section regardless of a signal from the manipulation detecting unit upon detection of the obstacle by the obstacle detecting device when the controlling unit controls the driving mechanism to drive the moving section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomofumi Okada, Ryuichi Hirose
  • Patent number: 10755583
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring compliance with air traffic control (ATC) instructions by an air crew of an aircraft. First, voice and text ATC commands are received by an ATC instruction moderator support system (AIMSS) located on board the aircraft. The voice and text ATC commands are converted into a data format by the AIMSS. The ATC commands are used to determine an expected aircraft state while a current aircraft state is determined by the aircraft sensors. The current aircraft state is compared with the expected state and determined if it is in compliance. If the current state is in non-compliance, it is determined if the non-compliance is allowable and it is then classified as either no action or incorrect action by the aircrew. Finally, an alert of the noncompliance is generated with the AIMSS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Abneesh Singla, Sreenivasan Govindillam K, Srinivas D. Gonabal, Pradeep Huncha, Vedavyas Rallabandi, Jaibir Singh, Sunil Kumar KS
  • Patent number: 10730513
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes at least one electronic control unit configured to recognize at least one object, calculate a time to collision, operate first driving assistance, when the time to collision is equal to or less than a first threshold value, operate second driving assistance for avoiding the collision between the at least one object and the host vehicle or reducing damage of the collision, when the time to collision is equal to or less than a second threshold value smaller than the first threshold value, and set, while the first driving assistance is operated, the second threshold value to a second setting value smaller than a first setting value set when the first driving assistance is not operated, when a second target object causing the second driving assistance to operate is the same object as a first target object causing the first driving assistance to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinichi Nagata, Minami Sato, Miyuki Kamatani, Akitoshi Minemura
  • Patent number: 10720059
    Abstract: A system for an autonomous vehicle can receive profile data of a passenger of the autonomous vehicle, the profile data indicating a need of the passenger for audio assistance. Based on the profile data, the system can execute a set of configurations to assist the passenger over a trip duration between a pick-up location and a destination. Execution of the set of configurations can include dynamically monitoring the passenger to determine a state of the passenger, and based on the state of the passenger, output the audio assistance to at least aid the passenger in entering and exiting the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Emily Bartel
  • Patent number: 10717436
    Abstract: A method for monitoring an area ahead of a vehicle, the vehicle including a first sensor oriented in the direction of the area and a second sensor oriented in the direction of the area, the second sensor having a greater vertical detection angle than the first sensor, in a step of associating, an item of distance information detected by the first sensor is associated with an object detected by the second sensor in the area. In a step of tracking, a position of the object is tracked while using the second sensor when the object leaves the detection angle of the first sensor due to a pitch angle of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Ludwig Foltin