Patents Examined by James M McPherson
  • Patent number: 10442511
    Abstract: A method for underwater exploration and/or recovery of objects and/or things using a submersible vehicle assembly and underwater powered observation system using a camera and source of light of a green laser to be directed to the underside of the surface of the water so as to locate the vehicle assembly by the green laser. In this manner the vehicle assembly may be utilized for the underwater tasks of locating objects and/or things on a surface of the underwater environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Cam Habeger
  • Patent number: 10434876
    Abstract: An active accelerator pedal for a vehicle includes a pedal position sensor configured to detect a position of a pedal lever of the active accelerator pedal and to convert the position into a pedal position signal. The active accelerator pedal further includes an actuator configured to output haptic feedback to the pedal lever. The active accelerator pedal further includes an actuator controller configured to control the actuator. The pedal position sensor is configured to transmit pedal position signals to a central engine controller of the vehicle the engine controller is configured to control drive of the vehicle using the central engine controller, and the actuator controller is configured to receive a pedal position signal from the pedal position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alex Grossmann, Udo Sieber, Daniel Henning, Thomas Klotzbuecher
  • Patent number: 10431021
    Abstract: A driving mode setting part sets a driving mode when a vehicle travels by automatic driving. An item setting part sets a prioritized diagnosis. A storage part stores plural diagnosis conditions provided in correspondence to each diagnosis item. A target setting part sets a control target value. A motive power source part controls a motive power source based on the control target value. Each diagnosis item is assigned to the driving mode, for which the diagnosis condition is most easily satisfied. The item setting part sets, as a prioritized item, the diagnosis item assigned to the set driving mode. When the prioritized item is set, the target setting part sets the control target value so that the motive power source attains a state, which is close to the diagnosis condition of the prioritized item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Murase, Hiroyuki Enomoto
  • Patent number: 10408945
    Abstract: A system for determining a location of a vehicle in an environment provided with at least two landmarks whose location is known. The system includes at least one scanning distance sensor installed in the vehicle and configured to measure distance and direction from the vehicle to the at least two landmarks, as well as a data processing device configured to store in its memory the location of the at least two landmarks; and determine the location of the vehicle on the basis of at least the location of the at least two landmarks as well as the distance and direction from the vehicle to the at least two landmarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kari Rintanen
  • Patent number: 10410280
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable medium for tracking mileage. The method includes obtaining global positions of a mobile device and timestamps corresponding to the global positions, and detecting, based on the global positions and the timestamps, a completed trip having global positions and timestamps. The global positions include an origin and a destination. The method further includes categorizing, from location categories, the origin into an origin location category, categorizing, from location categories, the destination into a destination location category, and categorizing, based on the origin location category and the destination location category, the completed trip into a completed trip category from trip categories. The method further includes calculating mileage based on the global positions of the completed trip, and storing, for the completed trip, the mileage and the completed trip category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron David Rogers, Talia Shereen Nour-Omid, Brian Galutira Tan, Ghanshyam Bhatt, Vidhi Shah
  • Patent number: 10394245
    Abstract: Responsive to sensor data received from one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle, one or more predicted trajectories are generated, with each of the predicted trajectories having an associated probability. One or more driving scenarios that trigger gesture recognition are identified. For each of the identified driving scenarios, one or more gestures from one or more vehicles are detected in accordance with a gesture detection protocol. One or more gestures from the autonomous vehicle are emitted for communication with the vehicles in accordance with a gesture emission protocol based on the detected gestures. The predicted trajectories are modified based on the detected gestures, the emitted gestures and the associated probabilities of the predicted trajectories. The autonomous vehicle is controlled based on the modified predicted trajectories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Liyun Li, Jinghao Miao, Shiyuan Fang, I-Hsuan Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10377380
    Abstract: A blind spot safety system for a subject vehicle. The safety system includes a blind spot monitoring module that detects when a secondary vehicle is operating in a blind spot of the subject vehicle. A vehicle control module controls speed of the subject vehicle. When the blind spot monitoring module detects that the secondary vehicle is operating in the blind spot of the subject vehicle, the blind spot monitoring module instructs the vehicle control module to increase or decrease speed of the subject vehicle to move the subject vehicle relative to the secondary vehicle such that the secondary vehicle is not in the blind spot of the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew Williams, Miki Sato
  • Patent number: 10370002
    Abstract: An engine control method for preventing an engine of a vehicle from stalling on a sloped road includes steps of: detecting whether a shifting lever is in a neutral stage (N-stage); measuring a vehicle speed and a slope angle of the sloped road, and calculating a load acting on a vehicle body on the sloped road; accelerating an engine a first time to increase an engine RPM so that an engine torque is larger than the load; and accelerating the engine a second time to move the vehicle when the shifting lever enters into a driving gear stage (D-stage).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Tae-Kwang Eom, Jung-Suk Han, Chang-Hyun Lim, Hyeok-Jun Kwon
  • Patent number: 10370092
    Abstract: A vehicle load-limiting suspension apparatus comprises at least one shear tab for controlling an amount of impact load applied to a vehicle structure when a vehicle impact event occurs. The vehicle load-limiting suspension apparatus further comprises at least one crush tube for limiting the amount of impact load applied to the vehicle structure after the at least one shear tab shears in response to occurrence of the vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Akif O. Bolukbasi, Timothy R. Gleason
  • Patent number: 10372126
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a control system in an automation system including a first portion located at a first vehicle, which includes a first autonomous module that autonomously controls operation of the first vehicle to perform operations in a first area based at least in part on a first target operation result while the first portion is in an autonomous mode; and a second portion located at a second vehicle, in which the second portion includes a second autonomous module that autonomously controls operation of the second vehicle to perform operations in a second area based at least in part on a second target operation result while the second portion is in the autonomous mode and a first command module that determines the first target operation result and the second target operation result based at least in part on a global plan that indicates a total target operation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, John H. Posselius, Bret T. Turpin, Daniel J. Morwood
  • Patent number: 10372515
    Abstract: A system and method for accessing data in one of a first legacy computer system that has a first operating system and a second legacy computer system that has a second operating system that is different from the first operating system. The method includes providing a front end application that is in communication with the first and second legacy computer systems, with the application being displayed on a user interface of a computer. Aircraft and maintenance data of a first legacy airline is associated with the first legacy computer system and aircraft and maintenance data of a second legacy airline is associated with the second legacy computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventors: Harry E. Stripe, Kyle Edward Wander, Tedd Dale Adams, Justin Eldon Kerchal
  • Patent number: 10363918
    Abstract: A method for controlling torque reduction of a hybrid vehicle includes: determining a discharging torque control factor of a motor and a charging torque control factor of the motor based on a current state of charge of a battery that supplies electric power to the motor and a threshold state of charge of the battery; calculating a torque of the motor corresponding to driving torque reduction request of a traction control system (TCS) based on a discharging limit torque of the motor that the discharging torque control factor is reflected in and a charging limit torque of the motor that the charging torque control factor is reflected in; and calculating a torque of the engine corresponding to the driving torque reduction request based on the calculated torque of the motor and a request torque of the traction control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Do Hee Kim, Teh Hwan Cho, Gwang Il Du
  • Patent number: 10363866
    Abstract: Determining contextual priority of an autonomous vehicle and whether the passengers have a genuine event based on priority input, which is greater than a threshold and is classified as an emergency, activating the notification system to alert other vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Kline, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Shilpa S. Shetty
  • Patent number: 10363996
    Abstract: An unmanned surface vehicle (USV) including a main body; a slideway; and an automatic recovery unit. The slideway includes pulleys, slide rails, sleepers, end plates disposed at two sides of the sleepers, and baffle plates. The automatic recovery unit includes a buoy, a connection rod, a downhaul, an electromagnetic fixer, a winch, an upper cable, a storage box, and a recovery net. The slideway is fixed on the afterdeck of the main body and the tail end of the slideway sticks out the side boundary of the afterdeck. The baffle plates are disposed on the upper end of the end plates. The vertical height of the end plates is larger than the maximum vertical height of the pulleys and the slide rails. The baffle plates on the upper end of the end plates limit the displacement of the buoy in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Guan Guan, Yanyun Yu, Ming Chen, Yunlong Wang, Chaoguang Jin, Kai Li, Yan Lin
  • Patent number: 10309871
    Abstract: A vehicle trailer for attaching to a vehicle and analyzing operating characteristics of the vehicle is provided. The trailer includes a frame having a tongue configured to attach to a vehicle. The trailer has its own designated powertrain configured to propel and brake the trailer independent from the vehicle. A connecting member is configured to attach to an exhaust pipe of the vehicle and includes an emissions sensor configured to detect emissions from the exhaust pipe. At least one controller is coupled to the emissions sensor and is configured to analyze the emissions. The trailer can also be attached to the vehicle via an attachment member and configured to propel the vehicle across a range of increasing speeds while a powertrain of the vehicle is in neutral, and measure forces required to propel the vehicle across the range of speeds utilizing a force gauge on the attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologie, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Hagan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10303170
    Abstract: A method is provided for piloting a set of robots comprising, for each robot, a step of generation of a guidance instruction for the robot at a given instant, the guidance instructions for the set of robots being determined from a single set of constraints comprising a pack constraint comprising at least one set of at least one first relative positioning constraint between a robot and its neighbors of the first order in the pack for the set of robots to form a pack exhibiting a predetermined shape, the method further comprising a step of piloting of the robots so as to observe the guidance instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: THALES, ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE TECHNIQUES AVANCEES BRETAGNE
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Brunet, Thomas Sousselier, Johann Dreo, Luc Jaulin
  • Patent number: 10293899
    Abstract: An acquisition unit acquires weather and marine data indicating a ship voyage schedule that serves as a reference, actual performance data, fuel consumption data, and weather and marine conditions the ship has encountered during a voyage. A time difference data generation unit calculates the difference between the time indicated by the reference data and the time indicated by the actual performance data for each of the journeys between ports. Projected fuel consumption calculation unit calculates projected fuel consumption for each of the journeys between ports based on the reference data, weather and marine data and fuel consumption data. Fuel consumption difference data generation unit calculates the difference between the projected fuel consumption and the actual fuel consumption amount indicated by the actual performance data for each of the journeys between ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Kakuta
  • Patent number: 10293836
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle assistant system of a vehicle comprising at least a first camera and a second camera, wherein the first camera is arranged such that the area in front of the vehicle can at least partially be captured, and wherein the second camera is arranged such that the interior of the vehicle can at least partially be captured, and wherein the vehicle assistant system comprises one common image data analysis unit which is configured to process image data received from the first camera and the second camera. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a vehicle comprising at least one vehicle assistant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Laakmann, Swen Schaub, Christian Mücke, Christian Ammon, Thomas Herpich
  • Patent number: 10293936
    Abstract: The disclosure herein includes a drone assembly, including: a drone; a screen; and a strut that may have a first portion and a second portion, and a strut having a first portion coupled to the drone and a second portion coupled to the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Keith Conn, Matthew Conn
  • Patent number: 10293829
    Abstract: A road surface submergence estimation device including a motion sensor that acquires an actual acceleration of a vehicle; a torque acquisition sensor that acquires an actual torque transmitted from a driving source to wheels of the vehicle, the driving source being mounted in the vehicle; and an estimation processor that estimates that a road surface on which the vehicle is traveling is submerged when it is determined that a submergence determination condition is satisfied. The road surface submergence estimation device may also include a wireless communication device configured to either send submergence information to a central server, or receive additional submergence information from a central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Furukawa, Takuji Yamada