Patents Examined by James M McPherson
  • Patent number: 12030588
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a stimulus generator whose inputs are at least the mechanical torque (Tm) of the electric motor (M) measured by an estimator (TmE) of the mechanical torque (Tm) of the motor (M), and the velocity (V) measured by an estimator (VE) of the velocity (V) and whose outputs are a velocity control stimulus (VS) and a torque control stimulus (TS) towards the user (U). A vehicle includes a stimulus generator (SG) whose inputs are the power (Pu) measured by the estimator (PuE), and the velocity (V) measured by the estimator (VE) of the velocity (V) and whose output is a forced velocity control stimulus (VFS) that results in the velocity setpoint (V*) of the electric motor (M). Control procedures for these vehicles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: ZUMA INNOVATION S.L.
    Inventors: Mikel Zubieta Andueza, Jon Madariaga Landajo
  • Patent number: 12024241
    Abstract: A steering control device performs an assist control for generating an assist command that generates an assist torque based on a steering torque. The steering control device acquires a target value of physical quantity related to a steering. The steering control device performs a tracking control for generating a tracking command that generates an automatic steering torque for causing a detection value of physical quantity to track the target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Aoki, Motoaki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 12026946
    Abstract: A post-disaster conditions monitoring system is disclosed. The system may include plurality of aircraft drones configured to take photographic images; a conditions monitoring center having a controller including a device processor and a non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions executable by the device processor to perform the following steps: receiving images from the plurality of aircraft drones in a geographic region; determining conditions in the geographic region based on the images received from the plurality of aircraft drones; and sending information regarding the determined conditions to one or more users of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Meredith Beveridge Lecocke, Michael J. Maciolek, Robert Wiseman Simpson, Daniel Christopher Bitsis, Jr., Bobby Lawrence Mohs, Manfred Amann, Emily Margaret Gray, Donnette Moncrief Brown
  • Patent number: 12024026
    Abstract: A one pedal driving system for an electric vehicle including one or more electric motors includes a controller in wireless communication with one or more external vehicle networks. The controller executes instructions to receive, from the one or more external vehicle networks, an active zone notification that indicates the electric vehicle is traveling into a one pedal driving zone. The one pedal driving zone represents a section of roadway where the electric vehicle decelerates from an initial speed. The controller executes instructions to receive a pedal notification that a driver foot is removed from an accelerator pedal of the electric vehicle. In response to receiving the active zone notification and the pedal notification, the controller instructs the electric vehicle to decelerate from the initial speed by a regenerative braking torque that is created by the one or more electric motors to counteract a forward momentum of the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Vivek Vijaya Kumar, Mohammad Naserian, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 12020584
    Abstract: A method includes repeatedly determining a distance of an aircraft from a landing location. The method also includes, during a first stage in which the aircraft is at least a threshold distance from the landing location, performing iono-free processing during navigation of the aircraft. The method further includes, during a second stage in which the aircraft is less than the threshold distance from the landing location and a velocity of the aircraft is greater than a velocity threshold, performing divergence-free processing during navigation of the aircraft to address possible ionospheric threats. In addition, the method includes, during a third stage in which the aircraft is less than the threshold distance from the landing location and the velocity of the aircraft is less than the velocity threshold, calculating one or more floor values for a Differential Ionospheric Correction (DIC) sigma, and determining a navigation solution to protect against nominal ionospheric conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Shuwu Wu, Andrew J. Thomas, Joseph Chang
  • Patent number: 12017666
    Abstract: In a driving assisted vehicle method for controlling a driving assisted vehicle, it is determined whether a failure has occurred in any one of a plurality of controllers. Upon determining that a failure has occurred in any one of the controllers, failure information is sent to a normal controller group other than a failed controller group to which the failed controller belongs via a network communication line. When the normal controller group receives the failure information via the network communication line, the controllers constituting the normal controller group executes a failure mode for backing up the operation function that is lost due to the failure until a driver returns to the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouji Shionome
  • Patent number: 12020570
    Abstract: A transport operation control apparatus that controls transport operation of a plurality of vehicles traveling a circuit in a single direction along a predetermined path while repeating stopping at each stop on the path executes a step of selecting any vehicle among the plurality of vehicles as a vehicle to return to a depot, and a step of transmitting to the selected vehicle an instruction requesting the selected vehicle to restrict boarding, after the selected vehicle passes a stop at which the selected vehicle stops first subsequently to passing a starting point that is an exit of the depot and before the selected vehicle arrives at a next stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Umeda
  • Patent number: 12020465
    Abstract: A method of real-time plant selection and removal from a plant field including capturing a first image of a first section of the plant field, segmenting the first image into regions indicative of individual plants within the first section, selecting the optimal plants for retention from the first image based on the first image and the previously thinned plant field sections, sending instructions to the plant removal mechanism for removal of the plants corresponding to the unselected regions of the first image from the second section before the machine passes the unselected regions, and repeating the aforementioned steps for a second section of the plant field adjacent the first section in the direction of machine travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: BLUE RIVER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Lee Kamp Redden
  • Patent number: 12014626
    Abstract: A vehicle speed prediction apparatus includes a data preprocessor that performs preprocessing of correct answer data and input data for deep learning, and a deep learning modeling device that is configured to learn a relationship of a lane speed for each exit lane, based on a representative speed per link, the number of collected probes, and a collection time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Nam Hyuk Kim
  • Patent number: 12012727
    Abstract: A method for estimating the weight of loads carried by implements may include controlling an implement subject to actual weighing conditions to lift a load and receiving an input indicative of a sensed force associated with lifting the load. The method may further include determining a correlation value indicative of a correlation between first and second force values for lifting a given load with the implement as a function of the actual weighing conditions and as a function of nominal weighing conditions, respectively, where at least one of the actual weighing conditions differs from at least one of the nominal weighing conditions. Furthermore, the method may include determining an adjusted force value for lifting the load based at least in part on the sensed force and the correlation value. Additionally, the method may include estimating the weight of the load based at least in part on the adjusted force value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Joshua D. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 12007779
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling the motion of an autonomous are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining, by one or more computing devices on-board an autonomous vehicle, data associated with one or more objects that are proximate to the autonomous vehicle. The data includes a predicted path of each respective object. The method includes identifying at least one object as an object of interest based at least in part on the data associated with the object of interest. The method includes generating cost data associated with the object of interest. The method includes determining a motion plan for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the cost data associated with the object of interest. The method includes providing data indicative of the motion plan to one or more vehicle control systems to implement the motion plan for the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Albert Costa, Michael L. Phillips, Michael Bode
  • Patent number: 12000705
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining travel direction and/or location data based on sequential semantic events. The approach, for example, involves processing sensor data collected from at least one sensor of a mobile device to determine a set of observed time-sequenced semantic events. The semantic events are associated with traveling within a transportation system, and at least one semantic event of the set of observed time-sequenced semantic events is based on a turn angle value determined from the sensor data. The approach also involves initiating a comparison of the set of observed time-sequenced semantic events against a set of known time-sequenced semantic events and/or a known piece of information associated with the transportation system. The approach further involves determining a direction of travel and/or a location of the mobile device within the transportation system based on the comparison. The approach further involves providing the direction of travel and/or the location as an output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Harel Primack, Silviu Zilberman, Ron Begleiter
  • Patent number: 11999362
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle assembly for protecting a sensor/transmitter of a driving assistance system comprising a protection device that partially surrounds the sensor/transmitter where the protection device includes a first subassembly (B) with a detection/transmission element positioned facing a sensor/transmitter's surface via which a signal passes, and a second subassembly (C) that includes a motor configured to rotatably drive the first subassembly (B) about a line of transmission/reception of the sensor/transmitter. According to the invention, the protection assembly includes at least one heating element controlled by a control unit that heats an accessory attached to the motor vehicle's body in the detection/transmission element's vicinity, the heating element being outside the protection device and in the vicinity of the first subassembly (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Frederic Bretagnol, Marcel Trebouet
  • Patent number: 11999366
    Abstract: A system and methods thereof for monitoring proper behavior of an autonomous vehicle are provided. The method includes generating a plurality of agents, wherein each of the plurality of agents describes a physical object, wherein at least one of the plurality of agents is an agent for the DUT, generating a plurality of scenarios, wherein each scenario models a behavior of at least one of the plurality of agents, and monitoring an interaction between the plurality of agents and the DUT agent for a scenario modeling the respective agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: FORETELLIX LTD.
    Inventors: Yoav Hollander, Oded Doron Hirschfeld, Yaron Kashai
  • Patent number: 11976933
    Abstract: A link combination extraction unit (24) acquires all the combination of link candidates from among link candidates having an angle with respect to a movement direction of a pedestrian equal to or smaller than a threshold value among link candidates for n walking route networks. The link combination extraction unit (24) acquires all the combinations of link candidates that do not intersect with each other among the acquired combinations of link candidates. The link combination extraction unit (24) acquires all the combinations of link candidates that do not connect to each other among the acquired combinations of link candidates. The link combination extraction unit (24) acquires all the combinations of link candidates that are not on the same straight line among the acquired combinations of link candidates. A candidate determination unit (26) acquires a combination of link candidates closest to position information of a pedestrian when there are a plurality of acquired link candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Abe, Keihiro Ochiai, Hitoshi Seshimo
  • Patent number: 11976939
    Abstract: In various examples, operations include obtaining, from a machine learning model, feature classifications that correspond to features of objects depicted in images of a geographical area in which the images are provided to the machine learning model. The operations may also include annotating the images with three-dimensional representations that are based on the obtained feature classifications. Further, the operations may include generating map data corresponding to the geographical area based on the annotated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Baoan Liu, Tian Lan, Kezhao Chen
  • Patent number: 11970988
    Abstract: Systems for efficiently starting an engine of a hybrid electric vehicle are provided. An example of a system comprises a first processor and a second processor. The second processor is configured to determine when to start an internal combustion engine, cause energy to be supplied from an energy storage device to a generator/motor to cause the generator/motor and crankshaft to rotate to at least a hold speed, transmit a first instruction to a first processor when determining that the internal combination engine should be started. The first processor does not supply fuel to at least one cylinder of the internal combustion engine in response to the first instruction. The second processor is configured to transmit a second instruction to the first processor after a variable period of time has elapse after the generator/motor or crankshaft has reached at least the hold speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: BAE Systems Controls Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Jones, Mark R. Stepper
  • Patent number: 11970209
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing real-time feedback to a driver of a vehicle based on real-time datasets is disclosed. The systems and methods include obtaining one or more sets of real-time data associated with a vehicle. Performing one or more operations on the set of real-time data, wherein the one or more operations are based on the set of real-time data. Generating, a feedback alert based on results of the one or more operations and one or more detected real-time behaviors of the vehicle. Providing the feedback alert for presentation at a user interface on-board the vehicle. The real-time data may include contextual data, environmental data, operating data, data for a plurality of drivers, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Brian Mark Fields
  • Patent number: 11964780
    Abstract: A method of in-flight operational assessment for an electric aircraft comprising detecting by a sensor an electrical parameter of an energy source. The method further includes receiving by a controller the electrical parameter from the sensor and determining a power-production capability of the energy source, using the electrical parameter. The method further includes calculating, by the controller, a projected power-consumption need of the electric aircraft and comparing the determined power-production capability of the energy source to the projected power-consumption need. The method includes generating a power production command datum as a function of the comparison of the power-production capability and the projected power-consumption need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventor: Herman Wiegman
  • Patent number: 11958545
    Abstract: Provided are a power steering method and a power steering device applied in a vehicle including a power steering assembly. The method includes detecting whether a direction changing wheel of the vehicle is a driving wheel; determining a power assisted gear position of the power steering assembly according to whether the direction changing wheel of the vehicle is the driving wheel; and controlling the power steering assembly to generate a power steering torque according to the power assisted gear position of the power steering assembly. The direction changing wheel of the vehicle is a front wheel or a rear wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: SEGWAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiachun Liu