Patents Examined by James M McPherson
  • Patent number: 11320278
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for time-based multiple automobile travel coordination. Aspects include creating a travel coordination group having at least two participants and obtaining a current position and a destination location for each of the at least two participants. Aspects also include determining an estimated travel time for each of the at least two participants based at least in part on the current position and the destination location for each of the at least two participants. Aspects further include coordinating travel plans for each of the at least two participants based at least in part on the estimated travel time of each of the at least two participants, wherein the coordination includes determining a departure time for each of the at least two participants such that each of the at least two participants will arrive at the destination location within a threshold amount of time from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Huang, Hovey Raymond Strong
  • Patent number: 11318926
    Abstract: An output torque control apparatus for hybrid vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a motor controller that adjusts motor torque, an engine controller that adjusts engine torque, and a hybrid controller that operates the motor controller and the engine controller based on driving modes of a hybrid vehicle. The hybrid controller calculates transmission input torque corresponding to current request torque, confirms whether a current driving mode an EV mode or a HEV mode, calculates inertia compensation torque corresponding to the confirmed current driving mode, and calculates output torque based on the calculated inertia compensation torque and transmission input torque. Accordingly, at least one of the motor controller or the engine controller is operated based on the calculated output torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Neung Seop Oh, Hyung Seuk Ohn
  • Patent number: 11318846
    Abstract: An eddy current brake for a vehicle, the eddy current brake comprising a rotor, and an electromagnet arranged to receive current from an electromechanical energy generating means during braking of the vehicle and to induce an eddy current within the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventor: Emma-Claire Dunning
  • Patent number: 11312200
    Abstract: A method for actuating an actuator device of a roll stabilizer for a vehicle. The actuator device has a supply line connection for supplying a supply voltage, a converter for supplying an alternating voltage using the supply voltage, and at least two phase lines for supplying the alternating voltage to actuator connections of an actuator which can be operated using the alternating voltage. The method has a step of reading an interruption signal, which indicates an interruption in the supply of the supply voltage or a deviation from the supply voltage at the supply line connection and a step of providing a protection signal at an interface with a protection device using the interruption signal in order to at least partly prevent a generator voltage which is or can be fed into the phase lines via the actuator connections from being forwarded in response to the protection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Benjamin Grodde, Michael Keckeisen, Andreas Füssl, Holger Gohmert, Volker Schulmayer, Klaus Haskamp
  • Patent number: 11312262
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling image recording of a vehicle includes: an input device that receives image recording setting information; and a controller that determines whether to control charging of a battery or an image recording operation according to whether the image recording setting information is input and whether the vehicle is in a starting state, thus controlling image recording while a vehicle is parked without the need for a separate battery and reducing an unnecessary increase in cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Hyuk Jeong, Yu Seok Kim, Dong Hun Han
  • Patent number: 11312223
    Abstract: A vehicle controller is configured to execute a duty cycle control process of alternately repeating an electric power generation execution period and an electric power generation stop period of an electric generator and controlling a duty cycle, which is a ratio of the electric power generation execution period to a single cycle of repeated cycles, when determining that an anomaly has occurred in a driving circuit. The duty cycle control process includes at least one of two processes, a process of setting the duty cycle to be larger when a member in an overheatable region, in which overheating is possibly performed by the heater, has a low temperature than when the member has a high temperature and a process of setting the duty cycle to be larger when an internal combustion engine has a large intake air amount than when the engine has a small intake air amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makio Tsuchiyama
  • Patent number: 11298992
    Abstract: A method for detecting the risk of blowout of a tire fitted to a motor vehicle, the method including the steps of measuring the temperature of the gases in the tire, if the measured temperature value is higher than or equal to a first threshold, determining a change in the measured temperature over a first time period and comparing the measured temperature value with a second threshold, if the measured temperature has increased by a value higher than or equal to a threshold difference or, if the measured temperature value is higher than or equal to the second threshold and higher than or equal to a third threshold or higher than or equal to a second threshold over a second time period, detecting a risk of blowout of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Silvius Iancu, Jean-Charles Huard
  • Patent number: 11294374
    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: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, John H. Posselius, Bret T. Turpin, Daniel J. Morwood
  • Patent number: 11293164
    Abstract: A wheel loader includes a boom, a forward clutch, and a controller configured to control hydraulic pressure of hydraulic oil supplied to the forward clutch. The controller performs clutch hydraulic pressure control for bringing the forward clutch into a semi-engagement state by controlling the hydraulic pressure of the hydraulic oil supplied to the forward clutch on condition that the wheel loader advances while raising the boom in at least a loaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Ryota Enomoto, Masanori Ikari, Kentaro Yajima, Takuma Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11286044
    Abstract: A rotorcraft and to a regulation method for regulating a power plant of a rotorcraft, the power plant having two engine units and a main gearbox, the two engine units being suitable for mechanically driving the main gearbox in order to drive an outlet main shaft of the main gearbox in rotation, the outlet main shaft being constrained to rotate with a main rotor of the rotorcraft, the two engine units including a first engine unit including at least one main engine. In accordance with the invention, such a regulation method includes at least one regulation step consisting in regulating a speed of rotation of the at least one main engine by progressively reducing a current setpoint by an increment i in percentage of the current setpoint per second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Alexandre Madeira, Olivier Honnorat
  • Patent number: 11279340
    Abstract: A method for controlling an automatic hybrid transmission of the motor vehicle is disclosed, wherein the hybrid transmission has at least two engageable gear stages with different transmission ratios, and wherein at least one variable driving range, i.e., at least one specific dynamic powertrain path is engageable such that the entire output torque of the output shaft is formed from the respective drive torque of the internal combustion machine and the electric machine. Losses of comfort to the driver and/or the danger of component damage and the associated costs are reduced by checking during a stopping process, and/or during a deceleration process of the motor vehicle and a downshifting that is requested in this context whether there is a specific operating situation, and the variable driving range is engaged in the event that a specific operating situation exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Oliver Ludwig, Hendrik Schröder, Christian Meissner
  • Patent number: 11274644
    Abstract: In response to a triggering event, changing a vehicle remote engine start system from a first state to a second state. In the first state a remote engine start mode, a drive engine of the vehicle and a plurality of vehicle functions are deactivated. In the second state the remote engine start mode, at least one of the plurality of vehicle functions and the drive engine of the vehicle are activated. After activating the remote engine start mode, a timer is incremented or decremented from a predetermined start value. If the timer has not elapsed and the presence of a user is detected, the remote engine start system changes to a third state in which the last timer value and the current state of the remote engine start mode are stored and then the remote engine start mode and the timer are stopped, wherein the drive engine remains switched on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Franz Heininger, Tibor Gugger
  • Patent number: 11273729
    Abstract: An actuation system for a vehicle seat includes a housing and a gear system located in the housing having one or more gears coupled together. The gears of the actuation system have a low actuation efficiency such that the gears move in response to a first input. The actuation system further includes an efficiency switch that may be activated so that the actuation system has a higher actuation efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Bernd Römer
  • Patent number: 11267444
    Abstract: The brake control device controls a hydraulic brake to generate hydraulic braking force on both the front and rear wheels of a four-wheel-drive vehicle, and an electrical parking brake to generate parking brake force, different from the hydraulic braking force, on the front or rear wheels. The brake control device includes: a detection unit that detects parking brake operation for causing the electrical parking brake to generate a parking brake force; and a control unit for reducing the hydraulic braking force generated on the front wheels or the rear wheels and adjusting the hydraulic braking force on the other of the front wheels or the rear wheels to a magnitude allowing a stationary vehicle state to be maintained, before a parking brake force is generated by the electrical parking brake, when a parking brake operation is detected while a stationary state is being maintained solely by the hydraulic braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Terushige Uraoka, Keita Nakano, Tatsuya Urano
  • Patent number: 11269336
    Abstract: Robots are used extensively in different applications so as to perform specific tasks. However, the robots are required to move around in a location where they are present, so as to perform the tasks. For path planning, free space identification is performed by the robots during which obstacles are detected and free space is identified. However, the existing systems for path planning struggle to identify free space in cluttered environments. The disclosure herein generally relates to robotic path planning, and, more particularly, to a method and system for free space detection in a cluttered environment for robotic path planning. The system inscribes obstacles in bounding boxes and all unit grids inscribed by the bounding boxes are considered as occupied. Further, by seeding the occupancy grid map, the system identifies unified segments and corresponding seeds. Further a convex expansion is executed in the occupancy grid map to detect the free space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Arup Kumar Sadhu, Ranjan Dasgupta, Balamuralidhar Purushothaman
  • Patent number: 11267344
    Abstract: A brake system for an at least partly electrically powered vehicle having an electric motor operable as a generator; a friction brake device; a brake control device, which is designed to regulate a generator torque (MGE) of the generator and a friction braking torque (MRB) of the friction brake device; an operating element, especially a brake pedal or brake lever or accelerator pedal, which is designed to provide a desired deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Michael Wein, Matthias Geuß
  • Patent number: 11270529
    Abstract: A system for providing vehicle information to a user via audible signals. The system includes a data acquisition and transfer device disposable in communication with a vehicle computer on a vehicle to receive diagnostic data therefrom. A remote diagnostic server is disposable in communication with the data acquisition and transfer device to receive the diagnostic data. The remote diagnostic server includes a plurality of preset vehicle conditions stored thereon, and is operative to analyze the diagnostic data and generate an alert signal when the diagnostic data represents at least one of the preset vehicle conditions. The alert signal is receivable by a mobile communication device and is configured to allow the mobile communication device to generate an audible signal based on the alert signal. The audible signal includes diagnostic information associated with the diagnostic data received from the vehicle computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Innova Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Ieon C. Chen, Hoa Khanh Chau
  • Patent number: 11267487
    Abstract: A driving control device includes a general user terminal that receives a request for a driving service for moving a vehicle to a destination by receiving, as inputs, a destination, a transit point, and a non-transit point at which the vehicle is not to be stopped, an occupant of the vehicle operation information acquisition device that receives an instruction from an occupant indicating a location where the vehicle is to be stopped, and a control device that, if the location input at the occupant operation information acquisition device of the vehicle running under the driving service corresponds to the non-transit point, causes the vehicle to pass without stopping at the location, and stops the vehicle at the location if the location does not correspond to the non-transit point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Suzuki, Mutsumi Matsuura, Tomoaki Miyazawa, Toshiki Kindo, Shunsuke Tanimori
  • Patent number: 11262206
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to ways to resolve autonomous vehicle (AV) routes based on verbal descriptions of landmark features. In some aspects, a process of the disclosed technology includes steps for receiving speech instructions, wherein the speech instructions indicate an autonomous vehicle (AV) destination, analyzing the speech instructions to identify one or more landmarks associated with the AV destination, and determining location information corresponding with the one or more landmarks. In some aspects, the process further includes calculating a route based on the location information corresponding with the one or more landmarks. Systems and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Govindarajan Krishnamurthi
  • Patent number: 11256266
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of controlling a cart robot in a movement restricted area and a cart robot for implementing the same. A cart robot which controls movement thereof in a movement restricted area according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a positioning sensor configured to receive a signal from a transmission module, a movement unit configured to move the cart robot, and a controller configured to control the movement unit to park the cart robot around the movement restricted area when the positioning sensor receives data for notifying that the cart robot enters the movement restricted area from the transmission module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Dongeun Lee