Patents Examined by Jason R Roberson
  • Patent number: 10301860
    Abstract: A boundary position, which determines the range of the positions of the window within which trap prevention control is disabled, is set according to the sum of a first amount of rotation and a second amount of rotation. The first amount of rotation approximates a change, in a reference amount of rotation, that corresponds to a change in a detected voltage from a reference voltage. The second amount of rotation is set to a value that is smaller than the difference between a specific amount of rotation at a stop and the reference amount of rotation and is larger than the amount of variations in the reference amount of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Endo, Satoshi Hayasaka, Takuya Sugita
  • Patent number: 10281916
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for detecting transparent elements in a vehicle environment are described. In some examples, this may include accessing an image of a scene captured by an image capture device attached to a vehicle. A reflected image present in the image may be detected. The reflected image may include a portion of the vehicle. It may be determined that the scene includes a transparent element based at least in part on detecting the reflected image present in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chengwu Cui, Sarah Graber, Joshua John Watson, Scott Michael Wilcox
  • Patent number: 10276037
    Abstract: An agricultural apparatus includes an agricultural tractor and at least one agricultural implement. The agricultural tractor has at least one tractor controller and the agricultural implement has at least one implement controller. At least one wireless connection is connected to the at least one tractor controller and/or to the at least one implement controller. The agricultural tractor and/or the at least one agricultural implement has at least one adjustable setting controllable by the at least one tractor controller and/or by the at least one implement controller. A multi-purpose handheld wireless device communicates with the tractor controller and/or the implement controller by way of the wireless connection. The multi-purpose handheld wireless device has at least one application that transmits adjustment instructions to the tractor controller and/or to the implement controller to be carried out upon the at least one adjustable setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Tracey D. Meiners
  • Patent number: 10268209
    Abstract: A method of assisting the piloting of an aircraft having at least one actuator acting on a control member. The aircraft has a main measurement system and a secondary measurement system respectively determining at least one predicted value and at least one measured value of a parameter that is used in at least one flight-control law. A filter unit is used to estimate an estimated value of at least one parameter with the help of the predicted and measured values, and for estimating at least one measurement accuracy margin. Each measurement accuracy margin is compared with a corresponding threshold, and the flight-control law that is to be applied is selected as a function of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Torralba
  • Patent number: 10259530
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a switching unit which is capable of performing switching between a permission state in which an electric motor is permitted to operate and an inhibiting state in which the electric motor is inhibited from operating. An assembling management system of the electric vehicle includes an information obtaining section which obtains set information set in a vehicle body or a battery and transmits the obtained set information to a determiner section which determines whether or not the electric motor is permitted to operate based on the set information, and an output section which receives a result of determination from the determiner section, and outputs an electric signal indicating which of a permission state and an inhibiting state should be set in the switching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10246139
    Abstract: A multi-wheeled vehicle employing an active aerodynamic control system is described. A method for controlling the vehicle and the active aerodynamic control system includes determining states of parameters related to ride and handling of the vehicle, and determining a current tractive effort based upon the states of parameters related to ride and handling of the vehicle. A desired tractive effort is determined based upon an operator desired acceleration, and an available tractive effort is determined based upon an available downforce transferable to the wheels from the active aerodynamic control system and downforces of the wheels. The active aerodynamic control system controls the downforce on one of the wheels to control the current tractive effort responsive to the desired tractive effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Auden, Jason D. Fahland, David Dominguez, Edward T. Heil
  • Patent number: 10220705
    Abstract: Technology is described for sharing an autonomous vehicle. An autonomous vehicle may receive a request to perform a task. The autonomous vehicle may determine whether the task conflicts with previously scheduled tasks to be performed at the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle may add the task to a schedule of tasks to be performed at the autonomous vehicle when the task does not conflict with the previously scheduled tasks. The autonomous vehicle may provide commands to enable the autonomous vehicle to perform the task in accordance with the schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Madhusoodhan Ramanujam
  • Patent number: 10220842
    Abstract: When an own vehicle V1 crosses an opposite traffic lane R2 at an intersection to make a right turn, an ECU 20 such as a vehicle control device detects a presence of a crossing person P crossing a crosswalk CW existing near the intersection on a road R3 which the vehicle V1 is directed to enter by making the right turn, detects a size of a space between the crosswalk SP on which the detected crossing person P crosses and the opposite traffic lane, and when performing a control for braking the vehicle V1 so as to avoid a collision of at least the vehicle V1 with the crossing person P, changes a timing to perform the control for braking the vehicle V1 based on the detected size of the space SP up to the crosswalk CW.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Takayuki Moritani, Takeharu Yamashita, Kouichi Kojima
  • Patent number: 10210763
    Abstract: A system for guiding a driver of a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises a light sensor configured to detect light; and a processor configured to determine a position of vehicle on a roadway based on a characteristic of the detected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Hongqiang Zhai, Jianfeng Wang, Kiran Srinivas Challapali, Dave Alberto Tavares Cavalcanti
  • Patent number: 10196041
    Abstract: An imaging system mounted on a vehicle is proposed. The imaging system includes: an imager configured to capture an image of the outside of a vehicle through a glass of the vehicle; a heater configured to heat at least an imaging region of a windshield included in an imaging range of the imager; an image processer configured to detect a fogging level of an image captured by the imager; and a controller configured to adjust the output of the heater based on a detected fogging level and allow the heater to heat the imaging region of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Takeki Mori, Akio Kimura, Atsutoshi Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10198955
    Abstract: Techniques for verifying a location and identification of a landing marker to aid an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to deliver a payload to a location may be provided. For example, upon receiving an indication that a UAV has arrived to a delivery location, a server computer may process one or more images of an area that are provided by the UAV and/or a user interacting with a user device. A landing marker may be identified in the image and a representation of the landing marker along with instructions to guide the UAV to deliver the payload to the landing marker may be transmitted to the UAV and implemented by the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Boyd, Chengwu Cui, Sarah Graber, Barry James O'Brien, Joshua John Watson, Scott Michael Wilcox
  • Patent number: 10198954
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for positioning an unmanned robotic vehicle (URV). The URV captures a set of one or more of image and non-image information of an object while positioned at a first position, provides the set of image/non-image information to a server entity, in response to providing the set of image/non-image information, receives a three-dimensional (3D) model associated with the object, autonomously determines a second position based on the 3D model, and autonomously navigates to the second position. At the second position, the URV may capture further image and/or non-image information and, based on the further captured image/non-image information, autonomously determine, and navigate to, a third position. The steps of capturing further image and/or non-image information and, based on the captured image and/or non-image information, autonomously determining and navigating to further positions may be repeated indefinitely, or until otherwise instructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Guy Holtzman, Baruh Hason, Salomon Serfaty
  • Patent number: 10192442
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for determining whether a driving environment has changed relative to previously stored information about the driving environment. The apparatus may include an autonomous driving computer system configured to detect one or more vehicles in the driving environment, and determine corresponding trajectories for those detected vehicles. The autonomous driving computer system may then compare the determined trajectories to an expected trajectory of a hypothetical vehicle in the driving environment. Based on the comparison, the autonomous driving computer system may determine whether the driving environment has changed and/or a probability that the driving environment has changed, relative to the previously stored information about the driving environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: David I. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10179581
    Abstract: In a hybrid vehicle configured such that a sun gear, a carrier and a ring gear of a planetary gear are respectively connected with a rotating shaft of a motor MG1, a crankshaft of an engine and a driveshaft and that a motor MG2 is connected with the driveshaft, when a required braking force that is to be output to the driveshaft is equal to or less than a reference value Tref in an accelerator-off state, the braking force by engine braking is output to the driveshaft by motoring of the engine by the motor MG1. When the required braking force becomes greater than the reference value Tref, on the other hand, the power output from the engine by load operation of the engine in a reverse rotating direction is output as the braking force to the driveshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Azuma, Tatsuki Saitoh
  • Patent number: 10179585
    Abstract: A method of moving a vehicle from a start position to end position when the end position cannot be detected by the vehicle's built-in sensors involves determining the start position by a mobile terminal or by the vehicle and determining the end position by the mobile terminal. A driving trajectory of the vehicle is planned within the vehicle, a driving maneuver of the vehicle is initiated by the vehicle or the mobile terminal, and the planned driving maneuver is carried out to reach the end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Christophe Bonnet, Andreas Hiller, Gerhard Kuenzel, Martin Moser, Heiko Schiemenz
  • Patent number: 10179560
    Abstract: A method for disconnecting at least one ignition output stage for a squib of a pyrotechnic protection device for a vehicle. The method includes a step of setting an activation signal at an activation level when an amperage of the trigger current for the ignition output stage exceeds a predefined current threshold value, a step of determining a period of time during which the activation signal is set at the activation level, and also a step of supplying a switch signal for disconnecting the ignition output stage, as a function of a comparison of the period of time with a predefined minimum current flow duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Alain Jousse, Hartmut Schumacher, Ruediger Karner, Steffen Walker
  • Patent number: 10155451
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine and a battery, and is configured to perform external power feeding of supplying electric power to the outside of the vehicle. The vehicle includes an MG that generates electric power by using an output from the engine, and an ECU that controls the engine and the MG such that an SOC of the battery is maintained at a prescribed control center value. When an amount of remaining fuel of the engine falls below a prescribed reference amount during execution of the external power feeding, the ECU sets the control center value to a smaller value than when the amount of remaining fuel is not below the reference amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidekazu Nawata, Toshio Inoue, Keita Fukui, Tomoaki Honda, Yuta Niwa, Taichi Osawa, Shunsuke Fushiki
  • Patent number: 10155510
    Abstract: When it is judged that a downward slope segment exists in a scheduled traveling route, the control device of a hybrid vehicle sets a target remaining capacity SOC* in a pre-use segment in a downward slope segment and the downward slope segment to a “low-side remaining capacity Sd which is ?Sd smaller than a standard remaining capacity Sn.” Furthermore, when it is presumed that a rise amount of a remaining capacity by an extended regeneration control is large in the pre-use segment and the downward slope segment, the target remaining capacity SOC* is set to a “low-side remaining capacity Sd which is a sum of ?Sd and ?S1 smaller than the standard remaining capacity Sn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Kiyomi Nagamiya, Yasuhiro Tajima, Haruki Oguri, Masafumi Uchihara, Shigeki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10138656
    Abstract: An electronic latch assembly for a closure device of a motor vehicle, having an actuator group operable for actuation of the closure device and an electric motor controllable to drive the actuator group (6). The electronic latch assembly has a backup energy source, and a control unit controlling the electric motor and the backup energy source to provide a backup supply voltage (Vsc) during an emergency operating condition. The control unit is configured to enter an emergency mode to cause disabling of actuation of the closure device, upon detecting the occurrence of the emergency operating condition, and to maintain disabled the actuation of the closure device, during the emergency operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Davide Dente, Antonio Frello
  • Patent number: 10115310
    Abstract: A vehicular control system for a vehicle includes a plurality of sensors. Responsive to data processing, the vehicular control system is operable to determine respective speeds of the determined vehicles and respective directions of travel of the determined vehicles, and determines respective influence values for the determined vehicles based on a determined potential hazard to the equipped vehicle presented by the determined vehicles. A plurality of paths for the equipped vehicle is determined, and the determined plurality of paths is assessed by a decision algorithm that ranks each of the determined paths based on likelihood of collision of the equipped vehicle along a respective determined path with one or more determined vehicles. A path of travel is selected from the plurality of determined paths responsive at least in part to the rankings of the paths and to the determined types of vehicles along one or more of the determined paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Goerg Pflug