Patents Examined by Jean W Charleston
  • Patent number: 10933745
    Abstract: A display control apparatus controls a display used in a vehicle which can travel with automatic driving. The display control apparatus includes an information acquirer and a controller. The information acquirer acquires information of a travel control plan generated by an automatic driving control device of the vehicle. The controller acquires a future position which is a position of the vehicle after an elapse of a predetermined time from a current position of the vehicle from a future movement of the vehicle planned by the travel control plan, and controls the display so that a user is visually provided with the future position of the vehicle by overlapping a vehicle object which is a display object imitating a vehicle shape with a landscape relating to the future position which is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuo Shimotani, Yoshitaka Nakamura, Tadashi Miyahara, Naohiko Obata
  • Patent number: 10934025
    Abstract: A spacecraft including a spacecraft bus and a set of thrusters for changing a pose of the spacecraft. Wherein at least two thrusters are mounted on a gimbaled boom assembly connecting the two thrusters with the spacecraft bus, such that the two thrusters are coupled thrusters sharing the same gimbal angle. A model predictive controller to produce a solution for controlling thrusters of the spacecraft by optimizing a cost function over multiple receding horizons. The cost function is composed of a cost accumulated over the multiple receding horizons, including a cost accumulated over a first horizon using a dynamics governing a north-south position of the spacecraft, and a cost accumulated over a second horizon using a model of dynamics of the spacecraft governing an east-west position. A thruster controller to operate the thrusters according to their corresponding signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Avishai Weiss, Stefano Di Cairano, Ryan Caverly
  • Patent number: 10933933
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle guidance system enables a partially assembled battery-electric vehicle (BEV) to be guided through an assembly process with the temporary addition of a sensor skid. The partially assembled BEV includes a vehicle body, a vehicle controller coupled to the vehicle body, a battery electrically coupled to the vehicle controller, a sensor skid configured to be coupled under the vehicle body of the BEV. The sensor skid is configured to guide the BEV through an assembly process. The sensor skid includes a skid body configured to be coupled under the vehicle body of the BEV and a plurality of sensors coupled to the skid body. The sensor skid includes a skid controller in communication with the sensors and the vehicle controller. The skid controller is coupled to the sensor skid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James W. Wells, Neil D. McKay, Seog-Chan Oh
  • Patent number: 10926797
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus includes: a control unit configured to: perform a steering control processing that controls steering of a vehicle and a vehicle speed control processing that controls a traveling speed of the vehicle when the vehicle enters or exits from a parking space; terminate a first processing that is one of the steering control processing and the vehicle speed control processing when a predetermined condition is satisfied after the vehicle starts to enter or exit from the parking space; and continue a second processing that is one of the steering control processing and the vehicle speed control processing other than the first processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaya Kato, Norio Imai
  • Patent number: 10919337
    Abstract: A wheel cover assembly has a mounting ring, an outer wheel cover, and an inner wheel locking structure. The mounting ring attaches to a vehicle wheel hub via latch mechanisms that latch over an axle flange of the wheel hub. The outer wheel cover has axially-inwardly-extending latches that secure the outer wheel cover to the mounting ring. The inner wheel locking structure includes axially-inwardly-extending latches that pass through openings in the outer wheel cover, securing the outer wheel cover to the mounting ring. The inner locking structure includes latches that pass through openings in the outer wheel cover. This inner locking structure includes locking pins that extend into the locking ring to lock the wheel cover latches to the mounting ring. A pair of inner locking faces on the inner locking structure lock the mounting ring latches to the wheel hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Consolidated Metco, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Wren
  • Patent number: 10921802
    Abstract: A handheld device for navigating a marine vessel includes a magnetometer, and inertial sensor, and a controller. The controller is communicatively coupled to the magnetometer and the inertial sensor. The controller is configured to receive a directional measurement from the magnetometer. The controller is also configured to receive an orientation measurement from the inertial sensor. The controller is configured to generate at least one control signal for a motor of the marine vessel at least partially based on the directional measurement and the orientation measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Paul M. Bertrand, Jeremy J. Langford
  • Patent number: 10921587
    Abstract: A vehicle display apparatus of the present disclosure includes a display and a reflective member. The reflective member reflects display light from the display. The display causes the display light to be incident on the reflective member as S polarized light. The reflective member is located along an incident light path of the display light from the display to a reflecting surface of a windshield of a vehicle or along a transmitted light path of transmitted light transmitted by the reflecting surface. The reflective member reflects linearly polarized incident light as circularly polarized reflected light. The vehicle display apparatus guides display light reflected at the reflective member and at the windshield to an eye box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Hayashi, Kaoru Kusafuka, Satoshi Kawaji
  • Patent number: 10907975
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a digital topographical position map in a vehicle comprises a receiver for receiving sensor data that specify different topographical positions of the vehicle, a processor that is designed to take the different topographical positions of the vehicle as a basis for sensing an average topographical position of the vehicle and at least one further topographical position of the vehicle, which differs from the average topographical position, wherein the processor is designed to produce the digital topographical position map on the basis of the average topographical position, and to store the at least one further topographical position in the digital topographical position map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 10906351
    Abstract: A wheel assembly comprising a wheel disk and a tread member disposed around the wheel disk. The wheel disk can have a substantially conical shape when in an unloaded state, but be flexible such that it can deform under load to optimize and/or maximize contact area between the tread member and a driving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Catalano
  • Patent number: 10906550
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle control apparatus capable of traveling a vehicle by automated driving, comprising a state detection unit configured to detect a state of an occupant in the vehicle, and a control unit configured to set a traveling mode of automated driving in accordance with a change in the state of the occupant detected by the state detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Yosuke Sakamoto, Kazuma Ohara
  • Patent number: 10889299
    Abstract: This driving assist apparatus for a vehicle sets target wheel speed of an inside rear wheel in turning to substantially zero when a state of a center differential apparatus is a locked state in a case where the vehicle is turned in an extremely low speed traveling control. Further, the apparatus sets target wheel speed of each of wheels other than the inside rear wheel in turning such that a mean value of target wheel speeds of front wheels is equal to a mean value of target wheel speeds of rear wheels and the mean value of target wheel speeds of front wheels is equal to target vehicle body speed. Furthermore, the apparatus adjusts driving force and braking force such that wheel speed of each of the wheels becomes equal to the target wheel speed set for each of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taisuke Yasutomi
  • Patent number: 10891867
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to providing pilots with timely information to allow for better decision making and improved safety during the piloting of a flight. The systems and methods described herein can employ a collection of algorithms that can take disparate information, process it, and synthesize it into meaningful information for a pilot, flight crew, other flight systems, and/or other algorithms to consume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Estes, John R. Helleberg, Kevin M. Long, Matthew E. Pollack, Marco Quezada, Jeffrey Stein
  • Patent number: 10875355
    Abstract: A bicycle component comprises a first structural member made of a conducting material, an electrical insulation layer provided to the first structural member, and a second structural member configured to be attached to the electrical insulation layer by adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Toru Iwai, Tetsu Nonoshita, Toyoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10864954
    Abstract: A track system for traction of a vehicle, such as an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), an agricultural vehicle, etc. The track system comprises a track and a track-engaging assembly for driving and guiding the track around the track-engaging assembly. The track system may be configured to facilitate adjustment of certain aspects of its operation, including, for example, how it is positioned and/or can move relative to a frame of the vehicle, based on one or more factors, such as, for instance, a user's preferences (e.g., riding style, desire to “feel” the ground, etc.), an environment of the track system (e.g., a profile of the ground, such as a slope or steepness or a levelness of the ground; a compliance of the ground, such as a softness or hardness of the ground, etc.), a state of the track system (e.g., a speed and/or a direction of motion of the track, etc.), a state of the vehicle (e.g., a speed and/or direction of the vehicle, etc.), and/or any other suitable factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Camso Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremie Zuchoski, Bernard Jean
  • Patent number: 10860021
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses method and an autonomous navigation system for guiding an autonomous vehicle in forward path in real-time. The method comprises instructing the vehicle to terminate autonomous steering in a forward path, on identifying an angular difference, between a current orientation of the vehicle and orientation of a generated path, to be greater than a predefined threshold value and performing estimation of a frontal area for the vehicle based on a current speed, an orientation, and a width of the vehicle, calculation of a forward turning angle based on the angular difference and a length of the frontal area and guiding vehicle to manoeuvre steer at the forward turning angle within the frontal area, for every predefined time interval, until the angular difference is less than the predefined threshold value. Thus, the present disclosure provides an efficient method for guiding autonomous vehicle in forward path in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Balaji Sunil Kumar, Manas Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10861259
    Abstract: A testing method including defining a plurality of test periods, and for each current test period collecting flight data from at least two separate avionics systems operating independently, analyzing consistency between the data collected during the previous test period, and/or between the data and flight data collected during an earlier test period, while verifying a plurality of predetermined consistency rules, and when at least one of these rules is not verified, generating an alert relative to a loss of integrity of the avionics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Martin Rayrole
  • Patent number: 10860038
    Abstract: An embodiment rotorcraft includes a main rotor, one or more flight controls connected to the main rotor and operational to control flight characteristics of the main rotor by pitching a nose of the rotorcraft upward, and a flight control computer (FCC) operable to determine an attitude command and to generate an adjusted attitude command by adjusting a magnitude of the attitude command according to an above ground level (AGL) altitude of the rotorcraft. The FCC is further operable to control a flight characteristic of the rotorcraft by sending the adjusted attitude command to one or more flight controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Luke Dafydd Gillett
  • Patent number: 10847063
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to the field of vehicle rims, and more specifically to Logo Rims or Dual Logo Rims. The invention also relates to a vehicle Dual or Logo Rim apparatus, and a method of making same. More particularly, the invention encompasses a customized tire rim for a vehicle. The invention also provides a user to replace their existing tire rims with the inventive customized vehicle rim having, and using a customized or a personalized logo. A line of specially designed tire rims that are adorned with a variety of striking designs, sporting logos germane to sports, businesses, and popular culture, is also disclosed. The invention also provides an inventive design which is intended to provide automobile enthusiasts with an attractive alternative to ordinary tire rims. The inventive rims can be a single unit rim or two separate rims that are joined to form a single tire rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Kimel Webber
  • Patent number: 10843507
    Abstract: A two-piece rim and tire assembly. The tire is held to the rim by fasteners extending through flanges integral with the tire main body and then into the rim. Further, the outer edges of the rim clinchably mount the tire main body thereto. A flexible overhanging portion extends outwardly of the tire main body minimizing dirt and mud accumulation on the tire and rim. A bearing is held within the rim by a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hoosier Stamping & Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10828942
    Abstract: A steer axle spindle may have one or more channels formed therein. A rotary union may be mounted to a steer axle wheel end assembly. The rotary union may be sealingly connected to a pressurized fluid source through the channel, and sealingly connected to a vehicle tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Equalaire Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Musgrave, Mark Kevin Hennig