Patents Examined by Jelani Smith
  • Patent number: 10377416
    Abstract: A driving assistance device including a steering control unit that, when a steering angle of a wheel of the vehicle from a first steering angle on one side of a neutral position to a second steering angle on the other side and the state of a vehicle is switched from a first state that is an advancing state or a reversing state to a second state that is the other of the advancing state or the reversing state, controls the steering angle so as to cause the steering angle to start to be directed from the first steering angle toward the second steering angle before the state of the vehicle becomes the second state and to be directed from a third steering angle in between the first steering angle and the second steering angle toward the second steering angle when the state of the vehicle is the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogi Fukukawa, Norio Imai, Motokatsu Tomozawa, Motonari Obayashi, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Hironobu Ishijima
  • Patent number: 10377303
    Abstract: A least restrictive allowable driving state of a semi-autonomous driving system is determined based on one or more threats and sensor performance. A current driving state and a future driving state are determined based on an attention state and a steering state of a driver. Warnings are provided to the driver in order to match the current driving state to the future driving state. Driver interaction and attention are enforced when the driver does not respond to the warnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael McNew, Vladimeros Vladimerou
  • Patent number: 10379542
    Abstract: The invention relates to a location and mapping device intended for being installed in a mobile vehicle in an environment comprising a plurality of zones, with: a receiving module (11) designed to receive data of the position (d(a)) of obstacles relative to the vehicle; a processing module (12, 14) designed to determine, in accordance with the data received (d(a)) and for a plurality of zones positioned relative to the vehicle, measurement values (M_SCANt,i) that respectively represent a likelihood of occupation of the zone in question, a likelihood of non-occupation of the zone in question and a likelihood of not knowing the zone in question; a mapping module (18, 20) designed to build, for each zone of said plurality of zones of the environment, values (M_GRIt,k) which respectively represent a likelihood of occupation of the zone in question, a likelihood of non-occupation of the zone in question and a likelihood of not knowing the zone in question; and a location module (16) designed to determine the posit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Guillaume Trehard, Evangeline Pollard, Fawzi Nashashibi, Benazouz Bradai
  • Patent number: 10371567
    Abstract: An intelligent noise monitoring device includes a self-flying moving module, a noise measurement module equipped in the moving module to measure noise of a target to be detected, a control module configured to control the moving module and the noise measurement module; and a communication module configured to communicate with a ground control center, wherein the intelligent noise monitoring device flies to a location to be detected to measure the noise of the location to be detected so as to determine whether or not the measured noise is in an abnormal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Sang Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10371561
    Abstract: A system is provided that can include a 3D sensor. The 3D sensor can be configured to detect an area of an elevator on a harvester. The 3D sensor can further be configured to transmit a first signal associated with the area. The system can also include a processing device in communication with the 3D sensor. The system can further include a memory device in which instructions executable by the processing device are stored for causing the processing device to receive the first signal and determine a volume of a material on the elevator based on the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc., Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Matthew J. Darr, Daniel Joseph Corbett, Herman Herman, Carlos Vallespi-Gonzalez, Bryan E. Dugas, Hernan Badino
  • Patent number: 10370811
    Abstract: A snow wing assembly for a machine is provided. The snow wing assembly includes a wing blade provided on a first side of the machine. The snow wing assembly also includes a first cylinder coupled to the wing blade. The snow wing assembly further includes a controller coupled to the first cylinder and an articulation determination device. The controller is configured to receive a signal indicative of an articulation of the machine towards a second side from the articulation determination device. The controller is configured to extend the first cylinder freely based on the received signal and an amount of articulation. The controller is also configured to receive a signal indicative of the articulation of the machine towards the first side from the second side from the articulation determination device. The controller is further configured to lock the first cylinder in an extended position based on the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. May
  • Patent number: 10363927
    Abstract: A speed change control apparatus for a work vehicle includes a hydraulic continuously variable speed transmission that performs speed change on power input from an engine by changing a trunnion shaft angle based on a depressing amount of a speed change pedal and outputs the power, a pedal position detector that detects a pedal position responsive to the depressing amount of the speed change pedal, and a control unit that controls a number of revolutions of the engine and the trunnion shaft angle of the hydraulic continuously variable speed transmission based on a detection value of the pedal position detector. The control unit performs control so that the trunnion shaft angle is maximized at a second pedal position set to a position shallower than a first pedal position at which the number of revolutions of the engine is maximized by a depressing operation of the speed change pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ISEKI & CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koki Ono, Hiroshi Kamoda
  • Patent number: 10363893
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method selectively controls locks on a self-driving vehicle. One or more processors receive sensor readings from sensors on a self-driving vehicle (SDV) that describe a vehicle context assessment of the SDV and a passenger context assessment of a passenger in the SDV. One or more processors transmit a signal to a lock controller mechanism on the SDV to selectively lock and unlock a lock in the SDV based on the vehicle context assessment and the passenger context assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, Stacy F. Hobson, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10364030
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for motorized control of a tether, such as for purposes of user interaction and feedback. In particular, a UAV's control system may determine one or more operational parameters of a motor for a winch disposed in the UAV, the winch including the tether and a spool. The control system may then detect in the one or more operational parameters, an operational pattern of the motor that is indicative of an intentional user-interaction with the tether. Based on the detected operational pattern of the motor that is indicative of the intentional user-interaction with the tether, the control system may determine a motor response process. Then, the control system may operate the motor in accordance with the determined motor response process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Andre Prager, Trevor Shannon
  • Patent number: 10343665
    Abstract: A method for controlling the braking system of a vehicle when the vehicle is switching from a standstill state where parking brake is applied to a driving state includes at least the following steps: a) detecting at least one starting condition of the vehicle, b) determining at least one parking condition of the vehicle, c) assessing whether said parking condition is favorable or unfavorable, d) if said parking condition is considered to be favorable at step c), starting to release the parking brake, and e) after step d), starting to apply the service brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Lionel Farres, Fabrice Ranc
  • Patent number: 10337171
    Abstract: Provided is a hybrid construction machine capable of appropriate control of engine speed based on a total load torque, reduction in energy loss due to the power for auxiliary devices and efficient operation of the engine and the generator motor, including a hydraulic pump, a generator motor, an engine, and a control device. The control device includes a total load torque determination section determining a total load torque, the sum of load torques for the hydraulic pump and the generator motor, and an engine speed control section controlling the engine speed based on the total load torque. The engine speed control section performs a regulation control of increasing the engine speed as the total load torque decreases under a high load torque condition and performs an isochronous control of maintaining the engine speed at a constant target speed N2 under a low load torque condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsunori Hirozawa, Takayuki Doi
  • Patent number: 10328920
    Abstract: A control device for at least one electric parking brake of a vehicle brake system of a vehicle having a control instrument, to determine a setpoint variable regarding a setpoint braking torque to be generated with the parking brake and to output a control signal, the control instrument being configured to ascertain/detect, based on at least one provided signal, whether a brake booster is in at least one functionally limited or incapacitated state, and, if indicated, to determine the setpoint variable by considering at least one defined parameter regarding a requested total braking torque and to control the electric parking brake so that a corresponding actual braking torque is exertable with the parking brake. Also described is an electric parking brake for a vehicle brake system and to a vehicle brake system, and a method for operating a vehicle brake system having a brake booster and an electric parking brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Kistner, Otmar Bussmann, Bertram Foitzik, Klaus Heyer
  • Patent number: 10330483
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or computer program product determines an alternate route for a cargo vehicle based on driving profiles of vehicle controllers and sensor readings from another cargo vehicle. One or more processors receive output from a cargo sensor and a camera, on a first cargo vehicle that is controlled by a first controller. The output from the cargo sensor and the camera describe an amount of movement of first cargo being transported by the first cargo vehicle. The processor(s) evaluate a profile of a second controller of a second cargo vehicle that is transporting second cargo similar in type to the first cargo, and determine an alternate route for the second cargo vehicle based on the profile of the second controller. The processor(s) then transmit instructions to the second controller to take the second cargo vehicle on the alternate route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evelyn R. Anderson, Michael Bender, Michael Boone, Rhonda L. Childress
  • Patent number: 10322709
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus is mounted on a vehicle, which includes an engine and a motor configured to start the engine. The vehicle control apparatus is provided with: a first controller programmed to perform a departure prevention control, which is to prevent the vehicle from departing from a driving lane, when the vehicle is about to depart from the driving lane; and a second controller programmed to perform an automatic stop control, which is to automatically stop the engine on condition that a predetermined stop condition is satisfied, and which is to operate the motor and to restart the engine on condition that a predetermined start condition is satisfied after the engine is automatically stopped. The first controller is programmed to prohibit a start of an automatic stop of the engine by the automatic stop control, when the vehicle is about to depart from the driving lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hironori Ito, Akira Nagae, Ryo Inomata, Masayuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10309342
    Abstract: A system for controlling actuators within a gas turbine engine according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes an electronic engine controller, a plurality of actuators, and a central control unit. The central control unit includes an actuator control unit electrically coupled to the electronic engine controller and a plurality of actuator control modules. Each of the actuator control modules is electrically coupled to each of the plurality of actuators. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Carl F. Mueller, Leo J. Veilleux, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10300945
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes: a clocking section which clocks time after an operation section is operated until a certain period of time elapses; and a vehicle control section which starts a first control in a case where a vehicle is stopped within the certain period of time after the operation section is operated, the first control corresponding to a control executed in a case where the operation section is operated in a state where the vehicle is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Kiyokawa, Tomoyuki Matsuba
  • Patent number: 10297161
    Abstract: A method and system for assisting guidance of an aircraft along a runway approach axis. The method includes acquiring a position deviation between a current position of the aircraft and the approach axis, determining an angle between a longitudinal axis of the aircraft and the approach axis, and determining a lateral offset of the trajectory of the aircraft likely to result from a maneuver of alignment of the longitudinal axis of the aircraft with the runway during the landing of the aircraft. A lateral trajectory correction is computed as a function of the lateral trajectory offset. This position deviation is corrected by adding the lateral trajectory correction to it. This position deviation is transmitted to the device for guiding the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Fabien Guignard, Priteche Venilal
  • Patent number: 10286918
    Abstract: A system and method are provided and include at least one sensor and a controller. The at least one sensor generates data related to indoor air conditions of an autonomous vehicle. The at least one sensor includes at least one of a smoke sensor and an odor/air quality sensor. The controller is in communication with the at least one sensor and controls at least one vehicle system of the autonomous vehicle based on the data related to indoor air conditions of the autonomous vehicle received from the at least one sensor. The at least one vehicle system includes at least one of an HVAC system and a window actuator system. The controller controls the at least one vehicle system to purge and/or exhaust at least one of smoke and an odor detected within the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Reilly Patrick Mullett
  • Patent number: 10286887
    Abstract: This driving assistance device includes a braking control unit and a target speed determination unit. The braking control unit executes driving assistance control for adjusting the braking force to be applied to a vehicle by actuating a brake actuator such that the vehicle body speed does not exceed a target speed. In cases where the accelerator pedal is being operated in a state where the braking control unit is executing the driving assistance control, the target speed determination unit determines the target speed depending on the larger value of either: the vehicle body speed that is correlated with at least one of the wheel speeds of the plurality of wheels provided to the vehicle; or the lower speed limit value that has been set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Yasuhito Ishida
  • Patent number: 10289113
    Abstract: Signals are received from a plurality of sources, representing aspects of the vehicle, a vehicle operator, and an environment surrounding the vehicle. An alertness factor and a readiness factor are developed based at least in part on the signals. Control of the vehicle is transitioned between levels of autonomous control based at least in part on the alertness factor and the readiness factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William Paul Perkins, David B. Kelley, Kenneth James Miller