Patents Examined by John Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9555903
    Abstract: A method of diagnosing a bleed air system fault, where the method includes receiving a sensor signal from the at least one of the bleed air system sensor to define a sensor output, comparing the sensor output to a reference value, and diagnosing a fault in the bleed air system based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Julia Ann Howard
  • Patent number: 9551416
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for changing gear stages in a transmission having a hydrostatic transmission and a downstream manual transmission, and a corresponding transmission arrangement. First, a desire to shift is detected within the manual transmission to change the gear stages. The hydrostatic transmission and the downstream manual transmission are activated to change the gear stage of the downstream transmission. Whether the gear stage to be engaged through a gear stage change was successfully engaged is detected by a detection device, which is connected to an electronic control unit of the transmission arrangement. If the engagement of the gear stage to be engaged is not successful, the original gear stage is reengaged. After the engagement of the original gear stage, the downstream transmission is again activated such that the gear stage to be engaged is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Dschida, Frank Riggenmann, Karl-Heinz Vogl, Michael Frasch, Heinz Hense
  • Patent number: 9550526
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lane keeping control system, including: a target distance calculator configured to calculate a target distance by receiving a speed of a vehicle; and a target trace generator configured to generate coordinates of a target point separated by the target distance by receiving vehicle information and camera image information and generate a target trace to the target point as a circular trace. Accordingly, by variably calculating a target distance according to a speed of a vehicle, generating a target trace of a vehicle according to the target distance as a profile (curvature) in a form of a circular trace, and applying the generated profile (curvature) to a lane keeping control, smooth lane keeping control may be achieved and a sense of steering difference of a driver may be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun Young You, Kwang Keun Joseph Shin
  • Patent number: 9546876
    Abstract: A vehicle system for detecting low clearance locations may include a controller configured to access a geographical information database configured to maintain a plurality of predefined points of interest defined by a clearance height. The controller may communicate with a first sensor to detect a low clearance structure and determine, via a second sensor, a location of the low clearance structure. The controller may update the geographical information database with the location of the low clearance structure to generate a point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Kleve, Anthony G. King, Brian Wolski
  • Patent number: 9545949
    Abstract: A steering control apparatus includes: a friction torque setting mechanism setting a friction torque value to be applied to a steering based on information representing a status of a vehicle; a target steering angle setting mechanism setting a target steering angle based on the set friction torque value; an adding friction torque setting mechanism setting an adding friction torque based on a deviation between the set target steering angle and a steering angle; and a steering friction torque controller controlling a friction torque applied to the steering by an actuator based on the set adding friction torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ippei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9547792
    Abstract: A control apparatus to be connected to a route guidance apparatus, comprising: a hand information detection part for detecting information on a hand of a user from a taken image; and an operation command generation part for outputting a control command to at least one of the route guidance apparatus and a plurality of apparatus connected to the route guidance apparatus, the operation command generation part being configured to output the control command to the at least one of the route guidance apparatus and the plurality of apparatus based on a direction of the hand of the user detected by the hand information detection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuma Terada, Tomoaki Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 9544047
    Abstract: An avionics system allows aircraft to introduce bogus “ADS-B Out” messages that are recognized as false only by authorized users. The system enables aircrafts flying at low altitudes to prevent misuse of their ADS-B Out information by maliciously operated cyber and physical attack tools. Aspects of the illustrative embodiment include the system architecture, including an Airborne ATC Processor and Ground ATM System Processor; a process employed by aircraft for generating authorized bogus ADS-B Out messages; a process employed by aircraft for transmitting authorized bogus ADS-B Out messages; and a process employed by air traffic control and other aircraft for decoding the authorized bogus ADS-B Out messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Radhakrishna G Sampigethaya
  • Patent number: 9538696
    Abstract: A vehicle, a tool carriage assembly, and a system are disclosed. The vehicle includes drive wheels and a steering assembly which are responsive to control signal(s) to substantially correct a displacement error of the vehicle relative to an intended travel path. The tool carriage assembly includes a support section operatively mounted to a main body for relative movement. The support section is adapted to have mounted thereto a tool unit comprising a tool head. In response to a displacement error of the tool head relative to the intended travel path, the support section is responsive to one or more control signals to move relative to the main body to substantially correct the displacement error of the tool head. The system includes the vehicle having the tool carriage assembly mounted thereto, and a control system for controlling the correction of the displacement errors of the vehicle and the tool head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Newsouth Innovations Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Jayantha Katupitiya, Raymond Paul Eaton
  • Patent number: 9533672
    Abstract: A method for damping mechanical vibrations is provided, in particular torsion vibrations, in a vehicle that has a drive train comprising a combustion engine and an electrical drive motor, wherein a signal describing the current vibration behavior of at least one vehicle component is subjected to a vibration analysis, and at at least one interference frequency contained in the signal, a compensation torque counteracting said interference frequency is generated by the electric drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Christ
  • Patent number: 9533662
    Abstract: A driving assistance system includes: a storage apparatus (14) configured to store an operation result of a first assistance apparatus (50) performing first driving assistance on a first movable body (20A); a determination unit (135) configured to determine whether or not an operation result of a second assistance apparatus (40) performing second driving assistance on a second movable body (30) is related to the operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50) stored in the storage apparatus (14); an information providing unit (134, 133) configured to provide assistance information based on an operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50) when the determination unit (135) determines that the operation result of the second assistance apparatus (40) is related to the operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50); and an assistance unit (323) configured to perform driving assistance on the second movable body (30) based on the assistance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JODPSHA BAUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 9527518
    Abstract: A method for communicating operational information for a mission plan to an operator of a powered system, the method including collecting information specific to a mission plan, verifying information specific to the mission, and/or accepting information specific to the mission. The powered system is allowed to be autonomously controlled. A system and a computer software code are also disclosed for communicating operational information for a mission plan to an operator of a powered system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patricia Sue Lacy, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Glenn Robert Shaffer, Jennifer B. Young
  • Patent number: 9527500
    Abstract: A drive control device for a hybrid vehicle is provided with a differential device including four rotary elements; and an engine, first and second electric motors and an output rotary member which are respectively connected to the four rotary elements. One of the four rotary elements is constituted by a rotary component of a first differential mechanism and a rotary component of a second differential mechanism selectively connected through a clutch, and one of the rotary components is selectively fixed to a stationary member through a brake. The hybrid vehicle is selectively placed in one of drive modes including a first hybrid drive mode in which the brake is placed in an engaged state while the clutch is placed in a released state, and a second hybrid drive mode in which the brake is placed in a released state while the clutch is placed in an engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Hayashi, Hiroyasu Harada, Tomohito Ono, Hiroyuki Ishii
  • Patent number: 9522673
    Abstract: A transmission control method for a belt type mild hybrid vehicle includes collecting, by an integrated control unit, shifting information, setting, by the integrated control unit, a target torque of a motor generator in accordance with the shifting information, and controlling, by a motor control unit, the motor generator. In addition, a transmission control apparatus for a belt type mild hybrid vehicle which performs the transmission control method includes a motor generator that is interworked with an engine and a belt, an integrated control unit that collects shifting information and sets a target torque of the motor generator in accordance with the shifting information, and a motor control unit that controls the motor generator in accordance with the target torque set by the integrated control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: In Gyu Jang
  • Patent number: 9522671
    Abstract: A method can be used to control a hybrid vehicle and includes the following steps: (a) receiving, via a control module, an input; (b) determining, via the control module, whether the hybrid vehicle is traveling on a highway based, at least in part, on a vehicle speed and an output torque request; (c) commanding, via the control module, the hybrid powertrain to switch from a charge-depletion mode to a blended mode if the hybrid vehicle is traveling on a highway; and (d) commanding, via the control module, the hybrid powertrain to use energy from the energy storage device via the electric motor-generator so as to maintain a substantially constant target state of charge (SOC) discharge rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Travis James Trippel, Brett T. Muller, Michael R. Colville, Anthony H. Heap, Dean Christopher Degazio
  • Patent number: 9522817
    Abstract: A materials handling vehicle includes a power unit, a load handling assembly, at least one first obstacle detector, and at least one second obstacle detector. The at least one first obstacle detector is mounted at a first location on the power unit to detect an object located along a path of travel of the power unit beyond a non-detect zone of the at least one first obstacle detector. The at least one second obstacle detector is mounted at a second location on the power unit, spaced from the first location in a first direction, and is capable of detecting an object in the non-detect zone of the at least one first obstacle detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony T. Castaneda, Jeffry D. Dues, Matthew M. Green, Lewis H. Manci, James F. Schloemer, Mark E. Schumacher, Vernon W. Siefring, Timothy A. Wellman, Jesse Wershing
  • Patent number: 9517779
    Abstract: A system and method communicate a command message from a lead vehicle in a vehicle consist having remote vehicles and the lead vehicle. The command message includes a directive for controlling operations of the remote vehicles. The command message is received at the remote vehicles and reply messages are communicated in response thereto. The reply messages include statuses of the remote vehicles. Responsive to determining that the lead vehicle does not receive the reply message from one or more of the remote vehicles, the statuses of the one or more remote vehicles from which the reply messages are not received at the lead vehicle are sent and/or combined into an individual or concatenated relayed message. The individual or concatenated relayed messages are communicated to the lead vehicle such that the lead vehicle receives the statuses of the one or more remote vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric COmpany
    Inventors: Daniel Rush, Eugene Smith, Glen Paul Peltonen, Mark Wayne Wheeler, Robert Carmen Palanti, Maurice Stanley Hutchins
  • Patent number: 9520066
    Abstract: A routing tool is disclosed. The routing tool is configured to determine a landing site for an aircraft by receiving flight data. The routing tool identifies at least one landing site proximate to a flight path and generates a spanning tree between the landing site and the flight path. According to some embodiments, the landing sites are determined in real-time during flight. Additionally, the landing sites may be determined at the aircraft or at a remote system or device in communication with the aircraft. In some embodiments, the routing tool generates one or more spanning trees before flight. The spanning trees may be based upon a flight plan, and may be stored in a data storage device. Methods and computer readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles B. Spinelli, Bradley William Offer, Alan Eugene Bruce, Robert Lusardi, Steven Furman Cuspard
  • Patent number: 9517794
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer, according to one embodiment, includes a sensor that senses a hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer. The trailer backup assist system may also include a steering input device, such as a rotatable knob, that is movable between a plurality of positions that each provide a desired curvature of the trailer. In addition, the trailer backup assist system may include a controller that determines an offset of the desired curvature when the knob is stationary in a central position. The control then generates a steering command for the vehicle to guide the trailer on the desired curvature, taking into consideration the offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9507346
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to autonomous vehicles and associated mechanical, electrical and electronic hardware, computer software and systems, and wired and wireless network communications to provide an autonomous vehicle fleet as a service. More specifically, systems, devices, and methods are configured to initiate modification of trajectories to influence navigation of autonomous vehicles. In particular, a method may include receiving a teleoperation message via a communication link from an autonomous vehicle, detecting data from the teleoperation message specifying an event associated with the autonomous vehicle, identifying one or more courses of action to perform responsive to detecting the data specifying the event, and generating visualization data to present information associated with the event to a display of a teleoperator computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Sol Levinson, Timothy David Kentley, Gabriel Thurston Sibley, Rachad Youssef Gamara, Ashutosh Gajanan Rege, Gary Linscott
  • Patent number: 9501937
    Abstract: A method of controlling airport traffic is provided. The method includes routing a plurality of aircraft towards a runway and selecting a runway approach vector for each of the plurality of aircraft. First approach legs of each runway approach vector are separated from each other by a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffery Leon Bruce, Andrew David McDowell