Patents Examined by John Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9296476
    Abstract: A system and method to adjustably create a reacting force in response to a vibrating force of a vibrating structure. The system includes an adjustable vibration absorber that creates a range of reacting forces. The method includes continuously monitoring the reacting force and the vibrating force with a sensor system operably associated with a control unit having an algorithm to determine if adjustment of the vibration absorber is required. If required, the control unit commands a driver to selectively adjust the vibration absorber such that the reacting force equals the vibrating force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Seifert, Frank Bradley Stamps, Michael R. Smith, David E. Heverly
  • Patent number: 9296290
    Abstract: A control system and method for a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain supplies battery power boost torque to vehicle traction wheels to modify shift points for a multiple ratio transmission in the powertrain. A shift schedule is adjusted to avoid a downshift for small changes in torque demand, thus reducing shift frequency due to small transient changes in torque demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Joseph Ortmann, Daniel Scott Colvin, Brian Thomas Soo
  • Patent number: 9296384
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, a rotary electric machine that generates driving force for the vehicle, and a control unit that controls the internal combustion engine on the basis of a state of the vehicle. When the internal combustion engine is started in response to a request for the driving force, the control unit controls the internal combustion engine such that ignition timing of the internal combustion engine while a first mode is selected is later than the ignition timing while a second mode is selected. The vehicle is more likely to be driven using the rotary electric machine in a state where the internal combustion engine is stopped in the first mode than in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9296368
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and vehicles are provided for determining an effective brake pedal position for a vehicle. A determination is made as to whether automatic braking is occurring for a vehicle. If the automatic braking is occurring, a measure of braking is determined for the vehicle. The effective pedal position of the brake pedal is determined to be a position of the brake pedal that would be expected to be required to attain the measure of braking if automatic braking were not occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Leary, Bret J. Keller, Barbara A. Shuler, Eric E. Krueger
  • Patent number: 9296295
    Abstract: An electronic traction optimization system includes a control unit adapted to produce a corner speed estimate signal for each wheel of a machine, produce an ideal target speed signal for each wheel having a value at least partially responsive to the corner speed estimate signals, produces a practical target speed signal for each wheel, generates an actual target speed signal having a value responsive to a comparison of the ideal target speed signal and the practical target speed signal for each wheel. The control unit compares each actual target speed signal to an associated wheel speed signal to obtain a wheel speed error signal for each wheel and converts each wheel speed error signal to a clutch control signal, wherein each differential clutch actuator is responsive to an associated clutch control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry O. McCann, Yun Liu, Keith F. Harvey
  • Patent number: 9296373
    Abstract: A vehicle turn control system including: a running-condition-information acquisition unit which acquires running-condition information for a vehicle; a brake-manipulation-information acquisition unit which acquires information on manipulation for braking by a driver of the vehicle; and a brake control unit which performs brake control of the vehicle based on the information on manipulation for braking which is acquired by the brake-manipulation-information acquisition unit, and performs brake control for generation of a yaw moment in a body of the vehicle by use of a hydraulic system on the basis of the running-condition information which is acquired by the running-condition-information acquisition unit. The brake control unit imposes a limit on an amount of the brake control for generation of the yaw moment when the brake-manipulation-information acquisition unit acquires the information on manipulation for braking during execution of the brake control for generation of the yaw moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Futamura, Takeshi Kojima, Kazutaka Ohmura
  • Patent number: 9296402
    Abstract: A system includes an automatic control module, an automatic location module, and a manual location module. The automatic location module is configured to obtain, without operator intervention, first location information corresponding to a location of the vehicle. The manual location module is configured to obtain second location information via an operator input. The manually entered location information may include information corresponding to a first route on which the vehicle is disposed, where the first route is one of a plurality of routes located proximately to each other in a territory. The automatic control module is configured to control the vehicle to conform to a set of location-based regulations during a mission using location information including the first location information and the second location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jess Backes, Joseph Edward Tierney, Timothy Rolbiecki, John Greg Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9291467
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to determining a location of a contact. A request may be transmitted from a vehicle computer to locate one or more contacts remote from a vehicle. A response to the request transmitted from a communication device of the one or more contacts may be received at the vehicle computer. The location of the one or more contacts may be determined. Instructions to navigate to the location may be received at the vehicle computer and a route may be calculated based on the one or more contacts' location. A status of the response to the request to locate may be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Manjunath Mani, Santhosh Sreenivasan
  • Patent number: 9290089
    Abstract: A method to predict a driveline lash condition includes monitoring an axle torque request signal, determining a predicted axle torque request value at a lead time based upon the monitored axle torque request signal, and predicting the driveline lash condition at the lead time based upon the predicted axle torque request value indicating an upcoming zero torque condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Houchun Xia, Robert L. Morris
  • Patent number: 9285219
    Abstract: A technique for determining location data from a database is presented. A method implementation of that technique comprises receiving a first user input defining an extension of a search corridor relative to a map visualized on a display unit. The search corridor extends from a first map area to a second map area spaced apart from the first map area. In response to a second user input defining one or more characters, location data are determined of at least one location associated with the one or more characters and lying within the search corridor. The technique may be used for searching for an intermediate or target location in connection with calculating a route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventor: Silvio Iaccarino
  • Patent number: 9285233
    Abstract: A display control apparatus for controlling a display device including a screen having a plurality of areas so as to assign and display a content on a corresponding area, includes: a content managing unit managing the content by associating content information; an area managing unit managing the area by associating area information; and a content assignment control unit determining a combination of the content and the area. The content assignment control unit generates a content list, generates an area list, extracts a combination list based on the area list and the content list, calculates an evaluation reference value of each combination list based on the content information and the area information, selects the combination list based on the evaluation reference value of each combination list, and determines a combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sugiyama, Shigeo Kato, Yoshihiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 9288268
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor shoppers in a retail environment are disclosed herein. In a disclosed example method, a first signal is transmitted via a first device in a first direction to a second device and a second signal is transmitted via the first device in a second direction to a third device associated with a shopper. A direction of travel of the third device is determined based on the first signal and a path of travel of the third device through a monitored establishment is determined based on the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Rafael E. Alonso, Fred A. Martensen
  • Patent number: 9278740
    Abstract: A system for controlling an attitude of a marine vessel having first and second trim tabs includes a controller having vessel roll and pitch control sections. The pitch control section compares an actual vessel pitch angle to a predetermined desired vessel pitch angle and outputs a deployment setpoint that is calculated to achieve the desired pitch angle. The roll control section compares an actual vessel roll angle to a predetermined desired vessel roll angle, and outputs a desired differential between the first and second deployments that is calculated to maintain the vessel at the desired vessel roll angle. When the controller determines that the magnitude of a requested vessel turn is greater than a first predetermined threshold, the controller decreases the desired differential between the first and second deployments, and accounts for the decreased desired differential deployment in its calculation of the first and second deployments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Andrasko, Aaron J. Ward
  • Patent number: 9278628
    Abstract: A method includes trajectories of setpoints controlling a motor mechanism and auxiliary unit, the trajectory describing variation of the setpoint by position of the mobile system, the trajectories being calculated with respect to objectives according to an optimization algorithm, said method comprising: storing an approximate profile of the route as segments of straight lines, forming positions sampled along the route, a sampled position corresponding to passage from one segment to the following segment; sampling the profile according to a spatial pitch, forming a series of positions sampled along the route; the trajectories being recalculated at each sampled position by the optimization algorithm, the setpoints being constant over a given segment, a simulation predicting the energy environment of the mobile system at each sampled position as a function of the setpoints and the profile of the route, the optimization algorithm taking the simulation result to calculate the setpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Commissariat a L'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Mathieu Grossard, Sofiene Kachroudi, Neil Abroug
  • Patent number: 9278713
    Abstract: A system and method for generating an overlay torque command for an electric motor in an EPS system for use in a collision avoidance system. The method uses model predictive control that employs a six-dimensional vehicle motion model including a combination of a one-track linear bicycle model and a one-degree of freedom steering column model to model the vehicle steering. The method determines a steering control goal that defines a path tracking error between the current vehicle path and the desired vehicle path through a cost function that includes an optimal total steering torque command. The MPC determines the optimal total steering torque command to minimize the path error, and then uses driver input torque, EPS assist torque and the total column torque command to determine the torque overlay command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nikolai K. Moshchuk, Shih-Ken Chen, Chad T. Zagorski
  • Patent number: 9279689
    Abstract: A method for constructing and revising road maps in a vehicle map database using vehicle location signals to provide traffic flow information for recognized vehicle patterns from past vehicle travel. The method includes identifying vehicle travel segments as a series of exemplar points from the location signals. Exemplar points in each travel segment are eliminated to define the travel segment by a beginning exemplar point and an ending exemplar point. A potential ending exemplar point may be redefined if an average location of the exemplar points from a line connecting the beginning point and the potential ending point is outside of a threshold distance. The travel segments are stored in a database, where each stored travel segment includes a travel time. The method compares new vehicle travel segments to the stored vehicle travel segments to identify a match, and then revise the vehicle travel time for the stored travel segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Darrel J. Van Buer
  • Patent number: 9275503
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the communication of vehicle data, diagnostics and related information with a network remote from the vehicle, and more particularly to communications and storage of vehicle data in the cloud. In one or more preferred embodiments, vehicle information is securely gathered from a vehicle, processed in accordance with instructions and a profile set remotely, and stored at a remote data store, where remote access to such information can be accommodated through applications, smartphones and other remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: AERIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yixiang Chen, Drew S. Johnson, Andrew Durrer, Michael Garner
  • Patent number: 9275008
    Abstract: An active device of a vehicle, for example a seat belt tensioner, is triggered by reference to an estimated vehicle roll rate exceeding a threshold roll rate. The estimated vehicle roll rate may be conditioned according to vehicle speed, and is determined from inputs of vehicle lateral acceleration, steering wheel angle, and steering wheel speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Paul Bunker
  • Patent number: 9272708
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes an autonomous mode controller and an entertainment system controller. The autonomous mode controller controls a vehicle in an autonomous mode. The entertainment system controller presents media content on a first display while the vehicle is operating in the autonomous mode and on a second display when the vehicle is operating in a non-autonomous mode. A method includes determining whether a vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode, presenting media content on a first display while the vehicle is operating in the autonomous mode, and transferring presentation of the media content to a second display when the vehicle is operating in a non-autonomous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Patent number: 9273980
    Abstract: A mapping application that intelligently places distance labels along a route in a map is disclosed. A distance label placed at a particular position of the route shows the distance to the particular location from the starting point of the route. Distance labels allow the user of the map to quickly appreciate the distances between the various points of interest (e.g., maneuvers) along the route. In some mapping applications that display the route as a list of driving directions, the distance labels are placed alongside the list of driving directions, and each distance label is associated with a maneuver in the list of directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexandre Carlhian, Edouard D. Godfrey, Maxwell O. Drukman