Patents Examined by John Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9221434
    Abstract: A method for operating a self-propelled agricultural machine that has a traction drive, a service brake, a control and a man machine interface including an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal, where a user actuation of the brake pedal causes the service brake to be operated. The method includes monitoring the user actuation of the accelerator pedal by the control to detect a brake indication, which is a predetermined indication for an approaching user actuation of the brake pedal. Upon detecting a brake indication, the control implements at least one preparatory measure by the control for the preparation of a user actuation of the brake pedal. The implemented preparatory measure alone does not have a braking effect on the agricultural machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: CLAAS TRACTOR S.A.S.
    Inventor: Christophe Gomez
  • Patent number: 9218693
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a housing, a gearing system disposed within the housing and comprising a plurality of targets, a plurality of sensors incorporated within the housing, a processor in electrical signal communication with the sensors, and a user interface in signal communication with the processor. A method comprising providing a drive system comprising a drive system power measuring and diagnostic system, wherein the drive system is configured to rotate one or more components comprising a plurality of targets, sense the targets with a sensor pair, thereby producing a data signal, process the data signal from the one or more sensor pairs, thereby producing a processed data signal, and output the processed data signal to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Hale, Troy J. Bunch, Jr., James E. Harris
  • Patent number: 9216721
    Abstract: In a method for controlling the brakes of a vehicle combination having a tractor equipped with an electronically controlled brake system, at least one front axle and one rear axle, and a trailer having at least one trailer axle, in the event of a brake actuation, a deceleration setpoint value is ascertained and compared to a deceleration actual value, and a current brake-application energy reference value is ascertained therefrom. Brake-application energy setpoint values for the tractor and trailer are ascertained from the current brake-application energy reference value and brake-application energy levels for the tractor and trailer while using stored characteristic maps, which illustrate the dependencies of the brake-application energy levels on the brake-application energy reference value or on the axle load distribution of the tractor. The characteristic maps are obtained as a function of at least one pre-definable influencing factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Horst Eckert, Arnd Gaulke
  • Patent number: 9216764
    Abstract: A vehicle steerable by movement of the center of gravity has an auxiliary wheel. A left drive wheel is driven by a left rotary driver. A right drive wheel is driven by a right rotary driver. A gravity center position calculator calculates a position of the center of gravity of a driver on a steering step board based on a detection signal from a load detection module detecting a load distribution of the driver. A travel controller has a first control mode controlling rotary drive of the left and right rotary drivers to achieve straight forward travel or turning. The travel controller also has a second control mode controlling the rotary drive of the left and right rotary drivers to achieve straight forward travel, turning or straight backward travel based on the position of the center of gravity. A driver input operation device can be used to select either the first or the second control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventors: Hirokazu Ito, Kazuo Koike, Yoshitomo Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9212913
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus displays map display contents of a mobile phone terminal 2 on a liquid crystal monitor 14 of an onboard information system 1 in the same direction as the direction of map display of the mobile phone terminal 2 in accordance with information about the map display acquired from the mobile phone terminal 2 via a short-range radio communication unit 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhiko Wakayanagi, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Patent number: 9211910
    Abstract: A device for keeping a vehicle in its lane, including a reference model, which obtains geometric data regarding the position of the vehicle in the lane as well as data relating to the course of the lane from a lane detection system, and from these calculates a setpoint variable for controlling the vehicle position. In order to allow for corners to be cut, the guiding behavior of the control system is modified in such a way when cornering that, in the event of a deviation of the path of motion of the vehicle from the setpoint path of motion in the direction of the inside of the curve, no or only low steering forces are applied to the steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Lutz Buerkle, Michael Weilkes, Michael Scherl, Tobias Rentschler
  • Patent number: 9211807
    Abstract: Even when the effective radii of wheels differ from each other because of a change in tire pneumatic pressure, the difference in driving force between left and right drive wheels are substantially zeroed to suppress a turning force to thereby increase the traveling stability. The use is made of a corrector for correcting a command value to be outputted to a drive circuit for an electric drive motor for each of the drive wheels. This corrector receives the steering angle, the respective numbers of revolutions of the drive wheels and an electric drive motor current and corrects with the use of the steering angle as measured with respect to a traveling direction so that command values relative to the drive wheels may have such a relation that the turning force induced in a vehicle as a result of the difference in effective radius between the drive wheels can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Koichi Okada, Yusuke Makino
  • Patent number: 9213336
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for guiding an under-actuated marine surface vessel in tracking a desired trajectory comprises expressing a predetermined vessel trajectory as a set of straight line segments, determining a desired current line segment, and determining the vessel's current position. A cross-track error and the derivative of the cross-track error are then determined. Next, a radius R of the line-of-sight (LOS) circle using a newly introduced exponential function is determined. Intersection points M and N between the LOS circle and the current desired line segment are determined. A desired heading angle is determined as the angle between the line of sight and a predetermined fixed reference line. A drift detection algorithm is built into the proposed guidance scheme to detect situations whereby the ship moves parallel to its desired trajectory for an extended period of time without being able to correct for the cross track error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Wayne State University
    Inventors: Nabil Chalhoub, Nassim Khaled
  • Patent number: 9207079
    Abstract: A method and system for compensating for significant soft iron magnetic disturbances in a heading reference system, such as an aircraft heading reference system, such as an integrated standby unit; or a vehicle inertial system, provides a heading correction signal to the heading reference system when a detected difference in value between a gyro heading relative to magnetic north and a magnetometer reading during a defined measurement period exceeds a predetermined acceptable threshold value of change, such as one based on the expected gyro drift over that period. Upon receipt of the heading correction signal, the gyro heading is adjusted to maintain an accurate heading relative to true magnetic north. If this threshold value is not exceeded, then the magnetometer reading is used for the heading value. This method is iteratively repeated in order to continually maintain an accurate heading and may be employed for each heading measurement axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.
    Inventor: Shahram Askarpour
  • Patent number: 9207673
    Abstract: A finger-mounted remote control device capable of wirelessly transmitting a travel request signal to a materials handling vehicle. The finger-mounted remote control device includes a rigid mounting structure adapted to be mounted over at least one finger of an operator's hand; a mounting strap coupled to said rigid mounting structure for securing said rigid mounting structure to the at least one finger; a wireless transmitter/power pack unit coupled to said rigid mounting structure; and control structure coupled to said mounting structure and comprising a switch adapted to be actuated by an operator's thumb so as to cause said wireless transmitter/power pack unit to generate a travel request signal to the materials handling vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R. Pulskamp, Matthew M. Green, Eugene P. Horvath, James F. Schloemer, Vernon W. Siefring, Ryan M. Snodgrass
  • Patent number: 9208457
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for flight planning. Routes from a start point to an end point are identified for a flight of an aircraft from a database of routes. A plurality of different types of routes is present in the database of routes. A number of characteristics of the aircraft are applied to the routes to identify a performance of the aircraft for the routes using a number of weather conditions for the flight. The routes are ranked based on the performance of the aircraft on the routes in meeting a number of goals for the flight to form ranked routes. A portion of the ranked routes are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Rajat Agrawal, Robert A. Petrie, Jr., Jason J. Long
  • Patent number: 9206024
    Abstract: Automated systems and methods control the velocity of the extension arm of a reach carriage. In particular, the extension arm is allowed to operate at full velocity when it is not approaching its extension or retraction limits. At the limits, the extension arm is gradually slowed to a stop. A sensing apparatus includes a sensor and a marker that moves with the movement of the extension arm. The marker moves into and out of the sensor's range, causing the sensor to generate a position signal. If the extension arm is nearing its limit, the marker is outside the sensor range. A control unit detects changes in the position signal and slows the extension arm accordingly. The control unit may apply a deceleration profile to cushion the extension arm at its limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Yahner, Lans Erik Centerwall
  • Patent number: 9205816
    Abstract: In a vehicle emergency evacuation device which stops a running vehicle automatically or keeps a stop state of a stopped vehicle in a driver's emergency, a stop keeping process is executed to keep the stop state without conducting an intention confirmation process of the execution start of an emergency evacuation process when the emergency evacuation process is required, e.g. when an abnormality or a deterioration in the driver's condition arises or when the driver requests the emergency evacuation process, under a condition that the vehicle has stopped before a signal, a road crossing or a railroad crossing, thereby ensuring the safety of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Masumi Kobana, Shinya Kawamata
  • Patent number: 9205814
    Abstract: An electric parking brake control device has an actuator that drives a motor configured to operate or release an electric parking brake, a control unit that controls the actuator, a storage unit that stores a state of the parking brake, a determining unit that determines the state of the parking brake based on current that flows into the motor, and a detecting unit that detects an ON/OFF state of an ignition switch. When the detecting unit detects that the ignition switch is in the ON state, the actuator sends current in a direction which causes the parking brake to be operated to the motor, and the determining unit determines whether the parking brake is in an operation state or a release state based on the current which flows to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Michisada Yabuguchi
  • Patent number: 9205809
    Abstract: A vehicle unit and a method are provided for controlling vehicle functions with a microprocessor and connected memory, on which a main operating system, which forms the hardware interface for application programs, and user interactions are implemented. The microprocessor is configured in a microkernel architecture with separate partitions for a main operating system unit, a cryptographic unit and a supervision unit. The main operating system is set up in the main operating system unit, and software certificates are stored in the cryptographic unit and a verification program for verifying certificates and software packages is set up therein. A monitoring program that monitors the operation of the other partitions of the microkernel architecture is provided in the supervision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Becker
  • Patent number: 9209652
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, a mobile energy management system includes controlling at least one network device at a site using the proximity detection of a mobile device based upon the detection of a plurality of zones. Various features may be presented on a graphical user interface of the mobile device including a map which may present the location of the site, the current location of the mobile device, and the plurality of zones. The graphical user interface may further include a zone size setting presenting selectable distance values enabling the user to set the distance between the site and the boundary of each zone. In response to the selection of a distance value, the mobile device may automatically scale the map to simultaneously present the boundary of each zone and the current location of the mobile device within the display screen of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: ALLURE ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Imes, James Hollister, John Frederick Cottrell
  • Patent number: 9202382
    Abstract: A non-transitory processor-readable medium storing code causes a processor at a first vehicle (e.g., a first autonomous vehicle) to generate a first planned path based on a current position of the first vehicle and a mission requirement assigned to the first vehicle. A first planned path associated with a second vehicle (e.g., a second autonomous vehicle), which is based on a current position of the second vehicle and a mission requirement assigned to the second vehicle, is received at the first vehicle. After the first planned path associated with the second vehicle is received, a second planned path is generated based on the first planned path associated with the second vehicle and at least one of the mission requirement assigned to the first vehicle or the first planned path of the first vehicle. The second planned path of the first vehicle is transmitted to the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Proxy Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John Solomon Klinger, Robert F. Davis
  • Patent number: 9199650
    Abstract: A vehicle driving force control device controls engine torque so as to correct driver's request-engine-torque with the torque-down amount by an engine control unit, the torque-down amount being set into the lower one of a first torque-down amount and a second torque-down amount by a control-amount setting unit, the first torque-down amount being calculated on the basis of a relation between a tire force generated on a tire and a maximum tire force which the tire is capable of exercising against a current road-surface by a first traction control unit, the second torque-down amount being calculated on the basis of a slip rate of the tire by a second traction control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Koji Matsuno, Takeshi Yoneda
  • Patent number: 9199624
    Abstract: A method of controlling a brake system of a vehicle. The method may include determining whether an environmental brake pad wear condition is detected that may be indicative of wear of a friction material of a brake pad assembly due to an environmental contaminant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Philpott, Joseph Kay
  • Patent number: 9199521
    Abstract: An electronic control unit used in, e.g., a towing vehicle includes a processing device configured to determine an initial electrical load of a trailer system, detect changes in the electrical load, and generate an alarm signal if the electrical load is substantially different from the initial electrical load. A method includes determining an electrical load of a trailer system prior to arming a vehicle alarm system, detecting changes in the electrical load after arming the vehicle alarm system, and triggering the alarm system if the electrical load is substantially different from the electrical load determined prior to arming the vehicle alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald Patrick Brombach, Douglas George Rosner, Timothy John Zuraw