Patents Examined by Jordan S Fei
  • Patent number: 10556705
    Abstract: A method of redistributing motor power of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes determining, with aid of one or more processors, an operating state of a motor of the UAV. The motor is configured to drive a corresponding rotor to generate lift for the UAV. The method further includes determining, with aid of the one or more processors, how to redistribute power from the motor between a plurality of components when the motor has an operating state that is a decelerating state, and redistributing the power in accordance with the determination of how to redistribute the power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Wenlong Xiao, Xiaojian Wan
  • Patent number: 10540899
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for segmenting a planned route of travel for indicating suggested or recommended diversion destinations with respect to those segments. One exemplary method of presenting diversion airports involves identifying a segmentation criterion for a flight plan, determining one or more diversion suitability distributions along a flight path defined by the flight plan, transforming the one or more diversion suitability distributions from a true distance scale to an effective distance scale based at least in part on meteorological conditions, and identifying a location for a segment boundary along the flight path based on an extrema of the one or more diversion suitability distributions within a portion of the flight path defined by the segmentation criterion on the effective distance scale. The method continues by providing graphical indicia of the flight path segment defined by the segment boundary and a diversion airport associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Zdenek Moravek, David Kunes, Katerina Chmelarova
  • Patent number: 10533866
    Abstract: A system and method includes accessing a road network database to identify a tire cost for a plurality of edges in a mining road network, identifying least-cost paths between each of a plurality of nodes on the mining road network using the tire cost for each of the plurality of edges, the nodes including a loading area and a dumping area for a plurality of haul trucks, accessing a distributed objects database to identify constraints for the nodes on the mining road network, determining a production plan using the constraints for the nodes on the mining road network by maximizing a function of the form ?f?(x)-?g?(x), where f?(x) is a normalized measure of productivity, g?(x) is a normalized measure of impact on tire conditioning, and ? and ?, are nonnegative constants with ?+?=1, subject to constraints on resource capacities and production requirements, with the material flow rates between each of the nodes on the mining road network specifying the production plan, determining a task assignment for each of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Lucas Van Latum, Maria Brenda R. Rayco
  • Patent number: 10486690
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for hybrid electric internal combustion engine applications in which a motor-generator, a narrow switchable coupling and a torque transfer unit therebetween are arranged and positioned in the constrained environment at the front of an engine in applications such as commercial vehicles, off-road vehicles and stationary engine installations. The motor-generator is preferably positioned laterally offset from the switchable coupling, which is co-axially-arranged with the front end of the engine crankshaft. The switchable coupling is an integrated unit in which a crankshaft vibration damper, an engine accessory drive pulley and a disengageable clutch overlap such that the axial depth of the clutch-pulley-damper unit is nearly the same as a conventional belt drive pulley and engine damper. The front end motor-generator system includes an electrical energy store that receives electrical energy generated by the motor-generator when the coupling is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commerical Vehicle Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David Colavincenzo, Fernando Venegas Diaz
  • Patent number: 10479401
    Abstract: A power steering system including a sensor arranged or located in the steering system. The sensor detects an acoustic vibration or an acceleration signal in the steering system during a change in the steering angle and generates a sensor signal representing the vibration or the acceleration signal. A control unit receives the sensor signal and compares the sensor signal with a threshold value to detect a fault state; for example when the sensor signal is larger than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Peter Engels
  • Patent number: 10464650
    Abstract: An engine propelling apparatus has power generating transmitting portion provided below a power generating portion, a propelling force generating portion provided adjacent to the power transmitting portion, and height adjustment mechanisms. The power generating portion includes an engine with a crankshaft arranged horizontal and substantially parallel to the front-rear longitudinal direction of a boat. A power transmission mechanism forms a linear power transmission route extending from the vicinity of a front end of the crankshaft to the vicinity of a front end of the propelling force generating portion. The propelling force generating portion includes a propeller shaft extending rearwards from the power transmitting portion, and a propeller at a rear portion of the propeller shaft. The height adjustment mechanisms vary inclination or height of all or a part of the engine propelling apparatus with respect to the boat to thereby vary height of the propeller with respect to the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Masahiro Komoda, Yoshimitsu Sugiura, Yushiro Isobe
  • Patent number: 10435033
    Abstract: A driving support device includes an image output unit, an operation signal input unit, and a command output unit. The image output unit outputs an image information including a vehicle object representing a vehicle and a peripheral situation of the vehicle, to a display unit. The operation signal input unit receives an operation signal of a user with respect to the vehicle object in an image displayed on the display unit. The command output unit outputs an automatic driving control command corresponding to the received operation signal, to an automatic driving controller that controls automatic driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazushige Yamada, Osamu Yamaji, Azusa Gojyo, Satoshi Kajita, Toshiaki Mori, Makoto Okada
  • Patent number: 10417920
    Abstract: A method for aiding the landing of an aircraft on a landing runway comprises the following steps implemented automatically by a processing unit: a) acquiring information relating to the runway; b) acquiring information relating to a current situation of the aircraft; i) determining a landing position of the aircraft on a central longitudinal axis of the runway, as a function of a trajectory determined between a current position of the aircraft and this landing position to comply with at least one constraint relating to a roll angle of the aircraft; j) determining a parameter relating to the landing position; k) determining a deviation between this parameter and a reference value; l) comparing this deviation with a predetermined threshold; and m) as a function of the result of the comparison carried out in step l), commanding, if appropriate, the signaling of an alert via the signaling system of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Scacchi, Matthieu Mayolle, C├ęcile Puissacq
  • Patent number: 10407848
    Abstract: A machine includes a material working mechanism movable relative to a frame to vary working depth of the material working mechanism. A control system monitors certain parameters, and controls a liquid dispensing mechanism to control application of a liquid such as water or an emulsion to be applied to material being worked by the material working mechanism based upon the parameters. The control system functions to produce a desired proportion of the liquid such as a liquid percent density in worked material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Hogan, Matthew Frantz, Jason Muir, Brian Schlenker, Timothy O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 10386200
    Abstract: A technique for displaying a scale-changed view of a narrow-angle branch intersection in an easily visually recognizable manner through simple processing. A map display system that displays a map on a display section includes: narrow-angle branch intersection determination code for determining whether or not a guide target intersection is a narrow-angle branch intersection at which an intersection angle between roads is smaller than a predetermined threshold; and a scale-changed view display for displaying a scale-changed view, which is obtained by changing a scale of the guide target intersection included in the map such that a value obtained by dividing a horizontal scale change rate by a vertical scale change rate is larger than 1, on the display section in the case where the guide target intersection is the narrow-angle branch intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi Osawa
  • Patent number: 10327393
    Abstract: A modular system includes a hub and a set of modules removably coupled to the hub. The modules are physically coupled to the frame relative to each other so that each module can operate with respect to a different row of a field. An individual module includes a sensor for capturing field measurement data of individual plants along a row as the modular system moves through the geographic region. An individual module further includes a treatment mechanism for applying a treatment to the individual plants of the row based on the field measurement data before the modular system passes by the individual plants. An individual module further includes a computing device that determines the treatment based on the field measurement data and communicates data to the hub. The hub is communicatively coupled to the modules, so that it may exchange data between the modules and with a remote computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Lee Kamp Redden, James Patrick Ostrowski, Kent Anderson, Edward William Jeffcott Pell
  • Patent number: 10323945
    Abstract: Disclosed is a feature for a vehicle that enables taking precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network around or ahead of the vehicle. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where a potentially hazardous condition exists. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken relating to the hazardous condition. A precautionary action system installed in a vehicle uses this database, or a database derived therefrom, in combination with a positioning system to determine when the vehicle is at a location that corresponds to the location of a precautionary action. When the vehicle is at such a location, a precautionary action is taken by a vehicle system as the vehicle is approaching the location where the potentially hazardous condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Robert Denaro
  • Patent number: 10317233
    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: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre Carlhian, Edouard D. Godfrey, Maxwell O. Drukman
  • Patent number: 10301155
    Abstract: A materials handling vehicle includes a power unit; a load handling assembly coupled to the power unit; at least one obstacle detector mounted to the power unit; and a controller. The at least one obstacle detector detects object located along a path of travel of the power unit, and generate a distance signal upon detecting an object corresponding to a distance between the detected object and the power unit. The controller receives the distance signal and generates a corresponding vehicle stop or predetermined maximum allowable speed signal based on the distance signal, wherein if a sensed object is located within a speed zone associated with a predetermined maximum allowable travel speed comprising a fixed speed greater than zero (0) miles per hour, as determined by the distance signal, the vehicle speed is reduced to the predetermined maximum allowable vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffry D. Dues, Matthew M. Green, James F. Schloemer, Vernon W. Siefring, Jesse Wershing
  • Patent number: 10239629
    Abstract: A method for recycling motor power includes controlling a first motor of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a decelerating state to work in concert with a second motor of the UAV in an accelerating state to effect rotation of the UAV, receiving power from the first motor at a power bus in electrical connection with the first motor and the second motor, and providing a portion of the received power to the second motor through the power bus during the rotation of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Wenlong Xiao, Xiaojian Wan
  • Patent number: 10161758
    Abstract: Probe data collected at times of low traffic density is analyzed to derive a Raw Road Design Speed Limit (RRDSL, 16) for each road segment or group of segments in a digital map. The RRDSL (16), comprised of longitudinally distributed speeds, is associated with the road segment and stored in a digital medium to indicate the limits of the road section in free flow traffic. The longitudinally distributed speeds may be limited by local speed limits or other business logic to establish a Legal Raw Road Design Speed Limit (LRRDSL, 17). Either the RRDSL (16) or the LRRDSL (17) can be further modified to smooth acceleration and deceleration rates between changes in the longitudinally distributed speeds to create an Optimal Longitudinal Speed Profile (OLSP, 18), which represents optimized energy consumption. A signal can be produced if a driver's current speed rises unacceptably above a longitudinally distributed speed in real time. The signal can be audible, visible and/or haptic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Volker Hiestermann, Robert Joannes Van Essen, Edwin Bastiaensen, Stephen T'Siobbel
  • Patent number: 10160340
    Abstract: A system for optimizing life of a battery pack in a plug-in vehicle includes sensors for measuring battery performance data, including an open-circuit voltage, charging current, and/or temperature of the battery pack, a GPS receiver, a user interface, and a controller. The controller executes a method to monitor degradation of the battery pack using the performance data, and determines driving and charging histories for an operator of the vehicle using the measured battery performance data and a position signal from the GPS receiver. The histories identify the days, hours, and locations at which the operator has driven the vehicle and charged the battery pack. The controller identifies a state of charge data bin missing performance data or containing old performance data. The controller then controls a charging operation of the battery pack via a charging control signal, and records the measured battery performance data for the identified SOC data bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Todd P. Lindemann, Rory B. Fraga, Patricia M. Laskowsky, Patrick E. Frost
  • Patent number: 10137913
    Abstract: A method and a route and train configuration for switching a train off and on in a parking position include a train side automatic train control device and a route side train monitoring system. In order to switch the train on and off economically and independently from personnel, the following steps are provided: A) entering the parking position, wherein a train reclosing unit, together with a route side coupling module connected to the train monitoring system, establishes an electrical connection; B) switching off train side subsystems using the train control device; C) shutting down and switching off the train control device; D) event triggered reactivation of the train control device using the train reclosing unit; E) switching on remaining train subsystems by using the train control device, and F) exiting the parking position, while separating electrical connection between the reclosing unit and the coupling module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marion Giebel-Roder
  • Patent number: 10109195
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method and/or computer program product selectively blocks a self-driving vehicle's access to a roadway. A vehicle interrogation hardware device receives an autonomous capability signal from an approaching self-driving vehicle. One or more processors compare the predefined roadway conditions to current roadway conditions of the access-controlled roadway. In response to the predefined roadway conditions matching the current roadway conditions of the access-controlled roadway within a predetermined range, the processor(s) determine whether the level of autonomous capability of the approaching self-driving vehicle is adequate to safely maneuver the approaching self-driving vehicle through the current roadway conditions of the access-controlled roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Peter K. Malkin, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10089874
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in traversing a vehicle transportation network may include determining a stabilized codeword indicating whether an expected path for the remote vehicle and an expected path for the host vehicle are convergent based on the host vehicle information, the remote vehicle information, and a reference direction, wherein a false negative incorrectly indicating that the expected path for the remote vehicle and the expected path for the host vehicle are divergent on a condition that a difference between a remote vehicle heading angle for the remote vehicle and a reference direction is within a heading approximation offset threshold, is identified as convergent. Traversing a vehicle transportation network may include traversing a portion of the vehicle transportation network in response to the stabilized codeword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Goudy, Neal Probert, Andrew Christensen, Jeremy Chambers