Patents Examined by Krishnan Ramesh
  • Patent number: 10814978
    Abstract: Technologies and implementations for using unmanned aerial vehicles in emergency applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Walker, Mitchell Smith, Kristina Furlan, John Daynes, Michael Arbuck, Alex Esibov, Melissa Pochop-Miller, Dennis Skelton
  • Patent number: 10809387
    Abstract: A method for selecting localization algorithms in a vehicle, wherein the localization algorithms, in particular for satellite navigation or vehicle dynamics sensors, are selected on the basis of driving states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Zalewski, Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 10807588
    Abstract: A vehicle including an engine, an electric machine, a traction battery, and a controller is provided. The controller is programmed to, during acceleration or constant speed travel of the vehicle and responsive to state of charge of the battery falling below a first threshold, run the engine to charge the battery. The controller is further programmed to, during the running and responsive to first occurrence of the state of charge achieving a second threshold, accelerator pedal release, or braking of the vehicle, stop the engine. The controller may be further programmed to, during accelerator pedal release or braking of the vehicle and responsive to the state of charge falling below the first threshold, inhibit start of the engine. The controller may be further programmed to, during the inhibiting and responsive to acceleration or constant speed travel of the vehicle, run the engine to charge the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Minku Lee
  • Patent number: 10780361
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a collision judgment method and apparatus. The method includes: determining, by a moving device, according to acceleration data collected by an acceleration sensor, that the moving device collides; sending collision information to the corresponding control device, including at least a moving device identifier and a collision time; sending, by the corresponding control device, the collision information to a collision judgment device; detecting, by the collision judgement device, whether at least two collision information sent by the at least two control devices is received within a predetermined time interval; when the at least two collision information is received within the predetermined time interval, and a difference between collision times carried in the at least two collision information is less than a preset threshold, determining that moving devices corresponding to moving device identifiers carried in the at least two collision information collided with one other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ming Zhao, Sixi Lu, Lu Liu, Yanqing Jing
  • Patent number: 10775806
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes a computing system receiving information from an autonomous vehicle (AV). Based on the received information, the system may identify a target objective, with an associated target destination, for the AV and determine that the AV is able to transport passengers while furthering the target objective. The system may receive multiple ride requests from ride requestors, respectively. Each of the ride requests is associated with an origination location and a destination location. The system may match the AV with one of the ride requests based on a location of the AV, the target destination of the target objective, and the origination location and destination location associated with the ride request. The system may instruct the AV to perform a transportation task from the origination location to the destination location associated with the ride request, and drive to the target destination after completing the transportation task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Farzad Cyrus Foroughi Abari, Aaron Jacob Levine Friedman, John Houston, Adam Hart Reis, Alexander Thomas Starns
  • Patent number: 10754354
    Abstract: A hover control method includes obtaining a flight velocity of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), obtaining an image frame as a keyframe in response to that the flight velocity satisfies a preset condition, and controlling hovering of the UAV using the keyframe as a reference object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ang Liu, Yongjian Zhao, Guyue Zhou
  • Patent number: 10744937
    Abstract: A vehicle includes onboard controller(s) that initiate an automated feedback mode responsive to software updates to vehicle controller(s), and which generate a trigger signal upon detecting update status inquiry conditions and feedback concluded conditions. The trigger signal causes communication of a feedback update status identifying success or failure of the software update, and terminates the feedback mode upon detecting feedback concluded conditions. The update status inquiry conditions include, for example, one or more of a vehicle door handle actuation, receiving a wireless remote keyfob signal, receiving a wireless software update status inquiry, detecting an instrument cluster switch actuation, and other update status inquiry conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Naum Vangelov, Brunilda Bleta Caushi, Jason Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10745127
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for providing reliable control of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A system for providing reliable control of the UAV can include a computing device that can execute reliable and unreliable programs. The unreliable programs can be isolated from the reliable programs by virtue of executing one or more of the programs in a virtual machine client. The UAV can initiate a recovery action when one or more of the unreliable programs fail. The recovery action can be performed without input from one or more of the unreliable programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kespry Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Stuart Stabler, Robert Parker Clark, Nathaniel Hall-Snyder, Paul Doersch
  • Patent number: 10737652
    Abstract: A safety system in a vehicle may be activated by receiving information indicating a physical change, such as a pressure, of an interval cavity associated with a tire or tire guard. The safety system may be activated based at least in part on the physical change (e.g. an increase in a pressure by at least a threshold amount, an increase of a pressure to a threshold pressure, or a rate of change of a pressure), in addition to other, external, information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Piper, Josh Alexander Jimenez
  • Patent number: 10739459
    Abstract: A system including a processor and a memory, the memory including instructions to be executed by the processor to determine map data, determine uncalibrated LIDAR data, determine a location of a vehicle in the map data by combining the map data with the uncalibrated LIDAR data, and operate the vehicle based on the location of the vehicle in the map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Juan Castorena Martinez
  • Patent number: 10737693
    Abstract: A system and a method are described. The method includes: receiving sensed input from a vehicle sensor suite; using the input, providing a first output; determining that a vehicle-lane confidence level is less than a threshold; and then instead, providing a second output, wherein the first and second outputs comprise lane-correction data, wherein the second output is determined using an estimation filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Quazi Farooqi, Xingping Chen, Michael Hafner, Darrel Alan Recker
  • Patent number: 10732639
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to a method and apparatus for generating an action policy for controlling an autonomous vehicle. In particular, the system performs a deep learning algorithm in order to determine the action policy and an automatically generated curriculum system to determine a number of increasingly difficult tasks in order to refine the action policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Praveen Palanisamy, Zhiqian Qiao, Upali P. Mudalige, Katharina Muelling, John M. Dolan
  • Patent number: 10705944
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein are directed towards a test data generator. In some examples, a reference polygon may be received from an application. Additionally a control parameter may be received from the application. Two points on a map may be selected and a path between the two points may be generated. Additional points may be created along the path and test may be generated by processing the additional points. The test data may be provided to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Hoyong Park, Vitaly Bychkov
  • Patent number: 10696290
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller that is configured to, while a battery temperature exceeds a threshold and state of charge (SOC) is above an SOC threshold, enable an electric machine to provide torque assistance at a power limit, and responsive to the temperature dropping below the threshold, increase the power limit and enable the electric machine to provide torque assistance while the SOC is above a cold SOC threshold less than the SOC threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Satish B. Chikkannanavar, Cheng Tan, Jonathan Tao, Allan Alimario, Debborah Callicoat, Robert K. Taenaka, Donatus Andreas Josephine Kees
  • Patent number: 10676210
    Abstract: A lock-detecting system is configured to be installed in an aircraft to determine if a gust lock is emplaced on a flight control surface. The lock-detecting system includes at least one servo actuator and a computing device. The at least one servo actuator is associated with the flight control surface of the aircraft such that the servo actuator is configured to supply a force to a flight control surface when engaged. The computing device is configured to instruct the at least one servo actuator to actuate the flight control surface, acquire an indication that the flight control surface did not move in response to said actuation by the servo actuator, and alert a pilot to remove the gust lock from the flight control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton E. Scott
  • Patent number: 10677686
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to methods and apparatus for evaluating and assigning a performance metric to a driver response to a driving scenario. More specifically, the application teaches a method and apparatus for breaking a scenario into features, assigning each feature a grade and generating an overall grade in response to a weighted combination of the grades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Phillips, Nandan Thor, Dylan T. Bergstedt, Jaehoon Choe, Michael J. Daily
  • Patent number: 10647414
    Abstract: A fly-by-wire system for a rotorcraft includes a computing device having control laws. The control laws are operable to engage a roll command or a yaw command in response to deflection of a beep switch of a pilot control assembly, wherein a roll angle for the roll command or a yaw rate for the yaw command is determined based on forward airspeed of the rotorcraft. The beep switch may be disposed on a collective control of the pilot control assembly. The control laws are further operable to disengage the roll command or the yaw command in response to the beep switch being returned from a deflected position to a neutral position. In representative aspects, the roll angle or the yaw rate may correspond to a standard rate turn (e.g., 3° per second).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Jillian Samantha Alfred, Luke Dafydd Gillett, Robert Earl Worsham, II
  • Patent number: 10649454
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle having a control unit that is configured to perform autonomous driving in which a steered angle of steered wheels is changed by a steering device so that a steering angle becomes a target steering angle for making the vehicle travel along a target trajectory, and to control the steering device so that a lane change is performed in a standard manner when the lane change is necessary. In a situation where the lane change is necessary and a steering operation is being performed by a driver, when a magnitude of an index value based on a parameter that changes according to the steering operation is smaller than a termination reference value, the control device does not terminate the autonomous driving and changes a target trajectory of the lane change according to the magnitude of the index value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoji Kunihiro, Yoshio Kudo, Takahiro Kojo, Masateru Amano
  • Patent number: 10627825
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to controlling a first vehicle in an autonomous driving mode. While doing so, a second vehicle may be identified. Geometry for a future trajectory of the first vehicle may be identified, and an initial allowable discomfort value may be identified. Determining a speed profile for the geometry that meets the value may be attempted by determining a discomfort value for the speed profile based on a set of factors relating to at least discomfort of a passenger of the first vehicle and discomfort of a passenger of the second vehicle. When a speed profile that meets the value cannot be determined, the value may be adjusted until a speed profile that meets the value is determined. The speed profile that meets an adjusted value is used to control the first vehicle in the autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: WAYMO LLC
    Inventors: Jens-Steffen Ralf Gutmann, Tobias Kunz, Vadim Furman
  • Patent number: 10625661
    Abstract: A method of compensating for a level of a headlamp using a lane departure warning system is provided. The method adjusts a level of a headlamp using a camera of a lane departure warning system. In particular, the method includes calculating, by an LDWS camera, a predetermined irradiation angle of a headlamp and calculating, by the LDWS camera, a cut-off inclination of a low beam in a predetermined distance. Additionally, the method includes driving a lamp actuator when the cut-off inclination is less than a predetermined threshold inclination and re-adjusting the cut-off inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ba-Da Lee