Patents Examined by Krishnan Ramesh
  • Patent number: 10369995
    Abstract: An information processing device includes circuitry configured to acquire, from vehicles each of which has a lane keeping function of allowing each of the vehicles to travel along a lane, a use information of the lane keeping function during a travel, extract a region in which a use rate of the lane keeping function is low, on the basis of the use information, and transmit a notification information based on the use rate to a given vehicle having the lane keeping function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Takeshi Torii
  • Patent number: 10360740
    Abstract: Systems and methods for diagnosing a vehicle using sound data. One system includes a server storing a plurality of models and a communication device including a microphone. The communication device is configured to receive sound data received through the microphone associated with the vehicle and wirelessly transmit a diagnosis request to the server. The server is configured to receive the diagnosis request and select a model based on the vehicle data. The server is also configured to apply the selected model to the sound data to generate a response to the diagnosis request and wirelessly transmit the response to the diagnosis request to the communication device. The communication device is further configured to output at least a portion of the response on an output mechanism of the wireless communication device, the response including at least one diagnosis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rahul Kapoor, Sascha Vetter, Goktug Tankut Cinar, Carlos Eduardo Cunha, Jeffrey Keating Thompson
  • Patent number: 10358161
    Abstract: A steering controller that controls a motor to output an assist torque to steer a steering member, including a steer property calculator calculating a steer state quantity that is an index of a steering state indicating one of (i) a steer-away state, (ii) a steer-back state, or (iii) a stay-still state, an adjusted torque calculator calculating an adjusted torque based on the steer state quantity, and an instruction value calculator calculating an assist torque instruction that is an instruction value regarding a drive of the motor by using the adjusted torque. In such manner, the steer state quantity, the steer-back operation, the stay-still operation of a steering wheel, and the adjusted torque are appropriately calculated, thereby enabling an appropriate adjustment of a steering feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi Aoki, Motoaki Kataoka, Yosuke Hirate
  • Patent number: 10358796
    Abstract: A system for an excavating machine includes a control system comprising a processing system, one or more sensors, a user interface, and a vision system, wherein the control system receives input signals from the user interface, the one or more sensors, and the vision system; and a motor in communication with the control system and the motor adapted to control movement of a portion of the excavating machine. The processing system can control operation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel W. Robertson, Julian D. Jaeger, Robert Eidenberger
  • Patent number: 10353399
    Abstract: Provided is a robot-implemented, real-time, process to plan a coverage path, the process including: obtaining environment-sensor data indicating distances from the robot to surfaces in a portion of a working environment; obtaining odometry-sensor data; based on the environment-sensor data and the odometry-sensor data, determining at least a part of a coverage path of the robot through the working environment; and commanding an electric-motor driver to move the robot along the at least part of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventor: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi
  • Patent number: 10344450
    Abstract: A detection system used to alert an operator of a work machine of humans or objects dangerously close to the machine or a work tool attached to the machine. The detection system uses one or more cameras to capture images of an area surrounding the machine. The captured images are displayed on an interface electronically connected to a processor. Prior to operation, one or more zones surrounding the work tool or work machine are defined and projected on the images displayed on the interface. The processor analyzes the images captured by the cameras and determines if a characteristic of a predetermined object is within one or more of the identified zones. If the processor determines the characteristic of the predetermined object is within one of the zones, the processor will identify the object on the display and trigger a warning system to alert to the operator to take necessary precautions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard F. Sharp, Michael Avitabile, Ryan Chilton, Benjamin Hastings, David C. Conner
  • Patent number: 10343686
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system acquires information concerning an empty space situation in an adjacent lane, and information concerning an entry frequency with which other vehicles enter into an own lane from the adjacent lane, when an own vehicle travels on a road having a plurality of lanes. The autonomous driving system determines whether or not to select the adjacent lane as an own vehicle travel lane in accordance with the empty space situation in the adjacent lane and the entry frequency. However, when the entry frequency is a threshold value or more, determination not to select the adjacent lane as the own vehicle travel lane is kept irrespective of the empty space situation in the adjacent lane. The autonomous driving system performs lane change to the adjacent lane autonomously when the adjacent lane is selected as the own vehicle travel lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Hashimoto, Yoshinori Watanabe, Kenichiro Aoki, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 10330484
    Abstract: A method and system for correlating a route with an external Wi-Fi network connection is disclosed herein. The aspects disclosed herein include generating information about the correlation, and employing the correlation for network operations, such as, communicating a file (or files), allowing communication from a vehicle, and/or performing routine updates via a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Richard David Zerod, Eric Staszel
  • Patent number: 10329013
    Abstract: A method for controlling a differential rotor roll moment for a coaxial helicopter with rigid rotors, the method including receiving, with a processor, a signal indicative of a displacement command from a controller; receiving, with the processor via a sensor, one or more signals indicative of a longitudinal velocity, an angular velocity of one or more rotors and an air density ratio for the helicopter; determining, with the processor, a ganged collective mixing command in response to the receiving of the displacement command; determining, with the processor, a rotor advance ratio as a function of the longitudinal velocity and the angular velocity; and determining, with the processor, a corrective differential lateral cyclic command for the rigid rotors that controls the differential rotor roll moment to a desired value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Cody Fegely, Erez Eller, Kenneth S. Wittmer, Aaron L. Greenfield, John Knag
  • Patent number: 10323954
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: identifying a non-default selection for a selected route; determining a contextual parameter corresponding to the non-default selection; and generating with a control circuit a user preference profile based on the contextual parameter of the non-default selection for representing a preference of a system user for navigation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Wan, Hengbin Luo, Yogesh Agrawal, Shannph Wong
  • Patent number: 10319230
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented system, a plurality of inputs related to vehicle safe speed data for a first vehicle are received. These inputs include vehicle data received from one or more other vehicles proximate the first vehicle, historical data traffic condition information, predictive data regarding future traffic conditions, history data of a current driver of the first vehicle, current vehicle condition data, and current reaction of the current driver. Based upon the plurality of inputs, a recommended safe speed limit for the current driver is determined, and the determined recommended safe speed limit is presented to the current driver. The recommended safe speed limit is a calculated maximum speed, in real time, that the current driver should be driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Subil M. Abraham, Vinod A. Bijlani, Mathews Thomas, Suyesh R. Tiwari
  • Patent number: 10304337
    Abstract: A drive support apparatus, including a support processor that sets a support level according to a collision risk determined by a collision possibility determiner, when a traveling road is not determined as a priority road by a travel road information obtainer, and outputs support information. Further, the support processor determines whether a visibility state is good, and determines whether a display state of a signal device is giving a right of way to the self-vehicle, when the traveling road is not determined as a priority road by the travel road information obtainer, and outputs support information. Then, upon having a determination that the visibility state is compromised, or that the display state of the signal device is abstained from giving a right of way to the self-vehicle, the support processor outputs the support information even when the traveling road is a priority road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Motonori Ando
  • Patent number: 10303257
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of this disclosure includes a method for an autonomous vehicle (e.g., a fully autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle) to communicate with external observers. The method includes: receiving a task at the autonomous vehicle; collecting data that characterizes a surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle from a sensor coupled to the autonomous vehicle; determining an intended course of action for the autonomous vehicle to undertake based on the task and the collected data; and conveying a human understandable output via an output device, the human understandable output expressly or implicitly indicating the intended course of action to an external observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Invention, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Kjerstin I. Williams, Thomas A. Tombrello, James W. Sarrett, Luke W. Khanlian, Adrian L. Kaehler, Russel Howe
  • Patent number: 10297097
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for reserving a reservable asset using a mobile device. A mobile device communicates directly with a vehicle-associated control module or through a reservation server using either a TCP/IP communications channel or near-field communications. A member enters a request using the user interface provided by the mobile-device application. The identity of the member is validated the vehicle-associated control module executes the request by sending a signal to a computer or sensor in the vehicle through the vehicle wiring or the vehicle CANbus. The request can be a function, such as unlocking the vehicle doors, illuminating the interior or exterior lights, honking the horn, or activating a panic alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ZIPCAR, INC.
    Inventors: Lesley Mottla, Douglas Williams, Jonathan Eric Wolfe, Gregory Ramsperger, David J. Goldman, Syed Naveed Ghalib, Lisa Rigano, Lucas P. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10286952
    Abstract: A vehicle traveling control apparatus includes a first setting unit and a correcting unit. The control target point setting unit sets a set position of a preceding vehicle ahead of an own vehicle in a vehicle width direction as a control target point of follow-up traveling for traveling while following the preceding vehicle. The steering control amount correcting unit corrects, on a basis of deviation between a target steering angle that brings the own vehicle to the control target point and an actual steering angle, an amount of a steering control that controls the own vehicle to the target steering angle which is a steering angle that brings the own vehicle to the control target point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Yasushi Takaso, Fumihito Yamaguchi, Koji Matsuno, Masayuki Yajima
  • Patent number: 10276043
    Abstract: A method includes approaching, with a vehicle, first stretch of road having a reference target. Next, data is obtained regarding the first stretch of road from both an onboard vehicle sensor and an infrastructure signal provided about the reference target. The information from the vehicle sensor is compared to the information from the infrastructure signal. Finally, the vehicle sensor is calibrated based on the infrastructure signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Vivek Vijaya Kumar, Hariharan Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10252593
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modifying an attitude of a vehicle are disclosed. A user selects a trailer mode for a vehicle body. The selected trailer mode has a corresponding configuration. The vehicle determines one or more features about a trailer based on the selected trailer mode. The vehicle determines a location of a trailer hitch needed to achieve the configuration corresponding to the selected trailer mode. The location is based on the one or more features about the trailer. The vehicle actuates at least one active component in the vehicle's active suspension system to change the attitude of the vehicle body so as to cause the trailer hitch to be located in the determined location thereby causing the vehicle body to be in the selected trailer mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew E. Fida
  • Patent number: 10252641
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic seat switch for a power seat of an autonomous vehicle and a method of operating the power seat by using the electronic seat switch, wherein the power seat is configured to be operated by using the electronic seat switch that is compact and slim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Eun Sue Kim
  • Patent number: 10231895
    Abstract: Method, system, and computer program product for providing turn-by-turn directions to mobility impaired individuals. Movement of users associated with certain mobility classes are tracked to determine when the users deviate from certain geographical features, such as sections of sidewalk. In the event of a deviation, a reliability score for that geographical feature is decreased. When another user of the same mobility class requests directions and a candidate path uses the same geographical feature, the decreased reliability score is applied to that candidate path to provide the other user with an indication that the path may be difficult to traverse. The user may select a different candidate path with a higher reliability score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Serena Girardini, Andrea Ianni, Marco Imperia, Valeria PerticarĂ¡, Roberto Piras
  • Patent number: 10228251
    Abstract: Where a mobile computer device having a position sensor, such as a GPS sensor, and an accelerometer is configured to estimate a geographic position of the mobile computer device using the position sensor, the accuracy of such positions may be enhanced by correlating accelerations of the mobile computer device, as determined by the accelerometer, against the positions of known surface features within a vicinity of the estimated positions. If the observed accelerations are consistent with one of the known surface features, the location of the mobile computer device may be correlated with the location of the one of the known surface features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Nicholas Buether