Patents Examined by Luke Huynh
  • Patent number: 9953468
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for segmenting operational data and identifying events of interested in the segmented operational data. With the events of interest identified, a total time between the events of interest can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9915951
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle can encounter an external environment in which an object overhangs a current road of the autonomous vehicle. For example, the branch of a tree may overhang the road. Such an overhanging object can be detected and suitable driving maneuvers for the autonomous vehicle can be determined. Sensor data can be acquired from at least a forward portion of the external environment. One or more floating obstacle candidates can be identified based on the acquired sensor data. The identified one or more floating obstacle candidates can be filtered to remove any floating obstacle candidates that do not meet one or more predefined parameters. A driving maneuver for the autonomous vehicle can be determined at least partially based on a height clearance between the autonomous vehicle and floating obstacle candidates that remain after being filtered out. The autonomous vehicle can be caused to implement the determined driving maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Xue Mei, Katsuhiro Sakai, Nobuhide Kamata
  • Patent number: 9897456
    Abstract: Dynamically establishing a temporary safe evacuation route away from an unsafe situation using unmanned vehicles. The temporary safe evacuation route is determined based on real-time information regarding the unsafe situation. A network of unmanned vehicles are deployed and positioned at determined points along the safe evacuation route. Guidance is provided to the network of unmanned vehicles for display along the safe evacuation route by the unmanned vehicle to aid people in evacuating from the unsafe situation. Information in real time regarding the unsafe situation may be received from the unmanned vehicles. Based on the information received, the safe evacuation route may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Guillaume Hoareau, Johannes J. Liebenberg, John G. Musial, Todd R. Whitman
  • Patent number: 9889926
    Abstract: Air vehicles, fly-by wire systems, and method for preemptive mitigation of turbulence are provided. An air vehicle includes a flight control surface, a sensor, and a controller. The sensor is configured to determine a velocity of an air mass that is separated from the air vehicle by a predetermined distance. The controller is communicatively coupled with the sensor and is configured to determine whether the air mass will disturb smooth flight of the air vehicle. The controller is further configured to manipulate the flight control surface in response to determining that the air mass will disturb smooth flight of the air vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: John R. Mayo
  • Patent number: 9889933
    Abstract: Aspects include a system for transferring a payload between drones. The system includes a first drone having a first member and a first controller, the first member having a first coupling device on one end, the first member being configured to carry a payload, the first controller being configured to change a first altitude and orientation of the first drone. A second drone includes a second member and controller, the second member having a second coupling device on one end, the second member being configured to receive the payload, the second controller being configured to change a second altitude and orientation of the second drone. The controllers cooperate to change at least one of first and second orientations to operably engage the first coupling device to the second coupling device for transferring the payload from the first member to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian S. Beaman, Eric V. Kline, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9885580
    Abstract: A navigation method for a navigating apparatus of a moving device, including obtaining weight information that includes a plurality of weight coefficients and storing the weight information, detecting one or a plurality of paths through which the moving device is capable of moving, acquiring information regarding a position of a destination with respect to the moving device as destination positional information, acquiring information regarding characteristics of topography in surroundings of the moving device as topographical characteristics information, calculating worth correlation information regarding the one or plurality of detected paths to the destination using the acquired destination positional information, the acquired topographical characteristics information and the stored weight information, and estimating a worth score of each of the one or plurality of paths to the destination based on the calculated worth correlation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Kobayashi, Yuji Hiramatsu, Hokuto Fujii, Tsuyoshi Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9881429
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for segmenting operational data and identifying events of interest in the segmented operational data. With the events of interest identified, a total time between the events of interest can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9862382
    Abstract: A travel control device acquires subject vehicle information including the position of a subject vehicle, acquires object information including the position of an avoidance object which the subject vehicle should avoid, plans a target route for avoiding the avoidance object in accordance with the position of the subject vehicle and the position of the avoidance object, and outputs command information for driving the subject vehicle on the target route. The planning function is used to reduce the distance from the subject vehicle to a turning point as a margin distance decreases. The margin distance is the distance between the subject vehicle and a lane marker on a road on which the subject vehicle is traveling and is along a width direction of the road. The turning point is a point at which the location of the target route along the width direction varies by a predetermined distance or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahide Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9849871
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine arranged to output torque and an electric machine arranged to apply a reaction torque against engine output torque to generate power for charging a traction battery. The vehicle also includes a controller programmed to issue a command to adjust the engine output torque and an output speed corresponding to a predetermined optimal brake specific fuel consumption while providing power to charge the fraction battery, satisfy an accessory power demand, and propel the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brock Dunlap, Bryan Michael Bolger, Angel Fernando Porras, William David Treharne
  • Patent number: 9851716
    Abstract: One variation of a method for imaging an area of interest includes: within a user interface, receiving a selection for a set of interest points on a digital map of a physical area and receiving a selection for a resolution of a geospatial map; identifying a ground area corresponding to the set of interest points for imaging during a mission; generating a flight path over the ground area for execution by an unmanned aerial vehicle during the mission; setting an altitude for the unmanned aerial vehicle along the flight path based on the selection for the resolution of the geospatial map and an optical system arranged within the unmanned aerial vehicle; setting a geospatial accuracy requirement for the mission based on the selection for the mission type; and assembling a set of images captured by the unmanned aerial vehicle during the mission into the geospatial map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Airphrame, Inc.
    Inventor: Bret Kugelmass
  • Patent number: 9835460
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method that identifies GPS shifting fields for road segments, the GPS shifting fields including areas around the road segments that include false GPS readings of objects that traveled on the road segments. The GPS shifting fields can be revised with a road segment attribute and/or at a driver preference. The road map network can be partitioned into space units, where the road map network can include at least two GPS readings of the object. For each space unit that includes a road segment, a probability that the object was located on the road segment can be calculated for each road segment based on the GPS readings of the object and the GPS shifting fields. The trajectory of the object can be determined based on the computing of the probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wei S. Dong, Peng Gao, Chun Y. Ma, Chang S. Li, Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9836060
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system is provided herein. A camera captures images of a trailer connected to a vehicle. A display has a screen for displaying captured images and registering a touch event thereon to assign a target on the imaged trailer. A controller processes the captured images and tracks the target to determine a hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer while the vehicle is automatically steered during a trailer backup maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Maher Ghneim, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9807931
    Abstract: A method and control system are disclosed for monitoring operating modes of a harvester. A harvester may include one or more harvesting devices driven by one or more hydraulic circuits. A lower pressure limit and a current operating pressure may be determined for a hydraulic circuit of a harvesting device. The determined pressure limit and operating pressure may be compared, and a current operating mode for the harvester identified accordingly. The operating mode may include at least one of a waiting mode, a transport mode, a maneuvering mode, and a harvesting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Corbett, Bryan E. Dugas
  • Patent number: 9811786
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to reservations-based intelligent roadway traffic management. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a roadway usage management (“RUM”) system can receive, from a user device, a reservation request. The RUM system can extract, from the reservation request, a route to a destination location. The route can include a roadway segment to be used by a user vehicle for travel to the destination location. The RUM system can determine a time block during which entry to the roadway segment is available. The RUM system can generate a reservation response that includes the time block available to satisfy the reservation request and can send the reservation response to the user device. The user vehicle can be a partially autonomous vehicle or a fully autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David B. Small, Thomas Spencer, IV
  • Patent number: 9807932
    Abstract: A set of sensor inputs are received in an agricultural machine. The sensor inputs are indicative of sensed or measured variables. A probabilistic control system probabilistically infers values for another set of variables and generates a set of control signals based on the probabilistically inferred values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: William D. French, Jr., Aaron J. Bruns, Janos Kis
  • Patent number: 9791289
    Abstract: Predefined route data for a driving route situated in front of the vehicle in the driving direction are provided. Further, at least one predefined predictive operating variable for the vehicle is provided. A three-dimensional model for a predefined environment of the vehicle is determined as a function of the route data. A graphic element is determined as a function of the three-dimensional model and of the at least one predictive operating variable. A head-up display of the vehicle has a predefined display field. The graphic element is displayed in the predefined display field. The graphic element is determined and displayed such that the graphic element is perceived by a viewer of the display field from a predefined viewing position with direct reference to the real environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Axel Schwab, Christof Schulze
  • Patent number: 9776640
    Abstract: A maximum acceleration identification system determines a suitable maximum acceleration for transitioning a given motion/motor system to a target position or velocity, taking the friction of the motion system into consideration. The maximum acceleration determined by the maximum acceleration identification system can then be used by the motion control system as the acceleration limit for generating motion profiles. Thus, motion profiles can be generated that are closer to the true maximum acceleration supported by the motion system without violating the mechanical and electrical constraints of the system as characterized in part by the viscous friction, resulting in a more time-optimal move. In some embodiments, the maximum acceleration identification system can automatically set the maximum acceleration of the control system's profile generator to be equal to the derived value, thereby eliminating the need for the maximum acceleration to be selected and set by the system designer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LINESTREAM TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Gang Tian
  • Patent number: 9778049
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for forecasting travel delays corresponding to streets, street segments, geographic areas, geofenced areas, and/or user-specified criteria. And from the forecasted travel delays, speed and travel times that take into account such travel delays can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9778654
    Abstract: A system includes a first sensor for detecting vehicle data and a second sensor for detecting driver data. The system also includes a memory for storing preferred stops and a GPS unit for detecting a location. The system also includes an electrical control unit (ECU) that can determine a tired value of the driver based on the vehicle performance data and the driver condition data. The ECU can also determine that the driver is getting tired when the tired value is equal to or greater than a first tired threshold. The ECU can also determine a desired destination of the driver based on the preferred stops that the vehicle can reach before the tired value reaches or exceeds a second tired threshold. The system also includes an output device for outputting navigation instructions providing directions to the desired destination from the current location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ochiai, Katsumi Nagata, Akira Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9767702
    Abstract: A system and method for providing landing guidance to an aircraft may include an aviation headset having one or more sensors and one or more antennas, a position module configured to determine a position of the headset, and an encoder module for encoding the position information as an audible subchannel. The encoded audible subchannel may be included with voice transmissions via the aircraft radio. A guidance portion may receive the transmission and analyze the encoded audible subchannel to determine the position of the aircraft. Landing guidance may be communicated based on a comparison of the position with a desired glide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Roger D. Bernhardt