Patents Examined by Maceeh Anwari
  • Patent number: 11506497
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a novel prediction engine that (1) can formulate predictions about current or future destinations and/or routes to such destinations for a user, and (2) can relay information to the user about these predictions. In some embodiments, this engine includes a machine-learning engine that facilitates the formulation of predicted future destinations and/or future routes to destinations based on stored, user-specific data. The user-specific data is different in different embodiments. In some embodiments, the stored, user-specific data includes data about any combination of the following: (1) previous destinations traveled to by the user, (2) previous routes taken by the user, (3) locations of calendared events in the user's calendar, (4) locations of events for which the user has electronic tickets, and (5) addresses parsed from recent e-mails and/or messages sent to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford A. Moore, Christine B. McGavran, Gregory D. Bolsinga, Christopher Blumenberg, Seejo K. Pylappan, Marcel Van Os
  • Patent number: 11498659
    Abstract: A multirotor aerial vehicle (MAV) is disclosed. The MAV includes a housing, a plurality of rotatable arms, wherein each of the plurality of rotatable arms has a proximal end coupled to the housing and a distal end configured to rotate about a vertical axis passing through the proximal end of the corresponding arm, a plurality of thrust-generating rotors, each coupled to a corresponding one of the plurality of rotatable arms at the corresponding distal end, a flight controller configured to selectively control each of the plurality of thrust-generating rotors, and a flight trim controller configured to control rotation of the plurality of rotatable arms in order to adjust the geometric center of the rotors of the MAV from a first center of gravity (CoG) associated with the MAV in an unloaded state to a second CoG associated with the MAV in a loaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Xiumin Diao, Jin Hu
  • Patent number: 11498555
    Abstract: An anti-collision system includes a truck cab defining a truck cab volume and a sensor positioned with respect to the truck cab. The truck cab is rotatable with respect to the truck chassis along a rotation path to define a truck cab rotation volume. The truck cab volume is entirely within the truck cab rotation volume along the entire rotation path, i.e., the truck cab rotation volume encompasses the truck cab volume at every position of the truck cab volume along the rotation path. The sensor has a field of view (FOV) that overlaps a portion of the truck cab rotation volume to detect an obstruction in the FOV that is within the truck cab rotation volume. The sensor may also cause the system to provide an alert or control rotation of the truck cab in response to detecting the obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: Victor Machay
  • Patent number: 11485361
    Abstract: A transportation vehicle, a traffic control entity, a method, a computer program, and an apparatus for adapting a speed of transportation vehicles in a platoon. The method for adapting a speed of transportation vehicles in a platoon includes obtaining information related to a future course of required minimum inter-vehicular distances of the transportation vehicles of the platoon. The method also includes adapting a speed of the transportation vehicles of the platoon based on the information related to the future course of the required minimum inter-vehicular distances and a fuel consumption of the transportation vehicles of the platoon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventors: Guillaume Jornod, Andreas Pfadler
  • Patent number: 11485476
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a power drive unit installed on an aircraft is provided. The method includes causing, by a controller, sensors to measure an angular position at corresponding locations along at least one wing of the aircraft. The controller, as part of the method, receives the angular position from the one or more sensors and analyzes the angular position to generate feedback information to implement the monitoring of the power drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Justin LeMaster, Gregory T. Wallen
  • Patent number: 11486717
    Abstract: In order to determine navigation instructions, a mapping server can use digital map data, which can include a set of intersections connected by road segments. In some cases, the mapping server generates navigation guidance data for one or more intersections of digital map data. Responsive to a request for navigation instructions from a client device, the mapping server can generate a navigation route between an origin and destination location, and a corresponding set of navigation instructions can be generated based on the navigation route. In some implementations, the generated navigation instructions are then modified to clarify or otherwise improve the quality of the navigation instructions. Finally, the finalized navigation instructions can be sent to a client device for display to the requesting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Mapbox, Inc.
    Inventors: Moritz Kobitzsch, Daniel Hofmann
  • Patent number: 11485521
    Abstract: A spacecraft including: an engine; a thrust vector control device controlling a thrust vector as a direction of a thrust acting on the spacecraft; and a main control device configured to acquire state quantities of the spacecraft in a powered descending in which the spacecraft is guided to a target point while the engine generates the thrust, and generate a throttling command by which combustion of the engine is controlled and an operation command by which the thrust vector control device is operated. The state quantities contain a first acceleration parameter and a second acceleration parameter. The first and second acceleration parameters are calculated as coefficients A and B obtained by fitting based on acceleration of the spacecraft previously detected, supposing the following equation is satisfied between a reciprocal number 1/a of the acceleration a of the spacecraft and time t: 1/a=?At+B??(1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Toyonori Kobayakawa, Tetsuya Nagase, Atsushi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11482056
    Abstract: Vehicle operations management systems can facilitate maintenance of commercial passenger vehicles. An operations management system includes a server and a maintenance computer. The server is configured to receive a message that indicates a maintenance performed on a device located in a commercial passenger vehicle or that indicates a performance status of the device located in the commercial passenger vehicle, generate, based on the message, a predictive maintenance list that recommends maintenance to be performed on one or more devices that belong to a category of devices that is the same as the category of devices to which the device indicated in the received message belongs, and send the predictive maintenance list to a maintenance computer. The maintenance computer is configured to receive and display the predictive maintenance list on a graphical user interface (GUI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven Bates, Philip Watson, Samir Lad, Anand Desikan
  • Patent number: 11472383
    Abstract: The present invention prevents occurrence of abnormal noise and swing of a vehicle in mitigating braking force of a steered wheel while reducing a steering load at the time of stationary steering to reduce a burden of a steering device and reducing stress accumulation due to stationary steering to reduce burdens of a tire, a suspension device and the steering device. The present invention includes a stop braking force control unit 202 that individually controls braking forces of steered wheels 51 and 52 and non-steered wheels 53 and 54 at the time of deceleration of the vehicle, and a pre-detection unit 203 that detects steering in a stopped state of the vehicle in advance, in which the stop braking force control unit executes, when the steering in a stopped state of the vehicle is detected in advance by the pre-detection unit, braking force mitigation control to decrease the braking forces of the steered wheels to be lower than the braking forces at the time of normal braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyasu Sakaguchi, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Masashi Seimiya, Takashi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11467177
    Abstract: An acoustic air data system includes first and second acoustic transmitters, an array of acoustic receivers, and control circuitry. The array is positioned to receive first and second acoustic signals. The control circuitry determines time difference of arrival (TDOA) of the first and second acoustic signals. The control circuitry determines, for each of a first and second set of acoustic receiver pairs, a signal velocity of the first and second acoustic signals, respectively, based on a distance between an inner acoustic receiver and an outer acoustic receiver and a corresponding TDOA for each pair of acoustic receivers. The control circuitry estimates one or more of wind angle, speed of sound, Mach number, and true airspeed of the airflow about the exterior of the vehicle based on parameters of a best fit circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Anthony Ell, Jaime Sly
  • Patent number: 11440544
    Abstract: A control method and a control apparatus for a vehicle are provided which allow a subject vehicle to start moving at an appropriate time during automated travel control in which the subject vehicle is controlled to make a stop without depending on a brake operation performed by the driver. The control method includes executing the automated travel control in which the subject vehicle is controlled to make a stop without depending on the braking operation performed by the driver, and when detecting a stop of a preceding vehicle during execution of the automated travel control, presenting start-moving command information for reminding the driver of a start-moving command for the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nariaki Etori, Ryuji Kurosaki
  • Patent number: 11436933
    Abstract: This method consists in: obtaining the positions of the thresholds of the runways of the aerodrome; a runway model being a polygonal modeling of the runways, associating each runway with polygons, a portion common to two secant runways being represented by polygons common to the modelizations of the two secant runways; determining a correction plane of a terrain model located below the thresholds of the runways; defining a contour area around the runway model, based on the runway model and the correction plane; correcting a terrain model so that any point outside the contour area is projected onto the correction plane and any point within the contour area is projected onto the contour area; combining the corrected field model and the runway model to obtain an improved virtual representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Emmanuel Monvoisin, Olivier Gentil, Guillaume Labarthe
  • Patent number: 11407390
    Abstract: Control determines whether or not two objects represent the same object, in which one object is detected at a first position in front of a vehicle by an electromagnetic wave sensor and the other object is detected at a second position in front of the vehicle by image sensor. The control further determines whether or not the other object is partially excluded from an image acquired by the image sensor, in which a part of the object may have been outside the imaging region of the image sensor. The control changes a determination condition used for determining whether or not the objects represent the same object, such that the object whose part is excluded from the acquired image is more easily determined as the same object, compared with an object determined that such a part is not excluded from the acquired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Baba
  • Patent number: 11400931
    Abstract: A lane departure prevention assist system for a vehicle includes: a tilt angle control unit configured to control a tilt angle of a seat surface with respect to a lateral direction by driving a tilt angle changing device; a lane detection unit configured to detect a lane on a road; and a vehicle position estimation unit configured to estimate a lateral position of the vehicle in the lane. The tilt angle control unit is configured to increase the tilt angle of the seat surface with respect to the lateral direction such that, as the vehicle approaches one lateral end of an own lane, a height of the seat surface on a side near the one lateral end of the own lane becomes greater than the height of the seat surface on a side remote from the one lateral end of the own lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Takeda, Takashi Yanagi, Takeyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11400977
    Abstract: A system and method for guiding an articulated vehicle having at least a first section and a second section includes one or more sensors positioned separately from the vehicle and adapted to detect the positions of and the angle between the first and second sections. The system also may include one or more position sensors located on the vehicle. A computing system that may be on the vehicle or positioned separately from the vehicle receives the position data and includes a pose-determining algorithm for determining the position and orientation of the vehicle and a guidance-determining algorithm for determining guidance commands to guide the vehicle to a target position. A communications device communicates the guidance commands or sensed position and/or angle information to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Sean Nicholas Brennan, James Theodore Dorris
  • Patent number: 11403940
    Abstract: A system for installing a structure is provided. The system includes a plurality of moveable objects, and a server including a controller including one or more processors, and machine readable instructions stored in one or more memory modules that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the controller to: communicate with the plurality of moveable objects; receive a request for installing the structure at a location; select a group of moveable objects among the plurality of moveable objects based on locations of the plurality of moveable objects; instruct the group of moveable objects to move to the location; and instruct one or more of the group of moveable objects to morph at the location based on information about the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Seyhan Uçar, Baik Hoh, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Patent number: 11392130
    Abstract: Autonomous ground vehicles equipped with one or more sensors may capture data regarding ground conditions at a location. The data may refer to or describe slopes, surface textures, terrain features, weather conditions, moisture contents or the like at the location, and may be used to select one or more areas for receiving a delivery of an item. The sensors may include one or more inclinometers, imaging devices or other systems. The autonomous ground vehicles may also engage in one or more direct interactions or communications with a delivery vehicle, and may select an appropriate area that is suitable for such interactions. The autonomous ground vehicles may also prepare the area for an arrival of a delivery vehicle, such as by making one or more visible markings in ground surfaces at the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Desrosiers, Jonathan Barak Flowers, Nicholas K. Gentry, Ramsey P. Gill, Camerin Hahn, Ian Beck Jordan, Liam S C Pingree
  • Patent number: 11380142
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for measuring a driving event, a server device receiving first event data from a first motor vehicle, which first event data signal the driving event identified by a first detection apparatus of the first motor vehicle. The method further provides that the server device generates configuration data on a basis of the first event data in order to configure a second detection apparatus of a second motor vehicle that is different from the first detection apparatus of the first motor vehicle and sends the configuration data to the second motor vehicle in order to generate second event data that describe the driving event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Krüger
  • Patent number: 11370444
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes an information acquisition unit that acquires road surface condition information indicative of a road surface condition determined on the basis of sound data obtained by performing sound source separation with respect to a sound acquired by a microphone array, a storage unit in which there is stored control content in accordance with the road surface condition, and a control unit which controls a drive unit provided on a vehicle, on the basis of the control content in accordance with the road surface condition indicated by the road surface condition information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Go Morita, Takashi Ozeki, Tomoyuki Sahata
  • Patent number: 11364908
    Abstract: A cruise control method to control a driven vehicle includes: determining projected speeds of the driven vehicle at each of the predetermined-upcoming locations; determining a plurality of following times at each of the predetermined-upcoming locations of the driven vehicle and the projected speeds of the followed vehicle; determining whether at least one of the plurality of following times is less than the predetermined-minimum time threshold; and in response to determining that at least one plurality of following times is less than the predetermined-minimum time threshold, commanding, by the controller, the propulsion system of the driven vehicle to decrease the commanded axle torque by a torque adjustment in order to prevent each of the plurality of following times at each of the predetermined-upcoming locations from being less than the predetermined-minimum time threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthew S. Zebiak, Amanpal S. Grewal