Patents Examined by Majdi Alsomiri
  • Patent number: 10464550
    Abstract: A control device executes abnormality detection processing for detecting an abnormality of a current sensor. The abnormality detection processing includes first processing which is executed in a case where, during reception of electric power from a power supply, a state of charge of a power storage device is equal to or greater than a predetermined amount and electric power is supplied to an electrically heated catalyst device. The first processing includes processing for detecting an abnormality of the current sensor by estimating a current supplied to the electrically heated catalyst device using a detection value of a charging current sensor and comparing the estimated value with a detection value of the current sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Hashimoto, Takahiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10464599
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steer-by-wire system comprising a first control device that controls at least one steering actuator, and at least one second control device that controls at least one actuator on a steering handle in order to generate a haptic torque, wherein a sensor system for detecting a steering wheel angle is assigned to the second control device, wherein the first control device is connected with a first bus system and the second control device is connected with a second bus system, wherein the two bus systems are connected with each other via a gateway control device, and the first control device and the second control device are connected with each other directly via a third bus system, as well as a method for data exchange in such a steer-by-wire system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Dirk Dreyer
  • Patent number: 10446039
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to display systems in the flight deck of an aircraft, and also to methods for providing such displays. More particularly, the displays and methods of the present disclosure are configured to integrate airport surface lighting information with information received from multiple air traffic control (ATC) communication channels, for purposes of increasing aircrew situational awareness and preventing runway incursions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Raghu Shamasundar, Umesh Hosamani, Mohan Gowda Chandrashekarappa, Hariharan Saptharishi, Narayanan S, Kiran Mancheiah Venkataramana, Kumar Kiran
  • Patent number: 10431078
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for updating a database (10) of authorized traffic speed limits (VLt) for vehicles on at least one section (tn) concerned of a road network, comprising a remote server (1) and an on-board system (3) in each vehicle. The present invention also relates to a system and method capable of constituting a database of the average traffic speeds of vehicles on said sections with a view to implementing the aforementioned system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: COYOTE SYSTEM
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Van Laethem, Fabien Pierlot
  • Patent number: 10427634
    Abstract: An adjustable airbag system for a vehicle. The system includes an airbag assembly having an inflatable airbag within a housing, and an airbag housing orientation mechanism operatively coupled to the airbag housing. The airbag housing orientation mechanism is structured to enable control of an orientation of the airbag housing so as to enable deployment of the airbag to cushion an occupant positioned in either one of a driver side or a front passenger side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Umesh N. Gandhi, Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 10420322
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for providing aerial animal food delivery. In one embodiment, a system for providing aerial animal food delivery comprises: an unmanned aerial vehicle, an animal food container coupled to the unmanned aerial vehicle, the animal food container being configured to hold animal food during transport by the unmanned aerial vehicle, and a central computer system communicatively coupled to the unmanned aerial vehicle, the central computer system being configured to: instruct the unmanned aerial vehicle to travel to a service location at a service time with the animal food container and instruct a release of the animal food from the animal food container in an unpackaged form at the service location such that the animal food is accessible to and edible by one or more animals upon release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan G. Jones, Donald R. High
  • Patent number: 10407046
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine configured for autostop and autostart. The vehicle further includes an electric actuator for an active front steering system. Before the engine is autostopped, a controlled decrease in demand current for the electric actuator is initiated. After the engine is autostarted, a controlled increase in demand current for the electric actuator is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Attila Benak, Kirk Pebley, Gregory Ziemba, Eric Michael Rademacher
  • Patent number: 10406936
    Abstract: In a motor vehicle, an accelerator operation amount is changed among a first region, a second region, and a third region. The motor vehicle is configured to perform a first control that applies a braking force to the vehicle when the accelerator operation amount is at least in the first region or in the second region or to perform a second control that applies a smaller braking force to the vehicle than the braking force applied by the first control when the accelerator operation amount is in the first region or in the second region. The motor vehicle is also configured to continue execution of the first control without changing over control to the second control, when an execution request for the second control is given during execution of the first control in the second region of the accelerator operation amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Yoshikazu Motozono, Tomoya Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10400396
    Abstract: A switch alignment detection and enforcement system for a switch for a railway track having a normal leg and a reverse leg, the switch having a normal position for entry on the normal leg after the switch and a reverse position for entry on the reverse leg after the switch. The system includes: a first switch monitor device configured to generate at least one signal when the switch is in the normal position; a second switch monitor device configured to generate at least one signal when the switch is in the reverse position; and a train management computer configured or programmed to implement at least one train control action based on: a signal or absence thereof from the first switch monitor device and/or the second switch monitor device; and the content of a form-based authority. A switch alignment detection and enforcement arrangement and method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Kernwein, James H. Moore
  • Patent number: 10390472
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for automated guidance comprising receiving an image of a field; identifying one or more characteristics of the field in the image; determining one or more geographic locations corresponding to the one or more characteristics of the field in the image; determining a path to be followed in the field using the one or more geographic locations; and automatically guiding the machine to follow the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Ross Matthews
  • Patent number: 10377416
    Abstract: A driving assistance device including a steering control unit that, when a steering angle of a wheel of the vehicle from a first steering angle on one side of a neutral position to a second steering angle on the other side and the state of a vehicle is switched from a first state that is an advancing state or a reversing state to a second state that is the other of the advancing state or the reversing state, controls the steering angle so as to cause the steering angle to start to be directed from the first steering angle toward the second steering angle before the state of the vehicle becomes the second state and to be directed from a third steering angle in between the first steering angle and the second steering angle toward the second steering angle when the state of the vehicle is the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogi Fukukawa, Norio Imai, Motokatsu Tomozawa, Motonari Obayashi, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Hironobu Ishijima
  • Patent number: 10379542
    Abstract: The invention relates to a location and mapping device intended for being installed in a mobile vehicle in an environment comprising a plurality of zones, with: a receiving module (11) designed to receive data of the position (d(a)) of obstacles relative to the vehicle; a processing module (12, 14) designed to determine, in accordance with the data received (d(a)) and for a plurality of zones positioned relative to the vehicle, measurement values (M_SCANt,i) that respectively represent a likelihood of occupation of the zone in question, a likelihood of non-occupation of the zone in question and a likelihood of not knowing the zone in question; a mapping module (18, 20) designed to build, for each zone of said plurality of zones of the environment, values (M_GRIt,k) which respectively represent a likelihood of occupation of the zone in question, a likelihood of non-occupation of the zone in question and a likelihood of not knowing the zone in question; and a location module (16) designed to determine the posit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Guillaume Trehard, Evangeline Pollard, Fawzi Nashashibi, Benazouz Bradai
  • Patent number: 10371567
    Abstract: An intelligent noise monitoring device includes a self-flying moving module, a noise measurement module equipped in the moving module to measure noise of a target to be detected, a control module configured to control the moving module and the noise measurement module; and a communication module configured to communicate with a ground control center, wherein the intelligent noise monitoring device flies to a location to be detected to measure the noise of the location to be detected so as to determine whether or not the measured noise is in an abnormal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Sang Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10309342
    Abstract: A system for controlling actuators within a gas turbine engine according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes an electronic engine controller, a plurality of actuators, and a central control unit. The central control unit includes an actuator control unit electrically coupled to the electronic engine controller and a plurality of actuator control modules. Each of the actuator control modules is electrically coupled to each of the plurality of actuators. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Carl F. Mueller, Leo J. Veilleux, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10308233
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain that includes an engine and a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods align in time an estimated motor torque and an actual motor torque to provide an estimated driveline torque. The alignment compensates for communications delays between different controllers over a controller area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Ming Lang Kuang, Xiaoyong Wang, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Jason Meyer
  • Patent number: 10286887
    Abstract: This driving assistance device includes a braking control unit and a target speed determination unit. The braking control unit executes driving assistance control for adjusting the braking force to be applied to a vehicle by actuating a brake actuator such that the vehicle body speed does not exceed a target speed. In cases where the accelerator pedal is being operated in a state where the braking control unit is executing the driving assistance control, the target speed determination unit determines the target speed depending on the larger value of either: the vehicle body speed that is correlated with at least one of the wheel speeds of the plurality of wheels provided to the vehicle; or the lower speed limit value that has been set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Yasuhito Ishida
  • Patent number: 10279807
    Abstract: A system according to the present disclosure includes a lane boundary module, a vehicle trajectory module, an intersection location module, a lane departure module, and a driver warning module. The lane boundary module is configured to determine a boundary of a lane within which a vehicle is travelling. The vehicle trajectory module is configured to predict a trajectory of the vehicle. The intersection location module is configured to determine M locations of M intersections between the vehicle trajectory and the lane boundary at M times, where M is an integer greater than one. The lane departure module is configured to identify a potential lane departure based on the M locations. The driver warning module is configured to activate a driver warning device to warn a driver when the potential lane departure is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Adam, Kevin K. Hoang
  • Patent number: 10246085
    Abstract: The vehicle behavior control device comprises: a steer-by-wire type steering apparatus (6) having a steering wheel-side mechanism and a road wheel-side mechanism which are mechanically separated from each other; and a controller (8) performs a driving force reduction control of reducing a driving force for a vehicle (1) when a steering speed in the steering apparatus (6) becomes equal to or greater than a given threshold. The steering apparatus (6) comprises a first steering angle sensor (14) provided in the steering wheel-side mechanism and a second steering angle sensor (19) provided in the road wheel-side mechanism. The controller (8) performs the driving force reduction control based on the steering speed in accordance with a sum of an output of the first steering angle sensor (14) and an output of the second steering angle sensor (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoji Izumi, Yasunori Takahara, Daisuke Umetsu, Osamu Sunahara, Masaki Chiba
  • Patent number: 10215120
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling a speed of a vehicle based on whether a rain tray is coupled within the vehicle, below a vented hood of the vehicle. In one example, a method may include maintaining a vehicle speed of a vehicle below a set vehicle speed threshold and alerting a vehicle operator of the set vehicle speed threshold when it is detected that a rain tray is installed in the vehicle, below a vent of a vented hood of the vehicle. In another example, the set vehicle speed threshold may be reduced due to the presence of rain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Arthur Titus, Jeff Grauer, Jon Holt, Thomas Joseph Ciccone, Mike Makled
  • Patent number: 10215586
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a commute application that provides a first presentation of several stops along a route. The commute application also receives a selection of a stop from the several stops along the route. The commute application further provides a second presentation for displaying several different routes that traverse through the selected stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: May-Li Khoe, Joseph A. Hagedorn, Marcel van Os