Patents Examined by Marthe Marc-Coleman
  • Patent number: 9663100
    Abstract: An ECU can select one of a Charge Depleting (CD) mode and a Charge Sustaining (CS) mode. The ECU changes responsiveness of a vehicle driving torque to an operation of an accelerator pedal between the CD mode and the CS mode such that the responsiveness is higher when the CD mode is selected than when the CS mode is selected. When the responsiveness is changed in accordance with mode switching, the ECU further performs a gradually-changing process for bringing the responsiveness from a value before mode switching closer to a value after mode switching as time progresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keita Sato
  • Patent number: 9656628
    Abstract: An occupant detection apparatus, installed in a vehicle, including a seat belt configured to be extendable and rewindable, and to be worn by an occupant sitting on a seat of a vehicle, and a motor configured to rewind the seat belt, includes a counter electromotive force determination unit configured to determine whether a counter electromotive force is generated in the motor; and an occupant determination unit configured to determine whether the occupant sitting on the seat in the vehicle is wearing the seat belt, based on a determination result by the counter electromotive force determination unit while the vehicle is traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junichi Morimura
  • Patent number: 9652983
    Abstract: A traffic surveillance and guidance system comprising a traffic server system is disclosed. The traffic server is configured to receive and update and record data of geographical positions of registered road users, and wherein each registered road user is registering a replaceable and modifiable geometrically shaped model of a field of view representing the respective road users observation space and observation ability of possible traffic incidents around geographical positions the respective road users are located on at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Roger André Eilertsen
  • Patent number: 9644980
    Abstract: A system adapted to determine a projected range of a vehicle is described. The system includes: a storage element adapted to store a set of parameters associated with a vehicle; a map evaluation element adapted to retrieve information regarding a geographic area associated with a position of the vehicle; and a processing element adapted to determine the projected range of the vehicle based at least partly on the set of parameters and the retrieved information. An automated method of projecting a range of a vehicle includes: generating a set of range projection links; generating a monochrome bitmap based at least partly on the set of range projection links; rendering the set of range projection links within the monochrome bitmap; and tracing the rendered links to generate a polygon outline of the range of the vehicle. An automated method of caching map data for vehicle range projection is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Abalta Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pavel Stankoulov
  • Patent number: 9646505
    Abstract: A method of controlling the flight of an aircraft by automatically controlling the descent phase of an aircraft using a Flight Management System and Flight Guidance System (FMS & FGS) to control the air speed of the air craft and respond to an over speed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Sherif Fouad Ali, Mark Lawrence Darnell
  • Patent number: 9645578
    Abstract: A method of controlling autonomous or driverless vehicles in a specific control zone is disclosed. The vehicles enter the zone and come under the control of a zone authority that coordinates the movements of the vehicles until they leave the zone. The behavior of the vehicles is modified to insure that it matches a set of rules established by the zone authority. The zone may be an area such as a bridge, tunnel or construction zone where efficient, possibly single lane, travel requires tight coordination. Other possible zones include parking areas, indoor passages and areas with security concerns. The zone authority simultaneously controls multiple autonomous vehicles and possible additional driver operated vehicles. The messages establishing control or providing continuing administration of rules may be delivered by any type of communications link or may be associated with a device issued to vehicles entering the zone which is collected on exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Danaher Harvey
  • Patent number: 9646497
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate generally to autonomous vehicles. The features described improve the safety, use, driver experience, and performance of these vehicles by using ground markers to determine the position of the surrounding objects. In particular, the autonomous vehicle is capable of detecting nearby objects, such as vehicles and pedestrians, and is able to determine the position of these objects based on whether they have passed over ground markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Hughes Chatham
  • Patent number: 9648579
    Abstract: Systems and methods for driver and vehicle tracking in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, a location tracking system includes a processor and a memory storing a location tracking application, wherein the location tracking application directs the processor to obtain vehicle location data, where the vehicle location data includes a set of vehicle location data points, obtain driver location data, where the driver location data includes a set of driver location data points, correlate the vehicle location data and the driver location data, and generate vehicle driver data based on the correlated vehicle location data and driver location data, where the generated vehicle driver data includes a set of drivers associated with a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CalAmp Corp.
    Inventor: Abhishek
  • Patent number: 9637355
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the calculation of relevant data for the operation of at least one crane, particularly of a mobile crane, whereby the system comprises at least one crane, a communication network, as well as a data processing center, whereby, first of all, one or more parameters of the crane are determined on the crane and these are transmitted to the data processing center through the communication network and, in the data processing center, one or more items of data that are relevant for the operation of the crane are computed and/or selected on the basis of the one or more parameters received from the crane and the relevant data computed and/or selected for the operation of the crane is transmitted back to the at least one crane, particularly to its crane control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-WERK EHINGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Joachim Henkel, Max Kenzelmann, Roland Bohnacker, Oliver Ruoβ
  • Patent number: 9637112
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes a traction battery having a battery fan, an engine, an electric machine coupled to the battery, and a controller or at least one powertrain module having a controller. The controller is programmed to respond to a change in a user selected powertrain operating mode to a performance mode. This change may occur while a pedal demand is generally constant. The controller may increase an available power of the battery to drive the electric machine without altering state of charge operating limits of the battery. The increase in available power of the battery may include increasing a state of charge of the battery or reducing the battery temperature such that a current may flow from the battery for a longer time period. Also, the overall available power for the vehicle may include operation of the engine at a higher rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Rockwell, Justin Reuel Badger, Christopher Michael Kava
  • Patent number: 9635802
    Abstract: A motor drives a seeding system. A sensor senses a characteristic of the motor and a motor jam is detected based on the sensed characteristic. The motor is momentarily reversed, when a jam is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Gerald E. Rains, Michael E. Frasier
  • Patent number: 9632509
    Abstract: A method for autonomously operating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that includes one or more imaging devices is provided. The imaging devices are pointed away from a direction in which the UAV is flying, and subsequently, an upcoming portion of a current flight path of the UAV is imaged, using the imaging devices. In response to the imaging, an obstacle on the current flight path is detected, and an alternate flight path is planned in response thereto. The UAV is then flown along the alternate flight path, instead of the current flight path. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: DRONOMY LTD.
    Inventors: Ori Aphek, Guy Raz
  • Patent number: 9630624
    Abstract: An adaptive cruise control that adjusts the speed of the controlled vehicle based on one or more vehicles ahead of the controlled vehicle. The adaptive cruise control illustratively includes a forward vehicles sensor that monitors not only the lead vehicle directly ahead of the controlled vehicle, but also one or more forward vehicles. The data from the forward vehicles sensor can be used to adjust the controlled vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AG, AUDI AG
    Inventor: Kaushik Raghu
  • Patent number: 9623765
    Abstract: A method is provided that aids the driver of an electric vehicle (EV) in optimizing their car's driving range by allowing the driver to request range optimization help from the EV's control system. In response to the request, the system provides the driver with one or more recommendations as to how to increase vehicle range, recommendations such as lowering top speed, altering the temperature settings of the car's HVAC system, etc. Additionally, the system provides the driver with real time driving range feedback, thereby helping the driver to evaluate the various recommendations and determine which approach is best suited to the current conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Albert Liu
  • Patent number: 9623868
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle is provided with an one-way clutch configured to prevent the reverse rotation of an engine, a power split device, a display unit configured to notify a driver of a warning message, and an ECU configured to control the engine, the display unit and a motor generator. The ECU controls the display unit to notify the driver of a warning message that the vehicle is not allowed to make reverse moving when a malfunction occurs. In the case where a malfunction occurs, the output shaft cannot rotate reversely if the reverse rotation of the engine is prevented by the one-way clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiko Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 9616959
    Abstract: A bicycle includes a handlebar and a vibration generator supported on the handlebar. A sensor is configured to detect an overcoming vehicle. A controller is configured to activate the vibration generator when the sensor detects an overcoming vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James Neugebauer, Bruce Southey, James Lloyd, Torsten Gerhardt, Richard Craven, Simon Potticary, Jonathan Mundy
  • Patent number: 9616889
    Abstract: Provided are a cruise control system for controlling a driving device and a corresponding method. The cruise control system includes: an information collector configured to obtain road information and driving information; a first path generator configured to generate a first change path connecting a first lane changing start point and a first lane changing end point on a straight road, based on the road information and the driving information; and a second path generator configured to generate a driving road corresponding to an actual road from the straight road, based on the road information, and generate a second change path connecting a second lane changing start point and a second lane changing end point on the driving road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinhan Lee
  • Patent number: 9604523
    Abstract: Systems, kits and methods for transferring heat with a portion of a mammal are provided. Aspects of the subject systems include a negative pressure device configured to apply negative pressure to a portion of a mammal, and a temperature modulation device configured to contact the portion of the mammal under negative pressure in a manner sufficient to transfer heat with the contacted portion of the mammal, e.g., either remove heat or introduce heat into the contacted portion of the mammal. The disclosed systems and methods find use in a variety of different applications, including both therapeutic and non-therapeutic applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: DR. SCHNEIDER KUNSTSTOFFWERKE GMBH
    Inventors: Josef Schwarz, Florian Leistner
  • Patent number: 9606220
    Abstract: The present invention relates a method and device for tracking movements of marine animals or objects in large bodies of water and across significant distances. The method and device can track an acoustic transmitter attached to an animal or object beneath the ocean surface by employing an unmanned surface vessel equipped with a hydrophone array and GPS receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Michael L. Berumen, Lloyd E. Smith, Pedro R. De la Torre Olazábal
  • Patent number: 9604630
    Abstract: A hybrid system torque control method and hybrid automobile using same, the method comprising the following steps: (1) analyzing the torque required by a driver; (2) allocating and coordinating the multiple-source torque. The method ensures a consistent driving feel within the range of real-time power source torque capacity, and facilitates hybrid system matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAIC MOTOR CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuxing Zhou, Pengjun Zhang, Jun Zhu, Xiaoguang Deng, Jun Sun