Patents Examined by Marthe Y. Marc-Coleman
  • Patent number: 11724678
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a vehicle on a reduced traction surface are disclosed. A controller of the vehicle obtains at least one of: ambient information or GPS information, determines a derate increment size based on the ambient or GPS information, imposes a sustained derate by applying a torque limit on a braking torque of the vehicle based on the derate increment size in response to detecting a traction control event. The controller also determines a verification period and a derate reduction period based on the ambient or GPS information to reduce the sustained derate in response to detecting a lack of traction control event during the verification period at a rate determined by the derate reduction period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Antonio Lugo-Castillo, Martin T. Books, Richard A. Booth
  • Patent number: 11667302
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media for implementing automated vehicle safety response measures to ensure continued safe automated vehicle operation for a limited period of time after a vehicle component or vehicle system that supports an automated vehicle driving function fails. When a critical vehicle component/system such as a vehicle computing platform fails, the vehicle is likely no longer capable of performing calculations required to safely operate and navigate the vehicle in an autonomous manner, or at a minimum, is no longer able to ensure the accuracy of such calculations. In such a scenario, the automated vehicle safety response measures disclosed herein can ensure—despite failure of the vehicle component/system—continued safe automated operation of the vehicle for a limited period of time in order to bring the vehicle to a safe stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Pony AI Inc.
    Inventors: Bokai Chen, Qi Wang, Daniel Yang
  • Patent number: 11660999
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device and a method for controlling a vehicle. The device may include a camera for obtaining an image of a region around the vehicle and outputting image information, a navigation for outputting a current location of the vehicle as map information, a front radar for sensing an object in front of the vehicle and generating front radar information, a front-lateral radar for sensing an object in front of and lateral to the vehicle and generating front-lateral radar information, a lamp controller that generates a shadow zone code based on at least one of the image information, the map information, the front radar information, or the front-lateral radar information, and a lamp for forming a shadow zone in a light irradiation pattern based on the shadow zone code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Young Sung
  • Patent number: 11643038
    Abstract: A safety-related device for use in vehicles, includes a microcomputer, a micro-electronic circuit, a first data bus interface, a second data bus interface, a safety unit (Safety-Agent), a PSI5 sensor link, and a sensor signal simulation unit which can simulate a sensor. The safety unit (Safety-Agent) is controlled via the first data interface by the microcomputer. The sensor signal simulation unit and the sensor interface and the switching between same via the second data interface is controlled via the microcomputer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Fikret Abaza, Jens-Arne Schürstedt
  • Patent number: 11643194
    Abstract: A blade positioning system and method are provided to dynamically measure blade position during flight of a rotorcraft. In the context of a method, a blade of the rotorcraft is repeatedly illuminated by a light source during flight of the rotorcraft while the blade is rotating. The method also includes detecting radiation scattered from the blade in response to illumination of the blade. The method further includes determining at least one of a blade pitch angle, a blade flap angle, a blade leading position or a blade lagging position based upon the radiation that is scattered from the blade and detected. A rotorcraft is also provided that includes a chip-scale light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensor configured to illuminate the plurality of blades while the blades are rotating in order to permit blade position to be measured or to illuminate terrain beneath the rotorcraft in order to provide an altitude measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Keyvan Sayyah, Pamela R. Patterson, Raymond Sarkissian, Oleg M. Efimov, Biqin Huang, David L. Hammon
  • Patent number: 11642975
    Abstract: An automated valet parking method includes: activating an automated valet parking procedure, determining whether electrical charging of a vehicle is needed, setting a wireless charging service zone as a first target position when it is determined that the electrical charging of the vehicle is needed, transmitting the first target position and a first guide route leading to the first target position to the vehicle, setting an empty parking space as a second target position when the electrical charging of the vehicle is completed, and transmitting the second target position and a second guide route leading to the second target position to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventor: Sung Won Yoon
  • Patent number: 11640167
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for transitioning vehicle control between autonomous operation and manual operation. The system includes sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicle and its operation. During autonomous vehicle operation, the system gauges the level of responsiveness of a vehicle operator through challenges and corresponding responses. The system determines when to present a challenge to the vehicle operator based on internal and external factors. If necessary, the system will transition from an autonomous operation mode to a manual operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Mark Freitas, Daniel A. Deninger, David Forney, Slaven Sljivar, Alekh Vaidya, Jeffrey Griswold
  • Patent number: 11639146
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first battery; a power distribution device configured to provide an IGN power source and a BAT power source from the first battery; a second battery; an airbag; and an airbag control device configured to receive power from the IGN power source of the power distribution device, and to deploy the airbag. The airbag control device may be configured to receive power from the BAT power source of the power distribution device when the vehicle is turned off, and to receive power from the second battery when the battery is damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Sanguk Chu
  • Patent number: 11630457
    Abstract: A self-propelled device can include at least a wireless interface, a housing, a propulsion mechanism, and a camera. Using the camera, the self-propelled device can generate a video feed and transmit the video feed to a controller device via the wireless interface. The self-propelled device can receive an input from the controller device indicating an object or location in the video feed. In response to the input, the self-propelled device can initiate an autonomous mode to autonomously operate the propulsion mechanism to propel the self-propelled device towards the object or location indicated in the video feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Berberian, Ian Bernstein, Adam Wilson, Kevin Hemmings, Ross MacGregor
  • Patent number: 11630746
    Abstract: A substitution apparatus for installation in a vehicle in which a plurality of in-vehicle control apparatuses are implemented, the substitution apparatus including a control unit and a substitute unit. The control unit is configured to control the substitute unit based on transmission data transmitted from the in-vehicle control apparatuses, specify an abnormal in-vehicle control apparatus based on the transmission data, disable the specified abnormal in-vehicle control apparatus, and apply, to the substitute unit, a program for exhibiting functions otherwise normally executed by the specified abnormal in-vehicle control apparatus. The substitute unit is configured to substitute for the disabled in-vehicle control apparatus by executing the applied program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumiya Ishikawa, Yukihiro Miyashita, Hiroshi Ueda, Naoki Adachi, Shinichi Aiba, Shogo Kamiguchi
  • Patent number: 11630998
    Abstract: A method for automatically training a neural network includes at a trainer having a first communication device and a perception recorder, continuously recording the surroundings in the vicinity of the first object; receiving, at the trainer, a message from a communication device associated with an object in the vicinity of the trainer, the message including information about the position and the type of the object; identifying a recording corresponding to the time at which the message is received from the object; correlating the received positional information about the second object with a corresponding location in the recording to identify the object in the recording; classifying the identified object based on the type of information received in the message from the object; and using the classified recording to train the neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Cohda Wireless Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Malik Khan, Mohamed Elbanhawi
  • Patent number: 11623635
    Abstract: A working vehicle (2) for use in agriculture is configured for mounting a laterally protruding implement on the vehicle front or vehicle rear. The vehicle has an electronically controllable drive motor (4), an electronically controllable brake system (6), a sensor arrangement (8) for measuring rotational movements or rotational oscillations about at least one of three reference axes, and an electronic control device (10) for evaluating sensor data and for activating the drive motor (4) or the brake system (6). A data storage (50) stores threshold values for the sensor data. The control device determines characteristic values for the respective rotational movement or rotational oscillation and decides whether a reduction in travel speed is required in view of the threshold values. If true, the travel speed is reduced until the characteristic value reaches or falls below the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: ZF CV Systems Global GmbH
    Inventors: Waldemar Kamischke, Dennis Sabelhaus
  • Patent number: 11619946
    Abstract: A method for generating a U-turn path in an autonomous vehicle includes calculating a drivable area, generating multiple paths drivable in the drivable area, filtering a driving strategy path among the multiple paths based on deep learning, and determining a final path from the filtered candidate paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Dong Oh
  • Patent number: 11613262
    Abstract: A driver assist design analysis system includes a processing system and a database that stores vehicle data, vehicle operational data, vehicle accident data, and environmental data related to the configuration and operation of a plurality of vehicles with driver assist systems or features. The driver assist design analysis system also includes one or more analysis engines that execute on the processing system to determine one or more driving anomalies (e.g., accidents or poor driving operation) based on the vehicle operational data, and that correlate or determine a statistical relationship between the driving anomalies and the operation of the driver assist systems or features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: Marc Fredman
  • Patent number: 11613238
    Abstract: A vehicle steering system comprises: a motor assembly operably coupled to a steering rack, the motor assembly comprising a motor having a rotor and a motor position sensor configured to sense a rotor angle of the motor in a single-turn range; and a rotary-to-linear conversion mechanism operably coupled between the motor assembly and the steering rack, the rotary-to-linear conversion mechanism comprising a rotor operably coupled to the rotor of the motor. A processor calculates an absolute angular position of the pinion in a full-turn range of rotation of the pinion based on the sensed rotor angle of the motor and a pinion angle sensed by a pinion angle sensor in a single-turn range, or based on the sensed rotor angle of the motor and an angle of the rotor of the rotary-to-linear conversion mechanism sensed by an angular position sensor in the single-turn range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: Tony Alan Dodak
  • Patent number: 11608109
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting magnetic turn counter errors with redundancy are provided. In one aspect, a magnetic field turn sensor system includes a magnetic field angle sensor having a sine bridge and a cosine bridge and first to third comparators configured to compare the outputs from the sine and cosine bridges. The system further includes a processor configured to receive outputs from each of the first to third comparators, determine that a combination of the outputs from the first to third comparators corresponds to an invalid state, and indicate a fault in response to determining that the combination of the outputs from the first to third comparators corresponds to the invalid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Analog Devices International Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Richard Gorbold, Gavin Patrick Cosgrave
  • Patent number: 11603000
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus includes a processor programmed to detect a state of each of a plurality of power sources constituting a power source system, the power source system supplying power to the autonomous driving system, and set a fail operation mode corresponding to whether the detected state of each of the plurality of power source is a state configured to supply an amount of power necessary for a safety of autonomous driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: Tomomi Hase, Mitsuharu Higashitani, Noriaki Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 11603102
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a system and method of modeling and controlling a traction of a wheel of the vehicle. The system includes an observer, a predictive controller and an online solver. The observer receives a dynamic model parameter of the wheel and determines an estimate of a wheel velocity and an uncertainty in the wheel velocity using a non-linear model of the wheel. The predictive controller determines an average gain and differential gain from the estimate of the wheel velocity and the uncertainty in the wheel velocity. The online solver calculates a motor torque and a wheel brake torque for increasing the traction of the wheel with a road based on the average gain and the differential gain. The motor torque and the wheel brake torque are applied at the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: Joonho Lee, Jason S. Rhee
  • Patent number: 11597452
    Abstract: A vehicle control station includes a hand rest and at least one micro-joystick positioned relative to the hand rest such that the hand rest is configured to locate an operator's hand and fingers in position to operate the at least one micro-joystick. A function enable switch is configured to activate the at least one micro-joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: JLG INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shane J. Mastronardi, Ignacy Puszkiewicz, Zeno Poltronieri, Roberto Marchesini, Matteo Lavagnini
  • Patent number: 11599092
    Abstract: A construction machine, in particular in the form of a crane such as a revolving tower crane, having a control apparatus for controlling at least one piece of work equipment of the construction machine using a structure data model that includes digital information on a structure to be erected and/or to be worked. A method of controlling such a construction machine with the aid of digital data from such a structure data model. The construction machine has a data exchange module connectable to the master construction site computer for the exchange of digital data with a master construction site computer, with the data exchange module having reading and/or writing means for reading and/or writing access to the master construction site computer. The construction machine carries out at least individual work steps such as the traveling of a construction element in automated manner using digital data from the master construction site computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Liebherr-Components Biberach GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Stanger