Patents Examined by Marthe Y. Marc-Coleman
  • Patent number: 10374732
    Abstract: The invention is directed to methods for radio frequency spectral analysis. Accordingly, flight instructions are executed on a first UAV to fly in a first flight pattern relative to a signal source. The first UAV detects radio signal(s) from the signal source and associated signal data. Flight instructions are concurrently executed on a second UAV to fly in a second flight pattern, relative to the first flight pattern of the first UAV. The second UAV also detects radio signal(s) from the signal source and associated signal data. The stored signal data from the drones may then be processed for visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Howard Melamed, Stevan Melamed, Chris Svanberg, Matias Ponce, Michael Horvat
  • Patent number: 10373505
    Abstract: A system and method for rapidly modifying flight mission plans for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is described. This includes a programming controller that requests the name of the existing flight mission in the UAV. When the requested name of the existing flight mission in the UAV is found to be the same name as that of the desired flight mission in the programming controller then the UAV is simply enabled by the programming controller to carry out the desired flight mission. When the requested name of the existing flight mission in the UAV is found not to be the same name as the modified flight mission in the programming controller then the programming controller creates and provides instructions to the UAV for rapidly updating the existing flight mission into the desired flight mission. These rapid updating instructions are similar to currently used ways of synchronizing personal computers in point-in-time procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ken Argo
  • Patent number: 10370123
    Abstract: Aircraft control surface actuation systems and methods are described herein. An example control surface actuation system includes an interface cable, a test interface, and a controller. The test interface is to be disposed in an electrical equipment (EE) bay of an aircraft and operatively coupled to an actuator associated with a control surface of the aircraft. The interface cable is to be connected between the test interface and the controller, and the controller is to transmit a signal via the interface cable to the test interface to control the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Porter, Amber Beasley, Peter Partel
  • Patent number: 10363926
    Abstract: A controller for a vehicle includes failure diagnosis circuitry and drive control circuitry. The failure diagnosis circuitry is configured to perform a failure diagnosis of an internal combustion engine system while an internal combustion engine is in operation. The drive control circuitry is configured to operate the internal combustion engine in a charge depleting mode operation in which an electric motor mainly moves the vehicle while the internal combustion engine is not run only for charging a battery. The drive control circuitry is configured to run the internal combustion engine if a predetermined condition is satisfied in the charge depleting mode operation. The drive control circuitry is configured to continue running the internal combustion engine in order to perform the failure diagnosis even if the predetermined condition is unsatisfied while the internal combustion engine is run in the charge depleting mode operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ikue Habu
  • Patent number: 10365652
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. The systems and methods calculate lane plan data including a set of lane plans defining a route from a start location to a destination location, solve a motion planning algorithm to produce solved lane plan data defining a solved lane plan and a trajectory therefor, receive forthcoming distance data representing a forthcoming distance, determine a feasible lane based on the solved lane plan data within the forthcoming distance, remove a lane plan from the lane plan data to produce feasible lane plan data including a feasible lane plan defining a route from the start location to the destination location, and control motion of the vehicle based on the feasible lane plan data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Allan, Shiva Ghose
  • Patent number: 10351231
    Abstract: A helicopter autopilot system includes an inner loop for attitude hold for the flight of the helicopter including a given level of redundancy applied to the inner loop. An outer loop is configured for providing a navigation function with respect to the flight of the helicopter including a different level of redundancy than the inner loop. An actuator provides a braking force on a linkage that serves to stabilize the flight of the helicopter during a power failure. The actuator is electromechanical and receives electrical drive signals to provide automatic flight control of the helicopter without requiring a hydraulic assistance system in the helicopter. The autopilot can operate the helicopter in a failed mode of the hydraulic assistance system. A number of flight modes are described with associated sensor inputs including rate based and true attitude modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Merlin Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Mercer, Nicholas Albion, Mark Bartel, Marc Feifel, Mark Marvin
  • Patent number: 10351132
    Abstract: Provided is a control system for use in an own motor vehicle adapted to: detect a first other motor vehicle participating in traffic in front of the own motor vehicle and a second other motor vehicle in the rear of the own motor vehicle using at least one surroundings sensor; determine a current driving situation of the own motor vehicle with respect to the current driving situation of the first and second other motor vehicles based on the movements of the first and/or second other motor vehicles and the own motor vehicle; repeatedly determine a measure of a brake requirement in the form of, for example, a time until the beginning of a deceleration; and, provided that a necessity measure exceeds a predetermined threshold, trigger a deceleration of the own vehicle at a point in time which lies before the determined time until the beginning of a deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Georg Schneider, Sascha Heinrichs-Bartscher
  • Patent number: 10345427
    Abstract: A method for tracking the navigation of a mobile carrier, in which an extended Kalman filter estimates, over successive iterations, a navigation state of the carrier. Each iteration propagates a previous navigation state of the carrier into a propagated state, updates the propagated state according to measurements acquired by at least one navigation sensor. The updating includes: calculating a linear correction term from an innovation representative of a difference between the measurements acquired by the navigation sensor and the propagated state, calculating an exponential of the linear correction in terms of a Lie group, calculating a first correction term expressed in a reference frame that is fixed relative to the carrier, calculating a second correction term expressed in an inertial reference frame in which the carrier is mobile, and adding the second correction term to the value of the variable contained in the propagated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE, ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS-A.R.M.I.N.E.S.
    Inventors: Axel Barrau, Silvere Bonnabel
  • Patent number: 10345822
    Abstract: A system, comprising a processor, and a memory, the memory including instructions to be executed by the processor to acquire the images of the vehicle environment, determine a cognitive map, which includes a top-down view of the vehicle environment, based on the image, and operate the vehicle based on the cognitive map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mostafa Parchami, Vahid Taimouri, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius
  • Patent number: 10343658
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for determining the braking status of trailers and dollies in a multi-trailer vehicle train. A vehicle controller receives inputs from the vehicle to determine an estimate of the total vehicle mass from the dynamic response of the vehicle to an input such as application of engine torque, and to determine an estimate of the loads of the vehicle based on information provided from trailers and dollies communicating with the vehicle controller. A plausibility analysis is conducted to determine whether the estimates are within a tolerance range indicative of whether all of the trailers and dollies are communicating with the vehicle controller. If the vehicle controller determines that not all of the trailer and dolly anti-lock braking and/or stability control systems are available, the vehicle controller may in subsequent braking events command trailer and dolly brake application at a reduced level intended to avoid trailer and dolly wheel skidding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Tober
  • Patent number: 10337880
    Abstract: A burden estimation device includes a state space configuration unit, a history learning unit acquiring from the user and storing in a storage unit data related to the burden on the user when the user travels to the destination along the travel route, an individual burden estimation unit evaluating a total travel burden and estimating an individual burden that is the burden on the user in correspondence with each of the states included in the state space through reinforcement learning that sets the total travel burden as a reward, and a total travel burden estimation unit estimating the total travel burden corresponding to an unknown travel route based on the estimated individual burden if the unknown travel route is set and the individual burden has already been estimated for at least some of the states defined in correspondence with the unknown travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI
    Inventors: Ko Koga, Takuji Yamada, Keiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10336155
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for hybrid vehicles includes: a heater core receiving engine cooling water from an engine and heat an air blown into a vehicle room; an electric water pump pumping the engine cooling water through the heater core when a motor vehicle is switched from an engine drive mode to a motor drive mode; a discharged air temperature sensing unit sensing a discharged air temperature as a temperature of an air discharged into the vehicle room; and a control unit when the motor vehicle is switched from the engine drive mode to the motor drive mode differentially controls a rotational speed of the electric water pump depending on a temperature difference between the discharged air temperature inputted from the discharged air temperature sensing unit and a target discharge temperature calculated in advance based on internal/external temperature conditions and a user set temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Sang Jun Yoo, Young Min Kim, Tae Eun Kim, Se Won Min, Chang Hyun Baek, Hong Rae Jung
  • Patent number: 10331135
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, an obstacle management method includes receiving, via sensing devices, sensor data relating to an environment associated with a vehicle, and determining, with the sensor data, the presence of an obstacle that at least partially obstructs an intended path of the vehicle in a first lane adjacent to a second lane and at least partially occludes a view of the second lane by a first sensing device. The method further includes positioning the vehicle with respect to the obstacle to improve the view of the second lane by the first sensing device without significantly obstructing the second lane, determining a second path that circumnavigates the obstacle and rejoins the intended path, and monitoring the opposing lane via the first sensing device to determine when the second path is clear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Peter Gao, Yiqi Gao, Siddhartho Bhattacharya
  • Patent number: 10328803
    Abstract: the control device for electric vehicle in the first embodiment, in the electric vehicle including the motor that functions as the traveling driving source and provides a regenerative braking force to the vehicle, and the friction brakes that provide the friction braking force to the vehicle, detects the motor rotation speed proportionate to a running speed of this electric vehicle, estimates the disturbance torque that acts on the motor, and performs the control such that the motor torque command value converges to the disturbance torque estimated value as the motor rotation speed decreases. Then, when the motor rotation speed becomes almost 0, the control device performs the control such that the friction-braking-amount command value with respect to the friction brakes converges to a value determined on the basis of the disturbance torque estimated value, and causes the motor torque command value to converge to almost 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Komatsu, Ken Itou, Takashi Nakajima, Yuuji Katsumata, Akira Sawada
  • Patent number: 10331687
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for repairing vehicles. A computing device having first and second software executables can determine vehicle identification information (VII) that identifies a vehicle. The computing device can store first and second vehicle identifiers that are based on the VII and are respectively associated with the first and second software executables, where the first vehicle identifier differs from the second vehicle identifier. The computing device can be used to repair the vehicle by at least: receiving a request to activate the first software executable, and activating the first software executable at least by providing the stored first vehicle identifier to the first software executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Joshua C. Covington, Roy Steven Brozovich
  • Patent number: 10322803
    Abstract: A method includes generating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control signal to fly the UAV over a worksite and capture imagery information at different geographic locations. The imagery information is used to generate a tree inventory metric that indicates a tree inventory at the worksite, or is used to generate a productivity metric that identifies a productivity category for a geographic location at the worksite. The method also generates an action signal based on the tree inventory metric or productivity metric, such as an action signal to deploy machines to different geographic location, or an action signal to update a worksite completion metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Matthew J. Flood, Mark J. Cherney, Andrew W. Kahler, Richard Lawler
  • Patent number: 10325501
    Abstract: A lane-deviation-suppressing-system (1) sets a target point in front of a lane when a vehicle travels, and calculates, as a target trajectory, an trajectory causing the vehicle to travel to the set target trajectory, using a polynomial of fifth-order with respect to time. Then, the system judges that a recalculation of the target trajectory is necessary if the vehicle traveling along the target trajectory returns to the target point after separating from the target point in an orthogonal direction to an extending direction of the lane. If the system judges that the recalculation of the target trajectory is necessary, it recalculates that. For calculating the target trajectory, depending on a vehicle traveling state, the system selects a fifth or higher order polynomial or a polynomial of first-order with respect to time. If using the first-order polynomial, it is used by calculating a lateral speed at which the vehicle moves in the orthogonal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazumichi Oka
  • Patent number: 10323617
    Abstract: An apparatus for starting an engine of a mild hybrid electric vehicle may include: an ignition switch including a plurality of contact points; an external temperature detector configured for detecting an external temperature of the mild hybrid electric vehicle; an SOC detector configured for detecting a state of charge (SOC) of a battery; a mild starter & generator (MHSG) including a stator and a rotor disposed inside the stator, and starting the engine or generating electricity according to an output of the engine; a starter starting the engine; an MHSG wheel rotating integrally with the rotor, and having at least three teeth on a circumference thereof; an MHSG position detector configured for detecting positions of the teeth; and a controller determining a top dead center (TDC) of a predetermined cylinder based on a signal of the MHSG position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: YoungMin Kim, Yong Ug Kim
  • Patent number: 10316492
    Abstract: A movable machine including a chassis, a tool coupled to the chassis, an operator control carried by the chassis and a controller. The controller is communicatively coupled to the operator control. The controller being configured to send a force feedback and/or a vibration feedback to the operator control thereby conveying information to the operator. The information is not related to a load encountered by the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Gary R. Kassen, Duqiang Wu, Aditya Singh, Uli Melchinger, Navneet Gulati, Patrick T. Dean
  • Patent number: 10319233
    Abstract: A parking assist method for assisting parking of a subject vehicle uses a parking assist apparatus comprising a controller and a display. The controller guides the subject vehicle to a parking space. The parking assist method includes detecting available parking spaces into which the subject vehicle can be parked, setting a parking space suitable for parking of the subject vehicle among the detected plurality of available parking spaces as a recommended available parking space in accordance with the traveling state of the subject vehicle, displaying the recommended available parking space on the display, setting the recommended available parking space displayed on the display as a target parking space for the subject vehicle on the basis of an operation by a driver or passenger, and performing automated control of the subject vehicle to park the subject vehicle into the target parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Hayakawa