Patents Examined by Marthe Y. Marc-Coleman
  • Patent number: 11029191
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the weight and at least a first coordinate of the center of gravity of a structure such as a vehicle, in particular, an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space S.A.U.
    Inventors: Ángel Gago Tripero, Fernando Ibáñez Gruas
  • Patent number: 11029162
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for creating a navigation data source for use with a navigation system configured for route determination based on associated costs. The navigation data source comprises a cost data set associated with a navigation data set that represents a map of a geographic region and defines at least a plurality of gateways. Each of the gateways of the plurality of gateways may be associated with a position located within the geographic region and associated with a gateway of a further navigation data set representing a map of another geographic region. The cost data set comprises cost data that defines, for at least some of the possible gateway pairs of the plurality of gateways, at least a cost value with each cost value indicating a cost for a route between gateways of a respective gateway pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Martin Pfeifle, Jonghyun Suh, Tomas Jurco, Andre Reichert
  • Patent number: 11027728
    Abstract: An integrated object formation unit of a vehicle control device forms integrated objects, which are integral objects, the boundaries of the integrated objects being determined from the positional relationship between two or ore objects in a prescribed distance range. An interference prediction unit of the vehicle control device predicts the probability of the integrated objects, instead of each of the objects, coming into contact with, or near, a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oguro, Daichi Kato
  • Patent number: 11029167
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for probabilistic navigation planning. An exemplary probabilistic navigation method may comprise: obtaining a map of an environment comprising one or more first objects each associated with a probability model; obtaining one or more global factors and local factors to update the probability models, wherein the global factors apply to all of the first objects and the local factors apply to a portion of the first objects; and determining a navigation for a second object through at least a part of the environment based at least on minimizing a total collision probability with the first objects along the navigation according to the updated probability models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Voyager Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zafar Takhirov
  • Patent number: 11027599
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods to adjust dimming associated with dual panel sunroof are disclosed. A disclosed sunroof dimming system for a vehicle includes a first dimmable panel of a sunroof and a second dimmable panel of the sunroof. The first dimmable panel is moveable relative to the second dimmable panel to open or close the sunroof. The sunroof dimming system also includes a controller operatively coupled to the first and second dimmable panels. The controller is configured to adjust dimming associated with the first and second dimmable panels to maintain a brightness of an external light associated with a vehicle cabin that is experienced by a vehicle occupant when the sunroof changes between a closed state and an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Shintaro Katsura
  • Patent number: 11021152
    Abstract: A driving system for an electric vehicle may include a shift assembly receiving power from a motor, and providing a plurality of shift gears using a plurality of meshed external gear pairs, a clutch intermittently transferring power from the motor to the shift assembly, a gear lever allowing a driver to sequentially select a plurality of assigned positions that are discontinuously disposed, a position sensor detecting the assigned positions to which the gear lever sequentially moves, on the basis of continuous changes in physical quantities, a clutch actuator actuating the clutch, a shift actuator actuating the shift assembly to change gear shifts, and a controller configured for controlling the clutch actuator, the shift actuator, and the motor to change gear shifts by receiving signals from the position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Joon Lee, Hyun Noh Kim, Jin Ho Kim, Jong Sool Park, Kyeong Hun Lee, Bong Guy Son, Jong Sung Kim, Jin Young Hwang
  • Patent number: 11022691
    Abstract: A 3-D lidar sensor, in particular, for motor vehicles, includes a laser beam source, an optical receiver and a scanning system for deflecting a laser beam generated by the laser beam source in two scanning directions perpendicular to each other; to increase the functionality, a further detection device for deviations from normal operation being provided in the 3-D lidar sensor. In addition, a corresponding method for operating the 3-D lidar sensor is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Annette Frederiksen, Axel Buettner, Hans-Jochen Schwarz, Jan Sparbert, Joem Ostrinsky, Klaus Stoppel, Mustafa Kamil, Siegwart Bogatscher
  • Patent number: 11022408
    Abstract: A system operative to down a target drone having propellers deployed along a perimeter p, comprising a processor-controlled interceptor drone bearing a processor-controlled flexible elongate intercepting agent cannon and an onboard camera; and an onboard processor to receive sensed wind conditions and to a firing distance d, between interceptor and target drones, given a firing angle A, and wherein the processor is configured to track the target drone using imagery generated by the onboard camera including at least once, when said wind conditions exist, guiding the interceptor drone to a firing position whose distance from the target drone is d, and commanding the cannon to fire at firing angle A, once said firing position is achieved, thereby to use the flexible elongate intercepting agent to down target drones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ELTA SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Gil Klar
  • Patent number: 11014649
    Abstract: Systems and methods for deploying adjacent trailing edge flaps that are part of different flap assemblies of different stiffnesses are disclosed. An exemplary method comprises: deploying a first flap of a first flap assembly having a first stiffness by a first deployment amount and deploying a second flap adjacent the first flap by a second deployment amount where the deployment amount of the first flap part of the flap assembly of lower stiffness is greater than the second deployment amount of the second flap part of the flap assembly of higher stiffness. The difference in deployment amounts may be adapted to improve continuity between the first flap and the second flap when the first and second flaps are deployed and subjected to an aerodynamic load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Iyad Akel, Dmitry Budnitsky, Howard Ian Smith, Thomas Hanson
  • Patent number: 11017325
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for passive visit detection. In aspects, a mobile device comprising a set of sensors may collect and store sensor data from the set of sensors in response to detecting a movement event or user interaction data. The collected sensor data may be processed and provided as input to one or more predictive or statistical models. The model(s) may evaluate the sensor data to detect mobile device location, movement events and visit events. The model(s) may also be used to determine correlations between features of the sensor data and movement- or location-based events, optimize the types of data collected by the set of sensors, extend localized predictions to large-scale ecosystems, and generate battery-efficient state predictions. In aspects, the model(s) may be trained using labeled and/or unlabeled data sets of sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Foursquare Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Yang, Lauren Hannah, Daniel Kronovet, Catgatay Berk Kapicioglu
  • Patent number: 11014542
    Abstract: A braking control device comprises: an operational displacement sensor detecting operational displacement of a braking member; a first hydraulic pressure unit that reads operational displacement as a first displacement processing value via a first displacement signal line and adjusts braking hydraulic pressure based on the first displacement processing value; a second hydraulic pressure unit that reads operational displacement as a second displacement processing value via a second displacement signal line and adjusts braking hydraulic pressure based on the second displacement processing value; and a communication bus transmitting signals between the first and second hydraulic pressure units. The first hydraulic pressure unit acquires the second displacement processing value via the communication bus and determines suitability/unsuitability of the first displacement processing value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhito Ishida, Takayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11014789
    Abstract: A construction machine, in particular in the form of a crane, cable excavator or similar, comprising an electronic control device for controlling and/or detecting operating parameters, in addition to at least one drive device for moving a functional element, especially a load take-up means. The functional element of the construction machine is guided in the desired direction by the exertion of manipulation forces on the functional element, or on a component fastened thereto, or the functional element is moved manually in a designated direction, this motion then being assisted by the drives of the construction machine. If the functional element is manually pressed or pulled in a designated direction and/or rotated, or if this is at least attempted, these motion attempts are detected and converted into a corresponding positioning motion of the construction machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-COMPONENTS BIBERACH GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Palberg, Juergen Resch, Oliver Fenker
  • Patent number: 11014550
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a hybrid power-split transmission of a vehicle involve obtaining measured rotational speeds of an engine and an electric motor of the transmission, wherein the transmission comprises at least two input shafts having a gear set therebetween and an output shaft, wherein one input shaft is coupled to the engine and another input shaft is connected to the electric motor, determining a main torque profile for the electric motor based on a set of operating conditions of the vehicle, calculating a speed difference between the measured rotational speeds of the engine and the electric motor, determining a disturbance torque profile for the electric motor based on the calculated speed difference, and performing closed-loop control of the electric motor based on a combination of the main and disturbance torque profiles to mitigate a disturbance at the output shaft of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Konstantinos Siokos, Sandeep Makam, Yang Liang, Lurun Zhong, Chinmaya Mittal
  • Patent number: 11017681
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle may include a flight control circuit configured to control flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle and to provide a flight path based at least on an actual position of the unmanned aerial vehicle and a desired target position for the unmanned aerial vehicle; and at least one sensor configured to monitor an environment of the unmanned aerial vehicle and to detect one or more obstacles in the environment; wherein the flight control circuit is further configured to determine a local flight path to avoid a collision with one or more detected obstacles, and to superimpose the flight path with the local flight path, thereby generating a flight path to the desired target position avoiding a collision with the one or more detected obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Markus Achtelik, Jan Stumpf, Daniel Gurdan
  • Patent number: 11014533
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system include a cloud computing center with one or more servers, storage coupled to the one or more servers, and a communication interface coupled to the one or more servers. A plurality of devices are communicatively coupled to the communication interface of the cloud computing center, so that the plurality of devices can communicate with the cloud computing center and with each other via the cloud computing center. At least one of the plurality of devices is a vehicle. A plurality of functional modules include instructions that, when executed by the cloud computing center, by at least one the plurality of devices, or by both the cloud computing center and at least one of the plurality of devices, enable functions including remote or direct interaction with the vehicle and, when there is direct interaction, personalization of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Gerald Krainer, Jean Loubinoux, Martin Schoell, Marco Hoeglinger
  • Patent number: 11009879
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle control system includes an aerial vehicle and a computing device. The aerial vehicle includes an altitude controller and a lateral propulsion controller. The computing device includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the computing device to obtain location data corresponding to a location of the aerial vehicle; obtain wind data; determine an altitude command, a latitude command, and a longitude command based on at least one of the location data or the wind data; cause the altitude controller to implement at least one of the altitude command, the latitude command, or the longitude command; and cause the lateral propulsion controller to implement at least one of the altitude command, the latitude command, or the longitude command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Loon LLC
    Inventors: Sergey Vichik, Cyrus Behroozi, C. O. Lee Boyce, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11005396
    Abstract: Implementations of the present application relate to a starting method and apparatus for a permanent magnet synchronous motor, a power system, and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The method includes: obtaining a current motor rotational speed and motor position information of the permanent magnet synchronous motor; determining whether the current motor rotational speed is less than a preset minimum rotational speed, and if the current motor rotational speed is less than the preset minimum rotational speed, using the preset minimum rotational speed as a feedback rotational speed; otherwise, using the current motor rotational speed as a feedback rotational speed; and performing closed-loop control on the permanent magnet synchronous motor according to the feedback rotational speed and the motor position information. In this way, the starting method is simplified and simpler. Potential failure risks in various states in the prior art are avoided, thereby effectively improving reliability of a starting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yidong Chen
  • Patent number: 11004281
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor. The instructions include receiving diagnostic information from a vehicle, processing the diagnostic information to diagnose a vehicle failure, and outputting repair instructions for addressing the vehicle failure. A corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Castro Duran, Jose Adan Cortina, Nestor Eduardo Rueda
  • Patent number: 10994582
    Abstract: A forecarriage (8) of a rolling motor vehicle (4), comprising a forecarriage frame (16), a pair of front wheels kinematically connected to each other and to the forecarriage frame (16) by means of a first kinematic mechanism (20), each wheel being connected to said first kinematic mechanism (20) by means of a respective axle journal (60), a roll block system (100) comprising a second kinematic mechanism (110) that directly connects the two wheels to one another at the respective axle journals (60) between two connection points and can assume a free configuration in which the second kinematic mechanism (110) can passively follow the movements of the two wheels with respect to each other without interfering with them and a blocked configuration in which the second kinematic mechanism (110) can set the distance between said two points thus preventing rolling movements between the two wheels while allowing pitching and steering movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A
    Inventor: Andrea Raffaelli
  • Patent number: 10976732
    Abstract: A teleoperator device may be configured to obtain a request for teleoperator assistance from a driverless vehicle and obtain teleoperator data in response to the request. The teleoperator device may also be configured to record at least some of the teleoperator input and/or guidance transmitted to the driverless vehicle based on the teleoperator input. Upon receiving a subsequent request, the teleoperator device may be configured to reproduce at least part of the former teleoperator input and/or to provide an option to activate guidance associated with the teleoperator input. The teleoperator device may also be configured to train a model and/or use a model to determine from vehicle data an option for presentation via a teleoperator interface and/or a presentation configuration of the teleoperator interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Lee Kelly Lockwood, Ravi Gogna, Gary Linscott, Paul Orecchio, Dan Xie, Ashutosh Gajanan Rege, Jesse Sol Levinson