Patents Examined by Martin A Weeks
  • Patent number: 10368708
    Abstract: The invention relates to a household robot, in particular an automatically movable cleaning robot for a floor area, having a housing, having running gear which is arranged on the underside of the housing, having a sensor system for detecting the area surrounding the housing and having a control for automatically controlling the running gear, in which the technical problem of preventing soiling by excrement from a living being is solved by providing detection element for detecting a sub-area of the floor area which has been soiled by excrement from a living being and by the control element changing the operating mode of the household robot dependent on an output signal from the detection element. The invention also relates to a method for operating a household robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 10315659
    Abstract: An apparatus for a clutchless manual transmission includes a transmission, a drive shaft, and a motor shaft. The transmission includes an input shaft, an output shaft, and an intermediate gear. The input shaft is coupled to an engine shaft to receive power and the output shaft is coupled to the drive shaft to transmit power to a wheel of a vehicle. The input shaft and output shaft are coupled by a plurality of input and output shaft gears. A first synchronizer is coupled to the output shaft to selectively engage a particular output shaft gear, adjusting the speed of the output shaft relative to the input shaft. The motor shaft receives power from a motor and includes a second synchronizer to selectively engage the engine shaft to the drive shaft via the motor shaft. The apparatus can be used to reduce acceleration and turbo lag in hybrid and high-performance vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Chad L. Jacoby, Jacob M. Jurewicz, Joshua E. Siegel, Amos G. Winter, V, Young Suk Jo, Patricia Yen, Guillermo Pamanes Castillo, Daniel Scott Dorsch
  • Patent number: 10315633
    Abstract: A vehicle behavior control device is for use in a vehicle including a brake pedal, a master cylinder generating a hydraulic pressure in response to an operation with the brake pedal, an electric hydraulic pressure generator connected to the master cylinder and electrically generating a hydraulic pressure based on the operation with the brake pedal, and a wheel cylinder in each wheel for braking. The device controls a brake hydraulic pressure to be applied to the wheel cylinder to control vehicle behavior. When brake control is executed such that a brake hydraulic pressure not based on the operation with the brake pedal is generated if the brake pedal is not being operated, a hydraulic pressure applied to a wheel cylinder in a diagonal wheel positioned diagonal from a brake wheel for controlling the behavior of the vehicle is adjusted to the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamazaki, Satoshi Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10311729
    Abstract: A navigation system includes: a traffic condition calculation unit (222) that calculates an evaluation value indicating a traffic condition of each road segment included in a target area; a guidance route determination unit (223) that determines a route in which a degree of non-congestion based on the traffic condition evaluation value of a road segment included in a route to a destination of each vehicle is the highest as a guidance route on the basis of the traffic condition evaluation value calculated by the traffic condition calculation unit and the destination of each vehicle; and a guidance route providing unit (224) that provides the guidance routes determined by the guidance route determination unit to a driver of the corresponding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kiichi Sugimoto, Ryota Hiura, Takeshi Fukase, Takuma Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10287006
    Abstract: Sounds are generated by an aerial vehicle during operation. For example, the motors and propellers of an aerial vehicle generate sounds during operation. Disclosed are systems, methods, and apparatus for actively adjusting the shape of a propeller blade of an aerial vehicle during operation of the aerial vehicle. For example, the propeller blade may have one or more joints that adjust to alter the shape of the propeller blade. The altered shape of the propeller blade causes the propeller to generate different frequencies of sound as it rotates. By altering multiple propeller blades of the aerial vehicle, the different sounds generated by the different propeller blades may effectively cancel or reduce the total sound generated by the aerial vehicle, and/or alter the total frequency generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Gur Kimchi
  • Patent number: 10279813
    Abstract: A vehicular drive assist system performs drive assist for a vehicle traveling in each predetermined area while receiving a feedback on evaluation relating to ease of travel on a road in each of the areas. In the system, a management center performs evaluation of ease of travel on a road for each of the areas on the basis of information obtained from the vehicle and feeds back the evaluation result to the vehicle. In this case, a variation width of the evaluation relating to ease of travel is restricted on a basis of static factors of road environment for each of the areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 10280591
    Abstract: A work machine that can prevent restarting of an engine against a will of an operator from an idle stop state is provided. A hydraulic excavator includes a display device that displays a confirmation screen image for allowing an operator to confirm whether or not an engine is to be restarted from an idle stop state, and an inputting device that allows the operator to input a restart instruction for the engine in an interlocked relationship with the display of the confirmation screen image. A machine controller includes a restart controlling section that restarts the engine based on the restart instruction for the engine inputted by the inputting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Takigawa, Yasunori Ota, Shiho Izumi, Yuichiro Morita, Kouichi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10269241
    Abstract: A method for geographic region detection of traffic infrastructure via a receiver disposed in the region of the traffic infrastructure for a detection region of the receive unit, wherein status data of vehicles is communicated by the vehicles several times to the receive unit via wireless communication during the period in which vehicles pass through the detection region of the receiver, the receiver, or a processor connected to the receive unit, computes a vector for each vehicle, where the vector extends from a first position of the vehicle to a second position of the vehicle, and the receiver or the processor determines directions of travel of the vehicles and the geographic location of roadways and/or lanes of the roadways of the traffic infrastructure in the detection region from the vectors of all the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Fuereder, Thomas Sachse
  • Patent number: 10269192
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and computer-readable media for verifying operations of vehicle control systems are disclosed. During a test cycle, a vehicle-embedded computer device (VECD) may monitor control modules and/or sensors embedded in a vehicle for control system data (CSD), may generate and report fingerprint based on a combination of the CSD, and may report the fingerprint to a vehicle performance verification system (VPVS). During deployment, the VECD may monitor the control modules/sensors for CSD, may generate and performance results (PRs) based on a combination of the CSD, and may report the PRs to the VPVS. The VPVS may verify whether the control systems of the vehicle are operating as desired based on a comparison of the PRs with the fingerprint. The VPVS may generate and send an alert or flag to a remote device if the control systems of the vehicle are not operating as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Airbiquity Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin L. Garrett, Keefe Leung
  • Patent number: 10266028
    Abstract: A suspension system for a vehicle includes a plurality of air spring assemblies, each having an air spring, and a suspension position sensor; and a controller. The controller is programmed to determine corner forces associated with each air spring of the plurality of air spring assemblies based on a pressure provided by a pressure sensor and an effective area of each air spring of the plurality of air spring assemblies based on a total length provided by the suspension position sensor, according to a target total length of each air spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Mettrick, Chris Morgan, Christopher Archambo, Aditya Muktidoot
  • Patent number: 10270381
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an intelligent power control system for driving UAV motors comprising: a motor temperature reading unit, a processing unit and a motor power output controlling unit. The motor-temperature reading unit may be configured for reading a temperature of at least one motor mounted in the UAV. The processing unit may be configured for comparing whether the read temperature exceeds a first particular temperature, and controlling the motor power output controlling unit to adjust dynamically allowed maximum output power of various motors according to a comparison result. The present invention is also related to an intelligent power control system for driving UAV motors, and a UAV utilizing the intelligent power control system for driving UAV motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ye Tao
  • Patent number: 10232866
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for a train control system are disclosed, and are based on virtualization of train control logic and the use of cloud computing resources. A train control system is configured into two main parts. The first part includes physical elements of the train control system, and the second part includes a virtual train control system that provides the computing resources for the required train control application platforms. The disclosed architecture can be used with various train control technologies, including communications based train control, cab-signaling and fixed block, wayside signal technology. Further, the disclosure describes methodologies to convert cab-signaling and manual operations into distance to go operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Nabil N. Ghaly
  • Patent number: 10227021
    Abstract: A road load module is configured to determine a road load torque to maintain zero vehicle acceleration. An initialization module is configured to determine an initial torque based on the road load torque. A closed loop (CL) module is configured to: when a CL state transitions from an inactive state to an active state, set a CL torque to the initial torque; and when the CL state is in the active state after transitioning to the active state, adjust the CL torque based on a difference between a target vehicle speed and a vehicle speed. A motor torque module is configured to determine a motor torque command based on the CL torque and a motor torque request determined based on an accelerator pedal position. A switching control module is configured to, based on the motor torque command, control switching of an inverter and apply power to an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Love Lor, Adam J. Heisel, Nathaniel S. Michaluk, Robert L. Morris
  • Patent number: 10220845
    Abstract: A system and method for providing vehicle collision avoidance at an intersection include determining environmental parameters associated with a vicinity of the intersection. The system and method also include estimating a path of travel of a reference vehicle and a target vehicle, wherein the path of travel of the reference vehicle and the target vehicle are based on the environmental parameters and parameters pertaining to the reference vehicle and the target vehicle. Additionally, the system the method include estimating a probability of collision between the reference vehicle and the target vehicle at the intersection based on the path of travel of the reference vehicle and the target vehicle and providing a collision avoidance response, wherein a type of the collision avoidance response is based on the probability of collision between the reference vehicle and the target vehicle at the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Samir K. Al-Stouhi
  • Patent number: 10203220
    Abstract: An interactive system for use in connection with recreational vehicle usage includes a server system, including an off-road trail database containing trail data, trail condition information, and points-of-interest information, as well as a trip mapping system accessible by any of a plurality of riders, allowing a rider to create a route based on the data in the off-road trip database. The server system further includes a trail maintenance interface accessible by users affiliated with an authorized group to edit the trail data, trail condition information, and points-of-interest information associated with the authorized group. The server system includes a location data management system configured to receive location data, allowing a rider to publish location information to one or more other riders, and a user feedback interface configured to receive trip data from riders for publication, including information describing an actual route and user data associated with that route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Koenig, Daren W. Herman, John W. Callahan, Todd L. Frostad, Christopher G. Wolf, William C. Fisher, Kim A. Weckert, Joseph D. Tharaldson, Adam C. Koosmann, Gary L. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10203214
    Abstract: An approach is provided for filtering device location points in a sampled trajectory while maintaining path reconstructability. The approach involves determining a first location point in the sampled trajectory that is an unfiltered location point. The sampled trajectory includes device location points sampled by a device traversing a road network. The approach also involves determining a fastest alternative path from the first location point to a second location point. The approach further involves calculating a sampling time difference between a time at which the first location point was sampled and another time at which the second location point was sampled. The approach further involves designating the second location point as a next unfiltered location point when the sampling time difference is within a threshold value of a free-flow travel time calculated for the fastest alternative path. Otherwise, the second location point is designated as a filtered location point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Bo Xu, Muhammed Mas-Ud Hussain
  • Patent number: 10198003
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes at least one imaging device attached to a vehicle and that captures multiple images, and a control circuit that generates a composite image from the multiple images and displays the composite image on a display unit. The vehicle is operated according to a user operation on a portion of the display unit on which the composite image is being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Peter Duerr
  • Patent number: 10191496
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is provided. The UAV includes a main body, a plurality of motors connected to the main body, each of the plurality of motors having a rotor blade, a plurality of ultrasonic sensors located at least one of the plurality of motors and the main body, and transmitting and receiving ultrasonic waves to and from a ground surface, and measuring distances from the ground surface, a gyro sensor disposed at the main body and maintaining the UAV in a horizontal state, and a controller disposed at the main body, detecting an unevenness of the ground surface based on the distances from the plurality of ultrasonic sensors to the ground surface, generating a control signal whether to land on the ground surface or not in response to the detection of the unevenness, and transmitting the control signal to the plurality of motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Foundation of Soongsil University-Industry Cooperation
    Inventors: Jin Oh Kim, Sang Ok Seon
  • Patent number: 10173723
    Abstract: This disclosure describes various embodiments for steering wheel recoupling for an autonomous vehicle. In an embodiment, a steering system is described. The steering system may comprise a steering wheel, wheels controlled by the steering wheel, and a wheel alignment control module. The wheel alignment control module may be configured to determine the steering wheel is decoupled from the steering system, determine a current angle of the wheels controlled by the steering wheel, activate an indicator, the indicator determined based, at least in part, upon the current angle, determine the steering wheel is positioned for recoupling, and recouple the steering wheel to the steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. James
  • Patent number: 10168703
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assessing, detecting, and responding to malfunctions involving components of autonomous vehicles and/or smart homes are described herein. A risk of malfunction and/or cyber-attack may be determined by collecting operating data from a plurality of autonomous vehicles and/or smart homes. The operating data may be analyzed to identify occurrences of a component malfunctioning. For each component, a risk associated with malfunctioning and/or cyber-attack may be determined based upon the identified occurrences. Based on the risks, at least one result associated with the malfunction and/or cyber-attack may be determined. A component profile may be generated based upon the determined risk and/or the impact of the determined results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris