Patents Examined by Mary Cheung
  • Patent number: 11446423
    Abstract: An autonomous medical waste collection assembly comprises a base adapted to be positioned near a patient. At least one wheel is powered to move the base along a floor surface. A waste collection unit is coupled to the base for receiving medical waste from the patient. The waste collection unit includes a canister for holding the medical waste. A controller is operable to initiate a waste disposal protocol. The waste disposal protocol includes transmitting a movement signal to the powered wheel for automatically moving the autonomous medical waste collection assembly away from the patient to a disposal station. A user input device is in communication with the controller. The user input device is adapted to provide a user input signal in response to being actuated by a user. The controller is configured to initiate the waste disposal protocol in response to receiving the user input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen J. Reasoner, Andy Staats, Brian MacLachlan, Tamitha M. Dollman
  • Patent number: 11427348
    Abstract: A method and device for optimizing tests of systems, in particular of an aircraft, including a first display module displaying a list of tests that can be executed by systems, a selection module allowing an operator to select a set of tests to be executed and communicate it to an optimization module which determines a sequence of tests representing an optimized execution of the set of tests to be executed, the sequence of tests being displayed by a second display module for an operator, a decision module generating either a first signal if the operator validates the sequence of tests, or a second signal if the operator cancels the sequence of tests, and a control module which, if the first signal is generated, commands the execution of the sequence of tests by each of the systems, and generates results of the execution thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Anne-laure Desclaux-Chevalier, Serge Passemar, Christelle Senegas, Jean-Christophe Rey, Emmanuelle Escorihuela, Christophe Bressy
  • Patent number: 11427166
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adaptive autonomous emergency braking (AEB) control method. An adaptive AEB control method includes identifying a front vehicle to be avoided on the basis of front-view information acquired through a front-view sensor, setting a steering avoidable area on the basis of speed information and lateral acceleration information of a host vehicle, adaptively determining an AEB activation time point on the basis of whether a vehicle is present in the set steering avoidable area, and controlling AEB activation on the basis of the adaptively determined AEB activation time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Yoon Kim
  • Patent number: 11410473
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for predictive part maintenance by identifying component service programs indicating one or more components to track usage of in one or more aircraft for a given time period; tracking component usage in the one or more aircraft for the one or more components to identify scheduled removals for instances of the one or more components within the given time period; amalgamating component removals across the one or more aircraft for the one or more components; amalgamating component demand across the component service programs for the one or more components based on the scheduled removals and the component removals; and generating and transmitting an inventory alert based on the component demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Zhennong Wang, Michael M. Arita
  • Patent number: 11396306
    Abstract: Presented are driver alert systems with control logic for powertrain energy tracking and reporting, methods for making/using such systems, and electric-drive vehicles with alert systems for providing driver cues to indicate real-time potential energy buildup in the powertrain. A method of operating a driver alert system for an electric-drive vehicle includes a vehicle controller receiving a selection of a powertrain operating mode. Responsive to the received selection, the vehicle controller determines a buildup of output torque generated via an electric traction motor for an impending vehicle maneuver associated with the selected powertrain operating mode. The controller accesses a memory-stored, torque-based lookup table to retrieve an output level calibrated to an in-vehicle sensory output device and corresponding to an output torque value for the determined torque buildup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Frank C. Valeri, Glenn Pietila, Alan P. Oppenheiser, Mayra A. Martinez Diaz
  • Patent number: 11383620
    Abstract: A vehicle receives sensor data that includes image data of frames that depict one or more individuals outside of the vehicle, and identifies, by analyzing the sensor data using one or more attribute recognition techniques, a set of attributes of an individual of the one or more individuals. The vehicle determines a set of scores indicating a set of likelihoods of a set of vehicle configurations being a preferred vehicle configuration for the individual, based on a data model performing a machine-learning-driven analysis of attribute data identifying the set of attributes, and/or location data identifying a location of the individual relative to the vehicle. The vehicle selects a particular vehicle configuration based on a score that indicates a likelihood of the particular vehicle configuration being the preferred vehicle configuration and provides an instruction to cause a vehicle component to implement the particular vehicle configuration by updating a configurable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Qiaochu Tang, Geoffrey Dagley, Avid Ghamsari, Micah Price, Jason Hoover
  • Patent number: 11383734
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus for controlling a vehicle, comprising, a setting unit that accepts setting of a destination; an acquisition unit that acquires peripheral information of the vehicle; and a control unit that controls traveling of the vehicle based on the peripheral information, wherein the control unit executes, if the destination has been set, first control in which first assist for a course change is performed in accordance with a case in which the vehicle has entered a course change area from a first road existing on a traveling route to the destination to a second road connected to the first road, and executes, if the destination has not been set, second control in which second assist with an assist level lower than in the first assist is performed on a road existing on a current traveling route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daichi Kato, Nozomu Hirosawa, Kanta Tsuji, Atsushi Ishioka
  • Patent number: 11370346
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems are provided for forming an autonomous vehicle of an upper body unit configured to consume space in an upward direction to minimize a horizontal footprint and enable a stacking of vehicle components on top of each other in the upward direction; a lower chassis unit configured to oppose the upper body unit and include a structure for supporting the modular unit with prismatic cross members to configure to a range of module unit widths, the lower chassis unit including: a set of structural rails on either side of the lower chassis unit configured in a rigid frame unit with longitudinal members wherein the structural rails can be attached to another corresponding set of structural rails; a plurality of compartment units including: front-compartment, rear-compartment, and mid-compartment units configured to be attached on either side of the lower chassis unit for the forming of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Brian V. Castillo, Wade W. Bryant
  • Patent number: 11370483
    Abstract: A haptic feedback mechanism for steering by wire system includes a motor. Electronic circuitry includes a node and switches for controlling the motor. A voltage sensor at the node and a motion sensor for the DC motor feed a motor control logic module that is operative to: determine if the voltage at the node is above a predetermined threshold; determine if the input motion is above a predetermined speed; and change the switches into an overcurrent protection mode if the voltage is above the predetermined threshold or the input motion is above the predetermined speed. In overcurrent protection mode, electrical power, generated by the input motion, passes through resistance and/or the motor to dissipate while maintaining haptic feedback. An endstop mechanism includes a position sensor coupled to the haptic feedback mechanism for detecting an angular position of the motor to increase feedback torque near an endstop of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Sensata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Max L. Kotula, Maxwell C. Geary, Brent R. Chinnock, Andrew F. Willner
  • Patent number: 11358609
    Abstract: A method for warning a driver of a motorcycle and a ride assistant controller for implementing or controlling such method are described. The method includes monitoring traffic situations based on signals from at least one sensor; upon detecting a critical traffic situation based on the signals from the at least one sensor, warning the driver by inducing an acceleration change onto the motorcycle; wherein a current lean angle of the motorcycle is monitored and a manner and/or degree of inducing the acceleration change onto the motorcycle is set taking into account the current lean angle of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Yuki Oshida
  • Patent number: 11351976
    Abstract: A motor torque control method for a motor-driven vehicle is carried out when a vehicle reduces its speed to a low speed or is in a stopped state, gear backlash and torsion of a drivetrain are minimized, and thus impact on the drivetrain which may occur during starting or restarting of a vehicle is minimized. The motor control method includes determining whether vehicle speed is in a speed reducing state less than a set vehicle speed or in a stopped state; determining a required torque command, an anti-jerk torque, and an additional drivetrain arrangement torque for removing drivetrain backlash based on vehicle operation state information when the speed reducing state or the stopped state is determined; and determining a motor torque command by using the required torque command, the anti-jerk torque, and the drivetrain arrangement torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jong Ho Lee, Jung Woo Seo, Eui Sun Hong
  • Patent number: 11338940
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for predictive part maintenance by generating a reliability curve for an aircraft based on historic removals; setting a removal threshold on the reliability curve; tracking an installation of a given instance of the aircraft part into a given aircraft; tracking a number of cycles of the given instance of the aircraft part based on operations of the given aircraft in which the given instance of the aircraft part is installed; and in response to the number of cycles of the given instance of the aircraft part satisfying the removal threshold, transmitting a service alert to an operator of the given aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Zhennong Wang
  • Patent number: 11335143
    Abstract: A novel privacy control-adjustable commercial vehicle ELD and trip data-sharing system and a related method of operation provide a dynamically-adjustable access grant or denial of privacy-sensitive and competitive intelligence-sensitive commercial fleet vehicle operations information to a third-party corporate partner entity of a transportation company, based on a trip data-share authorizer's response to an electronic request made by the third-party corporate partner entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Truelite Trace, Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Bok Kwak
  • Patent number: 11315428
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may include a method, computer program product and computer system for managing mobile objects. The embodiment may manage, by a first computing system, a plurality of mobile objects moving within a geographic space. Managing the plurality of mobile objects may assisting with movement of the plurality of mobile objects. The embodiment may determine whether a first mobile object among the plurality of mobile objects is a real mobile object based on a first sensor information received from the first mobile object. The embodiment may use information received from the first mobile object in managing the plurality of mobile objects moving within the geographic space based on determining that the first mobile object is the real mobile object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhito Akiyama, Mari Abe Fukuda, Sanehiro Furuichi, Hiroya Ogihara, Taku Sasaki, Asuka Unno, Gaku Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11292353
    Abstract: Provided is a method of providing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle charging service, performed by a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle charging service providing server connected to a user terminal and a plurality of charging-vehicle terminals, the method including (a) analyzing a fuel usage pattern of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle related to the user terminal and predicting a fuel charging time of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the basis of the fuel usage pattern; (b) determining a charging location and a charging-performing vehicle terminal at the fuel charging time on the basis of location information of the user terminal, and providing the user terminal with a charging alarm including information regarding the charging location and the charging-performing vehicle terminal; and (c) providing the charging-performing vehicle terminal with the information regarding the user terminal and the charging location when a charging request is received from the user terminal in response to the charging alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Hylium Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Seo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 11287276
    Abstract: Concepts for generating navigation instructions for a driver of a vehicle are presented. One example, includes obtaining a current location of the vehicle, a route for the vehicle from the current location to a target destination, and a captured image of the surrounding environment of the vehicle, the image having a field of view comprising at least part of a field of view of the driver. An object is identified in the captured image. Navigation instructions for the driver are generated based on the current location of the vehicle, the route for the vehicle and the object identified in the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham White, Andrew S. Feltham
  • Patent number: 11279331
    Abstract: A braking control device includes an actuator, a controller, a steering angle sensor, and a yaw rate sensor. The controller calculates a reference turning amount, an actual turning amount, an understeer index, sets to a non-adjustment region in which the increase slope is not decreased when the understeer index is smaller than or equal to a first threshold value, sets to an adjustment region in which the increase slope is decreased when the understeer index is greater than or equal to a second threshold value greater than the first threshold value, and sets to a transition region in which the increase slope is decreased when the understeer index is transitioned from the non-adjustment region and the increase slope is not decreased when the understeer index is transitioned from the adjustment region when the understeer index is greater than the first threshold value and smaller than the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Terasaka, Chisa Kitahara
  • Patent number: 11263832
    Abstract: A data transfer device for transferring data in a communications network for a vehicle, includes a data receiving device, and a data processing device. The data processing device is configured to filter received data via a filter device based on a predetermined condition, and the data processing device is configured to generate at least one data object with at least one parameter from the filtered data. The data processing device is further configured to check whether or not status information of the at least one parameter of the at least one data object has changed relative to status information of this at least one parameter of this at least one data object at an earlier time. The data processing device is further configured to transfer the changed status information of the at least one parameter of the at least one data object to the data application device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Marc Menzel
  • Patent number: 11254298
    Abstract: A system and method for compensation of turbo lag in hybrid vehicles is disclosed. The system identifies a zero boost power limit of the engine and a torque curve power limit. A turbocharger dynamic model is then developed based on measurements of the input engine power and the output max available engine power. The model is used to determine an overall propulsion power limit based on the combination of the engine and motor in operation. A power request by the driver may then be limited to the overall propulsion power limit to compensate for the effect of the turbocharger when propelling the vehicle using both the engine and motor and better simulate the engine-only response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen T. West
  • Patent number: 11235740
    Abstract: A system and a method automatically longitudinally guide a motor vehicle. The system is used to automatically brake the motor vehicle to a standstill on the basis of a detected infrastructure component which requires a braking of the motor vehicle to a standstill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Florian Kohlhuber