Patents Examined by Mary Cheung
  • Patent number: 10266280
    Abstract: A method of performing a cooperative safe landing area determination includes receiving perception sensor data indicative of conditions at a plurality of potential landing areas. A processing subsystem of a vehicle updates a local safe landing area map based on the perception sensor data. The local safe landing area map defines safe landing area classifications and classification confidences associated with the potential landing areas. One or more remotely-generated safe landing area maps are received from one or more remote data sources. The one or more remotely-generated safe landing area maps correspond to one or more additional potential landing areas and non-landing areas. The local safe landing area map and the remotely-generated safe landing area maps are aggregated to form a fused safe landing area map. The fused safe landing area map is used to make a final safe landing area determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason C. Derenick, Xuchu Ding, Igor Cherepinsky, Harshad S. Sane, Christopher Stathis
  • Patent number: 10254119
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for determining an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for a route, based on a model of ETA. The systems may perform the methods to obtain a first electrical signal associated with at least one route having at least one road section; generate and save first structured data of at least one global feature vector and at least one historical duration associated with the at least one route based on the first electrical signal; generate second structured data of a model of ETA by training the model based on the at least one global feature vector and the at least one historical duration; and save the second structured data of the model of ETA in the at least one non-transitory computer-readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zheng Wang, Shujuan Sun, Jieping Ye
  • Patent number: 10246101
    Abstract: A computer in a vehicle is programmed to operate a vehicle along a predefined course according to predetermined criteria, record an optimal path through the predefined course based on operation of the vehicle according to the predetermined criteria, monitor operation of at least one vehicle control while the vehicle is operated by a human driver along the predefined course, and actuate the at least one vehicle control based on a predetermined deviance from the optimal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric She, Scott J. Lauffer, Ali Abdallah
  • Patent number: 10248118
    Abstract: A computing device operating as a controller can obtain image data from a camera component. The computing device can determine a location of the self-propelled device relative to the camera based on the image data. A virtual content may be generated on the computing device based at least in part on the location of the self-propelled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Bernstein, Adam Wilson, Jonathan Carroll, Fabrizio Polo
  • Patent number: 10234870
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for providing separable vehicles from a main vehicle to pick up or drop off passengers and return and reconnect to the main vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Yosef Benraz
  • Patent number: 10222809
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an information processing method applied to a mobile device, including: acquiring a first vector, wherein the first vector is used for describing the change of a relative velocity between the mobile device and a followed target object caused by the own movement of a first coordinate system which is fixedly connected with the mobile device; acquiring a second vector, wherein the second vector is a relative velocity vector between the mobile device and the followed target object; adding the first vector to the second vector to acquire a third vector, wherein the third vector is an absolute velocity vector of the target object; and acquiring a first included angle according to the third vector, wherein the first included angle is an included angle between the own absolute velocity vector of the mobile device and the third vector; and generating a control law for controlling the movement of the mobile device according to the first included angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NINEBOT (BEIJING) TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shiqian Dong, Guanjiao Ren, Ye Wang, Li Pu
  • Patent number: 10220844
    Abstract: A vehicle having a system for detecting another vehicle is disclosed. The vehicle includes a vehicle sensor configured to sense a steering angle and a yaw rate of the vehicle. The vehicle also has a computing system configured to detect another vehicle within an adjustable angular range from a point of the vehicle. The angular range for detecting another vehicle is adjusted using at least one of the vehicle's current steering angle and yaw rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUYNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: HyeongMin Ko, Jaewoong Choi, Dae Seok Jeon
  • Patent number: 10215580
    Abstract: A configuration includes: a search unit to access to a map database storing map information to search for a destination corresponding to an input linguistic expression, using a plurality of search criteria provided with orders of priority; and a destination setting unit to set a first destination corresponding to the input linguistic expression, in accordance with the orders of priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Hirai
  • Patent number: 10209076
    Abstract: Systems and a related method for internally monitored navigation replace one or more inertial reference units (IRU) of an aircraft navigation system with GNSS-assisted multi-mode receivers (MMR) including dual-antenna receivers. Each MMR may validate inertial position data generated by a remaining IRU by detecting drift errors in the inertial position data or latent faults in the IRU. The system may include, in place of one or more IRUs, attitude heading and reference systems (AHRS) incorporating lower-grade high-performance inertial sensors. Internal monitoring of the remaining IRUs or the inertial position data generated thereby may alternatively be carried out by the AHRS. Based on internal monitoring by the MMRs and/or AHRS, user display and flight control systems of an aircraft can exclude a faulty IRU, preventing the use of position solutions incorporating erroneous inertial data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. McNamara, James H. Doty, Vladislav Gavrilets, Jesse W. Oltrogge
  • Patent number: 10204520
    Abstract: A method includes defining a flight plan of an unmanned aerial vehicle from a rest location thereof to a destination location within a memory of the unmanned aerial vehicle, and capturing, through one or more sensor(s) communicatively coupled to the unmanned aerial vehicle and a server through a computer network, data related to an environment of a specific location covered by the one or more sensor(s). The method also includes detecting, through a processor associated with the one or more sensor(s) and/or the server, a security breach and/or a security threat at the specific location based on analyzing the captured data, and automatically activating, through the one or more sensor(s) or the server, the flight plan on the unmanned aerial vehicle in response to the detection of the security breach and/or the security threat to dispatch the unmanned aerial vehicle to perform additional surveillance of the specific location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Orestis Demetriades, Vitalijs Bondarenko
  • Patent number: 10198882
    Abstract: Disclosed is a data recording unit and data recording system for use in connection with a vehicle, such as a train, a locomotive of a train, a railcar of a train, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wabtec Holding Corp.
    Inventors: Theodore E. Allwardt, Khim Bittle, Carl L. Haas, Brian Kurz
  • Patent number: 10191484
    Abstract: A trackless vehicle may be dispatched in a ride path comprising a predefined path and a set of optional predefined paths by receiving, such as by an on-board trackless vehicle controller, a rider identifier associated with a rider who is associated with the trackless vehicle, either a rider about to board the trackless vehicle or a rider who has boarded the trackless vehicle. Upon receipt, identification, and validation of the rider identifier, a predetermined set of optional predefined paths available to and associated with the validated rider identifier are identified and one or more of the predefined paths are selected, with the trackless vehicle being commanded to proceed onto the selected predefined path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Russell, Michael Wayne Boshears, Lauren Marie Etta
  • Patent number: 10184800
    Abstract: A method is disclosed, comprising holding available, by at least a first apparatus, data associated with each road segment of at least one road segment, said data comprising (i) a representative of a first metric associated with spatial properties associated with the respective road segment; (ii) at least one representative of a second metric associated with at least one dynamic event associated with the respective road segment; and (iii) at least one representative of a third metric associated with a speed associated with the respective road segment, and wherein the method comprises, for at least one road segment of the at least one road segment, providing, by said at least one first apparatus, a safety data of the respective road segment at least partially based on the representative of the first metric, the at least one representative of the second metric and the at least one representative of the third metric associated with the respective road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: James Fowe, Pradeep Maddineni
  • Patent number: 10173678
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provided a system comprising: a plurality of speed controllers each configured to assume one or more ‘on’ states or one or more ‘off’ states, in a predetermined one or more on states each speed controller being configured to cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target speed value, in an off state each speed controller being configured not to cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target speed value, the system being configured wherein only one of the speed controllers may be in an on state at a given moment in time, the other one or more speed controllers being arranged to assume an off state when a speed controller is in an on state, the system being configured to delete from a speed controller memory or associated speed controller memory directly accessible by said speed controller, one or more target speed values employed by a speed controller that is not in an on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Woodley
  • Patent number: 10166989
    Abstract: A control system and method for controlling a multiple gear ratio automatic transmission in a powertrain for an automatic transmission having pressure activated friction torque elements to effect gear ratio upshifts. The friction torque elements are synchronously engaged and released during a torque phase of an upshift event as torque from a torque source is increased while allowing the off-going friction elements to slip, followed by an inertia phase during which torque from a torque source is modulated. A perceptible transmission output torque reduction during an upshift is avoided. Measured torque values are used during a torque phase of the upshift to correct an estimated oncoming friction element target torque so that transient torque disturbances at an oncoming clutch are avoided and torque transients at the output shaft are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher John Teslak, Gregory Michael Pietron, Hongtei Eric Tseng, Yuji Fujii, Michael Glenn Fodor, Diana Yanakiev, Seung-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10160343
    Abstract: A method for managing a battery located in a motor vehicle includes cooling the battery when a data item indicative of the temperature of the battery exceeds a first threshold, stopping the cooling of the battery when the data item indicative of the temperature of the battery drops below a second threshold, notably lower than the first threshold, and adjusting at least one of the first and second thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Caroline Marchal, Philippe Recouvreur
  • Patent number: 10160462
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus mounted to a vehicle includes: a parking space identifier that identifies a parking space by using an imaging process based on a captured image taken by an imaging device, which is mounted to the vehicle and takes an image of the surrounding of the vehicle; an overlapping degree identifier that identifies an overlapping degree of the vehicle towards the parking space based on the captured image and the parking space identified by the parking space identifier; and a speed limiter that limits a vehicle speed to be less than or equal to a maximum value, which is predetermined, when the overlapping degree identified by the overlapping degree identifier is larger to or equal to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhide Ohta
  • Patent number: 10156855
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a heading generation method of an unmanned aerial vehicle including the following steps of: making a preliminary flight for selecting a point of view to record flight waypoints, the waypoints including positioning data and flight altitude information of the unmanned aerial vehicle; receiving and recording flight waypoints of the unmanned aerial vehicle; generating a flight trajectory according to waypoints of the preliminary flight; editing the flight trajectory to obtain a new flight trajectory; and transmitting the edited new flight trajectory to the unmanned aerial vehicle to cause the unmanned aerial vehicle to fly according to the new flight trajectory. The present invention further relates to a heading generation system of an unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ye Tao, Jianyu Song, Renli Shi
  • Patent number: 10140790
    Abstract: Disclosed is a data recorder unit and system for a vehicle. The system includes at least one video camera device configured to generate video data associated with the vehicle and/or its surroundings, and wirelessly transmit at least a portion of the video data. The data recorder unit includes a data recorder enclosure, a data processing unit located in the enclosure and configured to: wirelessly receive at least a portion of the video data from the at least one video camera device, process at least a portion of the video data, and generate processed video data based at least partially on the video data, and at least one storage device comprising at least one crash-hardened memory in communication with the at least one data processing unit and configured to store at least a portion of at least one of the video data and the processed video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Wabtec Holding Corp.
    Inventors: Theodore E. Allwardt, Khim Bittle, Carl L. Haas, Brian Kurz
  • Patent number: 10126126
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle responds to mission cues during a mission. The mission cues are characteristics of image and/or sensor data. The unmanned aerial vehicle may change data gathering operations or may perform sub-missions within a mission in response to the mission cues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kespry Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Parker Clark