Patents Examined by Mary Cheung
  • Patent number: 10769555
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing actions in response to charging events, such as charging events associated with a specific electric vehicle and/or a specific charging station, are described. In some embodiments, the systems and methods may receive a request from an electric vehicle to identify a charging station from which to charge a battery of the electric vehicle, provide information associated with the electric vehicle to one or more charging stations proximate to the electric vehicle, receive from the one or more charging stations information identifying parameters associated with potential charging events provided by the one or more charging stations, and provide the information identifying the parameters associated with potential charging events provided by the one or more charging stations to the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: RECARGO, INC.
    Inventors: Nick Wild, Forrest North
  • Patent number: 10768668
    Abstract: A robot system with a robot that has a camera and a remote control station that can connect to the robot. The connection can include a plurality of privileges. The system further includes a server that controls which privileges are provided to the remote control station. The privileges may include the ability to control the robot, joint in a multi-cast session and the reception of audio/video from the robot. The privileges can be established and edited through a manager control station. The server may contain a database that defines groups of remote control station that can be connected to groups of robots. The database can be edited to vary the stations and robots within a group. The system may also allow for connectivity between a remote control station at a user programmable time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: INTOUCH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Cody Herzog, Blair Whitney, Yulun Wang, Charles S. Jordan, Marco Pinter
  • Patent number: 10754037
    Abstract: A method for processing point clouds having variable spatial distributions of scan lines includes receiving a point cloud portion corresponding to an object in a vehicle environment, the point cloud portion including scan lines arranged according to a particular spatial distribution. The method also includes constructing a voxel grid corresponding to the received point cloud portion. The voxel grid includes a plurality of volumes in a stacked, three-dimensional arrangement, and constructing the voxel grid includes (i) determining an initial classification of the object, (ii) setting one or more parameters of the voxel grid based on the initial classification, and (iii) associating each volume of the plurality of volumes with an attribute specifying how many points, from the point cloud portion, fall within that volume. The method also includes generating, using the constructed voxel grid, signals descriptive of a current state of the environment through which the vehicle is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Luminar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englard, Eric C. Danziger
  • Patent number: 10755584
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for managing airspace for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The apparatus, system and method may include a platform comprising at least records of certified administratively acceptable requestors of restricted use of the airspace for UAVs, a plurality of airspace management rules for UAVs, and a broadcaster for providing notifications over at least one telecommunications network; and a plurality of applications, each instantiated by a processor on one of a plurality of corresponded devices by non-transitory computing code, wherein the plurality of corresponded devices comprises at least a plurality of mobile devices. A first of the plurality of applications may be capable of receiving the restricted UAV use request from a requestor within a physical area of the restricted UAV use request, and of forwarding the restricted UAV use request and an identification of the requestor to the platform over the at least one telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ken Harold Stewart, Vineet Mehta
  • Patent number: 10748421
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for estimating distribution of urban road travel time in considering operation state of taxi, and belongs to the technical field of urban transportation planning and management. The distributions of path travel time are respectively estimated according to different operation states of the taxi. When the distribution of the path travel time is estimated, adjacent road sections in the road network are not independent. In the present invention, the Markov model is added to describe the correlation of the travel time distribution between the adjacent road sections, so as to increase science and accuracy of the estimation result. In the present invention, the weight is set according to the proportion of the number of the vehicles under two different operation states to obtain the final distribution of the path travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Shaopeng Zhong, Haimin Jun, Kai Liu, Quanzhi Wang, Kun Wang, Yanquan Zou, Lu Zhang, Tianli Tang
  • Patent number: 10723353
    Abstract: Rear lateral detection (RLL) ECU 10 determines whether or not a lane change assist control (LCA) is being performed. The RLDECU 10 sets a performing condition for performing a rear-end pre-crash safety control (rear PCS control) to a moderate performing condition when the LCA is being performed, and sets the performing condition of the rear PCS control to a normal performing condition when the LCA is not being performed. The moderate performing condition is set such that the rear PCS control is performed more easily compared with the normal performing condition. For example, in the moderate performing condition, a detection area of a target vehicle which is a vehicle subject to the rear PCS control is expanded compared with the detection area in the normal performing condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10724458
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain of a vehicle that includes an engine and a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods may judge whether or not to generate an engine start request when an engine is stopped in response to present vehicle operating conditions and predicted vehicle operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yanan Zhao, Chen Zhang, Xiaoyong Wang
  • Patent number: 10717339
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for managing climate control. The control system includes one or more sensors that are configured to measure sunload energy. The control system includes a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit that is configured to output air with an airflow rate into the cabin of the vehicle. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain the amount of sunload energy and obtain a blower map based on the amount of sunload energy. The electronic control unit is configured to determine the airflow rate based on the obtained blower map and an expected temperature. The electronic control unit is configured to control the airflow rate to adjust an air temperature within the cabin of the vehicle to reach the expected temperature therefore increasing the fuel efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Netsanet S. Chevers, Hidekazu Hirabayashi, David W. Cosgrave, Stefan Young
  • Patent number: 10690506
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of determining at least one area (ZON) of a road network reachable by a vehicle driving on the road network. The method is based on the use of a dynamic model (MOD) of the vehicle depending on the vehicle speed and acceleration, the construction of a line graph (GA) and a shortest path algorithm (ALG).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: IFP Energies nouvelles
    Inventors: Giovanni De Nunzio, Laurent Thibault
  • Patent number: 10689110
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to drones, and more particularly to method and system for performing inspection and maintenance tasks of three-dimensional structures (3D) using drones. In one embodiment, a method for performing a task with respect to a 3D structure is disclosed. The method includes receiving a simulated 3D view of the 3D structure. The simulated 3D view comprises a hierarchy of augmented views to different degrees. The method further includes configuring one or more paths for performing a task on the 3D structure based on the hierarchy of augmented views, historical data on substantially similar tasks, and a capability of the at least one drone. The method further includes learning maneuverability and operations with respect to the one or more paths and the task based on the historical data on substantially similar tasks, and effecting performance of the task based on the learning through the at least one drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Sethuraman Ulaganathan, Manjunath Ramachandra
  • Patent number: 10677603
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method, and software for operating a taxi and delivery service using a fleet of autonomously driven vehicles amassed from a plurality of unassociated individuals and providing a graphical user interface for interested parties to register their vehicles for use and for customers to schedule services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Patrick Brian Kelly, Olvin Brett Lewis
  • Patent number: 10678235
    Abstract: A self-propelled device is provided including a drive system, a spherical housing, and a biasing mechanism. The drive system includes one or more motors that are contained within the spherical housing. The biasing mechanism actively forces the drive system to continuously engage an interior of the spherical housing in order to cause the spherical housing to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SPHERO, INC.
    Inventors: Ian H. Bernstein, Adam Wilson
  • Patent number: 10678230
    Abstract: A diagnostic system for identifying vehicle sensors impaired by a foreign substance. The system includes a plurality of vehicle sensors configured to facilitate navigation of a vehicle in an environment. A gear shift detection sensor is configured to detect a gear position of the vehicle. A control module is configured to identify which of the plurality of vehicle sensors is impaired by a foreign substance; and identify for an operator of the vehicle which of the plurality of vehicle sensors is impaired due to the foreign substance based on the gear position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Takama, Matthew Gesch
  • Patent number: 10655974
    Abstract: A computerized system may be configured for: determining a travel route to an event; causing a display of a smart device of a vehicle of a user to display the travel route; determining a parking location proximate to the event; modifying the travel route to include the parking location; identifying an item of a third party entity located proximate to the event; placing an order for the item in response to determining that a trigger event has occurred; causing a display of the user's mobile device to display information about the order once the vehicle has arrived at the parking location and the user is no longer collocated with the vehicle; determining that the mobile device of the user is collocated with a remote device of the third party entity; and transferring resources from the user to the third party entity to complete the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Allan Nelson, Stephen Philip Selfridge, Ashish B. Tajpuria, Karen Lea MacQueen, Steven Michael Twombly
  • Patent number: 10657735
    Abstract: A system for adaptable trend detection for component condition indicator data includes a sensor operable to measure an operating condition of a vehicle and generate a sensor signal associated with the operating condition and a data server operable to acquire a current condition indicator of a condition indicator set according to the sensor signal, and to determine whether a trend in the condition indicator set is indicated according to at least the current condition indicator, at least one previous condition indicator of the condition indicator set and a volatility of at least a portion of the condition indicator set. The data server is further operable to provide an alert in response to determining that the trend is indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Brian Edward Tucker, Matthew Curtis Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 10650614
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for maintaining an aircraft. Real-time event information indicating faults in systems on the aircraft and aircraft condition monitoring system data indicating conditions of the systems on the aircraft are stored during a plurality of legs of flights of the aircraft. A feature table comprising the real-time event information and the aircraft condition monitoring system data is built. Feature vectors are extracted from the feature table. A machine learning algorithm is applied to the extracted feature vectors to generate a predicted maintenance event message that identifies a predicted maintenance event. The predicted maintenance event message is used to perform a maintenance operation on the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David J. Huber, Alex N. Waagen, Qin Jiang, Tsai-Ching Lu
  • Patent number: 10643279
    Abstract: A method conducting financial transactions over a computerized network, where a plurality of client computers and servers, which are connected to one another, over a network, solve for a set of transaction vectors that change a routing of capital between any transaction participants in a manner that deviates from the original intended transaction vectors between any original sending participant or any original receiving participant; and wherein movement of the capital between transaction participants is optimized for efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Zachary Pessin
  • Patent number: 10629006
    Abstract: The invention is a wireless sensor and telemetry system for use on a vehicle such as an aircraft including at least one sensor node, a gateway, a user control system, data management and analytics means, wherein the sensor node is capable of sensing at least one type of operational performance or structural condition parameter data for the vehicle. Sensor node is attached to the vehicle in a specific location so that the data acquired gives information to the users of the system that relates to the operational performance or structural condition of the vehicle during operation. The sensor node wirelessly transmits the data it acquires to the gateway. The user control system enables person/s, to remotely operate and control the wireless sensor and telemetry system, by sending wireless operational control instructions to the system either via the gateway or directly to a particular sensor node or to a cluster of sensor nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Defence Innovations IP Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Warren Peter Canning, Daniel Lok-Kun Ho, Aaron Maher, Igor Zakopaylo, Dion Jaye Maher
  • Patent number: 10586463
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for generating flight restriction zones associated with flight response measures. The flight restriction zones may be generated with one or more flight restriction strips. Flight response measures for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be directed based on a location and/or movement characteristic of the UAV relative to the one or more flight restriction strips. Different flight-response measures may be taken based on various parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xinan Xu, Yun Yu, Canlong Lin, Xi Chen, Mingyu Wang, Jianyu Song
  • Patent number: 10579069
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system includes an aerial vehicle and an autonomous vehicle. The aerial vehicle includes an imaging device configured to obtain map data, an optical-to-electrical transducer configured to convert optical power to electrical power for operating the aerial vehicle, one or more processors, one or more memory modules, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules of the aerial vehicle that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the aerial vehicle to output the map data. The autonomous vehicle includes an optical power generator configured to transmit an optical power beam to the optical-to-electrical transducer of the aerial vehicle. The autonomous vehicle receives the map data output by the imaging device from the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Ercan M. Dede