Patents Examined by McDieunel Marc
  • Patent number: 10351109
    Abstract: Driving support ECU sets a driver's state to “temporarily abnormal” and decelerates a vehicle when a driver of the vehicle has been first determined to be in an abnormal state where the driver loses an ability to drive the vehicle. Driving support ECU changes the driver's state to “regularly abnormal” in a case when the abnormal state of the driver remains unchanged when a vehicle speed decreases to a set vehicle speed, and at this point, reports to a help net center HNC. With this configuration, a report to the help net center HNC can be made at an appropriate timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirotada Otake
  • Patent number: 10353474
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a unified computational platform for implementing virtual reality systems. In an aspect, a virtual reality (VR) client includes input and output modules for generating a VR user experience. The client also incorporates an assistant interface that couples the input and output modules to an assistant server using a semantic information interchange language (SIIL). The assistant server includes a command inference block for converting user-input SIIL messages to command-input SIIL messages, thereby encoding user VR inputs into a general command set that is recognized and processed by both VR and non-VR modules. Further aspects include techniques for seamless integration between virtual environments and joint VR sessions supporting multiple users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vishal Sharma, Elhum Amjadi
  • Patent number: 10351128
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method for controlling a vehicle detects an object for avoiding a collision between a vehicle and the object, based on a type of the object detected by the vehicle, and determining a risk of collision with the object. The vehicle includes an image capturer configured to detect an object by capturing the object around a vehicle, a sensor configured to acquire at least one of position information and speed information of the object, a controller configured to variably determine a detection target area based on the type of the detected object, configured to calculate a time to collision (TTC) between the vehicle and the object based on the at least one of position information and speed information of the object placed in the determined detection target area, and configured to transmit a signal to control a driving speed of the vehicle based on the calculated TTC, and a speed regulator configured to regulate the driving speed of the vehicle in response to the transmitted control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: DongHyun Sung, Taeyoung Lee, Sangmin Lee, Eungseo Kim, Yongseok Kwon
  • Patent number: 10354014
    Abstract: A mobile device to operate a virtual assistant system to control any wirelessly connected devices and services by receiving an input command to perform a function at the devices and services, translate the input command into a common language sharable between the external devices and services so that such input commands can be understood between the plurality of devices and services, and functions can be performed at the devices and or service in response to the input command. This control can be shared with other mobile devices as instructed by an input command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vishal Sharma, Elhum Amjadi
  • Patent number: 10352722
    Abstract: A device, system and method for controlling speed of a vehicle are provided. The device includes a locational information module for determining location information and speed; a storage module for storing at least one geographic map including at least one route and a speed limit for the at least one route; a processing module configured to receive the location information, retrieve at least one geographic map based on the location information, determine a speed limit based on the location information and compare the speed of the device to the determined speed limit; and a display module for alerting a user if the speed of the device exceeds the determined speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLECTUAL VENTURES II LLC
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10339474
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods, devices and systems that are designed for transmitting a request for one or more identities of a transportation vehicle unit for transporting a first end user; receiving the one or more identities of the transportation vehicle unit for transporting the first end user, the transportation vehicle unit currently en route to or is currently transporting a second end user and having been identified based, at least in part, on a determination that the transportation vehicle unit is able to accommodate transport of the first end user while transporting the second end user; and directing the identified transportation vehicle unit to rendezvous with the first end user in order to transport the first end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MODERN GEOGRAPHIA, LLC
    Inventors: Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 10339731
    Abstract: In-vehicle units are on host vehicles including a subject vehicle and at least one nearby vehicle. Each in-vehicle unit transmits and receives information using inter-vehicle communication, acquires information indicating state of a control system controlling operation of each in-vehicle unit, generates an index data-item including an index value indicating state of the control system based on the acquired information, and transmits the generated index data-item using inter-vehicle communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seigou Kumabe
  • Patent number: 10336417
    Abstract: For remotely operated vehicles (ROV) deployed subsea, communications between an ROV and a system remote from the ROV may use a remotely operated vehicle control communication system to achieve simultaneous and/or discrete data communications at two differing data transmission speeds using two differing data protocols over a common signal transmission pathway configured for use subsea at the first data transmission speed and the second data transmission speed, either separately or concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Govind Shil Dayal Srivastava, Greg Robert Boyle
  • Patent number: 10328855
    Abstract: Methods and systems for alerting a vehicle driver and/or a passenger via wireless communications. One or more conditions with respect to a vehicle are monitored. A change in the condition(s) is detected and a signal automatically and wirelessly transmitted to a computing device, wherein the signal is indicative of the change in condition(s). The driver and/or the passenger is then alerted to the change in condition(s) in response to transmitting the signal to the computing device (e.g., a tablet computing device, smartphone, smartwatch, other wearable device, in-vehicle system, etc.) associated with the driver and/or the vehicle passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brennan T. Lopez-Hinojosa, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 10332321
    Abstract: An in-vehicle unit used in each of host vehicles including a subject vehicle and nearby vehicles communicates information using inter-vehicle communication, generates an index data-item including an index value indicating an operational situation of a sensor instrument based on a detection result from the sensor instrument, and transmits the generated index data-item via the wireless communicator. A subject in-vehicle unit used in the subject vehicle includes: a communication processing section that acquires the index data-item from nearby in-vehicle units; a determination criterion specification section successively specifies a different-unit determination criterion based on the acquired index data-item; and a different-unit diagnosis test section that determines whether a sensor instrument in a target nearby in-vehicle unit operates normally, by comparing the different-unit determination criterion with the index data-item acquired from the target nearby in-vehicle unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seigou Kumabe
  • Patent number: 10322707
    Abstract: A brake system has prime functions involving active control of equipment by a brake ECU, which brake ECU comprises a microcontroller and a non-volatile memory. The non-volatile memory is adapted to store the result of tests on the safety circuits carried out during, before or after operation of the brake system, the result of the tests being assigned one of at least two statuses, at least one of the said statuses being indicative of an unhealthy test. At start-up of the brake system self-tests are carried out on the circuits or components of the brake system for which an unhealthy status has been stored in the non-volatile memory, thereby enabling the brake system to operate prime functions without prior self-test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Nigel Anstey
  • Patent number: 10322780
    Abstract: A trolling device for a boat includes a trolling motor and a control mechanism. The control mechanism controls at least one of the speed and the direction of the trolling motor. The control mechanism is configured to receive control instructions from an electronic GPS mapping computer to cause the trolling motor to establish an anchor point near a dock to enable entry to the fishing boat or exit from the fishing boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Ted V. Grace, Ryan T. Grace
  • Patent number: 10322804
    Abstract: A device controls a movement direction of an unmanned aerial vehicle having mounted thereon an imaging device that captures an image. The device includes one or more memories and a processor which, in operation, recognizes, as a plurality of markers, a plurality of objects from the image captured by the imaging device, each of the plurality of markers attached to one of the plurality of objects. The processor further calculates an area of a polygon formed by the plurality of markers, and controls the movement direction of the unmanned aerial vehicle such that the area of the polygon is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Hajime Maekawa
  • Patent number: 10325504
    Abstract: A system and method for the real-time optimization of aircraft fuel economy includes sensors to monitor in-flight performance characteristics, to monitor the status of aircraft control elements during flight, to monitor fuel consumption, and to identify aircraft position information during flight. A processor is coupled to receive information from the sensors. During flight, the processor calculates a current performance level by entering the received information into a predetermined flight model. The processor then determines, based on a comparison of the calculated current performance level with a predetermined expected performance level, a current level of fuel efficiency. Next, the processor determines any parameter changes for improving fuel efficiency. Finally, the processor causes the determined parameter changes to be displayed on a flight deck display. The flight crew may then selectively implement one or more of the determined parameter changes via the flight deck display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Oliver C. Meier, Roy A. Eggink, Kristoffer R. Jonson
  • Patent number: 10319157
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatic maintenance of an autonomous vehicle include: identifying a maintenance requirement for an autonomous vehicle, wherein identifying a maintenance requirement includes using one or more sensors to obtain vehicle maintenance data; in response to identifying the maintenance requirement, generating a maintenance request comprising a description or data relating to the maintenance requirement; transmitting the maintenance request; receiving maintenance instructions comprising maintenance routing instructions and a maintenance schedule for a maintenance session for resolving the maintenance requirement; and implementing the maintenance instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gautier Minster, Solomon Bier, Matthias Wisniowski
  • Patent number: 10286546
    Abstract: A method of machining workpieces using a device (1) which has a rotating frame (4), at least two robots (3) which are provided at the rotating frame (4), and at least one first and one second workpiece positioner (2) which are provided at the rotating frame (4), wherein the method comprises the following steps: placing at least one first workpiece into a first workpiece positioner (2); and machining the first workpiece by the robot or robots (3) and simultaneously rotating the rotating frame (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Yaskawa Europe GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Niedermeier
  • Patent number: 10286899
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a battery control module and a controller. The battery control module is configured to issue at regular intervals a message indicative of a state of charge (SOC) of a battery. The controller is configured to, in an absence of receiving the messages at the regular intervals while in a key-on state and a torque demand is present, restrict power flow between the battery and an electric powertrain to a limit that is based on a predicted SOC to provide limited propulsive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Trent Barkdull, William David Treharne, Jonathan Andrew Butcher
  • Patent number: 10286900
    Abstract: An intelligent driving system with an embedded driver model. The system includes a driver model module that adjusts vehicle performances according to driving characteristics of a driver and road environment. A driver's visual and tactile information may be taken into account when driving a vehicle, so as to tune vehicle performances to allow the vehicle to adapt itself to the individual driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Junqiang Xi, Wenshuo Wang
  • Patent number: 10279815
    Abstract: A vehicle can include throttle, braking, and steering systems. The vehicle can further include a computing system that obtains, from one or more sensors, data representing one or more of a velocity or an acceleration of the vehicle. The computing system can further determine an estimated weight of the vehicle based on the one or more of the velocity or the acceleration of the vehicle, and autonomously operate the throttle, braking, and steering systems of the vehicle based on the estimated weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Burnette
  • Patent number: 10274323
    Abstract: A method and system localizing a mobile device along a pedestrian route traversed in an indoor area, the mobile device including a processor and a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Paramvir Singh Nagpal, Sean Huberman, Majid Bavand