Patents Examined by Michael A Berns
  • Patent number: 11328586
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing vehicle to everything (V2X) messages for use by machine learning applications are disclosed. From each of a plurality of vehicles, one or more V2X messages are received, each V2X message including vehicle-related data associated with the vehicle and the received message. A sequence of frames is generated based on the vehicle-related data from at least a subset of vehicles in the plurality of vehicles. Slices of the sequence of frames are aggregated to generate a plurality of time-lapse images. One or more time-lapse images are processed using a machine learning algorithm to generate an output indicative of a traffic-related prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Autotalks Ltd.
    Inventors: Nir Raviv, Leonid Prokupets, Onn Haran
  • Patent number: 11327505
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a work vehicle includes a course data acquisition unit acquiring course data indicating a traveling condition of a work vehicle that includes a travel route, a travel range data acquisition unit acquiring travel range data indicating a travel range of the work vehicle that is defined with a preset travel width based on the travel route, a detection data acquisition unit acquiring detection data of a detection device that has detected a travel direction of the work vehicle, a prediction unit predicting, based on the detection data, a prescribed position distant from a current position of the work vehicle traveling according to the course data, a determination unit determining whether the prescribed position exists within the travel range, and a drive control unit stopping traveling of the work vehicle when it is determined that the prescribed position does not exist within the travel range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Ogihara, Ryuu Yamamura
  • Patent number: 11321974
    Abstract: A method for carrying out an on-board diagnostic function of a vehicle includes activating an on-board diagnostic function of the vehicle and subjecting a predefined gas pedal value of the vehicle to low-pass filtering in order to obtain a smoothed gas pedal value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Philip Jost, Thomas Melzig, Markus Reiber
  • Patent number: 11318984
    Abstract: Provided are an electronic device and method for assisting driving of a vehicle, the electronic device including a sensor configured to sense a rotation direction of a steering wheel of the vehicle, a processor configured to monitor rotation direction switching events of the steering wheel, obtain a rotation direction switching pattern about a number of rotation direction switching events of the steering wheel per unit time, and determine whether to provide an alert to a driver of the vehicle, based on the obtained rotation direction switching pattern, and an outputter configured to output the alert to the driver, based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-min Shin, Deok-young Kim, Yong-wook Kim, Dae-in Choi, Gang-heok Kim
  • Patent number: 11312354
    Abstract: A method and a system for automatic yaw torque equalization (AYTE) in an electrically driven vehicle having wheel-individual torque distribution (torque vectoring drive).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Franz Honkomp
  • Patent number: 11312392
    Abstract: A system, method and architecture for providing highly granular driving recommendations to a vehicle based on network-assisted scanning of a surrounding environment. In one embodiment, the system is operative for receiving environmental data from one or more collection agents, each operating with a plurality of sensors configured to sense data relating to the environment. At least one collection agent is operative in association with the vehicle for providing vehicular condition data and vehicular navigation data. The system is configured to calibrate the vehicle to identify a vehicle type responsive to the vehicular condition/navigation data. Road condition information and obstacle condition information relating to a road segment, the vehicle is traversing may also be obtained. Responsive to the road condition/navigation data, vehicle type and positioning, etc., an optimal racing line path over the road segment may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Vladimir Katardjiev, Julien Forgeat, Meral Shirazipour, Dmitri Krylov
  • Patent number: 11308740
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for locating a cause of the premature discharge of a battery in a vehicle. To simplify locating a cause of the premature discharge of a battery in a vehicle, it is proposed to monitor the current drawn from the battery via an electrical system of the vehicle in the ignition-off-state. Data collected as part of the monitoring can then be examined either alone or in conjunction with additional, in particular, vehicle-specific and/or global data, for information relevant to isolating and/or determining the cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ekkehard Pofahl, Christoph Arndt Dr habil
  • Patent number: 11273906
    Abstract: Aircraft fly-by-wire systems and related vehicle electrical systems are provided. A vehicle electrical system includes a bus arrangement having a plurality of buses, a first control module coupled to a first subset of the buses, a second control module coupled to a second subset of the buses, and a third control module coupled to a third subset of the buses. The first subset includes a first bus, a second bus, a third bus, and a fourth bus, the second subset includes the third bus, the fourth bus, a fifth bus, and a sixth bus, and the third subset includes the first bus, the second bus, the fifth bus and the sixth bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Michael Keir
  • Patent number: 11254442
    Abstract: A control system and method of controlling access to storage bins in a vehicle. The system includes a lock configured to be selectively movable between a locked position to prevent access to an interior of the storage bins and an unlocked position to allow access to the interior of the storage bins. A switch is positioned in a cabin of the vehicle. A control circuit is configured to determine an operational status of the vehicle and selectively position the locks. The control circuit can also receive an override signal from the switch and unlock the locks in certain situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Mahesh Chengalva
  • Patent number: 11255669
    Abstract: A device and method for marking indicia on terrestrial surfaces implemented in topographical surveying comprises is described; the device includes: a support element connectable to topographic surveying instrument, a container holder and paint container; an actuator; at least one nozzle configured to reversibly assume: a divergent configuration and convergent configuration; at least one driving mechanism, for driving the nozzle between the divergent configuration and convergent configurations and an outlet to dispense the paint on the terrestrial surface; the method includes: selecting a point of interest on a terrestrial surface; positioning the pointed tip; determining geographical coordinates; activating the actuator, dispensing the paint form the outlet; altering the configuration of the nozzle between the divergent and convergent configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Shadi Khnifes
  • Patent number: 11254312
    Abstract: Techniques for analysis of autonomous vehicle operations are described. As an example, a method of autonomous vehicle operation includes storing sensor data from one or more sensors located on the autonomous vehicle into a storage medium, performing, based on at least some of the sensor data, a simulated execution of one or more programs associated with the operations of the autonomous vehicle, generating, based on the simulated execution of the one or more programs and as part of a simulation, one or more control signal values that control a simulated driving behavior of the autonomous vehicle, and providing a visual feedback of the simulated driving behavior of the autonomous vehicle on a simulated road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Yixin Yang, Dinghua Li
  • Patent number: 11225252
    Abstract: A device for controlling driving of a vehicle includes: a detector to acquire driving information, driver information, and surrounding environment information about the vehicle, and a controller to determine whether to activate a safety driving mode based on at least one of the driving information, driver information, and surrounding environment information about the vehicle, and to determine whether to maintain the safety driving mode state based on a vehicle state after the activation of the safety driving mode. Thus, the device may support a safety driving of the vehicle by restricting a speed of the vehicle even when the driver incorrectly operates an accelerator pedal in place of a brake pedal of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Byung Soo Moon
  • Patent number: 11225239
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle may include an engine controller that determines an activation state of an oxygen sensor when the engine controller is requested to operate an engine and controls a voltage applied to the oxygen sensor depending on whether or not the oxygen sensor is in an activated state, and a vehicle controller that controls a voltage of a battery of the hybrid vehicle and applies the voltage of the battery to the engine controller. The engine controller outputs an activation demand signal for the oxygen sensor to be activated to the vehicle controller when it is determined that the oxygen sensor is not in the activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyun Mo Ahn, Sang Yoon Shin, Jae Yui Kim, Yun Chan Heo, Min Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 11221225
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to routing with U-turn inhibition. A method may include receiving, by a computing device, geographic information of a destination and geographic information of a current location of a vehicle and evaluating feasibility of a U-turn along a path between the current location and the destination using the geographic information. The computing device may further calculate a U-turn cost parameter associated with the U-turn representative of the feasibility, and determine a feasible route between the current location and the destination based on the U-turn cost parameter using a routing algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Victoria Leigh Schein, Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 11215992
    Abstract: When a subject vehicle reaches a position PNO in a middle of an interflow zone, it is judged whether conditions for automatic interflow are satisfied. When it is judged that the conditions for automatic interflow are not satisfied at the position PNO, a notification for urging manual interflow by a driver is started. Otherwise, the notification for manual interflow is not started. In a case where the notification for manual interflow was not started, when the subject vehicle reaches the position PGU between a distal end of an interflow zone and the position PNO, the notification for manual interflow is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryuta Hashimoto, Hiroki Fukuda, Akira Ito
  • Patent number: 11208091
    Abstract: A vehicle control device for a vehicle provides a predetermined control based on the rotational characteristic, the vehicle including a rotation lock mechanism preventing rotation of a coupling portion of the rotating member coupled to the engine on the engine side of the rotating member in at least one direction, the vehicle control device comprising: a characteristic detecting portion detecting the rotational characteristic by applying a torque to the rotating member from the electric motor to measure a twist angle of the rotating member while the rotation of the coupling portion is prevented by the rotation lock mechanism; and a characteristic correspondence control portion setting a control value related to an engine rotation speed based on the rotational characteristic detected by the characteristic detecting portion to provide the predetermined control by using the control value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Nishida, Kenji Gotoda, Hiroki Kuwamoto, Tomoya Takeuchi, Taku Harada, Akira Nakata, Kenji Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 11208146
    Abstract: A vehicle hitching assistance system including a controller determining a trailer target area to a rear of the vehicle. The trailer target area is positioned within left and right lateral vehicle steering limits, defined in a lateral direction between left and right boundaries respectively spaced inwardly of the left and right lateral vehicle steering limits by one of a system perception factor or a vehicle geometry factor, and defined in a longitudinal direction between a minimum movement limit and a maximum perception limit. The controller further identifies a trailer coupler within the trailer target area and outputs a steering signal to the vehicle to cause the vehicle to steer to align a hitch ball of the vehicle with the coupler during movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Kyle Simmons, Li Xu, Douglas Rogan
  • Patent number: 11208062
    Abstract: Methods for extending a range of a vehicle are disclosed and include receiving a first data, the first data being indicative of a distance of the vehicle from a target destination, receiving a second data, the second data being indicative of a level of potential energy of an energy source for a power plant of the vehicle, receiving an operating parameter indicative of estimated future energy usage of the power plant, estimating, by a processor, an expected range of the vehicle based on the second data and the estimated future energy usage of the power plant, and adjusting a performance parameter of the power plant to extend an actual range of the vehicle when the estimated expected range is less than the distance of the vehicle from the target destination are disclosed. Systems for extending the range of the vehicle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignees: CUMMINS INC., AGILITY FUEL SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Weber, Eric Coupal-Sikes, Todd F. Sloan, Morgan M. Andreae, Jean-Patrick V. Rich
  • Patent number: 11199859
    Abstract: Embodiment includes of a method and a system of network based operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle is disclosed. One system includes a drone user machine, a drone control machine, and a drone control console. The drone control machine is interfaced with the drone user machine through a network, and the drone control machine is interfaced with a drone through the drone control console. The drone control machine operates to receive user commands from the drone user machine through the network, generate drone control commands which are provided to the drone control console for controlling the drone, wherein the drone control commands are generated based on the user commands, receive video from the drone control console that was generated by a camera located on the drone, and communicate the video to the drone user machine over the network, wherein the video is displayed on a display associated with the drone user machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: CAPE MCUAS, INC.
    Inventors: Gabriel Charalambides, Richard Stephen Pasetto, Thomas Finsterbusch, Andrej Finsterbusch, John David Stockford, Alexander Loo, Anthony Rizk
  • Patent number: 11198435
    Abstract: The optimum headway distance setting method may include determining whether or not to stop the speed adjustment operation for a vehicle by a driver of the vehicle by a control unit in the state detecting a front vehicle 1F which is traveling in front of the vehicle; determining whether or not to be stabilization of a headway distance between the vehicle and the front vehicle by the control unit when the speed adjustment operation for the vehicle is stopped; setting the optimum headway distance configured to set the stabilized headway distance as an optimum headway distance according to a traveling propensity of the driver by the control unit, and stores the optimum headway distance in the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung-Jae Yoo, Ja-Chun Han, Chang-Yu Kim, Soo-Lim Han