Patents Examined by Michael E. Butler
  • Patent number: 10295351
    Abstract: A map difference data delivery system includes a map difference data delivery device and a map data holding device. The map difference data delivery device stores map difference data representing a difference between before and after version update and delivers the map difference data. The map difference data includes map elements updated in the version update and dependent map elements by dating back to update of map elements corresponding to a different version. The dependent map elements are map elements that have a dependent relationship and need to be previously updated to avoid conflict with other map elements when updated. The map difference data delivery device groups data of the dependent map elements that have a dependent relationship in the same version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Makoto Yano, Yasutaka Atarashi, Takamitsu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10215118
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine of a hybrid drive vehicle includes an exhaust gas purification catalyst in an exhaust passage. An internal combustion engine control device is configured to continuously rotate the internal combustion engine for a predetermined time period after an engine start. The internal combustion engine control device prohibits a fuel-cut within the predetermined time period after the engine start, thereby suppressing the frequent repetition of the start and stop of the internal combustion engine due to an accelerator pedal operation and suppressing oxygen storage in the exhaust gas purification catalyst associated with the fuel-cut. As a result, exhaust gas purification performance at the time of restarting the internal combustion engine is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Ohmura, Hiroshi Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10138000
    Abstract: A method for policing and managing the operation of a flying, unmanned aircraft in the event of usurpation of control of, malfunction of, or ill-intentioned use of, this aircraft includes the steps of (a) detecting inappropriate operation of the aircraft; (b) transmitting a takeover command to the aircraft to interrupt control of the operation of this aircraft by a first pilot and relinquish control of the aircraft to a second pilot; and (c) transmitting control commands to the aircraft to control its operation by the second pilot, until the need for alternate pilot control of the aircraft has ended or until the aircraft has landed safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Matos
  • Patent number: 10131366
    Abstract: A hybrid-vehicle power generator control apparatus includes an integrated control unit that issues a driving command and a control command to an engine control unit and an electric-power conversion system control unit, respectively, based on requested electric power requested by a load apparatus, and a limiter that limits the control command from the integrated control unit such that when rotation frequency of an electric power generator is same as or lower than a predetermined value, the value of torque generated by the electric power generator becomes smaller than the value of torque generated by an engine. A limitation of the control command by the limiter prevents torques of the engine and the electric power generator from stepping out of the stable operating points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Wada, Hisanori Yamasaki, Keita Hatanaka, Hidetoshi Kitanaka, Yuruki Okada
  • Patent number: 10133276
    Abstract: A robot equipped with an object detection system and an object identification system is used to move inventory holders throughout a warehouse or other environment. The robot can detect objects in its path using the object detection system, which can include one or more sensors for this purpose. The robot can then classify the object using the object identification system to determine an appropriate course of action. The robot can classify the object as an inventory item, warehouse equipment, or a person, among other things. The robot can take action based on the object classification. The robot can reroute around inventory items and warehouse equipment. When encountering people or objects that cannot be classified, the robot can stop and await further instructions. In some cases, the robot may wait for a manual reset before continuing along its path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Michael Shydo, Jr., Stephen A. Caldara, Andrew Stubbs
  • Patent number: 10124370
    Abstract: Sorting table with sorter rolls eliminates foreign matter remaining mixed in with the products of the harvest of small fruit. The sorting table features a sorting system constituted by a succession of rotating rolls of cylindrical shape arranged in parallel so as to form a mobile sorting plane, and a locomotion device, allowing the rotating drive of the rolls in the same direction, so as to allow transporting the grapes dumped on the upstream part of this sorting plane, in a direction that is perpendicular to the axis of the rotating cylindrical rolls and over the entire length of the sorting plane. The rotating cylindrical rolls allow the passage and drop-off of only the small fruit to be sorted, whereas the foreign matter of a size larger than that of the latter remains on the surface of the mobile sorting plane and is evacuated at the downstream end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Roger Pellenc, Jean-Marc Gialis
  • Patent number: 10099560
    Abstract: A system for maintaining a selected speed of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle is powered in part by an electric motor and a battery. The electric motor is operable to drive in either a driving state or a charging state. In the charging state the polarity of the electric motor is modified so as to slow the vehicle down and supply power to the battery. A load bank is provided. The load bank is in electrical communication with the electric motor. The controller is further operable to direct power from the electric motor to the load bank when the electric motor is in the charging state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Anthony Wippler
  • Patent number: 10099254
    Abstract: A particulate water absorbent resin is obtained by polymerizing an unsaturated monomer so as to form a cross-linked polymer hydrogel and drying and pulverizing the cross-linked polymer hydrogel, and plural classification steps different from each other are carried out so as to remove fine powder. In this manner, the present invention provides the method for classification of particulate water absorbent resin which method allows particulate water absorbent resin having a desired particle diameter range to be efficiently obtained at low cost while securing the high productivity even in case where a larger production equipment is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Kazumasa Konishi, Kenji Kadonaga, Yorimichi Dairoku, Shinichi Fujino
  • Patent number: 10083548
    Abstract: Wireless communication takes place between a first computing device and an appliance having a data center including diagnostic data. A subset of the diagnostic data may be communicated to a first server using a communications network and in turn information associated with the subset of the diagnostic data may be communicated to a second server. The second server then provides feedback to the first server that may be at least partially communicated to the first computing device. Wireless communication may also take place between a second computing device and the appliance, the second computing device selectively receiving a different subset of the diagnostic data. Subsets of different diagnostic data from different computing devices may result in a larger subset of the diagnostic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventor: Marc Jason Chiaverini
  • Patent number: 10052927
    Abstract: A method is provided for semi-automatically adjusting a chassis of a vehicle. The vehicle (10) assesses a state of the road by means of a sensor system of the vehicle and transmits the state of the road to a central server. A further vehicle (10) interrogates the state of the road from the server and recommends adjustment of the chassis as a function of the interrogated state of the road. The invention also relates to a device for carrying out such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Timo Maise, Stefan Jacobi, Axel Hammann, Eric Wahl, Claudia Grumann
  • Patent number: 10007890
    Abstract: The disclosed inventory systems and methods can be used to retrieve and transport items from one location in an inventory system to another. Specifically, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) including passive buoyancy element, a thrust unit, and a retention feature, can be controlled by a management component to retrieve one or more items, transport the item or items, and deposit the item or items. For example, a UAV can be controlled to obtain an item at one location in a warehouse such as a first floor and lift said item to a second location in the warehouse such as a second floor, and deposit the item at the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Christoph Purwin, Andrew Stubbs
  • Patent number: 9902390
    Abstract: When the accelerator and the brake pedal are simultaneously depressed, braking occurs with drive force being produced. This increases the amount of heat produced by a friction braking device. Therefore, when the accelerator and the brake pedal are simultaneously depressed (S100: Yes), the range of use for a regenerative braking device is increased by expanding the regenerative braking limit (S101), thereby decreasing the range of use for the friction braking device, so that the produced heat to be suppressed. As a result, it is possible to simplify the friction braking device and eliminate the need to install a cooling mechanism equipped a high cooling performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Toshiya Hashimoto, Hideaki Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 9862003
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vibrating material sorting screen with a substantially variable tilt angle and a tilt angle measuring device where the screen has a gear box which is horizontal when the screen is horizontal and inclined when the screen is inclined and further where the gear box has a plurality of oil level sensors or indicators therein which are sized, placed and configured to provide proper oil volume while the screen is oriented horizontally or at various inclines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Terex USA, LLC
    Inventor: Edwin J. Sauser
  • Patent number: 9858064
    Abstract: In a first illustrative embodiment, a system includes a mobile device processor configured to communicate wirelessly with both a remote server and a vehicle computing system (VCS). The processor is further configured to query the VCS for a module version, relay the module version to a remote system and receive information relating to an updated module version and module. The processor is also configured to query the VCS for vehicle battery information, inform a user of battery sufficiency for a recommended installation of the updated module, and, responsive to a user instruction to proceed with installation, instruct the VCS to download and install the updated module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Chase Mitchell, Chad Evert Esselink, Darren Peter Shelcusky, Michael Raymond Westra
  • Patent number: 9784041
    Abstract: A riser having a riser body having an interior surface, an exterior surface, and two spaced-apart ends, at least one identification assembly on the riser body, the identification assembly having an assembly body and a wave energizable apparatus in the body, the assembly body having an interior surface, an exterior surface, and a channel therethrough in which is positioned part of the riser body, the assembly body releasably secured on the riser body, and the wave energizable apparatus positioned within the assembly body. This abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure and is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims, 37 C.F.R. 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Nathan Kinert, Leon Ellison, Rheinhold Kammann, Manfred Worms, Clive Lam, Guy L. McClung, III
  • Patent number: 9770974
    Abstract: A shutter mechanism is adapted to be provided to a grill opening in a vehicle body. Opening and closing operations of the shutter mechanism are controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU determines whether a vehicle is in a traveling end state. If the vehicle is in the traveling end state, the ECU determines whether or not the shutter mechanism is in an open state. If the ECU determines that the open state of the shutter mechanism cannot be confirmed, the ECU controls the shutter mechanism to open the shutter mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Asano, Eri Yamamoto, Hitoshi Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 9751110
    Abstract: A process for continuously classifying water-absorbing polymer beads by means of at least one screen, at least one screen having at least one guide device on the screen surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Uwe Stueven, RĂ¼diger Funk, Matthias Weismantel, Meinhard Nitschke, Filip Mees, Leo Van Miert
  • Patent number: 9746073
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes a desired pressure module, a valve actuation module, a filter module, and a capacity detection module. The desired pressure module selectively generates an increase in a desired pressure of hydraulic fluid for a clutch of an automatic transmission. The valve actuation module actuates a solenoid valve based on the desired pressure. The solenoid valve supplies hydraulic fluid to a regulator valve, and the regulator valve supplies hydraulic fluid to the clutch. The filter module filters an acceleration of a shaft of the automatic transmission to generate a filtered acceleration. The capacity detection module indicates whether the clutch reached torque carrying capacity based on the filtered acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew D. Whitton, Timothy R. Stockdale, Amanda P. Igel, Nathaniel E. Wilke
  • Patent number: 9714653
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes: a wheel drive motor; an inverter that supplies electric power to the motor; a pump that delivers refrigerant to the motor and the inverter; and a controller that controls the pump. When a main switch of the vehicle is at an ON position, the controller limits the pump output at or below a predetermined pump output upper limit value, and, when the main switch is switched to an OFF position while travelling, the controller drives the pump at an output higher than the pump output upper limit value irrespective of the pump output upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironobu Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9701337
    Abstract: A control computing unit allocates the current axial force and the transverse-G axial force at the predetermined allocation ratio to calculate a feedback axial force which is the steering-rack axial force. Then, the control computing unit drives the reaction force motor on the basis of the calculated feedback axial force. Additionally, the allocation ratio of the transverse-G axial force is set to be greater than the allocation ratio of the current axial force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu wun Chai, Takaaki Eguchi, Yukinobu Matsushita, Kazuhiro Igarashi