Patents Examined by Michael E. Butler
  • Patent number: 11981223
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and computer systems are disclosed herein as implemented by a controller operatively coupled to a network of electric vehicles. The methods and systems include the controller (i) receiving a notification that an electric vehicle is stranded without sufficient power to operate; (ii) receiving information regarding the stranded electric vehicle; (iii) detecting one or more other electric vehicles in a vicinity of the stranded electric vehicle; (iv) receiving information regarding the detected one or more other electric vehicles; and/or (v) determining, based upon the received information, which of the detected one or more other electric vehicles to send a power source request. Alternatively, the notification may indicate that an electric vehicle has a low state of charge (SOC), or is otherwise has a battery in need of being recharged to facilitate the electric vehicle traveling to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Joseph R. Brannan
  • Patent number: 11975612
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first wheel, a second wheel, and a controller. The first and second of wheels have first and second tires, respectively. The controller is programmed to receive inputs indicative of tire tread wear of the first and second wheels. The controller is further programmed to, in response to a command to adjust torques of the first and second wheels to first and second desired torque values, respectively, and a difference between a tire tread wear of the first wheel and a tire tread wear of the second wheel exceeding a threshold, adjust the torque of the first electric machine to less than the first desired torque value and adjust the torque of the second electric machine to greater than the second desired torque value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Brendan F. Diamond
  • Patent number: 11964567
    Abstract: A propulsion control system has an electric motor configured to generate an axle torque in response to a final torque command, and has a motor constraint that specifies a maximum torque. A motor controller is configured to generate the final torque command in response to an intermediate torque command and a distributed power limit command. An open-loop function in supervisory controller is configured to calculate an initial torque command vector in response to a driver torque command, calculate an intended operating vector by mapping the initial torque command vector into a multidimensional power space, generate the intermediate torque command by clipping the intended operating vector in response to the motor constraint, generate a constrained command vector by clipping the intended operating vector in response to the motor constraint and a plurality of energy storage constraints, and generate the distributed power limit command in response to the constrained command vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Rashad K. Maady, Krunal P. Patel, Matthew Yard, Kristopher D. Lang
  • Patent number: 11964585
    Abstract: An apparatus for managing power of an electric vehicle and a method thereof are provided. The apparatus determines whether a user participates in a leisure activity based on surrounding information of the electric vehicle, and supplies power when a plug is connected to an outlet provided in the electric vehicle while entering a leisure mode to allow the user to use the outlet during leisure activities. The apparatus includes an information collector that collects surrounding information of the electronic vehicle, and a controller that determines whether a user is performing a leisure activity based on the surrounding information of the electric vehicle collected by the information collector and adjusts power supply based on whether an outlet provided in the electric vehicle is plugged in in a leisure mode indicating that the user is performing a leisure activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Da Ye Oh, Ki Suk Lee
  • Patent number: 11954638
    Abstract: A task allocation method and apparatus are provided. The method includes: receiving orders of merchandises stored on shelves; determining a merchandise picking time of each merchandise of the received orders; determining an order picking time for each received order according to the merchandise picking time of each merchandise; determining an order set according to the order picking time for each received order, and selecting orders from the order set as target orders; locating shelves on which merchandises in the target orders are stored; obtaining merchandise status of the merchandises in the target orders, and determining a target shelf according to the merchandise status; allocating, a picking task of the merchandises to the target shelf; determining a picking workstation corresponding to the target shelf; instructing the target shelf to move to the picking workstation to execute the picking task, and to leave the picking workstation after the picking task is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: CAINIAO SMART LOGISTICS HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Haoyuan Hu, Longfei Wang
  • Patent number: 11945451
    Abstract: An electronic anomaly detection unit for use in a vehicle includes an input component for capturing an input variable, wherein the input variable contains state information for at least one component of the vehicle, a memory component for storing state values based on the input variable, a selection component for selecting selected state values from the stored state values, an association component for associating the selected state values with predefined values, wherein the predefined values define a normal state of the component of the vehicle, and a decision component for deciding whether there is an anomalous behavior in the at least one component of the vehicle, based on the association, wherein one or more of the input component, the memory component, the selection component, the association component and the decision component are implemented in hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Alexander Zeh, Harald Zweck
  • Patent number: 11948454
    Abstract: A method and a system for controlling at least one of a traffic infrastructure device, an actuator of a traffic participant based on enhanced traffic data is provided. The method comprises steps of monitoring, by a trigger processor, an area; generating, by the trigger processor, trigger data in case a trigger event is determined in the monitored area and providing the generated trigger data indicating an area-of-interest to an image data source; obtaining image data on the area-of-interest based on the transmitted trigger data and transmitting the obtained image data to a traffic evaluation processor; evaluating, by the traffic evaluation processor, the obtained image data to generate enhanced traffic data on the area-of-interest; and outputting, by the traffic evaluation processor, the generated enhanced traffic data in a control signal, wherein the control signal is configured to control the traffic infrastructure device and/or the actuator of the traffic participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Benedict Flade, Nils Einecke
  • Patent number: 11938833
    Abstract: An electric or Hybrid vehicle is provided, the electric or Hybrid vehicle including: a battery configured to provide motive power to the vehicle; one or more electrical systems controlling one or more operations of the vehicle; a turbine configured to be exposed to airflow while the vehicle is in motion; a generator coupled to the turbine and configured to generate electricity in response to rotation of the turbine; and a control system configured to selectively control flow of electricity from the generator to the battery for charging the battery and to the one or more electrical systems for powering the one or more electrical systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Cooley Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Maryam Cooley
  • Patent number: 11912166
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for controlling output of a fuel cell that generates electrical power for an electric machine that propels a vehicle. In one example, a driver demand power reduction is anticipated and output of the fuel cell is adjusted before the driver demand power is reduced so that a greater amount of electric charge may be stored in an electric energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Beck, Walter Joseph Ortmann, Kenneth James Miller, Thomas Joseph Cusumano
  • Patent number: 11897365
    Abstract: A system for controlling electric power of a vehicle having a fuel cell is provided. The system includes a fuel cell that generates electric energy by receiving fuel and oxidizing gas and a battery that receives the electric energy of the fuel cell to charge or discharge the battery for supplying the electric energy. A sensor sense a driving state of the vehicle. A controller controls charging or discharging of the battery based on the driving state sensed by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung Yoon Lee, Byoung Hoon Choi, Jeong Kyu Park, Jae Hoon Jeong, Sae Byeok Seung, Hyo Jun Kim, Dong Hoon Kim, Sang Chul Yeom
  • Patent number: 11897003
    Abstract: An automated object sorting system is provided. In various embodiments, the automated object sorting system includes an automated object extraction assembly and an automated object collection assembly. The automated object extraction assembly extracts one or more objects from an object sorting tray based on one or more attributes and/or traits of interest. The automated collection assembly selectively deposits the extracted objects in selected collection receptacles according to the particular attributes and/or traits of each respective object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Kevin L. Deppermann
  • Patent number: 11897475
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a transmission of a vehicle includes a determination device that determines whether a condition for a regenerative braking based lift foot up shift is satisfied, a controller that performs regenerative brake control and performs a shift by controlling release clutch torque and lock-up clutch torque, when the condition for the regenerative braking based lift foot up shift is satisfied, and a torque compensation device that compensates for the release clutch torque according to an RPM variation during the shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Joon Shik Park
  • Patent number: 11890961
    Abstract: An apparatus for managing power of an electric vehicle and a method thereof are provided. The apparatus determines whether a user participates in a leisure activity based on surrounding information of the electric vehicle, and supplies power when a plug is connected to an outlet provided in the electric vehicle while entering a leisure mode to allow the user to use the outlet during leisure activities. The apparatus includes an information collector that collects surrounding information of the electronic vehicle, and a controller that determines whether a user is performing a leisure activity based on the surrounding information of the electric vehicle collected by the information collector and adjusts power supply based on whether an outlet provided in the electric vehicle is plugged in in a leisure mode indicating that the user is performing a leisure activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Da Ye Oh, Ki Suk Lee
  • Patent number: 11878592
    Abstract: A control method for an electric vehicle controls braking force when the accelerator operation amount is less than a prescribed value and controls drive force when the accelerator operation amount is at least a prescribed value. The electric vehicle control method estimates disturbance torque that acts on the motor as a resistance component relating to gradient; and executes correction whereby the braking force or the drive force is increased/decreased on the basis of the disturbance torque estimated value, such that the resistance component is negated. A determination is made regarding whether or not the accelerator operation amount is a partial equivalent amount and, if at least either the accelerator operation amount on a downhill road is greater than the partial equivalent amount or the accelerator operation amount on an uphill road is less than the partial equivalent amount, the correction amount is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoteru Kujubu, Ikuma Shindo, Tatsuya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11866068
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to detecting and responding to malfunctioning traffic signals for a vehicle having an autonomous driving mode. For instance, information identifying a detected state of a traffic signal for an intersection. An anomaly for the traffic signal may be detected based on the detected state and prestored information about expected states of the traffic signal. The vehicle may be controlled in the autonomous driving mode based on the detected anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Silver, Carl Kershaw, Jonathan Hsiao, Edward Hsiao
  • Patent number: 11847830
    Abstract: When a main power from a main battery of a vehicle is interrupted (or cut off), an auxiliary power supplied from an auxiliary battery may be used to drive electrical components of the vehicle. The vehicle includes: a main battery to supply the main power; the auxiliary battery to supply an auxiliary power; and an image recording controller to operate with the main power, capture and record an image of surroundings of the vehicle. In particular, when the supply of the main power is interrupted, the image recording controller performs capturing and recording the image by receiving the auxiliary power, controls a supply path of the auxiliary power so that the auxiliary power is supplied to a predetermined electrical component of the vehicle to continuously operate the predetermined electrical component using the auxiliary power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Myoung Soo Park, Woo Kuen Kim, Jin Gu Kwon
  • Patent number: 11833909
    Abstract: A vehicle includes driven wheels, an actuator operably coupled to the driven wheels by a drivetrain, and a braking system having friction brakes associated with the driven wheels. A controller is programmed to, in response to the vehicle being in a drift mode, decouple the driven wheels from the actuator, engage the friction brakes to lockup the driven wheels, and place the actuator in speed control and command a torque to the actuator based on a difference between a measured speed of the actuator and a target speed of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Lars Niklas Pettersson
  • Patent number: 11807118
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for operating a voltage converter (1), in particular a DC converter, of a motor vehicle, which voltage converter has at least two parallel-connected converter strands (4, 5) which are connected between a high-voltage side (2) and a low voltage side (3) of the voltage converter (1) for converting the voltage, having at least one cooling device (8) carrying a coolant (9) and assigned to the converter strands (4, 5), wherein each of the converter strands (4, 5) is assigned at least one temperature sensor (6, 7), comprising the following steps: a) detecting an input voltage, an output voltage and an operating current of each converter strand (4, 5), b) detecting a current converter strand temperature by means of the respective temperature sensor (6, 7), c) determining a respective coolant temperature as a function of the values detected in steps a) and b), d) comparing the two determined coolant temperatures (T_1, T_2) with each other and e) determining the serviceability of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Hellmann
  • Patent number: 11794566
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle comprises a set of wheels, a mechanical transmission adapted to provide torque to the set of wheels, an electric motor coupled to and providing motive force to the mechanical transmission, battery storage coupled to and supplying electrical power to the electric motor, and a gasoline compression ignition (GCI) engine coupled to at least one of the mechanical transmission and the electric motor so as to provide mechanical energy to the mechanical transmission and energy for operating the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Hyun Woo Won, Junseok Chang, Kukwon Cho
  • Patent number: 11794920
    Abstract: Systems for policing and managing the operation of so-called unmanned vehicles are presented which allow for the takeover of the unmanned vehicle in the event of the detection of possible or actual ill-intentioned or inappropriate use of, malfunction or usurpation of the vehicle. Embodiments of the invention include dual-control unmanned vehicles which allow both pilot and police control of the vehicle, with the police having priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventor: Jeffrey Matos