Patents Examined by Michael F Whalen
  • Patent number: 11610486
    Abstract: A connected-vehicle interface module is provided that includes a connected-vehicle controller, a wireless data connected-vehicle radio for receiving an activation signal indicating a road condition, and a connected-vehicle interface controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Scharles, Brian P. Scharles, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11573681
    Abstract: A method for making available at least one individualized user function in a vehicle having at least one user interface includes recording data which is transferred to respective functions assigned to the at least one user interface and/or data which is output by the respective functions assigned to the at least one user interface; transferring the recorded data to a server as a function of a state of the vehicle; determining at least one intention of a user of the vehicle on the basis of the data transferred to the server; and dynamically adjusting the vehicle as a function of the at least one intention of the user, by way of at least one user function which is selected and/or generated on the basis of the at least one intention of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventors: Martin Klos, Patrick Keuntje
  • Patent number: 11556104
    Abstract: An electronic control unit for vehicle capable of receiving a program by communication expands the received program in a volatile memory and executes the expanded program. As an example of this program, there is a program for changing a communication environment for communicating with another unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Abe, Koji Yuasa, Toshihisa Arai
  • Patent number: 11535121
    Abstract: An ECU switches a control mode to an HV mode when an SOC decreases to a lower limit during an EV mode. The ECU calculates an evaluation value ?D of high-rate deterioration indicating a deterioration component of a secondary battery due to non-uniformity in salt concentration in a battery. The ECU executes high-rate deterioration inhibiting control when the HV mode is currently selected and when the battery is evaluated as deteriorating based on the evaluation value ?D, the high-rate deterioration inhibiting control being control for increasing the SOC by making a control target of the SOC higher than the lower limit of the SOC. On the other hand, the ECU does not execute the high-rate deterioration inhibiting control when the EV mode is currently selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Koji Hokoi, Yu Nakao, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Yoshihiro Uchida, Kazuki Furuta, Kazuto Roppongi
  • Patent number: 11527112
    Abstract: A vehicle allocation method and system are provided. Vehicle diagnostic data is received from vehicle-computing devices placed in vehicles. A diagnostic score is determined for each vehicle. A request for booking a ride is received from a customer device of a customer. A fare for the ride is determined for the vehicles. Options are transmitted to the customer device to select a vehicle for the ride based on the options. A customer selection is received from the customer device. A vehicle is allocated to the ride based on the customer selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: ANI Technologies Private Limited
    Inventors: Azimul Mannan, Moiaz Jiwani
  • Patent number: 11518510
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle. Boundaries of a user-defined space may be obtained. The boundaries of the user-defined space may be fixed with respect to some reference frame. A user-defined operation associated with the user-selected space may be obtained. Position of the unmanned aerial vehicle may be tracked during an unmanned aerial flight. Responsive to the unmanned aerial vehicle entering the user-defined space, the unmanned aerial vehicle may be automatically controlled to perform the user-defined operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Pascal Gohl, Sammy Omari
  • Patent number: 11507097
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an auto clean machine comprising a light source configured to emit light to illuminate at least one light region outside and in front of the auto clean machine. The control apparatus comprises: a first image sensing area, configured to sense a first brightness distribution of the light region, wherein a resolution for a first direction of the first image sensing area is higher than a resolution for a second direction of the first image sensing area; and a processor, configured to control movement of the auto clean machine according the first brightness distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Guo-Zhen Wang
  • Patent number: 11482100
    Abstract: Technologies for monitoring vehicle traffic include a traffic analysis server that receives infrastructure data from infrastructure sensors positioned along a road segment of a road and vehicle data from one or more vehicles travelling along the road segment. The traffic analysis server determines whether anomalies are present in the traffic data through the road segment based on an expected traffic behavior for the road segment. The traffic analysis server determines the expected traffic behavior for the road segment in a particular time window based on a historical traffic pattern associated with the road segment, based on historical vehicle data and historical infrastructure data captured during a prior time window corresponding to the particular time window for that road segment. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Igor Tatourian, Rita H. Wouhaybi, Simon Hunt, Hong Li
  • Patent number: 11479280
    Abstract: An example remote control locomotive (RCL) system includes a consist having at least one locomotive and at least one pneumatic brake pipe, and an RCL controller. The RCL controller includes a memory configured to store at least one pressurization reference including correspondence relationships between pneumatic brake pipe pressurization time periods and pneumatic brake pipe air volumes, and a processor configured to monitor a time period to pressurize the at least one pneumatic brake pipe of the consist. The processor is also configured to compare the monitored time period to pressurize the at least one pneumatic brake pipe to the pressurization reference, and determine a fault or a number of locomotives in the consist according to the comparison of the monitored time period to pressurize the at least one pneumatic brake pipe to the pressurization reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Jeremy Jovenall
  • Patent number: 11467274
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having at least one sensor for detecting the presence of a survivor in a search and rescue area. The at least one sensor is preferably an ultra-wide band (UWB) transceiver sensor. The UAV includes a UAV data link transceiver for wirelessly communicating information concerning the survivor to a command center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Melwyn F. Sequeira, Mohammad Mohiuddin
  • Patent number: 11458936
    Abstract: A drive assist apparatus includes a detector and a traveling controller. The detector detects an operation target of automatic emergency braking of a vehicle. The traveling controller includes a calculator and a determiner, and controls the automatic emergency braking on the basis of a result of the detection performed by the detector. The calculator calculates each of a target deceleration rate and a variation rate. The target deceleration rate is a target value of a deceleration rate of the automatic emergency braking. The variation rate is a rate of variation in the deceleration rate required for the deceleration rate of the automatic emergency braking to reach the target deceleration rate. The determiner determines a contact risk of the vehicle with the operation target on the basis of the target deceleration rate. The calculator increases the variation rate when the contact risk is determined by the determiner as being relatively high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Hikaru Kumagai, Zhaofei Dong
  • Patent number: 11458970
    Abstract: A cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) system acquires a driving pattern of a target vehicle and variably provides an inter-vehicle distance and a responsible speed level of a subject vehicle that are followed by the CACC system based on the driving pattern. The CACC system includes a communication unit receiving vehicle information and road information of a region in which the subject vehicle travels; an information collection unit collecting driving information of a forward vehicle, vehicle information of the subject vehicle, and the road information; and a control unit controlling the inter-vehicle distance and the responsible speed level of the CACC system based on the driving pattern of the target vehicle according to generated control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yoon Soo Kim, Dong Gyu Noh, In Yong Jung, Su Lyun Sung, Seung Wook Park, Jong Rok Park, Cho Rong Ryu, Jun Sik Hwang, Min Byeong Lee, Hahk Rel Noh, Dae Sung Hwang
  • Patent number: 11453259
    Abstract: An object surface managing method comprising: (a) emitting detecting light to the groove via alight source; (b) receiving first reflected detecting light from the surface and second reflected detecting light from a bottom of the groove via a light sensor; and (c) calculating a groove depth of the groove according to the first reflected detecting light and the second reflected detecting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Guo-Zhen Wang, Chang-Sheng Chiu
  • Patent number: 11449051
    Abstract: A method for managing movements of a fleet of a plurality of autonomous mobile objects capable of communicating with a management server. An autonomous mobile object is associated with a user terminal with which a user is equipped. The management server performs the following steps, for a given autonomous mobile object, referred to as a first object, associated with a first user terminal with which a user is equipped: obtaining information representing a position to be reached by the first object, referred to as first object destination information; determining information representing a movement to be made by the first object, referred to as first object movement information, the determining taking into account of at least the first object destination information; and transmitting the first object movement information to the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: IFOLLOW
    Inventor: Vincent Jacquemart
  • Patent number: 11440650
    Abstract: An aircraft is provide including an airframe, an extending tail, and a counter rotating, coaxial main rotor assembly including an upper rotor assembly and a lower rotor assembly. A translational thrust system positioned at the extending tail, the translational thrust system providing translational thrust to the airframe. At least one flight control computer configured to independently control the upper rotor assembly and the lower rotor assembly through a fly-by-wire control system. A plurality of sensors to detect sensor data of at least one environmental condition and at least one aircraft state data, wherein the sensors provide the sensor data to the flight control computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Erez Eller, Matthew A. White, David H. Hunter
  • Patent number: 11433933
    Abstract: A ground base device includes a schedule timetable storage unit storing a received schedule timetable periodically transmitted from the central control device; a departure-obstructed condition determination unit determining whether a departure-obstructed condition of a train is resolved and outputting departure-obstructed condition cancel signal when the departure-obstructed condition is resolved; a departure time control unit outputting departure-time appropriate signal when current time is departure time based on the schedule timetable upon receiving the departure-obstructed condition cancel signal; a departure interval control unit outputting departure-interval appropriate signal when intervals between the train and preceding and following trains are a threshold value or more upon receiving the departure-time appropriate signal; and a departure instruction signal output unit outputting a departure instruction signal upon receiving the departure-interval appropriate signal, and, when the central control dev
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Makoto Tokumaru
  • Patent number: 11430148
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring volume dimensions of objects may include flying a UAV to measuring points around an object within a defined area. Images of the object may be captured by the UAV at each of the measuring points. The captured images may be communicated by the UAV to a computing device remotely positioned from the UAV. Volume dimensions of the object may be computed based on the captured images. The volume dimensions of the object may be presented. In presenting the volume dimensions, the volume dimensions may be presented to a user via an electronic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.r.l.
    Inventors: Marco Cumoli, Francesco D'Ercoli, Michele Gruppioni, Nicola Fioraio
  • Patent number: 11422222
    Abstract: A method is provided for transmitting data in a system for determining a location of at least one industrial truck comprising a mobile radio station and positioned in an area having a plurality of stationary radio stations. The method comprises transmitting a position-determining signal from the mobile radio station to the plurality of stationary radio stations. The position-determining signal is received and a position signal is transmitted from the plurality of stationary radio stations to the mobile radio station. Additional data is appended to at least one of the position-determining signal and the position signal and is evaluated. A current vehicle position is then determined from at least three received position signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Frank Mänken
  • Patent number: 11420742
    Abstract: A content-driven and content delivery UAV system. The UAV system includes a content source to provided pressurized content to the UAVs via a content transmission media. The pressurized content is utilized to drive a mechanical propulsion and steering system to keep the UAV aloft and direct it to a particular location. The pressurized content received by the UAVs can be directed back to the content source, to another UAV and or discharged from the UAV to a desired target. Thus, the UAVs may include a nozzle or valve for discharging the content and thus delivering the content to a desire location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: TetherKraft Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Harris
  • Patent number: 11420720
    Abstract: An aircraft door controller 100 including a receiver 110 configured to receive a command 14 to move an aircraft door between an open position and a closed position relative to a door frame. The aircraft door controller 100 is configured to not store the command 14 when power to move the aircraft door between the open position and the closed position relative to the door frame is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Mark Grufferty, Nicholas Elliott, Martin Griffith Rowlands, Christopher James Perkins