Patents Examined by Michael J. Zanelli
  • Patent number: 12030607
    Abstract: A method of operating a steering system on a marine vessel includes changing a maximum drive angle defining a permitted drive angle range for at least one marine drive and then, based on a steering map correlating wheel positions of a manually rotatable steering wheel to drive angles of the marine drive, adjusting at least one end stop wheel position to an adjusted end stop wheel position based on the changed maximum drive angle. Once it is determined that a current wheel position of the steering wheel is approaching the adjusted end stop wheel position, a resistance device is controlled to apply a resistance force against rotation of the steering wheel in a first rotational direction past the end stop position. The steering actuator associated with the marine drive is then controlled based on the steering map such that a drive angle of the marine drive stays within the permitted drive angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas S. Kirchhoff, Jason S. Arbuckle
  • Patent number: 12025466
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a communicator for communicating with an on-vehicle communicator mounted on a vehicle and a communication terminal to be operated by a user, and a controller configured to acquire, from the on-vehicle communicator, an update history of at least some of map data stored in a storage medium of the vehicle, determine whether the map data needs to be updated on a basis of the update history, transmit an inquiry signal to the communication terminal via the communicator to inquire whether to allow updating of the map data when the controller has determined to need to update the map data, and transmit an update instruction signal for instructing updating of the map data to the on-vehicle communicator via the communicator when the controller has received an allowance signal for permitting updating of the map data from the communication terminal via the communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventors: Wataru Takeda, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 12023986
    Abstract: A vehicular compartment temperature control system includes an insulated compartment disposed within a vehicle. The system includes at least one cooling element at the insulated compartment and operable to cool an interior cavity of the insulated compartment. A temperature sensor senses temperature within the insulated compartment. An output of the temperature sensor is provided to a control to determine temperature of the interior cavity. The control, responsive to receiving a signal indicative of a user selected temperature that is selected by a user via operating a user input of the vehicular compartment temperature control system, and responsive to determination that the determined temperature of the interior cavity of the insulated compartment is greater than the user selected temperature by at least a threshold amount, controls the at least one cooling element to adjust temperature of the interior cavity of the insulated compartment toward the user selected temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Magna Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Bishnu Raveendran
  • Patent number: 12017540
    Abstract: To provide a controller for AC rotary machine and a motor vehicle which can solve the countermeasure against heat of the inverter, and the generation of sound or electric resonance, at the same time. A controller for AC rotary machine turns on and off a plurality of switching devices which the inverter has at PWM frequency, based on the n-phase voltage command values; detects the temperature of the inverter; changes the PWM frequency based on the detected temperature of the inverter; and changes the PWM frequency out of range of the avoidance frequency band, when the PWM frequency after change is within the range of the avoidance frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kotaro Nakano, Yoshihiko Kimpara
  • Patent number: 12014552
    Abstract: Presented are intelligent vehicle systems for off-road driving incident prediction and assistance, methods for making/operating such systems, and vehicles networking with such systems. A method for operating a motor vehicle includes a system controller receiving geolocation data indicating the vehicle is in or entering off-road terrain. Responsive to the vehicle geolocation data, the controller receives, from vehicle-mounted cameras, camera-generated images each containing the vehicle's drive wheel(s) and/or the off-road terrain's surface. The controller receives, from a controller area network bus, vehicle operating characteristics data and vehicle dynamics data for the motor vehicle. The camera data, vehicle operating characteristics data, and vehicle dynamics data is processed via a convolutional neural network backbone to predict occurrence of a driving incident on the off-road terrain within a prediction time horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ariel Telpaz, Ravid Erez, Michael Baltaxe, Barak Hershkovitz, Nadav Baron, Christopher A Stanek
  • Patent number: 12012133
    Abstract: A moving body control device for controlling a moving body, including an information acquisition unit that acquires moving body-specific information including a bogie position and a vehicle body mass, a moving body position, a moving body velocity, and track information including a curvature for each position of the track, and a feedforward steering angle calculation unit that calculates a steering angle by using the moving body-specific information, the moving body position, the moving body velocity, and the track information. The feedforward steering angle calculation unit calculates the steering angle according to a sum of a kinematic component calculated based on a geometrical relationship between the bogie position and the curvature of a track, and a dynamic component calculated based on an equation of motion including the bogie position, the vehicle body mass, the moving body velocity, and the curvature and a curvature change rate of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Okazaki, Noritaka Yanai
  • Patent number: 12012142
    Abstract: A hybrid hydro-mechanical/electronic steering system for a track vehicle, where the driver system can simultaneously use hydro-mechanical connections and electronic (steer by wire) connections to steer a track vehicle such as a tank, where safeguards for safety and reliability include seamless transition between electronic to hydro-mechanical control and vice versa, such that the system can be used in a single or double chassis track vehicle and is adaptable for autonomous driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: ST ENGINEERING LAND SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Tze Meng Jensen Chew, Fu-Jun (Timmy) Low
  • Patent number: 12012122
    Abstract: A computer implemented method. Includes: obtaining, from a sensor system onboard a vehicle, a plurality of hypotheses for an orientation of an object in a vicinity of the vehicle, relative to a coordinate system of the vehicle; estimating, based on the plurality of hypotheses, values of a probability distribution for the orientation of the object at a plurality of candidate orientations; and estimating, based at least in part on the estimated values of the probability distribution at the plurality of candidate orientations, the orientation of the object relative to the coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Francesco Papi, Qian Song, Stanley Lilian Volta, Allan Zelener
  • Patent number: 12007767
    Abstract: An automated valet parking method includes receiving, by a vehicle, a vehicle return request, receiving, from an infrastructure, a guide route that guides the vehicle from a current parking position to a pickup area to the vehicle, leaving, by the vehicle, the current parking position based on the guide route, autonomously travelling, by the vehicle, to the pickup area along the guide route, and arriving, by the vehicle, at the pickup area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyung Ho Yoo
  • Patent number: 12005943
    Abstract: A method and system for determining a position of a rail-bound vehicle on a railway is disclosed. The apparatus comprises: a transmitter and receiver for wireless communication with at least one base station arranged at a predetermined position in the vicinity of the railway; a measurement device to determine a distance to the at least one base station based on measurements of the radio signals of the wireless communication in the phase domain; and a controller arranged to determine a present position of the vehicle on the railway based on the distance. A control system/method for controlling rail-bound vehicles in a railway system, and/or an internal or external system related to such rail-bound vehicles, using such position determination is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Icomera AB
    Inventor: Joel Bjurström
  • Patent number: 12006060
    Abstract: A human-machine interface system enables interactions between aeronautical applications and aircraft control and display instruments. The human-machine interface system comprises an interface server communicating, by virtue of a common core protocol, with the aeronautical applications and control and display managers performing an abstraction of control and display instruments. The human-machine interface comprises application extension libraries providing an implementation of the common core protocol dedicated to each aeronautical application, as well as a display window definition dedicated to each aeronautical application. The human-machine interface comprises at least one control and display utility extension library providing an implementation of the common core protocol dedicated to the control and display managers. Hence, a flexible, portable and reusable architecture with easy extension and scalability opportunities is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Neset Sozen, Marc Vie
  • Patent number: 12007774
    Abstract: A system and method for integrity monitoring generates primary control output via a primary module. The primary control output is configured to be used to control an autonomous vehicle (AV). The system and method receive situational data comprising AV data and environmental data. The system and method generate, using a monitor module configured to monitor the AV, a set of fallback actions based on at least the situational data. The system and method generate, using the monitor module, a fallback status based on at least the set of fallback actions, where the fallback status is configured to correspond to a determination of whether to override the primary control output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Krawiec, Daniel K. Papke, Jason J. Jakusz, Angus L McLean
  • Patent number: 11993291
    Abstract: A system uses neural networks to determine intents of traffic entities (e.g., pedestrians, bicycles, vehicles) in an environment surrounding a vehicle (e.g., an autonomous vehicle) and generates commands to control the vehicle based on the determined intents. The system receives images of the environment captured by sensors on the vehicle, and processes the images using neural network models to determine overall intents or predicted actions of the one or more traffic entities within the images. The system generates commands to control the vehicle based on the determined overall intents of the traffic entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Perceptive Automata, Inc.
    Inventor: Mel McCurrie
  • Patent number: 11995591
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes computer systems and computer-implemented methods for managing an agricultural operation. Vehicle location information for at least one agricultural vehicle is received, and the vehicle location information is used to determine a vehicle path. Vehicle state information is received from the vehicle and is used to determine whether the vehicle is in a working or non-working state. The vehicle path is then rendered on a map display, with the map display visually distinguishing between sections of the vehicle path traversed while the vehicle is in the working state and sections of the vehicle path traversed while the vehicle is in the non-working state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: ACUITUS AG, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Hunsaker, Kendal Hunsaker, Daniel Piquet, Jay Srinivasan, Daniel Bigelow, Brock Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11987133
    Abstract: A variable setting drivetrain for use with a vehicle including a controller in operable communication with an electric motor and configured to provide signals to the motor representative of a target output torque vector, where the controller is configured to calculate the target output torque vector by taking the weighted average of a first torque vector determined using a first output map, a second torque vector determined using a second output map, and a third torque vector determined using a third output map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Kirk Rudolph, Jonathan Coulter
  • Patent number: 11987341
    Abstract: A controller for a watercraft changes a rudder angle of a marine propulsion device by controlling a steering actuator based on a target yaw rate. The controller determines which of rightward turning and leftward turning is being made by the watercraft. The controller imposes a limitation on the leftward target yaw rate when the rightward turning is being made by the watercraft. The controller imposes a limitation on the rightward target yaw rate when the leftward turning is being made by the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kento Sakurada
  • Patent number: 11981211
    Abstract: An electric power system for a vehicle having an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). The electric power system includes a first power source arranged for supplying electric power to the ADAS. The electric power system includes a second power source arranged for supplying electric power to the ADAS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Ningbo Geely Automobile Rese arch & Dev. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heza Mahmoud, Fadi Almoosawi, Thomas Klintberg
  • Patent number: 11981547
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a crane capable of detecting a suspension location of a payload, in order to enable accurate positioning of a hook at the suspension location of the payload. This crane comprises: a freely derricking boom provided to a swivel; and a sub-hook block and a sub-hook suspendedly provided from the boom. The crane also comprises: a boom camera capable of imaging a payload that is to be carried by the crane; hook cameras capable of imaging the payload from different viewpoints than the boom camera; and a control device for controlling the crane. The control device acquires images obtained by imaging the payload with the boom camera and the hook cameras, runs image processing on the images, and calculates a suspension location of the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: TADANO LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Minami
  • Patent number: 11975822
    Abstract: A method of determining a service interval for an actuator of a landing gear assembly is suitable for used with a landing gear assembly in which the actuator positions the landing gear assembly between a stowed position and a deployed position. The method includes the steps of determining an actuator travel value for a time interval and increasing a total actuator accumulated travel value by the actuator travel value for the time interval. The method further includes the step of comparing the total actuator accumulated travel value to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignees: Safran Landing Systems, Safran Landing Systems Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Michael Ellis, Graeme Peter Arthur Klim, Aakash Gohil, Pierrick Géraud Alexandre Lemonnier, Leszek Marian Dacko
  • Patent number: 11974527
    Abstract: An irrigation and harvesting system includes one or more center pivot irrigation assemblies. The center pivot irrigation assembly includes a hollow shaft attached to an area of land; one end of a hollow member is attached to the hollow shaft, wherein the hollow member pivots around the hollow shaft, and wherein the hollow member carries irrigation water; a second end of the hollow member is connected to a wheel in contact with the ground, and the wheel is driven at a controlled speed; and a traction device including harvesting equipment is attached to the hollow member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Julie Garwood