Patents Examined by Michael J. Zanelli
  • Patent number: 10809714
    Abstract: A cleaning robot includes a navigator to move a main body, a remote controller to output a modulated infrared ray in accordance with a control command of a user and to form a light spot, a light receiver to receive the infrared ray from the remote controller, and a controller to control the navigator such that the main body tracks the light spot when the modulated infrared ray is received in accordance with the control command. Because the cleaning robot tracks a position indicated by the remote controller, a user may conveniently move the cleaning robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jea Yun So, Jin Hee Kim, Won Min Lee, Gwang Jin Jung, Sang Hwa Choi, Shin Kim, Sang Sik Yoon, Byoung In Lee, Hyun Soo Jung
  • Patent number: 10807494
    Abstract: The state of internal resistance is appropriately expressed for a battery being energized. A battery management system includes a battery information acquisition section, a voltage calculation section, a current fluctuation amount calculation section 109 and a resistance correction amount calculation section. The battery information acquisition section acquires a voltage value V of a storage battery being energized. The voltage calculation section acquires a predicted battery voltage value Vmodel of the storage battery being energized by a method different from that of the battery information acquisition section. The current fluctuation amount calculation section calculates a current fluctuation amount dI/dt of the storage battery per unit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Vehicle Energy Japan Inc.
    Inventors: Masahiro Yonemoto, Kei Sakabe, Ryohhei Nakao, Keiichiro Ohkawa, Daiki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10801856
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for dynamically scaling a map of a navigation display system of a vehicle. The system includes a GPS unit configured to detect a current location of the vehicle. The system includes a transceiver configured to receive a current traffic condition from a remote data server. The system includes a display configured to display the map. The system also includes an ECU configured to dynamically determine a map display scale based on a location of the vehicle and a traffic condition. The ECU is also configured to render the map using the dynamically determined map display scale. The ECU is also configured to change the map display scale based on a change in location of the vehicle or a change in traffic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew G. Sata
  • Patent number: 10794715
    Abstract: Systems and methods for route mapping with familiar routes include striking a balance between optimal routes from standard navigation systems minimizing time and distance and a mapping component that suggests familiar routes based on a user's route history. New routes including one or more familiar routes may be suggested to the user when they are not too far out of the way or take too long compared to the optimal routes and when they may be preferable or more comfortable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Anh Truong, Vincent Pham, Jeremy Goodsitt, Austin Walters, Mark Watson
  • Patent number: 10791665
    Abstract: A first machine of a tree planting system includes: a cultivator cultivating soil where a plant for tree planting is to be planted; a first traveling device traveling with the cultivator; and a cultivated position detector obtaining and outputting actual cultivated positions corresponding to positions of the cultivator while the cultivator travels with the first traveling device and cultivates the soil. A management device of the tree planting system stores actual cultivated positions. A second machine of the tree planting system includes: a planting device planting a plant in the soil; a second traveling device traveling with the planting device; a planting device position detector obtaining a position of the planting device; and a controller controlling a position of the planting device based on: actual cultivated positions acquired from the management device; and the position of the planting device at the timing when a plant is planted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Miyake, Hirokazu Asaka
  • Patent number: 10788844
    Abstract: A method for automatic control of at least one following vehicle wherein a scout trajectory is generated for a scout vehicle, which is guided along an actual trajectory, wherein the actual trajectory of the scout vehicle and environmental data of the scout vehicle are detected by sensors of the scout vehicle. A target trajectory is generated for the following vehicle and environmental data of the following vehicle are detected by sensors of the following vehicle. The scout trajectory and environmental data of the scout vehicle are transferred to the following vehicle and, if the detected actual trajectory and the generated target trajectory each have at least a certain trajectory similarity to the generated scout trajectory and if the environmental data of the following vehicle have at least a certain environmental data similarity to the environmental data of the scout vehicle, an automatic control of the following vehicle is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Marc-Michael Meinecke, Arne Bartels, Lutz Junge, Michael Darms
  • Patent number: 10782705
    Abstract: A robotic work tool system (200) comprising a robotic work tool (100) and a beacon marker (280), said robotic work tool (100) comprising a beacon sensor (175) configured to sense a signal being transmitted by the beacon marker (280), said beacon marker (280) marking an area (270) around an obstacle (260) in a work area (205) in which said robotic work tool (100) is arranged to operate, wherein said robotic work tool is configured to determine a proximity to a beacon marker (280) and to adapt its operation accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Peter Reigo, Ludvig Sjöholm
  • Patent number: 10780890
    Abstract: Vehicle systems and methods for controlling a vehicle to mitigate the effects of an incapacitated driver are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes one or more sensors, one or more processors, and one or more non-transitory memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. The memory modules store machine-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to receive one or more signals output by the one or more sensors and determine a driver of the vehicle is incapacitated based on the one or more signals output by the one or sensors. In response to determining the driver is incapacitated, the processors are caused to determine a specific type of incapacitation of the driver based on the one or more signals output by the one or more sensors. The processors may select an individual vehicle control profile based on the specific type of incapacitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen G. McGill
  • Patent number: 10783792
    Abstract: Aspects described herein may facilitate an automated vehicle tracking for readiness with limited human interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Micah Price, Avid Ghamsari, Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Hoover, Qiaochu Tang
  • Patent number: 10776733
    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: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ACUITUS AG, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Hunsaker, Kendal Hunsaker, Daniel Piquet, Jay Srinivasan, Daniel Bigelow, Brock Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10766757
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving customer satisfaction during a vehicle fuel tank refueling event. A customer refilling fuel in a fuel tank is provided a real-time update regarding the status of a fuel system, including a time remaining until the fuel tank is depressurized and ready to receive fuel. The update is provided visually by projecting the countdown on a ground surface via a puddle light, and acoustically via an external microphone or speaker of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10767341
    Abstract: A control system includes a controller. The controller acquires current terrain data that indicates the current terrain to be worked. The controller decides on a target design terrain that is displaced vertically from the current terrain by referring to target displacement data. The target displacement data indicates the target displacement of a work implement according to the amount of movement from a work start position. The controller generates a command signal to move the work implement toward the target design terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10768617
    Abstract: Provided is a drive assistance device for assisting driving of a vehicle by using an automatic driving function. Assuming various conditions of the driver, a plurality of notification timings to notify of switching from an automatic driving mode to a manual driving mode is set. Notifying a driver who is drowsing at a notification timing of long premature time allows the driver to have sufficient time margin to be ready for manual driving and to shift to driving action more safely. A driver who is reading a book or operating a smartphone is expected to be able to shift to driving action immediately after a notification, and thus it is sufficient to notify at a notification timing of short premature time, which can reduce inconvenience for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Igarashi, Naoki Ide, Kenta Kawamoto, Takuya Fujita, Takashi Ogata
  • Patent number: 10766589
    Abstract: A controller receives a bow turning signal to turn a bow of a watercraft and a propulsion signal to move the watercraft forward or rearward. The controller controls left and right outboard motors under a first control when receiving the propulsion signal after receiving the bow turning signal in a composite in which the controller receives both the bow turning signal and the propulsion signal. The controller controls the left and right outboard motors and a steering actuator under a second control different from the first control when receiving the bow turning signal after receiving the propulsion signal in the composite operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Ito
  • Patent number: 10759534
    Abstract: A method is provided. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can be operated in an autonomous mode, performing course corrections from sensor data using an object detection processor and a decision processor. The UAV can then enter a hover mode if an override condition is present and enter a remote-control mode once the UAV is in the hover mode. In the remote-control mode, flight control commands can be received via the cellular module so as to position the UAV in response to the flight control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: George A. Miller
  • Patent number: 10753753
    Abstract: A computer determines that a rate of travel value for a route segment being traversed by a first vehicle exceeds a predetermined threshold. A maneuver is planned for the first vehicle to depart from the route segment based on collected vehicle operating data from one or more second vehicles previously traversing the route segment. The first vehicle is instructed to execute the maneuver to depart the route segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Fling Finn Tseng, Shiqi Qiu, Pankaj Kumar, Hassene Jammoussi, Fakhreddine Landolsi, Imad Hassan Makki
  • Patent number: 10746880
    Abstract: According to some embodiments of the present invention there is provided a method for detecting locations of navigation interfering devices. The method comprises an action of receiving multiple navigation signal parameter datasets, each from one of multiple satellite signal receivers. The method comprises an action of detecting one or more interference event data according to an interference analysis of at least some of the datasets. The method comprises an action of updating a probability value for each of multiple suspected navigation interference device locations, by a location analysis of the interference event data, where each of the probability values is indicative of a likelihood that the interference event data originates from some of the suspected navigation interference device locations. The method comprises an action of selecting a subset of the suspected navigation interference device locations according to the probability values and outputting the subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ariel Scientific Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Boaz Ben-Moshe, Roy Yozevitch
  • Patent number: 10741892
    Abstract: A controller and a control method for activating temperature control of a device of a vehicle, the controller configured to, in a first mode, activate temperature control of the device of the vehicle when a measured temperature of the device passes a first threshold temperature; determine when a condition dependent on a journey of the vehicle is satisfied, and switch from the first mode to a second mode; and, in the second mode, activate the temperature control of the device when the measured temperature of the device passes a second threshold temperature, different to the first threshold temperature, wherein in the second mode, the measured temperature of the device passes the first threshold temperature without activation of the temperature control of the device before passing the second threshold temperature activating the temperature control of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Ian Hughes, Baptiste Bureau
  • Patent number: 10726387
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a signal processing feature in an inventory management system are described herein. For example, instructions may be received by a computer system of an autonomous vehicle that identify a path to move inventory within a materials handling facility. Further, the computer system of the autonomous vehicle may reduce a current traveling speed of the autonomous vehicle in response to receiving a first signal that is provided by a transmitter coupled with an entity moving within the materials handling facility. The first signal may be span a first distance. In embodiments, the computer system of the autonomous vehicle may stop movement of the autonomous vehicle in response to receiving a second signal provided by the transmitter coupled with the entity. The second signal may span a second distance from the entity that is less than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Michael Shydo, Jr., Seth Kaufman, Fahrudin Alagic, Gregory Tierney, Stephen Caldara, Jianfeng Pu, Ashish Shah
  • Patent number: 10712743
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring location information associated with a drone. The method may also include comparing the location information with an authorized zone. The method may also include, based on the comparison, determining a violation by the drone of a rule associated with the authorized zone. The method may include, in response to the violation, augmenting control of the drone to alter operation of the drone. The location information may include at least one of a current or predicted future location of the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall