Patents Examined by Michael J. Zanelli
  • Patent number: 11325707
    Abstract: An automation system, comprising a control device for controlling at least one machine, and at least one unmanned aircraft. The control device is designed to control the unmanned aircraft to support an operation of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Beckhoff Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Beckhoff
  • Patent number: 11327502
    Abstract: A smart lawn mower comprises a traveling control module configured to control the traveling and steering of the mower, an image capturing module configured to capture the surrounding images of the mower, an operation module configured to provide a surrounding-determination information, and a storage module configured to store the surrounding-determination information. The operation module determines a grass area by analyzing the surrounding images captured by the image capturing module. The mower defines a grass area accurately without a predetermined boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LINGDONG TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO. LTD
    Inventors: Ou Qi, Chiung-Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 11318972
    Abstract: An example locomotive consist control system includes a locomotive controller located on a locomotive consist to control movement of the locomotive consist along one or more tracks, and a field operator control unit in communication with the locomotive controller. The field operator control unit is configured to control movement of the locomotive consist via the locomotive controller. The system also includes a yard supervisory controller configured to monitor a location of the locomotive consist along the one or more tracks, and a remote operator controller in communication with the yard supervisory controller and the locomotive controller. The remote operator controller is configured to transmit speed and direction orders from the yard supervisory controller to the locomotive controller to control movement of the locomotive consist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: CATTRON NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Jeremy Jovenall
  • Patent number: 11314261
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to make it possible to obtain, with a simple operation, a target route for autonomous travel suited to, for example, a user's sense of values. A target route generation system for a work vehicle includes a storage part 30A that stores basic data necessary for generating a target route P for autonomous travel, a priority item selection part 34 that prompts selection of a priority item with regard to generation of the target route P, and a target route generation part 30D that generates the target route P based on the basic data and the selected priority item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuto Nishii
  • Patent number: 11300967
    Abstract: Systems and methods to systematically identify and collect operational vehicle data for selective transmission to a non-local storage location for further analysis and use in training autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles are provided. The systems and methods provided overcome limitations in storage and transmission of collected data by selectively archiving only that collected driving data warranting further analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen G. McGill, Guy Rosman, Luke S. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 11299048
    Abstract: A vehicle having a motor with a transmission, provided with a fixed gear ratio, to a propelling unit includes a virtual gearbox including a microprocessor, operatively interfaced with the motor and programmed to manage and check the generation of motor driving torque, limiting, at the motor output, a maximum angular velocity and a maximum torque which are variable with a predetermined law.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Samuele Mazzini
  • Patent number: 11300957
    Abstract: A vehicle traversing a vehicle transportation network may use a scenario-specific operational control evaluation model instance. A multi-objective policy for the model is received, wherein the policy includes at least a first objective, a second objective, and a priority of the first objective relative to the second objective. A representation of the policy (e.g., the first objective, the second objective, and the priority) is generated using a user interface. Based on feedback to the user interface, a change to the multi-objective policy for the scenario-specific operational control evaluation model is received. The change is to the first objective, the second objective, the priority, of some combination thereof. Then, for determining a vehicle control action for traversing the vehicle transportation network, an updated multi-objective policy for the scenario-specific operational control evaluation model is generated to include the change to the policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., The University of Massachusetts, Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Kyle Hollins Wray, Stefan Witwicki, Shlomo Zilberstein
  • Patent number: 11281220
    Abstract: The present technology is effective to cause at least one processor to receive attributes of a sidewalk section within a threshold distance from a location selected by a passenger, determine a potential location for pick-up or drop-off of the passenger by the autonomous vehicle, receive an authorization from the passenger, and navigate the autonomous vehicle to the potential location for pick-up or drop-off. The attributes may include a respective curb height of the sidewalk section within the threshold distance. The potential location may be determined based upon a height of a portion of an autonomous vehicle and the respective curb height of the sidewalk section within the threshold distance. The authorization may confirm the potential location for pick-up or drop-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Kan, Jessica Uelmen
  • Patent number: 11279240
    Abstract: A vehicle electric torque vectoring system includes a traction motor, a vectoring motor, gears, and a controller. The gears transfer torque from the propulsion and vectoring motors to wheels. The controller, responsive to a step change in an unmodified torque request for the vectoring motor and a predicted torque response of the vectoring motor being greater than the unmodified torque request, commands the vectoring motor to generate torque with a modified torque request less than the unmodified torque request. The controller further, responsive to the predicted torque response becoming less than the unmodified torque request, commands the vectoring motor to generate torque with the unmodified torque request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul M. Moubarak, Weitian Chen, Jonathan Sullivan, Joseph Jay Torres
  • Patent number: 11280633
    Abstract: A method for determining a difficulty rating associated with the terrain comprised in an off-road route using a vehicle, and a system for carrying out the method are disclosed. The difficulty rating being indicative of the difficulty a vehicle experiences in traversing the terrain. The method is carried out using a vehicle comprising on or more sensors. The method comprises: receiving a request to determine the terrain difficulty; obtaining vehicle sensor data sampled over a preceding period of time whilst the vehicle was traversing the off-road route; analysing the sampled sensor data and determining one or more characteristics associated with the sampled sensor data; predicting the type of terrain traversed by the vehicle on the basis of one or more of the determined one or more characteristics; and calculating the difficulty rating using the one or more determined characteristics and the predicted terrain type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Francisco Lumbreras Arcos
  • Patent number: 11279303
    Abstract: A system for detecting a motion of an occupant seated in a vehicle. The system includes a sensing electrode located proximate to the occupant and configured to transmit a signal representative of a current in the sensing electrode. The system also includes a receiver including a controller and coupled to an antenna. The receiver is configured to detect a change in the transmitted signal based on a presence of the occupant and a set detection condition, and generate detection information based on the set detection condition. The controller is configured to change a state of a vehicle component based on the generated detection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Joyson Safely Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Jason Lisseman, Len Cech
  • Patent number: 11284051
    Abstract: A method comprises obtaining autonomous vehicle sensor data of an autonomous vehicle. One or more autonomous vehicle actions of the autonomous vehicle are predicted based on the autonomous vehicle sensor data. Interactive content is identified from a library of interactive content. The interactive content is adjusted based on the predicted one or more autonomous vehicle actions, and the adjusted interactive content is presented within the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Pony AI Inc.
    Inventor: Hao Song
  • Patent number: 11281209
    Abstract: A method of processing live images from a vehicle camera includes acquiring live images and detecting an object within a first live image of the live images. The live images following the first live image are evaluated for object detection. A confidence level is adjusted in response to the object detection evaluation in each of the live images following the first live image. A final value of the confidence level in the object detection within the live images is established after the live images are evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Venkateswara Adusumalli, Robert Berg, Santanu Panja, James Oldiges, Sriharsha Yeluri, Radha Sivaraman
  • Patent number: 11275380
    Abstract: The invention discloses a virtual wall system for mobile devices and implementation method thereof. The virtual wall system for mobile devices includes: communication module: which is mainly used for the transmissions of relevant map information, virtual wall information, positioning information, and task information, and act as a bridge; interaction module: by which users set, add or delete the virtual wall information of any shape through the graphical editing environment, and sends this information to the processing part of the intelligent mobile algorithm; acquisition module: which obtains the virtual wall information provided by the interaction module, stores relevant data. The present needs no additional cost to produce additional auxiliary hardware devices, and is more convenient, flexible and fast for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI SLAMTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jing Bai, Wenhao He, Benniu Ji, Junchao Lv, Di Zhang, Yuxiang Li, Jueshen Huang, Shikai Chen
  • Patent number: 11263560
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for processing at least one service request for an on-demand service. The systems may perform the methods to determine a start location and a destination related to the service request; determine a recommended route based on the start location and the destination; determine a reference direction related to a vehicle based on the recommended route; and send, to at least one provider terminal, data related to the reference direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaofen Zhou
  • Patent number: 11252864
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method for path planning after removing an obstacle from a lawn to be mowed, the method including: starting a boundary editing interface for the lawn to be mowed to display inner boundary information; detecting an obstacle selection and removal instruction of a user; deleting information data that is stored in a memory and/or database and associated with the information mark of the obstacle to be removed; reloading all currently-stored boundary information; and displaying the updated schematic diagram of the lawn and the updated path planning information on a display screen. The present disclosure also discloses a method and system for path planning after adding an obstacle to a lawn to be mowed, and a system for path planning after removing an obstacle from a lawn to be mowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CHONGQING RATO INTELLIGENT EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Zhong, Zhe Niu, Hao Wang, Yuanyuan Chen, Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 11247675
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a vehicle are described. A processor of a longitudinal planning system determines a state of the vehicle. The processor determines a state of a leader vehicle. The processor, based on the determined state of the vehicle and the determined state of the leader vehicle, determines a critical distance for the vehicle. The processor compares a distance between the vehicle and the leader vehicle with the critical distance. The processor, based on the comparison, determines whether the vehicle is too close to or too far from the leader vehicle. The processor, based on the determination, applies one or more of overshoot constraints, undershoot constraints, and critical constraints. After applying the one or more of overshoot constraints, undershoot constraints, and critical constraints, the processor determines a target acceleration for the vehicle. The processor controls the vehicle to track the target acceleration for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: NIO USA, INC.
    Inventors: Albert Wu, Zhongkui Wang, Arek V. Sredzki, Keja S. A. Rowe
  • Patent number: 11247569
    Abstract: A damping control device for an electric vehicle including a motor and a transmission in a drive system between the motor and a drive wheel includes a detector, a bandpass filter, first to third calculators, and a controller. The detector detects a rotation speed of the motor. The bandpass filter passes a vibration component included in the detected motor rotation speed, in a resonance frequency band of the drive system. The first calculator calculates a damping torque for damping resonance of the drive system with a motor torque, based on the passed vibration component. The second calculator calculates, as a damping torque offset value, an average value of the calculated damping torque for a predetermined time. The third calculator calculates a target damping torque. The controller controls a drive state of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keigo Yamada, Shogo Machida
  • Patent number: 11244176
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system for a vehicle comprising: an I/O module operative to communicate with an obstacle avoidance server; at least one sensor operative to provide at least an indication of an obstacle in a path of the vehicle; processing circuitry; and an autonomous driving manager to be executed by the processing circuitry and operative to: detect the at least an indication of an obstacle based on data provided by the at least one sensor, drive the vehicle in accordance with a driving policy associated with the obstacle, and send an obstacle report with obstacle information associated with the at least an indication of an obstacle to the obstacle avoidance server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: CARTICA AI LTD
    Inventors: Igal Raichelgauz, Karina Odinaev
  • Patent number: 11242060
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods, systems, and vehicles are provided for executing a lane change for a host vehicle. In various embodiments, one or more sensors obtain sensor data pertaining to target vehicles in proximity to the host vehicle; and a processor at least facilitates: obtaining, using the sensor data, predictions as to future positions and movement of the target vehicle; identifying a plurality of gaps through which the host vehicle may accomplish the lane change, based on the predictions; calculating a cost for each of the plurality of gaps; selecting, a selected gap of the plurality of gaps, having a minimized cost; and executing the lane change for the host vehicle via the selected gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sayyed Rouhollah Jafari Tafti, Pinaki Gupta