Patents Examined by Michael Kerrigan
  • Patent number: 9909894
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is provided for componentized junction models. A plurality of road junction configurations are defined with a different set of road segment models corresponding to each of the plurality of road junction configurations. One of the plurality of road junction configurations are selected for a route through a physical road junction. A model of the physical road junction is generated by assembling the set of road segment models corresponding to the selected road junction configuration. The three-dimensional model of the physical road junction is rendered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Robin Kim, Michael Limber, Jeff Bach
  • Patent number: 9898932
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for monitoring an area utilizing an unmanned vehicle. These mechanisms identify an area to be monitored by an unmanned vehicle and identify an unmanned vehicle assigned to monitoring the identified area. The mechanisms further generate, for the unmanned vehicle, a travel path to be traversed by the unmanned vehicle using a function to randomize generation of the travel path. Moreover, the mechanisms program the unmanned vehicle to traverse the generated travel path and initiate operation of the unmanned vehicle to collect data about the area while traversing the generated travel path. In addition, the mechanisms monitor the area utilizing the unmanned vehicle based on the data collected by the unmanned vehicle while traversing the generated travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jay A. Brown, Thomas J. Watson
  • Patent number: 9891885
    Abstract: A display device includes a display unit, at least a flight unit connected to the display unit, a position information receiving unit obtaining information on a current position of the display device, a sensor unit obtaining information of a user, a flight control unit automatically controlling a flight of the display device, a posture information obtaining unit obtaining posture information of the display device, a main control unit controlling an overall operation of respective components of the display device, a posture correction unit varying an angle of the display device or the display unit, a vibration system, a voice recognition unit, a communication module, an input member transmitting input information to the communication module, a power source unit, an obstacle detection unit, a joint manipulator connecting the at least one flight unit and the display unit, and a connector connecting the display unit and the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Beomshik Kim
  • Patent number: 9861877
    Abstract: An electric vehicle may comprise a board including deck portions each configured to receive a foot of a rider, and a wheel assembly disposed between the deck portions. A motor assembly may be mounted to the board and configured to propel the electric vehicle using the wheel assembly. At least one orientation sensor may be configured to measure orientation information of the board, and at least one pressure-sensing transducer may be configured to determine rider presence information. A motor controller may be configured to receive the orientation information and the rider presence information, and to cause the motor assembly to propel the electric vehicle based on the orientation and presence information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Future Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Jonathan Doerksen, Daniel Wood, Julian de la Rua
  • Patent number: 9858820
    Abstract: A transportation services providing method and an user device and a server using the same are provided. The transportation services providing method includes following steps: providing a service platform connecting with at least one community website; collecting a status message, related to an event information and posted on the community website, so as to show the collected status messages on the service platform; obtaining an event location of the event information; and establishing a transportation service link on the status message, where the transportation service link provides a transportation service interface indicating the event location and a plurality of transportation requirement settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: National Taipei University of Technology
    Inventors: Shih-Chia Huang, Ming-Kai Jiau, Sheng-Kai Chou
  • Patent number: 9858566
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprises storing a biometric trait of a user in a data communication device of the user, comparing a biometric trait input into the device with the biometric trait stored in the device, generating a certificate authenticating the user within the device if the biometric trait input into the device matches the biometric trait stored in the device, and facilitating a financial transaction of the user using the certificate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Upendra S. Mardikar, Eric Duprat
  • Patent number: 9845096
    Abstract: A system includes an acquisition unit that acquires an operation amount or a duration count, and a switching unit that switches a driving state. The switching unit switches the driving state to the cooperative driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than an intervention threshold and less than a start threshold or the duration count is equal to or greater than a first threshold and less than a second threshold during the autonomous driving state, switches the driving state to the autonomous driving state when the operation amount is less than the intervention threshold or the duration count is less than the first threshold during the cooperative driving state, and switches the driving state to the manual driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than the start threshold or the duration count is equal to or greater than the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Kentaro Ichikawa, Taisuke Sugaiwa, Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 9830751
    Abstract: A system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a first reprogramming identification module and a first diagnostic module. The first reprogramming identification module identifies when a first control module of a vehicle is reprogrammed. The first diagnostic module sets a first diagnostic trouble code (DTC) when the first control module is reprogrammed and selectively clears the first DTC when an instruction to clear a second DTC stored in a second control module of the vehicle is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Daniel P. Grenn
  • Patent number: 9821744
    Abstract: A method and system for operating restraint devices in a vehicle during a fast roll event or a slow roll event includes a lateral acceleration sensor and an angular rate sensor. When the angular rate and a vertical acceleration of the vehicle predict a vehicle rollover, the system integrates the lateral acceleration from the lateral acceleration sensor to obtain a roll rate velocity. When the lateral acceleration is greater than a fast lateral acceleration threshold and the roll rate velocity is greater than a fast roll rate velocity threshold, the system provides a fast roll event output. When the lateral acceleration is less than the fast lateral acceleration threshold and greater than a slow lateral acceleration threshold while the roll rate velocity is greater than a slow roll rate velocity threshold, the system provides a slow roll event output. The system operates restraint devices based on the roll event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Treplan Gergely, Attila Sagi, Markus Laumann
  • Patent number: 9823166
    Abstract: A vehicle computer is communicatively coupled to a portable computing device and is programmed to determine, in a lead vehicle, that one or more conditions for a diagnostic test, such as an onboard diagnostic (OBD) test, are met and to send a vehicle-to-vehicle message to one or more following vehicles at a specified time. The sent message provides data to indicate to each following vehicle to perform the test at a specified time. The vehicle computer is further programmed to perform the test in the lead vehicle at the specified time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Imad Hassan Makki, Fling Tseng
  • Patent number: 9809246
    Abstract: [Problem] An object of the present invention is to provide an electric power steering apparatus that suppresses a handle vibration (noisy sound) being caused by a handle inertia and a spring nature of a torsion bar and improves a steering feeling, without changing of the gain of the PI control. [Means for solving the problem] The present invention is an electric power steering apparatus that assist-controls a steering by driving a motor with a current command value calculated based on at least a steering torque, comprising a vibration-damping compensating section that calculates a vibration-damping compensation command value for suppressing a vibration of a handle based on a motor velocity of the motor, wherein the current command value is corrected by the vibration-damping compensation command value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Tsubaki, Tamotsu Oumi
  • Patent number: 9810538
    Abstract: A guidance platform for providing guidance information is disclosed. The guidance platform receives a request from a user to navigate to a destination point. Based on the request, the guidance platform calculates a route to the destination point from a current location of the user. Further, the guidance platform selects guidance beacons installed along the calculated route. The guidance platform then activates the guidance beacons to initiate a presentation of the guidance information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Ramesh Marimuthu
  • Patent number: 9809227
    Abstract: In an apparatus, a storage stores therein first identification data prepared for each of target objects including a specified target object and second identification data prepared for each of the target objects. The first identification data for each of the target objects is determined based on a first feature pattern of a corresponding one of the target objects. The second identification data for each of the target objects is determined based on a second feature pattern indicative of a surrounding environment around a corresponding one of the target objects. An identifier obtains a degree of similarity of the feature of the candidate data with respect to the specified target object according to the first identification data and the second identification data prepared for the specified target object. The identifier identifies, according to the obtained degree of similarity, whether the specified target object is in the environmental data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Kojima
  • Patent number: 9804230
    Abstract: Provided is a battery degradation detection device that detects the degradation state of a battery installed on a vehicle. The battery degradation detection device includes: a flag setting unit that sets, each time the vehicle is started, a flag indicating a sign of degradation of the battery on the basis of a voltage value of the battery at the start of the vehicle; a flag storage unit that stores the flag; a sign-of-degradation determination unit that determines whether or not the battery shows a sign of degradation on the basis of the number of times the flag has been stored in the past; and a degradation determination unit that determines whether or not the battery is in a degradation state on the basis of the voltage value of the battery when it is determined by the sign-of-degradation determination unit that the battery shows a sign of degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Akaishi, Yasuomi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9792817
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and/or methods may involve reporting a road hazard. Road hazard data may be collected for an object on a road, which may include automatically generated data from a device associated with the object causing a hazard. The road hazard data may be provided to a service, an application, a device, a client, and so on. For example, the road hazard data may be merged with a map and provided to a map services client, a navigation client, and so on. An alert may be generated based on the road hazard data to warn of the hazard caused by the object. The alert may include a visual and/or audio representation of the hazard data. The alert may be used to automatically and/or manually avoid the hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Rider, Aviv Ron, Yair Giwnewer
  • Patent number: 9783193
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a hybrid vehicle in an emergency situation. The hybrid vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, a rechargeable electric energy storage system, and an electrical motor drive system. The method includes detecting a failure of a control unit for controlling the electrical motor drive system, disconnecting the rechargeable electric energy storage system from the hybrid vehicle, limiting the maximum speed of the internal combustion engine from a first RPM value to a second RPM value. An apparatus is also provided for controlling a hybrid vehicle in an emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventor: Anders Lasson
  • Patent number: 9786104
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting vehicle events. Some or all of the system may be installed in a vehicle, operate at the vehicle, and/or be otherwise coupled with a vehicle. The system includes one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicle. The system receives contextual information from a source external to the vehicle. The system detects a vehicle event based on the information conveyed by the output signals from the sensors and the received contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Jeffrey Griswold, Mark Freitas, Daniel A. Deninger, David Forney, Slaven Sljivar, Alekh Vaidya
  • Patent number: 9783191
    Abstract: A control system for a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a first motor, a second motor, a differential mechanism, and a clutch. The control system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to: (a) set an EV mode in which a vehicle travels at least by drive power of the second motor among the first motor and the second motor in a state that the engine stops, (b) prohibit setting of the EV mode in a state that the clutch is fully engaged when a vehicle speed is at least equal to a predetermined first vehicle speed threshold value, and (c) prohibit setting of the EV mode in a state that the clutch is disengaged when the vehicle speed of the vehicle that travels in the EV mode is at most equal to a predetermined second vehicle speed threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kensei Hata, Yuji Iwase, Yosuke Suzuki, Koichi Kato, Seitaro Nobuyasu, Taro Moteki
  • Patent number: 9776618
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprises an assembly for charging an energy store, which assembly has: an element for converting radiation energy into electrical energy, a further element for providing electrical energy, the energy store, a control device which is coupled to the conversion element, to the further element and to the energy store, in order to control the charging of the energy store by the conversion element and the further element, as a function of prediction data which comprises weather data, and as a function of a predefined value of the state of charge of the energy store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventor: Rupert Kogler
  • Patent number: 9765716
    Abstract: A hybrid power supply system for an engine is disclosed. The hybrid power supply system includes a sensing unit to generate a signal indicative of a speed of the engine and a controller to determine the speed of the engine based on the signal received from the sensing unit. The controller compares the speed of the engine with a predefined maximum idle speed, and cuts off a supply of fuel to the engine, when the speed of the engine is greater than or equal to the predefined maximum idle speed. The controller shuts off an inlet valve and an exhaust valve associated with a cylinder of the engine. The closure of the inlet valve and the exhaust valve allow compression and expansion of air within the cylinder during supply of a rotational power by a flywheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan G. Lammers