Patents Examined by Michael V Kerrigan
  • Patent number: 10967877
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a recognition unit that is configured to recognize nearby vehicles traveling around a subject vehicle, an automated driving control unit that is configured to implement a plurality of automated driving modes in which at least one of speed control and steering control of the subject vehicle is automatically implemented, the plurality of automated driving modes having different degrees of surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle imposed on an occupant of the subject vehicle, and a management unit that is configured to manage the surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle, the management unit being configured to reduce the surroundings monitoring obligation of the subject vehicle when vehicle platooning in which the subject vehicle travels while following a preceding vehicle traveling in front of the subject vehicle among the nearby vehicles recognized by the recognition unit is implemented by the automated driving control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Asakura, Kunimichi Hatano, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10967702
    Abstract: A vehicle thermal management system includes a vehicle heat pump system, a battery system coolant loop, a drive train coolant loop, and control electronics. The vehicle heat pump system includes a compressor, a cabin condenser, a cabin evaporator, a cabin blower, and a chiller. The battery system coolant loop is in thermal communication with a battery system and with the chiller and selectively in thermal communication with the drive train coolant loop. The control electronics control the components of the vehicle thermal management system to heat the cabin, cool the cabin, heat the battery system, cool the battery system, and cool the drive train. The control electronics may control the compressor to operate in an efficient mode or a lossy mode in which the compressor generates heat. The control electronics may also control the components of the vehicle thermal management system to precondition the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Mancini, Joseph Stratford Maxwell Mardall, Jan Kopitz, Curt Raymond O'Donnell, Daniel F. Hanks, Huize Li
  • Patent number: 10970801
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a method for configuring indication devices in transportation services. The method includes receiving a first transportation request which includes a first passenger pick-up point located in a preset geographical area, and the first transportation request matches a first vehicle associated with a first indication device. The method also includes receiving a second transportation request which includes a second passenger pick-up point located in the preset geographical area, and the second transportation request matches a second vehicle associated with a second indication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pengcheng Wang, Yongqing Mu, Qiang Ma, Chuanlan Li, Zhaozhi Sun, Quansheng Guo, Lu Qian
  • Patent number: 10960859
    Abstract: An automatic brake control apparatus controls a braking device of a vehicle to execute a brake operation at a brake operating timing. The automatic brake control apparatus includes a brain activity state acquirer unit configured to acquire an activity state of a brain of a driver of the vehicle; a change determiner unit configured to use the activity state of the brain of the driver acquired after the braking device has executed a brake operation at a brake operating timing to determine whether changing the brake operating timing is necessary or unnecessary; and a change controller configured to change the brake operating timing in response to that changing the brake operating timing is determined to be necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuichi Takeuchi, Takahiko Naruse, Tomoaki Mizuno, Toshiya Takeuchi, Takehito Teramae, Ichiro Yoshida, Takafumi Ito
  • Patent number: 10959049
    Abstract: A scene sharing-based navigation assistance method and terminal is disclosed. A first terminal shares a scene image screen of a current scene of the first terminal with a second terminal, the first terminal receives prompt information sent by the second terminal, and the first terminal displays, on the scene image screen, the prompt information used to indicate a position of a target point. In this way, a user of the first terminal can more accurately describe, by using the scene image screen, a scene in which the user is located, so that the second terminal can more accurately determine the prompt information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Huihai Shen
  • Patent number: 10957194
    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: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Rider, Aviv Ron, Yair Giwnewer
  • Patent number: 10946869
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a system for providing steering control in a dual path machine includes a propulsion controller operatively connected to plants of the machine for driving ground contacting elements, the propulsion controller being configured to control steering of the dual path machine through drive signals sent to the plants, and a brake controller operatively connected to left and right brakes of the machine, the brake controller being configured to control steering of the machine by providing differential brake pressures to the left and right brakes. The system of the present disclosure provides redundant steering control by receiving an input signal at the brake controller with an indication of steering position, receiving an input signal at the brake controller with an indication of brake position, and providing a differential brake pressure to brakes of the dual path machine based on the steering input signal and brake input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DANFOSS POWER SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Caleb Van De Stroet, Zhekang Du
  • Patent number: 10950070
    Abstract: A method, a device and a computer program product for managing a shared vehicle are proposed. In the method, first information about a user is obtained. The first information indicates a speed of at least one shared vehicle used by the user. A target vehicle is determined from the at least one shared vehicle based on the first information. Second information about the target vehicle is determined. The second information indicates respective speeds of the target vehicle moving at a plurality of time intervals. An abnormal state of the target vehicle is detected based on the second information. The abnormal state indicates that a malfunction occurs in the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Changhua Sun, Shiwan Zhao, Li Zhang, HongLei Guo, Zhong Su
  • Patent number: 10942511
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device. The electronic device includes a display and a processor to provide a first UI for setting a reconnaissance target of an unmanned aerial vehicle, and based on the reconnaissance target being selected through the first UI, control the display to provide a second UI for selecting a flight path for reconnoitering the reconnaissance target, and the second UI includes image information regarding each of different flight paths for reconnoitering the reconnaissance target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10942517
    Abstract: A driving assistance device 1 performs autonomous driving based on an output from a sensor unit 13 that acquires information on surroundings of a vehicle or information on the state of the vehicle. The driving assistance device 1 stores an autonomous driving determination table Tj based on autonomous driving compatibility information 24. By referring to the autonomous driving determination table Tj based on sensor information 23 on the sensor unit 13 and road element information Ie on a predetermined road section, the driving assistance device 1 determines a set of an autonomous driving function Fc and an automation level Lv that can be performed in the predetermined road section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: PIONEER CORPORATION, INCREMENT P CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Koda, Kenji Mito, Kazuhiro Nakao, Makoto Hatano
  • Patent number: 10942526
    Abstract: A system for navigation of an autonomously navigating submersible body during entry into a docking station below the water surface includes a determiner for determining an actual motion vector of the autonomously navigation submersible body in relation to the set motion vector describing the optimum entry direction into the docking station and a calculating unit. The calculating unit serves to determine the deviation between the actual motion vector and the set motion vector to determine control vectors based on the deviation and to thereby control the autonomously navigating submersible body during entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Juergen Beyerer, Gunnar Brink
  • Patent number: 10942523
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle configured to generate a pull-out path to pull-out from a stationary state. The autonomous vehicle includes: an object detection device to detect an object within a distance range of the autonomous vehicle; at least one processor; and at least one computer memory operably connectable to the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed, cause the at least one processor to perform operations including: generating the at least one pull-out path for the autonomous vehicle; based on detecting at least one object blocking the at least one pull-out path, transmitting first information to the at least one object; determining whether second information is received from the at least one object; and controlling the autonomous vehicle to perform the pull-out based on a result of transmitting the first information and whether the second information was received from the at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daegeun Ha, Sangyol Yoon, Heedong Choi
  • Patent number: 10934951
    Abstract: A variable speed hybrid electric supercharger assembly is controlled to regulate an adaptive state of charge of an energy storage device and/or to boost an engine based on a performance mode selected by a driver. In one example, a reference state of charge is determined based upon driving characteristics of a vehicle and compared to an actual state of charge of the energy storage device. If the difference indicates a deficit, an operation mode is selected to regenerate the energy storage device. In another example, a planetary gearing arrangement between an engine and an electric motor is configured to increase or decrease power transferred to the supercharger by the engine based upon the performance mode selected by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Robert Philip Benjey, Vasilios Tsourapas
  • Patent number: 10933885
    Abstract: A fail-safe system for accelerator pedal signal modifiers of throttle-by-wire systems for vehicles has a CPU electronically between an accelerator pedal position signal and a vehicle ECU using routines to modify the accelerator pedal position signal to the ECU. The system is monitored for faults and bypasses the modification routines to transmit the unmodified accelerator pedal position signal to the ECU when the accelerator pedal signal modifier has failed. The ECU is also monitored to detect the status of the vehicle transmission. When reverse gear is initiated, the modification routines are bypassed to transmit the unmodified accelerator pedal position signal to the ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Gale C. Banks, III
  • Patent number: 10928829
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the disclosed subject matter involves a system and method for dynamic object identification and environmental changes for use with autonomous vehicles. For efficient detection of changes for autonomous, or partially autonomous vehicles, embodiments may use a technique based on background removal and image subtraction which use motion detection rather than full object identification for all objects in an image. Road side units proximate to a road segment or virtual road side units in the cloud, other vehicles or mobile device (e.g., drones) are used to retrieve and store background images for a road segment, to be used by the autonomous vehicle. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Tatourian, Justyna Zander, Rita H. Wouhaybi
  • Patent number: 10922904
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the communication of vehicle data, diagnostics and related information with a network remote from the vehicle, and more particularly to communications and storage of vehicle data in the cloud. In one or more preferred embodiments, vehicle information is securely gathered from a vehicle, processed in accordance with instructions and a profile set remotely, and stored at a remote data store, where remote access to such information can be accommodated through applications, smartphones and other remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Aeris Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Yixiang Chen, Drew S. Johnson, Andrew Durrer, Michael Garner
  • Patent number: 10921140
    Abstract: Systems and methods for navigating drivers to service transportation requests from a simplified transportation request device are described. In one implementation, a method includes establishing, by a processing device of a server device, a communication connection with a transportation request device dedicated solely to functions associated with a transportation service, communicating, via the communication connection, configuration information with the transportation request device, receiving, via the communication connection, one or more passenger preferences associated with the transportation service and a user of the transportation request device, receiving one or more transportation requests from the transportation request device, and causing, by the processing device, the received one or more transportation requests to be serviced based on the configuration information and the one or more passenger preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventor: Talmon Marco
  • Patent number: 10919476
    Abstract: A pre-crash control device includes target information acquisition units and an electric control unit configured to update a recognized position based on an acquired position each time target information is newly acquired, to estimate a moving direction based on history of the recognized position, to determine whether a collision probability is high based on the recognized position and the moving direction, and to perform pre-crash control if it is determined that the collision probability is high and a time to collision becomes equal to or smaller than a threshold execution time. The electric control unit is configured to update the recognized position based on a currently predicted position and on the acquired position and to update the recognized position to the acquired position when the time to collision becomes equal to or smaller than a first threshold switching time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoaki Harada
  • Patent number: 10913397
    Abstract: An automated retractable step system has at least one linkage subassembly for attachment to a vehicle frame. A step is attached to the linkage subassembly and is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. An actuator is coupled with the linkage subassembly for moving the step between the stowed and deployed positions. A sensor subassembly includes a sensing electrode and a reference electrode disposed adjacent to the sensing electrode and a driven shield electrode extending generally parallel to and in a spaced relationship with the sensing electrode and the reference electrode. A controller is electrically connected to the sensing electrode and to the reference electrode and to the driven shield electrode. The controller is also electrically connected to the actuator for controlling the actuator to move the step between the stowed position and the deployed position in response to the signal from the sensor subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventor: Mirko Pribisic
  • Patent number: 10907982
    Abstract: A route guidance system for a car navigation device can include: a control unit configured to operate as: a life log information receipt means configured to receive the life log information from a life log acquisition device; a condition setting means configured to set a condition based on a selection by the user of at least one condition among a plurality of conditions including a moving condition for route guidance and a user activity condition relating to user activity; and a route guidance means configured to provide route guidance based on the life log information and the condition set by the condition setting means and to provide to the user a suggestion of moving using a moving means other than a vehicle, or a suggested place to spend time for exercise, based on a destination set by the user and an expected arrival time at the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Okamoto Naoki