Patents Examined by Muhammad Shafi
  • Patent number: 10599151
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a practical approach to alleviate or remove the jerky heading change in ArVs. The rate of change of articulation angle in heading kinematics is effectively canceled. This modification (also called as transformer) can be done such that articulated vehicles can change their heading similar to front wheel-steered vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AG LEADER TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Yakup Gunbatar
  • Patent number: 10592871
    Abstract: A method is provided for supporting maintenance of a fleet of vehicles with intuitive display of repair analytics. The method includes receiving a user request for repair analytics for the fleet of vehicles via a GUI that includes a first frame with a date-range filter to enable the user to select a date range for the repair analytics. The method includes interpreting the user request to produce a query of dataset(s) for the fleet, and executing the query for data of the vehicles. The datasets include an in-service time and repair costs for the vehicles, and the data includes the same over the date range. The method includes determining, and generating a chart in a second frame of the GUI that graphically illustrates, a moving average repair cost per unit of in-service time for a plurality of time periods within the date range from the in-service time and repair costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David M. Roberts, III, Gregory Urbina, Jennifer Marie Kansal, Krupal Kiran Desai
  • Patent number: 10585441
    Abstract: An aerial system and method of operating an aerial system is provided. The aerial system includes a body, a lift mechanism, a processing system, a camera, and a sensor module. The lift mechanism is coupled to the body and configured to controllably provide lift and/or thrust. The processing system is configured to control the lift mechanism to provide flight to the aerial system. The camera is coupled to the body and is configured to obtain images of an environment proximate the aerial system. The sensor module is coupled to the body and includes an emitter and a receiver. The receiver is configured to sense data related to an ambient environment associated with the aerial system. The processing system controls a controllable parameter of the lift mechanism or the emitter as a function of the sensed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Hangzhou Zero Zero Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusen Qin, Tong Zhang, Mengqiu Wang
  • Patent number: 10583803
    Abstract: An autonomous robot vehicle in accordance with aspects of the present disclosure includes a land vehicle conveyance system, a sensor system configured to capture information including surrounding environment information and/or vehicle subsystem information, a communication system configured to communicate with a remote human operator management system, at least one processor, and a memory storing instructions. The instructions, when executed by the processor(s), cause the autonomous robot land vehicle to, autonomously, determine based on the captured information to request a remote human operator, and communicate a request to the remote human operator management system for a remote human operator to assume control of the land vehicle conveyance system, where the request includes at least a portion of the captured information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nuro, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu, Yi Shen, Calvin Giroud, Qunyan Pu
  • Patent number: 10575454
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle (10) includes at least one geospatial sensor (44) for locating the vehicle (1) within a geographic area (14); at least one event trigger; at least one actuator for actuating a component onboard the vehicle (10); and a headland management system (HMS) (30) for carrying out a headland turn sequence (HTS) at a predetermined location within the geographic area (14). The HMS (30) includes a memory (34) for storing at least a portion of an HTS, and a visual display (46) for displaying at least a portion of an HTS. The vehicle (10) is characterized in that the HMS (30) is configured to display a real-time map on the visual display (46), including a position of the vehicle (10) on the map, and at least one future HTS event forming at least part of an HTS. The HMS (30) is configured to allow an operator to modify at least one HTS event on the real-time map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Saverio De Nale, Marco Pradelli, Simone Garagnani
  • Patent number: 10569763
    Abstract: A hybrid electric power-split vehicle, equipped with a continuously variable transmission coupling an electric motor/generator (EM) with a combustion engine (CE), includes systems and methods that reduce possible resonant noise and vibration during CE startup, by improved EM control, to generate compensating EM torque to counter act such possible resonant noise and vibration. The systems and methods include predetermined baseline CE operating condition (OC) cranking torque profiles stored as OC grids (SOCGs). A start profile is generated from selected cranking torque SOCGs, and also from selected historical start OCGs (HOCGs) of prior engine and/or CE starts, which include prior start noise and vibration metrics along with prior start OCs and related parameters. The start profile is calibrated using a blend factor that is generated from comparisons of SOCGs, and utilized to generate a feed-forward torque signal that adjusts EM torque to reduce the startup noise and vibration resonances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yu Liu, Floyd Cadwell, Kenneth Frederick, Xiaoyong Wang
  • Patent number: 10573098
    Abstract: An electrical system for a vehicle may include a main power supply and a power supply controller electrically connected to the main power supply and configured to selectively electrically connect the main power supply to, and disconnect the main power supply from, a vehicle subsystem. The electrical system may also include a supervisor power supply controller configured to receive signals indicative of an operational status of the vehicle, and determine, based at least in part on the signals, expected signals associated with operation of a plurality of vehicle subsystems. The supervisor power supply controller may also receive signals associated with operation of a vehicle subsystem, and determine that the signals associated with operation of the vehicle subsystem are indicative of a fault. The supervisor power supply controller may cause the power supply controller associated with the vehicle subsystem to disconnect the vehicle subsystem from the main power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Mash
  • Patent number: 10564650
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, methods, and articles of manufacture for tracking a trajectory by rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are described herein. An example trajectory tracking controller includes an altitude controller to calculate an output value of a thrust control variable based on a trajectory of a rotorcraft independent of one or more system parameters of the rotorcraft. The example trajectory tracking controller also includes an attitude controller to calculate output values of roll, pitch, and yaw control variables based on the trajectory independent of the one or more of the system parameters. The example trajectory tracking controller further includes a motor speed selector to select speeds for propeller motors of the rotorcraft based on the output values of the thrust, roll, pitch, and yaw control variables and activate the propeller motors based on the selected motor speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David Gomez Gutierrez, Maynard C. Falconer, Kirk W. Skeba, Rodrigo Aldana Lopez
  • Patent number: 10564001
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system comprising: determining a node including a node attribute for a maneuver along a path; determining a node presentation based on the node attribute including a node proximity meeting or exceeding a node relevance threshold; generating a route bar including the node based on the node presentation, the node proximity, or a combination thereof; determining a safe location with a control unit for displaying the route bar based on a current surrounding for presenting on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Wood, Kok Wei Koh, Herman Ho-Man So
  • Patent number: 10556582
    Abstract: A mode switching method of a hybrid vehicle includes: determining a reference on-power as a reference for switching from a first mode to a second mode and a reference off-power as a reference for switching from the second mode to the first mode; determining a minimum on-power, a minimum off-power, and a maximum off-power; and determining a final on-power and a final off-power using the reference on-power, the reference off-power, the minimum on-power, the minimum off-power, and the maximum off-power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jea Mun Lee, Jee Wook Huh
  • Patent number: 10559139
    Abstract: In some examples, a system receives information transmitted by a vehicle, the information acquired by a sensor of the vehicle. In response to the received information, an action is performed by the system with respect to the vehicle or content transported by the vehicle, the action comprising one or more of directing the vehicle to a location, selecting the vehicle for inspection from a plurality of vehicles, performing inspection of the vehicle or the content at a border of a jurisdiction, and loading or unloading of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Conrad Delbert Seaman, Stephen West, Kristian Neil Spriggs, Jason Wayne Jantzi, Mahendra Fuleshwar Prasad, Scott Leonard Dill
  • Patent number: 10553044
    Abstract: This application discloses self-diagnosis of faults for an assisted or automated driving system of a vehicle. A primary computing system can generate an environmental model populated with objects detected from measurement data from sensors. A secondary computing system can generate a secondary system data structure configured to identify objects located around the vehicle that were detected from measurement data from the sensors. The secondary computing system can identify a fault in the sensors based on a comparison of the secondary system data structure with the environmental model. The secondary computing system also can estimate an amount of time before the vehicle crashes from a vehicle velocity vector and free space in the environment around the vehicle, and identify the fault in the sensors based on the estimated amount of time before the vehicle crashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Mentor Graphics Development (Deutschland) GmbH
    Inventors: Ljubo Mercep, Matthias Pollach
  • Patent number: 10551833
    Abstract: An unmanned image capturing device and a method of operation thereof are provided. The unmanned image capturing device includes a movement device that moves the unmanned image capturing device; a camera; a communication circuit; a location detection circuit that detects a location of the unmanned image capturing device; a processor; and a memory that stores instructions. The processor moves the unmanned image capturing device, captures a plurality of images, detects a plurality of three-dimensional locations, at which the plurality of images are respectively captured, sends at least one of the captured images and information about the respective detected location of the at least one of the captured images, receives information about a change in the at least one of the captured images or information about an image selection, and controls the movement device to move the unmanned image capturing device to a location based on the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tae Kyun Kim, Min Young Kim, Young Bae Lee, Wu Seong Lee, Jung Jae Lee, Seung Nyun Kim, Byoung Uk Yoon, So Young Lee
  • Patent number: 10544567
    Abstract: A method, for monitoring an implement of a machine, includes receiving implement parameters associated with the implement and determining a range of movement of the implement based on the implement parameters. The method detects whether at least one object is located within the range of movement of the implement and displays a visual representation of the range of movement with a visual indication indicative of whether the at least one object is located within the range of movement. The method detects changes to the implement parameters and determines an updated range of movement based on the detected changes. Further, the method determines whether at least one object is located within the updated range of movement and displays a visual representation of the updated range of movement with an updated visual indication indicative of whether the at least one object is located within the updated range of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Petrany, Douglas Jay Husted
  • Patent number: 10539110
    Abstract: A storage maintains charge times for vehicles. A processor of a server is programmed to periodically determine a time interval since each of the vehicles has been started according to the charge times. The server sends a message over a wide-area network requesting remote start of one of the vehicles responsive to the time interval for the one of the vehicles indicating no engine restart for at least a predefined time period. A processor of a vehicle restarts the vehicle according to receipt of a restart request sent responsive to a periodic process performed by a remote server to identify that a most recent vehicle start time sent from the vehicle to the remote server is at least a predefined time interval from a current time identified by the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Khonizi
  • Patent number: 10532755
    Abstract: A control system and method determine an energy demand associated with delivery of cargo in a trip. The energy demand represents how much electric energy is needed to move cargo vehicles that carry the cargo through the trip. Locations of energy tenders and states of charge of the energy tenders are determined. A schedule for the cargo vehicles to deliver the cargo to a delivery location within a delivery time slot is determined. This schedule is determined based on the energy demand, the locations of the energy tenders, and the states of charge of the energy tenders. The system and method direct which of the energy tenders that the cargo vehicles are to couple with, be powered by, and move with for powering the cargo along routes to the delivery location of the trip within the designated time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Samuel William Golden, Robert James Foy, David Michael Peltz, Nathan Thomas North, Milan Karunaratne
  • Patent number: 10529147
    Abstract: A method deploys a road safety flare near a faulty self-driving vehicle (SDV). One or more processors detect a driving problem severity level for a faulty SDV. One or more processors assess environmental conditions at the location of the faulty SDV. One or more processors determine an opportune position for deploying the road safety flare based on the environmental conditions at the location of the faulty SDV and then deploy, according to directions from the faulty SDV, a road safety flare at the opportune position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10528046
    Abstract: An autopilot system comprising an onboard unit. The onboard unit has a plurality of sets of sensors that are redundant and mutually independent, together with a plurality of calculation channels, each calculation channel being connected to the sensors of one of the sets of sensors and receiving data coming from the sensors. A supervisor is connected to the sensors of a set of sensors, the supervisor having the function of coupling at most one of the calculation channels to the control members, the supervisor having the function of decoupling the coupled channel from the control members in the event that the current behavior of the aircraft departs from predetermined predicted behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventor: Thierry Vieux
  • Patent number: 10528062
    Abstract: A computerized vehicle control system for fleet routing includes a fleet of vehicles where each vehicle in the fleet of vehicles is configured to travel over streets and including an engine and wheels. Each vehicle further includes an in-vehicle electronic device comprising digital logic circuitry and a port configured to couple with a vehicle computer installed in the vehicle and in communication with a plurality of sensors disposed about the vehicle. The in-vehicle electronic device further comprises a display. The computerized vehicle control system further includes a vehicle management system comprising memory and computer hardware and configured to communicate over a network with each in-vehicle electronic device in the fleet of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: William George Looman, Jefferson Ray Tan Hidayat, Katherine Winnie Kok, Mark Robert Dunlop
  • Patent number: 10518607
    Abstract: A sound of a second vehicle engine is detected. Upon predicting a pollution event by comparing the detected sound to a stored sound model, a countermeasure is actuated in a first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Howard E. Churchwell, II, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam