Patents Examined by Muhammad Shafi
  • Patent number: 11029696
    Abstract: The application discloses a method, system and related device of implementing vehicle automatically weighing, so as to achieve the automatically weighing of the unmanned vehicle. The method includes: controlling, by a vehicle controller, a vehicle to drive automatically and stop at a weighing position; weighing, by a weighbridge sensor, the vehicle when sensing the vehicle stopping at the weighing position, and sending weighing end information to the vehicle controller; and controlling, by the vehicle controller, the vehicle to start and leave the weighing position when receiving the weighing end information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventor: Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 11029409
    Abstract: A map of an area is generated from first sensor data of a first field of view including a blocked area and second sensor data of a second field of view having an unblocked view of the blocked area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Codrin Cionca, Mostafa Parchami, Zhen Zhao, Juan Enrique Castorena Martinez
  • Patent number: 11021248
    Abstract: A controller system of an aerial vehicle may receive environmental data from one or more sensors of the aerial vehicle and adjusts limits of the aerial vehicle given the environmental conditions. When the aerial vehicle receives an input, such as a flight input from a remote controller or an environmental input such as a gust of wind, the controller system calculates appropriate motor inputs that are provided to the thrust motors of the aerial vehicle such that the adjusted limits of the aerial vehicle are not exceeded. In calculating the appropriate input to the thrust motors, the controller system performs an iterative process. For example, for a given maximum torque that can be applied to the thrust motors, the controller system iteratively allocates the torque such that torque components that are important for the stability of the aerial are first fulfilled, whereas subsequent torque components may be fulfilled or scaled back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Enke, Benjamin Tankersley, Jean-Bernard Berteaux, Axel Murguet, Garance Bruneau
  • Patent number: 11016510
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle system is configured to receive vehicle commands from one or more parties and to execute those vehicle commands in a way that prevents the execution of stale commands. The autonomous vehicle system includes a finite state machine and a command counter or stored vehicle timestamp, which are used to help reject invalid or stale vehicle commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ZIPLINE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Chambers, Keenan Wyrobek, Keller Rinaudo, Ryan Oksenhorn, William Hetzler
  • Patent number: 11001149
    Abstract: A master electronic control device for a vehicle is provided as follows. A vehicle time, which is managed by the master electronic control device to be used in common with a slave electronic control device, is transmitted to the slave electronic control device. Device log information is received from the slave electronic control device, the device log information including (i) a content of an event in the slave electronic control device, (ii) a device time in the slave electronic control device when the event is detected, and (iii) information on vehicle time reception state. The device time included in the device log information is converted into the vehicle time that corresponds to the device time in response to that the information on vehicle time reception state indicates that, when the event is detected, the slave electronic control device has not received the vehicle time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Shidai
  • Patent number: 10994675
    Abstract: The present invention provides technology for achieving both high responsiveness to an interrupt process and non-interference between control software. This vehicle control device comprises a storage device that stores various programs for controlling a vehicle, and a plurality of computation devices that include a first computation device and a second computation device, and that read a program from the storage device and execute the same. In addition, the storage device includes a first type of computation processing program executed not by time division and a second type of computation processing program executed by time division. The first computation device is configured to execute the first type of computation processing program, and the second computation device is configured to execute the second type of computation processing program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tasuku Ishigooka, Satoshi Otsuka, Kouhei Sakurai, Taisetsu Tanimichi
  • Patent number: 10996065
    Abstract: A recording medium recording a program causing a computer to execute processing includes: specifying a route related with a specific terminal based on a route search condition set at the specific terminal or a route search result with the route search condition, referring to location information on a shop or a facility in a storage device, specifying a first shop or a first facility around the route related with the specific terminal and a second shop or a second facility is not around the route related with the specific terminal, and allowing, in accordance with detection of a charge payment event corresponding to the specific terminal at the first shop or the first facility, a terminal corresponding to the first shop, a terminal corresponding to the first facility, the specific terminal, or a terminal associated with the specific terminal to output information on the second shop or the second facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Masahiro Usui, Hiroko YuKi
  • Patent number: 10988032
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a transportation apparatus. The apparatus comprises: a surface to receive a plurality of forces at a plurality of locations thereon; a plurality of force sensors, attached to the surface, to provide information related to the plurality of forces; a plurality of wheels beneath the surface, each of the plurality of wheels being coupled with a motor; and a controller to: determine, based on the provided information, a first plurality of forces at the plurality of locations; determine, based on the first plurality of forces, a reference distribution associated with the plurality of locations; determine, based on the provided information, a second plurality of forces; determine a target speed and a target direction of the apparatus based on the reference distribution and the second plurality of forces; and provide one or more signals to the motors based on the target speed and the target direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Walnut Technology Limited
    Inventor: Yik Hang Pang
  • Patent number: 10974730
    Abstract: A method of on-line diagnostic and prognostic assessment of an autonomous vehicle perception system includes detecting, via a sensor, a physical parameter of an object external to the vehicle. The method also includes communicating data representing the physical parameter via the sensor to an electronic controller. The method additionally includes comparing the data from the sensor to data representing the physical parameter generated by a geo-source model. The method also includes comparing results generated by a perception software during analysis of the data from the sensor to labels representing the physical parameter from the geo-source model. Furthermore, the method includes generating a prognostic assessment of a ground truth for the physical parameter of the object using the comparisons of the sensor data to the geo-source model data and of the software results to the geo-source model labels. A system for on-line assessment of the vehicle perception system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yao Hu, Wen-Chiao Lin, Wei Tong, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Patent number: 10953862
    Abstract: A method for operating an electric parking brake includes feeding a timing sequence of changes in current to terminals of an interface for an operator control element for the parking brake. The method further includes performing at least one current measurement at at least one terminal of the interface during the feeding of one of the changes in current. The method further includes determining a driver's request as a function of the at least one current measurement. The method further includes operating the electric parking brake as a function of the determined driver's request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Rebholz-Goldmann, Toni Frenzel
  • Patent number: 10940734
    Abstract: A suspension control system includes: a suspension that couples a sprung structure and an unsprung structure of a vehicle; a stabilizer; and a control unit configured to estimate a stroke speed, wherein the vehicle includes first wheels and second wheels, the suspension includes first suspensions provided for the first wheels and second suspensions provided for the second wheels, the stabilizer includes a first stabilizer bar that couples the first suspensions, the control unit includes: indirect stabilizer force calculation unit configured to calculate an indirect stabilizer force received by each of the second suspensions in conjunction with a posture change of the sprung structure; sum calculation unit configured to calculate a sum of forces acting on each of the second suspensions; and an observer configured to receive the sum and output an estimation value of a stroke speed of each of the second suspensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki Furuta
  • Patent number: 10940959
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments for techniques for monitoring components of a system, where the techniques include determining an operational status of one or more processing modules, wherein the one or more processing modules comprise one or more local memories, and configuring the one or more local memories with threshold values for configuration parameters for one or more components. The techniques also include sensing sensor data for the one or more components, determining the health status of the one or more components by comparing sensor data for the configuration parameters to the threshold values for the configuration parameters, and transmitting the sensor data and the health status of the one or more components to a central server for storing the sensor data and the health status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SIMMONDS PRECISION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Rajendra S. Kekan, Sanat Kumar Choudhury, Steven M. Levy, Skanda Gopalakrishna
  • Patent number: 10933701
    Abstract: A wheel for a vehicle includes a tyre and a rim for supporting the tyre. A chamber is defined between the tyre and the rim for receiving pressurized air. The wheel further includes a detecting device located inside the chamber for detecting presence of water in the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Alessandro Benevelli, Riccardo Morselli
  • Patent number: 10928823
    Abstract: Methods are introduced for customizing and legalizing a self-driving motor vehicle by personalizing and/or disciplining before and during a self-driving motor vehicle is practically used, with human knowledge, preferences and experiences, to provide a more personal service and overcome some hurdles in legalization of self-driving motor vehicles, serving as a bridge in the transition from a human driving world to a personized autonomous freeway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Real Imaging Technology Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Xiaoning Huai
  • Patent number: 10928824
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and a system for customizing operation of a self-driving motor vehicle according to operation behaviors preferred by an individual passenger wherever needed, promising to provide an experience as if the self-driving motor vehicle is driven by the mind of the passenger the first time it operates on a public roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Real Imaging Technology Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Xiaoning Huai
  • Patent number: 10921145
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle that searches for a path based on efficiency in consideration of powertrain characteristics of the vehicle and a searching method thereof are provided. The method includes acquiring driving environment information and determining a driving load of the vehicle in each of a plurality of sections of at least one path from a point of departure to a destination. Output energy and brake energy are determined in each of the sections based on the determined driving load and consumption energy and regeneration energy are determined in each of the sections based on the output and brake energies in each of the sections. Energy consumption is determined in each of the at least one path by summing the consumption and regeneration energies in the sections and an energy minimization path is determined by comparing the determined energy consumptions on the at least one path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hui Un Son, Joon Young Park, Jea Mun Lee
  • Patent number: 10914601
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus provides information indicating a traveling route according to a designated search type. The information processing apparatus includes a reception unit configured to receive a search request of the traveling route including the search type, a generation unit configured to generate a link cost corresponding to the search type using a traffic information database including information of a road related to the search type, and a search unit configured to search for the traveling route using the link cost corresponding to the search type generated by the generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10914596
    Abstract: A map information update system includes a map database; a server; a vehicle position recognition unit configured to recognizes a vehicle position of a vehicle on a map; an external environment information generation unit configured to generate external environment information related to an external environment of the vehicle in association with the vehicle position on the map based on the vehicle position on the map and a detection result of a sensor mounted on the vehicle; a map freshness calculation unit configured to calculate map freshness per area set in advance on map information; a awarding unit configured to award a user of the vehicle or the vehicle an incentive point which is set in advance in accordance with the map freshness of the area corresponding to the external environment information, when the external environment information is transmitted to the server from the vehicle; and a user interaction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junya Watanabe, Hideyuki Matsui, Norihiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10906420
    Abstract: A vehicle charging control apparatus includes: a communicator transmitting and receiving a signal to and from a parking lot control system, which is in a parking lot including charging slots and non-charging slots, and a user terminal; a remote parking controller activating an automatic moving and parking function of a vehicle according to the signal received from the user terminal when the vehicle is in a non-charging slot of the parking lot, receiving charging slot information from the parking lot control system when a charging slot among the charging slots is empty, and controlling the vehicle to move and park based on the empty charging slot; and a charging controller controlling wireless charging of the vehicle when the vehicle moves to park in the charging slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gil Won Seo, Jong Ho Park, Dae Joong Yoon
  • Patent number: 10906532
    Abstract: A method for autonomous driving includes detecting an environment around a vehicle, autonomously driving the vehicle based on the detected environment, determining whether a target parking position has been set, determining an autonomous driving mode of the vehicle from among a first mode for controlling a speed of the vehicle to move the vehicle to the target parking position and a second mode for searching for an available parking position, based on a determination of the autonomous driving mode from among the first and second modes, autonomously driving the vehicle in one of the first and second modes, based on autonomously driving the vehicle in one of the first and second modes, determining whether a condition is satisfied, and based on a determination that the condition is satisfied, switching the autonomous driving mode to the other of the first and second modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seongho Lee, Taeho Noh, Jaedoo Go