Patents Examined by Mussa A Shaawat
  • Patent number: 11400948
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle functions to increase the well-being and/or to increase the attention of at least one vehicle user in a vehicle. A number of vehicle functions are activated when at least one specific user menu is selected. Here, a lead function assigned to the user menu from the number of vehicle functions is predetermined in each case and the time and content processes of the other vehicle functions assigned to the user menu are coordinated with respect to the lead function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Hansjoerg Hofmann, Daniel Muecke, Jan Dassler, Gudrun Schoenherr, Matthias Ulmer
  • Patent number: 11396387
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for verifying the presence of equipment (E) on board an aircraft, the method comprising the following steps:—during a flight of the aircraft, implementing (102) radio communication tests by means of a device (2) on board the aircraft so as to determine an in-flight list of equipment consisting of any equipment having a quality of radio link with the radio communication device (2) higher than a first predetermined quality threshold;—after the flight, implementing (104) radio communication tests by means of the device (2) so as to determine a post-flight list of equipment consisting of any equipment having a quality of radio link with the radio communication device (2) higher than a second predetermined threshold after the flight;—generating (108) an alert when an item of equipment is present on the in-flight list and absent from the post-flight list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS AND DEFENSE
    Inventors: Nicolas Fanton, Nicolas Lipari, Pierre-Jean Tine, Emmanuel Couturier, Alexandre Artault
  • Patent number: 11392124
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for a method of calibrating a vehicle's plurality of detection systems. To calibrate a first detection system, orientation data is collected using the first detection device when the vehicle faces a first direction and a second direction opposite the first direction. To calibrate a second detection system, data is collected using the second detection device while the vehicle moves in a repeatable pattern near a first object. To calibrate a third detection system, light reflected off a second object is detected using the third detection system as the vehicle is moved towards the second object. To calibrate a fourth detection system, data collected using the second detection system and the fourth detection system is compared. To calibrate a fifth detection system, radar signals reflected off a third object is received using the fifth detection system while the vehicle moves relative to the third object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Colin Braley, Dorel Ionut Iordache, Ralph Hamilton Shepard, Caner Onal, Pierre-Yves Droz
  • Patent number: 11388853
    Abstract: A vehicle includes; a vehicle body on which the motor is mounted; an apparatus provided to the traveling vehicle body and also driven by drive power from the motor; an apparatus that performs work on a field; an apparatus that changes the speed of drive power input from the motor and transmits the drive power; a tool that includes speed change stages and is also capable of speed change operation of the speed change apparatus by human operation; a controller that, when the number of speed change stages is changed based on human operation of the speed change operation tool, outputs to the speed change apparatus a speed change command for each predefined number of stages and is also capable of outputting the speed change command for each defined speed change interval; and an operation mechanism that enables adjustment of the speed change interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Yoshihiko Kuroshita, Hitoshi Azuma, Michita Kono, Shinji Ohara
  • Patent number: 11391582
    Abstract: An information providing device for a trip to multiple users including a first user and a second user is provided. The information providing device includes circuitry configured to determine a destination of the trip based on a degree of interest of the first user, provide the second user with a first trip proposal to the destination when a degree of interest of the second user in the destination is greater than or equal to a predetermined degree-of-interest threshold value, and provide the second user with a second trip proposal to the destination when the degree of interest of the second user in the destination is less than the predetermined degree-of-interest threshold value. In the second trip proposal, a degree of recommendation of the trip proposal is increased from the first trip proposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiko Suzuki, Ko Koga, Takuji Yamada
  • Patent number: 11383931
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to a device that can be used to lift and/or position a remote-controlled (RC) aircraft as needed by a user (e.g., into/out of a transport vehicle). The device includes a handle that allows the user to grip and hold the device. The handle is operably connected to an arm that comprises an angled portion and a connector portion. The angled portion is angled to accommodate the canopy of an associated aircraft. The connector portion allows joining of the arm to an extender. The extender passes through the central portion of the aircraft to allow the user to lift and/or position the aircraft as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: John Pertschi
  • Patent number: 11383764
    Abstract: The turning radius of a differentially steered vehicle towing a trailer is controlled when turning so that its turning radius is greater than a minimum allowable turning radius. The turning radius may be autonomously adjusted using a controller to monitor the instantaneous rotational speed differential between the driven wheels and increase or decrease the relative speed between the wheels when the instantaneous rotational speed differential exceeds a threshold rotational speed differential, indicating a turn which is too tight. Alternately, the turning radius may be controlled by the vehicle's operator, who receives a signal from the controller indicating that the vehicle's turning radius is less than the minimum allowable. The operator may then take action to enlarge the turning radius using manual controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Brown Fay, II
  • Patent number: 11385657
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining data indicative of a location associated with a user to which an autonomous vehicle is to travel. The autonomous vehicle is to travel along a first vehicle route that leads to the location. The method includes obtaining traffic data associated with a geographic area that includes the location. The method includes determining an estimated traffic impact of the autonomous vehicle on the geographic area based at least in part on the traffic data. The method includes determining vehicle action(s) based at least in part on the estimated traffic impact and causing the autonomous vehicle to perform the vehicle action(s) that include at least one of stopping the autonomous vehicle at least partially in a travel way within a vicinity of the location or travelling along a second vehicle route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Brian Donnelly, Michael Aitken
  • Patent number: 11385644
    Abstract: A control system of a self-driving tractor can access sensor data to determine a set of trailer configuration parameters of a cargo trailer coupled to the self-driving tractor. Based on the set of trailer configuration parameters, the control system can configure a motion planning model for autonomously controlling the acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Shaw Wood, Nancy Yung-Hui Sun, Zachias Rauch Vawter
  • Patent number: 11377203
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods and/or computer program products that facilitate measuring weight and balance and optimizing center of gravity are provided. In one embodiment, a system 100 utilizes a processor 106 that executes computer implemented components stored in a memory 104. A compression component 108 calculates compression of landing gear struts based on height above ground of an aircraft. A gravity component 110 determines center of gravity based on differential compression of the landing gear struts. An optimization component 112 automatically optimizes the center of gravity to a rear limit of a center of gravity margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Edward Parker, Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 11370433
    Abstract: A travel control method includes using the vehicle to autonomously control a travel of the vehicle. The vehicle has an autonomous speed control function for autonomously controlling a traveling speed of the vehicle and an autonomous steering control function for autonomously controlling the steering of the vehicle. The autonomous speed control function includes a curved route speed control function for controlling the traveling speed of the vehicle at a set speed corresponding to the size of a curve of a travel route. The curved route speed control function can be set to ON/OFF. Each of the autonomous speed control function and the autonomous steering control function can be set to ON/OFF. When the autonomous speed control function and the autonomous steering control function are set to ON, the curved route speed control function is operated regardless of whether the curved route speed control function is set to ON or OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinya Saito
  • Patent number: 11370432
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes an electric control unit that performs a preceding vehicle trailing control which makes an own vehicle trail a preceding vehicle as an adaptive cruise control, and performs a first brake control which automatically applies a first braking control to the own vehicle when a time-to-collision to a target object is less than a first threshold. In a case where a performing condition for the first brake control has been determined to be satisfied during a performance of the adaptive cruise control, the electric control unit continues performing the adaptive cruise control without performing the first brake control when a deceleration control by the adaptive cruise control is being performed, whereas stops performing the adaptive cruise control when the deceleration control by the adaptive cruise control is not being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Fukaya, Wataru Ike, Kazuki Nemoto, Yuta Takashina, Yuzo Kaneshige, Jun Tsuchida, Yumi Shimanaka, Masayasu Tanase
  • Patent number: 11365528
    Abstract: Techniques for position-based cross slope control of a construction machine are disclosed. A site design that includes a set of target cross slopes for a construction site is obtained, with each of the set of target cross slopes associated with a 2D location within the construction site. Sensor data is captured using at least one sensor mounted to the construction machine. A geospatial position and a direction of travel of the construction machine are determined based on the sensor data. A target cross slope for the construction machine is generated by querying the site design using the geospatial position and the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Ennis
  • Patent number: 11352900
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating an engine of a rotorcraft are described herein. An engine parameter indicative of torque of the engine is obtained. A decrease of the torque of the engine is detected. At least one rotorcraft parameter indicative of at least one command to control the rotorcraft is obtained and evaluated to determine whether one of an autorotation mode and a powered flight mode of the rotorcraft has been commanded. When the powered flight mode of the rotorcraft has been commanded and the decrease of the torque has been detected, a shaft shear of the engine is detected and a signal indicative of the shaft shear is transmitted. When the autorotation mode of the rotorcraft has been commanded and the decrease of the torque has been detected, detection of the shaft shear is disabled during operation in the autorotation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Patrick Manoukian, Philippe Beauchesne-Martel, Olivier Bibor
  • Patent number: 11346085
    Abstract: An obstacle detection device capable of appropriately setting an area for detecting an obstacle in the vicinity of a machine body of a construction machine in consideration of the state of inclination of the construction machine with respect to its surrounding ground area includes an inclination information acquisition section to obtain inclination information of the machine body with respect to a surrounding ground area in the vicinity of the construction machine, and an area setting section to set a monitoring area for detecting an obstacle, and to modify the monitoring area according to the inclination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sho Fujiwara, Tomofumi Okada
  • Patent number: 11341786
    Abstract: An improved system and method of selectively transmitting asset data from one or more sensors associated with the vehicle to a backend server, which is configured to analyze the asset data and, if necessary for further analysis of the asset data (e.g., to determine whether a safety event has occurred) and/or to provide actionable data for review by a safety analyst, requests further asset data from a vehicle device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSARA INC.
    Inventors: Mathew Chasan Calmer, Jesse Chen, Saumya Jain, Kavya Joshi, Justin Pan, Ryan Milligan, Justin Delegard, Jason Symons
  • Patent number: 11341790
    Abstract: An exemplary internal wireless sensor monitoring system includes a wireless sensor positioned inside of an enclosed housing to monitor a condition in the housing, a wireless gateway positioned outside of the housing, a gateway antenna located in the housing configured to wirelessly communicate with the wireless sensor, and a conductor extending through a penetration in the housing and connecting the gateway antenna and the wireless gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Scott David Poster, Brian Edward Tucker
  • Patent number: 11337356
    Abstract: A crop orientation system includes a controller having a processor and memory coupled to the processor and storing instructions. The processor executes the stored instructions to: determine first heading values for a first vehicle at intervals during a first crop planting event over a first field; generate a first set of histogram values representing the first heading values for the first vehicle during at least a portion of the first crop planting event over the first field; and generate display signals to render a first histogram display based on the first set of histogram values for a first user associated with the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Sam R. Helmich, David J. Glass
  • Patent number: 11326386
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a controller, a system, a method and a vehicle, to receive one or more user inputs from one or more user input units; receive one or more vehicle condition inputs from one or more vehicle condition sensor units; determine if an open position of a aperture member of a vehicle is likely to cause buffeting; select an optimisation strategy from a plurality of optimisation strategies in dependence on the one or more user inputs and/or the one or more vehicle condition inputs, wherein each of the plurality of optimisation strategy comprises different instructions to determine one or more positions for at least one aperture member; and generate an output for the one or more aperture member positioning units to move at least one aperture member based on the selected optimisation strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: George Peng, Luke Redfern
  • Patent number: 11312344
    Abstract: A remote start-up method of a manual transmission vehicle is provided. The method includes a parking braking force-associated remote start-up control that remotely starts-up an inclined parking vehicle parked on a ramp by confirming a situation where the parking braking force is maintained by a braking hydraulic pressure control of an electronic stability control (ESC) system in a remote start-up controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Deok-Ho Park