Patents Examined by Nadeem Odeh
  • Patent number: 10351110
    Abstract: A brake system for motor vehicles controllable by a driver or independently of the driver, comprises first and second brake actuation sensors. First and second electrically controllable pressure sources, can actuate the wheel brakes. A first electronic control unit controls the first pressure source, and is connected to the first brake actuation sensor. A second electronic control unit controls the second pressure source and is connected to the second brake actuation sensor. A hydraulic control device comprises a first solenoid valve between the wheel brakes and the first pressure source and a second solenoid valve between the wheel brakes and the second pressure source. There is a data connection between the first electronic control unit and the second electronic control unit. The first electronic control unit has a first interface and the second electronic control unit has a second interface that are not connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Marco Besier, Stefan Drumm
  • Patent number: 10351147
    Abstract: A system includes a controller in a vehicle in communication with sensors supported on pedals of the vehicle. The controller includes instructions for determining a user intention based on a detected movement of a foot of the user. Upon determination that the user intention is to take over control the vehicle, the controller sets a control mode of the vehicle to a manual control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10343697
    Abstract: A driver assistance system and a method for automatically logging a transition of the responsibility during a status change between fully automatic operation and manual operation of a motor vehicle is provided. The driver assistance system and the method include an event data recorder with a data storage and with a control unit. The control unit is designed such that a time-limited recording of log data is triggered by means of the data storage when a pre-warning signal, which announces the status change between fully automatic vehicle operation and manual vehicle operation, is transmitted to the control unit. In this manner, a secure logging process of the transition of the responsibility is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventor: Peter E Rieth
  • Patent number: 10343653
    Abstract: An assembly for correcting an attitude of at least a selected portion of a structure, where the assembly includes a controller affixed to a structure operatively coupled with one or more jacks operable to change the attitude of the structure; and a remote device configured to communicate wirelessly with the controller to change the attitude of a selected portion of the structure. Also disclosed is a method for adjusting an attitude of a movable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NORCO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernard F. Garceau, Doug Yoder
  • Patent number: 10345812
    Abstract: A method for performing autonomous operation of a vehicle is provided. The method obtains object data, by a plurality of vehicle onboard sensors; obtains road data, by one or more cameras onboard the vehicle; determines, by at least one processor, an initial vehicle trajectory, based on the object data and the road data; identifies, by the at least one processor, a set of constraints associated with the initial vehicle trajectory; determines a final vehicle trajectory, based on the potential vehicle trajectory and the set of constraints; and transmits the final vehicle trajectory to a steering mechanism onboard the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Pinaki Gupta
  • Patent number: 10338586
    Abstract: A method for autonomously parking or un-parking a motor vehicle includes receiving a map of a parking area having a first temporary obstruction zone, determining a starting location of the motor vehicle relative to the parking area, selecting a destination location within the parking area, setting the first temporary obstruction zone as operative or inoperative, generating a path from the starting location to the destination location, wherein the path does not enter the first temporary obstruction zone when operative, and driving the motor vehicle autonomously along the path from the starting location of the motor vehicle to the destination location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Dura Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Arda Kurt, Keith Redmill, Umit Ozguner, Gordon Thomas
  • Patent number: 10339813
    Abstract: A display control system of a vehicle includes a surround view module configured to generate a surround view including a predetermined top view image of vehicle and one or more features located within a predetermined area around the vehicle. A parking module is configured to selectively generate a parking signal when, for at least a predetermined period, a vehicle speed is less than a predetermined speed and at least one of: (i) an accelerator pedal position is less than a predetermined position; (ii) a brake pedal position indicates a request for vehicle braking; and (iii) a magnitude of a steering wheel angle is greater than a predetermined steering wheel angle. A display control module is configured to, in response to the generation of the parking signal, display the surround view on a display within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard Raybuck, III, Johannes Huth, Mohannad Murad, Justin K. Francisco
  • Patent number: 10319243
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to implement computer aided dispatch of drones are disclosed. Example drone dispatching methods disclosed herein include transmitting a flight plan for a drone to a flight control platform, the flight plan based on a first location associated with a service request. Disclosed example methods also include, in response to receiving a message from the flight control platform indicating the flight plan is approved, initiating a first communication session between the flight control platform and a flight control unit of the drone to permit remote piloting of the drone. Disclosed example methods further include, in response to receiving the message from the flight control platform indicating the flight plan is approved, initiating a second communication session to exchange multimedia data between the flight control platform and a drone observation platform separate from the flight control platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Thomas Rozanski, III, Mark Radice
  • Patent number: 10308235
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a power plant, an electrical port, and a controller. The controller is configured to transmit a signal to the inverter via a conductor of the port indicating a maximum power available. The signal may be transmitted responsive to indication of an off-board inverter being plugged into the port. The controller may be further configured to complete a circuit between the power plant and the inverter. The circuit may be completed responsive to an expected predefined reduction in peak voltage of the signal caused by the inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Christopher W. Bell
  • Patent number: 10300894
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an auto-braking system which includes a braking device, a receiver, and a controller. The controller includes a determining portion, a verifying portion and an executing portion. The determining portion determines whether a vehicle will violate a red signal of the traffic light based on the traffic light state information. The verifying portion verifies the traffic light state information is valid by comparing the traffic light state information with the image of the traffic light captured by the sensor. The executing portion executes a first braking control to slow the vehicle at a first deceleration rate when the determining portion determines that the vehicle will violate a red signal. The executing portion executes a second braking control to slow the vehicle at a second deceleration rate to stop at a specified position when the verifying portion verifies that the traffic light state information is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zaydoun Rawashdeh, Rajesh Malhan, Trong Duy Nguyen, Anoop Pottammal
  • Patent number: 10293851
    Abstract: An electric motor can be accurately drive-controlled even when a failure occurs in a motor electric angle detection unit. When at least one of a resolver and an angle computation unit is diagnosed as abnormal in an initial diagnosis after a system restart, a motor electric angle initial value is estimated on a basis of a response output of a three-phase electric motor in response to input of a motor drive signal to the three-phase electric motor, a motor electric angle estimation value is calculated on a basis of an output shaft rotation angle detection value detected by an output-side rotation angle sensor and a relative offset amount estimated on a basis of the estimated motor electric angle initial value, and the three-phase electric motor is drive-controlled on a basis of the calculated motor electric angle estimation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuo Ukai
  • Patent number: 10296174
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer software for coding for tracks in a system is presented. At least one track of an object is determined on a detection display map, the track having an icon associated therewith. The icon is supplemented with a shape indicating additional information relating to attributes of the track, the shape providing perceptual visual awareness for an operator of said system. The shape includes an indicator of at least one of direction, velocity, path uncertainty, and a level of urgency of the track of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard Steinberg, Daniel T. Donohoo
  • Patent number: 10286895
    Abstract: A motive power system includes a first energy storage, a second energy storage, an actuator, an internal combustion engine, a power transmission circuit, and circuitry. The circuitry is configured to control the power transmission circuit in a charge-depleting mode such that the first energy storage supplies to the actuator a first electric energy that is stored in the first energy storage with a first charge rate range and the second energy storage supplies to the actuator a second electric energy that is stored in the second energy storage with a second charge rate range. The first charge rate range is larger than the second charge rate range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daijiro Takizawa, Hirokazu Oguma
  • Patent number: 10281279
    Abstract: The positioning/navigation solution of a portable device may be enhanced by obtaining motion sensor data, estimating a trajectory for the portable device from the motion sensor data, obtaining map information for an environment encompassing locations of the portable device, representing the estimated trajectory using a set of connected vectors and performing global shape matching for the set of connected vectors as an aggregate whole from start to end of the trajectory to the map information as a global optimization problem to derive a solution path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Amr Shebl Ahmed, Jacques Georgy
  • Patent number: 10280788
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the operation of a gas turbine engine supplying power to an aircraft. The engine is controlled according to a reading of an amount of power drawn from the supplied power. The reading is fed directly to a control system, which issues commands for controlling engine parameters comprising an acceleration reference signal, load shedding, variable geometry positioning, and fuel flow. The control system may further issue commands for controlling the amount of power drawn. The control system may further use the reading to monitor the engine's condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Bryan Chen, Dariusz Chmiel, Philippe Beauchesne-Martel, James Robert Jarvo
  • Patent number: 10281910
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for determining a route for a vehicle (2). The method comprises generating, by a processor (12), a grid (16) by specifying a start node (18), specifying one or more movement operations performable by the vehicle (2), and iteratively adding edges and further nodes (20-24) to the grid (16), each edge corresponding to a respective movement operation and each further node corresponding to a location for the vehicle (2). The one or more processors (12) then select a path through the grid (16) from a first node of the grid to a second node of the grid. The first node corresponds to a first location (A) for the vehicle (2) and the second node corresponds to a second location (B) for the vehicle (2). Thus, a route for the vehicle (2) from the first location (A) to the second location (B) is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventor: Peter Norman Thomas
  • Patent number: 10268210
    Abstract: A pipeline in a controller may be configured to interface between sensors and actuators. The pipeline may include elements such as drivers, filters, a combine, estimators, controllers, a mixer, and actuator controllers. The drivers may receive sensor data and pre-process the received sensor data. The filters may filter the pre-processed sensor data to generate filtered sensor data. The combine may package the filtered sensor data to generate packaged sensor data. The estimators may determine estimates of a position of a vehicle based on the packaged sensor data. The controllers may generate control signals based on the determined estimates. The mixer may modify the generated control signals based on limitations of the vehicle. The actuator controllers may generate actuator control signals based on the modified control signals to drive the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Anthony Enke
  • Patent number: 10260887
    Abstract: A position determination method in a vehicle, which uses signals from a pressure-based collision sensor. In addition, an associated electronic control module and an associated use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Faisst, Michael Zalewski, Ronald Winter
  • Patent number: 10252727
    Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure identify a driver of a vehicle. The driver may have a profile indicating vehicle settings, and at least one of the vehicle settings may not be overridden by the driver. The vehicle may be configured according to the vehicle settings in the profile, such that the vehicle may not operate outside of at least one of the vehicle settings that cannot be overridden. An insurance rate for insuring the vehicle may be generated based at least in part on the vehicle settings associated with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Florian Braun, Andre Rene Buentello
  • Patent number: 10246084
    Abstract: A vehicle behavior control device comprises: a steer-by-wire type steering apparatus (6) having a steering wheel-side mechanism and a road wheel-side mechanism which are mechanically separated from each other; and a controller (8) performs a driving force reduction control when a steering speed in the steering apparatus (6) becomes equal to or greater than a given threshold. The steering apparatus (6) comprises a first steering angle sensor (14) provided in the steering wheel-side mechanism and a second steering angle sensor (19) provided in the road wheel-side mechanism. The controller (8) performs the driving force reduction control using the first steering angle sensor (14) when a yaw rate or a steering speed is equal to or greater than a given value, and performs the driving force reduction control using the second steering angle sensor (19) when the yaw rate or the steering speed is less than the given value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoji Izumi, Yasunori Takahara, Daisuke Umetsu, Osamu Sunahara, Masaki Chiba