Patents Examined by Nadeem Odeh
  • Patent number: 11173906
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a vehicle selector configured to select, from among other vehicles present near an own vehicle, another vehicle that the own vehicle is to follow when traveling in front of a gate as a following target vehicle, and a gate passage controller configured to cause the own vehicle to travel following the following target vehicle selected by the vehicle selector when passing through the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Mizutani, Atsushi Ishioka, Akihiko Otsu, Daichi Kato, Kazuyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11161499
    Abstract: During vehicle turning, during which a behavior stabilization control is not carried out, a vehicle driving assistance device carries out a turning assist control including: yaw moment control for increasing the amount of drive torque distributed to a drive wheel that, among two left and right drive wheels of the vehicle, is on the outer side of the turn by imparting braking torque to the drive wheel that is on the inner side of the turn; and a deceleration control for decelerating the vehicle. At this time, the driving assistance device calculates a control moment amount and calculates a control deceleration amount on the basis of a travel mode selected by operation of an operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yosuke Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11151814
    Abstract: A system and method for defeating a Relay Station Attack on a hands-free anti-theft system of a vehicle. The hands-free anti-theft system includes a vehicle-mounted transceiver which transmits an authentication request and a hands-free key transceiver paired therewith which receives the authentication request and responds thereto by transmitting a reply signal causing the vehicle to unlock and/or start. A detector is provided having a receiver operating on the frequency at which the authentication request is transmitted, and a memory in which a known characteristic of the authentication request signal is stored. The key transceiver and the detector are located beyond an activation range of the authentication request. When the detector receives a signal, it compares a characteristic of a received signal with the known characteristic, and triggers an alarm signal if there is a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Leonhardt
  • Patent number: 11144052
    Abstract: A vehicle control handoff system includes a controller comprising a processor and a non-transitory computer readable memory, one or more environment sensors and an imaging device communicatively coupled to the controller, and a machine-readable instruction set stored in the non-transitory computer readable memory of the controller. The machine-readable instruction set causes the system to: receive image data from at least one imaging device, receive one or more signals corresponding to an environment of a vehicle from the one or more environment sensors, define a gaze pattern comprising a first gaze direction corresponding to a first location within the environment of the vehicle, determine a first gaze based on the image data of the driver, determine whether the first gaze corresponds to at least one gaze direction of the gaze pattern, and transfer control of a vehicle operation from control by the controller to the driver in response to determining that the first gaze corresponds to the gaze pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Simon A. I. Stent
  • Patent number: 11136018
    Abstract: A speed planning device is disclosed. The speed planning device may perform a method including obtaining elevation information associated with a route for a vehicle; identifying a section of the route based on the elevation information, wherein the section is associated with a change in elevation; determining subsections of the section; determining respective slopes of the subsections and respective lengths of the subsections; obtaining information identifying a mass associated with the vehicle; generating a speed plan for the vehicle to traverse the section, wherein the speed plan indicates one or more speeds at which the vehicle is to correspondingly traverse the subsections based on the respective slopes of the subsections, the respective lengths of the subsections, and the mass associated with the vehicle; and providing the speed plan to permit the vehicle to be controlled to traverse the section according to the one or more speeds of the speed plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Wallstedt, Emily Morris, Joshua Struble, Matthew D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11132005
    Abstract: To avoid interfering with a participant when information on a venue of a competition or an event is provided by using an unmanned aerial vehicle, participant position information acquisition means of an unmanned aerial vehicle escape system acquires participant position information on a position of the participant in the venue of the competition or the event. Movement instruction means instructs an unmanned aerial vehicle for providing information on the venue to move to a position defined based on the participant position information. Layout information acquisition means acquires layout information on a layout of the venue. Escape destination determination means determines an escape destination of the unmanned aerial vehicle based on the participant position information and the layout information. Escape means causes the unmanned aerial vehicle to escape to the escape destination determined by the escape destination determination means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: RAKUTEN GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kageyama, Hideaki Mukai
  • Patent number: 11118453
    Abstract: A system for moving material from a first work area to a second work includes a material moving machine, a machine position sensor and a controller system. The controller system performs first material moving operations including determining a premature termination of a material stacking operation. The controller system performs additional material moving operations including instructing a material moving machine in response to the premature termination of a material stacking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Mo Wei
  • Patent number: 11117475
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can determine a trajectory for a vehicle, the trajectory associated with a predicted path to be traveled by the vehicle. A power optimization plan is generated for the vehicle based on the trajectory. One or more power management settings are modified based on the power optimization plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Woven Planet North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bence Cserna, Carlos Alberto De Magalhaes Massera Filho, Di Sun
  • Patent number: 11119493
    Abstract: Disclosed is a feature for a vehicle that enables taking precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network around or ahead of the vehicle, in particular, an unusually narrow road width or lane width. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where an unusually narrow road width or lane width exists along roads. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken about the location where the unusually narrow road width or lane width exists. A precautionary action system installed in a vehicle uses this database, or a database derived therefrom, in combination with a positioning system to determine when the vehicle is at a location that corresponds to the location of a precautionary action. When the vehicle is at such a location, a precautionary action is taken by a vehicle system as the vehicle is approaching a location where the unusually narrow road width or lane width exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Robert Denaro
  • Patent number: 11104378
    Abstract: A steering control system for operating a steering system for a transportation vehicle according to a steering intervention specification by making available a steering intervention variable, the system having computing units to redundantly calculate a manipulated variable according to a specified calculation algorithm as a function of the steering intervention specification and one or more operating state variables; a switching device for always making available one of the manipulated variables of the computing units as the steering intervention variable to the steering system; and a monitoring device to check the functional capability of the computing units, wherein the switching device is actuated as a function of the result of the check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Timo Dobberphul, Reno Davids
  • Patent number: 11084498
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a driving mode of a vehicle are provided. The apparatus includes a mode converter that converts the driving mode of the vehicle based on an operation of a mode conversion input. When the driving mode is converted into a custom mode, a mode setting screen for adjusting a setting value of a driving characteristic preset is configured and the configured mode setting screen is displayed on a display of the vehicle. A tuning device then tunes a driving characteristic of the custom mode based on a setting value adjusted on the mode setting screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Gi Young Kwon, Soo Bang Lee, Kyoung Cheol Oh, Hong Chul Shin, Hye Kil Hwang, Jong Bum Oh, Seul Gi Lee, Jae Myoung Pi, Sang Don Lee, Woo Suk Choi, Seong Ik Park
  • Patent number: 11077848
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a sensor for measuring a relative position and a relative speed between an obstacle and the vehicle; an injector for injecting a deforming material which is solidified during injection to absorb an impact and enhance coupling strength at a portion to which the deforming material is attached; and a controller configured to determine a collision probability with the obstacle based on the measured relative position and the measured relative speed, to determine a predicted collision position when the collision probability reaches a reference collision probability, to determine an injection direction of the injector based on the predicted collision position, and to control the injector to inject the deforming material in the determined injection direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kye Yoon Kim, Jimin Han, Jia Lee, Seok-young Youn, Seunghyun Woo
  • Patent number: 11069159
    Abstract: A driving analysis server may be configured to receive vehicle location data and/or operation data from one or more vehicle systems, identify driving trips and/or driving patterns based on the vehicle data, determine risk assessment values corresponding to the driving trips and driving patterns, and calculate driver scores based on the analyzed driving trip and driving pattern data. Destination locations may be identified for a vehicle's driving trips, and information relating to the destination locations may be retrieved and analyzed to determine risk factors and risk assessment values associated with driving to and from the destination, as well as parking at the destination. Specific driving trip types or purposes may be identified, and driving scores may be calculated based on the vehicle location and time data, including the risk factors, risk assessment values, and the determined trip types or purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Arity International Limited
    Inventors: Margaret A. Brinkmann, Daniel Kraft, Nathan M. Bryer, Eric D. Huls, Thomas Michael Warden
  • Patent number: 11066189
    Abstract: A flight control system for an aircraft is disclosed. The flight control system includes one or more processors and a memory coupled to the processors. The memory stores data comprising a database and program code that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the flight control system to receive as input a plurality of first operating parameters that each represent an operating condition of the aircraft. The flight control system is further caused to determine a drag coefficient and a lift coefficient based on the plurality of first operating parameters. The flight control system is also caused to determine an estimated dynamic pressure based on both the drag coefficient and the lift coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin Chunshek Li, Brian Kenyon Rupnik, Brian Whitehead, Kioumars Najmabadi
  • Patent number: 11046431
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes generating, by a computer device, a plurality of clusters of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from a plurality of UAVs having different UAV characteristics, the clusters being generated based on the UAV characteristics of each of the UAVs; determining, by the computer device, task characteristics for a first task; selecting, by the computer device, one of the clusters based on the task characteristics of the first task; assigning to the first task, by the computer device, a first UAV of the plurality of UAVs from the selected cluster; receiving, by the computer device, task feedback regarding an attempt by the first UAV to complete the first task; and reassigning, by the computer device, and based on the task feedback, the first UAV to a determined one of the plurality of clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Sushain Pandit, Martin Oberhofer, Fang Wang, Su Liu
  • Patent number: 11035687
    Abstract: Technologies for directional wayfinding include a mobile computing device having one or more local location sensors to generate data indicative of movement of the mobile computing device. The mobile computing device captures first sensor data indicative of movement of the mobile computing device along a path and determines a series of waypoints based on the first sensor data. The waypoints may describe movement data of the mobile computing device, including length and direction of movement. The mobile computing device determines a series of directional instructions to guide a user of the mobile computing device back along the path in the reverse order and presents the directional instructions to the user. The mobile computing device may monitor the sensor data to determine whether the user has arrived at each waypoint while reversing the path. The sensors may include an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, or altimeter. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sherry D. Chang, Charles Baron, Oliver W. Chen
  • Patent number: 11027613
    Abstract: A regenerative braking control system includes at least one sensor adapted to sense a front tire impact event and transmit a sensor signal responsive to the front tire impact event during vehicle braking and a regenerative powertrain interfacing with the at least one sensor and adapted to reduce regenerative braking torque responsive to receiving the sensor signal from the at least one sensor. A regenerative braking control method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jinkoo Lee, Dale Scott Crombez, Daniel A. Gabor, Kerem Bayar
  • Patent number: 10995714
    Abstract: An outboard motor includes an engine, a fuel tank, a fuel pathway, a fuel pump, and a controller. The engine includes a fuel injector. The fuel tank includes an internal space in which fuel is stored. The fuel pathway is connected to the fuel injector and the fuel tank. The fuel pump is disposed in the fuel pathway, and supplies the fuel from the fuel tank to the fuel injector. The controller controls the fuel pump. The controller determines whether or not a start condition, indicating that air has entered the fuel pathway, is satisfied. The controller is configured or programmed to execute an air releasing control to open the fuel injector and drive the fuel pump when the start condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroki Sato, Akihiro Noma
  • Patent number: 10996069
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for adaptive, imitation learning and applications to navigational assistance are disclosed. The inventive concepts include receiving a plurality of trajectories, each trajectory describing a path through a dynamic, complex physical environment; receiving a request for navigational assistance through the dynamic, complex physical environment; and in response to receiving the request for navigational assistance: generating a navigational assistance trajectory through the dynamic, complex physical environment, the navigational assistance trajectory being based at least in part on at least one of the plurality of trajectories; generating auditory instructions in accordance with the navigational assistance trajectory; and transmitting the navigational assistance trajectory and the auditory instructions to a mobile device from which the request for navigational assistance was received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mu Qiao, Dylan J. Fitzpatrick, Divyesh Jadav
  • Patent number: 10989558
    Abstract: A route guidance method includes: if, on a set route from a departure point to a destination of a vehicle, a travelling road at a present position of the vehicle has a first plurality of lanes, and a next road following a nearest branch point from the present position has a second plurality of lanes, finding a branch-merge point up to which lanes other than a lane for reaching the destination out of the second plurality of lanes have gone away; and if a start point of traffic congestion is downstream of the branch-merge point, and an end point of the traffic congestion is upstream of the nearest branch point, guiding the vehicle to the lane for reaching the destination as a target before reaching the end point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventor: Takeshi Okuyama