Patents Examined by Peter D Nolan
  • Patent number: 11145212
    Abstract: Various systems, methods, for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are disclosed. In one aspect, UAVs operation in an area may be managed and organized by UAV corridors, which can be defined ways for the operation and movement of UAVs. UAV corridors may be supported by infrastructures and/or systems supported UAVs operations. Support infrastructures may include support systems such as resupply stations and landing pads. Support systems may include communication UAVs and/or stations for providing communications and/or other services, such as aerial traffic services, to UAV with limited communication capabilities. Further support systems may include flight management services for guiding UAVs with limited navigation capabilities as well as tracking and/or supporting unknown or malfunctioning UAVs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Warren F. LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 11144059
    Abstract: Provided are an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operating method and device. The method includes that: mapping information of an operation object to be operated is acquired, the mapping information including a safe height, geographic position information and a spray radius, of the operation object; a flight height of the UAV is adjusted to the safe height, and the UAV flies, according to the safe height, to a position corresponding to the geographic position information; and at the position corresponding to the geographic position information, a spiral spraying operation is performed on the operation object based on the spray radius (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU XAIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bin Wu, Bin Peng
  • Patent number: 11144049
    Abstract: Management of available energy among multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is provided by identifying tasks to be completed by the multiple UAVs, and determining energy requirements of one or more UAVs of the multiple UAVs to facilitate completing one or more tasks of the tasks to be completed by the multiple UAVs. Further, the approach includes identifying an energy sharing approach for completion of the task(s) by the UAV(s) where one or more other UAVs of the multiple UAVs transfer energy in operation to the unmanned aerial vehicle(s) to facilitate completion of the task(s). In operation, the multiple UAVs may be detachably coupled, and the approach may include implementing the energy sharing approach by transferring energy from the other UAV(s) to the UAV(s) to facilitate completion of the task(s), for instance, prior to decoupling of the other UAV(s) from the UAV(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Greenberger, Christopher J. Hardee
  • Patent number: 11145204
    Abstract: A snow removal apparatus operating system and a snow removal apparatus operating method capable of efficiently performing snow removal in a parking lot while reducing costs are provided. A specific parking section determination part determines a specific parking section for securing a vacant parking space according to a parking request from among parking sections recognized to have vacant parking spaces having snow accumulation if there is no parking section recognized to have a vacant parking space having no snow accumulation when a parking request recognition part recognizes the parking request. A snow removal instruction part transmits, to a snow removal apparatus, first snow removal instruction information for instructing snow removal in the specific parking section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Haruomi Higashi
  • Patent number: 11142871
    Abstract: A vehicle management system communicates with monitor devices coupled with a path control device at an intersection between route segments. The path control device switches positions to connect different combinations of the route segments. The system receives signals from the monitor devices to determine which of the route segments are coupled with each other and receives an authority signal from a travel authority system that indicates which of the route segments that the vehicle is authorized to travel. The system directs the vehicle through the path control device responsive to a combination of: (a) receipt of the authority signal and (b) receipt of at least one of the monitor signals or failure to receive one or more of the monitor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Kernwein, James H. Moore
  • Patent number: 11142316
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, apparatuses, and methods to enhance control of a drone-load system, including through drone thrusters or load thrusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Vita Inclinata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Sikora, Logan Goodrich, Caleb B. Carr
  • Patent number: 11142214
    Abstract: A system and method for assembling and using a map supports advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on a host vehicle. The map indicates which roadway segments can support automated driving. The map may also indicate which vehicle sensor signal interpretation and vehicle control algorithms shall be used on those segments. The map may be assembled on a host vehicle, transmitted to a server and collated with maps from other vehicles equipped with ADAS. The host vehicle may download the other maps from the server for use in locations where the driver assistance sensor input from the host vehicle may not be dependable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Hans M Molin, Andreas U Kuehnle, Cathy L Boon, Thomas J Hayes
  • Patent number: 11142244
    Abstract: A method for operating a steer-by-wire steering system for a vehicle having at least one steerable wheel. The method including: providing a predefined steering ratio characteristic curve, recording a first steering input value of the steering input variable, providing a magnified characteristic curve that defines a bijective relationship between the steering input variable and the steering output variable, in a magnified region around the first steering input value, forming a modified steering ratio characteristic curve on the basis of the predefined steering ratio characteristic curve, recording a second steering input value of the steering input variable, and determining a steering output value in order to drive the steerable wheel on the basis of the second steering input value and the modified steering ratio characteristic curve. The predefined steering ratio characteristic curve, in the magnified region around the first steering input value, is replaced by the magnified characteristic curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Georg von Tardy-Tuch
  • Patent number: 11142442
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring the dynamic load moment and stabilization of a lifting vehicle is provided. The system is adapted for monitoring the stability of the vehicle on a real-time basis, and displaying the real-time dynamic load moment of the vehicle/cargo combination on a continuous scale on a user interface. The system may also include an object detection device oriented for determining the presence or absence of a floor surface within a specified distance from the vehicle in order to detect drop-offs in the floor surface surrounding the vehicle and alert the operator of same. A method for calibrating the system is also provided. The calibration method can include a series of lift and acceleration steps for collecting static and dynamic data in order to determine one or more coefficients associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: ARROW ACQUISITION, LLC
    Inventors: Ross T. Gault, Terrence S. Melvin
  • Patent number: 11136027
    Abstract: This vehicle control device is provided with: a detection unit; and an external environment recognition unit that extracts a target object and left and right recognition lines of a traveling path. Additionally, a local environment map creation unit of the vehicle control device calculates an area of activity of an own vehicle and left and right border lines which indicate a limit of non-interference with the target object. Furthermore, the local environment map creation unit calculates left and right recommended border lines during traveling of the own vehicle by adding a margin interval that narrows the left and right border lines toward the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daichi Kato, Hiroshi Oguro
  • Patent number: 11136061
    Abstract: A vehicle of a steer-by-wire type includes a steering wheel and a turning device configured to turn a wheel. A control device for the vehicle is configured to: calculate a target turn angle being represented as a function of a steering angle of the steering wheel, and control the turning device such that a turn angle of the wheel becomes the target turn angle; receive driver-specified information indicating a specified maximum steering angle that is a maximum value of the steering angle specified by a driver of the vehicle; and flexibly set the function such that the target turn angle calculated according to the specified maximum steering angle is equal to a predetermined maximum turn angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Toyama, Osamu Yasuike, Miwanori Oikawa, Takahito Ishino
  • Patent number: 11130490
    Abstract: After stop control and before start control, if a situation monitoring unit does not detect predetermined change of a peripheral situation or a host vehicle situation, a travel control unit performs the start control at the normal control amount, and if the situation monitoring unit detects the predetermined change of the peripheral situation or the host vehicle situation, the travel control unit performs the start control at the control amount that is suppressed compared with the normal control amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Ishioka, Kanta Tsuji
  • Patent number: 11131550
    Abstract: A method for generating a road map for vehicle navigation comprises: providing original road image data having an image of a road; identifying boundary lines defining respective lane segments of the road from the original road image data; associating traffic properties with the lane segments defined by the boundary lines, respectively; grouping the lane segments to generate road segments; and combining the road segments with traffic control objects corresponding thereto so as to generate the road map for vehicle navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: WERIDE CORP.
    Inventors: Qiu Jin, Yiqing Yang, Huan Chen, Chao Lin, Hua Zhong, Zhenzhen Kou
  • Patent number: 11130518
    Abstract: When a voltage application command is outputted to a three-phase winding of one system, a d-axis proportionality constant and a q-axis proportionality constant are set with Ld and Lq, respectively, as parameters; when voltage application commands are outputted to three-phase windings of two systems, a d-axis proportionality constant and a q-axis proportionality constant are set with [Ld+Md] and [Lq+Mq], respectively, as parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Mori, Akira Furukawa, Isao Kezobo
  • Patent number: 11130483
    Abstract: A system for controlling turning of vehicle may include a steering angle detection sensor; a front inner wheel speed detection sensor detecting a front inner wheel speed; a front outer wheel speed detection sensor detecting a front outer wheel speed; a rear outer wheel speed detection sensor detecting a rear outer wheel speed based on a turning direction; and a braking controller receiving detection signal of the steering angle detection sensor to determine that the vehicle turns, estimating the rear inner wheel speed in the turning direction based on detection signals of the front inner wheel speed detection sensor and the front outer wheel speed detection sensor and detection signal of the rear outer wheel speed detection sensor, and executing a mode for decreasing the estimated speed as compared to the rear outer wheel speed, as a control mode for reducing a minimum rotation radius at the time of turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Dae Suk Jung
  • Patent number: 11131553
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring driving conditions and reacting to the driving conditions is disclosed. The system includes a risk monitoring system that can detect adverse road conditions. The method includes performing rerouting when hazardous road conditions are detected. The vehicle may be routed along a different route that lacks the hazardous road condition. The method also includes providing feedback to the driver when adverse driver behavior, such as a drowsy driver, is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Ruthie D. Lyle, Gregory Brian Meyer, Sean Carl Mitchem, Will Kerns Maney, Jr., Deborah Janette Schulz, Bryan J. Osterkamp, Timothy Blair Chalmers
  • Patent number: 11124113
    Abstract: A vehicle hatch clearance determining system includes a plurality of cameras disposed at the vehicle and a control having a processor for processing image data captured by the cameras to determine structure and objects present in the fields of view of the cameras while the vehicle is being driven during a parking event. The control, responsive to processing of captured image data, determines and stores information pertaining to structure and objects present in the fields of view of the cameras during the parking event. When the vehicle is parked, the control determines if stored information includes structure or an object at or near the parking location and in a region that may be swept by the vehicle hatch when it is opened or closed. Responsive to determination of a potential collision of the hatch with structure or an object, the clearance determining system controls the hatch and/or generates an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jagmal Singh
  • Patent number: 11124189
    Abstract: Provided are a travel control device that enhance safety while enabling smooth overtaking of a vehicle from tracking travel. This travel control device is equipped with a direction indication determination unit, a travel control unit that performs control to switch travel of the vehicle between tracking travel whereby the vehicle is made to travel by tracking the preceding vehicle and propulsion travel whereby the vehicle is made to travel so as to match the speed of the vehicle to a target speed, and an inter-vehicle distance detection unit that detects the inter-vehicle distance in tracking travel between the vehicle and the preceding vehicle. In cases in which, during tracking travel, it is determined that direction indication of vehicle has been activated and the inter-vehicle distance exceeds a prescribed distance, the travel control unit switches travel of the vehicle from tracking travel to propulsion travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Naoki Takahashi, Masaichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11126201
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of controlling an aircraft during autonomous landing. The method includes using a computer for performing the following: applying image processing on an image captured by a camera on board the aircraft while approaching a runway for identifying in the image a touchdown point (TDP) of the runway; calculating a deviation, in image parameters, of the TDP relative to the center of the image; converting the deviation in image parameters to angular and distance deviation values based on predefined ratios; calculating an offset of the aircraft's position relative to a landing corridor ending at the identified TDP based on the calculated angular and distance deviation; and transmitting the calculated offset to an aircraft control system configured to provide instructions for controlling the aircraft; wherein the offset is used for controlling the aircraft for guiding the aircraft towards the landing corridor to enable landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Ohad Rozenberg, Haim Somech
  • Patent number: 11124401
    Abstract: A system and method for automated loading of delivery vehicles using automated guided vehicles (“AGV”s) is described. In an example implementation, a loading coordination engine may assign a location on a mobile cart to an item and generate a task list including instructions to a first and a second AGV to position the item on the mobile cart based on the assigned location and to transport the mobile cart into a delivery vehicle. The first AGV may transport the item from an item loading area to a point proximate to the assigned location on the mobile cart and place the item at the assigned location based on the task list. The second AGV may transport the mobile cart from a cart loading zone into the delivery vehicle based on the task list and, in some instances, secure the mobile cart to the delivery vehicle based on the task list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Staples, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Jarvis, Paolo Gerli Amador, Michael Bhaskaran, Amit Kalra