Patents Examined by Peter D Nolan
  • Patent number: 11507097
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an auto clean machine comprising a light source configured to emit light to illuminate at least one light region outside and in front of the auto clean machine. The control apparatus comprises: a first image sensing area, configured to sense a first brightness distribution of the light region, wherein a resolution for a first direction of the first image sensing area is higher than a resolution for a second direction of the first image sensing area; and a processor, configured to control movement of the auto clean machine according the first brightness distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Guo-Zhen Wang
  • Patent number: 11505209
    Abstract: An automated driving system with assistance for a driver in performing a non-driving activity includes an assistance device configured to assist the driver in performing the non-driving activity. The automated driving system, in a first operating state controls the vehicle in an automated manner, and in a second operating state hands over control of the vehicle to the driver. The assistance device is configured to assist the driver in performing the non-driving activity if the automated driving system switches from the first operating state to the second operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Wannemacher, Stephan Cieler
  • Patent number: 11509256
    Abstract: A system includes a generator coupled to an engine and configured to generate electricity from rotational movement of a shaft of the engine, a motor configured to be driven by the generator through one or more power conversion components, the motor configured to drive a load, a sensor configured to measure generator output, and a controller configured to detect engine imbalance based on a frequency content of a signal output from the sensor in response to a contribution to the frequency content from the one or more power conversion components and/or the load of the motor being less than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Transportation IP Holdings, LLP
    Inventors: Subhas Chandra Das, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Rupam Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 11505324
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and non-transitory computer-readable medium for supersonic flight entry/exit management. For instance, the method may include determining whether a transition between supersonic and subsonic flight is approaching; and in response to determining the transition between subsonic and supersonic flight is approaching, performing a supersonic flight entry/exit process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Luis Melendez
  • Patent number: 11505182
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a communication device configured to request a neighboring vehicle for first data related to autonomous driving of the neighboring vehicle and to receive the first data from the neighboring vehicle while the vehicle is driving; a sensor device configured to sense second data regarding a state of a user of the vehicle and to detect third data regarding driving information of the neighboring vehicle; and a controller configured to classify risks of the vehicle into classes according to a preset criterion based on the first data, the second data, and the third data, and to score the risks based on the classified classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ilhwan Kim, Hong Gi Park, Seunghyun Kim, Donghyuk Kim, Kyung-joo Bang
  • Patent number: 11505190
    Abstract: A method for a follower vehicle following a lead vehicle, comprising establishing, in a first control mode of the follower vehicle, a path for the follower vehicle to follow the lead vehicle, characterized by generating environmental data which is related to the environment of the lead vehicle, determining, based on the generated environmental data, an expected behaviour of an operational parameter of the lead vehicle, determining an actual behaviour of the lead vehicle operational parameter, comparing the determined expected behaviour of the lead vehicle operational parameter and the determined actual behaviour of the lead vehicle operational parameter, determining based on said comparison whether to continue in first control mode of the follower vehicle, or in a second control mode of the follower vehicle, differing from the first control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Wilhelm Wiberg, Stefan Bergquist, Edvin Valtersson, Mats Sköld
  • Patent number: 11505200
    Abstract: An agent management device includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to: generate a response to an inquiry from an occupant of a moving body; determine whether or not a change in a control content of the moving body to correspond to the response is possible; output a question whether or not to execute the change to the control content to the occupant when determining that the change to the control content is possible; and execute the change to the control content when the occupant approves the change to the control content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Eiichi Maeda
  • Patent number: 11505184
    Abstract: An apparatus for assistance avoidance steering is provided. The apparatus includes a processor configured to perform avoidance steering control based on Rear Wheel Steering (RWS) control when a head-on collision risk is sensed, and a storage configured to store data and an algorithm runnable by the processor. The avoidance steering control is based on the algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Il Park, Seung Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 11505180
    Abstract: An active impact control system includes: at least one actuator couplable to a crush structure of a vehicle and couplable to a portion of a structure of the vehicle; at least one sensor configured to sense impact with an object; and a controller configured to receive information from the at least one sensor and to determine a location and angle of impact based on the information received from the sensor, the controller being further configured to selectively signal the actuator to cause the crush structure to move relative to the structure of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Jared Odle
  • Patent number: 11498564
    Abstract: Coordinates of a point, representing a current pair of states of a vehicle, can be determined to be outside of a first curve. An interior of the first curve, representing a first region of operation of the vehicle, can be characterized by values of forces produced by tires being less than a saturation force. A distance between the point and a second curve can be determined. An interior of the second curve, representing a second region of operation of the vehicle, can be characterized by an ability of an operation of a control system to cause the vehicle to change from being operated in the current pair of states to being operated in the first region of operation. A manner in which the vehicle changes from being operated in the current pair of states to being operated in a different pair of states can be controlled based on the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Ming Jonathan Goh, Avinash Balachandran
  • Patent number: 11498587
    Abstract: An autonomous robot system to enable automated movement of goods and materials in a dynamic environment including one or more dynamic objects. The autonomous robot system includes an autonomous ground vehicle (AGV) including a vehicle management system. The vehicle management system provides real time resource planning and path optimization to enable the AGV to operate safely and efficiently alongside humans in a dynamic environment. The vehicle management system includes one or more processing devices to execute a moving object trajectory prediction module to predict a trajectory of a dynamic or moving object in a shared environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anatoly Mitlin, Samer Nashed
  • Patent number: 11498388
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus of climate control in vehicle cabins where occupants of vehicles are located/seated. For example, a vehicle includes: a climate control system; and an artificial neural network configured to receive climate control input parameters and generate, based on the climate control input parameters as a function of time, predictions of setting adjustments for the climate control system. For example, the climate control input parameters can include at least one setting of the climate control system and at least one operating parameter of the vehicle; and the vehicle is configured to effectuate an adjustment of the climate control system based at least in part on the predictions generated by the artificial neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Poorna Kale, Robert Richard Noel Bielby
  • Patent number: 11500379
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a vehicle system includes a chassis and a vehicle bed coupled to the chassis, the vehicle bed comprising an attachment system configured to fasten a detachable mission platform onto the vehicle bed. The vehicle system further includes a plurality of wheels coupled to the chassis and configured to carry the chassis over a ground. The vehicle system additionally includes a control system comprising a processor configured to determine a mission type for the detachable mission platform. The processor is additionally configured to communicate with the detachable mission platform to actuate at least one actuator of the detachable mission platform based on the mission type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: John H. Posselius, Jesse H. Orsborn, Christopher Alan Foster
  • Patent number: 11500105
    Abstract: A transmitting optical system for a LIDAR system is described for illuminating a field of view with light, having a linear light source for generating and outputting primary light in linear form; and having a deflecting optical system that has a lens assemblage in an intermediate image plane of the deflecting optical system for outputting received primary light into the field of view, and has a deflecting mirror, pivotable one-dimensionally around an axis, for receiving primary light from the linear light source and for directing the primary light onto the lens assemblage and, in that context, imaging the linear light source onto the lens assemblage in such a way that the image of the linear light source sweeps over the lens assemblage, or over a part thereof, upon a pivoting motion of the deflecting mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jochen Schwarz, Joern Ostrinsky
  • Patent number: 11498668
    Abstract: According to certain aspects of the disclosure, a computer-implemented method may be used for rotorcraft track and balance. The method may include capturing one or more images of at least one rotating blades of a rotorcraft and analyzing the one or more images of the at least one rotating blades to determine blade information. Additionally, the method may include determining a location of the at least one rotating blades in the one or more images based on the blade information and calculating blade position information based on the determined location of the at least one rotating blade and a parameter of a user device capturing the one or more images. Additionally, the method may include displaying the blade position information to the user device and displaying instructions on one or more adjustments to the at least one rotating blades of the rotorcraft based on the blade position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL S.R.O.
    Inventors: Patrik Moravek, Pavel Badin, Michal Dobes
  • Patent number: 11498458
    Abstract: A detection is made as to whether a vehicle occupant seated on a vehicle seat of a seating system of a motor vehicle has put on a pair of electronic data glasses. If the vehicle occupant has put on a pair of electronic data glasses, a check is performed to determine whether a predetermined minimum distance exists between the vehicle seat and an interior component of the motor vehicle. If the minimum distance exists, an adjustment range of the seating system is restricted in such a way that it is not possible to fall below the minimum distance. If the minimum distance does not exist, the minimum distance is established by automatically adjusting the seating system and/or outputting a message relating to the noncompliance with the minimum distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Daniel Profendiner
  • Patent number: 11501644
    Abstract: The invention provides a signal redundancy control system. The system includes multiple first signal collecting devices, second signal collecting devices and a controller, wherein the multiple first signal collecting devices are configured to collect the dynamic information of default devices where the first signal collecting devices are located in real time; one second signal collecting device corresponding to each of the first signal collecting devices is disposed on each default device, and is configured to collect the dynamic information of the default device where the second signal collecting device is located in real time; the controller is configured to determine whether the first signal collecting devices include fault information or not, and positions each default device according to the dynamic information acquired by the first signal collecting devices or the second signal collecting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Hongtao Wang, Yun Chen, Jianbo Wu, Yue Fang, Peng He, Xianhua Liu
  • Patent number: 11500377
    Abstract: According to certain aspects, a computer-implemented method for operating an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be provided. With the customer's permission, an identity of a vehicle operator may be identified and a vehicle operator profile may be retrieved. Operating data regarding autonomous operation features operating the vehicle may be received from vehicle-mounted sensors. When a request to disable an autonomous feature is received, a risk level for the autonomous feature is determined and compared with a driver behavior setting for the autonomous feature stored in the vehicle operator profile. Based upon the risk level comparison, the autonomous vehicle retains control of vehicle or the autonomous feature is disengaged depending upon which is the safer driver—the autonomous vehicle or the vehicle human occupant. As a result, unsafe disengagement of self-driving functionality for autonomous vehicles may be alleviated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Chien Che Huang, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Shawn C. Bennett, Steven Cielocha, Ronny S. Bryant, Stephen Kohaus, Terry Quakenbush, Richard A. Novak, Aaron Scott Chan, Craig M. Main, Weixin Wu, Torri Wollenschlager, Carol Marie Csanda, Stacey Gorsuch, Todd Binion
  • Patent number: 11501539
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle control system, a sensing device and a sensing data processing method. In particular, the sensing device according to the present disclosure may include an information receiver for receiving at least one of driving route information of a vehicle and lane information, a control target selector for presetting at least one of a filter condition and a tracking condition based on the received information, and selecting a control target among one or more objects existing in front of the vehicle based on at least one of the filter condition and the tracking condition, and an output for capturing and outputting a sensing data including a control target information for the control target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: HL KLEMOVE CORP.
    Inventors: Jae Hyun Han, OhCheol Heo
  • Patent number: 11501650
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an aviation weather control system including: a processing unit configured to receive weather information of an area to be overseen including a vertically integrated liquid water content, and specify a weather phenomenon affecting an airplane based on the received weather information; and a notification unit configured to notify the weather phenomenon specified by the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Watanabe, Kazuhiro Yoshimi