Patents Examined by Ramsey Refai
  • Patent number: 11110820
    Abstract: A vehicle seat controller is provided to control a front seat assembly and a rear seat assembly positioned directly behind of the front seat assembly. The vehicle seat controller programmed to receive a first input indicating whether the rear seat assembly is occupied and receive a second input indicating a position of the front seat assembly. The vehicle seat controller is programmed to provide a signal to an actuator to move the front seat assembly forward if the first input indicates the rear seat is occupied and the second input indicates the position exceeds a rearward travel threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arjun Yetukuri, Karl Henn, Mark R. Keyser, Mladen Humer, Mark Sparschu
  • Patent number: 11106212
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an ADV includes a method to plan a path trajectory. The method initializes a path length to a initial path length and performs a path planning operation using the initial path length. The method determines if the path planning operation successfully generates the path trajectory. If the path trajectory fails to be successfully generated, the method determines a reason for the failure. If the path trajectory fails to be generated for reasons other than an obstacle blocking the vehicle, the method defaults the path trajectory to a backup path. If the path trajectory fails to be generated due to an obstacle blocking the vehicle, the method reduces the path length by an incremental amount to generate a reduced path length. The method performs the path planning operation using the reduced path length until a path trajectory is successfully generated or until a stop condition is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Fan Zhu
  • Patent number: 11099582
    Abstract: Example navigation aids for increasing the accuracy of a navigation system are disclosed herein. An example method disclosed herein identifying, with an aircraft intent description language (AIDL) aid, an AIDL instruction as associated with a first dynamic activity level of a plurality of dynamic activity levels and determining, with the AIDL aid, an aircraft state to be affected by the AIDL instruction. The example method also includes changing, with a navigation filter, a weighting scheme for a measurement of the aircraft state obtained by an inertial navigation system (INS) of the aircraft and estimating, with the navigation filter, a trajectory of the aircraft based on the weighting scheme and the measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael W. Hardt, Eduardo Gallo, Francisco A. Navarro, Glenn Scott Bushnell
  • Patent number: 11084483
    Abstract: In exemplary embodiments, methods, systems, and vehicles are provided for controlling operation of a vehicle in a fuel economy mode. In one embodiment, a vehicle is includes a battery, a generator, and a control system for controlling operation of the vehicle in a fuel economy mode, the control system including: (i) one or more current sensors configured to measure a battery current of the battery; and (ii) a processor coupled to the one or more current sensors and configured to at least facilitate controlling operation of the battery and the generator in the fuel economy mode utilizing a dynamic voltage threshold that is adjusted based on a comparison of the battery current with a baseload current threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Gantt, Jr., Rogerio Vollet
  • Patent number: 11084353
    Abstract: A vehicle ventilating/cooling system may include at least one sun-load sensor arranged within the vehicle, and a controller configured to receive a sun-load signal indicating a sun-load level from the sensor and programmed to instruct at least one cooling component to conduct a purge of vehicle cabin air in response to the sun-load level exceeding a sun-load threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Allen Dearth, Paul Bryan Hoke, Lawrence C. Karas, Eric Gerd Schaefer, Timothy James Hallifax, Rainer Vogt, Volker Scheer, Timothy John Wallington
  • Patent number: 11077730
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a method that includes providing at least one sensor mounted to a structure on a vehicle. The at least one sensor is located at a sensor height relative to ground level. A first object is located on the vehicle at a fixed distance from the at least one sensor and at a variable distance from ground level. The variable distance estimated as a function of a vehicle load. The sensor height adjusted based on the variable distance to account for any changes in the vehicle load. A second object is spaced at a vertical distance from ground level. An adjusted sensor height used for comparison to the vertical distance of the second object from ground level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dominik Froehlich
  • Patent number: 11069000
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for a payment processing service utilizing a distributed ledger digital asset are provided. A payment processing service subsystem may provide payment processing services for merchants that wish to receive customer payments as a distributed ledger digital asset rather than as a fiat money asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BITPAGOS, INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Serrano, Luciana Marcela Gruszeczka, Mugur Marculescu
  • Patent number: 11069231
    Abstract: A computer implemented method providing measurements of traffic flow conditions on selected roads, wherein selection of roads is according to a linear sampling of roads and traffic measurements is provided from raw data being qualified by road users participating in the measurement scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Roger André Eilertsen
  • Patent number: 11059478
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes at least one actuator configured to control vehicle steering, acceleration, or shifting, at least one sensor configured to emit a signal having a first encoding scheme and receive a return signal, and at least one controller in communication with the actuator and the sensor. The controller is configured to control the actuator according to a first mode and a second mode. The controller is further configured to, in response to the sensor receiving a return signal having the first encoding scheme, control the actuator according to the first mode and, in response to the sensor receiving a return signal not having the first encoding scheme, control the actuator according to the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert D. Sims, III, Brian J. Hufnagel
  • Patent number: 11053661
    Abstract: A work machine includes: a satellite communication antenna for detecting a position of an upper swing structure; angle sensors detecting postures of two work devices; position computing devices that calculate postures/positions of the two work devices on the basis of outputs from the satellite communication antenna and the angle sensors; a display device on which the position of at least one work device of the two work devices and a position of a target surface are displayed; a display selection switch that outputs a first input signal for displaying a work device selected by an operator from between the two work devices on the display device; and a display changeover section that displays the work device corresponding to the first input signal input from the display selection switch out of the two work devices and the position of the target work object of the work device on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Kikuchi, Seiji Ishida, Manabu Edamura
  • Patent number: 11054833
    Abstract: In the present invention, automated driving control of a vehicle during automated driving is fundamentally performed by referring to a medium-term trajectory which is generated in a medium period having a relatively long computation period and in which emphasis is placed on the smoothness of driving behavior changes. As an exception, in cases in which reference-excluding conditions are matched, the medium-term trajectory is ignored, and automated driving control of the vehicle is performed using only a short-term trajectory generated in a short period having a shorter computation period than the medium period. Thus, a vehicle control device is provided which ensures adaptability without diminishing responsiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daichi Kato, Hiroshi Oguro
  • Patent number: 11052919
    Abstract: A system for creating a digital map for driver assistance systems of a vehicle, includes a communications unit for exchanging messages between vehicles. A position acquisition unit acquires the position of the individual vehicle. A map unit stores and processes a digital map. A detection unit detects ambiguities of a driving situation in relation to a position in the digital map. Upon detection of an ambiguity, a message including map data and/or a warning message is/are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 11052905
    Abstract: A vehicle control system and a method for the same, which are configured for rapidly stabilizing a behavior of a vehicle when an unstable behavior of the vehicle occurs while the vehicle is turning, and, if excessive oversteering occurs, securing a driving characteristic of a vehicle by minimizing intervention of an electronic stability control (ESC) device of the vehicle, may include an ESC device, a steering control device, and a rear wheel steering device, and configured for immediately enhancing stability of a vehicle through cooperative control between the ESC device, the steering control device, and the rear wheel steering device even when excessive oversteering occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Kyun Sang Park
  • Patent number: 11046316
    Abstract: A regenerative braking control method of a hybrid vehicle may include: a vehicle condition determination operation of determining, by a controller, whether a vehicle speed and a driving mode satisfy conditions suitable for regenerative braking control of the hybrid vehicle; an accumulated count increasing operation of increasing, by the controller, an accumulated count of a reduction direction signal when the reduction direction signal is input from a two-way input device while the conditions are satisfied; an accumulated count reducing operation of reducing, by the controller, the accumulated count of the reduction direction signal depending on a count of the increase direction signal when the increase direction signal is input from the two-way input device while the conditions are satisfied; and a phased braking operation of increasing, by the controller, regenerative braking torque of a motor in phases depending on the accumulated count of the reduction direction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sung Chan Na, Seong Hwan Cheong
  • Patent number: 11046320
    Abstract: A system for initiating and executing an automated lane change maneuver in a vehicle may include a steering wheel interface having a display; and a monitor to detect a viewing direction of the user. The interface may detect a first predetermined gesture by the user; in response to the first predetermined gesture, transmit a first signal to the vehicle instructing the vehicle to prepare for the automated lane change maneuver; display a status of the automated lane change maneuver; display a prompt for the user to visually confirm safety of the automated lane change maneuver. The monitor may continuously detect the viewing direction of the user; and in response to the viewing direction of the user changing, transmit a second signal to the vehicle instructing the vehicle to execute the automated lane change maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gary P. Bertollini, Joseph F. Szczerba, Roy J. Mathieu, Alicia Napoleon
  • Patent number: 11048255
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a golf cart system including a cart body; a control module having a GPS sensor, a receiver for receiving position information of a terminal, golf course information on a cart driving area and a cart driving limit area of the golf club from a server, and information on whether the cart body can enter the golf course with grass, and a driving mode selector for selecting any mode of a cart road driving mode and a cart road and golf course entry driving mode, a server for transmitting the golf course information to the receiver; and the terminal having a GPS sensor for providing the position information thereof to the receiver in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: TT&G CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bae Hee Lee, Jong Soo Park, Chi Hun Yu
  • Patent number: 11042150
    Abstract: An embodiment includes an apparatus that supports a user to make planning decisions of fuel efficiency of an aircraft versus time of arrival of the aircraft along a flight path. An embodiment of the apparatus accepts input data related to the aircraft. The input data may include (i) flight plan data that includes a flight path of the aircraft, (ii) state of the aircraft along the flight path, (iii) environmental data, and (iv) an aircraft performance model of the aircraft. The apparatus calculates aircraft performance and an objective function for a range of altitudes and speeds as a function of the input data. The apparatus causes a user interface to display aircraft performance contour boundaries and a vertical routing path that meets the objective function to provide graphical representations to support a user's planning decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Robert John Hansman, Luke Loftis Jensen, Clement Li
  • Patent number: 11042157
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a system pre-processes, via a first thread, a captured image perceiving an environment surrounding the ADV obtained from an image capturing device of the ADV. The system processes, via a second thread, the pre-processed image with a corresponding depth image captured by a ranging device of the ADV using a machine learning model to detect vehicle lanes. The system post-processes, via a third thread, the detected vehicle lanes to track the vehicle lanes relative to the ADV. The system generates a trajectory based on a lane line of the tracked vehicle lanes to control the ADV autonomously according to the trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Tae Eun Choe, Jun Zhu, I-Kuei Chen, Guang Chen, Weide Zhang
  • Patent number: 11040774
    Abstract: Systems and methods for authenticating a user include monitoring a monitored space for a condition to provide an interaction between a drone and an individual. In response to the condition to provide the interaction between the drone and the individual being satisfied, the drone may obtain a first set of sensor data corresponding to the individual. The first set of sensor data may indicate that the individual requires a service that requires authentication of the individual as a user of the service and that the individual is unable to provide a primary authentication response. The drone may then obtain a second set of sensor data corresponding to the individual unable to provide the primary authentication response. The drone authentication system then determines, based on the second set of sensor data and identity data that the individual corresponds to identity data of a user of the service and performs the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Sangar Dowlatkhah, Ari Craine
  • Patent number: 11042838
    Abstract: This disclosure describes interactive data processing systems configured to facilitate selection by a human associate of tentative results generated by an automated system from sensor data. In one implementation, an event may take place in a materials handling facility. The event may comprise a pick or place of an item from an inventory location, movement of a user, and so forth. The sensor data associated with the event is processed by an automated system to determine tentative results associated with the event. In some situations, an uncertainty may exist as to which of the tentative results accurately reflects the actual event. The system may then determine whether the event is to be merged with one or more temporally and spatially proximate events and, if so, the sensor data and tentative results for the merged event is sent to a human associate. The associate may select one of the tentative results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Xiong, Sabarishkumar Iyer, David Echevarria Ignacio, Sridhar Boyapati, Caylan Lee, Jacques Daniel Thomas, Waqas Syed Ahmed, Danny Guan