Patents Examined by Redhwan k Mawari
  • Patent number: 11591021
    Abstract: A method for preparing and/or performing a steering intervention. The method includes detecting a traffic-influencing object and continuously recording object information, determining whether the object is tangential to a current trajectory of the vehicle, monitoring a lateral distance to the object or a predicted time available until a countersteering intervention is necessary before the object is reached. The method additionally includes checking whether the driver performs a countersteering intervention, for the case that the lateral distance or the available time falls below a first threshold value, of pilot controlling at least one actuator that influences the trajectory, so that a steering pretorque is applied if no steering intervention is performed by the driver, and triggering the steering actuator, so that a steering torque is applied to the steering, if the lateral distance or the available time additionally falls below a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Chengxuan Fu, Oezguer Sen
  • Patent number: 11561547
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to routing autonomous vehicles based upon spatiotemporal factors. A computing system receives an origin location and a destination location of an autonomous vehicle. The computing system identifies a route for the autonomous vehicle to follow from the origin location to the destination location based upon output of a spatiotemporal statistical model. The spatiotemporal statistical model is generated based upon historical data from autonomous vehicles when the autonomous vehicles undergo operation-influencing events. The spatiotemporal statistical model takes, as input, a location, a time, and a direction of travel of the autonomous vehicle. The spatiotemporal statistical model outputs a score that is indicative of a likelihood that the autonomous vehicle will undergo an operation-influencing event due to the autonomous vehicle encountering a spatiotemporal factor along a candidate route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: GM CRUISE HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Antony Joseph, Geoffrey Louis Chi-Johnston, Vishal Suresh Vaingankar, Laura Athena Freeman
  • Patent number: 11554750
    Abstract: A system for limiting vehicle operation is disclosed. The system may comprise one or more memory units for storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform operations. The operations may comprise determining that a key device is inside the vehicle; performing an authentication; setting the vehicle in a first vehicle mode; starting the vehicle based on the determination and the first authentication; and limiting vehicle operation based on the first vehicle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Ann Claudia Chapin
  • Patent number: 11541844
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for protecting property, wherein the method comprises receiving information indicating an attack on the property, determining, from the received information, a type of attack upon the property indicated by the received information, and transmitting a data packet to a receiver, the data packet comprising metadata describing the determined type of attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Murray, James Nicholas Murray, Sam Harris, Andy Charalambous, Edward Ogorman, Tarik Safir, Gabriel Mitchell, Aaron Abentheuer, Betsy Fields Smith
  • Patent number: 11541882
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described by which a computing system detects low-impact collisions. A computing system includes at least one processor and memory. The memory includes instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to determine whether an object collided with a vehicle based on a comparison of data received from at least one motion sensor configured to measure at least an acceleration of the vehicle and data received from a plurality of level sensors, wherein each level sensor is configured to measure a relative position between a body of the vehicle and a respective wheel of a plurality of wheels of the vehicle. Execution of the instructions further causes the at least one processor to perform one or more actions in response to determining that the object collided with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Anton Albinsson, Derong Yang, Stavros Angelis
  • Patent number: 11535297
    Abstract: A driving support system that supports driving of a vehicle executes steering support control that steers the vehicle in a first direction away from a risk factor in front of the vehicle. A target steering amount in the steering support control is represented by a function of a relative relationship parameter including a lateral distance between the vehicle and the risk factor. A straight road is a road having a curvature less than a first curvature. A curved road is a road having a curvature equal to or greater than the first curvature. When a road ahead from the vehicle to the risk factor includes the curved road, the driving support system reduces the target steering amount for the same relative relationship parameter or advances a start timing of the steering support control as compared to when the road ahead is the straight road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kumiko Miyano, Miyuki Kamatani
  • Patent number: 11483970
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for adjusting harvesting implement orientation of an agricultural harvester may include a harvesting implement configured to be coupled to the agricultural harvester in a manner that permits a fore/aft tilt angle defined between a longitudinal axis of the harvesting implement and a field surface to be adjusted. The system may also include a sensor configured to detect a parameter indicative of a distance between the harvesting implement and the field surface. Furthermore, the system may include a controller configured to receive an input associated with a predetermined characteristic of the harvesting implement. The controller may also be configured to monitor the distance between the harvesting implement and the field surface based on data received from the sensor and initiate adjustments of the fore/aft tilt angle based on the received input and the monitored distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: William Lee Cooksey, Nicholas S. Shane
  • Patent number: 11480116
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems related to operating a mobile asset are provided. In one example, a method for operating a mobile asset includes supplying an engine with a fuel controller a first amount of a first fuel and a second amount of a second fuel and combusting the first fuel and the second fuel at a fuel combustion ratio in at least one cylinder of the engine, the first amount and the second amount being selected based on route information for a route along which the mobile asset is operable to travel and a projected exhaustion of the first fuel that does not precede a projected exhaustion of the second fuel, wherein the mobile asset is unable to operate with the second fuel alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Transportation IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Gallagher, Daniel George Norton
  • Patent number: 11454507
    Abstract: In an example system, an hours of service system may be integrated with a navigation system and configured to dynamically change a driver's route based on changing real time conditions and remaining hours of service. This system may then automatically route a driver to a new, e.g. closer, stop when necessary so that the driver and his carrier may comply with an hours of service requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: OMNITRACS, LLC
    Inventors: Gene Emory, Jon Van Winkle
  • Patent number: 11453365
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for recording video of a driver in a vehicle and a surrounding visual field of the driver. The system includes a detachable body coupled to a windshield of a vehicle. The system further includes three or more cameras coupled to the detachable body. The three or more cameras are configured to capture surrounding views from the detachable body. One of the three or more cameras faces a driver seat of the vehicle in response to the detachable body being coupled to the windshield of the vehicle. The video may be processed by the system, the cloud, or a combination of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: NETRADYNE, INC.
    Inventors: David Jonathan Julian, Sandeep Pandya, Adam David Kahn, Michael Campos, Avneesh Agrawal, Venkata Sreekanta Reddy Annapureddy, Lance Steven Hetherington, Tejeswara Rao Gudena, Suresh Babu Yanamala, Arun Valiaparambil
  • Patent number: 11449052
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for utilizing controller device within a workspace. The controller device may operate in a first state to monitor a light curtain associated with an interaction area of the workspace and to cause an indication of the first state to be presented at an indicator device associated with the interaction area. While operating in the first state, the controller device may detect a breach of the light curtain. The controller device may perform at least one remedial action based at least in part on detecting the breach of the light curtain while operating in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth R. Kaufman, Michael James O'Connor, Ashish Shah, Kevin John Trenholme
  • Patent number: 11440518
    Abstract: A vehicle braking system includes: a master cylinder; a slave cylinder communicated with the master cylinder; a vehicle behavior stabilizer communicated with the slave cylinder; first and second master cut valves, each being a normally closed valve for opening and closing a fluid flow path between the master cylinder and the slave cylinder, for making hydraulic pressures in the slave cylinder and the vehicle behavior stabilizer work in a valve closing direction; a pressure sensor for detecting the hydraulic pressure in the vehicle behavior stabilizer; and a piston controller for advancing first and second slave pistons in the slave cylinder when the hydraulic pressure on the vehicle behavior stabilizer side, detected by the pressure sensor, exceeds a predetermined value, and returning the pistons at a predetermined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Soichiro Ueura
  • Patent number: 11420518
    Abstract: Disclosed is a user interface device for vehicles, the user interface device including a communication device configured to wirelessly exchange a signal with at least one server, at least one display, and at least one processor configured to receive prior information of a service provided at a first point from a first server through the communication device while a vehicle moves to the first point, to output the prior information through the display, to acquire user input corresponding to the prior information, and to transmit user data based on the user input to the first server through the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Inyoung Hwang, Kyoungha Lee, Kangmin Kim
  • Patent number: 11420641
    Abstract: A system for determining an energy requirement of a vehicle for a journey. The system may comprise a predictor mechanism to predict, using an energy prediction algorithm, a vehicle energy requirement for the journey. The system comprises an updater mechanism configured to refine the energy prediction algorithm for the vehicle by determining for each of a number of historical journeys undertaken by the vehicle, an error between an actual vehicle energy usage for the historical journey and a predicted energy usage derived using the energy prediction algorithm for the historical journey. An aggregate error is calculated from the errors of the number of historical journeys. The updater is arranged to adjust the energy prediction algorithm to reduce the aggregate error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Spark EV Technology, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory James Matthews, Justin Bradley Ott
  • Patent number: 11393347
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle traffic control system comprising a ground system, an unmanned aerial vehicle, a wireless communications link between the ground system and the unmanned aerial vehicle, the unmanned aerial vehicle configured to travel in a three-dimensional airspace, the three-dimensional airspace partitioned into multiple individual three-dimensional virtual cells, a database having a unique authorization token associated with each of the virtual cells, a transaction processing engine configured to assign each token in the database to no more than one unmanned aerial vehicle at a time, and a controller configured to control the unmanned aerial vehicle such that the unmanned aerial vehicle is restricted from entering a cell without first being assigned the token for such cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Moog Inc.
    Inventors: Gonzalo J. Rey, Ralph M. Kling
  • Patent number: 11385632
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for sensor fault detection and identification using residual failure pattern recognition are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method for sensor fault detection and identification for a vehicle comprises sensing, with sensors located on the vehicle, data. The method further comprises performing majority voting on the data for each of the types of data to generate a single voted value for each of the types of data. Also, the method comprises generating, for each of the types of data, estimated values by using some of the voted values. In addition, the method comprises generating residuals by comparing the estimated values to the voted values. Further, the method comprises analyzing a pattern of the residuals to determine which of the types of the data is erroneous to detect and identify a fault experienced by at least one of the sensors on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian T. Whitehead, Sherwin C. Li, Brian K. Rupnik, Kioumars Najmabadi
  • Patent number: 11383710
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus performing an automatic driving of a vehicle includes: a vehicle information acquiring unit that acquires vehicle information related to a nearby vehicle; a setting unit that sets an intervehicle margin between the vehicle and the nearby vehicle by using the vehicle information, and determines a change timing of a travelling speed of the vehicle depending on the intervehicle margin; and a driving control unit that performs in a lane change operation, a control of changing the travelling speed of the vehicle at the change timing, and a control of an intervehicle distance between the vehicle and a preceding vehicle of the vehicle after the lane change operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norio Tsuchida, Youhei Masui
  • Patent number: 11370427
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a driver assistance apparatus and a method for operating the same. The driver assistance apparatus includes a navigation device that provides a guide route and road information, a detector that measures information regarding surroundings of a vehicle, and a processor that performs a deceleration control for entrance to an exit ramp, based on the information obtained through the navigation device and the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sung Woo Choi, Sung Yoon Yeo
  • Patent number: 11353869
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for autonomous on-demand services that transport people products, or services from and to specific locations, and at specific times pre-defined within a specific geographically boundary. The “Defined Autonomous Services Platform” (DASP), creates, manages and executes a pre-planned program whereby an autonomous robot or fleet of autonomous robots that can consist of one or many Passenger Vehicle, Delivery Van, Commercial Truck, Robot Unit, Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV), Drone, or other machine unit navigates land-based or aerial-based or maritime-based pre-defined routes within a geographical boundary, and perform a defined task or set of defined tasks completely in an automated way that requires no end-user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Jacob Mizrahi
  • Patent number: 11338821
    Abstract: A display system includes a display that displays a first image simulating a road on which a host vehicle is traveling, and a display controller that causes the display to display a second image simulating a recommended lane given to a controller that performs driving control of the host vehicle at a position associated with the first image, and to display a third image simulating a target trajectory generated by the controller that performs driving control of the host vehicle at a position associated with the first image, wherein the display controller changes the third image to an image simulating the target trajectory for lane change without changing a display position of the second image when the controller executes driving control for causing the host vehicle to return to an original lane after causing the host vehicle to perform lane change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaya Ikeda, Kenji Sugiyama, Yoshitaka Mimura, Takashi Watanabe, Taichi Sogo, Masayuki Takahashi