Patents Examined by Renee Larose
  • Patent number: 10293823
    Abstract: A method is provided for selecting, by a driver, a road user, the road user being an evaluation object of a function of a driver assistance system of a motor vehicle, using at least one display device which displays the road user. After a first operating action is carried out, a search function is activated in which at least a subset of the shown road users is individually marked on the display device in a sequence containing all road users. When a second operating action is carried out, or after a predetermined first period of time, the currently-marked road user is selected as the evaluation object for the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Matthias Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 10283001
    Abstract: An optimization model is selected to reduce a number of passengers adversely affected by a delay of an aircraft. A cascade boundary is determined for a length of the delay, which projects the delay at the plurality of airports. Using the optimization model, a probability curve is computed at an airport from the plurality of airports, which outputs a second length of the delay experienced at the airport responsive to the cascade boundary projecting the delay on the airport. The length is adjusted in the optimization model such that a count of passengers adversely affected by the delay at the airport at the elapse of the second length is minimized. A target system is caused to configure the aircraft to be delayed by the adjusted length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, Munish Goyal, Kimberly G. Starks, Michael Wendel
  • Patent number: 10279907
    Abstract: Methods are provided for operating an air vehicle having fixed wings. Such methods include the step of providing an operating map of angle of attack associated with the fixed wings with Reynolds number, including conditions of separated flow over the fixed wings and conditions of attached flow over the fixed wings. Such methods also include the step of using the operating map for guidance, causing the air vehicle to operate at least within a low Reynolds numbers range corresponding to the operating map, such as to avoid or minimize risk of causing the air vehicle to operate at conditions of separated flow over the fixed wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Shepshelovich, Danny Abramov, Yonatan Klein
  • Patent number: 10274337
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and systems for dynamic route estimation and prediction using discrete sampled location updates from various mobile devices for the purpose of providing a graphical representation of a mobile device's route along a known network path of map data. The embodiments also provide supplemental route metrics, such as traveled distance, elapsed time, etc., and the capability to assign destination points for the purpose of providing the ability to modify location update points in an application, such as a route planner, and/or to store the dynamically generated route based on various preferences for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Sheha, Angie Sheha, Stephen Petilli, Arun Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 10268206
    Abstract: In an apparatus and method for controlling operation of a utility vehicle that detects a magnetic field generated by an area signal in electric current supplied from an electric power supply through a boundary wire and is driven by an electric motor powered by an onboard battery that is charged at a charging station. The vehicle runs within the working area based on the detected magnetic field and is provided with a socket to connect/disconnect supply of the electric current to the boundary wire. It is determined whether after power supply was once disconnected, the supply is reconnected. The area signal is inserted with a signal indicating the vehicle to return to the charging station when the power supply is reconnected. Operation of the motor is controlled to make the vehicle run to the charging station when the return instruction signal is inserted to the area signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10267016
    Abstract: A swing control assembly for a first machine is provided. The swing control assembly includes a position detection module configured to generate a signal indicative of a relative position of a second machine with respect to the first machine. The swing control assembly includes a controller communicably coupled to the position detection module. The controller is configured to receive the signal indicative of the relative position of the second machine with respect to the first machine. The controller is configured to determine a direction of swing associated with the first machine based on the received signal. The controller is configured to provide an instruction to initiate a swing operation of the first machine based on the determined direction of swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Russell Friend, Michael Edward Brandt
  • Patent number: 10261481
    Abstract: This control device is configured to, based on a premise that an operating condition of a plant is a specific operating condition that is defined in advance, search for a virtual current value of a controlled variable for ensuring that a specific state quantity does not conflict with a constraint in the future using a prediction model, set the virtual current value which was found by the search to a target value of the controlled variable, and determine a manipulated variable of the plant so that an actual current value of the controlled variable approaches the target value. Due to this configuration, even if the operating condition of the plant suddenly changes to the specific operating condition, the controlled variable of the plant can be adjusted in advance so that the specific state quantity in the specific operating condition does not conflict with the constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanori Shimada, Hayato Nakada
  • Patent number: 10259458
    Abstract: A path planning apparatus and method for an autonomous vehicle are provided. The apparatus includes a surrounding information detector that detects surrounding information around the vehicle and a vehicle information detector that detects vehicle information regarding driving states of the vehicle. A vehicle behavior determiner determines vehicle behavior based on the surrounding information and the vehicle information and a driving path generator generates a driving path and a velocity profile for a lane change using the surrounding information and the vehicle information when receiving a lane change signal from the vehicle behavior determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Su Jung Yoo, Dong Hwi Lee, Hoi Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10247830
    Abstract: An object is to provide a vehicle position determination device, a vehicle control system, a vehicle position determination method, and a vehicle position determination program capable of determining a position of a vehicle with higher accuracy. A vehicle position determination device includes a coordinates acquisition unit that acquires a position of a vehicle in a geographic coordinate system, a recognition unit that acquires lane information of a road on which the vehicle travels and recognizes the position of the vehicle on the lane, and a control unit that corrects the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit on the basis of the position recognized by the recognition unit, and determines the position of the vehicle in the geographic coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hosoya, Yoshihiro Mori
  • Patent number: 10227043
    Abstract: An in-out motor changes a field of view of vehicle surroundings for a vehicle occupant. When a predetermined condition is satisfied before a predetermined change condition for changing the field of view is satisfied, an ECU controls the in-out motor via a mirror surface operation driver so as to change the field of view to a predetermined preparatory field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Juntaro Kondo, Takashi Nagao, Shinichi Miyazaki, Fumikazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10214286
    Abstract: A system and method for collecting test data from a unit under test (UUT) in a multi-gravity environment is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining a desired accelerative load profile for the UUT, determining the commanded flight profile of a flight vehicle at least in part from the desired accelerative load profile and a predicted dynamic response of the flight vehicle having the UUT mounted thereto to the commanded flight profile, commanding the flight vehicle having the UUT mounted thereto to fly the determined flight profile, and collecting the test data using a data acquisition system communicatively coupled to the UUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Stuart R. Kobata, Martin Edward Lozano, Henry Rodriguez, Jr., Kevin Swenson, Brian Vaniman
  • Patent number: 10216183
    Abstract: A 3D intelligent scheduling method based on logistics simulation software includes: establishing a logistics simulation model; establishing a link to an AGV and an automated equipment by using a network communications module; sending, a logistics task to a scheduling control server by using the network communications module, where the logistics task of the AGV triggers the logistics simulation model, and the logistics simulation model starts to run and calculate; obtaining, a traveling route of the AGV through calculation, and triggering a simulated AGV corresponding to the AGV; sending, an analog control signal to the simulated AGV; extracting the analog control signal, converting the analog control signal to a control signal the AGV can recognize, and sending the control signal to the AGV by using the network communications module; and performing a corresponding action according to the received control signal, to complete the logistics task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Zhuhai Makerwit Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Li, Xueyan Zan, Weijie Ruan, Jiancong Zhuo, Liangyin Huang, Gansheng Jiang
  • Patent number: 10206534
    Abstract: A system, device and method for the brewing of a capsule. The device comprises a first chamber portion and a second chamber portion movable with respect to each other to be moved between an open position and a closed position. The device further comprises a capsule handler arranged to enable insertion therein of the capsule and to position said capsule in a brewing position, wherein the capsule handler retains the capsule in the brewing position when the capsule handler is in a ready position. When the first chamber portion and the second chamber portion are moved with respect to each other from the closed position to the open position, the capsule can fall freely from the brewing position under the influence of gravity when the capsule handler is in an ejection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Favero, Guiseppe Fin, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post
  • Patent number: 10207698
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for controlling a mild hybrid electric vehicle are provided. The method includes detecting data for operating the vehicle and determining a target torque of an engine based on the detected data. Additionally, the method includes determining whether an operating condition of a limiting logic of a combustion torque of the engine is satisfied based on a temperature of coolant of the engine and operating the limiting logic when the operating condition of the limiting logic is satisfied. A first available combustion torque of the engine is determined based on a speed of the engine and the temperature of the coolant when the limiting logic is operated and a target torque of a MHSG is determined based on the target torque of the engine and the first available combustion torque of the engine. The MHSG is then operated to generate the target torque of the MHSG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hyun Kim, Ki Hong Kang, Sung Il You, Hwa Yong Jang, Yong Ug Kim, YoungMin Kim
  • Patent number: 10191151
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and a method for monitoring vessel traffic information. The system for monitoring vessel traffic information includes: an interlock device configure to adjust identification information of a wireless terminal included in a received message to correspond to an identification system of auto identification system (AIS) message and convert the received message into a AIS message type, when receiving a message including ship information from a wireless terminal of a ship located in at least one ship network; a merging device configure to merge the ship information included in the converted AIS message with radar image information; and a monitoring device configure to display merged monitoring information on a monitoring screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Byung Gil Lee
  • Patent number: 10183353
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing spatter is disclosed. A welding gun, which can be an integrated part of a welding system, includes a device, such as a solenoid or motor and roller, to slow, stop or reverse the wire. The device is activated in response to feedback indicative of a short, a short that is about to form, or the imminent clearing of a short. The detection of the short, forming of a short, or clearing of a short is in response to feedback based on current and/or voltage. Output current can also be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce P. Albrecht, Nathan G. Leiteritz
  • Patent number: 10179573
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for the operation of an automated parking brake of a motor vehicle with a hydraulic operating brake and an automated parking brake. The parking brake can adopt at least a disengaged position, an engaged position, and an intermediate position between the disengaged position and the engaged position. The method includes determining a parking variable representing a parking process of the motor vehicle, and bringing the parking brake into the intermediate position in response to the determined parking variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Baehrle-Miller, Dieter Blattert
  • Patent number: 10175060
    Abstract: Natural language directions are received and a set of maneuver/context pairs are generated based upon the natural language directions. The set of maneuver/context pairs are provided to a routing engine to obtain route information based upon the set of maneuver/context pairs. The route information is provided to an output system for surfacing to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth P. Salowitz, David Grochocki, Jr., Jeff West
  • Patent number: 10160339
    Abstract: A control system for a power grid includes a grid load availability evaluator that determines, for a selected time interval, an amount of electrical energy from a power grid that can be used to charge rechargeable electric vehicles by a plurality of charging segments positioned along transportation routes in a transportation network and a switching fabric to regulate, over the selected time interval, the electrical energy provided by the charging segments in accordance with the determined amount of electrical energy from the power grid that can be used to charge rechargeable vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10163668
    Abstract: A heater system includes a heater assembly, an imaging device and a control system. The heater assembly includes a plurality of heating zones. The imaging device acquires an image of the heater assembly. The control system determines variations in the plurality of heating zones based on the thermal image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Louis P. Steinhauser