Patents Examined by Renee Larose
  • Patent number: 10689008
    Abstract: A method is provided for assisting a driver of a single-track motor vehicle during a drive in order to drive through a bend safely. In the method, at least one current driving state variable and driver-specific driving dynamics variables are compared with an approaching driving situation and, if a danger threshold value is reached or exceeded, a warning signal is output. The current speed of the motor vehicle is sensed by a speed sensor and transmitted to a computer—and memory unit as the current driving state variable. Both previously reached inclined positions of the single-track motor vehicle and previously reached brake pressures and/or brake pressure gradients are stored by the computer-and-memory unit as the driver-specific driving dynamics variables. In order to evaluate the approaching driving situation, a bend radius of a curve to be driven through next is determined via a navigation unit and is transmitted to the computer—and memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Josef Seidl
  • Patent number: 10685506
    Abstract: An apparatus and method that detect a wheel alignment condition are provided. The method includes receiving a dataset comprising one or more from among a steering wheel angle parameter, a speed parameter, a lateral acceleration parameter, a self-aligning torque parameter and a power steering torque parameter, normalizing the received dataset, analyzing the normalized dataset according to a model for determining a wheel alignment condition, and outputting a value indicating whether the wheel alignment is within a predetermined value based on the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Wei Tong, Hojjat Izadi, Fahim Javid
  • Patent number: 10647202
    Abstract: When a boost converter has an abnormality, a battery-less traveling is executed by shutting off a gate of the boost converter and setting a voltage command VH* of a capacitor (high-voltage-system electric power line) to a predetermined voltage VHset higher than a battery voltage VB. Then, during the execution of the battery-less traveling, when it is determined that a charging current has flowed through a battery or when it is determined that the voltage (high-voltage-system voltage) VH of the capacitor has approached the battery voltage VB, it is determined that an upper arm of the boost converter has been short-circuited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukimasa Nishimura, Kazuhiro Oka, Yoshizo Akita
  • Patent number: 10647331
    Abstract: A presentation control device controlling an information presentation device in a vehicle equipped with a vehicle control device for controlling an acceleration-deceleration function or a steering function, includes: a plan acquisition section that acquires a travel plan indicating a control content of the vehicle; a behavior change determination section that determines whether a control target value relating to a magnitude of a behavior change included in the travel plan is larger than an advance threshold; and a presentation execution section that presents the control content to the occupant using the information presentation device in accordance with the behavior change occurring in the vehicle when the control target value is smaller than the advance threshold, and presents the control content temporarily in advance of an actual behavior change when the control target value is larger than the advance threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Yuki Fujisawa, Akira Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10650620
    Abstract: Systems and methods to detect abnormalities within a stabilizer system for a vehicle. A method includes receiving suspension system data from one or more vehicle sensors, calculating a roll gradient from the suspension system data, determining whether the calculated roll gradient is greater than a predetermined roll gradient threshold, and setting a diagnostic notification if the calculated roll gradient is greater than the predetermined roll gradient threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Saylor, Joshua R. Auden, Robert P. Marble
  • Patent number: 10643294
    Abstract: A system and method for storing and sequencing a plurality of luggage items. The method includes receiving at least one of the luggage items into a loading area from an entrance conveyor disposed in the loading area. Once received, the luggage items are moved from the entrance conveyor onto a shelf of a container with a loading assembly. The method continues with transporting the container from the loading area to the storage area with an automatic guided vehicle with the luggage item disposed on the shelf of the container. When the luggage items are ready to be processed, the method continues with transporting the first container from the storage area to the unloading area with the automatic guided vehicle with the received luggage item disposed on the shelf of the container. Different embodiments of the loading and unloading assemblies are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10632969
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a vehicle-mounted device and a mobile device portable by a user. The vehicle-mounted device permits a predetermined operation on a vehicle based on a response signal transmitted from the mobile device in response to a request signal from the vehicle-mounted device. The vehicle-mounted device includes a first communication device performing a wireless communication with the mobile device under a predetermined communication protocol different from that of the request signal. The mobile device includes: a second communication device performing the wireless communication with the first communication device; and a response control unit that responds to the request signal under a condition that the mobile device is located in a communication range of the first communication device and the wireless communication between the first communication device and the second communication device is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Taichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10625741
    Abstract: A vehicle control device is configured such that if, during an automatic driving mode in which a vehicle is automatically driven regardless of operations by a driver, such automatic driving mode is temporarily stopped by a prescribed operation by the driver and a normal driving mode in which the vehicle is driven in accordance with the operations of the driver is entered, and thereafter the automatic driving mode is returned to from the normal driving mode, specific control is implemented in the post-return automatic driving mode, such control being determined on the basis of the driving state of the vehicle during the normal driving mode before the return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ando, Masayuki Asano, Yukio Mori, Yosuke Ohmori
  • Patent number: 10613526
    Abstract: This invention comprises a control device and a communication port device applied to drone, and a drone using such devices. The control device comprises a carrier board and a main control board that is detachably configured on the carrier board, said main control board is electrically connected with the carrier board, and the carrier board is configured with an interface device in which connections between a plurality of kinds of external devices with said carrier board are established. The carrier board is mainly used for connection with other external electronic devices and power distribution, and the main control board is responsible for processing sensor data and delivering control information. The main control board and the carrier board are connected through a single interface to enable a data transmission. The communication port device is configured on the drone flight controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: HEX Technology Limited
    Inventors: Muqing Cao, Chengjun Wu
  • Patent number: 10596918
    Abstract: A power reception apparatus includes a secondary coil which receives electric power in a non-contact manner from a primary coil which is provided on a plane defined by a front-rear direction and a left-right direction which are at right angles to each other, a drive part which can change a relative position on the plane of the secondary coil relative to the primary coil, a display unit, and a processing unit for processing an image to be displayed on the display unit. The processing unit calculates a relative position and a gradient of the secondary coil relative to the primary coil based on a coupling coefficient between the primary coil and the secondary coil, and a change with time in the coupling coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusaku Amari
  • Patent number: 10583737
    Abstract: A target determination apparatus mounted in a vehicle includes a first relative speed acquisition device configured to acquire a relative speed of a target forward of the vehicle with respect to the vehicle as a first relative speed using a millimeter-wave radar, a second relative speed acquisition device configured to acquire a relative speed of the target with respect to the vehicle as a second relative speed using a lidar, and a determination device configured to, in a case where the difference between the first relative speed and the second relative speed exceeds a threshold, determine the target as an upper structure located above the height of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Takashi Chiba, Mitsutoshi Morinaga
  • Patent number: 10576991
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling an autonomous vehicle. A method includes using a lateral controller system for determining a vehicle's curvature. A longitudinal controller system is used for determining desired vehicle acceleration. The longitudinal controller system uses a control loop with respect to a velocity error and a feedforward term. Commands are generated based on the output of the lateral controller system and the longitudinal controller system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Yiqi Gao, Sohrab Haghighat, Brooks Reed
  • Patent number: 10569820
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, methods, and devices for operating a vehicle, such as a self-balancing vehicle, using a steering member and/or a braking member. A resistance to movement of the steering member may be controllable based upon an operating state or change thereof of the vehicle. The braking member may control a resistance to motion of at least one of at least two wheels of the vehicle based upon an operating state or change thereof of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Lingyun Intelligent Technology CO., Ltd
    Inventor: Lingyun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10562643
    Abstract: A computer system determines contingency landing sites for an aircraft, piloted or autonomous. The computer system decomposes data from various types of maps into multiple separate risk maps, which can include: one for the risk to people being present on the ground at the landing site; one for the risk of damage to property on the ground at the landing site; one for the risk of damage to the aircraft; and/or one for the risk to people on-board the aircraft. From these maps, the computer system generates a contingency landing site map that the aircraft can use to determine an appropriate landing site in the case of an emergency. The computer system can also perform landing simulations to determine the various risks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Kyle Strabala, Sebastian Scherer, Vaibhav Arcot
  • Patent number: 10538270
    Abstract: According to a lane keep assist electronic control unit (LKAECU), a lane recognition section recognizes a driving lane in which the own vehicle is traveling. A target trajectory generation section generates a target trajectory in which the own vehicle travels so that deviation of the own vehicle from the driving lane is suppressed. A feedforward steering angle calculation section, a feedback steering angle calculation section, a first adder, a feedforward torque calculation section, and a feedback torque calculation section calculate a demanded torque ?tgt for controlling steering of the own vehicle so that the own vehicle travels along the target trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Junpei Tatsukawa
  • Patent number: 10524416
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes an imaging device for imaging a plant growing in a field and a control device for controlling a sowing device. The control device includes a growth state determination section for determining a growth state of the plant in the field based on result of imaging by the imaging device and a sowing instruction section for instructing the sowing device to carry out a seed sowing operation based on result of determination of the growth state determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kawamoto, Shunsuke Fujii
  • Patent number: 10526080
    Abstract: A plurality of sensor datasets is received including: (1) an interference sensor dataset which is associated with interference between airflow from a first rotor in a multicopter and airflow from a second rotor in the multicopter, (2) a first and a second isolated sensor dataset which are associated with isolated airflows from the first rotor and the second rotor, respectively. A generalized flow model associated with a generalized rotor is received and an altitude for the multicopter is generated based at least in part on the plurality of sensor datasets and the generalized flow model, including by using a non-linear filter that builds a consolidated probability function associated with altitude that reconciles the plurality of sensor datasets with the generalized flow model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventor: Chin Gian Hooi
  • Patent number: 10525963
    Abstract: A revolution rate sensor configured to detect a revolution rate of a first input shaft and an ECU configured to estimate the revolution rate of the first input shaft using another method which is not based on detection of the revolution rate sensor are provided, and the ECU performs engagement permission determination of a switching mechanism associated with the lowest shift stage in first engagement switching mechanisms using an estimated value of the revolution rate of the first input shaft estimated by the ECU when it is determined that a revolution rate of the first input shaft cannot be detected normally by the revolution rate sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Iwashita, Kazuhiko Kitano
  • Patent number: 10513201
    Abstract: A method for adapting a seating position of an occupant of a vehicle in a collision of the vehicle 100 with a foreign object. The method includes a step of providing an adjustment signal, which causes a change in the seating position from an upright position to a lying position, to an interface to a seat device of the vehicle using a collision signal that indicates an imminent underride situation of the vehicle, and using a position signal that indicates a seating position of the occupant, and the provision takes place if the position signal indicates the upright position, and the provision does not take place if the position signal 108 indicates the lying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Patent number: 10514462
    Abstract: A method for configuring a perception component of a vehicle having one or more sensors includes generating a first set of training data that includes first sensor data corresponding to a first setting of one or more sensor parameters, and an indicator of the first setting. The method also includes generating a second set of training data that includes second sensor data corresponding to a second setting of the sensor parameter(s), and an indicator of the second setting. The method further includes training the perception component, at least by training a machine learning based model using the first and second training data sets. The trained perception component is configured to generate signals descriptive of a current state of the vehicle environment by processing sensor data generated by the sensor(s), and one or more indicators indicating which setting of the sensor parameter(s) corresponds to which portions of the generated sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Luminar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englard, Eric C. Danziger