Patents Examined by Richard M. Camby
  • Patent number: 12012014
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for optimizing a battery management system (BMS) are provided. The method includes: obtaining training data, wherein the training data comprises data from a target vehicle and data from auxiliary vehicles, and the auxiliary vehicles are vehicles mounted with a same or similar battery system as the target vehicle; optimizing a BMS related algorithm for the target vehicle by performing transfer learning based on the training data, wherein the BMS related algorithm comprises one or a combination of: a battery model, parameters for the battery model, a battery management algorithm, and parameters for the battery management algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU AUTOMOBILE GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiucai Zhang, Jun Wang, Chao Liu, Jin Shang, Qiang Ren, Ao Mei, Dadiao Ning, Sichao Guo, Sheng Hui
  • Patent number: 12013707
    Abstract: A system includes at least partially autonomous vehicles, at least partially separated interconnected roadways, and a management system. Each of the vehicles is configured to cooperate with another vehicle or an area controller. The management system is configured to receive requests to transport, which may have respective start points and respective destinations. Additionally, the management system is configured, responsive to receiving the request, to assign a vehicle to fulfill the request. The assigned vehicle is configured to transport a person from the respective start point, at least in part via the interconnected roadways, to the respective destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Glydways Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Robert Williams, Patrick Kessler, Lars Herold
  • Patent number: 12005911
    Abstract: Primary/secondary controller management techniques for a network include determining, by a secondary controller of a set of secondary controllers on the network, a set of housekeeping activities/tasks to be completed before shutdown of the secondary controller, communicating, by the secondary controller with a primary controller on the network, to keep the primary controller awake until the secondary controller completes the set of housekeeping activities/tasks, wherein the primary controller is configured to control and/or supervise the set of secondary controllers on the network, completing, by the secondary controller, the set of housekeeping activities/tasks irrespective of a shutdown command received from the primary controller, and upon completing the set of housekeeping activities/tasks, communicating, by the secondary controller with the primary controller, such that the primary controller shuts down and then independently shutting down itself to mitigate or eliminate errors/malfunctions due to any in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Abhilash Gudapati, Varun Pradeepkumar Khemchandani, Riley P McGee
  • Patent number: 12008727
    Abstract: A map image is displayed via a user interface. A user selection of a location marker or one of a set of textual driving directions is received via the user interface. In response to the received user selection, an interactive information window overlaid within the map image is generated. Generating the interactive information window includes providing additional information regarding a location related to the marker or to the one of the set of textual driving directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jens E. Rasmussen, Lars E. Rasmussen, Bret Steven Taylor, James Christopher Norris, Stephen Ma, Andrew Robert Kirmse, Noel Philip Gordon, Seth Michael Laforge
  • Patent number: 11999442
    Abstract: A bicycle with an electric pedal assist motor capable of driving a chainring independent of cranks includes wheel speed sensors and crank cadence sensors. The wheel speed sensors and the crank cadence sensors measure wheel speed and crank cadence, respectively, and provide the measured wheel speed and crank cadence to controller of the bicycle. The controller activates motor overdrive based on the measured wheel speed and/or the measured crank cadence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Sage Hahn, Brian Jordan, Kevin Wesling
  • Patent number: 12001206
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for autonomously enabling remote operation of a vehicle such as an aircraft in response to detecting an event that may impact manual operation of the vehicle. One method autonomously detects an event with respect to manual operation of the vehicle based at least in part on output from one or more systems onboard the vehicle, identifies a hands-free functionality of a vehicle system to be activated based at least in part on a characteristic of the event, and autonomously initiates activation of the hands-free functionality of the vehicle system. A command for operating the vehicle is received from an external system via an onboard communications system and provided to the vehicle system for further implementation or execution using the hands-free functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Narayanan Srinivasan, Kiran Gopala Krishna, Gobinathan Baladhandapani, Hariharan Saptharishi
  • Patent number: 11994401
    Abstract: Systems and methods of using satellite signal strength to determine indoor/outdoor transition points for places are disclosed herein. In some example embodiments, a computer system accesses service data and sensor data for a plurality of requests for a transportation service associated with a place, with the service data comprising pick-up data indicating a pick-up location and drop-off data indicating a drop-off location, and the sensor data comprising satellite signals indicating a pick-up path or a drop-off path, with the satellite signals each having a corresponding signal strength. The computer system determines a transition geographic location for the place based on the signal strengths of the satellite signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dineshkumar Karuppanna Gounder Ramasamy, Upamanyu Madhow
  • Patent number: 11985913
    Abstract: A soil monitoring system includes a controller having a memory and a processor. The controller is configured to instruct an actuator to drive a shank to move upwardly and downwardly, such that at least one soil monitoring sensor coupled to a lateral side of the shank moves in a cyclical pattern through soil as the shank is driven to move through the soil along a direction of travel. The controller is also configured to receive multiple sensor signals from the at least one soil monitoring sensor while the at least one soil monitoring sensor is at respective depths within the soil, in which each sensor signal is indicative of at least one soil property. In addition, the controller is configured to determine a vertical profile of the at least one soil property based on the sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Zemenchik, James Wayne Henry
  • Patent number: 11977376
    Abstract: A system includes a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium has instructions stored thereon that, upon execution by a processor of a portable user device, cause the processor to acquire data from a reader of the portable user device regarding an identifier on a machine, perform a verification process to verify that a user of the portable user device has access to the machine based on the identifier, wirelessly connect the portable user device to the machine in response to the user being verified to access the machine, display a control interface for the machine on a user interface of the portable user device, receive a user input through the control interface regarding operation of a controllable component of the machine, and provide a command to the machine based on the user input to facilitate remote operation of the controllable component of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan Datema, Cody Clifton, Xiang Gong, Zhenyi Wei, Shashank Bhatia
  • Patent number: 11975706
    Abstract: A driving control device that is mounted on a vehicle including an electric motor and an internal combustion engine as power sources includes a processor. The processor is configured to: acquire a destination of the vehicle; acquire a past driving history from a point of departure to the destination; acquire a desired state of charge that is a state of charge of a battery desired when the vehicle arrives at the destination; estimate a predicted amount of regenerative energy based on the driving history; set a first section and a second section based on the predicted amount of regenerative energy and the desired state of charge; and control driving of the vehicle based on the first section and the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsumi Kono, Tomoharu Maeda, Takaaki Tokura, Takeshi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11976942
    Abstract: An auto clean machine, comprising: an optical sensor; a light source, configured to generate a first light pattern; and a processing circuit, configured to determine which light pattern is the first light pattern if the optical sensor senses more than one light pattern. The present invention also discloses an optical navigation device with a first optical sensor and a second optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Guo-Zhen Wang
  • Patent number: 11965745
    Abstract: A system and method generates and recommends a short and pleasant path between a source s and destination d in a geo-location such as a city or city center. The routes are not only short but emotionally pleasant, offering an engaging user experience, going beyond just showing paths on a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Maria Aiello, Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella
  • Patent number: 11964731
    Abstract: A bicycle with an electric pedal assist motor capable of driving a chainring independent of cranks includes wheel speed sensors and crank cadence sensors. The wheel speed sensors and the crank cadence sensors measure wheel speed and crank cadence, respectively, and provide the measured wheel speed and crank cadence to controller of the bicycle. The controller activates motor overdrive based on the measured wheel speed and/or the measured crank cadence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Sage Hahn, Brian Jordan, Kevin Wesling
  • Patent number: 11958383
    Abstract: A regenerative braking control system for a vehicle can include one or more user interface elements located in a cabin of the vehicle. The user interface element(s) can correspond to a plurality of regenerative braking settings. Each of the regenerative braking setting(s) can correspond to a different amount of regenerative braking torque to apply to the wheel(s) of the vehicle. The system can include a processor operatively connected to the user interface element(s). The processor can be configured to detect a condition, the condition being at least one of a weight of the vehicle, a center of gravity of the vehicle, a weight of a trailer operatively connected to the vehicle, and a center of gravity of a trailer operatively connected to the vehicle. The processor can be configured to cause the amount of regenerative braking torque for the regenerative braking setting(s) to be adjusted based on the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Takehito Yokoo
  • Patent number: 11958605
    Abstract: A sunshade device and management system for mitigating the effects of climate change to help reduce the risk of extinction of plants, animals, and humans. The sunshade device has a canopy, which will collapse when lifted into the atmosphere by lifting devices, and open when the lifting devices are turned down or off, to provide shade. The canopy is preferably formed of a flexible lightweight solar panel film containing solar cells, which charge a battery power system which operates electrically powered propeller-driven lifting devices attached to a central portion of the canopy. The sunshade management device controls the lifting devices to manage the sunshade device elevation, angle and geolocation. The sunshade management device is provided with artificial intelligence and machine learning whereby it is able to make determinations regarding sunshade device takeoff and shutdown, and positioning of the elevation and angle of the canopy relative to the ground below, to maximize the shade effects of the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Vandewater Capital Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Aintabi
  • Patent number: 11958488
    Abstract: The described systems and methods determine a driver's fitness to safely operate a moving vehicle based at least in part upon observed UVB exposure patterns, where the driver's UVB exposure levels may serve as a proxy for vitamin D levels in that driver's body. A smart ring, wearable on a user's finger, continuously monitors user's exposure to UVB light. This UVB exposure data, representing UVB exposure patterns, can be utilized, in combination with driving data, to train a machine learning model, which will predict the user's level of risk exposure based at least in part upon observed UVB exposure patterns. The user can be warned of this risk to prevent them from driving or to encourage them to get more sunlight exposure before driving. In some instances, the disclosed smart ring system may interact with the user's vehicle to prevent it from starting while exposed to high risk due to deteriorated psychological or physiological conditions stemming from insufficient UVB exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: BLUEOWL, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11938943
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for processing inputs using slice-based dynamic neural networks. One of the methods includes receiving a new input for processing by a neural network that includes a first conditional neural network layer that has a set of shared parameters and a respective set of slice parameters for each of a plurality of slices. One or more slices to which the new input belongs are identified. The new input is processed to generate a network output, including: receiving a layer input to the first conditional neural network layer; and processing the layer input using the set of shared parameters, the respective one or more sets of slice parameters for the identified one or more slices, but not the respective sets of slice parameters for any other slices to which the new input does not belong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Khaled Refaat, St├ęphane Ross
  • Patent number: 11932120
    Abstract: A drive mode hierarchy includes drive mode categories and drive modes belonging to each category. Each drive mode defines values for attributes of the drivetrain and/or suspension of a vehicle. Each drive mode may further have towing and non-towing sub-modes with the towing sub-mode being used when a trailer is detected. An interface is provided for selecting drive modes from the hierarchy and modifying the attributes. The vehicle may define a plurality of trailer profiles including attributes of trailers, such as weight and aerodynamic drag. A user may select among trailer profiles and define the attributes of the trailer profiles. Interfaces displayed by the vehicle may vary according to the selected drive mode and may include a chassis view with interface elements displaying real-time information of components of the vehicle, such as wheels, suspension, and battery. Tiles including real-time information may be displayed according to the selected drive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Michael Prax, II, Carl Stoye, Britt Singh Miura, Ashwini Amin
  • Patent number: 11932350
    Abstract: A power assisted electric bicycle includes a body, a motor, a torque sensor, and a controller. The motor is operated in an operating period. The torque sensor is configured to output a plurality of torque signals corresponding to a pedal force. The controller is coupled to the motor and the torque sensor. The controller is configured to: receive the torque signals from the torque sensor; determine a peak and a valley, which is adjacent to the peak, among the torque signals; compute and determine a pedaling period between the peak and the valley, which is adjacent to the peak, among the torque signals; and generate an error signal associated with the torque sensor if it is determined that the pedaling period and the operating period fail to meet a default ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Neng-Jie Yang, Ying-Che Shih, Sung-Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 11919494
    Abstract: A method for detecting malfunctions of a motor vehicle electro-actuated brake apparatus may include the steps of providing, in an electronic control unit, a functional control block and a first functional block having a numerical model representative of the electro-actuated brake caliper. The method may also include providing a target signal to the functional control block for generating the control signal to operate the electro-actuated brake caliper. The method may also include providing the target signal to the first functional block for generating a first signal. In the method, the first signal may be compared with a feedback signal for generating an error signal to be sent to the electronic control unit. Further, the method may include performing, by the second functional block, an error validation check to provide information on the operating state of the electro-actuated brake caliper to the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Brembo, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Samuele Mazzoleni, Massimo Di Stefano, Alessandro Rossi, Luca Cappelletti