Patents Examined by Richard M. Camby
  • Patent number: 10328875
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for managing the load of a vehicle (C) of the type of that equipped with at least one module for transmitting data (110, 120, 130) through radiofrequency signals (F1, F2, F3) and one module for receiving (120, 220) data from the transmission module, said vehicle (C) and the different modules being disposed so that the load, once present, has an impact on the propagation of the radiofrequency signal, remarkable in that it comprises the following operation: detection of the variation of the spectral signature of the signal received (F2?) by the receiving module (120, 220), in order to detect variations, in particular corresponding to the presence and/or absence of a load (600). The invention also concerns the device enabling said method to be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: LDL TECHNOLOGY SAS
    Inventor: Paul Gabaudan
  • Patent number: 10329740
    Abstract: A mobile earth moving machine includes a carrier, at least one machine element movable relative to the carrier, a positioning system for determining 3D position and orientation data of the earth moving machine, at least one sensing device for determining position and orientation data of the movable machine element, at least one range finder device for detecting at least one object in a field of the range finder device and providing point cloud output of the object, and at least one control unit configured to receive and process the produced data. The range finder device is a solid-state device without internal movable mechanical elements, whereby the device is without internal scanning equipment. The range finder device is arranged on the movable machine element and is configured to be moved together with the movable machine element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Novatron Oy
    Inventors: Visa Hokkanen, Jukka Tervahauta, Mikko Vesanen
  • Patent number: 10317224
    Abstract: A route retrieval apparatus includes: a first storage unit storing map data hierarchized for route retrieval in long distance; a route retriever section retrieving and designating a route from a current position to a destination based on the map data in the first storage unit; a second storage unit storing detailed map data for route retrieval in short distance; a provisional destination designator section designates as a provisional destination a position by a predetermined distance along a travel road based on the map data in the second storage unit when the current position is deviated; and a provisional route retriever section retrieving a provisional route to the provisional destination based on the map data in the second map storage unit, and designating as a route. The route retriever section retrieves a new route from the provisional destination to the destination and designates as a route subsequent to the provisional route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuya Hisano
  • Patent number: 10308117
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle control device that can display various pieces of image information associated with a state of a vehicle, and a control method for the device. The vehicle control device comprises: a single touch screen; and a single control unit, which includes at least two different operating system programs which independently operate, and controls each of the operating system programs to display image information on the single touch screen, wherein the control unit controls the touch screen to enable at least one of the operating system programs to display image information on the touch screen, according to at least one of operation states of the operating system programs and the state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sujin Kim, Bumhyeon Baek, Honggul Jun
  • Patent number: 10300926
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate switching between autonomous and manual driving modes. In order to do so, the vehicle's computer may conduct a series of environmental, system, and driver checks to identify certain conditions. The computer may correct some of these conditions and also provide a driver with a checklist of tasks for completion. Once the tasks have been completed and the conditions are changed, the computer may allow the driver to switch from the manual to the autonomous driving mode. The computer may also make a determination, under certain conditions, that it would be detrimental to the driver's safety or comfort to make a switch from the autonomous driving mode to the manual driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Brian Douglas Cullinane, Philip Nemec, Manuel Christian Clement, Robertus Christianus Elisabeth Mariet, Lilli Ing-Marie Jonsson
  • Patent number: 10300940
    Abstract: An electric power steering apparatus that can suppress deterioration of steering feeling by changing a current command value of a normal system in motor control by two systems when an abnormality occurs in any of the systems. The steering apparatus calculates a current command value to a motor having two-system motor windings for each system, comprises a current command value adjusting section that calculates the current command value by using a steering assist command value and a compensation current command value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Tsubaki
  • Patent number: 10297145
    Abstract: A suitability determining system for establishing whether a road section is suitable for at least semi-autonomous vehicle driving is described. The system identifies a road section including at least one lane and delimited by at least one lateral road boundary, and derives from at least a first estimate providing vehicle a respective utilization direction estimate along with a corresponding respective detection confidence value for each of respective lanes detected by the estimate providing vehicle along the road section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian Thelen, Peter Harda
  • Patent number: 10276051
    Abstract: An obstacle-avoidance system for a vehicle, the obstacle-avoidance system may comprise: a communication device; a plurality of sensors, the plurality of sensors configured to detect collision threats within a predetermined distance of the vehicle; and a processor. The processor may communicatively couple to the communication device and the plurality of sensors and configured to receive navigation commands being communicated to a control system via said communication device. The processor may also receive, from at least one of said plurality of sensors, obstruction data reflecting the position of an obstruction. Using the obstruction data, the processor identifies a direction for avoiding said obstruction. In response, the processor may output, via said communication device, a derivative command to said control system causing the vehicle to travel in said flight direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Fabrice Kunzi, Donald Rogers, Terrence McKenna
  • Patent number: 10275036
    Abstract: A wearable device can be worn by a user, and can include one or more sensors to detect user gestures performed by the user. The wearable device can further include a wireless communication module to establish a communication link with a self-propelled device, and a controller that can generate control commands based on the user gestures. The control commands may be executable to accelerate and maneuver the self-propelled device. The controller may then transmit the control commands to the self-propelled device over the communication link for execution by the self-propelled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventors: David Hygh, Jeffrey Wiencrot, Ian H. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10273656
    Abstract: The present invention includes a battery controller that calculates an electrical storage remaining amount of a battery, a charging/discharging request calculation part that calculates a charging/discharging request amount for keeping electric power outputted by the battery within a predetermined range based on the electrical storage remaining amount calculated, a target rotational speed calculation part that calculates a target rotational speed command value of a motor generator, and an inverter that controls the motor generator according to the target rotational speed command value calculated, and it is configured that at least one of the battery controller and the inverter calculates the actual charging/discharging amount of the battery, and that the target rotational speed calculation part calculates a target rotational speed correction value from difference between the charging/discharging request amount and the actual charging/discharging amount and corrects the target rotational speed command value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Hoshino, Shinji Ishihara, Kentarou Itoga
  • Patent number: 10266204
    Abstract: A lane-maintaining control device detects a lane width (H1) of a traveling lane (21) through a camera (4) and performs lane-maintaining control without a deviation from the lane width (H1). When detecting, through the camera (4), that the traveling lane (21) gradually increases (H2>H1 where the increasing lane width is (H2)), the lane-maintaining control device continues the lane-maintaining control on a condition that a turn signal is not operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Isomoto, Shusaku Ombe, Hiroshi Ohmura, Kouichi Kojima, Tsuyoshi Arinaga
  • Patent number: 10267911
    Abstract: A computing device in a vehicle can be programmed to determine a time to a collision and a field of safe travel, select one of a first and a second haptic output based on (a) the field of safe travel and (b) a predetermined time threshold. The computing device can deliver the first haptic output via a steering wheel when the time to collision is greater than the predetermined time threshold and deliver the second haptic output via the steering wheel when the time to collision is less than or equal to the predetermined time threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Joseph Talamonti, Louis Tijerina
  • Patent number: 10259463
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method of and an apparatus for controlling a vibration of a hybrid electric vehicle. An apparatus for controlling a vibration of a hybrid electric vehicle may include: an engine position detector detecting a position of an engine; an air amount detector detecting an air amount flowing into the engine; an accelerator pedal position detector detecting a position of an accelerator pedal; a vehicle speed detector detecting a speed of the hybrid electric vehicle; and a controller. The controller controls operation of a motor based on the position of the engine, the air amount, the position of the accelerator pedal, and the speed of the hybrid electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sung Jae Kim, Jeong Soo Eo
  • Patent number: 10252722
    Abstract: A method for controlling a manual driving mode includes manual mode detecting step detecting whether a vehicle switched from autonomous to manual mode; first step controlling angle of tire and steering angle of a steering wheel using travel route information when switching to manual mode is detected; delay time determination step determining a delay time of change of the angle of the tire with change of the steering angle of the steering wheel by the change in the angle of the tire with the change in the steering angle of the steering wheel for predetermined time; delay time comparison step comparing the determined delay time with predetermined time period; second step controlling only the steering angle of the steering wheel using travel route information when delay time is within the predetermined time period; and third step controlling angle of the tire by steering angle of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventors: Sang Woo Hwang, Hyeon Seok Cho, Byung Rim Lee, Young Dae Park, Min Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 10254840
    Abstract: Sensor data is obtained regarding an environment around a guidance device. A model of the environment is generated based on the data. The model is mapped at least to an input/output touch surface of the guidance device. Tactile output is provided to a user of the guidance device via the input/output touch surface based at least on the mapping. Other output based on the model may also be provided. The guidance device may include a variety of different components such as sensors that obtain data regarding the environment, input/output mechanisms for receiving input from and/or providing input to the user, processing units and/or other components for generating the model and/or mapping the model to various input/output mechanisms, and so on. Additionally, the guidance device may cooperate and/or communicate with a variety of different electronic devices that have one or more such components in order to perform such functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Chananiel Weinraub
  • Patent number: 10256906
    Abstract: Visible-light communication (VLC) is an optical wireless communication technique that uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) or other optical sources to transmit information to a user equipment (UE) device. An optically-based location determination approach, such as using VLC infrastructure, can meet a desire for location-based services where use of VLC can provide a solution to an indoor localization or navigation problem. A fingerprinting approach can include use of an optical received signal strength (RSS) or other information (e.g., an image of a scene) to generate a spatial fingerprint map of an area. A later-received RSS on the UE device and the prior-generated fingerprint map representative of RSS can be received, and a fingerprint map and RSS observations can be provided as inputs to a Bayesian filter, such as an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) or a Particle Filter, to provide an estimated position for the UE device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation
    Inventors: Maite Brandt-Pearce, Zafer Vatansever
  • Patent number: 10248124
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for vehicle localization using lane measurements. In one implementation, a method of correcting a position of a vehicle navigating a road segment may include determining, based on an output of at least one navigational sensor, a measured position of the vehicle along a predetermined road model trajectory; receiving at least one image representative of an environment of the vehicle, analyzing the at least one image to identify at least one lane marking, determining, based on the at least one image, a distance from the vehicle to the at least one lane marking, determining an estimated offset of the vehicle from the predetermined road model trajectory based on the measured position of the vehicle and the determined distance, and determining an autonomous steering action for the vehicle based on the estimated offset to correct the position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Levi Itzhak Bellaiche
  • Patent number: 10249105
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting execution of driving maneuvers based on pre-determined driving maneuver profiles. Some or all of the system may be installed in a vehicle and/or be otherwise coupled with a vehicle. In some implementations, the system may detect execution of driving maneuvers by the vehicle based on pre-determined driving maneuver profiles. The system may include one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicle. In some implementations, the system may detect execution of the driving maneuvers by the vehicle based on a comparison of the information conveyed by the output signals from the sensors to criteria included in the pre-determined driving maneuver profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Slaven Sljivar
  • Patent number: 10238258
    Abstract: Disclosed is a robot cleaner including a main body forming an appearance, at least one driving wheel installed on a lower portion of the main body, a driving unit configured to drive the driving wheel according to an operation of a driving motor, a first obstacle sensor positioned on the lower portion of the main body and configured to sense an obstacle on the floor, and a control unit configured to, when the sensed obstacle on the floor has a preset pattern, limit driving of the at least one driving wheel such that the at least one driving wheel is not hindered by the preset pattern when the main body rotates on the preset pattern according to driving of the at least one driving wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Donghoon Kwak
  • Patent number: 10234302
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein can be applied to a vehicle equipped with a sensor suite that can observe information about a location, for example, a traffic light duration. The system can record information, e.g., the traffic light colors, duration of color changes, and location of the traffic lights and can upload this information to the cloud. Then, the system can augment or learn about the location, e.g., learning of traffic patterns, and store the augmented data as database-based information, where available. The learned information can help a requesting vehicle to better estimate an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for common routes taken, provide more accurate ETAs based on historical knowledge, and/or calculate or provide alternative route information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Singhal, Nadav Aharony, Anthony Tao Liang, Gautam Muralidhar