Patents Examined by Rodney A. Butler
  • Patent number: 11144058
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for selectively controlling a powertrain of a vehicle along pre-planned travel routines. In one example, a method comprises receiving a travel request at a controller of a vehicle, determining a travel route and a powertrain calibration in a mutually dependent manner from a plurality of potential travel routes and a plurality of powertrain calibrations, and operating the vehicle according to the powertrain calibration along the travel route. In this way, preferences pertaining to the travel request may be effectively met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shehan Haputhanthri, Matthew Joseph, Merwyn Cheruvathur
  • Patent number: 11142213
    Abstract: A longitudinal control system is provided for a motor vehicle equipped with a sensor system for detecting a traffic event lying ahead, in particular in order to locate vehicles traveling ahead, and a control unit for automatically controlling the speed or the acceleration of the motor vehicle to a standstill on the basis of the traffic event lying ahead. An automatic drive-off is allowed without a driver confirmation within a specified time interval after reaching the standstill, and after the time interval has expired, an automatic start-up is allowed after a start-up confirmation is triggered by the driver. A start-up confirmation is triggered if a contacted state of the steering wheel is detected starting from a non-contacted state of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter Kagerer, Andreas Lechner, Christoph Hellfritsch
  • Patent number: 11143517
    Abstract: A system and method for driver guidance are presented. A position sensor is mounted to a vehicle. The position sensor is configured to identify a position of the vehicle and a heading of the vehicle. A device is configured to generate a plurality of outputs. A controller is connected to the position sensor and the display device. The controller is configured to access, via a wireless communications network, a database to identify a target loading location for the vehicle, determine a location and a heading of the target loading location for the vehicle, and modify at least one of the plurality of outputs of the display device based upon at least one of the location and the heading of the target loading location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: MODULAR MINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael W. Lewis, Lucas Van Latum, Andree Röttig, William Casson
  • Patent number: 11131990
    Abstract: Control of a mobile device is transferred to and from an operator. In one aspect, a specification for triggering manual control of the mobile device is accessed. A location is identified within a geographic region that exhibits characteristics defined by the specification. The location is represented in a navigation map and is associated with an operator trigger. As the mobile device approaches the location, a request for manual control is provided to the operator based on the operator trigger, and manual control is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Tao Wang, Wei Song
  • Patent number: 11119188
    Abstract: The present invention provides a malfunction detecting device with which, even if an error exceeding a scope of guarantee occurs in the position or speed of a peripheral object output by a sensor which monitors the periphery of a vehicle, the output from the sensor in which the error exceeding the scope of guarantee has occurred in the position or speed of the peripheral object is detected as abnormal. This malfunction detecting device is characterized in that the malfunction detecting device detects an object using two sensors A, B, and if a difference equal to or greater than a prescribed value arises between state quantities of the detected object, the malfunction detecting device uses standard information relating to the state quantity of the object to determine in which of the two sensors A and B the measurement failure has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuta Muto
  • Patent number: 11118919
    Abstract: A method for determining a route and time frame for the travel of a motor vehicle which assists the driver in planning their travel and in making fuller use of the technical potential of the motor vehicle is provided. For this purpose, the method includes the following steps: acquiring at least one destination, determining a travel route to the at least one destination; acquiring an adjustable travel mode of the motor vehicle for at least one first section of the travel route; determining the route and time frame for the travel of the motor vehicle depending on the acquired travel mode; and displaying the route and time frame of the travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Daniel Grein, Julia Niemann, Julian Eichhorn, Marc Breisinger, Philipp Suessenguth, Benjamin Kuhn
  • Patent number: 11110935
    Abstract: A road curve guidance method is provided. The road curve guidance method includes: obtaining link information corresponding to a road on which a vehicle is being driven; determining a position of the vehicle on a link at a future time point based on the obtained link information; and judging a degree of risk of a curve section in which the vehicle is to be driven after a predetermined time using the determined position and speed of the vehicle at a reference time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: THINKWARE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Suk Pil Ko
  • Patent number: 11112806
    Abstract: An optimum route of multiple mobile objects is estimated by: generating a time-series route candidate of a shortest route for each mobile object; generating a time-series route candidate of a detour route for each mobile object; calculating route assignment evaluation values for the shortest route and the detour route for each mobile object; calculating travel distance evaluation values for the shortest route and the detour route for each mobile object; calculating a route collision evaluation value of a combination for the shortest route and the detour route for each mobile object; and comparing a total value of the route assignment evaluation value, the travel distance evaluation value, and the route collision evaluation value for combinations of the time-series route candidates of the mobile objects, and estimating one of the combinations of the time-series route candidates of the mobile objects as the optimum route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Akira Miki, Masayuki Ohzeki
  • Patent number: 11107351
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance system includes an onboard apparatus and a ground apparatus. The onboard apparatus includes a guide controller guiding a vehicle to enter a predetermined area through an entrance, a transmission controller transmitting a first wave, and a reception controller receiving a second wave obtained in response to the first wave. The ground apparatus includes a plurality of ground receivers arranged at a first position and a second position to receive the first wave, the first position and the second position corresponding to opposed ends of the entrance, and a plurality of first ground transmitters provided corresponding to the ground receivers and transmitting the second wave in a direction opposite to an entry direction of the vehicle. The guide controller determines an entry line to the entrance based on a change of a signal level of the second wave, the signal level changing depending on a vehicle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ippei Sugae, Atsuo Fukaya
  • Patent number: 11100807
    Abstract: A method for transmitting pieces of information between vehicles of a vehicle platoon during a lane change for circumventing an obstacle. A first vehicle of the vehicle platoon checks, in response to an identification of the obstacle, whether an evasive maneuver of the first vehicle into an alternative lane is possible. If the check yields that the evasive maneuver of the first vehicle is not possible, an assistance request is output to a communication interface for communication with at least one second vehicle of the vehicle platoon to prompt the second vehicle to conduct an evasive maneuver into the alternative lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hauke Wendt, Sergey Chirkov
  • Patent number: 11099580
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for using an autonomous vehicle to provide navigation assistance to a delivery robot. In one exemplary implementation, the delivery robot is transported by the autonomous vehicle to a delivery destination such as a residence or a workplace. The delivery robot disembarks at the delivery destination for delivering a package to a recipient at the residence or workplace. A computer system in the autonomous vehicle communicates with a navigation assistance system of the autonomous vehicle to obtain information pertaining to a terrain between the autonomous vehicle and a package drop-off spot at the residence or workplace, and uses the information to generate a route map of the terrain. The autonomous vehicle may transmit the route map and/or navigation instructions derived from the route map, to the delivery robot to assist the delivery robot navigate around obstacles and reach the package drop-off spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jianbo Lu, Justin Miller, Sanghyun Hong
  • Patent number: 11097730
    Abstract: A system, vehicle and method are provided that automatically activate and deactivate a driver assistance system. The automatic activation and deactivation depend on predefined criteria such as brake or gas pedal release, current vehicle velocity, and the presence of a lead vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Lorenz Bohrer, Gagan Hothi, Jonathan Igner, Esther Kim, Christian Lorenz, Carey Smith
  • Patent number: 11092451
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring system permits a user to designate some usage as personal, such that the location of the vehicle is not tracked (or not recorded or not reported). The user can designate the usage as personal in terms of time of day or day of the week or in terms of geographic areas. Optionally, in calculating a route, the system may take into account a safety index; i.e. which route is safer. The system may also take into account which route will consume less energy, particularly where the vehicle is an electric vehicle, which has different efficiencies in certain types of road conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Appy Risk Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Otman A. Basir, William Ben Miners
  • Patent number: 11092967
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle movement control device which is capable of achieving stable vehicle behavior during the movement of a vehicle in lane changing mode. When calculating a travel path for turning a vehicle to the left side or the right side and then turning the vehicle to the other side, this vehicle movement control device calculates the travel path so that the peak value of the curvature of the travel path decreases in a section where the vehicle speed is higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Akiyama, Junya Takahashi, Toshiyuki Innami
  • Patent number: 11086322
    Abstract: Described herein are technologies relating to computing a likelihood of an operation-influencing event with respect to an autonomous vehicle at a geographic location. The likelihood of the operation-influencing event is computed based upon a prediction of a value that indicates whether, through a causal process, the operation-influencing event is expected to occur. The causal process is identified by means of a model, which relates spatiotemporal factors and the operation-influencing events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Antony Joseph, Geoffrey Louis Chi-Johnston, Nimish Patil, Vishal Suresh Vaingankar, Laura Athena Freeman
  • Patent number: 11084530
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method, a device and a motor vehicle for controlling at least one vehicle system of the motor vehicle during a drive, wherein each vehicle system is respectively adapted to perform a driving maneuver of the motor vehicle and for each vehicle system a control responsibility determines, in which proportion a driver and a driver assistance system of the motor vehicle each controls the vehicle system, the method comprising the steps of: providing an assignment specification with which a control responsibility is assigned for different driving situations in each case for each vehicle system; identifying an instantaneous driving situation while driving and determining the respectively assigned control responsibility in each vehicle system according to the assignment specification; receiving control instructions from the driver and from the driver assistance system for each vehicle system; and for each vehicle system, superposing control instructions from the driver and from the driver as
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Anton Obermüller, Adrian Mihailescu, Ferdinand Hartinger, Klaus Diepold, Martin Enning, Christian Wiedenmann, Michael Ortlechner, Matthias Lehmann
  • Patent number: 11066122
    Abstract: A control device is provided for a human-powered vehicle. The control device is basically provided with a controller. The controller is configured to be connected to at least one component of the human-powered vehicle such that the controller is free from executing normal activation of the at least one component in accordance to a first input in a first mode. The controller is configured to operate at least one of an actuator and an indicator in accordance to the first input in a second mode. The first mode is switched into the second mode in accordance to a second input different from the first input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takafumi Suzuki, Makoto Usui
  • Patent number: 11062538
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting corrosion in a steering rack of a vehicle based upon the performance of the steering rack in comparison to reference data collected for a non-corroded steering rack. Corrosion may be detected based upon analysis of performance data with respect to steering joggle or a data transform. Performance data may comprise displacement of the steering rack with respect to a neutral position, or the force applied to the components of the steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering LLC, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Li Dang, Achim Frankovics
  • Patent number: 11054841
    Abstract: A system and related methods for management, planning and control of a connected fleet of vehicles. A unique, single integrated platform may be provided for management, planning and control of a connected fleet of vehicles, including fleet planning, in-fleeting operations, vehicle acquisition and provisioning, vehicle assignment, vehicle transfers, vehicle use operations, vehicle servicing, vehicle maintenance and repairs, and de-fleeting operations. Fleet communications can be by cellular, wireless, or low earth orbit satellite communications. Fleet vehicles include a programmable TCU installed in the vehicle and connected, directly or indirectly, to the CAN bus or similar vehicle network, and carries out various operations, including controlling vehicle access. Where outside communications links are not available, access to a vehicle may be through a protected, secure, single-use token stored on a user's computing device upon making a reservation, which is later securely communicated to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AVIS BUDGET CAR RENTAL, LLC
    Inventor: John Turato
  • Patent number: 11054265
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on non-transitory computer storage medium(s), are directed to improving completeness of map information and data related to maps created through sensor data. Map completeness can be improved by determining object completeness and coverage completeness of a generated map and reducing amount of unknown areas of the generated map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Florian Geissler, Ralf Graefe, Michael Paulitsch, Rainer Makowitz