Patents Examined by Rodney Butler
  • Patent number: 10436603
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: an automated drive control unit that performs automated driving where at least one of speed control and steering control of a vehicle is performed automatically; a route guidance unit that decides a traveling route over which the vehicle will travel to a destination that has been set, and performs guidance to the decided traveling route; and a presentation unit that presents, to the passenger, at least one of an automated drive proportion that indicates the proportion of the traveling route to the destination where the automated driving can be performed, distance over which automated driving can be performed, predicted driving time over which automated driving can be performed, timing for performing the automated driving, and number of times of performing the automated driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Mimura, Kohei Okimoto, Naotaka Kumakiri
  • Patent number: 10429848
    Abstract: An automatic driving system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to create a traveling plan including a control target value of automatic driving control of a vehicle based on a position of the vehicle of a map, a vehicle state, and an external environment, to calculate an abnormality value, to determine, based on the abnormality value, whether the vehicle is an a normal state, an abnormal state, or an intermediate state, and to create an abnormal traveling plan as the traveling plan when it has been determined that the vehicle is in the abnormal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Kunihito Sato, Nobuhide Kamata, Bunyo Okumura
  • Patent number: 10431102
    Abstract: A flight range-restricting system is configured to control a flight range of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The flight range-restricting system includes a database including a UAV capabilities storage area that stores UAV capabilities data indicative of technical specifications of the UAV, and a restricted airspace storage area that stores restricted airspace data indicative of a restricted airspace. A range-restricting control unit is communicatively coupled to the database. The range-restricting control unit controls the flight range of the UAV based on a current location of the UAV, the UAV capabilities data, and the restricted airspace data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason W. Clark, Andres Chapiro Fermon, Matthew Robert Price, Jonas Hatzenbuehler
  • Patent number: 10430705
    Abstract: A system for detecting if a hitch connecting a trailer and a vehicle is not secure. The system comprises a sensor, an output device, and electronic control unit. The electronic control unit receives information about the hitch connecting the trailer and the vehicle from the sensor. The electronic control unit detects if the hitch connecting the trailer and the vehicle is not secure. If the hitch connecting the trailer and the vehicle is not secure the electronic control unit generates a driver notification and controls the vehicle's motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Gary B. Ward
  • Patent number: 10416314
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite system (GNSS) based control system is provided for positioning a working component relative to a work surface, such as an agricultural spray boom over a crop field. Inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensors, such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, are mounted on the working component and provide positioning signals to a control processor. A method of positioning a working component relative to a work surface using GNSS-based positioning signals is also disclosed. Further disclosed is a work order management system and method, which can be configured for controlling the operation of multiple vehicles, such as agricultural sprayers each equipped with GNSS-based spray boom height control subsystems. The sprayers can be remotely located from each other on multiple crop fields, and can utilize GNSS-based, field-specific terrain models for controlling their spraying operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: Joshua M. Gattis, Steven A. Koch, Mark W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10415487
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle includes an electronic control unit which executes electric assist of rotation of an engine crankshaft by a motor in association with engagement of a clutch, at the time of an ignition start in which fuel injection and sparking are executed with respect to a target cylinder, which has been stopped in an expansion stroke. The electronic control unit corrects at least one of the initiation timing of sparking which is to be initially performed in the target cylinder at the time of the ignition start and an electric assist torque which is to be used for the ignition start, on the basis of a combination of the relationship between an acquisition value and an estimation value of a torque indication value, and the relationship between an acquisition value and an estimation value of an ignition delay time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Yusuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10415990
    Abstract: A system and method for providing location-based personalized information by using user location history information, whereby battery consumption of a computing device is reduced. The computing device includes: a location finder configured to obtain user location information of a user of the computing device; a display configured to display information indicating a route of the user of the computing device; and a controller configured to track a location of the user by controlling the location finder as the controller senses a change in the location of the user based on the obtained user location information, obtain information corresponding to an initial route of the user based on the tracked location of the user, detect a predicted route of the user from user location history information based on the information corresponding to the initial route of the user, and display on the display unit the predicted route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Ho-sik Cho, Jeong-jin Song, Il-kang Na, Sun-eung Park, Hyun-cheol Park, Tae-kwang Um, Cheol-ju Hwang, Ji-won Yang
  • Patent number: 10407076
    Abstract: In one embodiment, planning data is received, for example, from a planning module, to drive an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) from a starting location and a destination location. In response, a series of control commands are generated based on the planning data, where the control commands are to be applied at different points in time from the starting location to the destination location. A cost is calculated by applying a cost function to the control commands, a first road friction to be estimated in a current trip, and a second road friction estimated during a prior trip from the starting location to the destination location. The first road friction of the current trip is estimated using the cost function in view of a prior termination cost of the prior trip, such that the cost reaches minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Qi Luo, Fan Zhu, Sen Hu, Qi Kong, Xiang Yu, Zhenguang Zhu, Yuchang Pan, Wenli Yang, Guang Yang
  • Patent number: 10399675
    Abstract: An unmanned air vehicle includes: a camera that takes an image in a vertical direction from the unmanned air vehicle; an image processor that indicates, on the image, a region in which the unmanned air vehicle is likely to crash and that detects an object of avoidance that is present in the region; a crash-avoidance flight controller that, in a case where the object of avoidance is detected, controls flight of the unmanned air vehicle so that the object of avoidance becomes undetectable in the region; and a crash probable region determiner that changes the region according to a result of the flight control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kuhara
  • Patent number: 10403146
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus includes a plurality of sensor devices mounted in a host vehicle, an attention calling device configured to call attention of a driver of the host vehicle, and at least one electronic control unit. The at least one electronic control unit acquires host vehicle information, acquires object information, estimates an expected path through which the host vehicle passes, determines whether or not a target object is present, determines whether or not there is a front space in front of the host vehicle based on the object information, generates a request signal so as to call attention of the driver of the host vehicle, forbids generation of the request signal when the electronic control unit determines that the target object is present, and that there is no front space, and controls the attention calling device to call attention of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yuji Ikedo, Tomonori Akiyama, Ryo Morishita
  • Patent number: 10399463
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprising: a seat cushion; a seat back; an actuator capable of changing an orientation of the seat back laterally by moving a pressure-receiving member; and a controller configured to exercise control over the actuator. The controller includes a posture control unit configured to execute, during turning of a vehicle, a seat posture control under which the actuator is caused to move the pressure-receiving member from an initial position to an advanced position to cause the seat back to orient toward a turning direction. The posture control unit is configured to activate, when an execution time of the seat posture control has become equal to or greater than an execution time threshold value, a control under which the actuator is caused to move the pressure-receiving member from the advanced position to an intermediate position to reversely change the orientation of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10401863
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a current position of the vehicle, using sensor data; generating, via a processor, an initial corridor seeding based upon the current position of the vehicle and physical characteristics of the road, without consideration of any other objects on the roadway; identifying a plurality of objects along a first side of the roadway, the first side including a side of the roadway in which the vehicle is traveling, using the sensor data; generating, via the processor, a target first boundary for the corridor based on the identified plurality of objects along the first side of the roadway; generating, via the processor, a target second boundary on a second side of the roadway, opposite the first side; and adjusting, via the processor, the initial corridor seeding based on the target first and second boundaries, thereby generating the corridor of travel for the vehicle along the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yiqi Gao, Sohrab Haghighat, Brooks Reed
  • Patent number: 10392837
    Abstract: The present invention provides an onboard device capable of further enhancing safety of an occupant aboard a vehicle. The onboard device controlling locking of a vehicle door includes an occupant detector detecting the occupant inside a vehicle, a shut door determiner determining whether the vehicle door is closed, and a locking controller locking the vehicle door when the shut door determiner determines that the vehicle door is closed and the occupant detector detects the occupant. By locking the vehicle door, a third party can be prevented from entering the vehicle through the vehicle door, for example, and the safety of the occupant aboard the vehicle can be further enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Norichika Oomi
  • Patent number: 10391961
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method for selecting a driving mode for a vehicle includes receiving occupant preference information indicative of whether an occupant prefers that the vehicle operating in a driving mode (e.g., a sport mode), receiving a set of vehicle state parameters indicative of whether the operational state of the vehicle is conducive to the driving mode, and receiving a set of occupant state parameters indicative of the state of one or more occupants of the vehicle. The method further includes selecting a driving mode based on the occupant preference information, the set of vehicle state parameters, and the occupant state parameters, and then engaging vehicle tuning parameters for the vehicle based on the selected driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Chad T. Zagorski
  • Patent number: 10391986
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic brake system in a vehicle having at least two tires on an axle, wherein the vehicle has a center of gravity (SP) with a height (hSP), is disclosed. According to the method, the height (hSP) of the center of gravity (SP) is calculated and used as a parameter by the electronic brake system. An electronic control unit, an electronic brake system, and a vehicle including the same for carrying out the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Czaja, Axel Stender, Thomas Treichel, Markus Wolf
  • Patent number: 10388169
    Abstract: A system and method for providing in-flight weather information to compute an optimized vertical flight profile are disclosed. In one embodiment, on-board weather information is obtained from one or more aircraft at regular intervals during flight. Further, weather information is identified for a predicted flight trajectory of an aircraft from the obtained on-board weather information. For example, the aircraft is preceding the at least one aircraft. Furthermore, a subset of the identified weather information is dynamically provided to a flight management system (FMS) in the aircraft, during flight, to compute the optimized vertical flight profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Ashutosh Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10376117
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for training and operating of robotic appliances. Robotic appliance may be operable to clean user premises. The user may train the appliance to perform cleaning operations in constrained areas. The appliance may be configured to clean other area of the premises automatically. The appliance may perform premises exploration and/or determine map of the premises. The appliance may be provided priority information associated with areas of the premises. The appliance may perform cleaning operations in order of the priority. Robotic vacuum cleaner appliance may be configured for safe cable operation wherein the controller may determine one or more potential obstructions (e.g., a cable) along operating trajectory. Upon approaching the cable, the controller may temporarily disable brushing mechanism in order to prevent cable damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Brain Corporation
    Inventors: Botond Szatmary, Vadim Polonichko
  • Patent number: 10358139
    Abstract: An integrated analysis system includes a data collector configured to acquire an image of an accelerator pedal and an image of a brake pedal for vehicle control and collect on-board diagnostic (OBD) data, distance measurement values obtained by measuring an extent to which the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal are applied, and a decibel value of an inside of a vehicle resulting from a sudden acceleration; a data integrator configured to perform an integration process by overlaying the measured data on the image collected by the data collector; a sudden acceleration determiner configured to determine the sudden acceleration of the vehicle by using image data integrated information integrated by the data integrator; and an image display configured to provide a driver with sudden acceleration determination information obtained from the sudden acceleration determiner, the image data integrated information, vehicle driving information using the OBD data, and emergency relief information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Dong-Eui University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Jongwook Jang, Jeahui Cha, Taehyeong Kim
  • Patent number: 10351131
    Abstract: A wrong way vehicle countermeasure system may include at least one movement sensor positioned along a roadway and a wireless communications device. The system may further include a controller configured to cooperate with the at least one movement sensor to detect a wrong way vehicle on the roadway, and responsive to the detection of the wrong way vehicle on the roadway by the movement sensor, wirelessly send a countermeasure command to the wrong way vehicle via the wireless communications device to cause the wrong way vehicle to perform at least one wrong way driving countermeasure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Haitham Al-Deek, Corey Quinn
  • Patent number: 10351364
    Abstract: An equipment control system detects a physical position of a first vehicle, carrying a material to deliver, relative to a second vehicle. A physical position of a conveyor is controlled, relative to an outlet opening defined on the first vehicle and an inlet opening defined on the second vehicle. The material is then illustratively automatically conveyed from the first vehicle to the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Lawrence D. Green, Michael E. Frasier