Patents Examined by Rodney P King
  • Patent number: 11453394
    Abstract: A control unit functionally comprises a first steering-torque application control part which commands a steering actuator of a vehicle to execute application of a steering torque determined by a first steering characteristic CH1 and a second steering-torque application control part which commands the steering actuator of the vehicle to execute application of a steering torque determined by a second steering characteristic CH2. The first steering characteristic CH1 comprises plural characteristics CH1A-CH1J which have different steering torques changing according to a vehicle speed. The characteristics CH1A-CH1J are set according to the vehicle speed such that these gradually change in a manner CH1A?CH1J as the vehicle speed becomes higher. The steering torque applied to the steering wheel is set such that the higher the vehicle speed is, the smaller the steering torque is, as shown by the characteristics CH1A-CH1J.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ohmura, Rie Awane
  • Patent number: 11427252
    Abstract: An automatic driving system that is mounted in a vehicle includes: an information acquiring device configured to acquire driving environment information indicating a driving environment of the vehicle; and a running control device configured to execute lane change control from a first lane to a second lane, and set a lane change time which is a time required for lane change The running control device is configured to set an initial value of the lane change time, determine whether a moving object having a highest degree of approach to the vehicle is present in the second lane, and change the initial value based on a relative position of the moving object with respect to the vehicle and a relative speed of the vehicle with respect to the moving object when it is determined that the moving object having the highest degree of approach is present in the second lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroki Fukuda, Shota Fujii, Kenichiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 11396300
    Abstract: Disclosed are various techniques to optimize load delivery management of multiple vehicles along route. The optimization can involve evaluating vehicle-in-front information along with look ahead data to determine a recommended speed target and/or idle stop times and durations. The optimization can also involve determining bottleneck conditions from one or more vehicles and/or one or more infrastructure conditions and providing one or more recommended actions in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Archit N. Koti, Jairo Andres Sandoval Leon, Vivek Anand Sujan, Patrick J. Shook, Apurva Arvind Chunodkar, Kenneth M. Follen
  • Patent number: 11383580
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a vehicle, which control a route of the vehicle or an air circulation mode of the vehicle based on an outdoor air condition of an autonomous driving vehicle and control an indoor air cleaner of the vehicle based on an indoor air condition. In some implementations, an apparatus for controlling a vehicle includes an outdoor measurement sensor attached to an exterior of the vehicle and measuring an external fine dust concentration, a communicator receiving, from an environment server, a local fine dust concentration corresponding to a position of the vehicle, and when a difference between the measured external fine dust concentration and the received local fine dust concentration exceeds a set allowance, a controller checking whether an object generating fine dust exists outside the vehicle and allowing the vehicle to travel while avoiding the object when it is confirmed that the object exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hyun Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 11376745
    Abstract: A control device controlling a robot including a robot arm, a drive section causing the robot arm to pivot around a pivot axis, a shaft that is provided at a position of the robot arm different from the pivot axis and that moves parallel to the pivot axis, and an angular velocity sensor that is provided in the robot arm and that detects angular velocity around an axis orthogonal to an axial direction of the pivot axis and parallel to a plane including the pivot axis and an axis of the shaft, the control device includes a processor that is configured to control the robot, wherein the processor is configured to perform feedback control on the drive section based on the angular velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Ryosuke Imai
  • Patent number: 11357166
    Abstract: A system and method for an autonomous lawn mower comprising a mower body having at least one motor arranged to drive a cutting blade and to propel the mower body on an operating surface via a wheel arrangement, wherein the mower body includes a navigation system arranged to assist a controller to control the operation of the mower body within a predefined operating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Klaus Hahn, Todd Brandon Rickey, Benjamin Edgar Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11312020
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring an e-commerce platform. The system includes a computing device and a visual sensor. The computing device includes a processor and a storage device storing computer executable code. The computer executable code, when executed at the processor, is configured to: extract image keypoints from an image of the object captured by the visual sensor; retrieve a template of the object, where the template includes template keypoints of at least one template side surface of the object; pick two template keypoints from the template side surface and determine two image keypoints respectively matching the two picked template keypoints; build a bounding box of the object based on the two determined image keypoints; and refine the bounding box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Xiang Li, Peng Chang, Hui Cheng, Zhengmao Liu
  • Patent number: 11275387
    Abstract: A coach apparatus and a cooperative operation controlling method for a coach-driven multi-robot cooperative operation system are provided. The coach apparatus connects with a plurality of action robots and receives state space data from each action robot. The coach apparatus divides the action robots into a plurality of action group. The coach apparatus reduces the state space data of the action robots in each action group to generate reduced state space data of each action group, and trains and builds a cooperative model based on the reduced state space data. In addition, for each action group, the coach apparatus selects a group strategy based on the reduced state space data, and transmits the cooperative model and the group strategy to the action robots in the action group to make them carry out an action mission according to the cooperative model and the group strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Ping-Feng Wang, Jong-Yih Kuo, Chen-Ti Wang
  • Patent number: 11267142
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a camera, a robot that moves the camera, and a controller that processes an image. A detection surface defined on a workpiece and a set position serving as an imaginary position of the robot for detecting the workpiece are determined in advance. The camera captures a plurality of first images at a plurality of positions. The controller includes an image conversion unit converting the plurality of the first images into a plurality of second images when captured at the set position. The controller includes a composition unit generating a composite image into which the plurality of the second images are composited, and a composite image processing unit performing at least one of detection and inspection of the workpiece on the detection surface on the basis of the composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Yuta Namiki
  • Patent number: 11267458
    Abstract: An industrial vehicle includes a body, an axle pivotally supported by the body, a lateral acceleration sensor determining lateral acceleration applied to the body when the industrial vehicle is turned, an actuator temporally restricting pivoting of the axle while the industrial vehicle is being turned, a vehicle speed limiter limiting traveling speed of the industrial vehicle when the industrial vehicle is turned, and a controller driving the actuator based on the lateral acceleration determined by the lateral acceleration sensor to temporally restrict pivoting of the axle and to limit traveling speed of the industrial vehicle based on the lateral acceleration. In the controller a first lateral acceleration threshold value which is used in judging whether traveling speed of the industrial vehicle should be limited is set larger than a second lateral acceleration threshold value which is used in judging whether pivoting of the axle should be temporally restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Takehiro Kubotani, Norihiko Kato, Hitoshi Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 11266056
    Abstract: A residue detection and implement control system and method are disclosed for an agricultural implement. The system includes a source of environment data and image data of an imaged area of a crop field containing residue. The system includes a data store containing a plurality of image processing methods and at least one controller that processes the image data according to one or more image processing instruction sets. The controller selects one or more of the image processing methods based on the environment data, and processes the image data using the selected image processing instruction(s) to determine a value corresponding to residue coverage in the imaged area of the field. The controller adjusts the configuration of the agricultural implement to respond to the amount and type of residue detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Ranjit Nair, Adam D. Sporrer, Kirti Balani, Ricky B. Theilen, Lucas B. Larsen, Vishal Rane, David L. Steinlage, Robert T. Casper, John M. Schweitzer, Jeremy D. Krantz
  • Patent number: 11259881
    Abstract: A tool driver for use in robotic surgery includes a base configured to couple to a distal end of a robotic arm, and a tool carriage slidingly engaged with the base and configured to receive a surgical tool. In one variation, the tool carriage may include a plurality of linear axis drives configured to actuate one or more articulated movements of the surgical tool. In another variation, the tool carriage may include a plurality of rotary axis drives configured to actuate one or more articulated movements of the surgical tool. Various sensors, such as a capacitive load cell for measuring axial load, a position sensor for measuring linear position of the guide based on the rotational positions of gears in a gear transmission, and/or a capacitive torque sensor based on differential capacitance, may be included in the tool driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy, Jose Luis Cordoba, Berk Gonenc, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 11247343
    Abstract: To provide a positional relationship acquiring apparatus that can acquire the positional relationship between a plurality of rotation shafts that are driven by a plurality of motors, without a user manually performing setting or the like. A positional relationship acquiring apparatus includes: a motor control unit that controls a plurality of motors of a robot that has a plurality of rotation shafts that are respectively driven by the plurality of motors; a receiving unit that receives angular velocities that have been acquired by a plurality of angular velocity sensors that are respectively provided for the plurality of rotation shafts; and a positional relationship acquiring unit that acquires a positional relationship between the plurality of rotation shafts, using the angular velocities acquired by the plurality of angular velocity sensors and received by the receiving unit when the plurality of rotation shafts have been rotated by the motor control unit one by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Naohiro Hayaishi
  • Patent number: 11249488
    Abstract: A system and method for offloading scalable robotic tasks in a mobile robotics framework. The system comprises a cluster of mobile robots and they are connected with a back-end cluster infrastructure. It receives scalable robotic tasks at a mobile robot of the cluster. The scalable robotics tasks include building a map of an unknown environment by using the mobile robot, navigating the environment using the map and localizing the mobile robot on the map. Therefore, the system estimate the map of an unknown environment and at the same time it localizes the mobile robot on the map. Further, the system analyzes the scalable robotics tasks based on computation, communication load and energy usage of each scalable robotic task. And finally the system priorities the scalable robotic tasks to minimize the execution time of the tasks and partitioning the SLAM with computation offloading in edge network and mobile cloud server setup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Swarnava Dey, Arijit Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 11246672
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to systems and techniques for driving axial motion of a shaft of a medical instrument using a drive device. Axial motion can include insertion and/or retraction of the instrument. For example, a robotic medical system can include a medical instrument comprising an instrument base and a flexible shaft configured for insertion into a patient, and a first robotic arm attachable to the instrument base of the medical instrument. The system also includes a drive device configured to engage the flexible shaft, and a second robotic arm attachable to the drive device. The second robotic arm is configured to operate the drive device to drive axial motion of the flexible shaft, and the first robotic arm is configured to move in coordination with operation of the drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Teal Landey, Jiayi Lin, Chauncey F. Graetzel, Alan Lau Yu, Jason J. Hsu, Zachary Stahl Morrison
  • Patent number: 11231706
    Abstract: A delivery robot may provide an approach notification to enable people to understand and interpret actions by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), such as an intention to land or deposit a package at a particular location. The delivery robot may include a display, lights, a speaker, and one or more sensors to enable the robot to provide information, barcodes, and text to the UAV and/or bystanders. The robot can provide final landing authority, and can “wave-off” the UAV, if an obstacle or person exists in the landing zone. The delivery robot can receive packages and (1) store them for retrieval (2) deliver them to the delivery location and/or (3) deliver them to an automated locker system. The delivery robot can temporarily close lanes or streets to enable a package to be delivered by UAV. The system may include a shelter to secure, maintain, and charge the delivery robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jon T. Hanlon, Scott Raymond Harris, Jason Leonard Peacock, Tally Etel Portnoi
  • Patent number: 11200530
    Abstract: An object is identified within a specified distance from a vehicle. The object is assigned a position in the vehicle and the object is detected in the position. Upon detecting the object in the position, a vehicle component is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Kristin Ann Hellman, Pietro Buttolo, Annette Lynn Huebner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 11198227
    Abstract: A testing system configured to determine at least one physical characteristic of a work piece. The testing system includes an effector frame having an effector interface configured for coupling with a manipulator assembly. The effector frame includes at least one torque sensor. A ballast bracket is configured for coupling between the at least one torque sensor and the work piece. The ballast bracket includes a sensor interface coupled with the at least one torque sensor, and at least one work piece latch configured for coupling with the work piece. A movable ballast assembly is coupled with the ballast bracket, and includes a counter ballast movably coupled with the ballast bracket and movable relative to the at least one torque sensor. A ballast actuator coupled with the counter ballast is configured to move the counter ballast relative to the at least one torque sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Vonn L. Holyoak, Bryan R. Moosman, Anthony R. Vulcano
  • Patent number: 11193778
    Abstract: A method of determining a coasting area is disclosed, together with methods of providing coasting information to a vehicle driver; coasting being when the vehicle is allowed to decelerate or to roll without being under power. In embodiments, the coasting area is determined by: determining an end point location of a coasting area based upon a location in map data of an expected decrease in speed of a vehicle traversing a road network represented by the map data; determining a start point location of the coasting area based on at least one attribute associated with the map data proximal to the end point location; and generating coasting information indicative of the coasting area having the start point and end point locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Webfleet Solutions B.V.
    Inventors: Paul Roeland Verheijen, Gianfranco Santoro, Jasper Johannes Anthonius Pauwelussen, Michael Süß, Marco Wedekind, Steffen Orlowsky
  • Patent number: 11192245
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling robots and their end effectors. One embodiment is a method for controlling a robot. The method includes: maneuvering a robot via a robot controller that is dedicated to operating the robot, thereby altering a position of an end effector mounted to the robot, communicating from the robot controller to an end effector controller that is disposed at the end effector and is dedicated to operating the end effector, determining a position of the end effector via the end effector controller, and operating the end effector via the end effector controller based on the position of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Samuel F Pedigo