Patents Examined by Rodney P King
  • Patent number: 10378943
    Abstract: A vehicle control device for a vehicle includes a communication unit configured to communicate with a communication device located at a gas station, and a processor configured to control the vehicle to perform at least one of autonomous driving or autonomous fueling based on information received from the communication device. In addition, a control method for controlling a vehicle includes communicating with a communication device located at a gas station, and controlling a vehicle to perform an operation based on information received from the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daebum Kim, Sangmin Park, Jonghwa Yoon, Chaehwan Leem
  • Patent number: 10379534
    Abstract: A drone system and method. Audio signals are received via one or more microphones positioned relative to a location on a drone and one or more of the audio signals are identified as of interest. Flight characteristics of the drone are then controlled based on the audio signals that are of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Erik Visser, Lae-Hoon Kim, Ricardo De Jesus Bernal Castillo, Shuhua Zhang, Raghuveer Peri
  • Patent number: 10371533
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a method of determining speed information, comprising receiving traffic monitoring information navigation devices (610), wherein the traffic monitoring information includes identification information identifying a mobile device (630), location information indicating a geographic locations (910, 920) at which the identification information was received from the mobile device (630), and temporal information indicating times at which the identification information was received, and determining speed information associated with the mobile device from the traffic monitoring information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TOMTOM GLOBAL CONTENT B.V.
    Inventor: Christopher Kenneth Hoover Wilson
  • Patent number: 10373400
    Abstract: A vehicle email notification system and method in which triggers are used to initiate the generation and transmission of email messages that provide diverse types of dynamic vehicle information to the owner or other authorized subscriber. The email notifications are triggered by different events, some of which are independent of the vehicle (e.g., a 30 day trigger to provide the subscriber with a monthly vehicle status report), and others of which occur at the vehicle, such as a mileage or low oil life trigger. Upon occurrence of a trigger, the notification system builds and sends to the subscriber an email message that contains the dynamic vehicle information and identifies any detected vehicle condition for which action is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Shane McCutchen, Neelie A. Kapral, Chester A. Huber, Christopher L. Oesterling, John J. Correia, Walter A. Dorfstatter, Fahd Laghrari, Steven Samolinski
  • Patent number: 10366370
    Abstract: Methods and systems for retrieving and compiling vehicle information from a variety of sources, and assessing circumstances or events based upon the vehicle information. A central entity, such as an insurance provider, may receive the vehicle information and avail information related to a plurality of vehicles to vehicle owners or operators in a single source dashboard. The central entity may assess the vehicle circumstances to determine whether to notify the individuals of an event, such as a vehicle recall or upcoming maintenance, and then generate notifications and communicate the notifications to the individuals. The notifications may enable the individuals to take maintenance, repair, update, and/or other actions to manage the circumstances and potentially avoid situations that may cause unnecessary financial commitments or vehicle damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Andrea Lee Rhoades, Steven C. Cielocha, Jessica Shull, Brian Mark Fields, Wayne Louis Cecil, Steven Schmidt, Ronny S. Bryant, Ed Weidmann, Gregory Hayward, Stacey Gorsuch, John Anthony Argenziano, Carol Marie Csanda, Catherine Sue Schwamberger, Courtney Clarke, Christina P. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10351255
    Abstract: There are described herein methods and systems for providing an engine computer with a power request having been determined by an aircraft computer. The power request is sent over a communication bus and once it reaches the engine computer, the latency due to the different update rates of the engine computer and the aircraft computer are compensated for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Teuvo Saario, Reza Pedrami, Aaron Martin
  • Patent number: 10353403
    Abstract: An autonomous flying device that tracks a moving object and flies includes a sensor that obtains first information related to a velocity of the moving object, a controller that controls flight of the autonomous flying device, and a driver that drives the autonomous flying device, the controller setting a velocity of the autonomous flying device in accordance with the first information so that the velocity of the autonomous flying device increases as a distance between the moving object and the autonomous flying device increases, the driver causing the autonomous flying device to fly at the velocity set by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hongjie Shi
  • Patent number: 10343680
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for driving a mining and/or construction machine, where said machine is arranged to be controlled by an operator by means of maneuvering means, where said operator, when driving said machine, provides steering commands by means of said maneuvering means for maneuvering said machine. The method comprises, when said machine is being driven in an environment having at least a first obstacle: when said machine is within a first distance from said first obstacle, estimate a first path that has been requested by said operator by means of said steering commands, by means of a control system, determining whether said machine when moving according to said requested first path will be driven within a second distance from said first obstacle, and when it is determined that said machine, when travelling according to said first path, will be driven within said second distance from said first obstacle, retard said machine by means of said control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Epiroc Rock Drills Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Johan Larsson
  • Patent number: 10336322
    Abstract: A miniature autonomous vehicle for operation on the public roads is disclosed. The small size allows efficiency for small payloads, but produces a danger of being overlooked by other vehicles. The size of the vehicle is less than driver operated vehicles and may be restricted to less than 200 pounds. Sensors determine the vehicles speed and the presence of environmental vehicles and use a processor to calculate the need for additional visibility. A visibility structure and support structure with lights or markers is controlled by the processor. The markers are controlled in their operation or position by the processor on the basis of the sensor data. Extending or raising and retracting or lowering the structure affects the air resistance and stability of the vehicle. The structure can be raised when the vehicle stops or is in traffic and lowered at road speeds in light or absent traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Danaher Harvey
  • Patent number: 10322722
    Abstract: A method of controlling an autonomously operating vehicle includes determining if the vehicle is currently occupied by a passenger, or if the vehicle is not currently occupied by a passenger. When the vehicle is currently occupied by a passenger, a vehicle controller controls at least one vehicle system to operate using a set of passenger present operating parameters. The set of passenger present operating parameters control the vehicle to provide a minimum level of passenger comfort. When the vehicle is not currently occupied by a passenger, the vehicle controller controls at least one vehicle system to operate using a set of passenger not-present operating parameters. The set of passenger not-present operating parameters control the vehicle for one of optimal energy efficiency, or for optimal vehicle diagnostic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Brett T. Muller, Joshua R. Auden, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10317222
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided for determining a navigation route. A route is requested by a navigation device between a starting location and a destination location. The route request is received by an external processor for analysis. A navigation route is determined by the external processor and its associated map version. The determined navigation route is then encoded with a sequence of path decisions along the route. The encoded navigation route is transmitted to the navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Mirko Maischberger, Daniel Rolf
  • Patent number: 10315631
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operating a motor vehicle brake system that comprises at least one electronic parking brake having at least one actuator, wherein in the presence of a first switching signal at a switching signal input the actuator is controlled so as to activate the parking brake. It is provided that the switching signal input in a normal operating mode is released so as to apply optional switching signals and in a safety operating mode is set to a second switching signal that is different from the first switching signal so that the process of controlling the actuator so as to activating the parking brake is prevented. The disclosure further relates to a control device for a motor vehicle brake system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Sautter, Peter Rebholz-Goldmann, Andreas Huth
  • Patent number: 10308221
    Abstract: A method for preventing a relay attack of a smart key system for a vehicle according to the present invention accurately calculates a current spaced distance between an SMK unit and a fob key by using an RSSI included in a response signal and a current voltage level in a process of decoding the response signal when the fob key carried by a user receives a signal applied from the SMK unit installed in a vehicle and then transmits the response signal having at least two kinds of information to the SMK unit, and detects a challenge signal applied from the SMK unit installed in the vehicle and a noise signal included in the response signal, thereby enabling an operation of the vehicle only in a state where the carrier of the fob key secures a predetermined visual distance from the vehicle, and more definitely preventing a third party from breaking into the vehicle through RF bi-directional authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SEOYON ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gyu Ho Kim, Ju Min Kim, Shim Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10266165
    Abstract: A braking system for a vehicle includes: a front axle wheel brake cylinder; a rear axle wheel brake cylinder; and a control electronics system for controlling a first brake pressure in the front axle wheel brake cylinder and/or a second brake pressure in the rear axle wheel brake cylinder. A limiting value z-critical is defined for the braking system, which specifies a maximum braking action, at which a traction stress on the front axle of the vehicle and a traction stress on the rear axle of the vehicle are equal. The braking system is mechanically configured for a z-critical of at least 0.7 g, and the braking system is controlled by the control electronics system during operation using a z-critical value of at most 0.7 g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Jochen Feinauer, Stefan Strengert, Karl-Heinz Willmann
  • Patent number: 10246075
    Abstract: An electronic control unit executes navigation-cooperative SOC control in which traveling situations on a traveling route found through a search performed by a navigation system are predicted and a state-of-charge is controlled by adjusting an output of an engine based on the predicted traveling situations to control charging-discharging of an electricity storage device. The ECU does not execute the navigation-cooperative SOC control when a temperature of the electricity storage device falls below a prescribed temperature and thus charging-discharging of the electricity storage device is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Morisaki
  • Patent number: 10203033
    Abstract: An exemplary transmission system includes a first sensor configured to measure a quantity and output a first signal representative of the quantity measured. A second sensor is configured to separately measure the quantity measured by the first sensor and output a second signal representative of the quantity measured. A transmission control module in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor is configured to process the first signal along a primary processing path, process the second signal along a secondary processing path, compare the processed first signal to the processed second signal to determine if the primary processing path is reliable, and compare the processed first signal to the processed second signal to determine if the first sensor is reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: EATON CUMMINS AUTOMATED TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Kerfegar K. Katrak
  • Patent number: 10202038
    Abstract: In a slip control device for an electric vehicle, a slip control section is provided which is configured to perform, in a control repetition cycle, a series of slip control of determining whether or not a slip state has occurred, on the basis of the number of rotations of a drive wheel and the number of rotations of a driven wheel observed by respective rotation number observation sections and, and decreasing a torque command value to a motor if the slip state has occurred. A vehicle speed detection section configured to detect a vehicle speed and a control repetition cycle change section configured to lengthen the control repetition cycle of the slip control section when the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detection section is in a predetermined low-speed range, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yingjie Zhang
  • Patent number: 10151077
    Abstract: A method of operating a loader having a clamshell bucket operationally connected thereto, wherein the clamshell bucket has a first clamshell portion pivotably connected to a second clamshell portion, including positioning the first clamshell portion in contact with the ground, and automatically adjusting the angular relationship between the first clamshell portion and the second clamshell portion as the second clamshell portion is moved through the ground to maintain a predetermined grade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Phillip Paull
  • Patent number: 10150654
    Abstract: A system is provided for identifying an operator and managing access rights in connection with a crane. The crane includes a control system and a controller positioned at a distance from it. The control system maintains a plurality of operator-specific parameters that define operator rights. An identifier reader is placed in connection with the controller for reading the operator's identifier by using a first connection. A second connection is set up between the identifier reader and the control system to send the operator's identifier, or information derived from it, to the control system. The control system compares the operations requested through the controller with the operator-specific parameters, which define operator rights, and allows the operation of the crane only within the scope of rights associated with the operator's identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timo Vikman, Tuomas Martinkallio, Matti Kemppainen, Lasse Härkönen
  • Patent number: 10093286
    Abstract: An example leveling/stabilization system for a vehicle includes a jack, an actuator, a user interface device, and a controller. The jack is adapted to be fixed to the vehicle and is extendable from a stowed position to an auto-deployed position. The actuator is coupled to the jack and is operative to extend and retract the jack responsive to signals from the controller. The user interface device is adapted to receive input from a user. The controller is responsive to an auto-deploy signal from the user interface and operative to provide the control signals to the actuator causing the actuator to continuously extend the jack from the stowed position for a predetermined time period, thereby positioning the jack in the auto-deployed position. No level sensor is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Quadra Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnnie Eugene Lehman, Gary Anthony Lehman, Robert Daniel Slack