Patents Examined by Russell Frejd
  • Patent number: 11685524
    Abstract: A yaw control system for a helicopter having a tailboom includes one or more tail rotors rotatably coupled to the tailboom and a quiet mode controller. The quiet mode controller includes a noise monitoring module configured to monitor one or more flight parameters of the helicopter and a quiet mode command module configured to selectively switch the one or more tail rotors to a quiet mode based on the one or more flight parameters. The quiet mode command module is also configured to modify one or more operating parameters of the one or more tail rotors in the quiet mode to reduce noise emitted by the helicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Bustamante, Marc Ouellet, Alexis Dugré, Chen Kuang, Guillaume Biron
  • Patent number: 11685389
    Abstract: The invention is a modular vehicle that is intended for a variety of operations including both military and civilian operations. The vehicle addresses the issue of performing special purpose tasks that the vehicle is asked to do. Such tasks can be accomplished by configuring the vehicle as an ambulance, as a fire-fighting vehicle, as a communications van, as a command and control vehicle, etc. Thus, the vehicle is readily adapted using standardized and customized modules that are readily attached to a standardized platform that includes an appropriate interconnection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: APPLIED MINDS, LLC
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis
  • Patent number: 11685406
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a recognizer configured to recognize a surrounding environment including a structure of a road near a vehicle and another vehicle, a deriver configured to derive a predicted probability that the other vehicle will travel in the future along each of routes which are assumed when a plurality of routes along which the other vehicle is able to travel are assumed on a road on which the other vehicle recognized by the recognizer travels, and a travel controller configured to control behavior of the vehicle based on the predicted probability derived by the deriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Yoshihara, Takashi Mine, Yuki Kizumi
  • Patent number: 11685643
    Abstract: The present application provides a method, device and system for automatically fueling a vehicle. The method includes: judging, by a fueling control device of the vehicle, whether the vehicle needs to be filled with fuel; obtaining driving route information and vehicle status information of the vehicle in the case of determining that the vehicle needs to be filled with fuel; determining fuel amount to be filled according to the driving route information and the vehicle status information of the vehicle; sending a fueling request to a fueling management system; receiving a feedback message from the fueling management system, wherein the feedback message includes position information of a fueling device; and prompting the vehicle to obtain fuel offered by the fueling device indicated by the position information of the fueling device according to the fuel amount to be filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Nan Wu, He Zheng
  • Patent number: 11679969
    Abstract: Apparatuses, components and methods are provided herein useful to provide assistance to customers and/or workers in a shopping facility. In some embodiments, a shopping facility personal assistance system comprises: a plurality of motorized transport units located in and configured to move through a shopping facility space; a plurality of user interface units, each corresponding to a respective motorized transport unit during use of the respective motorized transport unit; and a central computer system having a network interface such that the central computer system wirelessly communicates with one or both of the plurality of motorized transport units and the plurality of user interface units, wherein the central computer system is configured to control movement of the plurality of motorized transport units through the shopping facility space based at least on inputs from the plurality of user interface units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Michael D. Atchley, Shuvro Chakrobartty, Karl Kay, Brian G. McHale, Robert C. Taylor, John P. Thompson, Eric E. Welch, David C. Winkle
  • Patent number: 11679749
    Abstract: A system for brake inspection of vehicle for checking a brake performance of the vehicle in which brake fluid is injected in a vehicle factory includes a communication unit connecting the vehicle entered through the conveyor and the diagnostic communication, a specification determination unit that collects specification information of the vehicle and determines whether to apply an electronic stability control (ESC) device, a specification determination unit that collects specification information of the vehicle and determines whether to apply an electronic stability control (ESC) device, and an inspector consisting of a control unit that determines that the ESC pressure value measured by the forced driving of the ESC exceeds the set reference value, and determines that the brake pressure is normal (OK), and determines that the ESC pressure is abnormal (NG).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventors: Sang Won Yoon, Jeongwoo Kim, Hyunmin Choi, Kyung Joo Cho, Beomkyo Lee
  • Patent number: 11673578
    Abstract: A method and road assistance system for safe handling an autonomous vehicle during emergency failure situation is disclosed. The road assistance system establishes a network connection with autonomous vehicle, where request for the network connection is transmitted by the autonomous vehicle on detection of operation failures. Upon establishing the network connection with the autonomous vehicle, vehicle failure information is received from the autonomous vehicle. The road assistance system determines type of failure in the autonomous vehicle based on the vehicle failure information. Further, current surrounding environment information is obtained for the autonomous vehicle from one of autonomous vehicle and one or more sensing devices located in proximity to the autonomous vehicle. Thereafter, the road assistance system generates at least one control instruction based on the type of failure and the current surrounding environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Arnik Sarkar, Pranab Ghosh, Dipanjan Choudhury
  • Patent number: 11675907
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for operating a drone are described herein. A system for operating a drone includes a trusted execution environment (TEE) circuit to: store a firmware of the drone; and determine whether the firmware is valid; and a processor subsystem to: access a flight plan authorization when the firmware is determined to be valid; and navigate the drone according to the flight path authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Ernesto Martinez
  • Patent number: 11674815
    Abstract: A method for route generation based on a stated purpose of an activity, implemented by a computer system, includes: receiving, by the computer system, a route request from a user device, the route request including an activity to be performed during a route traversal, a purpose of the activity, and a user identifier associated with a user of the user device; in response to receiving the route request, obtaining, by the computer system, a set of user preferences associated with the user identifier from a user profiles database; identifying, by the computer system, a set of route candidates with route attributes matching the activity, the purpose of the activity, and at least one of the user preferences; and outputting, by the computer system to the user device, one or more recommended route candidates from the set of route candidates based on the matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jocelyn Sese, Ashley Kristin Silva, Randy A. Rendahl, Frank Isaacs
  • Patent number: 11667286
    Abstract: A device for determining a tachometer characteristic curve of a motor vehicle includes a detection apparatus and a determining apparatus. The determining apparatus is configured to form a tachometer characteristic curve on the basis of one or more mean value pairs, which are formed by means of one locomotion signal mean value and one speed mean value, by means of which tachometer characteristic curve locomotion signals and speed values are converted into one another, and/or to change a tachometer characteristic curve which is already present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oliver Fritsch, Christian Rathgeber, Franz Winkler
  • Patent number: 11668569
    Abstract: Provided is a device including an acquisition unit that acquires information indicating a position estimation system selected from among a plurality of position estimation systems for estimating a position of a flight vehicle, and a position estimation unit that estimates the position of the flight vehicle from first information generated by using an inertial sensor of the flight vehicle and second information generated through the position estimation system based on a parameter for the position estimation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Haruto Takeda, Peter Duerr, Satoru Shimizu, Tsutomu Sawada, Kousuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11669054
    Abstract: A method for operating a mobile platform includes detecting a malfunction in a first sensor communicating with a sensor controller associated with the mobile platform, and, in response to detecting the malfunction in the first sensor, eliminating the first sensor from a sensor data source for controlling the mobile platform, enabling a second sensor to be in the sensor data source, continuing to receive and evaluate data from the first sensor, and, in response to not detecting an anomaly in the data from the first sensor, restoring the first sensor back into the sensor data source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Guoxiu Pan, Renli Shi
  • Patent number: 11657587
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a mapping application that displays a rotation of a 3D map and corresponding rotation of a set of map labels overlaying the 3D map in response to receiving input to rotate the 3D map. When a particular map label in the set of map labels rotates towards an upside down orientation, the mapping application also replaces the particular map label with a version of the particular map label arranged in a right side up orientation to prevent the particular map label from being displayed in the upside down orientation in the 3D map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Anders Mikael Adlers, Christopher F. Marrin, Elisabeth Lindkvist, Jeffrey Paul McCurdy Hultquist, Ian MacDonald Henderson, II
  • Patent number: 11654901
    Abstract: A control unit determines whether a rapid acceleration pedal depression operation has been performed. The control unit determines whether a low impact collision has occurred. When it is determined that the rapid acceleration pedal depression operation has been performed and the low impact collision has occurred, the control unit executes a secondary collision damage mitigation control. Consequently, the secondary collision damage mitigation control can be appropriately executed even when a collision that does not cause an air bag to be inflated has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventors: Yusuke Mase, Hideyuki Usui, Yoshiaki Moriya, Jiro Ohachi, Yuki Tomiku, Yuji Misumi, Tetsuhiro Narita, Masakatsu Onitsuka
  • Patent number: 11649613
    Abstract: A system for tracking a position of a working edge on an implement of a construction vehicle includes a GNSS with an antenna. The GNSS unit is configured to determine a position of the antenna and a tilt and a heading of the GNSS unit. A mount is configured to couple the GNSS unit to a rigid member of the construction vehicle. The mount is configured to couple the GNSS unit to the rigid member so that the antenna is arranged in a known spatial relationship with a pivot point between the rigid member and the implement. A mobile controller is configured for wireless communications with the GNSS unit and an angle sensor that is configured to determine rotation of the implement. The mobile controller is configured to receive the position of the antenna, the tilt, and the heading from the GNSS unit, to receive the rotation of the implement from the angle sensor, and to determine coordinates of the working edge of the implement in a real world coordinate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: John Boss, Jon McKendry, Scott Crozier, Casey Cyrus, Alex Harrington
  • Patent number: 11648939
    Abstract: Techniques and methods for performing collision monitoring using system data. For instance, a vehicle may generate sensor data using one or more sensors. The vehicle may then analyze the sensor data using systems in order to determine parameters associated with the vehicle and parameters associated with another object. Additionally, the vehicle may determine uncertainties associated with the parameters and then process the parameters using the uncertainties. Based at least in part on the processing, the vehicle may determine a distribution of estimated locations associated with the vehicle and a distribution of estimated locations associated with the object. Using the distributions of estimated locations, the vehicle may determine the probability of collision between the vehicle and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Scott Crego, Siavosh Rezvan Behbahani, Ali Ghasemzadehkhoshgroudi, Sai Anurag Modalavalasa, Andreas Christian Reschka, Lingqiao Qin
  • Patent number: 11645064
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use, determining risk, and pricing insurance policies for a vehicle having one or more autonomous or semi-autonomous operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, the operating status of the features, the identity of a vehicle operator, risk levels for operation of the vehicle by the vehicle operator, or damage to the vehicle may be determined based upon sensor or other data. According to further aspects, decisions regarding transferring control between the features and the vehicle operator may be made based upon sensor data and information regarding the vehicle operator. Additional aspects may recommend or install updates to the autonomous operation features based upon determined risk levels. Some aspects may include monitoring transportation infrastructure and communicating information about the infrastructure to vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Chien Che Huang, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Shawn C. Bennett, Steven C. Cielocha, Ronny S. Bryant, Stephen Kohaus, Terry Quakenbush, Richard A. Novak, Craig M. Main, Weixin Wu, Torri Wollenschlager, Carol Marie Csanda, Stacey Gorsuch, Todd Binion, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 11644317
    Abstract: The technology provides for a pair of earbuds. For instance, a first earbud may include a first antenna, and a second earbud may include a second antenna. The pair of earbuds may further include one or more processors configured to receive, from the first antenna, a first signal from a beacon, and receive, from the second antenna, a second signal from the beacon. Based on the first signal and the second signal, the one or more processors may determine at least one signal strength. The one or more processors may determine a position of the user relative to the beacon based on the at least one signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jiang Zhu, Chi Kin Benjamin Leung
  • Patent number: 11643076
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose forward collision control methods and apparatuses, electronic devices, programs, and media, where the forward collision control method includes: detecting a forward suspected collision object on a road where a current traveling object is located on the basis of a neural network; predicting the collision time between the current traveling object and the suspected collision object; and performing forward collision control on the current traveling object according to the collision time, where the forward collision control includes forward collision warning and/or driving control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Wenzhi Liu, Chendi Yu, Xingyu Zeng, Shuai Yi, Yuanyang Tong
  • Patent number: 11643109
    Abstract: A vehicle control system that acquires position information of a vehicle in a driving state of a manually driven state or a remotely operated driven state; that stores a pre-traveled travel route of a vehicle in the manually driven state or the remotely operated driven state based on the acquired position information; and that creates a travel route on which a vehicle is caused to travel in an autonomously driven state using the stored travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Yuki Ito, Tsukasa Nakanishi, Yuta Morikawa, Naoki Yamamuro, Yuki Tatsumoto