Patents Examined by Shardul D Patel
  • Patent number: 10761538
    Abstract: Enhanced systems and methods for collision avoidance of a high value asset with reflective beacons around it using multi-sensor data fusion on a mobile industrial vehicle. The system has a sensing processing system with a LiDAR and camera sensors, and a multi-processor module responsive to the different sensors. The sensing processing system fuses the different sensor data to locate the reflective beacons. A model predictive controller on the vehicle determines possible control solutions where each defines a threshold allowable speed for the vehicle at discrete moments based upon an estimated path to a breaching point projected from the reflective beacons, and then identifies an optimal one of the control solutions based upon a performance cost function and associated with an optimal threshold allowable speed. The system has a vehicle actuator configured to respond and alter vehicle movement to avoid a collision when the vehicle exceeds the optimal threshold allowable speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: John E. Ball, Reuben F. Burch, V, Lucas D. Cagle, Collin S. Davenport, James R. Gafford, Tyler J. Hannis, Andrew R. Hegman, Andrew M. LeClair, Yucheng Liu, Michael S. Mazzola, Howard G. McKinney, Tasmia Reza, Jian Shi, Pan Wei, Dennison W. Iacomini
  • Patent number: 10746555
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting when users deviate from a provided transportation route and for correcting the transportation route in response to such user deviations is presented. In one embodiment, a method is provided including detecting a changed condition for a transportation route between a first location and a second location. The transportation route may include multiple transportation segments. A first transportation segment designating a first modality may be identified, wherein the changed condition decreases a likelihood that vehicles associated with the first modality will be available to service the first transportation segment. In response, a second transportation segment designating a second modality different from the first modality is generated. The first transportation segment is then replaced with the second transportation segment in the transportation route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Parker Spielman, Mayank Gulati, Karina Goot
  • Patent number: 10748107
    Abstract: An aerial drone parcel delivery/transfer management system includes an aerial drone parcel delivery/transfer management server (ADPTMS) and a plurality of aerial drone landing pads (ADLPs). Each ADLP has a corresponding ADLP address with a unique ADLP identifier (e.g., a manufacturing serial number); most-recently known ADLP geolocation data (e.g., geospatial coordinates); and possibly most-recently known ADLP elevation data. The ADPTMS communicates with order management/fulfillment servers associated with online stores, which communicates with aerial drone parcel delivery/transfer services for dispatching aerial drones to particular ADLPs corresponding to particular ADLP addresses as part of online orders fulfillment. An ADLP presents a machine readable code such as a quick response (QR) code that is captured by an aerial drone and processed to verify the ADLP's identity. An ADLP can output local RF and/or optical guiding signals to aid aerial drone navigation to the ADLP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: INGAR LLC
    Inventor: Nicolaas Stoman
  • Patent number: 10730502
    Abstract: A vehicle system including a propulsion system coupled to a drive wheel and a friction brake configured to apply braking torque to a vehicle wheel is described. Operation thereof includes an instruction set that is executable to monitor vehicle speed, vehicle grade, and an operator braking request, and execute instructions upon achieving a vehicle speed that is less than a threshold speed. The instructions include controlling, via the friction brake, the braking torque to achieve a desired vehicle speed, and determining an operator acceleration request and the vehicle grade. The controller determines a minimum vehicle grade-based operator acceleration request, and releases the friction brake only when the operator acceleration request is greater than the minimum vehicle grade-based operator acceleration request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kris Sevel, Mindy L. Barth, Alan G. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10713959
    Abstract: Example implementations associated with the aspects of the present invention include a low altitude aircraft identification system composed by three components: a small aircraft electronic identification box with an embedded logger, a ground identification equipment to automatically identify the aircraft just pointing at it, and an identification code database. The identification code can be transmitted by a visible light color sequence or by a radio frequency signal. The ground identification device is capable of recognizing both kinds of code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Airspace Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aislan Gomide Foina, Guy Bar-Nahum, Jasminder Singh Banga
  • Patent number: 10706646
    Abstract: A method of performing diagnostic communication with a vehicle using a diagnostic device includes: acquiring a certificate revocation list (CRL) corresponding to a certificate of the diagnostic device from an external device, verifying a validity of the certificate using the acquired CRL, performing authentication with the vehicle when the validity of the certificate is verified, and starting diagnostic communication between the diagnostic device and the vehicle when the authentication is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai AutoEver Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Soo Ahn, Ho Jin Jung, A Ram Cho, Jae Woo Im
  • Patent number: 10706487
    Abstract: This disclosure covers machine-learning methods, non-transitory computer readable media, and systems that generate a multiplier that efficiently and effectively provides on-demand transportation services for a geographic area. The methods, non-transitory computer readable media, and systems dynamically adjust the multiplier with machine learners to maintain a target estimated time of arrival for a provider device to fulfill a request received from a requestor device. In some embodiments, the methods, non-transitory computer readable media, and systems generate a multiplier report comprising a representation of a geographic area and an indication of the multiplier to facilitate inflow and outflow of provider devices within and without the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventors: Ricky Chachra, Tzu-Hsin Chiao, Ashivni Shekhawat, Christopher Sholley, Jerome Hong-Phat Thai, Adriel Frederick
  • Patent number: 10698406
    Abstract: An autonomous driving device includes an autonomous driving release unit configured to release the autonomous driving control if an override operation is input during the execution of the autonomous driving control which is based on a first travel plan, a travel plan setting unit configured to set a second travel plan different from the first travel plan after the input of the override operation, an autonomous driving restore determination unit configured to determine whether or not to restore the autonomous driving control with the autonomous driving control which is based on the second travel plan after the input of the override operation, and a vehicle control unit configured to automatically start the autonomous driving control which is based on the second travel plan after the autonomous driving control is released and when the autonomous driving restore determination unit determines to restore the autonomous driving control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Kunihito Sato, Kentaro Ichikawa, Maiko Hirano, Bunyo Okumura
  • Patent number: 10691122
    Abstract: When the automobile is changed to the manual driving mode, the control device starts acceptance as the operation of the touch pad as an operation on the application system that displays the screen on the heads-up display, and when the automobile is in the autonomous driving mode, the control device starts acceptance of the operation of the touch pad as an operation on the application system that displays the screen on the center display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kadoya, Taro Iwamoto, Shu Takahara
  • Patent number: 10678265
    Abstract: A method including obtaining real-time data, wherein the real-time data is at least one of data associated with aircrafts in and around an airport, real-time weather information, and runway unavailability at the airport. The real-time data is analyzed. A holding time associated with an aircraft that is approaching the airport for landing is measured based on the analysis of the real-time data. A revised speed advisory is determined for the aircraft based on the holding time. The revised speed advisory is sent to a flight navigation and performance computer and/or a flight management system on-board the aircraft, wherein a speed of the aircraft is controlled based on the revised speed advisory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS SAS
    Inventor: Anurag Sharma
  • Patent number: 10668813
    Abstract: A control device for a transport vehicle configured to travel with a driving force output from an electric motor is provided. When the transport vehicle is driven by a driving force of the electric motor and a variation rate is equal to or less than a predetermined value while a parameter relating to a traveling speed of the transport vehicle is less than a first predetermined value, the control device sets a threshold value, at which an output limit of the electric motor is started based on a parameter relating to a temperature of the electric motor or a temperature of an electric device for driving the electric motor, to a variable value corresponding to a required driving force to the transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuhei Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10661774
    Abstract: A method is provided for increasing the operational safety of at least one thermally stressed functional part of at least one vehicle brake, in particular of a commercial vehicle and/or a trailer, and/or for reducing brake wear and/or drive power, wherein the method has the following steps: inputting a temperature signal of the at least one brake, which temperature signal represents at least one temperature of the brake and/or of a functional part of the brake detected by at least one sensor, and inputting a brake request signal and/or brake pressure signal for the at least one brake; determining a thermal error condition by using the temperature signal and the brake requirement signal and/or brake pressure signal; and providing an adapted brake requirement signal and/or adapted brake pressure signal using the determined thermal error condition in order to increase the operational safety of the at least one functional part of the at least one vehicle brake exposed to thermal stress, and/or to reduce the brake
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Falk Hecker, Werner Koch, Mathias Mayr, Robert Theil, Alexander Werth
  • Patent number: 10663974
    Abstract: Provided are an object recognition device, an autonomous driving system including the same, and an object recognition method using the object recognition device. The object recognition device includes an object frame information generation unit, a frame analysis unit, an object priority calculator, a frame complexity calculator, and a mode control unit. The object frame information generation unit generates object frame information based on a mode control signal. The frame analysis unit generates object tracking information based on object frame information. The object priority calculator generates based on object tracking information. The frame complexity calculator generates a frame complexity based on object tracking information. The mode control unit generates a mode control signal for adjusting an object recognition range and a calculation amount of the object frame information generation unit based on the priority information, the frame complexity, and the resource occupation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Jung Hee Suk, Yi-Gyeong Kim, Chun-Gi Lyuh, Young-Deuk Jeon, Min-Hyung Cho
  • Patent number: 10657823
    Abstract: A system and method system for determining when an object detected by a collision avoidance sensor on one member of an articulated vehicle comprises another member of the vehicle are provided. The system includes a collision avoidance sensor disposed on a first member of the vehicle and configured to detect an object within a field of view of the sensor on a side of the first member of the vehicle. The system further includes a controller configured to determine an articulation angle between the first member of the vehicle and a second member of the vehicle and to determine in response to the articulation angle, whether the second member of the vehicle is the object within the field of view of the collision avoidance sensor on the first member of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Lesher, Martin P. Franz, Liju V. Alex
  • Patent number: 10647205
    Abstract: The present invention provides a braking control apparatus capable of preventing or reducing a change in a deceleration of a vehicle. The braking control apparatus is configured to change a braking force to be generated by a frictional braking device so as to achieve a calculated target braking force, and generate a braking force corresponding to a difference between the braking force to be generated by the frictional braking device and the target braking force with use of an electric braking device, when a predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kaneko, Keisuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10647311
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a braking a vehicle. In one example, the braking system includes a friction braking system, a regenerative braking system, and an electronic processor. The electronic processor is communicatively coupled to the friction braking system and the regenerative braking system. The electronic processor is configured to receive a driver brake request and determine a brake failure state. The brake failure state indicates a brake failure. In response to determining the brake failure state, the electronic processor applies a braking force based on the driver brake request. The braking force includes a frictional braking force generated by the friction braking system and a regenerative braking force generated by the regenerative braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Chi Chuang, Rosalin Irwan, Qingyuan Li
  • Patent number: 10647206
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, which includes a plurality of battery cells stacked on one another and respectively having electrode leads protruding on at least one side thereof, and a bus bar assembly configured to electrically connect the electrode leads of the plurality of battery cells and having at least one lead slot through which electrode leads of two battery cells adjacent to each other pass in common.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Geun Kim, Jin-Woo Park, Bok-Gun Lee, Jeong-Woon Lee
  • Patent number: 10638820
    Abstract: A carrying device and a method for controlling the carrying device are provided. The carrying device includes a body and a movement mechanism arranged at a bottom of the body and capable of moving in various directions. The carrying device further includes: an object information detector arranged on the body and configured to collect object information about an object in front of the body; a driving mechanism connected to the movement mechanism and configured to drive the movement mechanism to move; and a control mechanism configured to determine a position of a target object based on the object information, and output a control instruction to the driving mechanism to enable the movement mechanism to drive the body to follow the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Hongli Ding, Yu Gu, Zhongcheng Gui, Yifei Zhang, Kai Zhao, Ying Zhang
  • Patent number: 10639997
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a vehicle that is provided with a drive wheel, a drive unit configured to generate, on a basis of a torque command, power directed to running, and a power transmitter configured to transmit the power derived from the drive unit to the drive wheel. The control apparatus is mounted on the vehicle and includes a resonance controller and a resonance switcher. The resonance controller is configured to output the torque command, and control resonance of the power transmitter by utilizing the torque command. The resonance switcher is configured to switch a state of the resonance controller between a resonance-restraining state that restrains the resonance and a resonance-generating state that generates the resonance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Fumiyuki Moriya, Hiroshi Ienaga
  • Patent number: 10634793
    Abstract: The lidar detection device uses four two-dimensional lidars to scan an obstacle, to obtain original point-cloud data corresponding to the obstacle, and the original point-cloud data includes a relative distance, a relative angle and a relative speed of the obstacle relative to the vehicle, Next, the point-cloud data is classified into at least one point-cloud group corresponding to the obstacle, and a border length of the obstacle is obtained according to a contour of the point-cloud group. Kalman filter and extrapolation are used to estimate and track a movement path of a dynamic obstacle, and transmit the relative speed and the border length of the dynamic obstacle to an automatic driving controlling device. According to the relative distance, a coordinate of the dynamic obstacle nearest the vehicle can be obtained and transmitted to the automatic driving controlling device efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Testing Center
    Inventors: Siang-Min Siao, Ying-Ren Chen, Li-You Hsu