Patents Examined by Shardul D Patel
  • Patent number: 10624802
    Abstract: A system allowing a wheelchair bound user to embark and disembark a vehicle without assistance. The user requests entry into the vehicle. The vehicle is manually or autonomously driven into a safe position for ingress. The vehicle checks if the area is clear to open the door. The vehicle autonomously opens the door. The vehicle verifies the person is wheelchair bound. If the passenger is wheelchair bound, then: the vehicle verifies if the area is clear to deploy an inclined ramp or lift. The vehicle deploys the inclined ramp or lift. The vehicle waits until the user is on top of the lift and starts lifting the wheelchair bound person. The vehicle waits until the user at the correct height and transitions from the lift/ramp into the securement station inside of the vehicle. The vehicle verifies that the wheelchair is properly positioned for securement. The vehicle secures the wheel chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Alberto Daniel Lacaze, Karl Nicholas Murphy, Joseph Putney, John Keyser
  • Patent number: 10618521
    Abstract: A system, including: one or more sensors included in an apparatus wearable by a vehicle operator to measure ocular muscle movement; and a computer that includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the computer such that the computer is programmed to: receive data indicating ocular muscle movement from the wearable sensor; determine, using the measurement, a gaze direction of the operator; use the gaze direction to determine a level of operator attentiveness; and actuate a vehicle operation if the level of operator attentiveness is below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Devinder Singh Kochhar
  • Patent number: 10612604
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling engine clutch slip for a hybrid vehicle, in which it is determined whether an engine clutch has entered a slip mode and lubrication of the engine clutch is easily achieved through an additional lubrication hydraulic pressure circuit whenever the engine clutch enters the slip mode, thereby achieving the engine clutch slip control in all shift ranges including low-speed and medium-speed ranges and maintaining the heat energy that is generated from the engine clutch at a predetermined level or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Young Chul Kim, Sang Hyun Jeong
  • Patent number: 10604278
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes a parameter calculator to determine a baseline value of a set of health parameters for a turbine engine of a vehicle based on a first set of sensor measurements to estimate an initial health of turbine engine components, and determine an operational value of the set of health parameters based on a second set of sensor measurements to estimate an operational health of the turbine engine components. The apparatus further includes a difference calculator to calculate a difference between the baseline value and the operational value to assess a health of the turbine engine, a database to store the first set of sensor measurements or the initial health of the turbine engine components, and an alert generator to generate an alert when the difference satisfies a threshold, the alert including a notification to perform maintenance on the component based on the difference and the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Sridhar Adibhatla
  • Patent number: 10605617
    Abstract: A first user of a smart phone or vehicle navigation system may invite a second user of a smart phone or vehicle navigation system to participate in a shared travel experience where the second user follows the first user. While on the shared trip, the first user is provided the location of the second user along with a route to a selected destination. The second user is provided the location of the first user, along with the route to the selected destination. The first user is able to identify points of interest on the route, which are then presented to the second user. A network is established that allows the first and second user to have a two-way conversation, and to synchronize the music that is listened to by the first user and the second user to simulate the experience of being together in the same vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Felix Gerard Torquil Ifor Andrew, Geoffrey T. Ebersol, Kshitij Sethi, Isabelle Rice
  • Patent number: 10603795
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present disclosure is an automatic floor preparation or maintenance system. The system uses a laser rangefinder to map a workspace, while a path planning module uses the map to determine a path for the concrete polishing vehicle to travel. A propulsion system moves the vehicle along the determined path. A user interface allows an operator to remotely monitor the autonomous operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Xiaoyu Abrasive Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lawrence, Penglai Guo, Patrick Rowe, Parag Batavia
  • Patent number: 10589662
    Abstract: An adjusting system for a lighting apparatus for vehicles is configured to emit light for forming a light distribution described by a parameter set. The adjusting system includes a light control unit and is configured to modify the light distribution. The parameter set describing the light distribution is stored in the light control unit, which and configured to control the lighting apparatus such that the lighting apparatus emits light for forming the light distribution in accordance with the parameter set into an area in front of the lighting apparatus. An operator control unit separate from both the lighting apparatus and the light control unit is configured to accept user inputs and to transmit the user inputs to the light control unit, which is configured to modify the parameter set in accordance with the user inputs to produce a further parameter set describing a further user-defined, preferably dynamic, light distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Reinprecht
  • Patent number: 10591912
    Abstract: Methods and systems for remote support of autonomous operation of vehicles have been disclosed. State indicators are generated by a first state display based on state data from a portion of vehicles assigned to a respective first level control station. A second state display is generated for a second control station and displays state indicators for the state data of the vehicles. A remote support interface including the first state display and image data received from a first vehicle of the vehicles is generated. Instruction data to the first vehicle is transmitted using the remote support interface and based on an indication that the first vehicle needs remote support, the instruction data modifying the autonomous operation of the first vehicle. A workload between the first level control stations is allocated by assigning the vehicles using the state indicators of the second state display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, Inc.
    Inventors: Liam Pedersen, Maarten Sierhuis, Hans Utz, Mauro Della Penna, Jeffrey Bradshaw, Matthew Johnson, Michael Vignati, Lawrence Bunch
  • Patent number: 10591920
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are related to a method, apparatus and system for joint motion planning and trajectory estimation, comprising: determining a cost function to describe system kinematics comprising trajectories, speeds, and accelerations of a host vehicle and of one or more other vehicles for each possible intention of the host vehicle and of the other vehicles, wherein the trajectories are described with spline functions; and determining jointly the trajectories of the host vehicle and of the other vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhaoyang Lv, Aliakbar Aghamohammadi
  • Patent number: 10586452
    Abstract: An approach is disclosed that locates available parking spaces from a set of parking spaces, such as in a parking lot. The approach retrieves a clearance distance that needed between a parked vehicle parked in an adjacent parking space to the identified parking space. After retrieving the needed clearance distance, the system transmit an instruction to a self-driving vehicle to park in the identified parking space and leave the clearance distance between the self-driving vehicle and the parked vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert J. Kapinos, Timothy W. Kingsbury, Scott W. Li, Russell S. VanBlon
  • Patent number: 10571916
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides control systems and methods for an autonomous vehicle. In one example implementation, a control method includes obtaining data indicative of a motion plan for the autonomous vehicle. The method includes upsampling the data indicative of the motion plan to determine a desired vehicle state for the autonomous vehicle. The method includes obtaining data indicative of a current vehicle state for the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining a control command for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the desired vehicle state and the current vehicle state. The method includes controlling the vehicle component based at least in part on the control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Tschanz, Diana Yanakiev, Jur van den Berg
  • Patent number: 10556785
    Abstract: A system for controlling an industrial truck with a drive portion including a traction drive portion, a steering portion, and a load portion, comprises a portable transmitting unit configured to be positioned away from the industrial truck. The system further comprises at least three transmitting and receiving units positioned in a predetermined spatial arrangement with respect to one another on the drive portion. An evaluation unit is provided that is configured to determine a position of the portable transmitting and receiving unit relative to the industrial truck by measuring signal propagation times. The industrial truck further comprises a control unit configured to send a control command for traction drive and/or steering if the relative position of the portable transmitting and receiving unit is located within a predetermined spatial region relative to the industrial truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oliver Göpner, Michael Schüler
  • Patent number: 10555453
    Abstract: An agricultural implement configured to shift weight between a center toolbar and left and right wing sections. Each wing section includes inner and outer sections pivotally coupled about a horizontal axis. Left and right wing flex actuators pivot the outer wing sections with respect to the inner wing sections about the respective left and right horizontal axes. Each of the inner wing sections is pivotally coupled to the center toolbar about respective left and right vertical axis. The center toolbar section is supported by a center wheel assembly and distal ends of the left and right outer wing sections are supported by respective left and right wing wheel assemblies. A monitor is in signal communication with load sensors on each of the wheel assemblies and a fluid control system to actuate the wing flex actuators so the measured center wheel load approaches a center wheel target load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Dale M. Koch, Jason J. Stoller
  • Patent number: 10549781
    Abstract: A vehicle according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes an electronic chassis control system configured for an electronic control suspension (ECS), a motor driven power steering system (MDPS), an electronic stability control (ESC), and an all wheel drive (AWD), and an integrated controller implementing an integrated avoidance control in which controls for each of the MDPS, the ESC, and the AWD according to an emergency avoidance control of the ECS in the forward collision situation, wherein it is possible to safely and rapidly avoid risk of forward collision, and cooperative control performance of the ECS and the AWD, the ESC and the MDPS is optimized by applying an emergency grade to the integrated avoidance control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae-Il Park, Sung-Wook Hwang
  • Patent number: 10549770
    Abstract: A method for steering a vehicle, wherein forces for steering wheels are generated by a steering torque. The steering torque is applied by a mechanical steering system and/or a steering actuator. The method includes in the automatic phase: automatic steering of the vehicle, where a control unit calculates an automatic torque and actuates the steering actuator so that the steering torque corresponds to the automatic torque. During the engagement phase when a manual torque applied to the steering wheel by the driver is detected, the method includes maintaining the calculated automatic torque as a steering torque by ignoring or compensating the manual torque until the manual torque has exceeded a defined threshold torque greater than zero. During a transfer phase, the method includes reducing the automatic torque after exceeding the threshold torque, wherein the steering torque corresponds to the sum of the manual torque and automatic torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johannes Albrecht, Matthias Schoelzel
  • Patent number: 10553039
    Abstract: A system for diagnosing deterioration of a drive belt in a vehicle may include an engine, a motor connected to a shaft of a crankshaft of the engine via the drive belt to generate electric power, a controller for identifying slip of the drive belt and subsequently determining that deterioration of the drive belt is diagnosed (the “deterioration diagnosis”) or slip of the drive belt is diagnosed as being due to friction of the engine (the “slip diagnosis”) depending on whether conditions for diagnosing deterioration are fulfilled and then generating a torque adjustment command to adjust torque of the motor depending on the deterioration diagnosis or the slip diagnosis, and a main battery for supplying electric power to the motor in response to the torque adjustment command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kwang-Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10538240
    Abstract: A road vehicle convoy control method includes applying, on a hinge, a moment, an amplitude of which varies based on measured oscillations to absorb the measured oscillations. The moment is applied on the hinge by controlling an actuator of the hinge and jointly controlling: an electrical machine of a first wheel from a wheel set that belongs to part of a chassis that pivot in relation to another wheel because of the hinge to increase torque of the first wheel; and, simultaneously, an electrical machine of a second wheel from the same wheel set to keep the torque thereof constant or increase the torque of the second wheel less than the torque of the first wheel to apply the moment on the hinge in combination with the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Valery Cervantes, Jerome Laborde
  • Patent number: 10533872
    Abstract: A system determines a set of POIs that are visible from a location. The system stores a visibility map for each POI. A visibility map includes data about locations or regions from which the associated POI is visible. The data may include information about how visible the POI is from different locations. The system divides a region into road bins (e.g., geofences a route passes through). Each road bin is associated with a set of POIs that are visible from locations within the road bin. When the system receives a request from a user device for information about visible POIs, the system determines a road bin that corresponds to the location of the user device, identifies POIs associated with the road bin, and transmits information about the set of POIs to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Moore, Janice J. Suh, Benjamin Kadlec, Christine Misuye Tao
  • Patent number: 10531603
    Abstract: An agricultural system is disclosed comprising one or more radar sensors configured to acquire radar data representative of crop rows in an agricultural field. The system also comprises a controller configured to determine crop-property-data based on the radar data. The crop property data is representative of one or more properties of crop rows that are in a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Luca Ferrari, Trevor Stanhope, Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 10531166
    Abstract: A system of a machine includes a network of a plurality of sensing/control/identification devices distributed throughout the machine. Each of the sensing/control/identification devices is associated with at least one sub-system component of the machine and operable to communicate through a plurality of electromagnetic signals. Shielding surrounds at least one of the sensing/control/identification devices to contain the electromagnetic signals proximate to the at least one sub-system component. A communication path is integrally formed in a component of the machine to route a portion of the electromagnetic signals through the component. The communication path comprises a material transparent to the electromagnetic signals. The system also includes a remote processing unit operable to communicate with the network of the sensing/control/identification devices through the electromagnetic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph V. Mantese, Kurt J. Sobanski