Patents Examined by Shardul D Patel
  • Patent number: 10520581
    Abstract: A variety of methods, controllers and algorithms are described for fusing sensor data obtained from different vehicles for use in the at least partial automatic control of a particular vehicle. The described techniques are well suited for use in conjunction with a variety of different vehicle control applications including platooning, convoying and other connected driving applications including tractor-trailer truck platooning applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin B. Schuh, Stephen M. Erlien, Joshua P. Switkes
  • Patent number: 10518801
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for estimating stability margins in a steer-by-wire system are disclosed. In one example implementation, a method for open-loop steer-by-wire (SbW) system linearization includes linearizing, by a processing device, an open-loop SbW system at different operating points. The method further includes determining, by the processing device, an open-loop transfer function of the op en-loop SbW system. The method further includes estimating, by the processing device, margins of stability for the open-loop SbW system. The method further includes implementing the margins of stability into a vehicle to reduce instability in a steering system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Bo Yu, Ibrahim A. Badiru, Scott R. Kloess
  • Patent number: 10513273
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to controlling a transition between a manual driving mode and an autonomous driving mode of a vehicle. For instance, one or more processors of one or more control computing devices may control the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode. While controlling the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode and decelerating at a given rate, the processors may receive at a user input of the vehicle input requesting a transition from the autonomous driving mode to the manual driving mode. In response to the input, the processors may transition the vehicle to the manual driving mode. After transitioning the vehicle to the manual driving mode, the processors may send deceleration signals to a deceleration actuator thereby causing the vehicle to continue to decelerate at the given rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Stark, Daniel Trawick Egnor, Ryan Cash, Andrew Schultz
  • Patent number: 10509408
    Abstract: A drive planning processor plans a driving operation plan for a subject vehicle traveling on a route. The drive planning processor determines an action for each of a plurality of events which the subject vehicle encounters in a time-series manner when traveling on a first route and plans a series of driving operation plan for a scene which the subject vehicle encounters using content of each action determined for each of the plurality of events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Aoki, Noriaki Fujiki, Susumu Fujita, Hikaru Nishira
  • Patent number: 10501113
    Abstract: To provide a motor drive control device, an electric power steering device, and a vehicle which can individually diagnose abnormalities of magnetic detection elements, designed in a multisystem configuration to include at least two systems, for each system. A motor drive control device includes two systems of first and second rotation information detection function units. The first and second rotation information detection function units include first and second rotation position information detection units and first and second rotation information detection units. The first and second rotation information detection units individually diagnose their own abnormalities based on first and second motor rotation position signals detected by the first and second rotation position information detection units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Kuwahara, Shigeyuki Uematsu
  • Patent number: 10486640
    Abstract: An autonomous robot vehicle in accordance with aspects of the present disclosure includes a conveyance system and a compartment coupled to the conveyance system. The conveyance system autonomously drives the autonomous robotic vehicle between one or more grocery storage locations and one or more delivery locations. The compartment receives one or more grocery items stored at the one more grocery storage locations. The compartment includes a temperature control module configured to maintain the compartment within a predetermined temperature range to provide temperature control for the one or more grocery items as the conveyance system drives between the one or more grocery storage locations and the one or more delivery locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NURO, INC.
    Inventors: David Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu, Nan Ransohoff
  • Patent number: 10486823
    Abstract: An aircraft is provided that includes a fuel storage tank for aviation fuel, and avionics systems interconnected by an avionics bus. The fuel storage tank receives aviation fuel during a fuel uplift for a flight according to a flight plan that includes and depends on a predicted fuel burn determined based on a reference lower heating value (LHV) of the aviation fuel. The avionics systems include temperature and density sensors, and a flight management system (FMS). The temperature and density sensors measure respectively the temperature and density of the aviation fuel. The FMS receives the measurements, estimates an actual LHV that is different from the reference LHV based on the measurements, and determines an adjusted predicted fuel burn for the flight based on the predicted fuel burn and the actual LHV. The FMS displays the adjusted predicted fuel burn and enable adjustment of the flight plan based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jose A. Fregnani, James D. Kinder, Onofre Andrade
  • Patent number: 10482685
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses provide a system that may facilitate communications so that parents or other superiors may monitor driving behavior of a vehicle carrying children or other subordinates. The system may allow communications to be sent from a parent computing device to a particular child computing device to set conditions for notifying the parent or superior of the driving behavior of a vehicle. Child computing devices may collect drive data (e.g., vehicle telematics data) for the system to evaluate and determine whether conditions are met (e.g., whether parental restrictions, like a geo-fence, are violated). Further, the system may send notifications to child computing devices and parent computing devices indicating whether the drive data meets the conditions of an agreement between a parent and teen. The system may also provide a web portal for use in forming the agreement between parents and their teens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Arity International Limited
    Inventors: Imran Iqbal, Srinath Gopalan, Yuval Saban
  • Patent number: 10474699
    Abstract: A relative atlas may be used to lay out elements in a digital map used in the control of an autonomous vehicle. A vehicle pose for the autonomous vehicle within a geographical area may be determined, and the relative atlas may be accessed to identify elements in the geographical area and to determine relative poses between those elements. The elements may then be laid out within the digital map using the determined relative poses, e.g., for use in planning vehicle trajectories, for estimating the states of traffic controls, or for tracking and/or identifying dynamic objects, among other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Eade, Michael Bode, James Andrew Bagnell
  • Patent number: 10472037
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of decreasing pressure fluctuation induced on a surface of a hull due to propeller cavitation by adjusting a relative rotation angle of propellers of a twin-propeller ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF OCEAN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Cheol Soo Park, Gun Do Kim, Youngha Park
  • Patent number: 10464547
    Abstract: A vehicle includes drive wheels, an energy source having an available energy, a torque-generating device powered by the energy source to provide an input torque, a transmission configured to receive the input torque and deliver an output torque to the set of drive wheels, and a controller. The controller, as part of a programmed method, predicts consumption of the available energy along a predetermined travel route using onboard data, offboard data, and a first logic block, and also corrects the predicted energy consumption using the onboard data, offboard data, and an error correction loop between a second logic block and the first logic block. The controller also executes a control action with respect to the vehicle using the corrected energy consumption, including changing a logic state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David S. Park, Kevin J. Smith, Terence L. Meehan, Todd P. Lindemann, Richard B. Weinberg, James B. Nicholson, Chia-Hsiang Liu, Andrew M. Zettel, Ramon A. Alonso
  • Patent number: 10457264
    Abstract: An abnormality detection device includes a control target hydraulic pressure calculating portion that calculates a control target hydraulic pressure according to an operation state of a brake pedal, the hydraulic pressure obtaining portion that obtains the hydraulic pressure of the operating fluid controlled to become the control target hydraulic pressure calculated by the control target hydraulic pressure calculating portion from the pressure sensor; a second determination threshold value changing portion that changes a threshold value to be closer to the control target hydraulic pressure calculated by the control target hydraulic pressure calculating portion in a stepwise manner when a state determining portion determines that the control target hydraulic pressure is in a maintaining state, and the abnormality determining portion that determines the hydraulic pressure braking force generating device is abnormal when the hydraulic pressure obtained by the hydraulic pressure obtaining portion deviates from th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: ADVICS CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsushi Kobayashi, Takahiro Okano
  • Patent number: 10451433
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to generating and providing route options for an autonomous vehicle. For example, a user may identify a destination, and in response the vehicle's computer may provide routing options to the user. The routing options may be based on typical navigating considerations such as the total travel time, travel distance, fuel economy, etc. Each routing option may include not only an estimated total time, but also information regarding whether and which portions of the route may be maneuvered under the control of the vehicle alone (fully autonomous), a combination of the vehicle and the driver (semiautonomous), or the driver alone. The time of the longest stretch of driving associated with the autonomous mode as well as map information indicating portions of the routes associated with the type of maneuvering control may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Kenneth Hobbs, Lawrence Burns, Brian Cullinane
  • Patent number: 10452078
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for autonomous robotic localization. In one example, the method includes receiving ranging measurements from a plurality of fixed anchor nodes that each have a fixed position and height with respect to the asset, receiving another ranging measurement from an aerial anchor node attached to an unmanned robot having a dynamically adjustable position and height different than the fixed position and height of each of the plurality of anchor nodes, and determining a location of the autonomous robot with respect to the asset based on the ranging measurements received from the fixed anchor nodes and the aerial anchor node, and autonomously moving the autonomous robot about the asset based on the determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Yang Zhao, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Ghulam Ali Baloch, Huan Tan, Douglas Forman
  • Patent number: 10446034
    Abstract: The driving support system detects an object existing around an own vehicle. The driving support system 1 predicts a position of a movement destination of the detected object. The driving support system sets a region having a predetermined width at each of an X coordinate and a Y coordinate as a tracking region to be set for tracking the object, based on an XY coordinate of the position of the predicted movement destination of the object. The driving support system limits the tracking region, based on a tracking exclusion region where objects unsuitable as tracking targets may be detected with high probability. At that time, the driving support system limits the tracking region by excluding the tracking exclusion region from the tracking region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Akamine, Tomohiko Tsuruta, Yasuyuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 10435073
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operating a steering system of a motor vehicle having a power steering system. A support torque is introduced into a steering transmission. A driving situation is determined. The support torque is reduced depending on the driving situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Beer
  • Patent number: 10429850
    Abstract: Provided are an automatic parking apparatus and the like, which are capable of easily setting a target parking area and moving or guiding a vehicle to the target parking area. The automatic parking apparatus includes: a monitor device configured to photograph surroundings of an own vehicle; an image display device including: a display screen configured to display an image obtained through the photographing by the monitor device; an image generation unit configured to generate an image to be displayed on the display screen from the image obtained through the photographing, and to display the image; and an input device; and a vehicle control device configured to control the own vehicle to move to a parking area, which is designated through the input device with respect to the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Kato, Hirokazu Shimizu, Nariaki Takehara
  • Patent number: 10427535
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a battery management system which includes a location information obtainer configured to obtain location information of a battery, and an estimation model changer configured to change an estimation model to estimate an internal state of the battery according to a change in the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Do Park, Kae Weon You
  • Patent number: 10427708
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motor driven power steering (MDPS) system includes detecting, by a controller, a current position of a rack bar; comparing, by the controller, the current position of the rack bar with a preset maximum position of the rack bar; updating, by the controller, the maximum position of the rack bar according to the comparison result; and setting, by the controller, a rack end stop control section using the updated maximum position of the rack bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do Young Kim, Sang Min Ahn, Tae Hong Kim
  • Patent number: 10427681
    Abstract: A controller for a host vehicle having adaptive cruise control comprises control logic that determines an actual time gap behind a detected target object and transmits a deceleration message having a deceleration value in response to the actual time gap being less than a predetermined minimum time gap. The control logic receives a torque message from a vehicle retarder indicating that the vehicle retarder is at a limit. If the actual time gap is less than the predetermined minimum time gap, the control logic transmits a transmission control message requesting the transmission to shift to a lower gear. The control logic transmits another deceleration message if the actual time gap is still less than the predetermined minimum time gap, wherein at least one of an associated transmission and an associated braking system respond to decelerate the host vehicle in response to the transmission control message and deceleration messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mathew J John, Vipin A Guda, Thomas S Miller, Jr.