Patents Examined by Shardul D Patel
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 10421348
    Abstract: An ACM-ECU executes an amplitude variable-phase variable control for variably controlling both the amplitude and phase of active vibrations generated by an actuator according to rotation information, in the case that an engagement rate Lr detected by an LC engagement rate detecting function is greater than or equal to a predetermined engagement rate Lr_th.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Yamaguchi, Tatsuhiro Yone
  • Patent number: 10417840
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computers for aircraft are provided. A system includes a portable device and an on-board computer for an aircraft. The on-board computer is configured to record preliminary squawk events that occur while the aircraft is in flight for potential corrective action. The portable device is configured to communicate with the on-board-computer and is configured for: receiving—from the on-board computer—preliminary squawk events that occur while the aircraft is in flight; presenting the preliminary squawk events; receiving approval inputs that indicate approved squawk events of the preliminary squawk events; and generating a squawk list that includes each of the approved squawk events to be investigated for corrective action after the flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Robert O'Dell, Jim Gallagher, Keith Conzachi, Noelle Britt, Kevin Claffy, William Kerekesh
  • Patent number: 10409283
    Abstract: A motion of a vehicle is controlled according to a sequential compositions of the elementary paths following a transformation of one of a first pattern, a second pattern, and a third pattern. These three patterns are predetermined and form an exhaustive set of patterns. The three patterns are represented by corresponding functions stored in a memory. The functions representing the patterns are used, in response to receiving an initial state and a target state of the vehicle, to determine parameters of the minimum-curvature path. The motion of the vehicle is controlled according to the parameters of the minimum-curvature path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Uros Kalabic, Udit Halder
  • Patent number: 10410115
    Abstract: A mechanism is described for facilitating smart collection of data and smart management of autonomous machines. A method of embodiments, as described herein, includes detecting one or more sets of data from one or more sources over one or more networks, and combining a first computation directed to be performed locally at a local computing device with a second computation directed to be performed remotely at a remote computing device in communication with the local computing device over the one or more networks, where the first computation consumes low power, wherein the second computation consumes high power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Brian T. Lewis, Feng Chen, Jeffrey R. Jackson, Justin E. Gottschlich, Rajkishore Barik, Xiaoming Chen, Prasoonkumar Surti, Mike B. Macpherson, Murali Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 10399525
    Abstract: A protective system for a motor vehicle with automatic electrical seat position control and/or automatic electrical steering wheel adjustment is provided. The protective system includes a seat position control unit, a steering wheel adjustment control unit, an accident detection device and a communications connection. The seat position control unit is deactivates the automatic electrical seat position control. The steering wheel adjustment control unit is deactivates the automatic electrical steering wheel adjustment. The accident detection device detects a traffic accident of the motor vehicle. The communications connection connects the accident detection device to the seat position control unit and/or the steering wheel adjustment control unit. The accident detection device outputs at least one accident signal to the communications connection in the event of the detection of a traffic accident of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ralf Heinrich Deters
  • Patent number: 10399704
    Abstract: A reactive tether spool comprises a drum, a signal cable, a drum actuator, a tension sensor, and a controller. The signal cable transports power and a control signal to a UAV. A controller receives a tension measurement from the tension sensor and controls the drum actuator to maintain a determined tension on the signal cable while performing at least one of the following: dispensing the signal cable; holding the signal cable steady; and collecting the signal cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Fred Melvelle Briggs, IV, Todd Stave
  • Patent number: 10384671
    Abstract: A method is provided to start a combustion engine in a hybrid powertrain, comprising a gearbox with input and output shafts; a first planetary gear, connected to the input shaft and a first main shaft; a second planetary gear connected to the first planetary gear and a second main shaft; first and second electrical machines respectively connected to the first and second planetary gears; one gear pair connected with the first main shaft, and therefore with the first planetary gear and the output shaft; and one gear pair connected with the second main shaft. The method comprises: a) connecting an output shaft of the combustion engine with the input shaft of the gearbox, via a coupling device arranged between the output shaft and the input shaft; and b) controlling the first and second electrical machines to start the combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventors: Mathias Björkman, Niklas Pettersson, Johan Lindström, Mikael Bergquist
  • Patent number: 10386835
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous vehicle using an external interface is disclosed. The method includes an external interface that is in operable communication with one or more control systems of the autonomous vehicle. The method allows an entity in proximity of an outside of the autonomous vehicle to interact with the external interface; receives from the entity one or more control inputs, and controls one or more operations of the autonomous vehicle based on the one or more control inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Kyle Vogt, Ian Rust, Solomon Bier, Drew Allyn Gross
  • Patent number: 10369992
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a speed detector for detecting a driving speed of the vehicle, a sensor for detecting a target vehicle driving in a target lane into which the vehicle is to change lanes, and a controller for determining an acceleration of the vehicle based on a change amount of the driving speed detected at the time of the vehicle changing lanes, for calculating a time to collision (TTC) between the vehicle and the target vehicle when the lane change of the vehicle would be completed to the target lane based on the determined acceleration of the vehicle, and for transmitting a signal restricting the lane change of the vehicle based on the calculated time to collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Sungmin Ji, Jaewoong Choi, Yonjun Jang
  • Patent number: 10365110
    Abstract: A method for determining a path of an object for moving from a starting node representing a starting state to an end state includes a) determining a plurality of child nodes to a parent node, b) checking whether transitions from the parent node to each of the child nodes are free of obstacles and excluding partial paths that are not free of obstacles, c) computing a cost value for each of the non-excluded partial paths, d) adding the computed cost value to a cost value from the starting node to the parent node, e) adding an estimated or expected cost value for a partial path from each of the child nodes to an end node representing an end state, f) determining a lowest overall cost value and selecting a new parent node, and g) repeatedly performing steps a)-f) until at least one termination condition is fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Francesco Alesiani
  • Patent number: 10359785
    Abstract: A rotary wing aircraft control system includes an airframe, a main rotor assembly supported by the airframe, and a control system arranged in the airframe and operatively connected to the main rotor assembly. The control system includes a flight control computer (FCC), at least one control inceptor device and a touchdown orientation control system. The touchdown orientation control system includes a computer readable program code an FCC to: sense, by a sensor operatively connected to the flight control computer (FCC), an altitude of the rotary wing aircraft relative to a landing surface, determine one of a landing state rearward velocity reference limit value and a landing state lateral velocity reference limit value associated with the altitude, and selectively limit a landing state flight envelope of the rotary wing aircraft to the one of the landing state rearward velocity reference limit value and the landing state lateral velocity reference limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Anthony Litwinowicz
  • Patent number: 10353392
    Abstract: Provided is an autonomous moving body that controls driving wheels by allowing a trailing caster to be located on a front side with respect to a traveling direction when it is recognized that there is no step in a traveling direction and controls the driving wheels to change the orientation of a base body in which the driving wheels and the trailing caster are arranged and approach the step so that at least one of two driving wheels contacts the step before the trailing caster contacts the step when it is recognized that there is a step in the traveling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Koji Terada
  • Patent number: 10345810
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous mode may operate a sensor to determine an environment of the vehicle. The sensor may be configured to obtain sensor data of a sensed portion of the environment. The sensed portion may be defined by a sensor parameter. Based on the environment of the vehicle, the vehicle may select at least one parameter value for the at least one sensor parameter such that the sensed portion of the environment corresponds to a region of interest. The vehicle may operate the sensor, using the selected at least one parameter value for the at least one sensor parameter, to obtain sensor data of the region of interest, and control the vehicle in the autonomous mode based on the sensor data of the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jiajun Zhu, Christopher Urmson, David I. Ferguson, Nathaniel Fairfield, Dmitri A. Dolgov
  • Patent number: 10347057
    Abstract: Computing systems for vehicle diagnostics are provided. In accordance with some aspects, a computing system may receive, from a vehicle (e.g., from a computing device installed in and/or at the vehicle), a diagnostic code generated by an on-board diagnostic (OBD) system of the vehicle. The computing system may determine an issue with the vehicle based on the diagnostic code and may determine, based on the issue, a remedial action for addressing the issue and a timeframe for performing the remedial action. The computing system may store data identifying the issue, the remedial action, and the timeframe in a record associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Daniel Kraft, Jenny Sankovsky, Howard Hayes
  • Patent number: 10345825
    Abstract: A drone road lighting method, system, and computer program product, includes detecting a need for illumination near a road and deploying a drone to perform an illumination action based on the detected need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10336340
    Abstract: A method for altering at least one driving parameter of a vehicle during travel. The method includes a step of reading in a traffic-sign signal, in which a traffic-sign signal is read in, the traffic-sign signal representing an altered traffic zone, indicated by a traffic sign, at one position. In a step of reading in a map signal, a map signal is read in which represents a traffic zone, indicated by a map, at the position. In a comparing step, the traffic-sign signal is compared to the map signal. In a last step of providing, an alteration signal is provided for altering at least the driving parameter, if a predetermined relationship exists between the traffic-sign signal and the map signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Andras Sarosi, Attila Licsar, Csaba Gyulai, Tor Oyvind Didriksen
  • Patent number: 10336152
    Abstract: A weight distribution system for dynamically controlling and adjusting the weight load on each axle of a vehicle uses a manifold that is fluid flow disposed between a source of pressured air and the air bags of the vehicle. The manifold allows an individual air bag to be inflated or deflated independently of the other air bags to a desired pressurization depending on either preprogrammed or user input parameters or external conditions. The system can be used to raise and lower the tractor or trailer for tractor and trailer coupling and decoupling. The system can quickly change air bag pressure to try and avoid a rollover. The system can monitor road and weather conditions and adjust the vehicle suspension accordingly. The system can adjust the suspension based on vehicle speed. The system can keep the vehicle at a constant height while loading or unloading. The system can keep track of the weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Harrison L Cook, Jr., Bradley T Robinson
  • Patent number: 10328577
    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: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Xiaoyu Arasive Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lawrence, Penglai Guo, Patrick Rowe, Parag Batavia
  • Patent number: 10332320
    Abstract: One embodiment provides for a computing device within an autonomous vehicle, the compute device comprising a wireless network device to enable a wireless data connection with an autonomous vehicle network, a set of multiple processors including a general-purpose processor and a general-purpose graphics processor, the set of multiple processors to execute a compute manager to manage execution of compute workloads associated with the autonomous vehicle, the compute workload associated with autonomous operations of the autonomous vehicle, and offload logic configured to execute on the set of multiple processors, the offload logic to determine to offload one or more of the compute workloads to one or more autonomous vehicles within range of the wireless network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Barath Lakshamanan, Linda L. Hurd, Ben J. Ashbaugh, Elmoustapha Ould-Ahmed-Vall, Liwei Ma, Jingyi Jin, Justin E. Gottschlich, Chandrasekaran Sakthivel, Michael S. Strickland, Brian T. Lewis, Lindsey Kuper, Altug Koker, Abhishek R. Appu, Prasoonkumar Surti, Joydeep Ray, Balaji Vembu, Javier S. Turek, Naila Farooqui