Patents Examined by Tan Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10704233
    Abstract: A method and system that compensates for kinematic accelerations influencing a sensor measurement of working equipment such as an excavator. The method and system identify members of the working equipment that are movable relative to each other (e.g. stick, boom, bucket) and define a co-ordinate frame for each movable member. A kinematic relationship, preferably a kinematic chain. The sensor measurement is then modified according to the kinematic relationships and the relative position of each identified member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Damien Dusha
  • Patent number: 10703494
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technique for landing a drone using a parachute. The technique includes a parachute deployment system (PDS) that can deploy a parachute installed in a drone and land the drone safely. The parachute may be deployed automatically, e.g., in response to a variety of failures such as a free fall, or manually from a base unit operated by a remote user. For example, the PDS can determine the failure of the drone based on data obtained from an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a magnetometer and a barometer of the drone and automatically deploy the parachute if any failure is determined. In another example, the remote user can “kill” the drone, that is, cut off the power supply to the drone and deploy the parachute by activating an onboard “kill” switch from the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Flirtey Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Sweeny, Michel Fathallah, Tom Bass, Kranthi Baddam, John R. Foggia
  • Patent number: 10697149
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes: a hydraulic operation apparatus for operating an actuator; a main controller configured to generate a command current in accordance with an amount of operation of the operation apparatus; an electromagnetic proportional control valve configured to generate command pilot pressure in accordance with the command current; and a main valve configured to adjust a flow rate of hydraulic oil for operating the actuator based on the command pilot pressure. The electromagnetic proportional control valve is provided in a pilot oil passage that connects a pilot pump and a main valve, and configured to utilize hydraulic pressure supplied from the pilot pump to generate command pilot pressure. The operation apparatus is provided in an operation apparatus oil passage that is different from the pilot oil passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Shimano, Takuya Sonoda, Kenji Ohiwa
  • Patent number: 10698400
    Abstract: A method for activating loading and/or unloading equipment of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle via a home automation device includes reading in a whereabouts signal representing a whereabouts of the vehicle in a predetermined stopping area via a communication interface to the vehicle, and subsequently, based on the whereabouts signal, providing an activation signal to the communication interface to activate the loading and/or unloading equipment to load and/or unload the vehicle in the stopping area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Marlon Ramon Ewert
  • Patent number: 10696313
    Abstract: A vehicle control system determines a predicted location of wheel slip for an upcoming trip of a vehicle system by comparing a vehicle characteristic, route characteristic, and/or weather characteristic associated with the upcoming trip with a vehicle characteristic, route characteristic, and/or weather characteristic associated with a previous detection of wheel slip. Movement of the vehicle system is controlled during the upcoming trip by reducing tractive effort generated by a leading vehicle of the vehicle system relative to a trailing vehicle of the vehicle system during movement over the predicted location, reducing tractive effort generated by a leading axle in a vehicle of the vehicle system relative to a trailing axle of the vehicle during movement over the predicted location, and/or directing an adhesion modifying device to automatically dispense an adhesion modifying substance onto the predicted location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ashish Anil Paralikar, Tharunendra Sekhar, Praful Babuji Vihol, Dibyajyoti Pati, Hansa Narayana, Prakarsh Paritosh
  • Patent number: 10684139
    Abstract: A non-scaled, linearly compressed pictographic mapping system is provided for the visual display of information in a navigational aid. Unlike today's road maps which use a point-arc-polygon paradigm, the new mapping uses a non-scaled, linearly-compressed pictographic design that shows roads as linear pictograms. The display has a columnar layout, whereby the descriptive elements are grouped together by type, and displayed one above the other in columns. The maps may also contain icons representing points of interest. In this manner, the mapping paradigm also serves to increase traveler safety, provide navigation assistance during address-less trips, create valuable advertising space and new promotional opportunities, and dramatically increases the travelers' communications and entertainment options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Nytell Software LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Patent number: 10685507
    Abstract: A method performed by a first computing system includes receiving, from a second computing system, a message identifying a symptom of a first vehicle; and sending a repair tip to the second computing system. The repair tip includes a first phrase describing a first procedure performed on a second vehicle that exhibited the symptom, wherein the first procedure performed on the second vehicle yielded a result insufficient to determine that a component of the second vehicle associated with the symptom is defective. The repair tip also includes a second phrase describing a second procedure performed on a given vehicle, wherein the given vehicle is either (i) the second vehicle or (ii) a third vehicle that also exhibited the symptom, wherein the second procedure performed on the given vehicle yielded a result sufficient to determine that a component of the given vehicle associated with the symptom is defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman
  • Patent number: 10682917
    Abstract: A method for releasing a locking system including a vehicle for a power supply line to supply power to the vehicle. A message is generated by a requesting user by a transmitter and relayed to a portable computer unit of a user of the vehicle. The message provides the user of the vehicle with an option to generate a control command for releasing the locking system. If the user of the vehicle should activate the option for generating the control command, the control command for releasing the locking system is generated and transmitted to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Jörg Imberger
  • Patent number: 10677251
    Abstract: A method for controlling takeoffs of mechanical energy and/or air on a turbine engine for the propulsion of an aircraft. It is based on a protocol for the exchange of a request/authorization between and by the energy manager and a system for controlling the turbine engine. This protocol is implemented as a result of a modification of the takeoff requirement. It is intended to check whether the surge margin is compatible with the modification of the takeoff requirement and, if the need arises, to apply temporary measures in order to prevent surge in the turbine engine, for example by providing at least a part of the energy requirements by a buffer. This permits the optimization of the operation of a turbine engine for the propulsion of an aircraft, while avoiding the risk of surge of the turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: Airbus Operations GmbH, Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Jan Barkowsky, Paul-Emile Roux, Laurent Duffau, Thierry Garcia, Charles Renard
  • Patent number: 10678267
    Abstract: A method and a system for establishing a route of an unmanned aerial vehicle are provided. The method includes identifying an object from surface scanning data and shaping a space, which facilitates autonomous flight, as a layer, collecting surface image data for a flight path from the shaped layer, and analyzing a change in image resolution according to a distance from the object through the collected surface image data and extracting an altitude value on a flight route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Thinkware Corporation
    Inventors: Young-Kuk Ham, Tae Kyu Han
  • Patent number: 10678268
    Abstract: A method and a system for establishing a route of an unmanned aerial vehicle are provided. The method includes identifying an object from surface scanning data and shaping a space, which facilitates autonomous flight, as a layer, collecting surface image data for a flight path from the shaped layer, and analyzing a change in image resolution according to a distance from the object through the collected surface image data and extracting an altitude value on a flight route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Thinkware Corporation
    Inventors: Young-Kuk Ham, Tae Kyu Han
  • Patent number: 10669024
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle includes a fuselage, a power device connected to the fuselage, and a control device disposed at the fuselage and electrically connected with the power device. The control device is configured to control the power device to switch an operating mode of the power device to cause the unmanned aerial vehicle to fly in air or navigate on a water surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mingyu Wang
  • Patent number: 10671086
    Abstract: A system uses machine models to estimate trip durations or distance. The system trains a historical model to estimate trip duration using characteristics of past trips. The system trains a real-time model to estimate trip duration using characteristics of recently completed trips. The historical and real-time models may use different time windows of training data to predict estimates, and may be trained to predict an adjustment to an initial trip estimate. A selector model is trained to predict whether the historical model, the real-time model, or a combination of the historical and real-time models will more accurately estimate a trip duration, given features associated with a trip duration request, and the system accordingly uses the models to estimate a trip duration. In some embodiments, the real-time model and the selector may be trained using batch machine learning techniques which allow the models to incorporate new trip data as trips complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shijing Yao, Xiao Cai
  • Patent number: 10667474
    Abstract: In an embodiment, computer processes are programmed to determine planting plans based on planting characteristics data received for an agricultural field and a plurality of management zone delineation options defined for the agricultural field. Each of the planting plans specifies different planting recommendations for the agricultural field. A first graphical representation of the planting plans, and an interactive object is generated and displayed on a computing device. The interactive object is configured to receive input specifying a relative importance ratio between the planting plans for determining a new planting plan for the agricultural field. A particular relative importance ratio is received via the interactive object, and is used to determine the new planting plan, which specifies new planting recommendations for the agricultural field. Information about the new planting plan is displayed on the computer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emily Rowan, Tracey Ewart, Stephen Crampton, Alex Wimbush
  • Patent number: 10662599
    Abstract: In general, one aspect of the invention relates to an apparatus comprising: a vertical support member pivotally mounted to any one of a wheel axle, chassis, or landing gear at a first terminal end and coupled perpendicularly to a horizontal member to an opposing terminal end; said horizontal member dimensioned with a first plurality of linear dispensing nozzles oriented towards a bottom portion of at least one wheel, and a second plurality of linear dispensing nozzles oriented towards a top portion of a driving surface, wherein the first and second plurality of linear dispensing nozzles are each fed by an air or fluid line that diverges from a single air or fluid line in operable communication with an on-board air-pressure unit; said vertical support member and horizontal member configured to extend into a down-right position electro-mechanically at the first terminal end, wherein the first plurality and second plurality of linear dispensing nozzles is positioned less than 24 inches from the bottom portion of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Paul Batushanskiy
  • Patent number: 10663300
    Abstract: This invention proposes a new method and software to generate a path with good quality for aerial video shooting in large scale scenes. Using a coarse 2.5D model of a scene, this path generation method consists of several steps: first the user is expected to specify a set of landmarks and designate a superset of key-views for each landmark; our system then automatically generates and evaluates a variety of local camera moves for observing each landmark, which are smooth and collision-free; then automatically determines the optimal order in which the landmarks should be visited, chaining the local camera moves into a single continuous trajectory. Thus, users are able to focus on specifying the visual content that should be captured by the aerial video, rather than on the difficult lower level aspects of designing and specifying the precise drone and camera motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen University
    Inventors: Hui Huang, Ke Xie
  • Patent number: 10664791
    Abstract: A drone-based monitored storage system includes a shipment storage with an interior storage area and a drone storage area, an internal docking station, and an internal monitor drone disposed within the shipment storage that aerially monitors the items being shipped within the interior storage area. The monitor drone includes an airframe, battery, onboard controller, lifting engines and lifting rotors responsive to flight control input, communication interface, sensor array that gathers sensory information as the drone moves within the interior shipment storage area of the shipment storage, and a drone capture interface that can selectively mate to the internal docking station to hold the monitor drone in a secure position. The monitor drone can gather the sensory information (such as environment information, image information, multidimensional mapping information, and scanned symbol information) and autonomously detect conditions of items being shipped based upon the sensory information from the sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, David A. Doyle, Brian D. Popp
  • Patent number: 10661676
    Abstract: A guide device (40) comprises a station battery information acquisition component (41), a vehicle battery information acquisition component (43), and a guide component (46). The station battery information acquisition component (41) is configured to acquire station battery information about a plurality of batteries (10) that are being charged at a charging station (60) in which are installed one or more charging devices configured to charge the batteries (10). The vehicle battery information acquisition component (43) is configured to acquire vehicle battery information about the batteries (10) respectively connected to a plurality of vehicles (20). The guide component (46) is configured to guide a specific vehicle (20) to a specific charging station on the basis of the station battery information acquired by the station battery information acquisition component (41) and the vehicle battery information acquired by the vehicle battery information acquisition component (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromasa Takatsuka, Junichi Wada, Kazuki Kasai
  • Patent number: 10654511
    Abstract: An exemplary method for controlling a vehicle includes providing a vehicle steering system including a moveable steering column assembly and a moveable steering wheel assembly, a first actuator and a second actuator, the first and second actuators configured to move vehicle steering system from a first position to a second position, providing a plurality of sensors, the sensors configured to measure a force characteristic, providing a controller electronically connected to the sensors and the vehicle steering system, monitoring first sensor data received from the first sensor and second sensor data received from the second sensor, generating a reference model based on a desired output displacement and the first and second sensor data, calculating, a revised output displacement based on the reference model, and automatically generating a first control signal to control the first actuator and a second control signal to control the second actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yu Cao, Bo Yu, Raed N. Abuaita
  • Patent number: 10654531
    Abstract: An exemplary automotive vehicle includes a body having a wheelhouse, the wheelhouse including a wheelhouse edge defining a wheelhouse opening, and a wheel disposed in the wheelhouse opening, a suspension system including a suspension component adjacent to the wheelhouse, the suspension component configured to vertically deflect during vehicle operation, an aerodynamic system including an aerodynamic member disposed within the wheelhouse opening and coupled to the suspension component, the aerodynamic member having a first position with respect to the wheelhouse edge and the wheel and a second position with respect to the wheelhouse edge and the wheel, wherein the aerodynamic member moves from the first position to the second position with deflection of the suspension component such that a distance between the aerodynamic member and the wheel is greater when the aerodynamic member is in the second position than when the aerodynamic member is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, William Fang, Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Jeffrey L. Konchan